I’d like to pass along the most recent entry on the Federation of Genealogical Societies  blog written by Thomas MacEntee, who once again informs genealogists and family historians that their access to records is once again threatened. This time it’s the proposed legislation that would eliminate the New York City Department of Records and Information […]

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Findmypast says: “Search for your ancestors in 74,000 new Manchester military records on findmypast.co.uk This exciting release comprises two sets of records: Manchester City Battalions and Manchester Roll of Honour. Manchester City Battalions Search around 11,000 records of men who served with the so-called ‘Manchester Pals’ battalions: the 16th (Service) Battalion, The Manchester Regiment to […]

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On February 28, 1953, two scientists at Cambridge University, England,  James Watson and Frances Crick, announced that they had discovered the double-helix structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)—the molecule containing the human genes. DNA was actually discovered back in 1869, but its inheritance genetics wasn’t demonstrated until 1943. This clearly illustrates the baby steps taken during […]

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Sandy on February 27th, 2012

My cousin who lives in Australia emailed me an amazing link to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. The gallery which originally opened in 1889 was closed from 2009 to 2011 for a major renovation. This refurbishment included the improvement of a frieze that goes around the Main Hall of the […]

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Sandy on February 26th, 2012

What people haven’t been able to locate on the new FamilySearch.org site is the International Genealogical Index (IGI). This has been a problem and some of us have ditched the new in favor of the familiar old user friendly site. So where is the IGI? According to FamilySearch the IGI consisted of two types of […]

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Sandy on February 24th, 2012

Point-and-shoot cameras are usually wonderful low budget friendly cameras. Last year, I bought a Kodak Easy Share 14 megapixel camera for on-the-go family fun and for photographing documents at the local library or family history center, without having to go through the scanner routine. The fact is that my $79 camera did a remarkably fine […]

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Sandy on February 24th, 2012

Findmypast.co.uk says: “You can now search 359,000 records of Merchant Navy Seamen for the period 1835-1857 on findmypast.co.uk We have made these 19th century Merchant Navy records available online for the first time, working in association with The National Archives. From 1835, the central government started to monitor a potential reserve ofsailors for the Royal […]

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We’re all aware that privacy has become increasingly important and during these days of the Internet where a disturbing amount of information is available online—whether accurate or not and usually not. Today, Ancestry.com is taking extra measures to make sure that your data online at Ancestry is protected. To this end they have published a […]

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Sandy on February 23rd, 2012

New Records have been released by the British Security Service (MI5) to the British National Archives that includes files on Charlie Chaplin (famous silent screen comic), as well as double-agent Folkert Van Koutrik. There is also information about details of a Nazi plan to produce counterfeit British banknotes. This release contains 86 files, which brings […]

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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced that the 1940 census will be available on April 2, 2012 and will be online at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern). This is an official website of NARA in partnership with Archives.com. The link to the site will be: 1940Census.archives.gov Click on the video below to watch the […]

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On February 16, 2012, MyHeritage, perhaps the most popular family network on the web, took a giant step into the world of DNA testing. To this end My Heritage has partnered with FamilyTreeDNA for analysis. FamilyTree DNA is the global leader in genetic genealogy and has amassed the world’s largest DNA database–reportedly the best for DNA […]

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Sandy on February 21st, 2012

Alan Stewart’s Grow Your Own Family Tree says: “The Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF) has sent information about new online baptism records and other information. The UHF has sent the following information: Belfast baptisms The first batch of new family records for 2012 are now online. The UHF has added over 12,000 baptism records between 1900 and 1924 […]

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GenealogyInTime has an interesting article highlighting some Google search tips. You may have read my article on the trouble at Google with privacy laws and their recent privacy change, which will negatively impact your genealogy research. As you’ve probably heard by now that the information from Google+, Chrome,and Gmail is now being used to affect […]

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Sandy on February 20th, 2012

Following a Wall Street Journal report that the Internet giant Google was bypassing the privacy settings of people who use Apple’s web browser Safari on phones and computers, three congressmen have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the problem . The lawmakers want to determine if Google’s action “constitutes a violation” of a privacy […]

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If you’ve paid an excessive amount of money for birth, marriage, or death certificates (BMDs) you may have been fooled into believing you were placing your order through the GRO when in fact you were purchasing from an unofficial third party website. The latest news from the British Identity and Passport Service, which is responsible […]

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Ancestry.com  has a searchable database containing the names, birth year and place, educational achievement and other information about Japanese Americans who were in internment camps during WWII. The database “contains images of a collection of documents from 10 Japanese-American internment camps of World War II as follows: 

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Sandy on February 15th, 2012

In my last post on the proposed complete shutdown of SSDI by The House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security, I wrote about STOP ID THEFT NOW—Genealogy Community responds to efforts to remove access to Social Security Death Index and Other Records. I’d like to pass along the latest update posted on the […]

