Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate—free replay of today's webinar by Sharon Batiste Gillins now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Sharon Batiste Gillins, "Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

This lecture details the true story of how freedom finally came to Texas more than 2 years after the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation. Common myths will be replaced with the truth of the events that occurred and the atmosphere of the surrounding Galveston community, including the presence of United States Colored Troops among the Union soldiers who arrived to enforce emancipation for over 300,000 enslaved people of Texas. Finally, it follows the evolution of celebrations of emancipation beginning with spontaneous celebrations that occurred in 1865 on the docks of the Galveston Wharf, to the first documented citywide celebration in Galveston, to today’s recognition of Juneteenth as an important historical event celebrated throughout the nation and even the world.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 15 minute recording of "Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate by Sharon Batiste Gillins

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate by Sharon Batiste Gillins

This lecture details the true story of how freedom finally came to Texas more than 2 years after the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation. Common myths will be replaced with the truth of the events that occurred and the atmosphere of the surrounding Galveston community, including the presence of United States Colored Troops among the Union soldiers who arrived to enforce emancipation for over 300,000 enslaved people of Texas. Finally, it follows the evolution of celebrations of emancipation beginning with spontaneous celebrations that occurred in 1865 on the docks of the Galveston Wharf, to the first documented citywide celebration in Galveston, to today’s recognition of Juneteenth as an important historical event celebrated throughout the nation and even the world.

About the presenter

Sharon Batiste Gillins is a native of Galveston, Texas with paternal ancestral roots in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana and maternal roots in Fort Bend County, Texas. She is a passionate family history researcher who has been actively involved in genealogical research and teaching for more than 25 years. Her professional career spans 40 years in education, retiring as Associate Professor at Riverside Community College, Riverside, California. She frequently delivers lectures and workshops at regional genealogy conferences and national genealogy institutes.

Sharon’s research and teaching focus on African Americans in the 19th Century through the mid-20th century. She emphasizes strategies researchers can use to extract and analyze information from underutilized record sources. Favorite research and lecture topics include the Freedmen’s Bureau, Southern Claims Commission, probate records and Juneteenth history. It is her work with slave-era manuscripts that motivates her desire to encourage more open communication and information exchange between families holding private manuscripts that document the presence of enslavers and/or enslaved people.

A determined gardener, Sharon has learned many lessons from gardening that she applies directly to her work in genealogy.

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Editing Your Own Work – Part 2 — free replay of today's BCG webinar by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGG now available for limited time

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The recording of today's BCG webinar by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGG, "Editing Your Own Work – Part 2” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Genealogists write. Their written narratives include stories of ancestral families, biographies of individual ancestors, and explanations supporting genealogical proofs. For their writing to succeed, genealogists—like all effective writers—repeatedly self-edit everything they write. The process results in polished products that the genealogist’s readers will understand, enjoy, and cherish.

Emphasizing genealogical narrative, these two webinars will address the self-editing process. Part 1 will focus on “big-picture” editing, including stages of self-editing; focus; keeping the writer out of the narrative; editing the writing’s overall structure, organization, and flow; and improving major and minor subdivisions of written genealogical narratives, including paragraphing. Part 2 will focus on “nitty-gritty” editing, including capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, word choice, and reducing word count.

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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Editing Your Own Writing – Part 2 by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGG

Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Editing Your Own Writing – Part 2 by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGG

Genealogists write. Their written narratives include stories of ancestral families, biographies of individual ancestors, and explanations supporting genealogical proofs. For their writing to succeed, genealogists—like all effective writers—repeatedly self-edit everything they write. The process results in polished products that the genealogist’s readers will understand, enjoy, and cherish.

Emphasizing genealogical narrative, these two webinars will address the self-editing process. Part 1 will focus on “big-picture” editing, including stages of self-editing; focus; keeping the writer out of the narrative; editing the writing’s overall structure, organization, and flow; and improving major and minor subdivisions of written genealogical narratives, including paragraphing. Part 2 will focus on “nitty-gritty” editing, including capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, word choice, and reducing word count.

About the presenter

Tom Jones is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly in 2003 through 2018, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. He has been certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1994. A professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Tom teaches genealogical research methods at week-long genealogy institutes. He also speaks at national, regional, and local seminars in the United States and internationally, and he writes frequently on genealogical evidence, proof, and problem solving.

