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  • 4 Jul 2022 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    Microsoft's Office Productivity software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) is both high-priced and bloated. Now it is also becoming obsolete, being replaced by free or low-priced software that accomplishes the same things. Most notable among the newer products is Google Docs.

    Google Docs is getting the ability to edit Microsoft Office documents while offline, essentially paving the way for you to fully ditch any reliance on Microsoft's productivity software.

    Google’s latest blog entry has confirmed Google Workspace, the suite that includes Google Docs, Drive, Sheets and more, now has the ability to edit Office files without being connected to the internet.

    While Microsoft Office files have been compatible with Google Workspace without having to convert any filetypes, the option to work on your files offline is not to be sniffed at. That's because productivity shouldn't be reliant on an internet connection, regardless of what kind of file you’re actually using at the time.

    You can read more at and at:

  • 4 Jul 2022 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    On June 16, Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archive delved into the world of Whitinsville, a small town in central Massachusetts with one of the oldest Armenian communities in the state. This presentation was cosponsored by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research and the Armenian Cultural Center.

    The Jundanian family: Krikor, Verkin, Catherine, Joe Jundanian in the dark clothes, and his brother Harry in white (Tom had yet to be born; circa 1917-1919,

    Armenians of Whitinsville (, a digital archive that documents the history of Armenians in this town, was represented by Greg Jundanian and Lisa Misakian, two of the handful of co-founders of the project.

    “The Jundanian family, originally from Parchanj, a town located in the Kharpert province of the Armenia plateau, immigrated to the United States before 1915 settled and in Whitinsville in the 1920s. Misakian’s family has roots in Whitinsville since the 1880s, when her grandfather first arrived from Parchanj.

    Arto Vaun, the Executive Director of Project SAVE, explained how Whitinsville is a part of the Armenian diasporan experience while Jundanian and Misakian shared their recent documentation work.

    The archive developed out of conversations between Jundanian and Jeff Kalousdian in spring 2021. They proposed it to the Whitinsville community through the local Surp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Church’s electronic newsletter, which introduced Misakian to the project.

    Jundanian explained the mission of the archive, declaring “It is a digital archive that pays respects to those before us. It is about the past but also about putting together something for future generations.”

    You can learn more in an article by Brandon Balayan and published in the Armenian Mirror-Spectator web site at:

  • 4 Jul 2022 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the North Carolina State Archives:

    The Digital Access Branch of the State Archives of North Carolina is pleased to announce the newest collection in the North Carolina Digital Collections, the Revolutionary War Era.

    The American War of Independence was the war between Great Britain and the colonists who lived in the American colonies. The fighting lasted from 1775 to 1783 and involved parties from numerous countries. The Revolutionary War typically conjures up images of an assorted group of victimized yet determined white American colonist men fighting against a dictatorial British government. Frustrated with an ever-increasing set of irrational laws and regulations, the American colonists bravely fought back against an obviously tyrannical king. This image of a wearied but determined group of people coming together for a greater good is impressive for history books, but it is merely one perspective of the period.

    The Revolutionary War era in North Carolina actually started in 1763 and didn’t end until around 1790 when it joined the union. Feelings of discontent towards the colonial administration started with the War of the Regulation or Regulator Movement. The residents of Anson, Orange, and Granville Counties accused the colonial government of unfair taxation and corruption. The men who called themselves the Regulators protested frequently about the high taxes imposed on them and the heavy-handed methods used to obtain them. Edmund Fanning, in particular, the clerk of the Superior Court of Orange County, was blamed for excessive registration fees and for acquiring numerous tracts of land. Fanning and other royal colonial officials would repeatedly deal with the Regulators’ petitions and protests.

    Eventually, the protests turned to riots with physical violence and the colonial government responded with force. The Regulators and Governor William Tryon’s militia fought in the Battle of Alamance on May 16, 1771. The Regulators lost the battle, and the royal colonial government passed the Johnston’s Riot Act. This bill allowed for colonial officials to use military force to stop any perceived acts of rebellion and deem any person labeled a rioter as an outlaw if they didn’t appear in court once summoned. It was written by Samuel Johnston, who is considered a Revolutionary War leader. For more information on the Regulator Movement, check out this blog post.

    Clearly, the feelings of discontent towards the royal colonial government started long before the Revolutionary War started. The complaint of excessive taxes was seen in other colonies within British America as well. Between 1763 and 1775, the British Parliament passed an array of laws regulating taxes and trade. The taxes were meant to generate revenue after the British government incurred tremendous debt from fighting in the Seven Years’ War in Europe and the French and Indian War in America simultaneously. Parliament believed it was natural for the American colonists to pay taxes to cover the bills associated with the war. This was logical to them since it was meant to protect them from the French and hostile American Indian nations. Many American colonists disagreed and believed the war was really meant to strengthen the British empire.

