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  • 16 May 2022 9:03 AM | Anonymous

    One of the most dramatic differences between the traditional, analogue world of creation, and the modern, digital one, is the democratization that has taken place in this sphere. Until recently, writers, musicians, artists and filmmakers collectively formed a relatively select group that was hard to enter as a professional. Today, anyone with an Internet connection can spread the word about their work and make money from it. In effect, everyone who is online, to a greater or lesser degree, is a digital creator – even with the most ephemeral of posts on social media. The result is that genealogists, societies, bloggers, and many others now can find audiences for their messages. Although it is clear the creative field has been opened up enormously, details are hard to come by. That makes a new “Creator Report” from Linktree particularly useful. Linktree describes itself as:

    a tool for connecting followers to your entire online world – not just one feed.

    A Linktree not only points followers in the direction of your choosing – to your other social profiles, eCommerce store, or content you want to share – but it helps hold followers within your online ecosystem for longer. It allows users to share more, sell more, curate more and grow more.

    Linktree claims to have over 23 million users worldwide, which means that it should be in a good position to observe how the new world of digital creation works.

    You can read more at:

  • 16 May 2022 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    The updated website provides a searchable database of the official Irish-language versions of approximately 100,000 places throughout the country. The new Placenames Database of Ireland site features interactive maps, aerial photography and better ease of navigation for those looking to find out the origins of place names from Arklow to Zion Road.

    It is developed by the Gaois research group in Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge in Dublin City University in collaboration with the Placenames Branch of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

    The website was launched by Jack Chambers T.D., Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport on Dublin City University’s All Hallows campus.

    Details may be found at

  • 13 May 2022 2:51 PM | Anonymous

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

    In recent comments to ebook articles in this newsletter, several people have commented, "If I have enjoyed a book, I get pleasure in passing it to a friend to read. I can't do that digitally without paying again." Actually, with Kindle and Nook ebook readers, that is incorrect. Kindle owners can legally easily lend books at no charge. In fact, the process is quite simple.


    Kindle books can be loaned to another reader for a period of 14 days. The borrower does not even need to own a Kindle! Kindle books can be read on a second Kindle or on a Windows PC, Macintosh, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android device by using Amazon's FREE Kindle software.

    Not all books purchased on the Kindle are available to be loaned out. The book's publisher has the option of prohibiting lending of an ebook. However, most Kindle ebooks may be lent. Those that are lendable can be shared with friends for up to 14 days at a time for no charge. Books are automatically returned after that period, so you don't have to chase your friend down to get your favorite novel back.

    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/12779528.

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  • 13 May 2022 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    Over the past several centuries, there have always been places that couples could, for various reasons, run away to and get married.

    In more recent times, it was because perhaps no blood test was required, or no waiting period, no age limit, or parental consent. These runaway spots are often referred to as Gretna Greens, so called because of the famous place on the Scottish border where English couples eloped after the English Clandestine Marriage Act was passed in the 18th century.

    If you are looking for a record of your ancestors’ marriage, and can’t find it in the home county, you might think a bit broader, depending on where they lived. There are many cases of people marrying in unexpected places. One couple from North Carolina slipped into Clayton in North Georgia’s Rabun County to wed. A Tennessee couple married in Rossville, Georgia, in Walker County, adjacent to Catoosa County, so a researcher would need to check both courthouses for the actual record.

    There's more in an article by Kenneth H. Thomas Jr. and published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at

  • 13 May 2022 2:01 PM | Anonymous

    Genelines is a unique program that displays genealogy charts in a timeline format: another exciting way of sharing your research with friends and family. Genelines offers Pedigree and Descendant charts where each person's Life Bar is aligned with the Years, showing who was contemporary with who. Genelines includes Historical Events as backdrops, showing what was going on in your ancestors' lives. The Historical Events feature enriches your presentation, suggests new avenues of research, and offers insights into your family history.

    Genelines provides diagnostic and error checking to visually pinpoint potential errors in your database.

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  • 13 May 2022 8:23 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast add new workhouse and marriage records,  along with more than quarter of a million additional newspaper pages.  

    Lancashire, Oldham Workhouse 

    This brand new collection sees over 150,000 records from Oldham Workhouse in Lancashire published online. These records cover over 130 years, from 1800-1936, and include both admissions and discharges. The transcripts provide standard biographical information, as well as the admission or event date. While the original record images include details such as notes on the inmate’s state at arrival (including health conditions and financial situation), whether they were on a regular diet or 'infirm' diet, religious persuasion, and reason for discharge.

    Huntingdonshire Marriages 1754-1837 Index

    Though this collection was originally released as a browsable collection, Findmypast now transcribed these records and released them as a fully searchable index for the first time. The records include full names of both spouses, the year of marriage, and sometimes extra details, such as occupation or whether the spouses were previously widowed.


    Findmypast has added 256,709 brand new pages to their ever-growing newspaper archive, with titles from all across the UK covered.

