Webtember week 3! Replays of today's 7 classes now online for limited time

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Our third day of Webtember is in the books, and what a marvelous day it was! More than 5,000 of you from 52 countries registered for the live event.

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The replays are available to view, for free, through the end of September. Webinar members also have access to today's 23 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.

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Here's the list of today's classes:

  • Researching Immigrants to New England in the Great Migration, 1620-1640 by James Tanner
  • Afro-LatinX in the Old West by Janice Lovelace, PhD
  • Genealogy on the Go with the MyHeritage Mobile App by Daniel Horowitz
  • A Toboggan Ride Through Canadian Records, eh! by Lianne Kruger
  • Out of the Ballot Box: Voter Registrations & Records by Rebecca Koford, CG, CGL
  • Beneluxury Archives! How to get the best out of Belgian, Dutch and Lux archives online by Marie Cappart
  • A Step Through Time(lines) by Fiona Brooker

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New TechZone Video - Linking Family Trees to DNA Results by Michelle Leonard

New TechZone Video - Linking Family Trees to DNA Results by Michelle Leonard

 

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new, short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "Linking Family Trees to DNA Results" by Michelle Leonard.

Linking Family Trees to DNA Results

Learn how to link your family tree to your DNA results on Ancestry, MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.

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About the Presenter

Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, DNA detective, freelance researcher, speaker, author and historian. She runs her own genealogy and DNA consultancy business, Genes & Genealogy, and specialises in DNA Detective work particularly the solving of adoption, unknown parentage and all manner of unknown ancestor mysteries using a   Michelle Leonardcombination of DNA expertise and conventional research methods.  She also undertakes traditional family history research, living relative tracing, historical and television research, media consultation, the creation of bespoke family history books, podcasts, article, blog and book writing, tutoring, lecturing, webinars and speaking engagements. She is a regular speaker at major genealogy events such as Rootstech, The Genealogy Show, Family Tree Live, Back To Our Past and Who Do You Think You Are? Live as well as a co-author of "Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA: A Guide For Family Historians" which was published in June 2019.

Additionally Michelle is the official genetic genealogist of ancestryhour.co.uk and is one of the hosts of the hour itself: #AncestryHour takes place on Twitter each Tuesday evening from 7-8pm GMT and Michelle is usually on hand to answer any #DNA queries that arise. She also spent several years working on the ground-breaking Fromelles Genealogy Project tracking down appropriate DNA donors to identify WWI soldiers buried in a mass grave in France and served as the Genealogical Consultant on the official Fromelles documentary. She regularly works on new historic soldier cases when battlefield remains are found and DNA testing is conducted.

Michelle holds an M.A. in English and Modern History from the University of St Andrews and a PgCert in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Scottish Genealogy Network (SGN), the Society of Genealogists (SOG) and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). You can find out more about Michelle on her Genes & Genealogy Facebook page and you can follow her on Twitter.

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Your Ancestor’s Many Names

Your Ancestor’s Many Names

This is not a blog post about cookbooks or food history. But it does use a cookbook as an example.

This is a blog post with an important search reminder. That reminder is: You need to search for your ancestor using more than one name for that ancestor.

Whenever I give presentations, I stress the importance of searching websites using name variations for an ancestor. These name variations could include initials, creative spellings (misspellings), abbreviations, and nicknames. If it is a married female ancestor, you must consider not only her birth name but also variations of her husband's name/s. During certain time periods women, but not all women worldwide, went by Mrs. [his name].

Sometimes as we search one database or record set and find our ancestor, we assume that’s it and there’s no need to continue our search. After all, we found what we need. But in reality, when we think of a database that contains something like court records or historical newspapers, it’s possible that our ancestor could be mentioned more than once and in different ways.

A cookbook that I’m studying reinforced the need for exhaustive searching when we conduct genealogy searches. The 1916 Eastern Star Cookbook from Huntington Park, California includes the names of women and men who contributed recipes.

As I went through the cookbook, I noticed that some women were mentioned multiple times and by different versions of her name.

