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  • The History of Krampus

    Dec 17

    You may have spent your childhood hearing stories about Santa Claus, visiting Santa at the mall, and writing out a Christmas List to send to Santa Claus. There is another mythical holiday character that is associated with Christmas that you may be unaware of. Krampus could be described as the opposite of Santa Claus. National Geographic descri...

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  • RootsTech 2017 Getting Started Pass – February 11

    Dec 16

    RootsTech 2017 will take place on February 8-11, 2017. The type of Pass you purchase determines what Sessions/Labs you will have access to. The two least expensive Passes are the Getting Started Pass and the Getting Started (1 Day Only) Pass. Here is what those passes offer on February 11, 2017. The Getting Started Pass is good for Thursday t...

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  • Using Rootsweb.com

    Dec 15

    Rootsweb.com is a free genealogy website providing worldwide source for learning, collaborating and sharing for the expert and novice alike on family trees. The site, (part of Ancestry.com, but free) provides access to huge transcribed records from volunteer researchers, and contains extensive interactive guides and numerous research tools for trac...

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  • Don’t Overlook the Baby Book

    Dec 15

    Genealogists can learn a lot about an ancestor from his or her baby book. It is a resource that can easily be overlooked because it is not a vital record. There has been at least one instance where a baby book helped reunite long, lost, siblings. Baby books started being used at the end of the nineteenth century. Each baby book consists of f...

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  • RootsTech 2017 Getting Started Pass – February 10

    Dec 14

    RootsTech 2017 will take place on February 8-11, 2017. The type of Pass you purchase determines what Sessions/Labs you will have access to. The two least expensive Passes are the Getting Started Pass and the Getting Started (1 Day Only) Pass. Here is what those Passes offer. The Getting Started Pass is good for Thursday through Saturday of R...

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  • Hello Girls

    Dec 13

    The telephone, patented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, would eventually enable people to communicate with each other in all parts of the world, but at first, the few subscribers, mostly the wealthy and businesses, were not sure what to say into the new voice connector. It had been an early practice for a caller to ring a bell, pause and then s...

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  • RootsTech 2017 Getting Started Pass – February 9

    Dec 13

    RootsTech 2017 will take place on February 8-11, 2017. The type of Pass you purchase determines what Sessions/Labs you will have access to. The two least expensive Passes are the Getting Started Pass and the Getting Started (1 Day Only) Pass. Here is what those Passes offer. The Getting Started Pass is good for Thursday through Saturday of Ro...

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  • Mick Jagger’s Complicated Family Tree

    Dec 12

    At the age of 73, Sir Mick Jagger became the father of his eighth child. He now has eight children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Things get complicated as you try and sort out the family relationships between the children. Mick Jagger was born Michael Philip Jagger on July 26, 1943. In 2003, he was knighted for his services t...

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  • Any Notorious and Famous Ancestors?

    Dec 11

    The idea you have a celebrity or infamous person in your family tree is one of the most intriguing aspects of doing one's family history. Of course, if doesn't mean you will but it can be fun searching. A free online site titled; 'FamousKin.com' just might give you a starting point. Here the creator, Rich Hall, has done most of the research on cel...

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  • RootsTech 2017 RootsTech Pass Sessions – February 9

    Dec 11

    RootsTech 2017 will take place on February 8-11. There are a series of Sessions that will be available each day. The type of Pass you buy determines what Sessions you will be available to access. Keep in mind that these Sessions/Labs are subject to change. Those who purchase the RootsTech Pass can access the following Sessions on February 9, 20...

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  • MyHeritage has a Holiday Contest

    Dec 10

    December can be a busy month as people prepare and celebrate holidays that are meaningful to their families. MyHeritage wants you to take a minute to really think about what your wishes for this holiday season are. Your response could make you a winner! If you could have anything you wanted – what would you wish for this holiday season? For...

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  • A Family Tree Researcher’s Gift List

    Dec 9

    Every generation, every family has at least one relative who gathers, collects and preserves the family history. They may have just started or been at the task for years. Each one of them does have a wish list of supplies, sources and databases they wish they had to assist in the research. So do you have one or two such individuals that you could p...

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  • Ancestry ProGenealogists Have a Scholarship Program

    Dec 8

    Professional Genealogists, like other professionals, need to continually take classes, attend conferences, and keep up with the latest innovations in their profession. That can be extremely expensive, especially when you consider the cost of travel. Ancestry ProGenealogists has a scholarship program that can help. Ancestry ProGenealogists are ...

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  • Help FamilySearch Reach Its Indexing Goal in December

    Dec 7

    Would you like to give other genealogists the joy of discovering their ancestors? One way to do that is to take part in FamilySearch's December 2016 indexing goal. They have named it #LIGHTtheWORLD. Indexing makes a difference. FamilySearch describes indexing as a volunteer transcription effort that makes valuable genealogical records searcha...

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  • 75 Years Ago. Pearl Harbor.

    Dec 7

    It was 75 years ago that World War II came to the American shoreline with the 7:48 am attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the military facilities based there. Japan launched a surprise bomb attack on Pearl Harbor and other U.S. bases in the Pacific, such as Wake Island, Philippines, and Guam. Japan officially declared war on the USA and UK. Canada decl...

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