Posted by Crista Cowan on May 31, 2014 in Events

High school and college graduations. Weddings. Family vacations and reunions. June is a busy month for everyone. There is a lot going on around here at, too. We hope you’ll make some time in your schedule to join us for some of our upcoming webinars and events.



What’s New at  June 2014 Edition
Tuesday, June 3rd at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. She’ll also review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors’ lives.


Family Tree Maker: Notes
Thursday, June 12th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Person notes. Research notes. Fact notes. Source notes. There are a lot of places to keep notes in Family Tree Maker. Join Crista Cowan for a look at the different note features in FTM and a look at how she keeps her own notes to help guide her family history research.


Free Records Available on
Tuesday, June 17th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Did you know that there are hundreds of free databases available on Join Crista Cowan for a look at the records available to you even without a current subscription. She’ll show you how to access them, how to search them, and how to attach them to your tree. She’ll also share some tips for making note of what you want to search the next time you renew your subscription.


AncestryDNA:  The Search for Biological Family
Thursday, June 19th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Many of you have taken the AncestryDNA test for the sole purpose of discovering more about your biological family. Some of you have been contacted by cousin matches who are hoping you can help them in their search. Join Crista Cowan to learn some of the tips and tricks for working with your AncestryDNA results and connecting with your DNA cousins to narrow in on those biological ancestors.


Double Dating:  Julian Calendar or Gregorian Calendar
Tuesday, June 24th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

You may have seen the double dates recorded in some family trees – a birth date listed as 1743/1744. But, do you know WHY it is recorded that way? Join Crista Cowan for a look at the switch from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar and how that affects your family history research.


Genealogical Proof Standard:  An Introduction
Thursday, June 26th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Ready to take your genealogy skills to the next level? “Proof is a fundamental concept in genealogy. In order to merit confidence, each conclusion about an ancestor must have sufficient credibility to be accepted as “proved.” Acceptable conclusions, therefore, meet the Genealogical Proof Standard.” (Board for Certification of Genealogists) Join Crista Cowan for an introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard.

Click here to RSVP for any of the above webinars.  Watch each webinar live via Livestream here.  If you can’t watch live RSVP anyway to receive reminders via Facebook prior to each event and a notice when they have been archived on YouTube.

Conferences and Events:

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, California
Thursday, June 5th through Sunday, June 8th

Come for a day (or all four) to one of our favorite genealogy conferences of the year. will have a booth in the FREE exhibit hall where you can visit with experts in family history, AncestryDNA, Family Tree Maker and the Ancestry mobile apps. is also offering FREE scanning of your precious photos and documents.

You can also register to attend conference classes with some of the best in the industry – Peter Drinkwater ( and Fold3), Anna Swayne (AncestryDNA), Duff Wilson (Family Tree Maker), Aaron Orr (Ancestry Mobile) and Crista Cowan ( Searching and Military Records).   Check out the complete schedule here.

Can’t make it to Burbank? is sponsoring 14 free, live-streamed sessions of the conference that you can watch from the comfort of your own home.  Check out the live-streaming schedule here. Genealogy Tweetchat 
Monday, June 23rd at 9:00 pm (Eastern)/6:00 pm (Pacific)

Have you always wanted to ask a family history expert a question about your own genealogy research? Now’s your chance! Join family history expert Crista Cowan in an online Genealogy TweetChat.

The June 23rd TweetChat will start at 9:00 pm Eastern (6:00 pm Pacific) and run for 1-1.5 hours long.  Go here for instructions on how to participate.

Look to the Future:

What’s New at July 2014 Edition
Tuesday, July 1st at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

We’ll take a quick look at the new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. We’ll also review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors’ lives.


34th IAJGS International Confernece on Jewish Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah
Sunday, July 27th through Friday, August 1st

Held down the street from the world famous Family History Library, this year’s IAJGS conference will focus on the impact of World War I on our ancestors’ lives.  Other areas of focus will include uses of technology in family history research and Eastern European research.  There will also be several presentations by employees about search tips and tricks, military records, Fold3, AncestryDNA,, Family Tree Maker, and the World Memory Project.  Details about the conference, classes, and registration can be found here.


Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2014 in San Antonio, Texas
Wednesday, August 27th through Saturday, August 30th

FGS always provides exceptional educational offerings, great networking with fellow genealogists, and wonderful research opportunities at libraries near their annual conference.  This year will be no different. staff will be out in force to teach an array of classes.  Our presenters include:  Anne Mitchell (Female Ancestors), Anna Swayne (AncestryDNA), Lou Szucs (Ethnic Origins), Juliana Szucs Smith (Common Surnames), Kyle Betit (Irish Immigrants), Amy Johnson Crow (Critical Thinking for Genealogists, Civil War Veterans, Timelines) and Laura G Prescott (Large Genealogy Databases, Publishing on a Mac, Publishing Online).

Visit the FGS Conference website to check out the complete schedule and get details on registration.

We hope you enjoy your summer with your family.  But, we also hope you can make some time to learn a little bit more about how to be a better family historian.  Will you join us for some of our events?


Crista Cowan

Crista has been doing genealogy since she was a child. She has been employed at since 2004. Around here she's known as The Barefoot Genealogist. Twitter