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  • 14 Apr 2022 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    Firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed the nearly 200-year-old Jagger Library on the University of Cape Town campus on 18 April 2021. (Photo: EPA-EFE / Nic Bothma)

    On 6 April, the South African History Archive was officially relaunched at Wits university by its Vice-Chancellor Zeblon Vilakazi. It will form part of an Archives and Research Hub that will give concerted attention to social justice archives. The devastating fire last year at UCT brought the general crisis of archives sharply into focus and it is clear that universities and civil society will need to be more active in this space.

    You can read more at:

  • 14 Apr 2022 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    From an article by Tony Marx, President of The New York Public Library:

    "The New York Public Library’s mission is rooted in the principles of free and open access to knowledge, information, and all perspectives—in essence, the right to read. In light of recent, prominent efforts to ban books in communities across the United States, we have now partnered with publishers Hachette Book Group, Macmillan Publishers, and Scholastic to make a small selection of commonly banned or challenged books available to anyone who chooses to read them—all for free via our e-reader app, SimplyE. 

    "The recent instances of both attempted and successful book banning—primarily on titles that explore race, LGBTQ+ issues, religion, and history—are extremely disturbing and amount to an all-out attack on the very foundation of our democracy. The American Library Association (whose Library Bill of Rights is in clear opposition to any censorship or book banning) recently tracked an unprecedented number of challenges to library, school, and university materials in 2021. Knowledge is power; ignorance is dangerous, breeding hate and division. All people have the right to read or not read what they want—we are all entitled to make those choices. But to protect those freedoms, the books and information must remain available. Any effort to eliminate those choices stands in opposition to freedom of choice, and we cannot let that happen.

    "Since their inception, public libraries have worked to combat these forces simply by making all perspectives and ideas accessible to all, regardless of background or circumstance. With this project, the Library is doing just that on a larger scale to reach readers across the country."

    You can read more at:

  • 14 Apr 2022 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG):

    The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is pleased to announce having contracted with Chris Paton of Scotland to edit their monthly eNews and with Theresa McVean of Ontario, Canada, as advertising sales manager.

    Chris Paton has spent three decades in communication industries, including twelve years as a television documentary maker in England and Scotland both with the BBC and Scottish Television. Originally from Northern Ireland, Chris has been a professional genealogist in Scotland since 2006. In December 2021 he volunteered to edit the eNews, allowing APG to resurrect this important communication tool.

    Theresa McVean is a professional genealogist and co-founder of Ancestree Detectives. She is active in APG as chair of the Ontario Chapter and a volunteer on the marketing committee. She is also a marketing consultant with experience as director of advertising sales at Canadian media companies, as well as having been senior account manager in advertising sales at The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper.

    “We are very excited to welcome Chris and Theresa to our team of contractors. The eNews is our primary tool for communication to our members,” said Annette Burke Lyttle, APG president. “Chris has been doing a great job as interim editor, and we’re happy to have him continue. Theresa’s professional background in advertising sales will be a huge asset to the association.”

    About the Association of Professional Genealogists

    The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents nearly 2,500 genealogists in various genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring, and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty U.S. states, Canada, and forty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

  • 14 Apr 2022 9:47 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG):

    The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2021 awards for excellence in the field of professional genealogy. At an online celebration on April 12, the following awards were presented.

    The Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy recognizes exemplary professionalism and continued encouragement to other professional genealogists. The recipient of this award was Francine Crowley Griffis, CG® of Massachusetts, who was honored for her many activities that encourage, guide, and inspire fellow genealogists.

    The APG Honorary Lifetime Member award recognizes and rewards an excellent body of work in genealogy and for 2021 also recognizes service to APG that was truly above the call of duty. Mary Kircher Roddy, CG® of Washington was honored for her work in the field of professional genealogy and for outstanding service as APG treasurer from 2018 through 2021.

    The Grahame T. Smallwood Jr Award of Merit recognizes personal commitment and outstanding service of a member to APG. The 2021 recipient was Kenyatta Deshira Berry, JD, of California, who has served APG in several capacities, including a term as president, from 2008 to the present.

    The APG Professional Achievement Award highlights a record of exceptional professional achievement, contributing to the field of genealogy through individual excellence and ethical behavior. The 2021 recipient was Michael Ramage, JD, CG® of Pennsylvania, who has a long track record of giving selflessly to the genealogy field and providing education on professional ethics.

    The APG Quarterly Excellence Award recognizes the outstanding article of the year.

    The 2021 award honored Joseph B. Shumway, AG® of Utah, author of a two-part article, “Transforming Client Relationships from the Inside Out,” published in the June and September issues.

