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# Monday, October 31, 2011
Final Daily Deal & Giveaway: 50% Off Digital Downloads at ShopFamilyTree.com!
Posted by Diane

Our celebration of Family History Month is coming to a close, and with it all those Daily Deals and Giveaways.

But not before we announce the winner of today’s big grand prize giveaway—a $200 shopping spree at ShopFamilyTree.com~

And the lucky winner is ... Reba Shafer!

There's still one more deal to be had: The Daily Deal for today, Oct. 31, is 50 percent off all digital downloads at ShopFamilyTree.com.

That's a lot of genealogy expertise you can get for a great price. Articles such as:


Family History Month | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Monday, October 31, 2011 3:34:22 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Ghost Towns Haunting Your Family History?
Posted by Diane

Though we think of them as Western phenomena, ghost towns are in every US state. You might’ve heard of Bodie, Calif.; Goldfield, Nev.; Medicine Mound, Texas and Oatman, Ariz.; but what about Moonville, Ohio; Chaska, Tenn., and Skinnersville, Mass.?

Ghost towns happened when the industry that sustained the population died (as with many mining and logging towns in the Old West), when the railroad or highway bypassed a town, or when a public construction project (such as a dam) or a natural disaster wiped it out.

A ghost town might still be marked by abandoned buildings and/or maintained as a tourist attraction, or there may be no visible sign the town ever existed. Did your ancestor live in a ghost town? Here are some online resources to help you learn more about it.


Genealogy Web Sites | Social History
Monday, October 31, 2011 10:48:32 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Sunday, October 30, 2011
Grand Prize Time!
Posted by Allison

As October draws to a close so will our Family History Month Daily Deal and Giveaway. It's all been leading up to the drawing for our grand prize: a $200 ShopFamilyTree.com shopping spree!

Sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, enter again to put yourself in the running for this one.) We'll select one lucky winner at random at 4 pm ET 10/31.

And you won't want to miss the last ShopFamilyTree.com Daily Deal: Digital downloads are 50% off all day Monday. Enter code DD1031 at checkout to get the discount.

It's a great opportunity to stock up on the recorded webinars and article downloads you've had your eye on—and if you win the grand prize, you can load up on goodies such as books and software.

Come back Monday afternoon to see who wins the grand prize!


Family History Month | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Sunday, October 30, 2011 3:31:27 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
10/30 Daily Deal and Giveaway Winner
Posted by Allison

Congratulations, Jennifer Alford! You're the winner of a Virtual Conference OnDemand Collection in today's Family History Month Daily Deal and Giveaway!

Didn't win? There's still time to buy the collection at half price (regularly $199.99): Today's Daily Deal lasts until midnight ET today, 10/30.


Family History Month | Family Tree University | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Sunday, October 30, 2011 3:13:40 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Saturday, October 29, 2011
10/29 Daily Deal and Giveaway Winner
Posted by Allison

Congratulations, Alyce Sullivan! You're the winner of an Organize Your Family History Value Pack in today's Family History Month Daily Deal and Giveaway!

Didn't win? Snatch up this value pack at the one-day special sale price of $49.99—this Daily Deal lasts until midnight ET today, 10/29.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, 10/30, is our Virtual Conference OnDemand Collection! Sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, enter again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Check back tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET to see if you've won!

About the Daily Deal & Giveaway

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only—so if you don’t get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research! 


Family History Month | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Saturday, October 29, 2011 4:07:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, October 28, 2011
10/28 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Today’s giveaway is the Digitize Your Family Photos Value Pack, a collection of digital downloads that'll help you build a digital archive of your family's cherished memories.

And the lucky winner is ... Sandra Goodwin!

And here's today's Daily Deal: Just for today, we've slashed the price of the Digitize Your Family Photos Value Pack (our most popular value pack) to $49.99, plus you'll get the Digitize Your Genealogy Documents video class free!

The deal is good only today, Oct. 28.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 29, is another popular collection: our Organize Your Family History Value Pack. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page! (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won (and check out the next deal). Good luck!



Friday, October 28, 2011 4:42:57 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 24-28
Posted by Diane

  • The Genealogists for Families project, coordinated by genealogists Judy Webster and Joan Miller, uses the microfunding website Kiva.org to make small loans to those in need around the world. Borrowers use the funds for businesses that support their families, for example, a man in Rwanda used a Kiva loan to buy raw materials to expand his carpentry business. So far, Genealogists for Families has made 61 loans totaling $1,525. To get involved, sign up with Kiva. You can lend as little as $25. As the loan is repaid, you can lend to someone else.
  • The Genealogical Society of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are working together on a DNA project to learn more about the Irish population. Coordinators will collect DNA samples and genealogical information from participants. Participants won't receive results unless important health information is discovered. You'll find more details in this article on TheJournal.ie.

Genealogy societies | Genetic Genealogy | Military records | UK and Irish roots
Friday, October 28, 2011 4:22:51 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Thursday, October 27, 2011
10/27 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Today’s giveaway is any November or December Family Tree University course. Want to learn how to trace your German ancestors? Find a soldier in the Civil War? Figure out how to get your research organized?

Well, if you're Linda Donham, you can do any of the above, or take one of our other course offerings. Congratulations!

Here's today's deal: Register for any Family Tree University November or December class and get $40 off. Build A+ research skills from the comfort of home!

Check out the classes here and use offer code FHMDD to get the deal. The code is good today only, Oct. 27

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 28, is our Digitize Your Family Photos Value Pack. This collection of digital downloads will help you build a digital archive of your family's cherished memories.

Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page! (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won (and check out the next deal). Good luck!


Family History Month | Family Tree University
Thursday, October 27, 2011 4:06:45 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
New App Puts a Scanner in Your Pocket
Posted by Diane

A free iPhone app released today from memory-sharing site 1000memories makes your phone work like a scanner.

The Shoebox scanning app helps you digitize, organize and share collections of photos from the past.

You use the camera on your iPhone to snap a picture of a photo. Shoebox auto-detects the edges of the photo, then crops and straightens it. You can add information such as dates, names, and locations, then upload the photo as a JPG to 1000memories.com. There, you can be organize and share your pictures.

Of course, the quality of Shoebox "scans" depends on the phone's camera. If you have the latest iPhone, the 4S, your digitized Shoebox photos will be on par with what you'd produce with a typical desktop scanner, 1000memories cofounder Jonathan Good told me. The 4S has an 8.0 MP sensor for high-resolution mobile scans, as well as an improved f2.4 lens for quality lower-light scans.

Good says he also gets excellent results using his iPhone 4. The app is compatible with all previous iPhone models, as well as the iPad.

An Android version is coming soon, Good added (to the delight of this Android user).

“The popularity of the iPhone camera has proven that people want something that’s quick, accessible, and easy to share,” says 1000memories' other cofounder, Rudy Adler. "For us, that’s what providing a social mobile scanner is about - making it as easy as possible for people to get their photo collections digitized and shared with the people they care about.”

It'll certainly make scanning a box of photos quicker, and it'll be easier to digitize photos in your relatives' possession—no need to persuade Aunt Bertha to let you cart her precious album home.

Note that the app outputs a JPG file, but the TIF format, which creates uncompressed files, is the most widely used type of file for digital master photos. That lack of compression is also why TIF files are large and impractical for electronic sharing. So you may want to create TIF backups of important pictures.

Go here to learn more about Shoebox and download it.


Genealogy Software | Photos | saving and sharing family history
Thursday, October 27, 2011 11:04:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [4]
Lots of New Records at Ancestry.com, FamilySearch
Posted by Diane

Genealogy's two biggest record sites announced additions to their respective collections. Here are the details:
  • Subscription site Ancestry.com added 53 million new US birth, marriage and death records from 23 states dating as far back as the 1600s. 

The records come from state and local archives, county offices and newspapers.

Subscribers can search Ancestry.com's vital records collection at www.ancestry.com/vitals.

  • The free FamilySearch.org added a variety of records from the California, Iowa, and Texas in the United States, as well as Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Guam, Hungary, Japan and Wales.

Go here to view the new FamilySearch records and link to each one. Remember, where you see a "0" in the Records column and a number in the "Images" column, you're looking at a collection that hasn't yet been indexed. In that case, rather than type in a name to search, you'll need to browse through the record images in that collection.


Ancestry.com | FamilySearch
Thursday, October 27, 2011 9:25:53 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
# Wednesday, October 26, 2011
10/26 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Today’s giveaway is our new book Family History Detective: A Step-by-Step Guide to Investigating Your Family History by Desmond Walls Allen. It's an excellent guide for someone's who's starting genealogy research.

And the winner is ... Joyce Skidmore of Fairfax, Va. Congratulations!

Here's the deal: Preorder Family History Detective for $13.99 and get Family Tree University's Discover Your Family Tree independent study class free! That's two great beginner tools for the price of one. It's good through the end of today, Oct. 26.

Get the deal here.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 27, is any November or December Family Tree University course. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page! (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to be in the running for this one.)

You can explore available FTU courses (and start shopping for tomorrow's deal, $40 off any class), here.

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won (and check out the next deal). Good luck!


Family History Month
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 4:11:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
Happy Triple Heritage Month: German, Italian & Polish Genealogy Resources
Posted by Diane

Did you know October is German American Heritage Month, Italian American Heritage Month and Polish American Heritage Month? That’s right. The month is almost over (that was fast!), but we can’t let it go by without sharing resources to help you trace these heritages. Here are some of our favorite online articles, sites and resources:

German
People with German heritage make up the largest ancestry group in the United States, according to the 2000 US census. I'm part of this statistic, at one-half German.

Italian
Those with Italian heritage make up the seventh largest ancestry group in the United States, with 15.6 million Americans claiming Italian roots in the 2000 US census.

