Sunday, December 30, 2012

Best of 2012 Genealogy Education Blog Posts

Reflecting back on 2012 I would like to share the ten most popular posts on this blog. Several of them are by guest authors in my series featuring reviews of courses at the genealogy institutes, and I would like to express my appreciation to all of my guest authors. 
The number one blog post was overwhelmingly the Ten-point Study Blueprint by Elizabeth Shown Mills. If you missed that one, or any of the other top ten, here are the links.

British Institute: Advanced Methodology for Irish Research 

Last Genealogist Standing: Are you Unstumpable?

Research in the South: An Unparalleled Week of Learning
An Insider's View of the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum

Friday, December 28, 2012

2013 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Schedule

I am excited for this line-up of webinars from Legacy Family Tree! They have some great presenters and topics that are free to attend live. 


Press Release -- December 27, 2012   


2013 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Schedule announced 

Millennia Corporation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2013 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series. Choose from more than 40 classes from genealogy's leading educators (over 60 hours of free genealogy education) on topics ranging from genealogy technology to DNA to in-depth research methodologies and evidence analysis.

Sign up for one or for all of them today (so you don't forget later) and you will receive a reminder email both one day and one hour prior to the live event. Register at

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Webinar Brochure
Print the webinar brochure to share with your friends, genealogy society, or Family History Center.

Webinar-on-CD Library
If you missed one of our previous webinars, you can purchase its CD for just $9.95 (or less when purchasing more than 5). Choose from 68 different classes - most come with several pages of handouts with clickable links. Click here to browse the library.

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See you online in 2013!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Free Genelaogy Webinars from MyGenShare

Yesterday I mentioned webinars that are not included on the calendar at GeneaWebinars, and here are some more you may be interested in. These are FREE genealogy webinars hosted by MyGenShare.

Note:  All Webinars are Mountain Time Zone
 Thurs. Dec. 20, 10:00 AM |  Wed. Jan. 23, 7:00 PM
Thurs. Dec. 20, 7:00 PM | Thurs. Jan. 17, 10:00 AM
Fri. Jan. 4,  7:00 PM | Wed. Jan. 9, 10:00 AM
Wed. Jan. 16, 7:00 PM | Fri. Jan 18, 7:00 PM
Mon. Jan. 3, 7:00 PM | Tues. Jan. 13, 3:00 PM
Sun. Jan. 6, 3:00 PM
Sun. Jan. 6, 4:30 PM
Mon. Jan.. 7, 10:00 AM
Tues. Jan. 8, 10:00 AM | Thurs. Jan. 31, 7:00 PM
Wed. Jan. 9, 7:00 PM
10. Saturday Seminar Jan 12, 2013:
Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know
Fri. Jan. 11, 10:00 AM | Fri. Feb. 1, 7:00 PM
Sun. Jan. 20, 3:00 PM
Wed. Jan. 16, 10:00 AM
Thurs. Jan. 10, 10:00 AM
Tues. Jan. 15, 10:00 AM
Thurs. Jan. 10, 10:00 AM
 Mon. Jan. 14, 7:00 PM
Mon. Jan. 21, 10:00 AM | Tues. Jan. 29, 10:00 AM
Note:  All Webinars are Mountain Time Zone

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Genealogy Webinars with Michael John Neill

Michael John Neill, the author of Casefile Clues, is doing a series of webinars at very reasonable prices ($4.00 to $8.50). These webinars are not listed on the calendar at GeneaWebinars so I thought it would be worth posting them here for those who may be interested.

For registration links see
Questions? Email Michael at

29 December 2012
This presentation will look at responsible ways to “tie” images and other data to your online tree. There’s more to sourcing that simply connecting the image/data to your ancestor. We will focus on actual example and see how to reduce the chance you accidentally get errors in your data.
29 December 2012
We will look at ways to get errors out of your own tree. This will include fixing relationships, removing duplicates, altering incorrect sourcing, and more. Attendees should have some working knowledge of using the trees.
29 December
This presentation will look at determining what content is on GoogleBooks, searching all content globally, searching specific content, download and viewing options, options for using material in blog posts and personal research, and more.
2 January 2013
This presentation will have an updated presentation on searching for content on We will take a quick look broadly at what content has, but will spend the bulk of the presentation time discussing how to search and effectively navigate material on the website. is a paid website and requires a subscription. Attendees do not need to have their own subscription.
2 January 2013 has changed since our original presentation. This session will provide a broad overview of the material on the site, how to search for specific content (particularly printed histories and microfilm), how to navigate that material, and what viewing and downloading options there are for material on does not require a subscription and is free to use.
2 January 2013 is free for all to use. We will look at hints and suggestions for navigating and interacting with content on FamilySearch. This presentation is geared towards beginning and intermediate level researchers.
5 January 2013
This presentation will focus on census searching techniques for databases at

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Illinois Genealogical Society 2013 Webinar Series

This announcement is posted at the request of the Illinois State Genealogical Society. They have a great lineup of webinars for 2013 that are open to the public for free.

December 14, 2012

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is happy to announce that registration for the 2013 ISGS Webinar Series is now open! We have a fantastic lineup of presentations and speakers and we hope you will join us for a wonderful educational experience.

A webinar is a live lecture/presentation that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection. ISGS offers the live broadcast of its webinars to the public for FREE. The live broadcasts are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. For ISGS members who are unable to attend the live session, recordings of all past webinars are available through the Members Section of the ISGS website, to watch at your convenience.

Here's what we have in store for 2013:

January 8 – Beyond the Draft Cards: Additional Selective Service Records
Presenter: Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL

February 12 – Best Genealogy Present You Can Give Yourself: Citing Your Sources
Presenter: Harold Henderson, CG

March 12 – Back to Your Roots: Planning a Successful Heritage Research Trip
Presenter: Lisa Alzo

April 9 – Digging Through Documents Word by Word
Presenter: Debbie Mieszala, CG

May 14 – Timelines: Placing Your Heritage in Historical Perspective
Presenter: Laura Prescott

June 11 – The Research Calendar: A Resource You Cannot Live Without
Presenter: Luana Darby

July 9 – Common Surnames: Ways to Identify Your Ancestors in a Crowd
Presenter: Juliana Smith

August 13 – Getting to Here from There: Following your Ancestor’s Migration Trail
Presenter: Jay Fonkert, CG

September 10 – “To the Honorable, the General Assembly” - The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions
Presenter: Judy G. Russell, CG

October 8 – Little Houses on the Prairie: Midwestern Research Techniques
Presenter: Diana Crisman Smith

November 12 – Up In Smoke!! What To Do When the Courthouse Burns
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

December 10 – Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees
Presenter: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG

Note: All webinars take place at 8:00 PM Central.

And don't forget to spread the word! Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at