Got Irish Ancestors? Your genealogical gold mine is almost here

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If you are researching an Irish ancestor, be sure to clear your appointments for July 8, 2015 (except for your 9pm eastern U.S. appointment with Thomas MacEntee's webinar). That is the anticipated date of the release of the digitization of the entire collection of Catholic parish registers held by the National Library of Ireland. More than 390,000 digital images of these records will be online and available for free. Read more about it in their recent press release below.

National Library of Ireland Announces Launch Date for New Online Genealogy Resource 

– Almost 400,000 images of Catholic parish register microfilms to be available online for free from 8th July 2015 – 

The entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms held by the National Library of Ireland (NLI) will be made available online – for free – from 8th July 2015 onwards. On that date, a dedicated website will go live, with over 390,000 digital images of the microfilm reels on which the parish registers are recorded.  

The NLI has been working to digitise the microfilms for over three years under its most ambitious digitisation programme to date.  

The parish register records are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 Census.  Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, they cover 1,091 parishes throughout the island of Ireland, and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.  

Commenting today, the NLI’s Ciara Kerrigan, who is managing the digitisation of the parish registers, said: “We announced initial details of this project last December, and received a hugely enthusiastic response from people worldwide with an interest in Irish family history.  We are delighted to announce that the project has been progressing well, and we will be able to publish all the digitised records online from 8th July onwards.  

“This is the most significant ever genealogy project in the history of the NLI.  The microfilms have been available to visitors to the NLI since the 1970s.  However, their digitisation means that, for the first time, anyone who likes will be able to access these registers without having to travel to Dublin.” 

Typically, the parish registers include information such as the dates of baptisms and marriages, and the names of the key people involved, including godparents or witnesses.  The digital images of the registers will be searchable by parish location only, and will not be transcribed or indexed by the NLI. 

“The images will be in black and white, and will be of the microfilms of the original registers,” explained Ms. Kerrigan.  “There will not be transcripts or indexes for the images.  However, the nationwide network of local family history centres holds indexes and transcripts of parish registers for their local areas.  So those who access our new online resource will be able to cross-reference the information they uncover, and identify wider links and connections to their ancestral community by also liaising with the relevant local family history centre.” 

The NLI is planning an official launch event for the new online resource on 8th July. 

Judy Wight spoke about this in her recent webinar, "Irish Genealogical Records in the 17th-19th Centuries. Webinar subscribers can watch the recording here, or here's a 15-minute preview.


FamilySearch Records Update: More than 15.6 million new records for Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, and the United States

These records updates are among my favorite announcements! It's always fun to see what new records FamilySearch has. Thanks to all the indexing volunteers for making this possible!

FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 15.6 million indexed records and images for Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 5,573,816 records from the US, Iowa, State Census, 1925 collection; 2,086,638 records from the US, California Death Index, 1905–1939 collection; and 1,325,362 images from the Italy, Cremona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1744–1942 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 5.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online atFamilySearch.org .

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection

Indexed Records

Digital Images

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Australia, New South Wales, Census (fragment), 1891

0

21,315

Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840–1949

347,134

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, Ontario Births, 1869–1912

0

413,055

Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Ontario Deaths, 1869–1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939–1947

0

947,200

Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Ontario Marriages, 1869–1927

0

1,162,449

Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Quebec, Index to Civil Copy of Church Records, 1642–1902

0

1,300,530

New browsable image collection.

Canada, Ontario Births, 1869–1912

0

413,055

Added images to an existing collection.

Czech Republic Church Books, 1552–1963

0

93,901

Added images to an existing collection.

India, Bihar, Koilukh, Pandit Kirtinand Jha, Maithil Brahmin Genealogical Records, 1750–1990

0

9,802

Added images to an existing collection.

India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194–2015

0

175,363

Added images to an existing collection.

India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743–1990

0

39,904

New browsable image collection.

Italy, Caltanissetta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820–1935

0

318

Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Cremona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1744–1942

0

1,325,362

New browsable image collection.

Italy, Grosseto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1851–1907

0

393,814

New browsable image collection.

Italy, L'Aquila, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865, 1911–1943

0

111,837

Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Pesaro e Urbino, Pesaro, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1808–1813, 1861–1865

0

75,456

New browsable image collection.

Italy, Ragusa, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1900–1940

0

111,281

New browsable image collection.

Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750–1984

0

363

Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632–1958

0

195

New browsable image collection.

Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519–1984

0

1,077

Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546–1971

0

574

Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555–1996

0

2,758

Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Tamaulipas, Catholic Church Records, 1703–1964

0

1,294

Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Tacna, Civil Registration, 1850–1998

0

253,910

New browsable image collection.

Philippines, Negros Occidental, Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod, Parish Registers, 1755–1976

0

95,820

New browsable image collection.

US, California Death Index, 1905–1939

2,086,638

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Connecticut, District Court Naturalization Indexes, 1851–1992

0

260,508

New browsable image collection.

US, District of Columbia Marriages, 1811–1950

83,822

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Iowa, State Census, 1925

5,573,816

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940–1945

39,967

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Michigan, Births, 1867–1902

0

1,428

Added images to an existing collection.

US, South Dakota, Pennington County Probate Case Files, 1880–1937

0

69,017

New browsable image collection.

US, United States Census, 1790

1,606

62

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, United States Census, 1800

20

18,454

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847–1868

58,333

0

New indexed record collection.

US, Utah, Uintah County Discharge Records, 1893–2009

0

2,362

New browsable image collection.

US, Utah, Uintah County Land and Property Records, 1888–2004

0

195,963

New browsable image collection.


Brand New! Join our Legacy User Group on Facebook Today

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Legacy Genealogy Cruise - We're Back!

We have returned from our 12th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise and had the time of our lives! We sailed on board the largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas

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It was my kids' first cruise and it lived up to all of their expectations.

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Am I a bad Dad for watching my second oldest down 8 ice cream cones in one day?

Our first day at sea was Father's Day...

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...and our first day of classes. We heard from Lisa Louise Cooke (wow, was she ever terrific!!)...

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...Steve Salisbury, Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis, and myself. And it was fun sailing with about 200 friends and genealogists in our group.

In Jamaica we enjoyed a relaxing river cruise down the Martha Brae River.

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We also visited the Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza. Such an amazing place!

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In addition to all the good food on board (my kids were impressed that they could even have macaroni and french fries in the formal dining room)...

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...we had fun on the carousel...

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...and even on the zip line...

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I was even spotted next to this billboard...

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We ended the classes as we always do by drawing lots of names for door prizes. Dave (Legacy's founder and President) then announced that all Legacy cruisers would get a free annual webinar membership to www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. Thanks again to Lisa Louise Cooke, Steve Salisbury, Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis (and myself I suppose) for the great classes! Thanks to all of you who joined us! Thanks to all the rest of our Legacy Family Tree staff who kept our Support, Customer Service, and Shipping departments open while we were away. And thanks to our cruise coordinator, Christy, for all she did for us too!

Next year's cruise to Alaska

It's never too early to begin thinking about next year's cruise (our 13th annual) to Alaska. Registration is not yet available, but save these dates: August 27-September 9, 2016. Write to Christy for more information.

Back to work

Now that I've officially announced our return, it's back to work! We've got great things planned for our Legacy Family Tree software and for our webinar series. I LOVE my job!


Got Female Ancestors? Register for Gena Philibert-Ortega's webinar to learn how to find them

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How do you research the women in your family tree? In some of the same ways you research men but you also have to consider what documents and items were left behind by women. In this lecture we look at the specific trail women left including signature quilts, community cookbooks, journals and diaries.

Join us and Gena Philibert-Ortega for the live webinar Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

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Gena-100Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies, and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, GenWeekly and the WorldVitalRecords newsletter. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of the books, From The Family Kitchen (F + WMedia, 2012), Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and Putting the Pieces Together. Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads. An instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media and Google. She serves as a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include women’s social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives using material artifacts. Gena Philibert-Ortega is the author of IDG’s monthly column, Remember the Ladies: Researching Your Female Ancestor. 

