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Our Legacy Family Tree software AND Legacy Family Tree Webinars have been nominated for Best Genealogy Software and Favorite Genealogy Education or Learning Experience as part of The About Genealogy 2013 Readers' Choice Awards. Now you can vote for your favorite once per day through March 19, 2013. Can you guess who I voted for?

Click here to vote for your favorite genealogy software.

Click here to vote for your favorite genealogy education or learning experience.

Then set a reminder to cast your vote - once per day - through March 19.

Thanks to the genealogy community for your nominations.


Annie Moore of Ellis Island - A Case of Historical Identity Theft, free webinar now online by Megan Smolenyak

LogowhiteI hesitate to write this because we've had so many terrific webinars, but I think today's webinar by Megan Smolenyak could top the list as the best we've ever had (sorry Thomas, Lisa, Karen, Linda, Michael, Mary, Kathryn, Marian, Maureen, and so many others - it was just...that...good...)!

Megan's "Annie Moore of Ellis Island: A Case of Historical Identity Theft" not only pulled at every viewer's heart strings, but she taught plenty of genealogy methodology and showed the results that persistence brings.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

During the webinar we "unofficially" announced the availability of our brand new webinar website - www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. I'll write more about it next week. In addition to the webinar's recording being available in the archives for free for about a week, it is also available as part of the monthly or annual webinar membership. Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 136 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 352 pages)
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)

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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Special discount coupon

The special discount coupon of annie that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything at www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com or www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Monday, March 4, 2013.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Behind the Cheese Curtain: A Look at Wisconsin Genealogy Resources by Thomas MacEntee. March 6.
  • Blogs: Easy-to-Make Web Pages by DearMYRTLE and Carrie Keele. March 8.
  • Breaking Down Your Irish and Scottish Brick Wall in the New Poor Law Records of Scotland by Judy Wight. March 13.
  • Evidence: Guidelines for Evaluating Genealogical Evidence by Linda Geiger. April 3.
  • That First Trip to the Courthouse by Judy Russell. April 10.
  • A Treasure Trove of Irish Websites by Judy Wight. April 17.
  • What's New at FamilySearch by Devin Ashby. April 24.
  • Researching your Roots in Rhode Island by Maureen Taylor. May 1.
  • Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE. May 3.
  • Land Records Solve Research Problems by Mary Hill. May 15.
  • Ten Hidden Resources Every Genealogist Should Know by Lisa Alzo. May 22.
  • The New Frontier in Genetic Genealogy: Autosomal DNA Testing by Ugo Perego. May 29.
  • The Genealogy of Your House by Marian Pierre-Louis. June 5.
  • Get What You Came For: New Search Options Let You Target Obituaries, Photos, Passenger Lists, Births, Marriages, and More by Tom Kemp. June 12.
  • Next Exit: Your New Jersey Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee. June 14.
  • How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists by Judy Russell. June 26.
  • Canadian Ports of Entry: Ship Passenger Lists, Immigration Records, and Border Crossing Records by Kathryn Lake Hogan. July 10.
  • Research in the Old Line State: An Overview of Maryland Genealogy by Michael Hait. July 17.
  • Top Ten Techniques for Finding More in Library Catalogs by Barbara Renick. July 19.
  • Top 21st Century Genealogy Resources - A Baker's Dozen by Tom Kemp. July 24.
  • Direct Your Research with City Directories by Maureen Taylor. July 31.
  • Captured For All Time: Recording Family Voices to Preserve and Pass Down by Marian Pierre-Louis. August 7.
  • Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists: FamilySearch, Research Wiki, and Legacy FamilyTree by Geoff Rasmussen. August 14.
  • Colonial Immigrants: Who They Were and Where They Came From by Mary Hill. August 28.
  • Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer! by Linda Geiger. September 4.
  • More Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE. September 6.
  • You Use WHAT for Genealogy? by Thomas MacEntee. September 11.
  • Don't Be an Audio Hog: Free and Easy Ways to Share Your Audio Files by Marian Pierre-Louis. September 18.
  • Using Church Records to Identify Ancestors by Mary Hill. October 23.
  • Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestors' Lives by Judy Russell. October 30.
  • Ancestry Trees Can Jump Start Your Research by DearMYRTLE. November 1.
  • Researching with Marian! Creating a Research Plan with YOUR Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. November 6.
  • Researching Your Ohio Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. November 13.
  • Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results by Thomas MacEntee. November 20.
  • How Computers & Gadgets are Changing Genealogy by Barbara Renick. December 4.
  • Overcoming Lost Records Using Technology by Karen Clifford. December 18.

