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Using Snagit for Genealogy Visual Storytelling and Instruction - free webinar by Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS now online for limited time

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The recording of Wednesday's webinar, "Using Snagit for Genealogy Visual Storytelling and Instruction” by Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS, is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Snagit is my go-to tool for capturing screenshots and converting those into compelling visual aids to enhance my family history narratives and genealogy instruction materials. It is particularly useful for creating annotated images and privatizing sensitive visual information before sharing or publishing. We will walk through navigating around the desktop application interface and using its various features, demonstrate some of my regular use cases, learn how to backup your Snagit Library, and discuss my workflow for accessing projects on multiple computers.
 
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 36 minute recording of "Using Snagit for Genealogy Visual Storytelling and Instruction" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,175 classes, 1,422 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,756 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

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Print the 2020 webinar brochure here.


New TechZone Video - How Much is that Worth? The Historical Value of U.S. Currency by Thomas MacEntee

New TechZone Video - How Much is that Worth? The Historical Value of U.S. Currency by Thomas MacEntee

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "How Much is that Worth? The Historical Value of U.S. Currency" by Thomas MacEntee. 

How Much is that Worth? The Historical Value of U.S. Currency

Learn to convert historical U.S. dollar currency to discover what it would be worth today using the app WolframAlpha. WolframAlpha helps you calculate inflation-adjusted US currency amounts going as far back as 1785, when Congress authorized issuance of the first US dollar.

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About the Presenter

Thomas MacEnteeWhat happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.
 
Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at Abundant Genealogy and also runs the popular Genealogy Bargains and DNA Bargains websites!
 
Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success. 
See all the webinars and videos by Thomas MacEntee in the Legacy library.
 
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Legacy Family Tree Webinars provides genealogy education where-you-are through live and recorded online webinars and videos. Learn from the best instructors in genealogy including Thomas MacEntee, Judy Russell, J. Mark Lowe, Lisa Louise Cooke, Tom Jones, and many more. Learn at your convenience. On-demand classes are available 24 hours a day! All you need is a computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

Subscribe today and get access to this BONUS members-only webinar AND all of this:

  • All 1,172 classes in the library (1,419 hours of quality genealogy education)
  • 4,756 pages of instructors' handouts
  • Chat logs from the live webinars
  • Additional 5% off anything at FamilyTreeWebinars.com
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Additional members-only webinars

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New tool to compare your colorized photograph

Now that we can colorize our black and white photographs with the new MyHeritage inColor tool (being called the greatest tech invention in a long time, and I agree!), MyHeritage has now released a cool new tool that lets you download a new Comparison photograph. Here's how to use it:

At MyHeritage.com, click on the My photos option in the Family tree menu.

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Then click on one of the photos that has been colorized. The small color wheel icon in a pictures lower right indicates that the photo has been colorized.

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Next, click on Download and select Comparison.

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What you get is a new image file that has both the black/white AND the color photograph, side by side, for a beautiful comparison.

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Here's a few more of my personal photographs that have been colorized by MyHeritage:

My 5-year-old great-grandmother:

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My 4th great-grandmother, Sarah Smart:

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My great-grandfather (the boy in front) with his father, uncle and aunt:

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Incredible, isn't it?

If you haven't yet colorized your black & white photographs, give it a try at www.MyHeritage.com/inColor. It's free for your first ten photographs. After that, if you have a MyHeritage Complete membership, you have unlimited access to this wonderful new tool.


Register for Webinar Friday: Using Snagit for Genealogy Visual Storytelling and Instruction by Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS

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Snagit is my go-to tool for capturing screenshots and converting those into compelling visual aids to enhance my family history narratives and genealogy instruction materials. It is particularly useful for creating annotated images and privatizing sensitive visual information before sharing or publishing. We will walk through navigating around the desktop application interface and using its various features, demonstrate some of my regular use cases, learn how to backup your Snagit Library, and discuss my workflow for accessing projects on multiple computers.
 
Join us and Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS for the live webinar Friday, February 28, 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

ColleenGreene-144x144Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS, is an academic librarian, college educator, and web developer who has been researching her family history since 1997. She is the Digital Literacy Librarian at California State University, and also teaches an online graduate-level genealogical research methods course for San Jose State University. Colleen is a nationally recognized speaker and educator specializing in methodology, Mexican & Hispanic research, libraries and archives, technology, and society communications.

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Friday, February 28, 2020 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific
  • 7pm GMT

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

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

We look forward to seeing you all there!


5 Ways to Find Out Your Grandparents' Names

5 Ways to Find Out Your Grandparent's Names

Unless you are a genealogist or were very close to your grandparents, there's a good chance you don't know your grandparents' names. Surveys have shown that many Americans don't know who their grandparents were. If you are older when you start your family history journey you might not have family to ask. Here are five easy ways to find out your grandparents' names which will help to begin your family history journey.

