Make Crime Pay with New Federal Prison Records

Posted by Paul Rawlins on October 21, 2010 in Collections

What’s a Mexican anarchist and revolutionary doing in a prison in Puget Sound? Twice? We’ve just added two new federal prison records databases to our collections: Leavenworth, Kansas, U.S. Penitentiary, Name Index to Inmate Case Files, 1895–1931, and Alcatraz, California, U.S. Penitentiary, Prisoner Index, 1934–1963. We’ve also updated the McNeil Island, Washington, U.S. Penitentiary, Photos Read More

We’re launching Labs – and we’d love your feedback

Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Website

Today we are announcing a new “Labs” area of This is a separate site where we can give you a sneak preview of new ideas and concepts for helping family history research (but that are not yet ready for prime time). Most importantly for us, it gives us a chance to hear feedback directly Read More

Family Tree Maker: Embellish Your Charts

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on October 18, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

One of my favorite enhancements in Family Tree Maker 2011 is the ability to add photos and embellishments to charts—anywhere I want. It’s a simple thing, but the result is beautiful family trees I can’t wait to share. You can use your own backgrounds, borders, and embellishments (basically any image file on your computer) or take Read More

1910 Census Update (part 1)—I’d Like to Buy a Vowel

Posted by Paul Rawlins on October 15, 2010 in Collections

To the anonymous person who took the time to note that in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, the “S. W. Staddard” living in Edmunds, Idaho, should actually be “S. W. Stoddard,” thank you. We just launched an update to the 1910 U.S. census that includes new images and an improved index. The updated index combines Read More

This Saturday: Join Us in Boston

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on October 11, 2010 in Events

Join the experts from and the New England Historical and Genealogical Society this Saturday for Boston Family History Day. Get answers to your research questions, attend a full day of how-to classes, and get hands-on tips for taking your family history further than ever before. Pre-register for the event (just $38 for the day) Read More

Visit at the California Family History Expo

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on October 4, 2010 in Events

Join this weekend at the California Family History Expo. Attend classes, including our popular Best Strategies for Searching, Getting the Most from Family Tree Maker, and Immigration and Emigration Records Online. Plus, stop by the booth in the exhibit hall for hands-on advice from the experts. The California Family History Expo Read More