Thursday, February 23, 2017

Legal Issues and Our Ancestors

Tuesday night Maureen Edwards took on the subject of genealogy and the law and made it interesting and accessible. She began with reasons to investigate legal issues and provided resources that would help to understand the law in general. We learned a bit about how and where to locate information that would assist in our understanding of our ancestors. Most important are the laws of the time and place where ancestors lived.

Maureen had many examples from her own family research to show us how those court records could provide additional information about past generations. She suggested using state archives, public law libraries, Google and

Thanks, Maureen, for an enlightening evening!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


We have had our two workshops for February. Last week Eunice Taylor joined us to answer questions about the Family Tree section of FamilySearch. Many members have been adding or correcting information on their part of the tree. Questions involved the process of merging when there are two (or more) duplicate names in the tree. We were also curious about adding photos or documents. Eunice felt that the "Help" function on the website is a valuable tool and everyone should take advantage of it.

This week (to celebrate Valentine's Day) we had a short talk on marriage records: what they contain, the various types of records, and where to locate them. It was also suggested that when a marriage record cannot be located, there should be a search for a nearby "Gretna Green," a city in a neighboring state where it might have been easier to marry. Besides our usual sources of FamilySearch and Ancestry, researchers should also consider using USGenWeb and Linkpendium. There are links to all four of these websites to the right.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Legacy's February Webinars

As always, visit to read more about these presentations and/or register to watch in real time.

Wednesday, February 8: The "WHO" of Genetic Genealogy
          For intermediate level researchers, Blaine Bettinger will be talking about which of your family members to test.

Friday, February 10: Deciphering German Script
          Learn how to train yourself to read and interpret enough of the records to make substantial progress on your genealogy from Gail Blankenau. This is a beginner level presentation.

Wednesday, February 15: Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research
          Cindi Ingle will talk about safeguarding your genealogical research--another program for beginners.

Tuesday, February 21: Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof Argument
            For intermediate and experienced researchers, Karen Stanbary's lecture illustrates how to integrate each element of the Genealogical Proof Standard in a proof argument that relies heavily on autosomal DNA test results.

Wednesday, February 22: Finding Missing Persons With DNA Testing
             Diahan Southard provides more DNA information for beginners. The topic description follows: "Do you have an adoption in your line, or are you adopted yourself? Do you have an ancestor who just refuses to be found? DNA testing can be a very powerful tool to help fill in the blanks in your family tree. But how helpful can it really be when you know absolutely nothing about the person you are trying to find? As it turns out, with the right techniques and a careful search, your DNA might be able to tell you more than you think."

Friday, February 3, 2017

British Home Children

This past Tuesday Maureen Salter gave us a very enlightening presentation about British Home Children, who were sent from the British Isles to Canada during the late 1800s through 1948. An estimated 4 million Canadians are descendants of these "Home Children."

Most Canadians believed the children were orphans, but generally this was not the case. They were used as servants in households and farms throughout Canada.

Most distressing was the fact that siblings were separated and no effort was made for those children to know their heritage. Some were placed with families who eventually adopted them, but many spent their childhoods in such poor conditions that they never talked about it as adults.

Maureen has a special interest in these children, and she showed how she was able to discover the background of her husband's grandmother.

Thanks, Maureen, for educating us about this particular part of Canadian history.