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  • 11 Nov 2020 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the American Society of Genealogists:

    At the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Genealogists on November 7, 2020, the Society voted to give its Donald Lines Jacobus Award to The Littlefield Genealogy: Descendants of Edmund Littlefield of Wells, Maine, Through Six Generations, 2 vols. (Waterville, Maine: Maine Genealogical Society, 2020), by Priscilla Eaton.

    A Great Migration immigrant from Titchfield, Hampshire, England, Edmund Littlefield’s descendants grew to become one of the largest families in Maine, with branches extending to southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Quebec. Eaton’s research, supported by extensive documentation and detailed analysis, covers more than three thousand of Edmund’s descendants.

  • 11 Nov 2020 5:22 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Genealogical Speakers Guild:

    Call for Proposals for Webinar on February 10, 2021

    The Guild is seeking proposals for the February 10, 2021 Educational Webinar. The webinars are presented to the GSG membership four times a year.

    Among the topics being considered are webinars on strategies for online delivery, webinar tips and techniques, advanced PowerPoint tips and techniques, recording videos for a website and speaker tips and tricks. Other topics will also be accepted.

    Compensation will be limited to $150 for the selected webinar.

    Proposals should include the following information:

    • Speaker's name, address, and telephone number
    • Speaker's Email address and website URL
    • Title of the webinar
    • Summary of the webinar (not to exceed 150 words)
    • A detailed description of the webinar (not to exceed 500 words)
    • Audience skill level (intermediate, advanced, etc.)
    • Biography for publicity (not to exceed 250 words)
    • Resume of previous experience (within the last 18 months) experience

    The webinar will be limited to a total of one hour (50-minute presentation and a brief five-ten minutes question-and-answer period). Handout material will be required for the presentation and will be hosted on the GSG website on the "Members [Only]" page.

    Up to three submissions may be submitted on or before 11 December 2020 as a PDF file or Word file. Submit them to

  • 10 Nov 2020 5:08 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS):

    Are You Descended from a Mayflower Passenger?
    Finding Out Just Got Easier 

    New, Searchable Digital Database of Mayflower Society Membership Applications Helps Reveal Family Connections to Pilgrims 

    Leading Genealogical Organizations Partner to Produce
     an Online Resource to Simplify Mayflower Ancestral Research 

    November 10, 2020—Boston, Massachusetts—It is estimated that there are more than 35 million living descendants of the Pilgrims around the world. Proving family connections to this group used to be a daunting task, but no longer. American Ancestors and its partners—the General Society Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) and FamilySearch International—have introduced an online resource that makes the question “Am I descended from a Pilgrim?” easier to answer than ever before, a timely offering in this 400th anniversary year of the Mayflower's arrival in America. 

    Today, American Ancestors|New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announced the release of a new online database on its website at that contains authenticated lineages of passengers on the Mayflower who left descendants. These family histories are compiled from names and dates of approved membership applications to the Mayflower Society (GSMD). The earliest application dates to 1895. The searchable database is available to members of American Ancestors|NEHGS, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting family history. In coming weeks, the database will be available to all active members of the Mayflower Society. 

    “Descendants of famous Pilgrims such as William Bradford, John and Priscilla Alden, and others, can now easily search for and find family histories spanning as many as 13 generations,” said Brenton Simons, President and CEO of American Ancestors|NEHGS. “It’s a huge step forward for Mayflower family historians, and a useful research tool for anyone interested in family history and genealogy.” 

    According to Don LeClair, Associate Director, Database Search & Systems at American Ancestors, “Linking your name to someone on a tree in this database may more quickly identify a Mayflower line, and aid in your application process to the Mayflower Society.” American Ancestors assists hundreds of its members each year with making a formal application to the Mayflower Society for membership. 

