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Family Tree July - August 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
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7 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
out on a limb

We genealogists spend so much time thinking about our ancestors’ records, and so little about what we’ll leave behind. As I prepare for my wedding this summer, I’ve thought a lot about the records we create and what they say about us. I wonder what my descendants will think when they see the marriage record. Will they notice my hand shook as I signed my name? Will they recognize the names of the best man or maid of honor, listed as witnesses? Should I scribble a helpful genealogy clue in the margins—a microfilm number or hard-to-find ancestral surname? And how long until this record is indexed and searchable on Ancestry.com? Records are snapshots of our ancestors’ lives, and we here at Family Tree Magazine can help you understand them. This issue covers…

1 min.
tree talk

Going to the library with my late brother to search the micro? lm. Wandering cemeteries. Nora Frateschi Miller via FacebookLong conversations with my 91-year-old grandmother. Then getting in the car and driving around so she can show me where things used to be.Theresa Peplinski via FacebookBooks. Paper family group sheets. I still use those for recording info initially, then put it into my computer. Long way of doing things, but I can be very old school that way. Susan See via Facebook OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL society, town records, newspapers, old published books, deeds, maps, family Bibles, diaries, county histories (1860s), period maps, joining genealogy groups… I could go on and on. You cannot find everything on the Internet, sorry. Valerie Brown via Facebook <www.facebook.com/familytreemagazine> @FamilyTreeMag Family Tree Magazine @familytreemag…

1 min.

“FOR ME, IT’S DRILLING DOWN into the problem and then looking at what records might exist around it. So for parish records—in England, at least—there’s the parish chests. It doesn’t just include birth, marriage and burial. It includes things like overseers’ poor rates and it includes all kinds of things to do with the parish. You wouldn’t expect your ancestors to turn up in those records, but they might well do. And that’s solved quite a few problems for me and Morton.” English author Nathan Dylan Goodwin discusses the research strategy he uses when writing his series of genealogical mystery novels. In each book, forensic genealogist Morton Farrier must put his wit and research skills to the test to solve crimes. Goodwin published the first book in the series, Hiding the…

2 min.
summertime delights

Summer Treats Ice cream wasn’t invented in America, but it’s one of the country’s favorite summertime treats. Even before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, our ancestors were handturning their own ice cream. Thomas Jefferson penned his own recipe, now housed at the Library of Congress. It wasn’t until 1843 that the job was made a bit easier when the ingenious Nancy Johnson of Philadelphia received the first US patent (#3254) for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer. Great Innovations It’s been exciting to see the evolution of the free Google Earth program over the years that I’ve taught the Google Earth for Genealogists course at Family Tree University. Google Earth Pro is now free, replacing the original desktop version. And in late 2017, Google Earth for Chrome launched, bringing the geographic…

4 min.
banding together

WHETHER DUE TO WAR, assault or accidents, our ancestors inevitably suffered what 21st-century moms call “owies.” We don’t know whether the ancients dealt with minor boo-boos with a kiss, but more serious wounds were treated with everything from hot oil to figs, honey to maggots—sometimes with predictably fatal results. Not until modern antiseptic practices and the invention of the modern bandage did “it’s just a scratch” reliably translate to “you probably won’t die.” 45 A.D. Aulus Cornelius Celsus, a Roman encyclopedist, pens the first science-based medical manuscript, De Medicina. In it he describes the main signs of infection (which are still used today) and emphasizes the importance of thorough wound cleaning. Roman physicians used ointments of spices including saffron, mint and thyme to combat infections, and protected wounds with dressings containing silver…

2 min.
close encounters

Tierra Cotton-Kellow of Aberdeen, Md., is a business owner, wife and mother who somehow carves out time for genealogy. Recently, she’s felt like one of her ancestors is giving her some attention, too. “I never had the chance to meet my second great grandfather Wiley Henry Edwards, but we keep bumping into each other,” says Cotton-Kellow, creator of the Pressing My Way <pressingmyway.wordpress.com> blog and web series. “He was born to formerly enslaved parents, Henry and Eliza Edwards, on Christmas Day 1884, and died the day after Christmas in 1962.” Her “encounters” with Wiley started innocuously. Late one night, she was paging through unindexed military records online. “Something fell in another room. I went to look and there was nothing. I came back to the computer and his record was right in…