Legacy Tip: Ages

Wow, was I ever startled at what I learned when I pressed Control-A recently. Control-A, of course, being the shortcut in Legacy to open the person's Ages screen.

Ages

After all of these years of studying Asa Brown's family, it wasn't until I popped up his Ages screen that I learned that he died on his 34th wedding anniversary. That little bit of information added quite a bit of color to his family's story.

The Ages screen displays the following for both the husband and the wife:

  • Birth date, and how long it's been since their birth
  • Christening date, and their age
  • Marriage date, and how old each were at the date of their marriage
  • Death date, and their age at death
  • Burial date, and how long since their birth this event occured
  • The length of the couple's marriage

Access the Ages screen by:

  • Pressing Control-A in Legacy's Family View
  • or go to View > Ages button

How to create a 2017 birthday / anniversary calendar using Legacy Family Tree

With the new year here, why not resolve to be a better relative by remembering family birthdays and anniversaries?

Two features of Legacy Family Tree make this easy to do:

  • Legacy's birthday and anniversary reminders described here.
  • Legacy's Calendar Creator.

Legacy can create a birthday calendar, an anniversary calendar, or a combination of the two. There are options to include a cover picture, picture pages above each calendar month, and complete control over color, layout, shadows, fonts, page size, and more. The calendars can be blank or include the birthdates and anniversaries of the people already entered in your family file.

That's right! Because the information (birthdays and anniversaries) is already in your Legacy family file, Legacy will automatically add this to the calendar pages. With the who to include options, you can customize the calendar so only certain family lines are included. You even have the option to skip the anniversaries of divorced couples.

Get Started

To begin, make sure that you have installed Legacy Family Tree 8 Deluxe Edition available here. Then follow these steps:

  1. With Legacy open, click on the Reports tab, then the Other Reports button, then the Calendar Creator.
  2. Using the options on the six tabs, customize the calendar to your preferences.
  3. Print, and enjoy being the person in your family that never misses a birthday or anniversary!

Instead of including all 20,000+ individuals on my calendar, I selected to include "Only Tagged Living Individuals" (found on the Include tab). I previously "tagged" the descendants of my grandparents and my wife's parents so as to only include those closely related to me.

Calendar

And wow, creating this calendar reminded me that come August 2017, I'll be turning 42. Hmmm....


Watch Geoff Live: Adding a City Directory to Legacy - free webinar by Geoff Rasmussen now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Watch Geoff Live: Adding a City Directory" by Geoff Rasmussen is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

In this webinar, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will demonstrate what to do with a city directory as he adds the information to his real, personal Legacy family file. This class was presented live and unscripted, giving attendees a first-hand look at how a professional genealogist analyzes and records information from a city directory found at Ancestry.com. You will get the insider’s perspective of using the Source Clipboard, custom events, AKAs, the To Do List, timelines, and much more.

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 37 minute recording of "Watch Geoff Live: Adding a City Directory to Legacy" 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.

BookLegacy 9 Unlocked - 14.95

272 pages | Published Nov 2016 | Perfect-bound Paperback | 8.5" x 11" | Black/white
 
Anyone can use Legacy Family Tree. It is simple enough for the beginner and powerful enough for the experienced. Without this book, you will probably discover some of the more powerful Legacy tools on your own...eventually...but why wait? In Legacy Family Tree 9 - Unlocked! you will learn how to better utilize some of Legacy’s best features by shadowing the research process of professional genealogist and Legacy Family Tree developer, Geoff Rasmussen: 
  • Shared Events
  • Sources, SourceWriter, and the Source Clipboard
  • To Do List
  • Family Mapping
  • Chronology View and the Chronology Comparison Report (new in v9!)
  • Why and how to add unlinked individuals
  • Brand new Find A Grave tool (new in v9!)
  • Quick Access Toolbar
  • Brand new Hashtag tool (new in v9!)
  • Media Relinker
  • The hidden FamilySearch Export button
  • Digital pictures and other media
  • Much more...
This book is for genealogists and Legacy Family Tree 9 users of all expertise. All levels of genealogists benefit from learning about how others do research. Long time Legacy users will enjoy the insights into the advanced features (especially the Chronology Comparison Tool!) and little tips and tricks along the way. Beginning Legacy users will not only begin to grasp what is possible in Legacy but they will learn to “do it right the first time.”
 
