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  • Closing the 2010s Decade

    Dec 31

    As family historians, we love to document and find all types of interesting ancestors and their accomplishments from decades ago. Yet, with the close of the 2010s decades, this is the perfect time to reflect and document the achievements, celebrations, tragedies, etc., you and your relatives faced over the last ten years. Even if you won...

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  • Sayings to Welcome New Year – New Decade

    Dec 30

    A new decade and new opportunities for yourself and family. An excellent new year to really make some headway on your family history research. If at a roadblock, search help from any local Family History Center or your county or regional genealogical society. They will assist you for free. So here are some thoughts and sayings from oth...

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  • White House Closet Christmas Tree

    Dec 27

    Having an official Christmas tree in the Presidential White House has not been a long-time tradition. Under President Grover Cleveland there was a tree with gifts on it in the house but not an official one. President Harrison in 1889 followed with a more decorated tree with tinsel and candles in small lanterns. In 1893 with Cleveland back a...

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  • Christmas Letters and Cards

    Dec 25

    It seems like everything in 2019 is digital, which is good for some things preserved, but there are some handwritten cards and Christmas letters still sent. There is a fear by genealogists and historians that there will be fewer written sources to preserve from the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries than in previous eras. The pre...

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  • GEDmatch Joins with Verogen

    Dec 24

    GEDmatch announced that it has joined with forensic genomics firm Verogen, Inc., in a move that allows the company to ensure ongoing privacy protections and enhance the customer experience for users of its website. The announcement was posted on the Verogen website. The announcement says that GEDmatch's terms of service will not change wit...

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  • Top Two DNA Kits

    Dec 23

    With the wide variety of available DNA kits you might wonder which are considered the top two DNA kits out of the top five selling kits offered. There were two services which consistently led all assessments by other surveyors, while also offering strong privacy options and a large sample size. These top two had their services examined for not o...

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  • FREE Databases on Ancestry.com

    Dec 21

    Everyone likes to get Free Anything and what is better than some of the Free databases available with Ancestry.com? Review this listing of Free databases and you will be amazed. Scroll down, it starts with numbers and dates then goes in alphabetical order. Now some are indexes and others are full databases. For example, if you had ance...

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  • Provides Dates to Kodak Slides

    Dec 19

    Everyone has boxes or carousels filled with family slides. A photo slide is a specially mounted individual transparency intended for projection onto a screen using a slide projector. This allows the photograph to be viewed by a large audience at once. Taking slides instead of print photos was very popular for years, especially in the 1940s wi...

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  • Nine New Reports Added to MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry Test

    Dec 19

    MyHeritage has announced a major addition to their MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry test. They have added 9 new health reports. MyHeritage recommends that people who are estimated to have a genetic risk for a certain health condition seek additional information and screening from their healthcare providers. The 9 new reports are: High Bl...

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  • British Officer Military Records

    Dec 17

    If you had any ancestors from the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) during the period of 1763 and 1932 who served as an officer, then check the Ancestry.com site titled 'UK, Officers Service Records 1763-1932'. You will need a subscription to search the site but many times during the year there are free weeks...

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  • USCIS to Raise Fees for Genealogy Information

    Dec 17

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to raise the fees for immigration information that many genealogists seek out in order to learn more about their ancestors. The fee increase could potentially put that important information out of reach for many genealogists. The USCIS is a genealogy program that allows genea...

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  • Post Civil War Newspapers of Georgia

    Dec 15

    For ancestors who lived in the state of Georgia during the American Civil War (1861-1865) or especially following the war – the period of Reconstruction (1865-1877) the Digital Library of Georgia has online an interesting collection of newspapers from across the state during the War and Reconstruction (1861-1877). There are the free se...

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  • Wayne County Genealogical Society Finds New Home

    Dec 12

    The Wayne County Genealogy Society is located in Richmond, Indiana. Its Family History Center was previously housed in the St. John Lutheran Church. It has since moved to the lower level of the First Friends Church. The reason why the Wayne County Genealogy Society needed to find a new home was because the St. John Lutheran Church had switc...

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  • American Christmas Traditions from Germany

    Dec 11

    Several of the following are traditional German Christmas celebration items or events some which have become population in America, brought by the millions of German immigrants. A favorite, especially for children is St. Nicholas day, where German children leave their shoes out overnight in hopes that St. Nick will stop by and fill them w...

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  • MyHeritage Reveals Boris Johnson is Related to EU President

    Dec 10

    MyHeritage announced that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is distantly related to the newly elected President of the European Union, Dr. Ursula von der Leyen. This revelation could make Brexit appear to include a family feud. That said, it seems unlikely that these two would have to share a Christmas dinner together. MyHeritage researchers ...

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