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  • The History of Cinco de Mayo

    May 2

    Does your family celebrate Cinco de Mayo? There are many people who associate the day with margaritas and Mexican food. There is much more to the Cinco de Mayo celebration than you may be aware of. Cinco de Mayo translates to “Fifth of May” in English (or May 5th). Some people assume that “Fifth of May” is like “Fourth of July”,...

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  • Quaint Sayings

    May 1

    Yes, every family at all generations have quaint sayings or phrases used all the time. It can be interesting to look back over some of these and recall how many times you would hear them and especially which relative was known for saying each. They are sometimes referred to a hometown sayings or back porch advice. If you can recall some of your fa...

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  • Fibbing Ancestors

    Apr 29

    One of the biggest problems in confirming and verifying information such as names, dates, locations is when it turns out that an ancestor was 'fibbing' to a clerk, census taker or for a newspaper article. Yes, our ancestors have fibbed, not been truthful especially when they know what information is given is going into a government document or publ...

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  • Speech to Text. Useful to Genealogy and Family History Research!

    Apr 27

    How many times do you wish there was another method to transcribe to text a recording you had of a relative or be able to dictate some documents so they were in digital text form? Using the online software 'Speechlogger' you can now do that very easily. It works with Chrome Browsers. This is a speech recognition (which goes from spoken word to dig...

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  • Researchers Look for Genetic Link to Postpartum Depression

    Apr 27

    It is common for women to experience what has been referred to as the “baby blues” shortly after giving birth. They may feel stressed, sad, lonely, tired, or anxious. Postpartum depression, however, is a much more serious mood disorder. Researchers have created an app that they hope will help them learn more about the genetic basis of postpa...

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  • Best Things to Photograph at a Cemetery

    Apr 27

    Genealogists visit cemeteries in the hopes of learning more about their relatives and ancestors. Taking a photograph of a gravestone is an excellent way to capture the information that is on it without causing any harm to the stone itself. What else should you take a photo of? The Cemetery Sign Always take a photo of the sign that shows the n...

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  • Updated Version of Gorilla Genome Revealed

    Apr 26

    The genome of the Western Lowland Gorilla has been given a second look. Scientists noticed that the original attempt to sequence the gorilla's genome had gaps. What they learned from Western lowland gorilla's genome could reveal information relevant to the human genome. The scientific name for humans is Homo sapiens. The scientific name of the W...

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  • Society for Decendants of those Honored at Arlington National Cemetery

    Apr 25

    There are numerous societies within the United States for different purposes. Many genealogical societies can be of great assistance for those working on the family tree. There is a society who have ancestors buried in Arlington National Cemetery. One fact you may have come across in your research is that an ancestor may have been buried in Arling...

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  • Cyndi’s List Celebrated 20 Years of Service

    Apr 25

    Cyndi's List is a staple for genealogists who do the majority of their research online. In March of 2016, the website celebrated a major milestone - 20 years of service. Cyndi's List was launched on March 4, 1996. It began as a side-page in a personal genealogy website. Over time, Cyndi's List has grown to become one of the top online genealogy ...

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  • Often Overlooked Clues

    Apr 23

    Experience in doing family history research is a great asset. Even the most seasoned researcher can overlook certain clues that can prove to be of great assistance. Here are a few of such often overlooked bits of information that lead to greater details about your family. You have a death certificate on an ancestor, but note the person's name on ...

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  • Interview Questions

    Apr 21

      You know it is one of the best methods to gather names, hometowns and dates is to interview a relative. Not just one, but as many as you can and from different family branches. So the following are suggestions to get you started. Start with a blank notebook filled with paper. You might, if the person is being interview is OK with it, rec...

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  • Season Three of Finding Your Roots

    Apr 21

    Finding Your Roots is one of a handful of TV shows that focuses on genealogy and family history. It is hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. Here is a quick recap of the episodes from Season 3 of Finding Your Roots. Season 3 was delayed due to something that happened in Season 2. Ben Affleck, who was in one of the episodes in Season 2, learned that...

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  • Ransomware Closed National Records of Scotland

    Apr 20

    The multitude of genealogy records that are accessible online makes things easier for today's genealogist. Type your ancestor's name into a search engine on a genealogy website, and you may find some of his or her records. The worst case scenario is that the search will come up empty. The websites that host genealogy records have a much bigger thin...

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  • Beginning Points

    Apr 19

    Starting your family history research can seem like a monumental task. You may have even attempted it a few years ago and then let it slide. Well, start fresh and know you can find out things about your relatives you never dreamed of. You do have to have patience. Begin by gathering what you had collected earlier. If you hadn't started, see if a...

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  • MyHeritage has Free Family History Webinars

    Apr 19

    You can learn a lot from a good webinar! A webinar is a seminar that takes place online. This means that you can watch a webinar from your home, and without having to travel to a specific location. Some webinars cost money, while others can be viewed for free. MyHeritage is a well known genealogy website that offers some of features to users for...

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