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Register for Webinar Wednesday — AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead? by Thomas MacEntee

Register for Webinar Wednesday — AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead? by Thomas MacEntee

While AI (artificial intelligence) might be the current “hot” buzz word, the fact is that many genealogy vendors and even genealogists have already been using this technology for years. The AI industry is at a cross-roads and within the next five years, it will permeate almost every aspect of business and society. Learn how AI is currently being used to improve the genealogy experience, and whether or not you should seek out other uses of artificial intelligence for your own genealogy research.

About the presenter

What 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 has over 42 years of experience researching family history.

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 the popular Genealogy Bargains website!

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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Introduction to the MyHeritage Knowledge Base and the MyHeritage Wiki — free replay of today's webinar by James Tanner now available

Introduction to the MyHeritage Knowledge Base and the MyHeritage Wiki — free replay of today's webinar by James Tanner now available

The recording of today's webinar by James Tanner, "Introduction to the MyHeritage Knowledge Base and the MyHeritage Wiki” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

Come and learn about two valuable learning resources from MyHeritage.com: the MyHeritage Knowledge Base and the MyHeritage Wiki. Each of these websites has articles that will help start your genealogical experience or expand your current experience level into previously unfamiliar areas and enable you to master your skills and help you make the most of your research.

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Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar — Introduction to the MyHeritage Knowledge Base and the MyHeritage Wiki by James Tanner

Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar — Introduction to the MyHeritage Knowledge Base and the MyHeritage Wiki by James Tanner

Come and learn about two valuable learning resources from MyHeritage.com: the MyHeritage Knowledge Base and the MyHeritage Wiki. Each of these websites has articles that will help start your genealogical experience or expand your current experience level into previously unfamiliar areas and enable you to master your skills and help you make the most of your research.

About the presenter

James L. Tanner B.A. Degree; Spanish, M.A. Degree; Linguistics, University of Utah. J.D. Degree; Law, Arizona State University. 39 years Arizona trial attorney. Over 39 years in genealogical research. Avid Blogger of Genealogy’s Star. 17 years as a Family History Volunteer. Presently serving at the BYU Family History Library. On the Board of Directors of The Family History Guide Association. Presenter at Expos and Conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Previously owner of a retail computer business and an Apple Macintosh software company. Professional photographer. Seven children and 34 grandchildren. Fluent in Spanish and has done extensive Spanish genealogical research.

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African Americans in the Army: 1868-1948 — free replay of today's webinar by Janice Lovelace, PhD now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Janice Lovelace, PhD, "African Americans in the Army: 1868-1948” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Following the Civil War, when nearly 200,000 African American men served, the U.S. Army established 4 African American infantry (later modified to 2) and 2 cavalry regiments in 1868. They initially served in the West but fought in the Spanish American War and the two World Wars in segregated units. It was not until 1948 that Executive Order 9981 integrated the military. What was life like for these soldiers? Where do you find service and pension records?

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eBay for Genealogy: A Rescue Story

There’s no doubt that genealogically-relevant records end up in unexpected places. Sure, we find records via genealogy websites, libraries, archives, and as home sources, but they can also be found in someone’s attic or even with an antique dealer. Records can be almost everywhere.

Case in point. The Medford, Massachusetts 1905 School Census.

Medford Mass School Census Cover

I’m not sure how I found the census on eBay since I usually search for cookbooks, postcards, and ephemera, but I must have conducted a search on “census” to see what I could find for a presentation. Some of the results included US federal census transcription books but amidst what was there was the original Medford, Massachusetts school census.

The title of the listing was “Medford MASS 1905 School Census Fabulous book! family listings and addresses.” As I looked at the images and read the description, I knew that this item belonged with a repository so that researchers could benefit from the information.

Medford Mass School Census Title Page

The school census included the following information:

  • Name of the Student
  • Sex
  • Date of Birth
  • Age (years and months)
  • Name of parent or person in charge
  • Residence
  • Remarks

Medford Mass School Census Example Page

What a great resource for the names of school-aged children and their parents (or guardians).

I felt strongly about this item, but I also knew I couldn’t save everything. My personal research isn’t in Medford, Massachusetts. This record wasn’t part of any of my non-family history research interests. But I couldn’t bear to watch it not go to a repository.

I went ahead and contacted a friend who works for a library I thought would be interested. When they weren’t, I had to come up with a Plan B. I was running out of time since the auction was ending, and I risked someone buying it. So, I decided to bid on it. I ended up with the highest bid and won the auction. The question was, now what? I was the proud owner of an item I didn’t need and wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it.

Mail Call

The census ledger eventually arrived at my house, and record-wise, it was beautiful. It was in good shape, and the handwriting was legible. It definitely was something that researchers with ancestors in that area would love to see. After taking photos and keeping it safe for about 4 months, I knew I needed to do something with it. I needed to get it out of my home and into the hands of those who could preserve it and make it accessible to researchers. But who?

I had quite a few options in mind, but in the end, I decided to crowdsource the problem. I posted my dilemma on Facebook. I added photos of the school census book and tagged various friends who worked at libraries and archives. I wrote that I was looking for a home for the census and would donate it to an interested repository. It wasn’t too long after I posted that I found the census a new home. The FamilySearch Library.

Rescue Tips

Now that the school census is safely with the librarians at the FamilySearch Library (and will be available for research in the future) I can reflect on some suggestions I have if you’re tempted to rescue “lost” records or genealogically relevant items.

  1. It will cost you. Whether it’s eBay or the local antique store, the item will have a cost. Even when I’ve had contact with the seller and explained my intentions for the item, at most, I’ve received a 10% discount. And that’s ok. The seller paid for it, and they deserve to make a living. They don’t care about my good intentions. The items I’ve “rescued” I’ve paid for and did not accept any reimbursement from the family or the repository I gifted them to. I chose to do this and so I accept the cost.

  2. That “perfect” place may not want it. In fact, no one may want it for a variety of reasons, including duplications, not part of their collection guidelines, lack of storage space, or it’s just not what they want. I’ve had this happen more than once and, in fact, have seen collections of stuff that should be perfect, in my opinion, for a repository, and they refuse it. You have to accept that. While I decided to crowdsource my census record, if that hadn’t worked, I would have digitized the item and placed it on my own website or blog, giving me time to find a permanent home for the future.

  3. It can quickly get out of hand. Rescuing anything, whether it’s correspondence, photos, or documents, can be addicting. But it can also become a burden. It will cost you money, time, and storage. And in my opinion, you have to have an end game because if/when you pass away, your family won’t be as conscientious about getting the item to the right person. My kids (and most likely yours) aren’t interested in reuniting heirlooms and records. They have their own hobbies and interests.

Rescuing orphan items isn’t for everyone, and that’s ok. In some cases, I find something and then alert a friend who works with a repository about the item, and then I walk away. I’m available if they need me to pick it up, mail it, etc., but I let them take over. Sometimes just letting others know about the existence of something can help it get into the right hands.

As researchers, we depend on records, and sometimes records aren’t where we would expect. Rescoring those records or alerting others to their existence can help them get into the right hands and benefit us all.

 

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: Checklist for Identifying and Dating Photos by Michelle Patient

New TechZone Video: Checklist for Identifying and Dating Photos by Michelle Patient

We're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new, short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! Enjoy "Checklist for Identifying and Dating Photos" by Michelle Patient.

Checklist for Identifying and Dating Photos

Michelle will show us how to get the most from her free checklist for identifying and dating photographs.

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About the Presenter

Michelle Patient is an Australian genealogist, computer geek, and DNA enthusiast, with qualifications in Chemistry, Geology and Family History. She grew up with a grandmother whose family stories, photographs, and memorabilia sparked her life-long interest in genealogy. In 1989 Michelle began searching for her English half-sister, and in 2005 she reconnected her mother with her birth family.

Her personal research covers a wide range of British Isles Diasporas and early Down Under research. She has separated facts from fiction, uncovering stories of will disputes, adoptions, children being given away, bankruptcies, and murder-suicides. Adding DNA research to her genealogy tool kit has increased the range of Michelle’s methods, revealing surprises, and breaking down many brick walls. Michelle volunteers for several genealogical societies, has spoken at a number of global genealogy events, is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, co-owner of Talking Family History with Fiona Brooker, is the DNA consultant behind the Australian SBS TV series Every Family has a Secret and researches for the New Zealand TVOne show My Family Mystery.

See all the webinars and videos by Michelle Patient in the Legacy library.
 
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Register for Friday's African Diaspora Series webinar: African Americans in the Army: 1868-1948 by Janice Lovelace, PhD

Register for Friday's African Diaspora Series webinar: African Americans in the Army: 1868-1948 by Janice Lovelace, PhD

Following the Civil War, when nearly 200,000 African American men served, the U.S. Army established 4 African American infantry (later modified to 2) and 2 cavalry regiments in 1868. They initially served in the West but fought in the Spanish American War and the two World Wars in segregated units. It was not until 1948 that Executive Order 9981 integrated the military. What was life like for these soldiers? Where do you find service and pension records?

About the presenter

Janice Lovelace is a genealogical researcher, educator, author, and lecturer, with over thirty years of experience. She completed the Genealogy and Family History certificate at the University of Washington in 2012, the certificate program in genealogy at Boston University in 2013, and ProGen in 2014. Dr. Lovelace is a frequent speaker at international, national, and regional genealogy conferences as well as local societies on health and genetics, ethnic minority genealogy, and research methodology. She is an instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogical Institute (MAAGI). A retired college faculty member, Dr. Lovelace authored the National Genealogical Society’s online continuing education course African American Roots: A Historical Perspective. A freelance writer and photographer, she has a number of genealogy articles among her publications. A member of the Seattle Genealogical Society for many years, she has served in several board positions. She is also a member of Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Ohio Genealogical Society, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the National Genealogical Society (NGS).

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Anchors are the Way: Leveraging Multiple forms of DNA Evidence in your Research — free replay of today's webinar by Paul Woodbury now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Paul Woodbury, "Anchors are the Way: Leveraging Multiple forms of DNA Evidence in your Research” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Autosomal DNA, Y-DNA, X-DNA, and mtDNA testing and results all have their pros and cons for helping to solve a genealogy mystery. When used in tandem, the synergy of these various forms of DNA evidence aids in pinpointing (or ruling out) relationship scenarios and the source of shared DNA.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Anchors are the Way: Leveraging Multiple forms of DNA Evidence in your Research by Paul Woodbury, MEd., AG

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Anchors are the Way: Leveraging Multiple forms of DNA Evidence in your Research by Paul Woodbury, MEd., AG

Autosomal DNA, Y-DNA, X-DNA, and mtDNA testing and results all have their pros and cons for helping to solve a genealogy mystery. When used in tandem, the synergy of these various forms of DNA evidence aids in pinpointing (or ruling out) relationship scenarios and the source of shared DNA.

About the presenter

From 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 is an accredited genealogist in the France region through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. Paul currently works as a Research Team Manager at Legacy Tree Genealogists where he has helped to solve hundreds of genetic genealogy cases. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul enjoys French research.

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From Trial to Transformation: Building a Convict’s Life through multiple records and data sets — free replay of today's webinar by Andrew Redfern now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Andrew Redfern, "From Trial to Transformation: Building a Convict’s Life through multiple records and data sets” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Exploring the life of a convict ancestor can be exciting but also a daunting task. This webinar leads participants through a methodical examination of the records available at various stages of a convict’s life from trial through to freedom. After developing a framework for investigation, case studies are then used to demonstrate the various records available and where to find them, including both within Australia and overseas. Issues such as record conflicts and understanding the broader social context will also be explored to more fully understand changes in terminology and record types.

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