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  • 20 Sep 2023 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    Here is a great story on the MyHeritage Blog that ypu may enjpy reading:

    Violetta’s husband, Igor, was researching her side of the family tree on MyHeritage when he connected with a cousin living in Norway named Tatiana. When the war broke out, Tatiana offered her home to the family. Igor still can’t leave the country due to military restrictions, but he hopes to join his wife and daughter soon.

    MyHeritage documented their beautiful story in this video. I hope you enjoy it, and invite you to share it with your friends and followers. It’s a poignant illustration of the power of family bonds to provide protection and support in times of need… and it demonstrates that family history can, in fact, literally save lives.

  • 20 Sep 2023 9:56 AM | Anonymous

    The following is a press release written by the Ohio Genealogical Society: 

    The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) is thrilled to announce the launch of its official podcast, Ohio Roots. This captivating series offers listeners an immersive journey through Ohio’s rich genealogy, history, and abundant resources.

    Hosted by OGS Executive Director, Noel Poirier, Ohio Roots promises to be a must-listen for genealogy enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Each episode features insightful conversations with a diverse array of guests, ranging from OGS members, chapter leaders, and staff, to renowned genealogists, historians, and influential figures within the genealogical community.

    Listeners can expect riveting discussions that delve into a wide range of topics, uncovering captivating stories and shedding light on Ohio’s intricate past. With a blend of expertise and passion, Ohio Roots invites audiences to explore the unique tapestry of Ohio’s genealogical heritage.

    Get the free Podnews newsletter for more like this.

    “We’re thrilled to launch Ohio Roots and share the incredible stories and resources that Ohio has to offer,” said Noel Poirier, Executive Director of the Ohio Genealogical Society. “This podcast is a platform for genealogists, historians, and enthusiasts to come together and uncover the fascinating roots of our state.”

    Listeners are encouraged to grab their headphones or unmute their speakers, hit that play button, and embark on an enthralling journey through Ohio’s Roots. Whether you’re a seasoned researcher or new to the world of genealogy, Ohio Roots promises something for everyone.

    To tune in and explore Ohio’s genealogical legacy, visit or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    For more information about the Ohio Genealogical Society and Ohio Roots, please visit

    The Ohio Genealogical Society is a premier resource for Ohio family history research. With a mission to promote and stimulate interest in genealogy, the OGS provides educational and research opportunities for anyone interested in Ohio’s rich genealogical heritage.


    Ohio Roots

    Ohio Roots
    Ohio Genealogical Society

  • 20 Sep 2023 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    A large group of people poses for a photo


    Twenty-five new citizens pose for a group portrait in the Rotunda after becoming U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on September 15, 2023. National Archives photo by Susana Raab.

    By Pete Lewis | National Archives News

    WASHINGTON, September 19, 2023 — In celebration of Constitution Day, observed on September 17, 25 men and women from 24 nations took their oaths of citizenship in front of the nation’s Founding Documents (the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence), on September 15, in the Rotunda of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC.

    The National Archives traditionally hosts two naturalization ceremonies in the Rotunda annually, the first in September to mark Constitution Day and the second in December in honor of Bill of Rights Day.

    Several people raise their right hand while speaking.


    New citizens swear the Oath of Allegiance to the United States during their naturalization ceremony in the National Archives Rotunda in Washington, DC. September 15, 2023. National Archives photo by Susana Raab.

    The ceremony was hosted by Dr. Colleen Shogan, 11th Archivist of the United States. The Honorable James E. Boasberg, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, presided as the petitioners for United States citizenship took the oath of citizenship. Students from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC, recited the Preamble of the Constitution.

    Shogan spoke to the new citizens of the importance of the Founding Documents and the rights they upheld for all U.S. citizens.

    “These Charters are the bedrock of our democracy; but they are not static relics,” she said. “They are a testament to the enduring values of freedom, justice, and equality that we are continuously striving to perfect. They are living promises—a covenant between the government and its citizenry.”

    As the new Americans listened on, Shogan further offered hospitable words.

    “As the Archivist of the United States, it is my distinct honor to be the first to officially welcome you as the newest members of our big boisterous American family!” she said.

    The 25 new citizens are originally from 24 nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, Hungary, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, Senegal, Serbia, and Venezuela.

    Alex Marki, a researcher from Hungary, said he wanted to become a U.S. citizen in order to help people through his work.

    A man in a suit, a man in a judge's robe and a woman in a red suit stand at the center of a group of people to pose for a photo.


    At center, keynote speaker Reverend Eugene Cho, the Honorable James E. Boasberg, and Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan pose with new citizens after the naturalization ceremony held in the National Archives Rotunda in Washington, DC. September 15, 2023. National Archives photo by Susana Raab.

    “America, I believe, is the best place in the world for research today. I'm really impressed by how many good things come out from this country; inventions, medicines, technologies,” Marki said. “I really want to contribute to this… so I decided to stay here and be part of this country and contribute to my best."

    Aram Earsa, an Iranian who emigrated to Canada before seeking citizenship in the U.S., said he is happy to be part of "an amazing country, with a unique history."

    "I'm very happy to finally complete my journey today and become a United States citizen,” Earsa said. “This country has always contributed to progress over the years, and I would be happy to be part of the future improvement and future progress of this country."

    This year’s Constitution Day marks the 236th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Learn more online about the U.S. Constitution through our public programs, family activities, and online resources.

    This program was presented thanks to a long-standing partnership between the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    To view the ceremony, visit the National Archives YouTube Channel.

    To view photos from this ceremony, visit the National Archives Flickr page.

