has an impressive database of wills. Wills are a terrific source of information before the census started in 1841 and make it easy to find your ancestors. They uncover relationships that you may never have thought to look for. See below to understand the potential value of this type of information from “Wills […]

Continue reading about Oxford Wills 1516-1857: Free indexes! View the images online says: “Early this morning the World Archives Project community achieved a huge milestone- 100,000,000 records keyed! The record count started in June 2008 and we reached 100,000,000 records early this morning. The 166 indexes created through the World Archives Project are free for anyone to search. If you would like to join our community of contributors and play […]

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Sandy on April 29th, 2013

Deceased Online is a wonderful database with new records added on a regular basis. Unfortunately, as of April 22nd they have had to raise the rates:  “For over 4 years we have managed to keep our document viewing prices fixed at a low rate, even reducing some of them. Unfortunately, due to increased costs, we […]

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The Peace Corps program in the United States was established by an Executive Order issued by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961, and authorized by Congress on March, 1961. Australia, under the heading of “External Affairs”, administered an organization similar to the Peace Corps. As part of this arrangement, Bill Wilson, a member […]

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Sandy on April 24th, 2013

I’m a huge fan of Superman and recently discovered that he has a fascinating history. The character was created by two Cleveland, Ohio, high school students, writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, in 1933. It was especially interesting to learn that Superman was originally created a bald clairvoyant villain disposed to world domination. The […]

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ScotlandsPeople says: All the statutory birth, marriage, and death indexes for 2012 have been made searchable on the ScotlandsPeople website. By law, all births in Scotland have to be registered, and local authority registrars send the original register pages to the National Records of Scotland (NRS) for permanent preservation in paper form. NRS then arranges […]

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When we think of our ancestors who traveled here to North America and others who journeyed to Australia and New Zealand we are reminded of how brave they were. Although for folks in Scotland and Ireland in the1700s and 1800s the New World was likely worth the risk as well as for good people who […]

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One of the biggest surprises in the well-known ScotlandsDNA project is the fact that 10 per cent of Scottish men are directly descended from the Picts. The fate of the tribe of fierce and enigmatic people who fought with Rome’s legions has been historically surrounded in mystery and they were assumed to have simply disappeared. […]

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Sandy on April 18th, 2013

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). I’m a little late with this blog post since National Library Week is usually celebrated during the second week of April. Nevertheless I’d still like to remind everyone of the importance of our libraries as resources for […]

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The latest release from FamilySearch is as follows: FamilySearch has added 2.4 million indexed records and images this week from Brazil, German, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Peru, Ukraine, the United States, and Venezuela. Notable collection updates include the 1,033,852 images from the new Netherlands, Bibliothéque Wallonne Card Indexes from ca. 1500-1858, collection, and the 449,478 images […]

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Sandy on April 17th, 2013

It’s FREE. After completing a successful two-month beta program with power users, MyHeritage Family Tree Builder 7.0 has been released. It’s the latest version of the world’s most popular free genealogy software. This software is used by millions of people around the world and My Heritage says it’s the best version they’ve ever released. Family […]

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Sandy on April 16th, 2013

After announcing the launch of their new website a couple of months ago, the British Society of Genealogists website is now online. The news release is as follows: “The Society of Genealogists website   has been refreshed and rewritten. The Website contains all the information you would expect to find about the SoG and […]

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When it comes to advertisements, there’s a fine line between nuisance and blatant invasion of privacy. When they’re related to something you’re searching you might expect to see ads, but having them follow you around the web is definitely stepping out of line. Yes, your behavior is monitored. They track your behavior on the Web […]

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The latest press release form the United States National Archives and Records Administration regarding the FY 2014 budget is as follows: “Washington, DC April 10,2012, President Barack Obama sent to Congress his Fiscal Year 2014 budget request for the Federal Government, which includes $385.8 million for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The requested […]

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Sandy on April 10th, 2013

A little soul in the form of a cat took up residence in our back yard about a month ago. After a several weeks of giving her some tasty morsels, we discovered that she had been declawed, her vocal chords cut and left outside to fend for herself. Definitely abandoned and not feral. Sadly, in […]

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Although it may sound like the latest publicity trend, suspended coffee is definitely a heartwarming idea  first born in the cafes of Naples, Italy. The idea is for customers to be able to put down coffee money for a homeless person. A customer-in-need can then later ask if there is a “suspended coffee” available and […]

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The contents of America’s research libraries, archives, and museums will be launched online on April 18 and 19, 2013, by the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to all Americans—free of charge. It will eventually become available to the rest of the world. The news release from DPLA is as follows: “New York, NY / […]

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As part of an effort to create a library collection of George Washington’s favorite reading materials, two books belonging to Washington long held at the National Library of Scotland will soon be returned to Mt Vernon. Alex Salmond, the first minister of Scotland, will soon arrive in the United states to return them. The two […]

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On April 4, 1968, shortly after 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot on the second story balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King was in town to support a sanitation workers’ strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed […]

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The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has published the following announcement: “PRONI is pleased to announce the release of a new local and family history digital resource. In conjunction with FamilySearch, PRONI has digitised the Valuation Revision Books, 1864-1933. These are now available on the PRONI website. The application provides a fully searchable […]

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