Webinar: Sources and Methods for Researching Native American Ancestors

The Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research along with the Clayton Library Friends are hosting my presentation on October 23, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. CDT via Zoom. I will cover the basics of a variety of Tribes and areas. It’s time to get started on your indigenous heritage research. From the website:

“Nationally renowned speaker Paula Stuart-Warren will teach the basics for using the abundant and rich sources available to research U.S. Native American family history. Many types of records will be covered, including Indian census, special rolls, manuscripts, religious records, and Indian school records. The National Archives and regional locations, historical societies, state archives, county courthouses, and other record locations are described. The importance of understanding the historical and cultural context of the records and the lives they reflect will be discussed. Migration research provides some surprises for ancestral locations. An extensive handout provides steps, websites, and publications to further your search. Reservations required, use link below to register for this Zoom Meeting. Registration is limited. “

For registration, please click here.

You will receive a reminder with the meeting link the week of the presentation.

Click here for more on the Clayton library. It is really a great place for genealogical and historical research and I hope you all get a chance to visit there once it reopens. The collection covers far beyond Texas.

Only a few days till the 2020 Minnesota North Star genealogy conference!

Join us October 8-10, 2020, for the 13th annual North Star Genealogy Conference. This virtual conference will be a real treat. Featured speakers Judy Russell and Rev. David McDonald will start things off with plenary sessions Thursday evening, Oct. 8 followed by more plenaries and 12 breakout sessions October 9 and 10. 
North Star is more than lectures. You can listen in to lively moderated discussions with Judy Russell and David McDonald. You can submit questions for our expert “Ask a Genealogist” panel, and you can vote for your favorite photo in the 2020 Minnesota Genealogist cover photo contest. And, you won’t want to miss the door prize drawings! Then, you can enjoy your first-ever Do-it-Yourself virtual banquet and help us honor our 2020 MGS service and achievement award winners.

Find more conference details on the 2020 North Star Conference page. 

30% off genealogy courses at Research Write Connect Academy

It’s October and Family History Month. Many of us are still pretty much staying home. Why not learn more about genealogy research, records, and writing! Do we have a special for you? You bet!

Research Write Connect is offering 30% off the price of each course. This includes my course Researching U. S. Government Records 101. Four lessons, extensive handout, great insight and examples, and some relatively easy homework. You may do more than the suggested homework once you follow the steps because you won’t be able to stop yourself. All registrants are invited to a private Facebook group for sharing your finds, asking questions, and reveling in what other find.

The 30% discount is good through October 12, 2020. Use code OCTOBER30 for your savings at https://www.researchwriteconnect.com/researching-u-s-government-records-101-5

Read a bit more about this and another special offer on the RWC blog.

New sessions of Mastering Genealogical Proof – Beginning Principles Class

New sessions are available for the Mastering Genealogical Proof – Beginning Principles Class. This is a beginner/low-intermediate level class to study the book Mastering Genealogical Proof by Tom Jones. They will cover the principles outlined in the book as well as discuss the workbook questions. Beginning October 21, 2020 and ending December 2, 2020.

These sessions are provided by my friends Cari Taplin and Cyndi Ingle. There will be two sessions: Wednesday daytime (led by Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List), at 3pm Eastern, and Wednesday evenings (led by Cari Taplin) at 8pm Eastern (so adjust for your time zone). Beginning October 21, 2020 and ending December 2, 2020 (so 7 weeks total). Each class will be about an hour. For full details and registration:


FamilySearch Hits 8 Billion Searchable Names in Historical Records


8 Billion!! Read on for the official FamilySearch press release.

Nonprofit FamilySearch published its 8 billionth free searchable name from its worldwide historic record collections online. The milestone is even more astounding when you think that each name is someone’s ancestor—8 billion family connections just waiting to be discovered. Explore the free databases at FamilySearch.org.

It’s an incredible feat when you realize that just 1 billion seconds ago, it was 1988, or 1 billion minutes ago the Roman Empire was thriving and Christianity was just beginning to spread.

