“FamilySearch has added more than 7.3 million images this week from Austria, Brazil, China, Honduras, Luxembourg, Peru, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 5,766,135 images from the new U.S., Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620–1986, collection, the 337,367 images from the new Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841–1968, collection, and the 191,701 images from […]

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Sandy on May 30th, 2013

Knowing how to stay safe and secure online is a problem and most of us think it’s close to impossible. Whether you’re a Google user or not, or leery of Google’s methods, their new Good to Know site offers quick tips with simple and sound advice. Take a look at the valuable list of topics […]

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For Bill. According to reports, a sonar image captured off an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati could be the remains of Amelia Earhart’s plane Electra. She was was piloting the plane when she vanished on July 2, 1937, during her attempt to fly around the world at the equator. The […]

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On May 21 Dick Eastman published an article on in his blog  Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter about the political scandal brewing in Canada along with the resignation of Daniel Caron, head of the Library of Archives Canada (LAC) after billing taxpayers nearly $4,500 for personal Spanish lessons. Click on http://goo.gl/ll53g to read Mr. Eastman’s article. […]

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The following news release regarding the launch of the 1895 Valuation Rolls comes from ScotlandsPeople: “New records reveal a colourful picture of Victorian society in Scotland The names of more than two million Scots from the late Victorian age will be published today, as records of Scottish properties and their owners and occupiers in 1895 […]

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Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your service. “…the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.”  

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In case you haven’t noticed, genealogical research is very expensive. In today’s environment when people really need to get something for free,  I’ve taken a look several sites that will certainly help you get started: I haven’t prioritized them in a numbered list because they’re all useful for different reasons. I’ll be researching some more […]

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“Washington, DC…On Friday, October 11, 2013, the National Archives will unveil a new exhibition, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.” The exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of […]

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Memorial Day in the US is May 27, and millions of Americans will remember the men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. MyHertige is providing free access to its database on May 27 through May 28 as follows: “In honor of this special day, we are proud to provide free […]

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What a deal for David Karp! Tumblr made 13 million last year and Yahoo just acquired the company for 1.1 million dollars. This grand purchase  is an effort to attract younger users and bring Yahoo back from the edge of the abyss. We are told that nothing will change at Tumblr, they are not turning […]

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Google recently celebrated Earth Day by releasing Google Earth 7.1 with some great new features. The first of three interesting areas is actually mentioned in my previous post, Marvel Comics Dazzler character’s checkered career—her talent is now a reality.  The most notable feature with version 7.1 is Leap Motion support where you navigate Google Earth […]

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Marvel Comics super heroine Dazzler (Alison Blair) is usually associated with the X-Men first appearing in Uncanny X-Men in 1980. As a mutant with the ability to convert sound vibrations into light and energy beams, Dazzler was originally developed as a cross-promotional, multi-media creation between Casablanca Records and Marvel Comics but the association was dropped […]

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The following press release comes from global family history network MyHeritage announcing a technology breakthrough that turns brick-walls into new leads: “PROVO, Utah & TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 13, 2013– MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced the launch of Record Detective(TM), the first technology of its kind to automatically extend the paper trail […]

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Genes make up only 2 percent of the human genome, and researchers have argued in recent years that the remaining 98 percent may play some hidden, useful role. Apparently in the plant world, junk DNA really is just junk. While the findings published in the Journal of Nature yesterday May 12 do concern a carnivorous […]

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I’ve often said during the light-hearted conversation on the subject of eccentricity, “It depends, of course, on ones definition of normal.” Do you have your share of nuts on your family tree? Christopher Guest pioneered the “mockumentary” on film and his latest comedy Family Tree, which starts tomorrow, promises to be entertaining and filled with […]

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Some up-to-date news from ScotlandsPeople: “The University of Edinburgh is looking to create an online archive that contains stories told by Scots-Italians about Italian emigration to ‘Scozia’.  This exciting project will be organised by Professor Federica Pedriali, who is the director of the ‘Italo Scots Research Cluster’ at the university. Although Scots-Italians are one of the oldest […]

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Sandy on May 5th, 2013

Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) is a considered a minor holiday in Mexico, but in the United States it has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. As part of my after the day job, I taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to adult immigrants. My students loved to discuss the history […]

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Technology affects every aspect of our society and according to the Brookings Institution the most productive periods in the United States occurred during the early 20th century and the Great Depression. Patents are the DNA of inventions, and the most patents (per capita) were registered in 1883, 1885, 1890, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1931, 1932 2010 […]

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The following is a press release from MyHeritage via Geneabloggers.com: “PROVO, Utah & TEL AVIV, Israel – May 1, 2013: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced that it has added the entire collection of U.S. Federal Censuses conducted each decade from 1790 to 1930 to its growing database of billions of historical records.  […]

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FamilySearch.org made big news last month when it re-launched a new website. The result as in any other upgrade is confusion among many users. This includes its online trees program with an empahsise on the new photo and story uploading features plus very nice looking fan chart. What you might want to consider is Family […]

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