Sandy on February 28th, 2011

GenealogyInTime is launching a new article this week, which is an in-depth guide to English genealogy that provides an innovative approach to finding your English or Welsh ancestors. The guide uses a chronological approach, which helps one to understand the flow of events “so you can spend more time looking for your ancestors and less […]

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Sandy on February 28th, 2011

According to the National Archives and Records Administration there are two words that records managers never want to hear—unauthorized destruction. This occurs when records are destroyed or deleted without an approved disposition; when a records has been approved for permanent retention; prior to the end of the approved retention period unless by court order;  when […]

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Sandy on February 26th, 2011

In this episode of NBC’s  “Who Do You Think You Are?”, which airs every Friday at 8:00 p.m ET,  Kim Cattrall unlocks the 70-year old mystery of her grandfather’s abandonment of his young family. This is a very moving episode and you can view it by clicking on the link below: http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/

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Sandy on February 25th, 2011

Many years ago, I spent almost every weekend shopping in the King’s Road area of Chelsea and, according to a good friend, little has changed. Every street seems to have been home to a noted artist or writer at some time or other. It’s also an area rich in historic parks and gardens. In 1834 […]

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Sandy on February 24th, 2011

The March issue of Discover My Past Scotland magazine goes online on Monday 28 February. This 40-page A4 issue is packed with special features and how-to guides to connect you with your Scottish Heritage, including: MacBraynes – lifeblood of the islands Sources in Kirk Sessions – new avenues for your research Tay Bridge disaster – […]

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Sandy on February 24th, 2011

If you’re an Ancestry.com member you’ll be interested to see the following  financial results published today: “PROVO, Utah, Feb. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, today reported financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010. “2010 was a productive and very successful […]

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“Washington, DC…I have had the very difficult task of identifying an 8.2% cut in the National Archives budget for fiscal year 2012 from the FY 2011 President’s budget request of $460,287,000. The decisions that we have had to make have not been easy. The National Archives budget is primarily made up of personnel and facilities, […]

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Sandy on February 22nd, 2011

On February 21, 1948, the National Association for Stock Car Racing–or NASCAR–was officially incorporated. The force behind NASCAR was William France Sr. (1909-1992). France,  a mechanic and auto-repair shop owner from Washington, D.C., moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in the mid-1930s. The Daytona area was a focal point for racing enthusiasts, and France became involved […]

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The following information was published today on Alan Stewart’s “Grow Your Own Family Tree” website. His website is a great place to visit for UK and Ireland information: “Today, Ancestry made the UK’s Dictionary of National Biography available online, with free searching. Ancestry says: “The Dictionary of National Biography began in 1882 as an ambitious […]

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Welcome to the dark side of social networking. This certainly includes genealogists and family historians. Cybercriminals, virus writers and others, always go were the numbers are and that translates big time to social media sites.  About 175 million people rely on social media for multiple reasons and  I can understand why the many warnings issued […]

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The following is a communication from the National Genealogical Society: ‘The NGS 2011 Family History Conference will be held 11–14 May 2011 at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418. More than seventy-five nationally recognized speakers will provide over 180 lectures on a wide variety of topics including research in South […]

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Here’s a George Washington story you probably haven’t heard before. It’s an article written by Jesse Washington, who covers race and ethnicity for “The Associated Press”. It’s a interesting article, which is why I’m posting it on SpittalStreet: “George Washington’s name is inseparable from America, and not only from the nation’s history. It identifies countless […]

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If you’re a British “The Telegraph” newspaper reader, you won’t want to miss the Saturday, February 19 and Sunday, February 20, editions for your free “Trace Your Family History” guide and CD-ROM, produced in association with “Who Do You Think You Are?” magazine. The guide and CD-ROM will teach you the skills you need to […]

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“17 February 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, noted genealogist and one of the genealogy community’s best leaders who died on Thursday, 17 February 2011 at Lemont, Illinois, surrounded by her family. Funeral arrangements are still pending at this time. […]

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The Knights Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, founded in 1080, is the oldest Order of Chivalry in existence. It’s also is also the third oldest religious Order in Christendom and the only remaining offshoot of the period in history known as the Crusades. The Order that never numbered more than a few thousand […]

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The following is a press release from the National Archives of the United States of America published February 14, 2011: “Washington, DC…President Barack Obama today sent to Congress a proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for the Federal Government that calls for $422,501,000 for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The requested amount for […]

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Renovation plans for the 92-year old Wayne Aspinall Federal Building and Courthouse are underway to make it the first net-zero historic landmark. A zero net energy building (ZNE) is a term used to describe a building’s use with zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually. The courthouse will be the first of its […]

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The National Archives of Scotland’s premises will be opening its doors for the last time to the public on Friday 25th February 2011. From Monday 28th, access to National Archives collections will be exclusively available at General Register House. Increasing use will also be made of digital images of popular record series in the Historical […]

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“(Toronto, February 11, 2011) The National Institute has announced today that they will be offering a free course on Social Media in conjunction with their recent acquisition of GenealogyWise, www.genealogywise.com. For those of you who are at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, register directly at The National Institute’s booth (#111), and also receive a […]

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Sandy on February 13th, 2011

If you missed Episode 2 of “Who Do You Think You Are?” country music star Tim McGraw’s search for his roots, click on the link. It was a terrific show. The country music superstar uncovers his father’s heritage among the Founding Fathers. I’m sure it was a cathartic experience for him—It usually is.

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Sandy on February 12th, 2011

This is the story of how King George VI’s bible got to Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina. King George VI (formerly Duke of York) became king of the United Kingdom when his brother Edward VII abdicated the throne to marry twice divorced American socialite Wallace Simpson. The story begins in 1950, 14 years into […]

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Registration is now open for the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadian Department of North York Central Library Scottish history workshop.  The program looks like a fascinating featuring three speakers James F.S. Thomson, Chris Paton, and Marian Press. The when and Where: Saturday, June 18, 2011 North York Central Library Auditorium […]

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The following is an interesting announcement from the National Genealogical Society: “Did you know that at the NGS 2011 Family History Conference, Charleston, South Carolina from 11-14 May 2011, the exhibit hall is free to the public? This is a great opportunity for non-conference-attending companions or local community members to experience an exciting element of the annual conference – […]

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Two new marriage indexes have been made available online on British Origins as follows: Surrey Marriage Records: 1500–1846 “This index, kindly made available by West Surrey Family History Society, covers nearly 270,000 marriages – ie 540,000 brides and grooms – for the whole of rural Surrey, portions of Metropolitan Surrey, some Middlesex parishes, and strays from […]

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A small group of retired Harrisburg, North Carolina, business people are working hard to renovate town landmarks and are creating a historical village that pays tribute to the town’s history. Residents, Ted McCacheren , Bill Williams, Betsy Coulon, Bob Johnson, Dick Lewis and other volunteers,  have been working on three major restoration projects since 2005 […]

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“(Toronto, February 7, 2011) Louise St. Denis, Managing Director of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, has announced that the Institute has acquired the website, GenealogyWise <www.genealogywise.com>. The Genealogy Community Director of GenealogyWise, Gena Philibert Ortega, has also officially joined the Institute. She can be reached at genwise@genealogicalstudies.com. Gena Philibert Ortega of GenealogyWise “I would say […]

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The “72 Year Census Rule” is the length of time that personal information on the U.S census forms is kept private. When completing a census forms, every household typically answers questions that includes personal information that is preferentially private. As a result the United States Government imposed a rule that protects citizens’ right to privacy […]

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The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: “SALT LAKE CITY—RootsTech, a new family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 10-12, 2011, announced today that six of its popular sessions will be broadcasted live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend worldwide a sample […]

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If you missed last night’s kick-off of the second season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Episode I – Vanessa Williams, here’s the link to the NBC website where you can view the entire show. http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/video/vanessa-williams/1284559/ The Tim McGraw episode airs on Friday, February 11, 2011.

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It looks as though there is a solution to the cliff-hanger caused by the departure of the Ancestry.com Expert Connect service. Genealogy Freelancers.com is welcoming many of those affected by the situation to transition to their service. The company was established in 2008 and offers a project bidding system, which is an easy transition for […]

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The FamilySearch indexing project started in 2006, when FamilySearch moved its CD-ROM based content to the web. This is an ongoing  mammoth effort and, in spite of all the criticism regarding the database, I’m impressed. Database development is difficult and I can tell you from experience that a new systems implementation is not easy. I’ve […]

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Since 1976, Black History Month has been celebrated annually in the United States of America during the month of February and the United Kingdom in the month of October. In the U.S.  Black History Month is also called African-American History Month. In honor of Black History Month, Ancestry.com has launched more than 250,000 new records […]

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Sandy on February 2nd, 2011

If you’re serious about researching your family history for yourself and for your descendants, sooner or later you’re going to think about storing your files in a safe place. I’ve been leery about offsite storage for several reasons and the decision to decide who, what, and when, should be taken very seriously. In the past […]

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Ancestry.com has announced that they have a new iPad app called Ancestry. It’s built specifically for the tablet and shows complete images of family records and photos. It’s  also a highly interactive and visual tool for users to share their trees with family and friends. A huge part of the 21st century that our ancestors […]

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The Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759 -1796) has a newly updated Iphone App. The original was not user friendly and people complained that it was difficult to access and inaccurate. The app, developed by the Scottish government, was supposed to give fans of Robert Burns instant access to his entire work of poems and love […]

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