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Free webinar now online - A Closer Look at Google+ by Dan Lynch

DanLynch-100The recording of today's webinar, A Closer Look at Google+ by Dan Lynch is now available to view in our webinar archives for a limited time. He provided an in-depth look into one of Google's newest features and showed how it can help genealogists get and stay connected with other researchers, family members, and friends. Immediately after the webinar he hosted a live hangout with webinar attendees.

Dan also announced the future availability of the second edition of his award-winning book, Google Your Family Tree. While supplies last, any new purchases of his current first edition (352 page, softcover) will come with a voucher to receive the second edition for free when it is released (you'll just need to cover the shipping cost of the free book).

View the recording

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 38 minute recording of A Closer Look at Google+ is now available to view in our webinar archives. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp to watch. It is available for free until December 12, 2011.

2011-11-30-googlePre-order the webinar-on-CD

Own your own copy of A Closer Look at Google+ by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95. It includes the 1 hour 38 minute recording of the class with the complete Q/A session. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Special discount coupon

Since nearly everything in the online store is already discounted for our 2011 Christmas sale, there was no special coupon code announced.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • New Genealogy Technology: Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner with Gordon Nuttall, December 2.
  • Tracing Immigrant Ancestors with Lisa Alzo, December 7.
  • "Is My Pet Frog Part of My Family?" Children and Genealogy in the Classroom with Maureen Taylor, December 14.
  • Digital Books and Sites for Genealogists with James Tanner, January 4.
  • Pilgrims and Patriots: Discovering Your Massachusetts Ancestors with Marian Pierre-Louis, January 18.
  • Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners with Marian Pierre-Louis, February 15.
  • Are You Ready for the 1940 U.S. Census Images with Thomas MacEntee, March 7.

Click here to register.

See you online!


Newspaper Advertisements: Finding Missing Relatives and Friends

by Thomas Jay Kemp, NewsBank’s Director of Genealogy Products, used with permission.

Today if we lose touch with a friend or relative we can go to the Internet and see if we can track them down on Google, Facebook or a networking site. That’s now—but what did people do before the Internet?

How did people locate missing family, or find lost relatives?

In earlier times, people would find lost family members by placing “missing family” or “lost relatives” advertisements in newspapers.

With thousands of newspapers being published in the U.S. before World War II, individuals trying to find lost family members would strategize and select the newspapers that would most likely be read by their target person, or someone who knew him or her.

These missing relatives and friends advertisements can be a gold mine for genealogists looking to fill holes in their family trees.

They can be especially helpful with Irish American genealogy. Irish Americans living along the East Coast and up into Canada read the Irish World newspaper published in New York City. If you were an Irish American, then the Irish World was the newspaper you would use to get your message out.

Here is a missing family ad printed by the Irish World (New York, New York), 19 November 1904, page 8:

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With a widespread Irish American readership hungry for news of the old country and interested in the successes and accomplishments of their fellow emigrants, these advertisements would be read with a spirit of sympathy for the circumstances faced by the advertising family, in hopes that the reader could be of help.

Look at the first missing family advertisement: searching for Patrick Reilly of Carrickallen, Ireland, a “motorman on a streetcar in New York City.”

You can almost visualize a group gathered on a lunch break or at the local diner in the evening reading these ads. The reader calls out across the room:

Sean: “Hey, Jimmy—you work on the street cars. Have you ever heard of a motorman named Reilly, Patrick Reilly?”

Jimmy: “Not sure, where was he from?”

Sean: “Carrickallen.”

Jimmy: “Where’s that?”

From two tables away: “That’s in County Cavan. John, aren’t you from near there?”

Another man at the table: “The landlady from my rooming house is from County Armagh. She knows everyone from Armagh and Cavan. I could ask her if she knows of a Patrick Reilly.”

Like a Facebook message ricocheting across the country at the click of a mouse, word would flash through this 1904 Irish American network that Edward Reilly of Butte, Montana—originally of Carrickallen, County Cavan, Ireland—was looking for his brother Patrick, a motorman in New York City that he had lost touch with five years earlier.

For genealogists these missing family advertisements are invaluable records. Look at what we learn from just this one advertisement:

  • Name: Patrick Reilly
  • From: Carrickallen, County Cavan, Ireland
  • Departure from Ireland: About13 years earlier [about 1891]
  • Last heard from: five years ago [about 1899]
  • Last known location: New York City; working as a motorman
  • Parents: Mother’s maiden name Hagan
  • Siblings: Sisters: Bridget and Mary; Brother: Edward of Butte, Montana

Another approach people took to find missing persons was to advertise in job-related newspapers.

