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Flash Webinar! Register for "Googling with Geoff" - live on Saturday, January 31

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Join FamilyTreeWebinars.com's host and Legacy Family Tree developer, Geoff Rasmussen, as he presents "Googling with Geoff" to a live audience as part of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society seminar in Whittier, California on Saturday, January 31 at 1:45pm Eastern U.S. time. Geoff will teach about a variety of tools including:

  • Google's Picasa, facial recognition, and syncing with the cloud
  • Using an email that will last
  • Google Alerts
  • Customized Google Searches
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Earth

While waiting for my airplane en route to Los Angeles this morning, I had the idea to share one of the classes I will teach tomorrow (Saturday) with the rest of the world. Fun for the live seminar audience - they'll get to see the behind-the-scenes of hosting a live webinar. Fun for the webinar audience - they'll get to join one of the classes of the annual Whittier Area Genealogical Society seminar from the comfort of their home. Let's just hope the Internet and microphones are working...we'll see...

Join us for the live webinar Saturday, January 31, 2015 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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Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at:

  • 1:45pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 12:45pm Central
  • 11:45am Mountain
  • 10:45am 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 both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live 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.
  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!


Getting Started in Scrapbooking - free webinar by Susan and Debbie Budge now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Getting Started in Scrapbooking" by the Susan and Debbie Budge is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. Lots of great comments:

  • Excellent ideas. I'm excited again about scrapbooking, especially in conjunction with my familly history. I just have to find some more hours in my day!
  • Excellent I enjoyed their sweet easy way of talking and showing us the concepts of their Play to Create way of doing scrapbooking.
  • I've been a scrapbooker for years and loved this presentation and YES, it does fit right in with genealogy. The special pages are the ones where spouse and kids help with journaling!!! 

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 39 minute recording of "Getting Started in Scrapbooking" PLUS the bonus 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.

Coupon code

Use webinar coupon code - scrapbooking - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com or www.Kiwilane.com, valid through Monday, February 2, 2015.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 203 classes, 299 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 831 pages)
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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

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year (that's about the cost of 5 webinar CDs)
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • One-Place Studies - Tracing the History of a Community by Kirsty Gray. February 4.
  • Step-by-Step - Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records by Mark Lowe. February 6.
  • Zigzagging through German Church Records by Jim Beidler. February 11.
  • Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors by Jan Gow. February 18.
  • Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom by Angela Walton-Raji. February 20.
  • Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye - 9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives by Lisa Louise Cooke. February 25.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. March 4.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. March 6.
  • Crafting Ancestor Profiles from Start to Finish by Lisa Alzo. March 11.
  • Irish Genealogical Records in the 17th-19th Centuries by Judy Wight. March 18.
  • Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence by Chris Staats. March 25.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 1 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. April 1.
  • American Revolution Genealogy by Beth Foulk. April 8.
  • Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House by Jana Sloan Broglin. April 10.
  • Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Warren Bittner. April 15.
  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E! by Judy Russell. April 22.
  • United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story by Bernice Alexander Bennett. April 24.
  • Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history by Tessa Keough. April 29.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 2 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. May 6.
  • After You're Gone - Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). May 8.
  • GenealogyBank - The Power of Finding Our Ancestor's Stories by Tom Kemp. May 13.
  • Martha Benshura - Enemy Alien by Judy Russell. May 20.
  • Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill. May 27.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 3 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 3.
  • Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar by Jana Sloan Broglin. June 10.
  • 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough. June 12.
  • The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 1.
  • Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. July 8.
  • Making a Federal Case Out of It by Judy Russell (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). July 10.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. July 15.
  • Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. July 22.
  • Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. July 29.
  • Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier. July 31.
  • What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. August 5.
  • Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. August 12.
  • Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. August 19.
  • Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. August 21.
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. August 26.
  • Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. September 2.
  • Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. September 9.
  • Genealogy Serendipity - Listening For Our Ancestors by Geoff Rasmussen. September 11.
  • Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. September 16.
  • Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. September 23.
  • Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji. September 25.
  • Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. September 30.
  • Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. October 7.
  • Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. October 14.
  • Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. October 16.
  • What Happened to the State of Frankland - Using Tennessee's Pre-Statehood Records by Mark Lowe. October 21.
  • Complex Evidence - What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. October 28.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. November 4.
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. November 11.
  • Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. November 13.
  • Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. November 18.
  • Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. December 2.
  • Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. December 9.
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. December 16.

