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  • 1 Jul 2022 2:40 PM | Anonymous

    This is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

    What happens to all your online data after your demise? What will become of your email messages, your personal blog, the files in Google Drive or Dropbox or any other cloud-based file storage service? How about the pictures stored online or the videos you uploaded to YouTube? Will they be lost forever, or is there a way for your family and friends to access them after your demise and to save their own copies?

    Many of the online services we use every day have no contingency plans for a deceased customer's heirs to take over the account and save whatever is online for posterity.

    In most cases, the online service(s) you use will never know that you have passed away. Most services simply delete your account and all information in that account after some months of inactivity. For free accounts, the exact number of days varies from one service to another; but, all of them will eventually delete your account and information if you do not log in for an extended period of time. For paid accounts, your information will be preserved online for as long as someone keeps paying the bills. Once the bills go unpaid, the information will eventually be deleted.

    In fact, you do not need to be dead before your data will disappear. You could be hospitalized or otherwise incapacitated for an extended period, and the data you worked so hard to collect will eventually be deleted without your consent. In one case I heard of, a person suffered a computer failure and was unable to repair or replace the defective system promptly. Once she stayed offline long enough, her account and all her data disappeared.

    To be sure, every online service that holds your data will attempt to reach you before deleting anything. However, they typically will only attempt to reach you by online means. If you are offline for any reason, you will not receive their messages. I don't know of any of the popular online services that will send a registered, return receipt requested, letter to your "snail mail" address.

    Luckily, one online service provides a simple solution.

    The remainder of this article is reserved for Plus Edition subscribers only. If you have a Plus Edition subscription, you may read the full article at:*)-Plus-Edition-News-Articles/12835567

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  • 1 Jul 2022 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    Ah, the good old days. Life was simpler and... The year is 1909.

    Here are some statistics for the year 1909:

    • The average life expectancy was 47 years.

    • Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

    • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

    • There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads in the USA.

    • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

    • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

    • The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.

    • The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

    • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist earned $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

    • More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.

    • Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”

    • Sugar cost four cents a pound.

    • Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

    • Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

    • Most women only washed their hair once a month and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

    • Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering the country for any reason.

    • Five leading causes of death were:

    • 1. Pneumonia and influenza  

    • 2. Tuberculosis  

    • 3. Diarrhea  

    • 4. Heart disease  

    • 5. Stroke

    • The American flag had 45 stars.

    • The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!

    • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.

    • There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

    • Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.

    • Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

    • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.”

    • Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

    • There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.

  • 1 Jul 2022 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

    The 1891 census is now linked to historical and modern georeferenced maps by TheGenealogist to make it easier than ever to find where ancestors lived and see the surrounding neighbourhood.

    Family and house historians are able to investigate the streets, lanes and wider areas of where their ancestors lived at the time of the 1891 census in this latest release from TheGenealogist. A release that sees the 1891 census linked up to the Map Explorer™ for the first time.

    Census transcript linked to mapping

    The 1891 Census joins the 1901 census, 1911 census and the 1939 Register that are already connected to the innovative Map Explorer™. This means that researchers are able to identify, with just the click of a button, where their forebears lived and to see the routes their ancestors used to visit shops, local pubs, churches, places of work and parks. With a historical map it is possible to find where the nearest railway station was, important for understanding how our ancestors could travel to other parts of the country to see relatives or visit their hometown.

    With this release, Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist can pinpoint ancestors’ properties at the time of the 1891 census and so investigate the neighbourhood from behind their computer screen. Alternatively, users may also access TheGenealogist on their mobile phone to trace their ancestors’ footprints while walking down modern streets.

    Most of the London area and other towns and cities can be viewed down to the property level, while other parts of the country will identify down to the parish, road or street.

    Viewing a household record from the 1891 census on TheGenealogist will now show a map, locating your ancestor’s house. Clicking on this map loads the location in Map Explorer™, enabling you to explore the area and see the records of neighbouring properties.

