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  • 31 Aug 2021 1:02 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Fold3:

    The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is an agency within the United States Department of Defense. Their mission is to recover the remains of military personnel who are listed as prisoners of war or missing in action from past conflicts. We’ve added a new collection of indexed records for the estimated 82,000 American military and civilian personnel still missing in action. The index covers multiple conflicts including WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and more recent conflicts including Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

    The DPAA collection is divided into two groups. Group A, which consists of 38,000 missing service members whose remains are considered recoverable; and Group B consists of 44,000 missing service members whose remains are considered unrecoverable.z

    You can read more at: https://blog.fold3.com/new-pow-mia-records-added.

  • 31 Aug 2021 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by Ancestry.com. 

    LEHI, Utah & SAN FRANCISCO, August 31, 2021 - Ancestry®, the global leader in family history, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Geneanet, a leading French genealogy company. With over 30 billion records from more than 80 countries, Ancestry helps customers discover new details about their family story and ancestors. The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

    With a large and growing European community of more than 4 million members, Geneanet is available in ten languages and more than 25 countries. Combining Geneanet's free family tree platform and engaged community with Ancestry’s global subscriber base and unparalleled historical records will enable family history discoveries and connections for even more people around the world.

    Ancestry, which already offers the largest collection of European records, is also investing in digitizing and indexing a national collection of French historical records, including the complete French census and birth, marriage and death records which will be available soon, accelerating family history discoveries and connections between people in France and those around the world with French heritage.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Geneanet to the Ancestry family and look forward to working together to grow our global community so that more people can easily discover, craft and connect around their family story,” said Deb Liu, Ancestry President and CEO. “Ancestry is committed to continued investment in Geneanet’s free tree-building platform and the volunteer spirit of its community.”

    “This is an exciting next step for Geneanet and for our community. We will preserve our business model and continue to focus on what we do well, building a highly-engaged community of passionate users. Our members will greatly benefit from Ancestry’s vast record collections and global network as they build their family trees and connect with new relatives and share their family stories,” said Jacques Le Marois, Founder and CEO of Geneanet. “I am delighted to build the next chapter together and look forward to the opportunity to play an active role in the company’s future.”

    Upon closing, Geneanet will operate as an independent business in the Ancestry portfolio of companies. Jacques Le Marois, Founder and CEO of Geneanet, will remain in his role as the head of the Geneanet website and community.

    About Ancestry

    Ancestry®, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, empowers journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives. With our unparalleled collection of more than 30 billion records and over 20 million people in our growing consumer DNA network, customers can discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. For over 30 years, we’ve built trusted relationships with millions of people who have chosen us as the platform for discovering, preserving and sharing the most important information about themselves and their families.


  • 30 Aug 2021 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    It is with great sadness that I report the death of a good friend. 

    Connie Bradbury, was born in Hysham, Montana, on Dec. 1, 1939, to Edith Harper and RJ Malcolm. Connie passed away on Aug. 20, 2021, in St. George, Utah, due to complications from a stroke, with her loving and devoted husband, Jim, right by her side.

    Connie was raised in Big Timber, Montana, and attended and graduated from Big Timber High School. Later she went on to study business administration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and genealogy at Brigham Young University.

    You can read Connie's full obituary at https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/newsminer/name/constance-bradbury-obituary?pid=199962426.


  • 27 Aug 2021 3:43 PM | Anonymous

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

    Consider the environment. Do you really need to print out this article?

    I occasionally receive e-mail messages from newsletter readers asking various questions about how to print articles published in this newsletter. I also frequently hear comments at genealogy conferences and elsewhere from family historians stating, "I printed it out to save it and..." or similar words.

    I have one question: Why?

    I believe that many people print information on paper simply as a matter of habit. We were brought up before the age of computers and were taught to record everything on paper. For many of us, we have spent years making photocopies of old records and then storing those papers in various filing systems. Some of us, myself included, have spent a lot of money purchasing four-drawer filing cabinets to store all the various pieces of paper we have accumulated. Yes, I own two four-drawer filing cabinets, which I now consider to be a waste of money and floor space.

