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DearMYRTLE's Blogging for Beginners webinars - webinar-on-CDs now shipping

WBLOGbundl-2 DearMYRTLE's Blogging for Beginners webinar AND her More Blogging for Beginners webinar are now available in our webinar-on-CD library for just $9.95 each or $17.90 for the bundle. Anyone with an interest in blogging need to view these webinars. One of our viewers commented, "I was too intimidated to blog because I didn't understand how to do it. Now because of DearMYRTLE's webinars I am starting a blog today! Thank you for the opportunity to learn."

Viewing a webinar-on-CD is like having your own private genealogy instructor in your home - anytime! Just insert the CD into your computer's CD or DVD drive and enjoy personal training from the industry's finest teachers. The video topics are bookmarked so you can quickly jump from topic to topic or just watch it straight through. You can pause, rewind, or fast-forward at your leisure.

Webinar description

Blogging for Beginners. Step-by-step approach to creating a blog, and making postings using the free service at Blogger.com. A great way to share genealogy research, post your society's newsletter, share info with extended family members. The webinar will also feature a survey of sample blogs, and links for additional help. 1 hour 30 minutes, 4 pages of handouts included.

MORE Blogging for Beginners. Back by popular demand, DearMYRTLE continues her discussion about free software at Blogger.com to get your message out to the world. This session's topics include adding gadgets such as links to other websites, add book suggestions from Amazon.com, removing the Blogger search bar and inserting a Google Search box to make it easier for your readers to find previous postings. 1 hour 30 minutes, 4 pages of handouts included.

Purchase for just $9.95

Blogging-Bundle-CD-artwork Own your own copy of Blogging for Beginners or More Blogging for Beginners by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95 each. Each includes the recording of the class (1 hour 30 minutes), the complete Q/A session, and the handouts.

Better yet - order DearMYRTLE's Blogging Bundle for just $17.90:

  • Blogging for Beginners (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • MORE Blogging for Beginners (1 hour 28 minutes)

Even better...order the brand new Webinar-on-CD Bundle, Volume 1 for just $44.95 - a savings of $4.80. This includes these five webinar-on-CD titles:

  • Google for Genealogists (1 hour 28 minutes, includes handouts)
  • Sharing Genealogy Electronically (1 hour 49 minutes, includes handouts)
  • Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors (1 hour 21 minutes, includes handouts)
  • Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE (1 hour 30 minutes, includes handouts)
  • MORE Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE (1 hour 28 minutes, includes handouts)

Register for our upcoming webinars (free) at www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp.

  • Building a Research Toolbox, with Thomas MacEntee - Wednesday, April 6, 2011
  • Dropbox for Genealogists, with Thomas MacEntee - Thursday, April 21, 2011
  • Preserving Family Photographs: 1839 to the Present - Wednesday, May 4, 2011
  • Further Your Research and Unify Your Family Reunion with Beautiful Genealogy Charts, with Janet Hovorka - Wednesday, May 11, 2011
  • Google Docs for Genealogists, with Thomas MacEntee - Wednesday, May 18, 2011
  • Google Forms for Genealogists, with Thomas MacEntee - Wednesday, June 1, 2011
  • Ready, Set, Write! Share Your Family's Story, with Lisa Alzo - Wednesday, June 29, 2011
  • The Power of DNA in Unlocking Family Relationships, with Ugo Perego - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Legacy Tip - how to locate your recently-modified records

Louise asked a good question in our Legacy User Group mailing list. She asked:

Can I bring up a list of my most recently modified records?

Here's how:

  1. Go to Search > Find > Detailed Search tab
  2. Fill in the first condition (click on the image below for what to fill in) and click on the Create List button.

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That's it! The resulting Search List is a list of all individuals who have been modified since, in this example, March 1, 2011.


New Free Records Online for Czech Republic, France, Germany, France, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and United States

Keep updating your wish list as FamilySearch continues to expand its online historical records. New collection additions this week represent seven European countries. Millions of records were added for the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, and Spain. Oh, and did we forget to mention that over a million new records were added for California, Maryland, Montana, Ohio, Texas, and Washington State? See the table below for more details. You can search all of the record collections now for free at familysearch.org.

If you are enjoying the steady stream of free records added weekly, please consider "giving back" by contributing a little time online as a FamilySearch volunteer. You can start and stop volunteering at any time. Find out more at indexing.familysearch.org.

Collection

Records

Images

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Czech Republic, Northern Bohemia, Litoměřice Archive Church Books, 1552-1905

39,869

0

Added index records from various church parishes within Northern Bohemia from the State Archive of Litoměřice.

Czech Republic, Northern Moravia, Opava Archive Church Books, 1571-1905

0

68,345

Added browsable images from various church parishes within Northern Moravia from the Provincial Archive of Opava.

France, Quimper et Léon Catholic Diocese, 1772-1909

56,003

22,130

Added images and index to existing collection.

Germany, Miscellaneous City Records

0

74,517

Added browsable images for Neumarkt.

Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950

0

197,923

Added browsable images from Lublin, Gliwice, and Częstochowa Roman Catholic Church Diocese.

Portugal, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1890

0

519,943

Added browsable images from Braga.

Slovakia, Church Books, 1592-1910

0

257,568

Added browsable images from the area of western Slovakia that are within the jurisdiction of the State Regional Archive of Bratislava.

Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1500-1930

50,278

293

Added images and index from Spain, Avila parish (Madrigal and Garganta) to existing collection.

Spain, Municipal Records

20,068

677,871

 Added marriage record index for the city of Malaga, Spain; and browsable images from the Sevilla, Spain Municipal Archive.

U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967

0

9,030

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Maryland, Probate Estate and Guardianship Files, 1796-1940

12,943

441,525

Added images and index to existing collection.

U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983

0

107,465

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Montana, Rosebud County Records

0

13,818

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813-1900

0

36,230

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1934

195,240

158,733

Added images and index to existing collection.

U.S., Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977

120,536

0

Added index records to existing collection.

U.S., Washington State County Records; King, Kitsap and Pierce Counties, 1854-1950

0

30,216

New browsable image collection.

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Season Two: The Generations Project

With all of the genealogy television shows to watch, blogs to read, webinars to view, and conferences to attend, I sometimes wonder if we will have enough time to actually search for our ancestors. If the new season of BYUtv's The Generation Project is anything like its last season, you will definitely want to make time for this.

The second season of BYUtv’s The Generation Project premiers Monday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. MDT. The Generations Project is a reality-based family history show that uncovers the remarkable stories and family histories of everyday people. The people take a hands-on journey to learn about their ancestors, and in the process they discover more about themselves.

The second season of The Generations Project “takes you from Germany to Holland to New York's 'Little Pakistan' and everywhere in between, following eleven journeys into the past: the Denkes explore the origins of their children’s life-threatening genetic disease. Kerry hopes his ancestors will help him find his estranged son, and Ty delves into his complicated heritage as a son of Nazi Germany. They along with eight other guests engage with the past to understand the present.”
 
BYUtv is available through many local satellite and cable companies. In addition, The Generations Project can be viewed live online at https://www.byutv.org (you'll need to register for a free account to view the show live). All episodes are also available to be viewed immediately after airing at https://www.byutv.org/thegenerationsproject/episodes (no registration required).


Register for our free webinar - Building a Research Toolbox with Thomas MacEntee

Are you overwhelmed with the number of online resources for genealogical research? Are you constantly working with unorganized bookmarks or favorites? Printing out lists of websites you use most? Learn how to build a research toolbox that is organized, easy-to-use, and can be accessed from almost anywhere.

Join webinar host Geoff Rasmussen and speaker Thomas MacEntee (author of Google for Genealogists and Backing Up Your Genealogy Data) for this 90-minute free webinar, Building a Research Toolbox. Participants will learn not only some of the most important online resources for genealogical research, but also how to organize these resources into an easy-to-access and portable virtual toolbox.

The live webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, 2011, so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free.

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About the presenter

ThomasMacentee-small Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways in which blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,800 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific/Arizona
  • 6pm GMT

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email during the week prior to the webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. 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.
  6. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Other upcoming webinars

Thursday, April 21, 2011. Dropbox for Genealogists with Thomas MacEntee. Register here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Preserving Family Photographs: 1839 to the Present with Maureen Taylor. Register here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Further Your Research and Unify Your Family Reunion with Beautiful Genealogy Charts with Janet Hovorka. Register here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Google Docs for Genealogists with Thomas MacEntee. Register here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011. Google Forms for Genealogists with Thomas MacEntee. Register here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Ready, Set, Write! Share Your Family's Story with Lisa Alzo. Register here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011. The Power of DNA in Unlocking Family Relationships with Ugo Perego. Register here.

View past webinars

Our webinars are available in the archives at www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp for at least 10 days. Select webinars are now available to purchase on CD for $9.95 each:


Free webinar now online - Backing Up Your Genealogy Data

Logo Anyone with a computer needs to watch the recording of Thomas MacEntee's webinar, Backing Up Your Genealogy Data. One of our viewers described it perfectly when she said, "Even if you think you know everything about backups, I'd recommend watching the video. He brings up things that we don't always think about." This is how I would describe it as well.

Viewing the recording

If you could not make it to the live event earlier today, the 1 hour 31 minute recording of Backing Up Your Genealogy Data is now available in our webinar archives. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp to watch. The free recording will be available until April 4, 2011.

Pre-order the webinar-on-CD - includes 6 pages of handouts

BackingUp-web Own your own copy of Backing Up Your Genealogy Data by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95. It includes the recording of the class (1 hour 31 minutes), the complete Q/A session, and six pages of handouts. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Special Discount Coupon

The special discount coupon of Backup that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything in our online store through Monday, March 28, 2011.

Viewers' comments

  • Excellent. I thought I knew lots about backing up, but I learned so much. Thanks for providing these seminars.
  • Thomas gave so many tips and suggestions for backing up programs..need to get started....will buy the CD.
  • Easy to understand presentation, so much information packed into an hour, motivational, look forward to future webinars.
  • An extremely enjoyable, well-paced, informative webinar. This was my first webinar - what an exciting way to learn. Thanks so much for making these available.
  • I found Thomas' explanations both thorough and clear....helpful for those of us who are novices.
  • Thank you so much for the comparison of different online backup programs.  Nice to know about the different elements within each program and that there is no "one size fits all."
  • Greatly enjoyed the presentation. Good information for practical use which if I apply it, may keep me from losing much valuable data.
  • You provide an excellent, well organized, understandable presentation. Your answers were thoughtful and direct. Felt like you were sitting here next to me walking thru your slides. I would love to attend more webinars with you instructing!
  • Very good presentation. Easy to understand, especially for someone who belongs to the "older generation".
  • You answered so many questions that I have had about Backing up my Genealogy. Thanks so much.
  • Always learn something from Thomas! Thank you so much for the wonderful webinar Legacy and Thomas!
  • I couldn't imagine all the data I've been neglecting to backup! What an eyeopener. Thank you so much for this great webinar.
  • Excellent speaker for a great topic. Will change the way I do backup!
  • I found this session very good both in terms of new information and reinforcement of the basics that I already was aware of but do not consistently act on. The presenter was very knowledgeable and spoke in an easy to understand fashion.
  • This was my first webinar ever, and I was particularly impressed with how clear and organized it was. Excellent pacing, slides, information and interaction between the presenter and the mediator.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Building a Research Toolbox, with Thomas MacEntee - Wednesday, April 6, 2011
  • Dropbox for Genealogists, with Thomas MacEntee - Thursday, April 21, 2011
  • Preserving Family Photographs: 1839 to the Present - Wednesday, May 4, 2011
  • Further Your Research and Unify Your Family Reunion with Beautiful Genealogy Charts with Janet Hovorka - Wednesday, May 11, 2011
  • Ready, Set, Write! Share Your Family's Story with Lisa Alzo - Wednesday, June 29, 2011
  • The Power of DNA in Unlocking Family Relationships with Ugo Perego - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Click here to register.


Special Offer Extended for Legacy Users: WorldVitalRecords

WorldVitalRecords.com just called and were so excited about the success of the special offer they provided for Legacy users that they have just extended the offer until April 4, 2011. Here is the copy of the special offer we emailed to you almost two weeks ago:

As a valued Legacy Family Tree user we want to make sure you know about the great family history resources that are available to you. We recently partnered with FamilyLink's WorldVitalRecords.com, one of the fastest growing genealogy sites with nearly 4 billion searchable names. 

They are offering our users an unbelievable offer. WorldVitalRecords' 2-year membership is regularly $189.95. But for you, they are cutting $90.00 off that special price, and adding in two free months if you purchase before March 16, 2011! 

