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  • 19 Jun 2023 9:12 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

    The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries. The TSLAC Newspaper Collection is now live and available for free online.

    More than 4,500 issues of historical Texas newspapers from TSLAC’s collection, published from 1855 to 1930, are available online through UNT’s Portal to Texas History. The Portal provides free and open access to hundreds public domain newspapers held by repositories statewide.

    “This partnership represents an exciting endeavor in both preservation and collaboration,” said Dr. Ana Krahmer, Director of UNT Libraries’ Digital Newspaper Program. “We look forward both to adding further newspaper titles to the TSLAC collection, as well as to building relationships with more Texas cities whose public domain newspapers will be newly available because of this partnership.”

    Newspapers with issues currently available in the TSLAC Newspaper Collection include the Dallas HeraldThe Terry County HeraldThe Beeville BeeWichita Daily TimesAmarillo Daily NewsThe Hamilton Record and RustlerThe Goliad GuardThe Hamilton RustlerWichita Weekly TimesAlpine AvalancheDallas Weekly HeraldTerry County Voice and The Home and State (a Prohibition era labor newspaper). More titles will be added soon.

    State Archivist Jelain Chubb noted, “TSLAC staff are evaluating the collection and will base digitization priorities on both the physical condition of the newspapers and requests for use.”

    Approaching 10 million newspaper pages, the Texas Digital Newspaper Program, hosted on The Portal to Texas History, is the largest single-state, open-access interface to digital newspapers in the U.S.

    The Portal to Texas History is a gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas. Created and maintained by UNT Libraries, the Portal leverages the power of hundreds of content partners across the state to provide a vibrant, growing collection of resources.

    Visit the TSLAC Newspaper Collection in The Portal to Texas History at


    The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information needed to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit

    Established in 1890, UNT is one of the nation’s largest public research universities with more than 44,000 students. Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, UNT is a catalyst for creativity, fueling progress, innovation and entrepreneurship for the North Texas region and the state. UNT’s programs are internationally recognized with research and scholarship spanning all disciplines. World-class faculty are making breakthroughs every day, and UNT students and alumni are changing the world around them.

    UNT Libraries are the most-used service on campus and an essential component of education and research at the university, offering access to more than 6 million print and digital items along with innovative programs and support services and expert personnel to assist patrons in achieving their academic and scholarly goals. For more information, visit

  • 19 Jun 2023 12:29 PM | Anonymous

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

    (+) Hands On with a Wireless Flash Drive

    One Way to Preserve Your Genealogy Information Forever

    Knowledge of Genealogy Can Help Fight Diseases Better

    ‘Memory Labs’ Help Anyone Digitize Their Family History for Free

    Update: Access to 1931 Canadian Census Records

    MyHeritage Added 46 Million Historical Records in May

    The National Genealogical Society Publishes Research in the District of Columbia

    Court Says an All-Stock Acquisition — Without More — Does Not Trigger Liability Under Illinois’ Genetic Information Privacy Act

    Start Your Fourth of July Celebration at the National Archives, the Home of the Declaration of Independence

    Statistics Canada Launches Tracking Tool as Canada’s Population Nears 40 Million

    Canadian Black Loyalist Museum Was Prepared to Save Artifacts by 'Any Means' During Wildfire

    From Geneanet: General Slocum Genealogies: A Thousand Source Documents Added

    The Muscogee (Creek) Nation to Debut New Digital Archive

    Historic Objects Open Up Stories for New Scottish Highland Museum Platform

    Reconstruction-Era Methodist Episcopal Church Conference Journals

    UNCG Receives Federal Grant to Unveil New Information About the Greensboro Massacre Nearly 45 Years Later

    Illinois Researchers, Native American Tribes Working Together to Curate, Increase Access to Oral Histories

    Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan Announces Plans for Permanent Emancipation Proclamation Display

    Brand New Pharos Tutors Branding, Website and Student Experience

    Free BCG-Sponsored Webinar: “Finding Your One Among Millions: Methods and Tips for Urban Research”

    Registration for SLIG Fall Virtual 2023 is Now Open

    'Viking Disease' Hand Disorder May Come From Neanderthal Genes

  • 19 Jun 2023 8:06 AM | Anonymous
    The following is a press release written by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration:

    Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan announced earlier today that the National Archives plans to place the Emancipation Proclamation on permanent display in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. 

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    Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan with the display of the Emancipation Proclamation. NARA photo by John Valceanu.

    “When President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, he wrote that ‘all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free,’’’ Shogan quoted. “Although the full privileges of freedom were not immediately bestowed upon all Americans with Lincoln’s order, I am proud that the National Archives will enshrine this seminal document for public display adjacent to our nation’s founding documents. Together, they tell a more comprehensive story of the history of all Americans and document progress in our nation’s continuous growth toward a more perfect Union,” she said. 

