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Published: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:25:04 +0000

 



Donald Trump's German and Scottish Family Tree

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Explore the German and Scottish ancestors of New York City entrepeneur, Donald Trump.



What Does Your Last Name Mean?

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Find the meaning and origin of your last name in this free online dictionary of surname meanings, including surnames of English, Irish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, English, Canadian, Australian, and Jewish origin.



Can You Really Trace Your Ancestry with a DNA...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Can testing your DNA help you learn more about your ancestors and heritage? Absolutely! Learn how to identify which ancestral DNA test is most appropriate for your situation and which company you should test with.



Nature vs Nurture: What Really Shapes Who We Are?

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

New genetic findings continue to re-open the nature vs nurture debate. This article explores scientific studies and viewpoints that support each side.



Free Family Tree Chart

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

This free family tree chart records the ancestors from whom you directly descend in a graphical family tree format, suitable for sharing or even framing. Best of all, it can be completed in your computer browser and then saved or printed.



Free Interactive Pedigree Chart

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Fill in your family tree and share it right online or save to your computer with this free, four-generation, interactive pedigree chart. It can also be printed and filled in by hand. Page 2.



50 Questions to Ask Relatives About Your Family...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

What to ask when you get a chance to quiz your relatives about their lives and their family history.



How to Trace the History and Genealogy of Your...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Whether you live in a Manhattan brownstone apartment or a castle in France, your home may be harboring a fascinating history. Learn how to uncover the history and genealogy of a house or other building with this step by step guide.



What Is the Meaning of Your Spanish Last Name?

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn why most Hispanic people use two last names, plus find meanings and origins for fifty of the most popular Spanish surnames.



Learn the Origin and Meaning of the LONG Surname

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Long, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Long surname.



Free Five Generation Family Tree Fan Chart

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Display your family tree in style with this free, printable genealogy fan chart. It displays five generations of ancestors in a beautiful fan style, complete with vining roses. Available for free download and printing. Page 3.



mtDNA Testing: What Can You Learn About Your...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

What will an mtDNA test tell me about my ancestors? Where can I have it done? Get answers to these and other questions about ancestral mtDNA testing.



5 Ways to Create and Display Your Family Tree

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

While tracing your ancestry back as far as possible is fun, it's even better when you can present the findings in a handsome family tree chart. From hand drawn charts to computer generated trees, learn about the different ways to display your family tree.



What is the Most Common Last Name in the United...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

What are the most popular last names in the United States? This list of most commonly occurring surnames in America, compiled by the US Census Bureau, includes information on each common surname's origin and meaning.



The Most Common Australian Last Names and Their...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

List of most common Australian surnames, with information on population statistics, plus the meaning and origin for each common Australian surname.



Custom Family Tree Charts and Templates

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Whether you're looking for a blank family tree chart, a hand-crafted intricate family tree design, or a more modern rendition of your family tree, these custom family tree chart printers and designers are a good place to start.



Free Family Tree Charts

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

View, download, save and print a variety of free family tree charts and forms. Some of the free family tree charts are even interactive - meaning that you can type in the fields online before saving locally to your computer or printing for family members. The interactive forms require only the free Adobe Reader to use.



How to Identify the People in Your Old Family...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Solving the mystery faces and places in your old family photographs requires knowledge of your family history, combined with good old fashioned detective work. When you're ready to take on the challenge, these five photo identification tips will get you started in style.



Uncover the Meaning of Your French Surname

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Uncover the meaning of your French last name with this free guide to French surname meanings and origins, and family history.



How to Explore Your Family Tree Online for Free...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Free genealogy records online in the Historical Records section of FamilySearch include more than 5.3 billion names in 2000+ collections from countries all over the world. Learn how to mine this massive resource to help answer questions in your family tree!



Autosomal DNA Tests for Genealogy: Learn About...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

What is an autosomal DNA test? Where should I have it done? What do my results mean? Learn how autosomal DNA can help you learn about your ancestors.



Create Your Own Heirloom Photo Ornament

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Create your own treasured heirloom ornament with step-by-step instructions for using old family photos to make beautiful Christmas photo ornaments.



Is Your Last Name of English Origin?

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Uncover the meaning of your English last name with this free guide to English surname meanings and origins. Includes a list of 100 of the most popular English surnames, plus links to resources for researching English ancestors.



Looking for Someone From Your Past? 8...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn how to find people online in a wide variety of databases - both public and private. Includes people search strategies and tips.



