Legacy is coming to Orange County, California - July 13, 2013

If you will be in the North Orange County, California area on Saturday, July 13, 2013, I invite you to join me for a full day genealogy technology seminar. Hosted by the Genealogical Society of North Orange County, I will be presenting the following classes:

  • Research Guidance: GenSmarts, FamilySearch, and Legacy
  • Organizing, Planning, and Sharing Using Legacy Family Tree 8
  • Mapping Your Ancestors Electronically
  • Cemeteries Go Digital
  • plus question/answer time and door prizes

The seminar will be held from 9am-4pm at the Fullerton Public Library and Conference Center at 353 W. Commonwealth Ave in Fullerton. We'll also have Pegi and Sarah from Legacy Customer Service there with seminar-special pricing on our Legacy software, webinar CDs, books, magnabrites, and more.

Registration is required. Click here for the form. For more information, call 714-319-5994 or go to www.gsnocc.org. Pre-registration ends July 6.

Legacy class in Boise, Idaho this Saturday!

If you will be in the Boise, Idaho area this Saturday, June 15, please join me at the Idaho State Archives as I will present Organizing, Planning, and Sharing with Legacy Family Tree. The class is part of the "Dead Relative Collectors" meeting which will be held from 10:30-11:30am in the conference room at 2205 Old Penitentiary Road.

Funny story - we've lived in Middleton, Idaho (the new headquarters of our Legacy Family Tree Webinar series!) for nearly six months now so we're finally getting settled. This week I started looking for a local genealogy society meeting to attend. I contacted the President of the Idaho Genealogical Society who mentioned the "Dead Relative Collectors" group which meets the third Saturday of the month. They just happened to be looking for a speaker for this Saturday. So not only will I get to speak on my favorite topic, but I'll get to meet other Idahoan genealogists!

Hope to see some of you there!

Legacy Family Tree is coming to NGS in Las Vegas this week!

If you are headed to Las Vegas, Nevada for this week's National Genealogical Society's conference, stop by our booth (#514) in the vendor hall - we'd love to meet you! Bring your ideas and questions, or just chat with us - we love talking genealogy! We'll also have special seminar-pricing on our Legacy Family Tree software and other products.

5-6-2013 10-50-30 AMMegan Smolenyak book signing

On Friday, May 10 from 12-2pm, join us as our booth for a book signing with one of genealogy's finest - Megan Smolenyak. She will be signing her books:

And although I won't be able to be there in person, I should have some of my signed Digital Imaging Essentials books too!

Megan is also one of our featured speakers on this year's Legacy Genealogy Cruise to the Panama Canal. Also, watch her archived webinars here.

Legacy Family Tree is coming to St. George, Utah and Hemet, California

Mark your calendars for two great events in Utah and California. This weekend, February 22-23 we will be at the St. George Family History Expo in St. George Utah. The following weekend, Geoff Rasmussen (that's me!) will present an all-day genealogy technology seminar in Hemet, California. Here's the details....

February 22-23 in St. George, Utah

Visit with the Legacy developers in booths 114 and 213 (vendor hall is free and open to the public!). Bring your suggestions and comments, and take advantage of seminar-special pricing on Legacy Family Tree products. Additionally, Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen will teach the following classes in-person:

  • Organizing, Researching, Mapping, Sourcing, and Sharing with Legacy Family Tree
  • Use Legacy Family Tree to Create Shareable CDs, Books, Charts and More
  • Legacy Family Tree for Your Mobile Device Plus Other Tips & Tricks
  • Cemeteries Go Digital
  • Mapping Your Ancestors Electronically
  • Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists

Visit www.fhexpos.com for registration and more information.

March 2 in Hemet, California

Join me and the Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society for an all-day genealogy technology seminar. Registrations postmarked by February 23 (this Saturday) will receive the discounted price.

  • 34 pages of handout materials in glorious color!
  • You'll learn how to view your genealogy files on a USB drive
  • You'll learn how to measure the distance between two towns or cities and do a proximity search for all the churches and courthouses within an area you determine
  • You'll learn how to get 1 gigabyte of free space on the Internet to store your photos and up to 20 gigabytes for only $5 per year
  • You'll learn how to store all your photos, obits, vital record images, maps and much more on your computer so that you can find them in seconds
  • and much more...
  • Lots of door prizes
  • Both Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen and Legacy's founder, Dave Berdan, will be there

Here's the flyer and registration info.

