Out on a Limb: Custom Publishing
4/1/2001
If the magazine fits, read it.

Editors tend to create magazines that they themselves would like to read. Heck, if we didn't we might as well be doing something easier, like brain surgery. (Just kidding, doc.) But this issue of Family Tree Magazine resonates with my family history interests and challenges so strongly it might as well be called Fryxell Family Tree Magazine.

I don't think it's just me, however. Take, for example, our cover story on finding your female ancestors, by contributing editor Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, author of the bible on this subject, A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors (Betterway Books). Until recently, my Fryxell family tree hit a dead end with my grandmother, Olga Lundeen, as well as with my grandfather's mother, Hannah Jern. Because of maiden-name mysteries and the masculine tilt of most of history's record-keeping, your pedigree probably has similar gaps. Carmack shows how to start solving the puzzles of the women in your family.