Click here to register. Or click here register for multiple webinars at the same time.

Print the 2015 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Getting Started in Scrapbooking by Susan and Debbie Budge

LogowhiteLearn how to scrap your past and present quickly and easily. Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to preserve your heritage and those precious family memories, and in this Introduction to Scrapbooking webinar, we will show you how to use designer templates from Kiwi Lane Designs to create beautiful layouts that your whole family will love to look at!

Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, January 28, 2015 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.

Pre-webinar interview with Susan:

Registerbut

Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

Not sure if you already registered?

On the Upcoming Webinars tab, login to view the webinars you are already signed up for (available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers).

Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here.

Can't make it to the live event?

No worries. Its recording will be available for a limited time. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access to all webinar recordings for the duration of their membership.

About the presenter

Susan-100Susan Budge is a wife and a mother of five children — four girls and one boy. She is passionate about family, photos and creativity, all of which come together in her love of scrapbooking. She is currently the CEO of Kiwi Lane Designs, a scrapbooking and card-making company.

Debbie-100Debbie Budge is a recent widow and the mother of 8 children. She has had a burning interest in researching her family history since the age of 17 and has been able to trace some of her family lines back to the early years of our country and across the sea to Germany and England. She currently is a co-owner of Kiwi Lane Designs, along with Susan Budge and her daughter, Shiloh Jorgensen. Debbie believes scrapbooking is a natural extension of family history as it both documents the lives of family members, both past and present, and brings their stories to life.

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, January 28, 2014 at:

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

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 both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live 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.
  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!


New Legacy QuickTip Video - Getting Started in Legacy, Research Log, and SourceWriter

We have another great Legacy QuickTip Video for you today! Learn:

  • How to get started in Legacy
  • How to use the To Do List and Research Log
  • Quick intro to the SourceWriter

These tips were presented live during the recent after-webinar party of Thomas MacEntee's recent webinar, My Genealogy DO-Over: a Year of Learning from Research Mistakes and compliment/reinforce what he taught.

Click here for the video.

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Got Nebraska Ancestors? There's a new webinar (and book) for that!

 

IStock_000007518853Large-editedLegacy Family Tree Webinar Subscribers - check out our very first recorded addition to the webinar library. This was not a live broadcast but content specifically recorded to help you with your research. If you have Nebraska ancestors, presenter Ruby Coleman, President of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society, will set you on the right track to finding them. Be sure to download her accompanying syllabus as well.

You will learn about:

  • The early history, settlements and geography of Nebraska, all influential in your research
  • The land laws and records as well as promotional railroad land
  • Other types of records available in any of the 93 counties of Nebraska
  • The time periods and types of records available in the state.

Click here to watch the 41 minute recording of "Nebraska, A Genealogy Journey" and download/print the 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials or click here to subscribe.

NebookNew Book! Genealogical Research in Nebraska by Ruby Coleman

Ruby's new book - all 536 pages - is the perfect companion to her webinar recording. It contains historical and geographical information, plus information for each county in the state. There are hundreds of URLs that will link to web pages that are a must when doing genealogical research. Some of the topics ... Trails, Road and Forts; Ethnic Groups; Land Laws and Records; Institutional Records in Nebraska and Farming and Ranching Records.

Regular price - 24.95

Webinar subscribers price - 23.70

Click here to purchase.


My Genealogy DO-Over - A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes - free webinar by Thomas MacEntee now online for limited time

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Another webinar for the ages by Thomas MacEntee today! The recording of today's webinar, "My Genealogy DO-Over - A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes" by the great Thomas MacEntee, is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. Lots of great comments:

  • Wonderful! I really enjoy hearing Thomas speak. I'm so glad he admits his past bad habits. I think pretty much every genealogist started out doing things wrong. And now he's leading us to do it right.
  • Thomas laid out a clear roadmap for how to do a reset and restart your genealogy to exploit everything you've learned about capturing accurate information and citing sources -- "if only I knew then what I know now."  In addition to the roadmap, he has so many useful tools, including his facebook group specifically for a do-over. Even if you don't want to do a complete reset, there are so many ideas and tools in this webinar, you will find something that will recharge your research.
  • Legacy gives the BEST webinars ever. And today's was one of the best of the best.

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 44 minute recording of "Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact" 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.

