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# Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Anouncing our 101 Best Websites for Genealogy: Version 2011
Posted by Diane

We’re super-excited to announce the 101 Best Genealogy Web Sites for 2011—this year’s installment of our annual compilation of our favorite free sites for researching family history.


Many genealogy sites (and other sites that aren’t for doing genealogy per se, but are nonetheless handy for family history) have embraced Web 2.0; this year’s 101 Best Websites roundup tilts a bit in their direction. Unlike last year, when we singled out free websites, the 2011 list includes both free and subscription sites.

The 2011 list appears in the September 2011 Family Tree Magazine (which starts mailing to subscribers any day now, and will be available for purchase June 28), and we’ve also posted them free on FamilyTreeMagazine.com so you can click right through to these great tools for family tree research. 

The sites are divided into 11 categories (for “mega-mart” sites, USA-focused sites, tech tools, sites for researching immigrants, etc.). Just click a category name to see the sites in that category.

You’ll soon begin to see the selected sites wearing “101 Best Websites” badges. Congratulations to all of them, and a big thank-you for making it easier to discover our family histories.

For more help researching your family tree on the web, see the Online Genealogy store at ShopFamilyTree.com.


Family Tree Magazine articles | Genealogy Web Sites
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 4:41:52 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Mississippi Delta Flood Relief Day at ShopFamilyTree.com
Posted by Diane

Today, June 7, Family Tree Magazine’s parent company, F+W Media, will donate 50 percent of the day’s profits from sales in ShopFamilyTree.com (and our company’s other e-commerce stores) to the American Red Cross for flood relief in the Mississippi Delta.

Here’s just one news story about the impact of the flooding. Our best wishes to all those affected.



ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 9:22:42 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, June 06, 2011
Getting Ready for the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree
Posted by Diane

It’s almost here! The 42nd Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, one of the most anticipated genealogy conferences of the year, takes place this Friday through Sunday, June 10-12, in Burbank, Calif.

Attendees can choose from 130 class sessions covering a range of ethnicities and geographies, technology tools and research at traditional repositories. The focus ranges far beyond Southern California, as most of today’s Southern Californians have roots someplace else.

Even if you’re not a paid attendee, you can attend a JamboFREE session on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. Several sessions also will be presented as free webinars for up to 1,000 registrants.

In the exhibit hall, which also is free to the public, you can browse 70 commercial vendors—look for the friendly face of Family Tree Magazine's own Allison Stacy. A Society Row in the convention center lobby lets you see what genealogical societies and heritage organizations have to offer.

Allison also will be a guest on Lisa Louise Cooke’s live Genealogy Gems Podcast, Sunday June 12 at noon. There’ll be giveaways, so plan to be in the audience in the “big tent” (seating is first come, first served, and you'll want to arrive early—the event filled to capacity at last year's Jamboree).

Jamboree preregistration is closed, but walk-in registration is available for all three days, or just for one day (there are separate rates for Southern California Genealogical Society members and nonmembers). You’ll find links to those rates here (look under Jamboree Registration)

Keep up with conference news on the Jamboree Blog and on Twitter (the conference hashtag is #scgs11).


Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies
Monday, June 06, 2011 4:02:56 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, June 03, 2011
150 Years Ago Today in the Civil War: Battle of Philippi
Posted by Diane

This June 3, 1861, battle, which resulted in a Union victory, was part of a campaign by Maj. Gen. George McClellan, then commander of the Department of Ohio, to protect mostly pro-Union western Virginia and secure railroad bridges.

What may be the first battlefield amputations were performed on the Confederate side. Horrible as it was, this common battlefield surgery, which generally took about 15 minutes, saved many lives, according to Michael O. Varhola in the book Life in Civil War America

One of the patients was 18-year-old James E. Hanger, who lost his leg. After returning home, he crafted an artificial leg from barrel staves with a hinge at the knee. He was commissioned to manufacture prosthetic limbs for other wounded soldiers and patented his device. He founded what is now the Hanger Orthopedic Group, still a leading manufacturer of artificial limbs.


Civil War | Genealogy books
Friday, June 03, 2011 9:52:20 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
Genealogy News Corral, May 30-June 3
Posted by Diane

  • Family chart-printing service Generation Maps has changed its name to Family ChartMasters to better describe the company’s services. Visit the website at FamilyChartMasters.com
  • The AARP is holding a sweepstakes with genealogy prizes including a five-hour research consultation with professional genealogist Megan Smolenyak, signed copies of Smolenyak’s books, Family Tree DNA testing, an Ancestry.com subscription and a $1,000 gift card. You don’t have to be an AARP member to enter, but you do need to be age 45 or older. Click here to enter
  • Genealogy wiki WikiTree has announced that Tami Osmer Glatz (who’s written articles for Family Tree Magazine including the January 2011 guide to FamilySearch Centers) is the site’s new Cousin Connector. Her role is to suggest merges between trees and improving the quality of merged ancestor profiles.
  • Thousands of historical Massachusetts and New England maps from the Perkins Collection, the archive of a family-owned surveying business, is now part of Historic Map Works. Available as a home subscription and through many libraries, Historic Map Works links maps with geocode data so you can search them by modern address, keywords, town names, or year. You also can order prints from the site.
  • A new photo gift site called Snapily lets you create photo greetings with 3D effects (you move the card and decorative illustrations look 3D) and flip-animation (you tilt the card back and forth, and switch between two photos). Visit the website to see what each effect looks like. Prices for photo cards start at $2.99. 

