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  • Don’t Snooze – Back Up Your Computer Family Data

    Dec 12

    Hopefully you have a separate file on your personal computer with the notes, charts, photos, census information and data you have amassed on your ancestors. You could well have it organized into one of the many family history computer software programs; such as Family Tree Maker, Legacy, The Master Genealogist, RootsMagic, Reunion 9 and Family Hist...

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  • Don’t Overlook Variations in Surname Spellings

    Dec 11

    Many vital records including birth, marriage, census, military and death have countless errors. Especially true when it comes to a person's given name and surname. The clerk filling out the birth record, marriage license, deed, etc. may have had only an 8th grade education. The clerk may not have understood the individual when information was pr...

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  • Family Tree Builder Launched by MyHeritage

    Dec 10

    The genealogy website called MyHeritage has just launched some brand new software called Family Tree Builder 5.0. It's free, and easy to use. This software offers you new ways to organize, document, and showcase your family history, and has features that the previous versions did not have. You can download it directly from their website. When I ...

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  • Mom Reunites With Long Lost Daughter – Through Facebook

    Dec 9

    Facebook is more than a place to post statuses about your opinion of the restaurant where you ate your lunch today. It's more than where you go to play simple online games, and to look up the people who were in your class in high school. It seems that Facebook is also the place to go if you are trying to get in touch with a long lost family member....

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  • Ahnentafel Charts Make Things Clear

    Dec 8

    There are different formats that a Family Tree might take. Depending on the style of the chart that you are using, it might show five, six, seven, or even more generations. Some family tree charts get so full of information that it can be difficult to understand exactly how one ancestor relates to another one, or how either of them relate to you. I...

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  • What Happened on Your Ancestor’s Wedding Day?

    Dec 7

    As a family historian, one is interested in gathering the names, places and dates of our numerous relatives. However, there is more to learning about one’s ancestors than just a series of dates. Each of those dates represents an important event or a life-changing moment that well could have changed future generations also. True, it is very har...

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  • Play a Game, Help Genetic Research!

    Dec 6

    Are you tired of playing Farmville? Try Phylo instead! It's not yet on Facebook, but there are plans in the future to try and integrate Phylo into a Facebook application in the future. Instead of spending your break time farming virtual crops, spend it helping genetic researchers decode a disease!   Phylo was created by a team of b...

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  • Your Family Tree Reveals Important Health Information

    Dec 5

    The information that is in your family tree reveals much more than who you are related to, and how you are related to them. It is also a research tool that can be used to reveal important health information! There are many conditions, diseases, and disorders that can be genetically passed down from ancestors to their descendants. The more you k...

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  • Who Do You Think You Are?

    Dec 4

    Have you seen this show yet? “Who Do You Think You Are” is an American reality television program that airs on NBC. If you are interested in genealogy, you really should check out this show. It is relatively new, and premiered on NBC in March of 2010. This show is an adaptation of the British television series that has the exact same name. T...

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  • Researchers Find Genetic Links to Early Puberty

    Dec 3

    I think most women were told a variety of information about when they could expect to get their first period. There is the idea that a girl can expect to start menstruating when she becomes the same age that her mother was, when her mother got her first period. Some have said that the amount of body fat a girl has plays a part in when she will star...

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  • Learn More From Your DNA

    Dec 2

    Want to learn more from your DNA? There is a company called 23andMe that can help you do that! It's very easy to get started. You send them a sample of your saliva, and they use the DNA in it to find out more about your health, and your ancestral origins. They will keep you updated when new information is found. This is a great way to enhance your ...

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  • Former Circus Worker Reunited With Long Lost Son

    Dec 1

    A woman who used to work at a circus has been reunited with her long lost son, after being separated from him for thirty-three years. Richard Lornac, from Kansas, knew that he was adopted. As an adult, he suffered from back problems. This is what prompted him to try and learn more about his biological family. What he learned was rather surprising. ...

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  • What I Learned – Day Eleven

    Nov 30

    Not expecting to find anything useful, but still curious about what the rest of the list holds for me, I return to the MyHeritage website. So far, I am unimpressed with the list of matches that MyHeritage found for me. I have two potential websites left on the list. The next website on the list is Ancestor Search (Easy Google Genealogy Searcher)...

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  • What I Learned – Day Ten

    Nov 29

    Today, I return to the MyHeritage website to hopefully complete my search through the list of websites it found for me. I am still searching for myself, using my first name and my unmarried surname. I am getting close to the bottom of the list, and I have found exactly zero useful pieces of information so far. MyHeritage has yet to locate me anywhe...

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  • What I Learned – Day Nine

    Nov 28

    Today, I am determined to finish sorting through the list that the MyHeritage website gave me. I am still working from my original search, where I told it to look for my first name and my maiden surname. I have yet to find anything of use, and am getting discouraged. The next website on the list is USGenNet. I have heard that this website is one...

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