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  • 27 Oct 2021 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

    Halloween is almost upon us, and to celebrate, MyHeritage is providing free access to all death records added to MyHeritage before October 2021 for one week only: October 27–November 2!

    Search free death records on MyHeritage

    The records in this category include death, burial, and cemetery records as well as obituaries. These records are crucial sources of information for family researchers. Death certificates are typically issued within days of a death and can contain many details about a person’s life, such as their age at death, place of birth, parents’ names and origins, and the cause of death. The name of the person who provided these details may also be mentioned, and this can also be an important clue that can help you locate new relatives.

    Burial and cemetery records can supplement death certificates and offer additional information, while obituaries may provide rich details about the person’s life: their interests, profession, passions, and connections in the community.

    From last Halloween until the beginning of October, we added more than 37 million records to an already enormous collection of death records, burial records, cemetery records, and obituaries — bringing the total to 586,664,785 records. During that time, 11 collections were added or updated, including collections from Brazil, New Zealand, the United States, Poland, France, and more. So even if you’ve had a chance to peruse MyHeritage’s death record collection in the past, it’s worth taking a look to see if there’s anything new concerning your family history.

    Don’t miss this chance! Search free death records on MyHeritage now.

  • 27 Oct 2021 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

    We are thrilled to announce the publication of 463 million historical records from France in 5 collections: birth, marriage, death, and two censuses. The collections provide the most comprehensive coverage available for vital records from France in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. Until now they have been available exclusively through Filae, a leading French genealogy company recently acquired by MyHeritage. The collections cover nearly every department in France and include a high-quality index of the transcribed records and digital images of the original documents. Millions of these records are exclusive to MyHeritage and Filae and cannot be found on other commercial sites. By the end of the year, MyHeritage will publish hundreds of millions of additional records from Filae, further solidifying its position as an invaluable resource for anyone researching their French heritage. These new collections significantly bolster MyHeritage’s historical record offering in France, with a total of 514 million French records, and bring the total number of historical records on MyHeritage to 15.6 billion. 

    You can read a lot more about these collections at

  • 27 Oct 2021 10:08 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast and The National Archives reveal the 1921 Census of England & Wales will be published early next year 

    ·        These valuable documents offer an unprecedented snapshot of life 100 years ago, allowing the public to discover where, how and with whom their ancestors lived for the very first time 

    ·        This eagerly anticipated release is the culmination of three years of highly skilled work to bring this fascinating part of British history to life  

    ·        8.5 million households recorded, 38 million individuals identified and 30,000 bound volumes stored on 1.6 linear kilometres of shelving digitised 

    ·        More than 18 million colour images to be published - a 25% increase on the 1911 Census. 

    October 27, London: Findmypast and The National Archives have announced that the 1921 Census of England & Wales will be published online on 6 January 2022.  

    From that day forward, everyone will be able to search and explore the census online, only at Findmypast. For the first time, the details of 38 million people captured in over 18 million colour images will be made available to all, enabling the public to access the previously unseen archival material from the comfort of their home. 

    The 1921 Census offers more detail than all previous England and Wales censuses. Individuals were asked not only about their occupations but also their place of work, employer, and were given ‘Divorced’ as an option for marital status.  

    Visitors to Findmypast will not only have the ability to discover what life was like in England and Wales a century ago by discovering where, how and with whom their ancestors were living, but will also be able to search by address to uncover the history of their local area or home and the stories of former occupants.  

    For more than two and a half years and counting, a team of hundreds of Findmypast conservators, technicians and transcribers have undertaken the invaluable task of conserving, transcribing and digitising the 1921 census in association with The National Archives and with the help and support of the Office for National Statistics. 

    It is the largest project ever completed by The National Archives and Findmypast, consisting of more than 30,000 bound volumes of original documents stored on 1.6 linear kilometres of shelving.   

    Every page of the fragile physical documents had to be handled by a trained conservation technician who was responsible for a variety of delicate tasks including removing any objects that could damage the paper, correcting folds covering the text, teasing apart pages that had become stuck together, restoring tears and checking for and repairing other damage. 

    Once every page was examined, cleaned and repaired if required, Findmypast’s scanning team created an image of every page as well as any attachments and the front and back covers of each volume. Each image was then quality checked before being stored on a secure server.  

    This highly anticipated launch is likely to be the last significant census release for England and Wales in many people’s lifetime. Taken once a decade, the census remains secret for 100 years before being opened to the public. However, as the 1931 Census was destroyed in a fire at the Office for Works in 1942, and the 1941 Census was never captured owing to the outbreak of the Second World War, the 1921 Census will fill a huge gap for historians. 

