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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Cluster Research: Using Groups of People to Find Your People by Robyn Smith

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Our ancestors did not live in a vacuum. They lived, worked, socialized, and married in the midst of a larger group of people. Those people included not just family members but friends, neighbors, employers and fellow employees, fellow churchgoers, and business associates. Genealogists often refers to this group with the clever shorthand of the “FAN” club—their friends, associates, and neighbors. Researching this larger group of people often leads to greater success in reconstructing families. Ms. Smith provides guidelines and several case studies of applying the technique.
 
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RobynSmith-2021-144x144Robyn Smith has been researching her family and others for over 20 years. An engineer by day, Robyn applies those research and problem-solving skills to the field of genealogy. She specializes in Maryland, African American, Slavery and Court Records research. From 2008-2015, Robyn taught an Advanced African American Genealogy class at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. She is a Past Vice-President of the Central Maryland Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS). Ms. Smith also lectures and writes extensively about family history research. She is the author of numerous published genealogy articles and for over ten years has authored a genealogy teaching blog called Reclaiming Kin (www.reclaimingkin.com). In 2015, Ms. Smith published the book version of her blog, “The Best of Reclaiming Kin,” which was recommended in the syllabus at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. Robyn has lectured at Family History Center annual conferences, as well as national genealogical conferences. She has spoken at the Maryland State Archives Genealogy Conference and served as one of their volunteer genealogists in 2014 and 2015. She also lectured at the Reginald Lewis Museum in 2011. In 2017, Robyn was awarded the Paul Edward Sluby Sr. Jean Sampson-Scott Meritorious Achievement Award for Distinguished Performance in Support of African American History and Genealogy. In addition to writing and teaching, Robyn also has a special passion for documenting the histories of African American communities and promoting adherence to genealogical standards.

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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar: Federal Records Relating to Rivers and Canals by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

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Many federal records pertain to the development and use of waterways in the United States. This lecture shows examples and explains the relevance of some of the applicable records found at the National Archives in Washington, DC, in its online holdings, and at its regional facilities like Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City, and others. Photos and documents will be examined from diverse NARA record groups; for example, Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers (RG 77), Records of the Inland Waterways Corporation (RG 91), and Records of the Bureau of Land Management (RG 49). Other examples come from holdings of the Library of Congress Serial Set and map collections. The process for finding these and similar records will also be explained.
 
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PamSayre-144x144Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a professional researcher, educator, author, and lecturer. She has developed, coordinated, and taught courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research since 2007. She co-coordinates and teaches in the Researching in Washington, DC, without Leaving Home and the advanced land course at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the advanced land course at Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She has taught in Boston University’s Professional Certificate Program in Genealogy. Pam is former NGS director of education and publications, former board member of NGS and FGS, co-author of Online Roots: How to Discover Your Family’s History and Heritage with the Power of the Internet (2003) and Research in Missouri (1999, 2007), former FGS FORUM Digitools columnist, and a former editor of APGQ. She is a popular seminar presenter who has spoken at genealogy conferences and seminars nationwide and on international cruises.

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Webtember week 3! Replays of today's 7 classes now online for limited time

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Our third day of Webtember is in the books, and what a marvelous day it was! More than 5,000 of you from 52 countries registered for the live event.

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Here's the list of today's classes:

  • Researching Immigrants to New England in the Great Migration, 1620-1640 by James Tanner
  • Afro-LatinX in the Old West by Janice Lovelace, PhD
  • Genealogy on the Go with the MyHeritage Mobile App by Daniel Horowitz
  • A Toboggan Ride Through Canadian Records, eh! by Lianne Kruger
  • Out of the Ballot Box: Voter Registrations & Records by Rebecca Koford, CG, CGL
  • Beneluxury Archives! How to get the best out of Belgian, Dutch and Lux archives online by Marie Cappart
  • A Step Through Time(lines) by Fiona Brooker

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New TechZone Video - Linking Family Trees to DNA Results by Michelle Leonard

New TechZone Video - Linking Family Trees to DNA Results by Michelle Leonard

 

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 "Linking Family Trees to DNA Results" by Michelle Leonard.

Linking Family Trees to DNA Results

Learn how to link your family tree to your DNA results on Ancestry, MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.

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About the Presenter

Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, DNA detective, freelance researcher, speaker, author and historian. She runs her own genealogy and DNA consultancy business, Genes & Genealogy, and specialises in DNA Detective work particularly the solving of adoption, unknown parentage and all manner of unknown ancestor mysteries using a   Michelle Leonardcombination of DNA expertise and conventional research methods.  She also undertakes traditional family history research, living relative tracing, historical and television research, media consultation, the creation of bespoke family history books, podcasts, article, blog and book writing, tutoring, lecturing, webinars and speaking engagements. She is a regular speaker at major genealogy events such as Rootstech, The Genealogy Show, Family Tree Live, Back To Our Past and Who Do You Think You Are? Live as well as a co-author of "Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA: A Guide For Family Historians" which was published in June 2019.

Additionally Michelle is the official genetic genealogist of ancestryhour.co.uk and is one of the hosts of the hour itself: #AncestryHour takes place on Twitter each Tuesday evening from 7-8pm GMT and Michelle is usually on hand to answer any #DNA queries that arise. She also spent several years working on the ground-breaking Fromelles Genealogy Project tracking down appropriate DNA donors to identify WWI soldiers buried in a mass grave in France and served as the Genealogical Consultant on the official Fromelles documentary. She regularly works on new historic soldier cases when battlefield remains are found and DNA testing is conducted.

Michelle holds an M.A. in English and Modern History from the University of St Andrews and a PgCert in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Scottish Genealogy Network (SGN), the Society of Genealogists (SOG) and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). You can find out more about Michelle on her Genes & Genealogy Facebook page and you can follow her on Twitter.

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Your Ancestor’s Many Names

Your Ancestor’s Many Names

This is not a blog post about cookbooks or food history. But it does use a cookbook as an example.

This is a blog post with an important search reminder. That reminder is: You need to search for your ancestor using more than one name for that ancestor.

Whenever I give presentations, I stress the importance of searching websites using name variations for an ancestor. These name variations could include initials, creative spellings (misspellings), abbreviations, and nicknames. If it is a married female ancestor, you must consider not only her birth name but also variations of her husband's name/s. During certain time periods women, but not all women worldwide, went by Mrs. [his name].

Sometimes as we search one database or record set and find our ancestor, we assume that’s it and there’s no need to continue our search. After all, we found what we need. But in reality, when we think of a database that contains something like court records or historical newspapers, it’s possible that our ancestor could be mentioned more than once and in different ways.

A cookbook that I’m studying reinforced the need for exhaustive searching when we conduct genealogy searches. The 1916 Eastern Star Cookbook from Huntington Park, California includes the names of women and men who contributed recipes.

As I went through the cookbook, I noticed that some women were mentioned multiple times and by different versions of her name.

Consider recipes submitted under these names:

  • Laura Brewer
  • Laura M Brewer
  • Miss Brewer

Now Laura and Laura M might very well be the same woman or it could be two different women. Miss Brewer is still a possibility for Laura. But I would need to research all three to verify. If it’s not the same woman, it could be a relative. That too would need to be further researched.

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One woman is listed four different ways in this cookbook:

  • Ollie Cowdin
  • Ollie I. Cowdin
  • Mrs. Ollie Cowdin
  • O. C.

One name variation that is missing is her husband’s name, Mrs. [His name] Cowdin. Now if I were to continue this research on a genealogy website, I would also want to search for her using these and her other name variations based on her maiden name.

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Why does this cookbook example matter? Although most of us for the most part go by one name throughout our lives we need to consider that a name can appear in any number of ways for various reasons or no reason at all. Taking that into consideration, we need to keep a list of name variations for our ancestors and use that to search for them in genealogically relevant records.

 

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.

 


Were they Orphans at all? DNA and the Orphan Train - free webinar by Nancy Gavin Koester now online for limited time

Were they Orphans at all? DNA and the Orphan Train - free webinar by Nancy Gavin Koester now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Nancy Gavin Koester, "Were they Orphans at all? DNA and the Orphan Train: Finding Kathryn’s Family" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Kathryn Paulus was an orphan train rider. Using modern techniques, can we find her family and answer the question — were they orphans after all?

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 16 minute recording of "Were they Orphans at all? DNA and the Orphan Train: Finding Kathryn’s Family" 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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1 billion new records at MyHeritage - Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada, and Scotland Census, 1841–1901

MyHeritage continues to add to its record collections. Announced just today are the addition of 1 billion (with a "b") new records in two major new collections:

  • Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada
  • Scotland Census, 1841–1901

The addition of these collections means there are now 15.1 billion historical records on MyHeritage!

The Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada constitutes an easy-to-search index of 982 million names mentioned in our existing U.S. and Canadian newspaper collections. To create this index, we applied a smart machine learning algorithm to extract essential details from the free text of the newspapers — not just the first and last names of individuals mentioned, but also related details that may appear in the text, such as the name of a spouse or a place of residence. This makes searching the collections much easier and more efficient, and significantly broadens their potential to lead to important discoveries about your ancestors. This index is the fruit of only half of our newspapers, and the other half of the name index is currently being generated and will be published soon, so that nearly one billion additional records will soon be added.

Click here to read more or click here to search the records.

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The Scotland Census, 1841–1901 collection contains 7 censuses from the second half of the 19th century in Scotland, with a total of 24 million records. This is an important collection offering details about Scottish ancestors that often can’t be found in other vital record collections, such as information about occupation and residential addresses.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Were they Orphans at all? DNA and the Orphan Train: Finding Kathryn’s Family by Nancy Gavin Koester

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Kathryn Paulus was an orphan train rider. Using modern techniques, can we find her family and answer the question — were they orphans after all?
 
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NancyKoester-144x144Nancy Gavin Koester is a Western NY native, having grown up in Hamburg, NY. She has been involved in genealogy for over 40 years, starting at the age of 13. Nancy has been a professional genealogist for over 25 years. She has a certificate in Genealogical research from Boston University, a certificate in Irish History from Trinity College in Dublin, and certificates in Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Irish Genealogy I and II from the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Nancy has taught numerous lectures on DNA and genealogy, as well as teaching adult education classes. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, interim Vice-President of the Western New York Genealogical Society, a member of the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society, and a member of the New York State Genealogical and Biographical Society. Nancy and her husband Dan raised six children on their farm in Eden, where they raise hops.

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5 Online Genealogy Freebies You’re Missing

5 Online Genealogy Freebies You’re Missing

There is no doubt that genealogists like free stuff. While not everything is free in genealogy (nor should it be), you can access some excellent guides, articles, and other genealogically relevant items at no cost.

Aside from free genealogy websites, there are other freebies that you can download or view online to enhance your genealogical education or provide tips and resources to find that brick-wall ancestor. Most of us are familiar with free websites such as Cyndi’s List and Linkpendium but what else is out there that you might not have considered? Here are a few items I’ve found that you might want to bookmark.

1. The National Genealogical Society Free Resources

 

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Are you a member of NGS (the National Genealogical Society)? If you are, you know that they provide membership benefits including their publications. But do they offer anything for free to the genealogy community? Yes! And those free resources benefit all genealogists. First, go to their webpage, Free Genealogy Resources. Two items to pay special attention to are the NGS Magazine Complimentary Articles and the NGS Monthly Complimentary Articles. These articles can help you with everything from research methodology to learning more about reading an NGSQ article.

2. The Ancestor Hunt QuickSheets

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The Ancestor Hunt is a great place to find links to online newspapers, but in actuality, the man behind the website, Kenneth R Marks, offers more than just links and videos about newspapers. Check out his Quick Reference Guide link for "quicksheets" on genealogical records such as probate, pensions, naturalization, and cemetery records, to name a few, as well as lots of historical newspaper information. He currently has 40 of these guides to help you with your genealogy.

3. The National Archives Palaeography Tutorials

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One aspect of research that can be difficult is reading older handwriting. If this is one of your stumbling blocks, you'll want to check out the National Archives (UK)'s palaeography tutorials. Their webpage explains that “This web tutorial will help you learn to read the handwriting found in documents written in English between 1500 and 1800." Tips, tutorials, practice documents, and reference sheets for money and measurements make this a must-have for genealogists.

4. PhotoTree One-page Guides

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Have vintage photos that you are trying to date? Not sure if they show great-grandma or her mother? PhotoTree.com's Identifying Photographic Types webpage includes 1-page guides to identify 19th-century photographs. Scroll down to the Photograph Characteristics section and click on the photograph type to learn more. This page with information about Daguerreotypes includes the various components of the framed photo so that you can understand everything about it, including what you can’t see in the photograph case.

5. The Newberry Library Research Guides

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Make sure to check library websites for guides that can benefit your research—case in point, Chicago's Newberry Library's Research Guides. Although the library is in Chicago, these guides are a variety of genealogically relevant topics from Adoption records to Catalog Search Strategies, Germanic Genealogy, Jewish Genealogy, and Royal Lines. Most likely, a search through the approximately 80 guides will reveal at least one guide you could use to enhance your research.

Yes, there's no such thing as a free lunch, but some generous genealogists and organizations provide free content that benefits the genealogy community. These five examples are just a few to explore.

 

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.

 


Webtember week 2! Replays of today's 8 classes now online for limited time

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Our second day of Webtember is in the books, and what a marvelous day it was! More than 5,000 of you from 52 countries registered for the live event.

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Here's the list of today's classes:

  • British and Irish Given Names - Part 1 by Carol Baxter
  • British and Irish Given Names - Part 2 by Carol Baxter
  • Don't Believe Everything You Read by Daniel Horowitz (replay to be available next week)
  • The Loyalists That Stayed Behind: The Reintegration by Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
  • NEVER GIVE UP: 5 Strategies for Overcoming Genealogical Angst by DearMYRTLE and Russ Worthington
  • What are the Odds? Finding Answers Using DNA Painter's WATO Tool by Debra Renard
  • Did your Abuelita...? Seeking Jewish Heritage by Schelly Talalay Dardashti
  • Diaries, Journals and Calendars: Preserving and Documenting Your Ancestor's Day-to-Day Life by Melissa Barker

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