An overview of the massive new record collection from France - free webinar by MyHeritage's Elisabeth Zetland now online to view

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The recording of today's webinar by MyHeritage's Elisabeth Zetland, "An overview of the massive new record collection from France" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

With a newly added collection of 463 million Historical Records from France, MyHeritage is an incredible resource to search for your French roots. This session will provide an overview of these collections and highlight how to search them in MyHeritage’s historical record search engine.

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Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar: An overview of the massive new record collection from France by Elisabeth Zetland

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With a newly added collection of 463 million Historical Records from France, MyHeritage is an incredible resource to search for your French roots. This session will provide an overview of these collections and highlight how to search them in MyHeritage’s historical record search engine.
 
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ElisabethZetland-144x144French-born Elisabeth Zetland earned her Ph.D. (with Honors) in medieval history from Paul Valéry University in Montpellier, France. Her ground-breaking original research traced the family trees of Jewish families residing in Florence, Italy in the 15th Century, and enabled Elisabeth to document an economic and social history of Tuscan Judaism between 1437 and 1464. Elisabeth’s research talents and experience, as well as her passion for genealogy, made her a natural fit for MyHeritage, when she joined the company in 2011. In 2012 she became MyHeritage’s country manager for French-speaking markets, and since 2016 she has been a full-time member of the MyHeritage genealogy research team. She considers herself addicted to family history and totally devoted to the subject.

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Say Amen: Going to Church with the Master - Finding the Mother Church - free webinar by Char McCargo Bah now online for limited time

Say Amen: Going to Church with the Master - Finding the Mother Church - free webinar by Char McCargo Bah now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Char McCargo Bah, "Say Amen: Going to Church with the Master - Finding the Mother Church" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Pre-civil war churches show the relationship between Masters and their slaves. Enslaved people attended Church with their owners and they were recorded beside their owners. Some of the enslaved individuals even got married in their Master’s church. This lecture will show you how to identify the Mother’s church and to locate records that might include your ancestors.

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3 Tips for Crowdsourcing Your Online Genealogy Question

3 Tips for Crowdsourcing Your Online Genealogy Question

When I started researching my family history, pre-Internet, I knew that if I wanted help I had a few options. I could attend a genealogy society meeting. I could go to the Family History Center. I could even write to Everton’s Genealogical Helper magazine and hope to connect with someone researching the same ancestor or ancestral line.

Fast forward to today and some of the ways we ask for help has changed. Everton’s magazine is gone (but you can see those old inquiries in the Everton’s Genealogical Helper database on MyHeritage). Many genealogy societies include virtual offerings due to the pandemic. Family History Centers still help patrons and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah is also available for virtual assistance. Add to those tried-and-true options what is now available online: genealogy and history specific Facebook Groups, genealogy chats on Twitter, online family trees, message boards, and library chat features and the answer to your question could literally be a few keystrokes away.

All of these online options provide a way for your to crowdsource your problem. “Crowdsourcing” means to “obtain (information or input into a particular task or project) by enlisting the services of a large number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via the internet.” It’s the way we answer questions about a variety of things in our day-to-day lives today from reading reviews of services to posting questions on Facebook. Genealogists use it as well and should in order to find the answers they need. 

So what’s the best way to utilize online help? A few things to keep in mind before you crowdsource your genealogy problem include: 

1. Choose the Right Place

Where’s the best place to ask your questions? Well, it depends. Is it something “simple” that you think other more experienced genealogists might know? Are you asking about what records were kept in Madrid, Spain in the 18th century? Are you wanting to know whether people had to have driver’s licenses in Florida in 1900? Your fellow genealogist might be able to answer that simple question but to learn more about Madrid you should probably seek out a genealogist who specializes in Spanish research, a society located in Madrid, or a nearby archive. A specific question about historical Florida driver’s licenses might be something for a librarian or archivist at a library in Florida.

If your question is specific to an area, you’re better off asking those familiar with the area (like a Facebook genealogy group for a specific location). Don’t assume that records everywhere are consistent, locations do differ and having someone in that location help you might be your best bet.

2. Be Specific

When I present genealogy brick wall lectures, I invite the audience to ask me a question about their brick wall. I always ask them to tell me their problem in 2 sentences. In those 2 sentences I want them to tell me the problem and where they’ve looked. This helps me get a sense of the problem and where they have searched for an answer so I know how to best help.

The same method is useful for asking for help online. Be specific, don’t get into a long story. Most people are used to scrolling through social media posts and not reading longer, detailed posts (in the case of social media). So briefly explain what you are trying to find, the location, and date. You might also want to explain briefly where you’ve looked. That way you don’t get multiple suggestions for the same places you’ve already searched. Responders can then ask you additional questions that will help them help you. 

3. Be Patient

Patience is a virtue and family historians need to have more than their share. I don’t know about you but I’ve had some genealogy problems I’ve been working on, on-and-off for decades. Sometimes online assistance, or getting the right answer, isn’t as instantaneous as we would like. Keep in mind that it might be worthwhile to ask for help in more than one place. A message board is an old tried-and-true way to get help. But you might have something posted on a message board and not get an answer for years. A Facebook genealogy group might not be as active and it might take some time. So be patient. 

I know this article is titled 3 Tips, but I want to provide one more for you to consider.

4. Not Everything is Free

I know we like free genealogy. Lucky for us, the genealogy world is filled with volunteers who give freely of their time and talents. However, at a certain point you may have to pay for that record lookup or that expertise. Your best bet for finding information in a specific place, might be to ask the local society to do some research. However, you’ll need to pay a fee or donation to do so. But remember, it’s definitely worth it to get the information you need and probably much less expensive than if you were traveling to that place.

What’s Your Question?

