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  • 28 Jun 2023 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Hundreds of genealogists from the U.S, Great Britain, and all over the world are expected to descend on London, England for the 43rd Annual IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies) International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Sunday, July 30 to Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023. The conference hotel is a stone’s throw from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

    This is the first time since 2019 that the conference will be held in person and the first time since 2001 that professional and amateur genealogists will have gathered in London.

    Registration is now open. Details are available on the Conference website at

    The conference will feature more than 100 speakers, with more than 200 sessions covering virtually every aspect of Jewish genealogy. Programs at the conference will be geared for first-timers to conference veterans, and will include lectures, lunches, computer labs, and networking through Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Birds of a Feather (BOFs) sessions. An Exhibitor Hall and Resource Room will include genealogy experts, mentors, and archivists for a one-stop research experience at the conference site.

    Conference track themes are: Commonwealth Track, Jewish Communities Worldwide and the Shoah, Migration, Methodology, Technology/Computer Labs, DNA, and Storytelling. Presentations will be 45 minutes, with 15 minutes for Q & A. In addition, non-traditional presentations will include Computer Labs, Panels and Short Sessions.

    “We are excited to be able to have an in-person conference once again and host it in an international city,” said Chuck Weinstein, lead conference chair.

    The Conference is hosted by IAJGS, an umbrella organization of nearly 90 Jewish genealogical organizations worldwide. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain ( is the local co-host. Leigh Dworkin, chairman president of the Great British Society, is the conference local co-chair. “We are excited to be hosting this year’s conference in London for the first time since 2001. As an international city with a vibrant Jewish history and population, London offers genealogists a wide array of resources such as archives, museums, libraries, synagogues, and cemeteries relevant to furthering visitors’ family history research.” 

    The IAJGS coordinates and organizes activities such as its annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy and provides a unified voice as the spokesperson on behalf of its members.

    The IAJGS’s vision is of a worldwide network of Jewish genealogical research organizations and partners working together as one coherent, effective and respected community, enabling people to succeed in researching Jewish ancestry and heritage. Find the IAJGS at: and like us on Facebook at

    The JGSGB aims to promote and encourage the study of and research into Jewish Genealogy and is the only Jewish Genealogical Society in the United Kingdom.

    Find us at, on Twitter at @JewishGreat, or on Facebook at

  • 28 Jun 2023 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    This class will be held virtually. Anyone can attend from anywhere in the world (via Zoom) although you will need to pay attention to time zones:

    Join the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center for another excellent virtual genealogy program presented by Terri Meeks.

    Are you buried in paper or faced with conflicting information? Do you lack organization? Terri will provide tips to help you recognize pitfalls and suggestions to eliminate some of the confusion. This program is free and open to the public but registration is required at and click on events or calendar to register for the event. Please register online or contact the museum for more information. This program will be held over Zoom from 9-10 a.m. on July 8. The program is free and open to the public but online registration is required.

    The Museum and History Center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The Museum and History Center hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Wednesday through Saturday.  

    For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to

  • 28 Jun 2023 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    MyHeritage has made a rather noteworthy announcement:

    "We’ve been adding historical records at such a remarkable pace, we’ve decided to split our monthly post into two installments! In the first half of June 2023, we added 19 collections and 18 million records from Belgium, France and the United States. The collections include birth, marriage, death, obituary, and census records."

    The announcement then goes on and on and on listing all the recently-added record collections. Rather than duplicating the list here, I will simply refer you to the full list in the MyHeritage Blog at:

  • 28 Jun 2023 9:12 AM | Anonymous

    Can your blood type increase your chance of developing COVID? An article by Erin Prater published in the Fortune web site suggests that those with Type A blood might be at an elevated risk compared to those with Type O. 

    If you have type O blood, thank your ancestors. They re the ones who gave you the blood type.

    The article may be found at:

  • 28 Jun 2023 8:47 AM | Anonymous

    I found an interesting article by Cheryl Winn-Boujnida, published in TheConversation web site:

    In 2019, Doreen Rosenthal and I surveyed 775 Australian hobbyist family historians to examine their motivations.

