I’d like an following  blog post written by David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, on the very important issue of “Releasing All We Can, Protecting What We Must.”: “In early October President Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) covering “Structural Reforms to Improve the Security of Classified Networks and the Responsible Sharing and Safeguarding of Classified […]

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Sandy on October 31st, 2011

The Celts, who lived about 2000 years ago in what we now know today as the United Kingdom and Ireland, celebrated New Year on November 1st. They believed that on the night before New Year the boundary between the worlds of the living and the world of the dead became blurred. It was at this […]

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Sandy on October 30th, 2011

An interesting newsflash from ScotlandsPeople: “The census street index books for the main towns and cities in Scotland have been digitised for each of the open census years. These books can make it easier to find the registration district and enumeration book details for an address. The streets are arranged alphabetically and the bookmarks allow […]

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Sandy on October 29th, 2011

Here’s an interesting interview from Findmypast.co.uk Titanic TV show. It’s all about that special feeling evoked when connecting with the real people who were your ancestors: “Jessica Wilson appeared in Titanic, the second episode of Find My Past the TV show. We talked to Jessica to find out her experiences of appearing on the show and […]

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Sandy on October 28th, 2011

It will soon be Halloween folks and, as usual,  the media and stores are filled with suggestions on what costumes to avoid, what costumes will be most popular, Halloween volcanoes, and tons of yummy candy. Just to get in to the spirit of the season, I’d like to share a ghost story I read in […]

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For all family history researchers the following information from the UK Society of Genealogists will be useful: “As family historians know, the General Register Office for England and Wales (GRO) provides free public access to the index of events for birth,marriage,death, civil partnership, adoption and overseas records. This information is made available in microfiche format […]

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I’d like to share yesterday’s post by Diane L. Richard on the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Blog. As I’ve mentioned many times on this blog NGS is a tremendous resource for anyone interested in family history research.  This particular blog post is about JSTOR, which is a service provided by a non-profit organization called  ITHAKA. […]

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Sandy on October 25th, 2011

Here we go again. The English claim that they invented the game of soccer (called football in the UK) in 1848 when students at Cambridge University formulated the first set of rules. Not so fast England. According to the UKs Daily Record newspaper experts at the Scottish Foodball Museum at Hampden (Hampden Park near Glasgow […]

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Sandy on October 24th, 2011

Tanya  Peterson, technology guru at Ancestry.com, published this useful article on the Ancestry blog today. I have Family Tree Maker 2012 and the following post on charting has helped me: “Over the years, we have received requests to include some charting features that were available in Family Tree Maker 2006/version 16. In Family Tree Maker […]

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According to an article in the Irish Times written by science editor Dick Ahlstrom, geneticists have teamed up to attempt to root out what it means to be truly Irish. The plan is to map families to their ancestral homes and focus on subtle genetic differences between hailing from Bantry as opposed to Ballinasloe. Details […]

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Sandy on October 23rd, 2011

Did you notice what happened this week  at Ancestry.com? They released over 50 databases containing indexes to millions of vital records from all over the United States. Some of these records date all the way back the 1600s and the most recent of them are from last year. (You can find the complete list by viewing our recently added […]

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The National Archives UK has recorded the narratives of four Panjabi elders uprooted from their homeland during the Partition of British India in 1947. At least 18 million people were uprooted and one million died in the mass migration that followed. “In 2010, Jaswant, Mohammed, Reginald and Tilak Raj met at The National Archives to describe […]

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Sandy on October 21st, 2011

Alan Stewart of Grow Your Own Family Tree says Irish prison registers from 1790-1920 have just been made available online at Findmypast.ie and they include everything from the theft of handkerchiefs to turnips: “Findmypast.ie has launched online for the first time the Irish Prison Registers 1790-1920, which they call one of the greatest untapped resources for those […]

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Archaeologists have discovered a 1000-year old Viking ship holding the body of a chieftain with his shield on his chest along with his sword and spear by his side. This is the first undisturbed Viking ship burial found on the British mainland. The 16ft-long grave on the west Scotland coast was found at the Ardnamurchan […]

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I’m sure most of us have found some conflicting information during our family history research. Here’s some sage advice from FamilySearch.org: “Conflicting information from original documents can be troublesome, which means it is always wise to use more than one document when proving family connections. Take the case of Bessie Endy. Or, was she Bessie […]

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A firestorm is raging over Urban Outfitters line of Navajo brand clothing line and accessories within the Navajo Nation government. With allegations of trademark violations and what is considered disrespectful promotion of products such as underwear and a liquor flask. The tribe holds at least 10 trademarks and the use of the name “Navajo” by […]

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Some of my relatives, in fact,  anyone who loves golf will be intrigued with the ingenuity of the owners of the Sunset Hills Memorial Golf Park in Bellevue, In fact I think the idea of offering a golf setting as a final resting place for the golf enthusiast is nothing short of genius. What has […]

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Sandy on October 18th, 2011

Here’s the latest news from FamilySearch.org: “The East India Office Company had many people employed in their trade empire in India and Asia. Because of all the activity they were engaged in, the East India Company generated a vast collection of historical records. The records were created by individual government divisions called “presidencies.” These presidencies […]

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Sandy on October 18th, 2011

“By now you’ve probably heard about TreeSync. It’s the latest innovative tool available in Family Tree Maker 2012, which gives you the ability to sync one Family Tree Maker tree and one online Ancestry tree. Now you can make changes to your tree anytime, anywhere. Maybe you’re at the library and you find your grandma’s […]

