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  • 22 Feb 2021 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    To all subscribers:

    Here is a list of all of this week's articles, all of them available at

    (+) Self-Publish Your Book and Sell it on Amazon and Elsewhere

    Upload your DNA Data to MyHeritage and Get FREE Access to All DNA Features

    Should Government Offices Store Paper Documents? or Digital Images?

    Six Steps To Consider Before Scanning Vertical Files

    Elon Musk’s Family Tree Explained

    A Public Health Initiative Involving Family Genealogy and Cancer-Causing Variants Hoping to Prevent All Hereditary Cancer

    Some Neanderthal Genes in People Today May Protect Against Severe COVID-19

    Vivid-Pix Acquires Reunions Magazine

    Verogen Debuts Forensic Genetic Genealogy Workflow That Makes Solving Cases Easier

    How to Digitize VHS Tapes

    Bay State College Donates Entire College Library to the Internet Archive

    The Lost Cemetery of Stanley Park in Vancouver

    Findmypast Announces More British and Black History Records Are Now Available Online

    Wyoming State Library Launches New Digital Historic Newspaper Collection

    Findmypast Introduces a New and Improved Image Viewer

    Forces War Records adds new WWII RAF Records

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  • 22 Feb 2021 12:16 PM | Anonymous

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

    Many genealogists dream of publishing books about the family tree or about local history. Some want to write a book of "my ancestors," but it may be better to write, "The Descendants of (insert ancestor's name here)" or the "Early History of Washington County" or some other area where you have expertise. Either way, you have three tasks ahead of you: write the book, get it published, and then find buyers. I can't offer much assistance for writing the book, but in this article I will tell you about some online services that can make it easier to self-publish and sell your new masterpiece.

    Dozens of book publishers are willing to print your book. However, if you are not a well-known author already, most will charge you for set-up and printing expenses. In the trade, this is known as the "vanity press." In other words, the publisher is a publishing house which authors pay in advance to have their books published. In order to sell books, many commercial publishers will specialize in a particular genre, such as genealogy.

    Arrangements with vanity press publishers vary widely, but it is common for the author to take delivery of all the printed books and then figure out how to sell them. Some vanity press firms will work with the authors in publishing, storage, and shipment of the books. It is common for publishers to advertise the books on their own web sites and even show the books at trade shows in an effort to work with the author to sell the volumes. Indeed, a number of genealogy book publishers offer collaborative marketing services in which the publisher partners with the author to sell the books.

    Traditionally, printing and selling a self-published book is an expensive and often frustrating effort. The author must first pay for the set-up, printing, and binding of the books. Prices can vary from $5 per book to more than $50 per book, depending upon the length of the book, the binding desired, quality of the paper, the number of color or black-and-white photographs to be included, and especially upon the number of books to be printed. The more books printed, the cheaper the price will be when calculated on a per-book basis.

    Writing a book will require more work than simply writing the words. Depending upon the publisher chosen, the author may be responsible for setting up page layouts to accommodate the text as well as for supplying pictures, drawings, and maps. Finally, an ISBN number (International Standard Book Number) will need to be obtained. Some publishers will obtain the ISBN number for the author. If not using a full-service publisher, the author may need to obtain the ISBN number instead. The price of ISBN numbers is reasonable when purchasing numbers for ten or more books but becomes expensive when the purchaser only needs one.

    The new author is perhaps in the worst predicament of all. He or she probably isn't experienced in self-publishing and may not know where to start. This article should provide some assistance.

    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/10125445

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  • 22 Feb 2021 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    The recently-added Genetic Groups on MyHeritage significantly increased the resolution of MyHeritage DNA’s ethnicity breakdown to 2,114 geographic regions. However, many people who have tested with services such as 23andMe, Ancestry or FamilyTree DNA Family Finder, were unable to join the fun. Now MyHeritage is making a special offer for a week:

    From now through February 28, 2021, MyHeritage allows everyone to upload their DNA data from other providers and obtain DNA Matches for free.

    Here is the announcement from the MyHeritage Blog:

    Christmas came just a tad early for MyHeritage DNA users when we finally released a long-awaited enhancement to our DNA ethnicity results: Genetic Groups. This feature significantly increases the resolution of MyHeritage DNA’s ethnicity breakdown to 2,114 geographic regions. Our users have been raving about it ever since.

    But many folks who have tested their DNA with other services, such as 23andMe, Ancestry, or FamilyTree DNA Family Finder, were unable to join the fun.

