Genealogy news bites to August 5, 2014.

The following are the most recent genealogy news bites and genealogy and ancestry headlines up to and including August 5, 2014.

Genealogy news bites to August 5, 2014.

Genealogy news bites and headlines to August 5, 2014.

The National Archives

Loan to Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax

Last week, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax opened the exhibition “Prize and Prejudice: Nova Scotia’s War of 1812.”   It is a companion to the War of 1812 exhibit organized by the Canadian War Museum…

FamilySearch Blog

Magnifying Volunteers’ Gifts: A Progress Report

FamilySearch recently reached a significant milestone: one billion images of historical documents are now viewable on That’s one billion pictures of documents. Of those images, how many would you say are indexed and searchable by name? All of them? Half of them? Would you believe less than 22 percent…

Hattiesburg woman’s passion for genealogy helps area families

Genealogy — the study of family histories — started out as a hobby for Hattiesburg resident Helen Clunie. It soon grew into a passion and has become a way that Clunie makes a difference by preserving the records of area families for generations to come…

Library and Archives Canada Blog

William Redver Stark, the Soldier and the Artist

Canada’s experience of the First World War was captured by officially commissioned artists such as A.Y. Jackson and David Milne from 1916 onwards through the Canadian War Memorials Fund. However, many other artists—amateur and professional…


Essential free genealogy family tree site

The Internet provides an abundance of sites to help you with genealogical searches. But it would be tedious to search them all individually. Fortunately, you don’t have to do this. Instead, head over to Family Search. This site combs through public records to find the information you need…

Daily Digest News

Skull analysis reveals insights into human ancestry

Scientists recently concluded that humans experienced a relatively sharp drop in testosterone about 50,000 years ago, which aided in the cultivation of modern human civilization, by looking at human skulls.

Facebook leads to genealogy discovery

Recently, playing around on Facebook really paid off in a big way! Lindy Hayes posted a picture of a tombstone her sister Ashley had discovered in the crawlspace of her home. The inscription read, “Joseph E. MOORE, born June 1, 1853, died Oct. 8, 1868.”…

Green Valley News and Sun

Genealogy Today: Great vintage photos at Shorpy site

If you love to look at old photographs, or if historic images of where and how your ancestors lived 100 or so years ago interest you, you will love Shorpy,…


DNA ancestry tests and Black Americans

Unlike other Americans, Blacks had their ethnic identity and history taken from them. Even Native Americans know which tribes they come from. DNA tests can help to recover some of that missing information. There are two kinds of tests: admixture tests and lineage tests…

Olive Tree Genealogy

Nursing Sister Constance Philips WW1 Photo Album – A Bio

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5″ by 5.25″) kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One…

FindAGrave Volunteer Accidentally Damages Tombstones

One of Tennessee’s oldest church cemeteries had several tombstones permanently damaged recently. A FindAGrave volunteer is suspected of damaging several historic graves with a wire brush  at the New Providence Presbyterian Church on Stoney Point Road in Surgoinsville… Blog

AncestryDNA Matching Update Impacts Jewish Ancestry

AncestryDNA customers with significant Jewish ancestry have witnessed the challenges that we and other genetic genealogy testing companies have faced when predicting genetic relatives…

Be The Star of Your Own Who Do You Think You Are? Show

Have you watched Who Do You Think You Are? and wished you could travel the world to discover more about your own ancestors’ past? Then we have a giveaway for you! We are picking one lucky winner for the ultimate Who Do You Think You Are? experience…

Long-Lost Sisters United After 60 Years Apart

Long-lost sisters Carol and Amy went most of their lives never knowing of one another until their passion for genealogy brought them together in 2013.Veteran genealogist Carol Moss was adopted 60 years ago and only last year decided to research her birth mother’s history…

Irish Independent

Princess Charlene of Monaco’s Irish ancestry revealed

New research has traced Princess Charlene of Monaco’s ancestors back to the 1520s and a prominent Dublin family called the Fagans.
The research, carried out by genealogy researchers Eneclann for Tourism Ireland, shows that Princess Charlene descends from one of the most successful gentlemen-merchant families in Dublin in the 16th and 17th centuries…


