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New "Member Friday" Webinar - Preparing for Your Trip to the Family History Library by James Beidler

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Preparing for your Trip to the Family History Library by James Beidler

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Preparing for Your Trip to the Family History Library" by James Beidler. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Preparing for your Trip to the Family History Library

A lot of genealogists call the Family History Library in Salt Lake City their “Mecca,” and since it’s the world largest repository of genealogical materials, that designation is fitting. This presentation runs through the library’s history, its prime resources and how planning ahead can make your trip more rewarding.

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Preparing for your Trip to the Family History Library by James Beidler


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About the Presenter

James M. Beidler is the author of several commercially published books and writes “Roots & Branches,” an award-winning weekly newspaper column and blog (www.roots-branches.com)  on genealogy. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and a research-reports editor for Legacy Tree Genealogists.

James BeidlerBeidler is also frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Family Tree Magazine.He also wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, published jointly by the Penn State Press and 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.

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.

See all the webinars by James Beidler in the Legacy library.

 
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Reconstructing Your Genetic Family Tree - free webinar by Blaine Bettinger, PhD now online for limited time

Reconstructing Your Genetic Family Tree - free webinar by Blaine Bettinger, PhD, now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar, "Reconstructing Your Genetic Family Tree” by Blaine Bettinger, PhD is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

A genetic family tree is the list of genealogical ancestors from whom you inherited DNA. One of the goals of genetic genealogy is to recreate this genetic family tree through a process called “chromosome mapping.” Chromosome mapping uses cousin matches to identify which segments of DNA came from which ancestors, thus recreating your genetic family tree. We’ll look at the fundamentals of chromosome mapping and some tools you can use to begin to map your DNA.
 
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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 28 minute recording of "Reconstructing Your Genetic Family Tree" 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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  • 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

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Applying Evidence to Genealogical Research Questions 2/19/2019

Melissa Johnson, CG

Online Resources for French Genealogy part I: Compiled Records, Church Records and Civil Registration 2/20/2019

Paul Woodbury

Using Timelines and Tables to Analyze Your Research 2/22/2019

Cari Taplin, CG

Spreadsheets 401 : Excel-lent Inspiration 2/27/2019

Mary Roddy

Polled! Finding your Ancestors in New South Wales Colonial Muster and Census Returns 3/5/2019

Carol Baxter

The Five-story Fall: Correlating Indirect and Direct Evidence to Extend the Pedigree 3/19/2019

Debra S. Mieszala, CG

One Touch Genealogy Research: How to Handle a Record Just Once 4/2/2019

Thomas MacEntee

Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye! 4/16/2019

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

English Parish Records: More than Hatch, Match and Dispatch 4/30/2019

Helen Smith

Valid and Unsound Assumptions: What Was She Thinking? 5/21/2019

Jeanne Bloom, CG

They really didn't swim! Finding your ancestors in New South Wales Colonial Shipping Records 6/4/2019

Carol Baxter

Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section 6/18/2019

Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL

Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy 7/2/2019

Cyndi Ingle

Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands 7/16/2019

Yvette Hoitink, CG

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders 12/17/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Print the 2019 webinar brochure here.

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FamilyTreeWebinars.com adds foreign language webinars to series

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MyHeritage and Legacy Family Tree Webinars are pleased to announce the launch of its foreign language webinar series. Broadcast live on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2pm eastern U.S. time (7pm GMT) at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com, webinars are planned for the German, Italian, Finnish, Swedish, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Dutch and Danish languages. The first of the series will be live Wednesday, February 13, 2019 and presented by Gonzalo A. Luengo O.: Cómo explicar los grados de relación familiar (How to explain the degrees of family relationship).
 
Expanding to these nine additional languages is another fulfillment of MyHeritage's promise when they acquired the FamilyTreeWebinars.com webinar series in August 2017, to further expand and enhance the webinar series. This enhancement follows the recent addition of providing the funding and development to add closed captioning to webinar recordings.
 
"My goal here at Legacy Family Tree Webinars has always been to provide quality genealogy education to the entire world," said Geoff Rasmussen, founder and host of the webinar series. "With webinars in their native language, many more will benefit and I foresee lots and lots of new ancestors being found as a result. This partnership between Legacy and MyHeritage really is as good as I hoped it would be."
 
How to Register
Visit www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com to browse both the Upcoming Live Webinars and the webinars in the library (857 classes to date). Or, to register for multiple webinars at once, click here.
 
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Cómo explicar los grados de relación familiar - February 13, 2019
 
¿Primo en sexto grado? ¿Cuarto grado de consanguinidad? Esta clase permitirá entender las diferentes formas en que se pueden mencionar parentescos y su utilidad práctica para la genealogía al momento de analizar documentación.
 
Join us and Gonzalo A. Luengo O. for the live webinar Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 2pm Eastern U.S. time. 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. 

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About the presenter

GonzaloLuengo-144x144Gonzalo Alexis Luengo Orellana, genealogista chileno y profesor de inglés, autor del blog Genes de familia, miembro de número del del Instituto Chileno de Investigaciones Genealógicas y secretario del Instituto de Investigaciones Genealógicas e Históricas de Ñuble.

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  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!


Using MyHeritage Tools to Improve Your Family Tree Data - free webinar by Daniel Horowitz now online

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The recording of today's webinar, "Using MyHeritage Tools to Improve Your Family Tree Data” by Daniel Horowitz is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

MyHeritage offers advance features to make sure your family research is accurate and neat: Consistency Checker and Pedigree Map are two wonderful tools available to curate your names, dates and places, finding minimal details you probably overlooked while building your tree. Take this opportunity to pause and evaluate your current data making sure you end with an accurate and clean family tree.
 
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 23 minute recording of "Using MyHeritage Tools to Improve Your Family Tree Data" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. 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 857 classes, 1,108 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 3,702 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)

Cómo explicar los grados de relación familiar 2/13/2019

Gonzalo A. Luengo O.

Reconstructing Your Genetic Family Tree 2/13/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Applying Evidence to Genealogical Research Questions 2/19/2019

Melissa Johnson, CG

Online Resources for French Genealogy part I: Compiled Records, Church Records and Civil Registration 2/20/2019

Paul Woodbury

Using Timelines and Tables to Analyze Your Research 2/22/2019

Cari Taplin, CG

Spreadsheets 401 : Excel-lent Inspiration 2/27/2019

Mary Roddy

Polled! Finding your Ancestors in New South Wales Colonial Muster and Census Returns 3/5/2019

Carol Baxter

The Five-story Fall: Correlating Indirect and Direct Evidence to Extend the Pedigree 3/19/2019

Debra S. Mieszala, CG

One Touch Genealogy Research: How to Handle a Record Just Once 4/2/2019

Thomas MacEntee

Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye! 4/16/2019

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

English Parish Records: More than Hatch, Match and Dispatch 4/30/2019

Helen Smith

Valid and Unsound Assumptions: What Was She Thinking? 5/21/2019

Jeanne Bloom, CG

They really didn't swim! Finding your ancestors in New South Wales Colonial Shipping Records 6/4/2019

Carol Baxter

Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section 6/18/2019

Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL

Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy 7/2/2019

Cyndi Ingle

Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands 7/16/2019

Yvette Hoitink, CG

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders 12/17/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Print the 2019 webinar brochure here.

See you online!


Register for Webinar Wednesday: Reconstructing Your Genetic Family Tree by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

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A genetic family tree is the list of genealogical ancestors from whom you inherited DNA. One of the goals of genetic genealogy is to recreate this genetic family tree through a process called “chromosome mapping.” Chromosome mapping uses cousin matches to identify which segments of DNA came from which ancestors, thus recreating your genetic family tree. We’ll look at the fundamentals of chromosome mapping and some tools you can use to begin to map your DNA.
 
Join us and Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. for the live webinar Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 8pm Eastern U.S. time. 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. 

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About the presenter

BlaineBettinger-144x144Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in NewsweekNew ScientistWired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers.

Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's Board of Trustees, and graduated from ProGen Study Group 21 in 2015.

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at:

  • 8pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 7pm Central
  • 6pm Mountain
  • 5pm Pacific

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Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  7. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Tuesday's Tip - Known Associates (Intermediate)

  Known Associates

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

Known Associates (Intermediate)

One of the best ways to break down a brick wall is by looking at your ancestor's FAN Club*  I use a combination of Unlinked Individuals/Trees, Hashtags, and Shared Events to record this information. 