    MyHeritage allows you to upload your DNA data from other providers and get DNA Matches for free, but a one-time unlock fee of $29 (or a Complete plan with MyHeritage) has been required to access the advanced DNA features — and that includes the Ethnicity Estimate and the new Genetic Groups.

    Well, we don’t want you to feel left out just because you tested with another service! For a limited time only, between February 21–28, 2021, we are waiving the unlock fee. You can now upload your DNA data to MyHeritage and get access to your Ethnicity Estimate, Genetic Groups, and other advanced DNA tools such as the Chromosome Browser, AutoClusters, and Theory of Family Relativity™ — absolutely free! These features will remain free forever for the DNA kits you upload to MyHeritage during this week.

    Upload your data to MyHeritage now

    If you’ve already tested your DNA with another service, you don’t need to waste your time and money purchasing a new kit. We’re aware that people who are searching for family members — such as adopted people searching for their birth parents — want to “fish in multiple ponds” and try multiple DNA databases to find leads, and purchasing multiple DNA kits gets expensive. That’s why we offer users the option of uploading their DNA data to MyHeritage for free.

    Here’s what one user, Joan Matalon, recently had to say about her experience uploading her DNA data to MyHeritage: “I uploaded my raw DNA from Ancestry to MyHeritage and in May last year I joined and it has been fabulous! I have found relatives that I never knew about! I would recommend MyHeritage to anyone who would like to learn more about their family! MyHeritage has so many features that are helping me with my research.”

    If you tested your DNA with another service and haven’t uploaded it to MyHeritage yet, now’s the best time to do it! Upload your data to MyHeritage now


  • 22 Feb 2021 11:19 AM | Anonymous

    Do you have any old VHS videotapes around? If so, you need to understand that the video quality of those tapes is deteriorating every year, even if you are not playing them!

    Jeanette D. Moses explains all this and provides information on how to convert the VHS tapes to more modern (and longer-lasting) media in her article in the Tom's Guide website at:

  • 22 Feb 2021 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    Elon Reeve Musk is a self-made multibillionaire business magnate, industrial designer, and engineer. He is also one of the richest people in the world.

    Musk is the CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc., the founder, CEO, CTO, and chief designer of SpaceX; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder of Neuralink; and co-founder and initial co-chairman of OpenAI.

    Perhaps his obvious success is due to something in his genes.

    Elon Musk may be transforming everything from power to space travel, but Elon isn’t the only entrepreneur in his family tree. A YouTube video explores the rest of Elon’s family. There are a LOT of entrepreneurs in the family!

    You can watch the YouTube video at:

  • 19 Feb 2021 8:59 PM | Anonymous

    Bay State College’s Boston Campus has donated its entire undergraduate library to the Internet Archive so that the digital library can preserve and scan the books, while allowing Bay State to gain much needed open space for student collaboration. By donating and scanning its 11,000-volume collection centered on fashion, criminal justice, allied health, and business books, Bay State’s Boston campus decided to “flip entirely to digital.”

    You can read more about the move at

    Comment: OK, now here is a proposal I believe is worth pondering: Should we promote the same kind of moves for most (or all) genealogy libraries?

    Most of the smaller genealogy libraries are woefully underfunded. Also, access to these libraries is a problem if the would-be patron lives a long distance away, such as in another country. Wouldn't it be better to place all books that may legally be copied or digitized online and make them available 24 hours a day, to every place in the world? (Optionally, the books could also be placed back on the shelves after being digitized for local use.)

    Yes, I would even pay a reasonable amount to access them remotely. That would be a lot cheaper than what I have paid in past years for travel to remote locations, hotels, restaurant meals, and more expenses I don't even want to contemplate.

    Yes, I am in favor of digitizing all sorts of things and make those digital images online. Is it a perfect solution? Absolutely not but I am sure that it is better than the present system of storing a few things here, a few things there, and lots of things not documented or not available at all because of travel constraints.

    What do you think?

  • 19 Feb 2021 8:34 PM | Anonymous

    Are you contemplating a major effort to digitize old paper records, either at home or at a local archive? If so, read "Six Steps To Consider Before Scanning Vertical Files" in the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center Blog first. A bit of thought and planning might save you a lot of work later!

    Look at

  • 19 Feb 2021 8:16 PM | Anonymous

    The following is an announcement from Findmypast:

    Discover marriages, pub landlords and more this Findmypast Friday. Here's what's new this week.

