Bon Voyage - 10th Annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise begins

Tomorrow we leave to begin our 10th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, this year to the Panama Canal. About 300 of us will cruise together, departing from San Diego, California and visiting Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; the Panama Canal; Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Columbia; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We will sail on Celebrity's Millennium. We've also got 25 1/2 hours of personal Legacy and genealogy instruction from eight different instructors, including webinar speakers Megan Smolenyak, Barbara Renick, Karen Clifford and myself. I'm looking forward to the one-on-one and small group sessions we have planned also.

Just because I will be gone for 18 days enjoying the sun, the food (I promise to spend time in the gym), and time alone with my wife (oh how I will miss my four kiddos at home) doesn't mean I will forget about all of you. I hope to keep you updated - here on this blog (and probably over on our Facebook page too) - nearly every day, with pictures and play-by-play accounts of everything we're up to.

And by the way, even though we won't have our weekly webinars, I have unlocked three of our best recordings so you will have something to do on the next three Wednesdays. Read about it here. I also just had an idea. Why don't we issue a Bon Voyage 10% off-anything-in-the-store coupon code? Here's the code:

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It's good for 10% off anything in the online store through Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

Our sincere thanks go out to our entire technical support and sales staff who will continue to provide sales and support services while we are away. Thanks Jim, Sherry, Brian, Michele, Sarah and Leonard for keeping us afloat!

We'll either see you here, on Facebook, or on the ship! And maybe, just maybe, we'll be rested enough to launch Legacy 8 sometime after we return!


Classes Announced for 2013 Legacy Genealogy Cruise through the Panama Canal

Our 10th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise to depart this September from San Diego, California, is shaping up to be our finest event ever - more cruisers, more speakers, and more genealogy classes than we've ever had! Classes will be held on the days at sea and taught by this all-star lineup of speakers:

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Together they will present 25 hours of personalized genealogy education while at sea, along with some small group sessions. You will be able to meet with them during our group lunch and dinner meals, or catch up with them during the optional land excursions in:

  • San Diego, California
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Panama Canal (cruising)
  • Colon, Panama
  • Cartagena, Columbia
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Today we officially announce the class topics which offer a good mix of beginning through advanced classes:

  • Eleven Layers of Online Searches by Barbara Renick
  • Genealogy Secrets by Karen Clifford
  • Trace Your Roots with DNA by Megan Smolenyak
  • Discovering Jane's Roots in California, Australia, and England by Randy Seaver
  • Legacy Family Tree for your Mobile Device and other Tips/Tricks by Geoff Rasmussen
  • Think You Know How to Search Library Catalogs? Think Again! by Barbara Renick
  • Left Only a Trace by Karen Clifford
  • Find That Obituary! Online Newspaper Research by Megan Smolenyak
  • Reporting with Legacy Family Tree by Dave Berdan
  • Fact or Fantasy by Karen Clifford
  • Solving Historical and Family Mysteries with DNA by Megan Smolenyak
  • Effective Sourcing and Documentation with Legacy by Geoff Rasmussen
  • First Do No Harm then Look for Confirming Evidence by Karen Clifford
  • Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing by Megan Smolenyak
  • Keeping Your Legacy Clean: Effective Standardization and Cleanup Tools in Legacy by Ken McGinnis
  • Slow Down and Pick Up Speed by Karen Clifford
  • Giving Back: A Look at 13 Years of Genealogy Grants by Megan Smolenyak
  • Legacy Family Tree: Especially for Beginners by Geoff Rasmussen
  • Watch Geoff Live: Adding Original Source Documents to Legacy by Geoff Rasmussen
  • Digital Cemeteries and Mobile Apps by Geoff Rasmussen
  • plus small group Q/A sessions

You'll also get to meet with the Legacy Family Tree developers to share your ideas or just get the extra personalized help to get you going. We're also always available for a good game of shuffleboard!

