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  • 9 Jun 2023 8:11 AM | Anonymous

    Looking for ancestors in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area? A new resource (actually a very old book) has just become available.

    Written in faded ink on the tattered, yellowed pages of a birth log, is the history of a community about to be born, literally. The booklet, which contains recorded births from April 11, 1914, to March 1916 in the community of Central, north of Baton Rouge, has landed in the Special Collections department of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, more than 100 years later. 

    “This book is a microcosm of Central's history,” said archivist Melissa Eastin, head of Special Collections. “Each page not only tells the story of a birth, but it gives us clues into the lives of the families and what the Central community might have looked like in 1914.”

    Postmaster H.K. Viers is listed as the registrar and Dr. John F. Stockwell attended the majority of the births, which occurred in Wards 5 and 10 in East Baton Rouge Parish. Stockwell was born in 1889 in Baker and returned to the area after getting his education. 

    You can read more about it in an article by Bonny Van published in theadvocate web site at:

  • 9 Jun 2023 7:36 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    National School Admission Registers and Log-Books 1870-1914 

    The 9,778 new records added for Halifax in Yorkshire were transcribed by volunteers at Calderdale Family History Society. These records mark the end of the society’s three-year project to digitise school records, a collection now numbering at over 127,000. The new records cover 1880 to 1923 and may include key details about your ancestor’s schooldays.   

    Yorkshire Baptisms 

    There are 23,338 new records to explore this week from the Sheffield parishes of All Saints and Brightside. Delve into transcriptions and original images of these vital records to help your family tree flourish. 

    Military Historical Society Bulletins 

    Covering the years 2016 to 2022, these 1,242 new records are PDFs of original bulletins. Scanned and fully searchable, you can explore by name or by a specific issue. Details may vary, but you could uncover handy information about regimental uniforms, badges and insignias, as well as histories of regiments and even a photo or two. 


    One new title, updates to a further 15, and a total of 107,280 new pages make up this week’s newspaper release.  

    New titles: 

    ·         Selby Times, 1869, 1871-1896, 1899-1911, 1913-1916 

    Updated titles: 

    ·         Armley and Wortley News, 1892-1896, 1899 

    ·         Bayswater Chronicle, 1939 

    ·         Bingley Chronicle, 1889-1894, 1896, 1898-1899 

    ·         Bradford Daily Telegraph, 1913, 1916 

    ·         Devizes and Wilts Advertiser, 1883 

    ·         Downham Market Gazette, 1892 

    ·         Dundee Courier, 1993, 1995 

    ·         Eastern Post, 1923 

    ·         Edinburgh Evening News, 1936-1937, 1961-1962 

    ·         Essex & Herts Mercury, 1837, 1841 

    ·         Hinckley Echo, 1920 

    ·         Loftus Advertiser, 1902 

    ·         Oban Times and Argyllshire Advertiser, 1874, 1917 

    ·         Sheerness Guardian and East Kent Advertiser, 1911, 1929 

    ·         South Bank Express, 1910-1911, 1913 

  • 8 Jun 2023 8:49 PM | Anonymous

    The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

    Buried Secrets, Looking for Frank and Ida
    by Anne Hanson. Published by New England Books. 2022. 359 pages

    This is a nonfiction family history story with imagined scenarios, but founded upon factual research, nonfictional ancestors, real-life families, and a dedicated quest by the author to find answers to some perplexing family unknowns. As she writes the the story, she departs from the common narrative devoted largely to the recitation of facts to a storytelling style that mixes facts with fiction. The story jumps back and forth from decades-ago events to present time, but the skips are well-defined and there’s no confusion.

    Buried Secrets reads like a novel. It’s set in the first-person, the author is telling us her story as if we were all casually sitting around the dinner table and dawdling over dessert. Frank and Ida Hanson are her grandparents, and she’s telling the story defined by a mystery. It’s set mostly in the 1950s, a time familiar to many.

