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!


Season Two: The Generations Project

With all of the genealogy television shows to watch, blogs to read, webinars to view, and conferences to attend, I sometimes wonder if we will have enough time to actually search for our ancestors. If the new season of BYUtv's The Generation Project is anything like its last season, you will definitely want to make time for this.

The second season of BYUtv’s The Generation Project premiers Monday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. MDT. The Generations Project is a reality-based family history show that uncovers the remarkable stories and family histories of everyday people. The people take a hands-on journey to learn about their ancestors, and in the process they discover more about themselves.

The second season of The Generations Project “takes you from Germany to Holland to New York's 'Little Pakistan' and everywhere in between, following eleven journeys into the past: the Denkes explore the origins of their children’s life-threatening genetic disease. Kerry hopes his ancestors will help him find his estranged son, and Ty delves into his complicated heritage as a son of Nazi Germany. They along with eight other guests engage with the past to understand the present.”
 
BYUtv is available through many local satellite and cable companies. In addition, The Generations Project can be viewed live online at http://www.byutv.org (you'll need to register for a free account to view the show live). All episodes are also available to be viewed immediately after airing at http://www.byutv.org/thegenerationsproject/episodes (no registration required).


Legacy is coming to Massachusetts

For the first time ever, we will participate in the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts April 6-10, 2011. If you are in the area, we hope you will stop by and see us. We'll have special-seminar-pricing on Legacy and other products. Click here for all the details.

By the way, we will be giving away a free Acer netbook. Here's the catch - you have to attend the conference. Hope to see you all there!

Netbook


Upcoming Legacy seminars and webinars - Jan-Feb 2011 - Arizona, California, and Utah

Our 2011 conference season started off with a bang with our Google for Genealogists webinar. We hope to see you in Arizona, California, Utah, or online in January or February.

January 2011

Online webinar - January 5. Google for Genealogists presented by Thomas MacEntee. Click here to view the archived webinar.

USA | Utah | St. George - January 5-6. St. George Regional Family History Training Center located across the street from the St. George LDS temple. This is a two-part Legacy class of approximately eight hours. 1-5pm on both days. In addition to the demonstration of how to use Legacy, students will also have hands-on practice along with assignments and handouts to best learn the software. Registration is open to anyone. Contact David Midgley for more information or call the FHC at 435-673-4591.

USA | Utah | Salt Lake City - January 10. Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, come visit with Legacy's co-founder, Ken McGinnis. Special seminar pricing on products will also be available. For more information, please click here.

USA | Utah | Salt Lake City - January 13. Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Legacy will be presenting "Legacy Family Tree: an Overview" for the lunch-time educational session. Those with a lunch ticket may attend the session. For more information, please click here.

USA | Arizona | Mesa - January 21-22. 23rd annual Arizona Family History Expo. Held at the Mesa Convention Center (263 North Center Street), visit us in booths 15 and 28. As a major sponsor of this event, we will be giving away prizes including an Acer Netbook computer. Click here for more information. Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen will be teaching four classes:

  • Improving your use of New FamilySearch: Data Cleanup Strategies (this class will also be broadcast online - register here for free)
  • Organizing, Planning, Mapping, Sourcing, and Sharing with Legacy Family Tree
  • New FamilySearch and Legacy Family Tree: It's so easy (this class will also be broadcast online - register here for free)
  • Legacy Family Tree - Tips & Tricks

USA | Utah | St. George - January 22. St. George Regional Family History Training Center located across the street from the St. George LDS temple. This is a full-day Legacy class of approximately eight hours. 9-5pm. In addition to the demonstration of how to use Legacy, students will also have hands-on practice along with assignments and handouts to best learn the software. Registration is open to anyone. Contact David Midgley for more information or call the FHC at 435-673-4591.

USA | Utah | St. George - January 29. Genealogy Now Expo. Held at the St. George East Stake Center (east side of the St. George temple) from 10am-4pm. Legacy's vice-president and co-founder, Ken McGinnis, will present classes on using Legacy. Come visit with him at our informational table. Contact David Midgley for more information or call the FHC at 435-673-4591.

February 2011

USA | Arizona | Youngtown - February 1/8/15/22. West Valley Genealogical Society. This is a four-week Beginning Legacy course taught by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen. Pre-registration is required, and seating is limited. Visit http://www.azwvgs.org/Classes.htm for more information.

