Genealogy webinar marathon - all classes now available, FREE for 2 weeks

AfterSome called us crazy for attempting it. In the wee hours of the night we began to believe them. But it was so worth it! The 24-hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon was a huge success.

The recordings of the classes are now available at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/24. Normally, they'd be free for the first week, but we've extended this so all marathon classes are available for free for two full weeks (through April 6).

If you enjoy the classes and are hungry for more genealogy education, consider joining as a webinar member where you will have access to all 1,200+ classes and all 4,900+ pages of instructor handouts (including all 85 pages from the marathon). It's just $49.95 a year (which is a crazy 4 cents per class).

Click here to join.

We hope you find lots of ancestors!


A Genealogical To-Do List While You Keep Your Distance

A Genealogical To-Do List While You Keep Your Distance

Trying to keep your distance from everyone else while we wait out COVID-19? Stuck at home as you self-quarantine? Now is a great time to focus on genealogy. Here are twenty ideas for you to consider as you fill your days with indoor activities.

1. Establish Your Personal Learning Plan. I know you love Legacy webinars so why not think about a personal learning plan for the next two weeks or month. Choose webinars based on a theme such as :

  • The country/countries you are researching
  • DNA
  • Researching female ancestors
  • Technology
  • Every webinar in the Webinar Library by a specific category or presenter

Identify your webinars of preference, watch them, and then study the handouts. Really study the handouts by exploring the suggested websites, seeking out the books in the bibliographies, and jot down notes for future reference.

2. Scan! It’s a good time to pull out some of those photos you have been meaning to scan and start. You could even watch webinars while you do it!

3. Upload photos to the Cloud. Use this time to share and store your photos (especially those that you just scanned). Upload them to whatever makes the most sense to you, an online tree attached to specific ancestors, Facebook album tagged with descendants, FamilySearch Memories collection, or a cloud storage website like Dropbox or Sugar Sync.

4. Download your photos from your phone. Are you guilty of this? I go to a library or archive and take a bunch of photos and then think I’ll download them later. But really later never comes. So now’s a good time to download them to your computer or a cloud storage website. You could even attach them to your online trees. Some cloud storage website feature a way to automatically download them to your cloud storage (such as Dropbox).

5. Take a 2nd look at the census. I know, I know, you’ve already looked at the census. But what about exploring the pages before and after your ancestor’s listing. Or really looking at the columns and making sure you’ve recorded/analyzed everything. Or if you are using the U.S. Census, learning more about the enumerator instructions.

6. Search WorldCat. Have you used WorldCat, the world’s library catalog? Take some time to enter a keyword that is meaningful for your family history such as Quakers or Coal Mining. Take some time to search by your ancestor’s place to find local history books. To learn more about using WorldCat, see the Legacy TechZone.

7. Search ArchiveGrid to become familiar with manuscript collections in the place your ancestor lived.

8. Search the FamilySearch Catalog for the place your ancestor lived. Go through each listing to see what resources you haven’t used and then make a list of what you need to check.

9. Update your family tree. Take some time to update your family tree whether it’s on your computer or online. Have you made any new discoveries? Have new documents to add?

10. Take a new look at your DNA results. New matches? New ethnicity estimates? Take some time to watch a webinar and learn something new you can do as you review those results.

11. Timelines. Create a timeline for an ancestor you are researching now or an ancestor you want to research.

12. Revisit your grandparents. Have you researched your grandparents? What records are you missing? What social history can you add to their lives? Work on writing some short narratives/stories about their lives.

13. Create a timeline for your life. For many of us, someday we will be an ancestor. Do your future family genealogist a favor and create a timeline for your own life. Add vital record events, milestones, and historical events that had meaning for you.

14. Start a journal. We are living in a unique historical period, document it now by starting a journal. Then look at how you can add to your journal with newspapers, photos, and emails from family.

15. Digitize! Have old photocopies from library visits when you first started your family history? Digitize those, organize them on your computer and then throw them away. You should never throw away original or hard to replace records but digitized copies from records like the census, which is found only could be saved to your computer.

