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Webinar Wednesday Rescheduled; 5 suggestions on what to do instead this week

It doesn't happen often, but this week's Webinar Wednesday with Tom Kemp has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 12, 2014. If you previously registered, don't worry, we've automatically updated your registration for the new date.

So, I know the biggest question you have now is "What am I going to do this Wednesday instead?" Here's a few ideas:

1) Register for our 2014 webinars. Although we haven't yet officially announced their availability, all 52 of our 2014 webinars are now open for registration. We've got some amazing new speakers and dozens of brand new topics. We even have our brand new Online Legacy Family Tree user group meetings to attend. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com.

2) Watch one of our past webinars either for the first time or again for a refresher. We now have 206 hours of entertaining and educational genealogy classes in the webinar archives. Most are in the membership area, but many are free, including my recent, "Timelines and Chronologies: Secrets of Success."

3) Pick up a gift copy of our new Legacy Family Tree 8 software. Watch the "What's New in Legacy 8" video here. Also available in convenient 3-packs or 5-packs - give Legacy to the entire family this year!

4) Print the new 2014 webinar brochure and share it with your local Family History Center or genealogy society.

5) Become a FamilyTreeWebinars.com affiliate - earn a little extra spending money by referring others to become annual or monthly webinar subscribers. Learn more here.


Genealogy Gratitude: Giving Thanks for Family Members, Databases, and Online Education

Thanks to guest-blogger, Lisa Alzo, for the following article.

IStock_000024207802XSmallCan you believe it's that time of year again?  The holiday season is in full swing with Thanksgiving 2013 now a memory. For one day, many people turned their attention to turkey, times with family, and football. Perhaps you were even among those who braved the Black Friday (or this year, the Thanksgiving Day) sales at favorite retailers.

While I wasn't shopping, I did pause on Thanksgiving Day to remember those things I'm grateful for: my health, my loved ones and friends, the opportunity to earn a living doing what I love (writing and teaching), and so much more. Also on my “gratitude list” this year are resources I use for my genealogical research.  While my full list is actually quite long, for this post I will focus on just three.

1.  Family Members. Family members are the foundation of our family history. How amazing is it when we are contacted by cousins we've never met or when Aunt Betty shares with us that box of old photos, or give us a precious family heirloom? The holiday season is the perfect time to celebrate and nurture this essential component of genealogy. In fact, it's no coincidence that each year The National Day of Listening happens on the day after Thanksgiving (this year November 29th). The National Day of Listening is a new National Holiday started by StoryCorps in 2008 to encourage everyone to take a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one. Back in the early 1990s, I interviewed my parents, and all of my aunts and uncles. I recorded the interviews on a mini-cassette recorder, and then transcribed the interviews.  This was one of the smartest moves I made back when I was a “newbie” genealogist. Although my technique may not have necessarily been the best, at least I did get their stories, in their words! And, that really is the point to The National Day of Listening—to remind us how important it is to record those family stories—not just on one designated day, but during family gatherings whether at Thanksgiving or other holidays, a reunion, or a date of your choosing. And the best part about it is you can use whatever recording equipment you have handy—computers, iPhones, or tape recorders. StoryCorps even provides a free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide. For even more tips, check out Thomas MacEntee’s new book, Preserving Your Family’s Oral History and Stories (PDF edition, $3.49). Once you have the stories recorded and are ready to share them, check out my Writing Your Family History QuickGuide ™ (available in print and PDF editions).

2. Online Databases.  I'm grateful for online genealogy databases—both those that are free, and even those that require a paid subscription. When I starting working on my own genealogy more than 23 years ago, there was no Ellis Island Database (EIDB), FamilySearch (website) or Ancestry.com. I remember that when the EIDB came online 1 April 2001, their servers were overwhelmed and it was nearly impossible to access the site to search for passenger lists. I set my alarm for 3:00 a.m. to avoid the dreaded “site is too busy” message to search for my grandparents’ records. Then, with my Ancestry.com subscription, I found more information in their census, immigration, and military collections. Now, thanks to FamilySearch, I can track my ancestors in free digitized records from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and even Slovakia! I’m amazed that I can now view my grandmother’s 1897 baptismal record online 24/7, where previously I had to order microfilm or write to the church or foreign archive to obtain the same document. Other sites such as Genealogy Bank, FindMyPast, Mocavo, and MyHeritage, and Google have helped me make even more progress in my research without leaving home.

3. Continuing Education. There are so many educational opportunities now available for genealogists, including conferences, online courses, webinars, chats, and hangouts. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up! For a list, visit GeneaWebinars.com. With now more than 204 hours of genealogy education available Legacy’s Family Tree Webinars offers a wind range of topics for subscribers. Another exciting year is in the works for 2014. Keep watching FamiyTreeWebinars for the announcement of the 2014 lineup. In addition, as of this writing, there are currently 85 Legacy QuickGuides (PDF) from expert authors available and 50 Kindle versions via Amazon.com.

