Register for Webinar Friday - Legacy Family Tree for Complete Beginners by Geoff Rasmussen

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Whether you are a brand new Legacy Family Tree user, or would like a beginning level refresher course, this class will help you become acquainted with the basics of this family tree software.

Join us and Geoff Rasmussen for the live webinar Friday, January 13, 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 presenter

GeoffRasmussen-144x144Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.

He is the author of the recently-released, Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, and the popular books Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked! and Digital Imaging Essentials.

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Top 20 Webinars of All Time - #s 15-11

  Top 20 Webinars of All Time - #s 15-11


We're counting our way down to number one of the Top 20 Legacy Webinars of all time! Today we bring you #s 15-11. 

Please note that there are two webinars featured here that are always free! Everyone is free to watch them.

We've got two more days left in our countdown with the top 5 being announced during Friday's webinar - Legacy Family Tree for Complete Beginners.

Here are  the top 15-11 of all time:

#15 

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#14  

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#13 

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Top 20 Webinars of All Time - #s 20-16

Top 20 Webinars of All Time - #s 20-16

Recently we shared with you the Top 10 Webinars of 2016. What a great list of classes and a reminder of the variety of topics we covered in 2016.

We've been doing webinars now since 2010. In 6 years we've released  over 460 classes! That amounts to 640 hours of genealogy instruction.

Curious about which webinars made it into the all-time Top 20? We'll share the entire list over the next four days.

Here are  the top 20-16 of all time:

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#19  

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#18 

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#17 

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Tuesday Tip - Backup vs. Save As

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 - Backup vs. Save As


Many people get confused between the options of Saving Legacy, Backing up Legacy and using the Save As command. This overview will clarify the three commands.

Saving Legacy

Legacy saves your file on the fly. When you close your file everything has been saved. When you open Legacy, this file will open on your screen. I highly recommend you tell Legacy to do this by going to OPTIONS > CUSTOMIZE > GENERAL SETTINGS . In Option 1.2 pick the 1st or 3rd option. If you only have one file then pick the 3rd so that there is no question.

Backing Up Legacy

You should also backup your file on a regular basis. You will rarely if ever need to restore a backup. In 11 years I have only had to restore a backup one time and that is when I had a hard drive failure. You should save your backups somewhere other than your hard drive for that very reason.

Save As

There is a SAVE AS command. What this does is it saves an exact copy of your database file. There are reasons that you might do this but the average user will not/should not use this command.

Why am I telling you this? We get emails all the time from people that have been restoring backups every single time they open Legacy. We have people that use the Save As command instead of backing up. These people end up with hundreds of Legacy files on their computer and if they open the wrong one they email us in a panic because they say that all of the data they added yesterday or last week or last month is suddenly gone.

A clue that you have been doing one of the above is that you will see file names with numbers behind them in brackets or parentheses or they word "copy" in parenthesis.

When we tell people to search their entire hard drive for .fdb files (the Windows command is *.fdb) they are sometimes quite surprised by what they find.

Most people should only have two .fdb files on their computer, their working family file and the Sample file that comes with Legacy. There are people that have more than one file though, the One-Name Study people and the One-Place Study people for example. Also those people that are professional genealogists and do client work will have an .fdb file for each client. There are some people that have their side in one file and their spouse's side in another but we really don't recommend that.

 

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.


Register for Webinar Wednesday: Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Genealogy by Shannon Combs-Bennett

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Most researchers admit that organizing and keeping up with their "stuff" is one of the most challenging aspects of research. Learn several techniques to keep you organized and on top of your files so you know exactly where everything is.

Join us and Shannon Combs-Bennett for the live webinar Wednesday, January 11, 2017 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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ShannonBennett-144x144Shannon Combs-Bennett, owner of T2 Family History, is a speaker and author based out of Virginia. She enjoys teaching about a wide range of topics from DNA to methodology. Currently Shannon is the Creative Director for The In-Depth Genealogist. You can learn more about her at http://t2familyhistory.com.

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Using DNA to Find an Unexpected, Improper Ancestor

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Jim Baker has gone his entire genealogical life believing one thing about his great-grandfather. He had no reason to believe it could have been anyone else. Until he got his DNA tested.

This webinar, perhaps more than any other class I've ever participated in, has caused me to wonder how genetically accurate my tree really is. No longer do I believe that our genealogical research can be complete without DNA testing.

I'm not just telling you this because this webinar is a bonus members-only webinar and I am trying to trick you into subscribing as an annual or monthly webinar member (although I'd really love for you to join today if you haven't). What Jim Baker teaches in "Opening Pandora’s Box: Using DNA to Find an Unexpected, Improper Ancestor" may open your genealogical eyes to something you've never considered. Watch it today before you make any other genealogical conclusion.

If you're a newbie to genetic genealogy, begin with Blaine Bettinger's 5-class series here or read/purchase his book here. Then come back and watch Jim's new webinar here.

Webinar Description

This presentation discusses strategies to show how DNA results can be used to identify family adoptions and other Non-Paternity Events. These events may occur at any point in one’s genealogical paper tree, and sometimes may cause major surprises for DNA users. A case study is presented in which a well-researched family tree was turned upside down by DNA results for the 4th generation.

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The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

DnabookFrom everything I've heard about it, Blaine Bettinger's new book, The Family Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, is THE #1 GO-TO BOOK for learning about genetic genealogy.

As with any highly-recommended product, I personally try to arrange with the publisher to be able to sell it from our online store at a great price, and now I've done just that with this book. Combined with our great price, yesterday's webinar coupon code (dna17) and my webinar membership discount (another 5% off), what retails for $29.99 I just purchased it for $18.01. Maybe that will help make up for the ATV I bought yesterday (not a toy, but a tool...have to plow this snow somehow...).

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Here's the details:

Discover the answers to your family history mysteries using the most-cutting edge tool available. This plain-English guide is a one-stop resource for how to use DNA testing for genealogy. Inside, you'll find guidance on what DNA tests are available, plus the methodologies and pros and cons of the three major testing companies and advice on choosing the right test to answer your specific genealogy questions. And once you've taken a DNA test, this guide will demystify the often-overwhelming subject and explain how to interpret DNA test results, including how to understand ethnicity estimates and haplogroup designations, navigate suggested cousin matches, and use third-party tools like GEDmatch to further analyze your data. To give you a holistic view of genetic testing for ancestry, the book also discusses the ethics and future of genetic genealogy, as well as how adoptees and others who know little about their ancestry can especially benefit from DNA testing.

The book features:
  • Colorful diagrams and expert definitions that explain key DNA terms and concepts such as haplogroups and DNA inheritance patterns
  • Detailed guides to each of the major kinds of DNA tests and which tests can solve which family mysteries, with case studies showing how each can be useful
  • Information about third-party tools you can use to more thoroughly analyze your test results once you've received them
  • Test comparison guides and research forms to help you select the most appropriate DNA test and organize your results and research once you've been tested
Whether you've just heard of DNA testing or you've tested at all three major companies, this guide will give you the tools you need to unpuzzle your DNA and discover what it can tell you about your family tree.


Paperback: 240 pages, 9" x 7"

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Foundations in DNA Webinar Course

If learning from a webinar course is more your style, Blaine Bettinger's 5-class series may be for you. He starts you out at the very beginnings and walks you through all of the basics of the Y, mitochondrial, and autosomal DNA tests. When you've completed the series, you'll be able to talk the genetic talk.

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Going Deeper Into U.S. Maritime Records

Going Deeper Into U.S. Maritime Records

The War of 1812 was less than a year underway. The high seas and even the coastal shipways were a dangerous place for the United States to be conducting commercial shipping. Almost no ships were bound for foreign ports because of the federal embargoes put in place by the government. An American captain and his crew knew that if they crossed paths with a British or French vessel, they very well might not come back. So what compelled men, like William Maran, a “free mulatto,” to ship out of Philadelphia during the war? Like many other seamen, William acquired his application paper for a seamen’s protection certificate from a public notary, in order to have proof he was a U.S. citizen when traveling abroad. This document and the date it was made serves as strong evidence that he was soon to embark on an American vessel for the purposes of coastal shipping or privateering.

Fig 1. William Maran's Application for Seamen's Protection Certificate in the port of Philadelphia. (FamilySearch.org). 
Fig 1. William Maran's Application for Seamen's Protection Certificate in the port of Philadelphia. (FamilySearch.org). 

 Even if William’s notarized document doesn’t directly explain the capacity in which he served for the U.S. shipping industry, his application paper provides a lot of great genealogical information. As stated, the notary listed William as a “free mulatto,” born 1789 in Coecil [Cecil] County, Maryland. Application papers required documentation or a witness to attest to the seamen’s identity and birth in the United States. In the case of William, his father John Maran was in Philadelphia and provided his mark on the document. What’s even more fascinating about the application, is the detail provided for William’s physical description. He was 5’9”, had black wooly hair, dark eyes, stout nose, round chin, smooth face, yellowish complexion, had a scar over his left eye brow and several scars on both his legs. Most protection certificates and applications will describe the hair, skin color, and eye color, but the nose, chin, and face descriptions are much more rare in these documents. William Maran and thousands of other African-Americans worked on American ships because the U.S. Maritime industry was a meritocracy. A captain hired his crew based on their skill and ability, not on race.

