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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Jason Kruski – Advanced Polish Research
Tony Burroughs – The Nature of Genealogy
Paul Milne – Irish Land Records

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What comes to mind when you think of France—the Eiffel tower, romance, and fashion? Or perhaps you conjure up images of the gorgeous French countryside. France has a rich heritage that has impacted people all over the globe. It has been regarded as a “center of high culture” for generations.  If you have French ancestors or relatives, learning about... Continue Reading → [...]

France is chock-full of notable buildings, cities, historic sites, shopping districts, and more. It’s no wonder that France is a dream destination for many. The chance to visit France can be even more meaningful if you have ancestors from France. Traveling to an ancestral location gives you the chance to learn more about your cultural... Continue Reading → [...]

Vibrant colors, bright whites, and flaring skirts all paint a picture of traditional Puerto Rican fashion. Despite the trends that unite traditional Puerto Rico clothing, there are two distinct styles—Jíbaro and Bomba. Both reflect native Taíno traditions as well as outside influences. Throughout time, traditional fashion has been an important aspect of Puerto Rican history... Continue Reading → [...]

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The Longobards, Lombards, also known as the Long-beards – who were they? Where did they come from? And when? Perhaps more important – are you related to these ancient people? In the paper, Understanding 6th-century barbarian social organizatoin and migration … Continue reading → [...]

Mitochondrial DNA has so much untapped potential! Until now, there hasn’t been an online resource where one could go to find information about and specifically discuss mitochondrial DNA. Even more distressing, in many groups, when the topic of mitochondrial DNA … Continue reading → [...]

Jerg, or Johann Georg Kirsch, was my 10th generation ancestor, my 8 times great-grandfather, born about 1620 someplace in Germany, probably in the Pfalz region during the first part of the Thirty Years War. Jerg was the nickname for Georg … Continue reading → [...]

MyHeritage announced that they have refreshed the data for their Theory of Family Relativity. This is the third time they have updated the feature since releasing in in February of 2019. This revolutionary technology may offer astounding new information on your family connections. The Theory of Family Relativity helps you to make the most of […] [...]

Everyone knows the region of America that runs from Massachusetts to Maine as ‘New England’, yet how did that start? Prior to 1614, John Smith (associated with story of Pocahontas) had been in Jamestown, Virginia colony and was no longer welcomed in that colony. So John Smith joined an expedition that sailed up the coast […] [...]

You and your ancestors have used the phrase of ‘jack-o-lanterns’ for decades. It does have a very long history and was part of most people’s lives. The original meaning in the 1660s was for a man with a lantern or a night watchman. By 1700s, it referred to mysterious light seen at night along marsh […] [...]

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23andMe launched a new tool for their Health + Ancestry Service customers in the United States and Canada that can help people become more aware of their family’s health history. It is called Family Health History Tree. 23andMe points out that many people are entirely unaware of their family’s health history. Sometimes, knowledge doesn’t go […] [...]

We’re happy to announce that Mac users with operating systems Catalina and High Sierra can now download and use MyHeritage Family Tree Builder, for free! Enjoyed by millions of users around the world, our family tree software combines innovative technologies with easy-to-use features. We have received frequent requests from users who have one of the […] The post Family Tree Builder Now Available for macOS Catalina and macOS High Sierra appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new Norwegian historical record collection — Norway Church Records, 1815–1938. The records in this collection were digitized in collaboration with the National Archives of Norway (Arkivverket), and consist of 42.2 million indexed records and high quality scans of the original documents. The records include births & […] The post MyHeritage Releases Major Collection of Historical Norway Church Records, 1815–1938 appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

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In September we added 21.7 million historical records from 12 new collections from Australia, Armenia, the British Commonwealth, Canada, Germany, France, and the U.S. This update includes a wide array of collection types: marriage and death indexes, a vital records collection, several World War-related collections, a veteran collection, and even a register of scientific personnel. […] The post Historical Record Collections Added in September 2020 appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

Torsten Simander, 85, from Stockholm was born to a single mom on March 15, 1934. After living for 7 years with his grandparents, he was then raised by his mother Lisa and stepfather. At a young age, Torsten learned that his father was a man named Bertil Simander, born in 1913, who acknowledged Torsten’s paternity.  […] The post Half Siblings Reunite After Over 80 Years Thanks to MyHeritage DNA! appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

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17th century VA, MD, and Southeast Maps 1590-1720 from Library of Virginia webinar Thursday, October 22 looks good!
The Family History Library has upcoming free webinars for German research. The dates for the event start October 24-30. Classes included are:
Resources on FamilySearch for German Research and getting help (Beginner)
Germany: Historical Geography (Intermediate),
Württemberg Family Books (Intermediate),
Using Historical Newspapers to Learn More about your German Ancestors (Intermediate)
and four FUN and INFORMATIVE days of German Handwriting.
Hundreds of Native American treaties have been scanned and are freely available online, for the first time, through the National Archives Catalog.

Also, in partnership with The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), these treaties and extensive additional historical and contextual information are available through Treaties Explorer (

"Thanks to our anonymous donor, we were able to do needed conservation work, scan and digitize this historically and culturally important collection, and these records are accessible for anyone, anywhere, through our National Archives Catalog," said David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States. "Now, many more descendants of the original peoples can examine the names and seals and read the words set down by their ancestors so long ago. But more than that, the treaties are still relevant today as tribal leaders and lawyers continue to use them to assert their rights in court, such as in cases over land and water rights."

Image: Ratified Indian Treaty 360: Sioux (Sisseton [Sissiton], Wahpeton [Warpeton]) - Washington, DC, 1867.
Irish SIG members should enjoy this
Presenting a zoom class titled, "New Language? Deciphering Genealogical Documents on Tuesday, Oct 13 through the McHenry Public Library. Use this link to sign up

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