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Family Tree November - December 2020

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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.
7 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
out on a limb

My favorite holiday special has always been Charlie Brown—but not the famous Christmas episode, or even the Halloween episode and its Great Pumpkin. No, my favorite is the Thanksgiving special: Good old Chuck frantically preparing to host his friends for a “feast” of burned toast, jelly beans and popcorn. As he always does, Linus puts the gathering in perspective. In a pre-dinner prayer, he evokes the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving, paraphrasing minister William Brewster: “We thank God for our homes and food, and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.” Like the Pilgrims 400 years ago, we’ve endured much strife this year. But the holiday season gives us an opportunity to focus on what we have to be grateful for,…

1 min.
tree talk

The amount of laughs my mum and I have while working together on our genealogy.Ewe and Euthie — Flinn Family History via FacebookLETTERS MY GRANDMOTHER WROTE TO MY UNCLE WHILE HE WAS IN COLLEGE DETAILING EVERYDAY FAMILY LIFE IN THE MID_’60S!Pamela Nester-Nagorney via FacebookA family history from my aunt on my mother’s side that went back to the 1500s!Rusty and Kathi Sizemore via Facebook I NOTICED A LOCAL DECEASED RELATIVE’S collection of family photos ended up in the hands of a person who was adding them to her tree on Ancestry.com. I emailed her through the site and thanked her for posting them so they were accessible. She replied that her connection was through marriage and would I like over 80 family photos? She lives in Texas; I’m in Iowa. I…

1 min.
rootstech 2021 goes virtual

THE WORLD’S BIGGEST genealogy event, RootsTech <www.rootstech.org>, which usually takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be an all-online event for 2021. The conference, called “RootsTech Connect,” will offer classes and keynote speeches in multiple languages by speakers from all over the world. Register for free on the RootsTech website. Other conferences are also changing their plans. The Southern California Genealogical Society is taking two of its popular events online next year: the Genetic Genealogy conference (June 4–5, 2021) and Genealogy Jamboree (June 11–12, 2021) <www.genealogyjamboree.com>. Keep up with events you love by visiting their websites and following them and their sponsoring organizations on social media.…

1 min.
spanish flu deaths database

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a halt, but it’s not the first disease to disrupt daily life. A new database uses genealogical records and trees to build a better picture of one such pandemic (the 1918 “Spanish flu” outbreak) for health researchers. Families of the 1918 Pandemic <fhtl.byu.edu/pandemic> is building a state-by-state index of those who were listed as dying from flu-related causes that year. The project is sponsored and create by FamilySearch International and Brigham Young University, and indexed names in the database link to profiles in the free, public FamilySearch Family Tree <www.familysearch.org/tree>. There, data such as family relationships and neighborhood characteristics (derived from 1910 census entries) are helping construct meaningful profiles of those who died of the disease.…

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ancestrydna updates

AncestryDNA <dna.ancestry.com> (now with 18 million kits in its database) has updated its user experience. Testers can now see the size of the longest segment of DNA shared with individual matches, which helps distinguish matches who share recent common ancestors from those who result from endogamy. AncestryDNA has corrected previously inflated reporting of shared segments, too. In addition, AncestryDNA has increased the shared centimorgan (cM) threshold for its DNA matches from 6 cM to 8 cM. So any DNA matches who share less than 8 cM with a test taker have been removed from his or her match list. AncestryDNA cites research that indicates DNA matches between test takers with less than 8 cM have a low accuracy rate; you can view an updated set of white papers here <www.ancestrycdn.com/support/us/2020/07/2020whitepaper.pdf>.…

1 min.
dna reveals slave trade stories

Researchers at 23andMe <www.23andme.com> have published genetic evidence related to the forced paths of enslaved Africans to North and South America. Some findings are in line with documentary evidence, but others are surprising, such as larger-than-expected traces of Nigerian ancestry in people now living in Latin America and the United States. Genetic analysis in the study also reflected the systematic sexual exploitation of enslaved African women. Because of this, African women had a higher overall contribution to the modern gene pool, despite being outnumbered by African men. Read more at <www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-53527405>, or see the full study in the American Journal of Human Genetics <www.cell.com/ajhg>. Sunny Jane Morton is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine, content manager at Your DNA Guide and industry expert on the giant genealogy websites.…