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  • 14 Dec 2021 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    An online database is using 19th-century census records to provide a detailed ancestral history of more than 2,000 Cavan townlands.

    Michael McShane, who launched the website Cavan Townlands with his wife Catherine Kerr, has recently uploaded a new dataset of census records and census substitutes from the 19th century focusing on the towns of County Cavan.

    Although not a Cavan native, McShane has traced his family heritage back to the county and is now sharing his extensive research with others who are keen to trace their ancestry.

    He has uploaded records from the 1821 census, which covers 17 of the 36 parishes in Cavan, in addition to the records of the Tithe Applotment Book of 1832, which covers most towns in the county.

    You can read more in an article at

  • 13 Dec 2021 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    This isn't related to the normal subjects of this newsletter (genealogy, DNA, legal issues, etc.) but it does contain information that I believe every computer user should be familiar with.

    Everyone should be using a VPN in order to protect their privacy and to avoid hackers. An article by David Gewirtz and published at gives some excellent choices as to state-of-the-art VPNs available today.

    I use a VPN all the time whenever I am online, just for safety's sake. I use Private Internet Access (usually called PIA) which is not mentioned in Gewirtz's article and I am very happy with it. However, if I was to select a new VPN nowadays, I probably would choose ProtonVPN which IS mentioned in the article.

    Based in Switzerland, where local laws prohibit anyone from spying on your data and for allowing up to ten simultaneous connections (use your desktop plus laptop plus smartphone plus tablet computers simultaneously), ProtonVPN would be a good choice.

    If you do not have a VPN installed, take a look at either PIA or ProtonVPN or at any of the others listed in Gewirtz's article at:

  • 13 Dec 2021 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    The following should interest many people reading these articles:

    Reunions Will be Hybrid This Year: Combination of In-Person & Virtual

    Reunions magazine Helps Family, School, and Military Reunions

    Safely Re-live the Past & Make New Memories
    Press Release:

    Savannah, GA, December 7, 2021 – Reunions magazine, the leading online reunion planning and celebration publication for 30 years, announced today the “7 Best COVID-19 Travel Tips” list for holiday travel, compiled by Carole Terwilliger Meyer, author of Miles of Smiles: 101 Great Car Games & Activities. In the December 2021 edition, Reunions magazine provides useful tips on how to stay safe on the road during the holidays, as well as ideas on how to set up reunions with safety in mind; and education, resources, and event planning ideas for family, class, and military reunions. 
    Stay Safe on the Road
    Millions look forward to the joy of reuniting with family and friends every year, even more this year due to last year’s separation caused by the pandemic. According to Reunions magazine, some of the top ways to stay safe when traveling include:

    • When Driving:
      • Bring a kit with disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and snacks to reduce stopping along the way.
      • Pack plastic sandwich bags to hold your mask and more.
      • Plan ahead on where to stop: for example, locations that provide clean restrooms.
    • Hotels & Planes:
      • Check ahead about safety protocols.
      • Open hotel windows, when possible, and air out the room for a few hours.
      • Use a plastic sandwich bags to cover germy TV remotes and other surfaces.
      • Pack your own pillows.  

    Connected Virtually and In-Person During the Holidays
    There will be an increase in travel this holiday season, however a lot of people are uncomfortable hosting and visiting in-person (vaccinated or not). Options include virtual and hybrid (in-person and virtual) reunions. “Reunions will take many forms this year,” said Rick Voight, CEO, Vivid-Pix and Publisher of Reunions magazine. “People are balancing safety concerns with longing to be together. Some people will reunite with just a few people or host full in-person family gatherings; some will have virtual ‘Zoom Reunions,’ and others will host hybrid reunions -- so we will see hybrid physical/distance reunions becoming more prevalent during the holidays and the coming year.”
    Free Vivid-Pix Classes “How-To Zoom” & “Gathering Traditions” Teach What to Do When Together
    To assist people with getting together and what to do when they are together, Vivid-Pix has created two sets of free classes: How-To Zoom and Gatherings Traditions. The how-to series provides instructions on how to connect, literally, with step-by-step log-in, settings, and more information; and how to connect, emotionally, by sharing photos and memories online through “Gathering Traditions,” which also explains how to have engaging conversations with all ages, and for those interested in family history/genealogy, record time-capsules for reliving memories, created with Kenyatta D. Berry, host of the Genealogy Roadshow on PBS.

