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  • FamilySearch’s Strategy to Help Preserve the World’s Archives Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:47:31 +0000
    Every year the world loses priceless historical records, but one dedicated group of individuals is trying to do something about it. David Ouimette manages the Global Content Strategy team at, the world’s largest genealogical organization and a premier records preservation company. Ouimette’s team is saving memories around the globe—historical documents that may be the […]
  • Italy Emigration: The Who, Why, and Where Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:13:12 +0000
    Italy has a long tradition of exploration and emigration, from Amerigo Vespucci to Christopher Columbus (Cristoforo Colombo) and John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto). For centuries, Italians have been explorers, inventors, and adventurers. Since the 1800s, Italians have immigrated to other countries for a variety of reasons, but most prominently for growth and employment opportunities. Millions of […]
  • Complete Archive of Ellis Island Records—Now Online for Free Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:02:47 +0000
    Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are famous landmarks in U.S. history. The Statue of Liberty, located on Liberty Island, is a symbol of freedom. Ellis Island opened the gates to millions as the home of the Ellis Island Immigration Station—and millions of passenger arrival records for U.S. immigrants came with it. Now, a […]
  • What Can I Learn about My Italian Last Name? Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:27:47 +0000
    Do you think you have an Italian surname? It ends in an “o,” “e,” “a,” or “i,” so it must be Italian, right? Odds are it could be, but to be sure, you can explore in several places to learn more about your name. Italians didn’t generally use surnames until the Italian population started to […]
  • Add Multiple Pictures in FamilySearch Memories—Share Your Family Stories! Fri, 10 Aug 2018 04:47:48 +0000
    Memories is a tool in FamilySearch that allows you to preserve and share your family’s most important moments by adding family photos, documents, audio clips and stories. You can then organize and tag them, attaching them to individuals on your family tree. This turns these treasured moments into heirlooms that can be passed down in […]
  • The Immigration Act of 1924 and the End of Ellis Island Wed, 01 Aug 2018 03:18:19 +0000
    In the late 1800s and early 1900s, immigration to the United States was at an all-time high. Upwards of a million people per year arrived in some years leading up to World War I.1 Hope for better work opportunities, food and shelter for families, religious freedom, personal freedom, and freedom from military conflict led many […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: July 2018 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 01:17:24 +0000
    FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in July 2018 with almost 13 million new indexed family history records and over 500,000 digital images from around the world. New historical records were added from Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, BillionGraves, Find A Grave, Peru, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, […]
  • Ellis Island and Castle Garden Immigration Records Thu, 26 Jul 2018 19:25:59 +0000
    Do you have US immigrants among your ancestors? What experience did they have when they first reached America? Were they met with a bustling city, swindlers and thieves, or a hearty welcome? For many early immigrants, New York was the choice gateway into America, the “Golden Door.” Whether your ancestors simply arrived at New York […]
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  • 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
  • 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
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  • The Genetics of Cousin Marriage Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:30:52 +0000
    It’s conventional wisdom that procreation between first cousins is unhealthy. But what are the actual genetic risks? James MacDonald describes some of the risks in a new article. He writes: “In much of the world, consanguineous marriage between cousins is very common. For most Americans, however, marriage between cousins is at best a punchline, at […]
  • George G. Morgan Joins the Writing Team at The In-Depth Genealogist Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:45:47 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the folks at The In-Depth Genealogist at IDG WELCOMES NEW CONTRIBUTOR GEORGE G. MORGAN OF THE GENEALOGY GUYS PODCAST The In-Depth Genealogist is pleased to announce a new contributor to the monthly digital magazine, Going In-Depth. George G. Morgan of The Genealogy Guys Podcast has joined the writing […]
  • Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:30:45 +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: (+) Obtain an ISBN Number for Your Genealogy Book On the Road Again, This Time to the FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana […]
  • On the Road Again, This Time to the FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:38:33 +0000
    This is a quick notice to let you know there may not be as many articles as normal posted in this newsletter in the next few days. If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you already know that I often travel to genealogy conferences. I will be in Fort Wayne, Indiana from […]
  • Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:30:10 +0000
    The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, 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. You can directly […]
  • (+) Obtain an ISBN Number for Your Genealogy Book Sat, 18 Aug 2018 03:46:19 +0000
    The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.  “ISBN” stands for “International Standard Book Number.” An ISBN number is an ISO standard and normally is found in all books published in the United States since 1970 and on many books published in other countries as well. Technically, an ISBN […]
  • Says 23andMe’s DNA Patent is Invalid Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:49:03 +0000
    Several months ago, genealogy company 23andMe Inc. filed a lawsuit against rival claiming false advertising and patent infringement. 23andMe asked the courts to invalidate the “Ancestry” trademark. The lawsuit claimed Ancestry sells a DNA-based ancestry test that infringes 23andMe’s patent. See my earlier article at for the details. In court yesterday, Ancestry told […]
  • New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:19:32 +0000
    The following announcement was written by Findmypast: There are more than 1.5 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including; England, Clandestine Marriages  Did your ancestor have a clandestine or irregular marriage ceremony? Explore over 881,000 clandestine marriage records covering the years 1667 to 1775 to find out. Each result […]
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