RootsMagic and Ancestry.com

RootsMagic genealogy software has made a major update to their program. They already had the ability to do a search within the program on FamilySearch, MyHeritage and FindMyPast. Now they have added the ability to share facts with Ancestry and also to search on Ancestry. In order to get full benefit you would have to …

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Veteran’s Day

Today is Veteran’s Day. Time to give a big Thank You to all those that serviced in the US military. Ancestry.com is offering free military records today. I found a new record on Ancestry of my grandfather’s step-brother, Homer Halsey. This was the first military record that I have seen that gives his parent’s names. …

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Short Genealogy Notes

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester has added death dates to their online records. Previously they had burial dates but no death dates online. Start from their search page and after you find someone, click on “More Information / Condolences” to see the death date. Mocavo has made U. S. census searches free for everyone. You …

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Ancestry.com acquires FindAGrave.com

Ancestry is buying the volunteer website Find A Grave. Many, including me, were at first worried that all the volunteer work that we have done adding to F-A-G would be just another database on the giant Ancestry. Ancestry CEO, Tim Sullivan, says that “We will maintain Find A Grave as a free website, will retain …

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What Records?

Many other blogs are carrying news of a new agreement between FamilySearch and Ancestry.com that will “make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online” (see: the official announcement). One billion is a lot of records. I read the announcement 3 times but I can’t figure out what records they could be talking about. Plus …

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