New TechZone Video - Find Your Images Online with TinEye by Gena Philibert-Ortega

New TechZone Video - Find Your Images Online with TinEye by Gena Philibert-Ortega

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "Find Your Images Online with TinEye" by Gena Philibert-Ortega.

Find Your Images Online with TinEye

Learn how to use a site called TinEye to find images on the web that might lead to more images or information about your ancestors.

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About the Presenter

Gena Philibert-OrtegaGena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women's studies, and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, GenWeekly and the WorldVitalRecords newsletter. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of the books, From The Family Kitchen (F + WMedia, 2012), Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and Putting the Pieces Together. Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association's journal Crossroads. An instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media and Google. She serves as a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include women's social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women's lives using material artifacts. Gena Philibert-Ortega is the author of IDG's monthly column, Remember the Ladies: Researching Your Female Ancestor. 

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Back to Basics: Foundations in DNA Webinar Weekend - July 10-12

Back to Basics: Foundation in DNA Webinar Weekend - July 10-12

Our free webinar weekends in July starts this Friday with the Foundations in DNA 5-class series by Blaine Bettinger. The classes will be available from Friday July 10 through Sunday July 12, 2020 by going to FamilyTreeWebinars.com/beginners. This is your chance to get off to a solid start understanding DNA!

Foundation in DNA by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.


Foundations in DNA 1 of 5: Genealogy and DNA

A very basic introduction to DNA and how it can be used in combination with traditional genealogical research. Together we will examine the answers to questions like: "why should you test your DNA?" and "how do I get started with DNA?"


Foundations in DNA 2 of 5: DNA Overview

An introduction to Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA testing, including how each of these types of DNA are inherited, how they are tested, who you should have tested, and where you should purchase testing.

Foundations in DNA 3 of 5: Y-DNA

A look at how Y-DNA can be used for genealogical research, with examples, and a demonstration of how to review your Y-DNA test results at Family Tree DNA.

Foundations in DNA 4 of 5: Mitochondrial DNA

A look at how mtDNA can be used for genealogical research, with examples, and a demonstration of how to review your mtDNA test results at Family Tree DNA.

Foundations in DNA 5 of 5: Autosomal DNA

A look at how atDNA can be used for genealogical research, with examples, and a demonstration of how to review your atDNA test results at 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and Family Tree DNA.

 

View all of these classes July 10-12, 2020 for free at FamilyTreeWebinars.com/beginners.

 


Turning Dry Facts into Exciting Narrative - free webinar by Carol Baxter now online for limited time

Turning Dry Facts into Exciting Narrative - free webinar by Carol Baxter now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar by Carol Baxter, "Turning Dry Facts into Exciting Narrative" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

The literary world condemns most family histories as ‘fact-driven and tedious’ because they are usually little more than prose timelines. Yet the phrase ‘family history’ communicates the three ingredients needed to produce a piece of prose that is interesting to read: ‘family’ (the facts about the family), ‘history’ (the historical context) and ‘story’. This seminar focuses on the first two ingredients and shows how we can weave our facts together in such a way that the reader is keen to keep on reading.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 31 minute recording of "Turning Dry Facts into Exciting Narrative" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
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  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
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Webinar Weekends in July—Back to Basics

Webinar Weekends—Back to Basics

In July, we are taking you back to basics with two webinar weekends:

  • Foundations in DNA (5 full-length classes by Blaine Bettinger)
  • Family History: Getting Started (12 mini classes by Cheri Hudson Passey)

Whether you are new to DNA or genealogy, or would benefit from a refresher, both courses are designed to get you started in the right direction or will fill in the gaps in your knowledge.

Foundations in DNA (unlocked members-only content, July 10-12)

  • Genealogy and DNA
  • DNA Overview
  • Y-DNA
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • Autosomal DNA

Getting Started in Family History (new AND unlocked members-only content, July 24-26)

  1. Home Sources
  2. Forms
  3. Family Stories
  4. Documents
  5. Vital Records
  6. Census Records
  7. Cemetery & Church Records (brand new!)
  8. Online Research: Finding Family on the Internet (brand new!)
  9. Researching on Location: It's Not All Online (brand new!)
  10. Research Plans and Logs (brand new!)
  11. Staying Organized - Your Secret Weapon (brand new!)
  12. Avoiding Mistakes: Common Stumbling Blocks (brand new!)

