Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories – free webinar by Luana Darby, MLIS, AG now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories" by Luana Darby, MLIS, AG is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

In Germany, more and more directories are online. This presentation will tell you where to find them, how to work with them and how to interpret the information typical for German directories.

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 22 minute recording of "Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories" 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

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 563 classes, 771 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 2,589 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year (currently 50% off until August 20, 2017)
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • How to do Mexican Research and Be Successful by Jonathan Walker. August 23.
  • Getting Started with Evidentia by Edward A. Thompson. August 30.
  • Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist by Geoff Rasmussen. September 6.
  • Finding Isaac Rogers by Nicka Smith. September 13.
  • The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor's School Records by Melissa Barker. September 15.
  • When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion? by Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL. September 19.
  • WolframAlpha for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. September 20.
  • Quick Guide to Texas Research by Deena Coutant. September 27.
  • No Easy Button: Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. October 4.
  • Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary Hill, AG. October 11.
  • Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace by Pat Richley. October 13.
  • Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG. October 17.
  • 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.
  • 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.

See you online!

Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors – free webinar by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, now available

  Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors - free webinar by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, now available

The recording of Tuesday's webinar of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, "Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors" by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

This webinar will provide an overview of the probate process, the genealogical information that can be found in a slaveholding estate, and related records that a probate proceeding may point to.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 23 minute recording of "Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors" 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.  

 

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 561 classes, 769 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 2,589 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year (currently 50% off until August 20, 2017)
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories by Luana Darby. August 16.
  • How to do Mexican Research and Be Successful by Jonathan Walker. August 23.
  • Getting Started with Evidentia by Edward A. Thompson. August 30.
  • Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist by Geoff Rasmussen. September 6.
  • Finding Isaac Rogers by Nicka Smith. September 13.
  • The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor's School Records by Melissa Barker. September 15.
  • When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion? by Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL. September 19.
  • WolframAlpha for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. September 20.
  • Quick Guide to Texas Research by Deena Coutant. September 27.
  • No Easy Button: Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. October 4.
  • Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary Hill, AG. October 11.
  • Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace by Pat Richley. October 13.
  • Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG. October 17.
  • 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.
  • 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.

See you online!

Legacy Tip: How to set the reminders

Not that I needed it today, but more than once Legacy's Birthdays, Death Dates, and Anniversaries reminders have come through for me in a big way.

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Found within the Legacy Home tab inside Legacy 9 software is a list of upcoming birthdays, death dates, and anniversaries. Today is both my grandparents' 65th wedding anniversary AND my 20th anniversary. Happy anniversary to us!

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Not all 23,743 individuals in my Legacy family file will receive a reminder however - just those for whom I manually click the right checkbox.

To set a reminder for a birthday, open the Individual's Information screen and add a checkmark next to Birthday Reminder.

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To set a reminder for a wedding anniversary, open the Marriage/Relationship Information screen and add a checkmark next to Marriage Anniversary Reminder.

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The reminders will now appear in the Reminders section of the Legacy Home tab. There are a few options to control when they appear. In the Legacy Home tab, click on the Options button in the upper right, and click on Options.

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Many of you, myself included, have wanted to be able globally set these reminders. In other words, instead of having to go into each person individually to set the reminders, it'd be nice to click one option to set a birthday reminder for a group of individuals. While this is not now possible, here is a way to save a few clicks.

Here is my list of Hashtags (go to Search > Search Hashtags):

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Notice that I have a hashtag called "Dad's Descendants" which has a count of 31 individuals. From here, click on Create List. Now you have an alphabetical list of most of the individuals to whom I would like to add a Birthday Reminder. Just click on the Edit tab, check the Birthday Reminder box, then go to the next person and do the same thing.

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While not the perfect solution, it does highlight a couple of the other great features of Legacy - the Search/Name List and another reason to use hashtags.

Now, with my new MyHeritage hat on, and since we are discussing reminders, I've got to say that one thing they do really well, and even more so than Legacy, is with their reminders. Their birthday and wedding anniversary reminders are automated. They are set up such that your close family members are included (includes up to your 1st cousins). Those of you who have uploaded your Legacy GEDCOM into a new MyHeritage tree will get to take advantage of this. Reminders are shown in three views:

1) Tree View

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2) Family Events View

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3) In an occasional email

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I did have a recent success story with this. I neglected/forgot to add a birthday reminder for my Aunt Peggy in Legacy. Shamefully, I've never remembered on my own. Yet because I had uploaded my family file to a private tree on MyHeritage, I received an email reminding me about her upcoming birthday. For the first time ever, I send Aunt Peggy a birthday greeting. She responded to me with,

"Geoff...What an unexpected pleasure to hear from you. Thank you for the birthday greeting...."

