Published by Ancestry: Researching U.S. Merchant Marines

People researching members of the U.S. Merchant Marine have to be creative with their searching, as the records aren’t as plentiful as they are for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard. Recently, that search became a little easier for those who are researching in the early 20th century. U.S., Merchant Marine……

http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/11/16/researching-u-s-merchant-marines/

Published by StumblingPast:Women were the World’s First Computer Programmers

The first published computer program was written by a woman. The programmers of the world’s earliest digital computers were women. The inventor of the significant technology behind the most widely used programming language in the twentieth century was a woman. The …

https://stumblingpast.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/women-worlds-1st-programmers/

Published by Dick Eastman: Two Women, Same Name, Same Date of Birth, Same Social Security Number

If you find that someone else is using your Social Security Number, the first thing you think of is identity theft. However, that’s not always true. Ask two different women in Florida. Joanna Rivera and Joannie Rivera only recently discovered the problem, according to a report this week, but in the meantime it’s caused no…

http://blog.eogn.com/2015/11/13/two-women-same-name-same-date-of-birth-same-social-security-number/

Published by Dick Eastman: Think Your Immigrant Ancestors Came Here Legally? Think Again.

An article by Brian Donohue, recently re-published in the NJ.com web site, will interest many genealogists, especially in light of the political issues in the Presidential campaigns that are receiving a lot of publicity lately. Donahue points out that a high percentage of America’s immigrants have arrived illegally for the past 150 years or more.…

http://blog.eogn.com/2015/11/13/think-your-immigrant-ancestors-came-here-legally-think-again/

Published by GenealogyBlog: Workers Discover 19th Century Burial Vault Under New York City’s Washington Square Park

An unexpected burial vault came to light under the famed Washington Square Park in New York City a few days ago. Once a potter’s field, thousands of folks are buried in the park. Following is a teaser from the November 5, 2015 edition of Newsday. A large pile of disarticulated human skeletal remains was found…

http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=36738

Published by Dick Eastman: Witches in Your Family Tree

This is the time of year for ghosts, goblins, and other such superstitions. However, perhaps it is also a time to pause and reflect on the horrors of those who suffered in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. The witches of Salem and nearby towns probably have hundreds of thousands of present-day descendants. If you have ancestry…

http://blog.eogn.com/2015/10/29/witches-in-your-family-tree/

Published by LegalGenealogist:Guilty as charged

Hoosier crimes In anticipation of this weekend’s Genealogy & Local History Fair at the Indiana State Library — a whole day focusing on “Crime and Punishment in Indiana” — The Legal Genealogist spent some time last night poking around in the early laws of the Hoosier State to see just what sorts of things our…

http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2015/10/22/guilty-as-charged/