How to access

Visit www.familytreewebinars.com/beginners beginning both July 10 and July 24. The scheduled classes will be unlocked and free to the public each weekend. All classes are always available to webinar members. Click here for information about membership.


Register for Webinar Wednesday: Turning dry facts into exciting narrative by Carol Baxter

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The literary world condemns most family histories as ‘fact-driven and tedious’ because they are usually little more than prose timelines. Yet the phrase ‘family history’ communicates the three ingredients needed to produce a piece of prose that is interesting to read: ‘family’ (the facts about the family), ‘history’ (the historical context) and ‘story’. This seminar focuses on the first two ingredients and shows how we can weave our facts together in such a way that the reader is keen to keep on reading.

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About the presenter

CarolBaxter-144x144Carol Baxter is an experienced and informed historian and genealogist, an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning author and a dynamic, inspirational presenter.
 
Carol has been a genealogist for four decades having first become interested in family history research while still at school. Her career as a professional genealogist began when she was appointed Project Officer of the Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record (ABGR). In that role she edited six volumes of early New South Wales muster returns (similar to census returns) and later the convict indents for 1788-1812. She edited many other record series when she became General Editor of the ABGR’s new incarnation, the Biographical Database of Australia. She is a Fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists and an adjunct lecturer at the University of New England.
 
Her career took a different turn in 2004 when she began writing ‘popular history’ and she had her first manuscript picked up by the first publisher she approached within a few weeks of submission. She is now the author of six ‘true-crime thrillers’ of which ‘An Irresistible Temptation’ (2006), ‘Breaking the Bank’ (2008), ‘Captain Thunderbolt and his Lady’ (2011) and ‘Black Widow’ (2015) were published by Allen & Unwin to critical acclaim. Both Breaking the Bank and Thunderbolt received first prize in writing competitions while Thunderbolt is being made into a feature film. Another of her books is being turned into a computer game. In 2013, Britain’s Oneworld published ‘The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable with ‘The Times’ (London) writing that it is ‘as lively and readable as a crime novel’ while Britain’s ‘Independent’ praised it as ‘totally irresistible’. Allen & Unwin also published ‘The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller’ (2017). Ross Fitzgerald, Emeritus Professor of History and Politics, wrote in ‘The Australian’ newspaper: ‘this spellbinding tale of an extraordinary woman is one of the best books I have read in years’. Mrs Miller is being turned into a big budget six-part TV series by the producers of the Academy Award nominated film Lion.
 
‘How to’ genealogy books are among Carol’s other works. She published ‘Writing Interesting Family Histories’ in 2009 and produced a third updated edition in 2016 along with a companion volume ‘Writing and Publishing Gripping Family Histories’. She is keen to help researchers ensure that their evidence is accurate (having encountered much historical research that is inaccurate) so she published ‘Help! Historical and Genealogical Truth: How do I separate fact from fiction?’ in 2016. Her passion for surnames and given names and the knowledge she has acquired by virtue of her linguistics degree and her years working as a transcriber led her to write ‘Help: Why can’t I find my ancestor’s surname?’ (2014) and ‘The Madness of Mac Surnames’, published by Unlock the Past in 2018. A series of handy guides on English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh given names is being published by Unlock the Past in 2019. Unlock the Past also published her lively and humorous pre-beginners guide ‘To Trace or Not to Trace: a family history overview for the curious’ (2018).
 
Carol is the author of the History Detective newsletter, a free email newsletter with tips on history, researching, writing and publishing along with information about her forthcoming publications (including pre-publication discount offers). You can subscribe to the newsletter and find out more about Carol and her books via her website: www.carolbaxter.com.
 
Carol is also a sought-after speaker. She has been a presenter at four Unlock the Past genealogical conferences on international cruise ships, teaching researching and writing skills to family historians. She is also an enrichment speaker telling her true tales of murder, mystery and mayhem on international cruise ships. She recently told Mrs Miller’s tale as a three-part mini-series on the Crystal Serenity from Los Angeles to Auckland and is booked to speak on more cruises. In all of her books and talks, her aim is to educate and to entertain her readers or audiences.
 