Polish
If you have Polish ancestors, you share heritage with 9 million Americans and are part of the country's eighth largest ancestry group.

Hispanic Heritage Month (celebrating the ancestry of another big US heritage group) spanned part of this month, too, ending Oct. 15. You can see Hispanic heritage tips and resources in this blog post.


Family Tree University | Free Databases | German roots | Hispanic Roots | International Genealogy
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 2:40:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Today's Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, our 10 Years of Family Tree Magazine 2000-2009 DVD. This is the DVD with PDFs of all the issues from our first 10 years in publication. You can search the full text of all 4,700 pages at one, or browse the issues as you would a magazine.

And the winner is ... Michelle Khuon. Congratulations!

Here's the deal on this DVD: You can purchase the 10 Years of Family Tree Magazine 2000-2009 DVD today, Oct. 25, for $69.99. I don't remember when it's been more discounted. Get the deal here.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 26, is our new book Family History Detective by Desmond Walls Allen. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won (and check out the next deal). Good luck!


Family History Month
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 4:07:39 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
DNA, Land Records & More in Our Free October Podcast
Posted by Diane

The free October Family Tree Magazine Podcast is now available for your genealogy edification in iTunes and on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.

In this episode, you’ll hear

... and more genealogy news and tips.

Family Tree Magazine's Podcast

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Genetic Genealogy | Land records | Podcasts | Research Tips
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:52:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, October 24, 2011
10/24 Daily Deal & Giveaway
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, our State Research Guides CD and book combo—a two-fer!

And the winner is ... Brenda Moore of Bellevue, Texas.

Here's the deal: Anyone purchasing our State Research Guides CD today, Oct. 24, also will receive the State Research Guides hardbound book free. It's an $85 value for just $39.99.

Get the deal here (once you add the CD to your cart and start the check out process, you'll be able to add the book to your cart.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 25, is a biggie: our 10 Years of Family Tree Magazine 2000-2009 DVD, with all of the issues from our first 10 years in publication. You want this one!

Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get in the running for this one.) Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won and check out the next deal. Good luck!


Family History Month
Monday, October 24, 2011 4:36:39 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Today's ShopFamilyTree.com Purchases Help Breast Cancer Research
Posted by Diane

Just wanted to let you know that ShopFamilyTree.com is donating 50% of all store profits from today, Monday, Oct. 24, to breast cancer research.

May we suggest:

This donation is a company-wide effort by our parent company, F+W Media. Click here to find links to F+W's online stores for woodworking, writing, art, craft, antiques and other hobbies.

ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Monday, October 24, 2011 10:15:25 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Sunday, October 23, 2011
Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Here’s how it works: Each day at 4 pm EST, 3 pm CST, 3 pm MST and 1 pm PST, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only—so if you don’t get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research!

The winner of today’s giveaway, a One Year Family Tree VIP Membership + Family Tree Magazine’s Web Guides CD, is Loretta Zucchero from Saint Louis, MO.

Want to get the Family Tree Magazine's Web Guide's CD FREE when joining the Family Tree VIP Program? This special is good until midnight EST today, October 23rd. Click here to buy now >>

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, October 24th, is a State Research Guides CD + a State Research Guide Hardcover Book! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm EST to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Sunday, October 23, 2011 4:16:10 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Saturday, October 22, 2011
Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Here’s how it works: Each day at 4 pm EST, 3 pm CST, 3 pm MST and 1 pm PST, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only—so if you don’t get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research!

The winner of today’s giveaway, a Research Remedies CD, is Ernestine DuBois.

Want to buy the Research Remedies CD? The special price is good until midnight EST today, October 22nd. Click here to buy now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, October 23rd, is a free Family Tree VIP Membership, plus a free Family Tree Magazine's Web Guides CD! (Tomorrow's special is a free Family Tree Magazine's Web Guide CD when joining the VIP Program!) Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm EST to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Saturday, October 22, 2011 4:49:50 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, October 21, 2011
Oct. 21 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, a one-year membership to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, a fabulous resource for anyone whose ancestors spent time in the state (you'll see genealogy expert James M. Beidler recommending it in our January 2012 Philadelphia Research Guide).

And the winner is ... Linette Edwards of Austin, Texas!

Here's the deal: Anyone purchasing an annual Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania membership today, Oct. 21, will have their membership extended from 12 to 15 months for the same annual rate of $60. Check out the benefits here.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 22, is our Research Remedies CD, which is chock-full of advice for tracking down elusive ancestors. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month | Genealogy societies
Friday, October 21, 2011 4:37:16 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 17-21
Posted by Diane

  • If you’re visiting the National Archives in Washington, DC, you can use your phone to play a mobile history game, earn points and possibly win rewards. Go to the Scvngr gaming site to download the free iPhone or Android app  (or text CIVWAR to 728647), then complete challenges within four blocks of the National Archives D.C. headquarters. Examples include locating Civil War photographer Mathew Brady’s studio and finding Red Cross founder Clara Barton’s office. So far, you can redeem points for a discount in the National Archives Shop.
  • Randy Majors announced enhancements to his Historical US County Boundary Maps site,  for helping you figure out which county had jurisdiction of the places where your ancestors lived. For example, type a place and a year, click Go, and be zoomed to that place with an information panel above the map. See what else is new here

Genealogy Web Sites | Libraries and Archives
Friday, October 21, 2011 2:01:42 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
New: Irish Prison Records at FindMyPast.ie
Posted by Diane

Do you have an Irish ancestor who served time? You might have one who served time and you don’t know about it, given that FindMyPast.ie’s new Irish Prison Registers 1790-1920 database contains 3.5 million entries at a time when Ireland’s population averaged 4.08 million.

The prison registers, which came the National Archives of Ireland, cover bridewells (places of detention), county prisons, sanatoriums for alcoholics and other institutions. Most records give the prisoner’s name, address, place of birth, occupation, religion, education, age, physical description, name and address of next of kin, crime, sentence, and incarceration start and ending dates.

Drunkenness accounted for more than 30 percent of crimes reported and more than 25 percent of incarcerations. Other common offenses in the registers are theft (16 percent), assault (12 percent), vagrancy (8 percent) and rioting (4 percent).

You can access the records with a FindMyPast.ie subscription or with PayAsYouGo credits

For help finding Irish ancestors in court and other records, check out Family Tree University’s Irish Research 101 and 102 courses, as well as our $4 Irish Heritage Research Guide from ShopFamilyTree.com


court records | UK and Irish roots
Friday, October 21, 2011 10:47:02 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, October 20, 2011
10/20 Daily Deal!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, the Family Tree Sourcebook: Your Essential Directory of American County and Town Sources. The winner is Kathleen Nitsch.

The Sourcebook is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for researching your family history.

Today's deal is: Get the Family Tree Sourcebook for just $15. The price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 20. Click here to get the deal!

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 21, is a one-year membership to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, a fabulous resource for anyone whose ancestors spent time in the state (check it out here).

Click here to sign up for the deal on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won (and check out the Thursday deal). Good luck!


Family History Month
Thursday, October 20, 2011 4:12:50 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Oct. 19 Daily Deal!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, our Virtual Conference video class on mining the free Internet Archive website for genealogy answers: The winner is Catherine Lord.

In this 30-minute video called "Reaching Into the Internet Archive," Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers shows you how to tap into digitized historical books and other ancestral artifacts at this free website dedicated to "universal access to all knowledge.

Today's deal is: Get the Reaching Into the Internet Archive video class for just $15!

The price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 19. Click here to get the deal!

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 20, is the Family Tree Sourcebook—the most comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for researching your family history. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won (and check out the Thursday deal). Good luck!


Family History Month
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 4:06:56 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Start Writing Your Life Story: Watch the Free Webinar
Posted by Diane

Everyone has a story to tell, but recording those stories for future generations can be a daunting task. What should you share? How much should you write? How can you clear the fog from memories made long ago?

Sunny Jane Morton, author of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal For Collecting Your Stories, answered these and more questions in last week’s free webinar Start Writing Your Life Stories.

One idea that struck me right at the beginning is to imagine that a biography has been written about your life. When you look at the book jacket, what does it say? What main theme of your life, setting and colorful characters does it mention. “In the broadest sense, that book jacket is your story,” Morton says. “Everyday life is found in the chapters inside.”

If you missed the Start Writing Your Life Stories webinar—or you want to watch it again (still free!)—just click here and fill in your name and email address.


saving and sharing family history | Webinars
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 1:11:07 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Daily Deal & Giveaway: Photo-Retouching Help
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 pm Central, 3 pm MT, 1 pm Pacific), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, our Amateur Photo Restoration Virtual Conference video class: The lucky person is Paul Bing.

He'll learn how to digitally repair worn, torn or moldy photos—no photo editing experience required, just the free online tools and easy techniques demoed in this 30-minute video.

And the deal is: Get the Amatuer Photo Restoration video class for just $15.

I love the idea of using the instructions in the video to digitally restore a photo, then printing and framing it, and giving it as a gift.

The price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 18. Click here to get the deal!

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 17, is our Internet Archive Virtual Conference video class, with Thomas MacEntee's secrets to tapping into digitized historical books and other ancestral artifacts at the free Internet Archive website. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won (and check out the Thursday deal). Good luck!


Family History Month | Photos
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 4:21:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Tips for Finding Death Records on This Friday's Geneabloggers Radio
Posted by Diane

This Friday’s free GeneaBloggers Radio show is all about death—records, that is—and host Thomas MacEntee will interview Diana Crisman Smith, instructor of the Family Tree University Death Records 101 course. You’ll also hear from Susan Soper, an author and journalist who has created ObitKit, a workbook for writing your own or someone else’s obituary.