Aunt Peggy, my grandmother's sister, is now 87 years young, and is as sharp and witty as I'm sure she was many years ago. I've never had the chance to get to know her well, but now that we live closer to each other, I'm looking forward to developing our relationship.

So what are you waiting for? Open up Legacy and setup your reminders. You'll soon be the one in the family who is known for remembering all of the special occasions.

Free Access to 1 Billion Census Records this week

I normally don't mind who gets credit, but when there's a billion free records on the line, I don't mind giving myself a little public pat on the back. For the first time ever, MyHeritage is opening their entire collection of census records - 94 different databases containing more than 1 billion records, many of which are only available at MyHeritage - for free for a week - as part of their 8 billion historical records milestone celebration.

In the brief time we've been under new ownership, I've passed along many of your suggestions to MyHeritage management, including one of my own - "why don't we show off your census records for free for a time?" I knew they had lots of records that weren't available anywhere else, and this might be a nice way to introduce these exclusive databases to the public. Well...they listened, and between now and August 20, anyone can search these databases without the usually-required Data subscription.

You all know that much of our Legacy software's success comes as a direct result of your suggestions. It looks like MyHeritage is anxious to continue this tradition. Of course, time will tell, but this is a great start!

Which records are free on MyHeritage?

Countries
US

U.K. & Ireland
Canada

Sweden

Finland

Denmark

Number of census records 700,465,273 213,519,384 28,167,687 46,583,546 33,428,981 62,057,547
Years covered 1790 – 1940 1801 – 1911 1825 – 1911 1880 – 1920 1657 – 1915 1850 – 1930
Exclusive to MyHeritage       Sweden Household Examination Books, 1880-1920 Finland Church Census and Pre-Confirmation Books, 1657-1915 Many of the Danish Censuses
Link to search Search U.S. Census Records for Free Search U.K. and Ireland Census Records for Free Search Canada Census Records for Free Search Sweden Census Records for Free Search Finland Census Records for Free Search Denmark Census Records for Free

Click on the links above to search the records, or click here to read their full announcement.

Register for Webinar Wednesday: Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories by Luana Darby

Register

In Germany, more and more directories are online. This presentation will tell you where to find them, how to work with them and how to interpret the information typical for German directories.

Join us and Luana Darby for the live webinar Wednesday, August 16, 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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About the presenter

LuanaDarby-144x144Luana Darby, MLIS, is a Salt Lake City based genealogist who specializes in the U.S. Midwest, Palatine German, LDS, and American patriot research. Her love for genealogy came from listening to stories at her grandmother's knee while a young girl. She has been working with clients for over 20 years and is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She is past president of the Utah Genealogical Association, a board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a board member of the Genealogical Speakers Guilde, and an adjunct instructor of Family History at BYU-Idaho.

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at:

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Here's how to attend:

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  5. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  7. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree – free webinar by Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen now online

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The recording of Friday's webinar, "Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree" by Geoff Rasmussen is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

Bring life to your Legacy with digital images. Learn how to add digital photographs and documents to your ancestors’ Media Gallery, how to include them on charts and reports, best practices for digital storage and organization, how to resolve missing links, and much more.

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 24 minute recording of "Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree" 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.  

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 556 classes, 763 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 2,570 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG. August 15.
  • Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories by Ursula C. Krause. August 16.
  • How to do Mexican Research and Be Successful by Jonathan Walker. August 23.
  • Getting Started with Evidentia by Edward A. Thompson. August 30.
  • Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist by Geoff Rasmussen. September 6.
  • Finding Isaac Rogers by Nicka Smith. September 13.
  • The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor's School Records by Melissa Barker. September 15.
  • When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion? by Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL. September 19.
  • WolframAlpha for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. September 20.
  • Quick Guide to Texas Research by Deena Coutant. September 27.
  • No Easy Button: Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. October 4.
  • Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary Hill, AG. October 11.
  • Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace by Pat Richley. October 13.
  • Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG. October 17.
  • 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.
  • 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.

See you online!

Register for Webinar Tuesday: Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

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This webinar will provide an overview of the probate process, the genealogical information that can be found in a slaveholding estate, and related records that a probate proceeding may point to.

