Save $10 on all Legacy software PLUS save on QuickGuides, Books and more!

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We appreciate all of our Legacy users so much and we thank each of you for all of your support over the years. We would like to offer each of you a gift that we think your family and friends will really enjoy.

For a limited time, we are offering three great ways to save:

  1. Save $10 off any new Legacy 8 software purchase for yourself (comes with FREE upgrade to Legacy 9 when it is released).
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  3. Save $2 on the companion book, Legacy Family Tree 9 Unlocked! Techniques, Tips and Step-by-Steps for Using Legacy to Record Your Genealogy by Geoff Rasmussen.

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Also save on Legacy add-ons, videos, Legacy QuickGuides, software and books

Nearly every Legacy add-on, training video set, software, and how-to book has been discounted for this holiday sale, including Thomas MacEntee's 500 Best Genealogy & Family History Tips book (now just $4.95) PLUS our entire line of Legacy QuickGuides.

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Top 10 Genealogy Webinars of November 2016

We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for November 2016! 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-444 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of November 2016.  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 November 2016

1. PedigreeMap - an Interactive Map of Your Family History by Daniel Horowitz and Uri Gonen

2. Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats

3. Dating Family Photographs - 1900-1940 by Jane Neff Rollins

4. Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee

5. Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade

6. Civil Law Notaries - Using Notarial Records to Build a Family History by Melanie D. Holtz, CG

7. Enriching Your Family History through Pictures and Stories by Amie Bowser Tennant

8. Tech Savvy Scrapbooking & Journaling for Family History by Amie Bowser Tennant

9. Crowdsourcing with Social Media to Overcome Brick Walls in Genealogy Research by Amie Bowser Tennant

10. Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor

The Runner-Ups

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

12. Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega

13. How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby

14. Legacy Family Tree and FamilySearch Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen

15. Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula C. Krause

16. FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solver's Great Trifecta by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

17. Finding Your Colonial Rhode Island Ancestors by Diane Boumenot

18. Foundations in DNA 1 of 5: Genealogy and DNA by Blaine Bettinger

19. Educational Preparation for Certification: Many Paths to the Same Goal by Angela Packer McGhie, CG

20. Watch Geoff Live - Using Legacy to Assemble a Family by Geoff Rasmussen

Access to classes in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar library are available with an annual or monthly membership. Not a member? Become one! Or watch one of our free classes here.


Multi-Media Story Telling - free webinar by FamilySearch's Devin Ashby now online

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The recording of today's webinar, "Multi-Media Story Telling" by FamilySearch's Devin Ashby is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

Stories are all around us but very few are captured and even fewer are shared. The technologies we have to tell stories today are unique and go way beyond just text. We'll discuss ways to capture audio, video, text, photos and use the internet to make your stories come alive with multi-media.

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 32 minute recording of "Multi-Media Story Telling" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

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Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 444 classes, 619 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
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

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

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • No, no, Nanette! What negative evidence is... and isn't by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 20. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

Click here to register.

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See you online!


Deadlines for on-time Christmas Delivery 2016

image from news.legacyfamilytree.comWant to make sure your cards and packages arrive by December 25? See the post office's holiday deadlines to see when you need to drop your cheer in the mail.

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Avoid Being Overwhelmed By Your Genealogy Research

Avoid Being Overwhelmed By Your Genealogy Research

Tips On How To Avoid Being Overwhelmed by Genealogy Research

How could genealogy possibly be overwhelming? You might be saying to yourself after reading the title of this post, that genealogy is what in fact keeps me from feeling overwhelmed. While genealogy is fun and relaxing, it also challenges us to process a lot more data and information then we may normally encounter. Our brain doesn’t treat genealogy like any other part of our daily life; when it’s overwhelmed, it lets us know. This can make us feel frustrated, defeated, and less interested in genealogy then we once were. So how does someone work to avoid this? Try some of these suggestions to prevent this from happening:

Stick to your research plan

A couple weeks ago, I suggested to readers 4 Steps To Better Research Plans. Plans are used for a reason: they keep us on task. With the plethora of online databases and archives we use for genealogy, I think we can all say it’s a bit easy to get sidetracked. I might see something in the stacks that looks interesting, but was it a part of my plan for things to look at for this day? In some cases, our intuition might be telling us something, but we can get easily overwhelmed if we lose focus or try too look at too much in one day. You can incorporate into your plan when you visit the archives to reserve a bit of time to just browse. We shouldn’t completely suppress our curiosity, but when our research time is limited, we need to focus and manage our time effectively to achieve our research goals.