Reservations or questions

Prices begin at $1,443 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes:

  • Genealogy classes
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Ocean transportation
  • Meals
  • Some beverages
  • Most onboard entertainment
  • Port charges

Airfare, gratuities, government fees/taxes, and optional tours are extra.

Click here to securely book your cruise online.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel coordinator, Christy, at 1-888-505-6997 or send an email to info@trekalot.com.

More Information

For frequently asked questions, descriptions of the places we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2013.asp. Also watch our recorded webinar here.


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2013 - 50 additional cabins now available

6a00d8341d219b53ef017c318e7e7d970bThanks to the popularity of this year's Legacy Genealogy Cruise destinations and speakers, we were able to reserve an additional 50 cabins for our group. So if you would like to spend time with 300 other genealogists and some of the best genealogy speakers in the industry, please consider joining us this September for our Eastbound Panama Canal cruise. Register by February 15 to enter our drawing for a luxurious bath robe from Celebrity Cruise Line.

Our 10th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise will feature a Who's Who cast of genealogy speakers - Megan Smolenyak, Karen Clifford, Barbara Renick, Geoff Rasmussen, Randy Seaver, Steve Salisbury, Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis, and Luc Comeau.

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Together they will present 25 hours of personalized genealogy education while at sea, along with some small group sessions. You will be able to meet with them during our group lunch and dinner meals, or catch up with them during the optional land excursions in:

  • San Diego, California
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Panama Canal (cruising)
  • Colon, Panama
  • Cartagena, Columbia
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Reservations or questions

Prices begin at $1,443 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes:

  • Genealogy classes
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Ocean transportation
  • Meals
  • Some beverages
  • Most onboard entertainment
  • Port charges

Airfare, gratuities, government fees/taxes, and optional tours are extra.

Click here to securely book your cruise online.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel coordinator, Christy, at 1-888-505-6997 or send an email to info@trekalot.com.

More Information

For class descriptions, frequently asked questions, descriptions of the places we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2013.asp. Also watch our recorded webinar here.

 


Cruising with Legacy Family Tree in 2013 - free webinar now online

Map-200If you are considering joining us for our 10th Annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise in 2013 to the Panama Canal, we invite you to watch the recording of today's webinar, Cruising with Legacy in 2013. You will learn about:

  • The ship
  • The genealogy classes
  • The ports including the Panama Canal
  • Cruising in general

Christy Downing, our cruise coordinator, also answered lots of questions in the Q/A session about the upcoming cruise.

To view the webinar, visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp. For more information, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2013.asp, send Christy an email, or give her a call at 1-888-505-6997.

Hope to see you onboard!

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Beyond the Basics with Judy Wight. October 10.
  • Ten Brick Wall Tips for Intermediate Researchers with Marian Pierre-Louis, October 17.
  • Your Civil War Ancestors: Beginning Your Research with Michael Hait. October 24.
  • Breaking Down Your Irish Brick Wall with Judy Wight. October 31.
  • Researching Your Canadian Ancestors - an Overview with Claire Brisson-Banks. November 7.
  • Genealogy for Novices: Where Do We Begin with Linda Geiger. November 14.
  • The Big 4 U.S. Record Sources with Mary Hill. November 28.

Click here to register.

See you online!


Cruising with Legacy Family Tree in 2013 - free webinar, Friday, October 5

Map-200Our 10th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise will take place September 22 through October 7, 2013. In addition to the 25 hours of optional genealogy and Legacy classes, we will visit San Diego, California; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; the Panama Canal; Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Columbia; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Speakers include Megan Smolenyak, Karen Clifford, Barbara Renick, Geoff Rasmussen, Randy Seaver, Steve Salisbury, Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis, and Luc Comeau. Join us for this webinar to get an overview of the cruise and have any of your questions answered.

Join us for the live webinar on Friday, October 5, 2012 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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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 Friday, October 3, 2012 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific/Arizona
  • 6pm 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 Cruise 2013 to Panama - new speaker added and register for the webinar

Our 10th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise to the Panama Canal keeps getting better. Well-known genealogist and popular webinar speaker, Barbara Renick, will now be attending as one of our featured speakers. She joins a "Who's Who" cast of genealogy speakers - Megan Smolenyak, Karen Clifford, Geoff Rasmussen, Randy Seaver, Steve Salisbury, Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis, and Luc Comeau.

