A love affair with genealogy PLUS Industry-changing announcements

In his keynote address at the first-ever MyHeritage LIVE family history conference in Oslo, Norway, MyHeritage Founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, talks about his passion for family history and recounts the milestones in his genealogy journey. He also outlines his roadmap of the future of genealogy and makes industry-changing announcements about genetics (including reconstructing ancestral DNA and obtaining DNA from old envelopes).

Watch the video here.

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Tuesday's Tip - Custom Event Sentences (Advanced)

Custom Event Sentences

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

Custom Event Sentences (Advanced)

It would be pretty hard for me to write a step-by-step tutorial for this topic because there are so many different ways you can go with the event definitions. Instead, I have listed some tips that will make the entire process go smoother. So why would you want to edit the default sentences anyway? This is a VERY powerful way to get your reports to read out exactly like you want. The default sentences are pretty generic but you can customize them to make your reports more interesting to read.

There are two ways to get to the Edit screen. The first is to go to View > Master Lists > Event Definition. Highlight the event you want to work with and click Edit over on the right.

Add/Edit an Event Definition screen
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The second way is to access it from an individual's Edit Event screen. This is a bit of a shortcut in that it will bypass the Event Master List and take you directly to the Edit screen for that specific event. Simply click the Edit Event Sentence Definition button.

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Now that you know where to find the Edit screen, here are the tips:

The Help File
There is a Help button on each of the edit screens that will take you to the appropriate topic in the Help File. Make sure that you also click the links in each of these articles to access the related topics. The Creating Event Sentences article is the meat and potatoes one but you must read all of the related topics as well.

Backup Your File
Before you get started, backup your file. I would backup your file after each event is customized. You can then go back to a certain restore point if you decide to go in a different direction with your sentences. You can change the names of the backups to reflect where you are in the process.
 
Trial and Error
Until you get good at this there will be a lot of trial and error involved. You will need to create and preview reports to test your sentences. One way to make your reports load faster is limit them to 2 generations, deselect the Table of Contents, Indexes, and Title Page, and untick every option on every tab EXCEPT the event boxes. Don't forget to click the Event Options button and tick every box there. On the Format tab click the Event Narrative Format button. You will need to run your sentences through different scenarios to make sure they work everywhere. This is easier if you always use the exact same event options but I don't so this is important to me. If you need help with the Report Options you can refer to Legacy 101 - Reports.
 
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Options on the Format tab
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Consistency is Key
For your sentences to work right you need to be consistent with how you enter your data. You can build in some if-then scenarios which will take into consideration any unavoidable inconsistencies but as a general rule you should be entering each event type in a consistent manner.
 
Events and Roles
You can customize both Events and Roles using the same "codes." When you customize a role, that customization will be specific to the role that is tied to the event you are working with. This is important to understand if you have the same role name connected to multiple events. For example, you might have the role "Witness" for several different events. Customizing one does not effect the others.  As with events, you can get to the roles in two ways. The first is from the Add/Edit an Event Definition screen. Click the Roles for those Sharing this Event tab, highlight the role you want to edit, and then click the Edit Role button at the bottom.
 
Edit Role from the Event edit screen
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This will bring you to the Add/Edit Event Role screen which looks very much like the Add/Edit an Event Definition screen.
 
Add/Edit Event Role screen
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The other way is to access it after you have shared an event with someone and have assigned a roll to them. 
 
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Edit Role Step 3 and 4
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The Reset Button
You will see a Reset button on the Edit screen. If you click that you will see two options. One will reset your sentences back to the Legacy defaults but the other option will allow you to load the sentences from another event. This is a great time saver. Once you get one event just the way you like it, you can use those sentences as a template so that all you have to do is minor tweaking instead of starting from scratch every time. You can of course do this with roles as well.
 
Tagging
On the Master Event Definition screen you will see that you can tag events  I like to tag an event when I have finished constructing the sentences for that event so that I can see at a glance which ones have been done. This is just the way I use the Tags. You might already be using them for something else.

Give Yourself a Head Start
It is very likely that there are unused default events on your Master Event Definition List. You don't want to create sentences for events that you don't even use. You can purge these unused events. While on the Master Event Definition List screen, go to Options > Purge Unused. UNcheck the box that says Restore all original Event Types to this list.
 