    In addition to the searchable database of more than 4.5 million names, family trees—built on the application known as American AncesTREES, a proprietary program of American Ancestors—will display valuable information for any individual interested in researching a possible ancestral connection to a passenger on the Mayflower. A complete tree has been created of the 24 Mayflower Pilgrim families who are known to have left descendants, a complete tree has been created. Where previous online Mayflower databases offered information on generations one through five of a Pilgrim, this new database now expands the online resource to include up to the 11th, 12th, or possibly the 13th generation descending from a Pilgrim family—through the year 1919. Due to privacy restrictions, no name or data has been included of any individual on a GSMD membership application who was born after December 31, 1919. 

    “The General Society of Mayflower Descendants is honored to once again partner with NEHGS,” said Jane Hurt, Governor General of GSMD. “As the custodian of family lines going back fifteen generations or more from founding families in America, being able to share our information with American Ancestors will help us identify additional descendants, find undiscovered lines, and welcome new members to our society.” 

    A partnership makes challenging research easier  

    The new database is the result of a three-year collaboration between American Ancestors| NEHGS, the General Society Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), and FamilySearch International, a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The historic membership applications from the archives of GSMD were digitized by FamilySearch International to create a storehouse of images of each page of an application. Names were meticulously indexed for search functions online. American Ancestors then created a searchable family tree for each Pilgrim on its American AncesTREES platform, using the new indexed data and merging it with data from an earlier project done with GSMD for its renowned Silver Books collection.  

    American Ancestors CEO Simons stated, "This is an unprecedented collaboration between three of the ‘greats.’ FamilySearch is a giant of the field and brings the best technologies to bear. The Mayflower Society (GSMD) is one of the most esteemed hereditary societies, and it champions the story of the Pilgrims. And American Ancestors is the public face of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the founding genealogical society in the world and best known for maintaining the highest standards in the field of genealogy."  

    Simons emphasized that free online access to the documents and lineages from the verified GSMD member applications sheds new light on one of America's founding legacies. In the year commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing, many of the planned events marking its significance have been postponed. But investigating one’s possible ancestral connection to the iconic Pilgrim family may take place comfortably at home and at any time through the use of new resources such as the database announced today. 

    The Mayflower Society (GSMD), one of the leading lineage societies
    General Society Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) started taking applications for membership in 1895. It currently has more than 30,000 active members. This year, with attention being given to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage in 1620, more individuals have sought recognition of their ancestry by submitting an application for membership to be verified by GSMD. 

    Scholarship undertaken by the GSMD over the years has resulted in publication of 30 volumes of the Silver Books, known as such for the color of the covers.  The books incorporate genealogical data covering generations one through five of a Pilgrim. That data was indexed by American Ancestors from 2017 to 2018 to create an initial online database called “The Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants.” That has now been merged with the information contained in the more than 100,000 Mayflower Society applications utilized in this project, respecting the privacy of data of anyone born after December 31, 1919.

    To view the new database, “General Society of Mayflower Descendants Membership Applications, 1620-1920,” and explore its content, visit  Many other resources pertaining to Mayflower research may also be viewed at

  • 10 Nov 2020 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

    Explore the 1865 Norway Census added this week on FamilySearch, and 10M more records in United States City and Business Directories ca. 1749–1990New York Land Records 1630–1975, and Massachusetts Deaths 1841–1950. Country collections were also expanded for Austria, Brazil, CanadaEcuador, England, France, Peru, S. Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States (LA, MA, MN, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, UT, VA, and WA). 

    Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

    The full list is lengthy, too long to list here. However, you can find the full list at:

  • 10 Nov 2020 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    The web is making all of the world's information accessible. Isn't that great?

    It really is great, but the world is a very big place, and contemplating all of its information makes my brain hurt.

    There is more information available on the web than any other single place in the world. Best of all, much of this information is updated daily, some of it hourly. Whatever information you or I seek, there is an excellent chance that we can find it on the web.

    All is not perfect, however. In fact, the web’s greatest strength is also its curse. There is so much information available and so much constant updating that it is impossible to keep up-to-date with multiple interests. Just keeping abreast of developments in genealogy could require several hours every day to visit all the web sites that possibly may have new information. If you have additional interests, the problem is multiplied.

    Luckily, there is an easy way to reduce the mechanics of visiting multiple web sites on a regular basis. In effect, you can automatically bring the web sites to your computer, where you can find updates quickly and easily.

    RSS feeds of web sites have become very popular in the past few years. RSS is used by news organizations, such as the BBC and the New York Times, as well as used by bloggers, newsletter writers, church groups, sports-related sites, web sites that provide stock market information, and many more online sites. RSS feeds are especially popular for web sites that are updated frequently: news services, sports reports, stock market reports, weather forecasts, and at least one genealogy newsletter. (ahem)

    RSS is an abbreviation, and various groups cannot agree upon its exact meaning. I prefer the phrase, “Really Simple Syndication,” as this describes the greatest strength of RSS: simplicity. Once you learn a few buzzwords, you will discover that RSS is actually simpler than normal web surfing with Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Brave, or Opera. An RSS newsreader does not replace your web browser, but it is an excellent supplement to normal browsers. I sometimes use a web-based RSS newsreader even more than I use normal web pages. The RSS newsreader simplifies my life.

    Let’s take one example that is dear to my heart: this newsletter. You can use a standard web browser to visit once a day or several times a day, looking for new articles. Such a process will consume two or three minutes of your time. Perhaps you will find a new article or two, perhaps not.

    With an RSS newsreader, you can tell that program to automatically check periodically at any time interval you specify. Perhaps you will tell your RSS newsreader to check once a day or once an hour. The choice is yours to make. The RSS newsreader only checks the web sites that you specify. You can check one web site, one hundred web sites, or more. If new articles are found, the newsreader will display them. As an option, some newsreaders have the capability to “pop up” an alert of any newly-found articles. You move the mouse, click on the newsreader and click on the new article. The article is then displayed on your screen. The entire process requires two or three seconds. If no new articles are found, you are not interrupted.

    Saving two or three minutes of time is a good thing, of course. However, consider the time savings when you want to regularly check twenty web sites or fifty or two hundred web sites. Instead of spending hours every day using a web browser to visit each and every web site individually, the RSS newsreader collects all the articles in one place as a background process while you use the computer for other purposes. Whenever you wish, you can check your RSS newsreader for newly-found information. In effect, you are checking all the web sites you listed earlier in a very few minutes. You can add or delete web sites in your list at any time.

    In short, your computer’s automation provided by the RSS newsreader allows you to easily and quickly check many web sites for new information.

    Of course, all this works only if the web site provides an RSS newsfeed. Most news sites, blogs, newsletters, weather sites, and many more do provide such newsfeeds. Years ago, I added an RSS feed to this newsletter’s web site for the convenience of my readers. All new articles are instantly available via RSS as well as by normal HTML web pages.

    NOTE: HTML is the markup language used by most web sites. For an explanation of HTML, look at For an in-depth technical explanation of RSS, look at

    You can use an RSS reader to monitor all new articles added to this newsletter. Open any RSS newsreader and tell it to look at This will display the latest articles in the newsreader although without the advertising and all the colorful links and menus that are normally found on the web pages.

    In short, it is like Joe Friday’s famous saying: you get “only the facts, ma’am. Nothing but the facts.” Most RSS newsreaders display only the text of new articles – not the ads, colorful graphics, and menus you see on web sites.

    If you either check the RSS newsreader often or leave it running all the time, you can be advised of new articles within minutes after they appear online if you configure the option to generate pop-up messages.

    Most RSS newsreaders are available free of charge. A few of the more sophisticated newsreaders may require payment. I’d suggest that you start with one of the free newsreaders and use it until you become familiar with the concepts of RSS. After using one for several weeks, you will be better able to decide whether or not a fee-based newsreader is better for your use. Many people continue to use a free newsreader and are quite content with the free software available. Indeed, some of the free newsreaders are very sophisticated.

