Monday, May 22, 2017

Registration for Live Streaming of SCGS's 2017 Genealogy Jamboree is Now Open

Today Monday, May 22, the Southern California Genealogy Society (SCGS) opened up registration for the FREE live streamed sessions of the 48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. 

The 2017 Genealogy Jamboree begins Thursday, June 8, with DNA Day and continues Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11. There will be hours of free genealogy education Friday through Sunday with handouts available. Sponsorship by Ancestry.com is making this possible. Registration gets you a user login and password sent by email to join the live stream event. 

The live streamed DNA sessions on Thursday are pay-to-view and must be registered for separately. If you have already payed/registered for the Thursday DNA sessions just log into your account and check the box at the bottom to add access to the free sessions. You will be sent a separate login for the Friday to Sunday free sessions. 

Visit the SCGS blog site or the Jamboree website to see the complete schedule of live streamed sessions for each day.

If you can not watch the sessions live, you will be able to watch at your convenience before July 10, 2017, from the special Jamboree Archive. You will still need to register to view the special archive. Live stream registration will remain available until July 10, 2017. (These sessions from Jamboree will not be added to the regular webinar archive for SCGS members only.) 

You will need the SCGS Jamboree 2017 App to access the session handouts. As of today, the handouts are not yet posted. 

The SCGS Jamboree 2017 app is made for smart phones just go to Google Play or the Apple Store (iOS) to download the app. Look for SCGS Jamboree 2017. The app has a tablet mode so it can be used by those too. There is a browser version (found here) accessible via browser on any computer for those without smart phones and tablets. To access a session's handout you must "browse" to that session's information page. Look for the PDF icon. There is no option to download all handouts for your sessions at one time. If a session handout is not there, check back at a later date to see if it has been added. Please note the Jamboree app is by the same company that provided this year's RootsTech app and it is showing similar issues discussed then. We will do separate post on how to access the session handouts. 

The sessions picked for live streaming are varied and look interesting so if you want to watch it all live plan your days accordingly and enjoy some genealogy education.

The 2017 Genealogy Jamboree Free Live Stream Sessions. 
Please note that for the convenience of our MCGG members, we have listed the session start times in Eastern Time rather than Pacific Time. Remember on the Jamboree pages, times are in Pacific Time.

Friday, June 9 
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
FR009  Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research presented by Thomas MacEntee

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
FR018:  Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist presented by Annette Burke Lyttle

7:00 to 8:00 p.m
FR027:  Treasures in Township Records presented by Peggy Clements Lauritzen, AG®

8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
FR035:  From Famine to Plenty - Finding My Immigrant Ancestors' Stories presented by Tessa Keough

Saturday, June 10
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SA009:  Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy presented by Michael L. Strauss, AG®

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
SA018:  Wives, Girlfriends, Widows, Exes and Mistresses: Documenting Women presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR

2:30 to 3:00 p.m.
SA027:  Sources of Genealogical Research for Armenians in the Caucasus presented by Camille Andrus

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
SA036:  Your Ancestor's FAN Club: Using Cluster Research presented by Drew Smith, MLS

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
SA045:  Technology Resources for Deciphering Foreign Language Records presented by Randy Whited

8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
SA052:  DNA vs. Irish Annals presented by Brad Larkin, MBS, MCSE

Sunday, June 11
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SU009:  Researching Your Irish Ancestors Online presented by Donna M. Moughty

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
SU018:  Underused Databases for Scottish Genealogy presented by Christine Woodcock

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
SU027:  What's New in Eastern European Genealogy? presented by Lisa Alzo, MFA

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
SU036:  Using the Bureau of Land Management Tract Books presented by Michael John Neill

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Friday, May 19, 2017

MCPL Used Book Sale in Need of Office/Paper Case Boxes with Lids

Boxes with Lids are vital to the organization
of the MCPL Used Book Sale.
ATTENTION, ATTENTION:  We are in need of good/decent condition office/paper case boxes with lids so we can store the donated books after we sort them on the shelves. 

It does not matter what brand box ... any office/paper case box with a lid will work. We have less shelf space so these boxes are vital to our organization process. They also come in handy for the book sale itself.

Donated boxes can be dropped off at the Information Desk of the Mount Clemens Public Library with a note that the boxes are for the used book sale. 

We thank you for your support. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Free Access May 16-23 to Pennsylvania Resources on AmericanAncestors.org

AmericanAncestors.org website has announced free access to all Pennsylvania resources on its website from May 16 - May 23, 2017. 

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has put together a lot of informational material on its AmericanAncestors website covering a variety of Pennsylvania research topics in addition to giving free access to its Pennsylvania-related databases. There is also a free webinar, "Resources for Pennsylvania Genealogy" presented by Ann Lawthers on Thursday, May 18, at 3 p.m. Registration is required. Find the registration link via the link to the free access summary page above. 

To access the free databases simply create a free guest user account if you do not already have one. If you are an New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEGHS) member, simply sign into your account.

