Latest News Articles

Everyone can read the (free) Standard Edition articles. However,  the Plus Edition articles are accessible only to (paid) Plus Edition subscribers. 

Read the (+) Plus Edition articles (a Plus Edition username and password is required).

Please limit your comments about the information in the article. If you would like to start a new message, perhaps about a different topic, you are invited to use the Discussion Forum for that purpose.

Do you have comments, questions, corrections or additional information to any of these articles? Before posting your words, you must first sign up for a (FREE) Standard Edition subscription or a (paid) Plus Edition subscription at:

If you do not see a Plus Sign that is labeled "Add comment," you will need to upgrade to either a (FREE) Standard Edition or a (paid) Plus Edition subscription at:

Click here to upgrade to a Plus Edition subscription.

Click here to find the Latest Plus Edition articles(A Plus Edition user name and password is required to view these Plus Edition articles.)

Complete Newsletters (including all Plus Edition and Free Edition articles published within a week) may be found if you click here. (A Plus Edition user name and password is required to view these complete newsletters.)

Do you have an RSS newsreader? You may prefer to use this newsletter's RSS feed at: and then you will need to copy-and-paste that address into your favorite RSS newsreader.

Latest Standard Edition Articles

  • 9 Nov 2023 8:45 AM | Anonymous

    The Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG) Center is a relatively new addition to Ramapo’s campus. Few would suspect such a monumental step forward, for the field of IGG is tucked away on the first floor of the Learning Commons. The center is the first of its kind “to offer case work, research, and hands-on education in [IGG],” according to a press release.

    The developing field of IGG gained prominence in 2018 when it was used to solve the Golden State Killer case. An article in Forensic Science International defines IGG as “the use of SNP-based relative matching combined with family tree research to produce investigative leads in criminal investigations and missing persons cases.”

    IGG Center Assistant Director Cairenn Binder described the process as two steps. The first is an outsourced lab process including extraction, genotyping and bioinformatics of a DNA sample.

    The center then receives a file that they can upload to the databases GEDmatch and Family Tree DNA for an ethnicity report and a match list. The center uses these tools “to reverse-engineer the family tree of the person that [they’re] trying to identify.”

    You can read more in an article by Rebecca Gathercole published in The Ramapo News at
  • 9 Nov 2023 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the University of Maine:

    Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections has published oral history recordings from MF144, the “Women in the Military” collection of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History. The full collection features recorded interviews with nearly 70 female military veterans serving between World War II and the Gulf War. Forty-nine of these interviews were published in the institutional repository, DigitalCommons@UMaine, in advance of Veterans Day, 2023.

    Between 2000-2003, the Maine Women Veterans Oral History Project collected oral interviews with female veterans through a collaborative effort of the Maine Commission on Women Veterans and the University of Maine Women Studies and Maine Studies programs. The collection includes interviews with Mainers who were among the first American women to join the U.S. armed forces during World War II as members of the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) and Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). According to the USO, nearly 350,000 women served in uniform during the Second World War.

    “The collection was largely created by undergraduate students conducting the oral history interviews as part of their course work,” said Kimberly J. Sawtelle, of Fogler Library. “It provides valuable first-person accounts about individual women’s military experiences. Interviewees discuss not only the training they received, but also the social stereotypes they had to overcome to succeed.”

    The collection can be accessed online through the library’s ArchivesSpace database or DigitalCommons@UMaine. For more information, contact the Special Collections and Projects Department  by email,, or phone, 1-207-581-1686.

  • 8 Nov 2023 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    Over 100 letters sent to French sailors by their fiancées, wives, parents and siblings – but never delivered – have been opened and studied for the first time since they were written in 1757-8.

    The messages offer extremely rare and moving insights into the loves, lives and family quarrels of everyone from elderly peasants to wealthy officer’s wives.

    The messages were seized by Britain’s Royal Navy during the Seven Years’ War, taken to the Admiralty in London and never opened. The collection is now held at the National Archives in Kew.

    The letters provide precious new evidence about French women and labourers, as well as different forms of literacy.

    “I could spend the night writing to you … I am your forever faithful wife. Good night, my dear friend. It is midnight. I think it is time for me to rest.”

    So wrote Marie Dubosc to her husband, the first Lieutenant of the Galatée, a French warship, in 1758. She didn’t know where Louis Chambrelan was, or that his ship had been captured by the British.

