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# Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Find Ancestors in State Census Records With Our July Issue
Posted by Diane


Consider yourself lucky if your ancestors are from Illinois, Iowa, Florida, New York, South Dakota, or one of the other states that took state censuses.

These relatively underused resources can help you find ancestors between federal censuses, when federal census records are missing, or when your folks are missing from federal censuses.

Wouldn’t you know the July 2011 Family Tree Magazine, now on newsstands and on ShopFamilyTree.com, has a guide to finding state censuses—both online and off. It comes with a handy cut-and-save chart of colonial, territorial and state censuses for every US state.


(I know July seems months away! This issue also covers June.) Other articles in this issue include:

  • Our research trip survival kit, which you’ll definitely want to take a look at if you’re hitting the road for genealogy this summer
  • Presentism and eight other pitfalls to avoid when reading and writing family and local histories. (Presentism, I learned from this article, is drawing conclusions about events and people of the past based on today's norms.) 
  • Our pull-out city research guides for Charleston, SC, and Detroit
  • Our guide to discovering your Croatian roots

… and lots more. The July 2011 Family Tree Magazine is available in print  or as a digital download


Editor's Pick | Family Tree Magazine articles
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 4:53:11 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Footnote Posts First War of 1812 Pension Files in Free Database
Posted by Diane

Historical records subscription site Footnote.com has published its first War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications in a free database.

Footnote.com is digitizing millions of War of 1812 records and making them available free as part of a project with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (which in is in the process of raising $3.7 million dollars for the project) and the National Archives.

The first 1,400 record images—less than 1 percent of the estimated 7.2 million documents—are now available, and Footnote will add new records as they’re digitized.

The War of 1812 Pension Application Files can tell you

  • The veteran’s name, age, rank, and service information and dates
  • His widow’s name and maiden name (if she applied for the pension)
  • Soldier’s marriage date
  • Widow’s death date
  • Acres of land granted as a reward for service and the year of the Bureau of Land Management act under which the land was granted, and the warrant number (these details can help you find a bounty land warrant)
  • Applicant’s place of residence
  • Additional names, including those of the soldier’s surviving dependents

You’ll find a guide to researching the War of 1812 and other “lesser-known” US conflicts in the December 2010 Family Tree Magazine.

(Family Tree Magazine Plus members can access the article here.) 


Footnote | Free Databases | Military records
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:30:52 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
FamilySearch Adds South Carolina Genealogy Resources
Posted by Diane

FamilySearch has announced new South Carolina genealogy resources to mark the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, going on now in Charleston, SC: 

Probate records can be helpful in researching African-American ancestors, because probate files of slave owners often contain inventories of their slaves.

The Civil War, which of course started 150 years ago at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, is the talk of this year’s NGS conference. Click here to see FamilySearch’s related announcement about its Civil War records


African-American roots | court records | FamilySearch | Free Databases
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 9:31:11 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
FamilySearch Creates Civil War Records Collection
Posted by Diane

FamilySearch has gathered its Civil War-related records into a collection you can access free at FamilySearch.org/civil-war. Some records were already available on FamilySearch.org; others were just added to coincide with the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Charleston, SC.

Among the Civil War databases are:

  • United States, Civil War Soldiers Index: These index cards contain 6.3 million names of Union and Confederate soldiers and African-American sailors, along with basic service information (this information also is on the National Park Service’s Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System website).
  • Confederate pensions for those living Arkansas (1901-1929), Louisiana (1898-1950) and Missouri (1911-1938): Browse these databases by last name.
  • Civil War Pension Index Cards: These are index cards for pension applications of veterans who served in the US Army between 1861 and 1917.
  • 1890 Census of Union veterans and widows of the Civil War: Browse by state, county and town; enumerators creating these special schedules sometimes listed Confederate veterans, too.
  • United States, Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914: This database, still being filmed and added to the site, names Army “regulars” (those who enlisted during peacetime—so generally, not men who enlisted to serve in a war). Browse by name.
  • Arizona Service Records of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War, 1861-1863: This index links to record images at subscription site Footnote.com (you’ll need a subscription to view the documents).

See the full list of Civil War databases here (click the More » link).

You can search the Civil War records from the FamilySearch/Civil War page (note the search won’t include the browse-only collections, which aren’t yet indexed), or click on a database title to search or browse just those records.


Civil War | FamilySearch | Free Databases | Military records
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 9:20:07 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, May 10, 2011
New Genealogy Tech Products Roll Out at NGS Conference
Posted by Diane

Two new products being introduced at the National Genealogical Society's annual Family History conference, getting underway today in Charleston, SC, include:
  • GenDetective software, a release from RumbleSoft Inc., analyzes your genealogical data and makes research recommendations based on missing or incomplete data. You can generate reports based on a location, time period, family line or individual, and print or view them on an iPad, iPhone, PDA, Droid smart phone or tablet (Xoom), Kindle, eBook reader, net book (mini), or laptop.
A feature I think looks especially useful: If you’re visiting somewhere for business, vacation or genealogy, you can create a research itinerary for that locale.
  • Many genealogists have family information in their genealogy software and online, and don't want to update their trees in both places. If that's you, AncestorSync could be what you need.
This utility, from Orem, Utah-based Real-Time Collaboration, lets you synchronize your family tree, source documents, citations and notes across all your computers and your online tree (the developers have partnerships with online tree sites FamilySearch, Geni and ourFamilyology). You can download, upload, or synchronize your tree “without anyone or anything getting lost in the process,” according to the announcement.
AncestorSync supports program formats including Ancestral Quest, Legacy Family Tree, Personal Ancestral File and RootsMagic, and will soon support The Master Genealogist and MacFamilyTree. It’ll be available in June for a $15 annual fee, and is PC- and Mac-compatible

Genealogy Events | Genealogy Software | Tech Advice
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:24:54 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Monday, May 09, 2011
Enter Family Tree Magazine's Photo Mysteries Contest
Posted by Diane

In honor of National Photo Month, we’re giving away help from our Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor and a Digitize Your Family Photos Value Pack, which includes our Organize Your Photos digital download, Photo Sharing 101 on-demand webinar and Photo Rescue e-book.

