Benzie Area Genealogy Society

"Genealogists do not gather facts, but breathe life
into all  that have gone before them"
                 Family Tree Magazine

Free Webinars​



Free Legacy Webinars


Should You Take the Hint? Automatic
Record Hinting on the Giant Genealogy

Wednesday, July 24 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Become a more savvy user of automated record hinting technologies on,, and when you learn from an industry insider how these technologies work—and their limitations. See crucial differences between record hints and your own search results. Learn how accurate hints are and how to determine whether a hint is a match. Finally, what do you do when you run out of hints for your relative on your favorite genealogy website?
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Census Hurdles: How to Jump 
Over or Go Around
Friday, July 26 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
This program shares some tips and tricks for overcoming common and uncommon census research obstacles. Cari will cover topics such as language barriers, literacy, indexing errors, imaging errors, errors (accidental), and errors (intentional). Using examples, she will demonstrate each of these issues and suggest solutions for overcoming them.

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Google Photos: One Photo App to Rule Them All

Wednesday, July 31 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
What if there was a photo app that could manage all your photos and give you unlimited backup space? There is one. It’s called Google Photos. Google’s facial recognition technology lets you create shared albums, collages, animations, movies, stories, and much more. It’s totally free and unlike any other photo app out there.

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Finding Families in New Zealand

Tuesday, August 6 - 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm
We don’t have any major collections of census records in New Zealand, so how else can you find families in New Zealand. Looking at the use of electoral rolls and school records to add to your family history.

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Case Studies in Gray: Identifying Shared Ancestries
Through DNA and Genealogy

Wednesday, August 7 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
You’ve identified a group shared DNA matches, but your stumped on how you’re all related. Learn how to let DNA take the lead in determining who and where to search to uncover the group’s most recent common ancestor.

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Basics of Land Platting - Part 1

Wednesday, August 14 - 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Don't understand Metes and Bounds? This working session will help you learn how to plat a deed using the metes and bounds system. Discover new clues by understanding more about your ancestor's land.

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Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing

Tuesday, August 20 - 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Genealogists love to research but writing it up – not so much. First, we need to read good writing (any kind). Then, practice writing in two separate compartments: write as it comes and return later to fix or edit. Don’t worry about beginnings or endings; they will emerge over time. Seek out helpful critics, never wait until the last minute, and be ready to learn from editors.

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Bullet Journaling for Genealogy

Wednesday, August 21 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
There are so many wonderful technological tools for getting more out of your genealogical research time, but how do you choose which ones are going to work best for you? Are you struggling with making time for your research, staying on track for your projects, or just want to unplug and plan? If any of these situations sound like you, perhaps putting pen to paper might be the way to go. The bullet journal method is an excellent, analog way to organize your research plan, and stay on track towards your research goals.

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Introduction to Forensic Genealogy

Friday, August 23 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
This course will give the participant an overview of forensic genealogy and the role of the genealogist in these types of cases. We will discuss some of the major types of cases in which a forensic genealogist may be involved, such as guardianship, oil and gas, unidentified and unclaimed persons, and probate. The role of the forensic genealogist as an expert witness will also be discussed.

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Using Teams with your Genealogy

Wednesday, August 28 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Have you heard of Microsoft Teams? Whether for an individual, your genealogy business, or any type of group effort (family history or specialized studies), Microsoft Teams might just be the communication and collaboration tool you have been looking for. Come learn how to use it with your genealogy.

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Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and
Directories for British Isles Research

Tuesday, September 3 - 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Learn what maps, gazetteers and directories are available for researching your ancestors in the British Isles. Learn from examples how to make good use of these tools to find where your ancestors are, what they did, when, where, and why they may have moved.

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For all webinars - once you register, you receive an email notice 1-2 days before the
 webinar and then a final reminder about 2 hours before the webinar to remind you.  
Webinars do have a limit to the number of participants so log in early so you get a spot! 
You can register for as many webinars as you want in advance!