St. Andrews is the Patron Saint of Scotland and although widely celebrated every year on November 30th in Scotland every year since the 6th century, St. Andrew’s Day isn’t recognized as a public holiday. There are about 40 million people throughout the world who claim Scottish descent so, as you can well imagine, there’s a […]

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Hot off the press: The following is a newsflash released today from about their new mobile app that gives users the ability to access billions of historical records to build their new family tree:  “PROVO, Utah, Nov. 29, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the […]

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The British Newspaper Archive officially launched their vast resources today. They have a lot of activities planned for today so if, like me you don’t live in London you can still follow on Facebook, You Tube, or click on the link to the website: “Today is the launch day for the British Newspaper Archive – – […]

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Sandy on November 28th, 2011

The following is a blog post from David Ferriero 10th Archivist of the United States sharing information with readers of AOTIS about a memorandum from President Obama that marks the start of an executive branch-wide effort to reform records management policies and procedures. It’s important and it’s hot of the press: “Today, the President issued a memorandum […]

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Sandy on November 28th, 2011

If you’re a naturally kind person, it may actually be in your DNA. Researchers from California, Oregon and Toronto have apparently located a gene variation that is linked to being caring, empathetic and trustworthy. People who are homozygous for the “G allele of the rs53576 SNA of the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene tend to be […]

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Although genealogist and family historians use more than one service, Google still reigns as the most popular. To keep you up-to-date on changes going forward, Urs Hölzle Senior Vice President, Operations & Google Fellow, has written an article on changes you can expect to see going forward. Google is in the process of shutting down […]

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Sandy on November 26th, 2011

The British Newspaper Archive has a Facebook page where you can read some interesting entries including some of the classic writers, assassination attempts on Queen Victoria, etc. Here’s a copy of their recent blog post with links to Facebook and Twitter– You can also sign up for their newsletter as follows: “To give people some […]

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Sandy on November 24th, 2011


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I’m passing along the latest input from Alan Stewart’s Grow Your Own Family Tree blog: “The Irish Family History Foundation’s Online Research Service (ORS) has made available an additional 35,000 birth, marriage and death records. The following parishes have now been added to the Monaghan Genealogywebsite. Deaths  Church of Ireland     Currin    1816-1922 Church of Ireland […]

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The University of St Andrews, founded in 1413, is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world. Talented researchers at St Andrews University, have officially launched a new online catalog of books published between the invention of print and the end of the 16th century. The work is the result of over […]

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Here’s a newsflash from Enhanced Online News (EON): “PROVO, Utah & LONDON & TEL AVIV, Israel–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, announced today the acquisition of, Inc., maker of the family history content sites and This is MyHeritage’s seventh and largest acquisition since 2007. The purchase marks a […]

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Sandy on November 21st, 2011

Many moons ago in a classroom in Scotland, I learned how Native American showed great respect for the land and the animals who shared it with their tribes. I was reminded of this today when I read that North America’s oldest white bison, Yvnvssv Hetke, had died. Yvnvssv Hetke—Muscogee for bison—was about 30 years old. He […]

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The following is primary source information on the Suffragette movement now available for research and also education in the form of workshops and virtual classrooms at the British National Archives: “One hundred years ago today, the Suffragettes of the Women’s Social Political Union, armed with stones and hammers, tried to storm Parliament as their campaign for women’s […]

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Sandy on November 20th, 2011

The following information appeared on the Google Blog and will be interesting for Genealogists and Historians, et cetera: “Did you know that every single major league baseball team has a Google+ page? Or that hundreds of professors across the country are using Google+ to hold virtual office hours? Or that every U.S. presidential primary candidate has agreed to […]

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Sandy on November 18th, 2011

Did you know that Ireland’s County Cork is toying with the idea of secession from the Republic of Ireland? (As reported in Cork Independent online–not serious). Although county official Laura McGonigle isn’t really proposing secession, she has come up with an interesting idea to issue a “Cork Passport” to people with family ties to Cork […]

