Register for 2 Genealogy webinars this week - Divorce! (by Judy Russell) and Freedom Webinar Series (by Bernice Bennett)

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Join us this Wednesday AND Friday for two exciting genealogy webinars presented by Judy Russell and Bernice Alexander Bennett. On Wednesday Judy will present "D-I-V-O-R-C-E!" and on Friday Bernice will present as part of our Freedom Webinar Series, "United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story."

Presenter-8755Wednesday - D-I-V-O-R-C-E! by Judy Russell

Our ancestors' marriages lasted so much longer than our own. One reason: it was so hard to get a divorce. But it still happened, and the records created in the process tell us much about our ancestors, their lives and the laws they lived by.

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Bennettb-100Friday - United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story by Bernice Alexander Bennett (Freedom Webinar Series)

Explore the challenges faced by widows and/or former slave descendants of soldiers in the United States Colored Troops Widows’ Pension Applications.

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Webinar Reminder: Join us for the live webinars Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 2:00pm Eastern U.S. and Friday, April 24, 2015, at 2:00pm 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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New Legacy QuickTip Video - How to make a backup

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

  • How to make a backup of your Legacy family file to a Flash/USB drive
  • How to change the default location for your backup files

There are only two types of computer users out there - one who has had their computer crash and the other whose computer will crash. Be prepared by having a backup of your Legacy Family Tree family files. This quicktip video will show you how.

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Spreadsheets 201: Excel-lent Examples - brand new BONUS webinar for subscribers

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Spreadsheets can help you analyze your genealogy data and keep track of your research. In this webinar, Mary Roddy teaches how to use this powerful tool to gain perspective and further your genealogy research. You’ll learn how to quickly take search results from Familysearch and Ancestry.com and create a spreadsheet for further analysis. You'll also get lots of ideas for using spreadsheets in genealogy such as city directory research, recording census birth places of families, keeping track of spelling variations for your online searching, and learn amazing spreadsheet tips and tricks along the way. Spreadsheets 201 is the brand new companion to Mary's Spreadsheets 101: Excel-lence in Genealogy.

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If you are an annual or monthly webinar subscriber, this webinar's recording is now available in the Webinar Library. Just head over to the library, login, and enjoy! Fix pages of supplemental syllabus materials also accompany this webinar.

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Presenter-6281Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, has been a genealogist for 13 years, becoming interested in the subject in anticipation of an extended trip to Ireland. She earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington in 2005. She is an active member of the Seattle Genealogical Society, having served in multiple board positions and on the seminar and education committees and is a regular facilitator on the SGS Brick Wall panel. She lectures frequently on various genealogical topics in the Seattle area. Her articles, “Mark Golden: A Case Study in World War II Research,” and “Sailing in Their Wake,” were published in Family Chronicle Magazine in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Her article, “Five Tips for Online Newspaper Research,” appeared in the June/July 2013 issue of Internet Genealogy. She presented her research on Mark Golden as part of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree webinar series. She is currently working on a novel set in the San Francisco area in 1900 and 1901, based on stories of several of her ancestors and their associates which she discovered in her genealogical research.

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Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way - free webinar by Warren Bittner now online for limited time

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Another terrific webinar today, Warren Bittner was fabulous!

The recording of today's webinar, "Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way" by Warren Bittner AND the after-webinar party is now available in the Webinar Library for free for a limited time. A few comments:

  • My all time favorite webinar to date. I will refer back to this many times, I am sure!!!
  • Another wonderful Webinar! Thanks so much for this great service. I'm in the second year of my membership and this is the best genealogy value! Please continue what you're doing. I've told all my friends about you and hope some of them join, or at least do some Webinars. Thanks again.
  • Excellent idieas. I especially liked the idea of adding canvas space in Photoshop Elements. I will use that.
  • Fabulous! Warren Bittner was one of the most knowledgable genealogists I've heard. I will certainly look for him at future conferences!

