Genealogy

“Findmypast.co.uk has released over 290,000 new parish records going back the the sixteenth century covering Warwickshire, Sheffield, Suffolk and Rugby. The records provide essential plugs to gaps in the records and may prove vital in enabling you to trace your ancestors. Have a look at the detail in the table below: Church and type Number of […]

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Amy Sell of Findmypast.co.uk has released the following records: “WOMEN IN BUSINESS CELEBRATED IN NEWLY RELEASED RECORDS Fascinating Business Indexes released online Banned female author Radclyffe Hall of contentious novel The Well of Loneliness listed Celebrated British companies Cadburys, Barclays, Rolls Royce, Lyons, and Harrods all included Set against the backdrop of the early twentieth century, […]

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Sandy on July 14th, 2011

According to Richard Hill’s post on his DNA Testing Adviser web site: “DNA Heritage ceased operations in April 2011 and transferred existing customer results to Family Tree DNA. FTDNA has now announced the conversion program. The Y-DNA conversion to the basic 25-marker level is free. Existing DNA Heritage customers should click the link below and opt […]

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Sandy on July 14th, 2011

The following is an announcement from Findmypast.co.uk: “We are very proud to announce the launch of four sets of nineteenth and twentieth century military records to help enrich your family history. The records provide useful detail including attestation and leaving dates, achievements made in service and soldiers’ physical appearence. And, certainly in the case of the […]

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As a reminder, iOS is Apple’s mobile operating system originally developed for the iPhone it has been developed to support other Apple devices such as iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. It’s not available for Android. That said, this blog post is about the latest App for iOS the Wolfram Genealogy and History Research Assistant […]

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This post is not about an ancient Chinese dynasty it’s an amazing story of the genealogy of New York’s Wu-Tang Clan, an infamous organization with roots in Staten Island, New York.  It’s only one of the subcultures that arose as masses of Chinese and Southeast Asian immigrants flooded to New York in search of better lives. […]

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According to an article in the Guysborough Journal  the Guysborough Historical Society (GHS) has opened a new research center in thebasement of the Old Courthouse Museum. It’s available for use by visitors and locals for genealogical research. Easy and safe access to museum archives, books and records is available year-round. The GHS also hopes that […]

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Sandy on July 11th, 2011

On June 29, I blogged about Google+ challenges to Facebook in the realm of social networking and, as an old IT person I check to see what’s new in technology on a regular basis not only for my own benefit, but also to share technology  on SpittalStreet that might be of use to genealogists. According […]

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Two hundred and thirty-four years ago today, the independent state of New York elected its first governor, Brigadier General George Clinton. In addition to being New York’s longest-serving governor, he was also the longest-serving governor of the United States. Clinton held the post from 1777-1795 and again from 1801-1804. He was also elected to the […]

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Sandy on July 8th, 2011

FindMyPast.co.au says: “Today sees the world premiere of the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part two). It’s therefore very apt that this should also be the day that findmypast.co.uk discovers a wizard in the 1911 census! John Watkins Holden had been born in Worcester but was lodging at a house in […]

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Sandy on July 8th, 2011

Ancestry.com says: “If you haven’t visited FamilyTreeMaker.com recently, it’s time to take another look. Recently, Family Tree Maker launched its newly redesigned website with simplified navigation and more features to help you find answers to your questions. Here are a few highlights: A tour of the software shows some of the key features and tools available in […]

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The Maori’s of New Zealand wrote a collection of 19th century manuscripts recording their lives before the arrival of Europeans. These records have been officially listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World New Zealand register. UNESCO was established in 1945 by the United Nations to promote the exchange of ideas, information and culture. Found among […]

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The Japanese samurai warriors were members of the military class of pre-industrial Japan. By the end of the 12th century, the word samurai became almost synonymous with Bushido (the way of the warrior), the word was closely associated with the middle and upper echelons of the warrior class. Samurai used a wide range of weapons, […]

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Following a court-ordered search, an estimated $22 billion worth of gold, jewels and statues has been discovered in a southern India 16th century Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple. It’s the largest find of this type in India and there’s likely to be more. On Monday searchers started to unseal Section B of the vaults, a large space […]

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The National Archives has launched the new Discovery service, a search facility that will help you find, understand and their records. The service will eventually replace the Catalogue and incorporate paid-for services such as DocumentsOnline. “The Discovery service enables you to filter search results by subject, date and collection, and also introduces map-based searching. Millions of […]

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Sandy on July 6th, 2011

MyHeritige.com has posted information today about a new offering called Family Goals which permits families to split the bill on Premium and PremiumPlus subscriptions. This enables family members to chip in to cover the costs thus making family history research more affordable and, at the same time, encourage the wider family to become more connected […]

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When you make the decision to research your family tree you may want to ponder a while before you proceed, just to make sure that you’ll be able to accept what you uncover. People normally share stories about the good things of life or sad stories with happy endings, leaving out the shocking realities that […]

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Sandy on June 29th, 2011

Grow Your Own Family Tree says: “One of the most comprehensive records of the Irish 1916 Easter Rising has been released in a fully searchable structured index for the first time. The Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook was published by the Irish Times in 1917 and provides a fascinating insight into one of the most important […]

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Sandy on June 29th, 2011

I’ve seen many books on the origins and function of Freemasonry but started to think about it on a more personal level after re-reading my grandfather’s obituary, which included the fact that he was a member of two Masonic lodges. After making a couple of inquiries I was informed that because of the secrecy involved […]

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If you’ve been searching for an ancestor in the right place only to discover that you were looking in the wrong county, The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries could prove to be a great help. How often have you searched for an ancestor only to discover that although you were searching in the right place […]

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Up until a couple of years ago, the basic operations of our libraries hadn’t changed much since philanthropists like Andrew Carnegie donated more than $40,000,000 to build about 1,700 libraries in communities throughout the country. Now, the very existence of our libraries is threatened. Like many businesses, libraries all over the country—if they haven’t been […]

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Sandy on June 27th, 2011

The following post appeared on the Family Search blog. The FamilySearch.org website provides a continuing learning experience in genealogy and it’s free: “Those of Irish ancestry are well aware of Ireland’s turbulent, troubled history and costly fight for independence. Adding to Ireland’s painful saga was the bloody Irish Civil War fought between1922-1923. One of the […]

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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 June 24th, 2011

Findmypast.co.uk has just released a huge index and images of  WO96 militia records for 1806-1915. The records are a valuable resource for genealogy research.  See below: “We’ve just published over half a million Militia Service Records, covering 1806 to 1915, in association with The National Archives and in partnership with FamilySearch. This is the first time these records […]

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Sandy on June 24th, 2011

The following is an announcement from Ancestry.com “There is nothing like meeting and connecting with fellow genealogists. So mark your calendar and join Ancestry.com at the IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Washington, DC, August 14-19. This is the 31st year that IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies) has hosted this conference and we’re […]

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Sandy on June 23rd, 2011

The East India Company was created as a Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) . It has been said that without it the world would not be the same today. It changed the world’s tastes, it’s thinking and it’s people by creating new communities, trading places, and shaped countries and established […]

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Sandy on June 22nd, 2011

FindMyPast.co.uk says: “Adding to our British Army Service Records 1760-1915 collection, we have just published over 500,000 soliders’ records in our Militia service records 1806-1915. These records offer a rich source of information to the family historian, especially because attestation papers form a major part of this collection. Attestation refers to the papers drawn up upon […]

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Sandy on June 22nd, 2011

The publisher of WhitePages in Australia, Sensis, has noted the increasing popularity of non-Anglo surnames in the most populous state of Australia, New South Wales. And, the change is big. Apparently the Nguyens (pronounced Win or Wynne) are making good ground on the Joneses. Typical Aussie names like Smith, Jones and Brown are still leaders […]

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“The Brooklyn Historical Society’s four-story Queen Anne style building was completed in 1881 and was designed by architect George B. Post. Post’s bold use of extensive terra cotta ornamentation on the façade, and innovative truss system to support the ceiling of the central library, has long been revered by architectural historians.” Plans for interior renovations […]

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Sandy on June 20th, 2011

One of the world’s largest collections of historic books, pamphlets and periodicals housed at the British Library at, 96 Euston Road, London, are to be scanned by Google and made available on the Internet in a deal reached with Google. The deal is to scan 250,000 texts dating back to the 18th century will allow […]

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If, like me, you’ve been researching on FamilySearch.org for several years and have been accustomed to finding things on the old site and are struggling with the new interface, you’ll be happy to know that you can now search for historical records using batch numbers from the International Genealogical Index (IGI). What’s a Batch Number? […]

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Sandy on June 15th, 2011

Why I would think that backroom politics happened during the Tudor and Stuart Early Modern period beats me. The UK National Archives has made available online documents exposing backroom politics from 1509-1714 for academic research as follows: “The largest set of government documents from the Early Modern period is now available online for academic research. […]

