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  • Findmypast Created a Beginner’s Guide to their Records

    Jan 18

    Findmypast Australia and New Zealand is a family history and genealogy website with over 8 billion historical records. They realize that trying to sort through 8 billion records to find what you are looking for can be a bit overwhelming. To help make things easier, Findmypast Australia and New Zealand created a Complete Beginner's Guide to Findm...

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  • A Great Winter Project

    Jan 17

    Many areas across the country or in other nations have a thick blanket of ice and snow during this time of year. To avoid having to get out in such conditions, this is a perfect time to start a really worthwhile project. Besides gathering the names, dates and basic information on relatives on your family tree, how about taking a different perspect...

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  • AncestryDNA Surpasses 3 Million Customers

    Jan 17

    AncestryDNA, the world's largest genetic testing company, has now become 3,000,000 people strong. That means there are now more than 300,000 people genotyped by AncestryDNA who are connecting to family members. AncestryDNA is a DNA testing service that utilizes some of the latest autosomal testing technology to revolutionize the way people d...

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  • 23andMe Highlighted Their Best Blogs of 2016

    Jan 16

    The start of a brand new year is a good time to take a moment and look back upon what was accomplished in the previous year. Many genealogy and family history companies are posting blogs on that topic This includes 23andMe, who put it all together in a blog titled "Our Top Five from 2016". They featured information about their top 5 blogs that w...

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  • FamilyTreeNow.com – NOT FamilyTree.com

    Jan 15

    There has been a good deal of information in newspapers, online and the television about FamilyTreeNow.com and its publishing public information about individuals. This site is NOT FamilyTree.com (which has been online since 2010). Two different online genealogical sites. The FamilyTreeNow has been providing information (names, addresses, etc) for...

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  • Baffling Ancestors – Some Hints

    Jan 15

    Everyone has more than one elusive ancestor in their direct lineage or extended family line. It can be quite baffling for a family researcher to find our details on that person. Here are a few hints and suggestions to help in the process. If you have found their death date and a possible location, search for a Will on file. Those legal documents ...

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  • Things Family Historians Should Do Every Year

    Jan 15

    Keeping track of your family history can be a big job. It is the type of hobby that never seems to end because there is always more to do. You might be very busy, but it is important for family historians find the time to do certain things every year. MyHeritage has compiled a list of excellent suggestions! MyHeritage points out that at least...

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  • RootsTech 2017 Announces Innovator Showdown Semifinalists

    Jan 14

    RootsTech 2017 will have an Innovator Showdown on February 10, 2017. It will feature innovators from around the world who will compete for $100,000 in prizes as they pitch their innovative ideas on stage before judges, industry influencers, and a live audience. RootsTech 2017 has announced the Semifinalists of the Innovator Showdown. The inno...

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  • Remember the Early 20th Century

    Jan 13

    Are you focused solely on your ancestors' lives during the 1800s and 1700s ?? Yet, you need to figure out how many of your direct ancestors were alive in the first half of the twentieth century (1900-1950)? Try this to see further: make a list of all your direct ancestors, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on, who were alive between ...

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  • FamilySearch Released a 2016 End of the Year Summary

    Jan 13

    FamilySearch, one of the most popular genealogy websites, released an end of the year review about the things they accomplished in 2016. You might already be benefiting from some of those things. Here is a quick look at some of the highlights from the FamilySearch 2016 end of the year summary. In 2016, FamilySearch added 103 family history cen...

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  • Your Female Ancestors May Have Been Philanthropists

    Jan 11

    Have you ever participated in a Bake Sale to raise money for your child's school? People, usually women, bake something that can be distributed in pieces, give it away to the school, and allow the school to sell it for money. This is one of many forms of philanthropy that your female ancestors may have participated in. Other forms of philanthrop...

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  • Avoid Unintentional Booby-Traps

    Jan 11

    You have worked on researching your family history and have a good start on the creation of the family tree. Yet, even the most experienced researcher can fall into an unintentional booby-trap. Normally a 'booby-trap' refers to a set up by someone to scare or harm someone else. The following instead are unintentional booby-traps that were unknowing...

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  • The Library of Congress Shared Three Map Collections with DPLA

    Jan 10

    The Library of Congress has joined the Digital Public Library of America as a Content Hub. This partnership means that the Library of Congress is going to share some of its digital holdings at the Digital Public Library content hub. The first content being shared include three collections of maps. The Library of Congress (LOC) is the largest l...

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  • World War One Draft Registrations

    Jan 9

    Selective Service Act became effective into law on May 18, 1917 (nearly 100 years ago) with over 24.2 million (about 23 % of the US population) men born between 1872 and 1899 required to complete the registration cards. There were 3 registrations, for men residing in the U.S. — whether native born, naturalized, or alien — between the ages of 18...

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  • Ways to Grow Your Family History

    Jan 9

    The way to grow your family tree is to do more genealogy research. Most genealogists have at least some success with this task. If you hit a “brick wall”, you can seek help from other genealogists. Growing your family history is not as straightforward because it relies on entirely different resources than genealogy work does. Here are some ways...

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