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Thanksgiving: Tips for the Holiday

Posted November 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
Happy Thanksgiving feature

This Thursday, everyone across the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving. One of the busiest holidays for travel, people from all over return home to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. While feasting on your Thanksgiving meal this year, take this opportunity to involve your relatives in your family history research. And perhaps create even more lasting family memories! Here are some tips for working family history into your celebrations this year: Before the big day, ask… Read the full story

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The Great Stork Derby

Posted November 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

From time to time, family history researchers may find an odd request in an ancestors will. These can range from requests for large sums of money to be given to the deceased’s pet to a unique request of being buried in a glass box. Charles Vance Millar was a successful Canadian lawyer and financier, who loved jokes and pranks which played on people’s greed. On October 31, 1926, Millar died a bachelor at the age… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 17, 2014

Posted November 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Ready for this week’s roundup of articles? Check them out below! This may be the oldest surviving photo of a human / CNN The Genealogy Sphere This may be the oldest surviving photo of a human (CNN) – A photo of a Paris street taken in 1838 by Louis Daguerre may be the oldest surviving photo of a live person At L.A. County Cemetery, Unclaimed Dead Await a Final Resting Place (The L.A. Times) –… Read the full story

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60 Years Ago, Ellis Island Closed Its Doors

Posted November 12, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment

Do you have any ancestors who came through Ellis Island? On November 12, 1954, Ellis Island closed its doors after welcoming 12 million immigrants to America. Located in Upper New York Bay, Ellis Island served as the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States from 1892 – 1954. On January 1, 1892, a 17-year-old Irish girl named Annie Moore became the first immigrant to set foot through the famous immigration center. She was traveling… Read the full story

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Veterans Day: 5 Famous Faces Who Served in the Military

Posted November 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Today the U.S. celebrates Veterans Day! Do you have any military veterans in your family? Check out some famous faces you may not have known served in the military: 1. Bea Arthur Bea Arthur Did you know actress Bea Arthur served in the United States Marine Corp during World War II? Before she became a Golden Girl, Arthur served as a truck driver for 30 months as one of the first members of the Women’s Reserve. 2…. Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 10, 2014

Posted November 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Check out this week’s roundup of articles from around the web! A Melancholy List of Edgar Allan Poe’s Debts, From his Bankruptcy Petition of 1842 / Slate The Genealogy Sphere 14 Vintage Baby Girl Names that are Waiting to be Rediscovered (The Huffington Post) – Do you have any of these names in your family tree? Finding Children Between the Census Years ( – Great tips on how to find children not recorded in the census… Read the full story

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Genealogy: Unusual Deaths

Posted November 7, 2014 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Any genealogy researcher will tell you that death certificates and obituaries hold a great deal of valuable information for your family tree. These often contain the name of the deceased, place of residence, place of death, the names of family members and cause of death. It’s always fascinating when you stumble upon an unusual cause of death. Here’s a clipping from The Ocala Evening Star dated April 3, 1908. A woman, Mrs. Anna Ferrer of New York, laughed herself to death while attending… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion: Hangout with AJ Jacobs – VIDEO

Posted November 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you miss our Google+ Hangout on Air with best-selling author A.J. Jacobs? Don’t worry, you can catch what you missed in the video below! A lot has happened since AJ first announced the Global Family Reunion. In this hangout, AJ gave us an update on his latest celebrity-cousin discoveries, dished on upcoming television appearances and explained ways for you to get involved. Here are some ways you can help: Connect for the Cure – Help… Read the full story

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Monday Recap for November 3, 2014

Posted November 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

We hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween! Now to kickstart the month of November, check out our roundup of articles from around the web! Image: 100-Year-Old Notebook Found Encased in Antarctic Ice / Tech Times The Genealogy Sphere 13 Tips for Landing a Wife (in the 19th Century) (mental_floss) – Here are some 19th century tips for landing that special someone Can You Marry Your Cousin? (Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter) – Dick Eastman discusses the question… Read the full story

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The History of Halloween

Posted October 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy Halloween! A yearly celebration in many countries, Halloween is a fun holiday filled with candy, costumes and parties. But do you know where these Halloween activities originated? From Samhain to Halloween The origin of Halloween dates back the Celtic harvest festival Samhain, which was annually celebrated on November 1. During this time, it was believed spirits or fairies could more easily come into our world. Bonfires were lit and offerings of food and drink were left in… Read the full story