Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2016 announced! Southbound Alaska - September 2-9, 2016

Alaska Cruise

 

The 13th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held September 2-9, 2016, departs from Seward, Alaska aboard Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas ship and will feature top genealogy speakers including members of the Legacy Family Tree staff. We will cruise Alaska's Inside Passage and visit the following ports:

  • Seward
  • Juneau
  • Skagway
  • Ketchikan
  • Vancouver, BC

Optional 6-Day Pre-Cruise Tour

If this is your first (or last) trip to Alaska, you'll love the optional pre-cruise tour we have arranged. Here's some of the places we'll visit between August 27 and September 2:

  • Riverboat Discovery Boat
  • Transfer Fairbanks to Denali
  • Denali Discovery Program
  • Denali Natural History Tour
  • Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
  • Anchorage
  • Seward Wind Song Lodge
  • Resurrection Bay Cruise

Genealogy Classes at Sea
While at sea attend classes taught by some of genealogy's finest educators, Legacy Family Tree webinar speakers, and Legacy developers. In addition to the classes, you will benefit from the small-group sessions and lots of time to learn from each other.

The Ship

Hungry for a dazzling at-sea experience that combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and an array of our best new dining options? Look no further than Radiance of the Seas®. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, you'll never be at a loss for an incredible view. Plus, you can choose from eight different dining experiences, ranging from casual eats at Boardwalk Doghouse, to the family-style Italian fare at Giovanni's Table, to the sizzling skewers of Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse.

Reservations or questions
Prices begin at $640 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes:

  • Genealogy classes
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Ocean transportation
  • Meals
  • Some beverages
  • Most onboard entertainment

Transportation to Seward, port charges, gratuities, government fees/taxes, and optional tours are extra.

Pricing for the pre-cruise tours + the cruise begin at $4,058 per person (above exclusions apply).

Click here to learn more or to securely book your cruise online.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel coordinator, Christy, at 1-425-222-6222 or send an email to LegacyFamilyTreeCruise@gmail.com.

More Information

For class descriptions, frequently asked questions, descriptions of the places we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2016.asp.


Legacy Genealogy Cruise - We're Back!

We have returned from our 12th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise and had the time of our lives! We sailed on board the largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas

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It was my kids' first cruise and it lived up to all of their expectations.

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Am I a bad Dad for watching my second oldest down 8 ice cream cones in one day?

Our first day at sea was Father's Day...

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...and our first day of classes. We heard from Lisa Louise Cooke (wow, was she ever terrific!!)...

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...Steve Salisbury, Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis, and myself. And it was fun sailing with about 200 friends and genealogists in our group.

In Jamaica we enjoyed a relaxing river cruise down the Martha Brae River.

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We also visited the Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza. Such an amazing place!

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In addition to all the good food on board (my kids were impressed that they could even have macaroni and french fries in the formal dining room)...

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...we had fun on the carousel...

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...and even on the zip line...

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I was even spotted next to this billboard...

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We ended the classes as we always do by drawing lots of names for door prizes. Dave (Legacy's founder and President) then announced that all Legacy cruisers would get a free annual webinar membership to www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. Thanks again to Lisa Louise Cooke, Steve Salisbury, Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis (and myself I suppose) for the great classes! Thanks to all of you who joined us! Thanks to all the rest of our Legacy Family Tree staff who kept our Support, Customer Service, and Shipping departments open while we were away. And thanks to our cruise coordinator, Christy, for all she did for us too!

Next year's cruise to Alaska

It's never too early to begin thinking about next year's cruise (our 13th annual) to Alaska. Registration is not yet available, but save these dates: August 27-September 9, 2016. Write to Christy for more information.

Back to work

Now that I've officially announced our return, it's back to work! We've got great things planned for our Legacy Family Tree software and for our webinar series. I LOVE my job!


Bon Voyage - 12th Annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise begins

OasisTomorrow we leave to begin our 12th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, this year to the Western Caribbean. We will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and visit Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico. We will sail on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. We've also got lots of genealogy and Legacy classes planned and lots of time for one-on-one and small group sessions.

And for the first time, I'll be bringing along my four young budding genealogists. Our kids have heard about our cruises all their lives, and now it's their turn to explore other countries and eat as much ice cream as they can handle. Yep, they're excited, and so am I!

Webinars Unlocked

While we won't have our weekly webinars while we're gone, I have unlocked the entire "Watch Geoff Live" series for the duration of our trip. Look for them here.

Discount Code

As has become tradition, I've also issued a Bon Voyage 10% off-anything-in-the-store coupon. Here's the code:

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It's good for 10% off anything at www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com or www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Monday, June 29, 2015.

Thanks!