Click here to register.

See you online!


Register for Webinar Wednesday - A Case of Historical Identity Theft by Megan Smolenyak

LogowhiteOne of genealogy's most well-known and favorite speakers, Megan Smolenyak, will be this Wednesday's webinar speaker. I have watched Megan present this session in person and I am certain you will enjoy it as much as I did. Be sure to arrive early (20-30 minutes) to ensure your virtual seat, as only the first 1,000 to join will be able to participate in the live session.

Webinar Description

An Irish lass, Annie Moore, tripped down a gangplank and into the pages of history in 1892 when she became the first immigrant to arrive at Ellis Island. But less than a century later, an Illinois-born Annie Moore had somehow taken her place and was celebrated in song, statue and literature. That all ended when some stubborn genealogists decided to use their sleuthing skills to seek out the right Annie. Join us to learn how she and her true descendants reclaimed their rightful place in history when their reunion was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

Join us for the live webinar on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 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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Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here and then click on the "Test Your GoToWebinar Connection" link.

About the presenter 

Megan-100Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes, that’s her real name) is an incurable genealogist and wears many hats in the family history world. A popular writer, speaker and TV guest, she does all she can to get the g-word out there and inspire others in their quest for roots. She enjoys solving mysteries, making unexpected discoveries and pushing the boundaries of conventional genealogy. She has consulted for and appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, BBC Breakfast, Who Do You Think You Are?, African American Lives, Ancestors, TimeWatch, They Came to America, Faces of America, NPR, and BBC Radio, and has spoken at numerous events across the U.S., England, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand. Megan’s books include Trace Your Roots with DNA, Honoring Our Ancestors, In Search of Our Ancestors, and They Came to America, Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing and Who Do You Think You Are: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History.

She is also the author of:

Reverse Genealogy: Finding the Living webinar

Neglected History webinar

Megan will also be joining us on our 10th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise (Eastbound Panama Canal) this September as one of our featured speakers.

Add it to your Google Calendar

With our 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, February 27, 2013 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. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here by clicking on the "Test Your GoToWebinar Connection" link.
  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!


Legacy Family Tree update available (version 7.5.0.219)

We have another great new Legacy Family Tree update for you to download. The update is free and includes some minor fixes that you have reported to us.

See the download instructions below for step-by-step instructions on installing this update.

What's Been Fixed

View the February 15, 2013 release notes here.

How to Update

For our Deluxe Edition users, all you have to do is connect to the Internet, start Legacy 7, and click on the "Install and Download Now" link on the Legacy Home tab. (If you're reading this from within the Legacy Home tab inside of Legacy 7, you'll first need to click on the Home button in the top left of the Legacy Home tab which looks like the following picture:

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If you are a Standard Edition Legacy user, you will need to visit our website. Go to https://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp and follow the instructions.


Making the Most of Canadian Census Records, free webinar now online

LogowhiteThe recording of today's webinar, Making the Most of Canadian Census Records, by Kathryn Lake Hogan, is now online to view for a limited time. She taught the ten things to look for in Canadian Census Records including:

  • Birth
  • Age
  • Marriage
  • Death
  • Immigration/naturalization
  • Origin and place of birth
  • Address or location
  • Dwellings and buildings
  • Persons absent
  • Agricultural schedules

View the recording

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 26 minute recording of Making the Most of Canadian Census Records is now available to view in our webinar archives for a limited time. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp to watch.

