Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society
Upcoming Webinars
Unless otherwise stated, webinars are schedule for 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST

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On the left menu, click on Members Login and look for Archived Webinars at the bottom of the drop-down list.  The current handout and webinar information will be at the top of the page. Links to videos of past webinars are also available on the Archived Webinars page.
Upcoming 2020 Webinars

18 Jun 2020 – Janis Minor Forté
Seven Proven Strategies for Identifying Slave Ownership and Reconstructing Families: New Paths and Trails
  • Webinar Abstract: This problem solving lecture presents research pathways and trails to resolve the dilemma of slave and owner identification and reconstructing slave era families.
  • Presenter: Janis Minor Forté is the granddaughter of slaves. She has been researching her family history since about 1979. Elements of her genealogical research have be presented before large and small audiences on radio talk shows and national television. Articles about her research have appeared in the Chicago Tribune. She has also authored articles in several genealogy journals and magazines. In 2009, she chaired the publication of an African American Heritage Book. This 386 page hard cover fully indexed book is housed in all of the major genealogy libraries and archives; it has been digitized by FamilySearch.org and is available for on-line reading.
  • Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/168448884277637388

16 Jul 2020 – Ann Staley, CG, CGL
America’s New Deal: The WPA’s Federal Project Number One
  • Webinar Abstract: The Works Progress/Project Administration (WPA) carried out many public works projects; however, the smaller projects were just as effective. Federal Project Number One consisted of 5 separate divisions/projects (Federal Art Project, Federal Music Project, Federal Theatre Project, Federal Writers Project, and the Historical Records Survey) and contributed to the success of the WPA and to the employment record of the US. This presentation will provide information on each division/project and their contributions; however, the focus will mainly be on the last two – the Federal Writers Project and the Historical Records Survey and some of the publications and inventories they created.
  • Presenter: C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL, is an educator, consultant, and co-leader of Ann-Mar Genealogy Trips. She is the Education Chair for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; the Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and a Director of the Florida State Genealogical Society. Her specialties are Methodology, Research Sources, Computer Resources, Conference Planning, and Assisted Research Trips to the Family History Library and the Allen County Public Library. She is the compiler of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. Quarterly Full Name Index, Volumes 1 through 4, 1973 through 1976, the author of several articles for the NGS Magazine, and the co-author of the NGS Research in the States Series-Florida.
  • Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/681839450588982539

20 Aug 2020 – Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Death by Undue Means: Coroners’ Records
  • Webinar Abstract: From colonial times to today, death not attributable to natural causes required investigation. Elected or appointed coroners worked with local juries to determine more about what caused each death. Learn more about coroners' records and how to use them in genealogy.
  • Presenter: The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturerâ„ . Her award-winning blog is at http://www.legalgenealogist.com.
  • Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6088353628642701579

17 Sep 2020 – D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Hidden Gems: Materials in Digital Libraries for Family History
  • Webinar Abstract: Digital libraries have revolutionized the way researchers can access and use materials. Explore general techniques to finding digital collections suitable for genealogical and historical research in public, university, and private libraries.
  • Presenter: D. Joshua Taylor is President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. A frequent speaker at family history events across the globe, Joshua was a host on the popular PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow and appeared as a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are?. He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and was named one of Library Journal's Movers and Shakers in 2017.
  • Website: www.djoshuataylor.com
  • Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4907007549434914572

15 Oct 2020 – Michael L. Strauss, AG
The Great War: Researching Your World War 1 Ancestors
  • Webinar Abstract: Fought between 1914-1918 with the United States at the start of the war having officially declaring neutrality. Back home citizens got caught up with events unfolding on the world stage, with thousands of Americans crossed the border to fight for Canada, along with uneasy tensions with Mexico war became inevitable. On April 6, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany and to mobilize the resources of the United States. Many genealogical sources share the feeling, attitudes along with the reactions of our Government by searching for our ancestor’s connection to this war.
  • Presenter:  Michael L. Strauss, AG, is a professional Accredited Genealogist and a nationally recognized speaker. A native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah, he has been employed as a Forensic Genealogist for more than 25 years. Strauss has a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is also a qualified expert witness in court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Strauss is a faculty member of IGHR (in Athens, GA), SLIG (in Salt Lake City, UT), and GRIP (in Pittsburgh, PA), and the Course Coordinator for the Military Course at IGHR and the Course Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Course at GRIP. He has been involved in Civil War reenacting for more than 25 years.
  • Website: www.genealogyresearchnetwork.com
  • Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7402787893812092428

19 Nov 2020 – Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL
Traveling the US Marine Highway
  • Webinar Abstract: All states have navigable waterways. These include rivers like the Mississippi, bays like Chesapeake, canals like the Miami, or lakes that link an area to other states or even the ocean. Across the United States, there are 250,000 rivers and canals that create the inland waterway system. For our ancestors, marine travel was an integral part of their lives. While many researchers have river ancestors, they have no idea where to start to look for records. Discover the various avenue of research for our ancestors who lived by or used the waterways for their livelihood and transportation.
  • Presenter: Pat is a professional researcher with over 30 years of experience. Besides lecturing across the country, she is a course coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and teaches at St. Louis Community College. She served as the Education Manager of the National Genealogical Society till March 2018
  • Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5290725012900946188

17 Dec 2020 – Annette Burke Lyttle
How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogical Game

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Certified Genealogist, CG, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, CGL, are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s Associates.
Accredited Genealogist, AG, is a certification mark of the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogist. Individuals licensed to use the mark have met ICAPGen’s competency

CGSM and CGLSM are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and are used under license by board‑certified associates meeting competency standards.