Family Tree Magazine Celebrates Family History Month

Family Tree Magazine

[Editor's note: The following press release about various Family History Month events at Family Tree Magazine was recently received and is reproduced here to inform our readers.]

Discover Your Roots During Family History Month In October

Curious about your family’s past? Begin exploring your family tree this Family History Month with free programs from Family Tree Magazine.

On Oct. 16 at 2 p.m., the magazine will present 10 Steps to Discover Your Roots, an hour-long online workshop to help people get started in genealogy. Part of a national Family History Month event, the program will be broadcast live over the internet to libraries and genealogical societies across the country.

“Most people get curious about their family history at some point in their lives,” says Allison Stacy, publisher/editorial director of Family Tree Magazine and the host of 10 Steps to Discover Your Roots. “The goal of this event is to give people the guidance they need to make discoveries about their family.”

Stacy will be joined by Diane Haddad, managing editor of Family Tree Magazine, David A. Fryxell and Nancy Hendrickson, both contributing editors to the magazine, and Lisa Louise Cooke, producer of the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast. They’ll offer tips for gathering information, searching online, finding historical records and more. Registration is free at

Those interested in digging deeper will want to take advantage of a two-week online course from Family Tree University. Enrollment for Discover Your Family Tree: Genealogy for the Absolute Beginner, which begins Oct. 11, is free in honor of Family History Month.

Beginners also can enter a contest to become Family Tree Magazine’s “Family Tree Firsts” blogger. One newbie will be selected to write about their experiences on and be featured in the magazine.

All family tree buffs will appreciate the Ultimate Family History Giveaway—one lucky person will win a genealogy prize package worth more than $2,000. The prize includes products and services from many family history companies. Learn more and enter at

For more information about Family History Month resources and programs from Family Tree Magazine, visit

About Family Tree Magazine

Family Tree Magazine, America’s leading family history publication, is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc. <>, which also encompasses Family Tree University online courses and webinars <>, the Family Tree Books imprint 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.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Freedom Tweet and the Freedom to Blog

freedom tweet

I’ve got freedom on my mind lately.  One reason is that Juneteenth – on Saturday, June 19, 2010 – is upon us and I take time to reflect upon the impact of slavery on our history and its continued impact on our society.

FreedomTweet 2010 is an event on Twitter meant to bring unified voices in celebration of freedom.  Freedom from domination by one person, one race, one government.  Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to protest, freedom to act.

And as I mark June 19th as a day of freedom, I often think about ways in which I am thankful for having certain freedoms in my life and never, never taking them for granted.  One of the biggest for me as a blogger is the freedom of speech.

It is this freedom that allows me  to speak my mind without fear of governmental retribution.  A freedom to talk the talk but responsibility to walk the walk.  A freedom to reach out to others and to try and build community.

How Will You Celebrate Freedom?

I ask all my genealogy blogging colleagues who inhabit the twittersvere to consider joining in FreedomTweet.  Between now and June 19, 2010 tweet about freedom and use the hash tag #freedomtweet.  Tell us what freedom means to you.  Include links to blog posts about freedom, links to music that means freedom, links to photos of freedom.

One of my first tweets involves a song from Nina Simone entitled “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”: @geneabloggers: “Freedom is blasting the sweet soul voice of Nina Simone #FreedomTweet” ♫

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Keep Calm and Cite Your Sources

keep calm and cite your sources

I got a good laugh out of the above posted which was created by Jennifer of Rainy Day Genealogy Readings.  It may not play as well here as it does in the UK where the “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters are part of an anti-terrorism campaign.

Jennifer told me she used the Keep Calm Generator to create her poster and I like it so much that I wanted to display it and link back to her blog.

While you’re here, check out out our Source Citations Quick Reference (opens in PDF) to help make the process easier.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee