Thursday, December 27, 2012

2013 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Schedule announced

Millennia Corporation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2013 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series. Choose from more than 40 classes from genealogy's leading educators (over 60 hours of free genealogy education) on topics ranging from genealogy technology to DNA to in-depth research methodologies and evidence analysis.
Sign up for one or for all of them today (so you don't forget later) and you will receive a reminder email both one day and one hour prior to the live event. Register at
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If you missed one of our previous webinars, you can purchase its CD for just $9.95 (or less when purchasing more than 5). Choose from 68 different classes - most come with several pages of handouts with clickable links. Click here to browse the library.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Upcoming ISGS Webinars - January 2013

On Tuesday, January 8, at 8:00 PM Central, Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL, will present, Beyond the Draft Cards: Additional Selective Service Records. Come learn about the Selective Service process including a discussion of the three distinct registrations and records related to delinquents and deserters. To attend this webinar, register at

Last week's webinar, Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Plan, presented by J. Mark Lowe, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (

Upcoming Webinars
For the complete list of upcoming webinars, including the entire 2013 schedule, visit

And don't forget to spread the word by printing out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Discover Your Culinary Heritage

The Georgia Genealogical Society is pleased to sponsor the presentation “Discover Your Culinary Heritage" with Maureen Taylor on December 17th, 2012.

Summary: Enhance your family history by including stories about your culinary heritage. Maureen will give us lots of suggestions on how to do that.

Presenter: Maureen Taylor, commonly known as the "Photo Detective," is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She has been featured in top media outlets-The View, Better Homes & Gardens, the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, to name a few. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine.

This presentation will be broadcast live on December 17th, 2012:
·            8:00 pm Eastern
·             7:00 pm Central
·             6:00 pm Mountain
·             5:00 pm Pacific

Register for the Webinar now at: 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information
about joining the Webinar. You will use your unique URL in your confirmation email to logon to the live broadcast on the 17th of December.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces Its 2013 Webinar Lineup

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is happy to announce that registration for the 2013 ISGS Webinar Series is now open! We have a fantastic lineup of presentations and speakers and we hope you will join us for a wonderful educational experience.

A webinar is a live lecture/presentation that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection. ISGS offers the live broadcast of its webinars to the public for free. The live broadcasts are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. For ISGS members who are unable to attend the live session, recordings of all past webinars are available through the Members Section of the ISGS website, to watch at your convenience.

Here's what we have in store for 2013:

January 8 – Beyond the Draft Cards: Additional Selective Service Records
Presenter: Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL

February 12 – Best Genealogy Present You Can Give Yourself: Citing Your Sources
Presenter: Harold Henderson, CG

March 12 – Back to Your Roots: Planning a Successful Heritage Research Trip
Presenter: Lisa Alzo

April 9 – Digging Through Documents Word by Word
Presenter: Debbie Mieszala, CG

May 14 – Timelines: Placing Your Heritage in Historical Perspective
Presenter: Laura Prescott

June 11 – The Research Calendar: A Resource You Cannot Live Without
Presenter: Luana Darby

July 9 – Common Surnames: Ways to Identify Your Ancestors in a Crowd
Presenter: Juliana Smith

August 13 – Getting to Here from There: Following your Ancestor’s Migration Trail
Presenter: Jay Fonkert, CG

September 10 – “To the Honorable, the General Assembly” - The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions
Presenter: Judy G. Russell, CG

October 8 – Little Houses on the Prairie: Midwestern Research Techniques
Presenter: Diana Crisman Smith

November 12 – Up In Smoke!! What To Do When the Courthouse Burns
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

December 10 – Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees
Presenter: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG

Note: All webinars take place at 8:00 PM Central.

For additional information on our webinar series, visit our ISGS Webinars page at

You may also want to review our Webinar FAQs at

And don't forget to spread the word! Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Using Spreadsheets to Help Organize Your Research

The Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region, Inc., are please to sponsor the presentation "Jump Start a New Year's Resolution: Using Spreadsheets to Help Organize Your Research" with Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL, on December 10th, 2012.

