New TechZone Video - Discover More Records with FamilySearch Image Search by Lisa Alzo

New TechZone Video - Discover More Records with FamilySearch Image Search by Lisa Alzo

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "Discover More Records with FamilySearch Image Search" by Lisa Alzo.

Discover More Records with FamilySearch Image Search

Learn how to use the Image search to find records for your ancestors that haven't been indexed yet on FamilySearch.

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About the Presenter

Lisa AlzoLisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer specializing in Eastern European research and nonfiction writing. She is the author of 11 books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles. Lisa works as an online educator and writing coach at Research Write Connect. She has been inspiring others to research and write about their ancestors for over 20 years, and has presented more than 50 webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Learn more at LisaAlzo.com

See all the webinars and videos by Lisa Alzo in the Legacy library.
 
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Cyndi's List in Practice - free webinar by Cyndi Ingle now online for limited time

Cyndi's List in Practice - free webinar by Cyndi Ingle now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar by Cyndi Ingle, "Cyndi's List in Practice" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Sometimes overwhelming to beginners and sometimes underused by veterans, Cyndi's List is a research tool that is robust with resources helpful in everyone's research. Using specific examples for beginners, as well as more advanced researchers, we will explore the site and point out how to make the most of the categories and the links found within.

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 21 minute recording of "Cyndi's List in Practice" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,350 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,286 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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New Searching Experience at MyHeritage - free webinar by Dana Drutman now online

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The recording of today's webinar by Dana Drutman, "New Searching Experience at MyHeritage" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

MyHeritage is constantly looking for ways to make the search for historical records easier and better. Learn about the new searching experience, and get a sneak peek behind the scenes of the improvement process.

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 8 minute recording of "New Searching Experience at MyHeritage" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,349 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,282 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)

Print the 2020 webinar brochure here.


Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar: New Searching Experience at MyHeritage by Dana Drutman

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About the presenter

DanaDrutman-144x144Dana is a Senior Product Manager at MyHeritage and is responsible for MyHeritage's historical record search engine. She leads a dedicated and agile team of developers and QA engineers, and works closely with UX designers and data analysts to create the ultimate research experience. Dana joined MyHeritage in 2016 and loves every minute of it. She previously worked at Intel and served as a lieutenant in the Israeli army. She has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.  

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


New TechZone Video - Set up a Second Monitor on a PC by Marian Pierre-Louis

New TechZone Video - Set up a Second Monitor on a PC by Marian Pierre-Louis

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "Set up a Second Monitor on a PC" by Marian Pierre-Louis.

Set up a Second Monitor on a PC

Increase your genealogy productivity by adding a second monitor to your computer. 

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About the Presenter

Marian Pierre-Louis Marian Pierre-Louis is a genealogy professional who specializes in educational outreach through webinars, internet broadcasts and video. Her areas of expertise include house history research, southern New England research and solving brick walls. Marian is the host of the Genealogy Profoessional Podcast. She has also produced and hosted 100 episodes of Fieldstone Common, a history podcast. Marian is the Online Education Producer for Legacy Family Tree Webinars where she produces online genealogy education classes. Once a month you'll find her as the evening host of Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

See all the webinars and videos by Marian Pierre-Louis in the Legacy library.
 
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Legacy Family Tree Webinars provides genealogy education where-you-are through live and recorded online webinars and videos. Learn from the best instructors in genealogy including Thomas MacEntee, Judy Russell, J. Mark Lowe, Lisa Louise Cooke, Tom Jones, and many more. Learn at your convenience. On-demand classes are available 24 hours a day! All you need is a computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

Subscribe today and get access to this BONUS members-only webinar AND all of this:

  • All 1,348 classes in the library 
  • 5,282 pages of instructors' handouts
  • Chat logs from the live webinars
  • Additional 5% off anything at FamilyTreeWebinars.com
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Additional members-only webinars

It's just $49.95/year.


True Confession of the Cemetery Visitor

I have a genealogical confession. To be honest, it's embarrassing because I know better. But it's a good lesson to remember as we explore cemeteries.

As a genealogist, I've been visiting cemeteries for decades. I've visited cemeteries in various states and countries. I even wrote a book that focused on cemeteries in the Eastern Sierra region of California. I have had my share of great cemetery discoveries and mishaps. One recent visit to a cemetery was a good reminder of being cautious.

