DNA Testing Company Ratings

Vicki’s note – here is a chart from Genealogical Musings shared by a Club member to help you compare DNA testing companies.

Click on the title here for the full chart:

DNA Testing Company Ratings

Details on resources you can upload your raw DNA to for various types of further analyses. Listed alphabetically but highlighted most popular/best value choices. NOTE: Some sites may not have caught up to 23andMe’s latest chip but likely will eventually.
Also see comparison chart of primary companies to test with here
Compiled by Genealogical Musings
Target Market Admixture / Ethnicity Report DNA matching with other testers Health / wellness report Quality of admixture / ethnicity Comprehensive- ness of health report Accepts uploads from: User friendliness Cost (USD) Reviews

2019 Programs for Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library


Hot off the presses.  These are the programs for 2019.  I am excited to learn more at these programs next year.

There will be a 2019 Programs tab on  the BLOG in 2019 when I move the 2018 programs to the “Previous Programs” tag.  I will have copies printed as bookmarks available soon at the Library, and next week at the December 14 Program:

December 14, 2018 – “Laurence Ousley of the Beloit Public Library – Researching and Writing an African-American Family Life Story”, by Vicki Ruthe Hahn 

 I hope to see you there.       


2019 Programs for Stateline Genealogy Club

@ Beloit Public Library

605 Eclipse BLVD, Beloit WI 53511                                  

2nd Fridays of the month 10 a.m. – noon.

All are welcome. Free resources and support to those learning or doing research on their family history.

BLOG“statelinegenealogyclub.wordpress.com” for Contact Information, Links & Helps

January 11 – “NEHGS New England Historic Genealogical Society – ‘Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org”, Legacy Family Tree webinar by Claire Vail. In Classroom.

February 8 –”Using Maps in Genealogy”, various webinars from BYU:

Understanding Maps, Land Ownership Maps, Locating Ancestors from Maps and Gazetteers, Sanborn Maps, U.S. Land Records

March 8 – “You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools” Legacy Family Tree webinar by Thomas MacEntee – How to Use Google, Copyright, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Blogging, Dropbox, Social Media for genealogy.

April 12 – “Research Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using ArkivDigital”, by speaker Kathy Meade from  https://www.arkivdigital.net/.  Swedish Church Records and other Historical Records online.  In Classroom.

May 10 “Genealogy Clues Found in Obituaries and Funeral Home Records”, by speaker Jarod Williams, , Rosman Funeral Home (rescheduled from 2018.) In Classroom

June 14 “Crossing the Border, French Canadian Ancestors”, by speaker George Findlen. The steps, resources & aids that one needs to successfully identify the parents of an immigrant who settled in the U.S. from Quebec.

June 28, 2019 – Bonus 2nd Friday Tour & Research at WHS Wisconsin Historical Society.  Van Galder Coach Bus So Beloit IL FastMart/McDonalds 8 a.m. boarding to Madison WI/UW Campus Langdon/Park.  Return early evening.

July 12 “Finding the Genealogy of Houses, and Those that Lived In Them” by speaker Vicki Ruthe Hahn

August 9 “An Introduction to WikiTree, the Free Global Family Tree” by speaker Marty Acks.    A community of genealogists growing an accurate single family tree using DNA & traditional genealogical sources.

September 13 – “NARA; Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives and Records Administration” on-line Slideshow by Claire Kluskens (presented by Vicki Ruthe Hahn)

October 11 – “Reminiscing – Life Writing Your Story for Posterity to Share with Your Family”, by speaker Vicki Ruthe Hahn. Hands-on exercises & suggestions on how to reflect your own life through words, photos, and mapping.  Bring a photo or picture from your past that you want to write about.   Part 2 -“Soda Fountains to Robots”, amusing stories and vignettes of local personalities in local family owned pharmacies with author Connie Sveum.  Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing.

November 8 – “Stateline Travelers – Chicago Gangsters Connections to Northern Illinois & Wisconsin”, by speaker Vicki Ruthe Hahn

December 13 – “Lineage Groups – Proofs for DAR, SAR, Colonial Dames, Etc.”  A group presentation by local experts, and using FamilySearch.org ->search>Wiki> lineage societies


Haunted and Historic Stateline – Genealogy of Haunted Houses


Haunted and Historic Stateline –

Genealogy of Haunted Houses


By Vicki Ruthe Hahn

SGS – self described Stateline Genealogy Sorter

Beloit Public Library hosted a Halloween Program October 29, 2018 with 54 attending.  I don’t even know how I have been assigned to host these programs every year, but it has given me insight into some angles of genealogy that I never considered before the last few years.  I really don’t like this aspect of Halloween, but attending and hosting the programs has been interesting.  You may have read my companion posting “Other Travelers – Part 1 – Genealogy Psychic Abilities and Me. Do Folks with Psychic Abilities Have an Easier Time Doing Genealogy?”