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The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is cracking down, with good reason, on folks recording presentations at the NGS Family History Conference. Without prior written permission, the NGS will not allow “audio recordings, still photograph, video recordings, or written transcripts”. You can still communicate via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or blog at the conferences, but only to […]

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The British National Archives is now offering researchers the ability to download the Royal Naval Seaman service records. It’s another resource to add to your list of places to look for your ancestors.  I can  recommend this database because I was lucky enough to find someone to add to my family history records online from […]

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is preparing to introduce a new cloud-based storage service called Google Drive, which is a potential rebrand of Google documents. Expectations are set for the Google Drive to rival the very popular cloud storage provider Dropbox,Inc. Google currently provides ample storage space of emails and attachments, but Google Drive will […]

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The Tax valuation records for the Royal Burgh of Perthshire, Scotland to from the mid-17th century to the end of the 19th century are now online at Ancestry.co.uk. You can find 350 years of cess (land tax), stent and valuation rolls online The valuation rolls which run from 1885-1988 contain more information than the cess […]

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Sandy on February 11th, 2012

Bonnie Ware is an Australian hospice nurse spent several years counseling and taking care of patients during the last 12 weeks of their lives. The book discusses the amazing clarity of vision that people have at the end of their lives and writes about how we can learn from their wisdom. Ware shared the dying […]

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Plans are in the works for The National Library of Wales in conjunction with Welsh Library and archives to digitize First World War records.  I’ve decided to pass along the following information from Alan Stewart’s UK and Ireland genealogy news blog Grow Your Own Family Tree: “The National Library of Wales, together with Welsh libraries […]

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February 7, marked the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens and I’ve seen reports of several productions to mark the occasion. The BBC You Tube video is a terrific cartoon and helps us get to know Dickens in a memorable way. Enjoy the video below:

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Beware! My personal opinion is voiced in this article. Here we go again. This is the most recent reported case of the theft of historical documents by a presidential historian and his assistant for profit.  Who would actually buy these artifacts and not realize that they were “hot” properties? Most of us have seen movies […]

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“The House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security is proposing to completely shut down use of the SSDI by genealogists as well as other industries such as banking and insurance that rely upon its information. Such an attempt is short-sighted and runs counter to the original purpose of the SSDI: to actually combat […]

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Former CEO at FamilySearch.org, Jay Verkler, said in a RootsTech speech that he believes 7 billion people will participate in family history 40 years from now.  This is not hard to believe—unlike the fad hobbies that come and go, family history search is gaining speed. We are now able to find so much genealogy information […]

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Sandy on February 6th, 2012

The Rootstech conference is likeley the most important conference to attend and discover emerging technologies and devices to improve your genealogy research. It’s packed with hands-on workshops and interactive presentations.  It’s all over now, but there’s always next year. FamilySearch.org has uploaded a collection of You Tube videos featuring commentary from Rootstech 2012 attendees and […]

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Sandy on February 6th, 2012

Giant strides have been made in the science of DNA in the past couple of years and it’s especially exciting for genealogists and family historians to know that the use of Autosomal biogeograpical markers (BGA) is rapidly becoming an everyday occurrence. You may already know that the Y chromosome is passed down from father to […]

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The premier episode of Who Do You Think You Are? which aired on Friday night didn’t disappoint . Celebrated actor Martin Sheen  (Ramon Estevez) was the first of the third season.  The fact that this is the third season speaks for itself. Martin Sheen has been arrested several times for his social activism and during […]

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Sandy on February 5th, 2012

Findmypast.co.uk says: “Search 38,269 new Lincolnshire parish marriage records for 76,538 people on findmypast.co.uk The records span the period 1699-1838 and will provide fresh information for those on the hunt for Lincolnshire ancestors. You can view the list of parishes and places these records cover (PDF) The Lincolnshire Family History Society provided findmypast.co.uk with these records, in association with […]

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Everyone in the U.S. is hyped with anticipation for the Super Bowl on Sunday. Go Giants! Many people don’t realize how the game evolved to became the phenomenon that it is today. When I learned that this American pastime was shaped by the military, it wasn’t a stretch to envision a violent north eastern college […]

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Having written about British genealogy company brightsolid (poet e.e. cummings would love the use of lower case “b”) a couple of times recently I’m not surprised to be tapping out another post. My last entry was about their sponsorship of the currently active Rootstech conference and their imminent plans to enter the genealogy market here in […]

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Sandy on February 1st, 2012

Some breaking news! Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission today for a $5 billing IPO. This will likely turn out to be the largest and most published Internet offering ever. It is hoped that this will breathe new life into the IPO and capital markets and generate millions of […]

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FamilySearch the famous free genealogical search engine is addressing problems users are having located their ancestor’s acutal record. It seems that the new (not so new anymore) search engine still has search problems. The undertaking to revamp the original system to a much more sophisticated database was huge and I can tell you that the […]

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