For further information: see www.carolbaxter.com

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Turning Twitter into a Learning Power Tool for English Genealogy Research

Turning Twitter into a Learning Power Tool for English Research

One of the reasons I use social media is to learn about records and repositories that will benefit my research. I love to read posts that describe record sets, finding aids, and tips for research. Social media allows us to access this information in short, succinct posts from libraries, archives, and services that you may forget about it if you aren’t currently researching that place or topic.

I have some favorite Twitter accounts that help me stay on top of what’s available and new-to-me in English genealogy. Some of my current Twitter favorites include:

 

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The National Archives (@UkNatArchives): The official archive of the UK government is one of the must-have accounts you should be following. Like other repositories, @UkNatArchives posts include everything from videos to blog posts including the one shown above that they posted in June about the internment of enemy aliens during World War II. Make sure to click on the link for Media on their page to uncover tweets that include images, podcasts and videos.

 

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The British Newspaper Archive (@BNArchive): If you are researching your family history, searching newspapers is a must. One newspaper website I would recommend following is The British Newspaper Archive which includes “37 million historical, local and regional newspaper pages from across the UK and Ireland.” Their tweets include not only highlights of their collection but they retweet users and their newspaper finds providing you with even more ideas for your own research.

FreeUK Genealogy (@FreeUKGen ): There’s definitely must-have genealogy websites that are free and for English research the FreeUK Genealogy websites, FreeBMD, FreeREG, and FreeCen should be on your list. I know every time I hear a presentation on English research at least one of these websites is mentioned. You can follow the FreeUK Genealogy family of websites by following their Twitter account, @FreeUKGen.

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WDYTYA? Magazine (@wdytyamagazine); Family Tree Magazine (@familytreemaguk) ; Discover Your Ancestors (@DYAncestors): I’m a big fan of magazines and I enjoy reading English genealogy magazines. Luckily these magazines have Twitter accounts which allow me to keep updated on their latest issues and the articles featured therein. You’ll want to follow WDYTYA? Magazine, the UK Family Tree Magazine (not to be confused with the US Family Tree Magazine which is also great), and Discover Your Ancestors. Obviously the Twitter accounts provide a sneak peak to magazine content but they also post tips and information for researchers on services, products, and events.

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#AncestryHour (@AncestryHour): One of my favorite benefits of Twitter is the ability to access educational and networking opportunities. #AncestryHour is one of several genealogy chat opportunities you’ll find on Twitter. If you haven't experienced a Twitter chat, it's when users post at a designated time, allowing you to interact with other users in real time. Typically a genealogy chat will either focus on a special guest or a previously chosen topic. According to their website, #AncestryHour " is a Twitter base for everyone and anyone, professionals and amateurs alike, with an interest in Genealogy and Family History. Here you can meet, exchange tips, promote your services, ask questions etc., and engage with an international following within the ancestral community." You can learn more about #AncestryHour via their website which includes interviews with genealogists on Twitter as well as the team behind #AncestryHour.

There’s More

Are those all of the Twitter accounts you should follow? Of course not. Other accounts to consider include the War Graves Commission (@CWGC), the British Library (@britishlibrary), the British Museum (@britishmuseum), and the Imperial War Museums (@I_W_M). But don’t forget to also add accounts for subscription websites, libraries, archives, and Family History Societies in the place your ancestor lived. And of course UK based authors and genealogists are also important to follow to learn more about research.

Are you using Twitter to learn more about English genealogy? What must-have accounts do you follow? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

 

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 TechZone Video - Get Organized Using Scrivener Printable Index Cards by Lisa Alzo

New TechZone Video - Get Organized Using Scrivener Printable Index Cards by Lisa Alzo

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "Get Organized Using Scrivener Printable Index Cards" by Lisa Alzo.

Get Organized Using Scrivener Printable Index Cards

When using the Scrivener application learn how to create printable index cards to help you organize your writing project.

