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  • 12 Dec 2022 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    The title says it all. I can only add that the collection contains historical materials dating from 1850 to 2022 that come from a diverse group of Jewish creators, including youth, women, clergy, fraternities, and congregations that offer unique insights into the greater Augusta, Georgia region’s Jewish life, philanthropy, foodways, and experiences.

    You can read more at:

    The Digital Library of Georgia is available at: (although I suggest you start first at to learn more about this one new addition to the site).

  • 12 Dec 2022 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    The digital database “Holocaust Memorial Monuments”  has been launched as a partnership project of the Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies/The George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies, University of Miami, Florida; and theInternational Survey of Jewish Monuments, Syracuse, New York.

    The new database – still in a developmental stage – has been created to collect and preserve digital documentation about Holocaust memorial monuments worldwide, including standardized mapping, photography, description, and historical research.

    It also includes a growing bibliography on Holocaust and memorial monuments. The database records searchable and comparative information for educational, public policy, and academic use. It is a component of the Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art – the world’s largest repository of documentation on Jewish material culture — and will also be accessible from the Miller Center and ISJM sites.

    The total number of Holocaust memorial monuments in the world is unknown, but the project team estimates that it may be above 10,000.

    The first stages of the project include, in addition to developing the database itself, research about and photography of a wide selection of different types of Holocaust memorial monuments in various places; compilation of a bibliography; and preparation of a master list of memorial monuments that will be further documented in years to come.

    You can read more at:

  • 12 Dec 2022 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    This article is not about any of the "normal" topics of this newsletter: genealogy, history, current affairs, DNA, and related topics. However, I have written a number of times about the advantages of Chromebooks, the low-cost computers that do most everything that higher-priced computers can do (although not everything).

    If you have already purchased a Chromebook, or are contemplating such a purchase (perhaps as a Christmas present?), you probably will be interested in a new article by Joshua Goldman published in the MSN web site 

    You can find Actually, Your Chromebook Can Run Microsoft Office at:

  • 9 Dec 2022 4:31 PM | Anonymous

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

    I received a somewhat frantic e-mail recently from a reader of this newsletter. She mentioned a specific genealogy CD-ROM disk that was produced a few years ago, but her question could apply to any CD or DVD disk of any topic. She wrote (in part):

    "Help! I have a CD-ROM disk of [name deleted here] and it cracked. I want to replace it, but can't seem to find it anywhere. The company that produced it no longer appears to be in business. Any suggestions? Is there any other CD-ROM that has equivalent materials?"

    Sadly, I was not able to offer much help. A cracked CD disk is useless, except maybe as a coaster for your coffee cup. Even a scratch the size of one human hair can render a CD-ROM disk useless; if it has visible physical damage, the problem is even worse. To make matters worse, the company that produced her disk is now out of business, so I doubt if she can find a low-cost replacement. I referred her to to eBay to see if she can find a used copy of the same CD for sale.

    With a bit of hindsight, anyone can quickly determine what my correspondent SHOULD have done: she should have made a backup copy while the CD was still usable. Then again, how many of us ever do that? I know that I occasionally create CD backups although not as often as I should.

    Such a solution would not have been practical a few years ago. To make it worse, many of today’s computers don’t even contain CD-ROM or DVD-ROM disk drives (although you can still purchase EXTERNAL CD-ROM drives that plug into modern computers’ USB connectors). 

    Blank CD disks cost 40 cents or less when purchased in quantity at most any discount store. Making backups of your CD disks should be a trivial exercise. After all, how much would it cost you to replace a CD-ROM disk that becomes defective?

    Most new computers or new CD-ROM drives include software to write to the CDs. In fact, most have an option to copy the entire contents of a disk to a new, blank disk. This is true for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux systems. Check the software already installed on your computer; I suspect you will find that you already have everything you need. If not, you can download free software that will make copies for you.

