IT’S QUITE A LINE-UP!!! The FREE Genealogy Webinars Announced for 2017

The folks over at the Legacy Family Tree Webinars are doing a great job of providing amazing educational webinars for genealogist at all levels. They have just released their 2017 Legacy Faminnovationily Tree Webinar Series.  This is a series of several webinars each month by expert and interesting genealogy lecturers/teachers.  High quality speakers, talking on interesting topics for genealogist & it’s FREE.  Whether you sign up for one (1) class or all 76 classes — it’s FREE.  Each webinar is scheduled for about an hour & a half (1 1/2 hours).

SO — with this wonderful opportunity I have already put things in motion to help me achieve a NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION! — yep! I registered for at least one (1) webinar each month of 2017.  A little investing in myself . . . .  I will be learning from some of my favorites, including Judy Russell, Thomas MacEntee, Diahan Southard, Lisa Louise Cooke, Lisa Alzo, Jill Morelli, Geoffrey Rasmussen, Angela Packer McGhie, Cyndi Ingle, and Mary Hill.

Register now for free (what a great Christmas!! & New Years!).    CLICK HERE to go to their website and register for your favorite “genea-lebrities” or your favorite genealogy subject matter.   Want to register for more than one class at a time ?  CLICK HERE to signup for all you favs at one time.

—  oh yea ….. spread the joy before the classes fill up & share with only your closest genealogy friends.




2016 New Year’s Resolution – Organize My Genealogy!


With 2016 just around the corner, I am thinking about New Year’s Resolutions for my genealogy life (plus other areas).  The start of a new year seems to be the perfect time to focus on organizing those mounds of loose papers and files.  I have “started organizing” them several times.  It sometimes feels like I have reorganized so many times that I am unsure what I have, much less where I put it.

Organizing my genealogy is a MUST-DO and is number one for my genealogy New Year’s Resolutions!

Lucky for me — and others like me — Thomas MacEntee over at Geneabloggers is offering great assistance and a plan with a monthly focus over the 2016 year.

During 2015,  MacEntee had released several “weekly” topics/lessons to help family researchers hit the “RESET” button and clean-up accumulated pieces.  I really wanted to do this – but failed miserably – probably due to the pace of the topics (weekly) and the juggling of the rest of my life (full-time job and family).  I am hoping that a year’s plan with a monthly topic is the answer.  It should provide the added emphasis that I need, at a reasonable pace.

MacEntee’s long awaited Genealogy Do-Over Workbook  will be available through on Monday, December 28th. A Kindle version should be available for about $5.99, making it a “must have”.   This will be a wonderful resource to help me get a jumpstart on the plan.

Then starting Friday, January 1, 2016, at the Genealogy Do-Over Blog  , MacEntee will be posting a lesson/topic  each month for the entire year of 2016.

For more information and a listing of the yearly topics click over to check out the post from MacEntee:

The Genealogy Do-Over: 2016 Topics

The Genealogy Do-Over switches to a monthly format for topics in 2016 – here is the lineup.

2016 Monthly Topics/Lineup


National Genealogical Society 2014 annual conference

Registration for the National Genealogical Society is winding down.  The conference promises to be a “don’t miss” for genealogy geeks, particularly those with ancestors in the southeastern United States. 

Plus time has been set aside for digging through the Virginia State Library! (you know that I could spend days there).

The conference:   Virginia: The First Frontier, Richmond, Virginia 7-10
May 2014

Conference in the States Logo 2014 (5)

Get all the details at

Georgia Family History Expo – Nov 9 & 10

Just a little over a week away until the Family History Expo at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia (just out of Atlanta).   Some of the topics sure to interest all genealogist include:  An Introduction to the National Archives; Preservation Techniques for Documents, Newspaper, and Photos; Organization is Everything; Where Do I Start?; Using Mobile Devices for Genealogy; Recording, Preserving and Sharing Your Family’s Oral History; Discovering African American Lives; The DAR Library for All; Near or Far, Member or Not; Transform Your Note-Taking and Remember Everything with Evernote; and lots more!!

Make plans to attend — click HERE  for the entire line-up and information for registering.

Midwestern Roots 2012 – A Great Line-Up

Midwestern Roots 2012
Family History and Genealogy Conference
July 20 and 21, 2012
It is almost time for the Midwestern Roots 2012 Family History and Genealogy Conference presented by the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The line-up of nationally known speakers is amazing!  In just 2 days — the conference will offers more than 30 sessions including presentations fro Dick Eastman, Shamele Jordon, J. Mark Lowe, Thomas MacEntee, Daniel S. Poffenberger, Juliana Smith, Megan Smolenvak, D, Joshua Taylor, Patricia Van Skaik, Curt B. Witcher and more.