Consider recipes submitted under these names:

  • Laura Brewer
  • Laura M Brewer
  • Miss Brewer

Now Laura and Laura M might very well be the same woman or it could be two different women. Miss Brewer is still a possibility for Laura. But I would need to research all three to verify. If it’s not the same woman, it could be a relative. That too would need to be further researched.

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One woman is listed four different ways in this cookbook:

  • Ollie Cowdin
  • Ollie I. Cowdin
  • Mrs. Ollie Cowdin
  • O. C.

One name variation that is missing is her husband’s name, Mrs. [His name] Cowdin. Now if I were to continue this research on a genealogy website, I would also want to search for her using these and her other name variations based on her maiden name.

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Why does this cookbook example matter? Although most of us for the most part go by one name throughout our lives we need to consider that a name can appear in any number of ways for various reasons or no reason at all. Taking that into consideration, we need to keep a list of name variations for our ancestors and use that to search for them in genealogically relevant records.

 

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.

 


Were they Orphans at all? DNA and the Orphan Train - free webinar by Nancy Gavin Koester now online for limited time

Were they Orphans at all? DNA and the Orphan Train - free webinar by Nancy Gavin Koester now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Nancy Gavin Koester, "Were they Orphans at all? DNA and the Orphan Train: Finding Kathryn’s Family" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Kathryn Paulus was an orphan train rider. Using modern techniques, can we find her family and answer the question — were they orphans after all?

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1 billion new records at MyHeritage - Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada, and Scotland Census, 1841–1901

MyHeritage continues to add to its record collections. Announced just today are the addition of 1 billion (with a "b") new records in two major new collections:

  • Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada
  • Scotland Census, 1841–1901

The addition of these collections means there are now 15.1 billion historical records on MyHeritage!

The Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada constitutes an easy-to-search index of 982 million names mentioned in our existing U.S. and Canadian newspaper collections. To create this index, we applied a smart machine learning algorithm to extract essential details from the free text of the newspapers — not just the first and last names of individuals mentioned, but also related details that may appear in the text, such as the name of a spouse or a place of residence. This makes searching the collections much easier and more efficient, and significantly broadens their potential to lead to important discoveries about your ancestors. This index is the fruit of only half of our newspapers, and the other half of the name index is currently being generated and will be published soon, so that nearly one billion additional records will soon be added.

Click here to read more or click here to search the records.

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The Scotland Census, 1841–1901 collection contains 7 censuses from the second half of the 19th century in Scotland, with a total of 24 million records. This is an important collection offering details about Scottish ancestors that often can’t be found in other vital record collections, such as information about occupation and residential addresses.

Click here to read more or click here to search the records.

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NancyKoester-144x144Nancy Gavin Koester is a Western NY native, having grown up in Hamburg, NY. She has been involved in genealogy for over 40 years, starting at the age of 13. Nancy has been a professional genealogist for over 25 years. She has a certificate in Genealogical research from Boston University, a certificate in Irish History from Trinity College in Dublin, and certificates in Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Irish Genealogy I and II from the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Nancy has taught numerous lectures on DNA and genealogy, as well as teaching adult education classes. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, interim Vice-President of the Western New York Genealogical Society, a member of the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society, and a member of the New York State Genealogical and Biographical Society. Nancy and her husband Dan raised six children on their farm in Eden, where they raise hops.

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Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar: Recent updates to MyHeritage's historical record search engine by Mike Mansfield

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The MyHeritage search engine for historical records is easier and more intuitive than ever before. In this webinar you’ll review the improved search interface and explore some of the noteworthy new collections in MyHeritage’s historical record database.
 
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5 Online Genealogy Freebies You’re Missing

5 Online Genealogy Freebies You’re Missing

There is no doubt that genealogists like free stuff. While not everything is free in genealogy (nor should it be), you can access some excellent guides, articles, and other genealogically relevant items at no cost.

Aside from free genealogy websites, there are other freebies that you can download or view online to enhance your genealogical education or provide tips and resources to find that brick-wall ancestor. Most of us are familiar with free websites such as Cyndi’s List and Linkpendium but what else is out there that you might not have considered? Here are a few items I’ve found that you might want to bookmark.

1. The National Genealogical Society Free Resources

 

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Are you a member of NGS (the National Genealogical Society)? If you are, you know that they provide membership benefits including their publications. But do they offer anything for free to the genealogy community? Yes! And those free resources benefit all genealogists. First, go to their webpage, Free Genealogy Resources. Two items to pay special attention to are the NGS Magazine Complimentary Articles and the NGS Monthly Complimentary Articles. These articles can help you with everything from research methodology to learning more about reading an NGSQ article.

2. The Ancestor Hunt QuickSheets

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The Ancestor Hunt is a great place to find links to online newspapers, but in actuality, the man behind the website, Kenneth R Marks, offers more than just links and videos about newspapers. Check out his Quick Reference Guide link for "quicksheets" on genealogical records such as probate, pensions, naturalization, and cemetery records, to name a few, as well as lots of historical newspaper information. He currently has 40 of these guides to help you with your genealogy.

3. The National Archives Palaeography Tutorials

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One aspect of research that can be difficult is reading older handwriting. If this is one of your stumbling blocks, you'll want to check out the National Archives (UK)'s palaeography tutorials. Their webpage explains that “This web tutorial will help you learn to read the handwriting found in documents written in English between 1500 and 1800." Tips, tutorials, practice documents, and reference sheets for money and measurements make this a must-have for genealogists.

4. PhotoTree One-page Guides

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Have vintage photos that you are trying to date? Not sure if they show great-grandma or her mother? PhotoTree.com's Identifying Photographic Types webpage includes 1-page guides to identify 19th-century photographs. Scroll down to the Photograph Characteristics section and click on the photograph type to learn more. This page with information about Daguerreotypes includes the various components of the framed photo so that you can understand everything about it, including what you can’t see in the photograph case.

5. The Newberry Library Research Guides

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Make sure to check library websites for guides that can benefit your research—case in point, Chicago's Newberry Library's Research Guides. Although the library is in Chicago, these guides are a variety of genealogically relevant topics from Adoption records to Catalog Search Strategies, Germanic Genealogy, Jewish Genealogy, and Royal Lines. Most likely, a search through the approximately 80 guides will reveal at least one guide you could use to enhance your research.

Yes, there's no such thing as a free lunch, but some generous genealogists and organizations provide free content that benefits the genealogy community. These five examples are just a few to explore.

 

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.

 


Webtember week 2! Replays of today's 8 classes now online for limited time

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Our second day of Webtember is in the books, and what a marvelous day it was! More than 5,000 of you from 52 countries registered for the live event.

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Here's the list of today's classes:

  • British and Irish Given Names - Part 1 by Carol Baxter
  • British and Irish Given Names - Part 2 by Carol Baxter
  • Don't Believe Everything You Read by Daniel Horowitz (replay to be available next week)
  • The Loyalists That Stayed Behind: The Reintegration by Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
  • NEVER GIVE UP: 5 Strategies for Overcoming Genealogical Angst by DearMYRTLE and Russ Worthington
  • What are the Odds? Finding Answers Using DNA Painter's WATO Tool by Debra Renard
  • Did your Abuelita...? Seeking Jewish Heritage by Schelly Talalay Dardashti
  • Diaries, Journals and Calendars: Preserving and Documenting Your Ancestor's Day-to-Day Life by Melissa Barker

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New TechZone Video: 3-2-1! Broadcasting Live from Facebook by Cheri Hudson Passey

New TechZone Video: 3-2-1! Broadcasting Live from Facebook by Cheri Hudson Passey

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "3-2-1! Broadcasting Live from Facebook" by Cheri Hudson Passey.

3-2-1! Broadcasting Live from Facebook

Learn how to use the Facebook Live feature to broadcast to family, friends and colleagues.

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About the Presenter

Cheri Hudson PasseyCheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer, and Speaker and the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC. Cheri is the host of the genealogy chat show GenFriends and is a genealogical researcher, subcontracted by Eagle Investigative Services, Inc., for the US Army Past Conflict Repatriations Branch. 

