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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RootsTech 2014; Early Registration

I attended the RootTech 2013 Conference and I really enjoyed my time there. Early registration is now open for RootsTech 2014, which will be held February 6­-8, 2014 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The annual conference which is hosted by FamilySearch is a conference for anyone who wants to …

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Find A Grave on FamilySearch

An announcement from FamilySearch yesterday mentioned that they now have records from Find A Grave, I did a search on the direct link to the database on FamilySearch and was surprised that I couldn’t find records that I had put on Find A Grave. I then went over to the Find A Grave website to …

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Free Online Books

FamilySearch has announced they now have 100,000 books in their online collection of Family History Books. These books have been scanned and published online through a partners of the Family History Library, Allen County Public Library, Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library, Church History Library, Houston Public …

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Geneva Postcards

The Geneva Historical Society has posted a new collection called the Geneva Historical Society Postcards Collection to the NY Heritage website. The Collection contains 254 postcards of Geneva, NY and its people, buildings, and other interesting views. Many are in color, ranging from the 1890s to about 1970. The majority appear to be from 1900-1930. …

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FamilySearch Family Tree – Printing

You can now print both a family group sheet and a pedigree sheet from FamilySearch Family Tree. In a person view there are 2 links off to the right (see image, below). Clicking one of the printing options will open a new window in your browser that is a PDF file. For you to view …

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Free Military Records for Memorial Day

This weekend many commercial genealogy websites are giving free access to some of their military and veteran’s records. Not everything is free but enough is available that you may find records for some of your family. Most are only available until Monday evening. All three of these websites will try to get to to subscribe …

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New Newspapers added to Fulton History

Fulton History has added more newspapers to the millions of newspaper pages that were already on the website. All the added newspapers are from New York State. If you have visited there before, you can limit the search to only see new “hits.”On the bottom of the search box are selections for dates called “File …

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FamilySearch – One Billion Indexed Records

FamilySearch passed a big milestone last week, Friday. They started their current indexing project in September 2006. Now they have indexed over 1 billion records. The procedure is that each record is indexed twice and then arbitrated for differences of each record. Once indexed records are completed, they are put on the FS website and …

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