Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? Free webinar by Diahan Southard now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA?" by Diahan Southard, is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

As we march forward into another year of genetic genealogy much is being discovered about the ways in which we can analyze our autosomal DNA data. There is a hot debate over two seemingly competing ideas: the DNA Circle, or the Triangulation method. The DNA Circle was pioneered by AncestryDNA and relies on small shared segments and complete family trees. The Triangulation method requires a chromosome browser and detailed calculations of shared amounts of DNA. We will cover questions like, Which is the best route to take? Do I need a chromosome browser? How can I use these methods in my own genealogy? Autosomal DNA is an ever changing field, this lecture will cover the latest methods of analysis and interpretation for the non-scientist genetic genealogist.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 42 minute recording of "Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA?" PLUS the after-webinar party 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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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • Watch Geoff Live: GEDmatch.com. July 8.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • 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.

Click here to register.

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The 2016 Webinar Subscriber Summer Spectacular!

Get ready for the 2016 Webinar Subscriber Summer Spectacular!

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It's our way of saying thank you to our webinar subscribers!

This summer we will not only have new members-only content, we will also have full in-depth series to help you take your genealogy to a new level.

We'll be sharing with you five new members-only series, released every two weeks, throughout the summer of 2016.

Here's an overview of what you can expect:

Speaker

Series

Release Date

Melissa Barker

Researching in Archives (5 classes)

July 4th

John Grenham

Foundations of Irish Genealogy (6 classes)

July 18th

Thomas MacEntee

Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint (10 classes)

August 3rd

Blaine Bettinger

Foundations in DNA (5 classes)

August 15th

Gena Philibert-Ortega

Researching in California (4 classes)

August 29th

Researching in Archives (5 classes)

Archivist Melissa Barker is taking her professional expertise in the Houston County, Tennessee Archives and helping genealogists everywhere find hidden resources in archives, libraries and societies. 

Melissa's 5 classes include:

  • It's Not all Online - Tips from an Archivist
  • Vertical Files - What are they and How to use them
  • Researching in Libraries and Archives
  • Scrapbooks - A Genealogist's Gold Mine
  • Preserving Old Family Letters - Tips from an Archivist

Available to subscribers: July 4, 2016

Foundations of Irish Genealogy (6 classes)

Ireland's best-known genealogist, John Grenham, brings us the most comprehensive introduction to Irish research available online. John is the author of the genealogical standard Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. John gets you started with your Irish research in an approachable way that will take the mystery out of researching your Irish ancestors.

John's 6 classes include:

  • Foundations of Irish Genealogy 1: The Raw Materials of Irish Genealogy
  • Foundations of Irish Genealogy 2: The Major Records I - General Register Office
  • Foundations of Irish Genealogy 3: The Major Record II - Censuses
  • Foundations of Irish Genealogy 4: The Major Record III - Church Records
  • Foundations of Irish Genealogy 5: The Major Record - 19th Century Property Records
  • Foundations of Irish Genealogy 6: Bringing the Major Records Together

Available to subscribers: July 18, 2016

Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint

If you enjoyed Thomas MacEntee's Microsoft Word series, you will love his new PowerPoint series. Thomas will take you through the steps of learning to use and make use of PowerPoint the right way. After you take this series of 10 classes, PowerPoint will make sense and you will be comfortable using it.

Thomas' 11 classes include:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint (1 hour) - LIVE - August 3, 2016
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Slide Formatting and Design (1 hour)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Slide Animations, Transitions and Effects (1 hour)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Using Photos and Videos (30 minutes)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Using Views (30 minutes)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Using Drawing and Graphics (30 minutes)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Using the Grid and Grouping Items (30 minutes)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Using Slide Shows (1 hour)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Using the Slide Master (30 minutes) 
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Settings and Menus (30 minutes)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - Tips and Tricks (30 minutes)

Available to subscribers: August 3, 2016

Foundations in DNA (5 classes)

DNA is a hot topic in genealogy right now but it can be a bit confusing to learn how it works. Unfamiliar with DNA? Not a problem! DNA expert Blaine Bettinger starts from the very beginning and helps give you an understanding of DNA so that you can apply it as a tool to your genealogy research. 

