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# Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Beat Your Military Research Brick Walls
Posted by Diane

Your great-great-grandfather's military pension records could have the answers you want about his Civil War service and the widow he left behind ... if only you could find the records.

Or maybe your military genealogy brick wall is one of these:
  • the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center, which destroyed most records for Army personnel discharged from 1912 to 1960, and air force personnel discharged from 1947 to 1964
  • privacy restrictions for post-WWI soldiers
  • service in a lesser-known war, without widely available or publicized records
  • service during peacetime, rather than a specific war
  • several similarly named soldiers, any one of which could be your relative (at $80 a pop, you won't be ordering that pension unless you know it belongs to your guy)
  • a POW
  • a female ancestor in the Army Nurse Corps, Cadet Nurse Corps, Women Airforce Service Pilots or other unit
  • ... or you just don't know what records are available with regard to your ancestor's military service, or how to get them
Our next webinar, Expert Tricks for Beating Your Military Brick Walls, may be for you. David Allen Lambert, a military research expert and chief genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, will show you the best strategies for solving difficult military records research problems—and he'll tackle real-life brick walls of webinar participants.

You can either submit your military brick-wall questions when you register or during the live Q&A session. Here are the details:
  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 20
  • Starting time: 7pm EST (that's 6pm CST, 5pm MST and 4pm PST)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Registration: $49.99 (but save $10 if you register before Feb. 13)
  • Includes: participation in the live event, the ability to watch the webinar again as many times as you like, a PDF of the presentation slides and our "Brick Wall Busters: Proving Military Service" handout.
Click here to learn more about the Expert Tricks for Beating Your Military Brick Walls webinar!


Editor's Pick | Military records | Webinars
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:06:44 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Free Access to Fold3.com's Black Genealogy Records in February
Posted by Diane

Fold3 is providing free access to its Black History Collection of historical and genealogical records for the month of February—Black History Month in the United States. 

Those records document slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the World Wars and the Civil Rights Movement. Here's a sampling of the record sets in the collection
  • Court Slave Records for Washington, DC
  • South Carolina Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale, 1732–1872
  • US Colored Troops Civil War service records
  • Southern Claims Commission records
  • The Atlanta Constitution newspaper
  • WWII "Old Man's Draft" Registration Cards
Some of the record sets, such as the Southern Claims Commission records (Southerners' reimbursement claims for property Union troops seized during the Civil War) and WWII draft cards, also will cover non-African-Americans.

Visit the Fold3.com Black History Collection home page to see samples of the records and links leading to more information about each collection.

You'll need to set up a free registration to access the collections. On the Black History Collection home page, click on the link in the blue box to get started.

If you're tracing black ancestors, you'll find tips and advice in guides at ShopFamilyTree.com, including:
Click here to see all the African-American genealogy research helps at ShopFamilyTree.com.


African-American roots | Fold3 | Free Databases
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 1:20:42 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, January 28, 2013
I Found the Maiden Name—But What Is It??
Posted by Diane

So I finally got my hands on a copy of the divorce case for my my third-great-grandparents, Thomas and Mary Frost (more later about how I got it). As I hoped, it has her maiden name!

There's just one problem—I can't read it, exactly:



Alanis Morrisette would call this situation ironic.

I searched Ancestry.com for Mary Wol*am (the wildcard * can stand in for more than one letter). Some of the possibilities are Wollam, Wolam, Wolham, Woldham, Woltam and Wolfram.

I even found an 1850 census record for a Wollam family living in Ohio with a Mary of the right age, born about 1840. But this family has no Matilda, one of Mary's sisters, who gives her name but not her age in a deposition for the divorce case. The same family (I think) in later censuses doesn't have a Matilda, either, and is no longer in Ohio. (My third-great-grandparents married in Cincinnati in 1865.)

I can't find a family in the census that fits Wolham, my first thought when I read the name. And no luck yet in my search for a Wol-something-am (or a Frost) marriage record.

I've looked through the rest of the 103-page file for another maiden-name mention and can't find one, though the writing is really hard to make out in places. I need to spend some quality time with the document.

Are you searching for a female ancestor's maiden name? Check out our new Family Tree University course Finding Female Ancestors (I'm planning to!), which starts this week—it's open for registration through Friday. You'll get help developing a research strategy for female ancestors, teasing out maiden names and more.

