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# Friday, 06 January 2012
Martin Sheen, Helen Hunt Among Season 3 Celebrities for "Who Do You Think You Are?"
Posted by Diane

NBC has named the celebrities who'll research their roots on season 3 of "Who Do You Think You Are?," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Actors Martin Sheen, Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood, Rob Lowe, Helen Hunt, Rashida Jones, Jason Sudeikis, Rita Wilson and Edie Falco; musician Reba McEntire; former NFL running back Jerome Bettis; and TV chef Paula Deen will be featured this season.

The premiere is Friday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. on NBC.

You can see the full press release on the GeneaBloggers blog.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Celebrity Roots
Friday, 06 January 2012 15:20:11 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [3] Updates Family Tree Builder Software
Posted by Diane

Family networking site has released version 6 of its free Family Builder software for Windows.

In general, updates include automatic research in historical records and new features for viewing and sharing family information:

  • Following MyHeritage's recent acquisition of genealogy data site World Vital Records, Family Tree Builder 6.0 adds the site's historical content to its features. The software automatically searches for historical records relevant to the people in your family tree whenever you add or edit information. A separate World Vital Records subscription is required to view records.

  • Family Builder 6.0 also improves integration with your family websit e. You can produce charts of Family Statistics (such as most commonly used first names or average lifespan), view profile pages and family timelines, and more. You also can view Family Events such as gatherings and birthdays on a monthly or yearly calendar.
See the full list of updates and more details about each one on the blog.

The new Family Tree Builder 6.0 is available for Windows in 37 languages. Download it for free from

Genealogy Software | MyHeritage
Friday, 06 January 2012 14:14:55 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Thursday, 05 January 2012
Genealogy News Corral Catch-up
Posted by Diane

Happy 2012 to you! It was a nice holiday lull, but now it's time to ease back into the swing of things. Here's a roundup of some genealogy headlines to get things started:
  • PBS' Winter-Spring 2012 lineup includes a 10-episode celebrity genealogy series called "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr." premiering Sunday, March 25 at 8 p.m.
Gates will delve into the genealogy and genetics of famous Americans including Kevin Bacon, Robert Downey, Jr., Branford Marsalis, John Legend, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren. The show's website is here, though is hasn't yet been fleshed out with any content.
  • A few updates to the genealogy web search engine You can now upload files to your account using Dropbox; just follow these instructions on the blog. Also, if you log in before you search, you can mark off search results you've already looked at with an "I've Read This" button, and you can rank matches as “The Person I’m Looking For," “Maybe A Good Match," “Not Who I’m Looking For” and “Broken Link.”
Finally, the site has introduced Mocavo Plus, an advanced version the site's developer says will get you more-relevant matches with features such as wild card searching, date-range searching, GeoSearching (in the US) and more. Subscriptions cost $9.95 per month or $79.95 (a sale price) per year.
  • The National Archives and Records Administration has launched "Know Your Records" online videos from the popular genealogy how-to workshops hosted at its facilities on topics such as such as census, immigration and military records. Catch the videos on the archives' YouTube channel.
  • The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announced its schedule of upcoming workshops at its Boston research library. If you'll be in the area, you can learn about the library's resources, local history, researching African-American ancestors and more (NEHGS also is organizing a research trip to Belfast in May). Check out the schedule on the website.
  • Genetic testing site 23andme, which provides test-takers with medical- and ancestry-related analyses, has generated some controversy in changing site policies. Now, those who let their 12-month subscriptions lapse will lose access to their Relative Finder matches, Health Reports and other features that rely on their genetic data. They'll still have access to the raw data. Read more about the controversy on the Your Genetic Genealogist blog.

Celebrity Roots | Genealogy Events | Genealogy Industry | Genealogy societies | Genealogy Web Sites | Genetic Genealogy | NARA | Videos
Thursday, 05 January 2012 09:42:06 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 04 January 2012
New, Free Online Collection: Indianapolis Recorder African-American Newspaper, 1899-2005
Posted by Diane

More than 5,000 digitized issues of the Indiana-based African-American newspaper Indianapolis Recorder are searchable online at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis library website.

The issues span 1899 to 2005 (those from 1917 to 1925, and January to April 1932, are missing).

You can keyword search the full text or browse by year. An advanced search lets you designate words as exact, exclude words, and run a proximity search to find two words appearing within a certain distance of each other on a newspaper page. (In the advanced search, multiple library collections are selected by default. To search just the Indianapolis Recorder, scroll down, check the box to deselect all the collections, then check the box next to Indianapolis Recorder.)

You can share links to articles via social media or email, or bookmark them in your browser. You can save articles by right-clicking or control-clicking and selecting Save Image As (an alternative would be to take a screenshot).

Click here to start searching the Indianapolis Recorder archives.

Learn more about finding ancestors in African-American newspapers in the Family Tree University course Finding African-American Ancestors in Newspapers: Research Strategies for Success, taught by Tim Pinnick.

African-American roots | Newspapers
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 11:14:49 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, 20 December 2011
To All of You . . .
Posted by Diane

. . . from all of us at Family Tree Magazine, Family Tree University and Family Tree Books . . .

