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# Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Iowa Genealogy Tips From Our Crash Course Webinar
Posted by Diane

Although the state of Iowa draws its name from the Ioway tribe of American Indians, it was also a home to colonists from New France, as well as farmers who made it part of the Corn Belt.

Whether your Iowa ancestors were European explorers or arrived with westward settlers, our upcoming Iowa Genealogy Crash Course webinar by Diana Crisman Smith and Gary Smith will answer all your questions about Hawkeye State heritage.

 Iowa Genealogy Crash Course

Diana and Gary let slip these "preview" tips from the webinar to share with you:
• Iowa is the 29th state, attaining statehood in December 1846. Birth and marriage records began in 1880 and death records in 1891. There are some online indexes (and even record images) you can use from home—at least to get enough information to request original records. We'll help you use these online sources, and tell you where to go for the originals.

• Iowa is one of the lucky states with great state censuses. In the webinar, we'll talk about when they were taken, what information they include, where to find them, and how to use them. You'll see examples of one of the greatest censuses in the country (in our opinions:) and the three pages of information on each enumerated individual.

• Land has always been one of Iowa's most important assets. The first sale of most land was from the federal government to individuals. Using the Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office database and other sources, we'll show you how to find land records and what they mean to your research.

• The Iowa Genealogical Society is large and active. We'll have some tips on researching using the society's library in Des Moines. If you have Iowa roots, this is one society you should join.
The Iowa Genealogy Crash Course webinar takes place Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. ET (that's 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT and 4 p.m. PT). Once you're registered, you'll receive access to view the recorded webinar again as many times as you want, a PDF copy of the presentation slides and 12 pages of additional handouts that'll help you find Iowa ancestors.

Sign up for the Iowa Genealogy Crash Course now to save $10 with our early bird discount!

Research Tips | Sales | Webinars
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:32:24 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 09 October 2012
Coming Soon: The Genealogy Event
Posted by Diane

A brand-new genealogy event is happening soon, and it's called, well, the Genealogy Event. The conference, taking place Oct. 26 and 27 in New York City at the Metropolitan Pavilion, is full of classes, special events and exhibits.

And advance tickets to the Genealogy Event cost just $15 per day! (Click here to order online) On-site tickets cost $20 per day.

The roughly 40 half-hour power-learning sessions cover topics including getting started, genetic genealogy, house history, Irish research, Jewish research, African-American research, family photos, tracing New York ancestors and more. Download a schedule from the website's Attendees page.

Family Tree Magazine is excited to sponsor Past to Apron, a separately ticketed event ($30) that's all about where food meets history. It features a talk by our editorial director Allison Dolan about discovering and sharing your family's food heritage, a giveaway of our beautiful book From the Family Kitchen by Gena Philibert-Ortega (see how pretty it is?)

From the Family Kitchen

and a tasting of the winning dish from the Past to Apron recipe contest (now concluded; judging has commenced). You can choose from sessions at 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday; order tickets at the same time you get your tickets to the Genealogy Event.

Genealogy Event exhibitors include companies (such as Family Tree Magazine in booth 406), research organizations and societies. Among those offering specials, Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor will be offering 15-minute consultations about your mystery photos for a just $30. You can reserve your spot here.

Find out more on the Genealogy Event website and Facebook page.

Family Recipes | Genealogy Events
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 10:41:47 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, 08 October 2012
Canadian Genealogy Websites, Tips and Resources
Posted by Diane

Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in Canada! The second Monday in October (that's today) is the holiday when Canadians celebrate the harvest.

The holiday hopped around from Nov. 6 in 1879, to the third Monday in October for many years, until Parliament set the date on the second Monday of October in 1957. You can read more about the history of Canada's Thanksgiving on the Armchair Genealogist blog.

If you've got the day off for Canadian Thanksgiving (or if you're American, for Columbus Day), take some time to trace your Canadian kin with advice from these articles (all free) and resources from

Canadian roots | Genealogy Web Sites
Monday, 08 October 2012 11:03:34 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 05 October 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 1-5
Posted by Diane

  • UK genealogy website is making its York Marriage Bonds and Allegations Index (1613-1839) free to search until Monday, October 8 at midday BST (if midday is the same as noon, that would be Oct. 8 at 7 a.m. EST). Learn more about this index here. You'll need to set up a free registration on the site to search. If you find a record you need in the index, you can order a copy by clicking "Add to cart."
  • Free, collaborative family tree site WikiTree has reopened member registration after closing it in January. The closure was "to give the WikiTree community time to absorb the flood of information that had been added by people who registered for a free membership and uploaded GEDCOMs, but did not take the time to integrate their genealogy into the shared family tree."
To help ensure that new members understand the site's mission, newly registered members now receive a temporary and limited Guest Membership. Those who want to become permanent members can volunteer to participate in the community as a Wiki Genealogist (requires signing an honor code), or they can ask if a Wiki Genealogist will help connect their family to the shared tree. 

