The December 2009 Family Tree Magazine should be hitting subscribers’ mailboxes during the next week (yes, it’s already December in Magazine Land). I randomly picked out 10 ways this issue might figure into your family history pursuit:
1. Start a family medical history with nine sources that can help you learn what illnesses your ancestors suffered and died from. (See, I thought I’d start this post on a bright note.) Click here for our online listing of health history books and Web sites.
2. And for a slightly morbid yet somewhat educational five-minute time-killer, try to match up 12 archaic maladies with their modern equivalents.
3. Plan your heirloom preservation strategy with a guide to preserving a variety of keepsakes—including a quilt, a delicate wedding ring and other items our coworkers at Family Tree Magazine headquarters brought in. (Associate editor Grace Dobush blogged about the shady past of one such heirloom.)
4. Are genetic genealogy tests really 99.9 percent accurate? Will they pinpoint where your ancestors lived? Discover the truth behind common beliefs about DNA and genealogy, and use quick-reference lists of testing companies, definitions and online DNA databases.
5. Follow along with our step-by-step guide to entering genetic genealogy test results in two genealogy software programs.
6. Did you know the historical newspaper search at GenealogyBank treats personal names like keywords? That means if your name is also a word, such as White or Banker, you’ll get lots of false matches. (The site’s obituaries and SSDI database are indexed by name). You’ll find search tricks in our Web Guide to GenealogyBank.
7. Can’t find your ancestor’s town of “Gross Herzogtum, Baden?” That’s because gross Herzogtum isn’t a town, but a term for “grand duchy.” Find explanations for this and other place terms related to ruling nobility in our guide to research in German states, including Prussia, Hesse, Bavaria and others. (See articles in our online German research toolkit here.)
8. Thinking of adding (or already have added) a genealogy app to your Facebook page? Get the lowdown on FamilyLink’s We’re Related and Family Builder’s Family Tree, two popular genealogy apps for Facebook.
9. Chuckle over six readers’ captions for a giant-fish photo and enter our newest All in the Family Challenge.
10. Where’s that one article … the one about the census … not the regular census but the special ones … ? Stop flipping through all this year’s magazines and open to the 2009 index on the last page of your December issue. You’ll find that the article on nonpopulation censuses was in the July 2009 Family Tree Magazine on page 20.
Of course, there are even more great resources and tips in the December 2009 Family Tree Magazine. It’ll be available starting Nov. 3 at Family Tree Shop.