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  • 22 Jun 2022 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    Note: The following article has nothing to do with genealogy, DNA, or any of the other topics normally found in this newsletter. If you are looking for genealogy and similar articles, you might want to skip this one. However, this article references a recent article in ZDNet that I think all computer owners should read.

    Zoom works great for conference calls, but you’re limited to 100 people and just 40 minutes in the free version. This isn’t always ideal, especially for longer meetings. Luckily, there are a variety of Zoom alternatives that don’t have as many restrictions in their free versions. Plus, some don’t even require people calling in to have an account.

    The alternatives include: Skype, Jitsi Meet, Facebook Messenger Rooms, RingCentral Video Pro, FreeConferenceCall, Lark, Butter, Discord, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, and Zoho Meeting.

    Details may be found at:

  • 21 Jun 2022 9:14 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by NBC Broadcasting:

    The moving television series Who Do You Think You Are? is returning for season 11 after a four year hiatus, and the new promo for the show revealed the emotional journeys of the six celebrities who researched their family histories. On the show, celebrities trace their family trees in an attempt to piece together the stories of their ancestors with the help of historians, genealogists, and other experts. Their visits to locations in the United States and all over the world unearth new discoveries about their genealogy and breathe new life into the stories of the people who came before them. Sometimes the celebrities even meet relatives they never knew they had.

    The Emmy-nominated series Who Do You Think You Are? premiered on March 5, 2010 on NBC, where it ran for three seasons, until it moved to TLC. It aired for seven more seasons on that channel but now returns to NBC for season 11. The series is executive produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky. This season features the experiences of Allison Janney, Zachary Levi, Nick Offerman, Billy Porter, Zachary Quinto, and Bradley Whitford as they take a trip back in time to research their lineage.

    The NBC promo for Who Do You Think You Are? season 11, (season 4 on NBC), gives a first look at the journeys of the six celebrities. It begins with a narrator stating, "Everyone has questions about their ancestors," and includes clips from the episodes. The narrator goes on to say, "This season on Who Do You Think You Are?, six celebrities will embark on a global search for answers, and will be forever changed by what they find." Each celebrity has a very different family history, but all of the experiences appear to have been emotional and life-changing.

    Watch the Who Do You Think You Are? promo video here. 

    The promo features Bradley Whitford asking, "Were they running from something or to something?" Nick Offerman asks, "How could all of these family members condone this behavior?" He later studies a document and says, "Revolutionary War. Not a big deal," chuckling in amazement. Zachary Levi states, "All of the dysfunction in our lives, you can trace through your lineage. I don't know. Who knows what I'm about to find out." He is later shown reading a document in disbelief, saying, "Oh, oh, oh, oh! Guilty of witchcraft?! Oh my gosh!" As Allison Janney examines a record, she says, "He was wrecked off Bermuda. Are you kidding me?" Zachary Quinto states, "I feel like a much more complete version of myself." He is later shown hugging a man. Billy Porter reads a death certificate of a person from Pennsylvania and marvels, "33? Jesus. He died when he was 33?" In a powerful moment, he later states, "These are the shoulders that I stand on."

    Who Do You Think You Are? season 11 carries on the legacy of the show, which is to uncover the personal stories of the ancestors of celebrities, while also shining a light on American and world history. These six celebrity stories are sure to be emotional and exciting. Who Do You Think You Are? is a show that teaches people just as much as it moves and inspires them.

  • 21 Jun 2022 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    The Preble County Room, Preble County District Library’s Genealogy and History Department, has announced the return of the third annual Genealogy and History Fair on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 450 South Barron Street in Eaton, Ohio.

    The Genealogy and History Fair provides valuable information to researchers and historians relevant to their genealogy or local history without traveling far. With one visit to the genealogy fair, visitors will have an understanding of the local places and services available to help along any research journey.

    Participating organizations include Preble County Room, Preble County Historical Society, Lewisburg Historical Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Midpointe Library, Brookville Historical Society, Montgomery County Ohio Genealogical Society, Arcanum Wayne Trace Historical Society, Greenville Public Library, Garst Museum, and Wayne County Indiana Genealogy Society.

    Individuals participating include Rachel Davidson, who specializes in World War II Heroes of Roselawn Cemetery, Fred Schreel, who specializes in Henry Burns Muzzleloaders, and Scott’s Clocks, who will be available to explain the history of visitors’ clocks and watches.

    The event will also have food available from Chuck Wagon and Molokini’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice. Kids will enjoy activities provided by the Preble County District Library Youth Department. DNA kits from, along with three baskets of goodies, will be raffled off in a drawing.

    Preble County District Library will also host a book sale during the event with proceeds benefiting library services and programs. The sale will feature a large selection of books, movies, CDs, and more. There are no set prices during the book sale, and all sales are by donation only.

    The Genealogy and History Fair is an outdoor event. The rain date is scheduled for July 16.

  • 21 Jun 2022 3:54 PM | Anonymous

    The following was written by the organizers of the Family History Show:

    At last, it's back!