Final Words

When it comes to genealogy and family history, there are other resources I greatly appreciate such as libraries, genealogy software, genealogical and historical societies, social media, DNA testing, and much more. I could go on, but I will stop here and just wish everyone an abundance of genealogical research success during the holiday season and beyond! 

Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer, and has been tracking her ancestors for 23 years. She is a frequent presenter for the Legacy Family Tree Webinars series and can be contacted via http://www.lisaalzo.com.


Home for the Holidays - Tips for Collecting Family History - free webinar now online

LogowhiteThe recording of today's relaxing, entertaining, and educational webinar by the Flip-Pal mobile scanner team, "Home for the Holidays - Tips for Collecting Family History" is now online to view for free for a limited time. It provided fun gift ideas plus some additional tips for using the Flip-Pal mobile scanner. A few comments from our viewers:

  • EXCELLENT. Even held my husband's interest.
  • Fun ideas to use with my Flip-pal! Thanks for the extra tips. Looking forward to the resource tomorrow.
  • Very well presented, organized and helpful. Some great ideas I wouldn't have thought of for gifts and ways to use the flip-pal scanner. Well worth the time spent to attend.

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 18 minute recording of "Home for the Holidays - Tips for Collecting Family History" 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. The 4 pages of handouts will be available on the site tomorrow.

Special Discount Coupon

The special discount coupon of holiday13 that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything at both www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com and www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 206 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 537 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)

  • Family Stories: Using Newspapers to Reconnect with the Stories of Your Family's Past by Tom Kemp. December 11.
  • Overcoming Lost Records Using Technology by Karen Clifford. December 18.
  • What's New in Legacy Family Tree 8. January 3.
  • Are You a GOON? What is a One-Name Study and Why Do One? by Kirsty Gray. January 8.
  • Too Many with the Same Surname by Karen Clifford. January 15.

Click here to register.

See you online!


New Legacy User Group in Carlsbad, California

Legacy User groups meet around the world to educate and share ideas with others about the use of Legacy Family Tree. The North San Diego County Genealogical Society has formed a user group. Here's the details:

  • Meets 2nd Friday each month, 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Georgina Cole Library, Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive in Carlsbad
  • Everyone is welcome to attend! No registration required.

Questions? Contact Jill Scott or Jeanette Shiel.

To see if there is a local Legacy User Group in your part of the world, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/UsersGroups.asp. Or join our Virtual User's Group Meetings here.


Deadlines for on-time Christmas delivery

LegacysantaWant to make sure your cards and packages arrive by December 25? See the post office's holiday deadlines to see when you need to drop your cheer in the mail.

Important

If you are purchasing Legacy or other products from our online store, please do so at least a few days before the below-published deadlines. One never knows how accurate the deadlines are from the postal service.

Give the gift of Legacy

Give the gift of Legacy for the whole family. Purchase Legacy 8 from $29.95 or upgrade to Legacy 8 from $21.95. Or save even more with Legacy 3-packs and 5-packs.

Deadlines

According to the United States Postal Service (as of December 2, 2013), these are the "last mailing dates to arrive by Christmas."

U.S. Destinations

Priority: December 21
First-class mail letters/cards: December 20
Express mail service: December 23

International Destinations

First-class: December 2
Priority: December 2
Priority Mail Express: December 10


How Computers & Gadgets are Changing Genealogy - free webinar by Barbara Renick now online for limited time

LogowhiteThe recording of today's webinar by Barbara Renick, "How Computers & Gadgets are Changing Genealogy" is now online to view for free for a limited time. It was a fun trip down computer memory lane. A few comments from our viewers:

  • I always learn new things in these webinars. This was a journey down memory lane as I have been using computers since 1981. I'm fascinated with all that we can do now in the digital age. I went to college before there were photocopy machines! All notes had to be handwritten. Now I learn that the schools aren't teaching cursive writing anymore...we better transcribe as many early records as we can or our descendents won't be able to read them.
  • It was an interesting review of how much this great endeavor has changed over time. ZRoots.com will no doubt tie up the rest of my afternoon!
  • Really appreciate seeing how had to do genealogy before the gadgets made it easier. Those ones where pioneers. I've only been doing this a few years.

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 29 minute recording of "How Computers & Gadgets are Changing Genealogy" is now available to view in our webinar archives for free through December 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. The 4 pages of handouts are also available for annual/monthly webinar subscribers.

Special Discount Coupon

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

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 205 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 537 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)

  • Home for the Holidays - Tips for Collecting Family History by Gordon Nuttall and Lisa Milner. December 6.
  • Family Stories: Using Newspapers to Reconnect with the Stories of Your Family's Past by Tom Kemp. December 11.
  • Overcoming Lost Records Using Technology by Karen Clifford. December 18.
  • What's New in Legacy Family Tree 8. January 3.
  • Are You a GOON? What is a One-Name Study and Why Do One? by Kirsty Gray. January 8.

Click here to register.

See you online!


