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How to Find the Truth about a Family Story—replay of today's Best of ESM webinar by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL now available for webinar members

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The recording of today's webinar by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, "How to Find the Truth about a Family Story” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for webinar members.

Webinar Description

Oral history provides the foundation for all family research. Documentary evidence builds structure on that foundation. But documents often conflict with family traditions. How do we determine the core truths that are essential to understanding our own past? This class examines the causes of those conflicts and demonstrates how to peel away generations of confusion to find the real story that underpins family lore. Case studies include both Native American and African American traditions.

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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 "How to Find the Truth about a Family Story" is now available to view in our webinar library.

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  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 2,218 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 8,596 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 Friday's "The Best of ESM" series members-only webinar — How to Find the Truth about a Family Story by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

Register for Friday's "The Best of ESM" series members-only webinar — How to Find the Truth about a Family Story by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

Oral history provides the foundation for all family research. Documentary evidence builds structure on that foundation. But documents often conflict with family traditions. How do we determine the core truths that are essential to understanding our own past? This class examines the causes of those conflicts and demonstrates how to peel away generations of confusion to find the real story that underpins family lore. Case studies include both Native American and African American traditions.

*** This class requires an active webinar membership to attend. ***

About the presenter

Across a long career, Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, has been an innovator of research methods and strategies. Published widely by academic and popular presses, she edited a national-level scholarly journal for 16 years, taught for 13 years at a National Archives-based institute on archival records and, for 25 years, headed a university-based program for advanced researchers. A past president of both the American Society of Genealogists and the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Elizabeth is the author, editor, and translator of 14 books and over 600 articles in the fields of genealogy, history, literature, and sociology. She has delivered over 1,000 lectures internationally, has appeared on radio and TV talk shows on three continents, and was featured in BBC’s 20th and 30th anniversary specials on the novel Roots.

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Kentucky and Virginia Tax Lists – 5 ½ Strategies for Identifying That Elusive Early Southerner—free replay of today's webinar now available for limited time

Kentucky and Virginia Tax Lists – 5 ½ Strategies for Identifying That Elusive Early Southerner—free replay of today's webinar now available for limited time
The recording of today's webinar by Gail Jackson Miller, CG, "Kentucky and Virginia Tax Lists – 5 ½ Strategies for Identifying That Elusive Early Southerner” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Kentucky and Virginia have some of the most complete tax lists in the United States. Their value in research often goes unrecognized by even the experienced researcher. Tax lists can be a primary tool for solving difficult research problems and are invaluable when used with other records. Learn how to access original records, to best organize them for study, and to interpret their meaning. The lecture will use case studies to show their use in tracking individuals across time, estimating birth dates and death dates, separating individuals of the same name, determining the identity of other family members, and using them as substitutes for deeds, court records, and estate records in burned counties.

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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 "Kentucky and Virginia Tax Lists – 5 ½ Strategies for Identifying That Elusive Early Southerner" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

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Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 2,217 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 8,596 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
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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Kentucky and Virginia Tax Lists – 5 ½ Strategies for Identifying That Elusive Early Southerner by Gail Jackson Miller, CG

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Kentucky and Virginia Tax Lists – 5 ½ Strategies for Identifying That Elusive Early Southerner by Gail Jackson Miller, CG

Kentucky and Virginia have some of the most complete tax lists in the United States. Their value in research often goes unrecognized by even the experienced researcher. Tax lists can be a primary tool for solving difficult research problems and are invaluable when used with other records. Learn how to access original records, to best organize them for study, and to interpret their meaning. The lecture will use case studies to show their use in tracking individuals across time, estimating birth dates and death dates, separating individuals of the same name, determining the identity of other family members, and using them as substitutes for deeds, court records, and estate records in burned counties.

About the presenter

Gail Jackson Miller, CG is a professional genealogist, teacher, writer, and lecturer specializing in Kentucky, Tennessee, and surrounding states with more than 40 years of genealogical experience. She became certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogist in 1999 and has more than 20 years working with clients on their families. She has spoken and taught nationally at NGS, FGS, IGHR, SLIG, and in the SLIG academy in addition to her work regionally and locally as a speaker, editor, in society leadership, and as a Family Search Center director. In her prior life, she was a nationally recognized biology teacher working with high school and college students. Her academic training was in biology and experimental psychology resulting in an M. S. and M.A.Ed. Gail is a native of western Kentucky currently living in Bowling Green.

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at:

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


Upgrade to Legacy 10 to continue using Legacy's FamilySearch tool

LfsFor years, Legacy Family Tree software users have enjoyed using Legacy's FamilySearch tool.  This tool lets you optionally sync and share your tree in Legacy with the tree at FamilySearch. To improve security, FamilySearch recently made significant changes to their login procedures. These changes will affect how Legacy users login using the tool, beginning July 1, 2024. To continue using Legacy's FamilySearch tools, you must upgrade to Legacy version 10.

Upgrade to v10 for free

Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com to download Legacy 10. It's free.

After you've installed v10 and opened your family file, you'll notice that the FamilySearch tool appears in the same place that you're used to. Everything about this tool, except for the login screen, remains the same.

You won't be able to use the FamilySearch tool in Legacy 9 or earlier beginning July 1, 2024 (earlier versions will not be updated with the new login tool).

Learn about Legacy's FamilySearch app

Watch the webinar here about how Legacy interacts with FamilySearch.

Remember, sharing data with FamilySearch is a manual, optional process. Legacy does not automatically share anything between it and FamilySearch. But some people enjoy the functionality between the two. You might too. Just enable option 1.8 at Options > Customize.


Finding Your Canadian Ancestors on MyHeritage—free replay of today's webinar by Lianne Kruger now available for limited time

Finding Your Canadian Ancestors on MyHeritage—free replay of today's webinar by Lianne Kruger now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Lianne Kruger, "Finding Your Canadian Ancestors on MyHeritage” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

This session will show how MyHeritage can help you find your Canadian ancestors through filters while searching through the records. A list of which Canadian records are available will be provided.

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 17 minute recording of "Finding Your Canadian Ancestors on MyHeritage" is now available to view in our webinar library for free.

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Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 2,216 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 8,596 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

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Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar — Finding Your Canadian Ancestors on MyHeritage by Lianne Kruger

Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage Webinar Series webinar — Finding Your Canadian Ancestors on MyHeritage byLianne Kruger

This session will show how MyHeritage can help you find your Canadian ancestors through filters while searching through the records. A list of which Canadian records are available will be provided.

About the presenter

Lianne Kruger is a professional genealogist and speaker specializing in Canada, homesteading for U.S. and Canada, video recording family history, and using technology in all aspects of genealogy such as Google Maps, Google Drive and Evernote.

She is a member of the board for mitoYDNA.org. She is on the Ancestry.ca advisory board and is the webmaster, database and social media chair for Alberta Genealogical Society (AGS). She previously served six years as 1st VP of AGS and two years as President of Red Deer Branch. She earned the AGS President’s award in 2020. Lianne is a member of Associate of Professional Genealogists, AGS, Ontario Ancestors, and National Genealogical Society.

She earned a computer degree and has taught computer software courses since 1982. She recently earned a certificate and Associate degree in Family History from Brigham Young University Idaho.

Lianne is a frequent speaker at conferences and webinars including RootsTech, NGS, Legacy FamilyTree Webinars, FamilyRoots, THE Genealogy Show (UK), Vivid-Pix, Ontario Ancestors, AGS, Ancestry, and BIFHSGO. She has published articles in BYU Studies Quarterly, FamilySearch, Ancestry, LDSTech, SK Translations, ISBGFH, and AGS Relatively Speaking.

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The webinar will be live on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at:

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate—free replay of today's webinar by Sharon Batiste Gillins now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Sharon Batiste Gillins, "Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

This lecture details the true story of how freedom finally came to Texas more than 2 years after the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation. Common myths will be replaced with the truth of the events that occurred and the atmosphere of the surrounding Galveston community, including the presence of United States Colored Troops among the Union soldiers who arrived to enforce emancipation for over 300,000 enslaved people of Texas. Finally, it follows the evolution of celebrations of emancipation beginning with spontaneous celebrations that occurred in 1865 on the docks of the Galveston Wharf, to the first documented citywide celebration in Galveston, to today’s recognition of Juneteenth as an important historical event celebrated throughout the nation and even the world.

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 15 minute recording of "Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 2,215 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 8,578 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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Register for Webinar Wednesday — Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate by Sharon Batiste Gillins

Register for Webinar Wednesday — Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate by Sharon Batiste Gillins

This lecture details the true story of how freedom finally came to Texas more than 2 years after the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation. Common myths will be replaced with the truth of the events that occurred and the atmosphere of the surrounding Galveston community, including the presence of United States Colored Troops among the Union soldiers who arrived to enforce emancipation for over 300,000 enslaved people of Texas. Finally, it follows the evolution of celebrations of emancipation beginning with spontaneous celebrations that occurred in 1865 on the docks of the Galveston Wharf, to the first documented citywide celebration in Galveston, to today’s recognition of Juneteenth as an important historical event celebrated throughout the nation and even the world.

About the presenter

Sharon Batiste Gillins is a native of Galveston, Texas with paternal ancestral roots in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana and maternal roots in Fort Bend County, Texas. She is a passionate family history researcher who has been actively involved in genealogical research and teaching for more than 25 years. Her professional career spans 40 years in education, retiring as Associate Professor at Riverside Community College, Riverside, California. She frequently delivers lectures and workshops at regional genealogy conferences and national genealogy institutes.

Sharon’s research and teaching focus on African Americans in the 19th Century through the mid-20th century. She emphasizes strategies researchers can use to extract and analyze information from underutilized record sources. Favorite research and lecture topics include the Freedmen’s Bureau, Southern Claims Commission, probate records and Juneteenth history. It is her work with slave-era manuscripts that motivates her desire to encourage more open communication and information exchange between families holding private manuscripts that document the presence of enslavers and/or enslaved people.

A determined gardener, Sharon has learned many lessons from gardening that she applies directly to her work in genealogy.

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at:

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


Editing Your Own Work – Part 2 — free replay of today's BCG webinar by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGG now available for limited time

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The recording of today's BCG webinar by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGG, "Editing Your Own Work – Part 2” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Genealogists write. Their written narratives include stories of ancestral families, biographies of individual ancestors, and explanations supporting genealogical proofs. For their writing to succeed, genealogists—like all effective writers—repeatedly self-edit everything they write. The process results in polished products that the genealogist’s readers will understand, enjoy, and cherish.

Emphasizing genealogical narrative, these two webinars will address the self-editing process. Part 1 will focus on “big-picture” editing, including stages of self-editing; focus; keeping the writer out of the narrative; editing the writing’s overall structure, organization, and flow; and improving major and minor subdivisions of written genealogical narratives, including paragraphing. Part 2 will focus on “nitty-gritty” editing, including capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, word choice, and reducing word count.

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 24 minute recording of "Editing Your Own Work – Part 2" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 2,214 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 8,572 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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