DNA Ancestry Testing

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

A number of different companies offer DNA tests for ancestral testing and ethnic origins. This checklist helps you to determine which company will best help you meet your DNA goals and provide the most bang for your buck.



Genealogy GEDCOM Files - How to Open and Read...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn what a genealogy GEDCOM file is, how GEDCOM works, how to create a GEDCOM file, how to read a GEDCOM file that someone sends you and more. Page 2.



10 Best Family Memory Books

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Encourage your family members to record their memories for posterity with one of these wonderful memory books full of thought-provoking questions and space for recording the sure-to-be-cherished answers.



How to Search the Social Security Death Index...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Why pay to search the Social Security Death Index - SSDI - when you can use and search the SSDI for free? These online sites offer up-to-date, current versions of the US SSDI database with free online search for everyone.



How Am I Related? Cousin Relationships Explained

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

What is a second cousin? How about a first cousin once removed? Get the scoop behind kissing cousins and various other cousin relationships, and use our handy chart to find out how you and a relative are related.



101 Ways to Research Your Family Tree for Free

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Explore one hundred of the best free genealogy databases and free surname search sites on the Net - these free genealogy databases combined include billions of names!



What Does My Last Name Mean?

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn how to find the meaning of your last name and trace your surname's origin back through history. Describes the different ways in which surnames developed and tips for tracing last name meanings and origins.



Find Out the Meaning of Your Italian Last Name

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Uncover the meaning of your Italian last name with this free guide to Italian surname meanings and origins.



10 Best U.S. Databases for Tracing Your Family...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn which genealogy Web sites and databases provide the most information in return for your time and or money with this guide to the genealogy resources that professional genealogists return to over and over.



Can Your Ancestry Make You Eligible to Claim...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn whether your Irish parents, grandparents or great-grandparents make you eligible for Irish citizenship by descent, and an Irish passport.



10 Steps to Begin Tracing Your Family Tree

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

New to researching your family tree? Try this step by step introduction to family tree research and learn more about your ancestors and your roots. Family tree research is easy and fun!



8 Rules to Properly Record Names in Genealogy

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Use these eight rules to record names for genealogical data and charts. Ensure your data is complete and less likely to be misinterpreted by others.



Top 50 German Surnames and Their Meanings

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn how German surnames originated, the different types of German last names, and the meanings and origins of the 50 most common German surnames.



Researching French-Canadian Ancestry &...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Even if you can't read French, tracing French-Canadian ancestors can be easier than many people expect due to the excellent record keeping of the Catholic Church in Canada.



Family History Indexing

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn how volunteer family history indexing projects are making hundreds of thousands of genealogical records available online for free access, and how you can volunteer your own time to help!



10 Top Genealogy Questions—And Answers!

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Interested in researching your family tree? Find the answers to some of the most commonly asked genealogy questions.



50 Most Common Polish Last Names - Meanings and...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Uncover the meaning of your Polish last name with this overview of the origins of Polish surnames, along with meanings for fifty of the most common last names of Poland.



Google's Newspaper Archive: Copies of Old...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Try these search tips to improve your chances of finding historical articles, obituaries, marriage announcements and more in Google News Archive - many of them free in online digitized format!



10 Steps to Writing Your Family History

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Yes, the research is the fun part. Writing a family history book just seems too daunting to be fun. But when the relatives start nagging, try these 10 easy steps for making your family history book a reality.



5 Ways to Explore Your Family History for Free...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn how to make the most of the more than 6 billion genealogical records and other free family history resources available online from FamilySearch.



Ancestry of George Walker Bush

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Explore the ancestors of Presidents George Bush and his father, George Herbert Walker Bush in this extensive family tree. Includes links to President Harrison Pierce and royalty.



10 Best Online British Genealogy Databases

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

These 10 top UK genealogy websites are a great starting point for researching British ancestry, packed with original records and genealogy databases.



10 Steps to Find Your Family Tree Online

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Locating information on your family tree is easier than ever with thousands of new records being placed online daily. Learn how to tap the vast resources of the Internet to locate your ancestral roots with these ten simple steps.



What's the Ancestry of George W. Bush?

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Explore the ancestors of Presidents George Bush, his father, George Herbert Walker Bush, and his grandfather Prescott Bush in this extensive family tree. Includes connections to President Harrison Pierce, Senator John Kerry, Princess Diana and other royalty.



What Does Your Scottish Surname Mean?

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Uncover the meaning of your Scottish surname with this free guide to Scottish last name meanings and origins. Includes a list of 100 of the most popular Scottish surnames, plus links to related Scottish genealogy resources.



