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  • 30 Nov 2021 7:40 AM | Anonymous

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

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed regulations and invites the public to comment on the proposed extension of a currently approved collection of information. The purpose of the notice is to obtain comments regarding the nature of the information collection, the categories of respondents, the estimated burden (time, effort, and resources) used by the respondents the cost to the respondent and actual information collection instruments.


    Comments will be accepted until January 31, 2022. All submissions must include OMB Control Number 1615-0096 in the body of the letter, the agency name and Docket ID USCIS-2006-0013. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal website at under eDocket ID number USCIS–2006–0013.

    Further information contact is: USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Regulatory Coordination Division, Samantha Deshommes, Chief, telephone number (240) 721–3000

    You may access the information collection instrument with instructions or additional information by visiting the Federal eRulemaking Portal site at: and entering USCIS–2006–0013 in the search box. All submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at , and will include any personal information you provide.

    Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following four points:

    (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

    Among items in this information collection are:

    * Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the DHS sponsoring the collection: G–1041 and G–1041A; USCIS.

    * Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. The Genealogy Program is necessary to provide a timelier response to requests for genealogical and historical records. Form G–1041 is provided as a convenient means for persons to provide data necessary to perform a search of historical agency indices. Form G–1041A provides a convenient means for persons to identify a particular record desired under the Genealogy Program. The forms provide rapid identification of such requests and ensures expeditious handling. Persons such as researchers, historians, and social scientists seeking ancestry information for genealogical, family history and heir location purposes will use Forms G–1041 and G– 1041A.

    * An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: The estimated total number of respondents for the information collection G–1041 is 3,847 and the estimated hour burden per response is 0.5 hour. The estimated total number of respondents for the information collection G–1041A is 2,920 and the estimated hour burden per response is 0.5 hour.

    * An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total estimated annual hour burden associated with this collection of information $439,855.

    To access the USCIS Genealogy Program go to:

    To read past IAJGS Public Records Access Alerts on USCIS andG-1041 and G-1041A go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at: You must be registered to access the archives. To register go to: and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization with whom you are affiliated You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

    Jan Meisels Allen
    Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

  • 29 Nov 2021 5:10 PM | Anonymous

    The State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO) spent much of 2021 spearheading a campaign to assemble a ton of data and information on anything and everything that has shaped the Show Me State into what it has become over the last two centuries. 

    As part of the Missouri Bicentennial Project, the SHSMO partnered with organizations across the state to create and expand digital resources for the teachers, students, researchers, and citizen-historians looking to learn more about Missouri’s storied past.

    At the base of it all is the SHSMO Digital Collection, which has been expanded and made easier to access than ever before, granting citizens access to thousands of maps, manuscripts, correspondences, media, and archives from throughout the state’s 200-year history. 

    Details may be found at:

  • 29 Nov 2021 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    The following was written by the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS):

    Genealogy of a Neighborhood: Urban and Rural

    Mary K. Risseeuw

    Free Webinar from SCGS

    Saturday, December 4, 2021,
    10:00 AM (Pacific Time)

    Register here:


    Examining those who lived near your ancestor can provide a clearer context for their life.  You will learn the methodology to examine the usual and unusual source materials that will help you broaden their story.  Whether urban or rural, the neighborhood can provide new insight into why your ancestor chose their location.


    Mary K. Risseeuw is a genealogist, historian, writer and lecturer with an emphasis on 19th and 20th Century Dutch emigration and Wisconsin history.  She has been a researcher for over 30 years. She serves on the Board of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies. She organized the 2008 Dutch in Wisconsin Conference which was the first conference about Dutch immigration to Wisconsin.


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

    2020 Webinar Times

    1st Saturdays                                   3rd Wednesdays

    10:00 AM Pacific                             6:00 PM Pacific

    11:00 AM Mountain                        7:00 PM Mountain

    12:00 PM Central                            8:00 PM Central

    1:00 PM Eastern                              9:00 PM Eastern

  • 29 Nov 2021 7:11 AM | Anonymous

    Sidney Museum and Archives set to launch new database for archives from 1912 to 2002.

    A new database launching Dec. 1 will give the public a chance to search decades worth of Peninsula News Review archives.

    The Peninsula News Review Digitization project saw the Sidney Museum and Archives digitize 46 rolls of 35 mm microfilm containing nearly 3,800 past issues of the newspaper, spanning 1912 through 2002.

    Funding for the project came from the BC History Digitization Program based at the University of British Columbia’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The program promotes increased access to British Columbia’s historical resources by supplying matching funds to digitization projects resulting in free online access to unique historical material from around the province.

    The database, making the archives of the Review accessible, will make its debut on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., when the museum staff will host a live demonstration of the Arca database.

    You can read further details in an article by Wolf Depner and published in the Victoria News web site at:

  • 26 Nov 2021 2:26 PM | Anonymous

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

    "What goes around, comes around." That seems true in the case of pottery as well as stone, clay, and ceramic tablets. Japanese pottery from the Jomon period dates back more than 13,000 years and contains some of what is believed to be the oldest human writing that still exists in the world. Cuneiform tablets that contain writing created by the Sumerians have survived for 5,000 years. Acid-free paper is expected to survive only a few hundred years while today's paper – with its acids – has a much shorter life expectancy. Microfilm and microfiche are expected to last only 300 years and even then, only if it is stored under ideal temperature and humidity conditions. Magnetic tapes, floppy disks, and other modern media are expected to last only a decade or two unless someone copies those items every decade or two. (Luckily, that is easy to do.)

