Register for Webinar Wednesday - Tribal Quest: A special project to document the family histories of tribal people by Golan Levi

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Tribal Quest is a fascinating pro bono project for documenting the family trees and stories of remote tribal communities that face a risk of cultural extinction. This webinar will feature the highlights from our Tribal Quest expeditions to Namibia, Papua New Guinea, and Siberia.

Join us and MyHeritage's Golan Levi for the live webinar Wednesday, February 21, 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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GolanLevi-144x144Recently relocated to Melbourne, Golan is the UX Expert at MyHeritage, where he envisions new concepts of the company's products and applications. He has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Design Management. Prior to his extensive practice in the field of user experience, among many other occupations, he lead large-scale land art projects around the world and worked as a zookeeper in the carnivores section. At MyHeritage he is also heading the Tribal Quest pro-bono initiative.

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Tuesday's Tip - Keyboard Shortcuts (Beginner)

Keyboard Shortcuts

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

Keyboard Shortcuts (Beginner)

Keyboard shortcuts can save you time when executing the most common tasks in Legacy. There are a lot of keyboard shortcuts but some only work on certain screens. Here is a complete list. These are also in the Help File under Keyboard Shortcuts.

All tab names on the Ribbon bar have an underlined letter.  You can select a tab by holding down the ALT key and pressing the underlined letter.  Once a tab is displayed, you can select a menu option by pressing the underlined letter in the option name.

  • ALT + F File Tab  
  • ALT + E Edit Tab  
  • ALT + A Add Tab  
  • ALT + V View Tab  
  • ALT + R Report Tab  
  • ALT + L Tools Tab  
  • ALT + C Search Tab  
  • ALT + I Internet Tab  
  • ALT + O Options Tab  
  • ALT + P Help Tab  


Shortcut Keys for Main Views

  • ALT + F1 Legacy Home Tab  
  • ALT + F2 Family Tab  
  • ALT + F3 Pedigree Tab  
  • ALT + F4 Descendant Tab  
  • ALT + F5 Chronology Tab  
  • ALT + F6 Index Tab  


Shortcut Keys to Bypass Menus on the Main Views

Many menu options have shortcut keys listed next to them.  You can choose a menu command by holding down the CTRL key and pressing the other key.  The shortcut keys listed below are meant to be used only from the main views in Legacy (Legacy Home, Family, Pedigree, Descendant, Chronology, and Index).  On other forms, some of these shortcut keys have other functions.  

  • CTRL + A Displays the Ages dialog box.  (On the Legacy Home tab, this shortcut key highlights the entire page contents.)
  • CTRL + B Backup a Family File
  • CTRL + E Export a GEDCOM File
  • CTRL + N Add a New, Unlinked Person.  (On the Legacy Home tab, this shortcut key opens the Home contents in a separate browser window.)
  • CTRL + O Open a Family File.  (Not available while on the Legacy Home tab.)
  • CTRL + P Opens the Picture Center.  (On the Legacy Home tab, this shortcut key opens the Print window for printing the Legacy Home page contents.)
  • CTRL + Q GEDCOM Import
  • CTRL + S Display Preferred Startup Family.  (Not available while on the Legacy Home tab.)
  • CTRL + T Advanced Tagging
  • CTRL + W Web Page Creation
  • CTRL + Z Opens the Customize window (ALT + Z also opens the window)


Shortcut Keys in Dialog Boxes

Most command buttons shown in dialog boxes have an underlined letter in their description.  You can click a button by holding down the ALT key and pressing the underlined letter.  This is equivalent to clicking on the button with the mouse cursor.


Other Shortcut Keys

From the Information, Marriage, and Notes windows, you can press F4 to display the Sources window.  From the Information and Marriage windows, you can press F5 to display the Notes window.  From any Note field, you can press F7 to start the spell checker.  From the Information, Marriage and LDS windows, F8 can be used to duplicate field contents from the previously saved record.  You can also press Ctrl-F9 to memorize any location field and F9 to play the memorized field back to any other location field.  (Shift-F10 / F10, Shift-F11 / F11 and Shift F12 / F12 also work the same way to memorize and play back field entries.)


