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  • 21 Mar 2022 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    This probably is an education for many of today's young adults. It shows how life was in "the old days."

    Written by Sister Mary Francis Clare, the Nun of Kenmare (according to the book's cover), the book is a mix of religion and practical advice about the every-day life of an Irish immigrant lady. The book is aimed at young, single, Irish Catholic ladies who emigrated to America. Most of these young women were looking for jobs as servants or similar work.

    Your great-grandmother probably read this book.

    You can find Advice to Irish girls in America at To read the book online on your computer screen, click on READ ONLINE. You will also find several other options there as well.

  • 21 Mar 2022 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    The following was written by the Augusta (Georgia) Genealogical Society:

    When:  Saturday, March 26, 2022
    Where:  On Line - Webinar 
    Time:  1:00 to 2:00 pm
    Cost:  Free to AGS members and $10.00 for non members
    Speaker:  Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF
    Program specifics:   The presentation will cover how to explore the holdings of the Genealogy Center both to plan a research trip to Fort Wayne and, equally, to use the Genealogy Center remotely.
    Curt Witcher is the Director of Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN, managing the widelyacclaimed Genealogy Center. He is in his forty-second year of service at the Allen County Public Library.
    Curt is a former president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society and the founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society. He has penned many hundreds of articles on topics of interest to family historians, librarians and archivists; and he has presented lectures to historical and genealogical groups across the country. Curt also serves on the Indiana State Historical Records Advisory Board, co-chairs the Indiana Historical Society’s publications committee, and serves as a member of the board of the Friends of the Indiana State Archives.
    Registration deadline is March 22.  To Register please visit
  • 21 Mar 2022 9:12 AM | Anonymous

    It will happen to all of us someday: We'll be gone, but our data will persist. Photo albums are a thing of the past, but your memories don't have to be.

    Enough people have been locked out of a dead parents’ device that Apple and Google have now made it possible for you to grant posthumous access. Apple calls the program Digital Legacy. Your selected Legacy Contacts can present the access key you give them along with your death certificate to gain access to any data you have stored on iCloud.

    Google takes a slightly less morbid approach. You can configure Inactive Account Manager so that if you ever don’t log in for three, six, 12, or 18 months, your chosen contacts will be emailed with a link to download all your data.

    You can read more in an article by Harry Guinness published in the Wired web site at:

  • 18 Mar 2022 4:41 PM | Anonymous

    NOTE: This article contains personal opinions.

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

    In case you have not heard the news, many genealogy libraries are struggling financially these days. For this article, I will focus solely on the larger societies that have their own buildings or perhaps rent a significant amount of space in other buildings. I will also look only at societies that have libraries that are not funded by taxpayer dollars. Many of them have paid employees, although not all do.

    An example of one such library would include the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The same may be true of the Society of Genealogists’ library in London. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) library in Washington, D.C. also is a huge, non-profit resource, although the sponsoring organization is not limited to genealogy interests. The DAR library does seem to fit in the same business model as the libraries of large genealogy societies.

    You can find hundreds of smaller examples, including the Vesterheim Genealogical Center/Naeseth Library (VGC/NL) in Madison, Wisconsin; the Erie County Historical Society’s Library in Erie, Pennsylvania; and the American French Genealogical Society in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and many more. The Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown, Connecticut, may also fit into this category although it is not a part of any society. It is an independent genealogy library, but with business and financial realities similar to the libraries sponsored by societies.

    Each of these libraries holds thousands of books of value to genealogists. Yet I believe that each of these libraries is in danger of extinction. Like so many species of creatures that saw their source of sustenance dwindling, some will evolve and others will disappear.

    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/12672036

    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

  • 18 Mar 2022 3:44 PM | Anonymous

    It is with sadness that I send news of the death of Lorine Olive McGinnis Schulze Massey.

    After retiring from teaching in 1996 Lorine started her own online business Olive Tree Genealogy which is now one of the oldest online genealogy companies in the world. The author of over 30 books and numerous publications, Lorine was well known and highly regarded in the genealogy community.