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About the Presenter

Lisa AlzoLisa A. Alzo M.F.A. is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of ten books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles, and writes the blog "The Accidental Genealogist."

See all the webinars and videos by Lisa Alzo in the Legacy library.
 
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Finding a Father for Molly - Using DNA - free webinar by Jill Morelli, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Jill Morelli, CG, "Finding a Father for Molly - Using DNA" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Oral tradition told the story; DNA identified the father. The case study illustrates using matches on Ancestry and GEDmatch to narrow the number of candidates, developing and implementing a targeted testing plan, hypothesis development and using documentary evidence to support the conclusion---while complying with genetic standards. The use of the X-match, not often employed is utilized as well. It’s a simple case to illustrate basic principles without jargon.

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 13 minute recording of "Finding a Father for Molly - Using DNA" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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Webinar Members get:

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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

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Top 10 genealogy webinars - June 2020

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We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for June 2020! Are your favorite topics or instructors among the list? Need something new to learn? Use the list to get inspired!

Each month thousands of Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers head for the library to learn new skills and techniques to help improve their genealogy research. Among the now-1,303 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of June 2020.  They aren't necessarily the newest classes but rather the topics that were sought out by our members.

Have you seen any of these classes? Are these among your favorites too? Some of these classes (and topics) might be new to you! Get inspired to learn more and make your genealogy journey more fun!

The Top 10 for June 2020

1. 'What are the Odds?' An online tool that can help solve DNA puzzles by Jonny Perl

2. Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives by David Ouimette, CG

3. Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1840 by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

4. An Introduction to DNA Painter by Jonny Perl

5. How MyHeritage Enhances your Photos for Genealogical Research by Tal Erlichman

6. Så jobbar du med triangulering (Swedish) by Peter Sjölund

7. Finding Your 18th Century Ancestors in England by Paul Milner

8. Utilizing the HathiTrust Digital Library for Family History Research by Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS

9. Metadata for Digital Images by Thomas MacEntee

10. Using DNA to Answer Real Research Questions: Three Case Studies by Gail Blankenau

The Runner-Ups

11. MyHeritage's Photo Enhancer (TechZone) by Geoff Rasmussen

12. Why did the Welsh leave Wales? by Penny Walters

13. Organize Your Bookmarks in Google Chrome (TechZone) by Lisa Lisson

14. Finding Your 19th Century Ancestors in England by Paul Milner

15. The Second Middle Passage: Following the DNA Trails by Melvin Collier

16. Your DNA questions answered live with Diahan by Diahan Southard

17. Mistrust Transcriptions: And Here's Why by Dr. Bruce Durie

18. Find Records Faster with FamilySearch Clickable Maps (TechZone) by Lisa Alzo

19. Sources for Landed and Titled People in England and Wales by Paul Milner

20. African American Genealogy Challenges: What You Need to Know! by Shelley Viola Murphy

Access to classes in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar library are available with an webinar membership. Not a member? Become one! Or watch one of our free classes here.


Register for Webinar Wednesday: Finding a Father for Molly - Using DNA by Jill Morelli, CG

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Oral tradition told the story; DNA identified the father. The case study illustrates using matches on Ancestry and GEDmatch to narrow the number of candidates, developing and implementing a targeted testing plan, hypothesis development and using documentary evidence to support the conclusion---while complying with genetic standards. The use of the X-match, not often employed is utilized as well. It’s a simple case to illustrate basic principles without jargon.

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About the presenter

Jill MorelliJill Morelli, CG is a "Roots" genealogist, becoming interested in family history in the 1970's with the Alex Haley show. At that time, she just collected "stuff." After a hiatus during which she had a family and volunteered in her community, Jill came back to genealogy with a vengeance in February 2002 and a total commitment to "doing it right." She attended conferences, institutes and read articles that would improve her skills as a genealogist. Jill started lecturing on genealogy topics in 2013; however, her background includes extensive lecturing associated with her vocation of architecture to large (300+) and small groups for 40+ years. Jill is a lecturer, writer and professional genealogist and has a blog at http://genealogycertification.wordpress.com about her experiences of being "on the clock," house histories and other topics of interest.

