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# Saturday, February 26, 2011
"Who Do You Think You Are?" Episode 4 Recap
Posted by jamie

Spoiler Alert: If you don't already know what happened during Kim Cattrall's episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” you are about to find out.

Actress Kim Cattrall set out to solve a 70-year-old mystery and explore her British heritage on her episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?"

George Baugh, Cattrall's grandfather, disappeared when her mother, Shane, was 8 years old. When George left, he tried to bribe Shane to accompany him, but she decided to stay behind with her mother. Shane never saw him again, and her mother and two sisters lived in extreme poverty in Liverpool.

After meeting with Shane and her two aunts, Cattralls discovers through a newspaper clipping that George had a sister Edna. Cattrall visits an address listed for Edna, and when no one answers, she knocks on a neighbor's door. The neighbor instantly recognizes Cattrall and tells her that Edna and George's other sister Amy are still alive; she gives Cattrall their address.

When she meets with Edna and Amy, she learns that George had a history of running away and was unhappy with his marriage to Cattrall's grandmother. The sisters also show Cattrall family photos, but none of them are of George.

Cattrall returns to the hotel where a package from a researcher is waiting for her. It contains a copy of George's marriage certificate to woman that was not Cattrall's grandmother. The document indicates he remarried less than a year after he left the family without divorcing his first wife.

With his new wife, Isabella Oliver, George moves to Durham County where the couple has three children during the 1950s -- Penelope Isabella Baugh, John Oliver Baugh and George William Baugh.

Isabella's brother, William Oliver, and his wife Maisie lived next to Isabella and George in Durham County. Cattrall finds Maisie in a phone book and meets with her and her daughter. (For more on tracing ancestors using city directories, see our how-to guide.)

Maisie explains that George met Isabella in Manchester in 1938, and they had a daughter, Irene, there before moving to Durham County. His new family with Isabella didn't know anything about George's previous family.

Maisie also tells Cattrall that George and his family picked up and moved to Australia in the 1960s. After traveling Down Under, Cattrall discovers George died in 1974 and Isabella in 1990. She decides not to track down their children in Australia.

After her journey, Cattrall returns to Liverpool to share everything she learned about George with her mother Shane and her aunts. After hearing the story, the sisters decide to contact their half siblings in Australia.
(For more on tracing British subjects in Australia, see the March 2011 issue of Family Tree Magazine on newsstands now.)

"WDYTYA" airs Fridays at 8pm EST on NBC. Check the Genealogy Insider blog for a brief recap of each episode.


"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Celebrity Roots
Saturday, February 26, 2011 11:00:13 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
An Insider Look at Who Do You Think You Are? Live by Lisa Louise Cooke
Posted by Lisa

In this edition of my guest post for the Genealogy Insider I’m reporting from the Who Do You Think You Are? Live event in London, which runs Friday, Feb. 25, through Sunday, Feb 27.

While I could spend time telling you about the huge booths and displays of the genealogy giants like Ancestry.uk, FamilySearch or Find My Past, I think it would miss the mark on conveying what is truly unique about this particular event. It’s the “little guy” – the local society, volunteer organization and fledgling online start-up – that fills the vast majority of the exhibit hall. Here are just a few that stood out as I made way up and down the aisles:

Discover Ireland
“Genealogy butler” and professional genealogist Helen Kelly sat down with me at the Discover Ireland booth to talk about the countless number of people they have helped trace their Irish ancestors and then make the journey to the homeland. Their free booklet “Tracing Your Ancestors” in Ireland walks family historians through doing research on their own in the U.S, heading online to tap into digital records, hiring professional help as needed, and tips for making the trip and walking the green grass of Ireland in person.

“We have to be quiet sometimes,” says Kelly, “…we have to sit in the landscape and then the stones can speak to us.” Kelly made a compelling case for making the journey “back to the community that nurtured your ancestors.” While many things have changed, you can still experience the accents, landscape and culture that enveloped your ancestors.

Kelly summed it up this way, “We are not just part of our people, we are also part of our landscape.” Stay tuned to my Genealogy Gems podcast, where you will hear my entire conversation with this inspirational expert on discovering Ireland.


Lisa talks with Helen Kelly about tracing Irish roots.


Western Front Association

If you have an ancestor who served during the Great War, the Western Front Association may have just the resources and expertise you are looking for. Founded by historian John Giles in 1980, the association has grown to include thousands of members around the world. Their historical information officer is available to help with research questions, and their publications and unique record holdings make them an ideal resource.

War Memorials Trust
As I approached their booth, a woman named Nancy welcomed me and explained the simple yet vital purpose of the War Memorials Trust: to monitor the condition of war memorials and to encourage protection and conservation when appropriate. They also strive to provide expert advice to war memorial projects across the UK, to act as the specialist organization for war memorial conversation issues and to facilitate repair and conservation through grants. I was pleased to see organizations in attendance that play a vital role in empowering all of us to help preserve our precious history.

Friends of the MPHC
Do you have a bobby in your background? If so, the Metropolitan Police have a resource for you! The Met Collection encompasses artifacts previously hidden from view. The permanent public display at the Met Collection heritage center rotates from the 17,000 items that make up the collection including uniforms, photos, police equipment and a vast database of records. You can visit the collection in person at The Annex, Empress State Building, Empress Approach, Lillie Rd., London SW6 1TR (a 2 minute walk from the Brompton tube station) or visit them online at the Friends of the MPHC website.

With such a variety of fascinating topics and experts to learn from, it’s no wonder that over 17,000 people have bought tickets to attend the three-day event. Next week I’ll have a complete wrap up for you on the Who Do You Think You Are? Live event. 

FindMyPast.co.uk's booth at Who Do You Think You Are? Live.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Genealogy Events | International Genealogy | Military records | Podcasts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 6:22:50 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Friday, February 25, 2011
News Corral: Feb. 25
Posted by jamie

For the first time, people in England and Wales will be able to submit census responses online. Beginning March 4, Brits will be able to unlock the digital questionnaire by entering an access code that will be mailed to each household. Read more about the 2011 UK census here.

