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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!

Carla Cegielski – Researching Family in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
Nancy E. Loe – Researching Chicago Ancestors from Afar
James M. Beidler – Digging Pennsylvania Roots from Your Desktop

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If you’re a descendant of George Estes (1763-1859), Revolutionary War Veteran who lived and died in Halifax County, VA, you’re invited to the dedication of his gravestone. I wrote about George’s life and service, here. The Dan River Chapter of … Continue reading → [...]

I’m excited – for two reasons. First, RootsTech registration opens today, and second, in partnership with RootsTech, I’m doing something entirely new – DNA Academy!! Registration RootsTech will be held February 29 – March 2 at the Salt Palace in … Continue reading → [...]

There’s a conference focused solely on genetic genealogy, and you’re invited!! Now that’s talking my language!!! The second annual East Coast Genetic Genealogy Conference (ECGGC) will take place on October 6-8, 2023, at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, … Continue reading → [...]

René de Forest was born in 1670 near Port Royal, Acadia, to Michel de Forest and Marie Hebert. Acadia had been at the heart of a dispute between the French and English for control of the region, and René was … Continue reading → [...]

Right now, ThruLines at Ancestry is one hot mess. Aside from the inherent frustration, especially over a holiday weekend when many people had planned to work on their genealogy, I’d like to say, “don’t panic.” I don’t have any inside … Continue reading → [...]

Smoking may not only harm the smoker and those who breathe in the secondhand fumes, but also their future children, UPI News  reported (via Microsoft Start). New research suggests that boys who smoke in their early teens risk passing on harmful genetic traits to future children. The study probed the genetic profiles of 875 people […] The post Boys Who Smoke In Early Teens Could Pass Harmful Genetics To Future Children first appeared on Family [...]

FamilySearch’s goal is to make genealogical resources more accessible, engaging, and easy to use. As FamilySearch centers  provide resources to patrons all over the world, volunteers and staff members at these centers need some fundamental resources to maintain each center and help patrons have great experiences when visiting. FamilySearch has a new learning page for […] The post New Resources For FamilySearch Center Volunteers And Workers first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

As the land of Dylan Thomas and medieval castles, Wales has a fascinating history rooted in Celtic origins. That history lives on in the country’s chapels, cathedrals, and rolling green hills. If you’re curious about your Welsh heritage, the first step is to learn more about the most common surnames, the Ancestry Team wrote. About 500 […] The post Welsh Last Names: Meanings and Popularity first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

What a way to finish the summer! In August 2023 we published 89 million historical records from 37 new historical record collections from Australia, U.K., and the U.S., as well as one collection from all over the world. The records include marriage, death, burial, obituary, as well as one tax collection from all over the […] The post MyHeritage Adds 89 Million Historical Records first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

Building on our first FDA authorization for a direct-to-consumer genetic health risk test for cancer, 23andMe received clearance this week to expand the number of genetic test variants covered in our BRAC1/BRAC2 (Selected variants) Genetic Health Risk report. These additional variants are all known to be associated with higher risk for breast, ovarian, prostate and […] The post 23andMe Improves BRCA Report For Communities Underrepresented In Genetic Testing first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

A chill gripped Josef Lapko as he walked among the gravestones with his 92-year-old grandfather Roman (Reuven) Zlotin in the cemetery of Novaya Ladoga — a small, remote town, 130 km from St. Petersburg, that seems frozen in time. Finally, they stumbled across it: the grave of Zalman Zlotin, who died at age 18. 82 […] The post Holocaust Survivor, 92, Finally Learns Brother’s Fate Thanks to MyHeritage appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

Growing up among 10 siblings, Kate Valério often felt like the odd one out. Born in Portugal, currently living in Luxembourg, her brothers and sisters often teased her about how different she looked from the rest of them. A few months ago, she received a message about a MyHeritage DNA match that turned everything she […] The post A DNA Match Revealed Her Secret Egyptian Heritage and a Loving Newfound Family appeared first on MyHeritage [...]

We are thrilled to announce the publication of our 1931 Canadian census collection, which includes a complete new index created by MyHeritage. This collection, which contains information on 10.4 million individuals living in Canada in 1931, is the latest addition to our vast collection of Canadian historical documents, now encompassing 175 collections with 113.7 million […] The post MyHeritage Releases the 1931 Canada Census with a New Index appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

Rosie Grant, a librarian and communications manager, visits gravestones around the world and pays tribute to the dead by recreating the recipes she finds on gravestones. She has become not just a TikTok influencer, but a beacon of inspiration in the #gravetok community, a space that has garnered over one billion views. How did she […] The post This Woman Celebrates Deceased Individuals in the Most Amazing Way appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

After many years of uncertainty, Jan Post, a MyHeritage user from Denmark, wanted to know the truth about his father’s biological parentage. Through a combination of a significant DNA match found with a MyHeritage DNA test and additional clues from historical records, he managed to find answers. Here is his story: My father was born […] The post I Found My Father’s Birth Family and Much More on MyHeritage appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

We’ve heard the horror stories about people using AI Artificial Intelligence with disastrous results. (Like the lawyer who used ChatGPT to write a brief, only to have it create fake legal citations.) So it might surprise you that you can use AI and things like ChatGPT for your genealogy research successfully and accurately. Let me... The post Using ChatGPT for Genealogy — Accurately appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

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, you can search more than 10,000 libraries around the world, all at once, to get closer... The post Using 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. [...]

Show Notes: I’m excited to share with you my favorite new tool at Google Books. This is a game changer for utilizing the information you find on the digitized pages. Plus I’ll show you other new features recently added to Google Books.  Why use Google Books for genealogy? Well, Google Books features over 10 million […] Source [...]

AUDIO PODCAST SHOW NOTES: Get the very latest on the major update Google has made to Bard, and the answer to the question “Should I use Bard, ChatGPT, or any of the other chatbots for genealogy research?” I’ve got some surprising answers for you! Listen to the Podcast Episode To Listen click the media player […] Source [...]

The free Ellis Island Passenger Search database is home to 65 million records of passengers arriving at the Port of New York from 1820 to 1957. Kathryn Marks, Manager at The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation explains the best strategies for finding your ancestors’ passenger list records in the Passenger Search Database on the Ellis […] Source [...]

Trying to date an old photo? This new tool from MyHeritage says it can provide one. But can it really tell you when a picture was taken? [...]

There’s a lot of hilarious genealogy humor floating around the internet, here are ten finds that made us laugh the loudest.  1. General Relativity is a Breeze    2. How Will You Be Remembered? 🙂   3. It’s the Truth   4. My Family History is Finally Complete! (um, no)   5. Family History Secrets … Genealogy Humor: 10 Comic Finds That Made Us Laugh Out Loud Read More » [...]

Second cousin, or first cousin once removed? These relationships are confusing to almost everyone, but the answer is simpler than you think. [...]

Is the MyHeritage Reimagine app worth a try? From simple scanning, to photo enhancements like colorization and fixing tears, we've tested it all. [...]

Confused about what a suffix added to a name is, what is means and how it should be written? This short guide will help you make sense of it. [...]

After putting up the all-singing, all-dancing, click-and-zoom civil parish maps in July, it occurred to us that the townlands available from Open Street Map ( would fit nicely into them. If we just could get the data down to manageable file-sizes. So we squeezed and squeezed and … Whoopee. All-singing, all-dancing, and now break out … Continue reading "A circus-full of maps" [...]

Irish civil parishes are strange beasts. For good or ill, knowing about them is  essential for Irish research. They came into existence, as simple parishes, after the twelfth century attempt to tame the exotic Irish church and bring it into line with Roman norms. As well as having scandalous marriage laws, outrageous hairstyles, deadly book … Continue reading "Weird and wonderful civil parish maps" [...]

I never studied history academically. In fact, my last formal schooling in the subject ended at the age of fifteen. So, like all autodidacts, I have a certain twitchiness about the lacunae in my knowledge (I kept up the Latin). I’ve just finished Dáibhí Ó Cróinín’s Early Medieval Ireland 400-1200 (2nd ed. Longman, 2016), in … Continue reading "Island of Saints, Scholars and Surnames" [...]

IrishGenealogy’s civil records section is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Almost single-handedly, it has revolutionised Irish family history research.  By making almost 16 million births, marriages and deaths open and free, it also enabled whole fields of research – into infant mortality, townland history, occupational history – that had been closed books. So all … Continue reading "IrishGenealogy Search quirks" [...]

We’ve just done a big upgrade to the civil births maps, adding the 8 years 1914 to 1921, to match the civil deaths and marriages already covering those years. So three cheers, claps on the back, pints of shamrock all round. Except … I thought the hair-raising LDS death and marriage transcriptions were the limit. … Continue reading "Bamdvl Zrfzn, I feel your pain" [...]

Two phase 3 trials evaluating a regimen containing pembrolizumab plus lenvatinib for treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer failed to meet their primary endpoints, according to the manufacturers of each agent.Final analysis results from the phase 3 LEAP-006 trial showed that first-line treatment combining the PD-1 inhibitor pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck) plus lenvatinib (Lenvima, Eisai) — a multiple receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor — with pemetrexed and platinum-containing chemotherapy failed to meet the study’s dual primary [...]

An intervention undertaken by dozens of health centers reduced antibiotic use for pediatric conjunctivitis by up to 19% without increasing treatment failure, according to study findings.“Conjunctivitis, also sometimes referred to as pink eye, is one of the most common reasons that children come into the doctor's office,” Holly M. Frost, MD, senior director of the Center for Health Systems Research at Denver Health, told Healio. “It’s also a really common reason that kids are excluded [...]

PHILADELPHIA — Among a small cohort of women with epilepsy who were attempting to conceive a child, no associations were found between pregnancy and change in catamenial seizure reduction, according to a poster presentation.“It had been previously told to patients that, if you have this type of epilepsy, your seizures would get better in pregnancy,” Emma Osterhaus, BS, research assistant in the department of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, told Healio [...]

VIENNA — In this Healio Video Perspective from the ESCRS meeting, José Vargas, MD, speaks about his experience as a surgeon and as a patient who recently underwent cataract surgery.Selecting the right lens for the right patient is crucial, but it can be puzzling. The number of new premium lenses that entered the market increased by 70% between 2020 and 2023.“Selection is more important than even the technology because if you select the wrong patient [...]

Complex PTSD was significantly associated with the severity of psychotic symptoms among people who experienced developmental trauma though symptom severity had no relationship with the broader diagnosis of ICD-11 PTSD, data show.The results point to the importance of assessing and treating complex PTSD in survivors of developmental trauma and highlight post-traumatic stress disorders as a potential modifiable risk factor for conversion to psychosis, researchers wrote in The Lancet Psychiatry.“Health systems must assess individuals with previous [...]

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