    The author’s father had sparse knowledge about his parents’ lives. The kids and grandkids tried for many years to put together the family tree, with little success. Then a box materialized, filled with old family photos. And here the search story begins, with the author leading us down her path of research and discoveries, with creative versions of what might of happened, what conversations might have taken place, imagined scenes of her ancestors’ experiences, all added in to supplement the known parts, in order to make the story more alive and full.

    There are plenty of photos in the book: vacationing families, couples arm-in-arm, kids posed outside their homes in winter and summer. 

    But there is plenty of authenticity. The author writes about the memories of her childhood, reviews the stories told to her by aunts, uncles, and relatives, and recounts her research trips and celebrates her discoveries. She finally did uncover the years-old secrets that perplexed her father, which now add depth to the family story

    This is a highly detailed memoir of Ms. Hanson’s memories and research on her family. It took a long time and a lot of work to put the story together, but the author has done so with solid background research and imaginative storytelling.

    This is a unique and extraordinary gift to her family.

    Buried Secrets, Looking for Frank and Ida may be ordered from Amazon at:

  • 8 Jun 2023 8:45 PM | Anonymous

    Best known as one of the co-founders of, Allen’s latest venture shifts focus from the past to the future, exploring the realm of artificial intelligence. He is now the founder and CEO of Soar, Inc.

    You can learn more about what Paul is up to these days at and to learn more about Soar, Inc., visit

  • 8 Jun 2023 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    NOTE: This article refers to synthetic DNA, not human DNA.

    Humans are generating increasing amounts of data, yet the ability to store all of this information is lagging behind. Since traditional long-term storage media such as hard discs or magnetic tape are limited in terms of their storage density, researchers are looking into small organic molecules and, more recently, DNA as molecular data carriers.

    A new technique dubbed “thermoconfined PCR” could be used to store data in synthetic DNA, say researchers at TU Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The technique, which involves localizing functionalized oligonucleotides inside thermoresponsive, semipermeable microcapsules, outperforms current DNA storage methods and provides a new approach for repeated random access to archived DNA files.

    The advantages of DNA

    DNA has many advantages when it comes to storing data. For one, the same amount of information may be stored in a much smaller physical volume than is possible with conventional technologies. DNA is also very stable and is thus suitable for long-term archiving. Using DNA to store data is also intuitive, since its main function in nature is to store the genetic information for all living organisms.

    DNA strands are polynucleotides that combine four different nucleobases – adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G) and thymine (T). It is the sequence of these bases that determines the information stored. Rather than being stored as zeros and ones, data will be encoded in the AT and CG base pairs that make up DNA. The current best method can achieve a storage density of 17 exabytes per gram, a value that is six orders of magnitude higher than achievable with current non-DNA storage devices.

    You can read more in an article by Isabelle Dumé published in the physicsworld web site at:
  • 8 Jun 2023 8:17 AM | Anonymous

    NOTE: This article is not about any of the "normal" topics of this newsletter: genealogy, history, current affairs, DNA, and related topics. However, it is more about the “times in which we live.” Perhaps the article will be of interest to our descendants (if this article remains online long enough for them to find it).

    Australia is set to be a cheque-less society by the end of the decade, if the federal government has its way. 

    Treasurer Jim Chalmers announced on Wednesday morning that his government would be moving to phase out cheques by no later than 2030.

    "We know that usage of cheques has been declining," he said. 

    "This is largely because digital transactions are easier, cheaper and more accessible. 

    "In fact, 98 per cent of retail cheques could be serviced through internet or mobile banking."

    Why phase out cheques?

    Because cheques only account for only 0.2 per cent of all payments, according to figures from an Australian Banking Association (ABA) report. 

    Cheque payments are also more expensive to process compared to other payment types — and it's been that way for some time.  

    A report for the Reserve Bank of Australia in 2008 — that's 15 years ago — said it was costly then, saying it cost financial $4.22 to process cheques. 

