Bill Belichick & Pete Carroll Both Have Croatian Roots


A few million of us are awaiting this weekend’s Superbowl with anticipation – myself included. Being a die-hard Seahawks fan for several decades has been hard at times. Life has been good lately. I ran across an interesting tidbit about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

It seems that Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s grandparents, Marija and Ivan, immigrated from Croatia to the United States in 1897. Pete Carroll, coach of the Seattle Seahawks, has Croatian ancestry on his maternal side.

To learn more, click here and read an interesting article posted at

Family History Found in Dresser & Posted on the Web Finds it’s Way to Family

The following exceprt is from a fascinating article posted in the August 12, 2013 edition of

At 93, there wasn’t much that Green Valley resident Loren Thorson thought he’d yet learn about his past, but an email from a second cousin last Sunday changed all that.

The cousin stumbled onto “an extrordinary posting” while surfing the Internet for family genealogy that included an unsigned letter addressed to the Thorson cousins, discovered in the drawer of an antique dresser purchased by a woman in Seattle named Susan Stoner. Thorson doesn’t know the purchaser, where the dresser is from, nor when she acquired it.

With the letter were six old papers with autobiographical excerpts written by an aunt at least 25 years ago, detailing family history Thorson never knew. A family researcher herself, the dresser’s new owner knew she’d struck genealogy gold but didn’t know where to forward it. She posted images of the papers on a web site in May, presumably not long after acquiring the dresser.

Read the full article.

Genealogy Files on Coweta County Donated to the Coweta County, Georgia, Genealogical Society.

The following excerpt is from an interesting article published in the March 4, 2013 edition of the Times-Herald.

Coweta County, Georgia: Frances Banks Storey was a wife, mother, retail clerk and a writer.

She penned a couple of books about her family history, was a gifted poet and wrote an unpublished novel based on family stories from the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Storey, who died last year at 85, also spent years doing genealogical research.

She left behind file cabinets full of notes about Coweta County families – her own and others. Her son, Jimmy Storey, and his wife, Charlene, decided to give the files to the Coweta County Genealogical Society. A dedication ceremony for the trove of genealogical information was held Feb. 23 at the society’s archives at the historic passenger depot in Grantville.

Read the full article.

Going the Extra Mile With Someone Else’s Genealogy

The following excerpt is from an excellent article posted in the February 19, 2013 edition of the Deseret News.

“What a treasure trove!” I exclaimed. My client and I sat at the table going page by page through a three-ring binder he mysteriously received. It contained tons of important information about his family genealogy: vital records, migration maps, military records and other significant documents.

And to boot, the information pertained to several of his genealogy lines, not just one.

The client discovered it on his doorstep one day not long after he and his wife returned home from somewhere. “It seemed to come out of the clear blue,” he said. I asked him if it “felt like Christmas” when he discovered the book. He replied, “Yes … as a matter of fact!”

Measuring the thickness of the binder, it had documents in it that was more than 1.5-inches thick, not to mention some papers neatly folded into the side pockets. We were taking an inventory of the documents the binder contained and still in awe of how this book made it into his hands.

Read the full article.

Chances Are, You’ll Find a Skeleton in the Closet

The following excerpt is from aa article by Sue Shellenbarger, posted in the January 15, 2013 edition of the Wall Street Journal.

Amateur genealogists, beware. Researching your ancestry doesn’t always turn up heroes and royalty. It may turn up a felon, a bigamist or another unsavory character.

New York filmmaker Heather Quinlan found more than a few skeletons when digging into her ancestors’ closet. Among them: Thomas Fagan, her grandmother’s great-grandfather, who had killed a man during a drunken bar fight in 1868 (reportedly hitting him over the head with a chair in self-defense).

She also turned up evidence of a murderous feud—set off by a scandalous elopement—that had engulfed her grandfather’s ancestors in the 1830s. One forebear was hanged for the killings, but others, including her fourth great-grandfather, escaped after the jailer forgot to lock the cells. “It was like the Hatfields and McCoys meet Romeo and Juliet, with a touch of ‘Mayberry R.F.D.’ thrown in,” Ms. Quinlan says.

Read the full article.

Heirloom Registry Partners with Family Tree Magazine for Promotion

The following is from a press release obtained from

Heirloom Registry Partners with Family Tree Magazine, Family Heirlooms Expert for New Promotion

The Heirloom Registry™ – a new service that helps its users save and share the stories behind their family heirlooms – has partnered with Family Tree Magazine and author Denise May Levenick to give readers three lifetime registrations on The Heirloom Registry with the purchase of Levenick’s new book, “How to Archive Family Keepsakes.”

