World's Largest Family Tree Chart - designed by Legacy Family Tree

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The world's largest family tree chart was on display for the first time at RootsTech this weekend. Here's a picture I snapped of the 30-foot-tall chart. Doug Butts of GenealogyWallCharts.com designed and published the chart, and I believe he is submitting it to Guinness World Records. And listen to this - the chart was designed with our software, Legacy Family Tree!

Here's a close-up of me with Doug.

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Amazing!


Celebrate with Us! Free Pennsylvania Research Class for One Week!

In celebration of our recent release of five Pennsylvania Research Bonus Webinars, Legacy Family Tree Webinars is unlocking one of the webinars for non-members!

As our gift to you, please enjoy watching "Locating Pennsylvania Vital and Religious Records" by Lisa Alzo for free.  

This 49 minute webinar will teach you about online and offline resources for civil birth, marriage and death registers as well as how to obtain religious records from the Keystone State.

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The class is available for free through February 10, 2016.

Of course, members can access this class and all the other Pennsylvania classes at their convenience in the Webinar library as well as being able to download the syllabus for each webinar.

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5 New Pennsylvania Genealogy Classes Released

Pennsylvania was not only one of the original 13 colonies but it became the site of much migration and growth during the westward expansion of America. It is also the state with the largest German-American population with one of its original German settlements, Germantown, founded in 1683. In recognition of Pennsylvania's contribution to U.S. history, Legacy Family Tree Webinars has released five new Bonus classes for family historians with Pennsylvania ancestry. These join two Pennsylvania classes already in the Webinar Library.

The new webinars 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 Legacy library. The webinar previews are always free.

Locating Pennsylvania Vital and Religious Records

Vital records are key documents for learning more about your Pennsylvania ancestors. Learn about online and offline resources for civil birth marriage, and death registers, and how to obtain baptismal, burial, marriage, and other religious records in the Keystone state.

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What's a Prothonotary? Pennsylvania Court and Legal Records

Learn how to research Pennsylvania Prothonotary and other key legal records to find out key details about your Keystone state ancestors.

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Exploring Pennsylvania's Best Libraries and Repositories

Pennsylvania has a rich history to explore. Through this webinar, we will take a virtual tour of some of the best libraries and repositories in the Keystone state.

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Hidden Gems of the Keystone State - Finding Land, Military, Ethnic, and Overlooked Records 

Pennsylvania has a plethora of resources useful to genealogists. Learn about the hidden gems of the Keystone state and how to find land, military, ethnic, and other overlooked records.

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East, West, and In-Between: Navigating Pennsylvania's Counties and Their Resources

Learn how to navigate Pennsylvania’s counties and where to find records and resources for your Keystone state ancestors.

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These webinars join two other excellent Pennsylvania webinars already in the library:

Researching Your Pennsylvania Ancestors

Pennsylvania has a plethora of archives, libraries, and repositories, where you’ll find a wealth of documents to help you unlock key details about your ancestors. Discover what records are available, where they are located and how to utilize them to trace your roots in the Keystone state.

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Best Online Resources for Pennsylvania Genealogy

Pennsylvania has an abundance of resources for genealogists, and the good news is that many of them can now be accessed online. In this webinar, you’ll discover what digitized resources are available for Pennsylvania Research and how to search them to learn more about your Keystone State ancestors.

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

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Tuesday's Tip - Determining Dates from Mentions in Newspaper Articles

  TT - Determining Dates

 

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

Determining Dates from Mentions in Newspaper Articles

Sometimes newspaper articles make reference to a date without actually stating the date. That can be frustrating when you need to enter an exact date into Legacy Family Tree. Here's a shortcut for finding the date. 

I am sitting here working on my file. I am entering a funeral card for Heinrich Gläntzer. He died on 06 Feb 1896. It says that he was buried at 4pm on Sunday.

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So what date was Sunday?

After I entered his death date and with my cursor still in the death field, I clicked the calendar icon (looks like a calendar page with a 6 on it).

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I can then see that the Sunday after 06 Feb 1896 was 09 Feb. Since I had my cursor in a field that had a date, when I clicked the calendar icon it went to that month with the date highlighted so I didn't have to navigate through the calendar.