Consider how you organize your information

A common problem for people doing genealogy is being organized and not having an effective system for processing information. Too many documents can make us susceptible to feeling overwhelmed. Organization is especially important if you’re someone who is “on and off” researcher. Without a system for organizing your research, the relevance of a particular source or page you printed may escape you if it’s not documented in some form.

If you feel your organization could use improvement or you have a lot of documents to process to achieve your genealogy goals, take a break from research to get organized. It’s one of the best things I ever did when I realized it was too cumbersome to keep going without a system in place. Whatever system you decide to work with, documenting as you go is very important because you don’t need to rely on personal memory later.

One of my goals in getting my genealogy organized was to make it easier to access my information on a particular ancestor. You never know when your going to need something or share it with a relative, so having your documentation and records in one place helps in being prepared. As a millennial, I have an affinity for working digitally. Even though I have many family documents and take hand written notes, I scan them all or copy them into my logs. Of course, genealogy was done well before the digital age, so there are systems that rely on charts and booklets that can help us stay organized. Explore and think about what systems for organizing best serves you. You can try some of these resources to explore different methods for organizing your genealogy research:

 Don’t overdo it and take care of yourself first

Overdoing anything is not good. Whether we're working on genealogy or not, maintaining a balance is the key to health and happiness. Too much time on the computer or microfilm reader is not good for our eyes and it may be just that were so focused on doing research that it’s becoming stressful and our brain would like us to take a break. Staying off the research every once in a while is definitely a good thing. Try new activities or other hobbies that you enjoy, or devote sometime to your genealogy education with a class, book, or webinar. All of this will help you recharge yourself for research and in the process, give you some new strategies and ideas to use in your genealogy pursuits.

Writers hear all the time that they should proofread work with a fresh set of eyes, so why not do the same with genealogy? Looking at our research or brickwall with a fresh set of eyes can lead us to new clues. This concept reminds me of one of my favorite personal research stories, which led me to solve the mystery of my great-great grandmother Elizabeth Williams Freeman. A long standing brickwall in my family tree, it all came crashing down after browsing old family documents, which included a picture postcard of her son (my great-grandfather) James Wallace Freeman. The name of the recipient “Mrs. Elizabeth Shields of Kellogg, Idaho” intrigued me enough to look into it. Sure enough, my research was able to identify her as Elizabeth Freeman Williams and ultimately led me to learn about what happened to her after she divorced Wallace Freeman.

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James Wallace Freeman Photo Postcard to Mrs. Elizabeth Shields [ca. 1916]. Author's Personal Collection.

 Try a different family or line in your tree

There’s always a tendency to get involved in one particular family. It’s great to be determined, but this determination could turn into frustration. Genealogy is never done and there’s always ground to gain somewhere. Maybe there’s a particular family or ancestor you spent much time on. Perhaps you heard about a new source or database that could help you with a different ancestor. This might be a good way to continue research, but also divert your attention away from the frustration.

Feeling like there’s no ground to gain on your family? Help others with their genealogy. Not only do you give yourself a break from personal frustration, but you get to share your love and knowledge of genealogy with others!

Avid genealogists might say there’s no way genealogy can be overwhelming, but this post serves as a gentle reminder of how we need to approach genealogy with balance. It’s not just about diligent research. We all got into genealogy because of the benefits it brought to our lives and wellbeing. Don’t let being overwhelmed or frustrated take away from that!

 

Jake Fletcher is a professional genealogist, educator and blogger. Jake has been researching and writing about his ancestors since 2008 on his research blog. He currently volunteers as a research assistant at the National Archives in Waltham, Massachusetts and is Vice President of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG).