Julie Walters discovers murderous ancestor on genealogy show

Veteran actress JULIE WALTERS was left stunned while tracing her family history on genealogy show WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? when she discovered her great-grandfather was once accused of murder…

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

The Master Genealogist to be Discontinued

Sad news! The following announcement was made today by Bob Velke, the owner of Wholly Genes, Inc.: I am sad to report that the decision has been made to discontinue The Master Genealogist (“TMG”). While thousands of TMG users appreciate the program’s many powerful features that are unmatched in other software…

The Future of Second Site, a Program for Publishing Genealogy Data

Yesterday’s announcement that Wholly Genes Software would discontinue development and support of The Master Genealogist (TMG) has created all sorts of questions. Some of the questions concern the future of Second Site, a popular …

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Genealogy News Bites to July 1, 2014.

The following are the genealogy news bites and headlines up to and including June 30, 2014.
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Genealogy News Bites to July 1, 2014.

KQED (blog)

You Can Transform Your Genetic Ancestry Data into Health Info, But Your

For just $5, Promethease can turn ancestry/family DNA data from companies like 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, and/or into DNA health data. The link here has step-by-step instructions about how to get your raw data from each of these companies …

FamilySearch Blog

Free Webinar US Research Series: United States Land Records—July 10, 2014

The Family History Library will present a free webinar for all who are interested in learning how to use United States Land Records to help them expand their family history research efforts…

Prologue: Pieces of History

Now On Display: The Civil Rights Act of 1964

On July 2, 1964, with Martin Luther King, Jr., directly behind him, President Lyndon Johnson scrawled his signature on a document years in the making—the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark legislation…

Olive Tree Genealogy

Great News! J. L. McFarland (Case #21) Dog Tag – Family Found

Two days ago I posted about the dog tag of J. L. McFarland. I am really pleased to say that with the help of one of my amazing readers G. Johns, we have found this soldier’s nephew…

Faulty Content List for Home District Land Claims 1803 & 1804 – Corrections Part 3

Canadiana.Org has digitized 21 films of the Heir & Devisee Commission Papers (Heir & Devisee Commission papers 1797-1854, found in their Heritage Collection), and that’s a good thing for genealogists.

Update on Ancestry Websites After the DDOS Attacks

Here is the latest update from about the outages caused by the DDOS Attack last week. Contrary to what Conspiracy Theorists were posting on various Social Media sites, Rootsweb has *not* been taken down, and it is now functional.  I’m waiting to see if some of the more vocal conspiracy theorists will admit on those same forums that they were wrong…

Is NewspaperArchive DOT com in Trouble?

As reported in The Gazette in the article Cedar Rapids company under state review after complaints, Heritage Microfilm and are being investigated by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office… Blog

Murder Mysteries, Dickensian Conditions, Laughter and Tears

This Summer sees the ever popular BBC show Who Do You Think You Are return to our screens with a stellar lineup of British and Irish celebrities. Launched in 2004, the show will hit its 100th episode during the upcoming series.


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Two bullets that changed the course of history

On this day exactly 100 years ago, Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria, and his wife Sophia, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Franz Ferdinand was the nephew of the…

Yahoo Finance UK Boasts Largest Online Collection of Puerto Rico Historical today announced the availability of nearly 5 million Puerto Rico birth, marriage and death records. Spanning 165 years (1836-2001), this comprehensive collection of vital records was originally


Genealogy Insider – Findmypast Acquires Genealogy Website Mocavo

Findmypast Acquires Genealogy Website Mocavo Posted by Diane Another week, another acquisition for British genealogy company Findmypast: The company just announced that it has purchased, a genealogy …

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Genealogy News Bites to May 26, 2014

Following are the recent Genealogy News Bites and Headlines to May 26, 2014


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Genealogy News Bites and Headlines

