Genealogy Roots - LIVE in Sandy, Utah October 10/11 - with Geoff Rasmussen and Lisa Louise Cooke


I'm excited to be the featured guest speaker at the second annual Genealogy Roots conference in Sandy, Utah. Join me and Lisa Louise Cooke for two days of learning how to apply the latest tech tools, DNA and brick wall busting strategies.

What: 2 days of innovative genealogy education at the Senior Expo

When: October 10 & 11, 2019. 9am-4:30pm

Where: Mountain America Exposition Center, 9081 S. State St., Sandy, Utah

Who: All ages and skills levels

Day 1: Beginner & Genealogists' Skill Tune Up

Day 2: Intermediate to Advanced

Cost: 1 day pass: $49 - 2 day pass: $69

Early-bird Special: $49 for both days. Ends 9/30/19


Visit to register or for more information. I'll see you in Sandy!

We're Off to RootsTech 2019!


The Legacy Family Tree team is off to Salt Lake City for RootsTech 2019! Always the largest family history event, RootsTech 2019 will feature more than 300 classes, thousands of genealogists, and a gigantic exhibit hall.

The Legacy Booth and more

You'll find Dave and Ken - the founders and developers of our Legacy software in booth #1233. I'll (Geoff) be there as well, along with Leonard, Pegi and others (thanks to Michele, Marian, Jairmie, John and Ron for keeping our Facebook, Support, webinars and everything else running at home!). So bring your questions, good conversation, and well, your money. But only bring half as much as you normally would since both Legacy and webinar memberships will be available for our special conference pricing of half off!

You'll also find me over at the MyHeritage booth giving demos and short classes.

  • Thursday, 10:30am: Learn Genealogy at Home for Free with
  • Friday, 9:30am: Success with the MyHeritage Chromosome Browser

I've also been asked to introduce one of RootsTech's keynote speakers, Saroo Brierley, who was the inspiration behind the true-life story in the movie Lion (I loved the movie!). This will be on the Main Stage on Friday, March 1 at 11am.

I'm really looking forward to hearing from MyHeritage CEO, Gilad Japhet, as he has promised to make some industry-changing announcements. Here and here are sneak peeks of the topics, and who knows, there'll likely been even more.

Can't make it?

If you can't make it to SLC this year, 22 of the classes will be live-streamed. Details are here. PLUS, we'll still see you online for this week's live webinars (thanks for hosting, Marian!):

"Life is short, do genealogy first!"

Join me in Oslo, Norway for the first-ever MyHeritage LIVE genealogy conference

It's been really hard to keep this a secret, but now that it's LIVE and registration is open, I can finally go public with it!

I've been selected as one of the speakers for the first-ever MyHeritage LIVE conference which will be held in Oslo, Norway the weekend of November 2-4, 2018, and will be in the company of some of genealogy's finest educators including Dick Eastman, Thomas MacEntee, Lisa Louise Cooke and many others. The conference is open to anyone in the world who would like to learn genealogy, DNA, MyHeritage and more.

Click here to register or for more information.

Combine some sight-seeing with a genealogy conference and you've got a trip of a lifetime.  I snapped this pic from the tops of the fjords during our 2012 Legacy Genealogy Cruise and have looked forward to returning.


Below is the official announcement. Hope to see some of you in Oslo!

You’re Invited to MyHeritage’s International User Conference!


We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for MyHeritage LIVE — our first ever international user conference!

MyHeritage LIVE will take place on the weekend of 2–4 November 2018 in Oslo, Norway and we’d love for you to attend.

Register now. 

It’s open to anyone, from anywhere in the world, who would like to learn more about MyHeritage – including subscribers, DNA customers, those with free basic accounts, and those who haven’t used MyHeritage yet but would like to find out more.

The conference will feature a keynote speech from MyHeritage Founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, international guest speakers and lectures from senior MyHeritage staff members. There will be three tracks: genealogy, DNA, and hands-on workshops, designed to suit all levels of experience, plus plenty of opportunities to ask questions and meet other MyHeritage users.

Tickets include entry to the Friday night reception, keynote speeches, and all conference sessions. They also include lunch and coffee breaks on Saturday and Sunday and entry to the exclusive MyHeritage LIVE party on Saturday night. Space is limited so please reserve your spot ASAP, before the Early Bird discount ends!

For a list of nearby hotels, details of how to get to the venue from Oslo airport and other information, please check the FAQs on the MyHeritage LIVE website.

We look forward to seeing you in Oslo!

The MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Conference Team

Sonoma County Genealogical Society 2018 Spring Seminar

If you're in the Santa Rosa, California area, please join me for the 2018 Spring Seminar of the Sonoma County Genealogical Society. It will be held at the Person Auditorium at the Finley Center (2060 West College Avenue at Stony Point Road in Santa Rosa) on May 5, 2018.

In addition to the full day seminar, I'll be doing a Friday evening class, "Legacy Family Tree: Your Offline Hub for your Online Research."

Visit for more information.


See you at RootsTech 2018!

