Roots & Branches

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New Collections for Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi and Missouri

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Finding ancestors in Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi and Missouri just got easier! recently added nine new vital records collections for these states. If you have ancestors from there, you will definitely want to check out these 3.5 million records.
Highlights Include:
Missouri, Early Death Records covers 1834 to 1910. Read More »

July Livestreams: 5 New Free Topics

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Summertime and the living is easy, so the song says. Summertime is also a relaxing time to learn about discovering your family tree! Grab an ice cold drink, take your laptop out to the hammock, and enjoy five new livestreams this month! Topics include:
July 3 - Patriots of Color: African-Americans in the Revolutionary War Read More »

The Flying Wallendas in the 1940 Census

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If you watched Nik Wallenda's recent high-wire walk 1,500 feet above a Grand Canyon-area gorge, you probably heard references to his great-grandfather Karl Wallenda. Take a peek at the Wallenda family in the 1940 census. Read More »

Archives' partner Company, AncestryDNA and Katie Couric bring birth mother and son together - 41 years later

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Chris Burton was simply hoping to discover his ancestors' homelands when he took his AncestryDNA test. But when his test results came in, Chris, who was adopted at birth, learned he had a close family connection, possibly a first... Read More »

Actress Vanessa Williams Explains How DNA Powers Her Family Tree

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The following appeared in the Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2013. Written by Jessica P. Ogilvie. The world within Vanessa Williams 5 QUESTIONS Most of us are curious about our family lineage. For Vanessa Williams, who recently took part... Read More »

Livestreams in June: UK Census, Finding Records, and Citing Sources

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Just because school is out doesn't mean you can't learn something new about genealogy! The livestreams on Wednesdays are fun ways to learn about different resources and how to climb higher on your family tree. Let's take a look at some upcoming topics:
June 12, Across the Pond: Using UK Censuses Read More »

New Collections for Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey and Tennessee

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Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey and Tennessee. What do these states have in common? All have new vital records collections on! We recently launched 3.6 million birth, marriage, and death records for these states. Let's take a look at these seven collections. Read More »

Diaries, Death, Pins and Provenance: New Expert Series Articles

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In the last two weeks, the Expert Series has had articles about diaries, death certificates, pins, and something called provenance. Let's take a closer look.

When is a diary not a diary? Diane L. Richard shows us a whole new way to think about finding intimate details about our ancestors. Read More »

Memorializing Our Military Ancestors

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Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. Although it was originally established to honor those who had perished while serving the military, it has come to be a time to remember all veterans who have passed away. We here at would like to help you remember the veterans in your family. Read More »

Scrolling Through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Records

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America collections are great for finding genealogical information. These collections make it possible to find birth, baptism, confirmation, marriage, and death records for members of churches affiliated with the ELCA. Now, those records are even easier to use. Read More »

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