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# Thursday, October 27, 2011
10/27 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 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Today’s giveaway is any November or December Family Tree University course. Want to learn how to trace your German ancestors? Find a soldier in the Civil War? Figure out how to get your research organized?

Well, if you're Linda Donham, you can do any of the above, or take one of our other course offerings. Congratulations!

Here's today's deal: Register for any Family Tree University November or December class and get $40 off. Build A+ research skills from the comfort of home!

Check out the classes here and use offer code FHMDD to get the deal. The code is good today only, Oct. 27

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 28, is our Digitize Your Family Photos Value Pack. This collection of digital downloads will help you build a digital archive of your family's cherished memories.

Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page! (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get 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 next deal). Good luck!


Family History Month | Family Tree University
Thursday, October 27, 2011 4:06:45 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
New App Puts a Scanner in Your Pocket
Posted by Diane

A free iPhone app released today from memory-sharing site 1000memories makes your phone work like a scanner.

The Shoebox scanning app helps you digitize, organize and share collections of photos from the past.

You use the camera on your iPhone to snap a picture of a photo. Shoebox auto-detects the edges of the photo, then crops and straightens it. You can add information such as dates, names, and locations, then upload the photo as a JPG to 1000memories.com. There, you can be organize and share your pictures.

Of course, the quality of Shoebox "scans" depends on the phone's camera. If you have the latest iPhone, the 4S, your digitized Shoebox photos will be on par with what you'd produce with a typical desktop scanner, 1000memories cofounder Jonathan Good told me. The 4S has an 8.0 MP sensor for high-resolution mobile scans, as well as an improved f2.4 lens for quality lower-light scans.

Good says he also gets excellent results using his iPhone 4. The app is compatible with all previous iPhone models, as well as the iPad.

An Android version is coming soon, Good added (to the delight of this Android user).

“The popularity of the iPhone camera has proven that people want something that’s quick, accessible, and easy to share,” says 1000memories' other cofounder, Rudy Adler. "For us, that’s what providing a social mobile scanner is about - making it as easy as possible for people to get their photo collections digitized and shared with the people they care about.”

It'll certainly make scanning a box of photos quicker, and it'll be easier to digitize photos in your relatives' possession—no need to persuade Aunt Bertha to let you cart her precious album home.

Note that the app outputs a JPG file, but the TIF format, which creates uncompressed files, is the most widely used type of file for digital master photos. That lack of compression is also why TIF files are large and impractical for electronic sharing. So you may want to create TIF backups of important pictures.

Go here to learn more about Shoebox and download it.


Genealogy Software | Photos | saving and sharing family history
Thursday, October 27, 2011 11:04:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [4]
Lots of New Records at Ancestry.com, FamilySearch
Posted by Diane

Genealogy's two biggest record sites announced additions to their respective collections. Here are the details:
  • Subscription site Ancestry.com added 53 million new US birth, marriage and death records from 23 states dating as far back as the 1600s. 

The records come from state and local archives, county offices and newspapers.

Subscribers can search Ancestry.com's vital records collection at www.ancestry.com/vitals.

  • The free FamilySearch.org added a variety of records from the California, Iowa, and Texas in the United States, as well as Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Guam, Hungary, Japan and Wales.

Go here to view the new FamilySearch records and link to each one. Remember, where you see a "0" in the Records column and a number in the "Images" column, you're looking at a collection that hasn't yet been indexed. In that case, rather than type in a name to search, you'll need to browse through the record images in that collection.


Ancestry.com | FamilySearch
Thursday, October 27, 2011 9:25:53 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
# Wednesday, October 26, 2011
10/26 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 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Today’s giveaway is our new book Family History Detective: A Step-by-Step Guide to Investigating Your Family History by Desmond Walls Allen. It's an excellent guide for someone's who's starting genealogy research.

And the winner is ... Joyce Skidmore of Fairfax, Va. Congratulations!

Here's the deal: Preorder Family History Detective for $13.99 and get Family Tree University's Discover Your Family Tree independent study class free! That's two great beginner tools for the price of one. It's good through the end of today, Oct. 26.

