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Navigating the 1940 U.S. Census - Digital Download
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Learn the strategies needed to find the 1940 U.S. census images you are looking for. Besides tips and tricks, you'll also learn what information was collected during the 1940 U.S. Census and how it can help your genealogy research. You will also learn about the new 1940 U.S. census tools found in Legacy Family Tree (blank form, SourceWriter template, and the new Potential Census report). This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on March 7, 2012. 1 hour 26 minutes. Plus 10 pages of handouts.
7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists - Digital Download
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Learn how savvy genealogists are finding success with 7 basic habits of frugality. You’ll not only find a list of key resources but more importantly you’ll learn how to embrace the “mind set” of finding the best ways to save money while researching your ancestors. This was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on April 2, 2014. 1 hour 22 minutes, plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
A Look at Wisconsin Genealogy Resources - Digital Download
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Participants will learn the basics of researching their Wisconsin ancestors starting with the early history as part of the Northwest Territory up through the present-day. While many of our ancestors may have settled in or passed through Wisconsin, finding them and the records left behind is another story. Wisconsin research offers certain challenges and it helps to know the strategies needed to tackle those records. You’ll not only get a quick lesson in Wisconsin history, you’ll also learn about special record sets and resources unique to the Badger State. This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on March 6, 2013. 1 hour 30 minutes.
After You're Gone - Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research - Digital Download
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Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you’re gone? Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries on. Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, we’ll review how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research. This was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on May 8, 2015. 1 hour 29 minutes, plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Backing Up Your Genealogy Data - Digital Download
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Have you ever experienced a data loss when it comes to your genealogy research? Not yet? Well if not, have you prepared for what might happen if your hard drive fails? What if your laptop is lost or stolen? Learn the basics of backing up all your genealogy data including identifying data, common backup methods and how to use free online programs to help you make sure your data will always be available! Participants will learn various methods for backing up their genealogy data including many free online programs such as DropBox, Google Docs, Picasa and more!
Building a Research Toolbox - Digital Download
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Are you overwhelmed with the number of online resources for genealogical research? Are you constantly working with unorganized bookmarks or favorites? Printing out lists of websites you use most? Learn how to build a research toolbox that is organized, easy-to-use, and can be accessed from almost anywhere. Presented by professional genealogist and Geneablogger.com's Thomas MacEntee, participants will learn not only some of the most important online resources for genealogical research, but also how to organize these resources into an easy-to-access and portable virtual toolbox.
Dropbox for Genealogists - Digital Download
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Are you familiar with Dropbox - a program that provides 2 gigabytes of online storage for free? Learn how to sign up for Dropbox, install the program and get started ensuring the safety and security of your genealogy research data. Seems too good to be true, right? Two gigabytes of online storage for free? And storage that can synchronize files across your computer, your laptop and even your mobile device? It is true, and you can learn how to leverage the power of Dropbox - a free online program to back up your genealogy data and even share files with friends and family.
Facebook for Genealogists - Digital Download
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Afraid to make the jump into Facebook? Wondering what all the fuss is about or how Facebook can work to the genealogist's advantage? Come along for a journey through this exciting social media application. If you've decided to set up a Facebook account not only to stay in touch with family but to expand your genealogy experience, you will learn the basics of the program including how to protect your privacy, how to make friends on Facebook, and how to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on September 14, 2011. 1 hour 33 minutes plus 3 pages of handouts.
Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research - Digital Download
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While Facebook is the world’s largest online social network with more than 1.2 billion users, did you know that it can be leveraged as a genealogy research “work horse” to help find your ancestors? 1 hour 3 minutes, plus 8 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disaster and Misfortune - Digital Download
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Our ancestors persevered in spite of disaster and misfortune so that we could be here today to tell their stories. Join webinar favorite, Thomas MacEntee, to learn how to locate evidence of their experiences and how to add their first-hand accounts to that body of evidence. 1 hour 14 minutes, plus 5 pages of handouts.
Google Docs for Genealogists - Digital Download
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Learn how to use Google Docs - a free application complete with spreadsheets, word processing and more - to your advantage while performing genealogy research. We'll cover how to create new documents, import documents from your hard drive, and how to use the basic functions of each component.
Google Forms for Genealogists - Digital Download
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Learn how to use Google Forms which is part of Google Docs - a free application complete with spreadsheets, word processing and more - to your advantage. We'll cover how to create new forms, how to add templates, how to embed forms in blogs and websites, how to share forms, and how to be notified each time a form is competed.
Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results - Digital Download
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Mind mapping is a process of creating a diagram or flow chart of ideas and concepts. Learn about automated mindmapping tools that let you see your research data in a new light. Do you have trouble planning a genealogy research strategy? What if you had an automated way to lay out concepts, variables and actions? Mind mapping can help you create an effective research plan as well as help you connect data points once the research is completed. This was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on November 20, 2013. 1 hour 30 minutes, plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
My Genealogy DO-Over - A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes - Digital Download
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It isn’t often that we get a “do-over” when it comes to stuff that matters in life. When you first got started researching your family history, did you do some things that now are just plain “embarrassing” such as name collecting, not citing sources and more? Well now there’s hope since genealogists from beginner to advanced are employing new research methodologies and documentation practices. Follow genealogist Thomas MacEntee as he basically starts his genealogy research from scratch but includes sound research practices and methodologies as well as new templates, tools and the latest technology to create a better body of family history research. This was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on January 21, 2015. 1 hour 44 minutes, plus 7 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Next Exit: Your New Jersey Ancestors - Digital Download
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Participants will learn the basics of researching their New Jersey ancestors starting with the early history as part of the New Netherlands colony to the present-day. Does the search for your New Jersey ancestors often take you to a dead end? What are the best strategies for Garden State research and which record sets are available? We’ll cover the history of New Jersey and review a variety of resources and strategies to get you on the route to success! This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on June 14, 2013. 1 hour 24 minutes.
Pinning Your Family History - Digital Download
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Have you considered using a variety of social media “pinning” sites like Pinterest to share your family history photos and stories? You might be surprised at the connection you can make with other genealogists as well as far-flung family members! One of the challenges in for the family historian is handling family photos and mementos and the question of “what do I do with it now that it’s scanned?” Using social media pinning sites such as Pinterest, What Was There, History Pin and even Google Maps allows you to not only share your family history photos, but you never know who will find your content and what connections you could make! This was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on July 8, 2015. 1 hour 30 minutes, plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Privacy and Our Ancestors - Digital Download
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With all the news about privacy, identity theft and the role of access to vital records, have you ever considered that today most of us (at least here in the United States) have more privacy than our ancestors? As a result of living in a digital age ruled by the Internet and social media, is there really less privacy than in prior years? In fact, the reverse is true. Learn what type of information about your ancestors was public and how to find it! This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on October 3, 2012. 1 hour 25 minutes. Plus 3 pages of handouts.
Researching Your Illinois Ancestors - Digital Download
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While Illinois genealogy research is no easier or more difficult than other states, there are special resources with which many genealogists are unfamiliar. Learn about the history of the Prairie State and its migration patterns to understand how your ancestors lived and how to find them! This will be presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on July 23, 2014. 1 hour 31 minutes, plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Researching Your New York Ancestors - Digital Download
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While many of our ancestors may have come from New York, finding them and the records left behind is another story. New York research offers certain challenges and it helps to know the strategies needed to tackle those Empire State records. You’ll not only get a quick lesson in New York State history and understand why the different regions are important, you’ll also learn about special record sets and resources unique to New York. Whether your ancestor was a Knickerbocker or an immigrant, you’ll be in a “New York State of mind“ with these research tips, tricks and tools. This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on May 30, 2012. 1 hour 30 minutes. Plus 4 pages of handouts.
Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor - Digital Download
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The War of 1812, often called America’s Second Revolution, left behind a valuable set of records that have proven valuable for genealogical research. Many of these records can help solve the “pre-1850 census” issues when only the head of household was named in the US federal census. Participants will learn about the War of 1812, the major record sets of benefit to genealogists, how to identify service information such as location and military section of service, and which records are available to access online. This was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on October 15, 2014. 1 hour 42 minutes, plus 5 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Staying Safe Using Social Media - Digital Download
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Are you hesitant to use popular social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter or even Pinterest and share your genealogy research because of issues involving personal information and privacy? Learn how to safely navigate these sites and still get the most out of them! This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on June 22, 2012. 1 hour 30 minutes. Plus 5 pages of handouts.
The Genealogy Cloud: Which Online Storage Program Is Right For You? - Digital Download
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Tired of keeping your genealogy research data on multiple CDs, DVDs, flash drives, hard drives and in different locations? Cloud computing – the practice of storing data on a remote server – is a practical solution for genealogists. In this webinar learn how cloud computing works, compare the latest cloud programs (including Dropbox, Google Drive, Windows Live Sync, etc.) and learn how to keep your data secure and private. This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on July 27, 2012. 1 hour 30 minutes. Plus 9 pages of handouts.
