BCG Quality Day of Education Webinars Now Available for a Limited Time

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The recordings of Friday's BCG Quality Day of Education are now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/bcg. 

The Quality Day of Education was presented at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, October 7, 2016 and broadcast live internationally via Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Six renowned genealogical educators provided lessons on quality genealogy research. The speakers included Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG,CGL, FUGA; Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG; Ann Staley, CG, CGL; Jeanne Bloom, CG; Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG; and Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the recordings of all six classes are 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.

The Classes

The presentations include:

The presentations will be available as free replays until Monday, October 17, 2016. After that date a monthly or annual membership in Legacy Family Trees Webinars will be required to view them.


AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research - free webinar by Ron Arons now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Watch Geoff Live: Using Legacy to Assemble a Family" by Geoff Rasmussen is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

This presentation will discuss the two main uses of handwriting analysis: 1) comparing signatures and handwriting in general to determine whether documents were written by the same person and 2) trying to understand the personality and behavior of a person by looking at the various traits of that person's handwriting.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 40 minute recording of "AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research" 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.

5513Reading Early American Handwriting by Kip Sperry - 20.95

This book is designed to teach you how to read and understand the handwriting found in documents commonly used in genealogical research. It explains techniques for reading early American documents, provides samples of alphabets and letter forms, and defines terms and abbreviations commonly used in early American documents such as wills, deeds, and church records. Furthermore, it presents numerous examples of early American records for the reader to work with, for it is the author's contention that by studying and transcribing each of these documents--letter-by-letter, word-by-word--readers will become proficient in reading and understanding early American handwriting.
 
Arranged by degree of difficulty, from relatively easy-to-read documents of the nineteenth century to those of the sevententh century, the documents showcase examples of handwriting styles, letter forms, abbreviations, and terminology typically found in early American records. Each document--nearly 100 of them at various stages of complexity--appears with the author's transcription on a facing page, enabling the reader to check his own transcription. This strategy allows the reader to attain proficiency in reading the documents at a natural rate of progression.
 
Also covered in the work, with particular emphasis on handwriting, are numbers and roman numerals, dates and the change from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar, abbreviations and contractions, and standard terms found in early American records. In addition, there is a timely section on the Internet and compact discs, as well as an annotated bibliography of books and articles of particular interest to genealogists and historians. Taken together, these features describe a book that is absolutely indispensable in learning to read early American handwriting.
 
"The further back in time our research takes us, the more 'plain English' looks like a foreign language. That's why Sperry's 'plain English' guide to not-so-plain English writing is an absolute basic book for every genealogical shelf."--Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS.
 
289 pages | Published 1998, reprinted 2008

Click here to purchase for 20.95.

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  • Enough is Enough. Or Is It? by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists
  • Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections by Jeanne Bloom, CG. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solver's Great Trifecta by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Adoption for the Forensic Genealogist by Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Black Sheep Ancestors and Their Records by Ann Staley, CG, CGL. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Educational Preparation for Certification: Many Paths to the Same Goal by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. October 18. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Civil Law Notaries - Using Notarial Records to Build a Family History by Melanie D. Holtz, CG. November 15. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

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FamilySearch Records Update: New records from Australia, Denmark, England, Ghana, Nicaragua, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and United States

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This week's collection update is well worth the wait, containing almost 3.5 million newly published indexed records and 2.3 million additional digital images from Australia, Denmark, England, Ghana, Nicaragua, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the US (Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, and the Revolutionary War). See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org. Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how at FamilySearch.org/Indexing

Collection

Indexed Records

Digital Images

Comments

Australia Victoria Inquest Deposition Files 1840-1925

101,646

903,420

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Tasmania Civil Registration of Births 1899-1912

69,290

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Denmark Probate Indexes 1674-1851

82,878

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Great Britain War Office Registers 1772-1935

204

3,617

New indexed records collection

England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1538-1963

61,201

54,925

Added images to an existing collection

Ghana Census 1984

30,138

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013

0

580,218

New browsable image collection.

BillionGraves Index

155,369

155,369

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Poland Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books 1784-1964

5,253

0

New indexed records and images collection

Poland Radom Roman Catholic Church Books 1587-1966

16,352

0

Added images to an existing collection

Spain Diocese of Ávila Catholic Church Records 1502-1975

11,671

0

New indexed records collection

Spain Diocese of Santander Catholic Church Records 1538-1985

63,919

4,551

New indexed records and images collection

Sweden Uppsala Church Records 1308-1901; index 1613-1860

67,400

0

Added indexed records and images to an existing

collection

Sweden Älvsborg Church Records 1642-1897; index 1681-1860

39,335

0

New indexed records collection

Sweden Södermanland Church Records 1604-1900; index 1640-1860

61,471

387

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Arkansas Church Marriages 1860-1976

542

2,050

Added images to an existing collection

Georgia Church Marriages 1787-1962

182

0

New browsable image collection.

Georgia Church Marriages 1754-1960

1,535

3,012

New indexed records and images collection

Oklahoma Church Marriages 1852-1948

314

0

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

California County Marriages 1850-1952

6,019

0

New indexed records and images collection

Washington County Marriages 1855-2008

0

14,958

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians 1911-1919

0

6,392

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Florida County Marriages 1830-1957

706,891

528,618

New indexed records and images collection

Utah Birth Certificates 1903-1914

13,249

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Minnesota Passenger and Crew Lists 1912-1956

31,305

34,589

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Illinois Cook County Obituaries ca. 1970-1990

293,091

35,504

Added indexed records to an existing collection

New York New York City Police Census 1890

1,479,855

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers 1818-1872

156,667

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

 

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world's historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.


How to Introduce Yourself at Genealogy Conferences

Whether or not you are attending RootsTech or another Genealogy Conference or Convention, whether you're going as a participant (speaker, presenter, etc.) or as an attendee, you should have a card. Call it what you want - a business card, a calling card, a Genealogy calling card..... but you should have one.

A calling card allows you to connect more easily with other genealogists. You're more accessible with your name and contact details on a card.

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This is the new card I designed using Moo. It's a dramatic departure from my 2011 card I had made for my Olive Tree Genealogy website!

The business cards for my Olive Tree Genealogy website that I printed for RootsTech 2011 were too simple.   I wish I'd done color for my logo, not just black and white. I like simple. I like uncluttered. But mine don't contain enough details and I may remove my cell phone number. If I want someone to have that I can easily add it, because my cards are not glossy and they aren't double-sided. It's a personal preference re glossy or matte, there's no right or wrong. But my next card for my genealogy website will be quite different.

Business Card

Do you have a blog? A website? Are you a passionate genealogist? Are you a member of some genealogy societies, a volunteer for a genealogical organization? Are you on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Periscope, Instagram, LinkedIn or another social networking site? Do you run a genealogy business or publish genealogy books? You need a card to let other genealogists know about your interests and how and where they can contact you!

Perhaps you aren't involved in any of the things I mentioned above. But you love genealogy and you like to meet other genealogists. You could benefit from a genealogy calling card. Think of the 19th Century when visitors handed their calling cards to servants who placed them on a silver tray for the head of the house or his wife to look at later. 

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Victorian Calling Card

 

I'm not advocating anything as fancy as the Victorian calling card shown here but if you like this style, why not? Whether ornate or simple, a calling card is a great introduction and a good way to ensure that genealogists you meet will remember you.

Perhaps you've sat through a wonderfully inspiring and informative presentation on a genealogy topic. You managed to introduce yourself to the presenter. She gave you her business card. Wouldn't it be great for you to hand her your calling card too? Now she has a name, an email and any other information you want to put on it, to remind her of your meeting. Who knows, maybe you'll connect in the future.

Or you got chatting to the genealogists sitting on either side of you. Hand them your card if you think you'd like to continue to engage with them. Maybe you went to the Conference alone and you don't know anyone there. You might decide you'd like to meet one of them for a quick supper. If your card doesn't have your cell phone number, you can scribble it on the back and invite a phone call or text to arrange a meetup.

So I created my new author cards this year. I've got a funky case I can carry them in (thanks to my granddaughter who gave it to me in 2011).

Business Card Case

Oh and no QR codes on mine. A lot of people don't know what those codes are for on a business card, and I'm not convinced of their usefulness on a card that already has the information printed.

