Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sumter Library Education Event

I'm often asked about Passwords and how to manage them, here is an opportunity to get more information, but you must register early to get a seat.

Sumter County Library - Password Management
Learn how to use password management software and tips on maintaining passwords.

Registration required, register here...

Saturday, August 11, 2018

VGS News & Events: 12 August 2018 through 18 August 2018

Meeting Reminders:
Monday: August 13, 2018
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Has been cancelled... See you on September 10th

Coming Soon...
Wednesday, October 24
Fall Virtual Seminar On Immigration Records
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Online Virtual Conference
This all-day seminar is offered free to our members as part of our celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Villages Genealogical Society.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no in-person meeting this month. We will attend the presentations via our own computers or devices at whatever location is convenient for us. (That doesn’t mean you can’t get together with other genealogy buddies for a watch party at somebody’s house, though!)
You MUST register for the presentations in order to get the link to join the seminar on the 24th.
Registration is now open at:  Register HERE...
Download the event flyer here...

Gen News and Announcements:

Documenting Ourselves:

The Legal Genealogist
"And so, dutifully, we open up that pedigree chart or that relational database and we enter ourselves in box 1… and, in so many cases, immediately move on.
But wait a munute here..."
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New Historical Records for July 30, 2018

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch expands its free online archives this week with new records and images from France, United Kingdom, and the United States (Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Washington)."
Search now...

Are You Making the Direct-Line Mistake in Your Family Tree?

Family History Daily
"One of the most common research mistakes that family historians make when building their tree (especially for the first time) is also one of the most limiting and potentially detrimental. We like to call it the Direct-Line Mistake, and its effect on your research outcomes is pretty huge."
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When The DNA Says Your Parents Are Related:

Kitty Cooper
"One of the first things I do when helping someone with their DNA results is to check if their parents are related. This can explain unusual patterns of matches, for example, all seemingly from one side."
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Explore the Past With These 3 Free Newspaper Archives:

Family History Daily
"We’ve gathered together a list of three of our favorite places to find free access to old newspapers. Each is worth checking out since they all have their own collections and dates of publication to offer (with some overlap). Of course, there are many good paid services that offer newspaper records as well but we have focused on including resources below that require no payment for access."
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An Endogamous Success Story:

Kitty Cooper
"It is difficult to solve adoption cases in endogamous communities because everyone will share the same 4th and 5th grandparents, often multiple times, so the methodology for finding a birth parent from 3rd and 4th cousin matches just does not work. You have to wait for a few second cousin or closer matches."
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The Massive Free Genealogy Resource You’ve Probably Never Heard Of:

Family History Daily
"What if I could show you a free online family history resource with over 13 million digitized books, magazines and other types of materials? Would you be interested? What about a continually growing service with free access and downloads to high-resolution scans, PDF documents and plain text? How much would this benefit your family research?"
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Technology:

Why Is My Internet So Slow?

How-to-Geek
"There are many reasons your Internet connection might appear slow. It could be a problem with your modem or router, Wi-Fi signal, signal strength on your cable line, devices on your network saturating your bandwidth, or even a slow DNS server. These troubleshooting steps will help you pin down the cause."
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Education:

DNA Ethnicity Results Aren't What You Think:

Family Historical Fanatics
"Four different DNA companies have four different ethnicity results? Why! Andy Lee's DNA hasn't changed. So what gives? Learn more in this video. Your results might be wrong."
Continue reading...

