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  • 20 Sep 2023 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    The following is for this newsletter's Plus Edition subscribers only

    If you downloaded the Weekly Plus Edition newsletter earlier this week from, you ended up with a version without any images. That was my error. I apologize for the shortcoming.

    It has been now fixed and re-uploaded.

    You can now go back to and click on this week's version (in either the HTML version or the PDF version) and it should retrieve the new version with images.

    If it retrieves the previous version (without images), you might need to reload the version that is cached in your web browser.

  • 19 Sep 2023 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    There is an interesting story by David Oliver about people who take DNA kits and suddenly realize they have previously-unknown brothers or sisters. You can read the article at:

  • 19 Sep 2023 8:09 AM | Anonymous

    The following is an announcement written by the Society of Genealogists:

    Announcing “All About That Place” - the One-Place Study Challenge Event taking place Friday 22ndSeptember to Sunday 1st October 

    Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Society for One-Place Studies, this unique event is spearheaded by the Society of Genealogists, the Society for One-Place Studies, Genealogy Stories, and the British Association for Local History.

    “History is like a patchwork of different perspectives, techniques, and resources. Local history helps us to weave together the past and present, families and communities, big and small histories. It helps us to understand places in the present and connects us to the past” – Joe Saunders, BALH.

    Join like-minded history lovers to explore the places your ancestors lived in, all from the comfort of your own home. Inside our pop-up Facebook Group you’ll be able to enjoy over 100 free recorded talks, delivered by a wide range of expert historians, such as Nick Barratt, Janet Few, Daniel Horowitz, Jen Baldwin, Gill Thomas and more!

    With event sponsors including eminent organisations like The Genealogist, Name & Place, University of Strathclyde, Pharos Tutors, The Historic Towns Trust and Family Tree magazine, you can be sure to enjoy a truly engaging educational opportunity like no other.

    This one-of-a-kind event isn’t just about idly watching though! It’s specially designed to help you to take part. Alongside the wide collection of talks on research tools, analytical techniques, and place history, you’ll be provided with motivating challenge instructions to help you explore local history. You’ll be able to download a free challenge workbook to record your learning activity and complete challenge tasks.

    Plus, to celebrate your amazing progress you’ll be offered the opportunity to enter a prize draw consisting of a wide range of history goodies (1-year membership to the SoG, the Curious Descendants Club, BALH, Name & Place, My Heritage and 4 Historic Towns maps)!

    To learn more and jump into the Facebook Group sign up here.


  • 18 Sep 2023 5:54 PM | Anonymous


    Join us at RootsTech 2024! Register to attend this worldwide event in person in Salt Lake City or online for FREE. (February 29–March 2, 2024). 

    • Immerse yourself in captivating classes. 
    • Engage with exciting keynote speakers. 
    • Explore cutting-edge technology that will enhance your genealogical pursuits. 
    • Feel the energy that comes with family connection. 

    The first 1,000 people that register for RootsTech (online or Salt Lake City attendees) will receive a limited-edition collector's item—the RootsTech Insider Badge.

    Register Now


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  • 18 Sep 2023 5:51 PM | Anonymous

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

    (+) Are You a Family Historian or a Name Collector?

    Book Review: The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec, or the United States

    Heredis 2024 is Available!

    Innovator in Residence Invites Public to Experience Providence, Rhode Island’s Chinatown Reconstruction

    A Unified Genealogy of Modern and Ancient Genomes

    How I Stumbled Upon Thousands of Holocaust-Era Letters and Traced the Stories Behind Them

    10 Ways to Research Your Family Tree for Free

    Free BCG-Sponsored Webinar

    Georgia Historic Newspapers Update Summer 2023

    Internet Archive Appeals Loss in Library Ebook Lawsuit

    New AI Video Tool Clones Your Voice in 7 Languages

    Dr. Colleen Shogan Sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts During Ceremony Attended by First Lady

    Introducing Pebblescout: Index and Search DNA Petabyte-Scale Sequence Resources Faster than Ever

    Increased Access to Older Recordings and Handwritten Texts From Iceland

    Over Half a Million Irish Parish Records newly released by TheGenealogist

    Portuguese American Digital Archive Receives $300,000 Grant

    Ask an Archivist Anytime, and Especially on Oct. 11

    Arrest Made in Decades-Old Fayetteville, North Carolina Rape Case

    Ask Amy: The Transformative Power of Genealogy for Adopted Individuals

    Skepticism About Claim Human Ancestors Nearly Went Extinct

    Ancestry® Launches Know Your Pet DNA

    Chromebooks Will Now Get Updates for 10 Years

    How to Use the New Web-Based Editing Tools in Google Photos

  • 18 Sep 2023 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    Elizabeth Lotts has published an article that I think should be required reading to all newcomers to genealogy... and also can be very useful to old-timers as well. 

