Can’t Find Your Ancestor? Genealogy Experts Suggest These 6 Tips

Can’t Find Your Ancestor? Genealogy Experts Suggest These 6 Tips

After awhile doing genealogy and working with experts through Family Tree Magazine, I’ve learned a few things. One of them is that if there’s an afterlife, our ancestors are in it snickering at our puny efforts to uncover their secrets. Another one is that some classic pro genealogy tips apply to...Read more
How I Created a Genealogy Timeline To Show My Grandfather's Life

How I Created a Genealogy Timeline To Show My Grandfather's Life

My grandfather Joe moved around a lot during his lifetime: Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, back to Texas, elsewhere in Texas, Ohio, more places in Texas, various Ohio cities, South Dakota, Ohio again.  Timelines organize an ancestor’s or a family’s family tree data—dates, places of residence, jobs, historical events, children’s...Read more
Why FamilySearch Is Ending Microfilm Rental & How to Get Genealogy Records Now

Why FamilySearch Is Ending Microfilm Rental & How to Get Genealogy Records Now

Guest blog post by Family Tree Magazine Contributing Editor Sunny Jane Morton For 80 years, the FamilySearch Family History Library (FHL) has made its enormous stash of microfilmed genealogy records available to researchers through an inexpensive rental service through local FamilySearch Centers. That’s about to change: FamilySearch has announced that...Read more
Writing Your Life Story: How to Bring Back “Lost” Memories

Writing Your Life Story: How to Bring Back “Lost” Memories

Library of Congress “Recording your own stories” is one of Family Tree Magazine’s list of 17 genealogy habits for success in 2017 (part of our hot-off-the-presses January/February issue).  How many of us spend months or years tracking down every possible record of an ancestor’s life, the whole time wishing he...Read more