New "Member Friday" Webinar - Three DNA Tests = Three Times the Fun by Diahan Southard

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Three DNA Tests = Three Times the Fun by Diahan Southard

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Three DNA Tests = Three Times the Fun" by Diahan Southard. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Three DNA Tests = Three Times the Fun

Three kinds of DNA tests, five testing companies, and many different outcomes. Learn the basics and leave with confidence in this new area of research.

Three DNA Tests = Three Times the Fun


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About the Presenter

Diahan SouthardA microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead her to her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. Diahan's lectures are always fun, upbeat, and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.
 

See all the webinars by Diahan Southard in the Legacy library.

 
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Free Legacy Family Tree update now available (version 9.0.0.279)

We have another great new update for our Legacy Family Tree 9 users (free) for you to download. It's mostly a maintenance update which provides fixes to minor issues you have reported to us. So download the update to get the best Legacy ever!

See the download instructions below for step-by-step instructions on installing this update. 

What's Been Fixed

View the January 11 release notes here. 

How to Update

For our Deluxe Edition users, all you have to do is connect to the Internet, start Legacy 9, and click on the "Install and Download Now" link on the Legacy Home tab. (If you're reading this from within the Legacy Home tab inside of Legacy 9, you'll first need to click on the Home button in the top left of the Legacy Home tab which looks like the following picture:

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If you are a Standard Edition Legacy user, you will need to visit our website. Go to http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp and follow the instructions.


New Historical Records Added in December 2018 at MyHeritage

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Those with ancestors in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York or California will be especially enthusiastic with these new records from MyHeritage.

We are excited to announce that we have recently added 22,718,797 new historical records to SuperSearch™ from four entirely new collections: Massachusetts Newspapers, 1704-1974, New Jersey Marriage License Index, 1915-2016, New York State Death Index, 1880-1956, and the US Naturalization Records, Northern California, 1852-1989.

Click here for all the details.


What Would You Do If You Had Five Days in Washington, DC? - free webinar by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL now online for limited time

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The recording of last evening's webinar, "What Would You Do If You Had Five Days in Washington, DC?” by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

When you have mined web sources for records in Washington, DC, and your appetite has been whetted for a trip to see for yourself the vast array of repositories and sources available there, how will you plan your trip to make the most of the time available? This class presents a plan for an actual research trip to DC and suggestions about transportation, lodging, and other practical matters.
 
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 32 minute recording of "What Would You Do If You Had Five Days in Washington, DC?" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership

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  • 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
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Integrating old photos into your family history research 1/22/2019

Maureen Taylor

Using OneNote with your Genealogy 1/23/2019

Tessa Keough

Patriot or Not?: Using the Genealogical Proof Standard on a Closed DAR Line 1/25/2019

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

You Can Do This: Photo Organization and Preservation 1/30/2019

Thomas MacEntee

Six Feet Under Down Under - Cemetery records in Australia 2/5/2019

Jill Ball

Applying Evidence to Genealogical Research Questions 2/19/2019

Melissa Johnson, CG

Polled! Finding your Ancestors in New South Wales Colonial Muster and Census Returns 3/5/2019

Carol Baxter

The Five-story Fall: Correlating Indirect and Direct Evidence to Extend the Pedigree 3/19/2019

Debra S. Mieszala, CG

One Touch Genealogy Research: How to Handle a Record Just Once 4/2/2019

Thomas MacEntee

Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye! 4/16/2019

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

English Parish Records: More than Hatch, Match and Dispatch 4/30/2019

Helen Smith

Valid and Unsound Assumptions: What Was She Thinking? 5/21/2019

Jeanne Bloom, CG

They really didn't swim! Finding your ancestors in New South Wales Colonial Shipping Records 6/4/2019

Carol Baxter

Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section 6/18/2019

Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL

Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy 7/2/2019

Cyndi Ingle

Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands 7/16/2019

Yvette Hoitink, CG

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

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

Print the 2019 webinar brochure here.

