Test Your Skills on an 18th Century Deed - Challenge Answers

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Last week we challenged you to answer questions about an 18th Century Deed.

Here are the answers to our challenge:

Jeremiah Brown deed

1. Where does Jeremiah Brown live?

Jeremiah Brown lives in Swansey [sic., the name is currently spelled Swansea], in the County of Bristol in the State Massachusetts Bay in New England.

2. How many sons does Jeremiah Brown have?

The correct answers is "at least two." Two sons are mentioned in this deed specifically by name, Samuel Miller Brown and Jeremiah Brown. Just because other sons aren't mentioned doesn't mean that Jeremiah Brown doesn't have them. At the time of this deed Samual Miller Brown was 27 years old and Jeremiah Brown was 25 years old. There were also three other sons ages 22, 13 and 11.

Jeremiah Brown deed

3. When was the land transferred?

The land was transferred 20 March 1778. "This Twentyeth Day of March A.D. 1778"

4. When was the deed recorded?

The deed was "Received May 18 1779 and Recorded"  That date is over a year after the land was transferred. This shows how important it is to note both the transfer date and the recording date because it can greatly impact your interpretation of events and facts.

5. Who are the witnesses? 

The witnesses are Peleg Shearman and Edward Luther. Witnesses should always be researched to determine if they are family, friends, neighbors or associates.

6. Who is Rebeckah Brown and how do we know?

Rebeckah Brown is the wife of Jeremiah Brown. She had a legal interest in the land because of her dower rights and therefore had the ability to reject the sale of the land. Her signature indicates her approval of the sale. For more on Dower Rights see "Dower Share, Dowry & Dower Rights" by William Dollarhide.

 

I hope you enjoyed this challenge! Let me know if you have any questions.

 

Marian Pierre-Louis is a genealogy professional who specializes in educational outreach through webinars, internet broadcasts and video. Her areas of expertise include house history research, southern New England research and solving brick walls. Since the rise in interest of genetic genealogy Marian has become addicted to using dna to help solve genealogy mysteries. Marian is the Online Education Producer for Legacy Family Tree Webinars where she produces online genealogy education classes. Once a month you'll find her as the evening host of Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Check out her webinars in the Legacy library.

 


BCG to host Joy Reisinger Lecture Series: Six FREE Webinars on 6 September 2019

Joy-photoThe Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will host six free webinars live from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 6 September 2019. Six leading genealogists will speak on topics related to the Genealogical Proof Standard, DNA, ethics, immigration, and documenting our ancestors lives. The hour-long webinars begin at 11 a.m. U.S. Eastern time (9 a.m. Mountain time, 15:00 GMT) and continue throughout the day. The webinars are part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series, and are presented in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree.

The lecture series is in memory of BCG’s former trustee and vice president of the Board, Joy Reisinger, Certified Genealogist Emeritus. Joy began this lecture series for Family History Library staff during BCG’s fall board meetings. She was an advocate for open records access, a lecturer on research methods, and an expert on Canadian resources, especially Quebec.

The schedule for the lectures and broadcasts is

11 a.m Eastern time. Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG®, CGL℠, “Reasonably Exhaustive Research: The First Criteria for Genealogical Proof.”

12:15 p.m. Eastern time. Martha Garrett, PhD, CG®“Finding Immigrants Who ‘Disappeared’: A Research Approach Based on Recognizing and Challenging Assumptions.”

1:30 p.m. Eastern time. Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGL℠, “Share and Share Alike: The Rules of Genealogical Privacy.”

3:30 p.m. Eastern time. Karen Stanbary, CG®“Details of New and Modified DNA-Related Standards.”

4:45 p.m. Eastern time. Melinda Henningfield, CG®“How to Write a Case Study that Meets the New Standards for DNA: As Codified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.”

6:00 p.m. Eastern time. Rick Sayre, CG®, CGL℠, “Reconstructing an Entrepreneurial Woman’s Life: From Family Intrigue to Water Rents.”

Lectures at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City are free and open to the public. Live webinar broadcasts are free to the public, but require registration. Registration for the webinars, as well as additional information on speakers and lecture topics, can be found at https://familytreewebinars.com/BCG19. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. In order to accommodate those who might have schedule conflicts, each webinar can be accessed at no charge for a week after the broadcast.

