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  • 10 Oct 2022 10:29 AM | Anonymous

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

    (+) The Cheap and Easy Way to Find an Ancestor's Grave

    Genealogy From State to State

    Ancient DNA Hunter Who Sequenced First Neanderthal Genome Wins Nobel Prize for Medicine

    National Archives Seeks Feedback on Draft Customer Research Agenda

    Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center Launches ‘Holocaust Survivors of South Jersey’ Digital Archive and Website

    Archivists Present Research on Database Identifying Victims of Slavery

    Enslaved Family History Records Brought to Public Light by Mississippi Project

    New Polynesian Archaeology Journal Launched by University of Hawaiʻi Faculty

    North Carolina Digital Heritage Center Extends Operations With $600,000 Grant

    New Online Projects at the British Library

    Findmypast Releases New Records for Surrey, England

    Encyclopedia of Chicago

    Vermont Archives Month Theme Announced

    Spend the Night in Your Ancestors' Castle

  • 10 Oct 2022 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    In the wake of Hawaiʻi Archaeology Week (September 26–October 2), the University of Hawaiʻi Press joins two non-profit organizations to launch the Journal of Polynesian Archaeology and Research, an open-access title that will soon accept submissions for its inaugural issue.

    The new journal will be co-edited by Mara Mulrooney and Jillian Swift, who are both affiliate graduate faculty at UH Mānoa. The two editors developed the publication as a forum to bring together important research and conversations around archaeology, history and heritage management in Polynesia. The editorial board is comprised of UH faculty including Professors Patrick V. Kirch (anthropology, UH Mānoa), Ty P. Kawika Tengan (ethnic studies, UH Mānoa), Seth Quintus (anthropology, UH Mānoa) and Peter Mills (anthropology, UH Hilo), among others.

    “The Journal of Polynesian Archaeology and Research will continue the tradition of publishing cutting-edge results of archaeological research in Hawaiʻi and throughout Polynesia, as well as providing a forum for discussion and debate regarding archaeological practice in the region,” noted Kirch. “I expect that the journal will be an essential resource for both scholars and the engaged public.”

    Free and open access

    For more than three decades, both of the journal’s sponsoring organizations—the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology and the Easter Island Foundation—have been committed to promoting research and dialogue on the archaeology of Polynesia. While distribution of previous publications were limited to members, this new journal will be published open-access and freely available to all readers.

    You can read more at:

  • 10 Oct 2022 9:26 AM | Anonymous

    For many Americans, finding a family's history is a relatively straightforward process. Multiple research options allow people to find their people from the moment they stepped onto the shores of this country and even before.

    The problem with genealogical research for many African Americans is that before 1870, there were very few records because they were not documented as human beings but as property.

    However, an ongoing multi-state project enlisting help from three universities and libraries hopes to build a bridge for African American families wanting to trace their roots.

    The Lantern Project is an effort to scan and make available to the public legal records documenting enslaved persons. Probate records and various other legal records from the early 1800s have been or are being scanned and will be available to people doing family history research or anyone interested.

    This effort is intended to shine a light – thus the name Lantern – into ancestry that has been difficult to trace. The project has scanned Adams County court records from early statehood and some from Washington and Lowndes counties.

    Six institutions are participating in the project: Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, Delta State, Historic Natchez Foundation, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, and Montgomery County (Alabama) Archives.

    You can read (much) more at:

  • 7 Oct 2022 9:50 PM | Anonymous

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

    If you own a smartphone (Android or iPhone), you already have all the hardware needed to easily locate cemeteries and, in many cases, even go quickly to specific tombstones within each cemetery. You will need a bit of software, but that is available free of charge from several vendors. You will also need to spend a bit of time online, preparing for the trip.

    To find a tombstone, first look on these two great genealogy resources: Find-A-Grave and BillionGraves. Not all tombstones have been catalogued on those two sites just yet; but there are millions of tombstones listed so far, and more are being added daily.

    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/12946739

    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

  • 7 Oct 2022 10:44 AM | Anonymous

    Swedish geneticist Svante Pääbo has won the Nobel Prize for medicine for pioneering the use of ancient DNA to unlock secrets about human evolution.

    The Nobel Committee said Monday that Pääbo “accomplished something seemingly impossible” when he sequenced the first Neanderthal genome and revealed that Homo sapiens interbred with Neanderthals. His discovery was made public in 2010, after Pääbo pioneered methods to extract, sequence and analyze ancient DNA from Neanderthal bones. Thanks to his work, scientists can compare Neanderthal genomes with the genetic records of humans living today.

    “Pääbo’s seminal research gave rise to an entirely new scientific discipline; paleogenomics,” the committee said. “By revealing genetic differences that distinguish all living humans from extinct hominins, his discoveries provide the basis for exploring what makes us uniquely human.”

    Pääbo found that most present-day humans share 1% to 4% of their DNA with Neanderthals, meaning Neanderthals and Homo sapiens must have encountered one another and had children before Neanderthals went extinct around 40,000 years ago.

    He has worked as the director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany since 1997, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at London’s Natural History Museum.

    “His major contribution is being a pioneer in recovering ancient DNA and that has been extremely important in the study of human evolution.” Chris Stringer, research lead in human evolution at that museum.