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If you don't uncheck this box you will get all of the default events you are trying to purge re-added. You will also get a a second dialog box that says, WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!  Pay attention to this box! You need to click NO here or all of your sentences will be changed back to the default which means all of your hard work will have been for naught (did you backup your file?)  Better yet, if you get this dialog box that means you have made a mistake. You are better off clicking Cancel and starting over. 
 
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More "Codes"
In the drop down box you will see most of the codes but this isn't all of them. The rest are in the Help File (you might want to print out the list). 
 
Some Codes Only Work in Certain Places
For example, you can only use [CoupleNames] in Marriage Events and not in Individual Events. Why? If you were to try and use this code for an individual event Legacy would have no way to know which spouse you mean if the person has been married more than once. 
 
Font Attributes
The Windows formatting codes work here and the code will be visible so that you know exactly what you have done. Highlight the text you want to give an attribute to and then...
 
CTRL+B = Bold
CTRL+I= Italics
CTRL+U=Underline
CTRL+SHIFT++(the plus sign)=Superscript
 
You can also add the code manually (the text you want formatted goes BETWEEN the two codes)

Bold   «b» «/b»
Italics   «i» «/i»
Underline   «u» «/u»
Superscript   «sup» «/sup»

The Event Override
When you enter an event for someone you will notice that there is an Override tab. You can actually use the codes here but I wouldn't because it is a lot of work for something that will apply just to this one event. The only way it would be worth your while is if you are planning to change some of the details and you want the sentence to update itself. What I do instead is I simply type the sentence exactly the way I want it to read out. The override works well for unusual events that need to be worded in a way that the event definitions won't be able to do.
 
CAUTION #2
I already warned you about purging unused events to make sure that you don't accidentally reset everything back to the defaults but there is another place you need to be careful and that is in the List Cleanup (File > File Maintenance > List Cleanup). Make sure that the box next to Event Definitions is NOT checked!
 
List Cleanup
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The good news is, if you accidentally check this box you will get the WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! just like you did when you purged your unused events. You will want to say NO.
 
Reset Sentences? dialog box
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Caution #3
If you change languages you will lose your custom sentences. If you need to change languages, please work on a copy of your file (my preference) or backup your file and then restore that backup when you are done. Many of our reports allow you to change the report language without changing the underlying language of Legacy itself.

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Fun Bonus Feature!
Unless you are one of those people that REALLY pays attention to the Help File this is a feature that you might miss. You can customize the sample sentences that Legacy displays! Notice that the sample sentence has Seattle as a place name. I am a southern girl so Seattle has to go. If you click the little blue box a simple text file will pop up and you can make edits (for more info, please click the Help button on this screen). 

Bonus feature!
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I only made a simple change to the location for this screenshot but you can completely customize the sentences. You will have to do this for the male individual event, female individual event, and the marriage event (there is a drop down box for these).

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I hope these tips will help you get started in customizing your event/role sentences without too much fear. Your reports will thank you.

 

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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.


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners by Rorey Cathcart

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Tracing your Louisiana ancestors can be challenging. Get off to a great start with a brief introduction to her varied legal history, important migration events and blended ethnic influences. Review repositories, unique record collections and vital records access requirement along with strategies for successful research.

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RoreyCathcart-144x144Rorey Cathcart is a professional genealogist and owner of The Who Hunter LLC based in Charleston, South Carolina. She has spoken locally and nationally on topics of interest to genealogists and society leadership alike. In addition to serving individual and corporate clients, Rorey has researched for two seasons of the hit PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow and was a Senior Researcher for the show’s third season. Her research specialties include Southern States, Migratory Patterns, South Carolina and Irish heritage with a unique subspecialty emphasizing Irish Publicans of Philadelphia. She currently serves as President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

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Bookmarking - Using the Facebook Save Feature

Are you using Facebook? There are many reasons to use Facebook for genealogy. First of all it’s a great place to get your Legacy Family Tree questions answered. But you probably knew that.

We all have our own reasons for using Facebook but one of mine is to keep up on genealogy resources. I also love to find recipes,  history, and even interesting books to read when I scroll through my Facebook News Feed. I like that Facebook provides me a place to read more about topics that are of interest to me. But let’s face it, we don’t always have time to read an entire article. In some cases I catch a glance at Facebook while I’m waiting at an appointment or when I’m inbetween other tasks. So how can we "bookmark" those Facebook posts that we want to refer to at a later time?

