Month: December 2017

News from the Research Desk Blog

When Will Tax Cuts Start?

President Trump is poised to sign the recently passed tax bill, and the first question on many folks’ lips is: when will the tax cuts start? Because the legislation is complex, it’s hard to know exactly when it will effect taxpayers across the U.S. Some of the bill’s impact will begin at the start of 2018, though other elements won’t take effect until 2019 and beyond. For instance, when you file your 2017 taxes in April, you’ll already be getting some benefits like lower tax withholding, but other perks won’t show until you file your tax return in April 2019. Luckily for us, the experts at Fortune magazine have broken it all down quite nicely HERE.

Announcing Rosetta Stone

I am pleased to announce MPPL now has a subscription to the well-known language learning resource, Rosetta Stone Library Solutions. This package features all 30 languages with all levels available to you. From experience, this resource works best an app on a mobile device though is still effective on a desktop computer if you have a microphone. There is a trick to opening the app after you have downloaded it so please read the instructions on our Library Apps webpage. You’ll get the hang of it because the steps should be easy for anyone with the motivation to learn a new language.

DNA Tests and Your Family History

The holidays are a time when many families are together to share meals, stories, and special events.  The memories which result can bring both pleasure and pain but form the core of our family histories along with vital documents and other official records.  In recent years DNA tests for discovering family ethnic origins have become more affordable and more available to the average consumer.  There are many companies which offer these tests.  But which one is best for your needs?  What do I do with the results?  How accurate are the results?  A genealogist with 30 years of experience offers some answers in this article.  In the Library’s Harold Weary Genealogy Room there are several books which explain the variety of DNA tests, what the results mean and how to use them to enrich the understanding of our family histories. Books from 2017 include Swabbed and Found: An Adopted Man’s DNA Journey to Discover His Family Tree  and The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.  The book Genetic Genealogy in Practice from 2016 is considered by expert genealogists to be one of the best sources for understanding how to use DNA results in genealogy. So, when you see those advertisements for DNA tests from Ancestry or 23andMe, consider sending away for the kit.  The Library is here to help as you take this next step towards understanding your family history.