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Monday Recap for March 31, 2014

Posted March 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s the end of the month! Treat yourself with these interesting articles from around the web. The Genealogy Sphere Maryland man may have found two lost or forgotten photos of Lincoln’s funeral procession (The Washington Post) – Mystery photos from the National Archives may be rare, long-forgotten photographs from Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession Linda Hunt believes that knowing where we come from is integral to knowing who we are (Oregon Live) – A local woman… Read the full story

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7 Tips for Interviewing Relatives

Posted March 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

As we conduct our genealogy research, it’s important not to neglect one of the most invaluable resources we have at our disposal: our relatives! Sharing family history and memories through the intimate knowledge of your family members is a great way to learn about earlier generations of your family. It’s important not to wait too long to connect with your relatives, distant and close members. Once a relative passes away, their memories and stories are lost… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for March 24, 2014

Posted March 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Here’s your weekly round-up of articles you may have missed in the past week! Image: Soldier’s fate revealed / Batley&Birstall News The Genealogy Sphere Watch as 1000 years of European borders change ( – Watch this fascinating video of he changes in Europe’s borders for the last 1000 years Grandfather’s Brilliant Final Letter To His Grandkids Offers Life Lessons For The Rest Of Us (The Huffington Post) – Read this moving letter a grandfather wrote to… Read the full story

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5 Jobs Our Ancestors Had That Are No Longer Around

Posted March 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

It’s no surprise when we’re researching our genealogy that we come across an occupation that has disappeared from the current job market. As technology advances over time, occupations that were once commonplace get rarer and rarer, until it eventually becomes obsolete. Check out this list of some unusual occupations that our ancestors once labored in that we no longer see today. Knocker-ups Before the invention of the alarm clock, a knocker-up was a profession in… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for March 17, 2014

Posted March 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Get your genealogy fix today with these interesting articles from the past week. Image: 10 Fascinating Death Facts from the Victorian Era / The Genealogy Sphere 10 Fascinating Death Facts from the Victorian Era ( – Here are ten fascinating facts about death during the Victorian Era A Book Photography Stand (One Rhode Island Family blog) – Creative way for you to digitize some books for your genealogy research Are… Read the full story

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MyHeritage Family Digitizes an Entire Cemetery

Posted March 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Geni and our parent company, MyHeritage, recently announced a global initiative with BillionGraves to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. This past Sunday, our good friends at MyHeritage headquarters headed out to the Segula Cemetery in Petah Tikva, Israel to digitize gravestones using the BillionGraves mobile app. With 80 eager MyHeritage employees out in full force, the team got a real hands-on experience using the app and came away from the experience with some great ideas… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for March 10, 2014

Posted March 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Suffering from the Monday blues? Check out these articles for a quick family history pick-me-up to perk up your Monday! Image: 11 Jobs That No Longer Exist Today / The Genealogy Sphere 11 Jobs That No Longer Exist Today ( – Did your ancestors work jobs that no longer exist today? War Widow Finds Answers After Years ( – A war widow discovers the truth about her missing husband after searching for 68 years… Read the full story

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Patents: The Hula Hoop

Posted March 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Did you play with a hula hoop as a child? Image credit: George Garrigues, Wikipedia On March 5, 1963, the modern day Hula-Hoop was patented by Arthur Melin. The co-founder of the toy company, Wham-O, Melin was inspired to develop the popular children’s toy after observing Australian children twirling wooden hoops around their waists during gym class. Wham-O began selling plastic versions of the hoop, which they dubbed “Hula” after the Hawaiian dance, and demonstrated them… Read the full story

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Oscar Night 2014: Who’s Related?

Posted March 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Did you watch the 86th Annual Academy Awards last night? This year, the star-studded award show was hosted for the second time by comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who took over the reigns from last year’s host Seth MacFarlane. Funny must run in the genes because the Family Guy creator also happens to be Ellen’s 10th cousin. Did you enjoy watching Ellen bring her friendly charm to the Oscar stage? It turns out this year’s race was a… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for February 24, 2014

Posted February 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Get your genealogy and family history fix with this week’s roundup! The Genealogy Sphere Shakespeare’s 14th great-niece baptized at church where he is buried (DailyMail UK) – The 14th great-niece of the famous writer was baptized at the church where the playwright is buried Are You Related to A.J. Jacobs? (WNYC) – Listen to A.J. Jacobs on The Brian Lehrer Show discussing his global family reunion event The transported child (The Legal Genealogist) – Judy… Read the full story