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  • What Is DNA?—A Molecule That Links Generations Sat, 23 Feb 2019 00:28:22 +0000
    What is DNA? We’ve all seen stunning pictures of DNA models, and many of us have heard the phrase “deoxyribonucleic acid” before. DNA can seem futuristic, scientific, and sometimes downright magical. But is there a simple definition of DNA, one that is a little less mysterious? DNA affects our appearance and abilities, and it also […]
  • DNA Cousin Matches Can Lead to Family History Discoveries Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:29:55 +0000
    DNA testing has become a big part of genealogy and family history. DNA matches, sometimes referred to as cousin matches, can be the link to overcoming brick walls in family history research, help adoptees find their birth families, and lead to exciting new family history discoveries. DNA testing companies that assist with family history generally […]
  • Connecting with Your Biological Family through DNA Testing Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:49:16 +0000
    Adoptees and others with unknown parentage can use DNA testing to find and connect with their biological families or to learn more about where their ancestors came from. DNA testing won’t always provide adoptees with a quick answer to finding their biological roots, but with some traditional genealogy research and DNA testing, many have found […]
  • Overcoming Brick Walls in Your Family Tree with a Genealogy DNA Test Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:58:47 +0000
    Today, many people are turning to DNA testing to overcome brick walls in their family history research. When you are unable to find information to go back any further in your family tree, DNA testing might help you break through these research barriers. To get through a brick wall, successful genealogists often start by using […]
  • RootsTech 2019 FamilySearch Updates Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:31:44 +0000
    FamilySearch will be addressing a variety of updates at RootsTech 2019.  Whether you are attending RootsTech 2019 in-person, remotely, or planning to catch up afterwards, we thought we would capture some much-anticipated FamilySearch highlights to whet your appetite—just in case you miss them with all the other exciting buzz surrounding the conference. FamilySearch Family Tree […]
  • Have You Seen This?—Cool Features on the Family Tree App Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:45:03 +0000
    Have you tried using the Family Tree app to learn about your family? The mobile app has some features you may not have seen yet—and they give you a powerful way to connect with your family. With the Family Tree app, you can search for ancestors and learn about their life experiences wherever you happen […]
  • The World’s Largest Shared Family Tree Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:14:30 +0000
    The free FamilySearch website is home to the world’s largest online family tree. Known as the FamilySearch Family Tree, this shared family tree is home to information about more than 1.2 billion ancestors, which has been contributed by millions of descendants. What’s a “Shared Family Tree”? FamilySearch’s unified family tree differs from the tree-building experience […]
  • FamilySearch Affiliates—Treasure Troves for Family Historians Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:20:07 +0000
    Neither Curt Witcher nor Sue Kaufman have spent their careers working in their first chosen professions—and now they both work in the same field, one that leads Witcher to quip at times that he “works with the dead.” Fascinated by biographies and history, Curt Witcher first planned to be an educator, teaching for a semester […]
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  • Findmypast Announces Acquisition of RootsFinder, Inc. and the RootsFinder Family Tree Product Fri, 22 Feb 2019 20:06:07 +0000
    The following announcement was written by Findmypast: RootsFinder accelerates Findmypast’s development of the Findmypast Tree. Acquisition marks the latest step in Findmypast’s drive to innovate and enhance user discoveries. RootsFinder founder, Dallan Quass, joins the Findmypast team to assist with future integration work and tree development Leading family history website, Findmypast, has acquired RootsFinder Inc. and […]
  • New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:40:49 +0000
    The following announcement was written by Findmypast: There are over 800,000 new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday. Yorkshire Baptisms Over 135,000 new additions covering 81 new parishes have been added to the collection. Each record contains both a transcript and an image of the original register entry that will reveal […]
  • Proposed Bill Would Force Many Arizonians to Pay $250 to Have Their DNA Added to a Database Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:00:05 +0000
    This proposed legislation would be great for future genealogists if they can gain access to the database (which I doubt). However, there are huge security and privacy issues involved. Arizona Bill 1475 was introduced by Republican State Senator David Livingston and would require teachers, police officers, child day care workers, and many others to submit […]
  • New Legislation Seeks To Protect Lost African-American Burial Grounds Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:00:47 +0000
    From an article by David Anderson in Forbes: “When new construction projects break ground across the United States, they regularly encounter archaeological materials. Those materials can represent the last surviving trace of the lives lived by the people who made them; and all too often, those materials turn out to be from cemeteries and burial […]
  • Zoho Office Suite now uses Artificial Intelligence to Provide a FREE, Powerful Alternative to Office 365 Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:00:27 +0000
    I wrote about the Zoho Office Suite more than two years ago in an article entitled Zoho Workplace: My Favorite FREE Replacement for Microsoft Office. Zoho Workplace is a competitor to Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Google Docs, and similar office automation products. It also can read and write documents that were created with Microsoft Office, […]
  • Preserving Documents Digitally Versus on Paper Alone Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:35:28 +0000
    I frequently hear a genealogist say something like this: “Digital storage methods are dangerous and won’t last long. I am going to save everything on paper so it will last forever.” I strongly disagree. That is one of the fallacies that seem to float around forever. Professional archivists and data center managers all know better […]
  • New Genealogy Search Engine at Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:11:35 +0000
    Kin Crawler is a web crawler/search engine that works in a similar method as Google but with one major difference: it is constantly crawling the web looking for any pages that pertain solely to genealogy. Once it finds a genealogy-related web site, Kin Crawler indexes each page and puts the words or cache into a […]
  • Reminder: NERGC Early Bird Registration ends February 28 Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:09:20 +0000
    The conferences sponsored by the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC) are always great events. Each conference is advertised as: NERGC is a regional conference with national reach. We bring you affordable, cutting edge, expert genealogical education within the reach of New England genealogists and family historians at an affordable regional price. Click on the […]
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