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New Book by Geoff Rasmussen - "Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors"

A new book by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen | 100 pages | Paperback full-color pre-order (12.95) or PDF (9.95)

Front"If you didn't believe it before now, Geoff Rasmussen will convince you that our ancestors want to be found as much as we want to find them. Whether you're new to genealogy or struggling with a brick wall in your research, Kindred Voices will inspire you in your quest to reach out to those who came before us. C'mon, they're waiting for you!" - Megan Smolenyak, author of Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing

Pre-order the paperback by February 27 for 12.95 and get the PDF (electronic version) FREE! (Expected delivery date of paperback: March 2015; PDF delivered within 1 business day.)

Buy the PDF for 9.95

Genealogists hear dead people...

[…pause for dramatic effect...]

The voices of our ancestors awake when our search for them begins. Most often we feel their voices – in our minds and in our hearts – as research ideas, promptings, and intuitions on where to find them. Yet sometimes, as our hearts turn toward theirs, their heaven-sent communications can be heard with our earthly ears. These voices – those of our ancestors - are the evidence of their hearts having turned towards ours.

The serendipitous encounters with genealogical voices that Geoff Rasmussen tells in Kindred Voices are true stories. Readers will be stirred by the reality of our ancestors’ interventions in our search for them. You will be inspired to either begin your search or to receive the hope you need to continue your quest. Our ancestors speak to us; are we listening?

Preview

Click here to preview the Table of Contents and the Preface (9 pages).

About the Author

Geoffmug3Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He recently received the Distinguished Presenter Award at the prestigious RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello and basketball. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.

Pre-order the paperback by February 27 for 12.95 and get the PDF (electronic version) FREE!(Expected delivery date of paperback: March 2015; PDF delivered within 1 business day.)

Buy the PDF for 9.95

What others are saying...

Myrt"Thoughtful, revealing stories from Geoff's personal history journey inspires all to slow down and listen to our own kindred voices." - DearMYRTLE, Your Friend in Genealogy!


Seaverrandy"An inspirational book to help researchers understand the “pull” of genealogy that makes it a lifelong pursuit and even an addiction to some." - Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings.


Kemptom"Geoff Rasmussen - nationally known genealogist, lecturer and webinar host - quickly pulls you in with his latest book - Kindred Voices - his personal memoir of the genealogical experiences he has had over a lifetime in the field. Rasmussen is very candid in this personal, faith-promoting account of the crucial promptings he has had that made all the difference in pushing back and filling in his family tree. This book will be read again and again by genealogists who have had similar experiences - and for those who tend to be more skeptical in matters of faith - it just might cause them, to paraphrase Agrippa's comment to Paul, "almost thou pursuadest me ..." to become a believer. This is one of those special must-read books that you are glad you read - and that you'll think about again and again." - Thomas Jay Kemp, author of more than 50 books including International Vital Records Handbook (GPC, 5th edition, 2013)


Meitzlerleland"Most genealogists will tell you that every now and then, seemingly unexplainable things happen. Call it what you will. A miracle? Physic phenomena, or serendipity? Seemingly unexplainable things happen. In his book, Kindred VoicesGeoff lays out a case to show that genealogists often receive research help from their long-deceased ancestors themselves.Many fascinating examples, taken from his own life experiences, are given. Did you ever wonder why those of the Mormon faith do genealogy? Geoff lays out the best explanation for it that I've ever read. I found the book to be extremely interesting, keeping me reading through the very last page." - Leland Meitzler, author, publisher, and President of Family Roots Publishing


Tatemitch"Kindred Voices: Listening For Our Ancestors is like getting the “rest of the story” about the family history and genealogy movement of today. It’s fun and intriguing to read, you can read it in an hour or two butyou will think about this message the rest of your life. You will walk differently, talk differently and work differently with family history because you know the truth about kindred voices and impressions...your life will be deeper and richer. Feel after these truths and you will experience them for yourself, just as I have." - Mitch Tate, author and dear friend.