    When computers were in their infancy, we printed things for long-term storage. Computers prior to the year 2000 had limited storage capacity, making it difficult to guarantee future access to stored documents. In addition, the media of choice up to about the year 2000 was not designed for long-term storage. The floppy disk drives that were commonly used had a life expectancy measured in months or perhaps a very few years. CD-ROM disks were introduced in the 1990s, but the life expectancy of those plastic disks isn't much greater than that of floppies. Most of us have always assumed that paper was the best choice for long-term storage.

    Even worse, use of removable disk media isn't convenient; identifying and retrieving information stored on a removable disk (or flashdrive) kept on a shelf requires some sort of a sophisticated filing system which most of us have never created. No matter how good the filing system is, searching for an obscure word or phrase in the middle of thousands of documents stored in hundreds of disks sitting on the shelf is usually a frustrating experience.

    Indeed, there have always been good reasons for storing records on paper.

    Until now.

    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: https://eogn.com/(*)-Plus-Edition-News-Articles/10962047.

    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 https://eogn.com/page-18077.



  • 27 Aug 2021 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    The following was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast is home to the largest collection of Irish family records online. This week’s Findmypast Friday sees their vast collection grow again with thousands of new and exclusive Poor Law records.

    Waterford Poor Law Unions Board of Guardians Minute Books

    Over 158,000 additional records covering Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan between 1845 and 1921 have been added to the collection.

    The Board of Guardians were charged with the task of distributing relief to the completely destitute in each Union. They operated workhouses which were built to hold 600-800 inmates, but were overwhelmed with thousands coming to their doors seeking salvation from disease and starvation.

    Including both transcripts and images of original documents, these minute books contain the names and details of inmates, staff and suppliers, weekly reports of how many men and women were housed in the workhouse, how many were discharged or died, the number of births and more. 

    They often deal with individual cases in some detail and also record the workhouse expenditures such food, clothing or salaries and the number of inmates receiving medical treatments.

    Clare Poor Law Union Board of Guardians Minute Books

    Over 21,000 new records from Kilrush Union have also been added to Findmypast’s Clare Poor Law collections. Also including both transcripts and images, these new additions cover meeting minutes dated between 1848 and 1870.

    Alongside Findmypast’s workhouse records from Clare and Waterford, you’ll also find collections from DublinDonegalGalway and Sligo on Findmypast. Few workhouse registers survive in Ireland, and in their absence the Board of Guardian minute books are often the only record of who was housed there.

    Newspapers

    Eight new papers have joined Findmypast’s newspaper archives this week, including;

    While additional pages have been added to the following titles:

  • 27 Aug 2021 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    The following press release was written by FamilySearch:

    SALT LAKE CITY, UT--FamilySearch announced its September 2021 free Family History Library webinars.  Nine sessions will focus on beginner and intermediate British genealogy research outside of Great Britain and 10 Spanish language webinars will be offered. Additional webinars include beginner research for Austrailia, Canada, and Jamaica. FamilySearch specific classes will teach how to add memories, use the catalog, correct relationships in the Family Tree, merge duplicate records, and suggestions for writing family stories.

    Spanish speakers have the option of the following 10 webinars:

      • Investigación Genealógica en Colombia
      • Genealógica en Centroamérica
      • Los Registros de Migración
      • Los Pleitos de Hidalguía
      • Los Registros Militares
      • Derribando Muros de Ladrillos 
      • Los Recuerdos
      • Los siete Sacramentos de la Iglesia Católica en los registros parroquiales
      • Aventuras de Evidencia en los camios de Europa
      • El uso de las aplicaciones en la investigación genealógica. 

    No registration is required. See the table of classes below for more details. To view a webinar on the date and time listed, click the 'Yes' to the right of the class title. The 'Yes' link will take you to the webinar.

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

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

    Find and share this announcement from the FamilySearch Newsroom.

