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  • New Resources For FamilySearch Center Volunteers And Workers

    Sep 19

    FamilySearch’s goal is to make genealogical resources more accessible, engaging, and easy to use. As FamilySearch centers  provide resources to patrons all over the world, volunteers and staff members at these centers need some fundamental resources to maintain each center and help patrons have great experiences when visiting. FamilyS...


  • Welsh Last Names: Meanings and Popularity

    Sep 15

    As the land of Dylan Thomas and medieval castles, Wales has a fascinating history rooted in Celtic origins. That history lives on in the country’s chapels, cathedrals, and rolling green hills. If you’re curious about your Welsh heritage, the first step is to learn more about the most common surnames, the Ancestry Team wrote. About 500 ...


  • MyHeritage Adds 89 Million Historical Records

    Sep 13

    What a way to finish the summer! In August 2023 we published 89 million historical records from 37 new historical record collections from Australia, U.K., and the U.S., as well as one collection from all over the world. The records include marriage, death, burial, obituary, as well as one tax collection from all over the world. Many of the col...


  • 23andMe Improves BRCA Report For Communities Underrepresented In Genetic Testing

    Sep 11

    Building on our first FDA authorization for a direct-to-consumer genetic health risk test for cancer, 23andMe received clearance this week to expand the number of genetic test variants covered in our BRAC1/BRAC2 (Selected variants) Genetic Health Risk report. These additional variants are all known to be associated with higher risk for brea...


  • Discover Your Hispanic Roots

    Sep 7

    Hispanic heritage stretches back more than five centuries, bringing together millions of people with their own unique stories. Hispanic individuals have used their experiences to make scientific breakthroughs, develop new technology, negotiate peace treaties, and improve working conditions for people all over the world. They’ve also made imp...


  • Korean Last Names, Naming Traditions, And Meanings

    Aug 28

    The Ancestry Team posted an article about Korean surnames. North Korea and South Korea share a border, but they couldn’t be more different. Referred to as a “hermit kingdom”, North Korea is an isolated country known for its authoritarian government. In contrast, South Korea is heavily influenced by Western culture, making it one of the l...


  • How To Rescue A Family Bible

    Aug 23

    For generations, there were families who carefully recorded meaningful family events into the back of their Bibles. Sometimes, those Bibles are lost, forgotten about, or discarded. A company called Bible Rescue helps rescue those Bibles and return them to a family member. has a blog post written by Patty Taylor regarding rescuing...


  • Tracing Mexican Roots With DNA Records

    Aug 21

    Ancestry has provided helpful information about how to trace your Mexican roots with DNA and records. The information was posted under Family History by Jensen Cordon, Professional Genealogist at Ancestry. Immigration from Mexico to the U.S. has been ongoing for hundreds of years. But tracing your family’s story across time and borders ca...


  • Explore Millions of Records From The British Isles

    Aug 16

    FindMyPast wrote that with extensive record additions and over 100,000 newspaper pages, you can discover the stories of your ancestors like never before. Over three centuries of history are covered. Our team has been hard at work, bolstering five of our existing collections with new additions, and adding two brand-new sets into the mix. If ...


  • Family Of Henrietta Lacks Settles With Biotech Company

    Aug 14

    More than 70 years after doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital took Henrietta Lacks’ cervical cells without her knowledge, a lawyer for her descendants said they have reached a settlement with a biotechnology company they sued in 2021, accusing its leaders of reaping billions of dollars in a racist medical system, NBC News reported. Tissue ta...


  • Surprising Facts About The History Of Barbie

    Aug 9

    How much do you know about the history of the Barbie doll? Perhaps you and your friends played with these iconic and ever-changing dolls when you were children. MyHeritage has put together a blog post with some surprising things about Barbie. The new Barbie movie is making a huge splash in theaters, with many finding it a surprising and ref...


  • Historical DNA Reveals Connection Between Living People And Enslaved African Americans

    Aug 7

    We don’t know their names, but a new historical DNA analysis by researchers at 23andMe, Harvard University, and the Smithsonian Institution has revealed more about the enslaved and freed African Americans who labored at a Maryland iron furnace, just after the founding of the United States.  Along with insights into the lives of these f...


  • Find The U.S. Immigration Ports Your Ancestors Used

    Jul 27

    The major U.S. immigration ports in the 19th and 20th centuries were New York, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Charleston, San Francisco, and New Orleans, FamilySearch wrote. What are Legal Ports of Entry? A port of entry is a location where a person can legally enter the country. Historically, ports of entry were typically seaports. Ho...


  • Understanding Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry & Genetics

    Jul 25

    The history and culture of Ashkenazi Jewish people, the waves of persecution, pogroms, and communal isolation over centuries, help explain the genetic uniqueness of Ashkenazi ancestry and it’s implications on health, 23andMe wrote. While people of Ashkenazi ancestry have deep roots in eastern and central Europe, their ancestral lines tra...


  • Tricare Will Cover 5 New Genetic Diagnostic Tests

    Jul 20

    The Defense Health Agency has extended a pilot program that covers many now-common laboratory genetic tests and added five more to improve diagnostics and care for patients with breast, blood and prostate cancer and suspicious-looking moles or skin legions, reported. The Pentagon’s health arm announced Thursday that it has e...


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