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  • 7 Dec 2021 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    I have been using a new (to me) program that has me quite enthused. CloudMounter connects to any of several file storage services in the cloud and makes each one look like a local hard drive in your local computer. This is obviously useful if your computer's internal hard drive is becoming full but the program also offers a number of other useful services.

    CloudMounter allows the user to connect and upload files to Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, BackBlaze B2, and Microsoft OneDrive in Windows Explorer or Macintosh Finder, as if just copying and moving files locally on your computer. Moreover, many users of corporate cloud systems will have a huge advantage without cluttering their drive with a huge amount of network storage.

    I am using CloudMounter with Macintosh computers to save files on BackBlaze B2, which advertises itself as being by far the cheapest file storage service of today ($0.005 per gigabyte per month). Using CloudMounter with BackBlaze B2 is actually cheaper than purchasing a new external hard drive.

    Unlike Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and a number of other online cloud-based file storage services, CloudMounter does not COPY files to remote services. In other words, you do not have to duplicate files with one copy in your local computer and a second copy in the remote file storage service. That wastes disk space by keeping duplicates in two (or more) different places. Instead, CloudMounter places one copy of a file in the cloud and does not store a duplicate on your computer's local hard drive.

    My desktop Mac has a two-terabyte internal hard drive as it is becoming full. There is not a lot of disk space left. With CloudMounter, I now have more-or-less infinite storage space in the cloud and I no longer worry about running out of disk space in the local computer. With CloudMounter, I can connect to 2, 3, or even more cloud-based file storage services simultaneously. With CloudMounter, your Mac or Windows computer has infinite file space!

    CloudMounter is of great help to the owners of laptops with low-capacity disk drives. You can outsource your files and documents to the most popular cloud services and mount cloud drive accounts to your PC without having to save cloud files on your computer. Instead, you can copy, move, open, download, and upload files to cloud servers by simply doing so within Windows Explorer or Macintosh Finder. The "learning curve" for using CloudMounter is really simple!

    In addition, with CloudMounter your online documents are totally protected. Cloud encryption has never been easier before. Benefit from DropBox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, FTP with encryption as well as other major cloud computing services and remote servers. You can automatically encrypt data before saving it to the cloud to add extra protection for better control of your online files.

    In addition, CloudMounter is a pretty handy FTP client Macintosh solution that allows viewing the full structure of the website or a file server. Having seamless Finder integration, the app allows you to handle your online files as local ones: create, view, modify, delete, upload to and download files from a remote server. Have enhanced file management via FTP, SFTP and FTPS protocols with the help of CloudMounter (not yet available in the Windows version, however).

    CloudMounter isn't cheap. however. The Macintosh version works with Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive free of charge. The latest Version 3.0 of CloudMounter adds Box, pCloud, BackBlaze B2, and Amazon S3 file storage services for payment of money: a Personal License (1 Mac) costs $9.99 for 3 months while a Lifetime Team License (for up to 5 Macs) costs $129.99. Windows is cheaper: a Personal License for one Windows computer costs $29.99 while a Team License (for up to 5 PCs) costs $99.99.

    If you think you might be interested in CloudMounter, take a look at or look in the Apple App Store.

  • 7 Dec 2021 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    Just in time for end-of-the-year health savings account spending, 23andMe is offering a new standalone “Health Service” option for people looking to apply their HSA & FSA funds toward purchasing an at-home DNA test.

    This offers another option to customers who only want to delve into reports about their health predispositions,* carrier status,* or wellness. The new standalone service also makes it easier for U.S. residents to use money set aside in their Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) for their 23andMe Health Service purchase.

    An Internal Revenue Service ruling in 2019 first allowed customers to use FSA & HSA funds for a portion of the cost for their Health + Ancestry Service. The new Health Service makes that much simpler because the full cost may be eligible.