National Archives

The National Archives at St. Louis thanks WWII Navy veteran Paul Wittmer

The National Archives at St. Louis staff extended a special thanks to World War II U.S. Navy Veteran Paul Wittmer on April 14. During World War II, Wittmer served on six war patrols on the USS Tinosa SS-283. He was part of the crew responsible for the capture of the famed Japanese I-401 submarine taken at the end of the war and returned to Pearl Harbor from Japan

Green Valley News

Genealogy Today: Historic diseases, epidemics our ancestors faced

Those of us born in the latter half of the 20th century may not realize how many diseases we’re no longer subject to that once affected our ancestors’ lives. Probably the world’s best known epidemic is the Great Plague of London in 1665. The last in a

Genealogy Canada

The Empress of Ireland – May 29, 1914

The sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River in 1914 had a great affect on the people of Canada, as more than 1,000 people lost their lives when the ship was stuck by the SS Storstad on that fateful foggy morning

Family History Libraries offers FREE scanning

You can now take your photos and other documents to your nearest Family History Library and scan them for FREE! They have recently installed a customized Lexmark multifunction product (MFPs) which quickly scan photos or

Olive Tree Genealogy

Never Before Seen Photographs from World War One Frontline

In keeping with Memorial Day weekend in the United States, here is a link to an interesting story with photos.  A Viscount in the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army  left a collection of hundreds of glass plates taken during World War One that have never been published before. The images show the daily life of soldiers in the trenches, destruction of towns and military leaders

WW2 Collection on Fold3 FREE until May 31, 2014

Find your family heroes in Fold3′s vast collection of WWII documents, records, and images, including draft registration cards, Army enlistment records, Navy muster rolls, “Old Man’s Draft” registration cards, missing air crew reports, casualty lists, and more.  You can also explore records that provide historical context, such as Navy war diaries, submarine patrol reports, naval press

An index to Niagara area Loyalists and their Land Certificates

Image 160 Index of names H 1140 Canadiana.Org has digitized 21 films of the Heir & Devisee Commission Papers (Heir & Devisee Commission papers 1797-1854, found in their Heritage Collection), and that’s a good thing for genealogists

Dallas Morning News

Q&A: Maud Newton on why we’re obsessed with genealogy

Maud Newton’s fascination with charting her family tree puts her very much in line with a renewed American interest in genealogy — a journey that today can be assisted by the apparent precision of DNA analysis and instant online access to centuries of Blog

Finding Ocean State Ancestors: Rhode Island Research Guide

The history of Rhode Island is tied to religion and trade. Settlement began with Roger Williams, who in 1636 went to present-day Rhode Island after being banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his religious views

Quaker Calendars & Dates: In Just Two Days, Tomorrow Will be Yesterday

There is no doubt about it: Quaker dating in letters and meeting minutes is confusing! When you begin researching Quaker records, you may be tempted to “correct” the dates that you find. You would not be alone in thinking this way. Let’s take a look at the reasoning behind the Quaker calendar and dating practices and how to interpret them

Find A Grave Mobile App for iOS: Update

As we continue to improve the mobile app for iOS, your feedback is crucial—we are constantly checking the comments and requests that come in through In fact, this latest release is in response to a problem we’ve heard a lot of you report, and we think we’ve solved it in a way that will help make things easier

Should You Go Fast and Far? Or Slow and Sure?

For Mother’s Day, I wrote a post about taking your tree back as far as you can go on your matrilineal line:  I Can Take My Tree All The Way Back to Eve. How Far Does Your Matrilineal Line Go? Some who saw the headline for the post thought I meant Adam and Eve from the Bible

Linking AncestryDNA to Trees – Now Even to Shared Ones

You can link your AncestryDNA test results to only one tree, but it can be any tree that you are an editor on. If you would like to link your DNA results to a tree that someone has shared with you, you will need to be an editor on this tree


Calling all Genealogy Jamboree Attendees: Ancestry Needs You!

Ancestry depends on user input to help mold the future generation of their offerings. A range of opportunities are being planned here at SCGS for participants to share their impressions of upcoming Ancestry features across multiple products.  These will include both focus groups and individual interviews all four days of the conference

The National Archives Blog

Using WordPress to manage our web content

During our website redesign process, the goal has been to make our site as efficient, effective and satisfying as possible for visitors. The web team has written a series of

The best of Friends

The National Archives – full of national treasures, and a national treasure itself. The Friends of The National Archives is a registered charity and voluntary organisation, dedicated to supporting the Blog

New Online Collection of Civil War Records Released in Observance of Memorial Day

In conjunction with Memorial Day, announced today significant updates to its free Civil War historic record collections online. The new landing page provides a quick overview of the vast array of historic records and aids for those researching casualties and veterans of the Civil War

RootsTech 2015 Call for Presentations

RootsTech 2015 will be held February 11-14, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. We are calling for dynamic presentations that inform and educate both those seeking to begin and those who are seeking to continue discovering their family story through technology

Norway Celebrates Its 200th Anniversary—Online Data Making It Easier to Trace Your Norwegian Roots

If you have family roots in Norway, you have a celebration coming up. The bicentennial of Norway’s independence is May 17th. There are almost as many descendants of Norwegians in the U.S. (4.5M) as there are in Norway today (5M). Norwegians are the 10th largest American ancestry group in the US


Digitization of Alaska Records

Your participation and feedback is essential to the operations of the National Archives. As part of ongoing budget adjustments, the National Archives at Anchorage will close in the coming months, and archival records will be moved to the National Archives at Seattle

Library and Archives Canada

New finding aids available online

Library and Archives Canada has begun an initiative that will see the digitization and transcription of several significant finding aids. Adding these finding aids online will help users find material much more easily. We will continue to add other finding aids throughout the year, but so far

Discover Magazine

Ancient Cave Skeleton Sheds Light on Early American Ancestry

Genetic studies have pointed to a Siberian ancestry for modern Native Americans. Most researchers believe the first Americans (Paleoamericans) migrated from northwest Asia via Beringia, the now-submerged land bridge

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Genealogy News Bites to March 28, 2014

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National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Amara is an online resource that gives individuals, communities, and larger organizations the power to overcome accessibility and language barriers for online videos.  This unique tool is simple to use, collaborative, and fun

National Archives (Great Britain)

Last autumn we put out a call to the higher education sector for research project proposals based on our research agenda, and received a fantastic response.  Proposals of the highest quality were received

Web Pro News

…there are plenty of ancestry sites that will help you locate the records you need. Most of these sites charge a subscription fee. The question is, are they worth the cost? If you plan on putting a lot of time and effort into your genealogy or family history Blog

DNA solved a 70-year-old question of whether Loraine Allison survived the Titanic crash. Many have wondered what happened to the two-year-old little girl Blog

For those who were not able to personally attend RootsTech 2014, we now have the video recorded present(ation)s of nineteen selected speakers posted online

Several new research classes have been added to the Learning Center on The new training includes courses in Swedish, Danish, and Czech research, as well as 8 Spanish language research courses Blog

…Fold3 has digitized nine titles documenting hundreds of thousands of men who served in the New York National Guard (NYNG) and other New York regiments for conflicts from the Civil War to World War II

Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has a wealth of early sound recordings of pioneers in the arts on discs and wax cylinders. These recordings cover a range of themes, such as patriotic songs, jazz and dance from the 1920s, Québécois recordings

LAC is releasing its latest podcast episode, The Virtual Gramophone: Early Canadian Sound Recordings. LAC’s Virtual Gramophone is a multimedia website

Fort Howe images are now on Flickr. During the American Revolution, New Brunswick experienced continuous pressure from American forces including attacks

Discover a sampling of photos of the Indian Residential Schools of Alberta. The photos from other provinces and territories will be added to this first collection this summer

The following photographs are part of the Arctic Images from the Turn of the Twentieth Century exhibition presented at the National Gallery of Canada. Featuring material from Library and Archives Canada’s collections, the exhibition showcases rarely seen images

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