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  • 20 Jan 2021 7:06 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

    FALLS CHURCH, VA, 20 JANUARY 2021—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announced the formation of the Delegate Council Steering Committee, an advisory group to help create the representative body for societies and organizations in the “new NGS.”

    “"The Delegate Council will be a forum where genealogical organizations can collaborate, communicate, and counsel among member organizations and the new NGS,” said Dawn Carey Henry, chair of the steering committee. “This is something all organizations need, especially now during these unprecedented times."

    The steering committee will help establish the council’s procedures to provide regular engagement with and among member organizations and an avenue for feedback to the NGS Board. The steering committee is planning a kickoff workshop for delegates to be held 17 May 2021.

    The steering committee represents genealogical societies, libraries, and other organizations located throughout the United States. They are:

      • Chair: Dawn Carey Henry, Michigan
      • Vice-Chair: W. Samuel Williams, Virginia
      • Taneya Y. Koonce, MSLS, Tennessee
      • Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGLSM, Pennsylvania
      • Susan K. Howard, New Mexico
      • Laurie Hermance-Moore, MLS, AG®, Ohio
      • Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD, Minnesota
      • Ari Wilkins, Texas
      • Cheri Hudson Passey, NGS vice president, Society & Organization Management (liaison to the board of directors.)

    “The steering committee’s goal,” said Dawn Carey Henry, “is to build the framework for the Delegate Council to ensure effective governance and operations. It established the name for the body, keeping the word ‘delegate’ in the title to honor the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ history of member representatives serving as delegates.“

    In the coming months, the committee will further define the roles and responsibilities of a delegate. It will also identify ways for member organizations to collaborate and communicate with each other and NGS.

  • 20 Jan 2021 3:44 PM | Anonymous

    According to an article by Gene Johnson in the Associated Press:

    "Washington, Oregon, more than two dozen Native American and Alaska Native tribes and cultural groups from the Northwest are suing the federal government to stop the sale of the National Archives building in Seattle, a plan that would force the relocation of millions of invaluable historical records to California and Missouri.

    "The government is planning to sell the vast warehouse under a law aimed at unloading excess federal property, but the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Monday says the building is anything but “excess.” It contains irreplaceable documents dating to the 1840s and is used all the time for research about everything from tribal history to Japanese internment during World War II and fur seal hunts on remote Alaskan islands.

    "'This is the DNA of our region,' Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson told an online news conference Monday. 'These are documents that are not digitized. Moving them a thousand miles away essentially and effectively eliminates public access to these critical documents.'"

    You can read the full article at: https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/washington-oregon-29-tribes-sue-plan-move-archives-75044651.


  • 20 Jan 2021 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    From the Washington Secretary Of State's Office blog:

    "2020 was an extraordinary year for many reasons, all of which have been immortalized in catchy headlines and sensational news stories.

    "Future generations will marvel at these stories and wonder how we coped during these extraordinary times. Much like how we look back on years past and wonder about the issues and challenges our recent ancestors endured.

    "Yet thanks to the Washington State Library’s Washington Digital Newspapers (WDN) program – funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) – we can more than wonder. We can read for ourselves and learn firsthand.

    Newspaper headline. What Do You Know about Spanish Flu? Uncle Sam’s Health Experts Tell How to Handle Disease if it Hits Your Family The Seattle star. (Seattle, WA), Oct. 11, 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.What Do You Know about Spanish Flu? Uncle Sam’s Health Experts Tell How to Handle Disease if it Hits Your Family The Seattle star. (Seattle, WA), Oct. 11, 1918.

    "Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, has digitized over 450,000 pages of historic Washington newspapers for the WDN website, including over 27,000 new issues that have just been released and are now available and free to the public.

    "These include issues of the Anacortes American (1985-2000) and Catholic Northwest Progress (1957-1966), which were made available by the City of Anacortes Museum/Skagit Publishing and the Seattle Archdiocese, respectively. Essential to these and all WDN collections are partnerships with museums, libraries, archives, and publishers from across the state to preserve newspapers and our communities’ cultural heritage."