Shortcut Keys for the Source Clipboard

  • Alt-1  Opens the source clipboard. 
  • Alt-2  Assigns to the current field.  
  • Alt-3  Assigns to all non-blank fields.  
  • Alt-4  Assigns to the Unspecified area.  


Family and Pedigree View

The following single shortcut keys are available while working in the Family or Pedigree View.  To use the shortcuts, simple type the one-character command.  The commands are executed immediately when you press the letter. 


Single key commands:

  • ? Help (help on shortcut keys)  
  • F Find (displays Search window)  
  • G Go (to RIN #)  
  • I Index (displays Name List)  
  • M Marriage (displays Marriage List)  
  • X Exit (prompts for confirmation to exit Legacy)  


Shortcut Keys on Family View

The following shortcut key combinations are available while working in the Family View.  To use the shortcuts, simple type the two-character command.  The commands are executed immediately after you press the second letter.


Two-Key Commands

  • AD Add Daughter  
  • AH Add Husband  
  • AS Add Son  
  • AW Add Wife  
  • C1-C9 and CA-CF   Child 1 - Child 9 and Child 10 - Child 15  
  • (moves the child to the Husb-Wife level)  
  • E1-E9 and EA-EF    Edit Child 1 - Child 9 and Child 10 - Child 15  
  • EH Edit Husband  
  • EM Edit Marriage  
  • EW Edit Wife  
  • HP Husband's Parents  
  • LD Link Daughter  
  • LH Link Husband  
  • LS Link Son  
  • LW Link Wife  
  • ND New Daughter  
  • NH New Husband  
  • NS New Son  
  • NW New Wife  
  • WP Wife's Parents  


Shortcut Keys on Other Forms

The following shortcut keys are available while working in various forms in Legacy.  Not all of these are available on all forms.


While in a Note-type field:

  • Ctrl-B  Bolds the selected characters or words if some have been highlighted by dragging the mouse over them.  If nothing is currently selected, pressing Alt-B turns on bold mode so that successive text is bolded as you type it.
  • Ctrl-I  Italicizes the selected characters or words if some have been highlighted by dragging the mouse over them.  If nothing is currently selected, pressing Alt-I turns on italicize mode so that successive text is italicized as you type it.
  • Ctrl-U  Underlines the selected characters or words if some have been highlighted by dragging the mouse over them.  If nothing is currently selected, pressing Alt-U turns on underline mode so that successive text is underlined as you type it.
  • Ctrl-S  Superscripts the selected characters or words if some have been highlighted by dragging the mouse over them.  If nothing is currently selected, pressing Alt-S turns on superscript mode so that successive text is superscripted as you type it.
  • Ctrl-F  Opens the Find dialog box where you can search for text within the note.
  • Ctrl-C  Copies highlighted text to the Windows clipboard.
  • Ctrl-X  Cuts highlighted text from the notes field and places it on the Windows clipboard.
  • Ctrl-V  Pastes any text currently on the Windows clipboard to the current position in the note field.
  • Ctrl-Tab  Inserts a tab character into the note.  (Using tab characters to try to line up columns of information may not result in the desired format when printed on reports.)
  • F3   Continues the search to find the next match after starting a search with Ctrl-F.
  • Ctrl-Z  Removes any text entered since the last time the note was changed.  (This is a Windows function.  If you are entering text, anytime you exit a field, or do some other function, like spell checking or searching, the undo feature is reset.)
  • F6   Pops up the Character Map where you can select one or more special character to insert into the note.  This can be used to select copywrite symbols or other characters not shown on your keyboard.
  • F7   Starts spell checking.
  • Ctrl-P  Privatizes highlighted text by enclosing it in [[ and ]]
  • Ctrl-Space  Removes all formatting from the note including bolding, italicizing, underlining, and superscripting.
  • Ctrl-R, Alt-R, F8 Pressing any of these keys works the same as clicking the Repeat button which repeats the field contents previously saved on the same type of form.

 
Isn't this fun! I don't use all of the shortcuts but I do have quite a few that I use all of the time. I like anything that will save me time.

 

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

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

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.

 


Where's the Original?

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One of the golden rules of genealogy is that the original document is always best but what happens if there is no original? I have two examples for you.  

