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Too Many with the Same Name - free webinar by Karen Clifford now online for limited time

LogowhiteThe recording of today's educational webinar, "Too Many with the Same Name" by Karen Clifford is now online to view for free for a limited time. A few comments from our viewers:

  • Bravo! You have me inspired to go back to one of my abandoned families.
  • Fabulous!  - She simply drops nuggets of wonderful knowledge in almost every sentence!!  Phenomal teacher! She's fantastic. Your series fills so many needs, from beginners to advanced. 
  • I'm delighted to have ways of sorting out the same name problem. Up to this I have been avoiding the issue. Thanks so much for a great 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 36 minute recording of "Too Many with the Same Name" is now available to view in our webinar archives for free for a limited time. 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 names that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything at both www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com and www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Monday, January 20, 2014.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 213 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 557 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)

  • Irish Research 101: Learning the Research Process by Judy Wight. January 22.
  • Ten Reasons Your Ancestor Was in Canada by Kathryn Lake Hogan. January 29.
  • Family Stories: Using Newspapers to Reconnect with the Stories of Your Family's Past by Tom Kemp. February 12.
  • The Ties That Bond by Judy Russell. February 19.
  • Searching for Surnames: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous by Kirsty Gray. February 26.
  • Genealogy and Technology - State of the Union by Barbara Renick. March 1.
  • Using Google Earth for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. March 5.
  • Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen. March 7.
  • Some Lesser Known Irish Resources by Judy Wight. March 12.
  • 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites by Kory Meyerink. March 19.
  • 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. April 2.
  • Get Organized Using the FamilyRoots Organizer Color-Coding System by Mary Hill. April 9.
  • Estate Records - More Than Just Wills by Linda Woodward Geiger. April 11.
  • Genealogy Evidence and Online Family Trees by Karen Clifford. April 16.
  • The Homestead Act of 1862 by Thomas MacEntee. April 23.
  • Google Glass and Family History by Devin Ashby. April 30.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. May 2.
  • 50 Year View - What I've Learned Climbing My Family Tree by Tom Kemp. May 7.
  • Photo Apps for Android, iPhones or iPads by Maureen Taylor. May 14.
  • I Had My DNA Tested - Now What? by Ugo Perego. May 21.
  • Using Tax Lists to Solve Genealogical Problems by Linda Woodward Geiger. May 28.
  • German Internet Research: A Launching Place for Your Research. June 11.
  • 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Narrative by Lisa Alzo. June 13.
  • Copyright Mythconceptions by Judy Russell. June 18.
  • Documenting Native American Families in 19th and 20th Century Records by Angela Walton-Raji. June 25.
  • Thinking About Becoming a Board-certified Genealogist? by Elissa Scalise Powell. July 9.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. July 11.
  • When Freedom Came - Documenting the Family's Freedom Story by Angela Walton-Raji. July 16.
  • Researching Your Illinois Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee. July 23.
  • Researching Your Tennessee Ancestors by J. Mark Lowe. August 6.
  • Research Recharge - Turning Old Clues into New Leads by Lisa Alzo. August 8.
  • Find A Grave - The World's Largest Cemetery Database by Russ Worthington. August 20.
  • Researching Your Italian Ancestors by Ruth Merriman. August 27.
  • Researching Your Jewish Ancestors by Jennifer Alford. September 3.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. September 5.
  • Success with Manuscript Sources by Barbara Renick. September 10.
  • Evaluating Evidence and Resolving Discrepancies by Kory Meyerink. September 17.
  • A Library at Your Fingertips - the Internet Archive by Maureen Taylor. September 24.
  • The Fair Court: Records of Chancery Courts by Judy Russell. October 1.
  • Overcoming Destroyed or Missing Records by Karen Clifford. October 3.
  • Welcome to FamilySearch Indexing! by Devin Ashby. October 8.
  • Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor by Thomas MacEntee. October 15.
  • Tracking Migration Using the Draper Manuscripts by Mary Hill. October 22.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. November 14.
  • Using Evernote for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. November 19.
  • Family History for Kids by Devin Ashby. December 3.
  • Look Ma, No Hands! Using Dragon Naturally Speaking for Your Genealogy by Ivan Baugh. December 5.
  • Researching Your North Carolina Ancestors by J. Mark Lowe. December 10.
  • Bagging a Live One - Connecting with Cousins You Never Knew You Had by Mary Kircher Roddy. December 17.