I've written about the IOOF cemetery in Denton, Texas before. I had occasion to visit it again in August. Since I had some time to kill (no pun intended), I decided that I would take some photos of gravestones and explore a new-to-me section of the cemetery.

W. L. Jones tombstone, IOFF Cemetery, Denton Texas. Photograph by Gena Philibert-Ortega
W. L. Jones tombstone, IOFF Cemetery, Denton Texas. Photograph by Gena Philibert-Ortega

It was August in Texas. It's hot (106 degrees) and humid. Plus there was some longish grass. So as I walked amongst the gravestones, I thought to myself, "I hope there aren't any snakes."

Yes, snakes are what I really fear. They are no doubt my personal "kryptonite." Though thinking back on it now, that fear was probably illogical since there most likley aren't many snakes hanging out in this populated area.

What I wasn't thinking about in my rolled-up pant legs and cloth shoes was the very real possibility of either falling in a hole or running the risk of coming into contact with a nefarious plant.

And then it happened. I felt something pierce my foot. I didn't pay much attention to it at first, but it soon became pretty painful, so I looked down to see what was causing that stabbing pain.

Yes. Goats Head Thorns. Lots of them. In my shoes and the leg of my pants.
Yes. Goats Head Thorns. Lots of them. In my shoes and the leg of my pants.

Well, here's the problem. Those thorns are difficult (and painful) to remove with your hands because they stick to everything they come into contact with. I was able to yank the one out of my foot and then carefully walk back to the car to take care of the rest.

I love this cemetery, but next time I'll wear long pants and different shoes!
I love this cemetery, but next time I'll wear long pants and different shoes!

The Dangers of the Cemetery

So what's the lesson learned from my carelessness? Cemeteries can be dangerous. We need to carefully consider how we approach cemetery visits. I knew this. I have visited many Texas cemeteries over the years and walked through thorns, tall grasses, and stinging nettles all while wearing Capri pants. But despite my previous experiences, this time I failed to pay much attention to where I was walking.

Now what about my concern over a possible snake? I did have my cell phone, so if that phantom snake ever showed, I could summon help. But besides having access to a cell phone, which is only useful if you have cell coverage in that cemetery, it's also important to consider how you approach your cemetery visit. For example:

  • Are there any poisonous plants? Either plants native to that area or that you are allergic to.
  • How tall is the grass? Tall grasses might hide holes, snakes, or other venomous creatures.
  • What are the surroundings like? Holes, uneven ground, or rocks might result in a twisted ankle, sprained wrist, or at the very least, a nasty fall.
  • How well-tended are the graves? Sunken graves can result in falls and injuries
  • Who is with you? Children who like to run and climb? You might want to visit another time to ensure everyone's safety.
  • What type of markers exists? Unstable above-ground markers and monuments can fall, so never lean on them (this is very serious because people have died).

For years, I've cautioned researchers to be careful and prepared when they visit cemeteries because they can be hazardous. I know firsthand because I've faced some of those dangers including walking through stinging nettles, falling in a sunken grave, and the time a tree limb hit me in the head.

Let's face it, we genealogists can't resist the siren call of the cemetery. But it's important to remember that cemeteries aren't without danger. While a nicely manicured city cemetery might hold few risks, other cemeteries can contain a host of hazards resulting in an injury or even death.

So yes, take some time to stop at that cemetery. Family historians benefit from perusing gravestones, but make sure that you are careful as you explore.

 

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.

 


Free Legacy Family Tree update now available (version 9.0.0.362)

We have an important new update for our Legacy Family Tree 9 users (free) to download. It is a required update to continue using the FamilySearch tools of Legacy 9, and provides fixes to minor issues you have reported to us. So download the update to get the best Legacy ever!

See the download instructions below for step-by-step instructions on installing this update. 

What's Been Fixed

View the September 2, 2020 release notes here. 

How to Update

For our Deluxe Edition users, all you have to do is connect to the Internet, start Legacy 9, and click on the "Install and Download Now" link on the Legacy Home tab. (If you're reading this from within the Legacy Home tab inside of Legacy 9, you'll first need to click on the Home button in the top left of the Legacy Home tab which looks like the following picture:

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If you are a Standard Edition Legacy user, you will need to visit our website. Go to http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp and follow the instructions.


