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  • 17 Nov 2021 5:51 PM | Anonymous

    The following was written by Pierre Clouthier, President of Progeny Genealogy:

    We are continuing the conversion of Charting Companion, and have added some enhancements.

    * Latest versions: Windows 8.1; Mac 8.1

    * Support for Windows 11 and Apple M1 "ARM"

    * New accelerated graphics technology, for large charts

    * Embroidery

    * RootsMagic 8; RootsMagic colors

    * Title centering

    * Cousin-smart (implexus) with "no hatching" color option

    We are privileged to help you tell the story of your family. A story that stretches back in time beyond the dawn of history. The story of humble, unsung people who overcame hardships and built this world for you.

    CC 8 offers new "Wizard"-style dialogs that are simpler for first-time users. "Expert" dialogs are available to old hands who want to quickly navigate Charting Companion's rich features.

    Charting Companion 8 FGV

    If you don't already have Charting Companion 8 for Windows or Mac, order from the link below:

    Get Charting Companion:

    Pierre Clouthier
    Progeny Genealogy:

  • 17 Nov 2021 5:17 PM | Anonymous

    The following was written by the  Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS):

    Getting Ready for the 1950 US Census

    Thomas MacEntee

    Free Webinar from SCGS

    Wednesday, December 15, 2021,
    6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

    Register here:


    Many genealogists remember the amount of excitement in April 2012 around the release of the 1940 US Census. Following the “72 Year Rule” for records at the National Archives, the results of the 1950 US Census will be made public on Friday, April 1, 2022. It’s never too early to prepare for this valuable data related to US genealogy research!


    Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional based in the United States, specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community.


    A handout will be available shortly before the presentation. A link will be included in a reminder that will be sent the day before the session.

    2020 Webinar Times

    1st Saturdays                                   3rd Wednesdays

    10:00 AM Pacific                             6:00 PM Pacific

    11:00 AM Mountain                        7:00 PM Mountain

    12:00 PM Central                            8:00 PM Central

    1:00 PM Eastern                              9:00 PM Eastern

    A goal of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to offer educational opportunities to genealogists and family history enthusiasts everywhere. The Jamboree Extension Webinar Series helps delivers those opportunities.

    The initial webcast of each session is offered to the public free of charge. 

    Webinars are archived and available only to SCGS members as a benefit of membership in the society. The webinar archive can be found at

    The list of upcoming webinars can be found at

    Learn about all the SCGS member benefits at

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    View System Requirements

    Please direct any questions to the SCGS Webinar Committee at

  • 17 Nov 2021 7:18 AM | Anonymous

    Philanthropists Don and Leslie Budinger have completed a major gift that began in 1999 and has now culminated in the transfer of title to the landmark building at 1100 Orange Avenue, to the Coronado Historical Association (CHA).

    By completing the transfer of title of the property, the longtime supporters were able to realize their vision of sustaining CHA and ensuring its role as Coronado's archivist and historian for the community, well into the future.

    The Budingers' association with CHA began in 1999 when the couple bought the historic former bank building at 1100 Orange Avenue, restored it, and then entrusted it to the care of the Coronado Historical Association, entering into a 30-year lease-gift agreement.

    You can read much more about this gift in an article by Debbie L. Sklar in an article in the Times of San Diego web site at:

  • 16 Nov 2021 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    When you think about it, word processors haven't changed much in decades. Each one emulates recording words on paper. The only significant change in recent years is when Google introduced Google Documents, a product that stores its text online in the cloud instead of in your own computer. While significant, that is still a not a major change.

    Anyone who can gain access to your computer or to your online account can still read your documents, including accessing private information that you don't want to share. Until now...

    Skiff changes all that.

    Skiff has launched a new, decentralized architecture - realizing the company's vision to build the application layer for Web3 - private, decentralized, and end-to-end encrypted.

    Decentralization and privacy go hand-in-hand. While privacy demands that users know exactly how and when their personal data is shared, decentralization keeps users’ information outside of anti-private, centralized databases. End-to-end encryption and decentralization together truly deliver complete control over personal data to Skiff users. Technically and organizationally, decentralization helps us deliver on core promise to users.

    According to the programmers who created Skiff:


    Your identity is your keypair: Skiff’s products keep your personal information private to you. Our whitepaper details this approach to provisioning users with keypairs (for encryption and attestation). Like a password manager or a crypto wallet, this technical design represents the foundation of decentralized collaboration.