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Have You Used this Unusual Genealogy Resource?

Funeral and Memorial Cards are often overlooked as a genealogy resource. They can be a treasure trove for the genealogist as they usually contain detailed information on the deceased person, such as birth and death dates, funeral location and burial location. Sometimes a memorial photo of the departed loved one is also found on the card.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, small memorial cards or invitations were often sent to inform friends and neighbours that someone had died. These cards were seen as an invitation to a funeral as well as a funeral notice. If the deceased was someone of great importance, the card usually had to be shown in order to attend the funeral.  Funeral and Memorial cards are a genealogical treasure.

Funeral Cards in the 19th Century

In Victorian times (ca 1837-1901) mourning customs were comprised of rituals and strict rules of etiquette and these were rigidly followed by most individuals. Mourning and funeral rituals were quite strict and anyone who did not wish to be ostracized tried to follow the social customs. This was the time period when mourning jewellery became popular and custom jewellery containing a lock of the deceased person's hair was often made for a widow to wear.

Funeral_Card_Black1896 copyFuneral Card 1896. From private collection of Brian Massey.

Funeral cards were very popular in the 19th Century. After a loved one died, a family member was expected to let others know of the time and date of the funeral. That is where Funeral Cards came in.

The deceased's love ones could order from dozens of styles of cards and have them imprinted with the deceased's name, date of birth and death, age and when and where the funeral was to be held. Often a standard verse was included.

Sometimes there was a photo of the deceased or an image such as an angel if the card was for a child. These cards were usually 4x6 inches and viewed vertically. A commonly used colour was black with gold lettering. A child's Funeral Card was usually white. 

Funeral_Card_White_Child_1902 Child's Funeral Card 1902. From private collection of Brian Massey.

After printing, funeral cards were sent or given to family members, friends, and the surrounding community. Recipients of a funeral card were expected to attend the funeral or risk offending family members. Conversely, those who did not receive an invitation would have been insulted, whether it was intentional or an oversight. 

Funeral cards were sometimes kept as a memento of a person's passing. They often turn up in antique stores, auctions, flea markets, or attics where they have been stored and forgotten.

Memorial Cards

Memorial cards did not have the same purpose as a funeral card. These small cards were sent out after the funeral and often contained more details of the burial location as well as a memorial to the deceased. Usually the name of the person as well as birth and death dates and location of death were included. These cards were usually 3 x 4 1/2 inches and viewed horizontally. They often had elaborate mortuary designs. Often a thick black border was used on Memorial Cards. If there was enough room a poem or verse might be added. 

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20th Century Cards 

By the 20th Century these Memorial and Funeral cards were out of style and Victorian rules of etiquette were rapidly changing. The cards evolved into other designs, usually a folded 4-sided vertical Memorial Card given out at the Funeral. A photo of the deceased and a great deal of genealogical information was usually included. 

Today's Memorial or Funeral Cards can come in a variety of designs and shapes. They might be bookmarks, or a card similar to a Sympathy card. Families can have their card of choice printed through the Funeral Home or a Printing House. Often a photo of the deceased or of something of significance to that person is included. A poem or religious verse is often added. Some Memorial cards are religious in design and will have religious symbols and relevant religious or biblical verses included.


Funeral and Memorial Card Resources for Genealogists

Genealogists can look for Funeral and Memorial cards at flea markets, in Antique stores and on E-Bay. There is also a large collection of these cards on the AncestorsAtRest website. They are free to search and view at the links below:

Funeral Cards on AncestorsAtRest.com

Memorial Cards on AncestorsAtRest.com

Funeral Cards on Cyndi's List

Historical Funeral Card Collection from the American-French Genealogical Society

Funeral Card Collection of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana

Marsha Smiley African-American Collection: Memorials

Genealogists can also find Funeral Cards at the Subscription website Genealogy Today. http://www.genealogytoday.com/guide/funeral_cards.html

 

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved with genealogy and history for more than thirty years. In 1996 Lorine created the Olive Tree Genealogy website and its companion blog. Lorine is the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books.


5 Online Places to Start Your Southern Genealogy Research

Research in the South can be both challenging and rewarding. Historically, the southern states’ culture and economy have been deeply rooted in agriculture. As an agrarian society, many areas were not meticulous in keeping records. When living on farms any significant distance from the courthouse, taking care of business at home took precedence over a lengthy trip to the courthouse. Births and deaths might not be recorded until months or years later. Deed transfers within the family might not be formalized for a generation. As a researcher of the American South, it is imperative to understand the agrarian way of life.

Another challenge for the Southern researcher is burned counties.  Many counties have lost records over the years to fire and/or natural disasters.  Certainly the Civil War played a role in the loss of courthouse records. While research in a burned county can present a brick wall for the researcher, the brick wall is not insurmountable.

Don’t despair! Research of your southern ancestors will still be a rewarding experience.  

Richardson familyDaniel T. Richardson of Pittsylvania County, VA - ~1906 (Source: Personal Collection of Lisa Talbott Lisson)

5 Online Places to Find Your Southern Ancestors

  1. The State Archives – More and more records are becoming available online for the genealogy researcher.  A good place to start is with the state archives where your ancestors lived. Each state will have its own unique holdings. For example, if you have North Carolina ancestors, visit the State Archives of North Carolina website. You will be able to search their holdings and explore their digital collections. Examples of what you will find include family Bibles, Civil War Pension Applications, and War of 1812 Pay Vouchers.  The State Library and Archives of Florida’s Florida Memory Collection is another good example of using a state archives’ available online records. On their site a sample of what you will find includes Spanish land grants, WWI Service Cards and Civil War Pension Applications.

  2. State and Local Genealogical Societies – The amount of information found on state and local genealogical societies will vary quite a bit. The information is usually provided by the society’s volunteers.  Still, be sure to check these societies for where your ancestor lived. Depending on the individual society, variable local records will be available. For example, transcripts of individual will and deeds might be found. Photographs of local residents and landmarks are another example that may be found. Some of the information may only be available to the society’s members while others are available to the general public. These sites are certainly worth a look.

  3. Documenting the American South (DocSouth) – The University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) sponsors this online resource for southern history, cultural and literature. Among its collections are first person narratives of slaves, women, farmers and soldiers. Other collections include personal diaries and papers relating to the Civil War and slave narratives. DocSouth is an invaluable resource for any southern researcher.

  4. The Library of Virginia – While obviously focused on the records of Virginia, many southern families of other states such as Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama can trace families back to Virginia.  The LVA website is also a valuable resource for learning about the southern culture and way of life.

  5. The Digital Library on American Slavery – If you have African American ancestry, this site sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is an excellent place to visit. Many slave deeds, runaway slave advertisements and slavery era insurance records may be found here.

Remember: For all the excellent records available online, there are many more that are not. To be complete in your research, sometimes you need to travel to a repository or use the assistance of a local genealogist.

Now…. Go grab a tall glass of iced tea and start exploring your southern roots!

You can learn more about southern genealogy research in these Legacy webinars:

 
Lisa Lisson is a genealogist, blogger and Etsy-prenuer who writes about her never-ending pursuit of ancestors, the “how” of genealogy research and the importance of sharing genealogy research with our families. Specializing in North Carolina and southern Virginia research, she also provides genealogical research services to clients. You can find Lisa online at Lisa Lisson.com.


Bon Voyage - 12th Annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise begins

OasisTomorrow we leave to begin our 12th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, this year to the Western Caribbean. We will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and visit Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico. We will sail on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. We've also got lots of genealogy and Legacy classes planned and lots of time for one-on-one and small group sessions.