 


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Multi-Media Story Telling by FamilySearch's Devin Ashby

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Stories are all around us but very few are captured and even fewer are shared. The technologies we have to tell stories today are unique and go way beyond just text. We'll discuss ways to capture audio, video, text, photos and use the internet to make your stories come alive with multi-media.

Join us and FamilySearch's Devin Ashby for the live webinar Wednesday, November 30, 2016 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

DevinAshby-144x144Devin Ashby is a Project Manager for FamilySearch, the largest genealogical organization in the world. Devin has been involved in family history for years and in 2004 he received Bachelor degrees in History and Spanish and the following year earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


FamilySearch Records Update: New records from Denmark, Hungary, Sweden, and United States

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Maybe one of your ancestors is in one of the newly published 1916 Denmark census records, civil registrations from Hungary, Sweden church records, Ohio death, South Carolina birth, or Wyoming obituary records. Search these free records and more at  FamilySearch.org by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. 

Collection

Indexed Records

Digital Images

Comments

Denmark Census 1916

2,964,499

584,642

New indexed records and images collection

Hungary Civil Registration 1895-1980

114,567

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Sweden Västerbotten Church Records 1619-1896; index 1688-1860

36,337

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

South Carolina Delayed Birth Certificates 1766-1900

0

82,604

New browsable image collection.

Ohio County Death Records 1840-2001

0

98,622

Added images to an existing collection

Wyoming Star Valley Independent Obituaries 1901-2015

21,394

1,850

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

 

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 historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.


Nature & Nurture: Family History for Adoptees - free webinar by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Nature & Nurture: Family History for Adoptees" by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Two sisters, one adopted and one not, discuss the underlying concepts of genealogy for adoptees and their families. Come learn the difference between nature and nurture genealogy. The adoptee's biological "nature" family history, enhanced by careful use of DNA testing, can fill in blanks where records can't and help adoptees better understand their biological origin. The adoptive family's history can help explain the formative "nurture" foundation of an adoptee's life and create connections with adoptive family members and the adoptive family narrative. Using best practices, family history can be a powerful tool in binding adoptive families and in helping adoptees learn about and make peace with their individual life story.

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 24 minute recording of "Dating Family Photographs: 1900-1940" PLUS the after-webinar party is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 443 classes, 616 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 2,021 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

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

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • No, no, Nanette! What negative evidence is... and isn't by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 20. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

Click here to register.

Print the 2016 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


FamilySearch Records Update: New records from Brazil, Chile, Peru, Samoa, South Africa, United States, and Venezuela

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Check out the astounding 11.8 million new records from the New York Passenger List indexes! Also, more immigration records and other historic records were recently published in American Samoa, Brazil, Chile, Peru, South Africa, Venezuela, and the United States. Many thanks go to the diligent indexers around the world for completing these projects. See the interactive table below for these and more free searchable historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org

Collection

Indexed Records

Digital Images

Comments

American Samoa Passenger Lists and Travel Documents 1918-1965

0

6,563

New browsable image collection.

Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014

272,691

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Chile Civil Registration 1885-1903

1,792,848

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru Lambayeque Civil Registration 1873-1998

168

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru Amazonas Civil Registration 1939-1998

32,618

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru La Libertad Civil Registration 1903-1998

189,810

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

South Africa Cape Province Kimberley Probate Records of the Supreme Court 1871-1937

148,844

96,578

New indexed records and images collection

New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists 1906-1942

11,883,075

748,065

New indexed records and images collection

Washington Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians 1911-1919

51,169

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection 1947-2010

0

5,996

Added images to an existing collection

Rhode Island Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1630-1945

0

198,109

Added images to an existing collection

New York Rouses Point and Waddington Crew Lists 1954-1956

4,158

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

North Carolina World War I Service Cards 1917-1919

92,649

92,578

New indexed records and images collection

West Virginia Naturalization Records 1814-1991

717

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Massachusetts Index to Boston Passenger Lists 1848-1891

24,002

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Maine J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection ca. 1780-1999

1,815

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

California Chinese Partnerships and Departures from San Francisco 1893-1943

54,617

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Venezuela Diocese of San Cristóbal Catholic Church Records 1601-1962

688,583

128,484

New indexed records and images collection

 

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 historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.


