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Which way to a DNA sale?

Ancestry DNA kits are on sale for $69 through midnight tonight (11.30.2015). This is a great price on autosomal DNA kits, which are normally $99. There are two options to buy the kit at the sale price.

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Free BCG Webinar, Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The Board for Certification of Genealogists continues their webinar series tonight with another free offering.

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All Aboard! Railroad Retirement Board Records

Announcements appeared in the past week. The Midwest Genealogy Center added a Railroad Retirement Board Claim Records Index covering 1936 to the early 2000s. Few sample documents have been described or shown. As appealing as another index sounds, some will … Continue reading

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Explore Chicago Collections

New resources are surprise gifts. Unexpected. Welcome. Promising. There is a new resource for Chicago and Chicago-area historical and cultural research. What promise!

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A Challenge Approaches

As November nears, a challenge approaches. It’s for those who want to write, but haven’t set aside the time. For genealogists with stacks of neglected research files – expensive dust-catchers unless data is compiled into something that is more readily … Continue reading

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Free Trial Databases for Illinois Residents

For the past sixteen years, the Illinois State Library has sponsored a free trial database program called Try-It! Illinois. Each fall, users of over 5,000 Illinois ILLINET libraries are given access to a myriad of databases to peruse.

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NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair, 21-22 October 2015 (Wed-Th)

What a week for free learning opportunities, all accessible from the comfort of your home! The National Archives will present its annual Virtual Genealogy Fair on 21-22 October 2015. If you aren’t near a calendar, the sessions are this Wednesday … Continue reading

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