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A new online website has been set up by England’s North Yorkshire County Council thanks to the rising popularity of local and family history and to TV shows like Who Do You Think You Are? E-shop customers will be able to buy research packages to help them investigate their family tree, their community etc. The […]

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Sandy on September 19th, 2013

Here we go again with yet another privacy issue—Or, is it? The most recent squawk is about the new fingerprint recognition feature on the iPhone 5s. I think it’s safe to accept the reality that as we enjoy the latest innovations in technology we’re giving up yet another slither of our personal privacy. Fingerprint recognition is […]

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Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was so much more than painter of the world famous The Last Supper and The Mona Lisa.  Da Vinci is considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and one of the most diversely talented human being to ever have lived. In addition […]

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The Family History Library (FHL), in Salt Lake City, Utah, the largest family history library in the world has named Diane Loosle as its new director. Congratulations to Ms. Loosle for being the first woman to hold this job. Diane has exciting plans, for the FHL and says a top priority for her as director […]

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Sandy on September 17th, 2013

New regulations allow New York animal lovers to spend eternity with their pets. According to The Daily News Reports, officials have finalized worked out rules allowing pet cemeteries to accept cremated remains of humans. Note that it’s the humans who go to the pets, and they can’t advertise human burial services. Back in 2011, New […]

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“GenealogyInTime Magazine” is located in Ottawa, Canada. It’s a wonderful online research tool for family historians and the fifth largest free genealogy website in the world. I’ve found it to be a great informational resource and it’s so much more than an online magazine as you’ll discover when you visit the site. This week, a […]

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Sandy on September 15th, 2013

A brand new library has opened in Texas well stocked with 10,000 e-books and 500 e-readers, apparently looks like an Apple store but really is a library. Located in San Antonio’s Bexar County and named BiblioTech, the $2.4 million 4,000 square-foot pace opened to the public on Saturday. Interestingly, the library was built with $1.9 million […]

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Sandy on September 13th, 2013

Today at sundown, is the beginning of the Day of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur (יוֹם כִּפּוּר or יום הכיפורים.) It’s the holiest and most solemn day of the year for the Jews. The most heard greeting for the Jewish New Year season is “May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life”. […]

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Sandy on September 13th, 2013

Is this the beginning or the beginning of many problems? Has the long-awaited day arrived? Let’s hope they can borrow the “Lessons Learned” project files from Facebook. Twitter has a 200 million user microblogging service and is a great platform for all including family historians. The service has filed for its initial public offering and […]

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I personally considered Dell computers to be a quality product then something happened. Today’s news is probably great for the user community and, of course, the shareholders. Based on a preliminary vote tally from the special meeting of stockholders on Sept.12, 2013, Dell stockholders have approved the proposal in which Michael Dell, Dell’s Founder, Chairman […]

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The following is the latest press release from Ancestry.com: “PROVO, Utah, Sept. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (the “Company”) today announced that its indirect parent company, Ancestry.com Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Parent”), intends to sell subject to market conditions, in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers under Rule […]

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BillionGraves says: This is another huge milestone for BillionGraves and we can’t thank you enough! This is no doubt due to all your hard work during these last few months! Thank you for all your countless hours traveling to cemeteries, cleaning off headstones and taking pictures. There is still so much more to do (including […]

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About 10 weeks ago the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided that “isolated human genes cannot be patented.”  The decreasing cost of genetic testing can allow laboratories to provide more affordable options for everyone. However the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patents on over 20% of human genes. Apparently, this is […]

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The following press release regarding an agreement to deliver valuable historical content over the next five years between ancestry.com and International Family Search was published yesterday: “PROVO, Utah, Sept. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com and FamilySearch International (online at FamilySearch.org), the two largest providers of family history resources, announced today an agreement that is expected […]

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In a smaller update, FamilySearch has recently added more than 260 thousand indexed records and images from Guatemala, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 102,461 images from the new U.S., Indiana, Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1848–1992, collection, the 45 images from the Italy, Mantova, Mantova, Censuses (Comune), 1750–1900, collection, […]

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It’s always refreshing when regular folks who aren’t looking for royal connections still find an fascinating genealogy. Last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? featured country music start Trisha Yearwood who discovered that her ancestral relatives stole wounded and killed “several fat bucks” from English royal hunting grounds in the 1700s. Comment […]

