Using Bank Records in Family History Research – FREE American Ancestors Webinar

Historical bank records are an overlooked resource for family historians. When they survive, these records can provide information about an ancestor’s residence, occupation, family relationships, and even immigrant origins. And don’t assume that your ancestor was too poor to have had a bank account! Savings banks were established with those very individuals in mind. In this webinar, Genealogist Eileen Pironti will present a brief history of savings banks in the United States, how to locate these records, and what information is provided. She will focus on examples from the Emigrant Savings Bank, Freedman’s Savings and Trust, and Provident Institution for Savings.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, October 15th, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm EDT and it’s free.

Click here to register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8410695914531162382?source=Website   You can register right up until October 15th, prior to the beginning of the broadcast.

Northern New England Resources at American Ancestors – FREE Webinar

In the 17th and early 18th centuries, Maine (then part of Massachusetts), New Hampshire, and Vermont were considered frontier lands for the early New England colonists. Whether you are researching these states during the colonial period or present day, there are certain record sets and go-to resources that you should be aware of. This session will review various study projects, databases, manuscript items, and other resources available through American Ancestors that can assist you in researching northern New England.

This webinar takes place on Thursday, September 17th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m EDT and it’s free.

Click here to register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/798555913119931919?source=website  You can register right up to September 17th, prior to the beginning of the broadcast

Using U.S. Vital Records Substitutes – American Ancestors Webinar

We normally don’t provide free advertising for American Ancestors’ paid webinars because they are expensive, but we’re making an exception for this one because of the content.  This three week course teaches you how to search for vital records in the U.S., and discusses a number of vital records substitutes that can be used if you can’t find the original vital records, they were destroyed, or never existed at all.  Given the fact that we are all confined to home online research at this point, this webinar may be worth the expense for some of you.  The cost is $85 for all three sessions.  The live sessions take place on September 16th, September 23rd and September 30th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT, but you can watch recorded versions through December 31th.  The training will be provided through the GoToTraining online application.

Click here for curriculum and to register:  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/798919851470223361

American Ancestors Library Databases From Home

In addition to the hundreds of databases published by NEHGS and available on AmericanAncestors.org, there are databases published by other organizations which NEHGS subscribes to and makes available for its Research and Contributing members to access from home. These databases can be accessed by logging in with your AmericanAncestors username and password.

If you are a member of American Ancestors, this “perk” available during the COVID-19 pandemic could provide a significant addition to your research opportunities.

Check out what’s available at the following link:

https://www.americanancestors.org/search/external-databases

American Ancestors Membership Sale

If you have ever contemplated an American Ancestors membership, this may be the time to take the plunge.  Through April 30th, membership is discounted $20.00.   The cost is normally $94.95 per year.  Membership benefits include full access to their extensive online databases and publications, access to their library in Boston and discounts on research-for-hire and consultations.

Follow the link for more information:

https://my.americanancestors.org/donate/i/12?&promoApplied=true

Free Webinar from American Ancestors

Introducing the GU272 

Live Broadcast: Thursday, May 23, 3:00–4:00 PM EDT
Presented by Meaghan E. H. Siekman, Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press
Cost: FREE
In 1838, Georgetown University sold 272 enslaved men, women, and children to plantations in Louisiana. Thousands of their descendants are alive today. American Ancestors has partnered with the GU272 Memory Project which seeks to document the stories, family history, and legacy of these individuals and their descendants. Join American Ancestors expert, Meaghan Siekman, to learn about GU272 genealogical research and our new website that features a searchable database, oral histories of the descendants, and research tools for GU272 descendants and their families.
Click HERE to register

Free NEHGS Webinar – 18 April 19

Researching Women in Archives

Live Broadcast: Thursday, 4/18, 3:00–4:00 PM EDT
Presented by NEHGS Archivist Judy Lucey
Cost: FREE
Women make up 50% of your ancestry, yet their lives, experiences, and even complete names are all too often forgotten by written history. Although often overlooked in official records, throughout time women have been the keepers of family and personal history. When items such as diaries, letters, account books, family Bibles, samplers, and organization records survive, they can reveal more about a woman’s daily life than any government record. Archivist Judy Lucey will discuss how these unique records and manuscripts can be used to piece together a family story and how digging in the archives can lead to hitting genealogical gold.

Free Webinar from NEHGS/American Ancestors – 21 March 2019

Using and Evaluating Published Genealogies

Thursday, March 21, 3:00–4:00 PM EDT
Presented by Alicia Crane Williams, FASG
FREE and open to the public

 

Following the advent of American genealogy in the early to mid-19th century, thousands of genealogies were published featuring families across the country. While largely uncited—and arguably biased—these early works continue to be an important resource for modern day family historians. Join Lead Genealogist of the Early New England Families Study Project and frequent contributor to the Vita Brevis blog, Alicia Crane Williams, to learn how you can access, evaluate, and utilize early published family histories in your research.

Click HERE to Register.

American Ancestors FREE Webinar

Introducing American AncesTREES

Thursday, February 14, 3:00–4:00 PM EST
Presented by Claire Vail, Director of Creative and Digital Strategy
FREE and open to the public

Welcome to American AncesTREES—a new, FREE online genealogy tree experience on AmericanAncestors.org! Centered around an evidence-based model, American AncesTREES offers several unique tools and solutions—including cutting-edge DNA tools—to help you research, grow, and share your family history. Join Director of Creative and Digital Strategy Claire Vail to learn how to start building your family tree today!

Click HERE to Register