You can Save them.

Facebook has a feature called Saved that allows you to save posts. This feature works slightly different depending on whether you are using it via the website (as you might if you're at your computer) or on the Facebook mobile app. So let’s first  take a look at how it works via the website.

Saving Posts via a Computer

To save a Facebook post, click on the three horizontal dots at the top right of the post. This will reveal a drop-down menu and one of the choices in that menu is to "Save post" (or "Save link"). Click on "Save post." Please note that you can save more than posts. You can also save events, links, and videos.

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Now, to see where that post went, go to your Facebook News Feed page, and on the left side under the Explore header, click on Saved (it has a purple bookmark icon next to it).

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Your Saved Page on Facebook will show your "Collections" and  all of the posts you have saved.

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“Collections” are just that. They are a collection of saved posts that you curate around a topic. They are a way for you to save items that are alike in one group. So you might have a Legacy collection or a Recipes collection or a Social Media Tips collection. You can also add your Saved items to more than one collection if you'd like. You can also delete items once you are done with them.

FB Legacy Collection

Saving Posts via a Mobile Device

If you are using the Facebook mobile app and want to save a post, link, video, or an event, save the items just as you would using Facebook on your computer by clicking the three dots.

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When you save, a menu will appear prompting you to add your newly saved item to an existing collection or create a new collection. 

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Once you save it to the collection of your choice, click Done.

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I love this Facebook feature and most admit I use it frequently. Even if it’s something I want to save temporarily, it’s so much easier to save it to a collection and then later delete it then to try to find where I originally saw it. Consider making a few collections right now for your genealogy interests and see how saving on Facebook can help you make the most of your social media time.

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

 


New "Member Friday" Webinar - Soldier Health on the Western Front 1914-1918 by Helen Smith

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Soldier Health on the Western Front 1914-1918 by Helen Smith

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Soldier Health on the Western Front 1914-1918" by Helen Smith. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Soldier Health on the Western Front 1914-1918

The Western Front was the main theatre of war during World War One. A 400-plus mile stretch of land weaving through France and Belgium it became the place where the Allied armies battled under horrific conditions first the British from 1914 then joined by the Commonwealth countries then the USA in 1917. The conditions were horrendous. A truly industrialised war with shrapnel, gas and bombs. Disease was also an issue with specific diseases due to the trench conditions.

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Soldier Health on the Western Front 1914-1918 by Helen Smith
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About the Presenter

Helen SmithHelen has been researching her family since 1986 with research in Australia, England, Wales and Ireland. She is the author of Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms and Google the Genealogist’s Friend and has written for a number of family history as well as scientific publications. Helen has a One Name Study on Quested. Helen has spoken to a wide variety of audiences nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Professionally, she is a Molecular Epidemiologist specializing in Public Health Microbiology and has a strong interest in infectious diseases and Public Health through the ages.

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Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor - free webinar by Melissa Barker now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor” by Melissa Barker is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Our ancestors voted in local, state and federal government elections. Many of our local, state and national archives, libraries and genealogical societies have election and voting records that could help genealogists find their ancestors. These records could include the polling places where your ancestor voted and even your ancestor's signature.
 
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Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners  11/14/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 7): Adding Email Correspondence  11/16/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
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
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8): The Smoking Gun  11/30/2018 Geoff Rasmussen
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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MyHeritage LIVE 2018 - Day 2

I began day 2 of MyHeritage Live 2018 (see day 1's post here) by taking an early morning stroll through Oslo's parks. It was so quiet and peaceful - and then the church bells began to ring and filled the town. I could get used to this place.

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After attending Thomas MacEntee's class "Newspaper Research Strategies Using MyHeritage," Professor Yaniv Erlich's class, "Genetic Insights From a Huge Collaborative Family Tree," and eating a delicious lunch, I got to address the conference with my class, "Using MyHeritage and Learning from FamilyTreeWebinars.com." I shared my 6 favorite things about MyHeritage (which included both Legacy and our webinar series!) and it seemed to be received well.

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Speaking of favorite things - my favorite quote from the conference was made by Aaron Godfrey (VP Marketing) who quoted Gilad Japhet (CEO) as saying, "Here at MyHeritage we want to do well. But we also want to do good."

