• 23andMe Sues Ancestry for Patent Infringement

    May 19

    GenomeWeb, an independent online news organization based in New York, has been around since 1997. It's mission is to cover the scientific and economic ecosystem spurred by the advent of high-throughput genome sequencing. GenomeWeb reported that 23andMe has sued for patent infringement and misleading marketing. GenomeWeb points out t...


  • Ancestry Takes Action After RootsWeb Server Breach

    Jan 1 alerted its users that a data breach occurred on a specific RootsWeb server. The information received by Ancestry's Information Security Team came from a security researcher who said he found a file containing email addresses/username and password combinations as well as user names from a server. pointed ou...


  • Ancestry Lets Customers Opt-Out of DNA Matches

    Nov 9

    One of the reasons why genealogists choose to take a DNA test is because they hope their results will help them add to their family tree. DNA is one resource that can connect two people, who don't know each other, but are related. Ancestry is allowing customers to opt-out of having their DNA results shared. This appears to be causing some controv...


  • Common Misspellings

    Sep 13

    Oh, there is a list of very common misspellings to terms used in relationship with your family history research. One of the most common yet with also acceptable but confusing spellings is Descendent and Descendant. Note the last three letters can be 'ent' or 'ant'. Both are acceptable in reference to a person descended from a specified person bas...


  • Related to a U. S. President ?

    Aug 21

    Everyone loves when they find and verify that a well-known person is a part of their family tree. Some of the celebrated relationships would be tied to the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, Patriots from the American Revolution or a U. S. President. Using the online site 'US Presidents' with all 45 presidents, the First Families, their Biographies, phot...


  • RootsMagic and Ancestry are Working Together Now

    Jul 4

    Ancestry reminded people that they have been working with RootsMagic, a leading desktop genealogy application, to allow Ancestry subscribers to connect their Ancestry accounts to the RootsMagic software. Now, Ancestry has developed a new technology that will allow people to integrate Ancestry Hints and Ancestry's record and online trees with Root...


  • Ancestry is Moving its Genealogy Data to AWS

    Jun 11, 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....


  • 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...


  • Sisterhood

    Mar 15

    During the month of April is recognized 'Sibling's Day' and in August is celebrated 'Sister's Day'. This month of March is recognized as 'Women's History Month', in doing your family research, check out your female ancestors who were sisters. Some interesting aspects to check are the range of ages, that is noting their birth dates. Also when ea...


  • Christmas Surnames

    Dec 13

    Did it ever occur to you that families could have a surname associated with Christmas traditions? Some you wouldn't be as surprised by like, 'Claus' has in the USA over 1,300 or 'Santa', has 370 individuals. The name 'Christmas' has 1,499 people with that surname, which is quite a few. The most with the Christmas surname, based on the Crestleaf dat...