Not only will you learn how to use Legacy, but you will learn how to use it in the context of real genealogical research situations.This book is based on the more-popular-than-he-ever-dreamed-of “Watch Geoff Live” webinar series, meaning, it was written live and unscripted. Geoff explained, “As I researched my ancestor, John Williams, I wrote down every thought, decision and step-by-step procedure as I went. I included examples and screenshots of how I added: 
  • Online documents
  • Online databases
  • Census records
  • Probate records
  • Obituaries
  • Death certificates
  • Email correspondence
...to Legacy Family Tree. The instructions can serve as a template to guide genealogists and Legacy users through their own research and use of Legacy.”
 
As you contemplate, adapt, and apply the research and data entry procedures from this book, you will have more time to find your ancestors. With the new skills you gain about how to better use Legacy Family Tree, you will be more prepared, organized and better equipped to find those challenging ancestors.
 

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  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
  • No, no, Nanette! What negative evidence is... and isn't by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 20. Hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • An Introduction to BillionGraves by Garth Fitzner. December 21.
  • Strategies to Find the Most Challenging Ancestors with Autosomal DNA Data by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. January 4.
  • Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Genealogy by Shannon Combs-Bennett. January 11.
  • Legacy Family Tree for Complete Beginners by Geoff Rasmussen. January 13.
  • Writing Up Your Research by Michael J. Leclerc, CG. January 17.
  • Create a Free Google Earth Historic Map Collection for Your Research by Lisa Louise Cooke. January 18.
  • Playing Nice In The Genealogy Sandbox by Thomas MacEntee. January 25.
  • Photography for Genealogy by Nicka Smith. February 1.
  • The WHO of Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger. February 8.
  • Deciphering German Script by Gail Blankenau. February 10.
  • Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research by Cyndi Ingle. February 15.
  • Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof Argument by Karen Stanbary, CG. February 21.
  • Finding Missing Persons With DNA Testing by Diahan Southard. February 22.
  • Apprentices, Indentured Servants, and Redemptioners: White Slavery in America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. March 1.
  • 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know by Gena Philibert-Ortega. March 8.
  • Home on the Range: Kansas Research Tips by Cari Taplin, CG. March 10.
  • Why are Irish records so weird? by John Grenham. March 15.
  • Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG. March 21.
  • Picture This: Images You Can Freely Use by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. March 22.
  • Introduction to Quaker Genealogy Research by Craig Scott, MA, CG, FUGA. March 29.
  • Preserve, Share, and Search Your Digital Pictures with Google Photos by Geoff Rasmussen. April 5.
  • Your Whiteboard in the Cloud: Trello for Genealogists by Lisa Alzo. April 12.
  • Complete Photo Restoration in 4 Easy Steps by Eric Basir. April 14.
  • The Genealogy in Government Documents by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. April 18.
  • Neighborhood Reconstruction: Effective Use of Land Records by Mary Hill, AG. April 19.
  • Finding and Using Land Ownership Maps by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. April 26.
  • Researching Criminal Records by Ron Arons. April 28.
  • Take Me Back to Where I Belong: Transportation Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. May 3.
  • Beginning Danish Research by Charles Fritz Juengling, AG. May 10.
  • New York City and State Governmental Vital Records by Jane Wilcox. May 12.
  • MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL. May 16.
  • Remember Me: Lifestreaming and the Modern Genealogist by Thomas MacEntee. May 17.
  • WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All by Eowyn Langholf. May 24.
  • The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors by Michael L. Strauss, AG. May 31.
  • Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. June 7.
  • How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA by Blaine Bettinger. June 14.
  • What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing by Diahan Southard. June 16.
  • Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush's Father by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. June 20.
  • Virtual Family Reunions: Super Easy, Super Fun by Pat Richley and Russ Worthington. June 21.
  • Canada's Top 10 by Kathryn Lake Hogan. June 28.
  • Censational Census Strategies by Mary Kircher Roddy. July 5.
  • Google Books: the tool you should use every day! by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 12.
  • Tips for Snapping Pics: How to Take Perfect Family Photographs by Jared Hodges. July 14.
  • Analyzing Documents Sparks Ideas for Further Research by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. July 18.
  • The Firelands, The Connecticut Western Reserve, and the Ohio Territory by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. July 19.
  • Family History Adhesive: The Science of Why History Binds Families and the Simple Tech of How to Do It by Janet Hovorka. July 26.
  • Tracing Your West Country Ancestors by Kirsty Gray. August 2.
  • A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. August 9.
  • Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen. August 11.
  • Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG. August 15.
  • Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories by Ursula C. Krause. August 16.
  • How to do Mexican Research and Be Successful by Jonathan Walker. August 23.
  • Getting Started with Evidentia by Edward A. Thompson. August 30.
  • Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist by Geoff Rasmussen. September 6.
  • Finding Isaac Rogers by Nicka Smith. September 13.
  • The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor's School Records by Melissa Barker. September 15.
  • When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion? by Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL. September 19.
  • WolframAlpha for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. September 20.
  • Quick Guide to Texas Research by Deena Coutant. September 27.
  • No Easy Button: Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. October 4.
  • Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary Hill, AG. October 11.
  • Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace by Pat Richley. October 13.
  • Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG. October 17.
  • The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 18.
  • Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. October 25.
  • Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece by Luana Darby and Ursula C. Krause. November 1.
  • New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by Michael L. Strauss, AG. November 8.
  • Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli. November 10.
  • British and Irish research: the differences by Brian Donovan. November 15.
  • Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG. November 21.
  • Understanding Alabama by Rorey Cathcart. November 29.
  • Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa Toth Salinas. December 6.
  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. December 13.
  • Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill Morelli. December 15.
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. December 19.
  • Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. December 20.
  • Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. December 27.