Blaine's 5 classes include:

  • Foundations in DNA 1: Genealogy and DNA
  • Foundations in DNA 2: DNA Overview
  • Foundations in DNA 3: Y-DNA
  • Foundations in DNA 4: Mitochondrial DNA
  • Foundations in DNA 5: Autosomal DNA 

Available to subscribers: August 15, 2016

Researching in California (4 classes)

Did your ancestors Go West? Learn how to research your California ancestors with California native, Gena Philibert-Ortega. You'll tackle the major record groups and be on your way to uncovering details about your ancestors' California lives!

Gena's 4 classes include:

  • Researching in California (available now)
  • Life and Death in California (available now)
  • Ho for California - Land and Maps
  • Counting California - Censuses, Directories, and Voter Records

Available to subscribers: August 29, 2016

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Tuesday's Tip - Highlighting Multiple Locations

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Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Highlighting Multiple Locations

One of the beta testers posted on this recently in response to a question someone asked. I thought this would make a good tip of the day.

Let's say you want to make a list of everyone that uses Lamar County, Mississippi. I am going to sort the Location List by state then county then town so that all the Lamar County locations sort together. I can then highlight all of the locations using the Windows command CTRL (hold the button down) and then select the locations using the mouse.

Over on the right only the people using the LAST location will show up in the box and this is where people get a bit confused. To see ALL of the people for ALL of the highlighted locations you need to go to OPTIONS > SHOW LIST.

You can now Tag Everyone in List or you can Create Search List.

 

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Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips checkout the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis is part of the technical support team at Millennia, the makers of the Legacy Family Tree software program. With over 20 years of research experience, Michele’s passion is helping new genealogists get started on the right foot through her writings, classes and lectures. She is the former staff genealogist and weekly columnist for the McDuffie Mirror and now authors Ancestoring, a blog geared toward the beginner/intermediate researcher.

 


New - Register for Watch Geoff Live: GEDmatch.com

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After the incredible findings of my first encounter with genetic genealogy, I am ready to take my DNA research to the next level. I want YOU – the live webinar audience – to be there with me as I explore GEDmatch.com for the first time.

Since our Watch Geoff Live: DNA webinar in April, which some are saying was "the best overall DNA presentation [they've] ever caught..." I've tested the DNA of my father, his father, and my father-in-law. This really is the next big thing in genealogy! As has been suggested as the next logical step with genetic genealogy research, I've imported the data into GEDmatch.com, but am very unsure on how to interpret what it has found.

Once again, I've invited DNA expert, webinar presenter, and yourDNAguide.com's Diahan Southard to be on hand to guide, interpret and explain the findings. The result will be a live and unscripted session giving DNA neophyte researchers (like me) a first-hand look at what to expect from one of DNA’s key tools – GEDmatch.com. I'd love to share the experience with all of you (Friday, July 8, 2016) so please register for the live webinar here.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard

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As we march forward into another year of genetic genealogy much is being discovered about the ways in which we can analyze our autosomal DNA data. There is a hot debate over two seemingly competing ideas: the DNA Circle, or the Triangulation method. The DNA Circle was pioneered by AncestryDNA and relies on small shared segments and complete family trees. The Triangulation method requires a chromosome browser and detailed calculations of shared amounts of DNA. We will cover questions like, Which is the best route to take? Do I need a chromosome browser? How can I use these methods in my own genealogy? Autosomal DNA is an ever changing field, this lecture will cover the latest methods of analysis and interpretation for the non-scientist genetic genealogist.

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Join us and Diahan Southard,  for the live webinar Wednesday, June 29, 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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DiahanSouthard-144x144A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead her to her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. Diahan's lectures are always fun, upbeat, and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

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Using Keywords in Genealogical Research

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In my last blog post, I explained the benefits of creating a keyword list as a tool to help you organize your research. This however begs the question - How does using keywords lead to research success in genealogy? Using keywords can help researchers follow the paper trail and build the context around their ancestor’s life story. For continuity’s sake, I am sticking with the example that I used in the last post: the newspaper article about Capt. Bensley Collenette of Boston, Massachusetts.

How do keywords lead you down the paper trail?

