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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.

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Ancestry and FamilySearch Updates and Additions to 17 Jan 2015.

The following are the Ancestry and FamilySearch Updates and Additions since January 6, 2015.   FamilySearch Updates and Additions Argentina Argentina, National Census, 1895 Belgium Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1914 Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1912 Canada Newfoundland, 1921 Census Newfoundland Census, 1935 Newfoundland Census, … Continue reading Ancestry and FamilySearch Updates and Additions to 17 Jan 2015.

Relatives of adopted adults are now able to trace family tree.

Press release: Relatives of adopted adults now able to trace family tree.

Children, grandchildren and other relatives of adopted adults can now trace back through their ancestors’ lives – helping them to unearth their family history, discover more about their medical background and reach out to long-lost relatives under new rules introduced today.

Previously, only the person adopted and their birth relatives were able to use specialized adoption agencies to help shed light on their family history and make contact with their biological family members.

The new rules will extend this right to all relatives of adopted adults, from children and grandchildren to partners and adoptive relatives, allowing greater openness in adoption while ensuring adopted people have the right to a private, family life.

For example, those who have lost a parent to cancer or a heart problem will be able to discover whether their grandparents or other birth relatives suffered from the same condition, giving them the chance to seek advice and support.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson, who has 2 adopted brothers, said:

It’s right that descendants and other relatives of adopted adults are able to access important information, such as medical records or genetic health conditions, which could impact upon how they live their life today.

They should also be able to find out about important events from their past, as well as make contact with family members if they wish.

This positive change will help thousands of people discover their place in history, while keeping important safeguards in place to protect the right to a private family life for those who were adopted.

Julia Feast OBE, from the British Association for Fostering and Adoption (BAAF) said:

The British Association for Adoption and Fostering is delighted that the government’s consultation about extending intermediary services to descendants of adopted people has now been published.

We are very pleased that the government has extended the rights of descendants and other relatives to access an intermediary service whilst ensuring that the adopted person’s rights are not overlooked and will be at the centre of the decision making.

Today’s announcement (25 September 2014) is just the latest milestone in the government’s plan to overhaul support for adopted families.

We have announced plans to introduce a £19.3 million fund to help adopted children settle into their new families by accessing crucial support services as and when they need it, and have extended entitlements so that adopted children have access to priority school admissions, the pupil premium, and eligibility for free early education for 2-year-olds.

In addition, we have also published the Adoption Passport which sets out in one place all the rights and entitlements of adoptive parents, alongside new online maps which allow potential adopters to find out more information about services in their area. We have also set up First4Adoption, the government funded information service for people interested in adopting a child.

Notes to Editor

The government has today published new rules to make provision for intermediary services to facilitate contact between ‘persons with a prescribed relationship’ and the birth relatives of a person adopted before 30 December 2005.

The regulations will define ‘persons with a prescribed relationship’ as anyone related to an adopted person by blood (including half-blood), marriage or civil partnership or by virtue of the adoption. This will include all relatives of the adopted person, including but not limited to the children and grandchildren of adopted persons.

The regulations will ensure that that the consent of the adopted person is obtained before contact or information sharing is facilitated between persons with a prescribed relationship and birth relatives, other than:

where a person with a prescribed relationship seeks non-identifying medical information from birth relatives of the adopted person and this can be shared by the intermediary agency without sharing identifying information
where a person with a prescribed relationship wishes to make contact with a birth relative and the adopted person cannot be found, despite all reasonable steps having been taken
where the adopted person has died or lacks capacity

The ‘Intermediary services for relatives of adopted people’ consultation is now available.

The new rules will come into force by November 2014.
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Genealogy News Bites to July 19, 2014.

Following are the most recent genealogy news bites and headlines up to July 19, 2014.
Genealogy news bites
Genealogy news bites to July 19, 2014.

National Archives

CSV validator – a new digital preservation tool

Today marks the official release of a new digital preservation tool developed by The National Archives, CSV Validator version 1.0. This follows on from well known tools such as DROID…

Olive Tree Genealogy

Who Do You Think You Are is Back!

Who Do You Think You Are? is launching on July 23rd at 9/8c with an outstanding cast on TLC. Ancestry.com is the main sponsor. If you aren’t familiar with the show, it features stars uncovering secrets and learning their histories as they travel the world in search of their family histories…

Help Return WW2 Soldier Edwin Manktelow Dog Tag – Case #22

Steve is asking for help finding a WW2 soldier or his family. Here’s his email to Olive Tree Genealogy: While out with my metal detector here in England yesterday I found my first American dog tag, although it is in 3 pieces it very clearly reads…

Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Henning woman donates genealogy collection to state society

Ginny Swartz has been gathering genealogical information for more than three decades. She finally decided it was time to share her work. Swartz donated her collection to the Minnesota Genealogy Society, according to a report in the Citizen’s Advocate...


