The Abstract Trap

The Abstract Trap

A derivative source is defined as:

"materials that offer alternate versions of the original—typically transcripts, translations, abstracts, extracts, nutshells, indexes, and database entries. The best derivatives will preserve all the essential details of the original. Still, errors are frequent." (emphasis mine) [1]

Some of the common derivative works are cemetery surveys, marriage abstracts, deed abstracts and will abstracts. These can be in book form, published in a periodical, or in some sort of online database. I want to alert you to a specific trap that I don't want to you fall into when working with these types of sources. This trap usually involves books. It is easier to explain by giving an example.

One of the books I have in my private library is Marion County, Mississippi Miscellaneous Records. I like this book because it has all kinds of court abstracts. I especially like it because each entry has the book and page number of the court book it was abstracted out of. For example, on page 53 of this book you will see a will abstract for John Barnes, Sr. The compiler (E. Russ Williams) also documented that this will is in Marion County Will Book A, page 70-71. This will gives me all kinds of goodies; the name of his wife, his children, his grandchildren as well as "It is not the desire of John Barnes for Edmund Lowe to get any of his estate." (Ouch!)

So what is my source for the evidence contained in this will? Some researchers will cite Marion County, Mississippi Will Book A, page 70-71 and that is the trap. Your source is not the original will book but rather it is the book of abstracts, Marion County, Mississippi Miscellaneous Records. You can't cite the Will Book unless you actually viewed it yourself. The best-case scenario is to obtain a copy of the will from the will book so that you can analyze it yourself. If you do, you can then cite the will. If not, you need to cite the abstract book. This is what my citation would look like.

E. Russ Williams, compiler, Marion County Mississippi Miscellaneous Records (1986; reprint, Greenville, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 2002), 53; citing Marion County, Mississippi Will Book A:70-71, John Barnes, Sr. will, signed 11 August 1838.

Did you notice that I snuck in the information about the will book? I did this so that my readers can have the benefit of knowing exactly where to go to get a copy of the will for themselves. They can see that I didn't actually consult the will but I am using an abstract book. 

In tomorrow's Tuesday's Tip I am going to relate this to something you will see specifically in Legacy so stay tuned. 

 

[1] Elizabeth Shown Mills, "Quick Lesson 17: The Evidence Analysis Process Map," Evidence Explained (https://www.evidenceexplained.com : accessed 12 December 2017).


Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


Legacy 101 - The Different Views

Legacy 101 - The Different Views

Legacy has many different views that you can work off of and which one you choose is personal preference. Each view is customizable so that you can tweak it to your liking. How to customize the different views will be covered at a later time.

The Family View - To me the Family View feels like a Family Group Sheet.  You can see the husband and wife along with their parents and their children. You can navigate through the generations by clicking a name that you want to put into the main view. To edit someone, double click their name.

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The Pedigree View - Some people prefer to work off of a view that looks like a Pedigree Chart. To put someone into the anchor position, double click their name. To edit someone, right click on the person and select Edit.

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The Descendant View - This view is set up like a Descendant Chart with generation numbers (based on the anchor person) to the left. You can customize the columns to show the information you want to see on each person.

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The Chronology View - This is a comprehensive timeline of your ancestor of interest. You can add in historical timelines so that you know what events were going on that might have affected his life. Again, this view is very customizable.

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The Index View - This view shows everyone in your file.  You can sort the list by RIN (or User ID), Given Name or Surname by using the buttons at the top. Like the Descendant View you can customize the columns to show the information you want to see. To edit someone, double click their name.

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The Name List - To see the Name List go to VIEW > NAME LIST. This is a great view to use if you are editing a lot of people.  If you create a Search List, it will look exactly like the Name List and it works in the very same way. Like the Index View, you can sort this list by RIN (or User ID), Given Name or Surname by using the buttons at the top. Over on the right you will see six tabs where you can do all of your editing.

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The Marriage List - To see the Marriage List go to VIEW > MARRIAGE LIST. If you are working off of the Marriage you can edit each person or their marriage by using the buttons at the bottom of the screen. You can sort this list by MRIN, the Husband, or the Wife using the buttons at the top. If you are using Gender-Neutral Terms this will be Left Spouse and Right Spouse.

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Legacy has different views so that our users can find one that makes the most sense to them. These views are used to see your data and to navigate., however, with the exception of the Name List all data entry is done on the Individual's Information screen.