Our special Civil War issue isn't on newsstands until March 8, but we have a sneak peek of it on our website. See the Civil War as your ancestors did -- through the lens of the era's photographers. View our slideshow on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.

We're deciding which states to cover in our Genealogy Crash Course live webinar series and we want your input. We've already served up expert tips and tricks for Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. What are your requests? Weigh in by filling out our survey here.

The Academy Awards are this weekend, and CBS is celebrating with a slideshow of highlights from Oscars past. Click here to see the photos.

Our new monthly bundles are jam-packed with products to help you trace your roots — all at one low price. We only have two left of the Ultimate African-American Genealogy Collection, and once they're gone, they're gone. Learn more about the Ultimate Collection here.

Family Tree Firsts blogger Nancy Shively traveled to Florida to meet cousins she discovered while doing genealogy research. Read her story on FamilyTreeUniversity.com.


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Friday, February 25, 2011 11:44:29 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Ohio Genealogy Crash Course
Posted by jamie



Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on researching Ohio ancestors? Or ask experts your burning questions about a Buckeye State brick wall? Or had a clue how to research forebears that settled in the Western Reserve? We'll grant your wishes in our Ohio Genealogy Crash Course live webinar.

During our live webinars, audio is delivered over your telephone or computer speakers. Power Point presentations and desktop or document sharing are presented over the Internet. This is like a talk-radio program with visuals on the Web. You'll be able to have a live Q&A chat with the speakers.

From the Ohio webinar you'll learn:
  • Essential Ohio history
  • Details on vital records and immigration in the state
  • What ethnicity-based records your ancestor may have left
  • The best websites for Ohio research

Registration for the live session includes:
  • Participation in the live presentation and Q&A session
  • Access to the webinar recording to view again as many times as you like
  • PDF of the presentation slides for future reference
  • A PDF of our Ohio State Research Guide

The webinar is March 16, 7 p.m. EST, and will run for one hour. If you register before March 1, you'll receive 20 percent off. Click here to register for the Ohio Genealogy Crash Course live webinar.


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 2:43:54 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
Only 6 Ultimate African-American Genealogy Collections Left
Posted by jamie

We’re excited about our new Ultimate Collection program. Each month we’ll release a new collection of carefully selected, discounted products to help you achieve your genealogy goals. A limited number of copies of each collection will be available, so get ‘em while the getting’s good.

For February, we've put together the Ultimate African-American Genealogy Collection in honor of Black History Month. This multimedia collection brings you our most invaluable advice from African-American genealogy experts at an unbeatable price.

The Ultimate African American Genealogy Collection contains:

• Family Tree University independent study course Finding African-American Ancestors in Newspapers CD
• African-American Genealogy Guide digital download
• July 2009 Family Tree Magazine digital issue with a primer on African-American research
• Georgia Genealogy Crash Course on-demand webinar with resources and advice for slave ancestry
Family Tree Magazine 2011 Genealogy Desk Calendar

If all the items were purchased separately, the price would add up to $212.95, but we've bundled them together for $49.99. Save more than $120.00 by purchasing the Ultimate African-American Genealogy Collection on ShopFamilyTree.com. But hurry, there's only six more available for February. Once they're gone, they're gone.



Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:46:04 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Our Third Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes Winner
Posted by jamie

We're celebrating the return of NBC’s "Who Do You Think You Are?" with a giveaway. While celebrities explore their genealogy on the show, we want to give you the opportunity to explore your own genealogical history with our Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes!

Each week in February we will announce a lucky winner on our Facebook fan page and the Genealogy Insider blog. Our third lucky winner:

So what's the prize? Four lucky winners will get Discover Your Roots Kits, which include a bookazine for genealogy beginners, a Family Tree University course, a subscription to Family Tree Magazine, our State Research Guides CD and the Family Tree Pocket Reference eBook—a $205 value!

You can enter each week in February, by doing one or both of the following things:

  1. Comment here on the blog during "WDYTYA." You could write about a technique or resource you learned about from the show, or (if you missed the show) something you're looking forward to learning about your own genealogy.
  2. "Like" Family Tree Magazine on Facebook, and comment on or "like" our statuses about "WDYTYA."

We'll pick a winner each Monday and post their name here and on Facebook. 

This contest will run until Feb. 27, 2011. Official rules can be found here.
"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Genealogy fun
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 5:00:31 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [18]
"Who Do You Think You Are?" Episode 3 Recap
Posted by jamie

Spoiler Alert: If you don't already know what happened during Rosie O'Donnell's episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” you are about to find out.

Rosie O'Donnell often asked her grandmother about a specific photo hanging in her house, but her grandmother was tight lipped about the woman. O'Donnell knew she was somehow related to her, but didn't know much beyond that. So she began her "Who Do You Think You Are?" journey by researching the mystery woman.

She starts looking in the 1900 census, finding her great-grandparents Michael and Ellen Murtha. The census indicates Michael was born in French Canada and his parents were born in Ireland. O'Donnell steps back father to the 1880, but shows Michael living in Brooklyn with a different woman — his first wife Anna.

This leads O'Donnell to Manhattan, where she finds the death certificate for Anna Murtaugh, a variation of the Murtha surname. The cause of death is listed as an explosion of an oil lamp. O'Donnell searches neighborhood newspapers for write-ups about the incident, discovering Anna was holding her infant daughter during the explosion.

Catholic church baptismal records revealed Anna's daughter to be Elizabeth Murtha, who lived through the accident and eventually had many children and grandchildren. Tracing the line forward, O'Donnell is reunited with Elizabeth's grandchildren, her second cousins. They confirm that the mysterious photo is Elizabeth's mother Anna.

After solving that mystery, she travels to Quebec to search parish records for Anna's husband and O'Donnell's great-grandfather Michael Murtha, listed as Michael Murtaugh in baptismal records. Michael's parents are listed as Andrew Murtaugh and Anne Doyle. O'Donnell searches a local newspaper to find the obituary for Anne, which lists her birthplace as Kildare, Ireland. For more on searching newspapers, see our Finding You Family in Old Newspapers on-demand webinar.

