A group of about 70 books each with 5 to 15 leaves and bound by lead rings, recently discovered,  could be the earliest Christian writing in existence have survived for almost 2,000 years in a Jordanian cave. A flash flood apparently exposed two niches (plugs) inside the cave. One was marked with the Jewish symbol […]

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The following copied from the National Archives and Records Administration website to help spread the word  about a media conference scheduled by the NARA to take place on April 12. The discussion is one on how technology could improve access to government information for all. It’s  free and open to the public but registration is required. […]

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FindMyPast.co.uk has added more records to their database as follows: “You can now search for your ancestors in 1,447,671 new baptism, marriage and burial records for Hampshire on findmypast.co.uk This substantial new release of records will really benefit those with Hampshire roots. The table below provides the details about these new records: Type of records Number […]

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Here we go again! What is it about cemetery management that inspires people to be dishonest? In this case it’s still an alleged crime but it doesn’t look good. This time the alleged fraud is being perpetrated at Mount Eden Cemetery, a 26-acre Jewish cemetery in New York’s Westchester County. The Attorney General is investigating […]

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Oliver Morley the new Chief Executive Officer at the National Archives of the United Kingdom has launched the new Business Plan for 2011-2015. It’s called For the Record. For Good and lays out the National Archives for the next four years. The plan is to address the need for innovation and transformation of the organization […]

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Sandy on March 27th, 2011

Dozens of graves have been found wedged between two northern Charlotte development areas and some residents wonder if the cemetery is the final resting place of slaves who worked in the areas farmland during the antebellum era. The grave markers are actually shaped rocks stuck in the ground have no inscriptions and they’re difficult to […]

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Here’s a reminder from Scotland’s People on the release of the 1911 Scottish census: “The 1911 census will be available by 11:00 BST on Tuesday 5 April. Images of the enumeration books will be in full colour and for the first time the enumeration includes the particulars of the marriage, the number of children born […]

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Sandy on March 25th, 2011

In a desperate attempt to break out of St Petersburg, Virginia, one hundred and forty-six years ago today, Confederate General Robert E. Lee made Fort Stedman his last attack of the Civil War. The attack failed, and within a week Lee was evacuating his positions around Petersburg. Petersburg had been under siege by the Army […]

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The Golden Globe-winning actor Steve Buscemi  is “next on” tonight as he embarks on a journey to discover the rogues and villains of his ancestry. You’ll learn what he uncovers in tonight’s new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Ancestry.com is a sponsor of the show airing Friday nights at 8/7c on NBC. […]

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Sandy on March 23rd, 2011

The University of Glasgow in Scotland has a special project under way to find out why visitors being shown around the Special Collections often comment on the distinctive and evocative aroma of old books. The university is collaborating with a research team based at the University of Strathclyde to investigate what causes these smells. The […]

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Here’s a copy of a post on the Ancestry.com blog written by Tana L. Pedersen (Family Tree Maker expert) that answered a question of my own, so and I’m passing it along because it may answer yours. “Last month when I announced the February webinar for Family Tree Maker, hundreds of you posted questions for our […]

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After searching through all the well-known and not so well known databases only to hit a brick wall, we often overlook some very useful resources. With a lot of family history research done online it’s easy to forget about the other resources like books, genealogy magazines, periodicals and gazetteers that are often great sources of […]

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Sandy on March 22nd, 2011

For my readers in the United Kingdom the following offer from Ancestry.com.uk  is offering free access for 24 hours to their English, Welsh and Scottish census collections to commemorate Census Day 2011: “Get ready! To mark Census Day 2011, we’re letting you access all our UK census record indexes, from England, Wales and Scotland, completely FREE, for […]

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Sandy on March 21st, 2011

Once in a while I add some posts about up-to-date technology that might be useful for family history researchers and genealogists. The following is the most recent Google Voice experience integrated by Sprint posted today on the Google Blog: “Over time, we’ve worked to bring an integrated Google Voice experience to your mobile device by […]

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A new Civil Wars Trails guide has been developed by the North Carolina Division of Tourism designed to enhance the travel experience for this year’s 150th anniversary observance of the Civil War. The maps follow the war from Roanoke Island to Robinsville with markers at 232 sites in 78 counties. Historic moments are illustrated with […]

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Sandy on March 17th, 2011

Ever since St. Patrick died on March 17, 461 A.D in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, many legends have been passed down. As the patron saint of Ireland he is said to have baptized hundreds of people in a day. He explained the Holy Trinity using a three-leafed shamrock. What is known about St. Patrick comes from […]

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I’m a big fan of Wikipedia and so is David Ferriero, 10th Archivist of the United States. That’s an impressive endorsement. Most of us have discovered that it’s usually the first place to go for information to get started on research.  According to a recent Pew Internet report, with about 53% of all Internet-connected using its […]

