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  • 19 Nov 2021 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    From obituary notices spanning all 50 states, to a focused collection documenting marriages not previously recognised during the slave trade, there is plenty to discover in our latest US update.

    United States Obituaries Notices

    Search over 22 million new additions to discover your ancestor’s name, birth and death years, and obituary text. Now containing over 79 million records, this vast collection covers all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and provides valuable details for tracking down an ancestor's death record or full obituary.

    This collection has been obtained from the and websites. Additional information such as images and details about the records can be found on the source’s website.

    United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages

    Explore almost 40,000 marriages from the Reconstruction Era documented by the Freedmen's Bureau, including those which occurred during slavery that went unrecognized and those occurring immediately after Emancipation.

    Formally, The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandon Lands, existed to help transition and offer aid to the now 4,000,000 freed African Americans across the country after the abolition of slavery. This agency is known commonly as “The Freedmen’s Bureau” in the United States and existed from 1865-1872.

    These fascinating records consist of marriage registers, marriage certificates, marriage licenses and other proofs of marriages. While the amount of information varies, you will commonly find the following information:

      • Names of the couple
      • Date of marriage
      • Location of marriage
      • Ages of the couple
      • Names of witnesses


    This week’s Findmypast Friday marks yet another milestone for Findmypast’s newspaper collection with over 46 million pages published online to date. Eight brand new papers have been added this week alone, and an amazing 86 have been updated, totalling a collective 181,690 pages. Our new titles include the Law Chronicle, Commercial and Bankruptcy Register, which named and shamed the businessmen that had fallen on hard times, and The London & China Herald, which reported commercial intelligence between the east and the west, including the trade prices of silk, tea, and cotton.

    New titles include:

    Updated titles include:

  • 19 Nov 2021 7:34 AM | Anonymous

    In the November 15 edition of this newsletter (at, I published an article that said (in part):

    "On Thursday, November 18, Sotheby's is auctioning off "an exceptionally rare and extraordinarily historic" first printing of the U.S. Constitution. Only thirteen copies remain, besides the one located in Washington D.C.'s National Archives museum, from the original printing of 500 that the founders issued for submission to the Continental Congress."

    Now the auction has been held and the group of crypto investors that had attempted to purchase the rare copy has failed to do so. Details may be found in an article by Paul R. La Monica in the CNN Business News web site at:

  • 19 Nov 2021 7:21 AM | Anonymous

    The following was written by the Genea­logi­cal Forum of Oregon:

    You are cordially invited to an online “wedding” re­ception – and 
    index­ing party!

    On Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Genea­logi­cal Forum of Oregon is spon­sor­ing 
    an on­line event to index Multnomah County mar­riage records from 1917-1924.

    Way back in 1981, the GFO acquired the county’s original mar­riage 
    regis­ter books for 1885-1924. Over four decades, dedi­cated 
    volun­­­teers have indexed the registers to 1916. But we get many 
    requests in the “missing” years, so it’s time to finish the job!

    For the first time, GFO is trying out our annual volun­teer work party 
    as a one-day, inter­­active event entirely on­line. You can join the fun 
    for the whole day or even just an hour. You do not need to be a mem­ber, 
    just willing to dedicate a little time to support genealogy. For more 
    infor­mation and to RSVP, please visit 

  • 19 Nov 2021 7:13 AM | Anonymous

    The Jennings County Historical Society was recently awarded a Heritage Support Grant of $3,647.91 to update current technology needs at the North American House Museum and offer a new genealogy research station for community members and visitors to utilize. Heritage Support Grants are provided by the Indiana Historical Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.

    Museum curator Chris Asher notes that the current technology is not sufficient for maintaining the museum records and is very grateful for the funding and partnership with the Indiana Historical Society that will allow the organization to be more effective in carrying out its mission.

    Details may be fund in an article by Anna Walker published in the North Vernon Plain Dealer and Sun at The The Jennings County Historical Society web site is available at

  • 18 Nov 2021 11:46 AM | Anonymous

  • 17 Nov 2021 5:51 PM | Anonymous

    The following was written by Pierre Clouthier, President of Progeny Genealogy:

    We are continuing the conversion of Charting Companion, and have added some enhancements.

    * Latest versions: Windows 8.1; Mac 8.1

    * Support for Windows 11 and Apple M1 "ARM"

    * New accelerated graphics technology, for large charts

    * Embroidery

    * RootsMagic 8; RootsMagic colors

    * Title centering

    * Cousin-smart (implexus) with "no hatching" color option

    We are privileged to help you tell the story of your family. A story that stretches back in time beyond the dawn of history. The story of humble, unsung people who overcame hardships and built this world for you.

    CC 8 offers new "Wizard"-style dialogs that are simpler for first-time users. "Expert" dialogs are available to old hands who want to quickly navigate Charting Companion's rich features.

    Charting Companion 8 FGV

    If you don't already have Charting Companion 8 for Windows or Mac, order from the link below:

    Get Charting Companion:

    Pierre Clouthier
    Progeny Genealogy:

  • 17 Nov 2021 5:17 PM | Anonymous

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

    Getting Ready for the 1950 US Census

    Thomas MacEntee

    Free Webinar from SCGS

    Wednesday, December 15, 2021,
    6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

    Register here:


    Many genealogists remember the amount of excitement in April 2012 around the release of the 1940 US Census. Following the “72 Year Rule” for records at the National Archives, the results of the 1950 US Census will be made public on Friday, April 1, 2022. It’s never too early to prepare for this valuable data related to US genealogy research!


    Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional based in the United States, specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community.


    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

    A goal of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to offer educational opportunities to genealogists and family history enthusiasts everywhere. The Jamboree Extension Webinar Series helps delivers those opportunities.

