DNA Down Under: AncestryDNA in Australia and NZ

DNA Down Under: AncestryDNA in Australia and NZ

AncestryDNA test kits are now available to purchase in Australia and New Zealand, according to a recent statement from Ancestry. These two countries join the UK, Ireland and the US in having access to AncestryDNA's popular autosomal kits. DNA testing for genetic...

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Use Skype Translator to Speak Another Language

Use Skype Translator to Speak Another Language

Do you use Skype or another video chat service to keep in touch with loved ones? Have you considered using it for long-distance oral history interviews or collaborating on your genealogy with a faraway cousin? Language barriers can sometimes become a problem. Skype...

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DAR Bible Records Now Online

DAR Bible Records Now Online

The Daughters of the American Revolution Library (DAR) has a free online collection of searchable records. Its Genealogical Research System allows anyone to search databases of ancestors, descendants, members, its Genealogical Research Committee reports and more. Now...

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We Dig These Gems! New Genealogy Records Online

We Dig These Gems! New Genealogy Records Online

  Every Friday, we blog about new genealogy records online. Do the collections below include your ancestor? Don't forget: tomorrow is Lisa Louise Cooke's FREE live streaming class on using Google Tools to Solve Family Mysteries--use them to find more records like...

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BillionGraves Challenge for June: Win a FitBit!

BillionGraves Challenge for June: Win a FitBit!

After a long winter in the U.S., it's finally warming up! Just last week I did my first BillionGraves cemetery field trip of the season. So I'm pleased to see that they're offering a BillionGraves challenge to those who take pictures or index: "This month we are...

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Family History for Kids Starts WITH the Kids

Family History for Kids Starts WITH the Kids

Kids don't recall much of their young lives. But we as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles know their stories. We can give their lost memories back to them. Conversations with my kids always go better when I let them choose the topic. So I chat a lot about...

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Genealogy meets Scrapbooking: Heritage Scrapbooking

Genealogy meets Scrapbooking: Heritage Scrapbooking

As the host of the Genealogy Gems podcast, Lisa Louise Cooke spends a lot of time on the asking end of the microphone. Recently the tables were turned! Lisa was invited to appear on the The Paperclipping Roundtable, a scrapbooking podcast. Family history and...

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Digital Family History Book Collection Hits 200k!

Digital Family History Book Collection Hits 200k!

A milestone 200,000 digital family history books are now online at the multi-library Family History Books collection at FamilySearch.org. The growing collection, which began in 2007, includes "family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and...

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We Dig These Gems: New Genealogy Records Online

We Dig These Gems: New Genealogy Records Online

Every Friday, we blog about new genealogy records online. Might these collections include your ancestors? And does the Google search tip we've added at the bottom help you out? This week: Kansas newspapers, WWI records for the U.S. and Canada and a unique collection...

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Lost WWII Medals Returned 15 Years After Stolen

Lost WWII Medals Returned 15 Years After Stolen

Fifteen years after a Purple Heart and other lost WWII medals disappeared during a robbery, they have been returned to the family from whom they were stolen. The medals belonged to James Dillion Adkison, a Lubbock, TX soldier killed at Pearl Harbor in 1943. A niece of...

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Heritage Bracelet Idea: Family History Jewelry

Heritage Bracelet Idea: Family History Jewelry

Recently Linda sent us this inspiring idea for making a heritage bracelet. "I made a bracelet for my mother for a birthday present a couple of weeks ago," she wrote to us. "I printed out pictures of some of her female ancestors and glued them on small pendant photo...

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We Dig These Gems! New Genealogy Records Online

We Dig These Gems! New Genealogy Records Online

  Every Friday, we blog about new genealogy records online. Might these collections include your ancestors? This week: Civil War stereographs, Dublin workhouse registers, Illinois naturalizations, a Jersey digital archive and Oregon motor registrations and...

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