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  • Who Is on Your Family’s Ofrenda? Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:28:04 +0000
    I’ve always had a bit of a sour attitude about going to the movies, mostly because it seems like a lot of money to spend just to go and shush my children in public for a few hours. But when the new Pixar movie Coco came out, my 10-year-old daughter begged me to take her […]
  • Consultant Specific Training Available at RootsTech 2018 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:27:34 +0000
    RootsTech 2018 is just around the corner. This four-day genealogy conference will take place February 28–March 3, 2018 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a temple and family history consultant, you’ll find informative sessions to help you learn more about your calling and increase your ability to bless the […]
  • Family History Is at the Heart of Pixar’s Coco Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:54:28 +0000
    Pixar and family history? You might not see the connection right away, but check out the new movie, Coco, and it’ll make perfect sense. Coco tells the story of Miguel, a young boy whose desire to discover and follow his great-great-grandfather’s legacy takes him on a colorful journey through the Land of the Dead. In […]
  • 12 Unique Holiday Traditions Around the World Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:03:38 +0000
    by Carolyn Tolman Genealogy is about families through the ages. Filling in our pedigree charts with names, dates, and places is very satisfying, but it is the stories and traditions of our ancestors that turn our hearts to them and help us feel we are part of something greater than our individual selves. For many […]
  • 8 Holiday Traditions from Around the World Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:54:09 +0000
    by Maddy Stutz Does your family give Christmas presents on December 25 or 5? Is June 24 just another day, or a holiday dedicated to dressing like a scarecrow? Special holidays and celebrations are some of the best times to gather with your family to create lifelong memories, and there are thousands of traditions that […]
  • How an App Can Make Traditions Last Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:08:58 +0000
    The holidays are here, and every family has their own unique way to celebrate. Holiday traditions can be an important part of your family history, whether it’s a story that you tell every Christmas Eve, an old family recipe that’s prepared every December without fail, or a decoration that’s been passed down through generations. You […]
  • Why Web Indexing Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:16:40 +0000
    by Allison Hadley Web indexing is here! Have you tried it yet? What do you think? If you’re not a fan or if it feels like we’re taking away your best friend and asking you to make a new one, this article is for you. We know we’ve invited you to change the way you […]
  • 5 Ways to Light the World with Family History Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:52:38 +0000
    Last year, over 1.7 million people came together to light the world during the month of December, sharing stories of faith, service, and love. This year, #LightTheWorld is back with 25 new ways to share the Savior’s light with everyone around you. Each day in December, will feature one of the Savior’s teachings along […]
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  • 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
  • DNA Question: How can I tell matches from my mother’s and father’s side apart? Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:27:23 +0000
    We took a poll of questions AncestryDNA members had about their test results, and this one topped the list: How can I tell my paternal from my maternal matches? This is one area where testing multiple family members can help—and there’s no better time than the holidays for getting family on board. Starring: Your Parents Read More
  • Locating World War I Photographs Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:18:40 +0000
    I talk to a lot of European World War I and World War II researchers who have adopted the graves of our American service members who are buried in American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) Cemeteries. The number one thing each seeks is a photograph of their adopted soldier, sailor, or Marine. So, just where might Read More
  • 8 Ideas to Add Even More Excitement to Your AncestryDNA Gift Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:11:21 +0000
    AncestryDNA kits make perfect holiday gifts. They’re unique, interactive, personal, and fun. However, when your friends or family members first unwrap their kits, they might be a bit underwhelmed by receiving what appears to be a box with a plastic tube in it. While the excitement that will come with their results is sure to Read More
  • AncestryDNA Brings a Father and Son Together for the First Time Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:42:01 +0000
    In “The Chance of Two Lifetimes,” IBM tells the story of Bob Nore, a Vietnam War veteran who fathered a child he never knew about while stationed there. This child, Son Vo, immigrated to the U.S. and spent most of his life searching for his real dad. On a whim, both submitted a sample to Read More
  • Introducing We Remember – Free Online Memorials Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:30:19 +0000
    We are proud to announce We Remember, the newest product from Ancestry. At Ancestry our goal is to help everyone discover, preserve, and share their family story. We realized one area we could do this better was around celebrating the life of those you knew and loved. That’s where We Remember comes in. With We Read More
  • Mexican Research: Not Just For “Dia de los Muertos” Anymore Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:21:33 +0000
    In the not too distant past, “many people of Mexican descent only thought about researching their ancestry on the Day of the Dead,” according to Evan Christensen, a genealogist at AncestryProGenealogists. But that wasn’t due to a lack of interest in their rich family histories. In fact, AncestryProGenealogists research team manager Joseph Shumway believes that Read More
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  • New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:51:01 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast: New additions to the 1939 Register Thanks to the work of the 1939 Register team, we’ve been able to successfully match and open over 60,000 more records that were previously closed, and they’re all available to explore right now. If you have tried unsuccessfully to […]
  • (+) Hands On with the ACEPC W5 Windows 10 Mini Desktop Computer Stick Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:00:36 +0000
    The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.  Have you seen the ads for these things? The ACEPC W5 Windows 10 Mini Desktop Computer is a Windows 10 computer on what looks like an oversized flash memory stick. It literally is smaller than a pack of cigarettes. In fact, […]
  • A Family Tree that is Out of This World Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:38:35 +0000
    This isn’t a pedigree chart drawn to strict genealogical standards, but it is amusing. With the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie being released this week, this is is a “must have” for any genealogist who is also a Star Wars fan. You can see the Star Wars Family Tree at A smaller, […]
  • Are You A “Trash Genealogist”? Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:22:59 +0000
    NOTE: I originally published this article in this newsletter in 1998. Yet it is still a problem today. It surfaced again in an email message I received today from a newsletter reader. I receive similar messages most every week from concerned genealogists who don’t like to see online “fairy tales” in user-contributed information that is published […]
  • New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 11, 2017 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:23:28 +0000
    The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: Good news if your ancestry is from Colombia and Peru! More than one million historic records and one million images from each country were added on FamilySearch this week. Many more records from Brazil, Delaware, Denmark, England, France, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Ukraine and the United States were also published. Search these new free records at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Collection Indexed Records […]
  • Garrison Keillor Pulled from PBS Series, ‘Finding Your Roots’ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:08:48 +0000
    Garrison Keillor was scheduled to be part of the season finale of PBS’s Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. But in light of allegations of inappropriate behavior towards a co-worker at Prairie Home Companion, Keillor’s segment is being removed. The “Funny Business” episode, scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, was […]
  • State of Tennessee Breaks Ground on a new Library and Archives Building Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:56:38 +0000
    Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, along with Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, Speaker Beth Harwell, and Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill, officially broke ground on the new home of the Tennessee State Library and Archives on Monday. Drawing of the new Tennessee Library and Archives Building The new 165,000-square-foot facility at […]
  • Next Generation OCR Now Available in TextGrabber 2 for only $2.99 US Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:53 +0000
    Has anyone tried this? I just downloaded and installed it last night on my Android cell phone and am learning how to use it. I’d love to hear from a more experienced user. If the advertisements are correct, TextGrabber may be a new revolution in OCR (Optical Character Recognition). I can see this having lots […]
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