    The intent is for the Emancipation Proclamation to be permanently displayed in the Rotunda with the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights. The National Archives will commence an assessment to determine the best display environment considering the condition and importance of the original document. The current plan for display calls for showing one side of the Emancipation Proclamation, a double-sided five-page document, alongside facsimiles of the reverse pages. The original pages on display will be rotated on a regular basis to limit light exposure. 

    Shogan made the announcement this morning ahead of the National Archives’ annual temporary display of the Emancipation Proclamation as part of its Juneteenth celebration. From June 17 to 19, 2023, the National Archives Museum will display the original Emancipation Proclamation and General Order No. 3. Timed ticket entry is available but not required. Reserve a ticket at The National Archives will host a special Juneteenth Family Day on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Related programs include author book talks and a panel discussion with a musical performance. Additional information is available online.

    The National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, is located on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. The Museum will be open for special extended hours of 10 a.m.–7 p.m. for the Juneteenth weekend, June 17, 18, and 19. Free admission and fully accessible. Metro: Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. Reserve timed entry tickets on

    The Emancipation Proclamation and General Order No. 3 Featured Document Presentation and related public programs are made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of The Boeing Company.

  • 19 Jun 2023 7:54 AM | Anonymous

    Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are working with Native American tribes across the country to digitize oral histories and ethnographic materials collected from tribal members and to make them accessible online.

    Illinois is one of seven universities that are part of the Doris Duke Native Oral History Revitalization Project to increase the accessibility of first-person narratives collected in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The project aims to build relationships between the universities and the Native communities documented in the collections, to return copies of the materials to the tribes and to have tribal members serve as co-curators to determine culturally appropriate access to the collections.

    Bethany Anderson, the natural and applied sciences archivist for the Archives; Jenny Davis, the director of the American Indian Studies program; and Christopher Prom, the associate dean for digital strategies for the University Library are leading the project at Illinois.

    The seven universities were provided Doris Duke grants in the 1960s to collect narratives and record events of tribes throughout the U.S. and in Canada, resulting in more than 6,000 oral histories.

    You can read more in an article by Jodi Heckel published in the University of Illinois web site at: 

  • 19 Jun 2023 7:46 AM | Anonymous

    Nearly 45 years after the Greensboro massacre, a federal grant will help unveil information about the historic event for the first time. In 1979, five members of the Communist Workers' Party were gunned down by neo-Nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Now, details surrounding that deadly protest will be made available to the public thanks to a nearly $100,000 grant.

    It is one of the most painful memories in Greensboro's history. Over the course of the next year, the University of North Carolina Greensboro and Bennett College will make available online thousands of pictures, documents and much more.

    Among the items that will be digitized is an original poster promoting the rally that led to the Greensboro massacre.

    You can read more in an article by Bill O'Neil published in the WXII12 web site at:

  • 16 Jun 2023 6:02 PM | Anonymous

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

    A wireless flash drive? What's that? Why would I want one?

    Most computer owners are familiar with flash drives. These storage devices are usually about two or three inches long and have a USB connector on one end. When plugged into a USB port on a Windows, Macintosh, or Linux computer, they appear to be equivalent to disk drives. The computer can read and write data to flash drives. However, unlike normal disk drives, there are no moving parts in flash drives. They are rugged, easily carried in a pocket or purse, and are great for saving and moving data from one computer to another. I use flash drives for several short-term backup purposes and also always take one to the library where I can copy data to the flash drive, take that data home, and then copy it to my home computer.

    Several manufacturers have  introduced "wireless flash drives." These work in more-or-less the same manner as regular flash drives and they often even have USB connectors on one end. However, they also have another option: they can be connected to a computer via wireless wi-fi networking. There is no need to physically connect the flash drive to the desired computer. You also do not need any other wi-fi connection. The wireless flash drive is a free-standing wi-fi server. You can use it on an airplane or while on a boat, far removed from any other wi-fi networks.

    The wireless capability is great for use with most handheld computing devices. Cell phones, tablet computers, some Kindles, and other mobile devices typically do not have USB connectors and therefore cannot use flash drives or other, plug-in storage devices. The wireless flash drive solves that problem: the mobile computing device can easily use the storage space within the wireless flash drive. A wireless flash drive can substitute for that "missing memory card slot" on your portable computing device. It also provides portable storage space for cell phone cameras. Did you ever fill your cell phone's storage space with pictures when you were not at home? In the future, you can copy all those pictures from the camera to the wireless flash drive, then erase the pictures in the cell phone, freeing up space for many more photos.

