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September/October 1996 - Available in Special Publication

Cover 1 Participants in the Klondike Goldrush: A list of over 24,000 people present at the end of the Alaska/Yukon goldrush.

Researching Your Family Tree - Top 10 Tips: The ten best tips for people beginning research on their family tree.

Lions, Tinctures and Bearings, Oh My!: The facts about heraldry and coats of arms. Are you entitled to a coat of arms?

Take Care of Pieces of Family History: Get those old papers, documents and photos out of the attic and preserve them for future geneations.

Putting Your Story Between the Covers: You've researched your family history... now how do you get it published? Here's some people who can help.

Genealogy Online: How to effectively use your computer and modem for genealogical research.


November/December 1996 - Available in Special Publication

Cover 2 Writing a Family History: Advice on how to convert your lists of names and dates into detailed and interesting family histories, from Terrick FitzHugh's classic book How to Write a Family History.

Using Your Family History Center: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church) maintains Family History Centers in cities around the globe. Learn how to use these centers to research your roots in a variety of ways, including accessing the Church's massive International Genealogical Index (IGI).

Auswanderers and Amerika: German emigrants - or auswanderers - came to North America in astounding numbers during the nineteenth century. What inspired so many Germans to leave their home in favor of a land with a different language and culture? And what impact did they have on North American society?

Family Tree Maker Profile: We take a thorough look at the latest version of the most popular genealogy program, Broderbund's Family Tree Maker. The package is evaluated both for its value as a database program and as a research tool.

Surname Supplement: Discover when and how surnames were formed in an article on the origins of surnames, then search for your relatives' surnames on our extensive Surname Origin List, featuring over 800 names!


January/February 1997 - Available in Special Publication

Cover 3 Digging Up Irish Roots: British author Colin Chapman discusses the resources available to those researching their Irish heritage.

Try Before You Buy: A review of several popular shareware and freeware programs of interest to genealogists.

All the Right Questions: Why you should begin recording family interviews, and tips on how to achieve the best results.

Dating Family Photographs: A highly illustrated, decade-by-decade guide to the fashions and photographic techniques that will help you identify people in your family photo albums.

East European Primer: A guide to the genealogical resources available to people with roots in this often confusing region.


March/April 1997 - Available in Special Publication

Cover 4 The Agincourt Honor Roll: The story of this incredible battle which took place in 1415 and the Honor Roll. Family Chronicle lists over 1,000 of the English participants; the first time this has appeared since 1833. Can you recognize your family names?

Beyond the Genealogy Section: A look at some of the suprising resources which can help you in your family research available at your library.

The Italian Exodus: In the period 1876 and 1976, 26 million Italians left their country in one of the largest emigrations ever. Frank Arduini describes these events and introduces the reader to the complex world of tracing your Italian roots.

The Golden Door: Over one third of all Americans had an ancestor who passed through Ellis Island. Jeff Chapman tells the story.

Hiring a Researcher: Sooner or later you'll come to a point where you will need professional help. How do find a good professional researcher? We tell you how.

Preserving Family Photos: How to share, store and restore family photos. John Dujay looks at the genealogical applications of imaging technology. We also show some extraordinary examples of before and after restoration.


May/June 1997 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 5 Tracing Your Ancestors in Norway, Sweden and Denmark: Alf Christophersen examines the peculiarities of Nordic genealogy.

Non-Written Genealogy: How different cultures around the world record their ancestry without the use of pen and paper.

Primary Sources: Robert Marlin discusses how to get the most information possible from these all-important records.

Can You Picture It?: How the the Picture It/ImageMagic partnership between Microsoft and Kodak can help you with digital imaging.

Family Tree Suite: A detailed review of this news-making software from Corel Corporation.

Databases on CD and the Internet: A detailed examination of some of the many databases available to genealogists today.


July/August 1997 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 6 Scottish Genealogy: Rosemary Bigwood gives advice on tracing Scottish ancestors.

Daughters of the American Revolution: Lilian B. Youell looks at this society composed entirely of the female descendants of people who fought for or otherwise supported the American Revolution.

United Empire Loyalists: William Smy examines the society for those British subjects who remained loyal to the crown during the American Revolution.

Using Usenet: Jeff Chapman explains newsgroups and describes how Usenet can be used by genealogists.

Hidden Treasures of the LDS Family History Centers: S.J. Reidhead describes some of the extraordinary resources that are often overlooked at the Family History Centers.


September/October 1997 - Available in Special Publication

Cover 7 In The Very Beginning: A step-by-step guide for the absolute beginner.

Family Tree Maker 4.0: A review of the new version of Broderbund's popular genealogy software.

Canadian Civil Registration: Where to find the borth, marriage and death records in each province.

Indentured Servants: Early immigrants did not come for a better life, but were sent as cheap labor.

English Genealogy: How to trace your English roots by Colin Chapman.

Old News is Good News: Using newspapers in your search.

Following Your Paper Trail: Robert W. Marlin gives advice on how to search written records concerning ancestors.


November/December 1997 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 8 Acadian Roots: Denis Beauregard describes the troubled history of the Acadians.

Where Have All the Ladies Gone: Robert W. Marlin offers clues to help readers trace their female ancestors.

The Master Genealogist: Jim Byram looks at one of the most respected genealogy programs.

An Ounce of Prevention: Craig Tuttle tells how to prevent damage to precious family papers and photographs.

