New Feature - Rebuild Source Citations

The developers have added a new File Maintenance Routine, Rebuild Source Citations. To access it, go to File > File Maintenance > Rebuild Source Citations

Rebuild Source Citations
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And this is what you will see when the Rebuild Source Citations is running:

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If you are transferring sources from Legacy to FamilySearch, and you notice that your sources are missing, you will need to use this new file maintenance routine. It puts all of the citation parts into a single field (hidden, you don't see this) and then FamilySearch will pull from that field. Normally this field is filled in correctly but if you are manipulating sources for reports by excluding sources or suppressing source details this hidden field can get blanked out. This does not affect Legacy at all. The only time it will be an issue is if you are transferring sources to FamilySearch. If you don't use the FamilySearch interface you won't need to do this. Even if you do use the FamilySearch interface you may never need to do this. 

 

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Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


Free Legacy Family Tree update now available (version 9.0.0.295)

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

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

What's Been Fixed

View the April 19 release notes here. 

How to Update

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

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


New "Member Friday" Webinar - Organizing (or Reorganizing!) That Family Reunion by James Beidler

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Organizing (or Reorganizing!) That Family Reunion by James Beidler

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Organizing (or Reorganizing!) That Family Reunion" by James Beidler. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Organizing (or Reorganizing!) That Family Reunion

There’s no place as good for a family’s history as a reunion, but the gatherings come and go – learn how to organize one that will last or reorganize one that’s fading.

Organizing (or Reorganizing!) That Family Reunion by James Beidler


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About the Presenter

James M. Beidler is the author of several commercially published books and writes “Roots & Branches,” an award-winning weekly newspaper column and blog (www.roots-branches.com)  on genealogy. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and a research-reports editor for Legacy Tree Genealogists.  

James BeidlerBeidler is also frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Family Tree Magazine.He also wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, published jointly by the Penn State Press and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.  

As a lecturer, he was a part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council's acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program from 2002 to 2009, and has been a presenter at numerous conferences. In addition to being a member of numerous genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, Beidler also sits on Pennsylvania's State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project.

Beidler was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Berks County, where he currently resides and is an eighth-generation member of Bern Reformed United Church of Christ. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, with a BA in Political Science in 1982.

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Finding German Church Records in Overseas Archives

Finding German Church Records in Overseas Archives

In my webinar titled “So, You’ve Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What?” I explain how to find the church records for your town if they have been digitized and placed online.

But what if the church records you need are not available online? How do you find out where they are housed? You first need to know in what town the church was located. Armed with that information, you can begin your search.

One example is Kreyenborg in the Kreis (district) in the former Kingdom of Hanover. The Catholic church for Kreyenborg’s residents was in Bokeloh, while the Lutheran church was in Meppen.

GenWiki

I find that there is a GenWiki article about Bokeloh. There is a section about Kirchenbücher (church books) which has a link that leads to the archive that holds the microfilmed records. I will have to hire a researcher there. The first thing I would do is find the contact information for that archive and ask them for a list of researchers who regularly work there. Use Google Translate for help reading these websites.

I find that there is a GenWiki article about Meppen, but it does not have information about where the Lutheran church books would be.

The website that hosts GenWiki is called Genealogy.net. The Verein für Computergenealogie created this valuable tool.   

German Archive Portal

I can use the German Archive Portal and select all church archives in Niedersachsen, which is the modern German state where most of the former Kingdom of Hanover was. I find the Landeskirchliches Archiv der Evangelisch-lutherischen Landeskirche Hannovers and visit their website.

I follow the link for Familienforschung (Family Research) and find that this archive does not have church records, but ultimately it leads me to the Evangelisch-lutherischer Stadtkirchenverband Hannover. I see in their holdings that they have Meppen records spanning 1842–1875. I will need to contact a researcher in the area to access these.

German Archive Portal

I could also use the German Archive Portal to find Catholic archives. Select “church archives” and the relevant German state. Look for the words Bistumarchiv or Diözesanarchiv (both terms mean diocesan archive) in the resulting list.

Catholic Diocesan Archives in Germany

A quick way to find where all German Catholic diocesan archives are located is at the Catholic archive portal. Often, an archive will list their church book holdings on their website. This will help ensure you have chosen the correct archive. When in doubt, e-mail the archive with questions.

Catholic Diocesan Archive map

Lutheran Central Archive in Berlin

If you are looking for a Lutheran church that was in East Prussia, West Prussia, Brandenburg East, Pomerania, Posen, or Silesia, your first stop should be the Lutheran Central Archive in Berlin. They have a large collection of Lutheran church books for these areas. They are gradually being digitized at Archion.

Lutheran Central Archive Berlin

Google Searches

Using Google is another option. For best results, I recommend using the German version at Google.de.

There are two Bokelohs in the former Kingdom of Hanover, so when I use Google, I need to add the Kreis name so there’s no confusion. Then add the name of the religion (Katholische in my original case) and the word Kirchenbücher. My search terms would look like this:

Bokeloh Kreis Meppen Katholische Kirchenbücher

This search will lead me to the GenWiki article discussed above. This same search could be used for Lutheran records, by substituting Evangelische for the word Katholische. That search does not immediately lead to information about the church books, however.

Conclusion

You can see that there are several ways to conduct a search for church records in archives. Remember that online collections of church records continue to grow, so check frequently for changes. Contact the archives for lists of researchers. Happy Hunting!

To learn more about finding records for your German town of origin see Teresa McMillin's most recent webinar or view any of Legacy's nineteen German-related classes.

 

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist®, author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library, is the owner of Lind Street Research, a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She is a popular speaker for national, regional, and local genealogical societies.


Boost Your Germanic Research: Understand Historical Jurisdictions - free webinar by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Boost Your Germanic Research: Understand Historical Jurisdictions” by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Meyer’s Gazetteer is great for determining jurisdictions as of 1912. Germany was not a country until 1871. In the centuries leading up to that, land areas were constantly changing hands. One must understand who controlled a given area in order to find all possible records. Topics included in this lecture are: Use of Meyer’s gazetteer and its impact on the Family History Library catalog, Macro jurisdictional changes in historical Germanic areas, Tactics for determining jurisdictions of a village or small land holding over time, Examples of changing jurisdictions for selected areas, Key German vocabulary will be included.
 
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Mike Mansfield

Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage 2019 edition 4/24/2019

Sunny Morton

How I Built My Own Brick Wall 4/26/2019

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

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

Helen Smith

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

Jeanne Bloom, CG

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

Carol Baxter

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

Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL

Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy 7/2/2019

Cyndi Ingle

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

Yvette Hoitink, CG

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

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

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

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

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye! - free webinar by BCG and LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL now online for limited time

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The recording of tonight's webinar, "Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye!” by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Genealogical proof requires the conduct of reasonably exhaustive research, preferably using original records. The emphasis on original sources means that the interpretation of handwritten records is an essential skill for genealogists. Using a variety of pre-20th century American documents, this webinar provides useful tips on the creation of a transcription--the first step in analyzing a handwritten document.
 
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Boost Your Germanic Research: Understand Historical 4/17/2019

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Censuses Around the World: What You Need to Know About Census Collections and Genealogy 4/23/2019

Mike Mansfield

Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage 2019 edition 4/24/2019

Sunny Morton

How I Built My Own Brick Wall 4/26/2019

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

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

Helen Smith

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

Jeanne Bloom, CG

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

Carol Baxter

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

Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL

Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy 7/2/2019

Cyndi Ingle

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

Yvette Hoitink, CG

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

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

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

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

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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Meyer’s Gazetteer is great for determining jurisdictions as of 1912. Germany was not a country until 1871. In the centuries leading up to that, land areas were constantly changing hands. One must understand who controlled a given area in order to find all possible records. Topics included in this lecture are: Use of Meyer’s gazetteer and its impact on the Family History Library catalog, Macro jurisdictional changes in historical Germanic areas, Tactics for determining jurisdictions of a village or small land holding over time, Examples of changing jurisdictions for selected areas, Key German vocabulary will be included.
 
Join us and Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG for the live webinar Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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TeresaMcMillin-144x144Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist®, author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library, is the owner of Lind Street Research, a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She is a popular speaker for national, regional, and local genealogical societies. Recently she created and recorded two courses for Ancestry Academy at Ancestry.com. She has taught at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Reading German gothic script found in German records prior to the mid-1900s is second nature to her. Researching ancestors in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest is another of Teresa’s specialty areas. She is a multi-year attendee of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Teresa is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, as well as many German and local genealogical societies. Teresa chairs the committee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists monthly webinar series. She is the webmaster for the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society in Arlington Heights, Illinois and is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

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Tuesday's Tip - Combining Master List Duplicates (Intermediate)

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

Combining Master List Duplicates (Intermediate)

Sometimes you will find duplicates on one of your Master Lists. It is easy to combine duplicates but you need to be aware of a couple of things. First some general information.

How do you get duplicates in the first place? You can add them yourself if you are not careful but you can also get them when you do any sort of import (for example, a gedcom import or FamilySearch import/download). Every once in a while it is a good idea to take a look at your Master Lists to see if there is any cleanup needed.

Most of the Master Lists sort in a only one way so it may or may not be easy to see your duplicates. If they sort right next to each other it is easy to see them like this example from the Master Location List:

Appling, Columbia, Georgia, United States
Appling, Columbia County, GA

But here is a not-so-obvious example from the Master Source List. You wouldn't readily see this one because these two entries would not be right next to each other. This is why it is very important to be consistent with how you enter things.

1860 United Stated Federal Census, Columbia County, GA
Georgia - Columbia County - 1860 Census

A tip for the Location Master List specifically — Make sure you SORT the list in all of the different ways you can because you will find more duplicates that way. Click the Sort button just below the list of locations. This is the only list that can be sorted in multiple ways.

A tip for the Master Source List specifically — If you are using the SourceWriter templates, you can only combine duplicates if they were both created using the same template. If not, you will have to re-source the entries and then delete the duplicate.

Before you get started, BACK UP YOUR FILE. Whenever you do anything that is going to have a global impact on your file you always want to create a backup first in case things don't go as planned.

I am going to use the Master Location List as an example. You can see that I have two entries for Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts. 

Master Location List
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IMPORTANT — The first item you highlight will be the one that is lost and the second item you highlight will be the one that is retained. You need to decide upfront which one you want to keep.

In the above screenshot I have decided I want to keep the second entry, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States so the first entry (the one I don't want to keep) is highlighted. Now you can click the Combine button at the bottom.

Highlight the one you want to remove
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Notice that after you click Combine the button name changes to Combine With. Now select the entry you want to keep. After you have highlighted the entry you want to keep, click the Combine With button.

Highlight the one you want to keep
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Once you click the Combine With button you will now only see the one entry. Notice also the number at the top has changed from 124 to 123.

Now only one entry
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Whenever you are combining duplicates take your time and think about what you are doing so that you don't accidentally keep the wrong entry. If you do, it isn't the end of the world. If I had accidentally kept Haverhill, Essex, MA, United States I would only need to edit that location so that it is correct.

The problem you will have is if you accidentally combine something with an entirely different entry. For example, if I had accidentally combined Haverhill, Essex, MA, United States with Langley, Island, Washington, United States I would have a serious problem. I would have to restore to my backup.

If you are doing a lot of global changes you will want to back up often so that if you make a mistake you won't undo all of the changes you made and have to start from scratch. You will only undo your last few corrections.

Combining Duplicates is a very powerful database tool but make sure you follow the correct procedure.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar - Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye! by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL

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Genealogical proof requires the conduct of reasonably exhaustive research, preferably using original records. The emphasis on original sources means that the interpretation of handwritten records is an essential skill for genealogists. Using a variety of pre-20th century American documents, this webinar provides useful tips on the creation of a transcription--the first step in analyzing a handwritten document.
 
Join us, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL for the live webinar Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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LaBrendaGarrettNelson-144x144Board-certified since 2015, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson was elected as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) in 2016 and currently serves as the BCG Treasurer and the co-chair of the Intellectual Property Committee. She enjoyed a 35-year career as a tax lawyer before her 2013 retirement as a partner from the big four accounting firm of Ernst & Young. She is most proud of her service on the staff of the bipartisan, bicameral, Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress where she helped to craft the historical Tax Reform Act of 1986. LaBrenda is now a full-time genealogist focused on teaching and writing. Her research centers on African American families that survived American slavery, primarily in the Carolinas. LaBrenda has published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, among other publications, and in 2016 she published a guide for researching African Americans in her home county in South Carolina, a book that was hailed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s long-running genealogy column as an important model for all counties of South Carolina and other states. LaBrenda earned a BA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and both a Law degree and a Master of Laws degree from New York University. She is a graduate of the Boston University Online Genealogical Program (OL5), and currently works as a facilitator on the faculty. In addition, LaBrenda is the Registrar General for the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, a national lineage society that honors ancestors who were enslaved in the United States before 1870. She completed ProGen 13 and is currently serving as the mentor of ProGen 37. LaBrenda was the SLIG 2019 Course Coordinator for "1619-2019: Four Hundred Years of African American Genealogy."

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More "Bonus" Webinars - Getting Started in Family History Series cont. by Cheri Hudson Passey

More "Bonus" Webinars - Getting Started in Family History Series cont. by Cheri Hudson Passey

This Friday we have some extra bonus webinars for our members!   Enjoy the next three parts of a new series for absolute beginners by Cheri Hudson Passey. If you have family members that show a hint of interest in family history but haven't gotten started yet, this is the series for them. These classes are also shorter than our normal webinars, ranging from 15-29 minutes. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Getting Started in Family History - 4 - Documents

In part 4 of our Getting Started in Family History series, we take a look at documents and how to find them.

Getting Started in Family History - 4 - Documents

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Getting Started in Family History - 5 - Vital Records

In part 5 of our Getting Started in Family History series, we take a look at vital records and how to find them.

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Getting Started in Family History - 6 - Census Records

In part 6 of our Getting Started in Family History series, we take a look at census records and how to use them.

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About the Presenter


Cheri Hudson PasseyCheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer, and Speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching through her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. She is a graduate of ProGen 25. Cheri writes the Modus Operandi column for Going In-Depth Magazine and is the host of the weekly genealogy chat show GenFriends.She also is an instructor with The In-depth Genealogist Academy. Cheri enjoys volunteering and serving the genealogy community. She is a former President of The Grand Strand Genealogy Club and currently serves as Program Chair. She also volunteers on committees for the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

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New "Member Friday" Webinar - So, You've Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What? by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

New "Member Friday" Webinar - So, You've Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What? by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "So, You've Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What?" by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

So, You've Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What?

Finding your ancestor’s town of origin can be exciting, indeed. Once this piece of information is found, you might be left wondering how you go about getting records from the other side of the ocean. This webinar focuses on getting records created in the areas that became part of the German Empire. Highlights include:

  • Verifying that you have a town that truly exists and where it is located
  • Strategies for identifying misspelled town names
  • Finding the historical governmental jurisdictions for that town
  • Finding the records for that town
  • Useful aids for reading these records will be discussed
  • Tips on hiring a professional in Germany, should that be necessary

So, You've Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What? by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG


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About the Presenter

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CGTeresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist®, author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library, is the owner of Lind Street Research, a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She is a popular speaker for national, regional, and local genealogical societies. Recently she created and recorded two courses for Ancestry Academy at Ancestry.com. She has taught at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Reading German gothic script found in German records prior to the mid-1900s is second nature to her. Researching ancestors in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest is another of Teresa’s specialty areas. She is a multi-year attendee of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Teresa is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, as well as many German and local genealogical societies. Teresa chairs the committee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists monthly webinar series. She is the webmaster for the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society in Arlington Heights, Illinois and is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.
 

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Plain Folk – Researching Amish and Mennonite Families - free webinar by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG now online for limited time

Plain Folk – Researching Amish and Mennonite Families - free webinar by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar, "Plain Folk – Researching Amish and Mennonite Families” by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Amish and Mennonite families are often romanticized in modern literature and television series. However, their backgrounds, though similar, have beliefs that keep them separate. The Amish and the Mennonites are often grouped together. And, while they have some similarities, including their roots in religion, there are distinct differences.
 
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Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye! 4/16/2019

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

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

Helen Smith

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

Jeanne Bloom, CG

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

Carol Baxter

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

Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL

Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy 7/2/2019

Cyndi Ingle

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

Yvette Hoitink, CG

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

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

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

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

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Plain Folk: Researching Amish and Mennonite Families by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

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Amish and Mennonite families are often romanticized in modern literature and television series. However, their backgrounds, though similar, have beliefs that keep them separate. The Amish and the Mennonites are often grouped together. And, while they have some similarities, including their roots in religion, there are distinct differences.
 
Join us and Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG for the live webinar Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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PeggyLauritzen-144-144Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family's history has never left her. With her experience as a former Family History Director, she is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. Some of those would include The Ohio Genealogical Society, The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, which are also available on www.legacyfamilytree.com and www.amazon.com.

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Visualizing Ancestral Lines with DNA AutoClusters - free webinar by Ran Snir now online

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The recording of today's webinar, "Visualizing Ancestral Lines with DNA AutoClusters” by Ran Snir is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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AutoClusters is an automatic tool that organizes your DNA Matches into clusters that likely descended from common ancestors. Discover how you can leverage this powerful visual display to learn more about how you and your DNA Matches are related.
 
