Poolside Chats

Poolside Chats: A Genealogy Webinar Series

The “Poolside Chats: A Genealogy Webinar Series” is organized by the Technology-Outreach Committee and presented to the FSGS membership and the public on a monthly basis. We have had webinars on topics such as DNA in genealogy, cloud-based technology, Florida territorial records and everything in between – and we are just getting started.

Genealogy education today can be accomplished in a number of mediums, webinars being one of them. This educational opportunity can provide you with information about resources, new technology and its relationship with genealogy, methodology, new websites and new databases coming online, and much more.

The "Poolside Chats: A Genealogy Webinar Series" is organized by the Technology-Outreach Committee and presented to the FSGS membership and the public on a monthly basis. We have had webinars on topics such as DNA in genealogy, cloud-based technology, Florida territorial records, and everything in between - and we are just getting started.

Genealogy education today can be accomplished in a number of mediums, webinars being one of them. This educational opportunity can provide you with information about resources, new technology and its relationship with genealogy, methodology, new websites and new databases coming online, and much more.

All you need to participate is a computer with speakers and a connection to the internet. So, we invite you to sit back and enjoy the presentations being brought to you by knowledgeable presenters and made possible through your membership dues.

All webinars start at 8 PM ET unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Webinars

Past Webinars

Poolside Chats

AI Tools for Genealogy

By Henry Stish | June 20, 2024
Webinar Abstract: Whether you’re conducting research, preserving family artifacts, or writing your family history, artificial intelligence (AI) offers immensely powerful tools to the genealogist. Best of all, these tools are not only surprisingly easy to use, they’re often free!  This……
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Research Stalled? Leads Might be Lurking in Land Records

By Gerald H Smith | 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

By Jennifer Zinck | 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?

By Craig R. Scott | 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……
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Stitching Together Family History: Finding Women in the Textile Art

By C. Ann Staley | February 15, 2024
Webinar Abstract: Some of our women hid themselves well! Let’s turn to the records of the Textile arts. Our women ancestors were, for the most part, practical, so the textile arts were perfect for them, although at the time most……
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Finding the Original Record When the Index is Unclear

By J. Mark Lowe | January 18, 2024
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

By Annette B. Lyttle | December 21, 2023
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

By Nicka Sewell-Smith | November 16, 2023
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

By Patricia Charpentier | October 19, 2023
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.