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# Thursday, 02 September 2010
Crash Course in Pennsylvania Genealogy
Posted by Diane

Awhile ago, we asked Facebook fans which state they’d most want to see a webinar about. Among the many states mentioned, Pennsylvania was the winner.

Philadelphia was the No. 1 port of entry for immigrants during the Colonial era and has remained a financial and cultural center, meaning many of you have ancestors who lived in Pennsylvania.

Ask and ye shall receive! You’ll learn resources and research strategies for tracing them in our next webinar, Pennsylvania Genealogy Crash Course: Find Your Keystone State Ancestors.

“Many people have what I call the ‘1850 census birthplace problem,’” says presenter James M. Beidler.

“That is, they have an ancestor in a state such as Ohio, Illinois or California, and the 1850 US census shows Pennsylvania as the birthplace—but nothing else ties the ancestor to a particular part of Pennsylvania. We’ll discuss some ideas on how to break through this brick wall.”

In the webinar, you’ll also learn:
  • Aspects of Pennsylvania history that are essential to doing genealogical research there
  • Details on vital records, immigration resources and other records in the state
  • Ethnic groups that tended to settle in Pennsylvania and the records they may have left behind
  • The best websites for doing Pennsylvania research, such as the steadily expanding website of the Pennsylvania State Archives.
Beidler, himself a Pennsylvania resident, is a frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine and an expert on research in the state.

The hour-long Pennsylvania Crash Course webinar is Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. Eastern (that’s 6 p.m. Central/ 5 p.m. Mountain/ 4 p.m. Pacific).

Sign up for the webinar now to save 20 percent on your registration!

Editor's Pick | Research Tips | Webinars
Thursday, 02 September 2010 09:21:55 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Research Immigration Records Free Through Labor Day
Posted by Diane

Subscription genealogy site is making its entire US Immigration Collection searchable free through Labor Day, Sept. 6. (You’ll need to register for a free account to access full search results.)

The freebie celebrates the site’s release of more than 1,700 recorded oral histories from immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island. Starting in the 1970s, the National Park Service recorded of immigrants recalling the lives they left behind, why they left and the journey to America. Before now, the stories were available only to Ellis Island Immigration Museum visitors. The Ellis Island Oral History Collection will remain permanently free on

Also part of the immigration collection are nearly 2 million new US naturalization record indexes dating from 1791 to 1992, part of's World Archives Project. The indexes cover the states of Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington.

And the Boston Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1943, database has been enhanced with nearly 2 million records documenting crew members on ships who arrived in Boston.

Of course,'s Immigration Collection also has virtually every available passenger list for US ports, as well as the Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, a good resource for tracing early immigrants.

Get tips for beating brick walls in your immigrant ancestor research on

For help searching, use Family Tree Magazine’s Web Guide, available on our Web Guides CD from

Update:, the Canadian sister site to, also is offering its immigration records free through Sept. 6. Here, you'll find Canadian passenger lists and border-crossing records, among other resources. | Free Databases | immigration records
Thursday, 02 September 2010 09:01:29 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 31 August 2010
New Genealogy Classes for September
Posted by Grace

Thinking of going back to school? Family Tree University's September session begins Monday, Sept 13, and we've got three new courses for you. Read on for the whole course catalog!

New: Organize Your Genealogy: Get Your Research in Order (and Keep It That Way)
Whether you work on paper or do everything online, getting your research organized is essential to keeping track of ancestors and making sure you know where to put new ones in your family tree.

New: Trace Your Polish Roots: Strategies for Searching in the US and Poland Trace your ancestors from America to Poland. This course will debunk myths, explain history and point you to the most useful records.

New: Newspaper Research 101: Find Your Ancestors in American News Sources
In this class you'll learn how to find and use newspaper archives—online, on paper and on microfilm—to put together missing pieces of your genealogical research.

These classes will help you preserve your family's legacy and get creative with your genealogy:

Editor's Pick | Family Tree University
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 13:22:27 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Family Tree Maker 2011 Released
Posted by Diane

Online genealogy company has released Family Tree Maker 2011, an updated version of its genealogy desktop software.

You can purchase Family Tree Maker with a full subscription or a free trial. The software also comes with either a printed or electronic Companion Guide. It starts at $39.95 online at and at some retail stores.

The 2011 version has more than 100 improvements, including:

Smart Stories: An editor that lets you drag and drop text and photos from your Family Tree Maker tree into story pages that update automatically when you make changes to your tree.

Timelines: You’ll be able to find and add more events to your ancestors' timelines and add your own historical events.

Charts: The 2011 version has four new fan chart styles. You can enhance charts with backgrounds, borders and embellishments, and change fonts based on fact type.

Improved integration: A hallmark of Family Tree Maker is its ability to search’s records collections for people in users’ family trees when the computer is connected to the internet. An subscription is required to see results. Uploading and downloading of your tree is faster in version 2011, and you can see your Member Connect activity and related message board posts right on your home page.

Media management: Drag and drop, cut and paste, and categorize multiple items at the same time. A new tool helps you locate missing media files.