    Tamsin Todd, CEO of Findmypast says:  

    “It has been a great honour for Findmypast to work alongside The National Archives as its commercial partner to reveal the extraordinary stories captured by 1921 Census of England & Wales. Taken between two world wars, following a global flu pandemic, during a period of economic turmoil and migration from the UK, and with social change at home as women won the right to vote, the 1921 Census documents a moment in time that will resonate with people living today. 

    I am incredibly proud of our Findmypast team who have worked with passion and dedication for thousands of hours to conserve, scan, and transcribe 38 million historical records from 30,000 volumes of delicate original documents.  As a result of their diligent work, when the Census is opened for the very first-time next year, family historians around the world will be able to meaningfully search the Census to reveal where and how their ancestors lived and worked 100 years ago. 

    Neil Curtis, Chief Operating Officer at The National Archives, says: Census releases are keenly anticipated and create a period of collective curiosity about the past, generating a national moment of reflection. 

    “The 1921 Census will offer us a glimpse into the lives of individuals and communities between the wars, recovering from a great influenza pandemic, and embarking on a new era where everyday rights and roles were changing.

    “What makes the 1921 Census even more vital is that it will be the last census release for England and Wales for 30 years, with the 1931 Census lost in a fire and the 1941 Census never taken. 

    “As home to more than 1,000 years of history, The National Archives is delighted to be working with Findmypast to open up this unique collection to the world.” 

    Mary McKee, Head of Content Publishing Operations at Findmypast says:  

    “We are so excited to be able to reveal the incredible hard work that our team of expert conservators and technicians have put into preserving this crucial part of our nation’s history.  

    We are particularly excited to reveal the 1921 Census as it provides greater detail than any previous census as, in addition to the questions asked in 1911, the 1921 returns also asked householders to reveal their marital status, place of employment, the industry they worked in and the materials they worked with as well as their employer’s name. 

    Over the course of the restoration and digitization process, we have discovered thousands of extraordinary stories from the lives of seemingly ordinary people as well as an abundance of famous figures who helped shaped the world we now live in. This includes literary giants, cultural icons, inventors and innovators, pioneering women, royalty, politicians, campaigners and reformers, forgotten figures and much more.  

    We can’t wait to help people discover their ancestors, uncover the history of their homes or reveal the secrets hidden in these pages when the 100-year rule lifts. In the meantime, we are thrilled to be able to show off the incredible work that has gone into bringing the 1921 census online and get the public talking about this fascinating era ahead of the launch in January”. 

    Visit to find out more about the 1921 Census of England & Wales, the vast project to bring it online, what it reveals and how to access it.  

  • 26 Oct 2021 9:46 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

    Discover more family connections this week on FamilySearch in 1.8M new records added to collections for England (Buckinghamshire 1217–1994 and Middlesex 1539–1988), additional Catholic Church records for El Salvador 1655–1977, Mexico (Guanajuato 1519–1984,  Hidalgo 1546–1971, México,1567–1970, and Tlaxcala 1576–1994). Puerto Rico Slave Registers 1863–1879 and United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014, were expanded significantly.

    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.

    The full list is very long, too long to post here. However, you can find the full list at:

    About FamilySearch

    FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • 25 Oct 2021 7:49 PM | Anonymous

    The Digital Library of Idaho is a collection of digital libraries from across the state of Idaho, providing access points to the varied historical images, documents, and other media available to the public.

    You can access the Digital Library of Idaho at

  • 25 Oct 2021 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    DNA testing giant 23andMe Holding Co. agreed to purchase telehealth upstart and drug-delivery service Lemonaid Health Inc. in a bid to make its personalized genetics approach part of patients’ primary care.

    23andMe will pay $400 million for Lemonaid, with 25% of the purchase price in cash and the rest in stock, according to a statement Friday. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the year.

    In a statement, 23andme CEO Anne Wojcicki wrote:

    "We are acquiring Lemonaid Health so that we can bring true personalized healthcare to 23andMe customers. Personalized healthcare means healthcare that is based on the combination of your genes, your environment and your lifestyle - with recommendations and plans that are specific to you.

    "Lemonaid Health is a pioneer in telemedicine and digital pharmacy. In Lemonaid Health we found a team of passionate, patient-obsessed people who want to bring better healthcare to everyone in an affordable, accessible way. Lemonaid Health’s focus on the patient and its philosophy of delivering individualized care fits perfectly with our mission of empowering people to take control of their health."

  • 25 Oct 2021 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    American Ancestors will host a free live broadcast from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28. The title is “The Basics of New England Research,” presented by Anne Lawthers.

    “Whether your ancestors lived in New England in the 17th or the 21st centuries, this presentation will give you the basic information to begin — and advance — your research into New England records. In preparation for the release of the sixth edition of Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, this presentation will give you the basic historical context, general organization of records, go-to resources, and unique strategies that will give you a good foundation to succeed in tracing your New England ancestors. New England includes the present-day states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.”

    To register, go to and sign up.

  • 22 Oct 2021 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    If you have been reading this newsletter for several months or longer, you already know that I am a fan of Chromebook and Chromebox computers. These are low-cost computers that are surprisingly powerful and yet they meet most of the needs of typical computer users.

    Chromebooks are laptop computers while Chromebox computers are essentially the same thing packaged as a desktop computer instead of a laptop. Most people simply call them Chromebooks when referring to either the laptop or desktop versions. These things have been selling like hotcakes, both for home use and office use in corporations. In fact, in recent years, Chromebook laptops have out-sold Windows and Macintosh laptops COMBINED!

    Chromebooks aren’t like other laptops. They do not run Windows, Macintosh, UNIX, Linux (although they can easily have Linux added), or other well-known operating systems. Instead, they run Chrome OS, an operating system made by Google. They are powerful, so they can handle what’s important to you and designed in a way that makes them easy to use. They are super simple to use, never get viruses, automatically make backups, and therefore are suitable for use by computer experts and novices alike. They run almost all the computer applications needed by in-home users, including email, surfing the web, accessing Facebook, writing all sorts of documents, creating spreadsheets, and playing many computer games (although not all of them). They also operate well with about 99% of the cloud-based applications.

    If the computer application you want to use requires you to log online, chances are it will work well on a Chromebook. You can learn more by starting at

    I own both a Chromebook and a Chromebox. I travel a lot and the Chromebook is the system I usual travel with. I use it for reading and writing email, for surfing the web, for writing this newsletter, and for most every other computer task I need to use.

    For a genealogist, the biggest drawback of Chromebook computers has been a lack of genealogy applications for Chromebook/Chromebox systems. Actually, Chromebook systems work well with cloud-based applications, such as,,,,, USGenWeb, RootsWeb, WeRelate, WikiTree, Find A Grave, Billion Graves, (and, of course, Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter).

    However, a Chromebook does not allow for installing Windows, Macintosh, or Linux applications. As a result, you cannot use a Chromebook to run Family TreeMaker, RootsMagic, Legacy, Family Historian, Mac FamilyTree, Heredis, Reunion, or similar programs.

    Now there is good news! rootstrust (always spelled with a lower-case “r”) now works well with Chromebook and Chromebox systems. It is a rather complete genealogy program that competes with all the Windows/Macintosh/Linux genealogy programs.

    The following announcement was written by the producer of rootstrust software:

    The Chromebook and Genealogy

    Say, you want to buy a laptop computer for email, Facebook, web surfing and genealogy. You could get a MacBook for $2000+ or an HP Chromebook for one tenth the price. But what about the genealogy software? The big-name genealogy programs cannot run on a Chromebook, however now rootstrust can. rootstrust has always been able to run on Windows, macOS and Linux. Now Chrome OS, the operating system of the Chromebook and the Chromebox, has been added to its OS compatibility list.

    Chrome OS and Linux

    Early versions of Chrome OS supported Linux only in a dual boot environment. However, since the advent of Chrome OS, version 69, an implementation of Linux called Crostini is available as an app within Chrome OS. Since it is not enabled by default, you must turn it on before you can use it. Crostini is not a full-blown Linux implementation: all you get to start with is the Linux terminal app which provides you with a command line interface to Linux. By typing a few simple commands, however, you can set up a file manager with a graphical user interface on which you can install rootstrust the way you would on any other Linux system.

    You can download a PDF file from the Download page of the website that contains detailed, step by step instructions (with copious screenshots) for enabling Crostini Linux, installing a file manager and all the apps that rootstrust could invoke during its execution (LibreOffice, text editor, PDF viewer, image file viewer, video player, calculator, etc.). It also shows you how to install rootstrust and how to set up separate virtual desktops for Chrome OS and Linux.