    Decentralized real-time collaboration via CRDTs: As detailed in our pre-launch blog post on decentralized collaboration from March 2021, decentralization allows us to realize numerous technical and user-friendly advantages. In particular, CRDTs enable us to, in real time, synchronize data structures across multiple Skiff users around the world. Users communicate end-to-end encrypted document changes to each other and arrive at fully synchronized, independent copies of working documents.

    Decentralized storage via IPFS: We are incredibly excited to announce our collaboration with Protocol Labs and IPFS to build fully decentralized storage into Skiff. In IPFS, Filecoin, and libp2p (for direct peer-to-peer communication), Protocol Labs is building foundational infrastructure to enable decentralized, privacy-first applications like Skiff.

    Now, Skiff users can store files, static content, and more via the Interplanetary Filesystem (IPFS). Inside the settings page, users can enable or disable IPFS storage:

    In short:

    1. Skiff breaks every document into dozes or hundreds of smaller pieces and each piece is stored in a different web server in the cloud. Even if someone who access a small piece, there will be so little information displayed that it becomes useless to the hacker.
    2. Even before being broken into hundreds of small "snippets" of information, each piece is encrypted in its own unique encryption code. Even different snippets within one document are encrypted in different methods.

    When the document's creator wishes to retrieve the document, everything happens in a manner that emulates an old-fashioned word processor: each snippet is located, retrieved, and combined tito a single document within seconds in a manner that is invisible to the document's creator.

    You can learn a lot more about Skiff at:

  • 16 Nov 2021 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    The following was written by the U.S. Census Bureau:

    The U.S. Census Bureau has calculated the center of population for the United States based on the 2020 Census population of 331.4 million. The center is near Hartville, a town of about 600 people in central southern Missouri.

    Every 10 years, since the first census in 1790, the Census Bureau has calculated the “center of population,” which is a point at where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly if everyone were of identical weight. This point represents the average location of where people in the United States live.

    Based on the 2020 Census redistricting data released September 16, the center of the population (as of Census Day, April 1, 2020) is located about 15 miles from Hartville.

    Learn More

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    The “Hart” of the Nation’s Population: Hartville, Missouri (Pop. 594)

    According to the 2020 Census, a tiny town in south central Missouri now has the unique distinction of being the center of the nation’s population.

    Visit America Counts to read more about: 

      • Celebrating Hartville
      • How we know where the center of population is
      • Shifts in the center of population through the decades

    America Counts

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    Find Your State's 2020 Center of Population

    In addition to a national center of population, the Census Bureau also calculates centers of population for each state, county, census tract and census block group. Coordinates for each of these locations can be found on the Center of Population webpage.

    Encourage your social media followers to explore their area's centers of population using our new data visualization. Visit our toolkit to find sharable graphics and sample post copy.

    Center of Population Data Viz

    In 2020, the 10 states where population centers moved the farthest from 2010 were:

      1. North Dakota (6.4 miles)
      2. Arkansas (5.1 miles)
      3. Nebraska (4.9 miles)
      4. South Dakota (4.4 miles)
      5. West Virginia (3.8 miles)
      6. Kansas (3.1 miles)
      7. Alaska (3.0 miles)
      8. Louisiana (2.8 miles)
      9. Maine (2.6 miles)
      10. New York (2.6 miles)

    For a complete list of the centers of population for the 50 states and the District of Columbia, visit the Center of Population press kit.


    Help us spread the word about 2020 Census data!

    Share this on social media or forward it to a friend.

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  • 16 Nov 2021 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D, CG with the following explanation:

    "Over the years, I've spent hundreds of hours at the Library of Congress taking photos of landowner maps for most of the counties of Pennsylvania and I posted them on my old website for researchers to use.  I've recently created a new website and added many more free tools--links to published county histories, tutorials, etc.  The tools on my website can be correlated with census, court, military, tax, and vital records to provide a much fuller picture of the men and women who came before us. "

    Our new website is a one-stop portal for pinpointing Pennsylvania residents in the 1700s and 1800s. Would you like free images of 19th-century landowner maps and atlases to correlate with censuses? Check. How about links to published county histories that correlate with the maps? Check. And what about “how to” tutorials that put it all together and bring you:

    • Free images of Warrant Indexes granting land to the first individuals applying for land from the colony or state
    • Free images of Survey Books containing surveys for each tract transferred from the colony or state to an individual
    • Free images of Patent Indexes conveying final title to each buyer of a tract transferred from the colony or state to an individual
    • Free images of land transactions transferring tracts to applicants buying their land as a result of Indian treaties 
    • Free images of military donation and depreciation land ledgers
    • An understanding of boundary disputes and the records for countless people whose land was caught up in them
    • Links and timeline for African American research

    Check, check, and check. Use our images, links to books, and tutorials in conjunction with census and tax records to give context to your ancestors.