We hope to see you at one of these events. If not, we'll see you online.

Legacy Family Tree is coming to Mesa, Arizona this weekend

Join us in warm Mesa, Arizona this weekend for the annual Arizona Family History Expo! Visit our booth, chat with the Legacy developers, attend our classes, and take advantage of our special conference pricing in the free exhibit hall. The conference is held at the Mesa Convention Center at 263 N. Center Street. Click here for more information or to register.

Free exhibit hall hours

Visit us in booths 24 and 34. Meet the Legacy developers, bring your questions or suggestions, and pick up Legacy products at conference-only pricing. The exhibit hall is free and open to the public.

  • Friday, January 18 - 12pm-7:20pm
  • Saturday, January 10 - 9am-4pm

Legacy Family Tree (and other) classes

All taught by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen:

  • Friday, 3:50pm: Organizing, Researching, Mapping, Sourcing, and Sharing with Legacy Family Tree
  • Friday, 6:00pm: Use Legacy Family Tree to Create Shareable CDs, Books, Charts, and More
  • Friday, 7:20pm: Legacy Family Tree for Your Mobile Device Plus Other Tips & Tricks
  • Saturday, 11:20am: Cemeteries Go Digital
  • Saturday, 1:30pm: Mapping Your Ancestors Electronically: Using Software and the Internet

Hope to see you there!

RootsTech 2013 announced

If you are considering one genealogy conference to attend in 2013, RootsTech should be high on your list. Held in Salt Lake City March 21-23, 2013, it is the largest genealogy conference in the United States, and is held just down the road from the Family History Library. As a member of the program committee, I was honored to participate in selecting the speakers and classes. Here's the official announcement:

SALT LAKE CITY-RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the United States in only two years, has announced the opening of its early bird registration for RootsTech 2013. The conference uniquely focuses on helping individuals at all skill levels to use the latest resources and technology to find, organize, preserve, and share their family's connections and history. The conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 21-23, 2013. For more information, go to RootsTech.org.

RootsTech 2013 will have content for young and old alike, regardless of expertise. World-class speakers from all over the country will address the latest topics and challenges, and there will be an exciting exhibitor hall with hands-on labs and demonstrations from 100+ product and service providers. Attendees can choose from over 250 classes to learn how to start their family history, solve personal research problems, and find better solutions for connecting with their family.

Conference Costs

  • Full 3-Day Pass $149 (Ends December 31, 2012)
  • Full One-Day Only Pass $89
  • Student 3-Day Pass $39 (School ID required)
  • Getting Started 3-Day Pass $39 (Early Bird)
  • Getting Started One-Day Pass $19 (Selection of fundamental classes)
  • Developer Day Pass $89 (Full-day technology program for developers)


Those who are new to family history can attend a full track of Getting Started classes and labs to:

  • Learn the basics of starting your family history.
  • Discover 10 activities you can do to get started.
  • Get hands-on experience with family history tools.
  • Additional classes for LDS Church members: Learn the importance of family history, the basics to start your family tree, and how to qualify your ancestors' names for temple work 

Experienced Genealogists

Attend hands-on workshops and interactive classes to:

  • Expand your skills and knowledge to accelerate your research.
  • Help influence the future of genealogy.
  • Learn and share new ways to adapt technologies to genealogy.
  • Help leading-edge technology providers better understand your needs.
  • Participate in panels, product demos, and many networking opportunities. 


Developer Day (Friday, March 22, 2013) sessions are specifically designed to help participants:

  • Explore the latest development techniques using:
    • Cloud computing
    • Mobile apps
    • Social networking
    • Geo-mapping
  • Learn practical software development skills from industry leaders and pioneers.
  • Create solutions to difficult problems in a rapidly-growing market segment.
  • Access sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors that provide tools and services to enable innovations

About RootsTech

RootsTech is a unique conference focused on helping individuals learn and use the latest technology to get started or accelerate their efforts to find, organize, preserve and share their family's connections and history. The first annual conference was held in 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hosted by FamilySearch and sponsored by leading genealogical organizations, the conference includes hands-on demonstrations and forums to provide a highly interactive environment and accelerate learning. Content is geared to young and old, beginner to advanced levels.

Bouse Genealogical Society Genealogy Technology Seminar


If you'll be in the Parker, Arizona area this December I hope you'll join me for this full day of genealogy with the Bouse Genealogical Society. Here's their press release.
When: 7 December 2012
Where: Blue Water Casino, 11222 Resort Dr., Parker, Arizona.
Who: Featuring nationally known speaker Geoff Rasmussen.
  • Googling Around with Google: Alerts, iGoogle, Calendar, Reader and more
  • Legacy Tips and Tricks: Something for Everyone
  • Genealogy on the Go: CDs, thumb drives, GENViewer, and Families App
  • Social Media for Genealogists; Message Boards, Mailing Lists, Blogs, and more.
Cost, including lunch, $40 paid before 16 November, and $45 after 16 November. Additional information and registration form are available on our website at:http://bousegenies.weebly.com/ or contact us at BouseGenies@gmail.com. 



Geoff Rasmussen to speak at the Colorado Genealogical Society Seminar March 17, 2012

CGSLogoIf you are in the Denver, Colorado area on March 16 and 17, I'd love for you to join me at the Colorado Genealogical Society Seminar.

First, on Friday evening, I will be presenting The 1940 Census - Coming Soon to a Computer Near You as part of the CGS monthly meeting (free). This is held at the Christ the King Lutheran Church at 2300 S. Patton Court in Denver at 7:00pm.

The Saturday seminar will feature the following classes:

  • Mapping Your Ancestors Electronically
  • Timelines and Chronologies: Secrets of Genealogical Success
  • Sharing Your Genealogy Electronically
  • 12-Step Checklist for Using Your Genealogy Computer Program

For a complete seminar flyer and registration form, click here. Hope to see you there!

South Davis Family History Fair 2012

The South Davis Family History Fair in Bountiful, Utah, is one of my favorite annual genealogy conferences. In the past it has had over 1,700 attendees and I have enjoyed participating and speaking at it for the past ten or so years. For the first time it will be organized by the Utah Genealogical Association, a very capable organization of which I was involved as its vice-president eight years ago. If you plan to be in the Bountiful, Utah area the weekend of March 2-3, 2012, I would recommend that you attend. Here is their press release:

The Utah Genealogical Association is pleased to present the 2012 SOUTH DAVIS FAMILY HISTORY FAIR!! This will be held March 2-3 at Bountiful High School.

Our Keynote speaker this year for the Friday night session will be LISA LOUISE COOK, of Genealogy GemsPodcast, author and sought-after international speaker. She will be presenting THE FAMILY HISTORY GREAT RACE. This will begin at 7:00 pm Friday evening.

Saturday will begin at 8:00 am with our Keynote address by KAREN CLIFFORD, her subject will be: THE CHANGING FACE OF FAMILY HISTORY.

The fair will have 5 sessions containing 122 classes on all different subjects relating to family history. We will offer beginning to advanced levels, including computer labs, with hands on training and help in Ancestry.com, New Family Search, Ask An Expert, and Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Many well-known presenters will be teaching topics such as research in Germany, Scandinavia, Latin America all areas of the United States and Canada, Denmark, Scotland and Sweden. Many popular websites will be featured such as Family Search, Wiki and Forums, Google and Google Earth, Ancestry.com, and Archives.com. Learn how to use online Research logs, your digital camera and Photoshop Elements. See how to organize your files and documents and participate in an entire track of 5 classes specifically for beginners!

Our great vendors will be showing all the newest in Family History products.

Cost for the fair is only $10.00 for UGA members and $15.00 for non-UGA attendees. The cost includesthe syllabus on CD containing the handouts for all 122 classes. A hot lunch or sack lunch will also be available for purchase. The printed syllabus will be $15.00 for UGA members and $20.00 for non-UGAattendees.

Come and join us for the 15th year of this great community event!! Legacy Family Tree and Utah Genealogical Association will be giving away notebook computers andAncestry.com is giving away 4 world memberships!!

Go to www.ugagenealogy.com to register. Be sure to sign up early to get the classes you would like toattend. If you would like to attend for free, SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER!!

Legacy class in Ogden, Utah - April 19, 2011

If you are in the Ogden, Utah area, please join us for an evening of Legacy Family Tree instruction on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. The class will be held at the Ogden Family History Center (539 24th St.) from 7:00-8:00pm and will be taught by professional genealogist and fellow Legacy user, Warren Bittner. For more information, please contact Emil Hanson.

Hope to see you there!