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Family Tree May - June 2019

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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Group Publisher Allison Dolan MAY/JUNE 2019/VOLUME 20, ISSUE 3 Publisher Patty Craft Editor in Chief Andrew Koch Art Director Julie Barnett Editor/Content Producer Courtney Henderson Instructional Designer Vanessa Wieland Web Producer Rachel Fountain Contributing Editors Lisa A. Alzo, Rick Crume, David A. Fryxell, Nancy Hendrickson, Sunny Jane Morton, Maureen A. Taylor F+W, A CONTENT + ECOMMERCE COMPANY Chief Executive Officer Gregory J. Osberg SVP, General Manager F+W Fine Art, Writing, Outdoors and Small Business Group Ray Chelstowski Managing Director, F+W International James Woollam VP, Consumer Marketing John Phelan VP, Digital Jason Revzon VP, Product Management Pat Fitzgerald Newsstand Sales Scott Hill, scott.hill@procirc.com VP, Advertising Sales Kevin D. Smith Advertising Sales Representative Tim Baldwin Advertising Services Assistant Connie Kostrzewa EDITORIAL OFFICES: 10151 Carver Road, Suite 300, Blue Ash, OH 45242, ftmedit@fwmedia.com.…

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out on a limb

I’m not one for sappy quotes, but this one’s been bouncing around my head as our team has put together this issue: “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” It’s become a cliché now, but Mama Gump was on to something. For most of us, that “box of life” won’t contain presidential meetings, international ping-pong tournaments or successful shrimping companies. But in genealogy (as in life), we can never be sure where a path leads once we begin down it. Researching our past can lead to amazing discoveries—about who our ancestors were then, and about who we are today. This issue focuses on how best to set ourselves up for those discoveries. “Diamonds in the Rough” (page 18) highlights the research potential…

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tree talk

Salt Lake City to swim in research records! Ultimately, the Netherlands. @PrettyBPeacock via Twitter SUWALKI, POLAND, AND ORAVA, SLOVAKIA. My father’s parents immigrated from Poland in the early 1900s, and my mother’s parents immigrated from Slovakia right around the turn of the 20th century. One of my mother’s ancestral villages is underwater, thanks to the Orava reservoir, but I would still like to see where I come from. Julie Rach via Facebook I would return to Poland… and maybe never come home! Beth Burke via Facebook Back in time, to meet my patriot ancestors during the American Revolution. Becky Bishop via Facebook JOIN OUR COMMUNITY! Genealogy books, how-to videos and online classes Genealogy advice from host Lisa Louise Cooke and expert guests iTunes / Our members-only online library of genealogy instruction The best of everything: a Family Tree Magazine print subscription, Premium…

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genealogy on the go

Research Tip Finding Social Security records is usually as simple as searching the free Social Security Death Index (SSDI). However, don’t despair if you’re having trouble finding your ancestor. He may have fallen into a category of worker not covered by the system prior to 1951. Temporary government workers, farm laborers, domestic workers, workers in US territories, and overseas employees of American companies are all part of this group. And railroad workers, such as my grandfather and his father before him, were covered separately under the Railroad Retirement Board. These workers had Social Security numbers starting with 707 through 729. On the Road While in Oslo, Norway, for a speaking engagement, I had the opportunity to view the world’s best-preserved Viking ships up close at the Viking Ship Museum. Centuries ago, these vessels…

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old hat

EXCEPT FOR A HATLESS hiccup during the Roman Empire, men have always worn hats—until the past half-century or so. If you’re too young for your father to have worn hats, your grandfather and great-grandfather no doubt did so. Three of the four men on Mount Rushmore are famously associated with their hats: Washington’s tricorne hat, Lincoln’s stovepipe top hat, Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Rider and Panama hats. As one NPR commentator put it, “American history was made by men in hats.” Hats for men may be out of style today—other than the ubiquitous baseball cap. But their long history suggests that, sooner or later, hats will be back on top. 1700 818 Saint Clement discovers felt. Considered the oldest known textile, felt is the subject of many legends. According to Christian lore, Saint Clement accidently…

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owning a piece of the past

Seward Osborne has spent 50 years researching his family tree and the wars in which his ancestors served. A veteran himself, Osborne has visited nearly every major eastern US battlefield and authored six books about the Civil War. And recently, he discovered an artifact that revealed his own family’s history. The Lexington Artillery Roll Book, 1852 is a small book, but it has big meaning for Osborne. “The whole thing is less than a quarter-inch thick, but it’s loaded with handwritten facts. It’s an absolute treasure,” he says. “Very few people have ever heard of this outfit. But I grew up only 10 miles from where this regiment was in Lexington, New York.” “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!” The names in the book are like old friends to Osborne; he…