Register for Webinar Wednesday - Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Warren Bittner

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Join us this Wednesday, April 15 for a webinar with professional genealogist, Warren Bittner. This light-hearted excursion into the mistakes of a novice researcher will entertain audiences of all levels of experience.

Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, April 15, 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.

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About the presenter

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F. Warren Bittner, CGSM, is a genealogical researcher and lecturer, with thirty years of research experience. He holds a Master of Science degree in history from Utah State University, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business from Brigham Young University. His master’s thesis looked at the social factors affecting illegitimacy in nineteenth-century Bavaria. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and in 1989-1990 he studied Chinese at a graduate level at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

He is the owner of Ancestors Lost and Found, a small genealogical research firm. For six years he was the German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, where he coordinated contracts to microfilm and index records at 102 archives in seven countries and where he planned the German book acquisitions and internet publications. Before that he worked for four years in the extraction unit of the Family History Library, where he was coordinator of third-party indexing projects and where he developed and trained volunteers in Spanish indexing projects. He has also worked as a Reference Consultant at the Family History Library on both the U.S. and International reference counters. He has done research in more than fifty German archives and in more than forty U.S. archives and record repositories.

In 2010 he was assistant director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and he is a former member of the board of directors for Utah Genealogical Association. He made several appearances on the PBS television series, Ancestors 2. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the National Genealogical Society, Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, and the Palatines to America, Colorado Chapter, and the Sacrament German Society. He is married to Nancy Ruth Christensen and is the father of three children.

View Warren's other webinars here.

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Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House - free webinar by Jana Sloan Broglin now online for limited time

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You're going to love today's webinar! You will be entertained, educated, and inspired to look a little deeper in your genealogical journey. Here's the scoop....

The recording of today's webinar, "Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House" by Jana Sloan Broglin is now available in the Webinar Library for free for a limited time. A few comments:

  • Wow. Haven't laughed so hard in a long time! Invaluable information coupled with a wonderful sense of humor. Delightful.
  • I laughed and laughed but got many great research ideas! Wonderful webinar!
  • It gave me great places to look for stories and unexpected leads on maybe some of my stumbling blocks. It was also very entertaining and her presentation was easy to follow.

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 28 minute recording of "Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House" 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 - broglin - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

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  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 226 classes, 330 hours of genealogy education)
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  • 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

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Warren Bittner. April 15.
  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E! by Judy Russell. April 22.
  • United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story by Bernice Alexander Bennett. April 24.
  • Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history by Tessa Keough. April 29.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 2 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. May 6.
  • After You're Gone - Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). May 8.
  • GenealogyBank - The Power of Finding Our Ancestor's Stories by Tom Kemp. May 13.
  • Martha Benshura - Enemy Alien by Judy Russell. May 20.
  • Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill. May 27.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 3 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 3.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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World War II Heroes: Telling Their Stories - brand new BONUS webinar for subscribers

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World War II is the earliest war where we can actually speak to the veterans themselves - the men and women who served. But this precious resource is fading quickly so time is of the essence! This webinar will present a case study, fleshing out a basic story of a pilot and crew of a B-17 shot down over Germany, illustrating how to find and access multiple sources to learn about the experiences of these heroes.

How to view:

If you are an annual or monthly webinar subscriber, this webinar's recording is now available in the Webinar Library. Just head over to the library, login, and enjoy! Five pages of supplemental syllabus materials also accompany this webinar.

Click here to watch the webinar.

If you are not yet a webinar subscriber...when you join as an annual or monthly subscriber you, too, will have access to these bonus members-only webinars. This is the seventh we've added since January. Take a look at all of these benefits:

  • Unlimited access to the entire Webinar Library (currently 225 classes to choose from)
  • Access to the instructors' handouts (currently 946 pages)
  • Access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • 5% off anything in the FamilyTreeWebinars.com store
  • See which live webinars you have registered for

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About the presenter

Presenter-6281Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, has been a genealogist for 13 years, becoming interested in the subject in anticipation of an extended trip to Ireland. She earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington in 2005. She is an active member of the Seattle Genealogical Society, having served in multiple board positions and on the seminar and education committees and is a regular facilitator on the SGS Brick Wall panel. She lectures frequently on various genealogical topics in the Seattle area. Her articles, “Mark Golden: A Case Study in World War II Research,” and “Sailing in Their Wake,” were published in Family Chronicle Magazine in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Her article, “Five Tips for Online Newspaper Research,” appeared in the June/July 2013 issue of Internet Genealogy. She presented her research on Mark Golden as part of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree webinar series. She is currently working on a novel set in the San Francisco area in 1900 and 1901, based on stories of several of her ancestors and their associates which she discovered in her genealogical research.

