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  • 29 Apr 2024 7:52 AM | Anonymous

    Greifswald’s oldest books can be accessed digitally via another new portal. The Manuscript Portal (HSP) is the central online portal for handwritten books from the Middle Ages and modern times. These books are unique cultural artifacts and unique historical sources. The participating libraries from all over Germany make their historical works available to the public and researchers via the portal.

    The Greifswald University Library (UBG) and the Library of the Spiritual Ministry in Greifswald as a historical church library have a rich collection of medieval manuscripts. These collections are an important part of the educational and cultural history of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Greifswald University Library (UBG) digitized the valuable works and presented the results via the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Digital Libraryand in the manuscript portal.

    In the project, 104 manuscript volumes from the Greifswald Ministry of Spirituality and 55 volumes from the holdings of the Greifswald University Library were digitized. In total, this resulted in 83,375 image files with 72,293 pages. Together with previously digitized works, 165 manuscripts stored in Greifswald are now available via the M-V Digital Library and the manuscript portal.

    Digitizing medieval manuscripts is a particular challenge. Before they can be scanned, bookbinders and conservators work on books with water damage, loose leaves, or defective bindings. In addition, the employees have to handle the valuable unique items with particular care.

    You can learn a lot more here.

  • 29 Apr 2024 7:32 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 suspect that many genealogists will be interested in this:

    Are you creating a webpage, or an email design? If you are, you're likely needing the use of a reliable HTML editor. Allow me to introduce you to: HTML Editor for Google Drive.

    I have been using this for a few days and found it to be quite useful. It isn't the most powerful HTML editor in the market place, but it is one of the most useful given the price: FREE. It works right in Google Drive, and allows you to effortlessly switch between editing code, and visually designing your webpage or email.

    Key Features:

    1.  Collaborative HTML/CSS editing
    2.  Flexibility to switch between direct code editing and visual editing
    3.  Syntax highlighting to reduce coding errors
    4.  Search and replace function to make batch editing easy
    5.  No-code design editor for designers
    6.  File history for versioning
    7.  All backed up in one place: Google Drive

    To use, just: 

    Install the app >> Go to Google Drive >> New >> More >> HTML Editor for Google Drive

    The HTML Editor for Google Drive is produced by the folks at the cloudHQ team and is offered to the general public. It is free to use, intuitive, and helpful.

  • 26 Apr 2024 6:29 PM | Anonymous

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

    Genealogists often have a need to make reproductions of old family documents, such as wedding certificates, military discharge papers, immigration documents, and especially of old photographs. Another common requirement is to make copies of pages in a book, be it a published genealogy book or entries from the book of deeds at a county courthouse. 

    The most common method of making digital copies is to use a computer scanner. Scanners have worked well for thousands of genealogists. However, scanners are not always available at the time of need. Also, the owners of delicate documents, especially bound books, may not want the documents to be handled by placing them in a scanner. Finally, oversized documents, such as deed books and many certificates, are especially problematic. Many of the documents genealogists encounter do not fit nicely into a desktop scanner designed for use with 8-1/2-inch by 11-inch or A4 documents. Luckily, today’s technology offers several solutions.

    Scanners are not the only way to create digital images. You may already own a great analog-to-digital image conversion tool. Perhaps you even carried it on your last family vacation. 

    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/13348816. (A Plus Edition password is required to access that article.)

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  • 26 Apr 2024 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

    TheGenealogist has released 225,395 heads of households and property owners from the 1910-1915 Lloyd George Domesday Survey, covering the county of Surrey.

    This boosts its ever-growing Landowner and Occupier records from this period to a total of over 2.6 million. The coverage of these IR 58 records now includes all the boroughs of Greater London plus Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire and with this release, Surrey.

    Fully searchable on TheGenealogist and added to its powerful Map Explorer™, this resource allows researchers to find ancestors’ property from all of Surrey's parishes. 

    Lloyd George Domesday Survey map locating a plot linked to the record of renowned horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll on TheGenealogist

    The records reveal the names of owners and occupiers of each property and can provide detailed descriptions of the numbers and types of rooms in the house, plus what it was constructed of and the extent of its garden or grounds. A great example is Munstead Wood, which we look at in our featured article below. It was described as being a detached residence built of Bargate stone, brick and tile. There was a hall, sitting room, dining room, book room, workshop, kitchen and scullery. Also noted were the store rooms, some spare rooms and offices. The residence was a four bedroom home, with another three rooms allocated as servant’s bedrooms. Covering 14 acres, this home and grounds can then be seen on the contemporary map, linked to the record, as a triangular plot outside the town of Godalming.

