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  • 19 Apr 2022 6:03 PM | Anonymous

    The following was written by Jane Knowles Lindsey, NGS Local Host Society Chair in Sacramento, California:

    My excitement is mounting as the first, live, in-person national family history conference in three years draws near!  In just over a month, genealogists from around the country will converge on Sacramento for the NGS 2022 Family History Conference. Imagine genealogists meeting one on one and in groups talking about genealogy 24/7 for almost a week, and no one ever gets that “glazed over” look. To me, that’s heaven.

    As chair of the Local Host Committee, I see all the conference plans taking shape. I am especially excited about our Tuesday tours on May 24 and the two special evening events planned by the California Genealogical Society—A Taste of California on May 25 and the Back to the Fifties on May 26.  It will be a thrill to see genealogists sharing their research, going to fantastic lectures, visiting experts in the Expo Hall, and having fun at our social events.

    For me, the best part of any conference is the networking opportunities. We want everyone to feel welcome whether you are a veteran conference attendee or it is your first time! We hope everyone will enjoy the comradery of sharing a cup of coffee or dinner or luncheon with their fellow family historians. A great way to meet your fellow attendees is by volunteering a few hours of your time. Learn more about volunteering at the NGS 2022 Family History Conference.

    For up-to-date information about conference hotels and COVID-19 policies, visit the conference website.

    I personally look forward to meeting everyone in Sacramento. Please come and say hello. If you have any questions before the conference, please feel free to email me.  We have a special conference address for your questions, NGS2022@californiaancestors.org.

    Online registration ends on May 13.

    Best Wishes,

    Jane Knowles Lindsey

    California Genealogical Society, Local Host Chair

    2022 NGS Family History Conference, Sacramento, California

  • 18 Apr 2022 5:33 PM | Anonymous

    This should have a positive impact on companies trying to extract data from Ancestry's website and other sources of online genealogy information

    Good news for archivists, academics, researchers and journalists: Scraping publicly accessible data is legal, according to a U.S. appeals court ruling.

    The landmark ruling by the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals is the latest in a long-running legal battle brought by LinkedIn aimed at stopping a rival company from scraping personal information from users’ public profiles. The case reached the U.S. Supreme Court last year but was sent back to the Ninth Circuit for the original appeals court to re-review the case.

    In its second ruling on Monday, the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed its original decision and found that scraping data that is publicly accessible on the internet is not a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA, which governs what constitutes computer hacking under U.S. law.

    The Ninth Circuit’s decision is a major win for archivists, academics, researchers and journalists who use tools to mass collect, or scrape, information that is publicly accessible on the internet. Without a ruling in place, long-running projects to archive websites no longer online and using publicly accessible data for academic and research studies have been left in legal limbo.

    You can read further details at: https://techcrunch.com/2022/04/18/web-scraping-legal-court/.

  • 18 Apr 2022 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release issued by the U.S. Census Bureau:

    Today the U.S. Census Bureau launched its latest data explorer tool, My Community Explorer (MCE). MCE is an interactive map-based tool that highlights demographic and socioeconomic data that measure inequality and can help inform data-based solutions. This tool is designed to help users identify underserved communities as directed by the President's Executive Order 13985 on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce.

    Here’s a closer look at the survey and datasets featured in this tool.

    Community Resilience Estimates (CRE)

    The site includes statistics on the predominant risk factor group from the 2019 CRE Equity Supplement at the county and census tract levels. The CRE use 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) one-year estimates microdata and Population Estimates data to measure the capacity of individuals and households ability to absorb the external stresses of the impacts of a disaster. More information on the methodology behind the CRE is available here. The estimates use the 2019 ACS one-year estimates geographic boundaries.  

    American Community Survey (ACS)

    The site includes select demographic and socioeconomic statistics from the 2015-2019 ACS five-year estimates at the state, county and census tract levels. These include data on poverty, educational attainment and language spoken at home. Additional data from the ACS are available via the program link above the thematic map.

