Celebrity Connection! Family Look-Alike Photos

Celebrity Connection! Family Look-Alike Photos

Check out these celebrity cousin look-alike photos! A distant cousin of Katherine Hepburn compares photos with fun results. Last fall, I blogged about a web app that uses facial recognition software to compare how closely two faces "match." Since then, several people...

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We Dig These Gems: New Genealogy Records Online

We Dig These Gems: New Genealogy Records Online

Here's our weekly roundup of new genealogy records online. Do you see any that may pertain to your ancestors? ALABAMA CIVIL APPOINTMENTS. A new database of civil servants appointed in Alabama (1818-1939) is now searchable at Ancestry.com. You'll find name, county,...

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How to Find Genealogy Apps: New Premium Video

How to Find Genealogy Apps: New Premium Video

There's a new video tutorial on genealogy apps for Genealogy Gems Premium website members: "How to Find Essential Genealogy Apps for Genealogists." What are the best apps for genealogy? The ones that accomplish whatever you want to GET DONE. Like: consulting working...

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Beginning Irish Genealogy Tips

Beginning Irish Genealogy Tips

Here are 3 essential tips for beginning Irish genealogy from Brian Donovan, Head of Irish Data and Development at Findmypast. Plus we'll highlight Findmypast's enormous collection of Irish records. It's March now, and time to start celebrating all things...

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We Dig These Gems: New Genealogy Records Online

We Dig These Gems! New Genealogy Records Online

New genealogy records online this week include a new index of WWII POWs from the US; British and Welsh newspapers, New York passenger and crew lists and more. Take a look!  BRITISH 1939 REGISTER BROWSER. A new browsing tool is available to help Findmypast subscribers...

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Genealogy Gems Book Club: More Recommended Reading

Genealogy Gems Book Club: More Recommended Reading

Looking for something good to read? The Genealogy Gems Book Club passes on four titles recommended by RootsTech attendees. We met so many avid readers at the Genealogy Gems Book Club Open House at RootsTech 2016! Several of them recommended some of their favorite...

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How to Use Your Mobile Device for Genealogy: Free Video!

How to Use Your Mobile Device for Genealogy: Free Video!

Do you have a smartphone, iPad or tablet? Watch this free video lecture on how to use your mobile device for genealogy! Lisa Louise Cooke is a leader in teaching the genealogical community how to get the most out of their mobile devices. Her first book, Turn Your iPad...

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RootsMagic, FTM and the Holy Grail of Family History Software

RootsMagic, FTM and the Holy Grail of Family History Software

Are we getting closer to the "holy grail" of family history software: one that will sync with all the major genealogy websites? Ancestry.com’s unpopular announcement that it would be retiring its Family Tree Maker software was followed by a loud "never mind!" Software...

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We Dig These Gems: New Genealogy Records Online

We Dig These Gems! New Genealogy Records Online

Here's our weekly roundup of new genealogy records online. Should you search for your ancestors in any of these databases? BRITAIN, MERCHANT SEAMAN. Findmypast.com has added nearly a quarter million records to its 1918-1941 database of British Merchant Seaman. IDAHO...

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What’s So Special about US Special Census Schedules?

What’s So Special about US Special Census Schedules?

Who should pay attention to the US special census schedules? Anyone whose relatives appear in the US census between 1850-1880 (and some whose relatives show up in 1810-1820 and 1890-1910). Many records about our ancestors point to even more records. Such is the case...

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Look-Alike Family Photos: These Relatives are 80 Years Apart

Look-Alike Family Photos: These Relatives are 80 Years Apart

Do you have any look-alike family photos? Check out these uncanny resemblances--and more ideas for what to do with old family photos. Recently I heard from Season. "Thought you might enjoy a photo of my 87-year old grandmother at age 18 and my daughter now age 7," she...

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