The World’s Largest Shared Family Tree

The free FamilySearch website is home to the world’s largest online family tree. Known as the FamilySearch Family Tree, this shared family tree is home to information about more than 1.2 billion ancestors, which has been contributed by millions of descendants. What’s a “Shared Family Tree”? FamilySearch’s unified family tree differs from the tree-building experience […]

Profile of the Day: Susan B. Anthony

Today we celebrate suffragist and social reformer Susan B. Anthony, who was born on this day in 1820. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts to Daniel Anthony and Lucy Read. Her father was an abolitionist and an advocate of the temperance movement. She grew up in a politically active household, which instilled in her a strong passion for social reform. Anthony first met Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1851. They quickly formed a close friendship and a strong… Read the full story

Keeping Up with the Latest in Ancestry.com

Many family researchers use the numerous databases supplied by Ancestry.com. They can be accessed through public libraries or genealogical societies with a subscription or by personal individual subscriptions for home use. Ancestry.com does continue to add new and expanded databases on many different topics. For the new year 2019, some databases added in late 2018 […]

Valentine’s Day Giveaway: Your Family Love Stories

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we asked you to share with us your favorite family love stories for a chance to win a free 1-year subscription of Geni Pro. The stories could be anything from an anecdote of how your grandparents first met, a memorable proposal, or even the story behind a sentimental photo. We enjoyed reading some wonderful and funny stories ranging from first date woes to contemporary stories of finding love online. Entries were submitted through email, Facebook, and… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Have you found your connection to abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass? Today we remember the inspirational social reformer, who chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14. Douglass had never known the exact date of his birth. He was born into slavery around February 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland. He was separated from his mother as an infant and spent the early years of his childhood living with his grandmother on a plantation in Maryland. Around the age of 8, he was… Read the full story

The New York Times and 23andMe Disagree

The Editorial Board of The New York Times posted an opinion piece titled: “Why You Should Be Careful About 23andMe’s Health Test”. In response, 23andMe posted a letter to the editor titled: “23andMe Responds: Empowering Consumers”. The two disagree about the accuracy of 23andMe’s genetic tests results. The New York Times Editorial Board wrote: “Last […]

Profile of the Day: Catherine Howard

On this day in 1542, Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of King Henry VIII, was executed on the grounds of treason for committing adultery. She was queen for only 16 months before her death at the Tower of London. Howard was the daughter of Lord Edmund Howard and Joyce Culpeper. She was also the first cousin of Anne Boleyn, who was King Henry VIII’s second wife and mother of Elizabeth I. Boleyn was executed on May… Read the full story