Legacy Family Tree Webinars has added closed captioning!

In case you haven’t see this  exciting news over the past few days!

Legacy Family Tree Webinars has announced the addition of closed captioning to its services. This includes my November 2018 webinar,  Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking.

From their press release: “Implemented as a full human-curated transcription via synced subtitles, closed captioning is now available as an option for all live and members-only webinar recordings released since May 1,2018. In addition, the most popular 50 webinars on the platform and all MyHeritage-specific webinars have been captioned. Legacy will add captioning to all new webinars going forward.

We are committed to providing the best genealogy and DNA education for all,including people who are hard of hearing,” said Geoff Rasmussen, founder and host of Legacy Family Tree Webinars. “Captioning is an excellent way to make online education more accessible, and is also a benefit to non-native English  speakers who struggle with spoken English but have an easier time with written English.

Legacy has exciting plans for 2019, which include the hosting of webinars in non-English languages as well as the translation of English captions to select foreign languages.

When we acquired Legacy last year, we promised to invest resources to improve the webinar platform and increase its reach, while maintaining its high quality and unique character”, said Gilad Japhet, founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “The addition of closed captioning makes good on this promise and, with translated captioning coming up soon, will help make the webinars accessible to millions of people in Europe and other countries, true to MyHeritage’s goal of making genealogy and DNA testing available to huge consumer audiences worldwide”.

To access closed captioning, click on the blue CC icon in the lower right-hand side of the video you choose to view. 207 webinars are already captioned! Those from the MyHeritage live 2018 conference in Norway are already captioned.

To access the closed captioning requires a subscription to the webinars. The low cost of $49.95 for one year of unlimited access to all the 800+ webinars.

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Railroad records webinar Free for a week for genealogists and historians

I had an enjoyable time this afternoon presenting “Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking” for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. If you wish to watch it again or missed it today, it’s now online for free for a week.

The extensive handout is available to LFTW members. In the intro to today’s webinar, Geoff Rasmussen said there are now more than 800 webinars on the site for members. That’s a lot of handouts, too!  This is an affiliate membership link to join for the next 12 months in order to view all these.

Geoff also announced that with the support of MyHeritage, captioning is debuting soon!

See more about the webinar content in my earlier blog post on November 19th.

NEWS: this webinar is in the top ten for November! https://bit.ly/2zGIBFg



BIG sales on genealogy software, subscriptions, and DNA tests.

If I shared all the press release emails and social media notices I have received in the last few days, I would be posting for several days. If you aren’t on social media such as Facebook, you are missing announcements of sales of genealogical software, subscriptions, and DNA tests galore. BIG sales. Some are ending this weekend or on Monday, the 26th. Go check all the company websites and see which offers suit  you and your budget. The DNA sales are especially great.

Hint: What wonderful gifts for all the upcoming holidays and family events!



Black Friday + means Legacy Family Tree Webinars subscriptions 50% off

From 20-26 November, a Legacy Family Tree Webinar membership is 50% off. You read that correctly!

That means:

  • 12 months of 24/7 access to 800 full-length genealogy classes
  • PLUS all 3,500+ pages of instructors’ handouts.
  • For only $24.98

That means:

Join today! Renew today!


p.s. That is an affiliate link and the few cents I received help to keep this blog going

FREE webinar: Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking

Yes, the pun in the title is intended.  🙂

Join me and Legacy Family Tree Webinars online on Wednesday, November 28, at 11:00 a.m. PST, Noon MST, 1:00 p.m. CST, and 2:00 EST for this presentation. For other time zones, when you click on the link below, you can check for your time zone.

Have a railroad worker in your background? Grandpa, grand-aunt, or uncle? Did a wandering relative work for a railroad? Which railroad and where did it run? Learn about railroad records which may provide some personal details or at the very least prove the relative’s connection to that railroad. Visuals and references demonstrate the wealth of historical materials available all across the U.S. I’ll share the locations of the records for many railroads. When this lecture is over you will know where to turn to find out more about the railroad, its records, and where to find them. The presentation is accompanied by an extensive handout.

