Friday, October 22, 2021

New TechZone Video - Convert a JPEG image to a Word Document using Google Drive by Amie Bowser Tennant

 

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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 "Convert a JPEG image to a Word Document using Google Drive" by Amie Bowser Tennant.

Convert a JPEG image to a Word Document using Google Drive

Have you ever received an image or a scan with text on it and wished that you could capture or edit the text without retyping it? Amie Bowser Tennant shows you how to do this with the help of Google Drive.

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About the Presenter

Amie Bowser TennantAmie Bowser Tennant is The Genealogy Reporter bringing you genealogy news, education, and inspiration. She is a professional genealogist, nationally known speaker, and internationally known blogger. Amie provides blog and written content for many top companies and societies in the genealogy field. Some of her publications can be found in the NGS Magazine, the Ohio Genealogical Society News and the OGS Quarterly,  Legacy News, and the FamilySearch blog, just to name a few! You can also see her webinars via Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Comparing the Genealogy Giants 2021: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage - free webinar by Sunny Morton now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Sunny Morton, "Comparing the Genealogy Giants 2021: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

The 2021 “state of the sites” update will focus on the newest and most exciting developments at each of the major genealogy websites, with plenty of hasn’t-changed foundational description to help viewers know where they should be turning next for their genealogical research–and what sites and tools they should keep in mind for the future. This lecture has a global focus.

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The 2021 "state of the sites" update will focus on the newest and most exciting developments at each of the major genealogy websites, with plenty of hasn’t-changed foundational description to help viewers know where they should be turning next for their genealogical research–and what sites and tools they should keep in mind for the future. This lecture has a global focus.
 
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SunnyMorton-144x144Sunny Morton is a popular lecturer for the global genealogy community. She's a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine and the author of hundreds of articles and blog posts, as well as the brand new book How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, co-authored with Harold Henderson; Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy, and the quick reference guide, "Genealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites," She is an official FamilySearch blogger and past Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems Podcast.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

My 20 Year Mystery – Finding family origins with Y-DNA - free webinar by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of tonight's webinar by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG, "My 20 Year Mystery – Finding family origins with Y-DNA" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/bcg for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Beginner genealogists often research their surname origins first, and get stuck at a certain point. The skills needed to surmount these early brick walls come in time, with study and practice, and the increasing availability of DNA and online resources. In this webinar, Shellee describes her brick wall ancestor, Samuel Morehead, of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, and the techniques that she used to identify his parentage and place of origin. Sticky problems like this require a variety of approaches including Y-DNA analysis, the FAN club, tax, land and court records, censuses, historical analysis and mapping techniques, to name a few. She will detail the clues acquired from all of these methods as she developed an hypothesis to satisfy the Genealogical Proof Standard.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar: My 20 Year Mystery – Finding family origins with Y-DNA by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG

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Beginner genealogists often research their surname origins first, and get stuck at a certain point. The skills needed to surmount these early brick walls come in time, with study and practice, and the increasing availability of DNA and online resources. In this webinar, Shellee describes her brick wall ancestor, Samuel Morehead, of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, and the techniques that she used to identify his parentage and place of origin. Sticky problems like this require a variety of approaches including Y-DNA analysis, the FAN club, tax, land and court records, censuses, historical analysis and mapping techniques, to name a few. She will detail the clues acquired from all of these methods as she developed an hypothesis to satisfy the Genealogical Proof Standard.
 
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Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG, has a Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology from the University of Utah and is an associate professor of Biology at the New England Institute of Technology. She was certified by BCG in 2012, and researches, writes and lectures on family history.

Her specialties include Rhode Island, Italian, and French-Canadian research and genetic genealogy. She is an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), a member of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, American-French Genealogical Society, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) New England Chapter.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

My ancestors were Irish – or were they? - free webinar by Natalie Bodle now online for limited time

 

My ancestors were Irish – or were they? - free webinar by Natalie Bodle now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Natalie Bodle, "My ancestors were Irish – or were they? The origins of Irish surnames and building your family tree using Irish naming patterns" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

