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Family Tree December 2018

Family Tree Magazine will help point the way toward the best research tools and practices to trace your family's history. Each issue includes tips on locating, collecting, and preserving photos, letters, diaries, church and government records, and other documentation, plus fun articles about creating scrapbooks, organizing family reunions, and vacation ideas that combine history with leisure!

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United States
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English
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Yankee Publishing Inc.
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out on a limb

In each December issue of Family Tree Magazine, we recognize state- and locally focused genealogy websites. They’re the sources—often, free—of goodies like digitized records, maps, photos of people and places, and tried-and-true how-tos from folks researching the same towns and families as you. It’s like getting an unexpected gift. Among the treasures I’ve found on such sites are: • the name of the village one of my immigrant ancestors came from, in a list of founders of a local German club • an image of a 1910 Minor League baseball card for my third-great uncle, a catcher for the Richmond Pioneers • many newspaper articles about my father-in-law’s family in upstate New York • lots of city birth and death records, kept before statewide records began • the whereabouts of records including penitentiary registers naming my…

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tree talk

I RESEARCHED A FRIEND’S French-Canadian line, using the fantastic records available. I took her back to the founding families of Quebec in the 1600s. Great fun. Now if I could find just one of them in my own tree, I’d be thrilled! I learned a lot of history I didn’t know before, too. Peg Osborne Eddy We found the plat map that showed where an ancestor had land near Holy Hill, Wis. My mom and I have stood on that land. Kristine Henry [I did genealogy] for a friend’s cousin’s father-in-law, who was turning 80. He didn’t know his father’s family. I found royalty way back in the 1600s. They gave the information to him as a birthday present, with a crown. LaVonne Fields Hallberg I donate my research skills as an auction item to my…

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everything’s relative

DID YOUR ANCESTORS walk in the posada in Mexico, re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem? Light the Menorah to celebrate eight miraculous days of light in Jerusalem’s temple? Your young German relatives may have toed the line to avoid the horned demon-goat Krampus, and left shoes on the doorstep for St. Nicholas to fill. Southern Italian families may still sit down to Esta dei Sette Pesci (the Feast of the Seven Fishes) on Christmas Eve. No time of year in America features such a wealth of traditions and customs as the holiday season. Our ancestors brought those customs from all over the world, and they spread and changed and blended to create the holidays we know today. Find out which traditions your forebears followed—and incorporate a few into your celebrations—at…

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hark the heritage

Christmas Seals I’ve loved Christmas seals since fourth grade, and my collection now covers nearly every year since the program began in 1907. Inspired by a fundraising campaign in Denmark, Emily Perkins Bis-sell designed holiday seals to sell for one penny each at post offices. The funds would fight tuberculosis, then America’s leading cause of death. Today, the American Lung Association also funds lung cancer and asthma research, still largely thanks to Christmas Seals. A Little Christmas One of my favorite descriptions of Santa Claus is in the iconic book Little House on the Prairie. After crossing a swollen creek to deliver gifts from Santa, the fictional Mr. Edwards tells Mary and Laura Ingalls: “He swung up on his fine bay horse. Santa Claus rode well, for a man of his weight and…

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cooking the books

PEOPLE BEGAN COOKING long before they had cookbooks, of course. Archeologists have found 300,000-year-old evidence of food cooked on fires. Yet, the desire to preserve and share recipes ran deep among our ancestors. The oldest surviving recipes are etched on Mesopotamian stone tablets, dating to 1700 BCE. Chefs for kings collected cookbooks, both to show off their culinary prowess and to record the splendor of royal feasts. As with so much else, the printing press democratized recipes. Only the gentry could afford printed cookbooks in 1615, when Gervase Markham published The English Housewife for ladies with estates to supervise. But by the late 19th century, even common cooks could consult tomes such as England’s 1847 Plain Cookery for the Working Classes. A few more technological and marketing leaps later, you have…

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chance discoveries

Raelynn Klafke of Murphy, Texas, is a genealogist whose retirement provides her with extra time. Several years ago, she and Joy Rife, her friend of 40 years, called FamilySearch <www.familysearch.org> to ask how they could volunteer to help other researchers. “The person who answered the phone was over record preservation camera capture,” recalls Klafke. “He told us about serving as camera operators, [and] we were convinced it was for us.” The pair flew to Melbourne, Australia, and spent six months digitizing historical records. “I love old documents and books,” Klafke says. “It’s such a powerful feeling, touching something that has been kept over many generations. I’m pretty convinced that if anyone ever digitized records, they wouldn’t want to do anything else.” After another volunteer stint in Salt Lake City, Klafke and Rife…

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