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  • Ordinances Ready Inspiring Members around the World Fri, 11 Jan 2019 15:31:12 +0000
    “While temple and family history work has the power to bless those beyond the veil, it has an equal power to bless the living.”—President Russell M. Nelson, April 2010 General Conference Ordinances Ready is a new FamilySearch tool that simplifies finding names for the temple, allowing you more time to serve your family and enjoy […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch from December 2018 Thu, 10 Jan 2019 18:22:23 +0000
    FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in December 2018 with over 55 million new indexed family history records and over 800,000 digital images from around the world. New historical records were added from Brazil, England, Ireland, Peru, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States, which includes Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, […]
  • How Did We Get the First U.S. Census? Wed, 09 Jan 2019 23:26:46 +0000
    The United States has faithfully taken a census every 10 years since 1790. You may have used census records to build your family history or heard that they are super useful for genealogists—but do you know how the first U.S. census began? Search for Your Ancestors in the 1790 Census   The Need for a […]
  • Learn about Your Family on Fri, 04 Jan 2019 21:51:34 +0000
    An exciting new search tool on the home page called “Learn about your family” combines the power of searching records—the most used feature on the website and app—with searching the FamilySearch Family Tree—a worldwide community tree with over one billion profiles. With this new feature, you can learn about your family surname and more. […]
  • Use Simple Activities to Create Personalized Family History Experiences Fri, 04 Jan 2019 21:41:20 +0000
    Temple and family history work can be fun. And why shouldn’t it be? When we feel a real connection with our family (living or dead) we are energized, and we gain a clarity and purpose that shines a light on the joy inherent in the plan of salvation. Many people believe that family history is […]
  • What’s Coming to FamilySearch in 2019 Fri, 04 Jan 2019 21:15:23 +0000
    The popular, free genealogy website,, has many plans for the new year, including enhanced record search and Family Tree search capabilities, new online discovery experiences, and more! In addition to over 300 million additional historical records and images for family history discoveries, look for the following new offerings in 2019. 1. Online Interactive Discovery Experiences […]
  • A New Approach to Temple and Family History Consulting Fri, 04 Jan 2019 20:34:25 +0000
    A great way to engage others in temple and family history work is to help them have experiences with their own family history that are meaningful to them personally. This kind of interaction, called a personalized family history experience, is an informal get-together that takes place in the home or another convenient location where the […]
  • FamilySearch 2018 Genealogy Highlights Wed, 02 Jan 2019 22:28:33 +0000
    FamilySearch International, a global leader in helping individuals discover their family history, published its annual at-a-glance summary of its efforts in 2018. A key FamilySearch initiative is to simplify family history and increase discovery experiences for beginners. In 2018, FamilySearch published hundreds of millions of new, free historical records online, provided personal, interactive learning opportunities, […]
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  • New Middlesbrough Catholic Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:43:06 +0000
    The following announcement was written by Findmypast: There are more than 7 million new records and newspapers available to search this Findmypast Friday, including: England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms Over 65,000 exclusive new records covering the Diocese of Middlesbrough have been added to our collection of England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms. The new additions cover […]
  • Molasses Flood Victims’ Death Certificates Now Online Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:41:14 +0000
    This is a follow-up to my earlier article, The Great Molasses Flood of January 15, 1919, available at: The Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has announced a new online database: the Massachusetts Archives Digital Repository. 21 people, including two school children and one 65-year-old house wife were killed in the Great Molasses Flood […]
  • Free Genealogy Programs Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:00:33 +0000
    A newsletter reader wrote recently and asked if there are any free genealogy programs available today. I thought perhaps others might have the same question so I will respond here in the newsletter where anyone interested can read the answer. In fact, there are many free, full-featured genealogy programs available for Windows, Macintosh, Chromebooks, Linux, […]
  • On the Road Again, This Time to Bangkok Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:00:15 +0000
    By the time you read this, I will probably be en route to Bangkok, Thailand. I will warn you there may not be as many articles as normal posted in this newsletter in the next week. If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you already know that I often travel to genealogy […]
  • Browse and Search Historical Publications with the New Washington Digital Newspapers Website Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:00:30 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the Washington State Library: The Washington State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, has launched a new website for the Washington Digital Newspapers program: The site features new titles in the State Library’s digital newspaper collection, with full-text article search of more than 400,000 […]
  • This Newsletter is Twenty-Three Years Old! Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:00:07 +0000
    It’s time to raise a glass of bubbly and celebrate! Yes, I am celebrating this newsletter’s twenty-third anniversary. Wow! Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday that I decided to start writing a genealogy newsletter for a few of my friends and acquaintances. Well, it wasn’t yesterday… it was 23 years ago […]
  • Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration From Asking the Citizenship Question from 2020 Census Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:33:59 +0000
    I have written about this question before. See for my past articles about the 2020 U.S. Census. Now a New York Judge has ruled that the 2020 US Census may not include the proposed citizenship question. The opinion from US District Court of Southern District of New York Judge Furman stated: “Secretary Ross’s decision […]
  • How to Extract Your Own DNA at Home by using Vodka Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:00:21 +0000
    Yes, you read that right. Explore your own DNA at home by using liquid soap, salt and vodka. Oh yes, you will also need some saliva. Disclaimer: I am not recommending this “test” as a suitable substitute for DNA testing by one of the laboratories that specialize in DNA analysis. However, it is an interesting […]
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