    You can read more in an article by Dannielle Maguire published in the web site at:

  • 8 Jun 2023 7:52 AM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by FamilySearch:

    For the fifth straight year, FamilySearch has received a 2023 Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award in recognition for its professional workplace culture.

    “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized with the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award for the fifth consecutive year,” said Hayden Prigmore of FamilySearch, who oversaw the Gallup application process. “We pride ourselves on being a place of work where individuals feel valued, recognized and part of a team that truly supports and encourages each other to grow and improve each day.”

    Gallup is a global analytics and advice firm that works with leaders and organizations like FamilySearch. The honor places FamilySearch among the top 1.4% of companies in Gallup’s database, the news release said.

    FamilySearch is an international nonprofit organization and website that provides free genealogical records and resources to “help millions of people around the world discover their heritage and connect with family members.” It is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    FamilySearch strives to create a workplace environment where employees feel valued, supported and empowered to do their work each day. Employees are recognized for excellent work, and there is a robust training program for managers. 

    FamilySearch employees support RootsTech at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah, in March 2023.

    FamilySearch employees support RootsTech at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah, in March 2023.

    FamilySearch has created a culture of appreciation and motivation, along with an environment where employees can thrive, said Gallup’s Meridyth Moose.

    “The winners of the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award weave employee engagement throughout each stage of the employee life cycle, embedding it in their very culture,” she said. “It’s our privilege to honor organizations that meet the rigorous requirements to achieve the title of Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award winner — an award created nearly two decades ago to celebrate clients that challenge the status quo and raise the bar for what a workplace can be.”

    The rigorous selection process for the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award includes submission of detailed information about an organization’s strategy, leadership, performance, accountability, communication, knowledge management, development and ongoing learning, showcasing the organization’s comprehensive approach to creating an exceptional workplace.

    “These are world-class organizations that truly make a difference for their employees every day,” Meridyth said.

    Learn more about employment with FamilySearch at

  • 8 Jun 2023 7:50 AM | Anonymous

    The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has completed a multi-year project, digitizing a collection of 23,260 postcards into an archive anyone can use ranging from the 1800s to the 1970s.

    The Pennsylvania State Archives include historical postcards from all 67 counties, highlighting cities, towns, buildings, local businesses, and parks with scenic sights and a birdseye view of iconic streets. 

    Additional images include vintage business advertising, highways, monuments, and battlefields from infamous wars, such as the “Battle of Gettysburg” (pictured below).

    The Pennsylvania State Archives decided to put the collection of over 20,000 historical postcards together to showcase some familiar people, places, and landmarks throughout the Commonwealth’s history.

    The now-digitized postcards showcase some of the most iconic and recognizable landmarks throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

    If you’re interested in taking a walk down Pennsylvania’s Trails of History check out the Pennsylvania State Archive or visit the PHMC website.

  • 7 Jun 2023 4:21 PM | Anonymous

    If you have French-Canadian ancestry, you probably have one, two, or perhaps a dozen filles du roi in your family tree. Several of them even have proven lines of descent from Charlemagne and a number of other royal families from throughout Europe. Obviously, that makes you a descendant of Charlemagne and other royal families.

    Who were these young French women known as les filles du roi? They traveled from France to what was then called New France, now known as Québec, between 1663 and 1673 as part of a program designed to boost the population by encouraging female immigrants to settle, marry, and raise families.

    In the early days, Québec was settled almost entirely by men. The early population consisted mostly of fur trappers, other adventurers, priests, and soldiers. As the years went by, farmers joined the immigrants as well. A few women did pay their own passage, but few single women wanted to leave their familiar places to move and settle in the harsh climate and conditions of New France. The lack of suitable female companionship encouraged the men of Québec to seek wives amongst the native population. The natives were mostly non-Christian, a source of concern to the many Jesuit priests who also were in Québec at the time. 

