Webinars & Podcasts

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
    Genealogists
  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.

How Castle Garden Records Burned in the Ellis Island Fire

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will hold a live webinar that should interest many genealogists. Here is the announcement:

How Castle Garden Records Burned in the Ellis Island Fire*

USCIS “Records Found” LIVE Webinar, Friday, May 29, 2015 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Exactly what records burned in the 1897 fire that consumed Ellis Island? Were “some,” “many,” “most,” or “all” records destroyed? Were passenger lists destroyed or “only administrative” records? Some say State and municipal records were burned, but why would those records be at a Federal immigration station? Did we really lose anything in that fire? Join Marian L. Smith and the live USCIS Records Found webinar at 1:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 29th for answers to these burning questions for New York passenger list research.

Using Basic Genealogy Tools and Methods to Show that Your Family Name Was NOT Changed at Ellis Island

There is a common misconception, call it an old wives tale or an urban legend, that family names were often changed at Ellis Island. Such myths gain a great deal of credibility when newspapers such as the New York Times, the country’s “paper of record”, perpetuates these myths by repeating them, in this case in obituaries.

Kenneth A. Bravo, JD did a bit of research and found about half a dozen Times obituaries with similar erroneous Ellis Island stories. After doing the research on each, he was able to show the original name for each of them.

Extreme Genes Family History Radio’s Roots Tech Wrap-up: Where is Family History Going Now?

Fisher is the primary person behind Extreme Genes Family History Radio. His popular podcast has thousands of listeners all over the world. The latest episode features interviews with myself and with Mark Donnelly.

I talked about recent experiences at the combined RootsTech and FGS conferences with about 22,500 attendees.

Mark recently broke through a genealogy “brick wall” about a man who changed his name in the 1890s and his descendants had no clue as to his true name. Mark used DNA to find the man’s true name. That sounds impossible but listen to the Extreme Genes podcast to learn how Mark did just that.

Introducing ‘Houstories’ Podcast

Houstory is a family owned business managed by a couple of brothers. Mike and Dan believe the things we care about have stories — whether they are houses or cherished belongings. Houstory has developed two products — The Heirloom Registry™ and the Home History Book™ archival journal — that help to protect and share those stories, providing lasting, accessible ways to make sure the stories and records of the things we care about are preserved and easily found by future generations.

Houstory has now introduced the first of what is planned to be many podcasts.The first effort is described as: