Monday, December 15, 2014

Register for Webinar Wednesday - Connecting with Cousins You Never Knew You Had by Mary Kircher Roddy

Bagging a live one is often a bigger rush than finding the dead ones. Bagging a live one who knows something about family history is gold. In this webinar Mary will show how you can find distant relatives, perhaps ones you never knew existed. Rather than trolling surname or location lists for other researchers with a common interest, you will come away with the skills to identify specific people to look for. These people may not be active researchers, but might be the ones who inherited the family bible or box of photos, or maybe they can pass on some stories Grandma told them. Collecting and organizing the bits of data – a birthdate, a location, a maiden name – will help you connect with a “new” cousin. If you are as lucky as Mary has been, some of these new cousins will soon become old friends.
Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, December 17, 2014 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.

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About the presenter
Mroddy-100Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, has been a genealogist for 13 years, becoming interested in the subject in anticipation of an extended trip to Ireland. She earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington in 2005. She is an active member of the Seattle Genealogical Society, having served in multiple board positions and on the seminar and education committees and is a regular facilitator on the SGS Brick Wall panel. She lectures frequently on various genealogical topics in the Seattle area. Her articles, “Mark Golden: A Case Study in World War II Research,” and “Sailing in Their Wake,” were published in Family Chronicle Magazine in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Her article, “Five Tips for Online Newspaper Research,” appeared in the June/July 2013 issue of Internet Genealogy. She presented her research on Mark Golden as part of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree webinar series. She is currently working on a novel set in the San Francisco area in 1900 and 1901, based on stories of several of her ancestors and their associates which she discovered in her genealogical research.
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Webinar time
The webinar will be live on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at:
  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific
  • 7pm GMT
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Here's how to attend:
  1. Register at today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  7. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
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