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  • 7 Jun 2024 4:49 PM | Anonymous

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

    Would you like to have your genealogy book or your society's newsletter available as an ebook publication? There is a huge reading audience that is taking advantage of the many convenient mobile reading devices on the market now. The popularity of these devices for reading books, newspapers, and magazines continues to explode. The reading public seems to love them, and the people who publish the ebooks definitely love the low cost of publishing this way. You could be one of those publishers. 

    Of course, you can also continue to publish in whatever format you already use: DOC, DOCX, TXT, HTML, PDF, or even the old-fashioned way: printed on paper. You can use EPUB files as another publishing method, allowing your readers to choose the format they prefer.

    Put into the right format, your genealogy book or your society's newsletter can easily be read on any of the many available ebook readers, including Kindle, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and many other ebook readers. The "secret" is to publish the document in EPUB format. With the tools described in this article, that is easy to do.

    Millions of books are already available in EPUB format. Many of the books sold by Barnes and Noble, Sony, and other electronic publishers are available today in EPUB format. In addition, all the public domain books in both Google Books and in are available in EPUB format among others. As readers of this newsletter know, both Google Books and include thousands of books of interest to genealogists. 

    EPUB is a free and open standard format created by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), and is designed for “re-flowable” content that can be optimized to whatever device is being used to read a book file. Both publishers and individuals use EPUB for distribution and sale of electronic books. There are also conversion houses that create EPUB files as a service to their customers. In all cases, the resulting EPUB files have the extension .epub.

    Of course, many of the same books are also available as PDF files and can be read with many handheld ebook readers. However, the text and pictures in PDF files often do not display well on the smaller screens. PDF files have fixed line length and page lengths, which may not fit well into the smaller screens of ebook readers. Reading a PDF file on a handheld device with a small screen often means the reader has to manually scroll left to right to read each line. Very few people will do that for very long.

    In contrast, EPUB documents will display documents as "re-flowable" pages. That is, each line is word-wrapped appropriately for the size of the screen being used. EPUB documents usually do not require scrolling from side to side in order to read the text. 

    EPUB books also can support DRM (digital rights management) to prevent unauthorized copying of the documents.

    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/13367484(A Plus Edition password is required to access that article.)

    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
  • 7 Jun 2024 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    The following is an announcement written by the folks at Findmypast:

    Trace your family's remarkable D-Day stories with this week's insightful new additions. 

    As we commemorate #DDay80, we've enriched our World War 2 Allies Collection with over 566,000 additional records. This handpicked collection of detail-packed records is your go-to resource for wartime family history. 

    Soldiers. Nurses. Home Front civilians. Your relatives. Discover how their pasts have shaped your present this Findmypast Friday. Plus, we've released two new Yorkshire collections.

    World War 2 Allies Collection

    Now enhanced with records released in the past three years, this huge collection features enlistments, casualty lists, rolls of honour and more.

    British Army, Royal York Rangers

    Was your ancestor in this unique regiment? 

    Mostly made up of prisoners evading hanging, ironically, it was praised for good conduct and gallantry.

    Yorkshire, Leeds City Police 1899-1939

    Spanning 40 years, this colourful collection charts the lives and careers of those who kept law and order in Yorkshire's largest city.

    276,000 new newspaper pages...

    We've welcomed Hunts County News to our newspaper archive this week, alongside updates to 22 other publications.

    D-Day 1944

    D-Day as featured in the Illustrated London News, 1944.

    Here's everything that's been added to the archive this Findmypast Friday.

    New titles:

    • Hunts County News, 1886-1888, 1890-1891, 1900-1911, 1913-1917, 1919-1926

    Updated titles:

