Which Paid Genealogical Site is Best?

Sunny Jane Morton presented a webinar October 21st for Legacy FamilyTree Webinars and it was 100% gold-plated wonderful. She talked about the “Genealogy Giants”  (MyHeritage, FindMyPast, FamilySearch, Ancestry) and the new features from each one. For one week, this webinar will be FREE at Legacy FamilyTree Webinars (21-28 Oct) and then it will go into their library which you must be a member to access….membership is $49 annually to access over 5,000 pages of handouts and hundreds of webinars. But at least, go learn from this one by Sunny! 

Free Webinars Coming This Week

Special Notice: Free Webinars Coming This Week
Hello GFO E-News Subscribers, Please pardon this extra email. We received this late word, and it’s so valuable we wanted you to know. RootsTech, the stellar genealogy conference happening this week in Salt Lake City, is offering you the chance to watch some of their lectures free in live video streams from your own computer. If you can’t make it to next week’s RootsTech, you can still watch live streams of key speakers this coming Wednesday through Sunday! (Feb. 26-29) There’s a chance to hear Blaine Bettinger, Judy Russell, Crista Cowan, and more.
Live Stream Schedule
Even better, they’re even offering most of their handouts free for anyone to download. The handouts are amazing-filled with so much information.
Just click on the lecture list, then click on the lecture and look for the “Syllabus” symbol for the handout.
Just remember to tune in on time! And don’t forget that the presentaions are on Mountain time–one hour difference from Pacific.

MyHeritage LIVE Free Webinars



We’re delighted to announce that all the videos of the MyHeritage LIVE conference are now online for free!

Weren’t able to attend? Now you can view every lecture, with video of the presenter and a close up of their slides.

For a full list of all the sessions, lectures and panels, please see this blog post.

We’d be grateful if you could share these with your friends and networks.


Many thanks


Daniel Horowitz

Genealogy Expert.

American Ancestors October Webinars


October Online Learning
Online Conference
Researching Upstate New York
Saturday, October 20, 12:00–6:00 PM EDT
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Presented by Genealogists at NEHGS
Cost: $125
Finding information about New York ancestors can be tricky. A fire in 1911 at the State Library and the fact that statewide registration of vital records did not start until 1880 only add to the difficulty. The presentations within this Online Conference will guide you through the maze of genealogical pitfalls, and to the bright spots in New York research. Our New York experts will discuss the settlement of New York and early migrations, vital records and substitutes, land and probate records, the state census, and more.
Can’t attend a live broadcast? You can still enroll! All sessions are recorded and posted to the course webpage. Participants have exclusive access to these recordings and other course materials for at least three months after the final class presentation.
Database Volunteer Opportunities at AmericanAncestors.org
Thursday, October 25, 3:00–4:00 PM
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Presented by Molly Rogers and Rachel Adams
FREE and open to the public
Volunteers are essential to the creation of databases at AmericanAncestors.org—from scanning and indexing parish records for the Historic Catholic Records Project to assisting in the creation of the Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880 database and other important collections. Learn about opportunities for helping the Database Team that you can participate in from home!
Can’t attend a live broadcast? Not a problem! You will be able to watch a recording of the presentation on our website following the broadcast.
Call 617-226-1226 or email education@nehgs.org.

Free Family Search Family History Library Classes

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for October 2018

Important tool for life for FamilySearch The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for October 2018. Research classes will focus on records from Denmark, Holland, England, Germany, and Wales. One class is offered in Spanish. A class for deaf community indexing is included. The genealogy merit badge is also featured. Participants can attend in person or online. See the calendar below for the complete list of classes. No registration is required.

Select webinars are offered weekly along the following track schedule throughout the month:

Mondays—FamilySearch Catalog at 10:00 a.m. MDT

Tuesdays—FamilySearch.org and Family Tree Classes at 10:00 a.m. MDT

Wednesdays—Indexing Classes at 10:00 a.m. MDT

Thursdays—Research Classes at 1:00 p.m. MDT

If you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars. Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends.

All class times are in mountain daylight time (MDT).

Tuesday, 2 October, 10:00 a.m. What´s New at FamilySearch Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
Thursday, 4 October 10:00 a.m. Indexing Dutch Records (1.5 hours) Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
Thursday, 4 October, 1:00 p.m. Using Archion for German Research Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
Tuesday, 9 October, 10:00 a.m. Starting Family Tree: Overview of FamilySearch Beginner Webinar |

B1 Lab

Thursday, 11 October, 1:00 p.m. United States Research: Pacific Region Beginner Webinar |

Main B

Tuesday, 16 October, 10:00 a.m. Starting Family Tree: Navigating, Adding, Editing, and Standardization of Dates and Places Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
Thursday, 18 October, 1:00 p.m. England and Wales Census Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
Saturday, 20 October, 10:00 a.m. Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge (1½ hrs). For Registration. Beginner 2S Lab
Saturday, 20 October, 1:00 p.m. Recursos genealógicos de la emigración Hispanoamericana Beginner Webinar | Main B
Thursday, 25 October, 10:00 a.m. Deaf Community Indexing Training Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
Thursday, 25 October, 1:00 p.m. Using Gazetteers to Determine Jurisdictionsin Denmark Beginner Webinar |

Main Lab

Tuesday, 30 October, 10:00 a.m. Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FGS September Class

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce the September 2018 webinar, “Using Classes and Research Trips to Expand Your Membership,” presented by Pat Stamm.
Societies are always looking for ways to expand their membership. One of the best ways is to offer benefits. Two potential added values are educational classes and research trips. Learn how to establish these types of programs.
This webinar will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Central Time, and will be recorded for viewing on the FGS website shortly after its conclusion. Please register in advance.

Register here: Complete Flyer 

Tri-City Genealogical Society Free Webinars

Please note that Legacy Family Tree is offering these 3 free webinars this week. I just received a notice in my email inbox about these webinars tonight, so I wanted to pass them onto you.  Note that these webinars generally are available for at least 7 days past the dated webinar, so you can still access the webinar if you miss it.   Art
TUES, JUNE 5, 2018
Digital Gravestones by Elisabeth Zetland   register (free)…
WED, JUNE 6, 2018
What Your Ancestor’s Neighbors Can Tell You by Melissa Barker   register (free)…
FRI, JUNE 8, 2018
The Family DNA Project by Nicka Smith     register (free)…

Georgia Genealogical Society Webinars

Free Webinars