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  • The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present an online webinar on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 1 p.m. Eastern time. The speaker will be historical records expert Marian L. Smith who will showcase late 19th and 20th century US immigration and nationality records. She will also discuss how using a timeline can help […]

  • This month marks the 72nd anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Bulge, which was fought during World War II from 16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945, in the Ardennes in Europe. It was in this battle, that my cousin James Privoznik of the 90th Infantry Division, lost his life on 11 Read More

  • AncestryDNA surpasses 3 million samplesThree million. It’s staggering, really. AncestryDNA has exceeded three million samples in its DNA database!

    It took AncestryDNA three years to get the first million samples. (See “AncestryDNA Exceeds Million Mark” on my blog on 22 July 2015.)

    It took them 11 months to get the next million. (See “AncestryDNA Database Reaches Two Million” on 28 June 2016.)

    They have grown another million in just seven months. (See “AncestryDNA Surpasses 3 Million Customers in DNA Database” on the Ancestry blog from 10 January 2017.) That’s astonishing. Every day the AncestryDNA database gets more and more valuable.

    • AncestryDNA has found 15 million close cousins (3rd cousin or closer).
    • Ancestry has identified 6 million DNA circles. (For an explanation of DNA circles, see “Aaron Orr Talks Ancestry DNA at BYU Conference – #BYUFHGC” on my blog.)
    • AncestryDNA is available in 37 countries (although I’m not certain collaterals have been translated into all those languages).
    • (parent company of AncestryDNA) has 80 million trees.
    • has 19 billion records (including the persons in the 80 million trees).

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    Somewhere along the line, AncestryDNA gave their home page a facelift, which I hadn’t noticed:

    AncestryDNA Home Page

    Perhaps it was to make the page adaptable to small devices. On a smartphone, the three boxes neatly stack on top of each other.

    Speaking of smartphones, have I written before about the AncestryDNA App? Have I heard of the AncestryDNA App before? I’m really losing it. Well, regardless, Ancestry released the AncestryDNA app back on 28 September 2016. Since then they have mostly made bug fixes. The app lacks many features, so perhaps they haven’t said much about it and I’m not losing it.

    One thing it can do is map your ethnicity (below, left).

    AncestryDNA app ethnicity estimates and map AncestryDNA app can share your ethnicity results.

    And it can share your ethnicity (above, right). That’s useful marketing for Ancestry.

    But it can’t do any serious genealogy, like review your DNA matches. The matches icon at the bottom leads straight to a browser link (below left). (Gosh, I have 18,200 matches! I’m related in a measurable, DNA way, to almost 1% of the 3 million people in the Ancestry database. My Viking ancestors really got around!)

    AncestryDNA app links to browser for serious tasks.AncestryDNA app setup screen

    The final navigation icon, Settings, leads to the screen above right.

    Perhaps we’ll hear more about this app when it comes a littler further along. The app is free and is available now in the iTunes app store and the Google Play app store.

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  • Most of us will remember the childhood Alphabet Song used to teach children their letters (hum along if you’d like): “A-B-C-D-E-F-G… Now I’ve learned my ABCs, tell me what you think of me.” Vita Brevis has given a new variation on this “alpha-tradition.” In my post “If This House Could Talk,” I mentioned my grandfather … Continue reading A block buster

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