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Together they will present 25 hours of personalized genealogy education while at sea, along with some small group sessions. You will be able to meet with them during our group lunch and dinner meals, or catch up with them during the optional land excursions in:

  • San Diego, California
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Panama Canal (cruising)
  • Colon, Panama
  • Cartagena, Columbia
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida

So if you've been considering your 2013 vacation ideas, we hope you'll join us from September 22 through October 7, 2013 in San Diego!

Register for the free webinar

To learn more about cruising with Legacy Family Tree in 2013, register for our free webinar. Christy Downing, our Legacy cruise coordinator, will show you where we are going and answer any of your questions. The webinar is on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 2:00pm Eastern U.S. time. Click here to register.

More information

For more information visit our cruise page here, send Christy an email, or give her a call at 1-888-505-6997.


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2013 announced! Panama Canal - September 22-October 7, 2013

Cruise2013mapThe 10th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held September 22 through October 7, 2013, starts in San Diego, California and ends in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and will feature speakers Megan Smolenyak, Karen Clifford, Geoff Rasmussen, Randy Seaver and others. It will visit the following ports:

  • San Diego, California
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Panama Canal (cruising)
  • Colon, Panama
  • Cartagena, Columbia
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Experience the Panal Canal the way you've always dreamed

Stand face-to-face with the grandeur of the Panama Canal aboard Celebrity Cruises - the only cruise that gives you a full vacation while crossing the Continental Divide. When the Celebrity Millennium enters the canal, it will rise 85 feet in one of the legendary Gatun Locks. As you cross the Continental Divide - a journey that took mariners of long ago many years to complete - a new world of wonder and amazement awaits you on the other side. Join us for what will undoubtedly be an enlightening and rewarding journey.

Genealogy Classes at Sea

While at sea attend classes taught by some of genealogy's finest educators, Legacy Family Tree webinar speakers, and Legacy developers:

  • Megan Smolenyak
  • Karen Clifford
  • Geoff Rasmussen
  • Randy Seaver
  • Steve Salisbury
  • Dave Berdan
  • Ken McGinnis
  • Luc Comeau

In addition to the classes, you will benefit from the small-group sessions and lots of time to learn from each other.

The Ship

Luxurious accommodations and intuitive service consistently place Celebrity Millennium at the top of the rankings among large cruise ships. A favorite of many vacationers, Celebrity Millennium was "Solsticized" in May of 2012 and emerged with many award-winning Solstice® Class features. She's been renewed with spa-inspired AquaClass® staterooms, the AquaClass signature restaurant, Blu, and the addition of verandas to her chic Celebrity Suites. We can't think of a better way to experience the exotic beauty of the Panama Canal than aboard Celebrity Millennium. Out of the ordinary? Definitely.

Reservations or questions

Prices begin at $1,443 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes:

  • Genealogy classes
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Ocean transportation
  • Meals
  • Some beverages
  • Most onboard entertainment
  • Port charges

Airfare, gratuities, government fees/taxes, and optional tours are extra.

Click here to securely book your cruise online.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel coordinator, Christy, at 1-888-505-6997 or send an email to info@trekalot.com.

More Information

For class descriptions, frequently asked questions, descriptions of the places we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2013.asp.


Legacy Genealogy Cruise - We're Back! and Day One

2012-05-29_0529We're back from our 9th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise. I finally made it to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, saw the Queen of England, participated in 21 hours of Legacy and genealogy classes, biked down the mountains of Geiranger, Norway; and ate way too much food. While we had the time of our lives, it's also great to be home. I sure missed my four "descendants."

