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# Friday, October 31, 2008
101 Best Sites: Show-Me Records and African-American Roots
Posted by Diane

Here are this week's highlights from our 101 Best Web sites for researching your family history. As always, you can click right through to all the 101 picks from FamilyTreeMagazine.com.
  • Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative: I was super-excited about this Web site when it debuted this spring, and I still am. It’s a one-stop shop for digitized historical records, abstracts and indexes from the state archives and other repositories throughout Missouri. If a record you need isn’t digitized, go to the Local Records Inventory Database to find out where to write for county-level records.
  • AfriGeneas: We’ve named this African-American genealogy resource a top site several years over for its wealth of how-to tips and message boards, census records, slave data, an index of 50,168 surnames and a collection of 16,338 death records.

Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, October 31, 2008 3:45:27 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Happy Halloween From Family Tree Magazine!
Posted by Diane

We're all ready for trick-or-treating.

Have you answered our Forum poll about your favorite Halloween traditions? You'll find it in the Back Fence Forum.

Genealogy fun
Friday, October 31, 2008 7:37:09 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, October 30, 2008
New Podcast Helps You Start Your Ancestor Search
Posted by Diane

Having a tough time getting the genealogy ball rolling? Need some family history motivation?

Tune into a new podcast from Lisa Louise Cooke and Personal Life Media Network called Family History: Genealogy Made Easy. The tips are geared to beginners, with success-story interviews that'll also inspire more-experienced researchers.  

“My hope is that this podcast will reach out to non-genealogists and show them that discovering their family history is possible," Cooke says. "Getting started is the hardest part.”

Learn more and listen to the first episode here

You can get an audio player from Cooke’s Genealogy Gems News Blog. Just click the Get! button on the player and add it to your Facebook page, iGoogle page—wherever. It plays not only the new show, but also Cooke's Genealogy Gems Podcast, our Family Tree Magazine Podcast, the Family History Expos Podcast and Digital Photography Life (advice on making the most of your digital camera).

You also can subscribe to Genealogy Made Easy through iTunes.


Genealogy Web Sites | Research Tips
Thursday, October 30, 2008 7:41:34 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, October 29, 2008
26 Million Jewish Records Free on Ancestry.com
Posted by Diane

Today we’re seeing the first fruits of subscription database site Ancestry.com’s partnership with JewishGen, announced this summer.

Ancestry.com just released 26 million records from JewishGen and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), an international humanitarian organization. The records in today's release will be available free on Ancestry.com.

JDC records, online for the first time, include
  • Jewish Transmigration Bureau Deposit Cards (1939-1954) showing money American Jewish citizens paid to support the emigration of friends and relatives from European countries during and after WWII.
  • Munich, Vienna and Barcelona Jewish Displaced Persons and Refugee Cards (1943-1959), records of Jews who received food, medical care, clothing and emigration assistance from the JDC.
In addition, the 300-plus databases previously on JewishGen will now be on Ancestry.com, including
  • Worldwide Burial Registry of more than 1 million names from nearly 2,000 Jewish cemeteries around the world.
  • Yizkor Book Necrologies, a list of the names of those murdered in the Holocaust (users are directed to the Yizkor Books, which memorialize town devastated in the Holocaust).
  • Given Names Database, where you can learn European, Hebrew and Yiddish translations of an ancestor’s given name.
  • Holocaust Database of 2 million names, including those of 1,980 inmates in Oscar Schindler's factories.
Under the agreement, Ancestry.com eventually will receive access to 10 million-plus records, some of which date back to the 1700s, as well as JewishGen’s user base of 250,000. Ancestry.com also will provide technical support to JewishGen's Web site.


Ancestry.com | Free Databases | Jewish roots
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 11:31:45 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Now in Beta: WorldHistory.com
Posted by Diane

WorldHistory.com, a new service from FamilyLink, launched into private beta testing with interactive maps, timelines, videos, geocoded photos, museum artifacts and family trees.

The video demos (you're looking at one in the screenshot below) show what you’ll be able to do on the site. For example, you can look at a map showing where events happened during a time period you’re interested in. You also can see locations of related events, such as Revolutionary War battles.

