Sandy on August 29th, 2014

Thank you Hezekiah Walker, this is the most inspiring Flash Mob I’ve ever seen. Visitor’s to this site will want to watch it more than once… Have a great Labor Day!

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FamilySearch has added more than 7.2 million indexed records and images to collections from Argentina, Germany, Jamaica, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,079 indexed records from the Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999, collection; the 2,522,767 indexed records and images from the United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014, collection; and the 852,481 […]

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Sandy on August 28th, 2014

Mr David Bayer, Holocaust survivor and volunteer at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington has just emailed the following notice inviting describing his own experience during the German invasion of Poland, invites us to Visit us online to learn more about the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II and to hear stories […]

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Although there are several Android apps that allow users to create custom filters and effects on their photos MIX, the new app by Camera360, is touted to be the best. It reportedly allow you to not only edit photos, it also enables users to create custom filters that can be saved and used again. Other Android apps like Litho […]

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The season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? airs tomorrow, August 27, at 9 pm Eastern/8 pm Central, on TLC. This episode will feature Minnie Driver as she sets out to learn about her secretive father and traces his career in the Royal Air Force during World War II. As many have learned […]

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Sandy on August 25th, 2014

Since newspaper items are extremely useful to family historians, I’d like to share the latest content update from Newspapers.com: “Since Newspapers.com is looking forward to attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in San Antonio, Texas, at the end of this month, we thought we’d get in the Lone Star spirit by highlighting our assortment of over […]

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The following article by the online National Review’s, Andrew Johnson, has reported that a Muslim women has taken issue with a sign advertising bacon at a Vermont diner. It does, however, make one wonder if the sign would be taken down if the person complaining happened to be Jewish (Jews don’t eat pork and we never hear […]

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The Independent has reported today August 24,2014 five days before his ninety-first birthday: “The veteran British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. He died at lunchtime on Sunday, his son told BBC News. Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s leading actors during the middle of the century, before becoming […]

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Sandy on August 24th, 2014

On August 25, 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon appears in the New York Sun newspaper. Known as “The Great Moon Hoax,” the articles were supposedly reprinted from the Edinburgh Journal of Science. The byline was Dr. Andrew Grant, described as a colleague […]

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We are now living in very difficult times and I know that it’s certainly not Gov. Perry’s fault. In it’s my personal opinion that he is a great candidate to lead our country out of these dark days. The opposition party, in my opinion is doing its typical dirty best to discredit him. I’ll be […]

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A Discovery article reports on the building of a database designed to store and give access to all human knowledge. The fully automated database is called Knowledge Vault and uses algorithms to turn raw dated gathered online into bite-sized chunks of data. The information will be readable to both machines and humans, or you might […]

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The following information from Fold3 will likely be of interest to all who enjoy a good mystery, including family historians and writers: “Like a good mystery? Then take a look through Fold3′s collection of old FBI Case Files. Written between 1908 and 1922 when the FBI was still just the Bureau of Investigation, these files document […]

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Sandy on August 20th, 2014

I often find these searches frustrating and decided to share the following article written by Trevor Hammond of Newspapers.com: “Newspapers.com is a valuable resource for locating your ancestors’ obituaries and death notices. Our indexed digital newspapers make the process much easier than sorting through hard copies or microfilm. Perhaps the most convenient way to find obituaries on […]

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Sandy on August 16th, 2014

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the “Wizard of Oz” premiere, the following press release from Ancestry.com informs the reader of a bewitching past is uncovered for “Wicked Witch of The West” character played by Margaret Hamilton; Emerald City creator Frank Baum and visitors Judy Garland, Ray Bolger and Jack Haley all have ancestral ties to the Emerald Isle.  See […]

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FamilySearch.org remains one of our best resources for family history research and it’s free. See below the learn about the latest additions to their database: “FamilySearch has added more than 5.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, New Zealand, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 375,900 indexedrecords from the Brazil, […]

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I can hardly believe eleven years have passed since the major power outage in the Eastern States. A difficult situation for all who experienced it, everyone should realize that our National Grid is vulnerable. The Shield Act H.R. 2417 explains what needs to be done to ensure our safety. Given the horrendous situations taking place […]

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The United Kingdom family history website Findmypast has added over 28,000 more Yorkshire parish records covering 9 parishes as follows: “The Wakefield and District baptisms contain 28,372 records comprised of transcripts of original parish registers made by the Wakefield and District Family History Society. Spanning the years 1622 to 1913, they add to Findmypast’s existing collection of […]

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Sandy on August 11th, 2014

Oscar-winning actor and comedic genius Robin Williams has died at age 63, as reported by police in Marin County, California. He brought joy and laughter to millions. The full statement is below: “On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 a.m, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and […]

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Sandy on August 11th, 2014

According to TechCrunch, Apple is getting ready for a big product announcement on September 9, and everything seems to be pointing to a new iPhone. The iPhone 6, as it’s being called in the press, is expected to deliver  a lot of changes over the iPhone 5s with its relatively modest updates compared to the iPhone 5. […]

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Is today’s situation infinitely worse? Think about then and now. In an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announced his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress […]

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A very useful announcement comes from the Society of Genealogists (SoG) as follows: ”We are delighted to announce that 10 of our most popular books are now available to buy as Kindle ebooks from Amazon. We hope to announce further ebook releases in the coming months but in the meantime, the first batch contains the […]

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Sandy on August 4th, 2014

August 24 and 25 marked the 200th anniversary of the British burning of Washington DC during the War of 1812. The entry below is from Fold3’s War of 1812 collection and is an interesting read: Prior to the burning, 4,500 British soldiers went up against 5,000 Americans (mostly militiamen) in a battle at Bladensburg, Maryland, just 4 miles northeast […]

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Sandy on August 4th, 2014

The British National Archives has launched a new interactive online map of WWI as follows: “To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, we are launching a new interactive online map: First World War: A global view. Using official records of the First World War from our collection, the map shows the […]

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At the very recent San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) Dark Horse Comics plan to launch the comic book Rebels, which “will explore the lives of soldiers, ordinary colonists, and the extraordinary men and women that lived and died during the Revolutionary War era.” The series was conceived by Brian Wood, and the art work will […]

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A reminder about this season’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” on TLC: “In the new season of TLC’s Emmy-nominated series “Who Do You Think You Are?”Ancestry.com researchers mined thousands of historical documents to help producers make new family history discoveries for an all-star line up of celebrities. The new season premieres tonight and will […]

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