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Most of us have read and re-read books written by Jane Austin (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) whether it be for a book report, or they’re part of our personal collection, such as, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Northanger Abbey, or Sense and Sensibility. I am among the millions who have enjoyed her novels […]

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According to an article written by Emil Protalinski of ZDNet, Facebook says it knows who’s behind the pornographic spam attacks of the last few days and is working with its legal team to ensure that the perpetrators do not go unpunished. To date, Facebook is keeping the identities of the perpetrators under wraps. The social […]

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Here’s the latest information from about their Advanced Image Viewer: “Several years ago, we launched the Advanced Image Viewer. This viewer provided some much-needed capabilities and was welcomed by the users who could take advantage of it. Our other users – almost 50% of our total user base – continued to use a basic […]

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Sandy on November 16th, 2011

Prenuptial agreements 300 years old have been unearthed by an archivist in the state archive of Bückeburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. To be exact, 5500 contracts between 1712 and 1740 have been registered. The administrative district of Stadthagen is represented with 1600 prenuptial agreements (Eheberedungen). The information on these prenuptial agreements is discussed in a […]

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Sandy on November 15th, 2011

Using real life characters found while researching his family tree, Kenny O’Connell, a Findmypast customer, was inspired to write a book titled The Hoodie and the High Rip Gang. The story crosses generations and appeals to young and old alike. The book illustrates how much tougher life was in census years gone by, and tells […]

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Electronic resources have become central to researching our cultural and intellectual heritage. Since digital memory requires constant management, we are only too well aware that this type of memory is at risk. Risk begins as soon as people and organizations have made the decision to store information digitally and actually continues for as long as […]

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For my Irish relatives and friends I think these finding are about haplogroups while the Celts are the mainstay of Irish heritage, DNA suggests that they weren’t first. You can find a link to Wikipedia at the end of this post to learn more about haplogroups. According to Irish Central the Celtic origins of the […]

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There’s been a lot writing and discussion in the media about Neanderthals recently and it’s probably due to the increased interest in DNA testing for genealogy and Haplogroups. For instance it has now been discovered that people who belong to the R1b group share a common ancestor with Egypt’s Pharoh Tutankhamun (about 1341 BC – 1323 […]

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Sandy on November 13th, 2011

This week’s GenealogyInTime Magazine newsletter passed on an important tip for family historians that is very often overlooked during research and cause those  brick walls to rise and leave you stymied after you’ve been on a roll: “Looking at historical records, it is not always easy to identify an ancestor who has been married more […]

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An article that appeared in the Lansing Michigan online publication City Pulse described the Library of Michigan’s successful auction of books that were no longer needed. This serves as a reminder that most libraries sell old books at certain times during the year. What the library doesn’t consider essential could be a valuable resource for […]

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Although Facebook and the FTC declined to comment yesterday on a Wall Street Journal report that a settlement is close in the Facebook privacy case. This privacy case has been ongoing for the past two years and the outcome could radically change the way Internet companies manage user information. You might remember hearing when the […]

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Today is Veteran’s Day, I’d like to share this blog post from the NARations blog, you can also find a link on my Blogroll: “At the National Archives, you never know who will come in to do some research.  A few weeks ago, the Still Pictures and Motion Pictures research rooms hosted about 30 Vietnam […]

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Sandy on November 10th, 2011

As you’ll see from the following news release from findmypast, England’s county of Cheshire is famous for more than the delicious cheese: “CHESHIRE REVEALED AS A WONDERLAND OF UNUSUAL FINDS AS NEW LOCAL RECORDS GO ONLINE Lewis Carroll’s baptism found in Daresbury,11 July 1832 Earthquake hit Cheshire on 18 March 1612 Ancestors of James Bond […]

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Here’s a newsflash from the Library of Congress: “The Library of Congress will celebrate the birthday of American novelist Louisa May Alcott with a reading of her work by award-winning authors Jo Ann Beard and Maud Casey. The celebration will be held at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the Whittall Pavilion on the ground […]