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MyHeritage is offering genealogy researchers free access to their records. See below: “Labor Day weekend is here – a time to celebrate the contributions made by workers from the labor movement. It’s also time for families to get together and enjoy the last bit of summer with barbecues, parades and reunions. In honor of the […]

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A press release from Ancestrycom: “PROVO, Utah, Aug. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (the “Company”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ancestry.com LLC, today announced that it has completed its offer to exchange (the “Exchange Offer”) up to $300,000,000 of its outstanding 11.00% Senior Notes due 2020 for up to $300,000,000 of its new […]

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Award winning actor Kevin Spacey gave a talk in Edinburgh, Scotland, making so much sense that I’ve decided to share it on this blog. The major message of the presentation was “…give people what they want, when they want it, in the form that they want it in, at a reasonable price and they’ll be […]

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Can you Imagine, a Canadian dentist Michael Zuk who purchased John Lennon’s molar in 2011 has reportedly begun sequencing Lennon’s DNA as the first step to creating a clone set out by scientists who propose to clone a woolly mammoth. Please do not do this! Although a clone would turn out looking like John Lennon. […]

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Sandy on August 23rd, 2013

Findmypast.co.uk has added 125 million new newspaper articles covering 1753-2012 from worldwide sources.  Newspaper articles are handy since they contain stories that ordinary records don’t have. They also help family historians to understand what was going on during the time their ancestor was alive. Full details of what this extensive record release is as follows: […]

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Millions of school records covering every region of England and Wales from 1870-1914 are going online. This will be a significant source of information for family historians. The following information was posted on the UK and Ireland Archives and Records Association (ARA) website: “Contracts have been signed by ARA and brightsolid after agreement was reached […]

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The following information comes from FamilySearch.org FamilySearch has recently added close to 1.5 million indexed records and images from Chile, Honduras, Jamaica, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 953,730 indexed records from the Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999, collection, the 242,722 indexed records and images from the U.S., Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, […]

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Sandy on August 21st, 2013

The following article appeared on Dick Eastman’s blog Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter today and serves as a warning to anyone considering hiring one an organization such as the one mentioned in the article to find missing or unknown heirs: “World Wide Genealogy Ltd (formerly Beneficiaries Ltd) of Reading, England, was convicted of 10 counts of […]

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Sandy on August 19th, 2013

Two hundred, searchable volumes covering  350 years of history have now been made available online at Findmypast.co.uk. The news release is as follows: “Great news for those of you with Canadian relations! We’ve added 71,000 pages of books covering nearly 350 years of history from all corners of Canada to our World Collection including: Military […]

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Sandy on August 16th, 2013

TARDIS means “Time and Relative Dimension in Space”. It’s the time machine and spacecraft in the science fiction television program Dr. Who and all its spin-offs. When the program Dr. Who was first developed in 1963 by the BBC, I was watching and loving it and so was my dad. The story is about the […]

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The following is a press release from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): “Washington, DC…The National Archives marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with a featured display of an iconic image from the march, a special program and film screenings of THE MARCH, James Blue’s 1964 film […]

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Tonight at 9/8 central  “Who Do You Think You Are? is featuring  Zooey Deschanel  (New Girl).  Zooey journeys to Pennsylvania for to research her Quaker roots. If you aren’t able to watch or record the show, the episode will be available for viewing on the TLC website.

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Sandy on August 12th, 2013

Good news for Canadian genealogists and family historians.  Access has been granted to 1921 hand-written census data made available by Ancestry.ca last week thanks to the Library and Archives Canada. The release comes a few days before Statistics Canada will make public a final ste of data from the 2011 National Household Survey on August […]

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The “frying Pan” was the first electric lap steel guitar created by George Beauchamp in 1931 and manufactured by Rickenbacker Electro. The instrument earned its frying pan nickname because of its circular body and long neck. The acoustic guitar was a staple of American rural music in the early 20th century mainly in black rural […]

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I couldn’t let this one pass. The 47 story skyscraper in Spain set to be the tallest residential building in the European Union has an interesting problem that is causing a lot of red faces. Although there is an elevator reaching the 20th floor, floors 21 through 47 has a problem there’s no elevator and […]

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The latest press release from Ancestry.com: “PROVO, Utah, Aug. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, announced the appointment of Janice Chaffin and Brad Garlinghouse to the Company’s Operating Committee, increasing the Committee’s size to seven members. The Company has already reported these appointments in its Registration Statement […]

