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  • 27 Jul 2022 7:15 PM | Anonymous

    One of the more famous unsolved murder mysteries is that of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old American child beauty queen who was killed in her family's home in Boulder, Colorado. You can read more about the case in Wikipedia at

    Now Cece Moore, chief genetic genealogist at Parabon and a well-known person within the genealogy community, has volunteered to become involved.

    Moore said Tuesday that it’s possible that Boulder police are working behind the scenes on similar research that doesn’t involve her.

    "I’m not involved in it, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t trying," she said. Police often do not discuss genetic genealogy until a case has been solved, in order to avoid tipping off potential suspects, she said.

    Boulder police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    You can read a lot more about the latest proposals at:

  • 27 Jul 2022 9:18 AM | Anonymous

    If you own a Google tablet (which primarily means Android devices), you will be interested in the new announcement from the company:

    Google announced that it’s updating some of its apps to work better on tablets.

    Google introduced Android 12L earlier this year to make tablets easier to use, and at I/O, the company announced plans to update more than 20 Google apps on tablets to optimize them for larger screens. Google said it’s adding several new features for Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Keep to get started on this promise.

    The most notable feature announced today is the ability to drag text or images between two Workspace apps when you have them open side-by-side. Google notes that you can now drag text or images from apps, such as Chrome or Sheets, and drop that content right into an existing document or spreadsheet cell. In Google Drive, you’ll be able to quickly upload files by dragging and dropping them into the app. You can also add links to Drive files by dragging the file into an open app like Keep.

    Google also announced that you can now open two Drive windows side-by-side to get better insight into your files. To do this, you need to select the three-dot menu on any Drive file and tap on the “Open in new window” option. Google notes that this helps you get the information you need without having to hit the back button multiple times.

    You can read more at:

  • 26 Jul 2022 7:56 AM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release issued by the Tennessee Secretary of State:

    James Ritter (Image via TN Sec. of State)

    Secretary of State Tre Hargett announces James Ritter has been selected as the next Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist. Ritter, who served as the State Librarian of Maine for the last eight years, started his new position on July 25, 2022.

    The State Librarian and Archivist directs operations at the Tennessee State Library & Archives, a division of the Department of State. To preserve Tennessee’s history for current and future generations, the Library & Archives collects and preserves books, records and other documents of historical and reference value, focusing on items about Tennessee and Tennesseans.

    The Library & Archives also operates the Tennessee Regional Library System, which provides training and support for public libraries across Tennessee and oversees the Library for Accessible Books & Media, which offers free library services for Tennesseans with disabilities.

    “I am proud to welcome Mr. Ritter as our new State Librarian and Archivist,” said Secretary Hargett. “We are fortunate to have someone with his extensive skill set and admirable background to fill this position. I am confident that Mr. Ritter will provide a clear vision and leadership for the State Library & Archives, and he will build on the solid foundation laid by his predecessors.”

    Ritter joined the Maine State Library in 2012 and was selected to be the State Librarian of Maine in 2014. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy Director of the Camden Public Library in Camden, Maine. Ritter currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and has worked extensively with the Maine Library Commission to develop and advocate for legislation to improve Maine’s public libraries. Ritter earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science and a Master of Science in Organizational Creativity and Innovation from Drexel University.

    “I am excited to join the incredible team at the Tennessee State Library & Archives, and it’s an honor to be part of a wonderful organization that serves all Tennesseans,” said Ritter. “The investment and the trust that has been placed in the Library & Archives is evident, and I look forward to contributing to the tradition of providing great library and archival services to the people of Tennessee.”

    Ritter will replace Charles Sherrill, who retired from the post after 12 years as State Librarian and Archivist.

  • 26 Jul 2022 7:51 AM | Anonymous

    Kathleen Miller has written an article about an issue that many of us will someday face: when moving into assisted living and if you have years and years of genealogy research, projects and documents, what is the best method of preserving the information and keeping it available to both yourself and to anyone else who may be interested?

    Kathleen writes:

    "Genealogy is by nature a paper-heavy endeavor. Making good use of storage options will enable your sister-in-law to take her most treasured items with her into her new living space and efficiently store the rest in an accessible way for future generations who may become interested in her research."

