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  • New Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 21, 2018 Tue, 22 May 2018 22:09:31 +0000
    Find your German ancestors on FamilySearch with 2 million new Baden, Germany Catholic Church records. You can also find ancestors from around the world by searching the new genealogical records added this week from Argentina, Benin, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, England, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, United States (Iowa, Louisiana, and Rhode Island) and Venezuela. See […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 14, 2018 Thu, 17 May 2018 15:57:47 +0000
    Discover your ancestors on FamilySearch this week records, including birth, marriage, death, and immigration records, from Australia, Brazil, Kentucky, Luxembourg, Oklahoma, and Peru. Research these new free records by clicking on the collection links below or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images. See the official announcement to learn […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 7, 2018 Tue, 08 May 2018 17:08:21 +0000
    New archived records from around the world are published on FamilySearch every week to help you find your ancestors. This week, the new additions include over 140,000 records from Panama, over 130,000 records from Brazil, plus more from Cape Verde, Guatemala, Denmark, Slovakia, Portugal, Germany, and Peru. Nearly 300,000 images and indexed records from BillionGraves Index […]
  • FamilySearch’s 2 Billionth Digitized Record: What Does That Mean? Fri, 04 May 2018 16:56:59 +0000
    Have you heard? FamilySearch just added its 2 billionth image of genealogy records. This is an important milestone for the site that adds millions of records weekly and represents significant progress in FamilySearch’s work towards historical record preservation and access. For 80 years, FamilySearch microfilmed historical records; this changed in 2017, with the announcement that […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: Week of April 30, 2018 Tue, 01 May 2018 23:24:48 +0000
    New archived records from around the world are published on FamilySearch every week to help you find your ancestors. This week, the new additions include 1.1 million records from Germany (Bavaria), plus more from Australia, Belgium, Hungary, Peru, and Russia. See the official announcement to learn more or search these new free records: New Historical […]
  • Uses of Military Dogs in World War I Tue, 01 May 2018 22:26:35 +0000
    More than 50,000 military dogs served in World War I. They proved just how valuable canines can be on the battlefield and beyond. Here is how their service in the Great War differed from what military dogs had done before. For centuries, dogs have protected their human companions. The Assyrian, Babylonian, and Roman armies all […]
  • FamilySearch Memories: How to Add Important Details to Family Photos Fri, 27 Apr 2018 20:11:39 +0000
    Who doesn’t love looking at family photos? There’s nothing quite like ’em for connecting with generations past and present. FamilySearch Memories offers a free and simple way to preserve and share these important photos with family now and for future generations. But, in the rush to upload photos, it is easy to forget to add […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: Week of April 23, 2018 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:54:21 +0000
    New archived records from around the world are published on FamilySearch every week to help you find your ancestors. This week, the new additions include more than 1.6 million records from Brazil, 660,000 images from Florida, plus records from Peru, Washington, North Carolina, South Africa, Massachusetts, Denmark, Italy, and obituaries of Germans from Russia in […]
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  • Wedding Traditions Fit for Royalty Fri, 18 May 2018 20:16:59 +0000
    We can credit the royal family for establishing some of the most common wedding traditions known to brides throughout the world, like white wedding dresses. We asked the Ancestry research team to uncover other traditional displays we might see at the ceremony of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. We have a queen to credit for Read More
  • Ireland, Italy, or Germany? Oh, My! Wed, 09 May 2018 14:43:25 +0000
    Put 28 people that all have Irish ancestors on a bus with a driver from Limerick.  Add three professional genealogists and a tour guide from Belfast.  Then, spend ten days touring Ireland.  That’s what I did for a week and a half in April. Ancestry ProGenealogists has partnered with Go Ahead Tours for Heritage Travel Read More
  • Timeless: Where Were You When Ronald Reagan Was Shot? Mon, 07 May 2018 03:20:41 +0000
    One of the things I have learned in life and in family history is that there are moments.  Moments that are burned into our memory.  We know exactly where we were and how we felt when our first child was born, when our mother died, when our spouse was diagnosed with cancer.  We also know Read More
  • Timeless: The Woman Known As Mrs. Sherlock Holmes Mon, 30 Apr 2018 02:52:02 +0000
    When she was 41 years old, Mrs. Mary Quackenbos, married Mr. Howard Donald Humiston in Lima, Peru.  What she was doing in Peru, is the stuff of headlines.  And, there were a lot of headlines in the life of this woman.  Yet, today, she is relatively unknown.   That’s one of the things that I Read More
  • Exploring the U.S., WWII Jewish Servicemen Cards, 1942-1947 Collection Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:51:52 +0000
