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  • 30 Sep 2022 5:20 PM | Anonymous

    Archivists in Torreyson Library at the University of Central Arkansas have recently digitized more than 1,000 historical photographs. The collection, which can be accessed here, includes buildings, social activities and student life dating back to the school’s beginning in 1907. 

    The process has taken several months and interim archivist Daniel Klotz says this is just a start. His office has been collecting images since 1986 and is constantly acquiring more photos to digitize. 

    “Our goal is to make the collections more accessible,” Klotz said. “With this project, anyone can find a photograph by typing in keywords. So if someone is interested in what student life looked like in the 1920s, they could click on ‘students’ and see all the photos of come up.” 

    The UCA collection has dozens of categories which include buildings, group and individual shots, residence halls, music, athletics and several others. Klotz scans each photo (some of which are on glass plates) and adds captions and metadata to each image. 

    You can read more at https://bit.ly/3y8weQx.

  • 30 Sep 2022 5:15 PM | Anonymous

    Geneanet has a special offering to American and German non-Premium members: free access from October 1-6 (inclusive) to the web site's German collections and Genealogy Library (books & newspapers).

    October 3 is Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Germany Unity Day), a national holiday since 1990, which celebrates the reunification of Germany at the end of the Cold War. And October 6 is German-American Day, when 40 million Americans celebrate their German heritage.

    As Sean Daly, the U.S. Community Manager at Geneanet described it: We call our event "Ahnenfest" which means "Ancestor Festival". It's a different kind of Oktoberfest!

    Here is the announcement from Geneanet:

    October 3 is Unity Day in Germany and October 6 is German-American Day. To celebrate, we are celebrating “Ahnenfest” – Ancestor Festival – with free access to our Premium German records from Oct. 1-6 inclusive!


    Do you have roots in Germany? October 3 is Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Germany Unity Day), a national holiday since 1990, which celebrates the reunification of Germany at the end of the Cold War. And October 6 is German-American Day, when 40 million Americans celebrate their German heritage. At Geneanet, we have decided to celebrate these two holidays with Ahnenfest  Ancestor Festival –, a week of free access to our Premium German records and collections!

    In the past few months, millions of European data points have been added to Geneanet. Indexes of over 55 million German birth, marriage, and death register entries are now available, and more are coming.

    From October 1-6, 2022 inclusive, take advantage of our rich collections with advanced search options such as search by couple, by occupation, by parents, by events, as well as spelling variants, geographic area and wildcards. And search our Genealogy Library with millions of books and newspapers. To guide you in these options, a help page is available. Tap into thousands of archival records, books and newspapers and grow your tree easily.

    The US Census Bureau estimates that nearly 15% of Americans have German ancestry and in many counties of the Midwest, over 40% of residents have German ancestry

    Did your German ancestors live in New York City’s Kleindeutschland (Little Germany)? You may be interested in our collaborative General Slocum project which documents the 700 German-American families impacted by the 1904 steamboat disaster in New York.

    Our General Slocum Families Trees project has documented hundreds of German-American families in New York in 1904


    To benefit from this offer, no payment information is required. Just log in with your free account and enjoy your Ahnenfest week!

  • 30 Sep 2022 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    Here are some interesting facts to ponder:

    According to a research study by Pew Research, circulation of newspapers peaked in the late 1990s at over 62 million with an advertising revenue of nearly $50 billion. Fast forward to 2020 — circulation is barely reaching 24 million, and advertising revenue has declined to just over $9 billion. Translation: more people read newspapers today than ever before, except for the fact that they are now reading electronic print, not print on paper.

    More video was uploaded to YouTube in the last two months than all the video broadcast by ABC, NBC, and CBS combined since 1948.

    Wikipedia was launched in 2001. Since then this online encyclopedia has grown to more than 6 million articles in the English version alone, far more than any encyclopedia ever printed on paper.

    In February, 2008, U.S. presidential candidate John McCain attended numerous campaign fund raising activities and raised $11 million. During the same time, his competitor, Barack Obama, attended no fund raising activities at all and raised $55 million from online social networks.

    The computer in your cell phone today is a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful and about a hundred thousand times smaller than the one computer at MIT in 1965.

    The computer that used to fit in a building now fits in your pocket, what fits in your pocket now will fit inside a blood cell in 25 years.

    And here's the statement that got me thinking: The mobile device is now the world's primary connection to the Internet.


  • 30 Sep 2022 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast updates Norfolk parish records this Findmypast Friday 

    Norfolk Baptisms 

    Nearly 4,000 records have been added for the year 1922 into this existing collection. Including original images, the new records cover the parishes of King’s Lynn, St Margaret with St Nicholas, Cromer, Diss, Great Snoring and Holt.  

    Norfolk Banns & Marriages 

    Records for the year 1938 have been added, covering South Lynn (All Saints), Lowestoft, Wells Next the Sea, Norwich and Brundall. Around 3,500 marriages, and around 4,400 banns have been published this week. Remember, some couples might have multiple banns entries.  

    Norfolk Burials 

    290 additional records for 1997 wrap up the Norfolk releases this week, including the parishes of Edgefield, Middleton, Wilby, Fring and Twyford. 

    Newspapers 

    New titles: 

    ·         African Telegraph and Goal Coast Mirror 

    ·         African Times and Orient Review 

    ·         East End News and London Shipping Chronicle 

    Updated titles: 

    ·         Monmouthshire Beacon 

    We're still on the hunt for the Findmypast Community's most amazing 1921 Census discoveries. Send them to discoveries@findmypast.com before 3 October to enter our random draw to win a 3-month Pro subscription.

