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# Friday, October 14, 2011
10/14 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway. Plus, for that day, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, the book My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories: The lucky person is Roy Dakin of Kansas City, Mo.

And now for the deal: Get the Genealogist's Google Toolbox book download by Lisa Louise Cooke for just $9.99—that's 30 percent off.

In this PDF book, genealogy podcaster Cooke helps you stuff your genealogy toolbox with FREE state-of-the-art online tools that are built to search, translate, message, and span the globe.

The price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 14. Click here to get the deal!

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 15, is The Family Tree Problem Solver book by Marsha Hoffman Rising. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Friday, October 14, 2011 4:26:53 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy News Corral, October 10-14
Posted by Diane

  • Archives.com is sharing an interesting infographic for Family History Month, showing US immigration numbers through the years and stats on the origins of immigrants from 1910 to 1919 and from 2000 to 2009, among other information. Check it out on the Archives.com blog.  
  • British genealogy site GenesReunited has added more than 35 million baptism, marriage and burial records for England and Wales dating back to 1538. The parish records include Boyd's Marriage Index 1538-1840 and Boyd's 1st Miscellaneous Series 1538-1775, supplied by the British Society of Genealogists. You can view the records on a pay per view basis or Genes Reunited Platinum members can add one or more of the record sets to their package.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies announced its new board members and directors, including George G. Morgan (Family Tree Magazine’s Document Detective columnist) as Vice-President Membership, Curt D. Witcher as Vice-President Development, Loretto “Lou” Szucs as Director, Kim Kasprzyk as Treasurer, Polly Fitzgerald Kimmitt as Director, Angela Walton-Raji as Director and Randy Whited as Director.
  • The National Genealogical Society also announced a new board member: Teresa Koch-Bostic, of Mineola, NY, a professional genealogist in addition to her extensive background in business.

Family History Month | Genealogy societies | immigration records | Photos | UK and Irish roots
Friday, October 14, 2011 11:53:56 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [4]
# Thursday, October 13, 2011
10/13 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway. Plus, for that day, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, the book My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories: The lucky person is Callie Larsen from Syracuse, Utah.

And now for the deal: Save on two new titles for jogging memories and recording your history. Purchase both My Life & Times and Remember That? for just $29.99. This price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 13.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 14, is the Genealogist's Google Toolbox book download by Lisa Louise Cooke. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Thursday, October 13, 2011 4:22:22 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
How to Use Google+ for Genealogy
Posted by Allison

Google has given genealogists some very helpful tools—Google Earth, Book Search and News Archive to name three—but maybe you’re nonplussed by Google+.

This new social networking tool has taken the genealogy world by storm, and we won’t let you be left out if we can help it. Our next webinar, Genealogist's Guide to Google+, will show you how to use Google+. Your registration for the live event even includes 30 days of one-on-one tech support from instructor Kerry Scott.

You’ll learn how to get started, set up your “circles,” and take advantage of the genealogical possibilities on Google+. Here’s a sampling of tips Kerry will share:

  • Fill out your profile and upload a picture before you start adding friends. If you don't, people may mistake you for a spammer.
  • Most genealogists will add you to their circles even if you're a complete stranger … but only if your profile indicates that you're into family history.
  • You can have people in multiple circles. Is Aunt Millie into genealogy? Add her to your Family and Genealogy circles, so she sees the cute kid pictures and the big research breakthrough you had at the library last weekend.
  • If you're posting something to a specific circle to keep it from being public, make sure you use the "lock this post" feature to prevent others from sharing it. Otherwise, one of your carefully selected circle members can share it with anyone.

The hour-long webinar takes place Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern (that’s 7 Central, 6 Mountain, 5 Pacific).

In addition to the month of tech support, attendees will get access to the webinar recording to view again as many times as they want,plus a PDF of the presentation slides.

Learn more and register for the Genealogist's Guide to Google+ webinar at ShopFamilyTree.com (for a limited time, our Early Bird registration special saves you 20 percent!).