The webinar examines the history and origins of Irish surnames – native Irish, Scottish, English, Welsh, Huguenot, Viking, Gallowglass and Jewish.  If you don’t know where in Ireland your ancestors originated, we’ll include tips to help you to narrow down the location.  First names often followed a traditional naming pattern and this can help to build your family tree.  We’ll use case studies using traditional naming patterns to show how this worked. There are some naming traditions that were used in particular by the Ulster Scots that again can help to expand your family tree and we’ll also cover the Latin names sometimes used in Roman Catholic records.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Register for Friday's webinar: My ancestors were Irish – or were they? by Natalie Bodle

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The webinar examines the history and origins of Irish surnames – native Irish, Scottish, English, Welsh, Huguenot, Viking, Gallowglass and Jewish. If you don’t know where in Ireland your ancestors originated, we’ll include tips to help you to narrow down the location. First names often followed a traditional naming pattern and this can help to build your family tree. We’ll use case studies using traditional naming patterns to show how this worked. There are some naming traditions that were used in particular by the Ulster Scots that again can help to expand your family tree and we’ll also cover the Latin names sometimes used in Roman Catholic records.
 
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NatalieBodle-144x144Natalie is a full-time professional genealogist, educator and tour guide and am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). A native of County Antrim, her company Roots Revealed is based in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde having built upon many years of Irish family history research experience. She undertakes Irish ancestry research throughout Ireland, specialising in Northern Ireland and Ulster. Her clients include individuals from the Irish diaspora as well as locals, small businesses, community organisations and large corporate organisations with a wide spectrum of ancestral, family history and historical research projects undertaken for them. Natalie is also a qualified tour guide who provides walking tours, historical tours and specialises in bespoke ancestral heritage tours that enable clients to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors, moving off the beaten track and having a unique experience during their visit. www.rootsrevealed.co.uk

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Navigating Your Way Through FamilySearch - free webinar by Cyndi Ingle now online for limited time

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The recording of tonight's webinar by Cyndi Ingle, "Navigating Your Way Through FamilySearch" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

FamilySearch is so much more than just a family tree hosting platform. FamilySearch is a massive web site that is made up of dozens and dozens of different research tools. The site includes tools for learning and for reference. It is home to the world’s largest digitized collection of records and sources for our research. And all of this is free for everyone to use. We will explore each of the features that FamilySearch offers and we will hone in on how to dig through the site from a variety of entry points to find what we need.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Recent updates to MyHeritage's historical record search engine - free webinar by Mike Mansfield now online to view

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The recording of today's webinar by Mike Mansfield, "Recent updates to MyHeritage's historical record search engine" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

The MyHeritage search engine for historical records is easier and more intuitive than ever before. In this webinar you’ll review the improved search interface and explore some of the noteworthy new collections in MyHeritage’s historical record database.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 17 minute recording of "Recent updates to MyHeritage's historical record search engine" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Register for Webinar Wednesday: Navigating Your Way Through FamilySearch by Cyndi Ingle

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FamilySearch is so much more than just a family tree hosting platform. FamilySearch is a massive web site that is made up of dozens and dozens of different research tools. The site includes tools for learning and for reference. It is home to the world’s largest digitized collection of records and sources for our research. And all of this is free for everyone to use. We will explore each of the features that FamilySearch offers and we will hone in on how to dig through the site from a variety of entry points to find what we need.
 
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CyndiIngle-144x144Cyndi Ingle is the creator and innovator behind the award-winning and globally recognized CyndisList.com, a free categorized list of more than 337,000 links for genealogical research. In its 23 years online Cyndi’s List has consistently remained in the top tiers for genealogical research tools online. It helps millions of visitors worldwide and has been featured in the media and diverse publications, including ABC News, NBC News, the BBC, National Public Radio, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, People Magazine, Wired, Ancestry Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines.

Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 39 years, has an expertise in using technology for genealogy. Additionally, her many active years in genealogy have also resulted in a specialty for research in the United States with particular focus on homesteaders, the Civil War, the Plains States, the Midwest, the Old Northwest, and beyond. Cyndi’s favorite topics bring together traditional methodology with organization, computers, software, and the Internet.

Cyndi is the recipient of the 2018 Society of Genealogists Prince Michael of Kent Award, the 2016 National Genealogical Society President’s Citation, and many other awards and honors. During the past 25 years she has served in several capacities for local, national, and professional genealogical organizations including the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. Cyndi is an internationally-known guest lecturer, speaking at more than 200 genealogical society meetings, conferences, seminars, and webinars (http://www.CyndisList.com/speaking-calendar/). She is the coordinator for the technology course at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She has lectured for GRIP, SLIG, GENTECH, Brigham Young University, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, the American Library Association, and numerous state and local genealogical societies and libraries in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Cyndi has authored numerous articles and three books. She has attended dozens of conferences and institutes over the past 30 years including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), and she has completed the ProGen Study Group #24.