And for the first time, I'll be bringing along my four young budding genealogists. Our kids have heard about our cruises all their lives, and now it's their turn to explore other countries and eat as much ice cream as they can handle. Yep, they're excited, and so am I!

Webinars Unlocked

While we won't have our weekly webinars while we're gone, I have unlocked the entire "Watch Geoff Live" series for the duration of our trip. Look for them here.

Discount Code

As has become tradition, I've also issued a Bon Voyage 10% off-anything-in-the-store coupon. Here's the code:

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It's good for 10% off anything at www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com or www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Monday, June 29, 2015.

Thanks!

Our sincere thanks go out to our entire technical support and sales staff who will continue to provide sales and support services while we are away. Thanks Jim, Sherry, Brian, Michele, Sarah, Bryan, Marian, Jairmie and Leonard for keeping us afloat!

We'll either see you here or on the ship!


How to Get More Out of Legacy Webinars - with Little or No Time!

One of the greatest educational treasures in genealogy is the Legacy Family Tree webinars series which broadcast live nearly every Wednesday of the year. As a free resource, they provide some of the best ongoing genealogy education available right from your computer. But keeping up with the webinars can be a challenge. You don't always have time to view each one.

Now you can take advantage of the Legacy webinars even if you don't have time to watch them.  Here's how:

No Time on Your Hands

If you have absolutely no time on your hands to catch up with a Legacy webinar you can still benefit from it. Use the webinars as a prompt.  Let's take two recent webinars as examples: Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill and American Revolution Genealogy by Beth Foulk.

During the course of your day you'll see the titles come across your screen either in an email or on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Make a mental note of the title. Then when you are driving, on your lunch break or taking a walk think about the topic and how it might apply to your ancestors. Did you have ancestors who migrated from one place to the other prior to 1860? Did you have any Revolutionary War ancestors?

Genealogy Research is not all about searching databases or microfilm. Thinking about your ancestors and analyzing what you know is just as critically important. Allow the titles of the weekly webinars to prompt you to think about your ancestors. You will start to ask yourself new questions and then when you have free time you'll be able to seek out the answers.

Limited Time  on Your Hands

With only 15 minutes you can push your genealogy forward. Again, use the webinar titles as prompts. When you have 15 minutes in front of your computer do some searches related to the titles and see what you can find. For migrating ancestors, pick an ancestor in your Legacy database that lived before 1860. Then in the My Toolbar tab select the Map Family option. Now you can view a map of all the locations where your ancestor lived. You can also press the play button and watch the progression of your ancestor's life journey. Next, decide whether you have researched each location thoroughly enough. If not, come up with some research tasks and save them so they can be done when you have more time.

In the case of Revolutionary War ancestors, do a search for ancestors born between 1726 and 1767. You can do this by going to the Legacy My Toolbar tab and then selecting the Search button. In the primary condition box search for a birth date after 1725. Using the "And" function add a second condition of birth date before 1767. Next, choose create list. While women did participate in the American Revolution, your search results will be more manageable if you search for only males. When the list comes up print it out for future research.

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A Bit More Time on Your Hands

If you're a Legacy webinar subscriber and have to wait to watch a webinar, you can still benefit each week. Make a point of printing out the handouts. During your lunch break, visit some of the internet links listed in the handout. For the Migrations East of the Mississippi, spend some time visiting the websites Migrations.org or Historical Maps of the United States from the University of Texas. See if you can learn something new about the places and routes your ancestors took. For the Revolutionary War topic visit websites such as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) or the National Archives and do some searches on your Revolutionary War ancestors.

You see, even if you're too busy to take advantage of Legacy webinars every single week you can still benefit from them! Use the webinars titles as weekly prompts that lead you to think about your ancestors, help your plan your research tasks or take you on a brief adventure visiting genealogy websites.

 

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.