Click here for all of Mary's webinars.


How to receive our announcements and discussions on Facebook - even if you already "like" us

Thanks everyone for "liking" our Facebook page. It's been a fun place to interact, announce our new updates, and share the latest happenings here at Legacy Family Tree.

Unfortunately, lots of you who have liked the page do not receive its announcements or discussions in your Facebook feed. But it doesn't take much on your part to change that. Take a look at the brief video below to see what you can do. By the way - this isn't specific just to our Facebook page. The recommendations in the video will help you for any page you wish to follow. 


American Revolution Genealogy - free webinar by Beth Foulk now online for limited time

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I am completely jealous of Marian Pierre-Louis and the entire live audience of last night's webinar. I've never received so many "BEST WEBINAR EVER!" comments before. And with it being a Wednesday evening webinar, which Marian guest hosts, I wasn't there. I won't ever miss a live performance of Beth Foulk again. Thankfully I'll get to listen to the replay this afternoon....Here's the official word below.

The recording of last night's webinar, "American Revolution Genealogy" by Beth Foulk is now available in the Webinar Library for free for a limited time. A few comments:

  • Best I've ever attended from Legacy! Will have to re-watch so I can absorb more, so much to learn!
  • Wonderful to have a methodology to searching! Helped expand my knowledge of ancestry.com and I have been a paid subscriber for years!
  • Super organized, super presented, super information, and I am now really super excited to tackle my revolutionary ancestors who are some of those dear souls who all share the same names, about the same times, and about the same places....but are all of different families, (even though related). There may be a way to sort this all out. HOORAY
  • One of the best ever in terms of organization, clear explanation, great handout. Excellent!!!!

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 29 minute recording of "American Revolution Genealogy" 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 - revolution - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, April 13, 2015.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 225 classes, 329 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 946 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)

  • Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House by Jana Sloan Broglin. April 10.
  • Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Warren Bittner. April 15.
  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E! by Judy Russell. April 22.
  • United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story by Bernice Alexander Bennett. April 24.
  • Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history by Tessa Keough. April 29.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 2 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. May 6.
  • After You're Gone - Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). May 8.
  • GenealogyBank - The Power of Finding Our Ancestor's Stories by Tom Kemp. May 13.
  • Martha Benshura - Enemy Alien by Judy Russell. May 20.
  • Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill. May 27.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 3 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 3.
  • 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.
  • 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!


You're going to want an ancestor in this record!

If I could dream up what the perfect census record would include, it would include all the usual information (name, gender, age, occupation) plus it would include:

  • Full name of father
  • Father's birthplace
  • Father's age
  • Full name of mother, including maiden name
  • Mother's birthplace
  • Mother's age
  • Place of parents' marriage
  • Whether served in Civil War, Spanish-American War, or World War I
  • Church affiliation

You're thinking, "good luck Geoff", right?

This dream came true after what I learned in watching Ruby Coleman's recent webinar, Iowa Ancestors in History, Geography and Genealogy. Before showing the record, she stated, "you're going to want an ancestor in this record!" Then she showed a page from the 1925 Iowa state census. I've never before seen a census record provide all of this information. The full name and ages of both the father and the mother of every person in the census including her maiden name, birth place and marriage place was included! Talk about a genealogy gold mine!

In fact, there is so much information in this census that it took THREE PAGES for each person! Here's some examples (click on images to enlarge):

Page one shows the full name (given name, middle name, surname) of each person, their relation to the head of the household, gender, race, age, and marital status. Pretty good, although normal information for later census records.

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Page two gets really good. Here it lists the birth place of the person, the name and birth place of the father, the name and birth place of the mother, how old each of the parents were on their last birthday, and the place of the parents' marriage. THANK YOU IOWA!

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I now desperately wanted to have an Iowa ancestor who would be listed in this census.

Since this census provides the maiden name of the person's mother, I wondered if I had anyone in my family file who would 1) be alive in 1925, 2) be living in Iowa in 1925, and 3) not have their mother's maiden name recorded yet. Here's what I did:

Use Legacy's Census Search tool

1) On the Search tab, I clicked on the Census List button.

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2) Then I filled in the following information, and clicked the "Create a Search List" button.

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The resulting Search List contained 77 individuals who were 1) alive in 1925 and 2) calculated by Legacy to be living in Iowa at the time.

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Rather than look at all 77 right then, I filtered this list a little more:

1) On the Search button at the bottom of this screen, I clicked on Find, and then clicked on the Detailed Search tab.

2) Here I told Legacy to search these 77 individuals for someone who did not have the mother's maiden name recorded.