    You can read a lot more at:
  • 4 Jul 2022 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    The Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railway Museum in Alna, Maine is home to a historic two-foot narrow-gauge steam train built in the late 19th century. The train was originally constructed with the goal of connecting Wiscasset to Quebec. That goal never came to fruition but it did serve Sheepscot Valley for roughly 40 years, running from Alna to Albion.

    “Back in 1910 the railroad was a lifeline for the people of Sheepscot Valley," said WW&F Railway Museum President Dave Buckowski.

    The railroad fell out of service in 1933. Today, the WW&F Railway Museum has rebuilt the steam train, preserving a piece of Maine history. “We’d like to bring people back to that time — where it’s much simpler, said Buckowski. "We can help them relax and let them see what life was like back then."

    You can read more in an article by Norah Hogan and published in the WMTW web site at:

    The Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railway Museum's web site may be found at:

  • 1 Jul 2022 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    Ah, the good old days. Life was simpler and... The year is 1909.

    Here are some statistics for the year 1909:

    • The average life expectancy was 47 years.

    • Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

    • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

    • There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads in the USA.

    • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

    • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

    • The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.

    • The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

    • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist earned $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

    • More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.

    • Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”

    • Sugar cost four cents a pound.

    • Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

    • Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

    • Most women only washed their hair once a month and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

    • Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering the country for any reason.

    • Five leading causes of death were:

    • 1. Pneumonia and influenza  

    • 2. Tuberculosis  

    • 3. Diarrhea  

    • 4. Heart disease  

    • 5. Stroke

    • The American flag had 45 stars.

    • The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!

    • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.

    • There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

    • Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.

    • Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

    • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.”

    • Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

    • There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.

  • 1 Jul 2022 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

    The 1891 census is now linked to historical and modern georeferenced maps by TheGenealogist to make it easier than ever to find where ancestors lived and see the surrounding neighbourhood.

    Family and house historians are able to investigate the streets, lanes and wider areas of where their ancestors lived at the time of the 1891 census in this latest release from TheGenealogist. A release that sees the 1891 census linked up to the Map Explorer™ for the first time.

    Census transcript linked to mapping

    The 1891 Census joins the 1901 census, 1911 census and the 1939 Register that are already connected to the innovative Map Explorer™. This means that researchers are able to identify, with just the click of a button, where their forebears lived and to see the routes their ancestors used to visit shops, local pubs, churches, places of work and parks. With a historical map it is possible to find where the nearest railway station was, important for understanding how our ancestors could travel to other parts of the country to see relatives or visit their hometown.

    With this release, Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist can pinpoint ancestors’ properties at the time of the 1891 census and so investigate the neighbourhood from behind their computer screen. Alternatively, users may also access TheGenealogist on their mobile phone to trace their ancestors’ footprints while walking down modern streets.

    Most of the London area and other towns and cities can be viewed down to the property level, while other parts of the country will identify down to the parish, road or street.

    Viewing a household record from the 1891 census on TheGenealogist will now show a map, locating your ancestor’s house. Clicking on this map loads the location in Map Explorer™, enabling you to explore the area and see the records of neighbouring properties.

    See TheGenealogist’s article:

    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!

  • 1 Jul 2022 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    Are you attempting to research ancestors and other family members in the Mariana Islands? If so, you will be interested in this press release from KWAW Radio in the Mariana Islands (you can listen in from anywhere in the world):

    This Saturday, July 2, at 10 a.m., the Chamorro Cultural Talk Show on Marianas Agupa’, KWAW Magic 100.3FM, will feature Herman T. Guerrero who will discuss “Håli’ Familia Giya Marianas” or the genealogy of families in the Marianas.

    You can also listen online via TuneIn, YouTube or Facebook. Glenn Manglona is the host of the talk show.

    The presentation in Chamorro will be followed by a Q&A call-in and chat with the public via social media.

    The public is also encouraged to participate in a survey after the talk show to help improve the show and identify future shows and cultural experts. Details about the survey will be provided during the talk show and posted on the Marianas Agupa’ Facebook page, and YouTube channel,

  • 1 Jul 2022 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    The following was written by Killian Downing and published in the Europeana Pro web site:

    This week sees the launch of the innovative new digital archive, the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland, which makes a rich array of historical documents available for research, education and enjoyment. Europeana Members Councillor and Dublin City University archivist Killian Downing tells us about how the Virtual Record Treasury was created and its significance.

