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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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Sandy on November 29th, 2013

The  first day of Hannukah and Thanksgiving happening on the same day is a rare event—so rare that it won’t happen again until the year 79811,  this is according to a calculation by Jonathan Mizrahi, which has garnered national attention. Starting on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday […]

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Sandy on November 27th, 2013

By 1916, United States citizens were referring to Thanksgiving Day as Turkey Day, but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, the Pilgrims might not have eaten turkey at all. According to historians, the Pilgrims ate wildfowl, corn, and venison.  Turkey first claimed its place as the Thanksgiving bird in the 1700s when Founding Father […]

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The following Warning Letter dated November 22, 2013, was sent to Ann Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe, Inc., regarding the marking of the 23andMe Saliva Collection Kit and Personal Genome Service without marketing clearance and approval in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. I’ve left off the address, which you can find on […]

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Sandy on November 22nd, 2013

50 years ago today.

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Sandy on November 22nd, 2013

Kannon Yamada has written a simply excellent article, How to Get Your Identity Stolen in One Easy Step.  It really is a must read for everyone. In the article Mr.Yamada explains how to take care of your personal information in a way that is easy to follow and a real eye opener with a few surprises […]

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The following news release from Ancestry.com looks back at the assassination of President John F.  Kennedy in their new online historical record collection: “PROVO, UT–(Marketwired – Nov 20, 2013) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today released for the first time online 6.5 million new birth and death records from the Texas […]

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The latest announcement from NGS regarding the 2014 Family History Conference is as follows:  “NGS is pleased to announce the program for the 2014 Family History Conference is now available in a sixteen-page Registration Brochure, which can be downloaded at http://goo.gl/KwHTix. The online version of the program is also available on the conference website at conference.ngsgenealogy.org. Conference […]

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On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War. The Gettysburg Address as […]

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The latest news from FamilySearch.org is shared below: “FamilySearch has added more than 3.2 million indexed records and images from Austria, BillionGraves, Brazil, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,157,399 images from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980, collection, the 324,226 images from the new South Africa, […]

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Sandy on November 15th, 2013

The following article was published in Bloomberg online news that Google Books achieved a major victory in federal court yesterday when Judge Denny Chin ruled that its digitization of more than 20+ million books is a fair use under the United States copyright laws:  “Google Inc.’s (GOOG) project to digitally copy millions of books for online […]

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Sandy on November 13th, 2013

On November 13, 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is born in Scotland. Stevenson studied civil engineering and law, but decided to pursue a career as a writer and began publishing essays and travel pieces. His decision alienated his parents, who expected him to follow the family trade of lighthouse keeping. […]

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According to TechCrunch, Google is today releasing another update to Gmail. Google users will now be able to skip the downloading process with email messages with just a click.  You can view and save your files directly to Google Drive without leaving your inbox. This change is being made a day after the rollout of […]

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As Veteran’s Day draws near (Monday, November 11) hear in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, it’s a time to remember those who fought and died in conflicts across the globe. To honor the approaching centenary of the First World War the British National Archives is offering a way to research this war and the […]

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Hot on the heels of yesterdays much talked about Twitter’s big public launch, an article in Forbes titled The Twitter Guide for Professionals Who ‘Just Don’t Get It’ written by Tim Maurer, provides some interesting context on what Twitter is all about. I actually do “get” the value of Twitter at the same time am […]

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FamilySearch has added more than 1.2 million indexed records and images from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 442,32 images from the Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1942, collection, the 241,897 images from the India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194–2013, collection, and the 244,840 images from […]

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According to AP a copy of Napoleon’s will soon be up for auction on tomorrow in Paris’ Drouot Auction house, giving unusual insight into Napoleon’s final days. The original letter penned in Napoleon’s own illegible hand on April 16, 1821, is in France’s national archives and unavailable for purchase. The copy written by a close […]

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The following press release from the National Archives and Records Administration regarding a new exhibition opening Friday, November 8 on the Iraqi Jewish artifacts—See below: Washington, DC…On Friday, October 11, 2013, the National Archives will unveil a new exhibition, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.” The exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials […]

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Sandy on October 31st, 2013

The Celts, those interesting and mysterious folks who lived about 2000 years ago in what is known today as the United Kingdom and Ireland, celebrated New Year on November 1st. They believed that on the night before New Year the boundary between the worlds of the living and the world of the dead became blurred. […]

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Sandy on October 30th, 2013

As I’ve often mentioned on SpittalStreet.com, gravestones and obituaries are useful tools to add meaningful and hard to find information to your family tree. Obituaries are among the few places that usually include a woman’s maiden as well as her married name together. This makes it easier to track down female ancestors. They also often […]

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The National Archives is hosting the 9th annual forum on communications with former White House photographers on October 30th at 7 p.m. The event will be webcast live on the National ARchives UStream channel. The link is available on the following press release from NARA: “Washington, DC…On Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m., the National […]

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A new website is in the launch stage to request volunteers to record all the Welsh place-names. I tried the site today and it doesn’t appear to be ready yet. Keep trying. Alan Stewart says: “October 22nd 2013 saw the launch of a new website which hopes to harness the power of volunteers to record […]

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If you’ve been worried about how to preserve your digital records, you may soon be able to purchase a new optical disk that could store data for up to a billion years. To some this may seem hubristic, to others definitely not. According to the latest gizmag report, a researcher at the University of Twente […]

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Sandy on October 25th, 2013

New online records of Scottish Property Valuation Rolls for 1920 are scheduled to be released on Monday October 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The news release from ScotlandsPeople is as follows:  “‘Homes fit for heroes’? New historical records offer a fascinating snapshot of Scottish society in the wake of the First World War The names […]

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Sandy on October 23rd, 2013

Crista Cowan (The Barefoot Genealogist) offers a simple plan on the Ancestry.com blog about how to get more from your AncestryDNA test. If you find a lot of cousin matches and are not sure how to make the connection, Christa has offered a very commonsense approach. There are six points with explanations along with a […]

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According to an official report, rising sea levels are threatening the existence of Orkney’s island’s famous Stone Age village of Skara Brae. A draft management plan for the protection of the Stone Age site chronicles coastal erosion as “a threat to the long-term survival” of the subterranean village. The report, compiled by Unesco, Historic Scotland, […]

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