Zimmermanbrian"Geoff has a way of making family history exciting and I am motivated by his stories. I have always been one of those guys that was waiting till I get 'old' to get started on mine. I am starting now!" Brian Zimmerman, Middleton, Idaho Police Chief


Prestoncarol"My grandmother heart was so touched, as those children were reunited with their mother." Carol Preston, Geoff's Aunt.


Rasmussendebbie"The experiences told of in this book have helped me know that there is more to family history or genealogy work than just names and dates. I want to do my part." Debbie Rasmussen, Geoff's mother! (Mom read my book!! A Genealogy book!)



Midgleydave"Our ancestors lived and they don't want to be forgotten. This book shows that with Geoff's personal experiences. It's a quick and easy, yet very engaging read and should appeal to almost everyone." Dave Midgley, good friend.


Lewismichele"Exciting and inspirational!" Michele Simmons Lewis, author of the Ancestoring blog.



Marian"Kindred Voices will give you chills, make you laugh and keep you anxiously on edge to hear how each story ends. Sometimes you will be in awe of Geoff Rasmussen's experiences. Some of you might call it coincidence or luck but I'm sure Geoff would explain it as the voices of his ancestors. They were with him often, when he needed them most, guiding him to uncover his family tree. If you thought you knew Geoff from his weekly hosting of the Legacy Family Tree webinars, you will discover a much more personal side to Geoff in this work. Kindred Voices will inspire you to face challenges and to persevere when confronted with difficult ancestors. An inspirational read." Marian Pierre-Louis, host of the Genealogy Professional podcast.

Zigzagging through German Church Records - free webinar by Jim Beidler now online for limited time

WebinarlogoThe recording of last night's webinar, "Zigzagging through German Church Records" by Jim Beidler is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. Lots of great comments:

  • Excellent--Jim gave me lots of leads to follow for my German ancestors! Thank you!
  • Good descriptions of types and time periods for records. Samples of records seemed to represent the various quality of records to be found.
  • Great summary of what we might find in various types of German records
  • Legacy has the BEST genealogical webinars ever.

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 "Zigzagging through German Church Records" 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 - germany15 - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Monday, February 16, 2015.

Jim's Book: The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide - 24.99 19.95

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Explore Your German Ancestry!

Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Saxony, Wurttemburg and beyond. This in-depth genealogy guide will walk you step by step through the exciting journey of researching your German heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other German-speaking areas of Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, and enclaves across Eastern Europe.

In this book, you'll learn how to:

  • Retrace your German immigrant ancestors' voyage from Europe to America.
  • Pinpoint the precise place in Europe your ancestors came from.
  • Uncover birth, marriage, death, church, census, court, military, and other records documenting your ancestors' lives.
  • Access German records of your family from your own hometown.
  • Decipher German-language records, including unfamiliar German script.
  • Understand German names and naming patterns that offer research clues.

You'll also find maps, timelines, sample records and resource lists throughout the book for quick and easy reference. Whether you're just beginning your family tree or a longtime genealogy researcher, the Family Tree German Genealogy Guide will help you conquer the unique challenges of German research and uncover your ancestors' stories.

Paperback: 240 pages, 9" x 7"

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors by Jan Gow. February 18.
  • 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.

See you online!


New Legacy QuickTip Video - How to Create a List of Civil War Candidates

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

  • How to identify which of your ancestors may have served in the U.S. Civil War
  • How to filter this list to just those on your direct line
  • A little bit of tagging

These tips were presented live during the recent after-webinar party of Thomas MacEntee's recent webinar, Step-by-Step - Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records and compliment/reinforce what he taught.

Click here for the video.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Zigzagging through German Church Records by Jim Beidler

LogowhiteJoin Legacy Family Tree Webinars and German research expert, James M. Beidler, for a webinar this Wednesday evening, "Zigzagging through German Church Records." You will learn about the methodology of using the baptismal, confirmation, marriage and burial records from German church registers most effectively. By utilizing the different bits of information found in each, researchers can zigzag their way to adding centuries to a pedigree.

Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 9pm 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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GermanJim's Book: The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide - 24.99 19.95

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Explore Your German Ancestry!

Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Saxony, Wurttemburg and beyond. This in-depth genealogy guide will walk you step by step through the exciting journey of researching your German heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other German-speaking areas of Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, and enclaves across Eastern Europe.

In this book, you'll learn how to:

  • Retrace your German immigrant ancestors' voyage from Europe to America.
  • Pinpoint the precise place in Europe your ancestors came from.
  • Uncover birth, marriage, death, church, census, court, military, and other records documenting your ancestors' lives.
  • Access German records of your family from your own hometown.
  • Decipher German-language records, including unfamiliar German script.
  • Understand German names and naming patterns that offer research clues.

You'll also find maps, timelines, sample records and resource lists throughout the book for quick and easy reference. Whether you're just beginning your family tree or a longtime genealogy researcher, the Family Tree German Genealogy Guide will help you conquer the unique challenges of German research and uncover your ancestors' stories.

Paperback: 240 pages, 9" x 7"

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About the presenter

Beidler-100James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Book as well as writes Roots & Branches, an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist forGerman Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society.

He was the President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editorsfrom 2010 to 2012, and is the former Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He served as national co-chairman for the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Philadelphia.

Beidler is also frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such asAncestry Magazine and Family Tree Magazine. He also wrote the chapter on genealogy forPennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, published jointly by the Penn State Pressand the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

As a lecturer, he was a part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program from 2002 to 2009, and has been a presenter at numerous conferences. In addition to being a member of numerous genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, Beidler also sits on Pennsylvania’s State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project.

He is a Senior Tax Advisor for an H&R Block franchise and previously was a copy editor for 15 years for The Patriot-News newspaper in Harrisburg, PA.

Beidler was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Berks County, where he currently resides and is an eighth-generation member of Bern Reformed United Church of Christ. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, with a BA in Political Science in 1982.

View Jim's other webinars here.

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


A new crack in my brick wall!

HappydanceIt's time for another Genealogy Happy Dance! Thanks to one of our bonus members-only webinars last week, I was able to crack one of my personal brick walls.

Prior to this discovery, I had recorded that Nathan R. Brown was born in Pennsylvania, Missouri, or New York in either 1815, 1817, 1818, or 1822. See the Individual's Information screen from my Legacy file below:

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In her webinar, "Women Homesteaders and Genealogy," Gail Blankenau mentioned that the complete Homestead Files for Nebraska, where Nathan later lived and died, were now available on the subscription site, Fold3.com. Boy am I glad I asked her to present this webinar! Fold3 did indeed have the complete files. Nathan's file included the 20 pages of original documents, including the letter of discharge from his service in the Civil War:

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Zooming in on page 6 revealed an exact place of birth for Nathan:

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According to this document, Nathan was born in Alleghany, Pennsylvania and was 44 years of age when the document was signed on July 11, 1865. If everything is accurate (wouldn't that be nice!), he would have been born about 1821 - another possible year of birth. Regardless, I now have more evidence that can be evaluated, and am closer to the truth of when and where he was born!

Honestly, I didn't really think a webinar about Women Homesteaders would be valuable for my personal research right now. My conclusion - never miss a Legacy Family Tree webinar! You never know what you will learn. 

Now to add the digital image, citation, new events and analysis to my Legacy family file....


Step-by-Step - Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records - free webinar by Mark Lowe now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Step-by-Step - Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records" by Mark Lowe AND the after-webinar party is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. Lots of great comments:

  • Mark Lowe could give a webinar everyday and I don't think we'd ever be disappointed.
  • As a presenter, Mark was one of the best I've heard. He knows his subject and is obviously excited about it. This was also the first time I attended the after hours session and loved the tips in legacy about how to create those lists. Thanks!!
  • First time I've been able to hear one of his presentations. He's now on my "don't miss" list of presenters!!!

