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  • 30 Sep 2020 1:43 PM | Anonymous

    Elephind is a great service that searches online digital newspaper collections. Best of all, it is available free of charge.

    Elephind.com is a search engine that operates much like Google, Bing, and other search engines. The one thing that is different with Elephind is that it searches only historical, digitized newspapers. It enables you to search for free across many newspaper sites simultaneously rather than having to visit each collection’s web site separately.

    At this time Elephind has indexed 199,820,058 items from 4,267 newspaper titles. These include such well known sites as Chronicling America (the U.S.’s Library of Congress) and Trove (National Library of Australia), as well as smaller collections like Door County Library in Wisconsin. Many of the smaller newspaper sites are not well known and may be difficult to find with the usual search engines, but they are searchable from Elephind.com. A list of available newspaper collections that have been indexed so far is available at https://bit.ly/2EECuqG.

    Additional newspaper collections are added to Elephind’s indexes frequently.

    I found that Elephind operates in much the same manner as many other search engines. If you already know how to search for things in Google, DuckDuckGo, Bing, Yahoo, or elsewhere, you already know how to use Elephind. In fact, there are two search methods available on Elephind:

    1. When you first visit the site at http://www.elephind.com, you are greeted with a very simple search screen containing one data entry box. You can search for words or phases in much the same way as you do on Google although not all of Google’s sophisticated Boolean search terms are available on Elephind. You can find tips for using the search box at https://bit.ly/2S5mCk7.
    2. When visiting this same site at http://www.elephind.com, you will also see a highlighted link for “Advanced Search.” When you click on that, a more sophisticated search form appears, allowing you to narrow the search to any combination of specific newspaper titles, country, or a range of dates.

    I did a search for my own last name between the years 1811 and 1890 in the United States. It returned far too many “hits” for me to search through; so, I started narrowing the search by specifying first names and cities or towns of interest. I was soon looking at information of interest.

    I was impressed with the clarity of the newspaper pages I was able to view; but, of course, that is under the control of the individual newspaper collection. Elephind does not host the images on its own web site. Instead, it merely links to newspapers found on a wide variety of servers in a number of different countries from around the world.

    Elephind.com is a great tool for family historians, genealogists, and researchers to search historic, digitized newspaper archives from around the globe. Will Elephind locate newspaper articles about your ancestors? There is no way to tell in advance. You need to try it for a while to see. It is a free resource, so why not try it to see for yourself?

    Elephind may be found at http://www.elephind.com.

    Elephind is continuing to add more newspapers, so if at first you can’t find what you’re looking for, check back later. You also might want to add your name to the Elephind mailing list at https://dlconsulting646.activehosted.com/f/5 to receive an email message whenever a new collection is added.


  • 30 Sep 2020 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a message posted to the IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies) Public Records Access Alert mailing list:

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been sued over its recent permanent regulations on application fees, which raises application fees for many essential immigration benefits by 30 to 200 percent, and eliminates most fee waivers for qualifying low income immigrants.

    The regulation covers more than the genealogy records, as it also increased the fees for immigration services. On August 20, 2020,  The American Immigration Lawyers Association and eight other organizations filed the law suit to block the regulation due to the exceeding large increase in filing fees across the board. To read the law suit filing see:   https://www.aila.org/infonet/aila-partners-sue-uscis-fee-rule

    The focus of the litigation is that fees for low income applicants making it very difficult for them to apply for naturalization. It also challenges the rule issued under an acting Secretary of Homeland Security and there states the persons, Chad Wolf and Kevin McAleenan do not have constitutional or statutory authority to issue the regulations. The litigation also challenges the abandonment of the practice of “ability to pay” model and adoption of “beneficiary pays” model. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern district of California- San Francisco as that is where Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s principal place of business is in San Francisco, California, and East Bay Sanctuary Covenant’s principal place of business is in Berkeley, California. Other plaintiff’s are also located in California.

    The suit does not address the genealogy fees, rather its focus is on the immigrant application fees. Depending on the courts determine this case the genealogy fees may be changed from what goes into effect this October 2.

