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  • 1 Nov 2021 7:44 AM | Anonymous

    On a recent episode of the TV genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? Josh Widdicombe discovered he was a descendant of Edward I, who died more than 700 years ago.

    But he hasn't been the only example. Soap star Danny Dyer found on the BBC family history show he was related to Edward III, Alexander Armstrong was descended from William the Conqueror and the rower Sir Matthew Pinsent was another relative of Edward I.

    So what's going on? Are the genes that put kings on thrones now producing a celebrity aristocracy? Or are these just remarkable and unusual, needle-in-a-haystack, coincidences?

    What this really shows, according to genealogy experts, is that if you look back far enough a surprisingly high number of people will find a royal ancestor.

    You can read a lot more in an article by Sean Coughlan published in the BBC News web site at:

  • 1 Nov 2021 7:41 AM | Anonymous

    Today 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 Oct 2021 9:24 PM | Anonymous

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

    Over and over we read articles bemoaning the lack of privacy. Lawmakers propose silly laws to "protect privacy" or to "stop identity theft." The proposed laws actually would do no such thing. The fact is that we don't have any privacy today, laws or no laws. Our movements and our personal information are easily available to anyone who cares to check. In fact, our ancestors also had no privacy. The only difference is that today's technology makes it easier to spy on you, me, and other citizens.

    Do you take public transportation to work, and do you use a "smart card" or a monthly pass to pay for your ride? If so, there is a computer log of your travels. The same is true if you have a "Fast Lane" or "EZ-Pass" transponder in the windshield of your automobile to pay the fees on the various toll roads. Each trip through every toll booth is recorded and tracked by a computer.

    If you cross a busy intersection in most any city, a camera may snap your picture and send the digitized image to a database. Airports, train stations, and subways do the same. If you use a cell phone, the telephone company records your approximate location and your travels. In fact, they track that information even if you never make or receive a phone call! Simply turn the phone on, and it immediately communicates with the nearest cell tower. That information is easily available to police upon request.

    If you use e-mail, a copy of every message you send is captured and can be made available to police if the request is accompanied by the proper paperwork. If you use Google's free e-mail service, the contents of your personal messages are scanned for keywords to generate ads related to what you wrote to friends or family.

    A quick Google search can reveal someone’s high school, an old resume, or almost any reference in a newspaper. You can find court appearances and honor roll students alike in Google searches. Dig deeper on other online databases, some of which require payment of fees, and you will find court records and other official documents that reveal who was arrested for driving under the influence or for domestic battery.

    Type a listed residential phone number into Google's search box. In many cases, the first result that pops up will be the full name of the resident and the home address, and one click will give you a map of that address. That information was always available, but until sophisticated search engines came along, one needed a local phone book, a map, and a lot of time. Today, all you need is a few seconds to accomplish the same thing.

    Several different free sites will even tell anyone the price paid for your house. One or two will even provide an estimate of the house's value today.

    Even,, and thousands of other genealogy sites provide information about our origins. When was the last time a bank or someone asked for your mother's maiden name "for security reasons?" Don't make me laugh! Any bank employee who thinks that a maiden name is secure needs to be fired on the spot.

    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/12123000

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  • 29 Oct 2021 9:22 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast are conjuring up witchcraft and wrongdoings in Scotland's past this week. What spine-tingling stories will you discover?

    Here's what's new on the most frightening Findmypast Friday of the year.

    Scotland, Names of Witches 1658

    In this small but fascinating collection, you’ll find details on some of those accused of witchcraft in early modern Scotland.

    1563’s Witchcraft Act made consorting with witches or taking part in witchcraft a crime punishable by death in Scotland. Around 1,500 people were executed, most of them women, until the last Scottish witch trial in 1727.

    Scotland, Court & Criminal Database

    Unlock criminals and victims in your Scottish family tree with this detail-rich collection. The records include names, occupations, addresses and information about the crimes.

    This resource comprises prison records, precognitions and trial papers from all over Scotland, as well as the Fife Kalendar of Convicts. From fiends and felons to bone-chilling revelations, where will the dark side of your Scottish family story take you?


    This week, Findmypast have added 19 new papers, including 13 from Scotland. The latest arrivals include:

    While 15 publications have been updated with extra pages, including:


  • 29 Oct 2021 9:10 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

    Discover the homes of England’s most infamous monarch, English Rugby and the modern home of England's Archives in the latest release from TheGenealogist.

    49,552 owner and occupier records have been added to TheGenealogist’s unique Lloyd George Domesday Survey record set this week with the release of the 1910 Land Survey records for the areas of Barnes, Hampton, Richmond upon Thames, Teddington and Twickenham.

    Lloyd George Domesday Survey on TheGenealogist of land in Richmond before The National Archives was built

    Family history researchers can combine these with other records such as the 1911 Census, and Trade, Residential and Telephone directories to discover more about where their ancestors lived C1910. The IR58 Valuation Office survey records give researchers additional information about their ancestors' home, land, outbuildings and property.

    These occupier and ownership records can be searched for using the Master Search at TheGenealogist or by clicking on the pins displayed on TheGenealogist’s powerful Map Explorer™. This means that the family historian can see how the landscape where their ancestors lived or worked changed over time.

    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. In TheGenealogist’s featured article on this week’s UK episode of Who Do You Think You Are? they were able to locate the exact property referred to on the census used in the TV programme researching Alex Scott’s family.