U.S. Maritime Records are very useful for genealogists who have ancestors in the shipping industry. My first maritime post for Legacy News was “My Grandfather Was A Sea Captain: Researching Maritime Ancestors,” which is a good introduction to where records are, but I wanted to take you deeper into the types of documents that are available for maritime research.

The majority of seamen’s protection certificates and identification documents are in the custody of the National Archives, with the exception that a few are scattered in smaller repositories. The majority of these protection documents and the Collector of Customs register of seamen who applied for protection are in online collections on major genealogy databases:

Ancestry

U.S., Applications for Seamen’s Protection Certificates, 1916-1940

U.S., Citizenship Affidavits of U.S. Born Seamen at Select Ports, 1792-1869

Register of Seamen’s Protection Certificates from the Providence, Rhode Island Customs District, 1796-1870

Indexes to Seamen’s Protection Certificate Applications and Proofs of Citizenship

Web: US, New England Seamen’s Protection Certificate Index, 1796-1871

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Maine, Bath, Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship, 1833-1868

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship, 1791-1861

United States, New England Seamen’s Identification Cards, 1918-1940

Crew lists and articles of agreement are a roster of the crew serving on a vessel. They provide name, rank, age, residence, payroll information, and physical description (skin, height, hair). Sometimes they include the place of birth as well, but it may only list the name of the city alone, so be careful to not mistake it for another place (i.e., Portsmouth, Rhode Island vs. Portsmouth, New Hampshire). Many collections of crew lists are searchable on Ancestry and FamilySearch. If one of these documents isn’t available for a voyage, try searching the National Archives Catalog for seamen returns and portage bills in Records of the U.S. Customs Service, which at least list the name of each seamen and their wages.

Every time an American vessel went on a commercial shipping voyage and returned with cargo, the customs collector and other employees created a number of documents, like cargo manifests, entries of merchandise, and inspection reports. An important reference work for researching in shipping records is American Maritime Documents, 1776-1860 by Doug L. Stein, which explains all of the different documents created at the custom house. The National Archives at Boston created a glossary of terms for it’s finding aid for New England maritime records, which is available as a pdf file.

It’s important for genealogists to not overlook the fact that many of these documents feature original signatures by maritime personnel. The master and/or mate needed to sign under oath a number of documents, such as that the manifest of cargo entering the port was correct and legal.

Fig 2. Inward Foreign Manifest of Whaling Brig Charles W. Morgan . The current master John Maxwell Pinkham of New Bedford, Massachuusetts signed under oath in 1874 that the manifest was correct. (National Archives and Records Administration, NAID 12022944).
Fig 2. Inward Foreign Manifest of Whaling Brig Charles W. Morgan . The current master John Maxwell Pinkham of New Bedford, Massachuusetts signed under oath in 1874 that the manifest was correct. (National Archives and Records Administration, NAID 12022944).

Articles of agreement were signed by every member of the crew before embarking on the voyage and protection applications were signed by the applicant. Many American seamen frequently moved around the country and even the world. It can be difficult to track them using methods of genealogical analysis like age, next of kin, and location, so signatures may be the only clue that helps in confirming their identity.

Fig 3. Articles of Agreement for 1824 voyage of Brig Friendship of Salem, Massachusetts. (FamilySearch.org). 
Fig 3. Articles of Agreement for 1824 voyage of Brig Friendship of Salem, Massachusetts. (FamilySearch.org). 

Another reason it’s difficult to track seamen is because of the high rate of desertion and death during voyages. There are several sources which can help identifying these incidents, which will be the subject of an upcoming post.

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Jake Fletcher is a professional genealogist, educator and blogger. He currently serves as Vice President of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG).


Strategies to Find the Most Challenging Ancestors with Autosomal DNA Data - free webinar by James M. Baker, PhD, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Strategies to Find the Most Challenging Ancestors with Autosomal DNA Data" by James M. Baker, PhD, CG is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Case studies are used to illustrate the best strategies to use to find the ancestors you need to fill in gaps in your family tree in the 6th and 7th generation. Class members learn how to mix and match the use of Ancestry DNA, FTDNA, and GEDmatch to accumulate DNA evidence while efficiently sorting through the many possible matches.

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Autosomal DNA is being touted as one of the hottest genealogy tools available, but it leaves many with more questions than answers. Turn to this quick guide for answers to these common questions:
  • What exactly is autosomal DNA testing?
  • Who can be tested?
  • What testing companies provide this testing?
  • What will the results tell me?
  • What are the maps with all of the ethnicity percentages?
  • What do those maps have to do with my genealogy?
  • How do I organize my DNA matches to make the most of the testing?
  • Use this guide to gain knowledge and confidence in this exciting field of research.

