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A short presentation on using a freeware program called Legacy to do genealogical research and cataloging.

A short presentation on using a freeware program called Legacy to do genealogical research and cataloging.

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  • 1. Your Family Legacy And Using Genealogy Software Steven Kieley Ewing Computer Literacy Center May 3 rd , 2011
  • 2. Ewing CLC Scheduled Courses May 2011
  • 3. Ewing CLC Scheduled Courses June 2011
  • 4. Your Family Legacy
    • Where to look
    • What facts to start with
    • How to preserve what you find
  • 5. Where to Look
    • Cemetaries
    • Birth Certificates
      • Usually filed by the state
      • Most only issued after 1910
    • Death Certificates
      • Usually filed by county
      • May also list place of birth
  • 6. Where to Look
    • Libraries
      • Old Newspapers, city directories
      • Old telephone books
    • Churches and Synagogues
      • Birth, christening, marriage, Bar or Bat Mitzvah
    • Funeral Parlors
    • Marriage Certificates
      • Bride’s maiden name, former spouses, witnesses,
        • parents names, addresses
  • 7. Where to Look
    • Federal Census
      • 72 year ban on information
      • 1940 results will be published in 2012
      • 1790 – 1930 available now
      • “ Free” is generally not true
      • 970,000 sites on Google
    • State Census
      • NJ taken every 10 years from 1855 to 1915
      • Available on microfilm in Trenton
  • 8. Some Useful Websites
    • www.Stevemorse.org
      • Good for Ellis Island info(free)
      • Passenger lists = $
        • Are included with ancestry.com
    • http://www.ancestorhunt.com/
      • Mostly free, but limited starting points
        • Obit, surname searches
        • Prison inmates, sheriffs & police officers
  • 9. Some Useful Websites
    • http://www.searchforancestors/google
      • Related to ancestry.com
      • Links to surname websites
    • http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
      • Related to ancestry.com
      • Various choices to start with
  • 10. Some Useful Websites
    • Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
      • Many starting points
        • Orphans, poorhouses
        • Ports of entry
        • Origin specific – Africa, Asia, Ireland, Germany, etc.
    • Free Genealogy Lookups - AncestralFindings.com
      • Submit info to volunteers for lookup
  • 11. Many Other Websites
    • usgenweb.org
    • state.nj.us
    • obitcentral.com
    • findmypast.uk
    • ancestorsonboard.com
    • familylink.com
    • etc.
  • 12. Probably Most Useful
    • http://ancestry.com/
      • Census records
      • Military records
      • Draft registrations
      • Birth, marriage and divorce records
      • Criminal proceedings
      • Newspaper clippings
      • Links to other related names and records
  • 13. Many Websites ………..
    • Are “free” (for 7-14 days in most cases)
    • Are limited in what information they provide
    • Will ask for your credit card info. even for the trial period
    • Will automatically charge your card after the trial period if you forget to cancel
    • Point to common databases such as ancestry.com
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  • 16. 10 Common Mistakes
    • Giving Up
    • Not Paying Attention to Details
    • Starting with the “Tree”
    • Alternative Spellings
    • Forgetting about Living Relatives
    • Not Staying Organized
    • Doing it Alone
    • Tracing Too Many Family Members at Once
    • Being too Serious
    • Not Using all the Available Resources
  • 17. What Facts to Start With
    • First, last name (obviously)
    • Maiden and/or married name depending of type of search
    • Dates (any available)
      • Birth, christening, bar or bas mitzvah, marriage, death
    • Country of origin
    • Siblings
    • Residence location
  • 18. Other Facts if Available
    • Social security #
    • Immigration
      • Port of entry
      • Ship
      • Date
    • Other family member names
    • Occupation
  • 19. Other Facts if Available
    • Too many facts may actually mask search
      • Adding an incorrect fact will often exclude the subject of the search
    • Try minimal facts (surname, approx. dates, location) first, then add others to narrow down search
  • 20. Good Genealogical Software should….
    • Provide printed manuals
    • Allow multiple views
      • Family
      • Pedigree
      • Descendant
      • Index
    • Show relationships to any selected person
    • Have video tutorials
    • Print large wallcharts
    • Have customizable languages
    • Provide responsive tech support
  • 21. Good Genealogical Software should also..
    • Allow customizable reports
      • Calendars, anniversaries
      • Ancestor books
      • Descendant books
      • Lineage
      • Name lists
      • Research logs
      • Potential problems
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  • 26. Legacy Family Tree 7.0
    • Live demo of the program and ancestry.com
    • Free download of Legacy Family Tree at
    • http://legacyfamilytree.com/