    Vivid-Pix also offers other great ways to stay connected virtually during the holidays through gifting photos restored with Vivid-Pix RESTORE software, which can be printed and sent to friends and family as cherished holiday gifts (info at:, and the Vivid-Pix Holiday Software BOGO is available through the year-end, so everyone can get Vivid-Pix for themselves and give one as a gift (value $99.98 - for only $49.99), perfect for friends and family who love photos or sharing family history -- info at:
    About Reunions magazine
    Acquired by Vivid-Pix in February 2021, Reunions magazine is the leading reunions resource to assist family, class alumni, and military reunion participants relive the past and make new memories. For 30 years, Reunions magazine has provided easy access to ideas, features, planning, and education for reunions and reunion planners alike. For more information, see
    About Patented Vivid-Pix Photo Restoration Software & Education to Relive and Share Memories
    Vivid-Pix provides helpful genealogy, family history, and gathering education at to relive and share cherished memories. Vivid-Pix RESTORE patented AI software automatically restores faded old black and white, sepia, and color photos and documents from a wide variety of image types and provides image organization, editing, and saving. The U.S. Patent Office has awarded two patents to Vivid-Pix for its image processing techniques to automatically correct images.
    Vivid-Pix RESTORE is available for Mac and Windows for $49.99 at: with a 10 Free-Fix Trial without credit card required at: See Vivid-Pix RESTORE in action at: Vivid-Pix was founded by Rick Voight and Randy Fredlund, who have a combined 47 years of experience from Eastman Kodak Co. They brought Kodak’s “You Press the Button, We Do the Rest” philosophy to the design of Vivid-Pix RESTORE software.
    For more information on Reunions magazine and Vivid-Pix, see and

  • 13 Dec 2021 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Southern California Genealogical Society:

    Jamboree WEBINAR from SCGS on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Posted: 11 Dec 2021 05:56 PM PST

    French Canadian Settlements in the Midwestern U.S.

    Annette Burke Lyttle, MA

     Webinar from SCGS

    Saturday, January 8, 2022
    10:00 AM (Pacific Time)

    To register for this Jamboree webinar meeting 

    and pay the $5.50 fee,

    Register here:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


    French Canadians have inhabited the Midwestern United States since the late 17th century, and major immigration waves from French Canada came to the Midwest in the 19th century. Many of these immigrants sought to maintain their language and customs by settling together in communities. Learn about the history of these communities and how to find the stories of ancestors who lived there.


    Annette Burke Lyttle is a professional genealogist specializing in online and repository research, and genealogical education and writing. She loves helping people find and tell their family stories.


    A handout will be available shortly before the presentation. A link will be included in a reminder that will be sent the day before the session.

    2022 Webinar Times

    1st Saturdays                                   3rd Wednesdays

    10:00 AM Pacific                             6:00 PM Pacific

    11:00 AM Mountain                        7:00 PM Mountain

    12:00 PM Central                            8:00 PM Central

    1:00 PM Eastern                              9:00 PM Eastern

    A goal of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to offer educational opportunities to genealogists and family history enthusiasts everywhere. The Jamboree Extension Webinar Series helps delivers those opportunities.

    The initial webcast of each session is $5.50 per webinar.

    Webinars are archived and available only to SCGS members as a benefit of membership in the society. The webinar archive can be found at

    The list of upcoming webinars can be found at

    Learn about all the SCGS member benefits at

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    View System Requirements

    Please direct any questions to the SCGS Webinar Committee at

  • 10 Dec 2021 2:34 PM | Anonymous

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

    Genealogists have long relied on paper for storing their genealogy publications. While useful, paper does not last forever. Even the best acid-free paper will deteriorate someday. Even worse, today's printer inks and laser toners used to print on that paper will disappear many years earlier. Suppose, then, that you print out your records on the finest quality archival paper today and put it away in a safe deposit box for posterity. Within ten or twenty years, that data may become unreadable as the printed characters slowly fade away. The cruel irony is that high-quality, acid-free paper is worthless if it looks blank!

    Life expectancy of the media used for storage isn't the only issue. A bigger problem may be the capability to read that media many years after its creation. Paper records are easy to read if the paper does not disintegrate and the ink does not fade. However, other media are often used and almost always have limitations.

    For instance, my first computerized genealogy records were stored on 80-column punch cards. When was the last time you saw a device that could read those cards? My data stored on punch cards is now useless, regardless of the life expectancy of those cards.

    My next genealogy database was stored on 8-inch floppy diskettes in dBase-II, a popular database program that ran on CP/M computers. (CP/M was the forerunner of MS-DOS, which, in turn, has been replaced by Windows.) 8-inch floppies were very popular in the late 1970s and very early 1980s. Again, those 8-inch floppies are now useless as nobody makes equipment to read them anymore. My data stored on those disks is now inaccessible.

    As technology evolved, I updated my hardware and software. I moved to 5 ¼-inch floppies, then to 3 ½-inch floppies, then to ZIP disks, on to CD-recordable disks, and I recently added a DVD-recordable drive to my networked computers. However, each of these also has a finite lifespan: the applicable medium is destined to become as obsolete as the 80-column punch cards.

    For many years genealogists, librarians, historians, and archivists have relied on microfilm and microfiche for long-term records preservation. Properly created and stored, these films should last a century or longer. However, I was quite surprised recently to learn that microfilm and microfiche are doomed to become obsolete and unusable long before then.

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) has sent microfilm cameras and crews to locations all over the world for many years. These microfilm cameras have recorded hundreds of millions of records, and almost everyone involved was confident that the organization would continue to film more records forever and ever. However, a problem has arisen in the past few years: nobody makes the microfilm cameras anymore. As present cameras wear out, or if the Church wishes to expand the number of teams, there are no new microfilm cameras to be had.

    It seems that almost every organization in the world (except perhaps for genealogy) is going digital. Hospitals, insurance companies, governments, and others who used to microfilm records for long-term preservation have now stopped doing so and have switched to digitally-scanned records. Who can blame them? With digital scanning, expenses are lower and record storage space requirements are greatly reduced.

    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/12184126

    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

  • 10 Dec 2021 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

    The latest release from TheGenealogist sees 60,290 new owner and occupier records added to their unique Lloyd George Domesday Survey record set. The IR58 Inland Revenue Valuation Office records reveal to family historians all sorts of details about their ancestors' home, land, outbuildings and property owned or occupied in Edmonton, Enfield and Southgate at the time of the survey in the 1910s.

    Baker Street, Enfield from Image Archive on TheGenealogist

    These property tax records, taken at a time when the government was seeking to raise funds for the introduction of social welfare programmes, introduced revolutionary taxes on the lands and incomes of Britain's population. To carry out this policy the government used surveyors to catalogue a description of each property in a street and also to plot it’s location on large-scale OS maps.

    Using the IR58 records from The National Archives, these valuable records can now be searched using the Master Search at TheGenealogist or by clicking on the pins displayed on TheGenealogist’s powerful Map Explorer™. The ability to switch between georeferenced modern and historic maps means that the family historian can see how the landscape where their ancestors had lived or worked may have changed over time.

    Baker Street, Enfield – Lloyd George Domesday OS map on Map Explorer™

    This online 1910s property records resource is unique to TheGenealogist and enables the researcher to thoroughly investigate a place in which an ancestor had lived in the 1910s notwithstanding that the streets may have undergone unrecognisable change in the intervening years.

    See TheGenealogist’s page about the Lloyd George Domesday Survey here:

    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!

  • 10 Dec 2021 1:57 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    This week's Findmypast Friday update involves two unique record collections spanning 108 years.

    Asia, Far East Directories & Chronicles 1833-1941

    Did your ancestors work or reside in the Far East? Discover more with this collection of directories and chronicles that cover the international community in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Indo-China, Straits Settlements, Malaysia, Siam, Dutch East Indies, Borneo and The Philippines.

    Consisting of over 70,000 records printed in books that were published between 1833-1941, the collection provides listings of active corporations, foreign residents and government agencies of all nationalities for each particular year, together with their addresses in countries including Borneo, China, Indo-China, Japan, Korea and The Philippines.

    They were compiled annually from many different local sources, and include names and addresses of Western corporations, institutions, consulates and foreign residents including large numbers of Americans, Canadians and Australians. Details of the residents include addresses, occupations and employers. 

    Parts of these books can also contain details of treaties, conflicts, changes of jurisdiction, relevant law, currencies and taxes, public holidays, festivals and traditions.

    London, Synagogue Seatholders 1904

    Discover your Jewish heritage with this collection of seat holders from a number of synagogues across the area now known as Greater London.

    Covering 16 synagogues from Bayswater to Stoke Newington, these transcripts and images provide a snapshot of a time in which the Jewish population of Britain was saw significant growth, rising from 46,000 to 250,000 between 1880-1919. Many of these new arrivals were refugees from Russia, fleeing the Pale of Settlement region in which Jewish residents had faced terrible persecution and been forced from their homes. 


