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FamilySearch has added more than 2 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, England, Germany, Isle of Man, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 148,960 images from the England, Durham, Diocese of Durham Original Wills, 1650–1857, collection; the 91,952 indexed records from the […]

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Sandy on July 18th, 2014

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“Disneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism, opened on July 17, 1955. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California, and soon brought in staggering profits. Today, Disneyland hosts more than 14 million visitors a year, who spend close to $3 billion. Walt Disney, […]

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As reported in the Huffington Post and The Blaze, archaeologists in Norway were exited when they unearthed what could be an 8000-year-old-Stone Age skull and were stunned to find possible traces of preserved brain matter: “Researchers are not yet sure if it’s human, but an ancient skull found at a Norwegian archaeological dig site is […]

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I’m a few weeks late with this one and have decided to add this information from ancestry.com since so many Puerto Rican family historians have asked for resources. Hope this helps. See below: “PROVO, Utah, June 24, 2014 – Ancestry.com today announced the availability of nearly 5 million Puerto Rico birth, marriage and death records.  […]

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The search for Amelia Earhart is scheduled to continue in the pristine waters of an uninhabited island called Nikumaroro, which lies between Hawaii and Australia (that’s quite a distance). New forensic imaging techniques might possibly solve the longstanding mystery over Earhart’s fate, whose plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. The flight […]

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AOTUS (Archivist of the United States) has recommended what will likely prove to be a wonderful book about doing research in archives. The Allure of the Archives was written by Arlette Farge, Director of Research in Modern History at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. While combing through two-hundred-year-old judicial records from […]

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Sandy on July 1st, 2014

Happy Canada Day! The autonomous Dominion of Canada, a confederation of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the future provinces of Ontario and Quebec, was officially recognized by Great Britain with the passage of the British North America Act on July 1st, 1867. During the 19th century, colonial dependence gave way to increasing autonomy for a […]

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News from the British National Archives and their partners at findmypast.co.uk: “We are delighted to announce that today our partners at findmypast.co.uk have made one of our First World War airmen’s service record series (AIR 79) available to search and download online. Earlier this month we also made the surviving service records of over 12,000 men from the Household Cavalry (record […]

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Sandy on June 27th, 2014

You can store and access your files anywhere with Google Drive — on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. Google Drive for your Mac or PC is like any other folder on your computer. It could probably considered as an alternative to Dropbox. You can: Drag files in and out of […]

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Sandy on June 24th, 2014

On June 24, 1997, U.S. Air Force officials released a 231-page report dismissing long-standing claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico, almost exactly 50 years earlier. Public interest in Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, began to flourish in the 1940s, when developments in space travel and the dawn of the atomic age caused […]

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Sandy on June 20th, 2014

As reported by KSL.com: “SALT LAKE CITY — Ancestry.com has experienced outages and site failures after being attacked Monday. The genealogy site was offline for much of Tuesday after a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS) crashed the site, as well as Find A Grave — a sister site of Ancestry.com. Starting Monday afternoon, attackers […]

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Sandy on June 19th, 2014

The following information comes from Origins.net. It has a huge database of unique and hard to find family history records, dating back to the 1200s from Britain and Ireland, such as: Marriages, Burials, Baptisms, Electoral Registers, Census records, Apprentice records, Poor Law Abstracts, Passenger Lists, Griffith’s Valuation, Court records, Militia records, Irish Directories, and the […]

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The following announcement comes from FamilyTree DNA: “Family Tree DNA, a subsidiary company of Houston-based Gene by Gene, Ltd, announced that it has run over 1,000,000 DNA test kits for genealogical and anthropological purposes. This impressive number was achieved during Father’s Day week, and included samples obtained through a partnership with National Geographic’s Genographic Project, established in 2005 […]

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Ancestry.com  has made an official announcement that they have made the decision to discontinue their Y-DNA and mtDNA tests among others effective immediately. Existing results will be available for download until 5th September, then its goodbye. They will be removed from the database. See below: “We’re proud of the variety of products we’ve created over […]

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Sandy on June 8th, 2014

The Lincoln Memorial, built to honor the 16th President of the United States, was dedicated in 1922. The monument at the West End of the National Mall actually rests on reclaimed land that did not even exist prior to the late 1800s. When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deepened the river the dredged silt […]

