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  • Findmypast Brings New York Catholic Records Online

    Mar 13

    Findmypast announced the online publication of indexes containing over eight million New York sacramental records in partnership with the Archdiocese of New York. This is the first time these records have been made available online. The New York sacramental records are the newest addition to the Catholic Heritage Archive. It is a collection of C...

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  • A Student to Assist

    Mar 13

    With Spring Break across the country, it might be a good time to contact students you know in high school or a university to assist you in your research. You wouldn't have to personally know the students, you might get a referral from a friend or have a notice posted at the school or on a local Facebook page. This includes schools or universities i...

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  • 23andMe Expands Ancestry Composition – Adds 120 Regions

    Mar 12

    23andMe is in the process of making improvements to their Ancestry Composition report. The new update will be seen by customers of 23andMe in the coming months. They are adding 120 new regions to the existing Ancestry Composition report – for a total of more than 150 populations across the globe. Traditionally, 23andMe's Ancestry Composition R...

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  • What Did an Ancestor Look like without any Known Photos?

    Mar 11

    No idea of what a great grandfather or a cousin looked like, there can be some clues to look for to get a rough idea. If the ancestor served in the military and you can locate any enlistment or discharge documents, there can be written descriptions of the soldier. Any passport issued from the United States, the earlier ones had a description (col...

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  • SmartPhones to Record Family

    Mar 9

    You take hundreds of photos with your smartphone but how about using the device to make recordings of your living relatives. Any age, age relative, could be beneficial years from now. We can start with the popular Apple IPhone. going to the itune apps store there are many recorder software to select from. One with audio, transcription and dictatio...

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  • MyHeritage Releases New Collections with 325 Million Records

    Mar 9

    MyHeritage announced the addition of 325 million important historical records to SuperSearch. This brings the total number of global records available at MyHeritage through SuperSearch to 8.8 billion. SuperSearch is MyHeritage's search engine for historical records. It is not necessary to have a membership at MyHeritage to access and search for ...

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  • Free Genealogy Resources for Frugal Genealogists

    Mar 8

    You really want to learn more about your ancestors, and fill in your family tree. Unfortunately, you are on a tight budget, and don't have extra money to spend on this project. The good news is that there are plenty of genealogy resources that you can access for free. Ancestry Library Edition Ancestry.com offers a free trial. When that tria...

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  • Fields of Honor Database

    Mar 7

    Not every fallen soldier during World War Two who died in battle had their body returned to America for burial. Many families wished their loved one to be buried near where they died. So many American cemeteries were created for such burials in the 1940s. They were located in France, Luxemburg, Belgium and Netherlands. To keep a permanent record o...

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  • Findmypast has Acquired Twile

    Mar 7

    Twile announced that it has been acquired by Findmypast. The acquisition was first announced at RootsTech 2018. It appears that the two companies have been working together previous to the acquisition. On February 11, 2016, Twile posted a blog post titled “Twile Partners with Findmypast”. The most relevant part of the post is: “We are de...

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  • MyHeritage Launched DNA Quest

    Mar 6

    MyHeritage announced that they have launched a pro bono initiative called DNA Quest. The purpose of DNA Quest is to help adoptees and their birth families to find each other. According to MyHeritage, more than 7 million Americans are adopted, and many are searching for their biological parents or siblings. Every year, some adoptees and their b...

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  • Interesting Family Stories

    Mar 5

    In Frederick, MD, there is an interesting local historical character known as Barbara Fritchie who during the American Civil War, 1862, defied the Confederate soldiers as they marched into Frederick warning them not to touch the US flag that hung from her roof. She was a Unionist, in 1863 a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier stated Fritchie said to a...

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  • FamilySearch Classes Presented at RootsTech 2018 Now Online

    Mar 5

    RootsTech 2018 has come and gone, but the knowledge shared there remains. FamilySearch has made eight RootsTech 2018 classes available to view on the FamilySearch website. There are a total of eight FamilySearch classes that were presented at RootsTech 2018 and that are now available to view online. The classes are downloadable. They are: Fa...

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  • Additional New Databases – Indiana

    Mar 3

    Again the Indiana Genealogical Society is making digital additional records to be online, this time info on Civil War soldiers and 8 Indiana counties. All of them are free to use. The Civil War data is from GAR - Grand Army of the Republic (Northern veterans) covering encampments meetings, officers and those members who had died at a specific date...

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  • Finding Ancestors in Newspapers

    Mar 1

    To locate any print newspaper articles relating to your ancestors, start where they lived is number ONE. Look back over birth and marriage certificates, check a death certificate and census records for where a person lived over their life. Keep a list with dates. Add surrounding cities or towns or if near the border with another state be sure to in...

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  • States’ Counties and their Changes

    Feb 27

    As you research where your ancestors lived it can be so nice if they stayed in one location (a town or county) for decades, making the searching for records much easier. YET, there can be problems with even the same town or county. There are many examples, but here is one of the changes. If an individual was born in Dade County, FL in 1899, the v...

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