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    My Heritage Buys Geni.com

    November 27, 2012 by  
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    Israeli based genealogy site My Heritage just purchased competitor Geni.com. The purchase will allow My Heritage to acquire billions more global records, making the company a huge competitor in the genealogy market.




    The addition of the Geni.com records brings My Heritage up to approximately 72 million registered users. These numbers elevate My Heritage as a serious competitor to Ancestry.com, which had about 1.87 million users as of the first quarter of 2012.  One more point that solidifies Continue reading “My Heritage Buys Geni.com” »

    Iceland: Genealogy with a Twist

    November 23, 2012 by  
    Filed under Articles, Genealogy and Immigration, Latest News

    Most people are interested in genealogy as a hobby, an addictive search for a family tree whose roots are yet undiscovered.

    In Iceland however, genealogy takes on a broader importance. It becomes a necessity for singles with the natural desire to settle down and perhaps start a family.

    Why… because with a current population of about 318,000 people whose ancestors have lived on this isolated island since the late Viking age (approximately the year 870) finding someone you are not Continue reading “Iceland: Genealogy with a Twist” »

    Family Search: Launches Huge Project

    November 16, 2012 by  
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    After the huge effort earlier this year to transcribe the 1940 census Family Search is once again making big plans to help genealogists and family history fanatics world wide.

    The new project will see the not for profit genealogy giant sending 200 teams around the world to photograph 320 million images of birth, death, wills, immigration and church records from 45 countries.



    After being photographed, the images – at a rate of roughly 300 per day – will Continue reading “Family Search: Launches Huge Project” »

    Scotland’s People Publish Wills: 1902 and 1925

    November 4, 2012 by  
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    Today, Scotland’s People, the popular website for Scottish Genealogy made public the wills and testaments of 267,548 people.

    The collection, held by the National Records of Scotland includes the last wishes of persons who died in the country between1902 and 1925.

    Records that may be of particular interest to genealogists and historians are the last wills and testaments of:

    • Poorhouse inmates
    • WWI soldiers
    • Suffragettes
    • Victims of the Titanic disaster
    • Over 35 millionaires

    Records keeper for Scotland and acting registrar general Continue reading “Scotland’s People Publish Wills: 1902 and 1925” »

    A Family History of Witchcraft

    In the Nineteenth day of March last I went to Salem Village, and lodged at Nathaniel Ingersol’s near to the Minister Mr. P.’s House, and presently after I came into my Lodging, Capt. Walcut’s Daughter Mary came to Lieut. Ingersol’s and spake to me; but suddenly after, as she stood by the Door, was bitten, so that she cried out of her Wrist, and looking on it with a Candle, we saw apparently the marks of Teeth, both upper Continue reading “A Family History of Witchcraft” »

    Genealogy, History, Tall Tales & Ghost Stories

    October 11, 2012 by  
    Filed under Articles, Family History, Latest News

    Every family historian knows that woven through the branches of their family tree are family stories and legends distorted by time.

    Sometimes however, genealogy plays a role in the legends of entire communities. This could not be truer than in the story of Fernie, a small coal-mining town nestled in a peaceful valley in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada.



    The Tall Tale

    While out seeking his fortune in 1887, a young prospector named William Fernie Continue reading “Genealogy, History, Tall Tales & Ghost Stories” »

    Record Guides at RecordsBase.com

    RecordsBase.com is a genealogy website designed to help family history hunters locate US documents to fill out the branches on their family tree. New to the site (in response to a review suggesting more resources would be helpful in this area) are record guides created to help genealogists locate the right records from their collection of over 2 billion public records.



    RecordsBase.com’s PR manager, Ashley Evans, says,

    “Every state and county has its own way of storing public Continue reading “Record Guides at RecordsBase.com” »

    Genetic Genealogy, Historic Figures and Your DNA

    The world of genealogy is filled with family history stories connecting us to famous ancestors. After all, who wouldn’t want to include a celebrated historical figure in their family tree?

    What if DNA testing could add fact to family fiction?

    Recently I ran across a few websites that offered DNA testing for the purpose of matching clients DNA to that of famous historical figures. While I understand the allure of such testing, I have to admit that the skeptic in Continue reading “Genetic Genealogy, Historic Figures and Your DNA” »

    Genealogy Wikis

    Have you used a wiki for genealogy?

    Genealogy wikis are growing in popularity and it is no wonder as they are shaping up to be a fantastic free resource for doing genealogy research.  Not to mention a great way collaborate with others who have similar research interests.

    Two genealogy Wikis that stand out are WeRelate (over 2,000,000 pages of information on individuals and families) and Wiki Tree (3.9 million profiles).

    Both sites are free use and allow users to upload Continue reading “Genealogy Wikis” »

    Family Tree: New Genealogy Spoof by HBO

    September 26, 2012 by  
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    Genealogy buffs and family history fanatics are going to want to tune in to HBO’s upcoming new series spotlighting our favorite pastime.

    The new series aptly named Family Tree is the latest project from screenwriter-director Christopher Guest (Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman and a Mighty Wind).



    The story centers on the character of Tom Chadwick. A man who after losing both his job and his girlfriend receives a mysterious box from an equally mysterious great Continue reading “Family Tree: New Genealogy Spoof by HBO” »

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