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Tuesday, August 20
Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing  (Webinars - Free)
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Genealogists love to research, but writing it up – not so much. First, we need to read good writing (any kind). Then, practice writing in two separate compartments: write as it comes, and return later to fix or edit. Don’t worry about beginnings or endings; they will emerge over time. Seek out helpful critics, never wait until the last minute, and be ready to learn from editors.
 
This webinar is presented by Harold Henderson for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, August 21
Bullet Journaling for Genealogy  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
There are so many wonderful technological tools for getting more out of your genealogical research time, but how do you choose which ones are going to work best for you? Are you struggling with making time for your research, staying on track for your projects, or just want to unplug and plan? If any of these situations sound like you, perhaps putting pen to paper might be the way to go. The bullet journal method is an excellent, analog way to organize your research plan, and stay on track towards your research goals.
 
This webinar is presented by Shellee Morehead for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Thursday, August 22
August Membership Meeting  (Meetings - Membership)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Traverse Area District Library - McGuire Room, 610 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City
Please join us for our August Membership Meeting. The speaker will be Karen Krugman. Her presentation will be "Internet Archive for Genealogy". The public is welcome to attend our meetings. There is no charge.


Friday, August 23
Introduction to Forensic Genealogy  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
This course will give the participant an overview of forensic genealogy and the role of the genealogist in these types of cases. We will discuss some of the major types of cases in which a forensic genealogist may be involved, such as guardianship, oil and gas, unidentified and unclaimed persons, and probate. The role of the forensic genealogist as an expert witness will also be discussed.
 
This webinar is presented by Kelvin L. Meyers for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, August 28
Using Teams with your Genealogy  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Have you heard of Microsoft Teams? Whether for an individual, your genealogy business, or any type of group effort (family history or specialized studies), Microsoft Teams might just be the communication and collaboration tool you have been looking for. Come learn how to use it with your genealogy.
 
This webinar is presented by Tessa Keough for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!



Tuesday, September 3
Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research  (Webinars - Free)
10:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Learn what maps, gazetteers and directories are available for researching your ancestors in the British Isles. Learn from examples how to make good use of these tools to find where your ancestors are, what they did, when, where, and why they may have moved.
 
This webinar is presented by Paul Milner for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, September 4
Combining DNA and Traditional Research - In-Depth Case Studies  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
DNA testing has exploded onto the genealogy scene in recent years and is now one of the most important tools available to advance family tree research. In order to successfully use DNA testing for genealogy, however, it's essential to combine it with traditional research. This presentation will concentrate on several in-depth case studies that demonstrate what can be achieved when you combine long-established research methods with DNA test results. These case studies will cover verification of family tree lines, the breaking of brick walls, the testing of hypotheses and the solving of hitherto unfathomable mysteries.
 
This webinar is presented by Michelle Leonard for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, September 11
Advanced DNA Techniques: Using Phasing to Test DNA Segments  (Webinars - Free)
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Phasing is a tool used to separate your DNA into the DNA you received from Mom and the DNA you received from Dad. It requires a tested child and at least one tested parent. The benefit of phasing is that it allows us to test smaller segments which are sometimes too risky to use. Learn how phasing and "Your Evil Twin" tools at GEDmatch can help you examine and test shared DNA segments!
 
This webinar is presented by Blaine Bettinger for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Tuesday, September 17
Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy  (Webinars - Free)
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
(Live webinar only - no recording will be available.) Civil law - as opposed to common law - is a legal system that governs private relationships and interactions in most non-English speaking countries. Rooted in principles derived from ancient Roman law, it is the legal system that governs an estimated 60% of the world’s populations, including most European countries. Consequently, researchers tracing ancestral lines outside the United States frequently encounter records created in a civil law tradition. Proper interpretation of those records requires understanding the underlying civil law principles. In the United States only the state of Louisiana is today ruled by civil law, a legacy of the state’s unique colonial history under France and Spain. Colonial records created under civil law are also among the colonial records of California, parts of the Mississippi Valley, the Gulf Coast, and the American southwest. This presentation discusses major legal concepts that affect records and research in civil law societies.
 
This webinar is presented by Claire Bettag for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, September 18
Research Latin America Genealogical Resources on the Internet  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
This webinar will refer to many genealogical and general resources, computer databases, cemeteries, immigration, and citizenship records available in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the Caribbean. Daniel will provide a brief overview of government records available online, how to access them or get in touch with organizations, schools, clubs, cemeteries, newspapers, genealogical societies, and more.
 
This webinar is presented by Daniel Horowitz for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Thursday, September 19
GTAGS September Board Meeting  (Meetings - Board)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3746 Veterans Dr, Traverse City
Board meetings are open to all members.


Wednesday, September 25
Meaningful Tables and Graphs for Correlation in Family History  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
The objective of this webinar is to give viewers concrete examples of how tables and graphs can be used in family history reports and presentations.
 
