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Sandy on March 11th, 2015

The following information comes from the National Genealogical Association (NGS): “The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the live streaming of ten lectures from its 2015 Family History Conference, which will be held 13‒16 May 2015, in St. Charles, Missouri. NGS members and others across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the […]

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Sandy on March 7th, 2015

Very moving please watch and listen, it will be your gain. This event did indeed spread outrage around the world. Beautifully narrated:

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Sandy on March 4th, 2015

Fold3 has a great website. I like to share the following interesting article featured on the Fold3 blog: “In early March 1918, soldiers with the flu began reporting to the infirmary at Camp Funston, an army training camp in Kansas. Within three weeks, 1,100 men at that camp had also come down with the flu. It […]

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I remember growing up there was discussion as to whether marmalade was first made by the English or the Scots. The real thing is so delicious, I’m sure it really doesn’t matter. As published today in The Herald, Scotland: “They’ll be choking on their toast in deepest middle England this morning as news spreads that […]

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Sandy on February 27th, 2015

“Leonard Nimoy, known worldwide as Mr Spock in the original Star Trek television series, has died. He was 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, told the New York Times he died of of pulmonary disease, which he attributed to a smoking habit he had ended 30 years ago. He was hospitalised in Los Angeles earlier this week. […]

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Sandy on February 26th, 2015

Some interesting news from the Associated Press, February 26, 2015: “NEW YORK –  Barnes & Noble is keeping its Nook Media digital business after all. The bookseller had planned to combine Nook and its college bookstores into a single company separate from its retail operations. Barnes & Noble’s retail operations, which include its bookstores and the […]

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The Genealogist is a UK based website with a constantly expanding database. Their most recently added Tythe maps will give family researchers insight into where their ancestors worked and lived in the counties of Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire. Other counties will soon follow.  See below: “Many family historians want to get an insight into where their […]

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Sandy on February 22nd, 2015

I know this post is not about genealogy, but it could mean a lot of family historians could stick around to tell their story and make a difference. As usual it’s a maybe, although it does come from a good source, Rutgers University via Gizmag cite Rutgers as the source. If you can understand my intro then […]

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Sandy on February 16th, 2015

As a follow up to my previous post, I’d like to share an article What to you get from DNA testing? written by Betty Malesky for the Green Valley News and Sun, which touches on how far we’ve come since it all started in 1985. I found her comment in the article, “Back only 10 generations […]

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The following news release comes from Ancestry.com at the RootsTech conference with a new story centric website and groundbreaking advancements in AncestryDNA that will revolutionize how people discover their ancestors: “(PROVO, Utah) – February 11, 2015 – Ancestry, the world’s leading family history service, is ushering in the next generation of family history, with the debut of an updated […]

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On February 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join […]

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Sandy on February 9th, 2015

If you’re a family historian looking for ancestors in Ulster, Northern Ireland, Ulster Ancestry looks like an interesting and useful resource. I’ve been hearing about the Scots-Irish, especially in North Carolina for several years so the following article written in Ulster Ancestry explains a lot. I grew up in Scotland learning about Irish names in […]

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Many people have heard of Concord, North Carolina because of NASCAR and the Charlotte Motor Speedway which is actually in Cabarrus County’s Concord and home to Hendrickmtorsports and others. What you might not realize is Concord as a beautiful and historic place to live. I recently came across the following article, which appeared in Living […]

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Sandy on February 5th, 2015

Launched in 2013 Founders Online, is a tool for seamless searching across the papers of our Founding Fathers: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton. Our Archivist of the United States (AOTUS) David Ferriero’s most recent blog post has written that since 2013 the database has grown to a […]

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I’d like to share an article published on Daily Finance that I think everyone should read. You can also click on Daily Finance to see the video. The stores that sell these supplements are, Target, Wal-Mart,,Walgreens, and GNC. Prepared to be amazed at the perfidy of the companies that manufacture the herbal supplements for these giants: “Testing of […]

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The following notification comes from the British National Archives: “We are pleased to announce that our partners at Findmypast have published the Poverty Relief Loans records (record series T 91) from our collection online for the first time. The Irish Reproductive Loan Fund was a privately funded micro credit scheme set up in 1824 to provide small loans to […]

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TheGenealogist has added thousands of Missing in Action records to their database. The news release is as follows: “TheGenealogist has released over 800,000 records to their growing military collection, including 574,666 Killed in Action records, 226,214 unique Missing in Action records, and 13,967 other records. Researching a soldier from among the Killed in Action records […]

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On, January 25th every year Scots all over the world gather to celebrate the birth of Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796). Robert Burns, born in Alloway, Ayreshire, Scotland, is also known as the Ploughman Poet.  His popularity back then (and now) is probably due to the fact that he wrote […]

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Sandy on January 22nd, 2015

Findmypast.co.uk has added an impressive line-up of Irish newspapers to their collection. This news release has a list of recently added publications: “New Irish newspapers continue to be added to our collection all the time and the first month of 2015 has been no different. Since our update last month, we added over 1.1 million new […]

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If you’re struggling to write your family history and imagine the life your ancestors led, explore how they grew up, were educated, dressed, and married, the new website History Lines could give you a jump start. Personally, I’ve often wondered how events and cultural influences of the day affected my ancestors daily lives. History Lines […]