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2017 Year in Review - Legacy and MyHeritage

2018

As we say goodbye to 2017 and look forward to 2018, Legacy's 19th year was a huge success and the upcoming 20th year looks more promising than ever.

Our Legacy software, now available in 17 languages, has been downloaded many millions of times, and now that it is backed by its new owners and one of genealogy's largest corporations - MyHeritage - Legacy will continue to evolve and take advantage of the latest technologies for years to come.

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Legacy 9 was released in April and included many industry firsts such as Hashtags, FindAGrave.com searching, X-DNA charts and more. Thanks to Legacy's new Hinting tool, our users are smashing through brick walls like never before. My personal "fave" new feature was the Family Tree BINGO report which was a hit at our family reunion this summer. We are now working to provide an optional two-way sync between Legacy and MyHeritage, finishing up the Mac version, plus lots of other exciting new features.

Our webinar series at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com, now seven years strong, continues to bring the finest genealogy education to the masses. We added 194 new webinars to the library in 2017 which now boasts 639 classes taught by 159 of genealogy's finest educators. We just announced our 2018 lineup where we will once again host the monthly webinar series for the Board for Certification of Genealogists as well as hosting the brand new MyHeritage webinar series. You won't need every single class, but when you do need a little help, our webinars are there for you. We also plan to add closed-captioning to many of our webinar recordings in 2018.

 

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Obviously, the biggest news of the year came in August when we announced our company's acquisition by MyHeritage. It rocked the genealogy news feeds and caused some uncertainty at first, but MyHeritage has done as they have promised - everything will stay the same except that it will just get better. I've got to admit, the more I work with, utilize, and learn about MyHeritage, the more and more happy I am to be working for the fastest growing company in the industry. The company now has 420 employees, 92 million users, and 8.3 billion historical records and are adding more value every month. In fact, just yesterday they, or should I say "we" just announced the release of one of the largest collection of digitized US yearbooks in existence. I can hardly wait to see if I can locate my parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents in these new records.

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Perhaps the biggest area where MyHeritage is excelling is in the DNA market, where we just announced that MyHeritage DNA surpassed one million people in the DNA database, and that we are the fastest company to reach the one million mark. I loved this brief video about Irish people taking a MyHeritage DNA test:

Be sure to upload your DNA test results at https://www.myheritage.com/dna. Because of MyHeritage's large international audience, you'll likely find, like I did, a whole bunch of additional DNA matches that you won't find at the other websites.

And to be completely truthful, this 2017 year in review article pales in comparison to the Year in Review on the MyHeritage blog. This article made me proud to be a MyHeritage employee and confirms our decision to seek the partnership/acquisition that we did.

As we move into a new year, may we all have the hope, the skills, and the tools to help us find lots and lots of ancestors. And remember, "life is short, do genealogy first!"


New "Member Friday" Webinars - Two Podcasting Webinars by Marian Pierre-Louis

New "Member Friday" Webinar -Two Podcasting Webinars by Marian Pierre-Louis

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy two new webinars "Podcasts for Education and Entertainment" and "Become a Broadcaster: How to Create a Podcast" by Marian Pierre-Louis. If you're not a member,  remember the webinar previews are always free.

Podcasts for Education and Entertainment

Podcasts are one of the most underutilized educational resources in genealogy. In this webinar we talk about what podcasts are, how to listen to them and, of course, point you in the direction of some great genealogy and history podcasts. 

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Have you ever listened to a podcast such as Genealogy Gems, The Genealogy Guys or The Genealogy Professional podcast and thought "Hey, I'd like to do that too"? The challenge is learning how to do it. Veteran podcaster Marian Pierre-Louis will peel back the curtain and teach you how to get started with both a simple set up and something more complicated. 

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Marian Pierre-LouisMarian Pierre-Louis is a genealogical writer and speaker who specializes in southern New England research (Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts). Born and raised in Connecticut, she has lived in Massachusetts for almost 20 years. Marian has three generations of recent family ties to Rhode Island and also links to some very old Rhode Island lines.  As a result, these three states have become the focus of her research activity. Unlike most genealogists, Marian is spoiled to spend most of her time working with original records.  You will most often find her researching at a town hall, registry of deeds, probate court or the local cemetery. It's a rare day that Marian has to sit in front of a microfilm reader.