This year,  paranormal investigator and local historian Kathi Kresol, and spirit medium Sara Bowker joined us for local ghost stories:

2018 Oct 29 Haunted & Historic Stateline Sara Bowker, Vicki Hahn, Kathi Kresol

Sara Bowker, Vicki Ruthe Hahn, and Kathi Kresol

2018 Oct 29 Haunted & Historic Stateline Sara Bowker & Fans

Sara Bowker and some of her fans.


Kathi has written some books about the topic which we have at the Beloit Public Library to check out:

Cover image for Haunted Rockford, Illinois

133.109773 KRESOL

Cover image for Murder & mayhem in Rockford, Illinois
977.331 KRESOL

Kathi and Sara talked about many things that go bump in the night!  They explained that spiritual is tied to the land, and that Native American Indians had a lifestyle that honored that.  Spirits thus are found near Indian Mounds.  Other geographical features that influence the attraction of spirits are running water, and limestone.  Now, can you say “Rockton IL, Rockford IL, and Beloit WI?

Fear and charged emotions can feed spirits strong attraction to a location.  Historic war re-enactments can trigger spirits activity as well.  They mentioned that even a piece of antique furniture from a troubled situation, or a rock from Alcatraz Island Prison can be haunted.
Paranormal research groups have studied the Stephen Mack house in Macktown (Pecatonic) IL, Tinker Swiss Cottage in Rockford IL, and Hanchett-Bartlett Homestead (an 1857 Victorian farmstead house) in Beloit WI.  All three have been tested as having paranormal activity, and ghosts.
A trio of ghosts – presumed to be Stephen Mack, his wife Honnenegah, and their son who died young, have been sighted walking together by the Macktown house in the cemetery where they are buried.  Several young child ghosts have been sighted at the Beloit Homestead – one even having a mischievous personality that matches one of the families son who died early.
These ideas may spark some interesting insights on doing genealogical research on a house.  Even if you you are not “sensitive” to the presence of spirits, you may want to be aware that there are people who do feel that.
I am not, but even I could feel a profound sadness and something strongly while visiting the Battleground of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  So many thousands of men killed in War there in three days of battles.
At any rate, this is just one very small angle of “How to do the Genealogy of a House”, which will be the subject of the program  that I am researching for the Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library to present on December 13, 2019.  Be looking for the complete list of 2019 Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library Programs soon!

1790-1840 U. S. Federal Censuses – Searching Hints

1790-1840 U. S. Federal Censuses – Searching Hints

1 DEC 2018

Vicki’s Note – AncestralFindings.org article and Youtube “Finding Unnamed Ancestors on the 1790-1840 Censuses” by Will Moneymaker.  You can subscribe to receive AncestralFindings.org articles. 

Great way to make better use of the rather vague 1790-1840 Censuses. His thorough techniques will help us find our ancestors. 

One can also use an extension of his techniques to find African American slave ancestors from that time period.  Look for the head of household/slave owner’s name.  Match up the possible people, by age and sex hash marks, that could be your ancestor.  Look in later Censuses for people with that last name in that County or adjacent counties.  Freed slaves often took the surname of their former masters, and did not move far.

US GenWeb project: volunteers providing free online genealogy help, links and information for every U.S. state and county; and Special Projects, gathering useful data you can access for free.

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“Have you used the 1790-1840 census records in your genealogy research? Many beginning genealogists skip these valuable record sources because they do not believe they will include anything useful for them. After all, these early census records only recorded the names of the heads of households. Everyone else in the household was nameless, though the 1810-1840 census records break down males and females in each household by age group and free or slave status. The 1840 census even lists how many people living in the household are Revolutionary War veterans. This might not seem like much to go on to discover the people who lived with your early ancestors (and discover new ancestors in the process), but it can be done. You just have to know where to look for clues to the identities of those check marks under the gender and age categories on these old census records. Here’s how to do it…

Make a Chart to Get Organized

Start Checking Later Censuses

Search Later Censuses By Last Name and Age for Grown Children

…Other places you can check to get names of a parent for children that may include the name of your head of household to confirm the relationship include FindAGrave, FamilySearch, and the various state pages of the US GenWeb project.