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Tracing Your 20th Century English Ancestors - free webinar by Paul Milner now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Paul Milner, "Tracing Your 20th Century English Ancestors" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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20th Century research skills are needed for the new researchers in England seeking to get started, but also for those doing descendant research seeking to find DNA relatives to test. Research skills are needed to go back and in time and to come forward.

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PaulMilner-144x144Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research.

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

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Webtember! Replays of today's 8 classes now online for limited time

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Our first day of Webtember is in the books, and what a marvelous day it was! More than 5,000 of you from 52 countries registered for the live event. Here's just a few of my favorite comments from viewers:

Fantastic to be able to have professional presenters right in my home! - Sherri

The speakers were wonderful and gave us so much information....most of which I didn't know before. I've never heard of the FAN system and can't wait to start using it. Roberta's DNA painting was awesome though something I am going to have to watch several times to get all that information and learn how to do it myself. Fascinating history also from Peggy on the modes of transportation our ancestors had to go through to get from place to place. The hardships they went through. WOW! - Debbie

What a way to kick off the month! A fantastic and informative line up this morning. Looking forward to exploring DNA Painter more and looking into the routes my ancestors took from New England to the Carolinas. And who knew there was even more to learn about using the FAN club. I love it when I find the little nuggets that make this even more fun. This is hands-down some of the best genealogy dollars I spend every year! - Laurel

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  • FAN Club in Action: a Simple Case Study by Geoff Rasmussen
  • Paint Your Way Up Yor Tree with MyHeritage and DNAPainter by Roberta Estes
  • America’s Turnpikes, Rivers, and Canals by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
  • Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color by Anita Wills
  • Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of German Military Records by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
  • Seventeen Secrets to Successful Scanning by Denise May Levenick
  • Finding Jane Graham’s Parents: Using Clusters and Records in Three Countries by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG
  • How Can I Get a Legal Coat of Arms in Scotland? by Dr. Bruce Durie

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Learning More About Genealogy Sources via Historical Fiction

Learning More About Genealogy Sources via Historical Fiction

I am a big fan of historical fiction stories set in the 19th or 20th centuries. I think the way that the authors incorporate historical research with invented dialogue can teach us as family historians interesting ways to tell our ancestor’s stories.

These historical fiction accounts might also uncover genealogically rich sources that we hadn’t considered before. Most of these novels have been researched by using genealogical databases and historical newspapers. In some cases, they are inspired by a specific source. That’s the case with the book, The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate.

The inspiration for this novel comes from “lost friends” advertisements placed after the American Civil War. These advertisements were placed by the formerly enslaved who were looking for family members that they had been separated from, hoping to reunite their families.

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From https://www.hnoc.org/database/lost-friends/index.html

These advertisements appeared in various newspapers but The Book of Lost Friends is based on one newspaper, in particular, the Southwestern Christian Advocate. According to the book,

In their heyday, the Lost Friends ads, published in the Southwestern Christian Advocate, a Methodist newspaper, went out to nearly five hundred preachers, eight hundred post offices, and more than four thousand subscription holders [in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas]. The column header requested that pastors read the contents from their pulpits to spread the word of those seeking the missing.

The newspaper encouraged those that had found family via the advertisements to report back. As Lisa Wingate writes, these advertisements “were the equivalent of an ingenious nineteenth-century social media platform.”[1]

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The author was introduced to the Lost Friends ads via the Historic New Orleans Collection which hosts a searchable database of the ads with digitized copies courtesy of the Hill Memorial Library, Louisiana State University Libraries. The database introduction explains that it includes 2,500 advertisements that appeared in the newspaper between November 1879 to December 1900. Researchers can search the database (https://www.hnoc.org/database/lost-friends/search.php) by name, year, or location.

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For those interested in reading the Southwestern Christian Advocate, it can be found online via the institutional subscription newspaper databases offered by Gale. To learn more, see the Library of Congress Chronicling America’s newspaper directory.

 

[1] Wingate, Lisa. The Book of Lost Friends. (New York: Ballantine Books, 2021)p. 378. Additional information about subscribers comes from the database homepage at https://www.hnoc.org/database/lost-friends/index.html.

 

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.

 


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