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# Friday, 12 November 2010
Genealogy News Corral: Nov. 8-12
Posted by Diane

It’s been a good week for researchers with British and Canadian roots! In this genealogy roundup:
  • In honor of Remembrance Day, Canadian subscription genealogy site has added a huge collection of Canadian WWI death and burial records.
Canada, CEF Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1919 details the circumstances of death for more than two thirds of the 60,000 Canadian soldiers who fought and died in Belgium, France and the United Kingdom. Canada, CEF Burial Registers, First World War, 1914-1919 details temporary and final resting places of soldiers who died.
  • and UK website have reached an agreement with the UK national archives to publish the 1911 census of England and Wales, the most recent UK census available to the public. The companies will work together to transcribe the census, creating a searchable database. will add the records by county, starting in late 2010 and finishing up in 2011. (You can search this census now on subscription site, operated by UK genealogy site 
  • British genealogy subscription site has added a million records from post office directories. Similar to phone books, these directories name local people and businesses. The growing collection currently covers more than 25 British counties and major cities, and spans nearly a century. Read more on
  • British genealogy website is working with FamilySearch to post online indexes and images of Welsh parish registers dating as far back as the 16th century.
FamilySearch will digitize about the images containing baptisms, marriages and burials; will transcribe them. Over the next two years, you’ll be able to search a free index on FamilySearch, with the records available for a fee on In Wales, users will be able to access the records free through Welsh Archives Services

Canadian roots | census records | Military records | UK and Irish roots
Friday, 12 November 2010 14:26:40 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 11 November 2010
And the Lucky Winner Is . . .
Posted by Diane

A big family history HURRAY! for Kathy Sundquist of Las Vegas, who won our Ultimate Family History Giveaway!

You can see all the cool stuff she won here. Thank you to all our sponsors who are giving Kathy a huge genealogy research boost!

Genealogy fun
Thursday, 11 November 2010 12:00:13 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Discover Military Ancestors With Help From FTU
Posted by Diane

Chances are good you have an ancestor who served in the military, and the service, pension and other records they left behind are rich genealogical resources. 

You can get an in-depth education in how to find and use military records from Family Tree University’s US Military Records Course.

The course lessons cover:

  • Terminology and concepts important to understanding the records
  • An overview of US wars and types of records are available for each
  • How to find records including rosters, muster rolls, compiled military service records, pension records, bounty land warrants, draft registrations—using both online and offline sources Examples of the records discussed 
  • Supplementary military research articles from Family Tree Magazine are included with the course lessons.

You can take this course in two ways:

  • Register for the online course through Family Tree University, and take advantage of the opportunity to interact with instructor Diana Crisman Smith and your fellow students. The November session started Monday (you can register through the end of this week) and lasts five weeks (instead of four) to give you extra time during your holiday preparations.

Family Tree University | Military records
Thursday, 11 November 2010 11:55:27 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Military Research Help on
Posted by Diane

Over the years, Family Tree Magazine has published a slew of articles on researching your military ancestors. To help you learn more about your forebears' service this Veterans Day, I put together a sampling of what’s available on our website.

To find more articles, just type the name of the war into the search box in the upper-right corner of any page or browse our Military Records category

General Military

Specific Wars

Military research articles exclusively for Family Tree Plus members include:

You can find print copies and/or digital downloads of the Family Tree Magazine issues mentioned above at

Family Tree Magazine articles | Military records
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 15:42:59 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0] Adds West Point Application Papers
Posted by Diane

As part of its Veterans Day commemoration, subscription genealogy site has added more than 115,000 cadet application papers from West Point to commemorate Veterans Day. The records are part of the database U.S. Military and Naval Academies, Cadet Records and Applications, 1805-1908

You'll be able to search the records free this weekend: Also for Veterans Day, is making its military records collection free from Nov. 11-14

The West Point Application Papers include applicants’ letters dating from 1805 to 1866 requesting appointment, War Department letters of recommendation and notification if the candidate was accepted, and letters of acceptance from the candidate.

More than 115,000 candidates are named; they include well-known West Point graduates who went on to military careers, such as

  • William Tecumseh Sherman, who became a Union general in the Civil War

  • Thomas J. Jackson, a Confederate commander who was nicknamed “Stonewall” at the Battle of Chancellorsville

  • George Pickett, who resigned from the US Army in 1861 to serve for the Confederacy, and led Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg

  • George Custer, who joined the Union Army after graduating last in his class at West Point | Military records
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 14:57:00 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogists Join to Build a Better GEDCOM
Posted by Diane

In an effort to “build a better GEDCOM,” a group of genealogists and programmers have established a wiki workspace called BetterGEDCOM

GEDCOM (for GEnealogy Data COMmunication) is the language genealogy software programs use to communicate with each other—when you export family data from your genealogy software, you create either a file native to that program or a GEDCOM file that other genealogy programs and websites can read.

(Get help creating a GEDCOM from's free GEDCOM Basics article.)

But the GEDCOM file format has some shortcomings—one being that it hasn’t been updated in 14 years.

“In the meantime, genealogists have incorporated tools with expanded capabilities reflecting changing technology," says Russ Worthington, a genealogy lecturer and software “power user.”

GEDCOM files you export from your genealogy software may leave out some of your research. “The current GEDCOM file exchange strips out much of my hard work, leaving only some of the data I've typed and attached to each well-documented ancestor,” says genealogy blogger DearMYRTLE. “We experience similar problems when uploading and downloading our genealogy data with popular genealogy websites."

