Family Tree Magazine May/June 2020 Digital Edition


Discover your roots! This issue of Family Tree Magazine focuses on finding and using the records and documents your ancestor left behind. Inside, you’ll find guides to specific genealogy records such as obituaries and city directories, plus how to find and use a lesser-known memento: signatures. The issue also includes a roundup of the 12 best German genealogy websites, perfect for those whose families comes from Deutschland.

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What’s Inside!

Highlights from this issue include:

  • 12 key websites for German genealogy research
  • Tips for naming and managing your digital photos and records
  • Guides to finding and using two key kinds of ancestral documents: obituaries and signatures
  • A behind-the-scenes look at how FamilySearch finds and digitizes records
  • a FREE MyHeritage cheat sheet


Sturm und Drang


By James M. Beidler

Brave the stormy depths of your ancestry with these 12 German genealogy websites.


By Rick Crume

Clean up your computer with this guide to managing and labeling digital files.

In Memoriam

By Monica Schirmer Eshelman and Stephen L. W. Greene

Learn about your ancestor’s life and legacy with this guide to finding and using obituaries and death notices.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

By Anna Rose Johnson

More than just ink strokes on a page, your ancestor’s signature and other handwritten notes can be valuable research tools. Learn why (and how) you should look for them in records.

To the Rescue


By Sunny Jane Morton

A friend in need is a friend indeed. Here’s how FamilySearch identifies and digitizes at-risk record collections.


  • State Research Guides: Illinois and West Virginia
  • Lisa’s Picks
  • Timeline: Professional Sports
  • Family History Home: Safekeeping Yearbooks
  • Stories to Tell
  • Your Turn: Marriage Index Worksheet
  • Document Detective: City Directories
  • Now What
  • Tech Toolkit
  • DNA Q&A: Reliability of DNA Tests

Once you download the May/June 2020 issue of Family Tree Magazine, you’ll need a PDF reader, such as the free Adobe Reader software, to open it. Adobe Reader is available for both Mac and Windows computers.



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