New "Member Friday" Webinar - World War I: Women’s Lives During the War by Gena Philibert-Ortega

New "Member Friday" Webinar - World War I: Women’s Lives During the War by Gene Philibert-Ortega

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "World War I: Women’s Lives During the War" by Gena Philibert-Ortega. If you're not a member,  remember the webinar previews are always free.

World War I: Women’s Lives During the War

What did your female ancestor do during World War I? Whether she was on the home front or the battle front, women did participate in the war doing everything from volunteer work with the Red Cross to working as a nurse tending to soldiers. For this 100th anniversary year of the US in World War I, we’ll look at the history of American women during World War I and what resources exist to research their story.

  New "Member Friday" Webinar - World War I: Women’s Lives During the War by Gene Philibert-Ortega

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About the Presenter

Gene Philibert-OrtegaGena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women's studies, and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, GenWeekly and the WorldVitalRecords newsletter. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of the books, From The Family Kitchen (F + WMedia, 2012), Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and Putting the Pieces Together. Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association's journal Crossroads. An instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media and Google. She serves as a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include women's social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women's lives using material artifacts. Gena Philibert-Ortega is the author of IDG's monthly column, Remember the Ladies: Researching Your Female Ancestor. 

 
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Top 10 Genealogy Webinars of January 2018

We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for January 2018! 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-654 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of January 2018.  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 2018

1. Find Your Immigrant Ancestors AND their Relatives in the New York Passenger Arrival Records by Mike Mansfield

2. Did I Get Everything? Creating a Checklist for Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee

3. Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 1): Your First Few Legacy Tips by Geoff Rasmussen

4. Quality, Time and Completion: Developing a Research Plan (Part One) by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

5. Understanding DNA Matching technology by MyHeritage

6. Quality, Time and Completion: Developing a Research Plan (Part Two) by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

7. Introducing the Geni World Family Tree by E. Randol Schoenberg

8. Full Circle: Tracing the Descendants of a Slaveholding Ancestor by Nicka Smith

9. Genealogy for Beginners: Start Your Online Family Tree by Daniel Horowitz

10. Finding Thomas' Father: an 18th Century Prince William County Virginia Case Study by Pam Stone Eagleson, CG

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11. Finding Jamestown Ancestors by KC Reid

12. Kansas Settlers - Pioneers Settling Prior to 1900 by Beth Foulk

13. How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest by Annette Burke Lyttle

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

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

16. No More Blank Pages: 10 Simple Writing Tips for Family Historians by Lisa Alzo

17. Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

18. Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage by Sunny Morton

19. I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG

20. Get Organized Using the FamilyRoots Organizer Color-Coding System by Mary Hill, AG

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Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage - free webinar by Sunny Morton now online for limited time

Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage - free webinar by Sunny Morton now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar "Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage” by Sunny Morton is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Should you use Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com or MyHeritage.com? Or should you be using more than one site to accomplish your family history goals? Learn how these genealogy giants compare for historical records, online trees, DNA tools and access options. This overview of each site's strengths and weaknesses will help you know which to use now and which to keep in mind when  your research interests or budget change.

