Behind the scenes of a webinar that went "poof"!

You would never know it by listening to its recording, but yesterday's live webinar was going along just fine, and then poof! It was gone.

In nearly 700 live webinars, this happened one other time. Back on March 13, 2013, we were enjoying learning from Judy Wight about Irish research when all of a sudden - poof! The webinar turned off, or crashed, or whatever you want to call it. We learned afterwards that about a minute before it disappeared, the new Pope was announced. Its announcement must have spiked internet traffic everywhere and killed the GoToWebinar servers. A couple of frantic minutes later, it was resolved, we continued the rest of the live webinar, and listening to the recording you would never know anything had happened.

Yesterday, the two presenters for the webinar connected about 30 minutes early, and we proceeded with our usual tests to ensure everything was working as expected. I've done enough of these now that I am rarely, or should I say, never nervous anymore about the tech behind a webinar. I still have to be alert, but if something happens, I usually know how to resolve it very quickly. Well, for some reason, and maybe I shouldn't have, I shared with the presenters about the experience with the "Pope webinar of 2013," and teasing them, I told them not to do anything that would cause the same result. We laughed a little, and made our final preparations.

About twenty minutes in, just when their DNA story began to cause its first few emotional tears (we were warned to have tissue nearby and they were right!), for the second time in webinar history - the webinar went poof! The dreaded "the webinar has ended" message appeared on my screen. My first thought was, "oh no - there's no restarting a live webinar after receiving that message." As fast as I could, I logged back in to my GoToWebinar admin account, surprisingly noticed that this webinar was still in the list (hurray for that!), and I quickly clicked the Start button. Slowly but surely, the first panelist was back online, then the second, then the hundreds of live webinar viewers started to return. Oh good, this was going to work out. I thanked everyone for their patience and the webinar proceeded as expected, and turned out to be one of my personal all-time favorites. But what happened?

ArrowHere's where I won't expose the entire truth. It wasn't one of the presenters, but one of us (ah hem...) on the admin side of things (it wasn't Marian either...) clicked the small X in the upper right of their control panel. Clicking the X is what one does to leave a live webinar. But when you're in the admin area of a live webinar, and you click the X, it means something different. As in, it will close the webinar for everyone. Oops.

It all worked out, and the live webinar resumed. Lots more emotional tears were shed as we viewed the DNA-related family reunions. But now we have months of good material to use to tease our colleague. He'll (oops, I just "accidentally" revealed his gender) probably have a phobia now of clicking the X button in any software.

If I hadn't written this article, this history would have been erased because the recording of the webinar turned out perfectly. Really - you'd never know anything went amiss.

After a live webinar concludes, I begin the work of encoding, importing, editing, marking, producing, and publishing the recorded version of the webinar. Below is a portion of what my video editing software looks like. You are seeing the timeline of the recording of a recent webinar. Notice there are two tracks. Track one is where the actual video resides. If you look carefully, you'll notice that I added a couple of zoom elements and one transition element in this track. Track two displays the waves of the audio. It looks like my voice was a little louder at the very beginning and at the very end - but those are both things that I can easily even out before publishing. The timeline for a normal webinar looks just like this one, nice and clean.

Track2

Now take a look at the timeline in my editor for yesterday's webinar. Tracks one and two look great. And then the twenty minute mark hit. While I was able to successfully restart the live webinar and all went well, the recording of the live webinar did not go as smoothly. What you see in tracks three, four and five are pieces of video, audio and graphics that I had to splice in from various pieces of technology that I use in the background.

Track1

What normally takes me about an hour to go from the end of a live webinar to what you see in the Webinar Library took about three hours yesterday. I was only able to do what I did because of many processes and technology that I have in place such as the use of dual internet service providers, a mifi card, an audio mixer system with digital voice recorder, the ability to split out the audio from a video file, and much more.

I write this not to boast of the technical expertise I've developed over the years (or to tease my colleague), but to give a little bit of the behind-the-scenes of what makes our webinar series run. There really is more than just pressing the "Record Webinar" button to make it all go smoothly.

Now, if you want to view one of the finest webinars in the now 668-class library, go watch True Stories of Families Reunited Thanks to Genetic Genealogy. But be sure to have your tissues handy.


