Webinars 2018

Join us the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm ET – Register below for the webinars of your choice. You will receive an e-mail confirmation with your own personal link to join the webinar. Automated reminder e-mails are set for 3 days prior, and 1 hour prior to the live presentation. To view webinars that have already passed, please click on the date for the speaker to watch the recording. Recordings are a member benefit.

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MonthPlease Register Below for each Webinar
JANUARY | Thurs., January 4, 2018 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Did I Get Everything? – Creating a Checklist for Genealogy Research
Presenter: Thomas McEntee

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Are you really done with researching that ancestor? Many genealogists think they have a brick wall when, in fact, they just haven’t done a “reasonably exhaustive search.” Learn how to assemble a genealogy research checklist to take your genealogy to the next level. Participants will learn how to identify gaps in their genealogy research and then move to the next level of research. These levels include using genealogy networks, going beyond online research with the help of Family Search Centers and other “offline” resources, and crafting a genealogy research checklist. NOTE: this presentation will be modified to include Canadian resources!
FEBRUARY | Thurs., February 1, 2018 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Land of Canaan: Researching Black Loyalist Communities in Canada
Presenter: Janice Lovelace

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MARCH | Thurs., March 1, 2018 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Women's Institute: Tweedsmuir Community Histories
Presenter: Irene Robillard

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This presentation will look at the wealth of genealogical and historical information contained within the award-winning “Tweedsmuirs” of the Women’s Institutes (WI) in Ontario, such as pioneer families, farm histories, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The presentation will also explain how to find and access these collections, both in paper and in digitized format, including their Virtual Archives site.
APRIL | Thurs., April 5, 2018 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Cataloging Your Digital Images Using Adobe Bridge with IPTC Cultural Heritage Panel
Presenter: Art Taylor

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An introduction to the free Adobe Bridge program (for macOS and Windows) and its free IPTC Cultural Heritage Panel to add titles, descriptions, and much more metadata to digital images. The process can be used with digital (from digital cameras or scanners) photos as well as with images created in software. It also works with photographs of 3-D heirlooms, such as quilts, jewelry, and furniture. There are data fields to enter much of the known information about each digital file.
MAY | Thurs., May 3, 2018 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Using AncestryDNA with your Family History
Presenter: Lesley Anderson

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Do you want to know about your personal story? Where your deep roots came from? Perhaps you are just curious to know what the results might be? Whatever your starting point AncestryDNA will reveal more of your own story and it's amazingly helpful to genealogy research.   

By capturing a person's unique genetic data, AncestryDNA can provide customers with a break-down of their genetic ethnicity, as well as find genetic living cousins, confirm existing research and relationships and overcome brick walls or dead-ends in their family history research. When coupled with Ancestry's billions of historical records, millions of family trees and strong member community, AncestryDNA will enable family enthusiasts and novices alike to discover even more about their own past!
JUNE | Thurs., June 7, 2018 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Camera Scanning your photographic archive
Presenter: Peter Krogh

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The need to digitize photo collections is hared by families and companies alike. This is an essential to both preserving history, and sharing it with others. Peter will share his reasons why using your own digital camera is the fastest, easiest and most economical way to achieve a digital archive. Professional photography skills are a plus, but by following the recipe approach, Peter makes such experience not necessary by any means.
JULY | Thurs., July 5, 2018 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Surveying the Community – Finding Clues Hidden Among the Neighbors
Presenter: Luana Darby

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Your ancestor’s community holds many clues and patterns that help your fill in missing pieces in your family puzzle. Often the person next door or another family in the community may hold the answers you seek. By using a combination of readily available records such as census, tax, land, maps, and cemetery records we can discover additional clues and avenues of research.
AUGUST | Thurs., August 2, 2018 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Crime, Prison, and Punishment: Researching UK Criminal and Prisoner Records Online
Presenter: Debra Dudek

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Whether by choice or circumstance, some of your ancestors may have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. The vast array of criminal and prison records available online and at the National Archives in Kew can offer researchers a great deal of information for their ancestors in a pre-census world.
SEPTEMBER | Thurs., September 6, 2018 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Navigating Online Sources for Irish Research
Presenter: Donna Moughty

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The loss of records at the Public Records Office in the 1922 fire was devastating but many of the surviving records are now available online. The number of major records that have become available online in the past few years is amazing. Images of civil registration records now online as well as images of Roman Catholic records have revolutionized the way we research in Ireland. In addition, new records are becoming available almost weekly from multiple sources. When researching our Irish ancestors, Since there are no complete record sets in Ireland prior to civil registration in 1864, it’s important to search any source that becomes available that covers the time and place where our ancestors lived.
OCTOBER | Thurs., October 4, 2018 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Writing a Family History: Turning Research into Shareable Stories
Presenter: Lynn Palermo

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Every life is a story…if you only knew how to tell it. In this webinar, Lynn Palermo shows you how to pull from your research to craft an engaging and captivating story your family will want to read. For the overwhelmed family historian, Lynn shares tools on how to get organised and helps you identify a starting point for your first story.

What Attendees Can Expect to Learn:  
                                                     
· Tools to organize before your write
· Creating an efficient workflow
· How to identify the story you want to write
· Finding the key ingredients of a story in your research
· How to structure your family history to read like a novel
· How to make writing a part of your daily
NOVEMBER | Thurs., November 1, 2018 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Franco-Ontarians History & Genealogy
Presenter: Tammy Tipler-Priolo

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Franco-Ontarians have their roots deep within the lands called Ontario. Their proud heritage has been celebrated for hundreds of years. This lecture will cover the history of Francophones in Ontario, as well as what records are available to conduct genealogical research for this part of Ontario's society today. Whether you can speak French or not does not matter, as once you learn the basics of French records you will see that it can be an enjoyable journey researching the Francophone past.
DECEMBER | Thurs., December 6, 2018 - 7:00 PM ET
Presentation: Scotland’s Resources: There is more to Scottish research than ScotlandsPeople!
Presenter: Tina Beaird

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There are dozens of sites available to help you in your Scottish research once you are ready to move beyond Scotlandspeople. Sites like GENUKI, ScotlandsPlaces, SCAN and the National Library of Scotland are just a few of the free websites available to you from ‘across the pond.’