The Unofficial Guide to

Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.comThis book will help you get the most out of your subscription by showing you how to take advantage of all the world’s biggest genealogy website has to offer–and how to find answers to your family tree questions within its 14 billion records, 60 million family trees and 32,000 databases.

Author: Nancy Hendrickson
Print: $17.46
Kindle: $11.99

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Battle of Leyte Gulf: October 23–26, 1944

This post at the Fold3 Blog reminds us again of the sacrifices our military have made throughout our country’s history. Read the comments too. They make it personal.

From October 23–26, 1944, the Japanese navy unsuccessfully went up against the American navy off the coast of the Philippines in one of the largest naval battles in history. The Japanese loss…

Source: Battle of Leyte Gulf: October 23–26, 1944 – Fold3 Blog

Recommended Reading

This week’s news and interesting articles related to genealogy . . .

  • Thanks to ResearchBUZZ for this great tidbit . . . Centenary College of Louisiana has digitized almost 100 years’ worth of The New Orleans Christian Advocate, a weekly Methodist newspaper. “The online issues span 1850 to 1946 and total more than 46,000 pages of content. Researchers can now access these online, page through each volume, download a complete PDF, or search the full text version.”
  • This week’s new batch of Findmypast Friday records includes the most complete collection of British War Office records relating to the Easter Rising and Irish War of Independence from 1916-1921. Also available to search this week are new additions to our collection of Scotland Registers & Records and 90 new volumes of British directories and almanacs.
  • From Ancestry . . . We have overhauled the media upload experience to make it easier than ever to add photos and stories to your tree. With this update you can files by choosing files from your local drive, by dragging and dropping files into the uploader, or even just pasting in content from your clipboard. Below are some examples of how it is even easier to add content.
  • How much do you know about GEDCOM? Keith at Genealogy Tools offers some interesting perspective.
  • Considering options for publishing your family history? Lynn Palermo has some great ideas in an article posted at the MyCanvas blog

Unofficial Guide to

Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch cover

How to Find Your Family History on the Largest Free Genealogy Website

Discover your ancestry on, the world’s largest free genealogy website. This in-depth user guide shows you how to find your family in the site’s databases of more than 3.5 billion names and millions of digitized historical records spanning the globe. Learn how to maximize all of’s research tools–including hard-to-find features–to extend your family tree in America and the old country.

In this book, you’ll find:

  • Step-by-step strategies to craft search queries that find ancestors fast
  • Practical pointers for locating your ancestors in record collections that aren’t searchable
  • Detailed overviews of’s major U.S. collections, with helpful record explanations to inform your research
  • Guidance for using’s vast record collections from Europe, Canada, Mexico and 100-plus countries around the world
  • Tips for creating and managing your family tree on
  • Secrets to utilizing user-submitted genealogies, 200,000 digitized family history books, and the FamilySearch catalog of 2.4 million offline resources you can borrow through a local FamilySearch Center
  • Worksheets and checklists to track your research progress

Illustrated step-by-step examples teach you exactly how to apply these tips and techniques to your own research. Whether you’re new to or you’re a longtime user, you’ll find the guidance you need to discover your ancestors and make the most of the site’s valuable resources.

Author: Dana McCullough
Publisher: Family Tree Books (August 2015)

Print: $18.69
Kindle: $12.99