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United States Research Seminar Sponsored by the Family History Library

2020 Seminar

In September 2020, the US/Canada Research Team of the Family History Library will present a week-long seminar introducing the basic process and records of genealogy research in the United States.

Date and Time

The United States Research Seminar will be held from Monday September 21 through Friday September 25, 2020 and will be broadcast as webinars. Classes will run daily from 9:30 AM through 2:30 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

Class Schedule

Time Monday

21 September 2020

Tuesday

22 September 2020

Wednesday

23 September 2020

Thursday

24 September 2020

Friday

25 September 2020

9:30 AM MDT Where There's a Will, There's a Probate: U.S. Probate Records The Tired, the Poor, and the Huddled Masses: U.S. Immigration Research Getting Started with U.S. Church Records Part 1: Introduction to Church Records and Anabaptists African American Strategies and Records, Part 1 Are You Your Own Brick Wall: Common Genealogical Mistakes and Their Solutions
11:00 AM MDT Perches and Rods: Introducing U.S. Land Records Becoming American: U.S. Naturalization Research Getting Started with U.S. Church Records Part 2: Roman Catholic, Lutheran/Reformed, Episcopal/Anglican, Presbyterian African American Strategies and Records, Part 2 When the Pandemic's Over: How to Do On-Site Research
1:30 PM MDT They're Better Than You Think: U.S. Census Records, 1790-1840 Migration Routes Across America Getting Started with U.S. Church Records Part 3: Congregationalists, Quakers, Baptist, Methodist Beginning Jewish Research in the U.S. Q&A Panel with U.S./Canada Research Specialists

Links and Recordings

Monday Classes

The following classes will be taught on Monday, September 21, 2020. Links to the webinar, handouts, and recorded classes will be made available here.

Time Class Title Location Handout
9:30 AM MDT Where There's a Will, There's a Probate: U.S. Probate Records Online Link Handout
11:00 AM MDT Perches and Rods: Introducing U.S. Land Records Online Link Handout
1:30 PM MDT They're Better Than You Think: U.S. Census Records, 1790-1840 Online Link Handout

Tuesday Classes

The following classes will be taught on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.Links to the webinar, handouts, and recorded classes will be made available here.

Time Class Title Location Handout
9:30 AM MDT The Tired, the Poor, and the Huddled Masses: U.S. Immigration Research Online Link Handout
11:00 AM MDT Becoming American: U.S. Naturalization Research Online Link Handout
1:30 PM MDT Migration Routes Across America Online Link Handout

Wednesday Classes

The following classes will be taught on Thursday, September 23, 2020. Links to the webinar, handouts, and recorded classes will be made available here.

Time Class Title Location Handout
9:30 AM MDT Getting Started with U.S. Church Records Part 1: Introduction to Church Records and Anabaptists Online Link Handout
11:00 AM MDT Getting Started with U.S. Church Records Part 2: Roman Catholic, Lutheran/Reformed, Episcopal/Anglican, Presbyterian Online Link Handout
1:30 PM MDT Getting Started with U.S. Church Records Part 3: Congregationalists, Quakers, Baptist, Methodist Online Link Handout

Thursday Classes

The following classes will be taught on Friday, September 24, 2020. Links to the webinars, handouts, and recorded classes will be made available here.

Time Class Title Location Handout
9:30 AM MDT African American Strategies and Records, Part 1 Online Link Handout
11:00 AM MDT African American Strategies and Records, Part 2 Online Link Handout
1:30 PM MDT Beginning Jewish Research in the U.S. Online Link Handout

Friday Classes

The following classes will be taught on Friday, September 25, 2020. Links to the webinars, handouts, and recorded classes will be made available here.

Time Class Title Location Handout
9:30 AM MDT Are You Your Own Brick Wall: Common Genealogical Mistakes and Their Solutions Online Link Handout
11:00 AM MDT When the Pandemic's Over: How to Do On-Site Research Online Link Handout
1:30 PM MDT Q&A Panel with U.S./Canada Research Specialists Online Link No Handout

Links to Classes and Handouts