24 February 2017

New Season of Who Do You Think You Are? Premieres 5 March 2017 @wdytya #wdytya


New Season of Who Do You Think You Are? Premieres 5 March 2017

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A first peak video for Season 7 of Who Do You Think You Are? Is now available.

This season's celebrities include:

This season’s celebrity contributors include:
·        Jessica Biel makes surprising discoveries that change what she thought knew about her heritage.
·        Julie Bowen uncovers the story of two relatives whose moral codes are from opposite ends of the spectrum.
·        Courteney Cox traces her maternal line back seven centuries to the Medieval times to discover royalty in her lineage and an unbelievable tale of family drama.
·        Jennifer Grey uncovers new information about the grandfather she thought she knew, learning how he survived adversity to become a beacon of his community.
·        Smokey Robinson searches for answers behind the mystery of why his grandfather disappeared from his children’s lives and finds a man tangled in a swirl of controversy.
·        John Stamos digs into the mystery of how his grandfather became an orphan, and learns of tensions between families that led to a horrible crime.
·        Liv Tyler learns that her family is tied into the complicated racial narrative of America.
·        Noah Wyle unravels the mystery of his maternal line, uncovering an ancestor who survived one of America’s bloodiest battles.

Read the full press release here.





Which celebrity story are you most looking forward to?






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23 February 2017

Library of Congress Launches Comprehensive WWI Holdings Portal

Library of Congress Launches Comprehensive WWI Holdings Portal

The Library of Congress has launched a new World War I collection portal.

You can read about it via World War I: Online Offerings.

Today we launched a comprehensive portal to its extensive holdings on the subject of World War I (1914–1918) as part of our commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. involvement in the war. The portal is a one-stop destination page for digitized versions of many of these assets.

These remarkable collections include recruitment and wartime information posters, photos from the front, manuscripts and papers of prominent figures such as General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, newspapers that provided the first draft of the war’s history, maps of campaigns and battle lines, sound recordings of prominent leaders of the era, war-related sheet music, even early film treasures.

Along with extensive access to these rare materials, the portal will include links to the online version of the Library’s major new exhibition, “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I,” which opens April 4.

So much material, so little time!  I did spend a bit of time looking into Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918 to 1919 and Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures, 1914 to 1919.




Which collections caught your eye?








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22 February 2017

Family Tree DNA Now Accepts Data Transfers from Select 23andme and AncestryDNA Files


Family Tree DNA Now Accepts Data Transfers from Select 23andme and AncestryDNA Files

Now, for FREE, you can transfer/upload your 23andMe© and AncestryDNA results to Family Tree DNA. If you want full full access to all the Family Finder features, there will be a $19 charge.

From the Family Tree DNA Autosomal Transfer page, we learn …

What is an autosomal DNA transfer?
If you have previously tested your autosomal DNA at 23andMe© or AncestryDNA, you can transfer your results to Family Tree DNA by uploading your raw data file. After transferring your file, your autosomal data is uploaded to our database, but your DNA sample is not obtained by our company.

Please note that you can only transfer the following versions:
·         23andMe© V3
·         23andMe© V4
·         AncestryDNA V1
·         AncestryDNA V2

Unfortunately, at this time, you cannot transfer 23andMe© V1 or 23andMe© V2 results.

For more information, see our Sample Access and Transfer Policy .

What do I get if I transfer my autosomal DNA?
After transferring your results, for free, you will receive a list of your autosomal matches from our database and have access to our Family Finder - Matrix. The Matrix feature allows you to select and compare the autosomal DNA relationship between up to ten of your matches at one time.

Note: Family Finder is the name of our autosomal DNA test.
After transferring, you can unlock all Family Finder features, which include the Chromosome Browser, myOrigins, and ancientOrigins for only $19.

Do read the full page for all details.


What new matches did you make when taking advantage of this new option?






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21 February 2017

Check out this video about the upcoming NGS Family History Conference #NGS2017GEN


Check out this video about the upcoming NGS Family History Conference

#NGS2017GEN


We cannot wait to welcome you to Raleigh, 10-13 May 2017!

Here’s a video to give you a taste of what you can expect at the NGS 2017 Family History Conference.





What is your favorite aspect of attending a national genealogical society conference?






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20 February 2017

RootsTech 2017 Session Videos NOW Available! #rootstech


RootsTech 2017 Session Videos NOW Available – FREE to Access!
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Videos of select RootsTech sessions are now available for you to enjoy at home.

They are organized by day – just click on the day that interests you.

Thomas MacEntee has kindly created a list of which sessions were taped for each day. You can access it here on his GeneaBloggers blog.




