Reserve Your Free Upgrade to Windows 10

This morning I glanced at the "notification area" (formerly known as system tray) of my Windows 8 desktop and noticed a brand new icon:

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Nervous to click it (I had a dream last night where I clicked on an email and got a virus...) yet excited to see what it was - I clicked.

What a welcome way to begin my week! It was a notification to reserve my free upgrade to Windows 10.

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Clicking on the "Reserve your free upgrade" button, this screen appeared:

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After clicking the "Send confirmation" button, it stated that I will receive a notification when Windows 10 is ready:

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Cool!

What's New in Windows 10?

Click here for the list of what's new.

When will Windows 10 be available?

July 29, 2015

Who is eligible for the free upgrade?

Microsoft's website says:

The only requirements are that a) your device is compatible, and b) you're running genuine Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1. Windows 10 is designed to run on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs. That means your device is likely compatible and will run Windows 10.

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Reserve Your Copy of Windows 10 today!

If you do not see the notification in your notification area, click here to reserve your copy of Windows 10 today.

Does Legacy Family Tree work with Windows 10?

Yes, from what I hear it works great!


Spreadsheets 201: Excel-lent Examples - brand new BONUS webinar for subscribers

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Spreadsheets can help you analyze your genealogy data and keep track of your research. In this webinar, Mary Roddy teaches how to use this powerful tool to gain perspective and further your genealogy research. You’ll learn how to quickly take search results from Familysearch and Ancestry.com and create a spreadsheet for further analysis. You'll also get lots of ideas for using spreadsheets in genealogy such as city directory research, recording census birth places of families, keeping track of spelling variations for your online searching, and learn amazing spreadsheet tips and tricks along the way. Spreadsheets 201 is the brand new companion to Mary's Spreadsheets 101: Excel-lence in Genealogy.

How to view:

If you are an annual or monthly webinar subscriber, this webinar's recording is now available in the Webinar Library. Just head over to the library, login, and enjoy! Fix pages of supplemental syllabus materials also accompany this webinar.

Click here to watch the webinar.

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About the presenter

Presenter-6281Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, has been a genealogist for 13 years, becoming interested in the subject in anticipation of an extended trip to Ireland. She earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington in 2005. She is an active member of the Seattle Genealogical Society, having served in multiple board positions and on the seminar and education committees and is a regular facilitator on the SGS Brick Wall panel. She lectures frequently on various genealogical topics in the Seattle area. Her articles, “Mark Golden: A Case Study in World War II Research,” and “Sailing in Their Wake,” were published in Family Chronicle Magazine in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Her article, “Five Tips for Online Newspaper Research,” appeared in the June/July 2013 issue of Internet Genealogy. She presented her research on Mark Golden as part of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree webinar series. She is currently working on a novel set in the San Francisco area in 1900 and 1901, based on stories of several of her ancestors and their associates which she discovered in her genealogical research.

Click here for all of Mary's webinars.


Protect an Overlooked Genealogy Treasure

by Marian Pierre-Louis

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When it comes to recording, preserving and conservation genealogists have impressive skills. Genealogists will scan or photograph original documents for later review. They will enter their data in a genealogy program - and even cite the sources! They will put family letters into protective sleeves and precious photos into acid free boxes. But there's one area that genealogists often overlook.

When was the last time you saved your email? While all email can be considered important, let's just consider the email related to your family history. This could be correspondence with a distant cousin or sending a request to an archive for a document. It could be a group collaboration on a sticky genealogical puzzle. Or it could be correspondence with a genealogical professional located in your ancestor's home town.

The Problem

Many people feel that saving email in their email program is good enough. That's a dangerous game to play. Email programs were never intended to be database repositories. Many of them even have a size capacity limit. After that limit has been reached the programs can get glitches, crash or stop working.  For instance, when using Outlook 2003 or 2007 the size limit of the file (a .pst file) is 20 GB.  That may seem large but if you are emailing photos or videos you could reach capacity very quickly. The size limit for Outlook 2010 is 50 GB but from what I've read online 5GB is a good practical working limit for any of those programs.

While you may not experience software crashes with Google Mail (Gmail), you will encounter mailbox size limits. Most users have the standard free 15GB limit. Schools and businesses may have 30 GB limits. Items in your spam and trash folders count toward your limit. Beyond that you will either have to delete email to make more room or have to purchase extra space.

Even if your inbox doesn't reach capacity there are other threats to the safety of your email. In my case, my HP laptop overheated (a known issue) and the hard drive crashed not once, but twice. Some of my data was salvaged but much of it was lost.

Over the years I have been negligent about saving my email properly. I did make backup copies but over a 10 year period sometimes even the backup copies get lost.

The Solution

So what is the solution? Save individual emails to another format. Using the "Save As" feature in Outlook, you can save individual emails as html, text (.txt) as well as some Outlook message formats. My recommendation is to save the email in .txt format to your genealogy directories. Txt is the most basic format and most easily read by other programs. It is the least likely to become obsolete due to software version changes.

