Sandy on April 29th, 2011

Dutch explorers found Australia in the early 1600s, but decided against settling because the land was too dry and inhospitable. After losing the American colonies the British were anxious to find another place to ship convicts and established the state of New South Wales as a penal colony. In 1788, nine ships of convicts along […]

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“Search for your ancestors in 211,905 new West Yorkshire parish baptism records on findmypast.co.uk The Huddersfield & District Family History Society provided findmypast.co.uk with these records, in association with the Federation of Family History Societies. The table below provides further details of these baptism records:   Parishes covered Years covered Number of records Almondbury All Hallows 1703-1930 […]

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Ancestry.com blog says: “Congratulations to the grand-prize winner of our Family History Journey Sweepstakes, Michael F. from Skokie, Illinois. Michael will receive $20,000 for the family history journey of his dreams, plus consultation time with a genealogist and help from additional family history experts. Michael also gets a one-year Ancestry.com World Deluxe membership and five […]

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Sandy on April 27th, 2011

The mid 18th century was a time when Scots led the world in every field.  It was an intellectual revolution that that included physicist Joseph Black, geologist James Hutton, and economist Adam Smith. In literature Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns were without peer and the subject of this article Sir Henry Raeburn, a portraitist, […]

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Yes, I’m a Barnes & Noble affiliate, but I decided right from the start that I wouldn’t recommend anything unless I thought it was a good product. If you’ve visited SpittalStreet.com before you’ve probably seen my page Books and Nooks where I have a few books and products that I believe are worth recommending. Not […]

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I received the following reminder from NGS today, and am looking forward to visiting Charleston, South Carolina: “Countdown to the NGS 2011 Family History Conference – only 15 more days! There are over 186 lecture sessions at the NGS conference ranging in topic from technology skills; to military records; to ethnic research; to methodology and […]

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It’s 150 years since the first battle of Bull Run, one of the highlights of the anniversary  of the Civil War, which illuminated  a small band of Scottish men who played a crucial role in the most brutal conflict in the history of the United States. The group, named the 79th New York Highland Regiment, […]

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The National Archives (UK) says: “The National Archives has won a prestigious Innovation Award, jointly with private company Tessella, for developing a system for preserving digital information which has since been adopted by libraries and archives around the world. This unique partnership has been recognised for outstanding achievement in innovation by the UK’s business awards, […]

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Sandy on April 22nd, 2011

Six documents were declassified last week as part of the work of the National Declassification Center (NDC), regarding  secret writing as described in the documentation. The NDC was established within the National Archives at the direction of the President in 2009 with the task of reviewing more than 400 million pages of records by year […]

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The most recent posting on the FGS blog is the following announcement of two new appointments to the Board–Congratulations to Thomas MacEntee and Randy Whited: “For Immediate Release April 22, 2011 FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES BOARD APPOINTMENTS Thomas MacEntee and Randy Whited Named Directors April 22, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) […]

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The first social game tied to real-world family history is now available. Did you know that more than half of the people on play games on Facebook? World Vital says: “Funium announced today the immediate public availability of its free Facebook game, Family Village. Family Village is the first Facebook® Platform game to help players explore their real […]

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Ancestry says: “Ancestry.com’s mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod has now been downloaded over 1 million times, with one-third of those downloads happening in the last two months alone. In addition, over half of users of the app are new to Ancestry.com indicating a growing interest in family history, Ancestry.com and in mobile […]

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This is one of my rare technology posts and a real shocker. It concerns privacy issues raised today the the Guardian (British) newspaper about a file on iPhone that stores locations, coordinates and timestamps, of owners movements. This file has only recently been discovered. The iPhone apparently keeps a track of every detail of your […]

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According to Desert News, GeneTree.com has announced a new series of specialty DNA tests on Monday that identify a wider scope of one’s family history. The new tests provide more specific genetic information that makes possible the answers to what are considered puzzling genealogical issues—some that have been unanswered questions for generations. GeneTree.com new specialty […]

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“Bloomsbury Publishing has announced that it has purchased the backlist of The National Archives’ publications and has agreed to co-publish a range of forthcoming titles. The backlist covers the full range of adult trade titles along with academic works. These include the best-selling titles Genealogists’ Internet by Peter Christian and The UFO Files by Dr […]

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Geneabloggers Thomas MacEntee posted the following on his blog—be sure to visit the site to join the conversation: “With apologies to the Pet Shop Boys (and their song Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money), I’ve decided to start a series of posts here at GeneaBloggers about genealogy and money. Why? Well I am in agreement with […]

