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# Friday, 31 October 2008
101 Best Sites: Show-Me Records and African-American Roots
Posted by Diane

Here are this week's highlights from our 101 Best Web sites for researching your family history. As always, you can click right through to all the 101 picks from
  • Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative: I was super-excited about this Web site when it debuted this spring, and I still am. It’s a one-stop shop for digitized historical records, abstracts and indexes from the state archives and other repositories throughout Missouri. If a record you need isn’t digitized, go to the Local Records Inventory Database to find out where to write for county-level records.
  • AfriGeneas: We’ve named this African-American genealogy resource a top site several years over for its wealth of how-to tips and message boards, census records, slave data, an index of 50,168 surnames and a collection of 16,338 death records.

Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, 31 October 2008 15:45:27 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Happy Halloween From Family Tree Magazine!
Posted by Diane

We're all ready for trick-or-treating.

Have you answered our Forum poll about your favorite Halloween traditions? You'll find it in the Back Fence Forum.

Genealogy fun
Friday, 31 October 2008 07:37:09 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 30 October 2008
New Podcast Helps You Start Your Ancestor Search
Posted by Diane

Having a tough time getting the genealogy ball rolling? Need some family history motivation?

Tune into a new podcast from Lisa Louise Cooke and Personal Life Media Network called Family History: Genealogy Made Easy. The tips are geared to beginners, with success-story interviews that'll also inspire more-experienced researchers.  

“My hope is that this podcast will reach out to non-genealogists and show them that discovering their family history is possible," Cooke says. "Getting started is the hardest part.”

Learn more and listen to the first episode here

You can get an audio player from Cooke’s Genealogy Gems News Blog. Just click the Get! button on the player and add it to your Facebook page, iGoogle page—wherever. It plays not only the new show, but also Cooke's Genealogy Gems Podcast, our Family Tree Magazine Podcast, the Family History Expos Podcast and Digital Photography Life (advice on making the most of your digital camera).

You also can subscribe to Genealogy Made Easy through iTunes.

Genealogy Web Sites | Research Tips
Thursday, 30 October 2008 07:41:34 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 29 October 2008
26 Million Jewish Records Free on
Posted by Diane

Today we’re seeing the first fruits of subscription database site’s partnership with JewishGen, announced this summer. just released 26 million records from JewishGen and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), an international humanitarian organization. The records in today's release will be available free on

JDC records, online for the first time, include
  • Jewish Transmigration Bureau Deposit Cards (1939-1954) showing money American Jewish citizens paid to support the emigration of friends and relatives from European countries during and after WWII.
  • Munich, Vienna and Barcelona Jewish Displaced Persons and Refugee Cards (1943-1959), records of Jews who received food, medical care, clothing and emigration assistance from the JDC.
In addition, the 300-plus databases previously on JewishGen will now be on, including
  • Worldwide Burial Registry of more than 1 million names from nearly 2,000 Jewish cemeteries around the world.
  • Yizkor Book Necrologies, a list of the names of those murdered in the Holocaust (users are directed to the Yizkor Books, which memorialize town devastated in the Holocaust).
  • Given Names Database, where you can learn European, Hebrew and Yiddish translations of an ancestor’s given name.
  • Holocaust Database of 2 million names, including those of 1,980 inmates in Oscar Schindler's factories.
Under the agreement, eventually will receive access to 10 million-plus records, some of which date back to the 1700s, as well as JewishGen’s user base of 250,000. also will provide technical support to JewishGen's Web site. | Free Databases | Jewish roots
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 11:31:45 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Now in Beta:
Posted by Diane, a new service from FamilyLink, launched into private beta testing with interactive maps, timelines, videos, geocoded photos, museum artifacts and family trees.

The video demos (you're looking at one in the screenshot below) show what you’ll be able to do on the site. For example, you can look at a map showing where events happened during a time period you’re interested in. You also can see locations of related events, such as Revolutionary War battles.

Family historians can create family trees that plot ancestors on maps and show events during their lives, and link to photos of the area.

According to at least one Tech blogger, “The company also says they are developing an iPhone application that will show you interesting historical events near where you are at any given time.” Cool.