Here's the link to learn more about the Finding Female Ancestors course.

court records | Female ancestors
Monday, January 28, 2013 12:30:21 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [21]
# Friday, January 25, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, Jan. 21-25
Posted by Diane

  • Just a reminder: You have until Monday at 11:59 p.m. ET to register for our Family Tree Magazine VIP giveaway! Some lucky person will win a free one-year VIP subscription, which includes a subscription to the print magazine, a Family Tree Plus membership (giving you access to exclusive how-to articles on our website), tuition discounts at Family Tree University, 10 percent off every ShopFamilyTree.com order, and our Family Tree Toolkit. Register here for your chance to become a Family Tree VIP for free
  • The Minnesota Department of Human Services is gathering bids for a project to digitize 5 million pages of old adoption records dating as far back as the late 19th century. The records are now on about 2,000 rolls of microfilm and likely include thousands of adoptions (the exact number isn’t known because files vary in length). Adoption records in Minnesota become public after 100 years, according to TwinCities.com, and 2017 is the 100-year anniversary of the law mandating adoption recording. 
  • You might’ve heard about HBO's upcoming fictional genealogy series, "Family Tree." It stars Chris O’Dowd as a Brit who occupies himself by investigating his family history after he loses his job and his relationship. Thanks to contributing editor Rick Crume for sending me a link to an Entertainment Weekly article about the show. Do you plan to watch?


FamilySearch | Genealogy Events | Genealogy fun | Genealogy societies | Public Records | Vital Records
Friday, January 25, 2013 11:14:37 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Thursday, January 24, 2013
Last Chance: Save $50 on our Winter 2013 Virtual Genealogy Conference
Posted by Diane

Hi, all! Just wanted to let you know that our $50 off your Virtual Genealogy Conference registration promotion ends Friday night, Jan. 25! To take advantage, click here and enter the code WINTERVCEARLY at checkout. 

Family Tree University’s Winter 2013 Virtual Genealogy Conference takes place Feb. 22-24.You get an all-access weekend pass 15 half-hour video classes, live chats with genealogy experts, an attendees-only message board and more. It’s a great option for people who want to get better at doing genealogy without having to take time off work or pay the travel expenses.

Click here to see the Virtual Genealogy Conference video class topics and chat schedule

Click here to register for the Virtual Genealogy Conference

Remember, you have until tomorrow, Jan. 25, at 11:59 p.m. ET to save $50 with promo code WINTERVCEARLY.


Family Tree University | Genealogy Events
Thursday, January 24, 2013 2:11:22 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Search Irish Vital Records Free on Thursday Jan. 24
Posted by Diane

Researching ancestors in Ireland? Flex those typing muscles: Tomorrow, Jan. 24, Irish genealogy website findmypast.ie will let you access 21 million Irish vital records free in honor of its first Irish Family History Day.

This according to the Irish news websites IrishCentral and siliconrepublic

The vital records, new on the site, range from the 1800s to 1958. Read more about them here

Findmypast.ie is a website from brightsolid publishing, which also operates findmypast.com (US), findmypast.com.au (Australia and New Zealand) and findmypast.co.uk (England, Wales and Scotland), among other genealogy websites. When you visit from the United States, you may get a pop-up suggesting you use the American site, but you can just close it and carry on.

Also, if you're in the United States, be mindful of time zone differences when you plan your search session(s). Findmypast.ie is based in Dublin, which is five hours ahead of the US East Coast.

Update: Now that Irish Family History Day is upon us, I found more information about this offer. Visit findmypast.ie's Irish Family History Day page for a promo code that gets you 50 free credits to use the site's pay-as-you-go records. The code is valid through Jan. 31.


Free Databases | UK and Irish roots | Vital Records
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:04:31 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Editors' Pick: Expert Tricks for Beating Your Military Brick Walls Live Webinar
Posted by Beth




Ever wished you had a professional genealogist at your beck and call when trying to solve your military brick wall? Have you run into obstacles while tracing your military veteran ancestors and want tips for getting on track? Or do you just need some general strategies for battling brick walls? Find the solutions you're looking for in Expert Tricks for Beating Your Military Brick Walls Live Webinar.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 20
Time: 7pm EST/6pm CST/5pm MST/4pm PST; 1-hour duration
Presenter: David Allen Lambert, chief researcher at the New England Historic Genealogical Society
Price: $49.99 ($39.99 early bird until Wednesday, Feb. 13)

About This Webinar:
  • Submit questions about any conflict—from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, from the Spanish-American War to World War I—to have them answered in the live presentation.
  • Learn top strategies for tracing elusive veteran ancestors whether your research stumper relates to military pensions or war widows.
  • Get key tips for busting through brick walls.
  • PLUS: Receive a free PDF, "Brick Wall Busters: Proving Military Service."

