Register for Webinar Wednesday - How Do I Know That's MY Ancestor? by Amy Johnson Crow

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People with the same name. Nicknames. Changing names. How do you know if the record you're looking at is referring to your ancestor? Learn how to examine information so you can tell if it's your ancestor and not just someone with the same name.

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Join us and Amy Johnson Crow for the live webinar Wednesday, March 9, 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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AmyJohnsonCrow-144x144Amy Johnson Crow is a Certified Genealogist, author, editor, and lecturer. She is a regular presenter at national and state genealogy conferences. Amy was the series editor for the National Genealogical Society Guides, published by Rutledge Hill Press, and was the co-author of Online Roots. Amy was the founding editor of the Ohio Civil War Genealogy Journal, published by the Ohio Genealogical Society. She has served on several national and state boards. Amy holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University, with a concentration in digital libraries. Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic and she has a special interest in military research.

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Making YDNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History - free webinar by Diahan Southard now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Making YDNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History" by Diahan Southard is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

With the advent of autosomal DNA testing, many are missing out on the power of the YDNA and mtDNA tests. In this fun and interactive lecture we will cover the direct maternal line test, including its pros and cons, and the best time to use it. Similarly, we will talk about the power of YDNA testing for your direct paternal line. Diahan will share case studies for each kind of DNA to help you understand how others have used it to address their family history concerns. Come rejuvenate your family history research with these two DNA tests.

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • How Do I Know That's My Ancestor? by Amy Johnson Crow. March 9.
  • The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments by Judy Russell. March 16.
  • Introduction to German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. March 23.
  • Proof Arguments - How to Write Them and Why They Matter by Warren Bittner. March 30.
  • Getting to Know Findmypast - Your Source for British and Irish Genealogy by Jen Baldwin. April 6.
  • Confirming Enslaved Ancestors Utilizing DNA by Melvin Collier. April 8.
  • U.S. Land Records - State Land States by Mary Hill. April 13.
  • Fire Insurance Maps - The Google Maps of Their Day by Jill Morelli. April 20.
  • England and Wales - Rummaging in the Parish Chests by Kirsty Gray. April 27.
  • Google Drive for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. May 4.
  • Dirty Pictures - Save Your Family Photos from Ruin by Denise Levenick. May 11.
  • Messages from the Grave - Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone by Elissa Scalise Powell. May 13.
  • Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by Jim Beidler. May 18.
  • Discover American Ancestors (NEHGS) by Lindsay Fulton. May 25.
  • Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org by Claire Vail. June 1.
  • Researching Your Washington State Ancestors by Mary Roddy. June 8.
  • Introduction to the Freedmen's Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. June 10.
  • Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 15.
  • Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. June 22.
  • Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard. June 29.
  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • 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.

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Maximizing the Power of City Directories

Maximizing The Power of City Directories

When was the last time you took a close look at a city directory?

City directories are more than just the list of all the people in one city or a particular jurisdiction. It is important when researching directories online, to not just “grab and go” with the source, because the fun doesn’t stop with finding our ancestor’s name and address. City directories are essentially an encyclopedia of a community thanks to the various listings and guides for citizens, streets, businesses, organizations and historical information. Knowing the contents of a city directory and how to maximize its potential can add a lot to your research.

Published annually, city directories are a necessity for genealogists to find information on the “in-between years” of census schedules. A decade is a very long to assume someone stayed in the same place and important clues to their whereabouts can be found by checking the annual listings. Equally important is their potential as a tool for FAN research. FANs are an ancestor’s friends, associates, and neighbors, essentially the people our ancestor interacted with everyday in their community.

The 1920 directory for Fitchburg, Massachusetts is a great example.

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In the 50 or so pages following the front cover are the large business advertisements that cover ½ or ⅓ of the page. To find if a person purchased an advertisement in that volume, check the index of advertisers found immediately after. Historical business ads are great for featuring in a family history narrative or article.

Residents

Next are the listing of residents or "householders." The publishers include a legend of the abbreviations preceding the directory of citizens. These are usually for terms related to dwelling information, occupation titles, and various institutions. For example, you may see next to your ancestor’s listing, “rem. to New York City”, meaning he moved away and suggesting to you as a researcher, that you may need to try searching  in that location.

