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  • 27 Sep 2022 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    The Irei: National Monument for the WWII Japanese American Incarceration aims to remember and repair the racial karma of America.

    The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles has launched an interactive project that expands and reimagines what a monument can be. Led by USC Ito Center Director Duncan Ryuken Williams and Project Creative Director Sunyoung Lee, the Irei: National Monument for the WWII Japanese American Incarceration aims to address the erasure of Japanese American incarceration in the US. At the heart of the Irei Monument is the first comprehensive and accurate list of over 125,000 names of every person of Japanese ancestry incarcerated during World War II. Now, the list will be shared with the public through three distinct, interlinking elements: a sacred book of names as monument (慰霊帳 Ireichō), an online archive as monument (慰霊蔵 Ireizō), and light sculptures as monument (慰霊碑 Ireihi).

    The Irei Monument project draws inspiration from the history and traditions of monuments built by Buddhist priests and incarcerated individuals in internment camps, such as the Manzanar Ireito monument (Consoling Spirits Tower) in Inyo County, California, and the Rohwer Ireihi monument in Desha County, Arkansas. “The Ireito monument is always in my mind as a reminder of this history and a Buddhist way of understanding memory,” Williams told Tricycle. “It was not just for remembering, but also for repairing. The monument was just as much for consoling those who have gone before as it was for those who remain. It’s through that spirit that we’re building these new monuments in the 21st century.”

    You can read more in an article by Amanda Lim Patton published in the web site at:

  • 26 Sep 2022 8:28 PM | Anonymous

    You may or may not know that I live in Florida. If you have been following the national news, you probably already know that a major hurricane is headed towards Florida right now. It has winds expected to peak at 140 miles per hour.

    If the hurricane continues on its present path, my home and I will be quite some distance from the "eye" of the hurricane. We probably will receive heavy rain and 50 to 75 m.p.h. winds.

    However, hurricanes are famous (or notorious) for not maintaining a steady path. They tend to wander around quite a bit.

    If the hurricane changes course a bit to the east, the 'eye" of the hurricane (the center of the storm) will probably go over or very near my house.

    If the hurricane changes course a bit to the west, we will probably only receive some rain and perhaps 35 m.p.h. winds.

    Regardless of the amount of rain and wind, experience has shown that we almost always lose electricity for an extended period of time during major hurricanes. I have a source of emergency power but the Internet provider's lines are susceptible to falling tree limbs, uprooted trees, flooded lines, and other problems. In the last major hurricane of four years ago, I lost power for a week. Some neighborhoods not too far away were without power for two weeks. Without power, I cannot log onto the newsletter's web site to post new articles.

    So... this is warning that I might be able to log in for a week or two. Or maybe I will have no difficulty logging in at all. Or maybe I will experience something in between.

    Like the old Chinese proverb: "May you live in interesting times."

  • 26 Sep 2022 4:41 PM | Anonymous

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

    (+) Scanning Large Documents

    Put Tape Over Your Webcam!

    A New Collection of Gaelic Recordings From Nova Scotia

    RootsTech2023 - Both In Person and Virtually

    Introducing Heredis 2023 - a Major New Update for Both Windows and Macintosh

    rootstrust now handles Hispanic and Other Unconventional Names

    Introducing GenoPalate: Your New Genomic Nutrition Journey

    Some U.S. Census Takers Who Fudged 2020 Data Didn’t Get Fired, Federal Report Says

    Sephardic Jewish Ancestry Certificate Now Open for Millions of Applicants

    Jewish Genealogy Website Helps Lviv Digitalize Records Amid War

    Digital Archive Catalogs Thousands of Holocaust Survivors in NJ

    Utah Company Examines Mass Grave to Identify Remains of Tulsa Race Massacre

    19th and Early 20th Century Collections From the Presbyterian Church Are Now Available Online Without Paywalls or Passwords

    Maryland Quietly Shelves Parts Of Genealogy Privacy Law

    Pennington Research Association Transfers Digital and Financial Assets to National Genealogical Society

    Judge Turns Page on Privacy Suit vs Over Use of Yearbook Photos

    TheGenealogist Announces Important London Resource Now Complete

    Findmypast Adds New and Exclusive English Parish Records Online

    New 23andMe+ Report on Seasonal Allergies

    Europe's Shrinking Waterways Reveal Treasures, and Experts Are Worried

  • 26 Sep 2022 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by the folks at Sefaria:

    A complete English translation of the Mishneh Torah interconnected with other Jewish texts is being digitally offered for the first time ever by the nonprofit organization Sefaria, which digitizes and shares Jewish texts for free in Hebrew along with translations and commentaries.