This webinar is presented by Ruth Wilson Craig for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Thursday, September 26
September Membership Meeting  (Meetings - Membership)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Traverse Area District Library - McGuire Room, 610 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City
Please join us for our September Membership Meeting. The speaker will be Alanna Fitzgerald. The topic will be "Beyond data entry: Genealogy software for every genealogist". The public is welcome to attend our meetings. There is no charge.


Friday, September 27
The Home Archivist: Preserving Family Records Like a Pro!  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Learn from a professional archivist how to preserve, protect and archive family records, photographs and artifacts. Best practices for organization, purchasing archival materials and practical records preservation that any home archivist can achieve! Learn how to process your collection of genealogical records from start to finish. Learn the steps archivists use to process small and large records collections at the archives and how you can use these steps to get a handle on your family records collections!
This webinar is presented by Melissa Barker for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!



Tuesday, October 1
The Stories Behind the Segments  (Webinars - Free)
10:00 pm to 11:30 pm
DNA evidence helps us break through brick walls and confirm decades of research, while introducing an entirely new generation of people to genealogy. It also allows us to create maps linking specific segments of DNA to our ancestors. But how many of us stop to consider the story behind that mapped segment of DNA on chromosome 13? Or the miles and years traveled by the piece of DNA on chromosome 22? Join me as I examine some of the amazing stories in my chromosome map!
 
This webinar is presented by Blaine Bettinger for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, October 2
A Day Out With Your DNA  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
While DNA testing for genealogy is no longer a new idea, many companies are offering a new way to look at your DNA.  In this lecture we will cover the biggest and brightest options, and help you decide where you should take your DNA, and how to make the most of it.
 
This webinar is presented by Diahan Southard for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, October 9
50 Records that Document Female Ancestors  (Webinars - Free)
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
“Women can’t be found in genealogical documents.” “They are difficult to research.” While these statements can be true, there are records out there that document their lives. We will explore 50 records to consider as you research female ancestors from the colonial period to the 20th century in the United States.
 
This webinar is presented by Gena Philibert-Orteega for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!
 


Tuesday, October 15
Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records  (Webinars - Free)
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
(Live webinar only, will not be recorded.) Civil law notarial records are among the most valuable genealogical resources available. In civil law societies like France, Spain, Italy, (French) Canada, and many other countries, notaries function much like contract lawyers, creating legally binding "authentic acts" (also called contracts or protocols) that regulate private relationships among individuals. These are among the oldest extant types of records, dating in France, for one example, to the 16th century or earlier, and pre-dating church records in some places. They are also packed with information - explicitly stated family data as well as information that can help define an ancestor's family life, social standing, financial status, business and social relationships within a community. This presentation examines the value, content, and location of the most commonly used notarial records, and strategies for using them to further genealogical research.
 
This webinar is presented by Claire Bettag for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, October 16
Italian Civil Registration (Stato Civile): Going Beyond the Basics  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
This lecture discusses some of the more advanced records within Italian civil registration: Allegati [birth, death, and marriage supplements/attachments], Cittadinanza [citizenship records] and Atti Diversi [Diverse Acts]. Students will learn how these records can help to fill in the details of an Italian families’ history as well as track them across Italy. and around the world.
 
This webinar is presented by Melanie D. Holtz for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Thursday, October 17
GTAGS October Board Meeting  (Meetings - Board)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3746 Veterans Dr, Traverse City
Board meetings are open to all members.


Saturday, October 19
41st Annual Genealogy Seminar - Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan  (Special Events - Non-GTAGS)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Wednesday, October 23
Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist: 2019 edition  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Leave this class armed with a new collection of tools to make your genealogy time on the computer more efficient.
 
This webinar is presented by Geoff Rasmussen for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Thursday, October 24
October Membership Meeting  (Meetings - Membership)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Traverse Area District Library - McGuire Room, 610 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City
Please join us for our October Membership Meeting. The speaker will be William Ruddock. His presentation will be "New York Genealogy". The public is welcome to attend our meetings. There is no charge.


Friday, October 25
Decoding Secret Societies: Finding Your Female Fraternal Ancestors  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Do you have ancestry with membership in the Eastern Star? The Daughters of Rebekah? or another woman’s fraternal organization. This lecture focuses on those female fraternal auxiliaries and the rich genealogical material of family members who may have belonged to one or more of these secret societies.
 
This webinar is presented by Michael L. Strauss for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, October 30
Seven Steps to Manage Digital Files  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Learn how Digital Asset Management (DAM) can help you organize and manage digital photos and images across computers, cloud services, and mobile devices with practical strategies for backup, adding metadata, filenaming, captioning, and sharing.
 
This webinar is presented by Denise May Levenick for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!



Tuesday, November 5
Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure  (Webinars - Free)
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Australia (and the rest of the world), is very fortunate to have free access to Trove - a website of the National Library of Australia. Trove contains many digitised newspapers, some from all the Australian States and Territories up to 1954. While not every paper ever printed has been digitsed there is a wide selection. But the Trove site is not just newspapers but also has Picture Australia, theses, maps, and now the New South Wales and Commonwealth Government Gazettes. There are a number of ways to make your search more directed and ways to organise your research using the site.
 
