Newsletter July 12, 2017


Welcome to this issue of my newsletter. Thank you for any feedback – as you know, it’s my goal to find genealogy related articles and databases that I think you’ll like.

Before I get to this week’s freebies and interesting articles, I wanted to give you an update on my new book that will be out next spring. I wrapped up 95% of the book and it’s on the editor’s desk; now it’s just clearing up some hanging items before my part of the book is complete.

Also, thanks to your input, I’m also at the 95% spot in deciding to give up the genealogyteach Facebook page and Twitter account. Both take a tremendous amount of time to maintain and I’d rather put that time into writing articles for you and sharing genealogy finds on my Pinterest account. I hope this isn’t problematic for anyone, but I had to make a choice about how to best serve you with genealogy information.

Lastly, I’m sharing what makes me feel close to family – especially those who are no longer with us. Would love to know what you do to feel close to those who have passed.

This Week’s Genealogy Finds

Just a reminder: There’s still time to save $40 on the Family Tree University Virtual Conference. Please note the coupon code as well as the expiration date. 
Save $40 off Family Tree University 2017 Fall Virtual Conference with coupon code: FALLVCEARLY. Promo ends 8/12. Expires 08/12/2017.

Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, always has something interesting to teach us about old photos. In this article she talks about three clues to solving an old photo mystery.

A client of mine recently asked for a wall chart of his family tree. I started researching services, but Dana McCullough beat me to it. She created a chart of services where you can have a frame-able chart printed.

This week on the blog I wrote a short article based on an email I received from Lynn, a newsletter reader. I hope you enjoy it! (Weirdly titled, What’s Scarier Than a Clown?)

As my sister and I routinely take trips based on historic trails (our last one was our Santa Fe Trail trip), I loved finding this map of trails that span the West. We’re going to do a history road trip in October, and I’m thinking of planning one that follows one of these historic trails. What do you think about it?

You’ve probably heard all the talk about RootsMagic new TreeShare with your trees. I was a beta tester for the new features and have to tell you it’s pretty slick. I saw that Genealogy’s Star posted a first look some of the new feature. Hints from will now show on your RootsMagic file. Also connected are, and In addition, you can sync the two trees. You can read about how TreeShare works on this RM post.

As you probably know, I – like most all genealogists – am a cemetery geek. Family Tree Magazine recently posted this article on the seven records genealogists should look for  in a cemetery.

And, if you’re as interested in cemetery research as I am, you may want to pre-order the Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide. It’ll be available in September and it looks like a good one. I pre-ordered my copy today. (By the way, even though I’m associated with Family Tree Magazine, I don’t get discounts on books or courses. I pay what you pay!)

As genealogists, we all love family stories or using family stories to unravel research problems. That’s why I really loved this article on on Discovering a World War I Soldier’s Story Through His Footlocker.

Researching Jewish roots as I have been doing lately? Pop over to You can search dozens of free databases, such as your ancestors’ vital statistics in an index to more than 1.5 million 19th-century Jewish birth, marriage and death records. You can also track their voyage to America with lists of immigrants from Austria, Poland, and Galicia.

On a Personal Note

Since my mom’s passing, I’ve paid particular attention to how we connect with family who is no longer here.

For example, I made cornbread in a cast iron skillet because it reminded me of my mom. My friend, Fred, makes waffles because it makes him feel close to his dad. On the 4th of July, my sister made a very old family recipe of a banana-lemon salad that my mom and grandmother used to make. Yesterday, my friend, Jessica, told me that she spent time over the weekend telling her early teenage granddaughter about the family’s history and stories about her granddaughter when she was just a week one. I can’t say enough about the value of sharing family traditions and stories.

When my younger cousins want to know something about the family history, they call me because they know I’m the keeper of the stories!  And I hope you are too.  So this week I wish you the time to save or share a family story with younger ones in your family. Or, make an old family favorite dish and share it with those you love.

With warmest regards,


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