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The Lawson McGhee Library in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, commemorates its 125th anniversary this month and throughout October. The festivities begin by embracing the future in a very big way. There’s been a lot published recently about the waning  importance of public libraries as bastions of knowledge due to the Internet the digitization of books, and […]

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Being a member of The National Genealogical Association (NGS) is a real learning experience and a fountainhead  of information for anyone interested in family history research and genealogy.  A few days ago NGS  announced the appointment of  Teresa Koch-Bostic of Mineola, New York, to the Board of Directors. Terry is a professional genealogist who specializes […]

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Sandy on October 15th, 2011

If you’re leery of downloading toolbars this one isn’t an advertisement. Tami  Glatz has created and shared  a  toolbar on LinkedIn that works with all browsers and its FREE. It’s all handy links for online genealogy researchers! Tami’s constantly adding more great sites – most  are free.  I’ve downloaded it myself and can assure you […]

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As a child I loved A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh especially “The House at Pooh Corner”. I also loved the smell of those books with their shiny paper (I don’t know if this was significant, but I’m okay). Today is Winnie the Pooh’s 85th birthday and to commemorate his author A. A. Milne, Findmypast.co.uk has […]

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Sandy on October 14th, 2011

FamilySearch.org explains why users of the Hugh Wallis website ran into technical difficulties when performing batch number searches. “We’ve received a lot of feedback from FamilySearch users asking why they cannot use the Hugh Wallis website to do batch numbers searches. The problem occurred when the latest version of FamilySearch was put in place. At […]

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Sandy on October 14th, 2011

“You can now search 10,529 records of WWII Escapers & Evaders on findmypast.co.uk These records are individual reports for allied service personnel about their experiences of escaping from prisoner of war camps or evading capture in Central Europe throughout WWII. Each entry will tell you the following key information about your ancestor: name, rank, number, […]

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Sandy on October 14th, 2011

UK family history site Genes Reunited have added the following Parish records to their growing record collection: “ Today sees the launch of over 35 million baptism, marriage and burial records for England and Wales dating back to 1538. Parish records are an important source for family historians allowing them to trace their ancestors back further […]

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As I’ve said in the past, you’re going to be seeing some technology posts on this blog, so I guess today is technology day on SpittalStreet.com Today LinkedIn shared some information about an epic rant about Google’s incompetent handling of the new Google+ platform. “Google+ is not a platform like Facebook. It’s trying to dictate the […]

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Sandy on October 13th, 2011

Interesting to see another genealogy search TV show airing in the UK. This time with ordinary members of the public and not superstars: “Find My Past the TV show is an exciting new 10-part series which unites ordinary members of the public with their ancestors. Each week, we take three members of the public on […]

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Sandy on October 12th, 2011

Alexander McDougall was born on the Scottish Hebridean island of Islay (known as The Queen of the Hebrides and pronounced ‘eye-la’) in 1732, emigrated to America with his family when he was six years old. His father had likely decided that life was so grim on Islay that it was worth the risk of a […]

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Here’s the latest from Deceased Online: “After conducting research and finding the cemetery, churchyard or burial ground where an ancestor is buried, many family historians are frustrated that they cannot find the plot or even a rough location for their ancestor’s last resting place. And on a cold, wet Tuesday afternoon in February there is […]

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Sandy on October 10th, 2011

“Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until the 1937. For many, the holiday is a way […]

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A new path has been forged by Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania,making available an online database containing millions of records with a flip of the switch . Genealogy researchers around the world are likely to find this portal into Lackawanna’s past a gold mine of information. The project was a large undertaking that took eight years to complete. Now […]

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The most heard greeting for the Jewish New Year season is “May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life”. Today at sundown, is the beginning of the Day of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur (יוֹם כִּפּוּר or יום הכיפורים.)  It’s the holiest and most solemn day of the year for the Jews and […]

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Sandy on October 7th, 2011

Findmypast UK says: “We have just published more than 730,000 new Berkshire parish records on findmypast.co.uk These new records will be a great help to anyone trying to trace their Berkshire ancestors. Berkshire Family History Society provided findmypast.co.uk with these records. Further details of this release are as follows: Type of records Number of records Date range […]

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The Saint John’s Bible is an amazing hand-lettered and hand illuminated bible and likely the first commissioned since the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg around 1440, more than 5 centuries ago. And to quote the Smithsonian Magazine it is “One of the extraordinary undertakings of our time.” This idea was first envision […]

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Sandy on October 5th, 2011

Findmypast.co.uk says: “You can now search the 1841 and 1851 censuses for Scotland on findmypast.co.uk We have freshly transcribed these records to bring you full and detailed information about your Scottish ancestors, so if you haven’t been able to find who you’re looking for in the past, it’s well worth another try now. Findmypast.co.uk’s transcription accuracy is […]

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Sandy on October 3rd, 2011

During the past ten years we’ve been hearing more about the condition of autism. Even after taking a college class focused on learning disabilities that touched on the complexity of conditions within the spectrum of autism, I’m still baffled. For instance, Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) or Pervasive Development Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) falls within the spectrum […]

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A reminder to family historians, FamilySearch.org has a collection of BMDs at the Family History Library and these gems can be researched free of charge. I’ve also added a link to the research tutorial page at the end of the post to help you get started: “Did you know that the Family History Library has […]

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Personal Historian 2 is finally launched. The press release is as follows: “SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — September 28, 2011 — RootsMagic, Inc. today announced the official release of Personal Historian 2, the latest version of the ground-breaking computer software which helps you write the story of your life and of other individuals.  Personal Historian breaks this seemingly […]

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