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Visualizing Information for Genealogists - free webinar by BCG's Margaret R. Fortier, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of tonight's webinar by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, "Visualizing Information for Genealogists” and Margaret R. Fortier, CG is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

You have toiled over your client report. You have delved into the data, mined it for every iota of information, you have examined and evaluated your sources, analyzed and correlated your evidence, resolved any conflicts, and carefully crafted a narrative. Your report is accurate, but does your presentation compellingly tell the story? Does your work convincingly summarize the depth and breadth of your analysis? Are you using all the tools available to you to effectively communicate with your clients and engagingly present the story of their ancestors? This presentation will show how to use text and images effectively in client research and why it matters. Several examples will illustrate how to go from raw data to a polished, professional display of information.
 
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 32 minute recording of "Visualizing Information for Genealogists" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 844 classes, 1,092 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 3,630 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
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

What Would You Do If You Had Five Days in Washington DC? 1/16/2019

Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL

Integrating old photos into your family history research 1/22/2019

Maureen Taylor

Using OneNote with your Genealogy 1/23/2019

Tessa Keough

Patriot or Not?: Using the Genealogical Proof Standard on a Closed DAR Line 1/25/2019

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

You Can Do This: Photo Organization and Preservation 1/30/2019

Thomas MacEntee

Six Feet Under Down Under - Cemetery records in Australia 2/5/2019

Jill Ball

Applying Evidence to Genealogical Research Questions 2/19/2019

Melissa Johnson, CG

Polled! Finding your Ancestors in New South Wales Colonial Muster and Census Returns 3/5/2019

Carol Baxter

The Five-story Fall: Correlating Indirect and Direct Evidence to Extend the Pedigree 3/19/2019

Debra S. Mieszala, CG

One Touch Genealogy Research: How to Handle a Record Just Once 4/2/2019

Thomas MacEntee

Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye! 4/16/2019

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

English Parish Records: More than Hatch, Match and Dispatch 4/30/2019

Helen Smith

Valid and Unsound Assumptions: What Was She Thinking? 5/21/2019

Jeanne Bloom, CG

They really didn't swim! Finding your ancestors in New South Wales Colonial Shipping Records 6/4/2019

Carol Baxter

Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section 6/18/2019

Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL

Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy 7/2/2019

Cyndi Ingle

Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands 7/16/2019

Yvette Hoitink, CG

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

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

Print the 2019 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Register for Webinar Wednesday: What Would You Do If You Had Five Days in Washington, DC? by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL

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When you have mined web sources for records in Washington, DC, and your appetite has been whetted for a trip to see for yourself the vast array of repositories and sources available there, how will you plan your trip to make the most of the time available? This class presents a plan for an actual research trip to DC and suggestions about transportation, lodging, and other practical matters.
 
Join us, the Chair of the 2019 FGS Conference, and Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL for the live webinar Wednesday, January 16, 2019 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

PamSayre-144x144Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a professional researcher, educator, author, and lecturer. She has developed, coordinated, and taught courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research since 2007. She co-coordinates and teaches in the Researching in Washington, DC, without Leaving Home and the advanced land course at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the advanced land course at Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She has taught in Boston University's Professional Certificate Program in Genealogy. Pam is former NGS director of education and publications, former board member of NGS and FGS, co-author of Online Roots: How to Discover Your Family's History and Heritage with the Power of the Internet (2003) and Research in Missouri (1999, 2007), former FGS FORUM Digitools columnist, and a former editor of APGQ. She is a popular seminar presenter who has spoken at genealogy conferences and seminars nationwide and on international cruises.

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at:

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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 - How to Delete a File (Beginner)

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

How to Delete a File (Beginner)

If you ever need to delete a file, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. The correct way is to open the file and go to File > Delete File. If you do it this way Legacy will also delete the associated helper files. There are quite a few which will be unnecessary clutter if you don't delete them. You will get a confirmation dialog box to give you the opportunity to change your mind.

File > Delete File
 
Sometimes we create temporary files for a specific purpose. For example, if you want to create a report or a chart that only includes certain people you can export those people to a temporary file, create your report/chart there, and then delete this file. You might want to send just a portion of your file to a relative who also uses Legacy. When you create temporary files make sure you name them in such a way so that there is no chance you will accidentally delete the wrong file.
 
