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  • 770,000 Saliva Samples Reveal Post-Colonial Population of North America

    Feb 9

    Ancestry.com announced that the work done by their science team has been published in Nature Communications. 770,000 saliva samples, taken from AncestryDNA customers over the past five years, have been used to create a map of post-colonial America. The work of Ancestry's science team has been published in Nature Communications. The title of the...

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  • Pennsylvanian Civil Marriages 1677 – 1950

    Feb 9

    This state was part of the original 13 American / British colonies and has a very long history. Many different ethnic groups eventually settled in the colony of Pennsylvania. Even after it was a state, it was home to millions of people, many may have been your ancestors. FamilySearch.org site (free to use) has 1.1 million images covering 1677 to 1...

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  • Tips for Researching Your African-American Ancestors

    Feb 8

    FamilySearch is one of the most popular genealogy websites. FamilySearch has put together a blog post of helpful tips for tracing your African-American Ancestors. One of these tips could help you break through the “brick wall” in your research. FamilySearch points out that if you are tracing African-American ancestors in records after 1870...

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  • Submit a World War One Veteran’s Story

    Feb 7

    The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission web site has one main purpose ... to remember and document the people and events during the United States' time of 1917 to 1919 in the first World War (known back then as the Great War). One of the best methods is for individuals to submit the WW I veteran's service along with a photo if available. This...

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  • Ancestry.com and OraSure Technologies Settled a Lawsuit

    Feb 7

    A lawsuit that was filed by DNA Genotek, the subsidiary of OraSure Technologies, against Ancestry.com has been settled. The lawsuit involved DNA testing technology. In short, the lawsuit was regarding technology for collecting DNA via saliva samples. Exactly what led up to the lawsuit is a bit confusing. It appears that DNA Genotek created s...

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  • The Meaning Behind Valentine’s Day Symbols

    Feb 6

    Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14 every year. It is a day filled with hearts, cupids, and special valentines cards. People have been using the same Valentine's Day symbols for so long that many people do not know the meanings behind them. For Catholics, February 14 is the Feast of Saint Valentine (also known as Saint Valentine of Rome...

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  • Advance Search on Google

    Feb 5

    Using the search engine of Google can have additional advantages in helping with your family history research. The following are some key tricks to try using Google. First use Google's 'Advance Search' box. It is located in the main search box for Google. The Advance Search is to the far lower right corner with the title 'Settings'. Click on it. N...

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  • Resources for African American Genealogy

    Feb 5

    There are plenty of online resources for genealogists who are searching for information about their African American ancestors. If you are new to this, it can be difficult to figure out where to begin. Here is a quick list of some of the best resources to start with. The Freedmen's Bureau Project The Freedman's Bureau Project contains the nam...

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  • Elphind Updates – 2017

    Feb 4

    Elphind.com is a website that has one goal: to make it possible for people to search all the world's online historic newspapers from one place. They haven't completed their goal yet, and are continuing to work on it. Here is a quick look at the Elphind Updates from January of 2017, and a glimpse of what is coming to Elphind later this year. El...

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  • Memories of the Circus. The Circus World Museum.

    Feb 3

    With the recent news in January 2017 that the last show for Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus would be May 2017, it causes everyone to stop and remember their visits to the circus tent. Remember there have been many many touring circuses (and Wild West shows and carnivals) across the United States over the decades, most which do not ex...

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  • AAHGS Black History Month 2017 Genealogy Conference

    Feb 3

    The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) will hold their Black History Month 2017 Genealogy Conference on February 4, 2017. Unless it snows, in which case the conference will be moved to February 18, 2017. The AAHGS was founded in 1977 in Washington, DC by a small group of historians and genealogists who felt a need to sh...

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  • The Origin of Black History Month

    Feb 2

    February is Black History Month (which has sometimes been called African-American History Month). It began in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on December 6, 1865, after the Civil War ended. It officially abolished slavery...

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  • MyHeritage Introduces New Discoveries Pages

    Feb 1

    MyHeritage is excited to introduce their new and improved Discoveries pages that provide Smart Matches and Record Matches. The new pages are easier to use, more consistent, faster, and they work well on the website and on mobile devices. The Discoveries pages provide a unified experience for all matches, organizing them into two main pages: Mat...

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  • Refrain from These Slip-Ups

    Feb 1

    As you just start or continue on your family history research you want to be aware of any possible mistakes or slip-ups in your search. The following are a few thoughts on what to avoid doing. Number one is never accept 100% someone elses family research. They may have everything sourced but you need to recheck every aspect your with what you do k...

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  • National Registry of Historic Places

    Jan 31

    This National Registry was created in 1966 to keep a permanent record of information and available photos of some of the nation's most prized historic locations. In 2016 there were 931 such locations in the national registry. Now you might think these would only be the most famous places such as Mount Vernon, etc. The answer is NO. Instead, this N...

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