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# Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Editors Pick: Family Tree Legacies
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine editor Allison Stacy and I talked about everything we’d want in one of those “record your family history” books, and Family Tree Legacies: Preserving Memories Throughout Time is the result. We’re a little biased, but we love how well-organized, versatile and pretty it is (and we think it would make a good Christmas or wedding gift).

This book is a three-ring binder with blank fill-in pages for all kinds of information, and a CD in the back that has printable versions of all the fill-in pages.

Lovely tabbed separators divide the book into themed sections, each focusing on a different type of family history information.

Sections let you record details about your immediate family, extended family, memories and traditions, photographs, family heirlooms, relatives who served in the military, newspaper articles featuring family members, places that are prominent in your family history, family recipes and important dates.

Each section begins with tips and tricks (the one below gets you started finding newspaper articles about your family members) . . .

. . . and then has specially designed pages to record information. The pages below are in the Family Heirlooms section.

There’s also an introduction with 10 steps to discovering your family history and a reference guide with helpful references, websites and books. We also love the fold-out family tree chart (below).

You can use the stickers to mark historical family events in the calendar section, maps in the Places section and more.

We’re hoping Family Tree Legacies will become a keepsake you can pass on to future generations. 

Celebrating your heritage | Family Heirlooms | Genealogy books
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 17:09:46 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [3]
Download Free RootsMagic Essentials Software
Posted by Diane

RootsMagic, maker of RootsMagic desktop genealogy software for Windows, has released a free version called RootsMagic Essentials. The program contains many core features found in its namesake.

It’s designed for people who want to start using genealogy software, but aren’t yet ready to purchase a full-fledged program. RootsMagic Essentials offers the ability to
  • add an unlimited number of people and events to your tree
  • add pictures and media management
  • write source citations using the SourceWizard
  • create dozens of reports and charts
  • share data with other people and software programs.
It can directly import data from Personal Ancestral File, Family Tree Maker (through version 2006), Family Origins and Legacy Family Tree. It reads and writes data using the GEDCOM format.

The full version of RootsMagic 4, which includes additional faeatures, is available for $29.95. See the website for more details.

Speaking of the web, RootsMagic unveiled a sleek new site today. The navigation tabs with drop-down menus neatly organize the site’s content so it’s easy to find.

You can download trial versions of other RootsMagic programs, too, including Personal Historian, FamilyAtlas and Family Reunion Organizer.

Genealogy Software
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 13:30:19 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 17 November 2009
So a Genealogist Walks Into a Bar . . .
Posted by Diane

Just when I needed a laugh this morning, reader Crystal Pickett emailed links to a few of her favorite funny genealogy sites. Yes, there is such a thing as genealogy humor. For example:

Cyndi’s List: Humor (from Crystal)

My Elusive Ancestors (from Crystal)

Strange but true epitaphs (On an auctioneer's tombstone: "Going! Going!! Gone!!!")

Genealogy Humor (turns out you can be your own grandpa)

Census Whacking (blogger Randy Seaver's links to funny names in census records)

Heir Jordan, Extreme Genealogy (video on Roots Television)

The Genealogue

To thank Crystal, here are the lines she’s searching: Shaw/Burtley from Mer Rouge, La.; and Crutch/Crutcher and Wilburn from Vaughn Miss. and Pickens, Miss. 

Click comments if a name rings a bell, or to add a link to your favorite funny genealogy site.

Genealogy fun
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 16:57:11 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, 16 November 2009
How to Win Your Wish List!
Posted by Diane

It’s fun playing Santa this time of year, so we’re offering a chance to win your favorite how-to genealogy books, CDs, digital downloads and more.

Just fill out your wish list by Wed., Dec. 2, and you’ll be entered to win everything on your list up to $150. (You’re still entered if you already had a wish list.) No purchase necessary to create a wish list or to win.

