Test Your Skills on an Early 18th Century Document - Challenge Answers

SkillChallengeAnswers

Last week we challenged you to answer questions about an early 18th century document.

Here are the answers to our challenge.

Thomas Lovell
click to enlarge

1. What type of document is this?  This document is called a deposition. A deposition according to Black's Law Dictionary (4th edition, p. 527) is "The testimony of a witness taken upon interrogatories, not in open court, but in pursuance of a commission to take testimony issued by a court, or under a general law on the subject and reduced to writing and duly authenticated, and intended to be used upon the trial of an action in court. It is sometimes used as synonymous with "affidavit" or "oath," but its technical meaning does not include such terms."

2. Where would you find this document? This document was created in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts. In that jurisdiction you will find the document in the Essex County Registry of Deeds.

3. Without worrying about months or days, what year was Thomas Lovell born? "The deposition of Thomas Lovell being in his Eighty Seventh yeare now of Ipswich." The document was recorded in 1707 when Thomas Lovell was 87 years old. That makes him born, more or less, in 1620!

4. Where was Thomas Lovell born (take a creative stab at this)?  Since we find in Essex County, Massachusetts in 1707 and not in Plymouth, it's a pretty safe bet that he came over 1630 or later. Therefore we can guess that Thomas Lovell was born in England or some other part of the British empire, and not in the American colonies.

5. What year did he live in Salem? "I this deponent does Testify that in Anno Domini One Thousand Six hundred and forty I was an inhabitant of the Towne Salem in the County of Essex in the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England in which I live about seven years..."  From this we can extract that he arrived in Salem (from where exactly we do not know) in 1640 and he lived there seven years.

6. Whose house did he live in? "...I had my aboad [abode] in the house of Mr William Bacon." From this we learn that Thomas Lovell did not own property himself but likely rented a room in the home of William Bacon.

7. How long did he live in that house? "...for about three years..."

8. What was near the house and who owned it? "...and was neer the first corn Mill that of said Traske." The house of William Bacon, which was bought from Capt. Traske, was near the first corn mill owned by Traske. Implying that something happened to the first one perhaps and that a second one was built.

9. Thomas Lovell is describing a memory/fact that occured how many years ago? It's hard to say exactly. We know that Thomas arrived in Salem in 1640 and that he stayed there for seven years. At some point during those seven years he lived with William Bacon for three years. Therefore Thomas Lovell is describing and event that happened 60-67 years in the past!

In this particular exercise we are concerned with learning about the biographical information of Thomas Lovell rather than the legal matter for which he was testifying. That matter had to with land and water rights of Capt. Traske. Thomas Lovell is testifying merely as a witness, yet because of the deposition crucial biographical information is preserved.

This document is so important because it reminds us 

1) that people who didn't own land may be recorded in records at the Registry of Deeds

2) that biographical information may be found outside of traditional vital records or church records

3) that previously unrecorded events may be preserved at a much later time.

For an extra challenge, take a stab at transcribing the document.

Transcription:

The deposition of Thomas Lovell being in his Eighty Seventh yeare of [faded]

now of Ipswich

Recorded Aprill 8 1707

I this deponent does Testify that in Anno Domini One thousand Six

hundred + forty I was an Inhabitant of the Towne Salem in the County

of Essex in the province of Massachusetts Bay in New England in 

which I lived above Seven yeares + for about three years I had

my aboad in the house of Mr William Bacon that he Bought of

Capt. Traske + was neer the first corn Mill that of Said Traske did so

.....

One last thought, is the information in this deposition accurate? We don't know. What we do know is that in 1707 it is an accurate account of what Thomas Lovell remembered from 60 plus years earlier. No indication is given as to the accuracy of his memory. We would need to corroborate the events and people mentioned in the deposition. We could start by looking for land deeds for William Bacon and Capt. Trask in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Then we could check vital records for Thomas Lovell, William Bacon and Capt. Trask. As they were all alive during the 1640s we can make some assumptions about their life spans.

