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  • Family History Stories can be Scintillating

    Jul 5

    Family historians get excited about discovering stories about their ancestors lives – and rightfully so. Those stories paint a vivid picture of the ancestor's personality, opinions, and experiences. Unfortunately, some people who aren't interested in genealogy or family history may think that listening to old stories is boring. They may bristl...

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  • RootsMagic and Ancestry are Working Together Now

    Jul 4

    Ancestry reminded people that they have been working with RootsMagic, a leading desktop genealogy application, to allow Ancestry subscribers to connect their Ancestry accounts to the RootsMagic software. Now, Ancestry has developed a new technology that will allow people to integrate Ancestry Hints and Ancestry's record and online trees with Root...

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  • Newspaper Details

    Jul 3

    It was so common in medium size and especially small towns with a newspaper to print all types of details about businesses, events, churches, social items, recording of land deeds, and just ordinary citizens. Newspapers did not do just the wedding news and obituaries, but rather everyday life. An excellent source is to spend time and look for the ...

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  • FamilySearch is Discontinuing Microfilm Distribution

    Jul 3

    FamilySearch announced that they will be discontinuing its microfilm distribution services. They are currently in the process of digitizing microfilm. The last day for Family History Centers to order microfilm will be on August 31, 2017. Family History Centers will have the option to return microfilm that is available online or that is otherwi...

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  • Seeking Boston Irish

    Jul 1

    That could be your family tree search title, Irish immigrates coming to Boston, Massachusetts. Yet, if that is your case, there is a database (by Boston College) now available online with the advertisements placed in the Boston newspaper 'Boston Pilot'. From October 1831 to October 1921 (90 years) the Boston Pilot newspaper printed a “Missing Fri...

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  • London Streets and the Tradesmen

    Jun 29

    Imagine you could view a drawing of an ancestor's business shop, their address for the shop, and the product they produced. Well, this is possible if you had an ancestor who had a shop on any London street between 1838 and 1847. It was John Tallis during those years who did illustrations and gathered the information of the businesses on the variou...

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  • Ancestor in the Military Service

    Jun 27

    You may know for sure your father and / or grandfather served in the United States military at some point. You may have photos of them in uniform or their discharge papers or the medal they were awarded. As you go further back in time and generations if does get harder to know if a relative did serve in the military. Here are a few clues to look f...

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  • Things Your Female Ancestors Were Not Allowed to Do

    Jun 26

    There are things that people do today that their female ancestors were not allowed to do. You might be surprised by some of the items on this list of things – especially the ones that you can easily do today. Your female ancestor's were not allowed to: Use a Public Bathroom Ancient Rome had public bathrooms – for men. Women were not all...

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  • Log Cabins

    Jun 25

    Many of our ancestors spent part or all of their lives in what can be described as a log cabin. It may have been a simple, one-room style or could have been quite large. When you find that family members or family branches moved from the east coast towards the Ohio valley or to Kentucky or to the Great Lakes or into the Deep South or later into the...

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  • Findmypast Added to Their Newspaper Collections

    Jun 25

    FindMyPast is a leader in online genealogy with over 18 million registered members worldwide and records dating back to 1200. FindmyPast has an extensive newspaper collection and they continue to add to it. Here is a quick look at what you can find in their collection of newspapers. You can search the Findmypast newspaper collections by select...

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  • Genealogy Resources at Waco-McLennan County Library

    Jun 24

    The Waco-McLennan County Library is located in Waco, Texas. They provide free information and education for the city of Waco and surrounding communities. They have four locations in Waco. In order to access information at the Waco-McLennan County Libraries, you will need a library card. It is free for Texas residents age 5 and older. Anyone ...

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  • Relatives Around Me – New Feature in Family Tree App

    Jun 23

    FamilySearch has added something new to their Family Tree app. It is called Relatives Around Me. The purpose of this new feature is to let you know if you are related to anyone in a group of people. It can also tell you how you are related to them. FamilySearch's Family Tree app is a mobile companion to FamilySearch. Use it to add family ph...

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  • BABY BOOMERS RECOGNITION DAY-June 23

    Jun 22

    Who doesn't agree that Millennials have had enough attention for now! Just so we are clear, Millennials are those born between 1977 and 1995. Whereas the Baby Boomer generation covers from 1946 to 1964; when large numbers of babies were born following the return of soldiers at the end of World War II. There are roughly 79 million Millennials vs 76 ...

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  • Unexpected Things You Can Learn From a DNA Test

    Jun 22

    Direct-to-consumer DNA test kits can reveal many things. The tests are used by genealogists to learn more about who they are related to and where their ancestors came from. Some DNA tests can reveal information about your health. No matter how much you think you know, there are some unexpected things you can learn from a DNA test. You Might b...

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  • Selfie-Day

    Jun 21

    Yes, there is now a special day to recognize taking 'selfies'. Just like you might any day, simply take your smartphone out of your pocket or purse, and take a selfie. Better yet, get a couple friends, and take a selfie with them. Of course, with a group of friends that might be a 'groupie'. Make sure to put on as big smile. And, don't forget to po...

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