1. Grandparent's obituary

If you don't know your grandparent's name, how on earth are you supposed to find their obituary?  Easy, depending on the date, it's very likely that either your parent(s) or you yourself are named in the obituary. Search Google for your parent's name and the word obituary. Any obituary that they are listed in should turn up in a Google search. If your mother's parents died before the 1980s and you are having trouble locating an obituary try searching for the more traditional Mrs. plus the husband's name (ie. Mrs. John Smith). If no obituary turns up in Google, try a newspaper research site such GenealogyBank.com, Newspapers.com or the newspaper search on MyHeritage.com. (Please note that these sites are subscription based.)

2. Parent's marriage certificate

You parent's marriage certificate might name both the parent's of your father and your mother. Unfortunatley, this is not consistent in all states in the United States. If you don't have a copy of your parent's marriage certificate, you can write and request it. You'll need to know the location they were married. In most cases in the United States you will write to the county for a copy of the marriage certificate. But if your parents were married in New England then you'll need to write to Town Hall. Do a Google search for Vital Records for the town or county. The government office will then provide instructions for how to obtain a copy of the certificate.

3. Parent's marriage announcement

There's a good chance that even without your parent's marriage certificate you can locate a copy of their marriage announcement. Most couples through the years have listed engagement or wedding announcements in the newspaper. Most marriage announcements list the names of the parents for the bride and the groom. You can try a Google search but in this case you'll probably want to try the newspaper sites (listed above) directly.

4. Parent's death certificate

If you've had a parent die, his or her parent's names will be listed on death certificate if known. You can request a copy of your parent's death certificate from the government office in the location where your parent died. As mentioned before this will most likely be a county office, unless you they died in New England and then you would write to the Town Hall.

5. Social Security Application

When a person applies for a social security card, the name of both their mother and father is included. While it's not likely that you have a copy of your parents' social security card applications lying around, you can apply for the information. You can make an online request for the original application of a deceased person through the Freedom of Information ACT.  

Bonus - Parent's birth certificate

The vital records - birth, marriage and death certificates - are all important sources for discovering your roots. Your parent's birth certificate, just like their marriage and death certificates, will provide information about who their parents were. The exception to that is if your parent's were adopted. In that case, depending on individual state law, the information may not be available to you. Contact the government offices where your mother and father were born for details about how to get copies of their birth certificates.

What to do next

After you discover your grandparents' names you will be curious about the rest of your family history! The next step is accessing U.S. Federal Census records to start building your family tree. Depending on the age of your parents, you will look for your parents or grandparents in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census. There you will find either your parents or your grandparents or both. Families are shown as a whole - both parents and children - and that's how you'll know you have the right family. From there you will use the U.S. Federal Census to go back in time (by 10 years each time) and as you do you will discover your grandparents as children in the household of their parents. From this you will discover your great grandparents' names! 

Learn more about getting started in Family History Research by watching the six-part Legacy Family Tree Webinars Getting Started in Family History series.

 

 


4th Black History Month Webinar Released

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In celebration of Black History Month, Legacy Family Tree Webinars will open one free webinar each week during February from our African American collection.

This week's feature is The Underground Railroad Runs Through Here by Janice Lovelace. The webinar will be free from Feb. 22-29, 2020.

Black History Month 2020 at Legacy - FREE webinars

The webinars are part of a group of twenty-one webinars in the African American collection at Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Speakers in the collection include Angela Walton-Raji, Nicka Smith, Janice Lovelace, Ahmed Johnson, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, Bernice Bennett, Melvin J. Collier, Judy Russell, J. Mark Lowe, Ann Staley and Ruby Coleman.

Watch the replay of the recently broadcast Newspapers for People of Color Genealogy Research by Nicka Smith. This webinar is free through February 26, 2020. 

Join us in celebrating and learning about African American genealogy research during February 2020!

 

 


New TechZone Video - DNA Testing and Chemotherapy? by Blaine Bettinger

New TechZone Video - DNA Testing and Chemotherapy? by Blaine Bettinger

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "DNA Testing and Chemotherapy?" by Blaine Bettinger. 

DNA Testing and Chemotherapy?

Can you take a DNA test while undergoing chemotherapy treatment? This video explains everything you need to know.

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About the Presenter

Blaine BettingerBlaine 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.

See all the webinars and videos by Blaine Bettinger in the Legacy library.
 
Not a member yet?