Click here to register. Or click here register for multiple webinars at the same time.

Print the 2014 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Land Records and Legacy 8

"Land records. What good are they for genealogists? Just boring documents and no reason to look at them."

I remember thinking those exact thoughts over two decades ago when I began my genealogy quest. As I gained more experience and repented, I remember thinking how silly it was that I had ever ignored these records.

While browsing my end-of-line ancestors in Legacy 8 yesterday I examined what I had on my 4th great-grandfather, Lewis King.

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Studying his chronology (how does one do research without Legacy's Chronology View?) I noticed that the 1850 census showed he had $220 in real estate. I also noticed that I had not recorded any "Deed" events. If he had real estate, those transactions should be recorded in the deed books. This is my end-of-line ancestor, and I haven't searched the deeds? No wonder he is still a mystery.

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FamilySearch

I first turned to the FamilySearch Catalog to see what land records are easily accessible. Since land records are usually recorded and cataloged at the county level, I entered the following, and clicked Search.

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Eight entries appeared, I clicked on the first:

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What I noticed next put me in a genea-good mood! In addition to the 807 rolls of available microfilm, there was a note that New York's land records are available online.

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The next screen was a little intimidating though.

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After clicking on the Erie County link there were scores, even hundreds of links to choose from. Fortunately, the first grouping were links to the indexes of the deeds. I chose the Grantee index, 1808-1859 volume 1. Remember, the grantee is the buyer. Grantors are the sellers. Watch Mary Hill's webinar, "Land Records Solve Research Problems" for more.

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It got exciting on image 429 of 906, where it listed for the first (and only) time in the Grantee Index, Louis King. The index provided the name of the grantor, the book number, page number, date of the transaction, the date it was recorded, and a brief description. Here's what it looks like (I photoshopped it a little to make it easier to see):

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Then I turned to the Grantor Index and found Lewis King in book 163, page 146 and book 182, page 296.

Armed with the three index entries, I returned to the hundreds of links and saw that in addition to the digitized indexes, FamilySearch also had digitized images of all the corresponding deeds. Below is the deed from book 182:

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Thankfully there are zoom controls in the lower right:

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Knowing that I will be adding this image to Legacy, I clicked on the Save button (next to the zoom controls). After the image was downloaded, I renamed and moved it to my desired folder on the hard drive (see Chapter 9: "Getting Organized" in Digital Imaging Essentials for more on organizing your digital images):

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We've now completed step one - the most difficult step - which is to "perform the research." These steps are also outlined, beginning on page 198 in my new book, Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked! in the chapter "Adding Land Records PLUS a Visit to the Cemetery."

Step 2: Set up the source clipboard

Before adding anything to Legacy, and knowing that I will be citing the source of this deed in various places, it is time to set up the source clipboard. Setting it up takes a little more effort in the beginning, but will save time later on.

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In the Individual's Information screen, I clicked on the triangle to open the Source Clipboard and clicked on the Clear All button. Then I clicked the Step 1 link and scrolled through the Master Source List to check to see if I had previously added a master source for these particular land records. Seeing that I hadn't, I clicked Add and selected the following template.