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Ian Tester of findmypast says: “Hello – I’m Ian Tester, the Product Manager for findmypast, and I wanted to let you know about a neat little project we’re in the middle of to make your experience of searching records a little better. You may have noticed recently that small blue stars have started appearing next […]

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Sandy on June 13th, 2011

Today, forty years after they were first leaked, all 7000 pages of the Pentagon Papers are finally declassified and publicly released. They have been released in book form more than once. And, as it turns out, those texts were incomplete. Now that everything has been made public the papers can now be read in their […]

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The DNA test results for a family member have just come in and we’re amazed at the results. A few years ago, although I’d never considered it, I would have been wary of taking a DNA test. Because of the convincing security measures taken by the well-known testing services, there is probably more danger lurking […]

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Scotland’s Loch Ness monster was first written about in Adamnan’s Life of Columba, in which the missionary described how St. Columba persuaded a fierce sea creature to close its jaws and go in peace instead of devouring a  fellow monk. The first newspaper account of a sighting of the monster was not until 1933,when the […]

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Sandy on June 8th, 2011

The National Genealogical Society says: “The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the release of its newest American Genealogy Studies course, Introduction to Civil War Records,developed by renowned military expert Craig Roberts Scott, cg. Craig Roberts Scott is a nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher with more than thirty years’ experience. He is a member of […]

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Sandy on June 6th, 2011

I found this article  posted on Chris Paton’s blog Scotland’s Greatest Story today and by extension EOGN. I often read “The Scotsman” newspaper online and missed this one. The things people do never ceases to amaze me. “A member of the IT staff at the National Library of Scotland (www.nls.uk) has pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff […]

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Sandy on June 3rd, 2011

On the first Friday of June each year, National Doughnut Day is celebrated by the Salvation Army who created it in 1938 to honor the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Many doughnut stores in the United States offer free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day. In 2009, small doughnut vendors as […]

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Sandy on June 3rd, 2011

As of Monday, June 6th, when you make copies in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) research rooms in the Washington, area they will be printed on Windsor Blue paper. This is being done to help delineate which papers were copied on NARA equipment or printed at one of the public use PC printers […]

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Sandy on June 3rd, 2011

Last year’s New Zealand Family History Fair was a great success and over 1000 visitors enjoyed the event that included free access to Ancestry.com, Findmypast, The Genealogist, Footnote, My Heritage, World Vital Records, and FamilyRelatives. Quite a lineup. This year’s fair schedule to take place 26 – 27 August, at Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton […]

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Paula Hinkel, Director, Vice President at Southern California Genealogical Society. Co-Chair, Southern California Genealogy Jamboree has posted the following message on LinkedIn: “This is the last call for Jamboree pre-registration, which closes 11:59 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, June 1. This email will list links to all of the Jamboree activities in the SCGS online shopping cart. […]

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Sandy on June 2nd, 2011

The following is a news release from Generation Maps now renamed Family ChartMasters: “Cedar Hills, Utah. — June 1st, 2011 — Generation Maps, the leading genealogy chart printing service, announces today that it is changing its name to Family ChartMasters. “We’ve decided to rename in order to simplify and focus our message on exactly what […]

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Wow! my Google alert request actually provided me with current information. The National Library of Scotland (NLS) has invited people to have their say on their Gaelic Language Plan. When I was young, Scottish Gaelic was considered a dead language with only a few people still using it in the west highlands and islands. Although […]

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FindMyPast.co.uk says: “We have just published 42,291 new London Probate Index records on findmypast.co.uk Most of the records are from 1750 to 1858 – although we have around 70 records outside that date range – and they may prove very useful in providing more detail about London ancestors. The records come from the London Probate Index […]

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Deceased online says “A further 105,000 burial records for Aberdeen City have been added to the database. This is in addition to nearly 25,000 burial records for Scotland’s third largest city so this will increase the data size to almost 130,000. The new data is for St Peter’s Cemetery and Churchyard for the period 1830 […]

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Sandy on May 28th, 2011

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our nation. There are many stories about how it began and over 24 cities have laid claim to being the one to start it off. There is also evidence that women’s organized groups in the South were decorating graves before the end […]

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When archaeologists recovered the first anchor form the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge in shallow waters off the coast of North Carolina on Friday they determined that plans would need to be changed for further excavation and recovery of the rest of the 300-year-old artifacts located in the central part of the ship. […]