    DATE/TIME CLASS WEBINAR
    Thu, Sep 2, 10:00 AM MDT Skimming the Surface: A Look into Quebec Notarial Records (Beginner) Yes
    Tue, Sep 7, 10:00 AM MDT Merging Duplicate Records in FamilySearch Family Tree (Beginner) Yes
    Mon, Sep 13, 10:00 AM MDT Using the FamilySearch Catalog (Beginner) Yes
    Mon, Sep 13, 1:00 PM MDT Never to be Forgotten: Suggestions for Writing Family Stories (Beginner) Yes
    Tue, Sep 14, 10:00 AM MDT Correcting Relationships in FamilySearch Family Tree (Beginner) Yes
    Thu, Sep 16, 10:00 AM MDT Genealogy in Canada's Western Provinces (Beginner) Yes
    Sat, Sep 18, 9:00 AM MDT The British Empire, 1500-1800 (Beginner) Yes
    Sat, Sep 18, 9:30 AM MDT The British Empire, 1800-2000 (Beginner) Yes
    Sat, Sep 18, 10:00 AM MDT Birth, Marriage, and Death Records of British Abroad (Intermediate) Yes
    Sat, Sep 18, 11:00 AM MDT British Naturalization Records (Intermediate) Yes
    Sat, Sep 18, 11:30 AM MDT Beginning Australian Research (Beginner) Yes
    Sat, Sep 18, 12:00 PM MDT Beginning British New Zealand (Beginner) Yes
    Sat, Sep 18, 1:30 PM MDT Introduction to Jamaican Research (Beginner) Yes
    Sat, Sep 18, 2:00 PM MDT British Caribbean Research in Colonial Office Records (Intermediate) Yes
    Sat, Sep 18, 3:00 PM MDT British East India (Intermediate) Yes
    Thu, Mar 18, 3:30 PM MDT British South Africa (Intermediate) Yes
    Sat, Sep 18, 4:00 PM MDT British in the South Seas (Intermediate) Yes
    Thu, Sep 23, 10:00 AM MDT Ask Your United States and Canada Research Questions (Beginner) Yes
    Fri, Sep 24, 2:00 PM MDT Investigación Genealógica en Colombia (Intermediate) [Genealogical Research in Colombia (Spanish)] Yes
    Fri, Sep 24, 3:30 PM MDT Genealógica en Centroamérica (Intermediate) [Genealogical in Central America (Spanish)] Yes
    Fri, Sep 24, 5:00 PM MDT Los Registros de Migración (Intermediate) [Migration Records (Spanish)] Yes
    Sat, Sep 25, 9:00 AM MDT Los Pleitos de Hidalguía (Advanced) [The Lawsuits of Hidalguía (Spanish)] Yes
    Sat, Sep 25, 10:30 AM MDT Los Registros Militares: Un tesoro de inforamación a tu alcance (Intermediate) [Military Records: A Treasury of Information at Your Fingertips (Spanish)] Yes
    Sat, Sep 25, 12:00 PM MDT Derribando Muros de Ladrillos: Un caso de estudio (Intermediate) [Tearing Down Brick Walls: A Case Study (Spanish)] Yes
    Sat, Sep 25, 1:15 PM MDT Los siete Sacramentos de la Iglesia Católica en los registros parroquiales (Intermediate) [The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church in Parish Records (Spanish)] Yes
    Sat, Sep 25, 2:30 PM MDT Aventuras de Evidencia en los camios de Europa (Intermediate) [Evidence Adventures in Europe's Changes (Spanish)] Yes
    Sat, Sep 25, 3:45 PM MDT El uso de las aplicaciones en la investigación genealógica (Intermediate) [The use of applications in genealogical research (Spanish)] Yes
    Sat, Sep 25, 5:00 PM MDT Los Recuerdos: parte esencial de nuestra investigación genealógica (Beginner) [Memories: an essential part of our genealogical research (Spanish)] Yes
    Tue, Sep 28, 10:00 AM MDT Adding Memories to FamilySearch Family Tree (Beginner) Yes

    Want more? Peruse over 1,000 free, on-demand sessions from RootsTech Connect 2021.

    Visit Classes and Online Webinars for more information.

    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 FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • 26 Aug 2021 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    One of the things I enjoy the most about writing this newsletter is that I get to enjoy installing and experimenting with all sorts of genealogy programs on all sorts of computers. Obviously, I have some opinions as to which is "the best" or second best grogram(s) or whatever. One program that I enjoy using is Gramps, and yet I am amazed at how few people use this powerhouse

    Gramps is a FREE genealogy program that is both intuitive for hobbyists and feature-complete that is suitable for even professional genealogists to use.  The Gramps name stands for Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System.

    Gramps is a community project, created, developed and governed by genealogists. In other words, it is not created by a commercial organization. Instead, Gramps is created by and supported by genealogists, including people just like you and me.

    I am impressed by the number of features available within Gramps. It has most everything that demanding genealogists expect from a genealogy program. 


    Gramps is available in a number of langages, including English, French, Spanish, German, Finnish, Hungarian, Hebrew, Dutch, Russian, Slovenian, and even Chinese. If you prefer a language that is not presently supported, you are even encouraged to help create the menus in whatever language you desire. (See https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php/Translating_the_Gramps_User_manual for more information about that.)


    Gramps is a community project, created, developed and governed by genealogists. Did I mention again that it is FREE and available for you right now? Gramps is one of the more complete programs to use and yet it has more features than several other programs that cost money. All you need to do is download it, install it, and start using it. Gramps currently runs on Linux, Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS, Solaris, BSD, other UNIX-like systems. For more information about getting Gramps, see the Download page at https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php/Download.

    OK, I will admit that a few years ago downloading and installing Gramps was a bit difficult for users of Windows and Macintosh systems. The Linux version installed rather easily but installing it on Windows or Macintosh systems required downloading and installing additional programs in order to make it work on those systems. To be blunt, that was still easy if, and only if, you were a Windows or Macintosh expert. However, the knowledge required discouraged many Windows ands Macintosh "newbies" and I suspect that many such people threw up their hands in frustration when trying to gather and install all the bits and pieces required to make it work.

    I must say that I recently installed the Windows and Macintosh versions again and found that the software developers have made majhor improvements to the installation procedures. It is now as easy to install as any other Windows or Macintosh genealogy program. Computer newcomers will now enjoy installing and using Gramps. It is now a suitable program for "newbies, both newcomers to computers and to genealogy.

    Gramps helps you track your family tree. It allows you to store, edit, and research genealogical data. Gramps attempts to provide all of the common capabilities of other genealogical programs, but, more importantly, to provide an additional capability of integration not common to these programs. This is the ability to input any bits and pieces of information directly into Gramps and rearrange/manipulate any/all data events in the entire database (in any order or sequence) to assist the user in doing research, analysis and correlation with the potential of filling relationship gaps. Yet it does all this in a user-friendly manner that works for newcomers and "old hands" alike.

    Gramps is compatible with all other modern genealogy programs via the use of GEDCOM files. (You can find more information about GEDCOM files at https://www.gedcom.org/.) If you already have your genealogy database in Family Tree Maker or some other genealogy program, you can copy it free of charge into Gramps. I found the process of converting your datbase to be simple and intuitive. 

    So how do you learn more about Gramps?  There are several ways.

    Since Gramps is written by and supported by non-commercial volunteers, you will not find flashy advertising nor will you find enthusiastic corporate employees promoting the program at various in-person genealogy conferences and other events. After all, as a non-commercial enterprise, Gramps does not have a budget for marketing, sales, and the various in-person events.

    Instead, you can go to the place you might expect: the web. 

    First, go to the Gramps web site at: https://gramps-project.org/blog/. You will find a wealth of information there, enough to keep you busy for several hours.

    You can also download the program there but would suggest you familiarize yourself with Gramps first.

    Next, look at https://gramps-project.org/blog/features/.

    Next, familiarize yourself with the many screenshots that are available, starting at Gramps 5.1 Wiki Manual and then going through the available screenshots at https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php/Screenshots.

    Finally, switch to YouTube. (Isn't everything available on YouTube?) Watch the video "Gramps Tutorial #1: Downloading, Installing, & Uninstalling on Windows 10" available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUFULVnWqvQ&list=PLTsnHZgQEXwwi3cGVeBT1KHIviZazzUCg (similar information for Macintosh and Linux is quite simpilar so watching this Windows tutorial will still benefit users of other operating systems). 

    Once you have finished with those, start will all the video tutorials starting at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gramps+genealogy. You will now be a Gramps expert even though you have not yet touched the program!

    Finally, download the program, install it, and start using it.

    I hope you will enjoy Gramps!

  • 25 Aug 2021 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) presented its 2021 awards and grants Aug 4 at its virtual 41st International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

    Recipients are:

    Lifetime Achievement Award – Nolan Altman

    In addition to his Lifetime Achievement Award, his local Society, the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island (JGSLI), with President Bonnie Birns, was recognized as the IAJGS Member of the Year, and JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) was recognized as Outstanding Resource. Nolan is Coordinator of JOWBR and Avraham Groll is JewishGen Executive Director.

