BCG offers free webinar on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Beginner genealogists often research their surname origins first and get stuck at a certain point. The skills needed to surmount these early brick walls come in time, with study and practice, and the increasing availability of DNA and online resources. In this webinar, I describe my brick wall ancestor, Samuel Morehead, of Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, and the techniques that I used to identify his parentage and place of origin. Sticky problems like this require a variety of approaches including Y-DNA analysis, the FAN club, tax, land and court records, censuses, historical analysis, and mapping techniques, to name a few. I will detail the clues acquired from all of these methods as I developed an hypothesis to satisfy the Genealogical Proof Standard.

BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “My 20-Year Mystery–Finding family origins with Y-DNA” by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG®. This webinar airs Tuesday, October 21, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time (EDT).

Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG®, has a Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology from the University of Utah and is an associate professor of Biology at the New England Institute of Technology. She was certified by BCG in 2012, and researches, writes, and lectures on family history. Her specialties include Rhode Island, Italian, and French-Canadian research and genetic genealogy. She is a member of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, American-French Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) New England Chapter.

When you register before October 19th on our partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars website (, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Anyone with schedule conflicts may access the webinar at no charge for one week after the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

“We are pleased to present these high-quality educational webinars,” said President LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL℠. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists promotes public confidence in genealogy by supporting uniform standards of competence. We strive to provide educational opportunities to family historians of all levels of experience.”

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