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Rare African American Family Photo Albums Give Glimpse of 19th Century Albany, NY

The Arabella Chapman Project provides two photo albums assembled by an African American woman and her family in the last decades of the nineteenth century. The pages are filled with layers of family, community, and politics. Assembled in Albany, NY and North Adams, MA — tintype, carte-de-visite, and snap shot images — Arabella Chapman’s albums tell histories both intimate and epic.

Black Americans, including Arabella’s family and neighbors, sat for and then assembled their own images, crafting counter-narratives that challenged a rising tide of racism. At the same time, in their images are a politics of pleasure. From careful sartorial choices in formal portraits to rare scenes of leisure, the Chapman albums provide us an intimate glimpse into how black Americans embodied the lived pleasure of everyday life.

IAJGS Presents Awards for 2015 Recognizing Achievements in Aiding Jewish Genealogical Research

The following announcement was written by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies:

LONDON, UK, July 15, 2015 —The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) held its annual conference in Jerusalem, Israel from July 6-10, 2015. Attendance peaked at 1,000 with more than 21 countries represented. More than 60 video-recorded sessions are available for on-demand viewing for those not able to be at the conference (visit www.iajgs2015.org to subscribe) and include the opening event keynote by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv and Chairman of Yad Vashem, and address by Gilad Japhet, CEO of MyHeritage.

This conference is unique in the quality of resources available, the depth and diversity of experts available, the importance of making use of modern technology alongside the basics of genealogy research, and the truly international interest and cooperation. For the first time, a Family Fun Day, filled with multigenerational hands-on family history activities, was held in conjunction with the conference.

Officers Elected to IAJGS Board for Two-Year Term

The following announcement was written by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies:

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) is pleased to announce the results of the election of IAJGS officers, conducted at the 35TH IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy held recently in Jerusalem, Israel.


Marlis Humphrey of Melbourne Beach, Florida, was re-elected President of the IAJGS. Marlis’s election is to a second two-year term.

Marlis brings experience in strategic planning, marketing, technology, and non-profit board governance to the IAJGS. She has led the development of a growth strategy for the IAJGS and the delivery of important new benefits and services to the association’s members. She is President of the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) and recipient of the FSGS 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Marlis is a member of the JewishGen Board of Governors. She was Co-Chair of the IAJGS Boston 2013 conference. Marlis is a member and past VP Programs of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando where she received a 2015 Certificate of Appreciation.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

The notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few hours ago. Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

(+) Is Your Genealogy Data Insane?

Book Review: Wood – A Family of Kent

A Scavenger Hunt in the Cemeteries

Acadian French-Canadian Name Variations

U.S. National Archives opens an Innovation Hub

The Viking Discovery of North America

If You Want to Attend the New York State Family History Conference, the Time to Buy a Ticket is NOW!

London Jewish Synagogue Seatholder Records Go Online

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:

Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington

Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events.

All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.

(+) Is Your Genealogy Data Insane?

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

Are you confident of the accuracy of your genealogy data? You might be amazed at how many databases I see that include mothers giving birth at the age of three, marriages at age twelve, or deaths at the age of 135. Sometimes you even find a person with a birth date prior to those of his parents. Download almost any GEDCOM file from the Internet and I suspect you can find similar problems.

Such errors are easy to create. Sometimes selecting the wrong person in original records can cause such errors. Copying someone else’s errors can cause other errors. Mistakes also occur because you had a keystroke error when entering the data; attempting to type 1835 on the keyboard can easily result in 1845 being pressed on the keys.

Donald Trump and Immigration

The U.S. news services are full of stories about Donald Trump’s campaign to become President. His stand on immigration is one of his more controversial ideas. Generally speaking, Trump seems to be against immigration. That seems surprising as his mother, Mary MacLeod Trump, was born in Scotland. His grandfather, Frederick Christ Trump, was born in Germany. His first wife Ivana was born in Czechoslovakia, his current wife Melania was born in Yugoslavia.

As Kimberly Powell writes on About.com, “Donald Trump epitomizes the American immigrant experience.”

The Viking Discovery of North America

Despite what you learned in grade school, Christopher Columbus and his crew were not the first Europeans to land in North America. In fact, many Europeans probably preceded Columbus. Some even stayed for a while and settled in. One of the better documented European villages may be found at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland.

Some time around 1000 A.D., Norsemen landed on Newfoundland, where they set up a small village. Though this inhospitable spit of land would eventually come to be populated by Canadians, its original inhabitants were forgotten until one day in 1960, when an explorer, an archaeologist, and a nurse were visiting the remote community of L’Anse aux Meadows.

Cemetery Worker Stole Veterans’ Gravestones to Pave Garage and Shed Floors

A worker at the Rhode Island Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery was accused of stealing more than 150 granite gravestones to pave the floor of his garage and shed, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rhode Island and federal court documents. The worker, Kevin Maynard, 59, was charged with felony theft of government property after the Rhode Island State Police got a tip.

Maynard was arraigned in U.S. District Court on Monday, where he pleaded “not guilty.”

New FamilySearch Collections: Week of July 13, 2015

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

Family historians hungry for historic Irish records will enjoy FamilySearch’s new collection, Ireland
Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912
. These indexed court documents bring 22 million records to your fingertips. These records were originally filmed at the National Archives of Ireland
and the index was created by 
findmypast.com. See the table below for additions to over 60 historical record collections, including 46 million US obituaries. Click on the collection’s link to start your discovery.

Wanted: A New Home for News, Data and Information from San Diego’s Past

The San Diego Daily Transcript, which has covered local business, law and real estate for 130 years, announced Wednesday that it will cease operations next month. The final edition will be published Sept. 1, and the newspaper will close Sept. 21, publisher Robert Loomis said.

