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Time and Place: Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by James M. Beidler - Digital Download

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The more that beginning genealogists put themselves in the "time and place" of the ancestor for whom they are searching, the better the chances that they will do the most thorough search of all available records. See how learning an area's history will help your family history.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on October 12, 2016. 1 hour 28 minutes, plus 2 pages of handouts.

The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.

Viewers' comments:
  • Awesome webinar, so much information, thanks Jim.
  • Excellent and helpful webinar!
  • Excellent presentation!
  • Excellent presenter. Enjoyed his style.
  • Excellent presenter. Gave us a lot to "think" about!
  • Excellent webinar, subject content gives me a starting point on many levels both for my German ancestors and for my brick walls. His voice demonstrated his high degree of preparation in content, volume and tone. He keeps you interested in the subject. Will look into his other webinar topics.
  • Good review of "how to" pay attention to factors we don't always consider !
  • Good, clear presenter, really liked the cross hairs approach
  • Great webinar! He always gives so much information! Thanks :)
  • I always enjoy this presenter. He confirmed some things I already do and gave me a couple of new ideas to use. Thanks.
  • I could listen to James Beidler talk all day. He is so easy to listen to. What he had to say was probably common sense but I had never thought of things in those terms before. I think this webinar will help me to get past a brick wall I have reached.
  • Jim is a fabulous presenter who is always generous with his knowledge. Thank you for hosting him for this webinar. More Jim please!!
  • Jim's always a fun speaker -- this is a good into webinar for beginners.
  • Mr. Beidler gave many helpful ideas and information that will be useful for my German research. Great webinar!
  • Thank you James. Your information will help me as I am currently writing a book about my Dad.
  • Thanks for the names of authors who have written about the first wave of German immigrants. I just recently found that I have an ancestor who lived in the the Pittsburgh area who is likely in that group.
  • Very interesting. Thanks for the great webinar
  • While this was labeled as "beginner," I found some good information for research I had not known. LOVED the German maps and knowing where he got them!
  • Wonderful way to use the correlation between the US state & county records to highlight the same in various portions of Germany throughout time.
  • wonderful. great presenter

About the author:
James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Book, Trace Your German Roots Online, as well as writes Roots & Branches, an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He was the President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors from 2010 to 2012, and is the former Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He served as national co-chairman for the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Philadelphia. Beidler is also frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Ancestry Magazine and Family Tree Magazine. He also wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, published jointly by the Penn State Press and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. As a lecturer, he was a part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council's acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program from 2002 to 2009, and has been a presenter at numerous conferences. In addition to being a member of numerous genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, Beidler also sits on Pennsylvania's State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project. He is a Senior Tax Advisor for an H&R Block franchise and previously was a copy editor for 15 years for The Patriot-News newspaper in Harrisburg, PA. Beidler was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Berks County, where he currently resides and is an eighth-generation member of Bern Reformed United Church of Christ. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, with a BA in Political Science in 1982.

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