ALSO pre-conference activities on July 19 include a workshop for genealogical librarians and volunteers, computer labs, writing workshops and other research opportunities in Indiana’s capital city AND a behinds the scenes view of working on Who Do You Think You Are?, for the day’s closing program.  .

Lots of GREAT genealogy lined up for everyone!  Hope to see you there!  Here is the link to the CONFERENCE if you want to know more, register,or  check out the brochure.

Want to learn to use WORDPRESS for your own Genealogy website?

DearMYTLE just placed Part 1 and 2 of her Workshop Webinar about WORDPRESS into her webinar archives.  Plug-in now – if you missed it the first time on June 25th — CLICK-here   Then get ready for Parts 3 and 4 to be aired on July 16th and 23rd respectively at 9 pm EST.  This and many other great genealogy webinars can be found on the  GeneaWebinars calendar.  

Virginia Vital Records

The National Genealogy Society is asking for everyone’s assistance in writing to the Virginia General Assembly’s Legislative Commission before November 22nd.  Here is the posting that they have provided regarding this critical request.
“The genealogical community has been trying to improve access to vital records in Virginia. SB 865 which was introduced in the General Assembly earlier this year was referred to a legislative commission for further study. The Joint Commission on Health Care issued a report in September which proposes even worse restrictions on Vital Records access in Virginia.
The genealogical societies have responded, but the members of the commission need to receive personal emails from many genealogists before 22 November 2011. Even If you are not a resident of Virginia but have ancestors who lived in Virginia, mention where your ancestors lived and why it is important for you and your extended family to have access to death records to determine your family’s health history.
This is a serious threat to vital records access in Virginia. The Virginia Genealogical Society has been actively involved and has provided the attached detailed summary about the status of the legislation and how you can help. The names and email addresses of the members of the commission are also included in this summary – reproduced below in its entirety.”

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society & Tennessee Historical Society Workshop

The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society and Tennessee Historical Society presents its 25th annual genealogy workshop – SOUTHERN RESEARCH:  SOURCES & SOLUTIONS.   This all-day genealogy workshop will be held on Saturday, November 19th and offers quite a line-up of experts!! 

The workshop will be held at the Brentwood Public Library in Brentwood, Tennessee (very close to Nashville), beginning at 9:00 am and running until 4:00 pm. Guest speakers include:

  • Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FNGS, FASG and FUGA will speak on: “Problem Solving in the Problem-Riddled Carolina Backcountry”.
  • J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, a professional genealogist, lecturer and author, Topic: “Inheritance Laws and Estate Settlements in the Carolinas“.
  • Charles A. Sherrill, M.A., M.L.S., State Librarian and Archivist of Tennessee, Topic: “Service Records/Civil War.
For more information or to register for the event, visit the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society’s website at .

Family Reunions on GeneaBloggers Radio this week!

Hey — if you get a chance to tune in to the GeneaBlogger Radio this Friday (July 22nd) they will be talking about family reunions.   Their guests will include: Edith Wagner, founder, publisher and editor of Reunions magazine and; Marilyn Stewart, better known as “Aunt Mo” who runs the Family Reunion Helper website; and Lorine McGinnis Schulze of the Olive Tree Genealogy Website.
The show promises to talk about reunion activities for the whole family and sharing your genealogy research.  Sounds like a great show!   Tune in at:
Friday, July 22, 2011
10pm-11:30pm Eastern US
You can sign into BlogTalkRadio with your Facebook account or set up a free BlogTalkRadio account to join in the fun.

Want to know more about the Military Records available on your family members?

THIS FRIDAY night (May 27th) – GeneaBloggers Radio host Thomas MacEntee will be talking about Military Records and Genealogy.  This is certainly a timely topic for discussion on the Memorial Day holiday weekend when we honor veteran family members and friends.

Thomas will be talking with Curt Witcher of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana about the War of 1812 pension files and the Preserve the Pensions campaign aimed to digitize all 7.2 million images from the War of 1812.   Also Thomas will be talking to Jeffrey Vaillant about Civil War records available to researchers/genealogist.

The event is scheduled to begin at 10 pm EST.  Tune in by clicking here:  GeneaBloggers Radio

Sounds like a GREAT show — for genealogist!! or just those with an historical interest.