    You can read much more at: https://blogs.sos.wa.gov/fromourcorner/index.php/2021/01/breaking-news-more-historic-washington-newspapers-online/

  • 20 Jan 2021 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    It seems to be a tradition that U.S. Presidents have their genealogy traced for them, even without asking. There is an old joke that seems to be true: "To get your family tree done the fastest, run for political office."

    Indeed, there is truth in that old joke. In fact, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has already had his ancestry researched by a number of researchers and it has been published on several web sites.

    By the way, did you know Joe Biden's middle name is Robinette? He inherited that name from his great-grandfather, George Hamilton Robinette (1844-1914), a Civil War veteran. It was also the middle name of the new President's father.

    Listings of Joe Biden's ancestry are available all over the Internet. Two different sites caught my eye:

    Family of Joe Biden on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_of_Joe_Biden provides a brief, but easy-to-read listing

    Ancestry of Joe Biden by Rich Hall at https://famouskin.com/pedigree.php?name=48077+joe+biden&ahnum=1 provides a more detailed listing going back 10 generations in one line that will probably appeal to experienced genealogists.

    My preference is the ahnentafel (list of ancestors) from Rich Hall's listing:

    Ancestry of Joe Biden

    U.S. President-elect

    Look → Click or tap a name to see more details including sources or famous kin.

    1st Generation

    2nd Generation

    2. Joseph Robinette Biden (1915–2002)

    3rd Generation

    4. Joseph H. Biden (1893–1941)

    5. Mary Elizabeth Robinette (c1894–1943)

    6. Ambrose Joseph Finnegan (1883–1957)

    7. Geraldine Catharine Blewitt (1886–1949)

    4th Generation

    8. George T. Biden (c1867–c1910)

    9. Mary Emily Liddell (1872–1922)

    10. George Hamilton Robinette (1844–1914)

    11. Mary A. Hanafy (1862–1930)

    12. James Finnegan (1840–c1895)

    13. Catherine Roche (c1846–c1895)

    14. Edward Francis Blewitt (1859–1926)

    15. Mary Ellen Stanton (c1861–1888)

    5th Generation

    16. Joseph J. Biden (1828–1895)

    17. Lydia Ann Randle (c1835–1902)

    18. Robert Theodore Liddell (1844–1914)

    19. Susan E. Bomberger (c1846–1924)

    20. Moses J. Robinette (c1819–1903)

    21. Jane E. Pumphrey (c1824–1878)

    22. John Hanafy (1815–1878)

    23. Mary ----- (1828–1878)

    24. Owen Finnegan (c1819–1875)

    25. Jane Boyle (c1822–1874)

    28. Patrick Blewitt (1832–1911)

    29. Catharine Scanlon (c1838–1901)

    30. James Stanton (c1831–)

    31. Mary Arthurs (c1835–)

    6th Generation

    32. William Biden (c1800–)

    33. Mary Elkins (c1801–)

    34. Thomas H. Randle (c1803–1889)

    35. Mary Ann Shoemaker (1813–1902)

    36. John Liddell 

    38. John Bomberger (c1821–)

    39. Mary ----- (c1827–)

    42. (probable) James Pumphrey (c1765–c1832)

    43. (probable) Elizabeth Hamilton (–1820)

    56. Edward Blewitt (c1805–c1870)

    57. Mary Mulderig (c1803–c1860)

    7th Generation

    66. Joseph Elkins (1776–c1801)

    67. Nancy Fonts 

    84. William Pumphrey (c1734–c1786)

    85. Elizabeth Kingsbury (c1738–)

    8th Generation

    132. William Elkins (c1751–1798)

    133. Mary Points (c1748–1798)

    170. James Kingsbury 

    171. Anne Demilliane 

    9th Generation

    340. James Kingsbury (–c1726)

    341. Elizabeth Hall (c1673–c1743)

    343. Ann Young 

    10th Generation

    682. Richard Hall (–c1688)

    683. Elizabeth ----- (–c1687)

  • 19 Jan 2021 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    The archives of several historic Rhode Island newspapers have been digitized and are now freely available for researchers, the Providence Public Library and the Rhode Island Historical Society said.

