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Carpe Diem! Do you know your Latin?

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Carpe Diem – Learning a little Latin will go a long way.

Carpe DiemIf you’re doing genealogy you’re going to encounter Latin terms eventually. Latin terms are commonly found in early church records as well as many legal documents. Latin is the mother language for many modern European languages, including English, French, Spanish and Italian and is used in earlier records of most European countries. Many words in English, Spanish, French, and other languages find their roots in Latin words and have the same or similar meanings.

Learning to interpret commonly used Latin words is often a key part of genealogical research. According to information found on FamilySearch, “Latin was used in the records of most European countries and in the Roman Catholic records of the United States and Canada. Because Latin was used in so many countries, local usage varied. Certain terms were commonly used in some countries but not in others. In addition, the Latin used in British records has more abbreviations than the Latin used in European records.”

“The Internet can be of great assistance in trying to translate Latin. There are some dictionaries and word lists as well as some sites that will translate for you. One good website is William Whitaker’s Words for translating words. Latin Dictionary and Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid are Latin dictionaries. It is important to remember with using any of these websites that you have to be careful about accepting the meaning. Be sure that the meaning makes sense with what you are trying to translate.”

For a comprehensive list of common latin terms found in genealogical records, visit http://www.genealogyintime.com/GenealogyResources/Dictionaries/genealogy_latin_dictionary_pageA.html

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The top 100 genealogy websites of 2014.

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Find the genealogy website you’re looking for – 2014 top 100 genealogy websites

top 100 genealogy websites GenealogyInTime Magazine has published its third annual review and ranking of the top 100 genealogy websites this year. This in depth compilation is a must read for any genealogist. According to GenealogyInTime Magaine,

“[They] distinguish between genealogy websites and websites that may contain ancestral records. The two are not the same. That is, the Top 100 List is based on websites specifically devoted to genealogy and genealogy audiences. Other websites such as Chronicling America or Australia’s Trove (and most other national archive websites) contain ancestral records in addition to many other things. These websites serve multiple audiences (historians, archivists, hobbyists, etc.) and not just genealogists.”

GenealogyInTime Magazine also provides an interesting break down of the top 10 genealogy websites. According to their data,

“Ancestry.com continues to dominate in the top position. It gets considerably more traffic than any other genealogy website. In fact, it gets more than three times the traffic of any other genealogy website.

Find A Grave has moved up one spot into second position. The number of records on the Find A Grave website has grown rapidly in the last two years.

FamilySearch.org has moved from fourth place into third place this year. It has also significantly increased the number of ancestral records over the past year.

MyHeritage.com has dropped from second to fourth place this year. There are a few other family tree websites that now compete with MyHeritage.

Geni.com and Ancestry.co.uk continue to hold the fifth and sixth positions again this year.
Geneanet moved up one position to number seven, while Archives.com dropped one position to number eight.
Genealogy.com remains at number nine.

Genealogy Bank is the new entrant to the top ten list this year. It moved up one position to hold the final spot at number ten. Genealogy Bank has also steadily increased the size of their newspaper collection this year.

For a comprehensive list of the top genealogy sites of 2014, visit http://www.genealogyintime.com/articles/top-100-genealogy-websites-of-2014-page02.html

Looking for help with hard to find records or genealogical questions? Contact Heirlines Family History and Genealogy, breaking through family history walls for almost 40 years. We professionally identify and document ancestry and kinship relationships and verify and certify the family tree with Certified Family Trees™ and Certified Forensic Genealogy Solutions™. We’re ready when you’re ready!

Give us a call and speak with one of our professional genealogists today.

Call toll free 1-800-570-4049 or visit us at www.heirlines.com

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