    Louis would never receive Marie’s letter and they would never meet again. Marie died the following year in Le Havre, almost certainly before Louis was released. In 1761, he remarried, safely back in France.

    “I cannot wait to possess you” wrote Anne Le Cerf to her husband, a non-commissioned officer on the Galatée. She perhaps meant “embrace” but also “to make love to you”. She signed “Your obedient wife Nanette”, an affectionate nickname. Imprisoned somewhere in England, Jean Topsent would never receive Nanette’s love letter.

    Professor Renaud Morieux, from Cambridge University’s History Faculty and Pembroke College, spent months decoding these and 102 other letters written with wild spelling, no punctuation or capitalization and filling every inch of the expensive paper they appear on. He published his findings today in the journal Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales.

    You can read more about these letters in an article by Tom Almeroth-Williams published in the University of Cambridge web site at:

  • 8 Nov 2023 7:24 AM | Anonymous

    PhotoDater™ is now available on the MyHeritage mobile app and on the Reimagine app! PhotoDater™ is a revolutionary FREE feature that uses AI technology to estimate when historical photos were taken, and it’s available only on MyHeritage. MyHeritage first released PhotoDater™ on the MyHeritage website back in August 2023. Now, users can enjoy PhotoDater™ on the MyHeritage app for iOS and Android and on the Reimagine app. It’s also available when using a mobile web browser! 

    PhotoDater™ reduces the guesswork regarding undated historical photos that may have puzzled you until now. A date estimate can unlock additional clues about a photo, helping you to figure out who appears in it and at what event it was taken. Each new clue has the potential to open up new avenues of discovery in your research. If you aren’t familiar with PhotoDater™ yet, watch this video to see what it can do. 

    PhotoDater™ is a welcome addition to the suite of photo features, and was warmly received by MyHeritage users, who have enjoyed exploring the new clues it provides for their family history research. With Thanksgiving and the holiday season on the horizon, family gatherings provide the perfect opportunity to reminisce, scan old family photos, and unlock the mystery of when they were taken, all from your mobile device.

    You can read a lot more about PhotoDater™ in the MyHeritage Blog at: 

  • 8 Nov 2023 7:23 AM | Anonymous

    The following was written by Findmypast:

    • Findmypast is free this Veteran’s Day weekend, enabling anyone to trace the wartime experiences of their ancestors

    • Unearth your ancestors’ remarkable stories in the newspaper archives

    • Honour and share their legacies on a Findmypast family tree and discover the details of their lives in Census, military records and more

    • Share your discoveries on social media with the hashtag #RememberThemAll

    To mark Veteran’s Day, Findmypast is making its website and collections completely free to the public*. From Thursday 9 November to Monday 13 November, anyone will be able to uncover the wartime experiences of their ancestors, from nurses to soldiers to home front civilians. 

    With free access to over 14 billion records and an interconnected tree network, it’s easier than ever to uncover your ancestors’ wartime stories. 

    Explore the rich stories of bravery, community and tragedy in over 70 million searchable historical newspaper pages, digitised in partnership with the British Library. You’ll find details about your ancestors that you won’t get in other records, helping you to make connections and gain a deeper understanding of their wartime experiences. 

    Research by Findmypast into the newspaper collection has already uncovered some remarkable stories – like that of Jessie Eskdale Walker and Captain Albert Angel White: 

    • Jessie Eskdale Walker was part of a first aid party assisting air raid victims, when another bomb fell nearby, killing or injuring most of the party. Eskdale Walker, despite suffering from shock, remained at her post and began rescue work. Assisted by two local Constables, she attended to the injured despite a gas meter nearby having caught fire, creating dangerous conditions. Eskdale Walker was awarded the British Empire Medal for her brave actions despite the present risk to her safety and went on to become an ambulance driver.

    • Captain Albert Angel White: Captain White was master of the West Hartlepool steamer Stonepool. In 1939 at the beginning of World War II, Capt. White was engaged in the first straight fight of the war between a defensively armed merchant-man and a U-Boat. The merchant vessel exchanged ‘shot for shot’ with the submarine, fighting it off but receiving damage. Accounts from the era suggest that “by his resolute and skilful action the Master saved his ship.” For his bravery, White was awarded the O.B.E. in December 1939.

    You can also delve into the exclusive 1939 Register, military records, hospital and migration records, and many more, to build a detailed picture of your ancestors’ lives. 

