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Sandy on May 11th, 2012

These days cloud computing is a hot topic and big business. Until very recently I was a skeptic on the subject of storing my files somewhere out there… Some of the many questions that came to mind were: Is it safe? Is this going to cost me a lot of money? Will it start out […]

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Sandy on May 9th, 2012

GenDetective is a genealogy software from RumbleSoft that’s different from most commercial databases on the market today.  It has been described as “a tool that analyzes your genealogical data to produce research recommendations based on missing or incomplete data”.  The software is planned to enable the genealogist to hone his/her research and actually points out additional […]

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The following is some welcome news from FamilySearch.org about their 1940 indexing project, as they prepare to upload the latest data on the 1940 census. This is a great reminder that the organization has so much to offer free of charge: “We did it. We passed the 100,000 mark. Today’s report shows that we have […]

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Ancestry.com has released a database containing membership cards with details on women who joined the Cadet Nurse Corps created during WWII as follows: “Historical Background After the United States entered World War II, the military’s needs quickly brought on a nursing shortage. To address the need, federal funding, administered by the Public Health Service, began […]

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It’s well-known that Irish genealogy research is difficult and often impossible because of the loss of many important records. I’ve touched on this problem before in my blog post The Lack of Irish Genealogical Records and a look at PRONI. On June 30, 1922 the records of the Irish Chancery were destroyed in an explosion […]

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Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.  He was what might be called today an all-round success (more like a brilliant all-round success), considering his expertise covered so many different areas. He was a “leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, […]

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The old saying look before you leap applies to all information posted on the web and this even applies to the latest offering from the world’s most popular genealogy site. It’s interesting to see that Ancestry has named their Best Practices board of scientific advisors in the following news release: “PROVO, Utah, May 3, 2012 […]

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The great military leader of the American Revolution George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States on April 30, 1789, in New York.  He was unanimously chosen by all 69 electors in February 1789. In March of that year the new United States constitution officially took effect and, in April, Washington […]

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Sandy on April 25th, 2012

The following is the latest news release from Ancestry.com: “PROVO, Utah, April 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Archives.com, a family history website, for approximately $100 million in cash and assumed liabilities. This transaction will enable Ancestry.com to add a differentiated service […]

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New York is an amazing city (an understatement). The newly released collection of 870 archived images actually includes a rare crime scene photographs courtesy of the city Department of Records. Reality at its worst but, you’ll also view spectacular photographs of stately bridges and street scenes that truly capture the essence of New York. The […]

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Sandy on April 24th, 2012

The subscription or pay-per-view website Findmypast.co.uk  has recently published Boer War records as follows: “We have updated our Boer War collection with almost 10,000 new records. The major inclusions in this update are: The complete Queen’s South Africa medal roll for the Coldstream Guards, Irish Guards, 1st battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers and Rundles Scouts The […]

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Here’s a reminder from Family Tree Magazine about the very popular annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree:   “If you live on the West Coast, you may already be familiar with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. You may have already registered for this year’s event. If not, you’re probably thinking, “Why am I getting this mailing for […]

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Wills are a wonderful source of information for family historians and genealogy researchers. They provide an amazing peep into your ancestor’s world. The information found in wills usually includes details, such as, where the person who died lived and the name of the executor who is the person responsible for carrying out the wishes of […]

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If you’re researching your family history, or just an enthusiastic NASCAR racing (especially a Jr. Nation) fan, you’ll be more than interested to know that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has discovered an interest in his own genealogy. I couldn’t help smiling when I read the article written by Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer, because Dale […]

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Sandy on April 20th, 2012

If you’re lucky enough to be on vacation or close to a National Park this week you can enjoy free admission to the any of our nation’s 397 national parks. This is an annual celebration and an opportunity to celebrate what we all have inherited as Americans. Can you imagine 84 million acres of the […]

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Hot on the heels of my post today about the Ancestry.com name search indexing project on the 1940 Census, I’d like to share a request from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) asking for volunteers to help with their Name Search indexing effort. The current problem for many family researchers and genealogists is not […]

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There’s an entry dated April 19 on the Ancestry.com blog about the indexing of the 1940 census. The purpose of the article is to answer the question many have been asking as to why their state is not listed yet. I did mention in a previous blog post that I didn’t expect to see the […]

