When we heard the devastating news that Hudson Gunn’s wife was battling a rare, fast-growing form of cancer called Choriocarcinoma, we were shocked and in disbelief. The founder of Billion Graves and his wife, Vanessa had welcomed a bouncing baby boy, Jackson, into their family just a mere few months ago. Unfortunately, doctor’s failed to catch the cancer in its early stages. And now, Vanessa is in the fight for her life to overcome stage four cancer.
We’re calling on all of you, our friends in the genealogy community, to support the Gunn Family during the untimely and difficult road that lies before them. Mark Olsen of MyHeritage has set up a GoFundMe campaign for the Gunn’s who not only have to battle the disease, but tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
Please consider donating to the Vanessa Gunn Cancer Fund, and help spread the word on social media.
Top Genealogy Websites from the RootsTech Innovator Showdown
Online genealogy research has come a long way in recent years. In this digital age where you can find genealogy records with just a few clicks of a mouse, and even collaborate with family members on virtual family trees, beginner and seasoned genealogists alike seem to have higher expectations when it comes to new advancements in genealogy research tools.
Recently, top genealogy and family history developers from all over the world have come together at RootsTech 2016 where 46 teams introduced their new and innovative genealogy websites, apps and tools to the masses. And while there can only be one winner at this year’s RootsTech Innovator Showdown, all of the finalists are winners in our big family history book.
The following list of some of our favorite, new and emerging genealogy websites from the RootsTech Innovator Showdown are as innovative as they are helpful!
Attending RootsTech 2016? 11 Classes You Simply Can’t Miss
In just two weeks, the RootsTech 2016 family history conference and expo will kick off in Salt Lake City, Utah. This exciting event that takes place February 3 through 6, 2016, will bring together family historians and genealogists of all levels to help them discover new technology, tools, and insights for researching their family histories and building their family trees.
The classes offered at RootsTech 2016 are led by seasoned experts in the family history and genealogy fields and are sure to make the process of researching your family’s story easier than ever. Even if you’re just getting started on your research, attending any of the 28+ RootsTech classes for beginners will help you start your genealogical journey on the right foot.
RootsTech Offers Helpful Insights & Tools to Beginner Family Historians
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to attend a family history conference this year, then you won’t want to miss the RootsTech 2016 conference and expo hosted by FamilySearch. The four-day family history event that will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah February 3 through 6, 2016, is an excellent place for family historians of all levels to learn helpful insights into researching their family stories — especially beginners! In fact, one of the RootsTech passes is geared toward those new to building their family tree.
The Scoop on This Season’s Stars and What to Expect
If you’re like us, you’re anxiously awaiting this summer’s season premiere of TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? on Sunday, July 26, at 9/8c. Now in it’s seventh season, the two-time Emmy-nominated series that follows the ancestral journeys of well-known names in American popular culture, is set to feature a brand new roster of some of your favorite celebrities who are curious about discovering their past and tracing their family trees.
Some fascinating findings from earlier Who Do You Think You Are? seasons include: actress Valerie Bertinelli’s discovery that her 19-times great grandfather was King Edward the First; the shocking truth that Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon had a great-great-great-grandmother who was an ax-murderer; and dreamy crooner Josh Groban’s astounding find that his 8-times great grandfather was a deacon, university music teacher, accomplished author and brilliant astronomer whose observations caught the attention of Sir Isaac Newton.
GlobalFamilyReunion.com has some massive goals in mind – it not only wants to create the largest family tree of all time, but it’s going to host the largest family reunion of all time as well. And on June 6, 2015, they’re going to make that reunion happen.
Not only will the Global Family Reunion be the biggest, most extraordinary and most inclusive family reunion in history, but it’s all to help fight against Alzheimer’s. And thanks to the help of WikiTree.com – along with the involvement of a variety of different celebrities and other famous people – the event will truly be unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. Continue reading