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  • 23andMe Partners with (RED)

    Dec 16

    23andMe announced that it has partnered with (RED). This is the first time that 23andMe has done this. Purchase a limited edition 23andMe DNA kit – while supplies last. Some of the cost of the purchase will go to help fight AIDS. As you may know, 23andMe is a mission-driven company with big dreams of using data to revolutionize health, well...

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  • Alabama County Marriage Records 1809-1950

    Dec 15

    The southern state of Alabama has a long history. You may have had an ancestor who was married in one of the counties of Alabama between 1809 and 1950. That is a very long period from which at least an index was kept of marriage records. If your ancestor lived in any of the bordering states (Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee) they could ...

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  • Tips for Discovering Biological Family with AncestryDNA

    Dec 15

    Ancestry has put together an informative blog post with tips for discovering biological family with AncestryDNA. Genealogists use DNA results to find relatives that they were unaware of. Genealogical mysteries are being solved thanks to consumer DNA tests like AncestryDNA. The five tips article was written by Jake Fletcher, an Associate Geneal...

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  • The First Genetic Map of Ireland has been Revealed

    Dec 14

    Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland that goes back to ancient times. The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports. The scientists involved in the study used four data sets of individuals with European ancestry: The Irish DNA Atlas, the Trinity Student Study dataset, the Peoples of the British Isles datase...

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  • MyHeritage Added New York Resources to SuperSearch

    Dec 13

    MyHeritage announced that it has added two collections to SuperSearch. Both of these collections are resources for genealogists who are looking for information about New York relatives and ancestors. MyHeritage explains: “The collections are valuable to everyone looking to discover new information about their ancestors, especially those with...

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  • Unusual Given Names of Ancestors

    Dec 13

    In developing your family tree have you come across some given names (first or middle names) in which you wonder where did that name come from? Here are some thoughts on how over the years some given names have come about. First, many given names (especially middle names for females) for a baby are a family surname, so that name is carried on. So ...

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  • Christmas Traditions from Around the World

    Dec 12

    The way your family celebrates Christmas is influenced by the traditions that have been handed down from one generation to the next. While there are some similarities, many countries celebrate Christmas in their own, unique, way. Italian-American families celebrate Christmas with The Feast of the Seven Fishes. It is a Christmas Eve meal that in...

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  • Mortuary Schedules for Illinois 1850-1880

    Dec 11

    Ancestors from Illinois or those who died there, there are Mortuary Schedules for the years 1850 to 1880. Coming from the online database of FamilySearch.org, available are name indexes and images of mortality schedules from Illinois,1850-1880. Mortality Schedules were created in conjunction with the U.S. Federal Census and listed people wh...

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  • Should You Share Dysfunctional Family History?

    Dec 11

    There are two kinds of family stories. One is the collection of warm and fuzzy memories that happened during summer vacations, holidays, and family dinners. The other group is the difficult memories that involve scary situations and possibly abuse. Should you share your dysfunctional family history with other family members? It depends. Is th...

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  • New Jersey State Census 1895

    Dec 9

    Any relatives from New Jersey? Be sure to investigate what is available with FamilySearch for the State Census done in 1895 for New Jersey. There are over 31,000 images in the collection. There is a complete index of information from the census pages plus a scanned image of the actual census as it was originally handwritten. This 1895 census cover...

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  • Findmypast to Publish More Sacramental Registers

    Dec 8

    FindMyPast announced that it plans to grow their Catholic Heritage Archive by adding a large number of sacramental registers from Catholic Churches in Cincinnati and Chicago. FindMyPast also will add additional updates to their Catholic Heritage Archive throughout 2018. The Catholic Heritage Archives is intended to become the most comprehensive ...

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  • MyHeritage Introduces Surveys

    Dec 7

    MyHeritage has introduced Surveys. The surveys were released by the MyHeritage Science Team, which is led by world-renowned genetics pioneer Dr. Yaniv Erlich. The purpose of the surveys is to help MyHeritage investigate how genetics affects various aspects of our lives. MyHeritage explains: “These surveys analyze the relationships between gen...

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  • American Revolutionary Rolls 1775-1783

    Dec 7

    Using the free to use 'FamilySearch' online you can investigate if you had any ancestors who were listed on available American Revolutionary Military Rolls covering 1775 to 1783. The collection consists of images of muster rolls, payrolls, strength returns, and other personnel, pay, and supply records of the American Army during the Revolutionary W...

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  • Prince Harry will Marry Meghan Markle

    Dec 6

    Prince Henry of Wales (who is often referred to as Prince Harry) and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on November 27, 2017. Since then, people have wondered if this makes Meghan Markle a princess. How does their marriage affect the line of succession to the throne? Will Meghan Markle be a Princess? There are two answers to this questi...

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  • Spice Up Your Family Tree with Historical Events

    Dec 5

    Each branch of ancestors on your family tree lived during a certain time frame or era in American History or of other nations in the world. They may or may not have been affected by each historical events (weather, wars, economic depression, elections, etc) but you can do some research to better learn of what events happened during their life. The...

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