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# Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Daily Deal & Giveaway: Photo-Retouching Help
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. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, our Amateur Photo Restoration Virtual Conference video class: The lucky person is Paul Bing.

He'll learn how to digitally repair worn, torn or moldy photos—no photo editing experience required, just the free online tools and easy techniques demoed in this 30-minute video.

And the deal is: Get the Amatuer Photo Restoration video class for just $15.

I love the idea of using the instructions in the video to digitally restore a photo, then printing and framing it, and giving it as a gift.

The price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 18. Click here to get the deal!

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 17, is our Internet Archive Virtual Conference video class, with Thomas MacEntee's secrets to tapping into digitized historical books and other ancestral artifacts at the free Internet Archive website. 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 (and check out the Thursday deal). Good luck!


Family History Month | Photos
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 4:21:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Tips for Finding Death Records on This Friday's Geneabloggers Radio
Posted by Diane

This Friday’s free GeneaBloggers Radio show is all about death—records, that is—and host Thomas MacEntee will interview Diana Crisman Smith, instructor of the Family Tree University Death Records 101 course. You’ll also hear from Susan Soper, an author and journalist who has created ObitKit, a workbook for writing your own or someone else’s obituary.

This ominously titled GeneaBloggers Radio show, “The Final Chapter—Obituaries, Death Records and Genealogy” is Friday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. ET, 8 CT, 7 MT and 6 PT (for regular listeners, that’s a new time). Go to the GeneaBloggers Radio website to listen.


Research Tips | Vital Records
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 3:33:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
'Tis the Season for Old Cemetery Tours
Posted by Diane

Do the Halloween pumpkin patches and candy sales have you in the mood for ghost-hunting in a cemetery? You’re in luck: ‘Tis the season for old cemetery tours.

These events offer the chance to take in interesting local history, nice scenery and slight spookery. You can find tours by day or night, for free or a fee (they often serve as fundraisers for historical societies).

A Google search or visiting the website of a local historic cemetery or historical society will help you find tours near you. Here are some tours around the country that my searches turned up:

  • Oct. 29, the Historical Society of Long Beach (Calif.) holds a nonscary tour of Long Beach Municipal Cemetery and Sunnyside Cemetery, featuring actors in period garb delivering graveside presentations (based on sources such as obituaries, newspaper articles and oral histories) about the person who lies at rest. General admission costs $18, with specials for society members and students younger than age 18.
  • Riverside Cemetery (which has an online burial database), established in 1887 in Macon, Ga., holds its Spirits in October series Oct. 20-22 and 27-29, with cemetery tours and more. Advance tickets are required; admission costs $10 to $20.
  • Capturing the Spirit of Oakland at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta features nighttime tours with historical accounts from cemetery “residents” and candlelit mausoleums. Tickets must be purchased in advance; admission ranges from $10 to $17.50.
  • Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo., has a free Halloween Tour Oct. 30.
  • Historic All Hallows Eve cemetery tours with costumed interpreters are happening on Halloween evening at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Va. Adults: $7; children 12 and younger, $5.

Cemeteries | Genealogy Events | Social History
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:04:18 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, October 17, 2011
10/17 Daily Deal: Family Tree Legacies!
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 Family Tree Legacies by Allison Stacy and yours truly: The lucky person is Karen Bellmer of Overland Park, Kan.

This keepsake book is an interactive album for recording your family's history. It's totally customizable: The three-ring binder lets you add, take out or rearrange pages, and it includes a CD with printable refill pages. You can get a look inside this book and learn more about it here.

And now for the deal: Get Family Tree Legacies for just $15, half off the regular price. You can get a jump on your holiday shopping—this book makes a great sentimental gift.

The price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 17. Click here to get the deal!

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 18, is our Amatuer Photo Restoration Virtual Conference video class (another wy to give a wonderful holiday gift). 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
Monday, October 17, 2011 4:20:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Sunday, October 16, 2011
10/16 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, Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album, is Thomas McCullough.

And now for the deal: Stock up on advice from the Photo Detective! Save 20% on Maureen A. Taylor's books, Preserving Your Family Photographs, Fashionable Folks, and Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album today. This deal is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 16. 

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 17, is Family Tree Legacies. This keepsake book is an interactive album for recording your family's history. It's totally customizable: The three-ring binder lets you add, take out or rearrange pages, and it includes a CD with printable refill pages! 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 16, 2011 4:08:53 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Saturday, October 15, 2011
10/15 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, The Family Tree Problem Solver book, is Pamla Hendrickson.

And now for the deal: You can get this classic genealogy guide today for $12.99, half off the retail price. This price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 15. Click here to buy now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 16, is Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album. In this book, Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor helps you date, identify and preserve portraits and pictures taken in the Civil War Era. 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
Saturday, October 15, 2011 4:07:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# 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]