Register for Webinar Friday: The Increasing Need for Foreign Language Indexing by FamilySearch's Devin Ashby

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The need to make searchable records available worldwide continues to grow. While new technologies are making things easier there is still a big need for indexing records in languages other than English. Can you read a foreign language or are you willing to learn a few key words? If so, join the cause at familysearch.org/indexing.

Join us and FamilySearch's Devin Ashby for the live webinar Friday, June 9, 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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DevinAshby-144x144Devin Ashby is a Project Manager for FamilySearch, the largest genealogical organization in the world. Devin has been involved in family history for years and in 2004 he received Bachelor degrees in History and Spanish and the following year earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

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5 Ways to Use Trello for Genealogy and Family History

Thanks to guest blogger, Lisa Alzo, for this post.

Have you ever wished for a whiteboard in the cloud where you could generate ideas, organize your research tasks, or storyboard your family history writing?

Then, say “Hello” to Trello—a free project management tool to help you streamline your genealogy projects, tackle your "to-do" lists, and improve your workflow. I have been a fan of Trello for several years to organize my work and personal research projects. In this post, I will share with you five ways to use Trello specifically for genealogy and family history.

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Getting Started
The first step is to set up a free Trello account at https://trello.com.  Once you have registered, you will be taken to the Trello “Welcome Board.”  You will see a brief tutorial that will bring you quickly up to speed on Trello’s system of boards, lists, and cards. Trello’s customizable notecards enable you to view any project in a single glance, share it for easy collaboration, and set it up to sync on multiple devices to take your work with you wherever you go. It is like having your own virtual whiteboard.

Trello for Genealogy and Family History

The uses for Trello are endless—from collecting and organizing ideas to setting up group projects with multiple collaborators.  There is no limit to how many boards you can create. Below are five easy ways you can begin using Trello immediately for genealogy and family history.

1. Create a research plan. Trello provides a way to visually organize your genealogy research tasks.  Create a board for each main surname you are researching. Then create three lists for “To Do,” “Doing,” and “Done.” Other lists could include a specific research task (e.g. “Check FamilySearch,” “Correspondence” or “Source Citations.”   You can also add due dates, checklists, comments, attach files, and set reminders. Other board suggestions include a cemetery board to organize the family gravestones you photograph, or a “mystery photographs” board for those unidentified pictures you come across. Becky Jamison, who blogs about her family history research on the Grace and Glory Blog, is an avid Trello user and has recorded a video with some great ideas for project boards.

2. Storyboard writing projects. One of my personal favorite uses of Trello is to outline and storyboard writing projects. I create boards for articles I am working on, book projects, and family history profiles. Since I can attach an image to each card, this is an excellent way to create a visual storyboard for each writing task. I also like to use the available Power-Ups—a way of incorporating additional features and integrations that are adaptable to your project needs. Enabling Power-Ups on boards allows you to access important information from other apps such as Calendar, Dropbox, Google Drive and others (Read more about them in the Trello User Guide). Free accounts get one free Power-Up per board. My favorite Power-Up to use is the one for Evernote because it helps me to bring over my research materials (notes, saved web pages, etc.) into Trello.

3. Outline and plan blog posts. If you blog about your genealogy research, Trello is a great tool for managing your editorial calendar. For my blog, The Accidental Genealogist, I usually start a blog post outline in Evernote and then attach it to a card to expand the idea. If you write your posts using Google Docs, you can start a draft with Google Drive directly from Trello and compose the article. You can also attach a Drive folder to the card to access the image assets for the post. Using due dates can help with meeting deadlines.

4. Create a travel itinerary. Whenever I travel to a genealogy conference or go on a research trip, I use Trello to build a board for it. I actually save a blank board as a template and then I can customize it for each trip. I make lists for airline and hotel reservations, daily schedules. For conferences, I also create lists for registration information, syllabus files, presentations, and expenses (I can attach images of my receipts right from Evernote). When the trip or conference is over, I can simply remove that board so that it is no longer in my active board list, but I can always go back to refer to it at a later date.

5. Collaborate on research, writing, or other group projects. Trello is the perfect tool for collaboration. You can add members to specific boards (they will need a free account). This is a good option if you are working with another family member to research a specific branch on your family tree, if you have a co-author for a book project, or for members of a genealogical society. If you are a fan of Mondays with Myrt or the other Google Hangouts co-hosted by Dear Myrtle and “Cousin Russ” (Worthington), they use Trello as their planning tool.