Registered guest users get access to a limited suite of databases; access to webinars, how-to videos and downloads; and can make purchases from the online store. Did you know that guest users also get free access to other new databases for the first 30 days that database is online? There are lots of great reasons to register as a guest user or become a member of the NEGHS society.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mother's Day Sale on Family Tree DNA Family Finder (Autosomal) Test: Now $69

Family Tree DNA is having a Mother's Day Sale on its autosomal DNA test called Family Finder. Regularly $79, the FamilyFinder test is on sale for $69 plus taxes and shipping. The sale price is good until May 14, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Central Time which is 12:59 a.m. Eastern Time.

Family Tree DNA is the only DNA testing company that tests Y-DNA and mtDNA in addition to autosomal DNA. At a later date, you can always add/upgrade another test type to the DNA sample already submitted.

Remember, the sale price is not just for "mothers." Any one (male or female) can take an autosomal DNA test. So if there is some elderly cousin or any relation really you hope to test, now is a good time to pick up a test kit or two.

Also, remember that Family Tree DNA also has a DNA Automsomal Transfer option. Autosomal DNA Transfers can be done with 23andMe V3 or V4 tests and AncestryDNA V1 and V2 tests. The initial transfer is free for a look at your matches and is just $19 to unlock the test to see/do more and be able to contact matches. We have two posts here and here that explain DNA Autosomal Transfers.

Some of our other previous posts can explain a little bit about the difference between autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA tests. Click the labels to the left using either DNA, DNA Day, or FamilyTreeDNA.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday is Our Annual Pot-Luck and Silent Auction -- Bring a Dish to Share, the Event Starts at 5 p.m., Dinner at 6 p.m.

Note: Originally posted May 6, 2017, at 2:37 p.m. Correction to date made.

A reminder to all MCGG Friday Group and MCGG Let's Talk...Genealogy members that this Wednesday, May 10, is our Annual Pot-luck and Silent Auction combined meeting. Bidding starts at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. Bring a dish (homemade or store bought) to share and some money if you plan to place a bid.
 

Remember, to let Ann know if you are attending so we have an idea of how many tables/seats we will need. Reply to her recent email or use the Macomb email on our contact page. Of course, if you find you can attend at the last minute, don't worry we always have a few extra seats.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother's Day Sale on MyHeritage DNA, Now $69

MyHeritage is having a Mother's Day sale on its MyHeritageDNA autosomal DNA test until May 15.

At 30 percent off of the regular price of $99, that reduces the cost to $69 plus taxes and shipping.

MyHeritage is a newer player in the DNA and genealogy testing niche. You can learn more about it by reading a post by the Your Genetic Genealogy blogger. Because it is a newer service, its database of potential matches is smaller than those of the "Big 3" DNA/genealogy testing companies. So be aware you might not find as much as with testing at one of the "Big 3" but if you are adopted "fishing" in all the DNA matching ponds is the best search strategy.

Take note that if you have already taken an autosomal DNA test at another testing company, you can transfer your results to MyHeritageDNA which at this time transfers are still free. MyHeritageDNA accepts raw DNA data from Family Tree DNA; Ancestry DNA (V1 and V2 chips); and 23andMe (V2, V3 and V4 chips). The company expects to offer an ethnicity report sometime this month.

If you are wondering which DNA/genealogy testing companies accept data transfers, read a post by the DNAeXplained Genetic Genealogy blogger.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Sunday, April 30, 2017

New Resources on the Research Help and Links Pages of the MCGG Website (Here)

To everyone that attended this past Saturday's Pathway to Membership in a Lineage Society Workshop, thank you for attending. We hope you enjoyed it.

In producing this workshop, the Macomb County Genealogy Group created a few new resources and have placed them on our website for your personal use. If you think a friend or cousin would find one of the resources helpful, share the link to the page. That is allowable sharing. Please do not send him/her the file directly. These forms/documents are not for commercial use, for re-distribution by individuals/other groups, or for sale/re-sale.

So what have we created?

MCGG Lineage Resources a list of books at Mount Clemens Public Library that are helpful resources to check when doing lineage research to apply to various lineage societies.

If you do not live near Mount Clemens Public Library you may find some of the books at a library near you. Just be aware that Dewey Decimal codes might vary between libraries.


MCGG Lineage Source Log a form to use along side just about any lineage society's worksheet.

The idea behind this form is: a lineage society worksheet focuses on names/dates/places but does not have a lot of room for what source/documentation proves those names/dates/places and proof is everything to a lineage society. Our MCGG Lineage Source Log gives you a place to record your sources/proof in an organized manner that follows along with the worksheet. So you put your names/dates/places on the lineage society worksheet and just the source citation on the MCGG Lineage Source Log. Just use whichever source citation format is used by the lineage society you are joining. Then when you (or the lineage registrar) is ready to type up the final application all of your source citations (proofs) are listed in one organized, readable place.


MCGG's Digitized Civil Vital Records List  this is actually a new page on this website that can be accessed using our Links page or Research Help page.