    If you are planning to order any records from USCIS at the current $65.00 rate for the index search and another $65.00 for the copy make certain your request is postmarked before October 2. The forms may be found at: https://www.uscis.gov/genealogy

    To see previous postings about the USCIS and the fee increases,  go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at:  http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/. You must be registered to access the archives.  To register go to: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts  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


  • 30 Sep 2020 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

    The FamilySearch Family History Library’s October 2020 free webinars will focus on German family history research. Selections include five progressive sessions on German Handwriting, Resources for German Research (beginner level), German Historical Geography, researching in German Historical Newspapers, and one class on the Württemberg Family Books.  Other classes include Using the FamilySearch Catalog, Adding Memories to Family Tree, and Finding Your Irish Ancestor’s Home.

    No registration is required for these online webinars. See the table of classes below for more details.

    If you cannot attend a live event, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars.

    All class times are in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

    DATE/TIME CLASS WEBINAR
    Mon, Oct 5, 10:00 AM MDT Using the FamilySearch Catalog (Beginner) Yes
    Tue, Oct 6, 10:00 AM MDT Adding Memories to Family Tree (Beginner) Yes
    Sat, Oct 24, 10:00 AM MDT Resources on FamilySeach for German Research and Getting Help (Beginner) Yes
    Sat, Oct 24, 11:15 AM MDT Germany: Historical Geography (Intermediate) Yes
    Sat, Oct 24, 12:45 PM MDT Württemberg Family Books (Intermediate) Yes
    Sat, Oct 24, 2:00 PM MDT Using Historical Newspapers to Learn More About Your German Ancestors (Intermediate) Yes
    Mon, Oct 26, 9:00 AM MDT “Mournful Exodus”: Finding Your Irish Ancestor’s Home (Beginner) Yes
    Mon, Oct 26, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 1 (Intermediate) Yes
    Tue, Oct 27, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 2 (Intermediate) Yes
    Wed, Oct 28, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 3 (Intermediate) Yes
    Thu, Oct 29, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 4 (Intermediate) Yes
    Fri, Oct 30, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 5 (Intermediate) Yes

    Visit our website for more Classes and Online Webinars.

    About FamilySearch

    FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


  • 30 Sep 2020 1:32 PM | Anonymous
    The following announcement was written by the State Archives of North Carolina:

    After several years of digitizing the Division of Negro Education records from the Department of Public Instruction record group, the African American Education digitization project is now completely online!

    This digital collection covers the day by day interactions of the Division of Negro Education with the African American community. The collection ranges from the early to mid 20th century and includes correspondence, articles, speeches, reports, newspaper clippings and more. You can read about previous additions to this collection in Part OnePart Two, and Part Three of this blog series. The last addition to the collection is the Director’s Office: Newspaper Clippings series. It contains newspaper clippings largely covering racial segregation in education throughout the Southern United States during the 1950’s.

    The following series are now online:

    For more information on African American education, check out these NCpedia pages:


  • 30 Sep 2020 11:48 AM | Anonymous

    The FamilySearch Family History Library’s October 2020 free webinars will focus on German family history research. Selections include five progressive sessions on German Handwriting, Resources for German Research (beginner level), German Historical Geography, researching in German Historical Newspapers, and one class on the Württemberg Family Books.  Other classes include Using the FamilySearch CatalogAdding Memories to Family Tree, and Finding Your Irish Ancestor’s Home.

    No registration is required for these online webinars. See the table of classes below for more details.

    If you cannot attend a live event, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars.

    All class times are in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

    DATE/TIME CLASS WEBINAR
    Mon, Oct 5, 10:00 AM MDT Using the FamilySearch Catalog (Beginner) Yes
    Tue, Oct 6, 10:00 AM MDT Adding Memories to Family Tree (Beginner) Yes
    Sat, Oct 24, 10:00 AM MDT Resources on FamilySeach for German Research and Getting Help (Beginner) Yes
    Sat, Oct 24, 11:15 AM MDT Germany: Historical Geography (Intermediate) Yes
    Sat, Oct 24, 12:45 PM MDT Württemberg Family Books (Intermediate) Yes
    Sat, Oct 24, 2:00 PM MDT Using Historical Newspapers to Learn More About Your German Ancestors (Intermediate) Yes
    Mon, Oct 26, 9:00 AM MDT “Mournful Exodus”: Finding Your Irish Ancestor’s Home (Beginner) Yes
    Mon, Oct 26, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 1 (Intermediate) Yes
    Tue, Oct 27, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 2 (Intermediate) Yes
    Wed, Oct 28, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 3 (Intermediate) Yes
    Thu, Oct 29, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 4 (Intermediate) Yes
    Fri, Oct 30, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 5 (Intermediate) Yes

    Visit our website for more Classes and Online Webinars.

