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Sandy on November 26th, 2014

By 1916, United States citizens were referring to Thanksgiving Day as Turkey Day, but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, the Pilgrims might not have eaten turkey at all. According to historians, the Pilgrims ate wildfowl, corn, and venison.  Turkey first claimed its place as the Thanksgiving bird in the 1700s when Founding Father […]

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Sandy on November 23rd, 2014

The story behind one of the world’s most epic survival stories is to be displayed in an archive at the National Library of Scotland. If the account was written as fiction many folks would find it hard to believe. The epic tale of the crew’s survival is real and has become the stuff of polar […]

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The archive of an Indiana Jones-like Scottish adventurer is to be made available to the public by the National Library of Scotland for the first time. Papers belonging to Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor (11 February 1915 – 10 June 2011) will appear on the website of the National Library of Scotland. Fermor, also known […]

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An interesting study from Ancestry.com shows that online family history research has increased 14 times in the past 10 years. See below: “Multi-Country Study by Ancestry.com Examines Changing Family Structures to Show Closer Bonds Between Children and Grandparents; Longevity and Birthrates Lead to Increase in Vertical Families PROVO, UT–(Marketwired – November 19, 2014) – Over the past […]

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Sandy on November 20th, 2014

The latest news on DNA matching improvements is as follows: “We’re excited to tell you about some major improvements we’ve made to help you find your possible relatives with AncestryDNA. AncestryDNA scientists have innovated new and better ways to identify family relationships by comparing DNA between AncestryDNA members. Now, AncestryDNA is almost 70x more likely […]

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Twitter has started to let users search through every tweet publicly sent from the globally-popular one-to-many messaging service since it launched in 2006. The company has built a searchable index of billions tweets posted using the service known for its real-time torrent of messages. Twitter said, “Since that first simple tweet over eight years ago, […]

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“FamilySearch adds more than 3.7 million indexed records and images to Australia, Canada, Isle of Man, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,395,009 images from the Canada, Nova Scotia Probate Records, 1760–1993 collection; the 396,405 images and 396,405 indexed records from the US, BillionGraves Index collection; and the 389,387 indexed […]

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The National Genealogy Society (NGS) has released the following information on its full conference program on the 2015 conference in St. Charles Missouri from 13-16 May, titled Crossroads of America: “ARLINGTON, VA, 12 November 2014: The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce the 2015 Family History Conference program is now available in a sixteen-page […]

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Sandy on November 10th, 2014

History is full of dramatic tales that are well known and oft repeated. Some of the incidents might not be what we think, such as Joan of Arc, or Jack the Ripper. History Extra gives us some insight into what we get wrong. See below: “1) A lost Romanov princess When Tsar Nicholas II and […]

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This is most definitely hot off the press. Listen carefully: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

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On November 7, 1980 (34 years ago), the world lost actor Steve McQueen, one of Hollywood’s leading men of the 1960s and 1970s. The star of star action thrillers, such as,, Bullitt and the Towering Inferno died at age 50 in Mexico where where he was undergoing an experimental treatment for cancer. In 1979, McQueen […]

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Sandy on November 6th, 2014

What has been described by a Forbes article as a pernicious piece of Apple  focused malware succeeded in raising awareness this week.  It may have infected as many as 356,000 users in China. The malicious malware is called WireLurker. Although all are based in China, where the malicious WireLurker code was hidden inside 467 OS X […]

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The latest from Ancestry.com is a very interesting collection of Native American records. See below and note the number of records marked FREE: “If your American ancestors make the settlers at St. Augustine and Jamestown look like a bunch of Johnny-come-latelies, we have good news. We just added 11 new databases to our American Indian collections, […]

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Although it’s only the beginning of November, it’s already off with Halloween and Thanksgiving (sadly for some) and on with Christmas and Hanukkah.  Retailers have had Christmas items on display since the back-to-school stuff went on clearance. Does your family historian love to read? It was great to discover that there’s genealogical fiction in the world of mystery writing. […]

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Sandy on October 31st, 2014

The Celts, those interesting and mysterious folks who lived about 2000 years ago in what is known today as the United Kingdom and Ireland, celebrated New Year on November 1st. They believed that on the night before New Year the boundary between the worlds of the living and the world of the dead became blurred. […]

