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  • 21 Nov 2022 9:53 PM | Anonymous

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

    (+) The True Expense of Genealogy Research

    MyHeritage Releases AI Time Machine™ to Enable Anyone to Transform Themselves Into Historical Figures Using Everyday Photos

    Examples of the New MyHeritage AI Time Machine™

    Online Access to New Zealand's Archives' Records Removed After Potential Privacy Breach

    Difficulty Accessing New Zealand Archive Documents Angers Historians

    Ireland's 1926 Census Is Being Digitized

    10 Million Michigan Records Now Available To Family Tree Researchers Online at

    National Museum of African American History and Culture Debuts Freedmen’s Bureau Search Portal

    Mississippi State University Libraries Takes Mississippi Republican Party Papers Online for First Time

    National Archives at Riverside Collaborates With California Universities to Digitize Chinese Heritage Records

    NAASR Digitizes Collection of Armenian Yearbooks

    Researchers to Examine and Digitise 15th-Century English Genealogical Roll

    Study Identifies Genetic Links to Dyslexia

    Ancestry CEO’s Advice: Don’t Be ‘Reactionary’ in the Downturn, Those Who Prepare Will Emerge Stronger

    The National Genealogical Society Welcomes Margaret R. Fortier and Mary Kircher Roddy as its New NGSQ Editors

    Bending Spoons To Acquire Evernote

    Migrate From Evernote to Zoho Notebook?

    $90 Million Facebook Privacy Settlement Approved By Judge

    Discover Your Ancestor's British Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service During the Inter-War Period of the 20th Century With Findmypast

    Findmypast Newspaper Updates

    Designing with LibreOffice

    Should You Abandon Twitter and Move to Mastodon?

    The Best Twitter Alternatives

    How to Create a Web Archive With Archivebox

  • 21 Nov 2022 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    I have written numerous times about the FREE office automation software LibreOffice. It competes with the expensive Microsoft Office and yet performs most of the same functions. (Did I mention that LibreOffice is available FREE of charge?) LibreOffice is my favorite word processor. Indeed, most of the articles in this newsletter, including this one, are written in LibreOffice.  (Did I mention that LibreOffice is available FREE of charge?)

    Here is a major announcement about LibreOffice that should interest many people:

    Bruce Byfield and Jean Hollis Weber announce the second edition of Designing with LibreOffice. The book is available as an .ODT or .PDF file under the Creative Commons Attribution/Sharealike License version 4.0 or later from

    The first edition was published in 2016, and was downloaded over thirty-five thousand times. Michael Meeks, one of the co-founders of LibreOffice, described the first edition as “an outstanding contribution to help people bring the full power of LibreOffice into their document.” Similarly, free software author and journalist Carla Schroder wrote, “Designing With LibreOffice teaches everything you need to know about document production…. suitable for beginners to wizened old pros, who will probably discover things about LibreOffice that they didn’t know.”

    The second edition updates the original, removing outdated information and adding updated screenshots and new information about topics such as Harfbuzz font shaping codes, export to EPUB formats for ereaders, the Zotero extension for bibliographies, and Angry Reviewer, a Grammarly-like extension for editing diction. In the future, the writers plan to release other editions as necessary to keep Designing with LibreOffice current.

    For more information or interviews, contact Bruce Byfield at

  • 21 Nov 2022 9:57 AM | Anonymous

    From an article by Ramces Red published in the maketecheasier web site

    (Note: This article describes a program that runs only on Linux computers.):

    Archive your favorite websites today!

    Archivebox is an easy-to-use Linux archival program that allows you to create an accurate snapshot of any website. This can be helpful for archivists and users that want to preserve information online. Not only that, Archivebox is also incredibly simple and easy to use. For example, you can run the program both as a command line tool and as a web app that you can access anywhere.

    Why Should You Archive Websites?

    Over the years, the World Wide Web enabled individuals across the globe to easily share and communicate information with each other. One issue with the Web, however, is that websites do not hold up over time.

    Install Archivebox Linux 02 Old Geocities Website Image source:

    Most websites only stay active for around two to five years. After that, they either go offline completely or are replaced by a different website altogether. For example, there are little to no websites from the 1990s that are still online today.

