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  • 29 May 2023 6:04 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release from the U.S. Census Bureau:

    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2020 Census Demographic Profile and Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC). These products provide the next round of data available from the 2020 Census, adding more detail to the population counts and basic demographic and housing statistics previously released for the purposes of congressional apportionmentand legislative redistricting.

    “These statistics belong to the American people. Thank you for your participation in the census and encouraging your friends, neighbors and community to respond. We’re giving these data back to you now to understand and benefit your community,” Census Bureau Director Robert L. Santos said. “2020 Census data will serve as an important baseline for years to come for our annual surveys and population estimates, and in the community planning and funding decisions taking place around the nation.”

    The newly released 2020 Census data products go beyond the data already available on the total population, the voting-age (age 18 and older) population, race, Hispanic origin and housing occupancy. This release contains more detailed age groups, the first data available on sex from the 2020 Census, information on families and households, and more detail on housing. They also show the intersection of many of these topics by race and Hispanic origin.

    The Demographic Profile provides an overview of the topics covered in the 2020 Census in one, easy-to-reference table for geographies down to the tract level. The DHC provides more detailed tables, many down to the block level. The Demographic Profile and many of the DHC tables are also available for ZIP Code Tabulation Areas — generalized representations of U.S. Postal Service ZIP Code service routes.

    Data Highlights by Topic

    Age and Sex

    The 2020 Census shows the following about the nation’s age and sex composition:

      • Between 2010 and 2020, median age in the U.S. grew older due to an increase in the older population.
      • In 2020, there were 55.8 million people age 65 and over in the United States (16.8% of the total population), up 38.6% from 40.3 million in 2010. This growth primarily reflected the aging baby boom cohort.
      • Centenarians grew 50% since 2010, the fastest recent census-to-census percent change for that age group.
      • For people age 70 and over, the male population experienced a larger growth rate between 2010 and 2020 (42.2%) than females (29.5%).
      • In 1970, after all the Baby Boomers (1946-1964) had been born, half of the population was younger than 28.1 years old. By 2020, the median age was 38.8, an increase of more than 10 years over the past five decades.
      • In 2020, the population age 45 and over accounted for 42% of the total population, up from 27% in 1940, the census before the Baby Boom began.
      • The share of the population age 65 and over more than doubled between 1940 and 2020, from less than 7% to nearly 17%.
      • In 2020, there were over 73.1 million children under age 18 (22.1% of the total U.S. population), down 1.4% from 74.2 million in 2010. The biggest decline was among the under-5 age group, whose share of the population dropped by 8.9% or 1.8 million. This finding is consistent with the decline in the total number of births and the birth rate for the United States since 2015.
      • Among the states in 2020:
      • Fourteen states had a median age over 40, twice as many as in 2010.
      • Twenty-five states had higher shares of population age 65 and older than Florida had in 2010 (17.3%), when it had the highest share of any state. In 2020, Maine had the highest share at 21.8%, followed by Florida (21.2%) and Vermont (20.6%).
      • Utah and Maine were the youngest and oldest states (as they were in 2010). Nearly half of Utah’s population was under age 31 while more than half of Maine’s population was over age 45.
      • In 2020, females continued to comprise a slightly larger share (50.9%) of the total U.S. population — 168.8 million compared with almost 162.7 million males (49.1%). Females have outnumbered males since the 1950 Census. Before that, males outnumbered females from the nation’s earliest colonial times.
      • Alaska had the highest sex ratio of any state in 2020, with 108.4 males per 100 females, followed by North Dakota with 104.5 males per 100 females.
      • The five states with the lowest sex ratios in 2020 were Delaware (with 92.9 males per 100 females), Maryland (92.9), Mississippi (93.4), Alabama (93.4), and South Carolina (93.5).
      • In 2020, no state in the South or Northeast had a sex ratio above 100; all these states had more females than males.
      • In 2020, the total dependency ratio in the United States was 63.6 children under age 18 and adults age 65 and older for every 100 working-age people ages 18 to 64. The total dependency ratio provides a rough approximation of economic dependency in a population by dividing the dependent-age populations (children and adults age 65 and older, who are not generally expected to work) by the working-age population (ages 18 to 64).
      • Ten of the 12 states with the highest total dependency ratios in 2020 were in the West and Midwest. South Dakota and Idaho had the nation’s highest total dependency ratios of any state (73.0 and 72.4, respectively).

    The public can explore these age and sex statistics in two data visualizations:

    • Exploring Age Groups in the 2020 Census. This interactive map shows certain measures — percent of population, percent change from 2010, percent female and racial and ethnic diversity index and prevalence — for a variety of age groups for the nation, states, counties and census tracts. The visualization also provides ranking lists of the measures.
    • How Has Our Nation's Population Changed? This interactive visualization shows population pyramids and ranked age and sex measures for the total population, as well as race and Hispanic origin groups, for the nation, states, metropolitan areas, micropolitan areas and counties in 2020, 2010 and 2000.