    Macintosh users already have the required software: open FINDER, click on APPLICATIONS, click on UTILITIES, and then click on DISK UTILITY. In fact, the Macintosh Disk Utility will duplicate Macintosh, Windows, and Linux disks alike. If you would like a more robust disk duplicating program but one that is available free of charge, look at Burn at

    Linux users have a variety of free CD-ROM utilities to choose from. I normally use K3B but can find others.

    A Second Backup Plan

    With today's hard drives typically having a storage capacity of a terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) or more, it is now practical to create backup images of CD disks and to store them on a hard drive or, perhaps even better, on USB flash drives. After all, one large hard drive can now store hundreds of CD-ROM disk images. Probably the best method is to create .ISO images of the original CD disks. An .ISO "image" file is a method of merging all the files on a CD into a single compressed file according to a defined format. 

    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/13020107

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  • 9 Dec 2022 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

    TheGenealogist has been extending its ever growing Military records collection with a fascinating new record set for its Diamond subscribers, with high quality scans of the document pages and boasting more than 629,527 historic records for Chelsea Pensioners from 1702-1933.

    The records in this release include registers, admission books, ledgers and so on that relate to army pensioners and the payment of pensions to these individuals. The majority of the records relate to pensions payable by the Commissioners of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, to either in-pensioners or out-pensioners.

    The Royal Hospital Chelsea from the Image Archive]

    The bulk of the registers and admission books will give a researcher the name, rank and regiment, rate of pension, date of admission to pension, and residence of the army pensioner. Additionally, many of the records will provide a date and place of birth, a record of service and complaint or reason for discharge.

    101 year old John McKay, a veteran of Waterloo and the Peninsular War, is just one of the Chelsea Pensioners found in this record set

    Read TheGenealogist’s article: The Old Soldier

    About TheGenealogist

    TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

    TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

    TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

  • 9 Dec 2022 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Brand new Kent parish records added this Findmypast Friday  

    • Help your family tree bloom with thousands more Kent records 
    • Eight new newspapers added and a further 72 updated 
    • Plus, get 25% off selected Findmypast gift subscriptions until December 9 to treat a loved one to their past  

    Kent Marriages and Banns 

    A further 2,804 new and unique records have been added to this existing collection, spanning the years 1864-1900. In most cases, you can discover both spouses’ names, where they married and the date of the special occasion.  

    Kent Baptisms 

    2,655 records make up the latest release into this collection, to help you grow the Kent branch of your family tree. Normally, you’ll be able to find both parents’ names and the name of their child. 

    Kent Burials 

    Another 7,795 records have been added for Stone-next-Dartford, Swanscombe and Greenwich Royal Hospital, for various years. You can normally uncover your ancestor’s last place of residence and details of their burial. 


    Eight brand new titles join the newspaper archive’s ranks this week, and an incredible 72 titles have been updated with additional years.  

    You can read more at:

  • 8 Dec 2022 7:14 PM | Anonymous

    From an article by Miryam Naddaf published in the Nature web site:

    More than 3,500 genetic variations that potentially affect smoking and drinking behaviour have been identified in a study involving almost 3.4 million people with African, American, East Asian and European ancestry.

    The findings, published in Nature on 7 December1, highlight how increasing the sample size and ethnic diversity improves the power of such genome-screening analyses — called genome-wide association studies (GWASs) — to reveal how various traits are linked to genes, combinations of genes or mutations.

    Smoking and drinking are important risk factors for several physical and mental illnesses, including cardiovascular diseases and psychiatric disorders. Although both behaviours are influenced by environmental and social factors, there is evidence that genetics can affect tobacco and alcohol consumption. “We’re at a stage where genetic discoveries are being translated into clinical [applications],” says study co-author Dajiang Liu, a statistical geneticist at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. “If we can forecast someone's risk of developing nicotine or alcohol dependence using this information, we can intervene early and potentially prevent a lot of deaths.”

    Ancestral diversity

    Scientists use GWASs to find genetic ties to diseases or behaviours by comparing genetic sequences in large numbers of people. But so far, most of these studies have focused on European populations. Liu and his colleagues constructed a model that incorporated the genomic data of 3,383,199 people, 21% of whom had non-European ancestry.