    Altman was recognized for his decades of commitment to excellence in the field of Jewish Genealogy. In leadership roles, he has served the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island as President and Treasurer, and for more than a decade, as Vice President and Board Member-at-Large of the IAJGS. Most recently, Nolan was the go-to person for new JGS presidents seeking mentorship. In these roles Nolan has guided many rising leaders in the field of Jewish Genealogy.

    Nolan is admired and honored for his countless days, months and years leading major projects for JewishGen as a key member of its Leadership Team. Currently, as Director of Data Acquisition, Nolan coordinates JewishGen’s Holocaust Database, JOWBR (Burial) Database Project and Memorial Plaques Database. All of these endeavors have advanced the research opportunities for Jewish genealogists across the globe. Additionally, recognizing his lifetime work, IAJGS’s Volunteer of the Year Award was renamed in his honor.

    Nolan Altman Volunteer of the Year: Russ Maurer

    Russ’ accomplishments in support of Jewish genealogy are international in scope. Russ took on the position of Coordinator for Records Acquisitions and Translations for LitvakSIG, a complicated and multi-faceted job. He accepted the challenge of the Vilnius Household Registers of the LitvakSIG knowing that it was an enormous and complicated project. He managed and made outstanding progress overcoming a multitude of obstacles and challenges in this endeavor. Russ also has worked tirelessly for JRI-Poland, Gesher Galicia, the Jewish Tarnow Facebook group, projects related to his ancestral villages, and his home base, the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland.

    His certificate points out, “Russ Maurer’s outstanding efforts in support of Jewish genealogy exemplify volunteerism at its finest.”

    Society Member of the Year: Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, Bonnie Birns, President

    The IAJGS Member of the Year award recognizes a member Society for excellence in the following areas: innovative programming, Jewish genealogical research, use of social media, partnering with other organizations, membership growth, utilizing and advancing technology.

    Examples of some of the many JGSLI accomplishments that led to this award were: doubling the number of its public presentations in spite of limitations on in-person meetings; expanding the capability to make presentations available through Facebook Live and YouTube; increasing Facebook membership by 53%, to more than 1,000 members; increasing membership to its award-winning YouTube channel by 50%; recording nearly 50,000 hits by making its YouTube library of more than 40 videos readily available to groups and individuals; providing 12 presenters for the 40th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy; photographing and indexing more than 10,000 headstones from a local Long Island Jewish cemetery for JOWBR; increasing membership from 234 to 273, a growth of 17%, including many new out-of-town members who were able to participate through the use of Zoom technology.

    Outstanding Project: JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), Avraham Groll, JewishGen Executive Director; Nolan Altman, Coordinator of JOWBR

    Founded in 2003 and international in scope, JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) provides an accessible database covering Jewish cemeteries and burial records worldwide. JOWBR links burial records, headstones and information about each cemetery where burial records exist. JOWBR currently contains more than 4 million burial records and 806,000 photos from more than 9,000 cemeteries in 136 countries.

    With deteriorating headstones, rampant vandalism, and people moving far from home, the links to our past that JOWBR provides are vital in maintaining our connection to our ancestors and preserving our Jewish heritage.

    JewishGen was founded in 1987 and serves as the global home for Jewish genealogy. Featuring unparalleled access to 30+ million records, it offers unique search tools, along with opportunities for researchers to connect with others who share similar interests. JewishGen is an affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Find JewishGen at: www.jewishgen.org and the JOWBR database at: https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/

    Outstanding Publication: Australian Jewish Genealogical Society for Kosher Koala, Dani Hashki, editor; Barbara Simon, President, AJGS

    The quarterly publication was recognized for its efforts to promote passion for Jewish Genealogy, recognize and encourage engagement in research and educate its members.

    Kosher Koala includes both original historical, anecdotal and research related articles by its members and news articles gleaned from other sources related to the field of Jewish Genealogy. It also provides timely information about events of interest to the AJGS community. This quarterly magazine is available digitally on the AJGS website.

    The chosen name “we decided to walk a different track, an Australian bush track, with a name reflecting that we are Australian, we are Jewish, and that we live up a familiar gum tree, a menorah with pungent eucalyptus leaves.”. The distinctive logo – that koala hanging off its eucalyptus menorah -- was designed by Robert Klein.

    Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Global Archives, Names Indexing Project, Linda Levi, director of JDC Global Archives, and Jeff Edelstein, JDC Archives Digital Initiatives Manager

    Under this grant, the JDC Archives will create database records of Jews who fled Czechoslovakia in 1968-1969 and will index 70,000 case files of Jews who were helped by JDC, the global Jewish humanitarian organization, as they left the Soviet Union, Eastern Bloc countries, and North Africa in the period 1946-1988

    “We’re incredibly proud to accept the Rabbi Stern Grant. Not only will it enable us to further our indexing work and increase the chronological reach of our available resources, it will benefit countless researchers looking to connect with their family histories, especially those in the Russian-speaking Jewish community,” said Linda Levi.

    John Stedman Memorial Grant: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Landsmanshaftn Collection Portal, Hallel Yadin, Archivist, Dr. Stefanie Halpern, Director of YIVO Archives

    The John Stedman Memorial Grant, matched in-kind by YIVO, will support the work of two advanced interns to increase online access to YIVO’s landsmanshaftn collections. Landsmanshaftn were Jewish benevolent societies that were formed to aid new immigrants in their transition from Eastern Europe to America. The YIVO Institute stewards about 1,400 collections of landsmanshaftn records and receives more every year. While most of these records are from organizations that operated in New York City, there are also records from across the United States and the world.

    The grant will enable YIVO to create a single finding aid consolidating all the landsmanshaftn collections making them more accessible to the public. The finding aid will include the town of origin, its variant spellings, and other genealogical resources from the town, as well as a description of the contents of each individual collection. Individual collections may include links to other landsmanshaftn collections at YIVO, materials which have been digitized through remote reference and digitization on demand, yizkor book links and translations from outside sources like the New York Public Library and JewishGen, and other relevant material

    IAJGS is an umbrella organization of more than 95 Jewish genealogical organizations worldwide. The IAJGS coordinates and organizes activities such as its annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy and provides a unified voice as the spokesperson on behalf of its members. The IAJGS’s vision is of a worldwide network of Jewish genealogical research organizations and partners working together as one coherent, effective and respected community, enabling people to succeed in researching Jewish ancestry and heritage. Find the IAJGS at: www.iajgs.org and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/iajgsjewishgenealogy.


  • 25 Aug 2021 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to funding from an IDEA grant from UNC Libraries, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is pleased to now have the full run of 1951 issues of the Carolina Times digitized. The issues from 1951 were never microfilmed, so they were not included in previous projects to digitize the newspaper which were done from film.

    The Carolina Times, edited by Louis Austin from 1927 to 1971, was a paper of national significance. Targeted primarily to the African American community in Durham, the Times covered the long struggle for equal rights for all Americans. The newspaper’s motto was “The Truth Unbridled,” an accurate description of Austin’s honest and forthright depiction of racial injustice in North Carolina and beyond. It ceased publication in 2020, after just over a century of being the voice of the African American community in Durham and the wider state and South.

    You can read more at https://www.digitalnc.org/blog/issues-from-1951-of-the-carolina-times-are-now-on-digitalnc/.


  • 25 Aug 2021 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    The University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries has reached a significant milestone, with the millionth digitised version of an item held in its collections now having been uploaded for free public access anywhere in the world.

    Launched in 2015, the Digital Bodleian website is a free resource providing unfettered access to a vast array of items housed in the institution’s wide-ranging collections.

    The digital archive of images has steadily grown throughout the six years since its launch, with an original notebook belonging to poet Jenny Joseph, a former student at St Hilda’s College, now having become the one millionth item digitised and made available for public access.

    “Whether you are a student, a researcher or someone who has a personal passion, we are delighted to be able to make our collections, built up over the last 400 years, for all to be able to view, download and use,” says Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian at the Bodleian Libraries.

    “We invite everyone to explore the diversity, interest and sheer beauty of these manuscripts, books, archives, photographs and paintings. Many of the collections we have digitised were gifted to the Bodleian, and the costs have often come from generous donors and funding bodies who share our desire to make these materials widely available.”

    Having blazed a trail by digitising content as far back as the early 1990s, the Bodleian Libraries was the first library outside the USA to partner with Google as part of their ongoing mass-digitisation programme.

    You can learn more at https://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/news/one-millionth-item-digitised-made-freely-available-via-bodleian-libraries-website/.

    The Bodleian Libraries and Oxford college libraries web site may be found at: https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/.


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