Ancestry DNA $69

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Ancestry DNA is on sale again for $69 between now and February 25, 2018. This is a great time for you to have your DNA tested and meet up with some matches through Ancestry’s website.  You can also download your DNA results when you receive them and upload them to other sites offering a similar service. So where do you think you come from?

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Maryland Marriage Records

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For some reason, Cecil County Maryland seems to have been “the” place to get married on my dad’s side of the family. Elkton to be exact. So I did a bit of digging today and found the indexes to marriage records are available to search at the Maryland State Archives.

There are marriage indexes for several counties and you can search through groom or bride indexes and Cecil County has the largest year span of records available.

I found my parents record information and also debunked the alleged marriage of a great-uncle.

Roots Web

Do you use Roots Web?  It’s loaded with family trees, message boards, mailing lists and more. But recently, due to some “issue,” it’s been taken down. The story is it’s being fixed and the plan is to bring many of the contributions back in a few months, most of them being read-only. You can go HERE and read what has been affected and what they plan is to restore the site. We’ll have to stay tuned for this and see what happens.

Family Search requires accounts

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Previously, Family Search would allow you to search records without having an account. But since November, that has changed. Now you must have or create an account to search and view records but don’t worry, it’s still free. And if you don’t want to pay the member fees for sites like Ancestry or My Heritage, Family Search is the way to go. They have a vast selection of records and if you have some spare time, you can also help index new records.

Give the gift of Ancestry DNA

Don’t know what to get for a genealogist friend or family member, or even yourself? Why not Ancestry DNA for only $69 between now and December 14th! Just head over to Ancestry.com and click on the link to order your kit today!

Ancestry DNA only $59?!

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If you’ve been wanting to try Ancestry’s DNA but didn’t want to spend the $99 or $79 when it’s on sale, then NOW is your time to try it. From now until November 27th, you can get Ancestry DNA for only $59! That’s right, just $59 and you can see where your roots started their journey. Head on over to Ancestry and order your kit now.

Fold3 Free Native American Records

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If you have Native American ancestry in your family tree, or suspect you do, you are in luck. Fold3 is offering free access to their Native American records until Nov 15th. I just got notice of this great free offer and wanted to get it posted to you before any more time expires since it began Nov 1.

They are giving access to Ratified Indian treaties (1722-1869); Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940); Dawes Packets (1896-1914); Dawes Enrollment Cards (1898-1914); Eastern Cherokee Applications (1906-1909); Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller (1908-1910); Cherokee Indian Agency, TN (1801-1835); and Rinehart Photos-Native Americans (1898).

This is a great time to explore these collections while they are free.

An 1849 Philadelphia “guide”

Once in a while, something interesting will be shared on Facebook that is worth reading and sharing. Tonight was one of those nights. As I scrolled through the day’s postings, one regarding a guide for strangers in Philadelphia Genealogy caught my eye. I clicked on the link and oh, how happy I was to do so.

Many of us thing our fore-bearers were prim, proper ladies and gentlemen, but after reading these pages from A Guide for Strangers, it would seem that Vegas wasn’t the only place to visit a brothel. Philadelphia had their share of “fine establishments” and places that you’d best avoid. This seems to answer my question on how it became known as the City of Brotherly Love (just kidding!) but do go and read the pages of this guide.  It is well worth your time. I was secretly hoping one of my relatives would be listed – it would make for great conversation at our next family get-together!

Kansas Census 1895

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I don’t think I’ve ever truly appreciated the questions asked by the census taker as much as I do now. Before I embarked on learning my family’s history, I thought the census takers were just nosy. Now I wish they would ask more questions!

And this brings me to the Kansas state census of 1895. Enumerated March 1, 1895 the census provides all the normal details: name, age, sex, race, place of birth, occupation, education level and military service. The one tidbit I really like that was asked: where the person lived prior to coming to Kansas. How great is that! If you’ve been tracking an elusive relative, this piece of information would be priceless.

The records are free at Family Search. Happy Hunting.

A better calendar site? You decide

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I received a message in regards to a calendar page I suggested back in 2012 (wow, who knew I’ve been blogging that long?!). I went back in time to find that posting and yes indeed, I did suggest a site called Time and Date. The person commenting on that site suggested providing a link to the site: The Time Now. The poster said it was more user-friendly for sight-impaired people.  They do have a lot of handy tools on the site aside from the weather and current date and time.

Next I went back to Time and Date to have another look at their site. Personally, I like the latter, better.  But I shall let it up to you dear readers to decide which site fills your needs. Now you have two options.