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How to handle conflicting genealogical information

If you have ever found conflicting genealogical information, this quick post is for you. After yesterday's Research Guidance webinar, I received this excellent question from a viewer:

Geoff, I noticed in one of your examples today, you had two events (for an individual) called “Disproven Birth” – is that new in v8 or an event you added yourself? I like it a lot! Excellent way to keep track of that sort of research result.

Just to check that I understand what I learned today, when you are doing research guidance step 1 – review timeline, you would UN-check these two events, right? Because you don’t really want to look for anything having to do with those dates or places, right? Thanks again for a great webinar!

Any time I find conflicting information, such as a birth date or place that conflicts with what I already know about an ancestor, I create an "Alt. Birth" event and add its citation. If I am able to disprove the Alt. Birth event, I edit it and change its name to "Disproven Birth". Then in its notes, I type my explanation of why I have disproved it. I believe the example below is the one from the webinar:

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For a more in depth discussion, read How To Record Conflicting Information.

I loved the second part of your question, and is one that I have never been asked before. But you are exactly right. Here's why....

In Legacy's Research Guidance, the "Review Timeline" tab displays all of the ancestor's events. These events, with their dates and places, are what Legacy analyzes to create the list of Suggested Sources. In the example below, I have turned off the checkmarks next to the three Disproven Birth events. Since I have disproven the fact that this ancestor was born in Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Vermont, I certainly would not want Research Guidance suggesting sources for these areas.

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Hope this helps! Life is short, do genealogy first!


Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists - free webinar by Geoff Rasmussen now online

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The recording of today's webinar, "Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists" by Geoff Rasmussen, is now online to view for free.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 21 minute recording of Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists is now available to view in our webinar archives for free. It is also available to our monthly or annual Webinar Members for the duration of your membership. Visit www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com to watch.

Class Syllabus

The 5 pages of additional syllabus materials are also available here for annual/monthly webinar subscribers.

Special Discount Coupon

The special discount coupon of guide that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything at both www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com and www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Monday, August 19, 2013.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 184 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 480 pages)
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout, and yes, you can also use the 10% off webinar coupon above for a total of 15% off)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year (that's about the cost of 5 webinar CDs)
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Do More with your Photos with Templates from Heritage Collector Software by Kathleen Bitter. August 21.
  • Colonial Immigrants: Who They Were and Where They Came From by Mary Hill. August 28.
  • Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer! by Linda Geiger. September 4.
  • More Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE. September 6.
  • You Use WHAT for Genealogy? by Thomas MacEntee. September 11.
  • Don't Be an Audio Hog: Free and Easy Ways to Share Your Audio Files by Marian Pierre-Louis. September 18.
  • Using GPS Coordinates to Tag and Record Your Photos with Heritage Collector Software by Marlo Schuldt. October 18.
  • Using Church Records to Identify Ancestors by Mary Hill. October 23.
  • Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestors' Lives by Judy Russell. October 30.
  • Ancestry Trees Can Jump Start Your Research by DearMYRTLE. November 1.
  • Researching with Marian! Creating a Research Plan with YOUR Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. November 6.
  • Researching Your Ohio Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. November 13.
  • Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results by Thomas MacEntee. November 20.
  • How Computers & Gadgets are Changing Genealogy by Barbara Renick. December 4.
  • Overcoming Lost Records Using Technology by Karen Clifford. December 18.

Click here to register.

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Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed - New Wall Charts and options

Legacy 8 adds two new wall charts plus one really big option that you have requested.

Family Bow Tie Chart

This new chart, one of my personal favorites, displays the father's ancestors on the left, the mother's ancestors on the right, and their children in the middle.

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Here's the same chart with the new Mug Shot theme applied:

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Now with the color-coding and one more generation:

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And finally with a simple tree for a background:

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Left-to-Right Descendant Chart

One of the most requested new charts is the left-to-right descendant chart. You asked, we've again delivered! Just select the starting person and their descendants will be charted from left to right. Don't worry, the top-to-bottom orientation is still available.