 *FAN Club stands for Friends, Associates, and Neighbors which was coined by Elizabeth Shown Mills. You can read more about it HERE. This concept is also called "Cluster Genealogy." We also have several WEBINARS about this research strategy.

I use a three-method approach because each method brings something to the table.  

Unlinked Individuals/Trees

When working on a brick wall I add FANs as unlinked individuals. This gives me the opportunity to work with them just like I work with anyone else in my file. I research these associated people even though I don't know how they fit in yet because the more research I do, the more likely the connection will emerge. As I expand their family, sometimes it is easy to see the link. Even if I can't link their line to my main tree through a familial relationship, I will be able to link them to the main line using shared events (keep reading).

Hastags

I have hashtags like this..

FANs of Freeman, James (1752 - 1823)
FANs of McMichael, John (1727 - 1803)
FANs of  Simmons, James (1764-1843)

If I have more than one person with the same name, I can put further qualifiers in the Description field such as, "of Perry County, married Ellenor Lee"

I only do this for my "brick wall" ancestors and not for everyone.  I have a lot of other Hashtags related to my brick walls that help me find connections that I don't readily see. For example, men that served in the the same military unit, known DNA matches, lived in the same area at the same time, etc. This helps me see how the "FANs" are interrelated to each other.

Events

Whenever I am looking at a document that has multiple people named, I will share the event with those people. The only events that I don't share are census events. I copy and paste these (just my preference). Legacy will allow you to share events with people that aren't in your database but I always add them. (see point 1)

Bringing it all together

With Hashtags I am looking for people that are grouped together on more than one Hashtag. This is a clue that those people were closely associated. I can search by Hashtag and print out little mini reports that I can compare. I can also Tag a group of people, search by that Tag, and then print a report that include all of the Hashtags they have. There are several possibilities here.

With Events I like to run an Individual Chart Report on my brick walls from time to time. Sometimes just seeing it on paper will cause me to notice something that I didn't notice before like a couple of events that are shared with the same person.

Speaking of reports, another helpful report is the Chronology Comparison Report. Many times you are using this to see if two people in your database are really the same person but you can also compare two totally unrelated people to compare their timelines for dates and locations. This is especially helpful if you notice that two people were in two different places at the same time. Family and friends travel together.

I would love to hear your ideas about how you document an ancestor's FAN Club in Legacy.

  

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.


Announcing MyHeritage LIVE 2019

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Registration for MyHeritage LIVE 2019 is officially open! To be held September 6-8, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, it will feature both genealogy and DNA lecture tracks, plus hands-on workshops. This follows the resounding success of last year's conference in Oslo (read about it here and here).

For all the details, read the announcement on MyHeritage's blog here.

Register at https://live2019.myheritage.com to save your spot.

I hope to see you in Amsterdam!


Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage Webinar: Using MyHeritage Tools to Improve Your Family Tree Data by Daniel Horowitz

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MyHeritage offers advance features to make sure your family research is accurate and neat: Consistency Checker and Pedigree Map are two wonderful tools available to curate your names, dates and places, finding minimal details you probably overlooked while building your tree. Take this opportunity to pause and evaluate your current data making sure you end with an accurate and clean family tree.
 
Join us and MyHeritage's Daniel Horowitz for the live webinar Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2pm Eastern U.S. time. 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 

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About the presenter

Danielhorowitz-144x144Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage, providing key contributions liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers and media, as well as lecturing, and attending conferences around the world. Dedicated to Genealogy since 1986, he was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project "Searching for My Roots" in Venezuela for 15 years. Daniel is involved in several crowdsource digitization and transcription projects and holds a board level position at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA).

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  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!


Google Books: The App

There’s probably not a genealogy presentation I give that I don’t mention the website Google Books.  There’s a good reason for this. Never at any time in history have we had access to so many books at our fingertips. Genealogists rely on books for information ranging from family histories and periodicals to city directories and local histories. Researching our family history from the comfort of our home or on the go is a new concept and Google Books provides us that luxury with its digitized collection of books and periodicals.

