Genealogy Basics: Wills & Probate Records

Amanda Meeks

When other records are hard to find, especially before about 1850, wills and probate records may help fill the gaps. In the best circumstances, they include data about family members, age, death date, and more. Family relationships can be established, and details about the person’s economic status, as well as details about who is included and who is left out of bequests can add the human element to family history. Register online at: Questions? Contact Cathy at For details see

Gifting Resiliency via Family History

Amanda Meeks

Studies show that hearing family stories can help children become more resilient. Join us for an overview of these studies and their findings, followed by an open round table discussion. We’ve invited some special guests to share their unique insights and expertise. We think you’ll find it a dynamic and thought-provoking conversation. Register at For details see

Digitizing My Family Tree: Formats, Software, and Techniques

Amanda Meeks

Explore the digital options for saving your family history research. Explore the variety of desktop and web-based applications researchers can use for organizing their data. Review best practices for both using these applications and uploading digital scans of records to the software. Registration required Register at  

5 Ways to Involve Others in Your Family History Research

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When researching your family’s history, it is important to think about your legacy and how you envision your work continuing after you’re gone. At Permanent, we’ve developed legacy planning features to give you peace of mind that your archives and research won’t get lost to time, and that your wishes will be honored and carried out by a person of your choosing. However, many people have told us that although they have a great passion for their family history research, they have trouble identifying someone that they can trust to pass on their research to.  This holiday season, use some of our tips with your friends and family to recruit the next generation of family …

Family History Project Ideas

Amanda Meeks

These very special brainstorming sessions will allow anyone with a story to tell to bring their tale to this open lab to sort through the best way to tell it as a family history project. Today’s digital storytelling tools are so wide and deep that they can be intimidating. As a community, we’ll brainstorm and share ideas for tips, techniques, and tools that might make your storytelling effort easier. The idea for this program is to keep it to just an hour so that we can be efficient with time and generous with ideas. Your host, Barbara Tien, is one of the co-founders at and the “ring leader” here in our post-Ponga community. We use these programs …