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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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  • Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness has Returned

    Jun 21

    The original version of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) closed in October of 2011. Now, it appears that an effort is being made to get RAOGK going again. There is a GoFundMe fundraiser that was posted in January of 2017 and that is still accepting money. Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) is a global volunteer organizati...

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  • Share Your Family Story on Sutori

    Jun 20

    Sutori is a place where people can create and share visual stories. You can do it individually, or get your other family members involved and share stories in a collaborative way. Sutori has been designed to be extremely easy to do. Sutori is free for everyone to use. People can use Sutori as a place to share whatever story they want to tell....

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  • Old Reel-to-Reel or VCR Tapes

    Jun 19

    There could be a collection of family 16 mm or 8 mm or Super 8 reel films or VCR tapes that were made years ago that everyone has forgotten about. Well, this is your reminder -- SAVE them NOW. Generally, the vintage 8 mm and 16 mm films on reels that your grandparents made in the 1940s and 1950s may have held up against the march of time, but only ...

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  • 23andMe Updated their Maternal Haplogroup Report

    Jun 19

    23andMe has updated their maternal haplogroup report. The redesigned version places customers' own ancestral stories within the context of the broader human story. A haplogroup is the term scientists use to describe a group of mitochondrial or Y-chromosome sequences that are more closely related to one another than to other sequences. The term...

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  • Why Some Gravestones are Made of Zinc

    Jun 18

    According to the International Southern Cemetery Gravestones Association, the best materials for gravestones include granite, bronze, stainless steel. Those materials are very durable and have good longevity. That being said, there was a time period where zinc became a popular choice for gravestones. The Smithsonian points out that the Monum...

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  • MyHeritage Added More Records to its Dutch Collections

    Jun 17

    MyHeritage announced the publication on MyHeritage Super Search of seven large and significant historical record collections from the Netherlands. These collections have been added to their existing collection of Dutch records. The new collections total over 116 million records, cover about five centuries and fascinating periods in Dutch histor...

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  • Genealogy Resources at the Staunton Public Library

    Jun 16

    The Staunton Public Library located in Staunton, Virginia. The Staunton Public Library has genealogy resources. The Staunton Public Library is a FamilySearch affiliated Library, with FamilySearch microfilms available to order. The Library can help you in your search with numerous online and in-Library resources. Resources at the Library: *...

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  • Father’s Day Ideas

    Jun 15

    On Sunday, June 18th, 2017 will be Father's Day. A great idea is make your father and / or grandfather your genealogical focus that day and hopefully future days. First, make the plans to spend time with him, and set aside time to interview him. Bring a tape recorder and a notebook to take notes. The interview and series of questions don't have to...

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  • What was Science Fiction to Your Ancestors

    Jun 15

    For your ancestors in the 1920s into the 1950s, what was science fiction stories, illustrations, or movies has inspired technology that we use today. Little did our ancestors really imagine that today's everyday devices were first illustrated decades earlier. It is amazing how 'close' to maybe predicting the future many of these stories and illustr...

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  • Findmypast has Applications from Irish Evicted Tenants

    Jun 15

    Findmypast Ireland has an unusual set of records that could help you determine if your Irish ancestors had been evicted tenants. The collection of Applications from Evicted Tenants offers a wealth of useful information including names, addresses, and circumstances of the applicant. Findmypast.ie has a collection called Applications from Evicted...

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  • 23andMe Explains Their Genetic Health Risk Reports

    Jun 14

    23andMe was given authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to market their direct-to-consumer DNA tests that provide genetic risk information for certain health conditions. As such, 23andMe has put together some helpful information that explains more about their Genetic Health Risk Reports. 23andMe points out several things that consu...

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  • Mathew B. Brady’s Civil War Photos

    Jun 13

    The most renown photographer during the American Civil War was Mathew B. Brady, who along with his skilled staff, (Alexander Gardner, James F. Gibson, Timothy O'Sullivan, James Gardner, and Egbert Guy Fox) documented the people and events during the war 1861-1865. Since so many of your ancestors somehow were involved and certainly affected during t...

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