 

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You can use this trick for any dates you need to determine! If you don't have an event date such a death notice, you can use the newspaper publish date as your starting point.

 

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

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

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

 

 


The Top 10 Genealogy Classes for January 2016

We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for January 2016! Are your favorite topics or instructors among the list? Need something new to learn? Use the list to get inspired!

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Each month thousands of Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers head for the library to learn new skills and techniques to help improve their genealogy research. Among the now-301 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of January 2016.  They aren't necessarily the newest classes but rather the topics that were sought out by our members.

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

The Top 10 for January 2016

1. Read 'Em or Weep - Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR (BONUS webinar for subscribers) by Mary Roddy

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

3. Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye - 9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives by Lisa Louise Cooke

4. Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard

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

6. Online and Offline Resources for Virginia Genealogy (BONUS webinar for subscribers) by Shannon Combs-Bennett

7. Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis

8. My Genealogy DO-Over - A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes by Thomas MacEntee

9. Tips and Tricks for Using the Library of Virginia Website by Shannon Combs-Bennett

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

The classes in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar library are a members-only benefit. Not a member? Become one! Or watch the recording of the latest live class which is always available for free for a limited time!


7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries at MyHeritage - free webinar by MyHeritage's Mike Mansfield now online

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The recording of today's webinar (our 301st), "7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries at MyHeritage" by Mike Mansfield PLUS the after-webinar party is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com.

In this webinar Mike presented 7 of MyHeritage’s key technologies, show the challenges they solve, and how to use them to get ahead in family history research.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 42 minute recording of "7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries at MyHeritage" PLUS the after-webinar party is now available to view in our webinar library for free. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

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  • The Scots-Irish in America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. February 10.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft Word by Thomas MacEntee. February 17.
  • Problem Solving with FANs by Beth Foulk. February 19.
  • A Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0 by Cyndi Ingle. February 24.
  • The War of 1812 Records - Preserving the Pensions by Michael Hall. March 2.
  • Making YDNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History by Diahan Southard. March 4.
  • How Do I Know That's My Ancestor? by Amy Johnson Crow. March 9.
  • The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments by Judy Russell. March 16.
  • Introduction to German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. March 23.
  • Proof Arguments - How to Write Them and Why They Matter by Warren Bittner. March 30.
  • Getting to Know Findmypast - Your Source for British and Irish Genealogy by Jen Baldwin. April 6.
  • Confirming Enslaved Ancestors Utilizing DNA by Melvin Collier. April 8.
  • U.S. Land Records - State Land States by Mary Hill. April 13.
  • Fire Insurance Maps - The Google Maps of Their Day by Jill Morelli. April 20.
  • England and Wales - Rummaging in the Parish Chests by Kirsty Gray. April 27.
  • Google Drive for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. May 4.
  • Dirty Pictures - Save Your Family Photos from Ruin by Denise Levenick. May 11.
  • Messages from the Grave - Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone by Elissa Scalise Powell. May 13.
  • Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by Jim Beidler. May 18.
  • Discover American Ancestors (NEHGS) by Lindsay Fulton. May 25.
  • Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org by Claire Vail. June 1.
  • Researching Your Washington State Ancestors by Mary Roddy. June 8.
  • Introduction to the Freedmen's Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. June 10.
  • Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 15.
  • Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. June 22.
  • Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard. June 29.
  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

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Dutch Patronymics: Confusing or Helpful?

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How can a man with the surname Mackelyck have sons with the surname Woglom? Because of Dutch patronymics, it’s not only possible, it happened. The most common Dutch naming custom in New Netherland (present day New York) pre 1687 was that of patronymics, or identification of an individual based on the father's name. In 17th century New Netherland Pieter Adrianszen (using the patronymic Adrianszen meaning son of Adrian) had the nickname of Soo Gemackelyck (translation: so easy-going). But he was also known as Pieter Van Waggelen with variant spelling Van Woggelum. When patronymics ended in 1687 under English rule his children adopted different surnames. Some took Mackelyck, based on his nickname) and others took Woglom (based on his place of origin name).

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But what are patronymics and how are they formed? Jan Albertszen as an example, is named after his father Albert. Albertszen means son of a man named Albert. The patronymic was formed by adding -se, -sen, or -szen. Daughters would very often have the ending -x or -dr. added. For example, Geesjie Barentsdr. (Barentsdochter) is named after her father Barent.

