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  • 16 May 2022 2:49 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. Don Cline was a fertility doctor who used his own sperm to inseminate patients without their consent, according to the Netflix documentary, “Our Father.” Jacoba Ballard began unraveling the truth of her ancestry and her siblings with a DNA test.

    Cline fathered at least 94 biological children, according to the documentary, but the exact number of children conceived is impossible to know. Ballard took a 23andMe test in 2014, and learned she had seven half-siblings. She contacted the siblings to learn about their mysterious familial connection, and realized each of the mothers had seen the same fertility doctor.

    As many more siblings began taking DNA tests, their information was added to the database and the number of siblings in the count grew. Each time a new connection was added to the database, Ballard prepared to break the news, she said on the documentary.

    If you have a Netflix account, you can view the documentary at

  • 16 May 2022 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    In a collaborative effort, Hunter Library at Western Carolina University has established an extensive, digital collection that will provide improved access to regionally focused materials of Southern Appalachia.

    The Southern Appalachian Digital Collections was created with the University of North Carolina at Asheville through a Library Science and Technology Act grant. The partnership began in 2019 to specifically take advantage of combined efforts, such as sharing purchasing power for licensing a content management system and increased staff expertise.

    “We are hoping to expand the collection with additional member institutions that reside within Southern Appalachia – Western North Carolina, north Georgia, eastern Tennessee, upstate South Carolina, southwest Virginia – that have a mission to support and preserve the literature, culture, music and historical heritage of the region, and contribute collections to digitize and/or accession into the shared content management system,” said Beth Thompson, assistant professor and head of  Content Organization and Management at Hunter Library.

    You can read more at:

  • 16 May 2022 9:03 AM | Anonymous

    One of the most dramatic differences between the traditional, analogue world of creation, and the modern, digital one, is the democratization that has taken place in this sphere. Until recently, writers, musicians, artists and filmmakers collectively formed a relatively select group that was hard to enter as a professional. Today, anyone with an Internet connection can spread the word about their work and make money from it. In effect, everyone who is online, to a greater or lesser degree, is a digital creator – even with the most ephemeral of posts on social media. The result is that genealogists, societies, bloggers, and many others now can find audiences for their messages. Although it is clear the creative field has been opened up enormously, details are hard to come by. That makes a new “Creator Report” from Linktree particularly useful. Linktree describes itself as:

    a tool for connecting followers to your entire online world – not just one feed.

    A Linktree not only points followers in the direction of your choosing – to your other social profiles, eCommerce store, or content you want to share – but it helps hold followers within your online ecosystem for longer. It allows users to share more, sell more, curate more and grow more.

    Linktree claims to have over 23 million users worldwide, which means that it should be in a good position to observe how the new world of digital creation works.

    You can read more at:

  • 16 May 2022 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    The updated website provides a searchable database of the official Irish-language versions of approximately 100,000 places throughout the country. The new Placenames Database of Ireland site features interactive maps, aerial photography and better ease of navigation for those looking to find out the origins of place names from Arklow to Zion Road.

    It is developed by the Gaois research group in Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge in Dublin City University in collaboration with the Placenames Branch of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

    The website was launched by Jack Chambers T.D., Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport on Dublin City University’s All Hallows campus.

    Details may be found at

  • 13 May 2022 2:51 PM | Anonymous

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

    In recent comments to ebook articles in this newsletter, several people have commented, "If I have enjoyed a book, I get pleasure in passing it to a friend to read. I can't do that digitally without paying again." Actually, with Kindle and Nook ebook readers, that is incorrect. Kindle owners can legally easily lend books at no charge. In fact, the process is quite simple.


    Kindle books can be loaned to another reader for a period of 14 days. The borrower does not even need to own a Kindle! Kindle books can be read on a second Kindle or on a Windows PC, Macintosh, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android device by using Amazon's FREE Kindle software.

    Not all books purchased on the Kindle are available to be loaned out. The book's publisher has the option of prohibiting lending of an ebook. However, most Kindle ebooks may be lent. Those that are lendable can be shared with friends for up to 14 days at a time for no charge. Books are automatically returned after that period, so you don't have to chase your friend down to get your favorite novel back.

    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/12779528.

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  • 13 May 2022 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    Over the past several centuries, there have always been places that couples could, for various reasons, run away to and get married.

    In more recent times, it was because perhaps no blood test was required, or no waiting period, no age limit, or parental consent. These runaway spots are often referred to as Gretna Greens, so called because of the famous place on the Scottish border where English couples eloped after the English Clandestine Marriage Act was passed in the 18th century.

    If you are looking for a record of your ancestors’ marriage, and can’t find it in the home county, you might think a bit broader, depending on where they lived. There are many cases of people marrying in unexpected places. One couple from North Carolina slipped into Clayton in North Georgia’s Rabun County to wed. A Tennessee couple married in Rossville, Georgia, in Walker County, adjacent to Catoosa County, so a researcher would need to check both courthouses for the actual record.

    There's more in an article by Kenneth H. Thomas Jr. and published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at

  • 13 May 2022 2:01 PM | Anonymous

    Genelines is a unique program that displays genealogy charts in a timeline format: another exciting way of sharing your research with friends and family. Genelines offers Pedigree and Descendant charts where each person's Life Bar is aligned with the Years, showing who was contemporary with who. Genelines includes Historical Events as backdrops, showing what was going on in your ancestors' lives. The Historical Events feature enriches your presentation, suggests new avenues of research, and offers insights into your family history.

    Genelines provides diagnostic and error checking to visually pinpoint potential errors in your database.

    Tell the story of your family with Genelines. Get Genelines here:

    For more information, here are some links:

    Genelines overview:

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    Genelines is available for Windows. It can also run on the Mac with Parallels or VMWare Fusion.

  • 13 May 2022 8:23 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast add new workhouse and marriage records,  along with more than quarter of a million additional newspaper pages.  

    Lancashire, Oldham Workhouse 

    This brand new collection sees over 150,000 records from Oldham Workhouse in Lancashire published online. These records cover over 130 years, from 1800-1936, and include both admissions and discharges. The transcripts provide standard biographical information, as well as the admission or event date. While the original record images include details such as notes on the inmate’s state at arrival (including health conditions and financial situation), whether they were on a regular diet or 'infirm' diet, religious persuasion, and reason for discharge.

    Huntingdonshire Marriages 1754-1837 Index

    Though this collection was originally released as a browsable collection, Findmypast now transcribed these records and released them as a fully searchable index for the first time. The records include full names of both spouses, the year of marriage, and sometimes extra details, such as occupation or whether the spouses were previously widowed.


    Findmypast has added 256,709 brand new pages to their ever-growing newspaper archive, with titles from all across the UK covered.

    New titles: 

      • Erdington News, 1950
      • Evening Times, 1825, 1825-1826
      • Gainsborough Target, 1991-1992
      • Lichfield Post, 1992
      • Lincoln Target, 1991-1992
      • National Observer, 1888-1897
      • Northampton Herald & Post, 1990
      • Redcar and Saltburn News, 1871-1875, 1892-1903
      • South Western Star, 1889-1949
      • Stanmore Observer, 1989, 1992

    Updated titles: 

      • Accrington Observer and Times, 1992
      • Bebington News, 1989-1990, 1992
      • Bedfordshire on Sunday, 1977-1979
      • Birmingham Daily Post, 1951
      • Birmingham Mail, 1873
      • Blyth News, 1909
      • British Press, 1823
      • Cheltenham Chronicle, 1951
      • Coventry Evening Telegraph, 1987
      • Daily Record, 1986-1987, 1995
      • Derby Daily Telegraph, 1957
      • Derby Express, 1996
      • East Cleveland Herald & Post, 1992
      • East Grinstead Observer, 1978, 1990
      • East Kent Gazette, 1990, 1992
      • East Kilbride News, 1991
      • Englishman, 1810
      • Express and Echo, 1877
      • Folkestone Express, Sandgate, Shorncliffe & Hythe Advertiser, 1897
      • Formby Times, 1988
      • Galloway News and Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser, 1986
      • Gloucester News, 1992
      • Great Barr Observer, 1992
      • Grimsby Daily Telegraph, 1914
      • Harlow Star, 1990
      • Harrow Informer, 1988
      • Heartland Evening News, 1994
      • Herald Cymraeg, 1987, 1990
      • Hinckley Times, 1991
      • Huntingdon Town Crier, 1991
      • Irvine Herald, 1992
      • Kinematograph Weekly, 1948
      • Leek Post & Times and Cheadle News & Times and Moorland Advertiser, 1989
      • Liverpool Journal of Commerce, 1895
      • Long Eaton Advertiser, 1992
      • Middlesbrough Herald & Post, 1990
      • Middlesex County Times, 1910
      • Midweek Visiter (Southport), 1990
      • Nantwich Chronicle, 1995-1996
      • North Devon Herald, 1879
      • Nottingham Evening Post, 1993, 1995
      • Nottingham Recorder, 1981-1983,1990-1991
      • Oldham Advertiser, 1990, 1993
      • Ormskirk Advertiser, 1885,  1990
      • Overland China Mail, 1848-1852, 1895-1896
      • Paddington Mercury, 1994
      • Peterborough Herald & Post, 1989
      • Pontypridd Observer, 1960, 1962, 1986
      • Redditch Indicator, 1897, 1911
      • Retford, Gainsborough & Worksop Times, 1981
      • Romsey Register and General News Gazette, 1874
      • Rugeley Mercury, 1991
      • Seren Cymru, 1856-1860
      • Sheerness Times Guardian, 1898, 1911
      • Spalding Guardian, 1885, 1889, 1912
      • Stockport County Express, 1965
      • Tamworth Herald, 1992, 1996
      • Teignmouth Post and Gazette, 1889
      • Teviotdale Record and Jedburgh Advertiser, 1880, 1882-1884
      • Voice of India, 1883-1884
      • Walton & Weybridge Informer, 1989
      • Weekly Free Press and Aberdeen Herald, 1876, 1882, 1886
      • West Lothian Courier, 1991
      • Winsford & Middlewich Guardian, 1911
  • 12 May 2022 6:25 PM | Anonymous

    Keys to the past and the future of a community descended from enslaved Africans lie in a river bottom on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where the remains of the last known U.S. slave ship rest a few miles from what's left of the village built by newly freed people after the Civil War.

    Work performed this month will help answer a question residents of the area called Africatown USA are anxious to resolve: Can remnants of the slave ship Clotilda be retrieved from the water to both fill out details about their heritage and to serve as an attraction that might revitalize the place their ancestors built after emancipation?

    A crew hired by the Alabama Historical Commission, working over 10 days ending Thursday, took fallen trees off the submerged remains of the ship, scooped muck out of the hull and retrieved displaced pieces to see what's left of the Clotilda, which is described as the most intact slave ship ever found. The work will help determine what, if anything, can be done with the wreckage in years ahead.

    Some want a museum featuring the actual Clotilda, which was hired by a rich, white steamship captain on a bet to violate the U.S. ban on slave importation the year before the Confederacy was founded to preserve slavery and white supremacy in the South.

    "The question is, give me a timetable. What's the date for getting that boat out of that doggone water?" Africatown resident and activist Joe Womack asked team members during a public forum as work began. Nearby, a new "heritage house" that could display artifacts is under construction.

    You can read more in an article published in the CBS News web site at:

  • 12 May 2022 5:58 PM | Anonymous

    A new statewide initiative of the Texas Oral History Association (TOHA) and the Baylor University Institute for Oral History (BUIOH) seeks to create a publicly-accessible listing of all known oral history collections in Texas thanks to a new project called the Texas Oral History Locator Database, or TOLD.

    Tens of thousands of interviews on various historical topics are currently scattered across the State of Texas, but just where they can be found and what content they possess largely remain a mystery to all but the most diligent of researchers. The goal of the TOLD project is to identify as many of these collections as possible and to provide a free searchable platform on which to discover them. Collection holders interested in participating can fill out a brief survey at

    You can read more about this initiative at:

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