 Listings by Street

In this volume, I was searching for Lillian Teto. According to the directory, she was living at 15 Marshall Street and worked at 466 Main Street as a clerk.[1] How would I find out what type of business she worked at? Directories often feature a street guide and directory of householders. What this guide does is provide the personal and business listings in alphabetical order by street. So when I search for 466 Main Street, I find the dwelling is occupied with a dry goods store, owned by Joseph Smiley.[2]

Fitchburg Street Guide
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 I can easily continue scrolling to Marshall Street where I find Lillian’s home address under the householder Matti Tiitto, her father. In addition, I am also see all the residents of neighboring dwellings on Marshall, people I would add as my ancestor’s FANs because their paper trail may provide a clue about my ancestor’s origin. The surnames on Marshall Street in 1920 are predominantly Finnish and Scandinavian, so it is more than likely some of them are friends from the old country. Because the Tiitto family lived at the end of Marshall, I wouldn’t want to overlook adjoining or intersecting streets which can be solved by checking the street guide, allowing me to record all the other neighbors.[3]

Marshall Street, Fitchburg, MA
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Municipal Offices, Clubs and more!

Following the street guides are listings of municipal offices, fraternal organizations, social clubs, and more. This is a great source of important information about the community and its history. So when you think you are done with that city directory after successfully locating your ancestor’s personal listing, take a little extra time to peruse the other sections  within that particular volume. You may find much more than you originally expected.

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Jake Fletcher is a genealogist, lecturer, and blogger. Jake has been researching and writing about genealogy since 2008 on his research blog Travelogues of a Genealogist. He currently volunteers as a research assistant at the National Archives in Waltham, Massachusetts and is Vice President of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG).

 

[1] Price and Lee Co., Comp. Fitchburg Directory, 1920. (New Haven, Conn: The Price & Lee Co., 1920), 514, “Lillian Teto.”

[2] Ibid, 586, “Joseph S. Smiley.”

[3] Ibid, 589, “Matti Tiitto.”

 

 


Register for Webinar Friday - Making YDNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History by Diahan Southard

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With the advent of autosomal DNA testing, many are missing out on the power of the YDNA and mtDNA tests. In this fun and interactive lecture we will cover the direct maternal line test, including its pros and cons, and the best time to use it. Similarly, we will talk about the power of YDNA testing for your direct paternal line. Diahan will share case studies for each kind of DNA to help you understand how others have used it to address their family history concerns. Come rejuvenate your family history research with these two DNA tests.

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Join us and Diahan Southard for the live webinar Friday, March 4, 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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DiahanSouthard-144x144A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead her to her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. Diahan's lectures are always fun, upbeat, and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

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The War of 1812 Records - Preserving the Pensions - free webinar by Rebecca Whitman Koford now online

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The recording of today's webinar, "The War of 1812 Records - Preserving the Pensions" by Rebecca Whitman Koford is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

The War of 1812 records contain more than just the Name, Rank, and Serial Number (minimum information required to give in the event of capture) of the veteran. This webinar will focus on the various documents that might be found in the Pension records of The War of 1812 veterans, how they might be used to overcome brick walls in genealogical research, and about the Preserve The Pensions project (www.preservethepensions.org).

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 42 minute recording of "The War of 1812 Records - Preserving the Pensions" PLUS the after-webinar party 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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Use webinar coupon code - pensions - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, March 7, 2016. 

1812Legacy QuickGuide: Researching War of 1812 Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee - 2.95

The War of 1812, often called America’s Second Revolution, left behind a valuable set of records that have proven valuable for genealogical research. Many of these records like pension files can help solve the “pre-1850 census” issues when only the head of household was named in the US federal census.

The Researching War of 1812 Ancestors Legacy QuickGuide™ contains valuable information so you can understand the history of the War of 1812 and the records created about the veterans who fought in the conflict. You’ll learn how to devise a Veteran Identification Strategy as well as what records exist both online, on microfilm and in print. Records covered include service records, bounty land records, pension files, casualty records, records for African-American and Native American veterans and more.

In addition, this guide contains over 100 links to research resources; some are obscure, hard-to-find and many are free! While the emphasis is on United States-based research, several Canada and British resources are included. This handy 6-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.

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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
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  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Making YDNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History by Diahan Southard. March 4.
  • How Do I Know That's My Ancestor? by Amy Johnson Crow. March 9.
  • The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments by Judy Russell. March 16.
  • Introduction to German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. March 23.
  • Proof Arguments - How to Write Them and Why They Matter by Warren Bittner. March 30.
  • Getting to Know Findmypast - Your Source for British and Irish Genealogy by Jen Baldwin. April 6.
  • Confirming Enslaved Ancestors Utilizing DNA by Melvin Collier. April 8.
  • U.S. Land Records - State Land States by Mary Hill. April 13.
  • Fire Insurance Maps - The Google Maps of Their Day by Jill Morelli. April 20.
  • England and Wales - Rummaging in the Parish Chests by Kirsty Gray. April 27.
  • Google Drive for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. May 4.
  • Dirty Pictures - Save Your Family Photos from Ruin by Denise Levenick. May 11.
  • Messages from the Grave - Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone by Elissa Scalise Powell. May 13.
  • Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by Jim Beidler. May 18.
  • Discover American Ancestors (NEHGS) by Lindsay Fulton. May 25.
  • Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org by Claire Vail. June 1.
  • Researching Your Washington State Ancestors by Mary Roddy. June 8.
  • Introduction to the Freedmen's Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. June 10.
  • Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 15.
  • Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. June 22.
  • Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard. June 29.
  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • 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.

