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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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    • Your Family Legacy And Using Genealogy Software Steven Kieley Ewing Computer Literacy Center May 3 rd , 2011
    • Ewing CLC Scheduled Courses May 2011
    • Ewing CLC Scheduled Courses June 2011
    • Your Family Legacy
      • Where to look
      • What facts to start with
      • How to preserve what you find
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Many Other Websites
      • usgenweb.org
      • state.nj.us
      • obitcentral.com
      • findmypast.uk
      • ancestorsonboard.com
      • familylink.com
      • etc.
    • 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
    • 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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    • 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
    • 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
    • Other Facts if Available
      • Social security #
      • Immigration
        • Port of entry
        • Ship
        • Date
      • Other family member names
      • Occupation
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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    • Legacy Family Tree 7.0
      • Live demo of the program and ancestry.com
      • Free download of Legacy Family Tree at
      • http://legacyfamilytree.com/