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Suppress duplicates

Legacy 8's Charting now provides the ability to easily show or suppress duplicate lines. Duplicates sometimes occur when cousins (usually distant cousins) marry, and thus they share common ancestors. These common ancestors, as expected, are therefore shown more than once in a chart. The new Show Duplicates option shows their pedigree the first time, but suppresses it for any other occurrences with a "duplicated" notation.

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What are the other new features of Legacy 8?

Here are links to the articles I've previously written:

Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed

Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed - Q/A, new Tagging options, and other surprises

Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed - Migration Mapping

Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed - Instant Duplicate Checking

Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed - Shared Events and Automated Sorting

Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed - Potential Problem Alerts and "Gaps of Unusual Size"

Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed - Sources

Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed - Origins and Migration Reports

When will Legacy 8 be released?

There's still more than one truthful answer to this:

  • I'm not really sure, but probably before the end of the year, and hopefully way before then
  • When it has been thoroughly tested by our development team and beta testers

But if you are considering downloading either the free or deluxe editions of Legacy, don't wait! Any purchases of Legacy 7.5 from May 8, 2013 forward will receive the new Legacy 8 at no charge. And as always, anyone who has purchased Legacy Deluxe previously will qualify for special discounted upgrade pricing. Get started today - you won't have to relearn everything when Legacy 8 is ready, but you'll get some really nice new features when it is.


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists

LogowhiteEveryone can use a little research help every now and then, right? Learn about best practices in using the latest technology to organize and plan your research strategies. Geoff Rasmussen will educate, compare, and contrast two major research guidance tools: FamilySearch's Research Wiki, and Legacy Family Tree's Research Guidance. You will learn how to easily keep track of what you've previously researched, as well as plan your research To Do List.


Join us for the live webinar this Wednesday, August 14, 2013 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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Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here.

Can't make it to the live event?

No worries. Its recording will be available for free for the first 7 days after the live event. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access for the duration of their membership.

About the presenter 

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Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He recently received the Distinguished Presenter Award at the prestigious RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City (2011). He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello and basketball. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center. 

He is the author of the recently-released, Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked! and the popular Digital Imaging Essentials book.

Watch Geoff's previous webinars here:

  • Mapping Software for Genealogists
  • Sharing Genealogy Electronically
  • Watch Geoff Live: Adding a Death Certificate
  • Watch Geoff Live: Adding a Marriage Record
  • Watch Geoff Live: Adding an Obituary
  • Watch Geoff Live: Adding a Census Record
  • Watch Geoff Live: Cemeteries
  • Genealogy Idol Competition
  • Organizing and Sharing Digital Images
  • Navigating the new Census Tools in Legacy Family Tree
  • Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists: scanning, digitizing, editing, and preserving your photos
  • Researching with Geoff - LIVE!
  • Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists: Scanning, Organizing, Editing, and Sharing Your Digital Images
  • Watch Geoff Live - Digital Images

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at:

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


FamilySearch Records Update: New Indexed Record Collections from WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War

FamilySearch has recently added more than 43.6 million indexed records and images from BillionGraves, Italy, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 10 new indexed war records collections, including: the United States, World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1941–1945, collection, the United States, Korean War Battle Deaths, 1950–1957, collection, and the United States, Casualties of the Vietnam War, 1956–1998, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch 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 and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection

Indexed Records

Digital Images

Comments

BillionGraves Index

393,089

393,089

Added index records and images to an existing collection.

Italy, Cuneo, Saluzzo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1942

0

623,212

Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Pola and Trieste, Catholic Church Records, 1593–1941

0

13,143

New browsable image collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820–1891

461,040

0

Added index records to an existing collection.

United States, American Prisoners of War During the Korean War, 1950–1953

4,714

0

New indexed record collection.

