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  • The next step in your family history search

    Radaris
    radaris
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    In this new article written by Grant Brunner, he explains the steps he took to find his lost family. Some of those steps included websites like Ancestry.com and Family Search to begin the family history research process. Them following this basic research, he performed at-home DNA tests to get a better understanding of genealogy and […]
  • Dec 21, 21 Bell Salute for the Winter Solstsice

    Writing Your Life Story Blog
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. After today we begin to get more light each day, albeit incrementally by a minute or two each day. The solstice can be a time of celebration. Many cultures observe it as something special, even sacred.
  • Pros and Cons of Disclosure

    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
         “Gideon, how are you? I’ve been worrying about you.”     “Worrying? Why?”     “Because you–I don’t know, you always get into… adventures that never happen to anyone else. There isn’t anything wrong, is there?”     “Wrong?” He laughed. “No, of course not.” What was a bomb in the morning mail to the truly adventurous? Besides, why bring it up now when it couldn’t serve any purpose other than to worry her? Later was good enough. If there was going to be any comforting and soothing…
  • What We Are Reading: December 19th Edition

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    Amy Johnson Crow
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    Much like the mixed bag of gifts that Santa carries, we’ve been reading a mix of topics this week. One thing that they have in common is that each of them makes us think about the sources we’re using and the stories we’re telling (or not telling).Denise Hibsch Richmond shows how newspapers can tell us so much more than just births, marriages, and deaths. See how in “Henry M. Kendall, Orange Juice in His Blood” on Denise Digs Roots.Writing is one of the best ways to find holes in your research. Kessara found that out when she was putting together a post for the 52…
  • Four: eight siblings

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    Elizabeth Lindahl
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:42 pm
    From a rather early age, my mother appears to have been aware of the fact that her mother was pregnant with her before my grandparents were married. Given the fact that she was born in the 1920s in Sanpete County, Utah, this is not an insignificant detail. She claims, however, that questions about her origins never bothered her and still do not. Yet this seems to be a controversial issue among her siblings. Perhaps some of them have a need to try and preserve their parents’ honor; after all, my grandmother apparently denied being pregnant out of wedlock until her dying days. Yet the…
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    Writing Your Life Story Blog

  • Dec 21, 21 Bell Salute for the Winter Solstsice

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. After today we begin to get more light each day, albeit incrementally by a minute or two each day. The solstice can be a time of celebration. Many cultures observe it as something special, even sacred.
  • Dec 8, Paul Simon Agrees to Have His Biography Written

    8 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    As a man known for a lot of great music over the years it would not be surprising to hear that gifted songwriter Paul Simon would pen his own life story. However, in a recent Associated Press article Simon has announced that he wil cooperate with music critic and author Robert Hilburn on a biography to be published by Simon & Shuster. "I thought seriously about writing my own memoir, but I'd rather devote my time to making music, which continues to hold my full attention," Simon explained in a statement issued through his publisher.
  • Dec 2, Giving Tuesday and Giving to the Cause of Peace

    2 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    After Thanksgiving and the shopping of Black Friday and Cyber Monday we have Giving Tuesday. This is a day of giving back to good causes, the non-profits and charitable organizations that give so much of their time and efforts to try to improve lives and our world. Peace Talks Radio are a series of programs produced by Paul Ingles and Good Radio Shows, Inc. that are dedicated to promoting the cause of peace through dialog and action.
  • Dec 2, Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, November, 2014

    2 Dec 2014 | 5:27 pm
    An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from November, 2014 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.
  • Nov 26, High Five for Gratitude

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Making a list of the top things you are grateful for is always beneficial. I believe we should never lose sight of those things in life that mean the most, that we cherish, that are the true treasures by which we measure our wealth.
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • Pros and Cons of Disclosure

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
         “Gideon, how are you? I’ve been worrying about you.”     “Worrying? Why?”     “Because you–I don’t know, you always get into… adventures that never happen to anyone else. There isn’t anything wrong, is there?”     “Wrong?” He laughed. “No, of course not.” What was a bomb in the morning mail to the truly adventurous? Besides, why bring it up now when it couldn’t serve any purpose other than to worry her? Later was good enough. If there was going to be any comforting and soothing…
  • Kumi What?

