21 Jun 2016

Genealogy Summer Adventure

I’ve been scarce lately, I know, getting ready for my grand genealogy summer adventure. I’ll be back in about a month, blogging here about how the research has gone. Other than that, I’ll just stay mysterious for now. In the meantime, more genealogy humor above.

13 Jun 2016

Call a Swede

Sweden is the first country in the world with its own phone number, so that you can call a Swede. Last month, Sweden set up a new phone number called “The Swedish Number” (46 771 793 336). Call a Swede and a volunteer will answer to talk to you about their country.
In 1766, Sweden became the first country in the world to introduce a constitutional law to abolish censorship. To honor this anniversary, Sweden is now the first country in the world to introduce its own phone number. Call today and get connected to a random Swede, anywhere in Sweden and talk about anything you want.

“Random Swede answering,” said Christer Blom, picking up the phone. Blom is a 53-year-old software developer who lives in the Swedish countryside about 100 miles west of Stockholm. He volunteered to field calls from people across the globe two weeks ago.

“I just thought it would be a nice […]

9 Jun 2016

Updates to FamilySearch Databases June 2016

There’s something for everyone in the new updates to FamilySearch databases June 2016, including newly indexed records for the following existing databases:

California San Francisco County Records 1824‐1997

Connecticut Marriages 1640‐1939

Illinois Cook County Birth Certificates 1871‐1940

Illinois Cook County Deaths 1878‐1994

Iowa Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records 1861-1949

Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626‐2001

Michigan Civil Marriages 1834‐1974

Ohio County Births 1841-2003

The entire list of 35 new historic record collections published online in this update includes the following:





Argentina Tucumán Catholic Church Records 1727‐1955



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Tasmania Civil Registration (District Registers) 1839‐1938



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588‐1913



Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541‐1914



Added images to an existing collection

Belgium Liège Civil Registration 1621-1914



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Namur Civil Registration 1800-1912



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration […]

4 Jun 2016

“Our true nationality is mankind.”

Yes, this is an ad for travel company, but I think it’s well done. Any genealogist would leap to have this opportunity for DNA testing and travel. As H.G. Wells said, “Our true nationality is mankind.”
It’s easy to think there are more things dividing us than uniting us. But we actually have much more in common with other nationalities than you’d think. If you dare to question who you really are, head to to WIN your own DNA journey: a DNA kit and the chance to visit every single country you’re from!