    Before you spend money on your research, check into these ten genealogy resources.

    You can find the list at: 

  • 18 Sep 2023 8:15 AM | Anonymous

    The National Center for Biotechnology Information is excited to introduce Pebblescout, a pilot web service that allows you to search for sequence matches in very large nucleotide databases, such as runs in the NIH Sequence Read Archive (SRA) and assemblies for whole genome shotgun sequencing projects in Genbank – faster and more efficiently!  

    Pebblescout uses short segments of your query sequences to identify database records with matches. Matches are based on the frequency of a segment’s occurrence in a database. Result produced for each query is a ranked list of matching records where the ranking utilizes informativeness of matching segments. 

    You can read more at: 

  • 18 Sep 2023 7:56 AM | Anonymous

    How many languages do you speak? Thanks to AI, that number could be as many as seven. Los Angeles-based AI video platform HeyGen has launched a new tool that clones your voice from a video and translates what you’re saying into seven different languages. If that wasn't enough, it also syncs your lips to your new voice so the final clip looks (and sounds) as realistic as possible.

    Called Video Translate, the tool allows you to upload a video of yourself speaking in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Hindi or Japanese. The requirements are pretty basic so you don’t need any fancy cameras, microphones or software. The clip has to be at least 30 seconds long and should ideally feature just one person. But other than that, you just upload your video and in a single click HeyGen can translate what you’re saying.

    You can choose whether you want the output to be in Spanish, French, Hindi, Italian, German, Polish, Portuguese or English. Support for even more languages is also expected by the end of September.  

    You can read more in an article by Christoph Schwaiger published in the Tom's Guide web site at: 

  • 18 Sep 2023 7:45 AM | Anonymous

    On Wednesday, September 13, two projects were presented in the library's lecture hall by the Centre for Digital Humanities and Arts.

    Trausti Dagsson from the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies and Luke O'Brien presented Speech Analysis of the website and the construction of a text library for older speech that was done in collaboration with the Árni Magnússon Institute and the technology company Tíró and handled about the creation of speech that was trained with audio recordings from the Folklore Museum. The recordings have now been made searchable and accessible.

    Bragi Þorgrímur Ólafsson from the National and University Library of Iceland and Unnar Ingvarsson from the National Archives of Iceland presented the Icelandic database in Transkribus. The Transkribus software is made for the purpose of creating an Icelandic base for handwritten texts from the 18th and 19th centuries. The project was carried out in collaboration with experts from the National Archives of Iceland and the National and University Library of Iceland. You can access the Icelandic base by downloading the Transkribus software.

    In addition, history student Una Haraldsdóttir told about her project about the diaries of Svein Þórarinsson and the experience of using Transkribus in that project. You can learn more about Una's project (in the Icelandic language) on the website

  • 15 Sep 2023 5:51 PM | Anonymous

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

    I have a question. None of my living relatives knows the answer to this question. I have not found the answer to this question in any public records, nor have I been able to find the answer in cemeteries. I have read a few magazine articles and Internet pages about the topic, but none of them have directly answered the question.

    The question is…  “Why do we study genealogy?”

    What makes anyone so curious about his or her family tree? What drives us to dedicate time, effort, and sometimes expenses to go find dead people?

    What is it inside of us that makes us spend hours and hours cranking reels of microfilm, then we go home and report to our family members what a great day we had? 

    I must admit that I have asked that question of many people and have received several answers. Some people report that it is simple curiosity… and I tend to believe that is a part of the answer. Others report that it is part of an intriguing puzzle that they wish to solve.

    The theory on the puzzle bothers me. First of all, I am devoted to genealogy, but I could care less about other puzzles. I don’t do the daily crosswords in the newspaper, I don’t put together those picture puzzles, and I do not seem very interested in any other form of puzzles. If genealogy is solely a puzzle, why would I be attracted to it and yet not to other puzzles? That doesn’t make sense to me. In short, I think there is more to genealogy than there is to a crossword puzzle.

    The simplest and most direct answer for many people is because it is a religious requirement. Indeed, members of the LDS Church are encouraged to find information about their ancestry for religious purposes. And yet, of all the LDS members that I meet at most genealogy conferences, most met their religious requirements years ago but continue to look further and further back. In fact, many of them become so addicted that they help others do the same.

    Yes, I can accept that religion is a major motivator, but I believe there is still more. I constantly meet people, LDS members and non-members alike, who keep searching and searching, further and further back. Why?

    I do not have all the answers, but I do have an observation or two. I believe that most all humans have a natural curiosity. We are curious about many things, but for now, I will focus on our curiosity about our origins and ourselves.

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