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  • A Common Family Surname

    Mar 21

    Doing family research if you just happen to have several very common, proliferate surnames can prove to be a challenge. I just came across a not so proliferate individual's given and surname for the 1940s-1960s – that of Walter Ashley – and I just discovered there were two of these gentlemen living within 50 miles of each other and approximatel...

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  • MyHeritage has Finished Digitizing Israel’s Cemeteries

    Mar 21

    MyHeritage announced that they have completed their goal of digitizing every cemetery in Israel. The process took five years of dedicated efforts. Israel is now the first country in the world to have almost all of its gravestones preserved and searchable online, with images, locations, and fully transcribed records. MyHeritage put up all of tha...

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  • Ancestry.com School Yearbooks

    Mar 19

    Locating by whatever method a school yearbook on an ancestor can be such a treasure. No matter which it was middle grade, high school or college, it could reveal little known facts about your relative. Using the Ancestry.com collection of 324,000 yearbooks and more than 52 million pages you have a good shot of locating one or more ancestors. To he...

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  • Second Judge Blocks Citizenship Question from 2020 Census

    Mar 19

    There is controversy over a question that may or may not be permitted to appear on the 2020 Census. “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” Two judges have now ruled to have that question removed from the 2020 Census. The state of California brought a case about the citizenship question to court. California argued that Commerce Dep...

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  • You Are Not Living Your Grandparents’ Lives

    Mar 17

    As you put together stories and points of interest about your ancestors, especially your grandparents and great grandparents, a good comparison to add were their daily life events that were very common for your ancestors to do that you today have no concept or experience in. It does help future generations see how life has changed and some things ...

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  • Ontario, Canada – BMD

    Mar 15

    The newest databases to search from Ancestry.com is for Births-Marriages and Deaths in Ontario, Canada. With it being on the northern border with the United States, many individuals on both sides have been in the US and / or Canada, especially in Ontario. Using the subscript-fee site with three important area – births – marriages – deaths, y...

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  • The Shelborne Hotel has a Genealogy Butler

    Mar 14

    The Shelbourne hotel is located in Dublin, Ireland. It is a five-star luxury hotel, with everything you would expect it to have. In addition, it has a genealogy butler. Her name is Helen Kelly. Helen Kelly is one of Ireland's leading accredited genealogists, and a member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (formerly the Association of Professi...

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  • Hints to Find a Female’s Maiden Name

    Mar 13

    It can be one of the hardest tasks in doing your family or one of the easiest. It all depends on how much details were added to the following documents. When searching, make sure you completely check for a maiden name using: A marriage certificate or license A death certificate A family Bible record Federal Census records Birth / baptismal re...

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  • MyHeritage Introduced Two New Features

    Mar 12

    MyHeritage has introduced two new features that can help users get more from their DNA Matches. One is called Theory of Family Relativity, and the other is called AutoClusters. Theory of Family Relativity incorporates genealogical information on all MyHeritage's collections of nearly 10 billion historical records and family tree profiles to off...

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  • Mail-Order Brides of Jamestown Colony

    Mar 11

    Not the only time mail-order brides came to a rural, remote area to marry a strange and help populate the settlement. But the English Jamestown Colony in the Virginia Colony was the first in the early English settlement in North America. The colony was established on May 14, 1607, all males came to seek their fortune and a new life in the new worl...

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  • You Found a Possible Ancestor in the US Census

    Mar 9

    You are going over a census record – 1860, 1880, 1900 or any other and you spot a name of someone who could be a relative. They might not be living with other known family members with the same name but rather was a 'boarder' or living with other family members with a different surname. To check you have the right person do the following. Revie...

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  • Falsehoods in Genealogy

    Mar 7

    Whether you are new to doing your family history research or been at awhile, you do need to be careful and not assume all items, information, records are 100% accurate. There can be falsehoods you should be aware of. Here are just a few. One of the most important records in the US Federal Censuses. For the first time (and what would later turn out...

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  • Women’s History Month is Celebrated in March

    Mar 7

    Women's History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-98 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women's History Week.” In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designat...

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  • In England – Before Divorce

    Mar 5

    It might appear to be a bit strange for a civilized nation such as England, but it was common practice for a marriage to end, not in divorce but rather the husband selling his wife. In the 18th century England, it became a practice since divorces were only for the wealthy and even a separation could be expensive for the ex-husband, paying for her ...

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  • Ancestry Announced New Family History Tools

    Mar 5

    Ancestry announced the release of new, game-changing, family history research tools at RootsTech 2019. Those tools include: MyTreeTags, New & Improved DNA Matches, and ThruLines. MyTreeTags is a simple new way to organize your family research. You can apply labels called MyTreeTags to people in your family tree to indicate whether your resea...

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