Google Search Strategies for Genealogy: Free Online Class

laptop_custom_screen_11466I’ll be streaming live this weekend at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree!

This Saturday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm PDT, my class “Master Using Google for Common Surname Searches” will be among those featured in the JamboSTREAM, a live webcast of selected Jamboree presentations.

Google searches can power up our genealogy research, but only if use them productively. In this class, you’ll learn strategies for searching for common surnames and surnames that double as common words. You’ll discover how to weed out irrelevant search results, then automate your searches to run for you. This is a perfect class for beginners and a great brush-up for more experienced online researchers.

Register for this free class by clicking on the link above. You’ll just be asked for your name and email address, state and country and how you heard about the session. Please tell them that Genealogy Gems sent you! After you register, you will receive a confirmation notice with the security credentials (username and password). You must be registered to view a session.

Along with my session, you can also register to hear several more fantastic presenters and topics. Click on the links below to register for each one individually.

Friday, June 7

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, FR001: Basic Military Research, Craig Roberts Scott MA, CG

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, FR016: The Ethical Genealogist, Judy G. Russell JD, CG (here’s the handout)

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM, FR022: DNA Panel Discussion – Hear it from the Experts. CeCe Moore; Alice Fairhurst; Ken Chahine PhD; Joanna Mountain PhD; Bennett Greenspan. (Co-Sponsored by International Society of Genetic Genealogy.)

Saturday, June 8

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, SA004: Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor, Craig Roberts Scott MA,CG

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, SA018: Genealogical Periodicals: Where the Answers Are, Kory L. Meyerink MLS, AG, FUGA

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, SA032: Turning Genealogy into Family History: Creating Stories from Stats by Jean Wilcox Hibben PhD, MA, CG

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, SA041: Finding Your Family in the French and Indian Wars, Leland Meitzler

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, SA048: Staying Safe Online, Thomas MacEntee

Sunday, June 9

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, SU003: A Guided Tour of Cyndi’s List 2.0, Cyndi Ingle Howells

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, SU017: Scanning and Photo Retouching for Beginners: Foundations and Fundamentals, Tom Underhill

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, SU020: Strange and Unusual Sources for Irish Family History, James Ryan, PhD

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM, SU029: Lessons from the Archive,  Denise Levenick

Free Webinars: Photos on FamilySearch

Edna Selby HallThere’s possibly no better way for genealogists to attract the attention of long-lost cousins than to post pictures they want! Now there’s a new place to do that: on one of the world’s leading FREE genealogical data websites.

FamilySearch is rolling out a new Photos feature that will help you share pictures and stories within Family Tree. They are offering two free hour-length webinars to teach us how to use this feature and answer our questions. Here’s the info and links to the webinars:

FamilySearch Photos: Getting Started

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 4pm EST/1pm PST

FamilySearch Photos: We Answer Your Questions

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 3pm EST/12pm PST

To join the webinar, click on the appropriate link above before it starts (no preregistration necessary). Then select “Enter as Guest” and type your name. You can also call to listen in. In the USA/Canada, call buy pain medication mexico 888-205-5513; other international callers should dial 1-719-955-0562. Enter participant code 422362.

 FamilySearch is excited to announce two one-hour webinars focused on using Photos on They will be presented by Tim Cross, the Photos Product Manager at FamilySearch. The first will be an introduction on how to use this amazing new feature, and the second will allow you to ask questions that you may have about photos, sharing stories, and linking both to the Family Tree.

FamilySearch Photos: Getting Started
Thursday February 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time

FamilySearch Photos: We Answer Your Questions
Tuesday February 26, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time

Instructions for participants,

To join the webinar:
a.      Click the URL prior to the start of the webinar
b.      Select “Enter as Guest”
c.      Type your name in the field

For audio, call:
·        US/CAN Toll free: 1-888-205-5513
·        Int’l Toll: 1-719-955-0562
·        Participant Code: 422362

Free Webinars for RootsMagic Users

Have you ever checked out RootsMagic? This award-winning software helps family historians record and share their research. Much more than just another family tree organizer, its full-bodied publishing features help you translate your research into beautifully-formatted books and charts.

Rootsmagic has announced a slew of free new webinars to help you master their software. Here’s a list of what’s coming up in February and March:

Feb 19 – New WebTags in RootsMagic 6

Feb 26 – New “Find Everywhere” in RootsMagic 6

Mar 5 – New Timeline View in RootsMagic 6

Mar 19 – Splitting and Combining Files in RootsMagic

Mar 26 – Sentence and Source Templates in RootsMagic

Apr 2 – Working with Dates in RootsMagic

Click here to register to watch a webinar live or to download any you’ve missed, including past webinars like “Getting Started with RootsMagic,” creating custom reports or using source citations with RootsMagic. There are also classes for using their sister programs, Personal Historian and Family Atlas. If you’ve never tried RootsMagic, consider downloading their free basic edition and see how it works for you.

I’m proud that RootsTech is a sponsor of the Genealogy Gems Podcast!

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