    You can read Kathleen Miller's suggestions at:

  • 25 Jul 2022 5:05 PM | Anonymous

    From an article by Kylie Mar, Host & Producer of Yahoo Entertainment:

    On a new episode of Who Do You Think You Are? airing Sunday, Oscar-winning actress Allison Janney found out her connection to the Mayflower in 1620.

    Due to her strong bond with her grandmother, Janney was interested in learning more about the maternal side of her family. On her ancestral journey, the actress traced her family tree all the way back to her 11-times great-grandfather Stephen Hopkins, who was born in 1582. Janney learned that Hopkins first arrived in Bermuda, which ultimately became the first English plantation, in the year 1609 — more than a decade before the Mayflower's trip across the Atlantic. The actress then traveled to Bermuda to learn more about Hopkins's journey and experience, and it was there that she learned her ancestors ended up and died in Massachusetts.

    At the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Janney was told Hopkins was "a familiar name in these parts" due to the fact that he, his second wife and four children traveled to Massachusetts on the historic Mayflower in 1620.

    It is historically known that, after a grueling 10 weeks at sea, the Mayflower reached America and dropped anchor in Cape Cod, Mass. However, before they set foot ashore, the "Mayflower Compact" was written and signed. As Janney kept reading, she was then shocked by the sight of her 11-times great-grandfather's name signed as a witness on Nov. 11, 1620, on what was essentially one of the earliest expressions of representative government in America.

    "Stephen Hopkins is absolutely unique for having a foothold in the establishment of three English plantations. Being at Jamestown, being there at the beginnings of what became the English plantation in Bermuda as well, and then being here, arriving on the Mayflower in 1620 for the founding of Plymouth Colony," explained Donna Curtin, executive director of the Pilgrim Hall Museum.

    Janney was amazed by the fact that her ancestor was the only person to have been a part of all three established colonies, and the fact that she has a connection to the Mayflower "in a huge way." And after learning how admired he was, Janney wasn't at all surprised to find out that he later became an elected official and the governor's assistant. However, she was astonished to learn that the Pilgrim Hall Museum still owned an artifact that once belonged to him.

    You can read more at:

  • 25 Jul 2022 4:31 PM | Anonymous

    The following was written by the U.S. Library of Congress:

    Interested in learning more about what’s new in the Library of Congress’ digital collections? The Signal now shares out semi-regularly about new additions to publicly-available digital collections and we can’t wait to show off all the hard work from our colleagues from across the Library. Read on for a sample of what’s been added recently and some of our favorite highlights. Visit here for previous updates.

    What’s new on

    Shippen Family Papers

    The Manuscript Division has recently released the Shippen Family Papers, a collection of 6,500 items (15,666 images) digitized from 15 reels of previously produced microfilm, which document this wealthy and powerful group of Philadelphians connected by blood and marriage who reached the height of their influence in the mid-eighteenth century. The Shippens were merchants, doctors, lawyers, and landowners, who held offices in Pennsylvania’s colonial government and were connected by marriage to other influential colonial families, including the Livingstons of New York and the Lees of Virginia. The papers chiefly concern the family of William Shippen Jr. and consist of correspondence, diaries, account books, estate papers, and business, financial, and real estate papers, including maps and deeds. They reflect the family’s experiences during the Revolutionary War, their participation in the Philadelphia social circle that surrounded George Washington during his presidency, and the family’s engagement with national politics. The collection is notable for its documentation of the lives of women family members through diaries, letters, and such ephemera as embroidery patterns.

    Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Collection

    The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve collection consists of interviews and photographs by Mary Hufford and Tom Tankersley in December 1985 for the American Folklife Center, comprising part of the preliminary fieldwork for a proposed cooperative project with the National Park Service’s Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in southern Louisiana. The collection includes audio recordings of a tour of Plaquemines Parish; interviews regarding fur trapping; and tours of the Barataria Marsh with park staff. Photographs document a local cemetery, boats, waterways, traditional foods and housing, the preparation of nutria hides, Park Service staff, and aerial photographs of the Mississippi Delta. Manuscripts include descriptive logs and a final travel report written by Mary Hufford.

    Collection updates and migrations

    Foreign Legal Gazettes: Legal Gazettes have been added for MoroccoVenezuela, and Paraguay, ranging in publication date from the 1970s to 2019.

    National Screening Room: To celebrate Juneteenth, NAVCC/MBRS digitized and made available two classic films: Caldonia (1945; starring Louis Jordan) and Of One Blood. Additionally, 11 films from the George Stevens Collection (World War II color footage) are now available.

    Military Legal Resources: The site migration has been completed, including the addition of Civil War Military Trials, and contextual guides to the presentation have been added to Articles and Essays.

    Occupational Folklife Project: The following collections have been added to the Occupational Folklife Project online presentation in recent months: The Ransomville Speedway: Dirt Track Workers in Western New York and Cement workers in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley

    New datasets

    The World Digital Library Dataset has been added to the Selected Datasets Collection! This LC-published dataset collects the metadata for all items from the World Digital Library (WDL) project in seven languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish). All item records include narrative descriptions submitted by the contributing partners and enhanced by WDL researchers to contextualize the item and its cultural and historical importance. For additional context on the WDL collections, please click here.

    New OA eBooks

    Over 500 new open access titles added to the collection! Some highlights include books about films and cinema including The greatest films never seen: the film archive and the copyright smokescreenThe cinema of Mika Kaurismäki: transvergent cinescapes, emergent identities, and Filmische Poetiken der Schuld: die audiovisuelle Anklage der Sinne als Modalität des Gemeinschaftsempfindens.

    And check out titles about different languages recently added to the collection, such as The Flamingo Bay dialect of the Asmat languageEnglish and translation in the European Union: unity and multiplicity in the wake of Brexit, and Language, nation, race: linguistic reform in Meiji Japan (1868-1912).

    New digitized books

    So far this year, over 70,000 new digitized general collections books have been added to the Selected Digitized Books collection through the new digital content management platform, totaling over 18 million pages of content all with full searchable OCR text. Some highlights include Instructions for crochet workHeller’s guide for ice-cream makersGreat cats I have met; adventures in two hemispheresThe Faery queen, first bookCard-sharpers, their tricks, exposed; or, The art of always winningThe busy beavers of Round-TopConfessions of a palmist, and A library of wonders and curiosities found in nature and art, science and literature.

    And some seasonal additions to the collection include Diary of a summer in Europe, 1865Whoopee! the story of a Catholic summer campBrief summer rambles near PhiladelphiaAfter icebergs with a painter: a summer voyage to Labrador and around Newfoundland, and How the “Fourth” was celebrated in 1911; facts gathered from special reports.

    New crowdsourced transcriptions

    The By the People crowdsourced transcription program recently added over 9,000 volunteer transcriptions into, bringing the program’s lifetime total to over 132,000. These transcriptions now enable enhanced discoverability and accessibility of digital collections here at the Library. New transcriptions are now available for the following collections:

    Additions to the Library’s Web Archives

    The Web Archiving Team has added newly released content for 92 items on The archives coming out of embargo include additions to 28 collections and content spanning 22 countries and 18 languages. The new releases include content in government, political science, European studies, Latin American studies, law, journalism, public health, education, and more. A highlight this month is:

      • The East European Government Ministries Web Archive added 19 new items. The archives includes websites of East European government ministries and agencies, which are primary sources for the study of all aspects of political, economic, and social life in the region. The collection includes content from eighteen countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

    And a few more interesting finds include…

  • 25 Jul 2022 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    I just checked this web site and found a number of Genealogy, History, and Heritage events listed, including: Sedalia Center (in Virginia), Scottish Tartan Festival (in Louisiana),and other heritage events (although some of them are listings of past events).

    The database may be found at:

    Here is the press release:

    RALEIGH, NC / ACCESSWIRE / July 20, 2022 / Each year thousands of fairs and festivals take place across North America. From arts and crafts, to music and carnivals, festivals and fairs are part of North American culture.

    From spring to winter, FestivalNet® covers 18,000 events around North America, each of which attracts hundreds or thousands of patrons, vendors, and visitors, creating opportunities in each host city, and a chance to experience new and exciting exhibits, games, food, and entertainment.

    This quarter, FestivalNet® highlights its innovative and comprehensive database of festivals and fairs throughout North America, offering a valuable resource for visitors, vendors, and promoters to take advantage of.

    The 2022 Festival and Fair Database

    Committed to maintaining the largest database of fairs and festivals throughout North America, FestivalNet® is excited to present its updated database for 2022.

    Meticulously curated, this extensive database is updated daily, featuring over 18,000 events including:

      • Craft shows and craft fairs

      • Home and garden shows

      • Fine art shows

      • Street festivals

      • Music festivals

      • And more…

    An Incredible Resource for Vendors, Visitors, and Promoters

    FestivalNet® was created out of a love and passion for all things festival and fair. For more than two decades, FestivalNet® has worked hard to create the largest, most accurate, and comprehensive database of festivals and fairs throughout North America.

    Covering Canada and the United States, FestivalNet's website is a valuable resource for professional artists, craftspeople, musicians, performers, agents, researchers, vendors, production and service providers, and more.

    Intuitive Platform with Advanced Search Filters

    FestivalNet's website was designed with the end user in mind, featuring an easy to navigate interface that connects its members with the information they need.

    Members can search for festivals, events, and fairs using a wide range of useful filters including:

      • State / Province

      • City or Zip code Radius

      • Month or Date Range

      • Events with entertainment

      • Type of Event

      • Attendance

      • Deadlines

      • Whether or not food is needed

      • Juried Art Shows

      • Virtual shows

    With a few clicks, visitors will be presented with customized search results. Each event listing includes critical information such as event dates, event contact information, event description, and the official website for the event.

    A Convenient and Time-Saving Tool

    Millions of individuals enjoy festivals and fairs each year. Similarly, the industry directly or indirectly employs tens of thousands of vendors, musicians, artists, promoters, and more.

    For these individuals, FestivalNet® offers a convenient, accessible, time-saving tool. Those who make their living from such events can quickly locate opportunities for their business, while patrons can find interesting and entertaining events to attend.

    Vendor Marketplace and Tools

    In addition to its robust database of fairs and festivals, FestivalNet® offers several tools and resources for vendors. Its integrated online marketplace can be used to buy or sell a wide range of products ranging from handmade crafts, to commercially produced items.

    Registered organizers and promoters can list their event on FestivalNet® for free. With over 1.3 million visitors a month, the website is an ideal place to help festivals, fairs and events gain more exposure.

    FestivalNet® Pro Membership

    Starting at just $15/month, with heavy discounts for 3-month and 12-month subscriptions, FestivalNet® offers a full suite of value-driven benefits for its members.

    Features of Pro Level Membership Include:

    *All basic features, plus

      • Complete event details

      • Full event rating details

      • Web link in festival biz directory ($35 value)

      • 10 item online store in our Marketplace

      • Add music, video, images to optional community profile

      • Promoters: Upload show applications

      • Build custom events list

      • Add notes on shows

      • Set reminders & appointments when booking shows

      • Map your search results and MyList

    Call for Artist and Featured Events Products

    Impactful Event Promotion and Marketing Packages

    Gain additional exposure for an upcoming event with FestivalNet's ‘Call for Artist' or ‘Featured Events' products and reach more attendees, vendor types, artists, crafters, and performers.

    Benefits Include:

      • Appearing on special featured events or artists webpage, homepage map, and more

      • Appear in monthly artists newsletter reaching over 74,000 artists

      • Top position on all public member's search results and high ranking webpages for up to 11 months

      • Appear in the Call for Artists weekly e-blast, reaching 69,000 members

    About FestivalNet®

    For 26 years, FestivalNet® has been a pillar of the fair and festival community throughout North America. Its database of events is one of the largest in existence, offering a wealth of helpful information for patrons and vendors alike.

    With an integrated marketplace and promotional tools, vendors can tap into FestivalNet's 30+ million monthly viewership to find their audience and promote their products, services, and events.

    Those interested in learning more about FestivalNet® or its services are encouraged to reach out via its official website for more information.

    Phone Number: +18002003737

  • 25 Jul 2022 5:49 AM | Anonymous

    I don't know if the risks described in this article are overblown or not. However, I will leave it to the DNA experts to read the article and decide for themselves (and hopefully tell the rest of us about the risks).