10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - free webinar by Tessa Keough now online for limited time

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Last time we scratched the surface in learning how to use Legacy with specialized studies. Now that you have had a chance to think about that special project, join us as we put theory into practice with 10 tips for using Legacy with specialized studies. Join Tessa Keough, Geoff Rasmussen and the Millennia staff as we answer your questions, work through some examples, and help you get you further along with your projects. We will discuss Legacy features (including mapping, charting, reports, forms and interviews) in conjunction with a few add-ons, all to make your projects shine.

The recording of today's webinar, "10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies," by Tessa Keough is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. Some great comments:

  • This was the BEST Webinar ever! Tessa knows so much about Legacy and tells us so much that I will be working on this one webinar for a long, long time!
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this because it was so different! I didn't attend the April presentation so I am going to go back and listen to it; then listen to this one again. And I want to figure out how to join the Legacy VUG at Google. Thanks for another great session!
  • Wow. So much info. Who knew Legacy was that flexible/customizable? Great insight on "unrelated" names. Good way to keep track of the FAN clubs.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 43 minute recording of "10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

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Use webinar coupon code - legacy15 - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

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  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 243 classes, 355 hours of genealogy education)
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  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 1.
  • Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. July 8.
  • Making a Federal Case Out of It by Judy Russell (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). July 10.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. July 15.
  • Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. July 22.
  • Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. July 29.
  • Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier. July 31.
  • What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. August 5.
  • Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. August 12.
  • Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. August 19.
  • Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. August 21.
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. August 26.
  • Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. September 2.
  • Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. September 9.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. September 11.
  • Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. September 16.
  • Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. September 23.
  • Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji. September 25.
  • Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. September 30.
  • Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. October 7.
  • Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. October 14.
  • Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. October 16.
  • What Happened to the State of Frankland - Using Tennessee's Pre-Statehood Records by Mark Lowe. October 21.
  • Complex Evidence - What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. October 28.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. November 4.
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. November 11.
  • Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. November 13.
  • Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. November 18.
  • Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. December 2.
  • Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. December 9.
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. December 16.

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Sorry, I don't get it!

By Marian Pierre-Louis

In my recent post "A New Twist on an Old Trick" I discussed creating a chart to track one moment in time to help with genealogy research and brick walls. The example I used didn't break down my brick wall and it created more questions than it answered.

In response, Jean Richards left the following comment:

"Sorry, I don't get it. This still didn't help you solve your brick wall, did it?"

This is a great question! What is the point of doing an activity if it doesn't help your research? She might not be the only one asking that question. Let's see if I can provide an answer.

Puzzle

When doing genealogical research, especially the first pass-through on our family, we look to census records as the primary resource for discovering and building our family tree. The census records help us quickly identify family members as we go back in time. Once we gather that information we branch out to other records such as vital records, draft registration cards, state censuses, passenger lists, city directories, etc. all of which are readily available online. From there, hopefully, family historians are seeking out offline records such as deeds and probate records (which are now starting to come online).

Inevitably, somewhere along the line, we get stuck. It doesn't have to be a brick wall, it could simply be a temporary obstacle that needs more time to resolve. When we get to this point in our research we slow down and need to be more thoughtful.

Not finding the results you want

One of the things that happens along the way is that we will search for various records and not be able to find them. Perhaps an ancestor is missing from the 1860 census. Or maybe there is no marriage record for the parents of your great grandfather. If you are doing your research in intervals as you find the time, you might forget that you searched for a record but didn't find anything. To prevent that from happening you need to keep track of your search activity so that you don't continue to search repeatedly for the same items. [Of course, if you are primarily searching online, you will want to re-do your searches in the event that new records come online.]

Why can't I find what I'm looking for?

A search that ends without the success of finding what you want or need is called a "negative search." Not only do we want to keep track of unsuccessful searches but the lack of records can push us to dig deeper and harder in other areas that we might not have considered. When you have an unsuccessful search the first question you should ask yourself is" why didn't I find this record as I had hoped?" You need to determine if there are extant records of the type you are looking for in the time period and location you are searching. Ancestry's Red Book and the FamilySearch Wiki can help answer this type of question.

