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The latest from FamilySearch.org for folks with Norwegian roots with links to the Norwegian American Genealogical Association: “If you have family roots in Norway, you have a celebration coming up. The bicentennial of Norway’s independence is May 17th. There are almost as many descendants of Norwegians in the U.S. (4.5M) as there are in Norway […]

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Apologies for being a little late with this notice about the May/June online publication of Irish Lives Remembered. The content, as usual, will not disappoint: The Irish in New Hampshire Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s Irish Heritage Tracing your Carlow ancestors Click on Irish Lives Remembered to access the latest information.

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Sandy on May 16th, 2014

Enjoy the beauty of Amazing Grace sung by Walela in Cherokee set to a photo compile:

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Sandy on May 15th, 2014

On May 16, 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out its first awards, at a dinner party for around 250 people held in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California. The brainchild of Louis B. Mayer, head of the powerful MGM film studio, the Academy was organized in […]

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A recent news release from Ancestry.com reports that  the national average of working mothers at an all-time high since national census in 1860: “PROVO, Utah, May 8, 2014 – One hundred and fifty years of federal census data and one thing is clear: the growing trend of working mothers in the United States is as […]

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We’ve come a long way since the fundamental structure of DNA was discovered by James Watson and Francis Crick.   Nowadays, DNA sequencing can already tell us a lot about our ancestors—but now, a new technique developed by an international team of scientists allows them to pinpoint a person’s geographical origin—going back 1,000 years. The […]

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Sandy on May 5th, 2014

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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“Handsome, debonair and blessed with a distinguished voice that reflected his real-life prep school upbringing, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. seemed born to play the television roles that made him famous, that of hip Hollywood detective and brilliant G-man. A prolific actor who also appeared in numerous films and stage productions, Zimbalist became a household name in […]

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I couldn’t resist sharing the following article which appeared in Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. It describes how Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin recently signed into law a law a bill that says you can’t order a death certificate for the first 75 years following a death, unless you are dead. Really! “You may remember the controversy surrounding a recently-enacted […]

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The following records are now available at British Origins. They offer subscription access to many unique and hard to find family history records. See below: “Hearth Tax returns of the second half of the 17th century are a major census substitute resource for local and family historians, providing lists of names midway between the period of […]

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The latest additions from FamilySearch.org is as follows: FamilySearch has added more than 5.8 million images to collections from Belgium, England, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 90,674 images from the new Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582–1910, collection; the 485,188 indexed records from the England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538–1900, collection ; […]

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Sandy on April 28th, 2014

Today marks the 225th Anniversary of the Mutiny on the Bounty, one of the most notorious seafaring crises of the 18th century. Three weeks into a journey from Tahiti to the West Indies, the HMS Bounty is seized in a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian, the master’s mate. Captain William Bligh and 18 of his […]

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The following information comes from Britain’s  Sky News: British Pathé has publishes its entire archive on YouTube, making more than 85,000 rare 20th Century videos available to the public. History enthusiasts are now able to browse more than 3,500 hours of some of the most significant moments of the last century. Although the videos were previously available on […]

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A Japanese IT firm has signed on to help the Vatican Library digitize its priceless collection of ancient manuscripts that date from the origins of the church. According to the BBC the first stage of the project covering the next four years will scan about 3,000 handwritten documents. At some point the library hopes to […]

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They’re starting early. The increasingly popular RootsTech global family history event has issued the following call for 2015 presentations: “SALT LAKE CITY, UT–RootsTech is a global family history event, hosted by FamilySearch, where people of all ages learn to discover and celebrate their family across generations. It reaches an audience of 150,000 attendees in-person, online, […]

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The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, sings the famous Easter hymn Jesus Christ is risen today. COnductor Stephen Cleobury. Le Chœur du King’s College de Cambridge chante le cantique de Pâques Jesus Christ is risen today (Jésus Christ est ressuscité aujourd’hui). Direction Stephen Cleobury.

