Save 50%: Legacy Webinar Memberships and Software Sale

If you are looking to learn how to start your genealogy, how to research your Eastern European roots, write a family history narrative, or what DNA test is the right one for you, now is the time to check out Legacy Family Tree Webinars!

Today through Monday, November 26, 2018, you can save 50%on Legacy Family Tree Webinar Memberships (including renewals) and Legacy Family Tree deluxe software.


Get 50% off a full year’s webinar membership at Legacy Family Tree Webinars! Membership includes 24/7 access to 800+ full-length genealogy classes PLUS all 3,500+ pages of instructors’ handouts. Regularly $49.95 USD, now just $24.98 USD! Click HERE to shop now. This offer is good on BOTH new memberships AND renewals!

Get 50% off Legacy Family Tree 9.0 deluxe software! Upgrade to Legacy 9.0 Deluxe and get hinting, stories, hashtags, searching, Research Guidance, charts, books and much, much more! Regularly $34.95 USD, now just $17.48 USD! Click HERE to shop now.

Offer begins on Nov 20 2018 and expires on Cyber Monday, Nov 26 2018 at 11:59pm MT.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have presented 42 webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars to date, but as a webinar member I also get to learn from my colleagues from the comfort of home!

Don’t miss out on this great values for quality genealogy education!

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Copyright 2018, Lisa A. Alzo, All Rights Reserved

National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces Certificate Program in Eastern European Genealogy Research

I’m pleased to share the news about the new certificate program in Eastern European Genealogy Research announced earlier this year by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.  I had the pleasure of working with Louise St. Denis, Philibert-Ortega, and Susanna de Groot to develop a specialized selection of first-time courses for the program.  

For an overview, check out the video below.

Click here to sign up now and save 20% on a course package (look for the Eastern European certificate and click on “packages”).

Enter code 20RT18EE

Hurry! Offer expires 30 June 2018.

Below is the official press release from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces a 
New Eastern European Records Certificate
Features Courses Written by Lisa Alzo, MFA
For Immediate Release
27 February 2018

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is proud to announce a new addition to our Certificate Programs. The Eastern European Records Certificate features courses in researching various records and repositories in Eastern Europe.

Course author and genealogy professional, Lisa Alzo, MFA says of researching Eastern European ancestors, “A vast number of immigrants came to the United States and Canada from various areas in Central and Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Unfortunately, in the past, those with Eastern European roots have been reticent to begin research on their immigrant ancestors due to perceived barriers of language, geography, and difficulty with accessing and understanding the records. With the popularity of DNA testing, more people are discovering they have Eastern European ancestry and have a desire to know more. As more records become accessible with each passing year, it has never been easier to consolidate known facts with newly discovered information.”

Courses in this new certificate program include:
  •       Eastern European: Locating Places in Eastern Europe
  •       Eastern European: Understanding Migration Patterns
  •       Eastern European: The Languages and Alphabets 
  •       Eastern European: Chronological Considerations:The Austro-Hungarian Empire
  •       Eastern European: Civil Registration Records
  •       Eastern European: Church Records
  •       Eastern European: Other Records (Tax, Military, Land, Census)
  •       Eastern European: Record Repositories
  •       Eastern European: Onsite Research in the Ancestral Homeland
  •       Eastern European: Problem Solving

Other courses offered include research, records, and repositories in individual Eastern European countries and regions.

The certificate in Eastern European Records will provide in-depth instruction for genealogists with roots in many countries where research was difficult, if not impossible, just a decade ago. 

“We are excited to announce the creation of this new certificate program focusing on Eastern Europe. Researchers will find these courses to be an important addition to expanding their knowledge about the region and records,” remarked National Institute’s Managing Director Louise St Denis.

The Eastern European Records Certificate description and links to courses can be found on The National Institute’s website at  Courses are continually being added to this certificate program.

In conjunction with the RootsTech conference, The National Institute is offering a 20% discount off any Eastern European course package. To register for a course package, use code 20RT18EE at checkout. Eastern European course packages can be viewed on The National Institute’s website at


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, has been offering genealogy and history courses for 20 years. Over 200 courses in genealogical studies are offered to help enhance researcher’s skills.

For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Eastern Europe and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Professional Development and Librarianship Certificate Program.  

For more information:
Louise St Denis

Copyright, 2018, Lisa A. Alzo, and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies 
All Rights Reserved

2018 Legacy Family Tree Webinars Schedule Announced

Good news on the genealogy education front for 2018!

MyHeritage and recently announced that registration is now open for its 2018 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series. Choose from 106 classes from genealogy’s leading educators on a variety of topics. (Click here to read the full announcement).

I am pleased to also announce that I will once again be a presenter for two live Legacy Family Tree Webinars in 2018:

  • 25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know
  • 10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing

I will also be pre-recording more bonus subscriber-only webinars too. My recent recordings include such topics as Creating Family History eBooks, Using Coroner’s Records, for Genealogy, Researching Eastern European Archives, Using Immersion Genealogy to Learn about Your Ancestors, and many more!

