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This Infographic Shows the Extraordinary Ancient Genes That Live on in Modern Populations

It can be easy to forget that humans living on Earth today are the product of thousands of years of adaptation.

Your Surname in the World

Here is an interesting online site to see who else has your surname in the world. Excellent for locating surnames while doing your familytree and genealogy research.

Surnames for African-Americans - Former Slaves

Prior to the emancipation of the American slaves in 1863, those African-Americans held in bondage had usually just one or two given names. Once freed, the slave owner's family name might be used, in…

What Can You Do With the World's Largest Family Tree?

Scientists are beginning to find out.

The man who dresses up as his ancestors

Artist Christian Fuchs is obsessed with his ancestors and spends months painstakingly recreating portraits of them, which he poses for himself

Have European Ancestry? Here are 30 Free Genealogy Sites to Search

If you have European ancestry, one of the greatest challenges can be locating quality genealogy databases that are affordable. Here are 30 free options.

Discovering Surnames: Their Origins and Meanings by J.W. Freeman

As this week’s Random Book of the Week I chose an old book of my Nan’s, Discovering Surnames, as I wanted to show you the very cute retro 80s book cover. I thought I’d better actu…

Ancient Maps: How Did the Romans See the World?

The people of the Ancient world understood the world according to what they observed and what they learned through education and folk tales. While...

TBT: Vintage Pet Photography From Way Back in the Day

Pet photography isn't new; people have been taking pictures of animals since cameras were invented. For National Pet Week, here's a vintage pet photography.

Ellis Island, a gateway to America, marks 125 years

More than 12 million immigrants passed through the New York landmark.


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