Some Bits and Pieces

. . .  but important bits and pieces!

  1. Give a gift for Christmas at no cost to you!  I am a big fan of Genealogy In Time Magazine – arrives in my email box every Friday, is a Canadian site, has helpful articles, and great tools.  Well now we can do something to support them!  Do you ever buy from or .com or ?  Instead of going directly to the Amazon website go to scroll to the bottom of the main page and click on the link to Amazon!  Easy! – and Genealogyintime gets a small referral commission every time!  By the way, Genealogy In Time is celebrating it’s 6th birthday – and is featuring a list of its best articles as voted by readers.
  2. FindMyPast continues to add great new collections – this week they added 13 million Scottish BMD transcripts – see the article in their blog at  – and their Devon Parish Register collection is over 1.7 million records – wish I had ancestors from Devon! – and 250,000 Devon wills!  Worth learning to use the site if you have British ancestry!  Tip:  Want to know what collections are at FindMyPast?  Go to a searchable A-Z of record sets at the bottom of the menu Search Records.
  3. Sad news!?!  FamilySearch has announced that they are discontinuing their Photo duplication Service – which was free.  What was Photo duplication? “Photoduplication is a service provided to FamilySearch patrons who would like individual images from microfilm or fiche, copies of records, or pages in books that can be found in the Family History Library.”  There were limitations – such a they obviously wouldn’t copy entire books!  Nor would they go do your research for you!  But if you knew what you wanted and what book or film it was on . . . they would provide you with copies.   Why end this service?  Photo duplication Services will be discontinued as of December 5, 2014. As of this date, existing orders will be completed, but new orders will not be accepted.  As more microfilm and books are digitized and added to, and more links are made available to partner sites that already have this information digitized, the need for photoduplication will decrease. “ (

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