    County Business Patterns (CBP)

    The site includes selected business statistics from the 2019 CBP at the state and county levels by two-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. These include data on number of establishments, average annual payroll per employee and employment (based on the week of March 12th). Additional CBP data are also available via the program link above the thematic map.

    Nonemployer Statistics (NES)

    The site includes selected statistics on self-employed persons from the 2018 NES at the state and county levels by two-digit NAICS code. These include data on the number of firms and average annual receipts per firm. Additional NES data are also available via the program link above the thematic map.

    Additional data and tools related to My Community Explorer are available here

  • 18 Apr 2022 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Findmypast team:

    Our partnership with the British Library has reached an incredible milestone with over 50 million newspaper pages digitised and now available online at Findmypast and the British Newspaper Archive.

    Back in 2011, we set out to digitise the British Library's entire newspaper collection and open it up to the public as the British Newspaper Archive. Today we're proud to announce that we've passed the 50 million pages milestone. But we're not stopping there.

    Soon there'll be millions more pages filled with momentous moments, local legends and family folklore. And you can explore every word with a Findmypast Pro subscription.

    Our newspaper archive is the largest collection of British and Irish newspapers in the world and includes the Daily Mirror, Liverpool Echo, Belfast Telegraph and Dundee Courier, as well as many other regional publications that are now out of print.

    Extra! Extra! Your family’s in the news

    From national news to local events, you'll find your family's colourful story is right there amongst the headlines and small print of our old newspaper pages. You may even catch a glimpse of your ancestor starting back at you. Whether you stumble upon an old photo, political cartoon or courtroom illustration, it could well be worth a thousand words.

    Britain's colourful history in black and white

    Just like modern Britain, diversity is what makes the British Newspaper Archive so interesting. From Jamaica to Jaipur, you’ll find dozens of international titles to explore.

    So even if your family tree has far-flung roots, you might still find your ancestors' life-changing moments in our papers.

    Scoop! Over one million pages free

    As part of our commitment to digitising diverse and culturally important titles, over one million pages are completely free to view without a subscription, both on Findmypast and the British Newspaper Archive. The digitisation of titles like The Keys provides an incredible view of 1930s Black British history, and the likes of 19th-century newspaper The Chartist shines a light on the rights of the working class.

    Together with the British Library, we have committed to digitising a further 19 million pages over the coming years, all available to explore at your fingertips on any device.

    Behind every news story there’s a family story, including your own. Read all about it at findmypast.co.uk.


  • 18 Apr 2022 8:10 AM | Anonymous

    The Ukrainian History and Education Center (in Somerset, NJ) will be holding an ONLINE genealogy conference on May 15th. Here is the announcement:

    UHEC Nashi Predky Spring Genealogy Conference ONLINE In 2022!

    May 15th, 2022 12:30 PM through 4:30 PM Eastern Time (North America)

    The Nashi Predky Spring Conference will be online again this year. It's a great lineup of speakers, and you can participate even if you are not in New Jersey!

    When we were planning this conference, Omicron was raging, and so we decided to yet again have the conference online.

    What we certainly did not expect was a Russian invasion.

    In addition to creating mass displacement, suffering, and death, the war in Ukraine has, of course, severely curtailed researcher access to Ukrainian archives, and has prevented us from having any speakers from Ukraine this time around. Regardless, we have a great, though slightly abbreviated, program on topics relate to records in the United States, and tools and case studies that you can make use of when Ukrainian archives again become accessible.

    You'll be able to hear talks and pose questions to the speakers on topics as varied as:

    • Researching Jewish ancestry in the areas of Ukraine formerly in the Russian Empire
    • The 1950 Census, by genealogy superstar Stephen Morse!
    • Research tools for Galicia and Bukovyna

    As in previous years, UHEC members receive a 10% discount!

    Registration Link is here:

    https://www.ukrhec.org/nashi-predkyour-ancestors-2022-conference?fbclid=IwAR1H4P9lhrxxU-HemZ7KSHFZo8w6fLmv9BS6rsDjXdIo3Kxr8F3T5YlicCQ


  • 15 Apr 2022 1:37 PM | Anonymous

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

    According to the International Time Capsule Society at https://www.itcsoc.org, "A time capsule is ‘a container used to store for posterity a selection of objects thought to be representative of life at a particular time.’ Time capsules are interesting to people of all ages and touch people on a world-wide scale. Properly prepared time capsules preserve the salient features of history and can serve as valuable reminders of one generation for another."

