Sonoma County Genealogical Society 2018 Spring Seminar

If you're in the Santa Rosa, California area, please join me for the 2018 Spring Seminar of the Sonoma County Genealogical Society. It will be held at the Person Auditorium at the Finley Center (2060 West College Avenue at Stony Point Road in Santa Rosa) on May 5, 2018.

In addition to the full day seminar, I'll be doing a Friday evening class, "Legacy Family Tree: Your Offline Hub for your Online Research."

Visit for more information.


See you at RootsTech 2018!

Join us this week at the world's largest in-person genealogy conference - RootsTech in Salt Lake City! With tens of thousands of attendees, hundreds of exhibitors, and some pretty cool speakers (Scott Hamilton, Henry Louise Gates, Jr., Dallin H. Oaks and Hank Smith among others) it's the genealogy event of the year!

Also, visit us at the Legacy Family Tree software and webinars booths - numbers 1336/1337. The Legacy developers plus both Geoff and Marian will be there, so bring your ideas, your recent genealogy success stories, and of course your wallet - as always we'll have RootsTech-special pricing on our software. Also we'll have your conference ribbons and "Life is Short, Do Genealogy First" wristbands to share.

If you can't make it, join online. Many of the conference sessions will be streamed live. Here's the streaming schedule.

See you in SLC!

RootsTech is Here! Get your Legacy Ribbons and Wristband

IMG_1255The biggest genealogy event of the year is finally here. RootsTech, in Salt Lake City, is where thousands of genealogists will convene this week, including yours truly. We'll be in booths 1731 and 1830 (directly across from the Demo Theater) showing off our Legacy software and selling our favorite genea-products at special conference pricing. And if you're one of the first 2,000 people to visit our booth, we'll have one of our new "Life is Short! Do GENEALOGY First!" wristbands for you - free. Also pick up your Legacy and FamilyTreeWebinars ribbons for your name badges.

So here's to yet another exciting genealogy week! See you at RootsTech.

Legacy Family Tree at RootsTech 2016

The biggest in-person genealogy event of the year begins next week - and Legacy Family Tree will be there front and center! RootsTech 2016 is scheduled for February 3-6, 2016 in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read all about it at

Meet us in person in booths 314 and 316

We'd love to meet as many of our software users and webinar viewers as possible. Come shake hands with (even get your picture with):

  • Geoff Rasmussen, Legacy developer, author of Legacy Unlocked, and host of
  • Dave Berdan, President of Millennia, Legacy co-founder
  • Ken McGinnis, Vice-President of Millennia, Legacy co-founder
  • Leonard Plaizier, Legacy trainer and user
  • Thomas MacEntee (more below)
  • and more...

Oh, and we'll have our conference-special pricing on Legacy products too!


Prizes - choose a free webinar CD

For as long as they last, everyone who stops by our booth can take home a free webinar CD from our library (one per attendee please). Come quickly to pick up your favorite class before it's gone.


Thomas MacEntee

Meet Thomas MacEntee - in person! at our booth Saturday morning from 10-11am. This is your chance to have your book or webinar CD signed, take a picture, or just mingle with one of your favorite genealogy gurus. 


Geoff's Class

Geoff (that's me!) will be presenting a brand new class: Navigating the New Google Photos on Thursday, February 4 at 4:30pm in room 255A. Here's the class description:

Got digital images? Get an in-depth look into Google's new photo service - Google Photos. Learn best practices for managing, sharing, searching, enhancing, and preserving your digital photos. Learn how to access your collections via your computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Right around the corner is the world's biggest family history library so if you don't see me at the booth, in class, or at lunch - guess where I'll be? Hope to see you all there!

Full-day genealogy technology seminar in Whittier, California, to feature Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen

LogonewtranIf you're in the Whittier, California area, I hope you'll join me and the Whittier Area Genealogical Society for a full-day seminar on genealogy technology. On Saturday, January 31, 2015, the society will host their 32nd annual seminar, and I'm honored to be their speaker for the day. I'll be presenting some brand new classes, as well as new twists on popular topics.

For more information, to download the flyer, and to register, click here.

Legacy workshop to be taught by Geoff Rasmussen in Ontario, Canada - September 20, 2014

If you are in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada area, please join Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen as he presents a full day workshop on using the Legacy Family Tree software. Sponsored by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, the workshop will be held at the North York Central Library on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9am-5pm. Registration is required and available here.

