The Ultimate Genealogy Birthday

I really do have it all! This weekend we celebrated my 30th birthday for the 11th time. And for the first time ever, my wife and all four children were in Salt Lake City's Family History Library - with me - on purpose! Not once was the "when can we go now?" question asked because I think there was a little part of each person that actually wanted to be there.

Here's me and the kids, Tanya took the picture:

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It started with a treasure hunt. They learned how to locate microfilm. The two oldest already had their Genealogy merit badge, so they helped the younger ones.

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I taught them how to hold the microfilm...

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...and how to load it into the reader. This is probably my all-time favorite picture.

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One by one, they each located a different land record of John Nelson Brown.

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Remember John Brown? Through DNA testing, we learned that he DOES belong to our Brown family, now we just have to prove the relationships.

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The only certain proof I have so far is the proof of my kids enjoying genealogy.

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I did have to tell them to whisper a few times though.

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Using the skills I learned in Mary Hill's webinar, "Use Your Digital Camera to Copy Records", I snapped digital photos of all twelve deeds.

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Using the step-by-step instructions from my upcoming book, Digital Imaging Essentials 2.0, the digital images are now organized and preserved on my hard drive, in my Legacy Family Tree software, and in my Google Photos account. How's that for a shameless plug?

They wanted proof that their dad was famous, so I led them to my three volume series of Washington County, Tennessee tax record indexes on the third floor. They weren't so sure that a book of names qualified for fame though.

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We then toured the amazing Conference Center.

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Went hiking at Cascade Springs (Utah's mountains are beautiful!)

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And concluded with some birthday cake while we watched the Olympics.

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If there is such a thing as a perfect day, this day would be it. And so will be the day when I finally identify John Brown's parents.


Homestead Act of 1862: Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett - free webinar now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Homestead Act of 1862: Following the Witnesses" by Bernice Bennett is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

This webinar will trace the lives of four individuals that served as witnesses and also acquired land under the Homestead Act of 1862 in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. This case study will examine how the lives of these witnesses interconnected by reviewing their land entry papers.

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 22 minute recording of "Homestead Act of 1862: Following the Witnesses" 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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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Another Kind of Navigation: GPS for Genealogy by Shellee Morehead, CG. August 16. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. August 26.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • 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.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

Click here to register.

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This week's new books - available in printed or PDF editions

More great additions to our store's Book Library this week - each in Printed or Instant Download Delivery editions:

180Your Life and Times by Stephen Arthur and Julia Arthur

With Your Life And Times, an oral history handbook, as a guide you will be able to record your life experiences on tape simply by answering questions that will lead you, step by step, through the precious moments of your life. When finished, you will have completed the oral history of your life and times--a treasure for yourself and a gift of love for your family and its future generations.
 
50 pages | Published 1987, reprinted 1994 | PDF or Printed
 
 
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You Can Write Your Family History by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
 
You don't have to be a writer to chronicle your ancestors' lives. In You Can Write Your Family History, popular author and speaker Sharon DeBartolo Carmack explains exactly what it takes to create a compelling, highly readable, and entirely true story, whether you decide to write a biography, family history narrative, or memoir.

246 pages | Published 2003, reprinted 2008 | PDF or Printed
 
 
West Virginia Genealogy: Sources and Resources by Carol McGinnis
 
3527This detailed guide to genealogical sources and resources in West Virginia covers what records to look for, what is available, and where it can be found. From the large to the small, it identifies records on the state and regional level and then county level (county by county), providing details of vital records, Bible records, church records, cemetery records, newspapers, naturalizations, military records, county and regional records, census records (including special schedules, indexes, and census substitutes), land records, maps, and city directories. Also included is a detailed bibliography of West Virginia genealogical sources--again statewide, regional, and countywide. Also there are appendices with: (1) a complete inventory of the Historical Records Survey Archives on microfilm, and (2) a list of West Virginians who filed Civil War damage claims, 1871-1880. The main focus of the book, however, is on the holdings of the various institutions whose resources support the genealogist's special needs. County by county, it lists the names, addresses, and business hours of libraries, archives, societies, courthouses, and other record repositories; describes their manuscript and record collections; highlights their special holdings; and provides details regarding queries, searches, and restrictions on the use of their records.
 
