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Family Tree May - June 2018

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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out on a limb

We all notice, every now and again, that we could use an update. You start to feel like your outward appearance doesn’t match what you want people to know about you. That’s when you might start to eat more healthfully, clean out your closet, or color your grays (not that I’d know anything about that). And the same goes for magazines. After taking a good look at our pages, we decided we could do a better job of showing how fascinating genealogy is. How relevant it is to our lives today and to who we are. We wanted to more effectively share our firm belief that knowing about your family’s past can inspire your future. So you might notice that we look a bit different this issue. A little fresher and less…

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tree talk

I HAVE LETTERS my third-great-grandparents wrote each other during the Civil War. My favorite part is the last line of my third-great-grandmother’s last letter: She asks if [her husband] keeps his letters and wonders what it will be like to look back on them one day. If she only knew they got passed down and I’ve read them all. Erica Desiree / via Facebook My great-grandparents were married Feb. 14, 1894, and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary just months before he passed away. Marlene Bassett Alcorn / via Facebook I restored old photos that people brought in for a history book about the township where my family lived for six generations. I repaired tears, holes, spots, missing parts, etc., using Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Essentials. Alethea Jean / via Facebook The 1833 Leonid shower really was…

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everything’s relative

IF YOU HAD TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE IN A HURRY, what would you grab on your way out? The question inspired Foster Huntington to start a blog with photos of his friends’ “burning house” belongings <theburninghouse.com>. The project grew into a book, The Burning House: What Would You Take (HarperCollins), with pictures of beloved items from people of all ages and backgrounds. Their choices ranged from the practical (a cell phone, money and peanut butter) to the irreplaceable (old photos, Dad’s Bronze Star, a favorite shirt). What would be on your must-save list?…

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springing into family history

Historic Hotspot Were your ancestors among the 1.6 million to claim western land under the Homestead Act of 1862? Add the Homestead National Monument of America <www.nps.gov/home> in Beatrice, Neb., to your summer must-sees. This prairie site includes some of the first acreage successfully claimed under the law. I love the fun details like a roofline resembling a plow and a parking lot measuring exactly 1 acre. App Obsession Adobe Photoshop Fix is a powerful, free photo editor. On my computer, I save copies of old photos in need of restoration to my Dropbox folder. When I have a few spare minutes, I pull a pic from Dropbox into Adobe Photoshop Fix on my phone. Tapping the Healing tool repairs even the worst damage sustained over decades. For more helpful apps, see my…

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to your health!

TODAY’S DEBATE over the 2010 Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) seems never-ending. Our ancestors, on the other hand, worried little about health insurance. Leeches, goat glands and medicine-show elixirs were affordable care—just not effective medicine. As recently as 1900, the typical American spent only $5 a year (about $100 today) on health care. Health care became something worth paying for only when modern medicine made lifesaving leaps such as antibiotics, bypass surgery, organ transplants and chemotherapy. The evolution of health insurance from a pay-as-you-go system was largely accidental. While other developed nations chose variations of government-insured care, the United States stumbled into a patchwork of mostly employer-sponsored, private health insurance. These events got us where we are today. 1679 In “An Essay Upon Projects,” Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe advocates for the establishment of…

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kids’ schoolwork

1 Create a gallery. Pick a wall to host a rotating art show on shelves or picture ledges. Or string up a wire and use photo clips, like the ones at <www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/metal-photo-clips-string-set>, for a clothesline-style display. 2 No need to spend a lot. Most schoolwork is on acidic paper that deteriorates quickly. Feel free to use inexpensive, lightweight frames for display. Clip-style plastic frames make it easy to switch out artwork. 3 Take photos. Change the exhibit when new schoolwork comes home. Snap photos of outgoing art, front and back, to capture names, dates and other writing. Save the papers in a large, flat box. At the end of the term, let your child help you choose a few favorites to keep. 4 Preserve display pieces. Want to show off Junior’s masterpiece in…