Announcing Special Webinar: Saturday, 25 September 2021: “Slovak Soul: The spiritual journey of the small nation with the big heart”

Registration is now open for a special webinar “Slovak Soul: The spiritual journey of the small nation with the big heart” which will be presented by Renata Calfa on Saturday, 25 September 2021, 11:00 a.m. EDT/ 10:00 a.m. CDT / 8:00 a.m. PDT.

Webinar Details

Presentation Title: “Slovak Soul: The spiritual journey of the small nation with the big heart” 

Hosted by Lisa Alzo and presented by Renata Calfa

Date: Saturday, 25 September 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. EDT/ 10:00 a.m. CDT / 8:00 a.m. PDT.

Due to webinar length, the presentation is pre-recorded. Q&A will be live.

Price: $9.95 USD

Webinar description

One can speak fluent Slovak, sing folk songs, cook perfect Slovak dinner, yet how well do we know the nation that created such traditions? This webinar, presented by Renata Calfa, will explore: 

  • Faith: everyday motivation of our ancestors
  • ‘Soul language’ of our ancestors
  • Creativity and courage of Slovaks from a different angle
  • And much more…
  • Also, we are proud to introduce Project KORENE, a stage co-production of Iconito and FS Zemplin.

All paid registrants will receive access to a replay for 30 days following the live event. 

You will have up until 1 hour before the webinar to register for the event.

No registrations will be processed after that time. 

Space is limited!  Click here to save your spot now! 

Copyright 2021, Lisa Alzo, All Rights Reserved

Five Ways to Learn Virtually with The Accidental Genealogist

By now we are all trying to adjust to the “new normal” resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. Social distancing, working from home, and closings/cancellations/reductions impacting just about every business sector. Like many professionals in my field, I am self-employed and I have seen several of my 2020 scheduled in-person appearances cancelled, rescheduled to virtual presentations, or postponed until 2021, which also means a decline in income. 

For many years I have worked as an educator developing online courses and presenting webinars.  During this time of self-quarantine, I will be increasing my virtual/digital offerings (watch this blog for announcements). 

For now, here are five ways you can learn from me online. Be sure to check out the special discounts!

1. Online Courses at Research, Write, Connect. Save 50% on any CURRENT genealogy or writing course available on my online site.  Click here to register or learn more. Use promo code HOME50 at checkout. Offer is good through 31 March 2020. [Offer does not apply to any new courses added after 18 March 2020]

2. Webinar Bundles:  Take 50% off all of my currently available webinar bundles. Topics include Writing Your Family History, Beginning Genealogy, Eastern European Research, Finding Female Ancestors, and more. Click here to learn more. Use promo code BUNDLE50.  Offer good through 31 March 2020. 

In addition, if you are a program chair for a society, library, or other educational group, feel free to contact me for bulk pricing options for purchasing the entire set of bundles to enable your members to watch these webinars either from behind your paid membership wall, or by private setup I can provide. 

3. Legacy Family Tree Webinars. I have been a presenter for Legacy Family Tree Webinars since 2011, and currently have 54 classes in their vast library. Also, I will be presenting “Timesaving Apps for Busy Genealogists” as a live webinar on 20 May 2020. Click here to register for free. For subscribers, you can watch my previous recorded webinars anytime. If you don’t have a webinar membership, now is the perfect time to sign up by clicking here (affiliate link). 

4. National Institute for Genealogical Studies. I have worked as an instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies since 2003, and recently designed the Eastern European Research Certificate program. I will be hosting several free online chats on Eastern European Records on the following dates: Tuesday 12 May 2020 10:45 AM; Wednesday 19 August 6:45 PM; Sunday 22 November 2:45 PM. Click here to learn more about the National Institute’s certificate programs and specific courses.

5. Virtual Genealogical Association. I have presented webinars for the Virtual Genealogical Society on topics such as Eastern European Research and Writing Family History. I will present a live webinar “Finding Your Femme Fatales” on 9 May 2020.  Keep checking the website for registration information. You will need a membership ($20 USD per year) to watch any of the webinars or past recordings. 

Please subscribe to this blog or keep checking back for more learning opportunities.

[Thank you for your interest in my blog and products and your support through shopping the affiliate links. As a small business owner, I am grateful for your support!]

Celebrate Women’s History Month: Save 50% on Finding Female Ancestors Webinar Bundle

In celebration of Women’s History Month, I will have some special offers for products or services to help you research your elusive female ancestors and learn some new research skills and techniques.

For a limited time you can save 50% on the Finding Your Female Ancestors (Volume I) Webinar Bundle – a collection of three of my popular webinars. Regular price $19.95 –  now just $9.97! 

Offer expires Tuesday 31 March 2020 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.  


Click here to purchase – use coupon code: MARCH2020


1. Ladies First: Finding Your Female Ancestors (webinar + handout)

2. Ten Ways to Tell Your Female Ancestors’ Stories (webinar + handout)

3. Three Slovak Women: Telling the Story of One Slovak-American Family Using Oral and Social History (webinar + handout)

Finding Your Female Ancestors Webinar Bundle

Check out our other webinar bundles too, and be sure to sign up for my newsletter to receive notifications about new products and discounts.

