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# Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Editors' Pick: Organize Your Way to Your Best Genealogy Year
Posted by Beth



Effective family history researchers know that organization is the key to productivity. Are you as organized as you'd like to be—or could be? If your new year's resolution is to cut through your genealogy clutter, check out this trio of PDF book downloads by Denise May Levenick, the Family Curator that provides practical step-by-step solutions for organizing physical and digital materials, once and for all.





How to Organize Inherited Items 
Are you the lucky recipient of Mom and Dad's "stuff"—a lifetime's worth of family photos, papers, and memorabilia packed into boxes? Learn how to organize inherited items in a way that honors them while bringing peace to the rest of the family. You'll learn how to:
    •    Effectively sort and purge boxes that you inherited
    •    Decide which family heirlooms to keep
    •    Donate items to museums, societies, and charities
    •    Protect and pass on keepsakes

TIP:
People who inherit family archives often take on one of three roles: Curator, Creator or Caretaker (or perhaps a combination). Once you identify why you've inherited the family archive, it's easier for you to determine what to do with it.
Curator: understands the responsibilities involved in caring for a family archive, from organizing to preserving; knows enough to recognize significant objects and suggest and implement ways to care for, display and preserve them
Creator: finds ways to use a family archive materials—whether it be inspiration, raw materials or information sources—in his own creative projects, such as completing a family pedigree, writing a biography, assembling a scrapbook or compiling a family medical history
Caretaker: serves as the temporary family archive "holder" until the next person in line takes it over
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How to Organize Family History Paperwork 
Family history research can quickly create mountains of paperwork. This download give you step-by-step instruction to effectively organize and digitize your genealogy research papers. You'll learn how to:
    •    create a personalized filing system to suit your genealogy research style and experience
    •    turn your computer into a filing clerk and research assistant by establishing a clear, consistent naming pattern for files and folders
    •    Scan old paper records and store them electronically to save space and make them easier to find
    •    make digital copies of original source documents
    •    organize your family history research for future generations

TIP:
Think about your genealogy files as two different record types—original documents that you want to physically preserve and store, and working documents used every day that are more temporary in nature. A different digital routine is needed for each record type.

TIP:
Use a consistent file-naming scheme for your digital documents. Some genealogists find that a combination of Surname, Date and File ID work well for digital files; others use a numerical reference number that corresponds to their paper files.
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Organization Strategies for Genealogy Success
Effective family history researchers know that organization is the key to productivity. You'll learn how to:
    •    Organize your genealogy research methods
    •    Organize your family history source citations
    •    Select the best software for efficient and effective research
    •    Connect with fellow researchers online to help find answers to your genealogy brick walls

TIP:
Research success begins even before the first internet query box is completed or the first reel of microfilm is loaded. You have a research goal—to find your ancestor. What you need is a research strategy—a written, step-by-step proposal to achieve your goal. An effective research strategy includes at least 4 major steps:

1. Set a goal.
a. Identify the problem or goal.
b. Break down the goal into smaller, focused mini-goals.

2. Decide what sources to search.
a. List record groups that may provide a solution.
b. List specific sources to search.
c. Locate repositories holding the sources you need.

3. Search the source.
a. Note the results of your search, positive or negative.
b. Copy the raw information.
c. Record the source citation data.

4. Analyze the information.
a. Evaluate the information.
b. Record your findings in your notes and database program.
c. Determine your next step.

5. Repeat from Step 1.

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You can achieve your genealogy research goals this year with these and other new and recommended books, CDs, downloads, and all-inclusive research kits that will show you how to research your heritage, both online and off. PLUS: Get organized and save, too! Spend $30 on any of these recommended products in January and get the Organize Your Genealogy Life! CD for 50% off; just enter code ACHIEVE2013 at checkout to save on this essential CD.


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Tuesday, January 08, 2013 12:54:13 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, January 07, 2013
New Guides Added to "A Genealogist's Guide to Names" Series
Posted by Beth

Four additional PDF downloadable reference guides have been added to the newly released series, "A Genealogist's Guide to Names." Each guide features first names from a specific region or country; naming patterns and traditions; spellings; pronunciations; and meanings that can help your search for ancestors from a given locale.

A Genealogist's Guide to Gaelic Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Irish Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Native American Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Russian Names
 


American Indian roots | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | UK and Irish roots
Monday, January 07, 2013 9:12:43 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [10]
# 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]