    Preserve your findings with Findmypast’s simple online family tree builder. Allow the clever hints to get your family history going further, faster and with more accuracy, and share your wartime ancestors’ legacy with friends and family.

    Jen Baldwin, Research Specialist at Findmypast, said: “We’re making our entire site free this Veteran’s Day weekend to help everyone to discover their ancestors’ experiences and stories from this tragic and momentous period in recent history. We hope that people will feel more connected to the people in the past who gave so much for our present. From soldiers and nurses to civilians and volunteers, we will remember them all this Veteran’s Day weekend.”

    Search for free at 9-13 November. 

    *Records on Findmypast will be free to access for all signed-in users from 10am GMT Thursday 9 November, until 10am GMT Monday 13 November.

  • 8 Nov 2023 7:15 AM | Anonymous

    NOTE: This webinar is being held in the UK and will describe UK laws and customs. It will not be of much interest to people in other countries:

    Register for Title Research’s next informative webinar for free.

    On Wednesday 29th November at 12pm, Title Research will discuss how historical events play a significant part in the make-up of a family, impacting the genealogical research that they carry out today. In under 20 minutes, Technical Manager Simon Barber will cover:

    • A selection of case studies
    • The use of genealogy to resolve apparently complex family relationships
    • How insurance can be used to support research

    Even if you can’t join on the day, all registrants will receive a link to the recording after the webinar has taken place.

    Click here to register for the free webinar.

    Title Research provides a range of genealogical research and asset repatriation services for legal professionals. Their services are designed to streamline the estate administration process, take the effort out of locating the correct people or assets, and mitigate the risk of future disputes or complications. If you have any questions about genealogical research, asset repatriation, or how you can work with Title Research, call them on +44 (0) 345 87 27 600 or email

  • 8 Nov 2023 7:14 AM | Anonymous

    This article is not about any of the "normal" topics of this newsletter: genealogy, history, current affairs, DNA, and related topics. However, I found it to be interesting and decided to pass it on here.

    The following is a press release written by the American Library Association:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gen Z and Millennials are using public libraries, both in person and digitally, at higher rates compared to older generations, according to a new report released today by the American Library Association (ALA). Gen Z and Millennials: How They Use Public Libraries and Identify Through Media Use draws on a nationally representative survey to reveal the attitudes and behaviors young Americans have regarding library use and media consumption.  

    Authored by Kathi Inman Berens, Ph.D., and Rachel Noorda, Ph.D., both of Portland State University, the report and survey data show that 54 percent of Gen Z and Millennials visited a physical library within the previous 12 months. Of the 2075 Gen Z and Millennials surveyed in 2022, more than half who self-reported visiting a physical library said they also borrow from a library’s digital collection. The data also revealed younger Americans’ distinct preference for physical versions of books: survey respondents read and bought on average twice as many print books per month as any other category.  

    “Great news: Younger generations of people are reading books, buying books, and visiting libraries,” said Dr. Noorda. “Not only are Gen Z and Millennials engaging with books, but they are also engaging with other forms of media. They are gamers, readers, writers, and fans who are comfortable with malleability between media categories and forms.” 

    Libraries are drawing even Gen Z and Millennials who don’t self-identify as readers. More than half of the 43 percent of Gen Z and Millennials who don’t self-identify as readers have been to their local library in the past 12 months.  

    "These digitally-immersed generations make clear that libraries are about more than books,” said ALA President Emily Drabinski. “Programming relevant to teens and their parents – coding clubs, job application help, gaming – draws even non-readers to the library, as does the physical space to connect and collaborate." 

    Library services and programs that attract non-readers are based on the specific needs of local communities and are the focus of the Public Library Association’s 2022 Public Library Services for Strong Communities Survey.  

    "Libraries are popular among Gen Z and Millennials, even among self-identified non-readers. Gen Z and Millennials want and need the resources public libraries offer,” said Dr. Inman Berens. “Just as they flit between multiple media formats, they also jump between modes of access: libraries to bookstores to influencer posts to subscriptions, and back again. Libraries are a notable way Gen Z and Millennials discover books." 

    Through analysis of survey and demographic data, the authors uncovered additional key findings, including: 

    • Younger library users view the library as a place to “sample” materials, supplementing and informing their purchases and paid subscriptions of books, information, and media.  