    The Linux File Manager and its Desktop

    The apps that you install from the command line (LibreOffice, Text Editor, image viewer, etc.) do not have desktop icons the way they would on a full-blown Linux implementation. However, from you can download a small set of clickable desktop icons (the ones you see in the following figure) that you can easily install on your desktop. Here is how the Linux Desktop will appear in nemo, the file manager app, after rootstrust and the supplemental icons have been installed:

    In the figure above, you will see Konsole, Gimp and VLC. These apps are not used by rootstrust but can be useful. You too can install additional Linux apps from the command line, but you will have to create your own clickable icon files for your desktop. You might ask why we installed Konsole when we already had the Linux terminal app. When you launch the file manager nemo, you do it via the command line in the terminal. Thus, as long as nemo is running, the terminal is tied up, and you do not have access to the command line. Having Konsole on your desktop remedies that.

    rootstrust on Chrome OS

    The appearance and functionality of rootstrust on Chrome OS is virtually identical to rootstrust on any other operating system.

    Chrome OS will remember rootstrust once you have run it. It will thereafter be available on the Google Search Bar that appears when you press the search button.

    Cloud Storage and External Storage

    Google Drive is integrated into Chrome OS, and its files are virtual, i.e., they reside in the cloud. Obviously, the advantage of that is they do not take up valuable file space on your Chromebook or Chromebox. The disadvantage is that if you have no Internet access, you cannot access to your files. Most Chromebooks have a micro-SD card slot. By storing your rootstrust File Cabinets (document and multimedia files) on an SD card, you potentially free up a large chunk of internal file space while ensuring that you can work with rootstrust even when you have no Internet access.

    You can learn more about rootstrust at

  • 22 Oct 2021 1:30 PM | Anonymous

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

    It’s time to get rid of all the paper that is cluttering up your genealogy research as well as your need to keep receipts for income tax purposes, to keep copies of eyeglass prescriptions, to organize your warranties for the various items in your life, to keep copies of business cards, and for hundreds of other purposes where you might need to quickly and easily find a piece of "paper" in the future. Luckily, there are many software tools available for organizing your paper files by scanning them, saving the images to a database on your computer, and (optionally) throwing away the paper.

    Remember when everyone talked about how we would someday become a paperless society? Now it seems like we use paper more than ever. Let’s face it – everyone still uses paper. We end up with piles of it – bills, receipts, financial and insurance statements, and much more. Still, the trend toward government and business entities wanting digital documents is growing. For instance, the Internal Revenue Service prefers that you file your taxes electronically. If an audit is requested, the I.R.S. strongly suggests you show up at the audit with electronic images of your receipts, not with boxes of paper. According to ruling Rev. Proc. 97-22 from the IRS, agency employees will accept digital documents. If you do insist on submitting tax forms and receipts on paper, the I.R.S. employees will simply scan all your paper and then throw that paper away! The agency doesn't have enough file space to store paper from all the taxpayers, but it has lots of available space for digital storage. In addition, I.R.S. employees can retrieve electronic images much faster than they can retrieve paper documents. Perhaps you should do the same. After all, this is the 21st century!

    I have written often about the advantages of genealogists going paperless. See for a list of my past articles about going paperless. This week, I am experimenting with a new software tool that shows a lot of promise for anyone thinking of reducing clutter and simplifying the retrieval of needed information at any time in the future.

    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/11773152.

    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

  • 22 Oct 2021 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast have expanded their exclusive collection of Catholic parish registers with over 100,000 records covering 59 parishes across Cornwall, Devon & Dorset.

    Published online for the first time in association with Diocese of Plymouth, this valuable new resource spans 1781-1921 and includes;

    Each record includes both a transcript and scanned colour image of the original document. The amount of information listed in these detail rich records may vary, although most results will reveal key biographical details as well as the date, parish, and location of the event that was being recorded.

    Baptisms will reveal the names of godparents and parents, enabling you to uncover details of previous generations as well as the identities of family friends or relatives. Marriages will provide the name of your ancestor’s spouse, father and witnesses while burials allow you to discover the final resting place of your ancestors, their age at death, marital status and in some cases even cause of death. 

    Congregational records are packed with other fascinating facts surrounding your ancestor’s relationship with the church such as details of their confirmation, first confession or even the location of their seat rental. 

    As many of the original registers were written in Latin, Findmypast have applied a Latin dictionary to the name search field. This gives their search the capability to search for the English and Latin versions of a name when the name variants option is selected.

    Today’s release marks just the latest update to the Catholic Heritage Archive, Findmypast’s ground-breaking digitisation project to bring millions of records from across Scotland, England, Ireland and American online for the very first time.

    The Roman Catholic Church holds some of the oldest and best-preserved family records which, until now, have remained locked away for centuries. By working with partners at various Archdiocese, Findmypast has enabled millions of users across the world to explore their Catholic roots online.


    This week’s Findmypast Friday update also sees 11 new papers added to the Findmypast newspaper archive along with updates to 18 existing titles. New arrivals include:

    While additional pages have been added to:

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