MyHeritage is offering genealogy researchers free access to their records. See below: “Labor Day weekend is here – a time to celebrate the contributions made by workers from the labor movement. It’s also time for families to get together and enjoy the last bit of summer with barbecues, parades and reunions. In honor of the […]

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A press release from Ancestrycom: “PROVO, Utah, Aug. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Inc. (the “Company”), a wholly owned subsidiary of LLC, today announced that it has completed its offer to exchange (the “Exchange Offer”) up to $300,000,000 of its outstanding 11.00% Senior Notes due 2020 for up to $300,000,000 of its new […]

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Award winning actor Kevin Spacey gave a talk in Edinburgh, Scotland, making so much sense that I’ve decided to share it on this blog. The major message of the presentation was “…give people what they want, when they want it, in the form that they want it in, at a reasonable price and they’ll be […]

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Can you Imagine, a Canadian dentist Michael Zuk who purchased John Lennon’s molar in 2011 has reportedly begun sequencing Lennon’s DNA as the first step to creating a clone set out by scientists who propose to clone a woolly mammoth. Please do not do this! Although a clone would turn out looking like John Lennon. […]

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Sandy on August 23rd, 2013 has added 125 million new newspaper articles covering 1753-2012 from worldwide sources.  Newspaper articles are handy since they contain stories that ordinary records don’t have. They also help family historians to understand what was going on during the time their ancestor was alive. Full details of what this extensive record release is as follows: […]

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Millions of school records covering every region of England and Wales from 1870-1914 are going online. This will be a significant source of information for family historians. The following information was posted on the UK and Ireland Archives and Records Association (ARA) website: “Contracts have been signed by ARA and brightsolid after agreement was reached […]

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The following information comes from FamilySearch has recently added close to 1.5 million indexed records and images from Chile, Honduras, Jamaica, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 953,730 indexed records from the Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999, collection, the 242,722 indexed records and images from the U.S., Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, […]

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The following article appeared on Dick Eastman’s blog Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter today and serves as a warning to anyone considering hiring one an organization such as the one mentioned in the article to find missing or unknown heirs: “World Wide Genealogy Ltd (formerly Beneficiaries Ltd) of Reading, England, was convicted of 10 counts of […]

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Sandy on August 19th, 2013

Two hundred, searchable volumes covering  350 years of history have now been made available online at The news release is as follows: “Great news for those of you with Canadian relations! We’ve added 71,000 pages of books covering nearly 350 years of history from all corners of Canada to our World Collection including: Military […]

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Sandy on August 16th, 2013

TARDIS means “Time and Relative Dimension in Space”. It’s the time machine and spacecraft in the science fiction television program Dr. Who and all its spin-offs. When the program Dr. Who was first developed in 1963 by the BBC, I was watching and loving it and so was my dad. The story is about the […]

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The following is a press release from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): “Washington, DC…The National Archives marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with a featured display of an iconic image from the march, a special program and film screenings of THE MARCH, James Blue’s 1964 film […]

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Tonight at 9/8 central  “Who Do You Think You Are? is featuring  Zooey Deschanel  (New Girl).  Zooey journeys to Pennsylvania for to research her Quaker roots. If you aren’t able to watch or record the show, the episode will be available for viewing on the TLC website.

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Sandy on August 12th, 2013

Good news for Canadian genealogists and family historians.  Access has been granted to 1921 hand-written census data made available by last week thanks to the Library and Archives Canada. The release comes a few days before Statistics Canada will make public a final ste of data from the 2011 National Household Survey on August […]

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The “frying Pan” was the first electric lap steel guitar created by George Beauchamp in 1931 and manufactured by Rickenbacker Electro. The instrument earned its frying pan nickname because of its circular body and long neck. The acoustic guitar was a staple of American rural music in the early 20th century mainly in black rural […]

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I couldn’t let this one pass. The 47 story skyscraper in Spain set to be the tallest residential building in the European Union has an interesting problem that is causing a lot of red faces. Although there is an elevator reaching the 20th floor, floors 21 through 47 has a problem there’s no elevator and […]

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The latest press release from “PROVO, Utah, Aug. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, announced the appointment of Janice Chaffin and Brad Garlinghouse to the Company’s Operating Committee, increasing the Committee’s size to seven members. The Company has already reported these appointments in its Registration Statement […]

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Upfront with NGS has just kicked off a four part series on DNA testing and its genealogical uses. Although the first DNA tests were done in 1999, DNA testing for genealogy was still in its early stages it didn’t the consumer market place until a few years ago. And, according to the National Genealogic Society […]

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Sandy on August 3rd, 2013

Bessie Jones was born February 8, 1902, and died July 17, 1984. A gospel singer from Smithville, GA, she learned her songs from her grandfather a former slave born in Africa. Bessie was a founding member of the Georgia Sea Island Singers. Click on the video below to hear her sing—So Glad I’m Here: For […]

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One of my all-time favorite poems is Ozymandias. It was written by Percy Bysshe Shelly and first published in the British magazine The Examiner in 1818. The central theme of Ozymandias is the inevitable decline of all leaders, and of the empires they built, however mighty in their own time. English Romantic poet  was born on […]

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This is a terrific magazine and it’s free. The July issue (14th edition) of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy eMagazine is now available online to read or download free of charge from This edition is packed with 72 pages of family history resources and stories to help trace your Irish ancestors with a special focus […]

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FamilySearch has recently added more than 1.1 million images from Belgium, Nicaragua, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 379,887 index records and images from the U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1979, collection, the 301,441 index records and images from the U.S., North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762–1979, collection, and the 125,530 index […]

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