New "Member Friday" Webinar – Digging for Gold in Probate Packets by Chris Staats

  New "Member Friday" Webinar - Digging for Gold in Probate Packets by Chris Staats

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Beyond the Docket Books: Digging for Gold in Probate Packets" by Chris Staats. If you're not a member,  remember the webinar previews are always free.

Beyond the Docket Books: Digging for Gold in Probate Packets

Probate records provide an intimate window through which to view the lives of our ancestors, revealing information about them that make their identities unique. 

Beyond the Docket Books: Digging for Gold in Probate Packets

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ChrisStaats_144x144About the Presenter

Chris Staats is a Cleveland, Ohio-based professional genealogical researcher, presenter, and writer. He has written articles for Family Tree Magazine, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and other publications. Chris has given presentations covering methodology, resources, technology, and other topics at genealogical societies and libraries across Ohio. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, chapter representative for the Great Lakes APG chapter, and Seminar Chairperson for the Western Reserve Historical Society's Genealogical Committee.

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What is Soundex and how it is still being used

Newcomers to genealogy are sometimes confused by the word soundex. Whereas those who have been researching for decades have likely memorized the soundex codes for each of their favorite ancestors' surnames. With the advent of every-name census indexes, soundex has been somewhat left behind.

A to Zax: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists & Historians by Barbara Jean Evans, defines soundex as:

A system of indexing surnames that sound alike. Consonants have certain values, vowels are ignored. The first letter of the name and three digits are used, e.g. Evans = E152. This system is used to index the 1880, 1900 and 1910 censuses and some states use the soundex code on drivers' licenses.

Now doesn't that sound exciting??? Evans is right - to be able to search the census records, we used to have to translate our ancestors' surnames into a soundex code. Manuals were written about how to do this.

Here are some coding rules:

1 - B P F V 
2 - C S K G J Q X Z
3 - D T
4 - L
5 - M N
6 - R

Do not code A, E, I, O, U, W, Y, and H.

Note that surname prefixes such as van, Von, Di, de, le, D', dela, or du are sometimesdisregarded in alphabetizing and in coding.

. . . many other little rules

Confused? You don't need to be. Computers have made this easier - even Legacy Family Tree has a built-in soundex code calculator.

So do we still use Soundex codes?

Not as much as we used to, but still - passenger lists, vital record indexes, and other record groups are still indexed/sorted by soundex code. For example, the Washington state death indexes are arranged this way. To search for my BROWN relatives, I need to know that B-650 is the right code, because all the Browns, and possibly even other surnames are grouped/indexed together.

Calculating this code is easy in Legacy:

  1. Click on the Tools tab.
  2. Click on Soundex Calculator.
  3. Type in the desired surname, and click Calculate Soundex Code.

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Locating other surnames with the same soundex code

Perhaps you are researching the Brown surname. Throughout your research, you've found and recorded several variants for the surname. Remembering all the variants is hard to do all the time. Legacy's Search Name List button on the Soundex Calculator will search all the surnames in your family file and give you a list of those surnames that also have the same soundex code as B-650.

Online databases

Even search engines at the big genealogy sites recognize the value of searching for similarly-sounding names.

MyHeritage

At www.myheritage.com/research, click on the Advanced Search link and then click on the Match Similar Names option to pull up this menu of choices:

Mh

FindMyPast

At https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records add a checkmark next to Name Variants:

Fmp

Ancestry

At http://search.ancestry.com click on the "Exact" option below the surname:

Ancestry

FamilySearch

At https://www.familysearch.org/search, leave the checkmark box blank:

Fs

Clearly, each site has its own tools and vary from a checkmark to using the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex. Experiment with each of the settings in your searching and you may be surprised how your ancestors' names were spelled.

