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Family Tree March - April 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!

United States
Yankee Publishing Inc.
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tree talk

WOW! THE JAN./FEB. ISSUE WAS AWESOME! Although I’ve researched for many years, this issue filled in a few blanks in the grey matter. The magazine has been recommended to our society members, our FHL, the county library and countless others. And now, a team of county “history detectives” who are working on the sesquicentennial book. Such a quality magazine is priceless! Thanks! Dianne Newman, Waters, Mich. An excellent piece, I enjoyed reading it. I also found a lot of value in the January/February issue. Thank you.Carol Corbett Ellis-Jones via FacebookMy favorite magazine…Good info about genealogy in there that is helpful and interesting.Janice Mc Kay, via Facebook THAT WAS FANTASTIC! I love this show [“Finding Your Roots”] and really like Dr. Gates. I learned a new word…estimable. He could add to the show at…

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stepping into history

Great Gadgets Students in my genealogy-technology classes often bring along their latest finds for a bit of show-and-tell. One enthusiastic gentleman let me try his Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset. For a few minutes, I was transported to a historic cathedral in Milwaukee, Wis., thanks to 360-degree imagery he’d shot with his Samsung Gear 360 VR camera. This technology has limitless potential application for family history. Envision your great-grandchild touring the home you live in or walking down your street. If only this gadget had been around in 1850. Cemetery Serendipity My great-grandfather Henry Burkett and his second wife, Rachel, along with his father Isaac and Isaac’s wife, Catherine, rest at the Brick Memorial Park Cemetery in Randolph County, Ind.—or so the records said. We pulled into the cemetery’s narrow lane and…

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across the pond

Genealogist Annette Watts Boehning of Raymore, Mo., has traveled to England four times in search of her family history. In the process, she’s discovered some unexpected artifacts. “My great-grandfather Joseph Davis came to America just before the Civil War with his first wife, Sophia,” she explains. Records led Boehning back to Oswestry in Shropshire, England, where, she learned, Davis’ mother died after losing a baby. Davis and his sick father ended up in the workhouse, and his father died a few months later. During one visit to England, local guides Paul and Pauline Hulme of Homemade Holidays <www.homemade-holidays.com> took her to the church where Davis wed Sophia. “They looked up the marriage record and I sat where Joseph would’ve waited for his bride,” she recalls. Davis’ father was a coal miner, so the…

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the ultimate genealogy websites guide

We all know how quickly online resources grow and change. The tips and tricks in these eight guides help you better navigate the key genealogy websites to get solid results that will move your research forward. In particular, the four largest genealogy websites—Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage—have enormous collections of family trees and historical records. The chart on pages 20 and 21 shows that many of the key resources, such as US federal census records, New York passenger lists and WWI draft registration cards, appear on all four sites. To help you know which site will provide the most help, here is a comparison of the “Big Four.” Ancestry is the only site with a complete index to all the extant WWII draft registration cards now open to the public. Created…

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SEARCH TIPS Create an Ancestry Member Tree to simplify searching for records. Just click on a name in your tree’s pedigree or family view, then click the Search button. You also can click Search from a relative’s profile page. If you have an Ancestry online tree, you can fill out search forms automatically (see below). As you type in the First & Middle Name(s) box on a search form, you’ll be prompted to select a tree (if you have more than one) and a name from your tree. The search form will be filled in with information from your tree. Carefully examine ancestor hints in your tree before accepting them. Hints cover only about 10 percent of Ancestry’s historical record collections, so you also should search the site’s databases. Search specific record collections or…

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SEARCH TIPS You can’t search everything at once on FamilySearch, so take time to explore the site. Hover your mouse cursor over Search at the top of any page to see resources and search options, including the following resources. Choose Records to search historical records from around the world. To view a list of individual record collections, including browse-only record images that haven’t yet been indexed by name, look near the search form for a link to Browse All Published Collections. Choose Family Tree, then click the Find button to search profiles in the collaborative Family Tree. It’s designed to avoid duplication and have just one profile for each ancestral person. Choose Genealogies to search millions of family trees that users have uploaded. Keep in mind these trees aren’t independently verified. Click Catalog to search…