    This extensive project has seen a long term collaboration between The National Archives and TheGenealogist to conserve and digitise these records. These Lloyd George Domesday Survey records comprise the IR 58 Field Books and their accompanying IR 121 to IR 135 Ordnance Survey maps and join the millions of records in TheGenealogist’s powerful research tool, Map Explorer™.

    Visit thegenealogist.co.uk/1910Survey for more information.

    Read TheGenealogist’s article, The Strange Case of Jekyll (and Hyde) the Garden Expert, in which these records were used to find the property of a notable resident of Surrey: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2024/the-strange-case-of-jekyll-and-hyde-the-garden-expert-7431/

    Get 15 months for less than the price of 12

    To celebrate this latest release of the Lloyd George Domesday Records, TheGenealogist is offering readers a superb offer! You can claim their Diamond package for just £114.95, (£60 off, plus a subscription to the Discover Your Ancestors Online Periodical worth £24.99) Total saving £84.95!

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

    To find out more and claim the offer, visit: https://thegenealogist.co.uk/MGBLGD424

    This offer expires: 31st July 2024

    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!

  • 26 Apr 2024 8:32 AM | Anonymous

    Newspapers are notoriously difficult documents to preserve. Newsprint is, by definition, a low-cost and non-archival paper. That means it's all too easy for the history contained in those newspapers – particularly smaller publications without the resources to house a dedicated archive – to be lost. 

    "Unless they were microfilmed or someone digitized them, chances are historical papers no longer exist," said Callum Carr, associate archivist at the Genesee Historical Collections Center located in the University of Michigan-Flint's Frances Willson Thompson Library. "After a certain amount of time, that cheap paper is just going to be gone. And if it's been stored in somebody's basement, attic, or outbuilding, there's no hope."

    Flint's Black historical newspapers could easily have been lost to the eroding effects of time. These publications, which ran from the late 1930s to the late 70s, chronicled the lives, perspectives and priorities of Flint's African American community. Outlets like The Bronze Reporter, The Flint Brownsville News and the Flint Spokesman covered topics ranging from who in town was going off to college to police brutality and systemic issues within the public school system. 

    "These documents feel like small-town papers despite being published during Flint's boom years," Carr said. "They were written for a community within a community. We often talk about neighborhoods like St. John Street and Floral Park, but people don't really understand how these places were largely closed off from the rest of Flint."

    You can read more in an article by Logan McGrady published in the umflint.edu web site at: https://tinyurl.com/yc3ukv48.

  • 26 Apr 2024 7:29 AM | Anonymous

    Genealogical research out of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is offering Native Hawaiians an opportunity to reconnect with their ancestral roots.

    The Moʻopono Project, which launched in 2021, is in the process of digitizing thousands of pages of moʻokūʻauhau, or genealogy material, dating back to the mid-1800s.

    This includes material from the Kingdom era’s Board of Genealogy of Hawaiian Chiefs, the private collection of Prince Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole, and other rarely seen archival records.

    Attendees from UH Mānoa in New York. (L-R) Kealiʻi Gora, Alyssa ʻĀnela Purcell, Haliʻa Osorio, Makanalani Gomes, Brandi Ahlo and Chris Oliveira

    Lead researcher Alyssa ʻĀnela Purcell, a PhD student in Indigenous Politics at UH Mānoa, presented the project at the United Nations' Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York.

    “We believe that moʻokūʻauhau is an active living force that we want to engage with on a daily basis. We have always recognized that moʻokūʻauhau is an active tool, our monarchs understood that,” Purcell said.

    “When Queen Liliʻuokalani was in prison in her own palace for eight months, one of the things that she sought and clung to during that politically tumultuous time was the Kumulipo, one of our origin stories. It connects us back to the beginning of time as a people, so it's a collective genealogy,” Purcell said.

    "So what she did while she was in prison was she translated it. And what she did at the very, very end of it is she weaved in her own genealogy,” she said.

