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Research Recharge - Turning Old Clues into New Leads - free webinar by Lisa Alzo now online for limited time

LogowhiteThe recording of today's webinar, "Research Recharge - Turning Old Clues into New Leads" by Lisa Alzo is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. A few comments from our viewers:

  • Another *great* webinar from Lisa Alzo. Engaging presentation style. Speaking at a good pace; fast enough that she can fit in all of the amazing information but not so fast that we cannot take it all in. This one may be my favorite from her ...so far!
  • Gosh, how can it be yet another fantastic webinar!! Lisa was clear, succinct, great examples, fabulous handout, and very well-planned and executed presentation. Thanks again, so much! So worth the $ to be a webinar member.
  • How do you improve on perfection? Lisa has set the bar very hard, yet manages to outdo herself each time. Thanks for an interesting and informative webinar, chocked full of delicious materials that will assist us in our continual quest for more family information.

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 "Research Recharge - Turning Old Clues into New Leads" 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 7 pages of supplemental syllabus materials are also available for annual/monthly webinar subscribers to download/print/save. Login or subscribe.

Legacy QuickGuide - Unraveling Brick Wall Mysteries

QDUNRAVELChances are, if you have spent any time at all working to compile your family history, you have run into difficulty finding at least one elusive relative . . . maybe even several of them! Within the genealogy community this experience is commonly referred to as a “brick wall.” Some brick walls may seem impossible to solve; however, as my mother often told me, “Nothing in life is impossible, some things just take a little longer to accomplish than others.”

Seemingly complex problems can often be best solved if we break down these problems into smaller components. Whether you are new to genealogy, or have been researching for many years, try breaking down your problem into smaller steps and follow the easy back-to-basics Brick Wall Process. Ultimately, the secret to Unraveling Brick Wall Mysteries will rely upon the utilization of the three P’s: Process, Persistence and Patience.

The Unraveling Brick Wall Mysteries Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including an outline of effective strategy, tips and tricks and links to resources. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.

Click here to purchase for just $2.95.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 263 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 714 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)

  • 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!


Researching Your Tennessee Ancestors - free webinar by Mark Lowe now online for limited time

LogowhiteIf you have Tennessee ancestors (or Kentucky, or Virginia, or North Carolina) you need to watch this webinar! The recording of today's webinar, "Researching Your Tennessee Ancestors" by J. Mark Lowe is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. A few comments from our viewers:

  • Wonderfully sound advice. I will find those elusive TN ancestors!
  • Wow! This was one of the best webinars yet. Not only did I learn how to find my Tennessee ancestors, but I can use the research strategies presented by Mark when searching for ancestors in other areas.
  • One of THE best webinars - a humourous skilled presenter who truly knows his stuff!! One hour of non-stop sensible/focused/detailed resources and tips/techniques. Wow. Superb. Now I have to go do my TN place report from my Legacy tree! Thank you so much.

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 "Researching Your Tennessee Ancestors" 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 supplemental syllabus materials are also available for annual/monthly webinar subscribers to download/print/save. Login or subscribe.

Tennessee GenealogyLegacy QuickGuide - Tennessee Genealogy

Looking to find those elusive Volunteer State ancestors? The Tennessee Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including a timeline of Tennessee history events, tips on Tennessee research strategy, outline of major immigrant groups, and more. Also included are links to websites and resources covering vital records, church records, census records, as well as general Tennessee resources. This handy 8-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.

Click here to purchase for just $2.95.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 261 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 707 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)

  • 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!


FamilySearch Volunteers Set Historic Record

WorldwideIndexingBadge_English_thumbnailI'm back from vacation now, well, mostly vacation. In addition to our time at the beach, I fit in a couple of Legacy User Group meetings, a full-day conference with Tom Jones, and broadcasted a webinar. That might sound like work to some, but when you love what you do, as I do, every day is a vacation. Except for those that aren't. I digress.

Recently FamilySearch indexers participated in an amazing 24-hour event. They hoped to have an unprecedented 50,000 contributors in a 24 hour period. They beat that by a lot. On July 20 and 21, 66,511 volunteers participated. My wife and three oldest children participated as well. I am a big believer in FamilySearch Indexing. I try to do a little each morning. Then, if my day is completely unproductive, I know I've at least done one thing right that day. Anyways, here's the official announcement from FamilySearch.