Like emigration, the lure of the sea was another reason why people left an area and often lost contact with their family and friends.

These missing sailor advertisements are another helpful resource for genealogists. Look at this “lost sailor” ad printed by the Friend (Honolulu, Hawaii), 26 September 1857, page 70:

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This is a typical “information wanted” advertisement inserted in the Honolulu newspaper Friend that was widely read by sailors and others involved in the maritime and naval shipping industry.

The whereabouts of Charles Edwin Greene of New Bedford, Massachusetts, or Providence, Rhode Island, was requested by his mother.

She included his last known information—what ships he was sailing on and when:

  • Departed on: the Garland, which sailed from New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1853
  • Subsequently served on: the Sea Breeze, deserting it on August 1855 at Paita, New Caledonia
  • Now serving on: “some whale ship”

You immediately realize the mother’s anguish: her son had not been heard from directly for nearly four years.

Newspapers are essential for genealogical research. Often we focus our research on local newspapers to find articles about our ancestors published in newspapers close to where they lived. In both of these examples, however, we see that families advertised in newspapers across the county, believing their missing family member or perhaps some friends were likely to be reading those papers and would see the ads.

Bottom Line: Genealogists need to cast a wide net and search all newspapers for their ancestors. Don’t think your assumptions are correct, and narrow your search to only your ancestors’ local papers. If you get too many returns, you can limit your search by date range to restrict the number of search result hits you have to sift through. Just like obituaries and marriage announcements, advertisements can be critical to your research.

Huge Historical Newspaper Archive at GenealogyBank.com
One of the key sources for online newspapers is GenealogyBank.com. Featuring more than 5,700 U.S. newspapers with over 1 billion names from all 50 states, GenealogyBank is one of the most extensive online historical newspaper archives available anywhere, designed specifically for family history research.

Over 95% of our newspaper content is exclusive to GenealogyBank. By providing access to rare and hard-to-find newspapers from 1690 to the present day, GenealogyBank gives researchers the opportunity to discover unique, long-forgotten information about their American ancestors.

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For a limited time, annual memberships are at their most affordable if you join before December 2, 2011. For a little more than $4.00 per month, you’ll save over 30% off an Annual Membership.

There’s never been a better time to explore your family history. You are just a few clicks away from fascinating facts and stories from your family’s past.

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How to create a 2012 birthday / anniversary calendar using Legacy Family Tree

With the new year approaching, why not resolve to be a better relative by remembering family birthdays and anniversaries? Two features of Legacy Family Tree make this easy to do:

  • Legacy's birthday and anniversary reminders described here.
  • Legacy's Calendar Creator.

Legacy can create a birthday calendar, an anniversary calendar, or a combination of the two. There are options to include a cover picture, picture pages above each calendar month, and complete control over color, layout, shadows, fonts, page size, and more. The calendars can be blank or include the birthdates and anniversaries of the people already entered in your family file.

That's right! Because the information (birthdays and anniversaries) is already in your Legacy family file, Legacy will automatically add this to the calendar pages. With the who to include options, you can customize the calendar so only certain family lines are included. You even have the option to skip the anniversaries of divorced couples.

Get Started

To begin, make sure that you have installed Legacy Family Tree Deluxe Edition available here. Then follow these steps:

  1. With Legacy open, click on the Reports icon in the main toolbar.
  2. Click on the Books/Other tab, and click on the Calendar Creator button.
  3. Using the options on the six tabs, customize the calendar to your preferences.
  4. Print, and enjoy being the person in your family that never misses a birthday or anniversary!

Click on the picture below for an example:

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Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner - webinar this Friday December 2, 2011

Flippal2The hottest new genealogy gadget is the Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner - now available from Legacy Family Tree. If you have been considering purchasing it or just want to know what all the hype is about, we invite you to attend our free webinar this Friday, December 2, where the CEO of Couragent, Gordon Nuttall, will show us how it all works.

