Until now, Mac users have been unable to participate in the Ancestry World Archives Project and would like to do so there is now a Mac version of the keying tool. If this is the first time you’re learning about this project the information below will help you to understand what it’s all about: “Have […]

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Sandy on September 28th, 2012

The following is a flash sale from Family Tree DNA and as the heading suggests you’ll need to be quick to catch it: “It seems every time we run a flash sale a few people e-mail us days later they were traveling, sick or just had not looked at their e-mails in time, so for […]

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Sandy on September 27th, 2012

Here’s a list of Genealogy and Family History Conferences from FamilySearch.org throughout the U.S. through the rest of the year. You can click on the links to the organizations to find out times, fees, classes, locations and more: “AAHGS  www.aahgs.org Place: Greensboro, North Carolina Date: 4-7 October 2012 Logan Utah FHC Conference www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Logan_Utah_Family_History_Center/Conference Place:  Logan, […]

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The idea of a Family History Information Standards Organization (FHISO) is a welcome one for many family historians who often stick with one group because technology platforms differ along with genealogy products and services. Uniform standards like those in other areas like the ISO (International Standards Organization) are becoming increasingly important. There are at least […]

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Today at sundown, is the beginning of the Day of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur (יוֹם כִּפּוּר or יום הכיפורים.) It’s the holiest and most solemn day of the year for the Jews and continues until nightfall tomorrow October 8th. The most heard greeting for the Jewish New Year season is “May your name […]

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Family Tree Maker 2012 has released a bonus batch of updates to improve your experience with the software. What they are saying is that this batch is so good they’re not to release a new version for 2013. If you already have Family Tree Maker 2012 you’ll find the following additions very useful. If you […]

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The Cuban Missile Crisis was a critical time 50 years ago and the National Archives and Records Administration and the JFK Library are marking the 50th Anniversary of the historic time with an exhibition “To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis”, which features items from both collections. The news release from NARA is […]

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Hot of the press! Microsoft has fixed the security bug in Internet Explorer that hackers exploited to attack customers. It was serious enough for the German government and security experts to urge people to temporarily stop using the browser. The vulnerability in Internet Explorer was identified by a security researcher in Luxemburg, when his system […]

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I stay up to date on a much of the current news on Bloomberg and Bloomgerg BusinessWeek. There are actually two headlines this week that are of interest to genealogists and historians. One in particular is this news story for fans of Who Do You Think You Are? who are disappointed over NBCs cancellation of […]

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Sandy on September 20th, 2012

I mentioned in a recent blog post that competition is always good among genealogy database vendors because of the constant pressure to stay ahead of the game. In that instance I was referring to Ancestry and brightsolid’s (lower case b) Findmypast.com, which has an ever increasing footprint  in the United States. The very popular Israel-based […]

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There are a lot of online articles about the recent discovery of a piece of papyrus written in Coptic that indicates Jesus had a wife.  I’ve decided to add my own blog post  to remind us that this type of discussion would not be permitted in some other religions. The fact that the information comes […]

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Origins.net offers access to exclusive British and Irish record collections dating back to the 13th century . As stated in their most recent newsletter, Origins has some of the most complete and accurate data on the Internet. The latest addition to the National Wills Index is the Lancashire Wills Index (1457-1748 & 1793-1812) and Surrey […]

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Sandy on September 16th, 2012

The last day for members of the public to stop by the Georgia State Archives will be on October 31, 2012. Georgia Secretary of state Brian Kemp announced on Thursday of this week that the state archives will be closed to general public walk-ins. This makes Georgia the only state without a place for the […]

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Magherafelt District Council has launched a new interactive website which includes a new online genealogy resource to provide accurate historical information both textual and photographic. The council opened a Tourist Information office 15 years ago and receives daily genealogy inquiries from all over the world so the goal is to have uploaded photographs and maps […]

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 The ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk website is celebrating  its 10th anniversary in September 2012. A copy of the news release follows: “Officially launched in mid-September 2002, ScotlandsPeople was one of the first genealogy sites to arrive on the web. The site now contains over 90 million digital records and corresponding images, and adds new sets of fully-searchable historical records […]

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It has been touted since July of this year that Ancestry.com is looking for a sale. The latest update reports Ancestry.com is putting pressure on buyout firms to sweeten their offers after a second round of bids last month. As yet, no deal has been made. As reported by Reuters on September 10, there are […]

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Sandy on September 11th, 2012

It has been eleven years since our country stood still. Today is a time to remember those who perished and those who still endure the emotional and physical effects of September 11, 2001:

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I’ve just finished a Scotsman newspaper article about ScotlandsDNA project, which started in 2011. The idea behind the project is to find out who the Scots are, more specifically who arrived there after the ice melted around 9,500BC. Scientists are making exponential gains in their quest to unlock the mysteries of DNA, so this sounds […]

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Ancestry.com has uploaded a huge amount of new data in the last couple of days. The list is impressive and easy to access. Although the majority of the data is in browse able book form instead of the typical easy to uses indexed records. They are, nevertheless, excellent sources of information for family historians and […]

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Beware! this article contains my personal opinion. According to the  experts, we are in danger of losing our digital history because it’s stored on ever changing technology that no longer has devices to read them. They are, of course referring floppy disks, CD’s, mobile phones, cameras, etc. Currently, we are already continually transferring information from […]

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It’s difficult for many people to fly around the country attending genealogy conferences. Family Tree University has a terrific solution for family historians and genealogists for folks who can’t travel everywhere. They’re hosting a Virtual Genealogy Conference where you’ll learn about strategies and resources to boost your research all from the comfort of your own […]

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Some interesting statistics have been picked out of the 2000 U.S. Census. The census was used to identify the top 10 ethnic ancestries in the country. For some reason it was a surprise to be that German was No.1at 15.2% followed by Irish at 10.8%. I personally thought it would be Irish because I lived […]

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Sandy on September 4th, 2012

Sponsored by Ancestry.com and Family Tree Magazine, The Genealogy Event is scheduled to take place on October 26th and October 27, at the Metropolitan Pavilion located at 18th Street and Avenue of the Americas in New York City.  It’s the only New York City even of its kind in 2012 and it  looks as though […]

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It comes as no surprise to me that the enthusiasm for family history is growing in the Hispanic community. In addition to my day job, I taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for 12 years two nights a week and, from my own personal experience, I’ve learned that family is the most important social […]

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The National Genalogical Society (NGS) very recently announced a new partnership with Funium owner of the Facebook game Family Village. Players will be able to explore their family trees by accessing NGS resources and research aids. I previously wrote about Family Village in my article Family Village new Facebook® Platform game now open to public. […]

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The Jersey Journal has an interesting article which serves to remind us that Universities are often great resources to get some genealogy research. The article highlights Rutgers University’s Special Collections and University Archives as one of those resources especially if you’re researching colonial New Jersey. Daniel Kline,  author of the article, has first-hand knowledge of […]

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