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  • Neighborhood Maps

    Jun 9

    The opportunity has now increased to view some of the vintage neighborhood maps done over the early years of the 20th century by the Sanford Fire Insurance Company. Placed online by the Library of Congress are about 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps representing over 3000 city sets online. Each month additional maps will be added until 2020 bring ...

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  • The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

    Jun 9

    The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is a project of the William Scholl Center for American History and Culture at The Newberry Library in Chicago. It is a powerful historical research and reference tool in electronic form. The maps are interactive and show county border changes. The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries presents in maps...

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  • PERSI Now Available on FindMyPast

    Jun 8

    PERSI is a useful tool for genealogists. It is available only on Findmypast, a leader in online genealogy with over 18 million registered members worldwide and records dating back to 1200. You can search the PERSI database at FindMyPast for free (but will need a membership in order to view a digitized record). PERSI stands for Periodic Source ...

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  • History of Ancestors and Gardens.

    Jun 7

    The practice of having a garden, whether those with flowers or those as a source of food, has been a very long-time custom and practice for people years ago and still today. So the first week of June is recognized as National Gardening Week. National Gardening Week is a wonderful, week-long event. It is both a celebration, and an educational oppor...

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  • How to Start Indexing Online for FamilySearch

    Jun 7

    Indexing is essential to making the world's records searchable. At FamilySearch, hundreds of thousands of volunteer indexers, from around the world, have participated in transcribing valuable genealogical records and making them easily searchable online. Here's how you can start indexing online for FamilySearch. The first thing a person who is ...

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  • Ancestry Clarifies What They Do With Your DNA

    Jun 6

    A controversial article that was posted on Medium raised questions about the ownership rights people have over the DNA sample they send to AncestryDNA. The article focused on language in Ancestry's Terms of Service. Ancestry responded by clarifying their Terms of Service. On May 17, 2017, Joel Winston posted an article on Medium that was repos...

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  • D-Day (Overlord) The Stories

    Jun 5

    It was Tuesday, June 6, 1944 which marks what has been named 'D-Day' or code name of 'Operation Overload'. It was when thousands (24,000) of American, British, Canadian soldiers stormed the coastal area of Normandy, France or parachuted down onto the coast in an effort to push back the German Army during World War II. Five major beach landing area...

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  • National Trails Day

    Jun 3

    America has always and still is a collection of trails, starting from the Atlantic coastline across the nation to the Pacific. Your ancestors at some point followed some trail, either by walking, in a wagon, on horses, by railroad or in a car to some other location in America. They may have gone on a business trip, a pleasure trip to visit family o...

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  • The Meaning Behind Old Phrases

    Jun 3

    The phrases we use might be confusing to younger generations. You may have grown up hearing older relatives use phrases that simply didn't make sense to you. Have you ever wondered what those old phrases mean, or where they came from? "Beat Around the Bush" is used today to mean avoiding a topic or question in a roundabout way. A person who is...

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  • Benefits of Writing Your Family History

    Jun 2

    There are many good reasons to write your family history. Those stories can make it easier for you, and your relatives, to connect with ancestors. Writing down family history makes it more concrete, and less likely to be forgotten. In addition, there are some personal benefits of writing your family history. The New York Public Library put to...

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  • MyHeritage Launches New Comprehensive DNA Ethnicity Analysis

    Jun 1

    MyHeritage the leading global destination for family history and DNA testing, and the makers of the successful MyHeritage DNA product, announced the launch of its new and improved Ethnicity Estimate. The new analysis, developed by the company's science team, provides MyHeritage DNA customers with a percentage-based estimate of their ethnic origins...

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  • Japanese Internment Newspapers

    Jun 1

    One of the more interesting new additions to the National Library of Congress are the digital copies of newspapers done in the early 1940s by Japanese-Americans held at Federal internment camps for the Japanese. With some 120,000 Japanese-American just from the west coast of the United States placed in numerous camps, they needed to new life. Their...

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  • Settlers in South Australia

    May 31

    The early pioneers to the southern portion of Australia could have been some of your family tree if you had ancestors from Australia. Finding portrait of many of those early pioneers are now online and available. Beginning in December 1871 and into 1873, a photographer, Henry Jones, assembled those pioneers and doing their formal portrait. For the...

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  • Memorial Day -Town Honors Its Own

    May 29

    It is always interesting to see what local heroes a town honors over the years. Memorial Day - in remembering its own past and fallen soldiers is a good place to see if any ancestors of yours have been, or might in the future, be honored by their hometown. A good example is the story in Stuart, Florida as it honors with a special monument and bronz...

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  • Texas Photos

    May 27

    William Deming Hornaday over his years of the late 1800s into the 20th century he collected about 5,818 photographs, photographic postcards, photo engravings and negatives. They covered sites across Texas, particularly Brownsville, El Paso, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley but also photos of places outside the United States. It is housed no...

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