The words Certified Genealogist and letters CG are registered certification marks, and the designations CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

 

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New "Member Friday" Webinar - Basics of Land Platting - Part 2 by J. Mark Lowe

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Basics of Land Platting - Part 2 by J. Mark Lowe

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Basics of Land Platting - Part 2" by J. Mark Lowe. 

Basics of Land Platting - Part 2

Learn how to locate the property you have learned to plat. This working session will help you identify a neighborhood and locate the plat on a topographic map. Learn to use property maps and other finding aids.

Basics of Land Platting - Part 2  by J. Mark Lowe


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About the Presenter

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. While sharing personal experiences that help beginning and experienced researchers gain new skills and insights for research, he specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee that lies in northern Middle J. Mark LoweTennessee along the Kentucky border.

Lowe also serves as the Course Coordinator for 'Research in the South' at  IGHR (Samford University), for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)  and is Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), learning sessions and hands-on research focusing on original documents and manuscripts at regional archives. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events.

Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ)National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), the Genealogical Speakers' Guild SPEAK!The Longhunter (So. Ky. Genealogical Society), The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterlyand other local society publications. His own publications include Robertson County Tennessee Marriage Book 2 1859-1873. He formerly was the President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG). He is the former President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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Basics of Land Platting - Part 1 - free webinar by J. Mark Lowe now online for limited time

Basics of Land Platting - Part 1 - free webinar by J. Mark Lowe now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar, "Basics of Land Platting - Part 1” by J. Mark Lowe is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Don't understand Metes and Bounds? This working session will help you learn how to plat a deed using the metes and bounds system. Discover new clues by understanding more about your ancestor's land.
 
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Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders 12/17/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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Tuesday's Tip - Options: Fonts (Beginner)

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Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Options: Fonts (Beginner)

Previous articles in this series:
Customize Legacy 
Options: General Settings
Options: Data Entry
Options: Data Format
Options: Date Defaults
Options: Dates
Options: Locations
Options: Sources
Options: View
Options: Colors

The next section in the Customize Legacy menu is Options > Customize > 10. Fonts

10.1 Screen Fonts (gbl)

10.1 Screen Fonts
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These fonts govern what you see on the Legacy screens themselves. The Stretch fonts when resizing and the Min. font size and Max. font size have to do with how your screens look when they are not at full size (maximized to your monitor). This will scale the fonts.

 

10.2 Master Report Fonts (gbl)

10.2 Master Report Fonts
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These options are global options that affect ALL reports. This is a great way to keep all your reports uniform. You can always change an individual report by opening that report and adjusting the fonts in the report options.

 

Next time we will look at Options > Customize > 11. Launch

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Basics of Land Platting: Part 1 by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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Don't understand Metes and Bounds? This working session will help you learn how to plat a deed using the metes and bounds system. Discover new clues by understanding more about your ancestor's land.
 
Join us and J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA for the live webinar Wednesday, August 14 at 8pm 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. 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

Lowemark-144J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. While sharing personal experiences that help beginning and experienced researchers gain new skills and insights for research, he specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee that lies in northern Middle Tennessee along the Kentucky border.

Lowe also serves as the Course Coordinator for 'Research in the South' at  IGHR (Samford University), for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)  and is Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), learning sessions and hands-on research focusing on original documents and manuscripts at regional archives. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events.

Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ)National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), the Genealogical Speakers' Guild SPEAK!The Longhunter (So. Ky. Genealogical Society), The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterlyand other local society publications. His own publications include Robertson County Tennessee Marriage Book 2 1859-1873. He formerly was the President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG). He is the former President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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Finding Treasures and Fun in Garage Sales

Garagesale

In the United States the 2nd Saturday of August is National Garage Sale Day. The timing of this yearly event makes sense. August marks the approaching end of summer and families are enjoying their final weekends before the start of the school year. It’s a good time to sell what the kids have outgrown or search for what they will need. The holidays are just around the corner which means most people have an eye towards purging unwanted items and making some money for the expenses that they will face in the upcoming months.

Whether you call it an estate sale, tag sale, yard sale, or garage sale, the sale of your unwanted household items, toys, and clothes in front of your home is something that most of us have either done or gone to looking for deals. For the genealogist, yard sales can mean some great deals on vintage items that we remember our families owning or wish we kept. 