    The Golden Chapter Award recognizes a chapter or special interest group that shows innovative and exemplary support of their members, APG, and the genealogy profession. The Colorado Chapter was recognized with this award for their recruiting efforts, which resulted in 19% year-over-year growth for their chapter.

    Certificates of Appreciation recognize outstanding, continual, or unusual contributions to APG by a member or non-member. LaDonna Garner of Missouri was recognized for her contributions to APG as chair of the Professional Development Committee in 2021 and as technical coordinator for the 2021 APG Professional Management Conference. Shauna Hicks of Queensland, Australia, was recognized for her efforts to reopen APG’s Australia and New Zealand Chapter during the pandemic, which provided a crucial forum for genealogists in Australia and New Zealand who are affected by geographical isolation and have endured multiple lockdowns.

    About the Association of Professional Genealogists

    The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents nearly 2,500 genealogists in various genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring, and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty U.S. states, Canada, and forty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

  • 14 Apr 2022 9:27 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

    Family historians with an aristocratic ancestor in their family tree will be pleased to hear that TheGenealogist has just significantly boosted the number of records in its Peerage, Gentry and Royalty collection. While many family history researchers believe that their forebears were simply ordinary folk, it turns out that many of us can find a link to a family that has a published pedigree. We only have to look at how Danny Dyer or Josh Widdecombe discovered their Royal and Aristocratic ancestors in their episodes of the Who Do You Think You Are? UK TV series.

    While this relationship to the upper levels of society may be as a result of an illegitimate line, nonetheless a link to an ancestor that features in a pedigree is of huge help in tracing back many generations, as much of the work has been done for you by the compilers of the records.

    Heraldic visitations, one of the records to be included in this release, were tours of inspection undertaken by Kings of Arms throughout England, Wales and Ireland. Their purpose was to register and regulate the coats of arms of nobility, gentry and boroughs, and to record pedigrees. A number of later books, while they can not precisely be described as Heralds Visitations, provide similar information and can likewise help the researcher to populate their family tree back through the ages and are also in this record release.

    This latest release covers the following searchable book records:

    Armorial Families, Arms Authorized by The Laws of Heraldry 1863, Boyle’s court guide 1888, Burke’s Handbook to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire 1921, Burke’s Landed Gentry Volume 1886, Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1887, Encyclopedia of Heraldry or General Armory of England Scotland and Ireland 1844, Genealogica Bedfordienses Landed Gentry of Bedfordshire 1538-1700, Grantees of Arms to The End of The XVII Century, Herefordshire Visitation Of 1569, His Majesty the King 1910-1935, Imperial British Calendar 1823, Index Nominum to the Royalist Composition Papers, Kelly’s Handbook To The Titled Landed and Official Classes 1909, Landed Gentry of Bedfordshire 1538-1700, Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica - Third Series Vol IIIV, Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica - Third Series Vol IV, Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica Fourth Series Vol II 1908, Nottingham Visitation 1569 and 1614, Short View of the Peerage of Ireland 1759, Standing Council of the Baronetage Official Roll of the Baronets 1929, Suffolk Visitations of 1561 1577 1612, Sussex Visitations 1530 and 1633-4, The Pedigree Register for London 1907-1915, The Peerage of Ireland 1754, The Royal Kalendar 1786, The Royal Kalendar 1788, The Royal Kalendar 1796, The Royal Kalendar 1804, The Royal Kalendar 1820, Webster’s Royal Red Book Court and Fashionable Register January 1915, Worcestershire Visitation 1569

    Read TheGenealogist’s article: The Castle Ruin and its connection to the Australian ‘King’

    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!

  • 14 Apr 2022 9:20 AM | Anonymous

    The Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts will hold a free spring Zoom Webinar on Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m. The topic, “The Polish Village, Town and Castle: Non-obvious Historical Sources to Enrich Your Genealogical Knowledge” by Jakub Jurek. Register at by Thursday, April 21. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    You can read further details at:

  • 13 Apr 2022 5:31 PM | Anonymous

    According to an article by Nicole Wetsman and published in The Verge web site:

    "Consumer genetics and genealogy company Ancestry announced a new feature, called SideView, that will give customers information about which bits of their DNA — and which parts of their ethnicity — were inherited from each parent. The tool can do that without having genetic information from the parents, which Ancestry says is a first in the industry."

