Our California Classes are Expanding - Two New Webinars!


Got ancestors in The Golden State? We've got two new webinars to help you find them! Announcing an additional two classes in our California Research series:

We're working hard to give our webinar subscribers the educational classes they need to maximize their genealogical research! Both of these new classes are bonus webinars in the webinar library. The webinar previews are always free.

Counting California: Censuses, Directories, and Voter Records

One of the first things we do as family history researchers is to track our ancestor in the federal census. This provides us with a time and place for our family. But there are other records that can also provide that information. Aside from the federal census, it’s important to be familiar with state specific censuses, directories (city as well as topical) and voter registrations. These resources provide names, relationships, addresses, occupations and other genealogically important data. We’ll look at what is available and where to find these items online and off.




Ho for California: Land and Maps

Birth, marriage, death, and a final resting place. These are all important events in documenting our ancestor’s life. California officially started recording BMD events in 1905 but what counties started the process earlier? What alternative sources exist for vital records when a government issued certificate is not available? Once you have documented the death of an ancestor, where do you find their final resting place? We will explore vital record recording in California and alternatives prior to official state recording. We will also explore other places to find information about your ancestor’s BMD event. Finally we will look at what types of cemeteries exist in California and where to find burial information.




These join two California webinars already in the library:

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Bon Voyage - 13th Annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise begins

image from media.royalcaribbean.comTomorrow we leave to begin our 13th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, this year to beautiful Alaska. We will depart from Seward and visit Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, and Vancouver, British Columbia. We will sail on Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas. We've also got lots of Legacy classes planned and time for one-on-one and small group sessions.

Last time we sailed through Alaska (2006) I did so without my wife. She gave birth to our 3rd child a few days before we left. Some timing, eh? Before we were even engaged, we decided that a trip like this to Alaska would be something we wanted to do together some day, and nineteen years later that day is finally here!


I'm looking forward to most of the excursions we have booked. But since on prior cruises we've already bicycled down mountains (Norway), zip-lined through rain forests (Costa Rica), paddled down rivers (Jamaica), and snorkeled in the ocean (Hawaii), we, or should I say, my wife decided that we would give rappelling a try.  Normally, this would be the last thing on earth that I would ever try as my fear of heights is incredible. Yet I agreed. I may, or may not get off the ship that day.

Daily Blog

I'll let you know all about it, either here on our blog, or over on our Facebook page (or both). If you see lots of great articles and pictures, and then they all of a sudden stop on the day of our rappelling trip, then you'll know that the first part of my new genealogy t-shirt, "Life is short..." may have come true. I may even try out the new Facebook Live broadcasting tool.

Follow the ship

You can also follow the ship online. Always know where the Radiance of the Seas is here.

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:


It's good for 10% off anything at www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com or www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Friday, September 9, 2016.


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 Dave, Pegi, Ron, Michele, Sarah, Bryan, Marian, Jairmie, John, Debbie and Leonard for keeping us afloat!

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

Life is Short, Do Genealogy First T-shirts Modeled

Exciting day at the Rasmussen home this morning. Well, exciting for me - my t-shirt proofs came in. And as you can tell from the pictures, the 7:30am before-school-photography-session in our front yard had us all smiling.

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Tanya and Kaitlyn were sporting the blue ladies style, while Evan and Nathan showed off my personal favorite - the white unisex. Wow does the red "GENEALOGY" ever pop on this shirt. Braden, who helped choose the shirt's fonts, liked the Carolina blue the best, and I'm modeling the medium gray.

Was I ever nervous yesterday as I picked the shirts up from the printer. How would they look? Would the sizes be right? Would the text be sharp and crisp? Would the colors show up well? The picture below describes how I felt afterwards:

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The shirts are everything I hoped they would be. The quality is excellent, the colors are vibrant, and they're very comfortable. Can you guess what I'll be wearing on our Legacy Genealogy Cruise which starts tomorrow?

Here's a close-up of Evan, who also came in first place for his high school in last night's cross country race. Now he can advertise genealogy all over town.

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Order by Friday, September 9

Remember, I'm only doing one printing of these one-of-a-kind T-shirts. Place your order no later than Friday, September 9. And you can't get just one - what if you wear your green one on Webinar Wednesday, and then we have a surprise flash webinar on Thursday? You'll also need one to wear to your genealogy society meeting on Friday night, and then of course one for date night on Saturday. The best part - the shipping price stays the same whether you order one or ten.