Coupon code

Use webinar coupon code - doover15 - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, January 26, 2015.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 201 classes, 297 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 827 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

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year (that's about the cost of 5 webinar CDs)
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Getting Started in Scrapbooking by Susan Budge. January 28.
  • One-Place Studies - Tracing the History of a Community by Kirsty Gray. February 4.
  • Step-by-Step - Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records by Mark Lowe. February 6.
  • Zigzagging through German Church Records by Jim Beidler. February 11.
  • Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors by Jan Gow. February 18.
  • Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom by Angela Walton-Raji. February 20.
  • Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye - 9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives by Lisa Louise Cooke. February 25.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. March 4.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. March 6.
  • Crafting Ancestor Profiles from Start to Finish by Lisa Alzo. March 11.
  • Irish Genealogical Records in the 17th-19th Centuries by Judy Wight. March 18.
  • Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence by Chris Staats. March 25.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 1 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. April 1.
  • American Revolution Genealogy by Beth Foulk. April 8.
  • Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House by Jana Sloan Broglin. April 10.
  • Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Warren Bittner. April 15.
  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E! by Judy Russell. April 22.
  • United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story by Bernice Alexander Bennett. April 24.
  • Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history by Tessa Keough. April 29.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 2 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. May 6.
  • After You're Gone - Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). May 8.
  • GenealogyBank - The Power of Finding Our Ancestor's Stories by Tom Kemp. May 13.
  • Martha Benshura - Enemy Alien by Judy Russell. May 20.
  • Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill. May 27.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 3 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 3.
  • Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar by Jana Sloan Broglin. June 10.
  • 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough. June 12.
  • The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 1.
  • Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. July 8.
  • Making a Federal Case Out of It by Judy Russell (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). July 10.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. July 15.
  • Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. July 22.
  • Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. July 29.
  • Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier. July 31.
  • What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. August 5.
  • Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. August 12.
  • Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. August 19.
  • Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. August 21.
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. August 26.
  • Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. September 2.
  • Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. September 9.
  • Genealogy Serendipity - Listening For Our Ancestors by Geoff Rasmussen. September 11.
  • Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. September 16.
  • Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. September 23.
  • Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji. September 25.
  • Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. September 30.
  • Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. October 7.
  • Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. October 14.
  • Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. October 16.
  • What Happened to the State of Frankland - Using Tennessee's Pre-Statehood Records by Mark Lowe. October 21.
  • Complex Evidence - What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. October 28.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. November 4.
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. November 11.
  • Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. November 13.
  • Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. November 18.
  • Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. December 2.
  • Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. December 9.
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. December 16.

Click here to register. Or click here register for multiple webinars at the same time.

Print the 2015 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


New Legacy QuickTip Video - Timelines, County Histories, and Centennia

We have another great Legacy QuickTip Video for you today! Learn:

  • How to add historical events to an ancestor's timeline
  • How to learn which county/local histories are available for the places where your ancestor lived
  • How to use the Centennia software to visualize the changing country boundaries in Europe

These tips were presented live during the recent after-webinar party of Marian Pierre-Louis' recent webinar, Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact and compliment/reinforce what she taught.

Click here for the video.

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Genealogy - "kind of creepy?"

IStock_000006874244SmallMy 14-year-old son, Evan, who once proclaimed, "But Dad, I thought genealogy was boring...this is so...much...fun!" (read about it here) reacted a little differently as we did genealogy together last night.

After finding one of his ancestors in a census record, some of the information did not match up with what he had previously found. The age was off a little bit for the mother of the family. Seeing his concern, I explained to him that sometimes we find conflicting information in our research and so we need to corroborate our findings with more research. We went on to find the family in two more censuses, and we found even more conflicting information, yet the picture was becoming more clear. After, I suggested we look in yet another record to which he responded,

"So in a way, genealogy is kind of creepy?"

I asked, "what do you mean - creepy?"

He said, "well, stalcker-ish!"

Laughing, I responded, "Right! We're trying to learn as much as we can about our ancestors, aren't we!"

As soon as this part of the conversation came to a close, I thought to write it down. Evan asked, "what are you doing?" I responded, "this is going in my next book."


