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  • 16 Jul 2021 5:57 PM | Anonymous

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

    Most all paper manufactured in the past one hundred years or more contains acids. If left untreated, these acids will slowly decompose the paper itself. The use of acids in the manufacture of paper did not become popular until the early 20th century. Older newspapers of the 19th century were printed on paper that had no acids so they tend to last much longer.

    Newspaper clippings or any other documents not printed on acid-free paper will eventually disintegrate. Today's newspapers usually contain more acids than other paper so newspapers are often the first to disintegrate. Luckily, modern science has created methods of slowing down or even stopping the decay of such paper.

    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/10756851.

    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

  • 16 Jul 2021 5:04 PM | Anonymous

    From an article published in the web site:

    News server reports that the State Regional Archive (SOA) in Třeboň, Czech Republic has released on its website its archival collection of digitalized documents about the WWII-era concentration camp called the Zigeunerlager (in Czech, Cikánský tábor) at Lety; the digital collection was created in collaboration with the Institute of the Terezín Initiative in Prague as part of a project called the "Database of victims of the national socialist persecution of 'gypsies‘". "Several years ago we agreed with the Institute of the Terezín Initiative in Prague that we would like to make this collection publicly accessible as part of a project called the "Database of victims of the national socialist persecution of 'gypsies‘" supported by Bader Philanthropies," the director of SOA Třeboň, Václav Rameš, told     

    "The Institute digitalized this collection and experts from our archive then adapted it for our conditions," the director said, adding that the archival documents provide basic information about the creation and existence of all of the camps serving different purposes and of different levels of significance that appeared on the territory of Lety municipality, especially between 1940 and 1943, as well as up until 1945, when the Second World War ended. "There are, for example, lists of the gendarmes ordered to serve at the camp and above all there is documentation about those imprisoned there," the director said.

    You can read more at https:/

  • 16 Jul 2021 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

    TheGenealogist has now added a total of over 1 million individuals to its unique Lloyd George Domesday Survey recordset with the addition this week of 85,959 individuals from the 1910s property tax records for the Borough of Haringey. Covering the areas of Hornsey Central, Hornsey East, Hornsey West, as well as Tottenham A, Tottenham B, Tottenham C and Wood Green this week’s release is made up of maps and field books that name property owners and occupiers in a exclusive online resource that gives family history researchers the ability to discover where an ancestor lived in the 1910-1915 period.

    When combined with other records such as the 1911 Census, the IR58 Valuation Office records give researchers additional information about their ancestors' home, land, outbuildings and property. While these records may be searched from the Master Search or main search page of TheGenealogist, they have also been added to TheGenealogist’s powerful Map Explorer so that the family historian can see how the landscape where their ancestor lived or worked changed as the years have passed.

    All of the contemporary OS maps are linked to field books that reveal descriptions of the property, as well as listing the names of owners and occupiers. This release makes it possible to precisely locate where an ancestor lived on a number of large scale, hand annotated maps for this part of London. These map the exact plots of properties at the time of the survey and are layered over various georeferenced historical maps and modern base maps on the Map Explorer™. Only available online from TheGenealogist, these records enable the researcher to thoroughly investigate a place in which an ancestor lived even if the streets have undergone massive change in the intervening years.

    Read TheGenealogist’s article that finds the Tottenham cottage responsible for giving the old Spurs football ground its popular name:

    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!

  • 16 Jul 2021 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Explore thousands of new church records from the Archdiocese of Southwark, Pembrokeshire parish registers, 27 new newspapers and additional pages for 45 existing titles. 

    England Roman Catholic Parish Registers

    The Catholic Heritage Archive has grown again with over 32,000 new baptismmarriageburial and congregational records from the Archdiocese of Southwark.

    Including both transcripts and images of original documents, these records will provide the dates and locations of important life events, birth years, the names of parents, spouses, children and more.

    Read Findmypast’s Catholic records guide to grow your Catholic family tree. 

    Pembrokeshire Parish Registers

    Following last week’s community poll, Findmypast have added new Pembrokeshire baptisms from 1921 and marriages and banns from 1936.

    Parish records are essential for progressing your Welsh family history research and Findmypast is home to the largest collection available online.


