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Thursday, August 19
In their Own Words: Genealogy In the Slave Narratives  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Presented by Renate Yarborough Sanders on 19 Aug 2021 at 7:00pm MT.

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Slave narratives give readers a first-person account of the lives of enslaved persons, enslavers, and of their communities at large. In this lecture, the presenter introduces the scope and content of WPA and other slave narratives and models how to extract valuable information from them to inform genealogical research.

Renate Yarborough SandersRenate Yarborough Sanders has been engaged in genealogy research since 1997 and has been giving genealogy related presentations, to a variety of audiences, since 2012. She is the descendant of formerly-enslaved ancestors, as well as enslavers and free people of color. Renate is the author of two blogs: “Into the Light, which focuses on her own family history; and, “Genea-Related”, which is a platform for presenting a variety of information of genealogical interest. Renate also produces a “(Mostly) African-American Funeral Programs” online database, in which she publishes vital data extracted from funeral programs.

Thursday, September 16
Using Canadian Land Records to Find American Ancestors  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Presented by Tara Shymanski on 16 Sep 2021 at 7:00pm MT.

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Do you have ancestors who came from Canada or emigrated there? Land was a huge draw and the records created can contain genealogy information. From Loyalists to homesteaders, learn what these records contain and how to find them. We’ll explore the intricacies in finding land records in most of the provinces.

Tara ShymanskiTara Shymanski-I am a genealogy researcher, lecturer, and blogger. I am curious about all kinds of records and think that makes me a genealogy geek. I specialize in Canadian record research. My training includes a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute of Genealogy Studies. These courses taught me how to research, analyze and record what I find. As a genealogy geek, I love to delve into and learn from the information and records available on websites. I enjoy teaching people how to find new resources and different ways to do genealogy. I have lectured virtually and in person at conferences in Western Canada, the United States, the local genealogy society, and the Family History Centre in Calgary. You can learn more from my website at:

Thursday, October 21
Grandpa Worked for the Railroad: An Introduction to Railroad Records  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Presented by Janice Lovelace, PhD on 21 Oct 2021 at 7:00pm MT.

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The 19th and early 20th centuries were "golden years" for the railroad as it opened the west to more settlement. My Grandfather worked for the railroad as did many men (and a handful of women) as the Midwest and West were settled. Learn how to discover the companies, what type of jobs and where the people worked.

Janice Lovelace, PhDJanice Lovelace, Ph.D. is a genealogical researcher, author and lecturer, with over thirty years of experience. Dr. Lovelace is a frequent speaker at national and regional genealogy conferences on health and genetics, ethnic minority genealogy, and research methodology. She authored the National Genealogical Society's continuing education course African American Roots: A Historical Perspective and is an instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogical Institute (MAAGI). She is a national board member of Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and serves on her local society's board. She belongs to the Ohio Genealogical Society, AAHGS, and the National Genealogical Society (NGS).

Thursday, November 18
Was your Ancestor Truly Gone or Just Hidden Within the Records  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Presented by Pam Vestal on 18 Nov 2021 at 7:00pm MT.

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Why haven't you found your ancestors in the records? Documents are often hidden from view, with information that is present but concealed, stored in a place or a manner that is unexpected, misspelled, indexed incorrectly, or separated from the other similar records. We'll explore strategies for tracking down these elusive ancestors so that we don't miss a single detail.

Pam VestalPam Vestal is a full-time genealogist and lecturer in Oregon whose research extends far beyond the Pacific Northwest, with clients all over the U.S. and research that reaches beyond our borders. From family histories to house histories, she tailors her work to the unique needs of each client, but as a professional writer, she specializes in digging into the genealogical facts to tell the ancestors' stories. An illustrated genealogical biography makes a wonderfully personal way to honor them. Need answers to nagging questions about your origins? She'll investigate and create a report. Whether lecturing to professionals or newcomers to the field, she welcomes the opportunity to share what she has learned through genealogical coursework, conferences and years of on-site and online research.

Thursday, December 16
Google My Maps: Visualizing Your Ancestors Lives  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Presented by Linda Debe on 16 Dec 2021 at 7:00pm MT.

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Part of the Google app package, Google My Maps gives us a way to visualize our ancestors’ lives, from migration patterns, cemetery locations, trip planning, to helping decide if documents and facts, are really plausible for an ancestor. Learn the basic features of Google My Maps, and start visualizing your ancestor.

Linda DebeLinda Debe has 35 years of research experience. She is a member of several genealogy societies, and has attended both conferences and week-long institutions. She is currently enrolled with National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is the creator of the free genealogy calendar on Google. She has many genealogy passions, but after taking a few maps courses and attending the free maps webinars offered, she has developed a passion for maps and land records. Organization of the records she finds runs a close behind. She has presented a few times at local society meetings, and has developed several short how to videos on YouTube