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  • 2 Feb 2021 11:46 AM | Anonymous

    An extra year of Irish genealogy records can now be accessed online. Birth entries relating to 1920 are now available on, along with marriages from 1945 and deaths from 1970.

    The Irish government says these records are vital in helping people find out about their ancestry.

    The website is free to use and no subscription or registration is required to use it. It may be found at

  • 2 Feb 2021 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    Is this something else you inherited from your ancestors? After all, you have to find someone to blame, other than yourself! Right?

    Researchers from Oxford University, the Netherlands, and the United States found that your genes partially decide whether you prefer to get up at dawn or sleep in, which they noted in their Sleep Medicine Reviews published study. In fact, they found that 46 percent of your sleep pattern is connected to your DNA.

    The team took on an ambitious 36 studies that highlighted the quality and length of participants' sleep. Test subjects included 400 sets of adult twins, selected in order to determine if rest patterns had any genetic affiliation. Their findings? They noted that 46 percent of your sleep trends are tied to genes—but 44 percent of the quality of your sleep is influenced by DNA, too.

    There is a lot more to the article by Nashia Baker published in the Yahoo web site at:

    For the best effect, I recommend you read the article at bedtime.

  • 1 Feb 2021 9:31 PM | Anonymous

    On Wednesday, people around the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day—the anniversary of the January 27, 1945, liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp.

    Due to pandemic restrictions, survivors and educational groups couldn’t visit the sites of Nazi atrocities as they have in years past. But a new digital resource from the Wiener Holocaust Library in London offered an alternative for those hoping to honor the genocide’s victims while maintaining social distancing. As the library announced earlier this month, hundreds of its survivor testimonies are now available online—and in English—for the first time.

    The archive, titled Testifying to the Truth: Eyewitness to the Holocaust, currently includes 380 accounts. The rest of the 1,185 testimonies will go online later this year.

    You can read a lot more about this new online archive in an article by Livia Gershon in the Smithsonian web site at:

  • 1 Feb 2021 8:47 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

    Registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2021 Family History Conference opens 1 February, 1:00 p.m. (EST). Plans for the forty-third annual conference include a full week of virtual events* for individuals, societies, and organizations 17-21 May 2021.
    The main event for individuals runs from Wednesday and Thursday, 19‒20 May. The NGS premier two-day virtual conference event―NGS 2021 Live! ―features award-winning authors Dani Shapiro and Ric Murphy; an opening session by esteemed genealogist and Virginia expert Barbara Vines Little; and presentations by nationally recognized speakers including

      • Elizabeth Shown Mills,
      • Thomas W. Jones,
      • Judy Russell,
      • Eric Grundset,
      • Craig Scott,
      • Janice Lovelace, and more.

    Two full days are planned by NGS to offer exciting new ideas to energize family historians’ research, announce the winners of NGS awards, and offer a unique experience―the camaraderie of thousands of fellow genealogists from throughout the United States and the world. Program content will include bonus lectures provided by conference sponsors and sponsoring organizations.
    In addition to NGS Live!, NGS will offer a choice of either a twenty or forty lecture package on-demand. Those who purchase a package may choose from more than eighty-five on-demand sessions available for viewing starting in June. Other programs will be priced separately. Throughout the week a virtual Expo Hall will be available.
    Take advantage of the discounted Early Bird registration fee, plus member discounts, when you sign up by 15 March 2021.
    NGS is also hosting three days dedicated to societies and organizations.
    Monday, 17 May, begins the week with a Kickoff Workshop for the NGS Delegate Council, the new advisory committee for NGS member organizations. This event is invitation only.
    Tuesday, 18 May, presents the debut of the SLAM! Idea Showcase, which highlights creative and innovative projects or programs by societies, libraries, archives, and museums (SLAMs). This event is for individuals and organizations looking for ideas and fresh approaches in serving research constituencies.
    Friday, 21 May, caps off the week with Focus on Societies, which offers expert advice for society leaders on managing and growing their genealogical or historical society.

    *Note: Due to ongoing mandates in Virginia in regards to COVID-19 and our concern for the well-being of our attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff, NGS will no longer be able to host an in-person conference in Richmond, Virginia in May 2021.


  • 1 Feb 2021 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    To all subscribers:

    Here is a list of all of this week's articles, all of them available at

    (+) Crowdsourcing: the Most Valuable Genealogy Tool of the 21st Century? (So Far)

    MyHeritage Announces the Release of the First Set of Improvements for Genetic Groups

    What Attracted Our Ancestors to the New World

    Randy Majors Announces a Video Walkthrough: Historical U.S. Counties Map Tool and Auto-Checker Extension

    Is 23andMe in Talks to Go Public?

    New Law Gives Pennsylvania Executors Power Over Decedents’ Social Media And Other Digital Content

    Online Immortality: Microsoft Patent Details Tech That Could Turn Dead People Into AI Chatbots

    Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to Celebrate African American History Month

    The Family History Federation and Parish Chest Are Hosting Their Second FHF REALLY USEFUL Family History Show

    New Who’s Who Records Added to the Occupational Records on TheGenealogist

    Findmypast Adds Brand New Crime Records and More

    Ancestry® Announces the Appointment of Mark Thompson as Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Recently Added and Updated Collections on

    Free Family History Classes and Webinars on FamilySearch for February 2021

    New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 25 January 2021

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Posts Notice of Preliminary Injunction Regarding Final Rule

    It is the First Day of the Month: Back Up Your Genealogy Files

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  • 1 Feb 2021 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    Prolific programmer Randy Majors has produced still another product that will be of interest to genealogists. This time he has created a couple of video walkthroughs of a couple of the the software tools he has created. Here is Randy's announcement:

    By popular request, I finally have gotten around to recording a couple of video walkthroughs of a couple of the tools. Certainly not polished and produced, but should give you a good understanding of these two tools:

    Walkthrough of the Historical U.S. Counties map tool:

    Walkthrough of the Historical U.S. Counties chrome extension:

    I recommend you view them in the above order, as understanding the Historical U.S. Counties map tool will help you have better success with using the Auto-Checker chrome extension.