    You may find Lorine's obituary at:

  • 18 Mar 2022 3:18 PM | Anonymous

    How do you capture the idea of historical memory? History professor Fitz Brundage got the idea over a decade ago to create a comprehensive digital collection of the state’s monuments, shrines and commemorative public art. At the time, he thought the project team might be able to include about 400 monuments in the archive.

    Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina, or CommLand, a partnership with University Libraries, now features the stories of over 1,000 monuments across the state in all 100 counties. It is the largest and most extensive curated site devoted to a single state’s historical monuments and memorials. It has become a resource for K-12 and college educators, genealogists, public officials, journalists, historians, activists, historical reenactors, nonprofit groups and others. The content from the site has been incorporated into

    You can read more in the University of North Carolina web site at

  • 18 Mar 2022 2:46 PM | Anonymous

    A committee of Louisiana lawmakers will take another week to decide whether to advance a bill that would allow adopted people to obtain copies of their original birth certificates once they reach age 24.

    State law currently provides adopted individuals only limited access to the information from their birth records, mostly connected to vital health data.

    The author of the bill, Rep. Charles Owen, R-Rosepine, voluntarily deferred the legislation Tuesday after a morning of emotional testimony in the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure from adoptees and adoptive parents in support of the bill and an anti-abortion group that opposes it.

    One’s ability to access their own vital records might seem like a fundamental right of every American citizen, but that’s not the case in Louisiana, adoptive mother Tyler Koch said.

    You can read more in an article by Wesley Muller, publioshed in the RawStory web site at:

  • 18 Mar 2022 8:36 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast release brand new Irish burial records, plus free photographs exploring Ireland’s past 

    Waterford Burials 

    This brand-new collection of 17,000 records covers Waterford County in Ireland, 1850-1950, with both transcripts and original images. Exclusive to Findmypast, you could discover an ancestor’s death date, and perhaps their occupation, marital status or residence. 

    Views of Ireland 

    This free photographic collection includes 117 colourized photos and images of Ireland’s past, between 1800 and 1900. 


    Five new Irish titles, eight new British titles, and a total of over 300,000 pages have been added to Findmypast’s newspaper collection this week. 

    New titles: 

    ·         Accrington Observer and Times, 1897, 1988 

    ·         Boston Target, 1992 

    ·         Cheshunt and Waltham Mercury, 1990 

    ·         Dungannon News, 1893-1906 

    ·         Football Gazette (South Shields), 1906-1915, 1919-1939, 1946-1959 

    ·         Frontier Sentinel, 1904-1960 

    ·         Ireland’s Saturday Night, 1874, 1895-1922, 1924-1929, 1931-2008 

    ·         Leitrim Journal, 1850-1872 

    ·         Limerick Gazette, 1804-1820 

    ·         Middlesbrough Herald & Post, 1988 

    ·         Sports Gazette (Middlesbrough), 1931 

    ·         Stockport County Express, 1912 

    ·         Wokingham Times, 1989-1990 


    Updated titles: 

    ·         Abergele & Pensarn Visitor, 1987 

    ·         Acton Gazette, 1982 

    ·         Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, 1984-1985, 1988 

    ·         Birmingham Mail, 1990-1991 

    ·         Blairgowrie Advertiser, 1987 

    ·         Bracknell Times, 1991 

    ·         Bridge of Allan Gazette, 1885-1886 

    ·         Burton Daily Mail, 1988-1989, 1992 

    ·         Caernarvon & Denbigh Herald, 1831, 1837 

    ·         Cambridge Daily News, 1988 

    ·         Cambridge Independent Press, 1950 

    ·         Cambridge Town Crier, 1987 

    ·         Carmarthen Journal, 1992 

    ·         Central Somerset Gazette, 1990 

    ·         Cheshunt and Waltham Mercury, 1990 

    ·         Coleshill Chronicle, 1987 

    ·         Croydon Times, 1888 

    ·         Derby Express, 1992 

    ·         Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, 1987 

    ·         Dublin Weekly News, 1861 

    ·         Dumfries and Galloway Standard, 1987 

    ·         Ellesmere Port Pioneer, 1991 

    ·         Express and Echo, 1889 

    ·         Haverhill Echo, 1988-1989 

    ·         Herald Cymraeg, 1932-1934, 1936 

    ·         Hertford Mercury and Reformer, 1990 

    ·         Herts and Essex Observer, 1990-1991 

    ·         Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Mercury, 1990-1991 

