Family Tree Magazine September/October 2020 Digital Edition

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What's Inside!

Highlights from this issue include:
  • a behind-the-scenes interview with the genealogists at PBS' "Finding Your Roots" TV series
  • a shopper's guide for DNA tests that include health information
  • tips for writing stories about your ancestors—even when handling uncomfortable information
  • a guide to the ways that governments affect genealogy research
  • a FREE German genealogy cheat sheet


Lights, Camera, Ancestors!By Sunny Jane MortonDon't touch that dial! Tune in to your ancestors with these 10 steps from the research team behind PBS' "Finding Your Roots."Hard to TellBy Annette GendlerWhen telling family stories, should you include your ancestor's "blemishes" (shameful actions or traits) that you've uncovered in research? One writer weighs in.Health InspectorsBy Rick CrumeYour DNA can reveal clues about your health as well as your family history. Here's a roundup of the best DNA tests that report on your genetic risk for certain diseases.Pole VaultingBy Lisa A. AlzoTake your research to new heights with these 10 free Polish genealogy websites.Government IssueBy Diane HaddadFederal, state and local leaders play a bigger role in your family tree than you think. Here's what they do—and how you can be a voice for the good of genealogy records.


  • State Research Guides: Georgia and Nebraska
  • Lisa's Picks
  • Tech News
  • Timeline: Laundry
  • Family History Home: Caring for Game-Day Souvenirs
  • Stories to Tell
  • Your Turn: Tombstone Transcription Form
  • Photo Detective
  • Document Detective: Cemetery Interment Ledgers
  • Now What
  • Tech Toolkit
  • DNA Q&A: What Does It Mean to Transfer my DNA?
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