Genealogy Web Sites | Military records | Social History | UK and Irish roots
Friday, 05 October 2012 15:46:32 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 04 October 2012
Finding Family History Books About Your Ancestors
Posted by Tyler

Most genealogists rely primarily on records to root out their relatives. However, the Internet has opened the doorway to other digitized documents. In particular, I'm referring to an oft-underutilized family research resource: Published Genealogies.

The new First Steps course from Family Tree University, Finding Family History Books About Your Ancestors, will show you where to find these manuscripts and what they might contain.

Genealogy is not a new pastime. During the colonial period, genealogy was seen as an attempt by early settlers to secure a measure of social standing within the British Empire. The truth is, people have been conducting family research for centuries, and many of these individuals might have published family trees--a resource that you now have the opportunity to plunder. From articles in genealogical society journals to entire books outlining specific lineages to searchable online databases of user-contributed family trees, this new course shows you how and where to look for the work others have already done, allowing you to save time and add branches to your family tree.

You'll learn to search for manuscripts on databases such as:

# Wednesday, 03 October 2012 Acquires 1000memories
Posted by Diane

Subscription genealogy website just announced it has acquired San Francisco-based 1000memories.

1000memories, founded in 2010, has a website where people can store and share digitized photos. Shoebox, the site’s accompanying mobile app for iPhone and Android, lets you use a cell phone camera to “scan” and upload documents to the site.

The app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times since its launch. has already begun incorporating the app into its services. To mark this announcement, 1000memories has launched a new version of ShoeBox for iOS (iPhones), enabling members to post photos directly to ancestors profiles in their member trees.

“This is the first step in a broader plan that will see tighter integration of the two services in the coming months,” according to’s official press release.

Genealogy Industry | Genealogy Web Sites | Photos
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 11:55:31 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Research Logs Tips from the Virtual Genealogy Conference
Posted by Tyler

Detailed logs are an important tool in organizing your genealogy research.

These Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference tips come from the video session "Research Logs for the Rest of Us," hosted by Thomas MacEntee.

  • It's important to understand the "why" of using a research log. If you're using a log only because you know other people who are doing so, then you're wasting your time. Understand the benefits of tracking your research journey.
  • Select a format that you will continue to use. For instance, it is a poor idea to start your research log in Excel if you don't like using spreadsheets. Use a format you are comfortable with. Otherwise you'll only frustrate yourself and abandon the log.
  • Spend time setting up headings or categories. When you use a spreadsheet or table, take time to consider which headings to use. Don't be afraid to add or remove headings over time. It's only through constant use of the research log that you'll figure out the best headings for your research.
  • Shoot for a "one pass" goal. When you find a record or piece of information, note all of the information as if you might never find it again. This means noting the date you found it, the type of record, and even whether you are transcribing or abstracting it. You're only kidding yourself if you say that you'll come back to it later.
  • Maintaining a research log is a discipline. A discipline created through handwork, dedication and repetition until it becomes habit. Realize that you will make mistakes the first few entries, then you'll become better at entering information accurately and quickly.
  • Source citations matter, but take a shortcut! Create a cheat sheet--a document or spreadsheet tab where you can keep the most commonly used source citation formats. Then you can copy and paste them over to your research log to fill in the blanks.

Ready to start your own research log? Click here to buy this video session and get started documenting your research today.

Video classes from our Virtual Genealogy Conferences are available in And mark your calendar now for our Winter 2013 Virtual Genealogy Conference, Feb. 22-24.

Research Tips | Tech Advice
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 10:27:22 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, 01 October 2012
This week: Purchases Help Fight Breast Cancer!
Posted by Diane

Your purchases will support a great cause this week!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and wants to help. From today, Oct.1, through Friday, Oct. 5, we'll donate 30 percent of all proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which provides free mammograms, education, support to those with breast cancer, and early detection services.

