Top 10 Genealogy Webinars of May 2017

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

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

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

The Top 10 for May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Beginning Danish Research by Charles Fritz Juengling, AG

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11. Researching Criminal Records by Ron Arons

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

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

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

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

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

17. Legacy Family Tree for Complete Beginners by Geoff Rasmussen

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

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

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

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

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

Webinar Description

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

View the Recording at FamilyTree Webinars.com

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

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

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

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  • Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. June 7.
  • How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA by Blaine Bettinger. June 14.
  • What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing by Diahan Southard. June 16.
  • Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush's Father by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. June 20.
  • Virtual Family Reunions: Super Easy, Super Fun by Pat Richley and Russ Worthington. June 21.
  • Canada's Top 10 by Kathryn Lake Hogan. June 28.
  • Censational Census Strategies by Mary Kircher Roddy. July 5.
  • Google Books: the tool you should use every day! by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 12.
  • Tips for Snapping Pics: How to Take Perfect Family Photographs by Jared Hodges. July 14.
  • Analyzing Documents Sparks Ideas for Further Research by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. July 18.
  • The Firelands, The Connecticut Western Reserve, and the Ohio Territory by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. July 19.
  • Family History Adhesive: The Science of Why History Binds Families and the Simple Tech of How to Do It by Janet Hovorka. July 26.
  • Tracing Your West Country Ancestors by Kirsty Gray. August 2.
  • A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. August 9.
  • Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen. August 11.
  • Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG. August 15.
  • Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories by Ursula C. Krause. August 16.
  • How to do Mexican Research and Be Successful by Jonathan Walker. August 23.
  • Getting Started with Evidentia by Edward A. Thompson. August 30.
  • Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist by Geoff Rasmussen. September 6.
  • Finding Isaac Rogers by Nicka Smith. September 13.
  • The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor's School Records by Melissa Barker. September 15.
  • When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion? by Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL. September 19.
  • WolframAlpha for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. September 20.
  • Quick Guide to Texas Research by Deena Coutant. September 27.
  • No Easy Button: Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. October 4.
  • Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary Hill, AG. October 11.
  • Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace by Pat Richley. October 13.
  • Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG. October 17.
  • The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 18.
  • Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. October 25.
  • Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece by Luana Darby and Ursula C. Krause. November 1.
  • New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by Michael L. Strauss, AG. November 8.
  • Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli. November 10.
  • British and Irish research: the differences by Brian Donovan. November 15.
  • Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG. November 21.
  • Understanding Alabama by Rorey Cathcart. November 29.
  • Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa Toth Salinas. December 6.
  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. December 13.
  • Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill Morelli. December 15.
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 19.
  • Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. December 20.
  • Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. December 27.

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Disaster Planning for the Genealogist - new Legacy QuickGuide by Melissa Barker now available

Legacy QuickGuidesTM have quickly become one of the more popular resources for genealogists. Each guide contains four (sometimes five, sometimes more) pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics, dozens of clickable links, and are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas. We've added another new Legacy QuickGuide: Scrap Paper and Orphan Documents in Archives by Melissa Barker. Now choose from 87 Legacy QuickGuides!

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

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

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

Join us and Michael L. Strauss, AG for the live webinar Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

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About the presenters

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

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

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

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Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015

25,452

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Added indexed records to an existing collection

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

12,648

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Added indexed records to an existing collection

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

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Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996

1,024,061

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Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998

1,147

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Added indexed records to an existing collection

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

24,204

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Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880

10,443

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Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914

32,711

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

25,046

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Added indexed records to an existing collection

New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942

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Added indexed records to an existing collection

 

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/indexing.

