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  • 3 Jun 2022 2:01 PM | Anonymous

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

    Subtitle: Do as I say, not as I have done.

    I well remember the day that I lost about 100 ancestors. It could happen to you.

    In my case, early in my genealogy endeavors, I was adding information about “new” ancestors in great haste. Well, they weren't really new; they had always been my ancestors, but their names were new to me in those days. I'd find a new ancestor, record his or her information, then move on and find the parents. In the early days of my genealogy searches, it was easy to add new ancestors. After all, everyone has thousands of ancestors and, when you are new to the game, the records can be easy to find. This is especially true for French-Canadian genealogy as the Catholic Church did a great job in the 1800s of recording almost every christening and marriage and most funerals, usually including the name of the parents in each record. Those records are easy to find on microfilms and in printed books and, in recent years, in online databases.

    As a genealogy newcomer, however, I didn't know about the need for double and triple-checking for accuracy.

    One day I found a record for one of my French-Canadian great-great-grandfathers. There was but one problem: I had already documented him (or someone else) but with different dates of birth, marriage, and death, and with a different wife. I had no choice but to go back and double-check the original records I had previously transcribed.

    I'll skip over the boring details and go directly to the bottom line: I had found and transcribed information about the wrong man! Who knew that two different men, living in the same small town in northern Maine at the same time, would have the same name? Yes, there were two different men named Joseph Theriault living in the same town.

    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/12804859

    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

  • 3 Jun 2022 1:14 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG):

    WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 3 June 2022REGISTRATION NOW OPEN The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) invites you to attend our second virtual Professional Management Conference (PMC).

    Join us 21–24 September 2022 on Whova—an all-in-one, dynamic, and interactive platform—for the 2022 Virtual PMC How to Pivot: Genealogy in a Changing World.

     Program Highlights

    David E. Rencher, AG®, CG®, FUGA, FIGRS, will open the PMC with his keynote presentation on the future of professional genealogy. Over the course of 3½ days, choose from 21 presentations and 3 workshops by 24 well-known genealogy professionals including Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM; J. Mark Lowe, FUGA; Cathie Sherwood; Paul Woodbury, AG®; and Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS. The program includes topics on business management, education, accounting/ finance, DNA, technology, and speaking.

    Sessions will be 75 minutes each—a 60-minute presentation allowing for in-depth exploration of the topic, followed by a 15-minute question and answer period. Closed captioning will be available during the live sessions and on the recordings.

    The complete 2022 Virtual PMC program brochure is available for viewing and download on the PMC page of our website.

    Networking Events

    Be sure to tune in during the dedicated times for socializing and networking and join the fun of Speed Networking and Round Table Sessions.


    All sessions (except workshops) will be recorded. A total of 15 sessions can be viewed in real time during the PMC, and the remaining 6 sessions or any missed sessions can be viewed as recordings for up to 30 days after the PMC. Closed captioning will be available on the recordings.

    After the conclusion of the PMC, presentations will be available for individual sale until 15 April 2023 with personal viewing access until 30 April 2023.

     Conference Pricing

    The Early Bird member price for full PMC registration is $175.00. In accordance with their commitment to inclusiveness, the APG Board of Directors has set a lower PMC registration price than in previous years. There is no reduction in the quantity of or quality of the PMC offerings – just simply attractive member pricing, making it more affordable for members to attend. Non-members are encouraged to attend. Non-member Early Bird price for full registration is $250.00.

    Early Bird pricing ends 31 August 2022. Registration for the full conference closes 16 September 2022.


    APG is pleased to offer three workshops this year. Each workshop will be 2½ hours long providing plenty of time for interactive, and actionable learning. There is a nominal fee of  $20.00 per workshop, in addition to the PMC registration fee. Workshop attendees must be registered for the PMC in order to participate. Seats will be limited, please see workshop descriptions for capacity numbers. If a workshop is sold out, email to be put on the waiting list.

    If an attendee chooses one or more workshops, they will still have the ability to view any missed sessions as recordings.


    All sessions (except workshops) will be recorded. A total of 15 sessions can be viewed in real time during the PMC and the remaining 6 sessions or any missed sessions can be viewed as recordings for up to 30 days after the PMC. Closed Captioning will be available on the recordings.

    After the conclusion of the PMC presentations will be available for individual sale until 15 April 2023 with personal viewing access until 30 April 2023.

    If you have any questions, please email the PMC Coordinator at

    About the Association of Professional Genealogists

    The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents more than 2,000 genealogists in various genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring, and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty U.S. states, Canada, and forty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.

