Deceased online says “A further 105,000 burial records for Aberdeen City have been added to the database. This is in addition to nearly 25,000 burial records for Scotland’s third largest city so this will increase the data size to almost 130,000. The new data is for St Peter’s Cemetery and Churchyard for the period 1830 […]

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Sandy on May 30th, 2011

NARAtions the blog of the United States National Archives has posted information about Ask Archivist Day schedule to take place on June 9th. See below to learn more about it and view the cute video: “The National Archives will be here to answer all your archival questions on June 9th!  Known as Ask Archivists Day, this […]

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Sandy on May 28th, 2011

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our nation. There are many stories about how it began and over 24 cities have laid claim to being the one to start it off. There is also evidence that women’s organized groups in the South were decorating graves before the end […]

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When archaeologists recovered the first anchor form the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge in shallow waters off the coast of North Carolina on Friday they determined that plans would need to be changed for further excavation and recovery of the rest of the 300-year-old artifacts located in the central part of the ship. […]

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The following is an announcement from Legacy about the 2012 genealogy cruise: “The 9th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held May 12-21, 2012, starts and ends in Oslo, Norway, and visits the following ports: Le Havre (Paris), France; Cherbourg, France; Dublin, Ireland; Liverpool, England; and Edinburgh, Scotland. We will sail on Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the […]

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Many genealogists and family historians are, like me, members of the professional social network LinkedIn. If you are, you’ll be disappointed to learn that LinkedIn is just one more major website with a serious security flaw that enables a hijacker to access user account without needing a password. It’s vulnerability is directly tied to the […]

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In the Fall (Autumn) of 2011, The British Newspaper Archive will digitize millions of pages of newspapers making them available online. The British Libraries newspaper collection is probably the best in the world and the collection will contain most of the runs of newspapers published in the UK since 1800. This could prove to be […]

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There’s going to be a six-month long party to commemoration the 150th anniversary of the laying the foundation stone of the Wallace Monument atop the Abbey Craig, which is actually located in the village of Causewayhead—part of historic Stirling, home to Scottish kings and queens. As the story goes, a committee was set up to […]

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How many times have you heard someone comment, “If you believe that I’ve got a bridge I can sell you…”  Needless to see there are several different versions of conveying the message but most of us who have spent time in New York, know that the bridge in question is the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn […]

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Sandy on May 22nd, 2011

VH1 is airing a genealogy theme on its production of VH1Rock Docs series that will certainly be popular with fans. The show premiers on 23 May 2011 and plans to start by exploring the ancestry of 50 Cent. To quote the summary on the VHW web site: “50 Cent has always been defined by the […]

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As reported in a Boston Phoenix article, Google informed its partners that its News Archive project would stop accepting, scanning and indexing microfilm and other archival material from newspapers. Google has instead decided to focus its energies on “newer projects that help the industry, such as Google One Pass, a platform that enables publishers to […]

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Sandy on May 20th, 2011

The following information regarding the insidious Malware software was posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Blog today as follows: “Mac users have always felt smug that their systems were immune from viruses, trojan horses and other malware (malevolent software). Those were always problems for Windows users, not for anyone else. Unfortunately, the world has now become […]

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With the advent of the amazing and increasingly useful online genealogical resources, family historians have come to realize how important it is to keep up with the latest in technology. It’s with this in mind that I’m posting this very interesting news release from Ancestry.com: “PROVO, Utah, May 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. […]

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Sandy on May 19th, 2011

Family Historians are usually faced with the problem of preserving old photographs. Families old photograph’s, Family Tree University is offering a free 30-minute Photo Detective Live! webinar. The presentation is also available for download. Here’s the link: Watch the webinar and download the slides on FamilyTreeUniversity.com.  