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The following is an announcement from The Foundation for the National Archives: “WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Foundation for the National Archives announces the publication of the Genealogy Tool Kit: Getting Started on Your Family History at the National Archives, written by National Archives genealogy archives specialist John P. Deeben. This 160-page step-by-step guide […]

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Sandy on April 17th, 2012

It doesn’t take much for most of us to remember the deadline for filing our taxes, here in the U.S., is upon us and to remember that we had a reprieve this year.  April 15, was Sunday and April 16 was designated as Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia. Today is it. Since we are […]

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Ancestry.com has posted the following information from its DNA testing group: “Ancestry.com DNA has recently updated a Y-chromosome DNA test marker name and its allele value to comply with a recently released industry-wide recommendation by the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). One of the markers in our Y-chromosome DNA test has changed names from “Y-GATA […]

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I’d like to share Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter biographical post on Mr. Roy Stockdill and his fascinating series about Famous Family Trees published on the Findmypast.co.uk blog. I’m planning on following  every one of Mr Stockdill’s articles as they appear and highly recommend you join him as he travels through time investigating the family histories of […]

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Sandy on April 12th, 2012

FamilySearch.org volunteers have been hard at work indexing the 1940 census. A lot of people are asking questions about the progress of the effort and when and in what order the states will be posted on FamilySearch and on the FamilySearch Indexing site. Every day more states are posted and the team is planning to […]

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Grow Your Own Family Tree has published an interesting article that I’ve published in it’s entirety. In doing so I’d like to give a heads-up to Alan Stewart’s factual website: “The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) has introduced a charge for viewing search results as well as details of records. Up to now, searching databases and […]

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The following information regarding the indexing of 1940 census was posted by Ancestry.coma: “What a difference a week makes. Since the National Archives released the 1940 Census to us last Monday, we’ve been hard at work to get every one of the 3.8 million 1940 Census images online. And while we were at it, we […]

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The British National Archives is planning the launch of their new website Discovery at the end of June 2012.  Having  found that searching the site and finding cogent information has been a challenge with the old system, this is music to my ‘eyes’. Discovery will replace the current Catalogue site and offers additional features, which […]

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Sandy on April 3rd, 2012

For 100 years the tragic sinking of the Titanic has been discussed, filmed, been the subject of fiction and non –fiction.  Most of us have thought about it in terms of a horrible tragedy of an unsinkable ship being torn apart by an iceberg lurking below the surface of the water in a place it […]

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I mentioned in my blog post a few days ago that I had serious doubts that the launch of the 1940 census would run smoothly because of a high volume of users trying to access the website at the same time. Unfortunately, I was correct—in the world of Internet Technology there is never enough band […]

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FamilySearch.org has, only a few days ago, added just over 34 million new records online for the following countries: Brazil Canada Chile Columbia Czech Republic England France Germany Ireland Mexico Norway Peru Portugal Puerto Rico Scotland United States Wales. You can search this amazing newly digitized collection as well as a startling 2.5 billion other records […]

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Sandy on April 2nd, 2012

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced that the 1940 census will be available on April 2, 2012 and will be online at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern). This is an official website of NARA in partnership with Archives.com. There are 3.8 images available from door-to-door record taking of 132.2 million Americans. They hand-written images […]

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Document preservation is serious business whether it be your own personal records or our National Archives. You might know, in comparison  to most of our efforts, the national archives wins hands-down. The following press release from the National Archives takes viewers inside their state-of-the-art preservation lab where you’ll see a series of videos which demonstrates […]

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Sandy on March 30th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the release of the 1940 on April 2 at 9:00 a.m. The only place you’ll find the entire online census is 1940census.archives.gov published in conjunction with genealogy company Archives.com. To help you get started, if you’d like to download a free guide on how to read the […]

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Sandy on March 29th, 2012

Having viewed this outstanding New York Public Library video on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter via a tip from a  newsletter reader Amy Gonigam, I just had to pass it along. I continue to support the opinion, if you discover your own family history it helps one to understand and appreciate those who came before. Solving the […]

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Sandy on March 27th, 2012

Over a million baptism marriage and burial records dating back to 1538 are now available at Findmypast.co.uk. This is the first time that images of original parish records from London’s Westminster are online. Additionally, the records can now be searched free of charge by visiting the Life Events (BMDs) section of Findmypast. The press release […]