    This week’s huge newspaper update sees 27 brand new papers added to Findmypast along with updates to 45 existing titles. This week’s new arrivals include:

    While the following papers have grown again with extra pages:

  • 15 Jul 2021 12:29 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by ProQuest:

    One of the most influential magazines of the 20th and 21st centuries, Rolling Stone provides a deep dive into music, film, culture and counterculture spanning decades

    ANN ARBOR, Michigan, July 12, 2021 – Researchers can now access 50 years of the culture-defining journalism in Rolling Stone – digitally. The archive of one of the most legendary and influential consumer magazines in history is now available and easily accessible online for the first time to academic institutions and libraries globally through ProQuest.

    With full-color, full-page content, The Rolling Stone Archive is a significant addition to library collections – giving users anytime, anywhere access to the entire publication’s backfile from 1967 to today. A key resource and guide to understanding the history of music, film, television, entertainment and popular culture, Rolling Stone is synonymous with culture and social relevance with its pulse on politics, social issues and the most significant countercultural movements of recent history, including contributions from writers like Hunter S. Thompson, Patti Smith and Tom Wolfe. The archive is also filled with articles that have defined history – including one of the first national features about the mystery of AIDS in the 1980s.

    “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with ProQuest in making half a century of our culture-defining and award-winning content available digitally,” said Rolling Stone President and Chief Operating Officer Gus Wenner. “It is truly incredible to showcase our body of work from our first issue featuring John Lennon to one of our most recent and iconic covers featuring BTS. This collaboration shows the breadth and scope of the full Rolling Stone archive and expands access to it in a meaningful way. I'm excited and humbled to have the opportunity to share Rolling Stone's catalogue chronicling where we’ve been, while continuing to inspire future generations for years to come.”

    “Rolling Stone is long known for both shaping and chronicling cultural trends, making its archive indispensable in research and teaching across all social science and humanities disciplines,” said Susan Bokern, Vice President of Product Management at ProQuest. “And because its content is discoverable in one place and easily searched, users will be able to uncover insights about how events, people, trends and themes evolved over time from its unique coverage and perspectives."

    With cover-to-cover issues, article-level indexing and searchable text, users can review all types of content from The Rolling Stone Archive, including articles, editorials, advertisements and more. Available on the ProQuest® platform, The Rolling Stone Archive can be searched along with a diverse selection of content – newspapers, books, journals, dissertations and more – giving additional context to a research topic.

    About ProQuest (

    ProQuest supports the important work in the world’s research and learning communities. The company curates six centuries of content – the world’s largest collection of journals, ebooks, primary sources, dissertations, news, and video – and builds powerful workflow solutions to help libraries acquire and grow collections that inspire extraordinary outcomes. ProQuest products and services are used in academic, K-12, public, corporate and government libraries in 150 countries. Along with its companies and affiliates Ex Libris, Alexander Street and Bowker, ProQuest helps its customers achieve better research, better learning and better insights. For more information, visit our blog ( , follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or visit

    About Rolling Stone 

    Rolling Stone, the number-one brand in music publishing, has been the leading voice of music and popular culture for over 50 years. The multi-media brand features the latest in music reviews, in-depth interviews, hard-hitting political commentary and award-winning journalism across several platforms including magazine, digital, mobile, social and experiential marketing. Headquartered in New York, Rolling Stone provides “all the news that fits” to a global audience of approximately 60 million people every month and publishes over 100 pieces of content every day. For more information, please visit

  • 15 Jul 2021 12:23 PM | Anonymous

    Willie Hudspeth drove past the burial site the first time he went looking for the bodies.

    The longtime activist was trekking down a country road in search of a freedman’s cemetery in Pilot Point, a small town north of Denton. But over time, nature had run its course. Grass and weeds blanketed some 400 graves of St. John’s Cemetery, the final resting place for a community composed of freed slaves. Before a fence was installed, cattle would occasionally roam through the wooded grounds.

    But on that day several years back, Hudspeth encountered a caretaker on the gravel road. Upon spotting his vehicle, she assumed he may be yet another high-school kid out to steal headstones. She held a .45 pistol behind the door of her truck.

    Hudspeth laughs when he tells the story, explaining how the caretaker soon relaxed and showed him the way to St. John’s. Looking back on it now, the 75-year-old civil rights activist and local NAACP president is amazed he was able to find the overgrown site, largely forgotten. Ask him, and he’ll say it’s divine providence.