Ferndale, WA and Austin, TX (PRWEB) October 18, 2012

Family Tree Magazine, familyheirlooms expert Denise May Levenick and The Heirloom Registry announce a brand new promotion for buyers of Levenick’s new book, “How to Archive Family Keepsakes.”

The sales campaign, entitled, “Fingerprint Your Heirlooms,” is simple: With every purchase of Levenick’s book made through or, The Heirloom Registry will include three permanent registry listings (and three registry stickers) with the order.

“We are excited to partner with Family Tree Magazine and Denise, who is truly a leader in family heirloom preservation,” said Dan Hiestand, Heirloom Registry marketing director. “Our promotion is called ‘Fingerprint Your Heirlooms’ because researching family history is too often like detective work. Her book helps folks to organize, preserve and share family heirlooms, while our product helps to make sure the stories behind the heirlooms are saved and accessible — in effect, “fingerprinted” — for future generations. This combined effort means your descendants won’t have to play detective.”

Levenick said she agrees with that sentiment.

“I love a good mystery,” said Levenick. “But uncovering the history of unidentified heirlooms can be a heartbreaking task. I don’t want my family treasures to become orphan heirlooms, and that’s why I’m enthusiastic about The Heirloom Registry and our new promotion to help you ‘Fingerprint Your Heirlooms.’ Family historians know that archival preservation is only the first step in caring for your legacy. It’s also vital to have a plan for passing on your family treasures. The Heirloom Registry makes it easy and inexpensive to write a history – and plan a future – for your heirloom.”

Working in unison, the promotion should be a valuable addition for those seeking to save their family histories, Hiestand said.

“By utilizing the information and advice Denise talks about in her book in tandem with The Heirloom Registry, you can leave a gift for future generations by adding texture and color to your family tree now,” said Hiestand.

“Fingerprint Your Heirlooms” will run until the end of 2012.

About Family Tree Magazine
Family Tree Magazine is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc. (, which also encompasses Family Tree University online courses and webinars, genealogy books and the online store. These publications and products are devoted to providing engaging, easy-to-understand instruction that makes genealogy a hobby anyone can do.

About Denise May Levenick
Denise May Levenick is the creator of The Family Curator genealogy blog named one of the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs in 2010 and 2011 where she has written about her own family archive experiences since 2007. Denise inherited her first family archive from her grandmother – a trunk filled with photos, letters, documents, and lots of “miscellaneous stuff” and is now the caretaker of several family collections. She has adapted professional archival techniques to the family archive situation and shares her experiences in How to Archive Family Keepsakes. Denise is a frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine and presents online webinars and conference seminars on a variety of archival subjects.

About The Heirloom Registry™
When you record the history of a family heirloom or treasured belonging in The Heirloom Registry, its story travels with it. Wherever it goes. Always. For as little as 99 cents and in just 10-15 minutes, family stories can be safely preserved. It’s simple: Mark/label your family heirlooms (and future family keepsakes) with a high-quality Heirloom Registry sticker, brass or aluminum plate, and share your items’ stories – or provenances — in words and pictures at Once registered, those stories will be available to future owners no matter where the item goes.

My Family Tree Workbook: Genealogy for Beginners

Last week, I reviewed Our Family Tree — Create a New Family Heirloom. This creatively-designed, fill-in-the-blank, bound family history gives the owner a chance to preserve their family history by recording their details and stories in a beautiful hardbound book. Rosemary A. Chorzempa has created a similar book for children and beginner genealogists. My Family Tree Workbook: Genealogy for Beginners provides over 55 fill-in-the-bland forms, charts, and themed story pages.

This book is a great way to start building a family history. Not only are the pages easy to complete, each helps educate beginners in the process of researching, interviewing, and uncovering a family history. One nice aspect is the book doesn’t have just date and vital record type data forms, but also for sheets for recording important facts and even short stories. In filling out the forms, one is lead to interview family member, as well as make use of Internet and library resources. By the time someone completes this workbook they will hopefully be as addicted to genealogy as the rest of us.

Some may wish to purchase this workbook for themselves; however, at under $4 this makes an excellent gift for children, friends, and other family members. With any luck you may help start a new lifelong passion.




