Saturday, January 12, 2008

Family Tree Magazine TOC - March 2008

The March 2008 issue of Family Tree Magazine (Volume 9, Issue 2) came this week in the mail. Here is the Table of Contents:


* Battle of the Bulge, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, page 16 (Get organized now! These five easy family history filing systems will help you keep your pedigree paperwork under control)

* Moving Targets, by David A. Fryxell, page 22 (With our guide to US migration routes - including a handy clip-and-save map - you'll stay hot on the trail of ancestors on the move)

* What's Your Type? by Lisa A. Alzo, page 30 (Are you a weekend warrior or passive pedigree searcher? Take this quiz to find your inner genealogist - and learn what your results mean to your research)

* Genetic Counseling, by Fern Glazer, page 46 (Forget the advanced biology lesson. Our DNA Q&A explains how you can, and can't, use genetic genealogy to solve your family history mysteries)

* Irish Blessings, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, page 60 (No need to rely on luck to trace your Irish roots: Our research guide will lead you to your genealogical pot of gold)

* Get 'Em Talking, by Sunny McClellan Morton, page 58 (Every family has its share of tight-lipped relatives. Try these five tactics to glean oral history from reluctant interviewees)


* Out on a Limb, by Allison Stacy, page 5 (Making an impact)

* Making connections, page 6 (Readers respond to Family Tree magazine)

* Branching Out, by Diane Haddad, page 8 (What's new in discovering genealogy and celebrating your family history)

* History Matters, by David A. Fryxell, page 12 (Looking through the lens of history)

* State Research Guides, page 37 (Pullout guides for Colorado and Kentucky)

* Everything's Relative, page 64 (Tales from the lighter side of family history)

* Now What?, page 66 (Our experts answer your questions about Rough Riders, elusive e-mailers and Polish places)

* Photo Detective, by Maureen A. Taylor, page 70 (Which caption is correct?)

* Preserving Memories, by Grace Dobush, page 72 (Get the dish on saving fine china)

* The Toolkit, by Allison Stacy, page 74 (Reviews and roundups of Family Tree Maker 2008, best genealogy web directories, digital photo conversion tips, computer file formats glossary, and the Book Report)

* Uprooted, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, page 80 (Test your genealogy IQ on Henry John Heinz's family tree).

Family Tree Magazine announced that they have the complete set of 2006 and 2007 back issues on CDROM, fully searchable, bookmarked for easy navigation, and hotlinked to the featured web sites.

The article on the US migration routes was the highlight of this issue for me - the map is great, and the text briefly describes each migration path. It is an excellent summary.

The article about file organization and paper pile reduction doesn't help me - it would take months to re-organize, at the expense of everything else. My piles are so high and my files so disorganized that I'm going to leave them for my heirs to sort out.

The Genetic Counseling article is a Q&A format, with typical questions about DNA testing and its application to genealogy research, answered by several recognized experts in the field. There is also a box that defines the different types of DNA testing.

The Irish article has a great 1921 map of the counties, a nice timeline of Irish history, a toolkit of Irish research web sites, repositories and books/CDs, and an excellent roadmap to searching for records of Irish ancestors.

Check the Family Tree Magazine web site at for web special articles, all of the links from the most recent issue. The present link is to the January 2008 issue, not to the March 2008 issue.

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