If you are not 100% sure of what you are doing, always backup the file before you delete it. If you ever change your mind you will still have the file.
 

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 BCG Webinar: Visualizing Information for Genealogists by Margaret R. Fortier, CG

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You have toiled over your client report. You have delved into the data, mined it for every iota of information, you have examined and evaluated your sources, analyzed and correlated your evidence, resolved any conflicts, and carefully crafted a narrative. Your report is accurate, but does your presentation compellingly tell the story? Does your work convincingly summarize the depth and breadth of your analysis? Are you using all the tools available to you to effectively communicate with your clients and engagingly present the story of their ancestors? This presentation will show how to use text and images effectively in client research and why it matters. Several examples will illustrate how to go from raw data to a polished, professional display of information.
 
Join us, the Board for Certification of Genealogists and Margaret R. Fortier, CG for the live webinar Tuesday, January 15, 2019 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

MargaretFortier-144x144Named for her grandmothers and inspired by her mother’s phenomenal memory, Margaret R. Fortier, CG, is a Boston-based genealogical researcher, lecturer, and writer. Her client and personal research focuses on French-Canadian, Italian, Irish, and Portuguese immigrants. She holds an MS in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University. She serves on the board of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists and is a member of the New England chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild as well as several local and national genealogical societies.

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With our Google Calendar button, you will never forget our upcoming webinars. Simply click the button to add it to your calendar. You can then optionally embed the webinar events (and even turn them on and off) into your own personal calendar. If you have already added the calendar, you do not have to do it again - the new webinar events will automatically appear.

Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at:

  • 8pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 7pm Central
  • 6pm Mountain
  • 5pm Pacific

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  7. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Try Goodreads for Genealogy Inspiration

Are you using Goodreads ? I will admit that I wasn’t until recently. It was one of those websites that I signed up for years ago and then almost as soon as I had, I forgot about it. Recently my nephew helped me to see the importance of Goodreads and how it can be helpful to family historians.

Goodreads website

First, let me explain what Goodreads is. The Goodreads About Us web page states, “Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love.” Wikipedia  explains that Goodreads is “a social cataloging website that allows individuals to freely search its database of books, annotations, and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogs and reading lists. They can also create their own groups of book suggestions, surveys, polls, blogs, and discussions.”

To be honest, even though I LOVE books, these website descriptions weren’t enough to interest me. What did finally interest me was the ability to create virtual  “bookshelves” of books I want to read or have read. Goodreads does more than this but I want to focus on this aspect of the app and how it can help family historians.

What really convinced me to give the Goodreads app a try were the experiences and enthusiasm of  those around me. My brother and nephew use it to find new books and track their reading. My brother even challenged himself to set a reading goal for 2018 which you can do via the Goodreads Reading Challenge (you can find this under the More link on the app). Legacy Webinar speaker and archivist Melissa LeMaster Barker (The Archive Lady) says, “I am an avid user of the Goodreads app. I love the fact that I can access my collection of genealogy and archives books that I own anytime and anywhere. This comes in real handy when I am at the bookstore and I am wondering if I have a particular book, I just check the Goodreads app. Also, if I come across a source citation for a particular book in a reference work at the archives, I can check to see if I have that book by checking the app. I can also add genealogy and archives related books to my “to-read list” by just accessing the app and adding the book to the list.”

So after talking to friends and family it became obvious to me that Goodreads would enhance my reading life by tracking genealogy books I read and finding new books  to read to learn about my ancestors' life.

Getting Started

How do you get started with Goodreads? You can sign up for a free account on the Goodreads website or through the mobile app. I suggest that you use the app since that will give you the tools you need away from home at libraries and bookstores. To use the app you will need to first download the free Goodreads app  from your mobile device’s app store. Although you could just use the desktop version of the service, the Scan  feature is only available using a mobile device with a camera (more on this later).

Searching for Books

The Goodreads app is fairly simple to use. Why I fell in love with it is its ability to add books to virtual bookshelves labeled, Want to Read, Currently Reading, and Read. Goodreads allows you to create additional bookshelves. I, of course, created a “genealogy” shelf but I could see this being useful for more specific genealogical topics (think DNA or Eastern European Genealogy). You can view your shelves and the books on them by clicking on My Books at the bottom toolbar of the app.

