Congratulations to our Survey Winners!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our survey! Over 150 people from all over the world participated: from the US to Australia, from Europe to South America. Here are the ten lucky participants who won a free one year subscription to our Pro Plan: Y Johnson from California, D Mayes from Missouri, R Cresswell from England, V Shotwell…

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June News

Several years ago I hiked Kings Peak, the tallest mountain in Utah. Toward the end of the hike there was a field of broken rocks. It took a long time to hop along the rocks and cross the field, but when I finally made it across there was a terrific view of the valley floor…

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How I Solved It: Returning to a Small Town in Scotland

In May 1863 in a small town in Scotland, Robert Henderson said goodbye to his father James and left for America. Robert’s mother Christian Dalziel had passed away about a year earlier. It’s unlikely that Robert ever saw his father again since James died a few years later, in March 1867. Locating James and Christian’s…

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RootsTech 2019 & FamilySearch advice

Wow, RootsTech was amazing! It was so great to meet everyone, hear your thoughts, and share RootsFinder with you. Thank you so much to everyone who dropped by the booth. The RootsFinder tree loved walking around for photo ops again this year, and we’re already looking forward to next year! In case you missed it, though, here’s…

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We’re joining Findmypast!

RootsFinder is excited to announce its acquisition by Findmypast. Findmypast gives us the support of a large company and the world’s most respected source of UK records. RootsFinder will continue to operate independently as RootsFinder.com. There are no plans to change the features and services RootsFinder users currently enjoy. Here’s the press release: FINDMYPAST ACQUIRES…

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Right Person, Right Place, Right Time: Using Document Evidence to Resolve the Unknown in your DNA Results (Part 2)

In this two-part series, the expert researchers at Legacy Tree Genealogists share valuable tips for tackling “unknowns” that surface as a result of DNA testing. Maybe you came across an unexpected ethnicity; maybe you have some unknown parentage; maybe you just want to figure out how you’re connected to someone because you’ve looked at their tree…

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Right Person, Right Place, Right Time: Using Document Evidence to Resolve the Unknown in your DNA Results (Part 1)

In this two-part series, the experts at Legacy Tree Genealogists share some valuable tips on how to tackle the “unknowns” that can surface as a result of DNA testing. Their team has handled many tough investigations over the years, and they’ve learned some tricks they’re willing to share with RootsFinder users. Here’s Part 1 of…

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Join us at RootsTech 2019!

It’s that time of year again already! We’re counting down the days until RootsTech 2019, which starts on 27 February 2019. We’ll be in the Expo Hall near the Media Hub at booth #439-540 this year. Please stop by and say hi! There will be daily drawings for DNA kits and other prizes. Want a…

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How I Solved It: Brick Wall Post #5–William Gillen 1782-1841

Guest blogger Diane Gould Hall’s 4x Great Grandfather William Gillen (Michigan Family Trails) was born in the last years of the Revolutionary War. As we transitioned from colonies to country, our record-keeping also shifted. Here’s what Diane has done so far in her ongoing quest to cross that generation and find William’s parents. Any other…

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How I Solved It: Who is Elizabeth Fordyce?

Guest blogger Morag Hughson (Wir Unst Family) is searching for the complete Unst Family Tree (Unst is the most northernmost island in Scotland). One day she came across a loose thread: Who was this Elizabeth Fordyce in the 1871 census of Scotland? Pulling the thread and analyzing the evidence, here’s how she solved it, adding a…

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