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  • Connecting with Your Swedish Ancestry Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:07:58 +0000
    What comes to your mind when you think of Sweden? Is it ABBA, the Swedish pop group that gained worldwide fame in the 70s? Or is it Sweden’s breathtaking, frigid landscapes with spectacular views of the northern lights? If you are Swedish or have Swedish ancestors, you may think of the patronymic surnames in your […]
  • Types of Swedish Church Records Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:04:36 +0000
    Did you know that Swedish parishes have been keeping records since 1686? Although individual parishes may have a few records from earlier dates, church law required Swedish church records to be diligently recorded after this time. Search Swedish Church Records Sweden parish staff used many types of records to account for the people living in […]
  • Remembering World War I Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:23:31 +0000
    From 1914–1918, millions of brave men and women around the world left their homes to fight for their countries in the Great War. It’s likely that someone in your family tree was among them. Do you know their story? Draft and service records from World War I can be a rich source of information about […]
  • Traditional Swedish Foods Fri, 09 Nov 2018 22:05:13 +0000
    Learn more about traditional Swedish foods from native Swedes and families with strong Swedish heritage. Recipes are included so you can try them yourself! Do you have Swedish ancestors? Discover your Swedish heritage with FamilySearch. Search Sweden Records  How to Enjoy Swedish Food In Sweden, it isn’t just what you eat, but how you eat […]
  • Swedish Potato Pancakes (Raggmunk) Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:43:46 +0000
    If you’ve been to Sweden, you might have noticed that most Swedish pancakes are eaten during brunch, lunch, or dinner—not for breakfast. Two popular types of potato pancakes are perfect for trying at your next meal: råraka and raggmunk. Some Swedish potato pancakes come in a thin, lacy variety known as råraka, made by grating […]
  • Swedish Chocolate Balls (Chokladbollar) Fri, 09 Nov 2018 17:45:34 +0000
    So popular are chocolate balls (chokladbollar) in Sweden that they have their own holiday—May 11, Chokladbollens Dag. “The rule in our family was that we could make them anytime of the year because they were so yummy and satisfying to eat,” says Rebecca Haggard, who shares this easy-to-make family recipe for Swedish chocolate balls. From […]
  • Savory Swedish Meatballs (Köttbullar) Fri, 09 Nov 2018 17:33:01 +0000
    Köttbullar, as meatballs are known, are made with ground meat and breadcrumbs softened in milk. The exact preparation varies from kitchen to kitchen. Sometimes the meatballs include ground pork or diced onion, and sometimes they are served with gravy. According to Sweden’s national website, the most important ingredient of this home-cooking staple is that the […]
  • Traditional Swedish Pancakes (Pannkakor) Fri, 09 Nov 2018 17:09:00 +0000
    A favorite food for many people with Swedish heritage is Swedish pancakes. They “are simple, yet super good, and we eat them throughout the year,” says Dee Wilhite. Traditional Swedish pancakes are light and thin—comparable to crepes—with a hint of sweetness. You may find them folded (not rolled) and topped with cream, jam, or fruit […]
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  • Gross, Nebraska, Population 2: The Home You Didn’t Know You Had Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:07:36 +0000
    It’s that time of year, once again, when thoughts of family and friends, and going home are more prevalent than ever. Having a home for the holidays provides great comfort, a sense of roots and belonging, no matter what home looks like – a leafy rural hideaway, a bustling city with gleaming skyscrapers – or Read More
  • Ancestry Launches a New Take on Genetic Traits Fri, 09 Nov 2018 23:22:34 +0000
    Ancestry’s long history of innovation has driven our leadership in family history and, more recently, the emerging field of consumer genomics. Today, we’re proud to introduce a fun and innovative way for you to further explore who you are and where you come from – AncestryDNA Traits. Using science and data to power ongoing journeys Read More
  • Descendants of Honor Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:00:20 +0000
    This Veterans Day, we are featuring the diverse descendants of Medal of Honor recipients to showcase the fact that our military heroes truly come from everywhere. Here are a few of their stories. Christopher Langlois – Descendant Christopher Flynn – Medal of Honor Recipient Ireland “I was named after him. I try to live up Read More
  • Researching the Genetics of Human Lifespan Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:06:25 +0000
    Today, I am proud to have the opportunity to highlight how the drive for discovery at Ancestry extends to our important research collaborations. Three years ago, we announced a collaboration with Calico, a research and development company focused on the biology of longevity. Today, our first joint research paper was published in GENETICS, a journal Read More
  • This Week in History – November 5 Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:13:55 +0000
    This Week in History is Ancestry’s look back at notable events from the past. Featuring three moments from our Newspapers.com archives, this Week in History is our way of remembering what came before us. In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11th, we remember our American heroes and their service to our country. During the week Read More
