#FamilyHistoryMonth Idea 3 – Create a free FamilySearch family tree

  You may have a family tree on another website or home computer so why make a tree on FamilySearch? There are a lot of great websites and apps that pull their data from FamilySearch (as needed, only with your permission) so without a free FamilySearch tree, you'll miss out on a lot of family history leads. For most people, the FamilySearch tree will practically build itself. You'll add your name and any living ancestors, then when you add your first deceased ancestor, you'll ask FamilySearch to try to find them and there's a good chance they will. It will probably take 2 -3 generations to link up to family that are already in the system and Voila! you'll have a free tree at FamilySearch. And at FamilySearch, free means free. There's truly no subscription fee ever. Why? FamilySearch is owned the by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and they believe it's their duty to help connect people to their ancestors so they always offer this as a free service.…
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FREE FindMyPast June 29th-July 6th!

If you have UK or Irish Ancestry this offer is for you! Starting today a full week of FREE FindMyPast genealogy record access!

FindMyPast is celebrating their release of over 10 million Irish Parish Registers with an offer of free access to over 1 billion UK, US, and Irish records including:

118 million "Immigration and Travel" records 116 million US marriages all UK, Irish, and US Censuses over 7 million new US Naturalization records over 1.7 million US Passport Applications

Even better, the Irish Parish records will stay free forever! The only caveat is you may need to register (for free) at FindMyPast to access and use these free records.

From June 29th to July 6th, enjoy your free week at FindMyPast and if you already have a membership, enjoy the new Irish record sets!  

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Family Tree Photos

I really loved this article: Among Koreans, Giving Death Your Best Face by Rena Silverman, about the Korean tradition of having a nice portrait photograph taken as part of the normal funeral preparations we all make. My husband has very strong feelings about remembering people in their prime, especially when it comes to family tree photos.  We don't concern ourselves with community family tree lineage arguments, but my husband WILL fight for control of the photos that are displayed. He feels strongly that a person should be remembered as they would likely think of themselves-in their prime. His dad passed a few years ago and he hates seeing a "grandfatherly" photo appear on the tree. We swapped it for one of his father's college photos. You go back two or three generations and you probably have no choice but to use a photo of someone in their later years-their age at the advent of good photography and the means to have nice photos taken. Not anymore. Never has a genera…
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