Webinars & Podcasts

AGRA Announces: Family History Question Time Podcast Project

The following announcement was written by the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives:

The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, the association representing professional genealogists in England and Wales, has announced their latest development a series of podcasts to be streamed via the www.agra.org.uk website – Ask AGRA – Family History Question Time.

This initiative has been developed in response to the COVID pandemic. Many consumers took the opportunity to begin researching their family history during the lockdown, but the closure of archives and cancellation of family history fairs and events has presented challenges which normally our members would help to resolve. Now, the free AGRA podcasts will be available to all, the first series of six to be made available monthly from 1st September 2020. AGRA members will form panels of experts in discussions led by Moderators such as Sarah Williams of Who Do You Think You Are? and Helen Tovey of Family Tree magazine. Some well-known authors and experts in their field will be adding their voices to the discussions including Gill Blanchard, Dr. Geoff Swinfield, Les Mitchinson and Simon Fowler, to name but a few.

The six themes will be as follows, broadcast on the 1st of each month:

Family Tree Webinars Call for Papers

The following announcement was written by Geoff Rasmussen who runs the very popular online Family Tree Webinars:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars is welcoming webinar submissions for its 2021 webinar series. Webinars are typically 60 minutes plus Q/A. All speakers are welcome to submit. Topics covering Africa, Asia, South America, Scandinavia, Colonial America, Canada, Europe, DNA, technology, the GPS, the FAN club and case studies are especially encouraged, but all are welcome. Please check the library at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com to see what topics have been done previously. Speakers receive remuneration of $200 per webinar plus monthly viewership royalties.

Kentucky Genealogical Society Announces a Series of Web Seminars: “Discovering Your Bluegrass Roots in Kentucky”

The Kentucky Genealogical Society typically offers a full day seminar each August in Frankfort, Kentucky. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the society is instead offering a series of eight online webinars throughout the month of August, 2020. The theme of the series is, “Discovering Your Bluegrass Roots in Kentucky.”

The series includes speakers who can help researchers with Kentucky ancestors, including: Tracing Your Kentucky Roots with Peggy Lauritzen, Researching at the County and Local Level in Kentucky with Dave Schroeder, Using Maps in Genealogy with Katherine Wilson, 10 Things for a Genealogist to Do Before Leaving an Archive or Library in Kentucky with Melissa Barker, LGBTQ Genealogy with Stewart Traiman, Discovering African Americans in Kentucky records prior to 1870 with Cynthia Maharrey, and Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA with Alec Ferretti.

BCG and Legacy Present a Free Webinar

The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® (BCG):
Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 8 p.m. Eastern
“Preparing a Portfolio: Applying to Become a Certified Genealogist®


In this live webinar, three trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®(BCG) will share various pathways to certification. They will discuss the process of becoming a board-certified genealogist, explain portfolio elements, and answer questions from participants. Certification is based on the evaluation of a portfolio of work products with specific elements, and indicates competence in research, analysis, kinship determination, and reporting skills. Successful applicants are entitled to use their credentials as Certified Genealogists (CG) as post-nominals.

The webinar presenters are LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, Angela Packer McGhie, CG, and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. LaBrenda is the BCG President, Angela is Vice-President, and Richard is the secretary and immediate past president.

Join Me for a Live Online Webinar on Facebook Live

I would like to invite you to attend a free live webinar on Wednesday, June 17 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Time. I will be discussing “Research Methods, Sources, and Citations.” You can join in at the appointed time at http://www.facebook.com/myheritage.

To convert 2pm Eastern U.S. Time to your local time zone, use any of the web-based time zone conversion services by starting at: https://bit.ly/2Y2woaC.

See you there!

American Ancestors│NEHGS and the Boston Public Library to Look at “How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are” in a Virtual Event

The following announcement was written by American Ancestors│NEHGS:

Journalist Libby Copeland Talks about The Lost Family Wednesday, May 20, at 6 p.m. EDST in a Virtual Event Series Titled “American Stories, Inspiration Today” Providing History, Inspiration, Intelligence on the American Experience for This Unprecedented At-home Time

Talks Are Free – Online Registration Now Open

May 14, 2020—Boston, Massachusetts—On Wednesday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. EDST, journalist Libby Copeland will discuss the impact of DNA testing on the American family in a presentation of her new book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are. The evening event will include a conversation with Amy Dockser Marcus, a health and science reporter for the Wall Street Journal, who has reported in depth on the topic.

My Online Presentation about Using the Consistency Checker in MyHeritage

I had the honor of making an online presentation about the ins and outs of the Consistency Checker for online family trees in MyHeritage. (MyHeritage is the sponsor of this newsletter.) The online presentation was recorded and the video is now available at: https://www.facebook.com/myheritage/videos/235585401103207/.

