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  • Findmypast has Applications from Irish Evicted Tenants

    Jun 15

    Findmypast Ireland has an unusual set of records that could help you determine if your Irish ancestors had been evicted tenants. The collection of Applications from Evicted Tenants offers a wealth of useful information including names, addresses, and circumstances of the applicant. Findmypast.ie has a collection called Applications from Evicted...

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  • 23andMe Explains Their Genetic Health Risk Reports

    Jun 14

    23andMe was given authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to market their direct-to-consumer DNA tests that provide genetic risk information for certain health conditions. As such, 23andMe has put together some helpful information that explains more about their Genetic Health Risk Reports. 23andMe points out several things that consu...

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  • Mathew B. Brady’s Civil War Photos

    Jun 13

    The most renown photographer during the American Civil War was Mathew B. Brady, who along with his skilled staff, (Alexander Gardner, James F. Gibson, Timothy O'Sullivan, James Gardner, and Egbert Guy Fox) documented the people and events during the war 1861-1865. Since so many of your ancestors somehow were involved and certainly affected during t...

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  • Fold3 Added to its WWII Draft Registration Cards Collection

    Jun 13

    Fold3 is the web's premier collection of original military records. It provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Ancestry.com purchased Fold3 in 2010. Fold3 has announced that it has added new states to its WWII Draft Registration Cards collections. F...

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  • Genealogy Resources at the St. Charles Public Library

    Jun 12

    The St. Charles Public Library is located in St. Charles, Illinois. It first became a tax-supported institution in 1906. In 1978, voters decided to change it from a township library to a district library that would operate independently. Since then, various upgrades and additions have been made. There are several genealogy resources at the St. ...

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  • Email Week

    Jun 11

    The second week of June is recognized as "National Email Week". On average, about 250 – 300 BILLION emails a day are sent worldwide. How better to let your family and friends know about the week, but by sending an email. More important, you should use that week to send out short tidbits of family history to your relatives and close family friend...

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  • Ancestry is Moving its Genealogy Data to AWS

    Jun 11

    Ancestry.com, one of the largest genealogy websites, is moving 10 petabytes of genealogy data to AWS. The move has already started. It appears that this collaboration will be beneficial for both companies. Ancestry currently manages about 10 petabytes of structured and unstructured data that was generated by more than 2.6 million subscribers....

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  • Library of Congress Offers MARC Open-Access

    Jun 10

    Library of Congress announced that it has made 25 million records from its catalog available for the public to download for free. The collection can be found in the MARC Open-Access. The MARC Distribution List (which requires a subscription) will continue to exist. In other words, the free MARC Open-Access will not replace the MARC Distribution ...

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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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