16. Take your genealogy to Facebook. Have you identified Facebook genealogy groups to join? Now is the time to do that. Start with lists curated by Katherine R Willson, Gail Devers, and Alona Tester.

17. Identify blog articles to read. Bloggers do such a great job of reporting on methodology, new record sets, and case studies. You can learn more about blog posts to read by using Randy Seaver’s “Best of...” weekly list or other similar lists. Randy has links to other blogger lists at the end of each weekly "Best of" blog post.

18. Work on a Research Plan. Now’s a good time to consult library and archival catalogs and your family tree and come up with a research plan. One of my favorite explanations on creating a genealogical research plan is the online article, “Creating a Genealogy Research Plan Like a Detective” by Kimberly Powell.

19. Document an heirloom. Have a family heirloom or something you hope will become an heirloom? How about taking some time to photograph it and explain its provenance? Explain what it is, what its importance is to your family, its history and where it should end up when you are no longer around. Consider long term solutions including family members willing to inherit it or a possible donation plan.

20. Take a virtual trip to your ancestral home. Sure, you might not be able to travel right now but we are so lucky to be able to access places virtually. How about using Google Maps or Google Earth, HistoryPin or even What Was There ? To access historical maps and images.

Stuck at home? That’s ok, there’s plenty to do! Look at your family history and decide what you’d like to accomplish.

 

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.

 


New TechZone Video - Why are My Siblings' Ethnicity Results Different? by Mags Gaulden

New TechZone Video - Why are My Siblings' Ethnicity Results Different? by Mags Gaulden

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "Why are My Siblings' Ethnicity Results Different?" by Mags Gaulden. 

Why are My Siblings' Ethnicity Results Different?

Learn about inheritance of DNA to explain why your dna results are different from your siblings.

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About the Presenter

Mags GauldenMags is a Professional Genealogist specializing in Genetic Genealogy as founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa. Growing up in a family full of family historians, Mags was primed to become a Genealogist. After earning her Bachelors Degree from Columbia College, she began to work her own Genealogy as a "hobby". This 30-year "hobby" eventually led her to a Leader role with WikiTree, where she currently leads: The DNA Innovators Project, The United Empire Loyalist Project and the British Home Children Project. She also leads the Templeton and McElmoyle Name Studies and the McElmoyle DNA Project. Work with WikiTree led to Mags starting Grandma’s Genes in 2016. Mags is an international Genetic Genealogy Lecturer, Blogger and a Social Media Maven.  She serves as Admin for Facebook groups including the ISOGG Facebook Group. She is a former member of the Canadian Casualty Identification Team.
 
See all the webinars and videos by Mags Gaulden in the Legacy library.
 
Not a member yet?

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 1,200 classes in the library (1,444 hours of quality genealogy education)
  • 4,913 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.


Top 5 resources to expand your Spanish genealogical research - free webinar by Daniel Smith-Ramos now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Daniel Smith-Ramos, "Top 5 resources to expand your Spanish genealogical research” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Genealogical research in Spain can pose a number of challenges for any researcher: there's the linguistic barrier, the lack of centralised records in Spain, a lack of understanding of how Spanish resources are organised and how they can be accessed. This webinar will explore the top 5 resources which any researcher, amateur or professional, will find essential if they want to take their research further, and start knocking down those Spanish brick walls!
 
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 32 minute recording of "Top 5 resources to expand your Spanish genealogical research" 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 1,188 classes, 1,436 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,886 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.


Techniques for Integrating Documentary and Genetic Information in a Research Report - free BCG webinar by Karen Stanbary, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of Wednesday's webinar by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, "Techniques for Integrating Documentary and Genetic Information in a Research Report” by Karen Stanbary, CG, is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

This lecture provides practical examples of reporting on, analyzing, correlating and integrating information from documentary and genetic sources in a Research Report. The focus will be on meeting Standards detailed in Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition.
 
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 32 minute recording of "Techniques for Integrating Documentary and Genetic Information in a Research Report" 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 1,186 classes, 1,433 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,882 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 Webinar Wednesday: Top 5 resources to expand your Spanish genealogical research by Daniel Smith-Ramos

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Genealogical research in Spain can pose a number of challenges for any researcher: there's the linguistic barrier, the lack of centralised records in Spain, a lack of understanding of how Spanish resources are organised and how they can be accessed. This webinar will explore the top 5 resources which any researcher, amateur or professional, will find essential if they want to take their research further, and start knocking down those Spanish brick walls!
 
Join us an Daniel Smith-Ranos for the live webinar Wednesday, March 18, at 2pm eastern U.S. time. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

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Login to view your registration status for this webinar (available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers).

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No worries. Its recording will be available for a limited time. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access to all webinar recordings for the duration of their membership.

About the presenter

DanielRamos-144x144Daniel Smith-Ramos is of very mixed background, being predominantly Spanish on his maternal side and Italian-American and English on his father’s side. Through his Twitter feed (@DSRGenealogist) and his own website The Genealogy Corner, Daniel regularly regales his audience not just about his own family research, but also about how he helps others with their family history research both in Spain and in the UK. Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, and thanks to his knowledge and expertise of a wide range of resources across Europe, over the past decade Daniel has assisted many people around the world - from third-generation Spanish-Americans seeking information about their forefathers in the Old Continent, to Britons whose elderly relatives passed away on Spain’s sunny shores. Daniel has spoken at genealogical events in Belgium and the UK, as well as several online webinars and conferences. He has also published articles in well-known genealogy magazines and Family History Society journals.

Add it to your Google Calendar

With our Google Calendar button, you will never forget our upcoming webinars. Simply click the button to add it to your calendar. You can then optionally embed the webinar events (and even turn them on and off) into your own personal calendar. If you have already added the calendar, you do not have to do it again - the new webinar events will automatically appear.

Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain
  • 11am Pacific

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  7. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Tuesday's Tip - How to Copy an Event (Intermediate)

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Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

How to Copy an Event (Intermediate)

Copying and pasting events from one person to another will not only save you a ton of time but you will be assured that your events are consistent. I will be using a census event as an example.

Here is my 2nd great-grandfather and his family in the 1850 census:

Silas Simmons in 1850
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I want you to notice a few things. I have entered everyone in the household in the notes. I have added a couple of explanatory notes in brackets. I did this because Silas and Janet also have an older daughter with the first name of Elizabeth who is already married and out of the household by 1850. I added the notes to differentiate between these three daughters that have Elizabeth or Eliza as part of their name (but we digress...). You can see that I have added a source and I have attached a photo of the census document itself. It took me a bit of time to get this census event just right. You can see that besides Silas there are eight other people listed, Silas's wife Janet and seven of their children. 

This census is part of all of their timelines so I want each person to have this census as an event. I certainly don't want to have to go through the process of creating this event again eight more times! All I have to do is copy this event and then paste it to the other members of the family. 

Step one is to click the Copy button.

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I will close Silas's screen and then Add an event to his wife Janet. Notice everything is blank. All I have to do is click the Paste button.

Paste
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Now Silas's wife Janet has the identical event. The source citation and the attached photograph have also been copied.

Janet Freeman in 1850
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Geoff likes to jazz his up a bit adding bold to each person's name for their event like this:

Bold each person

 

All that is left to do is Paste this event to their seven children. I don't have to go back to Silas to copy it again. It will stay on the Event Clipboard until I replace the contents with another event.

Next week I will show you how to Share an event which is a different process.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

 

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.

 

 


The 24-Hour genealogy webinar marathon: success!

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We did it! The 24-hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon was a huge success! 7,781 registered from 68 countries for the event which was taught by 23 different speakers from 9 countries. 24 genealogy classes in 24 hours. Wow! Thanks to all the speakers, to everyone who attended, to hosts Marian Pierre-Louis, Daniel Horowitz, and Geoff Rasmussen; to Legacy Family Tree Webinars, and especially to MyHeritage for sponsoring the entire event.