Loomis also said, “We hope a local university or library will accept the donation of our past editions and possibly even the web database so the news, data and information from the past can be a resource for future San Diego researchers and business people,” Loomis said. “It has been a great ride, one more time, our sincere thanks to our employees, and the many advertisers and subscribers who have supported us during the last 130 years.”

Ginnifer Goodwin To Appear On TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? This Sunday

On Sunday, July 26 at 9PM/8PM Central, TLC will be bringing a new season of episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? with a brand new batch of celebrities ready to embark on a journey to learn more about their family history.

Sunday’s episode features Once Upon A Time’s Ginnifer Goodwin. In the episode, Goodwin knows little about her paternal grandfather’s family, and sets out to learn why her father never knew his own grandparents. What she does know is that her grandfather left home at the young age of just 11 years old. Ginnifer searches to find out why.

 

Comment on “Another Personal Genetics Company Is Sharing Client Data”

Yesterday I published an announcement from AncestryDNA and Calico that provides details about a new collaboration between the two organizations. In fact, the goals of the collaboration sound great: “to investigate human heredity of lifespan.” However, pessimists always see a negative side to anything and this announcement is no exception. This is a variation of the “glass is half full” versus “the glass is half empty” comparison.

Writing in Wired, Katie M. Palmer wrote an article entitled Another Personal Genetics Company Is Sharing Client Data. She states, “… companies like AncestryDNA have convinced customers to pay to give their genetic data away, at a cost of about $100 per sample. This is the same sort of bargain you make when you begrudgingly hand your personal information over to Google or Facebook: You sacrifice some amount of data about yourself in return for added convenience.”

Ancestry.com LLC Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

The following an an excerpt from a long announcement written by Ancestry.com The full announcement may be found at: http://goo.gl/o3tlst.

– Second Quarter Revenues $169.4 million, Up 8.5% Year-Over-Year; Up 10.2% on Constant Currency Basis –

– Second Quarter Adjusted EBITDA $67.3 million, Up 16.1%Year-Over-Year1 –

PROVO, Utah, July 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC (the “Company”), the world’s largest online family history resource, reported financial results today for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Acadian French-Canadian Name Variations

A long and detailed article about Acadian French-Canadian Name Variations has been contributed to the Encyclopedia of Genealogy entitled Acadian French-Canadian Name Variations. It has been translated and is reproduced in the Encyclopedia with thanks to Claude Perrault and the Socièté Généalogique Canadienne-Française.

I recognized several of my Acadian ancestors’ names here! You might do the same.

Acadian French-Canadian Name Variations may be found at http://eogen.com/AcadianFrenchCanadianNameVariations.

Winnetka, Illinois, Library To Close Genealogy Room

The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library Board of Trustees on July 20 voted unanimously to close the library’s genealogy room, despite protests from residents and people from neighboring communities. While the genealogy collection has been a fixture at the library since 1963, the library will close the room for good on July 30 with plans to relocate the collection outside of the library.

Details may be found in an article by by Emily Spectre in the Daily North Shore web site at http://dailynorthshore.com/2015/07/21/winnetka-library-genealogy-room-will-close.

If You Want to Attend the New York State Family History Conference, the Time to Buy a Ticket is NOW!

The following announcement was written by the New York State Family History Conference. Notice the words “is approaching “sold out” status.

The New York State Family History Conference, scheduled for September 17–19 in Syracuse, New York, in partnership with the Federation of Genealogical Societies, is approaching “sold out” status. “The idea of the conference,” said Sue Miller, Education Director of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, “is to have the very top national presenters in a smaller, more personal conference environment.” The NYG&B and the Central New York Genealogical Society are the conference co-sponsors. Complete details are at www.NYSFHC.org.

AncestryDNA and Calico to Research the Genetics of Human Lifespan

The following announcement was written by AncestryDNA:

Collaboration Will Analyze Family History and Genetics to Facilitate Development of Cutting-Edge Therapeutics

PROVO, Utah and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 21, 2015  — AncestryDNA, an industry leader in consumer genetics, and Calico, a company focused on longevity research and therapeutics, today announced an effort to investigate human heredity of lifespan. Together, they will evaluate anonymized data from millions of public family trees and a growing database of over one million genetic samples. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

AncestryDNA and Calico will work together to analyze and investigate the role of genetics and its influences in families experiencing unusual longevity using Ancestry’s proprietary databases, tools and algorithms. Calico will then focus its efforts to develop and commercialize any potential therapeutics that emerge from the analysis.

A Scavenger Hunt in the Cemeteries

Here is an idea for your local genealogy society or local historical society: a scavenger hunt.

John McVicar of Cambridge, Ontario, created an elaborate scavenger hunt of gravesites and monuments of famous people buried across Cambridge. He knew it would grab the interest of a few fellow genealogy and local history enthusiasts, but he didn’t think over 200 people would get involved.

It was so successful that McVicar has now pieced together two scavenger hunts: one in Cambridge and another one using cemeteries in Kitchener and Waterloo. Participants are asked to find the monuments or gravesites listed in the scavenger hunt guide and answer the accompanying questions.

U.S. National Archives opens an Innovation Hub

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, has announced in his personal blog the opening of an Innovation Hub on the first floor of the National Archives building in Washington, D.C. The new Innovation Hub has two sections: a meeting area, and a citizen scanning room where researchers can scan the National Archives’ records with state-of-the-art equipment at no cost as long as they also contribute a copy of their digital scans for inclusion in the National Archives’ online catalog.

The result is a win-win: the visitor to the National Archives receives free use of state-of-the-art digitizing equipment to keep for his or her own use while the National Archives gets pieces of its holdings digitized at no additional expense beyond creating and stocking the Innovation Hub. (Paying someone to digitize documents normally is quite expensive.)

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