Family Tree Magazine January/February 2021 Digital Edition


Explore the mystery of your ancestors! This issue contains the best sleuthing strategies and tools for solving family mysteries and finding long-lost ancestors. Inside, you’ll find a roundup of the best free features at megawebsite, plus proven research strategies used by fictional detectives like Nancy Drew.

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What’s Inside!

Highlights from this issue include:

  • seven free ways to use (without a subscription!)
  • guides to Prussian genealogy and US Social Security records
  • a roundup of tools for using the US federal census
  • research detective tips inspired by Nancy Drew
  • a FREE Organizing Genealogy cheat sheet


Free and Easy

By Nancy Hendrickson

Though a subscription website, offers several great features even for free users. Here are seven of our favorites.

Helping Hand

By Andrew Koch

Share your genealogy skills using these tips for researching someone else’s family tree.

Prussian Blues

By James M. Beidler

Don’t let the lack of “Prussia” on modern maps get you down. These tips will help you find your ancestors who lived in the former kingdom.

Security Measures

By Sunny Jane Morton

Cash in on the genealogical benefits of your relatives’ Social Security documents.

The Case of the Missing Ancestors

By Ellen Shindelman Kowitt

Nancy Drew has inspired generations of mystery-solvers. These eight sleuthing skills from her adventures will help you find your ancestors.



  • Research Guides: Kentucky and Puerto Rico
  • Tech News
  • Lisa’s Picks
  • Timeline: Salad
  • Family History Home: Saving Paper Artwork
  • Stories to Tell
  • Your Turn: Personal Records Inventory Form
  • Photo Detective
  • Now What
  • Website Tutorial: WikiTree
  • Resource Roundup: Census Aids
  • DNA Q&A: Convincing a Relative to Test

Once you download the January/February 2021 issue of Family Tree Magazine, you’ll need a PDF reader, such as the free Adobe Reader software, to open it. Adobe Reader is available for both Mac and Windows computers.