What Uncommon Sources Have You Used?

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It's probably not a surprise to anyone that I’m a huge fan of uncommon sources (my Legacy webinar on 25 Uncommon Sources for Your Genealogy was recently released) and I’m always on the lookout for them. Why? Because they can provide you the genealogical information you’re looking for and so much more. They are especially important as substitutes for records that no longer exist.

Where did my love of uncommon sources start? My background is researching women's lives and so records that document their lives have always been a favorite.  Friendship quilts and community cookbooks are particular favorites of mine. I also love other sources that provide surprising information like Farm Directories that I have found that include directory information, and in some cases,  the wife's maiden name.  

As a beginning genealogist I devoured the book Hidden Sources (2000) by Laura Szucs Pfeiffer. This guidebook of  little used sources, some that are more common in today’s world of digitized records, was one I studied chapter-by-chapter learning more about exciting sounding records such as Body Transit Records, Bird’s Eye View Maps, Midwife Records, and the US Serial Set. She taught me that that there were other records genealogists needed to use aside from the more common genealogical sources of the US Federal Census and vital records. Reading about these records and then looking for examples is what hooked me into wanting to learn more about what could possibly exist.

The idea about using unusual sources really is that we need to think more in terms of what is available for a time and place and not just what are “genealogy sources.” It’s sort of like going to a local bookstore. You could look at the “genealogy” section but you could also find relevant books in the history, sociology, and even cookbook sections.

So where do you find unusual sources?

  • It’s probably no surprise that I’m going to say that you should READ! I read a lot of magazines, online articles and non-fiction books. I always turn to the bibliography and footnotes and see what they have that might be relevant to my own research or for me to know to suggest to others.
  • Go through the FamilySearch Catalog. Choose the State or country you’re researching and go through the various subjects. What do you see that you’re not familiar with? If you narrow your search by Online (look to the right of your results list) you can go through the records you find and to become more familiar. Once you conduct that search, do a second search for the county or similar region and go through those subjects.
  • Listen to more webinars! Ok, you know I had to say this, right? But I am serious. I’m a huge believer in continuing education and Legacy’s over 1000 webinars is the perfect example of how you can learn more. Choose a topic or a favorite presenter and listen. If you’re a subscriber, download the handouts and take note of any source you’re not familiar with.
  • Decide on an uncommon source goal. Think of a source you’re not familiar with and make it a goal to learn more about it this coming year. I’ve done that in the past like the year I decided to study all of the women’s repatriation records at the National Archives at Riverside. Studying various records whether it’s at home through a website or in person is the way for you to learn more about what is available.

This year I’m taking a closer look at voting records (2020 is the anniversary of the 19th amendment here in the United States), runaway wife newspaper ads, and divorce records. My hope is to learn more about these records, why they exist and what they can tell us about our ancestors.

Now it’s your turn. I want to learn from you. What is an uncommon source that you love? What’s something you’ve used in your family history but it seems like few people know about it. What’s a source that you are going to spend time learning more about? Tell me about that source 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.


A Year in Review: New Records and Features in MyHeritage - free webinar by Daniel Horowitz now online

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The recording of today's webinar, "A Year in Review: New Records and Features in MyHeritage” by Daniel Horowitz, is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

A recap of all the new features and records released during 2019, with some scoops and plans for what is coming at MyHeritage in 2020.
 