True Stories of Families Reunited Thanks to Genetic Genealogy - free webinar by MyHeritage now online

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The recording of today's webinar, "True Stories of Families Reunited Thanks to Genetic Genealogy” by MyHeritage's Rafi Mendelsohn and Roi Mandel is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

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Many long-lost relatives have been brought together lately thanks to the combination of DNA, family trees and historical records. In this inspiring webinar, MyHeritage's research team will present some of its favorite heartwarming reunions.

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The Case of the Broken Link: Decoding the URL  03/14/2018  Cyndi Ingle
From Baltimore to Burlington: Hazen P. Day's Neighbors Bring Him Home  03/20/2018  Catherine B. Wiest Desmarais  CG
Hands-On with MyHeritage DNA  03/21/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Introduction to DNA Testing in Genealogy and Family History  03/23/2018  Mike Mansfield
How DNA testing can reveal your ethnic breakdown  03/27/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Formulating a DNA Testing Plan  03/28/2018  Blaine Bettinger  Ph.D.  J.D.
Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History  Migration  DNA  04/04/2018  Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 3): Adding a Census Record  04/06/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Genealogy for Advanced Users: Grow Your Family Tree Online  04/10/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Georgia: Gateway to Westward Expansion  04/11/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Researching Your Oregon Ancestors  04/13/2018  Tessa Keough
Better Together: Making Your Case with Documents and DNA  04/17/2018  Patti Lee Hobbs  CG
Lincoln's Laws and the Records of War  04/18/2018  Judy G. Russell  JD  CG  CGL
Get the Most from the MyHeritage Search Engine for Historical Records  04/24/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Verifying Information You Find Online  04/25/2018  Marian Pierre-Louis
Special Appearance by the Founder and CEO of MyHeritage  05/02/2018  Gilad Japhet
Discover Your Family in School Yearbooks  05/08/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper  05/09/2018  Cyndi Ingle
A Checklist of African American Resources  05/11/2018  Angela Walton-Raji
Good Research Habits  05/15/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
The First 5 Things to Do with Your New Test Results  05/16/2018  Blaine Bettinger  Ph.D.  J.D.
How to Use the Smart Matches & Record Matches MyHeritage Technologies  05/22/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Quaker Migration into America  05/23/2018  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen  AG
The Palatine Immigrants: Tracing and Locating 18th Century German Immigrants Online  05/30/2018  Luana Darby  MLIS  AG
Digital Gravestones  06/05/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
What Your Ancestor's Neighbors Can Tell You  06/06/2018  Melissa Barker
The Family DNA Project  06/08/2018  Nicka Smith
Easily Read Old Style American Handwriting  06/13/2018  Sharon Monson
Using Maps in Genealogical Research  06/19/2018  Sara A. Scribner  CG
You Need a Search Strategy: Maximizing Your Results with Online Genealogical Databases  06/19/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Lightroom or Photoshop? What should I use for my photo editing?  06/27/2018  Jared Hodges
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 4): Adding Estate/Probate Records  07/06/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
The Art of Negative-Space Research: Women  07/11/2018  Jeanne Bloom  CG
Freedmen's Bureau Records - Valuable to ALL Southern research  07/13/2018  Diane L.  Richard
Special Tools that can Take Your Research to the Next Level  07/17/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
It's a Numbers Game! Understanding Recognized Genealogical Formats  07/17/2018  Alice Hoyt Veen  CG
Trails of Daniel Boone and other Western Travelers  07/18/2018  J. Mark Lowe  CG  FUGA
Photoshop: What you need to know as a photographer  07/25/2018  Jared Hodges
An Overview of Important Historical Record Collections  07/31/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Sharing The Joy: Projects That Will Captivate The Non-Genealogists In Your Life  08/01/2018  Lisa Louise Cooke
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 5): Adding an Obituary  08/03/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist  08/08/2018  Annette Burke  Lyttle
50 Websites To Find Vital Records  08/10/2018  Gena Philibert-Ortega
Everything you need to know about Genealogical Charts and Reports  08/14/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Untangle the Web of Germanic Websites  08/15/2018  Teresa Steinkamp McMillin  CG
GPS: Finding Your Way Through Tough Research Problems  08/21/2018  James Ison  CG  AG
Researching Forces Ancestors (England and Wales)  08/22/2018  Kirsty Gray
How Photos Enhance Genealogical Research  08/28/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite  08/29/2018  Diahan Southard
What's Been Done: Using Someone Else's Genealogy Research  09/05/2018  Thomas MacEntee
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 6): Adding a Death Certificate  09/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Examining Migration & Researching Migrants in the British Isles  09/12/2018  Julie Goucher
Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families  09/14/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Using Lists to Find Proof  09/18/2018  Cari Taplin  CG
25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know  09/19/2018  Lisa Alzo
Importance of Newspapers for family research  09/25/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System  10/03/2018  Rick Sayre  CG  CGL  FUGA
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 7): Adding Email Correspondence  10/05/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
On the Go: Using Your Mobile Device for Genealogy  10/09/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
In Search of My Brother's Mother - An Adoption Story  10/10/2018  Beth Foulk
Strategies for Using FamilySearch  10/12/2018  Shannon Combs-Bennett
Using Emigrant Guides for Genealogical Research  10/16/2018  Julie P. Miller  CG  CGL
Ho to California! The Draw of the Gold Rush  10/17/2018  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen  AG
True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic Genealogy  10/23/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing  10/24/2018  Lisa Alzo
Researching your French and Indian War Ancestor  10/26/2018  Craig R. Scott  MA  CG  FUGA
Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees  10/31/2018  E. Randol Schoenberg
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8): The Smoking Gun  11/02/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
City Directories: Much More than Ye Olde Phonebooks  11/06/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor  11/07/2018  Melissa Barker
Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners  11/14/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Every Day Life of Our Ancestors  11/20/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking  11/28/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records  12/05/2018  Mary Kircher Roddy
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database  12/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart  12/12/2018  Janet Hovorka
Citation for beginners  12/14/2018  Shellee Morehead  PhD  CG
Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family  12/18/2018  Nancy A. Peters  CG
That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors  12/19/2018  Michael L. Strauss  AG