    Install Archivebox Linux 03 Old Website Sample Image source:

    Alternatively, you can also use the WayBack machine to archive websites – no installation required.

  • 21 Nov 2022 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    From an article by Phil Pennington published in the Morning Report on Radio New Zealand:

    Mounting difficulties getting hold of critical historical documents at the national Archive are sparking government infighting and threats of legal action.

    A high court Justice has noted cases are being severely impeded.

    To make matters  worse, the $9 million IT system used to search the country's history files has had to be shut down over a security breach of restricted documents. 

    The Internal Affairs Minister says she's heard from the public about their frustrations since February. 

    Jan Tinetti says in a statement she is monitoring it closely but this is an operational matter for Archives to sort out with the system supplier - and they are working extremely hard. 

    The Chief Archivist Anahera Morehu acknowledged the outages, and says her staff discovered the "potential" security breach a week ago and immediately closed the search system. 

    Morehu says they are aware of the frustration among historians and others.

  • 18 Nov 2022 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    The 1926 Republic of Ireland Census, set to go online in April 2026, will provide a unique snapshot of Ireland's population, age, occupation, religion, housing and the Irish language.

    The National Archives of Ireland project has announced that as part of a €5 million project the Republic of Ireland's 1926 Census results will be available online, free of charge, from April 2026.

    Personal information entered on individual census forms can be published 100 years after a census is taken. Since the personal information contained in the 1901 and 1911 census returns was published a decade ago, public interest in genealogy has mushroomed, and this continues with a growing interest in the detail contained in the 1926 census.

    These returns contain the personal details of each individual alive at the time in Ireland. The 1926 census collected 21 data sets such as name, age, sex, marital status, religion, housing conditions and ability to speak Irish. It is planned to digitize and publish all data sets. This information will undoubtedly provide a fascinating snapshot of life in Ireland in 1926 and will be of great use to both the Irish public and diaspora worldwide.

    The 1926 census collected 21 data sets. These include:

    1) Name and surname

    2) Relationship to head of household.

    3) Age (in years and months).

    4) Sex.

    5) Marriage or orphanhood.

    6) Birthplace (including name of parish).

    7) Irish language.

    8) Religion.

    9) Occupation and employment: personal occupation.

    10) Occupation and employment: employment/name of employer.

    11) Information regarding present marriage required from married women: number of completed years and months of present marriage, and number of children born alive to present marriage.

    12) Information regarding present and previous marriages required from married men, widowers and widows: the number of living sons, daughters, step-sons and step-daughters under 16 years of age, whether residing as members of this household or elsewhere.

    13) The total area in statute acres of all agricultural holdings (if any) situated in the Irish Free State of which persons usually resident in this household are the rated occupiers.

    For more details on the 1926 Census visit:

  • 18 Nov 2022 12:48 PM | Anonymous

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

    The world has changed for genealogists in the past three or four decades. Anyone with a computer can now obtain more genealogy information online that what any public library in a town or a small city can provide. The online information is available quickly and conveniently, is usually faster to search, and (in many cases) is available for less money. 

    I hear many genealogists moan and groan because a particular online genealogy service costs money. The claim often is made that “It should be free!”  Comparisons often are made that traveling to a nearby library or archive is free so we shouldn’t pay for the online databases.

    I will suggest that such claims are the result of “fuzzy thinking.”

    In fact, it is often cheaper to pay for two or three online genealogy databases than it is to travel to a “free” repository to search.

    Perhaps the word "free" requires some clarification. 

    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/12994490.

    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

  • 18 Nov 2022 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    From the newspaper updates as listed this week on the Findmypast Blog:

    This week, we've added two brand-new titles from Cheshire and Surrey, as well as updated 43 of our existing titles from all across the British Isles. Read on for a full list of everything that's new.

