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  • 26 Oct 2023 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the University of Strathclyde: 

    Two leading branches of the Clan Campbell have been found to be unrelated to each other in research carried out by Alasdair Macdonald and Graham Holton at CLL’s Strathclyde Institute for Genealogical Studies (SIGS). 

    The genealogists at the Institute have identified the genetic profile of the Campbells of Glenorchy, a family descended from Sir Duncan Campbell, 2nd Lord of Glenorchy, who died at the Battle of Flodden in 1513.

    The research used DNA evidence to conclude that the family dates back to the 13th century and is a separate line to the Campbells of Argyll, whose descent is from the first Lord Campbell, also Sir Duncan Campbell, who died in 1453.

    The Campbells have one of the largest number of cadet families, descended from the sons of clan chiefs, of any clan in Scotland.

    The study is ongoing, and is likely to take some time to develop solid conclusions on the earlier history of the Glenorchy lineage, but the researchers have proposed several possibilities.

    You can read the full story on our website.

    Anyone who may be able to assist the research project by having a documented descent, or by commenting on the current findings, is invited to contact Graham Holton or Alasdair Macdonald by emailing

  • 26 Oct 2023 8:06 AM | Anonymous

    This article is not about any of the "normal" topics of this newsletter: genealogy, history, current affairs, DNA, and related topics. However, it discusses the future use of “how to use the Internet” so I will suggest everyone who uses the Internet should be aware of this information.

    Google, Microsoft and others boast that generative artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT will make searching the internet better than ever for users. For example, rather than having to wade through a sea of URLs, users will be able to just get an answer combed from the entire internet. 

    There are also some concerns with the rise of AI-fueled search engines, such as the opacity over where information comes from, the potential for “hallucinated” answers and copyright issues.

    But one other consequence is that I believe it may destroy the US$68 billion search engine optimization industry that companies like Google helped create. 

    For the past 25 years or so, websites, news outlets, blogs and many others with a URL that wanted to get attention have used search engine optimization, or SEO, to “convince” search engines to share their content as high as possible in the results they provide to readers. This has helped drive traffic to their sites and has also spawned an industry of consultants and marketers who advise on how best to do that.

    As an associate professor of information and operations management, I study the economics of e-commerce. I believe the growing use of generative AI will likely make all of that obsolete. 

    How online search works

    Someone seeking information online opens her browser, goes to a search engine and types in the relevant keywords. The search engine displays the results, and the user browses through the links displayed in the result listings until she finds the relevant information. 

    To attract the user’s attentions, online content providers use various search engine marketing strategies, such as search engine optimizationpaid placements and banner displays

    For instance, a news website might hire a consultant to help it highlight key words in headlines and in metadata so that Google and Bing elevate its content when a user searches for the latest information on a flood or political crisis.

    How generative AI changes search process

    You can read the full article at:

  • 25 Oct 2023 7:22 PM | Anonymous

    The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) is excited to announce their 2023 National Awardees.

    This year the awardees are as follows; Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (James Dent Walker Award), Clevlyn Bankhead-Anderson (Paul Edward Sluby, Sr/Jean Sampson-Scott Meritorious Achievement Award), Stephen E. Hammond (Paul Edward Sluby, Sr/Jean Sampson-Scott Meritorious Achievement Award), Carol Austin (On-The-Spot Award), Mary Crosby (On-The-Spot Award), Taneya Koonce (On-The-Spot Award), Metro Atlanta Chapter (Chapter of the Year Award), Jacqueline Mary Tillman-Lewis (Certificate of Appreciation), Judy Rose Weaver (Certificate of Appreciation) and Chapters Committee (Certificate of Appreciation).

    As the recipient of the James Dent Walker Award, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is now a Life Member of AAHGS. Stephen E. Hammond, Carol Austin, Mary Crosby, Taneya Koonce, Jacqueline Mary Tillman-Lewis and Judy Rose Weaver are all current AAHGS members.

    The James Dent Walker Award is the highest award that can be bestowed by AAHGS upon a person who has exhibited distinguished accomplishments through a significant and measurable contribution to the research, documentation, and/or preservation of African American history.

    The Paul Edward Sluby, Sr./Jean Sampson-Scott Meritorious Achievement Awards is the second highest award that can be bestowed by AAHGS upon an organization(s) or person(s) who has exhibited distinguished performance through a significant and measurable contribution to African American history and/or genealogy within the past two years.

    The On-The-Spot Award is presented to a Chapter member for a recent, specific, measurable accomplishment that impacts or contributes to AAHGS's mission and goals.

    This Chapter of the Year Award is bestowed on an AAHGS chapter that has made outstanding contributions to the AAHGS mission to preserve African American history and genealogy through sponsorship of quality chapter programs, activities, and services over the past year.

    The Certificate of Appreciation is presented to an individual or team who has contributed to AAHGS or its principles and deserves a token of thanks. The Certificate will result from an act(s) performed within two years of its presentation.

    Congratulations to this year’s awardees.

    About AAHGS

    The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. is a non-profit membership organization that strives to preserve African ancestral family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by teaching research techniques and disseminating information throughout the community. Our primary goals are to promote scholarly research, provide resources for historical and genealogical studies, create a network of persons with similar interests, and assist members in documenting their histories.
  • 25 Oct 2023 8:31 AM | Anonymous

    From an Associated Press article:

    New York's highest court on Tuesday ruled police can resume a DNA searching method that can identify relatives of potential suspects, a technique that has helped solve crimes but caused privacy concerns.

    The method, known as familial DNA searches, allows law enforcement agencies to search information in their DNA databases to find blood relatives of people who have left genetic material at a crime scene.

    The order from the New York Court of Appeals allows the state to use such searches in criminal cases, reversing a lower court ruling from last year that blocked the practice.

    The case was brought by two men whose brothers were convicted of crimes and had genetic information in the state’s databanks. They alleged that searches could improperly target them because of their family members' crimes and that the technique was never approved by the state Legislature.

    Chief Judge Rowan D. Wilson, writing for the majority, said that the state's rulemaking process for the searches was legal and that regulations intended to protect privacy have resulted in very few search results provided to law enforcement.

    You can read more at:

  • 25 Oct 2023 8:27 AM | Anonymous

    The Calcasieu Parish Public Library has announced that the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library, located at 411 Pujo St. in downtown Lake Charles, reopened to the public.

    The library had been closed for repairs and renovations. New features include furniture, fixtures, paint, shelving, new technology, and more.

    Once a shelf in the main branch of the library, the genealogy collection moved to its own book cart, then to its own room, and finally, to the Carnegie Memorial Library building.

    The library now has a collection size of over 12,000 items. The library’s collection, much of which can be accessed remotely, includes:

    • Books
    • Periodicals
    • Microfilm
    • Compiled family records
    • An obituary index
    • Records on most of the American states
    • Limited information on British genealogy
    • Cemetery and church records
    • Parish courthouse records
    • Military records
    • Parish histories
    • Land records

    There are also online databases available for viewing including include the Maude Reid Scrapbook Index, the 1895-1896 Lake Charles City Directory, Ancestry Library Edition, local newspapers such as the American Press and the Southwest Daily News, Fold3 Library Edition, and HeritageQuest.

  • 25 Oct 2023 8:14 AM | Anonymous

    From an article by Emily Hemphill published in the Cardinal News web site:

    Artifacts from the former Black school have now been digitized. It’s part of a national push to preserve Black history records and make them more accessible.

    For 100 years, Christiansburg Institute battled white discrimination by serving as a model of Black education and culture tucked away in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Today, the battlefield has transferred to a digital arena as the nonprofit that carries its name strives to preserve it for future generations.

    A national effort to digitize archives and artifacts embodying African American history, which has long been ignored and inaccessible to the masses, began soon after the racial unrest of 2020. The digitization movement made its way to the institute, which once stood just down the hill from the current Christiansburg High School, after executive director Chris Sanchez and museum curator Jenny Nehrt successfully applied for a $250,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources for “Digitizing Hidden Collections” in 2022.  