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads". – Wikipedia. I first learned of kumihimo when I stopped to visit a craft-klatch group that met each morning in a lounge on the ship while I was crossing the Atlantic last month. I had no idea at the time that those few minutes started me on a loop leading to deeper insight into writing and creativity in general.One woman in that group held a circular foam disk with strings of beads hanging around it and a thick beaded cord emerging below from a hole…
  • What Makes YOU Happy?

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    This question, “What makes you happy?” is so simple, but who ever stops to consider it? I hope you will, as I have been doing the last couple of days. It could change your life. I found this question in the draft of a book I’m beta-reading for a friend. The book will soon be published, and you’ll learn more about it before long. Meanwhile, although answers to this happiness  question could easily fill a book, my initial list has helped me find a focus to reboot this blog.Let’s take a look at my list. In addition to obvious things like laughing with family and friends, blowing…
  • On Hiatus, Part 2

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    I’m touched by the outpouring of people who contacted me yesterday after reading that terse notice that I’m taking a break from blogging. Thank you for your concern, my friends! I’m deeply touched to realize the extent of the cyber community that has developed among those of us writing our lives. But never fear. All is well. It’s just time to formalize the break that had already begun with  no plan. It’s time to reevaluate the purpose of this blog and what I want to achieve. A month or more offline will be digital detox to restore clear vision and balance.A primary focus for me…
  • Tips for Dealing with Details

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Several pages into a highly recommended memoir, a factual error popped my eyeballs nearly out of my head. Can you find the mistake?In September 1963, the Cuban and Russian governments placed           nuclear bombs in Cuba.In October 1963, the Cuban Missile Crisis ended….In November 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated.In December 1963, I was born….The Cuban Crisis was in 1962! Both that event and the JFK assassination are indelibly burned into my memory. The author can’t remember, I thought, but how could something this obvious slip by the…
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    Ancestry Blog

  • What We Are Reading: December 19th Edition

    Amy Johnson Crow
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    Much like the mixed bag of gifts that Santa carries, we’ve been reading a mix of topics this week. One thing that they have in common is that each of them makes us think about the sources we’re using and the stories we’re telling (or not telling).Denise Hibsch Richmond shows how newspapers can tell us so much more than just births, marriages, and deaths. See how in “Henry M. Kendall, Orange Juice in His Blood” on Denise Digs Roots.Writing is one of the best ways to find holes in your research. Kessara found that out when she was putting together a post for the 52…
  • Welcome to Big Sky Country! New Montana Research Guide

    Juliana Szucs
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    We’ve launched our latest free research guide for the great state of Montana. Here are five things you might not know about Montana.1. When settlers began arriving in Montana in earnest in the 1860s and 1870s, popular routes were by steamboat up the Missouri River or on the Bozeman Trail, a spur off of the Oregon Trail. In the 1880s railroads were added to the routes available to settlers.2. Throughout the years, Montana has had booms of gold, silver, and copper. Its wealth of mineral reserves earned the state the nickname, “The Treasure State.” Other nicknames include Big Sky Country,…
  • Throwback Thursday: Holiday Gift Guide

    Jessica Murray
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    It seems like every year there’s a long list of the season’s hottest toys and most desirable gifts to give your loved ones. That got us thinking, what were the most sought-after gifts in the late 19th century-early 20th century?Since Santa hasn’t brought us that time machine we asked for, we need to be creative in going back in time. Two of our favorite sources are the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogs and historic newspapers. Here are some gifts we think our ancestors may have given and received over the holidays.Whether our great-great-grandparents were writing each other…
  • Find A Grave Android Mobile App Release

    Michael Lawless
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re in the holiday spirit today so what better way to celebrate that spirit than to announce our official release of the 1.0 version of Find A Grave for Android, free in the Google Play store.  With nearly half of our users having a preference for Android devices, we hope this release will unleash your inner graver.The new Android app will allow users to easily search for cemeteries on a map or by name, find deceased relatives, and enable gravers to create new memorials, add photos, and update GPS points.Our Android Find A Grave users will also be able to edit their own bio and…
  • German Pickles, Luminarias, and the Evolution of Christmas Tradition

    Juliana Szucs
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    As a family historian, you’d expect that my household would be full of ethnic traditions that have been passed from generation to generation, but actually our family traditions are a bit of a smorgasbord from around the world.My daughter has been embracing her German heritage lately and came home from the Chicago Christkindlmarket with a “German pickle ornament.” She told me I was to hide the pickle on the tree and when she found it, I had to give her a dollar. Since I have no known German ancestors, I wasn’t familiar with this tradition. Curious, I looked it up, and while there are a…
 