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 38 minute recording of "Step-by-Step - Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records" 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 - confederate - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com, valid through Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

QDCIVILWARLegacy QuickGuide: Researching Your U.S. Civil War Ancestors - 2.95

The U.S. Civil War lasted just over four years, from the attack on Fort Sumter in April 1861 through the official end of the war declared by U.S. President Andrew Johnson on 9 May 1865. The War affected the lives of almost everyone in the country, either directly or indirectly. The Researching Your U.S. Civil War Ancestors Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information to get you started on learning more about the soldiers who fought on both sides, and their families. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.

Click here to purchase.

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • 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.
  • New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy 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.

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One-Place Studies: Tracing the History of a Community - free webinar by Kirsty Gray now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "One-Place Studies: Tracing the History of a Community" by Kirsty Gray which includes the after-webinar party is now available to view for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for a limited time. Lots of great comments:

  • Absolutely superb! Well presented, great source web sites, and what a creative subject.
  • Enjoyed Kirsty Gray - again. I like her enthusiastic and no-nonsense approach to getting it done. Thanks.
  • Excellent ideas on how to do a community study. I've heard of one name studies and house histories but this takes it one step further. It makes good sense since you must use geography and history to do sound genealogy research.

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 41 minute recording of "One-Place Studies: Tracing the History of a Community" PLUS the bonus 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.

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Use webinar coupon code - community - for 10% off anything at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com or www.LegacyFamilyTreeStore.com or www.Kiwilane.com, valid through Monday, February 9, 2015.

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • 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.
  • New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy 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.

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Women Homesteaders and Genealogy - BONUS webinar by Gail Blankenau now available in webinar library for subscribers

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Dear Legacy Family Tree Webinar Subscribers,

I'll admit...I wasn't too sure if the topic of this webinar, "Women Homesteaders and Genealogy" was really going to be for me. Turns out it was one of my all-time favorites.

Sure, I've got lots of women in my pedigree (about half of my ancestors...) but didn't the men take care of the homestead applications? Turns out, it doesn't matter, because one resource Gail Blankenau mentioned solved one of my brick walls - for one of the men in my pedigree. While she was speaking, I casually did an online search in the database she recommended, for my Nathan R. Brown ancestor. What I found, I had been seeking for years! The 20-page homestead file, which was published in its entirety online, gave a potential exact place of birth for my Nathan!! He signed it with his personal signature.

Never miss a Legacy Family Tree webinar, regardless of whether you think it is for you or not!!

This was our second recorded BONUS addition to the webinar library (not available as a live broadcast). If you have U.S. ancestors alive during the passage of the 1862 Homestead Act you need to see this webinar. Be sure to download Gail's 15 pages of supplemental syllabus materials as well.

Click here to watch the 54 minute recording of "Women Homesteaders and Genealogy" and download/print the 15 pages of supplemental syllabus materials or click here to subscribe.

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Legacy Tip - Comparing two Legacy files at once

A great question came into my inbox this morning from one of our Legacy users, Karen. She asked,

Is there a way to have two different family trees open in Legacy at the same time? I want to compare some “possible” connections between two family lines that I have worked on, so I want to be able to move up and down from parents to children to siblings, etc. One is my family; one is for a friend. Thank you.

Yes! This is possible, and is one of the features that draws people to Legacy. Here's how....

First, on the View tab, click on the Split Screen button.

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Click the Yes button.

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Next, browse to and select the other family file you wish to compare.

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The result is that your personal family file is open on the left, and the new family file is open on the right. Here, like you requested, you can navigate as you wish in either family file for your comparison.

TIP: If you find something in the right file that you want to add to the left file, just drag and drop the person from the right to the left. Be careful though, I don't usually recommend adding everything from someone else's file, but the possibility exists.