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!


How to Get More Out of Legacy Webinars - with Little or No Time!

One of the greatest educational treasures in genealogy is the Legacy Family Tree webinars series which broadcast live nearly every Wednesday of the year. As a free resource, they provide some of the best ongoing genealogy education available right from your computer. But keeping up with the webinars can be a challenge. You don't always have time to view each one.

Now you can take advantage of the Legacy webinars even if you don't have time to watch them.  Here's how:

No Time on Your Hands

If you have absolutely no time on your hands to catch up with a Legacy webinar you can still benefit from it. Use the webinars as a prompt.  Let's take two recent webinars as examples: Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill and American Revolution Genealogy by Beth Foulk.

During the course of your day you'll see the titles come across your screen either in an email or on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Make a mental note of the title. Then when you are driving, on your lunch break or taking a walk think about the topic and how it might apply to your ancestors. Did you have ancestors who migrated from one place to the other prior to 1860? Did you have any Revolutionary War ancestors?

Genealogy Research is not all about searching databases or microfilm. Thinking about your ancestors and analyzing what you know is just as critically important. Allow the titles of the weekly webinars to prompt you to think about your ancestors. You will start to ask yourself new questions and then when you have free time you'll be able to seek out the answers.

Limited Time  on Your Hands

With only 15 minutes you can push your genealogy forward. Again, use the webinar titles as prompts. When you have 15 minutes in front of your computer do some searches related to the titles and see what you can find. For migrating ancestors, pick an ancestor in your Legacy database that lived before 1860. Then in the My Toolbar tab select the Map Family option. Now you can view a map of all the locations where your ancestor lived. You can also press the play button and watch the progression of your ancestor's life journey. Next, decide whether you have researched each location thoroughly enough. If not, come up with some research tasks and save them so they can be done when you have more time.

In the case of Revolutionary War ancestors, do a search for ancestors born between 1726 and 1767. You can do this by going to the Legacy My Toolbar tab and then selecting the Search button. In the primary condition box search for a birth date after 1725. Using the "And" function add a second condition of birth date before 1767. Next, choose create list. While women did participate in the American Revolution, your search results will be more manageable if you search for only males. When the list comes up print it out for future research.

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A Bit More Time on Your Hands

If you're a Legacy webinar subscriber and have to wait to watch a webinar, you can still benefit each week. Make a point of printing out the handouts. During your lunch break, visit some of the internet links listed in the handout. For the Migrations East of the Mississippi, spend some time visiting the websites Migrations.org or Historical Maps of the United States from the University of Texas. See if you can learn something new about the places and routes your ancestors took. For the Revolutionary War topic visit websites such as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) or the National Archives and do some searches on your Revolutionary War ancestors.

You see, even if you're too busy to take advantage of Legacy webinars every single week you can still benefit from them! Use the webinars titles as weekly prompts that lead you to think about your ancestors, help your plan your research tasks or take you on a brief adventure visiting genealogy websites.

 

Marian Pierre-Louis is the Social Media Marketing Manager for Legacy Family Tree. She is also the host of The Genealogy Professional podcast. Check out her webinars in the Legacy library.


10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - free webinar by Tessa Keough now online for limited time

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Last time we scratched the surface in learning how to use Legacy with specialized studies. Now that you have had a chance to think about that special project, join us as we put theory into practice with 10 tips for using Legacy with specialized studies. Join Tessa Keough, Geoff Rasmussen and the Millennia staff as we answer your questions, work through some examples, and help you get you further along with your projects. We will discuss Legacy features (including mapping, charting, reports, forms and interviews) in conjunction with a few add-ons, all to make your projects shine.

The recording of today's webinar, "10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies," by Tessa Keough is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. Some great comments:

  • This was the BEST Webinar ever! Tessa knows so much about Legacy and tells us so much that I will be working on this one webinar for a long, long time!
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this because it was so different! I didn't attend the April presentation so I am going to go back and listen to it; then listen to this one again. And I want to figure out how to join the Legacy VUG at Google. Thanks for another great session!
  • Wow. So much info. Who knew Legacy was that flexible/customizable? Great insight on "unrelated" names. Good way to keep track of the FAN clubs.

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 43 minute recording of "10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies" 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.