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This feeling about doing good seemed to summarize the entire conference. The 401 in-person attendees from 28 countries left Oslo feeling good. Good about what they learned. Good about how the conference was organized. Good about how family history brings us together.

More than 60,000 viewers from around the world also checked in. If you missed it, the recordings of the live streams are still available on the MyHeritage Facebook page and will be available via our FamilyTreeWebinars.com library soon.

While Oslo was beautiful (view from my hotel room)...I hope MyHeritage considers doing MyHeritage LIVE 2019 edition in, say, Honolulu next year? Where would you like to visit and mingle with other genealogists?

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor by Melissa Barker

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Our ancestors voted in local, state and federal government elections. Many of our local, state and national archives, libraries and genealogical societies have election and voting records that could help genealogists find their ancestors. These records could include the polling places where your ancestor voted and even your ancestor's signature.

Join us and Melissa Barker for the live webinar Wednesday, November 7, 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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MelissaBarker-100x100Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a professional genealogist lecturing, teaching and writing about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations all across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled “A Genealogist in the Archives”. She is the Reviews Editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) magazine FORUM. In 2016, she started a bi-weekly advice column entitled “The Archive Lady” that can be viewed at Abundant Genealogy. She has been researching her own family history for the past 28 years.

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Tuesday's Tip - Research Guidance and the To-Do List (Intermediate)

Research Guidance and the To-Do-List

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

Research Guidance and the To-Do List (Intermediate)

I tried so hard not to miss anything when I did the series on the To-Do List but I missed one very important feature. First, here are the previous installments in this series. 

To-Do List Part I - How to access the To-Do List and general information
To Do List Part II - Entering a task
To Do List Part III - Filtering, Sorting, and Printing
Using the To-Do List with DNA

So what did I miss? There is a very handy feature in the Research Guidance. To access the Research Guidance go to Tools > Other Tools > Research Tools > Research Guidance. You will find some general information about the Research Guidance module in the article, Legacy 101 - Help With Your Research: Hints, Resesarch Guidance, Internet Searches.

Highlight the Source you want work with and then click Plan to Search.

Select the source
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Now pick the Repository, if there is more than one listed, and then click Select.

Choose the Repository
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The first time you do this you will get a popup box telling you that the item has been added to the To-Do List. You can tick the box on the screen to not see this popup again if you wish. Now open the person's To-Do List and you will see that a To-Do has been added! It has entered the repository information and it has started the source citation for you. The source citation will be in the Basic format so if you use SourceWriter you will need to replace this once you have done the search. If you use the Basic Style format all you will have to do is add the detail once you do the search. You can tweak this by adding a Locality which will give you more filtering options. You might want to change the category if you have your categories set up differently. You can also add more info on the Task Description tab. Even with this tweaking Legacy has done the bulk of the work for you.

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I am pretty sure that I have now covered everything to do with the To-Dos!

 

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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.

 


MyHeritage LIVE 2018 - Day 1

Of the hundreds of genealogy conferences I've attended as an exhibitor, speaker, attendee, and even as conference Chair, MyHeritage LIVE here in Oslo, Norway is by far the most unique and energy-filled family history conference I've seen. With about 450 attendees from 28 countries it might also be the most internationally diverse genealogy conference too.

As I ponder the events of day one and wonder why is this conference so different, I think it is because I am literally seeing the genealogy industry advance right before my eyes. I mean...how often do you see the founder and CEO go from making industry-changing announcements in a keynote speech...

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...to attending class...just like the rest of us?

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As a genealogist first, Gilad Japhet (MyHeritage founder and CEO) has a most unique perspective on what the genealogy industry needs and wants, and he was not shy about publicly sharing the private roadmap of MyHeritage's future plans. Perhaps most exciting were the DNA-related announcements. Roberta Estes, one of the conference's presenters and DNA experts, shared it best in a Facebook post this morning:

What every genealogist is doing today? Digging around their house looking for envelopes! #MHLIVE2018

That's exactly what I will be doing when I return home. Gilad announced that MyHeritage will soon be able to process the DNA from stamps and old envelopes and then link the DNA to the ancestor. This is big news - imagine having the DNA results for one of my great-great-great grandparents!! I can see the brick walls coming down now.

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And if we don't have an old envelope, Gilad also announced plans to recreate our ancestors' DNA through segment painting and segment escalation.