Scrapbooks: A Genealogist's Gold Mine - new Legacy QuickGuide now available

Legacy QuickGuidesTM have quickly become one of the more popular resources for genealogists. Each guide contains four (sometimes five, sometimes more) pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics, dozens of clickable links, and are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas. We've added another new Legacy QuickGuide: Scrapbooks: A Genealogist's Gold Mine by Melissa Barker. Now choose from 82 Legacy QuickGuides!

ScrapbooksGoldMineScrapbooks: A Genealogist’s Gold Mine - 2.95  

Scrapbooks come in all shapes and sizes; no two are alike. Scrapbooking is a method of preserving, presenting and arranging personal family history in the form of a book. Scrapbooks contain various documents, photographs, ephemera, memorabilia and even 3-dimensional objects. Scrapbooks are like time capsules, containing items that are “hidden” until the book is opened and explored.
 
The Scrapbooks: A Genealogists Gold Mine Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including a review of various types of scrapbooks, how to locate scrapbooks for use in genealogy, and how to preserve scrapbooks. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.
 
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Register for Webinar Friday - Nature & Nurture: Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade

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Two sisters, one adopted and one not, discuss the underlying concepts of genealogy for adoptees and their families. Come learn the difference between nature and nurture genealogy. The adoptee's biological "nature" family history, enhanced by careful use of DNA testing, can fill in blanks where records can't and help adoptees better understand their biological origin. The adoptive family's history can help explain the formative "nurture" foundation of an adoptee's life and create connections with adoptive family members and the adoptive family narrative. Using best practices, family history can be a powerful tool in binding adoptive families and in helping adoptees learn about and make peace with their individual life story.

Join us, Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade for the live webinar Friday, November 18, 2016 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 presenters

JanetHovorka-144x144Janet Hovorka and her husband own Family ChartMasters, a genealogy chart printing service and official printing service for Legacy Charting. She is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap book and workbooks about engaging youth with family history. Janet writes The Chart Chick and the Zap The Grandma Gap blogs and has widely written and lectured about family history. She is a past president of UGA and teaches genealogy and library science at SLCC.

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Amy Slade MA, received her Masters degree in Folklore from George Mason University and has a Bachelors in Art Education from Brigham Young University. She collaborated with her sister Janet Hovorka on the Zap The Grandma Gap activity books for children (zapthegrandmagap.com). She has traveled widely throughout five continents as a folk dancer and loves baking, cooking shows, her beautiful new baby and her husband Colin.

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  • 1pm Central
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Here's how to attend:

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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!


Dating Family Photographs: 1900-1940 - free webinar by Jane Neff Rollins now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Dating Family Photographs - 1900-1940" by Jane Neff Rollins is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Do you have a shoebox full of early 20th century family pictures with no labels indicating who the people were? Wouldn't you like to learn how to analyze the photos systematically to pinpoint when they may have been taken? That's what this webinar will teach you. Then you might be able to identify the mystery people whose names were lost with time.

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 26 minute recording of "Dating Family Photographs: 1900-1940"  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 442 classes, 615 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
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  • Annual membership: $49.95/year
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • No, no, Nanette! What negative evidence is... and isn't by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 20. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

Click here to register.

Print the 2016 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


New - genealogy activity books for your children

ActivitybooksIf your children or grandchildren have not yet caught the genealogy bug, these new-to-our-online-store activity books may be just what you need to capture their interest. Part of the Zap the Grandma Gap series, each book has 48 pages of activities and is designed for children between 6 and 14 years old.

To be perfectly honest, when the activity books were first published a few years ago, I was a little slow to take a look only because I just didn't get the title of Zap The Grandma Gap. Yet at a recent genealogy conference, I was able to browse through the books, and was immediately sold. The activities in the books would help me teach my kids about their ancestors in a fun, creative, and educational way.

