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The Mormons are making major changes to their genealogy database to recognize same-sex families / LGBTQ Nation

During Pride Month in June, LGBT people interested in family history received interesting news. Beginning next year, the world’s largest genealogy organization, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will release a redesigned website that will include same-sex families. FamilySearch.org, sponsored by the Mormons, … Continue reading The Mormons are making major changes to their genealogy database to recognize same-sex families / LGBTQ Nation

Hundreds of crimes will soon be solved using DNA databases.

Hundreds of crimes will soon be solved using DNA databases.

CeCe Moore’s company has been helping police departments solve cold cases by uploading crime-scene DNA to public genealogy databases. Suspects in hundreds of unsolved murders and rapes will be identified using public DNA databases in the near future, a prominent genealogist predicted during MIT Technology Review’s … Continue reading Hundreds of crimes will soon be solved using DNA databases.

Historical research tips for historians researching family trees | History Extra

Historical research tips for historians researching family trees | History Extra

1 Establish some research questions Conducting historical research will be much easier if it is directed towards some clear and realistic objectives. One way to define these objectives is to establish some questions that your research will help answer. These questions can take different forms, … Continue reading Historical research tips for historians researching family trees | History Extra

Scales and weights of a viking trader.

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

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

Little Red Schoolhous; Maple Shade, Burlington County, NJ; built in 1811

Transcription: Thorne, John; Will Extract; New Jersey and Colonial Documents; Page 480.

  Transcription of an extract of the will of John Thorne, taken from ” New Jersey and Colonial Documents “; Page 480. Featured image: Little Red Schoolhouse; Maple Shade, Burlington County, NJ; built in 1811. 48O NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS me and Stephen Brown. Other children—Thomas, … Continue reading Transcription: Thorne, John; Will Extract; New Jersey and Colonial Documents; Page 480.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 May 2018.

  The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 May 2018. Featured image: Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 May 2018.   Benin Benin, Civil Registration of Deaths, 1891-2014 Bolivia Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 Colombia Colombia, … Continue reading Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 May 2018.

Forensic genealogy: Dead men do tell tales.

Massive family tree sheds light on war, culture, longevity | AAAS

Online genealogies are helping researchers analyze population-level genetic trends. | MyHeritage   Taking advantage of an online public database shared by genealogy enthusiasts, researchers have created a massive, crowd-sourced family tree. It tracks the births, marriages and deaths of millions of people, shedding light on … Continue reading Massive family tree sheds light on war, culture, longevity | AAAS

Is Medieval history bunk?

Is medieval history really bunk? Not if you’re a cabinet minister. | The Guardian

  Historians have been ridiculed since Herodotus, the father of history”, was mocked by his Athenian contemporary, Thucydides, as a mere storyteller. So it was with some weariness that medieval historians took to their keyboards last week to respond to the latest slur against their … Continue reading Is medieval history really bunk? Not if you’re a cabinet minister. | The Guardian

Thresherman's Reunion Agricultur Machinary Show Manitoba Agricultural Museum Austin Manitoba Canada

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jan 2018.

  The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jan 2018. Featured image: Thresherman’s Reunion Agriculture Machinary Show, Manitoba, Canada.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jan 2018.   Colombia Colombia, Diocese of Barranquilla, Catholic Church Records, 1808-1985 Liberia Liberia, … Continue reading Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 16 Jan 2018.

‘Terry Fox was Métis’: Fox family joins growing number of Canadians claiming Métis heritage​ | The Globe and Mail

Like a growing number of Canadians, the family of Terry Fox has explored and claimed its Métis heritage. Marian Gladue was deeply involved in the lives of her grandchildren, including the most famous one: Terry Fox. She was around for his birth in 1958, and … Continue reading ‘Terry Fox was Métis’: Fox family joins growing number of Canadians claiming Métis heritage​ | The Globe and Mail

Genetics rewrites the history of early america – and, maybe, the field of archaeology | Smithsonian

  The story of how Homo sapiens spread from Africa to the rest of the world is a tangled epic, full of false starts and dead ends. Yet perhaps nowhere is the puzzle more difficult than in the Americas, two landmasses divided from the rest of the … Continue reading Genetics rewrites the history of early america – and, maybe, the field of archaeology | Smithsonian