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The LDS Church Breaks Ground for First-of-Its-Kind St. George FamilySearch Library

The following Press Release is from FamilySearch: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Breaks Ground for First-of-Its-Kind St. George FamilySearch Library ST. GEORGE, UT (AUGUST 15, 2015) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its nonprofit subsidiary FamilySearch International broke ground today on a first-of-its-kind facility in St. George, Utah. […]

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More than 82,000 FamilySearch Volunteers “Fuel the Find” for People Worldwide

The following is from FamilySearch: SALT LAKE CITY UTAH – A total of 82,039 volunteers helped to “Fuel the Find” during FamilySearch’s Worldwide Indexing Event, held August 7-14, 2015. Though short of the goal of 100,000 participants, the effort produced a number of remarkable achievements, among them an 89% increase in non-English language indexing activity. […]

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The Henryk Ross Collection of Over 4000 Lodz Ghetto Photographs Posted Online

The Art Gallery of Ontario has posted over 4000 images from the Henryk Ross Lodz Ghetto Photographs collection. The user can browse the site, and search as well. You can search for images by theme or build your own groupings by using the My Collections link. If you’re going to browse, keep in mind that […]

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FamilySearch Opens a New Seattle Family Discovery Center

I had the opportunity to use some of the Discovery Center resources at RootsTech this last February, and came away quite amazed. Now FamilySearch has opened the Seattle Family Discovery Center at the LDS facility in Bellevue, Washington. I’m looking forward to making a stop there in the near future. Patty and I live just […]

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FamilySearch.org’s United States and Canadian Vital Records Databases — UPDATE

Below are the latest updates to United States & Canadian Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org: Currently updates as of 30 June 2015 Previous update: 14 April 2015 There is a permanent link at the top of the blog to a page with links to all five United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists. Use […]

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How to Keep Your Volunteers Happy, Helpful, and Engaged – FGS Webinar June 23 & Publicly Available for 30 Days Thereafter

The following is from The Federation of Genealogical Societies: FGS is pleased to announce the re-launch of its webinar series. FGS is committed to continuing education for societies and the individual genealogist alike. The first webinar of the new slate will feature Amy Johnson Crow on “How to Keep Your Volunteers Happy, Helpful, and Engaged.” […]

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Maps of the USA Showing Our Ancestry & Other Cool Stuff

The following teaser is from a fascinating article by Ana Swanson, published June 19, 2015 in the online edition of the Washington Post. The way that different races and ethnicities are spread around the U.S. says a lot about our history. Some groups ended up in a particular region of the U.S. through the invitation […]

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Ancestry Launches Family History DNA Testing Service in Canada

The following is from newswire.ca: DNA test pinpoints genetic ethnicity and helps people discover family origins going back thousands of years AncestryDNA studies a person’s entire genome at more than 700,000 different locations Results detail a person’s ethnic origins across 26 regions worldwide Service can help users discover and connect with new relatives, linking DNA […]

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FamilySearch Adds Over 5.8 Million Indexed Records & Images for Australia, Canada, Hungary, Russia, South Africa, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch.org: FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 5.8 million indexed records and images for Australia, Canada, Hungary, Russia, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,435,483 indexed records from the Canada Census, 1911 collection; 2,069,202 indexed records from the Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802–1990 collection; and […]

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Popular Online Jewish Genealogy Collection Surpasses One Million Entries

The following News Release is from FamilySearch: SALT LAKE CITY — The Knowles Collection, a quickly growing, free online Jewish genealogy database linking generations of Jewish families from all over the world, reached its one-millionth record milestone and is now easily searchable online. The collection started from scratch just over seven years ago, with historical […]

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A New Genetic Map of the U.K.

The following teaser is from nature.com: Researchers have found genetic signatures among Britons that betray their historical roots in particular locales of the United Kingdom, leading to the finest-scale map of genetic variation yet created. The analysis — which shows a snapshot of clusters of genetic variation in the late 1800s, when people were less […]

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Genealogy and the Law – A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian

Life in the past, the life your ancestors lived, was different from our own. They still had to meet their basic requirements of work, food, shelter, family, and religion. People were born, they were christened, they married and had families, they worked and they died. They lived their lives. Some ran businesses or worked for […]

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Call For APG Sponsored Lecture Proposals for the 2016 FGS Conference in Springfield, Illinois

The following is from Kathleen Hinckley CG, with APG: DEADLINE – Friday, 3 April 2015 APG will be proposing a sponsored lecture at the FGS Conference in Springfield, Illinois, to be held August 31 through September 3, 2016. We invite members to submit proposals for an advanced presentation that would be of interest to experienced […]

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Call for Papers for the 36th National Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society Conference

The following Call for Papers is from the AAHGS.org website: October 15-17, 2015 – Richmond, Virginia In October 2015, genealogists and historians from around the Commonwealth of Virginia and across the nation will travel to Richmond to discover and celebrate African-American family history, national history, and the connections therein. The occasion will be the 36th […]

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The 21st-Century Genealogist

A week chock full of genealogy classes got its start this morning with a class given by Joseph Shumway at the BYU Family History Tech Conference. Joseph works for ProGenealogists, an Ancestry.com company. The title of his talk was “Life of the 21st Century Genealogist – What do they do, and what do they need […]

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