Thursday, August 4, 2016

Free Weeklong Seminars

That's right, they are free! FamilySearch is hosting two week long seminars that you can participate  either in person or viewed as a live webinar from the comfort of your home. And the best part is that it is 100% FREE!

Registration is required whether you will attend in person or online. Space is limited. All attendees will receive a free spiral bound syllabus containing all class handouts and materials. Webinar attendees will be able to print the handouts at home.

The United States seminar will be held on August 22-26, 2016. This seminar is for "beginning and intermediate genealogists interested in learning about U.S. regions and records, FamilySearch resources, and Family History Library collections." All classes, except the hands-on activities will be broadcast live to registered webinar participants. Below is the schedule of classes (all times are in MDT, Arizona is one hour earlier):

TIME Monday, 22 August Tuesday, 23 August Wednesday, 24 August Thursday, 25 August Friday, 26 August
8:30-9:30 AM MDT Using the Family History Catalog Effectively Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch's Historical Records Collection FamilySearch Research Wiki FamilySearch Memories Cousin Research
9:45-11:15 AM MDT United States Research: New England Region United States Research: Mid-South Region United States Research: Midwest Region United States Research: Pacific States Region United States Research: Big City Research
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM MDT Personal Research or Finding a Family in pre-1859 Census Records Personal Research or Land Records, Understanding a Deed Personal Research or Know a Little, Learn a Lot Personal Research or Records Tell a Story Personal Research or Tackling a Brick Wall
1:15-2:15 PM MDT United States Census Techniques and Strategies for Finding Elusive Ancestors Immigration into the United States United States Naturalization United States Land Records United States Probate Records
2:30-4:00 PM MDT United States Research: Mid-Atlantic Region United States Research: Gulf South Region United States Research: Great Plains Region United States Research: Mountain West Region Round Table Discussion 

For more information and to register, visit the FamilySearch Blog Free Weeklong United States Seminar.

The European seminar will be held on September 12-16, 2016 and is for both beginning and intermediate researchers of records in European localities. The classes will discuss census, church, immigration, and vital records for countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Russia and Poland. Below is the schedule of classes (all times are in MDT, Arizona is one hour earlier):

TIME Monday, 12 September Tuesday, 13 September Wednesday, 14 September Thursday, 15 September Friday, 16 September
9:00-10:00 AM MDT Finding German Ancestors Online-Resources and Records Old German Script Part 1 Poland and Galicia Jewish Research: A Template for East European Research Part 1 Research in the Czech Republic Bessarabia Then and Now: Researching our ancestors and locating helpful resources
LAB: Swiss Names and Places
10:15-11:15 AM MDT Internet Sources for Locating Your 19th Century German Emigrant Old German Script Part 2 Poland and Galicia Jewish Research: A Template for East European Research Part 2 Russian Alphabet, Language and Handwriting Part 1 Russian Germans in North Caucasus
11:30 AM-12:30 PM MDT Introduction to Swiss Research Extracting Information from German Church and Civil Records Discovering Polish Websites Russian Alphabet, Language and Handwriting Part 2 The Volga German Settlements in Russia
LAB: Finding Places in the former German Area of Poland LAB: - a necessity when researching in the Czech Republic and Austria
2:00-3:00 PM MDT German Research Strategies for Eastern Provinces German Census Records 1816-1916 Co Kraj, to Obyczaj: Records of the Polish Partitions On Eagle's Wings: Records of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Republics Latin for Genealogists
3:15-4:15 PM MDT Research in German Archives German Historical Maps and Territories Sources for Polish Research and Gazetteers Introduction to Russian Research

Visit the FamilySearch Wiki 2016 European Family History Conference for details and registration.

Don't forget to visit the Family History Library Classes and Webinars page on the FamilySearch Wiki to view past recorded webinars and a schedule of upcoming webinars hosted by the Family History Library.