Coupon code

Use webinar coupon code - legacy15 - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 243 classes, 355 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 1,028 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

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year (that's about the cost of 5 webinar CDs)
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 1.
  • Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. July 8.
  • Making a Federal Case Out of It by Judy Russell (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). July 10.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. July 15.
  • Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. July 22.
  • Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. July 29.
  • Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier. July 31.
  • What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. August 5.
  • Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. August 12.
  • Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. August 19.
  • Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. August 21.
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. August 26.
  • Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. September 2.
  • Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. September 9.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. September 11.
  • Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. September 16.
  • Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. September 23.
  • Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji. September 25.
  • Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. September 30.
  • Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. October 7.
  • Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. October 14.
  • Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. October 16.
  • What Happened to the State of Frankland - Using Tennessee's Pre-Statehood Records by Mark Lowe. October 21.
  • Complex Evidence - What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. October 28.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. November 4.
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. November 11.
  • Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. November 13.
  • Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. November 18.
  • Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. December 2.
  • Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. December 9.
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. December 16.

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

Print the 2015 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Sorry, I don't get it!

By Marian Pierre-Louis

In my recent post "A New Twist on an Old Trick" I discussed creating a chart to track one moment in time to help with genealogy research and brick walls. The example I used didn't break down my brick wall and it created more questions than it answered.

In response, Jean Richards left the following comment:

"Sorry, I don't get it. This still didn't help you solve your brick wall, did it?"

This is a great question! What is the point of doing an activity if it doesn't help your research? She might not be the only one asking that question. Let's see if I can provide an answer.

Puzzle

When doing genealogical research, especially the first pass-through on our family, we look to census records as the primary resource for discovering and building our family tree. The census records help us quickly identify family members as we go back in time. Once we gather that information we branch out to other records such as vital records, draft registration cards, state censuses, passenger lists, city directories, etc. all of which are readily available online. From there, hopefully, family historians are seeking out offline records such as deeds and probate records (which are now starting to come online).

Inevitably, somewhere along the line, we get stuck. It doesn't have to be a brick wall, it could simply be a temporary obstacle that needs more time to resolve. When we get to this point in our research we slow down and need to be more thoughtful.

Not finding the results you want

One of the things that happens along the way is that we will search for various records and not be able to find them. Perhaps an ancestor is missing from the 1860 census. Or maybe there is no marriage record for the parents of your great grandfather. If you are doing your research in intervals as you find the time, you might forget that you searched for a record but didn't find anything. To prevent that from happening you need to keep track of your search activity so that you don't continue to search repeatedly for the same items. [Of course, if you are primarily searching online, you will want to re-do your searches in the event that new records come online.]

Why can't I find what I'm looking for?

A search that ends without the success of finding what you want or need is called a "negative search." Not only do we want to keep track of unsuccessful searches but the lack of records can push us to dig deeper and harder in other areas that we might not have considered. When you have an unsuccessful search the first question you should ask yourself is" why didn't I find this record as I had hoped?" You need to determine if there are extant records of the type you are looking for in the time period and location you are searching. Ancestry's Red Book and the FamilySearch Wiki can help answer this type of question.

Or the answer could be as simple as a typo in the indexing of a particular record group. This is a very common problem with census records. By determining why you can't find a record you will know if you should be able to find what you need using another method or whether you should pursue other strategies because the record you need doesn't exist.

Once you have determined the record doesn't exist,  log this as a negative search so that you don't have to spend any more time searching for that record. A situation where the records exist but your ancestors aren't found after thorough review is also a negative search and should be noted. Though it may appear that negative searches are a waste of time, they can be very helpful for your research and tracking them is a key part of that effort.

Ask lots of questions

Records that don't answer the questions you have or that give you unexpected results provide an opportunity for you to closely analyze your research. What you need to do is ask yourself questions about your ancestors. In my case, I was very specifically searching one family in the 1810 census. By looking closely at the census I discovered things that I didn't know before such as that only two of seven children were in the household in that year. While the new discoveries didn't help me solve my brick wall they forced me to ask myself new questions. Where were the other children? Can I find them? What does this tell me about the family in 1810?

The process of asking questions will encourage you to seek out new information. In my example, I hadn't previously spent a lot of time researching the siblings of my ancestor. The unexpected result of finding the family dispersed in 1810 made me question what had happened to the intact family. That can potentially be resolved by looking more closely at the siblings.

Solving brick walls means careful review

The initial research phase that I mentioned at the start is an easier research process than solving a brick wall. Long standing research challenges mean analyzing everything you know in detail, noting down what you have found and asking lots of new questions to try to resolve your brick wall. It means looking at every document you have completely until you have understood every clue that it will offer you. It is the culmination of reviewing all your records and information that will lead the resolution of a problem.

Measuring success

While I did not solve my brick wall by analyzing the 1810 census I was successful in asking new questions that will help determine new research paths to follow. The early 19th century in New York provides most genealogists with a challenging search. My next task will be to go through the same process for all the records and information I have and to try to answer the new questions I formulated. I may never actually solve my research question during my life time but what I can do is carefully analyze what I know, ask more questions and carefully document everything so that future generations can take over my work without having to repeat my research.