A bit about the word free is necessary. The presentation is free on November 28th. Shortly after that it will be available for about a week, also for free. Then it becomes part of the Family Tree Webinars Library available for a fee or to members. A membership allows you to view any of the webinars at any hour and also gives you access to some that are available only to members. Join today for only $49.95 per year.


Register now “for Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking”


Note: this is not the same presentation as my Online & On Track: Railroad Records, Indexes, and Finding Aids on the Internet” that I did in February 2018. The handout is also different with some exceptions. To view that one, click here.


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Family genealogy: red lipstick, a price sticker, some humor, and passing on a family story

Today I drove past 486 So. Hamline Avenue in Saint Paul and smiled up at the corner apartment. I had to do that today because it’s Grandma’s birthday. Great Grandma Gert, Dirty Gerty, Granny Grapefruit, and just Grandma. Those were all names of love. More on her names another time.

She would have been 118 years old today. She lived to 98.5 years old. That’s some feat! Speaking of feet, one of my favorite stories about her is one she told on herself. She was widowed at age 67 and lived alone for almost 32 years. She lived in a second-floor apartment with no elevator and steep stairs until a nursing home became a necessity. After Grandpa Mike died, she lived only on Social Security and the help of her daughters and grandchildren. She never learned to drive a car and took the city bus to do some of her shopping for many years.

The feet story is related to a pair of shoes. She purchased a pair of shoes at a thrift store and wore them to church. She attended Holy Spirit Catholic Church and this was still a time when those receiving communion would kneel at the communion rail. She came home from church and was putting her “new” dress-up shoes away and noticed that the price sticker was still on the bottom. She was mortified to know that she knelt for communion and let everyone see the price on her cheap shoes. But she laughed and so did I. We had many more good laughs about this over the years.

This was a woman who was born into money, lived well, but then her father lost everything. Her accountant husband didn’t do a great job with their finances either. She raised her daughters in a one-bedroom apartment. She had bad arthritis and other aches and pains. She never really complained. I wish I could hug her today. Instead, I am wearing red lipstick as I write this. She always reminded her daughters and granddaughters to wear red lipstick.

MyHeritage announces Shared Ancestral Places as DNA matching feature

From a My Heritage news release:

MyHeritage has announced a new feature in our DNA matching. “Shared Ancestral Places refer to towns, countries, or U.S. states that appear in your family tree as well as in the family trees of your DNA Matches, where birth or death events of your ancestors (and those of your DNA Matches’ ancestors) took place. These places are identified going back up to 10 generations and can play a vital role in family history research.

When you review a DNA Match, it’s not always clear how the match is related to you and who your common ancestor may be. Up until now, you may be able to figure out how your DNA Matches are related to you by looking at the family trees of your matches, . . .”

For the full announcement check the MyHeritage Blog.

Genealogy conference at MHS in Saint Paul on Feb 16th!

Mark your calendars for February 16, 2019 and get registered before it sells out! The Minnesota Historical Society is having a full-day “Preserve & Organize Your Family History Conference” at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul. A variety of sessions presented by MHS staff and professional genealogists are being offered with a wide range of topics. Full details will be posted on the MHS events website soon.

I am privileged to be the keynote speaker. Registrants will have the opportunity to sign up for behind-the scenes tours of MHS. That is an important perk! I have been on these tours twice and really enjoyed them.

Registrations are already being taken. If you are an MHS member, you receive a benefit of 20% off the registration cost.  To register: http://www.mnhs.org/event/6546


This website and blog are back online!

Yes, I had paid my bills! Several glitches had occurred in October and this past weekend were worked out and I am back to sharing information.

I hadn’t even noticed until several people let me know. I was busy meeting multiple work deadlines that all converged on November 1st. I especially thank Cyndi Ingle of CyndisList.com for her help on this.

Duplicate books and periodicals at the Minnesota Genealogy Center

I am sure I needed these. I always need more books. Today I came home from a meeting at the Minnesota Genealogy Center with an armload of needed books.

In the lobby is the book adoption area. These are duplicate genealogy and history books, periodicals and maps that need a new home. Pick a few and leave a money donation with the volunteer at the front desk. I noticed some mighty nice items. I would guess the area holds more than 100 items. They cover a wide variety of time periods and locations.

Check the location of the Center and the hours here.