    As if the farmers and fur trappers didn’t have enough competition finding wives, King Louis XIV sent almost 1,200 soldiers of the Carignan-Salières regiment to Québec in 1665 to fight the Iroquois Indians, who were aggressive and killed many settlers. The soldiers were deployed at strategic points of the territory to defend the colony and its residents. The regiment was successful, and a peace treaty with the Iroquois was signed on July 10, 1667. The Regiment then returned to France but left behind 400 soldiers and officers, aged between 19 and 30, who all agreed to remain in the country as settlers. The addition of 400 young men to the colony worsened the marriage problems. This became evident when Jean Talon, intendant of New France, carried out the colony’s first census. He recorded that the population was a bit more than 3,000, with 719 unmarried males and only 45 unmarried females living in the colony. This did not bode well for the future of the settlement.

    The growth of population in the competing English colonies to the south, including married couples, also created concern among some French officials about their ability to maintain their claim in the New World.

    At the same time, social practices in the homeland create a potential solution to this problem. In the custom of the day, the oldest daughter of a family in France received as large a dowry as possible from her parents to improve her chances of marriage. Dowries often included furniture, household articles, silver, land, or other inherited goods. Younger daughters of the same family typically received smaller dowries. Daughters of impoverished families often received no dowry at all, which reduced their chances of finding a suitable mate. These younger daughters were prime candidates for an opportunity in the New World.

    As  Intendant of New France, Jean Talon proposed that King Louis XIV sponsor passage of at least 500 women to New France. The king agreed to pay for transportation to New France of any eligible young woman. He also offered a dowry for each, to be awarded upon her marriage to a young Frenchman. Each woman’s dowry typically consisted of 1 chest, 1 taffeta kerchief, 1 ribbon for shoes, 100 needles, 1 comb, 1 spool of white thread, 1 pair of stockings, 1 pair of gloves, 1 pair of scissors, 2 knives, about 1,000 pins, 1 bonnet, 4 laces, and 2 silver livres (French coins). Many also received chickens, pigs, and other livestock. Because the King of France paid the dowries instead of the parents, these women were referred to as the “Daughters of the King,” or “Filles du roi.”

    Eventually nearly twice the proposed number of women were recruited. They were predominantly between the ages of 12 and 25, and they had to supply a letter of reference from their parish priest before they would be chosen for emigration to New France. Research by the historical demographer Yves Landry determines that there were in total about 770 to 850 filles du roi who settled in New France between 1663 and 1673.

    About 80% of the filles du roi were from the Paris, Normandy, and western regions of France. Others came from rural areas, and a few were from other countries. According to the records of Marie de l’Incarnation, who knew many of these women personally, there were among them one Moor (a black woman of African descent), one Portuguese, one German, and one Dutch woman.

    All were women of fine moral character, as verified by the recommendation from a priest that each woman needed to obtain before being accepted for emigration.

    These hardy immigrant women married, often within days after their arrival in New France. The ships carrying the filles du roi would travel up the St. Lawrence River, stopping first at Québec, then at Trois-Rivières, and lastly at Montréal. Most of the filles du roi raised families. In fact, many of them raised large families in the tradition of the day. Many of their sons and daughters went on to also have large families, and so on and so forth for generations. As a result, millions of living people are descended from this group of pioneer women. Descendants of the filles du roi today may be found throughout Canada, the United States, and many other countries.

    An alphabetical listing of all the known Filles du Roi and their husbands is available at

    You can find a lot more information about the Filles du Roi on the World Wide Web. Some of the better sites include the following:

    In English:

    “A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada” at

    La Société des Filles du roi et soldats du Carignan at

    Filles du Roi — “Daughters of the King” at

    “King’s Daughters” on Wikipedia at

    In French:

    La Société d’histoire des Filles du Roy at

    “Filles du Roi” on Wikipedia:

    If you do not read or speak French, the above sites can be translated into English by using the machine-generated translation services available at The results will often be grammatically incorrect and even humorous at times, but still quite readable.