    “We are so excited for learners to dive into this rich text and share their reflections with each other and the world,” said Sara Wolkenfeld, Sefaria’s chief learning officer. “For the Jewish people, our texts are our collective inheritance. They belong to everyone and we want them to be available to everyone, in the public domain or with creative commons licenses.”

    The Mishneh Torah, authored by the medieval Torah scholar Maimonides, commonly known as the Rambam, between 1170 and 1180, while he lived in Egypt, consists of 14 books and is a major code of Jewish religious law. Users can access it on Sefaria’s website and through the Sefaria app.

    The translation provided by Sefaria was completed between 1986 and 2007 by Rabbi Eliyahu Touger. The text on the Sefaria website comes with Hebrew commentaries; interlinking to other religious texts, to help readers understand the work; and topic tagging so they can research related ideas that interest them.

    The Sefaria website also allows users to create shareable source sheets that incorporate religious texts from Sefaria’s catalogue with their own commentary.

    Sefaria is used by more than 500,000 people each month, including students, educators and scholars.

  • 26 Sep 2022 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Augusta (Georgia) Genealogical Society:

    Augusta Genealogical Society
    Augusta, Georgia

    October 2022

    Virtual Genealogical Program

    Cemetery Symbolism and Conservation

    When:      Saturday, Oct 29, 2022

    Time:       1:00 - 2:00 pm EST

    Where:    Online - Register at

                     The Registration deadline is Oct 28.  Registration required to receive Zoom link

    Price:       FREE to AGS members or $10 for nonmembers

    Limited seating will be offered at Adamson Library to view the virtual presentation. To reserve a seat, please call (706) 722-4073.

    Speaker:  Michael Lacefield

    Although some people may feel uncomfortable in graveyards, genealogists relish the information that can be gleaned from their ancestors’ headstones. Michael Lacefield will walk us through the ins and outs of cemetery symbolism and how best to preserve our ancestors' final resting place.

    Michael Lacefield grew up in Perry, Georgia, and graduated from Middle Georgia College and the University of Georgia with a business degree. In 1969, he was drafted; and he retired from the Army after almost 22 years with the rank of Master Sergeant.

    Michael began his interest in genealogy in 1991 when Colonel Giddens, who worked with Michael's wife Dollie, had a listing of his own relatives in his office. Thus, began Michael's quest to find the connection between Dollie and the Colonel, who were third cousins. Since then, Michael has been hooked on genealogy.

    Michael began research on his family in the Bowen Cemetery, which was in the woods. It was there he discovered the grave of his great-great-great grandfather. Michael has given many tombstone presentations and has studied with John Appell, a nationally known professional gravestone conservator.

    JOIN AGS NOW and enjoy the benefits of several programs, which will be free to members in 2022 - 2023.

    The Augusta Genealogical Society is a non profit organization founded in Augusta, Georgia in September 1979.

  • 26 Sep 2022 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    From an article by Zvika Klein published in The Jerusalem Post:

    Tens of millions of descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities, whose ancestors were forcibly converted from the 14th century onward, can now apply to receive a “Certificate of Sephardi Ancestry.”

    Recent academic and genetic research has shown that as many as 200 million people, largely in Latin and North America and Europe, have “significant Jewish ancestry” dating back to the time of the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal.

    The initiative was launched by the American Sephardi Federation’s Institute of Jewish Experience (ASF IJE), Reconectar, an organization dedicated to helping the descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities reconnect with the Jewish people, and Genie Milgrom, an award-winning author, researcher and genealogist who was able to fully document her unbroken maternal lineage 22 generations, as far back as 1405 to pre-Inquisition Spain and Portugal.

    Milgrom is also leading work to digitize Inquisition records that provide an unprecedented amount of genealogical information for those who seek to discover their possible Jewish roots. These and a vast array of other information on the certification website will help the descendants, otherwise known as Anusim, Marranos, Conversos or Crypto-Jews, discover their heritage.

    You can

  • 26 Sep 2022 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    Selected by Georgia stakeholders and funded by the DLG, these materials document the Church’s interaction with slavery, emancipation, and religion.

    These collections are: 

    Lexington Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ga.) records, 1822-1916

    The names of enslaved church members may be found inside this collection. It’s possible that these are the sole documents proving that some of these people actually existed. There are also records of famous academics and politicians who lived in Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

    Henry Newton papers, 1842-1900

    Henry Newton grew up in Athens, Georgia, as a Presbyterian preacher. In 1841, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, and in 1845, he received his master’s degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. Newton preached to both enslaved and liberated African Americans throughout the state from 1845 to 1897 in several northeast Georgian churches.

    These projects are the Columbia Theological Seminary’s second collaboration with the DLG. 

    Ashley Simpson, former president of the Athens Historical Society and Georgia historical marker researcher, describes the importance of having these materials available for research freely online:

    “Digitization has allowed historians, genealogists, family researchers, and the merely curious to see and use records without harming the originals. 

    During COVID, we discovered that we could all work with the digitized manuscript simultaneously by working remotely.  

    Access to digital copies of original documents permits some claims to be verified and some misinformation to be disproven. 

    Granting digital access to the Henry Newton papers and the Lexington Presbyterian Church records facilitates a greater understanding of daily life and the rich historical background of northeast Georgia. ”

    About Columbia Theological Seminary 

    Columbia Theological Seminary exists to educate and nurture faithful, imaginative, and effective leaders for the sake of the church and the world. It is an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a community of theological inquiry, leadership development, and formation for ministry in the service of the church of Jesus Christ. Visit for more information. 

  • 26 Sep 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the folks at rootstrust:

    Do you have Hispanic names in your family tree or among the members of your extended family? If you do, you have likely noticed that some genealogy programs do not allow them to be properly entered. The reason is that Hispanic names do not fit the mold of Anglo-American name components: forename, middle names and surname. Hispanic names can have multiple forenames, no middle names, a paternal surname and a maternal surname. The two surnames may be separated by a space, a hyphen or the conjunction ‘e’ or ‘y’. In addition, married females retain their surnames but may append to their name the preposition ‘de’ followed by their husband’s surnames.

    For example, the president of Mexico is Andrés Manuel López Obrador. His forenames are Andrés and Manuel, his paternal surname is López and his maternal surname is Obrador. His first lady is Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller de López Obrador. Such names, especially the female ones, provide enough information to start a pedigree chart.

    The current version of rootstrust (Build 411.1) that can be downloaded from, supports the Hispanic naming tradition. Hispanic names can be entered component by component.

    When you add a child or children of Hispanic parents, the forms will be prepopulated with the parents’ paternal and maternal surnames. The name search form also accommodates the idiosyncrasies of Hispanic names.

    Prior to adding support for Hispanic names, rootstrust already accommodated two other types of unconventional personal names:

      1. Family name first. Hungarian names and the names of most far-eastern countries and parts of India place the family name before the given names. For example, we refer to the president of Hungary as Viktor Mihaly Orban, yet in Hungary he is Orbán Viktor Mihály. The Chinese president is Xi Jinping, but many westerners do not realize that the Xi is his family name. And to make things more complicated, the components of Hungarian names are separated by spaces, and honorific titles such as Dr. precede the family name. The parts of a far-eastern name are not separated by spaces, and honorific titles follow the family name. Thus, Dr. John Smith would be smithdr.john. rootstrust automatically handles these cultural idiosyncrasies for the user and optionally lets you specify whether a person’s name is to be displayed with the family name in initial position. With rootstrust you can even maintain foreign names in their native character set as well as their Romanized equivalents (习近平 and Xí Jìnpíng) as shown below.

    Note: the green tab titles in the above figure indicate that the tab has content.

      1. Patronymic names. Such names were frequently used instead of fixed surnames in past centuries in Scandinavia, Iceland, Finland, the Netherlands, Dutch Colonial America and the Ottoman Empire. A patronym is the father’s given name with a gender suffix (Johanssson, Johansdotter). Fixed surnames remain the same, generation after generation, whereas patronyms change each generation. If the father’s naming tradition has been appropriately set, rootstrust will automatically generate the patronyms of children as you add them. Similarly, if a child’s naming tradition is set to a patronymic type, the father’s given name will be automatically provided when adding the parents. In the following screenshots notice the difference in the automatically generated male and female patronyms. The father’s name was Johan Bengtsson, and he was the son of Bengt Svensson.

    So, if your current genealogy program does not allow you to deal with unconventional personal names in an acceptable manner, give rootstrust a try. You can download it for Windows, macOS, Linux or ChromeOS at, and you can test it free of charge for 30 days.

