Monday, June 23, 2014

Legacy Webinars - June 25 and 27

Two webinars are scheduled for Legacy's website this week. The descriptions of both presentations appear below. Register or find more information at Remember, if you cannot watch in "real time," the webinars are available for about a week on Legacy's website.

Angela Walton-Raji will be presenting the June 25 webinar for beginning researchers. If you have Native American ancestors, this is the topic for you.

Documenting Native American Families in 19th and 20th Century Records

"Native American ancestry is often perceived as a lineage difficult to trace. There are a number of records from public resources that reflect Indian communities, both large and small. This workshop will illustrate the records found in both 19th and 20th century collections. To be discussed will be traditional census records and how to find unique tribal communities, as well as specific Indian rolls from New England to the western frontier."

Judy Russell, the "genealogist with a law degree" will talk about copyright on June 27. Those members who are beginning to think about writing about their family--or who are already in the process--will find this of interest. It is directed toward beginning and intermediate researchers.

Copyright Mythconceptions

"What we don’t know about copyright law can hurt us – right in the pocketbook! Here’s a guide to the most common mistakes and misunderstandings about copyright and what we can and can’t do with materials created by others in our family research."

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Attacked by a DDoS

Only those of us who have been working on family research this week (this does not include me!) would know about this: here's an explanation from the June 19 Family Tree Magazine newsletter about the problem at Ancestry.

"In case you haven't heard, was down part of Monday and most of yesterday, and intermittently today, due to what the company says was a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack. Find A Grave and RootsWeb also were affected.

In such an attack, multiple perpetrators use "bots" to bombard a website with traffic, so that the site can't respond to legitimate traffic. Both Evernote and Feedly were targets of DDoS attacks last week; their attackers demanded payment to stop the attacks.

On its Facebook page and in a statement, said the attack has been neutralized, but users may still experience intermittent outages or slowness while the site recovers. They should clear their cookies and cache before logging back on. Family Tree Maker users should switch the program's sync setting to manual until service is fully restored.

No members' family tree or personal data were compromised in the attack.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Upcoming Webinars

There is no Legacy webinar this week but two are on the schedule for next week. Watch for more details in a few days on both Native American records and copyright issues to finish out the month of June.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

2014-2015 Season

Rick received notice that our room assignment has been completed for next year, and we've been able to verify that we're scheduled for every Tuesday from November through March. We will hold workshops in November and December and begin regular meetings January 6.

Anyone who is interested in making a presentation during the coming year should contact Dick or me.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Ancestry to Retire Several Services

From the June 5th Family Tree Magazine Enewsletter: today annouced that it will "retire" five of its services as of Sept. 5, 2014:
  •, the family website service
  • MyCanvas, the photo book publishing service
  • (though the site will remain online with some content)
  •, the worldwide family tree site
  • Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA testing's executive vice president of product, Eric Shoup, said yesterday in a conference call with genealogy media that ending these services will allow to focus on its core products and mission.

Subscribers and active users of each service will receive an email with details on any refunds (if applicable) and how to retrieve their content, and each site will have retirement landing pages and FAQs for customers.

Two Legacy Webinars

After taking two weeks off, Legacy is presenting two webinars this week. Both are appropriate for beginner and intermediate researchers. Register to watch in real time or find them later at

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

German Internet Research: A Launching Place for Your Research
"Internet research for German ancestors is not as fully developed as it is for North American or British ancestors, but don’t let that stop you! There is a significant subscription site, along with some important indexes, original and compiled, records online. Fortunately, the number of actual records online is growing at a significant rate. Other German genealogy sites provide important information about places or sources. Indeed, your research will suffer if you don’t use the Internet for your German research."

Friday, June 13, 2014

10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Narrative
"If writing your family history narrative is one of those tasks on your "to-do" list that you just can't seem to start, this webinar will help you get there. Learn ten simple ways to get those creative juices flowing so you can stop procrastinating and start writing yours!"

Monday, June 2, 2014

Webinar Information

The Legacy site is taking a couple of weeks off; the next webinar is scheduled for June 11.

Meanwhile, you might check out the Mesa Family Search Library site at for their latest newsletter, which is all about getting youngsters involved in family research. Also from their home page, you can explore their collection of webinars and webcasts. These are free to view at any time after the initial free presentation.