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Puerto Rican Research— free replay of today's webinar by Katy Bodenhorn Barnes now available for limited time

Puerto Rican Research— free replay of today's webinar by Katy Bodenhorn Barnes now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Katy Bodenhorn Barnes, "Puerto Rican Research” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Researching Puerto Rican ancestors is a unique experience, requiring a knowledge of both Latin American and North American record types and strategies. We’ll talk basics about finding your hometown and what records can help you trace your ancestry on both sides of the sea.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 26 minute recording of "Bridging the Gaps: Using DNA to get results in Eastern Europe" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Puerto Rican Research by Katy Bodenhorn Barnes

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Puerto Rican Research by Katy Bodenhorn Barnes

Researching Puerto Rican ancestors is a unique experience, requiring a knowledge of both Latin American and North American record types and strategies. We’ll talk basics about finding your hometown and what records can help you trace your ancestry on both sides of the sea.

About the presenter

Katy Bodenhorn Barnes is the Director of Genealogical Programs and Services at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. She received a BA in Family History/Genealogy from Brigham Young University. Katy has nearly a decade of experience as a genealogy researcher helping people learn about their ancestry. She came to HSP from Legacy Tree Genealogists in Salt Lake City, where she spent seven years as a senior editor and researcher across a wide range of geographic specialties.

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Learn Genealogy 24/7 with Legacy Family Tree Webinars — free replay of today's webinar by Geoff Rasmussen now available

Learn Genealogy 24/7 with Legacy Family Tree Webinars — free replay of today's webinar by Geoff Rasmussen now available

The recording of today's webinar by Geoff Rasmussen, "Learn Genealogy 24/7 with Legacy Family Tree Webinars” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

Want to take your genealogy skills up a level, or dive deeper into your family history in a certain region? Whatever you’d like to learn, Legacy Family Tree Webinars probably has a live or pre-recorded webinar for it that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. In this session, Founder and Host Geoff Rasmussen will give you a tour of the platform and show you how to leverage it to expand your genealogy horizons.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 58 minute recording of "Learn Genealogy 24/7 with Legacy Family Tree Webinars" is now available to view in our webinar library for free.

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Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar — Learn Genealogy 24/7 with Legacy Family Tree Webinars by Geoff Rasmussen

Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar — Learn Genealogy 24/7 with Legacy Family Tree Webinars by Geoff Rasmussen

Want to take your genealogy skills up a level, or dive deeper into your family history in a certain region? Whatever you’d like to learn, Legacy Family Tree Webinars probably has a live or pre-recorded webinar for it that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. In this session, Founder and Host Geoff Rasmussen will give you a tour of the platform and show you how to leverage it to expand your genealogy horizons.

About the presenter

Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is the founder and host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series and develops the Legacy Family Tree genealogy software. Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center. He is the author of Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, and the popular books Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked! and Digital Imaging Essentials.

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Hiding Out in the Open: Discovering LGBT Family History — free replay of today's webinar by Thomas MacEntee now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Thomas MacEntee, "Hiding Out in the Open: Discovering LGBT Family History” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

You may have heard family stories about a relative who was “different” or perhaps you’ve discovered someone who simply “disappeared.” Have you considered the possibility that you could have a gay or lesbian relative in your family tree? LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered) people can be found when researching genealogy, but the search syntax, keywords and strategies are very different. By understanding the basics of “gay history” as well as how LGBT folk lived, worked and socialized, you’ll not only locate these relatives, but realize the importance of preserving their stories.

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Register for Friday's webinar — Hiding Out in the Open: Discovering LGBT Family History by Thomas MacEntee

Register for Friday's webinar — Hiding Out in the Open: Discovering LGBT Family History by Thomas MacEntee

You may have heard family stories about a relative who was “different” or perhaps you’ve discovered someone who simply “disappeared.” Have you considered the possibility that you could have a gay or lesbian relative in your family tree? LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered) people can be found when researching genealogy, but the search syntax, keywords and strategies are very different. By understanding the basics of “gay history” as well as how LGBT folk lived, worked and socialized, you’ll not only locate these relatives, but realize the importance of preserving their stories.

About the presenter

So, what if I told you that a Baby Boomer guy with a love of punk rock music but also Renaissance Art, somehow “fell” into the technology industry almost 40 years ago, and then left a lucrative career in information technology to pursue his love of family history and genealogy?

