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!
Family Tree • MAY/JUNE 2020 / VOLUME 21, ISSUE 3
out on a limb
TREE TALK • We asked about the most meaningful things you’ve inherited from family. Here’s how you responded.
Journey to the Past
New Database: Mexican War Soldiers & Sailors
AUSCHWITZ MUSEUM TO IDENTIFY MORE VICTIMS
New DNA Test Comes to Market
New Collections for African American Research
COMING SOON: ONLINE DATABASE OF ENSLAVED INDIVIDUALS
Points in History
Capital Letters • One woman grew up surrounded by her father’s stories—never imagining she would one day share them with the world.
Marriage Index Worksheet • Transcribe key information from marriage records and abstracts.
Sturm und Drang • Brave the stormy depths of your ancestry with these 12 German genealogy websites.
Your-Digital-Files.jpg • Clean up your computer with this guide to managing and labeling digital files.
Using and Transferring Metadata in Digital Photos
The Limits of Face-Tagging
Sample File-Naming Templates
File-Name Template Worksheet • To organize your digital files, you’ll need a consistent naming system that can accommodate multiple kinds of photos and documents (as well as various types of files). Review the sidebar on page 31 for some options, then record your templates (e.g., LastName-EventName-DateYYYYMMDD.jpg) in the worksheet below.
In Memoriam • Learn about your ancestor’s life and legacy with this guide to finding and using obituaries and death notices.
How to Write an Obituary
Obituary Extraction Form • Record key information from your ancestor’s obituary using this worksheet.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered • More than just ink strokes on a page, your ancestor’s signature and other handwritten notes can be valuable research tools. Learn why (and how) you should look for them in records.
5 Ways to Display Your Ancestor’s Signature • In addition to using handwriting in research, you can also display your ancestors’ signatures in a way that shares and celebrates your heritage. Here are a few ideas:
TO THE RESCUE • A friend in need is a friend indeed. Here’s how FamilySearch identifies and digitizes at-risk record collections.
Finding Digitized Records in the FamilySearch Catalog
How You Can Help Save Records
Order Records from the National Archives
ROUNDUP Language Word Lists
WEBSITE One-Step Webpages
DNA Q&A Reliability of DNA Tests
the rest is history
Top Six MyHeritage User Tricks
SEARCHING MYHERITAGE RECORDS
ANALYZING MYHERITAGE DNA MATCHES
EIGHT FREE THINGS TO DO ON MYHERITAGE