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Learn Legacy this Tuesday in a free webinar by Geoff Rasmussen

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Geoff is hot on the trail of learning what happened to Emma Jane Brown (or is it Imogene Puhler?). In the absence of a state-wide death index and unsuccessful census searching, he is next turning to city directories to see if they hold the next clue.

In this webinar, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will demonstrate what to do with a city directory as he adds the information to his real, personal Legacy family file. This class will be presented live and unscripted, giving attendees a first-hand look at how a professional genealogist analyzes and records information from a city directory found at Ancestry.com. You will get the insider’s perspective of using the Source Clipboard, custom events, AKAs, the To Do List, timelines, and much more.

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Join us and Geoff Rasmussen for the live webinar Tuesday, December 13, 2016 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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About the presenter

GeoffRasmussen-144x144Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.

He is the author of the recently-released, Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, and the popular books Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked!and Digital Imaging Essentials.

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


New Book - "Legacy Family Tree 9 Unlocked" by Geoff Rasmussen

BookPre-order the printed book by November 11, 2016 and get the electronic (PDF) version of the book FREE ($14.95 value, instant download delivery).

Click here to pre-order the printed book.

Click here to purchase the PDF book.

Anyone can use Legacy Family Tree. It is simple enough for the beginner and powerful enough for the experienced. Without this book, you will probably discover some of the more powerful Legacy tools on your own...eventually...but why wait? In Legacy Family Tree 9 - Unlocked! Techniques, Tips and Step-by-Steps for Using Legacy Family Tree to Record Your Genealogy you will learn how to better utilize some of Legacy’s best features by shadowing the research process of professional genealogist and Legacy Family Tree developer, Geoff Rasmussen.

Best of all, it will prepare you for the soon-to-be-released Legacy 9 upgrade but its principles can be used with any version of Legacy.

You will master: 

  • Shared Events
  • Sources, SourceWriter, and the Source Clipboard
  • To Do List
  • Family Mapping
  • Chronology View and the Chronology Comparison Report (new in v9!)
  • Why and how to add unlinked individuals
  • Brand new Find A Grave tool (new in v9!)
  • Quick Access Toolbar
  • Brand new Hashtag tool (new in v9!)
  • Media Relinker
  • The hidden FamilySearch Export button
  • Digital pictures and other media
  • Much more...
This book is for genealogists and Legacy Family Tree 9 users of all expertise. All levels of genealogists benefit from learning about how others do research. Long time Legacy users will enjoy the insights into the advanced features (especially the Chronology Comparison Tool!) and little tips and tricks along the way. Beginning Legacy users will not only begin to grasp what is possible in Legacy but they will learn to “do it right the first time.”
 