And that his passion for tracing his roots began over 45 years ago when he was watching the mini-series Roots on ABC Television at his great-grandparents’ house in February 1977?

Some might think these two elements – technology and historical research – are opposites. The truth is, “tech people” like Thomas are needed to guide today’s genealogists through the maze of options so they can deploy the best apps and devices as they break down those research brick walls.

Thomas MacEntee: author, educator, student, advocate, marketer, storyteller, entrepreneur, and that “genealogy guy” who helps you accomplish your family history goals.

Having taught over 1,000 in-person and virtual genealogy lectures since 2010, serving on the boards of many genealogical societies, organizing a group of over 1,000 genealogy bloggers, and helping researchers save money on genealogy products and services, Thomas is ready for the next chapter in his professional journey: changing the way genealogists acquire new research skills, motivating researchers to take a chance on new technologies, and improving how family stories and heirlooms are preserved and passed on to the next generations.

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Bridging the Gaps: Using DNA to get results in Eastern Europe— free replay of today's webinar by Dave Obee now available for limited time

Bridging the Gaps: Using DNA to get results in Eastern Europe— free replay of today's webinar by Dave Obee now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Dave Obee, "Bridging the Gaps: Using DNA to get results in Eastern Europe” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Family historians researching in Poland and Ukraine have to deal with gaps in records that could make progress next to impossible. Thanks to genetic genealogy, we can bridge those gaps. Geographic clues from your matches might get you looking in the right direction. This session includes some DNA success stories, based on geography and backed by documented research. It also offers pointers on how to get more value from your tests.

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The new Legacy Family Tree 10 is here — and it’s all free

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Your favorite genealogy software for PC just got better. And…it’s all FREE!

With the new Legacy Family Tree 10, you’ll discover more ancestors, be more organized, and display them in more ways than ever before. All features, tools, and reports previously available only in the Deluxe Edition are now included for free in Legacy 10.

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Watch the “What’s New in Legacy 10 video here.

Here’s what’s new:

FAN Club Report

You’ve learned how important family, friends, associates, and neighbors (FAN) are in solving genealogy mysteries. The records that were created about other people in the course of their daily lives just might mention our ancestors. Legacy 10 helps identify who those Fan Club members are based on the shared events you’ve already added. Not only does the report display the people you’ve linked to your ancestor, it also displays others who have locations that match or are nearby the places your ancestor lived, during your ancestor’s lifespan. You might not have thought to look in their records if it wasn’t for Legacy 10’s FAN Club report.

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Reports! So many new reports.

You’ve always loved the Ancestor Book report, but you’ve also wanted to produce a true Ahnentafel report. Well, it’s now available in Legacy 10! (Reports > Ancestor Book > Quick Options Box > Ahnentafel Report)

Ancestor Book – Names/Lifespans Only report. This is your traditional Ancestor Book report, but condensed. It’s a quick way to see just the ahnentafel number, name, birth and death years for each individual. (Reports > Ancestor Book > Quick Options Box > Names/Lifespans Only)

Lifespans

Speaking of Ahnentafel, there is now a Use Ahnentafel Numbers option on the Pedigree chart. We know…it’s such a little thing…but it’s the little things that you’ve always loved about Legacy. We do too.

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The new Surname Groups report shows a list of all the surnames in the ancestor lines of a root individual (usually you) and shows how many separate groups of those surnames have been found. From that list, you can select any surname and Legacy 10 will generate a report showing the line of ascent from you to the start of each of the groups of that surname. You’ve gotta see it to believe it! (Reports > Other Reports)

Some of you have wanted to “print” the Family View. We’ve added that ability, too. (Reports > Chart Reports > Family View Chart)

Mapping

See your ancestor’s place on a Google Map. New in v10, from Legacy’s Geo Location Database, click the new Map button and Google Maps will launch with your place’s pin right in the middle. This is right next to one of my favorite buttons – the radius search button (get a list of all nearby places). Some of you will think this is new, but it’s been there forever. 😊

BillionGraves Support

Link your ancestor to their BillionGraves record. You won’t have to search for their record again. One click and you’re there.