    Wireless flash drives not only work with Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers, but also with iPhones, Android devices, Kindle Fire e-readers, and other computing devices, including those without USB ports. Wouldn't it be nice to add another 64 gigabytes of storage or more to your Android or iPad tablet? A wireless flash drive can do that easily.

    Even better, multiple computers can connect to one wireless flash drive simultaneously. When on an extended automobile trip, family members can share a flash drive. One adult can work on his or her genealogy, the teenagers can listen to MP3 music files or watch music videos, the younger children can play games or watch videos, with all data coming from a single wireless flash drive. The same is true for a business meeting where each attendee has his or her own laptop or tablet computer. Multiple people can access the same files on a wireless flash drive simultaneously. I suspect there are hundreds of other uses for these wireless storage devices as well. 

    I recently purchased a SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive and have since used it with two Macintosh computers, a Linux system, an Android cell phone, an Android tablet, and an (old) iPad Touch. It worked well with all of these devices.

    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/13216318.

    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

  • 16 Jun 2023 5:44 PM | Anonymous

    Museums from around the Highlands have joined forces to provide a new way to learn about the rich history of the area.

    A new website provides a platform for people to learn about everything from archaeology and ancient stones, clans and Jacobites, the impact of world wars and everyday life to complex colonial histories alongside stories of historic Highlands people.

    The learning hub, known as Museum of the Highlands, centres around an interactive timeline, allowing users to discover over 350 objects from 3 billion BC to the present day.

    High-quality photographs along with detailed descriptions provide up-close analysis of each object.

    Rosie Barrett, digital learning and interpretation specialist who worked on the project, said: “For anyone new to object-based learning, the concept is simple. The term refers to using physical objects as a teaching aid. We can see, touch, and even smell things our ancestors held and used to learn about the past. This project challenged us to capture and convey these physical attributes for a digital platform.

    You can read much more about the Museum of the Highlands in an article by John Davidson published in The Northern Times web site at: while the Museum of the Highlands may be found at: 

  • 16 Jun 2023 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    Are the fingers on one or both of your hands permanently bent in a flexed position? If so, the reason might be because you have a lot of Northern European ancestry.

    A new report in Molecular Biology and Evolution shows that a condition known as Dupuytren's disease is partly of Neanderthal origin. Researchers have long known that the disease was much more common in Northern Europeans than in those of African ancestry.

    Dupuytren's disease is a disorder affecting the hand. Those who suffer from the condition eventually see their hands become bent permanently in a flexed position. Although the condition can affect any finger, the ring and middle fingers are most often afflicted. 

    Scientists have previously identified several risk factors for the condition, including age, alcohol consumption, diabetes, and genetic predisposition. The new research paper claims that those are all secondary factors.

    A 1999 Danish study reported 80% heritability for the condition, indicating a strong genetic influence. The condition is much more common in people of Northern European ancestry. One study estimated the prevalence of Dupuytren's disease among Norwegians over 60 years to be as much as 30%. The condition is rare, however, for those of primarily African descent.

    This apparent geographic distribution has given Dupuytren's disease the nickname "Viking disease."

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

  • 16 Jun 2023 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    A startup in Hyderabad, India is trying to use technology to help people understand their genome better. Speaking at the Mint Digital Innovation Summit on June 9, Anu Acharya, founder and CEO of Mapmygenome, said that understanding one’s genealogy can help individuals fight diseases better.

    “Just like a Google map which helps you find the distance between places and the right location or route, genome mapping is used to identify and record the location of genes and the distances between genes on a chromosome, and helps you understand what diseases you are susceptible to and their prevention, in order live a healthy lifestyle,” said Acharya said.

    The Hyderabad-based company has built something called Genomepatri (derived from two words - Janam and patri, means a person’s horoscope or birth chart, and in this case a genome chart), which aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of genetic risk of lifestyle diseases, predisposition to traits, carrier status and drug responses. 

    You can read more in an article by Sohini Bagchi published in the web site at:

  • 16 Jun 2023 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    When a massive wildfire started moving north toward the Town of Shelburne last week, Andrea Davis couldn't help but think back to another fire that had traumatized the community.

    Davis, the executive director of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society, operates its museum in Birchtown, only a few kilometres southwest of Shelburne.

    She said its predecessor, the society's old administration building, was the subject of arson in 2006.

    The blaze destroyed "valuable, precious artifacts and documentation" of Black Loyalist history, she said.

    "It was traumatic," Davis said Friday. "It still is traumatic and there's still this healing ... that is happening, especially with what's happening with the forest fires here in Shelburne County."

    You can read the full story in an article by Cassidy Chisholm  published in the CBC News web site at: 

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