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The following is an interesting and useful press release I received from Ancestry.com: “Families Can Connect to the Bay State’s Historical Past Through Centuries of Birth, Marriage and Death Records Which Are Now Available Online For the First Time PROVO, UT, March 20, 2012 — Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced that […]

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Sandy on March 19th, 2012

You may have read my recent post on this blog MyHeritage the world’s largest family genealogy network now offers DNA testing regarding the business move at MyHeritage to integrate their DNA database with the Family Tree DNA and a customer base of 62 million users. This means an expansion into new markets for the benefit of […]

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The Dublin probate records and marriage license index is now available on Ancestry.co.uk as follows:  “The vast majority of records in this database are index entries extracted from wills, letters of administration, acts of probate, marriage licences, and other records within the Diocese of Dublin. These indexes were included as appendices to two volumes (the […]

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The British National Archives has revised and made available for online research, the Manorial Documents Register for Gloucestershire, England. The records still have legal relevance today, safeguarding rights and defining privileges. They give wonderful insight into the lives of ordinary people in the Middle Ages. Records have been identified as far afield as Utah in […]

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If there is one thing that has made a definite impression on me during the last few years of indulging in my interest in history and family history research is that nothing is ever what it seems—well, maybe sometimes it is. I’ve known since I was a teenager that some Scottish history as written by […]

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Sandy on March 5th, 2012

Grow Your Own Family Tree says: “Marriage licence bonds for the Diocese of Raphoe have been made available online. Find My Past Ireland has put online Raphoe marriage licence bonds covering the periods from 1710-55 and 1817-30. Find My Past says: “[The bonds] are extremely useful for those researching their Irish family history with ancestors from […]

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The World Memory Project has keyed more than one million records. All the records contain important information on individual victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution from children in Germany to Jewish victims at camps in Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. The information is available free of charge on Ancestry.com and will help survivors and […]

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This has been a big and impressive week for records release from Findmypast.co.uk. If you have Welsh ancestors this is a great resource. See below: “We have just published almost 4 million Welsh parish registers on findmypast.co.uk This is the first time that the complete Welsh parish baptism, marriage and death records have been published […]

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Sandy on February 27th, 2012

My cousin who lives in Australia emailed me an amazing link to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. The gallery which originally opened in 1889 was closed from 2009 to 2011 for a major renovation. This refurbishment included the improvement of a frieze that goes around the Main Hall of the […]

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Sandy on February 24th, 2012

Findmypast.co.uk says: “You can now search 359,000 records of Merchant Navy Seamen for the period 1835-1857 on findmypast.co.uk We have made these 19th century Merchant Navy records available online for the first time, working in association with The National Archives. From 1835, the central government started to monitor a potential reserve ofsailors for the Royal […]

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We’re all aware that privacy has become increasingly important and during these days of the Internet where a disturbing amount of information is available online—whether accurate or not and usually not. Today, Ancestry.com is taking extra measures to make sure that your data online at Ancestry is protected. To this end they have published a […]

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Sandy on February 23rd, 2012

New Records have been released by the British Security Service (MI5) to the British National Archives that includes files on Charlie Chaplin (famous silent screen comic), as well as double-agent Folkert Van Koutrik. There is also information about details of a Nazi plan to produce counterfeit British banknotes. This release contains 86 files, which brings […]

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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced that the 1940 census will be available on April 2, 2012 and will be online at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern). This is an official website of NARA in partnership with Archives.com. The link to the site will be: 1940Census.archives.gov Click on the video below to watch the […]

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On February 16, 2012, MyHeritage, perhaps the most popular family network on the web, took a giant step into the world of DNA testing. To this end My Heritage has partnered with FamilyTreeDNA for analysis. FamilyTree DNA is the global leader in genetic genealogy and has amassed the world’s largest DNA database–reportedly the best for DNA […]

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Sandy on February 21st, 2012

Alan Stewart’s Grow Your Own Family Tree says: “The Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF) has sent information about new online baptism records and other information. The UHF has sent the following information: Belfast baptisms The first batch of new family records for 2012 are now online. The UHF has added over 12,000 baptism records between 1900 and 1924 […]

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If you’ve paid an excessive amount of money for birth, marriage, or death certificates (BMDs) you may have been fooled into believing you were placing your order through the GRO when in fact you were purchasing from an unofficial third party website. The latest news from the British Identity and Passport Service, which is responsible […]

