Using the Swedish Household Clerical Exams
Ancestry just updated the collection of Sweden, Selected Indexed Household Clerical Surveys, 1880-1893, adding records from  Jönköping, Malmöhus, Östergötlands and Skaraborgs. (Records for Älvsborg, Kalmar, and Värmland and a few from Göteborg och Bohus, Kronoberg, and Östergötland have been available since December 2014.) Household examination rolls make up the main church register in Sweden. In them, everyone& Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Madam C.J. Walker
Madam C. J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove to Owen and Minerva (née Anderson) Breedlove, former slaves on a plantation owned by Robert W. Burney. Sarah was the first child of the couple born after the Civil War in 1867. In 1863, the Union Army had occupied the area during the siege of Vicksburg.  On& Read more

Rich Finds in Freedman’s Bank Records, 1865-1874
The year 1865 found many African American Civil War veterans and ex- slaves with money in their pockets and there was a need for an institution where they could save that money. The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company (often referred to as the Freedman’s Bank) was incorporated 150 years ago on 03 March 1865 to& Read more

Restoring Slave Families Using USCT Pension Records
Today, we are going to look at how pension records created after the Civil War can help identify and reconnect slave-era families and relationships in the South. This article will assume that you have already identified someone in your family who may have served in the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), and that you already have& Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Hedy Lamarr
If you were asked who the most beautiful woman in the world is today, the names of Angelina Jolie, Kate Upton or Monica Bellucci might come to mind. In the 1940s, the person deemed to be “the” most beautiful woman in the world was Hedy Lamarr. The glamorous pin-up girl, who starred in dozens of American& Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Ada Lovelace
You may have recently watched the Imitation Game and learned about Alan Turing’s efforts to defeat the Nazis with his ingenious computer work.  But do you know who is credited with creating the first computer program?  Would you have guessed an English Countess? Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born 1815 and died 1852 in& Read more

Finding Your Family History on the Printed Page
Finding Your Family History on the Printed Page By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lisa Elzey, Family Historian at Ancestry I am stuck finding more information about my grandfather, Leland Wright. From a 1930 U.S. Census I know he lived in Florida and was born in Ohio about 1883. Can you help me? – Edmund& Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Sojourner Truth
When learning about the lives of extraordinary individuals  whether its famous women in history or someone from my own family tree  Im always curious about their childhood.  What experiences did they have that formed them into the human being they became.  What things did they see, what choices did they make in their& Read more

Are You Looking For a Convict in Your Australian Family Tree?
The founding of Australia as a penal colony for the transportation of convicts from Britain is of course well known. The First Fleet arrived in New South Wales on 26th January 1788 and over the following 80 years approximately 160,000 convicts were transported to various locations in the country to serve their sentence. In the& Read more

How Historical Fashions Influence Today’s Red Carpet
The beautiful gowns shown here were worn on the red carpets of the 2013 and 2014 Academy Awards shows. They are perfect examples of gowns that are truly timeless but with subtle historical influences. As a historical fashion expert and costume designer, I wanted share some of my favorite gowns that walked the red carpet in& Read more

Wellness: Health, Fitness, Nutrition & More - The Washington Post

The rate of heroin overdose deaths has nearly tripled in just three years
The death rate from heroin overdoses in the United States nearly tripled between 2010 and 2013, and younger white males replaced middle-aged and older black men as the most common victims of the epidemic, the National Center for Health Statistics reported Wednesday.Read full article >>

WHO to basically everybody: Stop eating so much sugar
The World Health Organization is worried about how much sugar you're eating. And how much I'm eating. And how much people all over the planet are eating.The organization on Wednesday recommended that adults and children reduce their daily intake of "free" sugars -- such as fructose or table sugar added to foods and drinks by manufacturers, as well as those naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices -- to less than 10 percent of their total energy take. Cutting that figure to 5 percent, or roughly six teaspoons or less a day, would provide additional health benefits, the WHO said.Read full article >>

Coffee may not be bad for you, but it’s not going to save your life
Conventional wisdom on coffee has flip-flopped. Once considered an indulgence with potentially harmful health effects, coffee is now being talked about as a magical elixir that could potentially save your life.Read full article >>

Twenty-eight countries have worse health care systems than Liberia’s
I've been to Liberia twice and seen that impoverished nation's health-care system as it was overwhelmed by Ebola, which all but eliminated regular services for a time. (Here's the story I wrote about that.) So it was somewhat alarming to come across the notion that, under normal circustances, the quality of the health care in Liberia isn't even close to the worst in Africa, Asia and elsewhere in the developing world.Read full article >>

U.S. faces 90,000 doctor shortage by 2025, medical school association warns
The United States faces a shortage of as many as 90,000 physicians by 2025, including a critical need for specialists to treat an aging population that will increasingly live with chronic disease, the association that represents medical schools and teaching hospitals reported Tuesday.Read full article >>