Online webinar - February 2. Newspapers: Critical Resource to Complete Your Family Tree presented by Thomas Jay Kemp. Pre-registration is required (free) and seating is limited. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp for registration and more information.

USA | California | Fresno - February 5. Genealogy Technology Seminar by Geoff Rasmussen. Co-sponsored by the Fresno-Yosemite Chapter DAR, the Fresno County Genealogical Society, and the Fresno Legacy Users Group, it will be held at the Picadilly Inn Shaw at 2305 West Shaw Avenue in Fresno (in large meeting room in the back) from 8-2:30. Registration is required. For more information call Corky Peterson at 559-322-1743 or send her an email.

USA | Utah | Salt Lake City - February 10-12. RootsTech. Visit with us in booths 206 and 208 for seminar-special pricing on Legacy products. Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen will teach "Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists", "Stop wasting time in New FamilySearch: Better Practices", and will participate in the "Virtual Presentations Round Table". Visit http://www.rootstech.org for registration and more information.

Online webinar - February 16. Chasing Women - Finding Your Female Ancestors presented by Leland K. Meitzler. Pre-registration is required (free) and seating is limited. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp for registration and more information.

USA | Arizona | Sun City - February 19. West Valley Genealogical Society Annual Seminar featuring Arlene Eakle. Visit with us in the Legacy booth. Click here for more information.

USA | Utah | St. George - February 22-23. St. George Regional Family History Training Center located across the street from the St. George LDS temple. This is a two-part Legacy class of approximately eight hours. 1-5pm on both days. In addition to the demonstration of how to use Legacy, students will also have hands-on practice along with assignments and handouts to best learn the software. Registration is open to anyone. Contact David Midgley for more information or call the FHC at 435-673-4591.


Legacy full-day workshops offered in St. George, Utah in December 2010

If you are in the St. George, Utah area, you have a great opportunity to learn about Legacy this month:

First workshop: December 1-2, 1:00-5:00pm.

Second workshop: Saturday, December 11, 9:00am-5:00pm.

In addition to the demonstrations of how to use Legacy, students will also have hands-on practice along with assignments and handouts to best learn the software.

Registration is open to anyone and is free. Contact David Midgley for more information or call the FHC at 435-673-4591. The workshops will be held at the St. George Regional Family History Training Center located across the street from the St. George LDS temple.


Attend our Advanced Legacy class AND ICAPGen seminar - from home

We have never done this before, but I think it is going to work. We hope you will participate with us next week as we attempt to push the boundaries of technology....

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 12:30pm (Eastern time)

(this class is now available in the webinar archives, but below is its description)

Wvgs Next Tuesday (Oct 19) I will be teaching the 3rd class of a 4-week Advanced Legacy Course at the West Valley Genealogical Society's library in Youngtown, Arizona. The class has twenty students (the fire marshall won't let them have any more), and although we cannot increase its size, I am hoping to test our new webinar technology to invite all of you too.

In other words, my class entitled "Sharing Genealogy Electronically" will be taught live to the 20 students AND it will be taught to our online webinar audience. All you need to do is register for the class at www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp and join at the right time (your registration confirmation email will give you these instructions).

Since attending the live class in Youngtown, Arizona probably does not work for you in Australia, Sweden, or even New York City, I hope you can attend its live broadcast to try out this new technology. I tested everything today at the library with my laptop, projector, headset, and wi-fi card and it worked flawlessly, so let's hope it will work next Tuesday. I hope to "see" you all there.

After the main presentation, we will have a Question/Answer session with both our live students and our live online audience.

By the way, take a look at the library's sign in the picture above. This society won the "FastSign's 2007 Ugliest Sign Contest". See Dick Eastman's article about this here. This is the new sign they won....

Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 10:55am (Eastern time)

I'm even more excited for this event. If the Tuesday class goes as expected, then this Saturday class will be even better.

We will be broadcasting - live - from the ICAPGen (International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists) seminar being held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Well-known speaker, researcher, and author, Karen Clifford, will speak to an audience of professional genealogists on "Evidence Analysis". She will be speaking BOTH to her live seminar audience at the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City AND at the same time will broadcast her class to our live webinar audience. To register for this class, please visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp.

We thank ICAPGen for be willing to try out this new technology with us.

What does the future look like?

