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America’s Westward Expansion: Twenty-five Events in Fifty Minutes – December 19, 2024

Webinar Abstract: In this examination of America’s westward expansion between 1787-1890, we will explore U.S. Congressional acts and other events focused on territorial boundaries, slavery, and wars against Mexico and Native Americans. Presenter: Katherine R. Willson of Dexter, Michigan is…
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Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist – November 21, 2024

Webinar Abstract: How do we know if the facts we’ve uncovered about our ancestors are correct? How do we avoid attaching somebody else’s ancestors to our family tree? The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is our guide to producing reliable research…
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Which John Goleman Was Jacob’s Father? Solving a Southern Case of Identity and Kinship – October 17, 2024

Webinar Abstract: Genealogists often encounter multiple, same-named persons living in an area at the same time. Sorting out these identities to resolve difficult kinship problems requires skill in evidence analysis and correlation techniques. Learn how a similar problem in antebellum…
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Combining DNA and Traditional Research – In-Depth Case Studies – September 19, 2024

Webinar Abstract: DNA testing has exploded onto the genealogy scene in recent years and is now one of the most important tools available to advance family history research. In order to successfully use DNA testing for genealogy, however, it is essential to combine it…
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Using the National Archives Online Catalog – August 15, 2024

Webinar Abstract: The National Archives is the protector of the nation’s history. While not all of the historical documents they have preserved are online, many more are than you may think, and more come each day. This lecture will introduce…
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The Anatomy of BMD: What You Don’t Know About Vital Records – July 18, 2024

Webinar Abstract: Everyone knows about vital records, right? It’s one of the first record sets you look for in the hunt for your ancestors. But do you know everything about those records you seek? What do you do when no…
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Research Stalled? Leads Might be Lurking in Land Records – May 16, 2024

Webinar Abstract: Take a tour through various kinds of land records (not just deeds!) and see the genealogical evidence they have to offer. The talk highlights records you’ll see in different jurisdictions; county-level records; proprietors’ records; bounty land records, and…
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Connecting with Cousins: Using Tools & Technology for Genealogical Collaboration – April 18, 2024

Webinar Abstract: For genealogists building family trees or seeking information about DNA matches, a plethora of resources are available online. During this session, we will delve into the unique challenges of working with living people and learn practical tips for…
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Military Records: What is a Reasonably Exhaustive Search? March 21, 2024

Webinar Abstract: To correlate evidence, you must have evidence to correlate. Typical researchers stop too soon in their evidence collection, believing that they have found all that there is to find about a soldier. There is more to military research…