Your registration for the upcoming Online Military Records webinar, for example, or your purchase of our 2013 Best of the Photo Detective genealogy desk calendar or limited-edition Ultimate Family History Essentials Collection could go to help women in need of breast cancer prevention and treatment services.

Click here to check out the genealogy how-to books, CDs, video classes, Family Tree Magazine back issues and more in!

Monday, 01 October 2012 09:12:00 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 28 September 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Sept. 24-28
Posted by Diane

  • Got family who landed in Australia? This weekend, ('s Australia site) is giving free access to its Australian Birth, Marriage and Death and Cemetery indexes, containing more than 17 million records of those who were born, married or died in Australia from 1788 until the early 20th century. The free period runs through Monday, Oct. 1, 11:59 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time on Monday 1 October, 2012 (that's 9:59 a.m. Monday EST in the United States). You'll need to set up a free registration with the site to search the records.
  • Registration is open for FamilySearch's  2013 Rootstech genealogy conference, taking place March 21-23 in Salt Lake City. Organizers are planning for the 2013 conference to have a 40 percent larger exhibit hall and more classes, including a new track for those beginning their family history research. Registration fees range from $19 for a one-day pass to the Getting Started track ($39 for all three days) to a $149 early bird special (regularly $219) for a full three-day pass. Click here to register for the conference.

FamilySearch | Genealogy Events | International Genealogy | Vital Records
Friday, 28 September 2012 13:14:50 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Celebrating Family History Month 2012
Posted by Diane

Monday, Oct. 1, starts Family History Month!

In the past October has been officially proclaimed a month for celebrating family history; recently, it's become an unofficial celebration among genealogy researchers and organizations.

So let the celebration begin! Family Tree Magazine has ideas for you to mark Family History month on our Family History Month resources page (it includes our free Discover Your Roots webinar). 

It's a great time to find classes and presentations at genealogy libraries and societies near you—many free or for a small fee. Check the website of your local library or society or call to ask about special events. Be sure to register for the event if it's required.

Here's a sampling of Family History Month events across the country. Feel free to click Comments below and tell us about events you know of:
  • Cincinnati: The public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will hold a Day with the Experts on Saturday, Oct. 6, with genealogy tours, a Researching Your Civil War Online class, consultations with experts and a presentation on Cincinnati's legendary military officer Gen. William Haines Lytle. For more details, call (513) 369-6905 or email
  • Conroe, Texas: The Montgomery County Library will have a Genealogy Basics Boot Camp Oct. 10, a Get Your research into Shape session on Oct. 20, and more. Here's the library's October events calendar; hover over a listing to learn more about it.
  • Fort Myers, Fla.: The Fort Myers-Lee County Public Library is holding a Family History Month Series on Saturdays in October covering topics such as tracking your research, using courthouse records, finding censuses and substitutes and using immigration records. Click here to find out more.
  • Fort Wayne, Ind.: Of course the biggest public genealogy library in the country, the Allen County Library, is celebrating with classes on cemetery research, state and regional research, census research, photograph analysis, brick wall research and more. The library's Genealogy Center also will have extended research hours on Oct. 26. Learn more and download a class schedule here.
  • Oakland, Calif.: The African-American Genealogical Society of Northern California and the Oakland FamilySearch Center are holding a Black Family History Day Oct. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the FamilySearch Center. Click here to learn more about the event (including how to register for a free family history consultation).
  • Santa Barbara, Calif.: The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society has classes all month long, including a Genealogy and DNA workshop (Oct. 5 at 10 a.m.) and Beginning Genealogy (Oct. 8 at 10 a.m.). Registration is required, with a fee for nonmembers. You also can go to free open houses on Sept. 30 and Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 27. To learn more, go to the society's website and click READ HERE to download a PDF listing the events.
  • Tucson, Ariz.: The Pima County Genealogy Society and the Pima County Public Library are teaming up to offer family tree workshops at the library throughout October. See the dates and times here.
  • Vermilion, Ohio: Ritter Public Library is holding genealogy classes on researching a house history (Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.), creating a computerized family photo project (Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.) and getting started (Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m.). Learn more on the library's blog.

Family History Month | Genealogy Events | Genealogy fun | Genealogy societies
Friday, 28 September 2012 12:02:45 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]