Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Searching for Surnames: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous - free webinar now online for limited time

The recording of today's entertaining, educational, and humorous webinar, "Searching for Surnames: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous," by Kirsty Gray is now available to view for free for a limited time at A few comments from our viewers:
  • A pleasure to be reminded again of how creative one needs to be when researching - and all the many reasons 'errors' creep in!  Thanks once more for a great webinar!
  • Excellent presentation with a lot of good humor!  Very informative as well as entertaining!
  • Great tips. Thanks esp. for talking about wildcards -- I forget this so often! (Also love the accent.) The visuals were also very good and illuminating.
View the Recording at
If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 24 minute recording of "Searching for Surnames: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous" is now available to view in our webinar archives for free for a limited time. It is also available to our monthly or annual Webinar Members for the duration of your membership. Visit to watch. The 2 pages of handouts are also available for annual/monthly webinar subscribers.
Special Discount Coupon
The special discount coupon of surnames that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything at both and through Monday, March 3, 2014.
Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions
Webinar Members get:
  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 221 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 572 pages)
  • 5% off all products at (must be logged in at checkout, and yes, you can also use the 10% off webinar coupon above for a total of 15% off)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
Introductory pricing:
  • Annual membership: $49.95/year (that's about the cost of 5 webinar CDs)
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month
Register for our upcoming webinars (free)
  • Genealogy and Technology - State of the Union by Barbara Renick. March 1.
  • Using Google Earth for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. March 5.
  • Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen. March 7.
  • Some Lesser Known Irish Resources by Judy Wight. March 12.
  • 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites by Kory Meyerink. March 19.
  • 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. April 2.
  • Get Organized Using the FamilyRoots Organizer Color-Coding System by Mary Hill. April 9.
  • Estate Records - More Than Just Wills by Linda Woodward Geiger. April 11.
  • Genealogy Evidence and Online Family Trees by Karen Clifford. April 16.
  • The Homestead Act of 1862 by Thomas MacEntee. April 23.
  • Google Glass and Family History by Devin Ashby. April 30.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. May 2.
  • 50 Year View - What I've Learned Climbing My Family Tree by Tom Kemp. May 7.
  • Photo Apps for Android, iPhones or iPads by Maureen Taylor. May 14.
  • I Had My DNA Tested - Now What? by Ugo Perego. May 21.
  • Using Tax Lists to Solve Genealogical Problems by Linda Woodward Geiger. May 28.
  • German Internet Research: A Launching Place for Your Research. June 11.
  • 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Narrative by Lisa Alzo. June 13.
  • Copyright Mythconceptions by Judy Russell. June 18.
  • Documenting Native American Families in 19th and 20th Century Records by Angela Walton-Raji. June 25.
  • Thinking About Becoming a Board-certified Genealogist? by Elissa Scalise Powell. July 9.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. July 11.
  • When Freedom Came - Documenting the Family's Freedom Story by Angela Walton-Raji. July 16.
  • Researching Your Illinois Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee. July 23.
  • Researching Your Tennessee Ancestors by J. Mark Lowe. August 6.
  • Research Recharge - Turning Old Clues into New Leads by Lisa Alzo. August 8.
  • Find A Grave - The World's Largest Cemetery Database by Russ Worthington. August 20.
  • Researching Your Italian Ancestors by Ruth Merriman. August 27.
  • Researching Your Jewish Ancestors by Jennifer Alford. September 3.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. September 5.
  • Success with Manuscript Sources by Barbara Renick. September 10.
  • Evaluating Evidence and Resolving Discrepancies by Kory Meyerink. September 17.
  • A Library at Your Fingertips - the Internet Archive by Maureen Taylor. September 24.
  • The Fair Court: Records of Chancery Courts by Judy Russell. October 1.
  • Overcoming Destroyed or Missing Records by Karen Clifford. October 3.
  • Welcome to FamilySearch Indexing! by Devin Ashby. October 8.
  • Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor by Thomas MacEntee. October 15.
  • Tracking Migration Using the Draper Manuscripts by Mary Hill. October 22.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. November 14.
  • Using Evernote for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. November 19.
  • Family History for Kids by Devin Ashby. December 3.
  • Look Ma, No Hands! Using Dragon Naturally Speaking for Your Genealogy by Ivan Baugh. December 5.
  • Researching Your North Carolina Ancestors by J. Mark Lowe. December 10.
  • Bagging a Live One - Connecting with Cousins You Never Knew You Had by Mary Kircher Roddy. December 17.
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