Sandy on December 31st, 2012

Happy New Year! Enjoy Andre Rieu’s rendition:

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In Scotland the word Hogmanay is used to describe the New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31. The holiday is so important in Scotland that it tends to eclipse Christmas and gifts are given and received on New Year’s Eve. The custom of Hogmanay was mentioned in the Elgin, Scotland, records as “hagmonay” and is believed […]

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I’ve participated in several Legacy Family Tree Webinars and can recommend them as worthwhile, informative and professional. The list below outlines what’s available for 2013. There’s also a link at the bottom of this post where you can register: “January 2013 Successful On-site Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. 1/16 Best Internet Resources for East European Genealogy […]

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Sandy on December 27th, 2012 now has an App for Windows 8 offering a quick and easy way to view and share your family tree right from your desktop. The App was released into the new Windows Store during the first two weeks of this month and provides an attractive and innovated way to experience and display your tree. […]

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Sandy on December 24th, 2012


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This year an interesting pamphlet called Passages was included in the neat little plastic pack of handouts visitors receive as they enter the Christmas Village at Charlotte Motor Speedway. So what is Passages? It’s a 35,000 square-foot interactive multi -media  exhibition for adults and children currently in Charlotte, North Carolina. It features some of the […]

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Established in November 1989 the European Ethnological Research Centre (EERC) was established as a Charitable Trust with the primary concern being the promotion of research into the everyday life of the people of Scotland and across all levels of society. Originally based at the National Museums of Scotland in Edinburgh its research activities have been […]

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I’d like to share an article posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter about the U.S government’s national strategy for information sharing and the potential  threat to genealogists. Dick Eastman says: “I spent some time this morning reading through a new document released by the White House yesterday. The National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding […]

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Sixty years of Scottish Census records ranging from1841–1901 has now been published by family history website Genes Reunited. The news release is as follows: “ Scottish census records are an important resource for family historians interested in tracing their Scottish ancestry.  The newly added census collection allows people to uncover household transcriptions from 1841 to […]

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In case you didn’t receive the notice I’m passing this one along to readers. Family Tree DNA and MyHeritage are teaming up once again to offer  FTDNA members “a unique, limited time only discount on access to more than 4 billion historical records in MyHeritage’s specialized historical records collection – SuperSearch. SuperSearch is the perfect […]

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Eneclann is an award winning history and heritage company, based in the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Centre, Dublin, Ireland. Eneclann says: “In August 2012, the National Library of Ireland hosted the ’20×20′ lunchtime series of talks on Irish family history. Organised by Eneclann and Ancestor Network, the assembled experts included genealogists and broadcasters, librarians and […]

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Sandy on December 14th, 2012

This weekend only, if you’re a member of you can save on a DNA test. AncestryDNA is giving people the opportunity to purchase the new AncestryDNA test “at the $99 introductory price*. That’s a $30 savings!  This innovative, new way to research your family history ties directly into your existing account and leverages […]

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Sandy on December 13th, 2012

Would you believe, dairy farmers in Poland used clay strainers to turn cow’s milk into cheese 7000 years ago. That’s a long time ago when you consider our modern day calendar at 2012. There was a lot going on in medieval times. The earliest evidence to date of cheese-making began before people developed the ability […]

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Sandy on December 12th, 2012

A recent blog post on the Ancestry blog addressed a problem that most of us experience—how to clean up duplicates on your family tree. Situations such as a distant cousin who also appears as “Uncle George’s wife”. If you’d like to learn the simple process on how to clean up the duplicates, click on

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It seems a long time  since car owners were able to fix their own cars with  simple parts and even a home made device. I remember successfully starting my old Ford using a ball point pen to open the carburetor. These days we are only too well aware that computers control your car’s every function. […]

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The 2013 NGS Family history Conference is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas from 8–11 May, as follows: “Registration is now open for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference will take place 8–11 May 2013 at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. For additional information and to register […]

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Sandy on December 8th, 2012

Starting on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It coincides with late November or late December on the secular calendar. This year Hanukkah begins today, December 8, at sundown. It all began in 168 B.C.E. when the Jewish Temple was seized by […]

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Sandy on December 7th, 2012

At 7:55 a.m. December 7, 1941, a day that will live in infamy, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appeared out of the clouds above the island of Oahu, Hawaii. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at […]

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The following is a PRNewswire  release about the next phase of the National Geographic Genographic . The new stage of research harnesses powerful genetic technology to continue exploration of the historic pathways of human migration: “WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Geographic Society today announced the next phase of its Genographic Project — the […]

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Stonehenge is one of the world’s most enduring mysteries, one that every passing generation wants to solve and yet no one has been able to proffer any substantive conclusion. We still don’t know why ancient people, probably the Druids who were Celtic priests, built the enigmatic megaliths. Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire, England, and I, […]

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Sandy on December 4th, 2012

It’s hard to believe that text messaging has been around for 20 years and I’m just getting the hang of it. It’s also interesting to learn that the cultural revolution which started with texting did not begin in  high-tech Silicon valley. It actually came from an office in Newbury, Southern England. The message sent on […]

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Sandy on December 3rd, 2012 has published the following Instagram Facebook contest to celebrate the holidays. To access the contest you have to click “Like”: “As family historians, we always wish our ancestors had documented and passed down more. Especially around the holidays as I spend time with family, I think of my ancestors more than ever. What was […]

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