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Family Tree Magazine September 2014 Digital Edition


Discover 2014’s 101 best genealogy websites.

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101 Best Websites 2014
By David A. Fryxell
In our 15th annual installment of the 101 Best Websites for genealogy research, we’ve broken the list of outstanding websites into 15 categories. You can easily zoom in on the type of site you’re looking to explore, from social media sites to maps to state or foreign databases.

9 Habits of Highly Organized Genealogists
By Dana McCollough
We asked our Family Tree Magazine readers to share their best advice for avoiding getting buried under mounds of family photos, vital records certificates, census page printouts, family tree charts and other records. We learned a few new tricks from the nine strategies that emerged, and hope you will, too.

Scottish Heritage Research Guide
By Rick Crume
Got a wee bit (or more) of Scottish ancestry? You’re in luck: The best records for researching ancestors in Scotland are online, and we’ll show you where to find:

  • Vital records
  • Church records
  • Probate records
  • Censuses
  • And more

Your Genealogy Disaster Plan
By Denise May Levenick
What would become of your genealogy research in a fire, flood or computer crash? Follow our two-part plan to safeguard your family archive should disaster strike. We help you with:

  • Prioritizing heirlooms
  • Backing up files and passwords
  • Assessing damage
  • And more

Workbook: Probate Records
By Sunny Jane Morton and Cheryl Felix McClellan
This workbook will show you what family history data is in probate 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 probate records search.?

4 Steps to Create an Ancestral Timeline
By Shelley K. Bishop
Peek into the past and solve research problems by creating a timeline of your ancestor’s life. We’ll show you how to:

  • Make a timeline
  • Which life events to include
  • Use a timeline to help with research
  • And more



History Matters: Underwear
By David A. Fryxell
From loincloth to lingerie, we give you the skinny on skivvies.

Family Archivist: School records
By Denise May Levenick
Your ancestor may or may not have been an A+ student, but someone in your family tree deserves a gold star for saving those old school papers. Study these lessons from archival experts to preserve the reports, papers and artwork in your family collection.

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

  • Where to find public land records
  • How to search midwife records
  • Where to find missing English General Register Office records

Research Roadmap: Sifting for Stories
By Tyler Moss
A look at how gold rushes dramatically affected states’ populations.

Photo Detective: Old Homes
By Maureen A. Taylor
Uncover family history clues in the snapshots from everyday life with the help of our photo detective.

Tutorial: How to Web Clip with Evernote
By Lisa Louise Cooke
Family historians need a reliable, paperless way to capture the information they need from a website and organize that pile of notes. That’s where Evernote comes in, offering the ability to clip, store, organize, backup, share and retrieve notes. Follow our easy steps for Evernote’s Desktop or Web Clipper

Software Review: Photo Colorizing Software
By Rick Crume
Our experts weigh in on photo colorizing software, highlighting special features, potential drawbacks, ease of use and more.

Quick Guide: Online Scheduling Assistants
By Gena Philibert-Ortega
Online scheduling assistant sites and apps allow you to share plans, schedule tasks, receive reminder emails and write extended notes about calendar items. We show you how to utilize them to create a plan for your research, schedule society meetings and trips to the library, and collaborate with cousins on a common family history research project.

Tutorial: Map Your Family History With PlaceMyPast
By David A. Fryxell
Our step-by-step guide walks users through, which combines family trees with maps and geocoding technology, enabling you to place even the most obscure family history events in geographic context.

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