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  • 2 May 2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Augusta Genealogical Society:

    Using Maps for Genealogy Research

    Using Maps for Genealogy Research

    When: Saturday, May 21, 2022 Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST

    Where: On Line - Register at

    Registration deadline is May 14

    Price: Free to AGS members and $10.00 for nonmembers Speaker:

    Phillip Sutton, MSLIS

    This presentation will describe how maps in the collections of The New York Public Library and elsewhere can be used in genealogical research. We'll look at fire insurance maps and atlases, military and topographical maps, county maps and atlases, and other types of maps to locate records, discover where our ancestors lived, and what their lives were like.

    Philip Sutton is a reference librarian at New York Public Library's Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History, and Genealogy, where he also teaches and writes about genealogy and building history research. Sutton is a visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute, where he teaches a class in Genealogy and Local History.

    The Augusta Genealogical Society is a non profit organization founded in Augusta, Georgia in September 1979.

  • 1 May 2022 7:41 AM | Anonymous

    Today is the first day of the month, an excellent time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups!

    Your backups aren't worth much unless you make a quick test by restoring a small file or two after the backup is completed.

    Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier and safer if you have a specific schedule. The first day of the month is easy to remember, so I would suggest you back up your genealogy files at least on the first day of every month, if not more often. (My computers automatically make off-site backups of all new files every few minutes.)

    Given the events of the past few months during the pandemic with genealogy websites laying off employees and cutting back on services, you now need backup copies of everything more than ever. What happens if the company that holds your online data either goes off line or simply deletes the service where your data is held? If you have copies of everything stored either in your own computer, what happens if you have a hard drive crash or other disaster? If you have one or more recent backup copies, such a loss would be inconvenient but not a disaster.

    Of course, you might want to back up more than your genealogy files. Family photographs, your checkbook register, all sorts of word processing documents, email messages, and much more need to be backed up regularly. Why not do that on the first day of each month? or even more often?

  • 29 Apr 2022 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    If you are feeling a bit peckish do you enjoy a bit of scran or docky? Perhaps if you have a sweet tooth then a bag of cooshies or jumbles might hit the spot.

    Since the 1950s, the University of Leeds has been home to an extensive library of English dialects – and now the historic archive is accessible to the public. You can learn how your ancestors sounded when they spoke.

    During the 1950s and 60s, fieldworkers from the University travelled across the country to record the language and lifestyles of speakers across England, known as the Survey of English Dialects. It remains the most famous and complete survey of dialects in England and the findings have been preserved in the University’s Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture, a unique and nationally important multi-media archive.

    Now, the recordings can be heard by the public with the launch of the University’s Dialect and Heritage ‘In Your Words’ Project, led by the School of English and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

    You can read more at the University of Leeds web site at:

  • 29 Apr 2022 9:47 AM | Anonymous

    The Vivid-Pix Blog has an interesting story telling how the company installed the Vivid-Pix Memory Station photo digitizing and restoration system to help seniors reminisce and reconnect with loved ones through photography to help reduce dementia. This is especially interesting because the city (Rochester, New York) is the birthplace of modern photography.

    The same article briefly describes Memory Station, a one-click scanner/software bundle from Vivid-Pix that helps people digitize, restore, and save precious print images without sending them to a scanning service.

    Here is a quote from the article that I consider to be especially relevant:

    “By engaging with residents and listening to their insights, we create content that helps them learn and use technology,” described Rick Voight, CEO, Vivid-Pix. “Computers are intimidating. By listening to users, creating clear instructions and motivation, we engage residents to do something they want to do – pull photos from the closet and relive cherished memories. We also get to hear wonderful stories!”

    You can read Vivid-Pix Helps Seniors “Tell Your Story” in Rochester, NY at:

  • 29 Apr 2022 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    Findmypast adds new UK electoral registers and the 1950 US Census Image Browse 

    UK Electoral Registers & Companies House Directors 

    Nearly 125 million new records have been added into this existing record set, mostly from the year 2021. An ideal resource for discovering cousins and distant relations, the records can give names, estimated ages and addresses. 

    1950 US Census Image Browse 

    Entirely free to browse, this once-in-a-decade glimpse into US history could help researchers find relatives’ names, addresses, places of birth, occupations and more. It’s brand new to Findmypast this week, and could be used to trace pond-hopping UK relatives. 


    Five new newspaper titles have been added to the British Newspaper Archive this week, with updates to a further three. 

