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It Isn't as Easy as it Looks!

by Marian Pierre-Louis

OnairLast night I hosted my first webinar for the new Legacy Evening Webinar series. Did you know that Geoff Rasmussen makes hosting look so easy?! It is definitely not as easy as it looks.

From the outside it looks like the presenter has the tough job delivering a scintillating educational genealogy program. Oh, to have been in the presenter's chair last night!

Behind the scenes the host has to make sure all the technical parameters are functioning correctly before the start of the webinar. Then the host greets the presenter and makes sure they are comfortable and know what to do during the webinar. A little testing goes on, where the host and the presenter practice handing off the screen.

Meanwhile hundreds of webinar regulars are pouring into the webinar, often times sending notes to whom they believe is Geoff behind the scenes. While helping Mary Hill get settled in last night I continued to scan the list of comments arriving in rapid fire. It is challenging to keep up with but so very fun to see who's there and where is everyone is from.

The most critical part of the webinar is to press the record button! Without that our Legacy friends and subscribers wouldn't have a replay to watch after the live broadcast. I made sure that didn't get jinxed by simultaneously recording on two separate computers.

The host's job seems fairly simple - say a few words of introduction at the beginning and end and then moderate the Question and Answer session. Admittedly, the intro wasn't too bad. Anything that involves simply talking is my kind of activity.

But at the end of the webinar, multi-tasking goes into overload when the host has to give out the door prizes. This means keeping track of which door prize you're featuring, selecting a winner, making sure to write down the winner's name and posting a link about the prize in the chat box. All at a much reduced screen resolution necessary for the webinar recording. I had my hands full trying to accomplish all this. 

And the Question and Answer session is tricky too. You need to be fast to scan through all the questions without causing the dreaded on-air silence. Of course, the presenter is a great help in this area and I knew that Mary would give good thorough answers leaving me enough time to scan for the next question.

Being a webinar host or speaker for Legacy is fun but much harder than it looks! So the next time you are watching Geoff just remember how easy he makes it look!

Join us on Friday, January 16th, for Webinar Friday when I will take a break by sitting in the presenter's chair with Geoff manning the helm. It will be a special day as we commemorate Legacy's 200th webinar! Come help us celebrate!


Tracking Migration Using the Big 4 U.S. Record Sources - free webinar by Mary Hill now online for limited time

LogowhiteThe recording of our first-ever Webinar Wednesday Evening Edition, "Tracking Migration Using the Big 4 U.S. Record Sources," by Mary Hill, is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. In addition to the great class, Marian Pierre-Louis did a terrific job as the evening host! Lots of great comments:

  • Mary Hill is a national treasure. She is so knowledgeable and is able to create well organized presentations that lead you logically step by step along the path she takes as a researcher. I love her webinars.
  • Mary Hill is such a wonderful speaker. Her presentation becomes a magical story that leaves you wanting more...every discovery is a new adventure! Great job Marian - thank you for hosting!
  • She made it look really easy. I found the land records website and their maps to be the most interesting. Plotting the migration on the maps through the various counties and states was really helpful to do for people who move a lot.

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 "Tracking Migration Using the Big 4 U.S. Record Sources" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

Coupon code

Use webinar coupon code - migration - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, January 19, 2015.

American Migration PatternsLegacy QuickGuide: American Migration Patterns - 2.95

The American Migration Patterns Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including research strategy and motivating factors for migration across the United States. Also included are links to websites and resources covering migration patterns and major migration routes. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.

A key aspect of American genealogy is identifying the reasons, paths and circumstances that caused people to migrate to different areas of the United States. Understanding migration will help you better understand your ancestors.