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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 8 minute recording of "A Year in Review: New Records and Features in MyHeritage" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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Sådan får du mest ud af de seneste... (Danish) 12/11/2019

Ilan Melchior

Grandma's Obituary Box: The Use of Obituaries in Genealogical Research and Their Role in American Culture 12/11/2019

Pam Stone Eagleson, CG

Guía Práctica Para Las Búsquedas Biológicas Con el ADN (Spanish) 12/13/2019

Pedro Centeno

Noir, Jaune, Rouge : retrouvez vos ancêtres belges ! (French) 12/16/2019

Marie Cappart

De geavanceerde functies en technologie van MyHeritage (Dutch) 12/16/2019

Willeke Binnendijk

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

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Ahnenforschung für Anfänger - Teil 2 (German) 12/18/2019

Andrea Bentschneider

How to trace your UK ancestry 12/18/2019

Kirsty Gray

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Grandma's Obituary Box: The Use of Obituaries in Genealogical Research and Their Role in American Culture by Pam Stone Eagleson, CG

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Obituaries are a genealogical resource that help document our ancestors and bring them to life. This lecture examines the clues and types of information found in obituaries as well as where and how to locate them. A discussion of obituaries through the past three centuries will show what values were important to our ancestors and how those values have or have not changed through the years.
 
Join us and Pam Stone Eagleson, CG for the live webinar Wednesday, December 11, at 8pm eastern U.S. 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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PamelaEagleson-144x144Pam Stone Eagleson, CG, is a researcher, writer, and educator. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. degree in history and sociology, University of Southern Maine with a M. Ed., and Tufts University with a C.A.S. in Museum Studies. Winner of the 2004 National Genealogical Society's Family History Writing contest, Pam has attended NIGR, IGHR, SLIG, GRIP, and VIGR. Certified since 2005 by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Pam served six years on the Board of APG and currently serves as Director of Region 4 on the Board of NGS. She lectures on genealogy sources and problem solving, is co-administrator of the Stone surname DNA project and is a member of several local, state and regional historical and genealogical societies. Her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society QuarterlyMissouri State Genealogical Association Journal and the NGS Magazine.

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Tuesdays Tip - Design Menu (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.

Design Menu (Beginner)

The Design Menu is at the extreme upper right corner of the screen. There are quite a few customizations here that users can overlook.

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The little arrow looking thing at the left is a shortcut that will minimize (or expand) the main Toolbar/Ribbon. If you minimize it, this will give you more space on the main screen. 

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If you click the word About it will take you to the Legacy Splash Screen.

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Info Screen
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The words General, Company, Translations, and Close are all hot links you can click.

If you click the word Design (or the little down arrow thingie to the right of the word Design) you will see this:

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We are going to look at Styles, Font, and Animation today. Toolbars will be next week.

If you select Styles you will see this:

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These are color schemes for the Toolbar/Ribbon. You can use these in conjunction with Options > Change Colors to get a more personalized look. Just play around with it until you like what you see.

You learned about the System Toolbar In Tuesday's Tip - System Toolbar.  On the Styles Menu you will see the word System here. If you click this you can add the System tab to any color scheme!  I happen to prefer the System tab so I have this selected. 

When you click Font this is what you will see: 

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These Font sizes, Normal, Large, Extra Large, only apply to the Toolbar/Ribbon. Be aware that the larger you make the font on the ribbon the less room you will have on the rest of the screen. It is a balance. You can control the screen fonts at Options > Customize > Fonts

The Animation option is a simple on or off. You can see that I have it clicked on. 

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If this is on, the items on the main Toolbar/Ribbon will light up (highlight) when you mouse over them. 

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Next time we will look at the Three Custom Toolbars.

 

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 Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar series webinar: A Year in Review: New Records and Features in MyHeritage by Daniel Horowitz

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A recap of all the new features and records released during 2019, with some scoops and plans for what is coming at MyHeritage in 2020.
 
Join us and MyHeritage's Daniel Horowitz for the live webinar Tuesday, December 10, at 2pm eastern U.S. 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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Danielhorowitz-144x144Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage, providing key contributions liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers and media, as well as lecturing, and attending conferences around the world. Dedicated to Genealogy since 1986, he was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project "Searching for My Roots" in Venezuela for 15 years. Daniel is involved in several crowdsource digitization and transcription projects and holds a board level position at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA).