This ominously titled GeneaBloggers Radio show, “The Final Chapter—Obituaries, Death Records and Genealogy” is Friday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. ET, 8 CT, 7 MT and 6 PT (for regular listeners, that’s a new time). Go to the GeneaBloggers Radio website to listen.


Research Tips | Vital Records
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 3:33:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
'Tis the Season for Old Cemetery Tours
Posted by Diane

Do the Halloween pumpkin patches and candy sales have you in the mood for ghost-hunting in a cemetery? You’re in luck: ‘Tis the season for old cemetery tours.

These events offer the chance to take in interesting local history, nice scenery and slight spookery. You can find tours by day or night, for free or a fee (they often serve as fundraisers for historical societies).

A Google search or visiting the website of a local historic cemetery or historical society will help you find tours near you. Here are some tours around the country that my searches turned up:

  • Oct. 29, the Historical Society of Long Beach (Calif.) holds a nonscary tour of Long Beach Municipal Cemetery and Sunnyside Cemetery, featuring actors in period garb delivering graveside presentations (based on sources such as obituaries, newspaper articles and oral histories) about the person who lies at rest. General admission costs $18, with specials for society members and students younger than age 18.
  • Riverside Cemetery (which has an online burial database), established in 1887 in Macon, Ga., holds its Spirits in October series Oct. 20-22 and 27-29, with cemetery tours and more. Advance tickets are required; admission costs $10 to $20.
  • Capturing the Spirit of Oakland at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta features nighttime tours with historical accounts from cemetery “residents” and candlelit mausoleums. Tickets must be purchased in advance; admission ranges from $10 to $17.50.
  • Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo., has a free Halloween Tour Oct. 30.
  • Historic All Hallows Eve cemetery tours with costumed interpreters are happening on Halloween evening at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Va. Adults: $7; children 12 and younger, $5.

Cemeteries | Genealogy Events | Social History
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:04:18 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, October 17, 2011
10/17 Daily Deal: Family Tree Legacies!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway. Plus, for that day, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, the book Family Tree Legacies by Allison Stacy and yours truly: The lucky person is Karen Bellmer of Overland Park, Kan.

This keepsake book is an interactive album for recording your family's history. It's totally customizable: The three-ring binder lets you add, take out or rearrange pages, and it includes a CD with printable refill pages. You can get a look inside this book and learn more about it here.

And now for the deal: Get Family Tree Legacies for just $15, half off the regular price. You can get a jump on your holiday shopping—this book makes a great sentimental gift.

The price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 17. Click here to get the deal!

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 18, is our Amatuer Photo Restoration Virtual Conference video class (another wy to give a wonderful holiday gift). Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Monday, October 17, 2011 4:20:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Sunday, October 16, 2011
10/16 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 pm Central, 3 pm MT, 1 pm Pacific), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway. Plus, for that day, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

The winner of today’s giveaway, Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album, is Thomas McCullough.

And now for the deal: Stock up on advice from the Photo Detective! Save 20% on Maureen A. Taylor's books, Preserving Your Family Photographs, Fashionable Folks, and Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album today. This deal is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 16. 

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 17, is Family Tree Legacies. This keepsake book is an interactive album for recording your family's history. It's totally customizable: The three-ring binder lets you add, take out or rearrange pages, and it includes a CD with printable refill pages! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Sunday, October 16, 2011 4:08:53 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Saturday, October 15, 2011
10/15 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 pm Central, 3 pm MT, 1 pm Pacific), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway. Plus, for that day, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

The winner of today’s giveaway, The Family Tree Problem Solver book, is Pamla Hendrickson.

And now for the deal: You can get this classic genealogy guide today for $12.99, half off the retail price. This price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 15. Click here to buy now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 16, is Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album. In this book, Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor helps you date, identify and preserve portraits and pictures taken in the Civil War Era. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Saturday, October 15, 2011 4:07:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Friday, October 14, 2011
10/14 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway. Plus, for that day, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, the book My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories: The lucky person is Roy Dakin of Kansas City, Mo.

And now for the deal: Get the Genealogist's Google Toolbox book download by Lisa Louise Cooke for just $9.99—that's 30 percent off.

In this PDF book, genealogy podcaster Cooke helps you stuff your genealogy toolbox with FREE state-of-the-art online tools that are built to search, translate, message, and span the globe.

The price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 14. Click here to get the deal!

