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# Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Genealogy Number Crunching
Posted by Diane


Being an editor, I’m more about words than numbers. (I'll spare you stories of embarrassing math situations I've been involved in.) But hold onto your horses: Today I’m getting a little crazy and throwing out some numbers from our December issue—along with some genealogy resources in word form.


Subscribers will get the December 2011 Family Tree Magazine in their mailboxes over the next couple of weeks. Others can pre-order the digital issue from ShopFamilyTree.com, or look for the print edition Oct. 11 on ShopFamilyTree.com and on newsstands.
  • 2 million (and counting): The number of people profiles on WikiTree. Get a tutorial of the site in the December issue’s Toolkit. 
  • 1.7 million: The number of horses in the Confederate states around the start of the Civil War, compared to 3.4 million in the Northern states. But Southerners tended to have more experience on horseback, resulting in better cavalry units in the Confederacy, says Family Tree Magazine contributing editor David A. Fryxell. In this issue’s Now What? column, he answers a reader’s question about ancestors who went out West during the war to capture horses for Union troops. 
  • 700-728: If your ancestor’s Social Security Number starts with a number in this range, you know he was eligible to receive benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board. You can request post-1936 records for $27. You’ll find more resources for researching railroad workers, miners, autoworkers and other blue-collar ancestors in this issue.
  • 4: This is the number of fun facts about breakfast in the History Matters column. Did you know doughnuts were considered snacks, not breakfast, until they were served to soldiers in World War II? We'll explain how the morning meal our ancestors enjoyed came to be.
  • 2: The number of family trees everyone has—a genealogical tree and a genetic tree. They’re not necessarily the same: Starting at about your third-great-grandparents, not all of your ancestors are represented in your DNA, says Blaine Bettinger in the December issue. But autosomal DNA testing, among the latest developments in genetic genealogy, can unlock much more of your ancestral DNA than traditional Y-DNA and mtDNA tests can. 
  • 1: The December 2011 issue has one index (on the last page) which covers all Family Tree Magazine articles in 2011. Can’t remember which issue had the guide to Family History Centers? Look here to find out it was in the January 2011 issue, page 16.

(Seeking indexes from past years of Family Tree Magazines? Download them as pdfs from our website.)  

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