Document preservation is serious business whether it be your own personal records or our National Archives. You might know, in comparison  to most of our efforts, the national archives wins hands-down. The following press release from the National Archives takes viewers inside their state-of-the-art preservation lab where you’ll see a series of videos which demonstrates […]

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Sandy on March 30th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the release of the 1940 on April 2 at 9:00 a.m. The only place you’ll find the entire online census is published in conjunction with genealogy company To help you get started, if you’d like to download a free guide on how to read the […]

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Sandy on March 29th, 2012

Having viewed this outstanding New York Public Library video on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter via a tip from a  newsletter reader Amy Gonigam, I just had to pass it along. I continue to support the opinion, if you discover your own family history it helps one to understand and appreciate those who came before. Solving the […]

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From crofts to castles you’ll  find a  fascinating snapshot of Scotland during the First World War and a major new family history resource as the Valuation Rolls of Scotland go online for the first time. The news release is as follows: “A detailed picture of wartime Scotland is revealed today with the release of details from […]

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Sandy on March 27th, 2012

Over a million baptism marriage and burial records dating back to 1538 are now available at This is the first time that images of original parish records from London’s Westminster are online. Additionally, the records can now be searched free of charge by visiting the Life Events (BMDs) section of Findmypast. The press release […]

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Sandy on March 26th, 2012

Joris Dik and his team of experts at the Delft University of Technology made the decision to use X-rays to examine a painting Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses on display in the Kroeller-Mueller Museum in the Netherlands. In the late1990s, X-rays were used to reveal an image, of two men wrestling, under the […]

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For me, this was the best to date. It’s the kind of family history that most people can expect to find. No extremes, but amazingly emotional for the Oscar winning actress. Helen Hunt cried when she visited her great-great-grandmother’s grave and said, “What she achieved has affected every generation. It’s such a big deal. She […]

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Sandy on March 23rd, 2012

Stirling Castle in Scotland has planned a wonderful list of events for the Easter holiday on the 7th and 8th of April. One of the items on the list that caught my eye was the visit of a 1,000 year old wizard, James IV’s personal alchemist, John Damian, who attempted to fly from the castle […]

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Sandy on March 21st, 2012

The 75th anniversary of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart has stimulated a new high-tech search for the lost pilot and her navigator. This time it’s with the support of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. There is evidence to support the idea that Earhart may have survived as a castaway on an island and the new […]

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The following is an interesting and useful press release I received from “Families Can Connect to the Bay State’s Historical Past Through Centuries of Birth, Marriage and Death Records Which Are Now Available Online For the First Time PROVO, UT, March 20, 2012 —, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced that […]

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Graduate of the Savannah College of Art and design Gary Daniels has recently announced the discovery of 2000 year old pottery in the state of Georgia. The highly decorated pottery known as Swift Creek Complicated Stamped started around 100 A.D. and continued on for several hundred years. The glyphs were noted as being similar in […]

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Sandy on March 19th, 2012

You may have read my recent post on this blog MyHeritage the world’s largest family genealogy network now offers DNA testing regarding the business move at MyHeritage to integrate their DNA database with the Family Tree DNA and a customer base of 62 million users. This means an expansion into new markets for the benefit of […]

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The Dublin probate records and marriage license index is now available on as follows:  “The vast majority of records in this database are index entries extracted from wills, letters of administration, acts of probate, marriage licences, and other records within the Diocese of Dublin. These indexes were included as appendices to two volumes (the […]

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Sandy on March 16th, 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!

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Sandy on March 16th, 2012

Crista Cowan writing on the blog offers some useful research tips  for people with a little or a lot of Irish in them as follows: “One in eight Americans claim Irish ancestry according to an American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2008. That works out to about 36 million people. […]

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I think this news is interesting, regardless of whether you believe in evolution or creationism. This latest study about the problems facing the current model of primate evolution will be of interest to everyone. Evolutionists have believed for a long time that modern primate species—humans too—are part of an evolutionary sequence that leads back to […]

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The Espresso Book Machine is an interesting piece of technology that produces a finished book in a matter of minutes.  Just recently the Brooklyn Public Library headquarters became one of about 70 locations to have one (bookstores too) where people can watch a book being made. I can imagine for a writer this could be […]

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The British National Archives has revised and made available for online research, the Manorial Documents Register for Gloucestershire, England. The records still have legal relevance today, safeguarding rights and defining privileges. They give wonderful insight into the lives of ordinary people in the Middle Ages. Records have been identified as far afield as Utah in […]

Continue reading about Updated Manorial Documents Register for Gloucestershire, England, available online has added 31 million new records this past week for the following countries: Argentina Canada Columbia, Czech Republic Dominican Republic Hungary Italy Micronesia New Zealand Peru Philippines Portugal Russia Additionally 24 million California birth records were added from 1905 to 1995. As a reminder these records can all be searched for free thanks to […]

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Inspirational Indian leader Mohandas Ghandi began a march to the sea in protest of the British monopoly on salt on March 12, 1930. It was the strongest act against British rule to date. Salt is a staple in the Indian diet and the Salt Acts prohibited Indians from collecting or selling salt and people were […]

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Sandy on March 12th, 2012

Informative blog Grow Your Own Family Tree says: “Ten million baptism, marriage, burial and parish chest records for the City of Westminster, dating back to 1538, are to be made available online. Find My Past UK has been awarded a digitisation contract by the City of Westminster Council and the Westminster Archives Centre. This will lead to […]

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Sandy on March 11th, 2012

Like the other islands in the Balearic Islands (Ibiza and Forentera)  just off the Spanish coast in the Mediterranean sea, the island of Majorca is a favored spot for vacationers  from the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, and the Scandinavian countries. I can tell you it’s a real gem. The latest information from DNA Consultants is […]

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Sandy on March 9th, 2012

On December 17, 2011,  I wrote an article Expect to pay more for your eBooks, one more consumer rip off to add to the list. My article points out that eBook readers could potentially expect to see rising costs of electronically published books. It reveals a price fixing strategy allegedly instigated by Apple that prevents […]

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If there is one thing that has made a definite impression on me during the last few years of indulging in my interest in history and family history research is that nothing is ever what it seems—well, maybe sometimes it is. I’ve known since I was a teenager that some Scottish history as written by […]

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I think the following blog post from Christa Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist, to mark National Women’s History Month on the Ancestry blog is informational, instructional and a good one to pass along, especially if you’re just starting your family history search. You can also view the Christa’s embedded video below: “Did you know that March is […]

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Sandy on March 5th, 2012

Grow Your Own Family Tree says: “Marriage licence bonds for the Diocese of Raphoe have been made available online. Find My Past Ireland has put online Raphoe marriage licence bonds covering the periods from 1710-55 and 1817-30. Find My Past says: “[The bonds] are extremely useful for those researching their Irish family history with ancestors from […]

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The World Memory Project has keyed more than one million records. All the records contain important information on individual victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution from children in Germany to Jewish victims at camps in Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. The information is available free of charge on and will help survivors and […]

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Sandy on March 2nd, 2012

On March 2, 1917 the people of Puerto Rico were granted citizenship through the Jones-Shafroth act signed by President Woodrow Wilson. Puerto Rico is located about 1000 miles southeast of Florida and less than 500 miles from the coast of South America. As part of the Treaty of Paris, nineteen years earlier in December 1898 […]

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This has been a big and impressive week for records release from If you have Welsh ancestors this is a great resource. See below: “We have just published almost 4 million Welsh parish registers on This is the first time that the complete Welsh parish baptism, marriage and death records have been published […]

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