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  • Use of Funeral Home Records

    Jun 19

    Contacting the funeral home in a hometown to see what records they hold about your ancestors can be a great resource. It might take some extra investigation if the funeral home the family used years ago has been sold and is under another name. However, most of the time, the previous funeral home did have the new operators store the older records. ...

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  • Living DNA Family Networks is Unique

    Jun 18

    Living DNA has created a unique feature called Family Networks. It is a DNA-driven family tree reconstruction and matching method that takes the guesswork out of DNA relationships. Family Networks was first previewed at RootsTech 2018. Living DNA is a collaboration of over 100 world-leading scientists, academic researchers and genetic experts fr...

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  • Interview a Town’s Natives

    Jun 17

    In Stuart, Florida, at the downtown Stuart Heritage Museum, every Wednesday morning is the gathering of the 'Old Timers Social'. Started several years ago, everyone is invited to attend and meet with other long-time residents and especially natives of Stuart. With the city incorporated only 104 years ago, there are many who grew up in Stuart and it...

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  • Organize Your Photos with MemoryWeb

    Jun 16

    It has been said that the best camera to use is the one you have at the moment. Today, that usually means the camera that is on your smartphone. Family historians and genealogists can quickly end up with tons of digital, unlabeled, family photos that need to be organized. MemoryWeb can help you with this task. MemoryWeb is an app that can be dow...

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  • Advantages of Contacting Historical Societies

    Jun 15

    If you have not investigated contacting a historical society in your ancestral town or county or state, you will need to see what is available. The purpose of a historical society is an organization dedicated to preserving, collecting, researching, and interpreting historical information or items. Originally, these societies were created as a way t...

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  • Historical Tie-ins to Your Ancestors

    Jun 13

    None of your ancestors may have been famous or renown but they may of knowledge of locally famous people in their community. It could be the town's mayor, a war hero, a decorated police officer or a local community singer. A good method to uncover such individuals is to locate newspapers for the family hometown or county. Many such newspapers that ...

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  • 23andMe has Genetic Risk Report for G6PD Deficiency

    Jun 13

    23andMe announced that it has added a new Genetic Risk Report for G6PD Deficiency. It looks for one genetic variant linked to episodes of anemia. G6PD stands for “Glucose-6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency”. It is a genetic disorder that occurs almost exclusively in males. It affects red blood cells, which carry oxygen from the lungs to ti...

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  • Why No Death Certificate

    Jun 11

    It can be a bit frustrating when you can not find any record or certificate or even obituary for an ancestor's death. There can be some logical reasons why there is no death record that you have found yet. If you look at some possible reasons why you might not find it, then you have a chance of locating it. Reason first is the spelling of a name. ...

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  • How to Revoke Research Consent from DNA Testing Companies

    Jun 10

    People are often very excited to see the results of their DNA test. Later, some people become concerned about what the DNA company will share. Fortunately, there are ways to revoke research consent from DNA testing companies. 23andMe Researchers who conduct analyses will have access to your genetic and other personal information, but not to you...

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  • MyHeritage had a Data Breach

    Jun 8

    MyHeritage posted a very important blog titled: “MyHeritage Statement About a Cybersecurity Incident”. Genealogists and family historians who have an account at MyHeritage should take the time to read it. The blog provides details about what happened and what steps MyHeritage has taken after learning about the incident. MyHeritage started...

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  • Organization of Your Family History Archives

    Jun 5

    Generally, it is one or two people in a family generation who are the keeper of family heirlooms, photos, documents, etc and who also be the one to do the family history research. IF this is you, here are a few suggestions for attempting to put some organization to the family collection. You basically need things divided into categories. There is ...

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  • Study Offers Look at Genetics and Nearsightedness

    Jun 5

    Have you ever wondered why some of the people in your family are nearsighted? 23andMe pointed out a new study by a consortium of researchers that offers the most detailed view yet of the role of genetics and nearsightedness. The 23andMe Research Team was among the consortium of researchers involved in the study. The study is titled: “Genome-wi...

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  • 100th Anniversary-End of the Great War

    Jun 5

    The Armistice that ended the first World War originally known as 'The Great War' was signed November 11, 1918 – nearly 100 years ago. The Virginia Library has made digital their collections of some interesting photos and transcribed documents all related to World War One. On the American home front, residents were to conserve food and purchase ...

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  • Before You Reach Out to Your Genetic Relatives…

    Jun 2

    MyHeritage sells a DNA testing kit that consumers can take if they want to learn more about their genetics. Those who take the test will be notified if a DNA Match exists. DNA Matches is a feature that uses your DNA to help you find relatives. Before you rush into reaching out to your genetic relatives, there are some things you should consider. ...

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  • Father’s Day–the Family History Researcher

    Jun 1

    For any whose father, brother, uncle, grandfather or husband are working on the family history research, here are a few ideas that would make interesting gifts on Father's Day – June 17th, 2018. Get a copy of the names-dates-places for the family tree gathered to date. Have it reproduced on fine parchment, stock paper and even framed. True, it m...

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