I learned a lot while preparing our September/October issue of Ancestry magazine: what the house my mother was born in looks like today and how I could order a 1939 photo of it from the city of New York; what my grandparents’ experiences arriving at Ellis Island would have been like (how did a new arrival ever contain his or her excitement long enough to stand in a seemingly endless sea of inspection lines?); where to look for obituaries – old ones in particular – online and how to post the ones I may have in my own collection; and how an entire page of a mortality schedule could be linked to a single family from a single town. Oh the list goes on and on.
That’s one of my personal goals for every issue of Ancestry magazine — to make sure both the readers and I learn a handful of things we didn’t know before we picked up the issue. What fun would family history be if you weren’t learning something new? And as one of the people who gets to read every word in Ancestry magazine before it goes to press, I definitely want to make sure I’m picking up a new trick (or 10) in each issue, too.
Here’s what else you’ll find in our September/October issue:
The Big Stew – As New York celebrates its 400th birthday, discover which ethnic groups helped make the city, what records you’ll find for each, and how to discover more about the workers who built some of the town’s greatest landmarks.
The Report of My Death Was an Exaggeration – It happened to Mark Twain and plenty of our own ancestors, too. Learn how to spot an early obituary and why someone might pre-announce a death. Even their own.
Bumps and Breakthroughs – Washington Post associated editor, Steve Luxenberg, recounts the bumps in the road that lead him to discover the details of his long-forgotten aunt, the subject of his book, Annie’s Ghost.
Found! California Scheming – Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak does it again, this time reuniting a Bible found in an old dresser in Florida with the family it belongs to on the West Coast.
Ancestry Sleuth: Where’s Wiggo? – Not sure you have the right person? Work backwards through the SSDI.
I’d love to hear what you think about this issue or any of our issues of Ancestry magazine (suggestions are welcomed, too). Drop me a line anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Jeanie Croasmun
Jeanie Croasmun has been working at Ancestry.com while futilely attempting to prove the horse thief story in her family history for over seven years. During that time, she learned enough about her family to determine that the story is likely a great work of fiction. But the search continues ...