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Free webinars will help historians with research


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Identifying and locating immigrant ancestors are high priorities for family historians. The Historical Branch of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is offering a new series of free webinars to assist in these important searches.

Webinars are seminars on the Internet that allow the audience to see and hear the presenter and to ask questions. These immigration webinars are designed for beginning and advanced researchers.

The webinars are divided into four program topics:

♦ 1. The History Library Catalog and Services program will familiarize attendees with the collection of public historical information, catalog content and search interface, services for the public and how/where to get help and information.

♦ 2. The Genealogy Program Introduction program will cover services, fees, website, request processes and how/where to get help and information.

♦ 3. The Guide to Immigration and Naturalization Research program covers available historical records, useful finding aids and procedures for requesting records at the National Archives or from the USCIS using the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act. This program is designed for scholars and advanced researchers.

♦ 4. Records Found Case Studies sessions present selected documents from the USCIS Genealogy Program or the National Archives. They are designed for professional genealogists, genealogical writers and educators.

Various sessions of these programs are planned for dates throughout April and May. For dates and times, readers can visit www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars. Instructions for participating also are on this website. Attendance at each session will be limited to 125 persons. Access to the site will be denied once the maximum seats have been filled.

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The National Genealogical Society recently announced the release of its newest American Genealogical Studies course, Guide to Documentation and Source Citation. This course joins The Basics in the series of online cloud-based courses developed by NGS to help those interested in finding their families.

Board certified genealogist Michael Grant Hait Jr. developed this three-module, self-paced source, which consists of lessons, examples, citations and graded quizzes. The three modules include an introduction to documentation, basic citation principles and applying citation principles.

The course is $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Readers can view the syllabus and purchase the course at http://tinyurl.com/llc43en.

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What family historian doesn’t love FindaGrave.com? Thanks to the hordes of volunteers who photograph local tombstones, the site has been a godsend to researchers who can’t travel to their ancestors’ final resting grounds.

Now developers have released their first mobile app. Readers can see all the details and download the app at www.findagrave.com/mobileapp.

Sharon Tate Moody is a board-certified genealogist. Send your genealogical methodology questions and event announcements to her at stmoody0720@mac.com. She regrets she is unable to assist with personal research and cannot respond to requests for locating or researching individuals. Past Heritage Hunting columns are available online at tbo .com, search words “Sharon Tate Moody.

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