FamilySearch volunteers are amazing! On July 20th and 21st, FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators from around the world joined together to set an international record for the greatest number of indexing participants in a single day! We hoped to have an unprecedented 50,000 contributors in a 24 hour period. FamilySearch volunteers excelled, surpassing that goal by 16,511! That’s right—66,511 participants in one day! Incredible! We are grateful for the patience and persistence of many volunteers who faced technical difficulties due to an overwhelming response.

These generous indexers and arbitrators made a true difference. Each record and each name indexed and arbitrated matters. It only takes one to open the door to linking generations of families together. Without question, thousands of lives will be changed as a result of this day’s effort.

While the focus for this challenge was on the total number of participants, a tremendous amount of indexing and arbitration work was accomplished as well. Here are the results for the number of records indexed and arbitrated. 

Indexed: 4,682,746
Arbitrated: 941,932
Total Records Processed: 5.7 million

Our ancestors deserve to be remembered. You can be proud to be the one who made the difference for someone else who is looking for their ancestors. Because of you, they will know the joy of adding a new branch to their family tree. Thank you!

Did you participate in this historic event? Celebrate with us! Print and/or share this badge online to let your friends know you helped make history! Visit the badge page to download the badge.
We want to hear from you! Share your event day experience in a comment below or email us at fsindexing@familysearch.org.

And keep indexing! More names and stories-especially from obituaries-are ready to be indexed by you and discovered by researchers worldwide. One volunteer, one document, one name can make all the difference to someone looking for his or her family.

Get started at familysearch.org/indexing


Register for 2 genealogy webinars this week: Tennessee Genealogy and Research Recharge

LogowhiteJoin us this Wednesday AND Friday for two exciting genealogy webinars presented by Mark Lowe and Lisa Alzo. On Wednesday, Mark will present "Researching Your Tennessee Ancestors" and on Friday Lisa will present "Research Recharge - Turning Old Clues into New Leads."

Wednesday - Researching Your Tennessee Ancestors by J. Mark Lowe

Mlowe-100Learn about the valuable resources that describe the pioneers who crossed the mountains to Tennessee. Discover the hidden wonders that may help you resolve problem ancestors in the Volunteer State. Understand how records were created and where to find the ones you need.

Click here to download/print/save the handouts, 4 pages (available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers).

Click here to register (free).

Friday - Research Recharge - Turning Old Clues into New Leads by Lisa Alzo

Presenter-7125Have you hit an impasse in your research? Are you searching the same databases or record groups and getting the same old results? Learn fresh ways of looking at data you've already collected, strategies for smarter searching your favorite databases (and new ones) for clues, and tips for identifying what you may have missed the first time around.

Click here to register.

Webinar Reminder: Join us for the live webinars Wednesday, August 6, 2014 and Friday, August 8, 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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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.

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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, August 6, 2014 and Friday, August 8, 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!


Debunking Misleading Records - free webinar by Tom Jones now online for limited time

LogowhiteThe recording of Saturday's webinar, "Debunking Misleading Records" by Tom Jones is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. A few comments from our viewers:

  • This was my first webinar involving genealogy, indeed my first exposure to genealogical methods as this was a toe-dip into a new interest for me. Even though the presentation was not intended for a beginner's level of understanding I did find that it has further piqued my curiosity. I think that it would be safe to say that Legacy Family Tree and Tom Jones have just minted a new genealogist!
  • Fantastic! Great to actually SEE the explanation of the articles in the presentation that were in the table on p. 54 of Mastering Genealogical Proof book. Thank you so much to the people in Eugene, Oregon for allowing the live presentation for this Legacy Webinar!
  • Every beginning researcher, whatever his or her field of interest, would benefit from listening to this excellent lecture.

Thanks to the Geenalogical Council of Oregon, the Oregon Association of Professional Genealogists, and to Tom Jones for making this happen!

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 5 minute recording of "Debunking Misleading Records" 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 supplemental syllabus materials are also available for annual/monthly webinar subscribers to download/print/save. Login or subscribe.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 260 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 707 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)

  • 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!