Thank you from Millennia, an update on Legacy 8's Release, and register for the "What's New in Legacy 8" webinar

To all of our awesome Legacy users,

We would like to give thanks to all of you for making the release of Legacy 8 the most successful software release we've ever had - way more successful than we ever anticipated! It's been a week since the big announcement, and Legacy is still flying off the virtual shelves. Thank you!

Next, thank you for your patience with us as we work to fulfil your orders, respond to your emails, and return your voice mails. Not many of the 14 of us here have slept much this past week, but we are now mostly caught up. Here's where we are:

  • All free upgrade order emails have been sent. If you qualified for the free upgrade (purchased Legacy 7 from May 8, 2013 forward), and you have not yet received the email with the installation/unlock instructions, the first place to check is in your email program's spam/junk folder. The majority of the customers we have communicated with eventually found the email there. If you have not yet done it, please add CustomerService@LegacyFamilyTree.com and LegacyCustomerService@LegacyFamilyTree.com to your email program's approved list.
  • We are caught up with the voice mails you have left us. Thank you for your patience as we have worked down the list to call everyone back.
  • New orders are now back to our usual same/next day processing.
  • Make sure that when you place your order, that you double-check your email address. In numerous cases, the reason the customer has not received the email from us is because the email address that was used to place the order had a typo.
  • Our final area to get caught up on is the shippable products. If you ordered Legacy to be shipped to you, it will begin shipping this weekend. However, since we have emailed the download/unlock instructions to you, you can begin using Legacy even before the physical product arrives. You won't need to use the CD to install it again.

If for some reason you feel that you haven't yet received a response from us, please send an email to CustomerService@LegacyFamilyTree.com or give us a call at 1-800-753-3453 or 1-623-444-8918 (outside the USA). If we don't answer, please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Free update

Some of you have found a couple of "buglets" and have kindly reported them to us. We have corrected most of these and have issued a new update to Legacy 8. This update is free to those who have already installed Legacy 8. Click here for the details and installation instructions.

Updated Training CDs

One of the frequently asked questions is about the video training CDs. Yes! volume 1 (5 CDs) has been updated for Legacy 8. Click here for more information or to purchase Volume 1. Volume 2 has not yet been updated for Legacy 8. I hope to revise these four videos in the next month or two.

Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked!

The most popular book we've ever sold (and it might just be the most popular genealogy book ever!) is the new Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked! The entire book is based on Legacy 8 and helps you apply your genealogy research to Legacy. Click here for more information or to purchase. The PDF edition comes free when you purchased the printed book.

Register for the What's New in Legacy 8? webinar

Now that you've had a chance to kick Legacy 8's virtual tires, please join us for a free webinar - our first of 2014 - on Friday, January 3. You'll get a tour of all of Legacy 8's new features as well as insider's tips and tricks. Click here to register.

Thanks again everyone!


Free Legacy Family Tree update now available (version 8.0.0.356)

We have another great new Legacy Family Tree update (free) for you to download. This update addresses issues that you have reported since our initial release of Legacy 8 last week.

See the download instructions below for step-by-step instructions on installing this update.

What's Been Fixed

View the November 30 release notes here. 

How to Update

For our Deluxe Edition users, all you have to do is connect to the Internet, start Legacy 8, and click on the "Install and Download Now" link on the Legacy Home tab. (If you're reading this from within the Legacy Home tab inside of Legacy 8, you'll first need to click on the Home button in the top left of the Legacy Home tab which looks like the following picture:

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If you are a Standard Edition Legacy user, you will need to visit our website. Go to http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp and follow the instructions.


Register for 2 genealogy webinars this week - Computers and Gadgets; Tips for Collecting Family History

LogowhiteJoin us this Wednesday AND Friday for two exciting genealogy webinars presented by Barbara Renick, Gordon Nuttall, and Lisa Milner. On Wednesday, Barbara will present "How Computers and Gadgets are Changing Genealogy" and on Friday Gordon and Lisa will present "Home for the Holidays - Tips for Collecting Family History."

Wednesday - How Computers & Gadgets are Changing Genealogy by Barbara Renick

Presenter-9417Things have changed radically in the genealogy community since the typewriter era. Some problems have been overcome, others have worsened. Meanwhile prognosticators predict technology users face three C’s in the future: greater Convergence, Convenience, and Connectivity which are already impacting how we do genealogy today and have even greater consequences for the future.

Click here to register.

Friday - Home for the Holidays - Tips for Collecting Family History by Gordon Nuttall and Lisa Milner

ComboGet the family photos out of shoe boxes or from the back of the closet…it is a perfect time for grandparents to get the next generation involved. Start your children or grandchildren on a lifelong journey by telling your story and introducing them to family history. And don't forget you can easily add Aunt Betty’s recipes to the family cookbook. Students love these when they go off to college and they also make great wedding gifts. You will learn how to recognize and capture those great pieces from family history.

Click here to register.

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

Registerbut

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.

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, December 4, 2013 and Friday, December 6, 2013 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific
  • 7pm 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!