 

 

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

 

 


1,000 Webinars: History, Bloopers, Inside the Tech, and what's next - free webinar by Geoff Rasmussen now online

2019-09-20-image500blog-1000

The recording of today's webinar, "1,000 Webinars: History, Bloopers, Inside the Tech, and what's next” by Geoff Rasmussen is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

Celebrate our 1,000th webinar together as we recall the history, relive the bloopers, remember the emotions, and view never-before-revealed insights of the behind-the-scenes of the webinar series that revolutionized genealogy education.
 
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 44 minute recording of "1,000 Webinars: History, Bloopers, Inside the Tech, and what's next" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. 

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,001 classes, 1,280 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,473 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)

MyHeritage ADN : les fonctionnalités avancées (French) 9/23/2019

Marie Cappart

Unlocking English & Welsh Civil Registration Records 9/24/2019

Mike Mansfield

Ahnenforschung für Beginner (German) 9/25/2019

Andrea Bentschneider

Meaningful Tables and Graphs for Correlation in Family History 9/25/2019

Ruth Wilson Craig, CG

The Home Archivist: Preserving Family Records Like a Pro! 9/27/2019

Melissa Barker

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!


New "Member Friday" Webinar - From Venezia to Catania: the Basics of Italian Research by Melanie Holtz, CG

New "Member Friday" Webinar - From Venezia to Catania: the Basics of Italian Research by Melanie Holtz, CG

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them! This Friday enjoy "From Venezia to Catania: the Basics of Italian Research" by Melanie Holtz, CG. 

From Venezia to Catania: the Basics of Italian Research

This webinar focuses on the reasons for researching your Italian ancestors, the historical background and political structures that affect what records were created and where they can be found, as well as the key record types and collections that can be used to research your Italian ancestors.

From Venezia to Catania: the Basics of Italian Research by Melanie Holtz, CG


_WatchVideo

 

About the Presenter

Melanie HoltzMelanie D. Holtz, CG is a full-time professional genealogist, lecturer, and writer specializing in Italian genealogy and dual citizenship. She operates an international research firm that maintains offices in both the U.S. and Italy. Melanie is a board-certified genealogist who lectures and writes on Italian genealogy, professional development, and genealogical standards.

She is a former APG board member and chair of the Professional Development Committee, where she advocated for mentorship and expanded educational offerings within the organization. Melanie has published multiple Italian genealogy courses, as well as “The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Italy.”

 
See all the webinars by Melanie Holtz, CG in the Legacy library.
 
Not a member yet?

Legacy Family Tree Webinars provides genealogy education where-you-are through live and recorded online webinars and videos. Learn from the best instructors in genealogy including Thomas MacEntee, Judy Russell, J. Mark Lowe, Lisa Louise Cooke, Megan Smolenyak, Tom Jones, and many more. Learn at your convenience. On-demand classes are available 24 hours a day! All you need is a computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

Subscribe today and get access to this BONUS members-only webinar AND all of this:

  • All 1,001 classes in the library (1,278 hours of quality genealogy education)
  • 4,473 pages of instructors' handouts
  • Chat logs from the live webinars
  • Additional 5% off anything at FamilyTreeWebinars.com
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Additional members-only webinars

It's just $49.95/year.


Research Latin America Genealogical Resources on the Internet - free webinar by Daniel Horowitz now online

2019-09-18-image500blog

The recording of today's webinar, "Research Latin America Genealogical Resources on the Internet” by Daniel Horowitz is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

This webinar will refer to many genealogical and general resources, computer databases, cemeteries, immigration, and citizenship records available in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the Caribbean. Daniel will provide a brief overview of government records available online, how to access them or get in touch with organizations, schools, clubs, cemeteries, newspapers, genealogical societies, and more.
 
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 15 minute recording of "Research Latin America Genealogical Resources on the Internet" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. 