135 pages | Published 1988, reprinted 1998 | PDF or Printed
 
 
5030Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research: Second Edition by John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands
 
This handbook on Welsh genealogy deals primarily with those aspects of family history research that are unique to Wales. Originally published by the Association of Family History Societies of Wales, it is considered the best book ever written on Welsh genealogy. It is certainly a very comprehensive handbook, with over twenty chapters treating the essential elements of Welsh genealogy. Each of the chapters is written by a specialist and is designed to guide the reader through the pitfalls and challenges of Welsh family history research. Chapters include: Archives in Wales, Family History Societies of Wales, Parish Registers, Civil Registration and the Census, Nonconformity, Surnames of Wales, Place Names, Basic Welsh for Family Historians, the IGI for Wales, Estate Records, Maritime Records, Wills, Education, and Parochial Records, Court Records, and Manuscript and Printed Pedigrees.
 
325 pages | Published 2008 | PDF or Printed
 
 
3526Virginia Genealogy: Sources & Resources by Carol McGinnis
 
This is an encyclopedic listing of Virginia sources and resources for the genealogist. Ms. McGinnis devotes entire chapters to such subjects as Virginia land, people, and history; immigration and migration; vital records; Bible and church records; census records; land and court records; manuscripts and records abroad; ethnic Virginia; slavery and African-Americans; counties and their records; independent cities and their records; genealogical collections; and genealogical societies. Several sections of the book are based upon answers to questionnaires which the author sent to Virginia courthouses and historical and genealogical societies. The bibliography alone runs to 125 pages and contains references to 1,421 books and articles on all aspects of Virginia genealogy. By any measurement, this is a real giant of a book--and the standard by which all future textbooks on Virginia genealogy will be measured.
 
505 pages | Published 1993, reprinted 2008 | PDF or Printed
 
 
1222Unpuzzling Your Past: 4th Edition Expanded, Updated and Revised by Emily Anne Croom
 
In her acclaimed guide to family history research, Emily Croom provides all the tools you need to begin your family research. From a step-by-step discussion of the records used in genealogical research to the investigation of family legends, this book shines a light on all facets of family history research.
 
278 pages | Published 2001, reprinted 2010 | PDF Edition
 
 
Understanding Colonial Handwriting by Harriet Stryker-Rodda
 
5647In genealogical research it is all very well to locate original records, but to read them correctly is another matter altogether. Few people know this better than Harriet Stryker-Rodda who, after years of experience searching through colonial records, has developed a simple technique for reading colonial handwriting. In this handy little book, Mrs. Stryker-Rodda presents examples of colonial letter forms and script, showing the letter forms in the process of development and marking the ways in which they differ from later letter forms. She also provides a comparison of English and American handwriting and examples of name forms and signatures all to bear out her central thesis, that the reader must find meaning in a group of symbols without needing to see each letter of which the whole is composed. This excellent guidebook is indispensable in dealing with the problems of reading and interpretation.

28 pages | Published 1986, reprinted 2007 | PDF Edition
 
 

 

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Register for Webinar Friday - Homestead Act of 1862: Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett

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This webinar will trace the lives of four individuals that served as witnesses and also acquired land under the Homestead Act of 1862 in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. This case study will examine how the lives of these witnesses interconnected by reviewing their land entry papers.

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Join us and Bernice Bennett for the live webinar Friday, August 12, 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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BerniceBennett-144x144Bernice Alexander Bennett is an author, family historian, producer and host of Research at the National Archives and Beyond! Blogtalkradio, and a volunteer at the National Archives working on preparing Civil War Widows’ Pension Records for digitization for Fold3.

