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AncestryDNA Updated Ethnicity Estimates

AncestryDNA released new ethnicity estimates today, so if you've tested, be sure to log in and see how your ethnicity estimate has changed.   The best part is they allow you to compare your updated estimate to your previous estimate, so you can visualize the changes. (Use the toggle switch at the bottom of the ethnicity estimate to move between your new and old figures.)         Why did my AncestryDNA Ethnicity Estimate change?   If you're wondering why your Ethnicity Estimate changed, part of the reason is an improved reference database with which they can compare DNA samples.

"We have better tools for telling regions apart, especially closely related regions like Ireland and Great Britain. We also have 16,000 reference samples now instead of 3,000, which helps screen out less-likely regions. ...We determine your ethnicity estimate by comparing your DNA to samples of DNA from people who have a long histor…

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FREE FindMyPast Today through September 10, 2018

You can have free FindMyPast record access today through September 10, 2018, at 23:59.

This free access excludes British, Irish, US and World Newspapers, the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) and UK Electoral Registers & Companies House Directors 2002-2018.

  FindMyPast has US, Canada, and UK records, but their strongest offerings are their UK records, including UK parish record images offered at no other site. If you have UK ancestry, it's definitely worth your while to see the images available at FindMyPast.   Thanks to Alistair McGowan at BespokeGenealogy.com for the heads-up on this offering. Check out Alistair's site and follow his blog and Pinterest boards if you need UK research tips!    
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Save Your Photos Month – Free Handouts

September is Save Your Photos Month and the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO) has free videos and handouts as part of their Save Your Photos Summit.   Save Your Photos Summit This is a month-long series taught by professionals geared toward photo preservation and storage. You can sign up this month to receive free access to videos, handouts, and printables. And watch for the hashtag #SaveYourPhotos to see what's being offered across social media channels.   Three Reasons Why You Should Sign Up Now APPO has brought together professionals with diverse teaching and preservation techniques and you'll have the chance to sample different ideas and points of view for printed and digital photo management. Even if you don't have time to watch the videos this month, and new courses are being released each week of September, if you sign up this month the videos remain free for you to view at a later time. Even if you never have time to watch th…
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