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  • Four: eight siblings

    Elizabeth Lindahl
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:42 pm
    From a rather early age, my mother appears to have been aware of the fact that her mother was pregnant with her before my grandparents were married. Given the fact that she was born in the 1920s in Sanpete County, Utah, this is not an insignificant detail. She claims, however, that questions about her origins never bothered her and still do not. Yet this seems to be a controversial issue among her siblings. Perhaps some of them have a need to try and preserve their parents’ honor; after all, my grandmother apparently denied being pregnant out of wedlock until her dying days. Yet the…
  • If the moon smiled, she would resemble you

    Roch
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:40 pm
    “If the moon smiled, she would resemble you. You leave the same impression Of something beautiful, but annihilating.” -Sylvia Plath I have a confession to make. I miss you. I am regressing into someone I haven’t been for a long time because for the past few days I have been experiencing a sort of extended spell of nostalgia. I miss Life. I miss talking by the pool, pouring our wine-drenched hearts out, and shouting into the void that we want to Live with a capital L. We wanted to take the city by storm, shower everyone with our poetry, color the sidewalks with our essays,…
  • NaBloPoMo 2014 - Entry 25 - Life Slaps You Sometimes

    docryder
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Last night, I finally finished The Dragon In The Sword, and was mightily disappointed. I forgot that
  • Grandma's Accordion

    christopherbollinger
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    I hear that flash of pearlescent calliope you held in your hands, squeezing the music out of a box strapped to your chest. Polka and pop you played it from ear to eye you attempted to make music. What drove you? What little part of your hypothalamus was left undamaged for that tiny bit of humanity to burn still brightly, when all of your synapses were inchoate even in your later years? You loved but didn’t understand that love and feared with all of your being, constant and reassuringly fucked up as it must have been. You feared husbands, sisters, sons, daughters you seemed to find spite…
  • Progress in the head but not the heart

    gregadamyork
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    I think I’ve made progress. My beliefs about gay people, about what it means to be gay, have s
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    The Geneaholic

  • My Semi-Genealogy Saturday - 20 December 2014

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Linda woke up bright-eyed and bushy tailed, feeling much better, so our visit to Huntington Beach is on for Sunday.  No real symptoms, used eyedrops several times. *  Read email and blogs after breakfast with the Men's group at Marie Callender's at 8 a.m.  Stopped by the bank on the way home, didn't go shopping...home by 9:45 a.m.  Noted that Surname Saturday -- KENDALL (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted.*  Answered email, checked X-matches at FamilyTreeDNA - I have some 3rd to 5th cousins, but none with trees with common ancestors.*…
  • My Genealogy Friday - 19 December 2014

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:09 pm
    We had a good day shopping ... got Linda taken care of!  She had the droopy eye, some chills and a headache tonight, we still haven't figured out what is happening - almost two weeks now.  Someone suggested it might be shingles.  I hope not.  We've canceled Sunday at Tami's and might cancel the trip over Christmas too.  Frustrating, and she isn't a happy camper. *  Read email and blogs, noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 51: #58, William Knapp (1775-1856) posted.  Wrote FindMyPast Announces Start Your Family Tree Week 2014/15 and…
  • My Genealogy Thursday - 18 December 2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:14 pm
    The days have dwindled to a precious few...7 days until Christmas!!  When will I finish my shopping for Linda?  She had a good day medically today - no overt symptoms except for the droopy eyelid occasionally. *  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 244: Marriage Record of Nathan Gates and Abigail Knowlton and then Crestleaf Publishes "How Are We Related?" Family Relationship Chart and set it for later.*  Put together the chronology of Linda's symptoms and events.*  Worked a bit on the FindMyPast tree to see if I could…
  • My Genealogy Wednesday - 17 December 2014

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Sometimes things don't go as planned.  I was going to go shopping today, but got bogged down doing genealogy stuff and never got out the door.  Linda's eyelid was OK all day until evening when it drooped again.  The daughters are concerned, and we have a doctor visit on Thursday afternoon.*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Christmas at the Carringers - Post 338 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and checked into FindMyPast Hints.*  Talked to Tami for awhile, then wrote I Am Not Doing a Genealogy Do-Over.  Had lunch, checked Facebook, and answered…
  • My Genealogy Day - 16 December 2014