If this technology works as expected, I foresee a dramatic change in the future of genealogy education. Although online education like this cannot replace the value of attending a live conference in person, for those who are unable to travel to attend these live events, this webinar technology certainly will make a difference.


2010 Salt Lake Christmas Tour to feature Thomas MacEntee

The following press release is from Leland Meitzler, host of the 26th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour:

Featured Speaker To Offer Technology Education for Genealogists

October 13, 2010 – Bountiful, Utah: The 2010 Salt Lake Christmas Tour – an annual genealogy event in its 26th year and celebrating its 25th anniversary – is pleased to announce that noted genealogist and technology educator Thomas MacEntee will be joining in the holiday fun as its featured speaker. The Tour takes place beginning Sunday, December 5, 2010 and runs through Saturday, December 11, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Over a five-day period, MacEntee will offer eight different presentations covering various aspects of genealogy and how technology and social media can be used to expand the genealogy experience. Topics include “Building a Research Toolbox,” “Facebook for Genealogists,” “Build a Genealogy Blog,” and “Twitter: It Isn’t Just ‘What I Had For Breakfast’ Anymore.”

The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is an annual event attracting genealogists and family historians and is renowned for the genealogy research success of its attendees, many of whom come back year after year. The Tour provides the highest ratio of professional researchers to attendees of any genealogy research tour utilizing the Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Throughout 2010, Thomas MacEntee has been covering the United States and Canada presenting technology education to genealogists and family historians in an easy-to-learn format. All presentations demonstrate applications such as Facebook and Twitter in real time and include cheat sheets and other handy reference materials.

Leland Meitzler, of Family Roots Publishing Company and owner/organizer of the Salt Lake Christmas Tour, says “we think that this year’s Tour not only offers an excellent research opportunity at the Family History Library but also provides a way to increase your technology knowledge especially as it pertains to genealogy. Thomas has a way of making technology approachable no matter what your computer skills.”

Register before October 31, 2010 to take advantage of special savings and to reserve your space on the Salt Lake Christmas Tour. Not only will you be amazed at the progress you can make in your genealogy research, but you’ll do so in good company and be able to witness the sights and sounds of Christmas in Salt Lake City.

About Thomas MacEntee
As a genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and to interact with others in the family history community, Thomas MacEntee relies upon his 25 years of experience in the information technology field. And as the creator of GeneaBloggers.com, he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,300 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

Thomas shares his knowledge of technology and experience as a genealogist with others through various forms of social media and speaking engagements. Through his business High-Definition Genealogy, he provides consulting services in the genealogy industry covering such areas as market research, education, technology and more.

Thomas MacEntee is available nationwide for presentations and classes focusing on social media and technology as a way to assist genealogists and genealogical societies.

About the Salt Lake Christmas Tour
The Salt Lake Christmas Tour specializes in professionally assisted genealogy research at the world-famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Now in its 26th year and celebrating its 25th anniversary, the tour is renowned for the high success-rate of its attendees, due in part to the outstanding professional to attendee ratio. Hosted by Leland K. Meitzler, Patty Meitzler, Donna Potter Phillips, and Bill Balter, the 2010 tour promises to be one of the best ever! For more information and registration, see: www.SaltLakeChristmasTour.com.


Upcoming Legacy Seminars and Webinars - Oct-Dec 2010 - Arizona, California, Idaho, New Zealand, Utah, Washington, and online

October 2010 is our busiest month ever. We'll be involved with genealogy seminars in Arizona, California, Idaho, New Zealand, Utah, and online in 2010's last quarter. We hope to see you in person or online!

October 2010

USA | Arizona | Youngtown - October 5/12/19/26. West Valley Genealogical Society. This is a four-week Advanced Legacy course taught by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen. Pre-registration is required, and seating is limited. Visit http://www.azwvgs.org/Classes.htm for more information.

Online webinar - October 6. Helping Unlock the World's Records - An Insider's Perspective on FamilySearch Indexing presented by FamilySearch's Jim Ericson. For more information and to register (free) visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp. The live webinar begins at 2:00pm Eastern time.

USA | Utah | Bountiful - October 6. South Davis Family History Center (3350 South 100 East in Bountiful) will teach "New FamilySearch Made Easy with Legacy Family Tree" starting at 6:00pm. For a class schedule and map click here.

