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  • New Records on FamilySearch: Week of April 16, 2018 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:05:51 +0000
    New archived records from around the world are published on FamilySearch every week to help you find your ancestors. This week, the new additions include almost 3.5 million records from Oklahoma, 1.5 million from Germany and more from Quebec, Italy, Lesotho, Ireland, Peru, Georgia, Texas, Costa Rica, and Poland. See the official announcement to learn […]
  • #52Stories for Families Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:22:37 +0000
    If you’ve used #52Stories to write your personal history, try #52Stories for families to help you record your family’s story, one question at a time. These weekly questions will get the conversation going so you and your family can discuss and preserve your most precious memories. At the end of the year, you’ll have a […]
  • New Calling Information Available for Temple and Family History Consultants Wed, 11 Apr 2018 23:23:36 +0000
    During the Family History Leadership Session at RootsTech 2018, Elder Bradley D. Foster, General Authority Seventy and Executive Director of the Family History Department, invited each temple and family history consultant to “go to the many resources on” to get help as each strives to minister one by one to those they are called […]
  • RootsTech 2018 Access and Preservation Day Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:36:44 +0000
    A host of family information is stored in valuable photos, books, newspapers, records, and more that are at risk of being lost. Efforts to preserve and digitally store these resources can save family histories for future generations. Access and Preservation Day at RootsTech 2018 was a great opportunity to hear from some industry leaders who […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: Week of April 9, 2018 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 21:38:32 +0000
    New archived records from around the world are published on FamilySearch every week to help you find your ancestors. This week, over 2.5 million new church and civil records are available from Brittany, France and more from Peru, Ecuador, Sweden, Germany, Chile, the Netherlands, and Ukraine. See the official announcement to learn more or search […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: Week of April 2, 2018 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 21:45:11 +0000
    New archived records from around the world are published on FamilySearch every week to help you find your ancestors. This week, nearly 8 million new records are available from France and more from Sweden, Austria, Montana, Pennsylvania, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic. See the official announcement to learn more or search these new free records: […]
  • RootsTech 2018 FamilySearch Classes Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:33:38 +0000
    RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, teaches attendees about important research skills and useful resources. After RootsTech, return to this page to access content from 8 FamilySearch classes presented at RootsTech 2018. Refresh what you learned at RootsTech (or discover what you missed) with downloadable presentations, helpful links, and interviews with the […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: March 2018 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 20:33:11 +0000
    New archived records are published on FamilySearch every week to help you find your ancestors. This month, millions of new records from France and the United States were published along with millions more from around the world. Search these new free records by clicking on the record release announcements from March: New Historic Records on […]
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  • Exploring the U.S., WWII Jewish Servicemen Cards, 1942-1947 Collection Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:51:52 +0000
    I recently read an Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for a Jewish soldier in WWII named Harvey P. Robitshek. This IDPF was unlike other I have read in that it is 361 pages long. Now I’ve read hundreds of IDPFs across all branches of the military for WWII, but this one really stood out. Why? Read More
  • The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: A Fight for Survival Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:51:45 +0000
    Underground markets. Escapes through sewers. Friends and neighbors defending their streets from tanks. On the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, we look back on a WWII story rarely told, but just as heroic as the Landing at Normandy or the Battle of Britain. On 19 April 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto, a starving Jewish Read More
  • Timeless: A Trip That Took JFK 115 Years to Make Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:29:33 +0000
    Right this minute, I’m in Ireland on an Ancestry ProGenealogists Heritage Tour, sitting in the Harbor Hotel overlooking Galway Bay.  I’ve spent the last week and a half making a clockwise tour of the island.  And, it seems that every time we come around another corner someone reminds us about the time in June 1963 Read More
  • Timeless: Benjamin Franklin’s Connection to the Salem Witch Trials Sun, 08 Apr 2018 22:55:52 +0000