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The new Search List had four individuals, one of whom was Louis William KING. Looking at his record, it showed that he died in 1929 in Iowa and that his mother's name was just Catherine - no maiden name.

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At this point, my heart started racing a little faster, thinking that I might finally find Catherine's maiden name.

This is where creative searching at Ancestry was needed. My initial search in the "Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925" for Louis William King gave 462 results. The results were a combination of possible individuals in six different census years.

I modified the search by adding Louis' birth location of Iowa, the "lived in" location of Muscatine County, and the "Residence Date" of 1925.

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This narrowed down the search results to 453. Next, I changed the Search Filter for the "Lived In" category from Broad to Exact.

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Now there were just 12 Results:

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Guess which of these was my guy? If you guessed Wm King Lewis you are right. Now that took some creative searching, didn't it?

The record confirmed the names I had for Lewis and his wife:

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It confirmed the name and birth place of Lewis' father, yet did not list his age, so I can infer that he was no longer living:

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It then gave William's mother's full name and birth place. Eureka! This is the first time I have seen her maiden name!

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And it listed where his parents were married, which, with his timeline and trying to learn when he emigrated, this was helpful:

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Finally, I learned they were part of the Evangelical church which could lead to some church records.

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My next step will be to add this new information to Legacy following the techniques I explained in the "Watch Geoff Live: Adding a Census Record" webinar or in the Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked! book.

I hope that you, too, have an ancestor in the 1925 Iowa state census. If you do, please write about your findings in the comments below. And remember, "Life is short, do genealogy first!"


Got Iowa Ancestors? There's a new BONUS webinar (and book) for that!

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Dear Legacy Family Tree Webinar Subscribers - if you have Iowa ancestors, you'll enjoy this brand new BONUS webinar (for webinar subscribers) from Ruby Coleman. I loved it so much that I'll be writing an entire article about how one of the topics Ruby spoke about helped to solve one of my German brick walls.

Webinar Description:

Follow the trail of your ancestor and fall in love with genealogical research in Iowa. First a territory and then a state, Iowa was settled by the mid-1830s. In this webinar, you will learn about the early history, settlements and geography of Iowa, along with the laws and records. Iowa is noted for their many years of state census. Those are discussed, along with examples, in the webinar.

How to view:

If you are an annual or monthly webinar subscriber, this webinar's recording is now available in the Webinar Library. Just head over to the library, login, and enjoy! 5 pages of supplemental syllabus materials also accompany this webinar.

Click here to watch the webinar.

If you are not yet a webinar subscriber...when you join as an annual or monthly subscriber you, too, will have access to these bonus members-only webinars. This is the eighth we've added since January. Take a look at all of these benefits:

  • Unlimited access to the entire Webinar Library (currently 223 classes to choose from)
  • Access to the instructors' handouts (currently 935 pages)
  • Access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • 5% off anything in the FamilyTreeWebinars.com store
  • See which live webinars you have registered for

For more information, or to subscribe, click here.

B_IOWA_RES-2New Book! Iowa Genealogical Research by Ruby Coleman

Ruby's new book - all 410 pages - is the perfect companion to her webinar recording. Each county is fully covered, plus holdings in libraries and courthouse records. There are hundreds of URLs. Some of the topics include Ethnic Settlements; Iowa's Large Repositories and Archives; Religious Records; Orphan Trains and City Directories.

Regular price - 22.95

Our price - 19.95

Webinar subscribers price - 18.96

Click here to purchase.

About the presenter

Ruby Coleman, who resides in North Platte, Nebraska, spends a good deal of her time doing genealogical research on her families in Nebraska and the plains states, and also professionally. She has lived in Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. She has written articles for AncestryHeritage QuestThe Genealogical HelperFamily Chronicle and Internet Genealogy. For thirteen years she wrote the column, "Heritage Lines" for the North Platte Telegraph, North Platte, NE. Her book, Iowa Genealogical Records was published in January of 2014. She lectures for the Family History Expo. Currently Coleman is Area 7 Representative for the Nebraska State Genealogical Society and a past president of the North Platte Genealogical Society. Using her knowledge of Nebraska and the plain states genealogy and history, plus genealogical methodology, Coleman writes, lectures and teaches genealogy. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists as well as numerous local, state and national genealogical organizations. In 2011 she was named 2011 Nebraska Genealogist of the Year by the Nebraska Genealogical Society.

Click here for all of Ruby's webinars.


Register for 2 Genealogy webinars this week - American Revolution (Beth Foulk) and Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House (Jana Sloan Broglin)

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Join us this Wednesday AND Friday for two exciting genealogy webinars presented by Beth Foulk and Jana Sloan Broglin. On Wednesday Beth will present "American Revolution Genealogy" and on Friday Jana will present "Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House."