MCGG has created a list of all States with Online Digitized Vital Records. Though there are numerous vital record indexes out on the internet to utilize, the databases on this list are the ones that have digitized civil vital records registers or certificates. Some are on free websites, some are on pay/subscription websites. We will try to keep this list updated.


We hope you find our new resources helpful along with our original ones the:  MCGG Family Group Sheet, MCGG Pedigree/Ancestral Chart, MCGG Relationship Chart, MCGG Simple Research Log, MCGG Simple Source Log as well as our MCGG Beginner's Kit.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Lapeer County Genealogical Society will Meet on May 9, 2017 in Lapeer

The Lapeer County Genealogical Society is still without a website so as a courtesy MCGG would like to let you know that LCGS's next meeting is on Tuesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lapeer.

Len Thomas is presenting "It's about those Headstones -- Civil War Graves." Thomas will share his experiences in searching Civil War graves and how to make certain that Civil War graves are clearly marked.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Free Access to All Birth, Marriage, Death and Census Records on FindMyPast Websites April 27 - May 1, 2017

FindMyPast is giving free access from Thursday, April 27, to Monday, May 1, to all of its birth, marriage, death and census records.

During this free access time period, you will need to sign-in to either your subscription account or free account.

If you do not have a free account at FindMyPast already, simply create one. (A free account is not the same as a free trial subscription so do not click on the link to sign up for a free trial subscription.) The simplest way to create a free account is to do a search, click to view a result image and the website will ask you to sign into your account or create a free account.

There are special search pages set up for this free access time period for each of the Find My Past websites -- FindMyPast.com's search, FindMyPast.co.uk's free search, or FindMyPast.ie's free search except Australia. You can access all the birth/marriage/death and census records regardless of country from any of the FindMyPast websites.


This free access includes UK birth, marriage and death records including exclusive UK parish records; the Catholic Heritage Archive (records from Ireland, Scotland, Westminster, Birmingham and Philadelphia (USA) only at FindMyPast; US and Canadian vital records; the 1901 and 1911 Irish census; Australian and New Zealand birth, marriage and death records; UK census records; US and Canadian census records; and Australian and New Zealand census records.

Have fun searching.
 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Just a Few Days until the SAR-MCGG Lineage Workshop; You can Still Register!

Just a few days from now the Detroit Metro Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Macomb County Genealogy Group (MCGG) are hosting a free Genealogy Workshop: Pathway to Membership in a Lineage Society at Mt. Clemens Public Library on April 29, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Basic genealogy research and other topics will be covered including how to apply to various lineage societies like the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution. You will also learn of the genealogy resources of the Mount Clemens Public Library.

Bring your documents and laptop (if you have one) so one of the volunteers can help you review what you have done and give advice on what to do next. Not sure if you have a Revolutionary Patriot? A volunteer can help with that too. Representatives of the SAR, DAR and MCGG will be present.

To register contact Tom or Barb Reardon at 586-465-4021or by email use tbreardon at comcast.net [note replace the " at " with the @ symbol.


See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It is DNA Day! Now is a Good Time To Buy

Today, April 25, is DNA Day!

There are various sales going on at various testing companies and vendors with DNA related materials.

We have already told you about the sales at Family Tree DNA (runs until this Thursday) and at AncestryDNA (runs until this Wednesday) but there are others too.

Over at 23andMe its DNA tests are 20 percent off until May 14, 2017, with a note to order by May 7th for delivery by Mother's Day. The basic Ancestry Service test is on sale for $79, regularly $99, plus taxes and shipping. The Health + Ancestry Service test is on sale for $179, regularly $199, plus taxes and shipping. There is a limit of two tests at sale prices. 23andMe is the testing company that focuses a bit more on the health aspect of DNA than the genealogy aspect.

If you are an Amazon Prime member you can buy the same 23andMe tests and the AncestryDNA test at Amazon and get free two-day shipping, according to today's sales list at GenealogyBargains.com website.

A few of the newer, smaller entries into the DNA testing market are having sales too. A couple are listed on today's list at GenealogyBargains. MyHeritage.com website's MyHeritage DNA test is on sale for $79, regularly $99, plus taxes and shipping. This sale goes until Sunday, April 30, 2017. And Dick Eastman's blog has a coupon code to use for free shipping of MyHeritage DNA tests.

Please note if you live outside the United States, regular and sale prices of DNA tests may vary from what we have stated here.

To celebrate DNA Day, Family Tree Webinars is giving free access through Wednesday, April 26, to its DNA Course 1: Foundations in DNA webinars by Blaine Bettinger. That is five webinars to help you understand DNA and genealogy.

Other vendors like Family Tree Magazine and GenealogyGems are holding sales on guides and books, etc.

Yesterday Roberta Estes at her DNAeXplained Genetic Genealogy blog published a post Which DNA Test is Best? that does a good job at comparing the Big Three (Family Tree DNA/AncestryDNA/23andMe) DNA testing companies for genealogy. She also covers a little bit about a newer, smaller entry into the DNA/genealogy testing market, MyHeritage.