 

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - The Case of the Broken Link: Decoding the URL by Cyndi Ingle

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Web site addresses appear to be long, complicated, and mysterious. Navigating through the web leads you from link to link, web page to web page, site to site, and server to server all in a matter of a few clicks. How can you sort out separate web sites? How can you track down a new URL for a broken link or a broken bookmark? What happens when your source citation for a web site contains a URL  that suddenly disappears? We will break down this technical topic to help you easily hunt down the URL you need.

Join us and Cyndi Ingle for the live webinar Wednesday, March 14, 2018 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. 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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CyndiIngle-144x144Cyndi is the creator, owner and "webmaster" of the award-winning web site Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, www.CyndisList.com, a categorized index to more than 335,000 online resources. In its first three years, Cyndi's List was three times voted the best genealogy site on the World Wide Web. It helps millions of visitors worldwide each month and has been featured in the media and diverse publications, including ABC News, NBC News, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, Wired, Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines. Cyndi has been interviewed for many television and radio broadcasts including ABC News, NBC News, the BBC, and National Public Radio. She has also participated in the Ancestors II television series on PBS. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 35 years, is a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. Cyndi is an internationally known guest lecturer for various genealogical society meetings and seminars (http://www.CyndisList.com/speaking-calendar/). She has lectured for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, GENTECH, Brigham Young University, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, the Washington Library Association, the Florida Library Association, the American Library Association and numerous local genealogical societies in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Cyndi has authored numerous articles and three books. Before her life on the Internet, Cyndi worked as an international banker specializing in foreign exchange and computer networks. Cyndi, her son, Evan, and three Boston Terriers live in Edgewood, Washington.

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Tuesday's Tip - Set Direct Line (Beginner)

Set Direct Line

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

Set Direct Line (Beginner)

Setting your Direct Line is a navigational tool which will help you click through your file at lightening speed. Before you get started, go to Options > Customize > Data Format > Option 3.8. Here is how I have mine set up. You might have chosen different options but make sure that the box to Indicate direct-line children in lists (bold) is checked. Notice that this is a (gbl) option. This means it is global and if you have more than one file you only have to set this option once and it will affect all of your files.

Child List Indicators
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Step 2 is to actually set the direct lines. Go to Tools > Set Direct Line.  Put yourself in the box using the Change button and then Set Preferred Line.

Set Direct Line as Preferred
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Now when you navigate your direct line ancestor will be in bold in all list style dialog boxes.

