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  Too Many with the Same Name - webinar-on-CD

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How can one know that the John Smith who is listed on a pedigree chart, is the same John Smith who was listed in the will of George Smith as his son John? What is to be done when there are too many people with the same surname and given names in the same locality? Learn approaches for bringing these two research problems to rest.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on January 15, 2014. 1 hour 36 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts.

Viewers' comments:
  • Always gain new insights at the webinars. Thanks for having them.
  • Always learn something new....and reminders of something I have forgotten.
  • Another great webinar. Looking forward to attending many, many more. The education received here on the topics provided is just great.
  • As always, Karen gives a great webinar!
  • Best yet!!!
  • Bravo! you have me inspired to go back to one of my abandoned families.
  • Comprehensive! I always learn something new.
  • Definitely provided some new avenues of search.
  • Enjoyed the speaker and topic. Glad to hear more about maps use. I use maps all the time, hunting pathways and history of areas.
  • Excellent - glad we had handouts - still have 8 pages of notes! LOL
  • Excellent - many usable tips to break walls!!!
  • Excellent use of examples and discussion of need to understand history..
  • Extremely useful ...I am really enthusiastic now about the width of research around a name or person.
  • Fabulous! - She simply drops nuggets of wonderful knowledge in almost every sentence!! Phenomal teacher! She's fantastic. Your series fills so many needs, from beginners to advanced.
  • From the title I didn't expect the program to have as muh wonderful information as it did. Thanks for such a great presentation.
  • Great information and presenter Karen interesting and worth noting. Thank You both for this virtual highway of Legacy!
  • Great presenter and lots of information on searching that hadn't occurred to me. Well worth the time spent!
  • Great! Inspired me to forge on with my John L. Jones and John S. Jones who are related by marriage!
  • I love Karen Clifford. I could listen to her all day and I learn so much from her. She is an excellent teacher. Thanks Karen and Geoff for another great webinar.
  • I'm delighted to have ways of sorting out the same name problem. Up to this I have been avoiding the issue. Thanks so much for a great webinar!
  • It was informative to find that a surname may have been translated from one language to another and thereby have an entirely different spelling, for example: Kline (German) to Little (English).
  • Karen Clifford is such a great presenter. Her webinars are factually dense yet very understandable.
  • Karen gave so many different ideas about researching names and their variants. She brought out the importance of knowing the geography and history of an area. I now have a lot to do I had not thought of before.
  • Karen is always great to listen to. She always has information that helps us fill those gaps in our research and to do it more effectively. Thank you.
  • Karen is such an eloquent speaker. This topic was extremely helpful & I have not heard anyone else speak on it. Thank you!
  • Lots of excellent information, including in the Q & A at the end!! thank you
  • so much! Appreciate demonstration of the software too.
  • She went into a lot of detail on history, but it turned out that her research paid off. By learning what was happening in the area, she was able to get enough information on that person to distinguish him from others with the same name. It was humbling to see how much more work is sometimes needed with difficult ancestors.
  • Wonderful source of many ideas I hadn't thought of to find more information. Well presented too. Thanks

About the author:
Karen Clifford develops and teaches multiple online genealogy courses at colleges in California ( and Utah ( She is an Accredited Genealogist® Professional and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association. She has been President/CEO of Genealogy Research Associates ( (a California corporation with offices in Utah) since 1997. Her years of professional research work lead to authoring college textbooks and do-it-yourself guidebooks covering both traditional and electronic genealogy research including several books: Becoming an Accredited Genealogist, The Complete Beginners Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program (updated 2011), and Digging Deeper: Using Essential Pre-1850 Records (2011). She was the founding President of the Monterey County Genealogy Society, a Director of the Monterey California Family History Center, President of the Utah Genealogical Association, a Vice President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and a Vice Chair of the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogist (ICAPGen) where she continues to oversee Test Development and Test Quality Control.

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