Posted by Crista Cowan on November 4, 2014 in Events, Webinars

There is snow on the mountains here in Utah.  Hard to believe that fall is already winding down and winter is on its way.  The good news is that many of us will now be spending more time indoors.  And what better indoor activity than curling up with your laptop and doing a little family history research.  We’ve got some great webinars, tweetchats, and family history events planned throughout the month to help you maximize your research time, learn more about the new record collections now available online, and improve your genealogy skills.  Will you join us?Calendar

 

Webinars:

What’s New at Ancestry.com:  November 2014 Edition
Tuesday, November 4th 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.

 

Updated Search Forms on Ancestry.com
Thursday, November 6th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

With more than 15 billion records now available for searching on Ancestry.com, we want to provide you with as many ways to discover your ancestors and their stories as we can. Shaky leaf hints. Suggested records. And several different ways to search. Join Crista Cowan for a sneak peek at the updated search forms you will soon have available to you on Ancestry.com.

 

Revisiting Pennsylvania Family History Research

Tuesday, November 11th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

This year Ancestry has added more than 7 million new genealogical records that will be of interest to those of you with ancestors in Pennsylvania. Join Crista Cowan for a look at these new death records and some tips and tricks for learning even more about your family from the Keystone State.

 

Genealogical Proof Standard:  Soundly Reasoned, Coherently Written Conclusion

Thursday, November 13th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Join Crista Cowan for the sixth video in our series on the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). Step five is creating a “soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion.” You will learn both WHY this is such an important step in your family history research process and HOW to do it.

 

Can Anyone Read This?  Basic Paleography for Genealogists

Tuesday, November 18th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Almost daily someone posts an image snippet in a genealogy group or message board asking for some assistance reading a record. They can’t tell what they surname is or what occupation their grandfather was engaged in. They can’t read the cause of death or the city their immigration came from. Join Crista Cowan for a look at some basic tips and tricks for improving your paleography skills so you can read your genealogy records like a pro.

 

AncestryDNA:  Q&A

Thursday, November 20th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Have you taken the AncestryDNA test and received your results? Do you have questions about what to do with all those cousin matches? Join Crista Cowan for an AncestryDNA Q&A session where she will answer some of our most frequently asked questions and take some additional questions live.

 

#AncestryChat: Native American Research 

Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 pm (Eastern)/4:00 pm (Pacific)

Join expert genealogists, Crista Cowan and a guest expert for a live Twitter chat on Thursday, November 20 at 4PM PT / 6PM CT / 7PM ET. Come prepared to ask your questions about Native American research and Ancestry’s newest Native American collections release. If you don’t have a question, join us anyway and meet others interested in family history research.

 

Genealogy Source Checklists

Tuesday, November 25th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

You get those shaky leaf hints and then you do a few searches. But, with more than 15 billion records now available online at Ancestry.com and billions more available at archives, libraries and courthouses around the world, how do you know when you’ve done a “reasonably exhaustive search.” How do you even know what records you should be looking for to document the lives of your ancestors? Join Crista Cowan for a look at some of the source checklists she has created for her own research. If you’re inspired to create your own, we’d love to have you share them here.

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:

Ancestry Day in Oklahoma 

November 7th & 8th in Oklahoma City

Ancestry.com, the Oklahoma Historical Society, and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society present Ancestry Day in Oklahoma, two days of genealogy and native culture November 7-8, 2014. Both novice and experienced genealogists are welcome at this event. Registration to the main event is $40 and includes admission to all Saturday classes presented by Ancestry.com. Participants may also attend optional activities for an additional charge including Friday sessions, bus tours, a reception, and a Saturday lunch program.

 

 

A Look Towards December and Beyond:

What’s New at Ancestry.com:  December 2014 Edition
Tuesday, November 4th 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.

 

RootsTech 2015 and FGS 2015 – Two Conferences, One Location! 

February 11th – 14th, 2015 in Salt Lake City

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech are teaming up for a one-time special genealogy event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, February 11–14, 2015. FGS and RootsTech will share the expo hall, general sessions, activities, and more while each conference offers their own program of sessions. FGS sessions will focus on methodology, records, ethnic research, and migration for honing your research skills and society issues to motivate and inspire society volunteers. RootsTech will offer a program of technology-based solutions for the genealogy needs of both individuals and societies.

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I hope that is enough to keep you warm and cozy and learning something new throughout the month.  One last thing, don’t forget to tune in to Finding Your Roots on PBS on Tuesday nights.

Crista Cowan

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