    In the United States, FSAs and HSAs both allow you to set aside a certain amount of your pre-tax income each year for qualified medical care expenses. Qualified medical care expenses may include such things as co-pays for doctor’s visits, prescription medications, glasses, and sunscreen.

    The rule also means the full cost of the 23andMe Health Service should be an eligible medical expense. You can check with your FSA/HSA administrator for eligibility.

    The standalone 23andMe Health Service includes more than 10 health predisposition reports for conditions* such as Type 2 Diabetes (powered by 23andMe research), Celiac Disease, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, and Parkinson’s Disease; as well as more than 40 carrier status reports* for conditions like Cystic Fibrosis and Sickle Cell Anemia. Customers also receive wellness reports on sleep movement, muscle composition, and genetic weight.

    In addition, the Health Service includes health action recommendations, as well as a lifestyle dashboard that compares your diet and activity to other 23andMe users. The service also includes a place to track lab results and an area where you can see insights from 23andMe research. You can also connect, message, and share with friends and family if you wish.

    You can learn about 23andMe’s other product offerings here.

  • 7 Dec 2021 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    Imagine if you could pinpoint the exact placement of your surname line on a massive family tree that covers all of humanity by submitting a cheek-swab sample for DNA testing.

    The global, genetic family tree would expand to accommodate the insights from your test results, and your part of the tree would be further refined as more distant relatives test. Additionally, archaeologists and geneticists would be working together to uncover ancient history from all over the world, and as those results are published, they would be added to this family tree so that you could see how you are all related.

    This concept is now becoming a reality through high-resolution single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) testing of the Y chromosome using its unique properties of direct patrilineal inheritance and a large database supporting the largest genetic family tree of its kind—the Y-DNA Haplotree.

    FamilyTreeDNA has a long history with Y-DNA testing, being the oldest direct-to-consumer DNA testing company in the industry. FamilyTreeDNA has provided Y-STR (short tandem repeat) testing for patrilineal genealogy for over 20 years as well as many other DNA testing products.

    FamilyTreeDNA’s phylogenetic specialist Michael Sager has analyzed over 67,000 high-resolution Big Y results, 7,000 results from academic studies of present-day individuals, and 4,000 ancient DNA results from archaeological remains; and he has manually reconstructed and curated the world’s most elaborate global Family Tree of Mankind by far—the Y-DNA Haplotree.

    Details may be found in the FamilyTreeDNA Blog at

  • 7 Dec 2021 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    Police departments around the world have used DNA to help solve crimes. In most cases, the police compare DNA information with similar information stored in huge databases of other people's DNA info. However, a new method is gaining in popularity: It doesn’t have any matching profiles in police databases but, using analysis of the genetic material, the police departments still find suspects in an investigation.

    It sounds like something you might see in a science fiction movie, but the technology is now available to law enforcement agencies like the Australian Federal Police – a powerful new tool for investigators.

    Police say the technology, called “massively parallel sequencing”, is more powerful than current DNA profiling methods available to police and can provide more exact detail.

    It examines what is known as the nucleotide base sequence in the DNA – the base code for all living things. By using analysis of genetic material, the policed now can deduce the gender, ancestry, eye color and hair color of the potential suspect in the investigation.

    While this method does not identify individual suspects, it greatly narrows the list of possible suspects.

    You can learn more about what police in Australia are doing with DNA in an article by Fergus Hunter published in The Sydney Morning Herald at

  • 6 Dec 2021 7:55 AM | Anonymous

    Steve Morse operates a valuable web site for genealogists at at Unfortunately, (previously known as Facebook) has crippled Steve's web site. Here is a note from Steve that I received:

    "It turns out that facebook is now flagging all facebook postings that mention my website as being spam. I won't even try to convince you of the absurdity of that because I'm sure you are aware that it is false. I've received email from users informing me of this, and one person told me that it is happening at all genealogy facebook groups that she is a member of. There's not much that I can do to fight facebook, but perhaps you might want to get the word out to your readers about this.