    Time capsules often are created by historical societies or other organizations who wish to preserve a "snapshot" of life today. However, creation of time capsules certainly is not limited to historical organizations. You might use a time capsule to mark a special anniversary, whether your tenth wedding anniversary, your baby's first birthday, or your home town's centennial or sesquicentennial celebration. Then again, you may just want a time capsule for fun or for a temporary learning project.

    I know of one fifth grade class that made a time capsule containing information written by each member of the class. Each student wrote a note to their future selves, making some predictions of what the world and he or she will be like in the future. The school department promised to open the time capsule at the end of each high school graduating class and to send a copy of each note to the student who wrote it. Apparently, the school department repeats this project every year with all of its fifth grade classes.

    Similarly, a private individual or a family also might want to create a time capsule to be opened by future generations. What better gift for a genealogist to leave for his or her descendants than mementos of life in the early twenty-first century? Then again, perhaps you want to bury something of value in your own back yard in hopes of retrieving it some time in the future when you need the item. Gold coins or a family heirloom pop to mind.

    If this sounds like a fun project with very long-term rewards, read on for some ideas about how to create your own time capsule, what you might want to put in it, and – just as important – what NOT to put in it.

    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: https://eogn.com/(*)-Plus-Edition-News-Articles/12710095.

    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 https://eogn.com/page-18077.



  • 15 Apr 2022 8:37 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast add more into largest collection of Scottish Roman Catholic records online 

    Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms  

    Covering over 300 years and all eight Scottish dioceses, a further 4,300 transcripts and images have been added to this existing collection. The new records cover St Mary’s of the Assumption Glasgow. Explore key biographical details, often including witnesses, godparents, sponsors and additional notes.  

    Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Marriages 

    Another 9,200 records have been added into this existing record collection for St Mary’s of the Assumption, Glasgow. Details can include the spouse, residences and fathers’ names. 

    Newspapers 

    Findmypast’s growing newspaper archive, in partnership with the British Library, has this week passed the 50-million-page milestone. There are three brand new titles, six updated titles, and a total of nearly 120,000 new pages. 

    New titles: 

    • ·         Cleveland Standard 1908-1953 
    • ·         Tonbridge Free Press 1871-1890, 1892-1894, 1896, 1898, 1900-1962
    • ·         Woodbridge Reporter 1869-1900 

    Updated titles: 

    • ·         Alliance News 1855, 1884 
    • ·         Bury Free Press 1960-1961, 1963-1966, 1971 
    • ·         Civil & Military Gazette (Lahore) 1929, 1935-1938, 1946-1947, 1951, 1955-1961 
    • ·         Leek Times 1887 
    • ·         Rhos Herald 1894-1897, 1899-1909 
    • ·         Y Llan 1870-1873, 1875-1881 
  • 14 Apr 2022 3:31 PM | Anonymous

    Wikipedia's definition of a blog states, "A blog (a contraction of the term "weblog") is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order."

    Indeed, a blog is an easy-to-use web site where you can quickly post thoughts, interact with people, and more. Blogs can be personal, written by one person, or they can be produced by the marketing departments of multi-billion dollar corporations. A blog is simply an easy-to-use process that allows anyone, including you, to "get the word out." A blog is a great method of publishing whatever you wish to tell the world.

    This newsletter is a blog although I don't use that term very much, preferring to call it a newsletter. I use this newsletter's web site at http://www.eogn.com to publish the articles that I write and to publish articles from a few other writers whose work I admire. If I had been restricted to publishing the old fashioned way, on paper, this newsletter would not exist; costs of printing and mailing are much too high. However, publishing on the Internet and by e-mail costs very little and often is even free.

