Friday, November 09, 2018

NEHGS Offers FREE Access on American Ancestors Thru Tues!

NEHGS Offers FREE Access to All Databases
on from November 6–13

On November 7, 2018 NEHGS announced the following: 

To assist family historians of all levels with a great reason to fall back into research, American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) are granting FREE access to more than 1.4 billion names within its data-rich online records. For a limited time only—from Tuesday, November 6, 2018, through Tuesday, November 13, 2018—anyone can access the many research databases within the award-winning website of NEHGS by registering as a FREE Guest Member at

The website of NEHGS at contains some of the most important online databases for researching American ancestry, with more than 1.4 billion names in records covering 18 countries. Many databases include original content created by the experts and scholars at NEHGS, and all are open for eight days of FREE research to anyone who registers as a Guest Member. Access to all databases is free from November 6 at 12:00 AM EST through November 13 at 11:59 PM EST.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

News You Can Use #2: Who You Do Think You Are? Debuts New Episodes in December

New Episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC

Here is the schedule for the upcoming season of Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Mandy Moore (December 3): Mandy Moore is shocked to discover ancestors who lived in Australia and travels far, determined to unlock the mystery of how they got there. Moore is touched by the courage of those who made the journey and the sacrifice of those who were left behind.
  • Josh Duhamel (December 10): Josh Duhamel travels to England to investigate the extraordinary life of his 12 times great-grandfather and uncovers an astonishing, dark twist of interrogation and torture that rocks his belief system to the core.
  • Matthew Morrison (December 17): Matthew Morrison explores his American roots for the first time and is surprised to discover his family’s ties to the Revolutionary War. He learns of the bold lengths that his ancestor went through to protect his allegiances and the brutality he faced on the battlefield.
  • Regina King  (December 17): Regina King investigates her maternal family tree and uncovers an ancestor who was a passionate civil rights activist in Alabama; a man who came out of slavery, endured horrific violence, but never stopped fighting for his people.

News You Can Use #1: Updates DNA Estimates, Offers Free Military Records

Sorry for the long absence!  Life got a little crazy for a while.  Here are a few genealogy-related stories to catch you up.  There are a few things happening at Ancestry.  
First, they are offering FREE access to military records from November 2-12 in honor of Veterans.  You can access the more than 250 million records at

Second, if you haven't heard, Ancestry has added millions of results to their DNA database and unveiled new ethnicity estimates for everyone who has taken an Ancestry DNA test. So if you haven't checked your DNA lately, it is worth a look.  According to the Ancestry Blog

Ancestry will deliver ethnicity estimates with increased precision to its customers, through a new algorithm that analyzes longer segments of genetic information, marking an important evolution in the way we interpret DNA data. Having built and expanded our DNA reference panel, we have a better understanding of genetic signatures globally, can break down geographic ethnicity estimates with greater specificity and give you a more detailed picture of your origins.