Heirloom Registry Family History Holiday Campaign

The following announcement was written by the folks at Heirloom Registry:

‘White Friday’ Anyone? Heirloom Registry Launches Family History Campaign as Alternative for Holiday Shoppers

FERNDALE, WASH. – NOVEMBER 24, 2015 – The Heirloom Registry’s fourth “No More Stuff” campaign will officially kickoff with “White Friday,” an alternative to Black Friday that encourages shoppers to stay home with families and have fun with family history instead of simply buying more “stuff.”

“Instead of waking up earlier and earlier on Friday, battling the traffic and fighting the crowds for more stuff, what if you gave White Friday (#WhiteFriday) a try instead?” asks Mike Hiestand, Heirloom Registry founder. “We’ve run our campaign to encourage people to re-think the relationship they have with the objects and things that surround them before they head out shopping for things they may not really need or even truly want.”

The holiday campaign (#NoMoreStuff) runs from Nov. 27 through Dec. 31. It first started in 2012, but the declaration of White Friday as the official launch date is new to 2015. Participation in White Friday is easy, Hiestand explains. Participants sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast and then gather family and a few family heirlooms from around the house.

Ancestry.co.uk adds Freemasonry Membership Registers for England and Ireland

Ancestry.co.uk has added two new collections to hep find the the Freemasons in your family. The announcement came from Ancestry.co.uk but the same records seem to be available on Ancestry.com. These records include a lot more than English and Irish records. They also include some entries for lodges located in Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Some of the records in this collection include: Brecon and Carmarthen (Wales), Montreal, Halifax and Portland (Canada),  Christiana, Port Elizabeth, Barkley West, Cape Town and Machadodorp (South Africa), Invercargill (New Zealand), also South Australia.

The new Freemasonry Membership Registers for England and Ireland typically include name, profession, initiation date and other personal information.

The collections are individually titled as follows:

Samford’s IGHR Moving To Athens, Georgia In 2017

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) announced in May that the Institute would relocate to a new location. (See my May 28, 2015, article about the relocation at http://goo.gl/rvjhJU.) At that time, the new location had not been defined. Now the Samford University Library and the Advisory Board of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) have announced a new host site for IGHR.

IGHR will be moving to Georgia in 2017. After evaluating a number of proposals for the new host site, the Georgia Genealogical Society, Inc. has been selected to be the organization to carry forward the tradition of excellence in genealogical education. The Institute will move to Athens, Ga. and the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in July of 2017.

Updated: Richard Heaton’s Index to Digitalised British and Irish Newspapers Online

I have written before about Richard Heaton’s online indexes of British and Irish newspapers. See http://goo.gl/Oj5ZM3 and http://goo.gl/0BAxVN for two of the earlier articles about this collection. Now Richard writes, “I have been maintaining a list of Titles of Digitalised Online British and Irish Newspapers. Whether available Free, by Subscription, or Pay to View. There are now over 2,900 references.”

Genealogy Jamboree 2016 Call for Presentations

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree:

The Southern California Genealogical Society announces its Call for Presentations for the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 3 – 5, 2016 with a pre-conference day on Thursday, June 2, 2016, to include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth workshops, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. This call also includes the 2016 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. Presentations will only be accepted through the online portal August 20 – September 30, 2015.

Genealogy Jamboree draws family historians and genealogists at all experience levels, from the beginner to the professional; from the first time conference attendee to conference veterans. The Jamboree Extension Series draws an international audience also comprised of all skill levels.

Scottish Ancestral Research Company Releases New Records for Major Family History Show

The following announcement was written by the folks at Scottish Indexes:

Annan, Scotland – To celebrate the “Lanarkshire Family History Society Local and Family History Show” (the largest family history show in Scotland) www.scottishindexes.com is releasing thousands of historical Scottish paternity records. The total number of paternity records now indexed is 11,723!

These records give a unique insight into the lives of our ancestors and allows people with illegitimate ancestors to trace their male line more easily; often helping you overcome a ‘brick wall’ in your family tree!

Tulsa Genealogical Society Research Library moved to Northeastern State University’s Broken Arrow Campus

The Tulsa Genealogical Society Research Library has transferred its library holdings to Northeastern State University’s Broken Arrow campus, 3100 S New Orleans, Broken Arrow.

The new facility includes computers for online research and Wi-Fi for individuals who bring their personal laptops or tablets. It also offers a computer lab, which will be available for society classes and workshops.

Detail may be found on the society’s web site at http://www.tulsagenealogy.org/president.html.

Gage County Museum in Beatrice, Nebraska, Closed Due to Flood

The Gage County Museum in Beatrice, including its genealogy research collections, will be closed during Homestead Days due to damaged sustained during flooding in May. The horse-drawn Beatrice streetcar rides scheduled on Saturday and Sunday have been canceled.

The museum will remain closed until repair work is done and the entire collection has been reinstalled. The date of reopening has yet to be determined. Staff will still be working to answer questions and do genealogical research by telephone or email. If you would like to visit the Gage County Museum, keep an eye on its web site at http://www.gagecountymuseum.info for further updates.

Woonsocket (Rhode Island) Veterans Memorial Museum finds a Home at the American French Genealogical Society

Glenn Dusablon has collected hundreds of uniforms from various conflicts. There was but one problem: where to display them? Glenn has now found the answer, thanks to the American French Genealogical Society (AFGS) of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Dusablon is preparing the space above AFGS to be opened as the “Woonsocket Veterans Memorial Museum,” a place to honor those who have served their country throughout history, and to preserve military artifacts. Until now, much of his collection – which includes some incredibly rare and valuable items – has gone unseen, with select artifacts occasionally pulled out for traveling displays he’s created at special veteran-related events.