Not only will you learn how to use Legacy, but you will learn how to use it in the context of real genealogical research situations.This book is based on the more-popular-than-he-ever-dreamed-of “Watch Geoff Live” webinar series, meaning, it was written live and unscripted. Geoff explained, “As I researched my ancestor, John Williams, I wrote down every thought, decision and step-by-step procedure as I went. I included examples and screenshots of how I added: 
  • Online documents
  • Online databases
  • Census records
  • Probate records
  • Obituaries
  • Death certificates
  • Email correspondence
. . . to Legacy Family Tree. The instructions can serve as a template to guide genealogists and Legacy users through their own research and use of Legacy.”
 
As you contemplate, adapt, and apply the research and data entry procedures from this book, you will have more time to find your ancestors. With the new skills you gain about how to better use Legacy Family Tree, you will be more prepared, organized and better equipped to find those challenging ancestors.
 
Preview the book
Click here to preview the Table of Contents and the preface (26 pages).
 
Purchase
The printed edition is expected to begin shipping the end of November 2016. The PDF edition is available today. Pre-order the printed edition by November 11 and get the PDF edition free.
 What others have said about Geoff's Legacy Family Tree Unlocked! 1st edition
  • "I have to say that I have never in my life read a how to book so well written. I read it in one setting which as we know most how to books take forever because they are so dry. Your touches of humor and stories made the book enjoyable as well as a learning experience. When I started reading I was a newbie to Legacy Family Tree, now I feel like an expert." - D.
  • "I finished reading your latest book yesterday. You have done a great job - again - it is going to be my go-to book for sure." - Marian
  • I have been using Legacy Family Tree for at least six years and yet it seems I have not even touched the surface as far as the potential of this powerful programme. This became apparent as I read your book. Having cruised with you in 2008 and 2009 I was familiar with the ease with which you teach new concepts. You have used this same style in LFT Unlocked so well that I could just picture you in front of me using your computer as a projector to illustrate where you were going. And the humour .... priceless! I have always been in the dark when it came to quoting sources and you have made me more comfortable with this procedure although I haven’t ventured there yet. I have sourced facts but not as well as you have shown. - John
  • "Your new book has made it so easy. A big thank you for putting these instructions in book form. I am recommending this book to all my genealogy friends." - Cheryl
  • "Congratulations, a great, easy to follow manual. I just love your informal, hands on approach." - Philip
  • "Great book, thank you. It is so nice to read a ‘manual’ sort of thing that is combined with a great story, lots of lessons, and lots of grins/laugh-out-loud’s - thanks for including so much of your brilliant sense of humour. No wonder I couldn’t put it down!" - Anne
  • "Thank you Geoff so much for your book "Legacy unlocked". I am learning so much from it, especially ways of being more systematic in entering my data, and the value of the chronology. I can see that adopting your steps may help me break through some of my brick walls. You explain things so clearly it helps me make the most of Legacy's features and your webinars are great too." - Susan
  • "I have finished reading the electronic copy of Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked. Great work. Following along as an expert "does it" is a much easier way to learn than the typical instruction manual type presentation. Having both together is a great advantage as no specific demonstration can go into all of the detailed functions described in a good user manual." - Randy
  • "Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked came today, and I can hardly put it down. It makes me realize how much time and effort I have wasted over the years. Thank you for writing this book. I love the fact that it is informal and easy to understand." - Karen
  • "I love the way that the Geoff Live webinars and book are intuitive (and sometimes point out the not so obvious)." - Deb
  • "I ordered your new book the minute I read about it yesterday and got the ebook last night. I have read as much as I could this morning and LOVE it!!!! Everyone is going to be so pleased to have this at their fingertips when the Legacy 8 comes out. Now I can prepare ahead of time." - Janet
  • I have learned a lot from reading your step by step guides. And I have now sent myself the following (amongst others) reminders -
    • Make full use of the chronology view. It is an invaluable tool for helping with research.
    • Use the source clipboard more efficiently now you have seen it in action. (And save time too).
    • Add images to facts/events as well as to their sources. (I had only attached to the source but now see the advantage of adding twice).
    • When an event/fact has been recorded, immediately set up a to-do item to follow up new or unanswered research questions. (I always ask myself three questions when I start data entry for any document 1. What does this tell me? 2. What does this not tell me? 3. Where can I find more information? Plus, of course, is this a primary or secondary source?)
    • Add a source to the parent's name(s), using the parent button on the individual information box.
    • Make full use of useful tools like the soundex feature, date calculator etc.
    • Use the county date checker for historical accuracy.
    • Think about when I would use shared events.
    • Finally - buy Legacy V8 when it becomes available - after all it is the best genealogy software.
    • I loved the ending of the book when you described the visit to the cemetery. Visiting ancestral graves, old family homes, churches ancestors were married in etc is a favourite part of my research. - Anne
  • Could not put it down. Very informative book and can't wait for Legacy version 8. - Karen
  • Whoohoo, Geoff! This looks like your greatest idea yet! - Susan
  • I have so many new ideas of how to organize my data and use the various features of Legacy that up to now I have only haphazardly used. AND I am so excited about the new release. - Paula
  • Great job as always on making things simple to follow. - Rick
  • Your book and the way you proceed step-by-step is very helpful. I am working my way through the PDF and duplicating each step in Legacy Family Tree. - Jim
  • Great piece of work. Didn't realize how important sourcing is to quality genealogy. Now I have a cookbook for getting it right. - Terry
About the Author
Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He recently received the Distinguished Presenter Award at the prestigious RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello and basketball. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.