. . . including Christy, Allison, Kerry, Jackie and Diane, as well as the behind-the-scenes folks who work on e-media, production, circulation and other areas of our company . . .

. . . we hope you have a peaceful and joyous holiday season (and that you get a chance to do some genealogy)!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year!

Genealogy fun
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 16:04:20 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Year-End Warehouse Sale at!
Posted by Diane

We at Family Tree Magazine would like to start 2012 with a neat, roomy warehouse, sooooo …

We’re having a Year-End Warehouse Sale today through Dec. 23, featuring closeout prices on a variety of our books and CDs! It includes several of our annual back issue CDs, The Family Tree Guide to Finding Your Ellis Island Ancestors and more.

Check out what’s available in the Year-End Warehouse Sale at Sales
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 09:50:21 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 16 December 2011
Genealogy News Corral, Dec. 12-16
Posted by Diane

Last month, NARA selected to host the digitized census records. also has announced it'll offer a 1940 census index and the record images free, at least through 2013.

  • FamilySearch's RootsTech conference, taking place Feb. 2-4 in Salt Lake City, is open for registration. The early bird rate of $149 is valid through Jan. 13, 2012.
  • The National Genealogical Society 2012 Conference, taking place May 8-12 in Cincinnati, also is open for registration. Early bird prices ($175 for NGS members and $210 for nonmembers, plus extra if you want a printed syllabus) are good through March 20. | census records | FamilySearch | Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | Research Tips
Friday, 16 December 2011 15:26:15 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [3]
Software Upgrade News for Mac-Using Genealogists
Posted by Diane

Recent software releases are giving Mac-using genealogists new options:
  • MacFamilyTreeSynium has released version 6.2 of its MacFamilyTree desktop software and version 1.1 of the MobileFamilyTree Pro app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Both feature a new Tree Chart showing all connected persons in a family tree, as well as new reports, improved GEDCOM support and more. The Family Quiz, previously available only in the mobile app, is now also part of the MacFamilyTree software.

Users of MacFamilyTree 6 or MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.0 can upgrade to the new versions for free. Those with earlier versions of MacFamilyTree can update to the most recent version for $12.50.

Otherwise, a holiday sale lets you purchase MacFamilyTree 6.2 for $29 (requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later) and MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1 for $7.99.

  • has released Family Tree Maker for Mac 2, which includes TreeSync. This feature lets you sync your family tree in the software with your tree on

Also new: You can take photos using your iSight or built-in camera and import them directly into Family Tree Maker. If you’re on OS X Lion, you can use the new full-screen capability to fill your entire desktop with the Family Tree Maker workspace.

You can get Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 in the online store (it's currently discounted to $52.49) or at retailers such as , Fry’s Home Electronics, and Micro Center. | Genealogy Software
Friday, 16 December 2011 14:04:45 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
New MyHeritage Mobile App Lets You Access Your Tree on the Go
Posted by Diane

Family network site MyHeritage now has a free mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android that you can use to access your MyHeritage family tree on the go.

The app attractively displays up to seven generations with photos, and shows individual profiles. It takes advantage of the devices' touchscreen capabilities with panning and "pinch zooming." It also syncs all data, including photos, to your family site on MyHeritage.

The app's communication and photo features make it handy to have at family gatherings:

  • It highlights upcoming birthdays and anniversaries in your tree.
  • You can call or email relatives in one tap.
  • When you take a photo with the device, the app uses face recognition to automatically identify family members taken in the photo.
  • You also can share the photo with them in one easy tap.
  • It even includes the fun celebrity look-alike feature that got MyHeritage noticed way back when.

The app is available in the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace.

Friday, 16 December 2011 13:07:24 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 15 December 2011
$avings Alert: Learn Strategies for Newspaper Research
Posted by Diane

If you haven't taken full advantage of old newspapers for discovering family history—maybe you're unsure how to find out which ones covered your ancestors' hometown or fear you don't have time to scroll through rolls of microfilm—here's a deal for you:

Take our Newspaper Research 101 Family Tree University Course starting Jan. 9 for just $39.99 (the four-week course is usually $99.99). The special rate is made possible by GenealogyBank.

Besides obituaries, newspapers are sources for birth announcements, social column notes and other news stories mentioning your ancestors—even if they weren't prominent community members. 

I still get nostalgic over my first big genealogy find, a 1924 Dallas Morning News article about my grandfather who grew up in an orphanage and was putting himself through college (you can see the article here). I discovered it by chance on GenealogyBank soon after the site launched. 

Newspaper microfilm from the Arkansas state archives helped me fill in details (otherwise absent due to missing court records) about my grandfather's arrest and trial for bootlegging.

In the Newspaper Research 101 course, taught by James M. Beidler, you'll learn:

  • what type of information to look for in newspapers
  • how to find and access papers most likely to mention your kin
  • how to effectively search digital and microfilmed papers

Learn more and take advantage of this once-in-a-blue-moon Newspaper Research 101 tuition on

Family Tree University | Genealogy Web Sites | Newspapers
Thursday, 15 December 2011 09:43:07 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]