Family historians can create family trees that plot ancestors on maps and show events during their lives, and link to photos of the area.



According to at least one Tech blogger, “The company also says they are developing an iPhone application that will show you interesting historical events near where you are at any given time.” Cool.

Joining and using WorldHistory.com is free, for now. (When I signed up for the beta test, I got a message that said I’ll get an e-mail when there’s room for me.)

Genealogy Web Sites
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 3:52:42 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, October 27, 2008
Google Love
Posted by Diane

Life before Google? Sometimes it hurts to think about.

Even before learning some tricks while working on our January 2009 Family Tree Magazine genealogy Googling article, my favorite Google trick was the site search. I’d be racking my brain because I knew I saw something about probate records on some page of a site, and for the life of me I couldn’t find it again.

I go to my Google toolbar and type in site: plus the URL and the search terms, and Google will search just that site. For example, say I want to find FamilySearch’s Denmark research outline. Here’s my Google search: site:www.familysearch.org denmark research outline.

The first result is exactly what I'm looking for.

Other tools I love: language translation (handy when editing foreign-research articles), area code lookup and—since I found out about them from the googling article—the currency converter and calculator tools.

On our Web site, you'll find five time-saving Google shortcuts and an excerpt from Google Your Family Tree, a book by Daniel Lynch. Our readers share their Google love on our Forum.

Learn more about making the most of Google in the January 2009 Family Tree Magazine (it's mailing to subscribers right about now; you can get it Nov. 11 on newsstands and from FamilyTreeMagazine.com).


Family Tree Magazine articles | Research Tips
Monday, October 27, 2008 4:07:32 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Friday, October 24, 2008
101 Best Sites: Civil War Soldiers and Photo Reunions
Posted by Diane

This week, we’re highlighting these two sites from our 2008 101 Best Web Sites list:
  • Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System: Start your search for Union or Confederate Civil War ancestors in this database of 6.3 million soldiers’ names (names appear twice if soldiers fought for more than one regiment or used a different name) from 44 states and territories. Names link to information about the  regiments and the battles they fought.
  • DeadFred: If you're starting from a pile of old photos or you’re looking for lost family pictures, this photo-reunion site is the place to click. Search by surname, and if you find a match, contact the submitter for information. DeadFred's collection encompasses some 14,600 surnames and 76,00 records, and it's reunited 1,227 old photos with families.
See the rest of the best on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.


Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, October 24, 2008 2:32:06 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, October 23, 2008
Old Yearbooks of the Future
Posted by Grace

Soon after reading Diane's post on old yearbooks the other day, I found this article about the growing trend of non-traditional senior portraits. Oh, to be a fly on the wall when she has to explain to her grandchildren who Harry Potter is.


Genealogy fun | Photos
Thursday, October 23, 2008 1:36:57 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
# Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Fun at the Fair
Posted by Diane

Congratulations to Jean Nathan of Cincinnati, winner of Family Tree Magazine’s door prize at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Family History Fair last Saturday.

She was one of the researchers who attended how-to classes and visited with representatives of local genealogical societies, the Hamilton County Recorder’s Office and others. It was great to see familiar faces from other genealogy gatherings and talk with newbie researchers.

Jean will go to her mailbox in a few days and find The Family Tree Guide to Finding Your Ellis Island Ancestors by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, our International Genealogy Passport CD and our November 2008 issue.

The fair marked Family History Month, observed in October in many states. See if your local genealogical society (run a Google search or look here for links) or library (find links here) has any events going on.


Genealogy Events | Genealogy fun | Libraries and Archives
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 3:37:53 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
Free Database (Until Oct. 30): Yearbooks
Posted by Diane

The subscription data site Ancestry.com is letting you access its high school and college yearbook collection free through October 30.

You can search the whole collection or browse yearbooks listed by state.  Often, coverage is sparse and you'll find just one or two yearbooks for a school.

You’ll need to sign up for a free account, which requires your name and an e-mail address, to see yearbook pages. I think I found a great-uncle on this page (arrow added) about special Friday evening and Saturday science classes at a Cincinnati high school.



A couple of things to keep in mind:
  • The search engine annoyingly catches first and last names that don’t belong to the same person but appear near each other. It clogs up the results, but fortunately, a little preview shot of the yearbook page helps you avoid clicking those false matches.
  • Remember to use your female ancestor’s maiden name (or whichever name she used while in school).
You can contribute to the collection by sending in your own yearbooks to be digitized, too.

Ancestry.com | Free Databases
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 12:53:46 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Monday, October 20, 2008
Family Tree Firsts: Inside a Library Lock-in
Posted by Diane

I’ve always been an early-to-bed, early-to-rise kind of girl. As a kid, I was the first one to fall asleep at slumber parties and get her hand dipped in warm water (it doesn’t work, by the way).

So when I signed up for last Friday’s genealogy lock-in at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, I was worried I’d pass out on a city directory and end up with street names tattooed on my forehead. But I managed to last almost 'til the end.

If you've never been to a lock-in, it’s an after-hours research session at a library. Around 30 researchers (all the tables were taken!) had the genealogy and periodicals departments all to ourselves. I recognized a few people from April’s Ohio Genealogical Society conference.

The pursuit of family history kept everyone awake and focused, including me. I hadn’t made a firm research plan, so I wasn’t expecting thrilling discoveries. And I didn’t make any, but I got some groundwork laid.

I started off using the library’s free wireless to try some Ancestry.com searches for my dad’s family, who remain absent from the 1920 census. I did find the Social Security Death Index entry for the man who vouched for my great-uncle when he applied for a delayed North Carolina birth certificate in 1971.

Next I turned to Cincinnati city directories. My great-great-grandfather on my mom’s side started a cigar store in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, and his family ran it for years. When I was little, my mom drove me by the building—it had an outline where the “H.A. Seeger Cigar” sign used to be.

Here's a photo from around 1910:


(My great-great-grandfather is third from left; his son is in the doorway).

I wanted to see how long the store was open. My ancestor H.A. Seeger showed up in printed directories starting in 1875, when he boarded downtown, then in 1877, when he opened the cigar store (the family moved in above it). The store's listing disappears after 1955. Here’s a Google street view of the building today:



It was late by the time I was through photocopying directories. I decided to save map research for my next library trip, and browsed the compilations of vital records, church records and cemetery transcriptions from counties across the country.

Then I found my husband’s late-80s photographs among the high school yearbooks. That was entertaining.

I don’t know if it was the 80s hair or the hour, but I could feel my brain switch to Off mode, so I packed up my laptop and papers, checked my forehead for accidental tattoos (none), said goodbye to the bleary-eyed souls still scrolling microfilm, and went home to get some shut-eye for the next day’s Family History Fair. I’ll write about that tomorrow.

Family Tree Firsts | Genealogy Events | Genealogy fun | Libraries and Archives
Monday, October 20, 2008 12:20:27 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Friday, October 17, 2008
101 Best Web Sites: Canadian Census and Jewish Resources
Posted by Diane

Here's a look at two of our 101 Best Web Sites picks for 2008:
  • Automated Genealogy: Those with Canadian roots will appreciate this free, volunteer site with transcriptions and indexes of Canadian censuses.
Transcribed and in various stages of proofreading are the 1901, 1906 (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) and 1911 enumerations. The 1851-1852 census is underway, with an ambitious effort to link to other online records about each individual.
  • Avotaynu: Use this site’s Consolidated Jewish Surname Index to run a Soundex search of information about 699,084 surnames, mostly Jewish, in 42 databases totaling more than 7.3 million records. You also can subscribe to Avotaynu’s free e-mail newsletter on Jewish genealogy.
See the rest of the 101 best at FamilyTreeMagazine.com.


Canadian roots | Genealogy Web Sites | Jewish roots
Friday, October 17, 2008 1:12:21 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Ancestry.com Renames AncestryPress; Seeks Yearbooks
Posted by Diane

Two announcements from the subscription genealogy data service Ancestry.com today:
  • Ancestry.com has renamed AncestryPress, its online self-publishing service, and given it a new Web site. It’s now called MyCanvas, and it looks (to me, anyway) more like popular photo-gift sites such as Shutterfly and Snapfish. The emphasis isn’t just on making family history books, either—you also can create photo books, photo posters and family chart posters with a variety of backgrounds.
Ancestry.com members can automatically create family history books and family tree posters from what’s in their member trees (and they can save $50 on any premium MyCanvas book with the coupon code MCPREM8).

