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# Wednesday, 29 December 2010
Turn Your Family Tree Into a Personalized Memory Game
Posted by jamie

Online family tree builder and genealogy website has created a virtual family history memory game. No, it isn't a pop quiz on your family tree, but a matching competition similar to concentration.

To create the game, you must register for a free account and upload a GEDCOM file to the site. Users can then automatically generate personalized picture cards of close relatives and ancestors based on their family tree.

Following the same rules as a typical memory game, users can play online against other family members or solo against the clock. With a webcam option, players can even include a live picture of themselves in one pair of the cards.

Families who enjoy the online version of the game can order a hard copy for $20.
Genealogy fun | Genealogy Web Sites
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 15:53:17 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
FamilySearch Adds New Records Online
Posted by jamie

FamilySearch has expanded again, adding over a million records and images to its already gargantuan digital depository.

It bolstered state-specific collections, as well as collections from Canada, Spain and Venezuela, by adding more names and digital images to existing indexes. FamilySearch also updated the U.S. Social Security Death Index database with more names and digital images, and created new databases of records that were not previously available online.

The new and updated collections include:

Note the indexes are free to access, but you must create a free account to view digital images of the original record.

View all of FamilySearch's online offerings on its historical records collections page.

court records | FamilySearch | Vital Records
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 11:01:14 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 23 December 2010
12 Days of Genealogy: Family Tree Magazine VIP Membership
Posted by Diane

On the 12th day of Christmas, my genea-Santa gave to me … a Family Tree Magazine VIP membership!

Did you procrastinate on a gift for your favorite genealogist? Don't panic! The Family Tree Magazine VIP membership—a great last-minute gift that doesn’t require shipping—includes:

  • a subscription to the print Family Tree Magazine
  • access to the genealogy guidance in our searchable online article archive from past issues of Family Tree Magazine, as well as The Family Tree Sourcebook
  • 10 percent off purchases in
  • …and more! ;

Click here to check out the benefits of a Family Tree Magazine VIP membership.

12 Days of Genealogy
Thursday, 23 December 2010 23:13:55 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
12 Days of Genealogy: Beginner's Guide Download
Posted by Diane

On the 11th day of Christmas, my genea-Santa gave to me … the Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy download!

Was someone on your Christmas list bitten by the genealogy bug this year? Our downloadable getting-started guide has important information for beginners to know in a user-friendly, engaging presentation. That includes:

  • Research principles (such as starting with yourself and working back in time)
  • How to fill out basic genealogy forms
  • Finding and using essential records, such as censuses and vital records
  • How to keep your research organized
  • Common myths and research traps to avoid
  • Best websites for genealogy research 

The Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy download is a fully searchable PDF your giftee can refer to again and again. Click here to get it from

12 Days of Genealogy | Family Tree Firsts
Thursday, 23 December 2010 23:12:48 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 22 December 2010
12 Days of Genealogy: Family Tree University Independent Study Download
Posted by Diane

On the tenth day of Christmas, my genea-Santa gave to me … a Family Tree University Independent Study course download

You can give the gift of genealogy learning, even if it’s too late for shipping by Christmas. FTU Independent Study downloads include the lessons, recommended reading, resource lists and other materials from Family Tree University classes.

Nearly 20 courses are available, including Tracing Immigrants, which helps you find important clues for tracking ancestors in their homelands. In the first lesson of this course, you’ll learn what key facts that will help you start tracing ancestors overseas:

  • The immigrant’s name (before and after immigration—many immigrants Americanized their names once they got here)
  • Date of immigration
  • Port of entry
  • Port of departure
  • Town or village immigrant came from
  • Place immigrant settled in the United States
  • Names of siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins
  • Religion (may give clues to parish back home)
  • Native language 

Click here to explore the available FTU Independent Study course topics

12 Days of Genealogy | Family Tree University
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 17:11:31 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 21 December 2010
12 Days of Genealogy: Family Tree Pocket Reference Download
Posted by Diane

On the ninth day of Christmas, my genea-Santa gave to me … the Family Tree Pocket Reference download!

The Pocket Reference is a handy, timesaving collection of genealogy reference material—resources, tips, lists and need-to-know facts. The downloadable version is a fully searchable PDF. You'll get definitions for unfamiliar terms and acronyms, US state fast facts, family tree software at a glance, genealogy data websites, surname origins, cultural naming practices, census dates and questions, US immigration ports and more.

