Saturday, January 7, 2017

Upcoming Minnesota Genealogical Society Webinars


Minnesota Genealogical Society's 

Wednesday Webinars


Partly Sunny: Making Sense of DNA Matches
J.H. Fonkert, CG

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Partly Sunny: Making Sense of DNA Matches
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm Central

Description: Some genealogists scour DNA results for possible cousins; others use DNA to test hypotheses about relationships of living people. In either case, they depend on testing companies' criteria for identifying matches and on their predictions of relationships. These predictions are a bit like weather forecasts--they are estimates. Learn why these estimates, or predictions, are sometimes overly optimistic and sometimes overly pessimistic. Learn about how random mutations affect analysis of Y-DNA data and why recombination of autosomal chromosomes require predicted relationships to be expressed in ranges.

Presenter: J.H. Fonkert, CG



Misbegotten Children: Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1
Misbegotten Children: Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm Central

Description: Nearly all families have children with seemingly missing fathers. Yet, there may be clues and resources to help us determine their ancestry. Illegitimacy can be both a surprise and an embarrassment as we discover more and more about our family’s history. Treated with care and sensitivity, we can use many available resources to help us in our research.

Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG




Documenting Your Family Heirlooms
Jennifer Alford
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
Documenting Your Family Heirlooms
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm Central

Description: Do you know who made that quilt that your mother passed on to you? Are there family photos you received when your grandparents passed? These and other heirlooms are sometimes spread out among multiple family households, which makes it challenging to know much about where these items originated.
We'll discuss techie and non-techie ways to document your family’s heirlooms through apps, websites, and programs you can install on your own computer. By scanning photographs and documents, taking photos of your other items, and documenting the stories associated, we can share those items with our family throughout the world and to generations to come.

Presenter: Jennifer Alford 



What Is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?
Annette Burke Lyttle
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3
What Is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm Central

Description: Social history is the history of ordinary people and how they lived their daily lives. It seeks to fill in the rich details of the past. Learn how social history can both improve your research skills and help you better understand and tell the stories of your ancestors’ lives.

Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle 




Using Google's My Maps as a Research and Analysis Tool
Cari Taplin, CG
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7
Using Google's My Maps as a Research and Analysis Tool
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm Central

Description: Did you know you can create your own maps using Google's My Maps? Many of us use Google Maps for travel or locating a place. My Maps allows users to create custom maps which makes it a fantastic and easy-to-use research and analysis tool. Maps can be shared with others making it a great way to present your research to family and friends.
This webinar will give an overview of My Maps, examples for why and how it can be useful for genealogy, and will demonstrate how to create custom maps, including inserting lines, shapes, images, text, and more.

Presenter: Cari Taplin, CG




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