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 34 minute recording of "Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage” 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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Photo Restoration Roadshow  02/07/2018  Eric Basir
Have Nordic Ancestors? Count Yourself Lucky - Nordic Records are Amazing  02/13/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Using Swedish Taxation Records to Solve Tough Genealogical Problems  02/20/2018  Jill Morelli  CG
Tribal Quest: Documenting the Family Histories of Indigenous Communities Around the World  02/21/2018  Golan Levi
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 2): Adding an Online Document  02/23/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Find Your Roots in German Farm Histories  02/28/2018  Gail Blankenau
Overcoming Brick Walls Caused by Record Loss  03/07/2018  Mary Hill  AG
Secrets in the Attic: Break Down Brick Walls With Home Sources  03/09/2018  Denise May Levenick
True Stories of Families Reunited Thanks to Genetic Genealogy  03/13/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The Case of the Broken Link: Decoding the URL  03/14/2018  Cyndi Ingle
From Baltimore to Burlington: Hazen P. Day's Neighbors Bring Him Home  03/20/2018  Catherine B. Wiest Desmarais  CG
Hands-On with MyHeritage DNA  03/21/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Introduction to DNA Testing in Genealogy and Family History  03/23/2018  Mike Mansfield
How DNA testing can reveal your ethnic breakdown  03/27/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Formulating a DNA Testing Plan  03/28/2018  Blaine Bettinger  Ph.D.  J.D.
Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History  Migration  DNA  04/04/2018  Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 3): Adding a Census Record  04/06/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Genealogy for Advanced Users: Grow Your Family Tree Online  04/10/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Georgia: Gateway to Westward Expansion  04/11/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Researching Your Oregon Ancestors  04/13/2018  Tessa Keough
Better Together: Making Your Case with Documents and DNA  04/17/2018  Patti Lee Hobbs  CG
Lincoln's Laws and the Records of War  04/18/2018  Judy G. Russell  JD  CG  CGL
Get the Most from the MyHeritage Search Engine for Historical Records  04/24/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Verifying Information You Find Online  04/25/2018  Marian Pierre-Louis
Special Appearance by the Founder and CEO of MyHeritage  05/02/2018  Gilad Japhet
Discover Your Family in School Yearbooks  05/08/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper  05/09/2018  Cyndi Ingle
A Checklist of African American Resources  05/11/2018  Angela Walton-Raji
Good Research Habits  05/15/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
The First 5 Things to Do with Your New Test Results  05/16/2018  Blaine Bettinger  Ph.D.  J.D.
How to Use the Smart Matches & Record Matches MyHeritage Technologies  05/22/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Quaker Migration into America  05/23/2018  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen  AG
The Palatine Immigrants: Tracing and Locating 18th Century German Immigrants Online  05/30/2018  Luana Darby  MLIS  AG
Digital Gravestones  06/05/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
What Your Ancestor's Neighbors Can Tell You  06/06/2018  Melissa Barker
The Family DNA Project  06/08/2018  Nicka Smith
Easily Read Old Style American Handwriting  06/13/2018  Sharon Monson
Using Maps in Genealogical Research  06/19/2018  Sara A. Scribner  CG
You Need a Search Strategy: Maximizing Your Results with Online Genealogical Databases  06/19/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Lightroom or Photoshop? What should I use for my photo editing?  06/27/2018  Jared Hodges
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 4): Adding Estate/Probate Records  07/06/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
The Art of Negative-Space Research: Women  07/11/2018  Jeanne Bloom  CG
Freedmen's Bureau Records - Valuable to ALL Southern research  07/13/2018  Diane L.  Richard
Special Tools that can Take Your Research to the Next Level  07/17/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
It's a Numbers Game! Understanding Recognized Genealogical Formats  07/17/2018  Alice Hoyt Veen  CG
Trails of Daniel Boone and other Western Travelers  07/18/2018  J. Mark Lowe  CG  FUGA
Photoshop: What you need to know as a photographer  07/25/2018  Jared Hodges
An Overview of Important Historical Record Collections  07/31/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Sharing The Joy: Projects That Will Captivate The Non-Genealogists In Your Life  08/01/2018  Lisa Louise Cooke
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 5): Adding an Obituary  08/03/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist  08/08/2018  Annette Burke  Lyttle
50 Websites To Find Vital Records  08/10/2018  Gena Philibert-Ortega
Everything you need to know about Genealogical Charts and Reports  08/14/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Untangle the Web of Germanic Websites  08/15/2018  Teresa Steinkamp McMillin  CG
GPS: Finding Your Way Through Tough Research Problems  08/21/2018  James Ison  CG  AG
Researching Forces Ancestors (England and Wales)  08/22/2018  Kirsty Gray
How Photos Enhance Genealogical Research  08/28/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite  08/29/2018  Diahan Southard
What's Been Done: Using Someone Else's Genealogy Research  09/05/2018  Thomas MacEntee
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 6): Adding a Death Certificate  09/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Examining Migration & Researching Migrants in the British Isles  09/12/2018  Julie Goucher
Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families  09/14/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Using Lists to Find Proof  09/18/2018  Cari Taplin  CG
25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know  09/19/2018  Lisa Alzo
Importance of Newspapers for family research  09/25/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System  10/03/2018  Rick Sayre  CG  CGL  FUGA
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 7): Adding Email Correspondence  10/05/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
On the Go: Using Your Mobile Device for Genealogy  10/09/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
In Search of My Brother's Mother - An Adoption Story  10/10/2018  Beth Foulk
Strategies for Using FamilySearch  10/12/2018  Shannon Combs-Bennett
Using Emigrant Guides for Genealogical Research  10/16/2018  Julie P. Miller  CG  CGL
Ho to California! The Draw of the Gold Rush  10/17/2018  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen  AG
True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic Genealogy  10/23/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing  10/24/2018  Lisa Alzo
Researching your French and Indian War Ancestor  10/26/2018  Craig R. Scott  MA  CG  FUGA
Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees  10/31/2018  E. Randol Schoenberg
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8): The Smoking Gun  11/02/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
City Directories: Much More than Ye Olde Phonebooks  11/06/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor  11/07/2018  Melissa Barker
Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners  11/14/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Every Day Life of Our Ancestors  11/20/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking  11/28/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records  12/05/2018  Mary Kircher Roddy
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database  12/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart  12/12/2018  Janet Hovorka
Citation for beginners  12/14/2018  Shellee Morehead  PhD  CG
Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family  12/18/2018  Nancy A. Peters  CG
That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors  12/19/2018  Michael L. Strauss  AG