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Sandy on June 6th, 2014

Seventy years ago today, one of the biggest allied military armadas ever assembled was being readied under the utmost secrecy to storm the beaches of Normandy. D-Day was to be a pivotal turning point in the war to bring down Nazi Germany. This week veterans and serving personnel will be marking that remarkable military feat, […]

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You’ll be glad to hear that there will be a Who Do You Think You Are? season five broadcast for the second time on TLC (The Learning Channel) (and second on TLC) will feature six popular celebrities from TV and film. The celebrities are:   just posted an article announcing the following: Valerie Bertinelli (a personal fave […]

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The Spa Fields complete record collection comprises 113,800 burials for the period 1778 to 1849, featuring all the registers from The National Archives RG4 are now available at the Deceased Online website: “Spa Fields Burial Ground (formerly located in the area around Exmouth Market and the current Spa Fields Park bordered by Farringdon Rd and Skinner Rd), London […]

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The following news comes from Devon Heritage Services “Most of the Church of England parish registers held at the Devon Heritage Centre and North Devon Record Office have been digitised and are now searchable online on the genealogical subscription website, Find My Past. The collection was released online on 30 May 2014. Spanning the years […]

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Ray Charles was one of the founding fathers of soul music—a style he helped create and popularize with a string of early 1950s hits on Atlantic Records like “I Got A Woman” and “What’d I Say.” This fact is well known to almost anyone who has ever heard of the man they called “the Genius,” […]

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Sandy on June 1st, 2014

The latest blog post from the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, written on May 30, 2014, is as follows: “Today we share our new Open Government Plan. In the four years since we published our first plan, we have demonstrated our contribution to strengthening the principles of open government. We have implemented more […]

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Some up-to-date information about the latest additions to the FamilySearch.org database: “FamilySearch has added more than 2.9 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 609,536 indexed images from the new Canada, Quebec, Notarial Records, 1800–1920, collection; the […]

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Celebrated memorist and poet Maya Angelou, 86, who was found dead Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., was a high school dropout who became a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. Angelou was an American Study herself. “I have created myself,” she told USA TODAY in 2007, “I have taught myself so […]

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Sandy on May 27th, 2014

Turkish archaeologists have recently unearthed on the European side of the Bosphorus and claim that the find is a 1200-year-old wooden object, which is the equivalent of a tablet computer—both a notebook and tool. The Byzantine invention was found while excavating a harbor site in one of 37 ships unearched in the Yenikapi area of […]

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Sandy on May 26th, 2014

The following news release comes from ScotlandsPeople: “The last wishes of Scottish soldiers at the Front: The National Records of Scotland release Soldiers’ Wills from WW1, WW2, the Boer War, Korean War and other conflicts between 1857 and 1964 The wills of 31,000 Scottish soldiers are being made available online by the National Records of […]

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Sandy on May 25th, 2014

Memorial Day Tribute: ‘Hero’ – Mariah Carey:

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Mr. Paul G. Nauta wrote the following information on the FamilySearch.org blog: “In conjunction with Memorial Day, FamilySearch.org announced today significant updates to its free Civil War historic record collections online. The new FamilySearch.org/civil-warlanding page provides a quick overview of the vast array of historic records and aids for those researching casualties and veterans of the Civil War. […]

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Archivist of the United States David Ferriero (AOTUS), always creative, has come up with a great activity for kids and their families. I hope as many as possible take advantage of the opportunity. See below: “It gives me great joy to be able to share the treasures of the National Archives with kids and their […]

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Newspapers.com has new content as a result of collaboration with UNC. This update has some interesting links for readers to follow: Recently, Newspapers.com has been working with the University of North Carolina (UNC) Libraries to digitize newspapers in their North Carolina Collection: roughly three thousand microfilm reels, or about two million pages, of pre-1923 newspapers. But the […]

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For the first time in the history of this country, a Native American woman has taken the oath to become a federal judge. She will be the only American Indian to serve on the federal bench out of almost 900 judges. A very proud moment for Native Americans Diane Humetewa grew up in austere circumstances on […]

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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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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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