Take your Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner with you to scan those precious documents and photos that Aunt Betty won’t let leave her home. You will have your own digital copy to pass on your legacy. We will show you how to overcome research challenges using the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner. Family historians and genealogists alike are often faced with challenges creating quality digital files of both documents and images. Challenges seem to appear at every turn... in an archive scanning fragile documents, or on a once-in-a-lifetime trip exploring family roots. Scanning documents is an essential part of gathering and sharing genealogy records. Conventional scanners require long hours at your computer, can't scan documents that are at a remote location, are fixed in size, and can damage the original fragile document. In this webinar, we'll show how to use the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner to scan with high detail wherever the document is located, and with any size original. Learn why the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner is a highly regarded genealogy research tool and is the only scanner permitted in the National Archives because it does not risk damaging the original.

The live webinar is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2011 at 2PM Eastern U.S., so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day.

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About the presenter

Gordon Nuttall is the CEO of Couragent. Gordon has founded three other small businesses and two non-profits. His previous successful innovations have been in digital cameras, desktop scanners, consumer products software, multi-function peripherals, fax, and personal mass storage. He has been granted four patents and has three patents pending. He founded Couragent as a values-based organization, with Courage, Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, and Care as its foundation core values.

Here's brief demo:

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Friday, December 2, 2011 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain/Arizona
  • 11am Pacific
  • 7pm GMT

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email during the week prior to the webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. 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.
  6. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Save $10 on all Legacy software PLUS Free shipping offer (through Dec 31, 2011)

LegacysantaJust in time for the holidays - all Legacy Family Tree software is $10 off until December 31, 2011.

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.

Through December 31st, we are offering four great ways to save:

  1. Save $10 off any new Legacy 7 software purchase for yourself.
  2. Save $10 off any new Legacy 7 software purchase for friends and family. There is no limit to the number of Legacys you can buy at this discount price.
  3. Legacy 3-packs. Save even more when purchasing three at a time.
  4. Legacy 5-packs. The best value.

Click here to purchase or call 1-800-753-3453.

Free Shipping and Deadlines

Purchase $75 or more and get free shipping - to anywhere! Click here for the deadlines for on-time Christmas delivery.

Legacy 3-packs and 5-packs
Give the gift of Legacy to the whole family with discounted 3-pack and 5-pack pricing. These bundles are save you even more money when purchasing multiple copies of Legacy.

Click here to browse the new 3-packs and 5-packs

Also save on Legacy add-ons, webinar CDs, videos, and books
Nearly every Legacy add-on, webinar CD, training video set, and how-to book has been discounted for this holiday sale, including Geoff Rasmussen's new book The Official Unofficial Guide to Using Legacy Family Tree and Paul Larsen's popular book, Crash Course in Family History.

Browse add-on software

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Flippal2Brand New - Flip-Pal Mobile Scanners

We've just added the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to our online store. This is the scanner that everyone has been talking about. Click here to view.

Happy holidays to everyone from the Legacy Family Tree team!


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.

Free Shipping!

Purchase $75 or more and get free shipping - to anywhere!

$10 off Legacy software

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

Order online or by telephone

  • 1-800-753-3453 (U.S. and Canada)
  • 1-623-875-4928

Deadlines

According to the United States Postal Service (as of November 28, 2011), these are the "last mailing dates to arrive by Christmas."

U.S. Destinations

Parcel Post: December 15
Priority: December 21
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International Destinations

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A Closer Look at Google+ by Dan Lynch - a free webinar on Wednesday, November 30

DanLynchThis past July, Google users from around the world began registering for a preview of the new Google+ service. It wasn’t long before the genealogical community led the charge to adopt this new set of powerful tools. Our August webinar on Google+ set records for registration and attendance as family historians and technologists from 72 countries heard Paul Allen, Dan Lynch, and Mark Olsen formally introduce The Google+ Project to the worldwide family history community. In fact, the event attracted viewers from outside the world of genealogy too!

In this updated webinar, Dan Lynch will step us through a closer look at Google+ and we’ll see how he and others are putting various features of the service to use for individual family history work, but also for societies and other organizations. As author of the award-winning book, "Google Your Family Tree" - Dan continues to share the benefits of Google and other technology offerings with family historians from around the world. You won’t want to miss this event!

The live webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 2PM Eastern U.S., so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day.

Registerbut

About the presenter

Dan Lynch, a.k.a. "Mr. Google" is a technology marketing consultant, professional genealogist, and popular international speaker. One of the first to recognize Google's strengths for family history research, Dan authored the award-winning book "Google Your Family Tree", and is already helping the genealogical community understand the benefit of Google+ (see his blog at https://GooglePlusforGenealogists.com).

