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Spooky Places Around Detroit
October 20, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
If you want to read about some spooky places around Detroit, check out Hour Magazine's October 2017 issue:
Family Search Indexing This Weekend!
October 17, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
Help do your part by giving back to the genealogy world this weekend:
Only 5 Days Left to Join the Cause!
During 72 hours from October 20 to 22, help index records to help families worldwide find their ancestors and make new family connections. During this event, you will type information from historical records using a web-based program to make them searchable online.
Imagine someone finding a long-lost ancestor because of the work you do during this year’s event!
Join the cause
Rick Danes, You Rock!
October 14, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
Today at Woodmere Cemetery, Rick Danes and his fellow Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War accompanied by Robinson's Battery, 1st Michigan Light Artillery, Battery C, dedicated a headstone for Private Henry Palmer, Batteries C and I, 1st Michigan Light Artillery.  They do an authentic Civil War dedication, fully dressed in their wool uniforms, and are joined by the playing of Taps, prayers, a biological sketch of Pvt. Palmer and ladies dressed in Civil War era dresses serving refreshments.  Also, they fired an authentic cannon three times which caused car alarms to go off and attracted the fire department.  Evidently, a neighbor of the cemetery saw the huge billow of smoke, plus hearing the noise, decided a call to 9-1-1- was needed.  All in all, it was a terrific service with the honoring of a soldier who may have been forgotten long ago but was remembered by many today. 
Genealogists, Speak Up!
October 10, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
The New York City Health Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has proposed a new rule that would restrict access to birth records for 125 years and death records for 75 years.
We encourage all genealogists who have ancestors who lived in New York City to submit a letter opposing the longer embargo periods and genealogists who live in New York City to attend the hearing [details in link below].

We want to thank the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society for taking the lead in opposing the additional embargo dates. On the NYG&B website at http://www.newyorkfamilyhis tory.org/nyc-vital-records- access you will find more information, a sample letter you can customize and mail, or you can sign a letter NYG&B will be sending to the New York City Health Department.
Let our voices be heard!
(This information was copied from the 09 Oct 2017 blog post "NYC Proposal to Further Restrict Access to Vital Records" by Jan Alpert at http://www.recordsadvocate. org/new-york-city-proposal-res trict-access-vital-records
A Perfect Day for a Tour
October 1, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
Yesterday, I gave a tour for the Detroit Historical Society.  It was a PERFECT fall day.  A slight breeze, a pleasant temperature, and a great group of enthusiastic cemetery wanderers that made for a kind of tour every tour-giver dreams of.  We toured the chapel and then on to many gravesites of the famous and infamous (the Witch of Delray, for one).  People make the tour and so when there is a group of folks who really enjoy the stories of the dead and ask questions, that makes my day.  We went over a little bit for the time allowed but we had a great time.  The leaves are just beginning to turn at Woodmere so maybe another week or so would have allowed us to see Woodmere in its full glory but we still had a good time. 
Woodmere was designed after Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnatti so if you are one who loves to roam cemeteries, take the four-hour drive there in the fall some time to take in its beauty.  Their winding paths that lead to many famous Ohioans and their family mausoleums is truly an enjoyable walk.   
September 21, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
She drives a white pick-up.  She comes into Woodmere's office and makes demands of the staff.  She is rude and threatens to call the cemetery's corporate office to report how unserviceable the staff is toward her.  She expects to get all the maps she wants, copies of files, and thinks the grounds crew has nothing better to do than to locate graves for her and raise the headstones.  She never offers to pay.  None of the deceased are her relatives.  She is from Findagrave.
Cemetery tours
September 11, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
This past Saturday, I did a tour of Woodmere with a small group of people.  Some of them are descendants of the Peel family.  The Peels ran a monument business just across the street from Woodmere in the early days.  I had a booklet that showed an advertisement for the company and sent it to the family prior to the tour.  What a delightful surprise it was when they presented me with a t-shirt they had made for their family and included one for me.  On the back is the photo of the advertisement.  We had such a great time and it is always a pleasure doing these tours.  We had a box lunch, had a few prizes, and roamed the grounds on what was the most perfect day to do a tour.  As we roamed, one of the attendees stumbled upon the graves of his relatives that was unknown to him--what a find!  The weather was great--just the right temperature and the sun was shining.  And the leaves on the trees are just beginning to turn so thanks to all who attended and made the day so enjoyable. 
A Message From Legacy
August 3, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
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Dear Legacy user,

