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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage 2019 edition by Sunny Morton

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Should you use Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com or MyHeritage.com? Or should you be using more than one site to accomplish your family history goals? Learn how these genealogy giants compare in 2019 for historical records, online trees, DNA tools and access options. This overview of each site's strengths and weaknesses will help you know which to use now and which to keep in mind when your research interests or budget change.
 
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SunnyMorton-144x144Sunny Morton is a popular lecturer for the global genealogy community. As Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems, she shares research strategies and inspiration with audiences worldwide via podcast and blog. As a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine, she writes frequently about up-to-date research resources and strategies for hobbyist audiences. She is the author of hundreds of articles and blog posts as well as "Genealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites," "MyHeritage.com Quick Reference Guide," and "Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy."

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Tuesday's Tip - Report Options Part I (Intermediate)

Report Options Part I

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

Report Options Part I (Intermediate)

In Legacy 101 - Reports I gave a general overview of the different reports that are available in Legacy and the different options for each report. I want to go a little more in-depth about the options in this post. I am breaking this up into two posts because there is a lot of information. In this first article I will go over some general information and some of the options screens. The second post will cover the remaining options screen. First some general information.

Different reports have different options
The Chart Reports and the Book Reports have the same options screens BUT not all options are available for each report. If the option is not available for that specific report then it will be greyed out. The other reports have special options screens just for that report since those reports are very different from each other.

Don't forget about the Help button
There is a Help button on every screen and you will get a full explanation of what each option does

The Preview button is your friend
There are A LOT of options and certain options impact other options so it is a good idea to take your time going through and selecting things in different combinations. You can see how the report will look by clicking the Preview button.

The Reset button is also your friend
Sometimes you just need to start over from scratch and that is what the Reset button will do. You will also use this if your report looks wonky. Sometimes the report will get a glitch in the .usr file (the file that holds the option settings) and doing a reset will clear it out.

You can save your settings
Most reports allow you to save a set of options. Some will allow you to save 10 sets and some will allow you to save unlimited sets. This can come in handy in two ways. You might be playing around with the options and get to the point where you just want to go back to your "normal" settings (kind of like a reset) and you can do this by loading your saved options. You might also have a couple of very specific sets of options you use for a report depending on why or for whom you are generating the report. You could have a set that reflects what you want to print for family members and a set that reflects what you want to print for strangers. You could also have a set that prints underlines for missing information (a worksheet) and a set that doesn't or a set with source citations and a set without source citations. There are all kinds of things you can do here. Look for the Save and Load buttons on the main screen of the report options.

There are some options you can set globally for all reports
There are a some report options you can set globally for uniformity. Most (not all) can be overridden in the individual reports. If it can't be overridden you will need to change it in the main options (units of measurement is one of these).

Option 3.3 Letter Case of Surnames
Option 3.5 Format of Names with Titles
Option 3.4 Displaying Surnames
Option 3.7 Location Format
Option 3.10 Term for Christening
Option 3.11 Word for Blank Records
Option 4.7 Units of Measurement
Option 4.8 Time Format
Option 5.1 Dates Displayed As
Option 5.2 Month Format
Option 5.3 Separators for numeric dates
Option 5.4 Double Date Cutoff
Option 5.6 Preposition Before Full Dates on Reports
Option 5.7 Prefixes
Option 7.2 Master Source Defaults
Option 7.3 Source Detail Defaults
Option 7.7 Source List Name
Option 7.8 Citation Formatting
Option 7.9 RTF Citation Style
Option 7.10 Citation Placement on Event Sentences
Option 8.7 Default Family View Labels and Report Wording
Option 8.12 Aunt, Uncle, Niece, Nephew Terms
Option 8.14 Prompt Style
Option 10.2  Master Report Fonts
Option 12.1 Printing Private Individuals, Events, Notes
Option 12.2 Report Credit

Hopefully I didn't miss any!

"Codes"
As you are going through the Report Options you will see things like [FullName]. This is a "code" telling Legacy you want the Full Name of the "anchor person" (starting person) to print for this report. There are several places you can use these codes. You can see a full list of what codes you can use and what they mean. Open the Help File and type in Report. Scroll down a bit until you see Title options. Select that. For those of you that write your own Event Definitions this will look familiar to you. If you have no idea what I am talking about, please read Custom Event Sentences. Having said all of that, you don't have to use these codes. Whenever you see one you can simply delete it and type in whatever it is you want the report to say.