Workshop description:

If you are now using Legacy Family Tree software but are not sure you are using it fully to help you with your family history, this one-day workshop could be for you. The workshop is intended for beginner and intermediate users of the software.

The workshop leader Geoff Rasmussen will review the basic techniques for using Legacy Family Tree (versions 7 or 8), highlight what’s new in version 8, and explain how Legacy Family Tree now makes it easy for you to make the best use of LDS Family Search.

We hope to see you all there! Click here for more information or to register.

Full day genealogy seminar this Saturday, April 5 in Fair Oaks, California

If you are in the Sacramento, California area this weekend, or even if you are not (see below), I'd invite you to join me and the Sacramento Genealogical Society for a full day of genealogy methodology and technology. I will be presenting two brand new classes and major updates to two other classes:

Pre-registration is required (just mail it in by Tuesday, April 1). Here's the registration information. Held at the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church at 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd in Fair Oaks, California, this group puts on one of the finest (if not the very best) seminars in the country every year. I'm so looking forward to Saturday! Oh, and if you have one of my books, bring it with you for the book signing at lunch.

If you are not in the area, I'd still invite you to join me as my "Googling Around with Google and other Fun Technology" class will be broadcast to both the live audience and to a live webinar audience. Click here to register.

Genealogy Seminar in San Diego September 21 - with Geoff Rasmussen and Karen Clifford

If you will be in the San Diego, California area next week, please join me, Karen Clifford, and the San Diego Genealogical Society for their fall full-day seminar. Here's what we will be teaching:

  • Digital Imaging Essentials (by Geoff)
  • Timelines and Chronologies (by Geoff)
  • Slow Down and Pick up Speed (Genealogists' research cycle - pathway to success by Karen)
  • Digging Deeper: Using Essentials Pre-1850 Records (by Karen)

You have two ways to register:

  1. Online here. Click the "Regsiter" button and follow the instructions.
  2. Visit, click on Meetings and Events > Registration Forms > September 21, 2013 Seminar. Print the form, fill it out, attach a check, and mail it.

The event will be held at the Marina Village in the Mission Bay area. Your $40 registration fee ($45 for non-members) includes—coffee/tea and pastries when you arrive for check-in. We will also have a wonderful buffet lunch catered by Ranch Events, featuring Baron of Beef and Roasted Chicken as the main entrees. We will also have a great selection of Opportunity Drawing prizes that have been donated by generous San Diego area merchants. As an added bonus—parking is free!

Webinar Rescheduled - City Directories webinar with Maureen Taylor changed to Friday, August 2, 2013

Our upcoming webinar, "Direct Your Research with City Directories" with Maureen Taylor has been rescheduled from its original date of Wednesday, July 31 to Friday, August 2, 2013 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Please update your calendars, or register here for the free event.

It's no fault of Maureen's. While looking over my personal schedule I noticed I was supposed to be teaching a class on Legacy Family Tree 8 at the annual Conference on Family History & Genealogy at BYU at the same time. I thought about teaching the class and hosting the webinar concurrently, but decided against it. :)

By the way, I'm really looking forward to learning more about city directories. Ages ago, I published the popular website (voted one of FamilyTree Magazine's best 101 websites back in 2004). A city directory helped me break down my Joshua Brown brick wall. I wrote about it here.

I'll see you all next week for a special Webinar Friday!

Legacy is coming to Orange County, California - July 13, 2013

If you will be in the North Orange County, California area on Saturday, July 13, 2013, I invite you to join me for a full day genealogy technology seminar. Hosted by the Genealogical Society of North Orange County, I will be presenting the following classes:

  • Research Guidance: GenSmarts, FamilySearch, and Legacy
  • Organizing, Planning, and Sharing Using Legacy Family Tree 8
  • Mapping Your Ancestors Electronically
  • Cemeteries Go Digital
  • plus question/answer time and door prizes

The seminar will be held from 9am-4pm at the Fullerton Public Library and Conference Center at 353 W. Commonwealth Ave in Fullerton. We'll also have Pegi and Sarah from Legacy Customer Service there with seminar-special pricing on our Legacy software, webinar CDs, books, magnabrites, and more.

Registration is required. Click here for the form. For more information, call 714-319-5994 or go to Pre-registration ends July 6.