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Another rainy day, but I didn't stay home all day.  Went shopping.  A bust.  Drat.  Linda is so hard to shop for.  Me, I go on Amazon and find stuff for me, and the grandkids, with ease. *  Read email and blogs, wrote Tuesday's Tip - Use the Learning Resources on the AmericanAncestors.org Site and then CVGS Annual Holiday Luncheon Highlights and set it for later.*  Ran the Tree Count in RootsMagic and found singles and doubles and deleted some of them.  Answered email.*  Left at 11:45 for Costco for a Polish dog, looked…
 
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    Before My Time

  • Notes from The White County Democrat, 1925

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ed. note: I spent a good portion of 1997-98 at the library every day after work reeling through inter-library-loaned microfilmed weekly newspapers, The White County Democrat (Indiana) and The Sheldon Progress (North Dakota) from the first three decades of the 1900s, taking notes on anything I saw that pertained to my extended Krentz/Krintz family and anyone else related by marriage. I ended up with three legal pads full of notes along with a stack of articles I printed out because they were too long to transcribe by hand. Currently, I'm transcribing these notes for inclusion in a book,…
  • Notes from The White County Democrat, 1924

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The White County Democrat, Friday, April 11, 19244 January 1924:     Reynolds: Frances Krintz returned to Fort Wayne Monday after spending the week here visiting her father.     Reynolds: Michael Krintz who has been in poor health for some time, is not expected to live.     Reynolds: James Firth and George Krintz went to Akron, Ohio Tuesday.11 January 1924:     Michael Krintz died January 7, 1924. He was born in Prussia, Germany, October 26, 1836. When a young man he came to this country and went to Wisconsin, but…
  • Notes from The White County Democrat, 1923

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The White County Democrat, May 4, 192316 February 1923:     Fred Krintz of the Monticello high school visited school Tuesday.23 February 1923:     Emil Krintz shipped a carload of cattle, baby beef, to Chicago Tuesday from the local yards. Hardy Krintz went to Chicago with the cattle.6 April 1923:     Will Krintz of Fowler is visiting here this week with relatives and friends.4 May 1923: See clipping above.8 June 1923:BREAKS ANKLE     Rhinehart Krintz, of near Reynolds, broke his left ankle Saturday when he fell…
  • Notes from The White County Democrat, 1922

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The White County Democrat, July 7, 19226 January 1922:     Mr. and Mrs Emil Krintz visited their son William in Lafayette Wednesday. William Krintz, who underwent an operation last Wednesday is getting along nicely.13 January 1922:     Emil Krintz visited his son William in Lafayette Saturday. He said that William was getting along all right.20 January 1922:     Ernest Krintz and James Firth came home Sunday from Lafayette where they have been working for the Lion Tire Company.3 February 1922:     Frances Krintz…
  • Notes from The White County Democrat, 1921

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    18 February 1921:     [In the divorce case of William C. Brandt and Mamie Brandt, upon the plaintiff's motion, this cause is dismissed. Plaintiff to pay court costs.]HENRY BRANDT ARRESTED FOR NON-SUPPORT     Henry Brandt, who resides on South Bluff street, was arrested Thursday on the affadavit of his wife who alleged non-support, and was taken before Justice E. G. Smith where he was bound over to the circuit court. He was released under $250 bond. Mr. Brandt is employed as a taxi driver by Chas. Timmons. The plaintiff is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
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  • Warren G and Nate Dogg's 'Regulate': The Oral History of a Hip-Hop Classic - RollingStone.com

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    RollingStone.comWarren G and Nate Dogg's 'Regulate': The Oral History of a Hip-Hop ClassicRollingStone.comTwo decades ago, Warren Griffin III and Nathaniel "Nate Dogg" Hale stormed the pop charts with "Regulate," a back-and-forth tale about an attempted car-jacking that goes down on a clear black night in L.A.'s Long Beach. Recorded in Warren G's apartment
  • Historical Society releases new oral history book - The Beacon

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:13 am
    Historical Society releases new oral history bookThe BeaconJust in time for holiday giving, a new volume of oral histories has been released by the On Page and Stage division of the Ottawa County Historical Society. The sixth in a series, the volume contains interviews of Ottawa County residents, giving an
  • Calling oral history bloggers – again! - OUPblog (blog)