    A series of downloadable ranking tables related to each visualization is also available.

    More information about age and sex is also available in the America Counts stories: An Aging U.S. Population With Fewer Children in 2020 and 2020 Census: 1 in 6 People in the United States Were 65 and Over, and two briefs: Age and Sex Composition: 2020 and The Older Population: 2020.

    The full press release is much longer. You can read ther entire thing at:

  • 29 May 2023 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the folks at Fold3:

    We have some exciting news to share. Ancestry® and the National Genealogical Society® have recently finalized a contract with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to resume digitization of the War of 1812 Pension Files. Like so many other things, this ongoing project came to a screeching halt during the closure of NARA due to COVID‑19.

    This massive undertaking to digitize some 7.2 million pages in this collection began in 2010. So far, we’ve completed 83% of these records. We’re just finishing up the final files for surnames beginning with ‘R’ and will move on to files with surnames beginning with the letters ‘Sj to U’ next. These digitized records are available to view for free on Fold3®.

    You can read more at:
  • 29 May 2023 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    Here is a list of all of this week's articles, all of them available here at     

    (+) How to Make Money Selling Genealogy Information – Part III

    Are You Missing Most of the Available Genealogy Information?

    The History of Memorial Day

    Database Stores Names for Family Members in 1,200+ Languages

    Are You a Picky Eater? Blame Your Genetics!

    Discover Your Roots with a DNA Sale at MyHeritage

    MyHeritage Updates the Data for the Theory of Family Relativity™

    Gene Expression in African Americans, Puerto Ricans and Mexican Americans Reveals Ancestry-Specific Patterns of Genetic Architecture

    Mapping the Genetic History of French Canadians Through Space and Time

    The Georgia Genealogical Society (GGS) is seeking an Executive Director for its Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR)

    Illinois Supreme Court's Biometrics Decision Doesn't Apply to Class Action Over Yearbook Photos

    Scottish Newspaper Archive Featuring Almost 1,000 Titles Saved After Fundraising Success

    Who Do You Think You Are? 2023 (UK Version): Release Date, Celebrity Line-Up and Latest News

    U.S. National Archives Awards $6.5 Million in Grants for Historical Records Projects

    U.S. National Archives Announces Public Programs in June

    New National Archivist's Love of History Nurtured at Home

    Wisconsin to Celebrate 175th Birthday

    Review of Genealogies, Other Records Fails to Support Local Leaders’ Claims of Abenaki Ancestry

    New Lease Abstracts for the Manor and Lordship of Monaghan (1679-1810) Added to Roots Ireland

    A Bumper 5 Million Records for Manchester Released by Findmypast

    Introducing the Proton Family Plan

  • 29 May 2023 8:21 AM | Anonymous

    From the MyHeritage Blog:

    We’re excited to announce that MyHeritage DNA is now on sale for the lowest price of the year so far!

    For a limited time, MyHeritage DNA kits are available for a remarkable $39!

    Get your MyHeritage DNA kit today

    Our DNA kits allow you to dive deeper into your family history, connect with relatives you never knew existed, and discover your ethnic origins from around the globe. All it takes is a simple cheek swab to unlock a world of genealogical exploration and connection.

    A MyHeritage DNA test is not just a purchase; it’s an investment. It’s a chance to gain a better understanding of who you are and where you come from. The stories you’ll uncover could reconnect lost branches of your family tree, allowing you to grow roots in places you never imagined.

    What does the test provide? It offers an extensive ethnicity estimate, revealing your ethnic origins from across 2,114 geographic regions — more than any other DNA company. You also gain access to our DNA Matching service. This feature allows you to connect with relatives based on shared DNA.

    Remember, this offer won’t last forever! The Hot DNA Sale is a limited-time event, giving you a special chance to learn about your heritage at a remarkably affordable price. 

    Whether you’ve been thinking about exploring your genealogy for a while, or if the idea has just sparked your interest, there’s no better time than now.

    Don’t miss this sizzling deal. Take advantage of our Hot DNA Sale and begin your journey of discovery.

  • 29 May 2023 8:14 AM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin is celebrating its 175th anniversary Monday, a day that will feature modest celebrations and an official acknowledgement of the state’s “countless contributions to the fabric of the nation and the world” in agriculture, industry, art and culture.

    A proclamation signed by Gov. Tony Evers honors the state’s admission to the Union May 29, 1848, while celebrating the Indigenous tribes that have occupied the land “since time immemorial.”

    “Through times of adversity and prosperity, Wisconsinites are helpers by nature, often going above and beyond to serve their communities, look out for their neighbors, and exemplify the state’s shared values of kindness, empathy, respect, and compassion, earning them the ‘Midwest Nice’ reputation that is cherished by visitors and residents alike,” Evers said in the proclamation.

    Little else is planned to celebrate the anniversary. Perhaps that’s what you get when you’re celebrating a demisemiseptcentennial — a fancy term for a 175th anniversary — and not a more commonly recognized birthday like a centennial or a sesquicentennial.

