The World Memory Project is building the world’s largest online resource for keeping and making available information on Holocaust victims and those persecuted by the Nazis.

Together, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and are working to index these records so that they are searchable by others, and so that families can find out what happened to loved ones. These data collections are free to use.

Many of us are focusing on those who have served in the military. My grandfathers were in the Army during World War II, and other ancestors fought in the Civil War, the War of 1812, and the Revolutionary War.

For people who don’t know how to navigate the system, it can be hard to find information to one’s family history about ancestors’ time in the military.

What can you find of use to genealogical research in newspapers? Obituaries are the first thing to look for. You often learn about someone’s family, place(s) of residence, occupation, and other interests. Sometimes they also list the location of burial. In addition, people’s names show up in newspaper articles about various and sundry topics, including book reviews.

For long time you may remember my series from four years ago entitled “Genealogy for Geeks,” in which I went through much of’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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