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 15, is The Family Tree Problem Solver book by Marsha Hoffman Rising. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Friday, October 14, 2011 4:26:53 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy News Corral, October 10-14
Posted by Diane

  • Archives.com is sharing an interesting infographic for Family History Month, showing US immigration numbers through the years and stats on the origins of immigrants from 1910 to 1919 and from 2000 to 2009, among other information. Check it out on the Archives.com blog.  
  • British genealogy site GenesReunited has added more than 35 million baptism, marriage and burial records for England and Wales dating back to 1538. The parish records include Boyd's Marriage Index 1538-1840 and Boyd's 1st Miscellaneous Series 1538-1775, supplied by the British Society of Genealogists. You can view the records on a pay per view basis or Genes Reunited Platinum members can add one or more of the record sets to their package.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies announced its new board members and directors, including George G. Morgan (Family Tree Magazine’s Document Detective columnist) as Vice-President Membership, Curt D. Witcher as Vice-President Development, Loretto “Lou” Szucs as Director, Kim Kasprzyk as Treasurer, Polly Fitzgerald Kimmitt as Director, Angela Walton-Raji as Director and Randy Whited as Director.
  • The National Genealogical Society also announced a new board member: Teresa Koch-Bostic, of Mineola, NY, a professional genealogist in addition to her extensive background in business.

Family History Month | Genealogy societies | immigration records | Photos | UK and Irish roots
Friday, October 14, 2011 11:53:56 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [4]
# Thursday, October 13, 2011
10/13 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway. Plus, for that day, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Congratulations to the winner of today’s giveaway, the book My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories: The lucky person is Callie Larsen from Syracuse, Utah.

And now for the deal: Save on two new titles for jogging memories and recording your history. Purchase both My Life & Times and Remember That? for just $29.99. This price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 13.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 14, is the Genealogist's Google Toolbox book download by Lisa Louise Cooke. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Thursday, October 13, 2011 4:22:22 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
How to Use Google+ for Genealogy
Posted by Allison

Google has given genealogists some very helpful tools—Google Earth, Book Search and News Archive to name three—but maybe you’re nonplussed by Google+.

This new social networking tool has taken the genealogy world by storm, and we won’t let you be left out if we can help it. Our next webinar, Genealogist's Guide to Google+, will show you how to use Google+. Your registration for the live event even includes 30 days of one-on-one tech support from instructor Kerry Scott.

You’ll learn how to get started, set up your “circles,” and take advantage of the genealogical possibilities on Google+. Here’s a sampling of tips Kerry will share:

  • Fill out your profile and upload a picture before you start adding friends. If you don't, people may mistake you for a spammer.
  • Most genealogists will add you to their circles even if you're a complete stranger … but only if your profile indicates that you're into family history.
  • You can have people in multiple circles. Is Aunt Millie into genealogy? Add her to your Family and Genealogy circles, so she sees the cute kid pictures and the big research breakthrough you had at the library last weekend.
  • If you're posting something to a specific circle to keep it from being public, make sure you use the "lock this post" feature to prevent others from sharing it. Otherwise, one of your carefully selected circle members can share it with anyone.

The hour-long webinar takes place Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern (that’s 7 Central, 6 Mountain, 5 Pacific).

In addition to the month of tech support, attendees will get access to the webinar recording to view again as many times as they want,plus a PDF of the presentation slides.

Learn more and register for the Genealogist's Guide to Google+ webinar at ShopFamilyTree.com (for a limited time, our Early Bird registration special saves you 20 percent!).


Editor's Pick | Social Networking | Tech Advice | Webinars
Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:23:10 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, October 12, 2011
10/12 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 pm Central, 3 pm MT, 1 pm Pacific), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway. Plus, for that day, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

The winner of today’s giveaway, all seven of Family Tree Magazine's 2010 issues on CD, is Ellen Fox.

And now for the deal: You can get the Family Tree Magazine 2010 CD—that's 608 pages of fully searchable, hyperlinked how-to genealogy guidance—for just $15! This price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 12. Click here to buy now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 13, is one of our newest books: My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories by Sunny Jane Morton. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 4:06:41 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Writing Down Your Family Stories
Posted by Diane

Thanks to all who entered our family history publishing contest with Abbott Press. We enjoyed hearing your unique family stories!

It was beyond difficult to narrow the field, but we did it. These winners’ entries left us wanting to read more about their ancestors:
  • Grand-prize winner Shirley Booth-Byerly of Robertsdale, Ala., wins a complete publishing package from Abbott Press

I hope the contest got more people thinking about sharing their family history with relatives. If you've been putting off getting your family’s story down, here are five common excuses and why they won’t cut it

If you’re not ready to tackle a family history writing project, try these six ideas on for size: They’re shorter-but-still-meaningful ways to share your family stories.

But if you've been dreaming of recording your ancestors' tales, you can get in-depth help in the Family Tree University course Write Your Family History: Create a Captivating Record of Your Family’s Story with Sunny Jane Morton.

Need inspiration? My favorite family history is called Family by Ian Frazier (I got to interview him for Family Tree Magazine, and I was a nervous wreck). Here are some other family histories you'll enjoy



saving and sharing family history
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 3:11:41 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, October 11, 2011
10/11 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 pm Central, 3 pm MT, 1 pm Pacific), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway. Plus, for that day, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

The winner of today’s giveaway, a Family Tree Magazine digital subscription, is Kenneth Nichols.

If you didn't win, you can get a great deal on a digital subscription: seven issues for just $14.99! This price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 11. Click here to buy now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 12, is a Family Tree Magazine 2010 CD! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!