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Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 199 classes, 293 hours of genealogy education)
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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact by Marian Pierre-Louis. January 16.
  • My Genealogy DO-Over - A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes by Thomas MacEntee. January 21.
  • Getting Started in Scrapbooking by Susan Budge. January 28.
  • One-Place Studies - Tracing the History of a Community by Kirsty Gray. February 4.
  • Step-by-Step - Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records by Mark Lowe. February 6.
  • Zigzagging through German Church Records by Jim Beidler. February 11.
  • Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors by Jan Gow. February 18.
  • Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom by Angela Walton-Raji. February 20.
  • Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye - 9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives by Lisa Louise Cooke. February 25.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. March 4.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. March 6.
  • Crafting Ancestor Profiles from Start to Finish by Lisa Alzo. March 11.
  • Irish Genealogical Records in the 17th-19th Centuries by Judy Wight. March 18.
  • Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence by Chris Staats. March 25.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 1 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. April 1.
  • American Revolution Genealogy by Beth Foulk. April 8.
  • Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House by Jana Sloan Broglin. April 10.
  • Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Warren Bittner. April 15.
  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E! by Judy Russell. April 22.
  • United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story by Bernice Alexander Bennett. April 24.
  • Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history by Tessa Keough. April 29.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 2 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. May 6.
  • After You're Gone - Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). May 8.
  • GenealogyBank - The Power of Finding Our Ancestor's Stories by Tom Kemp. May 13.
  • Martha Benshura - Enemy Alien by Judy Russell. May 20.
  • Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill. May 27.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 3 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 3.
  • Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar by Jana Sloan Broglin. June 10.
  • 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough. June 12.
  • The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 1.
  • Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. July 8.
  • Making a Federal Case Out of It by Judy Russell (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). July 10.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. July 15.
  • Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. July 22.
  • Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. July 29.
  • Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier. July 31.
  • What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. August 5.
  • Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. August 12.
  • Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. August 19.
  • Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. August 21.
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. August 26.
  • Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. September 2.
  • Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. September 9.
  • Genealogy Serendipity - Listening For Our Ancestors by Geoff Rasmussen. September 11.
  • Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. September 16.
  • Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. September 23.
  • Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji. September 25.
  • Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. September 30.
  • Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. October 7.
  • Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. October 14.
  • Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. October 16.
  • What Happened to the State of Frankland - Using Tennessee's Pre-Statehood Records by Mark Lowe. October 21.
  • Complex Evidence - What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. October 28.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. November 4.
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. November 11.
  • Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. November 13.
  • Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. November 18.
  • Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. December 2.
  • Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. December 9.
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. December 16.

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

Print the 2015 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


What's Your 2015 Genealogy Education Plan?

Thanks to guest blogger, Lisa Alzo, for this great article!

LearnIf your New Year's resolutions or goals include new ways to improve your skills as a genealogist then get ready for 2015 because you will have an abundance of options waiting for you! The good news is there are so many choices. The bad news is there may be too many choices. So, you need a plan. One that is easy to create, maintain, and continue throughout the year. A workable plan is especially now as we move full-on into January. 

Fortunately, the steps are pretty simple, and Legacy has plenty of educational resources and tools to help.

1. Identify Your Interests. Are you interested in gaining a better understanding of genetic genealogy? Want to power up your online database search skills, or curious about the newest technology and how to use it for genealogy research? Write down all of the topics you would like to explore. Having an action plan that specifically outlines areas you hope to focus on will give you the required direction for success.

2. Learn with Legacy. Legacy Family Tree has a number of ways for you to improve your genealogy skills this year. Here are three specific areas to explore: 

Legacy Webinars. If you are already a subscriber to Legacy Family Tree Webinars, you know that this is one of the best educational values out there. In 2015, there are plenty of new topics, some presented by speakers whose names are currently recognizable to regular attendees of the Legacy Webinars series, but there are some new speakers who have been added to the line-up. In addition, in 2015, the offerings are twice as nice—there will be the usual Wednesday webinars, as well as some Friday webinars, plus the addition of Wednesday evening webinars, hosted by popular speaker, blogger, and podcaster, Marian Pierre-Louis. You can view the monthly breakdown of topics in the announcement of the series that was posted on this blog in December. Legacy makes it easy to register for multiple webinars at a time. If you don't yet have a subscription, you may wish to consider purchasing one, because with your yearly subscription you get on-demand access to Legacy's entire video archives (now up to 198 classes, 292 hours and 816 pages of instructor handouts). You can watch current or past webinars via your computer or mobile device.

Legacy QuickGuides™. Supplement your webinar learning with Legacy QuickGuides™. Each guide contains four pages (or more) of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics. Legacy QuickGuides™ are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in a wide variety of subject areas.  

Legacy Software. Every family tree can use a little pruning or the occasional spruce up. Perhaps this will be the year that you master using Legacy Family Tree software. If you are new to this program, there are tutorials to help you get started, or explore some of the more advanced features. Pick up a copy of the book Legacy Family Tree Unlocked, join a Legacy User’s group, or the Legacy Virtual Users’ Group Community on Google Plus, or view one of the Watch Geoff Live Webinars (available on CD, or included in your webinar subscription).

3. Put Your Education Plan in Motion. Once you have committed to what you want to learn and have found the Legacy products that will help, the next step is to make those education goals commitments you can't miss. Block out the time in your schedule. Put it on your calendar. Keep a list of all of the steps you complet so that you can measure your success. 

Whatever your educational needs are in 2015, Legacy has the tools, resources and webinars to keep you learning all year long! 

Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer, and has been tracking her ancestors for 25 years. She is a frequent presenter for the Legacy Family Tree Webinars series and can be contacted via http://www.lisaalzo.com.


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2015 - there's still time to join!

Cruise2015MapIn just 5 months we will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for our 12th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise. I've just been told that our discounted group pricing is good through February 1. If you're thinking about joining us in June, contact us soon to take advantage of our rates (currently lower than what Royal Caribbean offers). All the information is below. Oh, my four kids, each a budding genealogist, will be joining us for the first time this year. Yep, they're excited, and so am I!

The 12th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held June 20-27, 2015, departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida aboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Sea ship and will feature top genealogy speakers including members of the Legacy Family Tree staff. We will visit the following ports:

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Labadee, Haiti
  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Cozumel, Mexico

Genealogy Classes at Sea
LisacookeWhile at sea attend classes taught by some of genealogy's finest educators, Legacy Family Tree webinar speakers, and Legacy developers. In addition to the classes, you will benefit from the small-group sessions and lots of time to learn from each other.

GenealogyGems.com's Lisa Louise Cooke will be our featured speaker. You've enjoyed her many webinars, now meet and learn from her in person! During the seven-day period, Lisa’s presentations will be focused on getting quality genealogical results, quickly. In her sessions you'll receive loads of strategies and tips you can start using right away, from high tech solutions to busting brick walls. What an opportunity you will have to learn in person from such an expert!

The Ship

Royal Caribbean International innovation and imagination rule supreme on the groundbreaking Oasis of the Sea. A new adventure waits around every corner on this Deluxe world-class cruise ship. Featuring seven incredible neighborhoods, packed with first-at-sea experiences. Also enjoy the Oceanside Aqua Theater, Starbucks, Broadway hit musical Hairspray, 3D movie theater, a daring zip line that passes over the fun below, a real carrousel, Johnny Rockets old fashioned hamburgers, handmade milk shakes and bottomless fries, giant rock climbing walls, Surf Rider, putt putt golf, designer shopping at COACH and GUESS stores, and much, much more. This is truly the most awe-inspiring and award-winning cruise ship in the world.

Reservations or questions
Prices begin at $943 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes:

  • Genealogy classes
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Ocean transportation
  • Meals
  • Some beverages
  • Most onboard entertainment

Airfare, port charges, gratuities, government fees/taxes, and optional tours are extra.

Click here to securely book your cruise online.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel coordinator, Christy, at 1-800-557-8601 or send an email to LegacyFamilyTreeCruise@gmail.com.

More Information

For class descriptions, frequently asked questions, descriptions of the places we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2015.asp.


Register for 2 genealogy webinars this week - Tracking Migration and Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact

LogowhiteJoin us this Wednesday AND Friday for two exciting genealogy webinars presented by Mary Hill and Marian Pierre-Louis. On Wednesday evening, Mary will present "Tracking Migration Using the Big 4 U.S. Record Sources" and on Friday afternoon Marian will present "Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact."

Wednesday night - Tracking Migration Using the Big 4 U.S. Record Sources by Mary Hill

Tracking migration in the United States involves using census, vital, land, and probate records, the bread and butter of American research. Get an overview of each of these types of records; learn where to find them, and how to use them effectively to track migration.

Click here to register (free).

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.

Friday afternoon - Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact by Marian Pierre-Louis

We all have some ancestors for whom we have very little information. Perhaps we have a death date or a marriage date and nothing else. In this webinar Marian Pierre-Louis shows you how to expand your research from as little as one single fact. She will use multiple examples to show how even the slightest information can lead to new clues and new resources for your research.

Click here to register (free).

Webinar Reminder: Join us for the live webinars Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 9:00pm Eastern U.S. and Friday, January 16, 2015, 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.

Registerbut

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The webinars will be live on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at:

  • 9pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 8pm Central
  • 7pm Mountain
  • 6pm Pacific

and Friday, January 16, 2015 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
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Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
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  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
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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!


Genealogy on the Go with iPads and Tablets - free webinar by Lisa Louise Cooke now online for limited time

LogowhiteThe recording of today's webinar, "Genealogy on the Go with iPads and Tablets," by Lisa Louise Cooke, is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. You're going to love it! Lots of great comments:

  • It was exciting to see all the things that my iPad will do. I knew of some of them but was pleased to learn about the new ones. And Lisa is such a wonderful presenter!
  • Another awesomely wonderful webinar. Lisa shared lots of information that was valuable. I am one of those who bought an iPad and "what do I do with it now". I bought the book to help me learn better and have something to look at.
  • You're always on the cutting edge of technology, not months or years behind. No one else can hold a candle to what Legacy does for FREE to educate genealogists. Lisa's webinar is certainly worth another look, that's for sure. 
  • So impressed with Legacy -- not only is the software great, but the educational program is fantastic.

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 30 minute recording of "Genealogy on the Go with iPads and Tablets" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

Coupon code

Use webinar coupon code - mobile - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, January 12, 2015.

IpadTurn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse - by Lisa Louise Cooke - 18.95

These pages are packed with the tools you need to get the most out of your tablet:

  • An in depth look at over 65 apps that are ideal for the genealogist
  • 32 Fabulous Tips and Tricks that will make you a power user
  • See it for yourself with recommended online videos

Do you have a tablet other than an iPad? No problem! Comparable apps available in Google Play are included. And the Tips and Tricks section will give you clues as to features to look for on your brand of tablet.

Click here to purchase.

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  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Tracking Migration Using the Big 4 U.S. Record Sources by Mary Hill. January 14.
  • Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact by Marian Pierre-Louis. January 16.
  • My Genealogy DO-Over - A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes by Thomas MacEntee. January 21.
  • Getting Started in Scrapbooking by Susan Budge. January 28.
  • One-Place Studies - Tracing the History of a Community by Kirsty Gray. February 4.
  • Step-by-Step - Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records by Mark Lowe. February 6.
  • Zigzagging through German Church Records by Jim Beidler. February 11.
  • Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors by Jan Gow. February 18.
  • Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom by Angela Walton-Raji. February 20.
  • Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye - 9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives by Lisa Louise Cooke. February 25.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. March 4.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. March 6.
  • Crafting Ancestor Profiles from Start to Finish by Lisa Alzo. March 11.
  • Irish Genealogical Records in the 17th-19th Centuries by Judy Wight. March 18.
  • Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence by Chris Staats. March 25.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 1 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. April 1.
  • American Revolution Genealogy by Beth Foulk. April 8.
  • Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks - Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House by Jana Sloan Broglin. April 10.
  • Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Warren Bittner. April 15.
  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E! by Judy Russell. April 22.
  • United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story by Bernice Alexander Bennett. April 24.
  • Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history by Tessa Keough. April 29.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 2 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. May 6.
  • After You're Gone - Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). May 8.
  • GenealogyBank - The Power of Finding Our Ancestor's Stories by Tom Kemp. May 13.
  • Martha Benshura - Enemy Alien by Judy Russell. May 20.
  • Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill. May 27.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 3 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 3.
  • Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar by Jana Sloan Broglin. June 10.
  • 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough. June 12.
  • The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 1.
  • Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. July 8.
  • Making a Federal Case Out of It by Judy Russell (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). July 10.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. July 15.
  • Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. July 22.
  • Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. July 29.
  • Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier. July 31.
  • What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. August 5.
  • Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. August 12.
  • Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. August 19.
  • Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. August 21.
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. August 26.
  • Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. September 2.
  • Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. September 9.
  • Genealogy Serendipity - Listening For Our Ancestors by Geoff Rasmussen. September 11.
  • Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. September 16.
  • Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. September 23.
  • Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji. September 25.
  • Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. September 30.
  • Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. October 7.
  • Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. October 14.
  • Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. October 16.
  • What Happened to the State of Frankland - Using Tennessee's Pre-Statehood Records by Mark Lowe. October 21.
  • Complex Evidence - What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. October 28.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. November 4.
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. November 11.
  • Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. November 13.
  • Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. November 18.
  • Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. December 2.
  • Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. December 9.
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. December 16.