Foulkbeth-100Wednesday - American Revolution Genealogy by Beth Foulk

The War of Independence changed history; our history; our families’ history. It’s a story about which we want to know more. Did my ancestor help? …even a little? There’s much to be learned about our ancestors’ roles in this moment in history. In this class, we’ll discover where to start, what the best resources are, and how to tackle the research. So, let’s go in search of answers using the soldiers’ service and pension records and unit narratives.

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.

Click here to register (free).

Jana-100Friday - Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House by Jana Sloan Broglin

Each of us wants to ignore that scalawag, that counterfeiter, or that madam in our family, but the black sheep may prove the most interesting of all. Learn to examine clues in unusual and also common sources. Learn how they lead to locating more records.

Download the syllabus

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FamilySearch Records Update: More than 18.3 million new records for England, Italy, United Kingdom, and United States

What a great way to end the week!!

FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 18.3 million indexed records and images for England, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 10,026,835 indexed records and 776,840 images from the England, Westminster Rate Books, 1634–1900 collection; 4,327,810 indexed records from the United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914–1920 collection; and 534,653 images from the Italy, Taranto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1926 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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England, Westminster Rate Books, 1634–1900 10,026,835 776,840 New indexed records and images collection.
Italy, Taranto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1926 0 534,653 New browsable image collection.
United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914–1920 4,327,810 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
US, Kentucky Probate Records, 1727–1990 0 365,502 Added images to an existing collection.
US, New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925–1957 168,306 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
US, Pennsylvania, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1866–1956 0 2,919 New browsable image collection.
US, Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837–1977 1,267,379 464,964 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
US, Texas, World War I Records, 1917–1920 0 400,918 New browsable image collection.


Putting a Face on Your Ancestors

by Marian Pierre-Louis

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How do you react to the shadow people? That's what I call the pink and blue profile silhouettes in most family history software programs. They are place holders for real photos but when you don't have photos of your ancestors they just become shadow people.

Personally, I ignore the shadow people. I don't even see them anymore. I don't want to get my hopes up so I just pretend they don't exist. Until recently.

I have been working hard on finding my great great grandmother, Charlotte Hill who died at age 33 in 1862. Discovering the location of her gravestone was a great thrill. This is likely the closest I'll come to a physical connection with her. There may be a extant photograph of her somewhere but whether her name was written on the back or whether a descendant has the photo are two things I'll likely never know.

Since I spent so much time researching Charlotte I inevitably spent quite a bit of time researching her husband, William Chandler Learned, who lived a long life, and her two children. In addition I also researched William's second and third wives and the children produced from those marriages.

My great-grandmother, Clara (Charlotte's daughter), was only 9 years old when William married his third wife, Adda Setchel, in 1868. Adda lived to the ripe old age 86. She was part of Clara's life for 60 years before her death and it's probably safe to say that she was the only mother Clara ever knew.

At first, I hadn't really considered researching the other wives but I'm glad I changed my mind because it changed everything for me.

While researching the entire family I discovered that Adda and her daughter, Abbie liked to travel. I came across ship passenger lists from their trips to Europe. The real gold came when I found them in the US Passport Applications, 1795-1925 database on Ancestry.com. The early passports, from 1914 and earlier, may contain descriptions of our ancestors. You'll find information about age, stature, eye color, hair color, complexion and the shape of their forehead, nose, mouth, chin and face. What a wonderful surprise to find details about how an ancestor looked!

If you are lucky enough to have ancestors who traveled abroad between 1915 and 1925 you will be rewarded with an actual photograph of your ancestor! From this database I discovered photos of Adda Setchel and her daughter Abbie Learned.

I already had some photos of my great-grandmother, Clara. Since she and Abbie were half sisters it was fun to compare their features. I tried to imagine which traits Clara and Abbie both inherited from their paternal Learned side and which they got from their respective mothers. Abbie had a brother, William Setchel Learned, and I had a photo of him as well. Quite a handsome chap!

Now with photos of 3 out of 5 siblings and one mother I was ready to start replacing the shadow people in my family tree!

What a treat it is to look at a pedigree chart and see actual faces instead of silhouettes! This transformation has encouraged me to seek out more images of my ancestors. It may be difficult but I will work hard to find more photos.

You can try the Passport Applications database to find photos of your ancestors. Be aware, however, that not everyone's ancestors will be included. Your ancestors needed to be wealthy enough to travel abroad and to pay for the passport application fee. But don't discount your ancestors, took a look anyway. Your ancestors may just yet surprise you!

If you have another unusual public source for ancestor photos please be sure to let us all know. It would be wonderful to convert as many silhouettes as possible to actual faces.

 

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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.