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  • Online Volunteer Opportunity: Help Improve Place-Names Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:50:16 +0000
    Sometimes all you need to help others with family history is a computer, a few minutes, and an internet search engine. Over the last month and a half, over 230,000 volunteers have been using a new, super simple volunteer tool on to help improve place-names in the FamilySearch Family Tree. After a recent update,... Continue Reading →
  • United States Immigration in the 1920s Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:16:47 +0000
    During the 1800s and early 1900s, millions of people immigrated to the United States. But the mostly “open door” policy slammed shut during the mid-1920s, when the numbers and origins of immigrants changed dramatically. Did your family immigrate to the United States in the 1920s? Search for their names in our records on How... Continue Reading →
  • French History and Records for Genealogy Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:00:00 +0000
    Over the centuries, France’s government and culture has changed many times. These changes often affected record keeping. The good news is that historical change in France sometimes resulted in the creation of valuable French genealogy records. Here are a few examples of how French history may have affected records kept about your ancestors in France.... Continue Reading →
  • Monthly Record Update for June 2020 Sun, 05 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0000
    FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in June of 2020 with over 25.1 million new indexed family history records from all over the world. New historical records were added from American Samoa, Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, England, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Iceland, Ireland, Liberia, Micronesia, Niue, Norway, Peru, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto... Continue Reading →
  • FamilySearch Updates Enhance your Experience Fri, 03 Jul 2020 04:42:00 +0000
    FamilySearch is proud to have the world’s largest online family tree and thrilled to provide free family history experiences to millions. In order to give users the best experience possible, we are constantly working on updates and improvements to our online experience. To keep you up to date on the latest FamilySearch experience changes, we... Continue Reading →
  • New: Online Genealogy Consultations with Family History Library Experts Tue, 30 Jun 2020 22:10:15 +0000
    Humans have an innate need to know their identities—who their ancestors are and where they come from. Finding that past sometimes requires individualized expert assistance. Now such assistance is available worldwide—for free—through, regardless of location or research question. Anyone can share the vast resources and expert services of the Family History Library by scheduling... Continue Reading →
  • French Traditions and Culture Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:50:00 +0000
    Since the 17th century, France has been regarded as a “center of high culture.” As such, French culture has played a vital role in shaping world arts, cultures, and sciences. In particular, France is internationally recognized for its fashion, cuisine, art, and cinema. Understanding French culture and traditions can help you better understand your family... Continue Reading →
  • Fiji Culture: Traditional Food, Art, and More Fri, 26 Jun 2020 22:26:34 +0000
    Bula! This oft-used greeting in Fiji translates to “life,” with its longer use ni sa bula vinaka translating to “wishing you happiness and good health.”This warm well-wishing lies at the heart of Fiji culture, which is just as vibrant and inviting as Fiji’s white-sand beaches, tropical scents, and lush green forests. Below we’ve highlighted just... Continue Reading →
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  • The History of Digital Photography Wed, 08 Jul 2020 19:10:05 +0000
    Digital photography is so new you might not think it would have any history. An article by Allison Marsh and published in the IEEE web site will prove you wrong. Photo: George Eastman Museum This 1975 digital camera prototype used a 100-by-100-pixel CCD to capture images. Digital photography didn’t enter the mainstream for another 20 […]
  • Historical Record Collections Added to MyHeritage in June 2020 Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:57:03 +0000
    The following is an extract from a much longer and more detailed list in the MyHeritage Blog: We just added 8.3 million historical records in June from six new collections from the U.K., Spain, and New Zealand. Four million records from a World War I medal index were added from the U.K. Three collections from […]
  • Test Your Dog’s DNA Wed, 08 Jul 2020 16:45:32 +0000
    I have written before (at about testing a dog’s DNA. However, I noted this morning that Amazon has a dog DNA testing kit from the same testing company on sale for $99. If you want to check your dog’s heritage, this might be the time to do so. The advertisement states: BREED DISCOVERY: Embark […]
  • BCG and Legacy Present a Free Webinar Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:10:17 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® (BCG): Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 8 p.m. Eastern “Preparing a Portfolio: Applying to Become a Certified Genealogist®”   In this live webinar, three trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®(BCG) will share various pathways to certification. They will discuss the process of becoming […]
  • A Message from MyHeritage Wed, 08 Jul 2020 13:12:20 +0000
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  • National Genealogical Society’s 2020 On-Demand! Now Available Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:09:11 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society: FALLS CHURCH, VA, 7 JULY 2020—Individuals interested in researching their family history can now purchase educational webinars at the National Genealogical Society’s Virtual Family History Conference. NGS 2020 On-Demand! offers three packages of ten, twenty, and forty-five lectures for purchase and streaming on As a bonus, […]
  • New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 6 July 2020 Mon, 06 Jul 2020 22:52:44 +0000
    FamilySearch added 2M more indexed obituaries this week to United States collections, along with 300K Brazilian civil registrations and 200K English church records. New records added for Canada, Chile, Finland, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, S. Africa, and Sweden.  United States additions included: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia. Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to to search over 8 billion free names […]
  • (UK) National Archives Announces Reopening of Reading Rooms on July 21st Mon, 06 Jul 2020 18:10:25 +0000
    The following was written by; Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, of the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee: The (UK) National Archives announced that on July 21st the reading rooms in Kew will reopen after being closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Archives will be providing limited access to parts of the building and our services […]
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