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  • #LIGHTtheWORLD with Family History
    The holiday season is made merry and bright through treasured carols, unique family traditions, and a heavy dose of togetherness. Amid the hustle and the bustle of holiday activities, take some time to reflect on how you can spread light and joy to friends and family. Here are some ideas for how you can #LIGHTtheWORLD […]
  • Merging People in FamilySearch’s Family Tree
    It might be exciting to find your great-grandmother in FamilySearch Family Tree. But what about finding her four times—each record with a little different information? This duplication can feel bewildering and frustrating. And yet finding an ancestor more than once in Family Tree is a fairly common occurrence. The reason for these duplicates (the term […]
  • Indexing Goal in December to #LIGHTtheWORLD
    This holiday season, you can give others the joy of discovering their ancestors by taking time to index. Volunteer indexing has already made more than a billion records easily and freely searchable on—and your help is needed to add records! Your gift of indexing will help bring year-long cheer to researchers around the world. […]
  • Watch the Freedmen Bureau Celebration Broadcast
    A broadcast to celebrate the completion of the Freedmen’s Bureau project will be held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday, December 6, at 9:00 a.m. eastern standard time. The broadcast will be streamed live at Elder D. Todd Christofferson will present Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the museum, […]
  • Simple Start to Family History
    You want to do family history. You really do. But perhaps you aren’t sure how to start or don’t know if you have time to figure it all out. What if you could easily weave some simple family history tasks into your busy life? We’ve chosen a few here to highlight, including instructions and links. […]
  • Exploring Your DNA Results Further
    This is a guest post by Linda Barnickel. Although I had my DNA tested with Ancestry over a year ago, I only recently discovered the wealth of information accessible through two unobtrusive links to be found on each individual match page. Predicted Relationships Choose one of your individual matches and go to that page. Click Read More
  • Ancestry Cultural Legacy Project: A Journey Exploring Cultural Legacy and Cultural Identity
    This is a guest post by Dr. Timothy Seigler, Associate Professor in the School of Education at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina who teaches courses on Culturally Responsive Leadership and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Dr. Seigler is introducing the first of its kind research project known as the Ancestry Cultural Legacy Project.  Students from two Read More
  • From the Past, Present & Future: Inspiring a New Way to Design your Holiday
    Today you will be visited by three spirits of inspiration for holiday decorating and entertaining—from the past, present and future. Take this journey from the gilded and glittered paper and tin of the classic Victorian age, to the present-day rustic and organic simplicity of farmhouse style, to what we imagine as a futuristic focus on Read More
  • Holiday Traditions: How to Prepare the Best Thanksgiving Turkey
    In the early 20th century, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) created the Bureau of Home Economics to educate homemakers on the best ways to sew, clean and prepare food. As part of the USDA initiative, expert cooks worked tirelessly testing various Thanksgiving turkey recipes to determine which made for the most flavorful turkey. Read More
  • Turkey and All the Trimmings
    This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, November-December 2007.  Since Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, Americans have enjoyed Thanksgiving celebrations on the last Thursday of November. That is until 1939. Because of the Great Depression, retailers and businesses pressured President Franklin D. Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving up one week, thus extending the holiday shopping season and, hopefully, Read More
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  • See North Carolina’s Original Copy of the Bill of Rights
    [This blog post comes from a Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources press release – you can find other press releases on] Award-Winning Constitutional Scholar Highlights Bill of Rights, How North Carolina Saved the Constitution RALEIGH, N.C. — In honor of the Bill of Rights’ 225th anniversary on Dec. 15, you will have a […]
  • Interpreting the North Carolina World War I Service Cards
    [This blog post was written by Matthew Peek, Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina.] The North Carolina WWI Service Cards are now available online for free through the joint efforts of FamilySearch and the State Archives of North Carolina. These cards were originally prepared after World War I by the U.S. […]
  • Holiday gifts for that Family Historian
    Looking for that perfect holiday gift for the hard-to-find-gift-for relative? Do you have a family historian on your gift list? Have you considered a digital copy of microfilm?  The State Archives of North Carolina can digitize microfilm in our holdings and place those digital files on DVDs that can be used with most personal computers. […]
  • North Carolina World War I Military Data Now Searchable Online
    [This blog post comes from a Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources press release – you can find other press releases on] RALEIGH, N.C. – Nearly 100 years ago, thousands of North Carolina men shipped out to Europe to serve in the Great War. Who were they? Where did they come from and how […]
  • Newly added World War I material, part 2
    With the anniversary of the United States involvement in World War I approaching, here are more records recently added to the World War I digital collection: Earlie W. Smith correspondence , 1917-1918 Correspondence written by Earlie W. Smith of Harnett County, North Carolina, during his stint in the U.S. Army with the 317th Field Artillery […]

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