Marian is actively engaged in social media. You can find her starting conversations on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. She frequently speaks on New England topics including house history research, social media, African American research and a broad range of genealogical topics. She is the author of several blogs including: Marian's Roots & Rambles and The New England House Historian. She is the host of the Internet radio shows,  FieldstoneCommon and The Genealogy Professional podcast.

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2018 Schedule

January 2018

  • Did I Get Everything? Creating a Checklist for Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee. 1/3
  • Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 1): Your First Few Legacy Tips by Geoff Rasmussen. 1/5
  • Quality, Time and Completion: Developing a Research Plan (Part One) by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA. 1/10
  • Full Circle: Tracing the Descendants of a Slaveholding Ancestor by Nicka Smith. 1/12
  • MyHeritage Webinars: Genealogy for Beginners: Start Your Online Family Tree by Daniel Horowitz. 1/16
  • BCG Webinars: Finding Thomas' Father: an 18th Century Prince William County Virginia Case Study by Pam Stone Eagleson, CG. 1/16
  • Introducing the Geni World Family Tree by E. Randol Schoenberg. 1/17
  • Finding Jamestown Ancestors by KC Reid. 1/24
  • MyHeritage Webinars:  Understanding DNA Matching Technology. 1/30
  • Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage by Sunny Morton. 1/31

February 2018

  • Photo Restoration Roadshow by Eric Basir. 2/7
  • MyHeritage Webinars:  Have Nordic Ancestors? Count Yourself Lucky - Nordic Records are Amazing by Mike Mansfield. 2/13
  • BCG Webinars: Using Swedish Taxation Records to Solve Tough Genealogical Problems by Jill Morelli, CG. 2/20
  • Tribal Quest: a Special Project to Document the Family Histories of Tribal People by Golan Levi. 2/21
  • Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 2): Adding an Online Document by Geoff Rasmussen. 2/23
  • Find Your Roots in German Farm Histories by Gail Blankenau. 2/28

March 2018 

  • Overcoming Brick Walls Caused by Record Loss by Mary Hill, AG. 3/7
  • Secrets in the Attic: Break Down Brick Walls With Home Sources by Denise May Levenick. 3/9
  • MyHeritage Webinars: True Stories of Families Reunited Thanks to Genetic Genealogy. 3/13
  • The Case of the Broken Link: Decoding the URL by Cyndi Ingle. 3/14
  • BCG Webinars: From Baltimore to Burlington: Hazen P. Day's Neighbors Bring Him Home by Catherine B. Wiest Desmarais, CG. 3/20
  • Hands-On with MyHeritage DNA by Geoff Rasmussen and Yoav Naveh. 3/21
  • Introduction to DNA Testing in Genealogy and Family History by Mike Mansfield. 3/23
  • MyHeritage Webinars:  How DNA testing can reveal your ethnic roots. 3/27
  • Formulating a DNA Testing Plan by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. 3/28

April 2018

  • Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History, Migration, DNA by Schelly Talalay Dardashti. 4/4
  • Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 3): Adding a Census Record by Geoff Rasmussen. 4/6
  • MyHeritage Webinars: Genealogy for Advanced Users: Grow Your Family Tree Online. 4/10
  • Georgia: Gateway to Westward Expansion by Rorey Cathcart. 4/11
  • Researching Your Oregon Ancestors by Tessa Keough. 4/13
  • BCG Webinars: Better Together: Making Your Case with Documents and DNA by Patti Lee Hobbs, CG. 4/17
  • Lincoln's Laws and the Records of War by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. 4/18
  • MyHeritage Webinars: Get the Most from the MyHeritage Search Engine for Historical Records by Daniel Horowitz. 4/24
  • Verifying Information You Find Online by Marian Pierre-Louis. 4/25

May 2018

  • Special Appearance by the Founder and CEO of MyHeritage by Gilad Japhet. 5/2
  • MyHeritage Webinars: Discover Your Family in School Yearbooks by Mike Mansfield. 5/8
  • The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper by Cyndi Ingle. 5/9
  • A Checklist of African American Resources by Angela Walton-Raji. 5/11
  • BCG Webinars: Good Research Habits by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. 5/15
  • The First 5 Things to Do with Your New Test Results by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. 5/16
  • MyHeritage Webinars: How to Use the Smart Matches & Record Matches MyHeritage Technologies. 5/22
  • Quaker Migration into America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. 5/23
  • The Palatine Immigrants: Tracing and Locating 18th Century German Immigrants Online by Luana Darby, MLIS, AG. 5/30