    Example of exclusive Lloyd George Domesday Survey locates 189 St George’s Street address of Alex Scott’s ancestor in census used in Who Do You Think You Are? episode

    Read TheGenealogist’s article: The Market Garden below high water that became the site of The National Archives and the tumble down swanky office

    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!


  • 29 Oct 2021 8:53 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Augusta Genealogical Society:

    Following Footprints to Your Ancestors, 2021 Virtual Webinar Series

    When: 13 November, 2021

    Where: On Line


    Program: Evaluate Evidence Found in the Records: Now that you are learning about the variety of family history records, discover how to effectively analyze a collection of records for information and evidence and evaluate the quality of each source.

    Saturday the 1 hour virtual webinar will begin at 1:00 pm (ET) or 10:00 am (PT). Registrants will be sent a link for the webinar platform via email prior to each webinar.

    Presenter: Debra Brodowski

    The Augusta Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization founded in September 1979.

  • 28 Oct 2021 4:01 PM | Anonymous

    Do you have a need for occasional (perhaps even one-time) video editor to manipulate video files? Perhaps you don't want to spend $299 for Final Cut Pro or a similar video editor? If you have such a need, I have a suggestion for you:


    OpenShot is a free and open source video editor. Versions are available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. It is a powerful yet very simple and easy-to-use video editor that delivers high quality video editing and animation solutions. OpenShot offers a myriad of features and capabilities, including powerful curve-based Key frame animations, 3D animated titles and effects, slow motion and time effects, audio mixing and editing, and so much more. It also has a very simple and friendly interface.

    Now, to be blunt: this free software is not the full equivalent of the $299 Final Cut Pro. However, if your needs are simpler and you perhaps don't need all the capability of the high-priced software, you may find the FREE OpenShot meets your need perfectly. I have been experimenting with OpenShot for the past few weeks and I find it meets my admittedly simple needs perfectly.

    Amongst the capabilities are:

    • Support for various all the more common file formats for video, audio, and image files
    • Powerful curve-based Key frame animations (I am still learning to use that)
    • Desktop integration (drag and drop support)
    • Unlimited tracks
    • Trim, scale, snap, rotate and cut clips
    • Video transitions
    • Compositing, image overlays, watermarks
    • Title editor
    • 2D animation support
    • 3D animations and effects
    • SVG friendly
    • Scrolling motion picture credits
    • Digital video effects
    • Experimental hardware encoding and decoding
    • Import & Export widely supported formats (EDL, XML)
    • Render videos in many codecs and formats
    • Simple and friendly user interface

    The above is an abbreviated list; the full list may be found at

    You can also download the complete User Guide and read more about it to see if it will meet your needs at

    You can learn a lot more about OpenShot and even download and install the complete program at

    Again it is FREE, simple to use, and has a surprising number of features.

  • 28 Oct 2021 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    A sample of hair belonging to the legendary 19th century Native American leader Sitting Bull has allowed scientists to confirm that a South Dakota man is his great-grandson.

    Sitting Bull

    Scientists took DNA from a tiny sample of Sitting Bull's hair that had been stored in Washington DC.

    It showed that Ernie LaPointe, 73, is his great-grandson.

    The new method allows analysis of family lineages with DNA fragments from long-dead people.

    You can read more about this story in the BBC News web site at:

  • 28 Oct 2021 3:41 PM | Anonymous

    This is just a quick "head's up" notice that articles may be late or missing in this newsletter in the next couple of weeks. You see, I am moving (again).

    I just purchased a new home. This is the first house I have ever owned that was specially constructed for me, according to my selection of options. It has been an exciting experience watching the construction over the past few months.

    Now the work really begins. I start moving my personal belongings on Saturday, October 30. My bones are already aching from the anticipated labor.

  • 28 Oct 2021 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Facebook is one of the most popular apps available on the World Wide Web. I know that thousands of genealogists log onto the web site daily. Now the company is changing its name. It is now called "Meta."

    Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement at an event outlining a new push into the ‘metaverse.'

    The company has received multiple black eyes in recent years because of its questionable business practices.

    The name change comes as the world's largest social media company battles criticisms from lawmakers and regulators over its market power, algorithmic decisions and the policing of abuses on its platforms.

    CEO Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the company's live-streamed virtual and augmented reality conference, said the new name reflected its ambitions to build the metaverse, rather than its namesake social media service.

    The metaverse, a term first coined in a dystopian novel three decades ago and now attracting buzz in Silicon Valley, refers broadly to the idea of a shared virtual environment which can be accessed by people using different devices.

    "Right now, our brand is so tightly linked to one product that it can't possibly represent everything that we're doing today, let alone in the future," said Zuckerberg.

    The company, which has invested heavily in augmented and virtual reality, said the change would bring together its different apps and technologies under one new brand. It said it would not change its corporate structure.

    The tech giant, which reports about 2.9 billion monthly users, has faced increasing scrutiny in recent years from global lawmakers and regulators.

    In the latest controversy, whistleblower and former Facebook employee Frances Haugen leaked documents which she said showed the company chose profit over user safety. Zuckerberg earlier this week said the documents were being used to paint a "false picture."

    You can read more in any of hundreds of online articles that have appeared on the web in the past few hours. Perform a search on your favorite search engine for "Facebook" or "Meta."

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