    New titles:

      • Esher News and Mail, 1946, 1950-1951, 1955, 1958-1959, 1961, 1964-1965
      • Macclesfield Times, 1949

    Updated titles:

      • Alderley & Wilmslow Advertiser, 1956, 1958, 1973
      • Bebington News, 1995, 1997
      • Birkenhead News, 1997
      • Birmingham Weekly Post, 1900
      • Blairgowrie Advertiser, 1995
      • Brentwood Gazette, 1997
      • Bristol Evening Post, 1963, 1970
      • Caterham Mirror, 1996
      • Chester Chronicle, 1923-1924, 1927-1928, 1933, 1935-1936, 1948, 1952, 1954-1955, 1957, 1962-1963
      • Chester Chronicle (Frodsham & Helsby edition), 1995-1996
      • Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, 1996
      • Ely Town Crier, 1994
      • Evening Despatch, 1905
      • Formby Times, 1996
      • Grimsby Daily Telegraph, 1998
      • Hinckley Times, 1915
      • Horley & Gatwick Mirror, 1996
      • Horncastle Target, 1995
      • Ilfracombe Chronicle, 1877
      • Irvine Herald, 1996
      • Kent & Sussex Courier, 1997
      • Leatherhead Advertiser, 1995-1996
      • Loughborough Echo, 1913
      • Manchester Evening News, 1900
      • North Wales Weekly News, 1996
      • Nottingham Evening Post, 1974-1976, 1978
      • Nottingham Guardian, 1956, 1961, 1963-1964, 1967, 1969-1971
      • Ormskirk Advertiser, 1997, 1999
      • Ripley Express, 1993
      • Royston and Buntingford Mercury, 1996
      • Ruislip & Northwood Gazette, 1996
      • Runcorn & Widnes Herald & Post, 1996
      • Runcorn Guardian, 1967, 1969, 1971
      • Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph, 1980, 1990, 1996-1997
      • Southport Visiter, 1996-1997
      • Staines Informer, 1996
      • Stanmore Observer, 1996-1997
      • Stockport Express Advertiser, 1994
      • Stockport Times, 1996-1997
      • Sunbury & Shepperton Herald, 1996
      • Sutton Coldfield Observer, 1997
      • Torbay Express and South Devon Echo, 1937
      • Uckfield Courier, 1997

    When one catches your eye, just head to our newspaper archive and filter by title.

  • 18 Nov 2022 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    From the Findmypast Blog:

    This week, we have thousands of new Royal Navy records for you to explore.

    Though these records stem as far back as 1840, the majority of them are from the period between the First and Second World Wars, meaning you can trace your ancestor's continuous service in the 1920s and 1930s. Read on to discover everything that's new.

    Our first addition to this collection is 93,000 records strong, spanning 1925-1939.

    These records will give the detail you'd expect from a service record - full name, birth year, birthplace and service number. However, it's key to note that these could also include men who joined pre-1923, having served in the First World War, but then continued their service through to 1929 and beyond. This could help flesh out your picture of how long your ancestor served in the Royal Navy.

    Our second set of additions to this collection comprises 29,000 records between 1925 and 1929.

    It was after 1925 that the Royal Navy introduced a new payroll system. The Admiralty wanted to distinguish any new naval recruits under this new pay code. These entries continue for many years, in accordance with the service length of each seaman.

    In both of these new additions, you'll find a letter code that aligns with each service number. This code helps define the serviceman's role on the ship, and goes as follows:

    F - Fleet Air Arm.

    J - Seaman and Communications Branch.

    K - Stokers.

    L - Officers' Cooks and Stewards.

    M - Miscellaneous.

    SS - Short Service, Seamen and Stokers.

    SSX - Short Service Seamen.

    Pensioners - no prefix.

    To search these records, use the advanced search page and filter to series ADM362 for the 1925-1929 additions, or ADM363 for the 1925-1939 additions. They're a continuation of our British Royal Navy Seamen 1899-1924 collection, so if your ancestor did join before 1925, you may have already found them here.

    This brand-new collection contains nearly 6,000 officer cards spanning 80 years.

    Not only does this collection include the Royal Navy, you may also find records from the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and Women’s Royal Naval Service.

    The important thing to note about these records is they will not only give your ancestor's service number, but also their rank within their corps. As ever, we recommend comparing sources - these records are particularly handy when used in conjunction with our British Navy Lists 1827-1945. You may be able to unlock more depth and detail to your ancestor's naval story.