O'Donnell then heads to Ireland to find out more about the Murtaughs. Many people emigrated from Ireland at the height of the potato feminine, and Andrew and Anne were among them.

Searching Poor Law Union minute books for a mention of the family, O'Donnell discovers two men sponsored the Murtaughs passage to Canada. The Poor Law Union only provided assisted immigration for severely impoverished families during the feminine. To qualify for assisted immigration, a family would have to live in a work house for at least a year. For more on tracing your Irish roots, see our Irish heritage research guide.

"WDYTYA" airs Fridays at 8pm EST on NBC. Check the Genealogy Insider blog for a brief recap of each episode, and post a comment to be entered to win in our Discover Who You Are sweepstakes!


"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Church records | Female ancestors | Newspapers
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:48:38 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Friday, February 18, 2011
News Corral: Feb. 18
Posted by jamie

Ancestry.com has improved its 1910 US census collection to include clearer images, alternate names and mother's and father's birthplace search fields. The best part? You can search the collection for free through Feb. 21.

ProGenealogists released its annual list of the 50 most popular genealogy websites. Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, FindAGrave.com, FamilySearch.org and Genealogy.com round out the top five sites. FamilyTreeMagazine.com even made the list. See all the sites here.

Think your ancestors greeted each other with a friendly hello? Think again. The first documented usage of "hello" is in 1827, and it was used attract attention or express surprise. It wasn't until after the telephone came into regular use that "hello" was a common greeting. Read the entire history of the word here.

The New York Times is celebrating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by posting collaborative blogs in a section called Disunion. The blogs utilizes contemporary accounts and historical assessments to chronicle the Civil War as it unfolded 150 years ago. Stay up-to-date on the posts by liking Disunion on Facebook.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has been jokingly lobbying for an invite to the royal nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton with no success. But, much to Degeneres' surprise, she is actually related to Middleton -- the two are 15th cousins. Because of the connection, DeGerenes is now awaiting her save the date.


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Friday, February 18, 2011 11:06:16 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Wednesday, February 16, 2011
"Discover Your Roots" Now Available
Posted by jamie



Discover Your Roots, a 132-page guide to getting started in genealogy from Family Tree Magazine, is the perfect introduction to researching your family history. 

We've jam-packed Discover Your Roots with tips, tricks and how-to guides. Here's a sampling of my favorites:
  • Jumpstart your genealogy research with our 16 ideas that you can accomplish in 20 minutes or less.
  • Embark on your maiden voyage with our guide to researching female ancestors.
  • Navigate death certificates, delayed birth certificates, Social Security applications and WWI draft registration cards with the help of the Document Detective.
  • Become a census sleuth with charts and clues for each US enumeration.
  • Boost your online genealogy with our 101 best free websites roundup, proving some of the best things in life really are free.
  • Keep track of all your new-found family history with our genealogy worksheet starter kit and a decorative fold-out family tree chart.
Look for Discover You Roots on newsstands, or pick up a copy at ShopFamilyTree.com.


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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 12:53:18 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
More From RootsTech With Lisa Louise Cooke
Posted by jamie

With all the anticipation of the first ever RootsTech conference, it’s hard to believe it’s already come and gone. Here are some highlights from this year’s conference that I hope inspire you to attend next year. (Block out February 2-4, 2012 on your calendar!)

 

Microfilm Distribution: As a member of the media, I had the rare opportunity to see how hundreds of thousands of microfilm rolls make their way around the world each year.  The Family History Library distribution center is the size of 19 football fields and stores 725,000 film copies, each copy averaging 100 feet in length.  Films are stored in huge automated shelving systems holding trays of film that are tracked and accessed by computer. Even though there is a goal to digitize all microfilms held by the FHL, there will always be a need for microfilm distribution because of copyright restrictions. 

 

Inside the microfilm distribution center at the Family History Library.

 

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner: One of the winners at this year’s conference was the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner. Many a happy genealogist clutched their new portable workhorse, and those that didn’t already have one were muttering quietly that they really needed one. Having acquired a Flip-Pal scanner myself not long ago, I can say that the buzz was warranted. Look for the Family Tree Magazine review of the Flip-Pal scanner in our May issue, on newsstands March 8.

 

The Media Center:  I felt a bit like Maxwell Smart in the Cone of Silence from "Get Smart," as I conducted interviews in the glass cubicles at the center of the exhibit hall. The cubicles weren't sound proof, but they provided a convenient place to record audio and video while still capturing the ambiance of the place.  One of my first interviews was with Patricia Van Skaik of the Cincinnati Public Library, who won the Most Distinguished Presenter award for her Saturday presentations. The media center was a stroke of genius on the part of the organizers. It gave podcasters and bloggers the room and tools we needed to get the word out.

 

 

Lisa interviewing Patricia Van Skaik in the media center.


Interviews: Curt Witcher, manager of the genealogy deptartment at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Ind., also sat down with me for an in depth interview. He sees technology converging with genealogy, and his keynote address was quite a hit from sounds of between-session banter. Watch our conversation below:

 


You can see more from RootsTech at the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel. Click subscribe while there and you can receive email notification as they are posted.

 

Virtual Presentations Roundtable: I wrapped up the whirlwind three-day conference as a panelist in the Virtual Presentations Roundtable. Thomas MacEntee pulled together a panel of experienced webinar presenters, including editor of Family Tree Magazine Allison Stacy, Photo Detective Maureen Taylor, DearMYRTLE, Geoff Rasmussen and Marian Pierre-Louis.  Not only did we provide tips on how societies can hold their own virtual presentations, but the session itself was a virtual webinar.  And to top it off, the RootsTech folks streamed the session live on the RootsTech website!

 

RootsTech made a bold leap onto the conference scene, and from every indication, it’s here to stay.




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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 11:13:43 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Tech Tips From RootsTech with Lisa Louise Cooke
Posted by jamie

This week’s tech tips blog entry is straight from the RootsTech 2011 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. FamilySearch CEO Jay Verkler and his organizational team brought to life a conference vision that was just a gleam in their eyes 7 months ago. As attendees flooded into the exhibit hall Friday, they were met with towering scaffolding structures framing the various booths, banks of computers and brainstorming areas. It was their first glimpse of the Verkler vision, and it was stunning.

