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This Wednesday's Mapping Webinar - Are You Ready?

Are you ready for this Wednesday's LIVE webinar? We are. I hope.... :)

If you have never attended a live webinar before, we have something in common - I've never taught in a live webinar before. Am I nervous? You bet. First of all, I have never spoken - live - to an audience this large - ever. And although I will not see any of you, I will know you are there watching and listening. Secondly, I have never taught a class to people in 28 countries at the same time.

Am I excited? Absolutely! I love using new technology and I love teaching.

If you are new to webinars, here are a few pointers.

1) A "webinar" is a seminar, but it is held online. After you join the webinar (via the hyperlink in your registration email) you will watch and listen just as if you were at a live seminar, but you do not have to get dressed up, or even brush your teeth. You will even be able to ask questions.

2) Speakers - make sure that your speakers are turned on and up.

3) Microphone - a lot of you have asked about this. For this first webinar you will not need a microphone. We're going to start simple by providing a Questions Area where you will be able to type in your question.

4) Time Zone - Remember the webinar will start at approximately 2:00PM EDT. If you live in Arizona, it will start at 11:00AM. If you live in Australia, it will start at 4:00AM.

5) Join a little early - click on the "Join Webinar" button (found in your registration email) about 15 minutes before the start of the webinar. It may take a minute or two for the webinar software to get set up properly.

6) Close any other open programs before joining the webinar.

If you will not be able to attend the live webinar, please cancel your registration via the link at the bottom of your registration email. The webinar filled to capacity quickly - one day after opening the virtual doors the virtual seats were already 50% filled. If you are not able to attend live, you will be able to view the recorded webinar (as long as I remember to click on the Record Webinar button...).

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask using the Comments section below. See you Wednesday!

FamilySearch Expands Online Learning Opportunities


SALT LAKE CITY–As students all over the country head back to school, family historians also have the opportunity to learn - but they can do it from home at their convenience.

FamilySearch now offers 81 free lessons on, enabling people anywhere in the world to access family history expertise any time. The topics range from basic research to training on specific record types and can be beneficial to both beginners and experienced researchers. Most of the classes come from research consultants in the world-famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, but FamilySearch is also now working with partners to broaden the pool of expertise.

For example, FamilySearch worked with the Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, Missouri to record and post 12 classes. These classes are available on both and the Midwest Genealogy Center’s site. Such collaboration benefits everyone involved, according to Darin Hakes with FamilySearch Community Services.

“We see partnering as a mutually beneficial situation for FamilySearch, our partners, and the patrons,” Hakes said. “We realize that FamilySearch does not have expertise in every area, nor do we have the bandwidth to create all the training that is needed. However, there are many excellent individuals and organizations that have created training that can benefit the genealogical community. They may not have the resources to record and publish their classes, so working together is the perfect solution.”

Midwest Genealogy Center librarian Janice Schultz agrees that partnering with FamilySearch increases their reach.

“The online classes allow people to attend no matter where they live,” Schultz said. “It helps us achieve our mission of educating genealogists. We have received many positive comments about these classes.”

In addition to the Mid-Continent Public Library, FamilySearch is working with the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board of Certified Genealogists, and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. Individual genealogists may also use FamilySearch’s free services to record and share their presentations. One result of an individual partnering with FamilySearch is a class called “Inferential Genealogy” by prominent researcher and teacher Tom Jones.

“Tom’s class is excellent, but may be too complex for some patrons,” Hakes said. “We tried to provide a different instructional approach, to make the presentation of the content more visual and provide opportunities for practice. We added value by presenting his content in a different way, taking something fairly complex and making it more easily digestible.”

Upcoming FamilySearch classes will focus on U.S. courthouse research and a series of courses for those just getting started in family history research. There are also more interactive classes planned on reading handwritten records in different languages, a list that now includes Dutch, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

All of the classes can be accessed on by clicking on Free Online Classes on the home page.

Join us for a webinar on September 15 - Mapping Software for Genealogists

Mapsmall Join us for our first-ever live webinar on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 2:00PM EDT. The webinar, Mapping Software for Genealogists will cover essential software tools: AniMap (U.S. & Canada), Centennia (Europe & Middle East), and Map My Family Tree (entire world), and maybe even a Legacy Family Tree tip or two.

Registration is free but space is limited.


In this 30 minute webinar we'll cover the following topics:

1) AniMap software (U.S. & Canada): learn how to find the correct county for the time period, and perform radius searches (list all cemeteries/churches within 10 miles of a place). For 30 years a researcher looked in the records of Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut for their ancestor who was born there in 1720. AniMap easily shows that in 1720, Woodstock would have been in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Now we know the correct location to find the records for that time period. Brick wall problem solved.

2) Centennia software (Europe and Middle East): Have you ever wondered about the changing country borders in Europe? Have ancestors in Germany, Poland, or Prussia? Which is it? The Centennia Historical Atlas software shows the changing country borders from the 11th century to the present in Europe and the Middle East.

3) Map My Family Tree software (entire world): plot your ancestors on a map of the world, track family migrations, plot to Google Earth, use the time scroll bar to dynamically select which time period you want displayed on your map and more.

GeoffMug Join Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen as he demonstrates these powerful software programs. If you have questions that you would like answered during the webinar, send us an email. Geoff is the presenter of the Legacy Family Tree learning CDs.


Registration is free but space is limited. Click the registration button below to reserve your webinar seat.


How does it work?

After you register you will be sent instructions, including your private link to view the webinar online. You will need to be connected to the Internet (high speed connection recommended) and turn on your speakers. That's it!

Door prizes

All attendees have a chance to win a door prize. We might even throw in a special coupon too for use in our online store. Whatever your incentive is to attend our first-ever live webinar, we look forward to seeing you there.