The Publishing Center isn't just for "books"
The Publishing Center allows you to pull in different reports to make a single, cohesive report. Just because you are using the Publishing Center doesn't mean you are putting together some sort of huge family history book. It can be something as simple as a Pedigree Chart plus Family Group Reports for each couple. This is a common combination. The general report settings will apply to the entire "book" and then you can click the Edit Settings for Current Chapter to change things in each individual report. You will notice that there will be things greyed out in the individual report that aren't normally greyed out. That will tell you that that particular option is one of the general options that applies to the entire report as a whole and you will need to go that option screen to make changes. Please see The Publishing Center for more information.

The biggest mistake people make when working with a report is not looking at all of the different option screens. There are tabs and buttons and many times when you click something it will open up even more options. I am going to use the Ancestor Book Report as an example. I am going to show you all of the different screens you can access.  Start by going to Reports > Ancestor Book. This is what you will see.

Ancestor Book Report
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The first thing to notice is that it will open to the Options tab and there are five tabs across the top. This is your main screen. It doesn't matter which tab you have selected you will see the main options at the bottom and on the right side. This is where you will select your report output, Preview and Print, and Save and Load. You can also Reset the report back to the Legacy defaults. This is where you can change who your focus person is for the report.

Click the Change button at the bottom. For most reports the Name List will display so that you can pick someone but some reports allow you to batch print. Here is what you will see if you click the Change button on a Family Group Report.

Family Group Report Options
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Another important button on this screen is the Printer Setup.  What you have selected here must match the options you have selected in the report itself (we haven't gotten to those screens yet). For example, printing Portrait vs. Landscape, paper size, and whether or not you are printing Duplex (double sided). Different printers have different options! After you click Printer Setup this is what you will see (if you have the exact same printer as mine). Click the Properties button for more options.  This is the same screen you will use to print to a virtual PDF driver. See PDF Trick for more information.

Printer Options
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We have three more main buttons to cover before we go on to the five tabs at the top. At the bottom, above the Change button we have already talked about, you will see Index Options, Report Options and Title Page. Right now we are only going to look at the Index Options and the Title Page because the Report Options will be the focus of Part II.

If there is a check mark in the little box on the Index Options and Title Page buttons that means these will print in your report. To actually change the options for each you have to click the big button itself.

If you click the Index Options button you will see this. Notice that there are TWO indexes. You need to click both tabs at the top to see all of the options. Please notice everything you can do to format these two indexes. You can include one or both of the indexes in your report.

Index Options
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If you click the Title Page button you will see the below screen. You can format a really nice Title Page to include your information and a photograph of your choice.

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Now on to the five tabs at the top and we will be done for today.

On the Options tab you will see options to add underlines for unknown information, different options for living and deceased persons concerning dates, how many generations you want to print, and whether or not you want a Table of Contents, and if you do, how you want it formatted. There is a option to include or not include the spouses of children. This Options tab IS different from report to report even though the other screens are essentially identical (with some things greyed out depending on the report).  If you look at a Descendant Book Report you will see that the options on this tab are very different but the overall layout is the same.

 

Descendant Book Report
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On the Page Layout tab you will see that you can control quite a bit of formatting. However, once we get to the Report Options button in Part II you will see that there are many more formatting options.

Page Layout tab
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And there are more formatting options on the Heading Layout tab. You will see the "codes" that I talked about in the general tips at the beginning of this article.

Heading Layout
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The Wording 1 tab gives you the opportunity to customize how you want things worded for events and introducing the children lists.

Wording 1 tab
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There is something specific I want to tell you about the Wording 2 tab. You can add a [CR] after the colons so that your notes will drop down a line.  It would look like this, General Notes:[CR]. I do this for every entry. If you use your General Notes to write biographies you could change it to, Biography:[CR] or Biographical Sketch:[CR].  For those of you that aren't old enough to have ever seen a real typewriter, [CR] stands for "carriage return" which is the Enter key on a computer.

Wording 2 tab
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This is the end of Part I. In Part II we will go over all of the options that are available when you click the Report Options button and there are A LOT. There is no other program out there that gives you as many customizations in reports as Legacy does.

There is one last thing that I want to mention. One of the most powerful tools you have to customize reports isn't found in the report itself. It is the Event Definitions. Events are a very important part of your report and you have control over how your events will read. You can read Custom Event Sentences for more information. Along with the Event formatting options you will see in the next article you will be amazed with how nice your events will look.

 

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.


Censuses Around the World: What You Need to Know About Census Collections and Genealogy - register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar

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Explore the incredible census collections we have in the MyHeritage database (U.S., Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, Denmark, etc.) and how you can integrate them into your family history research.
 