    New titles: 

      • Erdington News, 1950
      • Evening Times, 1825, 1825-1826
      • Gainsborough Target, 1991-1992
      • Lichfield Post, 1992
      • Lincoln Target, 1991-1992
      • National Observer, 1888-1897
      • Northampton Herald & Post, 1990
      • Redcar and Saltburn News, 1871-1875, 1892-1903
      • South Western Star, 1889-1949
      • Stanmore Observer, 1989, 1992

    Updated titles: 

      • Accrington Observer and Times, 1992
      • Bebington News, 1989-1990, 1992
      • Bedfordshire on Sunday, 1977-1979
      • Birmingham Daily Post, 1951
      • Birmingham Mail, 1873
      • Blyth News, 1909
      • British Press, 1823
      • Cheltenham Chronicle, 1951
      • Coventry Evening Telegraph, 1987
      • Daily Record, 1986-1987, 1995
      • Derby Daily Telegraph, 1957
      • Derby Express, 1996
      • East Cleveland Herald & Post, 1992
      • East Grinstead Observer, 1978, 1990
      • East Kent Gazette, 1990, 1992
      • East Kilbride News, 1991
      • Englishman, 1810
      • Express and Echo, 1877
      • Folkestone Express, Sandgate, Shorncliffe & Hythe Advertiser, 1897
      • Formby Times, 1988
      • Galloway News and Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser, 1986
      • Gloucester News, 1992
      • Great Barr Observer, 1992
      • Grimsby Daily Telegraph, 1914
      • Harlow Star, 1990
      • Harrow Informer, 1988
      • Heartland Evening News, 1994
      • Herald Cymraeg, 1987, 1990
      • Hinckley Times, 1991
      • Huntingdon Town Crier, 1991
      • Irvine Herald, 1992
      • Kinematograph Weekly, 1948
      • Leek Post & Times and Cheadle News & Times and Moorland Advertiser, 1989
      • Liverpool Journal of Commerce, 1895
      • Long Eaton Advertiser, 1992
      • Middlesbrough Herald & Post, 1990
      • Middlesex County Times, 1910
      • Midweek Visiter (Southport), 1990
      • Nantwich Chronicle, 1995-1996
      • North Devon Herald, 1879
      • Nottingham Evening Post, 1993, 1995
      • Nottingham Recorder, 1981-1983,1990-1991
      • Oldham Advertiser, 1990, 1993
      • Ormskirk Advertiser, 1885,  1990
      • Overland China Mail, 1848-1852, 1895-1896
      • Paddington Mercury, 1994
      • Peterborough Herald & Post, 1989
      • Pontypridd Observer, 1960, 1962, 1986
      • Redditch Indicator, 1897, 1911
      • Retford, Gainsborough & Worksop Times, 1981
      • Romsey Register and General News Gazette, 1874
      • Rugeley Mercury, 1991
      • Seren Cymru, 1856-1860
      • Sheerness Times Guardian, 1898, 1911
      • Spalding Guardian, 1885, 1889, 1912
      • Stockport County Express, 1965
      • Tamworth Herald, 1992, 1996
      • Teignmouth Post and Gazette, 1889
      • Teviotdale Record and Jedburgh Advertiser, 1880, 1882-1884
      • Voice of India, 1883-1884
      • Walton & Weybridge Informer, 1989
      • Weekly Free Press and Aberdeen Herald, 1876, 1882, 1886
      • West Lothian Courier, 1991
      • Winsford & Middlewich Guardian, 1911
  • 12 May 2022 6:25 PM | Anonymous

    Keys to the past and the future of a community descended from enslaved Africans lie in a river bottom on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where the remains of the last known U.S. slave ship rest a few miles from what's left of the village built by newly freed people after the Civil War.

    Work performed this month will help answer a question residents of the area called Africatown USA are anxious to resolve: Can remnants of the slave ship Clotilda be retrieved from the water to both fill out details about their heritage and to serve as an attraction that might revitalize the place their ancestors built after emancipation?

    A crew hired by the Alabama Historical Commission, working over 10 days ending Thursday, took fallen trees off the submerged remains of the ship, scooped muck out of the hull and retrieved displaced pieces to see what's left of the Clotilda, which is described as the most intact slave ship ever found. The work will help determine what, if anything, can be done with the wreckage in years ahead.

    Some want a museum featuring the actual Clotilda, which was hired by a rich, white steamship captain on a bet to violate the U.S. ban on slave importation the year before the Confederacy was founded to preserve slavery and white supremacy in the South.

    "The question is, give me a timetable. What's the date for getting that boat out of that doggone water?" Africatown resident and activist Joe Womack asked team members during a public forum as work began. Nearby, a new "heritage house" that could display artifacts is under construction.

