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  • See Historical Events Your Ancestors Lived Through and More—FamilySearch Update Wed, 22 May 2019 04:32:15 +0000
    When we learn about historical events in our ancestors’ lives, we can better understand who they were. I recently read my grandfather’s account of visiting his first air show in 1912. He described seeing his first “airship” and the excitement he felt watching a prominent aviator perform an aerial stunt. Reading about his experience reminded... Continue Reading →
  • Five Things Every New FamilySearch User Should Try Sat, 18 May 2019 22:10:07 +0000
    At FamilySearch.org, you have multiple ways to experience the excitement of family history. Now that you have an account, it’s time to start exploring some of the amazing things you can do.    Here are five activities worth trying. 1. Start Your Family Tree As the saying goes, we’re all related if we go back... Continue Reading →
  • Explore Your Global Heritage with the New FamilySearch Country Pages Fri, 17 May 2019 16:42:45 +0000
    We are all proud of where we come from. Whether you’re a first-generation immigrant, or you have just discovered your roots by taking a DNA test, your national heritage is an intrinsic part of who you are. Your international roots tell you about a lot more than just yourself—knowing where you come from is an... Continue Reading →
  • Three Key Functions of the Archives of Michigan—Kris Rzepczynski at RootsTech 2019 Wed, 15 May 2019 20:05:44 +0000
    At RootsTech 2019, archivist Kris Rzepczynski shared one of his favorite records—the death certificate of Harry Houdini. (See it here.) Because the famous magician died in Detroit, Rzepczynski has access to the document through the Archives of Michigan, a treasure trove of records any family history enthusiast can appreciate. Rzepczynski, a senior archivist at the... Continue Reading →
  • Using the 1940 U.S. Census to Build Your Family Tree Fri, 10 May 2019 16:28:44 +0000
    If you’re looking for ancestors who were alive in 1940 in the United States, the census is one of the best resources available. The 1940 census has the most detailed information of all United States censuses that have been released so far. 1940 U.S. census data is also a fantastic starting place for building or extending your family tree.   Let’s take a closer look at this census. (If you would like to learn more about censuses in general, see “U.S. Census Records.”) Who Can You... Continue Reading →
  • Exploring Your Danish Heritage Wed, 08 May 2019 20:23:41 +0000
    Denmark is a country that may sometimes be overlooked, but recently it has started attracting more of the limelight. Lonely Planet picked Copenhagen as its top city to visit in 2019. After all, doesn’t a country that consistently finishes in the top 5 in the World Happiness Report deserve a little attention?   So what’s great about Denmark? As the land of Viking explorers, LEGO bricks, Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, and smørrebrød sandwiches,... Continue Reading →
  • Danish Church and Census Records Wed, 08 May 2019 17:45:22 +0000
    Danish records are an excellent resource for family history! While individual situations vary, if you have Danish heritage, it is often possible to extend your family line to the middle of the 17th century. FamilySearch has an excellent online Danish collection, with millions of images and records. Read on to learn more about what you... Continue Reading →
  • New Records on FamilySearch from April 2019 Wed, 01 May 2019 20:30:56 +0000
    FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in April of 2019 with an astounding 47.4 million new indexed family history records from all over the world. Over 272,000 new digital images were added as well. New historical records were added from Australia, Canada, Colombia, the Cook Islands, England, France, French Polynesia, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Peru,... Continue Reading →
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  • 23andMe is Updating Ancestry Results Without Telling Users Thu, 23 May 2019 13:01:34 +0000
    An article by Dan Robitzski in the Futurism.com web site at https://futurism.com/23andme-updating-ancestry-results states: “If you took a genetic ancestry test through a company like 23andMe, you may want to go back and give your results a second look. “That’s because as the company gathers more data and learns more about genetic trends, it may update the […]
  • Airbnb Partners With 23andMe to Make It Easier for People to Get In Touch With Their Roots Wed, 22 May 2019 16:50:27 +0000
    I am not sure I understand the logic of this. Perhaps Airbnb wants to promote genealogy research trips under the assumption that many of those traveling will stay in Airbnb-advertised guest facilities and also might have their DNA tested by 23andMe. In any case, Airbnb and DNA-testing company 23andMe announced on Tuesday the two companies […]
  • MyHeritage Offers Free Access to Military Records for Memorial Day Wed, 22 May 2019 15:47:30 +0000
    This week marks Memorial Day in the U.S., a day to honor fallen soldiers who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Memorial Day has many traditions, including spending time with family and sharing memories of relatives who served in the military. Do you have relatives who served their country? Have you discovered new information about […]
  • Geoff Rasmussen of FamilyTreeWebinars.com Announces a Rare 50% off Special on Webinar Memberships Wed, 22 May 2019 15:45:32 +0000
    I suspect that Geoff Rasmussen is the most prolific genealogy webinar host of all time. I know I have benefited immensely from listening to a number of his webinars. Now he is offering a one-year webinar membership. It usually costs $49.95 but, for one week, it’s 50% off at only $24.98. That price includes access […]
  • New Transcription Workflow: African American Civil War Soldiers Wed, 22 May 2019 15:40:22 +0000
    The following announcement was written by the African American Civil War Soldiers team: African American Civil War Soldiers recently launched a new workflow to complete the transcription of the military records of all Black men who fought for the Union army, beginning with the famous 54th and 55th Massachusetts regiments. Read on to see how […]
  • Book Review: The People of…series of books by David Dobson Tue, 21 May 2019 23:00:57 +0000
    The following book review was written by Bobbi King: The People of…series of books by David Dobson. Genealogical Publishing Co. The prodigious compiler David Dobson continues to memorialize the Scottish and Irish peoples, and some others. The People of Strathmore 1600-1799 2017. 212 pages. The name Strathmore is derived from the Gaelic words An Srath […]
  • German Holocaust Archive puts Millions of Documents Online Tue, 21 May 2019 15:10:00 +0000
    The International Tracing Service in Germany has uploaded more than 13 million documents from Nazi concentration camps, including prisoner cards and death notices, to help Holocaust researchers and others investigate the fate of victims. Established by the Western Allies in the final days of World War II and initially run by the Red Cross, the […]
  • Luther Byrd Genealogical Collections from Surry Community College are Now Online at DigitalNC Tue, 21 May 2019 14:32:52 +0000
    The staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center seem to be collecting and digitizing all sorts of materials of interest to genealogists and then placing them online in DigitalNC, an online library of primary sources from institutions across North Carolina. According to the DigitalNC web site: “Over 120 genealogical collections from Surry County have […]
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