    They identified 3,823 genetic variants that were associated with smoking or drinking behaviours. Thirty-nine of these were linked with the age at which individuals started smoking, 243 with the number of cigarettes smoked per day and 849 with the number of alcoholic drinks consumed per week.

    Of the total number of associated variants, 721 were identified only by the multi-ancestry GWAS, and not by an ancestry-naive model that the authors used for comparison. This suggests that large and diverse population samples significantly increase the power of such studies.

    The researchers found that the majority of genetic associations for drinking and smoking have similar effects across the different ancestries. “We also find similar heritability estimates [for the traits] across the ancestries … suggesting that generally, the genetic architecture of these behaviours is similar across ancestries,” says Gretchen Saunders, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and co-author of the paper.

    You can read more at:

  • 8 Dec 2022 6:58 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG):

    “Wayward Girls: A Context Case Study”
    by Stephanie O’Connell, CG  
    Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 8:00 p.m. (EDT)

    Young women who rebelled against nineteenth-century moral conventions were deemed delinquent. For some, seeking social independence resulted in a reformatory sentence. This case study highlights strategies used to overcome missing records and the importance of historical context. 

    Stephanie O’Connell, CG, is a genealogy researcher and lecturer. She began looking into the secrets of her ancestors in 2010 and has been discovering their true stories ever since. She lectures frequently on various genealogical topics in the Seattle area and at conferences across the country. Her personal research has focused on her female ancestors and writing them into their rightful place in history.

    BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Wayward Girls: A Context Case Study” Stephanie O’Connell, CG.   This webinar airs Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. EST. 

    When you register before December 18 with our partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars ( you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Anyone with schedule conflicts may access the webinar at no charge for one week after the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

    "We appreciate the opportunity to present these high-quality educational webinars," said President Faye Jenkins Stallings, CG. "At BCG, our purpose is to promote public confidence in genealogy by supporting uniform standards of competence. These webinars help to achieve that by providing educational opportunities to family historians of all levels of experience." 

    Following the free period for this webinar, BCG receives a small commission if you view this or any BCG webinar by clicking our affiliate link: (

    To see the full list of BCG-sponsored webinars for 2022, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at  For additional resources for genealogical education, please visit the BCG Learning Center (

  • 8 Dec 2022 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Reverberate is an oral history project developed by Éireann and I, a black migrant community archive, in collaboration with members of Galway’s African diaspora.

    The project invited Black migrants settled in Galway to recount their journeys to Ireland, their relationship with the city, and to reflect on whether or not they have developed a sense of belonging. It opens on Saturday December 3 in the Galway Arts Centre, with music and performances by Church and Wally Nikita and food by Melting Pot Luck. The exhibition will run until Thursday 22 December.

    Reverberate documents the legacies of migration as they happen, giving narrative agency and equal centering to each perspective. The testimonies gathered here come from eight individuals of varying age and origin, whose stories touch on parenting, politics, the effects of the asylum system, and the communities and organisations they have built.

    The narrators share obvious commonalities, but in between each story is woven more implicit threads of connection that make evident the ways in which we are all affected by the same global and local tensions that cause people to leave where they are from and build new lives elsewhere.

    This project consists of a series of radio broadcasts and a listening library and recording room installed in the Galway Arts Centre. By using oral history as a parallel to African storytelling tradition - which functions to pass past beliefs, counsel, morals, and myths down to new generations - we are seeking to challenge the fixedness of the archive, restructuring it as an active and living space that accommodates multiple voices, that responds, repeats, and echoes between places and perspective. One which invites others to add to the record too.

    The listening library invites you to listen, read transcripts and other resources which connect and expand on the subjects shared by the participants. The recording room is offered as an activation of the archive where you can enter to record your own oral history.

    You can read more in an article at:

  • 8 Dec 2022 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    This is an update to an article I published last June at Ford Heritage Vault Opens to Public With Over 5,000 Classic Images and Brochures Online.

