Search for your ancestor’s grave! This special issue contains a comparison of top tombstone-recording sites like Find a Grave that will help you locate grave sites online, plus an expert guide to identifying and safely correcting damage to markers. In this issue, you’ll also find tips for overcoming the lost 1890 US federal census and a detailed look at Mexican Catholic records.
Highlights from this issue include:
- a comparison of the three largest cemetery websites: Find a Grave, BillionGraves and Interment.net
- tips for preserving damaged tombstones and enhancing the writing on them
- how to “re-create” the destroyed 1890 US federal census using record substitutes
- a beginner’s guide to genealogy source citations
- a FREE Historical Maps Cheat Sheet
By Sunny Jane Morton
Document your favorite cemeteries this fall using cemetery websites. We look at the pros and cons of the three largest: BillionGraves, Find a Grave and Interment.net.
Set in Stone
By Joy Neighbors
Learn the do’s and don’ts of preserving your family’s tombstone with this guide to grave damage, plus what you can do to enhance faded inscriptions.
Showing Your Work
By Andrew Koch
Though not glamorous, citing your sources can reap great rewards for your research. Here’s how to start.
Digging Through the Ashes
By Dr. Shelley Viola Murphy
Is the 1890 census really missing? With record substitutes and the right frame of mind, the answer is not so simple.
By Moises Garza
Catholic records are some of the oldest-kept documents in Mexican genealogy, dating back to the 1500s. Here’s how to find and interpret them.
- Research Guides: Kansas and Mississippi
- Stories to Tell
- Tech News
- Lisa’s Picks
- Source Spotlight: Death Records
- Website Tutorial: Using the FamilySearch Research Wiki
- Resource Roundup: Family Tree-Building Software
- Photo Detective
- Family History Home: Saving Newspapers
- Now What
- DNA Q&A: Prioritizing DNA Matches
- Your Turn: Source Citation Extraction Form
Once you download the September/October 2021 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.