DNA kit sale!

If you haven’t heard, several DNA kits are part of the Amazon Prime Day sale and some are the lowest they get. The Prime Day sale ends in just under 14 hours, so if you have been on the fence, head on over. Continue reading

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FamilySearch Communities

FamilySearch recently added a community feature, and it is free! The community area offers forums in which to ask or to answer questions, to upload documents for translation assistance, and to find links to related resources, such as foreign word lists, FamilySearch wiki articles, and maps. Users can participate or lurk and learn. Continue reading

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Records of the Skies: Obtaining Airplane Records

My last post featured tracing a former “family” airplane to its modern owner in order to share photographs and information. Tracing a family artifact, no matter the size, helps to flesh out fragmented stories, produces facts to weave into a narrative, and can offer enjoyment to the artifact’s former owner. Continue reading

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The tiny Ercoupe caught my father’s eye in 1950. In 2017, that seventy-one-year-old airplane reminded me of the goodness in others. Of hopeContinue reading

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Missouri: Adoption and Original Birth Certificates, Take Three

If you have an interest in original birth certificates from Missouri, take note. Continue reading

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Relocating for Religion: The Christian Catholic Church and “The Leaves of Healing”

Faith healing. A flat earth. The promise of a Utopian society.[1] If not for a religious sect whose doctrine makes me squirm, I would not be alive. Continue reading

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Illinois State Library Offers Free Trial Databases

It’s that time again. This marks the eighteenth year for the Illinois State Library’s free trial database program, Try-It! Illinois. Users of over 5,000 Illinois ILLINET libraries are allowed trial access to numerous databases. Continue reading

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