    The newly launched Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland is a digital archive which combines historical investigation, archival discovery, conservation and technical innovation to re-imagine and recreate, through digital technologies, archives lost at the beginning of the Irish Civil War. For the first time in 100 years, researchers will be able to ‘step back in time’ to explore a virtual recreation of the Public Record Office of Ireland and its collections which were destroyed in a fire on 30 June 1922.

    In June 1922, the Public Record Office of Ireland stored over seven centuries of Irish records dating back to the time of the Normans in Ireland. Hundreds of thousands of precious historical documents relating to all aspects of Irish life were lost, including invaluable census records dating from before the Irish Famine in the 1840s. 

    The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland has been developed by Beyond 2022, an international collaborative research project working to create a virtual reconstruction of the destroyed Public Record Office of Ireland. Beyond 2022 has been developed by historians in Trinity College Dublin and computer scientists in the Science Foundation Ireland ADAPT Centre, in partnership with five core partners: National Archives, Ireland, National Archives, UK, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Irish Manuscripts Commission and the Library of Trinity College Dublin. 

    Rich collections and digitally reconnected archives

    The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland now provides access to 50 million words of searchable text spanning seven centuries; 150,000+ database records; 6,000+ maps; and 2.7 million knowledge graph triples. It brings together a rich array of replacement and surrogate records digitally repatriated from archival collections around the world, within an immersive 3D reconstruction of the destroyed building. 

    You can read more at:

    The Virtual Record Treasury is an open-access resource, freely available online to all those interested in Irish history around the world - explore it now.

  • 1 Jul 2022 5:32 AM | Anonymous

    The following was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast adds records from this key period in American history 

    Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence  

    Each signer of this historic document is included in this collection, new to Findmypast this week. Following a traditional genealogical style, you might uncover a personal family connection to a signer of the Declaration of Independence by following their descendants. These 18,000 records have been kindly supplied by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 

    Pennsylvania, Oaths of Allegiance Lists 

    Also new to Findmypast this week, with these 13,000 records you might discover if an ancestor renounced their allegiance to the British monarchy, and instead pledged support to the Continental Congress. Here, you may learn where and when your ancestor made this pledge. 

    Pennsylvania, American Revolution Patriot Militia Index 

    This new collection comprises 10,000 PDF records to help you discover if your ancestor was directly involved in the fighting during the American Revolution. The records normally include the name of the soldier, their rank and their type of involvement. 

    Scotland Memorial Inscriptions 

    Nearly 13,000 records have been added into this existing collection, with the new material covering Angus and Fife. Explore years of death, others buried in the same plot, denominations and more. 


    This week’s newspapers also have a North American feel, with the Gazette of the United States, the Anglo-American Times and the Canadian Ottawa Free Press.  

    New titles

    ·         Anglo-American Times, 1865-1896 

    ·         East Galway Democrat, 1913-1921, 1936, 1938-1949 

    ·         Gazette of the United States, 1789-1798, 1803 

    ·         Munster Tribune, 1955-1959, 1961-1962 

    ·         Ottawa Free Press, 1904-1909, 1911-1915 

    ·         Wallington & Carshalton Herald, 1882-1897 


    Updated titles: 

    ·         Brentwood Gazette, 1990 

    ·         Carmarthen Journal, 1998 

    ·         Colonial Standard, 1889 

    ·         Cork Weekly Examiner, 1897 

    ·         Derbyshire Times, 1919, 1927 

    ·         Dominica Chronicle, 1910 

    ·         Dominica Guardian, 1921 

    ·         Ellesmere Port Pioneer, 1990 

    ·         Harrow Observer, 1987 

    ·         Irvine Herald, 1989 

    ·         Llanelli Star, 1991 

    ·         Mirror (Trinidad & Tobago), 1901-1902, 1908, 1914-1915 

    ·         Stanmore Observer, 1991 

    ·         Westerham Herald, 1890

  • 30 Jun 2022 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    According to a new count, 152 cultural sites in Ukraine have been partially or totally destroyed since the beginning of the war. Last week UNESCO published an updated assessment of the damage caused to cultural sites in Ukraine since 24 February 2022, when the Russian offensive began.

    According to the checks carried out by its experts, 152 cultural sites have been partially or totally destroyed as a result of the fighting, including 30 historical buildings, 18 cultural centres, 15 monuments, 12 museums, seven libraries and 70 religious buildings.

    Among the museums damaged and destroyed are The Military Historical Museum – a branch of the Chernihiv Historical Museum, Building of regional children’s library, Regional Art Museum. G. Galagana, the Ivankiv Museum, Kharkiv Art Museum, and Hryhorii Skovoroda National Literary Memorial Museum, and the Mariupol Museum of Local Lore.

    You can read more in an article in the Museums + Heritage Advisor web site at:

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