Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for the blockbuster 1939 movie was published June 30, 1936 Serious injuries forced Mitchell to quit her job as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal. Living in a small apartment with her second husband John R. Marsh,  Margaret found she […]

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Ancestry.com has added fully indexed online records on the 1940 census for the following six states: Colorado Ohio Pennsylvania Tennesee Vermont Virginia Completion of these indexes now provides search availability of over 39 million records in ten states and the District of Columbia

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On July 1st each year, Canadians celebrate Canada Day. On July 1,  1867, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada were united as a single country. The union was an outcome of the Constitution Act, which granted Canada a large measure of independence from England. Over the course of a century, Canada gradually […]

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Sandy on June 28th, 2012

During the last ice age, the sea level of our planet dropped and uncovered a vast land bridge between Asia and America This likely permitted the first bands of people to migrate from the Russian far east into what is now Alaska. When the glaciers receded, the new arrivals drove south to the Great Plains […]

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Sandy on June 28th, 2012

Findmypast has published 4,625 new parish records for Yorkshire, England: “Any of you with Yorkshire roots will want to search these records to see if they hold new information to add to your family tree. The Ryedale Family History Society provided findmypast.co.uk with these records, in association with the Federation of Family History Societies. See […]

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Popular family history and genealogy research website MyHeritage has a new search engine called SuperSearch, now in Beta, specifically to help researchers locate historical records. SuperSearch has been in development since early 2011 and MyHeritage says that it’s one of the most comprehensive products they’ve ever developed. It’s being touted as an exciting moment for […]

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Sandy on June 26th, 2012

Findmypast has just published 2 million new Welsh parish registers as follows: “These new records follow the first release of Welsh parish registers earlier this year. This is the first time that the complete Welsh parish baptism, marriage and death records have been made available online. You can now search 5,924,611 records of Church in Wales parish […]

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The inspiration for some of Shakespeare’s greatest work in the form of rare artefacts will be on display in a major new exhibition at the British Museum. There will be 190 exhibits in the showing, which include important paintings  from national and private collections The huge exhibit will feature The blockbuster show will feature 190 […]

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Sandy on June 25th, 2012

Ancestry.com says: “Recent research from Oxford University shows a wide range of genetic influences throughout the British Isles, hinting at a long history of invasions and settlement by groups from across the European continent throughout history. Now where have we heard that before? Oh, that’s right! AncestryDNA™ has seen similar results in the data from our […]

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Sandy on June 22nd, 2012

A year after mechanical engineer Gottlieb Daimler sold his first luxury gasoline-powered automobile to the sultan of Morocoo in 1899, he formed Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) in his hometown of Cannstatt, Germany. A prominent Austrian diplomat and businessman Emil Jellinek, was enthusiastic about the car and  ordered one from Daimler in 1897 but the 6-horsepower  2-cylinder engine […]

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New indexed records and digital images have been added to the FamilySearch.org database as follows: “FamilySearch published new, free records online for Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, England, Georgia, Indonesia, Italy, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. The 1940 US Census Community Project continues to progress […]

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I thought that this infographic from Frugal Dad via LinkedIn today is an interesting et cetera: “This infographic created by Jason at Frugal Dad shows that almost all media comes from the same six sources. That’s consolidated from 50 companies back in 1983. NOTE: This infographic is from last year and is missing some key transactions. GE does not […]

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ScotlandsPeople has posted the following announcement:  “We have changed the pricing and payment method for purchasing Wills & Testaments documents on the ScotlandsPeople website. Instead of purchasing a Will & Testament through a separate transaction, these documents can now be viewed using ScotlandsPeople credits. As an introductory offer we have also reduced the cost from £5 GBP […]

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Sandy on June 20th, 2012

Given our history, it’s really not hard to imagine that African Americans have a significant line-up European ancestors. However, it’s a lot more interesting and enlightening for each individual who is actually able to learn who they are through actual research and evidence of their family roots. Given the availability of research materials online it’s […]

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Findmypast.co.uk has just published 25,000 new records as follows: “We’ve just added more than 25,000 new Royal Household records to our collection: Establishment Lists for Master of the Household’s Department 1835-1924: 7,158 records Establishment Lists for the Royal Mews 1717-1924: 18,281 records The new records represent an addition to the Royal Household records we published earlier this […]

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Findmypast.co.uk has just published about 70,000 new parish records for Sheffield, England, as follows: “We’ve just published almost 70,000 new parish records for Sheffield on findmypast.co.uk The records span the vast period 1767 to 1986 and will be essential to anyone with ancestors from Sheffield. The Sheffield & District Family History Society provided findmypast.co.uk with these records, […]

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DNA analysis is making more progress with every day that passes and it’s easy to believe that we will soon be able to pinpoint our genetic ancestry with a clarity that would have seemed impossible only a handful of years ago. Genetics has already transformed many of our notions of ethnic identity to the point […]

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Beavers mate for life and according to Discovery News beavers are among the best dads in the animal kingdom. One beaver widower who lost his long-time mate called “Dad” lives in a Martinez, California beaver colony  was suddenly left with three young kits to care for when his partner died suddenly of an infection. They had previously raised […]

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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has recently published an updated Open Government Plan for 2012-2014 designed to guide their efforts “in transparency, participation, and collaboration”. Although I can’t agree with the transparency, participation, and collaboration mantra for all government organizations, I believe that NARA always puts its best foot forward. Unlike some other […]