    New titles:

    Updated titles:

  • 29 Apr 2022 8:26 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the organizers of the Family History Show:

    Saturday 25th June 2022 & Saturday 24th September

    The Family History Show is returning to York and London!

    After surveying previous attendees, over 81% were looking forward to attending a show in person. With nearly two years of not having the freedom and interaction of a physical show, we found that people were looking forward to enjoying a great day out again, listening to live talks and asking questions face-to-face to experts and exhibitors. We have had many requests to hold another show and we are only too pleased to welcome everyone back!

    Help ensure the future of family history events like this by voting with your feet today.

    We have the great pleasure of announcing that The Family History Show – York is making a welcome return to the Racecourse at York on Saturday 25th June 2022 and The Family History Show – London to Kempton Park on Saturday 24th September.

    Packed with exhibitors attending from all over the UK, plus family history societies and genealogy supplies companies returning at last to a physical show, this long-awaited chance to talk face-to-face with stall holders is a must for your diary.

    These events are not just for those who have Yorkshire or London Ancestors – these family history shows will appeal to all visitors. Everyone is very welcome and there will be so much to see throughout the day at both events. There will be plenty of parking, refreshments will be available all day, you can talk with experts who can help with your research queries and watch FREE talks held throughout the day.

    These events are organised by family historians for family historians. Do you really know who you are? Come and find out - you may be surprised!

    The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York

    Each show features:

    • Free talks held throughout the day in two large lecture areas
    • Book a free personal 1-2-1 session with an expert, or visit our special Expert Panel at the end of the day where our experts combine to give a talk full of handy research tips and answer your questions in a Q&A session.
    • Free Parking and Local Train Station
    • All Day Refreshments
    • Wheelchair Friendly Venue

    Early-bird Ticket Offer

    Get your tickets now and save, Only £6 (£8 on the day) and you’ll also get a goody bag on entry worth over £17.

    Save 50% by getting two tickets for £8 for the York show here:

    Talks you can look forward to at the York show include:

    Nick Barratt - The Future of Family History

    Looking at the ways family history research is changing as a result of technology and the media, with some opportunities that this may present for the future. A timely warning that the excitement around new digital releases should prompt us to think about how we use the wealth of data available.

    Mia Bennett - Using DNA to Support Family History Research

    This talk is aimed at people who want to practically apply DNA insights to their family history research. DNA is the new tool in our toolkit for helping us take our family history further. It looks at some of the methods and techniques you can use when working with your DNA results. In addition, little tips will be given along with a few practical examples to help you visualise what you need to do to progress your family history research.

    Jackie Depelle - Writing Your Family History

    Have you done all your family history research and now wondering what to do with it?

    Learn how to organise and develop your hard work and research into a framework that can be shared with others, in a variety of different ways. Move on from record sheets and charts.

    Keith Gregson - Genealogy Hints and Tips

    This talk explores how with research and the right tools you can step back in time looking at where your ancestors lived, worked and spent their leisure time. Following the routes they may have taken, on old maps and looking at the views they may have seen.

    Mark Bayley - Breaking Down Brick Walls

    Mark shows techniques and data sets that can remove those obstacles to completing your family history.

    Mark Bayley - Mapping Your Ancestors

    Mark discusses how to get the most out of map-based record sets, what’s available online and demonstrates a fantastic tool for viewing them.

    Early-bird Ticket Offer

    Get two tickets for £8 for the York show here:

    Check out Family History TV on YouTube with their free short videos. These how-to-guides are by leading experts covering a variety of topics. Their speakers specialise in subjects from the world of British Genealogy, Military History, DNA, House History and Social History and many of them are past and present speakers from The Family History Show. Watch a short video now at:

    Find Out More at:

  • 28 Apr 2022 5:37 PM | Anonymous

    NOTE: The following article has nothing to do with the normal topics of this newsletter: genealogy, DNA, current events, upcoming genealogy conferences, or related articles. However, this article relates to a new computer technology that I believe every computer user should be familiar with.

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

    Imagine a list of everything you’ve done online this week, and when. Everyone you messaged or video called. Every social media interaction, every takeout order, every job application you applied for, and every doctors' appointment. How about every website you visited (yes, all of them). Everywhere your phone has been. Every time you were and weren’t at home.

    Would you be happy for your neighbors to see this list? Your boss? Your bank? Everyone on the internet? How about every one of those things for the past week? How about the past year? Now make it the past decade, not just a year. How about forever?