An individual could also be known by his place of origin. For example, Cornelis Antoniszen, my ninth great- grandfather, was known in some records as 'van Breuckelen', meaning 'from Breuckelen' (Breuckelen being a town in the Netherlands). The place-origin name could be a nationality, as in the case of Albert Andriessen from Norway and my ninth great-grandfather, originator of the Bradt and Vanderzee families. He is found in many records as Albert Andriessen de Noorman, meaning the Norseman.

An individual might be known by a personal characteristic: e.g. Vrooman means a pious or wise man; Krom means bent or crippled; De Witt means the white one.

Sometimes an occupation became an individual’s surname. Smit=Smith; Schenck= cupbearer, Metsalaer= mason. An individual might be known by many different 'surnames' and entered in official records under these different names, making research difficult unless you're aware of the names in use.

For example, Cornelis Antoniszen Van Slyke mentioned above, was recorded in documents under the following names:

  • Cornelis Antoniszen
  • Cornelis Teuniszen (Teunis being the diminuitive of Antony)
  • Cornelis Antoniszen/Teuniszen van Breuckelen
  • Cornelis Antoniszen/Teuniszen Van Slicht (this is how he signed his name and might have been a hereditary family name based on an old place of origin)
  • Broer Cornelis (name given him by Mohawks)

There are tremendous variations in spelling of these names, and changes from Dutch to to English record keeping in the New World affected the spelling even more. The English found the Dutch naming system of patronymics confusing and could not easily identify one family unit. Thus they ordered that all inhabitants must choose one surname to be used by everyone in that family. The use of patronymics in New York ended theoretically under English rule in 1687 with the advent of surnames, but not everyone followed the new guidelines.

For example, Albert Andriessen de Noorman's sons and daughters took the surname Bradt except for his son Storm. Storm was born on the Atlantic Ocean during the family's sailing to the New World and he adopted the surname Van Der Zee (from the sea) which is the surname his descendants carry.

 

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Another thing to look for in searching the early records is to be aware of the different ways names might be pronounced in different areas, or how clerks might write them down. For example, a boy might be registered as Jan "Kiek in 't Veld", and his father would sign with "Kijk in het Veld". "Kiek in't Veld" is how it is said in the eastern dialect, "Kijk in het Veld" is how it is said in proper Dutch. The father could write down it properly, but he couldn't say it properly. The clerk at that time may have come from the West and just wrote down what he heard without translating it. If you were searching such a family, you would have to look for both lines.

You also have to be aware of the diminutives of regular first names, because the patronymic might be formed from the normal name or its diminutive. For example:

  • Antonis=Theunis/Teunis (patronymic of Antonisz or Theunisz)
  • Matthys=Thys/Tice (patronymic of Thyssen)
  • Harmanus=Harman or Manus
  • Jacobus=Cobus
  • Nicolas=Claes (patronymic of Claessen)
  • Denys=Nys (patronymic of Dennysen or Nyssen)
  • Bartolomeus=Bartol or Meese/Meus (patronymic of Meesen)
  • Cornelis=Krelis

Two articles that are excellent if you are trapped in the confusion of Dutch patronymics are:

  • Dutch Systems in Family Naming New York-New Jersey by Rosalie Fellows Bailey in Genealogical Publications of the NGS May 1954 No. 12,

  • New Netherland Naming Systems and Customs, by Kenn Stryker-Rodda, published in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, volume 126, number 1, January 1995, pages 35-45. NOTE: A footnote states that the text is a talk that Dr. Stryker-Rodda gave at thye World Conference on Records and Genealogical Seminar held in Salt Lake City 5-8 August 1969, and it was originally published in the papers of that Conference, Area 1-27. The original talk was copyrighted in 1969 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 Learn more about doing Dutch genealogy by watching "Researching Your Dutch Ancestors" in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar library.

 

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved with genealogy and history for more than thirty years. In 1996 Lorine created the Olive Tree Genealogy website and its companion blog. Lorine is the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books.