Legacy Tip: How do I enter adoptive parents?

When a child has been adopted he/she has two sets of parents, the biological set and the adoptive set.  It is very easy to enter two sets of parents in Legacy and this will allow you to follow both lines.  This is especially important now with DNA evidence leading adoptees to their biological families. 

In the Family View, the second icon from the left under the person you are working with is the Parents' icon which will bring up the Parents List.

You will do everything else on this screen.


You can see that you can add new parents here and you can also link to existing parents if they are already in your database.  After you add your new found biological parents this is what you will see.

Now that you have your unknown parents you can click the Add Father and Add Mother to enter the information you have about them.  Now you have this.


You only have one more thing to do.  You need to designate which set of parents are the adoptive parents.


Notice that I can mark the relationship as Private or Invisible.  I could highlight Expresso Coffee and Peeka Book and change their status to Biological but leaving the field blank is the default for biological parents.  It is up to you if you want to designate them this way.  To change which set of parents is preferred, highlight the set you want to show as preferred and then click the Select button at the top right.  The preferred parents will automatically display when you are navigating in the Family View.  If you want to switch to the other set of parents, hover to the side of the parents names and a bar will appear.  Click that bar and then you can rotate through the parents.




Watch Geoff Live: Using Legacy to Assemble a Family - free webinar by Geoff Rasmussen now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Watch Geoff Live: Using Legacy to Assemble a Family" by Geoff Rasmussen is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

Webinar Description

“Honey, I’ve got the divorce papers” didn’t come out of Geoff’s mouth how he intended when he showed his wife the package he received in the mail. It was a divorce case from 1879 which, although heartbreaking, began to unlock the identities of the children of Marsden and Jane Brown.

In this webinar, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will begin to document and assemble the family using records he recently discovered (divorce papers, census records, obituaries, and marriage records). You are invited to watch live as he adds the information to his personal Legacy family file. In this live, unscripted session, Geoff will talk his way through setting up the source clipboard, adding custom events, utilizing the To Do List, stitching multiple pages into a combined digital file, and adding the new information he found. Viewers will learn data entry and analysis skills for most efficiently using Legacy Family Tree to assemble ancestral families.

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 40 minute recording of "Watch Geoff Live: Using Legacy to Assemble a Family" 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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Learn Legacy this Friday in a free webinar by Geoff Rasmussen

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“Honey, I’ve got the divorce papers” didn’t come out of Geoff’s mouth how he intended when he showed his wife the package he received in the mail. It was a divorce case from 1879 which, although heartbreaking, began to unlock the identities of the children of Marsden and Jane Brown.

In this webinar, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will begin to document and assemble the family using records he recently discovered (divorce papers, census records, obituaries, and marriage records). You are invited to watch live as he adds the information to his personal Legacy family file. In this live, unscripted session, Geoff will talk his way through setting up the source clipboard, adding custom events, utilizing the To Do List, stitching multiple pages into a combined digital file, and adding the new information he found. Viewers will learn data entry and analysis skills for most efficiently using Legacy Family Tree to assemble ancestral families.

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Join us and Geoff Rasmussen for the live webinar Friday, September 30, 2016 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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About the presenter

GeoffRasmussen-144x144Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.

He is the author of the recently-released, Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, and the popular books Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked!and Digital Imaging Essentials.

