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Part Number: W8LIFEANC_

Price: $9.95
Our ancestors led lives, just like us - only different. Using our life as an example, how can we parallel it to theirs? They ate and drank, married and had families, dressed, had trades and occupations, practiced a religion, dabbled in the arts and sciences, participated in politics and economics, etc. This lecture will examine the various aspects of life and provide resources to discover the historical context and personal details of our ancestors' lives.
 
This was presented to a live webinar audience on November 20, 2018. 1 hour, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8REVSOLDR_

Price: $9.95
Men of the same name is a constant challenge for every serious researcher. In the case of recognized Revolutionary patriot John Jacob Kramer, we discover how this one man's identity was actually compiled from three separate and distinct men. We will review military records, family lore, congressional papers, and more to unravel the tangle of mistaken identity passed down through the generations.
 
Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. 
 
54 minutes, plus 6 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8UNRECEVT_

Price: $9.95
Information hidden below the surface or totally absent helps researchers reconstruct events, identities, and relationships that no record specifies. Such hidden information is indirect or negative evidence. This session discusses the qualities of both kinds of evidence, which are easily misunderstood. It also describes uses of indirect and negative evidence, and it gives examples of applying  those uses to solving genealogical problems.
 
Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
 
1 hour 1 minute, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8GOODEVID_

Price: $9.95
The “best evidence” rule in law requires the presentation in court of an original rather than a copy, and a copy won’t even be admitted if the original is available. In genealogy, our rules require us to do the same: to discriminate, choose in favor of, prefer certain types of evidence to others, certain bits of information to others, certain sources to others. So... just how do we do that?
 
Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
 
53 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8PROBSOLV_

Price: $9.95
The Genealogical Proof Standard states that analysis and correlation of data is necessary before we can say something is proven, but what techniques are best? Many people collect information but don't know how to manipulate it for evidence analysis. Spreadsheets, timelines, maps, charts and tables are a few of the techniques that will be discussed to pull out evidence needed to answer research questions.
 
Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
50 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8EMIGRANT_

Price: $9.95
Have you ever wondered why your ancestor decided to emigrate, how they got there, or how they knew where to go? The answers to these questions could have come from an emigrant guide. Emigrant guides contain instructions and advice for those interested or planning to emigrate. They are useful for gaining insight into the whys and hows of an ancestor's preparation, journey, and settlement in a new  land.  Whether your ancestor sailed across the ocean or traveled across the country, they had questions about the trip and their future home which an emigrant guide often answered.  These guides provided essential information and practical advice about travel, weather, geography, opportunities, and much more. They were aimed at people who were literate and had the means to travel to a new place in order to start a new life. The ideal guide had a table of contents, included maps, was cheap, and was compact for easy carrying. Emigrant guides provide a window into the lives of our ancestors. Learn how to locate the guides and how to use them to understand more about your ancestor's story.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on October 16, 2018. 1 hour 15 minutes, plus 21 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8LISTPROF_

Price: $9.95
Genealogists examine lists nearly every time we conduct research, whether it be in the form of censuses, tax lists, directories, petitions, and hundreds of others. The Genealogical Proof Standard requires reasonably exhaustive research, analysis and corroboration of evidence. This presentation will demonstrate how lists can be used to meet those standards, and offers methods and tips for  examining lists as a tool for proving the identity of our ancestors.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on September 18, 2018. 1 hour 8 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8GPSFINDG_

Price: $9.95
Life is good when records with direct evidence exist. Typically that doesn't last long. At some point, one finds only bits and pieces of indirect or conflicting evidence and progress often comes to a screeching halt. This class examines a case study prepared for application to the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) where direct evidence was non-existent in identifying the family of  Jesse Roberts of Greenville County, South Carolina. Key strategies are presented to piece together strands and threads of evidence from disparate sources using the Genealogical Proof Standard.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on August 21, 2018. 1 hour 21 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8GENFRMTS_