Climbing Your Family Tree


My Beginning

Places Where I Have Lived

My Religious History

My Schools

My Favorite Things

My Special Pages

My Father

My Mother

My Brother and Sisters

My Paternal Grandfather

My Paternal Grandmother

My Maternal Grandfather

My Maternal Grandmother

My Great-grandparents

My Family Tree

My Extended Family

My Immigrant Ancestors


Family Stories

Family Reunions and Picnics

Important People from My Ancestral Homelands

My Geography Pages

Words I Have Learned in My Ancestors’ Native Languages

Ethnic Foods I Eat

Ethnic Crafts I Have Learned

Fold Songs and Dances from My Ancestral Homelands

Ethnic Holiday Celebrations and customs

Visits to My Ancestors’ Homelands

Sample Page of Notebook Filing System


Pedigree Charts


Where to Get Help

More Things to Do

Books to Help You


Rosemary’s Autobiography

Rosemary’s Family Tree


Copies of My Family Tree Workbook: Genealogy for Beginners is available for purchase by clicking the link; $3.95.


MORE What Did They Mean By That?

What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New has long been the most popular historical dictionary carried by Family Roots Publishing. This book provides an understanding, in modern terms, for words used in the past. Many of these words, used historically in everyday conversation, to describe items, jobs, events, and technology of the day, are no longer in use or get used with a different meaning. This book provides the background family historians need to grasp the meaning of letters, documents, and sources from the past. More What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New is, well, more of the same.

More, provide another 193 pages of terms, words, and phrases come and gone in the English language. Many of the terms are derived form foreign words and others from various Native American languages. Other words may have appeared in certain areas, usually loosing out over time to another derivative. For example, schnecke was a popular pastry from Pennsylvania Dutch. Today, we would recognize the more English sounding name of sticky buns or cinnamon rolls.

Like the first What Did They Mean by That? entries are in paragraph style, instead of using a typical dictionary two-column format. In fact, the book feels a bit more like an encyclopedia than it does a standard dictionary. Most entries provide more than just a standard definition. Rather, entries provide an explanations, examples, and observations. This dictionary has other unique features as well, including images. While not on every page, the pictures do provide both an element of interest as well as prove educational. Some of the images are pictures and some are document samples.

With that all said, perhaps the best overview of this book is the one the book gives itself on the back cover:

“The family historian must seek out the records of the merchants, courts, legislators, and churches, as well as the everyday expressions of the common men and women, all the while striving to remain aware that just as we have created words like television, computer, microwave oven, automobile, space station, gigabyte, and airplane, and set aside words as ticking and icebox, stadle, and squabpie, our ancestors had to do the same. They made up the likes of telegraph, railroad, and telescope, and assimilated German words like hex, sauerkraut, fresh, hoodlum, and kindergarten; Spanish words such as barbeque, chocolate, and tornado; French sounds like bayou, levee, depot, and chowder; and Indian words such as hickory, pecan, hominy, moccasin, and raccoon. Though they invented the likes of popcorn, sweet potato, eggplant, bullfrog, and backwoodsman, they left behind them terms no longer needed in their daily lives. Gone were the likes of moxa (Indian moss burned on an area of the body, thought to cure gout), hautboy (oboe), gruntling (young hog), muchwhat (nearly), revelrout (a ruckus), and, from most regions of the U.S., the long “a” sounds of old England (fahst for fast, dahnce for dance, and hoff, meaning half.) The words found here are seen at every turn of research; in court documents (especially inventories of estates, court entries, and lawsuits), church records, books, newspapers, letters, and songs.”

More What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: HBD3571, Price: $21.50.

Quick Tips for Genealogists

The Ancestry Daily News began publishing the “Ancestry Quick Tip” segment back in 1999. The column was a huge success. Individuals throughout the genealogy community contributed valuable advice on all types of research topics. Many readers suggested these tips would make a great book. The result of these suggestions, and the efforts of many thoughtful contributors, comes Quick Tips for Genealogists, edited by Juliana S. Smith.

