Monday, June 29, 2015

Legacy's July 1 Webinar

Legacy returns this week with a topic that most genealogists find a challenge: "Researching Female Ancestors" will be presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega and is directed at both beginning and intermediate researchers. Gena says that you research women in some of the same ways as men, but you also need to consider documents and items they left behind. Examples include signature quilts, community cookbooks, journals and diaries.

There is a quilt in my local history/genealogy center that was done by a homemaker club in the 1920s. Each square has a name of one of the members. We also located a diary kept by a cousin during the early years of her marriage that mentions birthdays, funerals and other items that would be useful for a family historian.

Register to watch in real time or check on other presentations at

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

German Migration

A recent article in the April/June issue of the NGS (National Genealogical Society) Magazine discusses differences between the two main waves of German migration, including place of origin and religious affiliation.

The earlier immigrants (1700s) generally came from southwest Germany, were mainly Protestant, followed the Rhine to Rotterdam and landed in Philadelphia--later settling in Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas. They also were seeking more land.

Those who came later (1800s) left from Bremerhaven or Hamburg, as they came from the central and northern regions of Germany. They arrived in New York or New Orleans migrating to the Midwest or Texas.

Remember that these are generalizations but might provide a clue to your German ancestral origins. We will add this article to our German resource binder in the fall.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tracing Female Ancestors

We recently purchased a publication from Internet Genealogy called "Tracing Female Ancestors, Volume 2." It is the second edition on this topic with additional strategies and resources for locating those difficult female ancestors. One article tells ways to use a website such as FamilySearch to look specifically for women. Other suggestions include a Google search, use of city directories, websites with digitized books, and locating church records.

The magazine will be available for club use next season, or you can find your own copy at one of the large book stores.

Webinar Update

Legacy is taking a break during the rest of the month of June. Next webinars are scheduled for the first week in July.

You can still watch many of the recent webinars by visiting

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Internet Genealogy

The most recent issue of Internet Genealogy (June/July) arrived this week and there were many articles of interest.

If you have had thoughts about creating your own family website, Tony Bandy writes about webhosting basics. He has another article discussing the new Mac edition of Family Tree Builder, the MyHeritage software.

Another article describes many of the genealogy apps available for your iPhone or Android device.

For those with a World War II ancestor, there are tips and strategies for researching that person with both beginning and advanced resources included.

Internet Genealogy is published in Canada, but the content is useful for both Canadian and U. S. researchers.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Weekly Webinars

Legacy's Wednesday (June 10) webinar this week is called "Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar." If anyone happens to be involved in organizing a local workshop, the presentation should be helpful.

Friday, June 12, Tessa Keough will present a follow-up session to her April 29 webinar. "10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies" is suggested for beginning and intermediate researchers. The Legacy staff, including Geoff Rasmussen, will be discussing Legacy features such as mapping, charting, reports, forms and interviews.

For more information or to register, visit

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

U. S. Census Records at Mocavo

The genealogy website Mocavo has made its US census indexes and record images available for everyone--without subscribing to their "gold membership." All US census records, from 1790 to 1940, will be accessible.

Mocavo, a genealogy-related search engine, has been around for several years. Much of its content was free, but eventually there was an opportunity to subscribe to the "gold membership" for further searching. The cost of that membership at present is $9 per month. Last year Mocavo was acquired by FindMyPast.

June 3 Legacy Webinar

This week's webinar concludes the three-part presentation called Genealogy 101, by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. Any beginners who have been following the series can mark calendars for tomorrow, June 3. Registration and more information at A brief digest of the content follows.

"Session 3 - Learning how to obtain and read a record. After learning of the many ways to search for and obtain a record, we will analyze the information it may contain. We will examine some of the documents that produce the best evidence of family relationships. A small exercise in handwriting will round out this class."