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  • Genetic Studies Have A Diversity Problem That Researchers Struggle To Fix

    May 28

    When he recently walked into the dental clinic at the Medical University of South Carolina donning a bright-blue pullover with “In Our DNA SC” embroidered prominently on the front, Lee Moultrie said, two Black women stopped him to ask questions, KFF Health News reported. “It’s a walking billboard,” said Moultrie, a healthcare advo...

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  • Washington Cemetery Has Been Lost To Time More Than Once

    May 23

    A tear trickled down from Sevilla Davis-Murphy’s right eye and streamed down her cheek, washing away a bit of the dust and dirt that was on her tired face, Troy Moon, Pensacola News Journal, reported. (Via Yahoo! News). Davis-Murphy was one of about 100 people at Good Hope A.M.E. Church Cemetery Saturday morning, cutting, clearing and cl...

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  • People With Two Copies Of A Risk Gene Have Genetic Form of Alzheimer’s, Scientists Say

    May 21

    People who carry two copies of the APOE4 gene are virtually guaranteed to develop Alzheimer’s and face symptoms at an earlier age, researchers reported on Monday in a study that could redefine such carriers as having a new genetic form of the mind-wasting disease, Reuters reported (via Microsoft Start).  The reclassification could change...

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  • MyHeritage Releases New York City Birth, Marriage, and Death Record Collections

    May 16

    We are thrilled to announce the publication of three new and important historical records collections: New York City birth, marriage, and death records. These robust collections are some of the most important vital records in the U.S. available online today, and MyHeritage is the only genealogy company that hosts the index for these records wi...

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  • Indiana State Archives Initiative

    May 14

    No-cost digitizing records of Indiana’s counties In a statewide project, counties in Indiana are engaged in an initiative to digitize important archived records that have been stored for decades in offices, basements, and various other types of storage units. The records of these counties are being preserved - at no cost to the state -...

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  • California Reparations Bills Clear First State Senate Hearings

    May 9

    Reparations bills to fund reparations policy and tackle past racially motivated eminent domain that took property from and displace Black Californians sailed through their first hearings this week at the state Capitol, The Sacramento Bee reported (via Microsoft Start).  The bills are part of the historic 2024 Reparations Priority Bill Pack...

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  • The Civilian Conservation Corps & Depression-Era Employment

    May 6

    Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected president during the height of the Great Depression, faced a nation devastated by the economic shock of the stock market crash of 1929. For many American families, savings were wiped out, homes were lost, and around a quarter of Americans were left unemployed, The Ancestry Team reported. Roosevelt’s New Deal...

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  • Can Genetic Genealogy Restore Family Narratives Disrupted By The Transatlantic Slave Trade?

    Apr 24

    Some political figures seek to remove references to slavery from the study of American history, adding to the vast knowledge gaps that stem from the transatlantic slave trade. To better understand these histories, scholars and individuals are turning to genetic genealogy to discover and retrace descendant-family lineages, phys.org reported (v...

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  • What A Genetic Match Really Means

    Apr 19

    In 2022, we reported the DNA sequences of 33 medieval people buried in a Jewish cemetery in Germany, The Conversation wrote (via Microsoft Start). Not long after we made the data publicly available, people started comparing their own DNA with that of the 14th-century German Jews, finding many “matches.” These medieval individuals had DNA f...

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  • Need 10,000 Daily Steps To Prevent Obesity? It May Depend On Genetics

    Apr 17

    The daily step count needed to reduce the risk of obesity may be largely dependent on genetics, a retrospective cohort study indicates, according to MedPage Today. Among U.S. adults without obesity in the All of Us Research Program, incidence of obesity over a median follow-up of 5.4 years was 13% for those in the lowest quartile of BMI pol...

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  • More Than 200 Veterans’ Graves Restored At Historic Fairview Cemetery

    Apr 12

    As the sun shined brightly in the Tuesday morning sky, four members of the American Legion Post 13 rifle detail stood at attention. In front of them stood roughly 205 graves, each of them marking a New Mexican veteran, Albuquerque Journal reported. Each grave featured a pearl white tombstone shooting out of the red rocks that surrounded it....

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  • Tracing British Roots With DNA and Records

    Apr 10

    Britain, particularly England and Wales, has a rich legacy of historical documents where we can find traces of our ancestors’ lives, Christina Copland, PHD, Professional Genealogist at Ancestry, wrote. Nonetheless, building your British family tree doesn’t come without challenges. The past 300 years have been a time if increasing migrat...

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  • 23andMe’s Historical Matches

    Apr 5

    Are you distantly related to the legendary, like the great musical genius Ludwig Van Beethoven? Perhaps you are genetically related to a high-status Viking woman form the 9th century who was buried in an ornate coffin with ornaments made of copper and a comb made form antlers? Maybe you’re linked to an African female Hunter-Gatherer buried w...

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  • MyHeritage Adds 707 Million Historical Records in March 2024

    Apr 3

    In March of 2024, MyHeritage published 707 million historical records in 17 historical record collections from the United States, Australia, Denmark, England, France, Northern Ireland, and Wales. The records include birth and baptism records, marriage and divorce records, death and burial records, census records, immigration and emigration rec...

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  • 23andMe Launches New Genetic Reports On Common Forms of Cancer

    Mar 28

    Business Insider reported on March 6, 2024 - 23andMe Holding Co., a leading human genetics and biopharmaceutical company, released three new genetic reports for 23andMe+ members on breast, colorectal and prostate cancer. The reports are based on statistical models known as polygenetic risk scores (PRS), developed by 23andMe through its proprie...

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