    You can read more in an article by Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi published in the hawaiipublicradio.org web site at: https://tinyurl.com/yc5vcky4.

  • 25 Apr 2024 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

    The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is excited to announce the appointment of genealogy educator Kimberly Powell as its new director of education. With over twenty years of experience in genealogy instruction and course design, Powell brings extensive expertise to her new role.

    Starting her employment on 1 May 2024, Powell will spearhead the implementation of NGS's vision for the future of genealogy education and learning. 

    Prior to joining NGS, Powell held several positions as a professional genealogy writer and educator. From 2000 through 2016, she was the genealogy expert for About.com. She has been a faculty member and course developer in Boston University's Genealogy Studies program since 2018. She also operates Level Up Genealogy, a business committed to providing genealogy education, mentoring, and accountability.

    Powell is a longstanding member of NGS and the Association of Professional Genealogists, where she served as a director and officer, including a term as president from 2014 to 2015. She also contributed her skills as the assistant director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and as an instructor at SLIG, NGS's GRIP Genealogy Institute, and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Renowned for her expertise, Powell is a frequent speaker and lecturer at national, state, regional, and local genealogy events.

    In addition to her extensive instructional work, Powell's published works include "The Challenge of Endogamy and Pedigree Collapse" in the book Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies (Iron Gate Publishing, 2019). She is also the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy (Adams Media, 2008; 2nd ed. 2011; 3rd ed. 2014) andThe Everything Family Tree Book (Adams Media, 2006). She has contributed articles on various genealogy topics to the Association of Professional Genealogists QuarterlyNGS MagazineFamily Tree MagazineWho Do You Think You Are? magazine, and Everton's Genealogical Helper.

    Expressing her enthusiasm about her new role, Powell said, "I am excited for the opportunity to help NGS serve its membership and our genealogy community. Thanks to Angela McGhie's exceptional leadership and vision, we have a solid foundation from which we can continue to grow. It's a privilege to join such a dynamic team and to contribute to our shared mission of excellence in genealogy education." 

    Executive Director Matt Menashes, CAE, shared his excitement about Powell's appointment, stating, "We are delighted to welcome Kimberly as part of the NGS team. Her extensive background as an educator, her exceptional writing skills, her deep knowledge of the community, and her focus on the future of genealogy education make Kimberly an outstanding addition to NGS. We are thrilled to have her on board and working towards the expansion of our educational programs."

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    Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society inspires, connects, and leads the family history community by fostering collaboration and best practices in advocacy, education, preservation, and research. We enable people, cultures, and organizations to discover the past and create a lasting legacy. The Falls Church, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from beginners to the most advanced family historians.


  • 25 Apr 2024 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    In 1929 a woman named Augusta Lynch de MacKinley of Buenos Aires was in correspondence with the Office of the Chief Herald in Ireland about ongoing research into the origins of her branch of the Lynch family.

    The notes from this research, which are now in the National Library1, state that the man she described as the founder of the South American branch of the family was Patrick Linch, born in 1715, son of Patrick Linch and Ines (Agnes) Blake. The family home was Lydican (or Lydecan) in the County Galway parish of Claregalway. 

    GO MS 817 (12) Draft Pedigree of Lynch of Lydecan. A later version of this pedigree in GO MS 812 (31) include a fourth generation, Walter and Patrick Lynch, sons of William (d 1758).(2)

    GO MS 817 (12) Draft Pedigree of Lynch of Lydecan. A later version of this pedigree in GO MS 812 (31) include a fourth generation, Walter and Patrick Lynch, sons of William (d 1758).

    As this research was underway in Dublin, the man who would become Patrick Lynch’s most famous descendent was beginning his life in Rosario, Argentina.  Ernesto Raphael Guevara de la Serna, better known to the world as the revolutionary Ché Guevara, was born on 14 June 1928 to Ernesto Guevara Lynch and Celia de la Serna.3

    Five generations separate Ché and his Irish immigrant ancestor who settled in the area the estuary of the Río De La Planta, now Buenos Aires.   There Patrick Lynch and his children prospered. There were fortunes to be made as the settlement grew. Over the decades Lynch’s many descendants were central to the development of what became the Argentine Republic.  And the Lynch influence spread beyond Argentina. One descendant, Patricio Lynch (1825-1889) became Rear Admiral of the Chilean navy. 