Think about creating calling cards or business cards for your next genealogy convention or think about whether or not it's time to revise old ones. There are many online companies such as Moo that print business cards for a reasonable fee. So don't wait, think about which you prefer - modern business cards or old-fashioned calling cards.  Or maybe you will surprise everyone with a combination of the two.  As for glossy or matte, remember that you can write on matte but not glossy. Perhaps you want to omit your cell number on your card but keep the ability to jot it down on the back if needed.

 

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved with genealogy and history for more than thirty years. In 1996 Lorine created the Olive Tree Genealogy website and its companion blog. Lorine is the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books.


Preserving Old Family Letters: Tips from an Archivist - new Legacy QuickGuide now available

Legacy QuickGuidesTM have quickly become one of the more popular resources for genealogists. Each guide contains four (sometimes five, sometimes more) pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics, dozens of clickable links, and are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas. We've added another new Legacy QuickGuide: Preserving Old Family Letters: Tips from an Archivist by Melissa Barker. Now choose from 96 Legacy QuickGuides!

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If you are fortunate enough to have a cache of old family letters, you are sitting on a gold mine. Letter writing has gone by the wayside since the invention of the telephone, e-mail, texting, Twitter and Facebook. All those old family letters are something that should be preserved for future generations to enjoy. Other types of letters that you might have in your genealogy records collection could be war letters. War letters are not only important to your family history but to world history, especially if your ancestor talked about the war in their letters. Maybe you have a collection of college letters, these are letters written by your ancestor while they were at college. You could have vacation letters written by members of your ancestor’s family to your ancestor. You may even have love letters in your collection that tell of the courtship of your ancestors.

The Preserving Old Family Letters: Tips from an Archivist Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including the best ways to preserve letters, especially folded and delicate letters. Also included are links to websites and resources covering archival practices, transcribing letters and more. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.
 
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Register for Webinar Wednesday: AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons

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This presentation will discuss the two main uses of handwriting analysis: 1) comparing signatures and handwriting in general to determine whether documents were written by the same person and 2) trying to understand the personality and behavior of a person by looking at the various traits of that person's handwriting.

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Join us and Ron Arons for the live webinar Wednesday, October 5, 2016 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 www.java.com 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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RonArons-144x144About the presenter

For years Ron Arons has given presentations on genealogy across the country. In 2005, Ron won a NY State Archives grant for his historical criminal research. In 2008, Ron published The Jews of Sing Sing, about Jewish criminals who served time at the famous prison in New York. That same year, Ron appeared on the PBS TV special, The Jewish Americans, and talked about famous Jewish criminals of Manhattan's Lower East Side. In 2010, Ron published WANTED! U.S. Criminal Records, a reference book listing repositories across the country that maintain historical criminal records. In 2014 Ron published Mind Maps for Genealogy.

These books and a line of 'Black Sheep of the Family' products are available on his website, www.ronarons.com. Ron studied at Princeton and the University of Chicago.

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The Top 10 Genealogy Classes of September 2016

We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for September 2016! Are your favorite topics or instructors among the list? Need something new to learn? Use the list to get inspired!

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Each month thousands of Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers head for the library to learn new skills and techniques to help improve their genealogy research. Among the now-410 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of September 2016.  They aren't necessarily the newest classes but rather the topics that were sought out by our members.

Have you seen any of these classes? Are these among your favorites too? Some of these classes (and topics) might be new to you! Get inspired to learn more and make your genealogy journey more fun!

The Top 10 for September 2016

1. How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby

2. Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard D. Thomas

3. Finding Evidence of Kinship in Military Records by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

4. Scrivener Software 1 of 5: Getting Started with Scrivener by Lisa Alzo

5. The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL

6. Foundations in DNA 1 of 5: Genealogy and DNA by Blaine Bettinger

7. Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan

8. Beginning Polish Genealogy by Jonathan Shea, AG

9. Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen

10. Counting California: Censuses, Directories, and Voter Records by Gena Philibert-Ortega

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11. Watch Geoff Live: Adding Online Records to Legacy by Geoff Rasmussen

12. Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby

13. Legacy Family Tree and FamilySearch Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen

14. Foundations in DNA 2 of 5: DNA Overview by Blaine Bettinger

15. Clooz - a Genealogy Research Assistant by Richard D. Thomas

16. Windows 10 Survival Guide for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee

17. Genealogy on the Go - the Families app for your Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad by Malcolm Green