Join us this week at the world's largest in-person genealogy conference - RootsTech in Salt Lake City! With tens of thousands of attendees, hundreds of exhibitors, and some pretty cool speakers (Scott Hamilton, Henry Louise Gates, Jr., Dallin H. Oaks and Hank Smith among others) it's the genealogy event of the year!

Also, visit us at the Legacy Family Tree software and webinars booths - numbers 1336/1337. The Legacy developers plus both Geoff and Marian will be there, so bring your ideas, your recent genealogy success stories, and of course your wallet - as always we'll have RootsTech-special pricing on our software. Also we'll have your conference ribbons and "Life is Short, Do Genealogy First" wristbands to share.

If you can't make it, join online. Many of the conference sessions will be streamed live. Here's the streaming schedule.

See you in SLC!

RootsTech is Here! Get your Legacy Ribbons and Wristband

IMG_1255The biggest genealogy event of the year is finally here. RootsTech, in Salt Lake City, is where thousands of genealogists will convene this week, including yours truly. We'll be in booths 1731 and 1830 (directly across from the Demo Theater) showing off our Legacy software and selling our favorite genea-products at special conference pricing. And if you're one of the first 2,000 people to visit our booth, we'll have one of our new "Life is Short! Do GENEALOGY First!" wristbands for you - free. Also pick up your Legacy and FamilyTreeWebinars ribbons for your name badges.

So here's to yet another exciting genealogy week! See you at RootsTech.

Legacy Family Tree at RootsTech 2016

The biggest in-person genealogy event of the year begins next week - and Legacy Family Tree will be there front and center! RootsTech 2016 is scheduled for February 3-6, 2016 in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read all about it at

Meet us in person in booths 314 and 316

We'd love to meet as many of our software users and webinar viewers as possible. Come shake hands with (even get your picture with):

  • Geoff Rasmussen, Legacy developer, author of Legacy Unlocked, and host of
  • Dave Berdan, President of Millennia, Legacy co-founder
  • Ken McGinnis, Vice-President of Millennia, Legacy co-founder
  • Leonard Plaizier, Legacy trainer and user
  • Thomas MacEntee (more below)
  • and more...

Oh, and we'll have our conference-special pricing on Legacy products too!


Prizes - choose a free webinar CD

For as long as they last, everyone who stops by our booth can take home a free webinar CD from our library (one per attendee please). Come quickly to pick up your favorite class before it's gone.


Thomas MacEntee

Meet Thomas MacEntee - in person! at our booth Saturday morning from 10-11am. This is your chance to have your book or webinar CD signed, take a picture, or just mingle with one of your favorite genealogy gurus. 


Geoff's Class

Geoff (that's me!) will be presenting a brand new class: Navigating the New Google Photos on Thursday, February 4 at 4:30pm in room 255A. Here's the class description:

Got digital images? Get an in-depth look into Google's new photo service - Google Photos. Learn best practices for managing, sharing, searching, enhancing, and preserving your digital photos. Learn how to access your collections via your computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Right around the corner is the world's biggest family history library so if you don't see me at the booth, in class, or at lunch - guess where I'll be? Hope to see you all there!

Full-day genealogy technology seminar in Whittier, California, to feature Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen

LogonewtranIf you're in the Whittier, California area, I hope you'll join me and the Whittier Area Genealogical Society for a full-day seminar on genealogy technology. On Saturday, January 31, 2015, the society will host their 32nd annual seminar, and I'm honored to be their speaker for the day. I'll be presenting some brand new classes, as well as new twists on popular topics.

For more information, to download the flyer, and to register, click here.

Legacy workshop to be taught by Geoff Rasmussen in Ontario, Canada - September 20, 2014

If you are in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada area, please join Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen as he presents a full day workshop on using the Legacy Family Tree software. Sponsored by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, the workshop will be held at the North York Central Library on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9am-5pm. Registration is required and available here.

Workshop description:

If you are now using Legacy Family Tree software but are not sure you are using it fully to help you with your family history, this one-day workshop could be for you. The workshop is intended for beginner and intermediate users of the software.

The workshop leader Geoff Rasmussen will review the basic techniques for using Legacy Family Tree (versions 7 or 8), highlight what’s new in version 8, and explain how Legacy Family Tree now makes it easy for you to make the best use of LDS Family Search.

We hope to see you all there! Click here for more information or to register.

Full day genealogy seminar this Saturday, April 5 in Fair Oaks, California

If you are in the Sacramento, California area this weekend, or even if you are not (see below), I'd invite you to join me and the Sacramento Genealogical Society for a full day of genealogy methodology and technology. I will be presenting two brand new classes and major updates to two other classes:

Pre-registration is required (just mail it in by Tuesday, April 1). Here's the registration information. Held at the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church at 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd in Fair Oaks, California, this group puts on one of the finest (if not the very best) seminars in the country every year. I'm so looking forward to Saturday! Oh, and if you have one of my books, bring it with you for the book signing at lunch.

If you are not in the area, I'd still invite you to join me as my "Googling Around with Google and other Fun Technology" class will be broadcast to both the live audience and to a live webinar audience. Click here to register.