2013-02-20-cdPre-order the webinar CD

Own your own copy of Making the Most of Canadian Census Records by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95. It includes the complete 1 hour 26 minute recording of the class, 5 pages of handouts, and complete Question/Answer session. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Canadian Legacy QuickGuides

Kathryn is also the author of the Canadian Legacy QuickGuide collection. Click here for more information.

Special discount coupon

The special discount coupon of canada2 that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything in our online store through Monday, February 25, 2013.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Annie Moore of Ellis Island - A Case of Historical Identity Theft by Megan Smolenyak. February 27.
  • Behind the Cheese Curtain: A Look at Wisconsin Genealogy Resources by Thomas MacEntee. March 6.
  • Blogs: Easy-to-Make Web Pages by DearMYRTLE and Carrie Keele. March 8.
  • Breaking Down Your Irish and Scottish Brick Wall in the New Poor Law Records of Scotland by Judy Wight. March 13.
  • Evidence: Guidelines for Evaluating Genealogical Evidence by Linda Geiger. April 3.
  • That First Trip to the Courthouse by Judy Russell. April 10.
  • A Treasure Trove of Irish Websites by Judy Wight. April 17.
  • What's New at FamilySearch by Devin Ashby. April 24.
  • Researching your Roots in Rhode Island by Maureen Taylor. May 1.
  • Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE. May 3.
  • Land Records Solve Research Problems by Mary Hill. May 15.
  • Ten Hidden Resources Every Genealogist Should Know by Lisa Alzo. May 22.
  • The New Frontier in Genetic Genealogy: Autosomal DNA Testing by Ugo Perego. May 29.
  • The Genealogy of Your House by Marian Pierre-Louis. June 5.
  • Get What You Came For: New Search Options Let You Target Obituaries, Photos, Passenger Lists, Births, Marriages, and More by Tom Kemp. June 12.
  • Next Exit: Your New Jersey Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee. June 14.
  • How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists by Judy Russell. June 26.
  • Canadian Ports of Entry: Ship Passenger Lists, Immigration Records, and Border Crossing Records by Kathryn Lake Hogan. July 10.
  • Research in the Old Line State: An Overview of Maryland Genealogy by Michael Hait. July 17.
  • Top Ten Techniques for Finding More in Library Catalogs by Barbara Renick. July 19.
  • Top 21st Century Genealogy Resources - A Baker's Dozen by Tom Kemp. July 24.
  • Direct Your Research with City Directories by Maureen Taylor. July 31.
  • Captured For All Time: Recording Family Voices to Preserve and Pass Down by Marian Pierre-Louis. August 7.
  • Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists: FamilySearch, Research Wiki, and Legacy FamilyTree by Geoff Rasmussen. August 14.
  • Colonial Immigrants: Who They Were and Where They Came From by Mary Hill. August 28.
  • Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer! by Linda Geiger. September 4.
  • More Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE. September 6.
  • You Use WHAT for Genealogy? by Thomas MacEntee. September 11.
  • Don't Be an Audio Hog: Free and Easy Ways to Share Your Audio Files by Marian Pierre-Louis. September 18.
  • Using Church Records to Identify Ancestors by Mary Hill. October 23.
  • Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestors' Lives by Judy Russell. October 30.
  • Ancestry Trees Can Jump Start Your Research by DearMYRTLE. November 1.
  • Researching with Marian! Creating a Research Plan with YOUR Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. November 6.
  • Researching Your Ohio Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. November 13.
  • Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results by Thomas MacEntee. November 20.
  • How Computers & Gadgets are Changing Genealogy by Barbara Renick. December 4.
  • Overcoming Lost Records Using Technology by Karen Clifford. December 18.

Click here to register.

See you online!