Have a great DNA Day.


See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Sign-Up Now! Sons of the American Revolution and MCGG to Host Free Genealogy & Lineage Workshop April 29

note: originally posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12:28 p.m.

It is just a little over a week away!

The Detroit Metro Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Macomb County Genealogy Group (MCGG) are hosting a free Genealogy Workshop: Pathway to Membership in a Lineage Society at Mt. Clemens Public Library on April 29, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Basic genealogy research and other topics will be covered including how to apply to various lineage societies like the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution. You will also learn of the genealogy resources of the Mount Clemens Public Library.

Bring your documents and laptop (if you have one) so one of the volunteers can help you review what you have done and give advice on what to do next. Not sure if you have a Revolutionary Patriot? A volunteer can help with that too. Representatives of the SAR, DAR and MCGG will be present.

To register contact Tom or Barb Reardon at 586-465-4021or by email use tbreardon at comcast.net [note replace the " at " with the @ symbol.


See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

DNA Day Sale AncestryDNA Tests are $79

note: originally posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:39 a.m. Added Post Title

Today begins Ancestry.com's 2017 DNA Day Sale. 

The AncestryDNA test is now on sale for 20% off which means it is on sale for $79 (reg. price $99); taxes and shipping are extra. Sale ends April 26, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

AncestryDNA is an Autosomal DNA test that anyone can take and compare to anyone else. 

As usual, some people are having success with the coupon code FREESHIPDNA listed at RetailMeNot.com so give it a try to see if works for you.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Getting Closer: Software MacKiev, Ancestry.com Work to Tweak FTM 2017 Programming & Ancestry Systems Prior to Release of Family Tree Maker 2017

If you have been concerned about the release of Family Tree Maker 2017, we hope you are doing as we suggested, checking the Family Tree Maker User Group FaceBook page and the Family Tree Maker Support page at Software MacKiev's website for official information from Software MacKiev.

For those that have not been doing so, here is the latest news.

Software MacKiev and Ancestry.com have been working to fix some syncing issues that could only be seen during live testing with the old TreeSync system shut off so it would not interfere with the new version. As of a week ago beta testers were having an 89 percent success rate with syncing. That was not good enough for Software MacKiev and thus a revised release date was not set. The company and most customers would prefer a software program that was better than that. So Software MacKiev automated an error report process to help them and Ancestry.com identify where the software needed tweaking and where the behind the scenes aspects of the Ancestry website system needed tweaking.

After another week with even more beta testers about 6,000 of them, today Software MacKiev announced that they are up to a 94 percent success rate of syncing. Very large trees are still having some issues. (It was not specified what constituted very large trees -- number of people or number of items/media/sources or both.)

Ancestry.com has been making adjustments to the Ancestry system the latest of which will happen tomorrow, Friday. Software MacKiev has been tweaking the program code in Family Tree Maker will do some more this weekend after Ancestry's Friday adjustment.

With those adjustments MacKiev will start selective roll out of the latest best test build to further test the system to handle more trees called the "Beta TEST Drive Program." The first 25,000 to sign-up will have an opportunity to test drive Family Tree Maker 2017 without the usual Beta Tester rules and processes to follow and previous Beta testing experience is not required. To be a beta tester and to participate in this new beta test program you have to have pre-ordered/purchased Family Tree Maker 2017.

So on Monday afternoon Software MacKiev will send out an email with a sign-up link to be part of the "Beta Test Drive Program." If you have pressing need to sync your tree(s), sign up for the Best Test Drive Program. There is a place in the sign-up form to indicate what your urgent need is and in many cases you can get same day access.

If you are able to sync okay during the test drive and pass some automated diagnostic tests that confirm everything went as expected you can continue using Family Tree Maker 2017. Depending how it goes with the first 25,000 test drivers, more test drivers will be added. 

Read the complete Release of FTM 2017 dated April 20th using the link above to the Family Tree Maker 2017 Support page.

If you have not been receiving emails from Software MacKiev, make sure you are on the mailing list. Check your spam folder just in case the messages are ending up there. (They do not send a lot of emails so don't worry about that aspect.) Software MacKiev sends emails out in batches to lower the chance of the email ending up in Spam Folders so with thousands on the mailing list it may take some time to get the email out to everyone. Be patient.

Remember there are a lot of other genealogy-related things to do that don't involve using Family Tree Maker for a short period of time. We are sure we all have something on that to-do list ... be it a genealogy to-do list or a honey to-do list ... that can be done while we exercise our patience.

Lastly, remember to pay more attention to "official voices" and not the complaining if you want to learn the status of the release.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

2017 DNA Day Sales Have Now Begun Lowest Price Ever on FTDNA Family Finder

April 25 is DNA Day and with that usually comes sales on DNA tests. Family Tree DNA has begun its 2017 DNA Day Sale which will run through 11:59 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (That means an hour past midnight so 12:59 a.m. Friday for us in the Eastern time zone.)

