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  • Don’t miss the 2018 BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:19:37 +0000
    The 50th annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy will be held July 31—August 3, 2018 at the BYU Conference Center in Provo, Utah. It offers more than 100 classes, including a free track on Friday for Temple and Family History Consultants, allowing participants to gain new skills and helpful information. Class topics include: […]
  • When Did New York Immigration Start at Ellis Island? Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:15:36 +0000
    Ellis Island is famous for being the United States’ front door for receiving immigrants—but did you know millions of people had already come to the U.S. by the time Ellis Island opened in 1892? This history of Ellis Island can help you better understand your immigrant ancestors’ arrivals and how to find the evidence in […]
  • Castle Garden: Immigration Before Ellis Island Sat, 14 Jul 2018 13:59:02 +0000
    Did your immigrant ancestors land at Castle Garden or Ellis Island? Or did they arrive in New York before those facilities existed? The answer matters because it determines where you should look for them in records. Don’t worry—New York passenger lists for all those eras are available for free on FamilySearch. This history of Castle […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: End of June 2018 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:02:09 +0000
    FamilySearch added 2.5 million searchable records to its England historical record collections, 1.5 million in Germany, 5.4 million in the Netherlands, 2.5 million from Find a Grave, and over 1 million in South Africa. Almost 1.5 million new browsable images can be found for Mexico. Additional indexed records and images were also added for Albania, […]
  • Using Multiple Screens in the FamilySearch Family Tree App Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:34:17 +0000
    If you’re a family history enthusiast who has hesitated to use the FamilySearch Family Tree mobile app because it doesn’t have the same features as the website, think again! App usage has increased 150% over the past year as the app has grown in capability. One of the newest features on the FamilySearch Family Tree […]
  • The Significance of Poppies in WWI Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:40:28 +0000
    by Amie Tennant Countries in the British Commonwealth observe Remembrance Day every November 11 by wearing Remembrance Day poppies and honoring those who fought in World War I. Learn how this tradition began, and research your own World War I ancestors. What Is the Significance of World War I Remembrance Day Poppies? World War I […]
  • How to Use War of 1812 Pension Files Wed, 13 Jun 2018 19:41:20 +0000
    Do you have an ancestor who participated in the War of 1812? If so, the War of 1812 pension files may hold a treasure trove of genealogical information for you. These records have previously been difficult to access until, led by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: Week of June 4, 2018 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:14:45 +0000
    FamilySearch added over 700,000 New York naturalization records and one million more historical records and images from Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Ohio, and New Jersey. The BillionGraves Index has added over 600,000 indexed records and images to their database. Find your Italian ancestors from Naples with nearly 85,000 new records, and Jewish Records from Hungary. Other […]
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  • 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
  • Laverne Cox: Expressions of Freedom Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:36:46 +0000
    The search for African American ancestors often reveals a tale of hardship and overcoming trials. Laverne Cox went on the hunt to learn more about the family of her 2x great-grandmother, Georgiana Banks, and discovered a trove of stories that showed the African American experience in the 19th century, as well as expressions of freedom Read More
  • Ancestry Product Update: Conduct Search Utilizing the information on another Member’s Tree Mon, 11 Jun 2018 19:30:23 +0000
    Customers have been able to conduct a search for a person within their own tree utilizing the information in their timeline. Now we have made it possible for customers to conduct a targeted search from a person in a Public Member Tree. Steps: Navigate in the person page of another customer’s tree.   To search Read More
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  • Findmypast and Living DNA Announce a Partnership Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:44:39 +0000
    The following announcement was written by Findmypast and Living DNA: The two leading British companies are creating a new DNA experience focused on uncovering British & Irish roots New service will be launched in Fall 2018 Living DNA tests now available at Findmypast   Thursday July 19th: Leading British and Irish family history website, Findmypast, […]
  • Korean War 65th Anniversary Commemoration aboard USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:40:10 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum: ALAMEDA, CA – The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum is honored to host a commemoration marking the 65th anniversary of the end of the Korean War on Saturday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to noon. This event will include […]
  • U.S. Census Bureau Needs Hundreds of Thousands of Workers Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:00:39 +0000
    Want a job? If you are an experienced genealogist, you should be well qualified for this position. According to the United States Census Bureau: “Recruiting enough workers to fill the hundreds of thousands of temporary positions needed to take the 2020 Census won’t be easy, given the current economic climate, but the Census Bureau is […]
  • Caribou (Maine) Library Has Archives Dating Back to the Late 19th Century Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:22:05 +0000
    An article by Christopher Bouchard in TheCounty web site caught my eye. He describes the services of the library and focuses on the ongoing digitization effort of old newspapers being conducted by the library staff. The article caught my eye because it (1.) described a valuable archive, (2.) described the digitization of old newspapers and […]
  • US Census Bureau Director Nominated Wed, 18 Jul 2018 22:48:31 +0000
    The following announcement was written by Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Inc. (IAJGS) Public Records Access Monitoring Committee: This is a critical time for the US Census Bureau. They have been without a permanent director for a year and there is much consternation about issues revolving around the […]
  • U.S. Census Should Be More Transparent About Cyber Protections, Former Officials Say Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:29:13 +0000
    The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct its first largely online decennial census in 2020 but hasn’t said how it will secure the process. The U.S. Census Bureau should detail for the American people how it will secure their information as it prepares to accept online questionnaires for the first time during the 2020 decennial survey, […]
  • How Can Siblings Have DNA Showing Different Ethnicity Estimates? Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:17:33 +0000
    If you have a DNA test performed and it shows 35% German ancestry, 25% Irish ancestry, 10% Scandinavian ancestry, and the rest from the Middle East, does that mean your brother or sister will show exactly the same results if they also take a DNA test? Actually, the answer usually is “no.” How can full-siblings […]
  • Saving Aberdeen’s History turns up Gems, Mysteries Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:00:43 +0000
    This is a follow-up to articles I published earlier at and at and also at about a disastrous fire at the Aberdeen (Washington) Museum of History. The Grays Harbor Genealogical Society research library was housed in the same building and suffered a major loss as well. The building was destroyed. Volunteers have […]
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