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The White Glove Debate

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 28, 2014 in In The Community

Besides death and taxes, there is a third certainty of life: Have someone on television handle an old document without wearing white gloves and you will hear shocked people all across social media. Slightly less certain are the comments of those who are shocked when someone does wear white gloves when handling a document. Welcome… Read more

Special Delivery: Postmasters in the Family Tree

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 26, 2014 in Collections

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Postal Service! (We would have sent them a card, but we couldn’t find one for a 239th birthday.) One great thing about having an ancestor who held a government job such as postmaster is that it creates a paper trail. A postmaster (which is the correct term for both males… Read more

What We Are Reading: July 25 Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 25, 2014 in In The Community

I’ve always been an avid reader. I enjoy seeing things from a different perspective or digging deeper into a subject that’s new to me. That’s what the articles we’ve read this week do. (Plus, there’s some inspiration to do some writing of your own!) “Census Sunday: William Wallace Greene Jr Counted Twice on 1930 Census,”… Read more

The Beehive State: Utah State Research Guide

Posted by Crista Cowan on July 25, 2014 in Research

This week marks 167 years since the Mormon Pioneers entered the Great Salt Lake Valley. Here are five things you might not know about Utah: 1. The original inhabitants of Utah were Gosiute, Southern Paiute, Ute, Shoshone, and Navajo tribes. 2. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (more commonly called “Mormons”)… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Mapping Cynthia Nixon’s Ancestor

Posted by Ancestry.com on July 25, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

For the television show Who Do You Think You Are? our job is to tell stories we find in family trees. And a good story needs good characters, the more well-rounded and dynamic, the better. So when we research an episode for Who Do You Think You Are? we look to learn everything we can… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Season 5 Premiere Recap with Cynthia Nixon

Posted by Jessica Murray on July 24, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

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Throwback Thursday Topic: Regional Expressions and Names

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 24, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

One of the wondrous thing about traveling to visit family in various parts of the country was hearing the different expressions used by our family. It went beyond the whole soda vs. pop vs. coke debate (although we did have that discussion on a regular basis and for the record, the correct term is “pop”).… Read more

Second chances and emotional reunions in the next “Long Lost Family”

With the new season of Long Lost Family now in full swing and tissue sales at an all-time high, Davina McCall & Nicky Campbell continue to give us front row seats at some beautiful family reunions. In episode three we hear the stories of Richard Cue and Tania Bartlett. While both stories are different they… Read more

Celebrate Cousin Day: Making a DNA Connection Isn’t Lucky. It’s Likely.

Posted by Anna Swayne on July 23, 2014 in AncestryDNA

You can’t predict when a DNA connection will happen, but when it does it’s definitely worth celebrating.  Take these two AncestryDNA users who not only work together, but sit back to back to each other. Both took the test and found out they’re not only co-workers – they’re cousins. Who would have thought? “It was… Read more

Connecting with Cousins

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 23, 2014 in Juliana's Corner

For years, I battled with the decision over whether to make my tree public or private. What if there was something wrong in it? I do a lot of my research offline and a lot of my pre-computer research resides in binders. I’ve used that and more recent research over the years to construct timelines… Read more

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