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# Friday, December 02, 2011
Meet Our New Family Tree Firsts Blogger!
Posted by Diane

Just a quick note to send you over to FamilyTreeUniversity.com to meet our new Family Tree Firsts blogger, Shannon Bennett of Locust Grove, Va.

She'll be doing family research with help from Family Tree University courses and sharing what she learns on the Family Tree Firsts blog.

And stop by to say hi to our previous Family Tree Firsts blogger, Nancy Shively, at her Gathering Stories blog.


Family Tree Firsts
Friday, December 02, 2011 4:12:13 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
12 Days of Savings! Today: Free Calendar With Family Tree VIP Membership
Posted by Diane

Starting today, we're featuring 12 Days of Savings in ShopFamilyTree.com. Today's deal: Sign up for a Family Tree Magazine VIP membership (or upgrade your current magazine subscription to VIP) and enter code VIPFREE to get our 2012 Genealogy Desk Calendar free.

Your VIP membership includes

  • a Family Tree Magazine subscription
  • a one-year subscription to Family Tree Plus (that's our online archive of genealogy how-to articles from past issues of Family Tree Magazine)
  • 10 percent off all your ShopFamilyTree.com orders
  • 25 percent off Family Tree University courses
  • our exclusive Family Tree Toolkit

Get today's deal on VIP membership here.

Visit ShopFamilyTree.com every day through Dec. 12 to see the daily deals.

Remember, you get free shipping on orders over $25, and of course there's no shipping on digital products. (This post gives our holiday shipping order deadlines if you need them.)


ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Friday, December 02, 2011 11:18:15 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy News Corral, Nov. 28-Dec. 2
Posted by Diane

  • Ancestry.com has upgraded its mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. New features include 99-cent in-app purchasing of individual records for non-Ancestry.com subscribers (such as World War I draft cards, census records, birth and death certificates, and school yearbook photos), the "shaky leaf" hints indicating a possible record match to somone in a user's family tree, and easier updating of family trees with information from historical records.

The app, which boasts more than 1.7 million downloads to date, is free from the Apple App Store.

  • FamilySearch.org has added more than 18 million records from Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Haiti, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Spain, the United States and Venezuela. US records include a Texas death index (provided by Ancestry.com); naturalization index cards from Louisiana, Texas and Wisconsin; county records from several states and more.

You can view all the new and updated collections and click to each one here.

  • SavingOurs.com is a new volunteer group dedicated to saving historical newspapers and other documents. The organization will work with local volunteers, companies and governments to digitize these documents and ensure they're available free to the public. Visit SavingOurs.com to learn more or volunteer.

  • Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has started a blog as a four-month-long pilot project. It'll offer tips and tools on LAC's records and navigating its website. Posts so far cover war diaries, Royal Canadian Navy ledger sheets, the newly digitized Lord Elgin collection and more. Visit the LAC Blog here.

Ancestry.com | Canadian roots | FamilySearch | Military records
Friday, December 02, 2011 10:58:54 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Free Access to Ancestry.com WWII Records for a Limited Time
Posted by Diane

Ancestry.com is making its WWII records collection free through Dec. 7 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The collection includes WWII draft registration cards (including some newly added ones), WWII Navy muster rolls (1939-1949), records of Japanese-Americans relocated during the war, US Navy cruise books and more.

Go here to search Ancestry.com's WWII records. When you go to view a match, you'll be prompted to set up a free registration with the site (or log in if you already have one).

2,459 Americans died when Japanese warplanes bombed Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.

See the About.com Genealogy blog for more on records Ancestry.com added to its WWII collection for this promotion. Thanks to Kimberly for the heads-up on this news!


Ancestry.com | Military records
Friday, December 02, 2011 10:42:27 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Thursday, December 01, 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.

Editor's Pick | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Thursday, December 01, 2011 9:14:57 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, November 30, 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, November 30, 2011 11:53:41 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, November 28, 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:
  • Findmypast.ie, the Irish website that FindMyPast.uk 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.

Archives.com | Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | Genetic Genealogy | UK and Irish roots
Monday, November 28, 2011 12:15:58 PM (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).


saving and sharing family history
Monday, November 28, 2011 12:12:31 PM (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, November 28, 2011 11:16:11 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Cyber Monday Deals at ShopFamilyTree.com!
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 ShopFamilyTree.com 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 ShopFamilyTree.com 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.


ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Monday, November 28, 2011 10:36:37 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]