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Google Glass now available for anyone in the U.S. to purchase

Google Glass, the technology gadget I've been drooling over, is now available for anyone in the U.S. to purchase (thanks to webinar viewer Mitch for letting me know...). I can see myself wearing these glasses to the cemetery, a family reunion, or even while cleaning up the house. I'll probably wait until the $1,500 price tag drops significantly. But if Google Glass is new to you, watch our recently webinar presented by FamilySearch's Devin Ashby. Or watch the brief video below - isn't technology exciting!

Or if you want to wait a little longer, Google Smart Contacts are in development. Read up on it here. The future is here.


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Photo Apps for Android, iPhones or iPads by Maureen Taylor

LogowhiteWhether you carry a smart phone or a tablet there are great apps out there to help you snap and edit pictures. Join Legacy Family Tree Webinars and Maureen Taylor for Webinar Wednesday! Maureen, known by the Wall Street Journal as the "nation's foremost historical photo detective" will also cover digital organization for photos and taking contemporary family history photos to documenting a relative's collection.

Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, May 14, 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.

Download the syllabus

In preparation for the webinar, download Maureen's 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials here. The syllabus is available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers. Log in here or subscribe here.

The syllabus contains:

  • 10 questions to ask when evaluating an app
  • How to snap a great photo
  • 4 steps to take better portraits
  • Links to photo apps and devices

Registerbut

Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

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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

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Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Better Homes & Gardens, the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, DIY: Scrapbooking, PBS Ancestors, Creative Memories' Lasting Moments, Dear Myrtle, and Satisfaction Magazine. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine. The Wall Street Journal calls Maureen “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective.” Before she was the Photo Detective, Maureen was known for her expertise researching families in her home state of Rhode Island.

Sign up for Maureen’s free e-newsletter at www.MaureenTaylor.com

Ask Maureen – www.AskMaureenTaylor.com

Maureen’s bookstore: http://www.maureentaylor.com/publications/

Watch Maureen's previous webinars here.

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at:

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  • 1pm Central
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  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.
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  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!


Legacy Tip - Using the "Who Was Alive On..." tool

A great question during our recent Virtual Legacy Family Tree User Group meeting helped me unveil a new Legacy 8 feature that I had previously forgotten to announce to you. Mitch asked, 

Is there a way to create a report of just the males that were eligible for the different wars?

I answered this question at the 1 hour 25 minute mark by demonstrating how to better use the "Census List" tool. This tool was introduced back in March 2013 in preparation for searching the newly-released and indexed-at-the-time 1940 U.S. census. Today, this tool in Legacy would be bettered named as Who Was Alive On... or Create a List of Potential Individuals since it is not limited to working with the census. Here's how it works....

In Legacy, first go to Search > Census List.

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Then complete the three steps.

1) In Step 1, either select the country from the drop-down list or type in the place beneath it. This does not even have to be a country - it can be any location. For example, if you were trying to identify everyone who would have been alive in the state of Minnesota for the 1885 state census, just type Minnesota here. For Mitch, if he was trying to identify everyone of eligible age to have served in the U.S. Civil War, he would enter United States here.

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2) In Step 2, enter information to limit the dates. For example, to find everyone who should be found in the 1880 census, select 1880. Or, type in a specific date (to find everyone alive on a given date) or a date range (date range is new to Legacy 8). Typing 1861-1865 would limit the search to show results of everyone who was alive during these years.

The next three options are also new to Legacy 8. Here you can limit the search to only display those people who meet an age and gender condition. In the example below, Legacy will search your family file for all males who would have been alive during the years of the Civil War (1861-1865) and who would have been of the appropriate age to have served.

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3) Step 3 provides two options of reporting. Create a Search List will give you a list that you can work with and produce a custom report. Preview a Census List Report will create a printable report.

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In the end, you will have a listing of individuals who meet certain qualifications (gender, age and place). In this case, you would have a list of eligible men who would have served in the U.S. Civil War. Legacy found 603 individuals in my family file. Since Civil War research is my favorite, I'm anxious to learn more about these men:

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50 Year View - What I've Learned Climbing My Family Tree - free webinar by Tom Kemp now available to view

Logowhite"For anyone who wonders why people do genealogy, this is a perfect illustration that will open their eyes" is how one viewer described today's webinar by Tom Kemp. I agree - if you need a little motivation, don't miss this recording. The recording of today's webinar, "50 Year View - What I've Learned Climbing My Family Tree" by Tom Kemp is now online for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. A few comments from our viewers:

  • Tom Kemp's tale of his 50-year research on his family tree not only gave many, many examples of the tidbits he found by chasing a multitude of obscure sources (look at everything!), but vividly transmitted a sense of excitement and joy that we all experience on our best days of discovery.
  • Absolutely one of the best webinars ever!  Tom has stirred a fire in my belly to delve into my genealogy with a new prospective.  Thanks so much.
  • Fantastic.  I'm ready so spend 16 hours a day doing genealogy! I can't put it down. Thanks to Tom for the new links I haven't tried.

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 32 minute recording of "50 Year View - What I've Learned Climbing My Family Tree" 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.

Special Discount Coupon

The special discount coupon of 50year that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything at both www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com and www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Monday, May 12, 2014.

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Visit www.genealogybank.com/webinar for 25% off, valid through May 9, 2014.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 242 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 636 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)

  • 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 by James M. Beidler. 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.
  • 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.

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Legacy Tip - displaying the marriage status (like 'divorced') in the Family View

Friday's first-ever virtual Legacy Family Tree User's Group meeting has now been viewed by thousands. Consequently, my inbox has lots of follow-up questions now. I'll work to answer many of the questions here so, like in the webinar, lots of you might benefit.

In the webinar's Q/A session at 1:32:10, a question was asked about recording information about a divorce. I showed where to record it in the Marriage/Relationship Information screen:

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Now that this "marriage status" is recorded, the status will appear in the Family View:

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If it does not appear, then you just need to enable its option in Legacy's preferences (Options > Customize):

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To Richard in Australia who emailed me about this, I hope this helps!

And thanks for attending the webinar. Don't forget to register for our upcoming virtual user group meetings here.

 


Register for Webinar Wednesday - 50 Year View: What I've Learned Climbing My Family Tree by Tom Kemp

LogowhiteLooking back at the last 50 years - Tom Kemp will present his key tips and techniques that he has learned over a life time of genealogical research. "If this was my last lecture - this is what I want you to know." Prepare to be informed and entertained in this rapid fire review of the key tips Tom has to share with us.

Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, May 7, 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

Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

Test Your Webinar Connection

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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 

Presenter-8988Thomas Jay Kemp, Director, Genealogy Products NewsBank, Inc. A well-known genealogist, librarian and speaker for over 50 years. He is the author of more than 30 books. 

Watch Tom's previous webinars here:

  • Family Stories: Using Newspapers to Reconnect with the Stories of Your Family's Past
  • Top 21st Century Genealogy Resources - A Baker's Dozen

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    Get What You Came For: New Search Options Let You Target Obituaries, Photos, Passenger Lists, Births, Marriages, and More
  • Marriages and Anniversaries. Mining newspapers for engagements, marriages, anniversaries, and divorce records

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    Obituaries: Clues to Look For. Tips for making sure you get the full benefit from an obituary notice
  • Newspapers for Genealogists: Using GenealogyBank.com to document every day of your ancestors' lives

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    Newspapers: Critical Resource to Complete Your Family Tree

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at:

  • 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!


Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting - recording now online to view

LogowhiteWow, was that ever fun! The recording of our first-ever Virtual Legacy Family Tree User's Group webinar is now online to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. Thanks to our Legacy staff Michele, Ron, Brian, and Jim for sharing your favorite Legacy tips! And thanks to all of you from around the world for sharing your enthusiasm and part of your day with us. A few comments from our viewers:

  • Excellent!!! Have more of the user groups. Best webinar yet! I learned so much!
  • Great job.  I really liked the explanation to the question about searching for eligible adult males 16-70 who may have served in the Civil War.  Very nice to know I can adapt that to just about any situation.
  • I learned so much and I had no idea that Legacy is much greater than I thought!!!!    Thank you.  I can't wait for the next User Group Webinar.....
  • Legacy webinars are motivating!

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 46 minute recording of "Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting" 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.

Special Discount Coupon

The special discount coupon of legacyweb that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything at both www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com and www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com through Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 241 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 636 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)

  • 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 by James M. Beidler. 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.
  • 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!