FEATURES State Secrets
Don't count on federal enumerations alone for tracking your clan -- follow our guide to find the clues hiding in state censuses. By Rick Crume
The bloggers behind this year's Family Tree 40 deliver great genealogy advice, ideas and conversation.
By Sunny Jane Morton
Research Trip Survival Kit
Hitting the road in search of your roots? Don't leave home without these 21 essentials.
By Lisa A. Alzo
Unravel shifting borders, changing rulers and other research binds with our guide to tracing Croatian roots.
By James M. Beidler
Got boxes of photos here, folders of documents there and heirlooms somewhere else? Follow these four steps to preserve your treasures in a manageable, organized family archive.
By Denise Levenick
Hazards of Histories
Keep your family story from veering off course -- watch out for these nine pitfalls when researching or writing about your roots.
By John Philip Colletta
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
What's new in discovering, preserving and celebrating your family history:
• "Who Do You Think You Are?" season 2 review
• fun-to-follow history Twitter feeds
• altered Lincoln document
• great roots reads
Edited by Diane Haddad
Quickly access the essential facts, advice and resources you need to find your ancestors in cities across the USA! Our pullout guides are perfect for stashing in your research binder or toting to the library.
In this issue:
Detroit by Sunny Jane Morton
Charleston, SC by David A. Fryxell
Reviews and roundups of the latest, greatest family history resources:
• Live Roots tutorial
• quick guide to family history Facebook apps
• Family Tree Builder 5.0 review
Edited by Allison Stacy
Out on a Limb
A letter from our editor.
By Allison Stacy
Readers respond to Family Tree Magazine.
Milestones in mail delivery.
By David A. Fryxell
Tips for choosing archival supplies and storing old letters.
By Sunny McClellan Morton
Tales from the lighter side of family history.
Answers to your questions on the American Bible Union and prison records.
By David A. Fryxell
Clues in Civil War muster cards.
By George G. Morgan
A 20th-century family's road trips -- in their own words.
By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack