Pathway to My Sicilian Heritage

Researching my Sicilian heritage feels totally different than my English heritage. It is so much more than taking my heritage back generation after generation. It is about identity, culture, religion and history. Understanding the elements of the lives my ancestors led.

I have often given talks or written about my Sicilian heritage and genealogy and it was recently that I wanted a different image to accompany an article about my Orlando One-Name Study, which is registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies. On Facebook, there had been several genealogical bloggers that had used Scrabble boards to create something for their genealogical surnames. I was intrigued and located my childhood scrabble board.

I started by using the surname of Orlando as that was the key surname of the article. It also is the surname that launches my paternal ancestral research. I then added in the rest of my Sicilian surnames, having a few Scrabble tiles left over I added once again the surname of Orlando and the place where my Sicilian families can be found, linked together by ONS, short for One-Name Study.

Orlando Scrabble Board by Julie Goucher
Image courtesy of Julie Goucher

It was the moment when the Scrabble board was complete, the surnames slotted in and the place of my One-Place Study, Sutera in Sicily was added that something occurred to me. 

These were my people. And they were in this place. I printed out the picture. This Scrabble board for reasons I cannot explain speaks to me. Each of those surnames connects to me and they all focus on a small town in the Caltanissetta region of Sicily. Truly, it is a powerful image and I cannot explain why.

Researching in Italy and Sicily is not for the faint hearted. It is frustrating for a variety of reasons. When I first started the quest into my Sicilian heritage there was no internet. Everything was painstakingly researched at the place the family came from. There was no email. There were letters written with a pen and placed in an envelope with a stamp on. Those letters were perhaps responded to, if the local officials had time and could understand English. The best way was to write in Italian, but even that did not always yield a response.

I live in England and I know a branch of my Orlando family from Sutera migrated to the United States, along with thousands of others who left Italian shores in search of a better life. I examined passenger lists and located my Salvatore Orlando. He left Sutera in 1913, but there had been migrants to the United States from Sutera since the early 1900’s. The passenger lists were filled with surnames from the Scrabble board, Licata, Nola, Magro, Malosso and Orlando.

The quickest way to ensure that I did not revisit those early documents was to extract all the entries that listed Sutera as the place of origin or birth and to extract all Orlando references. Of course, at the time I was undertaking this process for efficiency, but I suddenly realised that I had two distinct and yet overlapping studies; a One-Place Study and a One-Name Study.

Orlando - Goucher - Sutera
Image courtesy of Julie Goucher

I am defined by so much more than the three circles shown here.

Of course, there are some people that were not tracked, simply because the passenger list gave the place of origin as Sicily or Italy.

We are now in the modern genealogical age. The internet has shrunk the world to the size of a matchbox and I am grateful that my research can be attained easier, although there is so much not online. Researching Italian and Sicilian heritage is just as slow, just as problematic but there are things we can do that will enable us to be better family historians with a better understanding of our ancestors. Exploring our ancestors in their time and in their place.

In 2007, I started to explore DNA and organised an Orlando DNA project at FamilyTreeDNA. Whilst the growth of the project has been slow I am pleased that the project exists and just recently I was contacted by someone who shares a match to the Amico family from Sutera with me.

If you have non-Anglo ancestry why not consider looking at your research from the point of view of a surname study or a one place study.  Try to look at the names and places as I did with my Scrabble activity. Find ways to connect with your ancestors. Learn more about the places they came from and you'll be on your way to understanding your heritage and bringing those surnames to life.

Have you researched your non-Anglo ancestors? Share your stories with me in the comments!

Learn more about your European ancestors in the webinar Tracing Your European Ancestors.

 

Julie is the writer and developer of the successful "Book of Me, Written by You" program, which has been popular as a series of workshops delivered to both professionals and historians, in addition to undertaking research for some clients. Julie's book Tracing your European Ancestors is to be published in 2016 by Pen and Sword Books. When Julie is not working or researching her own ancestry she can be found reading, exploring the many National trust properties within the South of England or writing at her blog – Anglers Rest.

