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 • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 / VOLUME 22, ISSUE 1
out on a limb
TREE TALK • We asked about unexpected places you’ve made genealogy finds. Here’s how you responded.
NARA Volunteers Hit 1M Records
French Database Filae Grows
LOC LAUNCHES NEWSPAPER IMAGE SEARCH TOOL
BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE NEARS COMPLETION
Saving Paper Artwork
Running Toward Home • A century-old tragedy brings one “black sheep” back into the fold.
free & easy • Though a subscription website, Ancestry.com offers several great features even for free users. Here are seven of our favorites.
Helping Hand • Share your genealogy skills using these tips for researching someone else’s family tree.
Five-Step Research Plan Worksheet
STATE GUIDE • KENTUCKY
RESEARCH GUIDE • PUERTO RICO
Prussian BLUES • Don’t let the lack of “Prussia” on modern maps get you down. These tips will help you find your ancestors who lived in the former kingdom.
SECURITY MEASURES • Cash in on the genealogical benefits of your relatives’ Social Security documents.
Show Me the Money
How to Decode a Social Security Card
The Case of the Missing Ancestors • Nancy Drew has inspired generations of mystery-solvers. These eight sleuthing skills from her adventures will help you find your ancestors.
Nancy Drew Today
In the Navy • Clothing and uniform clues suggest a life story. But are they enough to tell this couple’s tale?
Creating a Family Tree at WikiTree • WikiTree is an all-free website for building your family tree. The purpose of WikiTree is right in its name: It's a wiki, and it's a tree. A wiki is a crowdsourced collaborative place to gather information. And the information being gathered on this wiki is the world's family tree. Since 2008, hundreds of thousands of users from around the world have contributed information to nearly 25 million tree profiles.
Convincing Relatives to Test
the rest is history
ORGANIZING GENEALOGY • DREW SMITH AND THE EDITORS OF FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE
HOW TO NAME YOUR FILES
ORGANIZING YOUR WORKSPACE
ORGANIZING YOUR RESEARCH PROCESS
ORGANIZING YOUR GOALS
TIPS FOR ORGANIZING YOUR RESEARCH