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  • RootsTech 2019 Discounts for Family History Callings Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:27:23 +0000
    Are you excited for RootsTech 2019? Each year tens of thousands of family history fans descend on the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the world’s largest family history conference. Hosted annually by FamilySearch, RootsTech has become the premier family history event for both the general public and members of The […]
  • Ordinances Ready: FamilySearch App Feature Helps Find Temple Ordinances for Your Ancestors Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:57:01 +0000
    For Church members, the ultimate temple and family history goal is to provide saving ordinances for their ancestors. This can happen whether you are able to serve as proxy for an ancestor in person or if you share the ordinances with the temple for someone to perform in your (and your ancestor’s) behalf. But, for […]
  • Día de Muertos: A Day to Honor Your Ancestors Fri, 14 Sep 2018 20:16:50 +0000
    How do you remember tus antepasados—your ancestors? Do you have those memories preserved so they can be passed on to future generations? Recently, I told my children the story of a man who recorded all his knowledge on the walls of a cave with the hope that one day this knowledge would be passed on, […]
  • Nauvoo, Illinois: Walking in Your Ancestor’s Footsteps Fri, 07 Sep 2018 22:28:06 +0000
    Few places carry the historic and religious significance that permeates the city of Nauvoo, Illinois. Because the Mormon Pioneer Trail began in Nauvoo, many pioneer descendants can recall stories of their ancestors bravely leaving the city in the Winter of 1846. But Nauvoo has even more to offer than pioneer heritage. The city is a […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: August 2018 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:46:42 +0000
    Untitled Document FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in August 2018 with over 13 million new indexed family history records and over 13 million digital images from around the world. New historical records were added from Chile, Dominican Republic, France, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States, which includes California, […]
  • Changes in Family Tree Shed New Light on Your Ancestors’ Lives Tue, 04 Sep 2018 21:57:24 +0000
    FamilySearch’s newly released update to the person pages in Family Tree will make learning about your ancestors easier than ever before. Streamlined menus mean using the person page is now faster and more intuitive. New ways to view your ancestors’ lives and information, including maps and time lines, will expand your understanding and enable you […]
  • U.S. Census Records Tue, 04 Sep 2018 18:15:59 +0000
    Does your family tree have any generations that lived in the United States? If so, FamilySearch’s U.S. census records may help you discover more about your ancestors. Census records are an integral source for family history research; they contain valuable information that can connect generations. Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau conducts a […]
  • Learn How to Use U.S. Census Records Tue, 04 Sep 2018 15:00:21 +0000
    U.S. census records can offer you a window into your ancestors’ stories—and clues about new relatives to add to your family tree. Here’s how to use U.S. census records to reconstruct your family history. When searching for information about ancestors who lived in the United States, federal census records should be one of the very […]
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  • Powered by the World’s Largest Consumer DNA Network, Ancestry Unveils More Detailed and Precise Ethnicity Estimates Than Ever Before Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:00:26 +0000
    With more than 30 years of dedicated experience in family history and the world’s largest consumer DNA network, Ancestry gives people the best tools to discover their story. Since our inception, we have been transforming names into family and distant places into home. We unlock stories from the past and inspire people to find their Read More
  • Embracing Privacy Best Practices for the Industry Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:09:23 +0000
    As the market leader in consumer genomics, Ancestry recognizes our responsibility to lead by example and set the bar for industry innovation. We empower our customers at every step of their self-discovery journey, and protecting our customers’ privacy is our highest priority. We understand the sensitive nature of the information we handle and our responsibility Read More
  • Jean Smart: After the Witch Trials Fri, 29 Jun 2018 16:19:34 +0000
    What do you do when the paper trail for your ancestor ends? Jean Smart discovered the answer was to not give up. Jean went on a road of discovery and found that her 8x great-grandmother, Dorcas Galley, was accused as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Shortly after her trial in 1692, Dorcas appeared to vanish Read More
  • Molly Shannon: Secrets in Irish Marriage Records Wed, 27 Jun 2018 15:44:46 +0000
    Sometimes a simple piece of paper can unlock a deep and tragic story about your ancestors. That’s what happened for Molly Shannon, who went on an emotional journey to trace her 2x great-grandparents, Hugh Cattigan and Bridget Farry. Molly’s adventure led her to Ireland, where she discovered their 1851 marriage certificate. That simple piece of Read More
