Best Bytes is an eclectic collection, in no particular order, of things I thought were interesting during the past week. I hope you find something to enjoy here!


What’s Hot

Will they or won’t they? Exclusive: Genealogy website Ancestry.com explores sale: sources

Better safe than sorry: Ancestry Up for Sale? and my post How To Download Your Ancestry.com Tree

ICYMI: Ancestry.com Shutters SMGF Database Amid Murder Case Controversy

Jamboree 2015 – Registration Now Open for FREE Jamboree Live Streaming

GENEii Writers Contest Winners Announced

Announcement: Burbank Public Library, Ancestry and SCGS Join Forces

Reserve Your Hotel Room for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference


Cool Stuffs

99-year-old woman gets 16,000 birthday cards from strangers on Facebook

Google ATAP’s Project Jacquard Wants To Weave Sensors Into Your Clothes

Google Photos’ Unlimited Free Storage Could Clobber Apple’s Expensive iCloud

Now You Can Search the Entire US Census, 1790-1940, FREE on Mocavo

7 Tricks With the New Eyefi Mobi Card

Because some of us are visual learners: Visualizing Data From the Shared cM Project


In the News

Access to records for adults who were adopted scuttled in the Senate

‘Father’ and ‘son’ dissolve adoption in order to get married

First World War hero’s relatives united by century old photograph

Human gene sequencing gets an official yardstick

New Species of Human Ancestor Found in Ethiopia

Army of family historians go online to identify unknown soldiers

Arms outstretched, a terrified mother and child before they were entombed by ash: Restoration work begins on bodies of those who died when Vesuvius engulfed Pompeii


Help Wanted

ICYMI: Veterans History Project — Let’s Make Sure That No More of Their Stories are Lost!

The Family History Guide – A New Genealogy Tool

Magazines: Do you subscribe to genealogical magazines? Do you find them useful?


From the Blogs

Lovely records from The Legal Genealogist

The Shared cM Project – An Update by The Genetic Genealogist

Yes, daily: Do You Ever Wonder Who Else Might Be Researching Your Ancestor? by Geneamusings

Mystery Monday – Beware of those bible pages! by The Sum Of All My Research

My husband has this problem: Help! I am a victim of Pedigree Collapse by Genealogy’s Star


Fave Photo of the Week

A great story about a rather average photo: Someone Did Want That Picture by A Family Tapestry

But I also loved this: First Gravestone Photograph from Granite in my Blood


Just for Fun

Stay classy, genealogy bloggers: Anchorman-Inspired Tips to Help you Blog Your Way to the Top.


The Last Byte

So you’re related to Charlemagne? You and every other living European… Intriguing? Or disappointing? Discuss. 



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