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The British National Archives is now offering researchers the ability to download the Royal Naval Seaman service records. It’s another resource to add to your list of places to look for your ancestors.  I can  recommend this database because I was lucky enough to find someone to add to my family history records online from […]

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The Tax valuation records for the Royal Burgh of Perthshire, Scotland to from the mid-17th century to the end of the 19th century are now online at Ancestry.co.uk. You can find 350 years of cess (land tax), stent and valuation rolls online The valuation rolls which run from 1885-1988 contain more information than the cess […]

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Plans are in the works for The National Library of Wales in conjunction with Welsh Library and archives to digitize First World War records.  I’ve decided to pass along the following information from Alan Stewart’s UK and Ireland genealogy news blog Grow Your Own Family Tree: “The National Library of Wales, together with Welsh libraries […]

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“The House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security is proposing to completely shut down use of the SSDI by genealogists as well as other industries such as banking and insurance that rely upon its information. Such an attempt is short-sighted and runs counter to the original purpose of the SSDI: to actually combat […]

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Sandy on February 6th, 2012

The Rootstech conference is likeley the most important conference to attend and discover emerging technologies and devices to improve your genealogy research. It’s packed with hands-on workshops and interactive presentations.  It’s all over now, but there’s always next year. FamilySearch.org has uploaded a collection of You Tube videos featuring commentary from Rootstech 2012 attendees and […]

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Having written about British genealogy company brightsolid (poet e.e. cummings would love the use of lower case “b”) a couple of times recently I’m not surprised to be tapping out another post. My last entry was about their sponsorship of the currently active Rootstech conference and their imminent plans to enter the genealogy market here in […]

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FamilySearch the famous free genealogical search engine is addressing problems users are having located their ancestor’s acutal record. It seems that the new (not so new anymore) search engine still has search problems. The undertaking to revamp the original system to a much more sophisticated database was huge and I can tell you that the […]

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Brightsolid owned by D.C. Thomson of Dundee, Scotland, is making news once again. The following announcement notifies readers that they are moving into the U.S. market and have hired D. Joshua Taylor one of our most successful genealogists who has featured twice on NBC’s Who Do You think You Are? As part of the move […]

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This is a true story that few want to acknowledge because it’s shameful. It sheds light on an aspect of WWII that needs to be told, if only for those brave men who suffered because of pure vindictiveness. An article in the Mail Online tells the story of a couple of  airman who, along with […]

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Ancestry.com has added millions of State Birth, Marriage and Death Records from Pennsylvania to their database in a partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania spanning from 1593-1908. The latest additions cover important growth years when it was contributing to the overall development of the country. When you research the records you’ll learned details of […]

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Having recently read a list of MyHeritage.com accomplishments for 2011, this year I’ll be paying a lot more attention to what they’re offering users. It’s probably the second most popular genealogy site in the global community, Ancestry.com being number one. They’re predicting that 2012 will be equally good and I wouldn’t doubt it. Like other […]

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Sandy on January 23rd, 2012

I received this stirring video from a relative, T. Smith of Indiana. I hope you take the time to view the entire footage: http://youtu.be/EeZvForbmbk

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Sandy on January 23rd, 2012

London, England’s dockland baptism records are now online at Findmypast.co.uk as follows: “We’ve just published 16,696 new London Docklands baptism records on findmypast.co.uk – excellent news for all of you with Docklands ancestors. Further details of these baptism records are as follows: St Dunstan, Stepney: 10,035 baptism entries spanning 1668-1679 Christchurch, Spitalfields: 6,661 baptism entries […]

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Deceased Online the central database for UK burials and creations is an ever growing and useful site to use in your ancestral search. The following informational entry is written on the site. If you take time to explore you’ll find a lot more: “It has to be one of those really good pub quiz questions: […]

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Sandy on January 19th, 2012

Findmypast.co.uk has recently published the following 3,749 records by courtesy of the Cheshire Family History Society: “These records could provide essential new information for those of you with Cheshire ancestors. Further details are as follows: Type of records: Burials Number of records: 3,749 Date range: 1800-2002 Parish / place: Appleton The Cheshire Family History Society […]

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Many people don’t realize that Brightsolid is part of a very big organization. It’s actually owned by DC Thomson (the Thomson family), a huge and long established British company that can probably compared to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. DC Thomson has been in the publishing business for over  a 100 years. They publish The Courier […]

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