Welcome to this week’s roundup of the latest news and updates from around the main genealogy sites! As family historians and genealogists, it’s crucial to stay informed about the newest resources, features, and insights that can aid us in our quest to uncover the past. Whether you’re a seasoned researcher or just starting your family history journey, my weekly digest aims to bring you valuable information that can enrich your exploration. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s highlights.
FindMyPast releases new Manchester electoral registers, London and Berkshire parish records
Findmypast has released a new collection of Manchester electoral registers, covering the years 1832 to 1920. This collection is a valuable resource for anyone researching their family history in Manchester, as it provides a snapshot of the city’s residents at different points in time. The registers include names, addresses, occupations, and other information about registered voters.
Ancestry honors Native American Heritage Month with new resources
Ancestry is honoring Native American Heritage Month with a number of new resources, including a collection of Native American oral histories, a guide to researching Native American family history, and a blog post about the importance of preserving Native American culture and heritage.
The collection of oral histories includes interviews with Native Americans from different tribes, sharing their stories and perspectives. The guide to researching Native American family history provides tips on where to find records and how to interpret them. And the blog post discusses the importance of preserving Native American culture and heritage, and how genealogy can help to do that.
Ancestry launches Parental Traits Inheritance, bringing a deeper understanding of family history
Ancestry has launched Parental Traits Inheritance, a new feature that allows users to see how their traits are inherited from their parents. This feature uses DNA data to predict the likelihood that a user will inherit certain traits, such as eye color, hair color, and height. Parental Traits Inheritance is a valuable tool for anyone who wants to learn more about their family history and how their traits have been shaped over time.
To use Parental Traits Inheritance, users simply need to upload their DNA data to Ancestry and choose which traits they want to learn more about. Ancestry will then use its database of genetic data to predict the likelihood that the user inherited each trait from their parents.
LGBT History Month: An Opportunity for Civil Rights Reflection and Advocacy
This blog post from Ancestry discusses the importance of LGBT History Month and how it is an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made in the fight for civil rights for LGBT people, as well as to advocate for further change.
The post highlights some of the key milestones in the LGBT rights movement, such as the Stonewall riots, the legalization of same-sex marriage, and the passage of nondiscrimination laws. It also discusses the challenges that LGBT people still face today, and how we can continue to work towards equality.
Uncover Your Ancestral Roots: A Guide to Family Relationship Charts
This blog post from Ancestry provides a guide to family relationship charts, and how they can be used to learn more about your family history.
The post discusses different types of family relationship charts, such as pedigree charts and descendant charts. It also provides tips on how to create your own family relationship chart, and how to use it to identify research opportunities.
Riches, Rogues, and Rebellions: Exploring the Golden Age of Piracy
This blog post from Ancestry discusses the Golden Age of Piracy, and how it was a time of great adventure and excitement. It also provides some tips for researching your pirate ancestry.
The post discusses the different types of pirates, the ships they sailed on, and the treasures they sought. It also provides information on how to find pirate records, and how to interpret them.
Unlock the Past with MyHeritage This Halloween
This blog post from MyHeritage discusses how you can use MyHeritage to learn more about your family history this Halloween. It also provides some tips for creating spooky family trees and other Halloween-themed projects.
The post discusses how MyHeritage can help you to find out more about your ancestors’ occupations, hobbies, and interests. It also provides tips on how to use MyHeritage
Discover Your Ancestral Spirits with MyHeritage’s Halloween DNA Sale
This blog post from MyHeritage announces a Halloween sale on DNA kits. It also discusses how you can use DNA testing to learn more about your ancestry and heritage.
New Records on FamilySearch 1 Oct 2023
This blog post from FamilySearch announces the release of new records on the FamilySearch website. These records include vital records, census records, and military records from a variety of countries.
Historic DNA: Archaic Humans Part II – The Denisovans
This blog post from LivingDNA discusses the Denisovans, a group of archaic humans who lived in Asia tens of thousands of years ago. It also discusses how LivingDNA can help you learn more about your Denisovan ancestry.
Sarah’s 23andMe Report Leads to Preventive Action
This blog post from 23andMe tells the story of Sarah, a woman who used her 23andMe DNA report to learn about her genetic risk for certain diseases. This information prompted her to take preventive action, such as getting screened for breast cancer at a younger age than recommended.
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