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Workers doing excavation at Stirling Terrace in Albany, Western Australia, have found 300 gold sovereigns buried under concrete. Albany was established in December 1826 and was the first settlement in Western Australia and before the Swan River colony that led to the city of Perth’s (Western Australia’s capital) early development. The coins were valued unseen […]

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Findmypast.co.uk has a new and improved death records search–see below: “Easily find records of your ancestors’ deaths using findmypast.co.uk’s powerful new death records search Following the transformation of our births and marriages, we have revolutionised how you search for your ancestors’ death records. When you search, you will be presented with a list of individual names – […]

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Sandy on May 18th, 2011

This following terrific Ancestry.com feature was posted yesterday by Stephanie Cruz who focus is on features that help you find and reach out to other members who share your family history research: “Did you know that you can share your member tree with friends and family for free? Send them an email invitation and they can […]

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Sandy on May 17th, 2011

As we all know, water is essential to all life on earth. It’s all about water. In the desert we are aware of the lack of water to sustain meaningful life and today we see the tragic consequences of too much with the what is happening to the people living close to mighty Mississippi river. […]

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The National Archives Science Working Group has just released a publication developed with a team of archivists, records managers, data managers and scientists in Federal agencies is designed to help Federal agency CIOs, IT program staff and records officers understand what procedures are in place now and what policies and process procedures need to be […]

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I’d like to point you to a website called African Origins. It contains information about the migration history of Africans who were forcibly carried on slave ships. This important site will bring to light the history of millions of Africans captured and sold into slavery during suppression of the transatlantic slave trade during the 19th century. […]

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Sandy on May 14th, 2011

Ancestry.com says: “Last October we launched Ancestry Labs to test a few new ideas, and we’d like to thank all those members who contributed a lot of great feedback and discussion around these.  Today we’re excited to announce the introduction of one of the ideas, Web Search, into the main Ancestry.com search. Why are we […]

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Sandy on May 12th, 2011

When a loved one dies we often realize too late that a lot of memories have been irrevocably lost and we spend a lot of time wondering why we didn’t ask questions. Becoming interested in genealogy is a real eye opener because it helps us to discover the real people who contributed to making you, […]

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One of the greatest free resources Family Search has now released hundreds of millions of online records at the National Genealogical Society conference in Charleston, South Carolina. The press release is as follows: “May 11, 2011 SALT LAKE CITY—As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, people who had ancestors involved in the […]

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Sandy on May 10th, 2011

I’ve just read an article in the Wall Street Journal reporting that Microsoft Corporation has agreed to by Skype Internet phone Company for $8.5 billion cash. Communication technologies has been “the backbone” of Microsoft’s grown and the motivation  to acquire Skype was because Skype has an already established business in the field. A joint phone […]

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On May 5, NARA and five national and international research organizations met in Washington DC to launch a new international research portal for records related to Nazi-era cultural properties. The purpose of the project is to extend public access to the records through a single internet portal. This includes access to descriptions and digitized copies […]

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The establishment of Christianity in Scotland may have begun with St. Ninian around the end of the 4th century, but the strongest roots are in the island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland, close to the Island of Mull. It’s just three miles long and one mile wide. Although insignificant in size, Iona […]

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Sandy on May 5th, 2011

“Today sees the launch of findmypast Ireland, a joint venture between findmypast and Eneclann, the award-winning Irish history and heritage company. Findmypast Ireland will host the most extensive collection of Irish land records available anywhere online and will be a valuable resource for those 80 million people worldwide who claim Irish ancestry. Findmypast Ireland, which is […]

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Sandy on May 5th, 2011

During the course of the French-Mexican war General Ignacio Zaragoza and his poor and outnumbered Mexican army defeated the French army intent on capturing a small town in east-central Mexico called Puebla de Los Angeles. This was a great moral victory for the Mexican government, symbolizing the country’s ability to defend itself against a threat […]

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blog.findmypast.co.uk  says: “Findmypast.co.uk has always had the most comprehensive England & Wales birth and marriage records – now we’ve added our exclusive additional records to create one simple search. As well as England & Wales records, you can now search for your British ancestors’ births and marriages in our overseas, military and at sea records, some […]

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The World Memory Project was created by The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com, to allow the public free online access to records so that families and victims of the  can discover what happened to their loved ones as a result of one of the worst events in the history of the world. This […]

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Sandy on May 2nd, 2011

I just read in NewsMax that the last typewriter factory had closed down. To be honest I thought they’d already gone the way of the dinosaur. With memories of the Olivetti typewriter upon which I learned to touch type on the QWERTY keyboard and the IBM electric typewriter at one time state-of-the art, I decided […]

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Sandy on May 2nd, 2011

The following information from the National Archives and Records Administration was posted on their blog NARAtions: “We are excited to announce new features that have been rolled out into our Online Public Access catalog! If you haven’t already tried our new search interface, now is a great time to test our some of the new features.   […]

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