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:40 am
    Calling oral history bloggers – again!OUPblog (blog)Whether you have a follow up to your presentation at the Oral History Association Annual Meeting, a new project you want to share, an essay on your experiences doing oral history, or something completely different, we'd love to hear from you.
  • Bland County students revive oral history project - Southwest Virginia Today

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    Southwest Virginia TodayBland County students revive oral history projectSouthwest Virginia TodayBland County High School students are digging into local history again, thanks to a renewed interest in the county's Oral History Project at the Mountain Home Center. Students and teachers working on the project include, sitting left to right: Jared
  • An oral history – Bob Snyder - Packers.com

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Packers.comAn oral history – Bob SnyderPackers.comCliff Christl started gathering oral histories with former Packers and others associated with the team in 2000 and will continue to gather them as Packers historian. Excerpts from those interviews will be periodically posted at www.packers.com. Bob
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    NPR: StoryCorps Podcast

  • StoryCorps 407: Top Secret Santa

    NPR
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Terri Van Keuren, Richard Shoup and Pamela Farrell remember how their father, Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, started the holiday tradition of tracking Santa Claus on U.S. military radar in 1955.Hear more stories at StoryCorps.org. Write to the participants at podcast@storycorps.org. Help support our work at StoryCorps.org/donate.Music in this episode:Sleigh Ride by The Ventures - http://www.theventures.comFives by Podington Bear- http://podingtonbear.com
  • StoryCorps 406: The Bridge

    NPR
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    Gay Talese interviews Bob Walsh, one of the ironworkers who built the the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the country.Hear more stories at StoryCorps.org. If you'd like to write to the people you hear on this podcast, send a note to podcast@storycorps.org.Music in this episode:"John Stockton Slow Drag" by Chris Zabriskie from the album Undercover Vampire PolicemanTo make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donate
  • StoryCorps 405: Still Standing

    NPR
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Ruth Coker Burks was in her early 20s and raising a small child when the AIDS epidemic hit Arkansas, her home state.Although she had no formal medical training, Ruth took it upon herself to care for AIDS patients who were abandoned by their families and medical professionals who feared the disease.Ruth estimates that she has cared for nearly 1000 people since the 1980s. One of those people was Paul Wineland’s partner.At StoryCorps Ruth told Paul about how she got started after visiting a friend at a hospital where one of the state’s early AIDS patient was dying.We've also included…
  • StoryCorps 404: Taking Care

    NPR
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:43 pm
    In 2013, Maurice Rowland was working as a cook at Valley Springs Manor, an assisted living home for elderly residents in California. He got his friend Miguel Alvarez a job there as a janitor last fall.But in October of that year the company that managed the home suddenly shut it down, leaving many of the elderly residents with nowhere to go.The staff stopped being paid so they all left, except for Maurice and Miguel.At StoryCorps they remembered caring for abandoned residents until the fire department and sheriff took over three days later.Hear more stories at StoryCorps.org. Write to the…
  • StoryCorps 403: Beyond The Front Lines Part II

    NPR
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Listen to the second part our Veterans Day special, "Beyond the Frontlines: A StoryCorps Military Voices Special," a one-hour program hosted by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.  To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org. To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donate
 
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  • Brooklyn’s Corporation Counsel records now open to researchers!

    John Zarrillo
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:31 am
    (left) The Corporation Counsel records in their original storage container. (right) The records after processing — neatly organized and open to researchers. This is the final post in a series on the records of Brooklyn’s Corporation Counsel, which were processed with funding provided by a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) “Hidden Collections” grant. After seventeen months of hard work, I’m happy to report that the records of Brooklyn’s Corporation Counsel are now open to the public. The records, which date from 1843 to 1920, document legal cases that were…
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    Origin Hunters - Genetic Genealogist

  • Atrocities and Assimilation: Crusader DNA in the Near East

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
       This paper got its start back in February of this year while I was researching R1b-DF100 for my posting, The Third Brother.  Among the data, primarily Western European haplotypes, was a single Armenian record.  The R1b-L11>DF100 group that I was working with had as one of their theories that L11 was a fairly recent, 3,000 to 4,000 years, arrival from the Near East and that the Armenian record was part of that evidence.  I looked at the Armenian record, ran a phylogenetic test on it, the L11 group and some similar Near East records.  The Armenian record fell…
  • DNA Convergence and Chicken Little

