FEATURES Be An Organization Wizard Clutter, be gone! Zap your
Be An Organization Wizard
Clutter, be gone! Zap your piles of printouts, mountains of documents and boxes of photographs into order—these 31 tricks will work magic on your family history filing catastrophe. By Diane Haddad
At Your Service
Don’t struggle to trace your soldier ancestors. Let us be your research wingman: Our guide to military records provides all the basic training you need. By David A. Fryxell
State Research Guides
Trace your ancestors across the USA! This issue’s special pullout section features how-to articles and resource sheets for:
Stash these guides in your research binder or tote them to the library—and quickly find the essential facts, advice and resources you need to trace your family tree anywhere in the country.
Our Ancestry.com power-user’s guide shows how to get the most bang for your buck from this Herculean family history Web site. By Lauren Eisenstodt
Get high marks for finding your forebears’ school records—it’s elementary when you follow these six steps. By Nick D’Alto
Taking It From the Top
If you’re planning a research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, don’t leave home without this essential advice from a first-time visitor. By Allison Stacy
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
Out on a Limb
Promoting higher education. By Allison Stacy
Readers respond to Family Tree Magazine.
What’s new in discovering, preserving and celebrating your family history, including: • Genealogy meets anthropology • Classes give history buffs a hand • A new tool reforms Social Security searching n A revolutionary resource widens its Net. By Diane Haddad
Heritage events you’ll fall for, including: • Celebrating Scandinavian heritage in Washington state • Saluting African-American soldiers in Virginia • Going Deutsch in Oklahoma. By Dana Schmidt
Adhering to photo-rescue recommendations and patching together an heirloom. By Anne Wilbur
Gunning for the past, plus more tales from the lighter side of family history.
You’ve got questions about voting records and Canadian migrants; our experts have answers.
First-class clues to old pictures’ origins. By Maureen A. Taylor
Turn the page in your hunt for rare and out-of-print books. Plus: • Photo-editing software reviewed • Tour of an online public-records portal • Five chronicles of Western history. Edited by Dana Schmidt
An activist actress reflects fondly on her family’s heritage. By Jane Fonda