Which presenter cannot you not wait to listen to?
What was your favorite talk that you did listen to?







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19 February 2017

FREE Access to Ancestry UK Records Through 20 February 2017


FREE Access to Ancestry UK Records Through 20 February 2017

Researching UK ancestors?  Check out these databases for FREE between now and Monday via this link.



What included record collection most intrigued you?





Editor’s Note: Apologies for the delay in posting this.  Though I had heard the FREE access was coming, I couldn't find the appropriate Ancestry page referring to the sale and I gave up. I didn’t want to lead you astray! I was away from my computer, enjoying the sunshine, and doing non-genealogical stuff yesterday, and today finally stumbled across the appropriate landing page.  Enjoy the remaining time with the FREE access, though, I'll be out enjoying the sunshine again!





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17 February 2017

OldNews USA Wins Top Honors at RootsTech 2017 Innovator Showdown


OldNews USA Wins Top Honors at RootsTech 2017 Innovator Showdown

From our friends at FamilySearch …

Old news, it seems, is actually “new” news. Very innovative news in fact. Today at RootsTech, the world’s largest family history technology conference, OldNews USA took top honors in the 2017 Innovator Showdown, walking away with $95,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. OldNews is an android app designed to help users quickly discover their family in historical US newspapers. The app uses the Library of Congress “Chronicling America” collection of more than 11 million newspaper pages from 1789 to 1922 to deliver its results.

In front of a crowd of close to 14,000 live and online viewers, the six RootsTech Innovator Showdown finalists battled for $199,000 in cash and prizes and bragging rights in the rapidly-growing, multi-billion dollar family history industry. An experienced amateur genealogist, Bill Nelson of Auburn, Massachusetts, designed the program as a solution to tedious, difficult online newspaper searches. The OldNews USA app was designed to simplify and streamline the search process.

Using keywords, users can look for newspaper accounts of a person or topic with the option to look at articles of historical events. In a person search, you type names and dates into your mobile device and choose a location on Google Maps which produces a list of newspapers in the targeted geographic area for a time period. It brings up images of the actual newspapers with the name or event you are seeking highlighted so you can quickly locate it on the page. Images can be enlarged for easier access to detail.

Nelson is a software developer by trade. “I was new to android and needed something to practice on. I had felt the pain points of newspaper research and thought ‘this would be a good project,’” he said. Initially he developed the app for his own use, then realizing it could help other researchers, he expanded it into a mobile app.

OldNews is compatible with Android devices, but Nelson is working to create an app for IOS devices and computers. With his winnings, he can now get business and technological assistance to accelerate development. While OldNews USA is designed to search US newspapers, he hopes to adapt the app for other countries.

The 5 finalists were whittled down from more than 40 applicants from around the world. Each took three minutes to convince the panel of five judges and live audience that their product was deserving of a chunk of the $190,000 in cash and prizes.

The major sponsors of the Innovator Showdown this year included Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kickstarter Seed FundSorenson Legacy Foundation, and others.

After each presentation, there was a four-minute question and answer period between each contestant and the judges. The judges then selected the top three winners, and the viewing audience selected the People’s Choice Award winner.

With $190,000 in cash and in-kind prizes and services from sponsors at stake—an increase of nearly $100,000 from the original projection—the pressure, tension, and energy of the event was tremendous.

2017 RootsTech Showdown Winners

·         First Place Judges’ Choice ($90,000 cash, AWS credits, and an investment from Kickstart Seed Fund), Bill Nelson of OldNews USA.
·         Second Place Judges’ Choice ($44,000 cash and AWS credits), The Qroma tag mobile app for embedding stories into pictures, tagging them by voice commands, and making the data accessible on various platforms.
·         Third Place Judges’ Choice Award ($26,000 cash and AWS credits), Louis Kessler, Double Match Triangulator, an app to help sort DNA matches into groups of relatives.
·         People’s Choice ($25,000 cash and AWS credits), Kindex, an app designed to help users create searchable, shareable archives of family letters and other documents using tags to help users easily locate information.

Emberall was the other finalist. It provides a method to capture and store pictures and videos creating an accessible archive.


The judges for the final round included Alan Doan, CEO of Missouri Star Quilt Company, John Richards, Founder and CEO of Startup Ignition, Kenyatta Berry, host of The Genealogy Road Show, Thomas MacEntee, founder of High-Definition Genealogy, and Dalton J. Wright, partner in Kickstart Seed Fund.

The Innovator Showdown, now in its third year, was designed to foster innovation in the family history industry.

On this page, you can see who the semifinalists were.




Which is your favorite innovation from the Rootstech Innovator Showdown?







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