June 2018

  • MyHeritage Webinars: Digital Gravestones. 6/5
  • What Your Ancestor's Neighbors Can Tell You by Melissa Barker. 6/6
  • The Family DNA Project by Nicka Smith. 6/8
  • Easily Read Old Style American Handwriting by Sharon Monson. 6/13
  • MyHeritage Webinars: You Need a Search Strategy: Maximizing Your Results with Online Genealogical Databases by Mike Mansfield. 6/19
  • BCG Webinars: Using Maps in Genealogical Research by Sara A. Scriber, CG. 6/19
  • Lightroom or Photoshop? What should I use for my photo editing? by Jared Hodges. 6/27

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July 2018

  • Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 4): Adding Estate/Probate Records by Geoff Rasmussen. 7/6
  • The Art of Negative-Space Research: Women by Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. 7/11
  • Freedmen's Bureau Records - Valuable to ALL Southern research by Diane L. Richard. 7/13
  • MyHeritage Webinars: Special Tools that can Take Your Research to the Next Level. 7/17
  • BCG Webinars: It's a Numbers Game! Understanding Recognized Genealogical Formats by Alice Hoyt Veen, CG. 7/17
  • Trails of Daniel Boone and other Western Travelers by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA. 7/18
  • Photoshop: What you need to know as a photographer by Jared Hodges. 7/25
  • MyHeritage Webinars: An Overview of Important Historical Record Collections. 7/31

August 2018

  • Sharing The Joy: Projects That Will Captivate The Non-Genealogists In Your Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. 8/1
  • Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 5): Adding an Obituary by Geoff Rasmussen. 8/3
  • Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist by Annette Burke Lyttle. 8/8
  • 50 Websites To Find Vital Records by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 8/10
  • MyHeritage Webinars: Everything you need to know about Genealogical Charts and Reports. 8/14
  • Untangle the Web of Germanic Websites by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG. 8/15
  • BCG Webinars: GPS: Finding Your Way Through Tough Research Problems by James Ison, CG, AG. 8/21
  • Researching Forces Ancestors (England and Wales) by Kirsty Gray. 8/22
  • MyHeritage Webinars: How Photos Enhance Genealogical Research by Daniel Horowitz. 8/28
  • The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite by Diahan Southard. 8/29

September 2018 

  • What’s Been Done: Using Someone Else’s Research by Thomas MacEntee. 9/5
  • Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 6): Adding a Death Certificate by Geoff Rasmussen. 9/7
  • Examining Migration & Researching Migrants in the British Isles by Julie Goucher. 9/12
  • Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families by Ann Staley, CG, CGL. 9/14
  • BCG Webinars: Using Lists to Find Proof by Cari Taplin, CG. 9/18
  • 25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know by Lisa Alzo. 9/19
  • MyHeritage Webinars: Importance of Newspapers for family research by Daniel Horowitz. 9/25

 October 2018

  • Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. 10/3
  • Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 7): Adding Email Correspondence by Geoff Rasmussen. 10/5
  • MyHeritage Webinars: On the Go: Using Your Mobile Device for Genealogy. 10/9
  • In Search of My Brother's Mother - An Adoption Story by Beth Foulk.10/10
  • Strategies for Using FamilySearch by Shannon Combs-Bennett. 10/12
  • BCG Webinars: Using Emigrant Guides for Genealogical Research by Julie Miller, CG, CGL, FNGS. 10/16
  • Ho to California! The Draw of the Gold Rush by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. 10/17
  • MyHeritage Webinars: True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic Genealogy. 10/23
  • 10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing by Lisa Alzo. 10/24
  • Researching your French and Indian War Ancestor by Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA. 10/26
  • Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees by E. Randol Schoenberg. 10/31

November 2018

  • Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8): The Smoking Gun by Geoff Rasmussen. 11/2
  • MyHeritage Webinars: City Directories: Much More than Ye Olde Phonebooks by Mike Mansfield. 11/6
  • Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor by Melissa Barker. 11/7
  • Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners by Rorey Cathcart. 11/14
  • BCG Webinars: Every Day Life of Our Ancestors by Ann Staley, CG, CGL. 11/20
  • Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. 11/28