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Legacy Tip - entering the good and the bad

With today's discovery I experienced both ends of the genealogical excitement spectrum. I experienced the high end when I discovered Jane Goodhue in an 1879 newspaper - I had no idea she was still alive then! But when I read why the article was written, I felt extreme sadness for her.

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Jane Goodhue was the first wife of my 3rd great-great uncle, Joshua Marsden Brown. I have many good memories researching his life, and thus I've developed a kind of genealogical bond with him. But I've always struggled to discover what happened to Jane. I last found her listed on the 1860 census, and then never again. Because I couldn't find her in the 1870, 1880, or other state census records, and since Joshua remarried in 1888, I figured she must have sometime between 1860 and 1880. Yet my in-depth searching of death, cemetery and other records came up empty.

After renewing my newspapers.com subscription this weekend, I began doing random searches for some of my favorite families and wow was I ever delighted to see 5 matches for "Marsden Brown" in Minnesota.

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The "Minneapolis News" section of the July 3, 1879 edition of The Saint Paul Globe had an article about Marsden and his wife, "Nancy J. Brown"! Years ago I was ecstatic was I learned that Marsden had a first name (Joshua) and now I've learned the same of Jane. I also now know that she was alive as of about this date. But reading further put a damper on my excitement.

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So Marsden - my Marsden - wasn't such a good guy. Yet while he was accused of cruel and inhuman treatment, habitual drunkenness, not supporting his family, and threatening to take her life - all terrible, terrible things - I struggle to know how to feel about him. No woman or family should ever be treated that way, but it makes me wonder what led to this. Did he recover? Did he change? What happened to her? Did she find someone new that loved and took care of her? Was she able to forgive him? How were their children affected? I guess these are all questions we begin to ask when we feel a connection with our ancestors.

Regardless of the emotions, the newspaper article had some very good new information about the family that I needed to document in Legacy. Speaking of documentation, here's how I set up the Master Source and the Source Details in case you're interested.

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After adding the source to the source clipboard, I added a custom event so the lawsuit information would be included in both Marsden and Jane's timelines.

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Here's the Event screen enlarged:

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I then shared the event with Marsden by clicking on the Share button, and updated his "role" to "defendant". Now this event shows up in both of their event sections.

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I also updated her name and her death date:

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I also learned from an article on August 17, 1879 that she won the case: "in the case of Mary J. Brown vs. Marsden Brown - judgement for plaintiff". So now I have another name for Jane.

I next learned from the Minnesota Historical Society that they have the actual case files so I just placed a research order for them, and of course, added this to my To Do List in Legacy:

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I'm really looking forward to seeing what is in the divorce case. Maybe it will help me answer some of my questions, and hopefully it will point me in a new direction to learn more about Mary Nancy Jane Goodhue Brown.


Legacy Tip - Who Is Missing an Obituary?

The reactions I got from showing this Legacy tip in a recent webinar made me feel like I was the Legacy King for a day. The comments just kept coming and coming, as if this was the greatest thing since sliced bread. It's a tip I use to keep track of who has obituaries and who does not.

Below is a screenshot of my Descendant View. It begins with Asa Brown and shows two generations of his descendants. Notice that the far right column is one that you do not normally see in the Descendant View, but if you follow these steps to record an obituary, it will be simple to see which of Asa's descendants lack this type of a record.

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As I demonstrated in this webinar (see minute 11:07 in the GenealogyBank.com section) and in Legacy Unlocked!, obituaries can be added as an Event in the Individual's Information screen.

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The "Edit Event" screen for Lorenzo Brown looks like this:

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Because I entered the obituary as an event (I also added its citation to the appropriate pieces of data), it is possible for it to be displayed in the Descendant View. Here's how:

1) In the Descendant View, click on the Options button on the right (just below the Print button).

2) Then click on Customize Columns.

3) Next, click on the button with the three dots in the next available row.

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4. Next, click on the Event... option and click the Select button 

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5. Click on Obituary and click the Select button, then click Close.

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The Obituary column will now appear in the Descendant View.

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Now, between GenealogyBank.com, Newspapers.com, Chronicling America and more, you can get busy looking for the missing obituaries.

Additional Resources

Watch Geoff Live: Adding Online Records to Legacy webinar

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Legacy QuickGuide: Obituaries in Genealogy by Cari A. Taplin

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How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers by Lisa Louise Cooke

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