  • 20 Sep 2023 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    The following is for this newsletter's Plus Edition subscribers only

    If you downloaded the Weekly Plus Edition newsletter earlier this week from, you ended up with a version without any images. That was my error. I apologize for the shortcoming.

    It has been now fixed and re-uploaded.

    You can now go back to and click on this week's version (in either the HTML version or the PDF version) and it should retrieve the new version with images.

    If it retrieves the previous version (without images), you might need to reload the version that is cached in your web browser.

  • 19 Sep 2023 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    There is an interesting story by David Oliver about people who take DNA kits and suddenly realize they have previously-unknown brothers or sisters. You can read the article at:

  • 19 Sep 2023 8:09 AM | Anonymous

    The following is an announcement written by the Society of Genealogists:

    Announcing “All About That Place” - the One-Place Study Challenge Event taking place Friday 22ndSeptember to Sunday 1st October 

    Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Society for One-Place Studies, this unique event is spearheaded by the Society of Genealogists, the Society for One-Place Studies, Genealogy Stories, and the British Association for Local History.

    “History is like a patchwork of different perspectives, techniques, and resources. Local history helps us to weave together the past and present, families and communities, big and small histories. It helps us to understand places in the present and connects us to the past” – Joe Saunders, BALH.

    Join like-minded history lovers to explore the places your ancestors lived in, all from the comfort of your own home. Inside our pop-up Facebook Group you’ll be able to enjoy over 100 free recorded talks, delivered by a wide range of expert historians, such as Nick Barratt, Janet Few, Daniel Horowitz, Jen Baldwin, Gill Thomas and more!

    With event sponsors including eminent organisations like The Genealogist, Name & Place, University of Strathclyde, Pharos Tutors, The Historic Towns Trust and Family Tree magazine, you can be sure to enjoy a truly engaging educational opportunity like no other.

    This one-of-a-kind event isn’t just about idly watching though! It’s specially designed to help you to take part. Alongside the wide collection of talks on research tools, analytical techniques, and place history, you’ll be provided with motivating challenge instructions to help you explore local history. You’ll be able to download a free challenge workbook to record your learning activity and complete challenge tasks.

    Plus, to celebrate your amazing progress you’ll be offered the opportunity to enter a prize draw consisting of a wide range of history goodies (1-year membership to the SoG, the Curious Descendants Club, BALH, Name & Place, My Heritage and 4 Historic Towns maps)!

    To learn more and jump into the Facebook Group sign up here.


  • 18 Sep 2023 5:54 PM | Anonymous


    Join us at RootsTech 2024! Register to attend this worldwide event in person in Salt Lake City or online for FREE. (February 29–March 2, 2024). 

    • Immerse yourself in captivating classes. 
    • Engage with exciting keynote speakers. 
    • Explore cutting-edge technology that will enhance your genealogical pursuits. 
    • Feel the energy that comes with family connection. 

    The first 1,000 people that register for RootsTech (online or Salt Lake City attendees) will receive a limited-edition collector's item—the RootsTech Insider Badge.

    Register Now


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  • 18 Sep 2023 5:51 PM | Anonymous

    Here is a list of all of this week's articles, all of them available here at                                 

    (+) Are You a Family Historian or a Name Collector?

    Book Review: The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec, or the United States

    Heredis 2024 is Available!

    Innovator in Residence Invites Public to Experience Providence, Rhode Island’s Chinatown Reconstruction

    A Unified Genealogy of Modern and Ancient Genomes

    How I Stumbled Upon Thousands of Holocaust-Era Letters and Traced the Stories Behind Them

    10 Ways to Research Your Family Tree for Free

    Free BCG-Sponsored Webinar

    Georgia Historic Newspapers Update Summer 2023

    Internet Archive Appeals Loss in Library Ebook Lawsuit

    New AI Video Tool Clones Your Voice in 7 Languages

    Dr. Colleen Shogan Sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts During Ceremony Attended by First Lady

    Introducing Pebblescout: Index and Search DNA Petabyte-Scale Sequence Resources Faster than Ever

    Increased Access to Older Recordings and Handwritten Texts From Iceland

    Over Half a Million Irish Parish Records newly released by TheGenealogist

    Portuguese American Digital Archive Receives $300,000 Grant

    Ask an Archivist Anytime, and Especially on Oct. 11

    Arrest Made in Decades-Old Fayetteville, North Carolina Rape Case

    Ask Amy: The Transformative Power of Genealogy for Adopted Individuals

    Skepticism About Claim Human Ancestors Nearly Went Extinct

    Ancestry® Launches Know Your Pet DNA

    Chromebooks Will Now Get Updates for 10 Years

    How to Use the New Web-Based Editing Tools in Google Photos

  • 18 Sep 2023 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    Elizabeth Lotts has published an article that I think should be required reading to all newcomers to genealogy... and also can be very useful to old-timers as well. 

    Before you spend money on your research, check into these ten genealogy resources.

    You can find the list at: 

  • 18 Sep 2023 8:15 AM | Anonymous

    The National Center for Biotechnology Information is excited to introduce Pebblescout, a pilot web service that allows you to search for sequence matches in very large nucleotide databases, such as runs in the NIH Sequence Read Archive (SRA) and assemblies for whole genome shotgun sequencing projects in Genbank – faster and more efficiently!  

    Pebblescout uses short segments of your query sequences to identify database records with matches. Matches are based on the frequency of a segment’s occurrence in a database. Result produced for each query is a ranked list of matching records where the ranking utilizes informativeness of matching segments. 

    You can read more at: 

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