Join us, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG for the live webinar Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 8pm 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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About the presenter

LaBrendaGarrettNelson-144x144LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG. Board-certified since 2015, LaBrenda focuses on African American families with roots in the South. She was elected as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 2016 and is a frequent speaker at national and local venues. She earned a BA in government from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and both a Law degree and a Master of Laws degree from New York University School of Law. LaBrenda took first place in the category for published authors in the 2013 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors “Excellence-in-Writing Competition,” and has also been published in the BCG blog as well the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. While practicing law she authored several editions of her family history as well as two church histories, and in 2016 she published a guide and selected finding aids for researching African Americans in South Carolina.

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  5. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
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  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

New Legacy QuickGuide Now Available – Metal Paper Clips, Rubber Bands and Tape, OH MY! by Melissa Barker

Legacy QuickGuidesTM have quickly become one of the more popular resources for genealogists. Each guide contains four (sometimes five, sometimes more) pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics, dozens of clickable links, and are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas. We've added another new Legacy QuickGuide: Metal Paper Clips, Rubber Bands and Tape, OH MY! by Melissa Barker. Now choose from 89 Legacy QuickGuides!

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Genealogists, like archivists, handle original records that are historical, genealogical, and many times, rare. The preservation of these records is the number one job of an archivist and should also be important to genealogists. Original genealogical and historical records are important to preserving our collective and individual histories. Documenting family histories with these types of records is very important and cannot be done if the records are not cared for properly. This guide is for anyone interested in preserving family records for the next generation to enjoy.

The Metal Paper Clips, Rubber Bands and Tape, OH MY! Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including a review of the most damaging types of fasteners and instructions on how to remove them as well as resolve any damage issues. Also included are links to websites and resources covering resources and supplies. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.
 
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New Legacy QuickGuide Now Available – Metal Paper Clips, Rubber Bands and Tape, OH MY! by Melissa Barker

Legacy QuickGuidesTM have quickly become one of the more popular resources for genealogists. Each guide contains four (sometimes five, sometimes more) pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics, dozens of clickable links, and are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas. We've added another new Legacy QuickGuide: Metal Paper Clips, Rubber Bands and Tape, OH MY! by Melissa Barker. Now choose from 89 Legacy QuickGuides!

Metal Paper Clips EtcMetal Paper Clips, Rubber Bands and Tape, OH MY! - 2.95  

Genealogists, like archivists, handle original records that are historical, genealogical, and many times, rare. The preservation of these records is the number one job of an archivist and should also be important to genealogists. Original genealogical and historical records are important to preserving our collective and individual histories. Documenting family histories with these types of records is very important and cannot be done if the records are not cared for properly. This guide is for anyone interested in preserving family records for the next generation to enjoy.

The Metal Paper Clips, Rubber Bands and Tape, OH MY! Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including a review of the most damaging types of fasteners and instructions on how to remove them as well as resolve any damage issues. Also included are links to websites and resources covering resources and supplies. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.
 
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Purchase for just $2.95

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United States - State Guides

United States - other Guides

Europe

Religion

General

New Legacy QuickGuide Now Available – Metal Paper Clips, Rubber Bands and Tape, OH MY! by Melissa Barker

Legacy QuickGuidesTM have quickly become one of the more popular resources for genealogists. Each guide contains four (sometimes five, sometimes more) pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics, dozens of clickable links, and are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas. We've added another new Legacy QuickGuide: Metal Paper Clips, Rubber Bands and Tape, OH MY! by Melissa Barker. Now choose from 89 Legacy QuickGuides!

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Genealogists, like archivists, handle original records that are historical, genealogical, and many times, rare. The preservation of these records is the number one job of an archivist and should also be important to genealogists. Original genealogical and historical records are important to preserving our collective and individual histories. Documenting family histories with these types of records is very important and cannot be done if the records are not cared for properly. This guide is for anyone interested in preserving family records for the next generation to enjoy.

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A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy – free webinar by Judy Russell now online for limited time

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The recording of last night's webinar, "A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy" by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Tax lists of all kinds, whether head taxes or taxes on real estate or personal property, are a rich source of data on families and individuals often recorded nowhere else.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 32 minute recording of "A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy" 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)

  • Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen. August 11.
  • Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG. August 15.
  • Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories by Ursula C. Krause. August 16.
  • How to do Mexican Research and Be Successful by Jonathan Walker. August 23.
  • Getting Started with Evidentia by Edward A. Thompson. August 30.
  • Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist by Geoff Rasmussen. September 6.
  • Finding Isaac Rogers by Nicka Smith. September 13.
  • The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor's School Records by Melissa Barker. September 15.
  • When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion? by Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL. September 19.
  • WolframAlpha for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. September 20.
  • Quick Guide to Texas Research by Deena Coutant. September 27.
  • No Easy Button: Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. October 4.
  • Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary Hill, AG. October 11.
  • Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace by Pat Richley. October 13.
  • Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG. October 17.
  • 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.
  • 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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Register for Webinar Friday: Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen

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Bring life to your Legacy with digital images. Learn how to add digital photographs and documents to your ancestors’ Media Gallery, how to include them on charts and reports, best practices for digital storage and organization, how to resolve missing links, and much more.