Ancestry.com
Friday, October 17, 2008 12:53:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, October 16, 2008
Playing Blog Tag: Fives and 10s
Posted by Diane

This is my first game of blog-tag. To play, I’m supposed to answer questions my tagger, Dear Myrtle, sent. Here goes:

10 Years Ago I ...
1. Became assistant editor of Decorative Artist’s Workbook magazine.
2. Took a week-long painting workshop in Florida so I’d know what I was talking about.
3. Would answer the magazine’s e-mail using an AOL account on a shared computer.
4. Moved into my first apartment that was all mine.
5. Knew the names of only two of my great-grandparents.

Five Things on Today's To-Do List
1. Finish up our E-mail Update newsletter.
2. Edit an article about library online catalogs.
3. Be interviewed for the DearMyrtle podcast.
4. Prepare for my first-ever genealogy lock-in tomorrow night.
5. Get together with a friend to plan another friend’s baby shower.

Five snacks I enjoy (just five?)
1. Nature Valley granola bars
2. Snyder’s of Hanover Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzel Pieces
3. Trader Joe’s Jo-Jo cookies
4. Chocolate-covered pretzels
5. Fig Newtons

Five Places I’ve Lived
1. Beaverton, Ore.
2. St. Louis
3. Cincinnati
That's all there is, guys, and I might be here awhile.

Five Jobs I’ve Had
1. Ice cream scooper
2. Cashier/hostess at a Big Boy
3. Department store gift-wrapper
4. University law library information desk staff
5. Newspaper stringer
(Don’t worry, I’m qualified to work for Family Tree Magazine—the odd jobs are just more interesting to mention.)

Five Blogs I Tag
1. Maureen A. Taylor at our Photo Detective Blog
2. Bruce Buzbee at the RootsMagic Blog
3. The editors of our sister publication Memory Makers magazine at their blog.
4. Lisa Louise Cooke at Genealogy Gems
5. Schelly Talalay Dardashti at Tracing the Tribe


Genealogy fun
Thursday, October 16, 2008 11:21:29 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
Footnote Releases First Civil War Pensions
Posted by Diane

Historical records subscription site Footnote released its first digitized Civil War Widows’ Pension files today.

Footnote’s collection has 5,257 record images so far. They’re part of a pilot project, announced about a year ago, to work with the National Archives and Records Administration (which holds the original pension records) and FamilySearch to digitize 3,150 pension files of Civil War widows.

FamilySearch and Footnote plan to digitize all 1,280,000 pensions in the series. Pension records were never microfilmed, so until now, your only option to get your ancestor's pension was to travel to NARA in Washington, DC, hire a local researcher, or order copies for $75 or more.

The digitized records are part of Footnote’s $69.95 annual subscription.

You can view the records free at Family History Centers and at NARA facilities. A Civil War pension index is free on the FamilySearch Record Search pilot site.


FamilySearch | Footnote | Military records
Thursday, October 16, 2008 9:04:35 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Free Database of the Week: Cook County Naturalization Records
Posted by Diane

If your immigrant ancestor settled in Chicago or the surrounding area, here's one for you:

Cook County, Ill. (home of Chicago), has posted a database of transcribed information from declarations of intention filed in the county’s circuit court between 1906 and 1929.

A declaration of intention, sometimes called “first papers,” was the first step toward becoming a US citizen.

Records are still being added. So far, the database contains information from more than 150,000 of the 400,000 declarations of intention filed. A grant from the National ArchivesNational Historical Publications and Records Commission funds the project.

The search is pretty flexible: You can search on a name or part of a name, birthdate, birth place, occupation or other parameters. My search on Syria as the country of birth netted 94 matches.

Click on a match to see the date the intention was filed, birth information, occupation, current residence, port of departure for the United States and date of arrival.

To order the original declaration of intention (for a search fee of $9, plus photocopying charges), click the How to Order link at the bottom of the page.

See Family Tree Magazine's online guide to learn more about finding your ancestors’ naturalization records.


Free Databases | Genealogy Web Sites | immigration records
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 1:54:43 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
# Monday, October 13, 2008
Your Family in the Great Depression
Posted by Diane

Pack-rat tendencies, the Clean Plate Club, freezers crammed with food, and a fear of borrowing money: These are Great Depression legacies CNN’s iReporters mention an article on CNN.com.

We've had our own Great Depression storytelling session going on in the Forum (it’s related to an upcoming Family Tree Magazine article).

One Forum member how her grandfather tracked his salary in his diary, watching it fall from $224 a week to $135 a month. Things improved when he got a new job in 1941.

Ask your relatives how your family made do during the Great Depression and how their lives changed, and share those memories in the Forum. Nowadays we all probably could use the perspective.


Family Tree Magazine articles | Social History
Monday, October 13, 2008 4:33:36 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, October 10, 2008
101 Best Web Sites: Overseas Cemeteries and Stateside Resource
Posted by Diane

Here are two more of our 101 Best Web Sites for researching your family tree:
  • American Battle Monuments Commission: Search for almost 125,000 US War dead buried in 24 overseas cemeteries (the Corozal American Cemetery database also names civilians who worked on the Panama Canal), as well as more than 94,000 military commemorated on Tablets of the Missing.
See the rest of our 101 Best Sites in the Research Toolkit area of our Web site.


Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, October 10, 2008 3:12:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, October 09, 2008
FamilyRelatives.com Adds Irish Wills and More
Posted by Diane

The UK subscription and pay-per-view data service FamilyRelatives.com has upped its content for Irish researchers.

The collection released today includes land records, the Ireland Topographical Dictionary (with descriptions of counties, cities, boroughs, corporate markets, post towns, parishes, and villages—good things to know about for finding your ancestors' records), indexes and abstracts of wills as far back as the 1400s, and more.

The abstracts of wills are significant because they were first published before the 1922 Four Courts fire in Dublin that destroyed the wills stored in the buildings.

FamilyRelatives.com subscriptions cost about $65 per year; pay per view units cost about $10 for 60 units that expire after 90 days. (Viewing a search results page costs two units; most records cost one unit each to view.)


UK and Irish roots
Thursday, October 09, 2008 3:00:40 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, October 08, 2008
World Archives Project Webinar Coming to a Computer Near You
Posted by Diane

If you’re interested in dipping a toe into the world of volunteer historical records indexing, Ancestry.com's free World Archives Project Webinar might be for you.

The hour-long Webinar will explain details such as how World Archives Project indexing works, the time commitment and benefits to volunteers. It's Thursday, Oct. 23 at 8 pm EDT, and you can register on Ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com also holds free Webinars on such topics as researching German ancestry and preserving heirlooms. Click to sign up or watch archived sessions


Ancestry.com
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 3:16:27 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
26 Basic Computer Tips
Posted by Grace

In the September 2008 issue's Toolkit, we revealed the answers to our readers' most common desktop dilemmas—answering questions such as how to print sideways, how to safely shop online and how to enlarge text on Web sites.

David Pogue of The New York Times recently posted in his blog 26 more basic tech tips—for using computers, cameras and the Internet—including gems like these:
  • You can double-click a word to highlight it in any document, e-mail or Web page.
  • You don’t have to type http://www into your Web browser. Just type the remainder: nytimes.com or dilbert.com, for example. (In the Safari browser, you can even leave off the .com part.)
  • You can switch from one open program to the next by pressing Alt+Tab (Windows) or Command+Tab (Mac).
If you want even more pointers, browse through the comments—as of this morning there were more than 1,100 posts, many with more great tech tips.


Tech Advice
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 9:59:39 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Ohio County Gets Grant to Digitize Vital Records
Posted by Diane

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch are continuing their collaboration by cosponsoring a records digitization grant just awarded to the Probate Division of the Summit County Common Pleas Court in Akron, Ohio.