Children's List
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In the Name List you can see three of my direct line ancestors in bold, my great-grandfather, my 2nd great-grandfather and my 3rd great-grandfather. They are also colored blue because I have the Ancestor colors turned on and they are in my paternal grandfather's line.

Name List
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So how does this save you time? It is easy to see the bold names in the Family View and you can go click, click, click click to go up or down the direct line chain. You can also easily retrace your steps when working with your direct line. This is something I use all the time. If you want to capture both your direct line and your spouse's, simply set the direct line to one of your children.

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 check out 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, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


True Stories of Families Reunited Thanks to Genetic Genealogy - register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar

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Many long-lost relatives have been brought together lately thanks to the combination of DNA, family trees and historical records. In this inspiring webinar, MyHeritage's research team will present some of its favorite heartwarming reunions.

Join us and MyHeritage's Rafi Mendelsohn and Roi Mandel for the live webinar Tuesday, March 13, 2018 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. 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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Secrets in the Attic: Break Down Brick Walls With Home Sources - free webinar by Denise Levenick now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Secrets in the Attic: Break Down Brick Walls With Home Sources” by Denise May Levenick is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Solve genealogical mysteries with clues in family sources. Photos and examples show where to find hidden details about your ancestors' lives in the things they left behind, including old documents and letters, and unidentified photographs.