    The Wisconsin Historical Society has launched a new website celebrating a list of Wisconsin “visionaries, changemakers and storytellers.” And the first territorial capital of Wisconsin in Belmont, where legislators gathered for 47 days in 1836.

    You can read more in an article by Alexander Shur published in the web site at:

  • 29 May 2023 8:04 AM | Anonymous

    A bid to save a collection of almost 1,000 historic newspapers has succeeded after raising more than £115,000 ($141980 US dollars) in six months.

    The National Library of Scotland launched the ‘Save Our Stories’ campaign, backed by The Scotsman, after warning around two-thirds of the newspapers in its archives risked being lost unless “essential conservation and preservation work” was carried out.

    The collection, which dates from as early as 1641, comprises 961 titles from all over Scotland and features rare editions such as the first copy of The Scotsman, pictured, from 1817.

    The required work will now be carried out following the successful fundraising drive.

    You can read more in an article by David Sharman published in the web site at:

  • 26 May 2023 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    In the first article in this series, I described how to create web sites and CD-ROM disks of genealogy information that others will be interested in purchasing. In the second article, I described how to advertise your products online and how to create a "web store." This week I will address another requirement that can be more complex than the other two: how to collect the money.

    For this week's article, I will describe taking payment for CD-ROM sales. Payment collection for information on web pages and other "electronic delivery" of information will be described in a later installment. 

    Obviously, you can require the buyer to send a check to you in the mail in a manner done by catalog orders for decades. However, that is old-fashioned in today's online age. Anyone who demands payment by check undoubtedly will lose sales as potential buyers will look elsewhere for vendors who accept credit cards.

    When a potential customer has a credit card and wishes to purchase your information, how do you convert that to money in your bank account?

    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/13207184.

    If you are not yet a Plus Edition subscriber, you can learn more about such subscriptions and even upgrade to a Plus Edition subscription immediately at

  • 26 May 2023 8:52 AM | Anonymous

    From an article by John O'Brien published in the web site:

    A Chicago federal judge won't second-guess herself for tossing a proposed class action lawsuit that accused of violating the Illinois Right of Publicity Act.

    The suit concerned old yearbook photos the company used when advertising its pay service. In September, Judge Virginia Kendall granted summary judgment to Ancestry, finding plaintiff lawyers failed to work around the IRPA's one-year statute of limitations.

    They tried to argue each payment Ancestry made to a company that licenses yearbook names and images started the statute over. Lawyers at Clifford Law Offices, Morgan and Morgan and Bursor & Fisher filed a motion for reconsideration that was rejected May 23.

    They said the Illinois Supreme Court's recent ruling in Tims v. Black Horse Carriers, which denied a one-year statute of limitation on cases brought under the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act.

    The full article may be found at:

  • 26 May 2023 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    A new article published in the web site explores ancestry-related differences in the genetics of African Americans, Puerto Ricans and Mexican Americans. Here is the abstract of the article:

    We explored ancestry-related differences in the genetic architecture of whole-blood gene expression using whole-genome and RNA sequencing data from 2,733 African Americans, Puerto Ricans and Mexican Americans. We found that heritability of gene expression significantly increased with greater proportions of African genetic ancestry and decreased with higher proportions of Indigenous American ancestry, reflecting the relationship between heterozygosity and genetic variance. Among heritable protein-coding genes, the prevalence of ancestry-specific expression quantitative trait loci (anc-eQTLs) was 30% in African ancestry and 8% for Indigenous American ancestry segments. Most anc-eQTLs (89%) were driven by population differences in allele frequency. Transcriptome-wide association analyses of multi-ancestry summary statistics for 28 traits identified 79% more gene–trait associations using transcriptome prediction models trained in our admixed population than models trained using data from the Genotype-Tissue Expression project. Our study highlights the importance of measuring gene expression across large and ancestrally diverse populations for enabling new discoveries and reducing disparities.

    You can read the full article at:

  • 26 May 2023 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    The following is from an article published by McGill University in Montreal, Quebec:

    First study to incorporate genealogical records to provide an accurate map of genetic relatedness

    Though we all share common ancestors ranging from a few generations to hundreds of thousands of years, genealogies that relate all of us are often forgotten over time. A new McGill University-led study is now providing insight into the complex relationship between human migration and genetic variation, using a unique genealogical dataset of over five million records spanning 400 years to unravel the genetic structure of French Canadian populations.

    The team, including researchers from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford, developed a new method to simulate genomes based on a population scale genealogy dating back to the arrival of the first French settlers. By comparing the simulations to real genetic data, they were able to prove that the genetic structure of this population was encoded within its genealogy.

    “It is the first genetic study, in any worldwide population, that incorporates genealogical records to provide a strikingly accurate map of genetic relatedness at the population scale,” explains Simon Gravel, Associate Professor in McGill’s Department Human Genetics and one of the study’s authors.

    You can read the entire article in the McGill University web site at:
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