    That announcement concerned the publication of photos and brochures of U.S. automobiles produced by Ford 5,000 selections covering Ford's first century, from 1903 to 2003.

    Ford Motor Company has now announced the addition of more than 1,600 new photos and brochures of Ford UK-produced vehicles.

    The following is an announcement written by the Ford Motor Company:

    Daventry, UK, Dec. 7, 2022 – Ford’s new online Heritage Vault now offers a more comprehensive digital archive collection following the addition of more than 1,600 new photos showing every car produced in the U.K.

    Following the opening of the vault earlier in 2022 which saw unprecedented web traffic from around the world, Ford’s new UK upload includes the Anglia to Zodiac and everything in between including Transit, Consul, Escort, Fiesta, Thames van, and more.

    Ford created the Heritage Vault ( for journalists and car enthusiasts, making it easy to discover the company’s rich heritage from anywhere in the world. The searchable artifacts are downloadable for personal use, free of charge, for the first time as one of the auto industry’s most comprehensive online databases.

    Throughout 2022, Ford has made almost 10,000 curated Ford and Lincoln photographs and product brochures from the first century of the company’s history available to the public online for the first time – and the site is currently seeing around 3,000 downloads per day.

    “We’re opening up in a way we’ve never done before,” said Ted Ryan, Ford archive and heritage brand manager. “Making our archives accessible for everyone online is a real passion project for me and the team. Looking back through Ford’s history not only helps to educate, but can serve as inspiration as we accelerate our transformation into an all-electric and software-driven vehicle company.”

    Online access to Ford’s archives complements Ford’s UK collection of heritage vehicles – also enjoying a new upgraded home – in Daventry, UK.

    Ford’s new Heritage and Innovation Centre houses more than 100 vehicles including rare and iconic models from a Model T 100R; Fordson Tug; Model AA Truck; Mark I Transit GEC; Mark II Zodiac; Sierra Cosworth; Escort Mexico, RS200, GT40s and more (including the 1975 Ford Escort shown above).

    As well as the vehicles, Ford’s new site will provide access to a physical library containing brochures, owners’ manuals and advertising materials of Ford’s UK history. Other artifacts from the collection will also be on display. The site relocation from Dagenham has been orchestrated by Len Keen, Ford Heritage and Innovation Communications, with the help of a dedicated volunteer group of ex-Ford retiree team members.

    Commenting on the new UK Heritage and Innovation Centre, Len said: “The move to the new location will allow for greater access to this very special collection, as well as an opportunity to show our customers how Ford has played a major role in personal and business transportation within the UK over the past 100 years, from Model T to now Model E.

    “Although not open to the public just yet, I’m passionate about providing easier access to the collection for employees and visitors in the near future, and I’m looking forward to working with the local community on future possibilities and collaborations so we can share our story.”

    # # #

    About Ford Motor Company

    Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, that is committed to helping build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams. The company’s Ford+ plan for growth and value creation combines existing strengths, new capabilities and always-on relationships with customers to enrich experiences for and deepen the loyalty of those customers. Ford develops and delivers innovative, must-have Ford trucks, sport utility vehicles, commercial vans and cars and Lincoln luxury vehicles, as well as connected services. Additionally, Ford is establishing leadership positions in mobility solutions, including self-driving technology, and provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford employs about 182,000 people worldwide. More information about the company, its products and Ford Credit is available at

    Ford of Britain has been number one commercial vehicle brand for over 55 years, and is rolling out an electrified range so that, by 2026, 100% of our cars will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid. The UK is Ford’s third-largest global market and accounts for around 30% of total Ford vehicle sales in Europe. Ford directly employs 6,500 people in the UK, with thousands more employed in its extensive dealer network. The Ford Britain Dunton Campus in Essex is the home of its European commercial vehicle business group, the Ford of Britain & Ireland sales company and Ford’s banking arm – Ford Credit Europe.

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