United States, Casualties of Army Personnel, Dependents and Civilian Employees, 1961–1981

70,010

0

New indexed record collection.

United States, Casualties of the Vietnam War, 1956–1998

58,965

0

New indexed record collection.

United States, Index to the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Registers, 1906–1991

26,212

0

New indexed record collection.

United States, Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II, 1942–1946

109,368

0

New indexed record collection.

United States, Korean War Battle Deaths, 1950–1957

33,642

0

New indexed record collection.

United States, Korean War Dead and Army Wounded, 1950–1953

109,961

0

New indexed record collection.

United States, Korean War Repatriated Prisoners of War, 1950–1954

4,447

0

New indexed record collection.

United States, Military Personnel who Died During the Vietnam War, 1956–2003

58,230

0

New indexed record collection.

United States, Public Records Index

41,290,300

0

Added index records to an existing collection.

United States, World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1941–1945

29,879

0

New indexed record collection.


1921 Canada Census Now Available Online

Looks like the 1921 Census of Canada is now available and online for the first time ever today! Click here to being browsing. It does not yet appear to be indexed, but browsing by location is possible.

I've got lots of my wife's relatives to search for plus a few of my own that migrated northward. What about you? Let me know here who you find!

It's a happy day! Life is short, do genealogy first!


Legacy Tip: Copying a Source Citation

This morning I received an email from a Legacy user with a great Legacy Family Tree question about sources. Instead of responding privately, I thought I would publish my answer here so everyone can benefit.

Question from Kristin,

Can you copy and paste (citations) from the software into a Word Document for narratives?

My answer,

Absolutely! There are a couple of ways of accomplishing this. First of all, when you create an Ancestor or Descendant book, instead of printing it to your printer, you can export it to a Rich Text File. This file can then be opened in Word with all of the associated citations.

  • In the Ancestor/Descendant book's Report Options, make sure that the "Print Source Citations" option (on the Sources tab) is turned on.
  • After closing the report options, select the Rich Text File option, then press Create.

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In the end, you will have an electronic file that you can open in Word to continue enhancing. 

Advanced Tip: if you want "true" footnotes in Word, make sure that you have the "Linked footnotes and endnotes" option turned on at Options > Customize > Sources tab > RTF Citation Style.

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The second way of adding a Legacy-generated citation to a Word document is also just as easy. On the Assigned Sources screen for a person, click on the desired source in the list. Then, make sure that the "Show Source using Print Options" option is selected. Next, with your mouse, highlight the Foodnote/Endnote Citation and press Control-C on your keyboard. This copies the citation to your Windows clipboard.

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Finally, in Word, press Control-V to paste the citation into the document's desired location.

I hope this helps some Kristin!

Sources are a big part of my new book, Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked!, which although is based on the upcoming Legacy 8, is still very much applicable to the current Legacy 7. Preview the chapter on census records here, or click here to purchase.


Name Your Own Price on Legacy add-ons GENViewer and GENMatcher - through August 25, 2013

Here's a deal you don't find every day: name your own price on GENViewer and GENMatcher - two of Legacy Family Tree's add-ons. The publisher of these programs announced the special today to celebrate the release of the 1921 Canada census (expected to be released later today). He has graciously allowed us to offer the same deal. Here's the announcement and instructions:

To celebrate the release of the 1921 Canada census, GENViewer and GENMatcher will be retailed at the excellent price of whatever you want to pay through Thursday, August 25, 2013. I urge you to think about how much it is worth to you. Where else could you buy professional-quality software like this for less than 20 dollars?

GenvGENViewer - adds more functionality, searching, and views of your Legacy family file.

Purchase Instructions

  1. Click here to add GENViewer to your shopping cart.
  2. Enter your purchase price in the Each field (normally $19.95).
  3. Click on the blue Recalculate button.
  4. Click on the yellow Proceed to Checkout button and place your order.

Or click here to first learn more about GENViewer.