The Search For Henley Chapman: How Donna Tyler Hollie set about tracing her enslaved ancestors.

Slave Letters: Letters home from slaves who escaped to Canada describing their experiences.

Scanners and Scanning: The recent drop in prices has made a new tool available to the amateur genealogist.

Spams and Scams: Jeff Chapman describes some of the unethical marketing practices on the Internet.


January/February 1998 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 9 Overcoming Brick Walls: Several professional and experienced amateur genealogists describe how they overcame seemingly impossible problems.

Abbreviations: We use them every day, and each interest group has its own favorites. Barney Tyrwhitt-Drake explains several genealogical abbreviations.

New Netherland: Jeff Chapman relates the history of this unhappy, short-lived colony. We also list over 1,500 of the settlers and their families, whose descendants today number in the millions.

Heraldry Today: Robert Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, discusses the history and myths of heraldry and describes why it still has some importance today.

Letters Home: A number of letters from the last century sent by new immigrants to the folks back home.

Computers for Genealogy: What you need - and what you don't need - in a computer system if genealogy is your main interest.

Naturalization Records: Robert W. Marlin tells us about the invaluable information that is available in these documents.

Birthdate Spectrum Overlaps: Roger Allan shows us how to extract useful information from the dates we already know.

Rural Genealogist: John Coldwell lives in a lighthouse with no proper phone and mail only once or twice a month - but still manages to pursue his hobby.


March/April 1998 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 10 English Land Records: Colin Chapman describes the information that can be obtained by looking at real estate records.

Hispanic Roots in New Mexico: New Mexico was first settled by Europeans 400 years ago, resulting in some very old and very interesting genealogy records. Robert Torrez explains.

Roots of Genealogy Software: Jim Byram reviews the Ultimate Family Tree Deluxe software from Palladium.

The Rush to the West: Richard L. Hooverson tells the story of the westward migration prior to the building of the railroads.

My Fourth Vital Record: Robert W. Marlin shows how city directories, often overlooked as a genealogical resource, can provide a mass of information.

Allen County Public Library: Jennifer Doerflein Hines examines the resources at one of the largest genealogical libraries in North America.

NGS - Bigger and Better: Big changes are taking place at the National Genealogical Society. Family Chronicle talks to executive director Fran Shane.

Best of the Websites: We describe and update the best sites featured in our regular "Web Sites Worth Surfing" column.

The Genealogy Bug: Linda Gaylord-Kuhn admits that sometimes we get overly absorbed in our hobby.


May/June 1998 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 11 Family History Centers: Ron Wild described the facilities and records located at the Mormon Family History Centers.

Holocaust Records: Many people believe that all records of Jews who died in the Holocaust were destroyed. Robert W. Marlin tells us that more documentation survives than is commonly believed.

Russian Roots: Vlad Soshnikov describes some of the records that are available to people with Russian, Ukrainian or Belarussian ancestors.

Why Can't I Find My English Ancestors on the IGI?: Ron Wild offers advice on where to look if the IGI does not list your relatives.

Dating Photographs: Our special supplement includes 111 historical photographs with 350 subjects for you to compare to your own, undated pictures.

Ancestor Shopping Online: The web now contains a number of database sites which restrict access to paying customers. Jeff Chapman compares the value of the major players.

The Probable Character of Deborah Bachelor Wing: Beverly Wing attempts to reconstruct the character of her ninth-great-grandmother.

Surname Origin List: Our third listing of the origins of people's surnames, featuring more than 800 names.


July/August 1998 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 12 Scanning Tips and Tricks: Helpful hints for newcomers to the field of scanning.

Photo Restoration: David Mishkin described various methods used to restore old photographs.

Bringing Your Ancestor to Life: Tips on extracting family history from the pages of newspapers.

The English Public Record Office: Colin Chapman introduces the resources of the British national archives.

Getting Started on Your German Lines: Shirley Reimer tells how we can overcome language barriers and other problems and begin our researches in Germany.

Finding Your Ancestral Home Using Maps: Robert W. Marlin shows us how useful maps can be when tracing your roots.

Death Records: Voncille Shipley offers advice on tracing ancestors through their final records.

The French in North America: Ron Wild reminds us of the important role the French made in the early history of North America.

Writing About Female Ancestors: Sharon DeBartolo Carmack described how we can write about our female ancestors in the extract from her book Discovering Your Female Ancestors.

Searching the Internet: Jeff Chapman compares some of the choices available when seeking information on the web.


September/October 1998 - Available in Special Publication

Cover 13 Start With Yourself: Robert W. Marlin tells you the importance of finding vital records, starting with your own.

Frequently Asked Questions: Family Chronicle asked several professional genealogists for their most frequently asked questions - and we give you their answers.

The Gene in Genealogy: Edwin Knights reports on preserving DNA for future generations.

Transportation: Colin Chapman describes the transportation of English convicts to America.

Passenger Ship Lists: Robert W. Marlin shows us what we can learn from these important records.

The Petworth Emigrants: Although the trans-Atlantic passage was horrific for most poor people, a few wealthy benefactors tried to make conditions more humane.

Managing Your E-mail: Richard Wilson shares a few tricks for keeping on top of your electronic mail.

Writing the Narrative: Terrick FitzHugh describes how to write a readable family history.

