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I had planned to write about my decision to obtain Certified Genealogist status but this week I discovered 3 special offers so I’ve revised my plan to let you know what I found. DEAL #1 If you aren’t a Legacy member, you may not know that you can take advantage of their webinars; some cost, some are permanently free and others free for just a limited time.  For a list of their archived webinars visit http://www.familytreewebinars.com/archived_webinars.php I’m not a member of Legacy so I only watch the free ones.  I first learned about the webinars when I signed up for their weekly email newsletter after I purchased Legacy software last Christmas as a present to myself.  I ended up with Legacy because I was so frustrated with Family Tree Maker (FTM).  My extremely large public “Main Tree” on Ancestry.com stopped synching with my desktop FTM last May.  I called FTM customer service and they blamed Ancestry.  Called Ancestry and they blamed FTM.  This went on for several weeks.  I did what ev…

The Scoop on Salt Lake City's Family History Library - Views of a First Time Researcher

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If you haven’t been bitten by the genealogy bug you don’t understand why anyone would spend a week of their hard earned vacation time in a library far from home researching dead people.  My work colleagues gave me polite bemused smiles last month when I shared my exciting news – I was FINALLY going to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.Definitely not a dream vacation for any of them but it’s always been my hope to one day research there. Here's what I learned from my adventure...
BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME: Form a goal - mine was finding clues on how to climb over at least one of my top 10 walls in the four days I would be visiting.Make a list of the people you want to search – what you know, how you know it, & what you want to know. Then, narrow your list down as you aren’t going to have time to check out every one.I used a small pocket notebook as a backup to my electronic tree.I have my tree saved to a cloud (Dropbox and ancestry.com) so it's available in case I…

Euripides was right! Why you should leave no stone unturned.

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Sometimes in genealogy we get so consumed with the names, places, and dates of our ancestors that we overlook the details that tell us much about their character. The cemetery records transcribed by Josephine Frost from an earlier book by Henry Onderdonk broke through a 16 year genealogical brick wall and gave insight on the spiritual beliefs of the Wilson Williams Family: 
     “Williams,   Wilson Williams:  died March --?, 1831; aged 76 years.”

     “Williams, Margaret.  Wife of Wilson Williams, died April 26, 1807               in her 64th year      F.W.  A common field stone marked “F.W.”      W.W. A common field stone marked “W.W.”1
The obvious information provided by these records are the name of the deceased, month and year of death, age at death and type of grave marker. For Margaret, her spouse’s name is also provided.  F.W. most likely is a mistranscription of Wilson’s father, Thomas Williams.  There is much more information provided that isn’t initially obvious, however. The fir…