Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs in 2013

April 25, 2013  - by 

Family Tree Magazine’s list of the 40 best genealogy blogs for 2013 is out. Many FamilySearch friends and users appear on the list. Congratulations!

Blogs are a great way to keep up with family history news and share helpful research and technology ideas. I know I check several blogs on a daily basis to keep myself up-to-date and gather opinions about FamilySearch products.

Family Tree Magazine staff picked what they consider the best genealogy blogs in the following categories: (1) Good advice, (2) Tech support, (3) Gravestone matters, (4) Heritage help, (5) Shop talk, and (6) Story time.

There’s something for everyone in this list and I’m sure you’ll find new blogs to add to your daily reading. Enjoy!

Nathan Murphy

Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG is a United States and Canada Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. He specializes in Southern United States and English family trees.

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  1. I have an old book in my collection called Practical Arithmetic published 1825, out of Pittsburgh, signed on front and back pages by John McMurtrie and Horace McMurtrie with penned dates of 1831 and 1850, if anyone knows of this family and wants this book, please contact me at regards Randy Zalewski

  2. Great list guys! If you ever need to look up your family records in the USA, you can find court records over at your local county clerkโ€™s office ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. My great-grandfather worked as a carpenter on a ship out of Christiana, Norway in or around 1877. He “jumped ship” on arrival in the States. Is there anywhere that would give ship personnel records during that time? His name was Henry Christian Olsen. The first record I find of him is in Cook County, IL in 1882.

  4. Now that you will no longer sell Family Family Tree, what happens to the tree that we now have? After January 1, 2017 explain what can we expect. Will the tree and all the information now become useless? Will I have still be able to add information and sync to ancestry?
    Thanks Dennis

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