    After nearly two years of not having the freedom and interaction of a physical show, we found from surveying previous attendees that people were looking forward to enjoying a great day out again. They were looking forward to listening to live talks and asking questions face-to-face to a range of experts and exhibitors. As we have had so many requests to hold another show we are only too pleased to welcome everyone back this Saturday 25th June 2022 to The Family History Show – York!

    Help ensure the future of family history events like this by voting with your feet and come to The Family History Show – York where it is making a welcome return to the Racecourse.

    If you can’t make this weekend then why not put this date in your diary? The Family History Show – London will be at Kempton Park on Saturday 24th September.

    Packed with exhibitors attending from all over the UK, plus family history societies and genealogy supplies companies returning at last to a physical show, this long-awaited chance to talk face-to-face with stall holders is a must for your diary.

    These events are not just for those who have Yorkshire or London Ancestors – these family history shows will appeal to all visitors. Everyone is very welcome and there will be so much to see throughout the day at both events. There will be plenty of parking, refreshments will be available all day, you can talk with experts who can help with your research queries and watch FREE talks held throughout the day.

    These events are organised by family historians for family historians. Do you really know who you are? Come and find out - you may be surprised!

    The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York

    Each show features:

      • Free talks held throughout the day in two large lecture areas

      • Book a free personal 1-2-1 session with an expert, or visit our special Expert Panel at the end of the day where our experts combine to give a talk full of handy research tips and answer your questions in a Q&A session.

      • Free Parking and Local Train Station

      • All Day Refreshments

      • Wheelchair Friendly Venue

    Early-bird Ticket Offer

    Get your tickets now and save, Only £6 (£8 on the day) and you’ll also get a goody bag on entry worth over £17.

    Save 50% by getting two tickets for £8 for the York show here:

  • 21 Jun 2022 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    Curious about Italian family history and heritage? There has never been a better time to pursue Italian genealogical research! With more and more records available online, this talk provides a strong overview for the beginning researcher, while including some lesser-known resources that will be of interest to even the most advanced researchers.

    This is a VIRTUAL presentation. You may attend from anyplace in the world.

    Michael Cassara is a professional genealogist and lecturer based in New York City, specializing in Italian/Sicilian genealogy, New York and New Jersey research, and genealogical technology. He has frequently presented at regional societies as well as national conferences, including five years of presentations at RootsTech, the 2018 Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference, a popular 2019 APG Webinar on genealogical technology, as well as talks at FGS, OGS, the New York State Family History Conference, and more. Michael holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University (OL19) and is a graduate of the ProGen Study Group (ProGen 43). He currently serves as President of the Italian Genealogical Group ( and he blogs about his research at You can find him on Twitter and Facebook at @DigiRoots

    This is the sixth in a series of 11 monthly genealogy lectures in collaboration with 5 libraries: Glen Cove, Gold Coast, Bayville, Oyster Bay, and Locust Valley. Join us each month for a different aspect of genealogy.*This program is brought to you courtesy of the Genealogy Collective and is sponsored by the Bayville Free Library.

    Registration begins on June 21 at 9:30 am

    Register Here

  • 21 Jun 2022 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    If you want to learn more about how DNA can help find criminals (and others), you probably will want to read an article written by Brian Bouchard and published in the WAGMTV web site at:

    This article is an excellent introduction to the subject although long-time DNA experts probably will find it to be a bit too basic for their use.

    Bouchard describes a recent local case in which law enforcement personnel used the services of Investigative Genetic Genealogists to identify a person based upon DNA information. He writes, " cases like this one, the victim's DNA undergoes full genome sequencing in an attempt to find any matches against a third party database. The database is primarily made up of at home DNA test results."

    He briefly mentions the controversy of privacy concerns concerning the use of public DNA databases that were not created for purposes of law enforcement. However, there are other online articles that discuss those concerns in greater depth than does this one article.

    Comment by Dick Eastman: I was rather surprised and impressed to see this article published in the WAGMTV web site. Many years ago, I was employed at WAGM for several years and none of the employees ever mentioned DNA (to me) in those days. It is nice to see today's employees are keeping up with the current technology.

  • 21 Jun 2022 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    Summer officially kicks off in the Northern Hemisphere today (June 21), marking the longest day of the year. And to our readers in the Southern Hemisphere, welcome to the first day of winter!

    During the June solstice (or summer solstice), the sun reaches its highest and northernmost points in the sky. Delivering the maximum daylight hours of the year for the Northern Hemisphere and minimum daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

    This year, the summer solstice officially occurred at 5:14 a.m. EDT (0914 GMT), when the sun reached a point directly overhead of the Tropic of Cancer (latitude 23.5 degrees north).

    In addition to the longest day of the year and the start of summer, the June solstice also occurs at the moment the northern half of Earth is tilted toward the sun, resulting in the Northern Hemisphere receiving sunlight at the most direct angle of the year.

    As always, there are two sides to every story. While the Northern Hemisphere welcomes longer days and warmer temperatures, the June solstice marks the beginning of winter in the Southern Hemisphere when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky.