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 999 classes, 1,277 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,456 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)

1,000 Webinars: History, Bloopers, Inside the Tech, and what's next 9/20/2019

Geoff Rasmussen

MyHeritage ADN : les fonctionnalités avancées (French) 9/23/2019

Marie Cappart

Unlocking English & Welsh Civil Registration Records 9/24/2019

Mike Mansfield

Ahnenforschung für Beginner (German) 9/25/2019

Andrea Bentschneider

Meaningful Tables and Graphs for Correlation in Family History 9/25/2019

Ruth Wilson Craig, CG

The Home Archivist: Preserving Family Records Like a Pro! 9/27/2019

Melissa Barker

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: Research Latin America Genealogical Resources on the Internet by Daniel Horowitz

Register
 
This webinar will refer to many genealogical and general resources, computer databases, cemeteries, immigration, and citizenship records available in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the Caribbean. Daniel will provide a brief overview of government records available online, how to access them or get in touch with organizations, schools, clubs, cemeteries, newspapers, genealogical societies, and more.
 
Join us and Daniel Horowitz for the live webinar Wednesday, September 18 at 2pm 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. 

Registerbut 

Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

Not sure if you already registered?

Login to view your registration status for this webinar (available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers).

Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here.

Can't make it to the live event?

No worries. Its recording will be available for a limited time. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access to all webinar recordings for the duration of their membership.

About the presenter

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).

Add it to your Google Calendar

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 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am 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!


Tuesday's Tip - System Toolbar (Beginner)

TT - System Toolbar

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

System Toolbar (Beginner)

This is the first in a series that will cover all of the Legacy Toolbars (also called Ribbons). I am not going to go in depth on every single option but there are certain things that I want to point out.

Many of you won't see the System Toolbar. It is only visible with certain color schemes. If you don't have a System Toolbar you will instead see a large Legacy Icon in the extreme upper left corner of the screen. Whether you click the System tab or you click the large Legacy Icon you will get the exact same menu.  Notice that the Legacy Icon is very small if you have the System tab.

System Toolbar
(click image to enlarge)

 

Here is what the Legacy Icon looks like if you don't have the System tab:

Legacy Icon
(click image to enlarge)

 

As you can see, the menus are identical. You will see a list of your most recent files which is a great shortcut if you work with multiple files. The menu on the left is self-explanatory but I want to show you the Print menu.

Print Menu
(click image to enlarge)

 

The Print Setup option is where you will tell Legacy which printer is your default printer. You can also select some basic printing parameters here. All of these can be overridden when working with an individual report. You will see a list of shortcuts to the various reports and there is a down arrow at the bottom of the list to display more. 

Next time we will look at the File Toolbar.

 

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.


Love and Pilgrims

The Mayflower

When we think of the pilgrims traveling to America, words like bravery and courage come to mind. But what about the words “love triangle” and “unrequited love”? Maybe that’s not the first thing you think of when the subject of the Pilgrims comes up but like people today, the Mayflower passengers experienced  their own very human dramas apart from the courage they displayed in their efforts to  start a new life.

Since the 19th century, historians have documented the history of those early immigrants. However, even non-fictional accounts have crept into our imagining of the Mayflower story. For example, American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow imagined one scene between the passengers of the Mayflower where Priscilla Mullins was part of a love triangle with John Alden and Captain Miles Standish.

In his poem, The Courtship of Miles Standish, Longfellow describes a situation where Miles Standish convinces his friend John Alden to go on an errand that he himself is unable to complete. He wants John to approach Priscilla and let her know of his feelings for her. In the poem he says,

“Since Rose Standish died, my life has been weary and dreary;

Sick at heart have I been, beyond the healing of friendship.

Oft in my lonely hours have I thought of the maiden Priscilla.

She is alone in the world; her father and mother and brother

Died in the winter together; I saw her going and coming,

Now to the grave of the dead, and now to the bed of the dying,

Patient, courageous, and strong, and said to myself, that if ever

There were angels on earth, as there are angels in heaven,

Two have I seen and known; and the angel whose name is Priscilla

Holds in my desolate life the place which the other abandoned.