The really big news is that Family Tree DNA's Family Finder (autosomal DNA) test is now its lowest price ever. Regularly $79, FamilyFinder is on sale for just $59 plus taxes and shipping.

The 2017 Family Tree DNA Day Sale actually involves a variety of DNA tests. The sale pricing does not include any taxes and shipping, which is usually under $10. 

So which tests are on sale? 

Autosomal Test 
Family Finder is now $59, regularly $79

Y-DNA Tests (male-only, father's line) 
Y37 test is now $129, regularly $169
Y67 test is now $209, regularly $268 
Y111 test is now $289, regularly $359
BigY test is now $425, regularly $575

For those with Y-DNA tests already:
SNP Backbone is now $79, regularly $99
SNP Packs are now $89, regularly $119
 
mtDNA Tests (male or female, mother's line) 

mtFull Sequence test is now $149, regularly $199
 
Autosomal Test with Y-DNA Test (multiple tests package for one male) 
Family Finder with Y37 test package is now $188, regularly $248
Family Finder with Y67 test package is now $268, regularly $347
Family Finder with Y111 test package is now $208, regularly $278 

Comprehensive Genome (multiple tests package for one male) 
FamilyFinder, Y-DNA (Y67) test and mtFull Sequence test is now $417, regularly $546 

If you already have a DNA test at Family Tree DNA and want to upgrade that test to include another type of DNA test that is on sale, simply sign into that particular DNA test kit and then place the order. You will need to do this for each test separately if you plan to upgrade multiple tests.

Also, remember that Family Tree DNA also has a DNA Automsomal Transfer option. Autosomal DNA Transfers can be done with 23andMe V3 or V4 tests and AncestryDNA V1 and V2 tests. The initial transfer is free for a look at your matches and is just $19 to unlock the test to see more and be able to contact matches. We have two posts here and here that explain DNA Autosomal Transfers.

Some of our other previous posts can explain a little bit about the difference between autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA tests. Click the labels to the left using either DNA, DNA Day, FamilyTreeDNA or AncestryDNA.

As other DNA sales go active (some are announced but not yet active) we will post them here. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Legacy Family Tree Releases Version 9

Legacy Family Tree announced yesterday that it has released its Legacy Family Tree 9.0 software.

The new 9.0 version has several new features:
  • Hinting from websites like FindMyPast, FamilySearch, GenealogyBank, and MyHeritage so far
  • Find A Grave website searching
  • Online Backup
  • Stories Tool
  • Cause of Death Charts
  • X-DNA Charts
  • Hashtags (unlimited)
  • Family Dictionary Report
  • Family Bingo Report
  • Chronology Report to Compare 2 People
  • Enhanced Color Coding
  • Enhanced Multimedia
  • Enhanced Tagging

There is a six minute video over at FamilyTreeWebinars highlighting some of the new features of version 9.

As in the past, the Standard Edition is free and available as a download. The download is actually the same software but with the deluxe features locked.

The Deluxe Edition which is the pay version unlocks over 100 additional features. There are various price ranges depending on what bundle-type (printed book, CD, webinar membership, etc.) is purchased and whether you have purchased an earlier deluxe edition of Legacy Family Tree software or not.

For the Legacy 9.0 Deluxe Edition Download which includes the software via instant download and official manual in PDF format only, it is $34.95 for new purchasers and $26.95 upgrade price for anyone who purchased the deluxe edition version in the past. At time of purchase you will likely need to type-in your previous deluxe edition customer number as proof of prior purchase. Find that in your Legacy program under help, about Legacy, general info.

For those who like to save, remember if you watch a Legacy Family Tree Webinar (remember they are free to watch live and for about a week afterwards) you can get a discount code to save 10 percent. And if you are a FamilyTreeWebinar subscriber, you get an automatic extra 5 percent discount when on the Family Tree Webinar website. Hint: there is a webinar today over at FamilyTreeWebinars.com at 2 p.m. ET just register to view it live. Or wait until later today to view it for free.

OR go over to GenealogyBargains.com a new website by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers.com where you can find a code to save 15 percent off Legacy Family Tree 9.0 for a short while using discount code thomas15leg to save. According to MacEntee it now works on the upgrade pricing too.

Now with regards to syncing on Ancestry.com no mention has been made with this announcement. We believe Legacy is waiting Software MacKiev to iron out the kinks with Ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker before implementing the sync feature in Legacy.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Free Access April 18-25 to 32 Probate Resources on AmericanAncestors.org

Probate Resources at AmericanAncestors.org
AmericanAncestors.org website has announced free access to Probate databases on its website from April 18 - April 25.

Not sure what probate records are, well AmericanAncestors has put together a lot of informational material including recorded webinars showing what probate records are and how to use them. There are 32 probate related databases to utilize.


To access the free databases simply create a free guest user account if you do not already have one. If you are an New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEGHS) member, simply sign into your account.