    “I don’t know how in the world we found this. I don’t know how we found her, I don’t know how we found the road to turn on. Nothing,” he said. “But that’s how we actually found it, and then I got her permission to come out and do some work out here whenever I could.”

    You can read the rest of the story in an article by Simone Carter published in the Dallas (Texas) Observer at

  • 15 Jul 2021 12:06 PM | Anonymous

    From the Digital North Carolina Blog:

    Thanks to a nomination by our partner, Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center, 1,357 issues of Black Mountain News from 1951 to 1976 are now available to view on our website. Black Mountain News is published in Black Mountain which is located in western North Carolina in Buncombe County near Asheville. This batch of Black Mountain News issues builds on our current collection of the paper which originally spanned only from the paper’s first issue on September 6, 1945 to 1950. 

    Article detailing information on the 1972 Folk Festival held at Owen High School in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

    Dancing, Singing, and Clogging This Friday, March 23, 1972

    Long Description

    Articles published in Black Mountain News center the stories, announcements, and advertisements of the Black Mountain community along with other surrounding communities such as Swannanoa. These articles provide readers with more information on Black Mountain’s community and history during the period. Featured articles include an ad for a 1955 Tupperware partyinformation on the 1972 Owen High School Folk Festival, and a call for donations from the Buncombe County community for the preservation of the U.S.S. North Carolina (which currently resides in Wilmington).

    Digitization of these issues was funded in part by the North Caroliniana Society

    To learn more about the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center, please visit their website.

    To view more newspapers from around North Carolina, please visit here.

  • 15 Jul 2021 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    During WWII, Uzbekistan became a sanctuary for refugees fleeing from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, etc. Jewish refugees established a thriving cultural life there, including Yiddish theater.

    Now an article by Mordechai Haimovitz published in the Jerusalem Post describes Uzbekistan's policy of researching and documenting the history of its Jewish community, which has existed in the central Asian nation since the region was crushed by the hooves of Genghis Khan’s horses. This also includes hundreds of thousands of Jews who managed to escape the chains of Germany’s Panzer tanks.

    When the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan generously opened its doors to Jews and many others fleeing the Germans. Now the republic is welcoming the public to step into the official Uzbek archives and view the history of its Jewish community for themselves.

    The Central State Archive of the Republic of Uzbekistan has been instructed to make information about the lives of Jews during World War II and before available to the public. The archive is also currently in the process of signing an agreement with the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem, and soon afterward also with Yad Vashem.

    You can read the full story at:

  • 14 Jul 2021 10:43 AM | Anonymous

    An article by Diane Xue of the University of Washington and Hanley Kingston of the University of Washington gives you still another reason to be thankful for your ancestors and especially for their ethnic origins.

    They wrote:

    "We are two researchers who have been working to find genes that affect people’s risk for various diseases. Our team recently found a genetic region that appears to be protective against Alzheimer’s disease. To do this, we used a method called admixture mapping that uses data from people with mixed ancestry to find genetic causes of disease.

    "Genome-wide association studies

    "In 2005, researchers first used a groundbreaking method called a genome–wide association study. Such studies comb through huge datasets of genomes and medical histories to see if people with certain diseases tend to share the same version of DNA – called a genetic marker – at specific spots.

    (Some text omitted for brevity.)

    "Disentangling race, ancestry and health disparities can be a challenge in genome-wide association studies. Admixture mapping, on the other hand, is able to make better use of even relatively small datasets of underrepresented people. This method specifically gets its power from studying people who have mixed ancestry."

    The full article is lengthy but I found it fascinating. You can check it out yourself at:

  • 14 Jul 2021 8:26 AM | Anonymous

    Handing an ancient document can easily induce damage into a document that is irreplaceable. Even simply sneezing on a priceless document can induce damage. One archivist recently told of an experience of a friend of hers who had once sneezed on an illuminated manuscript. As the friend instinctively began wiping, the ink smudged. The more they wiped, the worse it got; the scene was practically the same nightmare that had been depicted on the old British TV show Mr. Bean.

    What needs to be done to preserve historic old documents.? An article by Olivia Campbell and published in The Atlantic discusses the need to be extra cautious when handling historic documents. You can find the article at:

    My thanks to newsletter reader David Brown for telling me about this article.

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