This webinar is presented by Helen Smith for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, November 6
Understanding Ethnicity Estimates  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Learn how and when ethnicity estimates can be useful. Several case studies where ethnicity estimates helped solve the genealogy mystery will be covered. This talk covers: 1. How ethnicity estimates are generated and the ancestral timeframe they reflect 2. Differences between the DNA testing companies 3. Additional tools to further explore ethnicity estimates 4. How to identify situations in which they can be very helpful 5. Several examples where ethnicity estimates helped solve a genealogy mystery will be covered.
 
This webinar is presented by Mary Eberle for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, November 13
Soldier's Homes (1865-1930) Caring for Our Veterans  (Webinars - Free)
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
The National Home for Volunteer Soldiers, was established by an act of Congress in 1865. The purpose of the home system (initially called the National Asylum) was to provide for the care of the large number of wounded and disabled veterans from the Civil War. Records of kinship and other treasures abound in these records—over 400,000 records of these veterans are online free of charge. The home from its inception was intended to be more like a planned community of today, than a simple home and hospital. Extensive amenities and vocational training were provided. The largest branch and showpiece of the system was the Central Branch at Dayton, Ohio, Eventually growing to 11 homes or branches spread across the country, they are today Veteran’s Administration hospitals. Additionally, state and Confederate homes were established. We will also discuss strategies for finding these records.
 
This webinar is presented by Rick Sayre for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Tuesday, November 19
Native American Research: Things You May Not Know  (Webinars - Free)
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
November is Native American Heritage Month and what better time to delve into Native American research. Learn about records, libraries, archives, websites, and databases and analyzing what you find. Be prepared for some surprises on where you might find more about this amazing heritage.
 
This webinar is presented by Paula Stuart-Warren for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, November 20
A la Karte: Borders, Maps and Gazetteers for German Genealogists  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
The borders of German-speaking lands in Europe followed a non-linear pattern that is at first difficult to unpack. Learn about the gamut of on- and off-line tools to overcome this difficulty.
 
This webinar is presented by James M. Beidler for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Thursday, November 21
GTAGS November Board Meeting  (Meetings - Board)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3746 Veterans Dr, Traverse City
Board meetings are open to all members.


Friday, November 22
No Will? No Problem!  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Anything handled by a court of law is lengthy, and that is good for genealogical research. Documents containing information about a death date, relationships, personal and/or real property, and place of residence are common in intestate files. Learn about the court process from first petition to final discharge, and picture what home was like for an ancestor.
 
This webinar is presented by Sharon Monson for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!



Tuesday, December 3
Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest  (Webinars - Free)
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. Both jurisdictions created informative records and kept them in the Parish Chest. This presentation will examine the breadth and wealth of information that can be found, going well beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers.
 
This webinar is presented by Paul Milner for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!
 


Wednesday, December 4
Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Because X-DNA isn't a stand-alone test, it's an overlooked research tool even confused with mtDNA. And those cryptic inheritance charts! Let's see how it's applied.
 
This webinar is presented by Debra Renard for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, December 11
Grandma's Obituary Box: The Use of Obituaries in Genealogical Research and Their Role in American Cu  (Webinars - Free)
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Obituaries are a genealogical resource that help document our ancestors and bring them to life. This lecture examines the clues and types of information found in obituaries as well as where and how to locate them. A discussion of obituaries through the past three centuries will show what values were important to our ancestors and how those values have or have not changed through the years.
 
This webinar is presented by Pam Stone Eagleson for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Tuesday, December 17
Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders  (Webinars - Free)
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Many couples chose to marry in a location away from their home. Often there were reasons why it was a more convenient location to tie the knot. Sometimes, this decision was based on a romantic location or a place that would allow them to marry quickly without a three-day waiting period. These locations are often referred to as Gretna Green, the historic town in Scotland where thousands of English couples ran because of Scotland’s sympathetic marriage laws. We will consider the reason for a different marriage location, alternate sources to determine the location, and a few of the towns known as "Gretna Greens" in the United States.
 
This webinar is presented by J. Mark Lowe for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Wednesday, December 18
How to Trace Your UK Ancestry  (Webinars - Free)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
From the comfort of your home (outside the UK), trying to uncover your roots (whether in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales) can be an extremely challenging task. However, it is far from impossible with a plethora of information available online from books to databases, transcriptions to images, photographs and other (numerous) online sources. This webinar will provide individual case studies to highlight what is available online and offline, hands-on tips and details of how offline material might be accessed from afar.
 
This webinar is presented by Kirsty Gray for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Please register at:
When you register, you will receive an email notice 1-2 days before and another about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you. You can register for multiple webinars in advance. Don't forget to mark your calendar!