Read, or watch, the full article here.



Newspapers.com Library Edition – World Collection now available

Vicki’s note – Wisconsin residents (and visitors to Wisconsin) now have access to this historic newspaper database which replaces Access Newspaper Archives.  It will be available through the Beloit Public Library homepage soon –  “beloitlibrary.org” > “resources“.  You can also access it here. Newspapers.com Library Edition – World Collection!

At the Library, we have relied so much on Access Newspaper Archives for local and Wisconsin genealogy reference answers.  Wisconsin Badgerlink had to seek new database contracts, and Proquest’s Newspapers.com Library Edition – World Collection won the bid.  Yet it took awhile (months) for the final contract, so we have been without historic newspaper content on-line.  We will see how this one compares, but I am glad to have any after so much time.

Thank you Wisconsin for coming through with this.

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Newspapers.com Library Edition – World Collection now available

Monday, October 29, 2018

The BadgerLink Team is pleased to announce the availability of Newspapers.com Library Edition – World Collection!

Wisconsin residents now have access to historical newspapers from the 1700s – 2000s. Newspapers.com contains thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries. There are 150 Wisconsin-specific titles including the Janesville Daily Gazette, the Racine Daily Herald, the Eau Claire Leader, and many more. New content is continually added as it becomes available.

Newspapers.com allows users to browse and read historic newspaper content directly from their web browser or mobile device as well as save or print clippings. Newspaper content is presented in its original form, so overall context is preserved. All the pages on Newspapers.com have been indexed using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) which allows users to search for specific names and keywords across all available papers.

Newspapers.com joins the Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers and U.S. Newsstream to provide Wisconsin residents with a robust collection of newspaper content, both current and historic. Take a look at our Wisconsin Newspapers in BadgerLink Title List for a complete listing of Wisconsin newspapers available in BadgerLink.

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StatelineGenealogyClub. wordpress.com BLOG

StatelineGenealogyClub.wordpress.com BLOG

25 Nov 2018

By Vicki Ruthe Hahn

SGS Stateline Genealogy Sorter (a self-designated description of what I do!)

12statelinegenealogyclublogo-lg-3.jpgFour and 1/2 years ago I created the Blog “StatelineGenealogyClub.Wordpress.com”.  The Beloit Public Library management assigned this to me as one of my work duties June 15, 2014.   It was a way for me to inform the people that come to the Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library, (which I founded April 13, 2012), and to connect with the wider genealogy population in the Illinois Wisconsin stateline area to let them know about the great genealogy program and resources that the Library has.  Three supervisors had me continue this BLOG.

(Anyone who comes to the Stateline Genealogy Club is a “member”.  There is no cost or obligation.  The Library pays me to facilitate their genealogy program.)

It was decided that I communicate this as a BLOG rather than as a Facebook page.  It was certainly an interesting learning experience to create a BLOG.  My first trial version was using a GOOGLE BLOG, but it was too frustrating to have to incorporate their standard (at that time) of concentric “circles of friends”.  This is my second “Theme” using wordpress.com.  I will continue to improve the layout and usability of this BLOG as I have time to learn even more options.

However, that is the problem.  I will have less time to work on the BLOG for awhile.  (Some of my family responsibilities have taken a lot of my time, but will be the material for lots of BLOG postings in the future.)  And:

Recently new Beloit Public Library management has decided that, “going forward”, doing this BLOG will no longer be one of my work duties under a new service model .  I will not be able to work on my BLOG during work hours.

This BLOG has become important to many people in the Stateline Genealogy Club, and to others.  So I have decided to volunteer my own time to continue writing this”StatelineGenealogyClub.wordpress.com”  BLOG.

I continue to be assigned to oversee the Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library, and the overall Local History/Genealogy Program, collections, Library microfilm requests, and volunteers at the Library.  So I will still be able to assist you in the Library, or you can contact me through the Library -“vhahn@beloitlibrary.org” for those.

The “BeloitLibrary.org” homepage has a link to the Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library through a link to this BLOG.  Click on “Resources”, then:

Stateline Genealogy Club

Stateline Genealogy Club offers resources and support to those doing research on their genealogy. Programs are held regularly on the second Friday of each month from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


The surprise is how widespread this BLOG is now viewed.  I receive posting ideas from many genealogy and history sources – other’s online  BLOGS, links to government sites, emails from Club members, newspaper clippings given to me, news reports, family suggestions and experiences, etc.   I always source my material and give full credit and links back to other’s work.