    "To verify that it is happening, go to the facebook debug tool at


    and enter They respond with

    "> We can't review this website because the content doesn't meet our Community Standards.

    "-- Steve"

  • 6 Dec 2021 7:45 AM | Anonymous

    The following was written by the Applied Genealogy Institute (AppGen):

    Seattle, Washington: Today Applied Genealogy Institute (AppGen) announced their classes for spring 2022. AppGen will offer the following courses taught by these nationally known instructors during March and April of 2022.:

    • “Researching Catholic Records,” Margaret Fortier, CG

    • “Genealogy Foundations I: Focus on Using Records,” Lisa Gorrell, CG

    • “Applied Genetic Genealogy,” Leah Larkin

    • “Getting Lost in Ledgers,” Diane Richard

    • “Advanced Swedish Research,” Jill Morelli, CG

    Mary Roddy, CG, founder of Applied Genealogy Institute stated, “We received many fine proposals and it was difficult to make a decision. We picked the ones that met the criteria of unique topics, taught by proven instructors and which lent themselves to the practicum approach. We look forward to launching our second series in the Spring of 2022.”

    AppGen is a virtual practicum-based educational opportunity for intermediate and advanced genealogists. Courses are characterized by small classes with a high degree of interaction; knowledgeable instructors who offer unique content; and personal instructor feedback to homework---a unique combination.

    The latest offerings are presented by instructors who are experts in their field with proven teaching experience. Lisa Gorrell, CG taught “Land Records” in AppGen’s inaugural semester to rave reviews from the students. Margaret Fortier is a known expert in French Canadian and Italian records and has had deep experience working for and with Catholic dioceses and their records. Leah Larkin is the author of the outstanding blog, “The DNA Geek,” and lectures nationally. Diane Richard has been “mining” ledgers for familial relationships whenever she finds herself in a burned county. Jill Morelli, CG is a national expert on Swedish research with numerous publications and a deep knowledge of the mantals tax records

    Registration will be open after the first of the year. Specific dates and times for the March and April courses will be announced as they are made available. Sign upon the AppGen Mailing List to receive notifications first at

  • 6 Dec 2021 7:38 AM | Anonymous

    The following is an announcement written by


      • announces that researchers on its website will now be able to go directly to Pages of Testimony search results within Yad Vashem’s Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names

      • This Partnership will streamline users’ experience and provide the ability to add to the Yad Vashem Names Database new Pages of Testimony substantiated with biographical documentation.

      • Family Historians researching the current or former territories of Poland can now more easily determine whether their relatives have been memorialized or whether they can elaborate on the known life events for a Shoah victim using the JRI-Poland database.

    Jerusalem — December 6, 2021 —, an independent non-profit organization, announces a new partnership initiative with Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, to display a direct link to matching Yad Vashem Pages of Testimony search as part of a genealogical search on the Jewish Records Indexing – Poland website. Recognizing the importance of the family historian for advancing Yad Vashem's mission to memorialize each one of the 6 million Shoah (Holocaust) victims, Yad Vashem will now allow a surname search on to simultaneously search the Yad Vashem repository of documents and display a link to those search results through an API (Application Programming Interface) on the JRI-Poland users' search results screen.

    The choice of for this promotional feature stems from JRI-Poland's 26-year success in utilizing its long-standing agreement with the Polish State Archives to document the largest pre-war European Jewish community, the Jews of the current or former territories of Poland. Alexander Avram, Director of Yad Vashem's Hall of Names in Jerusalem observed that "while many shelves remain empty, bearing witness to more than one million individuals who have yet to be memorialized, we hope that partnerships like this with JRI-Poland can and will play an important role in helping us fill those vacant shelves and add a large number of Pages of Testimony in the years to come."

