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Monday, February 22, 2 pm, Advanced DNA Features on MyHeritage, by Ran Snir and MyHeritage. Ran will introduce you to the advanced DNA features on MyHeritage and show you how they can help you better understand your DNA results and make progress with your genealogy research. No preregistration, connect at
Monday, February 22, 4 pm, All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen, by Bernice Lerner and This program follows a British officer and a teenager from the Hungarian provinces as they navigate their respective forms of hell during the final year of World War II. Their stories converge in Bergen-Belsen, then the largest Nazi concentration camp. Preregister at
Monday, February 22, 7 pm, 21st Century Italian Genealogy with a New Jersey Focus, by Michael Cassara and Genealogical Society of Bergen County (NJ). This talk provides an overview for the beginning researcher, while including resources that will be of interest to the most advanced researchers. Preregister at
Monday, February 22, 8 pm, Census Records, by Pikes Peak (CO) Library District. Census records are an excellent tool for genealogical research. Join us to learn more about how to use library resources to navigate and access census records, basic search strategies, and tips and tricks for locating your hidden ancestors. Preregister at
Tuesday, February 23, 10 am, Using Digital Archives for Historical Research, by Digital Repository of Ireland. DRI is hosting a three-part webinar series to showcase digital archival collections from different Irish cultural heritage institutions. Part one will focus on historical research, part two will highlight digital archives for geographical and archaeological research, and part three will be dedicated to social sciences research. Preregister at
Tuesday, February 23, 2 pm, Bringing your Family Photos to Life on MyHeritage, by Keren Dotan and Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Keren will share the latest enhancements to MyHeritage In Color™ and show you some of the new ways to bring that "wow" effect to your cherished family photos. Preregister at
Tuesday, February 23, 2:30 pm, Digging into the Agricultural Schedules, by Cynthia Theusch and Allen County (IN) Public Library. Make agricultural schedules work for you. Such schedules list how many acres were improved and not improved as well as information on working animals, livestock, grain and crops grown, and homemade products. Preregister at REGISTER
Tuesday, February 23, 7 pm, Finding Female Ancestors, by Erie County (PA) Public Library. Your guide will show you skills on searching using indirect proof, women and the law, military, immigration, and naturalization. You will be able to answer questions like, "How and where to search?" Preregister at
Wednesday, February 24, 2 pm, Polish Genealogy Online - Portals and Databases. by Kinga UrbaƄska and Legacy Family Tree Webinars. The presentation will not just show you the Polish genealogy databases, but also give insight on how to look for Polish ancestors. We will check the most useful websites in the context of Polish political and social history. Preregister at
Wednesday, February 24, 8 pm, Deciphering Old Documents, by Arlington (TX) Public Library. Handwriting can be hard to read and ink can smudge. If you can figure out what all of the words are, challenges remain in understanding what they all mean. Learn about obscure abbreviations, outdated medical and legal terminology, and terms for family relationships and occupations that are no longer used. Preregister at
Thursday, February 25, 3 pm, Black Families of Revolutionary Era Plymouth, MA, by Mary Blauss Edwards and Plymouth’s Mayflower families have been well-studied, but the biographies of the Black men, women, and children who were enslaved by those families and their descendants are vastly under-represented in historical research. Discover the lives of enslaved and free black Revolutionary War soldiers from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Preregister at
Thursday, February 25, 6 pm, Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia, by Dr. Elizabeth Catte and Library of Virginia. This is an unsparing history of eugenics in Virginia, and by extension the United States. The state’s eugenics program was not the misguided initiative of well-meaning men of the day, but rather a manifestation of white supremacy, a form of employment insurance, a means of controlling troublesome women, and a philosophy that helped remove poor people from valuable land. Preregister at
Thursday, February 25, 6:30 pm, African American Founders of Fort Wayne, Part II: 1865 – 1930, by the African American Genealogical Society of Fort Wayne and the Allen County (IN) Public Library. Learn about sources for discovering African American contributions in Fort Wayne and Allen County. Preregister at REGISTER
Thursday, February 25, 7 pm, Three Saints from Ireland, by Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley (NY). No doubt you’ve heard of St. Patrick. But he’s not the only famous saint who left a legacy in the Emerald Isle. You’ll hear about the lives and works of St. Patrick, St. Brigid, and St. Columba. Find out when and where they were born and how they became patrons of Ireland. Preregister at
Thursday, February 25, 8 pm, Going the Extra Mile: AdditionalDNA Sites, Tools, and Techniques, by Laura Street Chaplin and Kane County (IL) Genealogical Society. Learn how to analyze test results using a variety of techniques, including Chromosome Mapping, DNA Painter, DNA GedCom, and more. Preregister at
Thursday, February 25 - 27, 2021, RootsTech 2021 Will Be Free and Online in 2021. There are hundreds of online presentations on genealogy by well-known genealogists to choose from. Preregister for RootsTech Connect, held February 25-27, here.
Saturday, February 27, 12 to 2 pm, Making History with LVA, by the Library of Virginia. The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future. Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):
Saturday, February 27, 1 pm, Managing and Preserving Digital Files, by The University of Washington Libraries and the Ethnic Heritage Council. You know what to do with your physical collections, but what about digital files? Instructors will go over the unique challenges of preserving digital materials, including the importance of moving your files off of external storage media, like CD-ROMs and floppy disks, where to store them, and the best file formats to use for long-term preservation. Preregister here

The Allen County Public Library this week added the recordings of five recent genealogy webinars to its YouTube channel

Discovering 19th Century (US) Military Ancestors by Curt Witcher.
We're sharing amazing sources for finding information on your 19th century military ancestors and take a new look at the Genealogy Center’s “Our Military Heritage” website.

Exploring the British Newspaper Archive by Jen Baldwin.
The value of newspapers in family history is undisputable, and that includes newspapers from overseas. Learn the ins and outs of the largest online collection of digitized newspapers from the British Isles and the British Commonwealth.

Strategic Searching on FindMyPast by Jen Baldwin.
Make the most of your valuable time on FindMyPast after learning best practices, different ways to search, and utilizing the site to your greatest advantage through this presentation. Our newest features will always be included.

From Farm to Factory: Researching Polish Immigrants to the Midwest by Greta Fisher.
he Midwest was a popular destination for emigrating Poles in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This class will discuss when and why they came, and where they settled. We will explore how to understand more about their lives both at home and at work, share strategies for addressing research challenges such as spelling and how to discover resources specific to the Polish community.

Critical Connections: Putting the Pieces & Strategies Together by Curt Witcher.
The beginning of the year can be a good time to assess where we are in our research and what kinds of goals we want to set for the New Year. Hear some strategies for evaluating documents you already have to find better direction for where your research needs to go.

Scroll down the library's YouTube channel page to see many other webinars. Entering keywords, such as genealogy, research, DNA, or military, in the search box next to the magnifying glass will produce a number of results. (Use the search box under the library's name and next to About. If you use the search box at the top of the page, it will search all YouTube channels.)


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