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  • FamilySearch Library And Centers Change Names

    Jan 26

    FamilySearch announced new names for its flagship Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and all family history centers worldwide. The library will now be known as the FamilySearch Library, and all family history centers will now be FamilySearch centers. The name changes better align with local centers with FamilySearch’s ex...

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  • FindMyPast Starts 2023 With Over 12,000 New Records

    Jan 24

    Findmypast announced its first release of the new year - and it’s a big one! Here is a rundown of everything that’s new here on Findmypast. Gibraltar Census 1871-1921 This brand-new collection comprises of six decades of census returns from Gibraltar. With Gibraltar being a British Overseas Territory from 1713, many of our ancestors ...

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  • What To Expect From FamilySearch in 2023

    Jan 19

    FamilySearch is excited to provide its annual glimpse into plans for the coming year to help individuals worldwide make fun personal and family discoveries. In 2023, FamilySearch patrons can expect free access to more of the world’s genealogical records, new search capabilities, more free help, and more localized discovery. RootsTech 2023...

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  • AncestryDNA Testing Advice For Adoptees

    Jan 17

    Laura House, AncestryDNA’s Genetic Genealogist, provides some helpful information for adoptees who have no access to information about one or both of their biological parents. This advice can also be beneficial for people with unknown paternity whose relatives are unable to give them information about their biological father. Foundlings tend...

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  • MyHeritage Posted A Wrap Up of 2022

    Jan 12

    MyHeritage says 2022 saw many ups and downs. For much of the world, it was a year of reopening and readjusting after two years of COVID turmoil, and a year of slow return to normality. Yet it was also marked by a major war, geopolitical upheavals, and economic challenges.  Here is a recap of what MyHeritage was up to in 2022: Januar...

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  • 23andMe Posted “The Year in Genetics”

    Jan 10

    The past year in genetics has held no shortage of surprises. Fossilized bone fragments helped to rewrite parts of the Neanderthal story, including how some bands migrated and lived. A team of researchers in Spain learned the dopplegängers have more in common than meets the eye. The phrase “superdodger: officially entered COVID-19 lexicon. A...

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  • All Of Us Research Program Returns Results

    Dec 27

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health’s All Of Us Research Program has begun returning personalized health-related DNA results to more than 155,000 participants, with reports detailing whether participants have an increased risk for specific health conditions and how their body might process certain medications. This marks a major milestone...

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  • Study Finds Genetic Link To Smoking And Drinking

    Dec 22

    Nature published information from a study titled: “Largest-ever analysis finds genetic links to smoking and drinking”. More than 3,500 genetic variations that potentially affect smoking and drinking behavior have been identified in a study involving almost 3.4 million people with African, American, East Asian, and European ancestry. The...

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  • Indiana Genealogical Society Provides More Resources

    Dec 20

    The Tribune-Star reported that many family researchers join their local genealogical society perhaps unaware that there is also a larger society. The Indiana Genealogical Society is located in Fort Wayne and is available for anyone with an interest in Hoosier genealogy to join. Indiana Genealogical Society (IGS) was formed in 1989. It stri...

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  • MyHeritage Updated A German Record Collection

    Dec 18

    MyHeritage announced an update to the Germany, North Rhine Westphalia, Death Index 1874-1938 collection in collaboration with the Landesarchiv Nordhein Westfalen, the State Archives of North Rhine-Westphalia. In this update, MyHertiage added 9 million death records from the the districts of Düsseldorf and Köln, bringing the total number of r...

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  • FamilyTreeDNA Will Be Platinum Sponsor At RootsTech 2023

    Dec 15

    NOTE: FamilyTreeDNA is not connected to FamilyTree.com. FamilySearch announced that at RootsTech, we bring you the leading experts in the field to introduce you to the latest innovations in family history. We are excited to present one of RootsTech Platinum Sponsors: FamilyTreeDNA.  Discover your unique DNA story with FamilyTreeDNA’s ...

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  • Finding Your Roots Seeks Family Mysteries

    Dec 13

    Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. is about to start filming its 10th season. To celebrate, they want to find a viewer to appear in the series! They are looking for someone with a family mystery that their team can solve. If you have one and want to be on the show, click a box on the Finding Your Roots website and tell them your sto...

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  • A Check-In On 23andMe’s Sarcoidosis Study

    Dec 9

    Not too long ago, 23andMe launched a new study of sarcoidosis, specifically aimed at better understanding the underlying genetic and environmental factors that contribute to sarcoidosis in individuals with African ancestry. Sarcoidosis (pronounced SAR-COY-DOE-SIS) is a rare inflammatory disease that affects the Black community at double the...

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  • Study Identifies Genetic Links to Dyslexia

    Nov 29

    A study titled: “Discovery of 42 genome-wide significant loci associated with dyslexia” was posted on Nature. It was published on October 20, 2022. There are many scientists and groups who contributed to it. The Abstract states: Reading and writing are crucial life skills but roughly one in ten children are affected by dyslexia, which c...

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  • Doctors Treated A Fatal Genetic Condition Before Birth

    Nov 24

    A team of doctors in the U.S. and Canada are reporting a medical first, Gizmodo reported. They were able to start treating a child’s rare and often deadly genetic condition while she was still a fetus in the womb - the same condition that claimed the lives of her siblings. Now 16 months old, the child, named Ayla, appears to be developing as...

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