Editor's Pick | Social Networking | Tech Advice | Webinars
Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:23:10 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, October 12, 2011
10/12 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 pm Central, 3 pm MT, 1 pm Pacific), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway. Plus, for that day, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

The winner of today’s giveaway, all seven of Family Tree Magazine's 2010 issues on CD, is Ellen Fox.

And now for the deal: You can get the Family Tree Magazine 2010 CD—that's 608 pages of fully searchable, hyperlinked how-to genealogy guidance—for just $15! This price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 12. Click here to buy now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 13, is one of our newest books: My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories by Sunny Jane Morton. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 4:06:41 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Writing Down Your Family Stories
Posted by Diane

Thanks to all who entered our family history publishing contest with Abbott Press. We enjoyed hearing your unique family stories!

It was beyond difficult to narrow the field, but we did it. These winners’ entries left us wanting to read more about their ancestors:
  • Grand-prize winner Shirley Booth-Byerly of Robertsdale, Ala., wins a complete publishing package from Abbott Press

I hope the contest got more people thinking about sharing their family history with relatives. If you've been putting off getting your family’s story down, here are five common excuses and why they won’t cut it

If you’re not ready to tackle a family history writing project, try these six ideas on for size: They’re shorter-but-still-meaningful ways to share your family stories.

But if you've been dreaming of recording your ancestors' tales, you can get in-depth help in the Family Tree University course Write Your Family History: Create a Captivating Record of Your Family’s Story with Sunny Jane Morton.

Need inspiration? My favorite family history is called Family by Ian Frazier (I got to interview him for Family Tree Magazine, and I was a nervous wreck). Here are some other family histories you'll enjoy



saving and sharing family history
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 3:11:41 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, October 11, 2011
10/11 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 pm Central, 3 pm MT, 1 pm Pacific), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway. Plus, for that day, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

The winner of today’s giveaway, a Family Tree Magazine digital subscription, is Kenneth Nichols.

If you didn't win, you can get a great deal on a digital subscription: seven issues for just $14.99! This price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 11. Click here to buy now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 12, is a Family Tree Magazine 2010 CD! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!



Tuesday, October 11, 2011 4:12:21 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
"War of 1812" Premiere on PBS
Posted by Diane

The War of 1812 is sometimes called “the forgotten war.” Though it inspired the “Star Spangled Banner,” this war is often overshadowed in American minds by the longer Revolutionary and Civil wars.

A PBS film called "The War of 1812" is demystifying this conflict with re-enactments, exlanatory animation and the commentary of history experts. That’s a trailer for the show, above.

It premiered on TV last night, but you can watch it online here if you missed it. 

If you have a smartphone, you also can download a mobile app with more videos, guides to battlefields and historic sites, and more. 

Those with War of 1812 ancestors also will be interested in the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Preserve the Pensions project to digitize pension files for War of 1812 soldiers. Many of these records are already available at Fold3.com

You can get more help finding War of 1812 ancestors with these related resources from Family Tree Magazine:


Fold3 | Genealogy societies | Military records
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:13:05 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [5]
# Monday, October 10, 2011
10/10 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Here’s how it works: Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only—so if you don’t get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research!

The winner of today’s giveaway, the Life in Civil War America digital book, is Mildred Russoniello. Congrats to Mildred!

If you didn't win, you can get a great deal on the Life in Civil War America digital book. The special price of $9.99 (that's 56 percent off!) is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 10. Click here to get the deal now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 11, is a Family Tree Magazine 1-year digital subscription! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)


Family History Month
Monday, October 10, 2011 4:04:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Sunday, October 09, 2011
10/9 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Here's how it works: Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we'll announce the winner of that day's giveaway and reveal the next day's giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only-so if you don't get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research!

The winner of today's giveaway, our 1,001 Best Genealogy Websites CD, is Diane Carver of Austin, Texas.

Want to get the 1,001 Best Genealogy Websites CD? The special price of just $15.99 plus 30 percent off a Family Tree University Course is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 9. Click here to buy now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 10, is our Life in Civil War America book download! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you've won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Sunday, October 09, 2011 4:06:42 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]