© Julie Goucher 2017


Register for Tuesday's BCG Webinar: Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG

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With billions of indexed records available online, what methodologies should the researcher employ to best leverage these resources in keeping with genealogical standards?

Join us, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and David Ouimette, CG for the live webinar Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 8pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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DavidOuimette-144x144David Ouimette, CG, manages Content Strategy at FamilySearch, prioritizing the acquisition and online publication of records worldwide for family history research. He has conducted research and analyzed archival materials in dozens of countries in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. David regularly lectures at national genealogical conferences and institutes. He has contributed articles to many magazines and journals and authored Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide.
 
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Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace - free webinar by DearMYRTLE and Russ Worthington now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar "Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace” by DearMYRTLE and Russ Worthington is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

It's all about selling the sizzle! Ask genealogists about the perceived value of joining a genealogy society, the will invariably say: networking with friends and colleagues great presenters access to "boots on the ground" experts This webinar discusses 10 ideas to pump new life into genealogy & historical societies and family associations. Based on this blog post: Do Conferences Need Bloggers http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2016/03/do-conferences-need-bloggers.html

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  • Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG. October 17.
  • The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 18.
  • Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. October 25.
  • Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD by Rose Feldman. October 29.
  • Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA Testing by Tim Janzen. October 29.
  • Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information by Jessica Taylor. October 29.
  • Discover Your Family History with MyHeritage's Unique Technologies by Daniel Horowitz. October 29.
  • How to Pass Your Ancestors' Legacy to Your Grandchildren by Jessica Taylor. October 29.
  • Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques used in Genetic Genealogy by Tim Janzen. October 29.
  • Jewish Family Research Challenges by Garri Regev. October 29.
  • Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece by Luana Darby and Ursula C. Krause. November 1.
  • New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by Michael L. Strauss, AG. November 8.
  • Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli. November 10.
  • British and Irish research: the differences by Brian Donovan. November 15.
  • Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG. November 21.
  • Understanding Alabama by Rorey Cathcart. November 29.
  • Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa Toth Salinas. December 6.
  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. December 13.
  • Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill Morelli. December 15.
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 19.
  • Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. December 20.
  • Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. December 27.

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New "Member Friday" Webinar - The American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress by Shannon Combs-Bennett

  New "Member Friday" Webinar - The American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress by Shannon Combs-Bennett

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "The American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress" by Shannon Combs-Bennett. If you're not a member,  remember the webinar previews are always free.

The American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress

In this presentation learn about an amazing collection of digital items in the American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress. Accessible from your own home take a tour of the site and learn how this collection can aid your research.

The American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress by Shannon Combs-Bennett

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Shannon Combs-BennettAbout the Presenter

Shannon Combs-Bennett, owner of T2 Family History, is a speaker and author based out of Virginia. She enjoys teaching about a wide range of topics from DNA to methodology. Currently Shannon is the Creative Director for The In-Depth Genealogist. 


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Southern States Migration Patterns - free webinar by Mary Hill, AG now online for limited time

  Southern States Migration Patterns - free webinar by Mary Hill, AG now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar "Southern States Migration Patterns” by Mary Hill, AG is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Why did people migrate from one location to another? What routes did they follow, and how can identifying migration trails help you find your ancestors? Learn from maps and historical details how to follow the trail of your ancestors into and out of the Southern states.

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  • Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace by Pat Richley. October 13.
  • Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG. October 17.
  • The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 18.
  • Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. October 25.
  • Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD by Rose Feldman. October 29.
  • Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA Testing by Tim Janzen. October 29.
  • Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information by Jessica Taylor. October 29.
  • Discover Your Family History with MyHeritage's Unique Technologies by Daniel Horowitz. October 29.
  • How to Pass Your Ancestors' Legacy to Your Grandchildren by Jessica Taylor. October 29.
  • Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques used in Genetic Genealogy by Tim Janzen. October 29.
  • Jewish Family Research Challenges by Garri Regev. October 29.
  • Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece by Luana Darby and Ursula C. Krause. November 1.
  • New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by Michael L. Strauss, AG. November 8.
  • Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli. November 10.
  • British and Irish research: the differences by Brian Donovan. November 15.
  • Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG. November 21.
  • Understanding Alabama by Rorey Cathcart. November 29.
  • Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa Toth Salinas. December 6.
  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. December 13.
  • Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill Morelli. December 15.
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 19.
  • Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. December 20.
  • Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. December 27.