    • Ballymena Weekly Telegraph, 2003
    • Batley News, 1987
    • Bellshill Speaker, 1988-1989, 1992-1994
    • Belper News, 1922-1923, 1925, 1932
    • Berwick Advertiser, 1988, 1993-1998, 2000
    • Bucks Advertiser & Aylesbury News, 1987-1988, 1993-1994
    • Carluke and Lanark Gazette, 1990-1991, 1998
    • Crawley and District Observer, 1889, 1982-1984, 1986-1989, 1995
    • Dunstable Gazette, 1988
    • Eastbourne Herald, 1989, 1995
    • Harrogate Advertiser and Weekly List of the Visitors, 1990
    • Horncastle News, 1995
    • Jedburgh Gazette, 1957-1963
    • Kirkintilloch Herald, 1987-1989, 1993-1994
    • Knaresborough Post, 1988
    • Lincolnshire Standard and Boston Guardian, 1988-1989, 1993-1994, 2000
    • Lurgan Mail, 2000-2002
    • Morecambe Guardian, 1996
    • Portadown Times, 1960-1963, 1971-1977, 2000-2001
    • Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press, 1987-1988, 1993-1998, 2000-2001
    • Skegness Standard, 1986-1988, 1993-1995, 1997-2000
    • Worthing Herald, 1989, 1995

    Last week we added exciting new British naval records and so much more. Explore the full release for yourself here

  • 7 Jun 2024 8:23 AM | Anonymous

    Here is an article that is not about any of the "normal" topics of this newsletter: genealogy, history, current affairs, DNA, and related topics. However, I will suggest that ALL computer owners should be aware of it.

    The following announcement was written by Proton:

    We’re excited to announce that Proton Pass has expanded its reach! With our new macOS app, Linux app, and Safari browser extension, you can now use Proton Pass on all major operating systems and browsers. Managing your passwords and other items has never been more convenient.

    No matter which platform you use, Proton Pass ensures that your passwords sync effortlessly and are accessible whenever you need them. Your current subscription also supports offline mode on desktop apps.

    You can also use Proton Pass to:

    • Get notified if a third-party site leaks your data with Dark Web Monitoring
    • Get alerted on your password vulnerabilities with Password Health
    • Secure your email with unlimited hide-my-email aliases
    • Generate and manage 2FA codes on Proton Pass

    DownLoad Proton Pass

    What’s next for Proton Pass?

    • Unlock with biometrics
    • Item sharing via secure links (even with people who don’t use Proton Pass!)
    • Support for identities
    • Extra password (a password to unlock Proton Pass, separate from your Proton Account password)

    Thank you for your ongoing support of our mission. If you have questions or feedback, you can join the conversation on Reddit or X.

    Stay secure,
    The Proton Team

    Comment by Dick Eastman:

    I have long been a very satisfied of Proton’s products (VPN, Email, Cloud Storage, and Calendar). Proton’s primary business is creating high-security products that cannot be spied upon by hackers, corporate spies, government spies, and others who want to snoop on your online activities and use the information obtained for nefarious purposes.

    When the company announced its latest product, Proton Pass(word manager), I immediately downloaded it on my Macintosh computer and started adding all my online passwords. While I have only used it for a few hours so far, I am impressed with the products’ ease of use. While I don’t have the tools to test its online security, the fact that it is a Proton product indicates to me that Proton Pass is as secure as Proton’s other products.

    Well done Proton!

    You can learn more about Proton’s high security products by starting at:

  • 7 Jun 2024 8:15 AM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release released by the Choctaw Nation:

    The Choctaw Nation launched a new website to honor and share information about Choctaw tribal members who are veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Choctaw Veterans Archive can be found at

    The site is a collection of stories and information for and about Choctaw veterans. It features sections for Choctaw Veteran Biographies, Veteran Resources, and Events and News for Veterans.

    Choctaw veterans can provide their service information in the biographies section. Personal information, that of a family member or one deceased may be added.

    The goal of the project is to honor Choctaw veterans by preserving their stories and making them accessible to the public. It will also better serve current veterans in need of information. The Choctaw Veterans Archive website is a free service.

    In addition to the ability to upload your information directly through a site portal, Judy Allen, tribal historian is also recording interviews with Choctaw veterans for the website. For inquiries, contact Allen at

    About The Choctaw Nation

    The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 225,000 tribal members and 12,000-plus associates. This ancient people has an oral tradition dating back over 13,000 years. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, its historic reservation boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, covering 10,923 square miles. The Choctaw Nation’s vision, “Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture,” is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity.
  • 6 Jun 2024 5:55 PM | Anonymous

    The following article appeared originally in the MyHeritage Blog:

    In April and May 2024, we published 123 million historical records from 18 collections. The newly added records are from the United States, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Italy, Luxembourg, and England, and include birth records, marriage and divorce records, death and burial records, census records, voter lists, school registers, and telephone directories. Many of the collections also include images.