    That’s the reality of using the internet today. While the data we send is usually encrypted, the metadata — the data about what you’re sending, when, and who to — typically is not encrypted unless you use https (The "s" stands for SECURE) protocol. Even that is not perfect. All your information is easily all available to be hacked and tracked by cybercriminals and by government agencies alike. Yes, the FBI, the CIA, local law enforcement, and identity thieves alike track thousands of people all the time. THAT'S TRUE EVEN FOR HTTPS (SECURE) connections. There have been (unconfirmed) hints the Internal Revenue Service does the same.

    Of course, tracking of a nation's citizens is never limited to only the United States. Similar actions are even more common in many other countries, especially in Russia, the Arab countries, and who knows where else? Yes, even the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Australia, and Brazil do the same. The more repressive the government, the greater the odds it is tracking its citizens. Then there are the identity thieves and other cybercriminals... They are located everywhere.

    Even if the cybercriminal or government agency is not tracking your exact data content, many of them do track the metadata of your every connection you make. They know which web sites you visited (and the date and time of each visit), along with the people and organizations with whom you exchanged email messages. They probably know when you are not home. Organizations such as Facebook also know your political affiliation, your religion, your ethnic heritage, and the approximate amount of income your family enjoys.

    Metadata is often described as everything except the content of your communications. You can think of metadata as the digital equivalent of an envelope. Just like an envelope contains information about the sender, receiver, and destination of a message, so does metadata. Metadata is information about the digital communications you send and receive. Some examples of metadata include:

    • the subject line of your emails
    • the length of your conversations
    • the time frame in which a conversation took place
    • your location when communicating (as well as with whom)

    It shouldn’t be this way. Users deserve privacy. Indeed, there are ways to obtain the privacy and security we all desperately need for the internet of today and the future. For many years, security experts have recommended the use of Virtual Private Networks, commonly called VPNs.

    A VPN gives you online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection. VPNs mask your internet protocol (IP) address so your online actions are virtually untraceable. Most important, VPN services establish secure and encrypted connections to provide greater privacy than even a secured Wi-Fi hotspot.

    A virtual private network is a key privacy tool that you should use when you’re logging onto the internet from a public place such as a coffee shop, hotel lobby, or any other spot that offers access to free public Wi-Fi.

    A VPN creates a type of tunnel that hides your online activity, including the links you click or the files you download, so that cybercriminals, businesses, government agencies, the neighborhood adolescent, or other snoops can't see what you are sending and receiving.

    Most VPNs are owned and operated by corporations.

    (NOTE: There are a few privately-owned VPNs although they are not common.)

    In most cases, private citizens pay a few dollars a month to the corporation to provide the secure and encrypted path to other web sites and services. Of course, these services that create the plain-text-to-encrypted-translations are very powerful; they often have access to all of your plain-text communications.

    Many VPN providers claim that they do not log your conversations. Do you believe them? (Some have later been found to be lying. Others reportedly record everything but then delete all records after 24 hours.) Records of your online communications are valuable. The corporations that do track your online activities then sell that information to Facebook (now called and other businesses that are in the business of collecting private information.

    Beyond that, what will non-logging corporations do when they receive a court order that demands they initiate tracing of an individual? In the past, a number of non-logging internet service providers have implemented logging of certain individuals after receiving a request from a court of law.

    I have been using VPNs for years to encrypt all my online communications. It's not that I have anything to hide. In fact, I lead a rather open life. Instead, I simply don't like online snooping by anyone for any purpose.

    As good as VPNs are, they are not perfect. They do not always provide working connections to all distant services. Financial institutions, especially banks, often block anyone attempting to connect via a VPN. Some services that are designed to only be used by people in their own country (such as Netflix) will block anyone attempting to connect from a foreign country.

    This leads to a discussion about I.P. addresses. Every computer that is connected to the internet has an I.P. address. that includes your computer. An I.P. address is a unique address that identifies a device on the internet or a local network. I.P. stands for "Internet Protocol," which is the set of rules governing the format of data sent via the internet or local network.

    In essence, I.P. addresses are the identifier that allows information to be sent between devices on a network: they contain location information and make devices accessible for communication. The internet needs a way to differentiate between different computers, routers, and websites. I.P. addresses provide a way of doing so and form an essential part of how the internet works.

