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Family Tree / Family Tree - 1 day ago

German Genealogy Book List

German genealogists can be hard to shop for during the holiday season. After all, you can’t wrap an archive or cemetery (yet!). But never fear! We’ve put together this German genealogy book list for the Deutsche researchers in your family. Research resources Give your loved ones a crash-course less...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 5 days ago

A Mystery in a Framed Wedding Certificate

Peggy Mabb knows who’s in this framed wedding certificate. They are her paternal grandparents – Charles and Laura (Farley) Brooks from Atchison County, Missouri. The date on this one appeared to have been changed, so she recently went to the county courthouse to verify the date. It was Feb. 1...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 1 week ago

13 Ways to Get Lucky on FamilySearch.org

Congrats! You’ve survived another treacherous Friday the 13th. While you’re dodging black cats and walking around ladders this weekend, curl up with one of the 13 amazing genealogy books on sale this weekend. One of them, the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org, will help you make your own g...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 1 week ago

10 Weird Taxes Our Ancestors Paid

Hats From 1784 to 1811, Britain levied a tax on men’s hats. It was intended to tax the wealthy more than poorer folk. The former presumably owned more, fancier hats. Hat retailers had to buy a license, and each hat had to have a revenue stamp glued to the inside. & Windows In 1696 in England,...

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TLC’s “Long Lost Family” Reunites Separated Families

Season 3 of the TLC reality series “Long Lost Family,” in which hosts Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner reunite family members separated by adoption, abandonment or other circumstances, premiered Sunday. (You might see this called season 4 in some places. It looks like the second season had two parts, a...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 1 week ago

The Mystery of a Grand Master Mason

Sharon Kilpatrick has a big mystery. She was told that this photo was her 2x great grandfather, Ze’ev Voolf, born in 1841 in Central Europe. She knows he immigrates to England circa 1864, marries there, and the couple arrives in the U.S. in 1872. In 1910 he died in Baltimore. She’s not really...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 2 weeks ago

Introducing Family Tree Magazine’s New Look!

Fun fact about this cover: We went through a bunch of versions trying to find just the right image for our cover line on Ellis Island. Some photos showed modern-day people on the island. Others showed long-ago immigrants aboard ships, lugging their possessions off of ships, and waiting. We asked ea...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 2 weeks ago

A History of Charcoal Portraits

This week I’ll feature a question from a reader: “Show Your Roots” in Tree Talk (Jan./Feb. 2018) featured a family heirloom collection which showed a large charcoal portrait of Peter B. Olson. When was it popular to have charcoal portraits made? Were they expensive? Were they commonplac...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 2 weeks ago

8 Simple Tips for Genealogy Source Citations

Citing sources of genealogy information can be a confusing process: How do you know what information to cite, what details to include in the citation, and where to keep all your citations so they’ll stay paired with the fact you’re citing and the record where you found that fact? In hon...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 2 weeks ago

6 April Fool’s Day Pranks From History

Tales of April Fool’s Day origins vary. Some say the tradition of playing pranks began about 1562 in France. Pope Gregory introduced the Gregorian Calendar, with the year starting on Jan 1 instead of April 1, but some hadn’t heard of or didn’t believe the date change. When they st...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 3 weeks ago

Sixteen of Our Favorite Genealogy Crafts and Activities

Using Photos A picture book A photo blog A slideshow set to music A meme or collage Photo transfers onto canvas, wood or fabric Turn them into jewelry (lockets, miniature charms, etc.) Create quilt blocks Iron-on transfers to t-shirts Create a coloring book Writing Create a blog Write a series o...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 3 weeks ago

My 3 Spring Virtual Conference Goals

Over here at Family Tree, we’re all pretty excited for next month’s Spring Virtual Conference. And while I’m looking forward to meeting other researchers and talking genealogy, I’m also counting down the days for selfish reasons—I’ve got research questions, and the presenters at our Virtual Confere...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 3 weeks ago

A Locomotive Mystery: Part III

O.k. I can’t avoid it any longer. That big locomotive in the photo is the reason for the picture. On the side of the engine is a letter number combination. NEW-11-18-25. If that last number is a year then we have a likely date for the image. Everyone is in cold weather attire of wool coats and hats...