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  • 20 Jun 2022 8:19 AM | Anonymous

    Most of us have been told by a friend that we have a doppelganger - some stranger they passed on the street who bore an uncanny resemblance to you. But imagine if you could create your very own twin, an exact copy of yourself, 

    Scientists now say that may be possible within the next decade.

    We are living in an age where everything that exists in the real world is being replicated digitally - our cities, our cars, our homes, and even ourselves.

    And just like the hugely-hyped metaverse - plans for a virtual, digital world where an avatar of yourself would walk around - digital twins have become a new, talked-about tech trend.

    A digital twin is an exact replica of something in the physical world, but with a unique mission - to help improve, or in some other way provide feedback to, the real-life version.

    You can learn more in an article by Jane Wakefield published in the BBC News web site at: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-61742884.

    I have two questions that pop to mind: Could I send my digital twin to the office at my place of employment every day? That way I could stay home and take every day off while my digital twin could earn a living for me!

    Will genealogists record the digital twin as a member of the family?


  • 20 Jun 2022 8:02 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA):


    Virtual Celtic Connections Conference 2022

    It's not too late to register for CCC 2022!

    It's not too late to register for the Virtual Celtic Connections Conference--JOURNEY HOME! 

    The focus of the conference is Irish, Scots-Irish, Scottish and Welsh Genealogy and Research Topics.

     Mark your calendars! CCC 2022 begins July 9, 2022 and ends September 30, 2022.

    The details for the CCC 2022 Conference are:

    • Twenty-one international and national speakers will deliver forty-nine pre-recorded talks

    • Talks will be available 24/7 for almost three months

    • Twenty-one live chats over the course of the three months

    • At least 3 other small group meetings

    • $99 for full conference

    • Five Conference Tracks

    • One-year free TIARA membership for new members.

    Conference Tracks:

    • Researching the Celtic Diaspoa

    • Emigration and Immigration Patterns

    • Unique Research Resources

    • DNA

    • Methodologies,

    • Case Studies

    Visit the conference website www.celtic-connections.org for more detailed information and updates.

    Questions? Contact: registration@celtic-connections.org


  • 20 Jun 2022 7:55 AM | Anonymous

    Dallas County Clerk John Warren read a property inventory list in a probate record from the mid-1800s that includes the record of slaves in Dallas County.

    "This particular book is related to the estate of Francis Daniel, who is also the owner of the Daniel Cemetery," he explained.

    A historical marker now sits at Daniel Family Cemetery that’s now in University Park. The first person buried there was identified as a slave named "Old Frank" in 1850.

    You can read more in an article written by Shaun Rabb and published in the Fox4 web site at: https://www.fox4news.com/news/dallas-county-clerk-uncovers-slave-record-from-the-1800s.

    My thanks to Irene Rakovan for telling me about this article.


  • 17 Jun 2022 3:28 PM | Anonymous

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

    "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium."

    Where will you go on your next vacation trip? A trip to New England? Washington, D.C.? How about to the beach? Or how about a European vacation? How about taking a trip to the town where your grandparents grew up or visiting the country of your ancestors? What if you could actually walk the same streets as your great-great grandfather or see the home where your grandmother was born? This is something you want to put on your bucket list.

    A trip back to the old home town or to "the old country" can be an immensely satisfying experience. Those who prepare for the trip usually report they have great memories and photographs of the experience.

    While it is always worthwhile to visit town clerks, courthouses, libraries, and other repositories wherever your ancestors lived, you also will want to spend some time looking for old cemeteries and perhaps for the land where the old homestead stood. This provides an interesting look at history and the hardships your ancestors faced, even if the old farm is now a shopping center. Few activities are more thrilling than traveling to your ancestor's village or gravesite. Standing where your forebears walked long ago is an amazing experience. When you visit the family homestead or homeland, you can further embrace the experience by eating the local food, and drinking the local beer, wine, or beverage of choice.

    Of course, you will also want to find distant cousins, if possible. There is an interesting difference between Americans and many Europeans. Americans typically look back to find ancestors while Europeans often look forward in time, wondering what happened after people went to America.

