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Freedmen’s Bureau Project Completed with Nearly 2 Million Records of Freed Slaves Indexed -- A project to index the records of 4 million freed African-American slaves is now completed, almost a year to the day after the project was launched by the LDS Church’s FamilySearch International genealogy service with an announcement June 19 of last year at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.

he Freedmen’s Bureau Project has marshaled the efforts of 18,940 volunteers working coast to coast in the United States and Canada, uncovering the names of nearly 1.8 million of some 4 million pre-Civil War era slaves.

Nationwide chapters of the Afro-American Genealogy and Historical Society and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture — slated to open later this year — partnered with FamilySearch to undertake the project, which drew upon documents from the National Archives and Records Administration.

The full announcement of the completion may be found at http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/historic-freedmens-bureau-project-completed.


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FamilySearch has announced completion of the Freedmen's Bureau Project, indexing the names of millions of African Americans collected directly following emancipation.
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eBay, or similar auction sites, may not be high on your list of “go-to” places to research your family history, but you may want to reconsider.
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Yes, I often check Ebay for genealogy info.
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AMITY, Ind. (WISH) — A surprising discovery was made in Johnson County, Indiana, by archaeologists when they were digging for the remains of…
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AMITY, Ind. (WISH) — A surprising discovery was made in Johnson County, Indiana, by archaeologists when they were digging for the remains of a woman buried in the middle of an Amity road.
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Creepy!  I'm just amazed at how they call 1831 ancient.  Here I am doing genealogy in search of someone born in 1690 which to me is still quite recent considering the ancestors I have traced back to King David.
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A Country Guide to Google Search Engines - From the link below at: http://www.genealogyintime.com/articles/country-guide-to-google-search-engines-page1.html In this article, we look at arguably the single most important factor in finding your ancestors with a Google search. To get the most out of any Google search for your ancestors, it is necessary to understand how Google works. An important consideration is to realize that Google runs different search engines in different parts of the world. For example, Google.com is the search engine for the United States, Google.ca is used for Canada, while Google.co.uk is the search engine for the United Kingdom. In total, there are close to 200 different Google search engines.

Most people don't realize that the choice of Google search engine has a profound impact on the search results that are delivered to you. Choose the right Google search engine when searching for your ancestors and you will get good results. Choose the wrong one and you will almost certainly come up empty handed. In this article, we show you how to choose the right Google search engine.

One of the most powerful (yet often overlooked) features of Google search is to make sure you use the correct Google search engine. Not only is this suggestion an excellent genealogy brick wall solution, it is often the major success factor for online genealogy searches.

The following simple example demonstrates the power of using the right Google search engine. Suppose you are looking for John Smith. Most people assume Google.com and Google.co.uk will give you the same search results for the same query. This is simply not true. Sometimes, the search results are not even close, as shown below.

See the article at the link below for the results.

Notice the difference between the two search results for the exact same search query? Now imagine what would happen if you were to perform a more complicated ancestral search on different Google search engines. The results are likely to be very different from each other.


A Bit of Background

Google runs many different search engines. Most of the search engines are organized by country for the following reasons:

Most Search is Local: Over 80% of all Google searches are for local search results. Google knows that someone searching for pizza in Sydney, Australia does not want to see results for local pizza restaurants in (say) New York city.

Distributed Computing: Google runs essentially the largest supercomputer in the world. It is so large that it can't be run in one place. Google's computer system is distributed over many server farms in various countries all over the world.

Speed of Response: To minimize traffic flow over the global Google network, Google tries to match search queries to the nearest Google search engine.

Language Issues: Different countries use different languages. When people enter a search query, they want to see the results in their own language.

Regulation: Google has a need to meet many different government rules and regulations regarding content, access and privacy. This is best served by using local country search engines.

The first point (on the fact most Google search is local) is worth highlighting because it introduces a significant bias into ancestral search results. It works as follows: even though we live in a global world, most traffic across the internet still remains within the boundaries of a single country. For example, most emails are sent to people who live in the same country and most website visits are to websites in the same country.