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The 1939 Register for Family Historians - free webinar by Fiona Brooker now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Fiona Brooker, "The 1939 Register for Family Historians" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Following on from the declaration of War, on September 29th 1939, the details of the population of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were recorded and identity cards were issued. Findmypast has now published the registers for England and Wales. This talk will look at searching the 1939 Register and what to do with the information you find.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 59 minute recording of "The 1939 Register for Family Historians" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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Register for Tuesday's Down Under webinar: The 1939 Register for Family Historians by Fiona Brooker

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Following on from the declaration of War, on September 29th 1939, the details of the population of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were recorded and identity cards were issued. Findmypast has now published the registers for England and Wales. This talk will look at searching the 1939 Register and what to do with the information you find.

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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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How Will You Document Your Life?

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I love reading old diaries and letters. There’s nothing that makes for a great research day like reading what other people experienced 50, 100, even 200 years ago. Give me the opportunity to research women’s letters or diaries describing their life experiences and I am one happy researcher.

As family historians, we are passionate about the past. But for future genealogists, we need to leave something about our own lives. Letters and diaries provide historians a look at what everyday life was like generations ago. It provides important historical context no matter who is leaving that legacy of personal writings. I always hear people lament that their ancestor didn’t leave a journal behind so why wouldn’t we? Don’t we want that for the family historians of the future?

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Used with permission Angela Rodesky http://arodeskygenealogy.com/

Believe Me, My Diaries Are Not Great Literature

I kept a diary off and on through my teen and young adult years. The other day I came across one that I kept when I was 14 to 16 years old. I didn’t write every day so there are huge gaps. But one thing is certain as I re-read those passages.

I was a nincompoop.

Really. I’m serious. It’s embarrassing. Most of the passages deal with whatever boy I had a crush on at that moment. And there were a lot. I think about my sons finding those diaries when I’m gone and my first thought is that I need to burn them ASAP.

I’ll admit I feel cognitive dissonance knowing that personal history needs to be preserved and feeling really embarrassed at my over the top teen angst. I’ve always been a believer in journal keeping and I hate to destroy the evidence of a younger me, but it feels like it would be for the best. Let’s just say that those journals don’t house the thoughts of a great thinker or my higher level musings on saving the world.

But as I contemplate by diary bonfire, I wonder how many of those letter writers and diary keepers that I’ve read and learned from felt the same way? How many times have I winced at hearing about someone destroying all of their or their families personal writings?

Have you felt this way? What is a solution to leaving a legacy even if what you have written isn’t what you want people to see?

What is you considered curating your papers? Maybe leaving everything feels uncomfortable. What if instead you did an annotated or even an excerpted version of your personal papers? That way you could later destroy them if you don’t want your descendants to read about those youthful indiscretion?

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A closely cropped entry from Gena's diary so you don't see any of the embarrassing stuff. 

As I read through my teenage diary I noticed it mentioned some genealogically relevant information that would be important for my descendants, sprinkled between all the embarrassing crush-of-the-month mentions. Some of the following information could be used to create a timeline for my life or add social history to my life events, such as:

  • My paternal grandfather’s heart condition
  • My paternal grandmother’s hospitalization and death
  • The names of maternal aunts and uncles
  • Cousins’ names
  • My hire date at my first job
  • The amount of my first paycheck
  • Getting my driver’s license at age 16
  • Birthdays

I could create a timeline or individual narratives involving quotes from my diary augmented with my memories of that time, biographical information (names and dates for my paternal grandfather and grandmother), and even newspaper clippings. I could also take these excerpts and add them to the facts in my genealogical database.

I may not want my descendants to read my teenage diaries but I can use them to enhance my life story and information about the “ancestors” I knew.

How Will You Document Your Life?

No diary or journal? What about emails? Have you considered taking information from emails you have sent or received from family and friends to create a “journal.” I have a friend I email almost every day and in those emails we talk about family, and what’s going on with work and home. My intention is to take passages from those emails and create a journal (including information about living through a pandemic).

So will I eventually destroy those diaries? Maybe. I think it is important for future generations to understand that their ancestors were real life people with some of the same thoughts and issues as they have. However, I’m not so sure they need to learn that from my writings. I will wait to decide what to do with those diaries but in the meantime, I will work on taking the best of that information to augment my family history.