Here is what I had written in my marriage notes for Eli Meredith and Martha McMichael:

Jane Doe* at the Pike County, AL Circuit Court Clerk's Office states that Eli and Martha show up in their marriage index but when she went to the marriage book itself to make a copy the page was missing. [*name changed]

I made that note probably 25 years ago. Back then I wasn't smart enough to try and find microfilm. I recently revisited this couple. FamilySearch now has the Alabama county marriage books online.  Look what I found.

Meredith-McMichael marriage
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 Pike County, Alabama, Marriage Book B: 229, Meredith-McMichal, 1856; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 22 December 2017).

[Page 229 also includes the solemnization but I cropped it out because of the space constraints of the blog]

The Genealogical Society of Utah microfilmed this book on 29 October 1979 (before the records were lost) and in this case the microfilm is better than the original. I do want to add that as a general rule microfilm is as good as the original (and is considered an original for sourcing purposes) as long as you have no suspicions that the film was altered or doesn't represent the original faithfully. In many cases you will go to microfilm first. My second example is more dramatic.

I found the marriage of David McMichael and Sarah Cimbro [Kimbrough] in an index. I contacted the Greene County, Georgia Probate Court and they advised me that their earliest marriage records were lost including the one I needed (Murphy's Law). The marriage did appear in their official index. My next move was to see if the Greene County's marriage books had been microfilmed. They were microfilmed on 20 March 1957 so I thought I was on to something. I pulled up the microfilm on FamilySearch and found something that I didn't want to see. The earliest marriages had been copied into an index but the original book apparently no longer exists. The inscription at the front of the book reads:

"A Record of Persons Names who have obtained Licenses for Marriage — By Wm Phillips — Register of Probates for Greene Co."

The index is all in the same hand (Mr. Phillips). I don't know when the index was created but before the book was lost. As a double check I called the Georgia State Archives. All they have is a copy of the Family History Library film. Here is a snippet:

David McMichael - Sarah Cimbro marriage
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Greene County, Georgia, Marriage License Index 1786-1810, McMichael-Cimbro, 1789; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 22 December 2017); The original marriage bonds, licenses, and solemnizations have been lost. At some point the probate clerk created an index of these marriages which now serves as the only official record.


You always want to see the original record yourself (digital image/microfilm considered original as long as you are confident it is a faithful copy) but sometimes it simply isn't possible. There are other scenarios to consider. It might be cost prohibitive to get an image of an original document especially if a repository requires onsite research. Some documents have not been microfilmed and the repository deems them too delicate to be handled. If this is the case, those documents are usually in the queue to be digitized by expert archivists. If I use an index as my source I will explain why as part of my citation so my readers will understand why I used what I did.


Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


Register for Tuesday's BCG Webinar: Using Swedish Taxation Records to Solve Tough Genealogical Problems by Jill Morelli, CG

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Swedish taxation records, a head tax of individuals between the ages of 15 and 63, are some of the oldest extant records of the rural farmer. Genealogists quickly become familiar with the chronological birth/marriage/death parish records (Ministerial), the clerical surveys (Husförhör) and probate records (Bouppteckning). These documents form the bedrock of investigation into our Swedish past.  These records may not, however, answer our more difficult research questions, especially those of the 18th century. This is where Swedish taxation records or mantalslängder may be of help. These little used records, but evidence rich documents, may corroborate or dispute our existing evidence, or may be the only source of evidence. We will learn how to access, read and use these records to answer those questions.

Join us, the Board for Certification of Genealogists and Jill Morelli, CG for the live webinar Tuesday, February 20, 2018 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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JillMorelli-144x144Jill 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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Legacy 101 - Backing up Your File

Legacy 101 - Backing up Your File

Backing up your file is a must. You should be doing this routinely. Legacy will remind you to backup your file on exit if you have selected this in the Options menu. Options > Customize > Other Settings > Option 12.5 Message Boxes. Click the button that says "Turn on or off Optional Reminder Messages"

Backup reminder message
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To get to the Backup screen go to File > Backup File

