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Genealogy Seminar in San Diego September 21 - with Geoff Rasmussen and Karen Clifford

If you will be in the San Diego, California area next week, please join me, Karen Clifford, and the San Diego Genealogical Society for their fall full-day seminar. Here's what we will be teaching:

  • Digital Imaging Essentials (by Geoff)
  • Timelines and Chronologies (by Geoff)
  • Slow Down and Pick up Speed (Genealogists' research cycle - pathway to success by Karen)
  • Digging Deeper: Using Essentials Pre-1850 Records (by Karen)

You have two ways to register:

  1. Online here. Click the "Regsiter" button and follow the instructions.
  2. Visit http://casdgs.org, click on Meetings and Events > Registration Forms > September 21, 2013 Seminar. Print the form, fill it out, attach a check, and mail it.

The event will be held at the Marina Village in the Mission Bay area. Your $40 registration fee ($45 for non-members) includes—coffee/tea and pastries when you arrive for check-in. We will also have a wonderful buffet lunch catered by Ranch Events, featuring Baron of Beef and Roasted Chicken as the main entrees. We will also have a great selection of Opportunity Drawing prizes that have been donated by generous San Diego area merchants. As an added bonus—parking is free!


Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed - Automated Sorting

Long-time Legacy Family Tree users will think they have died and gone to heaven (myself included) after reading about this next Legacy 8 reveal: automated sorting!

Although in real life, children are born in birth order, and people who marry more than once get married in chronological order, as researchers we sometimes do not discover these children or marriages in order.

Marriages

For example, my ancestor, Lorenzo D. Brown, was married to five different women:

  • Clarinda Ann Williams
  • Ida Parker
  • Lottie Hentz
  • Rhoda
  • Sarah Nermire

Initially, because I did not know when each marriage occurred, I entered each relationship alphabetically. First I added Clarinda, then Ida, then Lottie, and so on. Later I discovered each of the marriage records and I added the new dates and places. Legacy kept the marriages displayed in the original order even though I now had the marriage dates:

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In Legacy 7 and earlier, to sort the marriages I had to click on the Sort button.

In Legacy 8 (and beyond...) you will never have to manually sort these again! They are automatically sorted as you add them.

Children

The same is true with the births of children. After adding the 15 known children of Nathan and Anna Brown, if I were to discover a new child, who, according to their birth year fit in as the 9th child, Legacy 8 will automatically sort the child into the correct position.

I know...seems that this new automated sorting feature should have been around for a long time...but it's there now! Horray! You can't tell I'm excited, can you? And this is one of the smaller new Legacy 8 features.

Events

Let's say that I finally found Asa Brown in the 1830 census. Because you have read chapter 5 of my Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked! you understand that this census should be a part of his timeline, so you add the new census event. In the past, any newly-added event would sort to the bottom of the list of events.

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In Legacy 8, it will automatically sort to fit in exactly where it belongs:

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Did you also notice the age column in the enhanced Events/Facts section above? Great!

Global Sorting

Just in case you have some unsorted children, marriages, or events in your family file, we have also included a new Global Sorting tool in Legacy 8. This is found on the Tools ribbon, in the Tools section:

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Clicking on this option brings up this screen:

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Just click the "Sort the Selected Lists" button, and Legacy 8 will go through your entire family file and get everything correctly sorted. In those cases where you have a child, marriage, or event without a date, AND you want to keep them in their current order, just select the "Don't sort the..." option and Legacy will leave that family/person alone.

We've worked hard on this new feature and hope that you really like it! So what do you think? 

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See Legacy 8 in action with the new Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked!book by Geoff Rasmussen (that's me)! Get the PDF edition free when you purchase the 236 page paperback. Click here for more information or to purchase.

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

Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed - New Wall Charts and options

Legacy Family Tree 8 Revealed - Color Coding

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.


MORE Blogging for Beginners - free webinar by DearMYRTLE now online for limited time

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The recording of today's excellent webinar by DearMYRTLE, "MORE Blogging for Beginners" is now online to view for free for a limited time. If you have a blog, or are considering a blog, or don't know what a blog is - you need to watch this webinar.

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 41 minute recording of MORE Blogging for Beginners is now available to view in our webinar archives for free until September 12, 2013. It is also available to our monthly or annual Webinar Members for the duration of your membership. Visit www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com to watch. Also watch the first in the series, "Blogging for Beginners" here.

Special Discount Coupon

The special discount coupon of blog3 that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything at both www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com and www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Tuesday, September 10, 2013.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 190 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 497 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)

  • 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!


Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer! Free webinar by Linda Geiger now online for limited time

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The recording of today's excellent webinar by Linda Woodward Geiger, "Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer" is now online to view for free for a limited time. Learn from Linda's case studies and apply these principles to your own research!

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 25 minute recording of Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer! is now available to view in our webinar archives for free until September 12, 2013. It is also available to our monthly or annual Webinar Members for the duration of your membership. Visit www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com to watch.

Special Discount Coupon

The special discount coupon of linda3 that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything at both www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com and www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Monday, September 9, 2013.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 188 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 492 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)

  • 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!


Register for 2 genealogy webinars this week - Getting the Most from Your Records (Linda Geiger) AND Blogging (DearMYRTLE)

LogowhiteJoin us this Wednesday AND Friday for two exciting genealogy webinars presented by two of genealogy's finest - Linda Geiger and DearMYRTLE. On Wednesday, Linda will present "Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer!" and on Friday DearMYRTLE will present "MORE Blogging for Beginners."

Wednesday - Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer by Linda Geiger

You’ve found the document, now put it through the wringer. Consider: genealogical standards, provenance, jurisdiction, possible biases, etc.

Click here to register.

Friday - MORE Blogging for Beginners by DearMYRTLE

Continuing the discussion about free online software at Blogger.com to get your message out to the world. This sessions topics include adding gadgets such as links to other websites, adding 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.

Watch Myrt's companion webinar, Blogging for Beginners, here

Webinar Reminder: Join us for the live webinars on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 and Friday, September 6 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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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.

Add it to your Google Calendar

With our Google Calendar button, you will never forget our upcoming webinars. Simply click the button to add it to your calendar. You can then optionally embed the webinar events (and even turn them on and off) into your own personal calendar. If you have already added the calendar, you do not have to do it again - the new webinar events will automatically appear.

Webinar time

The webinars will be live on Wednesday, September 4 and Friday, September 6:

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

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live 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.
  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!