Four lucky winners will be announced on on December 3. You’ll find wish list instructions and giveaway details on

Genealogy fun
Monday, 16 November 2009 15:13:35 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 13 November 2009
Genealogy News Corral: November 9-13
Posted by Diane

Subscriptions to these publications are included with an NEHGS membership, which starts at $75 per year.
  • Subscription site WorldVitalRecords has added newspaper content from Alaska, California, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin, Mexico and the UK. Click here to see the titles and other details. The papers are accessible with a World Vital Records subscription ($39.96 per year).
  • David Ferriero was sworn in this week as the 10th Archivist of the United States. The new director of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) was formerly the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, and he’s served in leadership positions at other academic libraries. You can read more about Ferriero on NARA's website.

Free Databases | Genealogy societies | Libraries and Archives | Newspapers
Friday, 13 November 2009 14:04:45 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 12 November 2009
Foonote Extends Free Holocaust Records Access
Posted by Diane

Due to its overwhelming popularity, Footnote’s Holocaust Collection—which was to remain free for the month of October—will now be free to access for the rest of the year.

On January 1, 2010, these records will become part of the $79.95-per-year paid subscription to Footnote. (You’ll still be able to get them free, though, if you visit a National Archives and Records Administration facility and use an on-site computer.)

You can access Footnote's Holocaust Collection here.

More Resources Jewish genealogy articles

Family Tree Magazine Jewish Genealogy Guide in

Footnote | Free Databases | Jewish roots
Thursday, 12 November 2009 14:18:44 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
And Our January 2010 Cover Model is …
Posted by Diane

Way back in September, when we put out a call for readers’ ancestral family photos, one of which we’d feature on the January 2010 Family Tree Magazine, we didn’t know we’d get so many terrific candidates. It was difficult to choose just one, but we persevered.

Gracing our January 2010 cover—and helping us unveil the new look of Family Tree Magazine—is [cue drum roll] Marjorie May Newell, grandmother of submitter Sandra Simon-Rosa of Belgrade, Mont.

Sandra says Marjorie was a fashionista with a great sense of humor.

Subscribers are starting to receive the January issue now; it’ll be available on newsstands and at starting Dec. 1.

See the rest of the photos in our slideshow and on Flickr.

You’ll see the images inside issues throughout the year, and in the 2010 Family Tree Magazine Desk Calendar, available soon (we’ll let you know) from Thanks to Sandra and all who sent photos for sharing their family memories with us.

Family Tree Magazine articles | Genealogy fun | Photos
Thursday, 12 November 2009 10:04:44 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Ancestral Cover Photos Slideshow
Posted by Diane

The redesigned January 2010 Family Tree Magazine—our 10th anniversary issue—is going to subscribers this week!

This is the issue featuring a reader’s family photo on the cover. We’ll announce the winner and show you the cover tomorrow, but first we wanted to share this slideshow of the 300-plus lovely, amusing and touching photos you sent.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Click here to see the ancestral cover photo submissions on Flickr.

Family Tree Magazine articles | Photos | Videos
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 15:54:31 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Online Military Research Guide Free Through Nov. 15
Posted by Diane

Many of you are honoring the veterans in your family by researching their service with’s free-through-Friday military records access and in other resources.

To give you a hand, our online military research overview—regularly part of the Family Tree Magazine Plus membership—is free through Sunday night, Nov. 15.  It tells you about available records and where to find them for major conflicts back to the Revolutionary War.

Access our military research guide here. Want more military research resources? Here are some recommendations.

Free articles:
Family Tree Magazine Plus articles (you must be a Plus member to access these):

Family Tree Magazine articles | Military records | Research Tips
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 10:22:36 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Search Military Records Free Through Nov. 13
Posted by Diane

For the rest of this week, you can search subscription site’s military records collection for free in honor of Veterans Day.

That includes the latest addition, more than 600 Navy cruise books from 1950-1988, giving names and photographs of roughly 450,000 servicemen deployed at sea, as well as details about the voyage.

I recommend searching the WWI draft cards, too. Nearly every male resident (citizens and aliens) born between 1873 and 1900 had to register.

Start searching on’s military records landing page. When you click to view record details, you'll be prompted to sign up for a free registration if you're not already logged in to the site. | Military records
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 07:54:50 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]