    Best of all, you can also simultaneously monitor hundreds of other RSS feeds supplied by other web sites. In order to check 200 web sites for new content, you no longer have to visit 200 separate web sites one at a time with a normal web browser. Instead, you can open one window and see all new articles from all the web sites displayed in a single window. The exact layout of the displayed articles will vary from one RSS newsreader to another, but all of the newsreaders I have seen seem to be logical and easy to use. In fact, many of them look similar to a typical e-mail program. You can see a list of one-line titles of each new article, which you can easily scan. Some newsreaders may also provide the first few lines of text from each article.

    To read an entire article, simply click on the listed title in the newsreader. If you wish to read ten or fifty or more articles, you will find that most RSS newsreaders collect all articles in one place, thereby saving you a lot of time. In addition, some newsreaders will automatically search for pre-defined text within the articles and flag those articles for you. For example, if you are looking for genealogy information in Penobscot County, you can monitor 100 or so genealogy-related sites and have a newsreader find all new occurrences of the phrase, “Penobscot County.” These searches will find information that is current, and you will be reading those articles long before Google indexes them.

    You also could specify to look for city or town names, surnames, or anything else that might appear in the text of new articles. In my case, one of my favorite web sites that is automatically checked every day is searching for both the word EASTMAN and the words “Penobscot County” in the text of new articles on that one website. If a match is found, that article is flagged as being of interest. If those words are not found, the web site is ignored as there is no need for me to go look at it today. Of course, it is also checked again the next time I run the RSS newsreader program.

    Of course, it is possible to subscribe to this newsletter and others by e-mail, but once again, starting, maintaining, and stopping multiple subscriptions takes time and effort. If you want to stop receiving a regular e-mail subscription, you have to unsubscribe by email. However, using an RSS feed gives you greater control. With an RSS reader you can simply delete an address from your RSS reader, and the information from that content provider no longer gets delivered to you. There is no “unsubscribe” process, and none is needed.

    Only the information you specify is displayed in an RSS newsreader, and you can change your mind at any time. You remain in control of what is displayed. you are never dependent on another person or some other piece of software to remove your subscription from a mailing list.

    There are many kinds of RSS readers available today. Depending on your platform and whether or not you use the same computer all the time, you will want to choose between a web-based RSS service or an application that you install on your computer. Of course, you can always change your mind later and switch to the other kind of RSS newsreader.

    Installing an RSS Newsreader in Your Computer versus Using a Web-Based Newsreader

    When RSS first appeared, the most common method of reading the new articles was to install an RSS newsreader in your own computer. As time went by, however, new web sites appeared that performed the same functionality as an RSS newsreader installed on your Windows, Macintosh, Chromebook, Android, or iPhone/iPad. Both methods remain popular today.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to locally-installed newsreaders as well as to web-based methods. Which is better for you? The only correct answer is, “It all depends upon your personal preferences.”

    When RSS newsreaders first appeared, I installed such a program in my home computer, another in my laptop computer to be used when traveling, and in every other computer that I wished to use occasionally. However, when web-based RSS newsreaders appeared, I switched to one of those and uninstalled all the newsreaders that I previously had installed in my computers.

    The advantages of using a cloud-based RSS newsreader include these:

    • No software to install. Simply connect to a web site, create a (usually) free account, and start using it.

    • Able to be used on more than one computer. To use an extreme example, you can read the latest articles from your Windows computer at the office, and that evening read the newer articles from your Macintosh computer at home. The next day you can use an iPhone or iPad or an Android smartphone or tablet computer to read articles while traveling, and then finish up that evening when using your Windows or Macintosh laptop in a hotel room. There is no need to keep the computers in sync as to which articles have already been read. Instead, the web site handles all that. You can connect from any computer and see only the new articles although older articles are available should you wish to go back and re-read them.