Generations Reviewed: Jim Byram reviews Sierra's Generations Deluxe genealogy software.

Planning Your Research Trip: Joanne McCarthy gives some advice on how to plan your trip.

Genealogy and Life Defining Moments: Beverly (Smith) Vorpahl recalls the moments when she felt closest to the past.


November/December 1998 - Available in Special Publication

Cover 14 Family History Library CDs: Halvor Moorshead discusses new products from the LDS Church.

Revolutionary War Research: Craig Scott explains how to research an ancestor who served during the Revolutionary War.

Collateral Lines: Beverly Vorpahl suggests that the best path to the past may be an indirect route.

Polish Genealogy: Angus Baxter introduces us to the complexities of conducting research in Poland.

Using the Family History Library Catalog: Ron Wild offers tips on using this useful resource.

Cemeteries: Cemetery records and gravestone inscriptions are a valuable resource according to Robert W. Marlin.

I Only Know My Grandparents: Ron Wild explains the steps you should take to find out more.

Medical Examiner's Reports: Sylvia Jaffe describes a rarely used resource.

Legacy Family tree: Jim Byram reviews this software package from Millenia.

Bah Bah Black Sheep: S.J. Reidhead puzzles over how to handle genealogy's dirty little secrets.


January/February 1999 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 15 Swiss Genealogy: Maralyn Wellauer introduces us to the records available to those with ancestral roots in Switzerland.

What WAS Your Family Name?: Robert W. Marlin describes some of the problems that arise as a result of surname changes.

Top 10 Genealogy Books: We canvassed several experts and booksellers to find the best books on genealogy. There was a surprising amount of agreement.

Illustrating Your Family History: How to spice up your narrative -- it is easier than ever before.

Family Origins Software: Jim Byram takes a thorough look at the latest version of this program.

Genealogy With a Special Reason: Barbara Krasner-Khait looks at genealogy's use in identifying a genetic disease.

I Only Know My Grandparents: Ron Wild explains the steps you should take to find out more.

Pounds of Cure: Beverly Downing discusses the historical alternative to ounces of prevention.

Surname Origin List: The origins and meanings of 600 family names are given.

Lighting the Fire: Ed Clauser tells how love of genealogy can be transmitted to the next generation.


March/April 1999 - Available in Special Publication

Cover 16 First Things First: Halvor Moorshead describes the logical steps to begin your research.

By Any Other Name: Janet Sjaarda Sheeres discusses why a rose by any other name spells trouble.

Restoring Your Images: Jim Slade demonstrates how the novice can scan and restore badly damaged photographs.

Strangers in His Majesty's Colonies: Richard Hooverson describes the history of the German Pietist immigrants.

Dating 19th-Century Photographs: Andrew J. Morris explains the technicalities and fashion styles of old photographs.

Linked Databases: Ron Wild examines lineage linked databases, from the oldest to the newest.

The CD-ROM Catalog: A listing of almost all the genealogy database CDs currently available.

Diary of an 1880 Census Enumerator: David A. Goss presents the journal of 1880 census enumerator Henry Lee Hynson.


May/June 1999 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 17 Favourite Tips and Tricks: Ron Wild described 10 of his best ideas for overcoming "brick walls".

I Do: Beverly Downing describes some of marriage customs that our ancestors observed.

Social Security Records: Although only started in 1936, these records can be an excellent source of genealogical information.

The Master Genealogist 4.0: Jim Byram puts this new version through its paces.

Transatlantic Journal: A daily journal from 1870 describing the sea voyage from England to Canada.

Scrapbook for 1899: What was happening exactly 100 years ago?

Searching the Census Without the Soundex: Robert W. Marlin describes his technique for searching the census without an index.

Teach the Children: Barbara Krasner-Khait tells us how genealogy can be incorporated into the school curriculum.

Leaving a Legacy: Donna Potter-Phillips tells us how to organize and distribute our research so that it is not lost to future generations.

The Family Bush: Ed Clauser puzzles about how future generations are going to record today's changed lifestyles.


July/August 1999 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 18 Source Citation: Jim Byram discusses the importance and different methods of citing the source of your information.

History of Genealogy: There is a tendency to believe that an interest in genealogy is new. Donna Potter-Phillips looks at some very early interest in the subject.

Tale of the Trail: Don Kern relates the story of an emotional family reunion.

Dating Old Photographs: Our second supplement features typical photographs of known dates for you to compare with your own albumns.

French Genealogy: How to begin researching your French ancestors.

The 1881 British Census on CD: The LDS Church’s bargain-priced CD set is an extraordinary resource for anyone with British roots.

Misleading Clues: Ron Wild describes some common errors and how to avoid them.

Gravestone Incriptions: Norman Brown shows how transcribing information from cemeteries can supply valuable genealogical information.

Getting Started: S.J. Reidhead argues that getting started shouldn’t require so much preparation.


September/October 1999 - Available in Special Publication

Cover 19 Finding Records: Robert W. Marlin describes how to locate and obtain copies of your family’s records.

Getting the Most Out of Genealogy Conferences:Sylvia Jaffe warns about missing unique opportunities.

Dutch Genealogy: Mary Risseeuw explains how to follow the trail of your Dutch ancestors.

Using the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service: Jim Byram explains how to get the best out of the LDS Church’s FamilySearch website.

Visiting Europe to Conduct Research: Maralyn Wellauer describes how to prepare for and make best use of a genealogical research trip to Europe.

