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Four weeks from today

Most genealogists learn very quickly that it’s a rare family where direct evidence supplies all the proof needed to connect one generation to another and tie brothers and sisters to each other. In most cases, it’s necessary to build the case for family relationships from bits and pieces and hints and clues gathered from a wide variety of sources.

Want some hints and tips on building a family — and its history — from circumstantial evidence? Follow along as The Legal Genealogist traces an Ellis County, Texas, man back to his North Carolina roots in Building a Family from Circumstantial Evidence, a free Legacy Family Tree Webinar four weeks from today, at 2 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, August 29th, 2012.

You need to register in advance if you want to participate in the webinar live, but the great thing about Legacy Family Tree webinars is that each one is available, free, for at least 10 days after the webinar, and then it’s available for purchase so you can review it more slowly, in more depth, at your own pace.

I know I often can’t sit in on afternoon webinars (the company I work for has this strange idea that, if it pays me, I should actually be doing work for the firm during the business day), but I’ve been able to take in terrific presentations anyway and they’re available for purchase now: Marion Pierre-Louis on Plan Your Way to Research Success; Claire V. Brisson-Banks on The Quest for your English Ancestors; Kory Meyerink on Researching Your German Ancestors; and Megan Smolenyak on Reverse Genealogy: Finding the Living, just to name a few.

And the line-up of upcoming webinars is amazing. Today, at 6 p.m. EDT, Megan Smolenyak tackles Neglected History — ranging from finding the proper resting place for a tombstone discovered on a Manhattan sidewalk (and its surprising connection to a Yiddish language cookbook) to figuring out who would be king of America today if George Washington had been king instead of president. (Remember — since the webinar may well be full — if you can’t get into the presentation live, it’ll be online afterwards for free.)

A week from today, on August 8th at 2 p.m. EDT, Thomas MacEntee will be guiding us all through Wikis for Genealogists — more than just an on-line, collaborative encyclopedia, wikis can be used by genealogists to document their genealogy and collaborate with other researchers or family members.

On August 22 at 2 p.m. EDT, Barbara Renick shows how The 5 C’s for Success in Genealogy Today can often solve problems that stumped them just a decade ago by combining computer and classic resources with advanced search techniques and new ways to use them.

The list goes on and on. Join me in four weeks, and join us all in these other top-flight free webinars from Legacy Family Tree.

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