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A sad day in history took place seventy-one years ago today. On August 4, 1944, acting on tip from a Dutch informer, the Nazi Gestapo captured 15-year-old Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family in a sealed-off area of an Amsterdam warehouse. The Franks had taken shelter there in 1942 out of fear of deportation […]

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Sandy on August 3rd, 2015

The latest article from History Extra, submitted by Emma McFarnon, does not disappoint readers. I was, however, interested to see a different viewpoint on Mary Queen of Scots where the author states  that it is easy to overlook the blindingly obvious point that she was absolutely useless as queen of Scotland. The write up is […]

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Monmouth County, New Jersey, Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon explores the rich history of Naturalizations books and records, housed at the County Clerk’s office. Host Cynthia Scott talks with County Clerk Giordano Hanlon and County Archivist Gary Saretzky about these books, preservation and how to do research. Online searches are available at at the County […]

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Lampooning the latest discovery claiming that the first people to reach the Americas came from Siberia, now in Russia, around 23,000 years ago, new research proposes that native Americans living in the Amazon show an unexpected genetic connection to indigenous people in Australasia. The new discovery suggests a previously unknown wave of migration to the Americas thousands of years […]

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Another useful share from the blog. I’ve taken some of their classes in the past and found them more than useful: “Several new classes have been added to the FamilySearch Learning Center. These new classes include: Danish Research England Research South African Research Spain, Latin America, Mexico ResearchSwedish Research Various Other Research-related Content Below […]

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Alan Stewart owner of Grow Your Own Family Tree says: “University College London’s Department of History has made a database of ‘slave-owners’ available online. UCL has set up the project and website ‘Legacies of British Slave-ownership’. The project’s overview states that: “In 1833 Parliament finally abolished slavery in the British Caribbean, Mauritius and the Cape. […]

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Sandy on July 21st, 2015

TheGenealogist has released online 99,500 records of London synagogue seat-holders spanning the years from 1920 to 1939. Covering the records from 18 Synagogues around London with many connected guilds, societies and charities etc. Additional information found in these records include names of gentlemen eligible for office, life member of the council, women who are seatholders […]

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Sandy on July 19th, 2015

The following press release outlines a very interesting move for with a new source to empower consumers with important health information through DNA. This includes the announcement of the hiring of a Chief Health Officer, Dr. Cathy A. Petti, who has previously held executive roles at HealthSpring Global, TriCore Reference Laboratories, and Novartis: “Dr. Cathy Petti Joins as Chief […]

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I’d like to share an article written by Joy Neighbours  and published on Inside It touches on the more sensitive side of family history research and I, like most people, found a couple of interesting facts that makes me wonder if they need to be shared.  It’s a reminder to  think before you decide […]

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In case you didn’t know it already there’s an enormous fault off the cost of the Pacific Northwest, from Cape Mendocino, California to Newport, that has been silent for 312 years and Vancouver Island for 480 years. And while the north may have only half as many jolts, they tend to be full-size disasters in […]

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Sandy on July 13th, 2015

While we still have the 2015 Wimbledon tennis championships on our minds, it might be fun for readers to enjoy 10 scandalous moments in Wimbledon history from historyextra. At least 9 out of 10 are scandalous. No 1 was a history making event when the future King George VI (Queen Elizabeth’s father) played in the […]

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In a press release the National Library of Ireland has now online almost 400,000 images of Catholic parish register microfilms are now available online for free.   Their April 2015 press release  is as follows: “The entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms held by the National Library of Ireland (NLI) will be made available online […]

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Some interesting historical events from History Extra: 1) 28 July 1540: An eventful day for Henry VIII An ageing Henry VIII married young Catherine Howard, while Thomas Cromwell was beheaded on Tower Hill. After Henry’s marriage to Anne of Cleves (which Cromwell had orchestrated) quickly broke down, Cromwell’s political rivals at court – most notably the Norfolk family […]

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The two-time Emmy nominated series WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? returns Sunday, July 26, at 9/8c. Every season has revealed some fascinating family history discoveries of celebrities. At the same time the series provides instruction to everyone interested in genealogy on how to uncover their roots. Geneabloggers says some the celebrities featured in the upcoming season […]