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Understanding DNA Matching Technology - free MyHeritage webinar now online

Understanding DNA Matching Technology - free webinar by Ran Snir of MyHeritage now online for limited time

The recording of today's MyHeritage Webinars webinar "Understanding DNA Matching Technology” by Ran Snir and Regev Schweiger is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

DNA Matching technology is a hot topic in genealogy today. It is an affordable and increasingly reliable method for discovering relatives you never knew you had. DNA Matching technology can indicate possible relationships between you and your DNA Matches, and allow you to learn more from family trees with people who share your DNA. It also allows you to contact those people and collaborate to expand your family history research. In this webinar, you will learn everything you need to know to make the most of DNA Matching technology. 

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 27 minute recording of "Understanding DNA Matching Technology” 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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Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 652 classes, 876 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 2,963 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry  FamilySearch  Findmypast and MyHeritage  01/31/2018  Sunny Morton
Photo Restoration Roadshow  02/07/2018  Eric Basir
Have Nordic Ancestors? Count Yourself Lucky - Nordic Records are Amazing  02/13/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Using Swedish Taxation Records to Solve Tough Genealogical Problems  02/20/2018  Jill Morelli  CG
Tribal Quest: Documenting the Family Histories of Indigenous Communities Around the World  02/21/2018  Golan Levi
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 2): Adding an Online Document  02/23/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Find Your Roots in German Farm Histories  02/28/2018  Gail Blankenau
Overcoming Brick Walls Caused by Record Loss  03/07/2018  Mary Hill  AG
Secrets in the Attic: Break Down Brick Walls With Home Sources  03/09/2018  Denise May Levenick
True Stories of Families Reunited Thanks to Genetic Genealogy  03/13/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The Case of the Broken Link: Decoding the URL  03/14/2018  Cyndi Ingle
From Baltimore to Burlington: Hazen P. Day's Neighbors Bring Him Home  03/20/2018  Catherine B. Wiest Desmarais  CG
Hands-On with MyHeritage DNA  03/21/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Introduction to DNA Testing in Genealogy and Family History  03/23/2018  Mike Mansfield
How DNA testing can reveal your ethnic breakdown  03/27/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Formulating a DNA Testing Plan  03/28/2018  Blaine Bettinger  Ph.D.  J.D.
Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History  Migration  DNA  04/04/2018  Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 3): Adding a Census Record  04/06/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Genealogy for Advanced Users: Grow Your Family Tree Online  04/10/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Georgia: Gateway to Westward Expansion  04/11/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Researching Your Oregon Ancestors  04/13/2018  Tessa Keough
Better Together: Making Your Case with Documents and DNA  04/17/2018  Patti Lee Hobbs  CG
Lincoln's Laws and the Records of War  04/18/2018  Judy G. Russell  JD  CG  CGL
Get the Most from the MyHeritage Search Engine for Historical Records  04/24/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Verifying Information You Find Online  04/25/2018  Marian Pierre-Louis
Special Appearance by the Founder and CEO of MyHeritage  05/02/2018  Gilad Japhet
Discover Your Family in School Yearbooks  05/08/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper  05/09/2018  Cyndi Ingle
A Checklist of African American Resources  05/11/2018  Angela Walton-Raji
Good Research Habits  05/15/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
The First 5 Things to Do with Your New Test Results  05/16/2018  Blaine Bettinger  Ph.D.  J.D.
How to Use the Smart Matches & Record Matches MyHeritage Technologies  05/22/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Quaker Migration into America  05/23/2018  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen  AG
The Palatine Immigrants: Tracing and Locating 18th Century German Immigrants Online  05/30/2018  Luana Darby  MLIS  AG
Digital Gravestones  06/05/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
What Your Ancestor's Neighbors Can Tell You  06/06/2018  Melissa Barker
The Family DNA Project  06/08/2018  Nicka Smith
Easily Read Old Style American Handwriting  06/13/2018  Sharon Monson
Using Maps in Genealogical Research  06/19/2018  Sara A. Scribner  CG
You Need a Search Strategy: Maximizing Your Results with Online Genealogical Databases  06/19/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Lightroom or Photoshop? What should I use for my photo editing?  06/27/2018  Jared Hodges