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Filling in the fields for the Master Source looked like this:

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Next I filled in the Source Detail, added the transcription to the Text/Comments tab, and linked the digital image to the Media tab:

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Step 3 - Analyze and add the new Deed event, sourcing as you go

Each step is important, but step 3 - adding the deed event - helps to build the person's chronology - which is essential to successful research - especially when researching an end-of-line ancestor. After saving the Source Clipboard, click on the Add button and do the following:

  • Fill in the Event name, date, place, and add the transcription of the deed to the Event's notes.
  • Paste the source from the Source Clipboard by clicking on the Single bar of the Source Clipboard.
  • Add the digital image of the deed.

The new event looks like this:

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Since the event belongs in others' chronologies, we can now click the Share Event button to share it. This prevents us from needing to manually add the event for others. In this case, I am going to at least share the event with Lewis King's wife. After sharing the event, she now appears on the "People who share this event" screen AND the event now appears in her Chronology View:

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Sharing the event with the grantee is also a consideration. For this specific situation I'll forgoe it for now.

Reviewing the deed, I am really excited about one thing in particular - new names for Lewis' wife. The deed spelled her name as both:

  • Fronika
  • Fronaka

These two spellings can now be added to her Alternate Names screen:

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I'm excited to have two new ways to search for her! This was the biggest find for me in this deed.

Studying his updated Chronology View, the 1857 deed adds a little uncertainty to the exact timing of his migration from Erie County, New York to Iowa, although he could have returned to New York to finish the sale of his land.

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Steps 4-6

I will forgo the detailed explanation of steps 4-6 in this article, but will do it on my own. I can't wait to study the other two Erie County deeds and "re-search" previously-searched records and sites using the two new names for Lewis' wife.

Below is the summary of steps for working with a deed in Legacy 8 as outlined in Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked! If you can believe it, the book goes into much greater detail with specific step-by-step instructions for every aspect of researching, recording, and analyzing a deed. Here, we've only touched the surface of what land records are, but hopefully this introduction will at least generate an interest in them for you.

Summary of Steps – Deed

  1. Create the To Do item and perform the research
  2. Set up the source clipboard
  3. Analyze and add the new Deed event, sourcing as you go
  4. Close/complete the To Do item
  5. Plan for future research
  6. File the paper document, if applicable

Register for Webinar Wednesday - Too Many with the Same Name by Karen Clifford

LogowhiteJoin us this Wednesday, January 15, for a free webinar with Karen Clifford, President of Genealogy Research Associates. She will present, "Too Many with the Same Name."

Webinar Description

How can one know that the John Smith who is listed on a pedigree chart, is the same John Smith who was listed in the will of George Smith as his son John? What is to be done when there are too many people with the same surname and given names in the same locality? Learn approaches for bringing these two research problems to rest. 

Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, January 15, 2014 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

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Can't make it to the live event?

No worries. Its recording will be available for free indefinitely. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access to all webinar recordings for the duration of their membership.

About the presenter

Kclifford-100Karen Clifford develops and teaches multiple online genealogy courses at colleges in California and Utah. She is an Accredited Genealogist® Professional and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association. She has been President/CEO of Genealogy Research Associates, Incorporated since 1997. Her years of professional research work lead to authoring college textbooks and do-it-yourself guidebooks covering both traditional and electronic genealogy research including several books: Becoming an Accredited GenealogistThe Complete Beginners Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program (updated 2011), and Digging Deeper: Using Essential Pre-1850 Records (2011). She was the founding President of the Monterey County Genealogy Society, a Director of the Monterey California Family History Center, President of the Utah Genealogical Association, a Vice President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and a Vice Chair of the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogist (ICAPGen) where she continues to oversee Test Development and Test Quality Control.

Watch Karen's previous webinars here.

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  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


FamilySearch Indexing has a New Website

from FamilySearch.org:

FamilySearch recently released a newly redesigned indexing website at FamilySearch.org/indexing, and we invite you to come and take a look. This new website integrates indexing with the rest of FamilySearch.org, making it easier for indexers to know how to get started and find the help they need.