Be sure to download the free Trello app to all your mobile devices (you can even work offline and sync your boards later). There is a small learning curve, so start with a small board and then add more features as you need them. If you are a FamilyTreeWebinars.com subscriber, check out my webinar “Your Whiteboard in the Cloud: Trello for Genealogists” for more tips and project ideas.


Register for Webinar Wednesday: Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

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The resources for tracing Minnesota ancestry are plentiful and the number of indexes, digitized records, and microform editions are growing constantly. The plentiful published indexes, guides, and histories are also important to your research. Many of these are accessible no matter where you live. Many Minnesota related records and publications have been, and continue to be, preserved. There is a wealth of information accessible via many methods and this session presents an overview of what is available for your search. You might be surprised at the access researchers have to records that are not accessible in other states. Learn about vital records, probate, military, naturalization, prison, state hospital, state census, and others in this webinar.

Join us and Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA for the live webinar Wednesday, June 7, 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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PaulaStuartWarren-144x144Paula considers herself fortunate to be an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research. She loves to interact with her clients and audiences. She is a long-time course coordinator and instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and an instructor for Ancestry Academy. Her lecturing experience includes the Federation of Genealogical Societies and National Genealogical Society conferences and seminars in many states and Canada. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS), and is a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and is the Past President of the Northland Chapter of APG. She initiated the MGS education committee and classes and was one of the founding members of the MGS Library. She co-chaired the FGS 2001, 2011, and 2013 conferences. Her ancestors came to the U.S. from eight ancestral countries. She has researched onsite from coast to coast at and has written for, FGS FORUM, NGS Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, New England Ancestors, Minnesota Genealogist, findmypast.com, was editor of the former FGS Conference News Blog and currently has her own educational website and blog at http://genealogybypaula.com.

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Top 10 Genealogy Webinars of May 2017

We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for May 2017! Are your favorite topics or instructors among the list? Need something new to learn? Use the list to get inspired!

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Each month thousands of Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers head for the library to learn new skills and techniques to help improve their genealogy research. Among the now-519 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of March 2017.  They aren't necessarily the newest classes but rather the topics that were sought out by our members.

Have you seen any of these classes? Are these among your favorites too? Some of these classes (and topics) might be new to you! Get inspired to learn more and make your genealogy journey more fun!

The Top 10 for May 2017

1. Discover the new Legacy Family Tree 9 by Geoff Rasmussen

2. Hands-On with Legacy Hints: Using MyHeritage Record Matches and Smart Matches by Geoff Rasmussen and Mike Mansfield

3. New York City and State Governmental Vital Records by Jane Wilcox

4. MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL

5. WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All by Eowyn Langholf

6. What's New in Legacy Family Tree 9 by Geoff Rasmussen

7. Writing Up Your Research (without using genealogy software) by Claudia Breland

8. Remember Me: Lifestreaming and the Modern Genealogist by Thomas MacEntee

9. Finding and Using Land Ownership Maps by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

10. Beginning Danish Research by Charles Fritz Juengling, AG

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11. Researching Criminal Records by Ron Arons

12. Take Me Back to Where I Belong: Transportation Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji

13. Complete Photo Restoration in 4 Easy Steps by Eric Basir

14. Exploring AncestryDNA’s New Genetic Communities by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

15. Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen

16. Neighborhood Reconstruction: Effective Use of Land Records by Mary Hill, AG

17. Legacy Family Tree for Complete Beginners by Geoff Rasmussen

18. Migration Trails Across America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

19. Preserve, Share, and Search Your Digital Pictures with Google Photos by Geoff Rasmussen

20. Legacy Family Tree and FamilySearch Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen

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The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors - free webinar by Michael L. Strauss now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors" by Michael L. Strauss, AG is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Researching your World War 1 ancestors can be challenging. With the losses of records by fire in St. Louis in 1973 and stricter privacy laws; this lecture focuses on ways to reconstruct military service for family who served their country including records of draft registrations, war casualties, troop manifests, and many other related records.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 47 minute recording of "The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors" PLUS the after-webinar party is now available to view in our webinar library for free. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership

5178The Great War: A Guide to the Service Records of All the World's Fighting Men and Volunteers by Christina K. Schaefer - 13.95

World War I has passed from living memory into the history books, receding far enough into the distance to provide a genealogical challenge. In order to reconstruct the lives and locate the records of those who served, fought, volunteered, or were conscripted, we must rely on a vast but relatively unknown body of resources. Counting all combatants, the number of men who served in the Great War runs into the millions; needless to say, finding records on them in the two dozen countries that participated in the war is a daunting and laborious task--now made infinitely simpler with the publication of this magnificent guide to WWI service records. The only book of its kind, this ambitious effort to catalogue service records and related sources is international in scope, covering the soldiers of all countries participating in the war, from Britain, Germany, and France, to Russia, Canada, and the U.S.; and from India, Australia, and Japan, to South Africa and Brazil! This is a key to a motherlode of genealogical data and should grow in value as our need for WWI-era information increases. Right now it represents a whole new path in genealogical research, with fresh possibilities and discoveries at every turn.
 