  • 21 Jun 2022 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Southern California Genealogical Society:

    You won’t want to miss out on this year’s Jamboree, with the Genealogy Jamboree conference; Genetic Genealogy conference; and JamboFREE sessions in between, and over 80 sessions on a wide variety of topics from the some of the best speakers in the field!

    Come learn about invaluable genealogy research and DNA techniques you can use in the process, while researching the British Isles and Ireland, from highly knowledgeable speakers in the field, Michael Brophy, MBA; Alice M. Fairhurst, MS; Sue McNelly; David Ryan, MA. DIPGEN; and James G. Ryan, PhD!

    Don’t forget to join the FREE British Isles and the Irish Round Tables, on our JamboFreeday for tips and tricks to use in your ancestry research!

    Read the Jamboree British Isles and Irish Track Speaker’s bios and view their topic summaries!

     Meet the Speakers

    View the schedule for the JamboFree Ethnic Round Tables and other Round Tables! 

    JamboFree Special Events

    View the schedule Jamboree!

     Explore the Schedule

    View all the Genealogy Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy tracks!

    Jamboree 2022 by Track

    Ready to learn invaluable genealogy techniques?! 

    Register Now!

  • 20 Jun 2022 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    The following press release was written by the University of Michigan:

    A new public database of African American students created by the University of Michigan documents students who attended U-M between 1853 and as recently as 1970.

    A comprehensive compilation of this nature did not previously exist at the university and remains very rare for universities across the country.

    In the process, hundreds of compelling stories have been uncovered surrounding segregated housing, relocation after slavery and “segregation scholarships,” which originated in the 1920s.

    “What we have discovered is that it was African American students, their organizations, the local community and African American alumni who carved out lives for themselves on this campus, often with no help and with opposition from the university itself,” said Terrence McDonald, director of the Bentley Historical Library.

    “For most of the university’s history, African American students’ experiences were a combination of institutional barriers and the determination to overcome them,” said Angela Dillard, the Richard A. Meisler Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and a member of the Bentley’s executive committee. “The database gives context for this by providing data while also showing photos, stories, maps and more.”

    The U-M African American Student Project has been working toward documenting and understanding the Black experience at the university through years of research, archival materials from the Bentley Library and personal stories. The project has identified more than 5,800 verified African American students, their cities or states of origin and their degree types.

    Points of origin

    More than 2,200 of the students in the database came from Michigan with the top points of origin including Detroit representing more than half of this student population, Ann Arbor, Flint, Inkster and Grand Rapids. Among out-of-state students, the top states were North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Louisiana and Florida. Many of the southern out-of-state students received financial support to come to Michigan from those states which, in the pre-Civil Rights era, refused to integrate their university programs. Many of these states were forced to integrate their programs by future federal court decisions. A substantial number of those receiving graduate and professional degrees from Michigan were graduates from historically black colleges and universities, with the largest number coming from Fisk and Howard universities.

    Notable alumni

    While work is still being done to collect more stories and journeys of U-M Black students, some notable alumni have already been identified:

      • Heman Sweatt attended graduate school at U-M in 1937-38 and went on to successfully challenge the “separate but equal” doctrine of racial segregation established by the 1896 case Plessy v. Ferguson in his own U.S. Supreme Court case, Sweatt v. Painter. His case was presented by Thurgood Marshall and Robert Carter after Sweatt was denied admission to the University of Texas law school due to the Texas State Constitution prohibiting integrated education. During the term of the trial, the subject matter prompted Texas Southern University to establish its own law school for Black students, becoming what is now known as the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
      • A.T. Walden was a civil rights activist and lawyer who earned his law degree at U-M and later went on to become the first Black judge appointed in the state of Georgia since the Civil War. He played a critical role in achieving equal pay for black school teachers in Atlanta in 1943, served as a local lawyer for the NAACP in some cases with national leadership, and actively led efforts to get Black citizens registered to vote in Atlanta. 

    The work is not over

    Now the university is putting out a call to action to its community. The African American Student Project has identified the “who, when, where” of thousands of Black students, but they recognize there is more to be added to more deeply understand their experience and their stories. 

    “This is a long-term project that is still in an early phase,” McDonald said. “We will need help from the public to make this data as robust as possible, and to add additional archival sources on the African American experience to our holdings.”

  • 20 Jun 2022 8:19 AM | Anonymous

    Most of us have been told by a friend that we have a doppelganger - some stranger they passed on the street who bore an uncanny resemblance to you. But imagine if you could create your very own twin, an exact copy of yourself, 

    Scientists now say that may be possible within the next decade.

    We are living in an age where everything that exists in the real world is being replicated digitally - our cities, our cars, our homes, and even ourselves.

    And just like the hugely-hyped metaverse - plans for a virtual, digital world where an avatar of yourself would walk around - digital twins have become a new, talked-about tech trend.

    A digital twin is an exact replica of something in the physical world, but with a unique mission - to help improve, or in some other way provide feedback to, the real-life version.

    You can learn more in an article by Jane Wakefield published in the BBC News web site at:

    I have two questions that pop to mind: Could I send my digital twin to the office at my place of employment every day? That way I could stay home and take every day off while my digital twin could earn a living for me!

    Will genealogists record the digital twin as a member of the family?

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