Wedding Date Engraved on Ring, Trouble-Free Cemetery Labels, Is the Boarder a Family Member, Post Office Names, and Check Highway Markers for Clues are just some of the tips to be found in this book. There are over 150 tips in all, each by a different contributor. Many of the tips are ideas the provider has used or uses in their research. Some tips are told with example or story. Some, proving to be entertaining. In all cases, these tips are both interesting as well as educational. Here is one short tip, entitled Document Your Family Heirloom, contributed by Marilyn Larson:

“So that our sons will know the stories about our family ‘treasures,’ I have photographed each item and written a story about its source. the pictures and stories are kept in a three-ring binder in clear, acid-free sheet protectors. the title is ‘Where Did It Come From, Mom?’ It covers everything from pictures of my grandmother’s pump organ to dishes that belonged to my great-great-grandmother. A second set is also in our safety deposit box.”

Maybe the tips provided in this book by other research can help the reader break down their own research walls.


Tip are organized into the following content sections:

  • Family Treasures
  • Cemeteries
  • Obituaries and Death Records
  • Helping Others along the Way
  • Little Things That Make a Difference
  • Organization
  • Maps and Charts
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks, Albums, and School Treasures
  • Safety and Storage
  • Searching for Names
  • Timelines
  • Using Technology
  • Writing Your Story
  • Genealogical Helps
  • Family Health Histories
  • Genealogy at Home and on the Road
  • Conferences
  • Resources
  • Mailing Lists
  • Living Sources
  • Family Traditions

Order a copy of Quick Tips for Genealogists from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: TP559, Price: $9.75

Are You Breaking the Law?

Here is an interesting article discussing the ways genealogists may accidentally break piracy laws. From Tampa Bay Online.

Genealogists must take care not to become pirates

By SHARON TATE MOODY | Special correspondent

The Internet went a little wacky a couple of weeks ago, when Congress seemed on the road to considering the Stop Online Piracy Act proposed by Rep. Lamar S. Smith.

Those backing the bill said it was intended to protect intellectual property online. The other side felt the proposal threatened free speech and gave law enforcement too much power in shutting down domains. Wikipedia basically shut its sight down for a period of time in protest. Smith has backed up and is reconsidering his proposal.

But what does this have to do with genealogy? Few made the connection between the controversial bill and what they post on Ancestry and various other genealogical venues that promote sharing family history research.

Truly I doubt that Smith and others had family researchers in mind when they proposed SOPA, but it gives us cause to pause and consider the underlying “theft” issues at work here.

Many people violate American copyright law with their genealogical postings, but few think of themselves as pirates (hence the title “Piracy” in Smith’s bill).

Click here to read the full article.


Former FamilySearch CEO Predicts 7 Billion will Participate in Family History

Speaking at RootsTech, Jay Verkler, former CEO of FamilySearch, told the audience that 7 billion people would participate in Family History by 2060. See this article in the Deseret News:

RootsTech speaker predicts 7 billion to participate in genealogy

By Brenna Carreon, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — By 2060 nearly 7 billion people will participate in family history, FamilySearch’s former Chief Executive Officer Jay Verkler told attendees at RootsTech.

FamilySearch has grown 3 percent per year, said Verkler, who retired last month. He is being replaced by Dennis Brimhall. The future and growth of family history work was the central topic at Thursday morning’s keynote address at RootsTech, an annual conference on family history and technology that is held in Salt Lake City.

Click here to read the full article.

New Optical Disk Will Last 1,000 Years

You have heard it all before. When writable CDs first hit the market, companies were touting a 100 year life span for the new technology. However, it did not take long for genealogist or the public at large to realize these were inflated estimates if not out right lies. Test after test, and real world experience, quickly showed the average life of a CD was closer to two to five years. Beyond a few years, significant physical corruption renders  discs unreadable. DVD provided more storage capacity on the same size disc, but suffer from the same limited life span. Now an new American Fork, UT company, Millenniata, Inc, claims to have a new type of disk with a 1,000 year shelf life. Is this just another marketing exaggeration, or could it be true?

Testing Technology

Let’s start by taking a look at the technology. The new M-Disc, as the company calls it, hold the same amount of data as a standard DVD, 4.7 GB, but is made using a different technology, providing a possible longevity not previously available in writable (burnable) optical discs. Writable CDs and DVDs are create by sandwiching layers of an organic dye and a reflective material between two layers of polycarbonate (plastic). The new M-Disc replaces the dye and the reflective layers with a single “rock” layer, made of an inorganic material which is chemically stable and heat resistant.

