Webinars

Join us the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm ET – Register below for the webinars of your choice. You will receive an e-mail confirmation with your own personal link to join the webinar. Automated reminder e-mails are set for 3 days prior, and 1 hour prior to the live presentation. To view webinars that have already passed, please click on the date for the speaker to watch the recording. Recordings are a member benefit.

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JANUARY | Thurs., January 5, 2017 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: ’Citing Sources and Evaluating Evidence
Presenter: Thomas McEntee

More and more genealogists are evolving from "name collectors" to "serious researchers." Most realize the need to cite sources and evaluate evidence before data is added to a family tree. Here are ways to not only make the process easier, but to also get most out of your research data.
FEBRUARY | Thurs., February 2, 2017 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Land of Canaan: Researching Black Ancestors in Canada before Confederation
Presenter: Guylaine Petrin

In 1793, the Government of Upper Canada approved a law that ensure that any slave coming into its territory was automatically freed. Upper Canada became a haven for African Americans seeking freedom and political rights. This correspond to a difficult period researching genealogy. While this webinar will use examples from Black genealogy, many of the sources used are useful for anyone who has ancestors who lived in Upper Canada during the same time period.
MARCH | Thurs., March 2, 2017 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: What's New in Genealogy
Presenter: Kathryn Lake Hogan

What's new in genealogy? Every year at RootsTech in Salt Lake City, new innovations in genealogy are revealed - new innovations in tracking family medical history, sharing stories, saving and sharing photos, and more! Discover what's new, and explore the features of the latest and greatest innovations in family history.
APRIL | Thurs., April 6, 2017 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Searching for your Polish Roots: An Introduction
Presenter: Zbigniew Stettner

This webinar is designed for people wishing to start to look for their Polish roots (not necessary on current territory of Poland only but also western Ukraina, Belarus and Lithuania that used to belong to Poland). We will start with describing the requirements we should fill to start the research on this side of the ocean (like determining the place, religion, possible name variations, etc.).
MAY | Thurs., May 4, 2017 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Genealogy and GIS
Presenter: Jennifer Alford

When you dig into genealogy a repeated lesson is to know your location. We'll uncover how using GIS can connect geospatial history with your family history research. In this session we'll cover the exciting historical geospatial information that is now available for use in Google Earth and the many other tools available online.
JUNE | Thurs., June 1, 2017 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: A Nose for News
Presenter: Mary Kircher Roddy

Newspaper research can help to further genealogy research in many ways. Existence of a name in a newspaper can pinpoint a location for an ancestor at a particular time. Mentions in the legal notices, property records or shipping notices can provide clues for additional research avenues such as court records, deeds and passenger manifests. Talk includes nearly twenty top tips for getting the most out of newspaper research.
JULY | Thurs., July 6, 2017 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: It's Not All Online - Researching in Archives
Presenter: Melissa Barker

As genealogists, we are living in a time when there are huge amounts of genealogy records being put online on a daily basis. We can do research in the comfort of our own homes with our pajamas and fuzzy slippers until 3 o'clock in the morning if we want to. Truth is, "It's Not All Online"! This presentation will show the genealogist the importance of using research repositories and push away from the computer to find the records for their ancestors. This presentation is for all skill levels and is not specific to any geographic area.
AUGUST | Thurs., August 3, 2017 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: How Research Plans can up your Genealogical Game
Presenter: Annette Burke-Lyttle

Research is more effective and productive if we take a little time to make a plan before we dive in. Learn the steps and techniques of research planning that will save you time and frustration and can even help you break down brick walls.
SEPTEMBER | Thurs., September 7, 2017 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Using DNA for Genealogy Research
Presenter: Mary Eberle

This talk provides background information, such as the types of DNA that can be used for genetic genealogy, companies that test various types of DNA, results provided by testing, and how to use the results to further your family research. Accuracy and privacy concerns are also discussed, as well as how to develop a DNA testing plan to get the most out of your DNA testing.
OCTOBER | Thurs., October 5, 2017 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Harnessing the Facebook Generation
Presenter: Dr Janet Few

Have you ever wished that younger members of your family would take an interest in genealogy? Despite its title, this lecture is not about setting up a Facebook page, Tweeting, or devising a family history website. Instead, it is about inspiring young people to take up family history, providing us with opportunities to share a hobby we love and at the same time securing the future of our research.
NOVEMBER | Thurs., November 2, 2017 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: From East to West - Ancestral Migration through Canada
Presenter: Kathryn Lake Hogan

How did your family get from Europe to the Prairies? Why did your ancestors migrate through Canada? What clues can be found in records to track your ancestor's migration? Why did so many Quebeckers leave the province during the 1800s? What was so appealing about the Prairie Provinces? Explore the reasons that motivated our ancestors to move and start over again. Learn the techniques and strategies to follow your ancestors from east to west and beyond.


DECEMBER | Thurs., December 7, 2017 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Researching your Ancestors before Civil Registration in England & Wales
Presenter: Kirsty Gray

With increased digitization of genealogical records in England and Wales, documents relating to your ancestors are far more readily available but how are the records structured? Where are they located? And what information can be gleaned from these primary sources? Taking you through the basics by examining various record sets in the parish chest, Kirsty Gray highlights the online and offline resources available to today's genealogist when researching before 1837 in England and Wales.