Registered guest users get access to a limited suite of databases; access to webinars, how-to videos and downloads; and can make purchases from the online store. Did you know that guest users also get free access to other new databases for the first 30 days that database is online? There are lots of great reasons to register as a guest user or become a member of the NEGHS society.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

MCPL's Local Databases are Back Online

Locally-produced indexes are back online.
Heads up everyone. We just got notice that the Local Databases on the Mount Clemens Public Library's website are back up.

You can get your typing fingers searching again.


See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Friday, April 14, 2017

Get Your Genealogy Education on This Weekend! Free Access to Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Yes it is Easter Weekend and that usually means family time. But you must some how find some time this weekend to hide away or figure out how to get the family to join you ...

In celebration of its 500th webinar, Legacy Family Tree Webinars is giving free access* to its complete webinar library from today, Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16. This is the first time ever for free access like this.

*Free access does not include the syllabus materials.

So do not miss out on this opportunity to learn about a particular locality, type of record, software/technology resource, researching an ethnicity, and even what is DNA for genealogy all about and how to use it. There are 500 different webinars to pick from ... more than you can watch in one weekend of binge-viewing. Now you just have to figure out which webinars you are going to watch.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Free Access UK/Ireland/Commonwelath Records at Ancestry.co.uk until April 17

At Ancestry.co.uk (the United Kingdom version) there is free access to all United Kingdom, Ireland and Commonwealth Records this weekend, April 14 to 17. Free access ends Monday, April 17 at 23:59 BST. You will need to set up (register) for a free account with Ancestry.co.uk even if you are a Ancestry.com member.

How do you do register for free access? Simply start a search on this weekend's free access page and the free access registration window will pop up. Supply your name and email and you will be sent a username and password to use for this free access period. Remember the free access account does not ask for your credit card. (The trail membership is the one that requires a credit card.)

So if you don't have an Ancestry.com subscription or if your subscription is just for US records, this is an opportunity to explore your UK family including those in Canada and Australia.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, April 10, 2017

Technical Issues: MCPL's Local Databases Temporarily Down for Possibly a Week

Locally-produced indexes are temporarily offline.
Heads up everyone. We just got notice that the Local Databases on the Mount Clemens Public Library's website are down due to technical issues and it will likely be at least a week until they are back up and accessible.

What is impacted? The locally-produced obituary index, funeral home index, city directory index, cemetery index, etc.

What is not impacted? The digital archive and property database because they reside on another server.

We will let you know when things are back up and running normally.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Next Let's Talk...Genealogy Meeting is this Wednesday, April 12, 2017!

On Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Genealogy/Local History Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is the next MCGG's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. Our topic for the night is ... What We Learned Last Year And Want to Learn This Year.

Let's discuss and share what we learned last year with regards to our genealogy or history and what we want to learn this year — our goals. There are still eight months left in this year which means there is plenty of time to set some goals if you have not already done so.

New attendees are always welcome.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
LE

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tomorrow is the MCGG Friday Meeting!

Tomorrow Friday, April 7, at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, Matthew Pacer, reference librarian at the Library of Michigan, will present Research Collections of the Library of Michigan, Including the Michigana Digital Collections.

If you are in the Mt. Clemens area and not heading to the Detroit Tigers Season Opener or have plans to watch it on television, PLEASE JOIN US. 

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Together Ancestry.com & MacKiev Work to Avoid Potential Family Tree Maker 2017 Release Issues — Patience Please

According to the latest update on April 4, Ancestry.com put a hold on things because further testing designed to stress the system by simulating large numbers of simultaneous users syncing their trees revealed performance issues might affect not just Family Tree Maker users but all Ancestry.com users. 

Software MacKiev and Ancestry.com are working on these issues. Thus the new expected release date is not a specific date but an estimate of time from as early as this Friday to the middle of next week. 

We think we can all agree we would rather they take the time to get it right. Some have commented/complained why did they wait to beta test? They likely did not. Some software testing can not be done in simulated environments so real world testing is necessary. That they are finding and fixing these late issues before they release the software en masse is best.

TreeSync from the previous editions/versions of FTM 2014.1 and earlier was shut off March 29 and is still shut off and thus no FTM trees will sync to online trees. So do not try it, it won't work. The other features (hints, search, merge, maps, web dashboard) were turned back on so some work can be done in Family Tree Maker files can be done if you must.

But remember there are a lot of other genealogy-related things to do that don't involve using Family Tree Maker. We are sure we all have something on that to-do list ... be it a genealogy to-do list or a honey to-do list ... that can be done while we exercise our patience.

Read the message from Software MacKiev in this post's image. To check in on developments, keep an eye on the MacKiev Family Tree Maker Support area and the Release of FTM 2017 post which is being updated and the Family Tree Maker FaceBook page. But remember, pay more attention to "official voices" and not the complaining if you want to learn the status of the release.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Developments in DNA Genelaogy World: Genetic Communities, mtDNA, myOrigins

In the last week or two there have been some changes in the DNA Genealogy world.