So it makes sense that with that type of easy to access content there will be times you might not want to be sitting at a computer as you peruse a book that either names your ancestor or provides social history background on their lives. My experience with using the Google Books website on my cell phone is that it is not user friendly. I can’t seem to get the text large enough to see even with my reading glasses and I just find it downright frustrating. Yes, it could be just me but this is the reason that websites develop apps, so that the website can be more easily used on a mobile device.

Google play books homescreen

Now why would you want the Google Books app on your phone? It’s about more than the ability to search for books easily from anywhere. It’s the ability to view and read books you have saved and purchased from Google Play (yes, you can purchase books and download free eBooks from Google Books). The app includes tools for not only viewing your books on your mobile device but they increase the readability of those works via the brightness or tone. Plus it offers the ability to take notes, highlight, and bookmark passages so you can study the text you need for your research. Yes, the app provides access to books but it does much more. In fact the Google Play Help says: You can use Google Play Books to download, read, and listen to e-books and audiobooks on a computer, Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, or e-Reader. You can use Google Play Books on more than one device. You can also listen to audiobooks on your Google Home and through Google Assistant.[1]

Google play books tools


The Google Play Books app is  like having an eReader on your cell phone. Apple's iTunes advertises that other features of the app include the ability to :

  • Read your books, comics, and textbooks even when you’re offline
  • Tap the page and watch your favorite comic book or manga come to life with Bubble Zoom
  • Take notes that sync with your Google Drive and share them with a group for easy collaboration.
  • Use the Night Light setting to automatically adjust the background color and brightness to make it easier for you to fall asleep[2]

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And you can do even more than that because Google Play Books allows you to upload PDFs and eBooks from other sources onto your Google Play Books app. So it does become your own personal mobile library.

To download the app, go to your mobile device’s app store and search for Google Play Books. I found the best way to learn all of the app’s features is to play around with it but you can also refer to Google Play Help.

Is the app as good as Google Books? Well, it’s different. It doesn’t have everything I like about Google Books because it is focused on providing you access to books you’ve purchased or saved. So for example, the My Library bookshelves aren’t there but to be fair they were also missing in earlier renditions of the app. Like most apps, Google Play Books doesn’t replace the website but it does help you have the content of Google Books available on your phone.

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

[1] “Get Google Play Books on your favorite device,” Google Play Help (https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/4517692?hl=enL: accessed 17 January 2019).

[2] “Google Play Books,” ITunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-play-books/id400989007?mt=8: accessed 18 January 2019).


New "Member Friday" Webinars - Korean and Vietnam War Webinars by Michael Strauss, AG

New "Member Friday" Webinars - Korean and Vietnam War Webinar by Michael Strauss, AG

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy two new webinars "Crossing the 38th Parallel: Researching Your Korean War Ancestors" and "Modern Military: Researching Your Vietnam War Ancestors" by Michael Strauss, AG. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Crossing the 38th Parallel: Researching Your Korean War Ancestors

Sometimes referred to as the twentieth centuries “Forgotten War” The Korea War has been overshadowed by the larger conflicts both before and afterwards-namely World War II and Vietnam. This lecture focuses on numerous genealogical records covering this military conflict including Official Military Personnel Files, Morning Reports, after action records, and records of casualties and prisoners of war. Although only lasting 3 years where communist and capitalistic democratic forces staged war against each other; this conflict would not be forgotten as it caused tensions between the participants for decades after the fighting stopped.

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Modern Military: Researching Your Vietnam War Ancestors

The conflict of the Vietnam War sometime referred to as the Second Indochina War pit the communist supported area of North Vietnam against the United States backed region that would become South Vietnam. This conflict would follow the earlier First Indochina War that witnessed fighting between the French and their neighbors in North Vietnam. The Vietnam War is recognized as being waged in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia between 1955 and 1975 with the fall of Saigon and the United States officially removed from the fighting. This lecture focuses on genealogical and historical materials to finding ancestors who fought during this conflict.

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About the Presenter

Michael StraussMichael L. Strauss, AG, an Accredited Genealogist and forensic investigator, is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah. He holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a licensed Private Investigator and qualified expert witness in Surrogate Court and Circuit Court in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. Michael is an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. He is a national genealogical lecturer and instructor for military courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR). He was the film historian for the 2015 Academy Award nominated movie "Finding Vivian Maier".
 

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