    ·         Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 1989 

    ·         Kent & Sussex Courier, 1987, 1992 

    ·         Limerick Reporter, 1890, 1892-1894 

    ·         Liverpool Evening Express, 1929, 1952-1955 

    ·         Liverpool Journal of Commerce, 1873, 1898 

    ·         Lurgan Times, 1886 

    ·         Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 1873 

    ·         Marylebone Mercury, 1991 

    ·         North Star (Darlington), 1888-1896, 1901-1910, 1913-1914, 1917-1918, 1921-1922 

    ·         Nottingham Evening Post, 1990 

    ·         Oldham Advertiser, 1987 

    ·         Paisley Daily Express, 1881, 1990, 1992 

    ·         Retford, Gainsborough & Worksop Times, 1889, 1991 

    ·         Richmond Informer, 1991 

    ·         Rutherglen Reformer and Cambuslang Journal, 1880-1881, 1883-1884 

    ·         Southall Gazette, 1991-1992 

    ·         Spalding Guardian, 1986-1988 

    ·         Stirling Observer, 1992 

    ·         Suffolk and Essex Free Press, 1988-1989 

    ·         Uxbridge Leader, 1987 

    ·         West Surrey Times, 1889 

  • 17 Mar 2022 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    The following was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

    Our Best Pricing Ends this Week
    Join Us for Our First In-Person
    National Conference in Two Years
    Register Now for Early Bird Pricing

    The NGS 2022 Family History Conference is the first in-person national genealogy conference in two years. We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Sacramento in just a few short weeks.

    If you are planning to attend, this is the last week to get $50 off the regular conference registration rate.

    If you're still unsure, here are three terrific reasons to register by 18 March.

    1. You get $50 off the regular price of registration.
    2. Airfares are generally less expensive the earlier you book your flight.
    3. You can lock in reservations for popular Guest Speaker luncheons, Featured Events, and Tours.

    Best of all you don’t have to worry if you need to cancel your registration prior to 18 April. We will give you a complete refund, no questions asked, minus a $50 service fee.

    For up-to-date information about conference hotels and COVID-19 policies and other rules, visit the conference website. Be sure to sign up for the NGS conference blog to receive conference news and announcements.

    Once you register, make sure to book your hotel room.
    Have you already booked your hotel reservation? We recommend contacting the hotel to confirm that your reservation dates are correct. If you are holding multiple reservations or reservations at multiple hotels, we encourage you to solidify plans and release any dates or rooms that you will not be using. Room blocks are filling up fast and we want to make sure everyone is able to book at our discounted rates.

    Registration closes 18 April 2022.

    Register Now for Early Bird Pricing

    Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society inspires, connects, and leads the family history community by fostering collaboration and best practices in advocacy, education, preservation, and research. We enable people, cultures, and organizations to discover the past and create a lasting legacy. The Falls Church, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian.

    Copyright © 2022 National Genealogical Society, All rights reserved.
  • 17 Mar 2022 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    A $10,000 federal grant is expanding the Springfield-Greene County Library's online digital collection of photographs "vividly documenting a period of rapid change in Springfield and the Ozarks."

    Part of the digital collection “From the Darkroom,” library staff will add 5,000 more digital images to the nearly 29,000 images already acquired. Those images originate from the Springfield News-Leader’s estimated 2.7 million photographs and negatives from 1945 to 2011.

    The project began in 2016, and the library and the Springfield News-Leader expanded their partnership in 2021 to relocate photographs and negative images to the library district’s Local History & Genealogy archives.

    You can read more in an article by Andrew Sullender published in Yahoo News at

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