Records Selection Table: A guide to searching for the right records.

Share Your Past: Barbara Krasner-Khait encourages you to supply copies of your research to archival repositories.

Your Medical Pedigree: Edwin M. Knights Jr. looks at disease and medicine in the time of our ancestors.

Blagbrough, Blackbrough or Blakebrough?: Take your pick, each surname has some documentation as Ron Wild explains.


November/December 1999 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 20 Restoring Your Old Photos: Andrew Vezina offers step-by-step instructions on how to restore old photographs.

Family Migrations: Beverly Vorpahl describes how families emigrated in groups and how they often moved together once they had reached the New World.

Finding Religious Records in Colonial North America: Christina Kassabian Schaefer tells us where to look for these earliest of colonial records.

Canadian Records: Louise J. St Denis offers general and province-specific information to help you trace your Canadian ancestors.

Using a Family History Center: Your first visit shouldn't be intimidating, according to Donna Potter-Phillips.

Scanners - An Update: Halvor Moorshead describes some of the advances in scanning during the past 18 months.

The Power of an Unusual Surname: Barbara Krasner-Khait discusses the benefits of having an unusual last name.

Three Year Index: A full index of the articles published in Family Chronicle from September 1996 to August 1999.

Skeletons in the Closet: Ed Clauser thinks horse thief ancestors are the next best thing to royalty!


January/February 2000 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 21 Family Reunions: Edith Wagner talks about the links between family reunions and family history.

Immigration at Castle Garden: Barbara Krasner-Khait gives the history of the building before Ellis Island.

Researching Your Roots Using the Internet: Cyndi Howells tells us that the Internet may not be what we think.

The Search for Missing Irish Family and Friends: Ron Wild discusses the value of old newspaper classified ads as a research tool.

Writing a Family History: Karen Boucher relates her experiences in publishing her family’s history.

Family Treasures: Beverly Vorpahl shows how to preserve family history through whatnots.

Immigrant Letters from Germany and America: Ron Wild shares a family saga revealed through correspondence.

Easy as Pulling Teeth: Mark Howells describes how to extract data from the LDS CDs that they don’t let you search for.

Unjumbling Land Deeds: Beverly (Smith) Vorpahl tells how to translate the odd words and numbers of legal land deeds into something meaningful.

Fire!: Donna Potter Phillips reflects on the danger natural disasters pose to family histories.


March/April 2000 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 22 If Not Through New York, Then Where?: Barbara Krasner-Khait looks at the other gateways to North America.

Choosing a Software Package: Jim Byram takes a look at updates to seven major genealogy software programs.

Why Did Families Emigrate?: Ron Wild describes some of the reasons people left Europe for North America.

Researching in Ireland and Northern Ireland: Angus Baxter describes how to overcome problems in tracing Irish roots.

Creating and Maintaining a Filing System: In an extract from her recent book, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack describes how to keep your family records straight.

Film Research Hasn't Died: Despite all the enthusiasm for the Internet, Ron Wild explains that there are infinitely more records on traditional microfilm.

10 Best Local Library Resources: There is wealth of genealogical information at your local library, as Barbara Krasner-Khait explains.

A Conversation with Grandma Gertie: Beverly Vorpahl explains the importance of recording people's recollections.

Unjumbling Land Deeds: Beverly (Smith) Vorpahl tells how to translate the odd words and numbers of legal land deeds into something meaningful.

Cleaning: Darcy Gammon Wakefield talks about memories that have been stashed away.


May/June 2000 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 23 Waterway to West: The Erie Canal: Barbara Krasner-Khait relates the history and significance of the Erie Canal.

Saving the Union — and a Lot of Family History: Thomas P. McKenna offers advice on tracing ancestors through Civil War records.

Researching in the Workplace: Xenia Stanford shows us how useful company records can be to the genealogist.

Researching in England and Wales: Sherry Irvine offers advice on spending research time wisely.

Top Research Websites: Jeff Chapman presents some non-genealogy websites that can help genealogists.

25 Tips for Researching at Family History Centers: Ron Wild offers advice on how to get the most from your local FHC.

The Freedom of Information Act: Barbara Krasner-Khait looks at a policy that is a good friend to genealogists.

So Much More Than Names and Dates: Ron Wild looks at the surprising emotions success can bring to genealogists.

Me, the Family Historian?: Ed Clauser looks at why people receive the calling to be their family’s historian.


July/August 2000 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 24 Scottish Genealogy: Beth Gay takes a look at North American resources for Scottish genealogy.

Internet Success Stories: Ron Wild shares encouraging stories and advice on online research.

10 Habits of Highly Effective Genealogists: Barbara Krasner-Khait advises researchers to adopt 10 key research habits.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society: Executive Director Ralph Crandall profiles one of the largest genealogy societies.

A Broader Look at the US Federal Census: Nancy Hendrickson offers tips on how to make statistics speak.

Palm Pilot Programs: Jim Byram looks at adding a Palm computer to your research tool kit.

Traveling to Unearth Ancestors: Beverly Smith Vorpahl relates how advance preparation helped her and can help you.

The Origins of Family Names: Jeff Chapman looks at how surnames have evolved from ancient times.

Genealogy Software for the Mac: Stephen Fisher reviews three of the top genealogy packages for the Macintosh.

