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Scottish Pensioner United with Siblings After 70 Years

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the April 9, 2014 edition of scotsman.com: A Scottish pensioner has been reunited with his long-lost brother and sister for the first time in 70 years. Grandfather William Rae, of Clochan in Moray, grew up with a foster family and spent decades trying to trace his […]

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FamilySearch Adds Nearly 11.1 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, & the USA

The following was received from FamilySearch: FamilySearch has added close to 11.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Barbados, BillionGraves, Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,529 indexed records from the U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910, collection; […]

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Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration: A British Government Redemptioner Project to Manufacture Naval Stores

Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration: A British Government Redemptioner Project to Manufacture Naval Stores is a scholarly book, full of details and amassed facts in an effort to explain the mass migrations from the war torn Rhine Valley in the early 1700s.  The Palatines were driven from their homes, into the British Empire, by circumstance […]

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Genealogical Resources in English Repositories – 70% Off – Just $13.50

While the information so nicely gathered into this single book, Genealogical Resources in English Repositories, can be found in many other locations; sometimes, it is nice to have this type of information in one place, as a quick and easy reference. This book represents an exhaustive listing of available genealogical resources available in Britain. Listed […]

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Ex-British PM Clement Attlee’s Roots Traced to Shimla in Northern India

The following teaser is from an article published March 9, 2014 at the gulfnews.com website. Shimla [Himachal Pradesh, India]: Clement Attlee’s grandson John was born in Shimla nearly nine decades ago. His great-granddaughter has just fished out her father’s birth certificate from the cavernous civic office of the “queen of the hills”. Sally Camps, great-granddaughter […]

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About 930,000 Folks Can Claim to be of Direct Viking Descent

The following excerpt is from an interesting article posted in the March 9, 2014 edition of dailymail.co.uk: Around 930,000 people can claim to be of direct Viking descent A study compared Y chromosome markers to estimated Viking DNA patterns The Viking DNA patterns are rarely found outside Scandinavia Almost one million Britons alive today are […]

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Trenches Reveal How WWI Transformed Britain

Hmmm… I had not considered that there would be the remains of “practice battlefields” still in existence today… Interesting. The following teaser is from an AP article in the March 9, 2014 edition of theitem.com: GOSPORT, England (AP) – Two lines of trenches face off across No Man’s Land. A soldier marches, rifle in hand, […]

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Europeana 1914-1918: Bringing All Sides of World War One Together – Launches in Berlin, Featuring 10,000 Items From the British Library’s Collections

The following News Release is from the British Library: Europeana 1914-1918: A new website that brings all sides of World War One together launches in Berlin, featuring 10,000 items from the British Library’s collections www.europeana1914-1918.eu The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in Germany, Monika Grütters, today launched Europeana 1914-1918, an online resource that […]

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Wills of Scottish Soldiers Killed in WWI to Go Online

The following excerpt is from an article in the February 24, 2014 edition of NewsNetScotland.com: The wills of 26,000 Scottish soldiers who died in the Great War are to be made available online for the first time as part of centenary commemorations marking the outbreak of WWI, the First Minister Alex Salmond announced today (Monday, […]

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Scotland’s Valuation Rolls 1885 Posted Online

Property records containing the names and addresses of more than 1.4 million people living in Scotland in 1885 were released on ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk, the government’s family history website, a few days ago. The following News Release is from Scotland’s People: Historical Property Records Go Online The Valuation Rolls of 1885 offer genealogists and other history researchers […]

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FamilySearch Adds Nearly 4.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch: FamilySearch has added close to 4.2 million indexed records and images to collections from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 543,676 images from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980, […]

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“Who Do You think You Are? Live” Starts Today in London

Who Do You Think You Are? Live starts today and runs through Saturday in London. As usual it promises to be an outstanding event. Click here to go to the event website. Click here to visit Dick Eastman’s blog. He is there and promises to post a few blogs about what’s happening. Scroll down through […]

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“Who Do You Think You? Live” is Going to Glasgow Scotland in August

The following teaser is from an article written by Miriam Evans, and posted at visitscotland.com: If you have ever seen Who Do You Think You Are? on the TV, then if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably wondered what family secrets would be revealed if there was a whole team on-hand to help you research […]

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Fire at the National Archives in Kew, London, UK

It seems that two water towers that were no longer being used caught fire at the British National Archives in Kew, London, England. About 20 firefighters from the London Fire Brigade were called out about 12:30 GMT and fought the blaze, which was extinguished. The Archives holds about 11 million historical documents of national importance, […]

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The Scottish Valuation Rolls for 1885

The following is from Scotlands People: We’re delighted to announce that the Valuation Rolls (VRs) for 1885 have just been added to the ScotlandsPeople website. The new records comprise 1,441,484 indexed names/addresses and 77,238 digital images (taken from 144 volumes), and cover every kind of property that was assessed in 1885 as having a rateable […]

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