About the author: Diahan Southard has a background in microbiology with a talent for clear and concise explanations of complicated topics. She has been translating genetics into genealogy for 14 years and currently acts as Your DNA Guide (www.yourDNAguide.com), providing personalized consultation experiences to help genealogists use DNA testing in their genealogy.

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  • Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Genealogy by Shannon Combs-Bennett. January 11.
  • Legacy Family Tree for Complete Beginners by Geoff Rasmussen. January 13.
  • Writing Up Your Research by Michael J. Leclerc, CG. January 17.
  • Create a Free Google Earth Historic Map Collection for Your Research by Lisa Louise Cooke. January 18.
  • Playing Nice In The Genealogy Sandbox by Thomas MacEntee. January 25.
  • Photography for Genealogy by Nicka Smith. February 1.
  • The WHO of Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger. February 8.
  • Deciphering German Script by Gail Blankenau. February 10.
  • Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research by Cyndi Ingle. February 15.
  • Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof Argument by Karen Stanbary, CG. February 21.
  • Finding Missing Persons With DNA Testing by Diahan Southard. February 22.
  • Apprentices, Indentured Servants, and Redemptioners: White Slavery in America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. March 1.
  • 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know by Gena Philibert-Ortega. March 8.
  • Home on the Range: Kansas Research Tips by Cari Taplin, CG. March 10.
  • Why are Irish records so weird? by John Grenham. March 15.
  • Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG. March 21.
  • Picture This: Images You Can Freely Use by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. March 22.
  • Introduction to Quaker Genealogy Research by Craig Scott, MA, CG, FUGA. March 29.
  • Preserve, Share, and Search Your Digital Pictures with Google Photos by Geoff Rasmussen. April 5.
  • Your Whiteboard in the Cloud: Trello for Genealogists by Lisa Alzo. April 12.
  • Complete Photo Restoration in 4 Easy Steps by Eric Basir. April 14.
  • The Genealogy in Government Documents by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. April 18.
  • Neighborhood Reconstruction: Effective Use of Land Records by Mary Hill, AG. April 19.
  • Finding and Using Land Ownership Maps by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. April 26.
  • Researching Criminal Records by Ron Arons. April 28.
  • Take Me Back to Where I Belong: Transportation Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. May 3.
  • Beginning Danish Research by Charles Fritz Juengling, AG. May 10.
  • New York City and State Governmental Vital Records by Jane Wilcox. May 12.
  • MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL. May 16.
  • Remember Me: Lifestreaming and the Modern Genealogist by Thomas MacEntee. May 17.
  • WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All by Eowyn Langholf. May 24.
  • 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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Complete 8-Class Utah Series Now Online

Complete 8-Class Utah Series Now Online

Utah is known as the home of the Family History Library. It may be the home of your ancestors too! We've got the resources for you to dive deep into researching your Utah family. With the addition of four new webinars, the eight-class series on Utah research is now complete.  The four new classes include:

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

Utah Going to the Courthouse

Not all Utah courthouse records are at the courthouse. And for most courthouses the researcher has to rely on paying for a search which may or may not result in the records they need. Knowing the structure of the Utah court system and how to access records is important in order to avoid frustration. We’ll look at what must be requested, what is available online through the courthouse website, what can be searched in person, and what is available at the National Archives, the state archive, local archives, FamilySearch and other websites.

Utah Going to the Courthouse

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Utah's Melting Pot

The story of Utah is the story of its diverse ethnic population. Rich records exist to trace the diverse population of Utah. Learn more about collections documenting the lives of the Chinese, Japanese, African Americans, and Native Americans. We will look at familiar resources like censuses and then we will explore specific manuscript and special collections housed in archives and libraries throughout the state.  

Utah's Melting Pot

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Utah Newspapers and Digitized Books

In this webinar we look at the printed word. Newspapers provide us with the details of everyday life that is hard to find anywhere else. Digitized books span the realm of local history and biography which helps to tell the story of places and people. Where can you find Utah newspapers and digitized books? Many times you can find what you need online through digitization projects, subscription and free websites but for those time you can’t find what you need, knowing what is available and where is important.  

Utah Newspapers and Digitized Books

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Researching Mormon Women

Mormon women in Utah have a rich history that includes suffrage, important work outside of the home, and of course polygamy. The lives of Mormon women in Utah are documented in various archives, libraries, and museums. In this presentation learn ways to find out more about your Mormon ancestress aside from information about her in familiar sources like the census or vital records.

Researching Mormon Women

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These join four Utah webinars already in the library:

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  • All 459 classes in the library (637 hours of quality genealogy education)
  • 2,115 pages of instructors' handouts
  • Chat logs from the live webinars
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Look at our lineup of speakers for 2017! All live webinars are free to watch.

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