Do I Keep Her?: Ed Clauser decides how to handle foster children.


September/October 2000 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 25 The Real Cyndi Howells - Barbara Krasner-Khait finds out what drives the lady behind the hugely popular Cyndi’s List website.

Shaping Up Your Searching Skills - Matthew Helm advises online genealogists to keep in constant training.

Immigrants to Empire - Ron Wild finds a lot of non-British-born people in the 1881 census CD set.

OneGreatFamily.com - Ron Wild looks at new website that hopes to change how people do their online genealogy.

RootsWeb - Nancy Hendrickson takes a look at the wonderful resources offered by RootsWeb.

The Very Best Websites - Jeff Chapman describes six of the most useful websites for the genealogist.

Index to Volumes 1-4 - A full index to Family Chronicle’s first four years.

Mailing Lists - Mark Howells looks at the genealogist’s most powerful Internet tool.

The US Census Online - Jim Byram looks at the availability of the US census on the Internet.

Software and the Internet - Jim Byram examines the Internet capabilities of genealogy software packages.

The Trans-Atlantic Voyage - Barbara Krasner-Khait describes the sort of journey our ancestors made when crossing the Atlantic.

Effective Use of Newsgroups and Mailing Lists - Richard A. Pence offers some tongue-in-cheek advice.


November/December 2000 - Available in Special Publication

Cover 26 Reading the Omens: Barbara Krasner-Khait examines a key to genealogical breakthroughs.

State Censuses: Ann Lainhart reports on an alternative to federal censuses.

Footnotes Lead to Sources: John Philip Colletta offers advice on how to use footnotes to break through brick walls.

Railroad Records: Holly Hansen describes the wealth of records that may be found in railroad archives.

Getting Past the Brickwall: Ron Wild shares a selection of stories from genealogists who managed to overcome seemingly insurmountable research obstacles.

Generations 8: Jim Byram evaluates the latest version of SierraHome’s Generations software.

Becoming a Genealogical Detective: Robert W. Marlin recounts how he used detective skills to find his roots.

10 Frequently Asked Questions at Family History Centers: Ron Wild answers the questions most commonly asked of volunteers at Family History Centers.

Keeping a Journal: Ed Clauser recommends genealogists do their descendents a favor and keep a journal.


January/February 2001 - Available in Special Publication

Cover 27 Evidence!: Barbara Krasner-Khait asks Elizabeth Shown Mills about the best practices for high-quality research.

French-Canadian Roots: Xenia Stanford relates some of the unique challenges faced by those tracing their French-Canadian ancestry.

FamilyRoots Organizer: Beverly Vorpahl reviews a video from 123 Genealogy’s Video Training Series.

Fraudulent Genealogies: Ron Wild warns that not all genealogists are interested in finding the truth.

Legacy Family Tree Becomes Free Shareware: Millennia is making its popular software available completely free of charge!

Legacy Family Tree 3.0 Reviewed: Jim Byram reviews the new 32-bit Legacy Family Tree version 3.0.

The Lost City of Henricus: Edwin M. Knights, Jr., describes a bold venture on the banks of the James River in the early 1600s.

Pay Your Money, Get Your Data: Jim Byram explores subscription genealogy databases on the Internet.

Fraternal and Benevolent Societies: Kyle Betit looks at the records held by voluntary societies and the genealogical information they can reveal.

File it and Find it: Donna Potter Phillips advises on gleaning the full benefit from your genealogical magazines.


March/April 2001 - Available as Back Issue

Cover 28 Back to School: Barbara Krasner-Khait lists some of the opportunities for genealogists to continue to improve their skills.

The War of 1812: Craig R. Scott offers research tips on tracing your War of 1812 ancestors.

Genealogy Does Pay: Leslie Baker reveals that it really is possible to make money doing one’s own genealogy.

Favorite Internet Search Tips: We contacted a number of well known genealogists to ask them for their best tips on searching the Internet.

More Brickwall Solutions: More stories of how genealogists overcame their biggest hurdles.

Newspapers: More than Obituaries: Linda Herrick Swisher reveals how to get the most out of newspaper research.

Naturalization Records: Robert W. Marlin discusses what can be found in these often overlooked records.

Cemetery Records Online: Nancy Hendrickson describes cemetery records that can be accessed online.

NGS Family History Writing Contest: Barbara Krasner-Khait finds out the tricks of the trade from past winners of the NGS’s family history contest.

Is a Genealogical Society For You?: Donna Potter Phillips offers the inside scoop on how genealogy societies really work.

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May/June 2001

Cover 29 Ancestral Migration: Barbara Krasner-Khait recommends you make migration your personal journey.

Norwegian Roots: Maralyn Wellauer examines the resources available to the millions whose ancestors emigrated from Norway.

Iceland’s Heated Dispute: Edwin M. Knights reports on a fiery genealogical controversy in Iceland.

Is There a Photo of Your Ancestor on the Internet?: Nancy Hendrickson offers tips on looking for ancestral images online.

Reinventing the NGS: Barbara Krasner-Khait looks at how the National Genealogical Society is transforming itself.

Dating Old Photos: A pictorial guide to the subtle dating clues found in old family photographs.

Storytelling with Pictures: Joanna Campbell Slan relates advice from her book Scrapbook Storytelling.

What I Wish I’d Known: Halvor Moorshead gives the advice he wishes someone had given him when he began tracing his roots.

