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  • Hair Art

    Apr 21

    Known as 'hair art' it has been a form of art that began in the 16th century or earlier, and flourished in the Victorian era (1800s). It was used by people wanting to keep a memento of a loved one before the invention of photography. Hair art originated in England and France and then made its way to the United States. This form of art can take the ...

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  • Writing Ideas about your Ancestors

    Apr 19

    Trying to write a complete – total family history can be quite a bit. If able to do, go for it, that will be treasured by you, present relatives and future generations. But if doing a full and complete family history is too much now, here are some ideas for some shorter family story ideas. Write about some of the family legends or tales and if y...

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  • 23andMe Genetic Risk Report for TTR-Related Amyloidosis

    Apr 18

    23andMe added a new Genetic Health Risk report on TTR-related hereditary amyloidosis. It is a genetic, multi-system disease. Transthyretin amyloidosis is a slowly progressive condition characterized by the buildup of abnormal deposits of a protein called amyloid (amyloidosis) in the body's organs and tissues. These protein deposits most fre...

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  • Bill H. R. 1953 “Hello Girls”

    Apr 17

    There were approximately 223 American ladies who served in France during World War One. They were not nurses but rather a new position, that of a member of the Signal Corps Female Telephone Operators Unit. They were sworn into the U. S. Army Signal Corps. This position was suggested by General John J. Pershing to improve communications during the ...

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  • Ancestry is Updating Their Latest Innovations

    Apr 16

    Ancestry announced that they have updated three of the game changing innovations that they introduced at RootsTech 2019. They are: ThruLines, MyTreeTags, and New & Improved DNA Matches. Ancestry points out: “We launched these features in beta so you could explore them and send us feedback to make your Ancestry experience even better. Our t...

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  • Patriots’ Day – third Monday of April

    Apr 15

    This notable date goes to the New England states and especially related to the patriots of the American Revolution. Today it is an official holiday from work and school for the New England states – Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire. It does not mean other states in the nation don't also recognize 'Patriots...

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  • Camphor Glass Jewelry

    Apr 13

    You may have seen photos of some of your female ancestors wearing a piece of camphor glass jewelry or you might have inherited a piece, but did you know about this once very popular style of jewelry? Camphor glass is clear glass that has been treated with hydrofluoric acid vapors to give it a soft, lovely frosted, whitish appearance. This effect r...

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  • Help to Identify Family Photos

    Apr 11

    Everyone has a collection of vintage family photos with no name, date or location on them. Some of the people pictured may have lived decades before anyone living today was even born. However, to help with some identification here are a couple of ideas. Number one is to check with some of your older living relatives. That includes all branches of ...

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  • 23andMe Tests New Ancestry Breakdown in Central and South Asia

    Apr 11

    23andMe is testing an extensive update to their Ancestry Composition feature that dramatically improved results for 23andMe customers with Central and South Asian ancestry. More specifically, this update will benefit those with ancestry from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, or Nepal. The new ancestry breakdown in Central and ...

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  • National Siblings’ Day

    Apr 9

    On Wed., April 10th, across the United States and even overseas, is recognized as 'Siblings' Day'. This special recognition started in 1998. Not just the present siblings you might have now, but also those who have passed away and do not forget to add the siblings of your parents (your aunts-uncles) and siblings of your grandparents. Each and every...

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  • Third Judge Blocks Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

    Apr 9

    A third judge has blocked the controversial citizenship question that the Trump administration wants to have included in the 2020 census. The question asks: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” U.S. District Judge George Hazel for the United States Court for the District of Maryland found the decision to include that question on ...

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  • Less than Half-an-Hour Tasks

    Apr 7

    Only have a short period of time once or twice a week to work on your family tree? Well, here are a few ideas of quick tasks you may have overlooked. Doing a bit of Google Research on your ancestors could benefit you. In the search box do use quote marks for an ancestor's name or for a hometown with the state name. This helps narrow the search. Us...

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  • Changed the Calendar

    Apr 5

    You may have come across some unusual change of dates if you go back far enough. Such a change that you can be impacted as you do your research. This is the calendar change of 1752. The change can certainly cause some confusion even if it did help make corrections in dates and time. In September 1752, eleven whole days were cut from the calendar, ...

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  • MyHeritage Added Norwegian Census Records

    Apr 4

    MyHeritage announced the addition of three important census record collections from Norway, from 1891, 1900, and 1910, to MyHeritage SuperSearch. These record collections were added in collaboration with the National Archives of Norway, and include 6.8 million new records. With the release of these new collections, MyHeritage now offers approxim...

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  • DAR Genealogy Videos

    Apr 3

    Which other national organization just might be of great assistance and information to you as you research your family? How about the DAR – Daughters of the American Revolution? On the national website, they have a long series of authors discussing their historical work and this Genealogy 101 Series features presentations on a variety of genealog...

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