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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TREE TALK • We asked where your family was during the 1940s. Here’s how you responded.
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Fascinating Photo Find • One researcher sees himself as part of an ancestral community in a whole new way.
1921 Census Launches
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CANADA NEWSPAPER INDEXES ON ANCESTRY.COM
MyHeritage DNA Labels
NEW WEBSITE: ‘DNA FAVORITES’
Sowing Your Roots
LIFE BEGINS at ‘40 • Follow your relatives through the 1940s (and up to the soon-to-be-released 1950 census) with these records.
GLOBETROTTING • MyHeritage has digitized records from around the world. Here’s how to find them using the site’s main search form.
out of focus • These 12 underused sources will help you find family photos.
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Find Your U.S. Ancestors
Old Norse • Over the North Sea and through the fj ords—back to Old Norge we go! This guide to Norwegian genealogy will help you trace your kin, Viking or not.
5 STEPS to 160,000 • Take your family history book from pipe dream to words on a page with these tips.
EXCERPT: The Wedding of Elska Mattias Christians and Christian Jans Rose • Here’s an excerpt from my manuscript, which I created in Scrivener. As you’ll note, I combined factual information with storytelling elements to create a narrative that readers will hopefully find more engaging. In addition to facts, I included reminders of my ancestors’ ages; notes about contemporary structures, cultural norms, or places; and details about what they may have seen, smelled, tasted, touched or heard.
At a Glance: Town Histories
In the Dark • Age has darkened this tintype, but digital enhancements and clothing clues shed light on its subjects.
Finding Newspapers with Chronicling America • Chronicling America is a free portal to finding and exploring historical US newspapers. A project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the database’s goal is to grant access to newsprint that represents the diverse stories and viewpoints of the American past.
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TIPS FOR RESEARCHING COMMON NAMES
UNUSUAL SURNAMES: BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE
TUTORIAL: SEARCHING RECORDS USING NAMES
SURNAME VARIANT CHART • If you’re not having luck finding records of your ancestors, consider the possibility that their name was mistranscribed or misindexed in online databases. Record possible misspellings or alternate spellings of your ancestor’s surname using the form below, then search for those variations. View and download a free, typable version of this form at .
USING SURNAMES WITH DNA
SURNAMES AND ETHNICITY • Every culture has its own naming traditions, and your surname can give you clues about your paternal line’s ancestral origins. Enter your target name into a surname database like the ones listed in the...