A total of 41 new Google search engines have appeared since we last revised this article. Many island groups now have their own search engine. This includes such places as Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Micronesia, Norfolk, Pitcairn, St. Helena and several Caribbean countries. Many African countries now also have their own search engine. In addition, some regions (such as Catalan) have search engines. All the updates are all listed on page 3..see below.

It is possible to actually see the localization of global internet traffic in the diagram below. It visually shows traffic from Facebook, the most popular social networking website. A single line in the diagram represents the social link between thousands of people. The diagram is the culmination of many of these lines showing the social interaction of hundreds of millions of people.

Facebook global traffic
Global traffic on the Facebook network. Notice that for almost every country in the world, the vast majority of linkage is within the same country.

The localization effect is also evident in the genealogy world. For example, the popular genealogy service Ancestry runs separate websites for the US (Ancestry.com), Canada (Ancestry.ca), United Kingdom (Ancestry.co.uk) and Australia (Ancestry.com.au).

Another important consideration when searching for ancestral records is to recognize that Google is a general search engine designed to handle a variety of search requests. It is not optimized for specific genealogy searches. For that, use the free Genealogy Search Engine a http://www.genealogyintime.com/tools/genealogy-search-engine.html.

Before Google checks a search request, it fundamentally does not know whether the request is a record search for an ancestor, a search for a local restaurant, or a place to get the automobile fixed. Google does know, however, that a significant portion of search requests are for local results. This knowledge can be used to a genealogist’s advantage.

Genealogy records of ancestors are by definition archived records. Archived records have two important attributes:

Archived records are usually found in the dusty back corners of the internet. It takes a powerful search engine like Google to find archived records. This is the reason why Google is the preferred search engine for genealogy (see How to Use Google Advanced Search for Genealogy at http://www.genealogyintime.com/GenealogyResources/Articles/how_to_use_google_advanced_search_for_genealogy_part_1_page_1.html ).

Archived records, even internet-based archived records, are also usually located within the country that created the record. For example, a birth record for someone born in France two hundred years ago is most likely to be found on a French website.

Thus, you should always use the Google search engine for the country where you expect to find your ancestral record. This is probably the single most important factor in determining your success in finding your ancestors with a Google search.

GenealogyInTime Magazine maintains the most complete list on the internet of Google search engines. In total, there are 192 Google search engines listed by country and region.

We suggest you bookmark this guide. As Google evolves, so does the list of Google country search engines. We will update this list periodically to reflect the latest changes from Google.

How to Use this Table: the Google country search engines are in the language of the country. Not everyone is familiar with the local language. To help facilitate genealogy searches from the table below, we have listed where an English version of the local search engine is available (n/a means the search engine is already in English).


