Finding Your U.S. Colonial Ancestors – An Interview with David Fryxell

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In this episode, David Fryxell offers practical advice for researching U.S. colonial ancestors. Plus, learn how to preserve heirloom American flags for many years to come.

Tree Talk (01:11)

Family Tree Magazine New Media editor Rachel Christian covers the latest genealogy news.

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MyHeritage – ReImagine

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Feature: U.S. Colonial Genealogy Research (04:37)

Although only 102 Pilgrims sailed on the Mayflower to land at Plymouth Rock in 1620, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants estimates tens of millions of people worldwide descend from those brave souls. Even if your predecessors weren’t Mayflower passengers, one of your family branches could spring from colonial times. Learn more how to navigate Colonial US research with David Fryxell, author of Family Tree Magazine’s Premium online article How to Research Your Colonial US Ancestors.

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Colonial genealogy can be difficult, but it isn’t impossible. Use these records to find ancestors who lived in the United States before the Revolutionary War.

Sponsor: Visit Fort Wayne and the Genealogy Center (15:00)

Jessa Campbell of explains why the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana (the second largest genealogy library in the country!) should be on every genealogist’s travel itinerary.

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Family History Home: Preserving American Flags (18:34)

Denise Levenick guides through best practices for preserving heirloom American flags.

Military memorabilia is often handed down as a remembrance of service time. Here are several flag, medal and military uniform preservation tips.

Editor’s Desk: Freebies (26:37)

Family Tree Magazine’s Digital editor Melina Papadopoulos shares a boat load of free resources for your genealogical research.

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