    About FamilySearch

    FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • 29 Sep 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Family History Hosting:

    Narragansett, Rhode Island, September 29, 2020 - Family History Hosting is pleased to announce the release of ORA version 1.10. ORA is the "Online Repository Assistant", a web browser extension combined with a Windows program to help you extract data from the web pages of your favorite online repositories and capture the information in your preferred genealogy program. ORA has several features that will save time, reduce errors, and increase the consistency of your data entry.

    Originally released in June with support for four popular repositories, ORA now supports twelve repositories:

    • Ancestry
    • Fold3
    • Australian Cemeteries Index
    • FreeReg
    • BillionGraves
    • General Register Office, UK
    • FamilySearch
    • Newspapers.com
    • Find a Grave
    • Nova Scotia Genealogy
    • Findmypast
    • Trove

    ORA users depend on it to save them time and effort:

    * "After weeks of using ORA to create source definitions for newspaper clippings and obituaries on Newspapers.com, I came across an obit I wanted [to cite] in the student newspaper of a college, found on the college's digital repository. ORA doesn't work there! What, write an obit source definition manually?? Can I remember how? It made me really appreciate how much work ORA has eliminated." - Terry

    * "I have made more progress in my research in the past two months that I've used ORA than in the two years prior." - Saul

    For more information about ORA, see its Introduction slideshow. The Introduction includes several videos that show ORA in action.

    ORA is sold as a subscription service, $24 USD per year. ORA is not affiliated with any of the repositories it supports. ORA does not do any searching for you; it evaluates pages you visit during your normal use of a repository and makes it faster and easier to extract the information you find. For Ancestry, Findmypast, and other fee-based repositories, you must have an account with that repository.

  • 28 Sep 2020 1:46 PM | Anonymous

    To all Plus Edition subscribers:

    A notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few minutes ago. A link to the latest Plus Edition newsletter was sent to all Plus Edition subscribers in an email message.

    The following articles are listed in this week’s Plus Edition email:

    • (+) Why Reinvent the Wheel? A Proposal.
    • Genealogists Track Down Missing People After Devastating Fires
    • The “Lost” 1820 U.S. Census Records Have Been Found
    • MyHeritage Announces a Major Update to Theory of Family Relativity™
    • Vivid-Pix Launches New AI Powered Restore – Patented Photo & Document Restoration Software
    • New York City Department of Records and Information Services Proposed Rules on New Fees and Access Requirements
    • New DNA Study Reveals Most Vikings Weren’t Blond or Blue-Eyed
    • Harsh Truths Amid the Mayflower Myths of Nationhood
    • Researchers Find Genetic Signature of Ancient MacDougall Bloodline
    • Are You the Victim of “Fertility Fraud?”
    • Chester County (Pennsylvania) Unveils Interactive Tool to Trace Property
    • Help Wanted: Allen County Public Library Seeks a New Executive Director
    • Help Wanted: Archivist, Essex, England Record Office
    • RAF Air Force Lists and Thousands of Extra War Memorials Released by TheGenealogist
    • FamilySearch Hits 8 Billion Searchable Names in Historical Records
    • Findmypast Adds New Family Records Dating Back to Colonial America
    • New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 21 September 2020
    • National Genealogical Society Announces Results of 2020 Board of Directors Election

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dick Eastman at https://blog.eogn.com/contact-dick-eastman.


  • 25 Sep 2020 2:09 PM | Anonymous

    The U.S. Census records for the extreme northern strip of land in Maine have been missing for more than 150 years, but now have been found. In fact, a transcription of those missing census records is even available on the World Wide Web. I found some of my ancestors listed on the Web site, more than 35 years after I first looked for them in the National Archives microfilm! (That was before the microfilms became available online.)



    In 1820, the land of the Saint John River Valley in what is now Maine and New Brunswick was disputed territory, claimed by both the United States and Great Britain. A government official, such as an American census enumerator, could be arrested and incarcerated by the British authorities if he dared to enter this disputed territory. Likewise, British authorities who entered the disputed land also were in danger of arrest and even imprisonment.

    When I found the towns were not listed in the 1820 U.S. census records on National Archives microfilm no. M33, reel no. 38, I assumed that the census takers (enumerators) never set foot in the disputed territory. It seems that I was wrong.

    When looking at the same microfilm, Chip Gagnon noticed that, at the end of those same records, enumerator True Bradbury listed the total number of people in each of the towns in the Upper Saint John River Valley, including even those towns missing on the microfilm copy. If Mr. Bradbury knew exactly how many people lived there, Chip realized, then he must have visited each household and recorded the information. So, what happened to his hand-written records?

    As explained on Chip’s Web site, one must consider the history of the area in 1820 and about twenty years thereafter. This disputed land was a cause of much difficulty and many negotiations between the governments of the United States and Great Britain. Remember, too, that this was only a few years after the War of 1812; these two governments still maintained an adversarial relationship. Eventually, the King of the Netherlands arbitrated a decision that determined the exact boundary between the United States and Canada in 1831. Following on this decision, the 1842 Webster-Ashburton Treaty finally settled the border between Maine and New Brunswick without bloodshed.


    THE GREEN BROKEN LINE SHOWS THE RESULTS OF THE WEBSTER-ASHBURTON TREATY.

    As part of the process of determining the boundary, someone apparently decided to document how many people were involved in this land dispute. After all, citizenship and property were involved. The only records of the residents were those of the U.S. census. It appears that the census records of the Saint John River Valley were separated from the rest of the census records, probably in 1828, to be used as part of the arbitration process. Apparently, the records were never returned to the original repository.

    As Chip Gagnon states on his Web site:

    “I recently went to Washington DC to look for the original returns in the National Archives. I searched through the records of the State Department related to the border dispute. In the documents related to that dispute I found the handwritten manuscript copy of the published document that I cite below. Included was the copy of returns for Madawaska, New Limerick and Houlton. The copy was made in 1828 by the Clerk of the US Court for the District of Maine (where the 1820 census returns were deposited). This copy was then sent to Washington for inclusion in the documentation being prepared for submission to the arbitrator.

    “The document is a handwritten copy made from the original and certified as such. I have included the text of the certification at the end of the transcription of Madawaska. What we learn from this certification is that an original copy of the returns was present in the District Court of Maine as late as 1828. But we also learn that the State Department did not have the original version of the census returns, relying rather on this copy. I would also hazard to guess that the British government too had requested a copy of these returns in its preparation for its own arguments on the border.

    “Given these facts, it seems probable that when the returns were pulled in 1828 in order to make a copy for the arbitration document, they were not returned to their original place. Thus when the returns were all sent to Washington, the Madawaska, Houlton and New Limerick returns were not included. The question remains, however, whether they are somewhere in Maine. I am currently trying to determine that fact.”

    NOTE: The records Chip Gagnon refers to are for the towns of Madawaska, New Limerick and Houlton. However, those three townships covered many square miles in 1820. They have since been subdivided many times, and new towns formed. These records cover what now comprises several more towns in the Upper Saint John River Valley.

    Not only are U.S. towns covered, but even several communities now in Canada were enumerated. In some cases, these may be the only census records of those Canadian towns at any time before 1851. Not many of us would think to look for residents of Canadian towns in “missing” U.S. census records.

    I was delighted when I learned of Chip Gagnon’s hard work. His published listing contained the names of several of my ancestors that had not been listed in the U.S. census.

    Much more information is available on Chip Gagnon’s website, including his transcriptions. You can find his excellent site at: http://www.upperstjohn.com/ and especially (in English and in French) at http://www.upperstjohn.com/1820.


  • 25 Sep 2020 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Discover emigrant ancestors and much more this Findmypast Friday.

    Swiss Emigrants to the American Colonies, 1734-1744

    With newly-created indexes for easy searching, this publication records the details of over 3,000 Swiss immigrants to the New World. Translated and transcribed from an original manuscript held in the State Archive of Zurich, the records can reveal your Swiss ancestors’ names and ages, where they came from, settled and more.

