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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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. [...]

Whether you’re teaching in the classroom or through remote learning this school year, Ancestry® is providing free resources to inspire educators with new ways to engage students to make this school year a little easier. Lifestyle journalist and author Amy E. Goodman partnered with Ancestry to write about her family’s experience using Ancestry and her Read More The post Back to School with a New Perspective appeared first on Ancestry Blog. [...]

As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, fewer than 400,000 Holocaust survivors are still alive, and by 2030, there could be fewer than 100,000. We are at a critical time, where the impact and memory of the Holocaust is in danger of being lost. In fact, recent research shows Read More The post Our Commitment to Preserving the Memory of the Holocaust appeared first on Ancestry Blog. [...]

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 → [...]

In September 1620, the Mayflower embarked on its famous voyage to America, carrying 102 passengers and around 30 crew. View a comprehensive Mayflower passenger list below and learn who these passengers were. Are you a descendant of one of these Mayflower passengers? Find out here! Mayflower Passenger List Click the plus sign (+) to view... Continue Reading → [...]

As the Pilgrims made their way to America on the Mayflower in 1620, William Brewster served as a leader instrumental in establishing Plymouth Colony’s government and church services. In fact, were it not for William Brewster, the Pilgrims may not have even made the trip in the first place. Who was William Brewster, and how... Continue Reading → [...]

A critical delay, cramped quarters, stormy seas, and an arrival 500 miles off course—such were the twists and turns that defined the Mayflower ship’s voyage to America in 1620.   Despite its less-than-perfect journey, the Mayflower is historically significant in part because of the voyage’s unexpected setbacks. The passengers’ response and resiliency to each obstacle... 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 → [...]

Johann Adam Kirsch was born about 1677 to Johann Georg Kirsch, known as Jerg, and Margaretha Koch who were married in 1650 in Durkheim, now Bad Durkheim. Given that Jerg Kirsch was a leaseholder of the Jostens estate in 1660, … Continue reading → [...]

With almost 35,000 branches comprised of 316,000 SNPs, branches on the Y DNA tree are split every day. In fact, roughly 1000 branches are being added to the Y DNA tree of mankind at Family Tree DNA each month. I … Continue reading → [...]

First and foremost, I want to state unequivocally that I am NOT advocating closing your account at any of the testing vendor sites. That’s not the purpose of this article. In fact, I encourage everyone to use each tool to … Continue reading → [...]

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 […] [...]

Each decade had its own styles in clothing, hair and make-up. That is what makes it easier to identify a decade for a photograph by looking at hairstyles, clothing and make-up of the ladies. The flapper age of the 1920’s, the 1930’s Hollywood look, the pin-ups of the 1940’s, the golden glamour of the 1950’s, […] [...]

The ‘Great War’ aka World War One, had been going on for a few years before the United States entered in April 1917, sent troops against the Germans. It is believed seeing the final outcome, the war would have probably ended in a German victory, or sputtered to a stalemate, leaving the Germans in possession […] [...]

Findmypast announced that they have added over 900,000 new additions of Welsh records. This includes brand new records along with major enhancements to existing collections. The Wales Probate Records 1544-1858 collection has been transformed to make it fully searchable. Previously, it was browsable page-by-page. It has now been improved so you can search by names, […] [...]

Wouldn’t you like to be able to talk with any of your ancestors who lived as adults in 1900, some 120 years ago? Life was so different then, think of learning what their life was life, whether they lived in a city, town or farm. You could share with them all the advances in technology […] [...]

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. [...]

September 13 is National Grandparents Day! This year it takes on particular significance as we find ourselves challenged with finding new ways to connect to this beloved generation. Many grandparents across the world have made acquaintance with new technology that allows them to interact with their children and grandchildren without risking their health. It’s no […] The post The Grandma Effect: How Grandmothers Are Essential to the Survival of the Human Race appeared first on… [...]

Spanish culture has had an immeasurable impact on our world. As such, you may very well have Spanish roots somewhere in your family tree. However, finding your ancestors may prove a little challenging if you are unfamiliar with Spanish naming conventions — which may be quite different from the naming conventions you’re used to. For […] The post Spanish Naming Conventions: Everything You Need to Know appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

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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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Hi genealogy friends,

I will not be able to attend the Irish SIG this morning and really wanted to.

Will it be taped or videoed so it can be watched later by members?

Thank you
For those members attending tomorrow's SIG on Irish Genealogy may find this post interesting:

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A family history video made by Mary Hoyer a NWSGS member