Backup screen
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There are several things that we need to talk about here. When you open the backup screen for the first time you will notice that the default is set to the \Legacy Family Tree\Data folder. That's because Legacy doesn't know where you want your backups to go yet. Many people leave the file path as is. It is okay to backup to this folder but you don't want this to be the only place to you backup to. You want backups somewhere other than your hard drive. Why? If you ever have a hard drive failure you will lose everything, your working data file and all of your backups. To change the file path, click the Change link over on the right. If you change the data location Legacy will ask you if you want the Media backup location to be the same. Normally you will say yes to this. If you notice, in the above screenshot my file path is to my local One Drive folder which automatically syncs to the One Drive cloud. Other popular cloud options are Dropbox and Google Drive. My personal preference is cloud storage but you can always backup to an external hard drive, a flash drive, or a CD. It is probably a good idea to back up to two places. I have been using Legacy since 2005 and I have only had to use a backup twice. The first time I had a hard drive failure. I had my file backed up to two 3 1/2 inch floppies so I breathed a sigh of relief. The second time I had made a global change to my file that I instantly regretted so I restored my most recent backup.

Legacy now has a cloud backup of it's own which is the second option on the screen. This backup is in addition to and not instead of your normal backup routine. There are two things you need to know. This is a data backup only. Your media will not be backed up.  Also, when you backup the previous backup will be overwritten. You will only have your most recent backup available. The regular backup routine (the first option on the screen) does not overwrite your previous backups. They are appended with the date and time. Your data and your media will be two separate zip files that will have the same date and time stamp.

I have already told you that you should do routine backups but there are other times when you should also backup. I mentioned that I made a global change to my file that I instantly regretted. You should always backup your file before you make any global changes. For example, when you are working with any of the Master Lists, Search and Replace or Merging. You can see on the options screen that Legacy has backup reminders for some of these things to help you remember.

 Tech support gets really sad when someone emails that they have had a hard drive failure and they don't have a backup to fall back on. Please don't be that user.

 

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

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

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


New "Member Friday" Webinar - Let DNA Tell Your Story by Diahan Southard

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Let DNA Tell Your Story by Diahan Southard

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Let DNA Tell Your Story" by Diahan Southard. If you're not a member,  remember the webinar previews are always free.

Let DNA Tell Your Story

DNA has the ability to reach beyond generations and across cultural boundaries to unify and strengthen your nuclear and extended family. But how can you explain this science in terms that your family will understand? How can you involve them and share results with them without overwhelming and confusing them? In this short time together we will learn a few tips that will have your family actually interested in family history. 

  New "Member Friday" Webinar - Let DNA Tell Your Story by Diahan Southard

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About the Presenter

Diahan Southard
A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead her to her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. Diahan's lectures are always fun, upbeat, and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

 
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Using DNA to Break Down a Brick Wall

Using DNA to Break Down a Brick Wall

 

Back in July I was contacted by a distant cousin. He found me through a blog post I had written that had mentioned my 3rd great grandmother, Pleasant Ann Clawson. I was elated to receive his email. This was my first contact with another Clawson descendant. But I was feeling somewhat apprehensive as well. You see, Pleasant Ann Clawson was my second most stubborn brick wall. I wasn't sure what I'd be able to tell my new cousin.

I've been researching Pleasant Ann for about 12 years. She was born in 1823 in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. She died in 1902, four years before the start of the Pennsylvania death certificates, and took the secret of her parent's names with her.

My biggest problem, besides lack of records in early Pennsylvania, is that the Clawson family is very large! My strategy was to start with the very early censuses, find the heads of households and recreate the families. After that I tried tracking down land and probate records for the best male candidates. Nothing came of it.

My best clue to sorting out these Clawsons was the 1860 US Federal Census where Pleasant McClarren (her married name), age 30, was found right next door to James Clawson, age 35, and family. I spent my efforts trying to chase James Clawson's family tree but never figured out who his parents were either.

What was I going to say to my new cousin? I was still mulling over my response in January when MyHeritage came out with a chromosome browser for their dna results.  I took a much keener interest then and started to really dig deep into the tools provided with the dna. I found I could do a surname search and on a whim searched for Clawson. What did I find but a dna match that was a direct surname descendant of the Clawsons!