Or the answer could be as simple as a typo in the indexing of a particular record group. This is a very common problem with census records. By determining why you can't find a record you will know if you should be able to find what you need using another method or whether you should pursue other strategies because the record you need doesn't exist.

Once you have determined the record doesn't exist,  log this as a negative search so that you don't have to spend any more time searching for that record. A situation where the records exist but your ancestors aren't found after thorough review is also a negative search and should be noted. Though it may appear that negative searches are a waste of time, they can be very helpful for your research and tracking them is a key part of that effort.

Ask lots of questions

Records that don't answer the questions you have or that give you unexpected results provide an opportunity for you to closely analyze your research. What you need to do is ask yourself questions about your ancestors. In my case, I was very specifically searching one family in the 1810 census. By looking closely at the census I discovered things that I didn't know before such as that only two of seven children were in the household in that year. While the new discoveries didn't help me solve my brick wall they forced me to ask myself new questions. Where were the other children? Can I find them? What does this tell me about the family in 1810?

The process of asking questions will encourage you to seek out new information. In my example, I hadn't previously spent a lot of time researching the siblings of my ancestor. The unexpected result of finding the family dispersed in 1810 made me question what had happened to the intact family. That can potentially be resolved by looking more closely at the siblings.

Solving brick walls means careful review

The initial research phase that I mentioned at the start is an easier research process than solving a brick wall. Long standing research challenges mean analyzing everything you know in detail, noting down what you have found and asking lots of new questions to try to resolve your brick wall. It means looking at every document you have completely until you have understood every clue that it will offer you. It is the culmination of reviewing all your records and information that will lead the resolution of a problem.

Measuring success

While I did not solve my brick wall by analyzing the 1810 census I was successful in asking new questions that will help determine new research paths to follow. The early 19th century in New York provides most genealogists with a challenging search. My next task will be to go through the same process for all the records and information I have and to try to answer the new questions I formulated. I may never actually solve my research question during my life time but what I can do is carefully analyze what I know, ask more questions and carefully document everything so that future generations can take over my work without having to repeat my research.

What do you think? Was the effort worth it even though I didn't solve my puzzle?

 

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.


Register for Webinar Friday - 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough

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Last time we scratched the surface in learning how to use Legacy with specialized studies. Now that you have had a chance to think about that special project, join us as we put theory into practice with 10 tips for using Legacy with specialized studies. Join Tessa Keough, Geoff Rasmussen and the Millennia staff as we answer your questions, work through some examples, and help you get you further along with your projects. We will discuss Legacy features (including mapping, charting, reports, forms and interviews) in conjunction with a few add-ons, all to make your projects shine.

Join us and Tessa Keough for the live webinar Friday, June 12, 2015 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

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About the presenter

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Tessa Keough is a genealogist in transition (read – this is not her day job but she wishes it was!). She takes advantage of 21st century technology to work on her own family history as well as engage in specialized projects. These projects include a one-place study of her grandfather’s native community of Plate Cove East, Newfoundland, and a one-name study of her Keough surname.

Seeing a need for an online users’ group for her favorite genealogy software, Tessa set up the Legacy Virtual Users’ Group Community on Google+. With three of her fellow genealogists, she co-hosts monthly hangouts-on-air presentations, provides tips, and moderates the member posts at the LVUG Community which boasts more than 900 members. For the past two years Tessa has served as the USA West Regional Representative for the Guild of One-Name Studies. In April 2014 she took on the post of USA National Representative for the Guild and serves as the Guild’s delegate member to the Federated Genealogical Society (FGS). She moderates the Guild’s Google+ Community and co-hosts the Guild’s North American monthly hangouts-on-air. Tessa blogs on her personal blogs, is a contributing blogger to Worldwide Genealogy, and is part of the 5-member interview team for the May I Introduce To You feature at Geneabloggers. Tessa is doing her best to spread the word about surname and location studies as a fascinating and fun way to connect to your larger family history story, your extended relatives, and your fellow genealogists.