Legacy Family Tree Webinars provides genealogy education where-you-are through live and recorded online webinars and videos. Learn from the best instructors in genealogy including Thomas MacEntee, Judy Russell, J. Mark Lowe, Lisa Louise Cooke, Tom Jones, and many more. Learn at your convenience. On-demand classes are available 24 hours a day! All you need is a computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

Subscribe today and get access to this BONUS members-only webinar AND all of this:

  • All 1,170 classes in the library (1,418 hours of quality genealogy education)
  • 4,756 pages of instructors' handouts
  • Chat logs from the live webinars
  • Additional 5% off anything at FamilyTreeWebinars.com
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Additional members-only webinars

It's just $49.95/year.


FamilyTreeWebinars.com adds Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference videos

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars and MyHeritage are delighted to announce the addition of fifteen Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI) 2019 presentations to the Legacy webinar library. The classes, recorded live during in the 2019 Belfast and Dublin conferences, include presentations by top international genetic genealogists on the latest developments in genetic genealogy with a special focus on their application to Irish genealogy. 

The presentations include:

  1. Using GenomeMate Pro & Other Tools by Michelle Leonard
  2. Irish Genealogies & DNA: Back into the Mythological Past by Bart Jaski
  3. Exploring new Y-DNA Horizons with Big Y-700 by Iaian McDonald
  4. Irish Genealogy Down Under by Michelle Patient
  5. The DNA Journey: Perspectives from Irish Adoptees by Dolores Quinlan
  6. Canadian Casualty Identification Program - Using Databases to Connect Families to their Lost Soldiers by Mags Gaulden
  7. An Irish-Ukrainian Case Study by Regina Negrycz
  8. Did the Irish Bring Rare mtDNA to Newfoundland? by David Pike
  9. The Tools at DNAgedcom & Genetic.Family by Rob Warthen & John Collins
  10. Managing Your DNA Matches by Donna Rutherford
  11. DNA Successes of a non-DNA Expert by Alan Rosborough
  12. Using Y-DNA Testing to Investigate Ulster and Scottish Surnames by John Cleary
  13. DNA Testing for Complete Beginners by Debbie Kennett
  14. Why Testing at Ancestry is Not Enough by Martin McDowell
  15. Do You Have the DNA of a Scottish Clan? by Alasdair Macdonald

The Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2020 presentations will also be added to the Legacy Family Tree Webinars library after their completion.

The annual Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference, hosted by Maurice Gleeson, has been running since 2013 in Dublin. It consists of 2-3 days of DNA Lectures from leading genetic genealogists in Ireland, the UK and Worldwide. In 2018, a second DNA Lecture series was started in Belfast. 

How to access

Access to the classes is included at no additional charge for those with a webinar membership. Visit https://familytreewebinars.com/ggi and login to view. For more information about webinar membership, or to join, click here.

Webinar Memberships

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,169 classes, 1,418 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,756 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

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Print the 2020 webinar brochure here.

 

 

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Newspapers for People of Color Genealogy Research - free webinar by Nicka Smith now online for limited time

Newspapers for People of Color Genealogy Research - free webinar by Nicka Smith now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar, "Newspapers for People of Color Genealogy Research” by Nicka Smith, is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Newspapers can be a goldmine for genealogy, especially in the case of records destruction or when all other avenues have failed to yield findings on an ancestor. In this session, we’ll discuss all you need to know to get the most out of using periodicals as genealogical resources for people of color communities.
 
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 33 minute recording of "Newspapers for People of Color Genealogy Research" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,169 classes, 1,418 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,745 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

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

Print the 2020 webinar brochure here.


Register for Webinar Wednesday: Newspapers for People of Color Genealogy Research by Nicka Smith

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Newspapers can be a goldmine for genealogy, especially in the case of records destruction or when all other avenues have failed to yield findings on an ancestor. In this session, we’ll discuss all you need to know to get the most out of using periodicals as genealogical resources for people of color communities.
 
Join us and Nicka Smith for the live webinar Wednesday, February 19, 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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Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

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About the presenter

NickaSmith-144x144Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.

Nicka has diverse and varied experience in communications, with a background in publications, editing, graphic design, radio, and video production. She has edited and designed several volumes of family history that include narratives, photos, and genealogical information and has also transferred these things to an online environment. She is the host of BlackProGen LIVE, an innovative web show focused on people of color genealogy and family history.

She is a past board member of the California Genealogical Society (CGS) and the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC), member of AAHGS Memphis/Mid South and the Southern California Genealogical Society, and former chair of the Outreach and Education Committee for AAGSNC, and former project manager for the Alameda County, CA Youth Ancestral Project where more than 325 youth were taught the value of family history.  Nicka is also the family historian and lead researcher for the Atlas family of Lake Providence, East Carroll, Louisiana.

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific
  • 7pm GMT

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

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

We look forward to seeing you all there!