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  • 30 Sep 2020 1:32 PM | Anonymous
    The following announcement was written by the State Archives of North Carolina:

    After several years of digitizing the Division of Negro Education records from the Department of Public Instruction record group, the African American Education digitization project is now completely online!

    This digital collection covers the day by day interactions of the Division of Negro Education with the African American community. The collection ranges from the early to mid 20th century and includes correspondence, articles, speeches, reports, newspaper clippings and more. You can read about previous additions to this collection in Part OnePart Two, and Part Three of this blog series. The last addition to the collection is the Director’s Office: Newspaper Clippings series. It contains newspaper clippings largely covering racial segregation in education throughout the Southern United States during the 1950’s.

    The following series are now online:

    For more information on African American education, check out these NCpedia pages:

  • 30 Sep 2020 11:48 AM | Anonymous

    The FamilySearch Family History Library’s October 2020 free webinars will focus on German family history research. Selections include five progressive sessions on German Handwriting, Resources for German Research (beginner level), German Historical Geography, researching in German Historical Newspapers, and one class on the Württemberg Family Books.  Other classes include Using the FamilySearch CatalogAdding Memories to Family Tree, and Finding Your Irish Ancestor’s Home.

    No registration is required for these online webinars. See the table of classes below for more details.

    If you cannot attend a live event, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars.

    All class times are in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

    Mon, Oct 5, 10:00 AM MDT Using the FamilySearch Catalog (Beginner) Yes
    Tue, Oct 6, 10:00 AM MDT Adding Memories to Family Tree (Beginner) Yes
    Sat, Oct 24, 10:00 AM MDT Resources on FamilySeach for German Research and Getting Help (Beginner) Yes
    Sat, Oct 24, 11:15 AM MDT Germany: Historical Geography (Intermediate) Yes
    Sat, Oct 24, 12:45 PM MDT Württemberg Family Books (Intermediate) Yes
    Sat, Oct 24, 2:00 PM MDT Using Historical Newspapers to Learn More About Your German Ancestors (Intermediate) Yes
    Mon, Oct 26, 9:00 AM MDT “Mournful Exodus”: Finding Your Irish Ancestor’s Home (Beginner) Yes
    Mon, Oct 26, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 1 (Intermediate) Yes
    Tue, Oct 27, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 2 (Intermediate) Yes
    Wed, Oct 28, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 3 (Intermediate) Yes
    Thu, Oct 29, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 4 (Intermediate) Yes
    Fri, Oct 30, 10:00 AM MDT German Handwriting Seminar, Day 5 (Intermediate) Yes

    Visit our website for more Classes and Online Webinars.

    About FamilySearch

    FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • 29 Sep 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Family History Hosting:

    Narragansett, Rhode Island, September 29, 2020 - Family History Hosting is pleased to announce the release of ORA version 1.10. ORA is the "Online Repository Assistant", a web browser extension combined with a Windows program to help you extract data from the web pages of your favorite online repositories and capture the information in your preferred genealogy program. ORA has several features that will save time, reduce errors, and increase the consistency of your data entry.

    Originally released in June with support for four popular repositories, ORA now supports twelve repositories:

    • Ancestry
    • Fold3
    • Australian Cemeteries Index
    • FreeReg
    • BillionGraves
    • General Register Office, UK
    • FamilySearch
    • Find a Grave
    • Nova Scotia Genealogy
    • Findmypast
    • Trove

    ORA users depend on it to save them time and effort:

    * "After weeks of using ORA to create source definitions for newspaper clippings and obituaries on, I came across an obit I wanted [to cite] in the student newspaper of a college, found on the college's digital repository. ORA doesn't work there! What, write an obit source definition manually?? Can I remember how? It made me really appreciate how much work ORA has eliminated." - Terry

    * "I have made more progress in my research in the past two months that I've used ORA than in the two years prior." - Saul

    For more information about ORA, see its Introduction slideshow. The Introduction includes several videos that show ORA in action.

    ORA is sold as a subscription service, $24 USD per year. ORA is not affiliated with any of the repositories it supports. ORA does not do any searching for you; it evaluates pages you visit during your normal use of a repository and makes it faster and easier to extract the information you find. For Ancestry, Findmypast, and other fee-based repositories, you must have an account with that repository.

  • 28 Sep 2020 1:46 PM | Anonymous

    To all Plus Edition subscribers:

    A notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few minutes ago. A link to the latest Plus Edition newsletter was sent to all Plus Edition subscribers in an email message.

    The following articles are listed in this week’s Plus Edition email:

    • (+) Why Reinvent the Wheel? A Proposal.
    • Genealogists Track Down Missing People After Devastating Fires
    • The “Lost” 1820 U.S. Census Records Have Been Found
    • MyHeritage Announces a Major Update to Theory of Family Relativity™
    • Vivid-Pix Launches New AI Powered Restore – Patented Photo & Document Restoration Software
    • New York City Department of Records and Information Services Proposed Rules on New Fees and Access Requirements
    • New DNA Study Reveals Most Vikings Weren’t Blond or Blue-Eyed
    • Harsh Truths Amid the Mayflower Myths of Nationhood
    • Researchers Find Genetic Signature of Ancient MacDougall Bloodline
    • Are You the Victim of “Fertility Fraud?”
    • Chester County (Pennsylvania) Unveils Interactive Tool to Trace Property
    • Help Wanted: Allen County Public Library Seeks a New Executive Director
    • Help Wanted: Archivist, Essex, England Record Office
    • RAF Air Force Lists and Thousands of Extra War Memorials Released by TheGenealogist
    • FamilySearch Hits 8 Billion Searchable Names in Historical Records
    • Findmypast Adds New Family Records Dating Back to Colonial America
    • New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 21 September 2020
    • National Genealogical Society Announces Results of 2020 Board of Directors Election

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dick Eastman at

  • 25 Sep 2020 2:09 PM | Anonymous

    The U.S. Census records for the extreme northern strip of land in Maine have been missing for more than 150 years, but now have been found. In fact, a transcription of those missing census records is even available on the World Wide Web. I found some of my ancestors listed on the Web site, more than 35 years after I first looked for them in the National Archives microfilm! (That was before the microfilms became available online.)

    In 1820, the land of the Saint John River Valley in what is now Maine and New Brunswick was disputed territory, claimed by both the United States and Great Britain. A government official, such as an American census enumerator, could be arrested and incarcerated by the British authorities if he dared to enter this disputed territory. Likewise, British authorities who entered the disputed land also were in danger of arrest and even imprisonment.

    When I found the towns were not listed in the 1820 U.S. census records on National Archives microfilm no. M33, reel no. 38, I assumed that the census takers (enumerators) never set foot in the disputed territory. It seems that I was wrong.

    When looking at the same microfilm, Chip Gagnon noticed that, at the end of those same records, enumerator True Bradbury listed the total number of people in each of the towns in the Upper Saint John River Valley, including even those towns missing on the microfilm copy. If Mr. Bradbury knew exactly how many people lived there, Chip realized, then he must have visited each household and recorded the information. So, what happened to his hand-written records?

    As explained on Chip’s Web site, one must consider the history of the area in 1820 and about twenty years thereafter. This disputed land was a cause of much difficulty and many negotiations between the governments of the United States and Great Britain. Remember, too, that this was only a few years after the War of 1812; these two governments still maintained an adversarial relationship. Eventually, the King of the Netherlands arbitrated a decision that determined the exact boundary between the United States and Canada in 1831. Following on this decision, the 1842 Webster-Ashburton Treaty finally settled the border between Maine and New Brunswick without bloodshed.


    As part of the process of determining the boundary, someone apparently decided to document how many people were involved in this land dispute. After all, citizenship and property were involved. The only records of the residents were those of the U.S. census. It appears that the census records of the Saint John River Valley were separated from the rest of the census records, probably in 1828, to be used as part of the arbitration process. Apparently, the records were never returned to the original repository.

    As Chip Gagnon states on his Web site:

    “I recently went to Washington DC to look for the original returns in the National Archives. I searched through the records of the State Department related to the border dispute. In the documents related to that dispute I found the handwritten manuscript copy of the published document that I cite below. Included was the copy of returns for Madawaska, New Limerick and Houlton. The copy was made in 1828 by the Clerk of the US Court for the District of Maine (where the 1820 census returns were deposited). This copy was then sent to Washington for inclusion in the documentation being prepared for submission to the arbitrator.

    “The document is a handwritten copy made from the original and certified as such. I have included the text of the certification at the end of the transcription of Madawaska. What we learn from this certification is that an original copy of the returns was present in the District Court of Maine as late as 1828. But we also learn that the State Department did not have the original version of the census returns, relying rather on this copy. I would also hazard to guess that the British government too had requested a copy of these returns in its preparation for its own arguments on the border.

    “Given these facts, it seems probable that when the returns were pulled in 1828 in order to make a copy for the arbitration document, they were not returned to their original place. Thus when the returns were all sent to Washington, the Madawaska, Houlton and New Limerick returns were not included. The question remains, however, whether they are somewhere in Maine. I am currently trying to determine that fact.”