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The following is an announcement from Legacy about the 2012 genealogy cruise: “The 9th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held May 12-21, 2012, starts and ends in Oslo, Norway, and visits the following ports: Le Havre (Paris), France; Cherbourg, France; Dublin, Ireland; Liverpool, England; and Edinburgh, Scotland. We will sail on Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the […]

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Many genealogists and family historians are, like me, members of the professional social network LinkedIn. If you are, you’ll be disappointed to learn that LinkedIn is just one more major website with a serious security flaw that enables a hijacker to access user account without needing a password. It’s vulnerability is directly tied to the […]

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In the Fall (Autumn) of 2011, The British Newspaper Archive will digitize millions of pages of newspapers making them available online. The British Libraries newspaper collection is probably the best in the world and the collection will contain most of the runs of newspapers published in the UK since 1800. This could prove to be […]

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There’s going to be a six-month long party to commemoration the 150th anniversary of the laying the foundation stone of the Wallace Monument atop the Abbey Craig, which is actually located in the village of Causewayhead—part of historic Stirling, home to Scottish kings and queens. As the story goes, a committee was set up to […]

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How many times have you heard someone comment, “If you believe that I’ve got a bridge I can sell you…”  Needless to see there are several different versions of conveying the message but most of us who have spent time in New York, know that the bridge in question is the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn […]

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Sandy on May 22nd, 2011

VH1 is airing a genealogy theme on its production of VH1Rock Docs series that will certainly be popular with fans. The show premiers on 23 May 2011 and plans to start by exploring the ancestry of 50 Cent. To quote the summary on the VHW web site: “50 Cent has always been defined by the […]

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As reported in a Boston Phoenix article, Google informed its partners that its News Archive project would stop accepting, scanning and indexing microfilm and other archival material from newspapers. Google has instead decided to focus its energies on “newer projects that help the industry, such as Google One Pass, a platform that enables publishers to […]

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With the advent of the amazing and increasingly useful online genealogical resources, family historians have come to realize how important it is to keep up with the latest in technology. It’s with this in mind that I’m posting this very interesting news release from Ancestry.com: “PROVO, Utah, May 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. […]

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Sandy on May 19th, 2011

Family Historians are usually faced with the problem of preserving old photographs. Families old photograph’s, Family Tree University is offering a free 30-minute Photo Detective Live! webinar. The presentation is also available for download. Here’s the link: Watch the webinar and download the slides on FamilyTreeUniversity.com.  

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Findmypast.co.uk has a new and improved death records search–see below: “Easily find records of your ancestors’ deaths using findmypast.co.uk’s powerful new death records search Following the transformation of our births and marriages, we have revolutionised how you search for your ancestors’ death records. When you search, you will be presented with a list of individual names – […]

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Sandy on May 18th, 2011

This following terrific Ancestry.com feature was posted yesterday by Stephanie Cruz who focus is on features that help you find and reach out to other members who share your family history research: “Did you know that you can share your member tree with friends and family for free? Send them an email invitation and they can […]

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Sandy on May 17th, 2011

As we all know, water is essential to all life on earth. It’s all about water. In the desert we are aware of the lack of water to sustain meaningful life and today we see the tragic consequences of too much with the what is happening to the people living close to mighty Mississippi river. […]

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The National Archives Science Working Group has just released a publication developed with a team of archivists, records managers, data managers and scientists in Federal agencies is designed to help Federal agency CIOs, IT program staff and records officers understand what procedures are in place now and what policies and process procedures need to be […]

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I’d like to point you to a website called African Origins. It contains information about the migration history of Africans who were forcibly carried on slave ships. This important site will bring to light the history of millions of Africans captured and sold into slavery during suppression of the transatlantic slave trade during the 19th century. […]

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Sandy on May 12th, 2011

When a loved one dies we often realize too late that a lot of memories have been irrevocably lost and we spend a lot of time wondering why we didn’t ask questions. Becoming interested in genealogy is a real eye opener because it helps us to discover the real people who contributed to making you, […]

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On May 5, NARA and five national and international research organizations met in Washington DC to launch a new international research portal for records related to Nazi-era cultural properties. The purpose of the project is to extend public access to the records through a single internet portal. This includes access to descriptions and digitized copies […]

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The establishment of Christianity in Scotland may have begun with St. Ninian around the end of the 4th century, but the strongest roots are in the island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland, close to the Island of Mull. It’s just three miles long and one mile wide. Although insignificant in size, Iona […]

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