Our sincere thanks go out to our entire technical support and sales staff who will continue to provide sales and support services while we are away. Thanks Jim, Sherry, Brian, Michele, Sarah, Bryan, Marian, Jairmie and Leonard for keeping us afloat!

We'll either see you here or on the ship!


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2015 - there's still time to join!

Cruise2015MapIn just 5 months we will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for our 12th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise. I've just been told that our discounted group pricing is good through February 1. If you're thinking about joining us in June, contact us soon to take advantage of our rates (currently lower than what Royal Caribbean offers). All the information is below. Oh, my four kids, each a budding genealogist, will be joining us for the first time this year. Yep, they're excited, and so am I!

The 12th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held June 20-27, 2015, departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida aboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Sea ship and will feature top genealogy speakers including members of the Legacy Family Tree staff. We will visit the following ports:

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Labadee, Haiti
  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Cozumel, Mexico

Genealogy Classes at Sea
LisacookeWhile at sea attend classes taught by some of genealogy's finest educators, Legacy Family Tree webinar speakers, and Legacy developers. In addition to the classes, you will benefit from the small-group sessions and lots of time to learn from each other.

GenealogyGems.com's Lisa Louise Cooke will be our featured speaker. You've enjoyed her many webinars, now meet and learn from her in person! During the seven-day period, Lisa’s presentations will be focused on getting quality genealogical results, quickly. In her sessions you'll receive loads of strategies and tips you can start using right away, from high tech solutions to busting brick walls. What an opportunity you will have to learn in person from such an expert!

The Ship

Royal Caribbean International innovation and imagination rule supreme on the groundbreaking Oasis of the Sea. A new adventure waits around every corner on this Deluxe world-class cruise ship. Featuring seven incredible neighborhoods, packed with first-at-sea experiences. Also enjoy the Oceanside Aqua Theater, Starbucks, Broadway hit musical Hairspray, 3D movie theater, a daring zip line that passes over the fun below, a real carrousel, Johnny Rockets old fashioned hamburgers, handmade milk shakes and bottomless fries, giant rock climbing walls, Surf Rider, putt putt golf, designer shopping at COACH and GUESS stores, and much, much more. This is truly the most awe-inspiring and award-winning cruise ship in the world.

Reservations or questions
Prices begin at $943 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes:

  • Genealogy classes
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Ocean transportation
  • Meals
  • Some beverages
  • Most onboard entertainment

Airfare, port charges, gratuities, government fees/taxes, and optional tours are extra.

Click here to securely book your cruise online.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel coordinator, Christy, at 1-800-557-8601 or send an email to LegacyFamilyTreeCruise@gmail.com.

More Information

For class descriptions, frequently asked questions, descriptions of the places we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2015.asp.


Legacy Genealogy Cruise - We're Back!

We have returned from our 11th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise and had the time of our lives. Besides the genealogy classes, alone-time with my wife, and the yummy food, the highlight of our trip was learning about and participating in the cultures of Japan, Taiwan, and China. While we enjoyed the trip, it's also great to be home. I sure missed my four "descendants." I've also returned with:

  • 6 additional pounds
  • many new genealogy friends, and one new cousin
  • hundreds of fun digital photos (633 of them)
  • a severe case of desynchronosis (jet lag)
  • even greater enthusiasm for what we are doing here at Legacy Family Tree

So before I officially get back to work, I'll write a little more about our adventures below.

My first experience with Japan came in the hotel's bathroom. Never before had I seen so many controls on a toilet. Thanks to your encouragement on my personal Facebook page, I gave the bidet a try. All I'll say is that now I can say I gave it a try....

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In Tokyo we visited Tokyo Station City and explored the city's underground malls. It was here that I had my first-ever Japanese food. While I loved every bite, the restaurant staff had a chuckle at my use of their chopsticks. They must have felt really sorry for me, and brough me a fork. I was determined, however, and finished the meal without the fork.

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We visited waterfalls:

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...and temples:

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...ate even more food:

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...visited WW2 memorials:

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...saw cemeteries:

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...and visited this cemetery which they called their "ancestors' homes":

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...and at sea were taught by the best:

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We ended the classes as we always do by drawing more names for door prizes. Dave (Legacy's President) announced that the winners would get a free annual webinar membership to www.familytreewebinars.com and a free upgrade to the next version of Legacy. Thanks again to Steve Salisbury, Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis (and myself I suppose) for the great classes! Thanks to all of you who joined us! Thanks to the rest of our Legacy Family Tree staff who kept our Support, Customer Service, and Shipping departments open while we were away. And thanks to our cruise coodinator, Christy, for all she did for us too!

Next year's cruise to the Western Caribbean

It's not too early to begin thinking about next year's cruise (our 12th annual) to the Western Caribbean with Lisa Louise CookeClick here for the details of where we're going.

