An American Century—Sears Catalogs Memories

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 30, 2010 in Collections

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

Member Trees: A New Way to View Your Member Tree

Posted by jhodnett on November 18, 2010 in Website

Over the last year we’ve been working on a better way to let you view your member tree.  We’ve built this new tree viewer based on feedback from members, extensive user testing and hours of development and design.  We focused on finding ways to let you view more of your tree at once and as Read More

Family Tree Maker: The Web Dashboard

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on November 15, 2010 in Family Tree Maker, Site Features

When you’re online Family Tree Maker connects directly to so you can take advantage of the website’s valuable genealogy resources without ever leaving the software. One of these resources is the Web Dashboard. In versions 2010 and 2011 it gives you quick access to your subscription; you can log in to your account, 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 Collections

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 Issues, Website

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