Many of us face challenges when conducting African American genealogy research. We begin with relatives closest to us, or known information about subject families, and follow trails that hopefully lead to the nineteenth century and beyond. The 1870 population census is a great source, as it enumerated many African Americans, for the first time by name. 1870 census schedules may also present discrepancies or conflicts with historical family data. Given names and/or surnames, and specific locations may differ from our data. Conflicts can divert us from our established path as we know it, forcing us to rethink our strategy. Our currently-held information can provide us with opportunities to expand our search, if we carefully analyze our findings. So, how do we research ancestors for whom we may not have accurate surnames and locations? Where do we focus our search, once our “facts” are overturned with conflicting information? When we face inevitable obstacles to our research, we must …Read more
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The countdown to RootsTech 2018 is on, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever! Held in Salt Lake City, Utah, the conference will run from Wednesday, February 28th through Saturday, March 3rd. Legacy Tree Genealogists will be there in full-force--exhibiting in the Expo Hall, teaching classes and hosting Q&A sessions. Check out our schedule of events below, and be sure to stop by our booth (#217) and say hello! Legacy Tree Genealogists RootsTech 2018 Schedule Wednesday, February 28th 11:00 a.m. How Close Are We Really? Evaluating Shared DNA - Paul Woodbury (Ballroom J) While each of the autosomal DNA testing companies offers estimates for how two customers might be related, their categories are necessarily broad. Analyzing exactly how much DNA you share with others can reveal the most likely levels of relationship and might be just the thing you need to prove your connection. To gain experience in this foundational skill, learn exactly what centimorgans mean, …Read more
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, February 9, 2018 - The Utah Business Magazine Forty Under 40 award recognizes Utah professionals rising through the ranks at record speed, blazing entrepreneurial trails, guiding industry trends and shaping the future. Award recipients were honored at a ceremony held on Friday, February 9th at the Grand America Hotel Ballroom. Legacy Tree Genealogist president, Jessica Taylor was among the 40 honorees recognized. To do genealogy work well requires some detective work, and it was that challenge that first drew Jessica Taylor into the industry. As she also became enamored with rudimentary web design and collaborating with others in the industry, starting a genealogy company became a fitting intersection of the things she loved. Taylor says she’s proud of her company’s ability to provide very high-quality research and client services despite aggressive recent growth. “We have kept our status as the highest client-rated genealogy research firm in the world and …Read more
Archaeological evidence indicates that more than a thousand years ago American Indians known as the Coast Miwok used Angel Island as a hunting and fishing site. Europeans first encountered the island in August 1775 when Juan Manuel de Ayala (1745–1797), a Spanish naval officer, was appointed commander of the packet boat San Carlos and ordered to explore what came to be called San Francisco Bay. After cautiously sailing through the strait between the Marin and San Francisco Peninsulas (the Golden Gate) he used the island as a base for surveying the rest of the estuary. Ayala gave the island the name “Isla de Los Angeles” (Angel Island). From 1910 until 1940 the West Coast’s largest immigrant processing station operated on the north side of Angel Island. Erika Lee and Judy Yung estimate that during this thirty-year period approximately 300,000 immigrants were detained on Angel Island for inspection. The largest number of detainees were Chinese (about 100,000), followed by 85,000 …Read more