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# Friday, December 21, 2012
Happy Holidays!
Posted by Beth


From all of us at Family Tree Magazine, we wish you a holiday season filled with comfort and joy.

We'll see you back here soon for the latest in genealogy news, tips and fun. We look forward to spending another year together as you research your family tree!



Friday, December 21, 2012 1:53:05 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy News Corral, Dec. 17-21
Posted by Beth


  • Findmypast.com, a UK-based website specializing in British genealogical records, recently added 31 million new records spanning 38 US, UK, Irish and Australian collections. Included are British Army service and pension records spanning 1760-1902 from two British hospitals, as well the War Office; US military records, including Korean War POWs and casualties, and Vietnam War casualties; Irish Catholic Church directory records from 1836-1837; and Australian "Northern Territory" records from 1884-1968.
 
  • Genealogy software company RootsMagic, Inc. has released a free RootsMagic app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app, available at the Apple App Store, is a companion to RootsMagic desktop family tree software and the free RootsMagic Essentials software. Features include access to your personal RootsMagic files via iTunes or Dropbox; family tree search and explore capabilities; pictures, notes and sources; lists; and tools and calculators. For more information, click here. 
Users of genealogy software such as PAF, Family Tree Maker and Legacy Family Tree can convert their files into viewable RootsMagic files with RootMagic's free desktop software.


Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Industry | Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, December 21, 2012 7:34:55 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Thursday, December 20, 2012
International Christmas Traditions
Posted by Beth

Across many countries, cultures and regions, the Christian holidays in December and early January are celebrated in diverse ways. Gift-giving customs, symbols, songs and processions can all hold clues to ethnic roots. What Christmas traditions did your ancestors celebrate? Click here for a look at international Christmas traditions.


Celebrating your heritage
Thursday, December 20, 2012 9:29:27 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Editors' Pick: Scandinavian and Irish Genealogy Value Packs
Posted by Beth





Whether you're just starting to explore your Swedish, Danish or Norwegian roots, or you want to go deeper into your Scandinavian roots research, the Scandinavian Genealogy Value Pack includes the resources you need to search for your Northern European ancestors.

You'll learn:
  • History and geography of Scandinavian countries
  • How the patronymic naming system works
  • Basic language tips
  • How to find overseas records and navigate records websites, including the Swedish National Archives
  • Tricks for sorting out Swedish roots
  • Tips for decrypting your Viking ancestry

The value pack includes:
    •    Scandinavian Genealogy 101 Independent Study download
    •    Scandinavian Genealogy Handbook download
    •    Your Swedish Roots
    •    Understanding Scandinavian Patronyms and Farm Names video class



Do you have Irish post-Famine immigrants or Catholic Colonial settlers in your family tree? Inspire your Irish research with the Boost Your Irish Genealogy Value Pack. If you've begun digging deeper into your roots, this pack can help you make use of a vast array of resources.

You'll learn:
  • Strategies for finding your Famine-era family through census-substitutes
  • Essential online resources for Irish genealogy
  • Basic steps for rooting out important Irish records, including birth, marriage, death, church and census records
  • Irish genealogy facts, charts and websites

The value pack includes:
  • Tracing Irish Ancestors in Griffith's Valuation video class
  • Irish Genealogy Online video class
  • Finding Your Irish Ancestors DVD
  • Irish Genealogy Cheat Sheet download

Take advantage of discounted value pack prices now and begin—or further—your European research efforts.


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:39:56 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The End Is Near?
Posted by Beth

Friday, Dec. 21 is the winter solstice—the shortest day of the year and the date that marks the onset of winter. And, as you've no doubt heard by now, it's also the day the Mayan calendar ends, which many people believe translates to the end of the world. Happy holidays, eh?

This isn't the first time people have predicted the end of days and braced for the apocalypse. Here are three instances featured in Good Old Days, My Ass: 665 Funny History Facts and Terrifying Truths About Yesterday by David A. Fryxell:

  • Way back in 448, Moses of Crete, a rabbi, claimed to be the Messiah as predicted by Talmudic calculations and led his followers to the sea, which was supposed to part so they could reach Palestine. Having given away all their possessions, the rabbi's followers cast themselves into the Mediterranean. Seeing them crash on the rocks or drown, the rabbi declined to follow and "suddenly disappeared," leading some to conclude he had actually been "some malignant fiend" in human form.

  • Then there were the astrological predictions that a 1524 planetary alignment in Pisces would produce an apocalypse. Germans built boats, including a three-story ark constructed by Count von Igleheim, and residents of port cities took refuge afloat. When doomsday arrived with only a light drizzle, angry crowds outside the ark stampeded, trampling hundreds, and stoned the count to death.

