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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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Sandy on January 22nd, 2014

A song without end, via TechCrunch. The following case news marks yet another notable victory for Apple over its rival Samsung, after it was awarded damages late last year in a major case in the US on a number of design patents. See below: “Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California, presiding over […]

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Sandy on January 19th, 2014

This year signals the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. To mark this globally important anniversary, the British National Archives is running First World War 100, which includes a broad program of activities and events.   Starting this week the National Archives is launching two of their most exciting initiatives: the […]

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I’d like to share the latest news and fascinating facts from ScotlandsPeople. See below: “Happy New Year! After ‘seeing in the bells’ at Hogmanay and New Year, we added the New Year BMD images to the ScotlandsPeople website. So you can now view the images of records for births in 1913, marriages in 1938 and […]

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Sandy on January 15th, 2014

The New York Times cyber security reporter has written an excellent article about sharing emails. This is information you shouldn’t need to share when you’re buying cat food or underwear.  I personally hate when people do this in stores as well as being asked for my phone number at the checkout register and informed by […]

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The following press release announces a long-term strategic partnership between GoDaddy and Microsoft Corp. to offer Office 365 to GoDaddy’s 12 million customers worldwide: “REDMOND, Wash. and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – GoDaddy, the Web’s top platform for small business, and Microsoft Corp. announced on Monday a long-term strategic partnership to offer Office 365 […]

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The January issue of Irish Lives Remembered is now available for free download (it’s always free). This month’s issue features: The Irish in New Jersey Meryl  Streep’s Donegal roots Resources at Dublin Diocesan Archive Tracing your County Dublin ancestors Finding the Irish in Colonial South Australia Cork Genealogy Summer School Click on Irish Lives Remembered […]

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Sandy on January 8th, 2014

The announcement from Barnes and Noble of a new CEO, Michael Huseby, who formerly headed its digital division illustrates the importance of digital technology. See below: “(Reuters) – Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS.N) said on Wednesday that Michael Huseby, the head of its digital division, was named chief executive, a move Wall Street interpreted to […]

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Sandy on January 7th, 2014

On January 7, 1789, America’s first presidential election was held. Voters cast ballots to choose state electors; only white men who owned property were allowed to vote. As expected, George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30, 1789. As it did in 1789, the United States still uses the Electoral College system, established by the U.S. Constitution, […]

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Family Tree DNA has a new tool to assist with our personal autosomal DNA analysis which, according to the Legal Genealogist is likely to take some getting used to. The Family Finder DNA test at Family Tree includes autosomal DNA.  We all have autosomal DNA in our 23 pairs of chromosomes. I’ve read several different […]

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Sandy on December 31st, 2013

Have a Very Happy New Year!

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Sandy on December 31st, 2013

The latest Press Release from ScotlandsPeople is as follows: “Scottish records of births from 1913, marriages from 1938 and deaths from 1963 will go online for the first time tomorrow (1 Jan 2014). Almost 222,000 images of birth, marriage and death records will be made available to family history researchers, including those of well-known people and unusual […]

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In Scotland the word Hogmanay is used to describe the New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31. The holiday is so important in Scotland that it tends to eclipse Christmas and gifts are also given and received on New Year’s Eve. The custom of Hogmanay was mentioned in the Elgin, Scotland, records as “hagmonay” and is […]

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FamilySearch has added more than 1.9 million indexed records and images to collections from Austria, Denmark, Hungary, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 834,729 indexed records and images from the U.S., Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820–1948, collection, the 590,658 indexed records from the new U.S., New York, State Health Department, Genealogical Research […]

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Thousands of overseas military burial records at the British National Archives have just been made available online from Deceased Online. The records are in addition to burial records from eight British burial sites in the UK, as well as, other records from The National Archives. The military burials overseas can be located from ten cemeteries […]

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The latest press release from Ancestry.com is as follows: “PROVO, UT–(Marketwired – Dec 26, 2013) – As the holiday season comes into full swing, many of us will start to spend our days surrounded by loved ones, sharing stories from holidays past and making memories that will be shared for holidays to come. With many […]

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Sandy on December 22nd, 2013

The best of the best Billy Graham:

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Sandy on December 18th, 2013

I’d like to share the following article published in USA Today with a focus on blocking 23andMe from spreading awareness of the benefits of genetic testing. It’s suggested that the FDA is worried that by giving Americans more access to more information regarding their genomes they might get too much medical care. See below: “The […]

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More news from FamilySearch.org: “FamilySearch has added more than 1.2 million indexed records and images to collections from BillionGraves, Bolivia, Germany, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 512, 388 indexed records and images from the BillionGraves Index, the 230,873 images from the U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712–1970, collection, and the […]

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Sandy on December 15th, 2013

 

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Countdown to Christmas: “WestJet airline employees pulled off a wonderfully orchestrated Christmas surprise for a flight full of Toronto passengers that left many in tears, including the guy who stupidly asked for socks and underwear while everyone else got something much cooler.”

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Sandy on December 13th, 2013

The latest from British Origins: “Poor Law records are a major source for those interested in both local and family history and touched almost every aspect of the lives of those who had fallen on hard times or whose predicaments drew them to the attention of the parish officers. The parish officer / overseer of […]

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Sandy on December 12th, 2013

Today at a press event in New York, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom has announced that the photo-sharing service is introducing private photo-sharing and messaging feature called Instagram Direct. The feature provides the ability to send images to users, instead of broadcasting your photos publicly. According to new reports the  photo-sharing network’s CEO, Kevin Systrom, stated that […]

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Sandy on December 10th, 2013

Alan Stewart says: The computerisation of Presbyterian Church baptisms, marriages and deaths for County Armagh has been completed. Armagh Ancestry has added records of the following churches to the online research database: Ahorey Presbyterian (Baptisms 1832-1843); Armagh 2nd Presbyterian (Baptisms 1825-1864); Armagh 3rd Presbyterian (Baptisms 1837-1864); Clare Presbyterian (Baptisms 1824-1837 + Marriages 1828); Creggan Presbyterian (Baptisms […]

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Sandy on December 7th, 2013

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 a ferocious assault. The surprise attack […]

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Hot on the heels of the failure of the  fingerprint security problem with the iPhone, Apple has recently been granted a patent  by the USPO that uses facial recognition technology to control a computing device, such as, an iPhone, iPad or Mac, allowing for a more secure and productive operating environment. Apple was issued a […]

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Sandy on December 4th, 2013

Findmypast.co.uk has just published the following records if you are looking for records in Northumberland, Devon, and Thames and Medway.  See below: “We’ve just published some brilliant new parish records so now it’s easier than ever to trace your ancestors’ baptisms, marriages and burials. Further details of the records are as follows: Northumberland & Durham […]

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According to Reuters: “(Reuters) - Apple Inc has bought Israel-based PrimeSense Ltd, a developer of chips that enable three-dimensional machine vision, the companies said on Monday, a move that signals gesture-controlled technologies in new devices from the maker of iPhones and iPads. An Apple spokesman confirmed the purchase but declined to say how much it spent or what the […]

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Below is an up-to-date announcement from the National Genealogical Society (NGS): “ARLINGTON, VA, 2 DECEMBER 2013: Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-sixth annual family history conference, Virginia: The First Frontier, which will be held 7–10 May 2014 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and the Marriott Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia was home to an […]

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