We've got a terrific lineup of webinar speakers for you over the next month or so. From your own computer you will learn from genealogy's experts about obituaries, digital writing tools, professional genealogy, mobile apps, family organizations, Scottish research, and finding your living relatives. Best of all - every webinar is free to you.
Sign up for one or all of them today and we will remind you via email both one day and one hour before the live event. Because of the popularity of these topics, plan to arrive at least 15-20 minutes early. Remember, only the first 1,000 to join on the day of the live event will get in. Hope to see you online!
Obituaries: Clues to Look For. Tips for making sure you get the full benefit from an obituary notice by Tom Kemp. Newspapers have been publishing obituaries for over 300 years. Dig in and identify every clue as you learn how newspaper editors have changed their syntax, style and scope of obituaries over the years. Obituaries are critical for building an American family history. Wednesday, March 28.
Digital Writing Tools for Genealogists by Lisa Alzo. Telling your family’s story just got a whole lot easier thanks to a number of cloud-based notetaking and writing tools and apps you can access from home, your netbook or iPad, and even your smartphone. Learn about the latest tech tools and writing apps for bringing your family’s story to life! Friday, March 30.
The Pursuit from Genealogy Hobbyist to Professional by John Kitzmiller and Claire V. Brison-Banks. Several terms are applied to individuals that are interested in their ancestors. Those who are fascinated by the story but not really interested in the data could be termed amateurs. Moving up a rung on the ladder would be the hobbyists, who gather photos, letters and family memorabilia to share with others. They quite often are members of societies, are familiar with local history, and help others to find their ancestors. This group is quite underestimated, in that many have self-taught expertise and are quite knowledgeable. However, most of them do not charge money for their assistance. The next step is to operate at the “professional” level, which requires perspective, attitude, methods, process, and some business skills. This webinar will discuss various ways to make that transition. Join John M. Kitzmiller, II, AG and Claire V. Brison-Banks, AG for this special webinar, sponsored by the The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Wednesday, April 4.
Genealogy on the Go - the Families app for your Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad by Malcolm Green. Got an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or an Android device? With the "Families" application you can easily transfer your Legacy Family Tree files and pictures from your computer to your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android device, enabling them to be viewed and edited wherever you are. Any changes you make on these devices can then be synced back to your Legacy family file. Join the developer of Families, Malcolm Green, for a demonstration of how it all works and what it looks like. Wednesday, April 11.
Using Legacy Family Tree to Support Family Groups/Associations by Geoff Rasmussen and Ken McGinnis. This 1-hour webinar will discuss how the Legacy Family Tree software can help your family organization work together. These specific features and concepts will be taught: importing your PAF and GEDCOM files into Legacy; best practices for adding new data, including adding new events and sources; how to share your Legacy file with other association/family members to avoid duplication utilizing Legacy's IntelliShare tool; using Legacy's Research Notes and Tree Finder tools to document opinions, theories, and unproven relationships; using Legacy's Research Guidance to guide you to the right sources and websites to extend your pedigree. The webinar will be taught by two of Legacy's developers, Ken McGinnis and Geoff Rasmussen. Saturday, April 14.
Researching Your Scottish Ancestors by Marie Dougan. Scotland has a wealth of records available to assist you in researching your Scottish ancestry. Scottish statutory records of births, marriages and deaths began in 1855 and are available online together with census returns from 1841 - 1911. Other online records include Old Parish Records of baptisms, marriages and burials, records from Catholic archives and Scottish wills and testaments. Join our webinar to find out about these records and strategies to help you use these and other useful sources effectively in your research. Wednesday, April 18.
Reverse Genealogy: Finding the Living by Megan Smolenyak. Although genealogy is at its heart the study of long-deceased ancestors, connecting with living relatives has become almost as important to many family historians. Some seek living kin in an effort to track down family photos; others do it to find family history playmates, plan reunions or identify DNA project participants. Whatever the motivation, one of the most addicting aspects of genealogy is the thrill of finding distant cousins, or in some cases, parents, children or siblings. But this "reverse genealogy" (working from the past to the present) has its own special challenges and requires the researcher to be part genealogist and part private investigator. This presentation covers proven techniques for tracing 20th and 21st century friends and relatives from the past to the present. Wednesday, April 25.
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