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  • Who’s in Your Family Tree? Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:12:20 +0000
    It doesn’t matter whether your ancestors were famous, infamous, or as awesomely ordinary as a milkman. Knowing their stories—their successes, failures, joys, and sorrows—can bless your life with strength and inspiration. Get started making discoveries with 2 simple steps on FamilySearch: Step 1: Add what you know to Family Tree. Add your parents and grandparents […]
  • Overgangsdatums indexering Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:32:34 +0000
    Zoals u weet, stapt FamilySearch van een desktopprogramma over op een webindexeringsprogramma. Arbitrage daarvan loopt nog tot 31 maart 2018, of tot een latere datum zolang het werk blijft achterlopen. In het webprogramma zijn momenteel meer dan 160 projecten voor indexering en controle beschikbaar. Wij nodigen u uit om de webindexering uit te proberen en […]
  • The Art of Remembering: 9 Tips for Capturing Personal and Family Stories Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:12:08 +0000
    Seventeen years after my Grandpa Bob passed away, my dad planned a family reunion at a park in northern Utah. Prior to the reunion, my dad invited his four siblings and their children to email him their favorite memories of Grandpa Bob. He compiled the memories into a 16-page document and printed a copy for […]
  • 18 Writing Tips for 2018: How to Tell Personal and Family Stories with Confidence Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:49:36 +0000
    Seventeen years after my Grandpa Bob passed away, my dad planned a family reunion at a park in Northern Utah. Prior to the reunion, he invited his four siblings and their children to email him their favorite memories of Grandpa Bob. He compiled the memories in a 16-page document and printed copies for everyone. One […]
  • A Sacrifice of Time: Indexing Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:35:45 +0000
    We hear the word “indexing” thrown around a lot when we’re talking about family history. In fact, in their presentation at RootsTech 2017, President and Sister Nelson challenged people to make a sacrifice of time to participate in temple and family history work, including indexing. They shared the experience of three young family members, Natalie, […]
  • What’s New: FamilySearch Places Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:16:51 +0000
    Anyone who has tried to uncover his or her family history knows that place is an integral part of every family’s story. The places our ancestors lived shaped their lives and experiences. They also determined what records were created about them. It makes sense, then, that to find our ancestors and understand their lives, we […]
  • What’s New: Search Records at Home Wed, 20 Dec 2017 22:30:49 +0000
    For many years, using FamilySearch’s vast collections of records often meant taking a trip to the Family History Library or a FamilySearch affiliate library to scroll through microfilms. Or it might have meant ordering the needed microfilm and waiting for it to arrive at a local family history center. Over the past several years, though, […]
  • Using Obituaries to Find Your Family Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:41:39 +0000
    You probably know people who are avid obituary readers. They regularly scan their local papers, looking for people they know. While reading about other people’s deaths might strike you as an unusual hobby, the truth is that every family researcher should become an avid obituary reader. The reason is simple: obituaries are potentially the most […]
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  • Walking Where Ancestors Walked: Travelers Give High Marks to First Genealogy Tour Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:00:04 +0000
    A hike to an old stone barn on a sheep farm in the country. A walk through a graveyard. An 11-day bus ride with 22 complete strangers.   This may not immediately sound like the description of a dream vacation. But talk to California resident Vicki Stuber for two minutes, and you’ll be convinced that Read More
  • The Pros Share Their #GenealogyGoals for 2018 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 15:18:40 +0000
    The year’s end is a time to take stock of the past year and make plans for the new one ahead. In addition to resolutions about food and exercise, it’s the perfect time to set some goals related to family history. Not sure where to start? Two of Ancestry’s professional genealogists recently shared the pet Read More
  • RootsWeb Security Update Sat, 23 Dec 2017 17:32:15 +0000
    Update: RootsWeb updates can be found on RootsWeb homepage. We want to share an important security update with you. Last Wednesday, December 20, Ancestry’s Information Security Team received a message from a security researcher indicating that he had found a file containing email addresses/username and password combinations as well as user names from a Read More
  • Sharing Genealogy Costs with Family Members Helps Spread the Wealth Thu, 21 Dec 2017 21:21:07 +0000
    Maybe you have thought about hiring a professional genealogist to help tackle a nagging research question or build out your family tree, but the cost has kept you from moving forward. You’re not alone. Just like hiring an expert in any field, accessing the experience and knowledge of a trained genealogist can be expensive. If Read More
  • Understanding Machine Learning: XGBoost Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:16:30 +0000