The first part of the book is designed to provide background on the organization of the military in 1914, the order of battle, how to use the records, and a general time-line of events, focusing on 1914 to 1918. The second part concentrates on the combatants, describing each country's armed forces, conscription history, and its military and naval records, and, to the greatest extent possible, their location. (Records that have been microfilmed and are available worldwide through the Family History Library System of the LDS Church are identified by roll number.) The third part of the book describes casualty lists and POW records, and provides a table showing changes in place names, while the final section of the book, an appendix, contains a glossary of abbreviations, Internet addresses, and a select bibliography of books in English.
 
The disposition of personnel files varies from country to country, depending on privacy laws and archival practices. In some cases documents are held by a military archive, in others by a national repository. In a few cases, such as Great Britain, service files are in the process of being transferred from one agency to another. Whatever their disposition--and it is an important aim of this book to identify their disposition--the records covered here fall under the following headings: draft records, personnel papers, unit records, embarkation lists, death records and casualty reports, military parish registers, regimental returns, medal lists, entitlement lists, hospital registers, pension records, and diaries. A particularly useful section of the book, "Research Tips," describes the general organization of military records, the organization of those records in specific countries, and the condition and comprehensiveness of the records.
 
With help from dozens of individuals and institutions throughout the world, in particular from libraries such as the Army Pentagon Library, the Navy Department Library, the Library of Congress, the Family History Library, the Hoover Institute (Stanford University), the Public Record Office (England), and the national archives of at least a dozen countries, the author has managed to compile a guide to WWI service records that is not only unique but totally comprehensive. She has taken a mountain of material and cut it down to size, transforming an unwieldy body of sources into a streamlined archive. Her pioneering efforts will save researchers untold hours of toil, adding limbs to family trees and providing opportunities for further research.

189 pages | Published 1998, reprinted 2006 | PDF Edition
 

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  • Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. June 7.
  • How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA by Blaine Bettinger. June 14.
  • What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing by Diahan Southard. June 16.
  • Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush's Father by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. June 20.
  • Virtual Family Reunions: Super Easy, Super Fun by Pat Richley and Russ Worthington. June 21.
  • Canada's Top 10 by Kathryn Lake Hogan. June 28.
  • Censational Census Strategies by Mary Kircher Roddy. July 5.
  • Google Books: the tool you should use every day! by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 12.
  • Tips for Snapping Pics: How to Take Perfect Family Photographs by Jared Hodges. July 14.
  • Analyzing Documents Sparks Ideas for Further Research by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. July 18.
  • The Firelands, The Connecticut Western Reserve, and the Ohio Territory by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. July 19.
  • Family History Adhesive: The Science of Why History Binds Families and the Simple Tech of How to Do It by Janet Hovorka. July 26.
  • Tracing Your West Country Ancestors by Kirsty Gray. August 2.
  • A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. August 9.
  • 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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Disaster Planning for the Genealogist - new Legacy QuickGuide by Melissa Barker now available

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: Scrap Paper and Orphan Documents in Archives by Melissa Barker. Now choose from 87 Legacy QuickGuides!

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Disasters happen everywhere. Natural disasters happen many times without warning and can be devastating. Manmade disasters can also happen without warning, but sometimes can be prevented. Genealogists who experience a disaster which affects the safety of their genealogical records know how destructive these disasters can be. It is important to protect and preserve genealogical records against the effects of a disaster.

The Disaster Planning for the Genealogist Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including the duties of the “Home Archivist,” creating a Disaster Preparedness Plan as well as how to deal with specific types of disasters. Also included are links to websites and resources covering archival resources and more. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.
 
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Register for Webinar Wednesday - The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors by Michael L. Strauss, AG

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Researching your World War 1 ancestors can be challenging. With the losses of records by fire in St. Louis in 1973 and stricter privacy laws; this lecture focuses on ways to reconstruct military service for family who served their country including records of draft registrations, war casualties, troop manifests, and many other related records.

Join us and Michael L. Strauss, AG for the live webinar Wednesday, May 31, 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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MichaelStrauss-144x144Michael L. Strauss, AG is an Accredited Genealogist and forensic investigator, is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah. He holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a licensed Private Investigator and qualified expert witness in Surrogate Court and Circuit Court in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. Michael is an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. He is a national genealogical lecturer and instructor for military courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR). He was the film historian for the 2015 Academy Award nominated movie "Finding Vivian Maier". 