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Two ways to add books to your bookshelves are by searching for a book (click Search at the bottom of the app and then enter a title or author) or  click on the books featured on the Goodreads  home page in  categories like  Trending and Popular or based on what you have read or what your “friends” have read/reading/ or want to read. Yes, Goodreads allows you to “friend” others (family, real life friends, those with similar reading interests) just as you do on other social media websites.

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Another way to add books is actually my favorite part of the mobile app,  the Scan feature. I don’t know about you but when I’m at a bookstore, the books I’m interested in far outweigh the amount of money I have to spend. So when that happens, you can scan the book’s barcode (look at the back cover) and Goodreads will identify that book and allow you to place it on a bookshelf. Easy! Now when I’m at a library,conference, a bookstore, or even a friend’s house, I can easily upload the books I want to read. And, I can even upload books in my own collection. What a great idea since I’ve bought the same book more than once on several occasions!

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There’s More

I’m just touching the surface of what you can do with Goodreads. Goodreads has other features that will enhance your genealogy as well including the ability to join groups, review what you’ve read,  and connect your Kindle with Goodreads (Goodreads is owned by Amazon) so that you can view your Kindle notes and highlights on the Goodreads app (to learn more about using Goodreads and Kindle together see the Goodreads Help subjects on this topic.)

Use Goodreads for your genealogy? Yes! Keep track of your 2019 genealogy reading goals by using Goodreads to track what you have read and what you want to read.

 

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 Nose for News: 20+ Tips for Getting the Most Out of Newspapers by Mary Kircher Roddy

New "Member Friday" Webinar - A Nose for News: 20+ Tips for Getting the Most Out of Newspapers by Mary Kircher Roddy

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "A Nose for News: 20+ Tips for Getting the Most Out of Newspapers" by Mary Kircher Roddy. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

A Nose for News: 20+ Tips for Getting the Most Out of Newspapers

Newspaper research can help further genealogy research. A name in a newspaper can pinpoint a location for an ancestor at a particular time. Mentions in the legal notices, property records or shipping notices columns provide clues for additional research. Learn 20+ tips for getting the most out of newspaper research. And discover the one name you need to look for in every obituary!

New "Member Friday" Webinar - A Nose for News: 20+ Tips for Getting the Most Out of Newspapers by Mary Kircher Roddy


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About the Presenter

Mary Kircher RoddyMary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, has been a genealogist since 2000, becoming interested in the subject in anticipation of an extended trip to Ireland. She earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington in 2005. She lectures frequently on various genealogical topics in the Seattle area and at conferences across the country.  She has written a number of articles for Internet GenealogyFamily Chronicle (now Your Genealogy Today) as well as Speak! (the publication of the Genealogical Speakers Guild) and FGS Forum. Mary also writes a regular blog at www.mkrgenealogy.com/searching-for-stories-blog. She is a participant in ProGen 31.
 

See all the webinars by Mary Kircher Roddy in the Legacy library.

 
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Maintaining an Organized Computer - free webinar by Cyndi Ingle now online for limited time

Maintaining an Organized Computer - free webinar by Cyndi Ingle now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar, "Maintaining an Organized Computer” by Cyndi Ingle is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Files here, programs there, lost bits and bytes everywhere. Are you tired of searching your computer fruitlessly? Frustrated when you can't find the notes you created in your word processor? Learn how to set up a foolproof filing system and an electronic workbook to correspond with your offline research.
 
