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Learn some new sources, new approaches to methodology, and new insights into our immigrant ancestors’ lives as you follow along through some case studies that are included in the soon-to-be released book, The Journey-Takers. Enjoy some stories that will remind us why we find genealogy research so fun – and so meaningful.
Tired of reading family histories that put you to sleep after one page? Learn some research and writing techniques that will make your family history a page-turner – without consigning it to the fiction section.
Are you ancestors destined to live on only as names and dates on your family charts? No! Dig deeper in the records and learn to place them in their historical context and you can gain a new and fuller understanding of their lives.
Can you create an interesting story of your ancestors when all you have are a few bare-bones documents? Yes! Learn how to dig deeper in the records, create the context, and bring it all together to write a story that will leave your family sitting on the edges of their seats!
Every day, Western European research gets a little easier as more records come online. Learn about parish, census, civil registration, and other records that are only a click away.
Are you ancestors destined to live on only as names and dates on your family charts? No! Dig deeper in the records and learn to place them in their historical context and you can gain a fuller understanding of their lives.
Whether you’re spending a week at an archive or an afternoon at your computer, you can’t be effective without taking time to get organized – before, during, and after your research session.
You need one key piece of information to trace your European ancestors: the name of their hometown. But, locating it can be tricky. Learn about eight types of records that might solve your mystery.
With more sources coming online all the time, tracing your ancestors across the ocean to their European hometowns has never been easier. Familiarize yourself with some important websites for making your cross-continent connection.
For genealogy researchers, immigration can be a high hurdle. But for our ancestors, it was a life changing experience. Find out what setting sail to America was like during the 1800s.
Our surnames are the most basic piece of genealogy information we have. But, they might not be the simplest. Learn about some of the most common name changes.
Has your German research run into a hurdle? Find out how to jump over some of the most common hurdles such as immigration, access to records, language, and handwriting.
Already familiar with familysearch.org? There might be more there than you thought. Find out how to get the most out of its incredible resources including the IGI, FHLC, country and state Research Guides, and new Records Search that make familysearch.org a site no genealogist can afford to do without.
Three hundred years ago, the arrival of the Palatines began the first real large-scale arrival of Germans to the U.S. Since that time, the tide of German arrivals has continued, making German the most claimed ethnic heritage in the census. Learn more about our German immigrant ancestors – where they came from, why they left, and what happened to them after they arrived. Then, take a peak at the trail they left behind that can help us trace them.
Many people dream of seeing their words in print but don't know how to go about getting them there. Others write occasionally for small-scale publications for free - but aren't sure how to take the next step to better paying and more widely circulated publications. This lecture will provide the information necessary to be more successful as a freelance writer. The focus will be on genealogy publications but will also cover history magazines and other general-interest magazines.