If you have German ancestors, for example, here's what you can do with the My German Ancestor Activity Book:

  • Record how you are related to your German ancestor
  • Try some German recipes
  • Read a German Fairy Tale your ancestors might have known
  • Color and cut out German paper dolls to tell the stories of your ancestors
  • Collect documents about your German ancestor’s life
  • Make a Schultute School Bag like your ancestors may have received for school
  • Explore some of the qualities you share with your German Ancestor
  • And explore many other activities

There are currently 8 workbooks in the activity book series:

  • My British Ancestor
  • My German Ancestor
  • My Swedish Ancestor
  • My Civil War Ancestor
  • My Jewish Ancestor
  • My Pioneer Ancestor
  • My Mormon Ancestor
  • My Danish Ancestor

Remember the Parade Magazine's report on "How Happy Is Your Family?" Devin Ashby, from FamilySearch.org, discussed this in his "Family History For Kids" webinar. He shared that a team of psychologists did a study where they measured children's resilience and found out that kids who knew the most about their family's history were the best able to handle stress. As a father of four, and wanting the best for my children, I work hard to give them opportunities to learn about their past. And since they have ancestors in all eight categories of these activity books, I see these books as another tool in my parenting toolbox. I can hardly wait to get started.

How to Purchase

The activity books are available for $9.95 each in PDF format with immediate download delivery.

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Civil Law Notaries: Using Notarial Records to Build a Family History - free BCG webinar by Melanie D. Holtz, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of tonight's webinar, "Civil Law Notaries: Using Notarial Records to Build a Family History" by Melanie D. Holtz, CG and The Board for Certification of Genealogists is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Notarial records are a valuable resource in those areas of the world where civil law notaries recorded all legal transactions. Property deeds [land, personal, or agricultural], mortgages, wills, dowries, late birth registrations, marriage permissions, and many other types of documents can be found within this record set. These records often provide key details about a family, their relationships, and financial transactions which cannot be found within any other type of genealogical resource.

Understanding the procedures behind the preparation of these documents is key to understanding their method of conservation, the formats the documents will be found in, and the contents therein. This lecture will provide examples of several Italian and French documents that were particularly descriptive and which provided key details on the families being researched.

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 11 minute recording of "Civil Law Notaries: Using Notarial Records to Build a Family History"  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 441 classes, 614 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 2,020 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

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

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • No, no, Nanette! What negative evidence is... and isn't by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 20. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.

Click here to register.

Print the 2016 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Dating Family Photographs: 1900-1940 by Jane Neff Rollins

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Do you have a shoebox full of early 20th century family pictures with no labels indicating who the people were? Wouldn't you like to learn how to analyze the photos systematically to pinpoint when they may have been taken? That's what this webinar will teach you. Then you might be able to identify the mystery people whose names were lost with time.

Join us and Jane Neff Rollins for the live webinar Wednesday, November 16, 2016 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

JaneRollins-144x144Jane Neff Rollins began researching her family history when genealogy research required going to the Family History Library in person, and hand scrolling microfilm. The first time she recognized her great-grandfather's family on the 1900 census, she burst into tears. Although she specializes in researching those with Eastern European Jewish ancestry, her clients have diverse backgrounds, including those with roots in colonial America. Jane speaks, reads, and writes Russian and French, and has transliterated 19th century Russian language census, business directory, and vital records entries for online databases over the last 20 years. Jane has a substantial personal collection of late 19th and early 20th century family photographs, some of which were taken by ancestors who were professional photographers both in Russia and the United States. She studied costume design in college and worked as a costumer/assistant designer for the Portland Opera Company. Her knowledge of fashion helps her determine when and where your family photographs may have been taken. As an epidemiologist and medical writer, Jane's knowledge of health and medicine enables her to interpret the significance of DNA test results. Jane has spoken professionally about genealogy since 2012, and has since given genealogy lectures throughout the U.S. and abroad. Jane's genealogical writing has appeared in RootsKey, the newsletter of the Jewish Genealogical Society – Los Angeles. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Health Care Navigation 101: Make the Health Care System Work for You. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the National Genealogical Society and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles.

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