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2nd-Ever Genealogy Idol Competition webinar - sign up to watch and vote

LogoThe second-ever Genealogy Idol competition will be held Saturday, June 9, 2012. The three participants have now been chosen and the winner will be decided by YOU! All you have to do is register for the live event (free), watch the 1-hour competition from your computer, and vote.

In the three rounds of competition, the three contestants will demonstrate their gen-tech expertise and try to woo you with their favorite gen-tech secrets. Everyone will learn - but only one will leave with the title of "Jamboree Genealogy Idol 2012." Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen will host the event which will be broadcast live via the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, California.

The Topics

Applicants will present three 5-minute presentations in these categories:

  • Round 1: Favorite Technology Tip
  • Round 2: Genealogy Serendipity story
  • Round 3: Technology website or blog

While their specific topics will be a surprise, everyone should learn a new thing or two about genealogy technology.

The Contestants

Each contestant will be broadcasting from their homes across the country. Here they are:


The Competition

The one-hour competition will feature three rounds of topics. Each contestant will have five minutes to impress you with their demonstrations. Regardless of whether you will be in a seat at Jamboree or in a virtual seat from your home, you will see and hear it all - live! At the very end, YOU, the online audience will decide the winner by voting using the webinar's poll technology. Everyone will go home a winner, but the one with the most votes will go home with both the title of "Jamboree Genealogy Idol" and a free Flip-Pal Mobile scanner from Legacy Family Tree.


If you want to watch the demonstrations and vote for the winner, you need to register. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. And if you are attending Jamboree in Burbank, register for this special breakfast event and join us in Convention Center Academy 6. Breakfast starts at 7:30am and the webinar begins at 8:00am (9am Mountain, 10am Central, 11am Eastern).


Watch the recording of the first-ever Genealogy Idol competition

The first-ever Genealogy Idol competition was held earlier this year at RootsTech in Salt Lake City. Elyse Doerflinger, Elizabeth Clark, Michael Hait, and Marian Pierre-Louis gave twelve 3-minute presentations. Watch the entire show here.

See you there!

Researching Your Pennsylvania Ancestors - free webinar now online by Lisa Alzo

Lisa-alzo-100If you have Pennsylvania ancestors you need to watch the recording of today's webinar, "Researching Your Pennsylvania Ancestors," by Lisa Alzo. One viewer commented, "I have been stumbling along like a toddler and now I think I can walk!" Pennsylvania can be a difficult state to research, but with Lisa's suggestions you might just break down that brick wall. During the webinar, a viewer wrote in saying that "thanks to one of Lisa's suggestions, I just found the marriage record of my g-g-g-grandmother!" Congrats on your find and thanks again to Lisa for a terrific webinar!

View the recording

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 30 minute recording of Researching Your Pennsylvania Ancestors is now available to view in our webinar archives. Visit to watch. It is available for free until May 14, 2012.

2012-05-02-webcdPre-order the webinar-on-CD

Own your own copy of Researching Your Pennsylvania Ancestors by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95. It includes the 1 hour 30 minute recording of the class, the complete Q/A session, and 4 pages of handouts. Click here for more information or to purchase.

All four of Lisa Alzo's webinar CDs are available here.

Special discount coupon

The special discount coupon of penn that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything in our online store through Monday, May 7, 2012.

WebinarlogoRegister for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Researching Your Pennsylvania Ancestors with Lisa Alzo, May 2.
  • Researching Your New York Ancestors with Thomas MacEntee, May 30.
  • Researching Your German Ancestors with Kory Meyerink, June 6.
  • Genealogy Idol Competition, June 9.
  • Putting Flesh on the Bones with Ron Arons, June 13.
  • Marriages and Anniversaries. Mining newspapers for engagements, marriages, anniversaries, and divorce records with Tom Kemp, June 20.
  • Staying Safe with Social Media with Thomas MacEntee, June 22.
  • Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists: scanning, digitizing, editing, and preserving your photos with Geoff Rasmussen. June 27.
  • The Quest for your English Ancestors with Claire V. Brisson-Banks. July 11.
  • Plan Your Way to Research Success with Marian Pierre-Louis, July 18.
  • The Genealogy Cloud: Which Online Storage Program Is Right For You? with Thomas MacEntee, July 27.
  • Neglected History by Megan Smolenyak, August 1.
  • Wikis for Genealogists with Thomas MacEntee. August 8.
  • The 5 C's for Success in Genealogy Today with Barbara Renick. August 22.
  • Building a Family from Circumstantial Evidence, with Judy G. Russell, CG. August 29.
  • Beyond the Arrival Date: Extracting More from Passenger Lists with Lisa Alzo. September 5.
  • What is a 'Reasonably Exhaustive Search'? with Michael Hait. September 12.
  • Getting Started with Heritage Collector Software with Kathleen Bitter
  • Use Your Digital Camera to Copy Records with Mary Hill. September 19.
  • Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists: FamilySearch, Research Wiki, and Legacy Family Tree with Geoff Rasmussen. September 26.
  • Privacy and our Ancestors with Thomas MacEntee. October 3.
  • Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Beyond the Basics with Judy Wight. October 10.
  • Ten Brick Wall Tips for Intermediate Researchers with Marian Pierre-Louis, October 17.
  • Your Civil War Ancestors: Beginning Your Research with Michael Hait. October 24.
  • Breaking Down Your Irish Brick Wall with Judy Wight. October 31.
  • Researching Your Canadian Ancestors - an Overview with Claire Brisson-Banks. November 7.
  • Genealogy for Novices: Where Do We Begin with Linda Geiger. November 14.
  • The Big 4 U.S. Record Sources with Mary Hill. November 28.

Click here to register.

See you online!