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Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:24:00 +0000

 



Donald Trump's German and Scottish Family Tree

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



Which DNA Test Should I Take for Ancestry?

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



What Does Your Last Name Mean?

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Which DNA Testing Company is Best for Ancestral...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

Use this checklist to determine which DNA testing company to use to learn about your family history and ethnic heritage.



Create Your Own Heirloom Photo Ornament

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



5 Genealogical Journals You Should Be Reading

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

Whether you want to expand your knowledge, or submit as an author, these genealogical journals are well-respected for their high-quality content.



50 Questions to Ask Relatives About Your Family...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



10 Steps to Become a Professional Genealogist

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



Free Family Tree Chart

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Nature vs Nurture: What Really Shapes Who We Are?

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



Free Interactive Pedigree Chart

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Autosomal DNA Tests for Genealogy: Learn About...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



What Is the Meaning of Your Spanish Last Name?

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



Why Researching African American Genealogy is...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

You really can discover your African American family history. Learn how with this step-by-step guide to researching African-American roots.



10 Best Family Memory Books

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Learn the Origin and Meaning of the LONG Surname

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



5 Top Genealogy Magazines for Family History...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

These five genealogy magazines are among the best for keeping you up to date with the latest genealogy news, techniques, tips, reviews and records.



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

What are the most popular last names in the United States? This list of the most common American surnames includes each surname's origin and meaning.



The Most Common Australian Last Names and Their...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



Free Five Generation Family Tree Fan Chart

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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!



Must Have Genealogy Books

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

Top essential genealogy reference books that both beginner and professional genealogists should have on their bookshelf.



Is Your Last Name of English Origin?

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Custom Family Tree Charts and Templates

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Make Your Own Family Photo Calendar

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Uncover the Meaning of Your French Surname

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



How Am I Related? Cousin Relationships Explained

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



5 Ways to Create and Display Your Family Tree

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



10 Places To Research Your British Family Tree...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



Free Family Tree Charts

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Looking for Someone From Your Past? 8...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



101 Ways to Research Your Family Tree for Free

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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?

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



10 Steps to Begin Tracing Your Family Tree

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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!



Find Out the Meaning of Your Italian Last Name

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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!



Family History Indexing

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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!

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



10 Steps to Find Your Family Tree Online

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



How to Search the Social Security Death Index...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Can Your Ancestry Make You Eligible to Claim...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



Top 50 German Surnames and Their Meanings

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



What Does Your Scottish Surname Mean?

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Dig Further into Your DNA with these Genetic...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Numbering Your Family Tree

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

What do all of the numbers in your family tree mean? Learn about the most common numbering systems used in genealogy pedigrees, including the ahnentafel, register system, modified register system, the Henry system, and other variants.



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



Best Places to Publish Your Family Tree Online

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



10 Educational Opportunities for Genealogists

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

Hundreds of beginning and continuing education options for genealogists exist, but to get you started here are some of the most popular options, including a selection of genealogy conferences, institutes, workshops, home study courses and online degree and certificate programs.



10 Steps to Writing Your Family History

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Ancestry of George Walker Bush

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Top Free Online Marriage Indexes and Databases

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

Locate both historical and more recent marriage records online in these free online marriage databases and indexes.



5 First Steps for Finding Your Family History

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



What's the Ancestry of George W. Bush?

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



Barack Obama Family Tree - Sixth Generation

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Adopted? How to Find Your Birth Family

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



10 Ways to Celebrate Family History Month

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Family Tree of Louisa May Alcott

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

Louisa May Alcott, best known as the author of Little Women, never married and has no descendants. Her rich ancestry, however, reaches back to the founding days of our country and includes her father, famous transcendentalist Bronson Alcott. Many people can claim a relation to Louisa May Alcott through her siblings, cousins and other relatives.



8 Rules to Properly Record Names in Genealogy

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Matching Up Nicknames with Given Names

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Common Irish Last Names: Meanings and Origins

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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 Fill Out Genealogical Forms: Pedigree...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Your "Family" Coat of Arms May Not Be Yours

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



100 Most Common Surnames in the U.S.

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



Make a Memory Book

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

Important pieces of a family's history are found only in the memories of the living relatives. Help preserve those precious family memories for posterity by creating a personalized memory book or journal for your relative to complete.



Meaning and Origin of the NGUYEN Last Name

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Historical Map Overlays for Google Maps and...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



Ancestry of Barack Obama

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



How & Where to Locate Property Deeds Online

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



COOK - Name Meaning and Origin

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



10 Tips for Your Visit to the Family History...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

Advance preparation for your visit to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City can save you hours of time to spend on more research. Before you make the trek to the Family History Library, read these tips for a successful visit.



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



5 Top Family Thanksgiving Traditions

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

While every American family celebrates Thanksgiving differently, we've served up the five most common Thanksgiving family traditions.



How to Safely Remove Photos from Old Magnetic...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

Learn a variety of techniques and strategies for safely removing photographs from old sticky albums, including adhesive remover, dental floss, hair dryers, freezing, and more. Discusses prolonging the life of photos that cannot be removed from magnetic sticky albums as well.



Hispanic Surnames: Why Two Last Names?

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



WILLIAMS - Name Meaning and Origin

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



10 Genealogy Blogs You Should Check Out

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

Each of these genealogy and family history oriented blogs is outstanding for excellent writing and timely updates, and because they each bring something special to the world of genealogy blogging.



Family Tree Maker 11

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



How to Handle Adoption in the Family Tree

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



Family Tree Projects & Gift Ideas

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

Turn your genealogy discoveries into special family gifts with these family tree project ideas.



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

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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!



5 Places to Begin a Search for Czech Ancestors

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

If you have ancestors who came from Czechoslovakia or Bohemia--what is now the Czech Republic--then you won't want to miss these five online databases and resources for researching your Czech roots online.



JONES - Name Meaning and Origin

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



How to Find Your Family History in Obituaries

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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.



Did My Ancestor Come Through Ellis Island?

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

American immigration immediately brings to mind Ellis Island, the nation's largest federal immigration station. But not all immigrants to America came through Ellis Island - not even those who immigrated to New York. Learn about the many popular American ports of entry and how to research those records



Learn the Meaning and Origin of the popular...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

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



Mormon Genealogy: How to Research at a Family...

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

Learn how to research your family tree at a Mormon Family History Center near you, with tips for locating a FHC and requesting genealogical records from Salt Lake City.



5 Great Ways to Share Your Family History

2016-12-05T11:24:00Z

Like any treasure, family history doesn't deserve to remain buried. Try these simple suggestions for sharing your genealogy discoveries so others can benefit from what you have found.