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NWSGS “Show-Me-How” Workshop Making A Family History Photo Book

Intimidated by the prospect of writing that “epic” family history? Do you have boxes of pictures, research documents or heirlooms but you’re not sure how to put them together to tell a story? Need some help?

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This is the fourth in our series of articles about searching for unknown close family members, specifically; parents, grandparents, or siblings. However, these same techniques can be applied by genealogists to ancestors further back in time as well. I introduced … Continue reading → [...]

Catharina or Katharina Gockeler was born in Schnait, Germany on October 9, 1612, to Hans Gockeler and his wife, Katharina, whose surname is unknown. For some time, Katharina’s surname was recorded as Lenz. She did marry a Lenz man, but … Continue reading → [...]

If you’ve taken an autosomal DNA test and you’re working to determine how your matches are related to you, meaning which ancestors you share, you’ll want to download your DNA match list. There are three types of files that you … Continue reading → [...]

Barbara Eckhardt was born about 1614 in the quaint winemaking village of Beutelsbach, Germany to Johannes Eckhardt and Elisabetha Baurencontz. Barbara was the fifth child born to her parents, but only the second one to live. Her older sister, Anna … Continue reading → [...]

This is the third in our series of articles about searching for unknown close family members, specifically; parents, grandparents, or siblings. However, these same techniques can be applied to ancestors further back in time too. I introduced the series in … Continue reading → [...]

Your ancestors as teenagers in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s had to deal with situations that teenagers in the 2020s would never have to deal with. Here is a look at some such events. See if you remember any or your ancestors faced. Sitting through TV commercial breaks — change the channel or view commercial-free […] The post What Earlier Teenagers had to Deal With first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

There are many backstories as to why some things happened and what life for the early American Colonists was like. Starting with the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachuettes. It was the summer of 1620 were moved to Massachusetts because they ran out of beer. It began on August 5th, 1620, when they departed Plymouth, England, for […] The post Unusual Happenings in Early American Colonies first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

23andMe posted information on a new genetic study that may help those looking for ways to avert some of the troubling side effects of a common medication used to treat Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is sometimes treated with medication that increases dopamine activity in the brain. In some patients, that triggers impulsivity, such as compulsive gambling, […] The post Study On Side Effects of Parkinson’s Medication first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

The early smaller sewing machines developed for the homemakers were Chain Stitch Machines originally marketed as both lightweight portable devices and then later as toy machines for little girls to use. The latter half of the 19th century saw many machine designs being sold. The patents filed by James Gibbs in 1857 and 1858 were […] The post Children’s Sewing Machines first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

Families come in all shapes and sizes. MyHeritage users can now specify up to three sets of parents for any individual in the online family tree: biological, adoptive, and foster. For example, if an individual was adopted and his or her biological parents are known, both relationships can now be accommodated in the family tree […] The post Managing Multiple Sets of Parents first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

The following post by MyHeritage user Grant Arthur Gochin, originally published in The Times of Israel Blogs, describes his remarkable journey to recover the lost identity of his grandmother, who was orphaned as the result of persecution. Republished with permission.  Dinner between cousins was scheduled for Shabbat on Friday, May 14, 1915. How was I […] The post 107 Years Late for Dinner: How I Uncovered My Grandmother’s Lost Identity appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

March 28th, a little before midnight: Violetta, her daughter Dasha and their dog Udin, get off the car train at Oslo central station. It has been almost 3 days, 5 train rides, and one ferry cruise — across 4 countries — since they managed to escape Ukraine: their home, which has become a battlefield. A […] The post Ukrainian Family Finds Safe Haven Thanks to Smart Match™ on MyHeritage appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

In July we added 11 collections with 15.4 million historical records. The collections originate from Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Chile, France, and Sweden. Most of the collections include high-quality images of the original records. If you are researching your roots in any of these locations, these collections may help you learn important details about your […] The post Historical Record Collections Added in July 2022 appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