    The newspapers were digitized with the help of a $250,000 grant from the National Digital Newspaper Program and are accessible at the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America site, the organizations said in a statement.

    You can read more in a press release at http://bit.ly/3nYEIBO.


  • 19 Jan 2021 10:09 AM | Anonymous
    The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

    RootsTech Connect 2021—the world’s largest event celebrating family—announces a diverse group of keynote speakers, who hail from England, India, and Uruguay. Speakers include Erick Avari, an award-winning performer in music, opera, theater, and film; Uruguayan former professional footballer Diego Lugano; and a top BBC serial drama actress who first came to prominence as a teenager, Sunetra Sarker.

    RootsTech Connect, to be held on 25–27 February 2021, is a free online conference to discover, share, and celebrate family and heritage connections.

    Sunetra Sarker, RootsTech 2021 KeynoteDiego Lugano RootsTech 2021 KeynoteErick Avari RootsTech 2021 Keynote

    Erick Avari, born in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, is an Indian American television, film, and theater actor, writer, director and producer. He has performed in grand opera, on and off Broadway, in regional theaters, and in Hollywood blockbuster films, hit TV series, and award-winning independent films such as The Chosen. He is best known for his roles in Stargate, Independence Day, The Mummy, Daredevil, Planet of the Apes, and Mr. Deeds. Avari has been a trailblazer for a generation of South Asian actors in Hollywood. As part of his fight against stereotypical casting, he has convincingly played more than two dozen ethnicities.

    Diego Lugano is a Uruguayan former professional footballer (soccer player) for many clubs in South America and Europe. He played in 95 matches as a member of the Uruguayan soccer team from 2003 to –2014. In 2010 and 2014, he captained the Uruguayan squad in the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup. His career began at the Club Nacional de Fútbol of Canelones in 1999. During his career, he played for Plaza Colonia, Fenerbahçe S.K., Paris Saint Germain, Málaga, West Bromwich Albion, BK Häcken, Cerro Porteño of Paraguay, and São Paulo. He has supported many causes defending the rights of children. He is now the superintendent of Institutional Relations of São Paulo FC.

    Sunetra Sarker is an award-winning actress born in Liverpool, England, to Hindu parents. Her first acting success came at age 15, when she was cast as Nisha Batra on the Channel 4 serial drama Brookside. Her career took off, and during the next three decades she acted in an array of television series, earning awards for her performances, including an award for Best TV character at the Asian Media Awards. During her career, she made time for school, graduating in IT and French from Brunel University. She is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), an independent charity to support, develop, and promote excellence in film, games, and television and creative talent in the United Kingdom and internationally.

    Learn more and register for RootsTech Connect 2021 for free at RootsTech.org.

    RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.


  • 18 Jan 2021 5:59 PM | Anonymous

    Today, Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham announced his retirement in a message to the Bureau staff and expressed his heartfelt appreciation for their extraordinary accomplishments, especially those related to the successful 2020 Census. The Director also posted a blog which further responds to recent published comments and media reports regarding census data:

    To the Outstanding Women and Men of the U.S. Census Bureau:

    A little over two years ago, I took an oath to serve you as the 25th Director of the U.S. Census Bureau. At that time, we knew we had great challenges ahead of us, especially in conducting the most complex, technologically advanced decennial census ever.

    None of us could anticipate that as we fully launched the 2020 Census, a global health crisis would upend a schedule and plans which had been carefully constructed over a decade. Nor would we anticipate the impact this crisis would have on our numerous vital household surveys and economic products which guide decisions across the public, private, and not-for-profit sector.

    Many institutions demurred in the face of this pandemic, and it is easy to understand why. But you did not. You met this challenge head on and overcame it. You adapted operations to carry out the mission while following public health and safety protocols. You made great sacrifices to continue our work as you and your loved ones experienced the pandemic. You were resilient and persevered.

    You adapted to serve your Country in new and innovative ways. While other organizations scaled back, you added relevant and timely new products to the Census portfolio. The world has never needed complete and accurate data more than it does now. As we pull together to beat this terrible virus and rebuild our communities, your work shines a light on the path forward.