  • 3 Jun 2022 10:08 AM | Anonymous

    In the 19 May 2022 edition of this newsletter, I mentioned that Amazon is about to release it's new version of the 7-inch Fire tablet computer at a very low price: $60 (U.S.)

    NOTE: I suspect that price is only for customers with shipping addresses in the U.S.

    My original article mentioned that the Fire tablet was not available for ordering just yet at the date the article was published. That has since changed: the Fire tablet is now available for order with shipments expected on June 29.

    You can read more, including a lot more details about the capabilities of the new tablet, in an article by Elaine Selna published in the Mental Floss web site at:

  • 3 Jun 2022 9:56 AM | Anonymous

    A story by Jim Keithley and published in the WMTW-TV web site will make genealogists green with envy. "Why don't things like THAT happen to me?"

    Quoting from the article:

    "This is the box," said Valerie Guevara, historian for the American Legion Post 40 in Winthrop as she handed it over to Karen Breton.

    "This is my grandmother and my great-grandmother on my dad's side," Breton said. "This means so much because my dad's not with us anymore," she said.

    The two women met Thursday in a parking lot near the Maine Mall in South Portland, weeks after the Legion Post 40 received the old cigar box full photos. It was mailed to them from a man in California, another legion member, who saved the box from a junk pile during a renovation project two years ago. The box sat in his garage until he noticed an inscription that mentioned the American Legion Post 40 in Winthrop, ME.

    It turns out Breton's brother, Russell Mundi, lived in Orange County, California. years ago. She said when her brother moved, he must have left behind the box of old family pictures. Mundi lives in Sebago now.

    You can read the rest of the story at:

  • 3 Jun 2022 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Find My Past:

    With two brand new record sets and substantial additions to two other military collections, there's so much to uncover this Findmypast Friday.

    British Army, Recommendations For Military Honours and Awards 1935-1990

    This fascinating collection from The National Archives includes nearly 80,000 records. The transcripts include British Army personnel and some dominions armies' personnel. They also contain some recommendations for members of the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines. Reasons for recommendations vary, including gallantry in the face of the enemy, 'meritorious service' (not in the face of the enemy), or distinguished service. Covering the years in the lead up to World War 2 and beyond, the records reveal soldiers’ names, units, ranks, home addresses, and often poignant descriptions of the actions that warrant an award.

    South Africa, Local Armed Forces Nominal Rolls, 1899-1902

    Another entirely new collection from The National Archives, this series comprises over 53,000 records detailing some of the British Army units raised locally in South Africa during the Second Boer War. These local units mainly consisted of British men who had emigrated to South Africa before the war. The record transcripts feature names, ranks, army units and in many cases, enrolment and discharge dates.

    Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards

    Findmypast has added over 51,000 new records to this collection, which details those that showed strength and courage in the face of war.

    Specifically, these latest additions cover recipients of:

      • Long Service Good Conduct Medal
      • India General Service Medal Pegu (Army) 1852-53
      • India General Service Medal Pegu (Navy) 1852-53

    These records have been collated from multiple sources, including The National Archives and the British Library, but also from musters, pay lists, and other service records. As a result, each record varies in its information but usually includes a combination of regiment and rank, reason for award, any other known medals, discharge date and more.

    British Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records, 1704-1919

    Findmypast has added over 19,000 more records to this collection, including a shore list of men who joined the Royal Marines in 1810. The records reveal the rank and division of the seafaring servicemen, as well as the date they joined and any remarks made by their superior. 


    In case you missed our announcement, Findmypast has made their entire newspaper archive free until 6 June to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee. Their latest releases are included in the free access promotion, including:

    New titles: 

      • Eastleigh Weekly News and Hants Gazette, 1895-1900
      • St Neots Town Crier, 1994
      • Stockport Times, 1989

    Updated titles: 