[Thank you for your interest in my blog and products and your support through shopping the affiliate links. As a small business owner, I am grateful for your support!]

Spring Fling Sale! Webinar Bundles and New DNA Course

Spring is finally here and my family history research is in full bloom! 

How about you? Are you building and shaping your family tree this April? 

I am working on a collaborative research project with some cousins to learn more about our great-grandmother. We’ve been sharing our finds and asking a lot of questions! Each answer we discover unlocks another puzzle piece for our shared family history!

And I want to share with you some of my favorite genealogy/writing tips, so this month I am having a SPRING FLING SALESAVE  50% off any of my webinar bundles!  

Each bundle now just $9.97 (regularly $19.95 each) through 30 APRIL 2019 with coupon code SPRING19

[NOTE: To purchase more than one bundle, you will have to go back and add each one individually to your cart and then apply the coupon].


Beginning Genealogy Webinar Bundle

This bundle includes the following webinars along with syllabus materials:

  • Online Genealogy for Beginners and Beyond
  • Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors
  • Taming Your Inner Packrat Part 1 and Part 2

Other bundles available: Share Your Stories, Finding Your Female Ancestors Volume 1, Eastern European Genealogy Volume I, Genealogy Dark Side, and Timesaving Tools for the Family Historian.

Click here to purchase now.

New! The ABCs of DNA Course – Save $20 Now!

I am excited to announce a new course available through my online course site Research, Write, Connect is The ABCs of DNA taught by instructor Regina Negrycz.

The ABCs of DNA Course
The ABCs of DNA

By taking this course today, you will quickly learn the core concepts of using DNA for genealogy, which test to take, and the next steps!

Key features of the course include:

  • Self-Paced Study – No start or end date. Log in and begin your course immediately! You can work through the materials at a pace that suits your own schedule!
  • Tips & Techniques – Easy-to-understand lesson materials and short simple videos explain DNA terminology, who to test, types of tests, and more!
  • Interactive Learning – Ask questions and interact with your instructor and other students in a dedicated DNA Facebook Group.
For a limited time, you can get this course for just $67 ($20 off the regular price).  Offer expires Monday, 22 April 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Click here to learn more and view the course outline.

Use Coupon Code DNA20 at checkout!


Check out our other courses and coaching services too!

[Thank you for supporting The Accidental Genealogist by purchasing these products which are a part of the income stream for my writing/genealogy business]

Copyright 2019, Lisa A. Alzo, All Rights Reserved

Jumpstart Your Writing and Military Research Projects ~ Free Webinar 7 January 2019

You won’t want to miss this free webinar on Tips and Tools to Start Your 2019 Military and Writing Projects, Monday, 7 January 2019, 9:00 CST/10:00 EST!

Click HERE to register NOW!

I am pleased to be teaming up with Jennifer Holik of the WWII Research & Writing Center and genealogist Megan Heyl for this special event.

Below is the official announcement and the registration information:

Join us for our first webinar of the year at the WWII Research & Writing Center. We have joined forces with Lisa Alzo of Research Write Connect to bring you some tips to get your research and writing projects started off right!

Our webinar will cover:

Lisa Alzo:
No More Excuses: Ten Tips to Finally Write that Family History
Have you wanted to turn your years of genealogy research into shareable stories, but don’t know where to begin?  Do you stare at the blank page and blinking cursor and give up before you even write one word? In this webinar, learn the tips and tricks to beat writer’s block and finally write that family history!
Jennifer Holik & Megan Heyl:
Tips to Start your Military Research
Are you ready to start WWI, WWII, Korea, or Vietnam military research but are not sure where to begin or what to do? We have the answers and resources to help you!
Handouts will be emailed to you the day before the event. A replay will be available for three days after the webinar.
Copyright © 2019 WWII Research and Writing Center, All rights reserved. 

Click here to reserve your spot!

Thank you for your interest in my blog and products. As a small business owner, I am grateful for your support!
Copyright 2019, Lisa A. Alzo, and WWII Research and Writing Center. All Rights Reserved

Extended One More Day: Cyber Monday Sales on Courses, Coaching and Webinars

If you missed out on the chance to get the special Cyber Monday discounts yesterday, I have decided to extend the sale on my popular writing courses, coaching services, and webinar bundles for one more day!

The prices extend through today ONLY – Tuesday, 27 November 2018 – offers expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Write Stuff Courses at Research, Write, Connect

Save 40% off my popular writing courses – The Write Stuff I: Telling the Story and The Write Stuff II: Advancing the Story at Research, Write, Connect with coupon code CYBER40.  Both courses are self-paced, with NO start or end dates.  You can SAVE NOW, and start whenever you are ready (even if it is after the New Year)! 

The Write Stuff: Telling the Story

The Write Stuff: Advancing the Story

Also, the first 15 people to purchase a writing course will receive a free 15-minute private coaching session with me via phone, Skype or FaceTime (a $30 value) 

Click here to purchase now!

