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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 This is their first digitized collection of these valuable historical documents and will be produced in […]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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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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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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If you find it difficult to remember your passwords you’ll be interested to know that Yahoo has recently taken the first step towards eliminating them by introducing an on-demand feature that has users logging on with computer generated passwords. I’m wondering if this will work and, of course, we shall see. “If you’re one of […]

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Sandy on March 17th, 2015

Ever since St. Patrick died on March 17, 461 A.D in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, many legends have been passed down. As the patron saint of Ireland he is said to have baptized hundreds of people in a day. He explained the Holy Trinity using a three-leafed shamrock. What is known about St. Patrick comes from […]

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Sandy on March 13th, 2015

The following article written by Trevor Hammond for can be used universally. That said is a wonderful resource for family history researchers: “If a simple search on for an ancestor’s name isn’t returning the results you want, try including wildcards or Boolean operators in your search. Wildcards are great if there are multiple spellings or possible […]

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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 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 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 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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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 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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