Joining and using is free, for now. (When I signed up for the beta test, I got a message that said I’ll get an e-mail when there’s room for me.)

Genealogy Web Sites
Tuesday, 28 October 2008 15:52:42 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, 27 October 2008
Google Love
Posted by Diane

Life before Google? Sometimes it hurts to think about.

Even before learning some tricks while working on our January 2009 Family Tree Magazine genealogy Googling article, my favorite Google trick was the site search. I’d be racking my brain because I knew I saw something about probate records on some page of a site, and for the life of me I couldn’t find it again.

I go to my Google toolbar and type in site: plus the URL and the search terms, and Google will search just that site. For example, say I want to find FamilySearch’s Denmark research outline. Here’s my Google search: denmark research outline.

The first result is exactly what I'm looking for.

Other tools I love: language translation (handy when editing foreign-research articles), area code lookup and—since I found out about them from the googling article—the currency converter and calculator tools.

On our Web site, you'll find five time-saving Google shortcuts and an excerpt from Google Your Family Tree, a book by Daniel Lynch. Our readers share their Google love on our Forum.

Learn more about making the most of Google in the January 2009 Family Tree Magazine (it's mailing to subscribers right about now; you can get it Nov. 11 on newsstands and from

Family Tree Magazine articles | Research Tips
Monday, 27 October 2008 16:07:32 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Friday, 24 October 2008
101 Best Sites: Civil War Soldiers and Photo Reunions
Posted by Diane

This week, we’re highlighting these two sites from our 2008 101 Best Web Sites list:
  • Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System: Start your search for Union or Confederate Civil War ancestors in this database of 6.3 million soldiers’ names (names appear twice if soldiers fought for more than one regiment or used a different name) from 44 states and territories. Names link to information about the  regiments and the battles they fought.
  • DeadFred: If you're starting from a pile of old photos or you’re looking for lost family pictures, this photo-reunion site is the place to click. Search by surname, and if you find a match, contact the submitter for information. DeadFred's collection encompasses some 14,600 surnames and 76,00 records, and it's reunited 1,227 old photos with families.
See the rest of the best on

Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, 24 October 2008 14:32:06 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 23 October 2008
Old Yearbooks of the Future
Posted by Grace

Soon after reading Diane's post on old yearbooks the other day, I found this article about the growing trend of non-traditional senior portraits. Oh, to be a fly on the wall when she has to explain to her grandchildren who Harry Potter is.

Genealogy fun | Photos
Thursday, 23 October 2008 13:36:57 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
# Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Fun at the Fair
Posted by Diane

Congratulations to Jean Nathan of Cincinnati, winner of Family Tree Magazine’s door prize at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Family History Fair last Saturday.

She was one of the researchers who attended how-to classes and visited with representatives of local genealogical societies, the Hamilton County Recorder’s Office and others. It was great to see familiar faces from other genealogy gatherings and talk with newbie researchers.

Jean will go to her mailbox in a few days and find The Family Tree Guide to Finding Your Ellis Island Ancestors by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, our International Genealogy Passport CD and our November 2008 issue.

The fair marked Family History Month, observed in October in many states. See if your local genealogical society (run a Google search or look here for links) or library (find links here) has any events going on.

Genealogy Events | Genealogy fun | Libraries and Archives
Tuesday, 21 October 2008 15:37:53 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
Free Database (Until Oct. 30): Yearbooks
Posted by Diane

The subscription data site is letting you access its high school and college yearbook collection free through October 30.

You can search the whole collection or browse yearbooks listed by state.  Often, coverage is sparse and you'll find just one or two yearbooks for a school.

You’ll need to sign up for a free account, which requires your name and an e-mail address, to see yearbook pages. I think I found a great-uncle on this page (arrow added) about special Friday evening and Saturday science classes at a Cincinnati high school.

A couple of things to keep in mind:
  • The search engine annoyingly catches first and last names that don’t belong to the same person but appear near each other. It clogs up the results, but fortunately, a little preview shot of the yearbook page helps you avoid clicking those false matches.
  • Remember to use your female ancestor’s maiden name (or whichever name she used while in school).
You can contribute to the collection by sending in your own yearbooks to be digitized, too. | Free Databases
Tuesday, 21 October 2008 12:53:46 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]