    5 Dec 2014 | 4:04 am
       For me, the topic of convergence in yDNA first came up early in 2014.  I had just posted a paper and one of the comments was – “What about convergence?”  I said to myself, “What convergence?”  I admit I had to look up the topic.Convergence: A term used in genetic genealogy to describe the process whereby two different haplotypes mutate over time to become identical or near identical resulting in an accidental or coincidental match. - Turner A & Smolenyak M 2004.My response back to the comment was - “All of the haplotypes in my paper are…
  • DNA, SNP, STR, OMG!

    2 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    (Originally published May 2014 in Going In-Depth)   Oh my gosh, there are many acronyms in genetic genealogy.  You have to agree that using the acronym DNA is better than writing deoxyribonucleic acid repeatedly.  Although, when we talk about using DNA for genealogy and we only use acronyms, they start to lose their meaning and become just another ‘thing’.  “Hey, I’ve got a SNP.  Do you have a SNP?”  “I dunno, let me check.”  Maybe I’m weird.  I like to understand what all the acronyms mean and how they play a part in the larger…
  • DNA Mysteries: Iberian R1b-V88 in Africa

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
       When I first heard about R1b in Africa, my immediate assumption was that the predominantly Celtic haplogroup must have been a recent transplant.  I ran some of the V88 haplotypes against the big databases (FTDNA & ySearch) expecting to see matches to European men within the African colonial timeframe.  It wasn’t that easy.  Common ancestor analysis put the R1b Africans (V88) thousands of years removed from the rest of their European R1b cousins.  Where did they come from?  How did they get there?   I started with the given that the R1b…
  • Iberian R1b Y-DNA: First Movers in Europe

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
       The disputed origins of haplogroup R1b, most commonly thought of as Celtic, remains split between Iberia prior to the end of the last ice age and various West Asian locations after the ice age.  A new view on the R1b homeland comes out every year.  With all we know about DNA, shouldn’t we be coming to a consensus?  Typically, I refer to R1b as Celtic to help an audience make the connection between lettered haplogroups and culture or ethnicity.  I also add the caveat that Celtic is a misleading label.   R1b is supergroup of cultures including; Iberian,…
 
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  • Transcription – Death Certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott

    Christine Blythe
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following is my transcription of the death certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott, wife to Samuel G. Ott, of Canal Fulton, Ohio. DEATH CERTIFICATE OF Rebecca Ann Ott STATE OF OHIO BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS CERTIFICATE OF DEATH 1    PLACE OF DEATH County   Portage    Registration District No.   1058        File No.            Township  […]
  • Transcription: Revolutionary War Plaque for Gabriel Steely

    Christine Blythe
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    The following is a transcription of a plaque recognizing Gabriel Steely as a Revolutionary Soldier. REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER GABRIEL STEELY Born Aug. 19, 1763 – Died May 2,  1830 Wife: Mary [Stewart] Steely Parents of John Steely, Dr. Meek Steely and Isabella Duncan, of Kingston, Ohio, George Steely and  Sarah Shelby of Covington, Indiana, Reuben Steely […]
  • Transcription: Probate record of Henry Jaques.

    Christine Blythe
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    The following is my full transcription of a scan of the original probate record for Henry Jaques. Henry Jaques Deceased At a term of the Court of Common pleas, within and for the County of Geauga, in the state of Ohio begun and held at the Court house in Chardon, on the first day of […]
  • How can you tell we’re from French Canadian roots? We make tourtière at Christmas!

    Christine Blythe
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    The tourtière I grew up with was different from the traditional tourtière at Christmas made in French Canadian households. I’m not sure whether it originated from my father’s Québecois side or my mother’s Acadian side, but I’ve never tasted another tourtière I liked better. (I know, everyone says that.) I suspect it’s from my mother’s […]
  • Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 17 Dec 2014.

