Honor your military ancestors! This issue contains a roundup of the best records for Civil War research, plus a step-by-step tutorial for using military records website Fold3. Inside, you’ll also find tips for researching families who have common names and preserving recipes and handwritten letters, plus a quick-reference cheat sheet for finding the women in your family tree.
Highlights from this issue include:
- a guide to the top records for learning about Civil War ancestors
- 5 ancestor-numbering systems (like Ahnentafel) and how to use them
- tips for researching common surnames
- a guide to the top online resources for Jewish genealogy
- a FREE Female Ancestors Cheat Sheet
These Honored Dead
By Michael L. Strauss and Sunny Jane Morton
Learn about your ancestors’ Civil War service with these 21 records and resources.
Made from Scratch
By Rachael Rifkin
Family recipes carry more than just flavors from times past. Here’s how to preserve and celebrate your family’s history of resilience through food.
Dime a Dozen
By David A. Fryxell
Apparently that town is begin enough for the two of them—or even more. These tips for researching common surnames will help you find your family in the crowd.
Find Your Jewish Roots Online
By Ellen Shindelman Kowitt
Utilize the latest tools in Jewish genealogy with these top websites and online resources.
By Drew Smith
Keep track of the people in your family tree with these genealogical numbering systems, such as Ahnentafel and the Register System.
- Research Guides: Idaho and North Carolina
- Tech News
- Lisa’s Picks
- Timeline: Scales
- Family History Home: Saving Keepsake Letters
- Stories to Tell
- Your Turn: Military Records Checklist
- Photo Detective
- Now What
- Website Tutorial: Fold3
- Resource Roundup: Voice-Recording Apps
- DNA Q&A: Joining Research Studies
Once you download the May/June 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.