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 2022/VOLUME 23, ISSUE 3
out on a limb
TREE TALK • We asked what you’re hoping to find in the 1950 US census. Here’s how you responded.
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!
Tales of the Dead • A New Englander shares stories from cemeteries on TikTok
Military Yearbooks Wanted
PROFILE: THE VIRTUAL GENEALOGICAL ASSOCIATION
RECLAIM THE RECORDS PUBLISHES N.J. BIRTH INDEXES
Find a Grave Updates Policies
Summer of Love
THE GREAT COMET OF 1950 • It’s the bee’s knees, daddy-O! The 1950 US census has arrived, bringing good genealogical tidings. Here’s what you’ll find in it.
Nothing But the Truth • Separate truth from fiction in family stories with the tips in these three case studies.
one tree to rule them all • Online trees are useful, but not an ideal place to store your research. Here’s the case for building one primary, offline “master” family tree that syncs with online trees as necessary.
Find Your U.S. Ancestors
CASE CLOSED • Using DNA databases along with traditional genealogical research, investigators are identifying criminals in decades-old cases. Here’s how they do it—and what it means for test takers.
IGG at a GLANCE
Let Ring Freedom • Records of the influential Freedmen’s Bureau are more accessible now than ever before. Learn what you can uncover in them.
Post-Civil War Timeline
At a Glance: City Directories
Viva Italia • A photo hints at an immigrant woman’s homecoming
Finding Resources with ArchiveGrid • ArchiveGrid is a free online catalog of 7 million archival materials from more than 1,400 repositories around the world. Among its listings are diaries, correspondence, business records, research notes, travel narratives, voters’ lists, local censuses, militia records, membership lists, photographs, maps, and all sorts of genealogically rich records. These one-of-a-kind originals may be buried somewhere in an archive that you've never heard of or visited, and ArchiveGrid will help you find them.
Saving Books and Magazines
Vital Record Resources
DECIPHERING AN OLD DEED
LAND RECORDS GLOSSARY
US TERRITORIAL ACQUISITIONS
TIMELINE OF US EXPANSION AND SETTLEMENT
KEY TYPES OF LAND RECORDS
Citing Land Records