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Foundations in DNA by Blaine Bettinger Now Available

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For the first time, a comprehensive beginning DNA genealogy course is available online, worldwide, from genetic genealogist, Blaine Bettinger. He is the founder of one of genetic genealogy's earliest blogs, The Genetic Genealogist. The five-class series introduces you to genetic genealogy and then progressively takes you through the various tests, taking the mystery out of DNA. 

The 5-class series - Foundations in DNA

We're working hard to give our webinar subscribers the educational classes they need to maximize their genealogical research!

All five of these new classes are bonus classes in the webinar library. They are part of the Summer Spectacular webinar series just for members. The webinar previews are always free for non-members to watch.

New to webinars and online education? Learn more about the online genealogy education classes at Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

The individual classes

Foundations in DNA 1 of 5: Genealogy and DNA

A very basic introduction to DNA and how it can be used in combination with traditional genealogical research. Together we will examine the answers to questions like: “why should you test your DNA?” and “how do I get started with DNA?”

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Plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.

Foundations in DNA 2 of 5: DNA Overview

An introduction to Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA testing, including how each of these types of DNA are inherited, how they are tested, who you should have tested, and where you should purchase testing.

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Plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.

Foundations in DNA 3 of 5: Y-DNA

A look at how Y-DNA can be used for genealogical research, with examples, and a demonstration of how to review your Y-DNA test results at Family Tree DNA.

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Plus 5 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.

Foundations in DNA 4 of 5: Mitochondrial DNA

A look at how mtDNA can be used for genealogical research, with examples, and a demonstration of how to review your mtDNA test results at Family Tree DNA.

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Plus 3 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.

Foundations in DNA 5 of 5: Autosomal DNA

A look at how atDNA can be used for genealogical research, with examples, and a demonstration of how to review your atDNA test results at 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and Family Tree DNA.

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Plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.

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Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers.

Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and graduated from ProGen Study Group 21 in 2015.

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The Battle for Bounty Land: War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars - free webinar by Beth Foulk now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "The Battle for Bounty Land: War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars" by Beth Foulk is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

Land given as a “Bounty” for military service has been an American tradition from the Colonial Era up to the Civil War when the practice saw its ultimate discontinuance. The Spanish-American and Mexican-American Wars and the battle waged by the veterans for their bounty land tell the story of a nation and a military in transition. Lucky for us genealogists, there is a “bounty” of both military pension and land-purchase records left behind to tell the story both nationally and personally.

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 "The Battle for Bounty Land: War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars" 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 - bounty - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, August 15, 2016

Cover-MBL-175Military Bounty Land 1776-1855 - 19.95

Finally, a guide book covering all aspects of bounty land from the Revolution through the last bounty land act of 1855. This book explains in detail why bounty land was granted, who was eligible, and the process that was needed to claim it. Learn about these incredibly rich documents holding all types of family information. The book includes an appendix of the laws granting bounty land. An indispensable guide to learning about and accessing these important underused records.

Paperback: 176 pages, 8.5" x 11", illustrated, published 2011.

Click here to purchase for 19.95.

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Another Kind of Navigation: GPS for Genealogy by Shellee Morehead, CG. August 16. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. August 26.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

Click here to register.

Print the 2016 webinar brochure here.

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BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, August 16, 8:00 p.m. EDT

BcglogoHere's the press release from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) about our first webinar together. We hope to see you all there!

“Another Kind of Navigation: GPS for Genealogy” presented by Shellee Morehead, Ph.D., CG

The first to be presented under the new webinar partnership with Legacy, this lecture describes the five steps of the Genealogical Proof Standard to establish proof of identities and relationships. Shellee Morehead, CG, will present examples at each step, along with a case study of a complex problem that was solved with research, creativity, attention to detail and a defined process. See how reasonably exhaustive research, accurate citations, analysis and correlation of data, the resolution of conflicting data and a reasoned, written conclusion was used to identify the parents of a Civil War soldier who shaved 10 years off his age and complicated the search for this relationship.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “Another Kind of Navigation: GPS for Genealogy,” a webinar by Shellee Morehead, Ph.D., CG, free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT, 16 August 2016. 