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I’ve posted information about the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) on this blog in previous articles. The purpose of this post is to let you know that new records have been added to their online Name Search Facility. The additions to the database will be of interest to people who are researching their […]

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“Nearly 37 Million Americans Claim Irish Ancestry including President Obama and Walt Disney PROVO, UTAH (March 14, 2011) – In recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today launchedThe Irish Collection – the definitive 19thcentury collection of Irish historical records. The collection provides nearly 100 years of insight into life […]

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Sandy on March 13th, 2011

Glenn Lyon is the longest glen in Scotland and is rich in history. The most famous tale of the area is actually an enormous hoax regarding the village of Fortingall, which lies at the entrance to this beautiful highland glen, suggesting that the village was the birth place of Pontius Pilate. In modern times Pilate […]

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Sandy on March 11th, 2011

The 13th century Blair Castle located in Pitlochry, Perthsire, Scotland was badly damaged after a fire on Thursday, 10th March 2011. A team of about 50 firefighters prevented a catastrophe by keeping the fire from spreading to the main building. The firefighters fought for 90 minutes using breathing equipment but the they had to withdraw […]

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The following information appeared on the Google Blog giving information about a new search feature that you might want to consider: “You’ve probably had the experience where you’ve clicked a result and it wasn’t quite what you were looking for. Many times you’ll head right back to Google. Perhaps the result just wasn’t quite right, […]

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Sandy on March 10th, 2011

“Ancestry.co.uk, has enhanced its product range by adding Living Relative Search – a service new byPeopleTracer to help Ancestry members locate living UK-based relatives. Peopletracer is a newly formed people-tracing company from one of the UK’s leading data specialists, Tracesmart. Its founders have more than ten years’ tracing experience locating thousands of people. In addition to […]

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“Over 8,500 pages of UFO discussions, sightings and reports have been released today by The National Archives. Covering the years 2000-2005, this is the largest batch of UFO files to be released so far. The files document how UFOs became a global issue, discussed by the highest levels of government around the world, including the United […]

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A woman digging in her backyard on the Florida Keys last fall found a jaw bone and a piece of human skull. Detectives were able tell her the bones were likely to be as much as 75 years old. Surprise! The results of radiocarbon dating tests have determined that the bones are around 2400 years […]

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I’ve written about the merger of the National Archives of Scotland and the General Register Office for Scotland. This is to remind you that as of April 1, the merger will be completed: “From  1 April 2011 the name of the merged NAS-GROS organisation will be the National Records of Scotland (NRS) The strapline  for the new […]

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The following information was posted on the National Archives blog “NARations” including the link to the minutes of the February 18, meeting. Anyone involved in the research process will find this interesting. I’ve also provided a link to the NARations blog where you can see the very interesting blog comments: “The minutes from the Researcher […]

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Last Friday nights episode of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Lionel Richie was powerful. If you missed it you can see it online at http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/ “where Lionel Richie sets out to unlock the mystery of the man his beloved grandmother never spoke about – her father, John Louis Brown.”

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Sandy on March 6th, 2011

Since I started to study genealogy and discovered a contradistinc approach to history, the genealogy and social history of Puerto Rico is one of the richest that I have so far encountered. Puerto Rico, nicknamed Land of Enchantment, has a unique heritage. Christopher Columbus claimed the island for Spain when he landed there in 1493 […]

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Sandy on March 4th, 2011

The following is a request from National Genealogical Society to anyone who knows of a librarian who is planning to attend the NGS Family History Conference in Charleston, South Carolina and lives in the area: “Do you know of a librarian who is attending the 2011 NGS Family History Conference or who lives in the Charleston (SC) […]

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Sandy on March 4th, 2011

A very enlightening  article written by Alistair Moffat and Dr. Jim Wilson was published in yesterday’s edition of The Scotsman newspaper yesterday. It’s part of their series of articles on the DNA make-up of the Scots—another version of Who Do You Think You Are?—and how the Vikings left their  indelible mark on the Scotland, particularly the […]

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Sandy on March 3rd, 2011

I’m a big fan of Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers and was able to attend the RootsTech 2011 “Virtual Presentations Roundtable” (via desktop conference) moderated by Thomas. It was a very interesting experience. I’ve taken the liberty of posting the following information from Genealbloggers and can recommend setting aside some time to view them. The following […]

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Findmypast.co.uk keeps getting better and is a force to be reckoned with the the world of genealogy databases. I’ve found plenty of data on my ancestors that I haven’t found elsewhere. Here’s the latest news from this competitive group: “Findmypast.co.uk and the British Library are working together on an exciting project to digitise a treasure […]

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As we remember the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War (1861-1865), you can explore the history of the conflict and your ancestors’ role in it in ways they (and maybe you) would never have imagined. It’s also known as the War Between the States. Today you can look up the name […]

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