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Later in the day, Maya Lerner, Vice-President of Product at MyHeritage, continued the transparency into MyHeritage's future plans where she announced the Theory of Family Relativity, which will help us easily discover how our DNA matches are related to us. She said that MyHeritage is developing technology that, with a 95% accuracy rate, will determine exactly how two matches are related to each other. This announcement was received with "oohs" and "ahs" throughout the audience.

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She also recapped the major new additions to MyHeritage's record collections in 2018:

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...and announced which records are next in line:

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Who does that (announces a company's inner workings)? Apparently MyHeritage does. Okay, my excitement may be getting a little out of hand here. It's just so energizing to be a part of something that really does have an every-day impact on genealogists worldwide.

All of this, and I haven't even said a word about the other speakers here. Leaders in our field like Thomas MacEntee, Lisa Louise Cooke, Dick Eastman, Diahan Southard, Roberta Estes, Mike Mansfield, Daniel Horowitz and Geni's Mike Stangel - all here! My favorite pic of the day wasn't of Thomas teaching, but of our tech go-to-guy attending class:

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After all of the classes, I personally interviewed many of the attendees to see how they enjoyed day one. They were thrilled to have such a well-organized, educational and fun conference come to them - so close to their homes. This really is fulfilling one of my genea-passions - to help bring genealogy education to people throughout the entire world. If you couldn't be here in person - every class has been live-streamed, and will continue for Day 2 at https://live2018.myheritage.com, including my class today, "Using MyHeritage & Learning with FamilyTreeWebinars.com." If you missed any of Day 1's classes, the recordings of the live-streams are available on https://www.facebook.com/myheritage/ and will be available on our www.familytreewebinars.com in the future.

I hope MyHeritage LIVE will repeat itself each year. Hopefully they'll accept my recommendation that we next do this in Hawaii. OK, I'm off to get ready for Day 2 now. #MHLIVE2018


New "Member Friday" Webinar - Chasing Uncle William Through the Wilds of Cyberspace by Annette Burke Lyttle

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Chasing Uncle William Through the Wilds of Cyberspace by Annette Burke Lyttle

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Chasing Uncle William Through the Wilds of Cyberspace" by Annette Burke Lyttle. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Chasing Uncle William Through the Wilds of Cyberspace

Follow the amazing life of William Crout - pioneer, Civil War veteran, hotel owner, rancher, and local character - and learn how it's possible to reconstruct life stories in surprising detail with genealogical resources available online.

Chasing Uncle William Through the Wilds of Cyberspace by Annette Burke Lyttle
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Annette Burke LyttleAnnette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. Annette is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, as well as a number of national, state, and local societies.

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Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees - free webinar by E. Randol Schoenberg now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees” by E. Randol Schoenberg is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Privacy remains a huge issue for many genealogists and their family members. Personal genealogy websites, as well as Online Collaborative Trees available at Geni, MyHeritage, Ancestry, WikiTree, WeRelate, FamilySearch and OneGreatFamily, each offer different levels of privacy protections. The lecture will discuss the varied approaches to the question of privacy, focusing especially on legal and ethical considerations. For example, how should a genealogist respond if someone says she does not want to be on your online tree? Should minors be allowed to use online genealogy platforms? Can the right to privacy ever be reconciled with online collaborative genealogy? As genealogists increasingly utilize public, or semi-public online collaborative genealogy platforms, these questions are becoming more common. The lecture will use real-world examples to analyze the problems and proposed solutions.
 
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Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 7): Adding Email Correspondence  11/16/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
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
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8): The Smoking Gun  11/30/2018 Geoff Rasmussen
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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How to Write a Family History Narrative in 30 Days

Is writing a family history one of the items on your to-do list? Perhaps you have self-doubts and fears about how to get started, what to write, and how to put it all together in a compelling way? The only way to overcome the obstacle of facing the blank page is to make a commitment and start writing! Here are seven tips to help you write a family history narrative in 30 days.

  How to Write a Family History Narrative in 30 Days

1.   Give yourself a deadline. Since 1999, National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) has served as an online writing forum where registered participants begin working on November 1 towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. See https://nanowrimo.org/press#nanofacts. I have participated in NANOWRIMO twice. If this sounds intimidating, you can create your own version of NANOWRIMO for your family history writing project. While you don’t have to write 50,000 words, you can commit to producing a draft of your narrative using the November 1-30 deadline as a guide. The pace you set is entirely up to you.