Crowdsourcing your genealogy question is a wonderful way to get the answers you need. But it takes more than just asking online. You need to carefully consider your question, what you need, and who might be able to give you that information.

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

 


New TechZone Video - Organize Your Digital Files in 3 Easy Steps by Diane Boumenot

New TechZone Video - Organize Your Digital Files in 3 Easy Steps by Diane Boumenot

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new, short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "Organize Your Digital Files in 3 Easy Steps" by Diane Boumenot.

Organize Your Digital Files in 3 Easy Steps

Diane Boumenot gives you tips for getting your files under control, creating a file structure and developing naming patterns.

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About the Presenter

Diane BoumenotDiane MacLean Boumenot specializes in southern New England genealogy research, including work on her own ancestors, who were among the original settlers of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She publishes her genealogy adventures on her website, One Rhode Island Family. In 2018 she co-authored, with Maureen Taylor, the National Genealogical Society's NGS Research in the States volume, Research in Rhode Island. Additionally, Diane has a long career in association management and believes strongly in the powerful combination of organizations and members pursuing their passion. She holds a B.A. in American History and English from Wesleyan University. Diane is also a graduate of ProGen 28.

See all the webinars and videos by Diane Boumenot in the Legacy library.
 
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Register for Friday's African Diaspora series webinar: Say Amen: Going to Church with the Master – Finding the Mother Church by Char McCargo Bah

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Pre-civil war churches show the relationship between Masters and their slaves. Enslaved people attended Church with their owners and they were recorded beside their owners. Some of the enslaved individuals even got married in their Master’s church. This lecture will show you how to identify the Mother’s church and to locate records that might include your ancestors.
 
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CharBah-144x144Char McCargo Bah is the CEO/Owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC. She has undergrad degrees in Urban Studies and African-American Studies. She holds professional certificates in genealogy, publishing, investigation, research and paralegal. She has been a genealogist since 1981; appearing in numerous television interviews and documentaries. She is currently working on the Virginia Theological Seminary’s Reparation Project and the Alexandria, Virginia Public House Project in locating descendants. Char has received numerous awards including nominated in 2019 for Who Who’s in America. She will appear in the 2020 Who Who’s in America publication. In 2014, she became Alexandria, Virginia’s Living Legend. She is the author of two books including her recent book, “Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom.” She is a freelance writer on local history for her column, “The Other Alexandria,” in the Alexandria Gazette Newspaper. And, a member of several genealogical societies, National Genealogical Society, Virginia Genealogical Society, Fairfax Genealogical Society, Afro-American Historical Genealogical Society and numerous historical and writing societies and organizations.

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Investigative Genetic Genealogy – the Use of DNA for Law Enforcement - free webinar by Diahan Southard now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Diahan Southard, "Investigative Genetic Genealogy – the Use of DNA for Law Enforcement" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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During this fun hour, you’ll join the fictional genetic genealogy team of The Chester Creek Murders, by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, who chase a criminal using his DNA matches. In the process, you’ll learn DNA sleuthing strategies that can help you track down your own elusive ancestors.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday: Investigative Genetic Genealogy – the Use of DNA for Law Enforcement by Diahan Southard

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During this fun hour, you’ll join the fictional genetic genealogy team of The Chester Creek Murders, by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, who chase a criminal using his DNA matches. In the process, you’ll learn DNA sleuthing strategies that can help you track down your own elusive ancestors.
 
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DiahanSouthard-144x144-2018Diahan Southard is a leading voice for consumer DNA testing from her position as Founder of Your DNA Guide. Diahan teaches internationally, consults with leading testing companies and forensics experts. Southard's company, Your DNA Guide (YourDNAGuide.com), deploys a team of scientists who provide one-on-one genetic genealogy education and research services. She recently published Your DNA Guide-the Book, that takes you on a step-by-step journey with your DNA in order to find answers to your genealogy questions. You will walk away from an interaction wither her enlightened and motivated as she has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

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Uncovering the lives of your London (England) ancestors - free webinar by Cathie Sherwood now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Cathie Sherwood, "Uncovering the lives of your London (England) ancestors" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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It can be quite daunting to find your ancestors who lived in the Greater London area as records are held at numerous archives. Parishes number in the hundreds and surprisingly, many Londoners in the 18th and 19th centuries were quite mobile. This presentation will take you through a variety of record collections including birth, death, marriage, poor law and school records. Resources like Charles Booth’s poverty maps to find out more about where your ancestor lived will be discussed as will the various occupation guilds and trades.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 15 minute recording of "Uncovering the lives of your London (England) ancestors" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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Register for Down Under webinar: Uncovering the lives of your London (England) ancestors by Cathie Sherwood

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It can be quite daunting to find your ancestors who lived in the Greater London area as records are held at numerous archives. Parishes number in the hundreds and surprisingly, many Londoners in the 18th and 19th centuries were quite mobile. This presentation will take you through a variety of record collections including birth, death, marriage, poor law and school records. Resources like Charles Booth’s poverty maps to find out more about where your ancestor lived will be discussed as will the various occupation guilds and trades.
 
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CathieSherwood-144x144Passionate about history and addicted to family history, Cathie has been researching her Irish, English and Scottish ancestors for over forty years. She was a university lecturer in digital technology and education, retiring as an Associate Professor. Cathie holds a Master’s degree in education, university qualifications in history and computer education, and has completed the Society of Australian Genealogist’s Diploma in Family Historical Studies and Certificate in Genealogical Research. Since her retirement, Cathie now utilises her computer and education knowledge and skills as a professional genealogist, educator and speaker.

As the principal and founder of Family History Academy, Cathie combines her love of family history with her technology skills. She coordinates innovative and interactive genealogy education opportunities in partnership with experienced and highly-respected lecturers.

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