About 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 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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

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

Webinar Description

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

View the Recording at FamilyTree Webinars.com

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

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Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 518 classes, 719 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 2,423 pages)
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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
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

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  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors by Michael L. Strauss, AG. May 31.
  • Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. June 7.
  • How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA by Blaine Bettinger. June 14.
  • What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing by Diahan Southard. June 16.
  • Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush's Father by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. June 20.
  • Virtual Family Reunions: Super Easy, Super Fun by Pat Richley and Russ Worthington. June 21.
  • Canada's Top 10 by Kathryn Lake Hogan. June 28.
  • Censational Census Strategies by Mary Kircher Roddy. July 5.
  • Google Books: the tool you should use every day! by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 12.
  • Tips for Snapping Pics: How to Take Perfect Family Photographs by Jared Hodges. July 14.
  • Analyzing Documents Sparks Ideas for Further Research by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. July 18.
  • The Firelands, The Connecticut Western Reserve, and the Ohio Territory by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. July 19.
  • Family History Adhesive: The Science of Why History Binds Families and the Simple Tech of How to Do It by Janet Hovorka. July 26.
  • Tracing Your West Country Ancestors by Kirsty Gray. August 2.
  • A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. August 9.
  • Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen. August 11.
  • Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG. August 15.
  • Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories by Ursula C. Krause. August 16.
  • How to do Mexican Research and Be Successful by Jonathan Walker. August 23.
  • Getting Started with Evidentia by Edward A. Thompson. August 30.
  • Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist by Geoff Rasmussen. September 6.
  • Finding Isaac Rogers by Nicka Smith. September 13.
  • The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor's School Records by Melissa Barker. September 15.
  • When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion? by Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL. September 19.
  • WolframAlpha for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. September 20.
  • Quick Guide to Texas Research by Deena Coutant. September 27.
  • No Easy Button: Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. October 4.
  • Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary Hill, AG. October 11.
  • Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace by Pat Richley. October 13.
  • Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG. October 17.
  • The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 18.
  • Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. October 25.
  • Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece by Luana Darby and Ursula C. Krause. November 1.
  • New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by Michael L. Strauss, AG. November 8.
  • Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli. November 10.
  • British and Irish research: the differences by Brian Donovan. November 15.
  • Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG. November 21.
  • Understanding Alabama by Rorey Cathcart. November 29.
  • Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa Toth Salinas. December 6.
  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. December 13.
  • Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill Morelli. December 15.
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 19.
  • Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. December 20.
  • Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. December 27.

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Surname Society Webinars Available in the Legacy Family Tree Library

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

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

The four talks include:

 About the Surname Society

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

Migration Trails Across America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

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

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

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

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Australian Immigration: Colonial and Beyond by Helen Smith

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

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Living DNA: Your Ancestry by Martin Blythe

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

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Free Legacy Family Tree update now available (version 9.0.0.182)

We have another great new update for our Legacy Family Tree 9 users (free) for you to download. It provides:

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  • fixes to some minor issues you have reported to us,

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7th Census of United States, Wayne County, Indiana, 1850 (1900)

All Israel Databases (AID)

Appletons' Cyclopedia of American Biography, 1600-1889

Australia, Boer War Contingents

Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Obituary Records, 1920-1969

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California, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968

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Canada, Certificates of Military Instruction, 1867-1932

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Census of the State of Michigan, 1884

Census of the State of Michigan, 1904, Volume 1

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Chicago Census Report, Volume 1, 1870

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City Of York Calendars Of Prisoners 1739-1851

City Of York Deeds Registers 1718-1866

City Of York Hearth & Window Tax 1665-1778

City Of York Militia & Muster Rolls 1509-1829

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Johnson County, Indiana 1880 Census: As Filed With the County Auditor (1900)

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London, England, City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery Registers, 1841-1966

Magdeburg, Germany, Marriages, 1874-1923

Maine, United States Naturalization Records, 1918-1991

Maps of England, Wales, and Scotland

Missouri, St. Louis Public Library Obituary Index, 1880-2011

Mönchengladbach, Germany, Births, 1798-1903

Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1830-2011

Montana, Prison Records, 1861-1968

MyHeritage (repository)

MyHeritage photos & docs

National Library of Scotland (repository)

Netherlands, Leiden Population Registers, 1800-1923

Netherlands, Population Registers, 1810-1936

Netherlands, Tilburg Population Registers, 1800-1923

New South Wales Parish Registers, Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle

New South Wales, Closer Settlement and Returned Soldiers Transfer Files

New York City, Marriage Indexes, 1907-1995

Noord-Holland, Netherlands, Civil Registration, 1811-1950

North West Kent Baptisms

North West Kent Burials

Nottinghamshire Banns Index 1600-1812

Nottinghamshire Baptisms Index 1538-1917

Nottinghamshire Burials Index 1596-1905

Nottinghamshire Marriages Index 1528-1929

Odessa, Ukraine, Holocaust Records from Romanian Occupation, 1941-1944 (USHMM)

Oregon, Marriage Indexes, 1906-2009

Pennsylvania, Birth Records, 1906-1909

Portland, Oregon, Chinese Immigrant Landing Records and Applications for Admission, 1882-1903

Posey County, Indiana, Census of 1850

Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1920

Queensland School Pupils

Queensland State Electoral Roll 1895

Queensland State Electoral Roll 1900

Queensland State Electoral Roll 1905

Queensland State Electoral Roll 1910

Queensland State Electoral Roll 1915

Queensland, Australia, Electoral Rolls 1903

Queensland, Australia, Electoral Rolls 1913

Queensland, Australia, Electoral Rolls 1922

Queensland, Australia, Electoral Rolls 1934

Queensland, Australia, Electoral Rolls 1949

Report On the Census of Porto Rico [sic], 1899
South Africa, Miscellaneous Court Records Index, 1652-2004, 2008-2011

South Dakota, Birth Index, 1856-1917

Spain, Province of Teruel, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2013

Stewart County, Tennessee, 1860 Census

Sweden Household Examination Books, 1880 - 1920

Sweden, Indexed Marriage Records, 1860-1943

Tennessee, Supreme Court Case Index, 1809-1950

Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2014

Texas, Marriage Index, 1824-2014

The 1851 Dublin City Census, Ireland

Trigg County, Kentucky 1880 Families

U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015

U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947

U.S., Compiled Records From Various Societies, 1875-2010

U.S., Indian Wills, 1910-1921

U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-2017

U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1743-1971

UK, Chinese Maritime Customs Service Index, 1854-1950

UK, Naturalisation Certificates and Declarations, 1870-1916

UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939

University of Leicester - David Wilson Library (repository)

Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887-1941

Venezuela Voter Lists, 2006 - 2007

Veracruz, Mexico, Civil Registration Births, 1860-1947

Veracruz, Mexico, Civil Registration Deaths, 1859-1950

Veracruz, Mexico, Civil Registration Marriages, 1859-1947

Washington, Birth Records, 1870-1935

Webster County, Kentucky Census 1920

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1916

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1916

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916

Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions

What's Been Fixed

View the May 23 release notes here. 

How to Update

For our Deluxe Edition users, all you have to do is connect to the Internet, start Legacy 8, and click on the "Install and Download Now" link on the Legacy Home tab. (If you're reading this from within the Legacy Home tab inside of Legacy 9, you'll first need to click on the Home button in the top left of the Legacy Home tab which looks like the following picture:

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Legacy 9's new Cause of Death Charts

Legacy Family Tree 9's new Cause of Death charts helps you visualize and see patterns of part of your ancestors' medical history.

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Each box displays the name, the lifespan, the cause of death, and the age at death:

Cause2

The charts are available in five different styles:

1. Ancestor (shown above)

2. Descendant

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3. Fan

Cause4

4. Hour Glass (ancestors above, descendants below)

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5. Bow Tie (father on left, mother on right)

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How to create the charts

1. From the My Toolbar tab in Legacy 9, click on the Legacy Charting button.

2. Select the desired chart style.

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Where to enter the Cause of Death

Before creating the chart, you'll need to type the cause of death for the ancestor. Just open the person's Notes screen and click on the Medical tab.

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Video demonstration

For a quick video overview of creating a Cause of Death chart, click below.

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

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About the presenters

Eowyn Langholf was first introduced to genealogy by her mother when she was a teenager and quickly picked up the hobby. Over the years it evolved from a hobby to a career and Eowyn has been a professional genealogist for 8 years now. Her primary areas of focus are the United States, Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain. She especially enjoys helping adopted individuals try to find their roots. In addition, Eowyn is going on her third year as the Forest Elf of WikiTree. Her responsibilities include everything from administration to social media. As the owner says, they've stopped trying to track everything she does. It's a fool's errand for a mortal.

 

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