Register for Webinar Wednesday: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James Baker, PhD, CG

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Case studies are presented to show how to avoid the biggest mistakes, including trusting family myths; believing that the posted family trees are accurate; connecting the wrong "same name" people; and believing that all original family records are accurate.

Join us and James Baker, PhD, CG, for the live webinar Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 8pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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JamesBaker_144x144Mr. Baker, an active genealogist for the past fifteen years, completed the requirements to become a BCG associate in 2011. He specializes in German, Midwest U.S., and early American research. He was an officer of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) and has contributed numerous articles to its quarterly, Der Blumenbaum. He also has written articles for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Magazine and the NGS Quarterly. He is a member of NGS and SGGS. For the past ten years, he has volunteered at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library. He has given more than 100 genealogy presentations during the past three years at local, regional, and national events.
 
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Tuesday's Tip - Renumbering RINs and MRINs (Intermediate)

Tuesday's Tip - Renumbering RINs and MRINs (Intermediate)

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

Renumbering RINs and MRINs (Intermediate)

As you merge and delete people in your file there will be gaps in the RIN and MRIN numbers. This bloats your file a bit. You can compact your file by having Legacy renumber the RINs and MRINs. WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! If you use the RIN or MRIN numbers as part of your paper or electronic filing system DO NOT DO THIS. If you use TNG to manage your website DO NOT DO THIS. However, for the rest of you this is a good way to make your file a bit more efficient.

Go to Tools > Renumber RINs or MRINs. You are going to make two passes. For the first pass you are going to select "Fill all missing RINs from highest RINs (Compacts the Individual Records)" and then click Apply. For the second pass you are going to select "Fill all Missing MRINs from Highest MRINs (Compacts the Marriage Records)" and then click Apply again.

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You can also have Legacy renumber your RINs on the fly (RINs only, not MRINs. You will need to use the above tool when you want to renumber your MRINs)

Go to Options> Customize > Data Defaults > Option 4.4

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Notice that there is an (ff) which means this is a family file specific setting. In other words, if you have more than one family file you will have to do step 1 and step 2 for each one. Again, DO NOT DO THIS if you are using RINs as part of your paper or electronic filing system or if you are using TNG to manage your website.

If you import a file into Legacy you will see an option to Renumber the RINs and MRINs ("Fill all existing abandoned  RINs/MRINs" will become active if you chose the first option, Try to keep original ID numbers (RINs). 

 

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This is a simple way to compact your file to help it run a little more efficiently. This is also for those people (like me) who simply can't stand to see gaps in the numbers on the Name and Marriage Lists.

 

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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.


Using Locality Guides to Help with Your Research

Using Locality Guides to Help with Your Research

When you start researching in a jurisdiction or a time period that is new to you, you will want to keep track of the little bits of helpful information that you find so that you don't have to look up that information again. You can do this is by maintaining Locality Files (now known as Locality Guides). The Family History Library detailed this strategy in their Research Guide on how to organize your paper files. You can see it HERE. These Research Guides are what we used before the FamilySearch Wiki. I think I had every Research Guide they ever published. 

Let's say I have an ancestor who lived in Perry County, Mississippi and I have never done research in Perry County before. I need to learn a lot of things about Perry County before I can even get started. These are the things I will add to my Locality Guide for Perry County. I need to know a basic history of the county such as when it was formed and what the parent counties were as well as a basic timeline of events for that county. I love to find old county history books that are in the public domain. Google Books, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and FamilySearch Books are my favorite websites to find these books. I also want to have contact info for the courthouse as well as anything special I need to know about accessing their records. What records do they have onsite? Did they have any record losses due to fire or flood? I would include contact info for the local genealogical and/or historical society, the local libraries, and any other possible repositories. I like to have a current map of the area (though I do use Google Maps a lot now) as well as any old maps I can find.

I keep all of my information electronically which means I can create hyperlinks to things on the internet such as online books, the available databases at the major online repositories, and the FamilySearch card catalog. I can link right to the Perry County page. I love newspapers and I use the Library of Congress' Chronicling America website to find what was in publication and when.  I only have to do the search once and then I can link to it. For example, HERE is the list for Perry County. It saves me a lot of time not having to go back to the website and do repeated searches. Don't forget that if you have never done research in the state of Mississippi you will also need to collect some general resources at the state level and not just at the county level. Besides my Locality Guides I also gather reference material on the major records groups (military, land, probate, etc.).