Black Sheep: Ron Wild offers thoughts on how best to deal with embarrassing ancestors.

Parentèle Immigrates to the New World: Jim Byram reviews Parentèle the ‘global genealogy program’ version 3.0.

A Pioneer’s Yard Sale: Thomas P. McKenna presents a list of the items available at a 19th-century estate sale.

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July/August 2001

Cover 30 Discovering Your Jewish Ancestors: Barbara Krasner-Khait shares helpful advice from her new book.

The Dawn of a New Generation?: Ron Wild reports on a triumphant year for volunteer-created databases.

Civil War Resources Online: Nancy Hendrickson shares tips on looking for US Civil War information online.

New England Roots: Ralph J. Crandall says that if you’re among the tens of millions of North Americans with a New England ancestor, you’re in luck.

Making a Family Website: Jeff Chapman offers tips on getting a basic family history site online.

Townlands of Origin: Finding Your Roots in Ireland: Kyle J. Betit offers advice on pinning down Irish records.

Writing Your Family History: Beverly Vorpahl tells how to put your family’s story in writing.

Jewels of the Family History Library: Ron Wild discusses the most prized genealogical possessions of the LDS Church.

Genealogy on Your Pocket PC: Jim Byram looks at genealogy software for the newest handheld computers.

The Salt Lake City Institute: Beverly Vorpahl reports on her experience at Salt Lake City’s annual Institute of Genealogy.

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September/October 2001

Cover 31 Five Years of Fun: Publisher Halvor Moorshead reflects on Family Chronicle’s fifth anniversary.

First Steps: Ron Wild offers advice to those beginning their search.

Mysterious Melungeons: Tim Hanshaw reveals the true origins of the people called Melungeons.

What Program Should I Buy Now?: Jim Byram takes a look at the latest versions of seven major software packages.

The Daughters of the American Revolution: Barbara Krasner-Khait profiles one of the world’s most prominent lineage societies.

Reunion Rules: Edith Wagner reviews the do’s and don’ts of holding a successful family reunion.

Brickwall Solutions: A collection of tales from genealogists who managed to overcome research obstacles.

Five-Year Index: A complete index of Family Chronicle’s first five years.

A Past and Future Look at Genealogy: Barbara Krasner-Khait interviews prominent players in the genealogy field about developments over the past five years, and what they foresee for the next five.

Look-Alikes: Distant relatives who display a strong resemblance.

21st-Century Genealogy: Edwin M. Knights, MD, looks at developments in genetics and genealogy.

Report on Questionnaire: The results of Family Chronicle’s reader questionnaire.

20 Top Genealogy Sites Worth Surfing: Some of the most interesting and useful sites we’ve seen.

Family Trees For Family Pets: James Finley shares the joys of tracing feline genealogy.

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November/December 2001

Cover 32 A Perfect Season for Researching Online: April Leigh Helm looks at resources that make it an ideal time for online research.

Searching or Sourcing?: Ron Wild says a large quantity of information isn’t very valuable if it’s wrong.

What is a GEDCOM File?: Jim Byram takes a look at the standard medium of genealogical data exchange.

Which Way To My Ancestors?: Cyndi Howells tracks down locality-specific resources online.

Mighty Little Mice: Edwin M. Knights, M.D., looks at the important contributions of the mice of Bar Harbor, Maine.

Netting Family History: Nancy Hendrickson finds family history resources on the Internet.

Internet Brickwall Solutions: A collection of tales of genealogists who overcame research obstacles online.

Post to Get the Most: Barbara Krasner-Khait offers advice on advancing your research through online discussion areas.

Genealogy Databases Worth Searching: A comparison of the relative merits of the Internet’s largest online databases.

Readers Speak: Uses and Abuses of the Internet Survey: The results of Family Chronicle’s reader questionnaire.

The End of the Line: Ron Wild looks at some of the new features offered by pedigree-linked databases.

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January/February 2002

Cover 33 Are You Ready to Become a Professional?: Barbara Krasner-Khait explains what's required to make one's living at genealogy.

Inventors in the Family: Researching Patent Records: Christine Whitaker Sofge says records related to patents are common and useful.

Think Outside the Courthouse: Beverly Smith Vorpahl recommends going beyond traditional record sources.

What is GENTECH?: Jim Byram profiles the annual genealogy technology conference.

Adding the Gene to Genograms: Edwin M. Knights, M.D., describes one of the newer methods of recording family data.

Searching the 1880 US Census: Ron Wild offers advice on how to take advantage of the census' search capabilities.

Turing Facts into Lives: John Philip Colletta, Ph. D., offers advice in vividly reconstructing events in your ancestors' lives starting with plain biological facts.

Ahnentafel Charts: Ron Wild explains what they are and why you need one.

Archiving Your Photograph Album: Halvor Moorshead describes how to make copies of your photo albums.

The Statue of Liberty: Jodi Avery tells the story behind the famous statue.

Why the Mormons Do Genealogy: Ron Wild explains the LDS Church's theological interest in genealogy.

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March/April 2002

Cover 34 Civil War Confederate Records: Craig R. Scott offers advice on tracing your Confederate Ancestors.

Reasons For Surname Changes: Donna Potter Phillips describes several reasons why our ancestors changed their last names — or had them changed for them!

Researching WWII Veterans: Barbara Krasner-Khait examines the records available.