    What material is suitable for a blog? Almost anything. I use a blog to publish a genealogy newsletter. Some people use blogs as their personal online diaries. Others use blogs to publicize an upcoming genealogy conference, to publish their photographs, to write about political topics of the day, to publish a band's music (often with MP3 audio files embedded in the blog), to publish videos, or to promote a company's products. Name an automobile; it probably has at least one blog and perhaps more. I regularly read a blog about Corvettes. There are other blogs for almost every automobile ever produced. Still other blogs are devoted to NASCAR racing or Formula One racing or the Saturday night races at a local race track. You can find blogs that cover travel bargains and hints, blogs about boating, or blogs about military topics. I recently read a blog that solely covers luggage: how to find heavy-duty suitcases at bargain prices, how to pack effectively, and similar topics. Most every Hollywood actor has a blog, as do musicians, politicians, and others who are in the public eye. Interested in purchasing a new cell phone or a stereo system or a piece of computer hardware? You can probably find blogs that describe those things in depth.

    Blogs can be used to publish most anything although I would suggest that blogs work best when you frequently have new or updated content. Many people use blogs to publicize their family tree research.

    In fact, blogs are growing to become the new mass media of the twenty-first century. In years past, we all depended on newspapers, magazines, and printed newsletters for information about our personal interests. Now blogs are taking over, usually delivering more content and more in-depth coverage than we ever had before.

    COMMENT: Do you know of any past genealogy publications that delivered five, ten, or even more new articles PER DAY? This newsletter does that five days a week, and some other genealogy blogs do the same. Even better, these articles are delivered to you at prices far lower than traditional (printed) genealogy magazines.

    Are you actively researching your family tree? If so, are there others with whom you would like to share your findings? Perhaps you are working with a distant cousin in an informal partnership, comparing notes quite often. Perhaps other relatives are less involved but still are interested when you find a new great-great-grandparent. In both cases, a blog with occasional updates can work well to publicize your findings.

    I would also suggest that most every genealogy society or local history society needs a blog. So do many family name societies and lineage societies. Some societies publish their newsletters on a blog. That may or may not be a good solution for your society, but I would suggest that EVERY society needs to post notices of upcoming meetings, publicize various events in the area (even those events sponsored by other organizations), or announce new publications and other items produced by the society. A blog is an excellent, low-cost method of "getting the word out."

    The best thing of all about blogs is the ease of reaching readers or subscribers. You may be surprised to find that a blog published by a local genealogy society can attract readers from all over the world. These new readers may have been born or raised in your area originally or perhaps their ancestors lived in your area. Others may read (subscribe to) your blog out of simple curiosity -- to see how your society publishes in an effort to gain ideas for their own society's blog. Whatever the reason, RSS feeds and other tools make it easy for people around the world to read your blog.

    NOTE: For an explanation of RSS newsfeeds, see How Do RSS Feeds Work? at https://rss.com/blog/how-do-rss-feeds-work/

    Starting a blog is simple. The technical knowledge required can be minimal. In fact, with most of today's blog publishing products, the process of creating a new article in your blog is very similar to writing a new article with a word processor. You possibly could be writing your first blog article within ten minutes after reading these words.

    You can create a blog by installing software on a web server and configuring it. However, that is probably the most difficult option of all, so I would suggest you first host your blog on someone else's server. After all, why not let them do all the work?

    Many blog publishing services are available free of charge, such as Blogger.com, LiveJournal, MySpace, Tumblr.com, Vox.com, Wordpress.com, WildApricot.com (where Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter is hosted) and many others. Some of these free blogging services are funded by inserting advertising into your blog pages, which may or may not be a good idea for your blog. If not, you can choose from a long list of paid blogging services that do not insert ads.

    For more information about genealogy blogs, along with a very long list of genealogy blogs already in operation, look at Cyndi's List and especially at the page for "Blogs for Genealogy" at https://www.cyndislist.com/blogs/. You can spend some time looking at other blogs in order to gain ideas on how you want to publish your own content.

