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  • 5 Jun 2024 11:59 AM | Anonymous

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

    To mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, The Genealogist adds Enlistment Records to their Free Record Collections

    In time to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day on 6th June, TheGenealogist has added United States WWII Army Enlistment Records (1938-1946) to its ever-growing Free Records Collection. In these records, we can find the names and particulars of American soldiers who joined up to serve their country and fight for freedom.

    These records provide detailed information about enlistment dates, service branches, ranks, and more about US soldiers from this time.

    While Operation Overlord, the code name for the Battle of Normandy, was an Allied operation consisting of British, Canadian and other Allied nations' troops, the Americans provided the bulk of the soldiers for the Liberation of Europe on 6 June 1945, and so this new record set will have many of the young men who fought in D-Day listed.


    [American assault troops in a landing craft approaching Omaha Beach, Normandy, France]

    This new addition brings the total number of Free Records you can access on The Genealogist to over 10.9 Million. There’s a rich collection for researchers to sink their teeth into, with records dating back to 1086!

    Simply register for free at The Genealogist to access:

    • The 1086 Domesday Records

    • The Image Archive - Thousands of historic photos and illustrations

    • US WW2 Enlistment Records

    • UK Rolls of Honour

    • Dam Busters Records

    • War Memorials

    • Tree View - A free family tree builder

    You can research even further by registering for a free First Steps Subscription, giving you 3 months’ access to Births, Marriages, Deaths and the 1891 to 1911 census for England and Wales. Find out more at https://thegenealogist.co.uk/firststeps

    Read TheGenealogist’s feature article where we explore the fate of four brothers whose enlistments can be found in these newly released records: D-Day – Operation Neptune 6 June 1944 and the real Private Ryanhttps://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2024/d-day--operation-neptune-6-june-1944-7495/

    Lifetime Discount Offer!

    For a limited time, you can claim a Diamond Subscription to The Genealogist for just £99.95, a saving of £40! Plus, you’ll also get a free year’s subscription to Discover Your Ancestors Online Magazine (Worth £24.99)

    To find out more and claim the offer, visit https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/MGBDDY624

    This offer comes with a Lifetime Discount, meaning you’ll pay the same discounted price every time your subscription renews.

    This offer expires on 31st July 2024.

    About TheGenealogist

    TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put 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, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

  • 4 Jun 2024 9:19 AM | Anonymous

    A Florida man has been indicted in New York for his involvement in the assassination of his uncle, as a result of the utilization of a public genealogy database. According to Fox News, Rosario Prestigiacomo, 64, was discovered in his Queens residence in 2009 stabbed 16 times and assaulted with a shovel before passing away.

    DNA on a fork discarded by his nephew, Anthony Scalici, resulted in his apprehension in February of this year, solving the case.

    Queens District Attorney Melidan Katz announced in a press release that the grand jury indicted and arraigned Scalici, 41, on a second-degree murder charge on Thursday. ABC 7 has reported that this will be the first homicide suspect to be identified and apprehended in New York City through the use of the public genealogy database.

    District Attorney Melinda Katz stated, "I established a Cold Case Unit to bring closure to grieving families and pursue justice on behalf of victims. The successful partnership between my office and the NYPD Cold Case Squad is exemplified by the perseverance and determination of the investigators in this, and every, cold case." "Defendants should be unable to evade justice, regardless of the passage of time."

    Scalici could be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison if convicted. He is scheduled to appear in court again in July.

  • 4 Jun 2024 8:53 AM | Anonymous

    The following was written by GenWebinars:

    • Frustrated by prerecorded webinars where you can’t ask questions or interact with the speaker?
    • Discouraged by “live” webinars with very a limited time to ask your questions and no time for follow-ups?
    • Limited with no time to commit to expensive multi-day courses or institutes?
    • Dissatisfied when there isn’t enough time to cover a topic in the detail needed?
    • Disappointed when you can’t chat one-on-one after a program as with in-person events, and have to publicly type your questions via chat?
    • Annoyed when you can’t find the meeting link or handout?
    • Displeased that the webinar you want is only scheduled once at an inconvenient time?

    GenWebinars combines the convenience of individual genealogy webinars with the personal interaction and in-depth content of online courses and institutes.  Each session is as long as needed to explain a topic in detail, and is followed by an interactive question/discussion period allowing everyone to contribute.  There are no subscriptions or long term commitments, just sign up for only what you want, even if it’s part of a series.  Each webinar is scheduled multiple times to help insure everyone can attend, and accessing everything associated with a webinar such as the meeting link, handouts, and surveys is a breeze.

    GenWebinars is owned, operated, and taught by Diane L. Richard and David M. McCorkle, award winning professional genealogists with over 30 years combined lecture experience.

    For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at info@genwebinars.com.

    You can read more, including a list of scheduled upcoming webinars, at: https://genwebinars.com/.

  • 4 Jun 2024 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    OSUIT Digital Archive Launches with 3,000+ Historic Photos & More

    OSU Institute of Technology is proud to introduce the newly upgraded ContentDM platform, a digital archive system offering access to historical treasures for all. Gone are the days of scouring dusty shelves— with the improved ContentDM, the historical archives of OSUIT are now available at your fingertips. Users can now take a journey through time from the comforts of their own screens.