    JRI-Poland Executive Director, Stanley Diamond of Montreal, Canada, remarked, "JRI-Poland is honored to assist Yad Vashem with its sacred duty by facilitating the preservation of a Shoah victim's memory and improving the retelling of major events in a Shoah victim's life. We do this by presenting the documentation of the vital events and at the same time indicating either the existence of - or the lack of - a tribute for these individuals in the Yad Vashem Hall of Names."

    JRI-Poland Assistant Director, Robinn Magid of Berkeley, California, added, "Correlating vital records with a mention in the Hall of Names is the first step in presenting a more complete biography of people like my great-grandmother who were lost in the Shoah”. She added, “Yad Vashem and JRI-Poland are collaborating to increase the likelihood that our audiences will find something new, perhaps overlooked, and maybe even life-changing."

    JRI-Poland Co-founder, Michael Tobias of Glasgow, Scotland commented, "Providing this new service to Yad Vashem is a natural extension of our core objective of providing our fellow researchers with the ability to recover details of their families' lives in Poland."

    About Yad Vashem

    Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is the ultimate source for Holocaust education, documentation and research. From the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem's integrated approach incorporates meaningful educational initiatives, groundbreaking research and inspirational exhibits. Visit us at:

    About is a collective of global volunteers preserving the details of our ancestors’ lives in a form that will remain accessible forever to the greatest number of researchers. We have built the largest database representing the lives of the Jews who lived in the current or former territories of Poland, their families and their communities. Visit us at:

  • 3 Dec 2021 1:45 PM | Anonymous

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

    Are you thinking about upgrading to a new computer, possibly including an upgrade to a new operating system? If so, this article is for you.

    Over the years, a number of popular genealogy programs have been discontinued. Do you remember Personal Ancestral File, The Master Genealogist, CommSoft's Roots 5, Carl York's The Family Edge, Quinsept's Family Roots, Ultimate Family Tree, or SierraHome's Generations 8.0? Those and a number of other, lesser-known genealogy programs have all faded away over the years. May they all rest in peace.

    The reasons for each program's demise vary, but a few themes seem common. Obviously, a lack of customers is often a major factor. Developing software, distributing it, and supporting it with a customer service department is not cheap. Any program needs to sell a lot of copies in order to generate enough revenue to cover expenses and hopefully to generate a profit for the producer. Some programs never sold enough copies to achieve profitability.

    Another huge expense is updating the software frequently to add new features and to keep up to date with rapidly-changing technologies. For instance, several genealogy programs were written in programming languages using dBase or FoxPro databases, products that were dropped by their producers years ago. The genealogy programmers kept using the database technology as long as they could, but eventually problems crept in. The most common problem was compatibility with Windows. New releases of Windows might break or at least hamper the databases used in some genealogy programs.

    One genealogy program suffered a similar, but slightly different, problem. After working well for a number of years, a new version of Windows was introduced by Microsoft. The program would no longer print when installed on the new version of Windows. If installed on earlier versions of Windows, printing worked perfectly; but, the newer version of Windows from Microsoft made changes to the printing functions that were not compatible with the one genealogy program.

    Paying for programmers' time to rewrite existing software to make it compatible with the latest version of an operating system is expensive. Many small software producers with small customer bases could not afford to make the changes. If a company sells software for $30 and has only a few thousand customers, the company cannot afford to hire many more programmers.

    Another problem is a bit subtle but just as deadly: implementing a modern user interface. Look at any program—genealogy or any other application—that was created only within the past few years and designed for use with Windows 8 or Windows 10 or Macintosh macOS. Then compare that to a similar program written ten or fifteen years ago for Windows 98 or Macintosh OS 9. The newer program probably has a modern "look and feel" when compared to older programs. Yet many of the programs that have been around for years look very old-fashioned by today's standards. I can think of one genealogy program that runs under Windows, but it looks like it was written for MS-DOS.

