From the Editor
The big news this month is Ancestry's announcement that they are discontinuing sales of Family Tree Maker software at the end of the year. You can read my take below under Recent Posts.
CensusTools (Our Sponsor)
CensusTools genealogy spreadsheets were created by Gary Minder as a result of his inability to find a practical solution to keep track of the census data found in his research. CensusTools provides researchers with quality tools to electronically record, preserve and archive family history data. You can download the 1940 census spreadsheets for free at the below link. If you like it, I think you'll find the entire pack of 40 spreadsheets a welcome addition to your genealogy toolbox.
Surname Variations and How To Navigate Them
Q: What do Sean Gough, Jean Lefevre, Giovanni Ferrari, Juan Herrero, Ivan Kowalski, Hans Schmidt, Jan Kowalski and Janos Kovacs have in common? A: In Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, respectively, all are the equivalent of John Smith. LegacyFamilyTree.com offers 5 tips with case studies to help you navigate the confusion of surname variations.