Friday, March 8, 2013

Review: Legacy QuickGuide for Lineage Societies and Genealogy

Legacy Family Tree has commissioned a series of four-page booklets on various aspects of genealogical research.  Each laminated guide contains four pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics. Legacy QuickGuides are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas.  These QuickGuides are oriented towards the online researcher - there are several pages of website links on selected subjects for the specific topic covered by the QuickGuide.

You can see the list of available Legacy QuickGuides at  They are available as laminated four-page folders ($7.95 each) or as downloadable PDF files ($2.95 each).

The Legacy QuickGuide for Lineage Societies and Genealogy was written by Julie Tarr.

The Introduction to this QuickGuide says:

"Sometimes the decision to join a lineage society is easy because you have already done your research and know you have an ancestor by which you would qualify for membership—and you can prove that lineal relationship. Perhaps you are stalling because you do not know where to start or may find yourself intimidated by the process. Other times, you may not be aware that you have an ancestor lurking in your tree that could qualify you for membership in a society. Or perhaps you are missing proof for a link or two in your lineage.

"The Lineage Societies and Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide contains useful information to provide you with an introduction to lineage societies and some tools and tips to help you with your research and the application process. With a little know-how and encouragement, you will be well on your way to exploring the many lineage societies out there and furthering the research of your ancestors. This 4-sided, laminated guide is easily portable to take along on your next genealogy research trip."

The subjects included in the Lineage Societies and Genealogy  QuickGuide are:

*  Overview
*  Resources - Books

*  Resources - Online
*  Archives, Libraries & Repositories
*  Documentation

*  Selected Lineage Societies

*  Tips and Tricks
*  Other Lineage Programs
*  Toolkit
*  Further Reading

For several subjects, the items listed have website titles with links to the websites.  In some cases, there are shortened URLs for websites with long eddresses.

This Legacy QuickGuide is very useful for beginners and seasoned researchers alike.  The information about the overview, documentation required, different lineage societies, the organizations list, and the tips and tricks are very helpful, and the links to online resources will be useful.

The laminated version of this QuickGuide is very handy for researchers going to repositories or society meetings - it is light and easy to carry in a briefcase or computer case.  I much prefer the PDF version because I can save it to my computer (and laptop, tablet, and smart phone using Dropbox or another cloud service) and have it available in digital format for instantaneous usage by clicking the links provided rather than typing the links into my web browser.

Order your copy of the  
Lineage Societies and Genealogy  QuickGuide (PDF or printed laminated folder) at the Legacy Family Tree Store.

Disclosure:  I was provided a complimentary copy of the PDF version of this Legacy QuickGuide on the condition that I provide a timely review of each QuickGuide provided.  Look for more in the near future!

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