    “It’s basically immoral to underpreserve Black history in any society that claims to be democratic,” said Sanchez. 

    The nonprofit, in collaboration with University Libraries at Virginia Tech, recently finished scanning and uploading 870 photographs, 60 slides, 15 diplomas, 48,000 typed pages and 3,300 handwritten pages from the school’s heyday. These artifacts can now be accessed by anyone with an internet connection: The collection will also be stored in the University Libraries’ digital space. An exhibit to promote the almost-completed work is open to the public until Dec. 17 on the second floor of the Newman Library.

    You can read more at:
  • 25 Oct 2023 8:08 AM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

    Get Tips to Help You Scan, Record, and Write

    October is Family History Month—a perfect opportunity to delve into the rich tapestry of your past. NGS is excited to support your genealogy journey as you explore, preserve, and share your family's unique history. 

    Whether you're curious about old photos and hoping to scan them, looking to record family members’ memories, or aiming to write stories that are part of your family's legacy, this is the moment to begin or restart a project. It's easy to put off these tasks, thinking there's always tomorrow. But as we're often reminded, the best time is now. 

    NGS created three resources to inspire you this month with steps to help make projects successful. Download

    Get Family History Month Resources

    Sharing stories within your family cultivates a deeper connection between members in the past and present and the generations to come. (Remember to respect privacy. Discuss plans to ensure everyone is on board when conveying personal anecdotes and information.)

    So, gather your family, dive into those photo albums or boxes, and collect the stories that weave the fabric of your family history. NGS is here for you every step of the way.

    And pass this on—download free images on our site you can post on social media with #FamilyHistoryMonth and the link to 

    Celebrate this October and invite people to join you!

  • 24 Oct 2023 6:59 PM | Anonymous

    An announcement today from the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

    As of 1 October 2023, is now officially part of the NGS family. ConferenceKeeper is the most complete, entirely free, online calendar of genealogy conferences and events. 

    Created in 2012, ConferenceKeeper was the brainchild of Jen Baldwin. In 2015, Baldwin passed it on to Eowyn Langholf Walker and Tami Osmer Mize. Mize has been its sole manager since 2016 and will continue in this role as a consultant for NGS.

    ConferenceKeeper will continue to support local genealogical societies, libraries, and genealogy-related businesses by providing a wider audience for their programs. The website will offer its calendar of thousands of genealogical education opportunities as a free resource for everyone interested in furthering their knowledge of family history research. ConferenceKeeper will also continue to accept genealogy-related advertising. NGS member organizations will benefit from a special advertising rate and increased visibility for their events.

  • 24 Oct 2023 6:53 PM | Anonymous

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    Kinsta says that the free hosting tier plan is being given away so that users can experience it for themselves.

    According to the information that Kinsta provided:

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    Later we will introduce add-ons and features that might be paid, but as of now the service is free and this tier will remain free forever.”

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    What Are Static Sites?

    Many publishers are converting their WordPress sites to a static version and enjoying faster speeds. Sites with massive amounts of traffic can serve webpages all day with little stress on the server.

    I used to create static affiliate sites back in the early days, some of which went viral and received massive amounts of traffic with zero downtime, no crashes.

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  • 24 Oct 2023 6:49 PM | Anonymous


    This database provides information about monuments, including memorials, plaques and information boards, located across the British Isles which relate to events concerning and key figures associated with the British Civil Wars 1639-1660. It also covers monuments located anywhere in the world relating to soldiers who served in the British Isles between 1639-1660. Such memorials can be extant or non-extant. The database currently contains 245 entries

    In time, we hope the database will become a key resource for those wishing to understand more about or research the memorialisation of the British Civil Wars, but also for those interested in the Civil Wars who may wish to know what memorials can be seen when they visit a place. We continue to source public contributions and if you are aware of a memorial that doesn't appear on the database that meets the criteria set out above, please help us by contributing an entry via our submission form. If you see an error in one of the entries please let us know by emailing

    Copyright, data protection and other related information about the project can be found on the online submission form.  Images published on and information from the database can be re-used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC 4.0)

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