Sandy on January 31st, 2012

Ancestry.com says: “A free update for Family Tree Maker 2012 for Windows is now available. This update includes: Some important improvements for syncing source citations, relationships, and accepted & rejected hints. Resolution of some data issues that were causing sync to fail in some cases Sync stability and performance improvements. How to get this free […]

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Brightsolid owned by D.C. Thomson of Dundee, Scotland, is making news once again. The following announcement notifies readers that they are moving into the U.S. market and have hired D. Joshua Taylor one of our most successful genealogists who has featured twice on NBC’s Who Do You think You Are? As part of the move […]

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I’ve written about this important topic twice Social Security Death Index (SSDI) no longer available to the public and SSDI: A different and interesting point of view about losing access to an important resource. Today, I’d like to take the opportunity to point you to a “call to action” from The Legal Genealogist Judy Russell to […]

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This is a true story that few want to acknowledge because it’s shameful. It sheds light on an aspect of WWII that needs to be told, if only for those brave men who suffered because of pure vindictiveness. An article in the Mail Online tells the story of a couple of  airman who, along with […]

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Ancestry.com has added millions of State Birth, Marriage and Death Records from Pennsylvania to their database in a partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania spanning from 1593-1908. The latest additions cover important growth years when it was contributing to the overall development of the country. When you research the records you’ll learned details of […]

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Google’s announcement of big changes to its privacy policies on Tues, January 24, is raising big concerns about potential user profiling and access to user information. What does this mean? According to reports it could mean when you search via Google, the company could, or will, (depending upon your point of view) use their activities […]

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Having recently read a list of MyHeritage.com accomplishments for 2011, this year I’ll be paying a lot more attention to what they’re offering users. It’s probably the second most popular genealogy site in the global community, Ancestry.com being number one. They’re predicting that 2012 will be equally good and I wouldn’t doubt it. Like other […]

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On, January 25th every year Scots all over the world gather to celebrate the birth date of Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796).  My cousin shares the same birthday as the Bard—Happy Birthday T.B. Robert Burns, born in Alloway, Ayreshire, Scotland, is also known as the Ploughman Poet.  His popularity back then (and […]

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Sandy on January 24th, 2012

In an effort to heal their recent customer woes and provide a customer centric approach in 2012 , 23andMe has formed an Ambassadors group to help guide and influence their product development.  This move will also offer advise on user research, support request emails, community posts, social media and traditional media responses. This is a […]

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Sandy on January 23rd, 2012

I received this stirring video from a relative, T. Smith of Indiana. I hope you take the time to view the entire footage: http://youtu.be/EeZvForbmbk

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Sandy on January 23rd, 2012

London, England’s dockland baptism records are now online at Findmypast.co.uk as follows: “We’ve just published 16,696 new London Docklands baptism records on findmypast.co.uk – excellent news for all of you with Docklands ancestors. Further details of these baptism records are as follows: St Dunstan, Stepney: 10,035 baptism entries spanning 1668-1679 Christchurch, Spitalfields: 6,661 baptism entries […]

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The disaster of the Costa Concordia will probably never be forgotten nor will the fact that the captain Franceso Schettino apparently abandoned the ship while there were still hundreds of people aboard. This included two newborns and four disabled people who were not rescued until 2 a.m. I’ve heard various different versions of the story […]

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Deceased Online the central database for UK burials and creations is an ever growing and useful site to use in your ancestral search. The following informational entry is written on the site. If you take time to explore you’ll find a lot more: “It has to be one of those really good pub quiz questions: […]

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The fact that the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,  is visiting Scotland speaks of a whole new world and a very exciting one for the pupils from all Edinburgh schools because they are going to have the Dalai Lama’s speech broadcast in their classrooms during his visit to the Capital. The enthusiasm can probably be […]

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This is an update on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). The Anti-SOPA support has grown to the point that President Obama has said that he would not support the bill as it currently stands. While being fully aware that the President will veto anything that’s not more narrowly focused, the House will start looking at […]

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Sandy on January 19th, 2012

Findmypast.co.uk has recently published the following 3,749 records by courtesy of the Cheshire Family History Society: “These records could provide essential new information for those of you with Cheshire ancestors. Further details are as follows: Type of records: Burials Number of records: 3,749 Date range: 1800-2002 Parish / place: Appleton The Cheshire Family History Society […]

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Many people don’t realize that Brightsolid is part of a very big organization. It’s actually owned by DC Thomson (the Thomson family), a huge and long established British company that can probably compared to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. DC Thomson has been in the publishing business for over  a 100 years. They publish The Courier […]