That's right... 2 years + two FREE months full WorldVitalRecords' access for just $89.95 (or 1 year + one FREE month for $59.95). 

WorldVitalRecords.com has one of the world's largest historical newspaper, map and tombstone photo collections. Other databases include vital records, census records, military records, immigration data, court and land records, digitized books, yearbooks, funeral sermons, and more.

To take advantage of this very special and limited time offer, visit:

https://www.worldvitalrecords.com/legacyoffer11

This limited time offer will expire on March 21st (but is now April 4...), and is offered exclusively to you as a Legacy user (please don't post this offer on other sites or blogs). Don't miss your chance to get this low price and FREE extra months on this wonderful resource.

- Ken, Dave, and Geoff

P.S. Did you know WorldVitalRecords.com has hundreds of databases that are not available anywhere else? Plus, they are adding more than 3 million new records each month. Sign up at https://www.worldvitalrecords.com/legacyoffer11 for your affordable membership today!


Legacy is coming to Massachusetts

For the first time ever, we will participate in the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts April 6-10, 2011. If you are in the area, we hope you will stop by and see us. We'll have special-seminar-pricing on Legacy and other products. Click here for all the details.

By the way, we will be giving away a free Acer netbook. Here's the catch - you have to attend the conference. Hope to see you all there!

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Free webinar this Wednesday: Backing Up Your Genealogy Data

Theme Are you ready for this Wednesday's LIVE webinar? We are. And so is our speaker, Thomas MacEntee. Thomas was the presenter in one of our most popular webinars ever - Google for Genealogists. This Wednesday, March 23, 2011, he will present Backing Up Your Genealogy Data.

Webinar description

Have you ever experienced a data loss when it comes to your genealogy research? Not yet? Well if not, have you prepared for what might happen if your hard drive fails? What if your laptop is lost or stolen? Learn the basics of backing up all your genealogy data including identifying data, common backup methods and how to use free online programs to help you make sure your data will always be available! Participants will learn various methods for backing up their genealogy data including many free online programs such as DropBox, Google Docs, Picasa and more! Join webinar host, Geoff Rasmussen, and Google for Genealogists' presenter, Thomas MacEntee for this 90-minute session.

Registration is free but space is limited.

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Although the webinar will be available in our archives shortly after the live presentation, we've got lots of perks for those who attend live:

  • Door prizes
  • Discount coupons
  • Ask your questions with your keyboard or microphone

See you all Wednesday!


Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors - webinar-on-CD now shipping

FemalesCD If you have female ancestors you need to watch Leland Meitler's presentation Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors, now available in our webinar-on-CD library. Attendees commented "Great ideas, I think I can now break a brickwall that is twenty years old!" and "this webinar certainly opened my eyes to the importance of using records that I had not tried before."

Viewing a webinar-on-CD is like having your own private genealogy instructor in your home - anytime! Just insert the CD into your computer's CD or DVD drive and enjoy personal training from the industry's finest teachers. The video topics are bookmarked so you can quickly jump from topic to topic or just watch it straight through. You can pause, rewind, or fast-forward at your leisure.

Webinar description

Theme-200 Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult - principally because their names changed upon marrying. Women historically have not produced as many records as their husbands, since women's suffrage largely did not exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their lives. There are two major search areas that we deal with in locating women's names, the first being the search for their maiden names, and secondly, the search for their married names. One search can be as hard as the other, and you may find you are doing both types of searches on the same women. Join nationally-known speaker, author, and publisher, Leland K. Meitzler as he gives details on a wide variety of sources, starting with the obvious, and working its way through sources that you may not have thought of using previously.

Purchase for just $9.95

Click here for more information, or to purchase this webinar-on-CD. The webinar is 1 hour 21 minutes in length, and includes four pages of handouts.

Webinar-on-CD Bundle, Volume 1

This webinar is also available in our webinar-on-CD bundle, volume 1 which includes five presentations (nearly 8 hours of instruction and 20 pages of handouts):

  • Google for Genealogists, by Thomas MacEntee (1 hour 28 minutes)
  • Sharing Genealogy Electronically, by Geoff Rasmussen (1 hour 49 minutes)
  • Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors, by Leland Meitzler (1 hour 21 minutes)
  • Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • MORE Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE (1 hour 30 minutes)

Click here for more information or to purchase the bundle.