I think of keywords as mental triggers. With experience follows greater intuition and the ability to point out that certain facts or keywords indicate there is more of a paper trail to follow. As an isolated example, this newspaper article provides several leads for more records. Capt. Collenette was noted to be a naturalized citizen of Boston, which suggests that his naturalization petition could be obtained and provide more genealogical information. In fact, in retrieving Captain Collenette’s petition for naturalization, the source offers a correction to the information in the newspaper article. Rather than being born in Germany, he was born on the Island of Guernsey, located in the English Channel.[1] In the final sentence of the article, the writer noted the Captain ran a navigation school in Boston. When an ancestor is identified as operating a place of business, the city directories are a great source for finding more about the history surrounding a particular business or institution.

Capt. Collenette’s qualifications for navigating and piloting ships offer clues to extending the paper trail. The article states that Captain Collenette was qualified as a master mariner in both England and the United States. The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England has custody of certificates for qualified Masters and Mates in the United Kingdom, but digitized copies are searchable on Ancestry.com. Masters of vessels in the United States required an official endorsement from the ship’s owner if a new master were to pilot that vessel. The ledger books containing endorsement of masters are held by the National Archives and Records Administration. I did locate Capt. Collenette among these records as the master of the steam yacht Myopia, allowing me to add one more kernel of information to the history of his seafaring life.[2]

Using Keywords in Genealogical Research
 

Using Keywords in Search Engines

For terms that are unfamiliar, you should start by trying all of these terms in a Google search. This is a good strategy for two reasons:

  • You can mine the vast resources of the Internet, allowing you to locate some sources quickly.
  • You can measure and analyze the appearance of a keyword.

The article mentions various ships that Capt. Collenette served on, so using Google, I searched for these different ships. I was able to locate some history about these vessels, as well as some pictures. Using keywords in Google however takes some practice and playing around with the different terms. For example, in searching the names of vessels, you often have to precede the name with the type of vessel. Google is the type of search engine that works best when you communicate exactly what you’re looking for. Webinars by Lisa Louise Cooke and Thomas MacEntee offer great advice on how to use Google and other search engines for genealogy.

 

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Steam Yacht Lurline. Image Source: Library of Congress.

 

Don’t overlook the search results in Google Books and Google Scholar. I found this method particularly helpful when I was looking up the occupation of steamboat inspector. Google had digitized copies of Annual Reports of Supervising Inspector General, Steamboat Inspection Service. [3] While no mention of Capt. Collenette was made among these publications, I was able to learn a lot more concerning the nature and specific qualifications for the position.

If there are famous people, noted officials or institutions mentioned in a particular source, extend your keyword search using catalogs like ArchiveGrid and Periodical Source Index. Using keyword searches in catalogs, I was able to locate papers for local steamboat inspector Andrew D. Burnham, U.S. Inspector General George Starbuck, and Edward Winslow, Collector of Customs for the Port of Boston.

The keyword strategy can result in dead ends sometimes, but offers a methodical and calculated approach to seeking out other sources. When trying this type of research, it might be helpful to follow the trail of keywords mentioned in secondary sources. Sometimes, we are able to gather a lot more details and history if we generalize what we are looking for. A ship name might be too specific or offer only limited information, but if we broaden to a shipping line, like the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, there are a lot more sources available for research. Analyzing all your sources for repetitions in keywords or subjects can definitely lead to more information.

See what you can find using keywords in your research and let me know what you find!

 

[1] "United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-34239-28679-49?cc=2064580 : 22 May 2014), Massachusetts > US Circuit Courts > US Circuit Court > Petitions for naturalization, 1874 Oct, vol 82 > image 357 of 430; citing NARA NAID 4752894, National Archives at Boston, Waltham, Massachusetts.

[2] “Records of Endorsements of Change of Master of Enrolled & Licensed Vessels, 1894-1914,” District of Boston, Massachusetts, Vol. 312, National Archives at Boston.

[3] A more complete collection of these reports is available through the Hathitrust Digital Library.

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Jake Fletcher is a professional genealogist, educator and blogger. Jake has been researching and writing about his ancestors since 2008 on his research blog. He currently volunteers as a research assistant at the National Archives in Waltham, Massachusetts and is Vice President of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG).