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True Stories of Families Reunited Thanks to Genetic Genealogy  03/13/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The Case of the Broken Link: Decoding the URL  03/14/2018  Cyndi Ingle
From Baltimore to Burlington: Hazen P. Day's Neighbors Bring Him Home  03/20/2018  Catherine B. Wiest Desmarais  CG
Hands-On with MyHeritage DNA  03/21/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Introduction to DNA Testing in Genealogy and Family History  03/23/2018  Mike Mansfield
How DNA testing can reveal your ethnic breakdown  03/27/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Formulating a DNA Testing Plan  03/28/2018  Blaine Bettinger  Ph.D.  J.D.
Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History  Migration  DNA  04/04/2018  Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 3): Adding a Census Record  04/06/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Genealogy for Advanced Users: Grow Your Family Tree Online  04/10/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Georgia: Gateway to Westward Expansion  04/11/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Researching Your Oregon Ancestors  04/13/2018  Tessa Keough
Better Together: Making Your Case with Documents and DNA  04/17/2018  Patti Lee Hobbs  CG
Lincoln's Laws and the Records of War  04/18/2018  Judy G. Russell  JD  CG  CGL
Get the Most from the MyHeritage Search Engine for Historical Records  04/24/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Verifying Information You Find Online  04/25/2018  Marian Pierre-Louis
Special Appearance by the Founder and CEO of MyHeritage  05/02/2018  Gilad Japhet
Discover Your Family in School Yearbooks  05/08/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper  05/09/2018  Cyndi Ingle
A Checklist of African American Resources  05/11/2018  Angela Walton-Raji
Good Research Habits  05/15/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
The First 5 Things to Do with Your New Test Results  05/16/2018  Blaine Bettinger  Ph.D.  J.D.
How to Use the Smart Matches & Record Matches MyHeritage Technologies  05/22/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Quaker Migration into America  05/23/2018  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen  AG
The Palatine Immigrants: Tracing and Locating 18th Century German Immigrants Online  05/30/2018  Luana Darby  MLIS  AG
Digital Gravestones  06/05/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
What Your Ancestor's Neighbors Can Tell You  06/06/2018  Melissa Barker
The Family DNA Project  06/08/2018  Nicka Smith
Easily Read Old Style American Handwriting  06/13/2018  Sharon Monson
Using Maps in Genealogical Research  06/19/2018  Sara A. Scribner  CG
You Need a Search Strategy: Maximizing Your Results with Online Genealogical Databases  06/19/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Lightroom or Photoshop? What should I use for my photo editing?  06/27/2018  Jared Hodges
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 4): Adding Estate/Probate Records  07/06/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
The Art of Negative-Space Research: Women  07/11/2018  Jeanne Bloom  CG
Freedmen's Bureau Records - Valuable to ALL Southern research  07/13/2018  Diane L.  Richard
Special Tools that can Take Your Research to the Next Level  07/17/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
It's a Numbers Game! Understanding Recognized Genealogical Formats  07/17/2018  Alice Hoyt Veen  CG
Trails of Daniel Boone and other Western Travelers  07/18/2018  J. Mark Lowe  CG  FUGA
Photoshop: What you need to know as a photographer  07/25/2018  Jared Hodges
An Overview of Important Historical Record Collections  07/31/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Sharing The Joy: Projects That Will Captivate The Non-Genealogists In Your Life  08/01/2018  Lisa Louise Cooke
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 5): Adding an Obituary  08/03/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist  08/08/2018  Annette Burke  Lyttle
50 Websites To Find Vital Records  08/10/2018  Gena Philibert-Ortega
Everything you need to know about Genealogical Charts and Reports  08/14/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Untangle the Web of Germanic Websites  08/15/2018  Teresa Steinkamp McMillin  CG
GPS: Finding Your Way Through Tough Research Problems  08/21/2018  James Ison  CG  AG
Researching Forces Ancestors (England and Wales)  08/22/2018  Kirsty Gray
How Photos Enhance Genealogical Research  08/28/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite  08/29/2018  Diahan Southard
What's Been Done: Using Someone Else's Genealogy Research  09/05/2018  Thomas MacEntee
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 6): Adding a Death Certificate  09/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Examining Migration & Researching Migrants in the British Isles  09/12/2018  Julie Goucher
Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families  09/14/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Using Lists to Find Proof  09/18/2018  Cari Taplin  CG
25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know  09/19/2018  Lisa Alzo
Importance of Newspapers for family research  09/25/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System  10/03/2018  Rick Sayre  CG  CGL  FUGA
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 7): Adding Email Correspondence  10/05/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
On the Go: Using Your Mobile Device for Genealogy  10/09/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
In Search of My Brother's Mother - An Adoption Story  10/10/2018  Beth Foulk
Strategies for Using FamilySearch  10/12/2018  Shannon Combs-Bennett
Using Emigrant Guides for Genealogical Research  10/16/2018  Julie P. Miller  CG  CGL
Ho to California! The Draw of the Gold Rush  10/17/2018  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen  AG
True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic Genealogy  10/23/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing  10/24/2018  Lisa Alzo
Researching your French and Indian War Ancestor  10/26/2018  Craig R. Scott  MA  CG  FUGA
Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees  10/31/2018  E. Randol Schoenberg
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8): The Smoking Gun  11/02/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
City Directories: Much More than Ye Olde Phonebooks  11/06/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor  11/07/2018  Melissa Barker
Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners  11/14/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Every Day Life of Our Ancestors  11/20/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking  11/28/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records  12/05/2018  Mary Kircher Roddy
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database  12/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart  12/12/2018  Janet Hovorka
Citation for beginners  12/14/2018  Shellee Morehead  PhD  CG
Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family  12/18/2018  Nancy A. Peters  CG
That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors  12/19/2018  Michael L. Strauss  AG

 

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New "Member Friday" Webinar - It's All In There - Navigating the FamilySearch Catalog by Sharon Monson

New "Member Friday" Webinar - It's All In There - Navigating the FamilySearch Catalog by Sharon Monson

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "It's All In There - Navigating the FamilySearch Catalog" by Sharon Monson. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

It's All In There - Navigating the FamilySearch Catalog

Locating available books, microfilms, microfiche or maps for a certain place or subject depends on the depth of the catalog search criteria.  The eight basic searches for Place, Surnames, Titles, Author, Subjects, Keywords and Call Number or Film/Fiche Number are demonstrated.  Many microfilms have been digitized and thousands of books are available online.  Filter the searches to save time and effort with tips on how to use the FamilySearch Catalog.

  New "Member Friday" Webinar - It's All In There - Navigating the FamilySearch Catalog by Sharon Monson

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About the Presenter

Sharon Monson
Sharon D. Monson is a professional genealogist, creator of the Genealogy Kit, and author of Shortcut to Genealogy Sources. She is a frequent  presenter at local, state and national conferences. Her extensive research experience in courthouses, repositories and the Family History Library spans 35+ years. Her blog at https://gensearchandmore.com features primary and secondary U. S. genealogical sources and skill-building research tips.  

