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  • 7 Dec 2020 11:37 AM | Anonymous

    The following is a message posted to the IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies') Public Records Access Monitoring Committee mailing list and is republished here with the IAJGS' permission:

    Earlier this year, the IAJGS Records Access Alert informed its readers that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) approved closing its facility in Seattle—without any public input. The sale is  due to the recommendation for sale by the Public Buildings Reform Board (PBRB)and approved sale by the Office of Management and Budget. See:

     The original announcement said it was expected to take 18 months for the sale and NARA requested to stay in the building for an additional three years. The records move would be National facilities in Riverside, California -over 1,000 miles away.  While some of the records have been digitized they are not many and this would severely hamper access for people in the Pacific Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington State. Priceless Tribal records are also housed in the building—many are the tribal treaties or maps in existence. Other very essential records include tens of thousands of records related to  the Chinese Exclusion Act, records of internment of Japanese Americans, records memorializing Washington’s history. 

    An article from KOMO News in Seattle on December 4th states the state officials plan to fight the Trump Administration plan to sell the Seattle archives building. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he intends to try and prevent the sale via lawsuit…the building’s sale was buried in the fine print of a 74-page meeting minutes from October.

    While initially, the federal government said it would sell the National Archives building and other federal government buildings in Seattle individually, newly uncovered plans call for selling them immediately as a bundled unit.

    To read more see:

    Thank you to Barbara Jean Mathews, CG, FASG and president of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council for sharing the aforementioned article with us. 

    To read the previous IAJGS Records Access Alert postings about the Seattle, WA NARA Building pending sale and removal of documents to 1,000 miles away go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at:  You must be registered to access the archives. To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to:  You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized. It is required to include your organization affiliation (genealogy organization, etc.)

    Jan Meisels Allen
    Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

  • 7 Dec 2020 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    Five days ago, I published an article with the title of "Google Cloud Print is Going Away, Can You Find an Alternative?" Two days ago, Michael Perrigi answered the question.

    The answer is "Yes, you can print from a Chromebook without using Google Cloud Print."" You can find the article at:

  • 7 Dec 2020 10:11 AM | Anonymous

    Predictions about the future often turn out to be inaccurate. However, in 1953, writer Mark R. Sullivan published an article in the Tacoma News Tribune that seems to have been very accurate. Sullivan predicted that people will be surrounded by telephones wherever they go, unable to get away from them even if they don’t want to be around them.

    Yes, all of the above is commonplace today.

  • 4 Dec 2020 2:15 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

    TheGenealogist releases more College and University registers into its expanding Educational Records adding a quarter of a million additional individuals. This release includes records from England, Scotland, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand and even a college from Portugal.

    The records can be used to discover a student’s achievements and are fantastic for identifying where next to apply your research for an ancestor. Educational records will confirm birth dates and sometimes the place of birth. Usually they give a father’s name and address, which is useful when the parent is missing from the census, and they can give details of the student’s occupation and a great deal more useful information.

    Fettes College, Edinburgh

    Researchers can use this new data to find ancestors who attended or taught at a variety of Educational establishments in a wide range of years up to the mid 1930s. The earliest record in this release is dated 1566 in the Christ's Hospital Exhibitioners to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, 1566-1923. In contrast the latest record is 1936, taken from the List of Occupants of Rooms in St John's College 1895-1936.

    These records can also be used to identify those who held high office in the institutions, so that University patrons, deans, visitors, professors and masters and the principals and governors of schools are usually included.

    Also in this release we have some fascinating Irish Examination Board records from 1889, 1891 and 1892. These reveal the candidates’ names, addresses and grades in all their subjects, including some rather unusual ones. If you can find an ancestor, within these records, it will certainly be an eyeopener as they disclose what subjects your forebear had been a good or a bad student of.

