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The mysterious fog of 536 A.D.

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Science and core samples unlock the truth: “It was a pretty drastic change; it happened overnight ... The ancient witnesses really were onto something. They were not being hysterical or imagining the end of the world.” (History.com)

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Genealogy at the end of life

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Genealogy at the end of life

From time to time, we get emails from customers who purchased our genealogy charts with a very specific reason in mind.  ​They want to ensure their core research is preserved and passed down to future generations. Often they have been researching their family history for decades, but fear that the computer files will be forgotten or their Ancestry accounts will lapse or the data will otherwise be lost.   Sometimes, the people who reach out are very ill. Putting the family history on paper is one of the most important things they can do before they pass on.  These customers make...

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The old way to memorize land borders

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The old way to memorize land borders

"Maps are only one way of knowing the shape of a place. Before the borders of England’s parishes were definitively mapped, people learned the boundaries of their community by foot. Every year, a few days before the feast of the Ascension, the members of each parish would come together to walk the edge of their common lands." (JSTOR)

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African American Genealogy Resources via the AAHGS

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African American Genealogy Resources via the AAHGS

People with African-American ancestry have some of the hardest brick walls to break through, but it can be done as Henry Louis Gates Jr. has demonstrated in many episodes of "Finding Your Roots." For some tips to get started, we recommend the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society website. Note the AAHGS conference takes place this week, and includes a rich slate of talks - links on the AAHGS homepage. (AAHGS)

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A Son, Facing Death, Finds His Birth Father

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A wrenching story, but they were able to finally connect: "After struggling with cancer for years, Sam Anthony was running out of time. Before he died, he found the courage to mail a letter that he had long been afraid to send." (New York Times, may require subscription)

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