Data is stored on CDs and DVDs when a laser burns a hole in the Dye layer. Likewise, M-Discs are written by lasers burning a hole in the “stone” layer. The dyes used in CDs and DVDs are susceptible to heat and prolonged exposure to sun and elements. Keeping discs in a regulated archive vault, like those used to store rare and old books in libraries, is about the only way to extend their lives. The M-disc claims to endure all manner of environmental exposure without data loss. According to Millenniata’s website, independent testing was conducted by the The U.S. Department of Defense Naval Air Warfare Weapon’s Division facility at China Lake, California. Tests were conducted on 25 disc from six manufacturers. “The discs were stressed in a combined temperature, humidity, and light cycle (Section 1.2.2, p.3). The discs were subject to the following test conditions in the environmental chamber: 85°C, 85% relative humidity (conditions specified in ECMA-379) and full spectrum light (per MIL Std. 810G) (Figure 1-1, p.3). The test was repeated three times with identical results.”


The results show “the M-DISC was the only optical disc tested that did not suffer data failure.” 100% of all the other discs failed, where none of the M-Discs failed. These results are impressive. Furthermore, according to Millenniata, the data layer could potentially endure for 10,000 years. It is actually the polycarbonate layer that will deteriorate first, which is how they determined a shelf life of only 1,000 years.

Making Use of the New Discs

The good news is these discs, once burned with data, can be played on any DVD or Blu-Ray player supporting the DVD+R/RW format, which is just about any player made after 2005. The downside is, to burn discs you will need a new device for your computer. Millenniata already has an agreement with LG who has produced three drives capable of burning M-Discs. One is an internal DVD writable drive for desktops and the other two are external Blu-Ray compatible drives, one a Blu-Ray burner. Discs and drives are currently available from Millenniata’s online store ( Both should soon be available at retail outlets.

What the Marketing Skips Over

While the technology appears sound, and clearly the M-Disc has a significant shelf life, other factors may affect the long-term usability of these discs. First, the problem all disc have, and the M-Disc does not fix or address, are scratches and physical damage done to the disc itself. These problems are mitigated by proper care and handling. Plus, there are ways to fix and restore damage to the polycarbonate layer using over-the-counter tools. Some CDs and DVDs place the reflective layer on top, as part of the label area, which will sometimes get scratched. The M-Disc does not suffer from such problems.

Other concerns have to do with the longevity of any technology. Will computers still use optical drive in 50 years, much less than 1,000 years form now. I guarantee no drive in 1,000 years, if even 50. Also, will the document, image and database files you save be readable by future software? Image files have gone through many renditions over the years. JPEG files have been popular for many years now. Most digital cameras save pictures as JPEG files. But when will someone create a better file type? As soon as a new technology is invented that captures the overall interest of the mainstream consumer, then the older formats begin to disappear. How many years this will take is impossible to determine with any accuracy, but it will happen.


Given the options available to genealogists, or any other computer users, the new M-Disc appears to be a leap forward in archival data storage. I have long recommended buying external hard drive over CD and DVD for archival purposes. With the M-Disk now available, I may just change my opinion. However, I still see some limitation people ought to consider before purchasing this new technology. If you plan to burn discs to backup your data and images, and will store that disc in a safe place, only to be used to restore data, then I believe this may be the technology for you. The disc is also an affordable way to share your family history with others in a way that can be preserved for many years. Users will still need to be careful not to bend or scratch their M-Discs, just as you must be careful not to scratch or bend CDs and DVDs. Because others won’t need to buy a new drive to read the disc, only to burn them, these make good replacements for DVDs.

1,000 years is about 990 years more than I expect any digital technology in its current form to last. If you want a tool to archive data for five to ten years, and have it accessible on your next computer or two, the M-Disc is probably a great option. If no other major change comes along in digital storage in the next few years, then maybe a computer 20 years from now will still be able to read optical discs from today. In the end, would I buy and use these discs for storage? I think so. But, I still consider digital copies a short-term archival solution. When it comes down to long-term archiving if my family history, stories, and images, I still like good old-fashioned paper, printed and bound in a book with archival quality paper with a  library binding with a copied stored in a protected location.


A Reminder To Preserve Copies of Your Family History

A recent article in the Allied News, from Grove City, Pennsylvania, serves as a key reminder as to why creating and keeping offsite copies of family photos and information is so important.

Family history goes up in flames

FINDLEY — Fire destroyed a 107-year-old farmhouse at 62 Courtney Lane, Findley Township, Wednesday, taking with it generations of cherished family heirlooms.

