Sandy on February 28th, 2013

FamilySearch keeps getting bigger and better and it all makes life more interesting from the end user’s point of view. The following is the latest news via the FamilySearch blog: “FamilySearch is pleased to announce that and Legacy Mobile are the new certified Tree Access applications for February 2013. TenGenChart and Legacy Mobile are […]

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Sandy on February 26th, 2013

There’s a scam out there that has been going on for a surprising number of years—probably around 30. The pitch comes from folks who claim to be following strict heraldic guidelines. For a nominal fee, they will provide detailed research and will mail out your family Coat of Arms or family crest, all with a […]

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Another useful and interesting free online resource comes to the web from Edinburgh Library and Information Services. It’s a great way to explore Scotland’s capital city’s past through stories, images and historical maps from the collections of libraries. This aggregate of resources is the largest collection of material about the Scottish capital city in the […]

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The following is a news release from regarding an innovative test new available to the general public providing analysis your genetic ethnicity, living relative matches, and further insight into family history research: “(PROVO, Utah) – February 21, 2013–, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the public availability of its AncestryDNA test to U.S. […]

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People of Medieval Scotland is a wonderful free resource that you might want to take a look at if you have Scottish ancestry or an interest in Scottish history. The database holds all information assembled about every individual involved in actions is Scotland from documentation written between the death of Malcolm III on 13 November […]

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After all the buzz, Microsoft is finally removing Hotmail and switching people to Outlook. The migration is expected to be completed by the early summer. Microsoft is hoping that Outlook will blow a hole in Gmail’s market dominance. This is really big considering there are about 350 million people still using Hotmail. Outlook’s myriad of […]

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Another interesting launch from Findmypast of a new  collection of historical criminal records from England and Wales from 1770–1934 as follows: “Today we launched our ‘Bad Boys’ collection – the largest collection of historical criminal records from England and Wales to be published online, in association with the National Archives (U.K.). Use the promotional code ‘criminal‘ for […]

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Built at the Continental Iron Works in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York, the USS Monitor (called the cheese box on a raft) was the first ironclad warship to be commissioned by the United Sates navy during the American Civil War. Her participation in the Battle of Hampton Roads on March 9, 1862, was […]

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FamilySearch has added 19 new collections as follows: “Included are 19 new collections: 7 from Napoli, Italy, 7 from the United States, 4 from Germany, and 1 from Netherlands. Among these collections are the United States Draper Manuscript Collection from 1740 to 1960 (more information can be found here), the Germany, Brandenburg, Bernau bei Berlin […]

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The following is the latest release of valuable new records from ScotlandsPlaces: “ScotlandsPlaces has now launched the Perthshire and Sutherland Ordnance Survey name books. Also recently release were the 18th century dog tax, cart tax, and carriage tax. Two more OS name books now available 15th February, 2013: ScotlandsPlaces has just released two more Ordnance […]

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Bill O’Reilly the anchor of The O’Reilly Factor along with Martin Dugard have authored the story of how one gunshot changed our country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America’s Civil War finally came to an end after a series frightening battles. President Abraham Lincoln’s terms for Robert E. Lee’s surrender […]

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Although the Catholic church regards the prophecy as a forgery, we are currently living in times where some  see the Irish Saint Malachy’s prophecy as so significant that it’s considered hindsight. St. Malachy was a 12th century Irish Archbishop of Armagh,  who predicted, from a prophetic vision, that the next Pope after Benedict will be […]

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Sandy on February 11th, 2013

In these days of difficult personal finances, I’ve been on the lookout for interesting free resources for genealogists. You might want to take note for the record that The Google + hangout is becoming increasingly popular and a very informational meeting place and I was very impressed by the amount of digitized newspapers for genealogical […]

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The latest FamilySearch news release is as follows: “FamilySearch added 8.5 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Included are 2,897,940 additional index records and images for the new New York State Census of 1855 collection, the 1,070,807 index records and images from the Texas Birth Certificates collection from 1903-1935, […]

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To celebrate the first anniversary of their DNA testing program, MyHertitage is offering significant discounts to make DNA tests more affordable for all their users. A year ago they teamed up with Family Tree DNA and from experience and research I think they are currently the best (FTDNA). See my original article click on: MyHeritage […]

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Sandy on February 8th, 2013

As an update to my blog post on the new collection of British newspapers I’m adding this link to their interesting podcast where you can listen to Josh Taylor discuss what you can expect with the collection. Click on British Newspapers at  to listen and learn more about it.

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The following news release comes from Findmypast: “Throughout the next 10 years, approximately 8,000 new pages will be digitized every day and every new addition will be included in existing subscriptions. The British have always had a particularly voracious appetite for newspapers, especially during the 19th century when nearly every town in the country had […]

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In addition to my blog post yesterday on the identification of the remains of Richard III of England, I’m adding a couple of videos regarding the role that DNA played in the amazing discovery. We have come so far in the science of DNA in the past couple of years I’m in awe of what […]

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Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley said today that the remains found beneath a social services car park in Leicester, England are “beyond reasonable doubt” the remains of Richard III the last Plantagenet King of England who was killed in battle in 1485. The remains bore the marks of ten injuries inflicted shortly before his death. It […]

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The Family History Library has a policy change for patrons requesting copies from the library in Salt Lake City, Utah, as follows: “Please note the following change in the policy for patrons who are requesting copies from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. All requests for information copied from films, book pages, […]

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New England town maps are more useful to genealogy researchers than county maps. now has maps showing each town and the town’s neighbors in New England , New York, and Canada. Thanks to Wiki contributors eventually maps will be clickable by town so a click on the map will take users to the page […]

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General William Lee Davidson died in combat against General Cornwallis February 1, 1781 On February 1, 1781, American Brigadier General Davidson died in combat attempting to prevent General Charles Cornwallis’ army from crossing the Catawba River in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. General William Lee Davidson, the son of Ulster-Scot Presbyterian immigrants to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The […]

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