Cyndi is member of several genealogical organizations and she is a life member of the National Genealogical Society, the Virginia Genealogical Society, the Ohio Genealogical Society, and the Indiana Genealogical Society. Before her life on the Internet, Cyndi worked as an operations officer and an international banker specializing in foreign exchange and computer networks. Cyndi, her mother, and two Boston Terriers live in Edgewood, Washington.

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Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar: Recent updates to MyHeritage's historical record search engine by Mike Mansfield

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The MyHeritage search engine for historical records is easier and more intuitive than ever before. In this webinar you’ll review the improved search interface and explore some of the noteworthy new collections in MyHeritage’s historical record database.
 
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MikeMansfield-144x144Mike Mansfield works for MyHeritage.com as the Director of Content Operations. Previously Mike has worked for Ancestry.com and FamilySearch and has been active in the genealogy and family history domain for the last 20 years. Mike has presented at numerous genealogical conferences and symposia in the United States, England, Scandinavia, and Australia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from BYU and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University.

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

BCG's Reisinger Lecture Series now online for limited time

 

BCG's Reisinger Lecture Series now online for limited time

The recordings of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture series, a 6-class series taught by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and broadcast live on Friday are now online at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG21. Taught by genealogy's elite educators (Elizabeth Shown Mills, David Ouimette, Melinda Henningfield, Patti Lee Hobs, Amy Larner Giroux and Rick Sayre), the classes are free to view through Sunday, October 31 or available anytime with an annual webinar membership.

Context: A Powerful Tool for Problem Solving by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL  

Raw facts do not tell a story. They may not even tell the truth about what they do relate. As researchers, we seek original documents that offer us “the facts.” But facts are impish devils, and historical records do not speak for themselves. They cannot explain themselves. They are inert objects created by individuals of a different time, a different culture, and who-knows-what mindset. If taken at face value, records and their “facts” can deceive, mislead, or confuse us. The only voice that documents have is the voice we give them. With every document we find, and every story we tell, we have a choice:

  • We can take what we see at face value, report it devoid of context, and run the risk of misrepresenting the circumstances. Or …
  • We can seek the context we need to understand the record, the event, and the person.

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Seven Immigration Methodologies, with Case Studies Across the Centuries by David S. Ouimette, CG, CGL

Family historians face significant challenges tracing immigrant ancestors. Changes in language, culture, family composition, given name, surname, country of residence, and occupation tend to obscure the origins of many immigrants. This presentation introduces seven methodologies to effectively trace immigrant origins, illustrated with examples from the early 1600s to the early 1900s.

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Investigate the Neighborhood to Advance Your Research by Melinda Henningfield, CG, CGL

This lecture reveals the most powerful methodology available to genealogists. Family historians often begin their genealogical quest by researching only their direct ancestors. For many reasons the direct ancestor they search for may have left few records. The records that survive may not shed light on where the ancestor came from or who his parents were—or any other question about an ancestor. The records that answer questions about an ancestor are sometimes only found by researching his relatives, friends, neighbors, associates, or enemies.

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What am I missing? Recognizing Research Holes in Available Sources by Patti Lee Hobbs, CG

Performing reasonably exhaustive research assumes researchers recognize the resources available to solve a research question. Genealogists must recognize pertinent resources available to solve a research question and understand the limits of each of those resources. This lecture helps to navigate the pitfalls.

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Using Mind Mapping as a Visual Research Plan by Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL

Thorough analysis of each source document is how genealogists plan their next research steps. Including mind mapping as a visual method of analysis can help focus further research questions, point to missing sources, and support indirect evidence analysis.

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Private Land Claims—Complicated? Yes, but worth it! by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

When the United States acquired land that had been under the governance of foreign nations (Great Britain, France, Spain, and Mexico), the U.S. government agreed to grant title to landowners who could prove prior legal land rights from those foreign governments. This webinar shows how to access and use records resulting from the adjudication of these “private land claims,” which may provide significant family information.

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