 

The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy – free webinar by Gena Philibert-Ortega now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar "The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy” by Gena Philibert-Ortega is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

The Works Progress Administration left behind a legacy that is used by family historians today. In this presentation we will discuss The WPA, projects under the WPA relevant to genealogy, and how you can research some of those records today.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 32 minute recording of "The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy” PLUS the after-webinar party is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. October 25.
  • Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD by Rose Feldman. October 29.
  • Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA Testing by Tim Janzen. October 29.
  • Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information by Jessica Taylor. October 29.
  • Discover Your Family History with MyHeritage's Unique Technologies by Daniel Horowitz. October 29.
  • How to Pass Your Ancestors' Legacy to Your Grandchildren by Jessica Taylor. October 29.
  • Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques used in Genetic Genealogy by Tim Janzen. October 29.
  • Jewish Family Research Challenges by Garri Regev. October 29.
  • Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece by Luana Darby and Ursula C. Krause. November 1.
  • New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by Michael L. Strauss, AG. November 8.
  • Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli. November 10.
  • British and Irish research: the differences by Brian Donovan. November 15.
  • Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG. November 21.
  • Understanding Alabama by Rorey Cathcart. November 29.
  • Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa Toth Salinas. December 6.
  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. December 13.
  • Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill Morelli. December 15.
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 19.
  • Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. December 20.
  • Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. December 27.

Print the 2017 webinar brochure here.

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Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard – free BCG webinar by David Ouimette, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar "Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard” by David Ouimette, CG is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

With billions of indexed records available online, what methodologies should the researcher employ to best leverage these resources in keeping with genealogical standards?

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 17 minute recording of "Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard” is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 18.
  • Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. October 25.
  • Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD by Rose Feldman. October 29.
  • Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA Testing by Tim Janzen. October 29.
  • Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information by Jessica Taylor. October 29.
  • Discover Your Family History with MyHeritage's Unique Technologies by Daniel Horowitz. October 29.
  • How to Pass Your Ancestors' Legacy to Your Grandchildren by Jessica Taylor. October 29.
  • Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques used in Genetic Genealogy by Tim Janzen. October 29.
  • Jewish Family Research Challenges by Garri Regev. October 29.
  • Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece by Luana Darby and Ursula C. Krause. November 1.
  • New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by Michael L. Strauss, AG. November 8.
  • Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli. November 10.
  • British and Irish research: the differences by Brian Donovan. November 15.
  • Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG. November 21.
  • Understanding Alabama by Rorey Cathcart. November 29.
  • Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa Toth Salinas. December 6.
  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. December 13.
  • Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill Morelli. December 15.
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 19.
  • Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. December 20.
  • Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. December 27.

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To Be Broadcast Online – MyHeritage’s One-Day Genealogy Seminar October 29 in Israel

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MyHeritage is proud to announce its first One-Day Genealogy Seminar, to be held on October 29, 2017 from 7am to 3pm EST. It will feature the participation of experts in the fields of DNA, Jewish genealogy, general research techniques, and technology trends for genealogy. The lectures will be broadcast from the MyHeritage headquarters in Israel. The public is invited to join the lectures via Legacy Family Tree Webinars from anywhere in the world for FREE. Later, the recordings will be available to view for free on demand. To register, click here.

Times, topics, and speakers:

7:00AM Eastern - "Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD" by Rose Feldman

8:00AM Eastern - "Jewish Family Research Challenges" by Garri Regev

9:15AM Eastern - "Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA Testing" by Tim Janzen

10:15AM Eastern - "Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information" by Jessica Taylor

11:15AM Eastern - "Discover Your Family History with MyHeritage's Unique Technologies" by Daniel Horowitz

12:30PM Eastern - "How to Pass Your Ancestors' Legacy to Your Grandchildren" by Jessica Taylor

1:30PM Eastern - "Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques used in Genetic Genealogy" by Tim Janzen

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Tuesday’s Tip – Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Legacy has two different ways you can bookmark someone. The first way are the three Quick Bookmarks at the bottom of the Family View.

Quick Bookmarks
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These Quick Bookmarks make it easy to get to a specific person quickly. I have myself bookmarked and the two people I am currently researching. If I mouse click one of those names Legacy will immediately navigate to that person.

To set a Quick Bookmark make sure you have the person you want highlighted in the Family View and then RIGHT mouse click in one of the three Quick Bookmark fields. If there is a name already a name there it will be overwritten.