Get the deal here.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 27, is any November or December Family Tree University course. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page! (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to be in the running for this one.)

You can explore available FTU courses (and start shopping for tomorrow's deal, $40 off any class), here.

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won (and check out the next deal). Good luck!


Family History Month
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 4:11:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
Happy Triple Heritage Month: German, Italian & Polish Genealogy Resources
Posted by Diane

Did you know October is German American Heritage Month, Italian American Heritage Month and Polish American Heritage Month? That’s right. The month is almost over (that was fast!), but we can’t let it go by without sharing resources to help you trace these heritages. Here are some of our favorite online articles, sites and resources:

German
People with German heritage make up the largest ancestry group in the United States, according to the 2000 US census. I'm part of this statistic, at one-half German.

Italian
Those with Italian heritage make up the seventh largest ancestry group in the United States, with 15.6 million Americans claiming Italian roots in the 2000 US census.

Polish
If you have Polish ancestors, you share heritage with 9 million Americans and are part of the country's eighth largest ancestry group.

Hispanic Heritage Month (celebrating the ancestry of another big US heritage group) spanned part of this month, too, ending Oct. 15. You can see Hispanic heritage tips and resources in this blog post.


Family Tree University | Free Databases | German roots | Hispanic Roots | International Genealogy
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 2:40:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Today's 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 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), 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 10 Years of Family Tree Magazine 2000-2009 DVD. This is the DVD with PDFs of all the issues from our first 10 years in publication. You can search the full text of all 4,700 pages at one, or browse the issues as you would a magazine.

And the winner is ... Michelle Khuon. Congratulations!

Here's the deal on this DVD: You can purchase the 10 Years of Family Tree Magazine 2000-2009 DVD today, Oct. 25, for $69.99. I don't remember when it's been more discounted. Get the deal here.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 26, is our new book Family History Detective by Desmond Walls Allen. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get 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 next deal). Good luck!


Family History Month
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 4:07:39 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
DNA, Land Records & More in Our Free October Podcast
Posted by Diane

The free October Family Tree Magazine Podcast is now available for your genealogy edification in iTunes and on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.

In this episode, you’ll hear

... and more genealogy news and tips.

Family Tree Magazine's Podcast

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Genetic Genealogy | Land records | Podcasts | Research Tips
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:52:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, October 24, 2011
10/24 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 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), 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 State Research Guides CD and book combo—a two-fer!

And the winner is ... Brenda Moore of Bellevue, Texas.

Here's the deal: Anyone purchasing our State Research Guides CD today, Oct. 24, also will receive the State Research Guides hardbound book free. It's an $85 value for just $39.99.

Get the deal here (once you add the CD to your cart and start the check out process, you'll be able to add the book to your cart.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 25, is a biggie: our 10 Years of Family Tree Magazine 2000-2009 DVD, with all of the issues from our first 10 years in publication. You want this one!

Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get 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 next deal. Good luck!


Family History Month
Monday, October 24, 2011 4:36:39 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Today's ShopFamilyTree.com Purchases Help Breast Cancer Research
Posted by Diane

Just wanted to let you know that ShopFamilyTree.com is donating 50% of all store profits from today, Monday, Oct. 24, to breast cancer research.

May we suggest:

This donation is a company-wide effort by our parent company, F+W Media. Click here to find links to F+W's online stores for woodworking, writing, art, craft, antiques and other hobbies.

ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Monday, October 24, 2011 10:15:25 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Sunday, October 23, 2011
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 EST, 3 pm CST, 3 pm MST and 1 pm PST, 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, a One Year Family Tree VIP Membership + Family Tree Magazine’s Web Guides CD, is Loretta Zucchero from Saint Louis, MO.

Want to get the Family Tree Magazine's Web Guide's CD FREE when joining the Family Tree VIP Program? This special is good until midnight EST today, October 23rd. Click here to buy now >>

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, October 24th, is a State Research Guides CD + a State Research Guide Hardcover Book! 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 EST to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Sunday, October 23, 2011 4:16:10 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]