Family Tree Magazine January/February 2016 Digital Edition

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In this January/February issue of Family Tree Magazine our genealogy experts offer tips for furthering your African American research, preserving a family member's journals and how to uncover new facts in your family history. Plus, get in-depth guides to researching institutional records and using AncestryDNA Shared Matches to expand your family tree.

Who Should Buy this Issue:

You'll Love this If...
  • you've had an AncestryDNA analysis and want to know what's next
  • you want to learn more about researching African American genealogy
  • you struggle to distinguish your ancestors for other people's
  • you have orphans in your family tree

What's Inside!

Highlights from this issue include:
  • AncestryDNA Demo: find family with Shared Matches
  • 7 tips to avoid ancestor mix-ups
  • 6 ways to discover new family history facts
  • 6 strategies for tracing unusual surnames
  • Research guide to the African-American Great Migration
  • Best apps for genealogy
  • Trace orphans and inmates in institutional records


6 Ways to Discover New Family History FactsBy Sunny Jane Morton and Harold HendersonSticking to your favorite websites can give you a narrow picture of your ancestor. Let our six questions lead you down a new path-to untapped resources and a wider view of your family tree.7 Tips to Avoid Ancestor Mix-UpsBy Shelley K. BishopIt's easy to mix up your relative with someone else's in old records. But you can avoid an ancestor identity crisis when you follow these seven strategies.Workbook: Institutional RecordsBy Sharon DeBartolo CarmackOur Genealogy Workbooks series shows you what you need to know to research your ancestors in essential family history sources.6 Strategies for Tracing Unusual SurnamesBy David A. FryxellAn unusual surname is a valuable tool for a family historian. Discover six strategies to use the oddball names in your tree to your greatest genealogical advantage.African-American Great Migration Research GuideBy Karin D. BerryWere your African-American ancestors part of the massive 20th-century Great Migration to Northern cities? We'll show you the best records for retracing their steps.Resource Roundup: 8 Fun Photo-Effects WebsitesBy Diane HaddadNow that you've digitally archived a bunch of old photos you can you can enjoy them with our list of 8 fun photo-effects websites.Tutorial: AncestryDNA Shared MatchesBy Shannon Combs-BennettGenealogists love finding cousins and more than ever, we seek them out through DNA testing. If you've taken an AncestryDNA test, the site's Shared Matches tool can help you home in on who made you cousins


  • Genealogy Insider: Substitute Records
  • History Matters: Stethoscopes
  • Research Roadmap: Railroad Maps
  • Family Archivist: Journals
  • Photo Detective: Occupations
  • Now What?: 18th Century Carolina Records
  • Quick Guide: 4 Must-Have Genealogy Apps
  • Software Review: ReunionTouch 1.02
  • Photo Finish: Babies
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