    NOTE: The records Chip Gagnon refers to are for the towns of Madawaska, New Limerick and Houlton. However, those three townships covered many square miles in 1820. They have since been subdivided many times, and new towns formed. These records cover what now comprises several more towns in the Upper Saint John River Valley.

    Not only are U.S. towns covered, but even several communities now in Canada were enumerated. In some cases, these may be the only census records of those Canadian towns at any time before 1851. Not many of us would think to look for residents of Canadian towns in “missing” U.S. census records.

    I was delighted when I learned of Chip Gagnon’s hard work. His published listing contained the names of several of my ancestors that had not been listed in the U.S. census.

    Much more information is available on Chip Gagnon’s website, including his transcriptions. You can find his excellent site at: and especially (in English and in French) at

  • 25 Sep 2020 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Discover emigrant ancestors and much more this Findmypast Friday.

    Swiss Emigrants to the American Colonies, 1734-1744

    With newly-created indexes for easy searching, this publication records the details of over 3,000 Swiss immigrants to the New World. Translated and transcribed from an original manuscript held in the State Archive of Zurich, the records can reveal your Swiss ancestors’ names and ages, where they came from, settled and more.

    The collection contains large numbers of emigrants who intended to travel to Carolina, as it was the most heavily advertised colony in Switzerland. In many cases, the circumstances around their departure is indicated. Most of these events and pieces of information were submitted by local priests.

    Emigrant Ministers To The Americas

    Spanning 1690-1811, this collection can be searched by name, year, destination and keywords to discover Church of England clergy working in the American colonies. Many Church of England ministers were given a bounty by the King of England to go and practice their faith in overseas colonies.

    This list was compiled largely from records known as Money Books, King’s Warrant Books, Treasury Papers, and Exchequer of Receipt Papers, documenting the funds spent to send missionaries to the New World. However, most of the entries also include where the individual was intending to travel to, specific roles, such as clerk or lawyer, and frequently, additional genealogical information.

    Winthrop Fleet Passenger List, 1630

    A decade after the Mayflower, the Winthrop Fleet took hundreds more English settlers to America. Search this collection to discover the passengers and their amazing stories. The voyage saw 11 vessels, led by John Winthrop, and between 700 and 1,000 English settlers arrive in the New World.

    The fleet included a large group of Puritan families, with a variety of skills, skilled labour, and family groups, to ensure a healthy and robust colony. The fleet itself was funded by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. These records, originally published in 1930, describe the background, the experience and the motivation for the fleet, as well as listing many of the participants by name with genealogical details.


    Runcorn Weekly News (covering 1913-1933 and 1936-1970) and Clare Freeman and Ennis Gazette (covering 1855-1884) are brand new to the site this week.

    Plus, more pages have been added to Evening Mail (from 1869-1872, 1874-1885 and 1892-1922) and Cork Daily Herald (from 1897-1899).

  • 25 Sep 2020 11:30 AM | Anonymous

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

    FALLS CHURCH, va, 25 SEPTEMBER 2020—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announced the results of its 2020 Board of Directors election at its annual meeting on 1 September 2020. The incoming slate includes three new positions to reflect the upcoming merger of NGS and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) on 1 October 2020. These new board positions are Vice President for Society & Organization Management and two directors at large drawn from FGS ranks.

    Outgoing President Benjamin B. Spratling, JD, of Birmingham, Alabama, announced the results of the election and the incoming board members who will be seated on 1 October.

    NGS Officers (1 October 2020 – 30 September 2022)

      • President: Kathryn M. Doyle, California
      • Vice President: Ellen Pinckney Balthazar, Texas
      • Vice President of Society & Organization Management: Cheri Hudson Passey, South Carolina
      • Secretary: Ed Donakey, Utah
      • Treasurer: Deborah Lebo Hoskins, Pennsylvania

    NGS Directors serve four-year terms that are staggered so that the entire slate does not turn over in one election cycle.

    NGS Regional Directors

      • Director of Region 2: Faye Stallings, Texas
      • Director of Region 3: Janet L. Bailey, Virginia
      • Director of Region 4: Bernice Alexander Bennett, Maryland

    Directors at Large

      • Janet A. Alpert, South Carolina
      • Colleen Robledo Greene, California
      • Marlis Humphrey, Florida
      • Andre Kearns, Washington, DC
      • David Rencher, Utah

    Continuing their terms on the Board of Directors are Angie Bush, MS, Director of Region 1, and Ronald V. Hodges, PhD, Director at Large.