Before getting too excited I realized the match only had a tree for himself, his father and grandfather. I would not be deterred.  If searching in the 1800s wouldn't bring results then I would start with an unfinished tree that is proven to be tied to me through dna. And so I started researching someone else's tree!

Recreating the tree of a known dna match proved to be a much easier task.  Perhaps being descended from a male Clawson instead of a female Clawson made finding records easier. Without too much trouble I made it back to William Clawson (1815-1888) and who was very conveniently brother to James Clawson (abt. 1825-1890), the same James who lived next door to my Pleasant in 1860.

My philosophy about solving unknown parentage brick walls is that it is a two-step process. First you determine who the probable parents are and then you prove that you have the right parents. I used this exact same process with Geoff's Nathan Brown brick wall.

So far, because of this dna match, I have determined a likely candidate for the family of my Pleasant Ann Clawson - John Clawson and his wife Elizabeth Wincher (with sons William and James among other children).  A nice gaps exists in 1823 right where my Pleasant would fit into the birth order.

With step one finished let's hope it won't be too difficult a process proving that I have the right family!

 

Learn how Marian found the parents for Geoff's ancestor Nathan Brown in these two webinars in the Legacy library:

Part 1 - Brick Walls: Cracking the Case of Nathan Brown's Parents

Part 2 - Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research

Other Brick Wall webinars in the Legacy Library

  

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.

 

 


Have Nordic Ancestors? Count Yourself Lucky - Nordic Records are Amazing - free webinar by Mike Mansfield now available

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The recording of today's webinar "Have Nordic Ancestors? Count Yourself Lucky - Nordic Records are Amazing” by Mike Mansfield is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

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An overview of available records in the Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, & Finland) will be presented.

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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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Tuesday's Tip - An Important Source Citation (Beginner)

An Important Source Citation

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

An Important Source Citation (Beginner)

One of the most important pieces of evidence you can collect is the proof for a parent-child relationship. You can prove all kinds of things about a person but if you can't prove the link to the next generation you are at a bit of a standstill. The field to attach this all important citation is a bit hidden to new Legacy users. There are two ways to access it.  The way I use is the Assigned Sources screen. From the Family View, click the Source icon (it looks like a book) and that will bring up the Assigned Sources screen. You might have to scroll to see the fields.

Assigned Sources Screen
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You can see that I have two sources for the relationship between James Elexander Simmons and his parents. I am using James's death certificate as well as James's son's Bible. The way I entered these sources was by using the copy and paste from the Source Clipboard. For more on the Source Clipboard and how you copy and paste please see Geoff's free webinar, "Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful." 

The other way to do this is by accessing the Edit Children screen. There is more than one way to get to this so please see "Tuesday's Tip - Editing Children's Information" for detailed instructions.  Here is what you will see:

Edit Children screen
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I have James Elexander Simmons highlighted and down at the bottom you can see that the labels for the Relationship to Father and Mother are in red. This means that I have a citation attached to each field. On this screen I can only see that I have sources attached but I can't see what the sources are. Again, you will use the paste from clipboard command to attach a source to these fields. If attaching a source does not change the color of the label, HERE are step by step instructions on how to tell Legacy to do this.

Notice that I don't have anything in the actual field for the relationship. The default is leaving it blank to indicate that this is a biological relationship. There is a drop down box with other options and you can also add your own. 

Don't forget to add this important source citation so that you can show your line all the way up the chain with confidence.

 

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

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

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


Have Nordic Ancestors? Count Yourself Lucky - register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar by Mike Mansfield

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An overview of available records in the Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, & Finland) will be presented.

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Persistence Pays Off

Persistence Pays Off

I was researching a German soldier who had been interred in a Russian POW camp during World War II. His family never saw him again and didn't know what happened to him after the War was over. I had very little information about him. The Russians did not release him until 1948 (I found this out later). The soldier was incapacitated in some way but the details were fuzzy. I did know that he died in the town of Göttingen because this was recorded in the family's "Stammbuch." A Stammbuch is an official record book that families keep of their birth, death, and marriage records. It include the civil document numbers which is very helpful to researchers. With this information I was able to obtain his death certificate. The death certificate lists the address where he died as Rosdorferweg 70.

 

August's death certificate
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I plugged that address into Google Maps and this is what I found.  The address belongs to a hospital.

