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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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SiriusXM to Host a 3-week African Ancestry Radio Live Call-in Show – Starting February 8, 2015

The following excerpt is a February 5, 2015 post to the website of the Atlanta Daily World. SiriusXM announced they are launching of “African Ancestry Radio,” a three-week series of live, call-in shows during which the hosts help listeners and celebrities of African descent in their quest to reconnect with their heritage. Academy Award-winning actor […]

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Check out the Mobile App for RootsTech 2015

I got a notice from RootsTech this morning that the RootsTech 2015 mobile app is now available for download. I immediately downloaded it at Google Play, and began using it on my cell phone. The app gives the user access to all of the conference information, including classes, exhibitors, and speakers. With the conference app, […]

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The British Newspaper Archive Celebrates its 3rd Birthday

The following press release was issued in celebration of The British Newspaper Archive’s website’s 3rd birthday:   The British Newspaper Archive celebrates its 3rd birthday The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) has come a long way since the website launched on 29 November 2011 with 4 million historic newspaper pages. 9 million newspaper pages now online […]

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FamilySearch.org’s United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists — Updated to 24 November 2014

Below are the latest updates to United States & Canadian Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org: Currently updates as of 24 November 2014 Previous update: 28 October 2014 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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