    NOTE to anyone who started using a computer in the past few years: MS-DOS was a primitive operating system produced by Microsoft before the company invented Windows. The original MS-DOS did not use a mouse and could only display very primitive graphics. You can read more about the history of MS-DOS in Wikipedia at:

    Another issue is the addition of apps for handheld devices. The entire world seems to be enamored of mobile apps in the past few years. Indeed, the sales of Windows and Macintosh systems is slowly declining while the sales of tablet computers, smartphones, and other portable devices has exploded. Many of today's genealogists want to carry their databases everywhere in a mobile device that weighs a few ounces, not in 3-ring binders and not in a laptop. Today's genealogy programs that do not have companion apps for iPad and/or Android mobile devices are losing sales.

    Finally, there is “the cloud.” Technology has changed to the point where it is now more practical and also more cost-effective to save your data in distributed servers in multiple locations. The high reliability, always backed-up capabilities keep your data safe and secure. Even better, with today’s “online everywhere” technology, you can access your data from home, from a genealogy conference, from a genealogy library or archive, from a hotel room, or even while riding in a commuter train. Cloud technology also keeps your information safe and secure from hackers, unlike individual computers.

    Today it is practical and, in many cases, preferable to keep your own private genealogy database in cloud-based where it cannot be changed by anyone else in such products as MyHeritage, The Next Generation of Genealogical Sitebuilding, WebTrees, and other products that protect your data.

    NOTE: I generally recommend you do not store your PRIMARY genealogy database in any online service that allows other people to change your carefully researched information. Those online databases that allow anyone and everyone to change your data are generally full of “genealogy fairy tales.” I would suggest you avoid such primitive products and instead focus on maintaining YOUR carefully-researched data, complete with source citations.

    Of course, all this has a huge impact on all genealogists who use computers. What should you do if you learn that your favorite genealogy program will soon be discontinued? Another question is, "What should you do NOW to protect your investment in case your favorite genealogy program is discontinued at some time in the future?

    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/12162977.

    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

  • 3 Dec 2021 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Over 4.6 million new records from “the garden of England” have been added to Findmypast in their latest Findmypast Friday update.

    Kent electoral registers, 1570-1907

    This brand-new collection contains over 4 million records spanning 337 years and dating back to the reign Elizabeth I. Documenting both parliamentary and local voters' lists, these transcripts provide the names, parishes and, in later records, addresses of voters across the county as well as the nature of their qualification to vote and the date they were recorded.

    The earliest records are from the Boroughs of Faversham and Dover – countywide coverage does not really begin until the 1830s when electoral reform widened the franchise.

    Kent Burials

    Over 16,000 new additions from the Watling Street Cemetery have been added to our collection of Kent Burials. The amount of information listed in each record may vary, but most will reveal a combination of the deceased’s burial date, age at death, residence, occupation and dedication. Some records may also include additional notes such as their marital status, parent’s names or if they were a foundling.

    Kent Burials now contains over 4 million records spanning over 400 years. The collection constitutes a valuable resource for researching ancestry in Kent and is provided in association with Canterbury Cathedral Archives, The National Archives, Kent County Council, Medway Archives, the North West Kent Family History Society, Val Brown and the College of Arms, the official heraldic authority for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and much of the Commonwealth including Australia and New Zealand.


    This release sees a week of tens, with ten brand new titles and ten updated papers. This include 114,064 new pages, from the aptly-named agricultural paper Leek Times to local news segment The South London Journal.

    New titles:

    Updated titles:

  • 3 Dec 2021 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    U.S. census records are kept private for 72 years to protect respondents' privacy, then released to the general public. However, most genealogists are not aware that it is possible to obtain information from newer census records.

    The fact is that records from the 1950 to 2010 Censuses are available but can only be obtained by the person named in the record or their heir after submitting form BC-600 or BC-600sp (in Spanish).

    NOTE: Publications related to the census data collected from 1790 to 2010 are available at However, none of those records list names and other personal information given by the respondents.

    You can learn more in Availablity of Census Records About Individuals (a PDF file available at:

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