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# Thursday, 01 December 2011
Back for a Limited Time: Your Favorite Ultimate Family History Collections
Posted by Diane

Starting today, we're bringing back four of this year's best-selling Ultimate Collections in limited quantities. If you missed these the first time around, now's your chance to grab them:
  • Ultimate Photo Preservation Collection (25 available): Tools to help you ensure your family's memories will be around for future generations to enjoy, including the Preserving Your Family Photographs book signed by author Maureen A. Taylor aka the Photo Detective. (This collection sold out in just a few hours the first time around.) 
  • Ultimate Research Trip Collection (25 avaiable): Get the essential advice and supplies you need for visiting archives and courthouses, tromping through ancestral cemeteries and traveling to key research destinations across the country.
All these kits are deeply discounted, too. Click on each collection name above for more details about what's in each one.

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Thursday, 01 December 2011 09:14:57 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Putting History on the Map
Posted by Diane

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is joining Historypin, a site that lets users virtually "pin" historical photographs, videos and audio recordings to Google maps.

Users can enhance their pins with descriptions and stories, and compile them into collections and tours centered around a place, time or storyline.

Visit the National Archives on Historypin here. I scrolled down and clicked an image of Samuel Morse's 1848 patent for the electromagnetic telegraph, which opened information about the patent:

Here's the patent on a map of Washington, DC, at the location of the old Patent Office:

Another cool thing you can do is use a transparency slider to overlay a historical image on top of a Google street view of the same scene today. This shows a view from the old Patent Office toward the Treasury building:

Also in NARA's collection, you'll find Mathew Brady Civil War photographs; photos of streets, buildings and historic events in Washington, DC; and images from the recently concluded History Happens Here augmented reality contest. Future additions will include Documerica images, more Mathew Brady, and Brooklyn Navy Yard photos collections.

Go here and type in a place your ancestors lived to see what's pinned there. You don't have to join Historypin to see the pins, but if you join, you can add your own images (you'll need a free Google account).

Historypin is also accessible via a Smartphone app. It's a project of the British non-profit We Are What We Do that seeks to bring generations together around the history of their communities.

Here are images Historypin users have pinned around Cincinnati, where Family Tree Magazine is located. Once I get started exploring these, I'm not sure how I'll stop myself:

Genealogy Web Sites | saving and sharing family history | Social History
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 11:53:41 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, 28 November 2011
Genealogy News Corral, Nov. 21-25
Posted by Diane

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Here's a special Monday edition of our weekly news roundup:
  •, the Irish website that introduced earlier this year, has added a feature that lets you build your family tree on the site for free (you’ll need to register for a free account with the site). According to the announcement, it’s the first step in the site’s development of a fully integrated family tree program where you can store photos and historical information. | Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | Genetic Genealogy | UK and Irish roots
Monday, 28 November 2011 12:15:58 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Advent Calender of Christmas Memories Captures Family Stories
Posted by Diane

Are you trying to save and share your family history by putting family stories down on paper?

Here's a great way to capture holiday-related memories: GeneaBloggers announces the return of the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories blogging event Dec. 1-24. Each day will present a blogging prompt (such as Christmas cookies—yum!) for bloggers to respond to with memories and family history.

Even if you don't have a blog, you can use the prompts to inspire your writing.

The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories founder, GeneaBloggers' Thomas MacEntee, reports that some bloggers have compiled their posts into books to share with family.

Click here to learn how bloggers can participate in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Also follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.

Continue your family story writing with My Life & Times: A Guided Journal by Sunny Jane Morton or Morton's Creating a Family History Book course at Family Tree University (the next session starts Dec. 5).

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Monday, 28 November 2011 12:12:31 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
RootsMagic 5 Software Released Today
Posted by Diane

RootsMagic has released RootsMagic 5, the latest version of its genealogy software for Windows, along with an update to the free RootsMagic Essentials software.

RootsMagic 5 includes more than 80 new feature and enhancements to existing ones. New features include:

  • Timeline View: Show a person’s life in context with events from his or her own life and the lives of family members.

  • CountyCheck: Confirm the existence of a county, state, or country on any given date from a multinational database, and correct place-name errors in your family database.

  • Research Manager: Keep track of research goals, sources and results for a person, family or place in your tree. “On This Day” List: View family events along with famous births, deaths and historical events for any given day of the year.

  • Media Tagging: Tag your images and other media with people, families, sources or places. (For example, tag an image of a census record with the people, families and places named in the record, as well as the census source citation.)

