Genealogical Society of Sarasota, Inc.

Virtual genealogy fair recordings now available online

by Gail Dever

Recordings of the presentations delivered at Barrie Public Library's Virtual Genealogy Fair last weekend are now available on the library's website to watch for free until November 30. Handouts are also available.

Tuesday, November 24, 1 pm, Voting Records: Genealogy’s Best Kept Secret, by Pam Vestal and the North San Diego County Genealogical Society. Looking for a date of birth or death? When and where your ancestor became a citizen? Where he disappeared to, or where he came from? Voting records may have the answer. These often-overlooked gems can be packed with genealogical information, and you won’t believe what they can tell us about our ancestors. Preregister at
Tuesday, November 24, 1 pm, Researching Census Records, by New York Public Library. Census records are the cornerstones of genealogical research. Learn how to search for and find these key documents through resources at NYPL and elsewhere. This class will also explore the history of the U.S. federal census, and offer a variety of search strategies to use in your genealogy research. Preregister at Researching Census Records
Tuesday, November 24, 2 pm, MyHeritage Mobile App: All New Features, by Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage Webinars, and Yaniv Zach. The MyHeritage Mobile App makes building your family tree easier and more portable than ever. Learn about the new features MyHeritage added to the app that enhance your genealogy research on the go. Preregister at
Tuesday, November 24, 2:30 pm, Read All About It! Free Newspaper Sites to Assist Family Historians with Melissa Tennant and The Genealogy Center at Allen County (IN) Public Library. Preregister at
Tuesday, November 24, 8 pm, Using Newspapers for Genealogical Research, by Melissa A. Johnson, CG and New Jersey Family History Institute. Discover the wide array of information about your ancestors that can be found in newspapers, and learn the best search strategies for finding and searching historic newspapers through a number of free and subscription-based websites. Preregister at Register here.
Tuesday, November 24, 3 pm, Incorporating Oral History in your Research, presented by the Dallas (TX) Public Library. Learn how to locate oral histories and how to use them to tell a more in-depth story of your family's history. Preregister at
Tuesday, November 24, 8 pm, Incorporating DNA into Your Genealogy Business, by Bonnie Belza and the Utah Genealogical Association. Your genealogy practice is always evolving and changing and incorporating DNA may be your next step. After reviewing the basic building blocks of a business, we’ll discuss how to best add DNA analysis services to our genealogy practices. Preregister at Register Now
Wednesday, November 25, 7:30 pm, Digital Storytelling with Google Earth Projects, by Breanne Ballard and the Brigham Young University Family History Library. Please click on this link at the time specified Live Webinar Join Link
Monday, November 30, 10:30 am, Using the Wiki and Scotland’s People for Scots Research, by Preregister at  Link to Webinar
Monday, November 30, 11 pm, Scotland Land and Property Records, by Preregister at  Link to Webinar
Monday, November 30, 1:30 pm, Och Aye! Understanding Weird Scottish Words and Phrases, by  Preregister at  Link to Webinar
Monday, November 30, 3 pm, Scotland Probate Records, by Preregister at  Link to Webinar
Sunday, December 6, "How We Share and Preserve Memories in a Digital Era", 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Presented by Daniel Horowitz, Expert Genealogist at MyHeritage.  Daniel will show us the different options you have available today, and the best practices for digitally collecting, storing, preserving, publishing, and sharing your research, in an inexpensive way. Be better prepared to contribute, continue, and share this with younger generations, to let them enjoy, contribute, and continue your work.
 Registration at
There will be a Q & A session (no syllabus). Classes
Free On Demand Classes (click at any time to view):
Working with Different Family Tree Views on MyHeritage by Daniel Horowitz and Uri Gonen and MyHeritage Legacy Family Tree Webinars. The bigger your family tree grows, the more unwieldy it can be. MyHeritage offers several different family tree views to help you navigate your tree effectively. In this webinar, you'll learn the advantages of each and how to use them. Click here to watch.
Preparing a Portfolio: Applying to Become a Certified Genealogist® by Angela Packer McGhie, CG, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, CG, CGL, Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA and Family Tree Webinars. In this webinar, trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists will share various pathways to certification. They will discuss the process of becoming a board-certified genealogist, explain each element of an application portfolio, and answer questions from the participants. Click here to watch.
How to Use MyHeritage DNA Results to Enhance Your Family Tree by Michelle Leonard and MyHeritage Webinars. This webinar will demonstrate how MyHeritage's DNA test can help confirm the accuracy of and solve mysteries in your family tree. Michelle will provide her top tips on using MyHeritage's DNA platform and tools and offer practical guidance on the best steps to take to succeed on your DNA journey. Click here to watch:  How to Use MyHeritage DNA Results to Enhance Your Family Tree
Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration, Genetics by Schelly Talalay Dardashti. Learn about Jewish history, migration and genetics. Also hear from the first-hand experience of Maria Apodaca. Click here to watch: Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration, Genetics
Getting Started in Genealogy by A quick overview of forms, software programs and charts to use when getting started. Tips for recording names, dates and things to consider as you move forward with your research. Click on the title above to watch.
FamilySearch Tips by If your FamilySearch searches haven’t been successful, this presentation demonstrates five techniques that may help. These include: • Narrowing your search with filters • Using wild cards • Adding a relationship • Adding an event • Browsing images The presentation will provide you with additional tools which will give you some alternatives to conducting basic searches. Click on the title above to watch.
Timelines and Lifelines by In this lesson, you will learn how timelines can help you with your research. Click on the title above to watch.
The following DNA-related webinars are available for a limited time at a date and time of your convenience. These classes usually require a paid subscription but are free right now. If you're interested, be sure to take advantage of these classes before they are gone.
An Introduction to DNA Painter presented by Jonny Pearl and Family Tree Webinars, 2019. An in-depth look at Chromosome Mapper in DNA Painter.
DNA Painter’s New Individual Match Filter, a Genealogy Tutorial by GeneaVlogger on how to filter out all those small DNA segments under 7 cM, which we know have only a 50/50 chance of being real matching segments and may be due only to chance. (Quick Genealogy Tip #25, only 11 minutes long). 2019.
Introduction to What Are the Odds (WATO)? By Leah Larkin, presented at RootsTech 2020. WATO is used to identify an unknown match when some other matches are known. This tool is especially helpful for adoptees. Learn the basics of WATO in this 46 minute video.
What are the Odds(WATO)? An Online Tool that can help solve DNA Puzzles, presented by Jonny Perl and Family Tree Webinars, 2020. An in-depth look at the WATO tool. 90 minutes.
Cyndi's List in Practice, presented by Cyndi Ingle and Family Tree Webinars. Free until Sept 16. Sometimes overwhelming to beginners and sometimes underused by veterans, Cyndi's List is a research tool that is robust with resources helpful in everyone's research. Using specific examples for beginners, as well as more advanced researchers, we will explore the site and point out how to make the most of the links found within.
Introduction to What Are the Odds (WATO)? by Leah Larkin. WATO is used to identify an unknown match when some other matches are known. This tool is especially helpful for adoptees. Learn the basics of WATO. 46 minutes.
What are the Odds? An Online Tool that can help solve DNA Puzzles, presented by Jonny Perl and Family Tree Webinars. An in-depth look at the WATO tool. 90 minutes.
Joel Weintraub’s YouTube Genealogy Video Talks are Now Available
The following is a (slightly edited) announcement from Joel Weintraub describing some new YouTube videos he has created:
My initial goal was to put online 12 to 14 genealogy talks I’ve given to audiences on Census research, Ellis Island topics, and some natural history subjects. I never give the same talk twice, so I updated/revised/added to all the talks.
All six census talks are now available at my YouTube channel “JDW Talks”. They include two talks on the 1950 U.S. Census that should become available to the public on April of 2022. “The 1950 U.S. Census for Genealogists” talk (the only truly new talk) discusses how that census was done, hiring of census takers (do you own a fountain pen?), training of enumerators including part of an actual session for my virtual audience, sampling, questions, forms, housing schedule and where to find statistics for your large city block, and post enumeration processes like coding, and the results.
Find out why enumerators were told to lie about birthplace of a person for a specific situation they might encounter (that’s going to drive genealogists crazy). See original census forms in my collection but sorry, only I get to handle them.
The “1950 Census Location Search Tools” talk discusses the location tools that Steve Morse, I, and our volunteers now have in place on the One-Step site ( to help people do successful searches from a 1950 address when that federal census opens. When the 1940 census opened, we had about 2 ¼ million hits that day on Steve’s website, so with this video I’m hoping to reach similar researchers and tell them, from one of the persons responsible for those tools, my prediction on what to expect, how to prepare for locational searches, what resources they should/will have, how to use them, and when not to use them. Randy Seaver had a nice writeup of these two videos at:
Additional census PowerPoint videos I put online are on the non-federal censuses of New York City, the 1940 census schedule, introduction to the census, and the origin of the 72-year rule. I also put three natural history videos on the channel including a fun birdwatching virtual field trip to southern California (have your virtual camera ready). I intend to put three Ellis Island talks on my channel in the future.
The following link will go to a page showing the title of the videos, running time, and YouTube address of each of the videos:
On Demand Videos
MyHeritage Education
Free resources and free upcoming webinars as well as how-to videos.