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Upcoming 2020 Webinars
21 Jan 2021 – J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
Land Barons or Dirt Farmers: Finding Land Transactions
- Webinar Abstract: In most cases, the purchase of a home and land is the largest expenditure of a lifetime. Following the land will often identify the Ancestor and family. Learn how to trace an individual through property records and how to trace a specific property. Although it is possible to locate an individual’s land from historic records, we will focus on working backwards from a current deed.
- Presenter: J. Mark Lowe describes himself as a lifelong genealogist. He is a professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark enjoys opportunities to share what he has learned over the years through YouTube, Webinars, and Institutes. He serves as the Course Coordinator for ‘Research in the South’ at IGHR (Georgia) and TIGR (Texas), does Webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars and has worked on several genealogical television series including Finding Your Past, African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events, and provided content for podcasts on Gimlet Media, including Twice Removed. Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), FGS’ FORUM. The Longhunter (So. Ky. Genealogical Society), Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterly, North Carolina Genealogical Quarterly, and other society publications. He is a Past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and Past President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award and Lifetime Membership award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.
- Website: www.kytnresearch.com
- Blog: Keeping the Story Alive: http://keepingthestoryalive.blogspot.com/
- Twitter: @JLowe615
- Instagram: @kytnresearch
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JLoweGenealogy/
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2375630523411790862
18 Feb 2021 – Diane L. Richard
Researching African American Ancestors: Funeral Programs and Photo Archives
- Webinar Abstract: 20th-Century African American researchers will find funeral programs and photo archives invaluable. There is a rich tradition revolving around funeral programs. As a result, numerous archives have intentionally collected them, and many are now placing them online for all to access. You will find many details of genealogical relevance that help us fill in evidentiary gaps, and sometimes photos are included. Speaking of pictures, there is something magical about seeing a photograph of an ancestor we may have never met that is priceless. Let’s explore some collections rich in photos of African Americans; maybe your ancestors are included.
- Presenter: Diane has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina and southern states. In 2019 she published, Tracing Your Ancestors -- African American Research: A Practical Guide, via Moorshead Publications. Since 2016 she has been editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal. As a speaker she has delivered webinars and in-person talks about the availability and richness of records documenting Southerners, pursuing formerly enslaved ancestors and their descendants, genealogical research tips, techniques, tools and strategies, under-utilized resource collections [online and on-the-ground], and much more. She has appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? (Bryan Cranston episode). She is co-leader of Tar Heel Discoveries, www.tarheeldiscoveries.com, started in 2018, which offers guided North Carolina genealogical research programs providing participants targeted, focused, research assistance leading to new family discoveries.
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7033182669392086542
18 Mar 2021 – Paul Milner, FUGA, M.Div.
Effective Use of GENUKI: England’s Largest Free Genealogy Website
- Webinar Abstract: Learn how to effectively use the largest free website for British Isles research. Understand how the site is organized and to find and use the many resources and tools on the site. Plus see how to find its gems for specific local research.
- Presenter: Paul Milner, a native of northern England is a professional genealogist and international lecturer. He has taught weeklong English and Scottish research tracks at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the British Institute. Paul is the 2018 Utah Genealogical Association Fellow Award recipient for living individuals whose distinguished contributions and on-going commitment to the field of genealogy are of national or international scope. He is the 2019 Federation of Genealogical Societies recipient of the David S. Vogels, Jr award for 25 years of service and writing book reviews for the FGS Forum. He is the author of six publications - Buried Treasures: what’s in the English parish chest (UnlockThePast, 2015); Discover English Census Records (UnlockThePast, 2014), Discover English Parish Records (UnlockThePast, 2014), Genealogy at a Glance: England Research (Genealogical Publishing Co, 2011), plus co-author with Linda Jonas of A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors: How to find and record your unique heritage (Betterway Books, 2000), and A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors: How to find and record your unique heritage (Betterway Books, 2002). Paul has specialized in British Isles genealogical research for over 35 years. Paul is currently the book review editor for the BIGWILL newsletter and retired review editor of the FGS FORUM. He is the past-president of the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois (BIGWILL), and a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Federation of Genealogical Societies, and Genealogical Speakers Guild.
- Blog: www.milnergenealogy.com (focuses on British Isles resources and methodology)
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4291207377904889614
15 Apr 2021 – Cari Taplin, CG
Using PERSI Like A Pro
- Webinar Abstract: This lecture will give the audience a look into Allen County Public Library’s PERSI, its history and partnership with Find My Past, tips and techniques for getting the most out of this valuable genealogical resource, and how societies can get involved. We will learn about this valuable and overlooked resource through several mini-case studies.
- Presenter: Cari A. Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but now lives in Longmont, Colorado. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG) and is the President of the Lone Star Chapter of APG. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking and education services. Cari currently works for Ancestry ProGenealogists. Cari’s personal research focuses on midwestern and Great Lakes states.
- Website: www.genealogypants.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GenealogyPants
- Twitter: @cataplin
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5734756194032569611
27 May 2021 – Annette Burke Lyttle
Probate Records: Wills and a Whole Lot More
- Webinar Abstract: Probate records can be some of the richest genealogical resources. Yes, they can contain wills, but often the best information comes from the other records in the packets—and our ancestors didn’t even have to die to make an appearance in a probate action. Learn about how to find probate records online and mine them for genealogical gems.
- Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. She was a faculty member for "Exploring Quaker Records in America" at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in June 2020 and is course coordinator for "From Sea to Shining Sea: Researching Our Ancestors' Migrations in America" for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January 2021. Annette is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
- Website: http://heritagedetective.com
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1261729586984250123
17 Jun 2021 – Jill Morelli, CG
Finding Treasures in Academic Libraries
- Webinar Abstract: You may think that academic libraries will not hold genealogical information for you. You are in for a surprise! We will review holdings in three academic institutions, -- their general collections, special collections and archives. Topical research will be covered. Discover how to find the right institution, how to use their catalog, how to prepare for your visit and once there, how to research most efficiently. Even if your ancestor was not a student, or on faculty or staff, records pertaining to your ancestor may be there.
- Presenter: Jill Morelli, CG, loves to share her passion for genealogy with others as a writer, lecturer and researcher. She specializes in the US Midwest, Scandinavia and northern Germany and lectures nationally on topics inspired by her own research and methodology. As a writer, her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Swedish American Genealogist, Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly and many others. In 2017, she founded the online Certification Discussion Group (http://theCDGseries.wordpress.com), sharing her journey and that of others to build and submit a successful portfolio to the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Jill is past president of the Seattle Genealogical Society, program director of the Puget Sound-Association for Professional Genealogists and a member of many local genealogical societies.
- Website: https://genealogicalcertification.wordpress.com
- FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/jill.morelli.9
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1090652174772148491
15 Jul 2021 – Alice Hoyt Veen, CG
Citizen Soldiers: Militia to National Guard
- Webinar Abstract: From colonial militias to 21st century National Guard, America’s citizen soldiers have answered the call to serve and defend their communities and the nation. Discover and understand your ancestor’s militia and Guard experience. Federal, state, and local records help document your citizen soldier.
- Presenter: Alice Hoyt Veen is a Board-certified genealogist, professional researcher, and genealogical educator. She believes family history success lies in truly understanding the records our ancestors created. Her presentations reflect this philosophy through real case-study examples and hands-on practice. Alice serves as a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, a charitable trust advancing the educational aims of the Board for Certification of GenealogistsÒ. She has spoken at national, regional, and state conferences, and for numerous Iowa organizations.
- Website: https://www.prairierootsresearch.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4205963340936068619
19 Aug 2021 – Debra S. Mieszala, CG
US Passport Applications
16 Sep 2021 – Paul Woodbury
Organizational Strategies for DNA Analysis
- Webinar Abstract: DNA test results are constantly changing and can therefore be overwhelming to analyze. Organizing DNA test results is akin to aiming for a moving target. Join us in this webinar as we explore ways of designing organizational systems that help to answer genealogical questions and achieve genealogical objectives. Learn to organize, filter, cluster, isolate and analyze the most pertinent genetic cousins for any given research question and gain the confidence to begin making genealogical discoveries of your own utilizing DNA evidence.
- Presenter: From a young age, Paul Woodbury fell in love with genealogy research. To pursue his passion for this field, he studied genetics and family history at Brigham Young University. To aid in his desire to share his knowledge with others, he has also received a masters degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah. Paul currently works as a Genetic Genealogy Specialist at Legacy Tree Genealogists where he has helped to solve hundreds of genetic genealogy cases. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul specializes in French, Spanish, and Scandinavian research and regularly presents on topics for these areas.