    The initial webcast of each session is offered to the public free of charge. 

    Webinars are archived and available only to SCGS members as a benefit of membership in the society. The webinar archive can be found at

    The list of upcoming webinars can be found at

    Learn about all the SCGS member benefits at

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    View System Requirements

    Please direct any questions to the SCGS Webinar Committee at

  • 17 Nov 2021 7:18 AM | Anonymous

    Philanthropists Don and Leslie Budinger have completed a major gift that began in 1999 and has now culminated in the transfer of title to the landmark building at 1100 Orange Avenue, to the Coronado Historical Association (CHA).

    By completing the transfer of title of the property, the longtime supporters were able to realize their vision of sustaining CHA and ensuring its role as Coronado's archivist and historian for the community, well into the future.

    The Budingers' association with CHA began in 1999 when the couple bought the historic former bank building at 1100 Orange Avenue, restored it, and then entrusted it to the care of the Coronado Historical Association, entering into a 30-year lease-gift agreement.

    You can read much more about this gift in an article by Debbie L. Sklar in an article in the Times of San Diego web site at:

  • 16 Nov 2021 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    When you think about it, word processors haven't changed much in decades. Each one emulates recording words on paper. The only significant change in recent years is when Google introduced Google Documents, a product that stores its text online in the cloud instead of in your own computer. While significant, that is still a not a major change.

    Anyone who can gain access to your computer or to your online account can still read your documents, including accessing private information that you don't want to share. Until now...

    Skiff changes all that.

    Skiff has launched a new, decentralized architecture - realizing the company's vision to build the application layer for Web3 - private, decentralized, and end-to-end encrypted.

    Decentralization and privacy go hand-in-hand. While privacy demands that users know exactly how and when their personal data is shared, decentralization keeps users’ information outside of anti-private, centralized databases. End-to-end encryption and decentralization together truly deliver complete control over personal data to Skiff users. Technically and organizationally, decentralization helps us deliver on core promise to users.

    According to the programmers who created Skiff:


    Your identity is your keypair: Skiff’s products keep your personal information private to you. Our whitepaper details this approach to provisioning users with keypairs (for encryption and attestation). Like a password manager or a crypto wallet, this technical design represents the foundation of decentralized collaboration.

    Decentralized real-time collaboration via CRDTs: As detailed in our pre-launch blog post on decentralized collaboration from March 2021, decentralization allows us to realize numerous technical and user-friendly advantages. In particular, CRDTs enable us to, in real time, synchronize data structures across multiple Skiff users around the world. Users communicate end-to-end encrypted document changes to each other and arrive at fully synchronized, independent copies of working documents.

    Decentralized storage via IPFS: We are incredibly excited to announce our collaboration with Protocol Labs and IPFS to build fully decentralized storage into Skiff. In IPFS, Filecoin, and libp2p (for direct peer-to-peer communication), Protocol Labs is building foundational infrastructure to enable decentralized, privacy-first applications like Skiff.

    Now, Skiff users can store files, static content, and more via the Interplanetary Filesystem (IPFS). Inside the settings page, users can enable or disable IPFS storage:

    In short:

    1. Skiff breaks every document into dozes or hundreds of smaller pieces and each piece is stored in a different web server in the cloud. Even if someone who access a small piece, there will be so little information displayed that it becomes useless to the hacker.
    2. Even before being broken into hundreds of small "snippets" of information, each piece is encrypted in its own unique encryption code. Even different snippets within one document are encrypted in different methods.

    When the document's creator wishes to retrieve the document, everything happens in a manner that emulates an old-fashioned word processor: each snippet is located, retrieved, and combined tito a single document within seconds in a manner that is invisible to the document's creator.

    You can learn a lot more about Skiff at:

  • 16 Nov 2021 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    The following was written by the U.S. Census Bureau:

    The U.S. Census Bureau has calculated the center of population for the United States based on the 2020 Census population of 331.4 million. The center is near Hartville, a town of about 600 people in central southern Missouri.

    Every 10 years, since the first census in 1790, the Census Bureau has calculated the “center of population,” which is a point at where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly if everyone were of identical weight. This point represents the average location of where people in the United States live.

    Based on the 2020 Census redistricting data released September 16, the center of the population (as of Census Day, April 1, 2020) is located about 15 miles from Hartville.

    Learn More

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    The “Hart” of the Nation’s Population: Hartville, Missouri (Pop. 594)

    According to the 2020 Census, a tiny town in south central Missouri now has the unique distinction of being the center of the nation’s population.

    Visit America Counts to read more about: 

      • Celebrating Hartville
      • How we know where the center of population is
      • Shifts in the center of population through the decades

    America Counts

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    Find Your State's 2020 Center of Population

    In addition to a national center of population, the Census Bureau also calculates centers of population for each state, county, census tract and census block group. Coordinates for each of these locations can be found on the Center of Population webpage.

    Encourage your social media followers to explore their area's centers of population using our new data visualization. Visit our toolkit to find sharable graphics and sample post copy.

    Center of Population Data Viz

    In 2020, the 10 states where population centers moved the farthest from 2010 were:

      1. North Dakota (6.4 miles)
      2. Arkansas (5.1 miles)
      3. Nebraska (4.9 miles)
      4. South Dakota (4.4 miles)
      5. West Virginia (3.8 miles)
      6. Kansas (3.1 miles)
      7. Alaska (3.0 miles)
      8. Louisiana (2.8 miles)
      9. Maine (2.6 miles)
      10. New York (2.6 miles)

    For a complete list of the centers of population for the 50 states and the District of Columbia, visit the Center of Population press kit.


    Help us spread the word about 2020 Census data!

    Share this on social media or forward it to a friend.

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