Google map image
 

 

So was it a hospital in 1949?  I emailed them and asked. 

Hospital in Göttingen
 

 

They told me that yes, they are the same hospital that was in operation in 1949.  I asked them if they had the medical records from that time period. They told me that the old medical records had been turned over to the Stadtarchiv Göttingen. They were kind enough to provide me with a contact person there.

 

Stadtarchiv Göttingen
 

 

The Stadtarchiv told me that the records were now being housed at the Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv in Wolfenbüttel.  I was again given a contact person.

Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv
 

 

I contacted the Landesarchiv and they advised that they would write back when they knew whether or not they had this man's records. I got my answer less than a week later.

“Sie können von der Akte des Landeskrankenhauses Göttingen, die [NAME REDACTED] betrifft (NLA Hannover Hann. 155 Göttingen [FILE NUMBER REDACTED]), Kopien in Auftrag geben. Die Akte umfasst ca. 75 Seiten.”

They found the man's medical file, seventy-five pages worth. They mailed me a CD with crystal clear images. His medical file provided a lot of answers to the questions his family had had for their entire lives. 

This entire process took several months but I was on a mission and wasn't about to give up. I honestly thought that there was no way these medical records still existed but I knew I had to go through all of the steps to find out for sure. 

  


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.


Digging for Historical Records on FamilySearch - free webinar by Sunny Morton now online for limited time

Digging for Historical Records on FamilySearch - free webinar by Sunny Morton now online for limited time

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FamilySearch is arguably the world’s biggest free online portal to genealogical records. However, it’s easy to miss some of its valuable content, so join this insider’s tour of five places to find records on and off the site. This beginner-friendly lecture also helps experienced researchers to understand why the site is organized like it is—and to find records they may be missing (especially  since microfilm lending has ended).

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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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Legacy 101 - File Maintenance

Legacy 101 - File Maintenance

Legacy is a true database program and as such it needs some routine maintenance. Unfortunately, there are some people that neglect this step so tech support gets emails from users when they encounter problems in their files. How often should you do file maintenance? The more you work in in your file (adding and deleting information), and the larger your file is, the more often you need to do this. Since you should be backing up your file routinely my suggestion is to do the file maintenance right before you back up. 

There are four things listed as File Maintenance routines. We are going to discuss each one.

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The first option is the Check/Repair. This is the one you should do before you backup your file. 

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When individuals are deleted from the Family File, all references to them are removed but the individual's information still exists in the file. The Check/Repair removes this information, making the room available for other additions. Legacy will go through the file and compress out all records that are not referenced. Legacy also runs through your family file and checks the integrity of all the links to ensure that there are no pointers to deleted records. All actions taken during the verifying process are recorded in a text file named ERROR.LOG in the [My Documents]\Legacy Family Tree\_AppData\Log folder. This file can be viewed with any text editor or word processor. If there are errors in your file, you will be asked if you want to view the error log when the check/repair completes. If you do have errors, run the check/repair again. The next pass should come back clean since Legacy has fixed the listed errors. If you have errors after the second pass these are errors that you will need to fix manually. Legacy will give you the information you need to fix them. If you are not sure what to do send an email to support@legacyfamilytree.com and a tech will assist you.

The next option is the List Cleanup.

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Remove Abandoned Information
You can have unused entries removed from any or all of the master lists maintained by Legacy. For example, abandoned entries can happen in the Surname List if you were to delete all the people with a certain surname from the family file. That surname would still remain in the master list as an unreferenced name. You can have Legacy run through the Surname List to remove any names that are not being pointed to. This is most often the case if you entered a misspelled name and then later corrected it. "Smiht" could end up in the list, taking up room, and never be referenced.

Keep/Restore Original Values
Legacy starts with a few built-in lists. These include common Source Types, Event Definitions, Marriage Statuses, Child Statuses, To-Do Categories, and Temple Names. When purging unused items from master lists, you will probably want to keep the original default entries even though they have not been used yet. IMPORTANT! If you have created your own Event Definitions (custom sentences) DO NOT check the box next to the Event Definitions option. If you do, it will delete all of your custom event definitions. Legacy has a second warning screen to alert you to this. 

