Sandy on November 30th, 2012

The following press release from Ancestry.com is about the launch of their new online newspaper website offering a high quality collection of digitized and completely searchable U.S. newspapers dating back centuries: “PROVO, Utah, Nov. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the launch of Newspapers.com, […]

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St. Andrews is the Patron Saint of Scotland and although widely celebrated on Novemer 30th in Scotland every year since the 6th century, St. Andrew’s Day isn’t recognized as a public holiday. There are about 40 million people throughout the world who claim Scottish descent, so you can well imagine that there’s a multitude of […]

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MyHeritage.com second only to Ancestry.com in the world of family history services, which helps people delve into their ancestry and connect with long-lost relatives has acquired Los Angles company Geni.com in an eight figure deal that combines cash and equity. The Israeli company did not disclose how much it paid for Los Angeles-based Geni.com but […]

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PRWeb consistently offers a diverse selection of press releases and this one is certainly a surprise. Many of us thought that “Bigfoot” was a mythical creature like the “Loch Ness Monster”. A team of scientists can apparently verify that a 5-year DNA study, under peer-review, confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species living […]

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As you will see from the newsletter below, there are great reasons to visit the ScotlandsPeople website. In this letter you can see, among others, a sample of the will of Lord Kelvin( 1824 to 1907). William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, was a Belfast, Northern Ireland, born British mathematical physicist and engineer, Lord Kelvin is […]

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Sandy on November 26th, 2012

Deceased Online  has added 13 cemeteries and burial grounds to the Scottish Memorial Inscriptions collection now available. These are  listed below together with location and earliest readable year. Site Name Earliest Readable Year New Calton Burial Ground, Edinburgh 1746 Invergarry Cemetery, Highlands 1957 Cromdale and Advie, Morayshire 1768 Old Monklands Cemetery 1632 Biggar Churchyard and […]

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Sandy on November 25th, 2012

If you do a lot of online research, the following book The Web Library: Building a World Class Personal Library with Free Web Resources, by Nicholas G. Tomaiuolo is a good one to own.  The content is broken-down into logical parts and well organized and is a good one to have at hand.  There is also […]

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Sandy on November 24th, 2012

Dallas star Larry Hagman has died at the age of 81. The actor, who was famed for playing J.R. Ewing on the hit show, died at a Dallas hospital on Friday after complications with his recent battle with throat cancer. He is survived by wife Maj, who he married in 1952. In 2008, Maj was […]

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Only a few years ago there were few concerns about future concerns of digital storage outside corporate and organizational records management. More and more we are seeing articles and blog posts about personal digital archiving trickling down from the institutional organizations to everyday personal digital concerns for family history researchers and others. FamilySearch.org has an […]

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Sandy on November 21st, 2012

Millions of people tuned in to the hit CBS primetime drama “Dallas” 32 years ago today to find out who shot J.R Ewing known as J.R, the one people loved to hate. J.R. had been shot on the season-ending episode the previous March, and probably stands as television’s most famous cliffhangers. I can’t think of […]

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Sandy on November 20th, 2012

Ancestry.com has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to make public documentation that goes beyond name, rank and regiment which reveals some interesting details some of the great figures in United States history,  from Abraham Lincoln’s cause of death to records of a jilted fiancé, Vivia Thomas, who went to great lengths to […]

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Sandy on November 19th, 2012

These days with increasing frequency, pundits and political candidates cite the Constitution of the United States as the legal backing for what should or what shouldn’t be done. Although many people studied the Constitution in school or college, we often need to be reminded about things we though it said and it doesn’t. Listed below […]

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Sandy on November 16th, 2012

Well, maybe. I’ve just come across a different kind of article. As the title suggest the author believes that the Sudoku puzzle is a good way to develop your genealogical skills—an interesting idea. If you’re not good at math don’t worry, don’t let the numbers fool you. You don’t need to be great at arithmetic. […]

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Sandy on November 15th, 2012

On November 15, 1867, the first stock ticker was unveiled in New York City. The event was a show stopper which made up-to-the-minute prices available to investors around the country. Up until that point information from the New York Stock Exchange, which opened its doors in 1792, traveled by mail or messenger. The ticker was […]

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Some of the most interesting articles can be found in unexpected places. This article on the Mayan  December 2012 prophecy was posted by a friend on Facebook. The past couple of weeks have certainly been difficult for the folks in New York and New Jersey and comments have been made about doomsday warnings and the […]

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The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) recently held the largest human genetics conference and exposition in the world. The 5-day event brought together some of the world’s top geneticists and over 6,000 attendees, which included a big lineup of top AncestryDNA scientists who shared some of their latest research and finding in the field […]

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Sandy on November 13th, 2012

In answer to requests from attendees at their 8th Annual Genetic Genealogy Conference, Family Tree DNA has started their year-end sale immediately. The deals are really good: New Kits Current Price SALE PRICE Y-DNA 37 $169 $119 Y-DNA 67 $268 $199 mtDNAPlus $159 $139 mtFullSequence (FMS) $299 $199 SuperDNA (Y-DNA 67 and mtFullSequence) $548 $398 […]

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Sandy on November 12th, 2012

Acer is reported to be launching a new 11.6-inch AC700 Chromebook. What is a Chromebook? It’s an internet connected laptop that doesn’t run Windows and instead uses Chrome OS a more powerful version of Google Chrome’s internet browser. There’s no storage and users will store in the cloud by using services like Dropbox or Google […]

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Sandy on November 11th, 2012

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Discovery is the British National Archives’ new catalog, which provides a more integrated and functional way to explore the collections. It has been designed to host, search and display the many different databases and datasets being held at the National Archives. There’s a newly updated version of Discovery  available. It is much improved.  The new […]

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Although we don’t hear as much about Genes Reunited as we hear about Ancestry.com and Findmypast, Genes Reunited has a huge database and recently released a large cache of military records to bring its collection to 8.5 million, including a 16 year old boy convicted for 7 years on the Prison ships for stealing cheese: […]

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The following is a news release from Scotland’s People: “From inmates of poorhouses to owners of mansions – a fascinating portrait of Scottish life during the early 20th Century and a major new family history resource A colourful picture of life in Scotland in the early 20th Century is revealed today, with the release of […]

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Sandy on November 5th, 2012

“Remember, Remember the 5th of November The Gun powder, Treason and Plot I know of no reason why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot.” Every year on November 5, is remembered in the United Kingdom. It’s known as Guy Fawkes Night, Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night. It’s a commemoration of […]

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With holiday shopping just around the corner, I’d like to share a list of Do’s and Don’ts to remind you that you need to be cognizant of online cyber crime predator’s who’d like to profit from your online shopping experience or banking transactions. This type of crime uses email, web sites, chat rooms or message […]

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Ancestry.com has revealed that actor George Clooney is related to Abraham Lincoln. If you’re interested in AbrahamLincoln himself, Ancestry.com is offering free access to more than 20,000 documents showcasing Lincoln’s life, his family tree and the most pivotal moments of his presidential career. The press release is as follows: “(PROVO, Utah) – November 1, 2012– […]

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In case you’re interested in the impossible task of predicting Tuesday’s election, the National Archives has launched new interactive Electoral College maps. Many people do not understand the significance of the Electoral College and often debate whether we should go with the popular vote. There are reasons why and the National Archives has also launched […]

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Sandy on November 1st, 2012

Origins.net says: “The first 25 of 176 Irish directories, covering the years 1636-1900, are now available for searching on www.origins.net. About Irish Directories: Ireland’s turbulent history not only affected those living in Ireland but also affects those of us researching Irish ancestors today. From the 12th century the English crown had a claim on Ireland […]

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