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Finding the Legacy Family Tree Revision History

Revision History

I asked the developers to move the Revision History link so that it is more visible on the Legacy Home tab. 

Revision History
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You can also go HERE to see it. 

Every time the developers issue a new update they will also update the Revision History so that you can see exactly which bugs have been fixed and if any enhancements have been made. Normally only minor enhancements will be in updates. Any new features will be in the next version of Legacy.  

  

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.

 

 


10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing - free webinar by Lisa Alzo now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing” by Lisa Alzo is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

While church registers are the most popular and useful sources for tracing most Eastern European ancestors, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide even more details, there are other record groups to be searched that may prove useful, especially in the absence of church and vital records for your locality. This webinar will discuss available, census, tax lists, land, military, and other records and how to access them.
 
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 "10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing” 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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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Researching your French and Indian War Ancestor  10/26/2018  Craig R. Scott  MA  CG  FUGA
Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees  10/31/2018  E. Randol Schoenberg
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8): The Smoking Gun  11/02/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
City Directories: Much More than Ye Olde Phonebooks  11/06/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor  11/07/2018  Melissa Barker
Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners  11/14/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Every Day Life of Our Ancestors  11/20/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking  11/28/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records  12/05/2018  Mary Kircher Roddy
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database  12/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart  12/12/2018  Janet Hovorka
Citation for beginners  12/14/2018  Shellee Morehead  PhD  CG
Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family  12/18/2018  Nancy A. Peters  CG
That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors  12/19/2018  Michael L. Strauss  AG


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True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic Genealogy - free webinar by MyHeritage now online

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The recording of today's webinar, "True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic Genealogy” by Roi Mandel is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

MyHeritage has brought together many long lost relatives thanks to DNA Matching technology and a huge database of family trees and historical records. In this webinar, our research team will present a few of our favorite heartwarming reunions. 
 
View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 52 minute recording of "True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic 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

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 779 classes, 1,032 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 3,450 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
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year
  • Monthly membership: $9.95/month

Click here to subscribe.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing  10/24/2018  Lisa Alzo
Researching your French and Indian War Ancestor  10/26/2018  Craig R. Scott  MA  CG  FUGA
Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees  10/31/2018  E. Randol Schoenberg
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8): The Smoking Gun  11/02/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
City Directories: Much More than Ye Olde Phonebooks  11/06/2018  MyHeritage Webinars
Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor  11/07/2018  Melissa Barker
Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners  11/14/2018  Rorey Cathcart
Every Day Life of Our Ancestors  11/20/2018  Ann Staley  CG  CGL
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking  11/28/2018  Paula Stuart-Warren  CG  FMGS  FUGA
Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records  12/05/2018  Mary Kircher Roddy
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database  12/07/2018  Geoff Rasmussen
101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart  12/12/2018  Janet Hovorka
Citation for beginners  12/14/2018  Shellee Morehead  PhD  CG
Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family  12/18/2018  Nancy A. Peters  CG
That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors  12/19/2018  Michael L. Strauss  AG


Print the 2018 webinar brochure here
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See you online!


Register for Webinar Wednesday - 10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing by Lisa Alzo

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While church registers are the most popular and useful sources for tracing most Eastern European ancestors, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide even more details, there are other record groups to be searched that may prove useful, especially in the absence of church and vital records for your locality. This webinar will discuss available, census, tax lists, land, military, and other records and how to access them.

Join us and Lisa Alzo for the live webinar Wednesday, October 24, 2018 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. 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 

Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

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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

Alzolisa-144Lisa A. Alzo M.F.A. is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of ten books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles, and writes the blog "The Accidental Genealogist."