Join us and Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen for the live webinar Friday, August 11, 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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GeoffRasmussen-144x144Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center. He is the author of the recently-released, Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, and the popular books Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked! and Digital Imaging Essentials.

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How I use Hashtags to track my DNA matches

Thanks to Michele Simmons Lewis, CG for this article.

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I track both my atDNA (autosomal) matches and my yDNA matches in Legacy using Hashtags.

When working with atDNA, if I know how the person matches me I go ahead and add their tree (their direct line) back to our Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA). I use a special Master Source to the new data called, "DNA Match - Lineage not confirmed." As I have time, I collect the evidence I need to confirm their line and then I change the source citations.

Next, I add a hashtag to the tester and to each person in his/her direct line and to those in my direct line back to our MRCA. If there is more than one tester that has the same MRCA that person will get hashtagged on the same hashtag. I name the Hashtags like this...

MRCA - Graham, Albert and Mary Grantham
MRCA – Patton, Mathew and Caroline McMichael
MRCA - Simmons, James and Corrine Graham
MRCA - Simmons, William and Docia Perry
etc.

Now all of the testers with known MRCAs with me will be entered and the testers will be grouped by which MRCA they match.

I handle yDNA in the same way EXCEPT if I have a good yDNA match I will input the tester and his direct line even if I don't know the most MRCA is. These testers and their direct lines will be entered as unlinked trees (Add > Add Unlinked).

These Hashtags look like this...

Simmons Group - Ephraim Simmons abt 1822
Simmons Group - William Simmons abt 1685
Simmons Group - William Simmons abt 1793
Simmons Group - James Simmons, Sr. 14 Aug 1764
Simmons Group - William G. Johnson NPE abt 1800

The name of the hashtag is the brick wall ancestor for each line. In the description field I have yDNA 67 marker match - TESTERS NAME (or however many markers they tested at) as well as some other helpful notes.

Since this is a SURNAME-based DNA test I also have many other Simmons groups as Hashtags and what I am looking for is any overlap. If I see that a certain Simmons has been hashtagged in more than one group that might give me the clue I need to start connecting some of the unlinked trees. Here is how I have these additional Hashtags set up:

Simmons Group - 10&20 Cons. LA Militia
Simmons Group - 13th Reg. MS Militia
Simmons Group - Amite Co, MS
Simmons Group - Bala Chitto
Simmons Group - Marion Co, MS
Simmons Group - Natchez District, MS
Simmons Group - Pike Co, MS
Simmons Group - Random Simmons' (I don't know how these guys fit in yet)Simmons Group - Silver Creek
Simmons Group - Washington Co, MS

I have all of the tester’s contact information entered on his/her address screen. I also create custom DNA events where I can record which company they tested with and their GEDmatch number if they have one. I can add screenshots of ethnicity reports and chromosome browsers results. I am also able to keep track of our correspondence in the Notes field.

I like keeping as much information as I can in Legacy which makes my DNA research less complicated.

Learn more about Hashtags

View the Hashtags section in this webinar or view the after-webinar party section in this webinar.

Legacy and MyHeritage: More FAQs answered

Below are more answers to questions you have asked us over the past several days regarding the Legacy-MyHeritage acquisition.

More Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will Legacy continue to be stand-alone, offline software?

A. Absolutely! Legacy will always remain as it is. Legacy users can count on using Legacy in the future exactly as they have been using it for the past 20 years, on their personal computer, disconnected from the Internet, with the tree data stored only on their computer. When Tree Sync becomes available in the future, it will be completely optional, and under no circumstance will anyone's tree by synced online unless that is the express desire of the user.

Q. Will I have to have a MyHeritage membership to continue using my Legacy software?

A. Nope. The acquisition leaves Legacy independent. A subscription to MyHeritage is not and will never be required to use Legacy. You can use Legacy forever without any ties to MyHeritage. Legacy does have matching with MyHeritage and other sites, but your tree is not nor will it ever be transferred to these services through this matching feature. The matching exists to help find matching records.