Announcing “Ask The Expert” Webinars Conducted by MyHeritage

These times of self-imposed quarantines and other unpleasantness imposed by the CoronaVirus pandemic create problems but also create opportunities. One such opportunity is the ability to stay home and learn about all sorts of topics. For genealogy-related topics, MyHeritage has just announced a series of live “Ask The Expert” webinars. Yes, you can stay home and learn more about topics that interest you.

The “Ask The Expert” webinars will be conducted via the already popular GoToWebinars. The webinars will focus on the use of the MyHeritage web site and how to get more from the service. In each webinar, Genealogy Expert Daniel Horowitz will explain how to use a particular feature of MyHeritage and also will answer questions from the audience.

Announcing the 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon, an Unprecedented Event Hosted by MyHeritage

The following is an announcement from MyHeritage:

Announcing a 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon, an unprecedented event hosted by MyHeritage and featured on Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

This webinar, open to all and completely free of charge, allows MyHeritage users in every time zone on Earth to learn at their own pace and from the comfort of their homes.

The marathon will begin on Thursday, March 12 at 5 P.M. Eastern U.S. time (Friday, March 13 at 8 A.M. Sydney time) and end on Friday, March 13, at 5 P.M. eastern U.S. time (Saturday, March 14 Sydney time).

2020 Legacy Family Tree Webinars Series Announced

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilyTreeWebinars.com:

MyHeritage and FamilyTreeWebinars.com are pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2020 Legacy Family Tree Webinars series, now in its 10th year. Choose from 100 classes from genealogy’s leading educators on topics ranging from Australia to England to Spain, from Snagit to Virtual Private Networks, from the Mayflower to the 1939 Register, and from DNA Painter to endogamy.

Click here to register (free).


In addition to the live webinars, the new TechZone–a library of forty brand new tech videos–all 10-minutes-or-less–is now available. New videos will be released every Friday on all sorts of topics: Google, Excel, browser tips, mobile apps, Windows shortcuts, using Evernote, Facebook, chromosome browsers, using and improving your family videos and photos, and so much more. The TechZone is a new membership benefit where webinar members have free, anytime, unlimited access. Watch this video to get a taste of what’s available:


Click here to go to the TechZone.

Click here to become a webinar member.

BCG webinar series

Free FamilySearch Family History Classes and Webinars for November 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free classes and webinars for November 2019. Latin America Seminar classes are offered November 1-2, and Nordic Seminar content from November 11-15. Spanish beginner content will be available during the Latin America seminar. Interesting topics include Chilean cemeteries, DNA, online resources for Hispanic research. Intermediate content for the Nordic Seminar will include Scandinavian handwriting, Swedish emigration, solving problems with the FamilySearch Wiki and more. Attend in person or online. No registration is required.

If you cannot attend a live event, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars. Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars.

Launch of Genealogy Education Subscription Site: Genealogy Guys Learn

The following announcement was written by the Genealogy Guys: George G. Morgan and Drew Smith

ODESSA, Florida, Oct. 1, 2019 – Aha! Seminars, Inc., the producers of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, the Genealogy Connection podcast, and The Genealogy Guys Blog is pleased to announce the launch of Genealogy Guys Learn (genealogyguyslearn.com), a subscription-based educational website designed to provide genealogy courses and videos for researchers of all skill levels.

At its launch, Genealogy Guys Learn consists of 5 text/image-based courses on such topics as basic research, intermediate research, the Social Security Death Index, wills and probate records, and military records. Genealogy Guys Learn also contains a dozen recorded presentations by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, including All About the U.S. Federal Census, Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis, Finding Archived Newspapers, and Organizing Your Research Process.

Announcing FamilyTreeWebinars.com’s 1,000 Webinars: History, Bloopers, Inside the Tech, and What’s Next

FamilyTreeWebinars.com is about to hold the web site’s 1000th webinar. That must be some sort of record. Here is the announcement from Geoff Rasmussen, the host of the webinars:

One thousand ways to find your ancestors.

One thousand answers to “what should I learn today?”

One thousand reasons to reschedule your dentist appointment.

Join us on Friday, September 20, 2019 for FamilyTreeWebinars.com’s 1,000th webinar. We’ll recall the history, relive the bloopers, remember the emotions, and view never-before-revealed insights of the behind-the-scenes of the webinar series that revolutionized genealogy education.

