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10 Brick Wall Tips for Intermediate Researchers - free webinar by Marian Pierre-Louis now online

WebinarlogoThe recording of today's excellent webinar, Ten Brick Wall Tips for Intermediate Researchers, by Marian Pierre-Louis, is now available to view in our webinar archives. Coupled with her earlier Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners I expect many of your brick walls to come tumbling down. Please let us know your stories!

Here's just a few of the resources and strategies Marian talked about:

  • Doctor and midwife records
  • Journals
  • Consultations
  • Problems with naming
  • manuscriptions
  • Researching the in-laws
  • FAN club (Friends, Associates, and Neighbors)
  • and much more
  • Lots more...

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 Ten Brick Wall Tips for Intermediate Researchers is now available to view in our webinar archives for a limited time. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp to watch.

2012-10-17-cdPre-order the webinar-on-CD

Own your own copy of Ten Brick Wall Tips for Intermediate Researchers by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95. It includes the complete 1 hour 30 minute recording of the class, the question/answer session, and 2 pages of handouts. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Or purchase the Brick Walls 4-CD Bundle here.

Special discount coupon

The special discount coupon of brick2 that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything in our online store through Monday, October 22, 2012.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • 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!


Ten Brick Wall Tips for Intermediate Researchers - free webinar October 17 by Marian Pierre-Louis

WebinarlogoEarlier this year Marian Pierre-Louis gave us Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners. Now she's back with Ten Intermediate Brick Wall Tips. This next set of tips will stretch your research even further. Marian will demonstrate ways to analyze your research, tweak your methodology and encourage you to look for records off the beaten path. Sign up for this webinar and watch your brick walls start to come tumbling down.

Join us for the live webinar on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. 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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About the presenter

MarianPLMarian Pierre-Louis is a genealogical writer and speaker who specializes in southern New England research (Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts). Born and raised in Connecticut, she has lived in Massachusetts for almost 20 years. Marian has three generations of recent family ties to Rhode Island and also links to some very old Rhode Island lines. As a result, these three states have become the focus of her research activity. Unlike most genealogists, Marian is spoiled to spend most of her time working with original records. You will most often find her researching at a town hall, registry of deeds, probate court or the local cemetery. It’s a rare day that Marian has to sit in front of a microfilm reader. Marian is actively engaged in social media. You can find her starting conversations on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. She frequently speaks on New England topics including house history research, social media, African American research and a broad range of genealogical topics. She is the author of several blogs including: Marian's Roots & Rambles, and The New England House Historian. She is the host of Fieldstone Common Radio. Her website is www.FieldstoneHistoricResearch.com.

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at:

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

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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. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here by clicking on the "Test Your GoToWebinar Connection" link.
  7. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Cruising with Legacy Family Tree in 2013 - free webinar now online

Map-200If you are considering joining us for our 10th Annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise in 2013 to the Panama Canal, we invite you to watch the recording of today's webinar, Cruising with Legacy in 2013. You will learn about:

  • The ship
  • The genealogy classes
  • The ports including the Panama Canal
  • Cruising in general

Christy Downing, our cruise coordinator, also answered lots of questions in the Q/A session about the upcoming cruise.

To view the webinar, visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp. For more information, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2013.asp, send Christy an email, or give her a call at 1-888-505-6997.

Hope to see you onboard!

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • 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!


The Italics Test - How Strong is Your Tree's Foundation?

We have heard the story about two men and their homes - the first who builds his house on the sand and the second who builds his house on the rock. When the winds and rains come there is only one house that remains. The one with the solid foundation stays strong.

Our family trees fit well into this analogy. The first family tree is built on a foundation of compiled and published resources - books and other records with few primary sources, which rely heavily upon the research of others. The second family tree is built on a foundation of original records and careful analysis, using the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) as their guide.

Not living close to the Family History Library or archives that house my ancestors' original records, I turn first to compiled records - books and other publications online. They are just more accessible than most original records. I am fine with using these types of records for their clues, but the problem comes when the foundation of a family's pedigree is based on compiled records alone. I have personally disproved many pedigrees as I have turned to the original records.

How does one weigh the stength of their pedigree? Judy Russell and Michael Hait, in their recent webinars, Building a Family from Circumstantial Evidence and What is a 'Reasonably Exhaustive Search'?, explained this very well as they taught the about Genealogical Proof Standard.

Another quick method of visualizing the strength of a family's evidence is to perform the Italics Test. I learned about this from Elizabeth Shown Mills, author of Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace at a national genealogy conference a few years back. While I do not recall her exact words, following is what I took from her class.

In a bibliography, titles of published records are italicized. Titles of original records are shown in normal case. If you look at a book's bibliography and find that the majority of works cited are italicized, then you know that the author/compiler relied mostly on the works and interpretations of others which may or may not be accurate. If the bibliography showed few italicized titles, you know that the author/compiler relied on original records.

Which foundation is your pedigree built on?

You can perform the italics test one family at a time. Here's how.

  1. In Legacy Family Tree, create a Family Group Record (go to Reports > Report Menu > Family tab)
  2. Select the option to include the Bibliography (Report Options button > Sources tab)
  3. Preview the report and view the bibliography (the last section of the family group record)

Below is the Bibliography for Asa Brown's family group record. It contains a mixture of italicized (published) and non-italicized (original records) sources, but the majority of sources cited are original records.

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Compare this with the bibliography of John Smith's family group record:

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Here the researcher relied solely upon the compilations of others, which has its place in the research process, but I would hesitate to base my entire tree on these kinds of records.

You need to be using Legacy's SourceWriter for this to be effective. As you are entering your sources, the SourceWriter knows to automatically italicize (or not) the title based on the type of source you selected. The SourceWriter is available in both the free standard edition and the deluxe edition of Legacy.

While there will never be a magic number of how many sources you need, or which sources you need to consult to begin to make a sound conclusion (again, see Michael Hait's webinar where he answers the question of how many sources you really need) this italics test is a good start to quickly visualizing how often we rely on the works of others to build our own genealogical foundations.


Privacy and Our Ancestors - free webinar by Thomas MacEntee now online

WebinarlogoThe recording of today's excellent webinar, Privacy and Our Ancestors, by Thomas MacEntee, is now available to view in our webinar archives. In addition to all of the resources Thomas taught, he also shed new light on privacy issues. One viewer commented:

Thanks for the genealogy resources. And for changing my view on the issue of privacy. I thought our privacy issues had changed with all the availability of data, not just on the internet, but other public records. In truth, with the advent of Facebook and Twitter, we are putting our OWN lives on record every day!  And public records have always been public -- that hasn't changed. I'm less worried about my own privacy now and have more resources to find my ancestors' public lives. Thanks!

Here's just a few of the resources Thomas talked about:

  • Marital discourse ads
  • Hotel arrivals
  • City directories
  • Court records
  • Speeding tickets
  • Everyblock.com
  • Newspaperarchive.com
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Google Alerts
  • Zabasearch.com
  • Lots more...

View the recording

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 25 minute recording of Privacy and Our Ancestors is now available to view in our webinar archives for a limited time. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp to watch.

Pre-order the webinar-on-CD

Own your own copy of Privacy and Our Ancestors by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95. It includes the complete 1 hour 25 minute recording of the class, the question/answer session, and 3 pages of handouts. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Click here to browse all of Thomas MacEntee's webinar CDs.

Special discount coupon

The special discount coupon of privacy that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything in our online store through Monday, October 8, 2012.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Cruising with Legacy Family Tree in 2013. October 5.
  • 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!


Cruising with Legacy Family Tree in 2013 - free webinar, Friday, October 5

Map-200Our 10th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise will take place September 22 through October 7, 2013. In addition to the 25 hours of optional genealogy and Legacy classes, we will visit San Diego, California; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; the Panama Canal; Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Columbia; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Speakers include Megan Smolenyak, Karen Clifford, Barbara Renick, Geoff Rasmussen, Randy Seaver, Steve Salisbury, Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis, and Luc Comeau. Join us for this webinar to get an overview of the cruise and have any of your questions answered.