    For decades to come, scholars will study your work, not only to review and use the data you produced, but to answer the question of how the Census Bureau defied the odds to accomplish its mission.

    I know, from firsthand experience, our successes are the result of your creativity, tenacity, passion, and commitment.

    I have been a career civil servant stretching over several decades, serving all administrations since the mid-1980s. I have had the distinct honor of directing three statistical agencies. I retired from Federal service nearly five years ago but returned because I felt a calling to serve once more. Effective January 20, 2021, I will be retiring from my position as director of the U.S. Census Bureau. I have a smile on my face and gratitude in my heart for all you have done for our Nation.

    With deepest admiration, respect, and appreciation,

    Steve


  • 18 Jan 2021 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    To all subscribers:

    Here is a list of all of this week's articles, all of them available at https://eogn.com:

    (+) Why We All Need to Ignore Our Old Ideas about Filing Systems

    This Newsletter is 25 Years Old!

    Sleuth Along Interstate Highways for Your Ancestors

    Book Review: Roots for Kids

    Some of Today's Flash Drives That Have More Storage Than That of Your Desktop Computer: 2 Terabytes

    Ancestry.com is Shutting Down Health DNA Testing Just Over a Year After Launch

    104-year-old Film of the Red Baron (Baron Von Richthofen) is Available Online

    A New Fad Sweeps the Country in 1870s

    WikiTree Challenge Features AJ Jacobs, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Other Genealogy Stars

    New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 11 January 2021

    Brand New Irish Family Records Now Online on Findmypast

    Lizzie Borden House, Site of 1892 Ax Murders, Is for Sale

    Wrap-up: The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker

    The article with a plus sign (+) in the title is only visible to Plus Edition subscribers.

  • 15 Jan 2021 9:41 AM | Anonymous

    Wow! A quarter-century has passed! Where did the time go?

    It seems like only yesterday that I decided to start writing a genealogy newsletter for a few of my friends and acquaintances. Well, it wasn’t yesterday… it was exactly 25 years ago today!

    I never believed that I would ever write a Silver Anniversary edition, but you are reading that unexpected article right now.

    After some discussion for several weeks, on January 15, 1996, I sent the first copy of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter to about 100 people. That's exactly 25 years ago today. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that 25 years would be so interesting, so much fun, and so rewarding.

    This event happened after lots of discussion, planning, and support from Pam, the lady who immediately became the editor of this newsletter. Fortunately, she has stayed with me for 25 years and is still offering advice and encouragement.

    In addition to Pam’s magnificent editing efforts, I was also fortunate when Bobbi King joined the newsletter staff almost 8 years ago. Bobbi writes most of the book reviews published in the newsletter and she, too, has contributed much to the success of this publication.

    Twenty-five years has slipped by in almost the blink of an eye. It seems like only yesterday that I sent the first e-mail newsletter to about 100 people, mostly members of CompuServe’s Genealogy Forums. (Do you remember CompuServe?) The last time I looked, this newsletter now has tens of thousands of readers tuning in every day! If you would have told me that 25 years ago, I would have never believed you.

    This little newsletter started as a way for me to help friends to learn about new developments in genealogy, to learn about conferences and seminars, and to learn about new technologies that were useful to genealogists. I especially focused on what was then the newly-invented thing called the World Wide Web. In 1996 many people had never heard of the World Wide Web, and most people didn’t understand it.

    None of the first recipients knew in advance that the newsletter would arrive; I simply e-mailed it to people who I thought might be interested. In 1996 nobody objected to receiving unsolicited bulk mail; the phrase “spam mail” had not yet been invented. I shudder to think if I did the same thing in today’s internet environment.

    The word “blog” also had not yet been invented in 1996, so I simply called it an “electronic newsletter.” Some things never change; I still refer to it as an “electronic newsletter” although obviously it is a blog.