Click here to learn more.

Sign up (it’s FREE!) for one or for all of them today and you will receive a reminder email both one day and two hours prior to the live event.
Webinar Brochure
Print the webinar brochure to share with your friends, genealogy society, or Family History Center. memberships
All live webinars are free and their recordings are free to watch for the first 7 days. With a webinar subscription (click here to sign up) you get these additional benefits:
  • Access to 1) all the existing 637 classes in the library (856 hours of quality genealogy education), 2) plus the 106 webinars that will be added during the 2018 season, 3) plus any additional bonus subscribers-only webinars (171 of these so far) – all available for the duration of your membership
  • Access to all 2,910 pages of instructors’ handouts plus the new handouts of the 2018 season
  • Chat logs from the live webinars
  • Additional 5% off anything at
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Additional members-only BONUS webinars
  • Playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features
It’s just $49.95/year.
[Disclosure: The above copy contains affiliate links. As a Legacy Family Tree affiliate, I will receive a small commission if you use these links to sign up for a subscription].
I hope you will join me and all of the presenters for a great year in genealogy education!

Copyright 2017, Lisa A. Alzo, All Rights Reserved

Great Genealogy Education! Save 50% on Legacy Family Tree Webinars Membership through August 13th!

Last week there was big news from Legacy Family Tree – they will soon become a part of MyHeritage. This means Legacy gets to expand both their software and their popular webinar series. 

Legacy users received a message about the merge:

“We are proud to share with you the biggest step forward we have ever made with our Legacy Family Tree software and our 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!”

You can read the entire announcement and learn what this means on the Legacy Blog.

To celebrate their news, Legacy Family Tree is offering 50% off their yearly webinar membership until August 13, 2017! If you have an existing membership, add another year!  

Click here to subscribe now. 

I have been a presenter for Legacy Family Tree Webinars since 2011.  With a membership, you can watch any of my 33 classes (and counting) my popular Scrivener for Genealogists and Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors series, as well as webinars on Trello, Writing Family History, Eastern European Genealogy. and Pennsylvania Research. There are hundreds of other classes too!

As a part of MyHeritage, there is greater opportunity to reach a much larger and worldwide audience. I look forward to more great webinars with Legacy both as a presenter and viewer!

Copyright 2017, Lisa A. Alzo
All Rights Reserved

[Note: This post contains affiliate links. I am a Legacy Family Tree Affiliate, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission].

Fearless Females: Educational Resource: Save 20% on Family Tree University’s Finding Female Ancestors Independent Study Course

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Family Tree University is offering a 20% discount on the online Finding Female Ancestors Independent Study course.

Image credit: Family Tree University (F&W Media)

Go to shopfamilytree to purchase the course. 

Enter Coupon Code WOMEN15 to receive the discount.

The discount is good  now through 1 April 2015.

Course Description


  • You want solid strategies for finding females in your family tree
  • You don’t know where to start when tracing maiden names
  • You need a specific solution to your special research problem
  • You want to understand more about the day-to-day life of your female ancestors
  • Marching down your maternal line is no simple task. From missing maiden names to mystifying marriage records, many soon find themselves stumped in their female genealogy. In this independent study course, lessons will help you develop a successful search strategy, recommend a wide range of record sets for rooting out females, and break down the power of what heirlooms such as diaries and old letters say about the ladies in your family line.


  • Developing a successful research strategy for rooting out women in your family tree
  • Tips for teasing out maiden names in a vast variety of record groups
  • Rooting out female ancestors in sources such as oral histories, family traditions, diaries, letters and more
  • Brick wall strategies for solving special research problems


This course assumes you understand the basic principles of genealogy and have done some research on your family history. If you’re a complete beginner, you should take the First Steps: Discover Your Family Tree course.

[Disclaimer: I work as a freelance paid instructor for Family Tree University]

Copyright 2015,  Lisa A. Alzo
All Rights Reserved

Join me for the Family Tree University Czech and Slovak Genealogy Crash Course 19 August 2014

If you have Czech or Slovak roots and don’t know where or how to begin your research, come join me for the Czech and Slovak Genealogy Crash Course on Tuesday, August, 19, 2014, hosted by Family Tree University. In this crash course I will share with you my tops and tricks for researching Czech and Slovak ancestors I’ve developed during my 25 years as a genealogist.

Below is the description for the course from the Family Tree University website. Hope you can take advantage of this opportunity to learn about Czech and Slovak Genealogy without leaving home!

