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  • Souvenir Books

    Mar 21

    It is so helpful to locate postcards and vintage photos of the family hometowns, especially those covering the years our ancestors lived there. There might even be scenes from the streets or neighborhoods and businesses connected with your ancestors. Here is another overlooked resource that provides similar images .. a 'Souvenir Book'. This concep...

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  • National Medal of Honor Day

    Mar 20

    March 25th is National Medal of Honor Day. It is a good day for genealogists to do research on ancestors who were in the military. You may find out that an ancestor earned a Medal of Honor. Family Historians can share stories about how a relative or ancestor earned the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor was created in 1861. It is awarded only to...

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  • Following a Hunch

    Mar 19

    There could well be a dead-end relative on one or more of the family tree branches. This is where you investigate beyond the known to the unknown. It could be a relative (and you might not be sure of that) for whom you have no parents, no immigration record, no siblings. You can then form a theory. Maybe it's a theory based on facts from their hom...

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  • Researchers Built a 13 Million Person Family Tree

    Mar 19

    You may come from a big family, but your family tree is not the biggest one in existence. Researchers have built a 13 million person family tree. How did they do it? The research article was published in Science in March of 2018. It was titled “Quantitative analysis of population-scale family trees with millions of relatives”. The researc...

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  • Being Irish

    Mar 17

    On March 17th - St. Patrick's Day, many people like to be considered Irish to enjoy in the celebration of the day. This holiday -- St Patrick's Day is a global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17. It particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland's patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. Wi...

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  • FamilySearch Put Together a Review of RootsTech 2018

    Mar 17

    How big was RootsTech 2018? If you attended, it might seem like the crowds were huge. Those who were unable to attend might have a different perspective. FamilySearch put together an informative review of RootsTech 2018.The results might influence your decision making about whether or not to attend next year's RootsTech. RootsTech 2018 by the N...

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  • Free Irish Data Collections on Ancestry.com

    Mar 16

    Searching for records about your Irish ancestors? Ancestry.com has an Ireland family history research page where you can find record collections, history, and genealogy resources to help you trace your Irish ancestors. Some of these records are being offered for free. The Ireland family history research page on Ancestry.com has a full list of d...

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  • Witnesses that could be Relatives

    Mar 15

    It is great to have copies of documents such as marriage certificates, Wills, deeds, etc but one aspect you might overlook is for the names of witnesses on these documents. You might be surprised to learn some of those people who signed as witnesses could be relatives then or even later. Many executors of estates are relatives even if the names do ...

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  • Findmypast Brings New York Catholic Records Online

    Mar 13

    Findmypast announced the online publication of indexes containing over eight million New York sacramental records in partnership with the Archdiocese of New York. This is the first time these records have been made available online. The New York sacramental records are the newest addition to the Catholic Heritage Archive. It is a collection of C...

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  • A Student to Assist

    Mar 13

    With Spring Break across the country, it might be a good time to contact students you know in high school or a university to assist you in your research. You wouldn't have to personally know the students, you might get a referral from a friend or have a notice posted at the school or on a local Facebook page. This includes schools or universities i...

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  • 23andMe Expands Ancestry Composition – Adds 120 Regions

    Mar 12

    23andMe is in the process of making improvements to their Ancestry Composition report. The new update will be seen by customers of 23andMe in the coming months. They are adding 120 new regions to the existing Ancestry Composition report – for a total of more than 150 populations across the globe. Traditionally, 23andMe's Ancestry Composition R...

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  • What Did an Ancestor Look like without any Known Photos?

    Mar 11

    No idea of what a great grandfather or a cousin looked like, there can be some clues to look for to get a rough idea. If the ancestor served in the military and you can locate any enlistment or discharge documents, there can be written descriptions of the soldier. Any passport issued from the United States, the earlier ones had a description (col...

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  • SmartPhones to Record Family

    Mar 9

    You take hundreds of photos with your smartphone but how about using the device to make recordings of your living relatives. Any age, age relative, could be beneficial years from now. We can start with the popular Apple IPhone. going to the itune apps store there are many recorder software to select from. One with audio, transcription and dictatio...

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  • MyHeritage Releases New Collections with 325 Million Records

    Mar 9

    MyHeritage announced the addition of 325 million important historical records to SuperSearch. This brings the total number of global records available at MyHeritage through SuperSearch to 8.8 billion. SuperSearch is MyHeritage's search engine for historical records. It is not necessary to have a membership at MyHeritage to access and search for ...

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  • Free Genealogy Resources for Frugal Genealogists

    Mar 8

    You really want to learn more about your ancestors, and fill in your family tree. Unfortunately, you are on a tight budget, and don't have extra money to spend on this project. The good news is that there are plenty of genealogy resources that you can access for free. Ancestry Library Edition Ancestry.com offers a free trial. When that tria...

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