    I recently read an Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for a Jewish soldier in WWII named Harvey P. Robitshek. This IDPF was unlike other I have read in that it is 361 pages long. Now I’ve read hundreds of IDPFs across all branches of the military for WWII, but this one really stood out. Why? Read More
  • The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: A Fight for Survival Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:51:45 +0000
    Underground markets. Escapes through sewers. Friends and neighbors defending their streets from tanks. On the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, we look back on a WWII story rarely told, but just as heroic as the Landing at Normandy or the Battle of Britain. On 19 April 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto, a starving Jewish Read More
  • Timeless: A Trip That Took JFK 115 Years to Make Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:29:33 +0000
    Right this minute, I’m in Ireland on an Ancestry ProGenealogists Heritage Tour, sitting in the Harbor Hotel overlooking Galway Bay.  I’ve spent the last week and a half making a clockwise tour of the island.  And, it seems that every time we come around another corner someone reminds us about the time in June 1963 Read More
  • Timeless: Benjamin Franklin’s Connection to the Salem Witch Trials Sun, 08 Apr 2018 22:55:52 +0000
    When I think about Benjamin Franklin I think about bifocals, kites and lightening, his ambassadorship to France, and the fact that he was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  I most certainly don’t think about the Salem Witch Trials.  After all the witchcraft frenzy that gripped Salem Village happened almost Read More
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  • Announcing the Unlock the Past Conference in Seattle Thu, 24 May 2018 16:10:33 +0000
    Unlock the Past has announced a major, unique genealogy conference to be held in Seattle, Washington on Thursday, September 6. There are several unique aspects about this one-day conference: 1. It is a one-day genealogy conference program that will feature no less than 10 presentations in two streams – a DNA stream and an Irish/general […]
  • Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be Tested with DNA Samples Wed, 23 May 2018 16:24:01 +0000
    NOTE: This article has nothing to do with genealogy but it does concern DNA, something of interest to many genealogists. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland’s Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths. University of Otago (New Zealand) professor Neil Gemmell says he’s no believer in Nessie, […]
  • National Archives of Australia to Lay Off 10 Staff Members Wed, 23 May 2018 16:07:24 +0000
    A “downsizing” at the National Archives of Australia has left it less able to give access to records, its boss David Fricker says. The agency that describes itself as Australia’s memory will lose another 10 staff this year after staffing cuts in 2017-18, he confirmed at a Senate estimates hearing on Wednesday. It comes as […]
  • How to Get Scotch Tape Off of a Work of Art or a Family Document Wed, 23 May 2018 12:10:35 +0000
    Do you have an old document or family heirloom that has Scotch Tape applied? According to an article by Sarah Zhang in The Atlantic web site, “Sticky tape was first invented in the mid-19th century, and it’s been making conservators’ lives hell ever since.” “Tape is the bane of the conservator’s existence,” says Margaret Holben […]
  • New Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 21, 2018 Tue, 22 May 2018 23:10:19 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch: Find your German ancestors on FamilySearch with 2 million new Baden, Germany Catholic Churchrecords. You can also check out the new genealogical records added this week from Argentina, Benin, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, England, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, United States (Iowa, Louisiana, and Rhode Island) and Venezuela. Research these new free records by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images. Country Collection Indexed Records Digital Images […]
  • Caribbean-Americans Searching for Their Chinese Roots Tue, 22 May 2018 19:51:01 +0000
    The Atlas Obscura web site has published an interesting article by Eveline Chao about the search by Chinese-Jamaican-American or Canadians who wish to find their family history. Author Chao describes the good work done by Hakka Conferences and others to help each other find information about their ancestors. It seems that many people originating in […]
  • Findmypast Announces Plans to Publish Kent County Council’s Collection of Original Parish Registers Tue, 22 May 2018 17:12:35 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast: Findmypast to publish original Kent parish registers online for the first time Kent County Council has begun digitisation and records will be available to search, exclusively on Findmypast, later in 2018 The new additions will join Findmypast’s existing Kent collections to form the most comprehensive […]
  • GEDmatch Again Used to Identify a Suspected Murderer Tue, 22 May 2018 15:07:47 +0000
    Investigators in Washington state recently used the same technique that earlier identified the suspected Golden State Killer. (You can read my earlier article about the “Golden State Killer” at Investigators have now used genetic genealogy to connect a 55-year-old Seattle area man to the rape and murder of a woman more than 30 years […]
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