Don't delay, get yours today! :)



The Top 10 Genealogy Classes of August 2016

We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for August 2016! Are your favorite topics or instructors among the list? Need something new to learn? Use the list to get inspired!


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-410 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of August 2016.  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 August 2016

1. Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee

2. Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan

3. Foundations in DNA 1 of 5: Genealogy and DNA by Blaine Bettinger

4. Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones, CG

5. Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow, CG

6. The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk

7. Another Kind of Navigation: GPS for Genealogy by Shellee Morehead, CG

8. Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett

9. Windows 10 Survival Guide for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee

10. The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta

The Runner-Ups

11. Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby

12. Watch Geoff Live: Adding Online Records to Legacy by Geoff Rasmussen

13. Foundations in DNA 2 of 5: DNA Overview by Blaine Bettinger

14. Foundations in DNA 5 of 5: Autosomal DNA by Blaine Bettinger

15. Foundations in DNA 3 of 5: Y-DNA by Blaine Bettinger

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

17. Finding Your Early 1800s US Ancestors Online by James M. Baker, CG

18. Foundations in DNA 4 of 5: Mitochondrial DNA by Blaine Bettinger

19. Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke

20. Kinship Determination: From Generation to Generation by Judy Russell, CG, CGL

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Three Ways to Search for Slovak Ancestors

Curious about your Slovak roots, but don’t know where to being?  Not sure how to identify your ancestral town or village, or where to find records online?  Below are three simple ways to jumpstart your Slovak genealogy.


Three Ways to Search for Slovak Ancestors


1. Utilize FamilySearch. Of course the first step in genealogy is to check home sources and talk to your relatives to determine your Slovak immigrant ancestor’s original name and his or her town/village of origin. But sometimes the information you find is incomplete, skewed by family lore, or perhaps even non-existent. So you will need to go in search of vital, census, immigration, naturalization, and other records. Many of these resources can be found online in free databases on FamilySearch, and on other subscriptions sites (just remember that not everything is online). The good news is that FamilySearch also has record collections from Slovakia that are searchable online. Currently, the two most notable are: Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910 and Slovakia, Census, 1869. Access them here. In addition, you should search the FamilySearch catalog—it is one of the best sources for microfilmed records from Slovakia, including parish, military, and census records. You can view the films in person at the library in Salt Lake City, or order films online for viewing at your local Family History Center or partnering library. Be sure to check the Family Search Wiki page for Slovakia. Here you’ll find tips on accessing Slovak vital records beginning Slovak research, and determining a place of origin in Slovakia, many links to records, maps, and more. 

2. Scour Other Websites. Today there are websites for every genealogy research interest and Slovak genealogy is no different. Below are a couple of websites to explore.

Cisarik.com. This useful site compiled by Slovak tourist guide/archival researcher Juraj Čisárik, has many interesting resources including: A listing of former counties of Slovakia—Austria-Hungary Empire—prior 1918 (and maps); A listing of current counties in Slovakia today (with a map); a clickable, alphabetical index of all villages in Slovakia; a link to a Carpatho-Rusyn DNA project through Family Tree DNA; Oldslavonic - English Dictionary (5100 words) and English –Old Slavonic Dictionary (5100 words); Information on religions in Slovakia (Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed Calvinist, Evangelical Lutheran, and Jewish); Marriage Records of Eastern Slovakia 1865 – 1895; Information about a book on the genealogy of Byzantine priests in Slovakia from 1600-2010 published by Cisarik. (You can see an index of all the names included).

There is quite a bit of content to navigate through but it is very well organized. It’s worth looking through the alphabetical list of marriages. These are selected by surnames of grooms and brides with a current total of 14,735 marriage records. The surnames and first names are written in the old original spelling. If your ancestor’s surname was Americanized it could be spelled differently. You may have to search for various alternatives of a particular surname’s spelling. (Use CTRL+f on a PC or command+F on a Mac to quickly search the listings there). I found the names of the current counties and the former Hungarian counties to be quite helpful when searching for my various ancestral villages.

Slovak Genealogy Research Strategies. Slovak Genealogy Research Strategies is a very informative set of free web pages by Bill Tarkulich that aid English-speaking researchers of immigrants from Eastern Slovakia and surrounding areas. This Web site includes genealogical research strategies, methods and  unique resources for people with roots in Eastern Slovakia (Slovak Republic)/formerly Czechoslovakia/formerly Upper Hungary. Primary research areas include those of the Carpathian Mountains, and borderlands of Southern Poland (Galicia) and Western Ukraine (Carpatho-Rus).

