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  • Do Gene Variants Connect to Success at School?

    Jun 28

    A study that was published in Nature regarding gene variants and success in school has been viewed as divisive. Some feel it shows that people who have certain gene variants do better in school (and stay in school longer) that those who do not have the variants. Others see problems with that conclusion that the researchers may have overlooked. ...

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  • You Hate History?

    Jun 27

    You never liked history, so why would you care about your family history? Some of your reasons could be that you don't have the time to do research or that it's too expensive. Well, one way to see if you might be interested is by joining Ancestry.com. Use their two-week free trial. A monthly subscription would be about $20 for a U.S. Records only ...

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  • MooseRoots is a FamilySearch Compatible Computer App

    Jun 27

    MooseRoots is a leading genealogy research website that provides detailed information on more than 1 billion historical genealogical records. It is completely free to use. It is also a FamilySearch compatible computer app. MooseRoots has its own search engine that is easy to use. Start by selecting any of the following categories: 1940 Census...

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  • Let Vintage Guidebooks Steer You

    Jun 25

    Here is an idea of an often overlooked location to find information on an ancestor. Many hometowns since the 1920s, especially if they had some special attractions such as seashore resorts, fishing villages, hiking trails, nature parks, lake terrains, grand mountains, former mining towns, historical landmarks, etc. have produced over the years loca...

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  • The Genetics Behind the Unibrow

    Jun 25

    When we think of the unibrow, the image of artist Frida Kahlo might come to mind. Or, you might think of a Muppet named Bert that is a character on “Sesame Street”. You might have family members who have a unibrow (or have your own unibrow). A study set out to discover the genetics behind the unibrow. The study was titled “A genome-wide...

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  • MyHeritage Adds 11 Million Australian Newspaper Pages

    Jun 24

    Old newspapers might be seen as trash by many people. But, to genealogists, they are a treasure! There are things you might be able to find in an old newspaper that simply aren't available anywhere else. You might find an ancestor's obituary, or an article about a baking contest she won. It is easy to see why MyHeritage decided to add 11 million pa...

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  • Bruce Springsteen Has Irish Heritage

    Jun 23

    Bruce Springsteen is best known for his “Born in the USA” album. He was born in in Long Branch, New Jersey, in 1949. It is obvious that “The Boss” really was born in the United States. What you may not know is that he has Irish heritage. Irish Central reports that Bruce Springsteen's family tree can be traced to County Kildare, Ireland. ...

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  • Royal Navy – UK – World War I

    Jun 23

    If you had ancestors living in the United Kingdom from approximately 1900 to 1930, they may have served in the British military because the 'Great War' - World War One was fought then. Of course, you might think only of the army for an ancestor’s service, but many were part of the Royal Navy. Available now online, free to use are the records, ab...

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  • Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion

    Jun 22

    Tuberculosis is a serious disease. Today, it can be partly prevented by vaccine. Those who catch the disease can be treated by a medical professional (who will most likely prescribe antibiotics that will kill the bacterial disease.) It may sound strange, but tuberculosis actually shaped Victorian fashion. Tuberculosis used to be called "consu...

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  • When People Add Politics to Obituaries

    Jun 21

    An obituary is usually a good source of information for genealogists. It typically contains the full name of the deceased (including her “maiden name”). You can easily find birth dates and death dates on an obituary, as well as a list of people who are closely related to the deceased. Once in a while, an obituary becomes a unique form of poli...

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  • No More — Occupations of 19th Century Ancestors

    Jun 21

    It can be fascinating to research especially using census records, obituaries, and city directories, the occupations of our ancestors. As you do the one ancestors working during the 1800s (19th century) it can actually be a challenge figuring out what type of job they were doing. There were regular necessary occupations that are no longer done by a...

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  • WWII Female Pilots Can Now Be Buried in Arlington

    Jun 20

    Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans, and their families. Until recently, the cemetery excluded the female pilots who served during WWII. In May of 2016, that changed. Arlington National Military Cemeteries consists of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virgin...

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  • Read between the Census Lines

    Jun 20

    The use of US Federal and state census records are invaluable for anyone doing family history research. Unfortunately, you might not be looking at all the details and information each census record offers. Starting with the left side look at and record any information and number relating to where the family house is located. Not every year had th...

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  • Class 101 — Your Family Tree

    Jun 19

    You have decided this summer is the time to start your family tree. You want to explore more about your ancestors, get to know who they were and discover their story. So how do you begin, well here are the basics to get started. START with YOURSELF - yes, this is the easy part. Who know you better than YOU? Write your full name, birth date / loc...

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  • Vice President Joe Biden has Irish Ancestry

    Jun 18

    You might be aware that President Barack Obama has Irish ancestry. It turns out that Vice President Joe Biden does as well. In March of 2013, Joe Biden was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame. Megan Smolenyak is the well known genealogist who not only traced Barack Obama's Irish roots, but also Joe Biden's Irish ancestry (when he was ...

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