Over at AncestryDNA, Ancestry.com has released AncestryDNA Genetic Communities. Genetic Communities (GCs) are supposed to link your origins to specific communities based on your shared DNA with others and family trees at Ancestry. Ancestry.com has a brief two minute video on YouTube the gives broad highlights of the AncestryDNA Genetic Communities. In addition, there is a six minute video from AncestryUK which is a bit more helpful with explaining what AncestryDNA Genetic Communities are and how it appears on your AncestryDNA test.

For some more detailed information, you can watch a webinar by Blaine Bettinger over at FamilyTreeWebinars called Exploring AncestryDNA's New Genetic Communities. Unfortunately today, April 6, is the last day for non-subscription members to view it for free. The webinar is about an hour and a half long. Syllabus handouts are for subscription members only.

Over at Family Tree DNA there are been a couple updates. First, with regards to mtDNA, Family Tree DNA recently released its mtDNA Build 17 which updates haplogroups and branches of the mitochondrial DNA haplotree. Some customers will see a change in their mtDNA haplogroup designation. Remember mtDNA is inherited directly through the mother but only female children pass mtDNA onto their children.

Second, Family Tree DNA just the other day released an update to myOrigins 2.0 for its FamilyFinder (autosomal DNA) tests. The myOrigins feature shows the ethnicity and geographic ancestry aka your ethnic percentages and locations on the world map. With myOrigins 2.0 FTDNA now shows smaller trace regions (which might be "just noise" and refined population clusters. So if you have a FamilyFinder test, you might want to look at your ethnicity mix and see what has changed.

Lastly, do not forget that if you have tested at AncestryDNA you can download your DNA data and transfer the data to Family Tree DNA for just $19 and get your autosomal test into a second pool of DNA matches. You never know where a cousin has tested. Data transfers can also be made to GedMatch.com for free where your test can be compared to matches who have uploaded their test results from a variety of testing companies. GedMatch can be viewed by active members only.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, April 3, 2017

Fold3 Gives Free Access to its Civil War Collection from April 1 to 15, 2017

Fold3 is giving free access to its Civil War Collection from April 1 to 15.

You will need a basic Fold3 membership. If you do not already have one, just register for a basic Fold3 membership which is free with no credit card required. If you already have a free Fold3 basic membership, just sign into the website. (You do not need to sign up for a 7-day free trial which requires a credit card.)

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Next MCGG Friday Meeting is April 7

On Friday, April 7, at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, Matthew Pacer, reference librarian at the Library of Michigan, will present Research Collections of the Library of Michigan, Including the Michigana Digital Collections.

If you are in the Mt. Clemens area and not heading to the Detroit Tigers Season Opener or have plans to watch it on television, PLEASE JOIN US. 

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Update on the Update of the Release of Family Tree Maker 2017 — Not Yet

For those of us anxiously waiting for the release of Family Tree Maker 2017 the wait will be a little longer.

Software MacKiev and Ancestry.com are working on some issues that popped up in the beta testing. The other day additional beta testers were brought in to help. Thus the expected release date of March 31 has come and gone. No, this is not an April Fools Day joke.

I think we can all agree we would rather they take a little more time to get it right.

TreeSync from the previous editions/versions of FTM 2014.1 and earlier was shut off March 29 and is still shut off and thus no FTM trees will sync to online trees. So do not try it, it won't work. A day or so ago, other features (hints, search, merge, maps, web dashboard) were turned back on so some work can be done in FTM files.

But remember there are a lot of other genealogy-related things to do that don't involve FTM. I'm sure we all have something on that to-do list.

Read the message from Software MacKiev in this post's image. To check in on developments, keep an eye on the MacKiev Family Tree Maker Support area and the Family Tree Maker FaceBook page. But remember, pay more attention to "official voices" and not the complaining if you want to learn the status of the release.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Don't Miss Out! Sons of the American Revolution and MCGG to Host Free Genealogy & Lineage Workshop April 29

The Detroit Metro Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Macomb County Genealogy Group (MCGG) are hosting a free Genealogy Workshop: Pathway to Membership in a Lineage Society at Mt. Clemens Public Library on April 29, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Basic genealogy research and other topics will be covered including how to apply to various lineage societies like the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution. You will also learn of the genealogy resources of the Mount Clemens Public Library.

Bring your documents and laptop (if you have one) so one of the volunteers can help you review what you have done and give advice on what to do next. Not sure if you have a Revolutionary Patriot? A volunteer can help with that too. Representatives of the SAR, DAR and MCGG will be present.

To register contact Tom or Barb Reardon at 586-465-4021 tbreardon at comcast.net [note replace the " at " with @


See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

News on RootsMagic Syncing with Ancestry.com Website and Online Trees

This afternoon MCGG Bob McGarry spotted this on the RootsMagic FaceBook page.

RootsMagic has posted to its blog information about its upcoming new features (syncing, etc.) with the Ancestry.com website. The post is titled, "Questions about upcoming Ancestry features? We've got answers!"

