RootsTech Goes Virtual in 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual family history conference originally scheduled for February 3–6, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, will now be held online February 25–27, 2021.

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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!

Jason Kruski – Advanced Polish Research
Tony Burroughs – The Nature of Genealogy

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It’s hard to believe six months have passed since the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020. As a collective community, we have endured unprecedented challenges in every lane of life – from the global economy to  our own family dynamics. At the same time, we have been deeply inspired by how people around Read More The post Drawing strength from our ancestors’ resilience—from the Spanish Flu to today appeared first on Ancestry Blog. [...]

Ancestry® is a family and a community, even when we’re not together – which is why we are continuing to share resources and new ways for people to make family history discoveries from home. As a partner of the Afro American Historical Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and a sponsor of the annual AAHGS 2020 Annual Conference Read More The post 2020 AAHGS Annual Conference & Exhibition Now Virtual appeared first on Ancestry Blog. [...]

Powered by the world’s largest consumer DNA network, millions of family trees linked to AncestryDNA test results, and by increasing our reference panel, Ancestry is releasing our most precise DNA update yet. While your DNA doesn’t change, the science we use to determine your ethnicity estimates does. Advances in the algorithms used to analyze your Read More The post Ancestry® Delivers More Precise Ethnicity Estimates Powered by the World’s Largest Consumer DNA Network appeared first… [...]

Our 2020 ethnicity update is the first time we are dividing results in the UK and Ireland into four populations instead of two. Over the years, the names of our ethnicity regions for the UK and Ireland have changed, but we’ve always had only two regions to compare customers’ DNA against, roughly an Ireland/Celtic/Gaelic group Read More The post Why Your Latest Results Could Include More Scotland In Your Ethnicity Estimates appeared first on Ancestry… [...]

Millions of people have taken consumer DNA tests and received their results online. In fact, this summer Ancestry® surpassed 18 million members, building on the world’s largest consumer DNA network. These simple-to-take, saliva-based tests reveal your possible ethnic origins, connect you to distant relatives, help you find ancestors, and uncover new details about your family Read More The post 5 Things Everyone Should Know About Consumer DNA Tests appeared first on Ancestry Blog. [...]

Nestled in the Caucasus region, an area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, the sunny country of Armenia is home to nearly 3 million people. This nation has experienced many hardships over the centuries but has remained steeped in tradition and culture. Are your family roots connected to Armenia? You can explore your... Continue Reading → [...]

Have you ever had an idea that you think would make your FamilySearch experience better? Or maybe you have had a fantastic experience and wanted to let somebody know about it. FamilySearch wants to hear from you! At the bottom of most pages on is a feedback link. When you click it, you will... Continue Reading → [...]

The most popular sport in Fiji is rugby—it’s not even a debate. Per capita, Fiji has more rugby players than anywhere in the world. In a country with fewer than 900,000 citizens, almost 40,000 of them are registered to play rugby. And that’s not counting those who haven’t registered. How did this sport come to... Continue Reading → [...]

For 125 years, the Genealogy Society of Utah and its successor, FamilySearch International, have collected genealogies submitted through earlier research programs or created by partners and other societies. These genealogies are available online in Genealogies under the Search tab on To further serve FamilySearch users, the Search options on the Genealogies search page have... Continue Reading → [...]

The Armenian Apostolic Church is one of the world’s oldest Christian churches—and its home is in one of the world’s oldest countries. Modern-day Armenia traces its roots to those who lived in the Armenian Highlands for thousands of years. They lived at a geographical and cultural crossroads between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and... Continue Reading → [...]

The harsh yet starkly beautiful volcanic island of Iceland was only settled about 1100 years ago, between 870 and 930 CE (current era). Obviously, the original settlers had to originate in locations where populations were already established. During this time, … Continue reading → [...]

I always love to receive e-mails from Daniel Horowitz, Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage, because I know there is always something good waiting for me. Today, it was the announcement that MyHeritage has refreshed the Theories of Family Relativity database again. … Continue reading → [...]

As the fall leaves change colors and people are turning more to inside activities, FamilyTree DNA began rolling out MyOrigins version 3 today. That’s the good news. The bad news is that everyone is trying to sign on at the … Continue reading → [...]