These type of sidewalk sales have been around for a while. According to the website The Ultimate History Project, these sales have their origins in “the rummage sales that first emerged in port cities, around the docks.” The word rummage originally referred “ to the arranging of items such as casks in the hold of a ship.  After a ship put into port, unclaimed or damaged cargo would be hauled out of the hold of the ship and put up for sale---a rummage sale.”[1]

While yard sales might have been  popular during financially difficult times, making it a necessary retail experience for both the buyer and seller, the website Encyclopedia.com notes that the increased commercialism and home ownership the United States experienced after World War II also influenced the popularity of the garage sale. As socio-economic status grows and consumers have the ability to buy items they don’t necessarily need, those items eventually become fodder for a garage sale. Garage sales continue to remain popular today; each year “Americans host an estimated 6.5 to 9 million garage sales.”[2] A family may host one of a handful of garage sales in their hometown on any given weekend but it’s not unusual for whole communities or city to put on a garage sale weekend event. Maybe you would like to spend the weekend doing nothing but shopping bargains. Consider the 127 Yard Sale that covers six states (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama) along Highway 127 every August. That’s almost 700 miles of yard sales! You can learn more on the 127 Yard Sale website.

Plenty of online articles warn of what you should and shouldn’t buy at a garage sale because of safety issues or that are just more trouble then they are worth. Topping those lists are technology items and electronics, worn cookware,  and baby care items (car seats and cribs). Are there items that family historians should buy at garage sales? I would suggest looking for:

  • Books and periodicals (history, social history, historical fiction, and vintage cookbooks are just a few ideas);
  • Old maps or atlases for the areas your ancestor lived
  • Vintage photos or personal items you might reunite with another family member (not every garage sale has items strictly from the seller’s family);
  • Old sewing patterns (maybe it’s time to show your family what you or your parents really wore in the 1970s)
  • School supplies (family historians love them)
  • Any kind of item that would help you illustrate a family story (a period piece of dinnerware,  clothing, or an old tool).

If you find  that  item that mom or grandma owned and it makes you feel nostalgic? Buy it! Take it home, tell that story, take photos, and share those memories with your family. Telling a family history with vintage “props” helps tell better family history stories that everyone in the family will want to hear.

After you score some treasures at a garage sale watch the webinar "Metal Paper Clips, Rubber Bands and Tape, OH My!" to learn from an archivist how to handle records, photographs and ephemera that have metal paper clips, rubber bands, tape and other fasteners attached to them.

 

[1] “Need of Nostalgia? By Sheila M. Morrison,” the Ultimate History Project (http://ultimatehistoryproject.com/need-or-nostalgia.html: accessed 30 July 2019).

[2] “Garage and Yard Sales,” Encylcopedia.com (https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/garage-and-yard-sales: accessed 30 July 2019).

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.


New "Member Friday" Webinar - A Path to Distant Lands: America's Ethnic Settlements by Sharon D. Monson

New "Member Friday" Webinar - A Path to Distant Lands: America's Ethnic Settlements by Sharon D. Monson

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "A Path to Distant Lands: America's Ethnic Settlements" by Sharon D. Monson. 

A Path to Distant Lands: America's Ethnic Settlements

Locating an ancestral homeland often depends on where an immigrant settled in America, and what the motivation was for making an arduous journey across the ocean. Choice of settlement location could have been based on family/friends, culture, climate/geography, land availability, religious practices, or trade skills.

A Path to Distant Lands: America's Ethnic Settlements


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About the Presenter

Sharon MonsonSharon D. Monson is a professional genealogist, creator of the Genealogy Kit, and author of Shortcut to Genealogy Sources. She is a frequent  presenter at local, state and national conferences. Her extensive research experience in courthouses, repositories and the Family History Library spans 35+ years. Her blog at https://gensearchandmore.com features primary and secondary U. S. genealogical sources and skill-building research tips.  

 

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Test Your Skills on an 18th Century Deed

SkillChallenge

Let's do something different this week. Let's put your skills to the test!

The images below are two pieces of same deed from the Nathan Brown brick wall case. As some of you may recall, Nathan Brown is Geoff Rasmussen's ancestor. This deed was one of the documents that was uncovered as we built a case for his parents being Jeriamiah Brown and Rebeckah Miller.

This should be considered an intermediate challenge.

In this document, particularly in the first image, you will see use of the long 's' which looks like an f.

