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5 Ways to find your Family in Southern Manuscript Collections - free webinar by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, "5 Ways to find your Family in Southern Manuscript Collections" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Early pioneers and settlers were a diverse group with family members across the country. Records about the families which moved and those individuals and neighbors back home are also often elusive, but may hold hidden treasure for the persistent researcher. Thousands of wonderful stories and records are preserved in the Southern states about these families, and may contain the answers for which we are searching.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 14 minute recording of "5 Ways to find your Family in Southern Manuscript Collections" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
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Register for Webinar Wednesday - 5 Ways to find your Family in Southern Manuscript Collections by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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Early pioneers and settlers were a diverse group with family members across the country. Records about the families which moved and those individuals and neighbors back home are also often elusive, but may hold hidden treasure for the persistent researcher. Thousands of wonderful stories and records are preserved in the Southern states about these families, and may contain the answers for which we are searching.

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About the presenter

Lowemark-144J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. While sharing personal experiences that help beginning and experienced researchers gain new skills and insights for research, he specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee that lies in northern Middle Tennessee along the Kentucky border.

Lowe also serves as the Course Coordinator for 'Research in the South' at  IGHR (Samford University), for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)  and is Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), learning sessions and hands-on research focusing on original documents and manuscripts at regional archives. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events.

Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ)National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), the Genealogical Speakers' Guild SPEAK!The Longhunter (So. Ky. Genealogical Society), The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterly and other local society publications. His own publications include Robertson County Tennessee Marriage Book 2 1859-1873. He formerly was the President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG). He is the former President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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New TechZone Video - Searching and Deleting Your Internet Browser History by Cheri Hudson Passey

New TechZone Video - Searching and Deleting Your Internet Browser History by Cheri Hudson Passey

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "Searching and Deleting Your Internet Browser History" by Cheri Hudson Passey.

Searching and Deleting Your Internet Browser History

Learn how and why to search and delete your internet history on the Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers.

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About the Presenter

Cheri Hudson PasseyCheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer, and Speaker and the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC. Cheri is the host of the genealogy chat show GenFriends and is a genealogical researcher, subcontracted by Eagle Investigative Services, Inc., for the US Army Past Conflict Repatriations Branch. 

See all the webinars and videos by Cheri Hudson Passey in the Legacy library.
 
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Judith Eccles Wight - Rest In Peace

JudithEcclesWightjpgWe are saddened to learn of the passing of a fellow genealogist, webinar presenter, and friend. Judith Eccles Wight passed away yesterday, September 23, 2020.

Judy was the first to teach our webinar audience about researching our ancestors in Ireland and is the author of our Legacy QuickGuide on Irish Genealogy. She was kind, eager to help, and a very good educator.

In her honor, we are unlocking her 8 webinars from the members-only area for the rest of the month.

We will miss Judy. Until we meet again.


Introduction to VPNs - free webinar by Thomas MacEntee now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Thomas MacEntee, "Introduction to VPNs" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

You may have heard other genealogists talking about a VPN . . . so what is it, how does it work, and why should you be interested? VPN is a Virtual Private Network and allows you to keep all your Internet searching as well as data use from prying eyes. In addition, a VPN can help you gain access to content to which you might not normally have access. Participants will learn the basics of Virtual Private Networks as well how to install and use a VPN. We’ll discuss which VPN is right for you and your research as well as offer tips and tricks for getting the most out of VPNs.

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 14 minute recording of "Introduction to VPNs" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,360 classes of genealogy education)
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  • 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
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Finding New Cousins and Building your Family Tree with DNA - free webinar by Anne Young now online

Finding new Cousins and building your family tree with DNA - free webinar by Anne Young now online

The recording of today's webinar by Anne Young, "Finding New Cousins and Building your Family Tree with DNA" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

Using the MyHeritage DNA analysis tools to connect with cousins and build your 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 8 minute recording of "Finding New Cousins and Building your Family Tree with DNA" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,359 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,294 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
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Register for Webinar Wednesday: Introduction to VPNs by Thomas MacEntee

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You may have heard other genealogists talking about a VPN . . . so what is it, how does it work, and why should you be interested? VPN is a Virtual Private Network and allows you to keep all your Internet searching as well as data use from prying eyes. In addition, a VPN can help you gain access to content to which you might not normally have access. Participants will learn the basics of Virtual Private Networks as well how to install and use a VPN. We’ll discuss which VPN is right for you and your research as well as offer tips and tricks for getting the most out of VPNs.