December 2018

  • Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records by Mary Roddy. 12/5
  • Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database by Geoff Rasmussen. 12/7
  • 101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart by Janet Hovorka. 12/12
  • Citation for beginners by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG. 12/14
  • BCG Webinars: Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family by Nancy A. Peters, CG. 12/18
  • That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors by Michael L. Strauss, AG. 12/19

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Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search - free webinar by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL now online for limited time

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Through examples the problems with not conducting an exhaustive search will be highlighted. Assumptions, misinterpretations, and not digging deep enough into original records will all be showcased as to how they can mislead research, sometimes for years. Encouraging the audience to follow the principles of a reasonably exhaustive search should give them incentive to make it a part of their usual research habits. They will also learn particular pitfalls to watch for.

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Did I Get Everything? Creating a Checklist for Genealogy Research  01/03/2018  Thomas MacEntee
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 1): Your First Few Legacy Tips  01/05/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Quality  Time and Completion: Developing a Research Plan (Part One)  01/10/2018  J. Mark Lowe  CG  FUGA
Full Circle: Tracing the Descendants of a Slaveholding Ancestor  01/12/2018  Nicka Smith
Genealogy for Beginners: Start Your Family Tree Online  01/16/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Finding Thomas' Father: an 18th Century Prince William County Virginia Case Study  01/16/2018  Pam Stone Eagleson  CG
Introducing the Geni World Family Tree  01/17/2018  E. Randol Schoenberg
Finding Jamestown Ancestors  01/24/2018  KC Reid
Understanding DNA Matching technology  01/30/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry  FamilySearch  Findmypast and MyHeritage  01/31/2018  Sunny Morton
Photo Restoration Roadshow  02/07/2018  Eric Basir
Have Nordic Ancestors? Count Yourself Lucky - Nordic Records are Amazing  02/13/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Using Swedish Taxation Records to Solve Tough Genealogical Problems  02/20/2018  Jill Morelli  CG
Tribal Quest: Documenting the Family Histories of Indigenous Communities Around the World  02/21/2018  Golan Levi
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 2): Adding an Online Document  02/23/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Find Your Roots in German Farm Histories  02/28/2018  Gail Blankenau
Overcoming Brick Walls Caused by Record Loss  03/07/2018  Mary Hill  AG
Secrets in the Attic: Break Down Brick Walls With Home Sources  03/09/2018  Denise May Levenick
True Stories of Families Reunited Thanks to Genetic Genealogy  03/13/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The Case of the Broken Link: Decoding the URL  03/14/2018  Cyndi Ingle
From Baltimore to Burlington: Hazen P. Day's Neighbors Bring Him Home  03/20/2018  Catherine B. Wiest Desmarais  CG
Hands-On with MyHeritage DNA  03/21/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Introduction to DNA Testing in Genealogy and Family History  03/23/2018  Mike Mansfield
How DNA testing can reveal your ethnic breakdown  03/27/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Formulating a DNA Testing Plan  03/28/2018  Blaine Bettinger  Ph.D.  J.D.
Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History  Migration  DNA  04/04/2018  Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 3): Adding a Census Record  04/06/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Genealogy for Advanced Users: Grow Your Family Tree Online  04/10/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Georgia: Gateway to Westward Expansion  04/11/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Researching Your Oregon Ancestors  04/13/2018  Tessa Keough
Better Together: Making Your Case with Documents and DNA  04/17/2018  Patti Lee Hobbs  CG
Lincoln's Laws and the Records of War  04/18/2018  Judy G. Russell  JD  CG  CGL
Get the Most from the MyHeritage Search Engine for Historical Records  04/24/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Verifying Information You Find Online  04/25/2018  Marian Pierre-Louis
Special Appearance by the Founder and CEO of MyHeritage  05/02/2018  Gilad Japhet
Discover Your Family in School Yearbooks  05/08/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper  05/09/2018  Cyndi Ingle
A Checklist of African American Resources  05/11/2018  Angela Walton-Raji
Good Research Habits  05/15/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
The First 5 Things to Do with Your New Test Results  05/16/2018  Blaine Bettinger  Ph.D.  J.D.
How to Use the Smart Matches & Record Matches MyHeritage Technologies  05/22/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Quaker Migration into America  05/23/2018  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen  AG
The Palatine Immigrants: Tracing and Locating 18th Century German Immigrants Online  05/30/2018  Luana Darby  MLIS  AG
Digital Gravestones  06/05/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
What Your Ancestor's Neighbors Can Tell You  06/06/2018  Melissa Barker
The Family DNA Project  06/08/2018  Nicka Smith
Easily Read Old Style American Handwriting  06/13/2018  Sharon Monson
Using Maps in Genealogical Research  06/19/2018  Sara A. Scribner  CG
