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I am a big fan of +Dan Russell of Google - he is the Google Search Guru. I took his online course to learn how to use Google effectively (take it even if you think you know it all). His search tip today is amazing!

Looking for coordinates of a place, city, site, or other location of interest? Want the latitude and longitude for it? Just type in the Google search bar [geofeature coordinates] - and replace "geofeature" with whatever you are looking for. I tried it with the Washington Monument, Buckingham Palace, and the Space Needle - amazing!

Thanks Google for making my searches easier and Dan Russell for sharing that tip.
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Yes I thought I knew about Google but I had only scratched the surface. And I love his continuing challenges.
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Excellent presentations so far - well done Guild.
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I thought that Dick Eastman did a great job subbing at last minute for the cancellation they had. 
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Are you taking the time to step away from the research of those dead ancestors to spend some time making or gathering the memories of the living family members?
Most of the time we are so focused on our specialized genealogy (one-name studies and one-place studies), our volunteer projects, or our educational pursuits (webinars, hangouts, seminars and conferences) that we forget to ta...
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Thoughts and prayers going out to the Canadian Maritimes provinces - and especially to those in Newfoundland. Stay safe as you ride out this storm.
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The birthday message posted today in the click through Google doodle is important. 40% are online and 60% do not have access yet. The internet is open, but how open AND how do we protect that openness? Fascinating thoughts on the past, present and future by the gentleman who made it possible. Definitely click on the birthday cake and read the birthday message.
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Good to know that my practice of following all those extended families down the rabbit hole is not in vain. Oftentimes we learn so much by researching these people (and in my case they often prove to be much more interesting).
Early on in my genealogy research I added a lot of people to my collateral lines. Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Cousins Cousins. For the most part I did this because they just happened to be there. My direct ancestor would be li...
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Absolutely Ann and Tessa! I'm a big believer in following the collateral lines...and the rabbit holes!  Not always easy to convince people though.
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This month we are going to discuss how we use the Notes section of Legacy, and whether we use anything else in conjunction with Legacy to take notes, clip online information, and organize it for use with Legacy.

Do you use a document based program to assist you (perhaps Clooz, Custodian or Evidentia)? Or perhaps you use Excel, OneNote or Evernote to put your notes together or keep track of information you find. Maybe you save documents right in the websites at Ancestry, FamilySearch or FindmyPast. Now take it a step further - do you put together Research Plans and, if so, how or when?

This month we will be having a "free form" discussion about notetaking and research plans in general and the programs or apps we use in conjunction with Legacy in particular. I will put a summary presentation together after we hangout (a bit like show notes). Hope to see you on Thursday April 17.

Google should show the HOA at your own time based on your computer's clock, but just a reminder that our HOAs are always scheduled at 1:00 pm pacific time.

A quick check to help you is:
1:00 pm Pacific
2:00 pm Mountain
3:00 pm Central
4:00 pm Eastern
9:00 pm London
(be sure to check for your own timezone - a good way to know all the timezones that matter to you is www.worldtimebuddy.com - give it a try).

And if you have questions, comments or suggestions in regard to notetaking and research plans, you don't have to wait until Thursday just make a comment right here in the Event. We are getting a head start on planning our  summer research trips!. So please post in the comments section and we will include your comments during the HOA.

If you want to be "in the room" during the HOA, just post right below and we will be sure to invite you. See you all on Thursday

And no worries if you can't make it live as we record and archive our HOAs on my YouTube Channel.
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Thanks +Karin Coppernoll when I found that notes section I was thrilled as I have Irish, Swedish, Norwegian and Slovenian places and I wanted to use the correct terminology and learn the history (and be able to have it in my program). I also made timelines for places that I added to the Legacy program - that way important dates and events can be interspersed with my Legacy events for various people. There is so much you can do, but it does take looking around and playing with the program.
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Excellent post +Tony Proctor. There is a huge difference between the records found and attached to a tree versus researching a family and weaving those records into the fabric of their story (both on a small scale - that family; and a large scale - that family in relation to their community, their country, and, at times, the world). As an example, how did a war affect the people who served and their families and communities who stayed behind? How did a war change the way people lived their lives (technology, industry, agriculture, education, migration, etc.)?

The current crop of family trees, sometimes placed by people who have a free membership for a week - who cobble together what they think fits (and oftentimes doesn't) - and who are then never seen or heard from again is, in my humble opinion, not the correct approach or, at the very least, not the best approach. It also distracts from the serious (but also most fun and interesting) work that goes into researching a family on that small scale and larger scale.

I don't know what the answer is, since much of this online activity seems to be to gain short term subscribers who park some version of their family trees on any available sites (everyone is looking for those connections). We genealogists and family historians have to reward companies and individuals who provide the types of websites, software and apps that incorporate the features we want. We have to refuse to settle for the same old same old if it is not keeping up with improvements that are being made in the real world (and goodness knows we are not a unified voice). More time spent on the bones of a good program and listening to what users' want would be a good start. Those of us who are not programmers need to work with those who are to get to the next stage This conversation is a good one to have . The concern that we might be focusing on the wrong thing by wanting a "big tree" is quite real. Thanks for laying it out and continuing this conversation.
The subject of public family trees frequently does the rounds. In this post, I want to examine what people would like to share — software permitting — and the functional requirements of that sharing. At the fore of the...
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Thanks Jim. Watch out for a follow-up to this post (may be a couple of weeks time) where I will try and describe the sort of collaborative view I have.
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Researching at online websites (in conjunction with Legacy) was one of the top requests for hangout topics we got in our 2014 Planning Survey.This month we are going to discuss how we use FamilySearch.org with Legacy (we will let the dust settle on Ancestry.com's most recent changes and then schedule that hangout in the near future).  

Do you use FamilySearch.org for your genealogy research? If not, why not? Let's talk a bit about search tips and taking advantage of the various features at their website. We will have a 20 minute presentation and then do a few live searches to play around. Do you have specific questions about searches? If you would like to be in the panel either to ask questions or provide suggestions, please tell us you would like to JOIN. We have room for 10 LVUG Community members in the panel, and everyone else can VIEW right here in the Community or over on YouTube (where our HOAs are always archived).

Please post your comments (before, during and after the HOA) right here. We hope to see you all next Thursday, and in the meantime - happy searching.
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Thanks for watching it +John Laws - we will make it a point to get you in the room next time as a JOINer. I think there is so much on FamilySearch.org that we sometimes forget about (certainly their Wiki and their tutorials are great) and they have really tried to get indexes and records from all over the world. Also it is sometimes just interesting to see when you do a worldwide search for your surname, where it has migrated to! 
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good presentations - but please repeat the questions before you answer them as the mic is not on the audience. thanks
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+Bob Cumberbatch oh please DO NOT BE SORRY! This is such a nice thing that we who cannot make it to where the seminar was at were able to watch. I was thrilled with this opportunity and you did a great job - especially loved the fact that there was a screen within a screen. We have come a long way since that hangout at the pub almost two years ago! Thanks for all you do for the Guild - it is truly appreciated by those of us over here in North America.
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Genealogy, Technology & Politics/Law ~ all fascinating topics constantly evolving. 
Genealogy focus ~ Newfoundland, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Slovenia & US research. Share my journey at Keough Corner  & Scandia Musings
Technology focus ~ working smarter not harder & finding the best tech tools for my needs.
Political & legal focus ~ appreciating what I have and remembering that it only works when we all play nice with others.  Consider myself an "optimistic realist."
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