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Jamestown Revelations

You may have seen the news in July about the Jamestown burials and also the mysterious box.

If not, here’s a bit of a recap of that news from a few …


FREE Access -- American Ancestors (NEHGS) to census, tax, and voter list information through 9 September 2015

Another offer of free access from a genealogical subscription service -- American Ancestors (NEHGS) ...

Your ancestors worked hard to give you this


FREE Access to Ancestry.com Wills & US Vital Records through 7 September 2015

Ancestry.com will offer FREE access to its new Wills collection and allUSbirth, death and marriage records this weekend!

Access available starting …


NextGen Genealogy Network fosters the next generation’s interest in family history

NextGen – are you?

We first shared with you about NextGen back in 2013 via a guest post, The NextGen Genealogy Network (NGGN) -- Guest Post by Kassie


Vertical Files can be a goldmine of information -- Are you taking advantage of them?

Have you checked out the vertical files held in the community where you are doing research?

One of my earliest and best finds were tax lists for Wake …

North Carolina

ProQuest Content Now Discoverable in Google Scholar

We are often greatly challenged to determine where information of interest to us can be found! Because of this, websites or services that aggregate …

Google Scholar

New Funding support for Digital Public Library of America facilitates a push to serve all 50 states by 2017!

It’s always nice to read about how Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) keeps growing! Digital Public Library of America makes push to serve all …


Not just crowdsourcing -- a Crowdsourcing Game Jam!

Crowdsourcing continues to be a popular way to get lots of work done in a short period of time by involving individuals from around the world to …


Historic Landmarks Database

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has a neat and free to access database – Historic Landmarks, http://www.asce.org/landmarks/.

As usual, …


How much DNA do you inherit from your grandparents?

This re-post on FB of a Slate post could not have come at a better time! The associated image alone speaks to a main takeaway point from my …


NGS Awards and Competitions: Deadline Changes

FYI. The deadlines for a few of the NGS Awards competitions are a couple of weeks earlier than in the past ...

Each year, the National Genealogical …

Mega-Search ... an option for getting search results from just genealogical web sites

Reminder -- this is just a graphic representation of the page. Click on the link below to actually dive in and research for your ancestors!

We often …


August is the Right Time to Tell Your Senators About Your Record Access Concerns

This post comes to us courtesy of the Records and Preservation Access Committee (RPAC)

If you have ever used the Social Security Death Index (SSDI),

Social Security

Salt Lake Research trip still has some openings. The early bird discount ends 2 September 2015!

If you’ve been thinking about joining the National Genealogical Society’s guided research trip to Salt Lake City, Utah (24–31 January 2016) at a …


First Recording Of Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' in Rocky Mount In 1962

This is an image of the article page. The actual article (includes the snippet) link is in the body of the post.

Sometimes history is closer than you …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

NGS Announces a New Course in the American Genealogical Studies Series: Beyond the Basics

Arlington, VA, August 17, 2015: The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the release of its newest American Genealogical Studies course, …


Department of Interior, Indian Affairs -- Hiring a Genealogist

Please feel free to disseminate the following information to anyone who may be interested. It pertains to a job announcement for a genealogist …

Change in Accessing May Vital Records (effective 1 May 2015)

Back in May there was a change made in how/where you can access vital records.

The Maine State Archives tells us ...

Per state law, all vital records –


Luxurious Hindenburg Travel ...

Zeppelin Airships are not the way we travel today. Though the use of Zeppelins was brief, at the time, they were considered a luxurious way to travel!


In the future ... we might be able to reconstruct what our ancestors looked like!

Two recent articles talk about a fascinating concept. As Angie Bush (one of our NGS Directors who happens to be a DNA gurus states) “Shriver and his …


Google Translate App -- Seems like this would be a wonderful family history research tool!

The headline caught my eye -- See the world in your language with Google Translate. My first thought was not my upcoming trip toColumbia, since I’ll …

Newest Edition of NGS Magazine Available to NGS Members Now! (Jul/Aug/Sep 2015)

The Jul/Aug/Sep 2015 issue of the NGS Magazine (PDF 5.1 MB) is now online in the Members Only section of the website.


NGS awards, competitions, …


400 Year History of the Architecture of American Houses

Business Insider recently posted The 400-year history of the American home in one gorgeous chart.

The average American family may be getting smaller

Public Comment Sought by NARA on Partnership Agreements with Ancestry.com and Fold3 (deadline 21 August 2015)

The NARATIONS blog of the U.S. National Archives recently published Ancestry.com Partnership Agreement for public comment which states …

Ancestry.com Inc.

The Genealogy Fairy™ – Now Accepting Grant Applications

A couple of weeks ago Thomas MacEntee (Geneabloggers, High-Definition Genealogy, Hack Genealogy, etc) blogged Update: The Genealogy Fairy.

Back in


RootsTech Innovator Showdown will accept submissions starting 1 September 2015

Here’s a date to put on your calendar – 1 September 2015. From that date until 1 December 2015, submissions for the Innovator Showdown (at Rootstech …

Salt Lake City

Did you know that NARA has an eBook Collection?

So much National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) news so few days to post!

Well, in this case, it falls into the category of not “new” news …

Newest Edition of NGS Magazine Available to NGS Members Now! (Apr/May/Jun 2015)

The Apr/May/June 2015 issue of the NGS Magazine (PDF 6.2 MB) is now online in the Members Only section of the website.


Patricia O’Brien …


LOC -- "Every Photo Is a Story," strategies for examining photos

Photos are easy to love though sometimes dating them can be a challenge. When we are seeking clues to our ancestors, where they lived and who they …

Library of Congress