  • Ancestry Product Update: Family Group Sheets are Back! Tue, 26 Jun 2018 23:01:34 +0000
    The Family Group Sheet has returned to aid in your research! If you are unfamiliar with a Family Group Sheet (or Family Group Record), it is a view of parents and children in a family, and is designed to show names, dates, and places of birth, marriages, and deaths in an easy-to-read format. It has Read More
  • Alternative WWI Army Service Detail Sources Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:15:12 +0000
    Searching for information on Army military service from World War I can be a bit difficult for some researchers due to the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). We tend to think we have to only look for World War I Army service information at the NPRC and if the records burned, Read More
  • Hilary Duff: Tracing Rags back to Riches Mon, 25 Jun 2018 17:03:27 +0000
    Hilary Duff knew her father was born into money, but her mother grew up poor. She assumed that, because of the poverty, little could be learned about her mother’s side of the family. But once Hilary embarked on the quest to discover her mother’s ancestors, she soon found secret gems buried in her family history. Read More
  • Megan Mullally: Courageous Women and Their Untold Stories Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:07:59 +0000
    When Megan Mullally began her journey into the past, she discovered that many records for her family belonged to her male ancestors. She learned the sad truth that most legal documents in the 19th century related to men, with far fewer records belonging to women at the time. Megan realized, like many others researching their Read More
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  • Here’s what’s new on Findmypast this week… Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:37:23 +0000
    The following announcement was written by Findmypast: We’ve added more brand new records to our unique Catholic Heritage Archive and we’re giving you a sneak peek at what’s in store in the coming weeks. Brand New Records Church records from Baltimore along with additions to our New York collection, make this a bonanza week for anyone tracing […]
  • Blaine Bettinger Launches DNA Central Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:25:36 +0000
    Blaine Bettinger is a genealogy expert who specializes in the use of DNA to trace family trees. He is a prolific author and public speaker. Here is a photo I took of Blaine while speaking at the Unlock the Past conference in Seattle about two weeks ago: Now, Blaine has launched DNA Central. It is […]
  • No, Find-A-Grave Wasn’t Exactly “Hacked” Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:31:11 +0000
    There are dozens of messages floating around the Internet claiming that the web site (a product owned by has been hacked and that all the information from the site appears on another web site, It appears that the site at republished all the information in violation of copyright laws. In […]
  • (+) Tracing the History of Your House Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:42:50 +0000
    The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. \ Perhaps you have spent a lot of effort studying your family’s history. However, have you ever considered studying the history of the family’s home – either the home in which you live or perhaps the ancestral home in which your […]
  • DNA leads to Arrest in Florida Woman’s 1999 Murder Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:57:11 +0000
    On March 29, 1999, Deborah Dalzell’s body was found inside her home off Colony Meadows Lane in Sarasota, Florida. Her co-workers were concerned when she did not show up for work. When deputies arrived, they found her brutally beaten, sexually battered, and strangled. Who did it remained a mystery for nearly two decades. The main […]
  • Register for RootsTech 2019 Today! Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:39:34 +0000
    The RootsTech organizers have opened registration for RootsTech 2019. You can take advantage of exclusive early bird pricing, and purchase your full conference pass for only $189. Regularly priced at $299, that’s over $100 in savings! Can’t attend the full conference? 1-day passes are only $99. Register today. Details may be found at: RootsTech2018 […]
  • Prediction: “Hundreds” of Crimes will soon be Solved using DNA Databases Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:52:46 +0000
    Genealogist CeCe Moore is well known for her work in using DNA information to solve “cold cases” for police departments. She has now indicated this is just the beginning of such work. Suspects in hundreds of unsolved murders and rapes will be identified using public DNA databases in the near future, according to her statements […]
  • Genealogy Cruises versus Convention Centers Wed, 19 Sep 2018 22:29:45 +0000
    Several genealogy cruises take place every year. Cruising genealogists get to enjoy genealogy talks about doing research in different countries, software demonstrations, “how to” presentations describing effective genealogy techniques, good food, gorgeous scenery, and adventurous shore excursions. What could be better? Occasionally we hear claims that interest in genealogy is declining. These claims are based […]
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