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How to create your XDNA chart using Legacy Family Tree software

It's being called "the best DNA webinar yet", and "maybe the best webinar ever." One viewer said, "I have taken week-long DNA courses and listened to countless DNA lectures. No lecturer has ever demystified X-DNA." The webinar, and the topic that everyone is talking about, is this week's live webinar by Debra Renard:

Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action

Because X-DNA isn't a stand-alone test, it's an overlooked research tool and even confused with mtDNA and autosomal DNA. As Debra illustrated, looking at the X really can solve unknown parentage mysteries. Watch the webinar here.

What turned on the DNA light bulb for me were the inheritance charts she showed. It helped so much to see how the XDNA is passed to descendants, thus helping the researcher narrow down potential relationships of DNA matches.

Even more helpful is the fact that the Legacy Family Tree software has the XDNA relationships built in to its charts. Here's how to see your XDNA chart.

1. In Legacy, click on the Legacy Charting button in MyToolbar.

2. Choose one of the ancestor charts like the Upward or the Half Fan.

3. On the Appearance tab, click on the Color button. Change the theme to DNA X Chromosome.

Here's what my Half Fan chart looks like with this theme selected:

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The chart makes it simple to visualize which relationships in my tree could account for an XDNA match.

Here's my wife's Half Fan chart:

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If I found an XDNA match, the chart helps me know that the match could not be on my paternal side of the tree, and shows which part of the tree it could have come from. If my wife found an XDNA match, the possibilities are pretty different.

So...if XDNA is new(er) to you, check out both the webinar and your Legacy software.


New "Member Friday" Webinar - Dark as a Dungeon: Researching Mining Records by Peggy Lauritzen, AG

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Dark as a Dungeon: Researching Mining Records by Peggy Lauritzen

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them! This Friday enjoy "Dark as a Dungeon: Researching Mining Records" by Peggy Lauritzen, AG. 

Dark as a Dungeon: Researching Mining Records

This is the real ‘Minecraft’. As the song goes, it truly was “dark as a dungeon” in just about any mine. Fortunately, there are records that have may been kept on your mining ancestors. Mining is hard work. Starting from the children that worked in mines up to the adults of today, mining records may provide a clue to your ancestors’ lives.

Dark as a Dungeon: Researching Mining Records by Peggy Lauritzen, AG


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About the Presenter

Peggy Lauritzen
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family's history has never left her. With her experience as a former Family History Director, she is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. Some of those would include The Ohio Genealogical Society, The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, which are also available on www.legacyfamilytree.com and www.amazon.com.

See all the webinars by Peggy Lauritzen in the Legacy library.
 
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Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action - free webinar by Debra Renard now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action” by Debra Renard, is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Because X-DNA isn't a stand-alone test, it's an overlooked research tool even confused with mtDNA. And those cryptic inheritance charts! Let's see how it's applied.
 
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 14 minute recording of "Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action 12/4/2019

Debra Renard

Hvordan jeg bruker MyHeritage (Norwegian) 12/6/2019

Vidar Øverlie

A Year in Review: New Records and Features in MyHeritage 12/10/2019

Daniel Horowitz

Sådan får du mest ud af de seneste... (Danish) 12/11/2019

Ilan Melchior

Grandma's Obituary Box: The Use of Obituaries in Genealogical Research and Their Role in American Culture 12/11/2019

Pam Stone Eagleson, CG

Guía Práctica Para Las Búsquedas Biológicas Con el ADN (Spanish) 12/13/2019

Pedro Centeno

Noir, Jaune, Rouge : retrouvez vos ancêtres belges ! (French) 12/16/2019

Marie Cappart

De geavanceerde functies en technologie van MyHeritage (Dutch) 12/16/2019

Willeke Binnendijk

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

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Ahnenforschung für Anfänger - Teil 2 (German) 12/18/2019

Andrea Bentschneider

How to trace your UK ancestry 12/18/2019

Kirsty Gray

Print the 2019 webinar brochure here.

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Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest - free webinar by Paul Milner now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest” by Paul Milner, is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. Both jurisdictions created informative records and kept them in the Parish Chest. This presentation will examine the breadth and wealth of information that can be found, going well beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers.
 
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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 21 minute recording of "Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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Webinar Members get:

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  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,620 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 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
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • 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)

Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action 12/4/2019

Debra Renard

Hvordan jeg bruker MyHeritage (Norwegian) 12/6/2019

Vidar Øverlie

A Year in Review: New Records and Features in MyHeritage 12/10/2019

Daniel Horowitz

Sådan får du mest ud af de seneste... (Danish) 12/11/2019

Ilan Melchior

Grandma's Obituary Box: The Use of Obituaries in Genealogical Research and Their Role in American Culture 12/11/2019

Pam Stone Eagleson, CG

Guía Práctica Para Las Búsquedas Biológicas Con el ADN (Spanish) 12/13/2019

Pedro Centeno

Noir, Jaune, Rouge : retrouvez vos ancêtres belges ! (French) 12/16/2019

Marie Cappart

De geavanceerde functies en technologie van MyHeritage (Dutch) 12/16/2019

Willeke Binnendijk

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

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Ahnenforschung für Anfänger - Teil 2 (German) 12/18/2019

Andrea Bentschneider

How to trace your UK ancestry 12/18/2019

Kirsty Gray

Print the 2019 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action by Debra Renard

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Because X-DNA isn't a stand-alone test, it's an overlooked research tool even confused with mtDNA. And those cryptic inheritance charts! Let's see how it's applied.
 
Join us and Debra Renard for the live webinar Wednesday, December 4, at 2pm eastern U.S. time (which is Wednesday, December 4, 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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DebraRenard-144x144Debra Renard is a specialist in genetic genealogy for Legacy Tree Genealogists. She loves sharing that expertise with others, frequently speaking at the local, regional and national levels on the topic. Being a native of Ohio, as were many generations of her ancestors, Debra particularly enjoys research related to the Midwestern region. She also co-leads a DNA Special Interest Group in Louisville, KY, where she now lives. She is especially passionate about helping those with unknown birth family find their roots.

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  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Tuesday's Tip - Quick Access Toolbar (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.

Quick Access Toolbar (Beginner)

The Quick Access Toolbar is my favorite toolbar feature. You can customize it like the My Toolbar. The advantage to the Quick Access Toolbar over the My Toolbar is that it is always visible. The disadvantage is the icons have to be a lot smaller because of space constraints. 

Quick Access Toolbar
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You edit the Quick Access Toolbar the same way as the My Toolbar. To get to the edit screen, click the little down arrow thingie to the right of the word Design in the extreme upper right corner of the screen, then Toolbars, then Quick Access.

Edit the Quick Access Toolbar
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When you do, you will see a familiar screen.  The edit screen looks the same as the edit screen for the My Toolbar. It works in the very same way. You drag icons from the bottom to the toolbar above. To remove an icon from the toolbar just drag it away from to the toolbar with your mouse to an empty part of the screen and drop it there. You can rearrange the icons by dragging them into place. 

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Next time we will take a look at the Design Menu.

 

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 - Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest by Paul Milner

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The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. Both jurisdictions created informative records and kept them in the Parish Chest. This presentation will examine the breadth and wealth of information that can be found, going well beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers.
 
Join us and Paul Milner for the live webinar Tuesday, December 3, at 8pm eastern U.S. time (which is Wednesday, December 4, 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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About the presenter

PaulMilner-144x144Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research.
 
Here’s the backstory about Paul:
 
Paul was raised on the West Coast of northern England. A mining engineer with a degree from the Cambourne School of Mines in Cornwall, England, he came to the U.S. in 1975 to get his graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin. He has been in the U.S. ever since, and in 2008 he became a dual citizen of both countries. In the intervening years, Paul received two graduate degrees and traveled widely throughout the world.
 
