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  • 13 Nov 2023 7:44 AM | Anonymous

    Headmast for Raleigh, N.C. paper "The Farmer and Mechanic" from October 16, 1877

    Here we have new papers from the North Carolina Collection that have never been microfilmed! The North Carolina Collection originated in 1844 and is the largest traditional collection of library materials for any state. Learn more about the NCC here!

    These additions include:

  • 13 Nov 2023 7:39 AM | Anonymous

    The following is an announcement written by the Hartford History Center:

    The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library was recently awarded an $18,830 National Film Preservation Foundation grant to restore and digitize a collection of early 20th-century films by radio pioneer, inventor, and Hartford resident Hiram Percy Maxim.

    The films, which will be available on the Connecticut Digital Archive within the next year, feature Maxim and his wife, along with their family and friends.

    Hartford is recorded in many ways, including footage of flooding in November 1927 and the view from the city’s first air mail plane. Maxim, according to the website, “earned patents for his inventions in automotive design, noise abatement, and other fields. Also a passionate hobbyist, he left his mark on early aviation and wireless radio.”

    Maxim’s broadly recognized achievements, points out, “brought fame to Hartford, where he made his home from 1899 until his death in 1936.”  Among his noteworthy achievements was a role in the start of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio, which to this day has its national headquarters in nearby Newington.

    Maxim was born in Brooklyn, New York, and first came to Hartford in the 1890’s to work for the Pope Manufacturing Company, helping design the Columbia electric motor carriage. He later founded his own firm, creating the Maxim Silencer for firearms and adapting the technology to be used in early automobile mufflers.

    The Hartford History Center at the Downtown Library, is located at 500 Main Street, Hartford. (The Downtown Library is temporarily closed due to water damage.)

  • 13 Nov 2023 7:35 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Wyoming State Library:

    The Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection has added five prison newspapers to its database. Titles include Best Scene, J-A-B-S, Wyoming State Honor Farm, Wyoming Pen, and The New Approach. These newspapers span from 1915 to 1992 and give insight into the daily lives of those in the prison system.

    “Providing the titles provides a different aspect of Wyoming history,” said Travis Pollok, Wyoming State Library Legislative Librarian.

    These collections of newspapers were all written, edited and published by those in the prison system. Topics range from entertainment pieces to local news. Local news from these articles include prices, agricultural information, and government and school events. On the entertainment side, newspapers include opinion columns, poetry, and short stories.

    Killer Bigfoot news clipping

    The New Approach from April 1992

    To read more from these collections, visit the Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection, located at One may also enjoy other unique newspaper collections such as Heart MountainWingspan, and P.O.W.

  • 13 Nov 2023 7:25 AM | Anonymous

    The following is an announcement written by Library and Archives Canada:

    In August 2018, Library and Archives Canada finished digitizing more than 600,000 service files of Canadians who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War. We’re pleased to announce that these files have been integrated into our main database, Collection Search, and are now available through a new landing page.

    This change brings a number of improvements from the old database search experience. For example, you can now use filters to focus your research more closely and easily. In addition, the improved wildcard search function means that your research can continue even if you are unsure of a name or its spelling—for example, “Fran*” can lead you to results for “Frank” or “Francis.” Finally, the landing page has an integrated image viewer, which means that you can now see all of the images directly on the results page rather than individually.

    Don’t forget to check out our tips and research strategies, located at the bottom of the page! 

    You may also want to consider creating an account that allows you to save records of interest to revisit later.

    We will close the old standalone database in the relatively near future and redirect users to the new search interface. We will give users time to adapt to the new search experience in the coming months and recommend that you update your bookmarks in the meantime. To provide feedback about the Collection Search experience, please email us your comments

    As we celebrate this accomplishment, we’d like to take a moment to recognize the contributions of the Friends of LAC, who help improve the accessibility of these files by transcribing additional information as part of LAC’s Co-Lab initiative.

    As Canada’s national memory institution, this update makes our military history more available to everyone and it is one part of our work this month to honour those who served this country in times of war and peace.


  • 13 Nov 2023 7:17 AM | Anonymous

    Deacon Phillip W. Ravenel knows the history of the church he grew up attending. He knows Lovely Mountain Baptist Church is 135 years old and his great-grandfather, who helped build it, was part of the congregation that first formed in a small tent.

    Many stories and memories can be shared by church members, along with physical keepsakes, but the small Black church in North Charleston does not have a system in place to record and archive its history.  

    “Nobody thought about putting them in a safe storage space so a couple of generations from now we can look back and say, ‘This is how the church got started and these are the folks that attended it,’” Ravenel said. 

