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Family Tree October - November 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

Americans with German ancestry make up the largest heritage group reported in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. In 2010, the survey says, an estimated 47.9 million Americans claimed German roots. I’m one of them, and another is on the cover of this Family Tree Magazine issue.My fellow Cincinnati resident Ramona Mellin has been discovering ancestors and treasuring old photos for a decade now. The picture she’s sharing on our cover commemorates an important event in her family history: the double wedding ceremony of her aunts Mariele Niggemann and Elfriede Meyer, shown with their siblings, Gertrud Neuhaus and Ferdinand Dreier (Mellin’s father).This issue’s “Local Experts” article (page 20) is all about researching your German family tree using a website that’s probably new to you, created from German sources…

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tree talk

MY WIFE’S GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GRANDFATHER David Cogswell, of Syracuse, NY, married Mary Barnes of Kent, England. But the dates of her life events made no sense; she was either too young or too old to fit them. It took us a while, but with further research we finally figured it out: David had married two women of the same name. Three years after his first wife died, he married her niece. A puzzle solved at last. Harold Lieberman, St. Cloud, Minn. I spent lots of time at the DAR library and the Library of Congress. Happily, my job had me traveling to the DC area at least once a year, so I could stay extra days. Warren Pearce, via Facebook I…

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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 membership and Family Tree Shop discount @FamilyTreeMag Family Tree Magazine @familytreemag ■…

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everything’s relative

HUMANS HAVE EATEN APPLES for centuries, but your ancestors might not recognize the ones you know. Modern farming and food distribution practices favor produce bred for volume, appearance and durability, not necessarily flavor. Those old apple varieties—with names like Ashmead’s Kernel, Chenango Strawberry and Polly Sweet—have become food antiques. Learn the stories of these living heirlooms in books such as Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen (Bloomsbury) and Edible Memory by Jennifer A. Jordan (Chicago University Press). Who knew an apple could give you a literal taste of your ancestors’ lives? ■…

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falling for family history

Lisa Louise Cooke is the founder of the Genealogy Gems website and podcast lisalouisecooke.com >, and host of the Family Tree Podcast familytreemagazine.com/podcasts >. On the Road One of the most unusual locations I’ve ever spoken to a genealogy group was right here in my home state of Texas. Houston’s National Museum of Funeral History has 30,000 square feet of funeral service artifacts—the country’s largest collection. Between genealogy classes, I studied the coffins and caskets, hearses from throughout history (the 1921 Rock Falls hearse above has hand-carved wood panels), and items from the funerals of presidents, popes and celebrities like Roy Rogers. Podcast Hear how Lisa and expert guests deal with brick walls, confusing DNA…

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six feet under

David A. Fryxell is the founding editor of Family Tree Magazine. He now writes and researches his family tree in Tucson. The best gravesite in a churchyard was close to the church and to the east, for the best view of the sunrise on Judgment Day. Like in real estate, location, location, location mattered here, too. GENEALOGISTS POSSESS WHAT SOME MIGHT CONSIDER A MORBID INTEREST in death, burial and cemeteries. But in fact, people have always grappled with how best to bury the departed. A 50,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton found in a French cave bore evidence that his companions carefully dug a grave and protected the body from scavengers. A site in Iraq suggests Neanderthals laid their dead to rest in beds of flowers. Either approach…