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 44 minute recording of "Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way" 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)

  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E! by Judy Russell. April 22.
  • United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story by Bernice Alexander Bennett. April 24.
  • Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history by Tessa Keough. April 29.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 2 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. May 6.
  • After You're Gone - Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). May 8.
  • GenealogyBank - The Power of Finding Our Ancestor's Stories by Tom Kemp. May 13.
  • Martha Benshura - Enemy Alien by Judy Russell. May 20.
  • Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill. May 27.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 3 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 3.
  • Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar by Jana Sloan Broglin. June 10.
  • 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough. June 12.
  • The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 1.
  • Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. July 8.
  • Making a Federal Case Out of It by Judy Russell (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). July 10.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. July 15.
  • Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. July 22.
  • Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. July 29.
  • Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier. July 31.
  • What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. August 5.
  • Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. August 12.
  • Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. August 19.
  • Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. August 21.
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. August 26.
  • Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. September 2.
  • Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. September 9.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. September 11.
  • Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. September 16.
  • Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. September 23.
  • Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji. September 25.
  • Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. September 30.
  • Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. October 7.
  • Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. October 14.
  • Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. October 16.
  • What Happened to the State of Frankland - Using Tennessee's Pre-Statehood Records by Mark Lowe. October 21.
  • Complex Evidence - What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. October 28.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. November 4.
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. November 11.
  • Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. November 13.
  • Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. November 18.
  • Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. December 2.
  • Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. December 9.
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. December 16.

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Protect an Overlooked Genealogy Treasure

by Marian Pierre-Louis

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When it comes to recording, preserving and conservation genealogists have impressive skills. Genealogists will scan or photograph original documents for later review. They will enter their data in a genealogy program - and even cite the sources! They will put family letters into protective sleeves and precious photos into acid free boxes. But there's one area that genealogists often overlook.

When was the last time you saved your email? While all email can be considered important, let's just consider the email related to your family history. This could be correspondence with a distant cousin or sending a request to an archive for a document. It could be a group collaboration on a sticky genealogical puzzle. Or it could be correspondence with a genealogical professional located in your ancestor's home town.

The Problem

Many people feel that saving email in their email program is good enough. That's a dangerous game to play. Email programs were never intended to be database repositories. Many of them even have a size capacity limit. After that limit has been reached the programs can get glitches, crash or stop working.  For instance, when using Outlook 2003 or 2007 the size limit of the file (a .pst file) is 20 GB.  That may seem large but if you are emailing photos or videos you could reach capacity very quickly. The size limit for Outlook 2010 is 50 GB but from what I've read online 5GB is a good practical working limit for any of those programs.

While you may not experience software crashes with Google Mail (Gmail), you will encounter mailbox size limits. Most users have the standard free 15GB limit. Schools and businesses may have 30 GB limits. Items in your spam and trash folders count toward your limit. Beyond that you will either have to delete email to make more room or have to purchase extra space.

Even if your inbox doesn't reach capacity there are other threats to the safety of your email. In my case, my HP laptop overheated (a known issue) and the hard drive crashed not once, but twice. Some of my data was salvaged but much of it was lost.

Over the years I have been negligent about saving my email properly. I did make backup copies but over a 10 year period sometimes even the backup copies get lost.

The Solution

So what is the solution? Save individual emails to another format. Using the "Save As" feature in Outlook, you can save individual emails as html, text (.txt) as well as some Outlook message formats. My recommendation is to save the email in .txt format to your genealogy directories. Txt is the most basic format and most easily read by other programs. It is the least likely to become obsolete due to software version changes.

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Gmail users have a harder time saving their email beyond using copy and paste.  It is now possible to save your Gmail in the .mbox format (see here for instructions). This will save all of your emails to a single file (which is great for backing up!). If you want to save individual emails to your genealogy folders, you'll have to use the cut and paste method.

Another thing you can do (I would do this in addition to saving individual emails to your computer) is to copy and paste emails to the notes area for the relevant ancestor in your genealogy software program.

While some correspondence, as mentioned earlier, is very obvious and should be saved, there are other emails hiding in your inbox that are even more important. These are the emails you exchange with your parents, siblings and extended family.

Sometimes these emails are very short such as "when was Aunt Louise born?" and its corresponding answer. Others are important gems hidden in the midst of day to day chatting. For instance your mother might mention the weather being windy today and then mention that time when the family gathered together during the 1938 hurricane.

These are the emails that I've lost. I've emailed my uncles with quick queries or received unsolicited stories and memories. But my day to day life was too busy to stop what I was doing to save the emails to a different format on my hard drive in an organized manner. One of my uncles has since passed and all my email exchanges with him are lost.

There's no teacher like experience! I now carefully consider each email I receive and quickly save it to the correct family directory. When saving emails be sure to capture the date and to and from fields Hopefully you will have the chance to learn from my experience before you make the same mistake yourself.