    Lovely Mountain Baptist Church is just one of several Black churches in the Charleston area that doesn’t have a formal documentation system in place.

    This is why Minister Lisa Robinson and Minister Anna Montgomery, who attend Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, hosted a conference to help Black churches start the archival process. 

    Nearly 20 church leaders and members heard from archivists and preservation experts about best practices for documenting a church’s history during the Nov. 4 virtual conference. 

    You can read more in an article by Kenna Coe published in The Post and Courier web site at:

  • 13 Nov 2023 7:07 AM | Anonymous

    Would you want this to happen in a cemetery where your loved ones are buried?

    A lawsuit was filed on Friday on behalf of nearly 400 plaintiffs with loved ones buried at the Tildenville Oakland Cemetery in Oakland, Florida. The Tildenville Oakland Cemetery was established in 1947.

    The lawsuit echoes concerns that have been voiced for the past several years. The lawsuit alleges the developer’s of a nearby subdivision constructed an additional entrance roadway, which detoured drainage in the area. The 380 families allege the water is now being dumped into the cemetery. Relatives describe graves and remains being submerged above ground after flooding.

    It says the developer’s “approval and construction of the culvert to divert runoff water from the new drive into Longleaf at Oakland and dump the water, instead, into the Oakland Tildenville cemetery, the defendants desecrated the resting places of the families and the loved ones.”

  • 10 Nov 2023 3:55 PM | Anonymous

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

    A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the easiest way to obtain a fast, private, and SECURE Internet connection. 

    Do you work online from coffee shops or hotels? Do you travel and take a laptop, tablet or smartphone with you to use online? Do you perhaps travel internationally? I often travel internationally, and I always use a VPN when traveling, whether I am in the U.S. or overseas. In fact, my computers are configured to automatically load and enable a VPN immediately after being powered on and booted up.

    Actually, using a VPN while at home is also a good idea. After all, do you know if one of your neighbors is possibly monitoring all the data you send and receive? Then again, we all know that the NSA is monitoring everything we send and receive online.

    Unless you are using a VPN (virtual private network), nothing you do online is private. A VPN encrypts and protects everything you do online, and can be downloaded as an app on your phone or computer.

    Protect yourself from people stealing your credit card info, your Gmail login credentials, or (worst of all) getting blocked from watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones.

    You need to be using a VPN if you:

        • Connect to unsecured Wi-Fi networks (such as from airports, hotel rooms, or coffee shops)

        • Visit sites you'd rather keep private

        • Make online purchases (don't get your debit card hacked)

        • Watch movies from Netflix or "Who Do You Think You Are?" UK edition or other video services from countries that are normally blocked from those sites

        • Legally use bit torrent and want to keep your downloads private

        • Or travel to countries with internet censorship

    Don't let your web browser's incognito mode fool you. Incognito mode is a good thing, but it only offers partial security. You NEED to be using a VPN… all the time.

    A VPN provides a secure connection between your computer and the VPN servers. All communications between your computer and the VPN are encrypted and sent through a secure tunnel over the Internet, preventing outsiders from spying on your web activity. You can securely connect to a VPN service and surf the web from the VPN service’s servers, using their IP addresses.

    There are lots of reasons to use a VPN service, such as establishing a secure connection over an insecure network, accessing censored or region specific web content, or protecting your bank account information or credit card numbers when using them online.

    NOTE: The monitoring by the USA government’s National Security Agency (NSA) may or may not be blocked by using a VPN. The NSA doesn’t describe its capabilities, so we don’t know exactly what the NSA can or cannot monitor. However, using a VPN certainly can reduce the likelihood of government monitoring.

    The use of a VPN to block NSA monitoring is a long and complicated subject with many unknowns. I will ignore NSA monitoring for the remainder of this article. If you would like to learn more about NSA’s spying, I suggest you start at

    I have used a number of VPNs over the years and can tell you there are a number of good ones available. 

    NOTE: With one exception, I suggest you stay away from the so-called free VPNs, however. They usually fill your computer with unwanted advertising and may even spy on you. A few of the shadiest free VPNs can actually make your computer less secure than it was before installing the free so-called VPN. See and for details. 

             I will describe the one free VPN that I trust later in this article.

    I switched VPN vendors a few months ago.

    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/13278137.

    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

  • 10 Nov 2023 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

    Ahead of Remembrance Sunday in the UK, when we remember the two world wars and later conflicts, TheGenealogist is marking Armistice Day by adding to its collection of Military records.

    This release of over 40,000 Rolls of Honour, over 65,000 Medal awards and over 1.5 Million War Memorial Records significantly adds to the suite of fully searchable Military records on this family history website.

