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Legacy Tree

Professional genealogists and family history researchers for hire

Legacy Tree Onsite: New England Historic Genealogical Society

2020. június 27., szombat 0:58:19

Legacy Tree Genealogists works with researchers from across the globe to access records for our clients. We asked one of our researchers to share the ins and outs of visiting the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston. Planning Your Trip to the New England Historic Genealogical Society Located on Boston’s famous Newbury Street, […]

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Legacy Tree Genealogists

The team at Legacy Tree Genealogists has been helping clients worldwide discover their roots for over a decade. We're based near the world's largest Family History Library and connected with genealogists and archives around the world, and we love doing what we do! We also love sharing our genealogy tips with our readers.

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The Genealogy Research Process: 5 Steps to Maximize Your Research

2020. június 19., péntek 20:46:12

We outline the 5 steps in the genealogy research process that will help you maximize your research efforts. When researching your family history, have you ever asked yourself: “Where do I even start?!” Or, in the thick of researching have you ever thought: “What do I do next?” or “How do I know what I’ve […]

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Robert - Legacy Tree Genealogists Researcher

When Robert's family shared stories about past generations and visited ancestral hometowns they sparked an eagerness in him for genealogical discovery. This eagerness developed into a career path as he completed a bachelor's degree in Family History-Genealogy and earned the Accredited Genealogist credential before receiving a master's degree in history. One of the most stimulating aspects about genealogy for Robert is gathering and arranging evidence to construct a strong argument about family relationships. Robert enjoys teaching genealogy methods and skills, volunteering in the professional community, and reading history.

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Make Hay While the Sun Shines: Farm Names in Your Family History

2020. június 12., péntek 19:25:58

Today we’re going to discuss another important surname anomaly that commonly appeared in areas using patronymics and sporadically elsewhere: Farm Names. But first, it’s important to understand how surnames have evolved, and the nuances that can create brick walls in our genealogy research if we aren’t aware of them. Let’s dive in! Lesson in History: […]

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Marissa - Legacy Tree Genealogists Researcher

Marissa - Legacy Tree Genealogists Researcher

After earning her family history degree in 2005, Marissa worked in DNA genealogy, forensic genealogy, and as a personal family history researcher for clients. She earned her accreditation through ICAPGen in 2011 for the region of Germany. She also excels at solving U.S. and Canadian immigration problems (finding the family's European hometown), Jewish and Holocaust research, French, Polish, Russian, Austrian, and Hungarian, along with many other countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

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The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of Y-DNA Testing

2020. június 5., péntek 22:43:28

What is Y-DNA testing, and what is it used for? We’ll explain the who, what, where, when why, and how of Y-DNA testing, and its applications for genealogy. DNA testing for genealogy has become really popular in the past few years, and incredible discoveries are being made through DNA testing that in many cases, could […]

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Gretchen - Legacy Tree Genealogists Researcher

Gretchen’s junior high family tree project was her first exposure to genealogy, but decades passed before she began her family history research. Eventually she branched out into helping friends with research and answering genealogy questions on message boards and forums, which brought the realization that she enjoyed researching other peoples’ families as much as her own. Most of her current research is in DNA-based unknown parentage projects, but she also enjoys Danish and U.S.-based research. Her educational and prior career background is in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, and in her spare time she enjoys music, time with family, and travel.

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To Test or Not to Test – An Excellent Question

2020. május 29., péntek 22:45:04

“Should I take a DNA test?” We evaluate the reasons for – and against- taking a DNA test. *This article originally appeared in NGS Magazine, and is reprinted with permission. The first hurdle a researcher may face as they contemplate engaging with the growing field of genetic genealogy may be the decision of whether or […]

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Paul - Legacy Tree Genealogists Researcher

Paul - Legacy Tree Genealogists Researcher

From a young age, Paul Woodbury fell in love with genealogy research. To pursue his passion for this field, he studied genetics and family history at Brigham Young University. To aid in his desire to share his knowledge with others, he has also received a masters degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah. Paul currently works as a DNA team lead at Legacy Tree Genealogists where he has helped to solve hundreds of genetic genealogy cases. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul specializes in French, Spanish, and Scandinavian research and regularly presents on topics for these areas. is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he studied genetics and family history. He specializes in genetic genealogy (DNA research), French, Spanish, Swedish and Norwegian genealogy research.

