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Free Legacy Family Tree update now available (version 8.0.0.473)

We have another great new update for our Legacy Family Tree 8 users (free) for you to download. It mostly provides fixes to some minor issues you have reported to us, so download the update to get the best Legacy ever!

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

What's Been Fixed

View the February 26 release notes here. 

How to Update

For our Deluxe Edition users, all you have to do is connect to the Internet, start Legacy 8, and click on the "Install and Download Now" link on the Legacy Home tab. (If you're reading this from within the Legacy Home tab inside of Legacy 8, you'll first need to click on the Home button in the top left of the Legacy Home tab which looks like the following picture:

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If you are a Standard Edition Legacy user, you will need to visit our website. Go to https://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp and follow the instructions.


Spreadsheets 101 - Excel-lence in Genealogy - BONUS webinar now available for webinar subscribers

SpreadsheetDear Legacy Family Tree Webinar Subscribers,

I thought I knew a lot about spreadsheets. And then I watched Mary Kircher Roddy's brand new webinar, "Spreadsheets 101: Excel-lence in Genealogy". In addition to seeing ideas of how spreadsheets can help in the analysis of our genealogy research, I learned some advanced tips including the Control+" shortcut, the conditional formatting tool, and the wrap text shortcut. Hmm...maybe my resume just got better too! If you've never used a spreadsheet, the first part of the webinar will get you up to speed.

Here's the webinar description:

Are you afraid of spreadsheets because you don’t know how or where to start? Or are you comfortable with spreadsheets but know there’s a trick or two still to learn? In this webinar, Mary Kircher Roddy will get beginners up to speed, and share with experienced users tricks she’s learned in more than 25 years of spreadsheet use as an accountant, writer and genealogist.

How to view:

So...your webinar membership just got more valuable!! At no extra charge to you, as an annual or monthly webinar subscriber, this webinar's recording is now available in the Webinar Library. Just head over to the library, login, and enjoy!

Click here to watch the webinar.

If you are not yet a webinar subscriber, we haven't taken anything away. Our free live webinars are still free, and their recordings are still free for about a week after the live broadcast. When you join us as a subscriber, you, too, will have access to these bonus members-only webinars. This is the third we've added since January. Take a look at all of these benefits:

  • Unlimited access to the entire Webinar Library (currently 213 classes to choose from)
  • Access to the instructors' handouts (currently 884 pages)
  • Access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • 5% off anything in the FamilyTreeWebinars.com store

For more information, or to subscribe, click here.


New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy - free webinar by Lisa Louise Cooke now online for limited time

WebinarlogoYou will never see Google the same way again after watching Lisa Louise Cooke's webinar, "New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy". You will work smarter, faster, and more effectively with her tips. The recording of today's webinar is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. Lots of great comments:

  • One cannot go wrong by signing up for a webinar with Lisa Louise Cooke! She is so thorough and clear in her explanations. I always come away in awe of her knowledge and how expertly she communicates it. 
  • Best webinar I've ever attended! Great host & facilitator!! Thanks to both of you.
  • Fantastic! I never realized Google was so versatile! Thank you!!

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 "New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy" 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 - google15 - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, March 2, 2015.

Use webinar coupon code - C8EBF1 - for $10 off an annual premium membership at GenealogyGems.com.

The Google Toolbox Bundle by Lisa Louise Cooke, 43.85

GooglebundleThe Genealogist's Google Toolbox Second Edition printed book and both Google Earth for Genealogy video CDs Volume 1 and 2 are available to you at one low cost. All three of these products are designed to guide and educate your journey through finding your family history and virtually walking in your ancestors foot steps.

Sold separately: 48.85

Sold as a bundle: 43.85

Click here to purchase or for more information.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 212 classes, 312 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 879 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for

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 with Karen! by Karen Clifford. March 4.
  • Genealogy Serendipity - Listening For Our Ancestors 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.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name 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!


New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy - new book and webinar (Feb 25) by Lisa Louise Cooke

LogowhiteGoogle continues to evolve and change every day. In Wednesday's webinar, Google Guru Lisa Louise Cooke will give you an update on the most recent Google changes, and then unleash advanced search strategies for genealogy that you probably aren’t using, but you must-have in order to get the best results possible. It will be an exciting hour full of tips and tricks you can put into practice right away.

Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, February 25, 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.