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


New Feature! Automatic GPS Conversion (Advanced)

New Feature! Automatic GPS Conversion (Advanced)

When looking at GPS coordinates, there are two main ways that latitude and longitude are recorded. It can be in Degrees, Minutes, Seconds (DMS) or Decimal Degrees (DD).  It will depend on which device (or website) you are using. I use my iPhone when I am recording the coordinates of cemeteries and it gives me the location in DD. Find a Grave also displays the location using DD. Google Maps will give it to you in both formats and Google Earth Pro prefers DMS.

Here are the two types of coordinates for Kiokee Baptist Church in Appling, Columbia, Georgia, United States. They both point to the same spot though they are in different formats. 

33°33'06.5"N, 82°19'09.0"W (DMS)
33.551816, -82.319165 (DD)

Legacy can read both formats automatically without having to manually convert AND you can copy and paste the full coordinates into the Latitude or Longitude box and Legacy will automatically split them between the two fields. You can now grab coordinates from any website with a simple copy and paste. 

Here is a screenshot from Find a Grave showing Mount Moriah Cemetery's GPS coordinates. They are in the DD format.

Find a Grave screenshot
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Using the Windows copy command (CTRL-C) copy the coordinates to the Windows clipboard, 33.53822, -82.31503.  Paste these coordinates into the first box (Latitude) using the Windows paste command (CTRL-V). You can also paste into the Longitude box and get the same results.

Mailing Address screen
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Legacy automatically reformats and splits the coordinates between the two fields.

Coordinates have been reformatted
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If you copy and paste DMS coordinates that have the internal symbols, Legacy will strip the symbols for you so you can simply copy and paste those coordinates as well. 

I used an example of a "Mailing Address" for a cemetery but this feature is available anywhere that you can add coordinates such as the Distance and Bearing Calculator, the Combine Master Locations window, and the Add/Edit Location windows.

No more hand typing the coordinates and no more having to use the coordinate converter. You can copy and paste from any website and Legacy will convert the coordinates as needed. You can still hand type them in if you are getting the coordinates from a mobile GPS or phone.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


Tuesday's Tip - The To-Do List Part III (Intermediate)

The To-Do List Part III

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

The To-Do List Part III (Intermediate)

Previously: 

To-Do List Part I - How to access the To-Do List and general information
To Do List Part II - Entering a task

In Part III of this series we are going to look at the different tabs on the main screen and how to use sorting and filtering to your advantage.

To-Do Tab
When you are on this tab you can go up and down your list and see a synopsis of each task. Notice that there is a tag button here so that you can tag or untag tasks on the fly. Also notice the button at the bottom which will take you to the current person highlighted in the list. If you double click the highlighted task it will open the task so that you can edit it. The number of tasks listed in the top bar are the number of your filtered tasks. I have mine set to only show open tasks so I have 18 that are still open.

To-Do tab
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Description Tab
This tab will show you whatever you have entered in the Description box. You can go up and down the list with the tab selected and read all of your descriptions.

Results Tab
This tab will show the results of your searches. Since my list is filtered to only show open tasks none of the listed tasks will have results. Notice that the To-Do tab, the Description tab and the Repository tab have asterisks on them. That means there is information entered there. The Results tab does not have an asterisk which means there is no information entered. The last two tabs, Filter Options and Sort Order don't have asterisks because these are global tabs that don't apply to individuals. You will see these asterisks in other places in Legacy, namely the Merge screen and the Name List. 

Repository Tab
This will show the repositories that I have entered for each task

Filter Options Tab
The filter options give you complete control over what you see. I have mine filtered to only show Open tasks to include all categories, all localities, all types, tagged and untagged, and all priorities.  You can change your filtering to drill down to exactly where you need to see. If you change the filtering make sure you click the Apply Filter button. Also notice the Apply Filter Options when opening this To-Do List. You do NOT want to check this box if you are doing a temporary filter. If you then exit the To-Do List, Legacy will remember the last filtering you set using this box. Filtering become very important when you want to print a list and we will get to that.

