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Family Tree March/April 2021

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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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7 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
out on a limb

There it was, plain as day in a census record: James Carrigan, birthplace: Ireland. Family stories have told me I have Irish heritage, but I’d never traced an ancestor there. Ecstatic, I searched every document I could for James’ hometown. But record after record came up empty. So I did what any sensible researcher would do: I asked for help. At the time, I was working with Claire Santry on The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide, and explained my problem to her. In short order, she replied with indexed baptism records of a possible match in Dublin. Faith and begorrah, we might’ve found it! Claire helped me overcome a brick wall and gave my research new direction, and I was so glad I’d reached out. Help can come in many ways, and don’t…

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tree talk

MIDDLE PENINSULA AFRICAN-AMERICAN Genealogical & Historical Society (MPAAGHS). Membership allows me to connect with others doing research in my home state and, perhaps most importantly, in my home county. Zoom meetings have kept me well-informed and have presented topics that are intriguing and thought-provoking. Johnanna Williams via Facebook FAMILY HISTORY ASSOCIATION of North Queensland in Australia. It is our local one. I never stop being amazed at the information I glean from those older than me about the local area and its people, sources to find those hard-to-find sources, [and] connections with members who know my relatives. Marilyn Grogan via Facebook I belong to the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, N.J., and the Passaic County Historical Society Genealogy Club (New Jersey), both for their presentations and local history libraries. Vicki Spencer Campbell via Facebook MEADE COUNTY…

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familysearch in 30 languages

FAMILYSEARCH <www.familysearch.org>, the popular free genealogy website, is now available in 30 languages, after adding 20 new languages throughout 2020. Now, family history enthusiasts in more parts of the world can explore their heritage and contribute to the site’s collaborative family tree. Some of the latest additions are Fijian, Albanian, Czech, Norwegian and Mongolian <www.familysearch.org/blog/en/new-languages-familysearch>. The additions come just in time for RootsTech Connect <www.rootstech.org>, a 100% virtual conference sponsored by FamilySearch in late February 2021. RootsTech Connect will have programs in multiple languages, and is expected to have a schedule that’s optimized for a global audience. As of this writing, more than 160,000 people have registered. 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.…

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ancestry.com adds marriage announcements

Subscription website Ancestry.com <www.ancestry.com> continues to harvest enormous amounts of genealogical data from its sister site Newspapers.com <www.newspapers.com>. Ancestry.com has extracted more than 200 million names from 50 million US marriage announcements in publications digitized on Newspapers.com. The marriage announcements collection <www.ancestry.com/search/collections/62116> joins massive US and Canadian obituary collections on Ancestry.com, also excerpted from Newspapers.com. These indexes are created using artificial intelligence, and aren’t always completely accurate. But they’ve collected so many data points that it’s often possible to recognize ancestral entries, even if the extract isn’t perfect. Pictured below is an announcement for my mother, which I’m able to locate using the new index. Watch for ongoing updates and new collections, including birth notices and indexes for additional countries. NEWSPAPER PHOTO: COURTESY SUNNY JANE MORTON; DAR, WWII: SUPERSTOCK…

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dar makes it easier

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) <www.dar.org> is finding more ways to encourage prospective members to research patriot lineage and apply for membership: • A new Jewish Task Force supports efforts to identify Jewish patriots and encourages descendants to apply. • The DAR website provides resources for researching African American, Spanish, French and Native American patriots. Learn more under National Society > Genealogy > Minority Research. • In 2020, the society launched a Legacy status <blog.dar.org/share-your-dar-legacy> for relatives using the same ancestor to join DAR. The Legacy designation is given if an applicant connects to her nearest DAR relative within three generations, provided she’s using the same eligible ancestor.…

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geni tops 150 million profiles

IN LATE 2020, the free website Geni <www.geni.com> surpassed 150 million profiles on its World Family Tree. Geni supports a single, shared community family tree model, similar to that used by WikiTree <www.wikitree.com> and FamilySearch. According to the company’s announcement, the site has more than 13 million users, as well as 200 volunteers who have worked on the tree. Subscription website MyHeritage <www.myheritage.com> owns Geni and provides the tree-building site with support and access to some of its tools, such as tree-generated birthday calendars and MyHeritage’s Consistency Checker (which identifies errors in family trees).…