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# Friday, January 04, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, Dec. 31-Jan.4
Posted by Beth

  • Entries are being accepted through March 22 for the 13th annual Listen to a Life Essay Contest run by the Legacy Project, a big-picture learning project for all ages, and the nonprofit Generations United.
The contest, open to young people ages 8 to 18, encourages connections across generations. To enter, a young person interviews a grandparent or grandfriend 50 years or older, gathering information about the older person's hopes and goals through their life; how he or she achieved goals and overcame obstacles; or key life experiences. The young person then writes and submit a 300-word essay based on the interview.
The winner will receive a Lenov ThinkCentre computer. Click here for more information, including rules and entry form.
 


Genealogy fun | saving and sharing family history
Friday, January 04, 2013 9:32:12 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, January 03, 2013
75 Best State Websites Now Available Online
Posted by Beth

Tracking down state-level genealogy records—births, marriages, deaths and more—can be exhausting work, but each year it gets easier as more state historical societies and archives digitize collections and post them online. They're also offering more indexes, guides and other tools to help you get your hands on state repositories' offline records. We commend these ambitious organizations and individuals for providing these genealogical gifts that keep on giving throughout the year.

In selecting the 75 best state websites, which originally appeared in the December 2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine, we looked especially for databases (at least one per state) where you can search for your ancestors' names. Some sites also have digital images of original records, and several of the sites regularly add new searchable documents.

Click here to view and access the list of top 75 state websites online.


Family Tree Magazine articles | Libraries and Archives | Public Records
Thursday, January 03, 2013 9:55:16 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Wednesday, January 02, 2013
What's in a Name?
Posted by Beth

Bonne année, Gutes Neues Jahr, Xin nian yu kuai, Feliz Año Nuevo and Kali hronia … Whether you say it in French, German, Mandarin, Spanish or Greek, they all translate to "Happy New Year!" Hope yours is off to a great start!

Speaking of languages, genealogists understand and appreciate the value of names and all the family history information that they can provide. Naming patterns and traditions; spellings; pronunciations; and meanings can impact your search for ancestors from a given locale.

To provide added insight to your ancestral search, we've created 15 PDF downloadable reference guides featuring first names from around the world. Each comprehensive guide is presented in dictionary-style format, making it easy to search for names, spellings and their meanings. For example, A Genealogist's Guide to British Names reveals that the name Harry means "ruler of an estate." Rather prophetic for Prince Harry!

Get more information from your genealogical research this year with a better understanding of your ancestral names!

A Genealogist's Guide to Ethnic Given Names
A Genealogist's Guide to African Names
A Genealogist's Guide to British Names
A Genealogist's Guide  to Chinese Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Eastern European Names
A Genealogist's Guide  to French Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Gaelic Names
A Genealogist's Guide to German Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Greek Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Hawaiian Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Indian Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Irish Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Italian Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Japanese Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Jewish Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Native American Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Russian Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Scandinavian Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Spanish Names


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Wednesday, January 02, 2013 12:04:21 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Free Access to 30 Ancestry.com 2012 Collections
Posted by Beth

Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Just dropping in quickly to let you know that Ancestry.com is providing free access to 30 collections through Saturday, Dec. 29. More than 300 million select records from the collections added or updated to Ancestry.com this year are available, including the 1940 United States Federal Census.

To access the records, visit Ancestry.com/2012.

Happy searching!



Ancestry.com | census records | Genealogy Web Sites
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 10:24:25 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# 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



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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:45:55 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]