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  • MyHeritage Introduced Two New Features

    Mar 12

    MyHeritage has introduced two new features that can help users get more from their DNA Matches. One is called Theory of Family Relativity, and the other is called AutoClusters. Theory of Family Relativity incorporates genealogical information on all MyHeritage's collections of nearly 10 billion historical records and family tree profiles to off...

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  • Mail-Order Brides of Jamestown Colony

    Mar 11

    Not the only time mail-order brides came to a rural, remote area to marry a strange and help populate the settlement. But the English Jamestown Colony in the Virginia Colony was the first in the early English settlement in North America. The colony was established on May 14, 1607, all males came to seek their fortune and a new life in the new worl...

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  • You Found a Possible Ancestor in the US Census

    Mar 9

    You are going over a census record – 1860, 1880, 1900 or any other and you spot a name of someone who could be a relative. They might not be living with other known family members with the same name but rather was a 'boarder' or living with other family members with a different surname. To check you have the right person do the following. Revie...

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  • Falsehoods in Genealogy

    Mar 7

    Whether you are new to doing your family history research or been at awhile, you do need to be careful and not assume all items, information, records are 100% accurate. There can be falsehoods you should be aware of. Here are just a few. One of the most important records in the US Federal Censuses. For the first time (and what would later turn out...

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  • Women’s History Month is Celebrated in March

    Mar 7

    Women's History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-98 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women's History Week.” In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designat...

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  • In England – Before Divorce

    Mar 5

    It might appear to be a bit strange for a civilized nation such as England, but it was common practice for a marriage to end, not in divorce but rather the husband selling his wife. In the 18th century England, it became a practice since divorces were only for the wealthy and even a separation could be expensive for the ex-husband, paying for her ...

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  • Ancestry Announced New Family History Tools

    Mar 5

    Ancestry announced the release of new, game-changing, family history research tools at RootsTech 2019. Those tools include: MyTreeTags, New & Improved DNA Matches, and ThruLines. MyTreeTags is a simple new way to organize your family research. You can apply labels called MyTreeTags to people in your family tree to indicate whether your resea...

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  • The Outhouse

    Mar 3

    It is hard to imagine but many of our ancestors even just 70 years ago had no idea about having a bathroom and toilet inside their home. Having an 'outhouse', outside the separate small building as your toilet was the norm, accepted practice everywhere. It was a pit latrine or a bucket latrine and non-flushing. It did provide privacy, with waste g...

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  • Your Great Grandfather Wore ‘Pink’ as a Baby

    Mar 1

    How babies were dressed over the centuries has changed quite a bit. By the mid-1800s with washing machines available and availability of store-bought fabrics, baby clothes began having a bit of hue or color to them. Earlier there were no colors assigned to either sex of a baby, it was usually white cotton (neutral) fabric for boys and girls but thi...

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  • New Collection of Databases

    Feb 27

    A big collection of newspapers from across the state of Georgia are now available from the Digital Library of Georgia. These are search-able articles which can be viewed free online from the Georgia Historic Newspapers database. With nearly 54,000 pages of newspaper articles going from 1780s to more recent times – 1990s. The dates vary on the reg...

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  • Invitae Offers a Hybrid Approach to Genetic Testing

    Feb 26

    Invitae is a fast growing genetic information company that is based on San Francisco. Their mission is to bring comprehensive genetic information into mainstream medical practice to improve the quality of healthcare for billions of people. There are two ways that a person can learn about their genetics. One way is to order a direct-to-consumer D...

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  • Peculiar Connects with Our Ancestors

    Feb 25

    There is more to your family tree than the collection of names, dates, and locations. Of course, there are the stories and tales that go with each and every one of your ancestors. What can be really fascinating is when you find some peculiar connects over the decades to the family lineage. For example, you might find that every major military war ...

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  • Ordinary Ancestors – Also have Stories

    Feb 23

    You have compiled the family tree (or at least most of it) and you have names, BMD dates, locations, children, occupations and any military service of your ancestors. However, the most important of all to is locate any information which could be part of their life history. You are putting some 'flesh' to your ordinary ancestors because each does ha...

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  • Library of Congress – Hometown Maps

    Feb 21

    Using vintage maps of an ancestor's hometown is a gold mine of information. If you know the street a family lived on or the location of their shop or business that is wonderful. Many people do not know the street a house was on. Yet using the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, made digital and available at the online Library of Congress site, searching h...

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  • RootsTech Offers a Virtual Pass

    Feb 21

    RootsTech is excited to announce the RootsTech virtual pass! The main purpose of the virtual pass is to enable genealogists and family historians who cannot attend RootsTech in person to still be able to participate. There are other large conferences that offer virtual passes, or virtual tickets, to people who wanted to go but were unable to at...

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