As we suspected once the change is made and working with Family Tree Maker, then the other genealogy programs will roll out their new features. RootsMagic expects Ancestry integration to happen by the end of April 2017 for its RootsMagic program. In RootsMagic the syncing feature will be called TreeShare for Ancestry.

Read the Questions and Answers in the RootsMagic blog post, link provided above, to learn more. TreeShare for Ancestry and WebHints will be released in a free update for RootsMagic 7 when it is released. When you the software it will check for updates.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, March 27, 2017

In 2 Days Family Tree Maker TreeSync Ends; Upgrade to FTM 2017 Needed

Okay Everyone

If all goes as they (Ancestry.com and Software MacKiev) plan, this is the week — two days from now on March 29 at midnight Mountain Time (2 a.m. ET) — the TreeSync feature in Family Tree Maker 2014 (any version) and earlier editions of FTM with the feature will be shutdown forever.

The FTM 2014.1 and earlier editions will continue to operate as a stand-alone genealogy program but the sync with online trees, search, merge, hints and tips will not function.

From March 29 to March 31 Ancestry.com and Software MacKiev will make changes to the Ancestry.com website that will enable the new FamilySync to operate in Family Tree Maker 2017.

FamilySync will only be available in Family Tree Maker 2017 which will be released on March 31, 2017.

How you can get FTM 2017 depends on when/what you purchased prior.

If you paid for Family Tree Maker 2014.1 or Mac 3.1 from Software MacKiev, your upgrade to the FTM 2017 edition will be free. An email with a download link will be sent to you when FTM 2017 is released. (Make sure you are on the Family Tree Maker mailing list.)

If you own any previous edition of Family Tree Maker 2014 or earlier, you qualify for upgrade pricing. To take part in the pre-order upgrade pricing make sure you sign up for the Family Tree Maker mailing list before March 29, 2017. On the Software MacKiev FTM page, click on the green News circle located on the left side of the Family Tree Maker banner to get to the mailing list sign-up.

So at current pre-order US upgrade pricing which is good until March 31, 2017, you can purchase:
  • The download of the software for $29.95 distributed via download link sent by email. (Remember to copy the installer file to another location like a USB drive, the cloud or an external hard drive for a backup copy.);
  • The software download and the software on DVD for $39.95 plus $5.95 shipping and handling;
  • Or the software download and the software on a wood covered USB drive for $49.95 plus $5.95 shipping and handling.

But take note! Though the graphics are for the FTM 2017 edition the current wording on the Special Pre-Order Upgrade Offer page actually reads:
"All choices include a download of the current FTM edition and a free download of FTM 2017 when it is released. But you can also order a FTM 2017 DVD or FTM 2017 USB edition."

So don't be surprised when the initial download link you get via email is for FTM 2014.1 (or Mac 3.1) and not FTM 2017 (Windows and Mac) which will not be released until March 31, 2017. The actual software download of FTM 2017 will not be active/available until March 31at which time you will be sent a download link via email.

Yes technically if you had Ancestry FTM 2014 and downloaded your free promised upgrade to 2014.1 that was released a couple months ago, technically you already have 2014.1 but this is a way to save $10 on upgrade pricing to FTM 2017.


After pre-order upgrade pricing expires for the software download, the cost will be $39.95 to upgrade from previous editions for a limited time. Of course, the DVD and USB options are still extra.

If you are just buying Family Tree Maker for the first time, the cost is $79.95 for the download.

Software MacKiev has a page of Family Tree Maker 2017 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) which answers some questions and also has a link to the upgrade pricing page. 
See earlier posts on the Ancestry.com blog, our own blog ( post 1 and post 2) or the Software MacKiev Family Tree Maker 2017 FAQ page for upgrade pricing qualifications.

So what about the sync capability between Ancestry.com online trees and the genealogy programs RootsMagic and Legacy Family Tree? We suspect that will happen after this change occurs at the Ancestry.com website. Unfortunately, Family Tree Maker may receive more bumps and bruises reputation-wise for being the first genealogy program to implement the new sync technology. We suggest everyone exercise patience.

Technology changes. We all have to face that at some point. Part of this change, we believe is because the built-in browser used by search and merge inside Family Tree Maker is an older version of Microsoft Internet Explorer which is a program that is no longer supported by Microsoft. To implement another internal browser that works with the website changes Ancestry.com wants to implement requires some major work, too much for a simple version update (x.1 to x.2) thus requiring an upgrade to a new edition.

Finally, backup your Family Tree Maker trees. If you sync to an online tree, make sure that sync is up-to-date and then backup your files. Software MacKiev recommends making a manual backup. Backup once with images included and backup once without images included (so yes we mean do it twice) before March 29 as a safety precaution. A backup with images is great if you ever have a hard drive problem because it saves your data, your links and your linked images. A backup without images is great when it is just a program issue because it saves your data and just your links to the images that are still safe on your hard drive.

If we hear more we will let you know.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE