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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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I knew something had changed at Ancestry when I signed in a few days ago and saw the following message: Ancestry assured me that I’m fine, but people who don’t have a subscription can no longer see some DNA features. … Continue reading → [...]

There are some things we know about Michel (de) Forest, and a lot that we don’t. Furthermore, there are myths that, with repeated telling, have become widely accepted and ingrained into genealogy, but now seem to have been disproven. Thankfully, … Continue reading → [...]

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 → [...]

In a recent study published in The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine, researchers evaluated the performance of a compact diagnostic assay that can accurately and rapidly diagnose lactose intolerance using capillary blood and buccal swab samples, News Medical Net, reported. A decrease or absence in the synthesis and activity of the lactase-phlorizin hydrolase enzyme (LHP), commonly […] The post The First Point-Of-Care Test For Lactose Intolerance first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

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. [...]

Rhys Williams grew up in Wrexham, U.K., with his mother Karen and her husband — whom Rhys always assumed to be his biological father. When he was 9 years old, however, his mother died, and Rhys’s relatives revealed to him that the man who raised him was not actually his birth father. It turned out […] The post Welsh Brothers Find Each Other via MyHeritage DNA, and the Similarities Are Uncanny appeared first on MyHeritage [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Grave marker symbols can provide a fascinating look at your ancestors' lives. This guide will help you decipher what they mean. [...]

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. [...]

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" [...]

Key takeaways:A fully automated, machine learning model that predicts bone marrow edema in sacroiliac joint MRI could improve screening for spondyloarthritis and decrease diagnostic delay, according to data published in Arthritis & Rheumatology.“Standardized methods to evaluate [sacroiliac (SI)] joint MRI ... lack consistency,” Joris Roels, PhD, of Ghent University, in Belgium, and colleagues wrote. “In a diagnostic context, detection and especially interpretation of [bone marrow oedema (BMO)] on MRI of the SI joints require expertise [...]

Novel therapeutics have led to significant survival improvements for many cancers.However, many of these treatments have been linked to cardiovascular adverse effects that can contribute to morbidity or mortality.Consequently, it has become increasingly important for cancer centers to offer cardio-oncology care to ensure optimal outcomes for patients undergoing cancer treatment, as well as cancer survivors.A paper in JACC: CardioOncology outlined the steps for developing a successful cardio-oncology program.“Cardio-oncology is a collaborative, multidisciplinary field aimed at [...]

Identifying your personal and organizational values and building a community are all strategies to develop vitality in careers in medicine, according to a speaker at the Women in Medicine Summit.H. Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, explained that vitality is a combination of high energy, creativity and engagement, with the latter being “the willingness to contribute to organizational success.”“When you’re most engaged, you feel [...]

Among older adults enrolled in an osteoarthritis cohort, those with foot symptoms such as pain and stiffness demonstrated a higher risk for death vs. those without foot symptoms, according to data published in Arthritis Care & Research.“Foot symptoms may contribute to less physical activity and loss of physical function, which over time could lead to factors that impact mortality, including comorbid conditions from increasing body mass, or falls from muscle weakness, or impaired balance,” Skylar [...]

VIENNA — The IC-8 Apthera IOL provides good uncorrected vision in eyes with complex corneas, allowing for a high degree of spectacle independence, according to a study.Multifocal IOLs are not suitable for all patients, particularly for those who have corneas with complex aberrations due to previous refractive surgery, keratoconus or corneal scars, Jodhbir Mehta, MBBS, PhD, said at the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting.If these patients seek spectacle independence, the IC-8 Apthera [...]

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