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Visualizing Information for Genealogists 1/15/2019

Margaret R. Fortier, CG

What Would You Do If You Had Five Days in Washington DC? 1/16/2019

Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL

Using OneNote with your Genealogy 1/23/2019

Tessa Keough

Patriot or Not?: Using the Genealogical Proof Standard on a Closed DAR Line 1/25/2019

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

You Can Do This: Photo Organization and Preservation 1/30/2019

Thomas MacEntee

Six Feet Under Down Under - Cemetery records in Australia 2/5/2019

Jill Ball

Applying Evidence to Genealogical Research Questions 2/19/2019

Melissa Johnson, CG

Polled! Finding your Ancestors in New South Wales Colonial Muster and Census Returns 3/5/2019

Carol Baxter

The Five-story Fall: Correlating Indirect and Direct Evidence to Extend the Pedigree 3/19/2019

Debra S. Mieszala, CG

One Touch Genealogy Research: How to Handle a Record Just Once 4/2/2019

Thomas MacEntee

Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye! 4/16/2019

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

English Parish Records: More than Hatch, Match and Dispatch 4/30/2019

Helen Smith

Valid and Unsound Assumptions: What Was She Thinking? 5/21/2019

Jeanne Bloom, CG

They really didn't swim! Finding your ancestors in New South Wales Colonial Shipping Records 6/4/2019

Carol Baxter

Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section 6/18/2019

Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL

Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy 7/2/2019

Cyndi Ingle

Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands 7/16/2019

Yvette Hoitink, CG

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

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 - FamilySearch Filters (Intermediate)

FamilySearch Filters

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

FamilySearch Filters (Intermediate)

On the FamilySearch interface screen there are two ways to filter the list of ancestors/relatives that you see. The first filter governs what you see related to FamilySearch itself. This is the drop down box you see at the top left. My favorite filter here is the Possible Duplicates.  Notice that whenever you use a filter the number of people will be updated as well as your percentage of completion. 

FamilySearch filter

The second filter governs filtering the people in your file. Click the Edit button. You have five different filters at the top and then at the bottom you can either suppress living people or include them but indicate that they are living. If you choose that option they will have a little red heart next to their name. I love this filtering because I like to work on specific groups of people. You can use this filtering in conjunction with the drop down list filtering. 

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Using the two different filtering options will help you stay focused and not overwhelmed with the number of people in your file when using FamilySearch's FamilyTree.

 

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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.


FamilyTreeWebinars.com's 2019 Members-only Webinars Announced

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January

  • Focused Research VS Information Overload by DearMYRTLE / Russ Worthington. 1/4
  • A Nose for News: 20+ Tips for Getting the Most Out of Newspapers by Mary Kircher Roddy. 1/11
  • Three DNA Tests = Three Times the Fun by Diahan Southard. 1/18
  • Get set, GO! Planning and Executing a Successful Research Trip by Nicka Smith. 1/25

February

  • Massachusetts Vital Records by Marian Pierre-Louis. 2/1
  • 1) Crossing the 38th Parallel: Researching Your Korean War Ancestors and 2) Modern Military: Researching Your Vietnam War Ancestors by Michael Strauss. 2/8
  • Preparing for your Trip to the Family History Library by Jim Beidler. 2/15
  • Online Resources for French Genealogy part II by Paul Woodbury. 2/22

March

  • Online Resources for French Genealogy part III by Paul Woodbury. 3/1
  • 1) A Recipe for Well-being: Health and Illness in Colonial New England and 2) Impact of the 1918 flu epidemic: A personal stories-based approach by Lori Lyn Price. 3/8
  • Planning Your Irish Research Trip by David Ryan. 3/15
  • Rescuing Orphaned Items: How to Save and Share Ebay, Etsy and Flea Market Finds by Thomas MacEntee. 3/22
  • US Genealogy for Australians by Thomas MacEntee. 3/29

April

  • Formatting Your Family History eBook for ePub and PDF by Lisa Alzo. 4/5
  • So, You've Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What? by Teresa McMillan. 4/12
  • Organizing (or Reorganizing!) That Family Reunion by Jim Beidler. 4/19
  • 1) Making Sense of the English Census ; 2) Finding Your 17th Century Ancestors in England; 3) England’s Quarter Sessions Records by Paul Milner. 4/26

May

  • 50 Websites for Finding Maps by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 5/3
  • Researching Your Orphaned Ancestors by Debra Renard. 5/10
  • Formatting Your Family History eBook for Print by Lisa Alzo. 5/17
  • Abstract versus Original, Do I need both? by Kelvin Meyers. 5/24
  • Misbegotten Children; Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate by Peggy Lauritzen. 5/31