    You can read more in an article published in the CBS News web site at:

  • 12 May 2022 5:58 PM | Anonymous

    A new statewide initiative of the Texas Oral History Association (TOHA) and the Baylor University Institute for Oral History (BUIOH) seeks to create a publicly-accessible listing of all known oral history collections in Texas thanks to a new project called the Texas Oral History Locator Database, or TOLD.

    Tens of thousands of interviews on various historical topics are currently scattered across the State of Texas, but just where they can be found and what content they possess largely remain a mystery to all but the most diligent of researchers. The goal of the TOLD project is to identify as many of these collections as possible and to provide a free searchable platform on which to discover them. Collection holders interested in participating can fill out a brief survey at

    You can read more about this initiative at:

  • 12 May 2022 5:51 PM | Anonymous

    Morocco’s Ministry of Youth, Culture, and Communication is set to digitize 200 public libraries across the country. The project aims to provide Moroccans with online access to libraries' contents.

    The ministry announced in a facebook post that the book directorate has recently created digital spaces within the libraries under the ministry, with an aim to digitize their services.

    The project is part of the digitization process carried out by the various ministerial departments.

    The list of libraries can be found on the ministry's website.

    You can read more at:

  • 11 May 2022 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    From Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
    Published on 11 May 2022
    Last updated on 11 May 2022

    Dublin Port Company is supporting the State’s effort to recover from the Four Courts fire of 1922 by funding the conservation of 200-year-old records concerning Dublin Port.

    On 30 June 1922, the Public Record Office of Ireland at the Four Courts was destroyed in the opening engagement of the Civil War. In the aftermath of the fire of 1922, over 25,000 sheets of paper and parchment were retrieved from the rubble. These records, which date from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries, are known as the ‘1922 Salved Records’. They are now held at the National Archives.

    Most of this collection remained unopened until the last 5 years. As the successor of the Public Record Office of Ireland, the National Archives is a Core Partner in the Beyond 2022 project—an all-island and international research programme hosted at Trinity College Dublin and funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under Project Ireland 2040. The project is working to reconstruct what was lost in 1922.

    During a recent investigation of unopened parcels of salved records through the Beyond 2022 project, archivists identified 5 parcels of significance to the history of Dublin Port.

    Now, with generous support from Dublin Port Company, these records are being restored by the conservation team at the National Archives of Ireland. The conservation work is being undertaken by the Beyond 2022 Project Conservator, Jessica Baldwin, under the guidance of Zoë Reid, Keeper, Public Services and Collection. The documents all show some evidence of damage from the heat of the flames, as well as damp and rain from exposure to the weather following the fire. Despite the damage, conservation will mean that documents not seen for 100 years can soon be consulted again by historians and the public.

    The thousands of sheets of paper are historically significant both as survivors of the destruction of 1922, and as fresh evidence for the historical development of Dublin Port. These papers create an incredible snapshot of the bustling life of the busy port with hundreds of people from around the country, from ports in Killybegs, Strangford and Youghal coming to collect salaries, pensions and trade in goods. They contain details on salaries and compensations, and many names of inspectors and collectors of customs taxes. They provide accounts about wine, bounties on beef and pork, allowances on silk, detail repayments of taxes on fish, ash, salt, and linen. For example, over 50 documents relating to the Bounty Payments for Fish in the summer of 1817 give a fascinating insight, as they include information on the ship, listing crew members and detailing the size and type of catch. These are important details of trade and commerce in Dublin Port that do not exist elsewhere.

    Following the conservation, the documents dating from 1817–1818 will be available for research and suitable for digitisation.

    Speaking about the partnership, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, said:

    “This partnership between Beyond 2022, the National Archives and Dublin Port is an important and significant one. The process of saving the recovered records from the fire at the Public Record Office in June 1922 is a flagship project under the government’s Decade of Centenaries Programme led by my department's Commemorations Unit.

    “The care that staff in the Public Record Office demonstrated over 100 years ago in their mission to save as many records as possible is now being continued by a highly skilled and committed team of archivists and conservators working together to uncover and reveal a snapshot of what life looked like at Dublin Port in 1922.”

    Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Port, said:

    “Our own rich archive is an important and actively used resource which we routinely rely on to tell the story of Dublin Port. We are delighted now to be able to add to the additional archive materials related to Dublin Port which the National Archives holds by supporting the conservation of records recovered after the burning of the Four Courts a century ago.”

    Orlaith McBride, Director of the National Archives, said:

    “The conservation of these records represents a significant contribution to the State’s key legacy project from the Decade of Centenaries. The National Archives as successor institution to Public Record Office has held these records, salvaged from the fire in 1922, in its care for almost 100 years and has now begun the process of conservation. This support from Dublin Port is invaluable in terms of allowing us to progress this work.”

    Dr Peter Crooks, Trinity College Dublin and Academic Director of the Beyond 2022 project, said:

    “As each page of these fascinating archives is restored, another page of Irish history is returned to the public record. These documents provide a fascinating insight into everyday life 200 years ago - not only in Dublin, with its extensive trading network, but also across Ireland at large.”

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