Awesome April 2012 Webinars – No Foolin!

Whew!  What a list!!  There are a ton of webinars scheduled for April.  Either this whole e-learning thing is really catching on or else the genealogical community is planning for a lot of “April Showers” and ensuring that we all have something to do while we’re stuck indoors.  There are some great things coming up and a lot of live online forums and tutorials on the upcoming release of the 1940 U.S. Census.  There are several webinars that I’m very excited about this month… hope that something strikes your fancy!  Feel free to post your experiences with any that you attend!  I’d love to hear about it!

  • 1 April 2012, 4:00pm - Searching the Unindexed 1940 Census ($4.00)
    A discussion of search approaches for the unindexed 1940 census
  • 2 April 2012, 9:00pm – Census Images and Indexing UPDATE
    Hosted by DearMYRTLE and RootsMagic
    Join our OPEN MIC meeting Monday – Friday to discuss experiences we’re having with the newly released 1940 US Federal Census Images.
  • 3 April 2012, 9:00pm - Census Images and Indexing UPDATE
    Hosted by DearMYRTLE and RootsMagic
    Join our OPEN MIC meeting Monday – Friday to discuss experiences we’re having with the newly released 1940 US Federal Census Images.
  • 4 April 2012, 2:00pm – The Pursuit from Genealogy Hobbyist to Professional
    Several terms are applied to individuals that are interested in their ancestors. Those who are fascinated by the story but not really interested in the data could be termed amateurs. Moving up a rung on the ladder would be the hobbyists, who gather photos, letters and family memorabilia to share with others. They quite often are members of societies, are familiar with local history, and help others to find their ancestors. This group is quite underestimated, in that many have self-taught expertise and are quite knowledgeable. However, most of them do not charge money for their assistance. The next step is to operate at the “professional” level, which requires perspective, attitude, methods, process, and some business skills. This webinar will discuss various ways to make that transition.
  • 4 April 2012, 9:00pm - Census Images and Indexing UPDATE
    Hosted by DearMYRTLE and RootsMagic
    Join our OPEN MIC meeting Monday – Friday to discuss experiences we’re having with the newly released 1940 US Federal Census Images.
  • 5 April 2012, 7:00pm – RootsMagic: Timeline View
    RootsMagic 5 is the latest version of our award-winning software which makes family history easy!  One of it’s fun and useful new features is the “Timeline View”.  Join us for a look at this new feature and learn how it can visually put a person’s life in context- bringing together events from their own life and from the lives of family members.  
  • 5 April 2012, 8:00pm – Using Probate Records (early bird: $39.99, regular: $49.99)
    Probate records are a tremendous source of genealogical information. Some family historians find them a little intimidating, though, and any don’t realize that even poor ancestors may have left behind a probate file chock-full of valuable information.
  • 5 April 2012, 9:00pm - Census Images and Indexing UPDATE
    Hosted by DearMYRTLE and RootsMagic
    Join our OPEN MIC meeting Monday – Friday to discuss experiences we’re having with the newly released 1940 US Federal Census Images.
  • 6 April 2012, 9:00pm - Census Images and Indexing UPDATE
    Hosted by DearMYRTLE and RootsMagic
    Join our OPEN MIC meeting Monday – Friday to discuss experiences we’re having with the newly released 1940 US Federal Census Images.
  • 7 April 2012, 1:00pm – Turn iGoogle into your Personal Genealogy Research Homepage
    Google’s blank white page is very misleading.  In this session Lisa Louise Cooke, host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, will show you how to covert Google.com into a rich, powerful genealogy research homepage that will keep you organized and moving forward online.
  • 8 April 2012 – Easter
  • 10 April 2012, 9:00pm – Going Digital: Organizing Your Research Files Electronically
    Thinking of going digital? Organizing your research files electronically can speed up processing time, save space, and help anyone become a better genealogist. Learn how to take your paper research notes, logs, and documents and convert them into your own personal “digital archives.” 
  • 11 April 2012, 2:00pm – Genealogy on the Go – the Families app for your Android, iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad
    Got an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or an Android device? With the “Families” application you can easily transfer your Legacy Family Tree files and pictures from your computer to your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android device, enabling them to be viewed and edited wherever you are. Any changes you make on these devices can then be synced back to your Legacy family file. Join the developer of Families, Malcolm Green, for a demonstration of how it all works and what it looks like.
  • 12 April 2012, 7:00pm – Installing and Upgrading to Personal Historian 2
    Personal Historian 2 is the latest version of our ground-breaking personal and family history writing software.  But many still have questions and concerns about the upgrade process.  How is this upgrade different than past updates?  What will happen to all my data?  Can I have both Personal Historian 1 and Personal Historian 2 on my computer at the same time?  Join us as we answer all your questions and show you how to transition to version 2’s new features quickly and painlessly.
  • 13 April 2012, 2:00pm – Preparing for Mother’s Death ($8.00)
    An 1889 will was denied in 1900 upon the widow’s death. The judge’s denial gives no reason, but an analysis of land, court, and estate records provides the likely reason and makes an excellent tutorial on women’s property, land records, terminology, etc. An excellent problem-solving example.
  • 14 April 2012, 12:00pm - Using Legacy Family Tree to Support Family Groups/Associations
    This 1-hour webinar will discuss how the Legacy Family Tree software can help your family organization work together.
    These specific features and concepts will be taught:

    • importing your PAF and GEDCOM files into Legacy
    • best practices for adding new data, including adding new events and sources
    • how to share your Legacy file with other association/family members to avoid duplication utilizing Legacy’s IntelliShare tool
    • using Legacy’s Research Notes and Tree Finder tools to document opinions, theories, and unproven relationships
    • using Legacy’s Research Guidance to guide you to the right sources and websites to extend your pedigree
  • 15 April 2012 – Tax Day!  Don’t forget to mail your taxes!!
  • 17 April 2012, 9:00pm – Canadian Ports of Entry: Ship Passenger Lists, Immigration Records and Border Crossing Records
    You know your ancestors came to North America from the Old Country but you can’t find any records. Learn strategies for searching the available immigration, border crossing and ship passenger list websites on the Internet. Level: Intermediate. 
  • 18 April 2012, 2:00pm – Researching Your Scottish Ancestors
    Scotland has a wealth of records available to assist you in researching your Scottish ancestry. Scottish statutory records of births, marriages and deaths began in 1855 and are available online together with census returns from 1841 – 1911. Other online records include Old Parish Records of baptisms, marriages and burials, records from Catholic archives and Scottish wills and testaments. Join our webinar to find out about these records and strategies to help you use these and other useful sources effectively in your research.
  • 18 April 2012, 8:00pm – 1940 Census Indexing – Tips & Tricks – FamilySearch
    Our friends at the1940Census.com and FamilySearch are hosting a series of webinars over the next few months. The goal is to train volunteers to index, arbitrate as individuals; and to train leaders to administer a society-sponsored indexing group. All webinars begin at 6pm Mountain time.  Please join early! 
  • 18 April 2012, 9:00pm – Grandma’s Flak Jacket: Why Your Children Need You to Do Family History
    Why would your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews want to know about their family’s heritage? And how do you share it with them so that they are interested?  The benefits illustrated in this class include emotional healing from understanding the past, inspiration from knowing the greatness in your heritage, the perspective of knowing what was sacrificed for you, and knowing you are part of a greater whole. You are going to want to sign off  and start sharing, and this class will show you how.
  • 19 April 2012, 7:00pm – RootsMagic: County Check
    RootsMagic 5 is the latest version of our award-winning software which makes family history easy!  One of it’s most powerful new features is the CountyCheck.  Join us for a look at this new feature and learn how it will confirm and correct the existence of a county, state, or country on any given date from a multi-national database.  You’ll even learn how to use it to find research tips, sources, and even historical maps for your ancestral lands. 
  • 25 April 2012, 2:00pm – Reverse Genealogy: Finding the Living
    Although genealogy is at its heart the study of long-deceased ancestors, connecting with living relatives has become almost as important to many family historians. Some seek living kin in an effort to track down family photos; others do it to find family history playmates, plan reunions or identify DNA project participants. Whatever the motivation, one of the most addicting aspects of genealogy is the thrill of finding distant cousins, or in some cases, parents, children or siblings. But this “reverse genealogy” (working from the past to the present) has its own special challenges and requires the researcher to be part genealogist and part private investigator. This presentation covers proven techniques for tracing 20th and 21st century friends and relatives from the past to the present. 
  • 25 April 2012, 8:00pm - 1940 Census Indexing – Tips & Tricks – FamilySearch
    Our friends at the1940Census.com and FamilySearch are hosting a series of webinars over the next few months. The goal is to train volunteers to index, arbitrate as individuals; and to train leaders to administer a society-sponsored indexing group. All webinars begin at 6pm Mountain time.  Please join early! 
  • 26 April 2012, 7:00pm – RootsMagic: New Reports and Options
    RootsMagic 5 is the latest version of our award-winning software which makes family history easy!  Based on user feedback and requests, we’ve added several new reports and many new report options.  Join us for a look at these new reports and options and how RootsMagic 5 can make sharing and publishing your family history easier than ever.

 

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