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  • 29 Apr 2022 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast adds new UK electoral registers and the 1950 US Census Image Browse 

    UK Electoral Registers & Companies House Directors 

    Nearly 125 million new records have been added into this existing record set, mostly from the year 2021. An ideal resource for discovering cousins and distant relations, the records can give names, estimated ages and addresses. 

    1950 US Census Image Browse 

    Entirely free to browse, this once-in-a-decade glimpse into US history could help researchers find relatives’ names, addresses, places of birth, occupations and more. It’s brand new to Findmypast this week, and could be used to trace pond-hopping UK relatives. 


    Five new newspaper titles have been added to the British Newspaper Archive this week, with updates to a further three. 

    New titles:

    Updated titles:

  • 29 Apr 2022 8:26 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the organizers of the Family History Show:

    Saturday 25th June 2022 & Saturday 24th September

    The Family History Show is returning to York and London!

    After surveying previous attendees, over 81% were looking forward to attending a show in person. With nearly two years of not having the freedom and interaction of a physical show, we found that people were looking forward to enjoying a great day out again, listening to live talks and asking questions face-to-face to experts and exhibitors. We have had many requests to hold another show and we are only too pleased to welcome everyone back!

    Help ensure the future of family history events like this by voting with your feet today.

    We have the great pleasure of announcing that The Family History Show – York is making a welcome return to the Racecourse at York on Saturday 25th June 2022 and The Family History Show – London to Kempton Park on Saturday 24th September.

    Packed with exhibitors attending from all over the UK, plus family history societies and genealogy supplies companies returning at last to a physical show, this long-awaited chance to talk face-to-face with stall holders is a must for your diary.

    These events are not just for those who have Yorkshire or London Ancestors – these family history shows will appeal to all visitors. Everyone is very welcome and there will be so much to see throughout the day at both events. There will be plenty of parking, refreshments will be available all day, you can talk with experts who can help with your research queries and watch FREE talks held throughout the day.

    These events are organised by family historians for family historians. Do you really know who you are? Come and find out - you may be surprised!

    The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York

    Each show features:

    • Free talks held throughout the day in two large lecture areas
    • Book a free personal 1-2-1 session with an expert, or visit our special Expert Panel at the end of the day where our experts combine to give a talk full of handy research tips and answer your questions in a Q&A session.
    • Free Parking and Local Train Station
    • All Day Refreshments
    • Wheelchair Friendly Venue

    Early-bird Ticket Offer

    Get your tickets now and save, Only £6 (£8 on the day) and you’ll also get a goody bag on entry worth over £17.

    Save 50% by getting two tickets for £8 for the York show here:

    Talks you can look forward to at the York show include:

    Nick Barratt - The Future of Family History

    Looking at the ways family history research is changing as a result of technology and the media, with some opportunities that this may present for the future. A timely warning that the excitement around new digital releases should prompt us to think about how we use the wealth of data available.

    Mia Bennett - Using DNA to Support Family History Research

    This talk is aimed at people who want to practically apply DNA insights to their family history research. DNA is the new tool in our toolkit for helping us take our family history further. It looks at some of the methods and techniques you can use when working with your DNA results. In addition, little tips will be given along with a few practical examples to help you visualise what you need to do to progress your family history research.

    Jackie Depelle - Writing Your Family History

    Have you done all your family history research and now wondering what to do with it?

    Learn how to organise and develop your hard work and research into a framework that can be shared with others, in a variety of different ways. Move on from record sheets and charts.

    Keith Gregson - Genealogy Hints and Tips

    This talk explores how with research and the right tools you can step back in time looking at where your ancestors lived, worked and spent their leisure time. Following the routes they may have taken, on old maps and looking at the views they may have seen.

    Mark Bayley - Breaking Down Brick Walls

    Mark shows techniques and data sets that can remove those obstacles to completing your family history.

    Mark Bayley - Mapping Your Ancestors

    Mark discusses how to get the most out of map-based record sets, what’s available online and demonstrates a fantastic tool for viewing them.

    Early-bird Ticket Offer

    Get two tickets for £8 for the York show here:

    Check out Family History TV on YouTube with their free short videos. These how-to-guides are by leading experts covering a variety of topics. Their speakers specialise in subjects from the world of British Genealogy, Military History, DNA, House History and Social History and many of them are past and present speakers from The Family History Show. Watch a short video now at:

    Find Out More at:

  • 28 Apr 2022 9:57 AM | Anonymous

    Allegations against Dr. Paul Brennan Jones surfaced in 2019, when the now-grown children of his former patients found each other through DNA tests.

    A jury has awarded $8.75 million to families who alleged a former Grand Junction, Colorado doctor lied to his patients and used his own sperm to impregnate more than a dozen women using artificial insemination decades ago.