It may seem like a lot of work but this information is essential to be able to thoroughly research your ancestors. It will also save you time in the long run. The next time I have a person of interest in this same county I already have the needed resources. I can always update it if I find any new information. Today most genealogists keep these notes electronically in applications such as Evernote or OneNote instead of using paper files. You can also use a word processing program or a spreadsheet program. These are great because not only can you hyperlink to the resources you find on the internet, you can also scan anything you have that is on paper (pages out of the above referenced books for example) and have those pages readily available instead of having to lug out the books each time. You can even design a template so that all of your guides follow the same format.

I have included an example as a downloadable PDF. This example comes from my friend Eva Goodwin. We were in ProGen together and creating a Locality Guide was one of our assignments. I liked Eva's better than mine so I asked her if I could use hers an an example and she very graciously sent it to me. 

Download Halifax Locality Guide (Goodwin)

My real Locality Guides are not as fancy as what we did for our ProGen assignment but I wanted to give you an idea of the types of things you should include.  I will say that I am working on designing a template so that my guides are more uniform. 

The best way to get started is to create a locality guide for a jurisdiction that you are very familiar with. I'll bet that by the time you are done you will have found some resources that you didn't know about.

 An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
— Benjamin Franklin

 

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.


Adding a Passenger Record to Legacy - free webinar by Geoff Rasmussen now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar "Adding a Passenger Record to Legacy” by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars..com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

In this webinar, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will demonstrate what to do with a passenger record as he adds the information to his real, personal Legacy family file. This class will be presented live and unscripted, giving attendees a first-hand look at how a professional genealogist analyzes and records information from a passenger record found at MyHeritage.com. You will learn the seven steps of  adding any kind of an online document to your Legacy software while also seeing an insider’s perspective of using the Source Clipboard, custom events, AKAs, the To Do List, timelines, and much more.

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  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. December 13.
  • Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill Morelli. December 15.
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 19.
  • Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. December 20.
  • Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. December 27.

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4 Great Collections from American Memory

4 Great Collections from American Memory

American Memory is the digital collection portal for the Library of Congress. The mission of the website is to provide “free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.” For the genealogist, American Memory is an opportunity to read, hear, and view life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  

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There’s so much I love about American Memory but let me share four of my favorite collections as an introduction to what can be found.

Panoramic Maps                                                                                           

American Memory features all kinds of maps including transportation, military, and Sanborn maps but my favorites are the panoramic views. These maps, also known as Bird’s Eye View maps, provide a unique look at familiar cities. From an elevated perspective, these maps provide a detailed look at a section of a city, include specific landmarks, services, businesses, and homes. This collection of over 1500 panoramic maps lack the scale accuracy of more familiar maps but they provide a great way to learn more about the lay of the land and what that city looked like in an earlier time.

California, As I Saw It                                                                                       

One of the strengths of American Memory is their collection of first-hand accounts via books and correspondence that tell the story of pioneer lives.

“California as I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900 is the Library of Congress's first digital collection building on the exceptional holdings in the Library's General Collections and Rare Book and Special Collections Division in the area of state and local history.” This collection of first person narratives date from the Gold Rush (1849) to the turn of the 20th century. While it lacks the perspective of the diverse population found in early California, the collection is a starting place for learning more about California’s rich history.

Other regional collections available from American Memory include: Nebraska, the Ohio River Valley, and the Upper Midwest.

Early Virginia Religious Petitions                                         

Not all American Memory collections are housed on the American Memory website. In the case of the Early Virginia Religious Petitions, a link redirects you to the Library of Virginia, Virginia Memory Legislative Petitions Digital Collection web page. Documents spanning 1776 to 1865 include wills, naturalizations, deeds, and manumissions of slaves.  A valuable Tip Sheet on the homepage provides information about finding African American names. 

The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898 to 1906                                

American Memory provides researchers the opportunity to view historic images, read 19th century texts, listen to interviews and watch very early films. Those films help us better visualize life generations ago. The Life of a City: Early Films of New York documents immigrants arrival at Ellis Island, families shopping for fish at an outdoor market, and everyday life along 23rd street in New York City (watch until the end  for an incident  reminiscent of a much later Marilyn Monroe movie). Make sure to click on the Articles and Essays link at the top of the collection to read more about New York and early film making. Other films found on American Memory include America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894 to 1915 and Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904.

