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New webinar in the archives - FamilySearch Indexing for Power Users

Last night's webinar, Helping Unlock the World's Records: FamilySearch Indexing for Power Users, is now available in our webinar archives. Katie Gale, of the FamilySearch Indexing development team gave us all some fantastic tips to make our indexing efforts more efficient. I thought I knew a lot about using the indexing software, but I'm excited to try her many suggestions.

Katie's webinar was a follow-up to Jim Ericson's introductory webinar, Helping Unlock the World's Records: an Insider's Perspective on FamilySearch Indexing. Both are now available to view in the archives:

FamilySearch Indexing for Power Users, 1 hr 22 min

An Insider's Perspective on FamilySearch Indexing (view this one first if you are new to indexing), 1 hr 29 min

To sign up as a FamilySearch Indexing volunteer, click here.

Keyboard shortcuts

Below is the list of keyboard shortcuts Katie mentioned:

Ctrl+Shift+End, then Ctrl+D = Ditto Fields Below

Use Ditto Fields Below, and then make changes

Ctrl+Home & Ctrl+End = Move to top or bottom of column

Home & End = Move to left or right of row

Page Up & Page Down = Move to previous or next record

Alt+arrow keys = Move image

Alt+V and then press Enter = Open & close previous image

Register for our upcoming webinars

ThomasMacentee-small Wednesday, January 5, 2011. Google for Genealogists. Most genealogists are only using 10% or less of the resources behind Google when it comes to genealogy research. Learn from professional genealogist, Thomas MacEntee, about the other 90% and how these Google components can be leveraged for better search results. Google is more than just a search engine – it is a wealth of information much of which goes unnoticed by the average genealogist. Besides search, Google allows you to access maps, books, journals, abstracts, patents and much more. These components may be what is needed to make advances in your genealogy research.

Click here to register.

GeoffMug2 Friday, January 21, 2011. Improving Your Use of New FamilySearch: Data Cleanup Strategies. Learn what to do before synchronizing/exchanging your data with FamilySearch (http://new.familysearch.org). Learn how to massage your personal data for improved searching and sharing. Learn about standardization methods, locating potential problems, and cleaning up your data. The one hour class will be taught by Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen to both 1) a live audience at the Arizona Family History Expo in Mesa, Arizona and 2) to our live webinar audience. Note: access to the http://new.familysearch.org database is still restricted to LDS members. FamilySearch has stated that they should open its access to the public sometime in 2011 after their testing is complete. In the meantime, all other FamilySearch databases are open to the public at http://beta.familysearch.org.

Click here to register.

GeoffMug2 Saturday, January 22, 2011. New FamilySearch Made Easy with Legacy Family Tree. Learn how to easily interact with New FamilySearch (http://new.familysearch.org), including being alerted when others find new information for your ancestors and tips and optionally sharing information back and forth. Learn how Legacy’s percentage-tracker can help you know when you’re actually done with sections of your family tree. Learn how to reserve, print, and track ordinance cards (LDS). The one hour class will be taught by Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen to both 1) a live audience at the Arizona Family History Expo in Mesa, Arizona and 2) to our live webinar audience. Note: access to the http://new.familysearch.org database is still restricted to LDS members. FamilySearch has stated that they should open its access to the public sometime in 2011 after their testing is complete. In the meantime, all other FamilySearch databases are open to the public at http://beta.familysearch.org.

Click here to register.


1910 Norway census now online and free to search

Thanks to my Google Reader on my iGoogle home page I am instantly alerted of all the breaking news in the genealogy industry. Just in from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter is the announcement that the 1910 Norwegian Census is now online and is free for everyone.

If you have Norwegian ancestry, head over to Arkivverket Digitalarkivet by clicking here.

This new resource will be included in Legacy's Research Guidance suggestions in our next update so you can easily know which of your ancestors would appear in this census.

By the way, the 1875 Norway Federal Census is currently being indexed by FamilySearch. It is 63% complete. For more information, or to volunteer to help index, click here.


New webinar in the archives - Share Your Family History with Legacy Charting

Last night's webinar, Share Your Family History with Legacy Charting, is now available in our webinar archives. Janet Hovorka did a fantastic job of giving us ideas on why to use charts and I had a blast demonstrating some of Legacy Charting's features. Thanks everyone for calling in - especially Janise from Australia (I love her accent).

As a reminder, be sure to place your wall chart orders several days before the holiday shipping deadlines for ontime Christmas delivery. And the link for the step-by-step instructions to create the special family tree bookmarks is here.

Listen to the recording here. The webinar will be available in the archives until at least January 1, 2011 (can't believe the new year is almost here...).

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Katie-Gale-small Wednesday, December 8, 2010. Helping Unlock the World's Records - FamilySearch Indexing for Power Users. If you’ve graduated from the basics of FamilySearch Indexing, you’re ready to learn how to simplify and increase your work without decreasing your accuracy. This class, taught by FamilySearch's Katie Gale and hosted by Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen, will discuss a variety of ways to enhance your indexing experience with program tips, tools, and more.

ThomasMacentee-small Wednesday, January 5, 2011. Google for Genealogists. Most genealogists are only using 10% or less of the resources behind Google when it comes to genealogy research. Learn from professional genealogist, Thomas MacEntee, about the other 90% and how these Google components can be leveraged for better search results. Google is more than just a search engine – it is a wealth of information much of which goes unnoticed by the average genealogist. Besides search, Google allows you to access maps, books, journals, abstracts, patents and much more. These components may be what is needed to make advances in your genealogy research.

Click here to register.


Deadlines for on-time Christmas delivery

Want to make sure your cards and packages arrive by December 25? See our holiday deadlines to see when you need to drop your cheer in the mail.

Important

If you are purchasing Legacy or other products from our online store, please do so at least a few days before the below-published deadlines. One never knows how accurate the deadlines are from the postal service.

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Whether you purchase one item from us, or, ten, the shipping/handling remains the same - one flat rate. Buy gifts for everyone in the family and save.

$10 off Legacy software

Give the gift of Legacy for the whole family. Until December 31, save $10 on new Legacy 7 software purchases. Click here for more details. Or save even more with Legacy 3-packs and 5-packs.

Order online or by telephone

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Google Earth 6 now available (free)

Google Earth has done it again. And this time, genealogists will be dancing with excitement.

After viewing the new Historical Imagery video for the newly-released Google Earth 6, I can't wait to start using these new tools. In Google Earth 6, you can travel back in time to see imagery from previous years. 

I wonder if I can see what Asa Clark Brown's 1848 Pennsylvania home looked like before it burned. Probably not, but I will give it a try.

You can download Google Earth 6 at http://earth.google.com. Watch the Historical Imagery video below.