Add it to your Google Calendar

With our brand new Google Calendar button, you will never forget our upcoming webinars. Simply click the button to add it to your calendar. You can then optionally embed the webinar events (and even turn them on and off) into your own personal calendar. If you have already added the calendar, you do not have to do it again - the new webinar events will automatically appear.

Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain/Arizona
  • 11am Pacific
  • 7pm GMT

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email during the week prior to the webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. 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.
  6. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Free webinar now online - Let Your Voice Be Heard in the Digital Conversation by Drusilla Pair

Drusillapair-100It was bound to happen at some point, and it did, but it's ready to go now. Due to the joys and complexities of technology, Drusilla Pair's October 26 webinar didn't go as smoothly as planned. But thanks to "Professor Dru's" persistence, enthusiastic attitude, and a little post video editing, we are now able to announce the availability of her webinar's recording, CD, and handouts. In Let Your Voice Be Heard in the Digital Conversation, Drusilla taught why genealogists should use audio recordings to preserve our family history and explained which software and hardware were necessary.

View the recording

To view the 48-minute recording of Let Your Voice Be Heard in the Digital Conversation visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp. It will be available there at no cost until December 5, 2011.

2011-10-26-webcdPurchase the webinar-on-CD (includes 4 pages of handouts)

Own your own copy of Let Your Voice Be Heard in the Digital Conversation by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95. It includes the 48 minute recording of the class, the complete Q/A session, and 4 pages of handouts. Click here for more information or to purchase. 

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • A Closer Look at Google+ with Dan Lynch, November 30.
  • Tracing Immigrant Ancestors with Lisa Alzo, December 7.
  • "Is My Pet Frog Part of My Family?" Children and Genealogy in the Classroom with Maureen Taylor, December 14.
  • Digital Books and Sites for Genealogists with James Tanner, January 4.
  • Pilgrims and Patriots: Discovering Your Massachusetts Ancestors with Marian Pierre-Louis, January 18.
  • Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners with Marian Pierre-Louis, February 15.

Click here to register.

See you online!


Free webinar now online - Share Family History with Heritage Collector Software

HeritagecolIf you are a fan of the Legacy add-on software, Heritage Collector Suite, you will be excited to watch the recording of Friday's webinar, Share Family History with Heritage Collector Suite, presented by both Marlo Schuldt and Kathleen Bitter. In it, Marlo announced the availability of their brand new version 7. Attendees were very pleased with its new look. Kathleen then demonstrated how to create Christmas cards, scrapbook pages and photo calendars.

View the recording

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 21 minute recording of Sharing Family History with Heritage Collector Suite is now available to view in our webinar archives. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp to watch.

Special discount coupon

The special discount coupon of heritage that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything in our online store through Tuesday, November 22, 2011.

Purchase Heritage Collector Suite 7.0

Click here to purchase.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • A Closer Look at Google+ with Dan Lynch, November 30.
  • Tracing Immigrant Ancestors with Lisa Alzo, December 7.
  • "Is My Pet Frog Part of My Family?" Children and Genealogy in the Classroom with Maureen Taylor, December 14.
  • Digital Books and Sites for Genealogists with James Tanner, January 4.
  • Pilgrims and Patriots: Discovering Your Massachusetts Ancestors with Marian Pierre-Louis, January 18.

Click here to register.

See you online!


New Legacy Family Tree User Group in Phoenix, Arizona

A new Legacy Family Tree user group is born - this time in my neck of the woods. Here's the announcement from Gene Carruth:

The Phoenix Family History Center is sponsoring a Legacy User Group starting December 13 at 7pm at the Center. This is for all users of the Legacy genealogy software to come together to learn how to get the most out of the software. This will be the first organizing meeting to discuss the dates, times, objectives and frequency of meetings. All those interested in Legacy genealogy software are invited to attend. 

  • What: Legacy User Group Meeting
  • When: December 13, Tuesday Night
  • Time: 7 PM
  • Where: Phoenix Family History Center, 3102 N.18th Ave, Phoenix, AZ
  • Who: Anyone interested

Any questions please contact Gene Carruth, cell phone 602-370-0564.

For a list of world-wide Legacy User Groups, visit https://www.legacyfamilytree.com/UsersGroups.asp.