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Two New Irish Webinars Released - Both FREE

March is the month to celebrate being Irish! To help you do that Legacy has released two new webinars on Irish research. The two classes cover the topics of researching your Irish ancestors in US Newspapers as well as discovering what the journey was like for your immigrant ancestors. Both combine to give you richer resources to discover your elusive Irish ancestors! Both classes are presented by veteran genealogical speaker, Thomas Kemp.

The new webinars include:

Both of these webinars are FREE and will remain available at no charge to you thanks to GenealogyBank.com.

Irish Records in US Newspapers

Did you know that Irish marriage & death records were routinely published in American newspapers? That Irish passenger lists printed in US newspapers contain MORE information than were on the Federal Passenger lists? Learn how to find the ancestral home town of your ancestor when all you know was that he was “born in Ireland”.

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You Know Your Irish Ancestors Came to America, But What Was the Voyage Like?

Learn how to uncover the ‘rest of the story’ of your ancestor’s difficult voyage to America from the pages of old U.S. newspapers. Track the ship before it arrived at the departure port in Europe – during the voyage and the arrival here in America. Get the whole story.

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These webinars join 10 other excellent Irish webinars already available to members in the library: 

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars provides genealogy education where-you-are through live and recorded online webinars and videos. Learn from the best instructors in genealogy including Thomas MacEntee, Judy Russell, J. Mark Lowe, Lisa Louise Cooke, Megan Smolenyak, Tom Jones, and many more. Learn at your convenience. On-demand classes are available 24 hours a day! All you need is a computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

Subscribe today and get access to this BONUS members-only webinar AND all of this:

  • All 323 classes in the library (465 hours of quality genealogy education)
  • 1,385 pages of instructors' handouts
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  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
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It's just $49.95/year or $9.95/month.

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 We've got a brand new line up of speakers for 2016! All live webinars are free to watch.

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Tuesday's Tip - Don't Forget about the Legacy Home Tab

  Don't forget about the Legacy Home Tab

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

Tuesday's Tip - Don't Forget about the Legacy Home Tab

There is a lot of great stuff on the Legacy Home tab which you will find all the way to the left when you first open Legacy. It's like your dashboard for news and information.

The first section, Legacy News, gives you hot links to all of our articles. You won't just find Legacy announcements here but also general genealogy articles on things like educational opportunities, methodology and new resources you might be interested in. If you click the words LEGACY NEWS it is a hot link to the Newsletter/Blog itself. There is a SUBMIT NEWS button where you can send in things you think Geoff and Marian might be interested in for the Newsletter/Blog.

  Legacy Home Tab with announcements, to-do and reminder dates

Depending on what you have selected in Options > Customize > Launch, when you click on one of the news items either the article will open in the internal browser or an external browser. If you are using Legacy's internal browser then you will be able to use the icons right above the words LEGACY NEWS. The buttons are Home, Back, Forward, Refresh and Close. You can also allow or block popups. If you are using an external browser you will use the controls on that browser window.

The second section shows your To-Do Tasks that are approaching their Reminder Dates and those that are now overdue (ouch!) You can access these specific tasks as well as your entire To-Do List right from here.

 The third section are your Birthday, Death and Anniversary Reminders. You can see at a glance what important events are coming up. On each person's Individual Information screen and on their Marriage screen there are check boxes for these reminders. You pick and choose who you want to be on this list. You definitely don't want to forget your mom's birthday.

The fourth section is Statistics. This is a quick peek at your file. If you want to see more detailed information all you have to do is to go FILE > FILE PROPERTIES.

Legacy Statistics on Home Tab

The fifth section is Update. You can see at a glance what build you are using and if there is a new update available. If you are using Legacy Deluxe you can update right from here. If you are using Legacy Standard you will need to download the update from our website.http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp

The last section is Support. If you have a question or a problem this is the first place you want to go. There are links to all of our training and technical support help. You can also send us suggestions for features you would like to see in future versions of Legacy.

There is an OPTIONS button in the upper right corner. When you click it you will see
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Check the Internet Now

When you click Options there are two tabs Internet Options and Reminder Options. Under Internet Options most people will have the first option checked but if you have dial-up you will want to select the second option. Reminder Options gives you control over how many days in advanced you want to see To-Do Reminders and Birthday/Death/Anniversary Reminders. The default is 2 weeks. You can also restrict which reminders you see.

Zoom controls your font size for this page. Most of the time you will just leave this on automatic.

Check the Internet Now will refresh the page.

