Return of the Genealogy Geek, Part 1: Ancestry.com Continues to Expand and Deliver

For long time readers of the blog, you may remember my series from four years ago entitled “Genealogy for Geeks,” in which I went through much of Ancestry.com’s functionality, along with other genealogy websites and services. This post begins a new series, reviewing Ancestry again, along with some new sites that are connected to Ancestry, the now-released 1940 census, and more. But I’ll begin with an introduction to genealogy and family history itself.

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Tallest!

My son was researching wonders of the modern world for an essay. He decided that Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, should be a modern wonder, saying it would stand tallest for a long, long time. I asked him to back that last statement up. What buildings were in construction that could top it soon?

He started researching and we both had a great time exclaiming over the architecture, engineering, and incredible amount of money being spent all over the world to create enormous buildings.

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Pixar Week: Why Do We Love Pixar Films?

During these weeks leading up to the release of Brave, we GeekMoms have been happily discussing our favorite Pixar films, our favorite characters, and our favorite storylines. Also, we’ve been sharing memories of our first Pixar films and our first experiences with taking our kids to Pixar films on the big screen. At the end of Pixar week, we ask why we love Pixar so much.

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Be a Super Hero!

Founded in March of 2000, St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the largest volunteer driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research. Since they’ve started, over 216,00 volunteers, including 21,000 women, have shaved their heads to help raise over $126 million for childhood cancer research. Now they have teamed up with the super heroes at Marvel […]

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Where I Go When I’m Asleep

Scientists at the University of Manchester in England have, for the first time, monitored the brain as it slips into unconsciousness. Through new imaging methods they have been watching as the human brain “talks” to itself in an ongoing study. It is hoped that this work will help in understanding stroke victims and others suffering […]

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The Nerd State of Blissful Library Addiction

According to the United States of Shame chart, I live in the nerdiest state. I can relate to the first part of Wikipedia’s definition of nerd. “Nerd is a term that refers to a person who avidly pursues intellectual activities, technical or scientific endeavors, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests, rather than engaging in more social or conventional activities.” I […]

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