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Good Friday is always observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. On Good Friday Christians remember the suffering and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Why is Good Friday referred to as “good”? What the Jewish authorities and Romans did to Jesus was definitely not good (see Matthew chapters 26-27). However, the […]

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According to Nick Lavars of Gizmag, the Australian company Swann has announced a nifty new all-connected monitoring system, which allows users to monitor on-the-go that work with both iOS and Android devices. See below. “Australian-based manufacturer of home surveillance products Swann Security has announced a new all-in-one connected monitoring system. The Wi-Fi-enabled SwannSecure system consists […]

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For several reasons this will be an interesting announcement: “PROVO, Utah, April 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, will release financial results for its first quarter 2014 on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, after the market closes. Following the release, the Company will host a conference call at […]

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FamilySearch has added more than 2.1 million images to collections from Italy. Notable collection updates include the 89,778 images from the new Italy, Lucca, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1807–1814, collection; the 445,302 images from the new Italy, Genova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1796–1812, 1838–1859, 1866–1899, collection; and the 1,637,317 images from the Italy, Napoli, Civil […]

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Sandy on April 14th, 2014

Passover begins at sundown today.  It’s 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 3,300 years ago […]

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Sandy on April 11th, 2014

On April 11, 1970, Apollo 13, the third lunar landing mission, is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise. The spacecraft’s destination was the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon, where the astronauts were to explore the Imbrium Basin and conduct geological experiments. After […]

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Sandy on April 11th, 2014

A recent newsletter from the British National Archives includes information about The Gazette website where you can search millions of official notices covering almost 350 years of UK history. See below: “The Gazette website enables you to search millions of official notices covering nearly 350 years of the UK’s history. Following on from its beta phase, the […]

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Dropbox founded in 2007 and headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage and file synchronization allowing users to create a special folder on their computers that can be accessed through a website and mobile phone applications. I’ve shared genealogy files with friends and family this way. If, like […]

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The latest additions at FamilySearch.org are as follows: “FamilySearch has added more than 6.6 million indexed records and images to collections from Austria, Brazil, Dominican Republic, England, Mexico, Nicaragua, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,631,210 indexed records from the Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546–1971, collection; the 411,508 […]

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In their latest news release, ancestry.com describes how Chris Evans’ family tree reveals ancestors that fought in nearly every major war throughout American history. See below: “PROVO, Utah, April 1, 2014 – Captain America represents the quintessential American hero, a soldier who is wholly dedicated to defending the ideals of this country. In celebration of […]

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“On April 2, 2005, John Paul II, history’s most well-traveled pope and the first non-Italian to hold the position since the 16th century, died at his home in the Vatican. Six days later, two million people packed Vatican City for his funeral, said to be the biggest funeral in history. John Paul II was born […]

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Sandy on March 31st, 2014

Microsoft has finally launched new Office for iPad software. People have been asking for it since the iPad launch day in 2010. The new apps are currently available for anyone to download, but if you need it to be fully you’ll have a recurring cost of $5 a month. It is probably worth the investment […]

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Findmypast.co.uk describes the following press release as the most anticipated history project since the 1911 census and the only complete overview of the population between 1922 and 1950. See below: “British-owned online family history world leader DC Thomson Family History (who own findmypast) and The National Archives have today announced a joint project to make records of […]

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A mummified Egyptian woman dated at 700 A.D. has a tattoo on her thigh with the name of the biblical archangel Michael.  The tattoo is written in ancient Greek and translated as MIXAHA (Michael). It has been speculated that the symbol was worn for religious and spiritual protection. The article gives emphasis that Christian Gnostics […]

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Sandy on March 24th, 2014

The worst oil spill in U.S. territory began when the supertanker Exxon Valdez, owned and operated by the Exxon Corporation, ran aground on a reef in Prince William Sound in southern Alaska. An estimated 11 million gallons of oil eventually spilled into the water. Attempts to contain the massive spill were unsuccessful, and wind and […]

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The following press release is good news for folks who just can’t afford the cost of access to genealogy pricey databases: “BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mocavo.com™ (http://www.mocavo.com), a free search engine geared toward genealogists and people interested in learning more about their family history, launches today. Mocavo.com enables the search of more than 50 billion words – […]

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Oscar, a cute, cuddly, ginger kitten is very sleepy and having a problem trying to stay awake. Adorable.

