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Google for Genealogists - webinar on CD
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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.
Backing Up Your Genealogy Data - webinar-on-CD
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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 - webinar-on-CD
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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 - webinar-on-CD
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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.
Google Docs for Genealogists - webinar-on-CD
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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 - webinar-on-CD
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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.
Facebook for Genealogists - webinar-on-CD
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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.
Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disaster and Misfortune - webinar-on-CD
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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.
Navigating the 1940 U.S. Census - webinar-on-CD
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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.
Researching Your New York Ancestors - webinar-on-CD
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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.
Staying Safe Using Social Media - webinar-on-CD
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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? - webinar-on-CD
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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.
Wikis for Genealogists - webinar-on-CD
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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.
Privacy and Our Ancestors - webinar-on-CD
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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.
A Look at Wisconsin Genealogy Resources - webinar-on-CD
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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.
Next Exit: Your New Jersey Ancestors - webinar-on-CD
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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.
You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools - webinar-on-CD
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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.
Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results - webinar-on-CD
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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.
7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists - webinar-on-CD
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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.
The Homestead Act of 1862 - webinar-on-CD
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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.
Researching Your Illinois Ancestors - webinar-on-CD
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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.
Webinar-on-CD Census Bundle, (3 CDs)
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Learn genealogy and technology from the industry's experts. This bundle of 3 census webinar-on-CDs includes over 4 1/2 hours of instructions and 11 pages of handouts. Contains the following webinar-on-CDs:
  • Watch Geoff Live: Adding a Census Record, by Geoff Rasmussen (1 hour 41 minutes)
  • Navigating the 1940 U.S. Census, by Thomas MacEntee (1 hour 26 minutes)
  • Navigating the New Census Tools in Legacy Family Tree, by Geoff Rasmussen (1 hour 27 minutes)
Webinar-on-CD Bundle, Volume 1 (5 CDs)
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Learn genealogy and technology from the industry's experts. This bundle of 5 webinar-on-CDs includes nearly 8 hours of instructions and 20 pages of handouts. Contains the following webinar-on-CDs:

  • Google for Genealogists, by Thomas MacEntee (1 hour 28 minutes)

  • Sharing Genealogy Electronically, by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen (1 hour 49 minutes)

  • Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors, by Leland Meitzler (1 hour 21 minutes)

  • Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE (1 hour 30 minutes)

  • MORE Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE (1 hour 30 minutes)
Webinar-on-CD Bundle, Volume 2 (5 CDs)
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Learn genealogy and technology from the industry's experts. This bundle of 5 webinar-on-CDs includes over 7 hours of instructions and 33 pages of handouts. Contains the following webinar-on-CDs:

  • Backing Up Your Genealogy Data, by Thomas MacEntee (1 hour 30 minutes)

  • Mapping Software for Genealogists, by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen (1 hour 4 minutes)

  • Building a Research Toolbox, by Thomas MacEntee (1 hour 28 minutes)

  • Preserving Family Photographs: 1839 to the Present, by Maureen Taylor (1 hour 30 minutes)

  • Dropbox for Genealogists (1 hour 30 minutes)
Webinar-on-CD Bundle, Volume 3 (5 CDs)
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Learn genealogy and technology from the industry's experts. This bundle
of 5 webinar-on-CDs includes almost 8 hours of instructions and 34 pages
of handouts (that's a small book!). Contains the following
webinar-on-CDs:
  • Google Docs for Genealogists, by Thomas MacEntee (1 hour 30 minutes, plus 9 pages of handouts)
  • Google Forms for Genealogists, by Thomas MacEntee (1 hour 30 minutes, plus 14 pages of handouts)
  • Ready, Set, Write! Share Your Family's Story, by Lisa Alzo (1 hour 33 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts)
  • Google Images and Beyond, by Maureen Taylor (1 hour 47 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts)
  • Facebook for Genealogists, by Thomas MacEntee (1 hour 30 minutes, plus 3 pages of handouts)
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