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# Wednesday, 04 March 2009
Genetic Genealogy Company Shuts Down
Posted by Diane

DNAPrint Genomics, a Florida-based genetic genealogy testing company known for its AncestryByDNA test, has ceased operations, according to a notice on its home page.

My call to the company went to voice mail, then was cut off.

Read more on the Genetic Genealogist and GenomeWeb.

Genetic Genealogy
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 12:50:09 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Free Photo Detective Download with Newsletter Sign-up
Posted by Diane

Tell your friends about this one: We've got a free gift for those who sign up to receive our weekly E-mail Update newsletter (which, coincidentally, is also free).

What is it? Our Best of the Photo Detective 42-page digital download, containing photo historian Maureen A. Taylor’s best tips for identifying mystery family photographs.

After you submit your newsletter sign-up, you’ll get a link to download the booklet. It’s a PDF, so you’ll need the free Adobe Reader software to open it.

And yes, if you’re already a newsletter subscriber, you still can get the download. Go to the sign-up page, enter the same e-mail address where you already receive the newsletter, update any other preferences you want, and click Submit. We won’t send two newsletters to the same e-mail address.

Family Tree Magazine articles
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 10:43:42 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
Cologne, Germany, Archives Building Collapses
Posted by Diane

Dick Eastman blogged that a six-story building housing the archives of Cologne, Germany, collapsed Tuesday. It’s believed everyone inside the building escaped safely, but the condition of the archives’ centuries-old records is unknown. describes the archives' holdings as "65,000 original documents dating from the year 922 as well as maps, films and photos and items left to the city by figures like composer Jacques Offenbach and Nobel Prize-winning author Heinrich Boell."

See CNN’s report here.

International Genealogy | Libraries and Archives
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 08:51:10 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 03 March 2009
Free African-American Genealogy Records Site Launches
Posted by Diane

AfriQuest, the free African-American genealogy records-sharing site that’s been in the works for a year, launched over the weekend.

Use the search box on the home page to search or browse records (stored on the wiki including Freedman’s Bank and Freedmen’s Bureau documents, estate inventories, wills and more.

AfriQuest webmasters hope you’ll submit your digitized genealogical records. Register with the site and submit a document here.

You also can submit your family stories.

Look for guide to tracing slave ancestors in the July 2009 Family Tree Magazine (on newsstands May 5).

African-American roots
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 15:17:25 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, 02 March 2009
Superstitious Ancestors? Enter Our Challenge for a Chance to Win
Posted by Diane

It’s both 15 days till St. Patrick's Day and your last chance to get in on Family Tree Magazine’s March 2009 “Lucky Charms” All in the Family Challenge.

To enter, tell us about a lucky charm or superstition in your family. For example, when I was a kid, whenever someone was getting married or we had a soccer tournament or good weather was needed for some other reason, Mom would set a figurine of Mary in the kitchen window (facing outside, or it wouldn't work).

Maybe you’ve saved Grandpa’s lucky penny or you throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder while cooking, just like Grandma always did.

Cross your fingers and describe your family’s lucky charm or superstition for us. E-mail your entry before March 9, and be sure to include your name and hometown.

If we select your entry to publish in the July 2009 Family Tree Magazine (knock on wood), you’ll win our Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy digital download.

Celebrating your heritage | Family Heirlooms | Family Tree Magazine articles
Monday, 02 March 2009 16:25:38 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Friday, 27 February 2009
Genealogy News and Resource Roundup
Posted by Diane

Weekend in sight! Here’s a gathering of genealogy updates that made their way across my desk this week:
  • Subscription and pay-per-view British genealogy service  has a new collection of Professional member lists including Engineers Who’s Who 1939 (which has many engineers at work preparing for war) and the 1923 Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
  • New on subscription site World Vital Records this week are 10 databases of birth, marriage and death information from genealogy books on Ireland, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. See the details here.
  • Check out upcoming additions on its Coming Soon page. They include improved US census images, naturalization records, more WWII draft cards, circuit curt criminal case files and more. | FamilySearch | Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, 27 February 2009 15:39:32 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Start This Sunday With Genealogy TV
Posted by Diane

Family historians get a two-fer this weekend on CBS “Sunday Morning”: Topics include keeping your family’s memories technologically accessible and the first national census. Bet this show would go great with pancakes.

Celebrating your heritage | Genealogy Events
Friday, 27 February 2009 11:46:47 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 25 February 2009
FamilyLink Raises $2.85 Million in Capital
Posted by Diane

Look for continued growth from, owner of World Vital Records, FamiliyHistoryLink, the soon-to-come and the We’re Related social networking application (which is not related to the wiki We Relate).

The company has raised $2.85 million in “Series B” funding (the second round of preferred stock in a private company offered to venture capitalists). The initial round of funding in August 2007 brought in $1.25 million.'s announcement also notes the company turned profitable late last year. Thirty people work at its US offices in Seattle; Boulder, CO; and Provo, Utah. It has development offices in India and the Philippines.

Genealogy Industry
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 11:50:31 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, 24 February 2009
South Carolina Slave Records to Go Online
Posted by Diane

More genealogy records are coming to Lowcountry Africana, a Web site and research project to study the Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage of those with African-American roots in South Carolina, Georgia, and northeastern Florida.

Working with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Lowcountry Africana will digitize more than 25,000 documents from Charleston estate inventories dated 1732 to 1867. They include the names of more than 30,000 slaves.

More than 14,000 South Carolina bills of sale (1773 to 1872), most for transactions involving slaves, also will be digitized. They’re already indexed along with other resources on the South Carolina Archives Web site (click Series Descriptions to see what all else is there).

The index and digital images will be free on both Lowcountry Africana and the South Carolina archives’ site. You can volunteer to index the records at AfriQuest, another Lowcountry Africana site.

African-American roots | Genealogy Web Sites
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 14:08:00 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Our Organizing Extravaganza
Posted by Diane

If you’re feeling guilty because you haven’t jumped on that New Year’s resolution to organize your genealogy files, this post won’t make you feel any better. (But be consoled by the tips at the end.)

The accumulated paper and other stuff was getting to be a bit much here at Family Tree Magazine. So last Friday, we held an all-out, all-day organizing extravaganza.

Not a file drawer, bookshelf, box, or folder on the server escaped our critical “do we really need this?” collective scrutiny. (Here, Allison displays her recycling skills.)

Associate editor Grace Dobush and art director Christy Miller sorted through props and film from way back before photo shoots went digital.

Where was I? Taking care of my desk drawer, an “after” desperately waiting to happen.

It always looks worse before it looks better. We emptied boxes in a requisitioned cubicle and sorted and arranged. This …

became this …

and this …

I feel refreshed. Energized! Like our time investment in revising filing systems and straightening storage spots will make us more efficient and quicker on the job.

If you want to have your own organizing day, pizza for lunch helps the motivation. And see these tips on

Family Tree Magazine articles | Genealogy fun | Research Tips
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 12:29:39 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [3]