“There’s a history that went up in smoke,” Pamela Courtney, 67, who lived in the house with her 69-year-old husband, John, said several hours after the fire.

“I really think it’s true that the pictures are the hardest to lose,” Mrs. Courtney said. “The kids are trying to recall stuff of theirs still in the house. They’re taking it hard. I think (Mr. Courtney) is taking it better than I am.”

Click here to read the full article.


While there may be little anyone can do to fully protect heirlooms and personal items from destruction in flood, fire, earthquake, tornado, or other natural disasters and accidents, there are things genealogist can do to preserve their precious family photographs and important genealogical data.

Making digital copies is an easy first step with today’s technology. But what to do with those copies. I have long recommended people send both a digital and print copy of their photos and databases to a friend or relative living in another state. Learning basic storage techniques can also help preserve items from smaller incidents. I have know people to work and save 30 years of family history research only to lose it all with no backup. Allow the above article to serve as a reminder, and take time this week to backup your data, save your digital files, and find somewhere outside your own home to store and preserve a second copy.

All 75 Forms Designed by William Dollarhide

We have discussed before the popularity of William Dollarhide’s books. Bill has decades of experience in research. His ideas have helped countless genealogist discover their ancestor in all types of records. Over the years, Dollarhide has learned the value of note taking and keeping activity logs while researching. In fact, he has created dozens of forms to help keep accurate records and document research finding. His forms are no secret he has hidden up for his use only. All his expertly designed forms are available to anyone.

Dollarhide Genealogy Forms Complete Package is a bundle of 75 forms designed by Bill. Each form in the packet is printed on white cardstock and three-hole punched. Never write on the originals, keep them clean and safe in a binder. Use the originals to make scans or prints. Use the copies you make for your research. You will always have the original on hand to make more copies.

The forms are grouped into five main categories, with the complete contents listed below.


Census Forms

  • AF0101 – 1790 Federal Census
  • AF0102 – 1800 Federal Census
  • AF0103 – 1810 Federal Census
  • AF0104 – 1820 Federal Census
  • AF0105 – 1830 Federal Census
  • AF0106 – 1840 Federal Census
  • AF0107 – 1850 Federal Census
  • AF0108 – 1860 Federal Census
  • AF0109 – 1870 Federal Census
  • AF0110 – 1880 Federal Census
  • AF0111 – 1900 Federal Census
  • AF0112 – 1910 Federal Census
  • AF0113 – 1920 Federal Census
  • AF0181 – 1930 Federal Census
  • AF0114 – 1890 Veteran’s Schedule
  • AF0115 – 1790-1840 Census Worksheet
  • AF0116 – Census Comparison Sheet
  • AF0117 – 1880 Soundex
  • AF0118 – 1900 Soundex
  • AF0119 – 1910 Soundex/Miracode
  • AF0120 – 1920 Soundex
  • AF0182 – 1930 Soundex
  • AF0121 – 1850 Slave Schedule
  • AF0122 – 1860 Slave Schedule
  • AF0123 – 1850 Mortality Schedule
  • AF0124 – 1860 Mortality Schedule
  • AF0125 – 1870 Mortality Schedule
  • AF0126 – 1880 Mortality Schedule
  • AF0127 – 1790 U.S. Map
  • AF0128 – 1800 U.S. Map
  • AF0129 – 1810 U.S. Map
  • AF0130 – 1820 U.S. Map
  • AF0131 – 1830 U.S. Map
  • AF0132 – 1840 U.S. Map
  • AF0133 – 1850 U.S. Map
  • AF0134 – 1860 U.S. Map
  • AF0135 – 1870-1880 U.S. Map
  • AF0136 – 1890-1920 U.S. Map

Family Group Sheets

  • AF0137 – Family Group Sheet, 12 Children
  • AF0138 – Family Group Sheet, 1st 8 Children
  • AF0139 – Photo Family Group Sheet, 1st 8 Children
  • AF0140 – Family Group Sheet, 9th-12th Child & References
  • AF0141 – Family Group Sheet, 9th-15th Child & References
  • AF0142 – Family Group Sheet, 9th-18th Child & References
  • AF0143 – Family Group Sheet, References