    “I congratulate the incoming Board members,” Spratling said, “And I extend my sincere gratitude for their commitment and service to the National Genealogical Society. I also thank the Nominating Committee, including Jordan Jones, chair; Deborah A. Abbott, PhD; B. Darrell Jackson, PhD, CG; Darcie Hind Posz; CG, and D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, for their excellent work.”

    The entire 2020 NGS Annual Meeting can be viewed on YouTube. It includes a short video about the upcoming merger of NGS and FGS, which will be finalized on 1 October 2020, and features outgoing President Benjamin B, Spratling, FGS President Faye Stallings who has been newly elected to NGS Board, incoming President Kathryn M. Doyle, and Executive Director Matt Menashes.

    Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Falls Church, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

  • 24 Sep 2020 2:26 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Vivid-Pix:

    Savannah, GA, September 24, 2020 – Vivid-Pix  announced today at the ACPL Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library (free webinar: the new version of their acclaimed AI powered RESTORE photo and document restoration software that fixes virtually any image type, in just one click. Vivid-Pix is recognized by genealogy and photography hobbyist communities as the fastest, easiest, and most affordable way to improve faded photos and unreadable documents, such as letters, immigration records, newspaper clippings, postmarks, and birth, wedding, and death certificates, as well as other crucial photos and documents essential to the research and sharing of family history, the second most popular hobby in the U.S.

    New Features of Restoration Software

    Vivid-Pix RESTORE patented AI software automatically restores faded old black and white, sepia, and color photos and documents; and provides image organization, editing, and saving. The new version now improves a wider variety of image formats; metadata tagging for research, transcription, and sharing of family stories; and Crop/Recalculate to hone in on specific areas that need fixing – details essential for genealogists and family historians.

    Simplicity is Key to Vivid-Pix’s Popularity – No Need to Learn Complex Software

    Simplicity is the key to Vivid-Pix’s popularity. Family historians and photo lovers no longer need to learn complex software to improve their images or spend a lot of money on subscriptions or pay someone else to improve their treasures. Users can simply purchase RESTORE once, receive free updates, and with one-click and easy controls, RESTORE their memories.

    Features of the New version of RESTORE:

      • EXIF and IPTC compliant metadata archiving: allows the user to see the history of the image, including info on the photographer or scanner, and add important information about the image and its content: people, place, historical insights, and more.
      • Crop/Recalculate: selects a specific area of the image to quickly focus on small important or unclear sections and improve just those areas of the image.
      • More image types: now fixes JPEG, TIFF, PNG, DNG, BMP, and RAW image files.
      • Organizes, notates, and automatically saves original and new improved images.
      • One-click AI software: easiest to use.
      • Low cost: with free 10-Fix trial.

    Vivid-Pix RESTORE Launches Today at ACPL, the Largest Genealogy Center in the U.S.

    The new version of Vivid-Pix RESTORE will launch today at the ACPL Genealogy Center in the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana at 6:30 PM ET, with a simulcast free webinar online at: The largest genealogy research collection available in a public library in the U.S., the ACPL Genealogy Center incorporates records from around the world, with a staff that specializes in genealogy. “To further train genealogy librarians at our nations’ libraries, today we launched free, expert-led training at:,” said Rick Voight, CEO, Vivid-Pix. “Genealogy/family history is the second most popular hobby in much of the world, including the U.S. In our current environment, people are spending more time focusing on the most important things in life – family, friends, and organizing their photographs. That’s why we think it’s important to make our software even better and help those that help us with our family history.”

    Vivid-Pix RESTORE Availability

    The U.S. Patent Office has awarded two patents to Vivid-Pix for its image processing techniques used to automatically correct images. The new version of Vivid-Pix RESTORE is available now for Mac and Windows for $49.99 at: with a 10 Free-Fix Trial without a credit card required at: See Vivid-Pix RESTORE in action at: For more information, see the website at:

    About Vivid-Pix

    Vivid-Pix was founded by Rick Voight and Randy Fredlund, who have a combined 47 years of experience from Eastman Kodak Co. They brought Kodak’s “You Press the Button, We Do the Rest” philosophy to the design of Vivid-Pix RESTORE AI software. For more info, see:

  • 24 Sep 2020 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

    Nonprofit FamilySearch published its 8 billionth free searchable name from its worldwide historic record collections online. The milestone is even more astounding when you think that each name is someone’s ancestor—8 billion family connections just waiting to be discovered. Explore the free databases at

    It’s an incredible feat when you realize that just 1 billion seconds ago, it was 1988, or 1 billion minutes ago the Roman Empire was thriving and Christianity was just beginning to spread.