List of Google Search Engines by Country/Region


Country/Region
Local Search Engine
English Version Available


Afghanistan
google.com.af
yes

Albania
google.al
yes

Algeria
google.dz
yes

American Samoa
google.as
n/a

Andorra
google.ad
yes

Angola
google.it.ao
yes

Anguila
google.com.ai
n/a

Antigua & Barbuda
google.com.ag
n/a

Argentina
google.com.ar
yes

Armenia
google.am
yes

Ascension Island
google.ac
n/a

Australia
google.com.au
n/a

Austria
google.at
yes

Azerbaijan
google.az
yes

Bahamas
google.bs
n/a

Bahrain
google.com.bh
yes

Bangladesh
google.com.bd
yes

Belarus
google.com.by
yes

Belgium
google.be
yes

Belize
google.com.bz
n/a

Benin
google.bj
yes

Bhutan
google.bt
n/a

Bolivia
google.com.bo
yes

Bosnia & Herzegovinia
google.ba
yes

Botswana
google.co.bw
n/a

Brazil
google.com.br
yes

British Virgin Islands
google.vg
n/a

Brunei
google.com.bn
yes

Bulgaria
google.bg
yes

Burkina Faso
google.bf
yes

Burundi
google.bi
yes

Cambodia
google.com.kh
yes

Cameroon
google.cm
yes

Canada
google.ca
n/a

Cape Verde
google.cv
yes

Catalan Countries
google.cat
yes

Central African Republic
google.cf
yes

Chad
google.td
yes

Chile
google.cl
yes

China
google.cn
yes

Columbia
google.com.co
yes

Congo, Democratic Republic
google.cd
yes

Congo
google.cg
yes

Cook Islands
google.co.ck
n/a

Costa Rica
google.co.cr
yes

Côte d'Ivoire
google.ci
yes

Croatia
google.hr
yes

Cuba
google.com.cu
yes

Cyprus
google.com.cy
n/a

Czech Republic
google.cz
yes

Denmark
google.dk
yes

Djibouti
google.dj
n/a

Dominica
google.dm
n/a

Dominican Republic
google.com.do
yes

Ecuador
google.com.ec
yes

Egypt
google.com.eg
yes

El Salvador
google.com.sv
yes

Estonia
google.ee
yes

Ethiopia
google.com.et
yes

Fiji
google.com.fj
n/a

Finland
google.fi
yes

France
google.fr
yes

Gabon
google.ga
yes

Gambia
google.gm
n/a

Georgia
google.ge
yes

Germany
google.de
yes

Ghana
google.com.gh
n/a

Gibraltar
google.com.gi
n/a

Greece
google.gr
yes

Greenland
google.gl
yes

Guadeloupe
google.gp
yes

Guatemala
google.com.gt
yes

Guernsey
google.gg
n/a

Guyana
google.gy
n/a

Haiti
google.ht
yes

Honduras
google.hn
yes

Hong Kong
google.com.hk
yes

Hungary
google.hu
yes

Iceland
google.is
yes

India
google.co.in
n/a

Indonesia
google.co.id
yes

Iraq
google.iq
yes

Ireland
google.ie
n/a

Isle of Man
google.co.im
n/a

Israel
google.co.il
yes

Italy
google.it
yes

Ivory Coast
google.ci
yes

Jamaica
google.com.jm
n/a

Japan
google.co.jp
yes

Jersey
google.co.je
n/a

Jordon
google.jo
yes

Kazakhstan
google.kz
yes

Kenya
google.co.ke
n/a

Kiribati
google.ki
n/a

Kuwait
google.com.kw
yes

Kyrgyzstan
google.com.kg
yes

Laos
google.la
yes

Latvia
google.lv
yes

Lebanon
google.com.lb
yes

Lesotho
google.co.ls
n/a

Libya
google.com.ly
yes

Liechtenstein
google.li
yes

Lithuania
google.lt
yes

Luxembourg
google.lu
yes



Country/Region
Local Search Engine
English Version Available
Macedonia
google.mk
yes