June 

  • "Deemed a Runaway" - Black Laws of the North by Judy Russell. 6/7
  • Sharecropping Contracts, Chattel Mortgages and Trust Deeds: Discovering Your Hard Working Family Without Land by Mark Lowe. 6/14
  • Formatting Your Family History eBook for Kindle by Lisa Alzo. 6/21
  • Over the Top: Researching Your Canadian Ancestors in World War I by Michael Strauss. 6/28

July

  • Tracing a World War One Soldier from US to Europe and Back Again by Craig Scott. 7/5
  • One Dozen DIY Photo Projects to Share Family Stories by Denise Levenick. 7/12
  • Using DNA for Adoption & Unknown Parentage Work by Mary Eberle. 7/19
  • Finding Your Arkansas Ancestors by Arkansas Gen Society. 7/26 

August

  • Get With the Times: German Newspaper Research by Teresa McMillan. 8/2
  • A Path to Distant Lands: America's Ethnic Settlements by Sharon Monson. 8/9
  • Basics of Land Platting - Part 2 by Mark Lowe. 8/16
  • Working a Probate Case as a Forensic Genealogist by Kelvin Meyers. 8/23
  • The Show Me State: Research in Missouri by Luana Darby. 8/30

September

  • City Directories: No Town Too Small, No Clue Too Little by Thomas MacEntee. 9/6
  • How the Industrial Revolution changed the World by Kirsty Gray. 9/13
  • Italian Civil Registration (Stato Civile): Going Beyond the Basics by Melanie Holtz. 9/20
  • Research in the Equality State: Wyoming Research Tips by Cari Taplin. 9/27

October 

  • Before Statehood: Virginia, Fincastle and Kentucky Records by Mark Lowe. 10/4
  • The Anatomy of BMD: What You Don’t Know About Vital Records by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 10/11
  • Long Distance Italian Genealogy Research by Shellee Morehead. 10/18
  • Decoding Secret Societies: Finding Your Male Fraternal Ancestors by Michael Strauss. 10/25

November

  • Famous DNA: Looking into the genetic history of Joseph Smith Jr., founder of Mormonism by Ugo Perego. 11/1
  • 1) The (Underground) Railroad Runs Through Here and 2) Researching Black Loyalist Communities in Canada by Janice Lovelace. 11/8
  • Online German Church Registers, Duplicates and Substitutes by Jim Beidler. 11/15
  • The Fromelles Genealogy Project: From WW1 Mass Grave to 21st Century Named Grave by Michelle Leonard. 11/22
  • 1) Quaker Migration in North America Prior to the American Revolution and 2) Quaker Migration after the Revolutionary War by Craig Scott. 11/29

December

  • Dark as a Dungeon; Researching Mining Records by Peggy Lauritzen. 12/6
  • 1) Birth, Marriage and Death Records in The National Archives in England and 2) Digitising the records of The National Archives by Audrey Collins. 12/13
  • Virginia Road Orders: an Untapped Source for Genealogical Research by Craig Scott. 12/20
  • Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives – IRAD by Luana Darby.  12/27

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Files here, programs there, lost bits and bytes everywhere. Are you tired of searching your computer fruitlessly? Frustrated when you can't find the notes you created in your word processor? Learn how to set up a foolproof filing system and an electronic workbook to correspond with your offline research.
 
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Preservation vs Conservation: What's The Difference?

Preservation vs Conservation: What's The Difference?

The two words, "Preservation" and "Conservation" can be confusing. Many people use them interchangeably but truthfully they are not the same.

Let's Talk About It!

First, let's look at some definitions:

Preservation: n. ~ 1. The professional discipline of protecting materials by minimizing chemical and physical deterioration and damage to minimize the loss of information and to extend the life of cultural property. - 2. The act of keeping from harm, injury, decay, or destruction, especially through noninvasive treatment. - 3. Law · The obligation to protect records and other materials potentially relevant to litigation and subject to discovery.

Conservation: n. ~ 1. The repair or stabilization of materials through chemical or physical treatment to ensure that they survive in their original form as long as possible. - 2. The profession devoted to the preservation of cultural property for the future through examination, documentation, treatment, and preventive care, supported by research and education.