See if you can answer the questions. The answers will be posted in one week, on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

Image 1

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Questions

  1. Where does Jeremiah Brown live?
  2. How many sons does Jeremiah Brown have?

 

Image 2

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Questions:

3. When was the land transferred?

4. When was the deed recorded?

5. Who are the witnesses?

6. Who is Rebeckah Brown and how do we know?

Good luck with the challenge and have fun!

We'll be back with the results next week.

 

Marian Pierre-Louis is a genealogy professional who specializes in educational outreach through webinars, internet broadcasts and video. Her areas of expertise include house history research, southern New England research and solving brick walls. Since the rise in interest of genetic genealogy Marian has become addicted to using dna to help solve genealogy mysteries. Marian is the Online Education Producer for Legacy Family Tree Webinars where she produces online genealogy education classes. Once a month you'll find her as the evening host of Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Check out her webinars in the Legacy library.

 


Case Studies in Gray: Identifying Shared Ancestries Through DNA and Genealogy - free webinar by Nicka Smith now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Case Studies in Gray: Identifying Shared Ancestries Through DNA and Genealogy” by Nicka Smith is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

You’ve identified a group of shared DNA matches, but you're stumped on how you’re all related. Learn how to let DNA take the lead in determining who and where to search to uncover the group’s most recent common ancestor.
 
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MyHeritage-palvelut; sukupuu, SuperSearch ja DNA (Finnish) 8/14/2019

Juha Vuorela

Basics of Land Platting - Part 1 8/14/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

MyHeritage DNA - Ein Überblick (German) 8/21/2019

Silvia da Silva

Bullet Journaling for Genealogy 8/21/2019

Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG

Introduction to Forensic Genealogy 8/23/2019

Kelvin L. Meyers

Généalogie pour débutants : Commencez votre arbre... (French) 8/26/2019

Elisabeth Zetland

Using Teams with your Genealogy 8/28/2019

Tessa Keough

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders 12/17/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Print the 2019 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Finding Families in New Zealand - free webinar by Fiona Brooker now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Finding Families in New Zealand” by Fiona Brooker is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

We don’t have any major collections of census records in New Zealand, so how else can you find families in New Zealand. Looking at the use of electoral rolls and school records to add to your family history.
 
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 10 minute recording of "Finding Families in New Zealand" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. 

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  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
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  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Case Studies in Gray: Identifying Shared Ancestries Through DNA and Genealogy 8/7/2019

Nicka Smith

Historialliset sanomalehdet & kansallisarkisto (Finnish) 8/14/2019

Juha Vuorela

Basics of Land Platting - Part 1 8/14/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

MyHeritage DNA - Ein Überblick (German) 8/21/2019

Silvia da Silva

Bullet Journaling for Genealogy 8/21/2019

Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG

Introduction to Forensic Genealogy 8/23/2019

Kelvin L. Meyers

Généalogie pour débutants : Commencez votre arbre... (French) 8/26/2019

Elisabeth Zetland

Using Teams with your Genealogy 8/28/2019

Tessa Keough

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders 12/17/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Case Studies in Gray: Identifying Shared Ancestries Through DNA and Genealogy by Nicka Smith

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You’ve identified a group of shared DNA matches, but you're stumped on how you’re all related. Learn how to let DNA take the lead in determining who and where to search to uncover the group’s most recent common ancestor.
 
Join us and Nicka Smith for the live webinar Wednesday, August 7 at 2pm eastern U.S. which is also Wednesday, August 7 at 12pm Sydney time. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. 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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NickaSmith-144x144Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.

Nicka has diverse and varied experience in communications, with a background in publications, editing, graphic design, radio, and video production. She has edited and designed several volumes of family history that include narratives, photos, and genealogical information and has also transferred these things to an online environment. She is the host of BlackProGen LIVE, an innovative web show focused on people of color genealogy and family history.

She is a past board member of the California Genealogical Society (CGS) and the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC), member of AAHGS Memphis/Mid South and the Southern California Genealogical Society, and former chair of the Outreach and Education Committee for AAGSNC, and former project manager for the Alameda County, CA Youth Ancestral Project where more than 325 youth were taught the value of family history.  Nicka is also the family historian and lead researcher for the Atlas family of Lake Providence, East Carroll, Louisiana.