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 4): Adding Estate/Probate Records  07/06/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
The Art of Negative-Space Research: Women  07/11/2018  Jeanne Bloom  CG
Freedmen's Bureau Records - Valuable to ALL Southern research  07/13/2018  Diane L.  Richard
Special Tools that can Take Your Research to the Next Level  07/17/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
It's a Numbers Game! Understanding Recognized Genealogical Formats  07/17/2018  Alice Hoyt Veen  CG
Trails of Daniel Boone and other Western Travelers  07/18/2018  J. Mark Lowe  CG  FUGA
Photoshop: What you need to know as a photographer  07/25/2018  Jared Hodges
An Overview of Important Historical Record Collections  07/31/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Sharing The Joy: Projects That Will Captivate The Non-Genealogists In Your Life  08/01/2018  Lisa Louise Cooke
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 5): Adding an Obituary  08/03/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist  08/08/2018  Annette Burke  Lyttle
50 Websites To Find Vital Records  08/10/2018  Gena Philibert-Ortega
Everything you need to know about Genealogical Charts and Reports  08/14/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Untangle the Web of Germanic Websites  08/15/2018  Teresa Steinkamp McMillin  CG
GPS: Finding Your Way Through Tough Research Problems  08/21/2018  James Ison  CG  AG
Researching Forces Ancestors (England and Wales)  08/22/2018  Kirsty Gray
How Photos Enhance Genealogical Research  08/28/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite  08/29/2018  Diahan Southard
What's Been Done: Using Someone Else's Genealogy Research  09/05/2018  Thomas MacEntee
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 6): Adding a Death Certificate  09/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
Examining Migration & Researching Migrants in the British Isles  09/12/2018  Julie Goucher
Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families  09/14/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Using Lists to Find Proof  09/18/2018  Cari Taplin  CG
25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know  09/19/2018  Lisa Alzo
Importance of Newspapers for family research  09/25/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System  10/03/2018  Rick Sayre  CG  CGL  FUGA
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 7): Adding Email Correspondence  10/05/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
On the Go: Using Your Mobile Device for Genealogy  10/09/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
In Search of My Brother's Mother - An Adoption Story  10/10/2018  Beth Foulk
Strategies for Using FamilySearch  10/12/2018  Shannon Combs-Bennett
Using Emigrant Guides for Genealogical Research  10/16/2018  Julie P. Miller  CG  CGL
Ho to California! The Draw of the Gold Rush  10/17/2018  Peggy Clemens Lauritzen  AG
True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic Genealogy  10/23/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing  10/24/2018  Lisa Alzo
Researching your French and Indian War Ancestor  10/26/2018  Craig R. Scott  MA  CG  FUGA
Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees  10/31/2018  E. Randol Schoenberg
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8): The Smoking Gun  11/02/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
City Directories: Much More than Ye Olde Phonebooks  11/06/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor  11/07/2018  Melissa Barker
Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners  11/14/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Every Day Life of Our Ancestors  11/20/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking  11/28/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records  12/05/2018  Mary Kircher Roddy
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database  12/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart  12/12/2018  Janet Hovorka
Citation for beginners  12/14/2018  Shellee Morehead  PhD  CG
Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family  12/18/2018  Nancy A. Peters  CG
That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors  12/19/2018  Michael L. Strauss  AG

Print the 2018 webinar brochure here.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage by Sunny Morton

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Should you use Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com or MyHeritage.com? Or should you be using more than one site to accomplish your family history goals? Learn how these genealogy giants compare for historical records, online trees, DNA tools and access options. This overview of each site's strengths and weaknesses will help you know which to use now and which to keep in mind when your research interests or budget change.