Long have I cherished the thought, but never have dared to reveal

it,

 

Being a coward in this, though valiant enough for the most part.

Go to the damsel Priscilla, the loveliest maiden of Plymouth,

Say that a blunt old Captain, a man not of words but of actions,

Offers his hand and his heart, the hand and heart of a soldier.

Not in these words, you know, but this in short is my meaning;

I am a maker of war, and not a maker of phrases.

You, who are bred as a scholar, can say it in elegant language,

Such as you read in your books of the pleadings and wooings of

lovers,

Such as you think best adapted to win the heart of a maiden."[1]

John Alden does go on his “lover’s errand” but it backfires. Although Alden ends his speech to Priscilla with the words “Might be happy and proud to be called the wife of Miles Standish!” Priscilla all but rejects that notion and replies with “Why don’t you speak for yourself John?”

This type of story is actually age old and often repeated. It’s a story of a pursuer who doesn’t have the confidence to talk to the one they are infatuated with and sends a friend as a substitute to woo the love interest but that person instead ends up falling in love. Longfellow’s Miles Standish feels  betrayed, as one can imagine, when John ends up with Priscilla but he does later apologize to his friend on John and Priscilla’s wedding day:

 

“Into the room it strode, and the people beheld with amazement

Bodily there in his armor Miles Standish, the Captain of

Plymouth!

Grasping the bridegroom's hand, he said with emotion, "Forgive

me!

I have been angry and hurt,--too long have I cherished the

feeling;

I have been cruel and hard, but now, thank God! it is ended.

Mine is the same hot blood that leaped in the veins of Hugh

Standish,

Sensitive, swift to resent, but as swift in atoning for error.

Never so much as now was Miles Standish the friend of John

Alden."

Thereupon answered the bridegroom: "Let all be forgotten between

us,--

All save the dear, old friendship, and that shall grow older and

dearer!"

Then the Captain advanced, and, bowing, saluted Priscilla...”[2]

Obviously, Longfellow took poetic license as he wrote his poem but the story itself reminds us that our ancestors, even Pilgrims, were human beings who experienced, love, anger, hardship, and betrayal just as people do now.

So what's the real story behind Priscilla and these two men? Did Longfellow get it right? John Alden was hired in Southampton to be a barrel-maker on the Mayflower. One he arrived in America, he was given the option to stay in America or return to England. He chose to stay in the New World and in 1623 he married fellow Mayflower passenger  Priscilla Mullins whose parents and a brother Joseph perished in the first winter at Plymouth.[3] John and Priscilla went on to have 10 children.[4] The Standish and Alden families (Miles’ first wife Rose died in Plymouth January 29, 1620/1621 and he later married again by 1624 to Barbara) were close and Alden even took care of Standish’s will inventory as requested by the latter’s wife.[5]  So if this love triangle and heartbreak existed, it’s apparent the ill feelings didn’t last too long.

 

[1] “The Courtship of Miles Standish,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (https://www.hwlongfellow.org/poems_poem.php?pid=187: accessed 11 September 2019).

[2] “The Courtship of Miles Standish,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (https://www.hwlongfellow.org/poems_poem.php?pid=196: accessed 11 September 2019).

[3] Anderson, Robert C. The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004. Page 340

[4] Ibid, Page 7

[5] Ibid, Page 453.

 

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.

 


Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar (live-only): Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy by Claire Bettag, CG

Register-bcg
 
(Live webinar only - no recording will be available.) Civil law - as opposed to common law - is a legal system that governs private relationships and interactions in most non-English speaking countries. Rooted in principles derived from ancient Roman law, it is the legal system that governs an estimated 60% of the world’s populations, including most European countries. Consequently, researchers tracing ancestral lines outside the United States frequently encounter records created in a civil law tradition. Proper interpretation of those records requires understanding the underlying civil law principles. In the United States only the state of Louisiana is today ruled by civil law, a legacy of the state’s unique colonial history under France and Spain. Colonial records created under civil law are also among the colonial records of California, parts of the Mississippi Valley, the Gulf Coast, and the American southwest. This presentation discusses major legal concepts that affect records and research in civil law societies.
 