FamilySearch Records Update: 19 new collections including Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and the United States

This week's FamilySearch Records update includes 19 new collections: 7 from Napoli, Italy, 7 from the United States, 4 from Germany, and 1 from Netherlands. Among these collections are the United States Draper Manuscript Collection from 1740 to 1960 (more information can be found here), the Germany, Brandenburg, Bernau bei Berlin Jewish Records from 1688 to 1872, and the United States Revolutionary War Rolls from 1775 to 1783. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 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 historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.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

Comments

Germany, Brandenburg, Bernau bei Berlin, Jewish Records, 1688-1872

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2,058

New browsable image collection.

Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Various Protestant Church Records, 1594-1936

0

4,056

New browsable image collection.

Germany, Westfalen, Minden, Index to Funeral Sermons, 1580-1740

0

33,073

New browsable image collection.

Germany, Württemberg, Schwäbisch Hall, Probate Records, 1803-1925

0

36,814

New browsable image collection.

Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980

0

1,811

Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Napoli, Fontana, Parocchia di Santa Maria della Mercede – La Sacra, Catholic Church Records, 1641-1929

0

2,660

New browsable image collection.

Italy, Napoli, Grumo Nevano, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929

0

18,810

New browsable image collection.

Italy, Napoli, Lacco Ameno, Parrocchia di SS. Annunziata in Santa Maria delle Grazie, Catholic Church Records, 1630-1929

0

3,193

New browsable image collection.

Italy, Napoli, Marano di Napoli, Civil Registration (Comune), 1839-1929

0

18,199

New browsable image collection.

Italy, Napoli, Sant’Angelo, Parocchia di San Michele Arcangelo, Catholic Church Records, 1905-1929

0

77

New browsable image collection.

Italy, Napoli, Sant’Antimo, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929

0

24,177

New browsable image collection.

Italy, Napoli, Serrara, Parocchia di Santa Maria del Carmine, Catholic Church Records, 1659-1929

0

2,714

New browsable image collection.

Netherlands, Noord-Holland Province, Church Records, 1553-1909

0

672,330

New browsable image collection.

Spain, Cádiz, Civil Registration Records, 1870-1960

0

37,980

Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1903-1918

0

159,510

Added images to an existing collection.

Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1840-1845

520,550

146,178

Added index records and images to an existing collection.

U.S., California, Cemetery Transcriptions

0

17,138

New browsable image collection.

U.S., Georgia, Elbert County Records, 1790-2002

0

63,290

New browsable image collection.

U.S., Mississippi, Confederate Records, 1889-1942

0

2,740

Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Ohio, Cleveland Cemetery Interment Records, 1824-2001

346,248

10,585

New indexed records and images collection.

U.S., Ohio, County Records, 1841-2003

0

92

Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Vermont, Orange County, Bradford District Estate Files, 1780-1915

0

75,694

New browsable image collection.

United States, Draper Manuscript Collection, 1740-1960

0

84,177

New browsable image collection.

United States, Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914

0

41,172

Added images to an existing collection.

United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942

52,939

0

Added index records to an existing collection.

United States, Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872

0

8,955

Added images to an existing collection.

United States, Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783

0

93,048

New browsable image collection.

United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933

852,027

0

Added index records to an existing collection.


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Making the Most of Canadian Census Records by Kathryn Lake Hogan

LogowhiteJoin us for Webinar Wednesday at a special time (9pm Eastern U.S.) as Kathryn Lake Hogan presents, "Making the Most of Canadian Census Records." Learn strategies and techniques on how to get the most out of the Canadian census records in order to gain a better understanding of your ancestors. This webinar will put those techniques into practice by following three different families (Canadian, French-Canadian & African Canadian) through the census records.

Join us for the live webinar on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 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.

Registerbut

Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here and then click on the "Test Your GoToWebinar Connection" link.

About the presenter 

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Kathryn Lake Hogan is a professional genealogist, author and educator as well as the driving force behind LOOKING4ANCESTORS. Specializing in Canadian and English research, Kathryn has earned the Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) with the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She enjoys lecturing on a variety of family history topics at genealogy and historical society meetings, workshops, regional conferences and webinars.