SummaryLinda will demonstrate a variety of uses for MS Excel 2010 (applicable to other spreadsheet programs) relating to genealogical and historical research

PresenterLinda Woodward Geiger is a Certified Genealogist and a Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her specialties include federal records (particularly those of the Southeast), Georgia research, and documenting Cherokee heritage. She is a national speaker, and serves on the boards of several societies including the Friends of the National Archives Southeast Region, and the Georgia Genealogical Society.

This presentation will be broadcast live on December 10th, 2012:
·   7:00 pm Eastern
·   6:00 pm Central
·   5:00 pm Mountain
·   4:00 pm Pacific

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. You will use your unique URL in your confirmation email to logon to the live broadcast on the 10th of December.

Please note: There is not limit to the number registering for this webinar, but attendance is limited to 100 attendees (the first 100 to sign in to the event will be able to view the live webinar). The webinar will be recorded and placed on the “Members Only” pages of the Friends website.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

ISGS December 2012 Webinar – Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Plan

Do you want to learn how to make your research more organized and manageable? Join us on December 11, where J. Mark Lowe will present Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Plan. Be prepared to walk away with some practical tips to help you focus your research when tackling those challenging ancestors.

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Learn a simple technique for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments. Learn how to stay focused while getting more research done.

Presenter: J. Mark Lowe

J. Mark Lowe is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer and researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the South.

He also serves as a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and Samford University’s Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (Research in the South) and Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), learning sessions and hands-on research focusing on original documents and manuscripts at regional archives. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? appearing on a recent episode featuring Lionel Richie.

He is a Past-President of APG, Past-President of FGS, and Past-President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.


Recordings and Syllabus Also Available

For ISGS members who cannot attend on December 11, a recording of the webinar, along with the syllabus, will be made available in the Members Section of the ISGS website at If you're not already a member of ISGS, visit Join ISGS! for more information.

Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Beyond the Basics, free webinar now online for a limited time

If you have an Irish brick wall, this webinar may be the most important class you've ever viewed. Judy Wight, our Irish expert, did a tremendous job today teaching us about difficulties with Irish names and places, which, when understood, can solve even the most difficult Irish research problems.
View the recording
If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 29 minute recording of Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Beyond the Basics is now available to view in our webinar archives for a limited time. Visit to watch.
Pre-order the webinar-on-CD
2012-12-05-cdOwn your own copy of Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Beyond the Basics by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95. It includes the complete 1 hour 29 minute recording of the class, complete Question/Answer session, and 4 pages of handouts. Click here for more information or to purchase.
It is also available in our brand new Ireland webinar CD bundle which includes all three of Judy's Ireland webinars (about 4 1/2 hours and 13 pages of handouts).Click here to purchase.
Christmas Sale
Nearly everything in our online store has been discounted until December 31, 2012 - therefore there are no webinar coupon codes today.
2013 Webinars
Stay tuned to this blog for our big announcement about next year's webinar schedule. If you can believe it, we'll be taking it to an entirely new level of genealogy education. Thanks to all of our webinar speakers and attendees for making our Legacy Family Tree webinar series such a success!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Webinar Wednesday - Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Beyond the Basics by Judy Wight

As difficult as Irish research is, we can overcome its hurdles if we have a better understanding of the idiosyncrasies of Irish given names, surnames, and place names. Our speaker, Judy Wight, solved the case of Delia Holland - in Ireland she was known as Bridget Houlihan. This webinar discusses situations you may encounter with names and places and provides resources for overcoming these problems.
Join us for the live webinar on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.
About the presenter
Wightjudy-100Judith Eccles Wight graduated from Brigham Young University. She is an AG (Accredited Genealogist researcher) specializing in Irish and Scottish research. From 1990-2001 she worked as a British Reference Consultant at the Family History Library. She is a published author in many genealogical periodicals and is a popular genealogical lecturer and teacher. She is founder, past president and forever board member of Ulster Project-Utah, an ecumenical peacemaking organization that brings Catholic and Protestant teens from Northern Ireland to various established centers in the U.S.
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