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I’ve just received the following details from Family Tree DNA. If you have tests on Ancestry.com or 23andMe it’s worth investigating: “Family Tree DNA is now allowing people that have taken an AncestryDNA™ or 23andMe© (V3) test to transfer their raw data to the Family Finder database for FREE by visiting www.familytreedna.com/AutosomalTransfer! That’s right!  Pass […]

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Sandy on October 26th, 2014

If you love Jane Austin’s books and Mr Darcy here’s another great find from the BBC’s History Extra: Whether it’s breakfast at Northanger Abbey, tea and cake at Mansfield Park, or one of Mrs Bennet’s dinners to impress, food is an important theme in Jane Austen’s novels. And now, Austen fans can recreate the dishes […]

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Sandy on October 24th, 2014

These slices of history arrived via the BBC History Extra magazine: “With one a day said to keep the doctor at bay, apples are today one of the nation’s most popular fruits. But the lunchbox staple also has a curious history – here, on National Apple Day, food historian Joanna Crosby reveals 9 things you probably […]

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A recent news release from Ancestry.com revealed some very interesting and unexpected statics between occupation and home ownership since 1900: “PROVO, Utah, October 15, 2014 – Members of the armed services are among the least likely to own a home in the United States, according to a new analysis by Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history […]

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Sandy on October 22nd, 2014

This month we acknowledge our National Archives and Archivist of the United States (AOTUS) David Ferriero enthusiastically celebrated the month long occasion by visiting his old high school in Beverly, Massachusetts. What Mr. Ferriero does to encourage students to become acquainted and interested our national treasures is wonderful.  A couple of days ago he described the experience at Beverly […]

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Apple has announced that customers can start making payments with the touch of a finger as of today October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. to Iphone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,as well as the IPad  iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users in stores will be able to use Touch […]

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Sandy on October 20th, 2014

The notorious Red Scare kicked into high gear in Washington on October 20, 1947 (67 years ago), as a Congressional committee began investigating Communist influence in one of the world’s richest and most glamorous communities: Hollywood. Has the situation flipped?  Our Government is now actively using the entertainment industry to promote their agenda for different reasons using […]

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Sandy on October 17th, 2014

Apple has just unveiled the iPad Air2. As far as I can see Apple Says New iPad Is 18% Thinner; iMac Includes Sharper Resolution Apple’s new iPad Air will give old iPads a body image problem. Apple reports that the new iPad is a fashionable 18% thinner and includes a sharper resolution. The thickness of […]

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I hope you managed to take a look at yesterday’s entry about the Family Search library. Today, I’d like to pass along the latest addition of more than 9.2 million records to the FamilySearch.org database. On October 7th more than 2.8 million indexed records and images were added to Belgium, Canada, Columbia, Ghana, Spain and the […]

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Sandy on October 15th, 2014

The publication Standard Examiner has an interesting article declaring to readers, among other interesting information, that genealogy is the second largest hobby in the world. This is amazing considering how many hobbies are out there. The Ogden Family Search Library houses  the second largest family history library in the United States and maybe the world. The […]

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Sandy on October 14th, 2014

The Hawaii state archives are going digital. Soon, from the comfort of your home you can check records that include your genealogy and marriage licenses. Take a look at the video below:

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Sandy on October 13th, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Canada! In Canada, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October to celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year. It’s a statutory holiday in most areas of Canada with the optional exceptions of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Labrador, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Companies regulated by the Canadian […]

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The National Library of Scotland (NLS) has come up with a wonderful way to teach elementary school children the lowland Scots language. See below: “Jings, crivvens … Oor Wullie’s teachin’ the bairns Oor Wullie — one of Scotland’s most famous characters — is helping children to learn Scots in an online educational initiative developed by […]

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The following is the latest update informs of the growing collection of Oregon newspapers from newspapers.com: “This month we’re highlighting our growing collection of papers from Oregon. Although this state’s collection is already at over 500,000 pages across 24 newspapers,Newspapers.com is planning on adding thousands more pages in the near future through our partnership with the […]

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Sandy on October 10th, 2014

The following announcement comes from the Irish Family History Foundation: “The Irish Family History Foundation is pleased to announce that the rootsireland.ie website has become a Subscription based service, giving users access to search an index of over 20 million Irish records and to view the details of the records. (Subject to our terms and […]