What do you think? Was the effort worth it even though I didn't solve my puzzle?

 

Marian Pierre-Louis is the Social Media Marketing Manager for Legacy Family Tree. She is also the host of The Genealogy Professional podcast. Check out her webinars in the Legacy library.


Register for Webinar Friday - 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough

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Last time we scratched the surface in learning how to use Legacy with specialized studies. Now that you have had a chance to think about that special project, join us as we put theory into practice with 10 tips for using Legacy with specialized studies. Join Tessa Keough, Geoff Rasmussen and the Millennia staff as we answer your questions, work through some examples, and help you get you further along with your projects. We will discuss Legacy features (including mapping, charting, reports, forms and interviews) in conjunction with a few add-ons, all to make your projects shine.

Join us and Tessa Keough for the live webinar Friday, June 12, 2015 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.

Download the syllabus

In preparation for the webinar, download the supplemental syllabus materials here. The syllabus is available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers. Log in here or subscribe here.

Registerbut

Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

Not sure if you already registered?

On the Upcoming Webinars tab, login to view the webinars you are already signed up for (available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers).

Test Your Webinar Connection

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Can't make it to the live event?

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

About the presenter

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Tessa Keough is a genealogist in transition (read – this is not her day job but she wishes it was!). She takes advantage of 21st century technology to work on her own family history as well as engage in specialized projects. These projects include a one-place study of her grandfather’s native community of Plate Cove East, Newfoundland, and a one-name study of her Keough surname.

Seeing a need for an online users’ group for her favorite genealogy software, Tessa set up the Legacy Virtual Users’ Group Community on Google+. With three of her fellow genealogists, she co-hosts monthly hangouts-on-air presentations, provides tips, and moderates the member posts at the LVUG Community which boasts more than 900 members. For the past two years Tessa has served as the USA West Regional Representative for the Guild of One-Name Studies. In April 2014 she took on the post of USA National Representative for the Guild and serves as the Guild’s delegate member to the Federated Genealogical Society (FGS). She moderates the Guild’s Google+ Community and co-hosts the Guild’s North American monthly hangouts-on-air. Tessa blogs on her personal blogs, is a contributing blogger to Worldwide Genealogy, and is part of the 5-member interview team for the May I Introduce To You feature at Geneabloggers. Tessa is doing her best to spread the word about surname and location studies as a fascinating and fun way to connect to your larger family history story, your extended relatives, and your fellow genealogists.

In case you did not notice, Tessa is a huge fan of Google+ and YouTube and an even bigger fan of giving back to the genealogy and family history community. Her volunteer efforts landed her on Lisa Louise Cooke’s Social Media Mavericks: 40 to follow list in Family Tree Magazine’s March/April 2014 edition for TessaWatch (her YouTube channel with 120 short and not-so-short video tutorials).

View Tessa's other webinars here.

Add it to your Google Calendar

With our Google Calendar button, you will never forget our upcoming webinars. Simply click the button to add it to your calendar. You can then optionally embed the webinar events (and even turn them on and off) into your own personal calendar. If you have already added the calendar, you do not have to do it again - the new webinar events will automatically appear.

Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Friday, June 12, 2015 at:

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

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!


Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar - free webinar by Jana Sloan Broglin now online for limited time

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Planning a seminar can be a daunting job. Timelines, speakers, contracts, transportation, accommodations, registrations, meals, publicity, and facilities, can all lead to frustration for the seminar chair. By following this guide, the seminar will be easier to plan and won’t be a constant “re-inventing the wheel.”

The recording of last night's webinar, "Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar," by Jana Sloan Broglin is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. Some great comments:

  • A great webinar full of ideas to consider when planning a seminar.
  • Timely topic for me personally as I'm heavily involved with large regional conference in 2017 which is well into the planning stage!
  • Very helpful! I've been the seminar chair for 2 seminars recently, but Jana brought up some great points that I hadn't thought about before. I really appreciate her doing this presentation.

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 27 minute recording of "Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar" 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.

