The makers of the genealogy software program Legacy Family Tree (Millennia Corporation) have become a dominant player in the genealogy webinar scene. And in doing so provide webinars for not only those using Legacy Family Tree, but those on many different topics, as their 2013 webinar schedule shows. There really is something here for every researcher.

But before moving on to the schedule, let’s answer a common question …

The Wikipedia definition describes a webinar as “… allows conferencing events to be shared with remote locations. These are sometimes referred to as webinars or, for interactive conferences, online workshops. The service allows real-time point-to-point communications as well as multicast communications from one sender to many receivers. It offers information of text-based messages, voice and video chat to be shared simultaneously, across geographically dispersed locations. Applications for web conferencing include meetings, training events, lectures, or short presentations from any computer.”

So in short it is a web based seminar (hence the name). You sit at your computer at home, at a prescribed time (note: you always need to check what the time is on for your own timezone), then log-in to listen and participate in the meeting. There is no driving to the meeting and sitting in a conference room, and there is no cost involved (at least not for the Legacy Family Tree webinars) … some others do have a small cost to ‘attend’.

There are a few things you will need to know before you sit down to participate in your first webinar. But rather than reinventing the wheel so to speak, my good friend Geniaus has created a list, so here’s a link to her Webinar Tips here.

The 2013 schedule brings you 41 webinars (which total over 60 hours) from genealogy’s leading speakers and authors on topics ranging from genealogy technology to DNA to in-depth research methodologies and evidence analysis.

January 2013
In the Trenches: Successful On-site Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. 1/16
Best Internet Resources for East European Genealogy by Lisa Alzo. 1/23
Inheritance in Scotland – Wills, Testaments, and Land Records by Marie Dougan. 1/30

February 2013
Online Genealogy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Linda Woodward Geiger. 2/1
YouTube Your Family History by Devin Ashby. 2/6
Pre-1850 U.S. Research Methodologies by Karen Clifford. 2/13
Making the Most of Canadian Census Records by Kathryn Lake Hogan. 2/20
Annie Moore of Ellis Island – A Case of Historical Identity Theft by Megan Smolenyak. 2/27

March 2013
Behind the Cheese Curtain: A Look at Wisconsin Genealogy Resources by Thomas MacEntee. 3/6
Blogs: Easy-to-Make Web Pages by DearMYRTLE and Carrie Keele. 3/8
Breaking Down Your Irish and Scottish Brick Wall in the New Poor Law Records of Scotland by Judith Eccles Wight. 3/13

April 2013
Evidence: Guidelines for Evaluating Genealogical Evidence by Linda Woodward Geiger. 4/3
That First Trip to the Courthouse by Judy Russell. 4/10
A Treasure Trove of Irish Websites by Judith Eccles Wight. 4/17
What’s New at FamilySearch by Devin Ashby. 4/24

May 2013
Researching your Roots in Rhode Island by Maureen Taylor. 5/1
Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE. 5/3
Land Records Solve Research Problems by Mary Hill. 5/15
Ten Hidden Resources Every Genealogist Should Know by Lisa Alzo. 5/22
The New Frontier in Genetic Genealogy: Autosomal DNA Testing by Ugo Perego. 5/29

June 2013
The Genealogy of Your House by Marian Pierre-Louis. 6/5
Get What You Came For: New Search Options Let You Target Obituaries, Photos, Passenger Lists, Births,
Marriages, and More by Tom Kemp. 6/12
Next Exit: Your New Jersey Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee. 6/19
How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists by Judy Russell. 6/26

July 2013
Canadian Ports of Entry: Ship Passenger Lists, Immigration Records, and Border Crossing Records by Kathryn Lake Hogan. 7/10
Research in the Old Line State: An Overview of Maryland Genealogy by Michael Hait. 7/17
Top Ten Techniques for Finding More in Library Catalogs by Barbara Renick. 7/19
Top 21st Century Genealogy Resources – A Baker’s Dozen by Tom Kemp. 7/24
Direct Your Research with City Directories by Maureen Taylor. 7/31

August 2013
Captured For All Time: Recording Family Voices to Preserve and Pass Down by Marian Pierre-Louis. 8/7
Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists: FamilySearch, Research Wiki, and Legacy FamilyTree by Geoff Rasmussen. 8/14
Colonial Immigrants: Who They Were and Where They Came From by Mary Hill. 8/28

September 2013
Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer! by Linda Woodward Geiger. 9/4
More Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE. 9/6
You Use WHAT for Genealogy? by Thomas MacEntee. 9/11
Don’t Be an Audio Hog: Free and Easy Ways to Share Your Audio Files by Marian Pierre-Louis. 9/18

October 2013
Using Church Records to Identify Ancestors by Mary Hill. 10/23
Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestors’ Lives by Judy Russell. 10/30

November 2013
Ancestry Trees Can Jump Start Your Research by DearMYRTLE. 11/1
Researching with Marian! Creating a Research Plan with YOUR Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. 11/6
Researching Your Ohio Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. 11/13
Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results by Thomas MacEntee. 11/20

December 2013
How Computers & Gadgets are Changing Genealogy by Barbara Renick. 12/4
Overcoming Lost Records Using Technology by Karen Clifford. 12/18

You can download a brochure listing all of the Legacy Family Tree webinars here.

Sign up for one or for all of them today (so you don’t forget later) and you will receive a reminder email both one day and one hour prior to the live event. Register at

Webinars are an easy way to increase your genealogy knowledge. These ones are free, and you can do it from home – all that you’re required to do is set aside approx. an hour for the session (at the allocated time). And as Geniaus says “sit back, relax and enjoy”.