Family Tree Magazine May/June 2021 Digital Edition


Honor your military ancestors! This issue contains a roundup of the best records for Civil War research, plus a step-by-step tutorial for using military records website Fold3. Inside, you’ll also find tips for researching families who have common names and preserving recipes and handwritten letters, plus a quick-reference cheat sheet for finding the women in your family tree.

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What’s Inside!

Highlights from this issue include:

  • a guide to the top records for learning about Civil War ancestors
  • 5 ancestor-numbering systems (like Ahnentafel) and how to use them
  • tips for researching common surnames
  • a guide to the top online resources for Jewish genealogy
  • a FREE Female Ancestors Cheat Sheet


These Honored Dead

By Michael L. Strauss and Sunny Jane Morton

Learn about your ancestors’ Civil War service with these 21 records and resources.

Made from Scratch

By Rachael Rifkin

Family recipes carry more than just flavors from times past. Here’s how to preserve and celebrate your family’s history of resilience through food.

Dime a Dozen

By David A. Fryxell

Apparently that town is begin enough for the two of them—or even more. These tips for researching common surnames will help you find your family in the crowd.

Find Your Jewish Roots Online

By Ellen Shindelman Kowitt

Utilize the latest tools in Jewish genealogy with these top websites and online resources.

Crunching Numbers

By Drew Smith

Keep track of the people in your family tree with these genealogical numbering systems, such as Ahnentafel and the Register System.



  • Research Guides: Idaho and North Carolina
  • Tech News
  • Lisa’s Picks
  • Timeline: Scales
  • Family History Home: Saving Keepsake Letters
  • Stories to Tell
  • Your Turn: Military Records Checklist
  • Photo Detective
  • Now What
  • Website Tutorial: Fold3
  • Resource Roundup: Voice-Recording Apps
  • DNA Q&A: Joining Research Studies

Once you download the May/June 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.