Webinars:

Everything you need to know about Genealogical Charts and Reports:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Charts and reports are an excellent way to organize and share your discoveries. In this webinar, you will learn about the wide selection of charts and reports available, when to use each type, how to create them and more."
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Untangle the Web of German Websites:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"The internet is offering more and more quality information for Germanic researchers. This talk will focus on collections of free digitized German materials and indexes available on the internet. Most websites presented are based in Germany, so tips and tricks for navigating them will be included. This webinar will help you expand beyond church records for your German research."
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Sharecropping or Tenant Farming? The System and Its Records

Florida State Genealogical Society
16 Aug 2018 – Margo Fariss Brewer
Note: Margo will be our November guest speaker
  • Webinar Abstract: Was your ancestor a farmer without land? Maybe he was a sharecropper or tenant farmer. Learn how this system worked and where the records are.
  • Presenter: Margo Fariss Brewer is an active lecturer, consultant, instructor and the co-leader of genealogy research trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City which she finds strengthens her research and teaching skills. Her genealogy courses include beginning through advanced methodology, writing your family history narrative so it will be read, a genealogy computer lab and DNA testing for genealogy; her courses are offered through Duke University's OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute where she has been on the faculty since 2004. Her lecture specialties include methodology, writing an enjoyable family history narrative with historical context, using DNA in genealogy, historical occupations, and military and land records; she focuses on records within the United States. Margo is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild (president), National Genealogical Society (2016 Conference vice-chair), Virginia Genealogical Society and several other local and state genealogical societies.
  • Website: http://www.genealogist4u.com
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5255796808953191681

Saturday, August 4, 2018

VGS News & Events: 5 August 2018 through 11 August 2018

More Florida Pioneer Records
Read about the project here...
Meeting Reminders:
Tuesday: August 7, 2018
Adoption & Mystery KIN SIG Meeting
9:00 AM at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Thursday: August 9, 2018
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Topic: "Member Success Stories & Brick Walls"
Friday: August 10, 2018
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center
Topic: “Building Your Genome (and Those of Your Ancestors)”

Coming Soon...
Wednesday, October 24
Fall Virtual Seminar On Immigration Records
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Online Virtual Conference
This all-day seminar is offered free to our members as part of our celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Villages Genealogical Society.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no in-person meeting in October. We will attend the presentations via our own computers or devices at whatever location is convenient for us. (That doesn’t mean you can’t get together with other genealogy buddies for a watch party at somebody’s house, though!)
You MUST register for the presentations in order to get the link to join the seminar on October 24th.
Registration is now open at:  Register HERE...
Download the event flyer here...

Gen News and Announcements:

Special Announcement:

Announcing the Villages Genealogical Society’s New Webinar Series: 

The VGS is pleased to announce a new educational opportunity for our members; a monthly webinar series in which we’ll bring you presentations by distinguished genealogical speakers. Our webinars will be the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Our first presentation in the series will be September 10, 2018, at 7 p.m. Eastern. Julie Miller, CG, CGL, FNGS, will present “Sources or Clues? Pitfalls of Using Published Genealogies and Online Trees.”

Presentation description: Is it okay to use published genealogies and online trees in the search for our ancestors? Published genealogies and online trees are abundant, they are found in many places and in many different forms. But what happens when we just copy and use what is in published genealogies and online trees? This case study illustrates the confusion and the problems that may result if precautions are not taken.

Presenter bio: Julie Miller is a board-certified genealogist and genealogical lecturer who is a full-time professional researcher, speaker, and writer. She is the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Education Manager, was the conference chair of the 2010 and 2012 NGS conferences, and is an NGS fellow. Julie speaks on a wide variety of genealogy subjects both locally and nationally. Her articles have appeared in the NGSQ, NGS Magazine, and she was the genealogy columnist for the Broomfield Enterprise for ten years. Julie has been a volunteer at NARA-Denver for twenty years.

Please register for the webinar at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4171457348337485826
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Julie has given us permission to record her presentation. After the live broadcast, it will be available in the Members Only section of the VGS website for 90 days.

Future presentations will be announced as speakers are booked. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to participate in quality genealogical education no matter whether you’re in The Villages or anywhere else in the world.

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of July 23, 2018:

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch expands its free online archives this week with new records and images from Belgium, Bolivia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States, including sources for Native Americans."
Search now...

Archives Recalls Fire That Claimed Millions of Military Personnel Files:

National Archives News
"The National Archives and Records Administration recently marked the 45th anniversary of a devastating fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri, that destroyed approximately 16–18 million Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF) documenting the service history of former military personnel discharged from 1912 to 1964."
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12 Free Genealogy Research Sites for Australia and New Zealand:

Family History Daily
"In this article we have listed a variety of free genealogy record sites and research resources to help you uncover the stories of your Australian or New Zealander ancestors."
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Do You Have Errors Hiding in Your Family Tree? Here’s How to Find Out:

Family History Daily
"As we expand and edit our trees over time, it is not uncommon for mistakes to slip in – especially when we are adding new members to the family, transcribing a record by hand or allowing a subscription program to add information for us via discoveries and hints. Many errors are simple mistakes in data entry, however, and be fixed quite easily – IF we can catch them."
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New Jersey Death Index & More U.S. Genealogy Records Online:

Genealogy Gems
"The New Jersey Death Index tops this week’s list of new and updated U.S. genealogy records online. Along with a Native American census collection, our list includes family history records for Georgia, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Among the documents you can search for your ancestors are vital records, obituaries, digitized newspapers and even home movies!"
Continue reading...

Ancestry To Close Orem Call Center:

Daily Herald
"Ancestry.com is closing its Orem call center due to a partnership with a customer contact business."
Continue reading...

Ancestry, 23andMe And Others Say They Will Follow These Rules When Giving DNA Data To Businesses Or Police:

The Washington Post
"Ancestry, 23andMe and other popular companies that offer genetic testing pledged on Tuesday to be upfront when they share users’ DNA data with researchers, hand it over to police or transfer it to other companies, a move aimed at addressing consumers' mounting privacy concerns."
Continue reading...

Technology:

How to Choose the Best VPN Service for Your Needs:

How-to-Geek
"If you’re looking for the best VPN for torrenting, privacy, bypassing censorship, staying anonymous online, getting around geographic restrictions, or just location shifting, you’ve got a lot of confusing choices. Keep reading as we help you pick the right VPN for you."
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Education:

Double Dating in Genealogy:

Ancestral Findings
"Did you know that there was a change in our calendar in 1752? There was, and it changed the way things were dated. Join me today and we’ll try to figure it all out, and get the date correct in your research."
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Webinars:

Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"How do you know if the facts you've uncovered are correct? How do you avoid attaching somebody else's ancestors to your family tree? This introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard will get your research moving in the right direction from the beginning and help you avoid errors and frustration."
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle, VGS Vice-President
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

50 Websites To Find Vital Records:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Where do you find vital records? That simple question doesn't always have an easy answer. In this presentation, we will explore online finding aids, indexes, vital record alternatives and digitized copies of vital records. This information is a must for anyone researching US ancestors."
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega
Learn more or Register for this webinar...


Saturday, July 28, 2018

VGS News & Events: 29 July 2018 through 4 August 2018

July 2018 Monthly Meeting
Coming Events:
Thursday: August 2, 2018
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Coming Soon...
Wednesday, October 24
Fall Virtual Seminar On Immigration Records
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Online Virtual Conference
This all-day seminar is offered free to our members as part of our celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Villages Genealogical Society.
 
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no in-person meeting this month. We will attend the presentations via our own computers or devices at whatever location is convenient for us. (That doesn’t mean you can’t get together with other genealogy buddies for a watch party at somebody’s house, though!)
 
You MUST register for the presentations in order to get the link to join the seminar on the 24th.
Registration is now open at:  Register HERE...
Download the event flyer here...

Gen News and Announcements:

The 20 Largest Genealogy Record Collections Online: Have You Searched Them?

Family History Daily

"There are literally billions and billions of genealogical records now available online. From the huge databases of paid subscription sites like Ancestry and MyHeritage, to the varied collections of FamilySearch and hundreds of other free initiatives  – details about our ancestors’ lives are more accessible than ever."
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When Did New York Immigration Start at Ellis Island?