    How many genealogy blogs are already in operation? It's hard to say, but Cyndi's List and especially at the page for "Blogs for Genealogy" lists thousands. If you go to Google.com and search for "genealogy blog," Google will return 166,000 occurrences of that phrase and I know that does not list ALL of the genealogy blogs. Not all of those occurrences are separate genealogy blogs, but many of them are.

    The other thing I wish to stress about blogs is a bit difficult to describe. It is the feeling of self-satisfaction you achieve when you are able to share your ideas and concerns with the world. Whether you have an audience of a dozen or of several thousand readers, publishing is a great method of helping others while simultaneously achieving a feeling that you did something good.


  • 14 Apr 2022 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    When people think of Ireland, the rolling green hills, Guinness beer, and twisted Celtic knots might be what comes to mind. The small island nation has a storied history of resistance to oppression and perseverance through famine, but the most iconic piece of Irish history dates to the early medieval period. The Book of Kells—held in the library of Trinity College Dublin—is a masterpiece of medieval illumination and manuscript craft. The legendary volume is now available in new high-resolution scans for free online browsing.

    The Book of Kells is a 9th-century devotional text. It contains the four Gospels of the New Testament, but it was likely meant to be displayed rather than read. The text was copied onto calf vellum by trained scribes, probably on the Scottish island of Iona. The text is rather careless with omitted words and repeated passages. However, the surrounding illumination—or intricate illustrations—are some of the most magnificent of the period. Known as Insular or Hiberno-Saxon illumination, this style was produced by confluences of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon culture in the British Isles and Ireland during what is often called the Dark Ages. It is characterized by intricate patterns and colorful images.

    Sometime around the year 806, the manuscript was relocated due to Viking raids that threatened its monastery of origin. The book found its home in the Abbey of Kells in County Meath, Ireland. It rested there for centuries until Oliver Cromwell—English revolutionary and prolific destroyer of historic items—arrived in Ireland. The Book of Kells was sent to Dublin for safety. After the Restoration of the English monarchy (which ruled Ireland at the time), the book was donated to Trinity College Dublin, where it has stayed ever since. Today, it is on view in the library among other priceless works of human history.

    You can read more at: https://mymodernmet.com/book-of-kells-online/.


  • 14 Apr 2022 10:27 AM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by OCLC:

    OCLC and Google are working together to link directly from books discovered through Google Search to print book records in the catalogs of hundreds of U.S. libraries. This feature is part of Google's ongoing effort to connect people to their local libraries through Google Search.

    The initial phase of this new program connects people using Google Search to the catalogs of hundreds of U.S. libraries whose books are cataloged in WorldCat, a worldwide database of information about library collections, and made available for discovery on the web. The program is expected to expand to more libraries and connect to more library resources in the future.

    "People use Google to search the web billions of times every day," said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. "OCLC and Google are working to ensure that the rich collections of libraries are part of their everyday search for knowledge and information. This new program offers a direct link from Google Search results to books held in libraries near them. It's a significant step forward to bring local library collections closer to people through a simple search."

    These links to library catalogs can be found in several different displays of Google Search results for specific books, including under "Get" or "Borrow" the book options in the knowledge panel, or within Google Books previews.

    More than 500 million records representing 3 billion items held in libraries have been added to the WorldCat database since its inception since 1971. Libraries cooperatively contribute, enhance, and share bibliographic data through WorldCat, connecting people to cultural and scholarly resources in libraries worldwide.

    OCLC has worked with Google for more than 13 years to increase access to information in libraries on the web. Currently, people using Google Search can access results from WorldCat.org, the website where anyone can search the collective collections of libraries and find what they need in a library close to them. This new initiative links from Google Search results directly to records of print books in academic, public, and cultural heritage institution libraries near the user.

    OCLC member libraries included in this program receive expanded Google visibility as a benefit of existing OCLC subscriptions. Inclusion requires that eligible libraries maintain current WorldCat holdings and accurate address and catalog link information in the WorldCat Registry.

    More about OCLC's web visibility program is on the website at oc.lc/visibility.

    About OCLC

    OCLC is a nonprofit global library organization that provides shared technology services, original research, and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research, and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff, and partners make breakthroughs possible.


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