    This week’s update sees Findmypast publish five brand new titles along with substantial updates to 13 existing ones.

    New titles:

    Updated titles:

  • 10 Dec 2021 8:15 AM | Anonymous

    The following is a message posted to the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring mailing list and is republished here with permission:

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on December 8, 2021 that Russia will return to Greece the Jewish Holocaust archives that were moved to Russia following World War ll. The largest part of the archives relates to the once-thriving Jewish community in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city.

    During the Nazi regime and occupation of much of Europe, the Nazis plundered the documents and culture a treasures of Jewish organizations which they deemed to be enemies of the Reich. According to official figures, on July 11, 1942, the Nazis, led by the Austrian head of the SS Alois Brunner, surrounded the Jews of Thessaloniki in order to deport them to concentration camps. The community paid 2.5 billion drachmas for the freedom that they had been told would be given to them, but they only managed to delay the deportation until March 1943.

    When the Nazis were crushed, many of these looted collections, as well as records of Nazi state agencies that persecuted and murdered Jews, were discovered by the Soviet Army, then transferred to Moscow and held for decades in closed, secret archives.

    More than 44,000 Thessaloniki Jews perished in the Nazi death camps. Most were sent to Auschwitz. The few Greek survivors who returned to the country in the early 1950s found most of their sixty synagogues and schools destroyed, their cemeteries looted and their own homes occupied by other people. Once part of thriving communities in several Greek cities, approximately 59,000 Greek Jews were victims of the Holocaust — at least 83 percent of the total number living in Greece at the time of World War II and the German Occupation.

    To read more see:

    To read more about looted art and Russian State Military Archives go to:

    Jan Meisels Allen
    Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

  • 10 Dec 2021 8:09 AM | Anonymous

    If you are using one of the new Macintosh M1 systems, you might want to pat close attention to this. According to an article by by Tim Hardwick and published in the MacRumors web site:

    "Apple's built-in Time Machine backup solution for macOS appears to be causing problems for some Mac users running the latest versions of Monterey and Big Sur, based on a steady trickle of reports on both the MacRumors Forums and Reddit.

    "While some users are complaining of different issues with Time Machine on different Macs and versions of macOS that are hard to replicate, one common complaint in particular has surfaced regarding Time Machine backups not completing for M1 Mac users running Monterey 12.0.1 or Big Sur 11.6.1.

    "The issue seems to occur when Time Machine runs its first backup after either Monterey/Big Sur is first installed or the operating system is updated to the latest point release. Time Machine says it is "Waiting to Complete First Backup," but as it appears to be reaching its conclusion, Time Machine suddenly reports "Oldest backup: None" and "Latest backup: None," and then fails to offer any notice that the initial backup has successfully been performed at all."

    Details may be found at:

  • 10 Dec 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Aliza Leventhal, Head, Technical Services, Prints & Photographs Division, at the Library of Congress:

    When the Annenberg Space for Photography closed in June 2020, they offered the Library of Congress more than 900 high quality prints from ten of their exhibitions. We responded enthusiastically to this rare opportunity to add work by 329 contemporary photographers to the collections. In a year when we organized and described 350,000 items using the standard archival description and housing techniques that work well for large collections, we also rose to the challenge of providing intensive, special attention for what is now the Annenberg Space for Photography Collection of Exhibition Prints.

    To provide the public with a way to experience the timely subject matter and modern photographic techniques in the Annenberg Collection, the Prints & Photographs Division (P&P) digitized each photo, created item-level descriptions, and worked closely with the Conservation Division to make custom housing for the sensitive surfaces of the prints. Here’s the story of a lively and successful year—from a gift agreement to online access.


    The 49 oversize wood crates filled with carefully wrapped prints traveled safely across country in several tractor trailer shipments. Stringent security and pandemic health requirements added unique complications that were overcome by careful coordination among the Annenberg Center; P&P; the Library’s acquisition, conservation, and off-site storage departments; and the art shipment company. The crates filled a lot of floor space and pallet racking in the warehouse receiving area, which meant that P&P had to move quickly to reduce the footprint. In only 10 months, each crate was brought to our work space on Capitol Hill. After we unpacked and inventoried the collection, most prints fit on the tops of map cases. But they couldn’t stay there.

    The full article is much longer, describing the Housing, Digitization, and Developing a Description of this huge collection at:

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