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# Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Editors' Pick: Google for Genealogists Ultimate Collection
Posted by Beth




When it comes to free online genealogy tools, nothing rivals Google for power or potential. From Google+ to Google Reader to the Google News Archive, a little bit of expert training can help you turn this robust search engine into the ultimate genealogy assistant. Get wired with this month's Google for Genealogists Ultimate Collection if you want to:

  • be more successful in your Google searches you do for your genealogy research
  • go beyond subscription sites such as Ancestry.com and discover sources of free genealogy data online
  • leverage Google’s full suite of tools that will be helpful in your family history research, such as Google Alerts, Google Translate, Google Drive—and even ones you may not know about

Get search secrets in one exclusive kit, including:
  • Advanced Google searching strategies
  • Details on how to go about digging into your roots online
  • How to use cool Google tools such as Gmail and Google Books
  • How to navigate the genealogy globe with Google Earth
  • Tips and tricks for finding and sharing genealogy on Google+
Get started now!


Editor's Pick | Research Tips | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:17:27 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [13]
# Monday, January 14, 2013
Win a Family Tree Magazine VIP Program Subscription
Posted by Beth


Want to take your research to the next level this year? One lucky genealogist will get to enjoy a one-year Family Tree Magazine VIP Program Subscription for FREE! Enter for a chance to win a subscription that includes:  

  • A one-year subscription to Family Tree Magazine (1-year/7-issue US subscription): Get America's #1 genealogy magazine, packed with how-to tips and step-by-step guidance to discover, preserve and celebrate your family history. (If you're a current subscriber, your VIP membership will extend your existing subscription by 7 issues.)
  • A one-year subscription to Family Tree Plus: Get subscription-only access to 10 years of how-to articles from the experts at Family Tree Magazine through the online archives.
  • Exclusive tuition discounts on Family Tree University online courses: Get an additional 10 percent off sale prices and specials on our web-based classes for family history hobbyists. Choose from dozens of one- to eight-week courses led by expert instructors that will boost your research skills!
  • Family Tree Toolkit: This exclusive toolkit includes a PDF of 101 Websites, selected project forms and a printable family tree that is perfect for framing.
  • Member-only savings: Log in before you shop to save even more on every order from ShopFamilyTree.com with your exclusive 10 percent automatic discount! Additional discounts for members will be provided throughout the year. Get free standard shipping on US orders from ShopFamilyTree.com throughout the year.
Enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win by filling out this form by 11:59 p.m. ET Jan. 28, 2013. The winner will be chosen at random from all entries received and notified by email. 

Genealogy fun | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Monday, January 14, 2013 9:44:27 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, January 11, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, Jan. 7-11
Posted by Beth

  • Ancestry.com has updated its 1850 US census collections (correcting some Indiana birth places that were keyed incorrectly) and its City Directories. In addition, Ancestry continues with its indexing of information for the 1940 US census to make it more complete.


  • Genealogy search engine service Mocavo and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced that Mocavo has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organization. FHISO is a standards-developing organization bring the international family history and genealogical community in a self-governing forum to develop information standards to solve today's interoperability issues.
Mocavo will participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.

  • MyHeritage has released a new version of its free MyHeritage app (v2.0) that now lets users do their genealogy on the go—create and edit their family tree, add relatives and photos, and edit profiles, info and events. The app is available for iPad, iPhone, and Android smartphones and tablets, in 32 languages. If you have an older version of the app, the new app will upgrade seamlessly. Click here to download the app.




Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Industry | Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, January 11, 2013 9:16:27 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, January 10, 2013
Blog Book Tour: How to Archive Family Keepsakes
Posted by Beth



How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia & Genealogy Records (Family Tree Books, 2012) by Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, launches a blog book tour today that runs through Saturday, Jan. 26.

Visit 14 popular genealogy blogs and websites featuring Denise and her book for book excerpts, interviews, special guest posts, free downloads and giveaways. View the schedule at the Blog Book Tour Page.

With top reviews from leading genealogy bloggers and 5-star ratings on Amazon.com, this new resource by Denise will help you organize and preserve your family history heirlooms and research in 2013.

How to Archive Family Keepsakes offers practical guidance for family historians who are:
  • helping a parent or loved one downsize to a smaller home.
  • needing a simple, effective filing system for genealogy research.
  • interested in scanning and making digital copies of genealogy records.
  • looking for a way to preserve your family history and heirlooms for future generations.
The book is currently available at ShopFamilyTree.com at a 28 percent discount. Proceeds from the sale of the book during the online book tour will help fund the 2013 Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 in honor of Denise’s mother, Suzanne Winsor Freeman.




Family Heirlooms | saving and sharing family history | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:37:03 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# 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.


Editor's Pick | Research Tips | saving and sharing family history | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Tech Advice
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]