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Genealogy is about telling the stories of our ancestor’s lives and what better way to do that than experiencing materials created during their lifetime? Use American Memory to read and view materials from generations past to better understand your family’s history. To learn more about American Memory make sure to watch Shannon Combs Bennett’s webinar The American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress.

 

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 - Finding Dirk: Insanity in the 19th Century by Jill Morelli, CG

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Finding Dirk: Insanity in the 19th Century by Jill Morelli, CG

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Finding Dirk: Insanity in the 19th Century" by Jill Morelli, CG. If you're not a member,  remember the webinar previews are always free.

Finding Dirk: Insanity in the 19th Century

Do have an Aunt Mabel that disappears or who no one in the family talks about? Perhaps she was committed as insane. As the west was settled the disassociation of individuals from family members meant that home care for the insane was less of an option. The states assumed the responsibility of care, resulting in many state-run institutions established in the post-1850 era.   This presentation will explore the history of treatment of the “insane” and how it changed. Using Dirk Jans Bode as our case study, confined to an asylum for 27 years in Illinois, we will compare the physical conditions of the confinement and types of diagnoses and various treatments and how they changed into the 20th century. The wealth of documentation in the public records will be identified and information from public and restricted sources will be compared. The process of obtaining the mental health records through the courts will be outlined.

  Finding Dirk: Insanity in the 19th Century

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About the Presenter

Jill Morelli, CGJill Morelli, CG is a "Roots" genealogist, becoming interested in family history in the 1970's with the Alex Haley show. At that time, she just collected "stuff." After a hiatus during which she had a family and volunteered in her community, Jill came back to genealogy with a vengeance in February 2002 and a total commitment to "doing it right." She attended conferences, institutes and read articles that would improve her skills as a genealogist. Jill started lecturing on genealogy topics in 2013; however, her background includes extensive lecturing associated with her vocation of architecture to large (300+) and small groups for 40+ years. Jill is a lecturer, writer and professional genealogist and has a blog at http://genealogycertification.wordpress.com about her experiences of being "on the clock," house histories and other topics of interest.

 
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FLASH WEBINAR FRIDAY! Adding a Passenger Record to Legacy by Geoff Rasmussen

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In this webinar, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will demonstrate what to do with a passenger record as he adds the information to his real, personal Legacy family file. This class will be presented live and unscripted, giving attendees a first-hand look at how a professional genealogist analyzes and records information from a passenger record found at MyHeritage.com. You will learn the seven steps of  adding any kind of an online document to your Legacy software while also seeing an insider’s perspective of using the Source Clipboard, custom events, AKAs, the To Do List, timelines, and much more.

Join Geoff Rasmussen for the live webinar Friday, December 8, 2017 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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

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

 
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New Legacy QuickTip Video - How to Record a Cremation

We have another great Legacy QuickTip Video for you today! Learn:

  • How to record a cremation event
  • How to disable the potential problem alert for custom events

This QuickTip was presented live during the after-webinar party of the recent Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records webinar by Lisa Toth Salinas.

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Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records - free webinar by Lisa Toth Salinas now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar "Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records” by Lisa Toth Salinas is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars..com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Catholic genealogical research has a depth unequaled by any other record group. The documents of the Catholic Church chronicle important events in the lives of members and can provide the key to uncovering otherwise impenetrable family mysteries. Author of the Catholic Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ and contributor to The Catholic Gene blog, Lisa Toth Salinas will guide you into exploration of the lives of your ancestors through sacramental records, additional Church records, and other Catholic sources. Join Lisa for an introduction into Catholic genealogy, an overview of traditional and often-overlooked documents, and research strategies that will help you dig into your Catholic roots.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 45 minute recording of "Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records” PLUS the after-webinar party is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. December 13.
  • Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill Morelli. December 15.
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 19.
  • Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. December 20.
  • Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. December 27.

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Tuesday's Tip - The UnknownName.txt File (Advanced)

Tuesday's Tip - The UnknownName.txt File (Advanced)

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

The UnknownName.txt File (Advanced)

A question that comes up pretty often in the Legacy User Group on Facebook is how to enter unknown persons. Normally you simply leave the unknown person blank but sometimes you have some information about that person even though you don't know their name. This means you are going to have to enter something in the name field so that Legacy will allow you to enter what you know about that person. An example would be a census record that records the birth place of someone's parents but you don't know what the names of the parents are.