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Tuesday's Tip - Options: Colors (Beginner)

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Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Options: Colors (Beginner)

Previous articles in this series:
Customize Legacy 
Options: General Settings
Options: Data Entry
Options: Data Format
Options: Date Defaults
Options: Dates
Options: Locations
Options: Sources
Options: View

The next section in the Customize Legacy menu is Options > Customize > 9. Colors

 

9.1 Main Windows Colors (gbl)

9.1 Main Window Colors
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There is too much information on how to change your color scheme to put in this article but there are a few things that I want to point out. You can also get to the Set Color Scheme dialog box by going to Options > Change Colors on the main toolbar. Either way, this is what you will see:

Set Color Scheme
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The first option in this box will bring you to the same dialog box as in Option 9.2 (next one down) so we will save that for now. The second option allows you to choose one of Legacy's default color schemes which you can use as is or you can customize it. The main thing that you need to know when you see this dialog box on your screen is that you need to click on the Legacy screen itself to change any colors. For example, if you are on the Family View and you click the background you will then be able to change that. If you click on one of the labels you will be able to change that. Just click around the screen and you will get all kinds of popup boxes to change the colors. Also, You need to make sure that you switch between the different views (Family, Pedigree, etc.) because these have their own colors. 

 

9.2 Other User-Interface Colors (gbl)

9.2 Other User-Interface Colors
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This option will bring up the same dialog box as if you have clicked on the first option in the pink box above. This is what it looks like: 

Set Interface Colors
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There are options right on this dialog box but also notice there are three tabs of options. The options here are pretty self-explanatory. Play around with them to see what sort of colors and styles you like.

 

9.3 Reset All Colors to Their Default Settings (gbl)

9.3 Reset All Colors to Their Default Settings
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Sometimes you will look at your color scheme and decide it would just be easier to start over from scratch. That is what the option will do for you. It resets everything back to the defaults.

 

9.4 Save and Load Customized Color Schemes (gbl)

9.4 Save and Load Customized Color Schemes
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This one is important. After you have spend a lot of time getting everything looking the way you want you will want to save the color scheme so that you can retrive it later. You can create as many color schemes as you want and them flip back and forth to reflect your current mood.

 

Next time we will look at Options > Customize > 10.0 Fonts

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


Register for Down Under webinar: Finding Families in New Zealand by Fiona Brooker

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We don’t have any major collections of census records in New Zealand, so how else can you find families in New Zealand. Looking at the use of electoral rolls and school records to add to your family history.
 
Join us and Fiona Brooker for the live webinar Tuesday, August 6 at 10pm eastern U.S. which is also Wednesday, August 7 at 12pm Sydney time. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. 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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FionaBrooker-144x144Fiona Brooker is a professional genealogist (Memories In Time) who has been actively researching her family history for over 30 years, inspired by two marriage certificates and a collection of family letters written from New Zealand back to her immigrant ancestor’s family in Devon. Whilst living and researching in the UK, she studied and gained a Higher Certificate in Genealogy from the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. Fiona has served as both President and Treasurer of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG). She is currently part of a ProGen study group.

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DNA, Genealogy, and Privacy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword - free webinar by Thomas MacEntee now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "DNA, Genealogy, and Privacy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword” by Thomas MacEntee is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Has your concern for privacy prevented you or a family member for taking a DNA test? What about sharing your genealogy research data online with practical strangers (even though you might be related)? Especially as personal DNA testing increases in popularity, and with increased media attention about cold cases solved using DNA data and the use of genealogy databases, today’s genealogist needs to stay on top of the latest information concerning privacy. We’ll review the current status of privacy practices by the five major DNA test kit vendors, current laws and regulations, the role of law enforcement, and what we might expect to see related to privacy in the future.
 
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DNA, Genealogy, and Privacy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword 8/2/2019

Thomas MacEntee

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Case Studies in Gray: Identifying Shared Ancestries Through DNA and Genealogy 8/7/2019

Nicka Smith

Historialliset sanomalehdet & kansallisarkisto (Finnish) 8/14/2019

Juha Vuorela

Basics of Land Platting - Part 1 8/14/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

MyHeritage DNA - Ein Überblick (German) 8/21/2019

Silvia da Silva

Bullet Journaling for Genealogy 8/21/2019

Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG

Introduction to Forensic Genealogy 8/23/2019

Kelvin L. Meyers

Généalogie pour débutants : Commencez votre arbre... (French) 8/26/2019

Elisabeth Zetland

Using Teams with your Genealogy 8/28/2019

Tessa Keough

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders 12/17/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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