Since 2014, I have posted 667 postings, there have been 21,341 views, and 14,209 visitors.  There are 69 “followers”, 15 wordpress.com Bloggers, and 54 email.

The BLOG became much more helpful and popular after I added a tab (“Page”) in 2016? for “Genealogy Links and Helps”.   You can click on the Genealogy Links and Helps tab at the top of the BLOG.  The links are organized by topic.  I started that Page as a way for me to gather all of the many useful on-line genealogy links (and forms) into one place for myself, and realized it would help all of you too.  I continue to add (mostly free) links there frequently.

The value of those links is that, even though I was not able to post as many times this year as in the past three, the views have increased.  There were 1,018 in October 2018.  That lets me know that I am on the right track.

Some email followers have discovered that they miss the links on that tab by only relying on reading the emails they get when I post.  It helps to go to the actual BLOG  once in awhile.  One member told me, “Oh, I am just going to live on this (Genealogy Links and Helps) Page!”

The StatelineGenealogyClub.wordpress.com BLOG has been recognized by Cyndi’sList.com as a Wisconsin Genealogy resource, by Ancestry.com who contacted me to ask if I would add their military link.  My favorite is an after-school group of students (from I don’t know where!)

“History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy” –  a Special Site Shared with Us by the After-School Students doing a Family Tree Project

who found my site while doing a genealogy project and asked if I would let them use the BLOG, and also asked me to share the genealogy links project (that they had gathered) with you – https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/guide-to-genealogy/.  So much fun to see their (young) enthusiasm for a hobby we all enjoy and share!

StatelineGenealogyClub.wordpress.com BLOG has proven to be a boon to many genealogists throughout the world.  At last count, people from 122 countries have viewed the StatelineGenealogyClub BLOG.  Granted, some of those are only one or two views, and some may have been spam/hacking attempts, but I am still amazed at the variety on the list.  (P.S. – wordpress.com does a great job filtering out any problems, so no worries for you or me.)

I think it goes back to “genealogy is the most popular hobby in the United States, until the summer, when the most popular hobby is gardening.”  The same seems to be true of the world.  It is due to our innate curiosity is to learn more about ourselves and where our families came from.

I am destined to specialize in being the generalist genealogist, rather than specialize in any one region/topic.  So I know a little about a lot of things.

My ancestry is American – Scottish, Irish, Welsh, English, German, French, and (by way of DNA testing) Iberian Peninsula (Spain/Portugal).  My children have the addition of at least Bohemian and Native American Indian.

I received my college degree in anthropology with a history minor, my Masters Degree in Library Science, and have worked in almost every role in public libraries – Page (book shelver), Assistant Clerk, Children’s Librarian, Head of Circulation Librarian, Library Director; as well as stints doing cataloging, academic and specialized libraries.  March, 2019 will mark my 26th year working at Beloit Public Library, WI.  I also substitute taught for two years – and, of course, any subject, any grade.

Communities from central western Illinois to southwest Wisconsin have been my home, and I enjoy traveling and learning the local history of wherever I am.

This BLOG has also sparked another way for me  to reach out to let the stateline community know about the Genealogy program at the Beloit Public Library.  My postings on local topics have caught the attention of several organizations in the Illinois Wisconsin stateline area.  I have been giving genealogy presentations at libraries and genealogy/history societies in the area for the last 2 years.

The BLOG statistics jump each time that I do a Genealogy Club or an outreach presentation because I always refer to this BLOG as a great bibliographic genealogy resource.  The highest stats in one day was the 72 views by 50 visitors on November 10, 2018.

I create 2 – 4 new programs each year that I also present at the Stateline Genealogy Club.  I will be adding another tab at the top of this BLOG about my “Genealogy Presentations” so that you can learn more about their content, reception, and my scheduled events.  The best on-going way  to contact me about presentations, questions about my BLOG, and general genealogy questions is at my BLOG email – statelinegenealogyclub@yahoo.com.

I invite you to continue sharing my genealogy-related explorations as I follow my innate curiosity and quest for learning.  Let me know if there is anything about the BLOG that can improve it.  Happy sleuthing.

GEDCOMs explained

GEDCOMs explained


Vicki’s note – article from Will Moneymaker on his BLOG “Ancestralfindings.com”.  Read the the whole “What is a Gedcom?” article here.
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“When you begin your genealogy research, you will probably be using a family tree software program and using genealogy websites. Before long, you are bound to come across the term GEDCOM, probably on a research site or a genealogy message board. People in the genealogy field refer to GEDCOMs a lot, both in a hobbyist and professional way. You will likely wonder what this is and if it is something you should be using.

Here is everything you need to know about GEDCOMs.

GEDCOM is a genealogy software term that refers to a type of file. The letters are an acronym that stands for Genealogical Data Communication. The GE in Genealogy, the D in Data, and the COM in Communication make up the acronym. The GEDCOM file is a simple way to format your family tree data into a text file. Text files can be read by virtually any family tree software, and even without software devoted just to family trees. This makes GEDCOM files easy to transport between one family tree program and another one by a different company. GEDCOM files are also easy ways to share your family tree information with other people….”

Finnish & other Surname Traditions

Finnish & other Surname Traditions

19 Nov 2018

Vicki’s Note – article from AncestralFindings.com “The Origin and Meaning of Finnish Surnames”.  This is further clarification about surnames for those who have heard my talk on “Research Your Overseas Ancestors Without Going ‘Across the Pond”.

I learned more details about about Finnish Surnames in the article.  One can tell a Finnish surname because, “Most Finnish patronymic surnames ended in “nen” or “la,” or began with “Koski,” “Niemi,” or “Saari,…”

Like other Scandinavian patronymic surnames, there is a suffix that indicates “son of” = “The “nen” ending of a Finnish surname can mean “son of,” but is usually a descriptive of the place where a family lived.”

There was no mention of a suffix for “daughter of” in the article.  ” “La” surnames are almost always place names, describing the place where a family lived or from where an individual originated”.

But like other Scandinavian countries, there is a place name, or farm name of where the family lived.  A family may have kept their original farm name as their surname, even if they moved, or they may have changed their farm name to reflect their new location.

“While patronymic surnames were used in Finland for centuries, not every family adopted the practice, and the official adoption of hereditary surnames did not take place in Finland until the period between 1850 and 1921.”

One cannot rely on patronymic names as a surname in Scandinavian countries.  Each generation of sons (or daughters) will be named after their father.  The next generation does not carry the name of their paternal grandfather, but that of their own father.

Hint – Use the Scandinavian person’s BirthFarmName as a surname when filling out your genealogy software/family tree, even if their FarmName changes later in life.  Their patronymic name is specific to that individual (and his father) not his family.  The person’s first name will not help, although you may be lucky enough to receive a family tree of  only the first names of many generations from a cousin in Scandinavia whose family kept track in the family bible as it happened.

Welsh Surnames:

For example – the Welsh also followed a patronymic tradition.  In my family, I can follow my “John” branch once they immigrated to the United States, and kept the patronymic name as a surname through generations. It gets a little trickier researching back in Wales. 

Griffith John – 6th Great Grandfather

Birth 10 OCT 1683 Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Death 29 JUNE 1778 Uwchlan Twp, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

His father was:


John  Phillip

John Phillip 7th Great Grandfather

Birth 1660 Haverford, Pembrokeshire, Wales,

Death 5 JAN 1737 London, Middlesex, England


and John Phillip’s father was:

Sir Erasmus Baronet Picton Philipps


Sir Erasmus Baronet Picton Philipps

Birth 1623 Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Death 18 JAN 1697 Wales


John Jones

But, we should expect my Welsh 8th Great Grandfather to be

Phillip HisFather’sFirstName.


So either I have another cool castle in my heritage, or a regular guy, or (more likely) I have some genealogy sleuthing to do to find him.  The suggestions for the 2 “or” names above are suggested by other’s Ancestry.com family trees.  I will be looking further. 

Hint – don’t just take other’s family trees as accurate.  Use their sources to research for your own conclusions; unless their sources are other family trees!  Just use those as hints.

(What a happy coincidence that I had a Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog.  Or was that choice in my blood?)

German Surnames:

Hint – (a suggestion about German Surname genealogy from a member of the audience) – The Nazi German government required an ancestry family tree back 7 generations for a  man to be one of the upper rank of German Officers.


Article from AncestralFindings.com:

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The Origin and Meaning of

Finnish Surnames

“While technically considered a part of Scandinavia, Finland has a unique language and surname traditions all its own that set it apart from its neighbors in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. In fact, Finland spent a long time as a part of Sweden. While it was its own nation from earliest recorded times to the Middle Ages, it was conquered by the Swedes in the 12th and 13th centuries A.D. as part of the overall Crusade movement. This brought Finland into the world of the Catholic Church. Finnish gradually became the language of the peasantry, while Swedish was used by the nobility and the church.