Have Your Say: Revising the Digitization Strategy

In September 2007, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) requested public input on a Draft Plan for Digitizing Archival Materials. Incorporating feedback from the public, NARA issued the Strategy for Digitizing Archival Materials for Public Access, 2007-2016 in May 2008…


Access the Revolutionary War Collection

As we celebrate the founding of America this month, learn more about the people who made it possible by exploring Fold3’s Revolutionary War collection for free July 14–31…


Genetic ancestry data could improve PCOS classification, treatment

Genetic ancestry data could help avoid polycystic ovary syndrome misclassification that can occur through self-reported ethnicity, according to research published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Verifying genetic ancestry in patients with PCOS could particularly help…

Utah Health and Wellness

Ancestry, Location, Outdoor Rec. Pushes Utah’s Skin Cancer Rate Higher

Utah has officially entered the dog days of summer, and with the heat comes the risk of burns. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 40 males and 1 in 50 females in the state will develop melanoma, one of three common types of skin cancer…

The Champaign County News-Gazette

Illinois Ancestors: Mennonite ancestry in database

The California Mennonite Historical Society has created The GRANDMA database (Genealogical Registry And Database of Mennonite Ancestry) with information on over a million individuals, “most of whose ancestral lines can be traced to Mennonite communities in Prussia (now Poland)…

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Genealogy News Bites to 12 Jun 2014

Following are the current genealogy news bites and headlines up to June 12, 2014.
Genealogy News Bites
Genealogy News Bites and Headlines

Ancestry.com Blog

Comments on Y-DNA and mtDNA Tests

As many of you know, we announced last week that we’re retiring our Y-DNA and mtDNA tests. Unfortunately, we didn’t explain clearly our rationale for our decision, which has led to confusion. We’d like to take this opportunity to share the thinking that went into our decision making process.

Ancestry.co.uk Blog

Does This Make Angelina Jolie Kate Middleton’s Fairy Godmother?

While anxiously waiting for the release of the movie Maleficent (a “Sleeping Beauty” origin story about the malevolent fairy, in case you haven’t heard), film buffs Ancestry.ca have discovered that Elle Fanning has more in common with the character she portrays, Princess Aurora, than she may have thought. Fanning is actually the 22nd great-granddaughter of King Edward III, making her a long-lost princess. Her connection to King Edward III, who ruled from 1327-1377, makes Fanning of royal blood, a princess both on and off the big screen.

Library and Archives Canada

Newly Digitized Microfilms on the Héritage Portal

The following is a list of digitized microfilms that have been recently added to the Héritage website. Please note that the titles have been translated for convenience, the records are still in the language of origin. Searching in the original language will improve search results.

Library and Archives Canada releases an updated version of the Immigrants from China database

Last month was Asian Heritage Month, and the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) updated their database to include references to the C.I.9 certificates issued to people of Chinese origin born in Canada and wanting to leave Canada for a limited time without losing their Canadian status.

Find colour photos of Canadian Second World War soldiers

Did you know that Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has rare colour photographs from the Second World War? During that time period, colour film was a new and untested medium for most professional photographers. These images were captured on Kodak Kodachrome film by members of the Canadian Film and Photo Unit (CFPU) in the days and weeks following D-Day, on June 6, 1944.

UCSF News Services

Mexican Genetics Study Reveals Huge Variation in Ancestry

The genetic diversity of Mexican populations is reflected in the composition of chromosomes of mixed ancestry throughout Mexico. Three major Native American components are distributed across northern, central/southern, and southeastern regions of the …


Have Your Say: Revising the Digitization Strategy

In September 2007, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) requested public input on a Draft Plan for Digitizing Archival Materials. Incorporating feedback from the public, NARA issued the Strategy for Digitizing Archival Materials for Public Access, 2007-2016 in May 2008. The strategy has served NARA well: the online catalog has over 2 million digital objects, the public has access to over 235 million images, and there were over 1.2 billion views of NARA content on Wikipedia in FY13.