Writing Coaching Services – BOGO

Writing Coaching

Purchase one-hour of writing coaching/consultation services ($120 value) and get a second hour FREE! Click here and select the one-hour ($120) option from the drop-down menu. No coupon code necessary, but purchase must be made before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time! [Offer Not Valid on 15-minute or 30-minute sessions].

Webinar Bundles

Webinar Bundles

Last day to save 50% on the webinar bundles of my most popular presentations. Each bundle  (videos + handouts) is regularly priced at $19.95 each, now just $9.97 each (Save 50%). Available bundles include:

Click here to learn more and purchase now!

All sales good THROUGH TUESDAY, 27 NOVEMBER 2018 – 11:59 PM EST

Thank you for your interest in my blog and products. As a small business owner, I am grateful for your support!

Copyright 2018, Lisa A. Alzo, All Rights Reserved

Black Friday Weekend Bonanza: 50% Off Webinar Bundles by Lisa Alzo

I have received many requests asking whether webinars I have presented are available for purchase, so I have put together special themed “bundles” of some of my most popular presentations.

Each bundle contains video file links for each presentation (hosted on Vimeo), plus the syllabus materials/handouts. 

For Black Friday weekend, all currently available bundles are on sale – save 50% at checkout today through Cyber Monday! Offer expires on Monday,  26 November 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Current webinar bundles available:

Share Your Stories Webinar Bundle: Regular price $19.95 – now just $9.97! 

Click here to purchase – use coupon code: stories18

1. Creating Family History eBooks: Your Blueprint for Success
2. Scrivener For Easier Writing Projects
3. The Write Stuff: Using Nonfiction Writing Techniques to Write a Better Family History
4. Bonus Video: Create a Fabulous Family History Tribute – Animoto Video Tutorial/Sample Tribute Video

Beginning Genealogy Webinar Bundle – 
Regular price $19.95 – now just $9.97!
Click here to purchase – use coupon code: beginner18

1. Online Genealogy for Beginners and Beyond
2. Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors
3. Taming Your Inner Packrat Part 1 and Part 2

Finding Your Female Ancestors (Volume I) Webinar Bundle – Regular price $19.95 – now just $9.97! 
Click here to purchase – use coupon code: females18

1. Ladies First: Finding Your Female Ancestors
2. Ten Ways to Tell Your Female Ancestors’ Stories
3. Three Slovak Women: Telling the Story of One Slovak-American Family Using Oral & Social History

More bundles will be added, so keep checking back, or sign up for my newsletter to receive notifications about new products.

Copyright 2018, Lisa A. Alzo, All Rights Reserved

[Thank you for supporting The Accidental Genealogist by purchasing these products which are a part of the income stream for my writing/genealogy business]

Legacy Family Tree Webinar: Tracing Immigrant Ancestors

Come join me for a free Legacy Family Tree Webinar on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 on Tracing Immigrant Ancestors:

2:00 PM Eastern (U.S.)
1:00 PM Central
12:00 PM Mountain
11:00 AM Pacific
7:00 PM GMT

Webinar Description

America is a nation of immigrants, comprised of people who left home to find a better life for themselves and their families. Tracking down your immigrant ancestors can often be a daunting task. This webinar will show you tips and tricks for locating and searching passenger lists and other key immigration documents both on and offline to help you trace your roots.

In order to attend, you must register (advanced registration is highly recommended). Click here to reserve your space now.

Copyright, 2011, Lisa A. Alzo

Disclosure: I have been invited to present this webinar for Legacy Family Tree and will be paid a speaker’s fee for my services.

Legacy Family Tree Webinar: Ready, Set, Write…Now Online

In case you missed my recent Webinar, “Ready, Set, Write: Share Your Family’s Story” with Legacy Family Tree, you can now catch the free recording online until July 11, 2011.

A few of the comments from listeners:

Lisa has inspired me to start writing THIS AFTERNOON. I have thought for years about how to organize and start our family history–now I have good suggestions on how to organize it that will fit my style.

I especially liked the suggestion of writing individual character sketches and am anxious to get started with her new ideas.

I have attended a number of similar lectures but none have “fired up” my desire to get writing like this one by Lisa Alzo. Kudos.

Click here to listen and for more information.

Thanks to Geoff Rasmussen and the folks at Legacy. I really enjoyed presenting this topic.

[Disclosure: I was hired as an independent contractor by Legacy Family Tree and paid a speaker’s fee to deliver this Webinar]

Ready, Set, Write! Share Your Family’s Story: Free Webinar

You’ve gathered the facts, interviewed your relatives and entered the names, dates, and places into your genealogy software program. Now what?

Family history is so much more than just a collection of facts or charts. Join me for a free Webinar on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 (2:00 PM Eastern U.S.; 1:00 PM Central; 12:00 PM Mountain; 11:00 AM Pacific; 6:00 PM GMT) hosted by Legacy Family Tree.

Learn key techniques and tools for documenting your ancestors’ lives, or your own life story, how to overcome writer’s block, and methods for creating a compelling family history narrative in simple, manageable steps.

Click here to reserve your space.