Highlight a name
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The new name appears
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If you want to clear the Quick Bookmarks completely, hold down the Windows CTRL button and then right click into the Quick Bookmark field.

Clearing the Quick Bookmarks
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The three Quick Bookmarks are great for those ancestors you are currently working with but what if three bookmarks isn't enough? How about 200 more. To mark someone using a regular bookmark highlight that person and then RIGHT mouse click the book icon in the extreme bottom left corner of the Family View.

Regular bookmark icon
(click image to enlarge)

To see your bookmarks LEFT mouse click the book icon.

List of bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

Using the two bookmark features will save you time as you are navigating your file.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.

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Tuesday’s Tip – Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Legacy has two different ways you can bookmark someone. The first way are the three Quick Bookmarks at the bottom of the Family View.

Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

These Quick Bookmarks make it easy to get to a specific person quickly. I have myself bookmarked and the two people I am currently researching. If I mouse click one of those names Legacy will immediately navigate to that person.

To set a Quick Bookmark make sure you have the person you want highlighted in the Family View and then RIGHT mouse click in one of the three Quick Bookmark fields. If there is a name already a name there it will be overwritten.

Highlight a name
(click image to enlarge)
The new name appears
(click image to enlarge)

If you want to clear the Quick Bookmarks completely, hold down the Windows CTRL button and then right click into the Quick Bookmark field.

Clearing the Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

The three Quick Bookmarks are great for those ancestors you are currently working with but what if three bookmarks isn't enough? How about 200 more. To mark someone using a regular bookmark highlight that person and then RIGHT mouse click the book icon in the extreme bottom left corner of the Family View.

Regular bookmark icon
(click image to enlarge)

To see your bookmarks LEFT mouse click the book icon.

List of bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

Using the two bookmark features will save you time as you are navigating your file.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.

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Tuesday’s Tip – Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Legacy has two different ways you can bookmark someone. The first way are the three Quick Bookmarks at the bottom of the Family View.

Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

These Quick Bookmarks make it easy to get to a specific person quickly. I have myself bookmarked and the two people I am currently researching. If I mouse click one of those names Legacy will immediately navigate to that person.

To set a Quick Bookmark make sure you have the person you want highlighted in the Family View and then RIGHT mouse click in one of the three Quick Bookmark fields. If there is a name already a name there it will be overwritten.

Highlight a name
(click image to enlarge)
The new name appears
(click image to enlarge)

If you want to clear the Quick Bookmarks completely, hold down the Windows CTRL button and then right click into the Quick Bookmark field.

Clearing the Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

The three Quick Bookmarks are great for those ancestors you are currently working with but what if three bookmarks isn't enough? How about 200 more. To mark someone using a regular bookmark highlight that person and then RIGHT mouse click the book icon in the extreme bottom left corner of the Family View.

Regular bookmark icon
(click image to enlarge)

To see your bookmarks LEFT mouse click the book icon.

List of bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

Using the two bookmark features will save you time as you are navigating your file.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.

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Tuesday’s Tip – Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Legacy has two different ways you can bookmark someone. The first way are the three Quick Bookmarks at the bottom of the Family View.

Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

These Quick Bookmarks make it easy to get to a specific person quickly. I have myself bookmarked and the two people I am currently researching. If I mouse click one of those names Legacy will immediately navigate to that person.

To set a Quick Bookmark make sure you have the person you want highlighted in the Family View and then RIGHT mouse click in one of the three Quick Bookmark fields. If there is a name already a name there it will be overwritten.

Highlight a name
(click image to enlarge)
The new name appears
(click image to enlarge)

If you want to clear the Quick Bookmarks completely, hold down the Windows CTRL button and then right click into the Quick Bookmark field.

Clearing the Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

The three Quick Bookmarks are great for those ancestors you are currently working with but what if three bookmarks isn't enough? How about 200 more. To mark someone using a regular bookmark highlight that person and then RIGHT mouse click the book icon in the extreme bottom left corner of the Family View.

Regular bookmark icon
(click image to enlarge)

To see your bookmarks LEFT mouse click the book icon.

