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  • Can Do

    Jul 15

    Need some ideas of simple but very useful things to add to your family history research, well here are a few suggestions. Recheck your 'To-Do List', add or subtract what you have written. You can have a a list for short activities plus a list for long-term projects. Continue to sort your collection of family photos / negatives or slides....

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  • Inherited Traits

    Jul 13

    As most know, especially using now DNA testing, ancestors were from a certain part of the world carried in their genes certain generic traits that could have been inherited by you. Of course, it doesn't mean you're guaranteed to have the same traits common to that region where your ancestors came from. Plus it not just behavioral and physical trai...

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  • World Population Day

    Jul 11

    It took all of human history up to 1804 for the world's population to reach 1 billion. But the next billion came only 100 years later, in 1927. After that, the rate of growth accelerated, 3 billion in 1959, 4 billion 1974, 5 billion 1987, 6 billion in 1999, and now well over 7 billion. World population reached 7 Billion on October 31, 2011. Figur...

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  • 23andMe has New Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Report

    Jul 11

    23andMe has added a new Genetic Health Risk report that looks at two genetic variants in the MUTHY gene (Y179C and G396D) associated with a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome, MUTHY-associated polyposis (MAP). These two variants are most common and best suited in people of Northern European descent. In January of 2019, the Food and Drug ...

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  • ID Civil War Photos

    Jul 9

    You might be one of the fortunate family history researchers who has a photo of an ancestor who served during the American Civil War (1861-1865). I'm saying a photo of them in uniform either just before they entered, during service or immediately after discharge. You might have photos of that ancestor years later, but it is just not the same as...

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  • MyHeritage Updated its Mobile App

    Jul 9

    MyHeritage has updated the MyHeritage mobile app. It is available for iOS and Android, for both smartphones and tablets. You can download the app for free. MyHeritage added several new features to their app that will help you improve your family history research. Those features include: Family Timelines, the ability to view family trees tha...

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  • Birth Spacing

    Jul 7

    As you are filling in the family tree including any extended families (aunts-uncles), you do want to include all the children born to each couple, not just your own direct lineage. However, that can be difficult, with a couple having many children, babies dying young or other children not living to adulthood. So use the basic principal of...

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  • UK Census 1931 and 1941

    Jul 5

    Many researchers may well have ancestors who lived in some part of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales) in 1931 or 1941. If that ancestor was there in 1921, there will be the full official UK census for that year coming out in 2022. But not so for the 1931 UK census. On the night of Saturday December 19, 19...

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  • AncestryDNA Unveils Over 225 New Communities

    Jul 4

    Ancestry announced that they have released over 225 new AncestryDNA communities to help their members who have ties to France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Utilizing their DNA network of over 15 million people, their vast collection of public family trees, and their patented Genetic Communities technology, Ancest...

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  • Did You Think to Find This Information?

    Jul 3

    Not unless someone suggested some of the following ideas of items to research about your ancestors, it may not have occurred to you some of these could prove to be quite fascinating. Use it as check-off list, those you have attempted (whether successful or not) and those you should investigate and see what can be learned. Start with c...

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  • Supreme Court Ruled on 2020 Census Citizenship Question

    Jul 2

    The Supreme Court of the United States heard the case called Department of Commerce v. New York on April 23, 2019. The Court revealed its ruling on June 27, 2019. This is the case about the controversial citizenship question that the Secretary of Commerce, Wilber Ross, wanted to add to the 2020 Census. Chief Justice of the Supreme Cour...

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  • Washington’s Genealogy

    Jul 1

    Knowing one's lineage was very important for decades. First the royal families Europe and then for the wealthy of Colonial America. A good example is America's own George Washington, first US President. By the time he was 18, George Washington was a competent genealogist -- and he had to be. In Washington’s Virginia colony, family was a cruci...

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  • Descendant’s Day

    Jun 29

    Since 1997 this last Sunday in the month of June, named 'Descendant's Day, has been recognized to showcase descendants, which we all are to our ancestors. It began in the Tennessee House of Representatives on Sept. 11, 1996. You can be a descendant of any ancestors – great grandaunt, 3rd cousin, gr gr grandfather, etc. Remember, se...

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  • 1841-1910 – Vital Records of Massachusetts

    Jun 27

    The state of Massachusetts has a very long history, being one of the original British colonies and the site of the Pilgrims landing in 1621. So you could have ancestors who lived, married, worked or died in Massachusetts. 1848 The state archives have online a search site for index of vital records covering 1841 to 1910 in Massachusetts. ...

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  • Is There a Baby Book in the Family?

    Jun 25

    Once a very popular family custom was the filling out and keeping a baby book on each child born into the family. Unfortunately, it was usually the first born for sure that got a completely filled out baby book; the second baby, maybe a partial filled book and children 3 or 4, etc. no baby book at all. No matter who had a baby book, that...

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