  • 30 Sep 2022 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    Less than a year after raising seed funding from Milwaukee venture capital firm Gateway Capital Partners and relocating from Madison to Milwaukee, health data technology startup Geno.Me (pronounced "genome") is ready to go to market.

    Geno.Me is a data exchange platform that connects researchers with anonymized health data and pays consumers who opt to share their own medical and genomic records from sites like Ancestry.com and 23andMe. The company has raised a total of $400,000 (U.S.) in funding over 1 round. This was a Seed round raised on Nov 11, 2021.

    It is a data exchange platform that links a person’s genetic report with their electronic health records.

    The company’s platform connects electronic health record data with genomic information from services like 23andMe, MyChart and Ancestry.com in hopes of furthering medical research. Individuals who share their data with the platform are compensated on a monthly basis, while the business promises them total privacy and anonymity.

    These linked datasets are encrypted and sold to companies conducting precision health research and developing pharmaceuticals.

    Geno.Me was founded by Britt Gottschalk, a management consultant who has worked in health care, insurance and business communications.

    The company was just launched and there isn't much information about it available online. You can see the limited information that has already been published at https://www.yourgeno.me/. However, I suspect we all will hear more about Geno.Me before long.


  • 29 Sep 2022 6:50 PM | Anonymous

    From an article by Bryan Grabauskas published in the wibw.com web site:

    The legacy of a former Kansas judge is helping others leave their mark.

    The Kay McFarland Japanese Garden played host to the launch of “Lasting Legacy Online.”

    It is a website allowing users to log their own life stories to share with their loved ones.

    Funding provided through the McFarland Living Trust will help preserve stories forever and keeps it free to use.

    “You are able to upload documents, photographs, songs, recipes; anything that is of value to you and that you want to continue to pass on to your family and friends,” said Shawn Wesner, Communications Expert for Lasting Legacy Online. “This is the website where you can do it all.”

    Details may be found at: https://bit.ly/3UOroBA


  • 29 Sep 2022 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    After finding documents revealing new family history, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer made a trip to Auschwitz on a journey of reflection and discovery. You can watch this documentary in a YouTube video at: https://cnn.it/3E80heW


  • 29 Sep 2022 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    A federal judge has thrown out a class action lawsuit against Ancestry.com before lawyers could get it to trial.

    Chicago's Judge Virginia Kendall on Sept. 16 granted summary judgment to the company, which was accused of violating the Illinois Right of Publicity Act when it published old yearbook photos without permission to advertise its pay service.

    Kendall had already thrown out claims under Illinois' Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act in late 2021.

    Plaintiffs lawyers failed to work around what Kendall determined was the IRA's one-year statute of limitations by arguing each payment Ancestry made to a company that licenses yearbook names and images started the statute over.

    "But Ancestry derives no financial benefit by paying another company; the licensing agreement is an expense incurred by the company, not a profit from the use of someone's image," she wrote.

    "Ancestry never republished or reused (the plaintiff's) image in these transactions. These payments were simply a routine part of the company's business."

    You can read more in an article by John O'Brien published in the Legal Newsline web site at: https://bit.ly/3dP9gXV.


  • 29 Sep 2022 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    From an article by Billy Kobin published in the Louisville Courier Journal

    To ensure future generations can look back on defining moments in Louisville's history, The Courier Journal is donating its library of an estimated 3 million photographs and negatives to the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections.

    University of Louisville basketball team members and others on firetruck at airport, Louisville, Kentucky, 1956.

    The Courier Journal, winner of 11 Pulitzer Prizes throughout its 154-year history, was joined by its parent company, Gannett, in donating the collection, which is being appraised and is expected to be worth tens of millions of dollars. This move will allow the public access to the collection, which chronicles history in Louisville as well as Kentucky and the nation.

    The collection includes images from daily happenings and major events from approximately the mid-1930s to the early 2000s when digital photography began to replace the use of film to capture images. The collection might have dated back further, but Louisville’s Great Flood of 1937 destroyed much of The Courier Journal's photo and negative library.

  • 29 Sep 2022 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    If some of your ancestors emigrated from India, you may be interested in this article:

    The United States Mission in India launched a website to celebrate the intangible cultural heritage of the indigenous tribes of Arunachal Pradesh as part of the celebrations of 75 years of bilateral relations between Washington and New Delhi.

    The United States Mission in India joined representatives from the Ministry of Tourism’s Northeast Regional Office and UNESCO’s International Information and Network for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific (ICHCAP) at an event to celebrate the intangible cultural heritage of the indigenous tribes of Arunachal Pradesh through the launch of a new website, www.arunachallivingheritage.com.

    The event also included films, performances, exhibitions, and demonstrations showcasing traditional Arunachal Pradesh culture.

    In December 2021, the United States launched a program through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation to work with tribe members from 39 villages across the state to preserve and document their heritage through a series of short documentary films. One of these films, The Living Heritage of Arunachal: Beauty in Diversity, premiered during the event.

    In remarks delivered at the event, US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Brian Heath said, “As the United States and India celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations, it’s important also to highlight the wealth of stories and experiences that come together to make our societies what they are today. The United States is proud to support Arunachal Pradesh’s culture, ensuring preservation of its intangible heritage.”

    You can read more at: https://bit.ly/3Chqzdk.


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