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  • Ancestry Celebrates 40 Years of Family History Discovery

    Mar 9

    At RootsTech 2023, the world’s largest genealogy conference, Ancestry celebrated 40 years of empowering research and personal discovery through family history. Over the past four decades, Ancestry has advanced family history though product innovations, record collections and genomic discoveries. Largest Content Collection in History Si...

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  • 23andMe Adds 43 More Genetic Groups

    Mar 8

    23andMe has added finer detail for customers to improve our Ancestry reports and features. This update is part of our continuing effort to improve Ancestry reports and features.  It will also allow customers with ancestry from those regions to see connections back to 43 genetic groups - 29 in Spain (including the Canary and Balearic ar...

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  • Find New Cousins With Relatives At RootsTech App

    Feb 28

    FamilySearch announced a free online experience that helps you connect with relatives worldwide. It is called “Relatives at RootsTech”. Every wondered if you have cousins you didn’t know about? Now, thanks to Relatives at RootsTech 2023 discovery experience by FamilySearch, you can find and connect with your living relatives worldwid...

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  • Wreaths Across America Retires Wreaths In February

    Feb 24

    The Des Moines Register posted an article titled: “Wreaths Across America to retire wreaths Friday at Iowa Veterans Cemetery”. It was written by Patrick Palmersheim - Wreaths Across America Location Coordinator. National Wreaths Across America Day took place at 3,702 participating locations across the country, including the Iowa Veteran...

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  • Do Police Have Access To Your DNA?

    Feb 22

    Palm Beach Daily News (via MSN) posted an article titled: “Do police have access to your DNA? What to know about investigative genetic genealogy” The article starts with: You joined a genealogy site to connect with relatives but then had them arrested for murder instead. Such is reality for a growing number of people thanks to the rest ...

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  • ASHG Apologized For Past Harms Of Human Genetics Research

    Feb 18

    The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) apologized (on January 23, 2023) for the participation of some of its early leaders in the American eugenics movement, as well as the Society’ failure to consistently acknowledge and oppose harms and injustices tied to the field, including use of human genetics to feed racism, eugenics, and other...

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  • New Update To Your FamilySearch Home Page

    Feb 16

    Recently, you may have notices some updates to your FamilySearch home page - the default page you see after you log into FamilySearch.org. The new look includes several tools to make it easier for you to discover and connect with family, both past and present. These include a way to share living memories more privately, and an all-in-one s...

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  • MyHeritage Gears Up For RootsTech 2023

    Feb 14

    MyHeritage is beyond excited to be preparing to head to Salt Lake City for the first RootsTech on-site conference since 2020 -but if you can’t join in person, it will be taking place virtually, too! RootsTech is the biggest genealogy event of the year, taking place between March 2-March 4, and just like every year, we’ll be there with l...

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  • 23andMe Updates Carrier Status Report on Sickle Cell Anemia

    Feb 10

    23andMe updated its Carrier Status report on sickle cell anemia, an inherited red blood cell disease caused by the HbS variant in the HBB gene. With this update, 23andMe’s Sickle Cell Anemia Carrier Status report can now tell customers if they have two copies of the HbS variant, including what that may mean for their own health and the he...

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  • RUSH Is Among Sites Of All Of Us Research Program

    Jan 31

    A nationwide National Institutes of Health study recently has begun providing personalized health-related genetic information to more than 155,000 study participants, including RUSH patients. Launched in 2017, the All of Us Research Program seeks to enroll 1 million people in the United States, particularly from communities historically un...

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  • FamilySearch Library And Centers Change Names

    Jan 26

    FamilySearch announced new names for its flagship Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and all family history centers worldwide. The library will now be known as the FamilySearch Library, and all family history centers will now be FamilySearch centers. The name changes better align with local centers with FamilySearch’s ex...

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  • FindMyPast Starts 2023 With Over 12,000 New Records

    Jan 24

    Findmypast announced its first release of the new year - and it’s a big one! Here is a rundown of everything that’s new here on Findmypast. Gibraltar Census 1871-1921 This brand-new collection comprises of six decades of census returns from Gibraltar. With Gibraltar being a British Overseas Territory from 1713, many of our ancestors ...

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  • What To Expect From FamilySearch in 2023

    Jan 19

    FamilySearch is excited to provide its annual glimpse into plans for the coming year to help individuals worldwide make fun personal and family discoveries. In 2023, FamilySearch patrons can expect free access to more of the world’s genealogical records, new search capabilities, more free help, and more localized discovery. RootsTech 2023...

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  • AncestryDNA Testing Advice For Adoptees

    Jan 17

    Laura House, AncestryDNA’s Genetic Genealogist, provides some helpful information for adoptees who have no access to information about one or both of their biological parents. This advice can also be beneficial for people with unknown paternity whose relatives are unable to give them information about their biological father. Foundlings tend...

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  • MyHeritage Posted A Wrap Up of 2022

    Jan 12

    MyHeritage says 2022 saw many ups and downs. For much of the world, it was a year of reopening and readjusting after two years of COVID turmoil, and a year of slow return to normality. Yet it was also marked by a major war, geopolitical upheavals, and economic challenges.  Here is a recap of what MyHeritage was up to in 2022: Januar...

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