The following announcement describes the new partnership between Findmypast.com and the Federations of Genealogical Society (FGS) with a plan to make records available to findmypast.com and create  a vital  revenue stream for local societies: “Findmypast.com, an international leader in online family history research, today announced a national partnership with Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) to […]

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Ancestry.com has a new version of their iPhone and iPad app. The entire app has a new look. The idea is to make the interaction with your family tree more like interacting with a map or a photo with the ability to pinch zooms in an out. Swiping moves the entire tree. The old version […]

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Sandy on August 28th, 2012

The following is a press release about Gale Genealogy Connect a new online resource for genealogical research: “FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the launch of Gale Genealogy Connect, a new online […]

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Sandy on August 27th, 2012

I remember very clearly while driving home from work on New York’s Long Island (August 27 1979), hearing the news on my car radio that Lord Louis Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, had been assassinated by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) terrorists. Mountbatten  was spending the day on his fishing boat Shadow V in […]

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Sandy on August 26th, 2012

I’ve been an enthusiastic subscriber to Dick Eastman’s Plus Edition for more than three years and have often wished that I could forward some of the articles to others. The following article Facing Up to the Long-term Future of Your Genealogy Society has been released so that more people could read it. Mr. Eastman does […]

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Every so often I like to upload a YouTube link or video to SpittalStreet.com. Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey is a classic and certainly one that people love to watch over and over. It’s certainly high on the list of my all-time favorite movies and I’ve lost count of the number of […]

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IT Outsourcing is the most cost-effective way for companies to hire qualified individuals (there are plenty of qualified individuals in the United States looking for work) for specific IT jobs without having to commit to the ever increasing costs of having an in-house team. It has been a controversial issue in the customer service industry […]

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I received the following notice from the National Genealogy Soctiety (NGS) today: “NGS is pleased to once again be a sponsor of RootsTech, to be held this year on 21–23 March 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Members of NGS can take advantage of an exclusive early registration that offers a $100 savings off the […]

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I’ll start by saying I know that the tap water in Scotland does taste different from the tap water in the United States and many other countries that I’ve visited through the years. There’s nothing like it. And, since I spent my formative years in Scotland I know this is true. I never needed a […]

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Sandy on August 21st, 2012

Beyond Amo, Amas, Amat: Latin for Genealogists, by Carolyn L. Barkley, is so useful  family historians and genealogists, I decided to share it, as is. The article originally appeared on the blog, www.genealogyandfamilyhistory.com on August 16, 2012, and is reprinted with permission as follows: “I attended junior and senior high school in the 1960s, a […]

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I recently read an article in the Green Valley News online, written by genealogist Betty Lou Malesky.  The article is different and sometimes amusing, with a dash of reality, as compared to the many articles written on the subject of ancestral search and why we do it. People do have different reasons for taking up […]

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There’s a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message—and a fine—supposedly from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is being swamped with complaints. The virus is called ‘Reveton Ransomware’, is designed to extort money from its victims. The following is a news release […]

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Sandy on August 18th, 2012

The following news release was published on NBCNews.com: “PROVO, Utah, Aug. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Archives.com, a leading family history website, for approximately $100 million in cash and assumed liabilities. “Archives.com is a great addition to the Ancestry.com family. It is a fast-growing […]

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Sandy on August 17th, 2012

With the 1940 U.S. census completed on Ancestry.com, you can search through all 134 million people in the census.  Now that this is done, Ancestry is working behind the scenes to make it even better and this includes the input from users of the mammoth database. In a huge effort to make the 1940 U.S. […]

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CastleGarden.org is a free resource and a great resource, not only for family historians and genealogists, but also for educators, students, and the interested public. It’s an educational project of The Battery Conservancy, offering access to an amazing database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820–1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 100 million […]

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The historic Old Bailey is the central criminal court for England and Wales named from the street on which it stands. The Old Bailey court building in central London is one of a number of buildings housing the Crown Court. This court still hears the most serious criminal cases for Greater London and exceptional cases […]

