Oh, the difference one letter can make when using copied or transcribed documents!

Copying and transcription errors.

This joke is the best illustration I’ve ever seen of the negative effects of working from copied documents instead of originals. This should be on display in every library, archive and genealogy center as a reminder of the perils awaiting. This is something I think about every time I do a transcription, and this type …

Ancestry records now online reveal criminals within your family tree. | Daily Mail Online

Ancestry records now online reveal criminals within your family tree | Daily Mail Online

A serial husband killer, a woman who boiled the bones of her employer and the only man to have assassinated a prime minister. Their crimes were carried out more than a century ago – and now their records are among two million put online to help Britons who might want to find the ‘black sheep’ …

Transcription: David D. Shelby, “Men and Women in America”

Biography of David D. Shelby.

Following is my transcription of the biography of David D. Shelby from “Men and Women in America.” SHELBY, David D.: United States circuit judge; born in Madison County, Ala., Oct. 24, 1847 ; son of Dr. David and Mary (Boulding) Shelby. He studied law in Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., was admitted to the bar in …

Free access to Canadian records at Ancestry.ca | Ancestry.ca

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. …

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) …

Documents to be made public to help African Americans trace ancestry before Civil War | NBC

Afreican American records to be made available.

Genealogists just released records that could help millions of African-Americans trace their family history for the first time. The collection of government documents being released is from the post Civil War Freedman’s Bureau and could help people with slave ancestry find out where they come from. “We will now be able to research our own …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 17 Jun 2015.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 17 June 2015.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 17 Jun 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions   Italy Italy, Grosseto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1851-1907 Philippines Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984 Spain Spain, Province of Granada, Municipal Records, 1607-1955 Spain, Province of Valencia, Miscellaneous Records, 1251-1950 United States Iowa, State Census, 1925 Louisiana, First Registration Draft …