To enter our Photo Mysteries Contest, just submit your photo and/or a question about identifying or preserving your family photographs in one of these ways:

Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor will select one entry to feature on the Photo Detective blog and receive the Digitize Your Family Photos Value Pack.

The questions we receive also may be featured in the free Photo Detective Live! webinar May 18, or in future Photo Detective blog posts.

Here are the official contest rules.



Monday, May 09, 2011 4:01:14 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, May 06, 2011
Genealogy News Corral, May 2-6
Posted by Diane

  • As part of its annual conference next week in Charleston, SC, the National Genealogical Society will offer a one-day Genealogy 101 session on Saturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration costs $50. Online registration is closed, but you can register at the door. Space is limited, so get there early.
  • A new organization has formed with the goal to provide in-depth genealogical education in the Mid-Atlantic region and nationally. The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) is planning a weeklong genealogy seminar for Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27, 2012, in Pittsburgh. Learn more on GRIP’s website.
  • If you’ll be in the Washington, DC, are next week, you can learn how to research the National Archives’ records of Union and Confederate Army units and Navy ships at one of two free workshops: May 10, 11 a.m. at the Washington, DC, Research Center; or Thursday, May 12, 11 a.m. at the College Park, MD, research center. Learn more on the National Archives’ events page
  • FamilySearch has added more than 2 million digital images to its record collections come from Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Switzerland, U.S., and Wales. More than 1.7 million of those images were added to the Brazil Civil Registration collection, and 346,000 church records were added for Honduras. The record images aren’t yet indexed, so you’ll need to navigate to the collection of interest on FamilySearch and browse the images. You can see the list of updated collections and link to each one here

FamilySearch | Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | Military records | NARA
Friday, May 06, 2011 3:26:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, May 05, 2011
New Irish Genealogy Records Site Launches
Posted by Diane

British genealogy subscription site FindMyPast.co.uk has launched an Irish records site, Findmypast.ie.

The site has more than 4,000,000 records dating from 1400 through the 1920s, including:

  • Landed Estates Court Records (1850-1885), detailing more than 500,000 tenants living on estates all over Ireland
  • Griffith's Valuation (1847-1864), which lists approximately 80 percent of householders in Ireland and names more than 1,400,000 individuals
  • Directories Collection of national, provincial and local directories, which have information about towns and names of businesses, tradespeople and residents

FindMyPast.ie was developed in partnership with Eneclann, a Dublin-based company that offers Irish genealogy services, as well as digital publications and other services.

You can subscribe to Findmypast.ie for 6 months for 37.95 EUR (about $55) or 12 months for 59.95 EUR (about $88).


Genealogy Web Sites | UK and Irish roots
Thursday, May 05, 2011 1:26:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Resources for Finding Your Female Ancestors
Posted by Diane



Happy Mother's Day to the moms out there and those on my family tree, including my great-grandma (here in the early 30s, holding one of her little ones) and my grandma (the little girl with her hands folded in front of her).

One of your biggest brick walls, you tell us, is finding the women in your family tree. That’s because historical records tend to name men more often, and women generally changed their names when they married (though those from some cultures, such as Italians, usually used their maiden names on official records).

This Mother’s Day, we want to help you learn more about your female ancestors’ lives. These free articles on FamilyTreeMagazine.com give tips and resources to aid your search: 

And here are some resources for finding female ancestors from ShopFamilyTree.com:

Remember: Order anything from ShopFamilyTree.com and get FREE our "Memories of Mom" digital download from the forthcoming book My Life & Times by Sunny Jane Morton (available October 2011). This offer ends Monday, May 9.
Female ancestors
Thursday, May 05, 2011 9:39:28 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Celebrate National Photo Month With Us
Posted by Diane


As a publication that celebrates family photographs, we have a few goings-on for National Photo Month in May:
  • This month’s Ultimate Photo Preservation Collection sold out in record time, so we’re introducing another collection: the Digitize Your Family Photos Value Pack. Only during National Photo Month, you’ll save 69 percent on these tools to help you build a digital archive of your family's cherished memories:
  1. Organize Your Family Photos independent study course download
  2. The new Photo Rescue ebook
  3. Photo Sharing 101 on-demand webinar 

Learn more at ShopFamilyTree.com. (Bonus: Order anything at ShopFamilyTree.com now through Monday, May 9, and get the "Memories of Mom" digital download from the forthcoming book My Life & Times by Sunny Jane Morton.)

  • Finally, watch this blog for news of our Photo Mysteries contest, starting next Monday, to get a chance to win an Ultimate Digital Photo Collection.

Editor's Pick | Photos | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Webinars
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 4:06:49 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]