Starting with her own family history research over 10 years ago, Kathryn has not only made genealogy her passion, she has also dedicated herself to helping others discover the joys of family history and how to locate their own ancestors.

Giving back to the genealogy community is important to Kathryn: she is involved with the Ontario Genealogical Society as a member and as the webinar coordinator. In addition, Kathryn is the branch genealogist for the Bicentennial Branch of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada.

She will also be presenting "Canadian Ports of Entry: Ship Passenger Lists, Immigration Records, and Border Crossing Records" in the July 10 webinar.

Add it to your Google Calendar

With our 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, February 20, 2013 at:

  • 9pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 8pm Central
  • 7pm Mountain/Arizona
  • 6pm Pacific

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com 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. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here by clicking on the "Test Your GoToWebinar Connection" link.
  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!


Legacy Family Tree is coming to St. George, Utah and Hemet, California

Mark your calendars for two great events in Utah and California. This weekend, February 22-23 we will be at the St. George Family History Expo in St. George Utah. The following weekend, Geoff Rasmussen (that's me!) will present an all-day genealogy technology seminar in Hemet, California. Here's the details....

February 22-23 in St. George, Utah

Visit with the Legacy developers in booths 114 and 213 (vendor hall is free and open to the public!). Bring your suggestions and comments, and take advantage of seminar-special pricing on Legacy Family Tree products. Additionally, Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen will teach the following classes in-person:

  • Organizing, Researching, Mapping, Sourcing, and Sharing with Legacy Family Tree
  • Use Legacy Family Tree to Create Shareable CDs, Books, Charts and More
  • Legacy Family Tree for Your Mobile Device Plus Other Tips & Tricks
  • Cemeteries Go Digital
  • Mapping Your Ancestors Electronically
  • Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists

Visit www.fhexpos.com for registration and more information.

March 2 in Hemet, California

Join me and the Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society for an all-day genealogy technology seminar. Registrations postmarked by February 23 (this Saturday) will receive the discounted price.

  • 34 pages of handout materials in glorious color!
  • You'll learn how to view your genealogy files on a USB drive
  • You'll learn how to measure the distance between two towns or cities and do a proximity search for all the churches and courthouses within an area you determine
  • You'll learn how to get 1 gigabyte of free space on the Internet to store your photos and up to 20 gigabytes for only $5 per year
  • You'll learn how to store all your photos, obits, vital record images, maps and much more on your computer so that you can find them in seconds
  • and much more...
  • Lots of door prizes
  • Both Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen and Legacy's founder, Dave Berdan, will be there

Here's the flyer and registration info.

We hope to see you at one of these events. If not, we'll see you online.


My son's first kiss? and a love note from my great-grandfather

I think I may have missed my 7-year-old son's first kiss....

Imagine my surprise this morning, when my wife found a folded up note on the kitchen counter which read,

"I am sory for kissing you Braden."

It sure does not look like my 4-year-old daughter's handwriting, and I doubt Braden's older brothers would be involved.

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The funny part - it's Valentine's Day today!

This reminded me of a love letter that my great-grandfather sent to his future wife in 1907:

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Quite the contrast, eh? My great-grandfather was 17 years old at the time though.

So...what would a good father do? Should I talk with my 7-year-old, spy on him, or see how it all plays out?


Pre-1850 U.S. Research Methodologies, free webinar now online by Karen Clifford

LogowhiteThe recording of today's webinar, Pre-1850 U.S. Research Methodologies, by Karen Clifford, is now online to view for a limited time. My favorite quote from Karen was, "don't make your own brick walls." She then explained the 9 steps for approaching pre-1850 U.S. records.

One viewer commented, "I'm a professional genealogist and have been doing research for almost 40 years, and this webinar was great in teaching me some new tricks!"

View the recording

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 46 minute recording of Pre-1850 U.S. Research Methodologies is now available to view in our webinar archives for a limited time. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp to watch.