    Here are some suggestions:

    Before you go

    Do your homework! Research your ancestors before you leave home.

    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/12820218.

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  • 17 Jun 2022 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    Following the Civil War, one way that millions of liberated African Americans searched for lost relatives was by writing letters.

    Hawkins Wilson, born into slavery and torn from his family as a boy, wrote several to the Freedmen’s Bureau in hopes of locating his siblings.

    “Dear Sir, I am anxious to learn about my sisters, from whom I have been separated many years. I have never heard from them since I left Virginia twenty four years ago,” Wilson wrote from Galveston, Texas, on May 11, 1867.

    “I am in hopes that they are still living and I am anxious to hear how they are getting on. I have no other one to apply to but you and am persuaded that you will help who stands in need of your services as I do. I shall be very grateful to you if you oblige me in this matter.”

    Wilson’s letters went unanswered — until now.

    Wilson’s letters were discovered in Ancestry’s digitized collection of more than 3.5 million Freedmen’s Bureau records and featured in a new docu-style film, “A Dream Delivered: The Lost Letters of Hawkins Wilson.”

    A Dream Delivered” will be available through the CBS News digital streaming network on Paramount+ and Pluto TV starting June 19. You can view a preview today on your computer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnk6DHaNm_U


  • 17 Jun 2022 8:37 AM | Anonymous

    Ford is cracking open the vault. The automaker has launched a new website full of historic images and brochures that can be searched and shared by fans of the brand.

    The Ford Heritage Vault was curated over the past two years and includes over 5,000 selections covering Ford's first century, from 1903 to 2003.

    Ford archive and heritage brand manager Ted Ryan said the archive was first established 70 years ago and that this gives Ford enthusiasts an easy way to interact with it.

    "This is just the first step for all that will come in the future," Ryan said.

    You can take a trip down memory lane in the Ford Heritage Vault here.

    You can read more in an article by Gary Gastelu and published in the Yahoo News web site at: https://news.yahoo.com/ford-heritage-vault-opens-public-100020011.html

  • 17 Jun 2022 7:44 AM | Anonymous

    The following press release was written by Findmypast:

    Discover Caribbean ancestors and more this Findmypast Friday  

    St Vincent, St George’s baptisms 1765-1820  

    Brand new to Findmypast this week are around 3,400 baptism records for St Vincent’s most populous parish. The transcriptions usually provide the baptism date, name, and the parents’ names. You may also learn details such as occupations, race and social status. Some language in this collection reflected attitudes of the time and is now understood to be derogatory.  

    St Vincent, St George’s marriages 1765-1820 

    This next new collection has around 1,500 marriages. You might also spot your British military ancestors marrying in St Vincent around this time. Explore the names of the bride and groom, their residences and the marriage date. 

    Britain, Naturalisations 1844-1990 

    There are nearly 100,000 records to explore in this new collection. Each transcript contains basic details from a person’s naturalisation certificate. The detail varies, but normally contains: a name; age or date of birth; names of parents; children or spouses; place of origin; and residence.  

    Norfolk, Churchyard Graves and Memorial Inscriptions 

    Not only have we added a further 140,000 records into this collection, but we’ve now made it fully searchable. Thanks to photographer and Norfolk resident Louise Cocker, those with Norfolk roots can now search and explore headstones of their ancestors

    Newspapers 

    Over 50,000 additional newspaper pages have been added to the newspaper archive this week, including updates to two Welsh titles. 