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Legacy 101 - Charts

The Legacy Charting program is included when you purchase Legacy. A limited version is also included with the free Standard Version of Legacy. It is both a standalone program and one that you can access from within Legacy itself. I mention this because if you open Legacy Charting from outside of Legacy the initial screens will look different than when you open it from within Legacy. Why? Because if you open it as a standalone program you will be asked which file you want to use for your chart. If you open it from within Legacy it will assume you want to use the file you have open.

Let's start with what you will see when you open Legacy Charting as a standalone program. 

Charting as a standalone program
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After you click Create a New Chart you will see this.

List of usable files
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I doubt you will have as many usable files as I do but you can see that there are several different file formats that Legacy Charting can use, not just Legacy files. Once you select the file you want to use you will see this.

Select a chart type
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We will stop there and go on to what you will see if you open Legacy Charting from within Legacy itself. You can get to Legacy Charting from either the Reports Toolbar or the MyToolbar. Your MyToolbar will look a little different than mine because mine has been customized.

Charting on Reports Toolbar
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Charting on the MyToolbar
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When you open the program you will see the same screen as where we left off when using Legacy Charting as a standalone program so we will continue on from here.

Select a chart screen
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You will create your chart first and then change the options. Select one of the charts and Legacy will create it using whatever settings you last used. If this is the first time you have created that particular chart it will create it with the defaults. We will use the Standard Ancestor Chart as an example (the very first chart).

Standard Ancestor Chart
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The chart pops up using the last options that selected. We won't be able to go over every possible option but we will hit the highlights. Over on the left you will see a vertical stack of icons. You will also see a horizontal line of icons at the very top. If you hover your mouse over each icon you will get a popup telling you what that icon does. You can also click the Legacy Charting icon in the extreme upper left corner to bring up another menu.

Icon tooltips
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On the Home tab you can start a new chart, change the anchor person for the chart, change the number of generations, show or not show duplicate lines, and you can set your privacy options.

Home tab
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The Appearance tab is where you will find most of your options for jazzing up your chart. Legacy Charting has some built in themes that will give you a head start.  You can also change your colors. The Box Items is where you will tell Legacy what exactly you want to be displayed in your boxes. I will expand on that a little further down because there is something I don't want you to miss there. You can change your page, box and line border styles and thicknesses, you can change your box sizes and the distances between boxes and generations. You can add a background. There are some default backgrounds that you can choose from but you can also add your own. You can customize the title of your chart.

Appearance tab
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The Insert tab lets you add text boxes and images to the white space in your chart to add extra information and interest.

Insert tab
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The Export tab is where you can print your chart, export it to several different file formats, email your chart to someone, or you can order a chart to be professionally printed.

Publish tab
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The Help & Options tab is where you will set your general options, access the help file, see the version of Legacy Charting you are using, technical support links, and you can change your chart to several different supported languages.

Help & Options
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The Tips & Updates tab shows your installed version (the program will automatically be updated when you update Legacy), a link to our main website, and a list of helpful articles. You will see a summary of the article at the bottom of the screen but if you double click the article itself you will be taken to the full article.

Tips and Updates
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I want to go back to the Box Items option on the Appearances tab because some users have trouble with this. Here is what you will see.

Box Items options
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You can move the available items from the left box to the middle. Even if they are in the middle they won't be included in your chart unless they are checked. Also, you need to highlight each item in the middle box and you will see options pop up over on the right for you to consider. You can change the font at the bottom for each item as well.

There are two more hints I want to give you. There is a xDNA chart but it isn't a chart per se. It is a color scheme and some users don't find this right away. Select a Half Fan Chart and then go to Appearance > Color. Select DNA X Chromosome from the drop down list. You can change the colors for the xDNA inherited from males vs. females.

xDNA Chart
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The last thing I want to talk about is the difference between SAVING a chart and EXPORTING a chart. When you save a chart it is saved in a .lwcx format. You will be asked if you want to save the chart when you exit. You can also save a chart by using the Save icon in the top row of icons on the screen or you can click the blue Legacy Charting icon in the extreme upper left corner which brings up a menu that includes saving. If you save your chart in the .lwcx format, you can open that chart again and edit it. If you have made changes in the main Legacy file you can click the Refresh icon (bottom icon in the vertical stack of icons on the left) and it will automatically update your chart. If you have exported your chart as a PDF, BMP, JPEG, PNG or TIFF file you will not be able to edit these. This is what you do when you are ready to send a file to someone.

