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New England’s ‘Seventh State’: Life along the coast - free webinar by B.J. Jamieson now online for limited time

New England’s ‘Seventh State’: Life along the coast - free webinar by B.J. Jamieson now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by B.J. Jamieson, "New England’s ‘Seventh State’: Life along the coast" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Before railroads, New Englanders traveled by water along the coast from CT to RI and MA to ME. Records for those following a seafaring life (and their families) can be found in archives and other repositories along the coast.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour and 27 minute recording of "New England’s ‘Seventh State’: Life along the coast" 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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Identifying Children Represented by Tick Marks in Pre-1850 Censuses - free webinar by Denise E. Cross, MSLIS, CG now online for limited time

Identifying Children Represented by Tick Marks in Pre-1850 Censuses - free webinar by Denise E. Cross, MSLIS, CG now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by The Board for Certification of Genealogists and Denise E. Cross, MSLIS, CG, "They Had Names: Identifying Children Represented by Tick Marks in Pre-1850 Censuses" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Early nineteenth century censuses represented children in a household with nameless tick marks in gender and age categories. Their identities can be discovered despite the absence of birth records by using the tick marks to determine an approximate birth year then build an exhaustively researched FAN for the head of household. Correlation tools, geographic proximity in land records and later censuses, and ruling out same named individuals, all provide the indirect evidence to give names to the tick marks.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour and 25 minute recording of "They Had Names: Identifying Children Represented by Tick Marks in Pre-1850 Censuses" 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)
  • 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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The Bright Lights of Genealogy - Learning to Focus

The Bright Lights of Genealogy - Learning to Focus

Do you chase bright lights and shiny objects as you research genealogy or slip down the proverbial rabbit hole? It's easy to do, and I think most of us have been guilty of chasing a bright light or two.

When I was researching papers for my college degrees before the Internet, it was a pretty simple process. I used microfilm, books, periodicals, and the occasional database. I wrote down what I found on index cards with the source citation and then organized them to write a paper. When I began researching genealogy, I used a similar system.

But fast forward to today, I can go online to search for a female ancestor in a census, and the next thing I know, I'm researching 19th-century conchology and women collectors, which then, of course, leads me to wonder what books exist on the topic. And then, of course, I need to do some newspaper search. Surely there is a YouTube lecture done by a marine biologist on the subject of 19th-century women collectors of shells and seaweeds.

Well, you get the point. Often the simple genealogy question leads us in all kinds of directions. The value of the Internet is all of the information you can find. The drawback of the Internet is all the information you can find.

I'm not saying all bright lights are bad. It's important to ask questions as we research. And those bright lights can help us find sources we need to learn and tell our ancestors stories. But they can also distract us from our original research question.

So how do you avoid getting distracted as you search for your ancestors? During the height of the COVID pandemic, countless online articles excused our inability to focus on the stress, anxiety, and uncertainness. It was hard to focus when we were living amid a pandemic. There’s no doubt about that. However, now that things are getting better will our focus also improve? My guess is even in the absence of the stress of a pandemic with all of the great information at our fingertips, the answer is no.

As we search for our family history, how do we focus so we can find what we are looking for and plan additional research?

How do you focus on the task at hand? I have a few suggestions that help me though I can tell you that I definitely have my moments where I am not as disciplined as I would like.

Have a Research Question

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of having a research question and not just aimlessly researching. If you have a written research question and a plan, when those distractions happen, and they will, you can ask yourself, “what was my research question?” That might help you to go back to the matter at hand.

Keep a Research Log

I’m a huge fan of research logs. A research log provides an opportunity for you to document your research. But over time, it also helps you to see where you left off should you need to stop researching or chase a bright light. It doesn’t matter what kind of research log you keep (a pre-printed form, spreadsheet, table, etc.). What's important is that you keep it, keep it updated, and refer back to it.

Stick a Pin In It

I can sympathize with everyone who has trouble focusing. I can go from looking for information on my World War I ancestor to wondering what it was like to be on a World War-era naval ship in less than 2 minutes. When you have those bright lights that call out to you, but you don't have the time to deal with it, what can you do? Stick a pin in it.

What I mean by “stick a pin in it” is that I write down that great idea/distraction and come back to it when I can. I keep a list of notes in my iPhone Note app. That way, I know I won't forget (otherwise I will), and I know I can look it up later, whether that is tomorrow or next month. Once I have revisited it, I delete that note from the app (and add it to my research log or genealogy software, if appropriate). You might want to use a to-do list, a reminder app, or a notepad. But whatever you use, write down those great ideas and revisit them when you have time.

Give In To It

Yes, of course, there are times where I can't resist that bright light, and I go ahead and chase it. Sometimes that stops the ongoing temptation and distraction to just meet it head-on. Take a break and spend 30 minutes to an hour. Set a timer so that you can go back to what you were doing when the time is up. Otherwise, you might find yourself still awake at 1 am pondering your latest distraction.

I will admit that I set several alarms on my phone for my day to remind myself when to end/start tasks I need to complete. I find that by not having to worry about the time, I can get more done.

How Do You Dim the Bright Lights?

I’m interested in how you address the bright lights that invariably shine as you research your family history. Do you have a tip, app, or process that helps you focus? How do you keep focused on your family history? Let me know 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 - Convert Paper Files to Digital Using ScanSnap by Diane Boumenot

New TechZone Video - Add a Torn Edge to an Image by Diane Boumenot

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 "Convert Paper Files to Digital Using ScanSnap" by Diane Boumenot.

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Learn how using a sheetfed scanner like ScanSnap can help you digitize your life and organize your genealogy quickly.

