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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!

Paula Stuart-Warren – The U.S. National Archives: The Nation’s Attic
Rich Venezia –  USCIS Genealogy Program: Certificate Files (C-Files)
Dr. Melinda Kashuba – Using Maps in Genealogical Research

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I’ve been asked several times to compile a list of all of my Estes lineage articles in one place. I’ve created a table below, and I will update with links as I write additional articles or expand the lineage, although … Continue reading → [...]

Sometimes people ask about how chromosomes relate to genealogy. Every single one of us started with that question, right? Are chromosomes different sizes, and does that matter? What are the mystery terms, cMs and SNPs? How does all of this … Continue reading → [...]

Let’s begin this journey by disproving Hugh Benson’s birth. He might have been the Hugh Benson born on September 5, 1653 to William Benson in Yorkshire. The timeframe fits, and so does the location for Catholics. Transcribed; “Hugh Benson, sone … Continue reading → [...]

It’s been a year. What a year. Three years actually. First, I hope you’re able to gather with family this Thanksgiving, and if not, I hope it’s by your choice. For the past two holiday seasons, many families didn’t gather. … Continue reading → [...]

Yes, I know it’s not Friday yet, but the DNA Black Friday sales have started, and sale dates are limited, so here we go. These are the best prices I’ve ever seen at both FamilyTreeDNA and MyHeritage. If you’ve been … Continue reading → [...]

A study titled: “Discovery of 42 genome-wide significant loci associated with dyslexia” was posted on Nature. It was published on October 20, 2022. There are many scientists and groups who contributed to it. The Abstract states: Reading and writing are crucial life skills but roughly one in ten children are affected by dyslexia, which can […] The post Study Identifies Genetic Links to Dyslexia first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

A team of doctors in the U.S. and Canada are reporting a medical first, Gizmodo reported. They were able to start treating a child’s rare and often deadly genetic condition while she was still a fetus in the womb – the same condition that claimed the lives of her siblings. Now 16 months old, the […] The post Doctors Treated A Fatal Genetic Condition Before Birth first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

Thanksgiving is celebrated differently depending on what country you live in. Some countries do not celebrate Thanksgiving at all. Your Thanksgiving celebration might look similar to, or vastly different from, how people in various countries celebrate it with their families. pointed out that Thanksgiving falls under a category of festivals that spans cultures, continents, […] The post People Celebrate Thanksgiving In Different Ways first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

Ever wonder which of your relatives lived the longest, the average age of your relatives at marriage, or which first names are the most common in your family? Did you know that there’s a handy section of the MyHeritage website that can tell you all of this and much more?  We’re delighted to announce that our […] The post New And Improved Family Statistics On MyHeritage first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

In a partnership with The National Archives, the 1921 Census of England & Wales is now exclusively online at Findmypast.  After 100 years locked away, the highly-anticipated 1921 Census of England & Wales is now online and accessible for the very first time. There is no end to the secrets and surprises hidden in the […] The post The 1921 Census Is Online Now first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

There’s no better gift than knowing who you are and where you come from. The MyHeritage DNA kit makes the perfect holiday gift, combining fun self-discovery with meaningful connection to family — and this incredible sale price makes it very affordable, too! Order now to get it in time for Christmas MyHeritage DNA provides a […] The post Holiday DNA Sale — Order Now to Get Your DNA Kit in Time for Christmas appeared first… [...]

Here at MyHeritage we keep enhancing AI Time Machine™ further, with more historical themes and new additions to improve the user experience. Many users requested an easier way to access their results, especially if they’ve created more than one model. Today we’re happy to announce that we’ve added a new gallery for viewing all of […] The post New: AI Time Machine™ Gallery for Your Images appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

What a whirlwind! A few days ago we posted about the viral social success of AI Time Machine™, our exciting new feature that enables you to transform yourself into historical figures. Hundreds of thousands of people have already given AI time-travel a spin and the numbers continue to skyrocket. Try AI Time Machine™ now As […] The post AI Time Machine™ Takes Over TikTok appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

MyHeritage users Vanesa and Emilio from Valencia, Spain, were adopted at birth and spent years searching for their biological families. Then, they took DNA tests through MyHeritage and discovered each other: full siblings! Have you also made an amazing discovery through MyHeritage? Tell us about it! Here is Vanesa and Emilio’s story: ‘A gift that […] The post Full Siblings Placed for Adoption Find Each Other Thanks to MyHeritage DNA appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

It’s been one exhilarating week since we launched AI Time Machine™, our fun new feature that enables you to transform yourself into historical figures. Hundreds of thousands of people have already given AI time-travel a spin — and the numbers are growing daily with more than 17.5 million AI images generated! Nearly 2 million images […] The post AI Time Machine™ Continues to Soar 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, 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. [...]