Price: $9.95
Effective genealogical writing is based on standardized formats and numbering systems. Learn to understand the numbers you see in published genealogies and how to present your own findings in recognized formats. Discussion includes basic genealogical numbering conventions, including the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Register system, National Genealogical Society (NGS)  Quarterly system, Sosa-Stradonitz (Ahnentafel) System; and how to identify European ancestors.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on July 17, 2018. 1 hour 25 minutes, plus 6 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8MAPSGRES_

Price: $9.95
Every ancestor, at every moment, occupied a specific, physical location. Maps decode and amplify the significance of those locations by providing context and background information. This heavily illustrated lecture shows examples of the map types best-suited to genealogy, and the syllabus provides links to quality online sources for those maps.
 
Because maps are visual they can often make a  place more vivid and show our ancestors' lives in new ways. For example, maps show the land's fertility (soil map), the waterways (physical map), the closest courthouse (political map) and the neighboring farm's owner (cadastral map). Specialized maps can document battle history, locations of teen mothers, oceanic shipping routes, Chicago before and after the fire, and Africa's real size, to name only a few.
 
Maps, and other geographical tools, help with identify or relationship questions by augmenting or even starring in proof discussions. Proofs and case studies which relied on map evidence in rural and urban settings will be dissected and explained. 

This was presented to a live webinar audience on June 19, 2018. 1 hour 32 minutes, plus 12 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8RESHABTS_

Price: $9.95
Developing those good, er, successful research habits takes planning, time, experience, and patience to be effective. Learn steps and tools for becoming a better researcher both at home and in repositories, and for developing successful habits that make the most of your genealogy time budget.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on May 15, 2018. 1 hour 27 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8MAKECASE_

Price: $9.95
The genealogical proof standard requires reasonably exhaustive research in solving ancestral-identity problems. DNA evidence is now often part of that research. Even the best DNA evidence must be combined with some traditional research. This webinar will show different ways that genealogical problems have been solved by integrating DNA evidence with the paper trail.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on April 17, 2018. 1 hour 28 minutes, plus 5 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8BRINGHOM_

Price: $9.95
A Maryland resident claimed an 1816 Vermont birth to Vermont-born parents, but no known record provides his specific birthplace or his parents' or siblings' names. Studying his ties to his neighbors and those associates who shared close geographic, vocational, political and religious proximity brings a Maryland man home to his Vermont family. Learn how the presenter analyzed, correlated, and  assembled common and lesser-known records to build a persuasive case.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on March 20, 2018. 1 hour 11 minutes, plus 7 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8SWEDTAX_

Price: $9.95
Swedish taxation records, a head tax of individuals between the ages of 15 and 63, are some of the oldest extant records of the rural farmer. Genealogists quickly become familiar with the chronological birth/marriage/death parish records (Ministerial), the clerical surveys (Husförhör) and probate records (Bouppteckning). These documents form the bedrock of investigation into our Swedish past.  These records may not, however, answer our more difficult research questions, especially those of the 18th century. This is where Swedish taxation records or mantalslängder may be of help. These little used records, but evidence rich documents, may corroborate or dispute our existing evidence, or may be the only source of evidence. We will learn how to access, read and use these records to answer those questions.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on February 20, 2018. 1 hour 26 minutes, plus 7 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8VACASEST_

Price: $9.95
Thomas Stone left few records when he died in 1791 in Prince William County Virginia. No document or reference names his parentage. Finding Thomas's father took thirty years. Using indirect evidence and helped by technological advances, Thomas's father has been found. Land records make the case. This presentation demonstrates the process of creating a proof argument to identify Thomas's father.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on January 16, 2018. 1 hour 23 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXLAWSRCH_

Price: $9.95
There's a difference between searching and researching, and understanding how the law impacts records and research is critical to the reasonably exhaustive research needed to meet the Genealogical Proof Standard. Learn how the law impacts records -- and how finding the right law for the right place and time is critical to genealogy. This webinar is hosted and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on December 19, 2017. 1 hour 24 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXAPPSTAND_

Price: $9.95
The idea of “reasonably exhaustive research” might be one of the most mysterious elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). What exactly does it mean? How do you know when you’ve achieved it? How does the GPS apply to international research?