    "Genetic information is packaged in pairs of chromosomes, and each parent contributes one copy of most chromosomes. DNA analysis, though, reads the sequence of genetic information without sorting out which half different sections came from. Usually, the best way to sort that out is by comparing sections to the DNA of one or both parents. But Ancestry developed a technique that uses the company’s large DNA database — which includes 20 million people’s genetic information — to find overlaps between each user and cousins or distant relatives also in the system. It uses those overlaps to sort each section of DNA by which parent it was inherited from."

    The article also cautions:

    "The database, though, is largely made up of people with European ancestry — the feature is less accurate for users who have other ancestry from other parts of the world, according to a scientific article from Ancestry describing the technique. The paper has not yet been peer-reviewed or published in a scientific journal. Blind spots around people of color are a longstanding bias in genetic databases and genetic research more generally. DNA tests like Ancestry’s that tie your genetics back to a particular ethnicity are also often criticized for giving people an incomplete picture of what genetic heritage actually means and conflating ancestry with race."


    "Ancestry can have 95 percent precision for 90 percent of customers."

    You can read more at:

  • 13 Apr 2022 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    I have written often about the advantages of making backups online to file storage services in the cloud. However, I have never written about WHICH services are worthwhile so here is that article.

    The following is a list of the more popular services and my opinion of the strengths and weaknesses of each. I am also including the amount of FREE file storage space each service makes available.

    1. MEGA

    Mega is perhaps the greatest offer of all that most people have never heard of. It’s also the one that offers the most storage for FREE: 20 gigabytes. In addition, You can even obtain even more FREE storage space by various achievements, such as installing the mobile and desktop apps or referring a friend, each of which nets you an added 5 gigabytes of space. However, this extra free storage space only lasts for a year. If you are using that space, you will need to pay for it beginning in the second year. The first 20 gigabytes remains free of charge, however.

    Another advantage of Mega is that everything is encrypted inside your own computer BEFORE the data is stored on Mega. Not even the Mega employees will be able to read your information, not to mention hackers and spies who seek to find your personal information. Some of the other services listed in this article do the same thing but (1.) not all of them do and (2.) I couldn't find statements about encryption in all the services when writing this article.

    2. Google Drive

    No list of online cloud file storage services could ever omit mentioning Google Drive, the huge online service. It works well, is easy to install, and is used by millions of people around the world.

    Google Drive offers 15 gigabytes of FREE storage space. You will need to make a free Google account and that includes a number of other services that you may or may not want, including a Gmail address and access to all of Google’s office-style products, like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

    3. Microsoft OneDrive

    Here is a service from another huge powerhouse: Microsoft. Like Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive is part of a larger suite of apps and you access it through a free Microsoft account. If you own a Windows computer or use any other Microsoft products, including Skype, you already have one.

    Signing up gets you 5 gigabytes of FREE storage space as well as access to a number of apps in the Office 365 package. However, I prefer the free Google apps and Google also offers triple the FREE storage space. (However, you might prefer the Microsoft Apps if you already use Microsoft Office.)

    4. pCloud

    pCloud is another online file storage service that many people have never heard of. However, its list of services appears to be top-notch. When you register for pCloud, you receive 2 gigabytes of FREE file storage space. You then can unlock up to 10 gigabytes for free by following the Beginner's Tutorial or with Invite friends. However, once you start paying for the service, you can never run out of file storage space. The service continuously accepts additional files although the storage fees will increase as you start to save more and more data.

    A major advantage of pCloud is that the company is registered in Switzerland, which has strong privacy laws. As a result, I would trust pCloud to keep my files private more than I would trust Google, Microsoft, any other North American-based service.

    pCloud also works with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Android, and Apple's iOS operating systems (most other cloud-based file storage services only work with Windows and Macintosh). Another feature of pCloud that will appeal to some is that you may (optionally) have all of your mobile photos and videos safely backed up to the cloud through the Automatic Upload feature on your mobile device(s).

    pCloud also offers an (optional) Public Folder, a special folder in your pCloud's file structure, which allows you to create Direct links to files and folders. You can then provide access to other people to files stored in the Public folder. It works like a file server for static content, but without having to run a file server on your home computer.


    While offers a robust and secure service, there is little that is "the best" offer in the service with one possible exception: does seem to be the best service for sharing files with others. That may or may not be important to you. Also, only offers a measly 5 gigabytes of FREE file storage space.

    6. IceDrive

    IceDrive is a relatively new player in the cloud-based file storage services arena. It claims to be the most secure service available (although I was unable to verify that claim) and IceDrive also offers a 10 gigabytes of storage space for free. All you need to do is supply your email address to create an account and it’s all yours.

    There are numerous other providers of cloud-based file storage services. However, I limited this article to the major players.