List of bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

Using the two bookmark features will save you time as you are navigating your file.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.

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Tuesday’s Tip – Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Legacy has two different ways you can bookmark someone. The first way are the three Quick Bookmarks at the bottom of the Family View.

Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

These Quick Bookmarks make it easy to get to a specific person quickly. I have myself bookmarked and the two people I am currently researching. If I mouse click one of those names Legacy will immediately navigate to that person.

To set a Quick Bookmark make sure you have the person you want highlighted in the Family View and then RIGHT mouse click in one of the three Quick Bookmark fields. If there is a name already a name there it will be overwritten.

Highlight a name
(click image to enlarge)
The new name appears
(click image to enlarge)

If you want to clear the Quick Bookmarks completely, hold down the Windows CTRL button and then right click into the Quick Bookmark field.

Clearing the Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

The three Quick Bookmarks are great for those ancestors you are currently working with but what if three bookmarks isn't enough? How about 200 more. To mark someone using a regular bookmark highlight that person and then RIGHT mouse click the book icon in the extreme bottom left corner of the Family View.

Regular bookmark icon
(click image to enlarge)

To see your bookmarks LEFT mouse click the book icon.

List of bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

Using the two bookmark features will save you time as you are navigating your file.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.

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Tuesday’s Tip – Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Legacy has two different ways you can bookmark someone. The first way are the three Quick Bookmarks at the bottom of the Family View.

Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

These Quick Bookmarks make it easy to get to a specific person quickly. I have myself bookmarked and the two people I am currently researching. If I mouse click one of those names Legacy will immediately navigate to that person.

To set a Quick Bookmark make sure you have the person you want highlighted in the Family View and then RIGHT mouse click in one of the three Quick Bookmark fields. If there is a name already a name there it will be overwritten.

Highlight a name
(click image to enlarge)
The new name appears
(click image to enlarge)

If you want to clear the Quick Bookmarks completely, hold down the Windows CTRL button and then right click into the Quick Bookmark field.

Clearing the Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

The three Quick Bookmarks are great for those ancestors you are currently working with but what if three bookmarks isn't enough? How about 200 more. To mark someone using a regular bookmark highlight that person and then RIGHT mouse click the book icon in the extreme bottom left corner of the Family View.

Regular bookmark icon
(click image to enlarge)

To see your bookmarks LEFT mouse click the book icon.

List of bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

Using the two bookmark features will save you time as you are navigating your file.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday – The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega

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The Works Progress Administration left behind a legacy that is used by family historians today. In this presentation we will discuss The WPA, projects under the WPA relevant to genealogy, and how you can research some of those records today.

Join us and Gena Philibert-Ortega for the live webinar Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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GenaOrtega-144x144Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women's studies, and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, GenWeekly and the WorldVitalRecords newsletter. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of the books, From The Family Kitchen (F + WMedia, 2012), Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and Putting the Pieces Together. Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association's journal Crossroads. An instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media and Google. She serves as a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include women's social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women's lives using material artifacts. Gena Philibert-Ortega is the author of IDG's monthly column, Remember the Ladies: Researching Your Female Ancestor. 
 
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Pathway to My Sicilian Heritage

Researching my Sicilian heritage feels totally different than my English heritage. It is so much more than taking my heritage back generation after generation. It is about identity, culture, religion and history. Understanding the elements of the lives my ancestors led.

I have often given talks or written about my Sicilian heritage and genealogy and it was recently that I wanted a different image to accompany an article about my Orlando One-Name Study, which is registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies. On Facebook, there had been several genealogical bloggers that had used Scrabble boards to create something for their genealogical surnames. I was intrigued and located my childhood scrabble board.

I started by using the surname of Orlando as that was the key surname of the article. It also is the surname that launches my paternal ancestral research. I then added in the rest of my Sicilian surnames, having a few Scrabble tiles left over I added once again the surname of Orlando and the place where my Sicilian families can be found, linked together by ONS, short for One-Name Study.

Orlando Scrabble Board by Julie Goucher
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It was the moment when the Scrabble board was complete, the surnames slotted in and the place of my One-Place Study, Sutera in Sicily was added that something occurred to me. 