Register for Webinar Wednesday - My Genealogy DO-Over - A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes by Thomas MacEntee

20150121-MacEnteeIt isn’t often that we get a “do-over” when it comes to stuff that matters in life. When you first got started researching your family history, did you do some things that now are just plain “embarrassing” such as name collecting, not citing sources and more? Well now there’s hope since genealogists from beginner to advanced are employing new research methodologies and documentation practices. In this webinar, follow genealogist Thomas MacEntee as he basically starts his genealogy research from scratch but includes sound research practices and methodologies as well as new templates, tools and the latest technology to create a better body of family history research.

Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, January 21, 2015 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.

Pre-webinar interview with Thomas:

Download the syllabus

In preparation for the webinar, download the supplemental syllabus materials here. The syllabus is available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers. Log in here or subscribe here.

Registerbut

Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

Not sure if you already registered?

On the Upcoming Webinars tab, login to view the webinars you are already signed up for (available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers).

Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here.

Can't make it to the live event?

No worries. Its recording will be available for a limited time. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access to all webinar recordings for the duration of their membership.

About the presenter

Presenter-9590What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

Click here to view Thomas' webinars in the archives.

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, January 21, 2014 at:

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

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.
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Our 200th Webinar! Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact - now online for free for a limited time

200The recording of our 200th live webinar, "Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact" by Marian Pierre-Louis, is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. What a way to celebrate 200! Marian was terrific! Lots of great comments:

  • I think this should be one of the must-sees for anyone taking on genealogical research. Extremely well structured and presented. By using the "one-fact" approach, Marian really teaches what good research is about, how to find and use clues one might otherwise ignore and how to avoid guesswork while building toward solid info, bit by bit. Great advice to open up one's thinking and use "non-genealogy" sources. Great way to provide both context and more clues, and make our ancestors come alive for us.
  • A brilliant Webinar, very many thanks for giving me so much information on research techniques. Congratulations to all at Legacy!
  • Excellent methodologies, especially for those without much non-genealogical research experience. And - I learned several helpful tips on Legacy in the after-party!

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 39 minute recording of "Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact" 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.

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • My Genealogy DO-Over - A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes by Thomas MacEntee. January 21.
  • Getting Started in Scrapbooking by Susan Budge. January 28.
  • One-Place Studies - Tracing the History of a Community by Kirsty Gray. February 4.
  • Step-by-Step - Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records by Mark Lowe. February 6.
  • Zigzagging through German Church Records by Jim Beidler. February 11.
  • Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors by Jan Gow. February 18.
  • Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom by Angela Walton-Raji. February 20.
  • Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye - 9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives by Lisa Louise Cooke. February 25.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. March 4.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. March 6.
  • Crafting Ancestor Profiles from Start to Finish by Lisa Alzo. March 11.
  • Irish Genealogical Records in the 17th-19th Centuries by Judy Wight. March 18.
  • Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence by Chris Staats. March 25.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 1 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. April 1.
  • American Revolution Genealogy by Beth Foulk. April 8.
  • Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House by Jana Sloan Broglin. April 10.
  • Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Warren Bittner. April 15.
  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E! by Judy Russell. April 22.
  • United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story by Bernice Alexander Bennett. April 24.
  • Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history by Tessa Keough. April 29.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 2 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. May 6.
  • After You're Gone - Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). May 8.
  • GenealogyBank - The Power of Finding Our Ancestor's Stories by Tom Kemp. May 13.
  • Martha Benshura - Enemy Alien by Judy Russell. May 20.
  • Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill. May 27.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 3 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 3.
  • Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar by Jana Sloan Broglin. June 10.
  • 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough. June 12.
  • The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 1.
  • Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. July 8.
  • Making a Federal Case Out of It by Judy Russell (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). July 10.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. July 15.
  • Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. July 22.
  • Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. July 29.
  • Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier. July 31.
  • What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. August 5.
  • Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. August 12.
  • Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. August 19.
  • Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. August 21.
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. August 26.
  • Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. September 2.
  • Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. September 9.
  • Genealogy Serendipity - Listening For Our Ancestors by Geoff Rasmussen. September 11.
  • Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. September 16.
  • Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. September 23.
  • Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji. September 25.
  • Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. September 30.
  • Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. October 7.
  • Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. October 14.
  • Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. October 16.
  • What Happened to the State of Frankland - Using Tennessee's Pre-Statehood Records by Mark Lowe. October 21.
  • Complex Evidence - What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. October 28.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. November 4.
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. November 11.
  • Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. November 13.
  • Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. November 18.
  • Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. December 2.
  • Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. December 9.
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. December 16.

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