Image courtesy of: Family Tree University

Czech and Slovak Genealogy Crash Course

Format: Live Webinar Click here to register.
You’ll Love This If:
  • You want to research Czech and Slovak ancestors but don’t know where to start
  • You want to learn about what websites and other resources are available for Czech and Slovak research
  • You want to trace your ancestors from the US back to Slovakia or the Czech Republic
Date: Tuesday, August 19
Starting Time: 7pm ET/ 6pm CT/ 5pm MT/ 4pm PT
Lisa A. Alzo
60 minutes
Family historians with Czech and Slovak roots share a similar assortment of brick walls, from surname issues to border changes and language troubles. Nearly 2.5 million Americans claim Czech or Slovak ancestry. If you count yourself among them, then this hour-long webinar is for you. Lisa A. Alzo, a specialist in Eastern European genealogy, will show you where to begin, which resources to consult and how to overcome the most common pitfalls and obstacles associated with tracing ancestors back to Central and Eastern Europe.  
What You’ll Learn:
  • How to start searching for your Czech and Slovak ancestors
  • How to understand complex language and naming patterns
  • How to get the most out of Czech and Slovak-related online resources
  • Where to find vital records, military records, land records and more
  • What local resources exist for conducting Czech and Slovak family research
About Your Presenter:
Eastern European genealogy specialist Lisa A. Alzo received the Association for Women in Slavic Studies 2002 Mary Zirin Prize for excellence in scholarship, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International. Her books include Three Slovak Women (Gateway Press), Slovak Pittsburgh (Arcadia) and Cleveland Slovaks (with John T. Sabol, Arcadia). She’s written numerous articles for genealogy publications, including regular contributions to Family Tree Magazine, and blogs regularly at The Accidental Genealogist.

Copyright 2014, Lisa A. Alzo and Family Tree University
All Rights Reserved
[Disclaimer: I work as a freelance instructor for Family Tree University and will be paid an instructor’s fee for this webinar]

PGSCTNE Outreach to Host Genealogy Seminar in Philadelphia April 28, 2012

I’m pleased to announce this upcoming free Slavic genealogy seminar to be held in Philadelphia, PA on April 28, 2012. Hope you can join us!


New Britain, Connecticut, March 24, 2012: On April 28, 2012, the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast will present a free “how to” genealogy seminar from 10 AM to 2 PM at Nazareth Academy High School, 4001 Grant Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114. Speaking will be Prof. Jonathan Shea (Poland, Belarus, Lithuania) Matthew Bielawa(Poland and Ukraine) and Lisa Alzo (Slovakia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire).

The speakers will present practical steps to enable you to successfully trace your family from the U.S. to the location of the family’s origin in Europe, essentially the immigration process in reverse. Session one will cover sources for family history information on this side of the ocean including church and civil records, census returns, records of ethnic organizations, ship passenger lists and anything and everything you can find locally to unearth information on your ancestors and discover places of origin in the Old World.

The second session will address historical geography and explain the oft-changing borders in Eastern Europe as well as present various print and electronic sources to pinpoint the locations of villages, provinces and counties on a map.

Session three will examine the format and location of the wide array of records awaiting researchers in Eastern Europe in the archives of Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine and Slovakia and provide instructions as to their translation into English. On line sources for doing family history will also be examined.

There is no admission charge to attend the lectures. However, if you plan on attending you must pre-register by e-mailing the local seminar coordinator Marie Dallas at or telephone her at 215-360 3422. Please do NOT contact the high school.

To learn more, visit:

Copyright, 2012, Lisa A. Alzo
All Rights Reserved

Disclaimer: I will be a presenter at this event but will receive no monetary or other compensation

New Family Tree University Courses Start Monday 12/5

Family Tree University has 11 courses starting on Monday, December 5th, including two courses I’m teaching: Discovering Your Czech and Slovak Roots, and Immigration Master Class (their spotlight course for this session).

Click here to learn more and register.

This is a great chance to get a jumpstart on your research goals for 2012.

Copyright, 2011, Lisa A. Alzo

Disclosure: I work as a paid instructor for FTU (F&W Media)

Legacy Family Tree Webinar: Tracing Immigrant Ancestors

Come join me for a free Legacy Family Tree Webinar on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 on Tracing Immigrant Ancestors:

2:00 PM Eastern (U.S.)
1:00 PM Central
12:00 PM Mountain
11:00 AM Pacific
7:00 PM GMT

Webinar Description

America is a nation of immigrants, comprised of people who left home to find a better life for themselves and their families. Tracking down your immigrant ancestors can often be a daunting task. This webinar will show you tips and tricks for locating and searching passenger lists and other key immigration documents both on and offline to help you trace your roots.

In order to attend, you must register (advanced registration is highly recommended). Click here to reserve your space now.

Copyright, 2011, Lisa A. Alzo

Disclosure: I have been invited to present this webinar for Legacy Family Tree and will be paid a speaker’s fee for my services.

Miss the Madness?

If you missed out on any of the “March Madness for Genealogists” online learning series I ran during the month of March, you can now purchase digital recordings of the Webinars and handouts at The following titles are now available:

Getting Started in Genealogy Part I: The Basics (digital recording; handout)

Silent Voices: Tips and Tricks for Tracing Female Ancestors (digital recording; handout)

Life Stories: How to Write a Compelling Family History Narrative (digital recording; handout)

Additional free and for purchase handouts are also available at Lulu.