    See TheGenealogist’s article:

    About TheGenealogist

    TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

    TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

    TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

  • 1 Jul 2022 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    Are you attempting to research ancestors and other family members in the Mariana Islands? If so, you will be interested in this press release from KWAW Radio in the Mariana Islands (you can listen in from anywhere in the world):

    This Saturday, July 2, at 10 a.m., the Chamorro Cultural Talk Show on Marianas Agupa’, KWAW Magic 100.3FM, will feature Herman T. Guerrero who will discuss “Håli’ Familia Giya Marianas” or the genealogy of families in the Marianas.

    You can also listen online via TuneIn, YouTube or Facebook. Glenn Manglona is the host of the talk show.

    The presentation in Chamorro will be followed by a Q&A call-in and chat with the public via social media.

    The public is also encouraged to participate in a survey after the talk show to help improve the show and identify future shows and cultural experts. Details about the survey will be provided during the talk show and posted on the Marianas Agupa’ Facebook page, and YouTube channel,

  • 1 Jul 2022 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    The following was written by Killian Downing and published in the Europeana Pro web site:

    This week sees the launch of the innovative new digital archive, the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland, which makes a rich array of historical documents available for research, education and enjoyment. Europeana Members Councillor and Dublin City University archivist Killian Downing tells us about how the Virtual Record Treasury was created and its significance.

    The newly launched Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland is a digital archive which combines historical investigation, archival discovery, conservation and technical innovation to re-imagine and recreate, through digital technologies, archives lost at the beginning of the Irish Civil War. For the first time in 100 years, researchers will be able to ‘step back in time’ to explore a virtual recreation of the Public Record Office of Ireland and its collections which were destroyed in a fire on 30 June 1922.

    In June 1922, the Public Record Office of Ireland stored over seven centuries of Irish records dating back to the time of the Normans in Ireland. Hundreds of thousands of precious historical documents relating to all aspects of Irish life were lost, including invaluable census records dating from before the Irish Famine in the 1840s. 

    The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland has been developed by Beyond 2022, an international collaborative research project working to create a virtual reconstruction of the destroyed Public Record Office of Ireland. Beyond 2022 has been developed by historians in Trinity College Dublin and computer scientists in the Science Foundation Ireland ADAPT Centre, in partnership with five core partners: National Archives, Ireland, National Archives, UK, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Irish Manuscripts Commission and the Library of Trinity College Dublin. 

    Rich collections and digitally reconnected archives

    The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland now provides access to 50 million words of searchable text spanning seven centuries; 150,000+ database records; 6,000+ maps; and 2.7 million knowledge graph triples. It brings together a rich array of replacement and surrogate records digitally repatriated from archival collections around the world, within an immersive 3D reconstruction of the destroyed building. 

    You can read more at:

    The Virtual Record Treasury is an open-access resource, freely available online to all those interested in Irish history around the world - explore it now.

  • 1 Jul 2022 5:32 AM | Anonymous

    The following was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast adds records from this key period in American history 

    Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence  

    Each signer of this historic document is included in this collection, new to Findmypast this week. Following a traditional genealogical style, you might uncover a personal family connection to a signer of the Declaration of Independence by following their descendants. These 18,000 records have been kindly supplied by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 

    Pennsylvania, Oaths of Allegiance Lists 

    Also new to Findmypast this week, with these 13,000 records you might discover if an ancestor renounced their allegiance to the British monarchy, and instead pledged support to the Continental Congress. Here, you may learn where and when your ancestor made this pledge. 

    Pennsylvania, American Revolution Patriot Militia Index 

    This new collection comprises 10,000 PDF records to help you discover if your ancestor was directly involved in the fighting during the American Revolution. The records normally include the name of the soldier, their rank and their type of involvement. 

    Scotland Memorial Inscriptions 

    Nearly 13,000 records have been added into this existing collection, with the new material covering Angus and Fife. Explore years of death, others buried in the same plot, denominations and more. 


    This week’s newspapers also have a North American feel, with the Gazette of the United States, the Anglo-American Times and the Canadian Ottawa Free Press.  