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Från DNA-match till släkting (Swedish) 4/10/2019

Peter Sjölund

Plain Folk Researching Amish and Mennonite Families 4/10/2019

Peggy Lauritzen

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

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

Boost Your Germanic Research: Understand Historical 4/17/2019

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Censuses Around the World: What You Need to Know About Census Collections and Genealogy 4/23/2019

Mike Mansfield

Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage 2019 edition 4/24/2019

Sunny Morton

How I Built My Own Brick Wall 4/26/2019

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG

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

Helen Smith

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

Jeanne Bloom, CG

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

Carol Baxter

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

Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL

Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy 7/2/2019

Cyndi Ingle

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

Yvette Hoitink, CG

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

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

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

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

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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DNA Spotlight: The Shared cM Project

When you get your DNA results, the DNA company tries to give you a sense of how you are connected to your matches. They will identify each relationship as parent, close family, sibling, second cousin, third cousin, fourth cousin, distant cousin, etc.

On MyHeritage it looks like this:

MyHeritage DNA Match

 

On Ancestry it looks like this:

Ancestry DNA Match

It's important to understand that the relationship provided is just an estimate. There are actually a number of possible ways you could be related to any given DNA match.

Now take a look at those same images and notice that next to or underneath the relationship you see a number and the initials cM. cM stands for centiMorgans which is the unit of measurement for DNA. The more cM you share with a DNA match the more closely related you are. The less cM you share, the more distant your relationship.

The Shared cM Project

In order to understand better all the possible relationships you have with a DNA match, genetic genealogist Blaine Bettinger came up with a data driven tool called the Shared cM Project. Blaine asked DNA test takers to provide the amount of cM they shared with known relationships. From this he was able to create charts that showed the various possible relationships through the range and averages of centiMorgans.

From the data, Blaine produced the Shared cM Project chart below. In each box the first line is the relationship, the second line is the average cM for that relationship and the third line is the range he has determined based on the data.

So if we take the example above - 2nd-3rd cousin, 276 cM - we would look for the box where the average is closest to 276 cM. You'll notice that there are three boxes that are pretty close: Half 1C1R (226 cM), 1C2R (229 cM) and 2C (233 cM). If you look beyond the averages to the ranges you'll notice that there are even more possibilities. This is just to show that your actual relationship to your DNA match could be any of a number of possibilities besides what the DNA company estimates for you. In this particular case, I know the cousin personally and I am accurately able to identify her as my second cousin and not a third cousin or any of the other choices.

Blaine Bettinger, The Shared cM Project, https://thegeneticgenealogist.com
Blaine Bettinger, The Shared cM Project, https://thegeneticgenealogist.com
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Interactive Shared cM Project on DNA Painter

Recently Jonny Perl, the creator of DNA Painter presented a webinar about DNA Painter on Legacy Family Tree Webinars (which is free to watch). Jonny has transformed Blaine's chart into an interactive tool on DNA Painter.

Let's see how it works with two new DNA matches I received just today.

From the main DNA Painter home page choose the Tools menu option.

CM-DNAPainter1

On the next page choose the Shared CM Tool option:

CM-DNAPainter2Next put the amount of cM your share with your DNA in the Filter box.

CM-DNAPainter3For this exercise I will use my two brand new dna matches.

CMMatchesforNewCousins

 

For the first new cousin I get this result:

CM-DNAPainter4You can see there are a lot of possibilities for this relationship! In fact, this cousin I know personally. She and I are Half first cousins once removed (Half 1C1R). That result was in the second tier of options. It's important not to make assumptions when working with unknown matches.

The second new match of the day was also described as a 3rd-4th cousin.

CM-DNAPainter5It's interesting to see how much the results change just by changing the cM a bit. The results are quite different even though they were both presented in the same 3rd-4th cousin range. This person is unknown to me. I will have to compare our shared matches and do some research to determine which of the above relationships is accurate. It's intriguing and I can't wait to uncover this new cousin.

Both the Shared cM Project chart and DNA Painter are free to use.  These tools will greatly help you in your genetic genealogy research. Give them a try.

You can learn more about understanding your DNA results from classes in the Legacy library. If you are just starting out with DNA take a look at Blaine Bettinger's Foundations of DNA series. If you're already pretty comfortable with DNA then choose from among the 74 DNA classes in the library.

 

Marian Pierre-Louis is the Online Education Producer for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. She hosts the monthly evening webinar on the second Tuesday of each month.  Her areas of expertise include house history research and southern New England research. Check out her webinars in the Legacy library.