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News from the Reference Desk Category: Genealogy

Facial Recognition Activity

FamilySearch has a fun new feature as a part of their free family tree service. It uses facial recognition software to compare one face with another. Results vary depending upon quality of the picture, angle of the head, and age of the subjects, but it can help answer the question, “Do I actually resemble my mom or my dad?” How about grandparent? The results may amuse or confuse you, but it is fun way to kill some time and reflect on your family.

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For more information about this activity click here.

 

New Genealogy Television Show

Are you looking for ways to further your family history research?  One of the best ways to do this is to learn how others are facing their genealogy challenges.  Ancestry, the company which makes the online resource Ancestry.com available, has announced it is sponsoring a new television show debuting on NBC which features real people and their personal discoveries. Roots Less Traveled follows a pair of family members​ who bond over their joint quest to learn more about their shared family history.

The series features relatives as they set out on an adventure to solve mysteries in their family tree. . In partnership with Ancestry®, they learn how their past has shaped their present and through this shared journey how family bonds are deepened.

Roots Less Traveled joins the Saturday NBC morning programming block, The More You Know, beginning April 4, 2020. Please check your local listings for further details. Episodes will also stream on NBC.com and Hulu.

 

Free Photo Colorization from MyHeritage

Would you like see your family’s black and white photographs in a new light? You may want to look into a service offered by the genealogy online resource MyHeritage. The company revolutionized the world of online genealogy web sites recently when the company announced that anyone could upload black-and-white photographs to MyHeritage.com and then the web site would AUTOMATICALLY convert each photo to a color image.  This service was only available to people who had a full MyHeritage subscription.  Now EVERYONE can obtain FREE and unlimited access to MyHeritage In Color™ from March 23 to April 23, 2020. Ordinarily only 10  photos can be colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan, but now, you can colorize as many photos as you’d like for free.  A free online access subscription is required if you would like MyHeritage to add the photos to their extensive photograph collection.

To get started, go to http://www.myheritage.com/incolor.

 

Historical Newspapers

Canvass_for_Funds Newspaper_ArticleSomething you might wonder about when staying safe inside is how people rose to meet other challenges in history. A good way to find out is through historical newspapers. In these you will be able to find headlines, articles, pictures, opinions and the even the weather report at that time. Here are Mount Prospect Public Library’s top three historical newspaper sources:

1. Newspapers.com Library Edition. This is a sibling database of Ancestry.com Library Edition. It has millions of pages from sixteen thousand newspapers extending back to the 17th Century.

2. Newspaper Archive contains hundreds of Illinois papers, including the archives of The Daily Herald. If you browse papers by cities, the full run is found under Arlington Heights.  Now available to home users!

3. The Chicago Tribune through the ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Here you can read every issue from 1849 to 1996. It is the easiest to search.