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  • 27 Jun 2022 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    I have written often about the many advantages of Chromebooks. (That includes Chromeboxes as well.) Now there is news from Google: Windows has supported these for decades, so it’s awesome to see Google’s operating system have some much-needed feature parity for users who receive zip files or other formats from their co-workers, peers, or even family members. Now, with the release of ChromeOS 101, this is finally coming to the masses!

    Formats supported include:

    • 7z
    • bz2
    • crx
    • gz
    • iso
    • rar
    • tar
    • tbz
    • tbz2
    • tgz

    This update will be rolling out to all ChromeOS operating systems in the next few days.

  • 27 Jun 2022 9:58 AM | Anonymous

    Walking past the countless photos of Holocaust survivors and victims at Warsaw’s POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in 2016, New York-native Daniel Patt was haunted by the possibility that he was passing the faces of his own relatives without even knowing it.

    Jews from Hungary arriving at Auschwitz in May of 1944, part of 'The Auschwitz Album' series of photographs. Most of these Jews were murdered later that day.

    For Patt, a 40-year-old software engineer now working for Google, that sort of conundrum presented the potential for a creative solution. And so he set to work creating and developing From Numbers to Names (N2N), an artificial intelligence-driven facial recognition platform that can scan through photos from prewar Europe and the Holocaust, linking them to people living today.

    You can read the full story in an article by by Yaakov Schwartz published in the Times of Israel web site at:

  • 24 Jun 2022 4:37 PM | Anonymous

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

    I have been downsizing my book collection by scanning the books and then often, but not always, throwing away the printed copies. I keep the digital copies in a laptop computer's hard drive plus on several flash drives plus copies stored in the cloud. The copies in a cloud-based storage service let me access any of the digitized books quickly and easily on an iPad, a cell phone, a friend's computer, or anyplace else I wish to view them. I find this handy not only for my own use but also when at genealogy conferences and various meetings. If I am discussing something I saw in a book with another genealogist, I can view the book on my tablet computer's screen and even send a copy of the book to the other person by email if the copyright laws allow.

    Of course, another big benefit is the fact that digitized books require no shelf space. There is no need for me to purchase more bookshelves. In fact, if I were to place all the printed genealogy books and magazines I have ever purchased on bookshelves, first I would need to purchase a bigger house!

    The problem became even worse when I started a mobile lifestyle. For several years, I spent my summers in the northern U.S. and my winters in the Sun Belt in a Winnebago motor home that had restricted space for books. Yet, I refuse to stop doing genealogy reading and research when on the road. Luckily, I have since I purchased a home in Florida where I have lots of room. However, I became so used to having ebooks digitized and conveniently online and easily available, that I have refused to purchase new bookshelves and go back to the old-fashioned way of storing books.

    That solution sounds great until you start scanning the books and magazines. Then you run into a major problem: scanning hundreds of pages is a slow and tedious process with most scanners. In fact, "tedious" isn't a strong enough word. It is truly boring. After about two years of effort, I have found a few ways to minimize the labor required.

    Buy a Scanner with a Sheet Feeder

    Scanning with a typical flatbed scanner you purchased at a local computer store is an exercise in futility. The scanners typically cost $30 to perhaps $150 and do a great job on single pieces of paper or photographs that are placed on the flat glass scanning area of the scanner. However, making a scan, picking up the book, turning the page, placing the book back onto the scanner, and then making the next scan quickly becomes tedious. You won't want to digitize 1,000 pages this way! Most of these flatbed scanners also have issues with "page curl," trying to get a good image on the edge of each page that is near the binding.

    Of course, if you have lots of money, you could always purchase a book scanner.

    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/12828164

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  • 24 Jun 2022 3:50 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a follow-up article to the article published earlier at

    Relatives of Holocaust survivors and victims can now look through the files of more than 2,700 Jews who sought help through Vatican channels to escape Nazi persecution before and during the Second World War. The archives have gone public on the internet at the request of Pope Francis.

    The files constitute “a heritage that is precious because it gathers the requests for help sent to Pope Pius XII by Jewish people, both the baptized and the non-baptized, after the beginning of Nazi and fascist persecution,” Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations, said in a June 23 article for Vatican News.

