Family Tree University’s Winter 2021 Virtual Conference
Stay inside and stay cozy with Family Tree University’s Winter 2021 Virtual Conference! Unlike in-person genealogy conferences and seminars, you can take part in this anywhere you can connect to the internet: at home, at the library, at the coffee shop with your laptop—choose the spot that works best for you. Over the course of three days, you’ll have access to the latest research methods for finding your family history, from DNA testing and the latest technology to new resources and search tools. Get 15 on-demand presentations that you can download and keep, along with several live Q&As and access to professional genealogists through the discussion boards.
LIVE keynote speaker: Our Saturday keynote speaker, Lisa Louis Cooke, will be discussing how to track down ancestors like a cold case detective.
LIVE Q&A and message board discussions: Enhance your conference experience by participating in conversations with FTU staff and moderators. In addition to the discussion boards, there will be live Q&As.
Unlimited viewing: Your all-access pass gets you into all 15 classes during the three-day conference—you can even download the videos to watch again later or view ones you missed!
Make your own schedule: Because the video sessions are pre-recorded, you don’t have to show up at a specific time to catch the ones you want—or choose between sessions you’re interested in.
Live Keynote Presentation
Saturday, March 13 at 4:00 PM EST
Become a genealogical detective in this vital session. You’ll learn to track ancestors like a criminal cold case detective, sniffing out holes in your research and getting missing information on the record with cutting edge technology.
Learn how to use the latest tools at Ancestry and MyHeritage to manage your DNA cousins lists. Tips on how to make contact will improve your response rate from those cousins. Plus an introduction to clustering and a few useful 3rd party tools.
The issues for those of us researching our Irish ancestors are many. We may not know where in Ireland our ancestors were born, or discover there are no records for the time and place our ancestors lived. Sometimes discovering a cousin who has more knowledge of the family can help break down a brick wall. This lecture is designed for the beginner and is delivered in a non-technical manner to help better understand how to use shared matches to identify which line a DNA match shares and how to developing a plan for testing. Becoming involved in a project, either through FamilyTree DNA or Facebook can focus your research to a specific area or surname.
Your DNA can reveal clues about your health as well as your family history. If you’ve considered taking a DNA health test from 23andMe or another company, you probably have a number of questions. How much does a DNA test for health cost? Which test is best? How do DNA health tests compare with DNA tests for genealogy that give an ethnicity estimate and a list of your DNA matches? This class will provide answers to these questions and more.
Use a Research Report to Organize Your DNA Results
Learn to use spreadsheets and a folder structure to organize your DNA results. Use a research report for DNA analysis to formulate a question, organize your information, and track your progress. A research report will allow you to set something aside and jump back in as new matches are found.
“Keys to Sharing Family History with Kids” is packed with inspiring principles and ideas for how to teach kids meaningful stories about their heritage. As the daughter of a genealogist and a mother of three teens, my entire life has been a practical study in passing along a sense of family identity, whether as the recipient or as the teacher. Some kinds of activities and approaches work better than others to engage the interests of children and teens. You’ll come away with a variety of inspiring, tried-and-true approaches from which you can choose the ones that sound like the best fit for the kids in your family.
Considering planting your family tree online? Do you have an Ancestry tree? An Ancestry tree is a good start to organizing and publishing your family history online but you need to make sure you know the ins and outs of an online tree. In this webinar we will discuss how to start and grow your online tree. Privacy settings and why you should consider a public or private tree will be explored. Ancestry hints are a useful tool but they can also lead to mistakes in your family tree so knowing what to accept and what not will be discussed. Ancestry Trees are much more than a way to incorporate Ancestry results, so we will discuss adding photos and documents from your personal research and Ancestry sister websites like Newspapers.com and Fold3.
Trello is free cloud-based tool that uses boards, lists and cards to organize information. For genealogist, Trello is perfect for creating efficient research plans and logs and sharing family history discoveries with others. It’s like having your own whiteboard in the cloud!
Legacy Family Tree is powerful genealogy software with many features to help you research, record and share your family history. Whether you’re trying to choose which genealogy software to use or just starting out with Legacy, this presentation will give you a feel for the program’s capabilities.
Heritage & Immigration Video Presentations
Zeitung Sighting: German-Language Newspapers from Around the Globe
In “Zeitung Sighting: German-Language Newspapers from Around the Globe,” registrants are exposed to the exceptional window into German-speaking people these newspapers provide, especially for immigrants on both sides of the Atlantic. Digitization has unleashed many German-language newspapers to become easily accessible!
How to use census, marriage and immigration records in the USA to figure out where to look for your immigrant ancestor in Norway. Then how to use naming patterns and the free online Norwegian archives to find your ancestral families and farms in Norway. Records there can go back to the 1500s and even further if you connect to nobility.
Beyond U.S. Passenger Lists: Finding Your Ancestors in Other Immigration and Emigration Databases
Passenger lists are key records for determining when and where an ancestor initially put down roots in a new land. But these documents may be difficult to locate or provide only bare bones information depending on the time period. Other countries besides the United States kept track of those who entered and departed their borders, especially during periods of mass migration, and may provide valuable information for your research.
We will view mapping from an African American perspective. Maps are a great complement to family history research. This tool enhances the ability to visualize the past. We will cover some of the many types of maps, how to access them and use them to answer genealogical questions, such as ownership, migration, events, place names.