    Christine Blythe
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    Following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 17 Dec 2014.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions   Barbados Barbados, Church Records, 1637-1887 Belgium Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621-1910 Brazil Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 Canada Canada Census, 1911 Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949 China China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2014 Italy Italy, Bergamo, Civil […]
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  • A 1941 News Article Reminds Us of the Real Meaning of Christmas

    Duncan Kuehn
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    A 1941 News Article Reminds Us of the Real Meaning of Christmas was originally published at .Introduction: Duncan Kuehn is a professional genealogist with over eight years of client experience. She has worked on several well-known projects, such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” and researching President Barack Obama’s ancestry. In this blog post, Duncan shares an old newspaper article she found recently while doing family history research, which presents one man’s discovery in 1941 about the meaning of Christmas. While doing some family history research recently in GenealogyBank’s…
  • A 1930s Secret Santa: the Christmas Story of Mr. B. Virdot

    Gena Philibert-Ortega
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    A 1930s Secret Santa: the Christmas Story of Mr. B. Virdot was originally published at .Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article, Gena searches old newspapers to learn more about a wonderful Christmas story from the midst of the Great Depression: one man in Canton, Ohio, decided to do something to help his struggling neighbors that Christmas. And he did it anonymously. There’s no doubt the sting of the Great Depression years was felt by families of all socio-economic levels in the United States. The…
  • Christmas Toys & Gifts from Yesteryear in Old Newspaper Ads

    Gena Philibert-Ortega
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    Christmas Toys & Gifts from Yesteryear in Old Newspaper Ads was originally published at .Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article, Gena searches old newspapers to find advertisements for the toys our ancestors wanted for Christmas. There’s no doubt that Christmas is more exciting when you are young. There’s the anticipation of getting that special toy or two from your Christmas list. The thrill of running from your room to the Christmas tree that morning to see what Santa brought you. My guess is…
  • December Update: GenealogyBank Added 3 Million More Records!

    Tony Pettinato
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    December Update: GenealogyBank Added 3 Million More Records! was originally published at .Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our collection to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available online. We just completed adding 3 million more U.S. genealogy records, vastly increasing our content coverage from coast to coast! Here are some of the details about our most recent U.S. newspaper additions: A total of 39 newspaper titles from 20 U.S. states 13 of these titles are newspapers added to GenealogyBank…
  • Kids Holiday Gift Ideas: Craft Projects from Newspapers

    Mary Harrell-Sesniak
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
    Kids Holiday Gift Ideas: Craft Projects from Newspapers was originally published at .Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog post, Mary searches old newspapers to find craft projects our ancestors might have made, such as cut-out patterns, paper dolls, soap box coasters, and paper airplanes. Want a fun craft project for a child’s Christmas or holiday gift that can be completed in a weekend? Search old newspapers, such as GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives, for ideas about gifts our ancestors might…
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  • The next step in your family history search

    radaris
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    In this new article written by Grant Brunner, he explains the steps he took to find his lost family. Some of those steps included websites like Ancestry.com and Family Search to begin the family history research process. Them following this basic research, he performed at-home DNA tests to get a better understanding of genealogy and […]
  • A Lost Sheep Wearing a Christmas Sweater is Reunited

    radaris
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    On Sunday night people in Omaha spotted a Christmas sweater wearing sheep wandering the streets. In an effort to reunite the festive farm animal with its owner, people sparked a #ChristmasSheep campaign on Twitter. Thankfully Gage, the Christmas sheep was able to find his way home to his owner Margaret Vazquez. Using the internet and […]
  • Online Dating in The New Year

    radaris
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    As a company that is committed to providing a transparent online dating experience, we want to help you change the way you date in 2015. We’ve put together an infographic guide to New Years Online dating filled with tips, tricks, and statistics to help you know the facts and get comfortable. Click here for our […]
  • New Year, New Online Dating Experience

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    9 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
  • How We Help

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    8 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    Having your contact information available on the web is not the worst thing that can happen. Seeing as though marketing phone calls can be stopped with federal do not call lists, there are some benefits to allowing people to find your phone number. Here at Radaris we recently received a testimonial from a user known […]
 
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  • Genealogy Novel: Finding Eliza

    Joanne Cowden
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    I download a lot of e-books to read on my iPad using the Kindle app. While I read all kinds of genres including nonfiction, romance, historical fiction, self-help, etc., my main criteria is that they need to be free. (Ok, I admit it...I'm cheap!) But when I heard about this book, Finding Eliza, I knew I had to read it and was willing to pay. And it was still a bargain since it only cost $3.This novel was written by Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, who is a professional genealogist and one of the founders of the The In-Depth Genealogist blog. She also writes research guides for Legacy Family…
  • What Genealogists Can Learn from Christmas

