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  • Ancestry Explains How to Read Your Ethnicity Estimate

    Sep 13

    Ancestry.com has a very detailed blog titled “More Than a Pie Chart and a Number: Reading Your Ethnicity Estimate”. It provides information that can help you understand more about your ethnicity results from AncestryDNA. Why is it called an ethnicity estimate? Ancestry.com says that creating an ethnicity estimate based on your DNA sample ...

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  • A Brief History of Uncle Sam

    Sep 12

    September 13th is Uncle Sam Day. Former President George W. Bush proclaimed Uncle Sam Day to be September 13, 1989, in honor of the anniversary of the birth of Samuel Wilson. The city of Troy, New York, requested the designation of Uncle Sam Day. It coincided with the bicentennial celebration of the city of Troy, New York, where Wilson lived and...

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  • World Events & Your Ancestors

    Sep 11

    Today's date; Sept 11th - a day that everyone who was living anywhere in the world knows and remembers where they were - it is '9/11' and the attack on several NYC buildings, in Washington, DC, and airplanes. It made and continues to make a major impact on those directly or indirectly affected by those attacks. This is so true for any of your ance...

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  • How to Start Searching Newspapers on Findmypast

    Sep 11

    Findmypast has a large collection of historic newspapers. They point out that newspapers are essential genealogy resources that are often overlooked by researchers. Here is how to start searching newspapers on Findmypast. It is a good skill to have, because Findmypast frequently adds to their newspaper collections. Start by clicking on “S...

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  • The Challenging Part of Genealogy

    Sep 9

    The reason that working on your family tree can take so long is that there are a few challenging segments. If you are just beginning, be aware of the more difficult aspects to doing a family tree and if you have been at the search for awhile, don't give up ... most of the time there can be success. A Person's Middle Name: Oh yes, that can be a cha...

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  • National Teddy Bear Day

    Sep 8

    National Teddy Bear Day is celebrated every year on September 9. Many people have fond memories of a teddy bear that they had when they were a child. Your ancestors might have had teddy bears of their own. The first Teddy Bear toy was created in late 1902. The Teddy bear has a connection to Theodore Roosevelt who was the 26th President of the...

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  • Digital Access in the Future

    Sep 7

    Scanning your treasure family photos and documents is very necessary. However, make sure you also have all those scanned images on several different storage devices -- including flash drives, discs, external and portable storage devices. Plus make sure other members of the family have copies or copies are kept in a safe deposit box. Now that takes ...

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  • Genealogy Resources at Ada Public Library

    Sep 7

    The Ada Public Library is located in Ada, Ohio. Their mission is to stimulate scholarship and advance knowledge by providing access to all varieties of materials; to work alongside their neighbors and within their greater community, and to support mutual growth and prosperity. The Ada Public Library has genealogy resources. Digital Archives of...

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  • Hispanic Heritage Month

    Sep 6

    Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 and ends on October 15. It is when we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and to celebrate their heritage and culture. The roots of Hispanic Heritage Month goes back to 1968. It starts on September 15 because that is the a...

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  • Images of America

    Sep 5

    Knowing more about your specific family and its heritage also means learning more about the family hometown. Using postcards, local libraries, museums can prove to be excellent resources in discovering about the place your ancestors call home. There is also a long-standing published series of books by Arcadia Publishing which might just have that ...

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  • Teacher’s Day

    Sep 5

    This special day to recognizes teachers affects everyone. You all had teachers during your years of schooling, you may have been a teacher yourself, or had an ancestor who was a teacher. Using this theme, you can add some new information to the family history. Interview family members and get them to tell about their favorite teacher and include ...

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  • Hurricane Harvey and Your DNA Test

    Sep 5

    Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas, in August of 2017. The Family Tree DNA Lab (FTDNA Lab) is involved with processing DNA test kits from not only their customers, but also customers of other companies who sell DNA test kits. As such, many people are wondering how Hurricane Harvey affected their DNA test kit and results. On August 31, 2017, F...

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  • FamilySearch Stops Microfilm Circulation – What You Need to Know

    Sep 4

    FamilySearch announced that September 7, 2017 marks the closing of an 80-year era of historic records access to usher in a new, digital model. FamilySearch is discontinuing its microfilm circulation services in concert with its commitment to make the world's historic records readily accessible digitally online. Here is what you need to know a...

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  • Google Newspaper Archives

    Sep 3

    Newspapers are a wonderful resource to learn more about families, individuals or businesses in a family hometown. The are several fee subscription databases for newspapers available, but there is also the Free Google Newspaper Archives. If you have not attempted to use it, give it a try for sure. Even if it has been awhile since you did a search u...

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  • Kindred Spirits

    Sep 1

    Have you thought about the concept that you -- a descendant -- may be very much like an ancestor - one you never meet or knew?? As you do the research on the family tree including the branches, such as great aunts and uncles, you just might strike a cord or a 'Kindred Spirit' with one or two of those ancestors. You might find so much in common, bet...

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