Fast food doesn’t have to be a diet killer
Question: If you have to eat fast food, what are the healthiest options?Answer: One key premise I promote is that you can choose to eat healthfully in most restaurants, from fast food to upscale. Especially today, most restaurants, including fast-food chains, offer a cadre of healthier options. Let’s dig in.Read full article >>

The pros and cons of eating raw food
Eating raw food used to be something you did without a second thought, like munching a stalk of celery or snacking on a banana. But now “eating raw” gets quotation marks, describing a movement that proponents claim holds the key to weight loss and optimal health. If the proliferation of raw-food products at the health-food store is any indication, it’s a trend that has gotten a serious foothold. For someone who can hardly imagine getting through the winter without a steaming hot bowl of soup just about every day, going totally raw sounds like a chilling proposition. But there are some benefits to eating foods in their uncooked state that are worth exploring.Read full article >>

We crave that sweet taste — but at what cost?
Too much sugar can be detrimental to health — rotting teeth, building fat, damaging blood vessels and stressing out the system that regulates blood sugar. Some people turn to artificial sweeteners, but those are under increasing suspicion of creating such metabolic problems as diabetes and obesity. Natural alternatives to sugar sweeteners exist, but even they have pitfalls if consumed in excess.Read full article >>

Rich and poor have very different views on the causes of health problems
A new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds, not surprisingly, a very clear line between how the poor and the affluent view some of the determinants of their health. People earning less than $25,000 a year are much more likely to cite the conditions of their neighborhood, housing and workplaces as the causes of ill health than people earning $75,000 or more annually.Read full article >>

Half of adults will get chronic kidney disease, model predicts
A new model predicts that about half of all people aged 30 and older in the United States will develop chronic kidney disease during their lifetimes, a surprisingly large proportion for a condition that is not on the radar screens of many Americans.Read full article >>

Do we really want to know if we’re not alone in the universe?
It was near Green Bank, W.Va., in 1960 that a young radio astronomer named Frank Drake conducted the first extensive search for alien civilizations in deep space. He aimed the 85-foot dish of a radio telescope at two nearby, sun-like stars, tuning to a frequency he thought an alien civilization might use for interstellar communication.Read full article >>

Thanks, Kim, Nicki, Iggy and JLo. Love, plastic surgeons everywhere
As if you needed proof that a more ample derriere is, in some quarters, the thing to have, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has released statistics showing that procedures to increase the size of women's bottoms were among the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries last year.Read full article >>

Ideas to please vegetable lovers
A top U.S. nutritional panel is recommending that everyone eat less meat to protect the environment. Ellie Krieger answered your questions, including plenty about vegetables, during our recent online discussion. Here are some tips and suggestions for vegetarians, vegans and other vegetable lovers.Read full article >>

Can Bulls’ superstar Derrick Rose — and mortals like us — handle repeat meniscus surgeries?
Surgery on a meniscus, the shock-absorbing cartilage in your knee, is the most common orthopedic procedure performed in the United States. Surgeons take out pieces of torn menisci about 700,000 times each year, often in older people who have suffered degenerative damage, but quite regularly for tears suffered by athletes and others, usually in a twisting motion of some kind.Read full article >>

A lawmaker who believes saltwater and baking soda can cure cancer
Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore said recently that she will propose a "Right to Try" bill in her state. But it's not the bill itself that gained national attention. Instead, it was Fiore's statement that she believes cancer is "a fungus" that can be cured by "flushing, let’s say, saltwater, sodium carbonate" through the body.Read full article >>

That spooky white spot on Ceres? New photos show two of them.
We're almost there! On March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft should get pulled into a cozy orbit with Ceres, the dwarf planet that reigns as king of our solar system's asteroid belt. As always, the images released by NASA are the best, clearest pictures of Ceres yet.Read full article >>

My daughter’s peanut allergy: Constant vigilance gives way to teen-age independence
One day last September, I found myself frantically tearing my house apart for my teenager’s sake.  It wasn’t shoes or homework that had gone missing; it was a 0.3 milligram vial of epinephrine, topped with an intramuscular syringe. My daughter, who is allergic to peanuts, had accidentally eaten something containing them, and if I didn’t inject her, I knew her airway could close up and she could die.Read full article >>

Astronomers find a shockingly ancient black hole the size of 12 billion suns
Some 12.8 billion light years away, astronomers have spotted an object of almost impossible brightness — the most luminous object ever seen in such ancient space. It's from just 900 million years after the big bang, and the old quasar — a shining object produced by a massive black hole — is 420 trillion times more luminous than our sun.Read full article >>

New chronic fatigue syndrome report doesn’t help us
Three decades ago, the U.S. government burdened a group of seriously ill patients with a trivializing name — "chronic fatigue syndrome" — and a broad set of criteria that did nothing to distinguish true sufferers of this debilitating disease. Now, the government is trying to do it again, under the guise of helping us, with a new report from the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.Read full article >>

Lay off the mega-doses of Vitamin D
Vitamin D, in combination with calcium, is good for your bones. You should consume modest amounts in your diet, if possible (and for most people that is quite possible), or in the form of supplements if you can't get enough via food and drink.Read full article >>