    You can read much more about this family’s history in an article in the IrishCentral web site at: http://bit.ly/3xZWeAd

  • 24 Apr 2024 6:07 PM | Anonymous

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

    As part of a philanthropic initiative to make history that is at risk of being forgotten available to everyone for free, Ancestry® – the global leader in family history – announced it has published and made freely available on its site the first comprehensive list of over 125,000 persons of Japanese descent who were unjustly imprisoned between December 1942 and January 1948.

    Originally compiled by the Irei Project, the list of names was first published in a 1,000-page book (The Ireichō) at the Japanese American National Museum and as an online monument (The Ireizō). Now, people around the world will also be able to digitally search the collection on Ancestry to gain critical information about their family history including names, birthdates, and incarceration locations.

    “We’re proud to partner with Ancestry to make this accurate and comprehensive list of every person of Japanese heritage incarcerated during WWII available to everyone,” says Duncan Ryuken Williams, director of the Irei Project. “By honoring their names, we proudly represent their individuality, their personhood, and their dignity, not afforded to them in their unjust incarceration.”

    By publishing this collection of names and making it available on its site for free, Ancestry is further helping to ensure the facts and the experiences of those who were unjustly imprisoned by the U.S. Army, Department of Justice, and War Relocation Authority (WRA) are preserved for future generations. 

    When paired with the almost 350,000 records related to Japanese incarceration already available for free within the Ancestry ecosystem, this comprehensive collection of names will allow users to better find their family and explore the other record collections from this time period to provide context and other details about their family and experience. The existing free companion collections include:

    “Ancestry has a unique opportunity to preserve the stories of our country’s history, even the challenging ones, and to make that information available to the descendants of those who experienced it firsthand,” says Head of US Content and Philanthropic Initiatives, Dr. Lisa Pearl. “By making this collection and others like it available for free, we invite people to unlock more discoveries about their ancestors and honor their memory.”

    Explore and search the new collection and others like it for free here.

    About Ancestry®

    Ancestry®, the global leader in family history, empowers journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives. With our unparalleled collection of more than 60 billion records, over 3 million subscribers and over 25 million people in our growing DNA network, customers can discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Over the past 40 years, we’ve built trusted relationships with millions of people who have chosen us as the platform for discovering, preserving, and sharing the most important information about themselves and their families.

    About the Irei Project

    The Irei: National Monument for the WWII Japanese American incarceration is a multi-faceted project that seeks to address the attempted erasure of those individuals of Japanese heritage who experienced wartime incarceration by memorializing their names. By placing their names front and center and memorializing each incarceree as a distinct individual instead of a generalized community, the Irei National Monument Project seeks to expand and re-envision what a monument is through three distinct, but interlinking elements: a sacred book of names as monument (Ireichō), a website monument (Ireizō), and sculptural installations (Ireihi).

  • 24 Apr 2024 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    At long last, digital copies of The Winchester Star dating as far back as 1896 are available online for free, courtesy of the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives at Handley Regional Library.

    "When I took on the position of archives manager, one of my goals was to get The Star digitized because I know a lot of people come in here and want to look up articles," said Lorna Loring, who succeeded Rebecca A. "Becky" Ebert as lead archivist after Ebert retired in June. "It's really important because The Winchester Star is the newspaper of record for this area."

    The Handley archives already had copies of almost every edition of The Star, but they were all on microfilm — reels of tiny images depicting newspaper pages that are enlarged when displayed on a microfilm reader — and could only be viewed at Handley Library in downtown Winchester. However, the individual stories printed in those editions were not cataloged.

    "It's very challenging when someone comes in and says, 'I want to see a story about my uncle from, like, 1973 or '74,'" Loring said on Monday. "I have to sit them down and say, 'Here's a microfilm reader, here's 24 rolls of microfilm. You just need to go through them.'"

    Now, that person can just type the uncle's name into a computer to find every Winchester Star article and photo in which he appeared.

    Loring said there are still a handful of editions from The Star's 128-year history that need to be digitized, including those from the paper's first week of operations, but the project is 99% complete.

    You can read more in an article by Brian Brehm published in the Winchester Star at: https://bit.ly/44gpgrm

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