(Source: Society of American Archivists Glossary Terms http://www2.archivists.org/glossary/terms)

My easy definition and explanation that I like to give to genealogists for these two terms is:

"To preserve something is to protect it, to conserve something is to fix it".

Many genealogists have made commitments to organizing their genealogical records in 2019. This could mean filing piles of paper, putting photos in archival sleeves and putting everything in an archival box or filing cabinet. This is preservation at its best! You are "keeping from harm, injury, decay, or destruction" all those wonderful genealogical records that you have in your care. Preserving those records, photographs, memorabilia and family heirlooms for future generations should be part of every genealogist’s commitment to family history. I always encourage genealogists to actively play a part in preserving the family records in their care. It is also important to educate ourselves on the best practices for records preservation. Knowing how to take care of our precious family records will hopefully ensure that they will survive for generations to come.

Knowing what materials to purchase and how to store our records can make a lasting impact on the survival of these records. Obtaining archival materials such as acid free sleeves, archival boxes and archival tissue paper, just to name a few, can mean the difference in the preservation or destruction of our records. I highly recommend purchasing archival materials from reputable archival stores (see list below). It is important to purchase materials that are acid free, lignin free and that have passed the P.A.T. All three of these should be listed on the packaging or in the description of the product. “P.A.T.” is an acronym that stands for Photographic Activity Test. This is a standard procedure to check for potential chemical reactions between materials used to make enclosures and photographs stored in those enclosures. Any archival materials that lists all three of these standards or at least two of the three is an excellent choice to use for your family records.

Now, let's say you have a photograph that is damaged and you want to "repair or stabilize it...to its original form", then you would need to conserve this photograph. Completing conservation work on your own is not recommended.  Most likely, you will want to seek out a professional conservator that specializes in repairing and fixing photographs. Many genealogists don't feel comfortable doing these types of repairs and if you don't have the knowledge of the materials and methods of conservation, then you need to leave it to the professionals. This is also true when it comes to conservation of paper records. You do not want to cause more damage by doing it yourself. Archivists also seek out professional conservators to help with conservation challenges at their facilities. I have had several items at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives sent out to a conservator for repairs with fantastic results. Knowing our limitations and seeking professional conservation help is the best decision when trying to repair a document or photograph.

Where to find a conservator?

I suggest contacting the state archive in the state where you live. In the United States, all 50 states have a state archives. Most of them have a professional conservator on staff that works with the records in their facility. Some of these conservators will also take on projects from the public. If they do not accept projects from the public, they should be able to give you a reference name and contact information for one they recommend.  There could be different conservators for different mediums such as one for only photographs, one for only documents, etc.

I would also suggest going to the website:

American Institute for Conservation (http://www.conservation-us.org/). They have a section entitled "Find a Conservator" where you can locate someone in your area to help with your conservation problem. You can search for a conservator by “Geographic Location” by entering your postal code and choosing a specific mile radius to search. The site will give you names of conservators in your area that can be of help. There is also an option to choose what type of medium you need help with such as books and paper, textiles, electronic media, etc. There is also a search feature where you can locate a conservator by a specific name. If you know the name of a conservator or were given a name by the state archives, you can search for them. There is even an option to locate a conservator that is willing to travel to where you are to perform the necessary conservation work.

Now you know the different between Preservation and Conservation. I encourage all genealogists to actively preserve your genealogy research, documents, photographs and family heirlooms.

Archival Stores

Gaylord Archival

http://www.gaylord.com/

Hollinger Metal Edge

https://www.hollingermetaledge.com/

University Products

https://www.universityproducts.com/

Light Impressions

http://www.lightimpressionsdirect.com/

Brodart

http://www.brodart.com/

Archival Methods

https://www.archivalmethods.com/

Print File Archival Storage

https://www.printfile.com/index.aspx

To learn more about archives and genealogy visit the Archives section of the Legacy Family Tree Webinars site.

Melissa Barker, The Archive Lady, is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a professional genealogist and lectures, teaches and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She has been researching her own family history for the past 28 years.