Finland was conquered by Russia in 1809, and declared itself independent in 1917, after the Bolshevik revolution in Russia. This was the first time Finland had been an independent country in at least 700 years, yet the original Finnish language from those ancient, pre-Sweden times still survived. It is the language that was used to create Finnish surnames.

Like other European and Scandinavian countries, the most common type of surname in Finland was the patronymic, with a person taking on a surname based on the first name of their father. However, the Finnish language is very different from other European languages, including English, and those who emigrated from Finland often found that people of other nations simply couldn’t pronounce their surnames as they were meant to be pronounced in the native language. Since many people from Finland left the country during the Bolshevik revolution, having surnames that conformed to the local languages of the places they went was important to them, as they wanted safety for their families, and this meant being accepted in the nations they went to.

Upon leaving Finland, some Finnish immigrants abandoned their traditional surnames completely, while others changed them to Swedish versions. Others adapted their surnames to the local culture while still maintaining the Finnish distinction of their names, while others refused to change anything about their surname. That is why there is such a variety of Finnish surnames in the world today. It all depended on what those who left the country did with their surname in their new country….”


Read the rest of the article by clicking here.


Family Tree Maker Software

Family Tree Maker Software


Vicki’s Note – It looks like Family Tree Maker is finally a viable software option for use on your home computer or laptop. A couple of years (?) ago Ancestry.com gave up their support of this program suddenly and sold it to MacKiev.  I know many users were angry, lost and felt betrayed.  It has taken quite a while until this new version was available or usable.  Now this software looks good, but it does not have a free version like some other genealogy software programs (see the tab above – “Genealogy Links and Helps” under “Software”. 

Click here to Read the full Family Tree Magazine article.  Here is the first part:

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“Toolkit Software Review: Family Tree Maker 2017

Looking to update your family tree software? We’ve done a full review of Family Tree Maker 2017 and have our verdict for you!

Ease of Use

Family Tree Maker 2017 is generally easy to navigate and use. Its layout, combining pedigree, family and individual views, plus a name index on one screen, hasn’t changed much since the 2010 version. Click the Help tab for tutorials, a user guide and help files. MacKiev provides email and live chat support.

New color-coding tools let you apply up to eight colors to a person. You could apply a different color to ancestors in each grandparent’s branch, or assign a color to all of a person’s descendants. You can also apply colors based on criteria such as town or year of birth. Colors appear in tree view and the name index.

File Management

While previous versions often took a long time to launch, Family Tree Maker 2017 starts up reasonably fast, even with a large family file.

MacKiev, Family Tree Maker’s new owner, has introduced the FamilySync tool to synchronize the Family Tree Maker family file on your computer with an Ancestry Member Tree on Ancestry.com. This gives you the software’s functionality and the online tree’s sharing and research hints. Family­Sync replaces the TreeSync technology that was in Ancestry.com’s versions of Family Tree Maker. TreeSync no longer works; you need Family Tree Maker 2017 to sync an Ancestry Member Tree.

Optionally, sync Ancestry Citation Media, such as census images attached to your online tree, with Family Tree Maker. This saves the images to your computer, so you’ll have access even if your Ancestry.com membership expires.

You might wonder how syncing to Ancestry trees compares with competitor RootsMagic. Family Tree Maker is faster, letting you sync larger chunks of information. RootsMagic requires you to compare and resolve discrepancies one by one. I prefer this more precise, though time-intensive, approach. …”

Illinoisans – Explore Illinois Genealogy Websites Free; “Try-It”

Illinoisans – Explore Illinois Genealogy Websites Free; “Try-It”

10-23-2018 update – Try this link for Genealogical Research http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/gen_research.html

10-16-2018 Vicki’s Note – thanks to Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library member Ron Zarnick, “Home access to several genealogy related databases are available October 1 through November 30, 2018.

Illinoisans can send an email to request the login information or should be able to get it from their library.  The access is FREE to people in Illinois, and some newspapers (like the Tribune) are included.”

See also the BLOG tab “Genealogy Links and Helps” under “States” “Illinois”.

Anyone can look up Illinois genealogy/history sites anytime at:

Illinois State Archives


Illinois State Library


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Explore Illinois

Try-It! Illinois

Illinois Secretary of State
and State Librarian

October 1 through November 30, 2018

About Try-It!

Welcome to Try-It! Illinois 2018, the eighteenth annual statewide database trial, sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library.

Try-It! Illinois offers the staffs and library users of the more than 5,000 ILLINET member libraries the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources.
Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois.
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