- Website: www.legacytree.com
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2876251361699373326
21 Oct 2021 – Sharon Cook MacInnes, PhD, CG
Migration Patterns of Germans within America
- Webinar Abstract: We’ll explore how historical events channeled Germans into certain areas and how chain migration drew allied families together. Many migrated from NY/MD/PA down the Shenandoah Valley into VA, NC and SC. Accessible rivers and railroads led to the establishment of the German Triangle between Cincinnati, Milwaukee and St. Louis. The National Road and German-language advertisements channeled them to Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin and points west. The 1848 Revolution led them to the Texas German Belt. Knowing where your ancestors settled in the mid-1800s can often lead you backwards by considering the migration routes of other Germans, particularly allied families.
- Presenter: Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D., CG, is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Genealogical Society. She specializes in Pennsylvania land records, colonial research, and methodology. Her 35-year chase over Pennsylvania for elusive ancestors revealed the importance of land to our ancestors and led her to publish the series "Early Landowners of Pennsylvania: Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of *** County." To date, she has compiled and published 8 volumes of county atlases pinpointing the original tracts and their owners. Sharon is the CEO of Ancestor Tracks (http://ancestortracks.com) which is dedicated to publishing online free, downloadable 19th-century maps of every county of Pennsylvania to be used with census records and published county histories.
- Website: http://ancestortracks.com
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2978814905850037262
18 Nov 2021 – Judy Nimer Muhn
Native, First Nations, Indian: Researching Indigenous Peoples
- Webinar Abstract: Researching tribal peoples can be difficult without basic history and records information. While this session will review and provide guidance on basic methods of the rich resources of information for Native/First Nations peoples, this session will focus on the variety of records that will document Indigenous peoples as well as share content about the culture, spiritual traditions and aspects of Indigenous societies that can impact how and where records can be found. NOTE: This session will not discuss the tribal enrollment process. Each tribe, as sovereign nations, create their own enrollment information. Once you are reasonably sure of your relevant Native lineage, you should contact the tribal “Enrollment Office” or tribal council for information on enrollment requirements, procedures and necessary documents. Most tribes have this information also on official websites.
- Presenter: Judy has been researching her family tree from the age of 12, specializing in French-Canadian, Acadian, Native American and Michigan research. Beginning as a professional genealogist in Europe in 1993, she has lectured at the National Genealogical Society (NGS), Federation of Genealogical Society (FGS), RootsTech and other conferences in Europe and around the United States. Traveling extensively around the world, Judy has visited and researched in the villages and archives of Germany, Scotland, France, Quebec, and Ontario where her or her husband’s family lived, as well as around the United States. With French-Canadian, Scottish, German, Polish and Native American ancestry, Judy is the owner of Lineage Journeys (www.LineageJourneys.com) where she conducts research for clients. FOR THE Native/First Nations presentation (2021): As Judy’s maternal grandmother was of First Nations descent and Judy is part of the Woptura lineage of the Chipps family of South Dakota, she has been researching Indigenous peoples since the 1980s and the presentation includes some of her own family research documents and photos.
- Website: www.LineageJourneys.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/LineageJourneys
- Blog: https://lineagejourneys.com/blog-2/
- Twitter: @InktomiWi - Lineage Journeys
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2812389527335083022
16 Dec 2021 – Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS
Organize Like an Archivist
- Webinar Abstract: Organizing genealogy research is essential to preserve your hard work.
• Can’t find the records you know you have?
• Lost in a sea of digital files, photographs & paper?
• Need to organize new records you’re finding?
• Searching for a better way to organize your work?
This presentation helps you put your family history research in order. Learn simple and effective strategies to organize and link your digital files and paper records, using the same principles as professional archivists. No need for color codes, numbering systems, or other complicated schemes with this archives-based system. And when your records are organized, you can spend more time on research.
- Presenter: After a long professional career in academic archives and genealogy libraries, Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS, is now a genealogy educator, researcher, and writer. She specializes in U.S. and European research, and provides expert guidance on information management and research skills. Her website, sassyjanegenealogy.com offers a blog, free monthly newsletter, and e-books on genealogy research. Nancy has appeared on PBS's American Experience, at NGS, RootsTech, and numerous genealogy conferences and webinars in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Recently, Nancy has been on a genealogy pilgrimage to visit the eight European villages of her great-grandparents.
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sassyjane.genealogy & https://www.facebook.com/sjgenealogy/
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/sjgenealogy
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancy-e-loe/
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/SJGenealogy/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/sassyjanegen @sassyjanegen
- Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1567554348204381966
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