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Sandy on August 14th, 2012

Yahoo news reported the results of a new poll taken across the U.S., UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa has come up with a top 10 list of unfortunate names for towns. Toad Suck in Arkansas has been designated the “most unfortunate edging out Climax, Georgia, and Boring Oregon. According to genealogist, […]

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Sandy on August 14th, 2012

I learned at Tampa Bay Online about a librarian Mollie Lynch who has created a single resource for the many genealogy and history books that have been digitized and uploaded to the Internet. Lynch’s work opens a door to sites that we might not otherwise discover and well worth adding to your list of resources. […]

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Sandy on August 13th, 2012

Findmypast.co.uk has just published more than 181,000 records of every serviceman enlisted with the Royal Air Force when it was created on 1 April 1918 as follows. The records contain vital information about your RAF ancestors, such as: Job in the RAF (trade classification Rank Date and terms of enlistment Rate of pay The men […]

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The British National Archives says:  “Your views are very important to us and we want to hear them! Take our online survey now – your feedback will help us improve our website and online services. The survey is entirely anonymous and should only take five minutes to complete. Your responses will only be used for […]

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The 33rd Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference: Los Caminos del Rio is schedule to take place on South Padre Island, Texas, from October 11-14 and from the Agenda promises to be a great event. The event will feature informative speakers, tours, sightseeing and plenty of networking functions. The conference is held in a […]

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Sandy on August 10th, 2012

Findmypast.co.uk now has a large collection of prison ship records that include details about the prisoners as to the crime they committed and reports from their gaoler (jailer) as follows: “You can now search records for 8,900 prisoners held captive on prison ships, or hulks, on findmypast.co.uk Hulks were ships used as floating prisons – […]

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Documents classified “secret and confidential” usually makes us want to learn more. This is especially so with military records. Fold3 has confidential correspondence of the Navy from 1919-1927. That’s an interesting time-frame. Now you can review these formerly classified communications of the U.S. Navy during World War I, the immediate postwar years, and the first […]

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The National Archives has launched new online videos of its most popular genealogy “how to” workshops. The Know Your Records series is a “how to” in creation, content and use of records created by the federal government. The videos cover “hot topics” in genealogical research such as Civil War records, online resources and databases, etc. […]

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The following is a press release from the National Archives and Records Administration: “Washington, DC…The National Archives commemorates the War of 1812 bicentennial with a free display of a recently restored sail drawing of the USS Constitution created by sail maker Charles Ware in 1817. The drawing is on display today through Monday, September 3 […]

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After the initial articles and blog posts, nothing much has been said recently about the removal from public view of the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). With no hearings recently on Capitol Hill recently, one might wonder what they’ve been doing. Not much, unless it’s covert. Are we losing ground on SSDI? The recent article […]

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Fifty years ago today, movie actress Marilyn Monroe died in her home in Los Angeles. She was found on her bed lying nude face down, with a telephone in one hand.  There have been varies theories as to how she died. Some believe she was murdered and others believe she over-dozed on medication prescribed to […]

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Sandy on August 4th, 2012

Ancestry.com says: “Today is all about numbers. The first is 100, as in 100 percent of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census is now indexed. That means all 50 states are available to search to your heart’s content. Our indexing came up with 134,395,545 people counted. Most reports on the 1940 census give the U.S. population as 132 […]

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The following is a news release from Ancestry.com: “Research Connects First African-American President to First African Slave in the American Colonies PROVO, UTAH – July 30, 2012 – A research team from Ancestry.com (NASDAQ:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, has concluded that President Barack Obama is the 11thgreat-grandson of John Punch, the first […]

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Sandy on August 1st, 2012

Findmypast is offering a better deal for pay as you go credits as follows: “We’ve listened to your feedback and have changed the way our PayAsYouGo credits work to give you a better, fairer deal. Now, when you buy new credits on findmypast.co.uk, we’ll give your expired credits back to you, up to a maximum […]

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