  • This Veterans Day, Discover the Military Heroes in your Family Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:00:49 +0000
    For the past 30 years, our focus has been digitizing and making historical content accessible for everyone – today, we offer more than 10 billion historical documents, including an unmatched collection of more than 250 million military records. As America celebrates Veterans Day this year, and its service members who have fought (and still fight) Read More
  • This Week in History – October 29 Mon, 29 Oct 2018 22:30:22 +0000
    This Week in History is Ancestry’s look back at notable events from the past. Featuring three moments from our Newspapers.com archives, this Week in History is our way of remembering what came before us. During the week of October 29, Hurricane Hattie struck Belize, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Read More
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    This Week in History is Ancestry’s look back at notable events from the past. Every week, we feature three moments in history from our Newspapers.com archives – anything from important anniversaries, to tragic occurrences, interesting tidbits to entertaining factoids, This Week in History is our way of remembering what came before us. During the week Read More
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  • National Genealogical Society 2019 Family History Program Now Available Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:55:41 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society: FALLS CHURCH, VA, 15 NOVEMBER 2018—The National Genealogical Society’s 2019 Family History Conference program is now available online and as a downloadable sixteen-page conference brochure. This year’s program, Journey of Discovery, will feature a variety of lecture tracks and topics including African American, English, […]
  • Compress Images the Easy Way with Squoosh Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:39:19 +0000
    NOTE: This is not a true genealogy article. If you are looking for genealogy-related articles, you might want to skip this one. However, the article does describe a general-purpose image compression tool that has many, many uses, including some uses by genealogists. As such, you might find it interesting. The gnomes at Google Chrome Labs […]
  • Reclaim The Records Files Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit–US Department of Veterans Affairs Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:00:14 +0000
    The following announcement was written by Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson of the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee: Reclaim the Records has previously filed suit in different state jurisdictions—their new Freedom of Information Act litigation is against a federal agency– the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The law suit, filed on September 17, 2018, asks […]
  • Sometimes Things Don’t Turn Out as You Expected Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:01:51 +0000
    I was chatting with a friend of mine this evening, using Signal, the encrypted app for cell phones that provides text messaging, voice calls, and two-way video calls. No, that’s not me or my friend. That is a promotional image for Signal. But it looks about the same as our two-way video call of today. […]
  • MyHeritage Announces a New Feature for DNA users — the Display of Shared Ancestral Places for DNA Matches Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:42:19 +0000
    MyHeritage now can show you towns, countries and U.S. states where birth or death events of ancestors took place that appear in your family tree and that you have in common with your DNA Matches. This feature makes the company’s DNA Matching even more useful by helping pinpoint how you and your DNA Matches could […]
  • New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of November 12, 2018 Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:40:35 +0000
    The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: FamilySearch added 3.5 million records from the 1901 Ireland Census, and 1.4 million naturalization records from New York. Other countries include Honduras, Peru, and the United States (Minnesota, Oregon, and Texas). Research these free new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images. Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments […]
  • The Essential Ebook Converter Guide Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:00:28 +0000
    Genealogists tend to collect lots of books. Of course, the trend in recent years is to obtain ebooks, not books printed on paper. Ebooks are much easier to store and carry, especially if you have hundreds of books. Ebooks are usually cheaper to purchase, although not always. They are also much, much easier to search […]
  • Findmypast Partners With Living DNA to Launch the Most Detailed Ancestry Discovery Experience Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:59:35 +0000
    The following announcement was written by Findmypast: Findmypast, in collaboration with Living DNA, has launched the most advanced biogeographical ancestry discovery experience on the market This British brand partnership uses cutting-edge science to reveal users’ unique British and Irish heritage across 21 regions and is the first to connect DNA to Findmypast’s archive of more […]
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