FamilySearch
"Ellis Island is famous for being the United States’ front door for receiving immigrants—but did you know millions of people had already come to the U.S. by the time Ellis Island opened in 1892? This history of Ellis Island can help you better understand your immigrant ancestors’ arrivals and how to find the evidence in New York immigration records."
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Castle Garden: Immigration Before Ellis Island:

FamilySearch
"Did your immigrant ancestors land at Castle Garden or Ellis Island? Or did they arrive in New York before those facilities existed? The answer matters because it determines where you should look for them in records."
Continue reading...

Finding Hidden Records on FamilySearch:

Amy Johnson Crow
"​​​FamilySearch has millions of genealogy records, but some of the collections don't have images of the actual record... or do they? Let's explore a way that you can sometimes find hidden records on FamilySearch."
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Tips For Getting & Keeping Your Genealogy Organized:

Deseret News
"When it comes to genealogy, starting out organized is easier than getting organized later on. It didn't take long before my own research became weighed down with pedigree charts, family group records, to-do lists, research logs, documents, notes and research tools. I was robbing myself of precious research time because I spent hours looking for what I knew I had and duplicating research I had already done."
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Decades-old Suitcases Of Willard Psychiatric Patients Depict Life Stories:

WBFO 88.7
"After state officials closed the Willard Psychiatric Center near Ithaca, they made an unusual discovery. In the attic were 400 suitcases left behind from patients who lived there. For more than 20 years those suitcases have been in the hands of the state, but now they may finally be reunited with families of the patients."
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Technology:

How Do Spammers Get Your Email Address?

How-to-Geek
"Spam seems to arrive in every single email account we use, no matter how careful we are. How are spammers getting all our email addresses? And can we do anything to hide our email address from spammers?"
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Education:

Creating New Genealogists: The Secret

Ancestral Findings
"As genealogists, we want our children and grandchildren to be as interested in it as we are so they will preserve, protect, and continue the work we’ve done. But, how do we instill this interest in them?"
Listen now... 7.23 minutes

Genealogy at The Villages Enrichment Academy

For those interested in some structured genealogical education, the Fall/Winter course catalog for The Villages Enrichment Academy is out and Jim & Terry Willard have a full schedule offering 9 different genealogy classes. The courses can be found on Pages 14 and 15 of the catalog.
Download the catalog HERE...

  • Genealogy: Absolute Beginning
  • Family Tree Maker 2017 Part 1
  • Family Tree Maker 2017 Part 2
  • Getting the most from FamilySearch.org
  • Google and Genealogy Research
  • RootsMagic Part 1
  • RootsMagic Part 2
  • Ancestry.com: Searching

Webinars:

An Overview of Important Historical Record Collections:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"In this webinar, we will highlight new MyHeritage record collections. You will learn everything there is to know about the collections from the information they include to how to best leverage the records in your own family history research."
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History, Migration, DNA

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Most people do not know who they are more than a few generations back. Some do know, others suspect, but for the majority of genealogists, it is a surprise when they discover Jewish ancestors. Many of these initial discoveries come from having done a DNA test. What resources are available to those who wish to pursue research in this "new" field? What are the essentials that will help researchers understand their ancestors? What historical events have led to migrations and distance from Jewish ancestry? We will discuss history, migration, essential clues (customs, food, terminology, languages), and much more."
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 5): Adding an Obituary

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"In this class, “Adding an Obituary,” you will learn the six steps of adding an obituary to Legacy."
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Geoff Rasmussen
Learn more or Register for this webinar...
Note: The concepts learned will apply to any genealogy software.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

VGS News & Events: 22 July 2018 through 28 July 2018

Getting ready for the July FTM SIG Meeting
Coming Events:
Tuesday: July 24, 2018
Midwest SIG Meeting
2:00 PM in the Clearwater Room of the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Wednesday: July 25, 2018
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Wednesday: July 25, 2018
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: "How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogical Game"
Presentor: VGS VP Annette Burke Lyttle

Gen News and Announcements:

Citrus County Genealogical Society Meeting August 14

The Citrus County Genealogical Society will meet August 14 at 10 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 3474 W. Southern St., Lecanto. The program will consist of the following discussion groups: New England records, records from the 1800s, DNA testing, immigration and naturalization, overcoming brick walls. Attendees can circulate between the groups. Guests are welcome to attend. For information call Mary Ann Machonkin at 352-382-5515 or go to www.citrusgenealogy.com

Castle Garden: Immigration Before Ellis Island:

FamilySearch
"Did your immigrant ancestors land at Castle Garden or Ellis Island? Or did they arrive in New York before those facilities existed? The answer matters because it determines where you should look for them in records."
Continue reading...

5 Things You NEED to Know Before You Visit a Cemetery this Summer:

Family History Daily
"Summer is the season of travel and while we are wandering the world many of us are also planning a visit to a cemetery or two.
If you’re going to try and find a burial site, no matter its age or location, you’ll want to take a few very important things into consideration before you head out."
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The 4 Best Free or Low-Cost Cloud Storage Solutions for Backing Up Your Genealogy Files:

Family History Daily
"No matter what stage your genealogy research is in there is one crucial thing that all family historians should get in the habit of doing, and that is backing up everything you do. Why? Because every day genealogists lose years of research to a computer failure."
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8 Sources to Fill the 1890 Census Gap:

Amy Johnson Crow
"The federal census forms the foundation of much of our genealogy research in the United States. But there is a gaping hole between 1880 and 1900 due to the loss of the 1890 census. However, there are sources we can use to fill that 1890 census gap."
Continue reading...

British Isles Descendants Will Love These New Records Online:

Genealogy Gems
"Millions of British Isles descendants—whether still living in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales or dispersed to the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, may find their ancestors in these new online records that include medieval maps, BMD and immigration records, name changes and even medical records for British troops in WWI."
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Where are we with social networking?

Genealogy's Star:
"What is happening in the world of blogs? What is happening on Facebook? What about Google+? And what about Twitter and Pinterest and Instagram? Not to mention, what is going on in the hundreds of other social networking websites. Last, of all, what does this have to do with genealogy?"
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Technology:

What’s the Best Antivirus for Windows 10? (Is Windows Defender Good Enough?)

How-to-Geek
"Windows 10 won’t hassle you to install an antivirus like Windows 7 did. Since Windows 8, Windows now includes a built-in free antivirus called Windows Defender. But is it really the best for protecting your PC–or even just good enough?"
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Don’t Fall For the New CryptoBlackmail Scam: Here’s How to Protect Yourself:

How-to-Geek
"Here’s how a CryptoBlackmail scam starts: A criminal contacts you over email or snail mail and insists they have evidence you cheated on your wife, there’s an assassin after you, or there’s a webcam video of you watching pornography.
To make the problem go away, the criminal asks for a few thousand dollars in Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency."
Continue reading...

Education:

Creating New Genealogists: The Secret

Ancestral Findings
"As genealogists, we want our children and grandchildren to be as interested in it as we are so they will preserve, protect, and continue the work we’ve done. But, how do we instill this interest in them?"
Listen now... 7.23 minutes

Webinars:

An Overview of Important Historical Record Collections:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"In this webinar, we will highlight new MyHeritage record collections. You will learn everything there is to know about the collections from the information they include to how to best leverage the records in your own family history research."
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History, Migration, DNA

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Most people do not know who they are more than a few generations back. Some do know, others suspect, but for the majority of genealogists, it is a surprise when they discover Jewish ancestors. Many of these initial discoveries come from having done a DNA test. What resources are available to those who wish to pursue research in this "new" field? What are the essentials that will help researchers understand their ancestors? What historical events have led to migrations and distance from Jewish ancestry? We will discuss history, migration, essential clues (customs, food, terminology, languages), and much more."
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 5): Adding an Obituary

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"In this class, “Adding an Obituary,” you will learn the six steps of adding an obituary to Legacy."
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Geoff Rasmussen
Learn more or Register for this webinar...
Note: The concepts learned will apply to any genealogy software.