News Corral: Feb. 18

News Corral: Feb. 18

Ancestry.com has improved its 1910 US census collection to include clearer images, alternate names and mother's and father's birthplace search fields. The best part? You can search the collection for free through Feb. 21.ProGenealogists released its annual list of the 50 most popular genealogy websites. Ancestry.com, MyHeritage...

Ancestry.com has improved its 1910 US census collection to include clearer images, alternate names and mother’s and father’s birthplace search fields. The best part? You can search the collection for free through Feb. 21.

ProGenealogists released its annual list of the 50 most popular genealogy websites. Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, FindAGrave.com, FamilySearch.org and Genealogy.com round out the top five sites. FamilyTreeMagazine.com even made the list. See all the sites here.

Think your ancestors greeted each other with a friendly hello? Think again. The first documented usage of “hello” is in 1827, and it was used attract attention or express surprise. It wasn’t until after the telephone came into regular use that “hello” was a common greeting. Read the entire history of the word here.

The New York Times is celebrating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by posting collaborative blogs in a section called Disunion. The blogs utilizes contemporary accounts and historical assessments to chronicle the Civil War as it unfolded 150 years ago. Stay up-to-date on the posts by liking Disunion on Facebook.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has been jokingly lobbying for an invite to the royal nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton with no success. But, much to Degeneres’ surprise, she is actually related to Middleton — the two are 15th cousins. Because of the connection, DeGerenes is now awaiting her save the date.

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  1. What kind of work skills did Rosie O’Donnell’s geat-great grandfather have when he and his family moved to Canada? Was Canada the only place that accepted people from Ireland at that time?