Digging Deeper in German Parish Records - free webinar by Gail Blankenau now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Digging Deeper in German Parish Records" by Gail Blankenau, is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

Continue your work in Germanic parish records, with examples and cases that will help you with an array of strategies and situations to help you learn how to bridge the gaps and build your Germanic lineage.

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 46 minute recording of "Digging Deeper in German Parish Records" PLUS the after-webinar party 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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Church books are the “heart and soul of German genealogy.” Learning to read them is an important step in your research. Because Germany was not a unified country until 1871, there are many dialect words in these records. The longer you work in your particular parish, the more familiar you will become with your area’s usage.
 
The Deciphering Germanic Script: Common Words in Church Books Legacy QuickGuide™ contains handwriting examples for some of the common words found in German records. This handy 5-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.
 

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  • Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard. June 29.
  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • 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.

Click here to register.

Print the 2016 webinar brochure here.

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Tuesday's Tip - FamilySearch Images

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Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

FamilySearch Images

By now everyone knows that FamilySearch has a plethora of records online but did you know that there are a lot more records online that you can't readily see? If you just do a search on the Documents page you will miss them. If you do a search in the FHL card catalog you might just luck up and find a record set that has a link to images but since it hasn't yet been pulled into the indexing project you will not seen them in the list of records.

For example, take a look at this -Deeds, 1786-1865; index to deeds, 1786-1913, Greenville County (South Carolina). Register of Mesne Conveyance.

https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/472237?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Scroll down on this page and the microfilms that have cameras next to them are accessible online as images. Click the camera and you will be taken right to the online images of the roll of microfilm.

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Index to deeds, 1786-1913, Greenville County (South Carolina). Register of Mesne Conveyance on FamilySearch
Index to deeds, 1786-1913, Greenville County (South Carolina). Register of Mesne Conveyance on FamilySearch

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips checkout the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis is part of the technical support team at Millennia, the makers of the Legacy Family Tree software program. With over 20 years of research experience, Michele’s passion is helping new genealogists get started on the right foot through her writings, classes and lectures. She is the former staff genealogist and weekly columnist for the McDuffie Mirror and now authors Ancestoring, a blog geared toward the beginner/intermediate researcher.

 

 


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau

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Continue your work in Germanic parish records, with examples and cases that will help you with an array of strategies and situations to help you learn how to bridge the gaps and build your Germanic lineage.

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GailBlankenau-144x144Gail Blankenau is an experienced genealogist, speaker and author. Her publications include articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and The Genealogist. She is also a contributor to Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy magazines. Based in Nebraska, she specializes in Nebraska records, Midwestern roots, German genealogy, land records, 19th-Century photographs and tracing lineages. More than half her ancestors came from New England, but she has roots in almost every state east of the Mississippi.

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Got IMMIGRANT ancestors? New 3-part BONUS immigration webinar series by Lisa Alzo now available

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Got immigrant ancestors? We'll help you find them! Announcing a brand new 3-part Immigration Series:

We're working hard to give our webinar subscribers the educational classes they need to maximize their genealogical research! All three of these new classes are bonus webinars in the webinar library. The webinar previews are always free.

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Tracing Immigrant Ancestors in New York Passenger Lists

The Port of New York was the largest and perhaps most famous port of arrival for many of our immigrant ancestors. In this webinar, you will learn where to find New York passenger lists, what genealogy information they will provide, and tips and tricks for searching online records in the Ellis Island Database, the Castle Garden and FamilySearch websites, Ancestry.com, and other resources.

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Tracing Immigrant Ancestors: the Other Ports

Can't find your ancestors in New York Passenger Lists? Perhaps your immigrant ancestor arrived at another location. In this webinar learn how to locate and search for passenger lists for Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia New Orleans, San Francisco, and Galveston, as well as other minor ports.

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Tracing Immigrant Ancestors: Advanced Tips and Techniques

Frustrated by the search for your immigrant ancestor's arrival record? In this webinar, learn some advanced tips and techniques for mining online passenger databases with tools such as Steve Morse's One-Step Web Pages, and how to find clues about an ancestor's immigration in other records such as censuses, port of departure lists, border crossing records, passport applications, newspapers, naturalization petitions, and more.

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