FamilyTreeWebinars.com Adds Captioning to Hundreds of Genealogy and DNA Education Classes

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilyTreeWebinars.com:

December 5, 2018

Legacy Family Tree Webinars, the leading genealogy and DNA webinar platform, announced today the addition of closed captioning to its service. Implemented as a full human-curated transcription via synced subtitles, closed captioning is now available as an option for all live and members-only webinar recordings released since May 1, 2018. In addition, the most popular 50 webinars on the platform and all MyHeritage-specific webinars have been captioned. Legacy will add captioning to all new webinars going forward.

“We are committed to providing the best genealogy and DNA education for all, including people who are hard of hearing,” said Geoff Rasmussen, founder and host of Legacy Family Tree Webinars. “Captioning is an excellent way to make online education more accessible, and is also a benefit to non-native English speakers who struggle with spoken English but have an easier time with written English”.

Watch a Special Webinar with MyHeritage’s Founder and CEO

Gilad Japhet is the Founder and CEO of the well-known genealogy company, MyHeritage. That company also sponsors this newsletter. I suspect that many genealogists will be interested in an informative free webinar that features an interview of Gilad. The webinar is hosted by Geoff Rasmussen (who is also well-known within the genealogy community for his many excellent webinars.)

The interview is a very frank and open webinar in which Gilad describes the beginnings of MyHeritage as well as its vision. Gilad is the only CEO of a large genealogy company that I know of who was an avid genealogist long before starting the company. He started young; I believe he became a genealogist when he was 13-years-old. He never looked back. In this interview filled with personal anecdotes, he includes key milestones and learnings along the way, including the intriguing story of a 70-year-old genealogical mystery that he tackled and solved.

Webinar-“Married at Ellis Island:” Single Women and Immigration, 1892-1924

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will hold an online webinar that will interest many genealogists:

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 1 p.m. Eastern

During Ellis Island’s peak years, unmarried immigrant women faced extra scrutiny when entering the United States. Women who traveled with companions to whom they were not married were deemed susceptible to “immoral” activities. Single women who travelled alone and had no relatives to meet them were often seen as “likely to become a public charge.” If the women married, however, they became admissible immigrants. As a result, hundreds of immigrants were married on Ellis Island.
This webinar uses real case files to explore Ellis Island marriages in the context of the era’s immigration policies.

MyHeritage’s One-Day Genealogy Seminar October 29 in Israel to be Broadcast Online

The following was written by the folks at Legacy Family Tree Webinars, now a division of MyHeritage:

October 17, 2017 – MyHeritage is proud to announce its first One-Day Genealogy Seminar, to be held on October 29, 2017 from 7am to 3pm EST. It will feature the participation of experts in the fields of DNA, Jewish genealogy, general research techniques, and technology trends for genealogy. The lectures will be broadcast from the MyHeritage headquarters in Israel. The public is invited to join the lectures via Legacy Family Tree Webinars from anywhere in the world for FREE. Later, the recordings will be available to view for free on demand. To register, click here.

Times, topics, and speakers:

Call for Speakers: The Ontario Genealogical Society’s 2018 Webinar Series

The following announcement was written by the Ontario Genealogical Society:

The Ontario Genealogical Society is currently accepting proposals for our monthly 2018 Webinar Series.

Topics of Interest

We invite proposals on a wide range of topics, in particular:

  • DNA
  • Technology and Tools
  • Research and Methodology
  • Organization and Storage of Research, Documents and Heirlooms
  • Research in the Country of Origin (i.e. England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France etc.)
  • Comparison of Genealogical Websites
  • Immigration
  • Writing and Publishing Family Research

FamilyTreeWebinars.com to Offer Free Access this Weekend

On Friday, April 14, FamilyTreeWebinars.com will air webinar number 500. In addition to the big celebration during Friday’s live webinar, FamilyTreeWebinars.com is also unlocking the membership key of the Webinar Library for the first time ever. Beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday evening, the entire library – all 500 classes – will be open and free to the public.

To view any of the webinars, visit http://www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (starting Friday, not now!) and browse or search for any topic or presenter and enjoy!

Details may be found in an article by Geoff Rasmussen at http://bit.ly/2o0mfG5.

The Development of a Register of Qualified Genealogists (RQG) Webinar Held on the 10th June

Dr Ian Macdonald, Chair of the Steering Group, Register of Qualified Genealogists, recently held a webinar:

  1. To explain the philosophy underpinning the development of the RGQ
  2. To outline the proposals for the development of the Register of Qualified
  3. To enable an online discussion on these proposals.
  4. To assist the steering group in shaping the next stages of development of the RQG.

A transcript of the interview with Dr Bruce Durie may be viewed as a PDF file by clicking here or by going to http://eogn.com/images/newsletter/2015/BD%20Interview%2015%20June%202015.pdf.