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  • Scottish-American Heritage Month

    Apr 1

    During the month of April, it is recognized in the United States as 'Scottish-American Heritage Month'. Have you located any Scottish ancestors? If you do have Scottish ancestors, you can take pride in their many achievements over the years in the United States, and even those achievements made while in Scotland. Even if you do not have any Scott...

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  • Do Not Let This Happen

    Mar 31

    The family collection of vintage photos is very valuable and not replaceable. Yet, you may think you are caring for these treasure family photos when in truth you may be letting anyone of the following damaging events happened right now to those photos / slides / negatives. Review the list and make sure you do not let this happen. Keep away from e...

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  • The Theme or Twist of Your Family Story

    Mar 29

    Doing your family history is not just gathering names, dates and places. It is truly about the individuals over the decades who would be the basic core of who you are today. If a great grandfather had not moved from Scotland and resettled in Vermont, you would have been born in Scotland and lead a totally different life. Every individual, every fa...

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  • Using Flash Drives when Gathering Family Information

    Mar 27

    Those small compact flash drives are very handy. In many public libraries, they have had microfilm rolls of their hometown newspapers. Yet, using that microfilm on the conventional microfilm readers can be very hard. To search for a surname or keyword is even harder. Many libraries have been updating such equipment and the newer microfilm readers...

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  • 23andMe Offers Genetic Report on Type 2 Diabetes

    Mar 26

    23andMe has a new Type 2 Diabetes report that offers customers insight into their likelihood of developing one of the most prevalent, pernicious, and preventable health conditions in the United States. 23andMe hopes that the Type 2 Diabetes report will help raise awareness about diabetes, as well as the potential to make healthy lifestyle chang...

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  • FamilySearch.org Photos

    Mar 25

    Another often overlooked resource for photos of family members is the FamilySearch.org Memories. Someone could have posted a vintage photo for their family tree and there just might be a tie-in to your family. Once you are signed in to FamilySearch.org, you can do a search on your ancestor’s name or surname by clicking on “Find” in the toolb...

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  • Newspapers – Unusual Lady Listings

    Mar 23

    This month for Women's History or any month is good to make an effort to learn more about your female ancestors. There just might be some fascinating events and activities connected to grandmothers, great aunts, or gr gr grandmothers. Newspapers have always been an excellent resource. That is because women have NOT just been 'housewives'. Many hav...

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  • A Common Family Surname

    Mar 21

    Doing family research if you just happen to have several very common, proliferate surnames can prove to be a challenge. I just came across a not so proliferate individual's given and surname for the 1940s-1960s – that of Walter Ashley – and I just discovered there were two of these gentlemen living within 50 miles of each other and approximatel...

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  • MyHeritage has Finished Digitizing Israel’s Cemeteries

    Mar 21

    MyHeritage announced that they have completed their goal of digitizing every cemetery in Israel. The process took five years of dedicated efforts. Israel is now the first country in the world to have almost all of its gravestones preserved and searchable online, with images, locations, and fully transcribed records. MyHeritage put up all of tha...

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  • Ancestry.com School Yearbooks

    Mar 19

    Locating by whatever method a school yearbook on an ancestor can be such a treasure. No matter which it was middle grade, high school or college, it could reveal little known facts about your relative. Using the Ancestry.com collection of 324,000 yearbooks and more than 52 million pages you have a good shot of locating one or more ancestors. To he...

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  • Second Judge Blocks Citizenship Question from 2020 Census

    Mar 19

    There is controversy over a question that may or may not be permitted to appear on the 2020 Census. “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” Two judges have now ruled to have that question removed from the 2020 Census. The state of California brought a case about the citizenship question to court. California argued that Commerce Dep...

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  • You Are Not Living Your Grandparents’ Lives

    Mar 17

    As you put together stories and points of interest about your ancestors, especially your grandparents and great grandparents, a good comparison to add were their daily life events that were very common for your ancestors to do that you today have no concept or experience in. It does help future generations see how life has changed and some things ...

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  • Ontario, Canada – BMD

    Mar 15

    The newest databases to search from Ancestry.com is for Births-Marriages and Deaths in Ontario, Canada. With it being on the northern border with the United States, many individuals on both sides have been in the US and / or Canada, especially in Ontario. Using the subscript-fee site with three important area – births – marriages – deaths, y...

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  • The Shelborne Hotel has a Genealogy Butler

    Mar 14

    The Shelbourne hotel is located in Dublin, Ireland. It is a five-star luxury hotel, with everything you would expect it to have. In addition, it has a genealogy butler. Her name is Helen Kelly. Helen Kelly is one of Ireland's leading accredited genealogists, and a member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (formerly the Association of Professi...

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  • Hints to Find a Female’s Maiden Name

    Mar 13

    It can be one of the hardest tasks in doing your family or one of the easiest. It all depends on how much details were added to the following documents. When searching, make sure you completely check for a maiden name using: A marriage certificate or license A death certificate A family Bible record Federal Census records Birth / baptismal re...

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