You Need a Search Strategy: Maximizing Your Results with Online Genealogical Databases  06/19/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Lightroom or Photoshop? What should I use for my photo editing?  06/27/2018  Jared Hodges
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 4): Adding Estate/Probate Records  07/06/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
The Art of Negative-Space Research: Women  07/11/2018  Jeanne Bloom  CG
Freedmen's Bureau Records - Valuable to ALL Southern research  07/13/2018  Diane L.  Richard
Special Tools that can Take Your Research to the Next Level  07/17/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
It's a Numbers Game! Understanding Recognized Genealogical Formats  07/17/2018  Alice Hoyt Veen  CG
Trails of Daniel Boone and other Western Travelers  07/18/2018  J. Mark Lowe  CG  FUGA
Photoshop: What you need to know as a photographer  07/25/2018  Jared Hodges
An Overview of Important Historical Record Collections  07/31/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Sharing The Joy: Projects That Will Captivate The Non-Genealogists In Your Life  08/01/2018  Lisa Louise Cooke
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 5): Adding an Obituary  08/03/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist  08/08/2018  Annette Burke  Lyttle
50 Websites To Find Vital Records  08/10/2018  Gena Philibert-Ortega
Everything you need to know about Genealogical Charts and Reports  08/14/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Untangle the Web of Germanic Websites  08/15/2018  Teresa Steinkamp McMillin  CG
GPS: Finding Your Way Through Tough Research Problems  08/21/2018  James Ison  CG  AG
Researching Forces Ancestors (England and Wales)  08/22/2018  Kirsty Gray
How Photos Enhance Genealogical Research  08/28/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite  08/29/2018  Diahan Southard
What's Been Done: Using Someone Else's Genealogy Research  09/05/2018  Thomas MacEntee
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 6): Adding a Death Certificate  09/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Examining Migration & Researching Migrants in the British Isles  09/12/2018  Julie Goucher
Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families  09/14/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Using Lists to Find Proof  09/18/2018  Cari Taplin  CG
25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know  09/19/2018  Lisa Alzo
Importance of Newspapers for family research  09/25/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System  10/03/2018  Rick Sayre  CG  CGL  FUGA
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 7): Adding Email Correspondence  10/05/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
On the Go: Using Your Mobile Device for Genealogy  10/09/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
In Search of My Brother's Mother - An Adoption Story  10/10/2018  Beth Foulk
Strategies for Using FamilySearch  10/12/2018  Shannon Combs-Bennett
Using Emigrant Guides for Genealogical Research  10/16/2018  Julie P. Miller  CG  CGL
Ho to California! The Draw of the Gold Rush  10/17/2018  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen  AG
True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic Genealogy  10/23/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing  10/24/2018  Lisa Alzo
Researching your French and Indian War Ancestor  10/26/2018  Craig R. Scott  MA  CG  FUGA
Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees  10/31/2018  E. Randol Schoenberg
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8): The Smoking Gun  11/02/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
City Directories: Much More than Ye Olde Phonebooks  11/06/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor  11/07/2018  Melissa Barker
Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners  11/14/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Every Day Life of Our Ancestors  11/20/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking  11/28/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records  12/05/2018  Mary Kircher Roddy
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database  12/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart  12/12/2018  Janet Hovorka
Citation for beginners  12/14/2018  Shellee Morehead  PhD  CG
Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family  12/18/2018  Nancy A. Peters  CG
That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors  12/19/2018  Michael L. Strauss  AG

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Tuesday's Tip Bonus Edition- Downloadable Help Files (Beginner)

Downloadable Help FIles

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Downloadable Help Files (Beginner)

One of our long time Legacy users, Bosse W., added a great comment/suggestion to today's Tuesday's Tip, How to Add Multiple Help Files. He suggested that we add all of the different language Help Files as simple downloads to our Legacy website so that it would be easier to snag them. This was a great idea and Ken just set it up. Here is the new link:

Download Help Files

Thank you, Bosse, for helping make Legacy better.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


Register for Webinar Wednesday: Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

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Through examples the problems with not conducting an exhaustive search will be highlighted. Assumptions, misinterpretations, and not digging deep enough into original records will all be showcased as to how they can mislead research, sometimes for years. Encouraging the audience to follow the principles of a reasonably exhaustive search should give them incentive to make it a part of their usual research habits. They will also learn particular pitfalls to watch for.

Join us and Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL for the live webinar Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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About the presenter

ElissaPowell-144x144Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, a western Pennsylvania researcher for over 25 years, is the co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Professional Genealogy Course Coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). She was an instructor and module creator for Boston University's Genealogical Research Certificate program 2008-2016. She was the course co-coordinator of the AG/CG Preparation Course at the 2010 and 2013 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is a regional and national speaker on such topics as Pennsylvania records, methodology, professional development, and society management.
 
She was a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists for nine years, their President (2012-2014), and past Outreach Committee Chairperson. She was a Director for the Association of Professional Genealogists for six years; taught genealogy courses at the local community college for fourteen years; co-edited a cemetery book series, appeared on the PBS-TV show Ancestors2 cemetery episode and on the Travel Channel’s Dead Files in the 2015 “The Instigator” episode. She is a past-President of two local Pittsburgh area societies and a contributing author to many publications including the NGS Quarterly and the APG Quarterly. She was honored in May 2010 with the NGS President's Citation in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy.
 
An NSDAR member, she is also a lifetime member of the Ohio Genealogical Society; the Medina County Chapter, OGS; and the Baltzer Meyer Historical Society (Greensburg, PA) which was named for her ancestor.
 
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Tuesday's Tip - How to Add Multiple Help Files (Intermediate)

How to Add Multiple Help Files

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

How to Add Multiple Help Files (Intermediate)

We have many users that are bilingual and they flip Legacy back and forth between languages as needed (Options > Select Language). There is an additional feature that our bilingual users might find useful that most users don't know exists. You can add multiple Help Files to Legacy in different languages.

All you have to do is install each language version that you want. You can do this using the free Standard Edition of Legacy or Legacy Deluxe. When you install another language version over what you have, the only thing that will be installed is what is missing which is the Help File.

I normally use the English version but I also installed the German version because I am bilingual. A new icon magically appears on the Help Toolbar. If I click the new icon I will get a dialog box allowing me to chose which language I want to use. I don't have to do this each time, only when I want to switch.

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You can see which languages are available HERE.

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! I know that there will be people that have never switched Legacy from one language to another that will try it out after reading this article. There is one thing that you need to be aware of. If you have customized your event sentences you will lose your custom sentences when you switch. What you need to do is make a backup before you switch, do what you need to do in the other language, switch back, and then restore your backup. 

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If you are bilingual, I would love for you to comment which languages you use with Legacy.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.

 


Legacy 101 - How to Find Help

There are a lot of different ways to find help while using the Legacy Family Tree software program. Below are seven easy ways for your to get started.

1) On every screen in Legacy there is a Help button. If you click the Help button it will take you to the appropriate location in the Help File for that topic so that you don't have to search for what you are looking for. 

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2) Legacy 9 now includes the PDF version of the User's Guide. In previous versions this was a separate purchase. In your order confirmation email there are two links, one to download the program and one to download the PDF version of the User's Guide.

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3) We also have Knowledge Base articles that are searchable HERE.

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4) There are lots of Legacy videos (free) to teach you how to use the program. You can find them  HERE.

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5) We also have a Legacy Users Group mailing list where you can ask questions and get advice. You can join HERE

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6) If you are on Facebook there is a Legacy Users Group there that has over 15,000 members. You can join HERE.

Both of the Legacy Users Groups are monitored by some of the staff, beta testers, and translators.

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7) You can find shortcuts to many of the helps by either selecting the Help tab on the main toolbar or by selecting the Legacy Home tab and then looking over to the right under the Support heading.

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You can get most of your questions answered using these tools. If there is a question that you haven't been able to find the answer to, or you have a suggestion for a new feature you would like to see, you can use the email links on the Help Toolbar or the Legacy Home tab to contact us.

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.