Tuesday, October 11, 2011 4:12:21 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
"War of 1812" Premiere on PBS
Posted by Diane

The War of 1812 is sometimes called “the forgotten war.” Though it inspired the “Star Spangled Banner,” this war is often overshadowed in American minds by the longer Revolutionary and Civil wars.

A PBS film called "The War of 1812" is demystifying this conflict with re-enactments, exlanatory animation and the commentary of history experts. That’s a trailer for the show, above.

It premiered on TV last night, but you can watch it online here if you missed it. 

If you have a smartphone, you also can download a mobile app with more videos, guides to battlefields and historic sites, and more. 

Those with War of 1812 ancestors also will be interested in the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Preserve the Pensions project to digitize pension files for War of 1812 soldiers. Many of these records are already available at Fold3.com

You can get more help finding War of 1812 ancestors with these related resources from Family Tree Magazine:


Fold3 | Genealogy societies | Military records
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:13:05 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [5]
# Monday, October 10, 2011
10/10 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Here’s how it works: Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only—so if you don’t get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research!

The winner of today’s giveaway, the Life in Civil War America digital book, is Mildred Russoniello. Congrats to Mildred!

If you didn't win, you can get a great deal on the Life in Civil War America digital book. The special price of $9.99 (that's 56 percent off!) is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 10. Click here to get the deal now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 11, is a Family Tree Magazine 1-year digital subscription! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)


Family History Month
Monday, October 10, 2011 4:04:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Sunday, October 09, 2011
10/9 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Here's how it works: Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we'll announce the winner of that day's giveaway and reveal the next day's giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only-so if you don't get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research!

The winner of today's giveaway, our 1,001 Best Genealogy Websites CD, is Diane Carver of Austin, Texas.

Want to get the 1,001 Best Genealogy Websites CD? The special price of just $15.99 plus 30 percent off a Family Tree University Course is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 9. Click here to buy now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 10, is our Life in Civil War America book download! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you've won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Sunday, October 09, 2011 4:06:42 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Saturday, October 08, 2011
Oct. 8 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Here's how it works: Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we'll announce the winner of that day's giveaway and reveal the next day's giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only-so if you don't get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research!

The winner of today's giveaway, our Family Tree Essentials CD, is Jennifer Seale of Fort Pierre, SD.Congrats, Jennifer!

Want to get the Family Tree Essentials CD for yourself? The special price of just $10 is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 8. Click here to buy now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 9, is our 1,001 Best Genealogy Websites CD! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you've won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Saturday, October 08, 2011 4:07:48 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Friday, October 07, 2011
Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Here’s how it works: Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only—so if you don’t get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research!

The winner of today’s giveaway, our Military Research Guide CD, is Jacqueline Case of Kellyville, Okla.

Do you have military ancestors? The Military Research CD special price of $10 (down from $19.99!) is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 7. Click here to buy it now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 8, is our Family Tree Essentials CD! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)


Family History Month
Friday, October 07, 2011 4:15:35 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy News Corral, October 3-7
Posted by Diane

  • New records on FamilySearch this week include five million civil registration images from the Philippines from 1945 to 1980, plus records from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain.
US additions include Sebastian County, Ark., births and deaths; San Mateo County, Calif. Italian cemetery records; Florida Confederate veterans and widows pension applications; Clark County, Idaho, records; Indiana marriages; North Carolina estate files; Columbia County, Ore., records; and Utah probate records. Remember that not all collections are indexed yet, so you may need to browse record images by date or place.

Go here to see details on the additions and link to each updated collection.

  • This one’s for anyone who has worn or is planning to wear a wedding gown: The Wedding Gown Project is sponsoring a writing competition for stories about buying, making, fitting, wearing, storing or passing down your wedding dress. The deadline is Nov. 30, and three cash prizes will be awarded. Author and documentarian Donna Guthrie will compile the stories for a documentary in 2012. See The WeddingGownProject.com for entry details.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" | FamilySearch | Genetic Genealogy | saving and sharing family history
Friday, October 07, 2011 1:02:18 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Thursday, October 06, 2011
Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Here’s how it works: Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only—so if you don’t get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research!

The winner of today’s giveaway, a registration for our Oct. 25 Google+ webinar, is Karis Brown.

Want to participate in the webinar on furthering your research by using Google+ (it includes 30 days of support from the presenter!)?

The special price of just $29.99—that's $10 off the early-bird rate—is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 6. Click here to register now for the Google+ webinar.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 7, is our Military Research Guide CD! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Thursday, October 06, 2011 4:08:12 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
15 Free Databases From Ancestry.com
Posted by Diane

Ancestry.com is celebrating the website’s 15th anniversary with 15 days of free genealogy databases and giveaways

A new database will be free each day, and stay free through Oct. 15. So far, you can search for free:

  • Social Security Death Index (also free elsewhere online, including FamilySearch and RootsWeb)
  • Griffith’s Valuation, 1848-1864, an important resource for Ireland
  • California Marriage Index, 1960-1985
  • WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914–1918, from Bavaria, Germany (records are in German)
  • 1920 US Census
  • Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903–1954

You also can enter to win daily prizes from Ancestry.com, culminating in a grand prize trip behind the scenes of the NBC show "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Go here to see Ancestry.com's daily free databases and enter the sweepstakes.