Using Chromosome Browsers, Segment Data and Triangulation - free webinar by Michelle Leonard now online for limited time

Using Chromosome Browsers, Segment Data and Triangulation - free webinar by Michelle Leonard now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar by Michelle Leonard, "Using Chromosome Browsers, Segment Data and Triangulation" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

This presentation will delve into the world of DNA segment data and explain not only what it is but how to make best use of it to aid your family history research. Michelle will demonstrate how to use chromosome browsers and provide a guide to the different tools available at the major testing companies. Through the use of practical examples she will illustrate intermediate and advanced autosomal DNA techniques such as triangulation, chromosome mapping, inferred matching and visual phasing. If you've got to grips with the beginner DNA topics then it's well worth spending some time learning about segment data and how to get the most out of it!

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 29 minute recording of "Using Chromosome Browsers, Segment Data and Triangulation" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,347 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,282 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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Willkommen in Australien! Researching German-Australian families - free webinar by Benjamin Hollister now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Benjamin Hollister, "Willkommen in Australien! Researching German-Australian families" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

With German speakers being the largest non-British group of migrants to Australia in the nineteenth century, many Australians find a German line that needs researching. Issues such as name changes, language barriers and identifying place of origin, however, hold some researchers back, but more often than not records exist online to help break through. Identifying the records that will help reveal correct forms of names, and places of origins, and analysing the credibility of the various sources and variations is critical. An introduction to a range of sources and source types to help researchers trace their German-Australian families both in Australia and overseas.

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 8 minute recording of "Willkommen in Australien! Researching German-Australian families" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,346 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,278 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)

Print the 2020 webinar brochure here.


Top 10 genealogy webinars - August 2020

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We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for August 2020! Are your favorite topics or instructors among the list? Need something new to learn? Use the list to get inspired!

Each month thousands of Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers head for the library to learn new skills and techniques to help improve their genealogy research. Among the now-1,345 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of August 2020.  They aren't necessarily the newest classes but rather the topics that were sought out by our members.

Have you seen any of these classes? Are these among your favorites too? Some of these classes (and topics) might be new to you! Get inspired to learn more and make your genealogy journey more fun!

The Top 10 for August 2020

1. Using DNA to Solve Adoption and Unknown Parentage Mysteries by Michelle Leonard

2. An Introduction to DNA Painter by Jonny Perl

3. The Advance of Research Habits over Recent Decades — And the Downside by Tom Jones, PhD, CG

4. Dissecting a Civil War Pension Packet--Union and Confederate by Jill Morelli, CG

5. How to use Google Photos to Possibly Identify Ancestors in Old Photos (TechZone) by Lisa Louise Cooke

6. Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 6): Adding a Death Certificate by Geoff Rasmussen

7. How to Use MyHeritage DNA Results to Enhance Your Family Tree by Michelle Leonard

8. Citation for Beginners by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG

9. Preparing a Portfolio: Applying to Become a Certified Genealogist® by Angela Packer McGhie, CG, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, CG, CGL, Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

10. Tracking Your Digital Breadcrumbs: Bookmarks, Toolbars, Notes, and Other Applications by Cyndi Ingle

The Runner-Ups

11. Working with Different Family Tree Views on MyHeritage by Uri Gonen

12. 10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing by Lisa Alzo

13. Fabulous Photo Discoveries™ at MyHeritage by Lisa Louise Cooke

14. 50 More Websites Every Genealogist Should Know by Gena Philibert-Ortega

15. Google Keep for Note Taking (TechZone) by Lisa Lisson

16. How to Set the Download Folder of Your Choice (TechZone) by Marian Pierre-Louis

17. Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen

18. DNA Testing of Hair for Genealogy? by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

19. Learn Legacy Software Live! City directories, obituaries and more by Geoff Rasmussen

20. Slack for Genealogy Projects by Thomas MacEntee

The 2nd Runner-Ups

21. Discover the new Legacy Family Tree 9 by Geoff Rasmussen

22. Researching a Loyalist Soldier by Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

23. 'What are the Odds?' An online tool that can help solve DNA puzzles by Jonny Perl

24. Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye - 9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives by Lisa Louise Cooke

25. Getting to Know Mexican Church & Civil Registration Records by Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS

26. How to Search Genealogy on Pinterest (TechZone) by Lisa Lisson

27. Tracing Australian and New Zealand World War One Ancestors by Helen V. Smith

28. Connecting the Dots – Introduction to Auto Clusters at MyHeritageDNA by Paul Woodbury

29. Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen

30. Turning dry facts into exciting narrative by Carol Baxter

Access to classes in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar library are available with an webinar membership. Not a member? Become one! Or watch one of our free classes here.