10 Historical 'Facts' That Are Actually Barefaced Lies

If you believe that history and George Washington cannot tell a lie, then you’ll probably be surprised to learn that a number of the...

How to Tell a First Cousin from a Second Cousin

This blog is part 3 in a 12 part series of "How To" guides for new genealogists. This one teaches you how to tell a first cousin from a second cousin.

Genetic study reveals Yorkshire is most Anglo-Saxon part of UK

Family history website Ancestry found the average person in the UK is just 37 per cent Anglo-Saxon, but people in Yorkshire owe 41 per cent of their genetic makeup to the Anglo-Saxons.

The Vatican Digital Library is Now Online. Here’s What You Need to Know

First, some history The Vatican Library was established in 1475 and is one of the oldest libraries in the world, and also one of the biggest and most safely guarded. Currently, Vatican Library holds a

Echo man digitizes 1 million names on family history website

Technology has changed quite a bit over Vernon Cook’s lifetime, but that hasn’t stopped him from embracing the advance.Cook, 90, a family history enthusiast from Echo, spends two to six hours each…

There Are Four Common Types of German Surnames. Which One Is Yours?

In German, a surname is called the “Nachname” or “Familienname.” The family name gradually started being used during the Middle Ages. Prior to that, people generally used only a given name. As the…

What Disappears When Ancient Documents Get Digitized?

The Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine is a treasure trove for the cartographically inclined. Its collection, which contains close to 450,000 items, spans the centuries, covering…

172 Rare Historical Photos That Will Blow Your Mind

Here are 172 rare historical photos that will truly test your knowledge and perceptions of the near and distant past. Check them out here!

A Remarkable New Photo Map of Old London

Two years in the making, the London Picture Map includes more than 150,000 historical images.

How Google Street View lets people reconnect with lost loved ones

The faces are blurred, but the emotional impact is clear.

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