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  • Add Your Recipe Story to FamilySearch

    Apr 12

    Your family probably has at least one recipe that has been handed down from one generation to the next. Perhaps the recipe was created by your grandmother, and your kids are old enough now for you to pass it down to them. Or, maybe the recipe goes back even farther in your family tree. FamilySearch would like for you to "Savor Your Family's Stor...

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  • National Death Registers

    Apr 11

    In the 19th century censuses, there were mortality schedules during 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 U.S. censuses. Here individuals were asked questions regarding those in the family who died in the twelve months prior to the enumeration. This database is an index to several of these schedules. The schedule lists the deceased name, sex, age, color, whet...

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  • FDA Allows 23andMe to Sell Genetic Tests for Disease Risk to Consumers

    Apr 10

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 23andMe authorization to offer ten genetic health risk reports. Those reports include late-onset Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, celiac disease, and a condition associated with harmful blood clots. You may recall that in 2013, the FDA ordered 23andMe to stop marketing its personal gen...

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  • How Your Ancestors Celebrated Birthdays

    Apr 9

    The cake, candles, and party we typically have today to celebrate someone's birthday go back farther than you might think. Your ancestors celebrated a person's birthday differently than you do today. In ancient Egypt, only the Pharaohs celebrated their birthday. There is a Bible reference to the birthday of a Pharaoh. The Pharaohs were not ...

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  • Celebrate Siblings

    Apr 9

    On April 10th is recognized as 'Sibling Day'. The learning of who were the siblings for each of your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents is an important aspect of researching your family tree. Not only do you want to celebrate having any siblings and how you all grew up together, but it is important to know more about the siblings your relat...

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  • The Reason Why You Keep Family Heirlooms

    Apr 8

    Family historians know that it is important to keep family heirlooms. Some of those items may have financial value, but many heirlooms have little or no monetary value at all. The reason why people keep family heirlooms is because of nostalgia. Nostalgia is defined by Merriam-Webster two ways. One definition is: “the state of being homesic...

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  • Family Heirlooms – Lost and Found

    Apr 7

    Family heirlooms are precious. Although a specific item might not have much monetary value, it is still very important to your family. These items are irreplaceable. Once in a while, someone finds another family's heirloom that has been lost. A Bible from 1881 William Sherman found a small Bible in the trash bin outside a $1 million home i...

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  • National Beer Day

    Apr 7

    One of the oldest beverages in the history of mankind is beer. So any of your ancestors may have had a pint or two of beer. Similar beverages are pale ale, lager, stout, and wheat beer. Yes, there are many individuals who never had any form of alcoholic beverage but for many people having a beer might be their only pure, safe to drink liquid since ...

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  • Tips for Finding Your Female Ancestor’s Passport

    Apr 6

    Finding a male ancestor's United States passport is easier than finding one for your female ancestor. The reason has to do with social mores and the way that passports were issued. In some cases, your female ancestor's name wasn't actually listed on the passport she traveled with! The United States first issued passports during the American Re...

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  • A Brief History of Tax Day

    Apr 5

    Americans have to pay their federal taxes by April 15th every year. The date has come to be known as Tax Day. Have you ever wondered if your ancestors felt the same way about Tax Day as you do? On August 5, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln imposed the first federal income tax. The purpose was to gather money so the government could pursue th...

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  • Interesting Irish to English Words

    Apr 5

    There can be certain words or phrases your relatives / ancestors may have used over the years. Many of these words are originally based on the Irish language and then became more a common English word. Here are a few examples. Irish term for family is 'clann' and in English it became 'clan'. Irish terms for whiskey are “Fuisce” or “uisce ...

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  • Your World War One ‘Doughboy’ – 100 Years

    Apr 4

    Have you researched to see if there was an American 'Doughboy' in your family tree? First, you need to know that a 'Doughboy' was an American soldier with the U. S. Army or Marine Corps during World War One (what was known then as the 'Great War'). The term was first used during the Mexican-American War from 1846-1848. Several ideas of how it sta...

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  • An Easy Way to Import Photos to FamilySearch

    Apr 4

    When you want to share a family photo online, there are several different places you can put it. You probably pick your favorite form of social media and put the photo there. Or, maybe you post it on the social media website where the majority of your family members are. Now, you can import photos from Facebook and Instagram onto FamilySearch.org. ...

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  • Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County Genealogy Resources

    Apr 3

    The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County is located in Youngstown, Ohio. The library has historic importance in Youngstown and Mahoning County, with origins as far back as the 1840's. The Library has a Genealogy and Local History Center with an extensive collection of genealogical and historical material. The Genealogy and Local ...

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  • AncestryDNA Introduces Genetic Communities

    Apr 2

    AncestryDNA announced the rollout of Genetic Communities. It is currently in beta. This new experience will give you a more detailed connection to people, places, cultures, and stories that led to you. Genetic Communities is based on innovative new analysis techniques that were developed by Ancestry's science team. It combines insights from A...

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