Monthly Archives: August 2008

A thought on politics…

I’m wondering. Is picking a woman as your vice presidential running mate the way a candidate Jumps the Shark? I hope not. I hope picking a female running mate doesn’t guarantee it’s all downhill from here. While many minor parties, … Continue reading

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Random DNA News stories

A story in the L. A. Times says the the National Institutes of Health has blocked DNA databases from the public because of privacy concerns. In the Phillipines, officials of the International Police (Interpol) on Friday are urging relatives of … Continue reading

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Heartland Festival this weekend: History and fun.

If you are within driving distance of the Bluegrass, you could spend this holiday weekend at the Heartland Festival in Elizabethtown, KY. The Kentucky Heartland Festival is August 29-30,  celebrating its 26th anniversary in 2008. (Coincidentally, my daughter is 26. … Continue reading

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Today Show cast finding their roots

I hope you are watching and enjoying this week’s series on the Today show, as the cast look for their roots. If you missed any, the videos are on the Today Show site. Meredith, Matt and Ann have told their … Continue reading

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Land Records: One way past the brick wall

Everyone hits a brick wall, where the birth and death records just aren’t easy to find. In that case, try some different records, for instance, land records. Deeds often contain information on who sold what to whom; who inherited what from whom; … Continue reading

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Genealogy Online on Kindle

Just thought I’d mention that my book is available on Kindle as well as hard copy. Right now, you can get the Amazon Rewards Visa Card and Get $100 Off Kindle when you get the new Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card. … Continue reading

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Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak will appear in Huntsville!

Genealogy DNA Research Program coming to Huntsville Many of you know Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak as the lead researcher for the PBS Ancestors series where she delved into over 5,000 genealogical stories and developed much of the content for the companion … Continue reading

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DearMYRTLE’s Podcast is up!

DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour for  the week is up. I talk about genealogy education in this show. Give it a listen!

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Yahoo! no longer full Boolean

Greg Notess reports in Online that Yahoo! no longer has full support for Boolean searches. As I point out in my book, Genealogy Online 8th Edition, you can do a lot of good research using search engines and Boolean operators … Continue reading

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Genealogy in the UK: National Archives requests input

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has launched a public consultation on the early transfer of some historic armed forces service personnel records to The National Archives.The public can now give their views on the process of transferring to The … Continue reading

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