    The collection contains large numbers of emigrants who intended to travel to Carolina, as it was the most heavily advertised colony in Switzerland. In many cases, the circumstances around their departure is indicated. Most of these events and pieces of information were submitted by local priests.

    Emigrant Ministers To The Americas

    Spanning 1690-1811, this collection can be searched by name, year, destination and keywords to discover Church of England clergy working in the American colonies. Many Church of England ministers were given a bounty by the King of England to go and practice their faith in overseas colonies.

    This list was compiled largely from records known as Money Books, King’s Warrant Books, Treasury Papers, and Exchequer of Receipt Papers, documenting the funds spent to send missionaries to the New World. However, most of the entries also include where the individual was intending to travel to, specific roles, such as clerk or lawyer, and frequently, additional genealogical information.

    Winthrop Fleet Passenger List, 1630

    A decade after the Mayflower, the Winthrop Fleet took hundreds more English settlers to America. Search this collection to discover the passengers and their amazing stories. The voyage saw 11 vessels, led by John Winthrop, and between 700 and 1,000 English settlers arrive in the New World.

    The fleet included a large group of Puritan families, with a variety of skills, skilled labour, and family groups, to ensure a healthy and robust colony. The fleet itself was funded by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. These records, originally published in 1930, describe the background, the experience and the motivation for the fleet, as well as listing many of the participants by name with genealogical details.

    Newspapers

    Runcorn Weekly News (covering 1913-1933 and 1936-1970) and Clare Freeman and Ennis Gazette (covering 1855-1884) are brand new to the site this week.

    Plus, more pages have been added to Evening Mail (from 1869-1872, 1874-1885 and 1892-1922) and Cork Daily Herald (from 1897-1899).


  • 25 Sep 2020 11:30 AM | Anonymous

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


    FALLS CHURCH, va, 25 SEPTEMBER 2020—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announced the results of its 2020 Board of Directors election at its annual meeting on 1 September 2020. The incoming slate includes three new positions to reflect the upcoming merger of NGS and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) on 1 October 2020. These new board positions are Vice President for Society & Organization Management and two directors at large drawn from FGS ranks.

    Outgoing President Benjamin B. Spratling, JD, of Birmingham, Alabama, announced the results of the election and the incoming board members who will be seated on 1 October.

    NGS Officers (1 October 2020 – 30 September 2022)

      • President: Kathryn M. Doyle, California
      • Vice President: Ellen Pinckney Balthazar, Texas
      • Vice President of Society & Organization Management: Cheri Hudson Passey, South Carolina
      • Secretary: Ed Donakey, Utah
      • Treasurer: Deborah Lebo Hoskins, Pennsylvania

    NGS Directors serve four-year terms that are staggered so that the entire slate does not turn over in one election cycle.

    NGS Regional Directors

      • Director of Region 2: Faye Stallings, Texas
      • Director of Region 3: Janet L. Bailey, Virginia
      • Director of Region 4: Bernice Alexander Bennett, Maryland

    Directors at Large

      • Janet A. Alpert, South Carolina
      • Colleen Robledo Greene, California
      • Marlis Humphrey, Florida
      • Andre Kearns, Washington, DC
      • David Rencher, Utah

    Continuing their terms on the Board of Directors are Angie Bush, MS, Director of Region 1, and Ronald V. Hodges, PhD, Director at Large.

    “I congratulate the incoming Board members,” Spratling said, “And I extend my sincere gratitude for their commitment and service to the National Genealogical Society. I also thank the Nominating Committee, including Jordan Jones, chair; Deborah A. Abbott, PhD; B. Darrell Jackson, PhD, CG; Darcie Hind Posz; CG, and D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, for their excellent work.”

    The entire 2020 NGS Annual Meeting can be viewed on YouTube. It includes a short video about the upcoming merger of NGS and FGS, which will be finalized on 1 October 2020, and features outgoing President Benjamin B, Spratling, FGS President Faye Stallings who has been newly elected to NGS Board, incoming President Kathryn M. Doyle, and Executive Director Matt Menashes.

    Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Falls Church, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.


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