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Part Number: WXSQUATER_

Price: $9.95
Land records are paramount in genealogical research. Learn about your ancestors who may have been squatters, a member of a claim club or transferred their presumptions. Land laws were often abused and those who took advantage of them are also discussed.
 
1 hour 48 minutes, plus 7 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXMINEUBER_

Price: $9.95
While there’s a galaxy of Internet sites that can help you with your German genealogy, some stars shine brighter than others – and it’s not just Ancestry and FamilySearch, although those two 500-pound canaries both have huge assets for those seeking Deutsch ancestors.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on May 18, 2016. 1 hour 46 minutes, plus 1 page of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXMSGGRAVE_

Price: $9.95
In order to find an ancestor's tombstone, the burial ground must first be found. Tips are given on how to find the different cemeteries depending on the time period, type (church or commercial), and economic condition of the deceased. Tombstones are the last monuments to our lives on this earth. In their shape and inscribed symbols, they can speak of the lifestyle of the deceased or the attitude of death of the loved ones left behind. They are being destroyed by many factors, which make them illegible or eradicate them altogether. Abandoned and "lost" cemeteries can be found through records and natural signs. Discussion includes ways to read "illegible" stones, which may be the last time a person may hear the tombstone "speak." This webinar illustrates these techniques and shows what problems are encountered in reading a variety of markers and what might be done to overcome them. Internet sources and resources are also discussed throughout the lecture.
 
1 hour 48 minutes, plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXEPHEMERA_

Price: $9.95
Discover the wonderful world of ephemera (records designed for short term use - such as diaries, postcards, letters and newspaper articles) for genealogy research. Learn how these records enhance our understanding of ancestors in the context of time and place.
 
41 minutes, plus 12 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXDIRTPICS_

Price: $9.95
Dirty negatives, smudged old photos, curled panorama pictures, and photos stuck in sticky albums. Learn how to rescue your family photos, albums, and scrapbooks from the ravages of time.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on May 11, 2016. 1 hour 28 minutes, plus 3 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXLIVDIECA_

Price: $9.95
Birth, marriage, death, and a final resting place. These are all important events in documenting our ancestor’s life. California officially started recording BMD events in 1905 but what counties started the process earlier? What alternative sources exist for vital records when a government issued certificate is not available? Once you have documented the death of an ancestor, where do you find their final resting place? We will explore vital record recording in California and alternatives prior to official state recording. We will also explore other places to find information about your ancestor’s BMD event. Finally we will look at what types of cemeteries exist in California and where to find burial information.
 
1 hour 8 minutes, plus 10 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXRESCA_

Price: $9.95
Have California ancestors? Where do you start looking? Trying to figure out what is available can be intimidating and time consuming. In this webinar we look at what you need to know to start your California research. We’ll explore repositories for research starting with archives, libraries, and museums and then cover genealogical and historical societies. We will continue our discussion by looking at what California collections are online. Knowing what is available will help you better understand where to look for that must-have record.
 
1 hour 9 minutes, plus 9 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXGOOGDRV_

Price: $9.95
Learn how to use Google Drive - a free cloud computing application complete with spreadsheets, word processing and more - to your advantage while performing genealogy research. We’ll cover how to create new documents, import documents from your hard drive, and how to use the basic functions of each component.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on May 4, 2016. 1 hour 53 minutes, plus 12 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXPARCHEST_

Price: $9.95
The parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in England and Wales give many genealogical clues to help build a family tree. Kirsty Gray also highlights other documents kept by the parish, the diocese and the archdeaconry and the invaluable information which can be gleaned about the lives of our ancestors.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on April 27, 2016. 1 hour 57 minutes, plus 2 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXFIREMAP_

Price: $9.95
Fire insurance maps were developed in the late 19th century to assist insurance companies in managing their risk of coverage in areas where they did not have a physical presence. Over 54,000 maps were made of communities large and small and many communities had multiple maps created between 1895 and 1920. These maps today offer an incredible window into the past, illustrate the evolution of these communities and describe the physical environment of the lives of our ancestors. We will explore the history of the maps including the the Sanborn Map Company which had a virtual monopoly by the 1920s. We will also identify where to access these maps and, using four case studies, illustrate how these maps can solve our genealogical problems and add context to the lives of our ancestors. All is eventually tied to the genealogical proof standard.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on April 20, 2016. 1 hour 42 minutes, plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXGEOFFDNA_

Price: $9.95
Geoff finally did it! He took his first step into the world of DNA and had his two maternal grandparents tested (autosomal tests from AncestryDNA). He recently received the testing results and has waited to explore them – for the first time – in front of a LIVE webinar audience. You are invited to watch live as his DNA results are revealed. He is hoping that somehow DNA will bring down one of his longest-standing brick walls. On hand to interpret and explain what Geoff discovers will be DNA expert, webinar presenter, and yourDNAguide.com’s Diahan Southard. Geoff has kept the results hidden from her as well. The result will be a live and unscripted session giving DNA neophyte (like Geoff) viewers a first-hand look at what to expect from their first autosomal DNA test. This was presented to a live webinar audience on April 19, 2016. 1 hour 42 minutes.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXUSLAND_

Price: $9.95
People recorded evidence of their property, paid taxes on property, gave away property, bought and sold property, fought over property, and willed property to heirs in the 20 state lands states. When understood and used properly, metes and bounds land records comprise one of the most important sources for research in America.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on April 13, 2016. 1 hour 31 minutes, plus 5 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXCONFDNA_

Price: $9.95
With slave ancestral research, one is often faced with direct evidence vs. indirect evidence. Many forms of direct evidence that emphatically prove family relationships, birthplaces, and other happenings are often non-existent because slaves were merely considered “property”. Some researchers have been very fortunate to find rare pieces of direct evidence, in the form of old family letters, diaries, ledgers, Bibles, etc., to positively identify enslaved ancestors. Many researchers often rely on a preponderance of indirect evidence to confirm enslaved ancestors. Collier will present cases where DNA was the direct piece of evidence that identified or confirmed an enslaved ancestor.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on April 8, 2016. 1 hour 30 minutes, plus 5 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXFAMBROUZ_

Price: $9.95
FamilySearch.org has millions of images on its website, many of which are unindexed and not searchable. But if you know how to get into the catalog and browse around, you can find the unindexed images of birth and death certificates, naturalization papers, deeds, wills, estate inventories and more. Learn tricks to get into the catalog, why using the map on the FamilySearch search page might not be the best way to find records, and learn about some of the many and varied indexing schemes used in county record books.
 
