Historical military databases of New Zealand and Australia available free.

WWI ANZAC military records.

Ancestry.com will open the New Zealand and Australian military collections, and UK collections with information on Commonwealth soldiers, until 2am Monday, April 27, 2015.   An online family history resource is opening its military databases free of charge in commemoration of the Anzac Day centenary. These databases contain extensive information on Commonwealth soldiers, including addresses, …

Ancestry launches Ancestry Academy; educational video courses for family history researchers.

AncestryAcademy training.

I just discovered this press release about Ancestry.com’s new ‘Ancestry Academy’ for family history researchers. Even though I do have over twenty years experience researching my ancestors, I have every intention of checking this out. I have never stopped learning new things in the world of genealogy blogging and research, and I’m sure a company …

Google Search history: An unsung top genealogy research tool?

Google Search history.

Google recently announced that the Google search history of Google account holders will be available for download by the account holder.   Noticing this made me stop and think about just how much I do use the history feature on my browser to find pages I’ve previously visited. The reason? When doing genealogy research including …

Ancestry.com workers caught tossing thousands of records being archived for the U.S. government.

Documents.

How frightening is the thought that anyone would throw out thousands of records they were supposed to digitize and archive for the government?  This nightmare is reality, as several Ancestry.com workers were caught tossing thousands of records being archived for the U.S. government.   Ancestry.com has performed monumental tasks like digitization and indexing of numerous …

Vikings were in Greenland, Ireland and Britain much earlier than previously thought.

Scales and weights of a viking trader.

Thanks to recent discoveries, we now know Vikings were in Greenland, Ireland and Britain much earlier than previously thought.   Archaeological finds in Greenland show that vikings managed to survive Greenland’s bitter, harsh weather for substantially longer than previously believed. According to Christian Koch Madsen, an archaeologist with the National Museum of Denmark, “The stories …

New breakthrough technology from AncestryDNA will facilitate new ancestor discoveries.

DNA testing.

The advancements in DNA research and technology are happening so fast, it’s almost impossible to keep up with them. It appears that AncestryDNA has developed a new breakthrough technology that allows the definitive identification of our ancestors back to the 1700s using just DNA testing – no genealogy research required. Unfortunately, the basic DNA testing …

Oxford University genetics study indicates a complex genetic ancestry of Americans.

DNA Study

The University of Oxford has conducted a study of the “Complex genetic ancestry of Americans,” where the genes of North and South Americans with European and African representation were compared, and found the genetic links of the colonisation of the Americas and the slave trade.   Researchers involved in the study analysed over 4,000 DNA …