Think of the Legacy Home tab as your Command Center!!

 

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

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

 

Michele Simmons Lewis is part of the technical support team at Millennia, the makers of the Legacy Family Tree software program. With over 20 years of research experience, Michele’s passion is helping new genealogists get started on the right foot through her writings, classes and lectures. She is the former staff genealogist and weekly columnist for the McDuffie Mirror and now authors Ancestoring, a blog geared toward the beginner/intermediate researcher.


The Top 10 Genealogy Classes of February 2016

We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for February 2016! 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-322 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of February 2016.  They aren't necessarily the newest classes but rather the topics that were sought out by our members.

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

The Top 10 for February 2016

1. 7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries at MyHeritage by Mike Mansfield

2. Microsoft Word Series - #1 Getting Started with Microsoft Word by Thomas MacEntee

3. The Paper-Less Genealogist by Denise May Levenick

4. A Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0 by Cyndi Ingle

5. The Scots-Irish in America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

6. Problem Solving with FANs by Beth Foulk

7. Microsoft Word Series - #2 Formatting Basics by Thomas MacEntee

8. Solving Genealogy Problems with Timelines by Beth Foulk

9. Locating Pennsylvania Vital and Religious Records by Lisa Alzo

10. Microsoft Word Series - #3 Formatting Tips and Tricks by Thomas MacEntee

The Runner-Ups

11. East, West, and In-Between: Navigating Pennsylvania's Counties and Their Resources by Lisa Alzo

12. Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen

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

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

15. Microsoft Word Series - #4 Solving the Mystery of Styles by Thomas MacEntee

16. Get Organized Using the FamilyRoots Organizer Color-Coding System by Mary Hill

17. Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard

18. What's a Prothonotary? Pennsylvania Court and Legal Records by Lisa Alzo

19. The Basics of Virginia Research by Shannon Combs-Bennett

10. Microsoft Word Series - #5 Understanding Different Types of Breaks by Thomas MacEntee

Access to classes in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar library are available with an annual or monthly membership. Not a member? Become one! Or watch one of our free classes here.


Register for Webinar Wednesday - The War of 1812 Records: Preserving the Pensions by Rebecca Whitman Koford

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The War of 1812 records contain more than just the Name, Rank, and Serial Number (minimum information required to give in the event of capture) of the veteran. This webinar will focus on the various documents that might be found in the Pension records of The War of 1812 veterans, how they might be used to overcome brick walls in genealogical research, and about the Preserve The Pensions project (www.preservethepensions.org).

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Join us and Rebecca Whitman Koford for the live webinar Wednesday, March 2, 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.  

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.

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Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

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Login to view your registration status for this webinar (available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers).

Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here.

Can't make it to the live event?

No worries. Its recording will be available for a limited time. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access to all webinar recordings for the duration of their membership.

About the presenter

Rebecca-Koford-144x144Rebecca Whitman Koford holds a Certified Genealogist® credential.  Her focus is in American research with special emphasis in Maryland. She has been interested in genealogy ever since the age of five, when she could read her parents’ collection of old handwritten family group sheets. Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the Maryland State Archives and for groups in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. She is a board member of the Maryland Genealogical Society and volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick, Maryland. She has published articles in the NGS Magazine and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. She is a graduate of the ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills; she was appointed ProGen Administrator in January 2015. Rebecca is very enthusiastic about the Preserve the Pensions: War of 1812 project sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Rebecca lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with three active teenagers and a very patient husband.

Add it to your Google Calendar

With our Google Calendar button, you will never forget our upcoming webinars. Simply click the button to add it to your calendar. You can then optionally embed the webinar events (and even turn them on and off) into your own personal calendar. If you have already added the calendar, you do not have to do it again - the new webinar events will automatically appear.

Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  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!


How to order a large copy of your family tree chart

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This was the chart I created of my ancestors who came west via the Oregon Trail. I demonstrated how to make this as part of the after-webinar party the other day. If you missed the step-by-step process of how I created this in Legacy Family Tree, jump ahead to the "After-webinar party" in the Table of Contents in this webinar (Table of Contents is available for webinar subscribers).

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This chart ended up being 24 inches wide by 12 inches tall, and some of you have asked me for a reminder of how to purchase this chart so it is printed on one continuous sheet of paper. Here's the steps:

In Legacy Charting, click on the Order Chart button.

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Then, make any adjustments to the sizing of your chart, and then in the Order Options panel, select your paper type, size, and quantity. The exact costs are displayed so there's no guessing. Too expensive? Resize the chart a little bit and you'll be able to see the updated pricing in real time.

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When you're ready, click the Purchase Chart button and fill in the information. The chart file is then sent to our chart printers, Family Chartmasters, for printing, and before you know it, the chart will arrive at your front door.