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  • Study Identifies Genetic Links to Dyslexia

    Nov 29

    A study titled: “Discovery of 42 genome-wide significant loci associated with dyslexia” was posted on Nature. It was published on October 20, 2022. There are many scientists and groups who contributed to it. The Abstract states: Reading and writing are crucial life skills but roughly one in ten children are affected by dyslexia, which c...

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  • Doctors Treated A Fatal Genetic Condition Before Birth

    Nov 24

    A team of doctors in the U.S. and Canada are reporting a medical first, Gizmodo reported. They were able to start treating a child’s rare and often deadly genetic condition while she was still a fetus in the womb - the same condition that claimed the lives of her siblings. Now 16 months old, the child, named Ayla, appears to be developing as...

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  • People Celebrate Thanksgiving In Different Ways

    Nov 22

    Thanksgiving is celebrated differently depending on what country you live in. Some countries do not celebrate Thanksgiving at all. Your Thanksgiving celebration might look similar to, or vastly different from, how people in various countries celebrate it with their families. History.com pointed out that Thanksgiving falls under a category o...

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  • New And Improved Family Statistics On MyHeritage

    Nov 17

    Ever wonder which of your relatives lived the longest, the average age of your relatives at marriage, or which first names are the most common in your family? Did you know that there’s a handy section of the MyHeritage website that can tell you all of this and much more?  We’re delighted to announce that our useful Family Statistics f...

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  • The 1921 Census Is Online Now

    Nov 15

    In a partnership with The National Archives, the 1921 Census of England & Wales is now exclusively online at Findmypast.  After 100 years locked away, the highly-anticipated 1921 Census of England & Wales is now online and accessible for the very first time. There is no end to the secrets and surprises hidden in the Census and ...

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  • 23andMe Adds Ancestry Composition For People Of Ashkenazi Ancestry

    Nov 10

    In the latest update to 23andMe’s Ancestry Reports and features, we’ve added finer detail for customers with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry allowing them to trace their family connections back to seven genetic groups corresponding to regions within Eastern and Central Europe. Some of these regions overlap, but they map to areas with deep his...

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  • Feedback Helps Improve New Person Page

    Nov 8

    Trying out a new process for a gradual launch of the new person page has paid off for FamilySearch users and engineers. After first releasing the change in early August of 2022, FamilySearch software engineers have spent 2 months gathering and reading over 4,000 comments. This review process has allowed them to adjust or fix over 150 items bas...

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  • Student Researchers Contribute To The Genealogy Of Slavery

    Oct 27

    Officially, the Genealogy of Slavery project at Roanoke College’s Center for Studying Structures of Race this summer involved research to develop a database of information about enslaved people in Southwest Virginia before and during the Civil War. Unofficially, the student researchers were working to restore the names and stories of people ...

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  • Line of Succession To The British Throne – 2022

    Oct 25

    Queen Elizabeth II died in 2022. According to Wikipedia, the crown is inherited by a sovereign’s children or by a childless sovereign nearest the collateral line. The current line of succession to the British Throne is limited to the descendants of the sons of George V, Charles III’s great-grandfather. The official Royal.UK website prov...

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  • Embryos With DNA From Three People Develop Normally

    Oct 20

    A safety study published on Nature stated that researchers in China show that a technique used to replace diseased mitochondria does not affect early development. When the first baby to be conceived using a technique that mixes genetic material from three people was born in 2016, scientists worried that the procedure had not been studied to...

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