Register here: Expert Tricks for Beating Your Military Brick Walls Live Webinar 

Military records | Research Tips | Webinars
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:10:51 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, January 18, 2013
"I do solemnly swear …"
Posted by Beth

The Lincoln inaugural Bible—used by President Barack Obama when he took his first presidential oath of office in 2009—will be used again by the president, along with Martin Luther King Jr.’s Bible, at his second inaugural ceremony Jan. 21. The two Bibles will be stacked one on top of the other, as the president takes the oath of office.

The Lincoln Bible, bound in burgundy velvet with a gold-washed metal rim, will be on view from Wednesday, Jan. 23 through Monday, Feb. 18, in the exhibition “The Civil War in America” in the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

On March 4, 1861, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administered the oath of office to Abraham Lincoln using a 1,280-page Bible provided by William Thomas Carroll, clerk of the Supreme Court, because Lincoln’s family Bible was packed with other belongings that were still en route to Washington from Springfield, Ill.



Genealogy fun
Friday, January 18, 2013 2:36:01 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy News Corral, Jan. 14-18
Posted by Beth

  • Saving Memories Forever has launched its new free Android app designed to make interviewing and preserving stories through audio recordings even easier. The technology allows users to build story archives they can share and manage through the company's website.


  • FamilySearch has added 7 million new indexed records and images to its collection. Notable additions include the 1.7 million+ indexed records and images in the Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books collection from 1592-1910; 1 million+ records added to the United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, from 1820-1874; and the 1.3 million+ records from the United States General Index to Pension Files collection from 1861-1934.

  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the creation of a new society to promote the preservation of records in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): The Society of Preservation Patriots. This new group recognizes donors who have contributed $250 or more to the Stern-NARA Gift Fund or the current Preserve the Pensions initiative, a project to digitally capture the 7.2 million images from the 180,000 pensions of those who served in the War of 1812.
Donors will receive a society pin and be listed on the FGS website. For more information, see the Preserve the Pensions initiative or the Stern-NARA Gift Fund. 


Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Industry | Genealogy societies | Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, January 18, 2013 9:17:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, January 17, 2013
Climbing Back into the Genealogy Saddle
Posted by Diane

I’m back here at Family Tree Magazine after being on maternity leave long enough to forget my computer password and have no idea which issue I should start working on.

But I didn’t forget all about genealogy. Monday was our practice day at the sitter with Norah and her big brother, so I used my “me time” to go to the library.

Courtesy of the Kenton County (Kentucky) Public Library’s Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index and Northern Kentucky Genealogy Index (you can search both free online, then email yourself a list of results), I have a long list of newspaper and record look-ups about my maternal relatives. It's been on my to-do list for a shameful length of time.

Since I only had a couple of hours at the library, I prepped by organizing my lookups according to the newspaper and date (for articles) or the church and volume number (for church records). That way I’d be able to find all the articles on one roll of film, then move right on to the next. I also highlighted the most important items so I’d be sure to get to those if time ran short.

Even though I knew where the library is, I checked out the visitor info onlinee (good thing— the regular lot was closed due to construction). I couldn’t find the details about making copies, so I gathered up change and singles just in case. Turns out I should have brought a flash drive for the microfilm reader that makes digital copies. Live and learn. 

The librarian showed me the newspaper and church record microfilm, gave me a refresher on the microfilm readers and changed my dollars for dimes (required to make paper copies). I got all my priority articles and one church record in the two hours. I wrote the newspaper or record title, date, volume number, etc. on each printout.

As a woman on a mission, I only glanced at the rest of the local history collection. Oh, the time I could spend there if I had all day.

Now, I’m reading the newspaper articles and trying to sort out who’s who and how (or whether) they’re all related in this big family full of Josephs, Bernards and Marys. Every time I read in an obituary that the deceased was survived by “a wife and children” or see a married woman identified as “Mrs. Joseph so-and-so,” I want to pull my hair out. Names! I NEED NAMES!

So I’ve still got some work to do. In the mean time, I’m glad to be back with you!