 

 


Legacy Family Tree at RootsTech 2016

The biggest in-person genealogy event of the year begins next week - and Legacy Family Tree will be there front and center! RootsTech 2016 is scheduled for February 3-6, 2016 in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read all about it at www.rootstech.org.

Meet us in person in booths 314 and 316

We'd love to meet as many of our software users and webinar viewers as possible. Come shake hands with (even get your picture with):

  • Geoff Rasmussen, Legacy developer, author of Legacy Unlocked, and host of FamilyTreeWebinars.com
  • Dave Berdan, President of Millennia, Legacy co-founder
  • Ken McGinnis, Vice-President of Millennia, Legacy co-founder
  • Leonard Plaizier, Legacy trainer and user
  • Thomas MacEntee (more below)
  • and more...

Oh, and we'll have our conference-special pricing on Legacy products too!

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Prizes - choose a free webinar CD

For as long as they last, everyone who stops by our booth can take home a free webinar CD from our library (one per attendee please). Come quickly to pick up your favorite class before it's gone.

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Thomas MacEntee

Meet Thomas MacEntee - in person! at our booth Saturday morning from 10-11am. This is your chance to have your book or webinar CD signed, take a picture, or just mingle with one of your favorite genealogy gurus. 

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Geoff's Class

Geoff (that's me!) will be presenting a brand new class: Navigating the New Google Photos on Thursday, February 4 at 4:30pm in room 255A. Here's the class description:

Got digital images? Get an in-depth look into Google's new photo service - Google Photos. Learn best practices for managing, sharing, searching, enhancing, and preserving your digital photos. Learn how to access your collections via your computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Right around the corner is the world's biggest family history library so if you don't see me at the booth, in class, or at lunch - guess where I'll be? Hope to see you all there!


Starting Your Tennessee Genealogy Research

If you research North Carolina or Virginia ancestors, you will not find it unusual to track your ancestors to Tennessee.  Do you know the best resources and sites to research your Tennessee ancestors?

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Original Photo Source: Library of Congress

 

First Things First

Just as you would with any other new location you are researching, learn about the county and state where your ancestors lived. Research the county and state lines and any boundary changes that may have occurred during the pertinent time period. Refer to this interactive map of Tennessee’s evolving county borders.

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Tennessee State Library and Archives

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a natural place to start your Tennessee genealogy research. You will find a variety of resource guides and online digital collections. Examples include Searching for Your Ancestors at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Early NC/Tennessee Land Grants, and African American Genealogical Resources.  Be sure and check the Family Bible project and the historic Tennessee map collection, too.  Take time to explore the Tennessee State Library and Archive’s website as you begin researching your Tennessee ancestors.

Another great resource for Tennessee residents is the genealogy tab at the  Tennessee Electronic Library.  You will need to provide Tennessee zip code and phone number to gain access.

Tennessee Records in the State Archives of North Carolina

Initially, part of today’s Tennessee’s eastern counties were part of North Carolina.  In 1784, North Carolina ceded part of their western lands to the federal government, but set aside land for land grants to Revolutionary War veterans. Land grants for these counties can be found in the State Archives of North Carolina. 

Once Tennessee became the 16th state, the county records for those previously North Carolina counties stayed with the county seats. A few early records for these counties were retained in North Carolina.  Refer to the Records relating to Tennessee in the North Carolina State Archives document for a listing of these records.

For a more detailed explanation of the formation of modern day Tennessee including the State of Franklin, go to the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

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Tennessee Genealogy Databases around the Web

Sometimes in genealogy research, the researcher needs to think outside the box. In other words, get creative in the search for records and resources to further your research and break down those brick walls.   Examples of good resources for the Tennessee genealogist include:

This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but a starting point for the researcher with Tennessee ancestors.

You can also start your Tennessee research by watching these webinars by J. Mark Lowe in the Legacy Family Tree Webinars library:


What are YOUR  favorite Tennessee genealogy resources? Tell us in the comments!

Lisa Lisson is a genealogist, blogger and Etsy-prenuer who writes about her never-ending pursuit of ancestors, the “how” of genealogy research and the importance of sharing genealogy research with our families. Specializing in North Carolina and southern Virginia research, she also provides genealogical research services to clients. In researching her own family history, Lisa discovered a passion for oral history and its role in genealogy research. You can find Lisa online at Lisa Lisson.com.

 

 

 


Register for Webinar Friday - 7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries at MyHeritage by Mike Mansfield

LogotransparentIn the last decade, technology has revitalized genealogy, opening many frontiers for research while maintaining the thrill of the detective hunt. In this webinar Mike Mansfield will present 7 of MyHeritage’s key technologies, show the challenges they solve, and how to use them to get ahead in family history research.

Join us and MyHeritage's Mike Mansfield for the live webinar Friday, January 29, 2016 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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MikeMansfield-144x144Mike Mansfield is ​Director of Content Operations at MyHeritage since 2013. In this role he is responsible for defining the company's strategy for growing its collection of 6.3 billion historical records, and supervising all operations of content acquisition. Previously, Mike held a Senior Product Manager role at FamilySearch. Mike’s professional career has been heavily focused in electronic publishing, search and retrieval, and content acquisition and strategy. After completing his B.S. in Computer Science at Brigham Young University in 1994 he worked for Folio Corporation, a Provo, Utah based technology company which developed cutting edge CD- ROM publication and search technology. Mike joined Ancestry in 1999 and held key rolls in its development of the search engine and publication platform still in use today. As the Senior Director of Search and Content he led the team that created the record Hinting system which helped to revolutionize the way in which users interact with online genealogical records. Mike continued to develop his expertise in his roles in FamilySearch and MyHeritage.

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The Paper-Less Genealogist - free webinar by Denise Levenick now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "The Paper-Less Genealogist" by Denise May Levenick PLUS the after-webinar party is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com.

You will learn simple strategies to:

  • Break the paper habit,
  • File less paper,
  • And organize what you keep.

You will also learn about:

  • The best scanner for your needs,
  • Basic scanner settings for genealogists.
  • File-naming for easy retrieval,
  • And baby steps to help you move toward managing less paper.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 48 minute recording of "The Paper-Less Genealogist" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

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Use webinar coupon code - paper - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, February 1, 2016. 


Organizing and Digitizing Family PhotosLegacy QuickGuide: Organizing and Digitizing Family Photos - 2.95

Many people feel that their collections of digital or physical photos and family files are disorganized, and therefore disconnected from full enjoyment in their everyday lives. Organization is very personal, with each individual having his or her own unique flavor of methods, approaches and goals. Although there are no right or wrong answers to how we become more organized, many would like to adopt proven strategies to enable a better state of organization.
 
The Organizing and Digitizing Family Photos Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including how to establish collections and repositories, file naming and metadata considerations, methods for proper storage, and more. The five-step organization process describes how to manage digital or physical photos so they can be celebrated and shared. Also included are links to websites and resources covering photo organization and preservation methods. This 9-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.
 
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  • 7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries at MyHeritage by Mike Mansfield. 1/29.
  • The Scots-Irish in America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. February 10.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft Word by Thomas MacEntee. February 17.
  • Problem Solving with FANs by Beth Foulk. February 19.
  • A Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0 by Cyndi Ingle. February 24.
  • The War of 1812 Records - Preserving the Pensions by Michael Hall. March 2.
  • Making YDNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History by Diahan Southard. March 4.
  • How Do I Know That's My Ancestor? by Amy Johnson Crow. March 9.
  • The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments by Judy Russell. March 16.
  • Introduction to German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. March 23.
  • Proof Arguments - How to Write Them and Why They Matter by Warren Bittner. March 30.
  • Getting to Know Findmypast - Your Source for British and Irish Genealogy by Jen Baldwin. April 6.
  • Confirming Enslaved Ancestors Utilizing DNA by Melvin Collier. April 8.
  • U.S. Land Records - State Land States by Mary Hill. April 13.
  • Fire Insurance Maps - The Google Maps of Their Day by Jill Morelli. April 20.
  • England and Wales - Rummaging in the Parish Chests by Kirsty Gray. April 27.
  • Google Drive for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. May 4.
  • Dirty Pictures - Save Your Family Photos from Ruin by Denise Levenick. May 11.
  • Messages from the Grave - Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone by Elissa Scalise Powell. May 13.
  • Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by Jim Beidler. May 18.
  • Discover American Ancestors (NEHGS) by Lindsay Fulton. May 25.
  • Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org by Claire Vail. June 1.
  • Researching Your Washington State Ancestors by Mary Roddy. June 8.
  • Introduction to the Freedmen's Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. June 10.
  • Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 15.
  • Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. June 22.
  • Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard. June 29.
  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday (our 300th!!) - The Paper-Less Genealogist by Denise May Levenick

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Register for and help us celebrate webinar #300 this Wednesday. Denise May Levenick will present "The Paper-Less Genealogist". You will learn simple strategies to:

  • Break the paper habit,
  • File less paper,
  • And organize what you keep.

