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April 2022

Did Your Ancestors Join Ethnic Organizations? Finding the Excellent Records

  • Presenter: Paula Stuart-WarrenPaula Stuart-Warren
  • Date: April 19, 2022
  • Webinar Description: Did your immigrants join heritage, charitable, religious, political, and other organizations? Learn about specialized finding aids, databases, and more with records filled with personal details. U. S. Libraries, historical societies, archives, and university library special collections sections hold the records from many organizations that our families joined. Frequently genealogists think that there may be no records for parts of the family, but records of such organizations often provide details. Finding these collections that have records of membership, donations, deaths, places of origin, stories, and more has become easier in recent years. Many finding aids online and off lead to these research nuggets that represent hundreds of years of material. This lecture covers the finding aids, what the descriptions tell us, how to use the descriptions and suggestions for accessing the family nuggets promised by the cataloging and indexing.


March 2022

Immigrant Letters, Memoirs and Travel Journals

  • Presenter: Mary RisseeuwMary Risseeuw
  • Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
  • Time: 7:00 PM Central
  • Webinar Description: Letters, memoirs and travel journals are a rare primary source that is often overlooked in understanding the experiences of immigrants. They are a genuine source of information about America for families and the communities who had to deal with the effects of emigration on the other end. They compared life abroad to the life they left behind. They contain details about every situation the immigrant finds himself in: the choice of a place to settle, his neighbors, his land, finding employment, the difficulties with language, loneliness, and questions about citizenship, church membership, political parties and war. When correspondence from different populations is examined, one can gain more insight into the variations in cultural practices, expectations in a new world, and an overall worldview. Materials collections throughout the U.S and Europe will be examined, as well as how to start your own collection and methods for obtaining translations of letters.


February 2022Sara Cochran

Missing! Reward! Locating Widows, Spinsters, and Bachelors

  • Presenter: Sara Cochran
  • Date: February 15, 2022
  • Webinar Description: Have some of the folks on your family tree disappeared? Pick up some new ideas on how to research widows and unmarried children. Then, watch these techniques in action in three short case studies



January 2022Seema Kenney

Julian to Gregorian: When & How Our Calendar Changed

  • Presenter: Seema Kenney
  • Date: January 18, 2022
  • Webinar Description: Dates are important to genealogists but do you understand the relationship between the dates recorded and the calendar in use at the time? The switch of our calendar started in 1582, but lasted into the 20th century. Understanding this process may impact your 18th to 20th century research.


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