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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 “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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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 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 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 […]

Continue reading about Canada buys rare War of 1812 collection for $573K has recently added some fascinating Lincolnshire records: “Leading family history website has today made available online records showing the life and times of some of the most famous figures in the largest county in east England, Lincolnshire. The handwritten registers from Lincolnshire Archives date back to 1538 and span more than 300 years; […]

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The following is a press release from the National Archives and Records Administration on the recent launch of the Founders Online website: “Washington, DC…The National Archives today launched the Founders Online website. This free online tool brings together the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in a single website […]

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The Smithsonian is a great place to visit and the latest exhibit “Unlocking Life’s Code” will not disappoint. Sixty years have passed since Crick and Watson showed the world the double helix structure of DNA. Great strides have been made in this area and the exhibition shows us how the genetic revolution continues to change […]

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Sandy on June 12th, 2013

Has Apple branded too well? While this may be true with their proprietary operating system, there are so many devotees it really won’t matter regardless of any comparison with the Android platform. Or, will it? Apple is certainly ahead of the field in the smart phone race and, according to many, it will always have […]

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The following is the latest news from the popular family history website Genes Reunited: “Today leading family history website Genes Reunited published new records including the Bank of England Wills Extracts from 1717-1845 and the London Probate Index from 1750-1858. The Bank of England Wills Extracts is a fantastic resource for family historians containing over 60,000 entries […]

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The following announcement comes from “FamilySearch is pleased to announce the first Tree Share Certified applications for Mac OS X and iOS computers and mobile devices, MacFamilyTree and MobileFamilyTree.  Charting Companion for FamilySearch is now Tree Access Certified.  “Certified” means the product is compatible with and has features that conforms to our strict […]

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We’ve been hearing a lot about the lack of privacy these days and this one is very big (très grand, muy grande). You may remember the concerns that people have raised over Smart TVs being ripe for exploitation that would permit hackers to watch you watch TV, or one of the less nefarious concerns that […]

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Sandy on June 6th, 2013

The term D-Day is often used as military jargon for the day an event will happen, for many it is when we think of June 6, 1944. On that day the World War II Allied powers crossed the English Channel to land on the beaches of Normandy, France. This started the liberation of Western Europe […]

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When we go to the movies or watch crime shows on TV featuring all manner of theft and gun running its easy to forget, with all the modern technology,  that gun running and smuggling has being going on for a very long time. A ship wreck has been found off the coast of South Carolina’s […]

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U.K. based Deceased Online says the registers for the Cemetery are held at The National Archives (TNA) and Deceased Online digitally scanned all of these within the TNA building in Kew, South West London. Continue reading to learn the history of Brompton Cemetery and see the list of famous people interred, including Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst: “Brompton Cemetery, consecrated by […]

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“FamilySearch has added more than 7.3 million images this week from Austria, Brazil, China, Honduras, Luxembourg, Peru, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 5,766,135 images from the new U.S., Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620–1986, collection, the 337,367 images from the new Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841–1968, collection, and the 191,701 images from […]

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Sandy on May 30th, 2013

Knowing how to stay safe and secure online is a problem and most of us think it’s close to impossible. Whether you’re a Google user or not, or leery of Google’s methods, their new Good to Know site offers quick tips with simple and sound advice. Take a look at the valuable list of topics […]

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For Bill. According to reports, a sonar image captured off an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati could be the remains of Amelia Earhart’s plane Electra. She was was piloting the plane when she vanished on July 2, 1937, during her attempt to fly around the world at the equator. The […]

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On May 21 Dick Eastman published an article on in his blog  Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter about the political scandal brewing in Canada along with the resignation of Daniel Caron, head of the Library of Archives Canada (LAC) after billing taxpayers nearly $4,500 for personal Spanish lessons. Click on to read Mr. Eastman’s article. […]

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The following news release regarding the launch of the 1895 Valuation Rolls comes from ScotlandsPeople: “New records reveal a colourful picture of Victorian society in Scotland The names of more than two million Scots from the late Victorian age will be published today, as records of Scottish properties and their owners and occupiers in 1895 […]

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Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your service. “…the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.”  

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In case you haven’t noticed, genealogical research is very expensive. In today’s environment when people really need to get something for free,  I’ve taken a look several sites that will certainly help you get started: I haven’t prioritized them in a numbered list because they’re all useful for different reasons. I’ll be researching some more […]

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“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 relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of […]

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Memorial Day in the US is May 27, and millions of Americans will remember the men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. MyHertige is providing free access to its database on May 27 through May 28 as follows: “In honor of this special day, we are proud to provide free […]

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What a deal for David Karp! Tumblr made 13 million last year and Yahoo just acquired the company for 1.1 million dollars. This grand purchase  is an effort to attract younger users and bring Yahoo back from the edge of the abyss. We are told that nothing will change at Tumblr, they are not turning […]

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Google recently celebrated Earth Day by releasing Google Earth 7.1 with some great new features. The first of three interesting areas is actually mentioned in my previous post, Marvel Comics Dazzler character’s checkered career—her talent is now a reality.  The most notable feature with version 7.1 is Leap Motion support where you navigate Google Earth […]

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Marvel Comics super heroine Dazzler (Alison Blair) is usually associated with the X-Men first appearing in Uncanny X-Men in 1980. As a mutant with the ability to convert sound vibrations into light and energy beams, Dazzler was originally developed as a cross-promotional, multi-media creation between Casablanca Records and Marvel Comics but the association was dropped […]

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The following press release comes from global family history network MyHeritage announcing a technology breakthrough that turns brick-walls into new leads: “PROVO, Utah & TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 13, 2013– MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced the launch of Record Detective(TM), the first technology of its kind to automatically extend the paper trail […]

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Genes make up only 2 percent of the human genome, and researchers have argued in recent years that the remaining 98 percent may play some hidden, useful role. Apparently in the plant world, junk DNA really is just junk. While the findings published in the Journal of Nature yesterday May 12 do concern a carnivorous […]

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I’ve often said during the light-hearted conversation on the subject of eccentricity, “It depends, of course, on ones definition of normal.” Do you have your share of nuts on your family tree? Christopher Guest pioneered the “mockumentary” on film and his latest comedy Family Tree, which starts tomorrow, promises to be entertaining and filled with […]

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Some up-to-date news from ScotlandsPeople: “The University of Edinburgh is looking to create an online archive that contains stories told by Scots-Italians about Italian emigration to ‘Scozia’.  This exciting project will be organised by Professor Federica Pedriali, who is the director of the ‘Italo Scots Research Cluster’ at the university. Although Scots-Italians are one of the oldest […]

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Sandy on May 5th, 2013

Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) is a considered a minor holiday in Mexico, but in the United States it has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. As part of my after the day job, I taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to adult immigrants. My students loved to discuss the history […]

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Technology affects every aspect of our society and according to the Brookings Institution the most productive periods in the United States occurred during the early 20th century and the Great Depression. Patents are the DNA of inventions, and the most patents (per capita) were registered in 1883, 1885, 1890, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1931, 1932 2010 […]

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The following is a press release from MyHeritage via “PROVO, Utah & TEL AVIV, Israel – May 1, 2013: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced that it has added the entire collection of U.S. Federal Censuses conducted each decade from 1790 to 1930 to its growing database of billions of historical records.  […]

Continue reading about MyHeritage has added the U.S. Federal Censuses from 1790 to 1930 made big news last month when it re-launched a new website. The result as in any other upgrade is confusion among many users. This includes its online trees program with an empahsise on the new photo and story uploading features plus very nice looking fan chart. What you might want to consider is Family […]

Continue reading about Making the most of Live webinar has an impressive database of wills. Wills are a terrific source of information before the census started in 1841 and make it easy to find your ancestors. They uncover relationships that you may never have thought to look for. See below to understand the potential value of this type of information from “Wills […]

Continue reading about Oxford Wills 1516-1857: Free indexes! View the images online says: “Early this morning the World Archives Project community achieved a huge milestone- 100,000,000 records keyed! The record count started in June 2008 and we reached 100,000,000 records early this morning. The 166 indexes created through the World Archives Project are free for anyone to search. If you would like to join our community of contributors and play […]

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Sandy on April 29th, 2013

Deceased Online is a wonderful database with new records added on a regular basis. Unfortunately, as of April 22nd they have had to raise the rates:  “For over 4 years we have managed to keep our document viewing prices fixed at a low rate, even reducing some of them. Unfortunately, due to increased costs, we […]

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The Peace Corps program in the United States was established by an Executive Order issued by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961, and authorized by Congress on March, 1961. Australia, under the heading of “External Affairs”, administered an organization similar to the Peace Corps. As part of this arrangement, Bill Wilson, a member […]

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Sandy on April 24th, 2013

I’m a huge fan of Superman and recently discovered that he has a fascinating history. The character was created by two Cleveland, Ohio, high school students, writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, in 1933. It was especially interesting to learn that Superman was originally created a bald clairvoyant villain disposed to world domination. The […]

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ScotlandsPeople says: All the statutory birth, marriage, and death indexes for 2012 have been made searchable on the ScotlandsPeople website. By law, all births in Scotland have to be registered, and local authority registrars send the original register pages to the National Records of Scotland (NRS) for permanent preservation in paper form. NRS then arranges […]

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When we think of our ancestors who traveled here to North America and others who journeyed to Australia and New Zealand we are reminded of how brave they were. Although for folks in Scotland and Ireland in the1700s and 1800s the New World was likely worth the risk as well as for good people who […]

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One of the biggest surprises in the well-known ScotlandsDNA project is the fact that 10 per cent of Scottish men are directly descended from the Picts. The fate of the tribe of fierce and enigmatic people who fought with Rome’s legions has been historically surrounded in mystery and they were assumed to have simply disappeared. […]

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Sandy on April 18th, 2013

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). I’m a little late with this blog post since National Library Week is usually celebrated during the second week of April. Nevertheless I’d still like to remind everyone of the importance of our libraries as resources for […]

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The latest release from FamilySearch is as follows: FamilySearch has added 2.4 million indexed records and images this week from Brazil, German, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Peru, Ukraine, the United States, and Venezuela. Notable collection updates include the 1,033,852 images from the new Netherlands, Bibliothéque Wallonne Card Indexes from ca. 1500-1858, collection, and the 449,478 images […]

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Sandy on April 17th, 2013

It’s FREE. After completing a successful two-month beta program with power users, MyHeritage Family Tree Builder 7.0 has been released. It’s the latest version of the world’s most popular free genealogy software. This software is used by millions of people around the world and My Heritage says it’s the best version they’ve ever released. Family […]

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Sandy on April 16th, 2013

After announcing the launch of their new website a couple of months ago, the British Society of Genealogists website is now online. The news release is as follows: “The Society of Genealogists website   has been refreshed and rewritten. The Website contains all the information you would expect to find about the SoG and […]

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When it comes to advertisements, there’s a fine line between nuisance and blatant invasion of privacy. When they’re related to something you’re searching you might expect to see ads, but having them follow you around the web is definitely stepping out of line. Yes, your behavior is monitored. They track your behavior on the Web […]

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The latest press release form the United States National Archives and Records Administration regarding the FY 2014 budget is as follows: “Washington, DC April 10,2012, President Barack Obama sent to Congress his Fiscal Year 2014 budget request for the Federal Government, which includes $385.8 million for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The requested […]

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Sandy on April 10th, 2013

A little soul in the form of a cat took up residence in our back yard about a month ago. After a several weeks of giving her some tasty morsels, we discovered that she had been declawed, her vocal chords cut and left outside to fend for herself. Definitely abandoned and not feral. Sadly, in […]

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Although it may sound like the latest publicity trend, suspended coffee is definitely a heartwarming idea  first born in the cafes of Naples, Italy. The idea is for customers to be able to put down coffee money for a homeless person. A customer-in-need can then later ask if there is a “suspended coffee” available and […]

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The contents of America’s research libraries, archives, and museums will be launched online on April 18 and 19, 2013, by the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to all Americans—free of charge. It will eventually become available to the rest of the world. The news release from DPLA is as follows: “New York, NY / […]

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As part of an effort to create a library collection of George Washington’s favorite reading materials, two books belonging to Washington long held at the National Library of Scotland will soon be returned to Mt Vernon. Alex Salmond, the first minister of Scotland, will soon arrive in the United states to return them. The two […]

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On April 4, 1968, shortly after 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot on the second story balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King was in town to support a sanitation workers’ strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed […]

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The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has published the following announcement: “PRONI is pleased to announce the release of a new local and family history digital resource. In conjunction with FamilySearch, PRONI has digitised the Valuation Revision Books, 1864-1933. These are now available on the PRONI website. The application provides a fully searchable […]

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According to the latest reports, there’s a recently published book giving evidence that the Shroud of Turin is not, after all, a medieval forgery. It could, in fact, date from the time of Christ’s death. Scientists at the University of Padua in northern Italy have dated the shroud a few centuries before and after the […]

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