Refresh your online research! This year, our annual 101 Best Web Sites roundup identifies the Net's new and lesser-known genealogical gems. By David A. Fryxell
The Secret Garden
Before Ellis Island opened its "golden door" to America, Castle Garden served as New York City's immigrant gateway. That overlooked landing pad emerges from its successor's shadow in our four-step guide to researching its records. By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
State Research Guides
Trace your ancestors across the USA! This issue's special pullout section features how-to articles and resource sheets for:
Stash these guides in your research binder or tote them to the library—and quickly find the essential facts, advice and resources you need to trace your family tree anywhere in the country.
You've studied the captions, costumes and props in your unidentified family photos—but those mysterious old pictures still have you stumped. What now? Try looking behind the camera to discover additional clues. By Maureen A. Taylor
Where can you witness your ancestors' real-life experiences? Our special section about historical re-enactments explains how to keep your family history open to interpretation. PLUS: Plan a trip into the past with our handy events calendar. By Nancy Hendrickson
Center of Attention
Don't let your research get stuck in the middle of Europe. We share strategies for tracing your Czech and Slovak roots. By Lisa A. Alzo
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
Out on a Limb
Refresher Course By Allison Stacy
Readers respond to Family Tree Magazine.
What's new in discovering, preserving and celebrating your family history, including: • Bicentennial events honor the legacy of Lewis and Clark • A genetic genealogy resource expands • Roots seekers step up records requests • An online gateway to St. Louis naturalizations debuts. By Diane Haddad
Super scrapbooking sites, photo-safety standards and more archival advice. By Anne Wilbur
Our experts solve your place-name problems and Colonial quandaries.
Light-saber lineages, plus your humorous and heartwarming family tree tales.
Importing and exporting and merging, oh my! End GEDCOM confusion with our step-by-step guide to creating family tree files. Plus: • Three new tools for preserving and sharing your family saga • MacFamilyTree review • Manuals for molecular genealogy. Edited by Allison Stacy and Dana Schmidt
Don't get duped by doctored family photos. By Maureen A. Taylor
An NBC anchor reports on a surprising family history discovery. By Jane Pauley