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Rich Venezia –  USCIS Genealogy Program: Certificate Files (C-Files)
Dr. Melinda Kashuba – Using Maps in Genealogical Research
Annette Adams  –  Social Media for Genealogists

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I have several updates for you today. Let’s start with RootsTech pricing. Early Bird Special The in-person price for RootsTech is currently $98 which is the early-bird special pricing. Sometime in February, the price will increase. If you’re planning to … Continue reading → [...]

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I wanted to evaluate the accuracy of Ancestry’s ThruLines suggested Potential Ancestors when compared with a tree I know is accurate. I conducted an experiment where I created a small tree on Ancestry for a DNA tester that included only … Continue reading → [...]

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FamilySearch announced new names for its flagship Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and all family history centers worldwide. The library will now be known as the FamilySearch Library, and all family history centers will now be FamilySearch centers. The name changes better align with local centers with FamilySearch’s expanding global brand. […] The post FamilySearch Library And Centers Change Names first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

Findmypast announced its first release of the new year – and it’s a big one! Here is a rundown of everything that’s new here on Findmypast. Gibraltar Census 1871-1921 This brand-new collection comprises of six decades of census returns from Gibraltar. With Gibraltar being a British Overseas Territory from 1713, many of our ancestors moved […] The post FindMyPast Starts 2023 With Over 12,000 New Records first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

FamilySearch is excited to provide its annual glimpse into plans for the coming year to help individuals worldwide make fun personal and family discoveries. In 2023, FamilySearch patrons can expect free access to more of the world’s genealogical records, new search capabilities, more free help, and more localized discovery. RootsTech 2023 In 2023, FamilySearch’s popular […] The post What To Expect From FamilySearch in 2023 first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

Laura House, AncestryDNA’s Genetic Genealogist, provides some helpful information for adoptees who have no access to information about one or both of their biological parents. This advice can also be beneficial for people with unknown paternity whose relatives are unable to give them information about their biological father. Foundlings tend to know nothing about either […] The post AncestryDNA Testing Advice For Adoptees first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

Discovering your origins can be a meaningful and exciting experience, enabling you to connect with your ancestors and understand the places your family comes from. Curious about your origins, or looking to give a loved one a special gift? Our Flash DNA Sale has got you covered!  For 5 days only, you can order MyHeritage […] The post Flash DNA Sale Starts Today appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

We are beyond excited to be preparing to head to Salt Lake City for the first RootsTech on-site conference since 2020 — but if you can’t join in person, it will be taking place virtually too! RootsTech is the biggest genealogy event of the year, taking place between March 2–March 4, and just like every […] The post Gearing Up for RootsTech 2023 appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

Jennifer Stayt, Carol Pursell, and Nikki Cottle wondered for years about the origins of their ancestor, Maud Ethel Jones, who was raised in an orphanage at the turn of the 20th century. Thanks to MyHeritage DNA and some dedicated detective work, they were able to find and confirm the identities of Maud’s birth parents… but […] The post We Solved the Mystery of Our Ancestor’s Parentage — and Uncovered a Shocking Secret Along the Way… [...]

The last time Oren Schneider saw his beloved maternal grandfather Alexander Ruziak, the elderly man, who was 92 years old at the time, made an unusual request. For as long as Oren could remember, his grandfather had openly shared the unbelievable details of how he survived the horrors of the Holocaust. But though the importance […] The post The Apprentice of Buchenwald: A Story of Survival, Triumph, and Family Love appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

When MyHeritage DNA results are ready, the Ethnicity Estimate is revealed in an interactive display featuring a spinning globe, and background music representing the user’s ethnicities. Recently, some MyHeritage DNA users have started converting this interactive display of their ethnicity results into a video and sharing it on social media. Such videos have gained huge […] The post New: Download and Share Your MyHeritage Ethnicity Estimate as a Video appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

There are countless resources you can use for your family history or genealogy research, but they are a little tough to track down. Sometimes only a few copies exist, and some are literally one of a kind. With WorldCat.org, you can search more than 10,000 libraries around the world, all at once, to get closer... The post Using WorldCat.org to Find Countless Genealogy Resources appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

Family stories abound with tales of being related to someone famous, whether it’s George Washington, Queen Elizabeth, or Elvis. But how do you know if that story is actually true? Here’s a strategy you can use. Click the play button or scroll below to keep reading. A Common – and Frustrating – Way to Prove... The post Are You Really Related to Someone Famous? appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

Wills can be excellent resources for your genealogy research. But what does it mean when your ancestor isn’t included or received only $1? Let’s take a look at the possibilities and what they mean for your family history. Click the play button or scroll below to keep reading. What Being Out of the Will Means... The post When Your Ancestor Isn’t in the Will appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

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. [...]

Show Notes: If you’ve created a MyMap in Google Maps, there’s a lot more that you can do with it if you import it into Google Earth. However, exporting it out of MyMaps as a KMZ that can be used in Google Earth isn’t really obvious. The good news is that it’s not hard to […] Source [...]

Dale Spaulding discovered remarkable stories when he was researching his family for over 30 years. But he got a little worried that these really uniquely American stories were going to be lost to time if he didn’t do something about it. Maybe you have some of those same fears. It was his determination to preserve […] Source [...]

Show Notes: Google Books is known for having millions of free digitized books. But did you know that it’s also packed with hidden old newspapers? Since newspapers don’t typically appear in your initial search results in Google Books, I’ll show you two ways to filter down to only newspapers. Plus I’ll also show you some of the […] Source [...]

A ton of genealogy and family history research can be done for free. In this episode I’ll share 15 fabulous free websites and what I love about them. These are essential for everyone serious about saving money while climbing their family tree. Listen to the Podcast Episode To Listen click the media player below (AUDIO […] Source [...]

If you're a beginner to genealogy research and want to know how to find your ancestors you're no doubt asking yourself, “where should I start?” This easy guide will show you just what you need to know in a few easy steps. [...]

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

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Public or private? This is one of the first decisions Ancestry.com 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. [...]

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