The grant, administered by the National Association of Government Archive and Records Administrators, is worth $150,000—but it’ll be delivered in the form of services rather than money.

FamilySearch will digitize 550,000 individuals' Summit County marriage records (1840 to 1980), 46,000-plus birth records (pre-1908) and more than 22,000 death records (also pre-1908).

Ancestry.com will create an index linked to the images that’ll be free on the probate court’s Web site, FamilySearch and Ancestry.com.

The project should be completed by the end of next year.


Ancestry.com | FamilySearch | Public Records
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 11:45:21 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [4]
# Friday, October 03, 2008
Free Database of the Week: Census Records of Nebraska
Posted by Grace

I picked up this great resource from our Nebraska State Research Guide: Census Records of Nebraska from Nebraska & Midwest Genealogical Record.

From the main page, you can view Nebraska territorial and state census extractions published in vols. 9-22 of the Nebraska & Midwest Genealogical Record, the journal of the Nebraska Genealogical Society. The database includes the 1854, 1855 and 1856 territorial censuses, plus a couple federal mortality schedules at the bottom of the page.

If you're hot on the trail of a Cornhusker ancestor, you can also browse surnames in the Nebraska & Midwest Genealogical Record name index.

A great reference to determine historical boundaries is Nebraska Counties, which has maps from when the territory was formed in 1854 to the state's last county name change in 1925.


census records | Free Databases
Friday, October 03, 2008 3:20:16 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, October 02, 2008
Genealogy Software News: User Reviews, AGES-Online, Family Tree Maker
Posted by Allison

A few software tidbits that came across our desktops recently:

  • Wonder about other family historians’ opinions of the genealogy software you’re considering buying? Take a peek at Genealogy Software Reviews, a site dedicated to evaluations by average users.

    It works much like the customer review sections on Amazon.com and other e-tailers: Users rate a product from one to five stars based on how much they use it and like it, as well as write comments about the software—which range from a sentence to several paragraphs (in general, don’t expect in-depth analysis).

    Genealogy Software Reviews covers the full gamut of family tree software: full-featured programs, add-ons, freeware, shareware, more than 360 programs in all (who knew so many existed?). That does include some long-defunct programs, such as ROOTS and Ultimate Family Tree. We suggest searching for a particular program, or filtering by category to browse the type of program you’re interested.
  • Web-based genealogy software AGES-Online has improved the system so you can more easily collaborate with others on building your tree: You can now set up additional users within your account, and specify the level of access you want each one to have for adding and editing data. AGES offers a free 30-day trial, with subscription plans ranging from $39.95 to $109.95 a year.

  • Several folks have inquired about how to get their free upgrades to Family Tree Maker 2009. I did a little digging on the Ancestry corporate blog, and learned that registered version 2008 users were supposed to receive an e-mail with a download code for their free upgrade—but comments on the company blog and message boards indicate some didn’t receive their invitations.

    A thread on the Ancestry blog says, “If you registered a US or Canadian 2008 version of Family Tree Maker and didn’t receive the email … please let us know here in a comment.” So post there, and if you don’t get a response within a few days, we suggest contacting that company directly at (800) 262-3787.


Genealogy Software
Thursday, October 02, 2008 10:44:35 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Coming Soon: Help for Genealogy Newbies
Posted by Allison

In keeping with the "behind-the-scenes" aspect of this blog, I thought I'd give everyone a sneak peek at one of the projects the Family Tree Magazine staff is working on.

Beginner's Guide to Genealogy is a primer that culls together some of our best articles on getting started tracing your roots. It's been fun to revisit "classic" advice we've published throughout the years—I've found at least a few nuggets of information I'd forgotten. (Which, for me, is really saying something—the staff accuses me of having a photographic memory of the entire magazine archive. It's what happens after you proofread every article four or five times. But I digress.)

Here's a sampling of topics in the Beginner's Guide:
  • overview of basic records
  • oral history interviewing
  • writing queries that get answers
  • Web search techniques
And a sneak peek at the cover:



Beginner's Guide to Genealogy will be available as a digital download from our online store by Oct. 15. Which means I better get back to work!



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Wednesday, October 01, 2008 6:12:19 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]