Print the 2017 webinar brochure here.

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Register for Webinar Friday - Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace by DearMYRTLE and Russ Worthington

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It's all about selling the sizzle! Ask genealogists about the perceived value of joining a genealogy society, the will invariably say: networking with friends and colleagues great presenters access to "boots on the ground" experts This webinar discusses 10 ideas to pump new life into genealogy & historical societies and family associations. Based on this blog post: Do Conferences Need Bloggers

Join us, DearMYRTLE and Russ Worthington for the live webinar Friday, October 13, 2017 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

 

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DearMyrtle-144x144DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, author of the award-winning DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog, consistently among the top 5 family history blogs internationally, where the focus is beginning genealogy topics. DearMYRTLE hosts several weekly hangouts including Mondays with Myrt, Wacky Wednesday, and moderates more intense study groups including Beginning Genealogy, Mastering Genealogical Proof, The Written Conclusion, and Genealogy and the Law. Online since 1985 in membership development with Q-Link's Your Family Tree and later on the leadership team of AOL's Golden Gate Genealogy Forum, Pat is a retired post-secondary computer instructor. She and her husband live in Salt Lake City, Utah, just a stone's throw from the Family History Library. A speaker at regional and national conferences including several livestreamed videocasts at RootsTech 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2017. Ol' Myrt and her team presented two G+ Hangout on Air workshops at RootsTech. She has served RootsTech as an official blogger and ambassador (2011-2017). DearMYRTLE is a co-founder of the Genea-Quilters group on Facebook, and founder of www.GeneaWebinars.com, a centralized calendar and blog for all known genealogy webinar hosts and virtual presenters. She serves as admin for The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group together with her hangout co-host, her real-life Cousin Russ Worthington. Find out more at www.DearMYRTLE.com. (Yup! She’s a dot com!)
 
RussWorthington-400x400Russ Worthington lives in the beautiful Northwest corner of New Jersey that most people don't know exists in his beautiful state (no exit numbers). He started "collecting his ancestors" about 15 years ago when his youngest daughter gave him a genealogy management software program as a gift to "give him something to do." Little did he know where this would lead him and the people he would meet. Russ enjoys helping others in their hunts and in building their family relationships.

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Tuesday’s Tip–How to Set Up the Custom Icons on My Toolbar (Intermediate)

Tuesday’s Tip–How to Set Up the Custom Icons on My Toolbar (Intermediate)

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

How to Set Up the Custom Icons on My Toolbar (Intermediate)

You can add four custom shortcuts to your My Toolbar. These shortcuts can go to programs that you have installed on your hard drive or to websites you frequent.

Click the little icon in the bottom right corner of the My Toolbar to bring up the Edit screen.  This is where you can add and delete items on your My Toolbar and you can also rearrange the icons. There are four icons that you can edit for your own use.

Custom Shortcuts
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Right click one of the custom icons and you will see the edit screen. You can see that I am adding a shortcut to MS Excel which is on my hard drive. I could link to a specific spreadsheet if I wanted to but I am going to link to the main program.

In order to add a program you will need to use Windows/File Explorer (on Windows) or the equivalent on a Mac and drill down on your C:\ to find the executable file (.exe) for the program. An easy way to find a program is to use the search feature and search for *exel*.exe (using wild card asterisks around the program name. Then copy the file directory path as shown in the photo below.

You also have the ability to change the icon. I have added the MS Excel icon to replace the generic rocket ship. Legacy comes with many of the most common icons but you can also add your own by linking to the location of the icon on your hard drive. To find the icon associated with the program you are about to add use Windows Explorer and open the folder for that program. Look for a file that has an .ico extension. For example, if I wanted to add Deedmapper (a program I use to draw land plats) here is the entire file path for that icon.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Direct Line Software\DeedMapper 4.2\DM42.ico

Not all programs will have icon files and your file paths might look different than mine depending on what version of Windows you are using.

