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  • Soldiers-Sailors of the War of 1812

    Jun 25

    When doing our family history, we think of our ancestors may be in the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, World War One or Two or Vietnam War but not too often is the War of 1812 considered. This was a conflict running from June 1812 to February 1815 between the United States and the United Kingdom (England). About 2,200 to 3,700 A...

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  • FamilySearch to Allow Same-Sex Relationships on Family Trees

    Jun 25

    Your family might include people who are LGBT. Genealogists will quickly discover that family trees are not set up to accommodate same-sex couples or same-sex parents. FamilySearch has been working on changing their systems in order to include records and data on people in same-sex relationships and also to make it possible to include same-sex pare...

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  • Digital Library of Georgia

    Jun 23

    Several states have done a fabulous job making many of their collections (photos, letters, documents, etc.) in a digital format. One outstanding example is the Digital Library of Georgia. Gathering collections from libraries, museum, donations, etc their digital collections represent resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. However, there ...

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  • BackupMyTree and World Vital Records are Sunsetting

    Jun 23

    MyHeritage announced that they will be sunsetting both World Vital Records/ Family Link and BackupMyTree. MyHeritage acquired those services in 2011, and is retiring them on September 1, 2018. In general, it is not unusual for a company to sunset products or smaller companies that they acquired some time after acquiring them. It has happened wit...

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  • Occupations by Another Name

    Jun 21

    Some of the jobs and occupations our ancestors held during their lifetime no longer exist. Many however, still do exist but are now known by another name. So to help you figure out what your ancestor may have done as an occupation, especially when you find such a listing on a census record, a city directory, their death certificate or in a documen...

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  • The Pros and Cons of Mirror Trees

    Jun 20

    A mirror tree is a tool that some genealogists use in order to discover more relatives that are DNA matches. A genealogist starts with his or her own family tree and then makes a mirror image of the family tree of a cousin. Here is a quick look at some of the pros and cons of mirror trees. A mirror tree is a direct copy of a family tree. The mir...

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  • Use of Funeral Home Records

    Jun 19

    Contacting the funeral home in a hometown to see what records they hold about your ancestors can be a great resource. It might take some extra investigation if the funeral home the family used years ago has been sold and is under another name. However, most of the time, the previous funeral home did have the new operators store the older records. ...

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  • Living DNA Family Networks is Unique

    Jun 18

    Living DNA has created a unique feature called Family Networks. It is a DNA-driven family tree reconstruction and matching method that takes the guesswork out of DNA relationships. Family Networks was first previewed at RootsTech 2018. Living DNA is a collaboration of over 100 world-leading scientists, academic researchers and genetic experts fr...

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  • Interview a Town’s Natives

    Jun 17

    In Stuart, Florida, at the downtown Stuart Heritage Museum, every Wednesday morning is the gathering of the 'Old Timers Social'. Started several years ago, everyone is invited to attend and meet with other long-time residents and especially natives of Stuart. With the city incorporated only 104 years ago, there are many who grew up in Stuart and it...

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  • Organize Your Photos with MemoryWeb

    Jun 16

    It has been said that the best camera to use is the one you have at the moment. Today, that usually means the camera that is on your smartphone. Family historians and genealogists can quickly end up with tons of digital, unlabeled, family photos that need to be organized. MemoryWeb can help you with this task. MemoryWeb is an app that can be dow...

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  • Advantages of Contacting Historical Societies

    Jun 15

    If you have not investigated contacting a historical society in your ancestral town or county or state, you will need to see what is available. The purpose of a historical society is an organization dedicated to preserving, collecting, researching, and interpreting historical information or items. Originally, these societies were created as a way t...

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  • Historical Tie-ins to Your Ancestors

    Jun 13

    None of your ancestors may have been famous or renown but they may of knowledge of locally famous people in their community. It could be the town's mayor, a war hero, a decorated police officer or a local community singer. A good method to uncover such individuals is to locate newspapers for the family hometown or county. Many such newspapers that ...

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  • 23andMe has Genetic Risk Report for G6PD Deficiency

    Jun 13

    23andMe announced that it has added a new Genetic Risk Report for G6PD Deficiency. It looks for one genetic variant linked to episodes of anemia. G6PD stands for “Glucose-6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency”. It is a genetic disorder that occurs almost exclusively in males. It affects red blood cells, which carry oxygen from the lungs to ti...

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  • Why No Death Certificate

    Jun 11

    It can be a bit frustrating when you can not find any record or certificate or even obituary for an ancestor's death. There can be some logical reasons why there is no death record that you have found yet. If you look at some possible reasons why you might not find it, then you have a chance of locating it. Reason first is the spelling of a name. ...

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  • How to Revoke Research Consent from DNA Testing Companies

    Jun 10

    People are often very excited to see the results of their DNA test. Later, some people become concerned about what the DNA company will share. Fortunately, there are ways to revoke research consent from DNA testing companies. 23andMe Researchers who conduct analyses will have access to your genetic and other personal information, but not to you...

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