    Could your aunt's (or your) genealogy research be used to kill you? From an article by Joel Gehrke of the Washington Examiner:

    Your aunt's genealogy hobby could  help China or Russia design a biological weapon to kill your family.

    That risk alarms policymakers and officials in the United States, even if it's a remote prospect for most people. The emergence of such technology could allow rogue regimes to develop exquisite assassination programs with more than the usual impunity.

    "There are now weapons under development, and developed, that are designed to target specific people," Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), a member of the committees that oversee the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community, said Friday at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado. "That's what this is, where you can actually take someone's DNA, you know, their medical profile, and you can target a biological weapon that will kill that person or take them off the battlefield or make them inoperable."

    The most sophisticated U.S. rivals could use such methods to open a new front against the American population, another senior lawmaker added, through the targeting of food supplies on a vast scale.

    "If we look at food security and what can our adversaries do with biological weapons that are directed at our animal agriculture, at our agricultural sector ... highly pathogenic avian influenza, African swine fever," said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "All of these things have circulated around the globe, but if targeted by an adversary, we know that it brings about food insecurity. Food insecurity drives a lot of other insecurities around the globe."

    The lawmakers outlined those risks to elaborate on a warning aired more obliquely by Army Gen. Richard Clarke, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.

    You can read the entire article at:

  • 22 Jul 2022 3:19 PM | Anonymous

    (+) Subtitle: How to Also Save Money on Your Present Cell Phone Bill

    (+) Sub-subtitle: How to Save Money on Cell Phone Calls When Traveling Overseas

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

    NOTE: This article has nothing to do with genealogy. If you are looking for genealogy articles, you might want to skip this one. However, I decided to write it after reading a comment by a newsletter reader.

    I have read comments from several people saying they wished they could use a cell phone but they cannot because there is little or no cell phone coverage at their home. With today's technology, that should not stop them from having a cell phone for use at home and elsewhere. In most cases, using the new technology will provide cheaper and better service than traditional telephone and cellular companies. In fact, cell phone calls placed from within your home with the method I am about to describe usually are free of charge because those calls do not count as “cell phone minutes” being used. However this solution will only work for anyone who has a broadband Internet connection with wi-fi in the home.

    Another benefit of this solution is to avoid the outrageous international roaming charges incurred when using a cell phone in a foreign country.

    Perhaps the biggest money-saving benefit is to cut costs on one's present cell phone and traditional telephone bills. In fact, many people (including me) even decide to cancel the old-fashioned dial-up telephone service in their home and use their cell phone as their only phone.

    To start with, why do you own both a cell phone and a dial-up phone? There are many possible answers, but the two that I hear most often are these:

    "It is too expensive to use my cell phone as my only phone because I have to pay for all the minutes I use."

    "Cell phone service is unreliable or nonexistent where I live."

    Both problems are easy to solve with today’s so-called “smart phones.”

    If you can cut your monthly cell phone bill so much that it becomes cheaper than your dial-up phone's monthly bill, wouldn't it be better to have only one phone and to use it for all your calls, both incoming and outgoing? Don't forget that most cellular services also can (optionally) transfer your present home phone's number to your cell phone. You won't even need to notify friends, relatives, or business associates of a new phone number. Your old number will simply be transferred to your cell phone.

    The solutions I suggest here will provide complete cell phone coverage within 100 or perhaps 200 feet of your home. If you are further away, you will be dependent on whatever signal your cell phone company can provide. That's still better coverage than what your present dial-up telephone company provides.

    How It Works

    Assuming you have broadband internet service in your home for this solution, you need to add Wi-Fi to that service. Doing so is fairly straightforward and involves little or no extra cost.

    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/12857957.

    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

  • 22 Jul 2022 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    Actor (and executive producer of the "Who Do You Think You Are?" genealogy TV program) Lisa Kudrow recently sat down on the 3rd Hour of TODAY to talk about her executive produced NBC series “Who Do You Think You Are?” and how the show personalizes people’s genealogy.

    She also tells why she thinks that genealogy has become so popular in recent years.

    You can watch her guest appearance at: (make sure you "Tap to Unmute.")

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