Q. I've backed up my Legacy file to the Legacy Cloud. Will my backup remain mine or will it be shared with new ownership?

A. Backing up your tree to the Legacy Cloud stores a private backup copy of your Legacy family file on our secure servers. Nobody will ever have access to these family files. They are yours.

Q. What about Legacy for the Mac?

A. This is now our number one priority. Now that our team members at MyHeritage will be taking over our accounting, taxes, and other busy work, we can get back to completing the Mac project.

Q. I have a current annual webinar membership. Can I extend my membership with the current half-off offer?

A. Yes! Visit http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/legacy-family-tree-webinars-yearly-membership-p1.php and add the yearly membership to your cart. Make sure you are logged in at checkout. The purchase at the sale price will extend your membership by another year. Don't wait though - the sale ends Sunday evening, August 13 (Geoff's birthday!!).

Q. Will you please convince MyHeritage to use maiden names in their trees instead of the person's married name?

A. This option is already available. In the Family Tree view at MyHeritage.com, click on the options button in the upper right (looks like a small gears icon). In the Name Preferences section, select Maiden name. Done!

Q. Where can I learn more about MyHeritage?

A. We've done a few webinars with MyHeritage. They are free to view at https://familytreewebinars.com/myheritage.  You could also visit their site at https://about.myheritage.com.

Many more frequently asked questions are listed in our original announcement. If you missed it, click here for all the details and scroll down to the FAQ section.

More thoughts from Geoff

Originally posted in our Legacy User Group on Facebook:

It's certainly been an eventful day today. In a few minutes, I will go finally eat some lunch. I've learned much from your comments today and would like to conclude my day with a few additional of my own.

Naturally, change brings uncertainty. Past experiences, negative or positive, shape our feelings of the unexpected and the unknown. I have personally felt a roller coaster of feelings as, although I like innovation and new ideas, I'm also most comfortable with no change.

Some have stated that our decision to partner/be acquired by MyHeritage must be about the money. Yes, it is - your money in fact. I don't want a single person putting any money or time into our software if we knew that it wouldn't be able to be with you for a very long time. I've put my last 20 years into Legacy, not just developing it to have a job but because I use it and love it, and sincerely depend on it. I would never be on board with an acquisition like this unless I was sure of many things. True, we can't ever be 100% sure of anything, but we've invested everything into ensuring that this move is in the best interest of you, our loyal customers. I'm a customer too.

This next paragraph is going to get very personal, so maybe skip over it. I personally believe that I can receive answers to my prayers, and this decision of ours has been one that each of us - Dave, Ken, and myself, have spent many hours on our knees seeking divine guidance. The answer to my personal prayer came as I sat in an empty ballroom at RootsTech earlier this year. The answer was one of complete peace about this decision and the future of both our Legacy software and our customers. If ever I question whether this was good, I can easily recall the feelings I had that day.

Geoff's feelings aren't going to persuade anyone to love something they already dislike. I will never like squash. I've tried to like it, but have concluded that it won't be for me - ever. MyHeritage may never be for some of you, and that's fine. You might consider giving it a second chance every now and then, yet nothing in our announcements or our future plans have or will infer that you will be forced to use it. Legacy will continue, and only because we have partnered with MyHeritage do I believe it will continue to flourish. We had to announce the acquisition to be transparent with everyone, but even if we hadn't, I believe you would begin to notice significant developments and unexpected longevity with both our software and our webinar series - solely because now we can spend more of our time working on Legacy and none of our time doing all the small business tasks of accounting, taxes, and on and on. Now we'll be able to do what we love the most.

We know that we would be nowhere without each and every one of you. We'll sadly accept that some feel betrayed by this acquisition and will always continue to wish you the best. We are optimistic about the future and cannot wait to begin this new journey with I hope most of you.

Great, now I'm smelling dinner cooking. I'll sign off now for the evening, but look forward to a future of finding lots and lots of ancestors with all of you!

Geoff Rasmussen

Register for Webinar Wednesday – A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

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Tax lists of all kinds, whether head taxes or taxes on real estate or personal property, are a rich source of data on families and individuals often recorded nowhere else.

Join us and Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL for the live webinar Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 8pm 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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About the presenter

JudyRussell-144x144A genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law. She has a bachelor's degree in political science and journalism from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and holds Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer credentials from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, until recently Judy was an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School. Judy is a Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother's side and entirely in Germany on her father's side. Visit her website at www.legalgenealogist.com.

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