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Can Your Fingerprints Tell Us Anything About Your Ancestry?

The following excerpt is from the September 28, 2015 edition of Each individual’s fingerprints are unique—the tiny loops, ridges and whorls on the epidermis are even more distinctive than a person’s DNA and are one of the best ways we have of identifying a person today. New research has found these tiny etchings, known […]

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Rare Triplets Born in New York

The following is from the September 17, 2015 Fox5NY website. NEW YORK (FOX5NY) – The Fenley brothers of Brightwaters, Long Island: Owen Michael, Noah Charles and Miles John, were introduced to the world Thursday by their proud parents, Jason and Kelli. What makes their births extra special is the fact that they are identical triplets, […]

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Snail Mail Arrives 74 Years Later

The following teaser is from an article posted April 17, 2014 at the website. A postcard mailed in 1940 and delivered this week gives new meaning to the phrase “snail mail,” but also to the Post Office vow that the mail must go through – eventually. The card, addressed to Florence Marion, was finally […]

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100-Year Old Message in a Bottle Found in the Baltic Sea

The following excerpt is from an article by Scott Neuman, posted in the April 8, 2014 edition of On a nature hike along Germany’s Baltic Coast in 1913, 20-year-old Richard Platz scrawled a note on a postcard, shoved it into a brown beer bottle, corked it and tossed it into the sea. Where it […]

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The Extinction of Some Given Names?

Given names rise and fall in popularity. Modern culture, as well as the cultures in time past all have their effect on the use of given names. The following teaser is from an article that has a British flavor, but is universal in its concepts. Names including Gertrude, Bertha, Willie and Cecil are at risk […]

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Dallas Genealogical Society Announces 2013 Writing Contest with Cash Prizes

The following was received from the Dallas Genealogical Society: Dallas, TX, May 20, 2013 – The Dallas Genealogical Society is pleased to announce its 2013 Writing Contest for original material on topics of interest to genealogists and family historians. The contest is open to members and nonmembers of the DGS. Hobbyists, transitional, and professional genealogists […]

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Have a Whopper & Fries on the Way to the Burial

The following teaser is from the January 28, 2013 edition of David Kime Jr. wanted a burger and fries at Burger King – his favorite fast food joint. The World War II veteran, who died on Jan. 20 at 88, was buried with a “Whopper Jr.” from Burger King, said the New York Daily […]

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Tunes Now Available to the Dearly Departed

This is what we’ve all been waiting for. It seems you can now have a sound system that plays music in one’s coffin from now into eternity… I note that the touchscreen is built into the headstone however, and is not within easy reach of the departed. The following teaser is from a December 18, […]

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Genealogical Resolutions for 2013?

Mika Bartroff has some good suggestions for your genealogical resolutions of 2013. Following is Mika’s opening paragraph. Another year has come and gone. How did you do with your family research this year? And where do you want to focus on in the coming year? Now’s a great time for reflecting on what you’ve accomplished […]

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Cyndi Howells, of, sues Barry Ewell, owner of

It’s been known for some time that Cyndi Howells had serious copyright issues with another online genealogy site – and I posted about it on November 5, 2012. On December 30, Dick Eastman posted that “On December 21, 2012, Cyndi Howells filed a lawsuit against Barry J Ewell, owner of, in Washington Western District […]

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200 Years of Grimm’s Fairly Tales

The following exceprt is from a fascinating article in the November 26, 2012 edition of National Post about the Grimm brothers and their collection of folklore, published today as Grimm’s Fairy Tales. …Two-hundred years ago, two German brothers with an interest in language published the first edition of a folktale collection they had gathered from […]

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Scary Names From the Old Records

The following snippet is from a short article posted in the October 25, 2012 edition of Coventry Telegraph. Mary Scary, Fran Pire and Frank N Stein are among the peculiar names unearthed by a family history website. said a study of names on its site going back hundreds of years, ranging from school registers […]

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Countess Erzsébet (Elizabeth) Báthory de Ecsed – The Blood Countess

The following excerpt is from the October 15, 23012 edition of the Mother Nature Network and printed here to get you ready for Halloween: For those who like to get their Halloween spooks by way of dark horror stories and tales of utterly demonic crime, let us introduce you to Countess Erzsébet (Elizabeth) Báthory de […]

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Are You a Genealogy Geek?

Scott Phillips wrote a delightful piece that was posted on the UK version of the Huffington Post. You gotta’ read this. See: . Thanks to Wilbur Hanson Kalb for the heads-up.

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We Got Spammed

After operating for nearly 9 years, I finally got spammed bad enough to take our site down. We use WordPress to write the blog, and various plugin tools to catch the spam, and delete it – and overall, it’s working pretty well. However, sometime on Sunday we got hit with sufficient garbage that our […]

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