Genealogical Society of Sarasota, Inc.
Saturday, September 19, 2 pm, Explorations in Mexican Genealogy, presented by John Schmal and the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. This presentation will assist those who want to trace their roots in Mexico and the southwestern U.S., show how to access the records of Mexican ancestors online, and offer pointers about how to use that information. Preregister at Click Here to Register Now
Saturday, September 19, 5 pm, Using German Periodicals and Periodical Indexes, by Larry Jensen and the Brigham Young University Family History Library. This is the second in a four-part series. Parts 3 and 4 will be held at 5 pm on the following Saturdays: Sep. 26, Oct. 10. No preregistration; join the live presentations by clicking this link:
Sunday, Sep 20, 2 pm, Spinning Gold: Shaping your Family Research into Compelling Stories, with Christine Halvorson and hosted by the Portsmouth (NH) Public Library. Christine will inspire attendees to dust off their memorabilia and start mining them for golden stories, true or not. Put your family research to use. Preregister at
Monday, September 21, 5 pm, Introduction to Genealogy by Anne Billeter and hosted by Jackson County (OR) Genealogy Library. Anne will explain how to start, forms to use, documentation to seek, helpful clues, and why deduction is important. Registration closes Sept. 20. Register in advance at
Thursday, Sept. 24th – 7:00pm (Central Time)
Hosted by the Kane County Genealogical Society
"Looking for European Roots" – presented by Caron Brennan. This program will provide you with ideas of where to find records for European ancestors. It will include well-known sites like FamilySearch and FindMyPast, as well as lesser know site many of which offer free access. 
For complete details, and to register, click this link –
Thursday, Oct. 1st – 6:00pm (Central Time)
Presented by the Omaha Public Library
"Finding Treasure in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI)". Kick off Famiy History Month with this virtual presentation on the Periodical Source Index, a tool we should all be using in our research. For more information and to register visit
Thursday, September 24
Germanic Genealogy Society  (Webinar)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Prussian Place Name Research - Nancy Loe
Discover leading and lesser-known online resources to pinpoint geographic locations of German-speaking ancestors from Prussia(Brandenburg, East Prussia, Pomerania, Posen, Silesia, West Prussia).
The time listed for this webinar is Pacific time.
Castle Rock Colorado Genealogical Society
Saturday, September 26
Castle Rock Colorado Genealogical Society  (Webinar)
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Too Many Mary's:  Solving Identity and Same Name Conundrums - Jill Morelli, CG
Whether you are looking for a John Smith, a Mary Margaret Murphy or a Lars Larson, we all have genealogical “identity issues.” In this presentation, we will discuss the types of identity problems that are prevalent and show a methodology for a possible solution. Yes, it takes some work. Examples of common types of identity problems will illustrate the methodology and the tools that may lead to identification. We will use the "lens" of the Genealogical Proof Standard to guide our work and raise our confidence that we have the right person and we did not just “pick one that looked right.” Let’s tackle some of those identity issues!
Register at:
The time listed for this webinar is Pacific time.
Saturday, September 26
Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts & Chicopee (MA) Public Library  (Webinar)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Squeezing Every Drop Out of Polish Parish Registers
- David Ouimette, CG,CGL, BCG Trustee
Polish parish registers tell stories about individuals, families, and communities, revealing living conditions, lifestyles, relationships, traditions, religious practices, epidemics, successes, trials, and social history. Genealogists and historians should take time to study parish registers deeply to discover all these amazing records have to offer. Analytical tools and methodologies can help bring these records to life.

This presentation along with accompanying handout show how to mine Polish parish registers to uncover their enormous genealogical value. Examples are drawn from the records of Wόjtowa, a small farming village in Małopolska. We use original records, genealogical standards, proven research methodologies, and spreadsheet software to squeeze every drop out of Polish parish registers.