    Honorable Mention: NextCloud

    Technically speaking, Nextcloud is not an online cloud storage provider. Rather, it's a self-hosted file sync and content collaboration platform, which provides free software you can install on your own server, and administer cloud storage yourself. That server (or servers) could be located in your home, in your place of employment, or in the cloud.

    The benefit of a self-hosted product is that you get to keep your data on your servers, offering complete control and faster performance. While this might seem intimidating for beginners, or futile for serverless users, the service offers preconfigured hardware that runs Nextcloud out of the box.

    As free open-source software, you can download and install it at no cost, but need to factor in the cost of setting up, running, and administering your own servers. However, if you already have infrastructure in place, using Nextcloud instead of a commercial cloud storage solution could save you money.

    I would recommend NextCloud only to experienced technical experts, not to computer novices.

    You can learn more about NextCloud at:

  • 13 Apr 2022 9:12 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Partnership between Findmypast and the British Library reaches new milestone with over 50 million newspaper pages digitised and now available online at The British Newspaper Archive and Findmypast  

    ·         Behind every news story is a family story, giving Findmypast subscribers the chance to add colour, context and depth to their family tree 

    ·         Project will continue to publish millions more after the extension of this exclusive partnership was announced last year  

    Family history website Findmypast and their partner, the British Library, have this week hit a milestone of digitising 50 million pages on the British Newspaper Archive.  

    Since 2011, Findmypast has worked with the British Library to collate, curate and digitise their enormous newspaper collection, which can be explored online at the British Newspaper Archive and Findmypast.  
    The archive is the largest collection of British and Irish newspapers in the world and includes the Daily Mirror, Liverpool Echo, Belfast Telegraph and the Dundee Courier, as well as many other regional publications that are now out of print. 
    Across the 18th to 20th century, many cities and towns published several newspapers simultaneously, often aimed at distinct audiences depending on social status, geographical location, or political affiliation. It’s this depth of content that allows people the chance to add richness and context to their family stories. This enormous collection highlights the news, culture, gossip and politics that shaped our ancestors’ lives.  Particularly evocative are the myriad of images that appear across the collection. Some may even catch a glimpse of their family in the millions of pages.

    Families who came or left the UK in recent decades may not feature in other records available on Findmypast like the 1921 Census. Therefore, newspaper articles can be even more pertinent when piecing together a family’s history. Aside from established British and Irish titles, readers can explore stories from Jamaica to Jaipur, with international titles such as The Royal Gazette of Jamaica and The Barbados Agricultural Reporter. 

    As part of a commitment to digitising diverse and culturally important titles, over one million pages are completely free to view without a subscription, both on the British Newspaper Archive and Findmypast. The digitisation of titles like The Keys provide an incredible view of 1930s Black British history, and the likes of the 19th century newspaper The Chartist shines a light on the rights of the working class. 
    Findmypast and the British Library have also committed to digitising a further 19 million pages over the coming years, all available to explore on the British Newspaper Archive, or with a Findmypast Pro subscription. 
    Mary McKee, Head of Content Operations at Findmypast, said: “We are proud to have reached this incredible milestone of digitising 50 million newspaper pages. Newspapers provide us with history as it happened.  You can explore history through the words of the everyday people who lived it, such as a description of the excitement of the first FA Cup final or the harrowing accounts of prison camps during the Second World War.  It is through our unique partnership with the British Library that we can bring to life the stories of both local legends and international movements for everyone to explore online around the world.” 

    Luke McKernan, Lead Curator of News and Moving Image Collections at the British Library, said: “Our partnership with Findmypast has made the British Library’s extraordinarily rich collection of historical newspapers more accessible for everyone. We are excited to see 50 million newspaper pages now digitised and over one million pages from our collection available for free, without a subscription. We look forward to enabling ever wider audiences in the UK and around the world to access this important and fascinating resource.” 

  • 12 Apr 2022 6:12 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Augusta Genealogical Society:

    When: Saturday, April 23, 2022

    Where: On Line - Webinar - Virtual Genealogical Program

    Time: 1:00 to 2:00 PM

    Cost: Free to AGS members and $10.00 for non members

    Speaker: Steven D. Tuttle, Deputy Director

    Steven D. Tuttle

    Program specifics: Steven D. Tuttle has worked at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History since 1984 and is currently Deputy Director for Archives and Records Management. He has a bachelor's degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Asheville (1981) and a master's degree in library and information science from the University of South Carolina (1992). Steve is the author of two publications, Census Records at the Archives and African American Genealogical Research.

    Registration deadline is April 16. To Register please visit

    The Augusta Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization established in September 1979.

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