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  • How to Use FamilySearch Person IDs Fri, 21 Jun 2019 19:40:12 +0000
    While exploring your family tree, you may have noticed a combination of letters and numbers below each family member’s name. These are person identification numbers (ID), and understanding what they are and how you can use them can be a great asset to you as you do your family history! What Is a Person ID,... Continue Reading →
  • Family Reunion Ideas That Celebrate Family History Mon, 17 Jun 2019 22:17:22 +0000
    Family history is a great way to bring your loved ones together as you celebrate and explore your common roots. Here are some engaging activities and family reunion ideas you can use to fill your gatherings with family history fun! Start with Something Simple Need a quick activity for a party or something for your... Continue Reading →
  • Record Hints: A Quick Way to Add to Your Family History Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:23:16 +0000
    Whether you’re just getting started with family history or you’ve been doing it for years, the Record Hints feature on the FamilySearch Family Tree offers a quick way to add to your family history. Hints often lead to new information that will help you identify, document, and get to know your ancestors. What Are Record... Continue Reading →
  • How to Start a Family Tree on FamilySearch: Adding the First Four Generations Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:53:20 +0000
    If you’re ready to get started learning about your family tree, then FamilySearch.org is the perfect place to do it. Opening your own free account is a cinch. Once you have your account set up, you might find yourself wondering, “Now what?” The best way to get started is to add first four generations of... Continue Reading →
  • Different Family Tree Views Provide Perspective Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:45:25 +0000
    When you are trying to make sense of family connections, seeing is believing. Each of the four FamilySearch Family Tree pedigree views reveals a panorama of ancestors. By clicking on a specific name, you can discover personal details, and family history comes to life. The various Family Tree views help beginners see how ancestral lines... Continue Reading →
  • FamilySearch Person Pages: Summaries of Your Ancestors’ Lives Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:09:43 +0000
    FamilySearch.org is home to the world’s largest online family tree, and it contains records for over one billion people. Discover more about your own relatives—or add to what is already known about them—by exploring their individual pages. What Is a FamilySearch Person Page? A person page is a summary of all known biographical and genealogical... Continue Reading →
  • Stories from the Washington State Archives—Debbie Bahn at RootsTech 2019 Wed, 12 Jun 2019 20:58:23 +0000
    Every record tells a story, as Debbie Bahn, an archivist, knows firsthand. Bahn, the first electronic records archivist at the Washington State Archives, spoke at Access and Preservation Day at RootsTech 2019. In her presentation titled “The Washington State Archives Online Patron Experience,” Bahn shared a few of the stories discovered in digital records, as... Continue Reading →
  • How to Contact Other Users—Working Together on the Family Tree Wed, 12 Jun 2019 20:42:17 +0000
    Have you ever messaged someone on FamilySearch.org or had a discussion about an ancestor on their person page? Contacting other FamilySearch users can be a key part of building the Family Tree and connecting with your family—past and present. The FamilySearch Family Tree empowers families around the world to work together and build a family... Continue Reading →
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  • Announcing the Coalition for Genetic Data Protection Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:15:49 +0000
    TheHill.com reports, “Genetic testing companies are forming a new coalition on best practices for handling DNA information and to promote the industry in Washington as lawmakers put more scrutiny on their privacy practices.” The new organization’s plan is to create reasonable voluntary guidelines for DNA privacy before lawmakers create their own less palatable laws that […]
  • Technology Certainly has Changed in Our Lifetimes! Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:49:19 +0000
    In the 1940s, the world’s first general-purpose digital computer, the ENIAC, was tasked with calculations for creating the hydrogen bomb. Awe-inspiring stuff in its day…but at 27 tons, the ENIAC needed its own room, preferably its own building, to fulfill its mission. Today, the computer/cell phone I carry in my pocket has thousands of times […]
  • The Legal Power of Genealogy in Colonial America Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:33:54 +0000
    By the time he was 18, George Washington was a competent genealogist — and he had to be. In Washington’s Virginia, family was a crucial determinant of social and economic status, and freedom. How did Washington understand his family, and what can that tell us about the world in which he lived and played such […]
  • Enrollments are Now Open on the MA History of Family at the University of Limerick, Ireland Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:15:00 +0000
    The following is an announcement from the University of Limerick. Please note that enrollment is open to genealogists worldwide: STUDY MA HISTORY OF FAMILY ONLINE AT AN IRISH UNIVERSITY Calling those with an interest in Irish history, family history and genealogy! Develop your family history skills with the MA History of Family Study online at […]
  • New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 24 June 2019 Tue, 25 Jun 2019 13:36:44 +0000
    The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Liberia, Luxembourg, Peru, Scotland, and the United States, including Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Colorado, Minnesota, California, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Search these new records and images 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 […]
  • New Resource for Genealogists at the Tennessee State Library & Archives Mon, 24 Jun 2019 21:44:21 +0000
    A new tool for researchers is now available on the Tennessee State Library & Archives website. The all-in-one Genealogy Index Search brings together over 1 million names appearing in Tennessee’s most important historical records. Inspired by the way Ancestry.com and other online services search multiple record groups from a single screen, staff at the Library & Archives […]
  • Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent Mon, 24 Jun 2019 20:16:47 +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: (+) Ahnentafel and Kekule Numbering Systems Medical Practices Your Ancestors May Have Experienced MyHeritage Live 2019’s Schedule MyHeritage DNA Kits Now on Sale […]
  • (+) Ahnentafel and Kekule Numbering Systems Mon, 24 Jun 2019 14:04:36 +0000
    The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.  Genealogists often use terms that are not familiar to others. Most of these terms become familiar soon after we get involved in searching for our family trees. We soon speak of pedigree charts, enumerators, Henry numbers, fan charts, and more. However, […]
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