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New TechZone Video - How to Recalculate centiMorgan Totals at FamilyTreeDNA by Paul Woodbury

New TechZone Video - How to Recalculate centiMorgan Totals at FamilyTreeDNA by Paul Woodbury

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 "How to Recalculate centiMorgan Totals at FamilyTreeDNA" by Paul Woodbury.

How to Recalculate centiMorgan Totals at FamilyTreeDNA

Learn how to automatically recalculate Family Tree DNA centiMorgan totals so that the results can be compared to your DNA tests on other sites.

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About the Presenter

Paul WoodburyFrom a young age, Paul Woodbury fell in love with genealogy research. To pursue his passion for this field, he studied genetics and family history at Brigham Young University. To aid in his desire to share his knowledge with others, he has also received a masters degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah. Paul currently works as a DNA team lead at Legacy Tree Genealogists where he has helped to solve hundreds of genetic genealogy cases. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul specializes in French, Spanish, and Scandinavian research and regularly presents on topics for these areas.

See all the webinars and videos by Paul Woodbury in the Legacy library.
 
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Finding Genealogical Data in the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files - free webinar by Trish Hackett Nicola, CG, now online for limited time

Finding Genealogical Data in the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files - free webinar by Trish Hackett Nicola, CG now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar by Trish Hackett Nicola, CG, "Finding Genealogical Data in the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Chinese genealogical research is challenging. Even the names are confusing—a person could have two or three distinctly different names during his lifetime, and possibly an Americanized version. This webinar will give a brief history of the act, tell where the files are located, and how to access them. Examples of the rich genealogical information found in the files will be given—interrogations, affidavits, photographs, vital records, and more. The Act was in effect for 61 years—1882 to 1943. There are over 5 million Chinese Americans in the U.S. Many with ancestors who arrived in the United States before 1943 may have someone with a Chinese Exclusion Act case file.

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 19 minute recording of "Finding Genealogical Data in the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files" 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 1,354 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,291 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)

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Reconstructing the Murphy Family Using DNA & Documentary Evidence - free webinar by Melissa Johnson, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of tonight's BCG webinar by Melissa Johnson, CG, "Reconstructing the Murphy Family Using DNA & Documentary Evidence" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

DNA can often be used along with documentary evidence to break through brick walls and resolve questions of relationship. Learn how an early nineteenth-century English immigrant's family is reconstructed through a combination of documentary evidence and DNA test results.

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 "Reconstructing the Murphy Family Using DNA & Documentary Evidence" 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 1,353 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,290 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: Finding Genealogical Data in the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files by Trish Hackett Nicola, CG

 
Chinese genealogical research is challenging. Even the names are confusing—a person could have two or three distinctly different names during his lifetime, and possibly an Americanized version. This webinar will give a brief history of the act, tell where the files are located, and how to access them. Examples of the rich genealogical information found in the files will be given—interrogations, affidavits, photographs, vital records, and more. The Act was in effect for 61 years—1882 to 1943. There are over 5 million Chinese Americans in the U.S. Many with ancestors who arrived in the United States before 1943 may have someone with a Chinese Exclusion Act case file.

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About the presenter

TrishNicola-144x144Trish Hackett Nicola, CG®, has been working with the Chinese Exclusion Act files at the National Archives at Seattle as a volunteer for over eighteen years. Although she didn’t intend to, she fell in love with the records almost immediately. Trish enjoys getting a window into the lives of the Chinese immigrants and their families, working with original documents, seeing the photos (especially the kids) and learning the ins and outs of the history of the Act. She has written several articles and given many lectures on the Act. She writes a blog that highlights compelling case files. Trish has been certified since 2000, served on the APG Board of Directors for six years, and as a trustee for the BCG Education Fund. One of her research articles was recently published in National Genealogical Society Quarterly. She is also a history nerd and concentrates on the Pacific Northwest and anything Irish.

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at:

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

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!


Legacy Family Tree Webinars Celebrates 10 Years!

 

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Today, Legacy Family Tree Webinars celebrates its 10th anniversary of genealogy webinars. Join us as we kick off 10 days of festivities with free webinars, door prizes and more.

10 free webinars for 10 days

We're unlocking the top webinar from each year and making them free for 10 days. Visit www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/top10 to watch.

Discounts for new webinar memberships

Of course there will be discounts available for our celebration. We thought we'd have some fun with it. The sooner you take advantage of it the more you save!

10years-coupon

Enjoy anytime access to all 1,350+ webinar replays taught by 280+ of genealogy's finest with a webinar membership.

Click here to purchase.

We've got a lot to celebrate! Here are just some of the milestones in our 10 year history

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Watch 1,000 Webinars: History, Bloopers, Inside the Tech, and what's next.

Thank YOUs!

We thank YOU for attending, subscribing, sharing your feedback, and telling others about the webinar series. We couldn't do it without you!

Extreme thanks go out to our 283 instructors - truly, genealogy's finest educators!

Thank you to MyHeritage, the parent company of our webinar series, who keeps the website running, the bills paid, shares ours enthusiasm for genealogy education!

Thank you to the Board for Certification of Genealogists for entrusting the hosting of your webinar series to us!

Thank you to the entire genealogy community for your efforts in providing quality genealogy education!

Thank you to my ancestors who provide me with the greatest hobby! Without you, I wouldn't be looking for you, and thus learning about myself.

Thank you to my wife and children who go without wifi and have learned to be quiet during webinar times.