GoogleLisa's new book: The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, 2nd Edition 24.95

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The completely updated second addition of the national bestseller! When it comes to tracing your family tree online, you need the right tools to get the job done! In The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, renowned genealogy podcaster Lisa Louise Cooke helps you stuff your genealogy toolbox with FREE state-of-the-art Internet tools that are built to search, translate, message, and span the globe. You’ll travel outside the genealogy community and straight to the folks who dominate the online world: Google. A lot has changed since the first edition was published in 2011, and it's all documented step-by-step in this new edition.

The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox includes:
  • Google Search: Get all the latest on how to get the best search results possible. New chapter on searching for common surnames!
  • Google Alerts: Yous personal genealogy assistant.
  • Gmail: Never lose another email. Expanded!
  • Google Books: The world’s history at your fingertips. Includes expanded instructions on using My Library.
  • Google Translate: Explore foreign language websites and documents.
  • YouTube: Find your family history in action on video. And all new: Build your own free YouTube channel.
  • Brand new chapters on Google Scholar and Google Patents!
  • Google Earth: Rock your ancestor’s world!

Published 2015, Perfect-bound Paperback: 203 pages, 8.5" x 11", black and white with illustrations

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Pre-webinar interview with Lisa:

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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, February 25, 2015 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!


Freedom Webinar Series: Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom - free webinar by Angela Walton-Raji now online for limited time

WebinarlogoThe recording of today's amazing webinar, "Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom" by Angela Walton-Raji is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. Lots of great comments:

  • THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!! The information was VERY, VERY, VERY well presented, information packed, and absolutely engaging. I'm someone who considers herself well versed in AA family history resources, yet still I learned more. Thanks so much for asking Ms. Raji to present this webinar. Now I'm going out to tell as many people as possible about the webinar.
  • Angela Walton-Raji is ALWAYS a joy to listen to because she has SO MUCH genealogy knowledge to offer. The host Geoff is awesome as well. He did an excellent job showing in real-time the many additional resources available for researching ancestors of African descent. BRAVO!!
  • Excellent. Such a nice balance of information, presentation style, and enthusiasm. One of the best I have attended. Thanks!!
  • Angela is such a great storyteller and so informative on where to search for African-American Ancestors.

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 28 minute recording of "Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom" 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 - freedom1 - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, February 23, 2015.

African-American Genealogy DigitalLegacy QuickGuide: African-American Genealogy by Angela Walton-Raji 2.95

There is no question that African American genealogy research has many challenges. Many families are rooted within the system of American Slavery that ended officially in 1865 presenting many hurdles for descendants of those enslaved families. Fortunately in recent years, the community of researchers has expanded and there are more resources for African Ancestored researchers than ever before. Whether your ancestors were enslaved, Free People of Color, or immigrants to this country, a handy set of tools and resources is needed. The African-American Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ guide will assist you, whether you are sitting at your computer looking for online resources, or trying to connect with other researchers. And as you plan your next research trip, this handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access to direct you to facilities with significant African American collections and will serve as a useful reference while on the road.

Click here to purchase for just 2.95.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 210 classes, 309 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 862 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for

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)

  • New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. February 25.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. March 4.
  • Genealogy Serendipity - Listening For Our Ancestors 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.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name 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!


New Legacy QuickTip Video - Finding Surname Variations

We have another great Legacy QuickTip Video for you today! Learn:

  • How to find surname variations using Legacy's Soundex calculator. Helpful for coming up with different spellings to use when searching online indexes
  • How to use FamilySearch's Standard Finder tool to identify other ways our surnames could have been spelled.

These tips were presented live during the recent after-webinar party of Jan Gow's recent webinar, Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors, and compliment/reinforce what she taught.

Click here for the video.

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Click here for more Legacy QuickTip videos.


New Legacy QuickTip Video - Using Legacy's Calendar Tool

We have another great Legacy QuickTip Video for you today! Learn:

  • How to find the day of the week for any month back to the year 1700 (helpful for when the newspaper says "he died last Tuesday")
  • How to use the date calculator (helpful for when the census says he was 73 years old - calendar will calculate the approximate year of birth)

These tips were presented live during the recent after-webinar party of Jan Gow's recent webinar, Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors.

Click here for the video.

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Click here for more Legacy QuickTip videos.


Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors - free webinar by Jan Gow now online for limited time

WebinarlogoThe recording of today's "wow!" webinar, "Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors" by Jan Gow is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. Lots of great comments:

  • WOW is correct! Jan was outstanding!
  • Definitely had the wow factor going today. Gave me other ideas for other areas of research. 
  • FANTASTIC!!! I had NO idea there were so many easily-accessible resources. Now I'll resume searching for my missing man! Thanks, Jan and Geoff.

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 "Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors" PLUS the after-webinar party 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 - newzealand - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, February 23, 2015.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 209 classes, 307 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 858 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for

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 Ancestors in the Era of Freedom by Angela Walton-Raji. February 20.
  • New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. February 25.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. March 4.
  • Genealogy Serendipity - Listening For Our Ancestors 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.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name 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.

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How to read a PDF Book or Legacy QuickGuide on your mobile device

With the popularity of genealogy books and Legacy QuickGuides in PDF format on the rise here at Legacy Family Tree, many of you are asking if they can be transferred to your tablet or smartphone for reading. The answer is yes!

What is a PDF?

PDF stands for Portable Document Format. A PDF is an electronic file that you can view on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. This is the major difference between a PDF file and a printed book. While it is difficult to completely replace the feel of a printed book, a PDF book offers many advantages:

  • Portability - a PDF book can be read on your laptop, PC (or Mac), your tablet, or your smartphone
  • Searching - you can search for any word or phrase in a PDF book
  • Printing - you can print selections of a PDF book, or even copy/paste your favorite quotes into your word processor for further review
  • Cost - since there are no physical materials (like paper) involved, PDF books are often much cheaper, although not usually free - the author and publisher still need to recoup their costs and make a little money
  • Delivery - after purchasing a PDF book from our online store, you are sent the email with the download instructions within one business day (but usually much faster than that).

Legacy QuickGuides

Tablet1Our Legacy QuickGuides contain four or more pages of valuable information and the best web links covering a variety of genealogy research topics. They are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in subject areas. 93 guides are now available from our online store. Each Legacy QuickGuide can be viewed on your PC, tablet, or smartphone.

Click here for the guides.

PDF Books at LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com

Tablet2We also offer an expanding number of PDF books with my very own, Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, being the newest in the library. All books can be read on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Viewing the PDF on your tablet or smartphone

Tablet4After purchasing and downloading the PDF book or Legacy QuickGuide, you are able to view the book on your computer really easily, through the use of Adobe Reader. 99.9% of computers already have it installed, but if you need the latest version, visit https://www.adobe.com/go/getreader/

Transferring the PDF to your tablet or smartphone takes a little more effort. If you have the cable the connects your device to the computer, it should be pretty easy. It is usually a USB cable that connects the two together. Once connected, navigate to the file on your computer, copy it (right-click, then select copy) then paste it to your device (right-click, then select paste). Personally, I copied the PDF to my USB drive, then inserted the USB drive into my tablet. 

If you use Dropbox, you will find it very simple to transfer the files to your mobile device. Just copy the PDF to your Dropbox folder on your PC, and it will show up in your mobile device's Dropbox folder. Of course, you will need to install the Dropbox app on your tablet or smartphone first.

Finally, you will need to install the Adobe Reader app on your mobile device. Just navigate to the store (Play Store on Android devices) and search for and install this app. You will then be able to view any PDF book or Legacy QuickGuide with you - wherever you are!


Register for 2 Genealogy webinars this week - Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors AND Research Ancestors in the Era of Freedom

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Join us this Wednesday AND Friday for two exciting genealogy webinars presented by Jan Gow and Angela Walton-Raji. On Wednesday Jan will present "Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors" and on Friday Angela will launch our Freedom Webinar Series with her presentation, "Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom."

Gowj-100Wednesday - Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors by Jan Gow

You may not have a family member (sibling of your ancestor) who was born, married and died in New Zealand, but if you do - lots of footprints for you to find. If they had just one of these events in New Zealand -there is a gold mine waiting for you. Let's look at Passenger Lists, Civil Registration (our unique, amazing Historical B, D, M's), Church Records, Cemetery Records, Schools, Wills, Family Histories, Newspapers and others researching your family names.

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.

Waltonrajia-100Friday - Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom by Angela Walton-Raji

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 (free).

Webinar Reminder: Join us for the live webinars Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 2:00pm Eastern U.S. and Friday, February 20, 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.

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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 free for the first 7 days after the live event. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access for the duration of their membership.

Add it to your Google Calendar

With our Google Calendar button, you will never forget our upcoming webinars. Simply click the button to add it to your calendar. You can then optionally embed the webinar events (and even turn them on and off) into your own personal calendar. If you have already added the calendar, you do not have to do it again - the new webinar events will automatically appear.

Webinar time

The webinars will be live on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at:

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

and Friday, February 20, 2015 at:

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

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!

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