  • 23 Sep 2022 11:26 AM | Anonymous

    Here's my hint of the day (or week or month or whatever... there's really no timeframe for this): Put tape or something else over the webcam on your computer. Or Amazon Show. Or any other device capable of sending video.

    It doesn't really have to be tape. It could be a sticky note, or a business card, a sticker of some sort, or a dab of peanut butter. Your choice.

    If you have children or grandchildren in your house frequently, this article is doubly important to you. The methodology may vary but the underlying principal remains the same: stop your webcam from being on all the time (or ever).

    Hackers, government agents, and teenagers can, and do, use easily accessible tools and phishing techniques to hijack webcams of unsuspecting people, often who they know, and watch them through their camera. They can store images and videos of people in compromising situations in their bedrooms, and many of these images and videos are uploaded to shady websites. A slew of news stories in the past few years have revealed that what was once considered paranoia is now an uncomfortable frequent reality.

    If you really want to get fancy, you can purchase the CloudValley Webcam Cover Slide.

    It is designed primarily for laptops but, with a bit of imagination, I suspect it can be applied to other computers. (A bit of tape should do it.) These cost $6.99 for package of 2 on Amazon (go to Amazon and search for "CloudValley Webcam Cover Slide.") You can then block or unblock your webcam within a second or two by simply sliding it with your finger.

    If you don't have a laptop, you can choose from dozens of other webcam blockers both on Amazon and probably any other computer retailer.

    I was especially pleased to notice that most all Amazon Show devices ("Hey! Alexa") have built-in covers that slide over the webcam in a second or two. I have one of these in every room of my house (OK, so I admit I am a nerd) and the Amazon Show devices in my bathrooms and bedrooms all have the cover in place all the time. If I am chatting with someone and want to enable video, it only takes a second or so to slide the cover off. I use this to talk with my grandchildren who live about 1,000 miles from me.

    This prevents me from displaying "more of me than I really wanted to show."

    Regardless of which devices you have in your home, your rule of thumb should be "If it is capable of sending video, that video should also be blocked when not being used."

  • 23 Sep 2022 10:46 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast adds more records for Hampshire this Findmypast Friday 

    Hampshire Baptisms 

    Parish records are often considered a backbone of family history research. If you have Hampshire ancestors, you’ll want to check out the new 2,500 baptism transcripts for the parish of Selborne. The new additions span from 1813-1940. Learn when and where your ancestor was baptised, plus their parents’ names.  

    Hampshire Marriages 

    A further 1,243 marriages have been added into this existing collection for Selborne. With these, you can continue a Hampshire ancestor’s story by discovering who they married, when and where. You may also find the names of witnesses, residences and occupations.  

    Hampshire Burials 

    Staying in Selborne, we’ve added 1,507 new burial transcriptions into this collection. Uncover ancestors’ burial dates and the parish in which they were buried.  


    A staggering 633,000 pages have been added by our newspaper team this week, including three new titles and updates to a further 23.  

    New titles: 

    ·         Christian World, 1857-1890 

    ·         Church & State Gazette (London), 1842-1856 

    ·         Potteries Advertiser, 1994 

    Updated titles: 

    ·         Accrington Observer and Times 1994 

    ·         Ayrshire Post 1994 

    ·         Chester Chronicle 1999 

    ·         Clevedon Mercury 1986 

    ·         Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser 1995 

    ·         Ealing & Southall Informer 1995 

    ·         Leicester Daily Mercury 1880, 1891, 1902, 1920, 1924, 1938, 1940, 1943, 1949, 1959, 1963-1966, 1973, 1975-1979, 1990-1992, 1994-1995 

    ·         Long Eaton Advertiser 1949, 1953-1954 

    ·         Midweek Visitor (Southport) 1994  

    ·         Nottingham Evening Post 1996  

    ·         Peterborough Standard 1989 

    ·         Pontypridd Observer 1980  

    ·         Ripley Express 1994  

    ·         Scottish Leader 1887 

    ·         Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph 1991, 1995, 1998 

    ·         Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 1979-1985 

    ·         Staffordshire Sentinel 1865-1866, 1871-1872, 1882, 1893-1896, 1902, 1966-1971, 1974, 1976-1977 

    ·         Staines Leader 1995  

    ·         Surrey Mirror 1986  

    ·         Sutton Coldfield News 1995 

    ·         Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser 1885 

    ·         Torbay Express and South Devon Echo 1995 

    ·         Uttoxeter Newsletter 1995 

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