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  • 1 Jun 2022 8:44 PM | Anonymous

    The following is from the South China Morning Post:

    China has a grand plan to digitalise and connect the country’s cultural resources, from libraries to television channels, into a massive ‘digital culture infrastructure and platform’ by 2025. According to the newly published national strategy on ‘cultural digitalisation’ by the Chinese Communist Party and the State Council, the country will build a “national culture big data system” by 2035 to allow digitalised cultural products to be ‘shared by all people’.

    You can read more at:

  • 1 Jun 2022 8:34 PM | Anonymous

    The following is from the MyHeritage Blog:

    Just before the release of the 1950 U.S. Census in April 2022, we released the Census Helper™, a tool that scans your family tree and compiles a list of your relatives who are very likely to be found in census records. In the initial release, the Census Helper™ calculated a list of family members to find in the newly released 1950 U.S. census records as well as all available U.S. census collections. Now, we have expanded the Census Helper™ to include census records from other countries, so people with roots in places outside the U.S. can take advantage of it as well — and we’ve added some handy interface improvements that we’ll expand on below.

    Use the Census Helper™ now for free

    The Census Helper™ is a powerful free tool that offers help with census research and enables you to focus your research. Armed with the list it creates, you’ll know exactly which family members to search for in census records. 

    Genealogists were excited to jump-start their research ahead of the 1950 U.S. Census release: for example, Maureen Taylor, the “Photo Detective”, commented on how quickly it helped her. “This is very handy!” she wrote. “I hadn’t gotten around to making a list. The Census Helper™ did it in seconds.” 

    With this current update, the Census Helper™ now supports nationwide censuses in the United States, Canada, England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Denmark, and Norway. 

    The full article is much longer. You may read the entire article at:

  • 1 Jun 2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    A newsletter reader asked, "How can I encourage people to sign up for electronic delivery of our quarterly newsletter? I am sending out 15 by email and 405 by US Postal Service. Any savings we can spend on other worthwhile activities."

    My suggestion is simple and I know it has been effective for others. First, you need to determine how much it costs to print and mail the printed newsletter. Calculate the printing costs, the postage, the cost of envelopes (if used), and any labor charges incurred.

    Next, send an announcement to all members that they now have an option: each member can now receive the newsletter at no additional charge if they accept it electronically. That means by email or on the society's web site or both. Those who wish to continue with the printed version can do so but at an additional charge that is equivalent to the actual cost to the society for printing and mailing.

    For instance, a quarterly newsletter that isn't too thick will cost perhaps $2.00/year per addressee for postage. Printing might be another $1.00/year. There may or may not be additional charges. In this case, it seems fair that those who insist on printed newsletters should pay an additional $3.00/year.

    Those who will accept the newsletter electronically continue at the old rate.

    Substitute your own numbers in place of the above example.

    The simple method of doing this is to create a PDF version of the printed newsletter. Free PDF software is already included in your Macintosh and in later Windows computers. For older Windows systems, you can obtain FREE PDF software from a number of sources. The expense to the club for additional software is zero and the amount of time required to create the PDF version can be measured in seconds. You can then send the PDF newsletter by email or upload it to the society's web site or do both.

    Will you receive some complaints? Probably. However, I suspect the number of complaints will be small. After all, you are offering a choice of delivery options and both are priced according to the actual expense to the society.

    As my correspondent stated, "Any savings we can spend on other worthwhile activities."

  • 1 Jun 2022 7:43 AM | Anonymous

    Are you interested in creating a web site to show your genealogy? Or for most any other purpose? You can create simple web sites for any purpose: showing the scores from your bowling league, to promote a Cub Scouts den, to promote a historical site in your home town, or most any other purpose. You can do that even if you possess minimal technical skills,

    Hugo is a Static Site Generator that allows you to create a website with little to no coding experience. You can use pre-built themes as a base for your website design. This allows you to focus more on populating the site with your content.

    Because Hugo is mostly used for static websites, it’s perfect for creating blogs, portfolios, or documentation sites.

    You can easily set up and create a Hugo website with your Windows or Macintosh computer using a pre-built Hugo theme. With just a few short steps, you can then add content and pages to your website using Markdown.

    All of this is covered in an article by Sharlene Von Drehnen and published in the Make Use Of web site at:

  • 31 May 2022 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    A highly-regarded Scottish photographer has donated more than one million of his images to a university archive with the collection capturing more than 30 years of the ways of a nation.