      • Abergele & Pensarn Visitor, 1990
      • Accrington Observer and Times, 1912, 1990
      • Alderley & Wilmslow Advertiser, 1946
      • Aldershot News, 1978-1979
      • Anfield & Walton Star, 1992
      • Ashby Mail, 1992
      • Bebington News, 1991
      • Billingham & Norton Advertiser, 1992
      • Birkenhead News, 1991
      • Birmingham Journal, 1839
      • Burton Daily Mail, 1997
      • Cambridge Town Crier, 1992
      • Cheltenham Chronicle, 1860
      • Crewe Chronicle, 1980, 1994-1995
      • Daily Record, 1988, 1994
      • Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, 1986
      • East Grinstead Observer, 1991
      • East Kilbride News, 1995
      • East Kilbride World, 1991, 1993
      • Galloway News and Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser, 1991
      • Gateshead Post, 1994
      • Glamorgan Gazette, 1984
      • Heartland Evening News, 1998
      • Herald Cymraeg, 1952
      • Herald of Wales, 1950
      • Hertford Mercury and Reformer, 1981
      • Herts and Essex Observer, 1980
      • Hinckley Times, 1993, 1998
      • Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Mercury, 1993-1994, 1998
      • Horley & Gatwick Mirror, 1992
      • Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 1993, 1995
      • Huntingdon Town Crier, 1987, 1989, 1996
      • Ilfracombe Chronicle, 1891-1892
      • Ilkeston Express, 1989, 1992
      • Kensington News and West London Times, 1937, 1951, 1964, 1968,
      • Long Eaton Advertiser, 1988, 1994
      • Loughborough Echo, 1912
      • Loughborough Mail, 1990, 1994
      • Macclesfield Express, 1989, 1998
      • Maghull & Aintree Star, 1991
      • Merthyr Express, 1990
      • Middlesex County Times, 1995, 1998
      • Midweek Visiter (Southport), 1995
      • Nantwich Chronicle, 1993-1994
      • Northampton Herald & Post, 1991
      • Nottingham Evening Post, 1994
      • Nottingham Guardian, 1872
      • Nottingham Recorder, 1996
      • Oldham Advertiser, 1992
      • Ormskirk Advertiser, 1876, 1894
      • Perthshire Advertiser, 1919
      • Peterborough Standard, 1986
      • Port Talbot Guardian, 1981-1982, 1984-1985, 1995
      • Rhondda Leader, 1987
      • Ripley Express, 1992
      • Rossendale Free Press, 1987
      • Rugeley Mercury, 1988, 1990, 1992
      • Runcorn & Widnes Herald & Post, 1989-1990, 1993
      • Sevenoaks Focus, 1992
      • Solihull News, 1994-1997
      • Solihull Times, 1994-1996, 1998
      • Somerset Standard, 1980
      • Southall Gazette, 1979, 1995, 1998
      • Southport Visiter, 1989
      • Stafford Post, 1989, 1991
      • Staines Informer, 1988, 1990
      • Stanmore Observer, 1987-1988, 1990
      • Stirling Observer, 1989
      • Stockport Advertiser and Guardian, 1877
      • Stockport Express Advertiser, 1992
      • Stockton & Billingham Herald & Post, 1989
      • Tamworth Herald, 1989, 1997
      • Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser, 1884
      • The People, 1998
      • Uttoxeter New Era, 1887
      • Wellingborough & Rushden Herald & Post, 1989, 1992
      • West Surrey Times, 1873, 1912
      • Western Evening Herald, 1993
      • Westminster & Pimlico News, 1998
      • Winsford Chronicle, 1996-1997
  • 2 Jun 2022 6:15 PM | Anonymous

    ExpressVPN has removed its servers from India, becoming the first major virtual private network (VPN) provider to do so in the aftermath of the recent cybersecurity rules introduced by the country's cybersecurity agency.

    NOTE: See my earlier article at for background information.

    The rules require VPN providers to store user data for a period of five years. ExpressVPN said it "refuses to participate in the Indian government's attempts to limit internet freedom." The India Express reports:

    In a blog post, the British Virgin Island-based company said that with the introduction of the new cybersecurity rules by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), it has made a "very straightforward decision to remove our Indian-based VPN servers." While ExpressVPN is the first to pull its services from India, other VPN providers like NordVPN have also taken a similar stance.

    The guidelines, released by CERT-In on April 26, asked VPN service providers along with data centers and cloud service providers, to store information such as names, e-mail IDs, contact numbers, and IP addresses (among other things) of their customers for a period of five years. The government said it wants these details to fight cybercrime, but the industry argues that privacy is the main selling points of VPN services, and such a move would be in breach of the privacy cover provided by VPN platforms.

    ExpressVPN described the cybersecurity rules as "broad" and "overreaching." "The law is also overreaching and so broad as to open up the window for potential abuse. We believe the damage done by potential misuse of this kind of law far outweighs any benefit that lawmakers claim would come from it," ExpressVPN said. It added that while CERT-In's rules are intended to fight cybercrime, they are "incompatible with the purpose of VPNs, which are designed to keep users' online activity private."

    More details may be found at:

  • 2 Jun 2022 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    Ancestry, has integrated an automatic colorization feature that it says lets users bring make black and white photos more lifelike. The company says it already enables the ability to capture, digitize, retouch, and preserve old family photos, but it is now adding the ability to colorize them with a new tool. This allows users to gain “a more vivid, real-life snapshot of ancestors and their lives.”

