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Student Seeks to Return Identities to British War Evacuees

Claire Halstead is a PhD student at the Department of History, The University of Western Ontario. She is researching British children who were evacuated to Canada during the Second World War. She has created a database which traces 1,532 children who came through the Children’s Overseas Reception Board (CORB) and an additional 1,600 who came as ‘private evacuees.’

Roughly two million British children were displaced during the Second World War, shipped from London to Commonwealth countries where they would be safe from bombings. As part of Operation Pied Piper, the first wave of evacuations saw 660,000 children, mothers and hospital patients, as well as 100,000 teachers, moved in just three to four days. By the war’s end, the population of Greater London dropped from 8.7 million to 6.7 million.

Test Your Knowledge of Texas History with a Virtual Race Across the Lone Star State

How well do you know Texas? Starting Monday, March 9th, the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) will celebrate Texas History Month with its first-of-its-kind online social game that will foster your love of Texas history as you virtually travel across Texas, testing your knowledge of the Lone Star state along the way.

This online social game tests players’ knowledge of Texas history as they go on a virtual tour of the state visiting historically significant sites. The Texas State Historical Association will even have some great prizes to giveaway including weekend getaway packages, Texas-sized 60″ Vizio TVs, and Traeger smoker grills.

Reminder: TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” Returns Sunday

The U.S. version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be broadcast this Sunday evening, March 8, at at 10pm ET/PT. Check your local listings for the time and channel near you.

This season will feature eight new celebrities exploring their roots — from America Ferrera, who travels to Honduras to uncover her great-grandfather’s ties to the violent Central American political system, to Josh Groban, who discovers a familial tie to Sir Isaac Newton.

The full lineup includes:

New Records Available to Search During Findmypast’s Free Weekend

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

In celebration of International Women’s Day, this Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 9,500 fascinating UK military records that illustrate the various roles played by woman during the First World War. Other additions include over 65,000 British Civil Service records and over 285,000 Australian Immigration records. We are also giving everyone unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world until midday on Monday, March 9th (GMT). and will be hosting a webinar on searching for women in their historical records at 10 am EST on Sunday 8th March. We have also created a new ‘Getting Started’ video to help everyone make the most of the free weekend. It’s not only new users who will be able to take advantage as those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access Findmypast’s historical World records during the free access weekend, and those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added on to their subscription. Visit our dedicated Free Weekend page to find out more.

Women at war; new UK military records

Global Family Reunion Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Unite World and Fight Alzheimer’s

The following announcement was written by the folks who are sponsoring the Global Family Reunion:

The Global Family Reunion has just launched a crowdfunding campaign with two not-so-minor goals: Unite the world and battle Alzheimer’s.

The Global Family Reunion will take place June 6, 2015, and aims to be the biggest, most inclusive and most entertaining family reunion in history. Everyone is invited. It will include presentations by celebrities, genealogists, and famous scientists, music, comedy, games, interactive exhibits and food. The main event will be held on the grounds of the world’s fair in New York, but there will be simultaneous parties around the world.

Sophos Antivirus for Macintosh

For years, Macintosh owners felt smug with the statement that “Macs don’t get viruses.” Indeed, that was true for years but times have changed. Viruses and other malware (malevolent software) have appeared in recent years that will infect a Macintosh. Admittedly, these new threats are rarely seen. They don’t seem to spread as quickly and easily as the Windows malware. Nonetheless, Mac owners today can only claim, “Macs rarely get viruses.”

Most Macintosh owners have never installed anti-virus software simply because they never saw a need for it. In fact, that was a successful practice for a long time simply because most Macs never encountered a problem. New problems are appearing these days and I would suggest the prudent Macintosh owner now should install anti-virus and anti-malware software.

Luckily, there are free anti-virus programs for Macs that have an excellent reputation for preventing problems.

(+) How to Use Two Monitors on One Computer

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

Would you like to double the size of your computer’s screen? There is a simple method of doing that: add a second monitor. It is surprisingly easy and cheap to do so. In fact, right now I have two monitors on the computer I am using to write this article.

Did you recently purchase a new, large monitor? If so, is your older, smaller monitor gathering dust? Put it to use! The process I will describe works with almost any monitor, large or small. The two (or three or four) monitors do not need to be the same size. You can use the old and the new monitor simultaneously on one computer.

England’s Immigrant Records 1330-1550 Now Online

A new database revealing data of immigration in medieval England, held in the records at The National Archives, has been launched online. England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 at http://www.englandsimmigrants.com is the result of a major Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research project by the University of York in collaboration with the Humanities Research Institute (University of Sheffield) and The National Archives.

For the first time the database allows researchers to search over 65,000 immigrants who were resident in England during this period by name, nationality, profession and place of residence.

Alaska Genealogy Information on AlaskaWeb

Colleen Pustola operates a web site called AlaskaWeb. At first glance, it doesn’t look like a genealogy web site. However, the site does contain a lot of information that may be interesting to anyone with Alaskan ancestry or to anyone who had a relative who joined the Alaska Gold Rush or was in the military and stationed in Alaska.

(+) Should All Genealogy Data on the Web be Verified?

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

Caution: this article contains personal opinions.

I often hear people moaning and groaning about the quality of genealogy information to be found online. Some claim that much of the online genealogy data is worthless. These comments seem to insinuate that people shouldn’t place information online until they have verified it. I have heard a few exclaim, “We have got to stop those people!”

That is a lofty goal, although unattainable. People are people. New genealogists join in and post data much faster than we can educate them. The idea of requiring source citations for all data sounds wildly Utopian to me.

You know what? I don’t care.

Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 6-9 March 2015

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • Findmypast announces they will be giving free access to all their historical records this weekend
  • Over 2 billion records available to everyone to search for free
  • Local subscribers granted World access, and World subscribers granted 3 extra days to their subscription
  • Getting Started video and Finding Women in the Records webinar will be available to view this weekend

London, UK, 4 February 2015 Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. That means that between midday on Friday, March 6th and midday on Monday, March 9th (GMT), absolutely everyone will have access to their comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

A New Genealogy Website went Online Today: Genealogy Gophers

Are you looking for a genealogy book? More Than 40,000 digital genealogy books now fully searchable and downloadable for free at GenGophers.com. I had a chance to use the site for a while today and will say that I am impressed. I have been using Google Books, Archive.org, and numerous sources of digitized books for years. The new GenGophers web site searches genealogy books and only genealogy books, looking for the information you specify. Best of all, the site is available to all free of charge.

Here is the announcement from Dallan Quass, founder of GenGophers.com:

More Than 40,000 Digital Genealogy Books Now Fully Searchable and Downloadable for Free at GenGophers.com

A new website enables genealogists for the first time to have free, easy, and precise searching of family history books

SALT LAKE CITY – Researching family histories online is an activity that has begun to come of age. Thousands of family history books and magazines are available to be searched directly from multiple websites. But searching through these websites and combing through the jumble of information they return can be a frustrating, costly, and fruitless process. The newly launched family history website, GenGophers.com, solves these problems by providing precise and free access to the industry’s most effective online search tools and a growing library of more than 40,000 downloadable family and personal histories, local histories, and genealogy newsletters.

Ancestry Appoints Kendall Hulet Senior Vice President of Product Management

The following press release was written by Ancestry.com:

PROVO, Utah, March 3, 2015 — Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the appointment of company veteran Kendall Hulet to the position of Senior Vice President of Product Management. Hulet will assume responsibilities for the global product organization and its efforts to make family history more fun and accessible to millions around the world. Hulet is succeeding Eric Shoup, who recently departed Ancestry to pursue new business opportunities.

Library and Archives Canada survey – sondage à Bibliothèque et Archives Canada

The following was written by the folks at Library and Archives Canada:

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is conducting a usability study of our to gather information about how visitors use our website. This study includes a question about digital content available on the LAC website. Please note that the identity of respondents is strictly confidential.

The study can be accessed at: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/lacbac01/lac/ until March 6th.

Free: Adobe Photoshop Express

Perhaps the best bargain for improving digital photographs is Adobe Photoshop Express. It works with built-in cameras on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, Android devices, Windows Phone, and Windows tablet, as well as with the Photoshop.com online photo service.

The full version of Adobe Photoshop can cost you hundreds of dollars, but the Photoshop Express app is free.

To be sure, Photoshop Express contains only a small subset of the features available in Photoshop or even in the cheaper Photoshop Elements. However, the capabilities of the free Photoshop Express are still very impressive. The app appears to be designed primarily for editing pictures snapped by a cell phone’s or tablet’s built-in camera. According to the Adobe web site, Photoshop Express includes the following:

Easy touch-ups

English Surnames and Their French Equivalents

If you have French-Canadian ancestry, as I do, and have tried to trace your family tree back into Quebec or Acadia, you may have encountered difficulties with name changes. When many of the French-speaking people moved to areas where English was the predominant language, they often adopted new surnames that were often based upon their French surnames.

Some were obvious, such as the surname Leblanc being changed to White. Both words mean the same thing. Other changes were a bit more difficult for the non-French-speaking descendant to decode, such as the French name Courtemanche being Anglicized to Shortsleeve. Courtemanche apparently is a nickname derived from the French words court (meaning short) + manche (meaning sleeve).

Supreme Court Gives Tacit Approval for Government to take Anybody’s DNA

The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday let stand the conviction of a rapist in the Raynor v. State of Maryland case where prosecution rested on DNA swiped from the armrests of an interrogation-room chair. Glenn Raynor’s genetic material was collected and tested without his knowledge or consent after he agreed to an interview at a police station as part of a criminal investigation. The police didn’t have probable cause to arrest Raynor, and he refused to provide a DNA sample. After he left the station, police swabbed the armrest of the chair where he had been sitting to collect his skin cells without his knowledge. The police then extracted a DNA profile from the cells and used it to connect him to the crime.

The dissent on the Maryland Court of Appeals said a probable-cause warrant was needed and painted a grim picture of the future:

Genealogical Speakers Guild Newsletter Now Available to the Public

The following announcement was written by the Genealogical Speakers Guild:

The Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) is pleased to announce that their quarterly newsletter, Speak!, is now available to the general public. The March 2015 issue can be downloaded from the GSG website (http://www.genealogicalspeakersguild.org). The newsletter has information about members of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and also provides tips and ideas for speakers and want-to-be speakers. Program planners will benefit from reading Speak! by identifying potential speakers for their programs and events.

Speak! is published quarterly the first week in March, June, September, and December and will be available as a PDF download on the Genealogical Speakers Guild website.

Polish American Marriage Database

The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast has posted a Polish-American Marriage Database on their website at www.pgsctne.org.

The database contains the names of couples of Polish origin who were married in select locations in the Northeast United States. The information was taken from marriage records, newspaper marriage announcements, town reports, parish histories or information submitted by Society members. The time period generally covered by these lists is 1892-1940. It includes the States of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont. Connecticut and Jersey City, NJ will be added at a later date.

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:

(+) Create Your Own Private and Secure Cloud

The Digital Public Library of America

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 in Birmingham, England

Genealogy Cruises versus Convention Centers

Back Up Your Hard Drive to a 256-Gigabyte Flashdrive

FDA allows 23AndMe to use its Genetic Kits to Test for Bloom Syndrome

Famberry Launches “Famberry Search” and GEDCOM Upload

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