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.


Legacy Family Tree is coming to Mesa, Arizona this weekend

Join us in warm Mesa, Arizona this weekend for the annual Arizona Family History Expo! Visit our booth, chat with the Legacy developers, attend our classes, and take advantage of our special conference pricing in the free exhibit hall. The conference is held at the Mesa Convention Center at 263 N. Center Street. Click here for more information or to register.

Free exhibit hall hours

Visit us in booths 24 and 34. Meet the Legacy developers, bring your questions or suggestions, and pick up Legacy products at conference-only pricing. The exhibit hall is free and open to the public.

  • Friday, January 18 - 12pm-7:20pm
  • Saturday, January 10 - 9am-4pm

Legacy Family Tree (and other) classes

All taught by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen:

  • Friday, 3:50pm: Organizing, Researching, Mapping, Sourcing, and Sharing with Legacy Family Tree
  • Friday, 6:00pm: Use Legacy Family Tree to Create Shareable CDs, Books, Charts, and More
  • Friday, 7:20pm: Legacy Family Tree for Your Mobile Device Plus Other Tips & Tricks
  • Saturday, 11:20am: Cemeteries Go Digital
  • Saturday, 1:30pm: Mapping Your Ancestors Electronically: Using Software and the Internet

Hope to see you there!


RootsTech 2013 announced

If you are considering one genealogy conference to attend in 2013, RootsTech should be high on your list. Held in Salt Lake City March 21-23, 2013, it is the largest genealogy conference in the United States, and is held just down the road from the Family History Library. As a member of the program committee, I was honored to participate in selecting the speakers and classes. Here's the official announcement:

SALT LAKE CITY-RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the United States in only two years, has announced the opening of its early bird registration for RootsTech 2013. The conference uniquely focuses on helping individuals at all skill levels to use the latest resources and technology to find, organize, preserve, and share their family's connections and history. The conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 21-23, 2013. For more information, go to RootsTech.org.

RootsTech 2013 will have content for young and old alike, regardless of expertise. World-class speakers from all over the country will address the latest topics and challenges, and there will be an exciting exhibitor hall with hands-on labs and demonstrations from 100+ product and service providers. Attendees can choose from over 250 classes to learn how to start their family history, solve personal research problems, and find better solutions for connecting with their family.

Conference Costs

  • Full 3-Day Pass $149 (Ends December 31, 2012)
  • Full One-Day Only Pass $89
  • Student 3-Day Pass $39 (School ID required)
  • Getting Started 3-Day Pass $39 (Early Bird)
  • Getting Started One-Day Pass $19 (Selection of fundamental classes)
  • Developer Day Pass $89 (Full-day technology program for developers)

Beginners

Those who are new to family history can attend a full track of Getting Started classes and labs to:

  • Learn the basics of starting your family history.
  • Discover 10 activities you can do to get started.
  • Get hands-on experience with family history tools.
  • Additional classes for LDS Church members: Learn the importance of family history, the basics to start your family tree, and how to qualify your ancestors' names for temple work 

Experienced Genealogists

Attend hands-on workshops and interactive classes to:

  • Expand your skills and knowledge to accelerate your research.
  • Help influence the future of genealogy.
  • Learn and share new ways to adapt technologies to genealogy.
  • Help leading-edge technology providers better understand your needs.
  • Participate in panels, product demos, and many networking opportunities. 

Developers

Developer Day (Friday, March 22, 2013) sessions are specifically designed to help participants:

  • Explore the latest development techniques using:
    • Cloud computing
    • Mobile apps
    • Social networking
    • Geo-mapping
  • Learn practical software development skills from industry leaders and pioneers.
  • Create solutions to difficult problems in a rapidly-growing market segment.
  • Access sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors that provide tools and services to enable innovations

About RootsTech

RootsTech is a unique conference focused on helping individuals learn and use the latest technology to get started or accelerate their efforts to find, organize, preserve and share their family's connections and history. The first annual conference was held in 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hosted by FamilySearch and sponsored by leading genealogical organizations, the conference includes hands-on demonstrations and forums to provide a highly interactive environment and accelerate learning. Content is geared to young and old, beginner to advanced levels.


Bouse Genealogical Society Genealogy Technology Seminar

 

If you'll be in the Parker, Arizona area this December I hope you'll join me for this full day of genealogy with the Bouse Genealogical Society. Here's their press release.
When: 7 December 2012
Where: Blue Water Casino, 11222 Resort Dr., Parker, Arizona.
Who: Featuring nationally known speaker Geoff Rasmussen.
Topics:
  • Googling Around with Google: Alerts, iGoogle, Calendar, Reader and more
  • Legacy Tips and Tricks: Something for Everyone
  • Genealogy on the Go: CDs, thumb drives, GENViewer, and Families App
  • Social Media for Genealogists; Message Boards, Mailing Lists, Blogs, and more.
Cost, including lunch, $40 paid before 16 November, and $45 after 16 November. Additional information and registration form are available on our website at:http://bousegenies.weebly.com/ or contact us at BouseGenies@gmail.com. 