FamilySearch indexing is the volunteer program that has already generated more than a billion freely searchable names on FamilySearch.org. Changes to the indexing program over time have greatly increased the number of records that FamilySearch is able to publish. Projects that used to take years to index can now be completed in a matter of months, and as the indexing program improves, the availability of searchable records will only accelerate.

Come and explore what's new: 

  • Getting started with indexing just got easier. With an easy-to-navigate Overview page and an all-new Get Started page, the new website is the perfect introduction to indexing.
  • Looking for more indexing help? Check out the completely redesigned resource guide. Now called Help Resources, this page guides you to the help you need.
  • Find projects you want faster. In the old indexing website, you had to scroll through over 200 projects, now you can click on an interactive map and filter the project list based on language and country.

The change in the indexing website is just the first step in a total redesign and improvement of the indexing experience. The coming year will see the all-new indexing program become more integrated with FamilySearch.org, bringing indexing to your Internet browser, enabling indexing on tablet devices,and much more.

Join us at RootsTech in February to learn more about what's coming. Visit the FamilySearch indexing booth in the exhibit hall, which is free and open to the public, to get a hands-on experience with the new indexing program, or attend the session "Introducing the new FamilySearch indexing tool."

Why you should get involved with FamilySearch indexing?

Indexing is great for:

  • Beginners to family history. Anyone can index. And indexing can be a stepping stone, giving you a great experience with family history while teaching you about the types of records that can be found as you research your ancestors.
  • Experienced genealogists. If you are more experienced, you already know the great value of indexes and searchable online records. Indexing gives you great satisfaction as you help bring even more records online for your own research needs and for the entire genealogy community.

Come and see what everyone is talking about; visit the FamilySearch indexing website today!


Legacy Family Tree 8 on your phone or tablet

FAM-2Having my genealogy with me everywhere I go is so cool! Thanks to the Families app by Telgen, my Legacy Family Tree family files are available on my smart phone and tablet. It gives me access to my data, my pictures, and even my To Do List! Learn all about it here.

Families 2.0 is now available which adds compatibility with our new Legacy 8 software. If you already have Families installed, you just need to update it to the latest edition (free) via iTunes (for iPhones or iPads) or Google Play (for Android phones or tablets - this is what I use). You'll also need to update the free Families Sync software here.

Watch the webinar

Malcolm Green, the developer of Families and a fellow Legacy Family Tree user, presented a webinar on setting up and using Families. Watch it here.


FamilySearch Records Update - More Than 145 Million New Indexed Records and Images from BillionGraves, England, Russia, and the United States

FamilySearch has added more than 145 million indexed records and images to collections from BillionGraves, England, Russia, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 65,593,352 indexed records from the new England and Wales, Birth Index, 1800–1920, collection, the 35,117,915 indexed records from the new England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800–1920, collection, and the 40,618,506 indexed records from the new England and Wales, Death Index 1800–1920, 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

292,519

292,519

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

England and Wales, Birth Index, 1800–1920

65,593,352

0

New indexed record collection.

England and Wales, Death Index 1800–1920

40,618,506

0

New indexed record collection.

England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800–1920

35,117,915

0

New indexed record collection.

Russia, Tatarstan Church Books, 1721–1939

0

333,592

Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907–1995

0

577,690

New browsable image collection.

U.S., Montana Naturalization Records, 1868–1999

0

52,264

New browsable image collection.

U.S., Montana, Teton County Records, 1881–2012

0

98,268

New browsable image collection.

U.S., New England, Seamen's Identification Cards, 1918–1940

0

104,825

New browsable image collection.

United States, Passport Applications, 1795–1925

0

90,827

New browsable image collection.

United States Revolutionary War, Virginia Pension Application Files, 1830–1875

0

220,787

New browsable image collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Milwaukee Petitions to Naturalization, 1848–1991

0

78,845

New browsable image collection.