Back to work

Now that I've officially announced our return, it's back to work! And although by body still thinks it's 17 hours ahead of Idaho time, and it really wants to go back to sleep, I've got a lot of catching up to do. See you Friday for our next Virtual Legacy User's Group webinar!


Bon Voyage - 11th Annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise begins

2013 09 24_0308Tomorrow we leave to begin our 11th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, this year to Asia. We will depart from Tokyo, Japan and visit Mt. Fuji, Japan; Kobe, Japan; Kagoshima, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Shanghai, China; Taipe, Taiwan; and conclude in Hong Kong, China. We will sail on Celebrity's Millennium. We've also got lots of genealogy and Legacy classes planned and lots of time for one-on-one and small group sessions.

Just because I will be gone for 18 days enjoying the food (I promise to spend time in the gym) and time alone with my wife (oh how I will miss my four kiddos at home) doesn't mean I will forget about all of you. I hope to keep you updated - here on this blog, and probably over on our Facebook page too with pictures and play-by-play accounts of what we're up to.

And by the way, even though we won't have our weekly webinars, I have unlocked the entire "Watch Geoff Live" series for the duration of our trip. Look for them here. I also just had an idea. Why don't we issue a Bon Voyage 10% off-anything-in-the-store coupon code? Here's the code:

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It's good for 10% of annything at www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com or www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Monday, November 10, 2014.

While you are wishing you were with us, check out next year's cruise to the Western Caribbean. From June 20-27, 2015 we will sail on Royal Caribbean's "Oasis of the Sea" and visit Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico. Lisa Louise Cooke will be joining us as our featured speaker. Visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2015.asp for more information.

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Our sincere thanks go out to our entire technical support and sales staff who will continue to provide sales and support services while we are away. Thanks Ron, Jim, Sherry, Brian, Michele, Sarah, Bryan, Marian, Jairmie and Leonard for keeping us afloat!

We'll either see you here, on Facebook, or on the ship!


2015 Legacy Genealogy Cruise to feature Lisa Louise Cooke!

LisacookeThe 2015 Legacy Genealogy Cruise – an annual event in its 12th year – is pleased to announce that Lisa Louise Cooke, producer and host of the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast (and popular webinar speaker at FamilyTreeWebinars.com) will be joining the event as its featured speaker. The genealogy cruise takes place beginning June 20, 2015 and visits the Western Caribbean on the luxurious Royal Caribbean’sOasis of the Sea ship.

During the seven-day period, Lisa’s presentations will be focused on getting quality genealogical results, quickly. In her sessions you'll receive loads of strategies and tips you can start using right away, from high tech solutions to busting brick walls. What an opportunity you will have to learn in person from such an expert! She will join Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen and others who will offer classes on Legacy and other genealogy technology.

The cruise starts and ends in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and visits Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico.

For more information, or to register, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2015.asp. Or call our travel coordinator, Christy, at 1-800-557-8601 or send an email to LegacyFamilyTreeCruise@gmail.com. Not only will you have the vacation of a lifetime, but you will do so in good company with other genealogists.

Hope to see you all there,

Dave, Ken, and Geoff


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2015 announced! Western Caribbean - June 20-27, 2015

Cruise2015MapThe 12th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held June 20-27, 2015, departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida aboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Sea ship and will feature top genealogy speakers including members of the Legacy Family Tree staff. We're a little early to be talking about 2015 when we haven't left for our 2014 cruise to Asia yet, but pricing is so good right now. We will visit the following ports:

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Labadee, Haiti
  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Cozumel, Mexico

Genealogy Classes at Sea
While at sea attend classes taught by some of genealogy's finest educators, Legacy Family Tree webinar speakers, and Legacy developers. In addition to the classes, you will benefit from the small-group sessions and lots of time to learn from each other.

The Ship

Royal Caribbean International innovation and imagination rule supreme on the groundbreaking Oasis of the Sea. A new adventure waits around every corner on this Deluxe world-class cruise ship. Featuring seven incredible neighborhoods, packed with first-at-sea experiences. Also enjoy the Oceanside Aqua Theater, Starbucks, Broadway hit musical Hairspray, 3D movie theater, a daring zip line that passes over the fun below, a real carrousel, Johnny Rockets old fashioned hamburgers, handmade milk shakes and bottomless fries, giant rock climbing walls, Surf Rider, putt putt golf, designer shopping at COACH and GUESS stores, and much, much more. This is truly the most awe-inspiring and award-winning cruise ship in the world.

Reservations or questions
Prices begin at $943 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes:

  • Genealogy classes
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Ocean transportation
  • Meals
  • Some beverages
  • Most onboard entertainment

Airfare, port charges, gratuities, government fees/taxes, and optional tours are extra.

Click here to securely book your cruise online.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel coordinator, Christy, at 1-800-557-8601 or send an email to LegacyFamilyTreeCruise@gmail.com.

More Information

For class descriptions, frequently asked questions, descriptions of the places we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2015.asp.


Cruising with Legacy Family Tree in 2014! Free webinar about our Asia Genealogy Cruise now online

LogowhiteIf you are interested in learning about a genealogy cruise, watch the recording of today's webinar, "Cruising with Legacy Family Tree in 2014!" by our cruise coordinator, Steve Downing. He got me that much more anxious for our October 2014 cruise to Asia.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 56 minute recording of "Cruising with Legacy Family Tree in 2014!" is now available to view in our webinar archives for free. Visit www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com to watch.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Searching for Surnames: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous by Kirsty Gray. February 26.
  • Genealogy and Technology - State of the Union by Barbara Renick. March 1.
  • Using Google Earth for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. March 5.
  • Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen. March 7.
  • Some Lesser Known Irish Resources by Judy Wight. March 12.
  • 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites by Kory Meyerink. March 19.
  • 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. April 2.
  • Get Organized Using the FamilyRoots Organizer Color-Coding System by Mary Hill. April 9.
  • Estate Records - More Than Just Wills by Linda Woodward Geiger. April 11.
  • Genealogy Evidence and Online Family Trees by Karen Clifford. April 16.
  • The Homestead Act of 1862 by Thomas MacEntee. April 23.
  • Google Glass and Family History by Devin Ashby. April 30.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. May 2.
  • 50 Year View - What I've Learned Climbing My Family Tree by Tom Kemp. May 7.
  • Photo Apps for Android, iPhones or iPads by Maureen Taylor. May 14.
  • I Had My DNA Tested - Now What? by Ugo Perego. May 21.
  • Using Tax Lists to Solve Genealogical Problems by Linda Woodward Geiger. May 28.
  • German Internet Research: A Launching Place for Your Research. June 11.
  • 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Narrative by Lisa Alzo. June 13.
  • Copyright Mythconceptions by Judy Russell. June 18.
  • Documenting Native American Families in 19th and 20th Century Records by Angela Walton-Raji. June 25.
  • Thinking About Becoming a Board-certified Genealogist? by Elissa Scalise Powell. July 9.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. July 11.
  • When Freedom Came - Documenting the Family's Freedom Story by Angela Walton-Raji. July 16.
  • Researching Your Illinois Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee. July 23.
  • Researching Your Tennessee Ancestors by J. Mark Lowe. August 6.
  • Research Recharge - Turning Old Clues into New Leads by Lisa Alzo. August 8.
  • Find A Grave - The World's Largest Cemetery Database by Russ Worthington. August 20.
  • Researching Your Italian Ancestors by Ruth Merriman. August 27.
  • Researching Your Jewish Ancestors by Jennifer Alford. September 3.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. September 5.
  • Success with Manuscript Sources by Barbara Renick. September 10.
  • Evaluating Evidence and Resolving Discrepancies by Kory Meyerink. September 17.
  • A Library at Your Fingertips - the Internet Archive by Maureen Taylor. September 24.
  • The Fair Court: Records of Chancery Courts by Judy Russell. October 1.
  • Overcoming Destroyed or Missing Records by Karen Clifford. October 3.
  • Welcome to FamilySearch Indexing! by Devin Ashby. October 8.
  • Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor by Thomas MacEntee. October 15.
  • Tracking Migration Using the Draper Manuscripts by Mary Hill. October 22.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. November 14.
  • Using Evernote for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. November 19.
  • Family History for Kids by Devin Ashby. December 3.
  • Look Ma, No Hands! Using Dragon Naturally Speaking for Your Genealogy by Ivan Baugh. December 5.
  • Researching Your North Carolina Ancestors by J. Mark Lowe. December 10.
  • Bagging a Live One - Connecting with Cousins You Never Knew You Had by Mary Kircher Roddy. December 17.

Click here to register. Or click here register for multiple webinars at the same time.

Print the 2014 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Register for Webinar Friday - Cruising with Legacy Family Tree in 2014

LogowhiteThinking of joining us for our 11th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise this October? Join us this Friday, February 21, for a free webinar to get an overview of the cruise and have any of your questions answered.

Join us for the live webinar Friday, February 21, 2014 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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Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here.

Can't make it to the live event?

No worries. Its recording will be available for free indefinitely. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access to all webinar recordings for the duration of their membership.

About the presenter

Steve-100Steve and Christy Downing own and manage Trekalot Travel, a cruise destination specialist, specializing in group cruisers. For the last 11 years they have organized the cruise destinations for our Legacy Family Tree groups. They have a passion for helping people fulfill their dream cruise experiences.

Learn more about the cruise here.

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Friday, February 21, 2014 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific
  • 7pm GMT

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  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!