    This heritage is “now easily accessible to the entire world thanks to a project aimed at publishing the complete digitalized version of the archival series,” he said. “Making the digitized version of the entire Jews/Jewish people series available on the internet will allow the descendants of those who asked for help, to find traces of their loved ones from any part of the world. At the same time, it will allow scholars and anyone interested, to freely examine this special archival heritage, from a distance.”

    The files are hosted at the website for the Historical Archive of the Secretariat of State’s Section for Relations with States and International Organizations. The archive hosts a photographic reproduction of each document and an analytical inventory that names all those requesting help.

    The series pertains to the papacy of Venerable Pius XII, who was elected pope on March 2, 1939, just six months before the start of the war.

    Some requests written by Jews or on behalf of Jews sought help to obtain visas or passports, to find asylum, or to reunify families. Others sought freedom from detention or transfers to a different concentration camp. They sought news of deported people or asked for supplies of food or clothes, financial support, spiritual support, and more.

    You can read more in an article by Kevin J. Jones published in the CBCPNews web site at:

  • 24 Jun 2022 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    The following was written by the Augusta Genealogical Society:

    When:      Saturday, July 23, 2022
    Time:       1:00 - 2:00 pm EST
    Where:    Online - Register at

                     The registration deadline is July 22.  Registration is required to receive the Zoom link

    Price:       FREE to AGS members or $10 for nonmembers
    Speaker:  Allison Hudgins - Reference Manager Georgia Archives, Morrow GA

         Allison Hudgins

    When:      Saturday, July 23, 2022

    Time:       1:00 - 2:00 pm EST

    Where:    Online - Register at

                     The registration deadline is July 22.  Registration is required to receive the Zoom link

    Price:       FREE to AGS members or $10 for nonmembers

    Speaker:  Allison Hudgins - Reference Manager Georgia Archives, Morrow GA

    Allison Hudgins, the Reference Manager at the Georgia Archives, previously worked at the Cobb County Public Library System, and at Mercer University Special Collections while she was a student. Allison holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University.

    The Georgia Archives is the state’s premier repository for researching families that have lived in Georgia during any period since its founding in 1733. Not only does it hold official state records, but it also has microfilm and some original county, city, and town records, church records, manuscripts compiled genealogies, family histories, county histories, and general genealogical reference works.

    It also holds original land grants and plats both through the bounty land and the land lottery systems.  Digital collections have increased in recent years as well.  Ms. Hudgins will give an overview of the information available and explain how it can be accessed. 

    The program flyer may be found at: 

    JOIN AGS NOW and enjoy the benefits of several programs, which will be free to members in 2022.  The Augusta Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization founded in Augusta, Georgia in September 1979.

    Daphne Hopson
    Public Relations
    Adamson Library
    Augusta Genealogical Society

  • 24 Jun 2022 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    Pope Francis has ordered the online publication of 170 volumes of its Jewish files from the recently opened Pope Pius XII archives, the Vatican announced Thursday, amid renewed debate about the legacy of its World War II-era pope.

    The documentation contains 2,700 files of requests for Vatican help from Jewish groups and families, many of them baptized Catholics, so not actually practicing Jews anymore. The files were held in the Secretariat of State’s archives and contain requests for papal intervention to avoid Nazi deportation, to obtain liberation from concentration camps or help finding family members.

    The online publication of the files comes amid renewed debate about Pius’ legacy following the 2020 opening to scholars of his archives, of which the “Jews” files are but a small part. The Vatican has long defended Pius against criticism from some Jewish groups that he remained silent in the face of the Holocaust, saying he used quiet diplomacy to save lives.

    You can read more in an article by Nicole Winfield published in the Washington Post at:

  • 24 Jun 2022 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast adds a mix of newspapers, parish records and Merchant Navy records this week  

    Britain, Merchant Seamen, 1918-1941 

    Nearly 5,000 records have been added into this existing collection, known for its biographical detail, physical descriptions, and often photographs. It includes British merchant seamen stationed all over the world. 

    British India Office: Births & Baptisms and Marriages 

    Even more records have been added into these two existing collections, where you could uncover if your ancestor married in British India, or had children there. It’s also possible to find residences and professions. 