The recording of the webinar will be available for free from the 9th through the 22nd of August. After that the recording will be available with an annual or monthly membership to Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Shellee Morehead has a Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology and is an adjunct instructor of biology at New England Institute of Technology. She was certified by BCG in 2012, and researches, writes and lectures on family history. Her specialties include Rhode Island, Italian, and French-Canadian research and genetic genealogy. She is an active member of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, American-French Genealogical Society, and the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) New England Chapter. She is currently serving as Treasurer for the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

“We are pleased to offer this informative webinar as the first in our collaborative efforts with Legacy Family Tree Webinars,” said BCG president Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Partnering with Legacy, whose technical expertise in genealogy webinar production and management is second to none, will allow BCG to focus on its mission of promoting attainable, uniform standards of competence and ethics among genealogical practitioners.”

Register for “Another Kind of Navigation: GPS for Genealogy,” a webinar by Shellee Morehead, Ph.D., CG, before 16 August 2016 at: http://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=477.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact: office@BCGcertification.org.

Learn about BCG’s previous webinars at http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars.


Register for Webinar Wednesday - The Battle for Bounty Land: War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk

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Land given as a “Bounty” for military service has been an American tradition from the Colonial Era up to the Civil War when the practice saw its ultimate discontinuance. The Spanish-American and Mexican-American Wars and the battle waged by the veterans for their bounty land tell the story of a nation and a military in transition. Lucky for us genealogists, there is a “bounty” of both military pension and land-purchase records left behind to tell the story both nationally and personally.

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Join us and Beth Foulk for the live webinar Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 8pm 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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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.

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About the presenter

BethFoulk-144x144Beth discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name he knew. While Beth continues to research her family, she shares her knowledge through lectures, articles, her blog, and one-on-one assistance. She particularly enjoys speaking at regional conferences. Her focus is Early American Genealogy.

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  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
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  5. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  7. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Legacy Tip - Who Is Missing an Obituary?

The reactions I got from showing this Legacy tip in a recent webinar made me feel like I was the Legacy King for a day. The comments just kept coming and coming, as if this was the greatest thing since sliced bread. It's a tip I use to keep track of who has obituaries and who does not.

Below is a screenshot of my Descendant View. It begins with Asa Brown and shows two generations of his descendants. Notice that the far right column is one that you do not normally see in the Descendant View, but if you follow these steps to record an obituary, it will be simple to see which of Asa's descendants lack this type of a record.

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As I demonstrated in this webinar (see minute 11:07 in the GenealogyBank.com section) and in Legacy Unlocked!, obituaries can be added as an Event in the Individual's Information screen.

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The "Edit Event" screen for Lorenzo Brown looks like this:

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Because I entered the obituary as an event (I also added its citation to the appropriate pieces of data), it is possible for it to be displayed in the Descendant View. Here's how:

1) In the Descendant View, click on the Options button on the right (just below the Print button).

2) Then click on Customize Columns.

3) Next, click on the button with the three dots in the next available row.

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4. Next, click on the Event... option and click the Select button 

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5. Click on Obituary and click the Select button, then click Close.

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The Obituary column will now appear in the Descendant View.

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Now, between GenealogyBank.com, Newspapers.com, Chronicling America and more, you can get busy looking for the missing obituaries.

Additional Resources

Watch Geoff Live: Adding Online Records to Legacy webinar

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Legacy QuickGuide: Obituaries in Genealogy by Cari A. Taplin

Obituaries in Genealogy

How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers by Lisa Louise Cooke

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New Genealogy Books (Printed and PDFs) now available in our online store

Our new partnership with Genealogical Publishing Company means that in addition to our Legacy Family Tree software and our webinar series, we will be adding hundreds of new titles to our online store's book collections. In addition to the traditional printed editions of these books, most are also available for the first time anywhere as a PDF. What does this mean to you? Instant download delivery at a significant discount on many of genealogy's finest guidebooks.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the books we've added just this week:

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