Posted by Crista Cowan on July 2, 2014 in Events


Summer is in full swing. Family reunions and vacations. Discovering old cemeteries. Getting photos taken for those family Christmas cards.

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 July 2014 Edition

Tuesday, July 1st 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.

Free Records Available on
Thursday, July 10th 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.

Genealogical Proof Standard:  A Reasonably Exhaustive Search
Tuesday, July 15th 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 look at the first element of the Genealogical Proof Standard – a reasonably exhaustive search.

AncestryDNA:  Managing Multiple Tests
Thursday, July 17th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

You have taken the AncestryDNA test. Have you also had your parents, siblings, or aunts and uncles tested as well? Join Crista Cowan for some best practices around managing multiple tests on a single account. Learn why testing multiple people in your family can benefit you, how to make sure your tests are correctly attached to your tree, and how to use the results to your best advantage.

When You Can’t Find a Birth Record
Tuesday, July 22nd at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

We all know the importance of finding documentation about the facts we put into our family tree. But, what happens when you can’t find the records you need? Join Crista Cowan for a look at alternative places to find birth information.

Black Sheep in Your Family Tree
Thursday, July 24th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

You may not have found your black sheep yet, but we are all bound to have them. In fact, many genealogists relish a good black sheep story because we know they are the people for whom the most records can be found. Join Crista Cowan for a look at prison, convict and criminal records available on

FAN Club Research to Build Your Family Tree
Tuesday, July 29th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Revered genealogist Elizabeth Shown Mills coined a phrase that explains a genealogy methodology we should all be familiar with – “FAN Club.” Join Crista Cowan for a look at how the study of your ancestors Friends, Associates and Neighbors can help you learn more about your own family.

How Historical Events Shaped Our Ancestors’ Lives
Thursday, July 31st at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

The California Gold Rush. The Civil War. The Influenza Epidemic. There are so many major historical events that shaped our ancestors lives. Join Crista Cowan for a look at how to determine which historical events may have affected your ancestors and where to learn more about them.

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:

Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group, Provo, Utah
Saturday, July 12th

Juliana Szucs Smith will present on researching common names at the monthly meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group. Check out the UVTGG website for directions to this meeting which is free and open to the public. Genealogy Tweetchat 
Friday, July 18th at 12:00 pm (Eastern)/9:00 am (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 July 18th TweetChat will start at 12:00 pm Eastern (9:00 am Pacific) and run for 1-1.5 hours long.  Go here for instructions on how to participate.

34th IAJGS International Conference 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.

Can’t come to the conference, register for IAJGS Live!  Watch more than 60 of the conference presentations from the comfort of your own home.

Midwestern Roots, Indianapolis, Indiana
Thursday, July 31st through Saturday, August 2nd

Midwestern Roots is a biannual conference hosted by the Indiana Historical Society. There will be more than 30 sessions from nationally-known speakers. This year’s focus is on using ever-changing and emerging technologies and sources online. Other sessions will cover photo preservation, DNA, methodology and using traditional sources. Anne Gillespie Mitchell will present on “How to Reveal Your Ancestor’s Story on,” “Putting Your Ancestors into Historical Perspective with,” “You’ve Found Your Soldier on Fold3, Now What?”and “Exhaustively Searching on” Amy Johnson Crow will give a workshop called “A Guided Tour of, ” along with sessions “How Do I Know That’s My Ancestor?,” “Finding Females,” “Researching Civil War Ancestors on Fold3,” and “Final Residences: Researching Cemeteries.” Registration information can be found here.

A Look Towards August:

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. Google Twitter