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According to reports Icelanders are “the world champions of human genetics”.  A commercial for a phone company even depicted a couple waking up after a one-night-stand showing a scene where they both pick up their smart phones and log into a family-tree website to check their genealogy. So, why would they do this? There are only 320,000 […]

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To register for the free webinar click on http://www.archives.gov/education/history-day/workshops.html

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FamilySearch adds more than 183 million indexed records and images to Belgium, China, Czech Republic, England and Wales, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Ukraine, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 66,586,112 indexed records from the England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837–2008, collection; the 6,142,790 images from the US, Missouri, Probate […]

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Sandy on October 5th, 2014

What are the Devil’s Footprints? What happened to the Mary Celeste? Did Richard III murder the princes in the Tower? Is the Shroud of Turin the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth? These are some of the biggest historical mysteries of all time. Listed below are nine of those unsolved mysteries investigated by Dr David Clarke, who […]

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Sandy on October 3rd, 2014

Today at sundown, is the beginning of the Day of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur (יוֹם כִּפּוּר or יום הכיפורים.) It’s the holiest and most solemn day of the year for the Jews. The most heard greeting for the Jewish New Year season is “May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life”. […]

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In science fiction, invisibility capes can make kids invisible, but up until now, scientists have only been able to hide certain wavelengths of light, which have part of the visible spectrum (The visible spectrum is the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that is visible to the human eye, none of us can see. Now researchers at the […]

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The following information about the new free genealogy site FamilyTreeNow.com comes with a thank you to Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter: “A new genealogy site has appeared within the past few days at FamilyTreeNow.com. It is billed as being completely free for everything. The site is in beta and claims to have “billions of historical records, including census (1790-1940) […]

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The latest news from Findmypast is as follows: “Today we’re delighted to announce that we’ve published  four million parish records in partnership with the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium. We’ve worked with six Yorkshire archives to make these records available online for the very first time. This collection comprises beautiful scanned images of the original handwritten registers […]

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The following update comes from DeceasedOnline. There are several useful links on this update: “Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is a large local unitary authority in Southern Lancashire immediately to the north of Bolton (within Greater Manchester) and sandwiched between the Boroughs of Chorley, Rossendale and Hyndburn and south of Ribble Valley. Besides the substantial […]

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Sandy on September 29th, 2014

On September 29, 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed to divide control of occupied Poland along the Bug River—the Germans taking everything west, the Soviets taking everything east. As a follow-up to the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, (also known as the Hitler-Stalin Pact), that created a non-aggression treaty between the two behemoth military powers of Germany […]

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The latest from the informative resource Scotland’s People: “Among the hundreds of thousands of Victorian Scots who can be found in the latest year of Valuation Rolls to be released on ScotlandsPeople are two of the most celebrated sportsmen of the era, the golfers Old Tom Morris and his eldest son Young Tom. Valuation rolls […]

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Sandy on September 24th, 2014

After an amazing Season 1, Season 2 on PBS with Henry Louis Gates Jr. looks like another winner:

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The latest update from Fold3 is as follows: “One of Fold3’s newest titles is the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies. Like its name suggests, this collection contains the two navies’ official reports, orders, and correspondence from the Civil War. If you’re interested in the Civil War, this is the go-to title for contemporary, […]

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Dear Scotland, I thankfully don’t have any skin in the game and will view the outcome of the Scottish Independence vote with interest from afar. Please vote with your heads and not your hearts. Remember, a marriage is with the heart, a divorce with the head. That said, a little bird told me those North Sea […]

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PERSI is an amazing resource for family historians and genealogists. If you haven’t heard about it before I’d like to share the following explanation with you from FamilySearch.org: “The Periodical Source Index, or PERSI, is the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world.[1] Created by the staff of the Allen County […]

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Sandy on September 14th, 2014

On September 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key penned a poem which was later set to music 117 years later in 1931 became America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The poem, originally titled “The Defense of Fort McHenry,” was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812. […]

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On September 12, 1953, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy, the future 35th president of the United States, married Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island. Seven years later, the couple became the youngest president and first lady in American history. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was born into a prominent New York family in 1929, and became an […]

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Sandy on September 11th, 2014

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Sandy on September 10th, 2014