    In the lawsuit, filed in 2019, Maia Emmons-Boring, her sister Tahnee Scott and their mother Cheryl Emmons alleged Dr. Paul Brennan Jones of Grand Junction lied to Emmons when, in the early 1980s, he told her he would use anonymous sperm donations during separate rounds of artificial insemination.

    The jury found Jones and his former practice, now called Women's Health Care of Western Colorado, liable for negligence and fraud, among other claims.

    You can read more about this story at

    The original story (published more than 2 years ago) may be found at:

  • 28 Apr 2022 8:46 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Society of Genealogists:

    Count Down to CONFERENCE

    The Future of Genealogy

    Young Genealogists at the Helm

    Saturday 7 May 2022 8am - 8:15pm (BST)

    The Society of Genealogists, in collaboration with The Family History Federation, is looking forward to hosting this exciting online Zoom event on the 7th of May.

    The conference provides a platform for genealogists under 35 to come together, exchange ideas and support each other. This is an international event to connect young people from around the world and help shape the future of the genealogy community. Youth-led, sessions will include a facilitated safe space to discuss what young people want from the community and family history societies, with a range of presentations, panels and discussions.

    This event will be led by our young genealogists but is open to all to attend. If you are a genealogy society officer or programme secretary or educator looking to engage young family historians then this is the conference to learn about their expectations and interests.

    The conference programme includes ten diverse sessions from young genealogist influencers and historians who will look at sources, resources and the world of genealogy from their perspective. Talks will include (amongst others) - The Effects of DNA Testing Results on Biological and Family Identities; Building a Bridge between Generations; Using Family History to Comprehend the Roots of Climate Crisis: Reflections on Personal Experience.

    Representatives from commercial organisations including Ancestry, Findmypast and My Heritage as well the Society of Genealogists and Family History Federation will take form an industry panel from leading genealogy organisations and young family historians to discuss the issues, answer questions and hear the insights and concerns of young family historians.

    A PDF copy of the programme is attached and online line here Layout 1 (

    Cost is £1.50 which covers your registration fee. Everyone is welcome, come for all or part of the day

    Bookings can be made Conference: The Future of Genealogy – Young Genealogists at the Helm - Society of Genealogists (

    Door prizes and prize draw donations for attendees include:

    • TWO free annual memberships from Society for One-Place Studies

    • One £20 voucher to be spent with Devon FHS (either on membership, attending an event or publications)

    • TWO FREE COURSES (for any course, without assessment) from Pharos Tutors

    Other offers and discounts available to attendees include:

    • 20% off your first year of Society of Genealogists’ membership

    • 60% discount from MyHeritage for first-time users

  • 27 Apr 2022 7:37 PM | Anonymous

    For six young citizens of the Cherokee Nation, June will mark a tough journey.

    It’ll be a grueling bike ride across seven states, but it’ll also be a journey of reflection into the past and what their Cherokee ancestors endured along the infamous Trail of Tears.

    The six cyclists: Kortney Dry, 24, and Kayce O’Field, 24, both of Tahlequah; Emily Christie, 24, of Stilwell; Jeanetta Leach, 23, of Rocky Mountain; Madison Whitekiller, 23, of Verdigris; and Desiree Matthews, 18, of Watts, were selected recently to participate in the 2022 “Remember the Removal” bike ride. Their trek will retrace a roughly 950-mile-long path followed by Cherokee people who were forcibly removed from their native lands in Georgia to Oklahoma in the late 1830s.

    This marks the first year for the team to be composed entirely of Cherokee women.

    You can read more in an article in The JournalRecord web site at:

  • 27 Apr 2022 7:29 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

    In this week’s update of the 1950 U.S. Census indexed records (and their corresponding images), MyHeritage has added records from Hawaii and the Indian Reservation Schedules. An additional 702,984 records were added for a total of 4,215,157 historical records in the collection. All of the records are available to search, view, and add to your family tree on MyHeritage for free!

    Search the 1950 United States Census Index collection


    Hawaii was annexed as a territory to the U.S. in 1898. In 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, then a strategic U.S. military base in Hawaii. Many consider this the defining moment that led to the U.S. involvement in World War II. On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state to be added to the U.S.

    Indian Reservation Schedules

    The Indian Reservation Schedules were an appendix to the 1950 U.S. Census that were asked to Native Americans who were living on Native American reservations.

    * State

    * County

    * Reservation name

    * Enumeration District (ED) number

    * Dwelling unit

    * Agriculturally-related

    * Type of house construction 

    * Type of floor construction 

    The questions included:

    * Is he [she] known by any other name?

    * To what tribe does he [she] belong?

    * To what clan does he [she] belong?

