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13 February 2021

Online genealogy, week of February 15-21


Our weekly roundup of upcoming genealogy events. Numerous associations offer online genealogy classes every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.


February 20: "Family Tree Maker and Newspapers" by Keith Montgomery

American Ancestors

February 18: "Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History" by Richard Thompson Ford

BYU Family History Library

February 10: Determining Places of Origin of German Immigrant Ancestors” by Larry Jenson


Legacy Family Tree 

February 16 & 17: “A Family for Suzanne” by Ruth Randall

February 17: "Shoot Like a Pro: How to Record Quality Videos Using Your Mobile Device" by Elizabeth M. O'Neal 

February 19: "How to locate an ancestor in Ontario, Canada West or Upper Canada (when you don’t know where they lived" by Janice Nickerson


Southern California Genealogical Society

February 17: “10 Things a Genealogist Should Do Before Leaving a Library or Archives” by Melissa Barker

The San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar lists a wealth of Bay Area events and exhibits. This week:

February 16

“Researching War of 1812 Ancestors" by Kathryn Miller (San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society)

"Persistence: The Rewards It Can Bring to the Researcher of Local History" by Tom Calarco (Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society)


February 17SF Chinatown Neon Tour (Chinese Historical Society of America)

February 19: "Internet Archive and the Wayback Machine" with Kathryn Marshall (Mt. Diablo Genealogical Societ)

"DNA: Finding My Grandfather" by David Brunzel (San Mateo County Genealogical Society)
"African American Resources for Genealogy" (San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society)
"African Americans of San Francisco” by Jan Batiste Adkins
"Telling Their Story: Adding Character to Your Genealogical Narrative" by Michael D. Lacopo (Sonoma County Genealogical Society)  

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of classes (too many to list) from beginning to advanced, hosted by various genealogical organizations. Lots to explore, and new events are added often, so be sure to check the calendar. Here's a sampling of the coming week's offerings:

February 15: "They're Alive: Searching for Living People" with Thomas MacEntee (ELA Public Library)

February 16: “Reclaiming Our African Roots: FamilySearch’s Efforts to Preserve Oral Genealogies in Africa” (Allen County Public Library)

February 17: “10 Things a Genealogist Should Do Before Leaving a Library or Archives” by Melissa Barker

February 18: “Researching African American Ancestors: Funeral Programs and Photo Archives” with Diane L. Richard (Florida State Genealogical Society)

February 19: “They Put Down Roots: African American Freedom Seekers and Their Niagara Descendants” (Ontario Ancestors Niagara Peninsula Branch)

February 20: "Searching for Your African-American Homesteaders" (Los Angeles Public Library)

February 21: “Jewish Genealogy in the Germanies” with Roger Lustig (Heinz History Center & the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh

See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more. Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!

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