What is a One-Name Study and Why Do One? Free webinar by Kirsty Gray now online for limited time

LogowhiteThe recording of today's brilliant webinar, "What is a One-Name Study and Why Do One?" by Kirsty Gray is now online to view for free for a limited time. You will enjoy an entirely new side of genealogy while you learn from Kirsty's enjoyable presentation style! A few comments from our viewers:

  • Wow - what a pleasant surprise! I didn't expect much from this topic, but this turned out to be one of the most interesting learning experiences that I've encountered in a long time. A very different and interesting perspective and very professionally and pleasantly presented. Thanks you!
  • A totally new look at a family name. This study would probably open a new avenue of finding where your family originated from, especially if you are facing a roadblock of where to search.
  • Didn't think there would be much info applicable to my research, but Kirsty and LegacyWebinars have opened my eyes to another avenue of research. Kirsty is an excellent speaker with a well-organized and well-thought-out presentation- thank you!
  • From time to time Legacy Family Tree Webinars introduces me to a whole new area of genealogical research; this happened today, and it pleases me a lot. This was most interesting. Thank you.

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 27 minute recording of "What is a One-Name Study and Why Do One?" is now available to view in our webinar archives for free for a limited time. 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 goon that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything at both www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com and www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Monday, January 13, 2014.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 211 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 553 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)

  • Too Many with the Same Surname by Karen Clifford. January 15.
  • Irish Research 101: Learning the Research Process by Judy Wight. January 22.
  • Ten Reasons Your Ancestor Was in Canada by Kathryn Lake Hogan. January 29.
  • Family Stories: Using Newspapers to Reconnect with the Stories of Your Family's Past by Tom Kemp. February 12.
  • The Ties That Bond by Judy Russell. February 19.
  • Searching for Surnames: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous by Kirsty Gray. February 26.
  • Genealogy and Technology - State of the Union by Barbara Renick. March 1.
  • Using Google Earth for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. March 5.
  • Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen. March 7.
  • Some Lesser Known Irish Resources by Judy Wight. March 12.
  • 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites by Kory Meyerink. March 19.
  • 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. April 2.
  • Get Organized Using the FamilyRoots Organizer Color-Coding System by Mary Hill. April 9.
  • Estate Records - More Than Just Wills by Linda Woodward Geiger. April 11.
  • Genealogy Evidence and Online Family Trees by Karen Clifford. April 16.
  • The Homestead Act of 1862 by Thomas MacEntee. April 23.
  • Google Glass and Family History by Devin Ashby. April 30.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. May 2.
  • 50 Year View - What I've Learned Climbing My Family Tree by Tom Kemp. May 7.
  • Photo Apps for Android, iPhones or iPads by Maureen Taylor. May 14.
  • I Had My DNA Tested - Now What? by Ugo Perego. May 21.
  • Using Tax Lists to Solve Genealogical Problems by Linda Woodward Geiger. May 28.
  • German Internet Research: A Launching Place for Your Research. June 11.
  • 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Narrative by Lisa Alzo. June 13.
  • Copyright Mythconceptions by Judy Russell. June 18.
  • Documenting Native American Families in 19th and 20th Century Records by Angela Walton-Raji. June 25.
  • Thinking About Becoming a Board-certified Genealogist? by Elissa Scalise Powell. July 9.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. July 11.
  • When Freedom Came - Documenting the Family's Freedom Story by Angela Walton-Raji. July 16.
  • Researching Your Illinois Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee. July 23.
  • Researching Your Tennessee Ancestors by J. Mark Lowe. August 6.
  • Research Recharge - Turning Old Clues into New Leads by Lisa Alzo. August 8.
  • Find A Grave - The World's Largest Cemetery Database by Russ Worthington. August 20.
  • Researching Your Italian Ancestors by Ruth Merriman. August 27.
  • Researching Your Jewish Ancestors by Jennifer Alford. September 3.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. September 5.
  • Success with Manuscript Sources by Barbara Renick. September 10.
  • Evaluating Evidence and Resolving Discrepancies by Kory Meyerink. September 17.
  • A Library at Your Fingertips - the Internet Archive by Maureen Taylor. September 24.
  • The Fair Court: Records of Chancery Courts by Judy Russell. October 1.
  • Overcoming Destroyed or Missing Records by Karen Clifford. October 3.
  • Welcome to FamilySearch Indexing! by Devin Ashby. October 8.
  • Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor by Thomas MacEntee. October 15.
  • Tracking Migration Using the Draper Manuscripts by Mary Hill. October 22.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. November 14.
  • Using Evernote for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. November 19.
  • Family History for Kids by Devin Ashby. December 3.
  • Look Ma, No Hands! Using Dragon Naturally Speaking for Your Genealogy by Ivan Baugh. December 5.
  • Researching Your North Carolina Ancestors by J. Mark Lowe. December 10.
  • Bagging a Live One - Connecting with Cousins You Never Knew You Had by Mary Kircher Roddy. December 17.

Click here to register. Or click here register for multiple webinars at the same time.

Print the 2014 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Register for Webinar Wednesday - What is a One-Name Study and Why Do One? by Kirsty Gray

LogowhiteJoin us this Wednesday, January 8, for a free webinar with Kirsty Gray, the Chairman of the Guild of One-Name Studies. She will present, "Are You a GOON? What is a One-Name Study and Why Done One?"

Webinar Description

A one-name study is a project researching all occurrences of a surname, as opposed to a particular pedigree (ancestors of one person) or descendancy (descendants of one person or couple). Some 'one-namers' restrict their research geographically, perhaps to one country, but true one-namers collect all occurrences worldwide. A charitable organisation, the Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONS) is dedicated to promoting the public understanding of one-name studies and the preservation and accessibility of the resultant information. Kirsty will guide you through the 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom' - the Art of a One-Name Study.

Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, January 8, 2014 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

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Kirsty is a professional genealogist and Heir Hunter who runs her own research company Family Wise Limited (www.family-wise.co.uk). As a freelance author, she has published articles in family, local and social history magazines and handbooks across the globe. She has been researching the story of her paternal West Country family for many years and, having realised in the late 1990s that her eccentric hobby was called a one-name study, joined the Guild of One-Name Studies (registering the Sillifant surname) and soon became Secretary and then in 2010, the Chairman. In 2011, Kirsty took over from Penny Christensen as Director of English Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, updating previous courses and expanding the provision for online genealogical research courses about English records. Having published Tracing Your West Country Ancestors in 2013, Kirsty is now working on Tracing Your Industrial Ancestors with Pen and Sword Books and is a founder member and Chair of the Society for One-Place Studies, a new international society for family and local historians. Although a relative youngster in the field of genealogy, Kirsty has been involved in family history for almost two decades and has lectured on various stages from local to international. Having traded in her day job as a teacher to follow her passion, Kirsty is widely sought after as a family history tutor, lecturer and motivational speaker in the UK.

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at:

  • 7pm Wiltshire, England
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What's New in Legacy Family Tree 8? Free Webinar by Geoff Rasmussen now online

LogowhiteLearn all about the brand new Legacy Family Tree 8 by viewing the recording of today's webinar, "What's New in Legacy 8." After meeting Legacy's developers, Geoff Rasmussen (that's me!) presented an insider's view of Legacy 8's new features. Don't miss the question/answer session either - other new Legacy features were unveiled then (including the new web links). A few comments from our viewers:

  • Excellent presentation Geoff, very many thanks. I'm using Legacy 8 and am amazed at the professional and user-friendly system - WELL DONE TO ALL AT LEGACY FOR REACHING SUCH A HIGH STANDARD.
  • I had become pretty bored with family history work, but this new version has sparked my interest again and, as always, the webinar was fantastic - interesting, fun, and funny. Can't wait to see how many 300-year old ancestors I have by using the new problem detection feature. :-)
  • I really enjoyed seeing all the great things I can do with my new Legacy - now have to find lots of time to do some experimenting! Geoff presented everything very clearly - great 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 49 minute recording of "What's New in Legacy Family Tree 8?" 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 2 pages of handouts are also available for annual/monthly webinar subscribers.

