Enter the MyHeritage Halloween Contest and Win a $240 Prize Package!

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Have you hit a ”dead end” when it comes to your family history research? Are you ”haunted” by ancestors just waiting to be found? What about all those obituaries and cemetery listings that seem to be hiding from you?

Here’s how to trick those elusive ancestors into giving up their information: click here to enter the MyHeritage Halloween Contest at GeneaBloggers and you could win a prize package valued at $240! Enter today and before 12:00 noon Central on Friday October 31st.  And don’t forget to share your special “link” with up to 10 friends – the more you share, the more entries you get and the better your chances of winning!

If you’re selected as the winner, you’ll receive a one-year FULL ACCESS subscription, which includes both the PremiumPlus Family Tree account and the MyHeritage Data Plan with access to records from around the world including NewspaperArchive.com. Click here for a list of collections available at MyHeritage.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Oct 29, 1969. The first connection on what would become the Internet was made on this day when bits of data flowed between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute. This was the beginning of ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet developed by the Department of Defense. By the end of 1969 four sites were connected: UCLA, the Stanford Research Institute, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Utah. By the next year there were 10 sites, and soon there were applications like e-mail and file transfer utilities. The@ symbol was adopted in 1972, and a year later 75 percent of ARPANET traffic was e-mail. ARPANET was decommissioned in 1990, and the National Science Foundation’s NSFnet took over the role of backbone of the Internet.
Today is Wednesday 29 October 2014, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Internet Created – 45th Anniversary, National Cat Day, and Stock Market Crash of 1929 – 85th Anniversary.

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Finding Your Roots – Season 2, Episode 6 – on PBS Tonight!

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The sixth episode of the new season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will be shown this evening on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) at 8:00 pm EST. You’ll need to check your local listings since in some venues, the series may start on a different day or at a different time.

Schedule of Upcoming Episodes

In tonight’s episode, entitled We Come From People, Angela Bassett, Valerie Jarrett and Nas’ roots run back into the heart of slavery, revealing there is no single narrative and challenging our preconceptions of an era that has profoundly shaped our nations sense of itself. Hip hop artist Nas discovers a web of his slave ancestors and their intimate relationship with their slave master.

Here is the schedule of upcoming episodes for Season 2:

28 October 2014
We Come From People
Angela Bassett, Valerie Jarrett and Nas

4 November 2014
Our People, Our Traditions
Alan Dershowitz, Carole King and Tony Kushner

11 November 2014
The British Are Coming
Deepak Chopra, Sally Field and Sting

18 November 2014
Ancient Roots
Tina Fey, George Stephanopoulos and David Sedaris

25 November 2014
Decoding our Past Through DNA
Jessica Alba, Anderson Cooper, Valerie Jarrett, Governor Deval Patrick, and more

Watch Previous Episodes Online

Here is the list of previous episodes for Season 2 (all can be viewed online at PBS here):

23 September 2014
In Search of Our Fathers
Stephen King, Gloria Reuben and Courtney B. Vance

30 September 2014
Born Champions
Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King and Rebecca Lobo

7 October 2014
Our American Storytellers
Ken Burns, Anderson Cooper and Anna Deavere Smith

14 October 2014
Roots of Freedom
Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander and Benjamin Jealous

21 October 2014
The Melting Pot
Tom Colicchio, Aarón Sánchez and Ming Tsai

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee