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  • 5 Jul 2022 9:47 AM | Anonymous

    Dame Daphne du Maurier, the English novelist who died in 1989, was fascinated by her French heritage.

    The author of Rebecca and Jamaica Inn had been brought up on tales of an aristocratic ancestor who came to London during the French Revolution, fleeing the guillotine and the militant sans-culottes.

    But when she began looking into her family history, she discovered it was all rather more complicated. Far from being nobles, her French ancestors were in fact bourgeois artisans whose trade was glassmaking.

    And the 1790 émigré was not a runaway from the revolutionary mob, but from a debtors' prison.

    You can read about her adventures in researching her ancestry, including disproving some of the "family stories: that had been handed down in her family over the centuries, by starting in the BBC web site at:

  • 5 Jul 2022 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    One of America's most historic sites is in danger of being destroyed. Jamestown has just been named one of America’s most endangered historic places by the US National Trust for Historic Preservation. In the last century the river has risen by a foot and a half. Now, the site floods five or six times a year, putting large areas underwater.

    The region is at a “critical juncture” where inaction would mean it will “disappear from the cultural landscape”, the US National Trust for Historic Preservation said.

    King James I granted the Virginia Company a royal charter for colonial pursuit in 1606. Three ships – the Susan Constant, the Godspeed and the Discovery headed west via the Canary Islands and the Caribbean before reaching the Chesapeake Bay.

    Of the first 104 settlers, only 38 survived the first winter. The scarcity of food was such in the early years that people ate box turtles, horses, dogs, snakes, and then each other.

    There were also skirmishes with the Powhatan Indians, with peace only achieved after their most famous daughter, Pocahontas, joined the British settlers and eventually ended up in England.

    Around 1610, fortunes changed with the arrival of tobacco seeds, which were then planted and cultivated. In 1619, the first slaves arrived.

    However, the greatest threat today to Jamestown has been Mother Nature: Situated on a tidewater island between the James River and a swamp, the site is vulnerable to heavy rain and rising groundwater levels brought about by climate change. “You’ve got resources there underwater, that are staying underwater,” said Katherine Malone-France of the National Trust.

    Archaeologists and their colleagues attempt to manage the water around their excavations with drainage systems constructed in the 1950s, sump pumps, sand bags, and tarps because water can damage or destroy artifacts such as pieces of armor, projectile points, and human remains, and wash away layers of sediments.

    Plans to reinforce the 100-year-old concrete-block seawall holding back the James River with giant granite stones will soon get underway, added Michael Lavin of Jamestown Rediscovery. A modern drainage system, a special flood berm, and raised roads are also needed to preserve the site, he said.

    You can read more about the history of Jamestown on many different web sites. You might first start at:

  • 5 Jul 2022 8:27 AM | Anonymous

    From an article by Shiryn Ghermezian published in the web site:

    An Israeli online genealogy platform has partnered with the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) in Jerusalem to publish for the first time online a collection of emigration applications from Jews in Vienna, Austria, seeking to flee Nazi persecution before World War II.

    The MyHeritage collection, which is searchable for free, contains 228,250 digitalized records filed by Vienna Jews from 1938 to 1939, immediately leading up to the war, as well as scanned images of the original documents.

    Vienna at the time was home to approximately 200,000 Jews. Following the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in March 1938, Jews living in Austria were forced to register with the emigration department of the Vienna Israelitische Kultusgemeinde, the city’s Jewish communal organization in Vienna, to leave the country.

    You can read more at:

  • 4 Jul 2022 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    Microsoft's Office Productivity software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) is both high-priced and bloated. Now it is also becoming obsolete, being replaced by free or low-priced software that accomplishes the same things. Most notable among the newer products is Google Docs.

    Google Docs is getting the ability to edit Microsoft Office documents while offline, essentially paving the way for you to fully ditch any reliance on Microsoft's productivity software.

    Google’s latest blog entry has confirmed Google Workspace, the suite that includes Google Docs, Drive, Sheets and more, now has the ability to edit Office files without being connected to the internet.

    While Microsoft Office files have been compatible with Google Workspace without having to convert any filetypes, the option to work on your files offline is not to be sniffed at. That's because productivity shouldn't be reliant on an internet connection, regardless of what kind of file you’re actually using at the time.

    You can read more at and at:

  • 4 Jul 2022 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    On June 16, Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archive delved into the world of Whitinsville, a small town in central Massachusetts with one of the oldest Armenian communities in the state. This presentation was cosponsored by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research and the Armenian Cultural Center.

    The Jundanian family: Krikor, Verkin, Catherine, Joe Jundanian in the dark clothes, and his brother Harry in white (Tom had yet to be born; circa 1917-1919,

    Armenians of Whitinsville (, a digital archive that documents the history of Armenians in this town, was represented by Greg Jundanian and Lisa Misakian, two of the handful of co-founders of the project.

    “The Jundanian family, originally from Parchanj, a town located in the Kharpert province of the Armenia plateau, immigrated to the United States before 1915 settled and in Whitinsville in the 1920s. Misakian’s family has roots in Whitinsville since the 1880s, when her grandfather first arrived from Parchanj.

    Arto Vaun, the Executive Director of Project SAVE, explained how Whitinsville is a part of the Armenian diasporan experience while Jundanian and Misakian shared their recent documentation work.

    The archive developed out of conversations between Jundanian and Jeff Kalousdian in spring 2021. They proposed it to the Whitinsville community through the local Surp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Church’s electronic newsletter, which introduced Misakian to the project.

    Jundanian explained the mission of the archive, declaring “It is a digital archive that pays respects to those before us. It is about the past but also about putting together something for future generations.”

    You can learn more in an article by Brandon Balayan and published in the Armenian Mirror-Spectator web site at:

  • 4 Jul 2022 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the North Carolina State Archives:

    The Digital Access Branch of the State Archives of North Carolina is pleased to announce the newest collection in the North Carolina Digital Collections, the Revolutionary War Era.

    The American War of Independence was the war between Great Britain and the colonists who lived in the American colonies. The fighting lasted from 1775 to 1783 and involved parties from numerous countries. The Revolutionary War typically conjures up images of an assorted group of victimized yet determined white American colonist men fighting against a dictatorial British government. Frustrated with an ever-increasing set of irrational laws and regulations, the American colonists bravely fought back against an obviously tyrannical king. This image of a wearied but determined group of people coming together for a greater good is impressive for history books, but it is merely one perspective of the period.

    The Revolutionary War era in North Carolina actually started in 1763 and didn’t end until around 1790 when it joined the union. Feelings of discontent towards the colonial administration started with the War of the Regulation or Regulator Movement. The residents of Anson, Orange, and Granville Counties accused the colonial government of unfair taxation and corruption. The men who called themselves the Regulators protested frequently about the high taxes imposed on them and the heavy-handed methods used to obtain them. Edmund Fanning, in particular, the clerk of the Superior Court of Orange County, was blamed for excessive registration fees and for acquiring numerous tracts of land. Fanning and other royal colonial officials would repeatedly deal with the Regulators’ petitions and protests.

    Eventually, the protests turned to riots with physical violence and the colonial government responded with force. The Regulators and Governor William Tryon’s militia fought in the Battle of Alamance on May 16, 1771. The Regulators lost the battle, and the royal colonial government passed the Johnston’s Riot Act. This bill allowed for colonial officials to use military force to stop any perceived acts of rebellion and deem any person labeled a rioter as an outlaw if they didn’t appear in court once summoned. It was written by Samuel Johnston, who is considered a Revolutionary War leader. For more information on the Regulator Movement, check out this blog post.

    Clearly, the feelings of discontent towards the royal colonial government started long before the Revolutionary War started. The complaint of excessive taxes was seen in other colonies within British America as well. Between 1763 and 1775, the British Parliament passed an array of laws regulating taxes and trade. The taxes were meant to generate revenue after the British government incurred tremendous debt from fighting in the Seven Years’ War in Europe and the French and Indian War in America simultaneously. Parliament believed it was natural for the American colonists to pay taxes to cover the bills associated with the war. This was logical to them since it was meant to protect them from the French and hostile American Indian nations. Many American colonists disagreed and believed the war was really meant to strengthen the British empire.

    You can read a lot more at:
  • 4 Jul 2022 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    The Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railway Museum in Alna, Maine is home to a historic two-foot narrow-gauge steam train built in the late 19th century. The train was originally constructed with the goal of connecting Wiscasset to Quebec. That goal never came to fruition but it did serve Sheepscot Valley for roughly 40 years, running from Alna to Albion.

    “Back in 1910 the railroad was a lifeline for the people of Sheepscot Valley," said WW&F Railway Museum President Dave Buckowski.

    The railroad fell out of service in 1933. Today, the WW&F Railway Museum has rebuilt the steam train, preserving a piece of Maine history. “We’d like to bring people back to that time — where it’s much simpler, said Buckowski. "We can help them relax and let them see what life was like back then."

    You can read more in an article by Norah Hogan and published in the WMTW web site at:

    The Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railway Museum's web site may be found at:

  • 1 Jul 2022 2:40 PM | Anonymous

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

    What happens to all your online data after your demise? What will become of your email messages, your personal blog, the files in Google Drive or Dropbox or any other cloud-based file storage service? How about the pictures stored online or the videos you uploaded to YouTube? Will they be lost forever, or is there a way for your family and friends to access them after your demise and to save their own copies?

    Many of the online services we use every day have no contingency plans for a deceased customer's heirs to take over the account and save whatever is online for posterity.

    In most cases, the online service(s) you use will never know that you have passed away. Most services simply delete your account and all information in that account after some months of inactivity. For free accounts, the exact number of days varies from one service to another; but, all of them will eventually delete your account and information if you do not log in for an extended period of time. For paid accounts, your information will be preserved online for as long as someone keeps paying the bills. Once the bills go unpaid, the information will eventually be deleted.

    In fact, you do not need to be dead before your data will disappear. You could be hospitalized or otherwise incapacitated for an extended period, and the data you worked so hard to collect will eventually be deleted without your consent. In one case I heard of, a person suffered a computer failure and was unable to repair or replace the defective system promptly. Once she stayed offline long enough, her account and all her data disappeared.

    To be sure, every online service that holds your data will attempt to reach you before deleting anything. However, they typically will only attempt to reach you by online means. If you are offline for any reason, you will not receive their messages. I don't know of any of the popular online services that will send a registered, return receipt requested, letter to your "snail mail" address.

    Luckily, one online service provides a simple solution.

    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/12835567

    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

  • 1 Jul 2022 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    Ah, the good old days. Life was simpler and... The year is 1909.

    Here are some statistics for the year 1909:

    • The average life expectancy was 47 years.

    • Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

    • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

    • There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads in the USA.

    • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

    • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

    • The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.

    • The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

    • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist earned $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

    • More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.

    • Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”

    • Sugar cost four cents a pound.

    • Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

    • Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

    • Most women only washed their hair once a month and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

    • Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering the country for any reason.

    • Five leading causes of death were:

    • 1. Pneumonia and influenza  

    • 2. Tuberculosis  

    • 3. Diarrhea  

    • 4. Heart disease  

    • 5. Stroke

    • The American flag had 45 stars.

    • The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!

    • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.

    • There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

    • Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.

    • Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

    • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.”

    • Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

    • There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.

  • 1 Jul 2022 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

    The 1891 census is now linked to historical and modern georeferenced maps by TheGenealogist to make it easier than ever to find where ancestors lived and see the surrounding neighbourhood.

    Family and house historians are able to investigate the streets, lanes and wider areas of where their ancestors lived at the time of the 1891 census in this latest release from TheGenealogist. A release that sees the 1891 census linked up to the Map Explorer™ for the first time.

    Census transcript linked to mapping

    The 1891 Census joins the 1901 census, 1911 census and the 1939 Register that are already connected to the innovative Map Explorer™. This means that researchers are able to identify, with just the click of a button, where their forebears lived and to see the routes their ancestors used to visit shops, local pubs, churches, places of work and parks. With a historical map it is possible to find where the nearest railway station was, important for understanding how our ancestors could travel to other parts of the country to see relatives or visit their hometown.

    With this release, Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist can pinpoint ancestors’ properties at the time of the 1891 census and so investigate the neighbourhood from behind their computer screen. Alternatively, users may also access TheGenealogist on their mobile phone to trace their ancestors’ footprints while walking down modern streets.

    Most of the London area and other towns and cities can be viewed down to the property level, while other parts of the country will identify down to the parish, road or street.

    Viewing a household record from the 1891 census on TheGenealogist will now show a map, locating your ancestor’s house. Clicking on this map loads the location in Map Explorer™, enabling you to explore the area and see the records of neighbouring properties.

    See TheGenealogist’s article:

    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.

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

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