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Apparently, Saudi Arabia has banned 50 names for babies born in the kingdom, citing a variety of reasons including “blasphemous” as reported in the Dubai-based Gulf News. According to the article, the interior ministry of the conservative Islamic kingdom “justified the ban by saying that the names either contradicted the culture or religion of the kingdom, […]

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Sandy on March 15th, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, commemorates the life and work of Ireland’s patron saint and a day full of wonderful and joyous celebrations. In honor of the day, MyHeritage.com is giving free access through March 17 – to a special collection of passengers arriving in New York from Ireland from 1846-1851. The collection contains over 600,000 […]

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This month is a great one for Irish Lives Remembered magazine. This month features: The Irish in New York Riverdance composer Bill Whelan’s family history Tracing your Limerick ancestors Click on Irish Lives Remembered to view online or download for free.    

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This latest news release from Ancestry.com is as follows: “PROVO, Utah, March 13, 2014 –Ancestry.com announced today the addition of over three million historical records that will help people of Irish descent explore their connections to the Emerald Isle. These include more than 25,000 birth, marriage and death records as well as 2.7 million new […]

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The following information was included in the ScotlandsPeople newsletter” “Inhabited House Tax Rolls from 1778 to 1798 are the latest fascinating resource to have been added to the ScotlandsPlaces website. These Tax Rolls offer history researchers a valuable insight into 18th Century life, while genealogists can use the records to find the names of ancestors throughout […]

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Did you know that the Micro film and public computers in the research area at National Archives and Records Administration Pacific Alaska Region building on Third Avenue in Anchorage will be closed by the end of the fiscal year and the archives moved to Seattle? I do know that NARA is under financial pressure, and […]

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The latest very useful news release from Family Search is as follows: “Researchers can find resources that hold needed information no matter where they start their search. DUBLIN, Ohio, 4 March 2014—OCLC and FamilySearch International are working together to share data between WorldCat and the FamilySearch Catalog to provide more resources for improved genealogy research. More than […]

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Sandy on March 6th, 2014

GenealogyInTime Magazine is, in my opinion, a terrific resource. I’d like to point you to their March 2014 list with content descriptions of new genealogy records that have become available on the Internet. Some of these have been published previously on this blog but it’s handy to see the complete list. See below: South Africa: […]

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The latest news release from Ancestry.com highlights the historic and heroic connections found in the family trees of George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Matt Damon: “PROVO, Utah, January 31, 2014 – To celebrate the release of the movie “Monuments Men” (expected in theaters February 7), Ancestry.com looked into the family histories of the movie’s award-winning […]

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Sandy on March 3rd, 2014

If you didn’t get to watch the  86th Oscars this video will sum it all up for you. As always Ellen did a great job:  

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Enjoy the latest viral video of NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon taking a blogger on a high-speed prank for Pepsi MAX.

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Sandy on February 26th, 2014

February 26 is a big anniversary for two national parks, which were established in the United States 10 years apart–the Grand Canyon in 1919 and the Grand Tetons in 1929. Located in northwestern Arizona, the Grand Canyon is the product of millions of years of excavation by the mighty Colorado River. The chasm is exceptionally deep, […]

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Sandy on February 24th, 2014

Welcome back to the Winner’s Circle, your fans love you. Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke a 55-race winless drought in the Sprint Cup Series. Last year he missed two races because of concussions and began the 2014 season emphatically after a winless 2013 in which he finished second five times. Few in the 55-year history of […]

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Deceased Online says: “We’ve started a long project to upload all burial records for all of the 200+ burial grounds managed by Aberdeenshire Council. Records for 20 burial grounds have just been added to the database joining those for Peterhead’s historic St Peter’s Churchyard and main cemetery. The records will comprise scans of original registers […]

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Sandy on February 19th, 2014

