WEBINAR AND TUTORIAL LINKS
I watch a lot of genealogy webinars! I'll include links to various webinars, tutorials, and podcasts as I come across them here.
Regular Webinars, Tutorials, and Podcasts
- Ancestry.com (and previously also Archives.com) webinars – free 20-30 min presentations on a variety of genealogy topics (mostly relevant to the US, but translatable to the UK) @ 10:00 Pacific Time (13:00 Eastern Time) on Tuesdays and Thursdays (Ancestry.com) and Wednesdays (Archives.com) – but as of Nov/Dec 2013, the Archives webinars seem to have stopped. Also available after the event on YouTube–Ancestry and YouTube–Archives, respectively. There is no need to register for these.
- Legacy Family Tree Webinars – 60-90 min webinars, generally once a week @ 11:00 Pacific Time (14:00 Eastern Time) on Wednesdays and some Fridays. Free when viewed live (you have to register in advance) and for about 7 days afterwards and all are available at any time if you have a webinar subscription – handouts also available to subscribers. These webinars are excellent.
- FamilySearch Learning Center – has hundreds of free, recorded tutorials (I don't know of any schedule)
- Mesa FamilySearch Webcasts – can be watched live or after the event
- Southern California Genealogical Society – 90 min webinars on general genealogy topics, occurring on the first Saturday (10:00 Pacific Time / 13:00 Eastern Time) and third Wednesday (18:00 Pacific Time / 21:00 Eastern Time) of each month. Recordings available at any time for members.
- Genealogy Gems Podcasts – approximately 1 hour podcasts from Lisa Louise Cooke from Genealogy Gems, available free, although there is an Premium Member subscription option. Covers genealogy topics and technology products relevant to genealogy – and the latter are often relevant to non-genealogy things too. As of Jan 2014, Lisa has recorded 163 podcasts.
- Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to be Told – approximately 1 hour interviews from Jane E. Wilcox on Blog Talk Radio on a variety of topics.
- The Google Genealogist (Part 1) (10:38) – Good tips for searching (new to most people) and places to find free genealogy data on Google
- The Google Genealogist (Part 2) (9:30) – ditto
- The Google Genealogist (Part 3) (7:11) – ditto
- The Google Genealogist (Part 4) (6:57) – ditto
- The Google Genealogist (Part 5) (9:28) – ditto
- The Google Genealogist (new tips and tricks) (9:33) – ditto
- Thinking Creatively About Research Problems (39:16) – thought-provoking presentation on researching information when an ancestor had lied about various pieces of information to conceal his illegitimacy (and also being a scoundrel!), advising widening the boundaries and being distrustful even on records that normally can be relied upon.
DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy
Ancestry.com, Family Tree Maker, and Fold3
- Using the Ancestry.com Card Catalog (31:39) – many people only use the green shaky-leaf hints, but the Card Catalog should definitely be used to find all possible of your ancestors' records
- Ancestry.com Learning Center (27:19) – you don't have to have a subscription to access the Learning Center, so check this out for some useful tips
- Going Beyond the Shaky Leaf (31:04) – how to deal with shaky leaf hints and go beyond these in Ancestry.com
- Splitting or Combining Family Trees with Family Tree Maker (22:56)
- Smart Search Tips and Tricks On Ancestry.com (19:17)
- Soundex, Wildcards, and Other Search Options (29:10)
- Find Them Fast: Secrets to Searching Ancestry.com (57:45) – this has a lot of irritating microphone feedback (it improves) but the presenter has a lot of helpful tips for those who need help in searching for records beyond the shaky leaves
- Why You Can't Find Your Ancestor In That County: Boundary Changes (14:42)
- Five Minute Find: Saving Fold3 Finds to Ancestry.com (3:11)
- How To Videos – several short videos from Ancestry.com
- Learning How to Tune Your Ancestry.com Search (Feb 2014) – PDF of a presentation at 2014 Rootstech, giving a sneak peek at some new filters it looks like Ancestry will be rolling out (see Slides 16-21) with sliders allowing for a range from "broad" to "exact", rather than just allowing "exact" or not
- England Beginning Research Series Lesson 1: Getting Started (15:00)
- England Beginning Research Series Lesson 2: Understanding Census Records (15:00)
- England Beginning Research Series Lesson 3: Understanding Civil Registration (20:00)
- England Beginning Research Series Lesson 4: Understanding Church Records (20:00)
- England Probate Records: Pre-1858 Probate Records: Courts and Indexes (18:00)
- England Probate Records: From 1858 to the Present (12:00)
- Laying the Groundwork for Your Ancestor's Story: Start with All the Censuses (23:47)
- What Are You Missing in the 1850-1880 Censuses? (21:07)
- What Are You Missing in the 1900 and 1910 Censuses? (26:16)
- What Are You Missing in the 1920-1940 Censuses? (22:46)
- What Happened to the Names?! Making the Jump to the 1840 Census (20:42)
- Searching Newspapers.com (4:54)
Page updated 5 April 2014