    * Degree of Indian blood (check one):  full, 1/2, 1/4, or less than 1/4 degree

    * Does he [she] read, write or speak English? (yes/no)

    * Does he [she] read, write or speak any other language? (yes/no)

    * In 1949, did he [she] attend or participate in any native Indian ceremonies?


    We are delighted to release the latest installment of the MyHeritage 1950 U.S. Census collection covering Hawaii and the Indian Reservation Schedules. This index and its associated images will serve as a significant resource for family historians, genealogists, social scientists, and other researchers for decades to come.

    Searching the 1950 U.S. Census on MyHeritage and viewing records is free. 

    If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, our Record Matching technology will notify you automatically if records from the collection match your relatives. You’ll then be able to review the record and decide if you’d like to add the new information to your tree. Record Matches to the 1950 Census collection are free.

    Enjoy the 1950 U.S. Census Index!

  • 27 Apr 2022 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    One of Scotland’s largest and most ancient clans is preparing to reunite for the inauguration of the first Buchanan clan chief for more than 340 years.

    In October, John Michael Baillie-Hamilton Buchanan is set to be officially made the first clan chief since the last inauguration ceremony took place in the 17th century.

    And, before the ceremony, Clan Buchanan is calling on clansfolk, affiliated families and supporters to gather for the historic occasion at its modern clan seat, the Cambusmore Estate in Perthshire.

    You can read more in an article published in the Central Fife Times at:

  • 26 Apr 2022 5:15 PM | Anonymous

    There is a fascinating story about a genealogist (and an employee of MyHeritage). The MyHeritage staff was able to orchestrate the recent safe passage of a MyHeritage employee (who was employed at MyHeritage's Kyiv office) and his family out of Ukraine.

    You can read the full story in the MyHeritage Blog at:

  • 26 Apr 2022 4:32 PM | Anonymous

    In a boost for open justice, court and tribunal judgments are now freely available from The National Archives.

    • The preservation, storage and publication of court and tribunal judgments is now managed by The National Archives
    • Judgments can be found via the free caselaw service on The National Archives website
    • Users can now search and browse records making it easier to find specific judgments

    As the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, The National Archives has long-standing experience in storing and publishing information securely. Under the Archive’s expertise, they will be preserved, managed and made widely accessible for years to come.

    New court and tribunal decisions from the superior courts of record – The Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, and Upper Tribunals – will now be available on The National Archives Find Case Law site.

    This free online service will be easy for anyone to use, from lawyers to members of the public. Records will be secure and easily searchable, even on mobile phones.

    Justice Minister, James Cartlidge, said:

    "As we continue to build a justice system that works for all, the National Archive’s new service is a vital step towards better transparency. It will ensure court judgments are easily accessible to anyone who needs them.

    "Our first official Government record of judgments is a modern one-stop-shop that will benefit everyone, from lawyers and judges to academics, journalists and members of the public."

    Dr Natalie Byrom, Director of Research at The Legal Education Foundation, said:

    "The launch of the new judgments service at The National Archives is a hugely significant step for open justice. For the first time, the retention and preservation of judgments from courts and tribunals in England and Wales is guaranteed under primary legislation, as is the right for the public to obtain access to these documents.

    "The investment in modernising the processes whereby judgments from courts and tribunals reach publication puts in place the infrastructure needed to build towards a complete record- something which is vital for research and policy.

    "We are excited and encouraged by the progress made to date and look forward to seeing how the service develops over coming weeks and months."

    Judgments provide invaluable information for anyone who requires them for case preparation or research purposes.

    Over the coming months and years, The National Archives will work with the Ministry of Justice and the judiciary to expand coverage of what is published and made accessible to the public, including judgments from the lower courts and tribunals.

  • 26 Apr 2022 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

    The Foundlings

    By Nathan Dylan Goodwin. Published by the author. 2021. 252 pages.

    Outside a small set of shops in Haywards Heath in West Sussex, a lone woman steps into a telephone box, sets down a large cloth shoulder bag, and within a few moments, walks away. She leaves the bag and an infant.

    Nearly forty years later, Morton Farrier is drawn into the case of three children, foundlings, all similarly abandoned as babies, and the mysterious circumstances of who their mother might be. And as much as Farrier loves a good genealogical mystery, now the secrets are going to hit close to home as he determines that his own half-aunt Margaret may be connected to the unsettling events of long ago.

    The revelations jump back and forth between chapters set in the past and those set in the present, but the back-and-forth style of writing doesn’t lose us, and the threads of the past and the present weave together as the tale proceeds.

    Mr. Goodwin’s books never fail to please the reader who likes mystery fiction along with a healthy dose of genealogy tossed in. This is the ninth saga in The Forensic Genealogist series, and each is as pleasurable to read as the others.

    The author has not lost his magic touch. The Foundlings is an easy read, an engaging read, and nice way to pass the time.

    The Foundlings is available from the author at as well as from Amazon.

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