In addition to everything we learned, we experienced emotions that many of us weren't ready for, or at least I wasn't expecting. Viewers expressed the peace they felt as we came together as a world community–as a world family–during these difficult times. Many were touched very deeply by Diahan Southard's class about how DNA influences our identity. Others shared how they feel they can now overcome painful family relationships after viewing Devin Ashby's "The Science of Family History." We had at least one brick wall solved while on-the-air, but now I have no idea in which class that was. They were each so unique and educational that I feel we are all better for having participated in the event.

What's Next?

We are now working really hard to publish the classes. Watch them again, or for the first time. They will begin to appear throughout this week at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/24, and each will be free for a week. 

Access all 1,100+ classes AND syllabus materials

In addition to the 24 classes, anyone with a webinar membership has complete and anytime-access to all 1,185 classes in the webinar library. Plus, the marathon's 85-page syllabus AND all 4,800+ additional syllabus pages are available with your membership.

Join today, and you'll have immediate access to everything.

Again?

Lots of you are wondering when we will do our next 24 hour marathon. Honestly, I hadn't even considered it, and probably won't even think about it until we've caught up on our sleep and have this event's classes published. But it's an interesting idea. Stay tuned.

www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/24

 

 

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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar: Techniques for Integrating Documentary and Genetic Information in a Research Report by Karen Stanbary, CG

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This lecture provides practical examples of reporting on, analyzing, correlating and integrating information from documentary and genetic sources in a Research Report. The focus will be on meeting Standards detailed in Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition.
 
Join us, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and Karen Stanbary, CG for the live webinar Tuesday, March 17, at 8pm eastern U.S. time. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

Registerbut 

Or register for multiple webinars at once by clicking here.

Not sure if you already registered?

Login to view your registration status for this webinar (available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers).

Test Your Webinar Connection

To ensure that your webinar connection is ready to go, click here.

Can't make it to the live event?

No worries. Its recording will be available for a limited time. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access to all webinar recordings for the duration of their membership.

About the presenter

KarenStanbary-144x144Karen Stanbary, CG℠, holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. She specializes in Midwestern, Chicago, and Mexican research as well as complex problem-solving and DNA analysis. A regular instructor in Chicago’s Newberry Library Adult Education program, Karen lectures on topics including Genetic Genealogy, Advanced Genetic Genealogy and the Genealogical Proof Standard.  She is a faculty member at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. She published a complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. She holds the credential Certified Genealogist® from the Board for Certification of Genealogists® where she serves on the Genetic Genealogy Standards committee.

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With our Google Calendar button, you will never forget our upcoming webinars. Simply click the button to add it to your calendar. You can then optionally embed the webinar events (and even turn them on and off) into your own personal calendar. If you have already added the calendar, you do not have to do it again - the new webinar events will automatically appear.

Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at:

  • 8pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 7pm Central
  • 6pm Mountain
  • 5pm Pacific

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Check at www.java.com.
  6. Check your GoToWebinar connection here.
  7. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  8. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


New TechZone Video - What Happens to your Facebook and Instagram Accounts after You Die? by Cari Taplin

New TechZone Video - What Happens to your Facebook and Instagram Accounts after You Die? by Cari Taplin

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "What Happens to your Facebook and Instagram Accounts after You Die?" by Cari Taplin, CG. 

What Happens to your Facebook and Instagram Accounts after You Die?

Learn how you can take control of what happens to your Facebook and Instagram accounts after you're gone.

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About the Presenter

Cari TaplinCari A. Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that's what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but migrated to Wyoming, Colorado and now Pflugerville, Texas which is just outside Austin. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. She currently serves on the board of the Association for Professional Genealogists and is the Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking, research, and consultation services. Cari focuses on midwestern and Great Lakes states and methodology.
 
See all the webinars and videos by Cari Taplin in the Legacy library.
 
Not a member yet?

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 1,185 classes in the library (1,432 hours of quality genealogy education)
  • 4,867 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.