    Our major historical record releases this past month include 3 new and important historical record collections from New York: New York City birth, marriage, and death records. These robust collections are some of the most significant vital records in the U.S. available online today. You can read more about this release in our blog post. Additionally, we have added 11.6 million new Nordic newspaper pages to, the innovative website for historical newspapers by MyHeritage. Learn more about this exciting addition in our blog post. These records and newspapers offer unparalleled opportunities to explore and discover your family history.

    Search them to discover a family treasure!

    Here are more details about each of the collections added in April and May.

    You can read the long, long list of newly added records in the MyHeritage Blog at:

  • 6 Jun 2024 5:48 PM | Anonymous

    The MyHeritage Blog has a fascinating story about an internation friendship that originated in wartime and has lasted for 80 years afterwards. 

    "Since the end of WWII, a beautiful and incredible friendship has connected the family of Sylvie Laillier, a French user from Normandy, and an American family from Pennsylvania that sent 3 sons to fight in the war. Two of them, Paul and William Stevens, did not return. The third, Donald Stevens, now 97 years old, cherishes this unwavering bond that unites them despite the years that pass and an ocean that separates them. For the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landing on June 6, we are honored to tell you their story, which Sylvie’s cousin, Ludovic Adeline, has just published in a magnificent comic strip."

    You can read much, much more at:

  • 6 Jun 2024 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    This a new, excellent method of searching the content of ebooks:

    Combining e-publishing with the Internet makes sense given Google's indexing (and probably ranking) of EPUB content decision. The fact that it took eight years to accomplish should be the only unexpected element. The update mentions without further information that EPUB file format was included to Google's indexable file types on their documentation.

    EPUB File Structured Format

    Based on a standard created by the International Digital publication Forum, EPUB is an XML-based eBook publication format that was subsequently combined with the World Wide Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The merger aimed to unite electronic book publishing with the Internet so that they can enhance one another.

    You can read more in an article by Roger Montti published in the web site at:

  • 5 Jun 2024 5:52 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by the folks at Findmypast:

    • Delve into your family’s stories with free access to records and newspapers on Findmypast between 6-10 June*

    • Discover the remarkable actions of men and women at home and overseas in the largest collection of historical newspapers online

    • Explore your ancestors’ military service and the lives they lived with records you won’t find anywhere else

    • Preserve your family’s wartime stories for the next generation in a family tree on Findmypast

    *Excludes 1921 Census and Tree Search

    Between 6-10 June, Family history website, Findmypast, is making millions of its family history records free to access* to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, so you can uncover and honor their stories and sacrifices. 

    Explore your wartime ancestor’s story with the largest collection of British and Irish newspapers online, digitised in partnership with the British Library. 

    Among the pages, you might find details of bravery or moving tributes to the fallen – rich details that can help you feel closer to your ancestors. You can also uncover the wider story of D-Day as it happened in the newspaper reports or look more closely at the impact of the war on your own community. Make sure to clip, save, and share articles of interest using the new Collections feature on Findmypast.

    Findmypast’s family history records can paint a vivid picture of what your ancestor was doing during wartime. They may have been a prisoner of war, helped on the home front, or worked as a Red Cross volunteer. Discover their whereabouts on the eve of war in the 1939 Register and delve into the largest collection of British Army records anywhere online, including regimental records and the British in India collection, which runs right up to 1947.

    Uncover those all-important life events in the most comprehensive collection of British parish records online, and check Findmypast’s vibrant Photo Collection for a glimpse into life during wartime.

    Preserve your findings with Findmypast’s online family tree builder and share their legacy with family and friends. 

    It’s also a perfect time to explore your own family archive for letters, diaries or photographs. Keep your ancestors’ memories alive by sharing their stories with your loved ones, and share your findings online using the hashtag #FindMyFamilyHero.

    Jen Baldwin, Research Specialist at Findmypast said: "80 years on from D-Day and the stories of service and sacrifice remain extremely poignant and relevant to us today. We invite everyone to discover their own family’s wartime stories with free access to Findmypast’s records this weekend and preserve them for future generations.”

    *Records on Findmypast (apart from the 1921 Census of England and Wales and Tree Search) will be free to access for all signed-in users from 10am GMT Thursday 6 June, until 10am GMT Monday 10 June 2024.

  • 5 Jun 2024 5:46 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by the folks at Ringling College:

    Ringling College of Art and Design has announced the launch of a groundbreaking new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Undergraduate Certificate program, the first of its kind at an art and design college. The program aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complex impact of AI on creative industries of all kinds.

    The rise of AI has brought both opportunities and challenges to the world, and to the world of art and design. While AI tools can serve as powerful creative tools, the technology has been developed using methods that raise serious moral and legal concerns. Recognizing the need to address these issues head-on, Ringling College has designed a program that prepares students for careers merging AI with art, design, and creativity in a responsible and ethical manner.

    “AI is scary, exciting, revolutionary, and sometimes feels like an existential threat to creators of all kinds. At Ringling College, we are committed to innovation and providing our students with the tools they need to thrive in constantly evolving creative professions,” said Rick Dakan, AI Coordinator at Ringling College. “The AI Undergraduate Certificate program is a proactive response to the rapid technological changes reshaping the creative landscape. We want our students to be equipped to shape the future of art with AI, not simply be shaped by it.”

    The certificate program is available as an option to all Ringling College students pursuing studies in 13 different majors. The program will provide real-world applications. The three-course program covers fundamental AI and machine learning principles, their application in creative contexts, and the ethical, societal, and cultural implications of AI in art and design. Through hands-on experience with AI tools and a focus on responsible integration of AI in creative practices, students will gain the skills and knowledge needed to tackle real-world challenges and succeed in AI-driven creative industries.

    “Creativity is the heart of the future,” said Dr. Larry R. Thompson, president of Ringling College. “All that creativity encompasses—imagination, design thinking, emotional intelligence, and a holistic perspective—will fuel our future economy, and society. AI is here, and here to stay. Therefore, it’s our responsibility as an institution of higher and creative learning to teach our students how to responsibly leverage this new tool to their advantage; much in the same way  as we did several years ago when the computer was introduced to art and design and became the new paintbrush.”

    Upon completion of the program, students will have not only a certificate but also a portfolio showcasing their ability to innovatively apply AI in their creative work. This program will add another credential to their resume, positioning these students as competitive candidates in the job market. As the creative world continues to evolve, Ringling College remains dedicated to providing its students with the latest education and resources necessary to thrive.

    Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest Ringling College news in your inbox.
  • 5 Jun 2024 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    Baseball Digest, one of the world’s longest-running baseball magazines, has partnered with Jellyfish to create an 800+ edition digital archive, bringing nearly a century of baseball history to enthusiasts worldwide.

    Jellyfish says the new fully-searchable digital archive features every issue of Baseball Digest dating back to its inaugural publication in 1942. This resource offers fans, researchers, and historians seamless access to decades of content, preserving the rich heritage of baseball for generations to come.

    Subscribers to Baseball Digest can enjoy complimentary access thanks to the integration with the Darwin CX subscription system, added Jellyfish. New subscribers and those renewing their subscriptions can explore the archive at

    According to Jellyfish, the launch has been met with overwhelming positive feedback, celebrating the archive's user-friendly design and the unprecedented access it provides to a comprehensive repository of baseball history. As Baseball Digest continues to publish new issues, the archive will be regularly updated, and will be a continually growing resource.

    Patrick Knight, Jellyfish head of product said: “We are thrilled to collaborate with Baseball Digest on this fantastic project which honour’s the magazine’s legacy while providing a unique resource for baseball fans everywhere.”

    Jake Zimmerman, general manager of Baseball Digest said: “Over the years, Baseball Digest worked with various partners for digital distribution. Because we were disappointed, we ended up building our own system. Then we found Jellyfish. They have been superior to everyone we've used in pricing, support, publishing tools, security, on-boarding, communications, and passion. We couldn't be happier and highly recommend them.”

    You can find out more about Jellyfish in our Publishing Services Directory.

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