Missouri: Adoption and Original Birth Certificates, Take Two

In January 2015, I wrote about Missouri House Bill 647, which was then in the system. Had it passed, it would have allowed adult adoptees who were born in Missouri to obtain their original birth certificates. The bill did not pass as written. Reader comments on my post represent a sampling of the emotions evoked by the topic. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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 resist checking it because it is only an index. 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! Continue reading

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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 digested. And for authors whose sights are set on winning a writing competition. Start winning by writing. Not today. But very soon. 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. Continue reading

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