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Family Tree July - August 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

Family tree research is often compared to detective work. Like actual detectives, genealogists investigate clues in old records, analyze pieces of evidence gathered from different places, and develop a picture of what really happened. I’ve heard many a family historian say that solving these puzzles is what he or she loves about doing genealogy. But the comparison is more than just a figure of speech, as you’ll see in this Family Tree Magazine issue. We’ll show you how genealogy is being used in actual detective work. You’ll meet three genealogy society members—people a lot like you—who helped locate the relatives of an unclaimed deceased woman (page 18), allowing her family to find peace. And in our news section (page 65), you can read how genetic genealogy was the key to identifying…

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tree talk

JUST GOT MY LATEST ISSUE of Family Tree Magazine and I have to say I like the new format. [I] have gotten your magazine for quite a few years now, and just about every issue has something I can use in my family tree research. David Rice, Norwich, NY I had a box of photos going back to my great-great-grandmother. Using “Photo Detective” articles and ages in the census, I was able to identify all the pictures. Marlene Henry Greene, San Jose, Calif. My mother saw “Gone With the Wind” and really enjoyed it. She named me after the characters Bonnie Blue Butler and Belle Watling. I was Bonnie Belle Pooler (now Elsten). Bonnie Elsten, via email ON BEHALF OF EVERYONE at Save Ellis Island, thank you for including the South Side immigrant…

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everything’s relative

THE COUNTRY’S LONGEST-RUNNING FOURTH OF JULY celebration happens each year in the town of Bristol, RI, whose observation began in 1785 with a “patriotic exercise.” That year, a handful of people gathered at the First Congregational Church to hear rousing speeches. Today, a three-week celebration is capped on Independence Day with a parade that draws more than 50,000 from out of town. The tradition is so embedded in local identity that painted red, white and blue stripes replace the yellow highway lines along the parade route. Learn more at <fourthofjulybristolri.com>. •…

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your genealogy summer

Historic Hotspot On a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ellis Island immigration center, historian Barry Moreno guided me through a brick-walled, skylit space that was once an outdoor garden for detainees. Today it houses the Bob Hope Memorial Library (Hope immigrated in 1908), with 390,000 artifacts and more than 1 million archival records documenting the histories of Liberty and Ellis islands. Learn about the collection at <www.nps.gov/elis/learn/historyculture/collections.htm>. Family History in Action Our ancestors knew how to preserve summer’s bounty of fruits and veggies. My grandmother taught me the art of canning and how to cook up her simple syrup, a hot, sweet liquid that enveloped almost every type of fruit. Just combine sugar and water in a pot (one part sugar to 10 parts water for light syrup; one to one for heavy syrup)…

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mending fences

“GOOD FENCES MAKE good neighbors,” the poet Robert Frost famously opined, but history has sometimes shown otherwise. Even before a US/ Mexico border wall became a talking point, some fences were good for keeping “neighbors” out—while others kept people in. Our word “fence” comes from the Middle English for “defense.” Historically, however, fences have been associated more with property: As philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau put it, “The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said ‘This is mine,’ and found people naive enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society.” Societies with no notion of private ownership, such as many Native American tribes, had no need for fences. These events are fenceposts, if you will, in the development of border walls and fences. 0 221 BCE Emperor…

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putting down roots

Brent Evan Newton moved to the Washington, DC, area in 2009 for work. He’d been born and raised in Alabama, like generations of his family before him. So when he launched a genealogy search, he expected to find Deep South roots. His paternal fourth-great-grandparents Rueben Phillips and Rebecca Watkins were among Alabama’s earliest settlers. But Newton soon discovered that Rebecca’s line traced back to a mere hour’s drive from his new home in Maryland. Rebecca’s grandfather Evan Watkins, born about 1709 in Talbot County, Md., built Watkins Ferry on the Potomac River. For decades, he escorted passengers between his ferry house at Falling Waters, Va. (now West Virginia), and Williamsport, Md. “I’d taken my younger daughter to play softball in William-sport,” Newton says. “Little did I know that was where my sixth…