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Sandy on July 1st, 2015

The blog posted information on their newly updated privacy policy as follows: “At Ancestry, we value and respect our customers’ privacy and we have standards in place to protect the integrity of the data our customers entrust to us. So, we want to be clear about a policy change we are making. As of today, […]

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Sandy on June 29th, 2015

The Findmypast blog says: “Just how murky is your past? Are there wrongdoers in your family tree? Perhaps you’re the descendant of legal eagles and lawmakers. Whether your family history contains vice or virtue, over our Crime and Punishment month we’ll be giving you the opportunity to find out more than ever before, with blogs, articles and […]

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Sandy on June 26th, 2015

One of the most enlightening classes during my college days focused on historiography (writing history). It was very difficult task to write history without bias. As evidenced by most television channels and newspapers, our news media fails miserably in the quest to report unbiased truth.  Many go out of their way to lie and, after […]

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According to  the Archives of the United States of America has been hacked—indicative of the same hack that extracted private information of past and present federal  employees.  This breach is a very serious violation. What’s next? The Power Grid? See below: “The National Archives and Records Administration recently detected unauthorized activity on three desktops […]

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Sandy on June 24th, 2015

Fold3 has new content to offer family historians who have New York ancestors as follows: “Do you have New York ancestors? If so, take some time to explore Fold3’s new collection of New York Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts. Like its title suggests, this collection, from microfilm at the New York State Archives, is made up […]

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Sandy on June 22nd, 2015

The list of history’s Hot 100 for 2015 results arose from voting by readers of History Extra conducted over a six week period. The readers and historians were asked to nominate the historical figures in whom they are currently most interested. An intriguing  caveat was that the individuals  nominated had to have died before January 1, […]

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The 200 anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo was celebrated this week and History Extra has once again come through with an interesting article in question and answer format. I remember singing a song as a child about Waterloo which was one of the world’s most famous battles.  It ended the Napoleonic Wars and led to […]

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Sandy on June 15th, 2015

The 800 year old Magna Carta is the foundation of our U.S. legal system and has been quoted recently by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. On June 15, 1215,following a revolt by the English nobility against his rule, King John put his royal seal on the Magna Carta, or “Great Charter.” The document, essentially a peace […]

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I couldn’t pass up this article featured in USA TODAY featuring NASCAR’s most popular driver of the number 88 car. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is excited about planning a trip to Germany to explore his roots: “CONCORD, N.C. — On Monday, after competing in this weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will embark […]

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Sandy on June 13th, 2015

The huge rise in popularity of curry among all social classes has seen it emerge as Scotland’s other national dish. Surprisingly new evidence shows that it was being enjoyed by the wealthy elite over 200 years ago, as curry powder was being sold by an Edinburgh grocer in 1798. The grocer, John Caird, informed customers […]

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Sandy on June 12th, 2015

Once again, History Extra has come through with a great article worthy of sharing. It’s a terrific site. See below: “From microwaves to dishwashers, today we enjoy a multitude of modern conveniences. Spare a thought, then, for the medieval housewife. How did she cook? Where did she shop? Where did her clothes come from? Here, […]

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Another great resource. The following write-up was posted on the Library and Archives of Canada blog on June 10, 2015. You just need to follow the commonsense rules: “It used to be that the only way of getting copies of archival documents was a bit of a tedious process. Flagging the pages you wanted copied, […]

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Sandy on June 10th, 2015

On June 10, 1752, one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, flew a kite during a thunderstorm and collected a charge in a Leyden jar when the kite was struck by lightning, enabling him to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning. This amazing man’s interest in electricity began in the mid-1740s, a time when much […]

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Couldn’t resist this one. What a victory!! Who’s a good boy?