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About the presenter

ThomasMacEntee2018-144x144What 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. 

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at:

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Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar: Finding new cousins and building your family tree with DNA by Anne Young

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Learn how to use the MyHeritage DNA analysis tools to connect with cousins and build your family tree.

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AnneYoung-144x144Anne has been researching her family history for 30 years and blogging for eight years. Most of her family arrived in Australia during the nineteenth century gold rushes, however her mother’s family only came to Australia from Germany after WW2.

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How Do You Unravel a Genealogical Mystery?

How Do You Unravel a Genealogical Mystery?

Have you ever had this happen? You find a letter, a document, something of genealogical value. But you know very little about it. Now what? How do you analyze the information that it contains?

Take this letter for example. It was purchased with some other ephemera.[1] If I wanted to learn more about it, where would I start?

Nell Howard Enloe letter to mom

 

I would first want to read the letter to get a sense of what it's about. After an initial reading, it seems that the letter

  • is presumably to a family member (“Dear Mother”);
  • discusses the weather, everyday activities, food, gardening, visitors;
  • mentions other people (Stewart, Peter, Larry);
  • the writer lives in an apartment with no phone;
  • the writer works a job six-days-a-week until 5:30 pm;
  • is signed Nell Howard (possibly the recipient’s daughter but could be a daughter-in-law).

So what do we not know based on this letter?

  • What date the letter was written. Someone penciled in 1944 at the top left-hand side, and the letter has “Friday” typed on the right-hand side, but it's not clear when and by whom 1944 was penciled in nor what month/day. However, the letter writer does refer to "this summer," so it may have been written during the summer months.
  • It’s apparent that 1944 might be possible for the year the letter is written since she refers to food rationing at the bottom of the letter, "How’s the food situation with you? Can you get meat for your points? We just use eggs and let the meat go for very rare occasions.”
  • She writes about living in Washington, but is that Washington state or Washington DC or some other place (assuming this is a letter writer in the United States)?
  • She mentions names but no relationship (Stewart, Peter, Larry). Because no one is listed with a surname, they may be family or close friends that the mother would know. It seems like Stewart lives with Nell (the letter writer), so maybe it's her husband. If so, is Howard his surname? But it could also be her son or some other family member.
  • We don’t know the mother’s real name. The envelope would have solved this question, but it wasn't part of the materials purchased.
  • The mother might live with other people since the letter is signed “Lots of Love to Everyone…”

Who Cares?

Now you might be thinking, "who cares?" What does a letter with little information outside of talking about food and recipes have with genealogy research? What is genealogically relevant in this letter?

That's a good question, and it's one that people ask when we "stray" from the typical genealogy documents. But this letter provides us with two things necessary for our family history research. Even though the letter offers a vague time period, it places five people at a specific time. Nell is writing about people who are alive as of the writing of the letter and prior. And obviously, she too is also alive. So if we weren’t sure about this family and when their death dates were, they most likely were alive around 1943 and even the early part of 1944 (if this is 1944, but we don’t know what month).

Secondly, the everyday lives of our ancestors can help us tell their story. This includes what they are eating (or not eating) and how they are dealing with food rationing during wartime. How could we take that information and use it to tell a story about Nell’s life?

What Questions Do You Have?

As I look at what this letter tells me about Nell, I still have questions. Aside from everyone's identity, some of the details seem to refer to activities that are specific to that time and place. For example, the comment about “red points,”  "community canning kitchens," and “Gack Attack."

So now what? How would you start your research? Research starts with a question, and the most obvious one is, who is Nell Howard? We could try to answer that by searching genealogy records from the 1940s and then go from there. Where could we look? How would you look?

How would you unravel the mystery if it was your family history research? What sources would you check? Let me know in the comments below, and we will unravel more of this mystery next week.

 

[1] Special thanks to genealogist and writer Angela Rodesky for providing me this letter.


Your DNA questions answered live with Diahan - free webinar by Diahan Southard now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Diahan Southard, "Your DNA questions answered live with Diahan" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Got a DNA question? Diahan Southard will be on hand to answer your questions - LIVE! 

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 25 minute recording of "Your DNA questions answered live with Diahan" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,357 classes of genealogy education)
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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
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Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

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