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Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:26:33 +0000

 



Donald Trump's German and Scottish Family Tree

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



Which DNA Test Should I Take for Ancestry?

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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?

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



50 Questions to Ask Relatives About Your Family...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



10 Cool Things You Can Learn From Deeds

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

Learn how to unlock the power of deeds to answer questions about family history, relationships, inheritance, financial status and family events.



Free Family Tree Chart

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Autosomal DNA Tests for Genealogy: Learn About...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



10 Best Family Memory Books

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Free Interactive Pedigree Chart

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Nature vs Nurture: What Really Shapes Who We Are?

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



Learn the Origin and Meaning of the LONG Surname

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



What Is the Meaning of Your Spanish Last Name?

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



The Most Common Australian Last Names and Their...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Make Your Own Family Photo Calendar

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

Create your own personalized, printable calendar with these step-by-step instructions and ideas for doing it yourself or using a calendar service.



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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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!



Uncover the Meaning of Your French Surname

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



Is Your Last Name of English Origin?

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Free Five Generation Family Tree Fan Chart

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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 Locate Coroner's Records & Inquest...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

Learn how to research your family history in coroner's records, including what you might learn and how and where to locate the records.



How Am I Related? Cousin Relationships Explained

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



5 Ways to Create and Display Your Family Tree

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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 Steps to Begin Tracing Your Family Tree

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



Custom Family Tree Charts and Templates

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Looking for Someone From Your Past? 8...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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!



Dig Further into Your DNA with these Genetic...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



What Does My Last Name Mean?

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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 Become a Professional Genealogist

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



How to Search the Social Security Death Index...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



10 Top Genealogy Questions—And Answers!

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



10 Places To Research Your British Family Tree...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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!






Make a Memory Book

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Family History Indexing

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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!



5 First Steps for Finding Your Family History

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Researching Your Family Tree? How to Establish...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

Make sure that every ancestor you place on your family tree really belongs there by learning how to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard to your genealogical research.



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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



Best Places to Publish Your Family Tree Online

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



What Does Your Scottish Surname Mean?

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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






Can Your Ancestry Make You Eligible to Claim...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



Ancestry of Barack Obama

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Matching Up Nicknames with Given Names

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Top 50 German Surnames and Their Meanings

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



10 Steps to Writing Your Family History

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Steps for Starting a Genealogy Business

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

Yes, genealogists can make money for doing what they love. Learn how to start your own genealogy business with these simple steps.



10 Steps to Find Your Family Tree Online

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Top Free Online Marriage Indexes and Databases

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



Adopted? How to Find Your Birth Family

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Family Tree Projects & Gift Ideas

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



8 Rules to Properly Record Names in Genealogy

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



How to Fill Out Genealogical Forms: Pedigree...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Must Have Genealogy Books

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



Hunting for Witches in the Family Tree

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



10 Places to Locate Maiden Names for Your...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



How to Safely Remove Photos from Old Magnetic...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Historical Map Overlays for Google Maps and...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



Family Tree Maker 11

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Common Irish Last Names: Meanings and Origins

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



10 Ways to Celebrate Family History Month

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



WILLIAMS - Name Meaning and Origin

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



COOK - Name Meaning and Origin

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



100 Most Common Surnames in the U.S.

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



Create Your Own Family History Scrapbook

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

Learn how to use old photos, memorabilia, and memories to create a historical and visual scrapbook of your family history and heritage.



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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



5 Top Genealogy Magazines for Family History...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



How to Handle Adoption in the Family Tree

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



Meaning and Origin of the NGUYEN Last Name

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



Learn the Meaning and Origin of the popular...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



Johnny Carson Ancestry and Family Tree

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

Explore the mid-west U.S. ancestors of late night TV legend and comedian, Johnny Carson, in this extensive family tree and genealogy.



How & Where to Locate Property Deeds Online

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Licensed, Accredited, Certified or Professional?

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

When you're looking for a genealogist to research your family tree, should they be licensed? accredited? certified? professional? Learn the distinctions so that you'll know what to expect from your genealogist



Your "Family" Coat of Arms May Not Be Yours

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



How to Interview a Relative for Family History...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

Step-by-step tools and ideas to get you started interviewing your relatives. You will probably be surprised at the stories they have to share.






10 Educational Opportunities for Genealogists

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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.



Best Irish Genealogy Databases for Researching...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



JONES - Name Meaning and Origin

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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



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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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Check Out Ronald Reagan's Family Tree

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

Explore the Illinois and Irish ancestors of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States.



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

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

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!



10 Don't-Miss Historical Map Collections Online

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

Genealogists, historians, and anyone else with a need for historical maps will not want to miss this collection of links to some of the best historical map collections available online.



4 Ways to Convert Slides to Digital Format

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

Got stacks of slide carousels loaded up with old family photos? Save these memories for future generations by digitizing and burning them to DVDs.



How to Properly Cite Souces While Doing...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

Source citations, while not necessarily fun, serve to give your family history research both value and credibility. Learn how to cite a variety of common sources in this guide to genealogy documentation.



Why Does my Y-DNA Test Match Men With a...

2017-01-18T11:26:33Z

Even though Y-DNA follows the direct male line, matches with surnames other than your own can occur. Yes, this could indicate an adoption or other non-paternal event, but there are also a number of other explanations.