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# Monday, 05 December 2011
Introducing Family Tree University Power Courses!
Posted by Diane

Do you go on family history research benders every once in awhile?

I do: I'll get inspired after a genealogy conference or when I read about new records on a database site, and I'll spend any spare time on research for days. Then regular life takes over until the next spree.

Family Tree University's new Power Courses are designed for genealogists who do their family history research (and learning) in spurts. When you sign up for one, you’ll have access for one week (Monday through Sunday) to a number of learning tools: videos, lessons, downloadable guides and forms, even coupons good for 25 percent off future FTU courses.

You pick the topic you need and the week you want, and we’ll be ready to teach you what you need to know to immediately tackle the problems you’re facing in your research.

Two Power Courses are coming up in December. Click each course name for more details about it:

  • Coming to America: Learn all about how to trace your immigrant ancestors, from their departure from the old country to their new life as US citizens.

  • Tear Down That Wall! Bust through the brick walls that keep you from furthering your genealogical research. Got ancestors who seem to have beamed down from outer space? This course is for you.

We’ll be offering many more Power Courses in 2012. In fact, there’s quite a bit of new stuff coming at Family Tree University. Stay tuned!

Family Tree University
Monday, 05 December 2011 10:08:44 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
12 Days of Savings: Buy Our 2011 CD, Save 50% on Another CD
Posted by Diane

Today’s deal is brought to you buy our 12 Days of Savings Event: Buy the Family Tree Magazine 2011 Annual CD and get another CD of equal or lesser value for 50 percent off.

You can update your paperless Family Tree Magazine library with our 2011 issues on a convenient CD, and boost your genealogy know-how with a specialized CD such as

Browse all Family Tree Magazine CDs here.

Click here to get our 2011 annual CD and take advantage of today's deal. Sales
Monday, 05 December 2011 09:19:38 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 02 December 2011
Meet Our New Family Tree Firsts Blogger!
Posted by Diane

Just a quick note to send you over to 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, 02 December 2011 16:12:13 (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 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 orders
  • 25 percent off Family Tree University courses
  • our exclusive Family Tree Toolkit

Get today's deal on VIP membership here.

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

  • has upgraded its mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. New features include 99-cent in-app purchasing of individual records for 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.

  • 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; 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.

  • 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 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. | Canadian roots | FamilySearch | Military records
Friday, 02 December 2011 10:58:54 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Free Access to WWII Records for a Limited Time
Posted by Diane 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'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 Genealogy blog for more on records added to its WWII collection for this promotion. Thanks to Kimberly for the heads-up on this news! | Military records
Friday, 02 December 2011 10:42:27 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# 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.

Editor's Pick | Sales
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).

saving and sharing family history
Monday, 28 November 2011 12:12:31 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]