Filter Options Tab
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Sort Order Tab
The Sort Order governs the hierarchy of how you want your To-Do List to sort on your screen. This is independent of how your filter is set. For example, in this screenshot you see that I have the list to first sort by status which will bring all of my open tasks to the top of the list but I have the filtering set to only show open tasks so it is a bit moot. If I were to change my filtering to include closed tasks then this would kick in pushing the closed tasks to the bottom. Between filtering and sorting you can have your main To-Do List set show just the tasks you are interested in. The filtering also applies to the Individual task lists for each person.

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Printing

Now we are at the fun part, printing! You can print a specialized task list to use as a worksheet when you visit a specific repository or location. You can print a priority list of open tasks which you can use as a check off sheet to make sure you are getting those tasks done in a timely manner. You can print off the task list for a specific individual to get an overview of where you are in their research. You could narrow it to a specific category to see what you have done and what you still need to do to find a specific record for that person. There are so many possibilities here! This is where you can see a true research log and a true correspondence log (if you like to keep these separate).

And, you aren't limited to printing. You can export as a PDF or a CSV. This means you can share tasks with other researchers. They will be able to see what things you have planned to do so they can plan other things to avoid duplication. You can also show them everything that you have already done, again so that they don't duplicate your efforts. Or, maybe you have a friend that lives near a courthouse or state archive that is willing to do some leg work for you. You can send them a worksheet of tasks tailored to what they can do. Again, for this to work well you must be entering your tasks in a consistent manner. 

A couple of general things. This report functions much like any of the other reports so a familiarity with reports in general helps. Make sure that you look at the Change Fonts, Page Setup, and Printer Setup buttons over on the right. If you make a change such as printing Duplex don't forget that you have to tell Legacy in the Page Setup and you must also tell your printer in the Printer Setup. The Preview button is your friend. It is going to take you time to get your report exactly like you want, especially when it comes to formatting. For example, you might need to change your formatting to help tighten up the report so that it isn't as many pages or you might want to play around with how much note space you want to add depending on why you are printing this report.

On the main To-Do List click Print over on the right side. You can also access this from an Individual's To-Do List. 

Record Selection Tab

This is where you are going to tell Legacy who you want to include and which types of tasks; general, individual, or both. You can limit to a single person, tagged persons, a Focus Group(s), or everyone. You can also order and print by repository instead of by person. 

Record Selection tab
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What to Include Tab

You will really need to pay attention to this screen because there is a lot of info here and you may not want everything to print so that you can save space. Notice that there is an option to add notes, both lined or unlined (blank box). You can make this as big as you need. This is great for taking to a repository so that you can write notes on each person. There are some places that will not let you bring your computer or a camera in while doing research.

Include tab
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Filter Options Tab

The Filter Options work the exact same way as they do when you are filtering your To-Do List but it is completely independent of those settings. This screen governs the report only.

Filter Options Tab
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Sort Order Tab

The same goes for the Sort Order tab. This governs your report only. Remember that filtering and sorting work together to get the results you need.

Sort Order tab
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Sources Tab

You can include the sources that are attached to your tasks. If you have pictures attached to your Master Sources and/or Source Details you can include those too but this is better suited to PDF exports.

Sources tab
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Congratulations!  You are now recording all of your research steps. There is one more thing I would like to mention because this is a frequent question. Should you record all of your internet searches? The answer is YES!  Why? All of the same reasons for any other search but with internet searches you will be recording your search parameters. The date you searched will become very important as well. For example, let's say you do a search at FamilySearch looking for Benjamin Simmons' Civil War compiled service record. You will want to know when you did the search and what name parameters you used to conduct the search. If the search is negative, I  keep the task open and give it a reminder date of 6 months. FamilySearch adds records all the time. If you watch their blog and see that they have updated this database then you are one step ahead. Also, let's say that you find out that Benjamin was known by Bennie. Did you search the name Bennie when you did your initial search? You won't know unless you have been keeping track. Maybe you thought Bennie was born in 1836 but he was really born in 1832. Did you search a range of dates? Different websites have some of the same databases but their indexes are different. If you search at more than one website for the same person in the same general database you will want to know this. I will say, if I am doing some internet searches on the fly and the results are POSITIVE (I find the record) I don't bother entering a task for that. However, if the results are NEGATIVE you can bet I am going to add one. Is seems like a lot of work but it will save you unnecessary work and frustration in the long run. Pretty soon entering To-Do tasks will be come so routine you won't even think about it.

Next week will be a bit of a bonus article on the To-Do List. I am going to show you some examples of how to enter DNA specific tasks.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

 

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.

 


BCG's Reisinger Lecture Series now online for limited time

BCG's Reisinger Lecture Series now online for limited time

The recordings of the Reisinger Lecture series, a 5-class series taught by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and broadcast live last Friday from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, are now online at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG. Taught by genealogy's elite educators (Tom Jones, Judy Russell, Elissa Powell, Jeanne Bloom and Rebecca Koford), the classes are free to view through next Monday, October 29 or available anytime with an annual/monthly webinar membership.

Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise by Jeanne Bloom, CG

Learn about the repatriation program and the techniques genealogists use to locate family members and DNA reference samples for missing service members from past conflicts. 

Click here to view.

Deeper Analysis: Techniques for Successful Problem Solving by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

The Genealogical Proof Standard states that analysis and correlation of data is necessary before we can say something is proven, but what techniques are best? Many people collect information but don't know how to manipulate it for evidence analysis. Spreadsheets, timelines, maps, charts and tables are a few of the techniques that will be discussed to pull out evidence needed to answer research questions.

Click here to view.

John Jacob Kramer: Case Study of Mistaken Identity among Revolutionary War Soldiers by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

Men of the same name is a constant challenge for every serious researcher. In the case of recognized Revolutionary patriot John Jacob Kramer, we discover how this one man's identity was actually compiled from three separate and distinct men. We will review military records, family lore, congressional papers, and more to unravel the tangle of mistaken identity passed down through the generations.

Click here to view.

Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events by Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

Information hidden below the surface or totally absent helps researchers reconstruct events, identities, and relationships that no record specifies. Such hidden information is indirect or negative evidence. This session discusses the qualities of both kinds of evidence, which are easily misunderstood. It also describes uses of indirect and negative evidence, and it gives examples of applying those uses to solving genealogical problems.

Click here to view.

The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence from Bad by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

The “best evidence” rule in law requires the presentation in court of an original rather than a copy, and a copy won’t even be admitted if the original is available. In genealogy, our rules require us to do the same: to discriminate, choose in favor of, prefer certain types of evidence to others, certain bits of information to others, certain sources to others. So... just how do we do that?

Click here to view.


Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar: True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic Genealogy by Roi Mandel

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MyHeritage has brought together many long lost relatives thanks to DNA Matching technology and a huge database of family trees and historical records. In this webinar, our research team will present a few of our favorite heartwarming reunions.

Join us and MyHeritage's Roi Mandel for the live webinar Tuesday, October 23, 2018 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. 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 

Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

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About the Presenter

RoiMandel-144x144With 15 years of experience in journalism as a news and magazine correspondent and a great love of history and human stories, Roi is responsible for finding and researching the amazing stories of MyHeritage users and reuniting families all over the world. He and his team are also using MyHeritage’s incredible database, every day, to shed light on historical figures and events. Married with two children, Roi was born in Israel and has a B.A. in Media Studies and History. He joined MyHeritage in 2015, immediately making his mark with the "Real Uncle Sam" story that was published in the New York Times, and an intensive historical research on the Jewish community in Corfu, Greece. In the past three years, he has facilitated many family reunions of MyHeritage users around the world.

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  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Genealogy + Yelp = A Surprisingly Good Combination

Genealogy + Yelp = A Surprisingly Good Combination

Are you familiar with Yelp?