MyHeritage user Minka Kainulainen, 29, of Finland, solved a decades-old mystery thanks to a record she found on MyHeritage: she uncovered the fate of a cousin of her mother’s, believed to have died under unknown circumstances 30 years ago… and to her shock, discovered that he is still alive! Have you also made an incredible […] The post She Found a Cousin Presumed Dead for 30 Years — Alive appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

When someone tells you to picture a Greek or Roman statue, what do you see in your mind’s eye? Probably a muscular, god-like figure with wavy hair and blank eyes, carved into pure white marble. What if we told you that that statue you’re picturing might not have been white at all? What if we […] The post Marble Greek and Roman Statues Were Actually Painted in Brilliant Colors appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

Genealogy can be more than just an enjoyable hobby. It can be a way to explore issues like generational trauma. That’s exactly what actor Zachary Levi did in his episode of Who Do You Think You Are. Click the play button or scroll below to keep reading. Zachary Levi Explores Generational Trauma Unlike some celebrities... The post Healing Through Family History appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

“Who Do You Think You Are” can be not only entertaining and inspiring, but can also show you some good insights into genealogy research… if you look closely. Here’s one important lesson from the Billy Porter episode. Click the play button or scroll below to keep reading. Who Is Billy Porter? Billy Porter is an... The post What Billy Porter’s WDYTYA Episode Can Teach You appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

The 1950 US Census has helped countless genealogists. However, there’s a portion of the census that many people are overlooking: the enumerator’s notes. Let’s take a look at what they are, where to find them, and how to associate them with the right people. The 1950 Census Enumerator Notes Unlike other federal censuses, the 1950... The post An Overlooked Part of the 1950 Census: The Notes appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

Digging into military records can yield an incredible amount of information about our ancestors. (My favorite is my 3rd-great-grandfather’s Civil War pension file. It showed that he married his second wife 12 days after she divorced her previous husband. Yeah, that.) While some records will spell out military service, there are times when we need... The post Clues for Discovering Military Service appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

In genealogy, we deal with a lot of names. It can be confusing when our ancestors changed their names or used a name we aren’t expecting. Here’s how you can sort everything out. You can listen to the audio: Or watch the video (or scroll below to keep reading): Our Ancestors Used Multiple Names We... The post When Ancestors Changed Names appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

Show Notes: Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a Forensic Genetic Genealogist. Dr. Claire Glynn joins me to talk about the field of investigative genetic genealogy, criminal cold cases solved, and the new Forensic Genetic Genealogy certificate program she has developed at the Henry C. Lee (notable for his work on the OJ […] Source [...]

Show Notes: Learn how to find old family recipes in newspapers. Lisa Louise Cooke and her guest Jenny Ashcraft of show you how to find old recipes and discover what newspapers can tell you about the food your ancestors cooked and ate. Genealogy & family history has never tasted so good! Video Premiere with […] Source [...]

Show Notes: The FamilySearch Wiki is like an encyclopedia of genealogy! It’s an invaluable free tool that every genealogist needs. However, many folks get frustrated when they try to search the Wiki. In this week’s video premiere I’m going to help you navigate with ease. You’ll learn:  what the Wiki has to offer, how to access the […] Source [...]

Why is it that we, as family historians, often do a poor job of preserving our own personal histories for the generations to come? [...]

As it turns out, there is an incredibly straightforward and comprehensive resource that can tell you exactly what records are available for every county in every state in the United States — and plenty of other geographical areas, too. [...]

Public or private? This is one of the first decisions asks you to make when you create your family tree. Indicating your preferred sharing status is as simple as checking a box, but it’s not a trivial decision. [...]

The 1950 United States Federal Census is set to be released by the National Archives and Records Administration on April 1, 2022. Use this guide to discover how to find and use these fascinating records in your family history research. [...]

The U.S. Census Age Search for years 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 involves restrictions, guidelines, and even fees - but it all might well be worthwhile if it helps you to fill in more recent blanks in your family tree. [...]