Mining Genealogy for Genomics: Edwin M. Knights, Jr., MD describes some concerns related to Iceland’s genealogical database.

Health and Heritage: Barbara Krasner-Khait encourages us to examine any health problems of our ancestors.

Four Score and Seven Websites to See: Elizabeth Powell Crowe recommends 87 websites for the genealogist.

The Hidden Side of English and Welsh Certificates: Why you should spare a thought for Smedley Hydro, by Sherry Irvine.

Immigrant Impressions: Ron Wild recounts the first experiences of immigrants in a new land.

Where Have All the Ancestors Gone?: Ron Wild asks one of genealogy’s most intriguing questions.

Crankers and Netters: Ron Wild describes two research philosophies and their turf wars.

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May/June 2002

Cover 34 Tracing Female Ancestors: Sharon DeBartolo Carmack describes how to research female ancestors.

Mitochondrial DNA: Edwin M. Knights, M.D. explains the importance of the “other” DNA.

Maximizing Your Mileage from the Ellis Island Database: Megan Smolenyak shows us how to make the best of this wonderful resource.

Capturing Your Family's Oral History: Conventional wisdom tells us to “talk to your relatives first.” Barbara Krasner-Khait suggests how best to do this.

Making the Best of PERSI: Beverly Smith Vorpahl relates the origins of this great resource.

40 Ways To Document a Death: Donna Potter Phillips describes a variety of sources for death records.

10 Most Common Research Problems — And the Tools to Overcome Them: Barbara Krasner-Khait talks to the experts about common genealogy problems and presents some of their solutions.

International Roots Conference: Barbara Krasner-Khait looks at a new genealogy conference.

By Order of the Court: Barbara Krasner-Khait describes how useful court records can be for the family historian.

Psychic Roots and Synchronicity: Ron Wild relates some strange tales. Are these part of the paranormal or just uncanny coincidences?

Ancestry Family Tree: A different approach to genealogy software? Jim Byram takes a look at this new program.

Personal WWII Videos: Making a permanent record of wartime service.

Websites Worth Surfing: Programme de recherche en démographie historique, US Presidential Ancestors, Brooklyn Naturalizations, Burke's Peerage and Gentry, Jewish Records Indexing Poland, “1790”/”1800” County Tax Lists of Virginia.

You Wanted to Know: Extra Dates in IGI, Old Maps of England, Medical Examiners Reports, When to Submit Family Trees, Computers v. Traditional Research, Tracing Nekrews Name.

Technology Troubles: Halvor Moorshead expresses concerns about the permanence of modern storage systems.

 


July/August 2002

Family Chronicle Cover Page Jump-Starting Your Eastern European Research: Megan Smolenyak charts a logical course to track down your East European roots.

The Master Genealogist Gold v5.0: Jim Byram looks at what’s new in this widely anticipated genealogy program.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Genealogy: Marcia Iannizzi Melnyk gives the low-down on records that can’t be trusted.

The Great Migration: Barbara Krasner-Khait describes how millions of African-Americans moved out of the south to opportunities in the north and west of the US.

Let’s Get Started!: Donna Potter Phillips shares her recommendations on how to begin your quest.

Beating the No Place, Common Name Syndrome: Barbara Krasner-Khait offers advice to those who face a doubly-difficult search.

Proving Identity: Edwin M. Knights, Jr., MD relates the history of scientifically identifying individuals.

At Home with Your Ancestors: John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., urges genealogists to let their ancestors out of the closet.

It’s All There in Black and White: Donna Murray Allen describes the family history that can be found in old newspapers.

Where is Your Name From?: Xenia Stanford reveals the origin of family names.

Websites Worth Surfing: The Olden Times, GENUKI Parish Locator, Geneabios, Genealogical Tool Kit, Family History Radio.

You Wanted to Know: Bible wagons, Preserving Old Letters, Judging Family History Books, Missing Marriage Records, Keeping Up in the Information Age, Nuckmucks, Trusting the Census.

Peculiar Marriages: Ron Wild found that two of his ancestors chose an unusual location for their marriage.


September/October 2002

Family Chronicle Cover PageResearching Civil War Union Records: Craig R Scott offers research tips on tracing your Union ancestors.

Leola's Mystery: Tom Jenkins took nine years searching for answers and revealed a gravestone's sad secret..

Brickwall Solutions: A collection of solutions from genealogists and family historians who overcame research obstacles.

Genelines Software: Jim Byram reviews Progeny Software's unique charting program.

Multi-Generationanl Families: A selection of reader photographs showing five generations of one family.

The Ackerman Project: Ron Wild takes us step by step through a real genealogical research project.

10 Ways to Make the Most of the Census: Barbara Krasner-Khait shows us how to extract the maximum amount of information from the census.

Coping with Consanguinity: Edwin M. Knights, MD reports on recent findings about the results of marriage between close relatives.

Websites Worth Surfing: City Directories of the USA, JustGenChat, The Next Generation, Ancestors of My Grandparents.

You Wanted to Know: Finding Vital Records from 1814, Orphan Court Records, Disappearing Ancestors, Identifying Old Photographs, How to Get Started, Researching British Military Records.

12 Ways to Find an Ancestor's Maiden Name: Donna Murray Allen describes several ways to establish an ancestor's maiden name.