The National Archives

Disturbing the ground: a Normandy landing

The plan of attack was to hit the long distance footpath, the GR 223, before lunch. If we could get out of Caen, the map promised us a glorious walk through the Normandy countryside. Even archivists sometimes have the need to shake the dust from their cardigans and get away from history. So much so, that I felt the ancient abbey marked in a field (doubtless a ruin) was not going to be worth a detour…

Sacramento Bee

Pa. county to create ancestry record search engine

The slowly fading pages kept at the Bucks County Courthouse chronicle one final act of charity by a Catholic saint and the 15-percent inheritance tax collected by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The last will and testament of St…

Olive Tree Genealogy

Honouring WW1 Soldiers – a New Website

A few of my remembered soldiers In January Olive Tree Genealogy was pleased to be asked to help beta test a new website Lives of the First World War. Lives of the First World War is one of the Imperial War Museum’s major centenary projects, which looks to uncover the life stories of the men and women who served Britain and the Commonwealth during the First World War…

Births of Children of slaves, 1804-1835 in New Jersey

An interesting database came online recently on the New Jersey State Archives website. It’s called Births of Children of slaves, 1804-1835  in New Jersey According to the website The records in this series are the direct result of “An act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery” passed by the New Jersey Legislature…

Who Do You Think You Are? Returns!

The fifth season of the American version of Who Do You Think You Are? begins July 23 on TLC  For those who aren’t familiar with Who Do You Think You Are? it is a genealogy show produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky. The new season, which will also feature new journeys with Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kelsey Grammer, Cynthia Nixon, Rachel McAdams and her sister  Kayleen…


The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy to Hold …

Dallas, Texas – June 12, 2014 – The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) announced today that the fourth annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI) will be held March 26-28, 2015, at the Wyndham …

ABC News

Smithsonian explores ancestry of Shriver family in DC

Smithsonian explores ancestry of Shriver family in D.C.. By The Associated Press. June 11, 2014 – 05:51 am. Email; Print. Decrease Increase Text size. WASHINGTON (AP) – Anthropologists from the Smithsonian have been analyzing the remains of 16 …

Slate Magazine Blog

One of New York’s Most Legendary Catholic Figures Was Also Jewish

A New York Times feature on new research into the geneaology of Cardinal John O’Connor, the New York City archbishop who died in 2000, makes the case that the influential Catholic figure’s mother was born Jewish—which, according to one tradition by …


Deeper Than ancestry.com, ‘EvoCor’ Searches for Gene Relationships

Our bodies are as vast as oceans and space, composed of a dizzying number of different types of cells. Exploration reaches far, yet the genes that make each cell and tissue unique have remained largely obscure. That’s changing…

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Genealogy News Bites to May 26, 2014

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


Genealogy News Bites

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

Ancestry.com 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 mobilefeedback@findagrave.com. 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

FamilySearch.org Blog

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

In conjunction with Memorial Day, FamilySearch.org announced today significant updates to its free Civil War historic record collections online. The new FamilySearch.org/civil-war 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 – May 14, 2014

Following are the newest ancestry and genealogy news bites and headlines since May 5, 2014.

Genealogy News BitesFamilySearch.org Blog

Discussions: Users Can Now Delete Legacy Disputes

A few years ago, FamilySearch.org copied disputes from new.FamilySearch.org into the Discussions feature in Family Tree. Those disputes are referred to as “legacy disputes.” When they were copied into Family Tree, the contributor of the dispute was listed as FamilySearch, and the comments could not be deleted

FamilySearch Adds More Than 5.1 Million Images to Collections from Belgium, England, India, Italy, Sweden, Ukraine, the United States

FamilySearch has added more than 5.1 million images to collections from Belgium, England, India, Italy, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,571,405 indexed records and images

FamilySearch Adds More Than 5.4 Million Images to Collections from England, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and the United States

FamilySearch has added more than 5.4 million images to collections from England, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,152,718 indexed records

Genealogy and History News

Explore New Records from New Zealand on findmypast

Findmypast, one of the big name companies in the genealogy field, are part-way through their 100 in 100 project (100 new data sets in 100 days). And part of that they have just released a whole bunch of New Zealand

Genealogy Canada

Alberta Quilt Project

The Alberta Quilt Project will be coming to Pincher Creek’s Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village at the end of May and the start of June. The project will index all the quilts either made in Alberta or brought there by the immigration process from the 1800s to the 1960s

Building Personal Archives

The Quinte Branch of the OGS will hold their monthly meeting on Saturday May 17, 2014 at 1 pm at the Quinte West Library, 7 Creswell Dr, Trenton.
Entitled Building Personal Archives, the presentation

Olive Tree Genealogy

100 Years of McGill University Yearbooks Online

If you have an ancestor who attended McGill University in Montreal Quebec you won’t want to miss this new database. The years online are 1898-2000 and you can browse or search by name. For details see Gail Dever’s blog post  More than 100 years of McGill University yearbooks digitized