2013-02-13-cdPre-order the webinar CD

Own your own copy of Pre-1850 U.S. Research Methodologies by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95. It includes the complete 1 hour 45 minute recording of the class, 4 pages of handouts, and complete Question/Answer session. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Karen's book

Karen Clifford's genealogy textbook, Digging Deeper: Using Essential Pre-1850 Records is now available for the first-time ever as an electronic PDF - 352 pages, full-color.

Click here to preview or purchase the book for just $24.95.

Special discount coupon

The special discount coupon of karen that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything in our online store through Monday, February 18, 2013.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Making the Most of Canadian Census Records by Kathryn Lake Hogan. February 20.
  • Annie Moore of Ellis Island - A Case of Historical Identity Theft by Megan Smolenyak. February 27.
  • Behind the Cheese Curtain: A Look at Wisconsin Genealogy Resources by Thomas MacEntee. March 6.
  • Blogs: Easy-to-Make Web Pages by DearMYRTLE and Carrie Keele. March 8.
  • Breaking Down Your Irish and Scottish Brick Wall in the New Poor Law Records of Scotland by Judy Wight. March 13.
  • Evidence: Guidelines for Evaluating Genealogical Evidence by Linda Geiger. April 3.
  • That First Trip to the Courthouse by Judy Russell. April 10.
  • A Treasure Trove of Irish Websites by Judy Wight. April 17.
  • What's New at FamilySearch by Devin Ashby. April 24.
  • Researching your Roots in Rhode Island by Maureen Taylor. May 1.
  • Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE. May 3.
  • Land Records Solve Research Problems by Mary Hill. May 15.
  • Ten Hidden Resources Every Genealogist Should Know by Lisa Alzo. May 22.
  • The New Frontier in Genetic Genealogy: Autosomal DNA Testing by Ugo Perego. May 29.
  • The Genealogy of Your House by Marian Pierre-Louis. June 5.
  • Get What You Came For: New Search Options Let You Target Obituaries, Photos, Passenger Lists, Births, Marriages, and More by Tom Kemp. June 12.
  • Next Exit: Your New Jersey Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee. June 14.
  • How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists by Judy Russell. June 26.
  • Canadian Ports of Entry: Ship Passenger Lists, Immigration Records, and Border Crossing Records by Kathryn Lake Hogan. July 10.
  • Research in the Old Line State: An Overview of Maryland Genealogy by Michael Hait. July 17.
  • Top Ten Techniques for Finding More in Library Catalogs by Barbara Renick. July 19.
  • Top 21st Century Genealogy Resources - A Baker's Dozen by Tom Kemp. July 24.
  • Direct Your Research with City Directories by Maureen Taylor. July 31.
  • Captured For All Time: Recording Family Voices to Preserve and Pass Down by Marian Pierre-Louis. August 7.
  • Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists: FamilySearch, Research Wiki, and Legacy FamilyTree by Geoff Rasmussen. August 14.
  • Colonial Immigrants: Who They Were and Where They Came From by Mary Hill. August 28.
  • Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer! by Linda Geiger. September 4.
  • More Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE. September 6.
  • You Use WHAT for Genealogy? by Thomas MacEntee. September 11.
  • Don't Be an Audio Hog: Free and Easy Ways to Share Your Audio Files by Marian Pierre-Louis. September 18.
  • Using Church Records to Identify Ancestors by Mary Hill. October 23.
  • Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestors' Lives by Judy Russell. October 30.
  • Ancestry Trees Can Jump Start Your Research by DearMYRTLE. November 1.
  • Researching with Marian! Creating a Research Plan with YOUR Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. November 6.
  • Researching Your Ohio Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. November 13.
  • Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results by Thomas MacEntee. November 20.
  • How Computers & Gadgets are Changing Genealogy by Barbara Renick. December 4.
  • Overcoming Lost Records Using Technology by Karen Clifford. December 18.

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