    New editions of “Early Landowners of Pennsylvania” atlases! Just prior to launching the website, we finished editing new editions of our eight “Early Landowners of Pennsylvania” county atlases. These atlases, containing maps of the metes-and-bounds tracts of the first landowners, are now available at as downloadable pdf files. We’re also offering, for the first time, each individual township chapter as downloadable (pdf files; $1.99-$4.99). Consult the free indexes for each county atlas, indexed by surname or by township, and don’t forget to look for allied families.

  • 15 Nov 2021 6:40 PM | Anonymous

    The following sentence may sound like the logline for an as-yet unmade National Treasure 3, but it's very much real: A large group of crypto maximalists is banding together in an effort to obtain the actual U.S. Constitution.

    From a report: Unlike the antagonists in the previous Nicolas Cage movies, this crew might actually succeed. Or kind of, anyway. On Thursday, November 18, Sotheby's is auctioning off "an exceptionally rare and extraordinarily historic" first printing of the U.S. Constitution. Only thirteen copies remain, besides the one located in Washington D.C.'s National Archives museum, from the original printing of 500 that the founders issued for submission to the Continental Congress. It's the first time in 30 years that this one has become available for purchase, following the 1997 death of its last winner, New York real estate developer S. Howard Goldman.

    It's expected to fetch between $15 million and $20 million in the auction -- unless, of course, it instead fetches the equivalent in Ethereum.

  • 15 Nov 2021 6:26 PM | Anonymous

    Long Island University's Palmer School of Library and Information Science announced the publication of "Digitizing Local History Sources," a groundbreaking five-year project and website offering the public access to more than 65,000 pages of historical materials from 45 participating historical societies across Long Island. The endeavor was funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

    One of the highlights of the project is the Bert Morgan Collection, which contains more than 600 images digitized from negatives held by the Southampton History Museum. Morgan, a prominent high society photographer, documented the "social set" and events in Southampton from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. Among the locations are the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course, the Southampton Bathing Corporation ("Beach Club"), and the Meadow Club of Southampton. The Bert Morgan collection can be viewed here: []

    Ranked among the "Best Archival Science Programs" in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the Palmer School has offered 105 master's and doctoral students the ability to digitize the documents since the project launched in 2017.

    "Students of the Palmer School have become world-renowned archivists, historians and librarians," said Long Island University President Kimberly R. Cline. "I am proud that LIU can offer them a unique experiential learning opportunity that will forever preserve the history of Long Island."

    You can access the collection online at

  • 15 Nov 2021 6:19 PM | Anonymous

    Family Tree Magazine has published an article that will interest many genealogists: "Genealogy Blogs from Around the World (and Why They’re Valuable)."

    “Starting family history research in another country is like traveling there for the first time. You don’t know the nuances of record-keeping, the ins and outs of repositories, or even how to read the country’s records. It can help to have a friendly local as your guide. Where can you find such a guide? Try the international geneablogging scene. Amateurs and experts from Argentina to Australia, British Columbia to the British Isles note their successes, tips and techniques in genealogy weblogs, or ‘geneablogs.’ In this whirlwind world tour, we’ll introduce you to 40 fantastic international blogs, and help you find, read and use them in your research.”

    You can find the article written by Sunny Jane Morton at

  • 15 Nov 2021 5:59 PM | Anonymous

    Here is something that perhaps most genealogists never considered: how to catch a violent criminal by using the genealogist's own blood sample.

    Genetic genealogists like CeCe Moore are cracking cold cases and transforming policing. As DNA analysis redefines ancestry and anonymity, what knowledge should we be permitted to unlock?

    You can read an interesting article about all this written by Raffi Khatchadourian and published in The New Yorker at:

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