Join us, the Board for Certification of Genealogy, and Claire Bettag, CG for the live webinar Tuesday, September 17 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. 

Registerbut 

Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

Not sure if you already registered?

Login to view your registration status for this webinar (available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers).

Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here.

About the presenter

ClaireBettag-144x144Claire Bettag, CG, FUGA, FNGS, is a professional genealogist in Washington D.C. focusing on Louisiana French and Acadian families. She has lectured nationally and was a contributing author to Professional Genealogy (ed. Elizabeth Shown Mills, 2001). She has published in the NGS Quarterly, APG Quarterly, and other publications. Currently she is writing a book about her paternal line for private publication. She has served as the director of NIGR (now Gen-Fed) and a ProGen mentor, and on the boards of NGS, APG, and BCG. She is on the NGSQ editorial board and volunteers at the National Archives.

Add it to your Google Calendar

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, September 17, 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!


Test Your Skills on an Early 18th Century Document

SkillChallenge

It's time for another skill challenge!

Try to read the document below and then see if you can answer the questions. 

The answers will be posted Friday, September 20, 2019.

Thomas Lovell
click to enlarge

1. What type of document is this?

2. Where would you find this document?

3. Without worrying about months or days, what year was Thomas Lovell born?

4. Where was Thomas Lovell born (take a creative stab at this)?

5. What year did he live in Salem?

6. Whose house did he live in?

7. How long did he live in that house?

8. What was near the house and who owned it?

9. Thomas Lovell is describing a memory/fact that occuried how many years ago?

For an extra challenge, take a stab at transcribing the document.

 

Have fun! The answers will be released next Friday, September 20, 2019.

 

 

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

 

 

 


1,000 Webinars: History, Bloopers, Inside the Tech, and what's next

1000 webinars!

One thousand ways to find your ancestors.

One thousand answers to "what should I learn today?"

One thousand reasons to reschedule your dentist appointment.

Join us on Friday, September 20, 2019 for FamilyTreeWebinars.com's 1,000th webinar. We'll recall the history, relive the bloopers, remember the emotions, and view never-before-revealed insights of the behind-the-scenes of the webinar series that revolutionized genealogy education.

Register here (free) for the live event.

We'll have lots of door prizes to give away so be one of the first 3,000 to join to secure your virtual seat. You read that correctly - for the first time we'll triple the usual capacity (thanks to MyHeritage!) in anticipation of the largest crowd ever.

After winning a drawing for a free 1-year membership to GoToWebinar (valued at $6,000), I thought, "I'll do one webinar a month, maybe, and we'll see how it goes." The most commonly-asked question back then was, "what is a web-u-naire?" Ten years later, the genealogy webinar has transformed access to genealogy learning throughout the world.

It's humbling and exciting to be a part of something that has made a real impact on others' lives. Thanks especially to all of our wonderful instructors!

I'll see you all online next Friday. And remember, "life is short, do genealogy first!"


New "Member Friday" Webinar - How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World by Kirsty Gray

New "Member Friday" Webinar - How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World by Kirsty Gray

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them! This Friday enjoy "How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World" by Kirsty Gray. 

How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World

Starting in Britain in the mid-eighteenth century, the Industrial Revolution transformed the world and the way in which millions of people lived. Its effects were more revolutionary than any other development in human history since the discovery of agriculture more than 5,000 years ago. The lives of ordinary workers and their families were radically changed as patterns of work and trade were transformed and goods came from farther afield. This webinar serves to ‘set the scene’, detailing the effects of industrialisation on people and cities in England.