The lecture will focus on showing how the standards can apply to international research through the evaluation of several Italian case studies and/or research problems. Some research problems naturally require more work to meet the definition of reasonably exhaustive research, while others may be a lot simpler.

Understanding reasonably exhaustive research is important in preparing a kinship determination project. Examples abound for those who focus on U.S. research. However, for those who don’t, it is often helpful to see examples from other geographic locations. In this way, they can more easily learn the proper application of these concepts to their own type of genealogical research.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on July 21, 2015. 1 hour and 21 minutes. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXDIAMONDS_

Price: $9.95
Unique, unpublished materials can be valuable resources for solving those pesky genealogical problems and adding insight and flavor to our family histories. Research is not complete without looking through unusual and one-of-a-kind materials that may be available for the time and place our ancestors lived. Diaries, letters, journals, scrapbooks, and other ephemera can be found in a variety of repositories across the United States. A genealogical society, public or private library, historical society, university, or other entity may have that one piece of paper that illuminates our family’s history. But how can we find it? This lecture describes the types of collections that may be hiding in plain sight and how to access them online and in person. Materials that may be found in manuscript collections include maps, photographs, genealogists’ research notes, unpublished histories, business ledgers, journals, and vertical files. Shellee gives examples of how these materials provide insight into our families’ lives and neighborhoods and provides suggestions on where to find the “diamonds in the rough.”

This was presented to a live webinar audience on July 21, 2015. 1 hour and 5 minutes. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXFEDRECS_

Price: $9.95
Federal records offer genealogical gold with both direct references to our ancestors and rich contextual background information. But it can be daunting to explore record groups that are not readily available online. The wide array of tools includes paper finding aids, preliminary inventories, online indexes, web guides, and published articles, as well as the National Archives Catalog. Malissa will offer a framework and several case studies that highlight the integration of multiple research tools.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on November 21, 2017. 1 hour 28 minutes and 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXPROFSTAND_

Price: $9.95
With billions of indexed records available online, what methodologies should the researcher employ to best leverage these resources in keeping with genealogical standards?

This was presented to a live webinar audience on October 17, 2017. 1 hour 17 minutes and 5 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXAUTOSOML_

Price: $9.95
A case study set in the early 1800s demonstrates methodology for using autosomal DNA test results to help solve longstanding genealogical problems. Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogy.
 
This was presented to a live in-person and webinar audience on October 6, 2017. 1 hour and 4 minutes and 6 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXCOURTREC_

Price: $9.95
This lecture explores the rich resources found within courthouse walls and examines how these records can add to the genealogical search. Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogy.
 
This was presented to a live in-person and webinar audience on October 6, 2017. 53 minutes and 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXTIMELINE_

Price: $9.95
Timelines are one of many tools a genealogist can use to display evidence in the determination of proof arguments. This lecture explores the strategic aspect of the use of timelines and their relationship to the Genealogical Proof Standard, analysis and correlation. Timelines will be defined, their relationship to the GPS articulated and reasons why you should use timelines in your research work.  Many examples, illustrating different types of problems and their resultant formats, will be presented. We will also cover how to build effective timelines using Word and Excel. Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogy.
 
This was presented to a live in-person and webinar audience on October 6, 2017. 54 minutes and 5 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: WXENSLAVED_

Price: $9.95
The first component of the Genealogical Proof Standard is the conduct of reasonably exhaustive research. This lecture will highlight the sources and strategies available to meet this requirement in the case of African American ancestors who were enslaved. Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogy.
 
This was presented to a live in-person and webinar audience on October 6, 2017. 1 hour and 2 minutes and 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.
Part Number: W8PSTCNFLT_

Price: $9.95
Learn about the repatriation program and the techniques genealogists use to locate family members and DNA reference samples for missing service members from past conflicts. Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogy.
 
This was presented to a live in-person and webinar audience on October 6, 2017. 57 minutes and 4 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.