2. Find your focus. Many family historians mistakenly think they have to write one large manuscript in their first attempt. It is much easier to focus on a smaller project such as ancestor profiles, or on one event or time period of an ancestor’s life (immigration story, military service, work history, etc.). You will feel less overwhelmed working on a smaller project and more likely to finish what you've started.

3. Set SMART writing goals. One way to focus your project is to set SMART Goals. SMART is an acronym giving criteria to guide in the setting of objective. There are a number of interpretations of the acronym's meaning, the most common designations are: Specific, Measurable, Relevant (Realistic), Attainable (Actionable) and Time-Bound. Here is an example of a SMART writing goal for writing four ancestor profiles in 30 days.

  • Specific - I will write a profile for each of my grandparents (4 profiles). I will work on one profile per week.
  • Measurable – I will write a profile for each of my grandparents. I will write 1200-1500 words for each profile.
  • Attainable (Actionable) - I will write a 1200-1500-word profile for each of my grandparents. For each profile, I will write 250-300 words per day for 5 days.
  • Relevant (Realistic) – I will write a 1200-1500-word profile for each of my grandparents. I will work on one profile per week. I will do this by writing 250-300 words per day for five days.
  • Time-Bound – I will write a 1200-1500-word profile for each of my grandparents. I will work on one profile per week. I will do this by writing 250-300 words per day for five days. I will have all four profiles completed by 30 November 2018.

By breaking your writing tasks into smaller daily or weekly goals the process becomes less overwhelming and you are more likely to stick to your writing routine.

4. Craft a storyboard. A storyboard is a way to visually outline or map out your writing project. It helps to plot out your family history writing project using index cards or a project management tool like Scrivener.  (To learn more about Scrivener, watch my five-part Legacy Family Tree webinar series). The objective of the storyboard is to jot down the main events of the story you are telling, then arrange them in chronological order (first to last). If you need to, you can then move them around to create another structure that makes sense for the story, such as a flashback. Virtual index cards created with a program such as Scrivener make this task much easier. The index cards should be used to describe your scenes or write down key points you want to include, but should not contain long sections of text.  Try to stick to one scene, event, or major point per card. For storyboarding tips, watch the Legacy Family Tree Webinar “Storyboard Your Family History.”

5. Write daily. The premise of NANOWRIMO is to write every day. It is important that you schedule time to write. Block out writing time on your calendar and make every effort to adhere to that appointment just as you would any other commitment. To succeed at finishing your family history narrative you must be willing to put in the time and effort. If you need to block out distractions (social media, e-mail, etc.) choose a quiet place to write where you can shut the door and turn off all electronic devices, or if you need to leave the house, consider going to a library or coffee shop to write. If you are really serious about distraction-free writing, edit lock tools such as The Most Dangerous Writing App or WriteorDie force you to set parameters and stick to them otherwise your words will disappear!

6. Rest and revise. Once you have a draft, it is a good idea to let your writing rest. Put your draft aside, and have someone you trust read your prose and provide feedback. Then, go through your narrative and fix the punctuation, grammar, and any other problem areas. When you finish, you can decide whether to create a book (print or electronic) using a print-on-demand service such as Lulu, or share your stories on a blog. 

7. Remember: You Can’t Edit a Blank Page! You don’t have to write the perfect narrative the first time you sit down at your keyboard. Avoid the paralysis of perfectionism. Just write something. Once you start you will build up a momentum to finish the story.

While November is a great time to start that family history narrative (just in time for holiday gift-giving), you can follow these seven steps during any 30-day time period.

No more excuses! Stop procrastinating and start writing!

 

For over two decades, author and instructor Lisa A. Alzo has been educating and inspiring genealogists around the world to research and write about their ancestors. She has presented 44 webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars, include nine on Writing and Publishing. Lisa coaches aspiring family history writers through her online courses at Research, Write, Connect https://www.researchwriteconnect.com 

 


Tuesday's Tip - Using the To-Do List with DNA (Intermediate)

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

Using the To-Do List with DNA (Intermediate)

 Previously: 

To-Do List Part I - How to access the To-Do List and general information
To Do List Part II - Entering a task
To Do List Part III - Filtering, Sorting, and Printing

This article on how to enter DNA tasks was a bit of an afterthought so I didn't make it part of the series. DNA is a specialized area and not all researchers use DNA evidence (though they should, if possible).