The entire site is full of great information, such as present and former place names, a step-by-step guide to using the The 1877 Dvorzsák Gazetteer, and detailed pages on how to locate and acquire church, census, and military records for your Slovak ancestors, as well as a host of sample records. Be sure to take the time to explore the site in its entirety. Bookmark the Quick Reference Toolbox  for easy access to key resources on the site.

3. Tap into the Resources of an Ethnic Genealogical Society. If you want to connect with other Slovak researchers, consider joining The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI). CGSI is a society promoting Czechoslovak genealogical research and interest among people with ancestry in the Czechoslovak region as it was in 1918, including families of Czech, Bohemian, Moravian, Slovak, German, Hungarian, Jewish, Rusyn, and Silesian origin.


This organization publishes a quarterly newsletter Nase rodina (Our Family) , holds a bi-annual national conference in a location with a strong Czech and Slovak history (the next conference will be October 17-21, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA), a Fall Annual Meeting, and symposiums. There are members-only databases available on the society’s website as well as a message board and surname database. You can also check out the CGSI Facebook page.


To learn more about these and other resources for Slovak genealogy, watch the webinar on Beginning Slovak Genealogy Research available to Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers.


You can also pick up a copy of the Legacy Family Tree QuickGuide on Slovak Genealogy.


Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A. is a freelance writer, instructor and internationally recognized lecturer specializing in Eastern European genealogy, writing your family history, and finding female and immigrant ancestors.  She is the author of 10 books, including The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women.  Lisa is a frequent speaker for Legacy Family Tree Webinars, and blogs at The Accidental Genealogist. She can be reached at http://www.lisaalzo.com.



10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Genealogy When it Stalls

The proverbial brick wall. We all hit it at one time or another. You've searched every single document you can think of but you simply can't get past a certain time period or event for an ancestor.

Maybe you can't find Grandmother Mabel on that 1850 census but you have her in 1860 and you know she is hiding somewhere!

Perhaps Great-grandfather James is keeping his Irish origins hidden and you can't go any further unless you can figure out where in Ireland you need to look!

That's when you need to jumpstart your genealogy research. You need fresh ideas, fresh eyes and you need to be rejuvenated.

Here are 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Genealogy:

1. Revisit and review old research
Take out all your research on that brickwall ancestor. Go over it again. Read it carefully, analyze it, see if there are clues there you might have missed the first time around. I've written about my own reviews of old research and the new clues Ive found at Why Review Old Genealogy Research? and Everyone Makes Mistakes: Why You Should Review Your Research Notes 

2. Search siblings!

Remember that siblings share common ancestors. Even half-siblings share at least one parent. You may find that your ancestor’s brother or sister’s obituary has the information you have been seeking.

3. Search a different ancestor or family line

Sometimes it's time to set Grandmother Mabel aside for a bit and work on someone else. when you are ready to go back to the puzzle of Grandmother Mabel, you may find that fresh eyes will make all the difference in the world.

4. Find a genealogy buddy who will brainstorm with you 
I always brainstorm with my husband when I have a challenging genealogy mystery. It's beneficial to have someone approach the mystery with a different outlook. Often that person comes up with something that you didn't think of.

5. Make a chronological timeline of your ancestor's life events.
This is one of the most helpful ways to organize your thoughts and see at a glance where the holes are in your research. Making a timeline for one of my husband's challenging ancestors I noted that I had his baptism record, immigration record, marriage record, births of children, death of his wife and then his death.

However I did not have a record of land he might have purchased or rented and that sent me off a hunt for those records. To my surprise there was mention of him selling his land to his wife for $1.00 then buying it back two years later. That in turn led me to think about what happened in those two years? Why had he sold the land and then bought it back? Long story short, eventually I found out he had gone to jail in that time.

6. Look for alternate or obscure records. There may be tax records, or perhaps you can find a coffin plate at http://ancestorsatrest.com/coffin_plates/ for an ancestor. Try finding a funeral card at http://ancestorsatrest.com/funeral_cards/ or a medical record.


Coffin plate in collection of Brian L. Massey, published with permission
Coffin plate in collection of Brian L. Massey, published with permission


7. Search newspapers for mention of an ancestor. I found a brief notice in a local newspaper for my great-grandfather Alexander McGinnis, stating he had been sent to jail for selling liquor without a licence!