Madagascar
google.mg
yes

Malawi
google.mw
n/a

Malaysia
google.com.my
n/a

Maldives
google.mv
n/a

Mali
google.ml
yes

Malta
google.com.mt
yes

Mauritius
google.mu
n/a

Mexico
google.com.mx
yes

Micronesia
google.fm
n/a

Moldavia
google.md
yes

Mongolia
google.mn
yes

Montenegro
google.me
yes

Montserrat
google.ms
yes

Morocco
google.co.ma
yes

Mozambique
google.co.mz
yes

Namibia
google.com.na
n/a

Nauru
google.nr
yes

Nepal
google.com.np
yes

Netherlands
google.nl
yes

New Zealand
google.co.nz
n/a

Nicaragua
google.com.ni
yes

Niger
google.ne
yes

Nigeria
google.com.ng
n/a

Niue
google.nu
n/a

Norfolk Island
google.com.nf
n/a

Norway
google.no
yes

Oman
google.com.om
yes

Pakistan
google.com.pk
n/a

Palestine
google.ps
yes

Panama
google.com.pa
yes

Papua New Guina
google.com.pg
n/a

Paraguay
google.com.py
yes

Peru
google.com.pe
yes

Philippines
google.com.ph
yes

Pitcairn
google.pn
n/a

Poland
google.pl
yes

Portugal
google.pt
yes

Puerto Rico
google.com.pr
yes
Quatar
google.com.qa
yes

Romania
google.ro
yes

Russia
google.ru
yes

Rwanda
google.rw
n/a

Saint Helena
google.sh
n/a

Samoa
google.ws
n/a

San Marino
google.sm
yes

Sao Tome and Principe
google.st
yes

Saudia Arabia
google.com.sa
yes

Senegal
google.sn
yes

Serbia
google.rs
yes

Seychelles
google.sc
n/a

Sierra Leone
google.com.sl
n/a

Singapore
google.com.sg
n/a

Slovakia
google.sk
yes

Slovenia
google.si
yes

Solomon Islands
google.com.sb
n/a

Somalia
google.so
yes

South Africa
google.co.za
n/a

South Korea
google.co.kr
yes

Spain
google.es
yes

Sri Lanka
google.lk
unavailable

St Vincent & Grenadines
google.com.vc
n/a

Suriname
google.sr
yes

Sweden
google.se
yes

Switzerland
google.ch
yes

Taiwan
google.com.tw
yes

Tajikistan
google.com.tj
yes

Tanzania
google.co.tz
yes

Thailand
google.co.th
yes

Timor-Leste
google.tl
yes

Togo
google.tg
yes

Tokelau
google.tk
n/a

Tonga
google.to
n/a

Trinidad & Tobago
google.tt
n/a

Tunisia
google.tn
yes

Turkey
google.com.tr
yes

Turkmenistan
google.tm
yes

Uganda
google.co.ug
n/a

Ukraine
google.com.ua
yes

United Arab Emirates
google.ae
yes

United Kingdom
google.co.uk
n/a

United States
google.com
n/a

Uruguay
google.com.uy
yes

Uzbekistan
google.co.uz
yes

Vanuatu
google.vu
yes

Venezuela
google.co.ve
yes

Vietnam
google.com.vn
yes

Virgin Islands (US)
google.co.vi
n/a

Zambia
google.co.zm
n/a

Zimbabwe
google.co.zw
n/a


http://www.genealogyintime.com/articles/country-guide-to-google-search-engines-page1.html

#genealogy #GoogleSearchByCountry 
Use the right Google country search engine to improve your genealogy searches.
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+Helen Lutke Great. That's why I post...to help!
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Tanner Sousley

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A cousin's paternal Jewish Genealogy. Months and Months of search, hundreds of dead ends and finally it all paid off!
Hello, It's been awhile since I've written an article about any of my genealogical endeavors but rest assured, I'm still uncovering mysteries and have broken down many brick walls in a Jewish family of a cousin of mine. N...
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L'histoire vue à travers le web.
Si vous aimez l'histoire de votre pays ou d'ailleur voici un endroit où vous pouvez partagez les liens qui vous intéressent.
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Kathie “Kat” Gifford

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From the June 1, 2016 Eastmans Online Genealogy Newsletter: Genealogy Apps for Android and Chromebooks -- A newsletter reader read yesterday’s article of “Another Reason Why a Genealogist Might Want to Buy a Chromebook” and asked if Chromebooks can run Windows or Macintosh genealogy programs. I thought I would post the answer here in case other people have the same question.
The quick answer is “No.” Chromebooks do not run programs written for Windows or Macintosh or Linux or UNIX or other operating systems. Chromebooks today only run programs written for the Chrome operating system. As mentioned in yesterday’s article, a future release of the Chrome operating system will also allow most Chromebooks to run programs written for the Android operating system.

There are very few genealogy programs written for Chromebooks but many genealogy programs (or “apps”) are available today for Android, including apps from MyHeritage, FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, RootsMagic, BillionGraves, Find A Grave, and others. You can find a list of all the genealogy apps available for Android at https://goo.gl/EHvKPw. I assume that most of these apps will also run on Chromebooks once the new version of the Chrome operating system is released.

