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Family Tree Magazine July/August 2014 Digital Edition


In our July/August 2014 issue, learn how to trace WWI ancestors, how to bust brick walls with DNA testing, how to find free hidden records on, and much more.

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The July/August 2014 issue of Family Tree Magazine includes:



Genealogy Road Trip Guide
By Dana McCullough
Cross one—or more—of America’s top genealogy research and history destinations off your bucket list with our genealogy road trip guide. We map out:
Popular repositories to visit
How to prepare for your trip
Research planning worksheet

DNA Success Stories: Bust Brick Walls With DNA Testing
By Blaine T. Bettinger
Got an adopted ancestor, conflicting records or other family history mystery on your hands? We’ll show you how four genealogists are breaking through brick walls with DNA testing, including:
A breakdown of types of DNA testing
Genetic testing strategies for different types of brick walls
Interpreting your test results

Over There: World War I Timeline
By WWI’s official end in 1920, more than 70 million military personnel worldwide had been mobilized— including 4 million from the United States. Civilians were swept up, too, serving as nurses and ambulance drivers. Our timeline helps you make sense of the “forgotten war.”

Gold Stars: Guide to Researching World War I Service Records
By David A. Fryxell
Find your ancestors’ Great War service records, casualty records and more with the help of these top 10 websites for WWI research.

Researching Women’s Service in World War I
By Lisa A. Alzo
Discover the experiences of your female ancestors who nursed soldiers and served on the home front during World War I. Our guide explains:

  • Where to find women’s military records
  • Women on the job
  • Widows and war brides

Trace Your Bulgarian and Romanian Roots
By Lisa A. Alzo
Let our guide get you started discovering your roots in Bulgaria and Romania. We help you with:
Understanding historical influences on record keeping
Finding records resources
Overcoming language barriers

Workbook: US Census
By Sunny Jane Morton
This workbook will show you what family history data is in US Census records, how to find them, and what other records include the information you seek. We’ll also provide a worksheet you can fill in to map out your census search.



History Matters: Dog Tags
By David A. Fryxell
Read up on the history of identifying soldiers.

Family Archivist: Baseball Memorabilia
By Denise Levenick
Don’t strike out when it comes to caring for sports collectibles; our experts consult Sue MacKay, director of collections at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, for home-run techniques to preserve your own baseball memorabilia.

Now What?
By David A. Fryxell
Our experts help you hurdle brick walls by answering reader questions.
In this edition, we teach you:

  • About the Canadian equivalent of Ellis Island
  • Where to find Korean service records

Research Roadmap: Over The Borderline
By Tyler Moss
A look at Europe before and after World War I.

Document Detective: Marriage Licenses
By George G. Morgan
Uncover family history clues in the marriage licenses with the help of our document detective.

Resource Roundup: Online Calendar Tools
By Gena Philibert-Ortega
Genealogy can get especially confusing when you try to wrap your mind around the “real” birth date of your sixth-great-grandfather or what 29 Vendmiaire I means in a French baptismal record. Don’t despair: Online calendar tools can help you convert dates and learn more about calendar changes throughout history.

Quick Guide: Internet Phone Services
By Dana McCollough
If you have multiple phone lines or want to connect with relatives or archives abroad, an internet phone service can offer an affordable way to do it. Our guide explains different services, features and costs.

Software Review: Legacy Family Tree 8.0
By Rick Crume
Our experts weigh in on Legacy Family Tree 8.0, highlighting special features, potential drawbacks, ease of use and more.

Tutorial: Finding Relatives in’s Unindexed Records
By Rick Crume has millions of digitized birth, marriage, death, census and probate records from around the world. But if you only search the indexed collections on, you’ll miss out on valuable genealogy information. Follow our steps to find your ancestors’ records.

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