    Updated titles:  

    ·         Bedfordshire on Sunday, 1990 

    ·         Birkenhead News, 1992 

    ·         Birmingham Journal, 1842-1843 

    ·         Buckinghamshire Examiner, 1991 

    ·         Cambridge Daily News, 1995 

    ·         East Grinstead Observer, 1980 

    ·         East Kent Gazette, 1905 

    ·         Glamorgan Gazette, 1955-1958, 1960-1971, 1973-1975, 1977-1979 

    ·         Harlow Star, 1988 

    ·         Harrow Observer, 1987 

    ·         Hertford Mercury and Reformer, 1987 

    ·         Llanelli Star, 1991 

    ·         Neath Guardian, 1990 

    ·         Retford, Gainsborough & Worksop Times, 1967 

    ·         Rugeley Times, 1985 

    ·         Runcorn Weekly News, 1996 

    ·         Solihull Times, 1997 

    ·         Southall Gazette, 1993 

    ·         Torbay Express and South Devon Echo, 1951 

  • 16 Jun 2022 7:52 PM | Anonymous

    The following press release was written by the U.S. Congress:

    Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2022)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement after the Committee voted favorably to approve the Honest Census Communications Actas well as several other good government bills:

    “Today, Oversight Committee Democrats took a critical step to rein in deceptive communications intended to delay or prevent an individual’s participation in a U.S. Census.  In recent years, we’ve seen politically motivated efforts to exclude or intimidate people from being counted.  Anything less than a full and complete count has serious implications for the way in which the federal government targets resources and allocates political representation.  I am proud of the work the Committee has done to protect the integrity of the Census by getting the Honest Census Communications Act one step closer to a vote on the House floor.”

    Prohibiting Deceptive Practices Relating to the Census

    The Committee favorably reported the Honest Census Communications Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Anna Eshoo, with an amendment offered by Chairwoman Maloney.  The bill would prohibit efforts to intentionally relay communications about a census that are materially false and intended to prevent or delay a person’s participation.  The bill would establish civil penalties for such conduct in alignment with the False Claims Act.  

    Maximizing the Use of Technology in the Federal Government

    The Committee approved the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act, a bill introduced by Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, to update current telework law for the federal workforce to improve work-life flexibility for employees and create reporting requirements that measure the cost savings to the federal government associated with telework.  The bill would broaden the current statutory definition of telework to include periodic or full-time telework arrangements and remote work and also provides for annual review and policy improvements by the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

    The Committee also approved the District of Columbia Electronic Transmittal of Legislation Act, a bill introduced by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, which would permit the District of Columbia to transmit legislation to Congress in electronic form. 

    Additionally, the Committee passed several postal naming measures for Postal Service facilities across the country.

  • 16 Jun 2022 7:16 PM | Anonymous

    MyHeritage has added a LOT of more genealogy-related records in the past few weeks. Quoting from the announcement:

    "We are delighted to announce the publication of 1.3 billion historical records in 37 collections from all over the world including: USA, UK, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Ukraine. The collections include birth, marriage, death, military, census, newspaper records, and more. Many of the collections include high-quality images alongside the index. With this update, the total number of historical records on MyHeritage has now reached 18.2 billion."

    The complete list may be found in the MyHeritage Blog at: https://blog.myheritage.com/2022/06/historical-record-collections-added-in-april-and-may-2022/.


  • 16 Jun 2022 7:10 PM | Anonymous

    23andMe updated its report on an inherited condition characterized by mild to profound hearing loss.

    The update to 23andMe’s Nonsyndromic Hearing Loss and Deafness, DFNB1 (GJB2-Related) Carrier Status report adds six variants that improve the coverage of the test for people with East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian ancestry.

    “We are extremely excited about this report update, which allows us to provide new and meaningful genetic information to tens of thousands of our customers,” said 23andMe Product Scientist Ruth Tennen. “This is one step forward in our efforts to make our health reports more equitable, and to work toward a future in which people of all ancestries can access, understand, and benefit from the human genome.”

    The drive behind this update was to add variants that would make the report more relevant to people of diverse ancestries. Because being a carrier for DFNB1 is quite common in people of East Asian and Southeast Asian descent, we prioritized adding variants that are commonly found in those populations. With the addition of the new variants, up to 15 percent of our East Asian and Southeast Asian customers will receive an update indicating that they have a variant detected. More than 1 percent of our South Asian customers will receive a similar update. In total, more than 100,000 Health + Ancestry Service customers across all ancestries will receive an updated report with a new variant detected.

    You can read (a lot) more in an article in the 23andMe Blog at: https://blog.23andme.com/health-traits/dfnb1/.


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