While gone I wrote about each day and tried so hard to publish it here. I tried on the ship, but the 60-cents-per-minute-Internet was soooo sloooowww, and the free Internet at McDonald's in Liverpool worked but my blog software's Publish button wouldn't work. So in the next few days I'll publish the articles and pictures here. And so it's time to get back to work. But I don't feel like I've worked a day in my life - I love my job!

Saturday, May 12

After a much needed nap I’m finally able to write my first report from our cruise. There’s just been no time in between eating, touring, and visiting with our Legacy guests. The funny thing is that I’m not even exaggerating. During my nap I even heard my room’s telephone ring – I’m certain it was Luc wanting to go play shuffleboard again. But we’ve had such a great first 3-4 days so far!

2012 05 12_0491_edited-1My Day One got off to a great start. We had a few hours to play with before we boarded the ship so I walked around the city of Oslo. Guess what caught my eye? A cemetery of course. This wasn’t any ordinary cemetery. Situated just behind the city hospital, was the cemetery with all kinds of sizes and shapes of tombstones – calling my name. We found what we thought was the entrance but the gate was locked. After taking a few distant pictures we crossed the road and browsed an old Norwegian bookstore. I found a book of the history of Ole Rasmussen. When we came out, we looked again at the cemetery’s locked gate and noticed just to its left, but around the thick column, was an opening – not even a gate – it was wide open. I think there’s a good metaphor there. Nonetheless, we explored one of the most beautiful cemeteries I’ve seen, both from the ground and its second level.

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Later we boarded the Vision of the Seas, ate some lunch, and got set up to meet our Legacy guests and distribute name tags and schedules. Many of them looked very tired – most had been awake for at least 30 hours traveling but were happy to be there.

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Luc and I played a little shuffleboard, but it was already time for our first sit-down dinner. Our group had 20 tables reserved for the 170 or so of us. Our travel coordinator, Christy, arranged with the head waiter to let us sit round-robin style throughout the cruise (usually you are assigned a table number and must remain there) so we are able to meet and get to know everyone in our group. After dinner, my wife and I skipped dessert and went to the evening show where we were entertained with music, dancing, and even some acrobatic ballet. At the end of the day, I put the finishing touches on my classes I would give the next day.


Legacy Genealogy Cruise - Paris

Two years ago Tanya and I were on our way to Paris with our friends. It was the day after our European cruise ended and we stayed an extra day because Paris was so close to London. On the subway Ken asked, “does everyone have their passports?” Everyone did – except for us – they were still in the hotel. We bid our adieus as we got off on the next stop to make our way back to the hotel with the hope of catching up in time to take the chunnel to Paris. I think we would have had better luck had we known what stop our hotel was nearest. Instead, our search for the hotel turned into a self-guided tour of London. Although we had a great time together we knew we missed this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Today we checked and rechecked several times to make sure we had everything we needed. About sixty others from our Legacy grouped joined us on the 2 ½ hour bus ride into Paris from LeHavre. Here’s a picture of our first view of the Eifel Tower.

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We saw many of Paris’ famous landmarks and ate lunch at Chez Jenny’s. Our first course was a plate of sliced tomatoes in a delicious olive oil dressing. Delicious:

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Dave, who has spent his life cursing tomatoes, didn’t think so. His plate ended up looking like this:

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Our main course was duck and potatoes. The last time I had duck I was a child – I remembered liking it as much as I like squash or spinach. This time, to be brave in front of our guests, I ate it and it kind of tasted like – chicken.

We next took a boat ride where we saw more of the sights, including the bridge of padlocks. A new tradition in Paris, couples attach their padlock to the bridge and throw the key in the river, thus locking their love in Paris. I’m a romantic and I like the idea.

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The guide then pointed out the “most romantic bridge” in Paris and suggested that we do something about it. So Tanya and I did, which was fun, but looking at the pictures afterwards I discovered for the first time that I had the beginnings of my first bald spot. Grrrr….

Finally we made our way to the Eifel Tower which was really, really, really tall. We didn’t have time to climb it. But thinking back, it would have been fun to miss our ride out of Paris and have an extra day or two there.

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