Forget the fruit baskets and fuzzy slippers—give your relatives a blast from the past. We present 13 easy family history gifts you can make in time for your holiday gatherings. By Diane Haddad
You don't have to labor over locating ancestors' birth records: Our guide tells you just what to expect. By David A. Fryxell
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.
Out of Bounds
Were your immigrant ancestors Donauschwaben or Siebenbuergen Sachsen? Get the inside scoop on researching Germans outside Deutschland's borders. By James M. Beidler
Getting Your Fix
From merging mysteries to data-entry dilemmas, we've got solutions to 23 top genealogy software stumpers. By Rick Crume
There's no better time than the holidays to honor family traditions—so practice our pointers for studying and celebrating the folklore in your family tree. By Lisa A. Alzo
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
Out on a Limb
Time for a genealogy double-take. By Allison Stacy
Readers respond to Family Tree Magazine.
What's new in discovering, preserving and celebrating your family history, including: • Special report: public-records update • A new face in online genealogy • Family tree databases debut. By Diane Haddad
The season's best heritage events, including: •Tricks of the Washington fur trade • Nebraska's yuletide of yore • Tea time in Massachusetts. By Amy Gorin
Tales from the lighter side of family history.
You've got questions on police records and White Russians. Our experts have answers.
It's a boy! Or is it? By Maureen A. Taylor
Take your family tree high-tech with these Web-site tips and hosts. Plus: • PedigreeSoft.com review • family history "flash cards" • two new mapping tools • five books to be thankful for. Edited by Dana Schmidt
A 1950s teen idol sings his mom's praises. By Tab Hunter