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I’m not sure why, but I was a little dismayed to learn that “Intelius” has without fanfare purchased the Facebook genealogy application Family Builder on June 15th of this year. Since this is my personal opinion, if you think my concerns are unwarranted, please feel free to tell me. Intelius is widely known for background […]

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Sandy on November 8th, 2011

Barnes and Noble unveiled their new 7-inch NOOK Tablet yesterday and from all accounts I’m quite impressed. The tablet doesn’t hit the stores until Thursday November 17th, just in time for the Holidays. Like most people I’ll just need to wait before I can kick the tires on this one. According to the Barnes and […]

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Sandy on November 7th, 2011

The following behind the scenes interview about the Battle of Britain provides an interesting perspective as to why genealogy has become so popular: “Jamie Naden took part in Battle of Britain, the third episode of Find My Past the TV show. Jamie’s great-great-aunt worked as a plotter with the WAAF during the Battle of Britain. Here […]

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I’ve just read a wonderful and amusing essay written by Drew Moore published in The Fortnightly Review and titled “Genealogy in America”. (The original Fortnightly Review was one of the most important and influential magazines in nineteenth-century. This New Fortnightly Review in the age of technology is a fascinating discovery.) The essay/article describes how Mr. […]

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What follows is a  press release from “WASHINGTON, D.C./PROVO, Utah, November 3, 2011 – The United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumandAncestry.comannounced that material from four Museum collections containing information on more than 30,000 victims of Nazi persecution is now available online at Ancestry.comand can be searched at no cost.  The collections contain information on thousands of individuals […]

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Here’s one for the books. The digital book market is gaining so much traction with consumers and the publishing industry that the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has expanded its relationship with Nielson BookScan to add a best-seller listing in the weekend edition of WSJ. The new charts debuted on October 29 and includes contributed data […]

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Sandy on November 4th, 2011

The following is a very welcome newsflash from “We have received word that the Hugh Wallis site is working again. Thanks to the good work of Hugh Wallis, John Steel and others, the site is once again up and available for you to use. To some, the new format used on the site may […]

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The British National Archives is offering a series of podcasts titled Voices of the Armistice podcast series bringing to life the individual experiences of those who served in WWI. These free podcasts express the individual perspective of servicemen and women and highlight some of the unusual and interesting stories found in military records. The narrated recordings […]

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A few days ago I recorded information on about access to nursing records from Findmypast. Today I can share the following notice I received from the British National Archives regarding the publication of WWI nursing service records. At the same time I can offer the reminder that the National Archives is a tremendous resource: […]

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The National Libary of Scotland is now in possession of the personal diary of the famous Scottish explorer and medical medical missionary David Livingstone (19 March 1813 – 1 May 1873). As the story goes, Livingstone had run out of ink and paper after witnessing the horrendous massacre of hundreds of slaves in Africa. He […]

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Sandy on November 2nd, 2011

Here’s another useful resource for family history researchers passed along by the National Genealogical Society (NGS): “The Georgia Historic Newspapers Collection (part of the Digital Library of Georgia) has a nice South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive. The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive spans the years 1845-1922 and includes the following titles: Albany News, 1870-1883 Albany Patriot, 1845-1866 Americus Times Recorder, […]

Continue reading about Southern GA Newspapers Online is a terrific resource for family history research. It has a simple and easy-to-use interface. I do like the development of their database and they’re constantly adding new resources. The latest addition is  as follows:  “You can now search for your ancestors in 4,000 records for military nurses on The records cover the […]

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Click on Honoring Our Heroes Facebook application see below: “Veteran’s Day is a time when honoring our military veterans becomes a ritual that everyone takes part in. And now, at, we are allowing you to do so and share it with the world on our Honoring Our Heroes Facebook application. Every day, helps people learn […]

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Last words can often be viewed as a summing up of one’s life and to the ears of the listener those famous last words can mean a lot or leave us with yet another riddle. People are captivated by last words often because those who are dying are more likely to speak the truth, but […]

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