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 about your favorite find in a historical newspaper. Here’s how you responded.
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NARA Launches New Catalog
RUMSEY MAPS ON TRACKUBACK
23ANDME AND FSAs/HSAs
MYHERITAGE DNA: NAME TRANSLATION
New Name for Family History Library
Cousins, Cousins Everywhere • One researcher identifies DNA matches, then turns them into Facebook friends.
The NEWSPAPERS Issue
TITANS of INDUSTRY • Looking for digitized newspapers? We’ve got the scoop on five newspaper giants: Newspapers.com, GenealogyBank, Newspaper-Archive, Chronicling America and Fulton History. Here’s how they compare.
HEADLINING SEARCH TIPS • Regardless of which site you choose to search on, here are some tips for finding your ancestors among the digitized volumes.
CLIP TIPS: Make Clippings of Digital Newspapers
EXTRA, EXTRA! • Don’t stop at the megawebsites—these smaller newspaper databases might cover your ancestral hometown’s beat.
Find Your U.S. Ancestors
In the News • Learn what newspapers can do for your research in this case study, in which they help reconstruct a long-forgotten ancestral history.
THE BASICS of NEWSPAPERS
Ladies-in-Waiting • Find long-lost female ancestors with these 12 resources for discovering maiden names.
Nicknames: Not a Given
MIND THE GAP • The UK National Archives’ website might not be exhaustive. But it still serves as a finding aid to British records, both there and elsewhere. Here’s what to expect.
Mistaken Identity? • Face comparisons cast a handwritten caption into doubt.
Searching Land Patents from the Bureau of Land Management • The Bureau of Land Management’s General Land Office website hosts over 5 million title records for US public-land sales. Through the 1862 Homestead Act, the federal government distributed 270 million acres of land across 30 states. About half of the recipient “homesteaders” successfully proved their claims, meaning they qualified to keep parcels of 160 acres each. Was your family part of this history? What records tell their stories?
Preserving Coins and Paper Money
Places to Connect with Genealogists • Family Tree Magazine is on many of the platforms below. See page 5 for account information.
Testing at Multiple Companies
4 Things You’ll Find in Old Newspapers
NEWSPAPER RESEARCH TIPS
American Newspaper History • Benjamin Franklin became publisher of The Pennsylvania Gazette in 1729.
OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION SEARCH PROBLEMS
FINDING OFFLINE NEWSPAPERS
TYPES OF NEWSPAPER RECORDS • Responding to young letter-writer Virginia O’Hanlon, New York’s Sun editor Francis Pharcellus Church confirmed the existence of Santa Claus in 1897.