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Family Tree

January/February 2021

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.
USD 21.99
7 Números

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1 min.
out on a limb

While the world keeps wrestling with the COVID-19 pandemic, another bug is sweeping the globe. Like COVID, this infection keeps you isolated in your home for hours—maybe even days—at a time, in an unending search for answers. You may not see friends and family for weeks, venturing out only for groceries and toilet paper. I’m talking, of course, about a malady much less serious than the coronavirus: the mystery bug. The mystery bug is contagious, and its symptoms may include compulsive searching and an overwhelming need to uncover truth about the past. You may have caught it from a school family tree project, or from hours listening to an aunt or grandparent. Or maybe adventure stories about fictional sleuths like Nancy Drew (see page 58) or Encyclopedia Brown drew you in. However the…

2 min.
tree talk

My mother-in-law found a painting of her father as a young boy riding on a drag with his dad, hung in the office of a new doctor she went to see. The image was painted by a well-known artist in Kentucky as part of a series of “real life” paintings, and the doctor was [the artist’s] son.Pamela Wilkinson Edwards via FacebookI posted a query on a message board in 2000, and a distant cousin found it 10 years later. Our great-grandfathers were brothers.Joyce Thompson via FacebookA furniture store. I found my great-grandfather’s obit. The furniture stores used to sell the caskets. And they had kept records with obits of all that they had sold.Linda Woodworth via Facebook FOR ME IT WAS EBAY! I Googled my fifth-great-grandfather John Bromhall of Alrewas in…

1 min.

“HISTORY REMEMBERS ONLY THE CELEBRATED. GENEALOGY REMEMBERS THEM ALL.” Laurence Overmire reflects on genealogy’s inclusive range of study in One Immigrant’s Legacy: The Overmyer Family in America, 1751–2009 (Indelible Mark Publishing). We at Family Tree Magazine share resources for finding all your ancestors—celebrated or not. Our tips for using Ancestry.com (page 18) and the US Social Security records issued to rich and poor alike (page 50) will help you get started. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS & PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION…

1 min.
nara volunteers hit 1m records

OVER A MILLION PAGES of National Archives Catalog content have been enhanced by volunteer “citizen archivists,” who tag, transcribe and comment on records to make them more discoverable. Between March and August 2020 (during pandemic stay-at-home orders), volunteer efforts soared, hastening the site from about 634,000 to a million enhanced pages. As of writing, record sets targeted for enhancement include: • the Nuremberg Trials• naturalization petitions• WWII diaries• Naval courts-martial (pictured)• the Pentagon Papers Learn more about volunteering at <www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist/missions> or explore site content at <www.archives.gov/research>. (At the latter, note the fairly new Record Group Explorer and Presidential Library Explorer.)…

1 min.
french database filae grows

FRENCH GENEALOGY SUBSCRIPTION website Filae <www.filae.com>, which launched an English-language platform in 2019, continues to grow. Over 7 million users have registered; many have created searchable family trees. Public archives, local societies, specialty publishers and other partners have contributed more than 100 million images of historical record collections dating to the Napoleonic era. Among them are civil registrations of births, marriages, and deaths; censuses; 18th-century parish records; passenger lists; and military records. Free registered users may create a family tree, search record collections and view lists of search results. See an English-language FAQ for further information <assistance.filae.com/portal/en/kb/filae>.…

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loc launches newspaper image search tool

The Library of Congress has launched an image search tool for its enormous trove of digitized historical newspaper pages at Chronicling America <chroniclingamerica.loc.gov>. With the Newspaper Navigator tool <news-navigator.labs.loc.gov/search>, users can enter keywords to bring up related photos. The system then runs a visual search for similar images, which may not have been associated with the keywords in question. Shown here is a search on Eastland, a ship that overturned in Chicago (see the image above and page 14). Results can be filtered and sorted by publication date, or I can select results (as indicated by the red outline at left) to update my search to include similar images. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS & PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION…