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  • 28 Sep 2022 2:51 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast is offering 20% off selected subscriptions until 30 September* 

    ·         Uncover family mysteries, genealogy gems, and debunk myths with Findmypast’s extensive collection of family history records 

    ·         Get access to a thriving community of like-minded researchers and help along the way from Findmypast experts 

    If you’re ready to meet your ancestors, family history website, Findmypast, is offering 20% off selected subscriptions in a 48-hour flash sale. Available on all 1- and 12-month subscriptions, simply add the code SAVE20 to take advantage of this limited-time discount. 

    With over 14 billion digitised records on Findmypast, from exclusive parish records and historical newspapers to the 1921 Census of England and Wales, you can trace your ancestor’s tale in rich colour. Plus, explore thousands of exclusive records, including parish records and Catholic records. Findmypast is the only family history website to add new records every single week, meaning that every Friday, you have a chance to uncover a new ancestor, or break down a brick wall. 

    Plus, preserve your family’s legacy with Findmypast’s online tree builder, and take advantage of handy hints and the brand-new Tree Search, which helps you make connections faster than ever before.  

    Why stop with a subscription? Joining Findmypast also gives you access to a thriving online community of family history fans over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also take part in free genealogy live broadcasts on Facebook and YouTube, including the popular Fridays Live.  

    Mary McKee, Head of Content Publishing Operations at Findmypast said: "We’re very excited to offer more people the chance to start their own family history journey with this 48-hour sale on our subscriptions. Through our vast range of records, you’ll be able to get to know your ancestors in greater detail than ever before. Uncover life’s great moments in our birth, marriage and death records, heroic deeds in our military records, and momentous moments in our extensive newspaper collection.” 

    *The discounted offer is available until 10am BST Friday 30 September. To redeem, use code SAVE20 on any 1- or 12-month subscription. 

  • 28 Sep 2022 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by WikiTree:

    September 28, 2022— To celebrate its 14th anniversary, the WikiTree community is hosting two days of free events – open to anyone interested in family history or genealogy – November 4-5, 2022.

    The fun begins with a 24-hour virtual genealogy symposium, starting at 8am EDT (noon UST) on November 4. This virtual conference features popular genealogy speakers including Amy Johnson Crow, Melanie McComb, AJ Jacobs, Thomas MacEntee, Mags Gaulden, Helen Shields, Shaunese Luthy, Marian Burk Wood, Cathryn Hondros, Catherine Nelson, and more, and covers a variety of genealogy-related topics.

    The second part of the event, the “WikiTree Day” party, kicks off when the symposium ends at 8am EDT (noon UST) on November 5. Have some fun with fellow genealogists and casual family historians, find out why the WikiTree community has become so popular.

    November 5 will also include a special panel discussion about the future of genealogy with Chris Whitten, Mags Gaulden, Daniel Loftus, Jen Baldwin, Rob Warthen, Roberta Estes, Amy Johnson Crow, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, and Thomas MacEntee.

    Attendees will be able to visit the Exhibitors Hall, play games, and chat with other attendees via Zoom and Discord.   

    The two-day event is entirely free and open to anyone. Register now to receive updates and be eligible for door prizes. 

  • 28 Sep 2022 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    The National Archives faces a Tuesday deadline to update a congressional committee on a key question: Are there still documents from the Trump White House that are unaccounted for?

    National Archives to Report on Whether More Trump Files Are Missing

    National Archives officials last month told staff for House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.) that they aren’t sure whether all presidential records from the Trump administration are in its custody, as federal law dictates, prompting the committee to set Sept. 27 as a deadline for an update. The National Archives declined to comment.

    The whereabouts of those White House documents—both presidential records from everyday business and classified material—have been in the spotlight since the FBI’s Aug. 8 search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. That was the culmination of more than a year of negotiations between the archives and Mr. Trump’s representatives over the custody of White House records, including boxes of papers that were returned to the archives in January and those seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in August.

    Under federal laws governing what happens to documents after a president leaves office and how classified materials should be handled, the National Archives and Records Administration, as it is officially known, is responsible for the documents’ safekeeping. The agency also manages presidential libraries.

    You can read more in an article by Siobhan Hughes published in the Wall Street Journal , in MSN, and in other online news web sites. You may find the article at:
  • 28 Sep 2022 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    Clare, Ireland history lovers are encouraged to tune in online to Dublin Festival of History as the festival goes online for the first time in 2020. The festival, an initiative of Dublin City Council, will continued until Sunday, October 4th, with all events free to attend.

    Now in its eighth year, the festival will take place largely online as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but will still play host to an international and domestic line up of speakers and panels. The festival will shine a light and fresh perspective on topics such as the construction of the notion of race, Ireland’s last great pandemic and the history of Ireland’s partition.

    All events are free, but booking is required. For the full programme of events, and to book, please visit:

  • 27 Sep 2022 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    The genealogy of Camilla Parker-Bowles, a well-born British aristocrat, is extensive and known. But the moment she became Queen consort, the ancestor tree of King Charles III’s wife became even more interesting for genealogists!, one of the main online companies working on family ancestry as well as DNA testing, has 18.5 billion digitized historical documents relating to the whole world. And overpowered algorithms that can penetrate far into the archives and unearth nuggets for everyone. And so for Camilla…

    “As soon as the accession to the throne of Prince Charles and Camilla was confirmed, we embarked on a survey of his ancestors. Because we always find interesting things whether we are famous or not elsewhere!”, explains Marie Cappart, Country Manager for Belgium and genealogist of Expert of the British royal family, she has built a breathtaking family tree by taking a closer look at the different branches of the prestigious tree. To find lots of interesting and fun information too.

    You can read the details in an article by Helen Hernandez published in the web site at:

  • 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.

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