    • Members of the survey cohorts who also identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color are more impacted by wait times for digital materials; more Black and Latinx Gen Z and Millennials report using digital collections than the general survey population.  

    • Seventy-five percent of Gen Z and Millennial physical library patrons believe a library wait of one week or less is “long.” 

    The Gen Z and Millennials public libraries and media use report builds on earlier data collected by the authors in Immersive Media 2020, published by the Panorama Project, which sought to understand how today’s readers and consumers view books in relation to other forms of interactive media. Both reports are intended to serve library professionals, educators, publishers, and local governments in assessing and planning outreach and services geared toward various generational cohorts. 

    About the authors 

    Dr. Kathi Inman Berens is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar of digital culture, former Annenberg Innovation Lab fellow, prize-winning author, and Associate Professor of Book Publishing and Digital Humanities at Portland State University. She is co-editor of the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 4 and writes about commercial and non-commercial contemporary publishing. 

    Dr. Rachel Noorda is Director and Associate Professor of Publishing at Portland State University. Her research is primarily focused on consumer behavior, marketing, and entrepreneurship in the book industry. She regularly works with book organizations and has conducted previous research about libraries with Dr. Kathi Inman Berens in Immersive Media 2020

    About the American Library Association 

    The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government, and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library's role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit

  • 7 Nov 2023 8:14 AM | Anonymous

    Genetic genealogy leads to perpetrators being arrested and victims being identified in previously unsolved cold cases going back decades. Now, a company has created the first-ever database to track cases being solved by this technology.

    Some of the trends they’ve already discovered are surprising.

    Several cases featured by True Crime Arizona on forensic genetic genealogy have focused on Jane or John Does being identified after years, but not all cases have been fully solved. This new database sheds some light as to how many genetic genealogy cases have resulted in arrests, and there’s something pretty startling that comes to light from this data.

    “It’s a treasure trove for anyone wanting to see the real-world impact of DNA and genetic genealogy with crime solving,” said Marc McDermott, who founded ‘Genealogy Explained.’ McDermott created the first searchable online database, ‘Genealogy Explained, ’ detailing cases solved by genetic genealogy, all coming from the Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project.

    To date, the database shows 621 criminal cases have been solved involving 293 perpetrators.

    You can read more in an article by Briana Whitney published in the azfamily web site at:

  • 6 Nov 2023 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    A partnership between the Museum of the American Revolution and makes it easier for African American and Native American families to get answers about ancestors who served during the Revolutionary War.

    Philadelphia local radio station KYW reports that has digitized a rare collection of military documents from the war that descendants can search online for free.

    The museum acquired the records in 2022 from the Patriots of Color Archive.

    The trove comprises nearly 200 rare documents, including original muster rolls, pay vouchers, enlistment papers and discharge forms. For people of color, it’s almost impossible to find these government papers.

    This development paints a better picture of their ancestors’ service to the nation.

    “A lot of people don’t realize how many Black and Native men served in the Revolution,” Amiee Newell, director of collections and exhibitions at the museum. “It was in the thousands — not tens or hundreds.”

    The museum will use the collection to tell the soldiers’ stories.

    “We are starting here to work on a digital project to go even deeper into the soldiers’ stories,” said Newell. “So stay tuned for that.”

  • 6 Nov 2023 3:57 PM | Anonymous

    The names and legacies of nearly 5 million veterans and service members have been added to an online database operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, doubling the number of individuals whose military records and contributions are commemorated, the agency announced Thursday.

    The Veterans Legacy Memorial, which was launched in 2019, is an interactive VA website that honors the men and women who served in the U.S. military, dating to the Revolutionary War. 

    “Keeping alive the legacy of veterans who have served is a personal mission,” said Matt Quinn, undersecretary for memorial affairs at the VA. “You see my grandfather, my father, my brother and three of my uncles are interred in veterans’ cemeteries. Their grave marker should not be the final remembrance.”

    The newest addition of 5 million names to the site represents veterans and service members interred at private cemeteries across the country, the VA said. 

    The online memorial honors veterans and service members with individual web pages that users can visit to submit photos, post tributes and learn about their military service. 

    Service members at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the nation’s oldest national cemetery, are among the veterans identified on the website. 

    The VA has used public databases to help identify service members and veterans and to provide background on their military records. 

    You can read more in an article in the Stars and Stripes web site at:

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software