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Color Coding

One of your favorite tools just got better. You’ve probably used Legacy’s Color Coding to match your filing system, to just stay organized on the screen, or to print cool charts. If so, you already know that you can have two starting points – one set of colors for you and another for your spouse. The two sets of colors can now (finally!) be shown on your Pedigree Charts, making it easy to know if your two lines intersect.

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Productivity

If you love the QuickAccess icons, you’ll love it twice as much now! We’ve increased the number of QuickAccess icons on the ribbon bar from 10 to 20.

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DNA Center – this new tool helps you keep track of everyone in your family who has taken a DNA test. 

FamilySearch - we’ve upgraded our FamilySearch tools to use FamilySearch’s latest OAuth login technologies. To continue using these tools, you must be using Legacy 10.

It’s all free!

And now for the biggest new v10 feature: everything, and we mean everything in Legacy is now free! No strings attached. All previously deluxe-edition-only features, tools, and reports are now included in Legacy 10. This includes customer favorites, such as:

  • Wall Charts – no limitations in the Ancestor, Descendant, DNA, Fan, Hour Glass, and Bow Tie charts
  • Research Guidance – Legacy’s artificial intelligence system before AI was a thing. It will create your ancestor’s To Do List for you
  • Chronology – any serious researcher knows how important a timeline is. Legacy even includes a bunch of historical timelines you can embed into your ancestor’s timeline
  • And so much more – the Descendant View, the 1,200+ questions in the Interview Questions report, the Publishing Center, Hashtags, and everything else is available with no limits

Why is it free? We want more people than ever before to have complete access to the world’s best genealogy software. Maybe, just maybe, this will be the “thing” that finally gets Aunt Elda or cousin Bob to start building their own tree. Which means – you’re no longer the only genealogy nut in the family. And when they’re ready for a little help – our free webinars about using Legacy are waiting for them.

FAQs:

Why are you making Legacy free?

We want more people than ever before to have complete access to the world’s best genealogy software. This will make it easier for you to work with other members of your family.

Will Legacy continue to be updated?

Yes. You already know that we are genealogists too. We also love to code. It’s a win-win for everyone.

PLUS, so many more “little things”

It’s the little things that make Legacy the right choice for your genealogy software. Most of the new features below are minor and you’ll probably never notice. But for those of you interested in what else we’ve done lately, here you go:

  • SourceWriter templates are now available for Canada's 1926 Prairie Provinces census, Canada's 1931 census, and Scotland's 1921 census
  • Chronology View now shows locations and notes for vital events without a date.
  • Added an option to the Master Source List to turn on and off the Show Template IDs in the list.  It also shows which sources are Basic.
  • Increased Recent Family File list from 10 to 20.
  • Added AND and OR to the Hashtag search feature.
  • The Advanced Tagging screen now also lets you add and remove Hashtags from groups of individuals.
  • You can now choose whether newly added media should be automatically tagged or not.
  • You can now globally tag or untag all media items that have been linked into your family file.
  • Hashtags can now be exported to GEDCOM files as Events. This makes them importable into other programs that don't support Hashtags.
  • In the Media Gallery and QuickLook screen, you can now click the path of any item and open the folder location.
  • Added option to not show any tags on the Name List.
  • URL links in notes, stories, sources, and event text fields can now be highlighted and will open in a browser.
  • URL links in notes, stories, sources, and event text fields are now converted to active links in web pages.
  • Hashtags can now be marked as Private and excluded from Legacy and GEDCOM exports.
  • "Estimated" has now been added as a user-definable date prefix.
  • The Available Toolbar Buttons list on the Customize Toolbar window is now alphabetized to make it easier to locate buttons.
  • Added a new Clear option to the Customize Toolbar window.
  • When selecting individuals on the Relationship Calculator, you can now choose to enter a RIN, choose from the Name List, or choose from the Search List.
  • Added a Source Clipboard button to the My Toolbar list.
  • Added a FindMyPast button to the My Toolbar list.
  • A Bibliography format override tab has now been added to the Basic Master Source window. (It was previously only on the SourceWriter window.)
  • The Primary and Secondary Cause of Death fields now keep track of the last ten causes for quick entry.
  • GEDCOM Export options are now optionally remembered between sessions.
  • GEDCOM Export option sets can now be saved and loaded so you can switch between them.
  • Support for WikiTree IDs has been added (viewing, reports, import/export).
  • Distance and Bearing Calculator now lets you load locations from the master location list.
  • GEDCOM Import now has new options to not include Source media, Location media, Event media, and Story media.
  • GEDCOM Import now has a new option to place unrecognized information into either the General Notes or Research Notes.
  • Markers from DNA tests from previous versions of Legacy are now added to the test's comments for the appropriate individuals.