Findmypast’s Start Your Family Tree Week 2014/15 Begins Today

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

London, UK. 26th December, 2014. Today marks the beginning of Findmypast’s Start Your Family Tree Week and the release of over 7.6 million records.

This seven-day event will continue until 1st January 2015. Over the course of the week, Findmypast users can access a wide range of materials to help them build their family trees such as getting started guides, expert insights, useful print-outs, and a wealth of family history prizes.

Findmypast will also be launching its first ever Findmypast Tree Awards – a contest for the best family tree built or uploaded to Findmypast. Four winners across four categories will be selected by an expert panel of judges and will be awarded a selection of prizes.

Never Underestimate the Power of Small Good Deeds

Here is a photograph of a short letter to a UK newspaper is one of the most shared images in the world today. It’s on the front page of viral photo hosting service Imgur, where it has been viewed thousands of times in the last three days. It’s not clear when the letter was originally published.

Rabbi Abraham S. Goldberg, R.I.P.

The recent attack by Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem took several lives. One of the murder victims was Rabbi Abraham S. Goldberg who was very active on JewishGen and a person who helped many people research their lineage.

You can read more in an article in the JewishGen Blog at http://jewishgen.blogspot.com/2014/11/abraham-s-goldberg-hyd.html.

UK Opens Access to 91 Million Orphan Works

This sounds like a great solution! In the U.S., creative works published from 1923 through 1963 may or may not be protected by copyright laws. A dizzying array of regulations and the inability to find possible copyright holders makes it nearly impossible to determine if a specific work can be legally reproduced by others or not. Unable to determine what is or is not protected, books, magazines, pictures, music and other works created during that period are often called “orphaned works.”

The dates may be different but somewhat similar problems exist in many other countries as well. Now the Intellectual Property Office of the government of the United Kingdom has opened access to millions of orphaned works created in the UK.

Genealogy Jamboree Call for Presentations Extended

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Southern California Genealogical Society:

Have you submitted for the Southern California Genealogical Society 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 – 7, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California? The Genetic Genealogy: DNA Plus! on Thursday, June 4, 2015 will include a full day of DNA presentations and In-Depth Workshops.

This Call for Presentations also includes the 2015 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. This webinar program offers two sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) to an international audience.

The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree theme is Genealogy FANfare! celebrating the use of the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research.

That Synthetic Food of the Future

Be cautious when predicting the future. Not all predictions are accurate. The following is from the Ogden Standard-Examiner of Ogden City, Utah, on September 19, 1926:

Click on the above image to view a larger version.

15 Million Pages of Centuries-Old Medical Books Move to the Web

I am not sure how useful these books will be to genealogists. Then again, these are the treatments that your ancestors enjoyed or suffered with for many years.

Millions of old books are being digitized and made available on the web. The latest group of books to join the online library includes 15 million yellowed pages of text and images from arcane 19th-century medical books. Nine British universities and research institutions are sending their collections of important texts from the history of medicine and science to the London-based Wellcome Library so that their rare books and pamphlets can be made freely available online.

Over the next two years, a team from the Internet Archive will scan texts on medicine, consumer health, sport and fitness, and even outdated medical practices like phrenology, a pseudoscience based on the idea that a person’s character was reflected in the shape of his or her skull. Texts on food and nutrition will include about 1,400 cookbooks from the University of Leeds, according to the Wellcome Trust, which announced plans for the project in partnership with the digital tech charity Jisc last month.

You can learn more in an announcement from the Wellcome Library at http://goo.gl/8z2PYv.

700+ Hours of Moving Film Footage from the Great War Now Online

More than 700 hours of moving film footage from the great war has been newly released online for the first time, in a joint European project involving the UK’s Imperial War Museum. The footage, available on the Imperial War Museum website, has been released online for the first time. You can learn more at http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-london/first-world-war-galleries and in a video at http://bcove.me/hfedsjvf.

New FamilySearch Mobile Apps for iOS and Android

Viewing Family Tree and adding digital files has recently gone mobile! Two new apps, FamilySearch Tree and FamilySearch Memories, now make it easy to connect with your ancestors wherever you are. You can swipe, pinch, and tap to view your ancestors who are in Family Tree and to add photos, stories, documents, and something new—audio files. Best of all, these apps for handheld devices are available free of charge.

Details may be found in an article by Jesh Barlow in the FamilySearch Blog at https://familysearch.org/blog/en/familysearch-mobile-apps-ios-android.

(+) How To Store Data in the Cloud

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

I received a message from a newsletter reader, asking how to store a genealogy society’s huge collection of digital images on a safe and secure online service. The following is an excerpt from a longer message:

I noted your recent writing about cloud computing… Our genealogical society is struggling to determine the best back-up/storage solution for our growing files of electronic data. We are seriously into digitizing local county records. The archival images, as you know, are relatively large files. We already have close to 3 terabytes of data with a projected growth to circa 10 terabytes in the next 3 to 5 years if our digitizing and other electronic projects take off.

Having stable, secure storage is increasingly important to our society. We simply cannot leave this digital data at risk. And shipping 1 terabyte or 1.5 terabyte hard drives around among society digitizers and in-house e-publishers doesn’t seem like a very good solution. We are concerned about possible data loss from lost or damaged shipments and similar hazards. We also know that having a single copy is not sufficient; we need multiple copies for backup purposes. We have invested a lot of time and money in creating these images of records and cannot afford the risk of having single copies.

What is the best way to store such a significant and growing amount of data where we can add to it, have it securely backed-up, etc. Engage the services of a server farm? Do you have one to recommend? Use Mozy? Use Carbonite? Other?

Excellent questions! In fact, there are several possible answers. First, let me re-state the goals in my own words:


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