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Family Tree January - February 2019

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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F+W Media, Inc. - Magazines
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IN DIESER AUSGABE

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out on a limb

If you were the editor of a genealogy magazine, and someone asked you which well-known person you’ve dreamed of putting on your cover, chances are Henry Louis Gates, Jr., would be in your top three. Maybe even be your top one. Last year the stars aligned and we got an interview with Gates, for the Family Tree Magazine issue coinciding with season five of “Finding Your Roots,” the popular PBS series he hosts. And that’s the issue you’re holding in your hands right now. Of course, I love when the celebrity guests on “Finding Your Roots” (or another genealogy show like TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”) have German or Lebanese roots. Those are “my people,” as Gates might say. I can learn about their history and see what clues their…

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tree talk

JUST A COMMENT on your Alaska State Research Guide in the September 2018 Family Tree Magazine. A friend named Maria Jarlsdotter Enckell, who lives in Finland, has written articles and books on the Finlanders who lived in Alaska before the United States bought the territory. At that time, Finland was a semi-independent part of Russia, and many Finlanders took jobs in the Russian government. Some were appointed to high-ranking posts. A couple of the governors of Alaska were really Finlanders. Many workers also moved from Finland to Alaska. Many Finlanders and Russians stayed after the purchase, as shown in the 1900 US census. Some 200 individuals are recorded as born in Russia, and 612 in Finland. Some of those “Russians” might well have been Finnish, as their surnames are of a Nordic…

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everything’s relative

WANT TO MAKE 2019 THE YEAR YOU START YOUR FAMILY TREE, scan all those old pictures or visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City? Behavioral psychologists say you should set realistic, measurable goals, such as researching for an hour a week or scanning 10 photos every Saturday. And don’t let a setback like a missed research date derail you—just pick back up where you left off next time. Here are a few other resolution revelations. 88% Setters of common New Year’s resolutions who had not achieved their goal one year later, according to a 2007 study 25% Americans who made New Year’s resolutions in the 1940s 10 TIMES The increase in your likelihood of success when you set a New Year’s resolution, over deciding to make the same life change at…

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a new year of genealogy

Family History on Display I’m fortunate to have heirlooms inherited from my grandmothers. And sometimes, the smallest things are packed with the most memories. Both grandmothers sewed for their families, and I discovered wooden spools of jewel-toned thread in the drawers of their sewing machines. The spools are beautiful displayed in a glass urn I purchased for a few dollars at a home-decorating store. It sits atop an antique sewing-machine table, along with the sock darner that belonged to my husband’s grandmother. App Obsession Check your DNA matches anytime with the AncestryDNA app, free for iOS and Android devices. Download the app and sign in with your Ancestry account to order a test. Once your results are in, you can share them and view a breakdown of your unique ethnic mix. Then dig…

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pound for pound

TO OUR EARLY ANCESTORS, “diet” didn’t mean depriving yourself in order to lose weight. For the ancient Greeks, diata was a way of life that promoted a healthy mind in a healthy body. It’s true that “healthy body” emphasized the slim masculine ideal of Greek sculpture and involved a lot of exercise, running naked and vomiting in addition to bland foods and, of course, wine. But “dieting” didn’t take on its present connotation of restricted eating until the mid-15th century. Today, dieting for weight loss is an $80 billion industry in the US alone—one that, according to the National Institutes of Health, fails 98 percent of dieters. 1500 4th century Early Christians preach against gluttony, one of the “seven deadly sins.” As a walled-off hermit, St. Anthony of the Desert (251-356) ate…

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going home

Years ago, Dave Cooley transcribed the leather-bound diary that his great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Orlando Cooley, wrote in 1871. “It’s full of the mundane tasks of everyday life,” Dave Cooley says. “Things like, ‘I had to hitch the horses up and get over the ice on the creek,’ or going off to teach school or that the kids were misbehaving that day. One time he heard Sojourner Truth speak, and he wrote about that.” The diary described the family homestead in Portageville, NY, where Dave Cooley’s third-great-grandfather (Benjamin’s grandfather) settled in 1816. At a Cooley reunion in Niagara Falls this summer, Dave Cooley connected with fellow descendant Chris Cooley, who lives locally. The two decided to visit the homestead in hopes that the owner would grant them a tour. To their delight, he…

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