Reports

  • Added [field] selector feature to book report menus
  • Added the Calendar List report as an available chapter in the Publishing Center.
  • Family Group Report and Individual Chart Report - added Age at Death option.
  • Added the ability in a Book Report to configure the sequence of Stories, Events, and Notes.
  • Added [field] selector feature to book report menus.
  • Marriage List Report - added a CSV output option.
  • Finished up option 3.10, Hide Christening/Baptism field.
  • Added new options for including numbers (AFN, BillionGraves, FamilySearch, FindAGrave, and UserID) at end of names or paragraphs.
  • Descendant chart report has a new option to remove blank lines.
  • Allow "Include Gender" as an option on all reports.
  • Added Report footer disclaimer feature.
  • Added the option to exclude surnames to the Calendar Creator and Calendar List Reports
  • Added the option to show surname in uppercase to the Calendar Creator
  • Latitude/Longitude coordinates can now be included on Address reports.
  • The Calendar List now has a "both individuals must be living" option for Anniversaries.
  • Hashtag groups can now be included on reports
  • Hashtags can now be marked as Private and excluded from reports.
  • Added Marriages Only option to Marriage report.
  • Added name breakdown option to Marriage report if outputting to a CSV file.
  • Nametags can be sorted into several different orders.
  • Added Special Characters feature to Book Report menus.
  • Added formatting buttons to Report Wording tabs.
  • Added Marriage ID number support to reports.
  • Ancestor Chart now has the option to show Ahnentafel numbers instead of generation numbers.
  • The Calendar List report now offers new name formats and the use of quoted names. Also, it now offers the option to only include anniversaries if both individuals are living.
  • The Calendar Creator report now has the option to only include first names.
  • Pedigree Chart can be colored by both Mary Hill Ancestor color groups at the same time.
  • When printing stories for an individual from the Stories window, you can now include sources. If printing all stories (as opposed to one), you can include or exclude stories marked as "Private."
  • Marriage status, child status, and relationship to father and mother are now translated when choosing to print a report in a different language.
  • More control over when event notes are included on reports.
  • Location Index now has the option to include location pictures.
  • Location Report now has the option to include location pictures.
  • Family Group Records, Individual reports, and all book reports now have the option to include marriage pictures.
  • Marriage status, child status, and relationship to father and mother are now options to include on Descendant Chart reports.
  • Individual chart reports can now include marriage events.
  • Individual chart reports can now include marriage notes for other spouses.
  • Scrapbook and Photo Albums can now be generated using Hashtags.
  • Family Group Record can now include marriage notes for other spouses - either inline or at the end of the report.
  • New CSV file output option for the Location Report.
  • Name/Search List report can now include vital notes (birth, chr, death, burial).

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Bridging the Gaps: Using DNA to get results in Eastern Europe by Dave Obee

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Bridging the Gaps: Using DNA to get results in Eastern Europe by Dave Obee

Family historians researching in Poland and Ukraine have to deal with gaps in records that could make progress next to impossible. Thanks to genetic genealogy, we can bridge those gaps. Geographic clues from your matches might get you looking in the right direction. This session includes some DNA success stories, based on geography and backed by documented research. It also offers pointers on how to get more value from your tests.

About the presenter

Dave Obee is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given more than 700 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia since 1997.

He is Editor and Publisher of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia. He has worked as a journalist in British Columbia and Alberta since 1972.

In 2012, Dave was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by the University of Victoria for his work as a historian, genealogist and journalist.

In 2017, Dave was awarded the annual Bill Good award, which recognizes a B.C. journalist, leader or educator who has made a significant impact in journalism and in the community at large. In 2014, in recognition of his work as a community volunteer, he was presented with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, now known as the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers.

In 2021, the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International named Dave a Paul Harris Fellow, in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

He was a member of the services consultation committee at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa for four years. He is also a former member of the board of Canada’s History Society, which publishes Canada’s History, the magazine formerly known as The Beaver, and Kayak, which is a history magazine for children, as well as related websites.