Free Databases | Libraries and Archives | Newspapers | Research Tips
Thursday, January 17, 2013 11:44:09 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [6]
Don't Miss Family Tree University's Winter 2013 Virtual Genealogy Conference
Posted by Beth



Get an intensive dose of genealogy education at Family Tree University’s Winter 2013 Virtual Conference! At this February weekend workshop, you’ll learn strategies and resources to boost your research—and because it’s web-based, you can participate from anywhere at any time. Get all the benefits of a genealogy conference—education, camaraderie, expert advice—without all the hassle.

WHEN
  • 9am EST Friday, Feb., 22 to 11:59pm EST Sunday, Feb. 24

WHAT    
  • Genealogy Technology 
  • Research Strategies
  • Ethnic Research
  • The opportunity to participate in LIVE chats with topic experts
  • PLUS: Your Virtual Conference registration gives you the ability to download a copy of all sessions and watch them whenever and wherever you want.
  • AND: Get a "swag bag" of freebies from ShopFamilyTree.com

REGISTRATION
  • $199.99
  • EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Reserve your spot on or before Friday, Jan. 25 and lock in the early bird rate of $149.99—a savings of 25 percent! (Just use special offer code WINTERVCEARLY to save.) Click here to register.

Family Tree University | Research Tips | Webinars
Thursday, January 17, 2013 11:20:48 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Editors' Pick: Google for Genealogists Ultimate Collection
Posted by Beth




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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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




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



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

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

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

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




Family Heirlooms | saving and sharing family history | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:37:03 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Editors' Pick: Organize Your Way to Your Best Genealogy Year
Posted by Beth



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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Repeat from Step 1.

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


Editor's Pick | Research Tips | saving and sharing family history | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Tech Advice
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 12:54:13 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, January 07, 2013
New Guides Added to "A Genealogist's Guide to Names" Series
Posted by Beth

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

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


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# Friday, January 04, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, Dec. 31-Jan.4
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  • Entries are being accepted through March 22 for the 13th annual Listen to a Life Essay Contest run by the Legacy Project, a big-picture learning project for all ages, and the nonprofit Generations United.
The contest, open to young people ages 8 to 18, encourages connections across generations. To enter, a young person interviews a grandparent or grandfriend 50 years or older, gathering information about the older person's hopes and goals through their life; how he or she achieved goals and overcame obstacles; or key life experiences. The young person then writes and submit a 300-word essay based on the interview.
The winner will receive a Lenov ThinkCentre computer. Click here for more information, including rules and entry form.
 


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# Thursday, January 03, 2013
75 Best State Websites Now Available Online
Posted by Beth

Tracking down state-level genealogy records—births, marriages, deaths and more—can be exhausting work, but each year it gets easier as more state historical societies and archives digitize collections and post them online. They're also offering more indexes, guides and other tools to help you get your hands on state repositories' offline records. We commend these ambitious organizations and individuals for providing these genealogical gifts that keep on giving throughout the year.

In selecting the 75 best state websites, which originally appeared in the December 2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine, we looked especially for databases (at least one per state) where you can search for your ancestors' names. Some sites also have digital images of original records, and several of the sites regularly add new searchable documents.

Click here to view and access the list of top 75 state websites online.


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# Wednesday, January 02, 2013
What's in a Name?
Posted by Beth

Bonne année, Gutes Neues Jahr, Xin nian yu kuai, Feliz Año Nuevo and Kali hronia … Whether you say it in French, German, Mandarin, Spanish or Greek, they all translate to "Happy New Year!" Hope yours is off to a great start!

Speaking of languages, genealogists understand and appreciate the value of names and all the family history information that they can provide. Naming patterns and traditions; spellings; pronunciations; and meanings can impact your search for ancestors from a given locale.

To provide added insight to your ancestral search, we've created 15 PDF downloadable reference guides featuring first names from around the world. Each comprehensive guide is presented in dictionary-style format, making it easy to search for names, spellings and their meanings. For example, A Genealogist's Guide to British Names reveals that the name Harry means "ruler of an estate." Rather prophetic for Prince Harry!

Get more information from your genealogical research this year with a better understanding of your ancestral names!

A Genealogist's Guide to Ethnic Given Names
A Genealogist's Guide to African Names
A Genealogist's Guide to British Names
A Genealogist's Guide  to Chinese Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Eastern European Names
A Genealogist's Guide  to French Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Gaelic Names
A Genealogist's Guide to German Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Greek Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Hawaiian Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Indian Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Irish Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Italian Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Japanese Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Jewish Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Native American Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Russian Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Scandinavian Names
A Genealogist's Guide to Spanish Names


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