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  • Ireland Illustrated 1680-1860

    Jul 11

    With any ancestors from Ireland, there wasn't always photos available of the earlier years – say before 1860 (because photography was a very new invention). So instead it is great to see that many illustrations (drawings) were done of places and people in Ireland over the decades, mostly from travel accounts. The online site, Ireland Illustrated...

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  • FamilySearch Added Records for Denmark, Finland, and Sweden

    Jul 11

    FamilySearch announced the availability of its newest record collections, which consist of 135.4 million free, digital historical records from Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. These should be useful for genealogists who have ancestors from those countries. The new collections were digitized in a partnership between FamilySearch, MyHeritage, and the...

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  • Thinking You are All Done with your Family History?

    Jul 9

    There are many experienced family history researchers who say; “You are never done researching your family.” Even if you think differently, here are few ideas you should check before saying you are done. All the major online sources (such as FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com) for databases are always updating and adding new digital resources (...

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  • 23andMe Adds Four New Trait Reports

    Jul 9

    23andMe announced that they have added four new trait reports to its growing list of more than two-dozen trait reports. The new trait reports are the latest in a series of new offerings for 23andMe customers interested in exploring their genetics in a fun way. 23andMe points out that results from 23andMe research are preliminary and are meant fo...

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  • FamilySearch Collections

    Jul 7

    If you have not used recently or at all, the FamilySearch online site or the material at any local Family History Center operated b the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, you are missing a golden opportunity. The FamilySearch.org is always adding to its collections. Just the United States collections number 1,114 with titles such as: Alabama Deaths ...

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  • New York City in 1911

    Jul 5

    Imagine being to see in a silent film the daily lives of the residents and visitors to New York City in 1911. That is 107 years ago!! It is just over 7 ½ minutes covering the streets of New York, just some fascinating footage of the people of all different walks, their transportation (note from automobiles, streetcars to horse and carriage), the f...

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  • Ancestry Brought Back the Family Group Sheets

    Jul 4

    Ancestry.com announced that the Family Group Sheets have returned. The purpose of the Family Group Sheet is to aid genealogists with their research. Ancestry included information in their blog post for people who are unfamiliar with what a Family Group Sheet (or Family Group Record) is. They explain it this way: “It is a view of parents an...

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  • MyHeritage and 23andMe to Donate DNA Kits to Reunite Families

    Jul 2

    Two of the companies that make direct-to-consumer DNA test kits are offering free DNA tests to help reunite families that were separated from each other at the United States border. Both MyHeritage and 23andMe have started contacting relevant government agencies and non-profit legal aid organizations that are representing the families. Genealog...

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  • Gwinnett County Public Library Adds Genealogy Resources

    Jun 30

    The Gwinnett County Public Library has several locations in Gwinnett County, Georgia. They have added new genealogy resources for Gwinnett County residents who are searching for long-lost relatives. Gwinnett County Public Library added FindmyPast, Fold3, and Gale Genealogy Connect to their genealogy catalog. Their resources already include An...

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  • Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants Database

    Jun 28

    American Ancestors has created an exclusive database for genealogists who are descendants of Mayflower families. It is called the Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1800 database. People who are full members of AmericanAncestors.org can search the world's largest database of authenticated Mayflower passenger genealogies to...

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  • One Ancestor at a Time

    Jun 27

    Sometimes it may seem a bit overwhelming – so many family tree branches – so many ancestors. Once you have a basic start with yourself, then your parents and then grandparents, select one of them, say your grandmother and make a one to two page fact-filled, at-a-glance summary of your ancestor’s life. This can then be easily put together, mad...

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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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