    • Storage space requirement is reduced. With web-based RSS readers, almost all information is stored on the web server, not on your local hard drive. If your computer's hard drive is getting full, this can be a major advantage. Such space saving is especially valuable on smartphones, on tablet computers, or any other system with limited storage space.

    The disadvantages of using a web-based RSS newsreader include:

    • Speed. To read each article, your computer must connect to the RSS newsreader's web site, make a request, and then wait for the information to be sent to your computer. Even with the fastest available Internet connection, there will be some delays. A slower connection simply means longer delays. In contrast, the RSS newsreader installed in your local computer normally is retrieving articles from your computer's own hard drive. The result is almost instant display of the articles.

    • Customization. Most web-based readers don't offer nearly as many options for customizing the layout (preferences, look and feel, etc.) as do desktop newsreaders. If there's something you don't like about the behavior of software installed in your own computer, there's a good chance you can tweak it within the program's preferences. Web-based readers are generally less adaptable.

    • Offline reading is difficult with web-based RSS newsreaders. Most web-based RSS newsreaders will only display information when connected to the Internet. In contrast, most locally-installed newsreaders need to connect to the Internet for a very short time to retrieve the new articles and store them on the hard drive. You then can disconnect from the Internet and read the articles offline at your leisure, such as when riding on an airplane or a commuter train.

    Popular Web-based RSS Newsreader Services

    My favorite web-based RSS newsreader is Feedly, available at First of all, Feedly is available free of charge. Next, you can use it on Windows, Macintosh, Chromebook, Linux, Android, or in normal iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) devices. Adding RSS feeds to Feedly is quite intuitive. Feedly displays stripped down, uncluttered pages that are filled with text and images—no ads or extra graphical elements. It's very easy on the eye.

    I find using Feedly in a web browser is simple and intuitive. However, the Android and iOS apps can be a bit confusing at times. My advice: use it in a web browser for a while until you become comfortable with Feedly's operation. Once you are familiar with Feedly in a web browser, the Android and iOS apps will make more sense to you.

    You can learn more at

    Flipboard is a more powerful, although more complex, RSS newsreader. In fact, it is not like other RSS newsreaders even though it does display RSS newsfeeds. Instead, Flipboard displays newsfeeds in a format similar to a printed magazine. To go from one article to another, you “turn the page,” and the on-screen appearance looks like a printed page being turned. In short, Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you.

    Flipboard has apps for Android, Apple's iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) devices, and Blackberry, and Windows Phone. For some reason, the developers of Flipboard never made it available for PC or Mac users. However, third-party software producers have created software to use Flipboard on Windows or on Macintosh. Details may be found at

    Flipboard not only reads RSS newsfeeds but also Google+ Circles, tweets from your Twitter timeline, photos from Instagram friends, videos from YouTube, and much more. Flipboard also has been named Apple's iPad App of the Year, one of TIME's Top 50 Innovations, the top social app at the 2012 Webby Awards, the Brit Insurance Interactive Design of the Year, and other accolades. Flipboard appears to be one of those apps that you either love or hate. There seems to be little middle ground.

    You can make your own decision by going to

    You can find dozens of other web-based RSS newsreaders by going to the Play Store for your computer’s operating system and searching for: RSS.

    Another method is to go to any search engine and searching for RSS plus the operating system you wish to use. For instance, you could search for:

    RSS newsreader Windows

    Finding and Subscribing to RSS Feeds

    So once you're set up with an RSS newsreader, it's time to tell the newsreader what sites/feeds you'd like to follow. As I mentioned earlier, the RSS feed for Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter is available at

    Once you find a web site's RSS newsfeed, you can manually “copy-and-paste” that address into most any modern RSS newsreader and start reading articles within seconds. With many of today's RSS newsreaders, you can simply enter the web site's home page address into the newsreader, and that reader's software will search for the exact address of the newsfeed and enter it for you.