Learn more about the updates in a free "What's New in RootsMagic 5?" webinar Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m. Mountain Time (7 Eastern, 6 Central, 4 Pacific). If you’re interested, click here to sign up ASAP, as attendance is limited. (FYI, RootsMagic usually puts recordings of past webinars on its website for those who missed them.)

The free RootsMagic 5 Essentials contains many core features from the RootsMagic software, and the two products are fully compatible with one another.

RootsMagic 5 works on Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2000. It’s available online or by calling 1-800-766-8762.

New users can get the software for $29.95. Users of previous versions of RootsMagic and its predecessor, Family Origins, can upgrade to RootsMagic 5 for $19.95.

Genealogy Software
Monday, 28 November 2011 11:16:11 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Cyber Monday Deals at!
Posted by Diane

Your boss told me it’s fine for you to use your lunch hour (plus maybe a few extra minutes) to shop online in honor of Cyber Monday. Honest!* Just make sure you add to your must-visit list.

Today, Nov. 28, our Cyber Monday sale marks down some of our best-sellers by 40 percent! For example,

See all the Cyber Monday deals here.

And remember, if you’re a Family Tree VIP member, you’ll be able to take off another 10 percent.

*Just kidding. I didn't really talk to your boss, but I'm sure he or she won't mind.**

**OK, I don't really know your boss, so use your own judgment. Our Cyber Monday deals are good until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time—you can shop this evening, too. Sales
Monday, 28 November 2011 10:36:37 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 24 November 2011
Thanksgiving Day: FREE Shipping at
Posted by Diane

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

While you’re waiting to tuck into some sweet potato casserole today, take advantage of free shipping on all orders at! It’s a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping and pick up a genealogy how-to book or CD for yourself.

Then, enjoy some documents and photos from the National Archives related to the story of Thanksgiving in the United States, including George Washington's Oct. 3, 1789, Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, and Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of Oct. 3, 1863. Sales
Thursday, 24 November 2011 07:20:23 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday Savings at
Posted by Diane

We’ve got a few deals up our sleeves for Thanksgiving Day and the upcoming Black Friday weekend:
  • Thanksgiving Day, 11/24: Free shipping on any order with promo code THANKS2011
  • Black Friday Weekend, 11/25-11/27: 20% off storewide (exclusions apply), plus a free digital download
  • Cyber Monday, 11/28: 40% off bestsellers

Start your holiday shopping (for loved ones or for yourself) with The Family Tree Sourcebook, The Family Tree Problem Solver, the beginner-friendly Family History Detective, or one of our Family Tree University Independent Study classes on CD

And for your reference, here are ordering deadlines for ensuring your shipments arrive in time for Christmas:

  • US Postal Service: Order by Wednesday, Dec. 7
  • FedEx Ground: Order by Tuesday, Dec. 13
  • FedEx 2nd Day: Order by Monday, Dec. 19
  • FedEx Overnite: Order by Tuesday, Dec. 20 Sales
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 09:34:46 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Listen Up! Free November Podcast Now Available
Posted by Diane

The free Family Tree Magazine podcast November edition is here! Host Lisa Louise Cooke and Family Tree Magazine experts share tips on how to get relatives to discuss family history, a discussion of the Historic American Cookbook Project, and news on the Genealogists for Families project at

Plus, learn more about creating a family history book from Family Tree University's Nancy Hendrickson.

You can listen via iTunes or on

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Podcasts | Research Tips | saving and sharing family history
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 09:04:29 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, 21 November 2011 Buys FamilyLink
Posted by Diane

Israeli family tree network company MyHeritage has acquired FamilyLink, the developer of family history content sites and

The acquisition doesn't include FamilyLink's We're Related Facebook app, MyHeritage spokesperson Schelly Talalay Dardahsti tells me. FamilyLink CEO Paul Allen won't be joining the MyHeritage team.

MyHeritage will add its first U.S.-based office in Utah, the home of FamilyLink.

The acquisition adds something MyHeritage lacked: the historical records genealogists use. FamilyLink's records will complement the family trees on “We’ll be able to find your mother’s yearbook, your great-grandfather’s will and your ancestor’s immigration record. We’ll do that on a massive, global scale," says MyHeritage founder and CEO Gilad Japhet.

This is MyHeritage’s seventh and largest acquisition since 2007. Read the full press release here.

FamilyLink | Genealogy Industry | Genealogy Web Sites | MyHeritage
Monday, 21 November 2011 16:56:57 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]