Join us and MyHeritage's Mike Mansfield for the live webinar Tuesday, April 23, 2019. 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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MikeMansfield-144x144Mike Mansfield is Director of Content Operations at MyHeritage since 2013. In this role he is responsible for defining the company's strategy for growing its collection of 9.5 billion historical records, and supervising all operations of content acquisition. Previously, Mike held a Senior Product Manager role at FamilySearch. Mike's professional career has been heavily focused in electronic publishing, search and retrieval, and content acquisition and strategy. After completing his B.S. in Computer Science at Brigham Young University in 1994 he worked for Folio Corporation, a Provo, Utah based technology company which developed cutting edge CD- ROM publication and search technology. Mike joined Ancestry in 1999 and held key rolls in its development of the search engine and publication platform still in use today. As the Senior Director of Search and Content he led the team that created the record Hinting system which helped to revolutionize the way in which users interact with online genealogical records. Mike continued to develop his expertise in his roles in FamilySearch and MyHeritage.

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New Feature - Rebuild Source Citations

The developers have added a new File Maintenance Routine, Rebuild Source Citations. To access it, go to File > File Maintenance > Rebuild Source Citations

Rebuild Source Citations
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And this is what you will see when the Rebuild Source Citations is running:

Checking Sources Please Wait
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If you are transferring sources from Legacy to FamilySearch, and you notice that your sources are missing, you will need to use this new file maintenance routine. It puts all of the citation parts into a single field (hidden, you don't see this) and then FamilySearch will pull from that field. Normally this field is filled in correctly but if you are manipulating sources for reports by excluding sources or suppressing source details this hidden field can get blanked out. This does not affect Legacy at all. The only time it will be an issue is if you are transferring sources to FamilySearch. If you don't use the FamilySearch interface you won't need to do this. Even if you do use the FamilySearch interface you may never need to do this. 

 

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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.


Free Legacy Family Tree update now available (version 9.0.0.295)

We have another great new update for our Legacy Family Tree 9 users (free) for you to download. It's mostly a maintenance update which provides fixes to minor issues you have reported to us. So download the update to get the best Legacy ever!

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

What's Been Fixed

View the April 19 release notes here. 

How to Update

For our Deluxe Edition users, all you have to do is connect to the Internet, start Legacy 9, and click on the "Install and Download Now" link on the Legacy Home tab. (If you're reading this from within the Legacy Home tab inside of Legacy 9, you'll first need to click on the Home button in the top left of the Legacy Home tab which looks like the following picture:

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


New "Member Friday" Webinar - Organizing (or Reorganizing!) That Family Reunion by James Beidler

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Organizing (or Reorganizing!) That Family Reunion 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 "Organizing (or Reorganizing!) That Family Reunion" by James Beidler. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Organizing (or Reorganizing!) That Family Reunion

There’s no place as good for a family’s history as a reunion, but the gatherings come and go – learn how to organize one that will last or reorganize one that’s fading.

Organizing (or Reorganizing!) That Family Reunion by James Beidler


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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.

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Finding German Church Records in Overseas Archives

Finding German Church Records in Overseas Archives

In my webinar titled “So, You’ve Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What?” I explain how to find the church records for your town if they have been digitized and placed online.

But what if the church records you need are not available online? How do you find out where they are housed? You first need to know in what town the church was located. Armed with that information, you can begin your search.

One example is Kreyenborg in the Kreis (district) in the former Kingdom of Hanover. The Catholic church for Kreyenborg’s residents was in Bokeloh, while the Lutheran church was in Meppen.

GenWiki

I find that there is a GenWiki article about Bokeloh. There is a section about Kirchenbücher (church books) which has a link that leads to the archive that holds the microfilmed records. I will have to hire a researcher there. The first thing I would do is find the contact information for that archive and ask them for a list of researchers who regularly work there. Use Google Translate for help reading these websites.

I find that there is a GenWiki article about Meppen, but it does not have information about where the Lutheran church books would be.

The website that hosts GenWiki is called Genealogy.net. The Verein für Computergenealogie created this valuable tool.   

German Archive Portal

I can use the German Archive Portal and select all church archives in Niedersachsen, which is the modern German state where most of the former Kingdom of Hanover was. I find the Landeskirchliches Archiv der Evangelisch-lutherischen Landeskirche Hannovers and visit their website.

I follow the link for Familienforschung (Family Research) and find that this archive does not have church records, but ultimately it leads me to the Evangelisch-lutherischer Stadtkirchenverband Hannover. I see in their holdings that they have Meppen records spanning 1842–1875. I will need to contact a researcher in the area to access these.

German Archive Portal

I could also use the German Archive Portal to find Catholic archives. Select “church archives” and the relevant German state. Look for the words Bistumarchiv or Diözesanarchiv (both terms mean diocesan archive) in the resulting list.

Catholic Diocesan Archives in Germany

A quick way to find where all German Catholic diocesan archives are located is at the Catholic archive portal. Often, an archive will list their church book holdings on their website. This will help ensure you have chosen the correct archive. When in doubt, e-mail the archive with questions.

Catholic Diocesan Archive map

Lutheran Central Archive in Berlin

If you are looking for a Lutheran church that was in East Prussia, West Prussia, Brandenburg East, Pomerania, Posen, or Silesia, your first stop should be the Lutheran Central Archive in Berlin. They have a large collection of Lutheran church books for these areas. They are gradually being digitized at Archion.

Lutheran Central Archive Berlin

Google Searches

Using Google is another option. For best results, I recommend using the German version at Google.de.

There are two Bokelohs in the former Kingdom of Hanover, so when I use Google, I need to add the Kreis name so there’s no confusion. Then add the name of the religion (Katholische in my original case) and the word Kirchenbücher. My search terms would look like this:

Bokeloh Kreis Meppen Katholische Kirchenbücher

This search will lead me to the GenWiki article discussed above. This same search could be used for Lutheran records, by substituting Evangelische for the word Katholische. That search does not immediately lead to information about the church books, however.

Conclusion

You can see that there are several ways to conduct a search for church records in archives. Remember that online collections of church records continue to grow, so check frequently for changes. Contact the archives for lists of researchers. Happy Hunting!

To learn more about finding records for your German town of origin see Teresa McMillin's most recent webinar or view any of Legacy's nineteen German-related classes.

 

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist®, author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library, is the owner of Lind Street Research, a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She is a popular speaker for national, regional, and local genealogical societies.


Boost Your Germanic Research: Understand Historical Jurisdictions - free webinar by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Boost Your Germanic Research: Understand Historical Jurisdictions” by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Meyer’s Gazetteer is great for determining jurisdictions as of 1912. Germany was not a country until 1871. In the centuries leading up to that, land areas were constantly changing hands. One must understand who controlled a given area in order to find all possible records. Topics included in this lecture are: Use of Meyer’s gazetteer and its impact on the Family History Library catalog, Macro jurisdictional changes in historical Germanic areas, Tactics for determining jurisdictions of a village or small land holding over time, Examples of changing jurisdictions for selected areas, Key German vocabulary will be included.
 
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Censuses Around the World: What You Need to Know About Census Collections and Genealogy 4/23/2019

Mike Mansfield

Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage 2019 edition 4/24/2019

Sunny Morton

How I Built My Own Brick Wall 4/26/2019

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

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

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Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye! - free webinar by BCG and LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL now online for limited time

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The recording of tonight's webinar, "Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye!” by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

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Genealogical proof requires the conduct of reasonably exhaustive research, preferably using original records. The emphasis on original sources means that the interpretation of handwritten records is an essential skill for genealogists. Using a variety of pre-20th century American documents, this webinar provides useful tips on the creation of a transcription--the first step in analyzing a handwritten document.
 
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Boost Your Germanic Research: Understand Historical 4/17/2019

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Censuses Around the World: What You Need to Know About Census Collections and Genealogy 4/23/2019

Mike Mansfield

Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage 2019 edition 4/24/2019

Sunny Morton

How I Built My Own Brick Wall 4/26/2019

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

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

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Boost Your Germanic Research: Understand Historical Jurisdictions by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

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Meyer’s Gazetteer is great for determining jurisdictions as of 1912. Germany was not a country until 1871. In the centuries leading up to that, land areas were constantly changing hands. One must understand who controlled a given area in order to find all possible records. Topics included in this lecture are: Use of Meyer’s gazetteer and its impact on the Family History Library catalog, Macro jurisdictional changes in historical Germanic areas, Tactics for determining jurisdictions of a village or small land holding over time, Examples of changing jurisdictions for selected areas, Key German vocabulary will be included.
 
Join us and Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG for the live webinar Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 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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TeresaMcMillin-144x144Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist®, author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library, is the owner of Lind Street Research, a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She is a popular speaker for national, regional, and local genealogical societies. Recently she created and recorded two courses for Ancestry Academy at Ancestry.com. She has taught at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Reading German gothic script found in German records prior to the mid-1900s is second nature to her. Researching ancestors in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest is another of Teresa’s specialty areas. She is a multi-year attendee of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Teresa is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, as well as many German and local genealogical societies. Teresa chairs the committee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists monthly webinar series. She is the webmaster for the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society in Arlington Heights, Illinois and is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

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