I’d like to share an article published on Ancestry.com that originally appeared in “Business, Institution, and Organization Records” by Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, and Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL in The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy. It’s part of a series and give you a list for your further research at the end of the article, […]

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Sandy on February 17th, 2014

If you have ancestors who lived in County Durham in the north east of England and are having a hard time finding them in the bigger corporate databases, the Durham Records Online database is likely to have high quality information. All the transcription is done by people who are familiar with County Durham historic family […]

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Sandy on February 14th, 2014

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 13th, 2014

If you missed the recent 2014 RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City you can catch up with an interesting selection of You Tube videos recorded at the conference. Click on You Tube to access 16 videos.  

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Sandy on February 11th, 2014

The Valuation Rolls of 1885 offer genealogists and other history researchers a fascinating picture of Victorian Scottish society, including figures ranging from William McGonagall (the world’s worst poet) to Dr Sophia Jex-Blake as follows: “Property records containing the names and addresses of more than 1.4 million people living in Scotland in 1885 will be released […]

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Sandy on February 7th, 2014

Images of will proved in the 54 ‘peculiar’ courts of England’s Province (Archbishopric) of York have been made available online. The index covers over 25,000 wills proved in the 54 peculiar courts of the Province of York in the 500 year period from 1383 to 1857. The originals of all the probate documents are held […]

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Sandy on February 6th, 2014

Leading family history website findmypast.com is changing subscription prices to create a more accessible service and provide even better value for both new and existing customers.  Monthly subscription offered for the first time, for less than $10 12 months’ access to all US records now less than $100 Simpler options give better value without compromising quality Anyone […]

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The latest news from the National Genealogical Society (NGS) is as follows: “Arlington, VA, 5 February 2014: The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the release of its newest American Genealogical Studies course, Guide to Documentation and Source Citation. This course joins The Basics in the series of online courses developed by NGS to help those interested in finding their family. In […]

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Sandy on February 4th, 2014

Microsoft has officially named Steve Ballmer’s successor: Satya Nadella. Now the third CEO in the company’s history, he most recently has led Redmond’s efforts in the cloud and enterprise space.

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Sandy on February 4th, 2014

I’d like to share the article “Ten tips for more success with newspaper research” written by Robin Foster, which recently appeared in The Genealogy Examiner. You’re bound to find something that you’ve missed or overlooked: “You can find access to historic newspapers through local county and university libraries. Many newspapers have been made available through online databases […]

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RootsTech, is the world’s largest family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 6-8, 2014, has announced that 15 of its popular sessions will be broadcast live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend in-person worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested […]

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Here’s a reminder that DNA tests are not yet perfect. Thanks to a rare medical condition, a Washington state woman found out that pregnancy was not enough to prove motherhood; DNA testing indicated that she was, in fact, not the mother of her own children. During the course of a desperate battle to retain custody […]

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Leading family history website findmypast.com has, in partnership with the British Library, today exclusively added 2.5 million records covering over 200 years of history of the British in India, published online for the first time. These records covering 1698-1947 give real insight into the heart warming and heart breaking stories of British citizens living in India during […]

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Ancestry.com has expanded its collaboration with FamilySearch.org by added 1 billion records from 67 countries to the Ancestry.com database as follows: “PROVO, Utah, Jan. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com announced today an extension of their collaborative efforts with FamilySearch International that will make more than 1 billion additional records from 67 countries available on […]

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On January 25,  Scots all over the world remember  Scotland’s sweetest bard Robert Burns  (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) and, ever January 25 I’ve written about Burns. This year I’ve decided to post  this video which accurately describe how folks feel about Robert (Robin, Rabbie, Robbie). Please enjoy this rendition of The Star […]

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Sandy on January 23rd, 2014

The following is a great price-break announcement from the very popular MyHerigage.ccm. MyHeritage has a partnership with Family Tree DNA which I consider to be the best genealogy testing service: “MyHeritage is happy to announce substantial discounts on DNA tests. As the technology for DNA analysis has matured and now reaches the mainstream, prices of DNA […]

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