What's ahead

Here's to the next 10 years of learning how to find our ancestors!

 

 

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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar: Reconstructing the Murphy Family Using DNA & Documentary Evidence by Melissa Johnson, CG

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DNA can often be used along with documentary evidence to break through brick walls and resolve questions of relationship. Learn how an early nineteenth-century English immigrant's family is reconstructed through a combination of documentary evidence and DNA test results.

Registerbut 

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Can't make it to the live event?

No worries. Its recording will be available for a limited time. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access to all webinar recordings for the duration of their membership.

About the presenter

MelissaJohnson-144x144Melissa Johnson, CG, is a professional genealogist, writer and editor. She has expertise in researching families with origins in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and England, and works on forensic cases, dual citizenship matters, and lineage society applications. She is also proficient in using DNA test results to break through ancestral brick walls. Melissa serves on the board of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History. She is Reviews Editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), and editor of the GSNJ Newsletter, a publication of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey. Her work has been published in the National Genealogical Society QuarterlyNew York Genealogical & Biographical RecordGenealogical Magazine of New JerseyNGS MagazineAssociation of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and other publications.

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Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at:

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

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!


What Were Your Family's Firsts?

What Were Your Family's Firsts?

Every once in a while, I see an article or social media post that acknowledges a "first." Usually along the line of “the first woman to go to the moon,” these posts are educational and celebratory (though sometimes we may question why that "achievement" took so long).

Thinking about those types of acknowledgments made me wonder about family history firsts. What did your ancestor do that was a “first” for the family?

What family members had a “first?” These might be huge, maybe even award-winning, accomplishments or they can simply be activities that today seem run-of-the-mill but are still a “first.”

You probably have some “firsts” that you have personally achieved. Maybe like me, you’re the first person in your family to graduate from college. Perhaps you're the first person to become a US citizen. But what about previous generations? What firsts did your ancestors accomplish?

It can be difficult to decide what to write about our ancestors. How do you tell their story so it goes beyond just name, date, and place? What about telling the story of your family firsts? This writing prompt could help you enhance a family story that will interest the non-genealogists in the family.

What are some ideas for “family firsts” you could write about? Here are a few that I came up with:

Education

  • First person to graduate from high school
  • First person to graduate from college
  • First person to earn a graduate degree

Transportation

  • First person to ride in a car
  • First person to own a car
  • First person to fly in an airplane
  • First person to take an ocean voyage
  • First person to ride a motorcycle
  • First person to ride a bicycle

Occupation

  • First person to work in a specific occupation
  • First person to join a labor union

Homes

  • First person to own a house
  • First person to own a radio
  • First person to own a TV
  • First person to have electric lights
  • First person to move off the farm

Military

  • First person to serve in the military
  • First person to serve during wartime
  • First person to serve overseas

Travel

  • First person to cross the United States
  • First person to travel outside the country (maybe for vacation or immigration)
  • First person to document a vacation (photographs, correspondence, diary)

Relationships

  • First person to have twins
  • First person to divorce
  • First person to marry multiple times
  • First person to be born in a hospital

Genealogy

  • First person you researched
  • First new-to-you cousin you met
  • First major discovery
  • First mystery you solved

In thinking about your family firsts there are so many ways you could use this idea to enhance your research and writing. As I wrote this, I realized I need to write about my first ancestor who fought in a war and continue that story through my other direct line ancestors who served in the military since then, from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam. That narrative would start with my “first,” my sixth great grandfather Benjamin Jones and would end with the last soldier in my family tree, my dad.

And obviously, these firsts you write about can include yourself (you might one day be an ancestor) as well as your ancestors.

What are your family firsts? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

 

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.

 


New TechZone Video - Discover More Records with FamilySearch Image Search by Lisa Alzo

New TechZone Video - Discover More Records with FamilySearch Image Search by Lisa Alzo

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 "Discover More Records with FamilySearch Image Search" by Lisa Alzo.

Discover More Records with FamilySearch Image Search

Learn how to use the Image search to find records for your ancestors that haven't been indexed yet on FamilySearch.

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About the Presenter

Lisa AlzoLisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer specializing in Eastern European research and nonfiction writing. She is the author of 11 books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles. Lisa works as an online educator and writing coach at Research Write Connect. She has been inspiring others to research and write about their ancestors for over 20 years, and has presented more than 50 webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Learn more at LisaAlzo.com

See all the webinars and videos by Lisa Alzo 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 1,351 classes in the library 
  • 5,286 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.


Cyndi's List in Practice - free webinar by Cyndi Ingle now online for limited time

Cyndi's List in Practice - free webinar by Cyndi Ingle now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar by Cyndi Ingle, "Cyndi's List in Practice" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Sometimes overwhelming to beginners and sometimes underused by veterans, Cyndi's List is a research tool that is robust with resources helpful in everyone's research. Using specific examples for beginners, as well as more advanced researchers, we will explore the site and point out how to make the most of the categories and the links found within.

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 21 minute recording of "Cyndi's List in Practice" 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 1,350 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,286 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

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New Searching Experience at MyHeritage - free webinar by Dana Drutman now online

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The recording of today's webinar by Dana Drutman, "New Searching Experience at MyHeritage" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

MyHeritage is constantly looking for ways to make the search for historical records easier and better. Learn about the new searching experience, and get a sneak peek behind the scenes of the improvement process.

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 "New Searching Experience at MyHeritage" 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 1,349 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,282 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.