Poolside Chats

Research Stalled? Leads Might be Lurking in Land Records

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……
Poolside Chats

Connecting with Cousins: Using Tools & Technology for Genealogical Collaboration

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……
Poolside Chats

Finding the Original Record When the Index is Unclear

Sometimes to find the original record based on a reference or an index will require a concentrated effort and logical thinking skills to find that record. A well‐prepared index can greatly enhance the usefulness of a resource to researchers, but it is important that we understand how this tool was created. Come along as we try to find several important records and discover what is really there – using a step-by-step process.

Researching in Federal Land Records

Over the history of the United States, almost 2 billion acres of land have been in Federal ownership at one time or another. Federal public land came into private ownership in a variety of ways, from cash sales to preemption to homesteading. Federal land was also granted to railroads and states, who then sold it to private individuals. We will look at how our ancestors acquired federal land and how to find the records of these transfers.

Case Studies in Gray: Identifying Shared Ancestries Through DNA and Genealogy

You’ve identified a group of shared DNA matches, but you’re stumped on how you’re all related. Learn how to let DNA take the lead in determining who and where to search to uncover the group’s most recent common ancestor.

Put Some Meat on ‘Dem Bones

Combine your research with historical information and turn your ancestral data into a compelling story even the non-genealogist will want to read. Learn how to bring life to your ancestors, structure a story line, depict time and place, use general information as a backdrop, and let the tale evolve into a fully developed story. No previous writing experience is required.

Cluster Research: Using Groups of People to Find Your People

Our ancestors did not live in a vacuum. They lived, worked, socialized, and married in the midst of a larger group of people. Those people included not just family members but friends, neighbors, employers and fellow employees, fellow churchgoers, and business associates. Genealogists often refers to this group with the clever shorthand of the “FAN” club—their friends, associates, and neighbors. Researching this larger group of people often leads to greater success in reconstructing families. Ms. Smith provides guidelines and several case studies of applying the technique.