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Canada Day

In celebration of Canada Day, you can search some of Ancestry.ca’s most popular collections for FREE between now and July 2nd. Start searching to uncover an ancestor’s Immigration Record, a great-grandfather’s birth date in Vital Records, a tale of bravery in Military Records or the household income of a family member in Canadian Census Records. …

After omitting details of Ben Affleck’s slave-owning ancestor, ‘Finding Your Roots’ is suspended by PBS | The Washington Post

‘Finding Your Roots’ is suspended by PBS.

When Ben Affleck volunteered to be featured on the PBS genealogy program “Finding Your Roots” last year, he was hoping to find “the roots of his family’s interest in social justice.” Researchers did turn up plenty for the actor-cum-activist to be pleased about: a mother who was a member of the Freedom Riders, an ancestor …

DNA: The best hard drive on earth.

DNA hard drive.

It turns out DNA is the best storage medium there is on Earth. Nothing beats it. Think about it, all the directions that make you up are stored on tiny proteins that are hard to see even with a microscope. The human genome (all of those directions controlling your eye color, hair color, height, skin) …

Blogging and Google rankings: No more chasing rainbows for me. | Top Web Blog Tips

The blogging riddle.

I’ve been continually frustrated in my efforts to get consistently good Google analytics and rankings. I have since come to realize, however, that trying to please Google is like chasing rainbows, and there will be no more chasing rainbows for me.   I’ve been blogging for four years now and the first thing I learned …

Magna Carta at the Canadian Museum of History for its 800th anniversary | Canadian Museum of History

Magna Carta

This summer, Canadians will enjoy a rare opportunity to view one of the most important historical documents in the world. Magna Carta – Law, Liberty and Legacy will be presented at the Canadian Museum of History from June 12 to July 26. This is the exhibition’s first stop on an exclusive six-month Canadian tour marking …

Ancestry Launches Family History DNA Testing Service in Canada | Ancestry.ca

DNA Testing Service

The following was written by Ancestry.com to announce the launch of AncestryDNA in Canada. DNA test pinpoints genetic ethnicity and helps people discover family origins going back thousands of years. DNA 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 …

Canadian commission: Reconciliation with aboriginals to take ‘hard work’ | Catholic Philly

Canadian residential school

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which used the term “cultural genocide” to describe what happened to aboriginal Canadians in residential schools, said reconciliation within the country “is going to take hard work.” In a 382-page report with 94 recommendations, the commission called for changes at all levels of society and government and said “Canadians must …