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Genealogy News: North America, 10 January 2012

Welcome to 2012! The genealogy conference schedule is just beginning and there is lots of news about the programs, presenters and events.

MyHeritage will be at both RootsTech (February 2-4, Salt Lake City) and at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE! (February, London UK). Stay tuned for more information about both events.


Of course, all of us interested in family history are looking forward to the new season of the US version of Who Do You Think You Are?, with the celebrity lineup just announced.

As a confirmed WDYTYA fan of both the UK and US versions, I’m really looking forward to this third US season, which begins on NBC at 8pm Fridays from February 3. Twelve celebrities will be featured on this longest season yet, including Jerome Bettis, Paula Deen, Edie Falco, Helen Hunt, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, Reba McEntire, Martin Sheen, Jason Sudeikis, Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood and Rita Wilson.

The 2011 season opener coincided with the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, and the episode was broadcast at a special showing at the Family History Library, attended by a large crowd, and followed by a special edition of Thomas MacEntee’s Geneabloggers Radio.

And there’s even more on television as the PBS program - Finding Your Roots - starts its fourth season on Sunday evenings from March 25. Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s format offers two celebrities in each show, and genetic genealogy is emphasized. This season looks at 20 people, including Kevin Bacon, Tyra Banks, Cory Booker, Angela Buchdahl, Geoffrey Canada, Margaret Cho, Harry Connick, Jr., Robert Downey, Jr., Sanjay Gupta, Samuel L. Jackson, John Legend, John Lewis, Branford Marsalis, Yasir Qadhi, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren.

Both programs, along with a history of genealogy on television, were detailed in gen star Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak’s article here in the Huffington Post.


With some 40% of Americans of Mexican descent, the recent online release of the 1930 Mexico census can be a goldmine, as detailed in a CNN story.

According to the story:

Decades ago, such data might not have been as meaningful. But the United States' own recent census now shows that Latinos are the nation's No. 2 group in 2010. With 50.5 million Hispanics now in the United States, the 1930 Mexican census offers a glimpse into the heritage and history of an emerging cornerstone community -- especially because 31.8 million Americans are of Mexican descent.


Start 2012 with even more recently posted new and updated records for some 14 states, as well as Canadian records at FamilySearch.org

The US states include Alabama, District of Columbia, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York,  Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Records include, birth, death, marriage, wills and more. For Canada, there are records from Ontario and Saskatchewan.


For another post in the series of new or improved Canadian websites at Genealogy Canada, click here.

This edition includes numerous sites, such as Toronto 1861, Toronto Public Library, and others. Check out Elizabeth LaPointe’s post at the link above.

We wish you interesting discoveries in 2012!

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  1. I like your blog. I think the basic reason for our srecah for ancestors is to prove in fact that we do exist, that there is somehow a reason for us. The human ability to look at ourselves is pretty frightening, I think. What's it all about? I'm reading a little book about Copernicus by Dava Sobell who wrote about Galileo in Galileo's Daughter and Longitude . I've always thought that he rediscovered that the earth and the other planets revolved around the sun. This book points out that his main discovery is that the earth is in motion; it revolves around its axis and also revolves around the sun. And it goes very, very fast!! thousands of miles per hour. So here we are spinning around and around and doing what we do, thinking we are on solid ground while in reality we're constantly in motion. No wonder we want to know where and who we came from. And as you point out, we start really wondering when we reach the age of looking at the bleak future in store for us.

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