“To digitally preserve and make so many names freely searchable online is impressive, but it’s the personal family connections that matter most,” said David Rencher, FamilySearch’s chief genealogical officer. “With each new record, there’s the possibility to find a missing link in the family tree. And that is soul-satisfying.” And FamilySearch adds over 1 million new records each day.

Read the full, interesting press release here.

Iowa Genealogical Society 2020 Virtual Conference is only a week away!

How did it get here so fast! Get yourself registered today for the Iowa Genealogical Society’s 2020 Virtual 2-day conference for October 2 & 3. The syllabus is almost ready for your viewing, you get to listen and view four presentations each day, ask questions, and maybe have a bit of fun with the presenters, hosts, and the special tech person. I will do three each day with IGS presenters closing out each day. The tech guru who will keep us all online during the days is none other than Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List. She and the three of us presenters have already had some fun on Zoom. Cyndi will assist us all in her tech capacity. She knows Zoom inside and out so we will all be comfortable and able to enjoy the conference. It promises to be a great two days of education, sharing, and some needed laughter. See you next week! www.iowagenealogy.org

Ten Years of webinars! Legacy Family Tree Webinars celebrates!

1,274 and counting webinars, 283+ instructors, and more than 5200 pages of handouts! I’m proud to be among that great lineup of instructors. I’m proud to have presented 7 of those webinars, all accompanied by extensive handouts. Click here for my webinars. Need a membership? Click here to sign up and as an affiliate, I do receive a small commission that helps support my website and blog.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars is celebrating its 10th anniversary of genealogy webinars. Join us as we kick off 10 days of festivities with free webinars, door prizes and more.

Read the full info on their blog. Congratulations to Geoff Rasmussen and everyone who works with and for him. They do an excellent job!

Iowa Genealogical Society Fall Conference goes virtual (& will be live)

October 2 & 3, 2020. Let’s all pretend we are in Des Moines, Iowa attending the fall conference of the Iowa Genealogical Society. However, it’s 2020 and we will really have to pretend, but thankfully we can get together live via Zoom. I am the keynote presenter doing three presentations each day. Therese Liewer and Sheri Snodgrass will present one lecture each. The conference theme is:

Discover New Resources – Expand Your Hunt

All the presentations will be live and you will get to chat with the presenters in between sessions and add questions and comments in the chat area. It’s quite possible there will be some laughter, too. It will all run smoothly on Zoom as IGS has contracted to have Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List as the Virtual Meeting Host. She has done this for other societies and the reviews were excellent. There will be lots of assistance for those not familiar with the technology!

My six presentations are:

The Farmer in the Dell  . . . and in Many U.S. Records
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking
Finding Maiden Names: Let Me Count the Ways
Research Nugget in the Midwest: The Allen County Public Library
The U.S. National Archives: The Nation’s Attic
Midwestern and Plains States State Level Census Record

To learn more , see the cost, and to register, visit the IGS website or its Facebook page.

My upcoming genealogy presentations calendar has been updated

Between now and the middle of January 2021 I will be doing presentations in Iowa, Minnesota (2), Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Utah.

I have updated my presentations calendar for all these events with links to the organizations that have contracted with me. That’s where you will learn how to register. You won’t have to wear a face mask or bring hand sanitizer, though. All of these will be done online. This means you don’t have to physically be in these states!

I hope to see you at many of these. I have been enjoying other online education this year, too. All of my presentations include a handout or the handouts are included in a syllabus. The organizations either email these to you or give you a link to the information.

Some events are free and others have a cost. We do need to support our genealogical and historical organizations even through this tough year. The platforms on which they offer online webinars and seminars are not free when they let more than a few people participate. The presenters are also not free.

We put a lot of hours into compiling presentations and handouts. Even if a presentation is not being done for the first time, there is still a lot of time involved in reviewing and updating them. All URLs must be checked, content is often tweaked, and I generally make some alterations to apply more directly to the main area of the probable audience. It’s the job of a presenter to be prepared. I have a couple presentations still in development and have been for several years. I research, find documents, do more research, and then comes the PowerPoint compilation. The handout also takes a lot of time. Now I better go update some handout for upcoming presentations.