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  • Two States Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method

    Jun 15

    Maryland and Montana are the first states to restrict law enforcement's use of genetic genealogy. The New York Times reported in May of 2021. Genetic genealogy is the technique that identified the Golden State Killer in 2018. The laws in Maryland and Montana are an effort to ensure the genetic privacy of an accused person. Montana's House B...

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  • 23andMe Added Two New Medication Insight Reports

    Jun 10

    23andMe announced that they have two new Medication Insight Reports that are available to 23andMe+ members. The 23andMe+ Membership offers everything in the Ancestry + Traits Service and the Health + Ancestry Service. It also provides exclusive reports throughout the year. 23andMe released two new Medication Insight Reports as part of their...

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  • AncestryDNA Updated Four Communities

    Jun 8

    Ancestry is continuously developing ways for you to learn about yourself through DNA and empowering you to unlock more discoveries about your family history. One way Ancestry applies advanced technology and evolving DNA science is by updating communities, which can connect people through their DNA to the places their ancestors likely lived and...

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  • Texas Cemetery Receives Historic Designation

    Jun 2

    Sweet Rest Cemetery is located in Tamina, Texas. In May of 2021, the cemetery was officially designated as a historic place by the State of Texas. Tamina’s history can be traced back to R.B. Smith, an educator from the city of Montgomery, John Nailor, a Houston-area businessman. In 1871, freed slaves moved to Tamina to help build the rail...

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  • Hart Island Transferred to NYC Parks Department

    May 25

    Since 1980, 72,251 people have been buried on Hart Island. Hart Island is a small piece of land off The Bronx. In 2019, it was announced that Hart Island would be transferred from the New York City’s Department of Corrections to the New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. In 2021, Gothamist that Hart Island is the final rest...

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  • U.S. 2020 Census Apportionment Results

    May 20

    In April of 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the 2020 Census showed that the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2020, was 331,449,281. The U.S. resident population represents the total number of people living in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The resident population increased by 22,703,743 or 7.4% f...

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  • FamilySearch Updated Their Messaging System

    May 18

    FamilySearch is proud to have the world’s largest online family tree and thrilled to provide free family history experiences to millions. In order to give users the best experience possible, they are constantly working on updates and improvements to their online experience. To keep you up to date on the latest FamilySearch experience changes...

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  • MyHeritage Acquired by Francisco Partners

    May 13

    MyHeritage announced that it has been acquired by Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology businesses. Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage, will continue to lead their excellent and dedicated team as they create new and exciting ways for people to learn about their origins. ...

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  • 23andMe Explains the Genetics of Allergies

    May 11

    23andMe highlighted two studies that might explain why some people suffer from allergies every spring. The studies found information about allergies that may surprise you! According to the Mayo Clinic, an allergy starts when your immune system mistakes a normally harmless substance for a dangerous invader. The immune system then produces an...

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  • Students Took Photos of Gravestones for BillionGraves

    May 6

    Students from Siskiyou County in the Mount Shasta ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints took photos of gravestones at the Mount Shasta Memorial Park cemetery. The photos were for BillionGraves, and the students took and uploaded nearly 1,000 photographs. BillionGraves states that it is the largest resource for searchable G...

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