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  • Make a Genealogy Bucket List

    Aug 11

    A bucket list is a list of things that a person has not done but wants to do before dying. The title of list connects to the phrase "kick the bucket" which, in general, means “to die”. Some people adapt this concept and make a bucket list of things to do before graduating, or things to do on a vacation. You could make a bucket list about thi...

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  • Middle Child Day – Aug. 12th

    Aug 11

    So how many of you are a 'middle child' in the family? How about your mother or father, were they a middle child. There is scientific research on one's birth order having an effect on that person. August 12th has been recognized as a special day of the year for the middle child. Middle children are often overlooked in a family. They are not the fi...

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  • National Book Lovers Day

    Aug 10

    National Book Lovers Day takes place on August 9th, but those who love to read celebrate it every day. It is a day that encourages people to spend some time reading. Bestselling books tend to have an influence on people. Here is a quick look at books that were the most popular in a specific year. Your ancestors or relatives may have read some...

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  • Start the Family History

    Aug 9

    You have been promising yourself you will start on your family history ... but when?? You might already have the genealogy - family tree in good shape with many branches and going back several generations, but what about the family history itself. Here are some ideas to give you the inspiration to start the family history now. Start with special ...

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  • When Should You Hire a Professional Genealogist?

    Aug 9

    Have you run into the infamous “brick wall”? It is common for genealogists to put their best effort into researching their ancestors and come up empty handed despite their hard work. This situation can be frustrating, and when people are “stuck” they tend to seek help. When should you hire a professional genealogist to help you? When ...

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  • MyHeritage Surpassed 8 Billion Records on SuperSearch

    Aug 8

    MyHeritage announced that they had surpassed 8 billion records on SuperSearch. That's a lot of records! MyHeritage shared insights on how they count records and where to find those records. It is not easy to grasp how big a number like 8 billion is. MyHeritage explains it this way: “How big is the number 8 billion? 8 billion seconds is 2,222,2...

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  • Lighthouse Day

    Aug 7

    You might  not have realized it, but lighthouses have a very long history and are not located just along a coastline but on islands and at very large lakes such as the Great Lakes. Because they have always been important for safe navigation for boats and ships, you may have had an ancestor or two connected to a lighthouse. Some of the occupations...

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  • FamilyTree.com in Feedspot’s List of Top 25 Family Tree Websites

    Aug 7

    Feedspot put together a list of the “Top 25 Family Tree Websites and Blogs for Family Tree Makers & Researchers.” FamilyTree.com is honored not only to have made the list, but also to be placed within the top three. Feedspot is an RSS feed reader. It functions similarly to how Feedly does (and how Google Reader used to before it was di...

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  • Delayed Birth Certificates

    Aug 5

    Some of the basic information you want on each ancestor is the birthday, marriage date and death date. The one which can prove to be the most different is a birth date. You would think, just get a copy of the birth certificate from the state the person was born in. Not so easy, especially if you don't know where the person was born. Add to that, o...

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  • Hints Using Genealogy Blogs

    Aug 4

    Even the most experienced family history researcher needs a few hints to help solve those 'brick walls'. A couple sources would be to follow specific online blogs that tend to specialize in certain areas, locations or research problems. So the following are couple such blogs that might interest you. FAMILY TREE KNOTS When we say 'brick walls th...

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  • The Green Book Helped African-Americans Travel Safely

    Aug 4

    Your African-American ancestors might have used “The Green Book” to help them safely travel. The guide informed travelers of the safest places to eat, sleep, and more. It wasn't the only guide of its kind, but it was the most popular. The Negro Motorist Green Book was first published in 1936. The idea came from Victor Hugo Green, who wa...

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  • Canadian Forces- World War One

    Aug 3

    One hundred years since World War One and many nations were involved. This included Canada, a commonwealth nation of the United Kingdom. The Library and Archives of Canada have worked and are continuing on making digital the personnel records of servicemen during WW I -- the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Files (includes nurses), Royal Newfou...

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  • Helix has a DNA Test Kit with Added Products

    Aug 3

    Helix is dedicated to making DNA learning accessible and actionable for everyone. Their mission is to empower every person to improve their life through DNA. They believe in a world where everyone benefits from their biological information and is able to help all of humanity lead better lives. The Helix DNA test kit requires a saliva sample. ...

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  • Genealogy Resources at Randolph County Public Library

    Aug 2

    The Randolph County Public Library is located on Worth Street in Asheboro, North Carolina. Its mission is to provide for the informational and reading needs of the citizens at library sites, through remote access, through community outreach, and to patrons who are homebound or in care facilities. The Randolph Room is located on the first floor...

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  • Saving Documents

    Aug 1

    You do not want to loose family records, documents, letters, photos, records, journals, etc that have been handed down over the decades. So what is the best method to preserve them? Of course keeping them in a fire-proof, water-proof location is a start. Never expose them to heat, sunshine, cold weather, etc. Keep insects and mold away from your ...

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