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  • Planning the Family History Thanksgiving

    Nov 13

    Of course, there is plenty to get down the days and weeks leading to Thanksgiving Day. However, dividing up the necessary chores can help a great deal. Yet, one very important activity that really needs to be prepared and done when the whole family is together for Thanksgiving, is to gather some of the family memories. Just like ...

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  • Genotype Extraction and False Relative Attacks

    Nov 12

    A group of researchers at the University of Washington found that GEDmatch is vulnerable to multiple kinds of security risks. The research team discovered that a malicious person could extract someone else's genetic markers and use them to create a fake genetic profile to impersonate someone's relative. The research paper is titled: “Geno...

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  • Your Ancestors – Veterans Day

    Nov 11

    Veterans Day is a well-known American holiday, but there are also a few misconceptions about it — like how it’s spelled or whom exactly it celebrates. Some people think it is spelled: “Veteran’s Day” or “Veterans’ Day,” but they’re wrong. The holiday is not a day that “belongs” to one veteran or multiple veterans, whi...

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  • Inventory Family Artifacts

    Nov 9

    Artifacts of a family refer to anything that reminds other family members of a specific ancestor. It could be a sports trophy or military medals, pictures, a favorite book, a favorite toy from when they were little, jewelry, clothing, sports equipment, family Bible, treasured family furniture pieces, a recipe book, a vase, a scrapbook, a journal ...

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  • Using Ancestry.com Surname Message Board

    Nov 7

    Nothing better than communicating with other family researchers who are also looking into the same family surnames you are. True, just because there is a similar surname on a family tree doesn't mean you share ancestors. However, using Ancestry.com Message Board for Surnames, you just might come across someone who is actively seeking some ...

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  • MyHeritage Added 18.6 Million Records

    Nov 7

    MyHeritage announced that it added that it added 18.6 million new records in October of 2019, in seven new collections including Australia, Spain, the former Soviet Union, Latvia, the United States, Germany, and Denmark. Australian Death Notices 1860-2019: This collection of over 7 million records contains death notices, and obituaries fro...

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  • Common Irish Surnames

    Nov 5

    If you have Irish heritage and especially an Irish surname you will want to learn more about that Irish name. Here are the top five names. Starting with the most common and popular Irish surnames, there is Murphy – the most common last name in Ireland, especially in County Cork. This surname, which means “sea battler,” translates t...

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  • Ancestry Debuts World’s Largest Searchable Online Obituary Collection

    Nov 5

    Ancestry announced the launch of their Newspapers.com Obituary Collection, as well as an upgrade to Ancestry's U.S. Obituary Collection, adding to what is now the world's largest, searchable digital archive of over 262 million worldwide obituaries and death announcements, containing almost 1 billion searchable family members. Obituaries can...

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  • Unique 1890 Census

    Nov 3

    Herman Hollerith patented the system of punch cards in 1889, used it for his PhD at Columbia and used it for the Census Bureau in 1890. His company, through a series of mergers, became IBM. A plaque to him was erected by IBM on the C&O Canal at 31st Street, NW, in Georgetown, D.C. True, much of the original 1890 US Federal Census ...

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  • Ancestors’ Given Names

    Nov 1

    If you have gotten even a little into your family tree research, one of the more interesting aspects is ancestors' given names. There can be good and bad points in such research. If the ancestor had an unusual first and or middle name it can help narrow down your search. But not always. I had an ancestor with my husband's family I sear...

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  • Describe Your Ancestors

    Oct 31

    It is great to have at least one photo of your ancestors, several over a period of time is even better but guess what, it can be interesting to also be wonderful for your family history to have a written description. It is a bit like a writer describing a character using solely words. So here is how to approach it. Start off with in...

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  • Misconceptions of Your Victorian Female Ancestors

    Oct 29

    Your Victorian era female ancestors most likely were your 2nd great grandmothers – born the late 1820s into the 1830s and many lived into the1890s to 1920s. Whenever the phrase Victorian ancestors, especially the females, there are many misconceptions surfacing. They were thought of as 'straight-lace', second class citizens, kept to a ...

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  • Halloween Costumes Over the Decades

    Oct 27

    In the early 20th century and for the next couple of decades, it was usually adults who dressed up in costumes for the annual Halloween parties they attended. Kids dressed up also but not as much as adults then. In fact, dressing up for all types of holidays or events was very popular with adults. They would dress up on New Year’s, Val...

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  • Family Ephemera

    Oct 25

    Something intended only to last a couple of days. That is what the term ephemera means. Those short-term items might just be an important part of your family history. Some examples of ephemera items you may have and overlooked are: postcards, matchbooks, business cards, ticket stubs, calling cards, funeral pamphlet or card, food ration cards...

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  • Bottle and Canned Foods Thanks to Appert

    Oct 23

    Nicolas Appert—the inventor of hermetically sealed food preservation and the "father of bottled - canned foods"—was born November 17, 1749 in France. He was a chef in Paris, France 1784 to 1795. In 1795, he experimenting with ways to preserve foodstuffs, succeeding with soups, vegetables, juices, dairy products, jams and syrups. He...

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