    Be easy on me please, as its my first foray into doing a screencapture walkthrough for youtube :)

    I hope these are helpful!

  • 1 Feb 2021 1:50 AM | Anonymous

    BackUpYourGenealogyFilesToday is the first day of the month. That is still a good time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups!

    Your backups aren't worth much unless you make a quick test by restoring a small file or two after the backup is completed.

    Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier and safer if you have a specific schedule. The first day of the month is easy to remember, so I would suggest you back up your genealogy files at least on the first day of every month, if not more often. (My computers automatically make off-site backups of all new files every few minutes.)

    Given the events of the past few months with genealogy websites laying off employees and cutting back on services, you now need backup copies of everything more than ever. What happens if the company that holds your online data either goes off line or simply deletes the service where your data is held? If you have copies of everything stored either in your own computer, what happens if you have a hard drive crash or other disaster? If you have one or more recent backup copies, such a loss would be inconvenient but not a disaster.

    Of course, you might want to back up more than your genealogy files. Family photographs, your checkbook register, all sorts of word processing documents, email messages, and much more need to be backed up regularly. Why not do that on the first day of each month? or even more often?

  • 29 Jan 2021 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Is a bad apple lurking in your family tree? Findmypast latest new records could help you find out.

    Crime records, life events and newspapers. Findmypast have a feast of family history treats for you this week. Here are the details on what's new.

    England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935

    Findmypast have added over 92,000 additional court and prison indexes to this criminally-fascinating collection. This includes:

    • Herefordshire Prison Register Index 1849-1915 – over 17,000 new records
    • Court of Great Sessions in Wales 1730-1830 – over 20,000 new records
    • Bedfordshire Gaol Registers – over 51,000 new records
    • Kirkby Stephen Petty Sessions 1874-1901 – over 2,000 new records

    Derbyshire Life Events

    If you’ve got family roots in England’s East Midlands, Findmypast’s latest birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records could help you trace them. New additions have been added to.

    See Findmypast’s Derbyshire parish list to see exactly what's new and the timeframes covered.


    This week, Findmypast have published six brand new titles along with updates to 15 others. Online for the first time are;

    While significant updates have been added to; 

    • Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald from 1976-1977, 1979-1983 and 1985
    • Faversham Times and Mercury and North-East Kent Journal from 1860-1861, 1863, 1865-1871, 1873-1887, 1889-1895, 1897-1905 and 1920
    • Middlesex Chronicle from 1986-1988
    • Cotton Factory Times from 1900
    • Atherstone, Nuneaton, and Warwickshire Times from 1880-1881, 1883-1884 and 1889
    • Bridgend Chronicle, Cowbridge, Llantrisant, and Maesteg Advertiser from 1893
    • Liverpool Weekly Courier from 1880, 1898, 1900-1901 and 1903
    • Kenilworth Advertiser from 1880
    • Bridlington and Quay Gazette from 1880
    • Brighouse & Rastrick Gazette from 1880
    • Blackpool Gazette & Herald from 1880
    • Birkenhead News from 1880
    • St. Helens Examiner from 1880
    • Northern Weekly Gazette from 1880
    • Dorset County Express and Agricultural Gazette from 1880


  • 29 Jan 2021 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by

    LEHI, Utah & SAN FRANCISCO--Ancestry®, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, today announced the appointment of Mark Thompson as chairman of the board.

    “I'm honored to be named as Chairman of the Board for Ancestry and excited to support the next chapter in the company's success”

    Thompson formerly served as President & CEO at The New York Times Company, where he led the 170-year-old brand’s transformation into the world's fastest-growing and most successful news digital subscription business. During his tenure, digital subscriptions grew nine-fold to over five million and the company's market cap increased nearly five times.

    Thompson’s appointment at The New York Times Company followed an eight-year term as Director General (CEO and Editor-in-Chief) of the BBC. He is widely credited with expanding the BBC’s digital and global reach and overseeing development of the BBC iPlayer. He joined the BBC from Channel 4, where he was Chief Executive from 2002 to 2004.

    “I'm honored to be named as Chairman of the Board for Ancestry and excited to support the next chapter in the company's success,” said Thompson. “Ancestry is already the world leader in its category but I believe it has the potential to grow much further. I’m looking forward to working with the board and management team to build the business through innovation, product enhancements and investment in records, technology and data science so that many more people around the world can embark on their own journeys of personal and family discovery."

    David Kestnbaum, a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, and Sachin Bavishi, a Managing Director at Blackstone, said, “Mark’s long history of leadership, coupled with his successful track record in leading subscription and content businesses makes him an ideal Chairman. He brings a great deal of skill and strategic expertise to Ancestry. The company and the board look forward to working closely with him to accelerate Ancestry’s next phase of growth.”

    Thompson was educated at Stonyhurst College and Merton College, Oxford.

    About Ancestry

    Ancestry®, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, empowers journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives. With our unparalleled collection of more than 27 billion records and over 18 million people in our growing DNA network, customers can discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. For over 30 years, we’ve built trusted relationships with millions of people who have chosen us as the platform for discovering, preserving and sharing the most important information about themselves and their families.

  • 29 Jan 2021 12:22 PM | Anonymous

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