Details and registration link at:

The time listed for this webinar is Pacific time.
Saturday, November 21
WWII Records  (Program)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom Webinar
Presented by Sandy Ronayne
The Second World War was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries - including all the great powers - eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The United States entered WWII after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
On June 6 1944 - 'D-Day' - Allied Forces launched the largest amphibious invasion in the history of warfare. Codenamed 'Overlord', the Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate northwest Europe form Nazi occupation.
In this class, we will learn how to research WWII records and to honor those of the "Greatest Generation". If you have a family member who participated in D-Day or a woman who was in the military in WWII, please email Sandy at
Meeting Information will be included in your registration confirmation email.
Registration closes Friday November 20 at 5:00 PM
Sunday, December 6
"How We Share and Preserve Memories in a Digital Era"  (All)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
GSBC Live Webinar
"How We Share and Preserve Memories in a Digital Era"
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).


Wednesday, November 18
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Projects Administration (Genealogy Plus!)  (Genealogy Plus!)
10:00 am
Zoom meeting*
Presenter: Pamela Riney-Kehrberg
The Civiilan Conservation Corps and the Works Projects Administration were established during the heights of the 1930s Depression to aid struggling families.  Learn more about this period of history and what types of records exist.
*This meeting will be presented via Zoom. To register use this link:
Or, go to Ames Public Library, click on Events & News, select Event Calendar and naviagte to November 18.  Click the words Genealogy Plus for the registration link to open.
Sunday, September 27
"Britain to Canada to Michigan" presented by Jessica Trotter  (GSWC Meetings - Programs)
1:30 pm
Virtual Meeting
Britain to Canada to Michigan was a popular migration pattern and this talk explores resouces available to researchers studying families who travelled these routes.
This will be a virtual meeting. Connection information will be provided to members. Non-members wishing to be included may send a request to
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Sunday, October 25
Using the FAN club in your research  (Educational Opportunities)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Virtual Session
Please join us as Marcia Stewart presents a program on how to use "FAN" club in your research.  Using Friends, Associates & Neighbors can be an important tool in furthering your research.  This technique can really help get past brick walls or enhance your family story.  
Register in advance for this meeting by clicking on the link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
This event is free and open to the public.  Visitors welcome!

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, CGLaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, CG, CGLRick 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.
Everything You Know is Wrong! by Dan Lilienkamp and the St. Louis (MO) Genealogical Society. Available until Sept. 16. Many of our brick walls are self-constructed. A case study using a St. Louis German family shows how erroneous assumptions often prevent the identification of ancestors and their towns of origin. Ignoring the assumptions and engaging in thorough research not only identified the ancestral home in Germany, but also revealed the story of migration of other family members. 60 minutes.  The handout can be downloaded here. The webinar can be viewed here. The password for this webinar is 6s=$182O
German Genealogy: What Do You Need to Know? By Carol Whitton and the St. Louis (MO) Genealogical Society. Limited time. We seek the German village of origin in U.S. records, but other questions about our immigrant families need answering first. The answers to those questions will lead us toward our goal. By reviewing the basics, learning about Germany and its resources, and finding our U.S. records, we may be successful. The handout can be downloaded here. The can be viewed here.
An Introduction to DNA Painter, presented by Jonny Pearl and Family Tree Webinars, free for a limited time. An in-depth look at Chromosome Mapper in DNA Painter. 85 minutes.
DNA Painter’s New Individual Match Filter, by GeneaVlogger. Free for a limited time. 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. 11 minutes.
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.

Free Trial of New Photo Improvement Tool
The MyHeritage Photo Enhancer is a new tool that brings faces in old photos into sharp focus. If you are not a member at, you can enhance up to 10 photos at no charge, so choose carefully which photos you would most like to improve. Members can enhance an unlimited number of photos.
You will need to register at MyHeritage one time, then upload the photos, then click your selected photo and click “Enhance”. (This same registration is also good for accessing free databases listed below.)
This feature uses technology licensed by MyHeritage to enhance photos by increasing their resolution. Enhancement produces exceptional results for old photos where the faces are often small and blurry, but works well on new color photos too. You’ll see the faces of your ancestors more clearly than ever before. Click here for the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer page to upload photos to MyHeritage and enhance them.
Enhancement does not modify your original photo; it creates a new version, which you can easily download or share. If you do not want to share your photos with the world, delete both the original and enhanced photos after you have safely downloaded them to your own computer.

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:

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