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My favorite research starting point Wikipedia has plans to black out its English language site for 24 hours in an effort to seek support against the proposed U.S anti-piracy legislation that will threaten the future of the Internet. Wikipedia is the highest profile name to join an ever growing protest starting midnight January 18 to […]

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An Antarctic search and rescue party discovered the tent of Captain Robert Scott and his two companions on November 12, 1912. They found the body of Scott wedged between those of his team members with the flaps of his sleeping bag and his coat open.  Lt. Henry Bowers and Dr. Edward Wilson lay covered in […]

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An article in today’s  Charlotte Observer  provides  theory but still no clear evidence about what happened to the H.L. Hunley a Confederate submarine (the  secret hope of the Confederacy) that sank near Charleston, South Carolina in 1864. The Hunley was the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship. The public will soon have […]

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On December 14, 1991, Sarah Yarborough arrived at her Seattle, Washington,  high school early so that she could catch the 9:30 a.m. bus to take her cheerleading team to an away competition. Sarah’s body was found at 9:15 a.m. near her school by a jogger only 150 feet away from her parked car. She had […]

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Sandy on January 12th, 2012

Ancestry.com has published a news release showing GOP candidates links to famous people  showing that for better or worse politics may be in your DNA: “As Americans prepare to cast their votes in the 2012 Republican Presidential primaries and caucuses starting January 3 in Iowa, Ancestry.com today announced that several key Republican presidential contenders have historic political […]

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In response to public outrage over their lapsed subscription policy 23andMe co-founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki has written a lengthy explanation on the company blog The Spittoon. I wrote about the situation in a recent article on SpittalStreet (click on the link to read the article). Great customer service is of equal importance to the bottom […]

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Okay, so were now in the second week of 2012 and your inbox has probably been filled with ideas for potential goals for the next twelve months. If you’re like the majority of people, administrative and clerical tasks are considered mundane chores in comparison with all the interesting research you do to find who or […]

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For folks who live in the area here’s some useful information about a free genealogy class at  the Lexington Library, North Carolina: “The Lexington Library, at 602 S. Main St., in Lexington, North Carolina, will hold a free class in beginning genealogy during the month of February. The class will be held from 6:30 to […]

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The much acclaimed serious Who Do You Think You Are? kicks off  season three on Friday, February 3 at 8 p.m. on NBC with a great line-up of celebrities to share details of their family research and what shaped their families. You can all learn from the expert genealogists from Ancestry.com who help with the […]

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The goal of SpittalStreet.com is to help people interested in their family history research and generate in interest in history with uncomplicated articles that might lead to further research. Genealogy in Time  has produced The Top 100 list of websites people access to search for their ancestors. Their research to evaluate which ones made the […]

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The following is a news release from Ancestry.com which shows an interesting and optimistic trend not only for Ancestry but also for enthusiastic family history researchers:   “PROVO, Utah, Jan. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, today reported that it ended the fourth quarter with 1,703,000 […]

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The following is an update from England’s findmypast.com that is guaranteed to reveal a lot of interesting surprises and some humor for family history researchers: “The final, missing column of data from the 1911 census, which details individuals’ infirmities is today released for the very first time at  www.findmypast.co.uk and www.1911census.co.uk, the family history websites which first […]

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We’re often told that the moment we’re born the end of live process begins. The same can be said for “The Last Supper” completed in 1498 by Leonardo da Vinci. As soon as the fresco was completed, it started to deteriorate. The famous painting has suffered over the centuries from human carelessness, humidity, pollution, a […]

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I’m writing about the Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, because I believe that libraries and the services they offer are, instead of diminishing in importance, actually increasing in importance as a resource for people who need them for the host of resources typically offered at libraries. This post refers to an article written by […]

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Sandy on January 3rd, 2012

Inhabited about 800 to 1000 years ago the Town Creek Indian Mound near Mount Gilead, North Carolina, may be one of the oldest villages in the area and is one of the most popular State Historic Sites in North Carolina. It was once a bustling place that contained homes, work areas and ceremonial buildings, built […]

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CeCe Moore who writes the Your Genetic Genealogist blog and Richard Hill of DNA Testing Adviser have both drawn attention to somewhat duplicitous Terms of Service (TOS) changes for v3 customers at well-known genetic testing company 23andMe. I would certainly take note of the censure since both Moore and Hill are known for giving sage advice […]

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