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Sandy on April 18th, 2011

When I left Scotland one of the items I missed was the “Water Biscuit”. When I asked people in New York where I could find them they’d actually never heard of them. Shortly after I got married I went to visit my mother-in -law who was, when I arrived at her home in Brooklyn, enjoying […]

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Charlie Chaplin (Charles Spencer Chaplin) was born in London, England, on April 16th 1889. His father was  an actor; and his mother, known under the stage name of Lily Harley, was an  actress and singer. Charlie was fending for himself before he reached the age of ten as the early death of his father and […]

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I learned of this sale through Cynthia of Your Genetic Genealogist on my LinkedIn genealogy group page. Since the sale expires at midnight tonight it’s short notice but worthy of posting just in case. Take note of the coupon code and there’s also a link to where you can use the codeDNADAY2011 : New customers: […]

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I’ve just found a terrific website called Connected Histories I’d like to share that brings together 11 major digital resources related to early modern and nineteenth century Britain (1500-1900), with a single search that allows the sophisticated searching of names places and dates, and the ability to save, connect and even share resources within your […]

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Gale is Celebrating National Library Week from 10-24 April by giving you free access to select Gale resources as follows from NGS: “Gale NewsVault — access to more than 10 million digitized pages. This collection includes: 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers 19th Century British Library Newspapers 19th Century U.S. Newspapers 19th Century UK Periodicals: Empire 19th Century UK Periodicals: New Readerships

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“At 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861, a single mortar round was fired on Fort Sumter, S.C., and the Civil War began. By the time it ended in 1865, approximately 620,000 soldiers’ lives had been lost, and America had changed in profound, immutable ways. One hundred and fifty years later, we’re still examining why.” – […]

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Sandy on April 11th, 2011

FindMyPast.com.uk says: “We have just published two new sets of military records on findmypast.co.uk: Royal Navy Officers Medal Roll 1914-1920 and New Zealand WWI Soldiers. Below is further information about these records and the valuable details about your ancestors you could discover. Royal Navy Officers Medal Roll 1914-1920 These records comprise a transcript of the complete WWI […]

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Sandy on April 10th, 2011

Beware! this is my personal opinion. The following list of tips from World Vital Records is one of the best I’ve seen for online research with reminders to back-up your work, save originals, and print out. They’ve kept it simple, unlike many who give good advice, but the lists are way too convoluted with many […]

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In response to the tales of suffering from various encampments throughout the Civil War, sixty-five women of Charlotte formed an association of relief and aid called, “The Soldier’s Aid Society of Charlotte”. The meetings were held in a room given by a Mrs. J.H. Carson, and the very industrious women made over three hundred garments […]

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The following is a press release from Ancestry.com “Nearly 25 million National Archives Civil War records documenting lives and service of Union and Confederate soldiers available free to public at Ancestry.com from April 7-14 WASHINGTON, D.C., and PROVO, UTAH — (April 6, 2011) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, and the National Archives, […]

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I never forget that I owe my knowledge of and acquaintance with my ancestors for the most part to FamilySearch.org.  And, I still believe that their organization is the best place for beginners to start their search and learn how it all works. I’d like to remind you of their wonderful free classes and vast […]

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“The 26th release of files from the Security Service MI5 reveals secret plans including assassination plots and use of poisons after the Second World War. This release contains 180 files, bringing the total of Secret Service files at The National Archives to 4,725. Many of the files are available at DocumentsOnline. You can download them for […]

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Sandy on April 5th, 2011

The 1911 Scottish census is available as of today April 5, 2011. The images of the books are in full color and for the first time including particulars of marriage, the number of children born from the marriage, the occupation and nationality of the person listed on the census. People with special needs were enumerated as […]

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Sandy on April 4th, 2011

I might be a wee bit biased here because I’m Scottish born and spent my formative years in Scotland in an area steeped in history. When I lived in New York I actually met very few Scots, but now that I’ve moved south they’re everywhere. And, because I’m a family history enthusiast, I see Scottish […]

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During the 18th century there were hundreds of pack trains carrying gold and silver bullion from the Spanish mines in southern Colorado to Mexico City. Enslaved Indians worked in the mines that  produced rich ore destined for the treasury of Spain. Millions of dollars worth of gold and silver was hauled to Mexico City, but […]

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The following  news release from Ancestry.com Investor Relations: “PROVO, Utah, March 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, today disclosed that its Chief Executive Officer, Tim Sullivan, experienced a minor heart attack last weekend. He sought immediate medical attention and was released from the hospital after thorough […]

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