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  • Folk Art Family Records – Frakturs

    Aug 29

    The group known as 'Pennsylvania Dutch' - actually not Dutch at all but rather German-speaking inhabitants who settled in Pennsylvania and later neighboring Maryland, descendants of 17th- and 18th-century Protestant immigrants from the Rhineland area of Germany. The term 'Dutch' comes from Deutsch which means German. They were well-known for produc...

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  • Details Missed in Marriage Records

    Aug 27

    Gathering your ancestors' vital records (birth-marriage-death) is very important. These are primary sources, usually created at the time the event happened. Yet, many times, you might over look some interesting or important information on such documents. In honor of my own 33rd wedding anniversary, let us look at marriage records to see what is of...

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  • You Might Clean Just Like Your Victorian Ancestors Did

    Aug 27

    How do you clean your home? You might be doing it very similarly to how your Victorian ancestors did. They didn't have dishwashers, washing machines, or dryers like we use today. Even so, you might be surprised that some of the ways we clean our homes today is not so different from how it has been done for years. In Victorian times (which sta...

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  • A Brief History of Irish Marriage

    Aug 26

    Your Irish ancestors might have had a public ceremony that was similar to what many people have today. It probably took place in a church. Or, they might have had a clandestine ceremony without involving the church at all. The history of marriage in Ireland shows that not everyone got married the same way. In the twelfth and thirteenth centur...

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  • Bravery of Our Ancestors

    Aug 25

    Over the centuries, countless events, people, diseases could create fear for our ancestors. Yet, they continued on to meet that challenge head on. So what type of fearful events could our ancestors face? Number one was disease and illness. Only in very recent decades was medical advancements help do away with many fears of sickness due to major pl...

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  • Ancestry.com Opened New Headquarters in Utah

    Aug 25

    Ancestry.com has been in the process of building a new company headquarters since 2015. Typically, when a company says it will move its headquarters, it means it is leaving one state for another (or moving out of the United States entirely). Ancestry.com, however, is staying in the same state. Their new headquarters has opened. Ancestry.com i...

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  • FamilySearch Indexing Event Surpassed Goal

    Aug 24

    In July of 2016, FamilySearch held a Worldwide Indexing Event. Thousands of volunteers participated in the three day indexing event. When all was said and done, FamilySearch discovered that they had surpassed their goal! FamilySearch's 2016 Worldwide Indexing Event was an opportunity for volunteers to learn how to do indexing. It is a skill t...

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  • 23andMe Launched New Genotyping Services for Research

    Aug 23

    There is a lot to be learned from the human genome. Research done on DNA has revealed important information that connects specific genetic mutations and certain diseases. There is more to be discovered. This could be why 23andMe launched new genotyping services for research. As you may know, 23andMe sells direct-to-consumer DNA test kits. Peo...

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  • Kansas Glass Negatives

    Aug 23

    Finding the lost and forgotten photos is great. There could be untold treasures in such a find. Located at the Fort Hayes State University in Kansas is such a collection. However, these are not ordinary photos but rather glass plates negatives. They were from the William R. Gray Studio in St. John, Stafford County, Kansas. What makes these even bet...

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  • Tim Kaine has Irish Heritage

    Aug 22

    Tim Kaine has been selected as Hillary Clinton's running mate. There is potential that he could become Vice President of the United States. Tim Kaine has Irish heritage and spoke at the American Ireland Fund dinner in July of 2016. Irish Central states that Tim Kaine has been described as “81.25 percent Irish and the rest Scottish”. He re...

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  • Where Did Your Ancestors Arrive??

    Aug 21

    Ports of Entry into the United States have existed for decades. However, it has not always been solely Ellis Island in New York as many people may have believed. So as you search for where and when your ancestors arrived in American, do not concentrate solely on Ellis or even New York. Ellis Island did not open until January 1, 1892, so if you hav...

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  • Relatives of Dolly the Cloned Sheep are Doing Fine

    Aug 20

    Dolly the sheep was the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. She born on July 5, 1996, and was created five months earlier. In 2016, four sheep that were cloned from Dolly seem to be in perfect health. The famous Dolly the sheep was created at the University of Edinburgh by embryologist Karen Walker and embryologist Bill Ritchie. Dolly was...

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  • Southern Baby Names

    Aug 19

    Do you have ancestors who lived in the Southern United States? If so, then you may have grown up with a lot of Southern culture (even if you didn't live in the South yourself). There are baby names that are widespread in the South. What does a person mean when they say their family lives in “the South”? According to the U.S. Census Bureau ...

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  • 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower –1620-2020

    Aug 19

    The 400th anniversary of the sailing of the famed Mayflower ship leaving September 6/16, 1620 and arriving in the New World on November 9/19, 1620 (different dates because of change of calendars in 1700s) is a major event coming in just four years. With approximately 28 to 35 million Americans living today who can trace their genealogy directly bac...

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  • August is for Raising Awareness of ALS

    Aug 18

    In 2014, the ALS Association introduced something that became surprisingly popular. It was called the Ice Bucket Challenge. The money that was donated as a part of the challenge has been put to good use. There is still more work to be done, though. That's why August is for raising awareness of ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a...

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