“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: In this video, Lisa Louise Cooke demonstrates 5 ways to improve your old family home movies so that they are more enjoyable to watch. See how you can transform a short home movie into an integral part of family history.  She will demonstrate editing techniques in Camtasia software, but these strategies can also […] Source [...]

In this episode, we’re going to be visiting two of the most pivotal states in the U.S. for genealogy research. These states played key roles in the development and expansion of the United States of America, and we’re going to explore a top online resource for each. First up is the state of Pennsylvania, officially […] Source [...]

Show Notes: You may not have been around when your ancestors lived, but there were witnesses to the important events in their life. Genealogist Robyn Smith shares her 3 step process from her new Family Tree Magazine article called Witness Testimony. Get ready to find out how the witnesses named on your ancestors’ records can […] 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. [...]

In Ireland we like to congratulate ourselves on the way we deal with death. Or, more precisely, with other people’s bereavements. There aren’t many places on the planet where the funeral of a cousin’s mother-in-law, taking place two days after she dies, will demand instant attendance, take priority over work, family, health, weather and money … Continue reading "The Irish way of death" [...]

1. Lose the blinkers. You need to keep trimming away your own presumptions, because otherwise they’ll just grow back. No, not all Cholmondeleys were Protestant. Yes, some nineteenth-century families moved back to Ireland from the US. No, we’re not all descended from Milesius. 2. Gnaw. If you can’t find what should be there, don’t give … Continue reading "Six habits of the highly effective researcher" [...]

How did Scandinavians go from being the most bloodthirsty warriors in European history to the very models of a well-behaved citizenry? Viking society contained very little in the way of humane prisons, flat-pack furniture or Lego. Drunkenness, extreme violence and hyper-masculinity is what got them their territory, power and wealth. A recent reading of Patrick … Continue reading "Bleedin savages" [...]

Hard-bitten data wranglers know full well that the price you pay for corralling research data into a database is a certain amount of wastage. The grinding boredom of record transcription creates tempting opportunities to doze off, take shortcuts or just make things up. Believe me, I know. So when we started work on the database … Continue reading "They did in their sh_te" [...]

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 SGLT2 inhibitor dapagliflozin was associated with a reduced risk for hospitalization due to any cause in patients with chronic kidney disease with and without type 2 diabetes, according to a post hoc analysis of the DAPA-CKD trial.Previous data from the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 DAPA-CKD trial revealed an “overwhelming benefit” of dapagliflozin in adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to the manufacturer, AstraZeneca. The treatment was shown to reduce worsening renal function… [...]

PHILADELPHIA — A novel program offering rheumatoid arthritis training for primary care providers in the Navajo Nation improved treatment access, according to data presented at ACR Convergence 2022.“We also found that primary care providers on Navajo Nation are frequently managing rheumatologic conditions with little or no specialist input, because they simply have to,” Jennifer Mandal, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, said during a press conference. “They are… [...]

ORLANDO — Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease who choose conservative management have lower hospitalization rates vs. patients who choose dialysis, according to a study presented at ASN Kidney Week.“Given evidence that dialysis results in greater health care utilization and morbidity among certain subgroups, there is rising interest in conservative management (CM) as an alternative patient-centered treatment strategy for advanced CKD,” Connie M. Rhee, MD, associate professor of medicine and associate professor of public health… [...]

Compared with outpatient hospitals, ASCs reduced total health care utilization and expenditures for ACL reconstruction in the United States from 2013 to 2017, according to published results.Researchers from at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York analyzed total health care utilization, immediate procedure reimbursement and surgeon reimbursement from outpatient arthroscopic ACL reconstruction procedures from April 1, 2013, to June 30, 2017.According to the study, 34,862 patients were included in the models… [...]

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Daily treatment with Xifaxan over 2 weeks improved stool consistency and fecal urgency in adults with irritable bowel syndrome-diarrhea, according to a poster at the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.“This research was conducted to evaluate rifaximin treatment for simultaneously improving IBS-D symptoms of fecal urgency and loose or watery stool consistency as a unique composite bowel symptom endpoint,” Brooks D. Cash, MD, chief of the division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at the… [...]

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