18. Scrivener Software 2 of 5: Storyboarding and Editing with Scrivener by Lisa Alzo

19. Kinship Determination: From Generation to Generation by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL

20. Watch Geoff Live: GEDmatch.com by Geoff Rasmussen and Diahan Southard

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Watch Geoff Live: Using Legacy to Assemble a Family - free webinar by Geoff Rasmussen now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Watch Geoff Live: Using Legacy to Assemble a Family" by Geoff Rasmussen is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

“Honey, I’ve got the divorce papers” didn’t come out of Geoff’s mouth how he intended when he showed his wife the package he received in the mail. It was a divorce case from 1879 which, although heartbreaking, began to unlock the identities of the children of Marsden and Jane Brown.

In this webinar, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will begin to document and assemble the family using records he recently discovered (divorce papers, census records, obituaries, and marriage records). You are invited to watch live as he adds the information to his personal Legacy family file. In this live, unscripted session, Geoff will talk his way through setting up the source clipboard, adding custom events, utilizing the To Do List, stitching multiple pages into a combined digital file, and adding the new information he found. Viewers will learn data entry and analysis skills for most efficiently using Legacy Family Tree to assemble ancestral families.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 40 minute recording of "Watch Geoff Live: Using Legacy to Assemble a Family" 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.

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Anyone can use Legacy Family Tree. It is simple enough for the beginner and powerful enough for the experienced. Without this book, you will probably discover some of the more powerful Legacy tools on your own...eventually...but why wait? In Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked! Techniques, Tips and Step-by-Steps for Using Legacy Family Tree to Record Your Genealogy you will learn how to better utilize some of Legacy’s best features by shadowing the research process of professional genealogist and Legacy Family Tree developer, Geoff Rasmussen:
  • Shared Events
  • Sources, SourceWriter, and the Source Clipboard
  • To Do List
  • Custom Internet searches
  • Mapping
  • Chronology View
  • Soundex Calculator
  • Digital pictures and other media
  • Much more...

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  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Enough is Enough. Or Is It? by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists
  • Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections by Jeanne Bloom, CG. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solver's Great Trifecta by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Adoption for the Forensic Genealogist by Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Black Sheep Ancestors and Their Records by Ann Staley, CG, CGL. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Educational Preparation for Certification: Many Paths to the Same Goal by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. October 18. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

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Beginning Polish Genealogy - free webinar by Jonathan Shea, AG now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Beginning Polish Genealogy" by Jonathan Shea, AG,  is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

Curious about your Polish roots but don't know where to begin? We will explore document sources in the US to help find your ancestral birthplace then we will take you across the ocean to search in the of archives of Poland, and much more.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 30 minute recording of "Beginning Polish Genealogy" 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.

Polish GenealogyLegacy QuickGuide: Polish Genealogy - 2.95

Once one of Europe's largest and more prosperous nations, Poland was eliminated from the map of Europe for the entire 19th century as its territory was occupied by the empires of Prussia, Russia and Austria. However, the language, customs and traditions of the people endured and flourished, both in the homeland and in communities founded by Polish immigrants the world over. Genealogical research can be challenging, but once records are located, efforts to document a family history can be productive due to many detailed documents in the nation's archives.

The Polish Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ contains valuable information so you can understand how to research your Polish family history. This handy 6-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Watch Geoff Live: Using Legacy to Assemble a Family by Geoff Rasmussen. September 30.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Enough is Enough. Or Is It? by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists
  • Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections by Jeanne Bloom, CG. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solver's Great Trifecta by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Black Sheep Ancestors and Their Records by Ann Staley, CG, CGL. October 7. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Educational Preparation for Certification: Many Paths to the Same Goal by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. October 18. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

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FamilySearch Records Update - new records for Australia and United States

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The Find A Grave Index continues to grow with a new addition of over 6 million indexed records. Also, find more indexed records from Australia and the United States Revolutionary War. See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org. Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how at FamilySearch.org/Indexing

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Indexed Records

Digital Images

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United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers 1818-1872

156,667

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Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Tasmania Civil Registration of Births 1899-1912

69,290

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Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Cemetery Inscriptions 1802-2005

352,527

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Added indexed records to an existing collection

Find A Grave Index

6,298,610

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Added indexed records to an existing collection

 

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world's historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

About FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.