Sandy on January 30th, 2013

I’ve recently found a wonderful free digital magazine called Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy. It’s published by Irish Lives Remembered which is a free to join Genealogy Community. Each edition is has 70 pages, is interactive and created to enhance the research experience for anyone looking into their Irish heritage. It doesn’t matter if you’re a […]

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I’ve discussed the demise of the brick and mortar book stores a couple of times on this blog along with the lawsuits regarding price gouging in the world of eBook publishing. Barnes & Noble didn’t do well this year, including coming up short during the December sales. They are currently examining the reason for the […]

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Sandy on January 28th, 2013

The following news release from brightsolid is about the launch of the 1905 Valuation Rolls on the ScotlandsPeople website. Images, case studies, background information and statistics for this launch can all be accessed at the ScotlandsPeople Media Website on January 31. The case studies contain interesting and quirky stories about famous Scots who appear in […]

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has an updated and improved Genealogy website which includes a new “Genealogy Notebook” section that’s a gateway to the history of the service providing research guidance, records requests and other useful services, such as: Providing help to researchers to avoid errors casting them extra time and money Ensuring […]

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In addition to my previous biographical post on Robert Burns, I’d like to share the wonderful 1932 rendition by Peter Dawson of “The “Star O’ Rabbie Burns” often sung at a Burns Supper. The words are printed below : THE STAR O’ RABBIE BURNS  There is a star whose beaming ray Is shed on ev’ry […]

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Sandy on January 25th, 2013

On, January 25th every year Scots all over the world gather to celebrate the birth of Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796). Robert Burns, born in Alloway, Ayreshire, Scotland, is also known as the Ploughman Poet.  His popularity back then (and now) is probably due to the fact that he wrote […]

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Findmypast Ireland will allow free access tomorrow to honor Irish Family Family History Day. TA joint venture with Eneclann, and the Findmypast (brightsolid) network that started in the UK has now spread to the United States, Australia and New Zealand, Findmypast Ireland, online has records dating from the mid-1800s to the late 1950s. This is […]

Continue reading about offers free access to in honor of its first Irish Family History Day has added two sets of records this month, the UK Civil Divorce Records 1858–1911 and UK, Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1911and UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960. The details are as follows: “Historical Background Divorce in the UK changed in 1858 when the 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act took effect. Among other things, this law removed divorce […]

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Sandy on January 21st, 2013

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Sandy on January 18th, 2013

The Department of Human Services in Albert Lea, Minnesota is planning to digitize about five million pages worth of old adoption records, some from the late 19th Century. As we know, with all the resources available these days, looking into your past has become one of our favorite pastimes. It’s not quite so simple for […]

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RootsTech 2013 is shaping up to be a memorable event. This year Story@Home is offering a two-day conference during the event with workshops and performances by award-winning storytellers, performers, and speakers will help you explore ways to use the power of story in your home. “RootsTech is a unique conference focused on helping individuals learn […]

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The following news announcing the resignation of Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior,  was delivered to my in-box today: “WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that he will return to his home state of Colorado, having fulfilled his promise to President Obama to serve four years as Secretary. Secretary Salazar has informed […]

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Sandy on January 14th, 2013

After some bad publicity circulated about AncestryDNA, it looks as though the company is making progress moving things in the right direction. The company reporting that their autosomal DNA test is one of the best on the market and they are continuing to improved their ethnicity prediction models by deciphering the unique language of the […]

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The following is a news release from the Department of Veterans affairs on their partnership with Ancestry. com to index historic burial records: “WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has partnered with the internet-based genealogy research firm to bring burial records from historic national cemetery ledgers into the digital age.  The effort will […]

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The recently released mobile app from MyHeritage version 2.0 has some great new features that enable the user to build and edit their own family tree, add and share information, and have it all at your fingertips anywhere you decided to go. It’s available for iPad, iPhone, and Android smartphones  and tablets in 32 languages.  […]

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The British National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and for England and Wales.  They are the guardians of some  iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. This year the UK National Archives will begin the move towards releasing records when they are 20 years old instead of 30. […]

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There’s a newly launched gadget on the market which tracks your luggage during a trip that should allay some of the lost buggage fears every time you check one in at the airport. It’s called the Trakdot Luggage Tracker from GlobaTrac LLC and acts like a homing beacon to monitor and locate your bags anywhere […]

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Sandy on January 7th, 2013

John Meacham’s book, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, is amazing. It’s a brilliant biography, of a great president, politician, an extremely complex personality and a multidimensional thinker. Thomas Jefferson was a man who hated confrontation but still able to move men and collect and distribute ideas. He learned from his mistakes and through his […]

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I’ve written several times that any database implementation as large as would take time—lots of it. Family Search has a lot to offer free of charge. The latest news is the update of their search process with two new features to help user focus their search to achieve meaningful results. One is to restrict […]

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Sandy on January 3rd, 2013

Family Tree Magazine says: “Tracking down state-level genealogy records—births, marriages, deaths and more—can be exhausting work, but each year it gets easier and easier as more state historical societies and archives digitize collections and post them online for you to browse or search. They’re also offering more indexes, guides and other tools to help you […]

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Scientists have analyzed rocks from Western Australia and discovered traces of bacteria that might have existed 3.49 billion years ago—a mere billion years after our planet formed. If the find upholds the scrutiny that usually faces claims of fossils this old, it could move scientists one step closer to understanding the first chapters of life […]

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For people looking for Scottish Ancestors ScotlandsPeople has now released the following BMDs for 1912, 1937, and 1962: “Images from statutory register of births for 1912, the statutory register of marriages for 1937 and the statutory register of deaths for 1962 are now available to view on the ScotlandsPeople website. We hope that you enjoy […]

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