The Childen’s Home Website Now Online

The first phase of The Children’s Home website by Peter Higginson is now live. According to Peter who also created The Workhouse website: The Children’s Homes website aims to provide information on all of the many and varied institutions that — for whatever reason — became home

Fold3 Blog

Access the World War II Collection

This Memorial Day season, explore Fold3′s World War II Collection for free now through May 31st. 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…

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

National Genealogical Society Gives Awards for Excellence in Genealogy Scholarship and Service

The following was written by the folks at the National Genealogical Society: Arlington, VA, 9 MAY 2014: The National Genealogical Society held its annual banquet on Friday evening, 9 May 2014, at the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, to present awards that acknowledge and honor genealogical scholarship and service


Genealogy Tool Can Now Pinpoint Ancestry Through Genetics

Genealogy is a fun pastime for many people throughout the world. Tracking down ancestral information and filling out family trees is a way for many to connect with the past. Beyond birth and death records, however, the study of genealogy is now being

Library and Archives Canada

The United Empire Loyalists – Finding their Records

The term “United Empire Loyalists” (often referred to as UEL) refers to the American colonists who remained loyal to the British Crown during the American Revolution, and many of which fought for Britain during that conflict. They fled the United States and settled in what are now the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Ontario

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Genealogy News Bites – May 5, 2014

genealogy news bites picsIn an effort to help ease the load of searching for genealogy news and genealogy events, I prepare a ‘Genealogy News Bites’ post to gather together what I feel are the most important or informative genealogy news headlines from the previous week (or thereabouts). Following are the most recent and relevant genealogy news headlines.


Olive Tree Genealogy

Victorian Reform School & Prison Records Online – A Contest!

John Wormald age 11 Reform School 1892 Ancestry.co.uk, Ancestry.ca and Ancestry.com have recently published some fascinating reformatory school and prison records from West Yorkshire

Irish Census Records 1821-1911 online

1821 Census Colebrooke (Aghalurcher, Fermanagh) Irish Census Records from 1821 to 1911 (with gaps 1861 to 1901) are now available online.  The earlier records are scattered and many have not survived but The National Archives of Ireland

Prosapia Genetics – Worth the Money?

Yesterday I decided to check out a website that has the genealogy community buzzing. The Examiner called it a “Groundbreaking GPS tool [that] finds your ancestors, genealogy, family tree and history”  Basically it is being touted as

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Panel to discuss genealogy issues in La Verne – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

The panel sponsored by the Southern California Society of Professional Genealogists will provide members and guests with a special opportunity to meet in a roundtable setting


Matthew 1:1-17; The Genealogy of Jesus (Cross-Reference Comparison)

Some believe that Matthew’s genealogy focuses primarily on the family tree of Jesus’ adopted father, Joseph, while Luke’s highlights the lineage of his mother, Mary. Another theory

Genealogy Canada

RCMP obituary card index and notices, 1876-2007

Here is an instance which demonstrates the co-operative partnership that exists between Ancestry and Family Search these days with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) obituaries card and notices between 1876 and 2007

OGS announces officers for 2014-2016

The slate of new officers for 2014-2016 was announced today at the OGS Conference. The president is Alan Campbell. Alan is from the Lambton Branch of the OGS.The vice president i…

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Evernote Was Made For Genealogy | Eastman’s Online Genealogy …

Cyndi of Cyndi’s List has started a new section entitled, Evernote Was Made For Genealogy. She writes, “I will admit it. I’m an Evernote junkie. I love this tool and all it has to offer

Ancestry.com Blog

Don’t Let Mold Destroy Your Family History

Mold is a four-letter word. It can destroy your documents and it can make you sick. What do you do when you discover that great-grandpa’s Civil War letters or the family Bible has mold on it? Here are some tips

Genealogy News Bites – April 10, 2014

Genealogy News Bites
Genealogy News Bites

Following are the genealogy news bites and headlines up to April 10, 2014.