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Gmail users have a harder time saving their email beyond using copy and paste.  It is now possible to save your Gmail in the .mbox format (see here for instructions). This will save all of your emails to a single file (which is great for backing up!). If you want to save individual emails to your genealogy folders, you'll have to use the cut and paste method.

Another thing you can do (I would do this in addition to saving individual emails to your computer) is to copy and paste emails to the notes area for the relevant ancestor in your genealogy software program.

While some correspondence, as mentioned earlier, is very obvious and should be saved, there are other emails hiding in your inbox that are even more important. These are the emails you exchange with your parents, siblings and extended family.

Sometimes these emails are very short such as "when was Aunt Louise born?" and its corresponding answer. Others are important gems hidden in the midst of day to day chatting. For instance your mother might mention the weather being windy today and then mention that time when the family gathered together during the 1938 hurricane.

These are the emails that I've lost. I've emailed my uncles with quick queries or received unsolicited stories and memories. But my day to day life was too busy to stop what I was doing to save the emails to a different format on my hard drive in an organized manner. One of my uncles has since passed and all my email exchanges with him are lost.

There's no teacher like experience! I now carefully consider each email I receive and quickly save it to the correct family directory. When saving emails be sure to capture the date and to and from fields Hopefully you will have the chance to learn from my experience before you make the same mistake yourself.

Do you have a different way to save your family history related email? Tell us about it!

Marian Pierre-Louis is the Social Media Marketing Manager for Legacy Family Tree. She is also the host of The Genealogy Professional podcast. Check out her webinars in the Legacy library.


How to receive our announcements and discussions on Facebook - even if you already "like" us

Thanks everyone for "liking" our Facebook page. It's been a fun place to interact, announce our new updates, and share the latest happenings here at Legacy Family Tree.

Unfortunately, lots of you who have liked the page do not receive its announcements or discussions in your Facebook feed. But it doesn't take much on your part to change that. Take a look at the brief video below to see what you can do. By the way - this isn't specific just to our Facebook page. The recommendations in the video will help you for any page you wish to follow. 


Genealogy on the Go with iPads and Tablets - free webinar by Lisa Louise Cooke now online for limited time

LogowhiteThe recording of today's webinar, "Genealogy on the Go with iPads and Tablets," by Lisa Louise Cooke, is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. You're going to love it! Lots of great comments:

  • It was exciting to see all the things that my iPad will do. I knew of some of them but was pleased to learn about the new ones. And Lisa is such a wonderful presenter!
  • Another awesomely wonderful webinar. Lisa shared lots of information that was valuable. I am one of those who bought an iPad and "what do I do with it now". I bought the book to help me learn better and have something to look at.
  • You're always on the cutting edge of technology, not months or years behind. No one else can hold a candle to what Legacy does for FREE to educate genealogists. Lisa's webinar is certainly worth another look, that's for sure. 
  • So impressed with Legacy -- not only is the software great, but the educational program is fantastic.

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 30 minute recording of "Genealogy on the Go with iPads and Tablets" 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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IpadTurn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse - by Lisa Louise Cooke - 18.95

These pages are packed with the tools you need to get the most out of your tablet:

  • An in depth look at over 65 apps that are ideal for the genealogist
  • 32 Fabulous Tips and Tricks that will make you a power user
  • See it for yourself with recommended online videos

Do you have a tablet other than an iPad? No problem! Comparable apps available in Google Play are included. And the Tips and Tricks section will give you clues as to features to look for on your brand of tablet.

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Tracking Migration Using the Big 4 U.S. Record Sources by Mary Hill. January 14.
  • Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact by Marian Pierre-Louis. January 16.
  • 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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Adding data to Legacy Family Tree without your keyboard

Imagine adding new information to Legacy without having to type it all. This is possible with the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software that webinar presenter, Luana Darby, recently taught us about. Now, one of our Legacy users, Bobby Johnson, has created a short video demonstrating how it works with Legacy. In the video, he uses a combination of his keyboard and the Dragon software to 1) search Ancestry for a census record, and then to 2) add the new information to both a source and a custom event in Legacy.

To see how it's done, Bobby has created a 20 minute video, and gave us permission to publish it below. Thanks Bobby! If others have experience using Dragon with Legacy, please tell us in the comments below.

 


Legacy and Pictures - free webinar by Geoff Rasmussen now online, PLUS 4 terrific guest hosts!

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The recording of today's webinar, Legacy and Pictures, is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. We learned:

  • The basics of adding a digital image to Legacy Family Tree
  • Downloading an image from an email
  • Downloading a census image and adding it to a new census event
  • Adding pictures to pedigree charts, family group records, and wall charts
  • about the Media Relinker and Gather Media Tools

This was also the webinar debut of my four kids. The 6" of overnight snow cancelled their school and so they "volunteered" to be my guest hosts. I think they did a terrific job introducing the webinar. Watch it below....what did you think?

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 29 minute recording of "Legacy and Pictures" is now available to view in our webinar archives for free indefinitely. It is also available to our monthly or annual Webinar Members for the duration of your membership. Visit www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com to watch. The supplemental syllabus materials are also available for annual/monthly webinar subscribers to download/print/save. Login or subscribe.

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Use webinar coupon code - legacyweb4 - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 193 classes, 284 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 787 pages)
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout, and yes, you can also use the 10% off webinar coupon above for a total of 15% off)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar

Introductory pricing:

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

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Using Evernote for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. November 19.
  • Family History for Kids by Devin Ashby. December 3.
  • Can You Hear Me Now? Voice Recognition Software for Genealogists by Luana Darby. December 5.
  • Researching Your North Carolina Ancestors by J. Mark Lowe. December 10.
  • Bagging a Live One - Connecting with Cousins You Never Knew You Had by Mary Kircher Roddy. December 17.

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

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See you online!


Digital Imaging Touch-Ups

A quick shout-out to Miles Abernathy of 399Retouch.com. I sent him a photograph of my John Williams and wondered if he could do anything with it to spruce it up a bit. He did a great job, was inexpensive, and returned it to me quickly. The image on the left was the original. The image on the right is what he returned to me. (Click on the image to enlarge.) If you have a digital image that needs a little work beyond the basic retouching tools like Clone and Autofix, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this service.

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My next quest is to learn what happened to John Williams' parents. Imagine this - John was born between 1845-1854 in New York City, the son of John Williams Sr., orphaned at the age of 10, and shifted around until he was 16, AND he enlisted in the Civil War under the name of Edward Riley. It's been a fun case and I'm making some real progress. I'll first tell our 2014 Legacy Genealogy cruisers about it (we leave in about 3 weeks...).

Anyways, more digital imaging techniques and organizing tips are found in the book, Digital Imaging Essentials: Techniques and Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians. Click here for more information or to purchase.

To learn about how to add a picture to Legacy Family Tree, jump to 25:31 in this video in our Learning Center.


The tech behind our new family portrait

Our kids had no idea they were being photobombed by their parents. It took some pretty cool technology to pull this one off.

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Unpacking from our recent trip to the Oregon coast, I could not find my digital camera. My Canon PowerShot G10 - not too expensive but not cheap either - had hundreds of great pictures from our vacation. Looking everywhere for it, I concluded it was stolen at a gas station on our way home. I went the next month without a camera, trying to decide what to do and hoping it might show up.

Finally, I could not be without a camera for any longer. After all, I had written a book about digital imaging. I could not be an author on the subject without a camera, right? Two days after I upgraded to my new digital camera, a Nikon D5300, I found my old camera in a compartment in my other car. I was left with a decision - return the new camera, and the new lenses, and the new tripod, and the new external flash, and the new Nikon D5300 for Dummies book - or not. Guess which decision I made?

This family photograph could not have happened without the technology of my new camera and a little creativity.

First of all, a DSLR camera is not a simple point-and-shoot camera like every other camera I've ever used. While there is an "auto" mode, to take a great picture, one really needs to know a little about aperture, depth of field, shutter speed, and flash just to name a few. Although I'm a complete beginner with this kind of camera, I've learned a lot in a short time. With this camera I can focus on the subject, and have the background blurred - just like the pros do it. In this photograph, notice how the kids in front are in focus, and how the crazy couple in the background is not. This is a result of setting the aperture to just the right setting. Either that or I got lucky. This simply cannot be done with a point-and-shoot camera.

The best part of this picture had to do with the tripod, the camera's built-in wifi, and its app on my smart phone. Since it was just us, and I had nobody else to snap the pictures, I brought along my tripod. Every experience I've had with a tripod has begun with me pressing the self-timer button and hoping I can get back to the picture in time for it to snap. Since my wife and I were about 20 feet behind my children in this picture, that just was not going to happen. Using the camera's built-in wifi and its accompanying app (called WirelessMobileUtility by Nikon Corporation) for my smart phone, I was able to control everything from where I sat. On my phone I could see exactly what the camera saw. I set a delay of a couple of seconds, puckered up, and pressed the shutter release button.

I will never forget the look on my kids' faces when they saw the picture on our computer for the first time that night. They had no idea what was going on behind them. They thought this was a kids-only picture. It turned out to be one of the most memorable family portraits we've ever taken.

As an added bonus, the camera's built-in GPS embedded the latitude and longitude coordinates into the picture. The GPS wasn't perfect - some of the pictures had us standing in the middle of the Boise River, but it did a pretty good job. Below is what it looks like in Picasa with the Places panel enabled.

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My wife calls the camera "Geoff's new toy" but I like to think of it as "Geoff's new tool". Just think of how great the pictures at the cemetery will look now.


Legacy Family Tree's shout-out from Kim Komando

One of my favorite technology gurus, Kim Komando (nick-named "America's Digital Goddess") plugged our Legacy Family Tree software this week! So exciting! Click here to read her review. And thanks to another of my favorite technology gurus, Thomas MacEntee, for pointing me to her article.

About Kim

Kim Komando’s passion for all things digital – and decades of experience in the tech and computer industry – has made her the go-to guide for living in the digital world. Her weekly radio show and daily “Digital Minute” are heard on nearly 500 stations; millions more get tech guidance and advice at Komando.com, read her weekly column on USAToday.com, and receive her email newsletters.