Back in 1998 when we were casting around for a title for the soon-to-be-launched Irish Times ancestry sub-site, one of the suggestions was “Stiffs ‘R Us”. Needless to say, it was vetoed. But it’s always stayed in the back of my mind, awaiting the right moment. And that moment has come. We’ve just launched surname … Continue reading "Stiffs ‘R Us" [...]

The hundredth anniversary of our destruction of the Record Treasury of the Public Record Office of Ireland fell a week ago and the dust has now settled on the launch of, our response to that catastrophe. For the past few years, the project was trailed (“”) as a reconstruction of the collections burnt in … Continue reading "The rabbit-holes outnumber the rabbits" [...]

In Myles na gCopaleen’s wonderful parody of Gaeltacht autobiography, An Beál Bocht (The Poor Mouth), the narrator, Gaeilgeoir Bonaparte O’Coonassa, describes his first day at school. The teacher demands, in English: “Phwat is yer nam?” The response, in Irish, begins: “Bonaparte, son of Michelangelo, son of Peter, son of Owen, son of Thomas’s Sarah, grand-daughter … Continue reading "A needle in a haystack of needles" [...]

I’ve often been publicly sceptical about some of the claims of genetic genealogy. “Ethnicity estimates”, in particular, seem to me about as scientific as the old apartheid test that marked a child as “nie blanke”. Does a pencil fall through their (straight European) hair or catch in their (kinky non-European) hair? University College London’s Department … Continue reading "I had myself a bawl" [...]

A few weeks back, someone (Hi Donna) contacted me to tell me about some wonderful estate maps they’d found online. Here they are, and if your ancestors were from Kildrumsherdan in Cavan, congratulations. And then I started thinking about where online the records are. The National Library of Ireland web catalogue has always been more … Continue reading "Online estate maps" [...]

BALTIMORE — Multiple patient- and provider-driven barriers may contribute to racial disparities in diabetes device use by children with type 1 diabetes, according to a presenter.In a qualitative analysis of adult’s perspectives on use of diabetes devices by their children, white parents reported experiences and observations different from those of Black parents relative to shame, pros and cons of device use, timeframe for initiating a device, use of blood glucose markers of readiness prior to… [...]

In this Healio Video Perspective, Cynthia A. Matossian, MD, FACS, and David Evans, PhD, MBA, discuss the importance of videos and interactive content on a practice’s website.“Anything that can build interactivity on your site is going to benefit your ranking among your competitors,” Evans said. “One other thing to keep in mind is that it has a big effect on business. The higher-ranked sites get the lion’s share of the traffic.” [...]

BALTIMORE — In this video exclusive, Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDN, CDCES, FADCES, talks with Fatima C. Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, MBA, FAAP, FACP, FAHA, FAMWA, FTOS, about how weight stigma affects access to obesity and diabetes care.Weiner and Stanford are both Endocrine Today Editorial Board members. Weiner is owner and clinical director of Susan Weiner Nutrition, PLLC, in North Bellmore, NY, and the Diabetes in Real Life column editor. Stanford is associate professor of… [...]

Healio handpicked a series of stories on gastroparesis to raise awareness and increase education during Gastroparesis Awareness Month.The American College of Gastroenterology has issued a new guideline for the diagnosis and management of gastroparesis, which recently was published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.“The objective of this new guideline is to document, summarize and update the evidence and develop recommendations for the clinical management of gastroparesis (GP),” Michael Camilleri, MD, DSc, MRCP, MACG, AGAF, professor… [...]

BALTIMORE — Providers must recognize and respect the culture of their patients with diabetes to deliver a strong level of care, according to a speaker at the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists Annual Conference.Melinda Boyd, DCN, MPH, MHR, RD, FAND, assistant professor at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, discussed the importance of culturally appropriate care, which is defined in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Definition of Term List as care that… [...]

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