How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World by Kirsty Gray


_WatchVideo

 

About the Presenter

Kirsty is a professional genealogist and ‘people finder’ who runs her own research company Family Wise Limited. As a freelance author, she has published articles in family, local and Kirsty Graysocial history magazines and handbooks across the globe. She has been researching the story of her paternal West Country family for many years and, having realised in the late 1990s that her eccentric hobby was called a surname study, co-founded The Surname Society (registering the Sillifant surname) in 2014 to meet the needs of surname studiers in the 21st century. Kirsty published Tracing Your West Country Ancestors in 2013 and is a founder member and was initially Chair (now Secretary) of the Society for One-Place Studies, an international society for family and local historians.
 
Although a relative youngster in the field of genealogy, Kirsty has been involved in family history for over two decades and has lectured on various stages from local to international, on land and at sea. Kirsty has been featured on Qui-Etes Vous? (Who Do You Think You Are?) in Canada, researching the English roots of the opera singer, Marc Hervieux and in 2016, one of Kirsty’s successful adoption stories of 2015 featured on the second series of the BBC’s Family Finders. Having traded in her day job as a school teacher to follow her passion, Kirsty is widely sought after as a family history tutor, lecturer and motivational speaker around the world.
 
See all the webinars by Kirsty Gray in the Legacy library.
 
Not a member yet?

Legacy Family Tree Webinars provides genealogy education where-you-are through live and recorded online webinars and videos. Learn from the best instructors in genealogy including Thomas MacEntee, Judy Russell, J. Mark Lowe, Lisa Louise Cooke, Megan Smolenyak, Tom Jones, and many more. Learn at your convenience. On-demand classes are available 24 hours a day! All you need is a computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

Subscribe today and get access to this BONUS members-only webinar AND all of this:

  • All 998 classes in the library (1,276 hours of quality genealogy education)
  • 4,456 pages of instructors' handouts
  • Chat logs from the live webinars
  • Additional 5% off anything at FamilyTreeWebinars.com
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Additional members-only webinars

It's just $49.95/year.


The Missing Piece documentary now available to watch

The Missing Piece, the MyHeritage original documentary that had its world premiere this past weekend at MyHeritage LIVE in Amsterdam, is now publicly available. Watch the emotional and heartwarming documentary in its entirety here:

The Missing Piece is a powerful and inspiring film about hope and discovery. It tells the incredible story of two sisters, both abandoned as children, overcoming insurmountable odds to discover who they are and where they come from. It’s also a moving testament to the meaningful discoveries being made every day through MyHeritage.

 

 

Documentary2


Advanced DNA Techniques: Using Phasing to Test DNA Segments - free webinar by Blaine Bettinger now online for limited time

Advanced DNA Techniques: Using Phasing to Test DNA Segments - free webinar by Blaine Bettinger now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar, "Advanced DNA Techniques: Using Phasing to Test DNA Segments” by Blaine Bettinger is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Phasing is a tool used to separate your DNA into the DNA you received from Mom and the DNA you received from Dad. It requires a tested child and at least one tested parent. The benefit of phasing is that it allows us to test smaller segments which are sometimes too risky to use. Learn how phasing and "Your Evil Twin" tools at GEDmatch can help you examine and test shared DNA segments!
 
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 25 minute recording of "Advanced DNA Techniques: Using Phasing to Test DNA Segments" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. 

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 997 classes, 1,275 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,456 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)

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Research Latin America Genealogical Resources on the Internet 9/18/2019

Daniel Horowitz

MyHeritage ADN : les fonctionnalités avancées (French) 9/23/2019

Marie Cappart

Unlocking English & Welsh Civil Registration Records 9/24/2019

Mike Mansfield

Ahnenforschung für Beginner (German) 9/25/2019

Andrea Bentschneider

Meaningful Tables and Graphs for Correlation in Family History 9/25/2019

Ruth Wilson Craig, CG

The Home Archivist: Preserving Family Records Like a Pro! 9/27/2019

Melissa Barker

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!