    You can also find interesting feeds by using RSS search engines to look for feeds on topics of interest to you. Try or

    Deleting an RSS Newsfeed from Your Newsreader

    Of course, you can remove any newsfeed within seconds by using a very few mouse clicks. Unlike e-mail subscriptions, it is easy to “unsubscribe,” and you never fill up your normal e-mail program with new articles. You always have instant and full control of the newsfeeds being added to your newsreader.


    You now have nearly all the world's information within your reachand a mechanism to help you keep it all straight. The RSS newsreader keeps frequently changing information organized, and everything is displayable with a very few mouse clicks. What else could you possibly need?

  • 10 Nov 2020 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    This newsletter offers free email subscriptions that list all the new articles recently published online at a Daily Email List and a WEEKLY Email List. You may subscribe to one or the other or to both or to none at all. Your choice.

    SUBSCRIBING to or UNSUBSCRIBING from one email list has no effect on the other list.

    The DAILY Email List

    The DAILY Email List is actually a 5-day-a-week list. (I usually do not publish new articles on weekends. If there are no new articles, you will not receive an email message that day.)

    The Daily email list is generated automatically by computer software and is sent around 3 AM Eastern U.S. time. That means you will receive it in your email in-box early on Tuesday through Saturday mornings.

    If you would like to subscribe to the daily email list, go to, fill in the blanks, select your choice of HTML or Plain-text emails, and click on SUBSCRIBE.

    NOTE: If you do not know whether you want HTML or Plain-text email messages, I would suggest you select HTML. You can always change your selection later at any time.

    If you would like to UNSUBSCRIBE from the Daily Email List at any time, look at any message sent by a Daily email message, scroll to the bottom of the message, and click on UNSUBSCRIBE and then click on Send (in order to send the email message). You will be unsubscribed within a few seconds.

    Subscribing to or unsubscribing from the Daily Email List will not affect the Weekly list at all. They are separate and unconnected lists.

    The WEEKLY Email List

    The WEEKLY Email List is usually sent only on Mondays although there may be occasional delays if I am traveling and unable to obtain an internet connection until a later date.

    Unlike the Daily Email List, the Weekly email List is manually generated by me, not by computer software. You should receive it in your email in-box every Monday (Eastern U.S. time zone).

    The Weekly Email List messages are sent to every Plus Edition subscriber and to every Standard Edition subscriber unless the subscriber has previously unsubscribed.

    If you would like to UNSUBSCRIBE from the Weekly Email List at any time, look at any message sent by a Weekly email message, scroll to the bottom of the message, and click on UNSUBSCRIBE and then click on Send (in order to send the email message). You will be unsubscribed within a few seconds.

    Subscribing to or unsubscribing from the Weekly Email List will not affect the Daily list at all. They are separate and unconnected lists.

    As always, you remain in full control of all email messages sent by the newsletter to your in-box.

  • 9 Nov 2020 8:24 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

    We’re happy to announce that Mac users with operating systems Catalina and High Sierra can now download and use MyHeritage Family Tree Builder, for free! Enjoyed by millions of users around the world, our family tree software combines innovative technologies with easy-to-use features.

    We have received frequent requests from users who have one of the two Mac operating systems and wanted to continue using Family Tree Builder, their favorite genealogy software. It was important to us to enable these users to continue their family history research, build their family trees, add photos, access historical records, and more within Family Tree Builder. We thank you for your patience as we worked on this version. 

    This version of Family Tree Builder for Mac, like the previous one, is a Family Tree Builder Mac version that looks the same as our desktop software for Windows, and does not require Windows or any additional setup or configuration when downloaded. It uses a system for porting Windows software to Mac called CrossOver by CodeWeavers.

    Download Family Tree Builder for free

    Family Tree Builder’s main features run the same in the Family Tree Builder Mac version, including Sync with MyHeritage, Smart Matches™, Record Matches, the Consistency Checker, charts, etc. However, there are several minor features not compatible with the Mac OS X that will be unavailable for Mac users. 