Legacy Charting has many different charts to choose from and many options within each chart so that you can design something that you will be proud to display on your wall or send to your family members.

 

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 check out 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, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


Henrietta Louise Holder’s Story (Sometimes Things Are Not What They Seem)

Henrietta Louise Holder’s Story (Sometimes Things Are Not What They Seem)

Henrietta** was the sister of one of my direct ancestors. I wanted to gather her basic information and hopefully write a short bio on her. What I found was a complete dead-end.

In 1870 and 1880 Henrietta was living with her parents and siblings. I found her 1882 marriage to Douglas Crandall so I expected to find Douglas and Henrietta as a married couple in the 1900 census. Instead I found Douglas listed as a widower and living with his parents. Not good.

By 1910 Douglas is living with his second wife Ella. The census records clearly show that Henrietta was dead, right? Douglas is buried in the family cemetery but there was no marker for Henrietta nor is she in any of the other local cemeteries. Unfortunately, her death was before this state mandated death certificates. Her bio was a bit sparse but at least I knew who her parents were and who she married. I also knew she had three children with husband Douglas because two sons were listed on the 1900 census with their widowed father and a daughter, who had died at age 4 months, was found in the family cemetery. 

The breakthrough was an email from one of Henrietta’s direct descendants. She had seen some of my Holder memorials on Find-A-Grave and guessed I was tied to Henrietta’s line somehow. She asked if I happened to have a photograph of Henrietta. I told her I didn’t but I sent her two photos of Henrietta’s brother. The return email was a shocker. Henrietta didn’t die until 1931, at least 31 years later than I had thought. Henrietta had been declared "insane" in 1899 and was sent to the state hospital where she remained until her death. This was totally unexpected and it again showed me not to assume anything. This descendant sent me copies of the court documents (ex parte order and service*) as well as Henrietta’s complete medical file from the state hospital. It was an absolute goldmine of information.

*An ex parte order, in this context,  is an order for involuntary commitment. It is any temporary order issued at the request of one person when the other party is not there. You will also see these as restraining orders and temporary custody orders. The service is when the sheriff serves the order on the person named, again, in this context it was when the sheriff took custody of Henrietta and delivered her to the state hospital.

Henrietta is buried in the state hospital cemetery in an unmarked grave. I was now able to order her death certificate. I went back to the county clerk and requested Douglas and Henrietta's divorce decree, clean copies of the ex parte order and service, and Douglas and second wife Ella's marriage record. I had so much more information about Henrietta and was able to write a nice bio. I still have a lot of unanswered questions but you never know, another unexpected email might hold the answers.

**All names have been changed at the request of Henrietta's grandchildren


Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


Register for Webinar Friday - Secrets in the Attic: Break Down Brick Walls With Home Sources by Denise May Levenick

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Solve genealogical mysteries with clues in family sources. Photos and examples show where to find hidden details about your ancestors' lives in the things they left behind, including old documents and letters, and unidentified photographs.

Join us and Denise May Levenick for the live webinar Friday, March 9, 2018 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. 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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DeniseLevenick-144x144In every family, someone ends up with "the stuff." Denise May Levenick is a writer, researcher, and speaker with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds. She is the creator of the award-winning family history blog, The Family Curator and author of two books on preserving family treasures, How to Archive Family Photos (Family Tree Books, 2015), and How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records, (Family Tree Books, 2012). Denise inherited her first family archive from her grandmother & a trunk filled with photos, letters, documents, and lots of "miscellaneous stuff" and is now the caretaker of several family collections. She has adapted professional archival techniques to the family archive situation and shares her experiences at her website, and in her books and articles. Denise is a frequent contributor to family history magazines and online publications, and presenter for webinars and workshops. She is a former high school English and Journalism teacher, and a holds a Master's Degree in English Literature. How to Archive Family Keepsakes helps family historians use professional archival techniques with their own family treasures.  Numerous charts and checklists and Denise's practical guidance offer step-by-step advice for organizing, preserving, and digitizing heirlooms, and genealogy research. Denise is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Southern California Genealogical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and The Phi Beta Kappa Society. She heads the grant committee for the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 to assist young genealogists seeking to advance their genealogical education. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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