This issue deviates from our regular format (your favorite columns and departments will return next issue). We've prepared a 2011 Family History Planner, a calendar for every month with reminders for genealogical tasks, events and holidays. You can add notes from your research to-do list, too.
Each accompanying article is hands-on, delivering the practical information you need to do something genealogical -- whether it's formulate a research plan to tackle brick walls, edit tears and spots out of family photos, solve geographic research problems with Google Earth or another activity.
Road Map to Your Roots
Want to make some ancestral breakthroughs? Bust some brick walls? A research plan can guide you to your past.
By Lisa A. Alzo
Are your pictures faded and creased? Undo the damage with our guide to fixing four common photo flaws.
By Diane Haddad and Christy Miller
Family History Central
Access the world's genealogical records right in your own backyard at Family History Centers.
By Tami Osmer Glatz
Make a Connection
Social media and technology have changed the way we communicate. Use these seven methods to tap into the genealogy community.
By Thomas MacEntee
You just inherited boxes upon boxes of family heirlooms and papers from your late great-aunt. Don't panic! We'll help you sort the trash from the family treasures.
By Denise Levenick
By Sunny McClellan Morton
Planning a last-minute family reunion? Follow our tips to make your get-together a success.
Keep your heirlooms' legacies from getting lost by writing the stories of their pasts.
By Denise Levenick
Ocean of Records
Seeking your ancestors' US arrival documents? Here's how to find them in Ancestry.com's collection of immigration records.
By David A. Fryxell
Solutions From Space
Home in on answers to ancestral place puzzles with our genealogist's guide to Google Earth.
By Lisa Louise Cooke
Your guide to borrowing books and microfilms from faraway repositories with interlibrary loan.
By Irene Martin
Start Spreading the News
Reconnect with your family and friends by sending an informative, engaging family newsletter -- these tips will show you how.
By Connie Pidelo-Ona
Recipes for Success
Use these tips to preserve and pass on precious family recipes.
By Karen Edwards