Here’s one quick example of what you'll find the military records section: 

Depending on when your ancestor was born, here are the war records to look for:

  • Born 1726-1767: Revolutionary War (1775-1783) records
  • Born 1762-1799: War of 1812 (1812-1815) records
  • Born 1796-1831: Mexican War (1846-1848) records
  • Born 1811-1848: Civil War (1861-1865) records
  • Born 1848-1881: Spanish-American War (1898) records
  • Born 1849-1885: Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) records
  • Born 1872-1900: World War I (1917-1918) records
  • Born 1877-1925: World War II (1941-1945) records
  • Born 1900-1936: Korean War (1950-1953) records
  • Born 1914-1955: Vietnam War (early 1960s-1973) records

Click here to get the Family Tree Pocket Reference from

12 Days of Genealogy | Military records
Tuesday, 21 December 2010 16:41:08 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
2010 Census Numbers Are In
Posted by Grace

The US Census Bureau in Washington, DC, announced today the first numbers from this year's census. As of April 1, 2010, the US population was 308,745,538. That's a 9.7% increase from the 2000 census.

The state with the biggest upswing in population was Nevada, which grew by 35% since 2000. Michigan and Puerto Rico had declines of 0.6% and 2.2%, respectively.

The bureau is required by law to report the population and congressional apportionment totals to the president by Dec. 31 of the year the census is taken. You can play with a neat interactive map of historical census data here.

Check out all our past articles on the census here. Or you might enjoy our Census Secrets CD or our Online Census Secrets webinar.

census records | Public Records
Tuesday, 21 December 2010 16:20:43 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, 20 December 2010
12 Days of Genealogy: Family Tree Magazine Subscription
Posted by Diane

On the eighth day of Christmas, my genea-Santa gave to me … a subscription to Family Tree Magazine!

America's No. 1 how-to family history magazine delivers the tips and tools you need to discover your family’s past. Our user-friendly approach to discovering, preserving and celebrating family history makes genealogy a hobby anyone can enjoy.

Check out to see some of the genealogy advice you’ll find in our pages. Try these for starters:

Click here to order a Family Tree Magazine subscription in the United States

Click here for a Family Tree Magazine subscription in Canada

Click here for an international Family Tree Magazine subscription

12 Days of Genealogy | Family Tree Magazine articles
Monday, 20 December 2010 22:30:13 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
'Tis The Season For Family Traditions
Posted by jamie

Whether it’s trimming the tree, lighting the menorah or preparing a holiday feast large enough to feed a small army, the holidays are that special time each year when we spend  time with friends and family. And all that togetherness makes for great family stories and traditions.


My favorite holiday tradition is opening up just one gift on Christmas Eve, before the entire family is nestled in their beds. This tradition started when my sister and I were very young and could barely wait until 6 a.m. to open our presents on Christmas morning. The gift is usually something small — like new slippers or pajamas — but we get a sample of what’s to come in the morning, when we wake up to the bounty of presents from Santa.


Some of my family’s holiday traditions are generations old. My mother-in-law claims her family has celebrated St. Nikolaus Day since her grandmother emigrated from Germany. Every year she calls us on Dec. 5 to remind us to put out our shoes so St. Nickolaus will bring us presents. And sure enough, on Dec. 6, we receive a package St. Nickolaus filled with goodies.


If your family traditions don’t span back that far, you can start your own holiday legacy by incorporating your ancestor’s likely customs from the Old Country. You can find some inspiration here. 


Does your family have any exciting or unique holiday traditions?

Social History
Monday, 20 December 2010 15:54:12 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Sunday, 19 December 2010
12 Days of Genealogy: On-Demand Webinars
Posted by Diane

On the seventh day of Christmas, my genea-Santa gave to me . . . an FTU on-demand webinar

Family Tree University downloadable on-demand webinars give you how-to advice on genealogy topics from online research to brick walls to researching ancestors in various states. You’ll be able to use your computer to watch an hour-long presentation showing you research strategies, tips and the best online tools.

This census advice snippet is from the webinar Online Census Secrets: Best Web Sites and Strategies to Find Your Ancestors Webinar:

The government designated an official census day for each census. Of course, the enumerating didn’t all happen on this day, but the information the census takers collected was supposed to be accurate as of that date. If a baby was born after Census Day, he was supposed to be left out of the census. If a person died after Census Day, he was supposed to be recorded. Ages were also to be reported according to the person’s age on Census Day. Census takers and informants didn’t always comply with these instructions, however. These are the official Census Days:

  • 1790-1820: first Monday in August
  • 1830-1900: June 1
  • 1910: April 15
  • 1920: Jan. 1
  • 1930-1940: April 1
Click here to peruse our on-demand webinar offerings at

12 Days of Genealogy | Webinars
Sunday, 19 December 2010 21:46:15 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]