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About the Presenter

Diane BoumenotDiane MacLean Boumenot specializes in southern New England genealogy research, including work on her own ancestors, who were among the original settlers of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She publishes her genealogy adventures on her website, One Rhode Island Family. In 2018 she co-authored, with Maureen Taylor, the National Genealogical Society's NGS Research in the States volume, Research in Rhode Island. Additionally, Diane has a long career in association management and believes strongly in the powerful combination of organizations and members pursuing their passion. She holds a B.A. in American History and English from Wesleyan University. Diane is also a graduate of ProGen 28.

See all the webinars and videos by Diane Boumenot in the Legacy library.
 
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Samoan Genealogy (Gafa) Retold - free webinar by Andrew Reuben Peteru, now online for limited time

Samoan Genealogy (Gafa) Retold - free webinar by Andrew Reuben Peteru, now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Andrew Reuben Peteru, "Samoan Genealogy (Gafa) Retold" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

For small communities like Samoa, a tiny group of islands in Polynesia, genealogy is preserved and fiercely protected through oral tradition as they are intrinsically linked to land and chiefly titles. The validity of these genealogical narratives have not been immune to at least two waves of mass population loss that coincided with the arrival of Europeans, coupled with political interference towards colonisation. With today's advancement of technology, family historians can now access and salvage never seen before documents and photos, and decipher DNA tests and some of the findings are not supporting versions of traditional genealogy. How should Family Historians approach this sensitive subject?

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 and 18 minute recording of "Samoan Genealogy (Gafa) Retold" 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)
  • 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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Register for Webinar Wednesday: Samoan genealogy (Gafa) retold by Andrew Reuben Peteru

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For small communities like Samoa, a tiny group of islands in Polynesia, genealogy is preserved and fiercely protected through oral tradition as they are intrinsically linked to land and chiefly titles. The validity of these genealogical narratives have not been immune to at least two waves of mass population loss that coincided with the arrival of Europeans, coupled with political interference towards colonisation. With today's advancement of technology, family historians can now access and salvage never seen before documents and photos, and decipher DNA tests and some of the findings are not supporting versions of traditional genealogy. How should Family Historians approach this sensitive subject?
 
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AndrewPeteru-144x144Andrew Peteru is a Samoan who is researching his maternal Samoan and European ancestors and analysing historical documents, genealogical records and DNA matches. He is currently a PHD candidate at Auckland University.

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New breakthroughs in MyHeritage's Photo Tools - free webinar by MyHeritage's Tal Erlichman now online

New breakthroughs in MyHeritage's Photo Tools - free webinar by MyHeritage's Tal Erlichman now online

The recording of today's webinar by Tal Erlichman, "New breakthroughs in MyHeritage's Photo Tools" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

Photos provide a unique view into the lives of our ancestors and relatives, and MyHeritage's innovative photo features enable you to see your ancestors more clearly than ever before. Join Tal Erlichman as he introduces the latest in MyHeritage photo technology and demonstrates how these powerful tools can foster a deeper connection to your family history. 

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 and 29 minute recording of "New breakthroughs in MyHeritage's Photo Tools" is now available to view in our webinar library for free.

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  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
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Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar: New breakthroughs in MyHeritage's photo tools by Tal Erlichman

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Photos provide a unique view into the lives of our ancestors and relatives, and MyHeritage's innovative photo features enable you to see your ancestors more clearly than ever before. Join Tal Erlichman as he introduces the latest in MyHeritage photo technology and demonstrates how these powerful tools can foster a deeper connection to your family history.
 
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TalErlichman-144x144Tal is a Director of Product Management at MyHeritage and is responsible for MyHeritage's core genealogy service including the family tree, matching technologies and the historical records search engine. He leads a talented team of developers, QA engineers, product and project managers that work tirelessly to create the best family history research experience. From creating the best search tools, through publishing new historical record collections from all around the world, to building innovative features that create meaningful discoveries for our users on a daily basis. Tal is passionate about his family and family history in particular. He comes from a computer science background specializing in mobile security and was part of the LetMobile team acquired by Ivanti in 2012.

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African Americans in the U.S. Revolutionary War - free webinar by Janice Lovelace, PhD, now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Janice Lovelace, PhD, "African Americans in the U.S. Revolutionary War" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Nearly 10,000 people (mostly men) of African ancestry fought in the Revolutionary War on both sides of the conflict – hoping that freedom from slavery would come with the end of the eight year war. What records exist and how can genealogists discover them?

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour and 18 minute recording of "African Americans in the U.S. Revolutionary War" 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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New TechZone Videos - How to Insert Videos into PowerPoint by Amie Bowser Tennant

New TechZone Videos - How to Insert Videos into PowerPoint by Amie Bowser Tennant

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 two videos - "How to Add a Screen Recording to a PowerPoint Presentation" and "How to Insert Video into a PowerPoint Presentation" by Amie Bowser Tennant.

How to Add a Screen Recording to a PowerPoint Presentation

Learn how to create a screen recording from within PowerPoint that can be added to your PowerPoint presentation.

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How to Insert Video into a PowerPoint Presentation

Learn how to insert a video into your PowerPoint presentation either from your computer or an online source such as YouTube or Vimeo.

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About the Presenter

Amie Bowser TennantAmie Bowser Tennant is The Genealogy Reporter bringing you genealogy news, education, and inspiration. She is a professional genealogist, nationally known speaker, and internationally known blogger. Amie provides blog and written content for many top companies and societies in the genealogy field. Some of her publications can be found in the NGS Magazine, the Ohio Genealogical Society News and the OGS Quarterly,  Legacy News, and the FamilySearch blog, just to name a few! You can also see her webinars via Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

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