    When I think about Benjamin Franklin I think about bifocals, kites and lightening, his ambassadorship to France, and the fact that he was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  I most certainly don’t think about the Salem Witch Trials.  After all the witchcraft frenzy that gripped Salem Village happened almost Read More
  • Preparing for the 100th Anniversary of the End of WWI Fri, 06 Apr 2018 13:00:58 +0000
    As we move through 2018, we get closer to the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I, a war in which some of our ancestors fought and died. Have you started your research? Are you attending any commemorations or unveiling of new war memorials? Are you adding your new information to your family Read More
  • Dispelling Myths in Jewish Genealogy Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:30:40 +0000
    Janette Silverman grew up believing she might never uncover the stories of her Jewish ancestors. Due to the diaspora and the horrific events of World War II, finding Jewish families who had lived in Europe before the 20th century was nearly impossible. At least, that’s what she had been told. It was common knowledge, a Read More
  • Timeless: Taxi Drive to NASCAR Mon, 19 Mar 2018 01:25:14 +0000
    One of my favorite things about family history is uncovering the stories of ordinary people.  People who lived their lives in unassuming ways but still managed to do pretty incredible things.  All too often, though, those stories get lost to time in the face of bigger and brighter personalities.  Family history is a way to Read More
  • How Do I Find My Irish Cousins among My DNA Matches? (This Works for 331+ Other Regions, Too.) Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:55:28 +0000
    Isn’t It Time You Were Irish? Has Saint Patrick’s Day left you wondering about your Irish ancestors? Who they were? Where they came from? How they got here? Whether you really have some? Ancestry—and AncestryDNA—can help. You’ll find more than 200 million Irish records on, and AncestryDNA can help you track your Irish roots Read More
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  • April 25 is National DNA Day in the U.S. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:52:16 +0000
    National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) began celebrating DNA Day annually on April 25th after the 108th Congress passed concurrent resolutions designating it as DNA Day. The goal of National DNA […]
  • The Great Famine Voices Roadshow in the USA and Canada Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:10:22 +0000
    For over a century and a half shame and silence were the most common Irish responses to the calamity of the Great Hunger. A million dead, a million fled was the old saying, but concern over igniting further strife in the present (a particular concern during the Troubles) kept a lid on most discussions of […]
  • Never Throw Away Records of People! Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:57:42 +0000
    The Home Office destroyed thousands of landing card slips recording Windrush immigrants’ arrival dates in the UK, despite staff warnings that the move would make it harder to check the records of older Caribbean-born residents experiencing residency difficulties. Prime Minister Theresa May has apologised to Caribbean leaders over deportation threats made to the children of […]
  • Who Owns a Cemetery? Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:10:00 +0000
    An article in the Cowley (Kansas) CourierTimes highlights a frequent question: Who owns a cemetery? Actually, in many parts of the U.S., most cemeteries have clearly identified owners. Municipal cemeteries are owned by the town or city. The local Catholic cemetery is obviously owned by the Catholic Church and other cemeteries may be owned by […]
  • SLIG Calls for Proposals Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:43:56 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy: The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) continues to reach out to advanced, experienced teaching professionals in the genealogical community for new course content, presentation, and publication proposals. The following Calls for Proposals are now open: SLIG 2020 Course Proposals: SLIG offers courses […]
  • MyHeritage Announces a DNA Day Sale through April 25 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:13:12 +0000
    This is an excellent chance to save on a DNA test for yourself… or give two or three of them to others. Click here to learn more.
  • The MyHeritage DNA Quest Pro Bono Project helping Adoptees is now Global Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:08:10 +0000
    Last month, MyHeritage launched the DNA Quest, a new pro bono initiative to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through genetic testing. The initiative, initially launched in the USA only, received an amazing response. More than 10,000 applications were submitted so far to receive free DNA kits, from the quota of 15,000 free DNA […]
  • Libraries and Archives Canada Introduces Co-Lab, a Tool to Collaborate on Historical Records Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:16:03 +0000
    Wikipedia defines crowdsourcing as “… a sourcing model in which individuals or organizations obtain goods and services, including ideas and finances, from a large, relatively open and often rapidly-evolving group of internet users; it divides work between participants to achieve a cumulative result.” Crowdsourcing seems to be a great tool for genealogists to work together […]
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