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MyHeritage acquires Legacy Family Tree

Published August 14, 2017

The global corporate genealogy wars became quite interesting earlier this month. MyHeritage, the Israel-based subscription site whose marquee items are its large number of worldwide family trees posts by users and its various search trademarks, bought Millennia Corporation, the makers of the popular Legacy Family Tree genealogy desktop software and well-attended genealogy webinar platform, Legacy …

As I write this, the first International German Genealogy Conference has just finished its run near Minneapolis. As you read it, the conference still will be a warm memory in the hearts of its nearly 700 participants, who came from four continents to attend the initial get-together. The conference was the first big project to …

Need DNA help? Call in the quick guides!

Published August 7, 2017

Combining genealogy and DNA has been on an increasingly logarithmic path in the last 15 years or so. I have been mostly an outside observer to whole technology march (not just in genealogy – I’m pretty scrupulous about making sure my iPhone is at least one version – and maybe two! – behind the latest …

The symbolism often found engraved on tombstones – as well as their symbolic value as perhaps the closest “representation” of an ancestor before photography – has long endeared genealogists to the markers and graveyards. So it’s fitting that the upcoming “Genealogy Conference 2017” sponsored by Kutztown University’s Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center has as its …

There’s something about old books with handwritten information in them that makes a genealogist’s ears prick up and take notice. Recently an e-mail came in to your “Roots & Branches” columnist from the Palatines to America, an organization oriented toward German genealogy, about how to market a copy of the Martyrs Mirror dating to 1814. …

Thomas Jay Kemp has had a varied career in the larger genealogical world, especially in the library portion of that world. He’s been in charge of the two largest genealogical libraries in the Northeast – the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania – before becoming director of genealogy products at …

Kissing Mormon microfilm goodbye

Published July 3, 2017

When the announcement hit the “social media-sphere” a week ago that FamilySearch was discontinuing its longtime service of providing rentals of the microfilms from its huge collection of worldwide records, my first reaction was one of nostalgia. Just a few years after I began researching my genealogy in the mid-1980s, I encountered a brick wall …

Ancestry celebrates patriotic diversity

Published June 29, 2017

OK, sure it’s true that I laugh a little louder and get misty-eyed a little more often as I move on in time (yes, I was trying to dodge the phrase “get older”). But misty-eyed doesn’t quite describe my emotion as I watched the new Ancestry.com video in which descendants of the signers of the …

Memories are strange things. I’m at the “fifty-something” time of life when, on an increasingly basis, I often cannot quite recall exactly when something in the past happened unless I’m able to bracket it between two other dates … which triples the effort, if you get my drift (Since to figure out those bracketing dates, …

The Lebanon Valley Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (25 June) in a new place. “We will be meeting at the Lebanon Council of the Arts on the corner of 770 Cumberland St. and Eighth Street (the former bank),” according to Denise Hoffman, society president.  “There are two entrances, but I will only …