Family Tree Magazine May/June 2014 Digital Edition

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57 European Genealogy WebsitesBy David A. FryxellOnce you’ve “jumped the pond,” all too often what’s waiting on the other side is a brick wall—or, at best, an eye-blurring pile of microfilm. While the quality and quantity of genealogy sites varies widely across the continent, we’ve identified the best of what’s available—from Ireland to Russia, Norway to Greece.6 Sources for Locating Hometowns of German ImmigrantsBy James A. BiedlerCheck these six sources for the name of your German immigrant ancestor’s home village—the key to unlocking generations of family information in records of Germany. We help you with:

  • Where to search online
  • Where to find records in Germany
  • And more

Pro Tips for Organizing Your Research WorkspaceBy Denise May LevenickOverwhelmed by clutter? Convinced there’s a better way to tackle your genealogy to-do list? Get ideas to organize your research and maximize your results with our look inside the workspaces and best practices of six professional genealogists.14 Tips for Cracking a Cold CaseBy Lisa Louise CookeUse these 14 strategies to build a case file on your hardest-to-find ancestors and crack those brick-wall mysteries. We help you with:

  • Getting organized
  • Reexamining evidence
  • Creating a timeline
  • And more

History Matters: Playing CardsBy David A. FryxellFind out what history had in the cards for playing cards.Family Archivist: Headstone HeirloomsBy Denise May LevenickMay and June are typically filled with springtime weddings, and bridal and baby showers. But when the church bells stop ringing, do you know how to safely preserve the keepsake gowns? Our Family Archivist has the answers.Workbook: Birth RecordsBy Shelley BishopThis workbook will show you what family history data is in birth records, how to find one, and what alternative sources include the information you seek. We’ll also provide a worksheet you can fill in to map out your birth records research.5 Resources for Tracing Poor AncestorsBy Sunny Jane MortonYou might think your ancestor’s limited means resulted in limited genealogical records. That’s not necessarily true—and we’ll show you why with these five rich sources on poor ancestors.Now What?By David A. FryxellOur experts help you hurdle brick walls by answering reader questions.In this edition, we teach you:

  • Where to find records for Fort Adams
  • Where to find passenger lists for ships departing Antwerp, Belgium
  • How to minimize research fees

Research Roadmap: The Portliest PortsBy Tyler MossA look at immigration numbers through the largest US ports.Photo Detective: Billiards BuddiesBy Maureen A. TaylorUncover family history clues in the snapshots from everyday life with the help of our photo detective.Resource Roundup: Searching the 1901 and 1911 Irish CensusesBy Rick CrumeFollow these easy steps to find your family in the 1901 and 1911 Irish census records.Quick Guide: Adaptive Research ToolsBy Dana McColloughThese free or low-cost assistive technology apps will help you better read genealogy documents, hear what other genealogists have to say and make your research more enjoyable.Product Review: M-DISCBy Denise LevenickOur experts weigh in on M-DISC storage, an easy way to preserve your hard-earned research.Tutorial: How to Search JSTORBy Rick CrumeOur step-by-step guide walks users through JSTOR an online collection of more than 7 million articles in 2,000-plus academic journals.

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