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New Historic Records on FamilySearch - records from Chile, Denmark, Germany, Peru, Spain, Switzerland and U.S.

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This week's update brings good news to those with family from Peru with over 1 million newly indexed civil registrations available. Also, look through the large collection of recently indexed New York Passenger Lists. Search these new free records and more from Chile, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Utah, and New Hampshire at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.

Collection

Indexed Records

Digital Images

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Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015

25,452

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964

12,648

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt Kreisarchiv, Ahnenpäße (Ancestor Passports)

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1,024

New browsable image collection.

Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996

1,024,061

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998

1,147

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897

24,204

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880

10,443

48,947

New indexed records and images collection

Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914

32,711

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

New Hampshire, Civil War Service and Pension Records, 1861-1866

25,046

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942

1,171,363

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Added indexed records to an existing collection

 

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WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All - free webinar by Eowyn Langholf now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All" by Eowyn Langholf is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

This presentation gives a general overview and introduction to the free collaborative family tree site, WikiTree. It will cover the site's mission and Honor Code, privacy versus open collaboration, genetic genealogy features, cousin bait, becoming a part of the community, and the benefits of membership.

View the Recording at FamilyTree Webinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 30 minute recording of "WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership

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  • The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors by Michael L. Strauss, AG. May 31.
  • Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. June 7.
  • How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA by Blaine Bettinger. June 14.
  • What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing by Diahan Southard. June 16.
  • Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush's Father by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. June 20.
  • Virtual Family Reunions: Super Easy, Super Fun by Pat Richley and Russ Worthington. June 21.
  • Canada's Top 10 by Kathryn Lake Hogan. June 28.
  • Censational Census Strategies by Mary Kircher Roddy. July 5.
  • Google Books: the tool you should use every day! by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 12.
  • Tips for Snapping Pics: How to Take Perfect Family Photographs by Jared Hodges. July 14.
  • Analyzing Documents Sparks Ideas for Further Research by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. July 18.
  • The Firelands, The Connecticut Western Reserve, and the Ohio Territory by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. July 19.
  • Family History Adhesive: The Science of Why History Binds Families and the Simple Tech of How to Do It by Janet Hovorka. July 26.
  • Tracing Your West Country Ancestors by Kirsty Gray. August 2.
  • A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. August 9.
  • 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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Surname Society Webinars Available in the Legacy Family Tree Library

Surname Society Webinars on Migration available in the Legacy Family Tree Library

Legacy Family Tree Webinars is honored to make available four presentations that were delivered during the Surname Society 2017 annual conference and general meeting. The presentations touch on the theme of migration and tracking your ancestors across the globe.

The four talks include:

 About the Surname Society

The Surname Society was founded as a not-for-profit entity by a worldwide group of experienced genealogists. The vision of the Society is to connect like-minded people by providing up-to-date facilities which enable members to share knowledge, data and good practice with others regardless of where in the world they are. The Society is entirely online and focusses on single surname studies to meet the needs of researchers in the world of family history and genealogy as it evolves in the 21st century. 

Migration Trails Across America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

Americans have always been a nation on the move.  There were many reasons that brought them here, and once they were here they didn’t stop.  Something “out west” always seemed to beckon them. In this class, we will study the major trails used for migration, and the ethnic groups that predominately used those trails.  Also included are major waterways, such as rivers and canals, that enabled people to move swiftly to their next destination. The class will finish with a case study showing the reverse migration of one of Peggy’s families, and the use of census and court records used to track the family back to its first landings in America.

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Following a Surname Around the World: Tracing Emigrants and Immigrants by Janet Few

This class will suggest various avenues that can be explored by those who are in the process of giving their study a worldwide flavour.

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Australian Immigration: Colonial and Beyond by Helen Smith

Australia was founded on emigration, initially forced emigration by the convicts to later the free settlers and post WW2, refugees and displaced person from Europe. Prior to Federation each colony was in charge of its own immigration schemes. This has produced a wealth of records, a case of following the money. Records were kept when the governments had contributed to passage costs.

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Living DNA: Your Ancestry by Martin Blythe

Living DNA launched in September 2016 offering the most detailed genetic ancestry test currently available to the general public. Working in partnership with the leading scientists in the field of human genetics the Living DNA test enables anyone to explore their genetic ancestry using the most detailed methods available. Currently, this fine structure analysis provides an individual with a breakdown of their ancestry across more than 80 global geographic regions, and over 20 regions within the UK.

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