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Being an editor, I’m more about words than numbers. (I’ll spare you stories of embarrassing
math situations I’ve been involved in.) But hold onto your horses: Today I’m getting
a little crazy and throwing out some numbers from our December
issue—along with some genealogy resources in word form.
Subscribers will get the December 2011 Family Tree Magazine in their mailboxes
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11 on ShopFamilyTree.com and
10 million-plus: The number of indexed Spanish
baptisms, marriages and deaths (1500 to 1950) you can search on FamilySearch.org.
There are more
than a half-million for Portugal. Sunny Jane
Morton‘s guide to researching roots in Europe’s Iberian peninsula has much more
2 million (and counting): The number of people profiles on WikiTree.
Get a tutorial of the site in the December issue’s Toolkit.
1.7 million: The number of horses in the Confederate states around the start
of the Civil War, compared to 3.4 million in the Northern states. But Southerners
tended to have more experience on horseback, resulting in better cavalry units in
the Confederacy, says Family Tree Magazine contributing editor David A. Fryxell.
In this issue’s Now What? column, he answers a reader’s question about ancestors who
went out West during the war to capture horses for Union troops.
700-728: If your ancestor’s Social Security Number starts with a number in
this range, you know he was eligible to receive benefits from the Railroad
Retirement Board. You can request post-1936 records for $27. You’ll find more
resources for researching railroad workers, miners, autoworkers and other blue-collar
ancestors in this issue.
75: Number of great websites especially for state-based ancestor research in
this issue. Contributing editor Rick Crume dug
up at least one site per state, including such gems as the Indiana
State Library Genealogy Collection, the Missouri
History Museum and the Wyoming Newspaper Project.
10: Favorite Flickr streams Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor shares in the
Toolkit, including those of the Library
of Congress and 19th Century
4: This is the number of fun facts about breakfast in the History Matters column.
Did you know doughnuts were considered snacks, not breakfast, until they were served
to soldiers in World War II? We’ll explain how the morning meal our ancestors enjoyed
came to be.
2: The number of family trees everyone has—a genealogical tree and a genetic
tree. They’re not necessarily the same: Starting at about your third-great-grandparents,
not all of your ancestors are represented in your DNA, says Blaine
Bettinger in the December issue. But autosomal DNA testing, among the latest developments
in genetic genealogy, can unlock much more of your ancestral DNA than traditional
Y-DNA and mtDNA tests can.
1: The December 2011 issue has one index (on the last page) which covers all Family
Tree Magazine articles in 2011. Can’t remember which issue had the guide to Family
History Centers? Look here to find out it was in the January 2011 issue, page 16.
(Seeking indexes from past years of Family Tree Magazines? Download
them as pdfs from our website.)
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