Genmatcher-thumbGENMatcher - quickly compares your Legacy family file to other genealogy files for possible matches.

Purchase Instructions

  1. Click here to add GENMatcher to your shopping cart.
  2. Enter your purchase price in the Each field (normally $19.95).
  3. Click on the blue Recalculate button.
  4. Click on the yellow Proceed to Checkout button and place your order.

Or click here to first learn more about GENMatcher.

Watch a brief video about GENViewer

I just found this brief video about using the FileSearch feature in GENViewer - one of its best features.


Captured for All Time: Recording Family Voices to Preserve and Pass Down - free webinar by Marian Pierre-Louis now online for limited time

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The recording of today's excellent webinar, "Captured for All Time: Recording Family Voices to Preserve and Pass Down" by Marian Pierre-Louis, is now online to view for free for a limited time. She has been one of our favorite presenters and today she hit another one out of the park! I enjoyed this comment from one of our viewers:

Marian is a great presenter; down-to-earth, engaging, and well informed. It also helps that she has such a breadth of knowledge. Whether it is house histories, all things northeast US, solving genealogical brick walls, or audio recording and sharing, Marian always brings us thorough, strong information in a clear approachable way.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 30 minute recording of Captured for All Time: Recording Family Voices to Preserve and Pass Down is now available to view in our webinar archives for free through August 15, 2013. It is also available to our monthly or annual Webinar Members for the duration of your membership. Visit www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com to watch.

Class Syllabus

The 6 pages of additional syllabus materials are also available here for annual/monthly webinar subscribers.

Special Discount Coupon

The special discount coupon of voices that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything at both www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com and www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Monday, August 12, 2013.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 181 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 475 pages)
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout, and yes, you can also use the 10% off webinar coupon above for a total of 15% off)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year (that's about the cost of 5 webinar CDs)
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists: FamilySearch, Research Wiki, and Legacy FamilyTree by Geoff Rasmussen. August 14.
  • Do More with your Photos with Templates from Heritage Collector Software by Kathleen Bitter. August 21.
  • Colonial Immigrants: Who They Were and Where They Came From by Mary Hill. August 28.
  • Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer! by Linda Geiger. September 4.
  • More Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE. September 6.
  • You Use WHAT for Genealogy? by Thomas MacEntee. September 11.
  • Don't Be an Audio Hog: Free and Easy Ways to Share Your Audio Files by Marian Pierre-Louis. September 18.
  • Using GPS Coordinates to Tag and Record Your Photos with Heritage Collector Software by Marlo Schuldt. October 18.
  • Using Church Records to Identify Ancestors by Mary Hill. October 23.
  • Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestors' Lives by Judy Russell. October 30.
  • Ancestry Trees Can Jump Start Your Research by DearMYRTLE. November 1.
  • Researching with Marian! Creating a Research Plan with YOUR Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. November 6.
  • Researching Your Ohio Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. November 13.
  • Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results by Thomas MacEntee. November 20.
  • How Computers & Gadgets are Changing Genealogy by Barbara Renick. December 4.
  • Overcoming Lost Records Using Technology by Karen Clifford. December 18.

Click here to register.

See you online!


New Legacy QuickGuides Now Available - Using Probate Records, Alabama Genealogy, Researching the Forbidden, South Carolina Genealogy, and American Migration Patterns

North Carolina GenealogyLegacy QuickGuidesTM have quickly become one of the more popular resources for genealogists. Each guide contains four (sometimes five, sometimes more) pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics, dozens of clickable links, and are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas.

Five new Legacy QuickGuides are now available: Alabama Genealogy, South Carolina Genealogy, American Migration Patterns, Using Probate Records, and Researching the Forbidden. Click on the links below for more information or to purchase. PDFs are $2.95 and printed/laminated copies are $7.95. Click here for instructions on using the PDF guides on your tablet or smartphone.

United States - State Guides

United States - other Guides

Canada

Europe

Religion

General