    Here is a quote from that first newsletter published on January 15, 1996:

    “Well, it’s started. This newsletter is something that I have been considering for a long time, but I finally decided to “take the plunge.” I’ve subscribed to several other electronic newsletters for some time now and have found them to be valuable. On many occasions I have said to myself, “Someone ought to do a weekly newsletter for genealogy news.” One day the light bulb went on, and I decided that perhaps I was that someone.

    “I hope to collect various bits of information that cross my desk and appear on my screen every week. Some of these items may be considered ‘news items’ concerning events and happenings of interest to computer-owning genealogists. Some other items will be mini press releases about new genealogy software or other products and services that have just become available. I may write a few articles about things that are not genealogy-related but still seem to be of interest to me and probably to the readers. This may include articles about online systems, operating systems or other things that affect many of us.

    “You will also find editorials and my personal opinions weaving in and out of this newsletter. Hopefully I will be able to clearly identify the information that is a personal opinion.

    “The expected audience of this newsletter includes anyone in the genealogy business, any genealogy society officers and anyone with an interest in applying computers to help in the research of one’s ancestors

    “I chose to distribute in electronic format for two reasons: (1.) it’s easy, and (2.) it’s cheap. In years past I have been an editor of other newsletters that were printed on paper and mailed in the normal manner. The ‘overhead’ associated with that effort was excessive; I spent more time dealing with printers, maintaining addresses of subscribers, handling finances, stuffing envelopes and running to the post office than I did in the actual writing. Today’s technology allows for a much faster distribution, and it is done at almost no expense to either the producer or the subscribers. I want to spend my time writing, not running a ‘newsletter business.’

    “Since the expected readers all own computers and almost all of them use modems regularly, electronic distribution seems to be the most cost-effective route to use. It also is much lower cost than any other distribution mechanism that I know of.”

    The original plan has been followed rather closely in the 25 years since I wrote those words. The newsletter still consists of “events and happenings of interest to computer-owning genealogists,” “mini press releases about new genealogy software or other products and services,” and “a few articles about things that are not genealogy-related but still seem to be of interest to me.” I have also frequently featured “editorials and my personal opinions.”

    One thing that has changed is that the newsletter was converted from a weekly publication to a daily effort about 19 years ago. I now send both daily and weekly summations of all the articles by e-mail.

    I am delighted with the change to a daily format. There is a lot more flexibility when publishing daily and, of course, I can get the news out faster.

    Another thing that has changed is the delivery method. In 1996, this newsletter was delivered to readers only by email. The reason was simple: most computer owners in those days didn’t use the World Wide Web. In fact, most of them didn’t even know what the World Wide Web was.

    Tim Berners-Lee proposed a new service of hypertext inter-connected pages on different computers in 1991, when Web servers were unknown. By January 1993 there were fifty Web servers across the world. A web browser was available at that time, but only for the NeXT operating system. Web browsers for Windows and Macintosh systems were not available until June 1993, 5 months AFTER I published the first newsletter. Even then, the World Wide Web did not become popular with the general public until the dot-com boom of 1999 to 2001.

    Prior to the dot-com boom of 1999 to 2001, email was the best method of sending information to others.

    One feature that I like about the current daily web-based publication is that each article has an attached discussion board where readers can offer comments, corrections, and supplemental information. The result is a much more interactive newsletter that benefits from readers’ expertise. The newsletter originally was a one-way publication: I pushed the data out. Today’s version is a two-way publication with immediate feedback from readers.

    The 2021 newsletter does differ from one statement I wrote 25 years ago: “Today’s technology allows for a much faster distribution, and it is done at almost no expense to either the producer or the subscribers.” If I were to re-write that sentence today, I wouldn’t use the phrase, “at almost no expense.” I would write, “…at lower expense than publishing on paper.”

    Since I wrote the original words 25 years ago, I have received an education in the financial implications of sending bulk e-mails and maintaining web sites, complete with controls of who can access which documents. I now know that it costs thousands of dollars a year to send thousands of e-mail messages every week. There are technical problems as well. Someday I may write an article about “how to get your account canceled when you repeatedly crash your Internet Service Provider’s mail server.”