Paul has been designing genealogy workshops, writing books,  and lecturing for over 35 years. He holds an advanced degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology.
 
He is the 2018 recipient of the Utah Genealogical Society Fellow Award.
 
He is currently the book review editor of the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois Newsletter (BIGWILL) and is the former book review editor of the FGS FORUM.
 
Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois.

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The webinar will be live on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at:

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


Top 10 Genealogy Webinars - November 2019

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We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for November 2019! 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-1,068 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of November 2019.  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 November 2019

1. Seven Steps to Manage Digital Files by Denise May Levenick

2. 25 Uncommon Sources for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega

3. Understanding Ethnicity Estimates by Mary Eberle, JD

4. Discover the new Legacy Family Tree 9 by Geoff Rasmussen

5. An Introduction to DNA Painter by Jonny Perl

6. Online German Church Registers, Duplicates and Substitutes by James M. Beidler

7. Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure by Helen Smith

8. Soldier's Homes (1865-1930) Caring for our Veterans by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

9. Comment mieux gérer votre site familial sur MyHeritage (French) by Elisabeth Zetland

10. Watch Geoff Live: DNA by Geoff Rasmussen

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11. Hoe kan ik mijn MyHeritage familiestamboom beter beheren? (Dutch) by Willeke Binnendijk

12. Famous DNA: Looking into the genetic history of Joseph Smith Jr., founder of Mormonism by Ugo Perego, PhD, MSc

13. SuperSearch-hakukoneen käyttäminen (Finnish) by Juha Vuorela

14. Native American Research: Things You May Not Know by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS

15. The (Underground) Railroad Runs Through Here by Janice Lovelace, PhD

16. No Will? No Problem! by Sharon Monson

17. I Received DNA Matches, Now What? by Daniel Horowitz

18. 50 Records that Document Female Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega

19. A la Karte: Borders, Maps and Gazetteers for German Genealogists by James M. Beidler

20. Evaluating Your Smart Matches and Record Matches on MyHeritage by James Tanner

 

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New "Member Friday" Webinars - Quaker Migration Before and After the Revolutionary War by Craig Scott

New "Member Friday" Webinars - Quaker Migration Before and After the Revolutionary War by Craig Scott

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them! This Friday enjoy two webinars "Quaker Migration in North America Prior to the American Revolution" and "Quaker Migration after the Revolutionary War" by Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA. 

Quaker Migration in North America Prior to the American Revolution

Examines migration patterns out of Pennsylvania to the South. Provides insight into reasons for migration and the records that can be used to document the movement.

Quaker Migration in North America Prior to the American Revolution


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Quaker Migration after the Revolutionary War

Examines the migration patterns out of Pennsylvania and the South following the American Revolution. Provided insight into reasons for migration and looks at the typical records of migration.

Quaker Migration after the Revolutionary War


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About the Presenter

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA is the author of The ‘Lost Pensions’: Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838 (Revised) and Records of the Accounting Officers of the Craig ScottDepartment of the Treasury, Inventory 14 (Revised). His most recent work is Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers, 1818 – 1872, and the Payment Vouchers They Represent. He has authored seventeen books and several articles in the National Genealogical Society QuarterlyFamily Chronicle and other genealogical publications. He is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 6,500 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians on the editorial board of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and is a former Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. A faculty member for several years of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. He is the coordinator for the 3rd Annual Heritage Books Genealogical Conference and Cruise. He was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award in 2008 and UGA Silver Tray Award in 2009. He became a Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association in 2014.

See all the webinars by Craig Scott in the Legacy library.
 