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Sandy on June 15th, 2012

Here’s a timely reminder from Ancestry about free access  to War of 1812 records at Fold3: “On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain officially launching the War of 1812. In the 200 years since, it has become a forgotten war, perhaps best remembered by school children as when The Star-Spangled Bannerwas written. […]

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Sandy on June 15th, 2012

Prisoner of War records for WWI and WWII are now available for research at Findmypast as follows: “Search for your ancestors in new WWI and WWII Prisoner of War records published today on findmypast.co.uk These records hold vital information about men taken prisoner of war during both World Wars. Naval and Military Press provided findmypast.co.uk […]

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I very recently added a post to SpittalStreet.com about the sale of a vampire-slaying kit and decided to further the paranormal experience with a tale about ghost hunters in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Most people have had an unusual experience at least once in their lives and although I have never seen a ghost, I’m willing to […]

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The American Revolution Center, a non-partisan organization, owns an amazing collection of manuscripts, rare books, paintings, sculpture, textiles and weapons has now unveiled plans to build The Museum of the American Revolution, where the collection will be displayed as a living memorial. The collection is currently highlighted on their website listed below. The most recent […]

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Sandy on June 12th, 2012

FamilySearch.org says: “One of the most often used and impressive features ofFamilySearch.org is the massive collection of genealogy records. FamilySearch has the largest collection of genealogical collections in the world with billions of records available to the public free of charge. FamilySearch has recently released two new videos that discuss this massive collection of genealogical records. The […]

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Every time I try to move away from Google and try another method to research information or revisit an approach, I wind up returning to Google. The idea of trying another research channel was my response to the recent privacy issues aired as a result of Google’s method of collecting personal information. Google is it […]

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Sandy on June 11th, 2012

It’s amazing what fear of the unknown can conjure up. About to be put up for auction in Britain is an 1890s vampire-slaying kit described as “almost complete and in good condition” and expected to fetch up to $2,000. The vampire-slaying tools are housed in a blue velvet lined mahogany box with the inner cover […]

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Arlington National Cemetery will soon be the first national burial site to go digital via a smartphone app due to be on the market in the fall. With the power of GPS technology visitors will be able to more easily find loved ones buried in the cemetery. Also included is an online component which will […]

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Sandy on June 8th, 2012

A lot of us miss seeing and listening to brutally frank comments from Simon Cowell on American Idol. Let’s face it, the show hasn’t been quite the same since he picked up his marbles and moved on. Simon Cowell, one of the richest individuals in the world of entertainment, is the fourth post in Roy […]

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The DNA Consultants Blog is a great source of inspiration and information and yesterday’s post is an interesting read. Long before the days of DNA testing scientists, Thomas Jefferson and Constantine Rafinesque, demonstrated the genetic similarity between native Americans and Turkic peoples of the Altai region of southern Siberia. I thought the comment at the […]

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More than 7,500 new parish records for North West Kent are available at  findmypast.co.uk as follows: “Anyone with Kent ancestors will be keen to search the records for new details to add to their family tree. The North West Kent Family History Society provided findmypast.co.uk with these records, in association with the Federation of Family […]

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Shares of Ancestry.com rose today after a news report that the company is looking for a buyer. I’m not surprised—this is probably the best time to consider selling. According to the consistently reliable Bloomberg Ancestry.com “is weighing a sale and is working with Frank Quattrone’s Qatalyst Partners LLC to find buyers.” Although Ancestry is declining […]

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It’s amazing to know that 13.5 million people lived in New York in 1940. It was the country’s biggest state at that time and the census pages are chock full of fascinating folks. Ancestry.com has now just launched the 1940 U.S. Federal Census Index for the Empire State, which now joins the District of Columbia, […]

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The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree has gained in popularity during  the past four years. This year the conference is scheduled to take place in Burbank, from Friday, June 8th through Sunday, June 10th. There are two Pre-events scheduled on Thursday June 7, one Family History Writers Conference and two, the Tech-Track. They look like terrific events […]

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FamilySearch.org has reached a milestone with their 1940 Census project. To date 51.88% of the census has been indexed. It doesn’t mean that 50% of the census has a searchable index. Unfortunately end users won’t see that for a while. It has taken 2 months to reach the current status thanks to the legion of […]

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Fold3 is a subscription website that provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. It’s a very useful site for Historians, Family Historians, Researchers, Teachers and much more. For my readers who live outside the U.S. the Fold3 names is derived from […]

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The Scots have a rare humor when it comes to death and if you’ve heard some to the irreverent Scottish jokes about the subject you’d understand. Don’t get wrong my generation also had a healthy respect for the dead. We always enjoyed those visits to the cemetery on Sunday’s, which usually included a walk around […]

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The following press release from Ancestry.com gives details of U.S. Marine Corps activities during World War II and the Korean War. Many iconic celebrities are part of the collection, including: Ted Williams, Bea Arthur, accused JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, Steve McQueen, F. Lee Bailey, Gene Hackman, Dan Rather, Jim Lehrer, Harvey Keitel, Ed McMahon […]

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Sandy on June 1st, 2012

If you’ve ever wondered if any family member worked in the Royal Household or, you’ve heard someone in the know talk about it, Findmypast.co has added royal staff records to their ever growing database. The following news release includes a link where you search free of charge, but transcripts and scanned images of the original […]

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