You are important. You will be immensely important to those who will be part of your family in the future. They too will want to know about your life and your experiences. Chances are you you tell stories to your kids and grandkids about growing up, why not leave something more permanent?

 

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 TechZone Video - How to link Multiple Word Documents into One PDF by Amie Bowser Tennant

New TechZone Video - How to link Multiple Word Documents into One PDF by Amie Bowser Tennant

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "How to link Multiple Word Documents into One PDF" by Amie Bowser Tennant.

How to link Multiple Word Documents into One PDF

Learn how to combine multiple Microsoft Word documents into one pdf file right from within MS Word.

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About the Presenter

Amie Bowser TennantAmie Bowser Tennant is The Genealogy Reporter bringing you genealogy news, education, and inspiration. She is a professional genealogist, nationally known speaker, and internationally known blogger. Amie provides blog and written content for many top companies and societies in the genealogy field. Some of her publications can be found in the NGS Magazine, the Ohio Genealogical Society News and the OGS Quarterly,  Legacy News, and the FamilySearch blog, just to name a few! You can also see her webinars via Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

See all the webinars and videos by Amie Bowser Tennant in the Legacy library.
 
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African American Genealogy Webinar Weekend - June 26-28

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Our free webinar weekends in June continues this Friday with the African American 6-class series. First join us for the live introductory webinar on Friday at 12pm eastern U.S. time. Then enjoy the following classes at your leisure (all free through Sunday evening).

African American Genealogy Challenges: What You Need to Know! by Dr. Shelley Murphy (NEW!)

Researchers all experience brick walls and they are expected and challenging. The goal is to learn how to combat the challenges. This presentation will walk through the challenges when researching African American ancestry. New methods and strategies will be shared such as how to analyze documents along with tips on organizing your research. (Available Friday morning at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/june)

Grandma Said: Verifying Oral History by Aaron Dorsey (NEW!)

This presentation will explain the critical role that oral history plays in genealogical research as well as the pitfalls of becoming wedded to it. Individuals will also learn strategies for verifying oral history. Case studies will be used to highlight the various strategies. (Available Friday morning at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/june)

The Second Middle Passage: Following the DNA Trails by Melvin Collier (NEW!)

With slave ancestral research, one is often faced with direct evidence vs. indirect evidence. Many forms of direct evidence that emphatically prove family relationships, birthplaces, and other happenings are often non-existent because enslaved people were merely considered “property.” Some researchers have been very fortunate to find rare pieces of direct evidence, in the form of old family letters, diaries, ledgers, Bibles, etc., to positively identify enslaved ancestors and family structures. Many researchers often rely on a preponderance of indirect evidence to confirm enslaved ancestors. Collier presents two cases where DNA was a valuable piece of evidence that identified and confirmed enslaved ancestors and how DNA research provided clues to determine the areas where two enslaved ancestors had likely been sold away from during the domestic slave trade (Second Middle Passage). (Available Friday morning at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/june)

Finding Calvin: Following My Enslaved Ancestor Through Multiple Owners - A Case Study by Renate Sanders (NEW!)

In this presentation, Renate models the research process of verifying that her great-grandfather was enslaved, and shares the methodology and documents used to document his owners during 25 years of enslavement. Presented as a case study. (Available Friday morning at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/june)

DNA Corroborates Oral Tradition About the Parents of a Freedman by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson (NEW!)

Learn about information needed to make sound decisions on when DNA tests can or should be used in genealogical research, and how to meet the new DNA-specific genealogy standards. (Available Friday morning at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/june)

African American Genealogy Resources at the Library of Congress by Ahmed Johnson (members-only webinar to be unlocked)

Explore the untold stories of generations past by searching through the records and online resources at the Library of Congress. African American history is recorded in multiple formats that document African Americans in America, including digitized oral histories, newspapers, maps, and photographs among others. This presentation provides an overview of the materials available that will help you reconstruct these wonderful stories. Included is a case study of a former slave and traces his life after emancipation. (Available Friday morning at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/june)