Family Tree

Family Tree March - April 2019

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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
Yankee Publishing Inc.
5,95 €(IVA inc.)
18,70 €(IVA inc.)
7 Números

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1 min.
out on a limb

They say change is the only constant. Winter turns to spring, and one year rolls over to the next. With that in mind, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Andrew, and I’m the new editor in chief of Family Tree Magazine. A little about me: I’m a second-generation American on my father’s side, and a fifth-generation Cincinnatian on my mother’s. I’ve always been passionate about my family’s history, especially the stories of my grandparents’ immigration to the United States in the early 1950s. I have German, English and Irish roots, and dream of visiting my ancestral homeland in the Banat region of Romania. We see big changes in the genealogy industry, too. Mega-websites like Ancestry (page 22) and FamilySearch (page 25) continue to evolve as record collections come online and…

1 min.
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…

1 min.
everything’s relative

IN JUNE 1963, CAMELOT CAME HOME. John F. Kennedy, the first Irish-Catholic president of the United States, visited his ancestral hometown of New Ross, Ireland. He arrived to great fanfare, with an honor guard of Irish cadets to greet the president as he stepped off Air Force One. “It took 115 years to make this trip, and 6,000 miles and three generations,” Kennedy said in an address in New Ross. “When my great-grandfather left here to become a cooper in east Boston, he carried nothing with him except two things: a strong religious faith, and a strong desire for liberty. And I’m glad to say that all of his great-grandchildren have valued that inheritance.” While in Ireland, he also visited his family’s ancestral home and had a garden party with his…

2 min.
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…

4 min.
phone tag

ATTACHED AS WE ARE TO OUR CELL PHONES, it’s hard to imagine the revolution in interpersonal communication that occurred when Alexander Graham Bell spoke the first telephone transmission: “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.” But Bell’s breakthrough was actually only one of many steps that led us to the iPhone. (Otherwise, you might still need a separate telephone line stretched between your house and each place you want to call.) And Bell’s invention beat a similar device to the patent office by just two hours, leading to years of legal battles. Today the name of that other inventor, Elisha Gray, doesn’t even, well, ring a bell. 1667 British physicist Robert Hooke invents the first telephone-like device, a two-way acoustic string communicator. The gizmo used the same principle as a…

2 min.
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 <> 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…