The Week

Adolf Hitler’s wife Eva Braun ‘had Jewish ancestry’

Scientists who extracted genetic material from Eva Braun’s hair found she had Jewish ancestry

Gloucester Citizen

Old fashioned baby names dying out: The full list from Ancestry.co.uk

Research carried out by Ancestry.co.uk studied birth records for 1905 and produced a ‘top 100’. They then compared the names to those on the 2012 baby name list from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the most recent data available. The extinct

Olive Tree Genealogy

Evidence of St. Louis French Colonial Log Home Found

Evidence of a French colonial home in St. Louis was found beneath layers of concrete and bricks during digging by the Department of Transportation.  It is the first trace

One Man in England Saves 5000 WW1 Photos from Being Destroyed

Screen Dump from BBC News Sussex website This is a fascinating story about an ordinary man in England who took it on himself to save and preserve WW1 photos, cards, letters and other objects from the dump

DAR Accepting DNA as Evidence of Descent From Revolutionary War Ancestor

Good news for those seeking to prove an ancestor for admittance to DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Keeping up with the times, DAR now accepts DNA as evidence

Corpses of WW1 Soldiers Found as Glaciers Melt in Italy

A recent story online Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WW1 soldiers explains how dead soldiers from WW1 battles are being found and reburied by local villagers

Library and Archives Canada

Sir John A. Macdonald: Rare and intriguing treasures from the vaults of Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada holds Canada’s most comprehensive collection of material related to the life, times and continuing appeal of Sir John A. Macdonald (1815–1891)

The Vindicator

Program on DNA Testing as a Tool for Genealogy

While her educational research focused on Cajun identity and language, her role in customer support at Family Tree DNA has led to a passion for educating the public on how to make their own connections through genetic genealogy. Her program, Getting

Huffington Post

Utah Prisoners Do Mormon Research From JailGenealogy

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) William J. Hopkins already knew a bit about genealogy work when he arrived at the Utah State Prison in 1994, an interest that was sparked in his teens by an aunt who is a family historian. Hopkins, 40, now spends two to three hours

Owen Sound Sun Times

War medals return, family thrilled

Grey Roots purchased an Owen Sound man’s First World War war medals on eBay and now Sgt. Nelson Ross “Scotty” Crowe’s great-great-niece has come forward with pictures and details about the soldier’s life

Magic Valley Times-News

Hidden History: Farm Labor Camps in WWII

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed in 1942 an order placing all people of Japanese ancestry within the U.S. into 11 relocation centers throughout the West

Brisbane Times

DNA to pick out suspect, warts and all

Australian police and researchers are developing a ground-breaking test that will help them identify suspects based on the DNA evidence they leave behind

The Guardian

Spain offers Sephardic Jews fast track to naturalisation

Cabinet approves bill allowing dual nationality for Jews whose ancestors fled the Spanish inquisition Spain has announced new measures to speed up the naturalisation of Jews of Sephardic descent whose ancestors fled the Iberian peninsula five centuries ago when they were told to convert to Catholicism or go into exile

Havana street produces 12 sets of twins

High number of twins in Cuban capital district baffles scientists, as locals blame everything from genetics to a sacred tree Some say it could be something in the water. Others point to a tree with mystical significance

Tracing your family tree? The 10 best apps to help you find your relatives

Laura Berry, lead genealogist for BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are?, offers an expert’s guide to aid your online searches A decade ago there was no point even considering researching your roots

The Scotsman

Pensioner meets brother and sister after 70 years

A Scottish pensioner has been reunited with his long-lost brother and sister for the first time in 70 years

Payvand Iran News

Eight Iranian-Americans among recipients of the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Eight Iranian-Americans are among the recipients of the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor which will be awarded on May 10th, 2014. The medals are presented annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life

The Vancouver Sun

John Mackie: Vancouver’s vaudeville mystery solved

Lucy Tremblay died in 1983. So imagine her daughter-in-law’s surprise when she opened up Monday’s Vancouver Sun to see Lucy in a vaudeville photo from the 1910s or ’20s

King Richard III’s genome to be sequenced by scientists.

Richard III, King of EnglandPrevious posts I’ve written described our fascination with King Richard III and the search for his grave, which ended successfully when his skeleton was unearthed in a Leicester parking lot in England.

Now scientists have announced they will be sequencing Richard III’s DNA, which is of great interest to us and numerous other descendants of Richard III and his family.

He is an ancestor of Mark’s family and has been the subject of some research on my part. The resulting posts were:

Richard III's grave in Leicester parking lot.I’ve been toying with the idea of getting Mark’s and my DNA, and now that DNA profiles are more prevalent, it’s looking more and more like it would be a worthwhile endeavor.

Tombstone plaque for Richard III.Research can only be so accurate. Every family and generation has experienced their scandals and secrets that were never documented, and which may have affected the recorded ancestries, such as a child born from an illicit affair that was never disclosed. Even more questionable are the undocumented connections.

DNA might be helpful in solving some mysteries in more recent generations of branches of my family, as it is the one and only way we might have to prove blood connections to family and ancestors, either confirming or refuting the documentary evidence. It would be wonderful to have some of my questions answered and suspicions and theories confirmed.

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