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  • Introducing Biological Age Feature For 23andMe+ Total Health Members

    Jul 10

    Your age is just a number. It doesn’t tell you much about how old or young you feel or the health of your body. Maybe there’s a better way, one that offers a path to better health while encouraging you to stay young at heart, 23andMe wrote. 23andMe launched a new Biological Age feature as part of our advanced health membership, 23andMe+...

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  • 100+ Million New Images Now Available In Quick Name Review

    Jul 7

    Do you like volunteering on FamilySearch.org? FamilySearch Get Involved has added more opportunities for you to help discover their ancestors — more than 100 million, in fact. That’s the number of new English record images available in Quick Name Review on Get Involved. What’s even more exciting is that these images are of 19th-centur...

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  • Indianapolis First Cemetery Raises Concerns About Fate of Unmarked Black Graves

    Jun 29

    Jeremy Wilson is surrounded by bones — and looking for clues. Wilson is a bio archeologist and, to him, the relics are puzzle pieces that help tell stories of long-forgotten lives, the Indianapolis Star reported (via Microsoft Start). The size of a joint points to gender. Fused growth plates show a person who’s reached adulthood. Skull ...

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  • Do You Know About The Earliest Inhabitants Of the Caribbean?

    Jun 28

    June is Caribbean American Heritage Month. In celebration, 23andMe is adding 20 new historical individuals from the ancient Caribbean to Historical Matches, our new 23andMe+ Premium membership feature that may genetically connect you to one or more of hundreds of historical people across the globe. The first evidence of human occupation of ...

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  • California Reparations Bills One Step Closer To Passage After Assembly Judiciary Vote

    Jun 26

    California state Senator Steven Bradford has announced that three reparations bills he authored had passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. (Via Microsoft Start) Senate Bill 1403 would create the California American Freedmen Affairs Agency, tasked with helping administer reparations. The government agency would have its own Genealog...

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  • Inherited Genetic Factors May Predict The Pattern Of X Chromosome Loss in Older Women

    Jun 21

    A genomic analysis co-led by NIH suggests that the DNA a woman is born with may influence how her cells respond to chromosomal abnormalities acquired with aging. Researchers have identified inherited genetic variants that may predict the loss of one copy of a woman’s two X chromosomes as she ages, a phenomenon known as mosaic loss of chro...

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  • What is Juneteenth? The History Behind the Holiday

    Jun 19

    Juneteenth is an important historical milestone celebrating the actual abolition of slavery within the United States. Discover the history and meaning behind the holiday that makes when freedom was finally within reach for enslaved individuals at the end of the Civil War and is cherished by so many today, Glen Greener wrote for FamilySearch. ...

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  • MyHeritage Adds 123 Million Historical Records In April and May 2024

    Jun 18

    In April and May 2024, we published 123 million historical records from 18 collections. The newly added records are from the United States, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Italy, Luxembourg, and England, and include birth records, marriage and divorce records, death a...

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  • Fragments of Freedom In The Fine Print

    Jun 16

    Ancestry announced the publication and free availability of a new collection of newspaper articles containing details on more than 183,000 formerly enslaved people. The new collection will help descendants of previously enslaved people in the U.S. discover more about their families.They also serve as an important resource for understanding the...

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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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