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  • Database of Nazi SS Commanders and Guards

    Feb 17

    The names of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland have been put online by Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (INR). The information is based on data from archives in Poland, Germany, Austria, the United States. There are about 9,680 names, nearly all German, on the Auschwitz garrison list, some...

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  • Share Your Family Recipe Story

    Feb 15

    Many families have a special recipe that is beloved by all and handed down from one generation to the next. That recipe is important not only because it tastes good but also because it brings up warm memories of the relative that created the recipe and the stories that connect to that food. FamilySearch wants you to share your family recipe story...

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  • Research with YouTube

    Feb 15

    Here is an idea most people don't think of to locate little-known information about a family ancestor or hometown. Using the online YouTube you might discover a series of photos or better yet a video placed on YouTube that you didn't know existed. It could be the historical district of a hometown, it might have about certain businesses and their o...

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  • MyHeritage Introduced Consistency Checker

    Feb 14

    MyHeritage announced that it has introduced the new Consistency Checker. It is a new tool that can be used with online family trees on MyHeritage. Consistency Checker scans your family tree and identifies mistakes and inconsistencies in your data so that you can make necessary changes in your tree. Consistency Checker can help you improve th...

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  • Find Extra Documents with FamilySearch

    Feb 13

    FamilySearch.org has massive files done by volunteers to index censuses, draft cards, death certificates, and other similar records that were made on pre-printed forms because the information contained in them is consistent and standardized. Those are the easy records to make available for your researching of an ancestor. What can be difficult are...

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  • How Your Ancestors Preserved Food

    Feb 13

    Today, you bring home your groceries (or order them delivered to your door). You preserve those groceries by putting the perishable ones into your refrigerator or freezer. Many of your ancestors did not have those luxuries. They used other methods to preserve their food. Very early ancestors, who lived in frozen climates, preserved their mea...

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  • FDA Approved Emflaza to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    Feb 12

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug called Emflaza. It was created by Marathon Pharmaceuticals to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Emflaza is the brand name for a generic called deflazacort. These drugs belong to a class of anti-inflammatory drugs known as corticosteroids. It is this class of drugs that are frequent...

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  • Plymouth Archive Research

    Feb 11

    There is online the Plymouth Archive covering 1620 to 1691 with some items beyond those dates. You'll find court records, colony laws, 17th-century journals and memoirs, probate inventories, wills, town plans, maps and fort plans, all relating to the Plymouth Colony of Massachusetts. The site is laid out like a research room: Click the area you wa...

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  • Map from 1940 Shows America as a Nation of Immigrants

    Feb 11

    It is common for genealogists to discover that at least some of their ancestors were immigrants to the United States of America. That knowledge points genealogists towards other countries that might have vital records about their ancestors. A map from 1940, that emphasizes that America is a nation of immigrants, is now getting passed around the i...

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  • 770,000 Saliva Samples Reveal Post-Colonial Population of North America

    Feb 9

    Ancestry.com announced that the work done by their science team has been published in Nature Communications. 770,000 saliva samples, taken from AncestryDNA customers over the past five years, have been used to create a map of post-colonial America. The work of Ancestry's science team has been published in Nature Communications. The title of the...

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  • Pennsylvanian Civil Marriages 1677 – 1950

    Feb 9

    This state was part of the original 13 American / British colonies and has a very long history. Many different ethnic groups eventually settled in the colony of Pennsylvania. Even after it was a state, it was home to millions of people, many may have been your ancestors. FamilySearch.org site (free to use) has 1.1 million images covering 1677 to 1...

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  • Tips for Researching Your African-American Ancestors

    Feb 8

    FamilySearch is one of the most popular genealogy websites. FamilySearch has put together a blog post of helpful tips for tracing your African-American Ancestors. One of these tips could help you break through the “brick wall” in your research. FamilySearch points out that if you are tracing African-American ancestors in records after 1870...

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  • Submit a World War One Veteran’s Story

    Feb 7

    The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission web site has one main purpose ... to remember and document the people and events during the United States' time of 1917 to 1919 in the first World War (known back then as the Great War). One of the best methods is for individuals to submit the WW I veteran's service and story along with a photo if avail...

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  • Ancestry.com and OraSure Technologies Settled a Lawsuit

    Feb 7

    A lawsuit that was filed by DNA Genotek, the subsidiary of OraSure Technologies, against Ancestry.com has been settled. The lawsuit involved DNA testing technology. In short, the lawsuit was regarding technology for collecting DNA via saliva samples. Exactly what led up to the lawsuit is a bit confusing. It appears that DNA Genotek created s...

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  • The Meaning Behind Valentine’s Day Symbols

    Feb 6

    Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14 every year. It is a day filled with hearts, cupids, and special valentines cards. People have been using the same Valentine's Day symbols for so long that many people do not know the meanings behind them. For Catholics, February 14 is the Feast of Saint Valentine (also known as Saint Valentine of Rome...

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