    The feature comes by a partnership with archiving specialist company Photomyne, whose technology was integrated into the Ancestry app in March to allow users to take photos and attach them to a family tree on Ancestry’s website.

    While interesting, today's announcement about is not the first web site to add such capabilities. Similar capabilities have been available on for some time,

  • 2 Jun 2022 5:52 PM | Anonymous

    The following is an excerpt from a (longer) announcement from

    We’re excited to announce that in conjunction with our publishing partner Gannett, we’ve added 13 more papers from five states to our archives! These papers date back to 1910 and chronicle more than a century of local, national, and international news. Our new papers come from:

    San Angelo, Texas

    San Angelo Standard-Times 1928-2022

    San Angelo Evening Standard 1911-1959

    The San Angelo Weekly Standard 1910-1971

    San Angelo Morning Times 1928-1939

    Ventura, California

    Ventura County Star 1925-2022

    Morning Free Press 1925-1937

    The Ventura Weekly Post 1926-1938

    Stuart, Florida

    The Stuart News 1995-2022

    Naples, Florida

    The Naples Daily News 1970-2022

    The Naples Star 1981-1984

    Bremerton, Washington

    Kitsap Sun 1999-2022

    Anderson, South Carolina

    Anderson Independent-Mail1939-2022

    Anderson Independent  1970-1981

    You can read more at:

  • 2 Jun 2022 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    Presented by the Augusta Genealogical Society

    Augusta, Georgia

    When:    Saturday, August 27, 2022

    Time:      9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m  EST

    Where:    Online - Register at

                    Registration deadline is August 26, 2022

    Price:      $35.00 for AGS members and $45.00 for non-members

    Session 1: Guide to the 1950 US Federal Census

    Speaker:  Lisa Louise Cooke


    Guide to the 1950 U. S. Census. How to find your family in the newly released census by using census tract maps, initially available limited indexes, and what the 1950 Census tells us about our families.

    Lisa Louise Cooke is the author of several books including The Genealogist's Google Toolbox.  She produces and hosts the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast and weekly videos at the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel.  She offers a Premium Membership service at her website at featuring exclusive on-demand genealogy education. Lisa also writes a regular column for Family Tree Magazine and produces the Family Tree Magazine Podcast.

    Sessions 2, 3 and 4:  Genealogy and DNA

    Speaker:  Diane Southard


    Session 2: DNA Questions Answered. Understanding the basics of DNA and the terminology that is used.

    Session 3: Using YDNA and mtDNA in Your Family History. Learn how both YDNA (thedirect male line), and Mitochondrial DNA (the direct female line) can enliven your familyhistory research.
    Session 4: Connecting DNA Matches. How to identify and organize the cousin connections among those in your Autosomal DNA matches. Work together to determine how you are related to your matches and how to use that information to find ancestors.

    Diahan Southard is a leading voice for consumer DNA testing, one of the world’s most fascinating, dynamic and socially-transformative new hobbies. As Founder of Your DNA Guide, Diahan teaches internationally, writes for popular magazines, and consults with leading testing companies. She authored Your DNA GuideThe Book and produced Your DNA Guide–the Academy, an online learning experience.

    Click here for a program Flyer. 

    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.

  • 2 Jun 2022 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    This year, California's government approved a plan to pay reparations to residents of the state who can show that they are descendants of those formerly enslaved. Seeking the evidence will be a process, genealogists say.

    Adrienne Abiodun knows she is a descendant of a once-enslaved man, named Phillip Branch.

    She knows the name of his former enslaver, as well - John Whitaker. Ms Abiodun's fourth great-grandfather, Mr Branch, was born in North Carolina around 1795-1800 and then was brought to Mississippi.

    Mr Branch's entire family was enslaved by the Whitaker family.

    Ms Abiodun has several close family members in California who descend from formerly enslaved ancestors. Her grandparents fled the south to escape post-slavery segregation and were in California as early as 1947.

    A professional genealogist at Legacy Tree Genealogists, she is closely watching announcements from the state.

    On Wednesday, 1 June, the task force released a 500-page report detailing how it says the legacy of slavery has affected black Americans in the state, laying out the case for payments.

    It will then deliver a reparations proposal in July 2023 for the California government to consider turning it into law.

    While Ms Abiodun is based in Florida, her family would be eligible for these reparations. But first, they - and any of the 2.5 million black Americans in California who plan to seek the payments - will have to show the evidence of their relationships to their forbearers.

    Ms Abiodun says that while proving lineage is "not necessarily the easiest to come by, it's not impossible."

    You can read more in an article by Chloe Kim published in the BBC News web site at:

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