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Using Google Earth for Genealogy - free webinar by Lisa Louise Cooke now online for limited time

LogowhiteThe recording of one of the best genealogy technology webinars ever, "Using Google Earth for Genealogy," by Lisa Louise Cooke is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. A few comments from our viewers:

  • Absolutely the most fascinating webinar yet of the more than 150 that I've attended. Well done, Lisa!
  • I had no idea that google earth could be so useful! Thanks for a useful and exciting new tool. Now to try to find the time to use it AND do all the other things on my list. Great presentation, wonderful presenter, such good energy.
  • Not enough adjectives to describe Lisa's wonderful webinar! I can't wait to try what I've just learned!

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 31 minute recording of "Using Google Earth for Genealogy" 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 3 pages of handouts are also available for annual/monthly webinar subscribers.

Special Discount Coupon

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

Also, for a limited time, get Lisa's Genealogy Gems premium membership for 20% off with the coupon code SAVE20. Click here to sign up or for more information.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 224 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 589 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)

  • 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!


3 Ways to Change your Desktop's Background Picture

While selecting photos to add to my private web album this morning I noticed a picture that brought back some fond memories. The picture was of my wife and I riding horses through the jungles and hills of Costa Rica as part of our recent Legacy Genealogy Cruise. My horse was the slowest of our group - always in the back. It wasn't until the end of our trip that I realized it didn't understand my English. Once I started saying "Vámonos" it kept up with the others.

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This would be a great picture to replace the flowers on my desktop that I've looked at for so long:

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Windows 7 or 8

Follow these steps to change the desktop's background picture in Windows 7 or 8.

  1. Right-click anywhere on your desktop and click Personalize.
  2. Click on the Desktop Background link.
  3. Click the Browse button, browse to the desired image, and click OK.
  4. Click the Clear All button, then add a checkmark to the desired image. Click Save changes.
  5. In the Picture Position menu, I chose the Fit option.

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Legacy Family Tree

Follow these steps to change the desktop's background picture from within Legacy Family Tree 8.

  1. First, make sure that you have already added the picture to your media gallery in Legacy.
    1. Click on the person's Media Gallery button and click Add Media > Picture.
    2. Browse/locate the desired image and click Open.
    3. I then select the option to "Leave this file where it is and link to it there" and click OK.
    4. After adding any caption and date, click Close.
  2. In the person's Media Gallery, click on the picture, and then click the Edit button.
  3. Click the "Set as Desktop Wallpaper..." button.
  4. Select one of the three options and click "Save as Wallpaper."

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Photoshop Elements

Follow these steps to change the desktop's background picture from within Photoshop Elements.

  1. In Photoshop Elements' Organizer, locate the desired picture, right-click on it, and select the Set as Desktop Wallpaper option.

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Digital Imaging Essentials

For more digital imaging guidelines and tips, including how to digitize, organize, and share your digital imaging collections, read Geoff Rasmussen's Digital Imaging Essentials: Techniques and Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians

Click here for more information or to purchase.

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Free Legacy Family Tree update now available (version 8.0.0.412)

We have another great new update for our Legacy Family Tree 8 users (free) for you to download. This update adds new (optional) Spouse, Children, and Siblings lists to the Pedigree View. It also adds enhances the FamilySearch integration tools. It also addresses minor issues that you have reported since our initial release of Legacy 8.

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

What's New

  • Pedigree View - added the Spouse/Children and Siblings Lists. To turn on the two lists, right-click on the Pedigree View's background area, and from the popu menu select "Show Spouse/Child and Siblings Lists".
  • Pictures - added the ability to set the current picture to be your desktop's background picture. This is found from the Edit Picture screen.
  • FamilySearch - added the ability to skip the "Possible Duplicates" task for an individual.
  • FamilySearch - added an option to also download Descendants of an Individual in FamilySearch FamilyTree.

What's Been Fixed

View the March 2 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: Using Google Earth for Genealogy (Lisa Louise Cooke) and Sources and Citations (Geoff Rasmussen)

LogowhiteJoin us this Wednesday AND Friday for two exciting genealogy webinars presented by Lisa Louise Cooke and Geoff Rasmussen. On Wednesday, Lisa will present "Using Google Earth for Genealogy" and on Friday Geoff will present "Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful."

Wednesday - Using Google Earth for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke

Lcooke-100In this extremely popular class Google Earth Guru Lisa Louise Cooke will teach you how to unlock mysteries in your research: from unidentified photographs, to how an ancestral location looked a hundred years ago or more, to plotting homesteads precisely using land patent legal descriptions. You’ll learn how to interpret the genealogical records you already have in new and exciting ways using layers, overlays, forensic analysis, and little known online tech tools. You will be amazed to discover that Google Earth is one of the best free genealogical tools available!

Click here to register.

Friday - Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen

Presenter-6679If genealogy without documentation is mythology, recording our citations is essential to sound genealogical research. In this webinar, Geoff Rasmussen will 1) explain what makes a good citation, 2) demonstrate how to properly and consistently record the citation, and 3) provide insider tips and tricks for using Legacy Family Tree’s SourceWriter.

Click here to register.

Webinar Reminder: Join us for the live webinars Wednesday, March 5, 2014 and Saturday, March 7, 2014, both at 2:00pm 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, March 5, 2014 and Friday, March 7, 2014 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!


Genealogy and Technology - State of the Union - free webinar by Barbara Renick now online for limited time

LogowhiteThe recording of Saturday's webinar, "Genealogy and Technology - State of the Union," by Barbara Renick is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. A few comments from our viewers:

  • Interesting and useful survey of some of the recent technology tools and features plus some of those on the near horizon.
  • This gave me a lot to think about, and some insights on doing stronger searches. I spotted some danger areas I need to avoid, and Barbara gave enough info to help me learn my way around them.
  • This being first time that I have been able to get to a live broadcast,  it's even better than I hoped for. There is always something new to learn.

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 6 minute recording of "Genealogy and Technology - State of the Union" 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.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 222 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 575 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)

  • 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!