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9 NEW reports added to MyHeritage Health test

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TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah--()--MyHeritage, the leading global service for discovering your past and empowering your future, announced today the addition of 9 new health reports to its at-home genetic health test, the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry test. The new reports include a comprehensive polygenic risk score for high blood pressure based on thousands of genetic variants, 3 genetic risk reports that estimate personal risk for developing a disease, and 5 carrier status reports that indicate if an individual is a carrier of a disease that may be passed from parent to child.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a sustained elevation in blood pressure that can significantly increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Widely known as “the silent killer,” high blood pressure often has no obvious signs or symptoms. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.13 billion people worldwide have high blood pressure, and fewer than 1 in 5 have the condition under control. Consequently, high blood pressure is a major cause of premature death and disability. The new report for high blood pressure offers a comprehensive genetic risk estimate by examining thousands of variants across the genome, and is exclusive to MyHeritage. This report may inform individuals who have increased genetic risk years before the onset of high blood pressure, enabling early intervention measures and frequent checkups with their healthcare provider.

The new reports examine genetic variants for PALB2-associated breast cancer, susceptibility to HIV-1 infection, and susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia. The presence of a PALB2 variant notably increases an individual’s risk for developing breast cancer and has also been associated with increased risk for ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer. The report for PALB2-associated breast cancer joins the hereditary BRCA cancers report and the polygenic risk score for female breast cancer, positioning MyHeritage as a market leader in at-home testing for breast cancer risk. The susceptibility to HIV-1 infection report is also unique to MyHeritage and indicates the presence or absence of the CCR5 variant. CCR5 can reduce an individual’s susceptibility to becoming infected with HIV-1, or even render them highly resistant to HIV-1 infection. This variant is most common in people of Northern European descent.

Also included are carrier status reports for 5 hereditary disorders including glycogen storage disease type 1A (G6PC), Usher syndrome type 3, familial Mediterranean fever, ataxia-telangiectasia, and Canavan disease. Canavan disease is a neurological disorder that causes progressive damage to nerve cells in the brain and is most prevalent among individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

“When we launched the MyHeritage Health test earlier this year, we pledged to be at the forefront of scientific innovation and to continuously enhance the product for the benefit of our users,” said Dr. Yaniv Erlich, Chief Science Officer of MyHeritage. "The addition of these 9 new reports delivers on our promise, and we plan to add many more health reports in the coming months. We recently received a moving testimonial from one of our customers, who thanked us because, as he put it, MyHeritage saved his daughter’s life. This was achieved by detecting a rare BRCA variant that only MyHeritage tests for among the major at-home consumer DNA health tests. It is successes like these that make us even more determined to continue our mission to raise awareness of genetic health risks and provide insights on significant medical conditions to the public.”

Launched in May 2019, the MyHeritage Health test now provides 36 comprehensive reports that may empower future health and lifestyle choices. The current product offering consists of 4 advanced polygenic risk scores (including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and female breast cancer), 14 reports on personal genetic risk for developing health conditions, and 18 reports regarding genetic diseases that may be passed from a couple to their children if both partners are carriers for the same condition. MyHeritage users receive personalized reports for each condition and are encouraged to share and discuss their results with their healthcare provider. MyHeritage Health also includes the pillar features of the MyHeritage DNA product line: ethnicity estimates and matching to relatives through shared DNA.

The 9 new reports are available free of charge to existing MyHeritage Health customers who have purchased the Health subscription, which grants access to new reports as they are released. Customers who purchase the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry kit or who upgrade to receive health reports following this latest release will enjoy full access to all 36 health reports; access to new reports slated for future release requires a Health subscription. Existing MyHeritage Health customers who currently do not have a Health subscription will soon be able to purchase it on the MyHeritage website for $99 per year.

The new reports are now available to MyHeritage Health customers worldwide. Customers who reside in the United States and previously purchased the MyHeritage Health subscription will receive these new reports in the near future.

MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry is a Laboratory Developed Test, processed in a CLIA certified and CAP accredited DNA lab in Texas. MyHeritage works with PWNHealth, an independent physician network and genetic counseling service, to provide end-to-end physician oversight of the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry test for all U.S. customers, which includes genetic counseling, if appropriate. PWNHealth’s physician oversight and genetic counseling fee is included in the total price.