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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Using Evernote for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke

LogowhiteJoin us and Lisa Louise Cooke this Wednesday for a free webinar, "Using Evernote for Genealogy."

Webinar Description:

You can remember everything in your genealogy research with Evernote, because it puts all your notes at your fingertips. In addition to superfast and easy note taking and retrieval, you’ll learn how to clip items from the Internet (rather than saving bulky web pages!), use OCR technology to search your digitized documents like newspaper articles, and tap into the best apps that help Evernote work even harder for you. Evernote harnesses the power of the Cloud to allow you to work across all your platforms (including your iPad and smart phone)  Best of all, it’s free!

Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, November 19, 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 the supplemental syllabus materials here. The syllabus is available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers. Log in here or subscribe here.

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Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

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On the Upcoming Webinars tab, login to view the webinars you are already signed up for (available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers).

Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here.

Can't make it to the live event?

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

About the presenter

Presenter-9847Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show as well as the Family History: Genealogy Made Easypodcast, both available at www.GenealogyGems.com, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app. Her podcast episodes bring genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists and have been downloaded over 1 million times.

Click here to view Lisa's webinars in the archives.

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 webinar will be live on Wednesday, November 19, 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!


Legacy and Pictures - free webinar by Geoff Rasmussen now online, PLUS 4 terrific guest hosts!

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The recording of today's webinar, Legacy and Pictures, is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. We learned:

  • The basics of adding a digital image to Legacy Family Tree
  • Downloading an image from an email
  • Downloading a census image and adding it to a new census event
  • Adding pictures to pedigree charts, family group records, and wall charts
  • about the Media Relinker and Gather Media Tools

This was also the webinar debut of my four kids. The 6" of overnight snow cancelled their school and so they "volunteered" to be my guest hosts. I think they did a terrific job introducing the webinar. Watch it below....what did you think?

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 29 minute recording of "Legacy and Pictures" is now available to view in our webinar archives for free indefinitely. It is also available to our monthly or annual Webinar Members for the duration of your membership. Visit www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com to watch. The supplemental syllabus materials are also available for annual/monthly webinar subscribers to download/print/save. Login or subscribe.

Coupon code

Use webinar coupon code - legacyweb4 - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 193 classes, 284 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 787 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 Evernote for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. November 19.
  • Family History for Kids by Devin Ashby. December 3.
  • Can You Hear Me Now? Voice Recognition Software for Genealogists by Luana Darby. 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 Friday - Pictures and Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen

LogowhiteJoin us this Friday for our next Legacy Family Tree Virtual User's Group Meeting where Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen will teach about the multimedia tools available in the Legacy software. We'll also have time for casual questions and answers about using Legacy.

Join us for the live webinar Friday, November 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 the supplemental syllabus materials here. The syllabus is freely available. Click here to save or print.

Registerbut

Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

Not sure if you already registered?

On the Upcoming Webinars tab, login to view the webinars you are already signed up for (available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers).

Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here.

Can't make it to the live event?

No worries. Its recording will be available for a limited time. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access to all webinar recordings 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 webinar will be live on Friday, November 14, 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!


Legacy Genealogy Cruise - We're Back!

We have returned from our 11th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise and had the time of our lives. Besides the genealogy classes, alone-time with my wife, and the yummy food, the highlight of our trip was learning about and participating in the cultures of Japan, Taiwan, and China. While we enjoyed the trip, it's also great to be home. I sure missed my four "descendants." I've also returned with:

  • 6 additional pounds
  • many new genealogy friends, and one new cousin
  • hundreds of fun digital photos (633 of them)
  • a severe case of desynchronosis (jet lag)
  • even greater enthusiasm for what we are doing here at Legacy Family Tree

So before I officially get back to work, I'll write a little more about our adventures below.

My first experience with Japan came in the hotel's bathroom. Never before had I seen so many controls on a toilet. Thanks to your encouragement on my personal Facebook page, I gave the bidet a try. All I'll say is that now I can say I gave it a try....

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In Tokyo we visited Tokyo Station City and explored the city's underground malls. It was here that I had my first-ever Japanese food. While I loved every bite, the restaurant staff had a chuckle at my use of their chopsticks. They must have felt really sorry for me, and brough me a fork. I was determined, however, and finished the meal without the fork.

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We visited waterfalls:

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...and temples:

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...ate even more food:

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...visited WW2 memorials:

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...saw cemeteries:

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...and visited this cemetery which they called their "ancestors' homes":

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...and at sea were taught by the best:

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We ended the classes as we always do by drawing more names for door prizes. Dave (Legacy's President) announced that the winners would get a free annual webinar membership to www.familytreewebinars.com and a free upgrade to the next version of Legacy. Thanks again to Steve Salisbury, Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis (and myself I suppose) for the great classes! Thanks to all of you who joined us! Thanks to the rest of our Legacy Family Tree staff who kept our Support, Customer Service, and Shipping departments open while we were away. And thanks to our cruise coodinator, Christy, for all she did for us too!

Next year's cruise to the Western Caribbean

It's not too early to begin thinking about next year's cruise (our 12th annual) to the Western Caribbean with Lisa Louise CookeClick here for the details of where we're going.

Back to work

Now that I've officially announced our return, it's back to work! And although by body still thinks it's 17 hours ahead of Idaho time, and it really wants to go back to sleep, I've got a lot of catching up to do. See you Friday for our next Virtual Legacy User's Group webinar!


Six Reasons to Blog about Your Ancestors

BlogTipsHave you ever considered starting your own genealogy blog? Many genealogists use blogging to share information, methodology or research tips but it can also be a great way to find distant relatives. And who is likely to have the information that you are searching for on your ancestors? Other descendants of course!

Here are six reasons to convince you that you should be blogging about ancestors:

1) It removes your invisibility cloak

Your distant cousins may not know that you exist. If they can't find you then they can't share information with you. When you start a blog you put information about your ancestors out on the internet. Instead of going to a surname forum or a geographic location forum your cousins can now find you with a simple Google search. To be as effective as possible write about as many individual ancestors as possible, particularly the ones with unique names. Keep in mind that you need to respect the privacy of living people. Don't share personal details about of your living relatives.

2) Your homing beacon is on 24/7

One of the reasons that blogging is such a powerful tool is that the internet is available all the time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can write your blog post at a time that is convenient for you. Your distant cousin, who may be a night owl, could find your post at 2am in a different time zone while you are happily asleep. This means you never lose a chance to connect. Making that connection is what will help bring down your brick walls. What's even better about blogging is that you could write about your ancestor and 6 months or even 6 years later, that same post will be ready and waiting for your ancestor to find it.

3) The power of Google makes you easier to find

Thanks to search engines, Google in particular, blog posts are now easier than ever to find. If one of your cousins is searching for a common ancestor in Google and you have written a blog post about that ancestor, they will find you in a matter of seconds. Gone are the days when genealogists have to scroll through queries or obituaries to find living relatives. They can now Google their ancestors and discover bloggers like you who are actively writing about their ancestors. And if you are using Blogger.com as your blog host, your posts will be given a higher priority by Google which owns the site.

4) Blogging can help locate ancestral photos

Not only will blogging help you find distant cousins but those cousins often have old family photos. Blogging puts you in contact with many distant cousins who can share with you photos of your ancestors that you've never seen before. Wouldn't you love to see a photo of your great, great grandmother? Blogging will help you make the connection with that cousin who has the family photos.

5) You'll improve your research skills

Not only will blogging help you find distant cousins but it will help you become a better genealogist as well. By writing about your ancestors you will revisit the information that you've already found about them. It will also make you think about what you don't know. This analysis process will lead to discovering information that's been right in front of your eyes for ages as well as give you need clues for further research.

6) It's Free

The best thing about blogging is that it's free. If you have access to the internet then you can sign up for a free blog account from either Blogger or WordPress.com. As mentioned earlier, Blogger is owned by Google which gives it a bump in search results but WordPress.com has beautiful page layouts and is just as good. Give either one a try. All it takes is creating an account and you are on your way to blogging!

To get started blogging view Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE, More Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE or Bogs: Easy-to-Make Web Pages. All three webinars are available now in the archives for Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers to watch.


How will you celebrate your ancestor's military service this Veterans' Day?

SailorsVeterans' day is Tuesday, November 11, 2014. What will you do to celebrate your ancestor's military service?

Whether your ancestor served in the American Revolutionary War, the Civil War or the Korean War, all military service is not only a source of pride but a great resource for finding genealogical records. What better way to celebrate your ancestor than to discover more about their military service.

Why not learn how to research military records? Legacy Family Tree webinars can help! Spend some time this weekend viewing these two webinars in the archives:

These two webinars are available for viewing now to Legacy Family Tree Webinars subscribers. Non-members can sign up for either a monthly or yearly membership.