Yelp is a free local search program that helps the user find eateries, entertainment and home services in a specific area. When traveling or just looking for a new place to eat with my family, Yelp is the go-to app on my phone. 

But, can Yelp be used for genealogy research purposes? Absolutely!

Why You Want To Use Yelp for Genealogy Purposes

  • If you are planning a genealogy research trip, use Yelp to find unique repositories in your specified area.
  • If you find yourself unexpectedly in an area, use Yelp to see what genealogy repositories or research sites are close by and open.  
  • Use Yelp to find libraries, cemeteries, local museums, local archives and even genealogical societies.
  • Use Yelp to find local restaurants or coffee shops. After all, a researcher has to eat and researchers do not like to wander too far from a repository!

Yelp can be accessed either from your laptop or from the free app available for your smartphone. Tip: Install the Yelp app on your phone for on-the-go research.

Let's Take A Closer Look At Yelp 

1.Navigate to Yelp.com or open the Yelp app on your phone.  (Find directions to download the free app here.)

2.Type in your search terms.

For our example, we will be searching Portland, OR for genealogy resources. 

  Search-portland-or

 Tip: Try searching  "genealogy" and "family history". The search term "genealogy" seems to consistently yield more results than "family history" for U.S based searches. In United Kingdom searches, "family history" yielded more results.

Our search results yielded 4 potential genealogy research repositories to explore. Notice results include libraries, cultural or community centers AND a genealogy society(!). 

Yelp-search-results-OR

3.To learn more about a repository or library, simply click the entry. Clicking the first result for The Genealogical Forum of Oregon brings the user to the Yelp entry for the group.

Genealogical-forum-oregon

On the left side is the basic information of address, phone number, link for directions and the website for The Genealogical Forum of Oregon. Click the website link to learn even more about this entry.

GFO Genealogical Forum of Oregon

Ready to make a visit? Back on the Yelp results page, click "Get Directions" and you are ready to be off.

4. Find insider tips about a repository and genealogy research by finding User Reviews found underneath a repository's entry.  Be sure and leave your own review, too!

Yelp-recommended-reviews

Now it's your turn. Explore Yelp with your own examples.

Search for  local "museums" or "historical sites" in your area of interest to learn more about the social context of the time and place your ancestor lived. 

(And when you get hungry....fine local eateries in the area.)

 

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Lisa Lisson is the writer, educator and genealogy researcher behind Are You My Cousin? and believes researching your genealogy does not have to be overwhelming. All you need is a solid plan, a genealogy toolbox and the knowledge to use those tools. Lisa can be found online at LisaLisson.com , Facebook and Pinterest


New "Member Friday" Webinar - Genealogical Research in the Dakotas by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Genealogical Research in the Dakotas by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Genealogical Research in the Dakotas" by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Genealogical Research in the Dakotas

The Dakotas. One large territory that became the two very diverse states of North Dakota and South Dakota. Many record repositories, many indexes, growing online presences, and a few surprises. One has an online death index into 2017. The other has a 1945 state census.

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Genealogical Research in the Dakotas by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG

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About the Presenter

Paula Stuart-WarrenPaula considers herself fortunate to be an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research. She loves to interact with her clients and audiences. She is a long-time course coordinator and instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and an instructor for Ancestry Academy. Her lecturing experience includes the Federation of Genealogical Societies and National Genealogical Society conferences and seminars in many states and Canada. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS), and is a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and is the Past President of the Northland Chapter of APG. She initiated the MGS education committee and classes and was one of the founding members of the MGS Library. She co-chaired the FGS 2001, 2011, and 2013 conferences. Her ancestors came to the U.S. from eight ancestral countries. She has researched onsite from coast to coast at and has written for, FGS FORUMNGS MagazineFamily Tree MagazineNew England AncestorsMinnesota Genealogist, findmypast.com, was editor of the former FGS Conference News Blog and currently has her own educational website and blog at https://genealogybypaula.com.

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