These were my people. And they were in this place. I printed out the picture. This Scrabble board for reasons I cannot explain speaks to me. Each of those surnames connects to me and they all focus on a small town in the Caltanissetta region of Sicily. Truly, it is a powerful image and I cannot explain why.

Researching in Italy and Sicily is not for the faint hearted. It is frustrating for a variety of reasons. When I first started the quest into my Sicilian heritage there was no internet. Everything was painstakingly researched at the place the family came from. There was no email. There were letters written with a pen and placed in an envelope with a stamp on. Those letters were perhaps responded to, if the local officials had time and could understand English. The best way was to write in Italian, but even that did not always yield a response.

I live in England and I know a branch of my Orlando family from Sutera migrated to the United States, along with thousands of others who left Italian shores in search of a better life. I examined passenger lists and located my Salvatore Orlando. He left Sutera in 1913, but there had been migrants to the United States from Sutera since the early 1900’s. The passenger lists were filled with surnames from the Scrabble board, Licata, Nola, Magro, Malosso and Orlando.

The quickest way to ensure that I did not revisit those early documents was to extract all the entries that listed Sutera as the place of origin or birth and to extract all Orlando references. Of course, at the time I was undertaking this process for efficiency, but I suddenly realised that I had two distinct and yet overlapping studies; a One-Place Study and a One-Name Study.

Orlando - Goucher - Sutera
Image courtesy of Julie Goucher

I am defined by so much more than the three circles shown here.

Of course, there are some people that were not tracked, simply because the passenger list gave the place of origin as Sicily or Italy.

We are now in the modern genealogical age. The internet has shrunk the world to the size of a matchbox and I am grateful that my research can be attained easier, although there is so much not online. Researching Italian and Sicilian heritage is just as slow, just as problematic but there are things we can do that will enable us to be better family historians with a better understanding of our ancestors. Exploring our ancestors in their time and in their place.

In 2007, I started to explore DNA and organised an Orlando DNA project at FamilyTreeDNA. Whilst the growth of the project has been slow I am pleased that the project exists and just recently I was contacted by someone who shares a match to the Amico family from Sutera with me.

If you have non-Anglo ancestry why not consider looking at your research from the point of view of a surname study or a one place study.  Try to look at the names and places as I did with my Scrabble activity. Find ways to connect with your ancestors. Learn more about the places they came from and you'll be on your way to understanding your heritage and bringing those surnames to life.

Have you researched your non-Anglo ancestors? Share your stories with me in the comments!

Learn more about your European ancestors in the webinar Tracing Your European Ancestors.

 

Julie is the writer and developer of the successful "Book of Me, Written by You" program, which has been popular as a series of workshops delivered to both professionals and historians, in addition to undertaking research for some clients. Julie's book Tracing your European Ancestors is to be published in 2016 by Pen and Sword Books. When Julie is not working or researching her own ancestry she can be found reading, exploring the many National trust properties within the South of England or writing at her blog – Anglers Rest.

© Julie Goucher 2017

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With billions of indexed records available online, what methodologies should the researcher employ to best leverage these resources in keeping with genealogical standards?

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Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace – free webinar by DearMYRTLE and Russ Worthington now online for limited time

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It's all about selling the sizzle! Ask genealogists about the perceived value of joining a genealogy society, the will invariably say: networking with friends and colleagues great presenters access to "boots on the ground" experts This webinar discusses 10 ideas to pump new life into genealogy & historical societies and family associations. Based on this blog post: Do Conferences Need Bloggers http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2016/03/do-conferences-need-bloggers.html

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  • The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 18.
  • Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. October 25.
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  • Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information by Jessica Taylor. October 29.
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  • How to Pass Your Ancestors' Legacy to Your Grandchildren by Jessica Taylor. October 29.
  • Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques used in Genetic Genealogy by Tim Janzen. October 29.
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  • Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece by Luana Darby and Ursula C. Krause. November 1.
  • New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by Michael L. Strauss, AG. November 8.
  • Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli. November 10.
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  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. December 13.
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