    Perhaps the greatest threat to the storage of electronic information is a rare solar storm called the "Carrington Event." The last major Carrington Event to hit the earth took place in 1859, a time when there was almost no electronic information in existence. Studies have shown that a solar storm of this magnitude occurring today would likely cause more widespread problems for a modern and technology-dependent society.

    The Carrington Event is a magnetic storm, not physical.

    In the 1859 Carrington Event, papers in telegraph offices caught fire. Even with batteries disconnected, operators found that the telegraph wires could carry their messages over vast distances. This was the largest solar storm ever recorded. In 2005, a very small magnetic storm from the sun disrupted satellite-to-ground communication and the GPS system for about 10 minutes — threatening satellite-guided travel by air, sea, and land. It contained only a fraction of the power of a Carrington Event.

    If a full-sized Carrington Event happened today, it would jeopardize global telecommunications, knock out orbiting satellites, and threaten to kill astronauts. It also would probably wipe out every hard disk drive, floppy disk, CD-ROM disk, flash drive, and every other form of magnetic or electronic storage, even on devices that are powered off and disconnected.

    If a Carrington Event happened today, the world would likely have to deal with the simultaneous loss of GPS, cellphone reception, all computers, and much of the power grid.

    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/12149168.

    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

  • 26 Nov 2021 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    With over 1.6 million Welsh electoral records and census substitutes from the Caribbean, where with this week’s Findmypast Friday update take you?

    Index to Death Duty Registers, 1796-1903

    Search over 5,000 brand new additions to fill any gaps in your family tree. Exclusive to Findmypast and now containing over 3.3 million transcripts and images, these records will enable you to discover English and Welsh ancestors who left estates that incurred an inheritance tax.

    Created by the Estate Duty Office (later to become the Inland Revenue), each result will provide you with the name and address of the testator, their date of death as well as the name and address of the administrator. The information captured by this index may also help you obtain copies of original entries from the Death Duty Register and track down your ancestors will or administration. 

    West Glamorgan Electoral Registers, 1839-1925

    Containing over 1.6 million records, this expansive collection details over 80 years of electoral registers and Burgess Rolls for the Borough of Swansea in West Glamorgan.

    Each result will provide you with the name, address and “qualification” of the individual who had registered to vote making them a valuable census substitute. Electoral registers are also and excellent resource for exploring the history of your home or local area.

    Leeward Islands Census Substitutes, 1678-1753

    Search these early name lists for early settlers of the islands of Anguilla, Antigua, Montserrat, Nevis and St Kitts (St Christopher Island). Containing roughly 6,000 transcripts, this collection will provide you with the names, race, gender and location of the islands’ inhabitants as well as the date they were recorded and, in some instances, their title, age, occupation, nationality, and parish 


    This week sees 116,740 new pages, eight brand-new Welsh titles and updates to 28 existing publications join Findmypast’s ever expanding newspaper archive.

    New titles:

    Existing titles:

  • 26 Nov 2021 7:27 AM | Anonymous

    Going digital can save time and money and keep family traditions alive.

    An article by Ashley Memory in the Wired web site will interest anyone interested in preserving and/or sharing family recipes. She writes:

    "When I inherited my late grandmother’s recipes, I wanted to keep them safe and eventually hand them down to my own family. I already had my own jumbled collection, including instructions dictated by Wilma herself, images saved on my phone, Word files on my computer, and more. So I set out to find a way to organize, preserve, and share this part of our family history with everyone.

    "What I learned during my research tickled me as much as memories of Wilma’s pecan pie. Organizing these records would be much easier than I had anticipated, and the journey brings home cooks like me even greater rewards than I ever imagined. Going digital saves time and money, reduces waste, and best of all, allows you to eat more healthfully by planning ahead and choosing recipes that meet personalized dietary needs. Better yet, sharing recipes and connecting with epicures across the world helps us grow and improve, just in time for the holidays."

    She then goes on to write creating family cookbooks (with an option to publish them online), apps to help you get started, and ways of clipping new recipes from the web.

    This will be interesting reading for the cook in the family at:

  • 25 Nov 2021 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    Today is Thanksgiving Day. One of the most traditional of American holidays, it's thought to have begun in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    The holiday became national in 1863, and the fourth Thursday of the month has been the official day since 1941. In many of the nation’s 128 million or so households, people will share a special meal, typically turkey with all the traditional trimmings. American farmers raise around 230 million turkeys annually, in some 2,500 locations nationwide.

    In a recent measure, Americans eat an average of 16 pounds of turkey each year, while the birds themselves have … or had … an average weight of about 30 pounds.

  • 25 Nov 2021 7:55 AM | Anonymous

    An Associated Press article states that:

    "The National Park Service says it has awarded the largest single grant in the history of its American Battlefield Protection Program to help preserve one of the lesser-known Civil War battlefields.

    "The agency said Tuesday that the $4.6 million grant will be used to buy and preserve 250 acres of the Williamsburg Battlefield in Virginia’s York County."

    There is more to the announcement at:

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