We are proud to share with you the biggest step forward we have ever made with our Legacy Family Tree software and our FamilyTreeWebinars.com webinar series. We have entered into an acquisition agreement with MyHeritage, a leading global destination for family history and DNA with 91 million users in 196 countries. The acquisition will provide the resources and cutting edge technologies to advance and expand both our #1 rated software and our #1 rated webinar series. Think Legacy is good now? Watch out future – here we come!

How will all this affect you? Entirely positively. Here’s a flavor of what you can expect in the future:

A host of new features in Legacy software – we will be developing future versions of Legacy together. We have already started working on the new Tree Sync feature (to optionally have your Legacy file in a private or collaborative tree at MyHeritage)

• Improved webinar platform to surpass the 1,000-virtual seat limitation we currently have

• Significant discounts on MyHeritage services and DNA kits for Legacy users and webinar viewers not available anywhere else

• Most importantly, you can expect the same high-quality support and service that you have come to expect from us. The entire Legacy and webinar teams will continue on at MyHeritage in our existing roles. 

“The more I’ve learned about and experimented with MyHeritage, the more I have felt we need to partner together,” said Geoff Rasmussen, founder of the FamilyTreeWebinars.com webinar series and “the face” of Legacy Family Tree software. “The technology behind their online trees and historical records is incredible – second to none. MyHeritage has positioned itself to become the leader of the future of the genealogy industry and we can be a part of it. It’s the perfect match – our software and webinars combined with their resources, technologies, and international reach will help both of us accomplish our mission – to help the world find their ancestors.” 

We have published a separate article on our blog that addresses more of the details and has answers to questions you might have. Just as we are excited to contribute to the success of our new owners at MyHeritage, they, too, are anxious to elevate our Legacy software and webinar series to levels that have been beyond our reach. 

To celebrate the acquisition, we are offering a limited time, never-offered-before discount on Legacy 9 software and annual webinar memberships. Through Sunday, August 13 (Geoff’s birthday), take 50% off: 

- Legacy 9 software – from $34.95 $17.48

- 1 year webinar membership (or extension) – $49.95 $24.98 

Click here to get Legacy software or webinar membership at 50% off. 

Thank you all for your continuing support as we enter this exciting new chapter in the Millennia story.

Best regards,
Dave, Ken, Geoff, and everyone at the Legacy Family Tree / Millennia team

More About LDS Film Distribution
July 14, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
Their press release:

Family History Microfilm Discontinuation


On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services.  (The last day to order microfilm will be on August 31, 2017.)

The change is the result of significant progress made in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology.

• Online access to digital images of records allows FamilySearch to reach many more people, faster and more efficiently.

• FamilySearch is a global leader in historic records preservation and access, with billions of the world’s genealogical records in its collections.

• Over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images) have been digitized by FamilySearch, including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide.

• The remaining microfilms should be digitized by the end of 2020, and all new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment.

• Family history centers will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home.

Digital images of historical records can be accessed today in 3 places on FamilySearch.org under Search.

• Records include historical records indexed by name or organized with an image browse.

• Books include digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries.

• Catalog includes a description of genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, etc.) in the FamilySearch collection.

When approved by priesthood leaders, centers may continue to maintain microfilm collections already on loan from FamilySearch after microfilm ordering ends. Centers have the option to return microfilm that is available online or otherwise not needed. As more images are published online, centers may reevaluate whether to retain microfilm holdings.

Family Search Making Changes
June 28, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
Family Search is changing their policy of ordering microfilm from their family history centers.  August 31, 2017 will be the last day that you can request microfilm from their collection.
Detroit's Woodmere Cemetery by Gail D. Hershenzon Image: Photo 3 Image: Photo 8 Image: Vintage Family Photo 2 Image: Photo 5 Image: Photo 1 Michigan Memorial Park by Gail D. Hershenzon