    The truth is I did crash mail servers a number of times in the early days of this newsletter. And, yes, I got my account canceled one day by an irate internet service provider. I was abruptly left with no e-mail service at all. The internet service provider discovered that their mail server crashed every week when I e-mailed this newsletter, so they canceled my account with no warning. I now use a (paid) professional bulk email service to send those messages. I also hope that internet service provider has since improved the company’s email server(s)!

    I also have encountered significant expenses for hardware, software, web hosting, bulk mailing services, and office expenses. Then there are the travel expenses to attend many genealogy conferences and other meetings. Admittedly, there have been almost no travel expenses this past year, the year of the pandemic. Like most of the world and the genealogy community, I have stayed at home since March but have attended many virtual (on-line) meetings and conferences.

    In order to carry on the effort without breaking the piggy bank, I split this newsletter into two versions: a free Standard Edition and a for-pay Plus Edition. At least the newsletter now pays for itself, including paying for a professional grade bulk email service.

    I was amused a couple of years ago when someone sent a message to me that started with the words, “I hope someone on your staff will forward this message to you.” After 25 years, my staff remains almost the same as when I started: myself plus one very talented lady who edits this newsletter every week. I do the up-front work; she then converts my written words into real English. She also functions as a business adviser, confidante, and good friend. She has done this for nearly every newsletter since the very first edition.

    Pam has edited this newsletter since the very first edition. She has done that despite the travel schedules of both of us; sometimes we both have been in hotel rooms but in different countries.

    As a computer professional, Pam’s travel schedule used to be at least as hectic as mine although she travels less these days. She and I have passed the proposed newsletter articles back and forth by e-mail time and again.

    Thanks, Pam. I couldn’t do it without you.

    In the third issue of this newsletter, I answered questions that a number of people had asked. I wrote:

    “I hope to issue this [newsletter] every week. … I reserve the right to change my mind at any time without notice. Also, the first three issues have all been much longer than I originally envisioned. I expect that the average size of the newsletter within a few weeks will be about one half what the first three issues have been. Do not be surprised when you see it shrink in size.”

    Well, I was wrong. The first three issues averaged about 19,000 bytes of text. The newsletter never did shrink. Instead, the average size of the newsletters continued to grow. The weekly e-mail Plus Edition newsletters of the past few years have averaged more than 500,000 bytes each, more than twenty-five times the average size of the first three issues. In fact, each weekly newsletter today is bigger than the first ten weekly issues combined!

    So much for my prognostication!

    In fact, you receive more genealogy-related articles in this newsletter than in any printed magazine. Subscriptions for the Plus Edition of this newsletter also remain less expensive than subscriptions to any of the leading printed genealogy magazines.

    In 25 years I have missed only twelve weekly editions for vacations, genealogy cruises, broken arms, hospital stays, one airplane accident (yes, I was the pilot), and family emergencies.

    I broke both arms one day by slipping on an icy walkway and still missed only one newsletter as a result! I found typing on a keyboard to be difficult with two arms in casts. The following week I wrote an article about speech input devices as I dictated that week’s newsletter into a microphone connected to my PC.

    Several months later, I suffered bruises and wrenched my neck severely when I had an engine failure in my tiny, single-seat, open cockpit airplane. The plane and I landed in a treetop and then fell to the ground about eighty feet below, bouncing off tree limbs as the wreckage of airplane and pilot fell to the ground together. I landed upside down with the wreckage of the airplane on top of me. Remember… this was an open-cockpit aircraft. Yet I missed only one issue as a result of that mishap even though the following issue was written while wearing a neck brace and swallowing pain pills that made me higher than that airplane ever flew.

    Seven years ago, an emergency appendectomy caused me to miss one weekly mailing of the newsletter. I have rarely taken time off for vacations.

    Over the years I hopefully have become more cautious: I stopped flying tiny airplanes, and I now spend my winters in Florida in order to avoid the ice. I also have published more than 55,000 newsletter articles. Someday I really do have to learn how to touch type.

    Because of this newsletter, in the past 25 years I have traveled all over the U.S. as well as to Singapore, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Israel, and Ireland, and have made multiple trips each to Canada, England, Scotland, Mexico, China, and to several Caribbean islands.

