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  • MyHeritage Closed Applications to DNA Quest

    May 16

    MyHeritage announced that it has closed applications to DNA Quest, a pro bono initiative that was created for the purpose of helping adoptees and their birth families to find each other. MyHeritage put together an informative blog post about the project and what happens next. When DNA Quest launched, it was open to adoptees that were seeking to ...

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  • States of New York and New Jersey Voter Rolls

    May 13

    If you presently or have any ancestors who lived any length of time in the states of New York or New Jersey, you are in luck. The website operated by Stephen Morse has added the voter rolls for residents of NY and NJ. What a treasure, because there is a good deal of information in these listings. Besides the full name, a home address, the person'...

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  • Color Announces Population Health Initiative

    May 13

    Color offers affordable genetic testing to help people understand their risk for common hereditary conditions. Color has announced a first of its kind initiative to open up population-level access to genetic testing for hereditary cancer and high cholesterol. The initiative is called Color Population Health. Color is a modern health service that...

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  • Special Mother’s Day Idea

    May 11

    Here is a unique idea if you have several photos of female ancestors who were mothers. Create a collage of photos any and all family females (grandmothers, siblings, aunts, cousins), including present-day who were / are mothers. You gather the available photos (ask other family members also), even if other individuals are in the picture (the female...

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  • Police Used DNA to Identify the Golden State Killer

    May 10

    The Golden State Killer murdered people in California during the 1970s and 1980s. The case went “cold”. In 2018, police identified Joseph James DeAngelo as the Golden State Killer by using DNA to solve the case. BuzzFeed News reported that DeAngelo was identified from partial matches between crime scene DNA and profiles uploaded to a public...

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  • Saving Your Memories, Photos and Research

    May 9

    You might be fortunate that your ancestors were ones to take many photos, label them and keep them safe. They could also have written down in the family Bible important dates and events or kept a journal. Over the years they saved family heirlooms and provided the oral history behind all the items. If the above is your case, you are very lucky, no...

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  • Preservation of Newspaper Artifacts

    May 7

    You may well have inherited a full collection of newspaper clippings that your mom or grandmother saved for years. What to do to preserve them? Keep in mind the paper used to print newspapers was not made to last forever, so if you have any greater than 20 years old, handle with care. Next never place the newspapers with other types of papers such...

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  • NIH Launched All of Us Research Program

    May 7

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched a research program called All of Us. It is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people who live in the United States. The goal is to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will ...

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  • Native Indian Photos

    May 5

    Being treated as non-humans, no citizenship and placed on restricted reservations was the life of the 19th into early 20th century American Indians. However, thanks to the American Antiquarian Society in Massachusetts, there is a large collection of photos of various Indian individuals, families and groups from across America.  The photo collec...

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  • 23andMe has a Populations Collaborations Program

    May 4

    23andMe has launched its Populations Collaborations Program. The goal is to expand diversity in genomic research. To do this, 23andMe is partnering with researchers across the globe to genotype people in communities that are underrepresented in genetic research. 23andMe explained more about why they chose to launch their Populations Collaboratio...

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  • How Did They Meet??

    May 3

    Think about it !  Do you know how your parents met? Were they introduced by mutual friends, did they accidentally run into each other, classmates, were they co-workers – there are a million different stories of how a couple first met. This becomes you chore now, to learn how your parents met. If both or one is alive, no problem, just asked and ...

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  • MyHeritage DNA has a Mother’s Day Sale

    May 1

    MyHeritage DNA announced that they are having a Mother's Day DNA sale. Genealogists who are interested in helping their moms learn more about their DNA can take this opportunity to give them an interesting gift for Mother's Day. If you happen to miss the sale, it is still a good idea to give a family member the gift of a MyHeritage DNA kit. The ...

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  • Your Family Story to Submit

    May 1

    It can be quite rewarding to make sure a family story, heirloom, hometown, family tradition, military, immigration or artifact is preserved for future generations. Using the online site 'Your Story' you can easily achieve that goal of preservation as well as sharing a story. As you view the homepage site, there are many categories – clothing, fo...

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  • Photo Collections at Brigham Young University

    Apr 29

    In BYU photo collection which has been made digital are nine major collections by different photographers and collectors. Images from World War II, to 19th century American West landscape photos to 293 photographs of California, especially of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake images are just three examples. Once you select a collection you can bro...

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  • Transcribe for the Smithsonian

    Apr 28

    A great method to give back and assist fellow researchers is on the Smithsonian Digital Volunteers online site. Here volunteers from their own homes, some 11,366 "volunpeers" added more to the total 363,434 pages of field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, biodiversity specimens labels that have bee...

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