I am going to give you some examples of different DNA tasks that I use. One of the biggest things I use it for is correspondence. I contact so many people that it is hard for me to remember everything and keep it all straight. In a previous article, Recording DNA Matches, I showed you how I keep track of DNA correspondence as an event. I record this in both places, events and the To-Do List. Do I need to do it in both? I think so. I can run specialized DNA reports using a filtered To-Do List. On the Event List I can see just that person's DNA research which is also important to me. I can also run different sorts of reports using Search Lists of the events so recording it in both gives me a lot of flexibility.

HOWEVER, once I get a positive response I will delete that part of the correspondence from the event. For example, let's say I have sent an email to someone asking them to upload to GEDmatch. I will have that request recorded in both locations, as a To-Do Task and in an event. If they tested with MyHeritage it will be in the notes for their MyHeritage DNA event. If they write back and they tell me that they have uploaded to GEDmatch (THANK YOU!) I will close out the To-Do Task and I will erase that part of the notes in their MyHeritage DNA event. I have it permanently recorded in the To-Do List so at this point I don't need it in both places. I will also create a new GEDmatch event with their GEDmatch number. 

The below screenshots are made up tasks because most of my DNA tasks involve living people. I have a mixture of General and Individual To-Dos. The General To-Do's are things like running updates (for example, the "Snavely Tool") and reminders to watch certain DNA webinars. I also add resources that I need to check out but haven't yet (articles, blog posts, new websites, etc). I have a General To-Do that reminds me to check for new matches on GEDMatch every two weeks (I just keep changing the reminder date). The testing companies will send you an email alerting you of new matches but GEDmatch doesn't have this capability. Bonus info — On GEDmatch your new matches will be in green. They are green for 30 days but the green starts to fade over time so you can tell the newest ones from the ones that were uploaded a couple of weeks ago. These are very easy to spot when you scan your One To Many List.

The Individual tasks are where most of the work is done. I have several DNA categories that I use so that I can filter better and you will need to come up with categories that make sense to you (that is true for the To-Do List in general). I am still tweaking the way I enter tasks for DNA so my mindset might change. I do not enter a Location or a Repository for these tasks. I haven't found it to be necessary.

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Did you notice that the first two examples are tagged but the last two are not? I explained why in To Do List Part II - Entering a task. Nutshell version - The first two tasks I have started working on but the second two I have not.

Here is a recap of the benefits of the To-Do List:

  • You will be creating a comprehensive Research Plan and Research/Correspondence Log which means you are more likely to accomplish your goals
  • You will have all of your results recorded, both positive and negative, which will help you re-evaluate your plan and further your research
  • You won't duplicate your efforts because you have forgotten what you have already done
  • You will be able to pick up right where you left off if you take a break from researching a particular ancestor
  • You can print out filtered lists of tasks that you can take with you to any repository that you visit
  • You can print out filtered lists for other researchers also working on the same ancestors so that they know exactly what you are working on and they won't duplicate your efforts

 I hope this series on the To-Do List has convinced you that entering these tasks is well worth the time and effort. 

 

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.


Register for Webinar Wednesday: Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees by E. Randol Schoenberg

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Privacy remains a huge issue for many genealogists and their family members. Personal genealogy websites, as well as Online Collaborative Trees available at Geni, MyHeritage, Ancestry, WikiTree, WeRelate, FamilySearch and OneGreatFamily, each offer different levels of privacy protections. The lecture will discuss the varied approaches to the question of privacy, focusing especially on legal and ethical considerations. For example, how should a genealogist respond if someone says she does not want to be on your online tree? Should minors be allowed to use online genealogy platforms? Can the right to privacy ever be reconciled with online collaborative genealogy? As genealogists increasingly utilize public, or semi-public online collaborative genealogy platforms, these questions are becoming more common. The lecture will use real-world examples to analyze the problems and proposed solutions.

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RandolSchoenberg-144x144Attorney E. Randol Schoenberg has handled numerous cases involving looted art and the recovery of property stolen by the Nazis, including the successful return of five paintings by Gustav Klimt, as featured in the 2015 film Woman in Gold. Schoenberg graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a certificate in European Cultural Studies and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California. Mr. Schoenberg served as President of Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust from 2005 through 2015, during which time the museum constructed its award-winning new building in Pan Pacific Park.

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