Dave is a columnist for Internet Genealogy magazine and Your Genealogy Today magazine, formerly Family Chronicle. Dave has also written about family history for Canada’s History as well as Your Family Tree in the United Kingdom.

In 2012, the British Columbia Historical Federation named Dave’s book, The Library Book: A History of Service to British Columbia, one of the province’s top three examples of historical writing in 2011. The book is a comprehensive look at library service and development over the past two centuries. His work on the book led to Dave receiving the B.C. Library Association’s 2010/2011 Keith Sacre Library Champion Award, the association’s top award for non-librarians.

In 2016 Dave received a Heritage Advocate award from North Vancouver District in recognition of his work on the history of the district’s library system, published in 2014 as Fifty! With a Fabulous Future.

In 2009, the British Columbia Historical Federation awarded Dave a Certificate of Appreciation “for his many contributions to British Columbia History.” The certificate says Dave “has researched, spoken, written, campaigned, lobbied and published the province’s heritage.”

Dave has also received a Certificate of Recognition from Heritage BC, for his work on the British Colonist website, which features 100 years of the leading newspaper in Victoria. The website was based on an idea hatched by Dave and university professors John Lutz and Patrick Dunae. This site makes a top resource available to researchers around the world.

In 2012, Dave published Counting Canada: A Genealogical Guide to the Canadian Census. Dave is also the author of Destination Canada: A Genealogical Guide to Immigration Records, published in 2010. He wrote Making the News, published by the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia, in 2008 to mark the 150th anniversary of the newspaper. It is a comprehensive history of Vancouver Island, drawn from old newspapers. Dave is also the co-author (with Sherry Irvine) of Finding Your Canadian Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide, published by Ancestry in 2007.

Dave’s latest book is the second edition of Royal Oak Burial Park: A History and Guide, a 192-page look at the largest cemetery on Vancouver Island. The book includes 400 mini-biographies of people buried or cremated at Royal Oak.

Dave was one of the founders of the annual Times Colonist book drive, which has raised more than $2 million in support of school libraries and other literacy projects since 1998.

For several years, he taught family history courses for the continuing education department of Royal Roads University in Colwood, British Columbia. He has been speaking at genealogical events since 1997. A complete list of genealogy sessions is on Dave’s schedule page. This site also has more about Dave’s topics. There is also information on Dave’s books.

Dave runs CanGenealogy, a link site that is selective and sorted for ease of use. He also runs Volhynia.com, a website dedicated to the old German colonies in the northwest corner of Ukraine.

Dave has visited 17 countries in Europe, and has done genealogical research in most of them. He has a keen interest in world war battle areas in France, Belgium and Luxembourg. He served as president of the Foundation for East European Family History Studies from 2004 through 2007.

Dave was born in British Columbia, and his roots there go back to the arrival of his great-great-grandfather from Manitoba in 1890. Some of his paternal ancestors arrived in North America two centuries ago, settling in New York State and Ontario. His mother was born in a German colony in the Soviet Union, and came with her parents to Canada in 1928. Dave has lived in many areas of British Columbia (including Victoria, Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna, Prince George, Smithers and Fernie) and Alberta (including Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Falun).

He has been researching his own family history since 1978, when he took a continuing education course through Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia. After puttering about for a few years, he started making real progress with the guidance of Rena Derricott at the Family History Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Four Further Sources for New Zealand Family History — free replay of today's webinar by Fiona Brooker now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Fiona Brooker, "Four Further Sources for New Zealand Family History” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Explore your New Zealand family history a little further and add to your family story.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 7 minute recording of "Four Further Sources for New Zealand Family History" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

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Register for Tuesday's Down Under webinar: Four Further Sources for New Zealand Family History by Fiona Brooker

Register for Tuesday's Down Under webinar: Four Further Sources for New Zealand Family History by Fiona Brooker

Explore your New Zealand family history a little further and add to your family story.

About the presenter

Fiona Brooker is a professional genealogist (Memories In Time) who has been actively researching her family history for over 35 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 and is a ProGen graduate. Fiona has served as both President and Treasurer of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG). She has organised family history conferences and expos in New Zealand. As well as helping people with their family history research, Fiona’s passion is to preserve today as much as the past and to get the research out of folders and the computer and into the hands of family members so that they can learn about their heritage.

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