May 2010 Making Connections

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Boom Times
I am a charter subscriber and wrote one of the first letters to your editor, published 10 years ago. During that time, I have never been disappointed. I offer sincere congratulations for a remarkable job well done. We baby boomers needed your Generation X and Y staffers to bring us from the dark and dusty book repository into a very colorful and pleasant world. Your crisp graphics, flowing layout and comprehensible presentation of information and techniques are unprecedented. You are the best! I look forward to many more years of enjoyable genealogy with Family Tree Magazine as my guide.

Bill Baccus » Temecula, Calif.
News Flash
Regarding Rick Crume’s answer to the question about tracking down newspapers, I’d like to suggest two additional sources of digitized newspapers that don’t require a subscription: the Cornell University Library Making of America Collection <> and Chronicling America <>. More information on serial runs can be found in the newspapers directory at Chronicling America and on WorldCat <>.
M. Sanders » via e-mail

Web Sights
When I saw the “Record of a Death in Philadelphia” image shown in the FamilySearch Web Guide (January 2010), I logged on to the Record Search Pilot Site <> immediately. In addition to 13 Philadelphia ancestors, I’ve found death records for three spouses and a first cousin twice removed so far. My most significant find was the record for Mary Ann (Davis) Fuller, the first wife of my great-grandfather Thomas Doughton Fuller. Until now, no one living knew what happened to her after her last child was born in March 1865. Her death return indicates she died of “peripheral convulsions” Dec. 30, 1865. It also says her place of birth was Cape May, NJ, which supports my suspicion that her mother was Mary Ann Davis of that city.

I knew from other sources my fourth-great-grandmother Elizabeth Fuller died March 16, 1814, at age 103. But I found her death record, which stated that she died of—guess what?—old age.

George Hughes » Flagler Beach, Fla. 

I enjoy your Web Guides in Family Tree Magazine and would like to see a guide to using the databases in HeritageQuest Online. I love your magazine and have been a subscriber for several years.

D. Thomas-Wiley » Wimauma, Fla.

Editor’s note: You’ll find our HeritageQuest Online Web Guide in this issue.

Correction: We misidentified the home of the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies on page 28 of the January 2010 Family Tree Magazine. The institute is part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania <>.

From the May 2010 Family Tree Magazine