17 Years of Research Being Flushed Down the Toilet

ancestry-insiderFrom The Ancestry Insider Blog Posted: 06 Mar 2017 08:00 AM PST used by permission.
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One of my #RootsTech reports drew this comment from a reader:

Dear Ancestry Insider

The last paragraph on data innovation really struck home with me. I am 68 years old and have 5 family trees with the largest one having over 90,800 names, 15,400 obits, and numerous wedding announcements and anniversaries, etc. No one in my family has any interest in genealogy. I can see my 17 years of research being "flushed down the toilet" when I am incapable of maintaining my trees. I have basically quit my research because it seems pointless.

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Updates and Changes to Our Website

Marriage Database Back Online

We recently moved our website to a new host on the web. When this move happened, it broke the searchable tables for Marriage Records and our Tombstone Database. Effective today, the Orange County (FL) Marriage Records are back online and are searchable using advanced searches and filters. Note that these records date to when many of the surrounding counties were considered Orange County. 

Tombstone / Cemetery Project

We hope to have the Tombstone Database online soon. We also need some help on completing the Cemetery / Tombstone project. If you are willing to help with this project which was started in the early 1980s please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We have need for people to photograph cemeteries and to do research to add and update information on them.

Meeting Notes Moved on Website

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The Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, Findmypast, FamilySearch and MyHeritage

By Dick Eastman · February 21, 2017

You may have asked, "Which is the best online genealogy service for me to use?" Or perhaps you want to know the best two or three services. Sunny Morton gave a presentation about these four online powerhouses at the recent RootsTech2017 conference that may answer your questions.

The one-hour four-minute presentation was videotaped and is now available as a video on the RootsTech.org web site. I suspect this video will answer most of your questions. Topics covered include cost, record types, geographic coverage, genetic testing, DNA matching, search flexibility, languages supported, mobile-friendly, automated matching, and a lot more. Sunny provides the most information about these four sites that I have ever seen in any other one document or video.

Comparing Ancestry, Findmypast, Familysearch and- Myheritage

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Fake Urgent Firefox Update Warning

There is a fake Firefox update going around that suddenly changes your Firefox browser window to display a warning that there is an "Urgent Firefox Update" and provides a popup for you to install this update. DON'T CLICK ON THIS, CLICK ON CANCEL INSTEAD and then the back arrow of the browser.


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Family Tree DNA Now Accepts All Ancestry.com Autosomal Transfers and 23andMe V3 and V4

ftdna-logoFamily Tree DNA now accepts AncestryDNA and 23&Me transfers. Previously some DNA tests were not compatible with Family Tree DNA's system but that has not been fixed. The cost to upload and see the top 20 ALL matches is completely free and only take seconds to do. You will have to have a free account. There is an optional $19 charge to utilize all the tools including the chromosome browser and ethnicity estimates. Previously the charge was $39.

UPDATE: Exciting new points are that ALL of your matches are free for transfer kits, not just the first 20 matches. In addition, the matrix feature is free too, so you can see if your matches also match each other.

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The Genealogy Library Inside Your Computer: How to Increase Your Personal Genealogy Library without Additional Bookshelves

From Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, by Dick Eastman · February 2, 2017

old books and new ebooksThousands of genealogy books are available to you right now. You can search for them and, if you find some that look interesting, you can be reading them within minutes. There is no waiting for the post office to deliver them. Best of all is the price: most of them are available free of charge!

NOTE: a few of the ebooks are only available on CD-ROM which obviously does involve a postal delay and normally costs some money..

As you may have guessed, these are out-of-copyright books printed prior to 1923 plus a handful of later books. Luckily, there were a lot of genealogy books published in those days. After all, the records weren't as old back then!

In addition, I will list sources for many newer genealogy books that are for sale at modest prices.

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Immigration Through Ellis Island - Award Winning Video Documentary on Its 125th Anniversary

Ellis Island was the port of entry for millions of European immigrants. Fascinating archival footage and audio tell the moving story of families with dreams of opportunity, leaving their homes with what they could carry.

Between 1892 and the early 1950s, nearly 15 million people streamed through Ellis Island in search of a new life. Here are the stories of those extraordinary immigrants, largely in their own poignant words. Coming primarily from Southern and Eastern Europe, and from widely diverse backgrounds, the émigrés represented in this remarkable volume recount their adventures with dignity, wit, and unflagging honesty.

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DNA Basics for a Sound Foundation by The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell

judy-russellJudy Russell in her blog, The Legal Genealogist, publishes an article every Sunday relating to DNA for genealogists. This past Sunday she posted an aritcle on DNA Basics for a Sound Foundation. IN this article she outlines a number of basics that you need for a good genetic genealogy foundation. She starts out by saying:

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