With this being the first run of a new conference, which Verkler refers to as an “experiment,” there are bound to be glitches: delays in information and communication, challenges in addressing such a diverse audience, and Mac users stymied by a PC-oriented facility. But none of these glitches sytmied the core purpose of the conference: Connecting technologists with genealogists. In this area, RootsTech is smooth sailing.

Verkler and his team are striving to find answers to a set of genealogy technology challenges they believe the community is facing. Through classes, exhibits, “unconferencing” brainstorming sessions and a Microsoft-sponsored playground complete with Wii and pool tables, they hope to find answers.

Did genealogists’ find answers to their research challenges at RootsTech 2011? That remains to be seen. But here is a tech tip from conference session Cool Tools to Enhance Your Online Research by Tami Glatz: Windows Snipping tool.

Want save a snippet of a website? Perhaps an image or a paragraph of text? If you’re a PC user with Vista or Windows 7, you have a free tool that allows you to capture a portion of your computer screen. Here’s how you do it:
  1. Navigate to a website where you want to save a portion of a page.
  2. Under the Start menu click All Programs.
  3. Click on the Accessories file folder.
  4. Select Snipping Tool.
  5. The tool pops up in a small window on your screen.
  6. Drag the cursor around the area you want to save.
  7. Click the Save icon in the window, name the image and save it to your hard drive.
It’s as simple as that. No need to jotting down notes on sticky notes or printing out entire web pages for future reference. Now you can snip and save it with the Snipping Tool. Want to see the Snipping Tool in action and learn more about its capabilities? Watch the video tutorial here.

And stay tuned to the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel for videos from the RootsTech 2011. Watch my first one below:



—Lisa Louise Cooke


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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 9:58:29 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Monday, February 14, 2011
Oprah Winfrey Network Features Genealogy Reality Show
Posted by jamie

Pam Slaton is living her dream. She tracked down her birth parents, volunteered her sleuthing skills to other adoptees, became a professional investigative genealogist and landed a reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, sharing her story.

Her journey into family history got off to a rocky start with the search for her birth mother. She hired an investigator to help her; after she located her mother, Slaton was quickly rejected and absolutely devastated. "I never dreamed my birth mother didn't want to know me," Slaton said.

She then set out to find her father. The only information she had was that he was a 6-foot-5-inch Italian mortician living in the Bronx. She later found him, using the little information she had as a jumping off point.

Because of her success, Slaton suggests gathering all the facts you can find before doing any research, even if you think they aren't relevant. Any details could end up being important information. Do a Google search with the information you have, and see where that leads you. "Peel back one layer, then the next, then the next, like an onion," Slaton said.

But don't let the facts you have limit you. "Sometimes the more information you put into a search engine, the less you get back," Slaton said. Names can change or be misspelled, handwritten records are hard to read and and maybe indexed incorrectly, or information you think is right could be wrong. Try removing some information and using a wild card search to yield more results.

While researching for her clients, Slaton utilizes military, census and other records to find birth families. She often uses the information found in those records to trace the ancestral lines forward to locate other living relatives.

If a client is trying to locate a living relative or birth parent, Slaton advises them to make sure you are emotionally ready. The reunion could be a very joyful or upsetting experience for everyone.

She also tells her clients to be respectful and confidential. Don't call everyone with in the phone book the same name as a birth parent.

And it is this sort of knowledge and compassion that leads clients to Slaton. "When I speak to clients, they know I totally get it," she said. "It makes me feel good that I'm that support to them."

"Searching For …" starring Pam Slaton premieres tonight at 9 p.m., on the Oprah Winfrey Network.



Monday, February 14, 2011 5:18:55 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [6]
Our Second Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes Winner
Posted by jamie


We're celebrating the return of NBC’s "Who Do You Think You Are?" with a giveaway. While celebrities explore their genealogy on the show, we want to give you the opportunity to explore your own genealogical history with our Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes!

Each week in February we will announce a lucky winner on our Facebook fan page and the Genealogy Insider blog. Our second winner:


So what's the prize? Four lucky winners will get Discover Your Roots Kits, which include a bookazine for genealogy beginners, a Family Tree University course, a subscription to Family Tree Magazine, our State Research Guides CD and the Family Tree Pocket Reference eBook—a $205 value!

You can enter each week in February, by doing one or both of the following things:

  1. Comment here on the blog during "WDYTYA." You could write about a technique or resource you learned about from the show, or (if you missed the show) something you're looking forward to learning about your own genealogy.
  2. "Like" Family Tree Magazine on Facebook, and comment on or "like" our statuses about "WDYTYA."

We'll pick a winner each Monday and post their name here and on Facebook. 

This contest will run until Feb. 27, 2011. Official rules can be found here.


"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Genealogy fun
Monday, February 14, 2011 3:23:22 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [7]
Celebrate Valentine's Day With Love-inspired Names
Posted by jamie

Ancestry.ca searched its collection of records for the most amorous Canadian names. Some of the results are romantic while others are downright strange, but one thing is clear — these Canadians' parents were smitten with these monikers.

In the 1861 Canada census, Ancestry.ca found these romantic results:
  • Love Bully, a 20-year-old woman born in Upper Canada, living in Dover, Kent, Canada West.
  • Cupid Martin, a 35-year-old man originally from the United States, working as a yeoman in Raleigh County, Ontario.
  • Amor Moran, a 24-year-old Irish-born woman found living with her siblings in a Montreal house with four other families.
  • Venus Antahia, a 60-year-old widower who lived alone in Laprairie, Canada East.
  • The first name of Valentine shows up 580 times. One hundred people have Valentine as a surname.
  • Fourteen people have Amor as first name, while 18 have Amor as a surname.
  • Nine people were named after Paris, the city of love.

Other lovely names:
  • Love Burns, 13, can be found living in Harbourville, Nova Scotia, in 1871 Canada census.
  • Lover Woo can be found at 91 Elgin St. in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, in the 1911 Canada census.
  • Bad Heart Lasuisse, a 70-year-old Sioux widower, can be found living with five family members in the Territories in the 1901 Canada census.
  • Romance Turrell married John Obrien on Christmas Day 1878, according to Ontario marriage records.
Have a happy Valentine's Day! Spoil your sweetie with a gift from ShopFamilyTree.com, or treat yourself.


census records | Genealogy fun
Monday, February 14, 2011 11:08:57 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
"Who Do You Think You Are?" Episode 2 Recap
Posted by jamie

Spoiler Alert: If you don't already know what happened during Tim McGraw's episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” you are about to find out.

Country singer Tim McGraw, after looking at his birth certificate as a teenager,  discovered the man he thought was his father was not his biological father. His birth certificate named baseball star Tug McGraw as his father, who he then forged a relationship with as an adult. Tug passed on without revealing much about the McGraw family tree, so Tim explored the paternal line of his ancestry on "Who Do You Think You Are?"

After gathering a few clues from his uncle, McGraw travels to Kansas City, Mo., to find out more about his great-grandparents Andrew and Ellie Mae McGraw. He views Ellie's death certificate and discovered she was a member of the Chrisman family, who settled that area of Missouri.

This led him to Virginia, researching sixth-great-grandfather Isaac Chrisman. Using surveying records and historical maps, McGraw discovers Chrisman lived on the boarder of Indian territory in colonial Virginia. Through a report made by a militiaman, McGraw discovers Chrisman was attacked by Indians and died.

Issac Chrisman's grandfather is Jost Hite, a German immigrant. He traveled to the colonies as an indentured servant with the Pressler family — ancestors of Elvis Presley. Hite quickly worked his way out of servitude and was awarded a massive land grant in Virginia. McGraw views Hite's deeds, and heads to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley to see his land.

The Hite trail then leads McGraw to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. There an archivist shows him George Washington's teenage journal, which indicates Washington lodged at the Hite family home. McGraw also reads a letter written by Washington to his ne'er-do-well neighbor, in which he praises the Hites as a prime example of how one should live his life.

While McGraw had professional researchers to help him navigate land plats and Virginia records, our Family Tree University Land Records 101 course and our Virginia research guides to help you find your ancestors on your own.

"WDYTYA" airs Fridays at 8pm EST on NBC. Check the Genealogy Insider blog for a brief recap of each episode, and post a comment to be entered to win in our Discover Who You Are sweepstakes!


"Who Do You Think You Are?" | German roots | Land records
Monday, February 14, 2011 10:07:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [9]
# Friday, February 11, 2011
Genealogy News Corral: Feb. 11
Posted by jamie

The General Registrar Office of Scotland will release 1911 census records April 5. This enumeration contains the names, addresses, ages, occupations, birthplaces and marital statuses of more than 4.7 million Scots. Subscription website ScotlandsPeople will have the data available online in full color.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies has scheduled its annual conference for Sep. 7–10, in Springfield, Il. This year's theme is Pathways to the Heartland, and David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States, is scheduled as the keynote speaker. Click here to read more about the conference or to register.

Facebook application We're Related will integrate with a FarmVille-like application to create an online game for players to explore their family trees and build an online community. While players construct houses, start businesses, immigrate family members and assign jobs, Family Village matches inputted data with relevant real-world documents—such as census records, newspaper articles and marriage records—about the user's living and deceased relatives. Players can then examine the records, print them, or store them in their personal game library. Click here to play Family Village on Facebook.

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has acquired GenealogyWise.com, a social networking website for genealogists. As a result, the site will gain new features, like allowing users to sit in on live meetings digitally.

Archives.com announced two January winners for it's new monthly grant program. Columbia County, Pa., Historical & Genealogical Society will use its grant to transcribe marriage license dockets 1921 to 1939—an estimated 9,000 bride and groom names. Myron McGhee will use his grant to travel to Alabama to interview residents, review deed transcriptions and scan photographs to test a hypothesis that his black ancestors roots are related to a white family in the area with the same name. Each recipient will receive $1,000 for their genealogy project.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a digital copy of a map used by Abraham Lincoln to coordinate military operations with his emancipation policies. The map illustrates the slave population density in 1860 America geographically, and is available for view here.


African-American roots | census records | Civil War | Historic preservation | International Genealogy | UK and Irish roots
Friday, February 11, 2011 3:43:52 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, February 09, 2011
New "Life in Civil War America" Book
Posted by jamie


Whether your fourth-great-grandfather served in the Civil War or your ancestors watched from the sidelines, gain insight into their experiences with Life in Civil War America by historian Michael O. Varhola.

His new book takes readers back to the war between the states, illuminating the sweeping changes and cultural norms that shaped the everyday lives of soldiers and civilians. Discover what it was like to sit around the campfire cooking hellfire stew and "throwing the papers" with fellow soldiers. Or see how it was on the home front, passing the time with war worries at a starvation party, where the only refreshment served was water.

Inside the cover you'll find:
  • a look at the social and economic realities of daily life in the Union and Confederacy, from big cities and small towns to plantations and communes
  • an explanation of military life in the army and navy, from rankings and regiments to duties and dress
  • the typical diets of soldiers and civilians, including period recipes, food preparation and the impact of shortages and inflation on rations
  • definitions of common terms, slang and idioms of the era
  • dozens of Civil War photographs and illustrations plus an appendix on the role photography played during the war
  • a quick-reference timeline detailing the events of the war
  • tips for researching ancestors who fought in the Civil War
  • information on Civil War resources, books, periodicals, websites and historic sites
Life in Civil War America is now available on ShopFamilyTree.com at a special 33 percent discount.

Civil War | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 2:53:01 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
RootsTech Will Broadcast Select Conference Sessions Online
Posted by jamie

RootsTech, a family history and technology conference organized by FamilySearch, starts Thursday in Salt Lake City. If you can't make it to RootsTech in person, you're in luck — eight of the sessions will be broadcast free online.

