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Legacy Family Tree Webinars 2017 schedule

Registration has opened for the 2017 Legacy Family Tree webinar series — more than 70 new webinars from top-notch presenters that anybody can sign up for and listen to in real-time, absolutely free.


First, the schedule for 2017 includes 12 presentations hosted by Legacy Family Tree for the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) — and a dozen board-certified genealogists will offer their expertise and skill in dealing with complex genealogical questions ranging from DNA to law and government documents:

January 17: Writing Up Your Research, Michael J. Leclerc, CG
February 21: Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof Argument, Karen Stanbary, CG
March 21: Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name, Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG
April 18: The Genealogy in Government Documents, Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
May 16: MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL
June 20: Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
July 18: Analyzing Documents Sparks Ideas for Further Research, Angela Packer McGhie, CG
August 15: Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG
September 19: When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion?, Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FAGS
October 17: Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard, David Ouimette, CG
November 21: Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required, Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG
December 19: The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Now… before we go any further, the truth in advertising part: The Legal Genealogist is a trustee of BCG — which means I am a representative of an organization that will benefit if someone subscribes to the webinar series and watches an archived BCG webinar or buys or rents a recording of a BCG webinar.1

At the same time, I’m personally a big fan of the BCG webinar series and I couldn’t be happier that it’s being hosted by Legacy Family Tree Webinars. The partnership of the genealogical expertise of BCG with the technical skills of Legacy Family Tree Webinars is a win-win for the genealogical community, and if it helps keep certification and genealogical standards moving forward, all the better.

There are also a couple of webinars being given in this 2017 line-up by The Legal Genealogist separate and apart from the BCG series that you might be interested in:

March 22: Picture This: Images You Can Freely Use, on copyright-free images
August 9: A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy, covering all kinds of federal and state tax records

Of course, I need to give you more truth in advertising: as an individual presenter for Legacy Family Tree webinars, I do get paid. If you subscribe to the webinar series, if you watch one of my archived webinars, if you buy a recording of one, I benefit.2

And there’s more… much more … so much more — so many to choose from that I don’t have room to list them all here (you can find a complete list online at the Legacy Family Tree blog).

But there are some on my personal don’t-miss list. For example, I’m already clearing the decks so I can listen in to everything that’s being offered on DNA:

• February 8: The ‘WHO’ of Genetic Genealogy, Blaine Bettinger
February 22: Finding Missing Persons With DNA Testing, Diahan Southard
June 14: How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA, Blaine Bettinger
June 16: What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing, Diahan Southard

Because half of my personal ancestry is from Germany, my list also includes:

August 16: Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories, Ursula Krause
November 1: Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece, Ursula Krause and Luana Darby

And then there are others on my personal list just because … because I really want to hear the presenter or because the topic calls out to me:

February 1: Photography for Genealogy, Nicka Smith
March 15: Why are Irish records so weird?, John Grenham
May 3: Take Me Back to Where I Belong: Transportation Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau, Angela Walton-Raji
September 27: Quick Guide to Texas Research, Deena Coutant
November 10: Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence, Jill Morelli
November 29: Understanding Alabama, Rorey Cathcart

And, I repeat, that’s just some of these free webinars. Which, remember, require advance registration (and some of these will fill up really fast so don’t delay!).

But not everybody can listen in to all of these, especially the ones during the day. And we don’t always have time to get online within the few days afterwards while they’re still available free. What do we do then?

Well, remember I mentioned that subscripton bit… For an annual fee of $49.95 (and there’s an occasional sale… right now, it’s on sale for $44.95), you get “1 year unlimited access to our recorded webinars at Also includes access to the instructors’ handouts, chat logs from live webinars, and 1 year of 5% off anything in the store (must be logged in at checkout), and a chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar.”

There’s also a monthly subscription at $9.95 that gets you the same access for one month.

The subscription page is here and you can see all the webinars available in the webinar archive by date here.

Right now, there are 445 archived webinars — 620 hours of instruction — and more than 2,000 pages of instructor handouts, and every bit of it is available to subscribers. That’s — oh — about 14 cents a webinar at the annual subscription rate.

Bottom line: these webinars offer a great chance to learn about a wide variety of topics, either completely free (in real time) or for a small cost (by subscription).


  1. BCG and its presenters receive payment and/or royalties from Legacy Family Tree Webinars. All funds received by BCG are then used in support of its mission of promoting genealogical standards.
  2. This is critically important to the felines by whom I am owned. No foolin’. The webinar series money goes directly into cat food and cat litter. Just sayin’. They are carnivores, y’know… and you wouldn’t want them to get hungry, now, would you?
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