You will also learn about:

  • The best scanner for your needs,
  • Basic scanner settings for genealogists.
  • File-naming for easy retrieval,
  • And baby steps to help you move toward managing less paper.

Join us and Denise May Levenick for the live webinar Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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About the presenter

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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How can blogging help your family history?

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I entered the blogging world well before it had entered the mainstream lexicon. Back then, I only had a vague idea of what blogs were and certainly no idea as to their usefulness as a tool in our  social network. For me, it was a way to demonstrate to myself and my teachers, what I had done as a product. As a senior in high school, we were required to complete a year-long independent project and I set out to learn about my family history and the world of genealogy. At the same time, I learned about the world of blogging and would like to offer some reasons blogging about your family history can enhance your overall experience in genealogy, no matter what level of involvement in the field you decide to take.

Blogging allows you to tell your story in your way 

I’m always impressed by the diversity of blogs I encounter and can truly say that having a blog can make family history a lot more fun. It allows you to be creative and to bring the stories of your ancestors to life. Often times, genealogy blogs are focused around one’s family tree or themes like technology or study projects related to a historical community. One of my favorite parts of posting is to add pictures of ancestors, historical buildings, and more as an aid for blogging about events in my ancestor’s lives or to capture my reflections on experiences like research trips.   

Bring your own perspective to the table

I wouldn’t say it’s permissible to be opinionated to the point of being offensive, but it is valuable, if not equally important to  share how you perceive the events and decisions of your ancestors.  After finding a clue, you might realize that it relates to something you heard from relative long ago. Research skills and knowledge are essential, but equally important is allowing our minds to open up and think about the research in a new, perhaps more person way.

World map showing breakdown of visitors to my blog by country.  "Stats for 2016 < Travelogues of a Genealogist," Wordpress.com. Accessed 20 Jan 2016.
World map showing breakdown of visitors to my blog by country. "Stats for 2016 < Travelogues of a Genealogist," Wordpress.com. Accessed 20 Jan 2016.

 

Having a web presence brings in great connections, distant cousins, and more

It’s always a treat when a relative you never knew before writes to you with new genealogical evidence to corroborate with yours. That’s happened quite a few times over the years because having my blog allowed them to connect with me. I’ve received e-mails from cousins living California to Galway, Ireland and more. By keeping a blog about certain lines of your family that you are pursuing, there is likely someone out there researching the same line. Bloggers can tag their posts with different subjects such as locations and surnames which can help blogs reach the desired audience based on their content Admittedly, I do feel bad when individuals researching Fletcher e-mail me. My connection to Fletcher resulted in a paternal name change by my grandfather, so I have nothing to offer.

Better your research process and your skills

You can use your blog to document your research process. In my own blog, I devote posts to clues or several clues found simultaneously in a case study. I then talk about the sources, their origin and purpose, and then I talk about how does the source corroborate with other evidence I have previously collected. As I blog consistently about my ancestors, I simultaneously am creating the backbone of content like articles and presentations.   

Turn your blog into a book; save the stories for future generations

I knew that after seven years of posting on my genealogy blog, I’d be devastated to lose all that information. All blog hosts offer a backup service, but you might also consider having your blog turned into a book. The process is quite simple if you convert your blog into a pdf. Blog2print.com offers this conversion for a small charge. To print the actual book, I placed my order through lulu.com for the same price. Having a print copy of my book, I have re-purposed my blog as a reference source on my bookshelf so I can utilize in ongoing case studies for my own family. It also offers a new way to share my work with other family members.

If you haven’t already started blogging about your family history, consider trying it. The most popular hosts are Blogger and WordPress, both of which are free. Blogging is very accessible and can be done at your leisure, but you find yourself posting more than you thought.  Blogs are an invaluable asset for genealogical research!

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

 

  

 


Free Legacy Family Tree update now available (version 8.0.0.538)

We have another great new update for our Legacy Family Tree 8 users (free) for you to download. It provides:

  • 177 brand new and updated Research Guidance suggestions,
  • fixes to some minor issues you have reported to us,

So download the update to get the best Legacy ever!

See the download instructions below for step-by-step instructions on installing this update.

What's New

Research Guidance. Legacy's exclusive, built-in Research Guidance, takes a look at what you already know about an ancestor, then gives you a prioritized list of research links and suggestions - all based on when and where your ancestor lived. Beginners love the guidance; experienced researchers love the checklist as a way to not overlook potential sources. Below is the list of new and updated Research Guidance sources added in this update. Click here for an overview of using Research Guidance.

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Argentina Baptisms, 1645-1930
Argentina Marriages, 1722-1911
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981
Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977
Argentina, Capital Federal, Census, 1855
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971
Argentina, Chaco, Catholic Church Records, 1882-1955
Argentina, Chubut, Catholic Church Records, 1884-1974
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977
Argentina, Córdoba, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1974
Argentina, Córdoba, Miscellaneous Records, 1574-1925
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975
Argentina, La Pampa, Catholic Church Records, 1882-1976
Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1970
Argentina, Mendoza, Catholic Church Records, 1665-1975
Argentina, Misiones, Catholic Church Records, 1874-1975
Argentina, National Census, 1869
Argentina, National Census, 1895
Argentina, Neuquén, Catholic Church Records, 1883-1977
Argentina, Río Negro, Catholic Church Records, 1880-1977
Argentina, Salta, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1972
Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975
Argentina, Santa Cruz, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1964
Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975
Argentina, Santiago del Estero, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1961
Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, Catholic Church Records, 1894-1950
Argentina, Tucumán, Catholic Church Records, 1727-1955
Bolivia Baptisms, 1560-1938
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996
Bolivia Deaths, 1750-1920
Bolivia Marriages, 1630-1940
Brazil Baptisms, 1688-1935
Brazil Deaths, 1750-1890
Brazil Marriages, 1730-1955
Brazil, Bahia, Passenger Lists, 1855-1964
Brazil, Bahía, Catholic Church Records, 1598-2007
Brazil, Ceará, Catholic Church Records, 1725-1971
Brazil, Maranhão, Catholic Church Records, 1673-1962
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Cemetery Records, 1897-2012
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999
Brazil, Paraná, Catholic Church Records, 1704-2008
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996
Brazil, Paraíba, Catholic Church Records, 1731-2013
Brazil, Paraíba, Civil Registration, 1879-2007
Brazil, Pará, Catholic Church Records, 1930-1976
Brazil, Pernambuco, Catholic Church Records, 1762-2002
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2013
Brazil, Rio Grande do Norte, Catholic Church Records, 1788-1967
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Catholic Church Records, 1738-1952
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748-1998
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Catholic Church Records, 1616-1980
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994
Brazil, São Paulo, Catholic Church Records, 1640-2012
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigrant Hostelry Records, 1882-1925
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980
Brazil, São Paulo, Port of Santos, Passenger and Immigrant Lists, 1960-1982
Brazil, São Paulo, São Paulo, Burial Records, 1858-1977
Chile Baptisms, 1585-1932
Chile Cemetery Records, 1821-2013
Chile Civil Registration, 1885-1903
Chile Deaths, 1700-1920
Chile Marriages, 1579-1930
Colombia Baptisms, 1630-1950
Colombia Deaths, 1770-1930
Colombia Marriages, 1750-1960
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014
Colombia, Military Records, 1809-1958
Colombia, Valle del Cauca, Miscellaneous Records, 1549-1955
Ecuador Baptisms, 1680-1930
Ecuador Deaths, 1800-1920
Ecuador Marriages, 1680-1930
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011
Paraguay Baptisms, 1800-1930
Paraguay Marriages, 1800-1900
Paraguay Miscellaneous Records, 1509-1977
Paraguay, Asunción, Cemetery Records, 1842-2011
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-1981
Peru Baptisms, 1556-1930
Peru Deaths, 1750-1930
Peru Marriages, 1600-1940
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998
Peru, Arequipa, Civil Registration, 1860-1976
Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996
Peru, Callao, Civil Registration, 1874-1996
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997
Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881-2005
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996
Peru, Moquegua, Civil Registration, 1850-1996
Peru, Municipal Census, 1831-1866
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005
Peru, San Martín, Civil Registration, 1850-1999
Peru, Tacna, Civil Registration, 1850-1998
Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005
Uruguay, Baptisms, 1750-1900
Uruguay, Civil Registration, 1879-1930
Uruguay, Marriages, 1840-1900
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2013
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Valencia, Catholic Church Records, 1760, 1905-2013
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995
Venezuela, Civil Registration, 1873-2003
Bahamas Births, 1850-1891
Bahamas Civil Registration, 1850-1959
Barbados Baptisms, 1739-1891
Barbados Burials, 1854-1885
Barbados Church Records, 1637-1887
Barbados Marriages, 1854-1879
Central America, Colonial Records, 1607-1902
Costa Rica Baptisms, 1700-1915
Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860-1975
Costa Rica Deaths, 1787-1900
Costa Rica Marriages, 1750-1920
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992
Dominican Republic Baptisms, 1726-1924
Dominican Republic Births, 1801-2006
Dominican Republic Civil Registration,
Dominican Republic Deaths, 1666-1862
Dominican Republic Marriages, 1743-1929
Dominican Republic Miscellaneous Records, 1921-1980
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955
El Salvador Baptisms, 1750-1940
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-1977
El Salvador Marriages, 1810-1930
Grenada Births and Baptisms, 1866-1891
Guatemala Baptisms, 1730-1917
Guatemala Civil Registration, 1877-2008
Guatemala Deaths, 1760-1880
Guatemala Marriages, 1750-1930
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Baja Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977
Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala, Census, 1877
Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Escuintla, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006
Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Jalapa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Jutiapa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Petén, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Quiché, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Retalhuleu, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, San Marcos, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Santa Rosa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Sololá, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Suchitepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Guatemala, Zacapa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994
Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Civil Registration, 1794-2012
Honduras Baptisms, 1730-1930
Honduras Marriages, 1800-1910
Honduras, Catholic Church Records, 1633-1978
Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968
Jamaica Births and Baptisms, 1752-1920
Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880
Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880-1999
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013
Nicaragua, Diocese of Managua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960
Panama Baptisms, 1750-1938
Panama Deaths, 1840-1930
Panama Marriages, 1800-1950
Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973
New Zealand, Auckland, Port Albert, Membership Lists and Minutes from the Church of Christ, 1875-1926
Poland, Evangelical Church Books, 1700-2005
Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783

 

What's Been Fixed

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Two New Virginia Webinars Released

Virginia, with its history reaching back to 1607, is one of the most important states for genealogical research! In recognition of that Legacy Family Tree Webinars has released two new Bonus webinars for family historians with Virginia ancestry. These join the Basics of Virginia Genealogy Research which is already in the Legacy Library.

The new webinars include:

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

Online and Offline Resources for Virginia Genealogy

The Old Dominion state of Virginia has many hidden gems for your research needs. Learn about a few of them and how they can aid in your ancestral quest.

Online and Offline Resources for Virginia Genealogy

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Tips and Tricks for Using the Library of Virginia Website

The Library of Virginia is an amazing resource for researches. Learn how to use the website, what it contains, and strategies for success.

Tips and Tricks for Using the Library of Virginia Website

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These webinars join another excellent Virginia webinar already in the library:

The Basics of Virginia Research

If you are new to Virginia research, or simply need a refresher of the Old Dominion State, this is the webinar for you. Learn about its history, records and repositories as well as learning some valuable tips for researching there. Yes, there will be suggestions on how to work around those pesky burned counties in addition to African and Native American research.  *** This webinar is currently FREE to watch until January 27, 2016 * Click either link to watch.

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

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  • All 298 classes in the library (443 hours of quality genealogy education)
  • 1,312 pages of instructors' handouts
  • Chat logs from the live webinars
  • Additional 5% off anything at FamilyTreeWebinars.com
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Additional members-only webinars

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

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Print the 2016 webinar brochure here.