  • In America, forerunners of today's Seventh-Day Adventists, the Millerites, followed Baptist preacher William Miller, who concluded Christ would return in 1844. Another Millerite pegged it more precisely on Oct. 22, 1844, a day that came to be known as "the Great Disappointment." Thousands of followers gave  away their possessions and awaited the end. When Jesus didn't appear, one wrote, "I lay prostrate for two days without any pain—sick with disappointment." Even children in the streets would taunt the disappointed Millerites, saying, "Have you not gone up [to heaven]?"

For a look at more interesting and often funny history facts—and terrifying truths—from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, check out David's book.

And if, by chance, the world is ending on Friday, what's to stop you from indulging in another piece of homemade fudge washed down by a cup of eggnog? After all, it is the holiday season …  


Genealogy books | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 3:04:26 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Editors' Pick: Ancestry.com Search Secrets Webinar
Posted by Beth




If one of your new year's resolutions is to manage your genealogy research time more efficiently and effectively, you'll get 2013 off to a stellar start with our Ancestry.com Search Secrets webinar.
 
Sifting through the millions of records available on Ancestry.com can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, yet the wealth of data is critical to your research. Whether you're digging for your family in census records, military records or public member trees, let presenter Laura G. Prescott teach you her top tips for making the most of your searches on this genealogy juggernaut.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 24
Time: 7pm EST/6pm CST/5pm MST/4pm PST
Price: $49.99 ($39.99 early bird until Jan. 17)

What You'll Learn:

  • How to rein in the massive amount of information available on Ancestry.com
  • Hints to set manageable search parameters for finding your family
  • How to dig into individual databases for specific records
  • Tricks and tips to make your search efforts more efficient and effective
  • PLUS: Get a free PDF download of our Ancestry.com Web Guide

To learn how to harness the information on Ancestry.com so you can quickly and easily track down your relatives, register here



Ancestry.com | Editor's Pick | saving and sharing family history | Webinars
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:45:55 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, December 17, 2012
December 2012 Family Tree Magazine Podcast: Record and Share Your Family History
Posted by Beth

The December 2012 Family Tree Magazine podcast, hosted by Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems, offers tips on recording and sharing your family history family, including:
  • Six steps to get your family history book into library stacks, from Family Tree Magazine (FTM) contributing editor Sunny Jane Morton

  • D. Joshua Taylor of brightsolid talks about the FindMyPast.com website, which specializes in British genealogical records

  • Tips for assembling and printing a family keepsake, from FTM online editor Tyler Moss, as noted in the class Creating a Family History Book: Start-to-Finish Guidance for Assembling and Printing a Family Keepsake 

  • Recommendations for research sources from FTM publisher and editorial director Allison Dolan

You can listen to Family Tree Magazine's free genealogy podcast in iTunes or on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.  


Podcasts | saving and sharing family history
Monday, December 17, 2012 9:32:18 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, December 14, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Dec. 10-14
Posted by Beth

  • The Illinois State Genealogical Society has raised more than $40,000 during its War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge. ISGS announced its $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge on June 18, the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812, and committed to matching any contribution up to the first $10,000 made to the project. Ancestry.com announced that it would also match all monies donated during the campaign, resulting in contributions being quadrupled.
The money will be donated to the Preserve the Pensions effort, resulting in 88,888 additional pages of the War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files being digitized over the next few months. The campaign, sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Ancestry.com, Fold3 and the National Archives, hopes to raise more than $3.7 million to digitize all of the pension files currently stored in the National Archives and make them freely available online.
Files are being digitized as funds become available; many files are currently viewable here


Click here for official rules and click here for the entry form


Genealogy Industry
Friday, December 14, 2012 9:27:12 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Finish Your Holiday Shopping! 12 Days of Genealogy Gifts
Posted by Beth

Wrap up your holiday shopping here for the genealogists on your list (or for yourself!) PLUS: Become a VIP for the Day—get 10% off and FREE US SHIPPING. Hurry! The VIP for the Day offer ends at 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday!



ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:26:41 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Editors' Pick: Maryland Genealogy Crash Course Webinar
Posted by Tyler




From the Potomac River to the Mason-Dixon Line, Maryland played a key role in the early development of the United States. Whether your ancestors were Protestant Colonials or Puritans that migrated from Virginia, our Maryland Genealogy Crash Course Webinar, part of the State Genealogy Series, will help you track down your Old Line State origins.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 10
Time: 7pm EST/6pm CST/5pm MST/4pm PST; 1-hour duration
Presenter: Michael Hait
Price: $49.99 ($39.99 early bird until Thursday, Jan. 3)

What You'll Learn:
  • Basic Maryland history, from 1st Lord Baltimore's Province of Maryland to the Civil War
  • How to find and use key Maryland records
  • Tricks for tracing early Maryland ancestors
  • Top websites for Maryland genealogy
  • Specific tips for finding your Baltimore and Annapolis ancestors
PLUS: Receive two free downloads: a copy of our Maryland State Guide and our Baltimore Genealogy Guide

Register here: Maryland Genealogy Crash Course Webinar


Family Tree University | Webinars
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:32:01 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]