Searching Tricky Names

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We’ve all encountered examples where a given name has been mis-spelled by someone, and making researching that name a bit more difficult. When I received a tip on researching tricky names, I knew I had to share it.

Behind the Name is the genius tool that aids in researching other possibilities for your name, and it’s free.  Just type in a name and see variants, other spellings by nationality, and popularity.

As far as surnames go, I’m sure you all know the trick of shortening the name – my own family name of Kuppenheffer was reduced to Kopenhaver over the years, so you should research alternate spellings or use a wild card (*) in place of the vowels.

Happy Researching!

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MyHeritage, DNA, and adoptees

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MyHeritage has launched a pro bono initiative to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through DNA testing. They are providing 15,000 MyHeritage DNA kits to eligible participants. If you are adopted and would like to reconnect with your birth family, or you are looking for a relative that was placed for adoption, go to MyHeritage’s website and apply for eligibility. They do have conditions for eligibility, one of them being financial and the application process is open until April 30, 2018.

MyHeritage makes US yearbooks available

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In December of last year, MyHeritage made a vast collection of US yearbooks available for research. The yearbooks span the years between 1890-1979 and comprises of more than 250,000 yearbooks! The good news is, you can search the collection by name. In order to access this collection, you will need a subscription to MyHeritage and currently subscription is yearly only, ranging from $82.50 – $175.77.

Fold3 is free for Civil War records

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If you are trying to find information on Civil War veterans in your family tree, now is a good time to review the collection of documents at Fold3 because research is free from now until April 15th. There are currently 50 titles with 90+ million records and this encompasses not just Union soldiers but Confederate soldiers too.

You can also view photos from the Civil War taken by the well-known photographer, Matthew Brady and much, much more.  Don’t miss out on this great, free opportunity.

Free Irish Records Weekend and. . .

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Not only is Ancestry offering free access to their Ireland records this weekend, which in itself is a great time to do a bit of research if you don’t have the World Explorer package, but they are also offering Ancestry DNA for $69 too!

Access to the records ends Monday, March 19th, so you won’t want to miss a chance to do a bit of research while it’s free.

Ancestry DNA is $69 for a limited time and this offers more opportunities to connect with fellow researchers or those who have taken the DNA test and explore your roots.  Once you get your results and you begin getting matches, go ahead and reach out to your relatives and try to connect.  You might make some new friends that just happen to be related!

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?

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!