    The registers released on TheGenealogist today are:


    • Aberdeen Education Authority Members' Directory, 1920-1921

    • Aberdeen University Roll of Graduates, 1860-1900


    • Christ's Hospital Exhibitioners to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, 1566-1923

    • List of Occupants of Rooms in St John's College, 1895-1936

    • Gonville and Caius College Vol. II, 1713-1897

    • Register of Admissions to King’s College, 1850-1900

    • Admissions to Peterhouse or S. Peter's College in the University of Cambridge, 1615-1911

    • Girton College Register, 1869-1946


    • Kelly College Register, 1877-1927


    • Alumni Dublineneses, 1593-1846


    • University of Edinburgh Graduates, 1859-88

    • The Fettes College Register, 1870-1932


    • Intermediate Education Board for Ireland, Exhibition and Prize Lists, 1889

    • Intermediate Education Board for Ireland, Exhibition and Prize Lists, 1890

    • Intermediate Education Board for Ireland, Examinations Held in 1889 Pass Lists, Boys

    • Intermediate Education Board for Ireland, Examinations Held in 1892 Pass Lists, Boys

    • Intermediate Education Board for Ireland, Examinations Held in 1891 Pass Lists, Boys


    • Dulwich College War Record, 1939-1945


    • University of Leyden, List of English speaking Students of Medicine, 1932

    New Zealand

    • The Early History of Wellington College, N.Z, 1867-1883

    • New Zealand University Calendar, 1925


    • Alumni Oxonienses (Members of the University of Oxford) 1715-1886 Vol I

    • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol II

    • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol III

    • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol IV

    • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol V

    • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol VI

    • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol VII

    • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol VIII

    • Oxford Men and their Colleges, 1880-1892

    • War Record of the University Press, Oxford, 1914-1919


    • Historical Account of Lisbon College


    • County of Surrey Endowed Institutions Volume IV


    • Teachers and Officers of Ackworth School, 1779-1894

    Read TheGenealogist’s article on researching more about an ancestor from the leads revealed in the pages of Educational Records:

  • 4 Dec 2020 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Essex Baptisms

    Over 169,000 new transcripts have been added to Essex baptisms. Unique to Findmypast, these new additions, covering a wide range of parishes and date ranges, will reveal your ancestor’s date and location of birth, date and location of baptism, residence, parents’ names and father’s occupation. 

    See Findmypast’s Essex parish list for details of the new arrivals, along with locations and years covered across the entire collection.

    Devon Baptisms

    Findmypast’s Devon collection continues to grow with over 45,000 Methodist baptism records. These new additions cover 73 churches and span from 1837-1919.

    The collection now contains over 2.7 million records spanning 400 years of the maritime county’s history.

    Berkshire Probate Index

    Discover details of your Berkshire ancestors in new probate records dating all the way back 1480.

    Findmypast’s unrivalled parish coverage

    The index will reveal the year of probate, the type of document surviving, its archive reference (for ordering copies of original documents from the Berkshire Record Office) and usually an ancestor’s occupation and residence.


    This week, Findmypast have added over 47,000 additional pages to Leicester Evening Mailcovering 1929-1943.


  • 3 Dec 2020 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by MyHeritage (the sponsor of this genealogy newsletter):

    Earlier this year we released an amazing feature for colorization of black and white photos –MyHeritage In Color™. It was based on deep-learning technology licensed by us exclusively from DeOldify – the super talented team of Jason Antic and Dana Kelley, following pioneering work by our team member Maor Cohen. MyHeritage In Color™ quickly became a viral sensation with more than 16 million photos colorized since its release. You can read more on our blog about our launch of this feature, how it went viral, and the colorization settings we added for it.

    Try MyHeritage In Color™ now

    Throughout the year, Jason and Dana continued to work hard to improve colorization even further, as they are, in their own words, obsessively pursuing the perfection of colorization using deep learning. We are now happy to release the fruits of their continued efforts — a new colorization model, which produces even better results when colorizing black and white photos. Going forward, we will use the new colorization model as the default option when you colorize your photos. So, you need not take any action to take advantage of the new model, just continue to colorize your photos on MyHeritage.

    Why colorize your black & white photos?

    Photos provide a unique view into the lives of our ancestors and relatives, but viewing them in black and white places them at a certain distance. Viewing the same images in color brings them to life like nothing else can. Colorized historical photos can spark interest in the past, and help us relate more personally to events and people from times gone by. It allows us to view these photographs in an entirely new way, giving us new perspectives on the people and places who made us who we are today.

    Imagine seeing your grandparents’ wedding photo in color for the first time, or noticing the small details portraying life on the streets of New York a hundred years ago. When you view the colorized images next to the original black and white photos, you’ll be amazed by the difference. Colorization does not modify your original photo, it creates a new copy, and it marks it with a special symbol in the bottom left corner to inform others that the colors are simulated and are not authentic.


    Several examples that show how the new colorization model (which we’ll call November 2020) achieves better results than the former model (February 2020). You can see these examples and also learn more about the new process in the MyHeritage Blog at:

  • 2 Dec 2020 4:04 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

    Search over 2.7M new records added to FamilySearch this week for the Norway 1891 Census, along with nearly 4M Catholic Church records for Mexico, Oaxaca 1559–1988, and Mexico, Nayarit 1596–1967.  Look in expanded country collections  for Austria, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Peru, S. Africa, Sweden, UruguayVenezuela, and the United States (CA, LA, MS, NY, VA and WA).  

    Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

    NOTE: The full list of newly-added records is too long to list here. You can read the entire list at:

  • 2 Dec 2020 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a message posted to the IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies') Public Records Access Monitoring Committee mailing list and is republished here with the IAJGS' permission:

    Ancestry includes many U.S. school yearbooks in their database. On December 1, 2020 in California, my home state, a lawsuit was filed in San Francisco – a proposed class action lawsuit, alleging Ancestry amassed photographs, names, likenesses and identities without permission to sell subscription access to the information and advertise Ancestry services and products. 

    The plaintiffs include California residents who are not Ancestry subscribers, have not donated a yearbook to the company and whose data were uploaded by Ancestry into the yearbook database—“U.S. School Yearbooks, 19090-1999”.  The database has about 730 million individual records including 60 million records from schools and universities in California.

    The lawsuit, filed against Inc, Operations Inc and LLC, alleges violations of the California's publicity rights statute and unfair competition law, intrusion upon seclusion and unjust enrichment.

    The case is Callahan et al v. Inc. et al, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, No. 3:20-cv-08437

    At the time of this posting there is nothing on the Ancestry website regarding the litigation.

    To read more see:

    Thank you to Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist for informing us about this litigation. To read her blog post on this see:

    Jan Meisels Allen
    Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

  • 2 Dec 2020 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    From an article by Bryan Pietsch in the New York Times' website:

    A request by a grandson of Warren G. Harding to prove his lineage with “scientific certainty” by exhuming his grandfather’s body has been denied by a judge in Ohio.

    James Blaesing, whose grandmother, Nan Britton, wrote a tell-all book in 1928 about her affair with the 29th president, had already had the relationship established with help from and DNA samples from two Harding descendants.

    But one faction of the Harding family that was dismissive of Mr. Blaesing had cast doubt on the Ancestry genealogy, ostensibly because it was a relatively new, though reliable, method. So Mr. Blaesing sought to go further to establish direct proof that President Harding was his grandfather.

    You can find the entire article at:

  • 2 Dec 2020 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    I was very disappointed a few weeks ago to learn that Google Cloud Print will be no longer be supported after the end of this month. I expect that all Chromebook users and many others are equally disappointed.

    I travel a lot and I also own a Chromebook. This inexpensive laptop has become my favorite traveling computer. In fact, this article is being written on a Chromebook sitting on the dining room table at a friend's house in Massachusetts. (I have been on the road for 2 weeks but will return home this coming weekend.)

    I normally do not travel with a printer. Instead, for the occasional printing need when traveling, I have used Google Cloud Print to print documents on my home printer from the Chromebook, no matter where I am in the world. Of course, I cannot pick up  the printout until I return home but that is normally wjhat I need anyway. I typically do not need the printed document whike still traveling.

    In fact, I find Google Cloud Print. so useful that I have configured my other computers to also print via the same method.

    Of course, Chromebook users weren't the only ones to use Google Cloud Print. So did millions of other laptop users, including those using Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Android, and Apple iOS laptops, tablet computers, or smartphones, all of which could print by using Google Cloud Print.

    After being available for about ten years, Google recently announced that the Google Cloud Print. service will no longer be supported after December 31, 2020. Now I and thousands of other traveling computer users are left high and dry without printing capabilities. Or are we?

    An article by Barclay Ballard in the TechRadar Pro web site may be the best source for information about remote printing. Ballard points out:

    "Chrome OS has its own native printing solutions for Wi-Fi, CUPS, and local printing devices. Microsoft also launched its own Universal Print service earlier this year, while HP has its own cloud-based print offering.

    "Other options that could be worth exploring may be found in Google Chrome’s collection of extensions. Plug-ins like EveryonePrint, may not have a major name like Google behind them, but they will be working hard to capture more market share by attracting former Google Cloud Print users."

    You can find the article, including links to resources on other web sites, at:

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