 

 


Geoff Rasmussen to speak at the Colorado Genealogical Society Seminar March 17, 2012

CGSLogoIf you are in the Denver, Colorado area on March 16 and 17, I'd love for you to join me at the Colorado Genealogical Society Seminar.

First, on Friday evening, I will be presenting The 1940 Census - Coming Soon to a Computer Near You as part of the CGS monthly meeting (free). This is held at the Christ the King Lutheran Church at 2300 S. Patton Court in Denver at 7:00pm.

The Saturday seminar will feature the following classes:

  • Mapping Your Ancestors Electronically
  • Timelines and Chronologies: Secrets of Genealogical Success
  • Sharing Your Genealogy Electronically
  • 12-Step Checklist for Using Your Genealogy Computer Program

For a complete seminar flyer and registration form, click here. Hope to see you there!


South Davis Family History Fair 2012

The South Davis Family History Fair in Bountiful, Utah, is one of my favorite annual genealogy conferences. In the past it has had over 1,700 attendees and I have enjoyed participating and speaking at it for the past ten or so years. For the first time it will be organized by the Utah Genealogical Association, a very capable organization of which I was involved as its vice-president eight years ago. If you plan to be in the Bountiful, Utah area the weekend of March 2-3, 2012, I would recommend that you attend. Here is their press release:

The Utah Genealogical Association is pleased to present the 2012 SOUTH DAVIS FAMILY HISTORY FAIR!! This will be held March 2-3 at Bountiful High School.

Our Keynote speaker this year for the Friday night session will be LISA LOUISE COOK, of Genealogy GemsPodcast, author and sought-after international speaker. She will be presenting THE FAMILY HISTORY GREAT RACE. This will begin at 7:00 pm Friday evening.

Saturday will begin at 8:00 am with our Keynote address by KAREN CLIFFORD, her subject will be: THE CHANGING FACE OF FAMILY HISTORY.

The fair will have 5 sessions containing 122 classes on all different subjects relating to family history. We will offer beginning to advanced levels, including computer labs, with hands on training and help in Ancestry.com, New Family Search, Ask An Expert, and Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Many well-known presenters will be teaching topics such as research in Germany, Scandinavia, Latin America all areas of the United States and Canada, Denmark, Scotland and Sweden. Many popular websites will be featured such as Family Search, Wiki and Forums, Google and Google Earth, Ancestry.com, and Archives.com. Learn how to use online Research logs, your digital camera and Photoshop Elements. See how to organize your files and documents and participate in an entire track of 5 classes specifically for beginners!

Our great vendors will be showing all the newest in Family History products.

Cost for the fair is only $10.00 for UGA members and $15.00 for non-UGA attendees. The cost includesthe syllabus on CD containing the handouts for all 122 classes. A hot lunch or sack lunch will also be available for purchase. The printed syllabus will be $15.00 for UGA members and $20.00 for non-UGAattendees.

Come and join us for the 15th year of this great community event!! Legacy Family Tree and Utah Genealogical Association will be giving away notebook computers andAncestry.com is giving away 4 world memberships!!

Go to www.ugagenealogy.com to register. Be sure to sign up early to get the classes you would like toattend. If you would like to attend for free, SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER!!


Legacy class in Ogden, Utah - April 19, 2011

If you are in the Ogden, Utah area, please join us for an evening of Legacy Family Tree instruction on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. The class will be held at the Ogden Family History Center (539 24th St.) from 7:00-8:00pm and will be taught by professional genealogist and fellow Legacy user, Warren Bittner. For more information, please contact Emil Hanson.

Hope to see you there!


Season Two: The Generations Project

With all of the genealogy television shows to watch, blogs to read, webinars to view, and conferences to attend, I sometimes wonder if we will have enough time to actually search for our ancestors. If the new season of BYUtv's The Generation Project is anything like its last season, you will definitely want to make time for this.

The second season of BYUtv’s The Generation Project premiers Monday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. MDT. The Generations Project is a reality-based family history show that uncovers the remarkable stories and family histories of everyday people. The people take a hands-on journey to learn about their ancestors, and in the process they discover more about themselves.

The second season of The Generations Project “takes you from Germany to Holland to New York's 'Little Pakistan' and everywhere in between, following eleven journeys into the past: the Denkes explore the origins of their children’s life-threatening genetic disease. Kerry hopes his ancestors will help him find his estranged son, and Ty delves into his complicated heritage as a son of Nazi Germany. They along with eight other guests engage with the past to understand the present.”
 
BYUtv is available through many local satellite and cable companies. In addition, The Generations Project can be viewed live online at http://www.byutv.org (you'll need to register for a free account to view the show live). All episodes are also available to be viewed immediately after airing at http://www.byutv.org/thegenerationsproject/episodes (no registration required).


