Get an intensive dose of genealogy education at Family Tree University’s Fall 2014 Virtual Genealogy Conference. At this weekend workshop, you’ll learn strategies and resources to boost your research—and because it’s web-based, you can participate from anywhere!
- You get a three-day all-access pass to watch 15 pre-recorded video classes and participate in live chats. Join in every day or as your schedule allows—you make your own schedule.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
- 15 half-hour video classes in three tracks:
- genealogy technology track
- research strategies track
- ethnic research track
- Unlimited viewing: Your all-access pass gets you into all 16 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 classes 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 chats and message board discussions: Enhance your conference experience by participating in conversations with FTU staff and instructors.
- Convenience: Unlike in-person genealogy conferences and seminars, you can take part in the Family Tree University Virtual Conference 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. Best of all: No travel costs and parking hassles!
- Value: Conference registration saves you 55% off the price of purchasing each video separately ($29.99). It’s like getting 8 classes for free!
- “Swag bag” of freebies from ShopFamilyTree.com
Fall 2014 Program
Top Free Websites for Obituaries
Obituaries can contain a wealth of ancestral information, including life story details, personality traits and even clues for further research, such as relatives’ names and immigrants’ hometowns. Find out about the best free websites to mine this genealogy resource.
Software Secrets for Every Genealogist
Lisa A. Alzo
Family tree software contains tons of hidden features to boost your genealogy research. Employ these universal tricks to your own genealogy program and prepare to see your productivity soar.
Top Free Websites for Vital Records
David A. Fryxell
Vital records are the backbone of family history research, but they’re not always easy to track down—especially online. Consider this course a spinal tap for your genealogy, in which we’ll cover the top free resources for finding birth, death and marriage records.
Organizing Digital Images
Denise May Levenick
Do you have digital photos and scanned images scattered across your digital devices? Learn how to set up a system where finding and archiving digital pictures is fast, fun and pain-free.
Top 5 Undiscovered Family Tree Databases
Whether it’s a great-uncle you knew well or a distant relative you’ve never heard of, someone has probably already researched at least one branch of your tree, and quite possibly posted their findings online. Explore these five lesser-known databases to harvest family history clues.
5 Easy DIY Genealogy Book Projects
Denise May Levenick
Creating a genealogy book is a goal of many family historians: We want to capture our family story in a form that can be passed down from one generation to the next. Try these five projects to create a book, even if you’re not a writer.
13 Obscure, Overlooked and Undiscovered Sources to Overcome Brick Walls
D. Joshua Taylor
Navigate around the peskyhurdles that are holding up your family history search. These innovative resources can help shatter even the sturdiest brick walls.
Top 10 Genealogy Traps to Avoid
Lisa A. Alzo
Don’t get caught in the snare of these family history pitfalls!Learn how to recognize and evade 10 genealogical booby traps.
Forensic Genealogy Crash Course
Forensic genealogy involves researching from past to present in order to solve legal cases on military repatriation, probate, trust and real estate. Learn the strategies professionals use, and how forensic genealogy techniques can boost your own family history.
10 Ways to Diagnose (and Treat) Errors in Your Research
Sunny Jane Morton
From transcription errors to under-researched family trees, misinformation can spread through your family tree like wildfire—if you don’t know what to look for. Learn how to pinpoint and fix mistakes before they derail your future family history research.
Exploring Digital Newspapers on GenealogyBank, Newspapers.com and Chronicling America
With obituaries, social columns, birth announcements and other news stories, newspapers can act as a time capsule for your ancestors. Discover how to make the most of this abundant resource with the vast collections available from these top websites.
Use the Web to Research German Records from Home
Not all German genealogy requires a research trip. Learn how to dig into your Deutsch roots from the comfort of home.
12 Best Websites for Eastern European Genealogy
Lisa A. Alzo
Whether your roots are Polish, Hungarian, Czech or Slovak, you can find specific websites for the Eastern European ethnicity you desire. Learn what resources exist beyond industry giants Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
Secrets to Tracing Scandinavian Ancestors
Diana Crisman Smith
Overcome the complex naming traditions, unusual political divisions and other challenges of tracing ancestry in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. From church records to census and immigration records, this class shows you how to unravel your Scandinavian roots.
Google Translate Tutorial
Tracing ancestors overseas often involves decrypting foreign-language records. Learn how to translate words, phrases, documents and webpages with this cool Google tool.
Friday, Sept. 19
How to Use Social Media for Genealogy + Best Genealogy Apps
With Kerry Scott – 3pm ET, 2pm CT, 1pm MT, 12pm PT
Finding Living Relatives
With Kerry Scott – 5pm ET, 4pm CT, 3pm MT, 2pm PT
Saturday, Sept. 20
Cloud Genealogy Q&A
With Randy Whited – 2pm ET, 1pm CT, 12pm MT, 11am PT
Genealogy Research Trip Toolkit
With Shannon Bennett – 4pm ET, 3pm CT, 2pm MT, 1pm PT
Sunday, Sept. 21
Favorite Database Search Tips and Tricks
With Lisa A. Alzo – 2pm ET, 1pm CT, 12pm MT, 11am PT
Brick Wall Busters: Share Your Genealogy Brick Wall
With Lisa A. Alzo – 4pm ET, 3pm CT, 2pm MT, 1pm PT