    Because of this newsletter, I have met many enthusiastic genealogists. Because of this newsletter, I have had the opportunity to use great software, to view many excellent web sites, and to use lots of new gadgets. Because of this newsletter, I have discovered a number of ancestors. I am indeed fortunate and have truly been blessed.

    I’ve always tried to make this newsletter REAL and from the heart. I don’t pull any punches. I write about whatever is on my mind. And if that offends some people, then so be it. I don’t expect everyone to agree with all of my opinions. There is plenty of room in this world for disagreements and differing viewpoints amongst friends. There are too many watered-down, politically correct newsletters and blogs out there already. I plan to continue to write whatever is on my mind. If you disagree with me, please feel free to say so.

    To each person reading today’s edition, I want to say one thing: From the bottom of my heart, thank you for tuning in each day and reading what I have to say.

    Also, one other sentence I wrote 25 years ago still stands: suggestions about this newsletter are always welcome.

  • 15 Jan 2021 9:33 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Discover your ancestors' final resting places with this week's latest Findmypast Friday records.

    Ireland, Londonderry (Derry) City Cemetery Burials 1853-1961

    Explore over 70,000 Londonderry (Derry) burial transcripts to discover the details of those laid to rest in City Cemetery. Each record reveals combination of the deceased’s date of death, date of burial, grave location, age, address, place of birth and parents’ names.

    Opened in 1853, Derry City Cemetery (colloquially known as the City Cemetery) was the main burial place for locals of both denominations in the local area until the mid-20th Century. It’s the final resting place of over 70,000 people, with details of all classes and includes those who fought in notable conflicts such as World War One and World War Two.

    Writer of All Things Bright and Beautiful, Cecil Frances Alexander is among those buried in Londonderry (Derry) City Cemetery.

    Cecil Frances Alexander

    Alexander’s record includes her birthplace, residence and parents’ names.

    Ireland, Dublin City Cemetery Burials 1805-2006

    This new collection spans 200 years of burials and covers the following Dublin cemeteries;

    • St John The Baptist, Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin
    • Drimnagh (Bluebell), Old Naas Road, Dublin
    • St Canice’s, Finglas, Dublin

    Along with key names and dates, these transcripts of original burial registers include addresses, occupations and marital statuses.

    Dorset Burials

    Over 29,000 new burial records from three parishes have been added to the collection – perfect for exploring the Dorset branches of your family tree.

    These latest additions cover the parishes of;

    • Melcombe Regis, 1570-1933
    • Weymouth, 1885-2001
    • Wyke Regis, 1887-1992

    Check the parish list for full details on what's included in Findmypast’s wider Dorset parish collection.

    Newspapers

    This latest update sees three new titles and updates to 16 others made available to search on Findmypast. Hot off the press this week are:

    While additional pages and years have been added to;

    • Indian Statesman from 1872-1873
    • Witness (Edinburgh) from 1857
    • Newry Telegraph from 1872-1881
    • Bangalore Spectator from 1886, 1888, 1891-1892 and 1894
    • Chelsea News and General Advertiser from 1973
    • Herald of Wales from 1887-1889
    • Voice of India from 1886, 1888 and 1910
    • Lancaster Standard and County Advertiser from 1900 and 1903
    • Nairnshire Telegraph and General Advertiser for the Northern Counties from 1902, 1917, 1928, 1930 and 1935
    • Indian Daily News from 1900-1901 and 1903-1906
    • Madras Weekly Mail from 1877-1881, 1883-1884, 1886-1887, 1889-1890, 1893, 1896-1897, 1899-1900 and 1907
    • North Wales Weekly News from 1889-1895, 1899-1901, 1903-1905, 1912-1922, 1924-1927, 1941-1942, 1953 and 1955
    • Liverpool Daily Post from 1901
    • American Register from 1884-1886, 1889, 1894, 1896, 1900, 1903, 1908 and 1912
    • Nantwich Chronicle from 1975
    • Marylebone Mercury from 1979

     

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