    They were adults aged between 21 and 93, but most were older and the median age was 63. The majority (85%) were women. This seems to be typical of hobbyist family historians. Women often take on the role of “kin keeper” – and have the time to devote to it when they’ve finished rearing children and have retired from paid work

    Most family historians are older women. 

    Survey respondents described why they were passionately engaged with their hobby – and how it made them feel. Some 48% “sometimes” felt strong negative emotions about what they found, while 15% did “often”.

    There were five common distress triggers.

    You can read the full article at:

  • 27 Jun 2023 7:27 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by Vivid-Pix:

    Family History Center Provides Vivid-Pix Memory Stations.

    June 27, 2023, Charleston, SC, USA.– Vivid-Pix, the leading provider of AI-powered image restoration software and solutions, celebrates the opening of the International African American Museum (IAAM) and the availability of Vivid-Pix Memory Stations for visitors to scan, restore, save and share their precious photos, documents and stories ( 

    For the past 2 years, IAAM has utilized Vivid-Pix Memory Stations to scan, restore and capture stories throughout Charleston. With the opening of the IAAM Family History Center, availability and engagement is furthered so that more stories can be shared.

    Family History, Oral History, Family Stories, Reminiscing, …, shares life’s events. Photos, drawings, letters, and documents prompt memories – making events tangible and understandable.

    Vivid-Pix helps individuals, families, friends, and organizations with their most treasured memories by inventing and harnessing technologies. Vivid-Pix Solutions ( assists family historians, as well as paid and unpaid caregivers coping with cognitive decline and dementia through Photo Reminiscence Therapy. Vivid-Pix patented software has been sold in over 120 countries, improving old, faded photos and documents. 

    For more information, please visit

    The International African American Museum (IAAM) explores the history, culture, and impact of the African American journey on Charleston, on the nation, and on the world, shining light and sharing stories of the diverse journeys, origin, and achievements of descendants of the African Diaspora. Across 11 galleries and a memorial garden with art, objects, artifacts, and multi-media interaction, IAAM is a champion of authentic, empathetic storytelling of American history. As a result, the museum will stand as one of the nation’s newest platforms for the disruption of institutionalized racism as it evolves today. The mission of IAAM is to honor the untold stories of the African American journey at the historically sacred site of Gadsden’s Wharf and beyond. For more information, please visit or call 843-872-5352.

  • 27 Jun 2023 8:18 AM | Anonymous

    As U.S. lawmakers commemorated the end of slavery by celebrating Juneteenth this month, many of them could have looked no further than their own family histories to find a more personal connection to what’s often called America’s “original sin.” 

    In researching the genealogies of America’s political elite, a Reuters examination found that a fifth of the nation’s congressmen, living presidents, Supreme Court justices and governors are direct descendants of ancestors who enslaved Black people.

    Among 536 members of the last sitting Congress, for example, Reuters determined at least 100 descend from slaveholders. Of that group, more than a quarter of the Senate — 28 members — can trace their families to at least one slaveholder.

    Among those lawmakers from the 117th Congress are Democrats and Republicans alike. They include some of the most influential politicians in America: Republican senators Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and Tom Cotton, and Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth and Jeanne Shaheen.

    In addition, Reuters determined that President Joe Biden and every living former U.S. president — except Donald Trump — are direct descendants of slaveholders: Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and — through his white mother’s side — Barack Obama. Two of the nine sitting U.S. Supreme Court justices — Amy Coney Barrett and Neil Gorsuch — also have direct ancestors who enslaved people.

    In 2022, 11 of the 50 U.S. states also had governors who are descendants of slaveholders, Reuters found. They include eight chief executives of the 11 states that formed the Confederate States of America, which seceded and waged war to preserve slavery. Two are seeking the Republican nomination for president: Asa Hutchinson, the former governor of Arkansas, and Doug Burgum of North Dakota.

    Reuters found that at least 8% of Democrats in the last Congress and 28% of Republicans have such ancestors. 

    You can read more in an article in the NBC News web site at:

  • 26 Jun 2023 8:20 PM | Anonymous

    Fourteen more years of Catholic Standard & Times, spanning from 1916 to 1930have just been added to the Catholic News Archives, a free online resource that provides access to 20 historic Catholic newspapers and news agencies from across the country from as early as the 1830s.  All material is fully searchable by date and keyword.

    • Access to these newly digitized issues allows individuals to learn about many important issues,  including:
    • Catholic involvement in World War I and responses to the 1919 influenza epidemic
    • Catholic institutional development during a period of immense brick-and-mortar growth
    • Catholic reactions to women’s suffrage, prohibition, and other political issues of the period
    • Catholic responses to renewed Nativism and anti-immigrant sentiment
    • Catholic community life and social engagement among diverse communities

    This most recent grant from the American Catholic Historical Society builds on an earlier donation that supported the digitization of the Catholic Standard & Times from 1944 to 1963.

    The Catholic Standard & Times, the official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was published between 1895 and 2012.

    Individuals can view material from The Catholic Standard & Times and nineteen other Catholic newspapers and news sources by visiting The Catholic News Archive.

  • 26 Jun 2023 8:13 PM | Anonymous
    • Scholars are using virtual and augmented reality tools to aid history research.
    • The tools also enable laypeople to visit places and examine objects normally only available to scholars.
    • Using VR, people will turn the pages of a 15th-century book or stand before Renaissance-era artwork in the Vatican.
    • An AR project will let people walk through the 19th-century neighborhood around Union Station, when it was home to Chinese immigrants.

    For most people, the chance to walk through a re-creation of early 20th-century Chinatown in Los Angeles or page through a 15th-century Christian devotional book known as a Book of Hours is the stuff of fantasy. But faculty at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences aim to bring historical objects into people’s laps — sometimes literally — through innovations in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

    “As faculty we want to conduct scholarly research, but not just for itself; we want to take that knowledge and make it as broadly and widely accessible as possible,” says Bill Deverell, professor of historyspatial sciences and environmental studies at USC Dornsife.

    Deverell is collaborating with Professor of Cinematic Arts Scott Fisher and a team of scholars at the USC School of Cinematic Arts on the Chinatown project, which includes an AR program that lets Union Station visitors see what their immediate surroundings looked like in the early 20th century, before much of Chinatown was razed to make way for the train depot. Using archival materials, such as photographs and maps depicting the streetscapes, the team aims to create an app enabling users to look through their phones and see a model of the old neighborhood, streets, homes and shops.

    The project, which also involves the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, is still in the early stages, but Deverell says the team is making progress on filming, programming and research for the project.

    You can read more in an article by Meredith McGroarty published in the USC Dornsife web site at: 

  • 26 Jun 2023 11:32 AM | Anonymous

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

    (+) Genealogy Books on CD or as Downloadable Files

    What to Do to About Damaged CD-ROM Disks

    New Dedicated-GRONI Computer Terminals Installed at PRONI

    New Resources in Finland's National Library Search Service

    Turn-of-the-Century Maryville, Missouri Newspapers Now Digitized

    Announcing a Jewish-themed Genealogy Television Series

    National Genealogical Society Names Co-Managers of Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh

    Long-Lost Sisters Separated for 60 Years United After Surprising DNA Test

    The International African American Museum to Soon Open in Charleston, South Carolina

    Teenage Anglo-Saxon Girl's Face Revealed in England

    Historical Texas Newspapers Now Available Online Through Texas State Library and Archives Commission Partnership with the University of North Texas

    Census Bureau Releases New American Community Survey Selected Population Tables and American Indian and Alaska Native Tables

    Illuminating Irish Stories with New Records Added to Findmypast

    FindAGrave Index for Ireland Passes 1 Million Milestone

    We’re Cousins but Also Genetically Brothers

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