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From Beaver Pelts to Totem Poles: Key Canadian Genealogy Resources East to West 

2020. május 22., péntek 22:55:02

A  guide to key Canadian genealogy resources, coast to coast! East to west, Canadian genealogy resources offer an abundance of delights for family history! The record landscape begins with the first non-indigenous early 16th century settlement by the French in present-day Quebec, and although things didn’t really start rolling in terms of nation-wide settlement until […]

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Legacy Tree Genealogists

The team at Legacy Tree Genealogists has been helping clients worldwide discover their roots for over a decade. We're based near the world's largest Family History Library and connected with genealogists and archives around the world, and we love doing what we do! We also love sharing our genealogy tips with our readers.

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Solutions for a Weed-Free Yard, Genealogy-Style: Genealogy Podcasts

2020. május 16., szombat 4:29:18

I don’t know about you, but there are just some chores that I loathe to do, like weeding. Right now, with spring in full swing, my yard is growing a healthy crop of weeds. My solution to making it more enjoyable? Listening to genealogy podcasts! Here are five of my favorite genealogy podcasts that make […]

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Kim - Legacy Tree Genealogists Project Manager

Kim - Legacy Tree Genealogists Project Manager

Kim’s love of family history began as a child while listening to her great-grandmother tell stories of her uncle who, as a boy, ran down the streets of Springfield, Illinois dragging sticks along white picket fences with Abraham Lincoln’s son, Tad. She received a family history research degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho, and really enjoyed all the different projects she got to research as a Legacy Tree intern. After graduation Kim joined our team as a project manager, and gets as excited as her clients do as the discoveries unfold.

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Genealogical Giggles – Finding Humor in Genealogy Documents

2020. május 9., szombat 0:58:29

As genealogists, we occasionally encounter funny genealogy records that makes us giggle. Here’s a collection of some of our favorites! Most researchers have felt the thrill of discovering a little-known document that connects the dots on a family tree, but generally a lot of time is spent slogging through pages of records with little to […]

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Jamie - Legacy Tree Genealogists Researcher

Jamie has loved exploring family trees since she sat at her Aunt Dorothy's knee and thumbed through brown photos, faded letters, and ragged family group sheets. After teaching English and drama for 24 years, she took some time off to document her own tree and complete one-name research projects for the Tannahills of Scotland from earliest records in the 1600s until 1900, and the Sawdeys in the United States from the immigrant ancestor in 1638 down to the present time. Research is much more than a job; it is an engrossing hobby. When not researching, Jamie loves practicing her language skills. She has an M.A. in linguistics, and speaks French, Cantonese, some Mandarin, and is learning Spanish.

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“Go Fish!” 7 Tips for Casting a Wide DNA Net

2020. május 1., péntek 21:11:38

When seeking to identify a biological relationship, don’t overlook the importance of casting a wide DNA net. We’ll show you how! *names have been changes to protect privacy What Does “Casting a Wide DNA Net” Mean? Over the last decade, DNA testing has proven to be a powerful tool in genealogy research. One of the […]

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Brandt - Legacy Tree Genealogists Researcher

As a genetic genealogist, Brandt loves combining DNA analysis technology with traditional genealogy research to solve vexing problems. He studied genealogy at Brigham Young University and enjoys continuing his education by attending as many conferences as his schedule allows. He loves his work as a professional genealogist, and also teaches an introductory genealogy course at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Nothing is better in his opinion than breaking through that brick wall and finding an elusive ancestor.

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“The Milkman’s Son”: Tips for Writing a Captivating Family History, and a Giveaway!

2020. április 30., csütörtök 20:18:01

Randy Lindsay, author of The Milkman’s Son, shares tips for writing a family history others will want to read, PLUS a giveaway for a copy of his book. Randy’s Story In the summer of 2005, an ordinary trip to visit my dad changed my life. I should have known I was in for a surprise […]

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Legacy Tree Genealogists

The team at Legacy Tree Genealogists has been helping clients worldwide discover their roots for over a decade. We're based near the world's largest Family History Library and connected with genealogists and archives around the world, and we love doing what we do! We also love sharing our genealogy tips with our readers.

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