Ancestry.com | Free Databases
Thursday, October 06, 2011 9:04:13 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Parents With a Sense of Humor
Posted by Diane

Hee, hee. I was searching Ancestry.com birth records for one of my Frost relatives, and I found this record for an unrelated person:



Must be a transcription error, I thought. But here's the original record:



Sure looks like Icy Frost to me. I suppose this little one's name could be Joy, what with the similarities between the clerk's capital Js and Is. Elsewhere on this birth registry, I found a James:

   

and the surname Isaacs:



What do you think? There are more genealogy giggles—these, from censuses—in the November 2011 Family Tree Magazine Everything's Relative column. If you'll be in charge of naming a baby soon and want to know what to avoid, this book might be for you.

Genealogy fun | Vital Records
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 4:57:35 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Here’s how it works: Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only—so if you don’t get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research!

The winner of today’s giveaway, our Family Tree Pocket Reference book, is Mary Roddy of Seattle.

Want to buy the Family Tree Pocket Reference? Get this little book for a big deal—just $7.99 (regularly $14.99). The special price is good until midnight ET today, Oct 5. Click here to buy now.

The daily deal and giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 6, is registration for our Google+ for Genealogists webinar, scheduled for Oct. 25!

This one-hour live online seminar will show you secrets to using Google+, and includes 30 days of personal tech support from the instructor. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 4:08:50 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Free Family History Month Webinars
Posted by Diane

You’ve been checking out our Family History Month Daily Deal & Giveaway news (five down, 26 to go!), but I wanted to tell you about two more special happenings this month:
Sunny will share tips and ideas for capturing the stories of a lifetime—your own or those of a loved one. Click here to sign up for this webinar
Allen will share essential advice for getting your family history search off the ground. Click here to sign up.

Family History Month | Genealogy books | Webinars
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 4:26:31 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
Today's Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Here’s how it works: Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only—so if you don’t get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research!

The winner of today’s giveaway, the International Genealogy Passport CD, is Cynthis Mason of Meyersdale, Pa. Congratulations!

Want to buy the International Genealogy Passport? The special price is good until midnight ET today, Oct. 4. Click here to buy now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 5, is our Family Tree Pocket Reference book! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 4:04:54 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
We're on the Lookout for a Family Tree Firsts Blogger!
Posted by Diane

Attention beginning family historians (and anyone who knows one): We so enjoyed hearing about the genealogy search of inaugural Family Tree Firsts blogger Nancy Shively, that we want to follow along as another new researcher discovers his or her roots!

So we’re seeking a genealogy newbie to blog about his or her research experience on the Family Tree Firsts blog.

(If you've become attached to reading Nancy's posts over the past year, as we have, she'll keep finding and telling family stories at her Gathering Stories blog.) 

We're looking for someone who enjoys writing and is interested in his or her family history, but is just starting—or hasn't yet started—to research it.

To enter, compose your first blog post and fill out our entry form

Magazine editors will select a winner to be our Family Tree Firsts Blogger based on the strength of the application. Then, over six months, the blogger will have access to our how-to genealogy products, classes and webinars. The blogger will blog weekly to tell the world about his/her genealogical experiences and finds.

We’re super excited about seeing the world of genealogy through the eyes of a newbie! If you’re new to genealogy and you love to write, click here to apply. Or if you know someone who fits the bill, send him or her to this post. The deadline is Oct. 31.


Family History Month | Family Tree Firsts
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 3:42:52 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, October 03, 2011
Today's Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Here’s how it works: Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only—so if you don’t get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research!

The winner of today’s giveaway, the 101 Brick Wall Busters digital download, is Michelle Khuon. Congratulations!

Want to get the 101 Brick Wall Busters download? It's available for $5.99 until midnight ET today, Oct. 3—you save 60 percent! Click here to take advantage of this Daily Deal.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 4, is our International Genealogy Passport CD! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page.

(Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


Family History Month
Monday, October 03, 2011 4:13:45 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Sunday, October 02, 2011
Today's Daily Deal & Giveaway: Beginner's Guide to Genealogy download
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Here’s how it works: Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only—so if you don’t get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research!

The winner of today’s giveaway, a Beginner's Guide to Genealogy, is Danell Aukerman.

Want to buy the Beginner's Guide to Genealogy? The special price is good at ShopFamilyTree.com until midnight ET today, October 2, 2011. Click here to buy now.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, October 3, 2011, is our 101 Brick Wall Busters download! Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won. Good luck!



Sunday, October 02, 2011 4:10:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]