Family Tree Magazine September 2013 Digital Edition

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History Matters: Traffic SignalsBy David A. FryxellYou’ve been greenlighted to learn the history of traffic signals.101 Best Websites 2013By David A. FryxellOur 2013 roundup of the 101 Best Websites for genealogy offers rays of research hope with new sites plus perennial favorites sporting new features and records.6 Local Genealogy ResourcesBy Sunny Jane MortonThe authentic zing and zest that local sources bring to your research makes consuming them worth the effort. Work up your own appetite for local research fare with these six succulent resources, including:•Local histories•Neighborhood newspapers•Directories•Weather data•And more10 Ways to Digitize Family PhotosBy Sunny Jane MortonDigitize your family history photos and documents with these top 10 genealogy scanning tips from experts, including:•File formatting•Proper scanning tools•How to optimize your scanning time•And more7 Strategies for Planning a Family ReunionBy Lisa A. AlzoWhether your family is gathering for the first time or the 50th, follow these seven strategies to raise the roof and hold a memorable reunion, including:•How to collaboratively plan online•Budgeting•Theme ideas•And moreDiscovering Scandinavian RootsBy Diana Crisman SmithUse these five techniques to puzzle out patronymics, conquer church records and find your ancestors from Norway, Sweden and Denmark.Family Archivist: Disaster ManagementBy Sunny Jane MortonHow would your family archive fare in a fire, flood or other home disaster? Make a plan with these tips from Eric Pourchot, Institutional Advancement Director for the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)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 early New Orleans passenger lists•Where to locate information in Chicago Lutheran churches•How to access 1950 census district mapsDocument Detective: Petition for NaturalizationBy George G. MorganUncover family history clues in naturalization records with the help of our document detective.Resource Roundup: Best Sites For Digital StorytellingBy Maureen A. TaylorEvery family photo represents a story, and sharing them has never been easier. We compare digital storytelling websites, so you can best share your pictographic history with the world.Quick Guide: Password ManagersBy Dana McColloughWith a password manager tool, you create one master password, and in return the manager remembers passwords for all the websites you visit. Our experts recommend five popular password managers to protect your data.Tutorial: How to Search BillionGravesBy David A. FryxellMaximum your headstone hunt by searching BillionGraves GPS-encoded photos.Time Capsule: Summoning Mr. LincolnBy Sharon DeBartolo CarmackSpiritualism took hold during the 1840s among a diversity of believers, including President Lincoln. Revive your family history by exploring your spiritualist roots.10 First Steps in Genealogy ResearchBy Desmond Walls AllenThese 10 steps from Allen’s book Family History Detective will help beginners start putting together your ancestors’ stories and solving your family history mysteries.7 Go-To RecordsBy Diane HaddadSome genealogy sources are more likely than others to name your relatives—so step toward these seven go-to records as you search for ancestor answers.6 Key Online Genealogy SourcesBy Rick CrumeYou’ll get the most bang for your buck (and your time) when you start your online genealogy research with six key sources. Walk through this checklist for every ancestor.

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