    Joanne Cowden
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the holiday gets closer, here are some Christmas lessons that can be applied to genealogy:It's better to give than receive - There are many ways to help other genealogy researchers, and it will make you feel great. Consider taking photos of headstones for others when you visit a cemetery, or volunteer to help with a transcription project. And, if you keep your Ancestry.com tree private, think about sharing your research. It doesn't have to be perfect (and will never be complete!).You don't always get everything you wish for - Some details about your ancestors will never be known.
  • Family Birth: Alice Huber in 1905

    Joanne Cowden
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    On December 16, 1905, in Reserve Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, my great-grandparents welcomed a baby girl into the world. Joseph & Alice Laubersheimer Huber named her Alice Marie, and I'm sure they were excited about their first daughter.Unfortunately, little Alice wouldn't live to celebrate her third birthday and died of pneumonia and convulsions on November 2, 1908. She is buried in United Cemetery in Ross Township.My grandmother would never meet this sister, since she was born in 1909 after Alice's death, but she would mention her from time to time. Luckily, her parents…
  • Quotes from Genealogy Masters

    Joanne Cowden
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I'm a big believer that you can always learn from others, and that's especially true when it comes to genealogy. That's why I read A LOT of blogs, including those written by people who have been involved in genealogy for decades and those whose search for ancestors is relatively new.Here are a few quotes from genealogy experts that have caught my eye:"The word ASSUMED should never be used in genealogy!" from Dick Eastman, "Barking Up the Wrong Tree," Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, May 8, 2014."My skill as a family historian is to analyze those facts, understand them in context of the…
  • Historic Hardware Stores and Christmas Time

    Joanne Cowden
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    My 2nd great-uncle owned a hardware store in Pittsburgh's Mt. Washington neighborhood from about 1898 until his death in 1936. For those of you familiar with the area, it was right on Grandview Avenue in the building that later became the well-known Cliffside Restaurant. The hardware store was on the main floor, and my uncle and his family lived upstairs.A Christmas ad from 1908 in The Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights News shows that his holiday gift suggestions were carvers, pocket knives, mantles, reflex lights, ice skates, sleds and globes. Some of the same items are in this…
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  • Scotland the Brave: the Quest to find out more about Scotland’s Great War History Continues

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    In 1914 Scotland sent forth more than its share of sons, and sent them gladly. The numbers killed in the Scottish regiments were similarly high when compared to the British average. It seems fitting, then, that a generous Heritage Lottery Fund Grant has been allocated to help Scotland add to its proud military history by rolling out its Great War story project nationwide.
  • Picture of the Day. Happiness at Christmas when World War was upon the nations.

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    It is pleasant to think that with all the dangers of War these soldiers at the Front paid tribute to the season of goodwill.Two men in khaki, rifle on shoulder, but swinging from the deadly barrels berried mistletoe, so rich in suggestion of the happiness of Christmas when the scourge of War was not upon the nations. Forces War Records Archives. Do you know enough about your ancestors who f[...]
  • King Albert’s Book - A book of tributes, published by the Telegraph 100 years ago this Christmas.

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:38 am
    This Christmas one hundred years ago the Telegraph published ‘King Albert’s Book’ a compendium of tributes in honour of Belgium’s courage during the Great War.  It brought together Princes, statesmen, authors, religious leaders, VIP’s and many other dignitaries.  Money raised from its sales went to The Daily Telegraph Belgium Fund; and the book remains as a snapshot of the passions aroused by Germany’s invasion of 1914. Forces War Records Archives - King Alberts Book. It has been the privileg[...]
  • 70 years today since the Battle of the Bulge, Germany’s bloodiest attack on US lines

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    It was a last-ditch surprise attack, intended to divide the US and Anglo-Canadian armies bearing down on the German frontier and cut them off from their supplies, and it almost succeeded. However, the very brutality of the attack caused the Allies to fight as if possessed, and Hitler’s insistence on continuing a doomed offensive may have lost him the war with Russia.
  • Happy Hanukkah in this Great War Centenary Year!

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    At the end of the First World War a permanent record was created noting contributions made by Jewish soldiers serving in the British and Commonwealth forces, the ‘British Jewry Book of Honour 1922’. In celebration of Hanukkah, here are some of the endorsements submitted by prominent figures of the day.
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