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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!

Judy Russell – When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
Fritz Juengling – German Geography and Meyer’s Gazeteer
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Do you keep a journal? A diary? Notes of what is happening in your life, right now? Many people use journaling to relieve stress, capture treasured memories while they are fresh, record the historic times they are living through, and just as a way to make use of some found time.  The benefits of keeping... Continue Reading → [...]

Constitution Day is one of the most significant holidays in the United States of America, and yet it goes uncelebrated by many Americans each year. This might be because it is not recognized by paid time off work or by a large local or national firework celebration. But if it’s such an important holiday, why... Continue Reading → [...]

The year 2021 marks 20 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States of America that shook the world. These attacks, which targeted the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a third unknown location, resulted in the loss of thousands of lives and affected nearly every... Continue Reading → [...]

FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in August of 2021 with over 44 million new indexed family history records from all over the world. New historical records were added from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati,... Continue Reading → [...]

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Jewish holidays? Maybe you have a friend or colleague who is Jewish, or you’ve recently learned you have Jewish heritage yourself. You have likely heard of Hanukkah and Passover, but some of the most important Jewish holidays are less common in popular media. For example, Rosh Hashanah... Continue Reading → [...]

9-11 seems both like it happened a long time ago and that the trauma occurred just yesterday. Two decades have passed. That day both broke us and buoyed us as Americans. It also terrified us. I remember, vividly, in the … Continue reading → [...]

Legacy Family Tree Webinars is sponsoring a free Webtember genealogy conference for everyone. Last week, 7 speakers presented, including my session, titled “Paint Your Way Up Your Tree with MyHeritage and DNAPainter.” You can watch all 7 sessions free, here, … Continue reading → [...]

I recorded 10 Ways to Find Your Native American Ancestor Using Y, Mitochondrial and Autosomal DNA for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Webinars are free for the first week. After that, you’ll need a subscription. If you subscribe to Legacy Family … Continue reading → [...]

FamilyTreeDNA’s long-anticipated chromosome painting for ethnicity results just arrived! Videos and a White Paper! Along with the release, Family TreeDNA has also provided several resources. Dr. Paul Maier, Population Geneticist at FamilyTreeDNA created a three-part video series that explains MyOrigins … Continue reading → [...]

People often want to know how many DNA matches they have. Sounds simple, right? At some vendors, the answer to this question is easy to find, and at others, not so much. How do you locate this information at each … Continue reading → [...]

Many think of Pennsylvanian Dutch, those early colonists who came to America from Germany and settled in many regions of Pennsylvania. You see it in the language of German which was used for decades in those German regions of Pennsylvania. View some of the old cemetery headstones, written in German. That is true for parts […] The post Texas Town Speaks German first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

The United States Census Bureau released information from the 2020 census results on August 12, 2021. Nearly all racial groups saw population gains this decade, and the increase in the “Two or More Races” population (referred to as the Multiracial population) was especially large (up 276%). The White alone population declined by 8.6% since 2000. […] The post 2020 Census Revealed a More MultiRacial United States first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

The boom of the 1920s saw many new items on the market to make life more convenient and offer more leisure time. Many of the new inventions of the 1920s when your grandparents or parents lived are still used by you today. They may look different today and be more efficient but they began in […] The post Inventions of the 1920s Still Used Today first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

Ancestry announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Geneanet, a leading French genealogy company. With over 30 billion records from more than 80 countries, Ancestry helps customers discover new details about their family story and ancestors. The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. With a large and growing European community […] The post Ancestry to Acquire French Genealogy Company Geneanet first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

One hundred years sounds like a lifetime, but that was the Roaring Twenties and more than likely when your grandparents and great grandparents lived. So what was the cost of items 100 years ago? But keep in mind, wages were much lower. The average household income in the United States in 1920 was about $3,269 […] The post Prices in the 1920s first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

September is said to be the most common birthday month worldwide, but which birthdays produce the most prestigious award winners?  Researchers at MyHeritage have gathered the birthdays of 1000 recipients of numerous prestigious prizes to discover the birthdays most likely to win you an award.  From the Oscars to the Grammys and even the Olympics, […] The post Decorated Dates: Is Your Birthday Linked to Award-Winning Success? appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

We are pleased to announce the publication of a massive new collection of 982 million names, extracted from our U.S. and Canadian historical newspaper collections.  Historical newspapers are some of the most important sources for genealogical information because they are very rich in detail. Newspapers can often add color and personality to the dry facts […] The post MyHeritage Publishes New Name Index from U.S. and Canadian Historical Newspapers, with Nearly One Billion Names appeared… [...]

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Scotland Census, comprised of 7 collections with 24 million records from the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, and 1901. These collections are important, as they offer important details about Scottish ancestors not often found in other vital record collections, such as occupation information and […] The post MyHeritage Publishes the Scotland Census, 1841-1901, with 24 Million Records appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

On August 30, we challenged you to dig up old school photos, improve them with the MyHeritage photo tools, and share them online. We received entries of all kinds from all over the world and we absolutely loved them. Many thanks to each and every one of the participants for sharing your photos with us! […] The post Winners of the Back to School Photo Contest appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

Whether or not you’re heading back to an educational institution with a bag full of blank notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils, maybe you have some old school photos lying around — either of your past self or of your ancestors. Take them out and share them with us for a chance to win a free […] The post Back to School Photo Contest with MyHeritage! appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]


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