Coupon code

Use webinar coupon code - seminar - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, June 15, 2015.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 242 classes, 353 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 1,028 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

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year (that's about the cost of 5 webinar CDs)
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough. June 12.
  • The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 1.
  • Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. July 8.
  • Making a Federal Case Out of It by Judy Russell (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). July 10.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. July 15.
  • Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. July 22.
  • Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. July 29.
  • Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier. July 31.
  • What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. August 5.
  • Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. August 12.
  • Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. August 19.
  • Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. August 21.
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. August 26.
  • Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. September 2.
  • Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. September 9.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. September 11.
  • Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. September 16.
  • Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. September 23.
  • Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji. September 25.
  • Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. September 30.
  • Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. October 7.
  • Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. October 14.
  • Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. October 16.
  • What Happened to the State of Frankland - Using Tennessee's Pre-Statehood Records by Mark Lowe. October 21.
  • Complex Evidence - What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. October 28.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. November 4.
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. November 11.
  • Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. November 13.
  • Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. November 18.
  • Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. December 2.
  • Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. December 9.
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. December 16.

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

Print the 2015 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar by Jana Sloan Broglin

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Planning a seminar can be a daunting job. Timelines, speakers, contracts, transportation, accommodations, registrations, meals, publicity, and facilities, can all lead to frustration for the seminar chair. By following a guide, the seminar will be easier to plan and won’t be a constant “re-inventing the wheel.”

Join us and Jana Sloan Broglin for the live webinar Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 9pm 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.

Download the syllabus

In preparation for the webinar, download the supplemental syllabus materials here. The syllabus is available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers. Log in here or subscribe here.

Registerbut

Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

Not sure if you already registered?

On the Upcoming Webinars tab, login to view the webinars you are already signed up for (available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers).

Test Your Webinar Connection

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Can't make it to the live event?

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

About the presenter

Presenter-7375Jana Sloan Broglin, CG, OGSF is a native of northwestern Ohio. She is a professional genealogist with over 35 years experience. She specializes in research in Ohio. Jana became a Certified Genealogist in November 2005. In April 2011, she became a Fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Both result in the additions of CG and OGSF after her name. In November 2000, she received the title of Kentucky Colonel for the books she published on Kentucky wills and estates. She is a past director for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She is a past trustee for the Ohio Genealogical Society serving over 20 years on the board. Jana has been a speaker on genealogical topics at local, state, regional, and national conferences.

View Jana's other webinars here.

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With our Google Calendar button, you will never forget our upcoming webinars. Simply click the button to add it to your calendar. You can then optionally embed the webinar events (and even turn them on and off) into your own personal calendar. If you have already added the calendar, you do not have to do it again - the new webinar events will automatically appear.

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  • 8pm Central
  • 7pm Mountain
  • 6pm Pacific

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!


Did FamilySearch really "lose all their records"?

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My 13-year-old son, sitting behind me in the office, and working on his own genealogy, just mentioned,

"Dad, I think FamilySearch lost all their records!"

Thinking that maybe his computer had lost its internet connection, I turned around to check it out. He then provided this further explanation:

"See, the 1970 U.S. census doesn't show up in their list of records."

Smiling, and thrilled that he's trying so hard, I had a great opportunity to teach him about the availability of our census records. And while we won't have access to the 1970 census for another 27 years, it's exciting to have someone else in the house with whom I can talk about genealogy! Even if it's when I'm trying to get my work done.


New Legacy QuickTip Video - How to Use and Print Blank Forms in Legacy

We have another great Legacy QuickTip Video for you today! Learn:

  • How to use and print blank forms

Blank forms included with Legacy:

  • Census forms
  • Relationship diagram
  • Pedigree Chart
  • Family Group Record
  • Questionnaire

This QuickTip was presented live during the after-webinar party of this week's Genealogy 101, Part 3 of 3 webinar by Peggy Lauritzen.

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Genealogy 101, part 3 of 3: Locating and Reading Records - free webinar by Peggy Lauritzen now online for limited time

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Another amazing, heart-string-tugging, educational and entertaining webinar by Peggy Lauritzen today!

The recording of today's webinar, "Genealogy 101, part 3 of 3: Locating and Reading Records," by Peggy Lauritzen AND the after-webinar party is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 48 minute recording of "Genealogy 101, part 3 of 3: Locating and Reading Records" AND the after-webinar party is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

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  • Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar by Jana Sloan Broglin. June 10.
  • 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough. June 12.
  • The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 1.
  • Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. July 8.
  • Making a Federal Case Out of It by Judy Russell (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). July 10.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. July 15.
  • Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. July 22.
  • Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. July 29.
  • Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier. July 31.
  • What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. August 5.
  • Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. August 12.
  • Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. August 19.
  • Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. August 21.
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. August 26.
  • Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. September 2.
  • Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. September 9.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. September 11.
  • Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. September 16.
  • Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. September 23.
  • Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji. September 25.
  • Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. September 30.
  • Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. October 7.
  • Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. October 14.
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  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. November 11.
  • Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. November 13.
  • Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. November 18.
  • Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. December 2.
  • Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. December 9.
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. December 16.

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