    Once you have downloaded the file, double click on the downloaded file to open the Disk Image. On the window that appears, simply drag the MyHeritage Family Tree Builder icon to the macOS Applications folder.

    Once installed, the software will run directly on Mac computers. 

    Learn more about the features of Family Tree Builder in the MyHeritage Knowledge Base


  • 9 Nov 2020 8:15 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Yonkers (New York) Public Library:

    Yonkers Public Library (YPL) announces the launch of a new digital archive of local newspapers: the Yonkers News Archive. The Yonkers News Archive contains over 1.2 million pages of digitized newsprint from local newspapers ranging from the Civil War era to the late 1990s. The digitized publications include the Yonkers Examiner (1857-1863), Yonkers Gazette (1868-1893), Yonkers Statesman (1863-1932), Yonkers Herald (1891-1932), and the Herald Statesman (1932-1998).

    The archive is the result of a partnership between YPL and YPL shared its extensive microfilm collection, which contains over 950 reels of microfilmed local newspapers, with, a member of the family. then scanned and digitized the microfilm, and created an online portal for YPL visitors to keyword search the digitized newsprint. The company has already returned the microfilm reels to YPL. The only costs incurred by the library were shipping fees.

    Visitors to the Yonkers News Archive can “clip,” print, and save scanned images of newspaper articles. They can also create a free account to organize and share clipped articles.

    Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano applauded the archive: “Making Yonkers’ deep and rich history accessible to the community ignites excitement and pride for our city. Congratulations to the Yonkers Public Library for this innovative and invaluable resource. Never before has so much of the city’s 19th and pre-Internet 20th Century history been so easily searchable or shareable.”

    “The Yonkers News Archive will be a great tool for anyone conducting genealogy research, studying the history of their home or neighborhood, writing the next great book about our city, or simply looking to relive memories of Yonkers past.” said YPL Director Jesse Montero.

    The full Yonkers News Archive can be accessed by visiting any of YPL’s three locations and connecting to one of its public computers or using the free wireless network onsite. More information about the Yonkers News Archive, including a video tutorial, can be found at A more limited “remote” edition of the archive, containing the Yonkers Examiner (1857-1863) and Yonkers Gazette (1868-1893), can be accessed by visiting

    Patrons who are unable to visit YPL locations can get local history research assistance by emailing

  • 9 Nov 2020 8:15 AM | Anonymous
    The following is an excerpt from an email message I received from Geni:

    We are excited to let you know that Geni's World Family Tree now connects over 150 million profiles!

    This huge milestone was possible thanks to the collaboration of over 13 million users and over 200 volunteer Curators from all over the world. The World Family Tree has grown faster than ever with over 11 million profiles added in the last year.

    Geni’s World Family Tree allows millions of people to work together to research and preserve their shared ancestry for future generations. By combining research into a single shared family tree, users are able to concentrate on pursuing new leads instead of repeating the same research over and over again. Over time, the quality and accuracy of the tree continues to improve as new information is discovered, errors are corrected, and new connections are found. With more and more profiles added every day and overlapping branches merged, Geni has become one of the premier go-to reference sites for global genealogy. 
  • 9 Nov 2020 7:53 AM | Anonymous

    From an article by Bimpe Archer in The Irish News:

    "Mr Biden's great-great-great-grandfather Edward Blewitt, a brick-maker and civil engineer who helped to map Ireland, emigrated from the town 170 years ago, he had left some family behind.

    "It wasn't hard to spot his distant cousin. The plumber drives around town with a van emblazoned with `Joe Biden for the White House and Joe Blewitt for Your House'."

    From later in the same article: "Despite the surname Biden being first found in 13th century Hampshire before fanning out to Gloucestershire and Somerset and a family tree with branches in England and France, 10 of the President-elect's 16 great-great grandparents were born in Ireland - leading to more than one family homestead in the Emerald Isle."

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