Family Tree Magazine September/October 2020 Digital Edition


Tell your ancestor’s story! This issue will show you how to find and share tales about your family, with tips from the experts behind the hit TV show “Finding Your Roots” as well as a professional author. Inside, you’ll also find a roundup of the best Polish genealogy websites, plus a comparison guide to DNA tests such as 23andMe and AncestryHealth that provide health information.

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What’s Inside!

Highlights from this issue include:

  • a behind-the-scenes interview with the genealogists at PBS’ “Finding Your Roots” TV series
  • a shopper’s guide for DNA tests that include health information
  • tips for writing stories about your ancestors—even when handling uncomfortable information
  • a guide to the ways that governments affect genealogy research
  • a FREE German genealogy cheat sheet


Lights, Camera, Ancestors!

By Sunny Jane Morton

Don’t touch that dial! Tune in to your ancestors with these 10 steps from the research team behind PBS’ “Finding Your Roots.”

Hard to Tell

By Annette Gendler

When telling family stories, should you include your ancestor’s “blemishes” (shameful actions or traits) that you’ve uncovered in research? One writer weighs in.

Health Inspectors

By Rick Crume

Your DNA can reveal clues about your health as well as your family history. Here’s a roundup of the best DNA tests that report on your genetic risk for certain diseases.

Pole Vaulting

By Lisa A. Alzo

Take your research to new heights with these 10 free Polish genealogy websites.

Government Issue

By Diane Haddad

Federal, state and local leaders play a bigger role in your family tree than you think. Here’s what they do—and how you can be a voice for the good of genealogy records.


  • State Research Guides: Georgia and Nebraska
  • Lisa’s Picks
  • Tech News
  • Timeline: Laundry
  • Family History Home: Caring for Game-Day Souvenirs
  • Stories to Tell
  • Your Turn: Tombstone Transcription Form
  • Photo Detective
  • Document Detective: Cemetery Interment Ledgers
  • Now What
  • Tech Toolkit
  • DNA Q&A: What Does It Mean to Transfer my DNA?

Once you download the September/October 2020 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.