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.

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers for the recent reporting week (August 3-9) rose 7.1 points to 12.1, and average daily solar flux rose from 71 to 73.2.

Average daily planetary A index went from 5 to 11.3, and mid latitude A index rose from 6 to 10.9.

Predicted solar flux for the near term is 74 on August 15-21, 72 on August 22, 68 on August 23-28, 70 on August 29, and 72 on August 30 through Septemb...

Amateur Radio Administration Course (ARAC) a Success in Mexico

For the second year in a row, ARRL, IARU Region 2, and the Federación Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores (FMRE) have presented the Amateur Radio Administration Course (ARAC) in Mexico City. The course was held August 7-9 at Mexico City’s World Trade Center. The ARAC is aimed at the people in charge of administering the Amateur Radio and Amateur Satellite services within the participants’ respect...

Radio Eritrea and Radio Ethiopia Still Battling on 40 Meters

It was a now-familiar story in the July edition of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter, which reports that Radio Eritrea and Radio Ethiopia are still slugging it out i the 40-meter phone band. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia.

“The hostile brothers were daily active on 7,150 and 7,175 kHz,” said I...

KM4LAO Wins the August QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the August 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “Youth DX Adventure on the Caribbean Island of Saba” by Ruth Willet, KM4LAO.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the September issue today.

 

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

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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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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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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.

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  • 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 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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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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Radio Arcala to Leverage FT8 Digital Mode in Market Reef Activation

Radio Arcala (OH8X), the consortium of serious Finnish contesters, has heaped more praise on Nobel Laureate and software developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, for the recent beta release of FT8 mode. OJ0BH/OJ0JR will be active August 12-19 from Market Reef and expects to make use of FT8 and other modes that are part of Taylor’s WSJT-X suite of Amateur Radio digital software.

“Tuning the poor 20-meter band...

ARRL Announces Colvin Award Grant to Bouvet Island 3Y0Z DXpedition

The ARRL has granted a Colvin Award to help support the upcoming 3Y0Z DXpedition to Bouvet Island, the second most-wanted DXCC entity. The DXpedition is scheduled to get under way early next year.

“This is a great team, putting forth a complicated DXpedition to the most remote island on Earth and one of the rarest of the rare DXCC entities,” said ARRL Field Services Manager Dave Patton, NN1N.

The...

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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