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01 May 2021

Online genealogy, week of May 2-8

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.

CGS Events (for the month of May):

May 4: "Remembering Our Ancestors in Asian American Cemeteries."

May 11: "WWII 'Internment Camps' and Mass Incarceration in the U.S."

May 8: Monthly Board Meeting: all welcome

May 15: Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group

Conferences & Workshops 

May 7 & 8: 2021 Virtual Heartland Family History Conference

May 8: 2021 Virtual Spring Conference featuring Cyndi Ingle (New Hampshire Society of Genealogists)

May 8: Spring Genealogy Conference (Genealogical Society of New Jersey)


American Ancestors

May 3: "Shalom/Salem: Archival Stories from Salem’s Jewish Community" by Stephanie Call

May 6: “Stories from the Archives: Diaries”

May 6: “Names of New York: Discovering the City's Past, Present, and Future Through Its Place-Names"


BYU Family History Library

May 2: "Discovering Your Ancestors in England" by James Tanner 


FamilySearch Family History Library 


May 3: "Using the Family Search Catalog"

May 4: "Using the Family Search Wiki"

May 6: "Skimming the Surface: A Look into Ontario Land Records"

Legacy Family Tree

May 4 & 5: Comparing Australian Content on the Giant Genealogy Websites"

May 5: "Solving a Brick Wall with DNA – A Case Study"

May 7: "Researching the Descendants and Ancestors of the Weeping Time People"

Other Listings

Sutro Library's Bay Area Genealogy Calendar
lists a wealth of Bay Area events and exhibits, including regular genealogical group meetings. This week's highlights:

May 6: “Your Camera As A Genealogy Research Tool”

May 7: Screening of “The Valley” with filmmaker Saila Kariat (Los Altos History Museum)

May 8: Irish Genealogy Club (United Irish Cultural Center)


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

May 3: “Akira Toki and the Purple Heart Battalion” (Wisconsin Veterans Museum)

May 4: “Preserving and Digitizing Personal Photo Albums and Scrapbooks” (US National Archives)

May 5: “Using atDNA to Identify an Immigrant’s Place of Origin” (Minnesota Genealogical Society)

May 6: “How to Research Your House” (Thomas Balch Library)

May 7: “Portals to a Jewish Heritage: Researching Jewish Genealogy with a Southern Accent” (Library of Virginia)

May 8: “Genetic Insights into Ancestral Origins: Native Americans and Spanish-Mexican Families in Colonial California” (Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research)


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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