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Sandy on January 19th, 2015

Instead of today’s pettifogging, please keep the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. alive in the way this great man intended:  

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I remember growing up in Scotland finding fossilized shells in the Ochil hills (quite a distance above sea level) near Stirling, an area about as far from the ocean as is possible to be in that country. I also heard talk of a discovery of a fossilized whale type creature in a former peat bog […]

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Former 1st lady Laura Bush will be keynote speaker at the increasingly popular conference RootsTech 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah, describing generations in one particular of the country’s most well-known families. Her life in the Whitehouse, including her viewpoint on difficult post-9/11 days and the importance of family members will be discussed. RootsTech is […]

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The following information on Genealogy Roadshow comes from Ancestry.com. The fascinating line-up will make interesting viewing: “From descendants of the infamous pirate Blackbeard to heroes of the Holocaust, PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW uncovers family secrets in the series’ second season, which premieres Tuesday, January 13th at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs Tuesday through February 24th. Genealogists Kenyatta […]

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Sandy on January 8th, 2015

Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. Today he would have turned 80.  His musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B […]

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CNN reported experts at a Boston museum opened up a 1795 time capsule buried by Sam Adams and Paul Revere in front of live-cameras Tuesday, January 6, 2015. It was buried by Samuel Adams and Paul Revere in 1795. The more than 200-year-old antique — thought by experts to possibly be the oldest unopened time capsule in […]

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The latest news from ScotlandsPeople is as follows: “The 1914 births reveal how patriotism gripped parents of babies after Britain declared war on 4 August. The final few months of 1914 witnessed a new fashion for naming boys Kitchener after Lord Kitchener,Secretary of State for War. Field Marshal Lord Kitchener’s face adorned thefamous recruiting posters […]

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We’ve been hearing a lot about the sophisticated calendars and writing systems of the Maya and also about their ritual sacrifices. We still, however, don’t know what caused their civilization to collapse around 900 A.D. Although it has been suggested before that a drought hit the Mayans, the new results do strengthen the case. A team […]

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Sandy on December 31st, 2014

Happy New Year from SpittalStreet.com

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Sandy on December 28th, 2014

I’d like to share a charming account of William Morrison a native of Scotland who arrived on Ellis Island on the steamship Caledonia more than a hundred years ago. Mr. Morrison was a coal miner and was, according to his papers, en route to Matherville, Ill. The article appeared in QCOnline.com and was written by […]

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Whether North Korea was, or was not, the cause of the cyber attack last week at Sony Pictures in response to “The Interview” is, in my personal opinion, only the tip of the iceberg. Now we have Microsoft Corp’s Xbox Live and Sony Corp’s PlayStation networks experiencing user connection problems on Christmas Day and beyond, […]

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Sandy on December 23rd, 2014

John Robert “Joe” Cocker, OBE (Order of the British Empire) was an amazing English rock and blues singer who burst on the scene in the 1960’s. He was born May 20, 1944 in the industrial town of Sheffield, England and died December 22, 2014 in Crawford, Colorado.

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Sandy on December 19th, 2014

The following useful information published on Ancestry.com’s blog has the potential to help you research and view your ancestry in a whole new light: We’ve launched our latest free research guide for the great state of Montana. Here are five things you might not know about Montana.  When settlers began arriving in Montana in earnest […]

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Sandy on December 17th, 2014

Starting on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. This year Hanukkah began at sundown yesterday, December 16, 2014.  A miracle happened  in 168 B.C.E. when the Jewish Temple was seized by Syrian-Greek soldiers and dedicated to the worship of the god Zeus. Many of […]

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Continuing my previous post about the precarious situation brought about by human predators. Brought to us by CNN news the Northern white rhino is teetering on the brink of extinction with only five left worldwide.

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I’ve been a fan of James Rollins amazing Six Sigma novels for several years and I think his latest, The Sixth Extinction (Sigma Force), is the best to date—at least until his next book is published. At the start of each book Rollins publishes informational nuggets of truth vs. fiction to get the juices flowing.  In […]

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I’ve traveled around the world about three times during my life. Many years have passed since those days, but it’s safe to say I’ve journeyed extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the South Pacific, Australia and Central America and more. I’ve always found regular folks to be friendly and kind to people visiting their […]

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Sandy on December 8th, 2014

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon’s (former member the The Beatles) peaceful domestic life on New York‘s Upper West Side with his wife Yoko Ono and their son Sean was shattered by 25-year-old Mark David Chapman. Psychiatrists diagnosed Chapman as a borderline psychotic. He was instructed to plead insanity, but instead he pleaded guilty to […]

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Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in […]

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So, what else is new?  We’ve been hearing about royal scandals for a long time now but this one could have an interesting outcome. DNA tests have confirmed that the ancient bones found under a car park in Leicester are those of Richard III – but they also point to a sex scandal in his family […]

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The following news release comes from the National Genealogical Society(NGS): “Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-seventh annual family history conference, Crossroads of America, which will be held 13–16 May 2015 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 150 lectures, given by nationally known speakers and subject matter […]

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WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content and services. It is an online library catalog that lets you look up items in libraries around the world and perfect for family historians, genealogists and everyone else. The items available include books, electronic documents, journals, microform, and audio and video recordings. Best of all its […]

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Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, was born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, on November 30, 1864, one hundred and fifty years ago. Churchill came from a family with a long history of military service and joined the British […]

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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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