In case you did not notice, Tessa is a huge fan of Google+ and YouTube and an even bigger fan of giving back to the genealogy and family history community. Her volunteer efforts landed her on Lisa Louise Cooke’s Social Media Mavericks: 40 to follow list in Family Tree Magazine’s March/April 2014 edition for TessaWatch (her YouTube channel with 120 short and not-so-short video tutorials).

View Tessa's other webinars here.

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar - free webinar by Jana Sloan Broglin now online for limited time

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Planning a seminar can be a daunting job. Timelines, speakers, contracts, transportation, accommodations, registrations, meals, publicity, and facilities, can all lead to frustration for the seminar chair. By following this guide, the seminar will be easier to plan and won’t be a constant “re-inventing the wheel.”

The recording of last night's webinar, "Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar," by Jana Sloan Broglin is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. Some great comments:

  • A great webinar full of ideas to consider when planning a seminar.
  • Timely topic for me personally as I'm heavily involved with large regional conference in 2017 which is well into the planning stage!
  • Very helpful! I've been the seminar chair for 2 seminars recently, but Jana brought up some great points that I hadn't thought about before. I really appreciate her doing this presentation.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 27 minute recording of "Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

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Use webinar coupon code - seminar - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, June 15, 2015.

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  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 242 classes, 353 hours of genealogy education)
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  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year (that's about the cost of 5 webinar CDs)
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough. June 12.
  • The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 1.
  • Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. July 8.
  • Making a Federal Case Out of It by Judy Russell (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). July 10.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. July 15.
  • Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. July 22.
  • Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. July 29.
  • Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier. July 31.
  • What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. August 5.
  • Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. August 12.
  • Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. August 19.
  • Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. August 21.
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. August 26.
  • Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. September 2.
  • Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. September 9.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. September 11.
  • Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. September 16.
  • Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. September 23.
  • Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji. September 25.
  • Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. September 30.
  • Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. October 7.
  • Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. October 14.
  • Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. October 16.
  • What Happened to the State of Frankland - Using Tennessee's Pre-Statehood Records by Mark Lowe. October 21.
  • Complex Evidence - What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. October 28.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. November 4.
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. November 11.
  • Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. November 13.
  • Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. November 18.
  • Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. December 2.
  • Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. December 9.
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. December 16.

Click here to register. Or click here register for multiple webinars at the same time.

Print the 2015 webinar brochure here.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar by Jana Sloan Broglin

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Planning a seminar can be a daunting job. Timelines, speakers, contracts, transportation, accommodations, registrations, meals, publicity, and facilities, can all lead to frustration for the seminar chair. By following a guide, the seminar will be easier to plan and won’t be a constant “re-inventing the wheel.”

Join us and Jana Sloan Broglin for the live webinar Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 9pm 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.

Download the syllabus

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About the presenter

Presenter-7375Jana Sloan Broglin, CG, OGSF is a native of northwestern Ohio. She is a professional genealogist with over 35 years experience. She specializes in research in Ohio. Jana became a Certified Genealogist in November 2005. In April 2011, she became a Fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Both result in the additions of CG and OGSF after her name. In November 2000, she received the title of Kentucky Colonel for the books she published on Kentucky wills and estates. She is a past director for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She is a past trustee for the Ohio Genealogical Society serving over 20 years on the board. Jana has been a speaker on genealogical topics at local, state, regional, and national conferences.

View Jana's other webinars here.

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  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  7. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Did FamilySearch really "lose all their records"?

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My 13-year-old son, sitting behind me in the office, and working on his own genealogy, just mentioned,

"Dad, I think FamilySearch lost all their records!"

Thinking that maybe his computer had lost its internet connection, I turned around to check it out. He then provided this further explanation:

"See, the 1970 U.S. census doesn't show up in their list of records."

Smiling, and thrilled that he's trying so hard, I had a great opportunity to teach him about the availability of our census records. And while we won't have access to the 1970 census for another 27 years, it's exciting to have someone else in the house with whom I can talk about genealogy! Even if it's when I'm trying to get my work done.