RootsTech Goes Virtual in 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual family history conference originally scheduled for February 3–6, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, will now be held online February 25–27, 2021.

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Here are some of the great speakers and topics we have for upcoming meeting. Come meet with us. Guest are always welcome!

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Tony Burroughs – The Nature of Genealogy
Paul Milne – Irish Land Records

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Want to display your family story in a fun, creative way? The following free family tree templates will help you do just that. These family tree ideas not only look great on the wall, but filling out the family tree charts is a great activity to bring the whole family together! Printable, Free Family Tree... Continue Reading → [...]

Every year in November, many people in the United States gather with family for a giant feast. The traditional meal includes turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, glazed carrots, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, rolls—you name it. All the things the first Pilgrims and the native Wampanoag ate back in the year 1621,... Continue Reading → [...]

The 1930 census was the 15th federal census taken by the United States, which has taken a census each decade since 1790. These 1930 census records included the 48 states then in the United States as well as Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Panama Canal Zone, the Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.... Continue Reading → [...]

Are you new to discovering your Norwegian roots? Or have you discovered a bit about your Norwegian ancestors and are itching to learn more? Fortunately, plenty of records are available online that can help you find your Norwegian ancestors, and Norwegian genealogical societies can help guide you in your journey to find your family. Starting... Continue Reading → [...]

Until about 1900, most Norwegians lived in rural areas, where farming was the way of life for hundreds or even thousands of years. They tended to live in solitary homesteads scattered across the landscape, rather than clustered together in villages. The bygdebøker give information about the people living on the farms in these communities as... Continue Reading → [...]

Old, meaning really old records are extremely rare. Once you’ve reached the end of the church records, and you’re back in the early 1600s, the late Medieval age, in remote alpine villages and hamlets in Switzerland, let’s face it, you’re … Continue reading → [...]

I know how tough this is – and how tired we all are. A vaccine is coming, but certainly not before 2020 is in the rear-view mirror and the holidays are upon us. Let me say first and foremost that … Continue reading → [...]

When MyHeritage introduced Mixtiles, I kind of yawned. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth. I’m not yawning anymore. Mixtiles are photos printed on lightweight tiles that hang on your wall without nails. Where did my skepticism come from? I have … Continue reading → [...]

For those who have DNA tested at Ancestry, Ancestry has combined your ethnicity results with Communities and loosely tied that to both your ancestors and your DNA matches within those communities. Before we visit this feature, I need to stress … Continue reading → [...]

Christoph Bechtold’s daughter, Margaretha, married on July 28th, 1671 to Michael Hag in the village of Ebersbach. That marriage record led us to her parents and her birth record. Marriage: Friday, the 28th of July 1671 Michael Hag, legitimate son … Continue reading → [...]

What kinds of food will be on your table this Thanksgiving? Your ancestors may have served slightly different dishes. Thanksgiving dinner changed over time. The Smithsonian points out that turkey was not the centerpiece of the meal in the 17th century. People were more likely to be eating goose or duck. Smaller birds were spit-roasted, […] [...]

Some traditional favorite dishes have been at family Thanksgiving tables for decades. Here are a few not seen in many years. Pork Cake started in 1922, published in a magazine. Neither butter or eggs are needed for the recipe. It does have ground lean salt pork, raisins, spices, brown sugar and molasses. This dish is […] [...]

Between February 25-27, 2021 will be a global RootsTech Connect, sponsored by It will truly be global and virtual. An interesting aspect for 2021 is they are accepting submissions no later than December 18 and December 31, 2020 for various types of videos from the general public that will be featured during the conference. […] [...]

One of the best original sources for information on a relative or ancestor, especially if they lived after 1900 is the U.S. Social Security Application. To get a copy of those applications, there is a new ordering form known as SS-5. From the Social Security Administration. It is now a bit easier to order those […] [...]

Whether school in 2020 is at a school building or at home distance with online education, there were very important vintage school supplies need decades ago by our ancestors. Here are some vintage school supplies not used for years. The use of a quill pen with a metal writing tip and the feather at the […] [...]

We just couldn’t wait, and our HUGE Black Friday Sale is on! Give yourself or your loved ones the ultimate gift this holiday season — a MyHeritage DNA kit, now for the lowest price EVER! In addition to the amazing low price, we’re offering FREE shipping on 2+ kits, and a beautiful gift wrap option. […] The post Huge Black Friday Sale on MyHeritage DNA Starts Today appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

MyHeritage enables millions of users to discover their past and empower their future, and we have played a part in many incredible stories. Recently, a German MyHeritage user, Thomas Edelmann, spoke with us and requested help. His motive? To make a long-overdue apology. Today, we’ll be sharing Edelmann’s story, a moving tale that was recently […] The post MyHeritage Helps Man Track Down a Family’s Descendant to Discuss the Past appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

Just in time for the holidays, we’re happy to announce the launch of the new MyHeritage gift membership! You can now give someone special the MyHeritage Complete plan, our best plan for family history research. To celebrate the launch, gift memberships are now available with a 50% introductory discount. With many people spending more time […] The post Introducing the MyHeritage Gift Membership appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

When Seraine Danner was 7 years old, she learned something earth-shattering: she had a biological father and had no idea who he was. After almost 10 years of searching, a DNA match on MyHeritage finally led her to her birth father, and the two recently met for the first time. Watch their emotional reunion below: […] The post MyHeritage Reunites Daughter with Father Who Didn’t Know She Exists appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

Throughout your ancestors’ lives it is likely that they or a family member served in the military. With Remembrance Day in the U.K. and Veterans Day in the U.S. on November 11th, now is the perfect time to research and celebrate the heroic stories of your ancestors. We invite you to share the stories of […] The post Top 10 Tips for Researching Your Ancestors’ Military Service  appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

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Allen County Public Library has genealogy webinars online. I watched an excellent webinar today on researching free newspaper collections. Check out their upcoming webinars at and also search Youtube for "Allen County Public Library Genealogy".
This reminds me of the movie of "The Roans of Innish". These memoirs could hold some interesting insights and history.
Family Search has been scanning Ukrainian records. . "More articles if you "Google LDS Scanning Ukraine records". It looks like this will go beyond BMD to court and other types of records too. Great articles.
There are some great upcoming webinars offered by the Family History Library - Don't miss them!
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association has published a free, on-line interactive map of lighthouses in the Great Lakes region.

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