Join us and Sunny Morton for the live webinar Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. 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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SunnyMorton-144x144Sunny Morton is a popular lecturer for the global genealogy community. As Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems, she shares research strategies and inspiration with audiences worldwide via podcast and blog. As a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine, she writes frequently about up-to-date research resources and strategies for hobbyist audiences. She is the author of hundreds of articles and blog posts as well as "Genealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites," "MyHeritage.com Quick Reference Guide," and "Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy."

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Tuesday's Tip - Document Workflow (Intermediate)

Document Workflow

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

Document Workflow (Intermediate)

Several people have asked me what process I follow when I find a new document.  I follow the same sequence for every document so that I don’t miss anything.

  • Before I do anything else, I create a source citation for the document because I am going to need it in several places. I put this citation on the Source Clipboard (For more on creating citations in Legacy see Geoff Rasmussen's Webinar Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful in the Legacy library.)
  • Document received in the mail - I scan the document and save it to my hard drive. I copy and paste the citation from the Source Clipboard (from the Preview panel) to the metadata of the image (in the comments) and I also attach the citation to the bottom of the image (photo editing software). If I share the image with anyone they will have the complete citation
  • Digital image of a document that I took (or someone else took on my behalf) - I do the same as above but without having to scan the image
  • Online image that I found - I download the image and then do the same as I would for a document that I had scanned 
  • I transcribe and/or abstract the document. I use the software program Transcript to make it a bit easier
  • I extract every piece of evidence into Legacy and attach a source citation to each entry
  • I then link the document image to the appropriate place in Legacy (usually an event)
  • I add the abstract to the notes of whatever field I am working with
  • I add the citation and the abstract to my To-Do task and then close it out

The only paper copies of documents I have are ones that I received by mail and family artifacts. I keep those in binders/sheet protectors. If I took a digital image, or if I downloaded the image from the internet, I do not print out a paper copy. If I need to enhance the image to make it more readable, I save the image in its original state and then make the enhancements to a copy. I have a consistent file naming system for both my paper and electronic files so that I can find anything in seconds.

My workflow may not work for you; however, it is important that you do have a consistent workflow so that you don't accidentally miss something.

 

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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.


DNA Ethnicity Reports - Are they all the same?

DNA Ethnicity Reports

I receive a lot of emails and see a lot of Facebook posts from people wondering why their ethnicity varies so much from company to company. Here are some general principles that you need to keep in mind:

  • Different companies use different reference populations
  • Different companies divide up the world a little differently
  • All of the companies periodically update their algorithms so your percentages will change
  • Once you get back to the 3rd great-grandparents, their DNA starts dropping off the further you go back. You can see a chart showing this. Scroll down to the grandparents chart. This is STATISTICAL data. Real life data will be more pronounced
  • If you have tested your brothers and sisters they will, most likely, have different percentages than you because they have different DNA than you do (this one throws people too so I though I would mention it)

My paper research has my mother's family in central Europe to the late 1500's on all lines that I have been able to carry back. All of my dad's lines migrated across the pond prior to 1750ish. Best I can tell I am looking at England, Wales, and Ireland (Again, on the lines that I have been able to carry back that far). Here are my results from the different companies. The first thing you should notice is the different geographical areas so it is pretty much impossible for these to match exactly.

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FTDNA
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23andMe
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GEDmatch
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DNALand
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Looking at your ethnicity is fun but don't think it is written in stone. Genealogists should be more concerned with the cousin matches which will help you extend your family tree and break down brick walls.

Want to see another ethnicity report comparison? Check out the YouTube video Marian Pierre-Louis made comparing her ethnicity across MyHeritage, AncestryDNA and Family Tree DNA.


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.


Understanding DNA Matching Technology - register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar by Ran Snir

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DNA Matching technology is a hot topic in genealogy today. It is an affordable and increasingly reliable method for discovering relatives you never knew you had. DNA Matching technology can indicate possible relationships between you and your DNA Matches, and allow you to learn more from family trees with people who share your DNA. It also allows you to contact those people and collaborate to expand your family history research. In this webinar, you will learn everything you need to know to make the most of DNA Matching technology. 