Enhanced reports: Ancestor and descendant reports have been enhanced, and there’s a new surname report. You can now sort your custom reports, and save and reuse report settings. is holding a free Family Tree Maker 2011 webinar Sept. 15 at 8 pm Eastern. You can register by clicking here. | Genealogy Software
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 08:35:40 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, 30 August 2010
Two Days Left in $250 Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

You have only two more days to enter to win our $250 shopping spree! The sweepstakes ends Aug. 31 at 11:59 Eastern.

You can enter up to once per day at (Read all the rules here.)

The winner will be able to choose from hundreds of expert genealogy how-to books, CDs, and other products, such as

Genealogy fun | Sales
Monday, 30 August 2010 10:14:32 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
# Friday, 27 August 2010
Genealogy News Corral: Aug. 23-27
Posted by Diane

  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies has re-launched its Society Hall online directory. If you think you know the name of the genealogical society, historical society, family association or library you want to contact, you can search by keyword; otherwise, choose a state from the drop-down menu for a list of societies in that state (note that the directory might not include every society in the state).
  • An Irish library and museum website called Ask About Ireland has posted an important Irish record group free online: Griffith’s Primary Valuation is an accounting of property values in Ireland that took place between 1847 and 1864. You can search by a family name and place, or use the Place Name search to search by just a place. 
Each result contains the family name, the first name, county and parish. Click links to see details for the individual (landlord and tenant names, location, and publication information for the original map), the person’s residence plotted on a map, and a copy of the original Griffith's Valuation page entry.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Free Databases | Genealogy societies | UK and Irish roots
Friday, 27 August 2010 14:42:33 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0] Launches Largest Online School Yearbook Collection
Posted by Diane

Subscription genealogy site beefed up its school yearbook collection to total 10,000 yearbooks and 60 million records (names), staking a claim to the largest searchable collection of yearbooks available online.

I like the idea of yearbooks as genealogical resources because of the potential of finding a photo of an ancestor as a young person, and learning about interests such as tennis or science (you won't find that in the census).'s collection contains two databases: US School Yearbooks, which already was on the site; and US School Yearbooks Index, the new additions.

The yearbooks come from military, public, parochial and private high schools, junior highs, academies, colleges and universities from almost every state. The books date from 1875 to 1988. Click here to search.

The search can be a bit frustrating. The first and last names you type in won’t necessarily be near each other on the yearbook pages in your search results, so you’ll get a lot of irrelevant matches. Adding a place of residence and a birth year or range will help.

Once you do find somebody, you can page through the book to see if he or she is photographed or listed elsewhere (such as with the football team or on a “Most Popular” list). Also try to find yearbooks for other years the person spent at that high school or college.
Friday, 27 August 2010 12:28:18 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 26 August 2010
Posted by Diane

Funny stuff! On, the companion website to our latest book, Grave Humor, you can:
  • See funny tombstone photos (some from the book, some sent in by our fellow funny gravestone enthusiasts)
  • Meet the author, Mr. M.T. Coffin.
  • Download free Grave Humor wallpaper for your computer, iPhone or iPad
  • Submit photos of the funny gravestones you’ve encountered in your cemetery adventures
  • ... and, of course, buy a copy of Grave Humor for your very own (on sale now for $8.79!) 

Grave Humor

Cemeteries | Editor's Pick | Genealogy fun
Thursday, 26 August 2010 09:01:45 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Library Contest Seeks Historical Treasures for Digitization
Posted by Diane

Do you own a historical record that cries out for digitization? Maybe a diary from a Civil War ancestor, a payroll ledger from a shipping company or a Colonial-era letter?

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is holding its second annual Digitization Contest to find historical treasures to scan and post online.

Documents, letters, diaries, and even large-scale items such as posters and maps are eligible. To enter, complete the short online entry form by the Oct. 1 deadline.

A panel of judges will narrow the entry pool and post information about the treasures online for public voting. The library will digitize the treasures receiving the most votes and add the images to its free Virtual Library website.

The library’s digitization equipment (updated even since our tour just a couple of years ago)  can create high-quality images of fragile items without causing damage.

Learn more on the Digitization Contest website.

Family Heirlooms | Genealogy Web Sites | Libraries and Archives
Wednesday, 25 August 2010 13:00:29 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Listen Up! August 2010 Podcast Now Available
Posted by Diane

A bunch of booth visitors at last week’s Federation of Genealogical Society conference said “I love your podcast!” You can see what they mean in the just-released Family Tree Magazine Podcast August episode, available now for free through iTunes and on our website.

Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Tips and websites for determining whether you’ve found your Harry Smith (or whomever) from author and professional genealogist Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
  • A discussion on news from the blogosphere with yours truly
  • A sneak peek at the upcoming November 2010 Family Tree Magazine with publisher and editorial director Allison Stacy
Get the August 2010 Show Notes on

Family Tree Magazine's Podcast

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Genealogy Web Sites | Podcasts | Research Tips
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 16:50:10 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]