Happy St. Patrick’s Day & March 2012 Genealogy Webinars

You shouldn’t be surprised to see a few more Irish/Irish-American webinars in this list… after all, we all celebrate the “luck o’ the Irish” in March whether we’ve got Irish heritage or not!  Also… be sure to check out the webinars on the 1940 Census and Census secrets, the release of the 1940 U.S. Census is just around the corner!  Good luck & happy learning!

Also… be sure to check out the Family Tree University’s 2012 Virtual Conference!  In case you can’t travel to any of the big conferences this year, this virtual conference might be a great alternative for you.  Hosted completely online from 9:00am, Friday, March 9 through 11:59pm Sunday, March 11… this virtual conference is jam-packed full of topics!  Your $199.99 registration fee covers 15 lectures – on your own time.  All the lectures are pre-recorded so you can choose which days you attend according to your schedule!

  • 3 March 2012, 1:00pm EST, Irish-American Catholic Genealogy
    The overall goal of the lecture is to give attendees a practical guide to finding the origins of their Irish ancestors in a broad overview lecture. The lecture will start with the central event in the history of Irish genealogy, the destruction of the Public records Office in Dublin on June 30, 1922 near the end of the Irish Civil War. As a result unique challenges and realistic expectations for Irish ancestral research will be discussed. Existing vital records and census records along with unique census substitutes for 19th century Ireland will be presented. Research materials available on-line and through film rental will be shown with examples available without the time and expense necessary to travel to Ireland. Irish Protestants and resources and record repositories in Ireland will not be covered.
  • 7 March 2012, 2:00pm EST, Are You Ready for the 1940 U.S. Census Images?
    April 2, 2012 will be a busy day for genealogists in the U.S. as the images for the 1940 United States Census are released to the public. Learn the strategies needed to find the images you want, especially during the first few weeks before the images are indexed. Besides tips and tricks, you’ll also learn what information was collected during the 1940 U.S. Census and how it can help your genealogy research. 
  • 11 March 2012 – Don’t forget to Spring Forward! Daylight Saving Time begins.
  • 12 March 2012, 7:00pm EDT, Using U.S. Federal Records to Locate the Townland of Your Irish Ancestors
    Before you buy your ticket to Ireland you need to look at the roots your ancestor planted in America.
    Focusing on U.S. resources can give you a real passport to finding your way to the right place and time in
  • 15 March 2012, 8:00pm EDT, Online Census Secrets: Best Websites and Strategies to Find Your Ancestors ($39.99 if you register before March 8, $49.99 after)
    Census records are the no. 1 resource for US genealogy. You can use them to trace your ancestral families back in time decade by decade, and even discover new branches of your family tree. All US census records up to 1930 are online, and the 1940 census will be available in April 2012.  Most genealogists know, though, that it’s not as easy as simply typing in a name. To successfully trace your ancestors, you need to know where to look and how to make the most of census websites. This hour-long webinar will tell you exactly what you need to know to make the most of the US censuses available online.
  • 20 March 2012, 8:00pm EDT, Indiana Genealogy Crash Course: Find Your Hoosier State Ancestors ($39.99 if you register before March 8, $49.99 after)
    Indiana is one of those states that figures into the family trees of many Americans.Whether you’re descended from the native Miami or Potawotomi tribes, the railroad workers who came through in the 1850s, or the African-Americans who migrated north in the early 1900s, it’s likely that at some point your ancestors were in Indiana.Professional genealogist Harold Henderson will share his special tips and techniques for finding your Hoosier ancestors.
  • 21 March 2012, 2:00pm EDT, DNA Research for Genealogists: Beyond the Basics.
    Among the tens of thousand of individuals that have already experienced the novelty of genetic testing for ancestral or genealogical purposes, many are still wondering about the real benefits that such testing may bring to their family history repertoire. Few individuals may have given in to pressure by others, or simply for curiosity. Whether you have been already tested and are still wondering about what all those letters and numbers from your genetic genealogy report mean, or whether you are contemplating if DNA testing for family history is something for you, this lecture will offer you some online tools that are available to interpret your results and get the most out of your genetic testing. We will also focus on a few successful DNA genealogy cases and conclude with a description of consultation services available to those that think genetic genealogy is an exciting field, but fear it is too complex of a tool to them.
  • 21 March 2012, 9:00pm EDT, Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know
    Whether you are a beginner or a 40-year-veteran in family history, learn what genealogists from around the world consider to be the top 20 lessons every genealogist should learn and how to effectively apply these lessons in everyday research. 
  • 28 March 2012, 2:00pm EDT, Obituaries: Clues to Look For. Tips for making sure you get the full benefit from an obituary notice.
    Newspapers have been publishing obituaries for over 300 years. Dig in and identify every clue as you learn how newspaper editors have changed their syntax, style and scope of obituaries over the years. Obituaries are critical for building an American family history.
  • 30 March 2012, 2:00pm EDT, Digital Writing Tools for Genealogists.
    Telling your family’s story just got a whole lot easier thanks to a number of cloud-based notetaking and writing tools and apps you can access from home, your netbook or iPad, and even your smartphone. Learn about the latest tech tools and writing apps for bringing your family’s story to life!

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