Barack Obama Family Tree - Sixth Generation

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

The family tree of Barack Obama includes great great great grandparents with the following surnames - Dunham, Stroup, Kearney, Holloway, Armour, Clark, Overall, Payne, Black, Wolfley, Abbott, McCurry, Creekmore, Wright and Allred. Learn more from this Barack Obama family tree.



10 Ways to Celebrate Family History Month

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Whether you're new to genealogy, or have devoted a lifetime to it, celebrate Family History Month with your family this October by trying one (or more) of these ten wonderful ways to craft and commemorate your past.



Best Places to Publish Your Family Tree Online

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Looking for the best place to share your family tree online? Check out these 8 options for publishing your family tree research, photos and stories.



How to Find Your Canadian Ancestors in the Census

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn how to locate ancestors in the Canadian census, a valuable source for information on individuals who lived in Canada since 1666.



Adopted? How to Find Your Birth Family

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Start the search for your birth family with these step-by-step suggestions for locating birth parents, children, and other adoptees. Includes tips for researching adoptees in your family tree.



Hunting for Witches in the Family Tree

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Searching for witches in the family tree with this guide to the history of witchcraft in Europe and Colonial America, and records of the witch trials.



5 First Steps for Finding Your Family History

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Want to dig into your family history but aren't sure where to begin? These 5 steps will start you on a fascinating journey into your genealogy.



Make Your Own Family Photo Calendar

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Create your own personalized, printable calendar with these step-by-step instructions and ideas for designing and printing family photo calendars. Includes links to calendar creator software, calendar templates, and calendar clipart.



Top Free Online Marriage Indexes and Databases

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Discover your ancestors in these free online marriage databases and indexes.



Databases for Researching Your French-Canadian...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Online databases for French-Canadian ancestry



Did Someone Die in Your House? Learn How to...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Wondering if someone has ever died in your house? Learn how to find out, using public records and online resources and databases.



How to Fill Out Genealogical Forms: Pedigree...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn how to complete and use a pedigree chart and family group sheet, the two most common genealogy forms, plus download free forms for your own use.



5 Things You Didn't Know You Can Learn from...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Death records often include helpful information beyond date and place of death. Learn what else a death certificate may tell you about your ancestors.



10 Places to Locate Maiden Names for Your...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Can't find the maiden name of your female ancestor? Here are ten of the best records and sources for locating clues to an ancestor's maiden name.



Ancestry of Barack Obama

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn about the deep African and American roots of Barack Obama. His African roots stretch back for generations in Kenya, while his American roots connect to Jefferson Davis.



10 Steps to Become a Professional Genealogist

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn what it means to be a professional genealogist, how to become a certified genealogist, and if genealogy is the right profession for you.



COOK - Name Meaning and Origin

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn the meaning of the Cook surname and where it comes from, along with info on where the name is most prevalent, and links to Cook genealogy.



Matching Up Nicknames with Given Names

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

How can we match up nicknames with first names? While it isn't always a straightforward process, this list can help you to identify possible given or first names that match up with some of the most common nicknames.



Find Your Canadian Ancestors at 12 Top Online...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

If you're searching for Canadian ancestors online, these databases and Web sites are the best place to start. Best of all, most are free!



Family Tree Maker 11

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Read a review of Family Tree Maker 11 and see how it stacks up against its competition in the genealogy software market. By professional genealogist, Kimberly Powell.



Historical Map Overlays for Google Maps and...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Browse this free listing for downloads of historical map overlays ready for you to view or import directly into Google Maps or Google Earth.



What Can a Y-DNA Test Tell You About Your...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn how a Y-DNA test can be used to learn about ancestry, where to have it done, and how to interpret the results.



Common Irish Last Names: Meanings and Origins

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Discover the meaning of your Irish last name, and learn where in Ireland these Irish surnames are most commonly found.



How to Find Out Where a Social Security Number...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Determine the state in which a Social Security number was issued using the following chart.



Romance Through the Ages: History of Love,...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Stroll back through the romantic heritage of your ancestors with this timeline of love, marriage, and dating customs throughout history.



How to Plan a Memorable Family Reunion

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Connect with seldom-seen family members, meet new ones and celebrate your heritage with these steps for organizing a memorable family reunion.



How to Handle Adoption in the Family Tree

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn how to address an adoption in your family tree and download family tree charts which include special options for adopted families.