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Sandy on June 5th, 2015

On the first Friday of June each year, National Doughnut Day is celebrated by the Salvation Army who created it in 1938 to honor the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Many doughnut stores in the United States offer free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day. In 2009, small doughnut vendors as […]

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Sandy on June 4th, 2015

The family history web site Findmypast is a great resource for researchers as the following recent addition to its database clearly illustrates: “Last week’s Findmypast Friday marked the release of over 157,000 additional England & Wales Merchant Navy Crew, Lists 1861-1913. Consisting of crew lists and agreements taken from British Merchant vessels, these new additions […]

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Sandy on June 4th, 2015

The following press release comes from WikiTree. I urge you to visit this free site and learn what they have to offer. They keep it simple and, depending on your needs, you are likely to find relevant information. “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2015 Contact: Eowyn Langholf, ​ 3 June 2015​: This week the WikiTree […]

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The following April 2015 news release comes from regarding their new resource that will feature high-quality video courses spanning a variety of family history topics; Expert guidance to help both experts and novices: “Ancestry, the world’s leading family history service, has launched Ancestry Academy, a new educational resource that offers high-quality video instruction from […]

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Sandy on June 1st, 2015

According to Discovery News, “the search for Amelia Earhart’s long lost aircraft will resume this month in the waters off Nikumaroro, an uninhabited South Pacific atoll in the republic of Kiribati, where the legendary pilot might have died as a castaway. Called Niku VIII, the expedition will be carried out by a 14-person team of […]

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The following information was published on Please visit the site to learn more. It’s fascinating. “Distinguished by its wedge-shaped marks on clay tablets, cuneiform script is the oldest form of writing in the world, first appearing even earlier than Egyptian hieroglyphics Now, the curators of the world’s largest collection of cuneiform tablets – housed at […]

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On May 22, 1843, a massive wagon train, made up of 1,000 settlers and 1,000 head of cattle, set off down the Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri. It was known as the “Great Emigration,” and the expedition came two years after the first small party of settlers made the long, overland journey to Oregon. After […]

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As of Friday, May 15, 2015, Findmypast has 2.5 million Irish records available from Dublin Workhouses and more as follows: “This Friday sees the release of over 2.5 million Irish records from the Dublin Workhouses. This fascinating collection sheds light on the (often hard to trace) poorest members of the population at one of toughest […]

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The following sad news comes from the Associated Press: “LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent […]

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If you’re interested in what was going on in the lives of your ancestors during the 19th century tenure of The House of Lords, the Parliamentary Papers will soon be available online at the National Library of Scotland (NLS). This is their first digitized collection of these valuable historical documents and will be produced in […]

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On May 13, 1846, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly votedin favor of President James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico in a dispute over Texas. Under the threat of war, the United States had held back from annexing Texas after the it won independence from Mexico in 1836. But in 1844, President John Tyler […]

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I’m a big supporter of our police force throughout the country and believe they should receive great respect and thanks for putting their lives on the line daily. However, the following news is over the top.  Just in case you are unaware, police management are choosing to use a lab linked to a private collection […]

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On  May 8, 1945, seventy years ago, both Great Britain and the United States celebrated Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi Germany. The eighth of May spells the day when German troops […]

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Captain William Kidd was either one of the most notorious pirates in the history of the world, or one of its most unjustly vilified and prosecuted privateers. For all the legends and fiction surrounding this character, his actual career was punctuated by only a handful of skirmishes, followed by a desperate quest to clear his name. […]

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I’ve recently discovered Dick Eastman’s Privacy Blog and it’s a good place to visit for some sage advice from an expert.  On the off chance that you haven’t heard, Mr. Eastman is also the owner/writer of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. That said, I’d like to share a recent Privacy Blog article on the subject of secure banking which […]

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Sandy on May 5th, 2015

Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, but in the United States it has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Unfortunately, last year it heralded unrest and we got a glimpse through the media of not so great political activism. We can only hope that tomorrow’s celebration […]

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Sandy on May 1st, 2015

In her new book, Great Victorian Discoveries: Astounding Revelations and Misguided Assumptions, Caroline Rochford examines some of the incredible findings made across the world between 1875 and 1895. After reading this blog post you might want to purchase the book I’ve provided a link to purchase from Barnes and Noble, In an article for History Extra, she […]

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Digital Life says: The entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms held by the National Library of Ireland – 400,000 films amounting to the most important source of Irish family history – is to be made available online this July. The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has been working to digitise the microfilms for more than three […]