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Ancestry.com has added Registers of Clandestine Marriages and of Baptisms in the Fleet Prison, King’s Bench Prison, the Mint and the May Fair Chapel, which includes details on: Rules of Marriages Who performed Clandestine Marriages What you may find in the records What You May Find in the Records The contents and format of the […]

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Upfront with NGS has just kicked off a four part series on DNA testing and its genealogical uses. Although the first DNA tests were done in 1999, DNA testing for genealogy was still in its early stages it didn’t the consumer market place until a few years ago. And, according to the National Genealogic Society […]

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Sandy on August 3rd, 2013

Bessie Jones was born February 8, 1902, and died July 17, 1984. A gospel singer from Smithville, GA, she learned her songs from her grandfather a former slave born in Africa. Bessie was a founding member of the Georgia Sea Island Singers. Click on the video below to hear her sing—So Glad I’m Here: For […]

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One of my all-time favorite poems is Ozymandias. It was written by Percy Bysshe Shelly and first published in the British magazine The Examiner in 1818. The central theme of Ozymandias is the inevitable decline of all leaders, and of the empires they built, however mighty in their own time. English Romantic poet  was born on […]

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This is a terrific magazine and it’s free. The July issue (14th edition) of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy eMagazine is now available online to read or download free of charge from www.irishlivesremembered.com. This edition is packed with 72 pages of family history resources and stories to help trace your Irish ancestors with a special focus […]

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FamilySearch has recently added more than 1.1 million images from Belgium, Nicaragua, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 379,887 index records and images from the U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1979, collection, the 301,441 index records and images from the U.S., North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762–1979, collection, and the 125,530 index […]

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TLC has picked up Who Do You Think You Are? It airs every Tuesday at 9/8c yesterday’s episode featured  Christina Applegate and the entire show is now available on TLC. You can watch it on your computer, tablet or television and even smart phone. Click on TLC to visit the site and view Christina’s experience. […]

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Many people think the phrase “In God We Trust” began with the Founding Fathers. The phrase was actually signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on July 30th, 1956 a mere 57 years ago. Does this make a difference? I don’t think so, but many do. Two years prior to that the phrase “under […]

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The following is the latest press release from ancestry.com: “ PROVO, Utah, July 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (the “Company”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ancestry.com LLC, today announced that it is offering to exchange (the “Exchange Offer”) up to $300,000,000 of its outstanding 11.00% Senior Notes due 2020 (the “Outstanding Notes”) for […]

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Sandy on July 25th, 2013

According to reports, the Lone Ranger movie is a bomb. That said, I very often don’t agree with the critics so I won’t know if I personally think it’s an expensive failure until I get to see it.  The only opinion I can give is that Tonto’s makeup is amazing. Ancestry.com recently researched the family […]

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As you’ve probably noticed I add technology to this blog because we all use it to do almost everything. This one might be a stretch but it’s really cool. Motorcycle helmet trailblazer Reevu has designed what it believes is the world’s first commercially available intelligent helmet with a built-in heads-up display (HUD). Although it won’t […]

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Britain’s royal baby is about to be born and the media from all over the world have been hanging out for about three weeks outside the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate) is currently giving birth. Just to keep us from getting bored, Discovery News has just published the following interesting and amusing […]

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A small delegation of Native Americans from the Sioux Nation and the Lakota people, along with Native Americans living in Hawaii, very recently arrived in the Ukraine. The reason for the trip was to permit Native Americans to discuss their historical path of blood, pain and tears, to freedom take with the Ukrainians. The visit […]

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Sandy on July 19th, 2013

Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) has a great sale that ends on June 26th as follows: “Time is ticking! Still Time to Start a DNA Success Story! Family Tree DNA customers are achieving genetic genealogy success with Family Finder tests. Recently, two men, Dr. George Urban and Stuart Ungar, discovered their family connection through DNA testing after […]

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Ancestry.com is offering Free access through July 21st to explore their updated New England collection comprising four centuries of pride, tradition and your family stories. Featured collections are: Massachusetts, Birth Records, 1840-1915 (3,829,539 records) New Hampshire, Birth Records, 1659-1900 (478,413 records) Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915 3,059,458 records) New Hampshire, Marriage and Divorce Records, 1659-1947 (1,082,485 […]

