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  • Things to Know About DNA

    Apr 26

    National DNA Day is April 25. Genealogy and genetics have become intertwined over the years. Today, genealogists are as likely to use online genealogy resources as they are to order a DNA test in an effort to learn more about their family tree. Here are some interesting things to know about DNA. Rosalind Franklin was a scientist who earned he...

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  • How to Start a Family Health History

    Apr 25

    The genes you inherited from your parents determine things like the color of your eyes, the amount of melanin in your skin, and the potential height you might reach. Some of the genes that you inherited from your parents may include an increased risk for certain diseases. Creating a family health history can educate your relatives about health issu...

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  • Two Weeks after the 1912 Sinking

    Apr 25

    One of the greatest disasters was the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. During April 2017, marks the 105th anniversary and the aftermath of that tragedy. It was not just the crewmen and passengers who did not survive but the friends and family members who did survive those who waited on shore to learn the fate of someone they knew. Using t...

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  • Reasons Why Your Oldest Relatives Should Take a DNA Test

    Apr 23

    Your oldest relatives might not know much about DNA testing, what it can reveal, and how easy it is to take a DNA test. As such, they might not see a need to take a DNA test. There are many reasons why your oldest relatives should take a DNA test. Important genetic information might be lost, forever, if they fail to have their DNA tested. DN...

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  • Connecticut Veterans of WW One

    Apr 23

    The Connecticut State Library at Hartford has many different databases but one very important represents the 100th anniversary of the United States's entrance into 'the Great War' (WW One) in April 1917. The database has nearly 13,000 records for men who served, not just from Connecticut but also neighboring states. It is organized by the counti...

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  • Neimann-Pick Type C is a Rare Genetic Disease

    Apr 22

    Neimann-Pick Type C is a rare genetic disorder that is sometimes referred to as “Childhood Alzheimer's”. In April of 2017, a toddler named Marian McGlocklin was in the news because she had been diagnosed with Neimann-Pick Type C. The rare genetic disease is believed to affect 1 in 150,000 live births in the United States. The exact number is...

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  • How to Approach Doing the Research

    Apr 21

    You will find that the approach to doing your family history can make a world of difference on your success. Number one - do not expect to locate all family lineage and information in a matter of a few months. It is a large puzzle that was decades in the making and can not be totally solved in a short time. Next - be patient. This mixes with the ...

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  • How to Build a Time Capsule

    Apr 21

    Every so often, a building is demolished or renovated – and a time capsule is found. The items inside it can reveal interesting information about the past. What would you put into a time capsule for future generations to find? Once you figure that out, the next step is learning how to build a time capsule. In Santa Maria, California, a 100 ...

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  • How to Plan a Research Trip

    Apr 20

    A research trip can help genealogists find the information that haven't been able to locate. Just like with any trip, it is vitally important to take the time to make solid plans before you go. Here is how to plan a research trip. Pick a Focus Point Your research trip probably isn't going to last for months. This means you have to be choosy ...

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  • Reasons to Share Family History with Your Kids

    Apr 19

    Would you like your children to become familiar with their family history? The best way to do it is to actively teach it to them. Children of all ages can learn the stories that have been passed down from one generation to the next. There are plenty of reasons to share your family history with your kids. Your Kids Don't Know the Stories Many ...

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  • Locate this Family Information

    Apr 19

    As you work on your family tree, you might wonder what specific information should you search for. Yes, the basics of each individual's full names are important as well as birth-marriage and death dates. Hand in hand is also the location for those events of BMD. However, include where a relative lived during different time periods of their life. Re...

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  • Irish Dog Licenses Could Give You Clues

    Apr 18

    Do you have ancestors that lived in Ireland? You might be having difficulty finding information about them because many records have been destroyed. However, if your ancestor happened to have a dog, the dog license could give you some clues. Most of the Irish Censuses were destroyed during the Civil War in 1922. An explosion tore apart the Pu...

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  • Ellis Island Day

    Apr 17

    Everyone thinks all immigrates came through Ellis Island in New York. No, that is not the case. Ports of entry included Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco, just to name a few. How the most famous entry port does remain, Ellis Island, in the Upper New York Bay near the Statue of Liberty. The name came from Samuel Elli...

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  • What to Do with Your Parent’s Stuff

    Apr 17

    You might be very aware of the important family heirlooms that your parent's own. Often, a parent officially declares which items should go to what family member after the parent's pass on. That information might be in a will. This leaves a tougher problem unanswered: What to do with your parents stuff. Times change. Your parents may have p...

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  • The Most Common Surname in the United States

    Apr 16

    One of the clues genealogists use to track down information about relatives and ancestors is the person's surname. If your family has a unique surname, it won't be too difficult to find people who share it. However, if your family surname happens to be the most common one in the United States – you're going to end up with a lot of “false posi...

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