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  • 28 Mar 2023 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    The C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library is located in East Tampa, Florida and highlights the community's rich Black history.

    The Florida Sentinel Bulletin Collection dates back to the 1940s. The collection highlights African American history that you wouldn't see in other media outlets. Right now, the library is in the process of digitizing all of the items to make them more accessible to the community. 

    Raishara Bailey, Administrative Librarian said, "It's so important because a lot of African Americans don't get to, you know, see themselves in other avenues of media. So, a lot of families come to look at obituaries, to find out family history, old sports articles, things like that. So it's very, it's used a lot by the community because they really, really enjoy seeing their families and, and reading articles about things that weren't highlighted in other areas."

  • 27 Mar 2023 5:05 PM | Anonymous

    The following press release was written by the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation (IPLC):

    The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Historical Representation at American House Museums Web Archive, curated by librarians, library workers, and professors at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University. House museums have been a key component of historic preservation in America since the mid 19th century. Until recently, house museums largely interpreted the lives of great men (and, on rare occasions, women), first and second generation settlers in America, or the work of master architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright or Stanford White. More recently, many house museums have begun changing their focus to include the experiences of underrepresented peoples, including but not limited to working people, immigrants, the enslaved, women, LGBT individuals, and indigenous peoples. Websites have in many cases replaced printed guidebooks in disseminating the social history of these sites.

    Web archives preserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web and capture the ways in which selected websites have evolved over time. The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s Web Collecting Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research. Learn more about the program or explore the collections here.

  • 27 Mar 2023 4:54 PM | Anonymous

    This is a follow-up to a previous article, Beethoven's Genome Offers Clues to Composer's Health and Family History, still available at:

    For nearly 200 years since legendary musician Ludwig van Beethoven's death, dozens of items from his life have been auctioned for thousands of dollars — including hair that recent DNA testing revealed may not actually be his.

    Famous samples of the composer's hair, likely clipped as remembrances around the time of his death in March 1827, have sold for a total of nearly $140,000 in the last 30 years.

    However, new genetic testing on eight hair samples thought to be Beethoven's revealed that at least one high profile sample may not have come from the legendary composer. The testing is part of a study into his life and health issues, published this week in Current Biology

    The easiest to rule out was a sample known as the Hiller lock, named because it was given to composer Ferdinand Hiller around the time of Beethoven's death. The most famous sample used in the study, the Hiller lock was determined to actually be from a woman. It was last sold for $7,300 in 1994 and has been displayed for decades as authentic Beethoven hair.

    Several other locks — with mixed authenticity — used in the Current Biology study were sold in the last ten years, according to a database of auctioned Beethoven memorabilia compiled by San Jose State University:

    -- A lock, reportedly given to opera singer Ludwig Cramolini sold for nearly $10,300 in 2015, but researchers said it's unlikely that it was Beethoven's.

    -- The Stumpff lock sold for about $14,700 in 2016, and the researchers determined it most likely was authentic.

    -- A lock said to have been given to pianist Anton Halm for his wife while Beethoven was still alive, also was verified as authentic by the researchers. It last sold in London in 2019 for about £35,000, or $42,700.

    The Current Biology study also revealed that Beethoven had a genetic predisposition for liver disease, and a hepatitis B infection late in life. Both likely contributed to his death, which historians largely agree was from liver failure. But the report did not provide definitive answers about his lifelong progressive hearing loss.

    You can read more in an article by Aaron McDade available at: 

  • 27 Mar 2023 4:29 PM | Anonymous

    Over the course of her 63 year reign, Queen Victoria made an indelible impact not only on Britain, but on the world. And while many effects of her rule are still present in modern society, perhaps one of the most obvious remains the impact of her massive family tree on the current monarchies of Europe. After all, with nine children, 42 grandchildren, and 87 great-grandchildren, she more than earned the title "the grandmother of Europe."

    Born on May 24, 1819, Alexandrina Victoria was quite literally born to be queen. The daughter of Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent—fourth son of King George III—and German widow Princess Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Victoria was the result of a succession crisis that left her as the only legitimate heir to the throne. Just a month after her 18th birthday, the petite princess (she was barely five feet tall) became queen following the death of her uncle, King William IV. 

    In 1840, she married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, with whom she had a famously passionate connection. Though Albert had no official state powers as Prince Consort, he nonetheless had a major impact on the monarchy. An intellectually driven man—Albert prescribed himself an educational regiment requiring nine hours of study a day during his teen years—he not only served as regent during his wife’s nine pregnancies, he also had a significant role in encouraging scientific and technological innovation, and even helped organize the Great Exhibition in 1851.

