Family Tree Magazine January/February 2014 Digital Edition

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History Matters: HandwritingBy David A. FryxellRead up on the write stuff. 41 Ideas to Find Your RootsBy David A. FryxellReinvigorate your research and bust through roadblocks with these 41 ideas to find your roots. Family Tree Databases GuideBy Rick CrumeReap the rewards of relatives’ genealogy research in online family tree databases. Our guide explains the basics of these databases and takes you through the pros and cons of each site. Workbook: Land RecordsBy Diana Crisman SmithThis workbook will show you what family history data is in land records, how to find one, and what other records include the information you seek. We’ll also provide a worksheet you can fill in to map out your land records search. Daguerreotype GuideBy Maureen A. TaylorOur Photo Detective explains everything you need to know about the first photographs, including:
  • History of daguerreotypes
  • How to identify one
  • How to preserve them
  • And more.
  Trace Your Russian RootsBy Lisa A. AlzoLet our guide get you started discovering your roots in Russia. We help you with:
  • Understanding basic Russian history
  • Searching tax lists
  • Overcoming language barriers
  • And more
Family Archivist: Headstone HeirloomsBy Sunny Jane MortonYou don’t usually think of tombstones as heirlooms, but they are historical artifacts that preserve information about your family. Joy Giguere, a trustee of the Association for Gravestone Studies explains there’s more to learn from them than what you might see in an online photos.Now What?By David A. FryxellOur experts help you hurdle brick walls by answering reader questions.In this edition, we teach you:
  • Where to find passenger departure records
  • About historical immigrant sponsor requirements
  • How to print a large family tree
Document Detective: 1921 Canada CensusBy George G. MorganUncover family history clues in the 1921 Canada census with the help of our document detective. Resource Roundup: Free Online Resources for Tracing House HistoriesBy Chris StaatsSwitching hats from genealogist to house historian isn’t a big leap, but there are some differences between researching the history of a building and researching the people who occupied it. Fortunately, a number of free online resources can help you construct house histories. Quick Guide: Web Browser Plug-ins for PrivacyBy Dana McColloughMany companies use special coding to your every move online. If you want to control which sites are tracking you, selecting the Do Not Track option in your web browser usually isn’t enough, so check out these five free online plug-ins to enhance your privacy. Software Review: Family Tree Builder 7.0By Rick CrumeOur experts weigh in on Family Tree Builder 7.0, highlighting special features, potential drawbacks, ease of use and more. Tutorial: Search Newspapers on Genealogy BankBy Rick CrumeOur step-by-step guide walks users through the Genealogy Bank digital newspaper archive of more than 6,100 titles from all 50 states, dating from 1690 to the present.
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