Genealogy Web Sites | Land records | Photos
Friday, June 03, 2011 9:30:32 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, June 02, 2011
What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?
Posted by Diane

Did you know that in 1943, butter had its own food group? See (click the image for a bigger view):



(and that was before Paula Deen was even born).

From ever-evolving food groups to the War Food Administration during World War II, the government has influenced how and what we eat. The National Archives has a new exhibit detailing those efforts.

"What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? The Government's Effect on the American Diet," open June 10 through Jan. 3, 2012 at the National Archives’ Washington, DC, headquarters, gathers folk songs, war posters, educational films, seed packets and more records dating from the Revolutionary War era through the late 1900s. The hundred-plus items are grouped into themes Farm, Factory, Kitchen and Table.

Here, curator Alice Kamps and Chief Culinary Advisor (how cool a job would that be?) José Andrés talk about their favorite aspects of the exhibition and a surprising discovery in late-1800s files from the Bureau of Chemistry:



Of course, our family heritage and traditions also influence what we eat. Family Tree Books is collecting short essays for a book about real family recipes and the memories that surround them.

If you have a sentimental spot for Aunt Barbara’s snickerdoodles, Nonna’s pasta e fagioli or Mom’s Sunday roasts, see the submission instructions here

Celebrating your heritage | Museums | NARA
Thursday, June 02, 2011 9:40:56 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Get Ready for Genealogy Research Trips With This Month's Ultimate Collection
Posted by Diane


Are you hitting the road (or air) this summer for family history—whether your destination is a library, FamilySearch Center, courthouse, cemetery or ancestral hometown?

You can get the most out of your trip—and save money while you’re at it—by using the advice in our Ultimate Research Trip Collection to prepare for your trip. Here’s what’s in it:

  • Genealogist's Research Trip Planner e-book download: This book (which was my pet project for a couple of weeks) has sections on planning research trips, what to pack and working out your budget; accomplishing your research objectives at the library, cemetery, FamilySearch Center or courthouse; and walking in your ancestors’ shoes via museums, re-enactments and historic trails. 
  • Family Tree Pocket Reference: This pocket-size book has handy reference material you can look up in a snap, including glossaries, acronyms, timelines, census facts and figures, common names, immigration statistics and much more. 
  • Cemetery Research 101: Family Tree University Independent Study Course download
  • Gravestones "Oldstone" Rubbing Kit for making rubbings of ancestral tombstones

100 copies of this collection will be available only during June, at a savings of more than 60 percent. When they're gone, they're gone! Learn more about the Ultimate Research Trip Collection at ShopFamilyTree.com.


Editor's Pick | Research Tips | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 1:59:55 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Win Prizes in a Scavenger Hunt for Illinois Genealogy Resources
Posted by Diane

This sounds fun: The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is holding an online genealogy scavenger hunt along with FamilySearch, with a goal to build the Illinois section of the FamilySearch Research Wiki

Everyone’s invited to participate in the Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt, going on now through June 30.

All you have to do is find information on Illinois genealogy resources—websites, databases, how-to articles, etc.—and say why a resource should be included in the Research Wiki.

First, visit the Illinois pages of the FamilySearch Research Wiki to see what content is already there (your submitted resources should be original). Then submit your resource using the entry form.

Prizes include a RootsTech 2012 conference registration and a one-year ISGS membership. In addition, a prize will be awarded each day between June 1 and June 30, 2011 to someone drawn at random. For complete details, consult the contest rules.

See a full description of The Great Illinois Genealogy Scavenger Hunt on the ISGS website.

Need ideas for Illinois genealogy resources? See our $3 Illinois State Research Guide digital download, the Illinois section of the Family Tree Sourcebook (which has research tips, resource listings and county-by-county records guides for every US state), and the other how-to products in the Illinois section at ShopFamilyTree.com.


FamilySearch | Genealogy fun | Genealogy societies | Genealogy Web Sites
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 8:57:42 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Photo Mysteries Contest Winner
Posted by Diane

Congratulations to J. Hansen, winner of the Photo Mysteries Contest we’ve been holding in honor of National Photo Month. Here’s his mystery photo, discovered in a storage area of her dad’s family business (founded in 1886).

Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor will analyze the photo for clues and blog about them on the Photo Detective blog (she’s already getting started here).

The winner also will receive the Digitize Your Family Photos Value Pack  (today’s the last day it’s available in ShopFamilyTree.com—learn more here).

Thank you to everyone who sent in your photos! You’ll see many of them popping up on the Photo Detective blog in the coming months.


Photos
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 2:06:43 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
New Site Lets You Find a Genealogy Speaker, Post Your Presenter Profile
Posted by Diane

If you are a genealogy speaker or you need a genealogy speaker, visit the new GeneaSpeak website

This free site from GeneaBloggers has profiles and presentations of genealogy speakers, a calendar of speaking engagements, calls for papers for upcoming genealogy conferences, and posts about building speaking skills.

E-mail GeneaBloggers if you’d like to post your genealogy speaker profile to the site.

If you’re looking for a speaker for a genealogy society meeting or other event, you can browse the profiles here or use the search box at the top left of the site to type in a genealogy topic or a speaker’s name.


Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | Genealogy Web Sites
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 9:06:34 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]