8. Talk to family members. Someone, somewhere, might have that tidbit of information you need. My husband and I searched for years for the baptism of his great-grandfather. What we didn’t know was that he was Catholic so we were searching in the wrong church records. One day my husband’s grandmother casually mentioned that her mother used to sprinkle holy water on her during thunderstorms! Bingo! I knew we had to look in Catholic records.


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9. Take a DNA test. DNA will match you with others who share a common ancestor. You will have to work to discover the link but many new discoveries can, and do, occur when you have your DNA tested. See DNA Genealogy - Choosing DNA Groups to Join for help if you have not yet had your DNA tested

10. Take a break
Yep that's right. Sometimes it's time to say "Enough!". Put your genealogy aside and go for a walk, or out for lunch with friends, or to a movie. Do something relaxing such as read a book, or visit a museum....  do something completely different and you may find yourself coming back to your research in a better mood and with new ideas.

For more ideas on breaking down brick walls see Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners and Ten Brick Wall Tips for Intermediate Researchers in the Legacy Family Tree Webinars library.


Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved with genealogy and history for more than thirty years. In 1996 Lorine created the Olive Tree Genealogy website and its companion blog. Lorine is the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books.

Legacy Tip - entering the good and the bad

With today's discovery I experienced both ends of the genealogical excitement spectrum. I experienced the high end when I discovered Jane Goodhue in an 1879 newspaper - I had no idea she was still alive then! But when I read why the article was written, I felt extreme sadness for her.


Jane Goodhue was the first wife of my 3rd great-great uncle, Joshua Marsden Brown. I have many good memories researching his life, and thus I've developed a kind of genealogical bond with him. But I've always struggled to discover what happened to Jane. I last found her listed on the 1860 census, and then never again. Because I couldn't find her in the 1870, 1880, or other state census records, and since Joshua remarried in 1888, I figured she must have sometime between 1860 and 1880. Yet my in-depth searching of death, cemetery and other records came up empty.

After renewing my newspapers.com subscription this weekend, I began doing random searches for some of my favorite families and wow was I ever delighted to see 5 matches for "Marsden Brown" in Minnesota.


The "Minneapolis News" section of the July 3, 1879 edition of The Saint Paul Globe had an article about Marsden and his wife, "Nancy J. Brown"! Years ago I was ecstatic was I learned that Marsden had a first name (Joshua) and now I've learned the same of Jane. I also now know that she was alive as of about this date. But reading further put a damper on my excitement.


So Marsden - my Marsden - wasn't such a good guy. Yet while he was accused of cruel and inhuman treatment, habitual drunkenness, not supporting his family, and threatening to take her life - all terrible, terrible things - I struggle to know how to feel about him. No woman or family should ever be treated that way, but it makes me wonder what led to this. Did he recover? Did he change? What happened to her? Did she find someone new that loved and took care of her? Was she able to forgive him? How were their children affected? I guess these are all questions we begin to ask when we feel a connection with our ancestors.

Regardless of the emotions, the newspaper article had some very good new information about the family that I needed to document in Legacy. Speaking of documentation, here's how I set up the Master Source and the Source Details in case you're interested.

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Source Details


After adding the source to the source clipboard, I added a custom event so the lawsuit information would be included in both Marsden and Jane's timelines.


Here's the Event screen enlarged:


I then shared the event with Marsden by clicking on the Share button, and updated his "role" to "defendant". Now this event shows up in both of their event sections.


I also updated her name and her death date:


I also learned from an article on August 17, 1879 that she won the case: "in the case of Mary J. Brown vs. Marsden Brown - judgement for plaintiff". So now I have another name for Jane.

I next learned from the Minnesota Historical Society that they have the actual case files so I just placed a research order for them, and of course, added this to my To Do List in Legacy:


I'm really looking forward to seeing what is in the divorce case. Maybe it will help me answer some of my questions, and hopefully it will point me in a new direction to learn more about Mary Nancy Jane Goodhue Brown.

Finding French Ancestors - free webinar by Luana Darby now online for limited time


The recording of today's webinar, "Finding French Ancestors" by Brian Donovan is now available to view for a limited time for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

From Alsace-Lorraine to Paris and Huguenots to nobility, discover key resources for French research and techniques to meet challenges on both sides of the ocean.

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 31 minute recording of "Finding French Ancestors" 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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We start with a couple of interesting facts: 8.3 million Americans (3% of the total population) claimed French ancestry in the 2000 U.S. census, and 2.4 million Americans (0.9% of the population) claimed French-Canadian ancestry. Thus, with over 10 million Americans of French origin, this research guide was almost inevitable, and in true Genealogy at a Glance fashion, it lays out the basic elements of French research in just four pages, boiling the subject down to its essence and allowing you to grasp the fundamentals of French genealogical research at a glance.
Consisting of Huguenots, Acadian refugees, and political exiles, the French contingent in America has always been viewed as a distinct element in the population, concentrated for the most part in Louisiana, New England, and the Midwest. Connecting these individuals to France and tracing them back through the earliest records, is the particular challenge of this research guide.
French research, we learn, starts with the vital records of birth, marriage, and death. These records fall into two categories: parish registers before 1792 and civil registrations after 1792. Because most records used initially in French research were created at the town level, identifying an ancestor’s town of origin is critical. Once determined (with tips given here to make it easier), research is generally conducted in the rich collections of departmental archives, including notarial records and censuses that are gradually being digitized and placed online. Municipal archives and libraries are rapidly digitizing their records as well, and the final section of this paper concludes with a list of helpful websites. The four specially laminated pages of this work are designed to provide as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. No research tool in French genealogy is as effortless and as convenient.

4 pages | Published 2012 | PDF Edition

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  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • Finding Evidence of Kinship in Military Records by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. September 20. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Educational Preparation for Certification: Many Paths to the Same Goal by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. October 18. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
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It's Here! Pre-order your "Life is Short, Do Genealogy First" Limited Edition t-shirt today

Unisex4This is the genea-T-shirt I've been looking forward to for a long time. And thanks to your prodding, it's almost ready to wear!

Just think of all of the problems it will help us overcome:

  • When your house is a mess, and you're still sitting at the computer, be sure you're wearing the shirt.
  • When your spouse wonders why you come to bed so late, remind them of the shirt you're wearing.
  • When you leave early from the gym, just point to the shirt.

So here's the scoop. I'll probably only do one printing of the shirts, making them rare, limited editions. They're available in lots of sizes, four colors, and both a unisex and a ladies style. So you'll need to place your order soon, and no later than Friday, September 9. As soon as I return home from our Legacy Genealogy Cruise to Alaska (don't you wish you were coming with?) I'm going to get the shirts made.

More incentives...

Because it would be so fun to see so many of you in these "Life is Short, Do Genealogy First" shirts, I am going to add a little more incentive for you (as if the rare, limited edition stylish, comfortable, and durable shirts weren't enough...):

Ladies4Order by Friday, September 9, and I'll include a copy of my Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors book for free! And just in case you already have a copy of it, I'll also include a free digital download of my popular webinar Watch Geoff Live! DNA edition. You'll get instant download delivery of both of these products. My way of saying THANKS!

How to order

Just click the orange button below, select your style, size and color. Unisex shirts are $14.95 and the ladies shirts are $16.95. (XXL and XXXL are a little extra.)


Shipping date

After placing the order, you'll immediately receive the link to download the book and webinar. But you'll need to wait until the end of September for your shirts to ship.

Remember, limited edition...

Speaking of shirts in the plural form, and knowing that this will likely be the only opportunity to get yours, you'll probably want at least one of each color. And you'll need to get one for your non-interested spouse for that glorious day when the genealogy bug bites them. And when the holidays come around, because you prepared in advance and added an extra one or two to your shopping cart, you'll have no problems with the last-minute gifts for your genealogy buddies.

Whether you buy 0 or 5, nothing will change the fact that "Life is short, do genealogy first!"


Register for Webinar Friday - Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby


From Alsace-Lorraine to Paris and Huguenots to nobility, discover key resources for French research and techniques to meet challenges on both sides of the ocean.


Join us and Luana Darby for the live webinar Friday, August 26, 2016 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

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LuanaDarby-144x144About the presenter

Luana Darby, MLIS, is a Salt Lake City based genealogist who specializes in the U.S. Midwest, Palatine German, LDS, and American patriot research. Her love for genealogy came from listening to stories at her grandmother's knee while a young girl. She has been working with clients for over 20 years and is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She is past president of the Utah Genealogical Association.

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The webinar will be live on Friday, August 26, 2016 at:

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