Join us for the live webinar on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. 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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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Friday, October 3, 2012 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. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here by clicking on the "Test Your GoToWebinar Connection" link.
  7. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Privacy and Our Ancestors - free webinar October 3 by Thomas MacEntee

WebinarlogoWith all the news about privacy, identity theft and the role of access to vital records, have you ever considered that in 2012 most of us (at least here in the United States) have more privacy than our ancestors? As a result of living in the digital age ruled by the Internet and social media, is there really less privacy than in prior years? In fact, the reverse is true. Learn what type of information about your ancestors was public and how to find it!

Join us for the live webinar on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. 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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About the presenter

ThomasWhen Thomas MacEntee is not busy writing blog posts, organizing the 2500+ members of GeneaBloggers, teaching online genealogy webinars and more, Thomas MacEntee is busy in his role as “genealogy ninja.” Stealth is not always easy, but Thomas manages to get the inside track on emerging technologies and vendors as they relate to the genealogy industry. After being laid off from a 25-year career in the tech industry in 2008, Thomas has been able to “repurpose” his skill set for the genealogy community and loves to see other genealogists succeed, whether it is with their own research or building their own careers in the field.  You can reach Thomas at hidefgen@gmail.com or visit his site at High-Definition Genealogy.

Thomas is the author of:

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 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. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here by clicking on the "Test Your GoToWebinar Connection" link.
  7. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


RootsTech 2013 announced

If you are considering one genealogy conference to attend in 2013, RootsTech should be high on your list. Held in Salt Lake City March 21-23, 2013, it is the largest genealogy conference in the United States, and is held just down the road from the Family History Library. As a member of the program committee, I was honored to participate in selecting the speakers and classes. Here's the official announcement:

SALT LAKE CITY-RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the United States in only two years, has announced the opening of its early bird registration for RootsTech 2013. The conference uniquely focuses on helping individuals at all skill levels to use the latest resources and technology to find, organize, preserve, and share their family's connections and history. The conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 21-23, 2013. For more information, go to RootsTech.org.

RootsTech 2013 will have content for young and old alike, regardless of expertise. World-class speakers from all over the country will address the latest topics and challenges, and there will be an exciting exhibitor hall with hands-on labs and demonstrations from 100+ product and service providers. Attendees can choose from over 250 classes to learn how to start their family history, solve personal research problems, and find better solutions for connecting with their family.

Conference Costs

  • Full 3-Day Pass $149 (Ends December 31, 2012)
  • Full One-Day Only Pass $89
  • Student 3-Day Pass $39 (School ID required)
  • Getting Started 3-Day Pass $39 (Early Bird)
  • Getting Started One-Day Pass $19 (Selection of fundamental classes)
  • Developer Day Pass $89 (Full-day technology program for developers)

Beginners

Those who are new to family history can attend a full track of Getting Started classes and labs to:

  • Learn the basics of starting your family history.
  • Discover 10 activities you can do to get started.
  • Get hands-on experience with family history tools.
  • Additional classes for LDS Church members: Learn the importance of family history, the basics to start your family tree, and how to qualify your ancestors' names for temple work 

Experienced Genealogists

Attend hands-on workshops and interactive classes to:

  • Expand your skills and knowledge to accelerate your research.
  • Help influence the future of genealogy.
  • Learn and share new ways to adapt technologies to genealogy.
  • Help leading-edge technology providers better understand your needs.
  • Participate in panels, product demos, and many networking opportunities. 

Developers

Developer Day (Friday, March 22, 2013) sessions are specifically designed to help participants:

  • Explore the latest development techniques using:
    • Cloud computing
    • Mobile apps
    • Social networking
    • Geo-mapping
  • Learn practical software development skills from industry leaders and pioneers.
  • Create solutions to difficult problems in a rapidly-growing market segment.
  • Access sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors that provide tools and services to enable innovations

About RootsTech

RootsTech is a unique conference focused on helping individuals learn and use the latest technology to get started or accelerate their efforts to find, organize, preserve and share their family's connections and history. The first annual conference was held in 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hosted by FamilySearch and sponsored by leading genealogical organizations, the conference includes hands-on demonstrations and forums to provide a highly interactive environment and accelerate learning. Content is geared to young and old, beginner to advanced levels.