Please notice these Android apps are not identical to the programs available for Windows or Macintosh. In other words, RootsMagic for Android is not the same program as RootsMagic for Windows or RootsMagic for Macintosh. It is produced by the same company that produces RootsMagic for Windows and Macintosh but is a different program.

Android devices do not have high-capacity hard drives, powerful central processors, or large display screens. Most Android devices do not have keyboards although there are a few exceptions. They also do not run the Windows operating system. Therefore, Android devices only run programs, or apps, that designed specifically for the limitations of Android devices.

As mentioned in yesterday’s article, within a few months, most of the Android apps also will also operate on most Chromebook computers, the low-cost laptops that usually have full-sized screens and keyboards.

In the meantime, Windows programs will only run on Windows with one exception: Windows programs will run on Macintosh, Linux, or UNIX systems that have virtual computing software installed. See http://lifehacker.com/5714966/five-best-virtual-machine-applications for information about the more popular virtual computing products. However, that exception does not apply to Chromebooks or to Android devices.

Macintosh programs only run on Macintosh.

Apple iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) programs, or apps, only run on Apple iOS devices.

Android programs, or apps, today only run on Android devices but that will change within a few months when most Android apps will also run on Chromebooks. Once the new version of the Chrome operating system is released, I expect I will test it on one of my Chromebooks and will write about my successes and/or failures here in this newsletter.

Go here to subscribe to the Eastman Genealogy Newsletter: http://app.feedblitz.com/f/f.fbz?Sub=948986

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Tanner Sousley

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I am looking for anyone who can read and translate an old family memoir book written in pre-revolutionary reformed Russian cursive. If you're interested in taking a look, let me know and I could send you an invite to it through google docs. Thanks!
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Hey Tanner, sorry it took me so long, but this time of year I end up spending lots of time in my garden and other things sometimes get a little bit backed up.
I did catch up with Dimy and as I suspected he'd be very happy to help with your project. He's an interesting guy -- and so, of course, are you. So I think the two of you will enjoy the chance to begin to get to know each other ... and you'll have a very expert guide and host if you go to Russia for on-site research!!
You guys will figure out how to proceed with the translation and with giving him access to your Google docs much more quickly if I get out of the way. (Believe me, you don't want me involved in THAT!) Dimy told me to ask you to send him a 'Friend' request on Facebook, and then you could tell him what's going on and work out the other access details. He is DIMITRY POGORELOV on Facebook ....

Good luck!!! I'll be excited to hear how your research unfolds. I hope you know that I'm a big admirer of your work.
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Michael Austin

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New to group

Having difficulty tying my native American ancestry to a specific tribe

Led to believe it's Osage and Arapahoe, Grand father left Kansas to avoid racial discrimination issues, and moved to northern California

I believe his father, or grandfather, may have been part of a group that sacrificed tribal relations to become "full American citizens " and earn the right to vote, during (or just before ) the Indian relocation act that allowed millitary force to be used to relocate the tribe from Kansas to Oklahoma

Found paternal great grandfather on 1940 census but he is NOT listed as native american. Trying to get far enough back to tie into a tribal ancetory line.

Grandpa (never met him , he died before I was born) did everything he could to hide the ancecetory and portray himself as white, in that where he moved to in califirnia, even till my birth (actually andctuallybout a decade after) the discrimination was horibble. The unwritten "law" (emotional sentiment) was that "the only good Indian is a dead one")

His birth certificate was,destroyed so I can't use it as a validation source for a tribe,

What sources can I get that might lead me to a better TRUE history of my ancestors?
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Jack Coffee

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New blog at the Edward Coffey Project: Judge William Ballard Councill of North Carolina. http://tinyurl.com/jl2q9ca

Don't forget to check out the link to Pinterest included in the sidebar.
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This is my grandfather. Thank you posting. He died the year I was born. Gordon Stuart Councill was my father. I never really knew him as my mother left him before my first birthday. I did, however, communicate with his mother and sister over the years and visited them as an adult. I know very little of my father's family. I visited Hickory in 2005 and stayed in the family home which was a B & B at that time. I am very interested in learning more.
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A place where professional and amateur genealogist come to share advice, help with brick walls and talk genealogy.
 