    The new War Memorials can be searched from the TheGenealogist’s Master Search or by locating the memorial on the georeferenced maps displayed on their Map Explorer™, which also lets you search the area around where your ancestor lived.

    [Attack on a Merchantman by Enemy Submarines]

    For those with ancestors who were mariners and served in the Merchant Navy or Fishing Fleets, the Rolls of Honour and Medal Awards from The National Archives Series BT 339 will be especially poignant. 

    The Rolls of Honour name the deceased and missing-presumed-dead from the ranks of the merchant marine fleets and fishing trawler crews who were employed on minesweeping and patrol duties during World War II (1939-1945) and further years up to 1953.

    The list of Medal Awards from 1866 to 1970 includes Mercantile Mariners recognised for gallantry and service. Among these honours is the Albert Medal, initially awarded for saving lives at sea.

    Additionally, the Mercantile Marine Officers Nominal List 1916-1920 records recipients of the Order of the British Empire, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Order and Distinguished Service Medal, along with issues of the London Gazette listing many other medals (such as the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal and Commendations) citing the deeds of gallantry these Mercantile Marines performed. The images of these records include the details of these deeds, some of which reveal intriguing stories of shipwrecks, shark attacks and gallant heroes.

    Read TheGenealogist’s feature article: Rolls of Honour for Unsung Heroes of the Rolling Sea

    About TheGenealogist

    TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, which puts a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections. 

    TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations and Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

    TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

  • 10 Nov 2023 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    This article is not about any of the "normal" topics of this newsletter: genealogy, history, current affairs, DNA, and related topics. However, it is important news for those of us who value our online privacy in order to protect ourselves from hackers, ransom thieves, credit card thieves, and government spies:

    Encrypted messaging service Signal is now testing usernames, which will offer people a more private way to share their contact details on the app. Signal kicked off the public test today through a new beta build available in its community forums. "After rounds of internal testing, we have hit the point where we think the community that powers these forums can help us test even further before public launch," says Signal VP of Engineering Jim O'Leary. 

    The development is a big deal since Signal -- an end-to-end encrypted messaging app -- has long required users to sign up with a phone number. That same number also needs to be shared in order to message other users on the app. This can be problematic since sharing your phone number exposes you to privacy and hacking risks. For example, a contact on Signal could choose to call and message your number over an unencrypted cellular network or pass off the number to someone else.
  • 10 Nov 2023 8:17 AM | Anonymous

    Fans of British folklore are championing a campaign to safeguard a unique archive cataloguing traditions from Britain and Ireland. The collection – of more than 20,000 books, 4,000 tape cassettes and 3,500 hours of reel-to-reel audio – has been amassed by one man. David “Doc” Rowe is a 79-year-old folklorist who has travelled the UK since the 1960s, visiting calendar customs such as the Straw Bear Festival, the Krampus Run or the Hunting of the Earl of Rone.

    Director Rob Curry and actor/director Tim Plester set up the crowdfunder, which has been supported by Eliza CarthyAlan Moore and Neil Gaiman. The co-directors previously collaborated on two acclaimed documentaries about the British folk scene – Way of the Morris and The Ballad of Shirley Collins. They started work at the end of lockdown on a film about Rowe and his annual odyssey around the rituals of Britain, then expanded the project to help him find a permanent home for his archive.

    “There are few collections of working-class histories of the British Isles,” says Curry. “The opportunity to save one of this scale is worth anybody’s money.”

    Little boy with a bonfire night guy

    A penny for the guy was a children’s bonfire night tradition that’s dying out. Photograph: Doc Rowe

    The archive is currently stored in a former pharmaceutical unit in Whitby, North Yorkshire, a repository that puts Plester in mind of another British institution. “Doc is like Doctor Who. His storage facility has a small door into this Tardis-like space, and going through his archive is like travelling through time and space.”

    Like the Doctor Who show, many events recorded by Rowe are extremely creepy. The trailer for Plester and Curry’s documentary evokes the current love of folk horror, dramas that use the aesthetics and style of folklore, such as this year’s cult hit Enys Men and the TV series The Gallows Pole.

    “We do embrace that Wicker Man element as filmmakers,” says Curry. “There’s a theory that the British love folk horror because we were the first country to industrialise, so we are most disconnected from our agrarian roots.”

    Plester says that, as a child growing up in the village of Adderbury, he was terrified by the morris men’s fool, a performer who interacts with spectators during a dance. “He prided himself on scaring us – it’s part of the bag of these traditions. They’re an opportunity for anarchy, for communities to take back the streets for a day.”

    You can read more in an article by Alice Fisher published in The Guardian at:

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