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  • Mobile Changes for Ancestry.com

    Mar 26

    With the rapid advancements in communication methods, the fee-based subscription database of Ancestry.com is keeping up in the latest technical devices that people are using today.  It now has available a mobile app (application) for use with the iPad, iPhone and Android tablets and phones. The new enhanced version has the universal support for...

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  • ‘Finding Your Roots’ – airs PBS – March 25th

    Mar 22

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will be hosting another season of ‘Finding Your Roots’ beginning on Sunday evening, March 25, 2012 on the Public Broadcasting Stations. There are ten parts to the series which run until May 20, 2012 at 8 pm Eastern standard time. Similar to the ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ series, family genealogies research several...

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  • 1940 US Federal Census – 150th Anniversary of Census

    Mar 20

    It is approaching quickly, the April 2, 2012 release date for the 1940 Federal United States Census.  For each census in the United States that has been taken since 1790 there has been a mandatory 72-year waiting period before it was released to the general public.  This waiting period was to provide privacy, especially for the adults listed in e...

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  • Got That Irish Feeling?

    Mar 16

    Many people will find at least some trace of Irish ancestry and it especially shows with the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration set for March 17th. The wearing of green (an American tradition), drinking beer, watching parades, carrying shamrocks, enjoying Irish folk music and eating corned beef cabbage are traditional.  The month of March was ...

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  • Include Photos and Historical Images in Your Family History

    Mar 14

    Sometimes a researcher can get so wrapped up in looking for names and dates of ancestors they forget to include some photos, ephemeral, keepsakes and even historical images that came give a better sense of the time that ancestor lived in. I just received an extending family historical story booklet, bound with some 100 pages of very fascinating ...

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  • Ancestral Phrases, Sayings and Clichés

    Mar 10

    Here is an interesting aspect about our ancestors and even present-day, that is the use of certain phrases, catch words or clichés.  We can say them all the time and not know where they originated from or why.  For the most part there was a reason and a basis for every saying used in the past and today. Think back, your grandmother may have had...

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  • Millburn, Ill & Surrounding Areas with Digital Resources

    Mar 2

    Go north of Chicago, Illinois, close to the shores of Lake Michigan and in Lake County is the town of Millburn. There the Historic Milburn Community Association has developed a collection of databases relating to numerous aspects of the people, occupations, land, churches and homes of Millburn.  Their Online Historical Archives is filled with all ...

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  • Valentine’s Day and Surnames

    Feb 11

    There are surnames such as Valentine, Love, Heart and Cupid. The family name of Valentine is English and comes from the Latin term ‘valens’ which means something very strong and healthy. Additional spellings for Valentine include Vallentine and Vallantine. Some notable individuals with the surname include Robert John Valentine who was a profess...

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  • Ancestors in the ‘Big Easy’

    Feb 5

    After the massive destruction the city of New Orleans, Louisiana (the Big Easy) suffered in 2005 due to a hurricane, it is encouraging to see the New Orleans Public Library has an excellent biography and obituary index available on their web site. It has death notices and obituaries from various newspapers covering from 1804 to 1972. It alphabetica...

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  • Reminder – WDYTYA

    Feb 2

    Friday evening - Feb. 3rd, at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time on NBC prime-time network the third season of WDYTYA - 'Who Do You Think You Are?'  begins.  The hour -long program will be each Friday night. The first show will have actor, Martin Sheen.  His family background comprises Irish and Spanish heritage.  He was born in Ohio in 1940 and nam...

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