    Clinton Gerkin, OSUIT library archivist and the driving force behind this project, has led us on a mission. He shares, “Our goal is simple: to preserve every facet of our institution’s history on this platform. The process of adding thousands of items has been extensive but immensely rewarding.”

    Over 3,000 scanned photographs are already available. This journey wasn’t without its challenges, but as Gerkin reflects, “Navigating ContentDM was like solving a puzzle. But with each obstacle, we grew stronger, committed to preserving OSUIT’s legacy.”

    Content DM is not just about photographs. It has the capacity to host a diverse range of media types, from audio to readable content, digitized books and yearbooks to audio recordings and graduation programs.

    Enhanced search capabilities and visually appealing content are just the tip of the iceberg. Backed by the Oklahoma State University System, ContentDM opens doors to greater accessibility and usability, inviting users to dive deep into OSUIT’s history.

  • 3 Jun 2024 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by the folks at the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

    The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has released two, new books as part of its Research in the States series. The latest volumes are Research in Hawaii by Darcie Hind Posz, CG, FASG, and Research in Maine, by Eva Holmes, CG, AG. The books are available in the NGS store in both PDF and print versions. 

    Both guidebooks provide detailed information on a wealth of resources including business, census, and court records; institutional, military, and vital records; directories and newspapers; and advice for researching female ancestors. The authors include the website address, physical address, and telephone number for each resource.

    In Research in Hawaii, the author provides details for research distinct to Hawaii such as its rich oral genealogies. Posz includes information covering African American, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Polynesian, and Portuguese ethnic records. The section on archives, libraries, and societies includes those centrally located in Honolulu and on each island with resources specific to ethnicity, occupation, region, and time period. Posz discusses unique resources that are essential to many family historians such as the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association Plantation Archives, which offers maps of plantations and camps where workers resided. Hawaiian land records for this state-land-state are thoroughly explained. The author also includes a glossary of Hawaiian words found in vital records. 

    Research in Maine offers readers a comprehensive guide of where and how to find records of ancestors who lived in Maine. During the mid-to-late nineteenth century, Maine led the United States in shipbuilding. Its ships engaged in international trade stretching across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Holmes provides family historians with a detailed guide on researching maritime records from diaries, ledgers, and logbooks in local cities and towns as well as out-of-state repositories. She also includes valuable information on cemetery records such as at the Maine Old Cemetery Association with information on over 7,100 cemeteries. The section on ethnic records covers African American, French, French-Canadian, German, Italian, Jewish, and Native Americans as well as Irish, Scots, and Scots-Irish.

    The Research in the States series is edited by Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS. This series now covers research in thirty-three states, the District of Columbia, and the tribal records of Oklahoma’s American Indians. Purchase the newest books, Research in Hawaii and Research in Maine, in the NGS online store.


  • 3 Jun 2024 8:28 AM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release from the Polk County Public Library:

    We have just added issues of the Tryon Daily Bulletin from 1951-1953, 1980-1982, 1990-1992. These join the issues already on our site from 1928-1951. Contributed by the Polk County Public Library, the issues from the 50s were added from microfilm. In addition, the Library’s staff scanned print issues from the 80s and 90s to add to our site. “The World’s Smallest DAILY Newspaper” is a true example of a local paper, with contents created locally and confined mostly to county or regional news.

    Published 5 days per week, the Bulletin from these different time periods have things in common! On the left side of every front page is the column “Curb Reporter.” Starting with the day’s weather, it has brief snippets of local to international news. 

    Black and white cartoon of law enforcement officer holding a baton and the speech bubble "move on buddy" addressed to a person in a suit with a notepad and pencil on a curb. All caps heading: CURB REPORTER

    In all decades, you’ll find classified ads, committee and government meeting reports, and personal notes and mentions that have all but dropped off of newspapers today.

    View all issues of the Tryon Daily Bulletin on the newspaper’s home page.

  • 3 Jun 2024 8:19 AM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by the folks at the Newark Public Library:

    The Newark Public Library, in partnership with Advantage Archives, proudly announces free access to nearly 1.2 million pages of historical newspapers from Newark, New Jersey.

    The Newark History Archives (https://newark.historyarchives.online) features the Newark Evening News from 1883 to 1971, providing a rich resource for educators, researchers, and the general public. Encapsulating nearly a century of journalism, the archive provides a practical means to explore how Newark’s community, economy, and politics have shifted over the years while providing a local perspective on national and international historical events.

    Founded in 1883, the Newark Evening News served as Newark’s paper of record until its closure in 1972. It had bureaus in Montclair, Elizabeth, Metuchen, Morristown, Plainfield, Kearny, and Belmar, as well as bureaus in the New Jersey State House in Trenton and in Washington, DC. Throughout its nearly 90-year run, it was the primary source of news and information for residents of Newark and the broader New Jersey area. The newspaper was renowned for its comprehensive coverage, detailed reporting, and a broad spectrum of editorial content, which included everything from local news and statewide political affairs to cultural events and community issues, capturing the daily happenings and the city’s evolving story.