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Sandy on April 28th, 2015

Breitbart News has conducted research of the publicly available U.S. Census records showing that movie star has another nine slaveholder ancestors from Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. Only last week, “Affleck admitted that he successfully pressured Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates to edit his Georgia slaveholding ancestor, Benjamin Cole, out of an episode of […]

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I’m Scottish born and spent my formative years living in the historic Scottish town of Stirling, with it’s splendid castle, home to Scottish royalty. Growing up in an area literally steeped in history did leave its mark later on.   We listened as children with pride to stories of the legendary William Wallace, King Robert […]

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Here’s the latest information on new records at Findmypast via Alan Stewart’s “Grow Your Own Family Tree“: Australia: New South Wales “Containing over 29,000 records, the New South Wales Goal Photographic Books 1871-1969 consist of entries of prisoners from 14 different gaols around the state. The records are particularly fascinating as they contain not only […]

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For Earth Day, please listen to  “Nature’s Greatest Mimic” imitate the sound of chainsaws destroying its habitat:  

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I loved the Star Wars trailer (see below) and am looking forward to seeing the movie. It’s packed with action shots, storm troopers and favorite characters for both Star Wars fans (like me) and all moviegoers. It’s family-friendly entertainment. The main theme of the preview comes from the series’ hero Luke Skywalker, who says, in homage to […]

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Sandy on April 17th, 2015

Fold3 by Ancestry is offering free access to their Civil War collection through April 30, as follows: “April was a big month in the American Civil War. Not only did the conflict begin in April 1861, but this year marks the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant, as well as Lincoln’s assassination, in April […]

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With rumblings that the first sketch H.G. Peter’s Wonder Woman is headed for the auction block, there is, as far as my research goes, one person who says that it’s not. The link to the article is provided below. Many of comics iconic heroes are so old now that items from their beginnings are very […]

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Sandy on April 10th, 2015

A little soul in the form of a cat took up residence in our back yard a year ago. After a several weeks of giving her some tasty morsels, we discovered that she had been declawed, her vocal chords tampered with and abandoned to the outdoors to fend for herself. She is now part of […]

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Sandy on April 6th, 2015

Have a Happy Passover! What is Passover? Passover is an eight-day festival celebrated in early spring from the 15th though the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan and commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from a life of slavery in ancient Egypt. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation over […]

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Sandy on March 31st, 2015

How time flies. On March 31, 1999, the writing and directing brothers Andy and Larry Wachowski released their second film, the mind-blowing science-fiction blockbuster The Matrix. Born and raised in Chicago, both brothers dropped out of college and started a house-painting and construction business before they got into the film industry. They collaborated on two screenplays, […]

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FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 5.8 million indexed records and images for Australia, Canada, Hungary, Russia, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,435,483 indexed records from the Canada Census, 1911 collection; 2,069,202 indexed records from the Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802–1990 collection; and 310,900 images from the Russia, […]

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The following press release comes from the Globe Newswire: “SALT LAKE CITY, March 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Knowles Collection, a quickly growing, free online Jewish genealogy database linking generations of Jewish families from all over the world, reached its one-millionth record milestone and is now easily searchable online. The collection started from scratch just […]

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Sandy on March 21st, 2015

I’d like to share the following article by Dick Eastman who writes the best of the best genealogy blog Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter:  “Overheard at a genealogy conference recently (repeated from memory so the wording might not be exact): Person #1: “I won’t put my genealogy information online because I am afraid someone might steal it.” […]

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England’s Immigrants 1330-1550, a fully-searchable database containing over 64,000 names of people known who migrated to England during the period of the Hundred Years’ War and the Black Death, the Wars of the Roses and the Reformation. The information within this database has been pulled from a wide selection of published and un-published records – […]

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New additions to the Findmypast database are the Queensland, Australia, immigration records. They include: “Queensland, Brisbane Register of Immigrants 1885-1917 Containing over 48,000 records, the index was compiled from Registers of Immigrants per Ship Landed at the Immigration Depot at Brisbane. These records were maintained and used by the immigration department. The purpose of these registers was […]

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