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RootsWeb Security Update

Posted by Tony Blackham on December 23, 2017 in Website

Update: RootsWeb updates can be found on RootsWeb homepage. We want to share an important security update with you. Last Wednesday, December 20, Ancestry’s Information Security Team received a message from a security researcher indicating that he had found a file containing email addresses/username and password combinations as well as user names from a RootsWeb.com Read More

Understanding Machine Learning: XGBoost

Posted by Tyler Folkman on December 18, 2017 in TechRoots

Understanding Machine Learning: XGBoost As the use of machine learning continues to grow in industry, the need to understand, explain and define what machine learning models do seems to be a growing trend. For machine learning classification problems that are not of the deep learning type, it’s hard to find a more popular library than Read More

4 Reasons to Join a Genealogical Society

Posted by Linda Barnickel on December 15, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Given the immense quantity of material available through Ancestry and elsewhere online, you may not have considered the many benefits of joining a genealogical society. Societies range in size from a few dozen to thousands of members, and typically have a focus. That focus could be based in geography, surname, nationality, or ethnic group. Automatically, Read More

5 Tips for Discovering Biological Family with AncestryDNA

Posted by Jake Fletcher on December 7, 2017 in AncestryDNA, ProGenealogists

Few journeys in the world of genealogy are as poignant and challenging as an individual searching for his or her biological family. While all people who pursue genealogy experience some sense of self-discovery and emotion, researchers solving “unknown parentage” questions produce even more passion. With the world of genetic genealogy exploding in popularity over the Read More

Locating World War I Photographs

Posted by Jennifer Holik on December 1, 2017 in Guest Bloggers, Research

I talk to a lot of European World War I and World War II researchers who have adopted the graves of our American service members who are buried in American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) Cemeteries. The number one thing each seeks is a photograph of their adopted soldier, sailor, or Marine. So, just where might Read More