Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Site, Events, Webinars

I hope you’ll join me and several of my colleagues for three days of free online classes. Searches: A Behind the Scenes Look, presented by John Bacus
Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 8 PM ET

Learn how search at works AND get an inside view of tricks you’ll need to take full advantage of its power. John Bacus, Search Product Manager, walks you through the tech side and presents you with plenty of tips, advice and even a few workarounds—all of which will help you make your next search at more effective, productive, and better than ever.

John is a Principal Product Manager at, where he is responsible for the core search features of the site, such as search forms and search results. Prior to his time at, he held search-related product management roles at AltaVista and eBay. John’s interest in genealogy was first piqued with the family history his grandparents put together when he was a child, and has enjoyed validating and building upon the research they did with two curious minds, some spare time, and a motor home.
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Common Surnames: Finding Your Smith, presented by Juliana Smith
Thursday, 24 May 2012, 3 PM ET
Despite his common moniker, your ancestor was unique. Get the tools and tips you need to find your ancestors with common surnames in this free one-hour class with Juliana Smith. In this class you’ll learn how to craft the best search on, and how to save your findings in a way that makes it easy to pick your family out of the crowd.

Juliana has been working for for just shy of 14 years and began her family history journey trolling through microfilms at the tender age of 11 with her mother. She is a certificate holder in the Boston University Genealogical Research program, and wrote the “Computers and Technology” chapter of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Her favorite part of family history is discovering the stories in the records of her ancestors.
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Forward thinking: Tracing the children of your ancestors. And their children… presented by Crista Cowan
Friday, 25 May 2012, 1 PM ET
Are you stuck in your march back through time identifying ancestors? Turn around. Revitalize your research. Rekindle your desire to continue with some success. Descendancy research utilizes much of the same methodology as ancestral research but can lead to a whole new way of looking at your genealogy. Often it can lead to discovery of cousins who have missing pieces of the puzzle needed to complete your picture of common ancestors.

Crista Cowan has been doing genealogy since she was a child and has been an employee since 2004. Known as the Barefoot Genealogist, Crista brings her passion for family history into her presentations and provides common sense solutions for the challenges we face in the search for our ancestors.
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All events will be archived, and if you register, you’ll get an email from us alerting you when the archived version becomes available to view at your convenience.

About Juliana Szucs

Juliana Szucs has been working for for more than 16 years. She began her family history journey trolling through microfilms with her mother at the age of 11. She has written many articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the "Computers and Technology" chapter of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.


Andy Hatchett 

Nice job John!

I still believe there should be a Search Webinar that is a 5 min presentation and 55 minutes of Q&A time.

Andy Hatchett

May 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm
Betty Kluttz 

My e-mail notification of these classes was sent at 3:03 today, and I rceived it 15 minutes after the class had started. I received no notification of yesterday’s class until today. I would like to be notified earlier because I enjoy these presentations.

May 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Nice job John!

I still believe there should be a Search Webinar that is a 5 min presentation and 55 minutes of Q&A time.

May 25, 2012 at 5:25 am
Joan Moon 

The Common Surname Webinar was so full of useful information, I was sorry to see it end. Everything Ms. Smith said was completely useable and helpful to me. I can’t wait to re-search, using these tips, collections, and categories that I hadn’t used before, to see what else I can find! Everyone has had these problems with searching names and the subject was on target. Then, to have such an engaging speaker who even made directories, not only interesting, but actually important to our searches. Very exciting!

May 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I just received the notification today May 27th. I’m sure I would have enjoyed the classes.

May 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm
Andy Hatchett 

Betty Re: #2

I don’t trust that all notifications will come in a timely manner so when I register for a Webinar I add the event to my Google calendar, my yahoo calendar, and my Comcast calendar. It only takes a second and that way I know I’ll get at least one reminder.

Andy Hatchett

May 28, 2012 at 9:45 am

You can view all of these classes in the archive. Just click on the link to register, enter your email address and you’ll be able to view it. We’re working on moving them to our Learning Center and they should be available there next week as well. Hope you enjoy them!

May 28, 2012 at 11:35 am