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Sandy on December 18th, 2013

I’d like to share the following article published in USA Today with a focus on blocking 23andMe from spreading awareness of the benefits of genetic testing. It’s suggested that the FDA is worried that by giving Americans more access to more information regarding their genomes they might get too much medical care. See below: “The […]

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Hot on the heels of yesterdays much talked about Twitter’s big public launch, an article in Forbes titled The Twitter Guide for Professionals Who ‘Just Don’t Get It’ written by Tim Maurer, provides some interesting context on what Twitter is all about. I actually do “get” the value of Twitter at the same time am […]

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Only a few years ago there were few concerns about future concerns of digital storage outside corporate and organizational records management. More and more we are seeing articles and blog posts about personal digital archiving trickling down from the institutional organizations to everyday personal digital concerns for family history researchers and others. FamilySearch.org has an […]

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I recently read an article in the Green Valley News online, written by genealogist Betty Lou Malesky.  The article is different and sometimes amusing, with a dash of reality, as compared to the many articles written on the subject of ancestral search and why we do it. People do have different reasons for taking up […]

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As most of us know New York City is the Big Apple of the Northeast. This wasn’t always the case. About 500  years ago (1500 and 1530) when Europeans were starting to visit the New World, a new settlement the size of Manhattan was established in Canada on the North Shore of Lake Ontario in […]

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The 1940 census has caused quite a stir in the genealogy and family history community. I’ve written about it several times with progress updates and I thought it has just about been covered by everyone.Wait up! there’s more. The fact that 1940 census has had amazing coverage in national publications is truly impressive. The best […]

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It was a big surprise to me to learn today that German submarines preyed on tankers on the east coast of the United States during WWII.  And, thanks to a touching human interest story, with interesting historical commentary, in today’s Charlotte Observer about a crew of British sailors who were buried in Ocracoke cemetery in […]

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Sandy on February 20th, 2012

Following a Wall Street Journal report that the Internet giant Google was bypassing the privacy settings of people who use Apple’s web browser Safari on phones and computers, three congressmen have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the problem . The lawmakers want to determine if Google’s action “constitutes a violation” of a privacy […]

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In response to public outrage over their lapsed subscription policy 23andMe co-founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki has written a lengthy explanation on the company blog The Spittoon. I wrote about the situation in a recent article on SpittalStreet (click on the link to read the article). Great customer service is of equal importance to the bottom […]

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I’ve just finished reading an amazing article in the Monterey County Weekly about a dedicated family historian’s 21-year quest to uncover his ancestors. His story starts out like many others, using the same popular resources that most of us are familiar with, but the results are astounding. Gary Carlsen was cleaning his attic in 1990 […]

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Sandy on March 27th, 2011

Dozens of graves have been found wedged between two northern Charlotte development areas and some residents wonder if the cemetery is the final resting place of slaves who worked in the areas farmland during the antebellum era. The grave markers are actually shaped rocks stuck in the ground have no inscriptions and they’re difficult to […]

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