Posted by Crista Cowan on August 1, 2014 in Events


Summer is heating up!  Think it’s too hot to spend time outside?  Me, too.  So, join us for a month full of webinars and events that you can enjoy from the air conditioned comfort of your home.  And, don’t forget to tune in to Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC every Wednesday night.



What’s New at August 2014 Edition
Tuesday, August 5th 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.


Not All Colonial Americans Were Patriots
Thursday, August 7th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Do you have ancestors who lived in Colonial America at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War? You might be surprised to learn that not all of them were on the side of the Patriots. Join Crista Cowan for a look at where to find Loyalist records to determine which side of the battle your ancestors were on.


Twitter for Genealogy
Tuesday, August 12th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

There are lots of ways to reach out and collaborate with others who might be researching some of the same families you are researching. Join Crista Cowan for a look at how you can use Twitter to enhance your family history research.

Westward Expansion on the Oregon Trail

Thursday, August 14th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

From 1811 to 1869 more than 400,000 settlers used the Oregon Trail to head west. Join Crista Cowan for a look at the Oregon Trail and off shoot routes that took your ancestors across the country and into new adventures.


Genealogical Proof Standard:  Complete and Accurate Citation of Sources
Tuesday, August 19th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Join Crista Cowan for the third in our series on the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). Step two is a complete and accurate citation of sources. You will learn both WHY this is such an important step in your research process and HOW to improve your source citations.


A Case Study in Quaker Records
Thursday, August 21st at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

If your family lived in New Jersey in the 1700s or early 1800s, odds are pretty high they were Quaker. Join Crista Cowan for a case study in researching available records to tell the story of one family.


When You Can’t Find a Marriage Record
Tuesday, August 26th 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 marriage information.


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: Genealogy Tweetchat 
Tuesday, August 12th at 6:00 pm (Eastern)/3:00 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 August 12th TweetChat will start at 6:00 pm Eastern (3:00 pm Pacific) and run for 1-1.5 hours long.  Go here for instructions on how to participate.

Genealogy Roadshow
Saturday, August 23rd through Sunday, August 24th in St. Louis, Missouri

Genealogy Roadshow combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans. The producers have cast a selection of St. Louis-area residents whose stories have been researched by a team of local genealogy, history and DNA experts, using family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. The individual stories that are uncovered will be linked to the larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of St. Louis, Missouri, and America.

Visit this link to learn more about the live taping and other cities the roadshow will be visiting.

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

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.


Swedish Genealogy Days
Friday, August 29th through Sunday, August 31st in Karlstad, Sweden

“Migration – Past, Present, and Future” is the theme for the conference to be held at Karlstad CCC, sponsored in part by the Federation of Swedish Genealogical Societies.  Crista Cowan will speak about Swedish immigrants to America and records available about them on


A Look Towards September:

AARP Ideas @ 50+
Thursday, September 4th through Saturday, September 6th in San Diego, California will be an exhibitor at this event.  Join us in our booth for information about AncestryDNA or to talk with genealogy experts about your tough family history research questions.


Tennessee Ancestry Library Event (TALE)
Saturday, September 20th in Nashville, Tennessee

Join the Ancestry team and experts from the Tennessee Library & Archives for a day of learning and discovery.  Click the link above for a complete schedule of events.


We hope you can make some time to learn a little bit more about how to be a better family historian. Will you be planning to join us for any August 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

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