    New titles

    ·         Anglo-American Times, 1865-1896 

    ·         East Galway Democrat, 1913-1921, 1936, 1938-1949 

    ·         Gazette of the United States, 1789-1798, 1803 

    ·         Munster Tribune, 1955-1959, 1961-1962 

    ·         Ottawa Free Press, 1904-1909, 1911-1915 

    ·         Wallington & Carshalton Herald, 1882-1897 


    Updated titles: 

    ·         Brentwood Gazette, 1990 

    ·         Carmarthen Journal, 1998 

    ·         Colonial Standard, 1889 

    ·         Cork Weekly Examiner, 1897 

    ·         Derbyshire Times, 1919, 1927 

    ·         Dominica Chronicle, 1910 

    ·         Dominica Guardian, 1921 

    ·         Ellesmere Port Pioneer, 1990 

    ·         Harrow Observer, 1987 

    ·         Irvine Herald, 1989 

    ·         Llanelli Star, 1991 

    ·         Mirror (Trinidad & Tobago), 1901-1902, 1908, 1914-1915 

    ·         Stanmore Observer, 1991 

    ·         Westerham Herald, 1890

  • 1 Jul 2022 5:27 AM | Anonymous

    Today is the first day of the month, an excellent time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups!

    Your backups aren't worth much unless you make a quick test by restoring a small file or two after the backup is completed.

    Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier and safer if you have a specific schedule. The first day of the month is easy to remember, so I would suggest you back up your genealogy files at least on the first day of every month, if not more often. (My computers automatically make off-site backups of all new files every few minutes.)

    Given the events of the past few months during the pandemic with genealogy websites laying off employees and cutting back on services, you now need backup copies of everything more than ever. What happens if the company that holds your online data either goes off line or simply deletes the service where your data is held? If you have copies of everything stored either in your own computer, what happens if you have a hard drive crash or other disaster? If you have one or more recent backup copies, such a loss would be inconvenient but not a disaster.

    Of course, you might want to back up more than your genealogy files. Family photographs, your checkbook register, all sorts of word processing documents, email messages, and much more need to be backed up regularly. Why not do that on the first day of each month? or even more often?

  • 30 Jun 2022 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    According to a new count, 152 cultural sites in Ukraine have been partially or totally destroyed since the beginning of the war. Last week UNESCO published an updated assessment of the damage caused to cultural sites in Ukraine since 24 February 2022, when the Russian offensive began.

    According to the checks carried out by its experts, 152 cultural sites have been partially or totally destroyed as a result of the fighting, including 30 historical buildings, 18 cultural centres, 15 monuments, 12 museums, seven libraries and 70 religious buildings.

    Among the museums damaged and destroyed are The Military Historical Museum – a branch of the Chernihiv Historical Museum, Building of regional children’s library, Regional Art Museum. G. Galagana, the Ivankiv Museum, Kharkiv Art Museum, and Hryhorii Skovoroda National Literary Memorial Museum, and the Mariupol Museum of Local Lore.

    You can read more in an article in the Museums + Heritage Advisor web site at:

  • 30 Jun 2022 5:48 PM | Anonymous

    The National Holocaust Centre & Museum has created a new website which tells the story of four refugees from Nazi Europe, using some of the objects they owned.

    Ordinary Objects, Extraordinary Journeys, set up jointly with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and with sponsorship from the Arts Council, was launched on Tuesday to coincide with Refugee Week.

    Marc Cave, chief executive of the NHCM, which has been at the forefront of digital education about the Holocaust, said, “It is the human stories that we venerate”.

    The centre gradually became a museum as survivors began to entrust it with their artefacts and it was “now produce to house a collection of uniquely personal meaning”.

    When the centre agreed to do a collections-based project with the HMDT, “we wanted to ensure it was in the service of telling the stories of some lesser known survivors of the Holocaust,” he said.

    “Some of the objects seem mundane. Some seem beautiful. But all are priceless in what they tell us about the annihilation of normal Jewish family life right across Europe. There is a common misperception that the Holocaust just took place in Germany - and maybe Poland.

    “This exhibition tells four stories spanning Greece, France, Austria, Germany, Poland, England and Scotland.”

    You can read more at:

  • 30 Jun 2022 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    According to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the national median age of Americans has increased by 3.4 years to 38.8, with the largest single-year gain of 0.3 years coming in 2021, the year after the coronavirus pandemic hit. The birthrate nationwide has been declining, and decreased immigration levels have accelerated the decline.

    You can read more in an article by Tara Bahrampour published in the Washington Post at:

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