The digital sessions include some of the keynote speakers and a sampling of technology and family history presentations. The available sessions are:
 
Thursday, Feb. 10:
  • 8:30-9:00 a.m (MST): A world of Information, presented by Shane Robison, chief technology officer of Hewlett Packard
  • 9:00-9:30 a.m. (MST): Turning Roots, Branches, Trees into Nodes, Links, Graphs, presented Jay L. Verkler, chief executive officer of FamilySearch International
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. (MST): Digitally Preserving Your Family Heritage, presented by Barry Ewell, founder of MyGenShare.com
Friday, Feb. 11:
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. (MST): The Changing Face of Genealogy, presented by Curt Witcher, manager of the Historical Genealogy Department of Allen County Public Library
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m. (MST): Cloud Computing: What is it and How it has Been Used to Create the Next FamilySearch.org, presented by Brian Pugh, senior engineer at FamilySearch International              
Saturday, Feb. 12:
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. (MST): Personal Archiving and Primary Documents, presented by Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archives
  • 1:45-2:45 p.m. (MST): Virtual Presentations Round Table and Collaborative Panel Discussion, presented by Thomas MacEntee, professional genealogist and technology specialist
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. (MST): The Power of PDF: Tools for Every Genealogist, presented by D. Josh Taylor, director of Education and Programs at New England Historical Genealogical Society.  
Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at RootsTech.org.

Our very own Lisa Louise Cook will be at RootsTech. Check back here for her updates from the weekend.


Genealogy Industry
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 1:20:56 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Last Call for African-American Ancestors FTU Course Discount
Posted by jamie

Family Tree University's next session commences Feb. 14. That means there's only a few days left to register for the Finding Your African-American Ancestors in Newspapers course for $24.99—75 percent off the regular price of $99.99.

This deep discount is made possible through a partnership with GenealogyBank, a subscription website with one of the largest online collections of historical African-American newspapers, for Black History Month.

The Finding Your African-American Ancestors in Newspapers course will equip students with key background information for newspaper research, expose myths pertaining to the use of white newspapers, give students the skill and confidence to seek out and utilize African-American newspapers, and provide invaluable tips and strategies designed to optimize search success.

Sign up for the class on Family Tree University's website.


African-American roots | Family Tree University
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 10:45:10 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Library Utilizes Online Gaming to Digitize Records
Posted by jamie

The National Library of Finland has launched Digitalkoot (digital volunteers), an online crowdsourcing project to digitize the nation's historical records. 

“We have millions and millions of pages of historically and culturally valuable magazines, newspapers and journals online. The challenge is that the optical character recognition often contains errors and omissions, which hamper for example searches,” said Kai Ekholm, director of the National Library of Finland. “Manual correction is needed to weed out these mistakes so that the texts become machine readable, enabling scholars and archivists to search the material for the information they need.”

The program currently consists of two online games developed by Microtask. In Mole Hunt (Myyräjahti), the player is shown two different words, and he must determine as quickly as possible if the words are the same. This uncovers erroneous words in archived material. In Mole Bridge (Myyräsilta), players have to correctly spell the words appearing on the screen. Correct answers help beavers build a bridge across a river.

The online gaming experience enables anyone to contribute to the conversion portions of Finnish cultural heritage into a lasting format. The aim is to crowdsource thousands of volunteers to participate online utilizing modern technology developed in Finland.

“In the Digitalkoot program, participants can do as much, or as little, work they want, where they want and when they want." says Harri Holopainen, Microtask managing director. "We help turn routine work into fun, almost a parlor game.”

Click here to participate in the project.

Libraries and Archives
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 9:31:18 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Behind the Scenes of Rosie O'Donnell's "Who Do You Think You Are?" Episode
Posted by jamie

Exploring ancestry can be a difficult experience, especially if the researcher's family history is riddled with hardships and pain. Actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell's genealogical journey on season two of NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" is no exception.

Her mother died of breast cancer when O'Donnell was still a child. After her death, the family never really spoke of her mother again, resulting in emotional pain and disharmony between O'Donnell's siblings. This led O'Donnell to focus on her mother's side of the family while filming "WDYTYA?" because she didn't know much about them.

She enlisted her brother Ed, the one sibling with whom O'Donnell is in contact, to help search for her family history. The experience of "WDYTYA?" was not only therapeutic and healed their relationship, but also gave her insight into her own life. "It definitely changed the view of my own history, my own childhood, and it also helped explain to my children where their grandmother was from and what she was about," O'Donnell said. "They have never met her, because she died when I was 10, and they often ask questions about her. It was nice to be able to fill in some of those blanks."

The information found in records about her mother is somewhat limited. O'Donnell really wants to know more about her adult life, so she is working with playwright Dick Scanlan to produce a one woman show about her. To find out more about her, Scanlan tracked down a few of O'Donnell's mother's friends and her classmates at Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School. "I’ve been able to sit down and talk with some of them and that’s been really interesting see my mother through adult eyes as opposed to a child’s eyes," O'Donnell said.

With the aid of professional genealogists, O'Donnell utilized photographs, work records, censuses, baptismal certificates and newspaper articles in her research. "It was a pretty intensive research project, and I was very impressed with the staff [at Ancestry.com] and what they were able to find—things that I couldn’t believe that they found," O'Donnell said. "It was pretty intense and pretty surprising for me to know that many details still exist."



On the show, O'Donnell was also able to explore her Irish heritage. She compared her Irish ancestors living conditions to that of Frank McCourt's in his memoir Angela's Ashes. The extreme poverty and hardships endured by her family shocked O'Donnell, changing the view of her own history and completely reframing her life.

"I didn’t know the history of my family and the struggles that brought them to the United States and what they had to endure," O'Donnell said. "You take your own reality and put the frame around it as the most difficult thing that anyone can survive, when you come to find out that your life is pretty blessed comparatively."

O'Donnell's episode of "WDYTYA" airs Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. Check the Genealogy Insider blog for a brief recap of each episode, and post a comment to be entered to win in our Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes!


"Who Do You Think You Are?" | UK and Irish roots
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 2:53:43 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [6]
Our First Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes Winner
Posted by jamie

We're celebrating the return of NBC’s "Who Do You Think You Are?" with a giveaway. While celebrities explore their genealogy on the show, we want to give you the opportunity to explore your own genealogical history with our Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes!

Each week in February we will announce a lucky winner on our Facebook fan page and the Genealogy Insider blog. Our first winner:

So what's the prize? Four lucky winners will get Discover Your Roots Kits, which include a bookazine for genealogy beginners, a Family Tree University course, a subscription to Family Tree Magazine, our State Research Guides CD and the Family Tree Pocket Reference eBook—a $205 value!

You can enter each week in February, by doing one or both of the following things:

  1. Comment here on the blog during "WDYTYA." You could write about a technique or resource you learned about from the show, or (if you missed the show) something you're looking forward to learning about your own genealogy.
  2. "Like" Family Tree Magazine on Facebook, and comment on or "like" our statuses about "WDYTYA."

We'll pick a winner each Monday and post their name here and on Facebook. 

This contest will run until Feb. 27, 2011. Official rules can be found here.


"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Genealogy fun
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 10:04:49 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [30]
# Saturday, February 05, 2011
“Who Do You Think You Are?” Episode 1 Recap
Posted by Grace

Spoiler Alert: If you don't already know what happened during Vanessa Williams’ episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” you are about to find out.

Actress Vanessa Williams’ ancestors’ lives make for an interesting episode of NBC’s “WDYTYA.” She traces her roots back to two of her great-great-grandfathers, exploring their remarkable lives.

Williams starts her research by visiting her father’s grave in Oyster Bay, NY. She jots down information she finds on the headstones of her father’s family, including that of David Carll, her great-great-grandfather and a member of the 26th New York Colored Infantry in the Civil War.

According to the 1870 census, Carll was a free mulatto married to a white woman named Louisa. Williams is absolutely amazed that her ancestors were an interracial couple in the post-Civil War era.

Her research then jumps to National Archives in Washington, DC, where Williams gets her hands on Carll’s Compiled Military Service Record. National Archives researcher Vonnie Zullo pulls out an original tintype from Carll’s CMSR, saying it's the only one she's come across in her 20-plus years at the depository.

From Carll’s pension record, Williams learns he was never a slave and that he worked as a crew member on steamships. Zullo then explains that he was taking a big risk enlisting in the Union Army, as the Confederacy would put a captured black Union soldiers in slavery.

Carll was deployed in Beaufort, S.C. Williams continues her search there, meeting with Hari Jones, curator of the African American Civil War Museum. They tour the site of the Battle of Bloody Bridge, where Williams is shocked to hear her great-great-grandfather’s regiment enforced the Emancipation Proclamation, liberating slaves in the South.

Williams then heads to Baltimore to visit her Uncle Earl, looking for more clues about her father’s side of her family. He directs her to Tennessee to pursue John Hill Williams, her great-grandfather.

In the 1910 census, Williams finds her great-grandfather’s wife’s name, Mary Williams. She then reads Mary’s obituary, which reveals her father’s name -- William A. Fields. The 1880 census indicates Fields was a “mulatto” schoolteacher.

Heading to Nashville Williams meets with Kathy Lauder, archivist at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Lauder shows Williams a bust in state legislature building devoted to early African American legislators, and Williams is shocked to find Field’s name engraved on it.

Fields served in the Tennessee legislature from 1885 to 1886, drafting an education bill that would require all children age 7 to 16 to attend school. That bill, and bills similar to it, died in committee. Lauder also shows her Fields’ photo in the legislature composite and where he sat in the chamber.

Williams wonders how Fields could have been elected so soon after the Civil war. Lauder explains that slaves made up about 40 percent of the population of Tennessee; once they were freed, some districts had more black residents than white, and they elected black politicians.

“And here they come, right out of slavery, no one even believes they are human yet -- there are people who don’t think that they’re people.” Lauder said to Williams. “It was a spectacular thing to have black people in the legislature.”

Fields was one of the last black lawmakers in Tennessee, as white men composed the legislature from 1888 to 1965. Tennessee changed its constitution to make it more difficult for blacks to vote with poll taxes, literacy tests and residency requirements.

Through court records, Williams later discovers that Fields was born a slave. Williams finds Fields’ story to be similar to her father’s she breaks down in tears before traveling home to relay her new-found roots to her family.

"WDYTYA" airs Fridays at 8pm EST on NBC. Check the Genealogy Insider blog for a brief recap of each episode, and post a comment to be entered to win in our Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes!

"Who Do You Think You Are?"
Saturday, February 05, 2011 9:06:58 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [8]
# Friday, February 04, 2011
Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes Opens Tonight!
Posted by Grace

You're watching NBC’s new episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" tonight, right? While celebrities explore their genealogy on the show, we want to give you the opportunity to explore your own genealogical history with our Discover Who You Are Sweepstakes!

So what's the prize? Four lucky winners will get Discover Your Roots Kits, which include a bookazine for genealogy beginners, a Family Tree University course, a subscription to Family Tree Magazine, our State Research Guides CD and the Family Tree Pocket Reference eBook -- a $205 value!

You can enter each week in February, by doing one or both of the following things:

  1. Comment here on the blog during "WDYTYA." You could write about a technique or resource you learned about from the show, or (if you missed the show) something you're looking forward to learning about your own genealogy.
  2. "Like" Family Tree Magazine on Facebook, and comment on or "like" our statuses about "WDYTYA."

We'll pick a winner each Monday and post their name here and on Facebook. Good luck, and happy watching!

This contest will run until Feb. 27, 2011. Official rules can be found here.


"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Genealogy fun

Friday, February 04, 2011 2:13:25 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [59]
Genealogy News Corral: Feb. 4
Posted by Grace

  • In honor of Black History Month, Ancestry.com launched five new historical collections containing details about the lives of African-Americans who fought in the Civil War, the transportation of slaves to and from the prominent slave ports of New Orleans and Savannah, GA, and first-person accounts from former slaves. Click here to access these collections.

  • The former Oregon state mental hospital, where the Jack Nicholson flick One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest was filmed, is trying to match cremated the remains of 3,500 former patients and inmates with surviving relatives. The remains were discovered in 2004 in corroding copper canisters, and officials have been able to identify all but four of the canisters. The names, birthdays and dates of death for the former patients and prison inmates have been published online.