    Understanding Machine Learning: XGBoost As the use of machine learning continues to grow in industry, the need to understand, explain and define what machine learning models do seems to be a growing trend. For machine learning classification problems that are not of the deep learning type, it’s hard to find a more popular library than Read More
  • 4 Reasons to Join a Genealogical Society Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:00:32 +0000
    Given the immense quantity of material available through Ancestry and elsewhere online, you may not have considered the many benefits of joining a genealogical society. Societies range in size from a few dozen to thousands of members, and typically have a focus. That focus could be based in geography, surname, nationality, or ethnic group. Automatically, Read More
  • Bringing Clarity and Simplicity – Updates to Ancestry Terms and Privacy Statement Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:00:02 +0000
    Maintaining our customers’ trust is a non-stop, 24/7 job for everyone at Ancestry. That approach is baked into how we build and market our products, how we make decisions as a business and, of course, how we think about, protect and respect the data you share with us. In that spirit, today I am happy Read More
  • 5 Tips for Discovering Biological Family with AncestryDNA Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:00:50 +0000
    Few journeys in the world of genealogy are as poignant and challenging as an individual searching for his or her biological family. While all people who pursue genealogy experience some sense of self-discovery and emotion, researchers solving “unknown parentage” questions produce even more passion. With the world of genetic genealogy exploding in popularity over the Read More
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  • How MyHeritage Found a New Business in DNA Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:27:21 +0000
    The TechCrunch web site has an interesting article about MyHeritage’s DNA business. Well, it was interesting to me because MyHeritage is the sponsor of this newsletter. However, I suspect a lot of other genealogists will also be interested in the reasons why MyHeritage added DNA to the company’s product lines and the success that MyHeritage […]
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania Announces Two Summer Genealogy Courses in Philadelphia Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:11:48 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania: Researching Family in Pennsylvania 30 July – 3 August 2018 Now in its 3rd year, Researching Family in Pennsylvania is an intensive five-day course exploring the records and repositories available for research in the Keystone State. This course offers a complete “How to” curriculum, […]
  • What’s Coming from FamilySearch in 2018 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:37:12 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch: FamilySearch is a global leader in fun, online family history services with over 9 million users in 2017. In 2018 FamilySearch will be expanding its free site and services by adding new family discoveries, more online connections, expanded global reach, and millions of new sources to […]
  • Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:30:45 +0000
    To all Plus Edition subscribers: A notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few minutes ago. Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter: MyHeritage Adds United States WWI Draft Registrations, 1917-1918 Facebook Users want to Continue Posting from Beyond the Grave The Security of Your Mother’s […]
  • Why Do You Need to Make Frequent Backups? Well, I Found Out Yesterday! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:24:39 +0000
    If you have been reading this newsletter for a while, you already know that I am a fanatic about making backup copies of important information, then storing those backed up files in different locations, including off-site. I have heard dozens of stories from genealogists describing how their many years of family tree research were lost […]
  • Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:20:32 +0000
    The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events: Online Webinars, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events. All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. […]
  • Find My Past Fridays-New Records: Jersey, Lancashire, Connecticut and New Jersey Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:09:08 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast: Jersey Baptisms 1540-1915 Does your family have roots in the Bailiwick of Jersey? Explore thousands of Church of England baptism registers from the island of Jersey, a British Crown dependency in the English Channel, to uncover dates, locations and the names of both parents. Jersey […]
  • (UK) National Archives Announces the Opening of Prisoner of War Archives Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:43:49 +0000
    The following announcement was forwarded by the IAJGS Public Records Access Email Alert: The (UK) National Archives announced they are opening their prisoner of war (WW II) archives. These documents were transferred to the National Archives in December 2014. There are approximately 190,000 records of persons captured in German-occupied territory during World War II, primarily […]
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