USA | California | Pleasanton - October 8-9. California Family History Expo 2010. Held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds (4501 Pleasanton Ave), visit with Legacy's Ken McGinnis and Geoff Rasmussen. In addition to our seminar-special-pricing on Legacy products, we will be giving away a netbook computer as a grand prize. Geoff will also be teaching 1) Research Guidance tools, 2) Mapping for Genealogists, 3) Sharing Genealogy Electronically, and 4) Blogging for Genealogists. For more information, click here.

USA | Utah | Saratoga Springs - October 15-16. Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs Stakes Family History Seminar. Leonard Plaizier will teach: 1) Legacy Family Tree - FamilySearch Made Easy, 2) Research Guidance - Automated Research Helps, 3) Getting Started - an Overview of Legacy. Click here for more information.

USA | Idaho | Coeur d'Alene - October 16. Hayden Lake Stake's annual Family History Seminar. Legacy's Luc Comeau will teach two Legacy classes. 9:00am-3:00pm. Held at 2293 W. Hanley Ave in Coeur d'Alene.

USA | Utah | St. George - October 16. St. George Regional Family History Training Center located across the street from the St. George LDS temple. This is an all day Legacy class of approximately eight hours. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. In addition to the demonstration of how to use Legacy, students will also have hands-on practice along with assignments and handouts to best learn the software. Registration is open to anyone. Contact David Midgley for more information or call the FHC at 435-673-4591.

USA | California | Mission Viejo - October 16. South Orange County California Genealogical Society. Come to the Legacy table, where Legacy user, David Flint, will be demonstrating Legacy and answering your questions. For more information, please click here.

Online webinar - October 20. Blogging for Beginners presented by DearMYRTLE of DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog. For more information and to register (free) visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp. The live webinar begins at 8:00pm Eastern time.

USA | Utah | St. George - October 20-22. St. George Regional Family History Training Center located across the street from the St. George LDS temple. This is a 3-session Legacy class of two and a half hours each day. 10:00-12:30. In addition to the demonstration of how to use Legacy, students will also have hands-on practice along with assignments and handouts to best learn the software. Registration is open to anyone. Contact David Midgley for more information or call the FHC at 435-673-4591.

USA | Utah | Salt Lake City - October 22-23. International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Visit with Legacy's developer and vice-president, Ken McGinnis at the Legacy booth. We will also be teaching two classes on using Legacy. More information to come. Visit www.icapgen.org for more information.

USA | Utah | Provo - October 24. BYU Family History Center. Haybron Adams will teach "Legacy and New FamilySearch." For more information, please click here.

Online webinar - October 27. New Family History Technology. There are so many new family history tools and web sites…it’s easy to feel somewhat overwhelmed. Here’s a colorful tour of much of the new stuff to make it easier, save you hundreds of hours, and have fun connecting to your ancestors. Learn about the best of the Internet, free websites, and unique resources. Join the author of the book Crash Course in Family History, Paul Larsen, and see what you’re missing! For more information and to register (free) visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp. The live webinar begins at 9:00pm Eastern time.

November 2010

Online webinar - November 3. Organize, Share, and Publish Your Digital Photos with Heritage Collector Suite presented by Marlo Schuldt. For more information and to register (free) visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp. The live webinar begins at 9:00pm Eastern time.

USA | Washington | Bellevue - November 6. Redmond and Bellevue LDS Stakes Family History Expo 2010. Held at the Bellevue LDS Stake Center at 14536 Main Street. Legacy's Jim Terry will teach "Introduction to Legacy Family Tree 7.5 and New FamilySearch." Click here for more information.

Australia and New Zealand - November 8-21. 7th Annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise. Click here for more information.

December 2010

USA | Arizona | Parker - December 10. Bouse Genealogical Society Genealogy Technology Conference. To be held at the Blue Water Casino, 11222 Resort Dr., in Parker. Featuring Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen. Topics are: Research Guidance: GenSmarts, Family Search and Legacy; Mapping your Ancestors Electronically; Insider’s Guide to Legacy Family Tree; and 12 Step Checklist to using your Genealogy Computer Program.. Cost is $25/members and $30/non-members. Additional information and registration form are available at http://bousegenies.weebly.com (then click on 2010 Genealogy Conference) or send an email on our website at: http://bousegenies.weebly.com/.