TRIBAL QUEST: The Latest Expedition - free webinar by Golan Levi now online

2019-09-10-image500blog-tribal

The recording of today's webinar, "TRIBAL QUEST: The Latest Expedition” by Golan Levi is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

A team of MyHeritage employees ventured to Ecuador and Panama to document and preserve the family histories of tribal people as part of our pro bono project, Tribal Quest. Learn about the month they spent living among indigenous tribes and hear firsthand about the incredible family stories they recorded for future generations.
 
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 5 minute recording of "TRIBAL QUEST: The Latest Expedition" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. 

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 995 classes, 1,271 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,450 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)

Come espandere la propria genealogia con il DNA (Italian) 9/11/2019

Ugo Perego, PhD, MSc

Advanced DNA Techniques: Using Phasing to Test DNA Segments 9/11/2019

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

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Research Latin America Genealogical Resources on the Internet 9/18/2019

Daniel Horowitz

MyHeritage ADN : les fonctionnalités avancées (French) 9/23/2019

Marie Cappart

Unlocking English & Welsh Civil Registration Records 9/24/2019

Mike Mansfield

Ahnenforschung für Beginner (German) 9/25/2019

Andrea Bentschneider

Meaningful Tables and Graphs for Correlation in Family History 9/25/2019

Ruth Wilson Craig, CG

The Home Archivist: Preserving Family Records Like a Pro! 9/27/2019

Melissa Barker

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!


MyHeritage LIVE 2019 report - the future is bright!

MyHeritage LIVE 2019 in Amsterdam has concluded. To say that the future is bright at MyHeritage and its family history conferences would be an understatement. The second annual conference exceeded everyone's expectations, including mine. 450 people from 30 countries attended the live event, and tens of thousands tuned in via its live stream.

The conference was held at the Hotel Amsterdam. Here's the view from my hotel window. So beautiful!

2019-09-06 13.09.17-1-1

MyHeritage treated conference attendees with a pre-conference a canal tour through Amsterdam.

2019-09-06 13.09.17-1-1

We were then treated to a private screening of the world premiere of The Missing Piece - a powerful and inspiring documentary about hope and discovery that shares the story of two sisters, both abandoned as children, overcoming incredible odds to answer the questions of a lifetime. The sisters were actually at the event, and answered our questions after the movie concluded. Watch it here, but have tissues ready.

I was honored to open the conference...

Mh1

...and introduce the keynote - MyHeritage's founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet. Gilad announced the acquisition of DNA products SNPedia and Promethease - a huge moment in consumer genetics.

2019-09-06 13.09.17-1-1

He also unveiled the new Education Center, gave a sneak peak of the upcoming new ethnicity estimates, and announced several new record collections. Watch the recording here.

Here's me and about 450 of my new friends.

2019-09-06 13.09.17-1-1

Saturday night's after party was groovy. We were entertained by both a Dutch folk dance group and the band, Beatlemania, from the UK.

2019-09-06 13.09.17-1-1

Saturday I enjoyed teaching "Top Tech Tips for MyHeritage Users PLUS an Introduction to Family Tree Webinars"...

Mh3

...and I was honored to moderate the panel with Prof. Yaniv Erlich, Diahan Southard, and Roberta Estes on the topic of DNA Testing for Health.

Mh4

If you missed the classes, or want to view them again, watch them on MyHeritage's Facebook page here or watch them on our FamilyTreeWebinars.com site soon.

One of the most exciting announcements came in the closing session, where VP Aaron Godfrey unveiled where MyHeritage 2020 would be held: Israel! Although they didn't announce the dates yet, if you've always wanted to visit Israel, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Would I recommend MyHeritage LIVE? Yes, without reservation, to everyone. Well done to the entire MyHeritage team, of which I am proud to be a member. I look forward to seeing you all in Israel in 2020!