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Online database of Holocaust victims hits 1 million records

The following teaser is from an article posted on The Nazis aimed to erase the Jewish people. Now, 70 years later, contributors around the globe are etching victims’ names back into memory through an online memorial that’s just hit 1 million records. World Memory Project, a collaboration between the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and […]

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Silver Lake to invest in

The following teaser is from an article posted on Private equity firm Silver Lake Partners has agreed to acquire a minority stake in in a deal that values the privately held genealogy website at $2.6 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The investment represents a bet that Ancestry’s […]

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TLC Announces Celebrity Contributors for the Spring Season of Who Do You Think You Are?

The following news release was received this morning. Click on the illustration to watch a video promoting the upcoming season. New season premieres Sunday, April 3 at 9/8c The two-time Emmy nominated series WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? returns this spring to follow more of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark […]

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Family Tree Maker Will Continue to be Produced and Upgraded & RootsMagic Will Sync to

Kendall Hulet, at, announced today that Family Tree Maker isn’t dead after all. He also commented to the media community that “contracts hadn’t been signed yet,” and that this is the reason that they earlier announced that they were “stopping Family Tree Maker,” while leaving no other options for users. Ancestry isn’t run by […]

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“Long Lost Family” to Debute on TLC March 6, at 10/9c

Oh, good… Another genealogy show! And it looks like this one is also researched and sponsored by The following excerpt is from a news items posted February 2, 2016 @ 11:39 am at Open a fresh box of Kleenex and flip over to TLC: The cable channel has ordered “Long Lost Family” to […]

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Crime & Punishment: Historic Notices of Wanted British Criminals Go Online

The following news release is from Matthew Deighton, with CRIME AND PUNISHMENT: HISTORIC NOTICES OF WANTED CRIMINALS GO ONLINE More than 90 years of Police Gazette records published online by Ancestry ♣ Police Gazettes reveal fascinating information on suspected wanted criminals, crimes committed and missing persons ♣ A suspect in the Whitechapel Murders and […]

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Petition Circulating To Ask That Family Tree Maker Production be Continued

David Smith has started a petition to Kendall Hulet with the hopes of getting Ancestry to change their mind about retiring Family Tree Maker. He is hoping that is there is enough outcry, Ancestry will reconsider. The link for the petition is at:

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Ancestry to Stop Selling Family Tree Maker

Whew… Now this was a surprise to me. I’ve followed, although not always used, Family Tree Maker since version one. But it looks like it’s about to meet it’s demise. The following is excerpted from the Ancestry blog: …we’ve made the decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015. Our subscription […]

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Ancestry Mexico Launches With More Than 220 Million Searchable Mexican Historical Records!

The following is from MarketWatch: New Services Will Help Mexicans and More Than 34 Million Mexican Americans Explore Their Family History PROVO, UT AND DUBLIN, IRELAND, Oct 28, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Ancestry, the world’s leading family history brand, today announced the launch of new online services that will help Mexicans and the estimated […]

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Ancestry Announces Renewal of Their Digitization Partnership Agreement With NARA

I just got the following from Matthew Deighton at Ancestry. This is goods news. Ancestry & NARA had problems with their digitization projects a while back when it was found that an employee had destroyed records. That looks to have been resolved… Whew… We are pleased to announce the renewal of our digitization partnership agreement […]

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Ancestry Find A Grave Community Day is October 17

I see that Ancestry is sponsoring another Find a Grave Community Day. This year it’s on Saturday, October 17. The following is from Ancestry’s blog. Last year was an amazing success thanks to you, our incredible volunteers, who visited over 100 cemeteries and contributed more than 250,000 photos on the days leading up to, and […]

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Ancestry Launches Largest Online Collection of Wills and Probate Records in the USA – FREE Access Through Sept. 7

I spent a few hours searching for wills and probate documents at the Ancestry website yesterday, and found some for my family that I’d not previously seen. The following news release is from MarketWired: More Than 170 Million Documents From 1668-2005 Now Available Exclusively on Ancestry; New Collection Provides a Wealth of Deeper Stories About […]

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Ancestry Collaborates with Gannett to Digitally Archive More Than 80 U.S. Newspapers

Written by BusinessWire on 27 August 2015 – Ancestry announced its collaboration with Gannett Co., Inc. to digitize more than 80 daily newspapers across the nation., an Ancestry business unit, and Gannett will provide a historical newspaper viewing experience complete with full text search, clipping and sharing features. Together, they expect to deliver more […]

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Canadian Yearbooks Posted at

The following teaser is from a article written for the Waterloo Region Record by Olivia Carville: Over a century of Canadian yearbooks, carrying more than one million historical records, have recently been uploaded to, the largest online family history resource in the world… The high school and university yearbooks have come from all corners […]

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The following is from Globe Newswire via Yahoo Finance: PROVO, Utah, Aug. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LLC today announced that its subsidiary, Inc. (the “Company”), intends to refinance its credit facility. The Company expects that the new credit facility will consist of a $735 million first lien term loan that matures in […]

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