12    Nov 20123 comments

Birthplace: We all come from somewhere

Ever wonder about where your family comes from and how that place makes you feel?

New York filmmaker Francesco Paciocco did, and the result is a short documentary – Birthplace - about his ancestral home. Importantly, it addresses the importance of where our families come from and what it means to us.

Says Paciocco:

No matter what background we come from, who our parents are or where we currently live, we only have one birthplace.

No matter where we live, our race, color or creed, we all have roots somewhere. History progresses, societies evolve, and people shift location. Origins, however, remain the same.

Past generations of our families crossed mountains and oceans to find better lives. But Paciocco asks how they felt about their choices, and what impact it left on future generations who today have only stories and old photographs to look through.

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11    Sep 201214 comments

History: Where were you on 9/11?

(c) 2001 The Record, (Bergen County, NJ).

(c) 2001 The Record, (Bergen County, NJ).

September 11, 2001. Where were you when you first heard about the attack on the World Trade Center?

Like many of us who know exactly when they first heard about world-changing events - the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and 9/11 - these events are imprinted forever in my memory.

The deaths of almost 3,000 people – from all walks of life, nationalities, religions, occupations and the lasting impact on surviving family members and friends – will never be forgotten.

A memorial planned for the site will include portraits of the victims, hear oral histories of the tragedy and view artifacts.

Where was I when I heard about the events in New York City?

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1    Apr 20124 comments

MyHeritage: Tonight we receive the 1940 US Census!

Tomorrow – April 2, at 12.01am – MyHeritage will receive the 1940 US Federal Census images. We will begin to upload them immediately to make them available to our users for free.

The index will also be provided and will be added to as the work is completed. Researchers around the world have been waiting for this census for 72 years, and we are proud to be part of this historical event.

I already have a list of history mysteries that I’m hoping the images will help solve. Of course, as a long time genealogist, I know that the more data we can access may be somewhat of a two-edged sword.

While we find more information and finally answer some questions, the new data often raises additional mysteries.

So, I guess I am hoping for both: Answers and more mysteries, which will give me more data to track down, and more leads to other resources that I’ve not yet considered.

What was so special about 1940?

In three months, everyone pictured would be recorded in the 1940 census!

The US was coming out of the Great Depression, the economy was improving, people were full of hope, and they didn't know that in two years, they'd be at war. See a photo right of the January 1940 Senior Prom of Samuel J. Tilden High School (Brooklyn, New York). In less than three months, everyone in the photo would be recorded in the 1940 census.

What is a census?

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27    Dec 20110 comments

Genealogy News: North America, 27 December 2011

For the last-of-2011 edition of the North American Genealogy News, here are some interesting items.

Included are the US Securities Exchange Commission’s definition of a family member (who would have thought the SEC was interested in family history?), the 2011 list of the 100 most popular boys’ and girls’ names, a Canadian “living” village, changes to the Social Security Death Index and more.

Defining the family

For those who think that governments are not interested in genealogy, note that the US Securities Exchange Commission has now defined family members, in connection with a new rule requiring hedge funds to register with the SEC if they manage other people’s money.

Read the definition here:

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13    Nov 20110 comments

Genealogy News: North America – 13 November 2011

This week’s edition includes an archaeological find, more on a new book, NARA’s citizen archivist dashboard,  Canada’s Veterans’ Week, a Canadian newspaper digitization project, new FamilySearch records and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s new website.

Follow the links for each item to find more information and read the complete articles.

VETERANS’ DAY

-- In the US, Veterans Day was observed on November 11, and there is a MyHeritage Blog post devoted to this important day.

-- In Canada, Veterans’ Week was observed November 5-11.  For full coverage of this remembrance week, see the Genealogy Canada blog, authored by Elizabeth LaPointe. She has done a masterful job of spotlighting organizations, institutions and websites connected to veterans in a series of posts. If you have Canadian family that served, her resources may assist you to find information.

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