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  • Beware of Plagiarism on Genealogy Websites

    May 28

    In general, genealogists are excellent fact-checkers. Part of genealogy research requires the ability to discern between an original source and a copy. The original source is always the most credible. Sadly, it appears that some genealogists do not understand what plagiarism means. Or, they might be aware that they are plagiarising something, a...

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  • The ‘Other’ Search Engines

    May 27

    In any type of research and especially when working on your family history, you are very dependent on the use of search engines on the Internet to attempt to locate a document, database, photos, a record, a journal, letters, or book that could provide that little key bit of information missing about your ancestors. Google is always number one when...

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  • Color Genomics Has New Hereditary Cancer Risk Genetic Test

    May 27

    Color Genomics has a mission to democratize access to high-quality genetic information. They provide high-quality, physician-ordered, genetic tests at a low cost. Their tests include support for physicians as well as genetic counseling as part of every purchase. Color Genomics has created a new genetics test that can identify the risk of common ...

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  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Joins Autism Genetics Study

    May 26

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's (CHOP) Center for Autism Research is joining the launch of the United States' largest autism research study. The study is called SPARK and it combines a web-based registry with DNA analysis to accelerate autism research and to speed discovery of potential autism treatments and supports. There is much to...

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  • How the Bison Became the U.S. National Mammal

    May 25

    It seems surprising that it took until 2016 for the United States to select its official national mammal. The bison is an excellent choice not only for symbolic reasons, but also for historical ones. It took a piece of legislation, and a lot of public interest, to make the bison the official mammal of the United States. It has been a long time...

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  • Database Sites at Public Libraries

    May 25

    It may not have occurred to you but your own local public library may have many of the subscription fee-based databases available free to you. Such resources as Ancestry.com, Fold3 (military records and related info), World Vital Records, Newspaper Archives, HeritageQuest, Newspaper.com or My Heritage sites can be accessed using computers at the li...

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  • What Does “Daughtered Out” Mean?

    May 24

    The phrase “daughtered out” is an interesting one because it combines concepts from genealogy and from sociology. The concept doesn't have as big an impact today as it once did, mostly due to changes in how society views the importance of women. What does “daughtered out” mean? It means “to expire due to having only females surviving t...

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  • Genetic Variants Found that Influence the Odds of Twins

    May 23

    Are there twins run in your family? There are a lot of “old wives tales” that have been passed around about what indicates that a pregnant women is having twins. None of those have any factual basis. A scientific study found that there are two genetic variants that actually do influence the odds of a woman having non-identical twins. The...

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  • Photos – You Didn’t Think to Look Here??

    May 23

    Photographic images of our ancestors are priceless. They really provide some insight to the relative, not just a name and date. Seeing how they dressed, if they were holding any special object such as book, who else was in the photo, whether it was taken in a studio or outside their home or business ... all which gives a little more details about t...

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  • Good Reasons to Put Family Photos on Instagram

    May 21

    Family photos are precious. That is why so many people are taking the time to digitize their family photos. That way, if the original eventually disintegrates in to dust, the image itself won't be lost forever. You might be posting some of your family photos on Facebook. There are several reasons why it is a good idea to put family photos on Instag...

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  • Holocaust Records

    May 21

    The World Memory Project has made available 1 million records relating to victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution in the 1930s and '40s. Using the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D. C. as a resource, the collection is vast. Scroll down and see the various databases all free to use (part of Ancestry.com). Fill in name...

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  • How to Write a Family History People Will Want to Read

    May 20

    It is important to write down your family history. Writing is one of the best ways to send the family history stories that you've heard thousands of times to your future descendants. Ideally, you will want to write a family history that people will want to read. Don't Start Chronologically Some of the most interesting novels start with the main...

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  • British Images – 1 Million in Digital Form

    May 19

    The massive collection from the British Library covers all types of topics, not just those directly relating to the United Kingdom. They are on Flickr-Photostream and range from illustrations, pages of books (such as vintage Bibles), pamphlets, drawings, photos, booklets, and many others. There are over 1,023,000 such images all in digital format. ...

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  • 200 Years of Immigration to the U.S.

    May 19

    Over the years, people from various countries have immigrated to the United States. A website called Insightful Interaction has put together a visual guide that shows, at a glance, the number of immigrants that came to America from a certain country or specific area of the world during a particular decade. It includes the number of people obtaining...

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  • The “Ginger Gene” Increases the Risk of Skin Cancer

    May 18

    You may have noticed that your relatives who have light skin, red hair, and freckles have a tendency to get sunburned rather quickly. In the United States, people who fit that physical description might be called a “redhead”. In the UK, that person might be called a “ginger” (which is often meant as an insult). A recent study found that ...

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