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Combining Duplicate Entries
Legacy will combine any duplicates on the Master Lists that you have accidentally entered.

The Next option is Compact Family File.

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When individuals are deleted from the family file, all references to them are removed but the individual's information still exists in the file. To remove the information, select this option. Legacy goes through the file and compresses out all records that are not referenced, making your family file smaller. This is done as part of the Check/Repair but you can also do it as a separate function.

The last option, Set Sorting Order, isn't a File Maintenance routine per se. What this does is set the order your names will appear based on the main language you are using. Different countries sort their names in different ways. This option will re-index your entire file so it is a good idea to back up your file before you select this option.

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The File Maintenance routines will help you keep your file in top running order.

 

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

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

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


New "Member Friday" Webinar - Using Military Maps in Genealogy by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Using Military Maps in Genealogy by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Using Military Maps in Genealogy" by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. If you're not a member,  remember the webinar previews are always free.

Using Military Maps in Genealogy

Military maps have some obvious value to the family researcher. If our person of interest was in a military unit or fought in a battle we might want to understand the battle or locate his unit, knowing he was there at that time and place. However, even if our research subject was not in the military, we should consider the possibilities. Many military maps are large scale (show a lot of detail) and many show property owners. In the Civil War era it was common to navigate by referring to a location by the land owner’s name. Your ancestor’s house may have been identified on the battlefield map as a reference point, or served as a hospital. A farm may have been turned into a cemetery. Also rivers and fords tend to be annotated on these maps.  

  New "Member Friday" Webinar - Using Military Maps in Genealogy by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

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About the Presenter

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a long-time researcher and instructor in genealogical topics. Rick is also a retired colonel having served 31 years in the U.S. Army. He coordinates the Using Maps in Genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and instructs in the Advanced Methodology, Techniques and Technology, and Advanced Military courses. Rick and his wife Pam coordinate the advanced land course and Researching in Washington, DC, without Leaving Home offered by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the advanced land course at Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Rick co-coordinates with Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, the Law School for Genealogists at GRIP and the FHL Law Library course at SLIG. He also lectures at national conferences and presents nationwide seminars. His areas of expertise encompass records of the National Archives, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, including military records, land records, using maps in genealogy, urban research, and government documents. Rick is experienced in the localities of western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Rick is also a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

 
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Tuesday's Tip - Recording DNA Matches (Intermediate)

Recording DNA Matches

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

Recording DNA Matches (Intermediate)

In a previous article I explained How I Use Hashtags to Track My DNA Matches but that isn't the only way I track DNA in Legacy. I like to add my "cousin matches" to Legacy as unlinked individuals with the anticipation that I will be able to link them eventually. I don't add all of my matches which is in the thousands but rather I add the matches that are 50+ centiMorgans (to start with) which is at the 3rd cousin level. I like to keep all of my research in one place so it make sense for me to do it this way. I alluded to this in DNA Matches - Where's Their Tree? and I wanted to explain my method further.

I had to make up screenshots because my real matches are of course living people. I have all of my matches as "invisible" in my file because this information is for research purposes only. I also have more information recorded on each match than this but this will give you an idea of what you can do.

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1 - If all I know is their AKA that is what I will add here. If I know their real name but they have AKAs on the various websites I add those as AKAs

2 - This is where I will add their contact information, usually an email address

3 - This is where you can see my generic source, DNA Match - Lineage not confirmed

4 - I have this person in triangulation groups with other matches that I organize using Hashtags (see How I Use Hashtags to Track My DNA Matches). A triangulation group is a group of people that you match but they also all match each other. It is a way to be sure that everyone is matching on the same chromosome (you have TWO of each chromosome, one from your father and one from your mother).

5 - The first line of the notes is a short summary so that I can see the gist of the email on this screen without having to open the event. I can copy and paste the entire email or I can attach it as a PDF

6 - These people are always invisible which means if I ever export my file in any way, reports, charts, gedcom, webpages etc., these people will not be included. I would have to manually override the privacy options which can't be done by accident.

I hope this have given you some ideas of ways you can record your DNA in Legacy. If you have some additional tips you think our Legacy readers can use please post them in the comments.

 

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

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

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.