    You can read a lot more in an article by Rob Picheta and Katie Hunt published in the CNN web site at:

  • 7 Oct 2022 9:36 AM | Anonymous

    A digital database is being developed to include victims of slavery across the South. Again, this is a "work-in-progress," not something that is available today. Archivists recently gave a presentation on “The Lantern Project: Uncovering Local African-American History” at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.

    The project is headed by Mississippi State. It will include digitized and searchable legal records of slavery in Mississippi and Lowndes County.

    You will be able to search at libraries at MSU, Ole Miss, Delta State, Natchez, and Columbus, along with Montgomery, Alabama.

    The three-year project is funded by U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

  • 7 Oct 2022 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    Findmypast updates Surrey parish records this Findmypast Friday  

    Surrey Baptisms 

    This week, Findmypast have added 2,324 baptisms for All Saints church in the parish of Kingston upon Thames. The new additions cover the years 1813-1825, and you may discover details like parents’ occupations.  

    Surrey Marriages 

    Once you’ve found your Surrey ancestor’s baptism, be sure to check for their marriage. A further 334 records for Kingston upon Thames, All Saints (1813-1825) have been added into this existing collection. You might also find the name of the minister who performed the marriage, and the names of the witnesses.  

    Surrey Burials 

    To wrap up this week’s releases, there are an additional 1,681 new burial records, also for Kingston upon Thames, All Saints for 1813-1825. Extra details might include residences and next of kin.  


    New titles: 

    ·         Building News, 1854-1855, 1862, 1869-1891 

    ·         Hornsey & Finsbury Park Journal, 1879-1915 

    Updated titles: 

    ·         Chester Chronicle, 1999 

    ·         Christian World, 1860, 1866 

    ·         Church & State Gazette (London), 1850 

    ·         East End News and London Shipping Chronicle, 1939, 1944 

    ·         Leicester Daily Mercury, 1963, 1966, 1973, 1975-1979, 1990-1992, 1994-1995 

    ·         Long Eaton Advertiser, 1953 

    ·         Nottingham Evening Post, 1996 

    ·         Pontypridd Observer, 1980 

    ·         Sandwell Evening Mail, 1979 

    ·         Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph, 1998 

    ·         Staffordshire Sentinel, 1888, 1950-1952, 1955, 1957-1958, 1960, 1963-1967, 1969-1973, 1976-1980 

    ·         Torbay Express and South Devon Echo, 1995 

  • 6 Oct 2022 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    On September 18, the “Holocaust Survivors of South Jersey” digital archive and website were officially unveiled to the public. The webpage was launched on Stockton’s Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center website. This project started in 2019 when the Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton University (Holocaust Resource Center) realized no database existed to track the Holocaust survivors of South Jersey who have lived in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties. They took on the enormous task of creating their own database, which will be an important resource for future generations looking to learn about our local history.

    Now, there is an extensive digital archive documenting the Holocaust survivors’ stories that can be accessed at the Holocaust Resource Center (at or by special arrangement. The university-launched website presents brief life stories of Holocaust survivors as well as profiles of South Jersey businesses owned and operated by local Holocaust survivors. The archives and the websites will continue to grow as more information and documents become available.

    The “Holocaust Survivors of South Jersey Project” of the Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton University aims to document the life stories of Jewish Holocaust survivors who lived in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties. What started with just 125 names in 2019 quickly grew to 1,503 names that the Center’s research team has identified in these three counties.

    You can read more in an article by Jordan Posner published in the web site at:

    To view the new website, please visit

  • 6 Oct 2022 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    Justin Hauge co-founded the “Storied Collection,” a company in England that connects travelers with stays in “historic and ancestral properties.”

    There are 28 properties across England, Ireland, and Scotland that represent a combined 11,291 years of history. The Storied Collection team looked at the ages of the properties, the number of families who had owned them, and the average number offspring per generation, and estimated that more than 80 million people could be descendants of once-owners of the various luxury lodgings.

    Those properties range from 13th-century castles to country manors to full-on hotels and fortresses. These aren’t your standard properties, unless you’re used to sleeping in stone towers and rooms with floor-to-ceiling tapestries and fireplaces. But if you find out you’re one of that huge number of people who may have royal blood, you may want to consider booking a trip to the castle where your ancestors once ruled the roost.

    For example, if you’re a Thornbury, Tutor, deClare, Stafford, Howard, Boleyn, or Aragon, you’ve got some ancestral history at Thornbury Castle where you can sleep in the room of Henry VIII and the doomed Anne Boleyn. Its history dates to 1019. It was a home for Henry VIII and wife Anne Boleyn (in happier days, one assumes) and was owned by several key players in the game-changing War of the Roses in the mid-1400s. And at least one plot to murder a traitor to King Richard III took place within the castle’s walls.

    Today, however, it’s a downright gorgeous castle with 15 acres of gardens and opportunities to sleep in the room shared by King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn or sleep in the tower used by Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England from 1509 to 1533. As with many of Henry VII’s wives, she was beheaded — but not in the tower, one assumes. Oh, and if you grew up in the 1980s or 1990s, you may have memories of a rumor: say “Bloody Mary” three times in a bathroom mirror and she’ll appear behind you. While that has yet to work at any sleepover, the actual “Bloody Mary” (Queen Mary I) did own this castle in the early 1530s.

    You can read a lot more about this and other properties in an article by Suzie Dundas published in the Matador Network web site at:

    The “Storied Collection” may be found at:

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