MS Excel shortcut
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After you have created the new shortcut you will need to drag it to the toolbar.

Move the icon to the Toolbar
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And now you will see your new shortcut on your My Toolbar.

New icon on My Toolbar
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I could have done the same thing for a website by entering the URL instead of the file path to a program on my hard drive. 

Legacy User Group shortcut
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And now you can see both of my new shortcuts.

Facebook shortcut on My Toolbar
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I try to keep as much information within Legacy as I can. It simplifies my research process. Being able to access the most frequent programs and websites that I use from within the Legacy itself saves 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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.


When Your Original Record Isn’t an Original Record

When Your Original Record Isn’t an Original Record

When Your Original Record Isn’t an Original Record

When you contact a county or town clerk to request a copy of a marriage record it is important to tell the clerk that you want a copy of the ORIGINAL record as it is in the marriage book/register. If you don’t, you might get this:

 Simmons-Boon marriage certificate 1880

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 Here is the copy from the marriage book itself, Marriage Book D, page 240:

Simmons-Boon marriage 1880
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 The clerk thinks he/she has done you a favor by copying the information out of the marriage book and putting it on this nice certificate but this isn’t the case. In the original record Isaac’s name is Wm. Isaac Simmons. The clerk totally missed Isaac’s first name. Notice that Mary is listed as Mary Boon (no e) as well as Mary Boone (with an e). Also notice that the minister is listed as D. Boon. This might not seem significant but it is. The clerk transcribed their names as Boone without noting the two spellings. Their surname was actually Boon with no e. D. Boon was either Daniel her father or Daniel her brother. Both were preachers as was another brother. The original record also tells me that they applied for their marriage license on 18 November 1880, two days before they married. It that earth shattering news?  No, but I still have a more complete picture knowing when they applied for their marriage license vs. when they actually got married. In this case it isn’t a big deal but what if there was a two month difference? I would try and find out why. The clerk’s name doesn’t appear on the transcribed certificate either. A. G. Webb could have easily been someone that I know since I am familiar with the entire community. This marriage puts A. G. Webb at a specific place and time and gives me his occupation.

I like putting a face to a name so here are Daniel Boon’s six remaining children out of 15 circa 1925. From left to right: Margaret Elenda (Boon) Hartfield, John Moses Boon, Elisha Boon, Thomas A. Boon, Mary Catherine (Boon) Simmons and Reuben Boon. 

 

Daniel Boon grave
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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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary Hill, AG

Register for Webinar Wednesday - Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary Hill, AG

Why did people migrate from one location to another? What routes did they follow, and how can identifying migration trails help you find your ancestors? Learn from maps and historical details how to follow the trail of your ancestors into and out of the Southern states.

Join us and Mary Hill, AG for the live webinar Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 8pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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MaryHill_144x144Mary E.V. Hill, MLS, AG® (Mid-Atlantic States); worked as reference librarian at BYU from 1989-1992, as genealogy instructor at BYU from 1992-1995, as Family History Library US/Canada Reference consultant from 1995-2006. She served on the UGA Board of Directors from 2006-2008 and as an LDS missionary at the Family History Library from 2006-2008. She is the author of Saga of a Southern Loyalist: William Riddle of Virginia and North Carolina, and Angel Children. She is a lecturer with emphasis on U.S. research methods and genealogical organization. Mary is a mother and grandmother.

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BCG Quality Day of Education Webinars Now Available for a Limited Time

  BCG Quality Day of Education Webinars Now Available for a Limited Time

The recordings of Friday's BCG Quality Day of Education are now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/bcg. 

The Quality Day of Education was presented at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, October 6, 2017 and broadcast live internationally via Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Five renowned genealogical educators provided lessons on quality genealogy research. The speakers included Martha Garrett, CG; LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG; Jill Morelli, CG; Ann Staley, CG, CGL; Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the recordings of all five classes are 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.