More GEDCOM problems are pointed out in this DearMYRTLE blog post.

The BetterGEDCOM wiki allows genealogy software programmers, website developers and end users to collaborate on developing better data exchange standards. Organizers hope this will facilitate sharing between researchers who use a variety of technology platforms, genealogy products and services. 

"We also seek to account for language and cultural differences as we develop data standards for recording family history information." says Greg Lamberson, the technician who developed the wiki’s initial pages. "Input from BetterGEDCOM participants the world over is a vital component."

BetterGEDCOM plans to codify standards, giving genealogy software developers a framework to resolve problems, and will seek recognition by international standards organizations.

Click here to visit the BetterGEDCOM wiki; the “Where do I start?” section on the home page and the “What is BetterGEDCOM?” link on the left are good places to begin. Anyone can join the effort—just click Join at the top to register.

Confused by computer file formats? Consult our free computer file format glossary on to learn what your mystery file is.

Genealogy Software | Genealogy Web Sites | Tech Advice
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 09:35:46 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 09 November 2010
WWII Research Resources for Veterans Day
Posted by Diane

A Facebook friend I went to high school with e-mailed me this morning about the few hundred letters she has that her grandparents exchanged during World War II. Her grandfather wrote about the countries he visited, and referred to his buddies from the local saloon who also were in the service. What a treasure! She wanted to know how to research her grandfather’s service and learn about the people mentioned in the letters.

World War II can be a bit harder than other wars to research because many records are still closed due to privacy concerns. Some resources I suggested include:

  •’s 1942 “Old Man’s” draft cards, Navy cruise books, missing in action reports and other WWII records. I was glad to be able mention's Free Access Weekend for its military records in honor of Veterans Day.
  • Footnote’s WWII missing air crew reports, submarine patrol reports, Pearl Harbor muster rolls and other WWII records. 
  • The Veterans Administration searchable Nationwide Gravesite Locator  has burial information on veterans and, in some cases, their descendants, in VA cemeteries and state and local veterans cemeteries.
  • The WWII National Memorial Registry, which combines four other databases: those buried in American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) overseas military cemeteries, those memorialized on ABMC Tablets of the Missing, those listed on official War and Navy Department Killed in Service rosters , and those who’ve been enrolled in the memorial’s Registry of Remembrances. (You also can search ABMC WWII databases here.)

You’ll find sources and strategies for researching military ancestors in these resources from

Military records
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:58:31 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Search Military Records Free Nov. 11-14
Posted by Diane

Subscription genealogy website is making its military records collection free from Nov. 11 through the 14th in honor of Veterans Day this Thursday. (You’ll need to sign up for a free registration in order to view your search results.)

This is the ad about the Free Access Weekend in the December 2010 Family Tree Magazine, now available on newsstands.

You'll get access to, among other records, Revolutionary War Rolls, the Union Civil War Pension Index, WWI draft registration cards (which you’ll want to search for male relatives born between 1872 and 1900, whether or not they served), WWII Missing in Action or Lost at Sea reports, and the US Army Register of Enlistments 1798-1914. | Military records
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:41:21 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 05 November 2010
What Genealogy Class is for You?
Posted by Grace

Just for fun on a chilly Friday afternoon: We created a fun genealogy quiz that will tell you what kind of genealogist you are and what classes can help you learn more about tracing your family!

Click here to take the quiz. (Note: The Lady Gaga tickets being offered at the end aren't from us -- it's some kind of automatically generated ad. Sorry to disappoint any Gaga fans. :) )

Family Tree University | Genealogy fun

Friday, 05 November 2010 15:48:11 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 04 November 2010
Family Tree Maker for Mac Now Available
Posted by Grace has launched the long-awaited Mac version of its Family Tree Maker genealogy software.

The press release states Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac "is constructed from the bottom up to take full advantage of the Mac platform in terms of technology and user experience," but the features listed are very similar to those in the PC version:
  • searching: Search subscription genealogy site from Family Tree Maker and merge historical records and information you find into Family Tree Maker. You'll need an subscription to view most search results; the software comes with either a free trial or subscription to, depending which you opt to purchase.
  • Multimedia support: You can add photos, documents, audio, video and other media files to the people in your tree. Tools let you scan photos and document images right into your tree.
  • Family books, charts and reports: A strength of Family Tree Maker is the ability to publish attractive family tree charts and books.
  • Slideshows: Create slideshows from photos in your tree
  • Source citation: Standard source templates and other tools to help you cite sources.
  • Migration information: Timelines and interactive maps help you visualize family migrations and other events.
If you're switching from the PC version, you'll be able to transfer files directly into Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac from Family Tree Maker version 4 through Family Tree Maker 2006. To import files from Family Tree Maker 2008 or a later version, you can use the Windows-based conversion tool included with Family Tree Maker for Mac.

Look for our review of Family Tree Maker for Mac in an upcoming issue of Family Tree Magazine.

Pricing starts at $69.99 at (The PC version starts at $39.95.) You also can pick it up in retail stores, including Apple Stores, Amazon, Best Buy, Office Depot and Office Max.

System requirements include an Intel-based Mac with OSX 10.5.8 or later, 500MB available disk space for installation, and internet access (for web integration).

(Just a reminder -- Family Tree Magazine is not affiliated with Family Tree Maker software.)

If you're in the market for Mac genealogy software, check out the product ratings in the July 2008 Family Tree Magazine, available as a digital download from Get the lowdown on genealogy software for Macs or PCs in's free Software Guide. | Genealogy Software
Thursday, 04 November 2010 09:15:06 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]