I use [—?—] for unknown surnames because that is how unknown surnames are normally handled in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ). If you use something like this Legacy is going to view it as a Potential Problem. There is way to tell Legacy to ignore this without having to turn the Potential Problems off.

You will create a simple text file named UnknownName.txt and place it in the \Documents\Legacy Family Tree\_AppData folder.

UnknownName.txt file in the Documents folder
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You will create this file using any text editor (Windows Notepad is ideal). This text file will have only two lines. The first line is for the given names you want Legacy to ignore and the second line is for the surnames. If you have more than one given name or surname you need to separate them with a space.  For example, 

Child Infant ???
[—?—] NN ???

 

I use the UnknownName.txt file. In my file the first line is blank because I have no given names that I want Legacy to skip (I always leave the given name field blank if I don't know what it is). My second line only contains [—?—] because for consistency's sake I only want one "unknown" surname.

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This little trick will save you some aggravation with the Potential Problems.

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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.


Deadlines for on-time Christmas Delivery 2017

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According to the United States Postal Service (as of December4, 2017), these are the "last mailing dates to arrive by Christmas."

U.S. Destinations

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Play Ball! Finding Your Baseball Ancestors

Play Ball! Finding Your Baseball Ancestors

 

Baseball has long been thought of as America's "national pastime." From the sandlots to the major leagues, chances are good that the game influenced your ancestor's life in some way.

Here are a few resources to help you find your baseball-playing ancestors.

General Resources

The National Baseball Hall of Fame offers an amazing digital collection of oral histories, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, cartoons, and images of 3D artifacts. The Giamatti Research Center in Cooperstown, New York, is the library and research facility for the organization. You can visit the library in person by appointment or request research assistance from a staff librarian. You may wish to consult ABNER (American Baseball Network for Electronic Research) for a partial list of holdings before your visit.

Ancestry.com ($) offers two databases specific to the research of baseball-playing ancestors. "U.S., Professional Baseball Player Profiles, 1876–2004" is an index to over 15,000 professional baseball players who played between 1876 (the year the National League was founded) and 2004. Available information includes birth/death dates and locations, nicknames, college attended, physical characteristics, and game statistics. The second database, "U.S., Professional Baseball Player Photos and Illustrations, 1876–2004," provides nearly identical information, but also may include a photograph or a baseball card for players who played between 1887 and 1938.

The Society for American Baseball Research offers many useful resources, including the Baseball Biography Project. All biographies in the project are written and peer-reviewed by SABR members with the goal of publishing a biography for every major league player in history. Also available are links to players' professional career statistics, a bibliography of research citations from The Baseball Index, as well as interviews, photographs and much more. Additionally, the project is creating pages for ages for ballparks, broadcasters, executives, games, managers, scouts, spouses, and umpires, so be sure to check those out if your ancestor could have been connected to other aspects of the game.

Baseball Almanac has dedicated itself to "preserving the history of our national pastime" with an interactive website containing 500,000+ pages of baseball history, facts, original research, and statistics not found anywhere else online. The website is privately-held and welcomes contributions and suggestions from the public. Research services are available by request.

LA84 Foundation's Sport History Library is a growing digital collection of more than 70,000 documents on Olympic and general sports history. Included in this collection are images of Baseball Magazine from 1908–1920. The LA84 Foundation supports a library in Los Angeles, California, housing a collection of thousands of books, periodicals, other publications, and photos. A staff librarian is available to do research by request.

Specific Resources

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of African-American Baseball. The website offers an eMuseum of resources, including a historical timeline, personal and team profiles, and "Diamond Cuts," which are narratives taken from the history of African-American baseball. The Research Library contains a multimedia archive of oral histories, selections from the Museum's photo archive, and a resource bibliography for further research.

Negro League Baseball offers a trove of historical information, including details about the League, a timeline of events, team profiles, and player biographies. A Frequently Asked Questions section provides answers to inquiries from students, educators, and baseball fans.

If your ancestor played ball as a youngster, be sure to visit Little League® Baseball and Softball. This site offers a unique timeline of the League from its founding in 1939 to its 75th Anniversary in 2014. Various historical articles can be found in the Newsletter, such as this one on "The 18 Girls Who Have Made Little League Baseball® World Series History." The Little League Baseball World Series History Book (which appears to be a forgotten section of the main site) is a browseable database of game scores, team rosters, and tournament brackets for over 50 years of Little League® World Series history.