Do you have a different way to save your family history related email? Tell us about it!

Marian Pierre-Louis is the Social Media Marketing Manager for Legacy Family Tree. She is also the host of The Genealogy Professional podcast. Check out her webinars in the Legacy library.


Legacy Tip: How to add a Citation for a World War I draft registration card

If you have a male relative born between September 13, 1873 and September 12, 1900 and living in the United States between June 5, 1917 and September 12, 1918, there is a good chance he will be listed in the United States World War I Draft Records at FamilySearch or Ancestry. The records will often provide a full name, home address, exact date of birth, place of birth, employment information, marital status, closest living relative, and information about the person's physical appearance.

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Learn about these records here:

Learn how to create a citation in Legacy Family Tree here:

If you found your ancestor in one of the 24,999,338 images (as of this writing, the index is 96% complete) at FamilySearch and now want to add the information to Legacy Family Tree, follow the steps below.

Here is the document for my relative, George King:

King, George - WWI draft registration

After locating it at FamilySearch, I clicked on the Download button, moved it to the directory on my hard drive of c:\Genealogy Photos\Locations\USA\Iowa\Muscatine County\Muscatine and renamed the image to "King, George - WWI draft registration.jpg". (See Digital Imaging Essentials for more information about organizing and renaming your digital images.)

Now it's time to set up the Source Clipboard in Legacy. I could go ahead and just start adding the source, but because I will be using the information from the document in many places (birth, name, residence, etc.) setting up the Source Clipboard will make it easier to copy the citation to the many places it will be needed.

First, click on the triangle button in the Individual's Information screen. This opens the Source Clipboard.

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Then, click on the link, "Click here to select the master source to cite." This opens the Master Source List. Scroll through the list to see if you have already added the Master Source for the World War One Draft Registration Cards already. If so, just select it and fill in the details. If not, click on the Add button.

Below I selected "Military records" from the list, and then I selected the Online database/images option for the Draft Registrations record type. Click on the image below to enlarge the example.

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Then fill in the fields for the master source:

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And then the fields for the source detail.

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You may also add a transcription on the Text/Comments tab, and link to the digital image on the Media tab. The Source Clipboard is now all set up and ready for you to use.

Now's the fun part - you get to review, analyze, and do the data entry for what you found in the record. Just remember to paste the source from the clipboard. To do this, when your cursor is in the desired field, just click on the button right underneath the triangle button to paste the source. And that's it! The citation/source is now linked to the information you have entered. You can verify this by clicking on the person's blue Source button.

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If the above process sounds familiar, you've probably read through Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked! If not, it's available here in PDF or printed formats.


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Warren Bittner

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Join us this Wednesday, April 15 for a webinar with professional genealogist, Warren Bittner. This light-hearted excursion into the mistakes of a novice researcher will entertain audiences of all levels of experience.

Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, April 15, 2015 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

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F. Warren Bittner, CGSM, is a genealogical researcher and lecturer, with thirty years of research experience. He holds a Master of Science degree in history from Utah State University, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business from Brigham Young University. His master’s thesis looked at the social factors affecting illegitimacy in nineteenth-century Bavaria. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and in 1989-1990 he studied Chinese at a graduate level at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

He is the owner of Ancestors Lost and Found, a small genealogical research firm. For six years he was the German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, where he coordinated contracts to microfilm and index records at 102 archives in seven countries and where he planned the German book acquisitions and internet publications. Before that he worked for four years in the extraction unit of the Family History Library, where he was coordinator of third-party indexing projects and where he developed and trained volunteers in Spanish indexing projects. He has also worked as a Reference Consultant at the Family History Library on both the U.S. and International reference counters. He has done research in more than fifty German archives and in more than forty U.S. archives and record repositories.

In 2010 he was assistant director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and he is a former member of the board of directors for Utah Genealogical Association. He made several appearances on the PBS television series, Ancestors 2. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the National Genealogical Society, Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, and the Palatines to America, Colorado Chapter, and the Sacrament German Society. He is married to Nancy Ruth Christensen and is the father of three children.

View Warren's other webinars here.

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Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House - free webinar by Jana Sloan Broglin now online for limited time

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You're going to love today's webinar! You will be entertained, educated, and inspired to look a little deeper in your genealogical journey. Here's the scoop....