The Classes

The presentations include:

The presentations will be available as free replays until Friday, October 13, 2016. After that date a monthly or annual membership in Legacy Family Trees Webinars will be required to view them.


New "Member Friday" Webinar - Digitizing Awkward Artifacts from Artifact to Zombie by Denise Levenick

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Digitizing Awkward Artifacts from Artifact to Zombie by Denise Levenick

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "How to Scan an Elephant: Digitizing Awkward Artifacts from Artifact to Zombie" by Denise May Levenick. If you're not a member,  remember the webinar previews are always free.

How to Scan an Elephant: Digitizing Awkward Artifacts from Artifact to Zombie

Go beyond the flatbed scanner to digitize awkward artifacts and oversize items. Discover apps, accessories, and expert tips to get better results from traditional scanners, digital cameras, and mobile devices. Full-size newspapers, 3-D objects, photos, and paperwork need different digitizing techniques. Know when to use a camera, scanner, or mobile device, and what settings, apps, and accessories will give the best results.

How to Scan an Elephant: Digitizing Awkward Artifacts from Artifact to Zombie

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About the Presenter

Denise LevenickIn every family, someone ends up with "the stuff." Denise May Levenick is a writer, researcher, and speaker with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds. She is the creator of the award-winning family history blog, The Family Curator and author of two books on preserving family treasures, How to Archive Family Photos (Family Tree Books, 2015), and How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records, (Family Tree Books, 2012). 

Denise inherited her first family archive from her grandmother & a trunk filled with photos, letters, documents, and lots of "miscellaneous stuff" and is now the caretaker of several family collections. She has adapted professional archival techniques to the family archive situation and shares her experiences at her website, and in her books and articles.
 
Denise is a frequent contributor to family history magazines and online publications, and presenter for webinars and workshops. She is a former high school English and Journalism teacher, and a holds a Master's Degree in English Literature.
 
How to Archive Family Keepsakes helps family historians use professional archival techniques with their own family treasures.  Numerous charts and checklists and Denise's practical guidance offer step-by-step advice for organizing, preserving, and digitizing heirlooms, and genealogy research. 
 
Denise is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Southern California Genealogical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and The Phi Beta Kappa Society. She heads the grant committee for the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 to assist young genealogists seeking to advance their genealogical education. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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  • All 592 classes in the library 804 hours of quality genealogy education)
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Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors - free webinar by Lisa Alzo now online for limited time

Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors - free webinar by Lisa Alzo now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar "No Easy Button: Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors" by Lisa Alzo is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Learn how to go beyond the same old research strategies through “immersion genealogy” to further understand your ancestors’ lives.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 30 minute recording of "No Easy Button: Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors" 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

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 591 classes, 803 hours of genealogy education)
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  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
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  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Sweden's Multiple Naming Systems and How They Changed in the 1800s by Martha Garrett, CG. October 6.
  • Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise by Jeanne Bloom, CG. October 6.
  • Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Families That Came Out of Slavery by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG. October 6.
  • Using Timelines for Correlation and Analysis by Jill Morelli, CG. October 6.
  • Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong, and Other Assorted Courthouse Records by Ann Staley, CG, CGL. October 6.
  • Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls by Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL. October 6.
  • Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary Hill, AG. October 11.
  • Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace by Pat Richley. October 13.
  • Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG. October 17.
  • The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 18.
  • Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. October 25.
  • Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD by Rose Feldman. October 29.
  • Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA Testing by Tim Janzen. October 29.
  • Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information by Jessica Taylor. October 29.
  • Discover Your Family History with MyHeritage's Unique Technologies by Daniel Horowitz. October 29.
  • How to Pass Your Ancestors' Legacy to Your Grandchildren by Jessica Taylor. October 29.
  • Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques used in Genetic Genealogy by Tim Janzen. October 29.
  • Jewish Family Research Challenges by Garri Regev. October 29.
  • Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece by Luana Darby and Ursula C. Krause. November 1.
  • New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by Michael L. Strauss, AG. November 8.
  • Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli. November 10.
  • British and Irish research: the differences by Brian Donovan. November 15.
  • Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG. November 21.
  • Understanding Alabama by Rorey Cathcart. November 29.
  • Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa Toth Salinas. December 6.
  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. December 13.
  • Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill Morelli. December 15.
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 19.
  • Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. December 20.
  • Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. December 27.

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Tuesday’s Tip – Entering Notes (Beginner)

Tuesday’s Tip – Entering Notes (Beginner)

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

Entering Notes (Beginner)

Most Legacy users know about the five main notes fields, General, Research, Medical, Marriage and Event but are you taking advantage of all of the other notes fields Legacy has? Just in case you are not familiar with the Big 5 we will look at those first. I will tell you what I put in each field but this is totally up to you.  

I use the General Notes to hold biographical information. I try to write a short bio on every person in my direct line and for the siblings of my direct line at the very least. Sometimes this is a paragraph and sometimes it is several pages.

 

General Notes
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I use the Research Notes to document my current theories and train of thought.

Research Notes
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I use the Medical Notes to record all kinds of medical things I find.

Medical Notes
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And here is a Marriage Note.

Marriage Notes
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Here is how I use the notes for an event. This happens to be a newspaper article so I have put the transcription in the notes. 

Event Notes
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Now we will look at some of the notes fields that people seem to overlook.  I like to keep my notes with the fact they are describing.  To get to the Birth, Baptism, Death and Burial Notes fields all you have to do is click the + (plus) sign to the right of the field.  You will also see some other options listed for each of these fields.

Vital Event Notes
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Here are some examples of what I put in these 4 notes fields.

Birth Notes
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Baptism Notes
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Death Notes
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Burial Notes
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Ah but we are just getting started! Any attached Media can have notes.

Media Notes
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You can have notes attached to locations. 

Location Notes
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You can have notes on addresses.

Address Notes
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You can have notes for repositories.

Repository Notes
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To-Do Tasks have two tabs of notes, the Task Description and the Results.  If you take the time to fill these out properly you will have a nice research log.

To-Do Notes
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The Master Source and Citation Detail screens both have two fields for notes, Text and Comments.

Source Notes
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Legacy 9 introduced the new Stories feature which gives you an unlimited number of additional notes with titles that you choose.

Stories
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Each notes field can hold up to 1,000,000 characters which has always been plenty for me.


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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.

 

 


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors by Lisa Alzo

Register

Learn how to go beyond the same old research strategies through “immersion genealogy” to further understand your ancestors’ lives.

Join us and Lisa Alzo for the live webinar Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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About the presenter

Alzolisa-144Lisa 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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  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Top 10 Genealogy Webinars for September 2017

We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for September 2017! Are your favorite topics or instructors among the list? Need something new to learn? Use the list to get inspired!

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Each month thousands of Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers head for the library to learn new skills and techniques to help improve their genealogy research. Among the now-590 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of September 2017.  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 September 2017

1. Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist by Geoff Rasmussen

2. The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor's School Records by Melissa Barker

3. When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion? by Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

4. Getting Started with Evidentia by Edward A. Thompson

5. Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard

6. 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know by Gena Philibert-Ortega

7. WolframAlpha for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee

8. Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners by Marian Pierre-Louis

9. Finding Isaac Rogers by Nicka Smith

10. Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Genealogy by Shannon Combs-Bennett

The Runner-Ups

11. Finding Your Early 1800s US Ancestors Online by James M. Baker, PhD, CG

12. FamilyBrowse - Another Way to Look at FamilySearch.org by Mary Kircher Roddy

13. Ten Hidden Resources Every Genealogist Should Know by Lisa Alzo

14. Using Evernote for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke

15. Share Responsibly: 4 Things Genealogists Have to Know Before Posting Images Online by Maureen Taylor

16. Crafting Ancestor Profiles from Start to Finish by Lisa Alzo

17. Finding and Using Land Ownership Maps by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

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

19. Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

20. Who Are You? Identifying Your Mysterious DNA Matches by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

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