  • The Library of Congress will display, starting in early spring, one of the few existing copies of the first map printed in North America. The map depicts the boundaries of the new American nation -- read about it here.

  • Archives.com has created a synthesized report of online history trends illustrated in a fun infographic. The findings:

    • Ancestry.com by far has the most website visitors, clocking in at more than 7 million per year. Archives.com and MyHeritage.com come in a distant second and third.
    • Google has digitized nearly 15 million books since 2004.
    • FamilySearch.org indexed 160 million records in 2010.
    • Sixty-two percent of Archives.com members are over 45; by comparison, 41 percent of internet users are over 45.

    Read over the entire report on the Archives.com blog.


African-American roots | Genealogy Industry | Historic preservation
Friday, February 04, 2011 1:29:42 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, February 03, 2011
Tech Tips with Lisa Louise Cooke
Posted by jamie

If "Who Do You Think You Are?" had aired 20 years ago, I probably would have missed half the episodes because I never did figure out how to set the clock and timer on my VCR!

Technology can sometimes be as frustrating as it is helpful. But one thing is for sure—technology will continue to change. For the next eight weeks I guest blog for new mommy Diane Haddad, bringing you Tech Tips that I hope will keep you from pulling out your hair in frustration and lead you to more ancestors.

The technology bug bit me about 10 years ago, much the same way the genealogy bug did years before—hard. An online search delivered up a database that held the answers to years of questions about my Prussian ancestors, and I was hooked. There’s nothing like having a need and seeing the direct application of technology to meet that need to give you “gumption,” as Grandma used to say, to pursue it further.

The Pursuit of Answers

In the end it’s not really technology we are pursuing, but rather answers to questions and problems that plague our family history research. In my keynote presentation at the recent Family History Expo in Mesa, AZ, I tried to drive home the concept that if you focus on your needs, and then look for and find answers in the technology arena, you will also find the motivation to learn how to use that technology. And as you learn what is technologically possible, you can pursue it when a need arises.

That’s sort of how I fell into podcasting. In 2006, I visited my local Family History Center and shared a discovery I made. The center’s director was so excited she took a photocopy of the pages in my hand and posted them on the office bulletin board. “What a genealogy gem that is!” she squealed. I stood there looking at the paper held in place with a pushpin and thought to myself: There’s got to be a better way to share something like this. It could help so many more people than just those who visit this center.

Fast forward to February 2007, when I received an iPod from my daughters for a birthday present. I immediately went snooping around the iTunes store to see if there was anything free I could download and quickly came across podcasts, which had only come in to being about a year and a half before—talk about new technology! I downloaded a couple of podcasts on a variety of topics and really enjoyed them. Then I remembered that paper stuck to the bulletin board. A quick search for “how to podcast” led me to a great little show, and a month later the Genealogy Gems Podcast was born. I’ve been posting genealogy gems ever since for listeners around the world in over 80 countries.

Not long after I began hosting the Family Tree Magazine Podcast. The budding new RSS technology filled a need and solved a problem. I wondered what else might be out there that could help the genealogist.

A prime example of technology power boosting the family historian’s research is the big daddy of them all—Google. Let’s wrap up this first installment of Tech Tips with a search tip from my book The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox (Lulu Press, 2011) that consistently delivers excellent results: the suspension point better known as “dot dot dot.” (...)

In search terms, a suspension point is used to indicate a range of numbers.

Problem: When did my ancestor die? I know it was sometime between 1790 and 1830.

Answer: The suspension point

Search Query: “Jehu Burkhart” 1790...1830

Here’s the results page:

The beauty of the suspension point (...) is that it tells the search engine to retrieve webpages that mention Jehu Burkhart (the quotation marks indicate we want the exact phrase) between the years of 1790 and 1830. And Google takes the added step of bolding the year mentioned on the webpage so that you can quickly assess from the results list if the page is the result you need. This tip has limitless genealogical search applications, and can thin that massive list of results you often get saddled with down to a manageable lot.

In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing more tips with you as well as bringing you the latest from such conferences as "Who Do You Think You Are?" LIVE in London, and the brand new Roots Tech conference in Salt Lake City. It’s an exciting time for genealogists as technology and family history merge!

—Lisa Louise Cook

Tech Advice
Thursday, February 03, 2011 2:28:34 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Ultimate African-American Genealogy Collection
Posted by jamie


We’re excited to announce our new Ultimate Collection program. Each month we’ll release a new collection of carefully selected, discounted products to help you achieve your genealogy goals. A limited number of copies of each collection will be available, so get ‘em while the getting’s good.

For February, we've put together the Ultimate African-American Genealogy Collection in honor of Black History Month. This multimedia collection brings you our most invaluable advice from African-American genealogy experts at an unbeatable value.

The Ultimate African American Genealogy Collection contains:

• Family Tree University independent study course Finding African-American Ancestors in Newspapers CD
• African-American Genealogy Guide digital download
• July 2009 Family Tree Magazine digital issue with a primer on African-American research
• Georgia Genealogy Crash Course on-demand webinar with resources and advice for slave ancestry
Family Tree Magazine 2011 Genealogy Desk Calendar

If all the items were purchased separately, the price would add up to $212.95, but we've bundled them together for $49.99. Save more than $120.00 by purchasing the Ultimate African-American Genealogy Collection on ShopFamilyTree.com.


African-American roots | Editor's Pick | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 10:57:45 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
African-American Ancestors FTU Course 75 Percent Off
Posted by jamie

As a celebration of Black History Month, Family Tree University is offering the Finding Your African-American Ancestors in Newspapers course for $24.99—75 percent off the regular price of $99.99.

This deep discount is made possible through a partnership with GenealogyBank, a subscription website with one of the largest online collections of historical African-American newspapers.

The Finding Your African-American Ancestors in Newspapers course will equip students with key background information for newspaper research, expose myths pertaining to the use of white newspapers, give students the skill and confidence to seek out and utilize African-American newspapers, and provide invaluable tips and strategies designed to optimize search success.

The session starts Feb. 14. Sign up for the class on Family Tree University's website.


African-American roots | Family Tree University | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 9:31:10 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]