Monday, February 27, 2017

Register for Webinar Wednesday - Apprentices, Indentured Servants, and Redemptioners: White Slavery in America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

It is frequently assumed that the only enslaved Americans were those brought on the slave ships from Africa. Yet, an estimated one-half of early immigrants came to America as apprentices, indentured servants, and redemptioners. And, a good many of those were children.
Join us and Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG for the live webinar Wednesday, March 1, 2017 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
PeggyLauritzen-144-144Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family's history has never left her. With her experience as a former Family History Director, she is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. Some of those would include The Ohio Genealogical Society, The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, which are also available on and
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Genealogy hangouts, webinars and online events, 26 Feb - 4 Mar 2017

Thanks to the centralized calendar at, genealogists interested in learning more about our craft may register for these online classes and seminars coming up this week. Be sure to verify the time in your neck of the woods. If you need a time zone converter see:

This centralized calendar provides information about how to attend genealogy-related online meetings, classes, hangouts, seminars and webinars, where there is a visual slide share and/or website or software demo for attendees to view.

Hosts may use a variety of platforms including Adobe Connect, AnyMeeting, Captera, Google Hangouts on Air, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, Live Meeting, Skype, Second Life, Web-Ex, and Wiggio, to name a few.

There are currently over 40 hosts with posting access to this calendar and blog, and over 200 hours of scheduled instruction for genealogists wishing to hone their research skills during the coming year. 

If your society would like to add virtual meeting announcements to this calendar, contact with your society's Gmail account.


Conference Keeper - the most complete calendar and collection of "in person" genealogy events.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Free Webinars from Familysearch

In my mailbox today came a news release from Familysearch detailing their free classes and webinars for March 2017. There is something here for everybody.

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars in March 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah (20 August 2017), Take advantage of 36 free family history classes and webinars in March 2017 through the world reknowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attend in person or online. Check out the Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden, Wales historic record classes, sessions on how to read records in Dutch and Portuguese, as well as sessions in Spanish.  
Classes offered online are noted as "Webinars". Webinar attendees need to click on the link next to the class title to attend the online class on the scheduled date and time. Those attending the Library in-person need to simply go to the room noted. Invite family and friends. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST). No registration is required. Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don't forget.
Not able to attend a webinar live or in-person? Most sessions are taped and can be viewed later online at your convenience in the archive for Family History Library Classes and Webinars.
Find and share this schedule of classes online in the FamilySearch Media Room

Wed, 1-Mar, 10:00 AMDutch Language Records Indexing (Beginner)
Wed, 1-Mar, 1:00 PMAsk Your United States Research Question (Beginner)
Sat, 4-Mar, 1:00 PMRecibiendo respuestas del Árbol Familiar (General) (Beginner)
Sat, 4-Mar, 2:00 PMRecibiendo respuestas del Árbol Familiar (para miembros SUD) (Beginner)
Mon, 6-Mar, 10:00 AMUsing the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Wed, 8-Mar, 10:00 AMIndexing Leadership Training (Beginner)
Wed, 8-Mar, 11:00 AMBritish Case Study (Beginner)
Wed, 8-Mar, 1:00 PMThe Value of Danish Military Levying Rolls (Beginner)
Wed, 8-Mar, 3:00 PMSwedish Jurisdictions and the Records They Kept (Beginner)
Wed, 8-Mar, 6:30 PMIndexing Leadership Training (Beginner)
Thur, 9-Mar, 11:00 AMResearch Logs (Beginner)
Thur, 9-Mar, 1:00 PMStarting Family Tree: Photos and Documents (Beginner)
Mon, 13-Mar, 1:00 PMBlessings and Curses of Tracing Welsh Ancestry (Beginner)
Mon, 13-Mar, 2:00 PMWelsh Naming Patterns and Customs (Beginner)
Tue, 14-Mar, 1:00 PMHow to Trace England Ancestry Online (Beginner)
Tue, 14-Mar, 2:00 PMTracing Non-Church of England Ancestry (Beginner)
Tue, 14-Mar, 3:00 PMDanish Census Records Online (Beginner)
Wed, 15-Mar, 10:00 AMPortuguese Language Records Indexing (Beginner)
Wed, 15-Mar, 1:00 PMScotland's 'Lost' Other Half: Tracing Difficult Ancestral Lines in Scotland's Non-Parochial (Church) Registers (Beginner)
Wed, 15-Mar, 2:00 PMUsing Church of Scotland Parochial Registers to Trace Scots Ancestry (Beginner)
Thur, 16-Mar, 1:00 PMTurning the Tables on Tracing Elusive Ancestry in England/Wales Civil Registration Records: How to Trace Ancestry Using Online BMD Indexes! (Beginner)
Thur, 16-Mar, 2:00 PMEngland Resources for Family History at FindMyPast (Beginner)
Fri, 17-Mar, 9:00 AMTracing Irish Roman Catholic Ancestry (Beginner)
Fri, 17-Mar, 10:00 AMFinding Ancestry in Ireland Civil Registration Records (Beginner)
Fri, 17-Mar, 11:00 AMIreland Census & Census Substitutes (Beginner)
Fri, 17-Mar, 1:00 PMThe Scots-Irish: Plantation and Settlement of Ulster in the 17th Century (Beginner)
Fri, 17-Mar, 2:00 PMKey Websites for Tracing Ancestry in Ireland (Beginner)
Sat, 18-Mar, 1:00 PM¿Qué harías tú? (Beginner)
Mon, 20-Mar, 10:00 AMUsing the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Wed, 22-Mar, 10:00 AMSpanish Language Records Indexing (Beginner)
Wed, 22-Mar, 2:00 PMExploring Danish Parish Registers (Beginner)
Thur, 23-Mar, 11:00 AMRevolutionary War Records (Beginner)
Thur, 23-Mar, 1:00 PMStarting Family Tree: Open Questions and Answers (Beginner)
Tue, 28-Mar, 1:00 PMQ & A: Ask Your Own British Research Questions! (Beginner)
Wed, 29-Mar, 10:00 AMItalian Language Indexing (1½ hours) (Beginner)
Thur, 30-Mar, 1:00 PMScandinavian Feast Days and Calendars (Beginner)

About FamilySearch

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof Argument - BCG webinar now online for limited time

The recording of tonight's webinar, "Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof Argument" by Karen Stanbary, CG is now available to view at for free for a limited time.
Webinar Description
This lecture illustrates how to integrate each element of the Genealogical Proof Standard in a proof argument that relies heavily on autosomal DNA test results to answer a relationship research question. The examples are drawn from "Rafael Arriaga, A Mexican Father in Michigan: Autosomal DNA Helps Identify Paternity." National Genealogical Society Quarterly (June 2016).
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 "Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof Argument" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership
Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions
Webinar Members get:
  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 474 classes, 658 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 2,183 pages)
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  • 5% off all products at (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features
Introductory pricing:
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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)
  • Finding Missing Persons With DNA Testing by Diahan Southard. February 22.
  • Apprentices, Indentured Servants, and Redemptioners: White Slavery in America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. March 1.
  • 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know by Gena Philibert-Ortega. March 8.
  • Home on the Range: Kansas Research Tips by Cari Taplin, CG. March 10.
  • Why are Irish records so weird? by John Grenham. March 15.
  • Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG. March 21.
  • Picture This: Images You Can Freely Use by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. March 22.
  • Introduction to Quaker Genealogy Research by Craig Scott, MA, CG, FUGA. March 29.
  • Preserve, Share, and Search Your Digital Pictures with Google Photos by Geoff Rasmussen. April 5.
  • Your Whiteboard in the Cloud: Trello for Genealogists by Lisa Alzo. April 12.
  • Complete Photo Restoration in 4 Easy Steps by Eric Basir. April 14.
  • The Genealogy in Government Documents by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. April 18.
  • Neighborhood Reconstruction: Effective Use of Land Records by Mary Hill, AG. April 19.
  • Finding and Using Land Ownership Maps by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. April 26.
  • Researching Criminal Records by Ron Arons. April 28.
  • Take Me Back to Where I Belong: Transportation Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. May 3.
  • Beginning Danish Research by Charles Fritz Juengling, AG. May 10.
  • New York City and State Governmental Vital Records by Jane Wilcox. May 12.
  • MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL. May 16.
  • Remember Me: Lifestreaming and the Modern Genealogist by Thomas MacEntee. May 17.
  • WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All by Eowyn Langholf. May 24.
  • The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors by Michael L. Strauss, AG. May 31.
  • Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. June 7.
  • How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA by Blaine Bettinger. June 14.
  • What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing by Diahan Southard. June 16.
  • Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush's Father by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. June 20.
  • Virtual Family Reunions: Super Easy, Super Fun by Pat Richley and Russ Worthington. June 21.
  • Canada's Top 10 by Kathryn Lake Hogan. June 28.
  • Censational Census Strategies by Mary Kircher Roddy. July 5.
  • Google Books: the tool you should use every day! by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 12.
  • Tips for Snapping Pics: How to Take Perfect Family Photographs by Jared Hodges. July 14.
  • Analyzing Documents Sparks Ideas for Further Research by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. July 18.
  • The Firelands, The Connecticut Western Reserve, and the Ohio Territory by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. July 19.
  • Family History Adhesive: The Science of Why History Binds Families and the Simple Tech of How to Do It by Janet Hovorka. July 26.
  • Tracing Your West Country Ancestors by Kirsty Gray. August 2.
  • A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. August 9.
  • Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen. August 11.
  • Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG. August 15.
  • Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories by Ursula C. Krause. August 16.
  • How to do Mexican Research and Be Successful by Jonathan Walker. August 23.
  • Getting Started with Evidentia by Edward A. Thompson. August 30.
  • Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist by Geoff Rasmussen. September 6.
  • Finding Isaac Rogers by Nicka Smith. September 13.
  • The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor's School Records by Melissa Barker. September 15.
  • When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion? by Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL. September 19.
  • WolframAlpha for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. September 20.
  • Quick Guide to Texas Research by Deena Coutant. September 27.
  • No Easy Button: Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. October 4.
  • Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary Hill, AG. October 11.
  • Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace by Pat Richley. October 13.
  • Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG. October 17.
  • The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 18.
  • Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. October 25.
  • Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece by Luana Darby and Ursula C. Krause. November 1.
  • New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by Michael L. Strauss, AG. November 8.
  • Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli. November 10.
  • British and Irish research: the differences by Brian Donovan. November 15.
  • Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG. November 21.
  • Understanding Alabama by Rorey Cathcart. November 29.
  • Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa Toth Salinas. December 6.
  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. December 13.
  • Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill Morelli. December 15.
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 19.
  • Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. December 20.
  • Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. December 27.
See you online!