Find Your Ancestors: 10 Must Haves for Genealogy and Family History Success

Amanda Meeks

Join Appleton Public Library on Zoom for a virtual genealogical program as part of our annual Find Your Ancestors series. Attendees must register in advance for this program by clicking the link below or copying the following address into your browser: bit.ly/3RdjkLv After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the program. Program topic: 10 Must Haves for Genealogy and Family History Success Whether you’re just “dabbling” in genealogy and researching your roots, or you’ve become a “hard core lifer” obsessed with “the hunt,” there are basic skills that family historians of all levels have in common. We’ll review ten skills that can help you find success researching online or in-person. …

Genealogy and A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) – Trouble Ahead? with Thomas MacEntee

Amanda Meeks

While AI (artificial intelligence) might be the current “hot” buzz word, the afct is that many genealogy vendors and even genealogists have already been using this technology for years. The AI industry is at a crossroads and within the next five years, it will permeate almost every aspect of business and society. Lerarn how AI is currently being used to improve the genealogy experience, and whether or not you should seek out other uses of artificial intelligence for your own genealogy research. This is a Zoom-only presentation. – Zoom Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/89679775121 A video recording of this presentation may be seen later in the Members-Only area of the RCGS website. Zoom link also at the URL …

Excel for Genealogy

Amanda Meeks

You may know and use Excel to crunch your budget numbers, but have you thought about using it specifically for genealogy? Even if you’re new to Excel, we will teach you the basics of building a database right, then we’ll cover how to think through your options to make the exact database that meets your specific needs. Then, as we show you ways to use Excel in genealogy, we’ll add tips to take your skills to the next level whether you’re using your own computer or the library’s. Presented by Lori Coffey. This will be a hybrid meeting held in-person in the Local History Room (2nd FLr) and online via Zoom. Registration is only required …

African American Genealogical Interest Group

Amanda Meeks

The group discusses use of variety of sources, including census research, reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, NARA combined military records of the U.S. Colored Troops, Plantation Slave records, Slave schedules and other. Open to all. For details see dallasgenealogy.org/event/african-american-genealogical-interest-group-49/

Where Did Your U.S. Ancestors Go to Church? 5 Ways to Find Out

Amanda Meeks

Finding a U.S. ancestor’s church affiliation is the first key step to discovering their stories in related records, but it isn’t usually easy. Learn 5 essential strategies, illustrated by inspiring examples. Viewers will come away with sensible, actionable steps they can apply to their own research. Register at familytreewebinars.com/webinar/where-did-your-u-s-ancestors-go-to-church-5-ways-to-find-out/

Genealogy Basics: Wills & Probate Records

Amanda Meeks

When other records are hard to find, especially before about 1850, wills and probate records may help fill the gaps. In the best circumstances, they include data about family members, age, death date, and more. Family relationships can be established, and details about the person’s economic status, as well as details about who is included and who is left out of bequests can add the human element to family history. Register online at: bit.ly/3KIzuIz Questions? Contact Cathy at CathleenA@ci.salinas.ca.us For details see salinaspubliclibrary.org/learn-explore/research-learning/events/virtual-genealogy-basics-wills-probate-records

5 Tips for Deciphering Handwritten Documents

Amanda Meeks

Reading handwritten documents can be one of the most challenging aspects of genealogical research. This webinar will offer five tips from a genealogical translator to help you make those hard to read words understandable. Register at familytreewebinars.com/webinar/5-tips-for-deciphering-handwritten-documents/