The Homestead Act of 1862 - Digital Download
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In this session you’ll learn how The Homestead Act of 1862 lured citizens of the United States to procure federal lands West of the Mississippi River. The application and qualification process, as burdensome as it was for our ancestors, produced a bumper crop of documents for use by genealogists and family historians. This was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on April 23, 2014. 1 hour 24 minutes, plus 3 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait - Digital Download
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What if you could wear a device that would tell you all about a person as you stood in front of their gravestone? What about a device that told you that a DNA match was attending the same genealogy conference? These ideas may seem too futuristic, but they are available now and waiting to be used by genealogists and family historians. As technology advances, the Internet is being made personal in the form of wearable devices. These devices can not only track how far you’ve walked, what you’ve eaten and more, they can also present information when you are in front of a gravestone or a historical site. Learn about Google Glass, Smart Watches and in-development devices that are slated to become the next new genealogy tools. This was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on October 7, 2015. 1 hour 25 minutes, plus 2 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Wikis for Genealogists - Digital Download
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While many think of a wiki as an on-line, collaborative encyclopedia, wikis can be used by genealogists to document their genealogy and collaborate with other researchers or family members. Learn the various wiki platforms and the basics of setting up a wiki. This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on August 8, 2012. 1 hour 30 minutes. Plus 4 pages of handouts.
You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools - Digital Download
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Have you ever wondered if you’re missing out on how some genealogists are using tools such as Evernote, Microsoft Word or Excel, Google and more? Learn what’s hot in the world of apps and websites and how you can start using them! We’ll review a group of familiar apps and websites that are being used in creative ways by the genealogy community. You’ll also learn how to think “outside the margins” and start repurposing other apps and sites for your genealogy research. This was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on September 11, 2013. 1 hour 36 minutes, plus 1 page of supplemental syllabus materials.
Microsoft Word Series - #2 Formatting Basics by Thomas MacEntee - Digital Download
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Do you struggle with simple formatting in Microsoft Word including bold, italics and underlining? In this presentation, you’ll learn the three main categories of formatting in Microsoft Word (character level, paragraph level and page level) as well as the best ways to apply formatting efficiently. (Microsoft Word 2010 is the version used during the webinar. Many, if not all, of the features are the same or similar on other versions of Word including 2007 and 2013.) 1 hour 4 minutes, plus 8 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Microsoft Word Series - #3 Formatting Tips and Tricks by Thomas MacEntee - Digital Download
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Are you spending most of your time in Microsoft Word applying various formats to headings, paragraphs and more? What if you could pick up a few tips that could speed up the process? In this presentation you’ll learn the most efficient ways to apply formatting, including the use of the Format Painter. (Microsoft Word 2010 is the version used during the webinar. Many, if not all, of the features are the same or similar on other versions of Word including 2007 and 2013.) 23 minutes, plus 6 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Microsoft Word Series - #4 Solving the Mystery of Styles by Thomas MacEntee - Digital Download
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Ask the typical Microsoft Word user if they know about Styles and you’ll get a variety of answers – most of them wrong. In this presentation you’ll learn the most important skill for working in Word: Styles. Understand how to use styles, update styles and apply them effectively. You’ll be amazed at how much time you can save by learning some of the most basic Styles functions. (Microsoft Word 2010 is the version used during the webinar. Many, if not all, of the features are the same or similar on other versions of Word including 2007 and 2013.) 45 minutes, plus 3 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Microsoft Word Series - #5 Understanding Different Types of Breaks by Thomas MacEntee - Digital Download
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One of the mysteries of Microsoft Word, effective use of Breaks is essential to understanding how Word works. In this presentation you’ll learn the difference between page breaks, column breaks and section breaks. Learn how to effectively use breaks to change page formatting within the same document. (Microsoft Word 2010 is the version used during the webinar. Many, if not all, of the features are the same or similar on other versions of Word including 2007 and 2013.) 42 minutes, plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Microsoft Word Series - #7 Mastering Numbering and Bullets by Thomas MacEntee - Digital Download
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Frustrated with using the Numbering and Bullets feature in Microsoft Word? Is it just easier to manually number paragraphs? In this presentation you’ll learn the basics of the Numbering and Bullets feature including how to restart numbering, change spacing and formatting and more. No longer will you need to suffer through numbering or bullet mistakes! (Microsoft Word 2010 is the version used during the webinar. Many, if not all, of the features are the same or similar on other versions of Word including 2007 and 2013.) 36 minutes, plus 2 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Microsoft Word Series - #8 Mastering Tables by Thomas MacEntee - Digital Download
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Understanding Tables in Microsoft Word is a “powerhouse” skill that every user should have under their belt. Tables allow you to depict data in easy-to-understand formats. In this presentation you’ll understand the basics of creating and editing tables as well as some of the tricks and tips used by experts to format tables to perfection. (Microsoft Word 2010 is the version used during the webinar. Many, if not all, of the features are the same or similar on other versions of Word including 2007 and 2013.) 40 minutes, plus 8 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Microsoft Word Series - #9 Creating Drawings and Graphics by Thomas MacEntee - Digital Download
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Learn how to bring various concepts in your Microsoft Word document to life with illustrations and by using the Drawing and Graphics toolbar. In this presentation you’ll see why using “copy and paste” for images can actually be detrimental to your Word file! In addition, you’ll see how to manipulate image formatting for the best visual effect. (Microsoft Word 2010 is the version used during the webinar. Many, if not all, of the features are the same or similar on other versions of Word including 2007 and 2013.) 24 minutes, plus 2 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Microsoft Word Series - #11 Customizing Settings and Menus by Thomas MacEntee - Digital Download
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Are you plagued by “annoyances” when using Microsoft Word? Do you find yourself saying “I wish there was a way to change ________?” In this presentation you’ll learn the structure of the Microsoft Word menu system, how to add the most used features and remove those you don’t use, and more. Also, we’ll cover common problems that can be solved by making changes to the AutoCorrect and AutoFormat As You Type features. (Microsoft Word 2010 is the version used during the webinar. Many, if not all, of the features are the same or similar on other versions of Word including 2007 and 2013.) 19 minutes, plus 2 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Google for Genealogists - Digital Download
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Most genealogists are only using 10% or less of the resources behind Google when it comes to genealogy research. Learn from professional genealogist, Thomas MacEntee, about the other 90% and how these Google components can be leveraged for better search results. Google is more than just a search engine – it is a wealth of information much of which goes unnoticed by the average genealogist. Besides search, Google allows you to access maps, books, journals, abstracts, patents and much more. These components may be what is needed to make advances in your genealogy research.
Microsoft Word Series - #10 Creating and Using Templates by Thomas MacEntee - Digital Download
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Save time and increase efficiency by using the template feature in Microsoft Word. In this presentation you’ll learn how to create .dot and .dotx files as well as “fill in the blank” forms. (Microsoft Word 2010 is the version used during the webinar. Many, if not all, of the features are the same or similar on other versions of Word including 2007 and 2013.) 20 minutes, plus 2 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Microsoft Word Series - #1 Getting Started with Microsoft Word by Thomas MacEntee - Digital Download
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While Microsoft Word – part of the Microsoft Office Suite – is one of the most dynamic software programs for document creation, various features can quickly frustrate even the most patient user. Learn the basics of Microsoft Word including “why” certain functions and features operate the way they do. Topics to be covered include basic document setup, styles, formatting and more. (Microsoft Word 2010 is the version used during the webinar. Many, if not all, of the features are the same or similar on other versions of Word including 2007 and 2013.) This was presented to a live webinar audience on February 17, 2016. 1 hour 44 minutes, plus 8 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Google Drive for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee - Digital Download
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Learn how to use Google Drive - a free cloud computing application complete with spreadsheets, word processing and more - to your advantage while performing genealogy research. We’ll cover how to create new documents, import documents from your hard drive, and how to use the basic functions of each component. This was presented to a live webinar audience on May 4, 2016. 1 hour 53 minutes, plus 12 pages of handouts.
Windows 10 Survival Guide for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee - Digital Download
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The Windows 10 operating system is not so much a choice as it is an inevitability. As Microsoft continues to remove support from Windows 8 and earlier versions, you should get on board the Windows 10 upgrade train now! Learn the new features of Windows 10, how it will impact how you research genealogy, and more. You’ll also learn which default Windows 10 settings to change as well as how to fix common “annoyances” experienced by most users. This was presented to a live webinar audience on July 22, 2016. 1 hour 32 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts.
Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee - Digital Download
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Microsoft Powerpoint can be used to create dynamic slide shows for sharing family history and genealogy research, and it can do so much more! Participants will learn the basics of Powerpoint including slide design and formatting. In addition, projects covered include using Powerpoint to create graphics and more. This was presented to a live webinar audience on August 3, 2016. 1 hour 33 minutes, plus 7 pages of handouts.
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