    Britain, Marriage Licences

    Search over 100,000 new additions from the Diocese of Durham dating all the way back to the 16th century.

    With records from as early as 1115, this useful collection covers fifteen English counties including London, Lancashire, Suffolk, Exeter, Lincoln, Yorkshire, and more. Marriage licenses will reveal your ancestor’s intended spouse, father’s name, and the intended marriage place.

    Cambridgeshire, Licensed Victuallers

    Were your Cambridgeshire ancestors pub landlords? Discover the name of their establishment, its location and when they ran it.

    The surviving records for Cambridgeshire 1764-1828 are kept in the Cambridgeshire Archives in Ely. They have been photographed and transcribed by members of the Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Family History Society, which has kindly licensed the records for the use of researchers on Findmypast. 

    Each record normally includes the name and abode of the victualler, the name of the alehouse, tavern or inn, and the name and abode of the person providing surety.

    United States, Inspection Roll Of Negroes, 1783

    Search the records of Black Loyalists evacuated by the British from New York in 1783 after defeat in the American War of Independence. Please note that the terms used in historical records reflect the attitudes and language of the time and may now be considered inappropriate, derogatory or offensive.

    A page from the Inspection Rolls documenting Harry Washington (see attached), former slave of George Washington, who escaped to British lines in 1776 and rose to the rank of corporal in Lord Dunmore's regiment of "Black Pioneers".

    The records in the Inspection Roll are highly detailed. The exact content varies according to the status of the individual evacuee (for instance, whether free, or former slave, or slave of a Loyalist), but most will include a combination of their name, age, status, physical description and the vessel they were evacuated on.


    Explore11 new titles covering diverse locations from India, China, Dominica and Antigua to Beverley, Birkenhead and Blandford. Brand new to the collection this week are:

    Findmypast have also added additional pages to 19 existing titles as follows;

  • 19 Feb 2021 5:23 PM | Anonymous

    In partnership with the Center for Family History and Genealogy at BYU (Brigham Young University), and the Center for Family History and Genealogy at BYU, a research effort is underway with one major goal: to prevent hereditary cancer.

    Leaders behind the project say Utah is the best place to start because people in the state know their family history really well.

    Brian Shirts, an M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at the University of Washington is spearheading a research effort to prevent hereditary cancer. In partnership with Brigham Young University (BYU), Shirts joined Jill Crandall, the director of the Center for Family History and Genealogy at BYU, and an associate professor in the history department, and professor of family history, along with Julie Stoddard, the center coordinator at the Center for Family History and Genealogy at BYU, to conduct such research.

    Dr. Shirts had a thought: what if people knew about their cancer risks based on their family history? And he started to dive in to the question.

    “We’re working in conjunction with the University of Washington to identify individuals who may have cancer-causing genetic variants,” Stoddard said. “These individuals are identified through genealogical research on the different lines of these participants who have the same variants.

    “What Dr. Shirts does is he finds these participants who have the variant and then he sends them to our BYU team. We do the research on their pedigrees to help them identify which ancestor may have had the variant. And then look for those descendants of those ancestors so they can be identified, and the participants can reach out and tell them of their increased chance of cancer.”

    “Hereditary-cancer risk is something that affects about 1 percent of the population. But this is inherited in families, so it’s not just a random 1 percent of the population,” Shirts said.

    These inherited genes — such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 that cause breast cancer or one of four genes that causes Lynch Syndrome, which creates a higher risk for developing certain types of cancer, particularly of the colon — cause more than a 50 percent lifetime risk of cancer for the people who inherit them, Shirts observed.

    You can read a lot more in an article by Curt Gresseth publish in the KSL News web site at:

  • 18 Feb 2021 8:38 PM | Anonymous

    A new study looked at a stretch of DNA on chromosome 12 where a haplotype — a cluster of genetic variants that are inherited together — that affects susceptibility to the coronavirus is located. For each copy of the Neandertal haplotype a person inherited, the risk of needing intensive care fell approximately 22 percent, researchers report in the March 2 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    The variants may affect the activity or function of genes involved in a biochemical chain reaction that ends with the destruction of viral RNA, including the coronavirus’s. The protective variants are largely absent among people in sub-Saharan Africa, where few people carry genes inherited from Neandertals. About 25 to 30 percent of present-day people of Asian and European ancestry carry the protective variants. Some Black people in the Americas also inherited the protective haplotype, presumably from Asian, European or Native American ancestors.

    You can

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