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The special discount coupon of legacy8 that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything at both www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com and www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • 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.
  • Irish Research 101: Learning the Research Process by Judy Wight. January 22.
  • Ten Reasons Your Ancestor Was in Canada by Kathryn Lake Hogan. January 29.
  • Family Stories: Using Newspapers to Reconnect with the Stories of Your Family's Past by Tom Kemp. February 12.
  • The Ties That Bond by Judy Russell. February 19.
  • Searching for Surnames: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous by Kirsty Gray. February 26.
  • Genealogy and Technology - State of the Union by Barbara Renick. March 1.
  • Using Google Earth for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. March 5.
  • Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen. March 7.
  • Some Lesser Known Irish Resources by Judy Wight. March 12.
  • 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites by Kory Meyerink. March 19.
  • 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. April 2.
  • Get Organized Using the FamilyRoots Organizer Color-Coding System by Mary Hill. April 9.
  • Estate Records - More Than Just Wills by Linda Woodward Geiger. April 11.
  • Genealogy Evidence and Online Family Trees by Karen Clifford. April 16.
  • The Homestead Act of 1862 by Thomas MacEntee. April 23.
  • Google Glass and Family History by Devin Ashby. April 30.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. May 2.
  • 50 Year View - What I've Learned Climbing My Family Tree by Tom Kemp. May 7.
  • Photo Apps for Android, iPhones or iPads by Maureen Taylor. May 14.
  • I Had My DNA Tested - Now What? by Ugo Perego. May 21.
  • Using Tax Lists to Solve Genealogical Problems by Linda Woodward Geiger. May 28.
  • German Internet Research: A Launching Place for Your Research. June 11.
  • 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Narrative by Lisa Alzo. June 13.
  • Copyright Mythconceptions by Judy Russell. June 18.
  • Documenting Native American Families in 19th and 20th Century Records by Angela Walton-Raji. June 25.
  • Thinking About Becoming a Board-certified Genealogist? by Elissa Scalise Powell. July 9.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. July 11.
  • When Freedom Came - Documenting the Family's Freedom Story by Angela Walton-Raji. July 16.
  • Researching Your Illinois Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee. July 23.
  • Researching Your Tennessee Ancestors by J. Mark Lowe. August 6.
  • Research Recharge - Turning Old Clues into New Leads by Lisa Alzo. August 8.
  • Find A Grave - The World's Largest Cemetery Database by Russ Worthington. August 20.
  • Researching Your Italian Ancestors by Ruth Merriman. August 27.
  • Researching Your Jewish Ancestors by Jennifer Alford. September 3.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. September 5.
  • Success with Manuscript Sources by Barbara Renick. September 10.
  • Evaluating Evidence and Resolving Discrepancies by Kory Meyerink. September 17.
  • A Library at Your Fingertips - the Internet Archive by Maureen Taylor. September 24.
  • The Fair Court: Records of Chancery Courts by Judy Russell. October 1.
  • Overcoming Destroyed or Missing Records by Karen Clifford. October 3.
  • Welcome to FamilySearch Indexing! by Devin Ashby. October 8.
  • Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor by Thomas MacEntee. October 15.
  • Tracking Migration Using the Draper Manuscripts by Mary Hill. October 22.
  • Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting by Legacy Family Tree Panel. November 14.
  • Using Evernote for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. November 19.
  • Family History for Kids by Devin Ashby. December 3.
  • Look Ma, No Hands! Using Dragon Naturally Speaking for Your Genealogy by Ivan Baugh. December 5.
  • Researching Your North Carolina Ancestors by J. Mark Lowe. December 10.
  • Bagging a Live One - Connecting with Cousins You Never Knew You Had by Mary Kircher Roddy. December 17.

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