    The digital reproductions of the Newark Evening News found in the online archive are indexed by date, and the collection is keyword-searchable. The intuitive platform allows users to explore, discover, and gain insights into the community’s development through the narratives of its residents, the significant events that have shaped its trajectory, and the historical forces that have influenced its present circumstances.

    Beth Zak-Cohen from the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center was instrumental in bringing this project to life. She shares her enthusiasm: “We love the website; it’s so much easier to search than our previous system or than microfilm, and personally, I can’t stop looking things up just for fun!”

    The project was made possible through support from Senator Cory Booker’s office and funding from a federal grant. It highlights the significant benefit of collaboration among libraries, government entities, and private organizations in unlocking our shared cultural heritage. It also showcases how leveraging technology can democratize access to historical knowledge, ensuring that this connection to the community’s past is inclusive, not just for those who can physically visit a library or afford a subscription to a pay-for-access service.

    Jeffrey Kiley, Founder of Advantage Archives, says that partnerships of this nature are at the core of Advantage’s mission and vision: “We are very proud of our partnership with the Newark Public Library, and it is a privilege to be an active participant in their efforts to make the Newark Evening News more accessible. Our guiding principles center around building strong community-based partnerships to provide free online access to local history, and the library’s vision for this project aligned perfectly with our stated mission.”

    Kiley’s business partner Chris Donohue explains, “We know that all good partnerships are reciprocal, so our role is to shoulder all of the ongoing costs associated with the platform, including storage, hosting, development, infrastructure, support, and maintenance of the digital archives to ensure that this content is always available and free to access. The archives do not require a subscription, seat license, annual support contract, or any other ongoing costs or expenses to the institution or members of the Newark community.”

    The Newark History Archive will be invaluable for researchers, genealogists, and historians. The easy-to-use platform will also be a powerful tool for educators, allowing them to integrate local primary sources into their lesson plans.

    To access the Newark Public Library’s digital collection, visit the Newark History Archives

    About the Newark Public Library:

    Founded in 1889, the Newark Public Library has long been a cornerstone of community engagement, education, and historical preservation. The Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, located within the library, is dedicated to collecting and preserving materials related to Newark and New Jersey’s rich history.

    About Advantage Archives: 

    Advantage Archives forges strong, community-based partnerships with institutions across the United States with a shared goal of providing free online access to local history. These partnerships ensure that local primary sources are always available to provide a direct account of history from the perspectives of those who experienced it. For more information about creating a Community History Archive, please contact Advantage Archives at info@advantagearchives.com.


  • 3 Jun 2024 8:12 AM | Anonymous

    A new online archive is about to share a fascinating collection of stories and artefacts from Scotland during the Second World War.

    The materials have been preserved by an Oxford University project that has digitised more than 25,000 previously hidden artefacts from the Second World War.

    Photos of the objects and stories will be available to view on the project website, theirfinesthour.org, on June 6 to complement events commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

    The archive contains a remarkable range of stories and objects that capture both the extraordinary and everyday lives of those who experienced the war.

    Artefacts include the memoirs of James Glass from Currie, Edinburgh, who served in the Royal Army Service Corps as a driver in Palestine and the Western Desert; class photos from Rumford Street School, Glasgow; pages from the wartime diary of Sheila Jenkinson, a teenager in Edinburgh during the war; and a photograph of Eupheme Sutherland and friends making sandbags on the second day of the conflict.

    The archive includes the story of William James Carrie, a Colonial Service member from Edinburgh University, who was interned at Stanley Internment Camp in Hong Kong after its fall to Japan on Christmas Day 1941. During his internment, William served as head of burials, and his diary details significant wartime events and daily life before Hong Kong fell.

    You can read more in an article by Matthew Kidd published in The Scotsman web site at: https://bit.ly/3x1rrTG.

  • 3 Jun 2024 7:59 AM | Anonymous

    The hugely successful free-to-view RIP.ie database has been acquired by the Irish Times Group.

    Founded in 2005 by brother and sister team Jay and Dympna Coleman of County Louth, the site has been publishing death announcements and funeral notices (and much more) since July 2006.

    Although so recently established, it has become a trusted resource in Ireland and can be useful to genealogists looking to update their family trees. Each notice is placed by the funeral director and typically includes information about the deceased's relatives and sometimes other personal details.

    The opportunity for family, friends, colleagues and other acquaintances to upload condolences to the site has become extremely popular since Covid 19 arrived, and can often be another rich source for family history. 

    The site's sale raised immediate concerts that the platform would be placed behind a paywall. However, in a statement issued yesterday, the Irish Times Group committed to keeping RIP.ie 'free to view' following its acquisition.

  • 3 Jun 2024 7:56 AM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Genealogy Society’s Lorain County Chapter, will present an online program called “Have you Written your Story?”  at 7 p.m. EDT on June 10.

    Chapter president Margaret Cheney will guide attendees through the steps of writing their unique story as a legacy of their descendants. Everyone has a story to tell and with modern technology it makes it that much easier to do, according to a news release

    This virtual presentation is free and open to the public. To join, request a link by emailing meetings@loraincoogs.org and ask to be added to the list.


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