    “To digitally preserve and make so many names freely searchable online is impressive, but it’s the personal family connections that matter most,” said David Rencher, FamilySearch’s chief genealogical officer. “With each new record, there’s the possibility to find a missing link in the family tree. And that is soul-satisfying.” FamilySearch adds over 1 million new records each day.

    “Every human being who comes to this earth is the product of generations of parents. We have a natural yearning to connect with our ancestors. This desire dwells in our hearts, regardless of age,” said Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the sponsoring organization of FamilySearch. “When our hearts turn to our ancestors, something changes inside us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves.”

    Rencher says finding even one extra hint from a record can make a difference. This is evidenced by the comments that pour in from FamilySearch’s millions of users.

    “I have found my Nana’s marriage certificate.” Maureen

    “I found that my great-great-grandfather was in the civil war. They took his land…I am very proud of him.” S. Briggs

    “Resources are really helping me find people or make corrections and unite families.” M. Thurgood

    “I am finding endless Ukrainian immigrant families who pioneered settlements of the Prairies of Canada.” Larry

    “This milestone is just the tip of the iceberg. FamilySearch won’t quit until we’ve accounted for everyone possible from the world’s available records,” said Rencher. “With over 8 billion searchable names and growing, the odds of growing the branches of your family tree each time you visit keep getting better all the time.”

    Growth is in the roots of FamilySearch. It began 125 years ago (See FamilySearch Celebrates 125th Anniversary) as the Genealogical Society of Utah, with a mere 300 hundred books of family records on its shelves. Now FamilySearch has 3.2 billion digital images, 490,000 digital books, and a Family Tree with over a billion more user-contributed records available online. And it adds over 1 million new records every day.

    Seven billion names from almost every country have been added in just the last 10 years. And efforts have been amplified to increase access to even more of the world’s genealogically relevant records. FamilySearch largely credits this remarkable accomplishment to its dedicated online volunteers, innovative technologies, and growing partnerships with other organizations.

    It’s never been easier to search for your family lines and connect your own story with your ancestors. What new records will you find? Discover your roots today for free at FamilySearch.

  • 24 Sep 2020 2:21 PM | Anonymous
    The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

    TheGenealogist has released 71 new Air Force Lists with over 2 million names, as well as 385 extra War Memorials listing over 31,000 names.


    Air Force Lists

    The launch of this major resource gives access to 71 new Air Force Lists from 1919 to 1945 with over 2 million searchable names.

    Air Force Lists are useful for family history researchers to see when an officer joined the RAF. They can also tell you what the airman’s rank was in different years and, by looking at the letters written after his name in the list, they can tell you what medals your ancestor had been awarded. These join a large run of similar Army and Navy Lists and other military records on TheGenealogist.

    Use these records to:

    • Find ancestors who became officers in the Royal Air Force
    • Discover their ranks, service numbers and medals awarded
    • See which branch they served in and their dates of posting

    War Memorials

    With 3,400 new photos in this release, these new records include a number of schools and colleges including the Sevenoaks School where WW1 former pupils who served are recorded as well as casualties and medals awarded to them. Other schools and colleges included in this release are: The University College School, Hampstead; Merthyr Tydfil County School; Lord Weymouth Grammar School in Warminster, Wiltshire; Leeds, St Anne’s RC School; and West Leeds High School.

    War Memorials for workplaces and sporting organisations can help flesh out an ancestor’s life in revealing their occupation or recreational pursuits. Examples include the Gloucester Rugby Club; Gloucestershire County Hall staff for WW1 WW2; the Travellers Club in Pall Mall; Leeds Council employees WW1; Leeds, Kirkstall Brewery; Leeds Stock Exchange members and clerks; London; Army & Navy Stores WW1 – memorials for two of their department stores; and London, Union Discount Co.

    Rolls of Service

    Included in this week’s release are also a number of Rolls of Service for the Boer War, WW1 and WW2, as well as some for civilian casualties in the Second World War such as Salcombe in Devon and Portsmouth.

    This release brings the total number of War Memorials on TheGenealogist to over 597,000.

    Use these records to:

    • Find ancestors who fought for their country in various conflicts
    • Discover workplaces or organisations that some ancestors were associated with

    This release expands TheGenealogist’s extensive Military records collection and when used with connected resources, such as the RAF Operations Record Books (ORBs), Aircraft Identification book from 1939, Military Death records, War Memorials and others on TheGenealogist, it can be possible to really build an ancestors story.

    To see an example of this, read TheGenealogist’s article: Paddy Finucane the Spitfire Ace

    These records and many more are available to Diamond subscribers of

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