    Mr Sutton-Hibbert, a founder member of the Document Scotland photography collective, added: “Today, people everywhere are taking photos on smartphones and publications and websites are using this content from the public.

    “But the danger is if that photo is not being archived. Is that image going to be looked after in 50 years time? How will it be accessed? How will you find it, where will it be?

    "There is a great need for photographers to work in a documentary fashion. That is why archives like St Andrews are so important for the nation.”

    You can read more in an article by Alison Campsi published in the MSN News web site at:

  • 31 May 2022 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    The Sussex Parish Registers span from 1538 to 1995, and are now available to browse on Ancestry.

    It displays 6.5 million records of baptisms, deaths, marriages and burials in the county.

    The register includes detail of the first documented marriage between a trans man and a woman in the UK; Victor Barker, born Lillias Irma Valerie Barker, met wife Elfirda Haward, and married at St Peter’s church, Brighton, in 1923.

    You can read more in an article written by Zac Sherratt and published in The Argus web site at:

  • 30 May 2022 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    The locations of Jewish heritage sites in Ukraine were passed on to Anatoly Viktorov, Russia's Ambassador to Israel by Yaakov Hagoel, the chairman of the World Zionist Organization (WZO) on Wednesday.

    In light of the great risk of damage to national Jewish heritage sites in Ukraine, Hagoel shared a map of the Jewish heritage sites in Ukraine with the Russian ambassador in order to avoid as much accidental damage to the sites as possible.

    The map was created following a special field survey conducted recently by the organization in light of the continuing fighting. The survey examined the conditions of the Jewish heritage sites in Ukraine.

    You can read more in an article written by Zvika Klein and published in the Jerusalem Post at:

  • 30 May 2022 8:32 AM | Anonymous

    The story of how Elizabeth was exonerated is fascinating. Turns out, eighth graders at North Andover Middle School took an interest in her case during a civic engagement project they were assigned to. According to their history teacher, Carrie LaPierre, the students spent nearly a year investigating Elizabeth’s testimony, writing letters to legislators pushing for her pardon, and even crafting the bill that exonerated her.

    You can read more in an article in The Guardian at

  • 30 May 2022 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Nearly a million new records added this
    Findmypast Friday  

    Findmypast add records for Herefordshire and York this week 

    City of York Trade Directories, 1781-1955 

    This new collection of 720,000 records can provide insight into what an ancestor did for a living. Including original images, these are particularly handy for house history and adding more color to an ancestor’s life. 

    Herefordshire Marriages 

    A further 220,00 records have been added into this record set, provided by Hereford Family History Society and exclusive to Findmypast. The collection as a whole spans 1538-1838, covers 470 parishes and is a great resource for uncovering biographical details.  


    Five brand new titles and 94 updated titles make up this week’s newspaper releases, some of which include more recent decades. 

    New titles: 

    ·         Beverley Advertiser, 1992 

    ·         Brent Leader, 1992 

    ·         East Kilbride World, 1991 

    ·         Rhondda Leader, 1987 

    ·         Solihull Times, 1992, 1996, 1998 

  • 30 May 2022 8:24 AM | Anonymous

    The ninth annual E.O. Jr. and Betty Templeton History and Genealogy Fair, hosted by Mississippi State University Libraries, is set for June 3.

    Admission is free, and those interested in attending the 1-5 p.m. event are asked to register online at by June 1. The registration form also offers an online attendance option.

    According to Fair Director Jennifer McGillan, the afternoon will be full of genealogical and historical information on creating and working on a family tree, using mapping to tell the family story and navigating the multi-state Lantern Project in which MSU Libraries is participating.

    After a welcome and opening remarks in the Eli and Giles rooms on the first floor of Mitchell Memorial Library, these specific workshops will be held:

    “Introducing the Lantern Project,” 1 p.m., an informational session about this effort to digitize legal records of enslaved persons and funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the U.S. National Archives; features materials from MSU, the University of Mississippi, Delta State University, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, Historic Natchez Foundation and Montgomery County, Alabama, Archives

    “FamilySearch 101,” 2:15 p.m., an explanation and demonstration of the free resource

    “Finding the Trail: Making and Using Maps in Genealogical Research,” 3:30 p.m., an informative hour on the purpose of maps in telling the family story and how to use them.

    A permit is needed to park on campus and can be obtained by visiting To contact MSU Parking and Transit Services, call 662-325-2661.

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