The recording of today's webinar, "Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House" by Jana Sloan Broglin is now available in the Webinar Library for free for a limited time. A few comments:

  • Wow. Haven't laughed so hard in a long time! Invaluable information coupled with a wonderful sense of humor. Delightful.
  • I laughed and laughed but got many great research ideas! Wonderful webinar!
  • It gave me great places to look for stories and unexpected leads on maybe some of my stumbling blocks. It was also very entertaining and her presentation was easy to follow.

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Warren Bittner. April 15.
  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E! by Judy Russell. April 22.
  • United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story by Bernice Alexander Bennett. April 24.
  • Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history by Tessa Keough. April 29.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 2 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. May 6.
  • After You're Gone - Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). May 8.
  • GenealogyBank - The Power of Finding Our Ancestor's Stories by Tom Kemp. May 13.
  • Martha Benshura - Enemy Alien by Judy Russell. May 20.
  • Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill. May 27.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 3 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 3.
  • Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar by Jana Sloan Broglin. June 10.
  • 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough. June 12.
  • The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 1.
  • Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. July 8.
  • Making a Federal Case Out of It by Judy Russell (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). July 10.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. July 15.
  • Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. July 22.
  • Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. July 29.
  • Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier. July 31.
  • What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. August 5.
  • Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. August 12.
  • Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. August 19.
  • Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. August 21.
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. August 26.
  • Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. September 2.
  • Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. September 9.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. September 11.
  • Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. September 16.
  • Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. September 23.
  • Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji. September 25.
  • Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. September 30.
  • Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. October 7.
  • Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. October 14.
  • Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. October 16.
  • What Happened to the State of Frankland - Using Tennessee's Pre-Statehood Records by Mark Lowe. October 21.
  • Complex Evidence - What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. October 28.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. November 4.
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. November 11.
  • Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. November 13.
  • Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. November 18.
  • Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. December 2.
  • Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. December 9.
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. December 16.

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World War II Heroes: Telling Their Stories - brand new BONUS webinar for subscribers

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World War II is the earliest war where we can actually speak to the veterans themselves - the men and women who served. But this precious resource is fading quickly so time is of the essence! This webinar will present a case study, fleshing out a basic story of a pilot and crew of a B-17 shot down over Germany, illustrating how to find and access multiple sources to learn about the experiences of these heroes.

How to view:

If you are an annual or monthly webinar subscriber, this webinar's recording is now available in the Webinar Library. Just head over to the library, login, and enjoy! Five pages of supplemental syllabus materials also accompany this webinar.

Click here to watch the webinar.

If you are not yet a webinar subscriber...when you join as an annual or monthly subscriber you, too, will have access to these bonus members-only webinars. This is the seventh we've added since January. Take a look at all of these benefits:

  • Unlimited access to the entire Webinar Library (currently 225 classes to choose from)
  • Access to the instructors' handouts (currently 946 pages)
  • Access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • 5% off anything in the FamilyTreeWebinars.com store
  • See which live webinars you have registered for

For more information, or to subscribe, click here.

About the presenter

Presenter-6281Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, has been a genealogist for 13 years, becoming interested in the subject in anticipation of an extended trip to Ireland. She earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington in 2005. She is an active member of the Seattle Genealogical Society, having served in multiple board positions and on the seminar and education committees and is a regular facilitator on the SGS Brick Wall panel. She lectures frequently on various genealogical topics in the Seattle area. Her articles, “Mark Golden: A Case Study in World War II Research,” and “Sailing in Their Wake,” were published in Family Chronicle Magazine in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Her article, “Five Tips for Online Newspaper Research,” appeared in the June/July 2013 issue of Internet Genealogy. She presented her research on Mark Golden as part of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree webinar series. She is currently working on a novel set in the San Francisco area in 1900 and 1901, based on stories of several of her ancestors and their associates which she discovered in her genealogical research.

Click here for all of Mary's webinars.


How to receive our announcements and discussions on Facebook - even if you already "like" us

Thanks everyone for "liking" our Facebook page. It's been a fun place to interact, announce our new updates, and share the latest happenings here at Legacy Family Tree.

Unfortunately, lots of you who have liked the page do not receive its announcements or discussions in your Facebook feed. But it doesn't take much on your part to change that. Take a look at the brief video below to see what you can do. By the way - this isn't specific just to our Facebook page. The recommendations in the video will help you for any page you wish to follow.