How to Locate Birth, Marriage and Death Records...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Research your German ancestors with this guide to accessing records of birth, marriage and death in Germany.



Why We Can No Longer Access the Full Social...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Changes to the public Social Security Death Master File, or Social Security Death Index, enacted in 2011, and again in 2014, have removed access to numerous social security numbers that were previously included, and also resulted in a 40% annual decrease in posted death records. Learn why!



How & Where to Locate Property Deeds Online

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

How and where to access deeds, mortgages, and other property records online, for genealogical research, title searches, or for the purpose of oil, gas, or shale property leasing.



10 Fun Activities for Your Next Family Reunion

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Give one of these 10 fun family history activities a try at your next family reunion to get people talking, sharing and having fun.



JONES - Name Meaning and Origin

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Jones, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Jones surname.



Hispanic Surnames: Why Two Last Names?

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Uncover the meaning of your Spanish last name with this free guide to Hispanic surname meanings and origins. Includes links to related Spanish, Mexican, Cuban, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican genealogy resources.



Researching Your German Ancestry? Check Out...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Research German ancestry online in this collection of German genealogy databases and records, including vital, census, military and church records.



How to Find Your Family History in Obituaries

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

One of the most helpful tools when beginning a search into your family history is the obituary. Beyond just the place and date of death, you may also learn the birthplace, final resting place, occupation, religious affiliation, community activities, street address, the names of friends and relatives, and other details which can help you learn a great deal about the people from your past.



Dig Further into Your DNA with these Genetic...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Dig further into your ancestral DNA results with these third-party websites and tools designed to help you further explore cousin matches, investigate your deep ethnic origins, and learn more about possible inherited health and genetic traits.



Your "Family" Coat of Arms May Not Be Yours

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn why the coats of arms and family crests you see in the stores and online probably have nothing to do with your personal family history.



Meaning and Origin of the NGUYEN Last Name

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Nguyen, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Nguyen surname.



Correcting Errors Found in Online Family Trees

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Most of us have done some shoddy research at one time or the other, or just have found some new clues which indicate our previous assumptions were in error. But what happens when this research has been published online, mistakes and all, and the errors seem to propogate like wildfire? Learn how to make corrections and updates to inaccurate information found in online family trees--whether yours or someone else's.



Map Adventures with Google

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Plot your ancestors locations and travels on a map and experience a new way of looking at your family history. Google Maps and other free tools make this a fun, easy project for any genealogist.



Tips for Salvaging Flood and Water Damaged...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Flood or water damaged photos, papers and other family valuables can often be saved by following these few, simple steps.



How to Find Out the Town Where Your Immigrant...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Determining the birth place of your immigrant ancestor is the key to the next branch in your family tree. Learn what and where to search to find your immigrant ancestor's country, town or village of origin.



100 Most Common Surnames in the U.S.

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

100 most common US surnames from the 2000 census, with information on population statistics, plus the meaning and origin for each common us surname.



10 Places to Start Your Search for Online Death...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Because death records are the least privacy-sensitive of the vital records of birth, marriage and death, you actually have a decent chance of finding death information for your ancestor online. Check this list for some of the best sites for death certificates and obituary notices online.



Is Tracing Your Family Tree Just a Cheek Swab...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Easy to understand guide to DNA and genealogy includes an introduction to the differences between Y-line and mtDNA testing, a guide to home DNA genetics tests, and tips for organizing a DNA surname study.



How to Get a Copy of Your Ancestor's Social...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Learn how to obtain a copy of Form SS-5—Application for Social Security Number—for any deceased individual from the US Social Security Administration.



Cleopatra's Family Tree Has Few Branches

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

See the family tree of Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt. Her ancestry is notable due to the intermarriage traditions of the Ptolemys, with few branches.



Ellis Island Database, History, Immigrants and...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

America's official immigration center from 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island welcomed over 12 million immigrants to New York. Learn about the history of immigration to Ellis Island, and search for your ancestors in the database of Ellis Island passenger lists and manifests.



WILLIAMS - Name Meaning and Origin

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Everything you want to know about the last name Williams, including its meaning and origin.



Discover Your Ancestors in Great Britain

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Once you've explored as much of your family tree as you can online, it's time to head to Britain and the land of your ancestors. Learn which repositories to visit on your family history research trip to England, Scotland, and Wales.



Best Irish Genealogy Databases for Researching...

2016-09-28T11:25:04Z

Explore a number of Irish genealogy databases offering valuable family history data in the form of extractions, transcriptions and digitized images.