Did your ancestor play in the College World Series? Then you'll want to check out College World Series History hosted by Omaha.com and the Omaha World-Herald. This site features historical information for each year of the CWS, dating back to 1947. There is a page for every school that has played in the CWS, some with photos, statistics, and players' names. Baseball Reference also has a section of information about the CWS, so be sure to check that one, as well.

 If your ancestor was one of the athletes who inspired the film A League of Their Own, you will want to visit The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association. This site is a "virtual scrapbook…filled with articles, photographs, interviews, and statistics that give you an up-close-and-personal look at the pioneering women who played professional baseball from 1943 through 1954." The site features player biographies, interviews, and obituaries, league history, and you can even read a section of the players' "charm school guide."

Finally, baseball isn't only popular in America. If your ancestor played ball in Cuba, Japan, or Korea, check out Baseball Reference. This comprehensive site contains team and player information for Japanese and Nippon Pro Baseball, the Korean Baseball Organization, the Cuban National Series, as well as American Major and Minor Leagues and the Negro Leagues.

 
Elizabeth O’Neal is a freelance writer, educator, and web developer. An avid genealogist for three decades, Elizabeth writes the blog My Descendant’s Ancestors, where she shares family stories, technology and methodology tips, and hosts the monthly "Genealogy Blog Party."


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Catholic genealogical research has a depth unequaled by any other record group. The documents of the Catholic Church chronicle important events in the lives of members and can provide the key to uncovering otherwise impenetrable family mysteries. Author of the Catholic Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ and contributor to The Catholic Gene blog, Lisa Toth Salinas will guide you into exploration of the lives of your ancestors through sacramental records, additional Church records, and other Catholic sources. Join Lisa for an introduction into Catholic genealogy, an overview of traditional and often-overlooked documents, and research strategies that will help you dig into your Catholic roots.

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Top 10 Genealogy Webinars of November 2017

We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for November 2017! 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-627 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of November 2017.  They aren't necessarily the newest classes but rather the topics that were sought out by our members.

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1. Watch Geoff Live: Adding a Newspaper by Geoff Rasmussen

2. Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece by Luana Darby, MLIS, AG

3. Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information by Jessica Taylor

4. British and Irish research: the differences by Brian Donovan

5. Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA Testing by Tim Janzen

6. New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by Michael L. Strauss, AG

7. Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques used in Genetic Genealogy by Tim Janzen

8. Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli, CG

9. Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG

10. Cause of Death: Using Coroner's Records for Genealogy by Lisa Alzo

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11. Creating Family History Ebooks: Your Blueprint for Success by Lisa Alzo

12. Discover the new Legacy Family Tree 9 by Geoff Rasmussen

13. How to Pass Your Ancestors' Legacy to Your Grandchildren by Jessica Taylor

14. Discover Your Family History with MyHeritage's Unique Technologies by Daniel Horowitz

15. Little Known Sources for Virginia Research by Shannon Combs-Bennett

16. Searching for a Pennsylvania German Ancestor by James M. Beidler

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

18. Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD by Rose Feldman

19. Keeping Up with the Smiths and Joneses by Gail Blankenau

20. Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG

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New "Member Friday" Webinar - Clusters and Chains for Genealogical Success by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Clusters and Chains for Genealogical Success by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Clusters and Chains for Genealogical Success" by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG. If you're not a member,  remember the webinar previews are always free.

Clusters and Chains for Genealogical Success

Track neighbors and associates to find European hometowns. This lecture describes cluster genealogy and chain migration and demonstrates proven methods to find your ancestors’ origins.

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Shellee MoreheadShellee Morehead has a Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology and is an adjunct instructor of Biology at NEIT. She was certified by BCG in 2012, and researches, writes and lectures on family history. Her most recent article is "Thomas Hamilton -- Progenitor of a Colonial American Family: His Ulster Origins revealed using DNA" which appeared in the Directory of Irish Family History Research. Recent speaking events include NGS 2016, The Genealogy Event in New York, the Ukrainian Historical and Education Center in New Jersey, and NERGC 2015 in Providence. She was one of the program Tri-Chairs for NERGC 2015. In 2010, she appeared in an episode of Danish Television's "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Her specialties include Rhode Island, Italian, and French-Canadian research and genetic genealogy. She is an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), an active member of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, American-French Genealogical Society, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) New England Chapter. Visit her website at www.ShelleeMorehead.com.

 
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