Right up there with our own National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), with it’s amazing collection of resources, take a look at the British National Archives. Whether you’re looking for ancestors or want to learn more about British History to helps you understand your ancestor’s life experiences, it’s probably the best resource. Did you know? If immigrants arrived in Britain from […]

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Sandy on September 9th, 2014

If you’re looking for ancestors in Northeast England, Durham Records Online provides records from County Durham and Northumberland for genealogists and historians. The latest updates with links are as follows: Wingate Grange marriages 1842-1907 updated with occupations, witnesses, abodes Winston burials 1573-1761 Gateshead baptisms 1769-1812 Stockton Holy Trinity baptisms 1838-1852 Trimdon marriages 1837-1852 Merrington marriages […]

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According to Bloomberg News, executives at Scotch whisky suppliers Pernod Ricard, maker of The Glenlivet single malt, and Diageo are among those concerned about the economic consequences of a vote for Scottish independence on September 18, 2014. The following article written by Peter Evans for the Wall Street Journal is timely. This is probably a […]

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Sandy on September 7th, 2014

Ray Liotta has an interesting has an interesting perspective on being adopted.HHe shares how he met his birth parents and biological siblings in his 40s:

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We the people”are finally getting smarter and let’s hope we all remain smart through the November elections. Take a look the epic resignation letter below written by a Congressional staffer that has finally come to light via the New York Daily news with the original posted on Jezebel. Don’t forget to click on the link to Jezebel.com below to […]

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The National Genealogical Society (NGS) on how family photos can undercover rare genetic disorders. There is also a link to a Newsweek article. See below: Though many of us research our ancestry to learn about whom we come from and the circumstances of their life, another aspect can be to compile a health history.  Whether we […]

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Sandy on August 29th, 2014

Thank you Hezekiah Walker, this is the most inspiring Flash Mob I’ve ever seen. Visitor’s to this site will want to watch it more than once… Have a great Labor Day!

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FamilySearch has added more than 7.2 million indexed records and images to collections from Argentina, Germany, Jamaica, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,079 indexed records from the Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999, collection; the 2,522,767 indexed records and images from the United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014, collection; and the 852,481 […]

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Sandy on August 28th, 2014

Mr David Bayer, Holocaust survivor and volunteer at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington has just emailed the following notice inviting describing his own experience during the German invasion of Poland, invites us to Visit us online to learn more about the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II and to hear stories […]

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Although there are several Android apps that allow users to create custom filters and effects on their photos MIX, the new app by Camera360, is touted to be the best. It reportedly allow you to not only edit photos, it also enables users to create custom filters that can be saved and used again. Other Android apps like Litho […]

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The season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? airs tomorrow, August 27, at 9 pm Eastern/8 pm Central, on TLC. This episode will feature Minnie Driver as she sets out to learn about her secretive father and traces his career in the Royal Air Force during World War II. As many have learned […]

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Sandy on August 25th, 2014

Since newspaper items are extremely useful to family historians, I’d like to share the latest content update from Newspapers.com: “Since Newspapers.com is looking forward to attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in San Antonio, Texas, at the end of this month, we thought we’d get in the Lone Star spirit by highlighting our assortment of over […]

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The following article by the online National Review’s, Andrew Johnson, has reported that a Muslim women has taken issue with a sign advertising bacon at a Vermont diner. It does, however, make one wonder if the sign would be taken down if the person complaining happened to be Jewish (Jews don’t eat pork and we never hear […]

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The Independent has reported today August 24,2014 five days before his ninety-first birthday: “The veteran British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. He died at lunchtime on Sunday, his son told BBC News. Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s leading actors during the middle of the century, before becoming […]

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Sandy on August 24th, 2014

On August 25, 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon appears in the New York Sun newspaper. Known as “The Great Moon Hoax,” the articles were supposedly reprinted from the Edinburgh Journal of Science. The byline was Dr. Andrew Grant, described as a colleague […]

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We are now living in very difficult times and I know that it’s certainly not Gov. Perry’s fault. In it’s my personal opinion that he is a great candidate to lead our country out of these dark days. The opposition party, in my opinion is doing its typical dirty best to discredit him. I’ll be […]

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A Discovery article reports on the building of a database designed to store and give access to all human knowledge. The fully automated database is called Knowledge Vault and uses algorithms to turn raw dated gathered online into bite-sized chunks of data. The information will be readable to both machines and humans, or you might […]

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