When my siblings and I found this cylinder of silver in the family antique chest, it reminded me of a secret decoder ring. With some sleuthing, we found out its use, but still not sure if it is a counterfeit or made by the inventor's company.
An ancestors propelling pencil would have been the latest thing in innovations in its day. We are thrilled to find it among our family treasures.
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Kathie “Kat” Gifford

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New on the Black Sea German website:

http://www.blackseagr.org/blksea-db/searchform.php

* Odessa Region Families (many updates and lots of new families added; In the Odessa Region families database a lot of new information on Lustdorf families were added/connected as well as some Kutschurgan villages/families.) * Schott & Billigmeier (updated)

#Genealogy #BlackSeaGermanResearch 
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James Ellison

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Summertime brings many holidays and special events where we gather as family and friends. Have you tried the newest way to scrapbook your #memories? Use an app to easily create a #Chatbook using your digital #photos!

#millennials #allthekidsaredoingit #familyhistory #genealogy #RootsBid

http://rootsbid.com/blog/genealogy-millennials-photo-sharing-apps-replace-traditional-scrapbooking/
If you are only using scrapbooks to document your family history, why not try out some of the photo-sharing apps, such as Chatbooks!
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Any help I can find on this project my family tree is greatly appreciated.  One thing I do need is pictures - I don't have very many and it would be nice to put a face or something like that would be awesome.  Thank you
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James Ellison

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When genealogy records disagree, assess each one individually and then collectively. You can usually come to a relatively sound conclusion.
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James Ellison

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Prepare and then set off on your own expedition to see what genealogical riches are just waiting to be discovered.
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Daniel Smerda

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Are there any Norwegian descendents here, I am looking for old traditional Norwegian recipes. If anyone is willing to share please let me know.
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I'm looking for a authentic lefse recipe that uses potatoes
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Jack Coffee

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William Lawson Coffey blog update.
William Lawson Coffey, Jr. The Battle of Midway, a naval battle involving aircraft carriers USS Hornet, USS Yorktown and USS Enterprise, began on June 4, 1942 and ended on June 7. Although the Yorktown was lost and American...
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James Ellison

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Have you ever been a symbolically stranded genealogist? No need to stay #stranded for long! Follow these steps the next time you have a “break-down” and get going again in no time.

#RootsBid #genealogy #familyhistory

http://rootsbid.com/blog/roadside-assistance-stranded-genealogist/
Have you ever been a symbolically stranded genealogist? No need to stay stranded for long--help is easily accessible with websites full of information.
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Devon Noel Lee

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Okay history buffs... we're having a debate over whether this statement is true or not.

"By the end of D-D, The Allies had stopped the German advance and slowly began driving back German forces."

What say you about this statement? #history   #genealogy   #WWII  
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Not all allied troops that landed in Normandy were on the beaches. Many parachuted in behind the lines and, by the end of the day allied forces controlled the entrances to the beaches and exits to the battlefields.

The German advance was a planned crossing of the channel. The Allies/American advance was across the channel and into France.

So I would say the quote - whoever said it - is essentially correct.
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James Ellison

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What would you do if you found something hidden in the walls or floorboards of your house? It could be full of #genealogy treasures!

#stories #records #familyhistory #RootsBid

http://rootsbid.com/blog/if-the-walls-could-talk/
What would you do if you found something hidden in the walls or floorboards of your house? Think of the genealogy stories that could be told!
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This happened recently during renovation of Paul Robeson's house in Princeton
Transit pass from 1898 found in walls of Paul Robeson house in ...
http://goo.gl/fGFKwm

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