Family Tree Magazine December 2009 Digital Edition


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Medical Attention
Learning about your ancestors’ maladies can help revive your research—and even improve your own health. We’ll show you how medical history can become your genealogical antidote.
By Maureen A. Taylor


DNA Fact or Science Fiction?
Discover the truth behind six common genetic genealogy misconceptions—and figure out how DNA testing really fits into your family tree search.
By Lauren Gamber

Calling in the Pros
Some genealogy jobs are best left to the professionals. When you need a hand, consult our don’t-do-it-yourself guide.
By Sunny McClellan Morton

Deutsch Lands
Trace your ancestry in Prussia, Bavaria and more with our guide to research in Germany’s historical regions.
By James M. Beidler

Preservation RX
Keep your clan’s keepsakes healthy for future generations. Our preservation doctor writes prescriptions for treating 10 types of heirlooms.
By Grace Dobush

Branching Out
What’s new in discovering, preserving and celebrating your family history:
• how genealogy sites protect their data
• meet our Difference Maker of the Year
• NUCMC turns 50
By Diane Haddad

Web Guides
Learn to master family history Web sites: Whether you’re a beginner or a power user, our pullout guides show you how to make the most of popular online destinations, with how-to advice, navigation hints, screen-by-screen search techniques and cheat sheets of quick links and shortcuts.
In this issue: GenealogyBank

The Toolkit
Reviews and roundups of the latest, greatest family history resources:
• DNA test results databases at a glance
• documenting online sources
• genealogy apps on Facebook
• The Book Report
Edited by Allison Stacy

Out on a Limb
Exploring the gene pull.
By Allison Stacy

Making Connections
Readers respond to Family Tree Magazine.

History Matters
A shot of vaccine history.
By David A. Fryxell

Everything’s Relative
Tales from the lighter side of family history.

Now What?
Answers to your questions on free African-Americans and vital-records restrictions.

Preserving Memories
Projects to express your ancestral pride.
By Sunny McClellan Morton

Photo Detective
Spotlight on theatrical photos.
By Maureen Taylor

Test your genealogy IQ on Charles Darwin’s family tree.
By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

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