webinar worldWebinars are a fabulous way to learn, and the beauty of them is that you can do it from your own home, at your own time.

Firstly the defintion of webinar for those who may be unfamilar with the term is:

“a seminar conducted over the Internet”

So if you can’t, or simply don’t want to go to genealogy meetings that are held in your area, or your local group/s don’t cover topics of interest to you, use webinars to fill your knowledge gap.

FamilyTree Webinars have been holding webinars for a number of years now, and they have recently released their entire 2015 schedule of topics. There’s 58 online classes (or webinars) scheduled from leading educators in genealogy from around the world, and total about 87 hours of free genealogy education) on topics ranging from genealogy technology to in-depth research methodologies and evidence analysis.

Organised and run by Millennia Corporation, this is the company behind the popular genealogy program “Legacy Family Tree“. Now don’t be fooled into thinking that all of these webinars are just about the Legacy program, because they certainly aren’t.

The full year schedule is listed below, and I know that January has already been and gone, so obviously those webinars have been, but they are still available to view if those topics are of interest to you.

Some new features that FamilyTree Webinars have included in their 2015 series include:

  • Evening webinars! For those who work during the day to support their genealogy habits, they have scheduled at least one evening webinar per month.
  • Popular speaker and writer, Marian Pierre-Louis, will guest-host the evening webinars.
  • Beginners series. Accredited Genealogist, Peggy Lauitzen, will present a three-class series designed especially for beginners.
  • Researching with Karen! series. Submit your research problem to Karen for a chance to have personalised recommendations explained during the live webinar.
  • Subscribers-only bonus webinars. Another new membership benefit for Annual and monthly webinar subscribers – private bonus webinars presented by Thomas MacEntee and Judy Russell.
  • See which webinars you have registered for (another perk for webinar subscribers). Just login and the green checkmarks appear!


January 2015
Genealogy on the Go with iPads & Tablets by Lisa Louise Cooke. 7/1
Tracking Migration Using the Big 4 U.S. Record Sources by Mary Hill. 14/1
Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact by Marian Pierre-Louis. 16/1
My Genealogy DO-Over: A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes by Thomas MacEntee. 21/1
Getting Started in Scrapbooking by Susan Budge. 28/1

February 2015
Tracing the History of a Community by Kirsty Gray. 4/2
Step-by-Step: Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records by Mark Lowe. 6/2
Zigzagging through German Church Records by Jim Beidler. 11/2
Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors by Jan Gow. 18/2
Tap Into Your Iner Private Eye: 9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives by Lisa Louise Cooke. 25/2

March 2015
Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. 4/3
Tools and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. 6/3
Crafting Ancestor Profiles from Start to Finish by Lisa Alzo. 11/3
Irish Genealogical Records in the 17th-19th centuries by Judy Wight. 18/3
Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence by Chris Staats. 25/3

April 2015
Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy – Part 1 by Peggy Lauritzen. 1/4
American Revolution Genealogy by Beth Foulk. 8/4
Isn’t That Special: Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks by Jana Sloan Broglin. 10/4
Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Warren Bittner. 15/4
D-I-V-O-R-C-E! by Judy Russell. 22/4
Using Legacy with Specialized Studies – Legacy is for more than your family history by Tessa Keough. 29/4

May 2015
Genealogy 101: A Three-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy, Part 2 by Peggy Lauritzen. 6/5
After You’re Gone: Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research (subscribers-only bonus webinar) by Thomas MacEntee. 8/5
GenealogyBank: The Power of Finding Our Ancestor’s Stories by Tom Kemp. 13/5
Martha Benshura: Enemy Alien by Judy Russell. 20/5
Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill. 27/5

June 2015
Genealogy 101: A Three-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy, Part 3 by Peggy Lauritzen. 3/6
Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar by Jana Sloan Broglin. 10/6
10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough. 12/6

July 2015
The Secret Lives of Women: Research Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 1/7
Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. 8/7
Making a Federal Case Out of It (subscribers-only bonus webinar) by Judy Russell. 10/7
Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. 15/7
Have Swedish Roots and Don’t Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. 22/7
Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. 29/7

August 2015
What’s in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. 5/8
Power Platting: Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. 12/8
Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. 19/8
Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. 21/8
German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. 26/8

September 2015
Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research: Tips, Tools, and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. 2/9
Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. 9/9
Genealogy Serendipity – Listening For Our Ancestors by Geoff Rasmussen. 11/9
Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. 16/9
Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. 23/9
Researching Your Ancestor in Periodicals by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 30/9

October 2015
Wearables and Genealogy: Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. 7/10
Colonial Immigration: The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. 14/10
Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. 16/10
What Happend to the State of Frankland (Using Tennessee’s Pre-Statehood Records) by Mark Lowe. 21/10
Complex Evidence: What Is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. 28/10

November 2015
Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. 4/11
Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. 11/11
Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. 13/11
Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. 18/11

December 2015
Stories in Stone – Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. 2/12
Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. 9/12
Pointing Fingers at Your Siblings – Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. 16/12

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.
Click here to register for individual webinars
Click here to register for multiple webinars at once

Click here to see the list of past webinars by topic

Print the webinar brochure to share with your friends, genealogy society, or Family History Center.

If you find that you love the whole webinar experience and content, and want to “attend” a number you might be interested in a “FamilyTreeWebinars.com Membership“. All live webinars are free (excluding the members-only bonus webinars), and their recordings are free to watch for the next 7 days. If you missed a previous webinar you can now have access to the entire archives (almost 200 classes) and instructors’ handouts (more than 800 pages) through a monthly ($9.95/month) or annual webinar membership ($49.95/year). Click here for more information or to subscribe.

If you wish to watch the “webinar” live, you will need to work out the time in your own area in relation to when it is shown as being held in the US. To do this you can go to Time Converter website www.timeanddate.com.