2020-2021 Live Webinar Schedule 

My live webinar topics include: 

  • Insider's Guide to Genealogical Cousin Bait - Want to expand your family tree and connect with cousins? This how-to talk is packed with practical, creative ways to find possible cousins and enable cousins to find you on Find a Grave, Family Search, Ancestry, My Heritage, and DNA websites. Step by step, learn tips and tricks for locating cousin bait such as personal photos, family stories, and unique family-history details. Don't just "take the bait"--see how and where to post irresistible cousin bait, keeping privacy in mind while encouraging relatives to get in touch.
  • NEW for Winter 2020: Family Tree Secrets: Reveal or Conceal? - Have you found any ancestors hiding a marriage, a divorce, an adoption, or a child outside of marriage? Did any ancestors commit a crime, disguise a dreaded illness, lie about age, or obscure their religion or nationality? What about your online family tree? Examine the issues of ethics and privacy that your genealogical activities may raise, and get ideas for dealing with unexpected discoveries in your family tree. 
  • All About the Census - Researching U.S. ancestors? Learn about details in freely-available federal and state census records, which are filled with valuable genealogy clues. This presentation shows what you can discover from population schedules (from 1790 through 1940), state census records, and special U.S. schedules covering agriculture, mortality, industry, and more. Hear how enumerators' instructions affected what was recorded in Census records, and how to follow up on Census clues. Plus get a sneak preview of the 1950 U.S. Census, to be released in 2022!
  • Get the Most Out of HeritageQuest Online - Learn to search for your ancestors in the FREE HeritageQuest databases, accessible from home with your local library card (in most states). Tips and tricks for researching in the U.S. Census population schedules and special schedules (veterans, mortality, agriculture, and more). Look for ancestors in city directories, Revolutionary War records, wills/probate records, Soc. Sec. Death Index, and other useful databases available free through HeritageQuest. 
  • Free (and Almost Free) Genealogy - Find out how to locate family-history information online and through non-digital sources without spending a fortune. In addition to using the big-name websites, see how to search for clues about your ancestors by checking state and local genealogy societies, local historians and libraries, and free newspaper sites. Learn tips for deciding when it pays to pay for a document, based on what's missing from your family tree, what your family already has in hand, and how unique that document really is.
  • Curate Your Genealogy--Before Joining Your Ancestors!Old family photos, documents, and heirlooms are important to your family's past. Learn how to plan ahead and keep these keepsakes safe for the future. Step by step, see how to make decisions about what to retain and what to give to relatives and institutions. Also learn how to prepare a "genealogical will" for preserving your family's history for future generations. 
  • Click and Connect: Using Social Media for #GenealogyTwitter, Facebook, and Pinterest are fun, free, and great places to gain family history knowledge, find useful and timely information, and connect with researchers and possible relatives through posts and live chats. Practical tips for how to lurk and learn or participate by asking questions and adding comments. Once you see how to decode #Genealogy, #FamilyHistory, #GenChat, and other hashtags, you can join the conversation!
  • Do the "Write" Thing for Genealogy - Whether you know a lot about your family tree or you've just embarked on your genealogy journey, you can begin to write your family's story right now. Get practical, creative ideas for planning, organizing, and writing a personalized family history that focuses on one ancestor or family, one heirloom or photo, or one occasion. Learn how to look for the dramatic moments that reveal turning points and show the context of your ancestors' lives. You'll be inspired and encouraged to tell your family's story with a clear, engaging narrative and finishing touches like old photos, timelines, and maps.
  • Genealogy 101: Back to Basics - New to genealogy or want a refresher on the basics of building a family tree? Learn how to trace your family’s history in five easy steps, starting with what you know about parents and grandparents. Identify gaps in your family tree, focus your research direction, and set priorities. Find out about useful free resources that can help you move backward in time to identify older ancestors, and use handouts to start climbing your own family tree.
  • From Clues to Conclusions: Can You Prove It? - To go from clues to answers for tough family history challenges, find out what it means to "prove" something in genealogy. With lively interactive case studies, this how-to presentation defines and demonstrates the use of the Genealogical Proof Standard for planning research, analyzing sources and details, resolving conflicting clues, and coming to a credible solution. Seeing the proof process in action can provide insights and ideas for turning clues into provable conclusions. 
  • NEW for 2021: Get Ready for the 1950 US Census Release! - If your parents, grandparents, siblings, or other family members were counted in the 1950 US Census, you'll want to be ready when records are released in April, 2022. Find out about the detailed questions asked, important quirks in the enumeration instructions, how this mid-century Census will benefit your genealogy, and how to prepare so you can quickly search for family (or your own name!) when records are released.
  • NEW for 2021: Did Your Northeastern Ancestors Catch Ohio Fever? - After the Revolutionary War, thousands from the Northeast caught "Ohio fever" and pioneered settlements near the Ohio River. Some wanted fresh, fertile farmland, while others wanted a fresh start at the frontier. Mini-case studies offer ideas for putting flesh on the bones of early 19th century Ohio settlers, your ancestors, by seeing them in the context of this historical movement.
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PS: Looking to organize your genealogy collection, analyze documents, write a "genealogical will," and share your family's history with future generations?

Please check out my very affordable genealogy book, Planning a Future for Your Family's Past. It's a Kindle genealogy best-seller. Also available in paperback via Amazon and at the New England Historic Genealogical Society book store in Boston.