Join us and MyHeritage's Ran Snir for the live webinar Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

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Ransnir-144x144Ran Snir, Product Manager, is responsible for MyHeritage DNA products. He leads a talented team of developers, QA engineers, and designers to create and optimize DNA users’ entire journey — from ordering a DNA kit, tracking the kit’s progress, receiving results, to leveraging a continually growing suite of features to make the most of the DNA results in genealogical research. Most recently, he led the development of the Ethnicities around the world and Chromosome browser for shared DNA segments features, from concept through production and launch.

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Legacy 101 - Linking and Unlinking

The best way to explain how linking and unlinking people in your file will save you a lot of time and aggravation is to give you a couple of scenarios. Let's say you find a marriage record for your ancestor John Doe. He married Jane White. It just so happens you know who Jane White is and you already have her in your file as the daughter of Jacob White and Margaret Smith. You don't want to enter Jane White again because that will create a duplicate. Instead you are going to link to the Jane White that you already have.

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The Name List will pop up and you will highlight Jane White and then click the Select button at the top.

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Depending on how you have your options set up you may or may not automatically get the Marriage screen where you can add their marriage details (Options > Customize > Data Entry > Option 2.1 > "Jump to marriage info when adding a spouse").  You will then see that Jane has been linked to her husband John.  Also notice that all of the people linked to Jane (her parents) remain linked in their proper places.

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This time let's go in reverse. Let's say you have John Doe married to Jane White but you discover this is an error. He wasn't married to Jane White but rather he was married to Jane Black. If Jane has no other connection to you you might just delete her but what if you think she might fit in your family in another way. You will want to unlink her so that she and the other people connected to her stay in your file. You are going to RIGHT click Jane and then you will see the menu you need.

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You will get a confirmation dialog box and then you will see Jane only linked to the other members of her family.

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You can also unlink people by using the EDIT tab on the Toolbar.

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And you can use keyboard shortcuts to link people. L+H = Link Husband, L+W = Link Wife, L+S = Link Son, and L+D = Link Daughter.


Here is another scenario. Let's say you run across someone in your research who you are pretty sure is related to your family but you just don't know how. You can add this person as an unlinked individual in your file. This is a great tool because you can work with this person just like anyone else. You can add known relationships, events, sources, etc. When you figure out how they fit in all you have to do is link them into the correct relationship and then all the information you entered on that person will be retained. To add an unlinked person you will use the Add tab on the main toolbar.

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And here is your new unlinked person ready to work with.

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Sometimes you will have unlinked people floating around in your file that you didn't know about. This can happen when you delete people because some of the people that were attached to that person could now be unlinked. You might also see this when you import a file from somewhere else. Legacy has a way to check for unlinked people and isolated trees that aren't attached to your main tree. An isolated tree is simply an unlinked person who has family linked to them. Go to VIEW > TREES.

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Make sure you click the REFRESH button over on the right so that Legacy will make a fresh scan of your file.

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You can see the main tree that has 163 people, one isolated tree that has 6 people, and 7 unlinked individuals. It is a good idea to look at this from time to time to keep up with what is going on in your file.

Other articles in the Legacy 101 series:

  1. Legacy 101 - How to Find Help
  2. Legacy 101 - The Different Views
  3. Legacy 101 - Entering Locations
  4. Legacy 101 - How to Enter a Person and His/Her Spouse
  5. Legacy 101 - How to Enter a Child and Parents
  6. Legacy 101 - Linking and Unlinking


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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.


New "Member Friday" Webinar - No More Blank Pages: 10 Simple Writing Tips for Family Historians by Lisa Alzo

New "Member Friday" Webinar - No More Blank Pages: 10 Simple Writing Tips for Family Historians by Lisa Alzo

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "No More Blank Pages: 10 Simple Writing Tips for Family Historians" by Lisa Alzo. If you're not a member,  remember the webinar previews are always free.

No More Blank Pages: 10 Simple Writing Tips for Family Historians

Are you excited about the idea of getting your family history down in writing? Maybe you have self-doubts and fears about how to get started, what to write, and how to put it all together in a compelling way? If you are struggling with a blank page, this webinar will provide ten simple tips to find your writing focus and let the words flow! 

  No More Blank Pages: 10 Simple Writing Tips for Family Historians by Lisa Alzo

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Lisa AlzoLisa A. Alzo M.F.A. is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of ten books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles, and writes the blog "The Accidental Genealogist."

 
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