    Ireland Newspaper Notices: Births, Marriages and Deaths 

    Brand new to Findmypast this week with additional images, these records are snippets of life events from three Irish newspapers. You can explore around 42,000 births, 30,000 marriages, and 66,000 deaths. Be sure to check the original for more detail. 


    This week’s new newspapers are from the Caribbean and Ireland. 

    New titles: 

    ·         Carlow Nationalist, 1883-1916 

    ·         Colonial Standard, 1858, 1864, 1866, 1868-1869, 1871, 1873, 1875-1878, 1880-1888, 1890-1895 

    ·         Cork Weekly Examiner, 1896, 1898-1912 

    ·         Dominica Chronicle, 1911-1915 

    ·         Dominica Guardian, 1893-1920 

    ·         Mirror (Trinidad & Tobago), 1898, 1904-1907, 1909-1911 

    ·         Voice of St. Lucia, 1885-1888, 1890-1915 

    Updated titles: 

    ·         Acton Gazette, 1984 

    ·         Belper Express, 1992 

    ·         Birmingham Daily Post, 1953 

    ·         Bootle Times, 1987 

    ·         Horley & Gatwick Mirror, 1987 

    ·         Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 1986 

    ·         Merthyr Express, 1989 

    ·         Stirling Observer, 1991 

  • 23 Jun 2022 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    Two sets of viable DNA have been recovered from remains found at a potential Tulsa Race Massacre mass burial site.

    The lab responsible for processing, analyzing, and mapping the genealogy of the obtained DNA said in a virtual meeting Tuesday that “we’ve got two good samples, and we’re really excited to move on in the process.”

    Danny Hellwig is the Laboratory Development Director for Intermountain Forensics, the Utah-based lab where the 14 remains discovered last year were sent for analysis.

    Hellwig said that out of the 14 remains, only one bone and one tooth from two of the remains contained enough viable DNA to move forward with the genealogy mapping.

    You can read more in an article by Mike Creef that has been published in the Black Wall Street Times web site at:

  • 23 Jun 2022 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    Thousands of photographs of Communist Romania and of Romania as a Constitutional Monarchy between 1921-1947, managed by The National Archives are going to be scanned and digitized. The Institute for the Investigation of the Crimes of Communism and the Memory of the Romanian Exile will collaborate with the National Archives of Romania on this project.

    The Institute for the Investigation of the Crimes of Communism and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) is a governmental structure whose role lies in the scientific analysis of the totalitarian period and its consequences. One of its main areas of activity is collecting, archiving, and publishing documents related to the memory of the Romanian Communist regime.

    The project they have planned is the digitization of the National Archives’ photograph collection. Over the next six years, around 100,000 photographic materials from 1921-1989 will be digitized and uploaded to IICCMER’s online photo library in two sections: 1921-1944 and 1945-1989. Here they will be freely available to the public.

    You can read more in an article by Maia Van Kline and published in the Romania Insider web site at:

  • 23 Jun 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    From an article by Corinne Reichert published in the CNET web site:

    Dark clouds are gathering over Old Lick Cemetery on a cold April morning. The tiny parcel of wooded land in Roanoke, Virginia, just north of downtown, is the burial ground for hundreds of Black people.

    It's enclosed by a chain-link fence on a thin strip of land wedged between the interstate highway and a busy main road, and marked by a deteriorating, hand-carved wooden sign, a silent reminder that this cemetery used to be bigger. When Virginia wanted to build I-581 in 1961, the highway took priority. Most of the cemetery was unearthed and its occupants shifted to this tiny spot.

    Hundreds of gravestones are scattered haphazardly, some as grave markers and some strewn unceremoniously in piles.

    "They excavated 960-something people and transferred them. And unfortunately, they did not take the time to identify those bodies," says Trish White-Boyd, the vice mayor of Roanoke. "Just horrifying."

    The cemetery's disturbing story would likely remain a footnote in the city's history were it not for a project called Hidden in Plain Site, the brainchild of creative agency BrownBaylor. It's designed to resurface the lost narrative of marginalized Black people across the US with experiences you can view through a browser or virtual reality headset.

    You can read the rest of the (lengthy) story at:

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