    The use of a VPN "hides" the I.P. address of the originating computer and substitutes the address of the "endpoint" computer - the point where the encrypted "tunnel" ends and the connection then resumes the normal, unencrypted connection. That is how Netflix and other geographically-limited services know you are using a VPN: the company has simply compiled a list of all the I.P. addresses of the known "endpoints" or nodes and does not allow anyone using one of those known I.P. addresses to connect.

    So how do you solve this problem? Simple. Use a DPN instead of a VPN.

    So what is a DPN?

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  • 28 Apr 2022 9:57 AM | Anonymous

    Allegations against Dr. Paul Brennan Jones surfaced in 2019, when the now-grown children of his former patients found each other through DNA tests.

    A jury has awarded $8.75 million to families who alleged a former Grand Junction, Colorado doctor lied to his patients and used his own sperm to impregnate more than a dozen women using artificial insemination decades ago.

    In the lawsuit, filed in 2019, Maia Emmons-Boring, her sister Tahnee Scott and their mother Cheryl Emmons alleged Dr. Paul Brennan Jones of Grand Junction lied to Emmons when, in the early 1980s, he told her he would use anonymous sperm donations during separate rounds of artificial insemination.

    The jury found Jones and his former practice, now called Women's Health Care of Western Colorado, liable for negligence and fraud, among other claims.

    You can read more about this story at

    The original story (published more than 2 years ago) may be found at:

  • 28 Apr 2022 8:46 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Society of Genealogists:

    Count Down to CONFERENCE

    The Future of Genealogy

    Young Genealogists at the Helm

    Saturday 7 May 2022 8am - 8:15pm (BST)

    The Society of Genealogists, in collaboration with The Family History Federation, is looking forward to hosting this exciting online Zoom event on the 7th of May.

    The conference provides a platform for genealogists under 35 to come together, exchange ideas and support each other. This is an international event to connect young people from around the world and help shape the future of the genealogy community. Youth-led, sessions will include a facilitated safe space to discuss what young people want from the community and family history societies, with a range of presentations, panels and discussions.

    This event will be led by our young genealogists but is open to all to attend. If you are a genealogy society officer or programme secretary or educator looking to engage young family historians then this is the conference to learn about their expectations and interests.

    The conference programme includes ten diverse sessions from young genealogist influencers and historians who will look at sources, resources and the world of genealogy from their perspective. Talks will include (amongst others) - The Effects of DNA Testing Results on Biological and Family Identities; Building a Bridge between Generations; Using Family History to Comprehend the Roots of Climate Crisis: Reflections on Personal Experience.

    Representatives from commercial organisations including Ancestry, Findmypast and My Heritage as well the Society of Genealogists and Family History Federation will take form an industry panel from leading genealogy organisations and young family historians to discuss the issues, answer questions and hear the insights and concerns of young family historians.

    A PDF copy of the programme is attached and online line here Layout 1 (

    Cost is £1.50 which covers your registration fee. Everyone is welcome, come for all or part of the day

    Bookings can be made Conference: The Future of Genealogy – Young Genealogists at the Helm - Society of Genealogists (

    Door prizes and prize draw donations for attendees include:

    • TWO free annual memberships from Society for One-Place Studies

    • One £20 voucher to be spent with Devon FHS (either on membership, attending an event or publications)

    • TWO FREE COURSES (for any course, without assessment) from Pharos Tutors

    Other offers and discounts available to attendees include:

    • 20% off your first year of Society of Genealogists’ membership

    • 60% discount from MyHeritage for first-time users

  • 27 Apr 2022 7:37 PM | Anonymous

    For six young citizens of the Cherokee Nation, June will mark a tough journey.

    It’ll be a grueling bike ride across seven states, but it’ll also be a journey of reflection into the past and what their Cherokee ancestors endured along the infamous Trail of Tears.

    The six cyclists: Kortney Dry, 24, and Kayce O’Field, 24, both of Tahlequah; Emily Christie, 24, of Stilwell; Jeanetta Leach, 23, of Rocky Mountain; Madison Whitekiller, 23, of Verdigris; and Desiree Matthews, 18, of Watts, were selected recently to participate in the 2022 “Remember the Removal” bike ride. Their trek will retrace a roughly 950-mile-long path followed by Cherokee people who were forcibly removed from their native lands in Georgia to Oklahoma in the late 1830s.

    This marks the first year for the team to be composed entirely of Cherokee women.

    You can read more in an article in The JournalRecord web site at:

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