Pedigree Charts

  • AF0144 – Pedigree Chart, 4 Generation, no IDs
  • AF0145 – Pedigree Chart, ID #1-15
  • AF0146 – Pedigree Chart, ID #8-71
  • AF0147 – Pedigree Chart, ID #9-79
  • AF0148 – Pedigree Chart, ID #10-87
  • AF0149 – Pedigree Chart, ID #11-97
  • AF0150 – Pedigree Chart, ID #12-103
  • AF0151 – Pedigree Chart, ID #13-111
  • AF0152 – Pedigree Chart, ID #14-119
  • AF0153 – Pedigree Chart, ID #15-127
  • AF0154 – Photo Pedigree Chart
  • AF0155 – 5-Generation Ahnentafel chart, German style, ID #1-31
  • AF0156 – 5-Generation Ahnentafel chart, German style, no ID #s

Forms from Dollarhide’s Book: Managing A Genealogical Project

  • AF0157 – Reference Family Data Sheet
  • AF0158 – Master Data Sheet
  • AF0159 – Research Log
  • AF0160 – Combined Family Data Sheet, Front
  • AF0161 – Combined Family Data Sheet, Back
  • AF0162 – Correspondence Log
  • AF0163 – Research Journal
  • AF0164 – Ancestor Table
  • AF0165 – Relationship Chart


  • AF0166 – Ancestor Table (new)
  • AF0167 – Surname Index, Alpha (new)
  • AF0168 – Surname Index, Numeric (new)
  • AF0169 – Correspondence Log (new)
  • AF0170 – Research Journal (new)
  • AF0171 – Family Data Sheet (new)
  • AF0172 – Genealogy Source Checklist, Page 1
  • AF0173 – Genealogy Source Checklist, Page 2


Dollarhide Genealogy Forms Complete Package is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #:AF0174.

Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Genealogist

So, just what does one buy for their favorite genealogist? I have collected a list of top choice, in all price ranges, based on various articles I had read this season, plus a few of my own ideas.

Every list had its own ranking but, I have decided to list these items in no particular order. Simply, these are things every genealogist would love to have.


Flip-Pal Scanner a mobile scanner with great features for scanning photographs to pages from a book. “Stiching” software compensates for the small scan area when dealing with full pages in a book.

Netbook or Laptop – who wouldn’t benefit from a small, portable computer with a full keyboard for keeping up with family or taking notes while on a family history vacation or weekend trips to the library.

Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition this idea came from one of the articles listed below, but makes sense. This is by far the most popular title on citation.

Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic, Legacy, etc. – top selling genealogy software. Recommend buying a copy for a budding genealogist in the family, then give them a GEDCOM with all the information you have already collected.

Portable Scanner – the Flip-Pal is probably top choice here; however, there are pen scanners, light-weight (if bulky) full-bed scanners, and other portable to semi-portable options.

Digital Voice Recorder – how easily we forget something when its not written down. A voice recorder lets you quickly record notes, meetings, classes, etc. without the noise and bulk of a traditional tape recorder.

Google Your Family Tree – Unlock The Hidden Power Of Google (see special offer from Family Roots Publishing, includes free upgrade to 2nd edition) Google is the Internet’s most popular search tool and this guide will help genealogist make the most of it.

Digital Camera – everyone historian needs a camera, whether capturing current events, gravestones, pages in a book, old photographs, or anything else that comes along, the camera is a vital part of the research toolkit.

Flip UltraHD Video Camera – a small portable video camera is a nice addition. I recommend getting a standard digital camera first, but if your budget allows, a pocket/purse-size video camera can be very useful. You could also go straight for a standard video camera, if the extra bulk is not an issue for you. subscription the gift of research is always welcomed

Any Genealogy How-To Book – visit Family Roots Publishing and browse through hundreds of genealogy specific titles. Find books for virtually every subject area on which a genealogist may focus.

Kindle Fire – a portable e-book reader is both popular and functional. Kindle Gift Card – once someone has an e-book reader, they will need some e-books to go with it.

Journal – give a loved one the tool necessary to capture their stories while they are here with us.

Membership to local Genealogical Society – active genealogist will appreciate the help and social interaction they will get from a society membership.

Genealogy T-Shirts – just for fun. Shirts with catchy phrases or declarations of genealogical joy.

Genealogy Buttons – also, just for fun.

Genealogy Bags – for fun and function. Everyone needs a bag to haul all their research materials and gear around in.

Paid Attendance to a Genealogy Conference or Expo – give someone a day, weekend, or week at a conference where they can learn and meet with others to improve their research skills and sometimes find answers to pesky stumbling blocks.



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