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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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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – January 14, 2014

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and AdditionsAs a result of changing hosts, my Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions posts since December 12, 2014 were lost. To replace them, this post will cover as many of the lost links as possible.
















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Icelandic Ancestry: the Icelandic genealogy database is now available online.

Iceland entry.Previously, I wrote about the Incest Prevention App called ‘Sifjaspellsspillir’ or ‘Incest Spoiler’. It was created by University of Iceland students for a contest by the Íslendingabók database and its purpose is to alert two people of a possible familial connection when they tap their phones.

Today, in a related story, the “Icelandic Roots: Genealogy, Heritage, & Travel” website is announcing its release of the Icelandic genealogy database through their site.

The database is available with a monthly or yearly subscription. Access is also available to organizations and researchers by contacting them.

While continuing to add names and other great features, the database also links you to events, dates, occupations, cemetery records and burials, photos and more.

They will assist with your genealogy research by helping you find your family tree, connecting you with family members, and  providing ancestry charts and reports. All this is possible through their popular “Cousins Across the Ocean” project or you can complete their online request form for more information.

If you’re interested in finding out more, there are tips for using the database, and they also explain its history. If you have Icelandic research to do, this site and database are well worth checking out.

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My top 6 genealogy resolutions for the New Year of 2014.

New Year Reslutions

Today marks the new year, as well as my fifteenth year researching our family’s genealogy.

To mark this new year, I have decided to create a LIST of New Years resolutions I’d like to complete. And believe me, after all this time, there’s a lot that needs doing.

  1. Make a ‘New Year’ backup on an external hard drive large enough to contain all my genealogy data and files, including software I use (free and paid), genealogy software data files, images, documents, etc. to safeguard against eventual damage and corruption to DVD’s or CD’s.
  2. Optimize all images over 1 MB to increase my website’s page speed, and hopefully revenue – and decrease bandwidth used for downloads by site users.
  3. FINALLY add media and sources collected and saved, but not yet connected to relevant individuals, events and places in my genealogy database, and believe me, there are tons!
  4. Transcribe source images and input the text into the source citation and post on the website.
  5. Create ‘bios’ from website posts and attach to relevant individuals in my genealogy database.
  6. Do more genealogy research into mystery people and those with few, poor quality sources.

As I looked over this list, I realized it’s a lot like housework. You can work your butt off to complete tasks and return later only to find much of it needs redoing. Once I get through the genealogy list and start working on number ‘6’, I’m just creating more work and will have to start from the beginning again next New Year.

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) announces updates to their Aboriginal Heritage Portal

1921 Canadian Census at LACAboriginal Heritage Portal updated at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

The Aboriginal Heritage portal which covers the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis the three aboriginal groups native to Canada.

First time and experienced researchers alike will find published and archived information including research guides, databases and tools, and all information is organized by subject and ethnic group. Library and Archives Canada offers specific research data for research into Indian residential schools, as well as Indian Affairs Annual Reports and the Guide to the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

More research information and tools will be included on the portal gradually, as they are available.