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

Print the 2015 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Register for Webinar Wednesday - Genealogy on the Go with iPads and Tablets by Lisa Louise Cooke

LogowhiteTechnology has brought much more than the convenience of digitized genealogical records to our home computers. It has also delivered an incredible level of portability to family history research! iPads and tablets are built for hitting the road and are ideally suited for genealogy due to the sleek lightweight size, gorgeous graphics and myriad of apps and tools. In this class you will discover the top apps and best practices that will make your mobile device a genealogical powerhouse!

Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, January 7, 2015 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.

Pre-webinar interview with Lisa:

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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.

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Webinar time

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

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific
  • 7pm GMT

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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!


Adding data to Legacy Family Tree without your keyboard

Imagine adding new information to Legacy without having to type it all. This is possible with the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software that webinar presenter, Luana Darby, recently taught us about. Now, one of our Legacy users, Bobby Johnson, has created a short video demonstrating how it works with Legacy. In the video, he uses a combination of his keyboard and the Dragon software to 1) search Ancestry for a census record, and then to 2) add the new information to both a source and a custom event in Legacy.

To see how it's done, Bobby has created a 20 minute video, and gave us permission to publish it below. Thanks Bobby! If others have experience using Dragon with Legacy, please tell us in the comments below.

 


Freedom Webinar Series - FamilyTreeWebinars.com celebrates 150 years since the beginning of freedom for all Americans

Logowhite2015 is a milestone year for America. 150 years ago our country changed forever. Join Legacy Family Tree Webinars as we celebrate the sesquicentennial of the beginning of freedom for all Americans. The year 1865 changed the trajectory of the nation forever, when our ancestors began to fully honor the very concepts upon which America was founded - freedom!

In 1865:

  • The Civil War ended.
  • Slavery was abolished.
  • Freedom came for millions.
  • The first Juneteenth celebration took place.
  • The nation changed - slavery ended with the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.

Our new Freedom Webinar Series, taught by pre- and post-Emancipation era research experts, will both entertain, educate, and instruct about the history and the wealth of records that were created as a result of this great transition. Registration and attending the live webinars is free.

Waltonrajia-100Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom by Angela Walton-Raji, Friday, February 20, 2015

The years right after the Civil War were critical years for all southerners white and black. Amazing records reflect that incredible time during those years. This session will explore several amazing record sets and will point to where they can be found.

Click here to register.

Bennettb-100United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story by Bernice Alexander Bennett, Friday, April 24, 2015

Explore the challenges faced by widows and/or former slave descendants of soldiers in the United State Colored Troops Widows’ Pension Applications.

Click here to register.

Collierm-100Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier, Friday, July 31, 2015

All slaves had family members who were sold away or transferred to the slave-owners' heirs, never to be seen again. Many even took different surnames. It was not uncommon for two displaced brothers to retain different surnames after Emancipation. Collier will present cases of how displaced family members were found.

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Waltonrajia-100Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji, Friday, September 25, 2015

This session will illustrate how geography can tell you things unknown about your ancestral community and help provide a critical background for the family narrative.

Click here to register.

And while you await the beginning of the series, and to kick off this year of celebration, please enjoy complimentary access to the following webinars in our webinar library (free through January 2015).

International Decade for People of African Descent

2015 also begins the International Decade for People of African Descent adopted by the United Nations. Here at FamilyTreeWebinars, we recognize and support this resolution, and reach out to all regardless of race, color, creed or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance. We will continue to strive to bring the finest genealogical education to you.

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Read more about this here.