November/December 2002

Family Chronicle Cover PageWhat's Next in the World of DNA Testing?: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak considers some of the possibilities of "genetealogy".

Genealogy E-zines: Barbara Krasner-Khait takes a look at several online genealogy newsletters.

US Passenger Arrival Records: John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. demonstrates that arrival records can be complex to research.

Double-Check Your Assumptions!: David W. Webster describes how he could have saved years of researching.

Finding Records in Overlooked and Underused Places: Donna Murray Allen suggests some less common depositories of genealogical information.

Multi-Generationanl Families: Photographs of families showing five or more generations.

The Ackerman Project II: We continue our quest of tracing Charles George Ackerman's line back as far as possible.

Beyond the Big Online Databases: Michael John Neill introduces us to some databases that have not received much publicity.

Greatest Genealogical Finds: Barbara Krasner-Khait describes some defining moments in genealogical research.

Genealogy Tips: Great ideas to help with your research.

Web Sites Worth Surfing: All The Web, GenMaps, DNA Family Find, 101+ Fun Family History Activities for Kids, Obituary Depot, The Crookses of Jamaica.

You Wanted to Know: Family History Library, Bible Christian, Ellis Island Hospital, Parents Missing, Acquiring Birth Certificate.

Wonder Women: Edwin M Knights describes the significance of mitochondrial DNA.


January/February 2003

Family Chronicle Cover PageOrphans in North America: Who Am I? Edwin M Knights, Jr., MD, explores the history of orphanages in Canada and the US.

They Came to America: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak describes a new PBS series.

10 Ways to Jump Start Your Research: Barbara Krasner-Khait suggests ways of getting your research into high gear.

Paternal Mitochondrial DNA!: Edwin M Knights, Jr., MD, describes the latest surprise from mtDNA.

Importing GEDCOM Files: Jim Byram takes a look at importing data from a GEDCOM file.

Online Newspapers: Bob Allum describes how you can add texture to your family history.

Mapping Surname Distributions from Census CDs: John D. Reid offers advice on tracking down your surname's starting point.

Genealogy Tips: Great ideas to help with your research.

Brickwall Solutions: A collection of solutions from genealogists and family historians who overcame research obstacles.

Ancestors' Careers: Christina Inge shows us how to trace our ancestors' occupations.

Web Sites Worth Surfing: Everything Smith, Burke's Peerage and Gentry, OurTimeLines, TribalPages.

You Wanted to Know: Photos on Glass, Boer War, Date of Photo, Information for Free, Born in Poznan.

Finding Salvation Army Ancestors: Marjorie Osterhout gives advice on how to track ancestors who served.


March/April 2003

Family Chronicle Cover PageThe Scottish Clan System: Edward Gardiner describes life as a member of a Scottish Clan.

10 Ways to Locate Your Ancestor's Birthplace: Janice Nickerson suggests avenues of research for finding where an ancestor was born.

Where You Didn't Expect: Halvor Moorshead finds family history where he didn't expect it.

Genealogy and Genetics: Marital Bliss or Shotgun Wedding?: Edwin M. Knights describes some of the opportunities, problems and myths relating to DNA and genealogy.

Historical Societies: Barbara Krasner-Khait introduces us to the knowledge and riches of local historical societies.

15 Techniques to Triumph Over Poor Penmanship: John Hoenig describes some techniques for reading old handwriting.

Sharing Information: Barbara Krasner-Khait describes the NGS's Recommended Standards for Sharing.

Canadian National Registration File of 1940: David Nicholson describes a little-known resource.

Tracing Strays from Maritime Canada, 1860-1920: Robert Fisher describes how to track both descendants and ancestors from the Maritimes.

Genealogy Tips: Great ideas to help with your research.

Photos That Made a Difference: Barbara Krasner-Khait tells of photos that inspired genealogists.

Web Sites Worth Surfing: America's First Families, BookFinder, GenCircles, Mobile Genealogy.

You Wanted to Know: Missing form census, Name change, Court records, Mysterious census entries, One-name study software.

A Quick Guide to Dating Photographs: Halvor Moorshead describes the basics on how to find out when a photograph was taken.


May/June 2003

Family Chronicle Cover Page Picturing Your Ancestors' Dwellings: John M. Hoenig, Ph.D. describes how fire insurance maps can be useful tools.

Fraudulent Genealogy: Carole Osborne Cole points out that inaccurate family trees.

Crossing the Big Pond: Edwin M. Knights looks at the ships that carried our ancestors to the New World.

A Dozen Ways to Find Your Living Kin: Megan Smolenyak shows how to trace descendants who may be alive today.

Brickwall Solutions: Solutions from genealogists and family historians who overcame research obstacles.

Translation, Please!: Barbara Krasner-Khait describes various ways to translate documents into another language.

I Have Done My Genealogy!: Donna Potter Phillips asks what will become of your family history when you're gone?

Estate Research - A Busy Branch of Genealogy: Ron Wild describes a very active area of family research that is rarely discussed..

Web Sites Worth Surfing: Sources2go, National Center for Health Statistics, Poole Genealogy, ScripTrans.

You Wanted to Know: Where photographs were taken, Maps of Britain, Pre-Ellis Island passenger records, Medical certificates of Confederate soldiers, Cousins, Date of photo, Soundex errors.

Embassies Hold Clues to Foreign Records Search: Donna Murray Allen suggests embassies as a research resource.

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