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So many people have told me that I should have a Twitter account and, for various reasons, I’ve stopped short at actually doing this. The temptation to respond to negative tweets with an equally negative comment that I might regret is always present—Alec Baldwin is a good exampleJ. A recent spam report pointed out that […]

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Sandy on July 17th, 2013

I’m passing along a recent announcement about the digitization project undertaken by Findmypast.uk and U.K The National Archives to make available online First World War Royal Air Force and Royal Flying Corps records. The following blog post comes from Alan Stewart’s Grow Your Own Family Tree: “Around 360,000 First World War Royal Air Force (RAF) […]

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The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is being permanently retired on August 15, 2013. Since you can still search descriptions and digital content using the Online Public Access search. Online Public Access has all of the descriptions and digitized content that was in ARC as well as the ability […]

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About 230,000 burial and cremation records for the West Yorkshire area of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council have been made available at Deceased Online as follows: “Bereavement Services, Wakefield Council, Block B, Town Hall, Normanton, West Yorkshire WF6 2DZ Approximately 261,000 burial and 134,000 cremation register records are being made available over a period, with a […]

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When I first heard that usage data in the form of browsing history was being monitored a couple of years ago,  my first reaction was that mine would be of little interest to the powers that be since it would likely be considered innocuous.  That was a mistake. Here’s the latest. AT & T is […]

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I’d like to point you to an article published on The New York Public Library blog dated July 2, 2013, and written by Philip Sutton, of the Milstein Division of United States History titled Why Your Family Name Was Not Changed at Ellis Island (and One That Was). The article points to the always persistent stories […]

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Sandy on July 8th, 2013

 

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Summer is here and it’s time for monster lovers to be scared “witless”  by their favorite supernatural beasts. Many years ago in Creative Writing 101, our professor instructed the class to draw on the classics for our own inspiration. This has been accomplished over and over again by writers and movie makers with great success. […]

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More from Origins.net: “The jurisdiction of the Consistory Court extended over the whole of the Archdeaconry of Chichester, comprising the Deaneries of Arundel, Boxgrove, Midhurst, and Storrington, and thus covered the western part of the County of Sussex. The index to over 22,100 wills recorded in the Consistory Court of Chichester 1482-1800 is now available […]

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Sandy on July 4th, 2013

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Sandy on July 1st, 2013

Happy Canada Day! For my Canadian relatives and everyone else.  

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TLC is airing a brand new season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” with eight episodes featuring celebrities on a journey through their own history. There’s an interesting lineup of celebrities: Christina Applegate Kelly Clarkson Cindy Crawford Zooey Deschanel Chelsea Handler Chris O’Donnell Jim Parsons Trisha Yearwood The premier airs on July 23 and […]

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Family Search continues to impress with their rapidly growing free records collection. The most recent update is listed below:  “FamilySearch has recently added more than 1.1 million images from Austria, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 96,841 images from the new U.S., New Hampshire, Cheshire County, […]

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Native American jewelry is rich in history and creativity and the newly launched website discussed below by PRWEB in their news release is worth exploring: “(PRWEB) June 25, 2013. A new website offers an in-depth look at authentic Native American jewelry. Collectors and lovers of Native American artisan jewelry can now visit AuthenticNativeAmericanJewelry.net in order […]

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On June 25, 1876 Native American forces led by Sioux Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeated the U.S. Army led by George Armstrong Custer in a bloody battle close at Little Bighorn River in southern Montana. Those brave leaders of the Great Plains Sioux tribe strongly resisted the mid-19th-century efforts of the U.S. government […]

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The latest newsletter from ScotlandsPeople discusses further information to be found in the 1895 Valuation Rolls. It also features the top 5 Tee-Names and information about the Mary Queen of Scots exhibition of NRS documents at the National Museum of Scotland. Tee-names (nothing to do with a golf) are community nicknames for people in north-east […]

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England’s Origins.net has a remarkable National Wills Index database that you can search FREE of charge. The following newletter discusses their extensive collection along with an explanation of the value of wills to the family history researcher: Between 1541 and 1836 the diocese of Lichfield and Coventry was extensive, covering the entire counties of Staffordshire […]

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Sandy on June 20th, 2013

The largest known collection of War of 1812 documents consisting of letters, maps and other papers has been purchase at auction in London, England, by the Library and Archives of Canada for $573,000. The acquisition once belonged to Sir John Sherbrooke, the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia, who conquered Maine for the British during the War […]

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