  • 18 Nov 2022 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    NOTE: This article is not about any of the "normal" topics of this newsletter: genealogy, history, current affairs, DNA, and related topics. However, it is a follow-up to my earlier article, Bending Spoons To Acquire Evernote, still available at:

    Evernote is one of my favorite apps for storing random bits of information that I might want to refer to later. I believe Evernote is also used by thousands of other genealogists for many purposes, both genealogy-related and other reasons as well. However, I published an announcement 2 days ago stating that Evernote has agreed to join Bending Spoons, a leading developer of stand-out mobile apps.

    The announcement has generated a bunch of comments, including quite a few that appeared in my email in-box. Apparently, many Evernote users are not happy with the announcement for a number of reasons. 

    Zoho is a software company based in India that has created a lot of products that (mostly) are alternatives to well-known software products (word processors, spreadsheets, email, CRM, and more) produced by other companies. Zoho has issued a comment that says, "Hey! What about us?"

    It seems that Zoho already has a very good note-taking product, called Zoho Notebook, and is inviting all Evernote users to check out the Zoho alternative.

    Best of all: Zoho Notebook is available FREE of charge. The company proclaims, "Notebook is 100% Free. No catch. No advertisements. And no, we're not selling or viewing your data. If you're curious about our business model or how we secure your data, click here:"

    Unlike Evernote, Zoho Notebook copies all your notes to all your computers (Windows, Macintosh Apple iOS, Android, Linux, and to the cloud) and states: "The difference here is that (Zoho) Notebook allows you to sync with unlimited devices for free, while Evernote forces you to pick the two devices you want to sync with. We even encrypt your data at rest."

    Zoho Notebook is one of the few note-taking apps that has a native app for the Linux operating system.

    NOTE: By copying to the cloud, Zoho Notebook users always have a full backup of all Zoho Notebook data at all times. Again, quoting Zoho: "This is the Notebook you'll never lose because it syncs to the cloud and across your devices. It's always backed-up and always up to date."

    While Zoho Notebook is available free of charge and contains no ads, the company does sell "Notebook Pro" for a price. The following is included in the Pro version:

    • Get more storage, create longer notes and add larger files
    • Collaborate in notebooks
    • Email in save emails as notes
    • Access to premium notebook covers
    • Entitled for premium customer support through chat and phone
    • Set custom recurring reminders
    • Make your documents searchable and editable
    • Scan and save business cards as contacts

    More information about Notebook Pro can be found at: I do find it interesting that pricing for the Pro version does not seem to be listed, however.

    Also, according to Zoho:

    "Evernote is one of the most widely used note-taking applications in the world, but there haven’t been any major updates in recent years. Some of the features requested by their customers haven’t been developed. Some users have found that their notes don’t sync properly to all of their devices, and the restriction on the number of devices they can sync to limits their flexibility and productivity. These issues make note-takers look for alternatives.

    "Zoho Notebook, launched six years ago as a simple note-taking alternative, has now grown into a full-fledged productivity application. You simply cannot ignore Zoho Notebook when you’re looking for a robust note-taking app."

    You can read a lot more from Zoho's suggestion that you evaluate Zoho Notebook at:

    You can read a rather complementary review of Zoho Notebook by TechRadar (a web site that I trust for reviews) at

    Comments by Dick Eastman: I haven't yet switched from Evernote to Zoho Notebook, primarily because I received the Zoho ad just a few minutes ago. However, I do plan to evaluate the Zoho product sometime in the next few days.

    Since I haven't yet seen the Zoho product, I am not yet in a position to recommend it. However, I will say that I have been using several other Zoho products for several years and have always been satisfied with the products. Zoho seems to always produce nearly bug-free code that works well.

    Is it worth the effort to switch from Evernote to Zoho Notebook?  I cannot say one way or the other just yet. however, I do plan to evaluate Zoho Notebook in the next few days.

  • 18 Nov 2022 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    This article is not about any of the "normal" topics of this newsletter: genealogy, history, current affairs, DNA, and related topics. However, it is a follow-up to my earlier article, Should You Abandon Twitter and Move to Mastodon?, at:

    An interesting article written by Steven Vaughan-Nichols and published in the ZDNet web site may be of interest to many people who have been using Twitter but are now searching for better alternatives:

    The best alternatives to Twitter include some sites you may have never heard about and one or two you have. Let's discuss.

    Steven Vaughan-Nichols' article may be found at:


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