    There are many other Web sites devoted to the Filles du roi. Use your favorite search engine to find them, or click here for a search on Google.

    Not all of the filles du roi came from impoverished families. Several appear to have been the younger daughters of rather wealthy families, including some with royal ancestry. Perhaps the best-documented royal ancestry of a filles du roi is that of Catherine de Baillon, tracing her ancestry back to Charlemagne (and before) along with connections to many other royal families throughout Europe.

    A rather good description of Catherine de Baillon's ancestry back to Charlemagne may be found at: and another at

  • 7 Jun 2023 8:55 AM | Anonymous

    10 Reasons To Attend The International German Genealogical Partnership 2023 Conference! (In No Particular Order)

    More than 100 presentations, and no two the same! The topics cover the range of the German experience on multiple continents and during multiple time periods. Most will be presented during the conference weekend. But another set will be recorded for viewing at your convenience. And ALL will be accessible for 3 months after the end of the conference. You also can buy the USB and watch the programs for years to come.

    The conference app, Whova, that makes it easy to connect with other attendees, whether in Fort Wayne or online. You’ll set up your Whova account weeks before the conference, giving you plenty of time to post on the message board, plan your schedule and a lot more.

    DNA panel that’s not about chromosomes. We want to explore attitudes in different cultures toward DNA testing for genealogical reasons. And — maybe — foster some change.

    Sponsors and exhibitors with a story to tell. You can visit those present in Fort Wayne and explore their products and services. Then join your fellow attendees in cyberspace to wander the virtual exhibition hall. Even more to explore there!

    The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. The second-largest family research center in the United States is a hop and a skip from the conference center where IGGP will be meeting. Virtual attendees can set up appointments for research assistance and catch up with some of the many recorded webinars about genealogy. Anyone attending in person is welcome to head over and check out the collections or do research. Or make a research appointment with the genealogy librarians.

    Speaking of librarians — the family researcher’s best friend — IGGP is offering its first Librarians’ Day on June 8, the day before the conference opens. We hope librarians at facilities small or large, archivists managing collections small or large, or those curating collections at local historical societies will participate, either in person or virtually. The speakers will share tips for locating German genealogy resources, and allow you to show off your new knowledge when a patron comes to you for help. PS: And maybe you’ll want to hang out with us at the conference, too.

    Make new friends. Connection sessions bring together people with an interest in the same topic, encouraging you to share your experiences and get help from others. And no one will know if you exchange email addresses and stay in touch after the conference ends. Because it’s all about connecting. Take a look at the list of sessions; just about every corner of the historic German empire is covered, with a few extras to boot!

    Party time! One of Fort Wayne’s top events, Germanfest, is in town the same weekend as the IGGP conference. Gather with your new friends and take the short walk to the park where you can enjoy the beer, the food and the entertainment provided by local German organizations. Then join us at the IGGP gala Saturday night to celebrate our wonderful partnership and honor those who have done so much for German genealogy.

    All the extras and new elements we’re giving a try. There will be document translation and transcription assistance. We’re running our first hands-on workshops. Programs timed so that virtual attendees can be online when they are wide awake. Syllabus and individual handouts in Whova. Museum displays you can visit and learn from. Presentations in German AND English. Extending the excitement with speaker Q&As in the weeks after the conference. Etc. etc. etc.

    If we’re being honest, this is THE most important reason to attend the IGGP 2023 conference, in-person or virtually. It’s German genealogy and only German genealogy all day long for three wonderful days! Whether you ride an elevator or rush to the bathroom during a break or grab a box lunch to quickly eat, everyone will be there for German  genealogy. It’s a big family reunion!

    This is a conference not to be missed by anyone doing German genealogy research anywhere in the world. Register Today 

    You can learn more at:


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