Free genealogy webinars for September include lectures in British Isles research, genealogy methodology, slave narratives, North Carolina land grants, and more. See the entire list below.
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You don’t have to be in Utah to enjoy these wonderful classes. The Family History Library in Salt Lake City offers numerous webinars each month. These classes can be viewed from the comfort of your home. They are all free and offered nearly every day of the week. Their list is quite extensive, and if you notice in the sneak-peek below, several classes will be offered in Spanish. Check out the entire list by clicking on the image below. The image contains just a sneak-peek at what’s coming up these next two weeks from the Family History Library’s webinar series.
Once on their web-page, if you see a class title you are interested in, click the hyperlink that says “webinar” about 15 minutes before the webinar is to begin. (Remember, Utah is on Mountain Standard Time.) You will be directed to enter your name to join in on the webinar. You may also need to download Adobe Connect or install Adobe Flash. Just follow the directions, they will let you know what (if anything) you need to download or install to be able to watch the webinar. Don’t worry, it’s really quite easy!
Free Webinars from Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Legacy Family Tree Webinars also has free content each month. Though it is a subscription site, they offer free webinars about twice a week to the public. If you miss a live webinar, you have a week to view it for free. Here’s a glance at a few of the upcoming, free genealogy webinars coming up at Legacy Family Tree Webinars.
September 12th, Julie Goucher presents “Examining Migration & Researching Migrants in the British Isles,” 8 pm EDT. In this presentation you will examine the reasons for migration and focus on the individual migration groups coming to the British Isles. The United Kingdom is in an interesting position in that it sits within Europe and yet also has been a focal point of the Empire, some of which influenced migrants. We will also explore some of the research opportunities for each of those migration groups.
September 14th, Ann Staley, CG, CGL, presents “Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families,” 2 pm EDT. The WPA Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) of the late 1930’s provides us with more than 2,300 first person accounts of former slaves. The slave narratives, with their autobiographical accounts, can provide insight into the institution, rich context, and clues for family research.
September 18th, Cari Taplin, CG, presents “Using Lists to Find Proof,” 8 pm EDT. Genealogists examine lists nearly every time we conduct research, whether it be in the form of censuses, tax lists, directories, petitions, and hundreds of others. The Genealogical Proof Standard requires reasonably exhaustive research, analysis and corroboration of evidence. This presentation will demonstrate how lists can be used to meet those standards, and offers methods and tips for examining lists as a tool for proving the identity of our ancestors.
State Societies Offer Free Webinars, Too!
Free genealogy webinars are being offered from state genealogical societies, too. Be sure to check your own state society to see what is offered! Here is a short list of some of the webinars you might be interested in for the month of June. You do not need to be a member of these societies to enjoy the live webinar. Click on the hyperlinked society’s name and you will be directed to a page to register for the upcoming webinars.
Southern California Genealogical Society offers “Preserving Family History in the Face of Disaster,” presented by Denise Levenick, September 19th, 6 pm Pacific Time. Protect your family heirlooms and genealogy research from fire, flood, or other disaster. Learn practical ways to protect your photos and artifacts, and first aid strategies to save wet photographs and damaged documents. Leave this session with a customizable Genealogy Action Plan to preserve your family history. Be prepared!
llinois Genealogical Society offers “Researching Pre-Fire Chicago,” presented by Ginger Frere, September 11th, 8 pm Central Time. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was a turning point in Chicago’s history. The rebuilding of the city enhanced Chicago’s (and thus Illinois’) position on the world stage. For genealogists, the fire presents a challenge as many important records were lost – including vital records. But it didn’t all burn! Maps, diaries, church records, directories, newspapers, and other records survived. This lecture will present some of these alternative sources and discuss where they can be found.
Wisconsin Genealogical Society offers “On, Wisconsin! The 24th Infantry, 1862-1865, Brothers Forever,” presented by Jean Wilcox Hibben, 18 September, 7 pm CST. The 24th was comprised of many Germans, along with many long-time Milwaukee residents, including the commanding officer, Arthur MacArthur. The life of this unit is seen through records of a Milwaukee pioneer and private in Company I, focusing on what records are available (and where) for others searching Wisconsin Civil War soldiers.
Florida State Genealogical Society offers “But It’s All on the Internet,” presented by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, September 20th, 8 pm EST. The internet is a wonderful tool for researching our ancestors. But, it should not replace some of the tried-and-true methods for discovering our ancestors.
Georgia Genealogical Society offers “North Carolina Land Grants Overview,” presented by David McCorkle, September 26th, 8pm EST. Land grants are of particular interest because they represent the first time a particular plot of land was allocated to settlers, and also because the grant process required a number of steps and often took several years, with numerous documents generated. North Carolina has original documents going back to 1663, and the free website, nclandgrants.com, has searchable data on all the grants along with many original document images.
Free Webinar from New England Historical Society
NEHGS offers online educational programs on a variety of topics. Free and open to the public.
“Come Join the Revolution: Applying to the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution,” presented by Kathy Kaldis, Genealogist, Thursday, September 27th, 3 pm EDT. The countdown to the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolutionary War has begun. Becoming a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) is a wonderful way to honor and pay tribute to your ancestors who provided service during the American Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783). Join Genealogist Kathy Kaldis to learn about the NSDAR membership application process from start to finish. Register today!
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