Legacy is coming to Massachusetts

For the first time ever, we will participate in the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts April 6-10, 2011. If you are in the area, we hope you will stop by and see us. We'll have special-seminar-pricing on Legacy and other products. Click here for all the details.

By the way, we will be giving away a free Acer netbook. Here's the catch - you have to attend the conference. Hope to see you all there!

Netbook


Upcoming Legacy seminars and webinars - Jan-Feb 2011 - Arizona, California, and Utah

Our 2011 conference season started off with a bang with our Google for Genealogists webinar. We hope to see you in Arizona, California, Utah, or online in January or February.

January 2011

Online webinar - January 5. Google for Genealogists presented by Thomas MacEntee. Click here to view the archived webinar.

USA | Utah | St. George - January 5-6. St. George Regional Family History Training Center located across the street from the St. George LDS temple. This is a two-part Legacy class of approximately eight hours. 1-5pm on both days. In addition to the demonstration of how to use Legacy, students will also have hands-on practice along with assignments and handouts to best learn the software. Registration is open to anyone. Contact David Midgley for more information or call the FHC at 435-673-4591.

USA | Utah | Salt Lake City - January 10. Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, come visit with Legacy's co-founder, Ken McGinnis. Special seminar pricing on products will also be available. For more information, please click here.

USA | Utah | Salt Lake City - January 13. Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Legacy will be presenting "Legacy Family Tree: an Overview" for the lunch-time educational session. Those with a lunch ticket may attend the session. For more information, please click here.

USA | Arizona | Mesa - January 21-22. 23rd annual Arizona Family History Expo. Held at the Mesa Convention Center (263 North Center Street), visit us in booths 15 and 28. As a major sponsor of this event, we will be giving away prizes including an Acer Netbook computer. Click here for more information. Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen will be teaching four classes:

  • Improving your use of New FamilySearch: Data Cleanup Strategies (this class will also be broadcast online - register here for free)
  • Organizing, Planning, Mapping, Sourcing, and Sharing with Legacy Family Tree
  • New FamilySearch and Legacy Family Tree: It's so easy (this class will also be broadcast online - register here for free)
  • Legacy Family Tree - Tips & Tricks

USA | Utah | St. George - January 22. St. George Regional Family History Training Center located across the street from the St. George LDS temple. This is a full-day Legacy class of approximately eight hours. 9-5pm. In addition to the demonstration of how to use Legacy, students will also have hands-on practice along with assignments and handouts to best learn the software. Registration is open to anyone. Contact David Midgley for more information or call the FHC at 435-673-4591.

USA | Utah | St. George - January 29. Genealogy Now Expo. Held at the St. George East Stake Center (east side of the St. George temple) from 10am-4pm. Legacy's vice-president and co-founder, Ken McGinnis, will present classes on using Legacy. Come visit with him at our informational table. Contact David Midgley for more information or call the FHC at 435-673-4591.

February 2011

USA | Arizona | Youngtown - February 1/8/15/22. West Valley Genealogical Society. This is a four-week Beginning Legacy course taught by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen. Pre-registration is required, and seating is limited. Visit http://www.azwvgs.org/Classes.htm for more information.

Online webinar - February 2. Newspapers: Critical Resource to Complete Your Family Tree presented by Thomas Jay Kemp. Pre-registration is required (free) and seating is limited. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp for registration and more information.

USA | California | Fresno - February 5. Genealogy Technology Seminar by Geoff Rasmussen. Co-sponsored by the Fresno-Yosemite Chapter DAR, the Fresno County Genealogical Society, and the Fresno Legacy Users Group, it will be held at the Picadilly Inn Shaw at 2305 West Shaw Avenue in Fresno (in large meeting room in the back) from 8-2:30. Registration is required. For more information call Corky Peterson at 559-322-1743 or send her an email.

USA | Utah | Salt Lake City - February 10-12. RootsTech. Visit with us in booths 206 and 208 for seminar-special pricing on Legacy products. Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen will teach "Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists", "Stop wasting time in New FamilySearch: Better Practices", and will participate in the "Virtual Presentations Round Table". Visit http://www.rootstech.org for registration and more information.

Online webinar - February 16. Chasing Women - Finding Your Female Ancestors presented by Leland K. Meitzler. Pre-registration is required (free) and seating is limited. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp for registration and more information.

USA | Arizona | Sun City - February 19. West Valley Genealogical Society Annual Seminar featuring Arlene Eakle. Visit with us in the Legacy booth. Click here for more information.

USA | Utah | St. George - February 22-23. St. George Regional Family History Training Center located across the street from the St. George LDS temple. This is a two-part Legacy class of approximately eight hours. 1-5pm on both days. In addition to the demonstration of how to use Legacy, students will also have hands-on practice along with assignments and handouts to best learn the software. Registration is open to anyone. Contact David Midgley for more information or call the FHC at 435-673-4591.