Education and Development

  • Visualizing Information for Genealogists

    by Margaret R. Fortier, CG
    15 January 2019

    sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists

    Originally presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the webinar is recorded and hosted at Legacy Family Tree Webinars

    You have toiled over your client report. You have delved into the data, mined it for every iota of information, you have examined and evaluated your sources, analyzed and correlated your evidence, resolved any conflicts, and carefully crafted a narrative. Your report is accurate, but does your presentation compellingly tell the story? Does your work convincingly summarize the depth and breadth of your analysis? Are you using all the tools available to you to effectively communicate with your clients and engagingly present the story of their ancestors? This presentation will show how to use text and images effectively in client research and why it matters. Several examples will illustrate how to go from raw data to a polished, professional display of information. (57:00).

    Certificate of Completion

  • Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

    by Tahitia McCabe & Graham Holton

    sponsored by the University of Strathclyde

    This free online course will help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. We do not concentrate on a specific country’s records so it should be useful to anyone around the world.

    We will consider how to effectively find and analyse sources and explore the potential of DNA testing as applied to genealogy. We’ll help you add historical context to your family history and discuss how to record and communicate research findings in a clear fashion. The course is primarily designed for people at beginner to intermediate level (six-week online course).

    Week 1: Analysing Documents (5 Nov - 7 Nov 2018)
    Week 2: Effective Searching Techniques (12 Nov - 17 Nov)
    Week 3: Using Major Source Types (19 Nov - 26 Nov)
    Week 4: Genealogical Proof and DNA Testing (26 Nov - 28 Nov)
    Week 5: Putting your Research into Context (3 Dec- 5 Dec)
    Week 6: Documenting and Communicating your Research Results and Sources (9 Dec- 12 Dec)

  • Parental Phasing on GEDmatch - A Segment of DNA

    by Andrew Lee
    4 Sep 2018

    Published by Family History Fanatics

    Have heard about DNA phasing? With Gedmatch tools, you can phase your DNA so that you can separate out your maternal and paternal matches, and Andy Lee will show you how.

  • Autosomal DNA Testing Plans

    by Paul Woodbury
    1 Nov 2018

    sponsored by the BYU Family History Library

    An overview on how create effective autosomal DNA testing plans based on specific research subject and objective. (57:28).

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  • Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events

    by Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL
    19 October 2018

    sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists

    Originally presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the webinar is recorded and hosted at Legacy Family Tree Webinars

    Information hidden below the surface or totally absent helps researchers reconstruct events, identities, and relationships that no record specifies. Such hidden information is indirect or negative evidence. This session discusses the qualities of both kinds of evidence, which are easily misunderstood. It also describes uses of indirect and negative evidence, and it gives examples of applying those uses to solving genealogical problems. (60:01).

  • Mapping Your Chromosomes With DNAPainter

    Blaine Bettinger Ph.D., J.D.
    30 October 2017

    An introduction to, a free third-party chromosome mapping tool (39:55).

  • Live Webinar: The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite

    sponsored by Southern California Genealogical Society

    Presented by Diahan Southard (author of DNA Quick Guides)

    The Y chromosome DNA, with its direct paternal line inheritance pattern, is a powerful tool for any genealogist, male or female, seeking to extend or verify a genealogical line. This lecture will cover basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA verify and extend your pedigree chart.

  • NGS 2018 Family History Conference

    by National Genealogical Society (NGS)

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    The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is Your Friend, Not Your Enemy
    David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
    Learn how to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard in your research. Whether for yourself or clients, this is the cornerstone of your foundational skills.

    New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Luncheon: Genealogical Mis-adventures from New York
    D. Joshua Taylor, MLS
    Not every New York ancestor quest turns out as expected&emdash;it can lead to triumph or tears, laughs or laments, and maybe even some hair-pulling.

    What Do I Really Have Here? Analyzing Sources Effectively
    Ruth Ann Abels Hager, CG, CGL
    When using a source, do you understand it sufficiently to evaluate and analyze it? Help may be hidden in plain sight.

    Using Evidence Creatively: Spotting Clues in Run-of-the-Mill Records
    Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
    Evidence often takes forms we don't expect or recognize. This session uses creative-thinking principles to stimulate genealogical solutions. Case studies use practical but thorny problems

    Society Night
    Meet representatives of local genealogical and historical societies from across Michigan and discover new research sources and publications.

    Getting Your Results is Just the Beginning
    Jim Brewster
    Now that you have your DNA results, what should you do with them? We will cover the tools and genetic reports offered by Family Tree DNA.

    The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence from Bad
    Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
    Genealogical standards demand that we discriminate, including good evidence and excluding bad. How do we know and justify using this source but not that one?

  • Workshop - Putting Skills to Work:

    A full day of learning focused on skills needed by any genealogist and advocating established genealogical standards.

    The morning session was “Planning and Executing Reasonably Exhaustive Research, or How to Ensure a Successful Hunt”.
    by Connie Lenzen, CG
    Group practice should make creating a research plan and then executing it, all with genealogy standards, less daunting.

    The afternoon session was “Citing All Kinds of Online Sources.”
    Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
    Through hands-on activities, participants learned the citation implications for each of three kinds of online content and four kinds of source-image pairings.

  • Angela's Certification Discussion Group 2018.1 (Winter)

    The goal of this class is to de-mystify the portfolio process, give examples of successful portfolios (but not perfect) and inform on the techniques & methodologies learned along the way.

    by Angela McGhie and Jill Morelli

    GoToMeeting Mondays at noon, January 8, 15, 29, February 5, 12, 19, & 26

  • American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation and Basics

    Is a course for anyone who wants to understand the principles of citation for common sources such as books, periodicals, and a variety of filmed and digitized records.

    by National Genealogical Society (NGS)

    online course

  • American Genealogical Studies: The Basics

    Is a course designed for anyone just starting out or who wants a quick refresher on genealogical principles.

    by National Genealogical Society (NGS)

    online course

  • Dorot Volume 35, Number 2: "How I Became a Publisher of Genealogies".

    Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (JGS of NY)


  • AVOTAYNU Volume XXVI, Number 2, Summer 2010: "YadPOT: An Aid to Creating Pages of Testimony".