Ancestry has been rolling out their new DNA ethnicity results over the past couple of weeks. By now, pretty much all customers have updated results. When you sign on and click on your DNA tab, you’ll see a message at … Continue reading → [...]

Yesterday, in the journal Nature, the article “Population genomics of the Viking world,” was published by Margaryan, et al, a culmination of 6 years of work. Just hours later, Science Daily published the article, “World’s largest DNA sequencing of Viking … Continue reading → [...]

It is a very good item, ancestral homelands, you should try to figure out for your family history. Leaving not only family homeland, but leaving everything behind including other family members was never an easy decision. So here are a few suggestions for the reason why different groups left to come to America. Those from […] [...]

FamilySearch International announced a book scanning partnership with Ontario Ancestors. Under the agreement, FamilySearch will provide specialized book scanning services and support volunteers in exchange for access to Ontario Ancestors’ extensive library of historical and genealogical books. Digitized documents will be publicly available on both websites. Digitization is scheduled to begin by the end of […] [...]

It is good to have bookmarked the up-to-date online digitized death certificates, death records or death ledgers from the various states. Some of the databases are free, some are fee-based. Each state is different on which time frames for death certificates they will allow online. You will find some like Massachusetts covers 1841 to 1915, […] [...]

23andMe wants you to know that securing and protecting the your data is paramount. They are committed to keeping their customers’ trust and providing a secure place where they can explore their DNA, knowing that their privacy is protected. There are three fundamental principals that 23andMe is guided by. The first is “Meaningful & Informed […] [...]

The decade of the 1910s was such a transition time in America. New inventions were starting to appear in communities and homes, slowing. It would be a decade of a world war and of a global pandemic. Here are a few items and events to make sure you place in the family history for ancestors […] [...]

We’re happy to announce that we’ve just refreshed the data for the Theory of Family Relativity™ for the third time since releasing this game-changing feature in February 2019. This revolutionary technology may offer astounding new information on your family connections. The Theory of Family Relativity™ helps you make the most of your DNA Matches by […] The post Update to Theory of Family Relativity™ appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

A few weeks ago, I was overjoyed to receive the news that my application to join the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was approved. It has taken me a long time to get to this point, mainly because I have been busy doing other people’s research as a professional genealogist that I never had […] The post How I Proved That My Ancestor Was an American Revolutionary appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

Welcome back to our Genealogy Basics series! In Chapter Four, we discussed what you can learn by examining old family photos carefully. In today’s post, we’ll talk about how to digitize and store your photos and documents. Scanning and digitizing your documents is not just an easy way to preserve them for yourself and for […] The post Genealogy Basics Chapter Five: Digitizing and Storing Photos and Documents appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

Last month, we unlocked the MyHeritage photo tools — the Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color™ — for all users to enjoy for free for a limited time. To celebrate the occasion, we launched the #EnhancedandColorized photo contest and offered to award a free Complete plan to 3 lucky winners who shared their enhanced and […] The post Here Are the Winners of the #EnhancedandColorized Photo Contest! appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

Last month, 19.3 million records across 15 different collections were added from all over the world. The new collections include seven from the U.S.: death indexes from Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Nebraska; birth indexes from Massachusetts and Wisconsin; and a marriage index from Wisconsin. Three new collections from Australia were added: a birth index, a […] The post Historical Record Collections Added in August 2020 appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

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Lisa Louise Cooke gave a great presentation on her webcast "Elevenses" on the new "Newspaper Navigator" at the Library of Congress' Chronicling America which uses AI to help you make better finds and searches for newspapers from 1900-1963. Her video and transcript will be up tomorrow. Here is a link to a demo and website at LOC -
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Back to our Past has gone virtual. This conference held in Dublin is usually held in October (when I'm in Ireland with the research trip). This year you can register for €10 ($12.36) and have access to three days of lectures by Irish genealogists and historians. Once you register you'll have 30 days to view all of the lectures. It's a great deal!
MyHeritage had a great webinar yesterday on how to do better research. The handout is here and the presentation recording should be up soon at .

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