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    Prince Albert and Queen Victoria in 1854. 

    Albert likewise played an active role in his children’s lives, seeking to mold their family into an example to the world of what royal families should be. Though he died at age 42 from what many scholars now believe to have been stomach cancer, his values carried down through many of the European royal lines through his children and grandchildren with Victoria.

    After Albert died in 1861, Victoria remained in mourning for the remaining 40 years of her life, becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history until her great-great granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II.

    Here is how their genetic legacy has shaped the royal families of Europe.

    You can read a lot more, including a rather complete pedigree chart, in an article by Lauren Hubbard and published in the townandcountrymag web site at:,

  • 27 Mar 2023 3:38 PM | Anonymous

    The Department of History at the University of Limerick, Ireland is delighted to invite you to an event entitled Come Learn about the History of Family taking place on Wednesday 29 March, 1600-1700 (for those outside of Ireland click here to see what time this is for you). This event will appeal to anyone interested in history, including genealogists and family historians.

    Join Dr Rachel Murphy, lecturer on the MA History of Family at the University of Limerick, to find out more about the history of family and some of the topics that historians of family research.

    During the event, which is part of the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2023, participants will be introduced to three graduates of the course who will present findings from their MA research:

    • Michael Reynolds: 'That brave Irish heart within': The Hennessy family of Nenagh, Co. Tipperary - a military tradition, 1856-1962
    • Mary-Alice Wildasin: The Doran family: from Summerslane, KiIkenny to Bangor, Maine, 1820-1900 - a case study in step migration
    • John O'Brien: Household formation within the farming clacháns of west Kerry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

    There will be time for questions at the end of the session.

    The event is hosted by the Department of History, University of Limerick. To attend the event please register hereA link to attend this live event will be sent to you close to the event date. If you have any queries or issues registering, please contact

    We look forward to welcoming you (virtually) on the day.
  • 27 Mar 2023 11:30 AM | Anonymous

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

    (+) Lost 1820 U.S. Census Records Fou

    Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection of Cuban Genealogy

    Tulsa Historical Society and Museum Adds 50,000 Photos to Online Archive

    Monticello Awarded $3.5 Million Mellon Foundation Grant for Getting Word African American Oral History Project Expansion, Digital Archive

    Georgia Historic Newspapers Update Winter 2023

    Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Reveals Identities of Hundreds of People in Early 19th-Century Portrait Album

    Augusta Genealogical Society Virtual Genealogical Program: "Call to Arms - Civil War Research"

    Beethoven's Genome Offers Clues to Composer's Health and Family History

    From TheGenealogist: Five Welsh Counties Tithe Maps Are Now Georeferenced to Modern and Historic Maps

    FindMyPast Releases Two New Collections of Irish Probate Records

    Newly-Digitized Historic Newspapers Added to Findmypast

    Explore Stories of Military Ancestors With Findmypast

    Recently Added and Updated Collections on

    Keep Loved Ones Digitally Close with Life360

    Your CD and DVD Discs May Fail Sooner Than You Think

    Fake FBI Bitcoin Phone Scam Involving “Spoofed” Department of the Attorney General Phone Number

  • 27 Mar 2023 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

    You can now explore Wales in the 1830s with the Welsh tithe maps in the Map Explorer™ tool 

    Five Welsh counties Tithe Maps are now georeferenced to modern and historic maps

    TheGenealogist has linked the tithe maps for the Welsh counties of Brecknockshire, Cardiganshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Monmouthshire to the Map Explorer™. For the first time TheGenealogist’s subscribers are now able to use these Welsh tithe maps, georeferenced to a variety of historic and modern maps. This will allow the researcher to see how the area has developed from Victorian times through to modern day.

    General View Ebbw Vale

    The tithe survey came about as a result of the Tithe Commutation Act 1836 designed to change tithes from a payment in kind to a monetary payment. These records are useful for researchers in that they record the names of owners and occupiers, from all levels of society at this time, and give details and value of their holdings. 

    Originally tithes were made in kind (crops, wool, milk, young stock, etc.) and were collected mostly for the support of the parish church and its clergy. Generally representing a tenth of the yearly production from cultivation or stock rearing, almost all Welsh parishes were subject to this levy at this time.  

    With Map Explorer™ researchers have the ability to display a variety of historical and modern maps so that family, social and house historians are able to view the same plot of land throughout time. Often this will reveal a landscape that has completely changed over the years, as we discover in this week's case study of a house developed in Victorian times. 

        • Total of 421,260 georeferenced tithe plots join those already released for England

        • 570 georeferenced maps have been added in this release 

        • Map Explorer™ now has a total of 5,630,801 georeferenced plots linking to Tithe records across 12,374 total georeferenced Tithe maps

    See TheGenealogist’s article: Tracing a House in the Monmouthshire tithes to modern day 

    Find out more at

    About TheGenealogist

    TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections. 

    TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

    TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

  • 27 Mar 2023 9:13 AM | Anonymous

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

    When:  Saturday, April 22, 2023

    Time:  11:00 am - 12:00 pm  EST 

    Where: Online

    Price:  FREE  to AGS members or $10 for nonmembers

    Click here to register:

    The registration deadline is April 20, 2023

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

    Speaker:  Diane L. Richard, MEng & MBA

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    We often focus on the military service and pension records created due to the Civil War. We’ll take a quick peak at these and then dive into the records most don’t explore. If you don’t look further, you are missing out on some gems like old soldier home, voter registration, Freedmen’s Bureau, Freedman’s Bank, artificial limb records, detailed maps, compensation claims, legislative petitions, relief for indigent spouses, newspapers, and more! As an event that affected every citizen, there are many records we can mine as we pursue our ancestors.

    Diane L Richard, MEng & MBA, Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM),, has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and, since 2004, professionally focused on the records of North Carolina and southern states. She regularly contributes to InternetGenealogy. She has authored over 500 articles on genealogy topics. In 2019 she published, Tracing Your Ancestors -- African American Research: A Practical Guide via Moorshead Publications. Since 2016 she has been the editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal.

    As a speaker, she has delivered webinars and in-person talks about the availability and richness of records documenting southerners, pursuing formerly enslaved ancestors and their descendants, genealogical research tips, techniques, tools and strategies, under-utilized resource collections (online and on-the-ground), and much more. She has appeared on "Who Do You Think You Are?" (Bryan Cranston episode).

    She is a board member of NC Historical Records Online (NCHRO),, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public access to high-quality images of original records and other relatedinformation useful to researching North Carolina history and genealogy.

  • 27 Mar 2023 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    The Tulsa Historical Society and Museum has now added 50,000 of its photos online. This means anyone can view pieces of Tulsa's history, any time they want and all for free.

    "This has been a 20 year project, not as much time as been dedicated in the past to digitizing, but we've been putting a lot of hours into it currently," said archivist Luke Williams.

    The archive is full of more than 250,000 photos and they are getting as many put online as they can.

    Archivist Luke Williams said each photo has a unique number, and that's scanned in with the photo as well as a brief description.

    "Digitizing is, we digitize on a scanner, convert the photo to a digital format, then we input that into our software, so there is some cataloging involved also," he said.

    He said while they've been digitizing photos for years, it really became a priority during the pandemic when more and more people were viewing archives online.

    He said this is a way to make sure people have access to Tulsa's history.

    "Our mission is to preserve and safeguard Tulsa's history, we want to be able to tell everybody's story," he said.

    You can read more in an article by Jordan Tidwell published in the web site at: 

  • 24 Mar 2023 8:27 PM | Anonymous

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

    The U.S. Census records for the extreme northern strip of land in Maine were missing for more than 150 years. The microfilms of the 1820 U.S. Census do not contain records for the towns of the Upper St. John River Valley in what is today Aroostook County, Maine. That was a problem for me, as several of my ancestors lived in the area in 1820 and were not listed in the 1820 U.S. Census. Or at least, I couldn't find them.

    However, there is good news for those of us looking for ancestors in the Upper St. John River Valley. The records were located some years ago, although long after the microfilm copies had been made. In fact, a transcription of those missing census records is even available on the World Wide Web. I found some of my ancestors listed on the Web site, more than thirty years after I first looked for them in the National Archives microfilm!

    The transcriptions are not available on genealogy web sites as the transcriptions on those web sites apparently were made from the microfilm images.

    In 1820, the land of the Saint John River Valley in what is now Maine and New Brunswick was disputed territory, claimed by both the United States and Great Britain. A U.S. government official, such as a census enumerator, could have been arrested and incarcerated by the British authorities if he dared to enter this disputed territory. Likewise, British (Canadian) officials faced similar risks from the U.S. law enforcement officers of the time. 

    When I found the towns were not listed in the 1820 U.S. census records on National Archives microfilm no. M33, reel no. 38, I assumed that the census takers (enumerators) never set foot in the disputed territory. It seems that I was wrong. In fact, one brave census enumerator, True Bradbury, did enter the disputed territory and did count the citizens he found, even those living on what is today the Canadian side of the border. However, the entries he made are not on microfilm no. M33, reel no. 38.

    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/13144616.

    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

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