1 hour 23 minute, plus 12 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXSRCHSNDU_

Price: $9.95
In addition to looking at the major online resources for finding surnames down under (with a bias towards Australia and a peek at New Zealand) we will, in this session, visit some lesser known but very useful databases. In this presentation Jill will use, as an example, her fledgling CurryAus surname study.
 
This was presented as part of The Surname Society's inaugural virtual conference. on March 12, 2016. 1 hour 01 minute, plus 3 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXPROOFARG_

Price: $9.95
See examples of analyzing and correlating evidence, and how to resolve conflicts in genealogical evidence to reach conclusions. The genealogist owes it to herself and future generations to write down the mental reasoning that leads to these conclusions. Learn how to write down the mental process of establishing genealogical proof.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on March 30, 2016. 1 hour 44 minutes, plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXSRCHSURC_

Price: $9.95
Library and Archives Canada is the best website to assist in your surname study in Canada. Learn which databases can help you find the ancestors and relatives you're researching.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on March 12, 2016. 56 minutes. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXGERPARR_

Price: $9.95
Gail Shaffer Blankenau will introduce you to the gold mine of German genealogy--German church books, both in the United States and in the Germanic states. She discusses proven strategies to identify your ancestor’s home church and how to approach the records when you find them—even if you don’t speak German.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on March 23, 2016. 1 hour 34 minutes, plus 14 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXIRAMCATH_

Price: $9.95
On a recent tour to Ireland by a group of Americans doing genealogical research the number one regret cited in the post trip survey was that they did not do enough research in the United States on their Irish ancestors. Don’t repeat their mistakes! Use the resources we have on this side of the Atlantic before you make the trip of a lifetime to the Emerald Isle. The goal of this lecture is to give you a toolkit to get you started on the road to finding a place of origin for your Irish ancestor. Irish research is challenging for a wide variety of reasons in comparison to other ethnic groups, but not impossible as some may believe.
 
49 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXIRCCRECS_

Price: $9.95
There are several ways of getting hold of Irish BMD records and many of them are completely free of charge. Civil Registration started for Non-Catholics in 1845 (8 years after England) and for Catholics in 1864. The index to these Civil Records is available for free via both FamilySearch.org and IrishGenealogy.ie. The actual certificates (for certain years only) can be obtained for free from your local LDS Centre. Others can be ordered from the GRO for a small fee. Church Records have much less coverage and only some parishes have records that go back into the 1700s. Rootsireland.ie has the largest database of family records in Ireland and a monthly subscription rate. IrishGenealogy.ie is completely free of charge and has church records for select locations only - Dublin, Carlow, Cork & Kerry only. The IGI (International Genealogical Index) also has some records that have been contributed by LDS members. Also, the recent digitisation of the Catholic Church Register Books by the NLI (National Library of Ireland) and their indexing by FindMyPast is another welcome addition to our genealogical toolkit. These and and other sources will be explored and there will be plenty of hints and tips for navigating the various websites. This was presented as part of The Surname Society's inaugural virtual conference.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on March 12, 2016. 57 minutes. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXPRIVLAWS_

Price: $9.95
Few researchers realize that many early federal and state laws were private laws -specifically for the benefit of individuals or families. The records can be fabulous for genealogists. Learn how to find these genealogical gems in federal and state collections.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on March 16, 2016. 1 hour 44 minutes, plus 6 pages of supplemental syllabus materials. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXHOWKNOW_

Price: $9.95
People with the same name. Nicknames. Changing names. How do you know if the record you're looking at is referring to your ancestor? Learn how to examine information so you can tell if it's your ancestor and not just someone with the same name.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on March 9, 2016. 1 hour 30 minutes, plus 2 pages of supplemental syllabus materials. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXYMTDNA_

Price: $9.95
With the advent of autosomal DNA testing, many are missing out on the power of the YDNA and mtDNA tests. In this fun and interactive lecture we will cover the direct maternal line test, including its pros and cons, and the best time to use it. Similarly, we will talk about the power of YDNA testing for your direct paternal line. Diahan will share case studies for each kind of DNA to help you understand how others have used it to address their family history concerns. Come rejuvenate your family history research with these two DNA tests.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on March 4, 2016. 1 hour 30 minutes, plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXCYNDLST2_

Price: $9.95
This begins with a brief history of Cyndi's List, followed by an overview of how to navigate the newly updated site and how to tell when the site is updated. Learn how to effectively use this valuable resource tool as your jumping-off point onto the genealogist's Internet.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on February 24 2016. 1 hour 48 minutes, plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXFANS_

Price: $9.95
Often the answer to climbing a genealogy brick wall is simply to go around it. By broadening our research to include our ancestor’s friends, associates and neighbors, we can find answers that were previously elusive. Further, we paint a much broader, richer story of the ancestor's life by including their FANs. This class deconstructs the FAN concept then demonstrates how to use them in analysis through multiple examples.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on February 19, 2016. 1 hour 50 minutes, plus 1 page of supplemental syllabus materials. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
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