An American Century—Sears Catalogs Memories

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 30, 2010 in Content

If you want a great family history conversation starter for the Christmas holidays, mention that now has almost 100 years’ worth of Sears catalogs online—and keep a pen and paper or a recorder handy. I gave the collection (and the conversation) a trial run with my family over Thanksgiving. I mentioned that we had… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Improving Performance

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on November 29, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

We all wish we had an unlimited amount of time to work on our family history. But since none of us do, it can be frustrating when the software you’re using seems to get in the way instead of helping. If Family Tree Maker starts running more slowly than you expect, here are six steps… Read more

Ancestry Search: Searching using Birth, Death and other Life Events

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 16, 2010 in Site, Searching for Records

Over the course of this year, we have been making incremental changes to our new search forms in response to your comments and suggestions. We’ve added name and place filters and changed the way you could do searches that included family members. You’ll find we’ve modifed the search forms just a bit to make entering… Read more

Family Tree Maker: 2011 Update is Available

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on November 12, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

An update for Family Tree Maker 2011 is now available. It contains a number of user requested improvements and fixes of reported issues. Some examples are: Improved performance throughout the program Improved performance of Web Merge Right-click functionality in Web Search has been re-enabled The option to enable or disable enhanced image download (from has… Read more

Old Soldiers Live in New Military Collections

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 10, 2010 in Content

I never met Gene S. Jacobsen (who is listed as Jacobson in the World War II Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941–1945, database, a misspelling I’m sure happened often). But Jacobsen was the man who made the Bataan Death March real to me, as well as the horrific conditions that waited for the men who survived… Read more

Scheduled Blog Maintenance (Tuesday, November 9)

Posted by Heather Erickson on November 9, 2010 in Site, Site Status

We want to let you know that the Blog will be down for about 4 hours for scheduled maintenance tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 9) through early Wednesday morning beginning at 9:00 PM Mountain Time (that’s 11:00  PM ET or 3:00 AM GMT). Additionally, the Rootsweb Community will undergo scheduled maintenance for 12 hours starting at 9:00 PM Mountain Time… Read more

Join at the Atlanta Family History Expo

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on November 9, 2010 in Events

Visit at the Atlanta Family History Expo this weekend. Stop by the exhibit hall for hands-on advice and attend an class like Getting the Most from Family Tree Maker. Want to dive further into your research at Attend Getting the Most from Your Subscription and Best Strategies for Searching, or… Read more