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The Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors Announces an Update of the Society’s Online Finding Aid

The following announcement was written by the Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors:

To celebrate our 40th anniversary as a branch of Ontario Ancestors, the Quinte Branch online Finding Aid is getting an update. The number of records will increase to over 1,516,000 thanks to the efforts of our volunteer indexers. That’s an increase or over 166,000 records.

In addition to the indexing of new genealogies received in our library, we have also concentrated on including a number of major historical works and genealogical transcripts. These latter items add a broad range of new records to the database covering the whole Quinte Region including Hastings, Prince Edward and part of Northumberland counties.

Genealogical Archive of 52,000 Irish-Jewish Records, From Over 200 Years, Presented to Dublin City

Quoting an article in the IrishCentral web site:

Jewish births, marriages, burials, school records and census information in Ireland dating back to 1664 released to the public.

Jewish wedding at the Waterford Courthouse, early September 1901

Ukrainian History and Education Center to Launch FREE Online Genealogy Series

The following announcement was written by the Ukrainian History and Education Center:

Ukrainian History and Education Center to Launch FREE Online Genealogy Series July 15; Programming to Continue throughout 2020

Genealogists with roots in and around Ukraine can continue their research during the pandemic with the launch of NashiPredky@Home, a FREE online genealogy and history series of events by the Ukrainian History and Education Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to connect generations by telling the stories of Ukraine and Ukrainian Americans through its museum and archives.

Kentucky Genealogical Society Announces a Series of Web Seminars: “Discovering Your Bluegrass Roots in Kentucky”

The Kentucky Genealogical Society typically offers a full day seminar each August in Frankfort, Kentucky. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the society is instead offering a series of eight online webinars throughout the month of August, 2020. The theme of the series is, “Discovering Your Bluegrass Roots in Kentucky.”

The series includes speakers who can help researchers with Kentucky ancestors, including: Tracing Your Kentucky Roots with Peggy Lauritzen, Researching at the County and Local Level in Kentucky with Dave Schroeder, Using Maps in Genealogy with Katherine Wilson, 10 Things for a Genealogist to Do Before Leaving an Archive or Library in Kentucky with Melissa Barker, LGBTQ Genealogy with Stewart Traiman, Discovering African Americans in Kentucky records prior to 1870 with Cynthia Maharrey, and Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA with Alec Ferretti.

Berks County (Pennsylvania) Genealogical Society Library to Reopen

According to an announcement on the Berks County (Pennsylvania) Genealogical Society’s website at https://www.berksgenes.org/:

BCGS WILL REOPEN JULY 15th, by appointment only.

New Library Hours: Wed – Fri: 2:30 – 6pm; Sat and Sun: noon – 4pm.

A mask will be required to enter the GoggleWorks. Please call the library during open hours to make an appointment at 484-509-4806. Or email to: info@berksgenes.org.

To permit social distancing only 5 researchers will be permitted in library at one time. Library staff will be wiping down surfaces after your visit.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

A notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few minutes ago. The latest Plus Edition newsletter is available at: https://eognplus.com/news/thisweek.htm

The following articles are listed in this week’s Plus Edition email:

(+) How to Care for Aging, Fragile Paper, CDs, Magnetic Tapes, and Their Data Content

Free Access to All Birth Records on MyHeritage

Historical Record Collections Added to MyHeritage in June 2020

Canada Has Completely Changed The Rules On Who Can Automatically Become A Citizen

Pandemic Prompts Growth in Family Tree Digging

(UK) National Archives Announces Reopening of Reading Rooms on July 21st

The History of Digital Photography

Delia Bourne, R.I.P.

(+) How to Care for Aging, Fragile Paper, CDs, Magnetic Tapes, and Their Data Content

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

CD-ROM disks, along with their higher-capacity cousins DVD and Blu-ray disks, are fragile methods of storing information. In short, these plastic disks are not suitable for long-term storage. Many corporations and non-profits are racing to get their data off the discs as quickly and safely as possible and into a more reliable digital storage environment. If you have genealogy information or any other information stored on these disks, you need to do the same.

For many years, the thought amongst genealogists has been to print the information on paper for long-term preservation. Yet, many of us have handled old pieces of paper that are decaying, crumbling, or fading to the point that the information is not readable. In fact, most paper manufactured in the past 75+ years contains acids that will hasten the deterioration of the information you wish to preserve. Add in the many problems of paper destruction caused by mold, mildew, moisture, insect damage, floods, fires, burst water pipes, and other factors, and you soon come to the realization that storage on paper is almost as risky as storing on magnetic media.

Canada Has Completely Changed The Rules On Who Can Automatically Become A Citizen

Some people are born citizens, some become citizens, and some have citizenship thrust upon them. For that last group, a Canadian citizenship change is making new rules about who can automatically gain legal Canadian citizenship status. Now, the interpretation of who a parent is has shifted completely and it’s a game changer for same-sex couples and more.

On July 9, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced a change in the Citizenship Act. Under the act, the interpretation of who is a parent is different than it used to be.

Delia Bourne, R.I.P.

The genealogy community lost a good friend and research assistant last week: Delia Cothrun Bourne died on July 9, 2020 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Delia moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana with her then-new husband in 1977 where she became a reference librarian for the Allen County Public Library. In 1983, she became a genealogist for the second-largest genealogical collection in the country at the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) where she remained until her death.

Pandemic Prompts Growth in Family Tree Digging

I am normally in favor of anything that encourages people to research their family tree. However, I am not so sure we need to wait for a worldwide pandemic before starting such research! In any case, an article by Steve Meacham published in the (Australian) Sydney Morning Herald details the major growth in genealogy research in the past 3 months:

Since words like “pandemic” and “coronavirus” became part of everyday parlance, Australians have sought solace in researching their family histories in increasing numbers.

Tapping into this desire to know more, the National Library of Australia announced a new series of Family History for Dummies online tutorials as the international and local shutdowns took effect.

Battle of Britain RAF Operations Record Books (ORBs) released on TheGenealogist

The following announcement was written by TheGeneogist.co.uk:

To mark the 80th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain (10 July 1940 – 31 October 1940) TheGenealogist is releasing over 2 million new RAF records. These records not only cover this important fight for Britain’s survival, but also encompass all of the Second World War period for a number of squadrons. This release brings the total ORBs records to 3.7 million and are part of TheGenealogist’s extensive Military records collection.

The ORBs are fully searchable by name, aircraft, location and many other fields, making it easy for researchers to find their aviation ancestors. These ORBs are the latest release to join TheGenealogist’s large military records collection which is always being expanded.

Hawker Hurricane I R4118 of No 605 Squadron, Image: Arpingstone / Public domain

New Records and App Features Available This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Major app-date: record searching is now live

Findmypast is pleased to announce a major new update to the Findmypast app: you can now search for records from the Findmypast app. You can also filter and sort the results and with a paid subscription, view transcripts and images to print or download.

To use this feature, download the app (or update date it if you already have it) and you’ll see a search magnifying glass at the bottom of your screen. You can find out more about the free Findmypast mobile app and all its great features here.

Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions

Free Access to All Birth Records on MyHeritage

MyHeritage is providing free access to all birth records, from July 10–16, 2020! This vast treasure trove includes 104 collections from all over the world, comprising a total of 1,099,379,647 records. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to search for their ancestors’ birth records.

Free Access to All Birth Records on MyHeritage

Click here to search the collections until July 16.

The History of Digital Photography

Digital photography is so new you might not think it would have any history. An article by Allison Marsh and published in the IEEE web site will prove you wrong.

Photo: George Eastman Museum
This 1975 digital camera prototype used a 100-by-100-pixel CCD to capture images. Digital photography didn’t enter the mainstream for another 20 years.

Author Marsh starts at the beginning with the world’s first digital camera created in a laboratory 46 years ago, then mentions many of the highlights since then.

Historical Record Collections Added to MyHeritage in June 2020

The following is an extract from a much longer and more detailed list in the MyHeritage Blog:

We just added 8.3 million historical records in June from six new collections from the U.K., Spain, and New Zealand. Four million records from a World War I medal index were added from the U.K. Three collections from the Vitoria Diocese in Spain were added: a baptism index, a marriage index, and a death index. In addition, two collections from New Zealand were added: a World War I service index and an index of early settlers. This update brings the total number of historical records on MyHeritage to 12.5 billion.

Here are more details on each of the new collections:

Test Your Dog’s DNA

I have written before (at https://blog.eogn.com/2019/04/25/test-your-dogs-dna/) about testing a dog’s DNA. However, I noted this morning that Amazon has a dog DNA testing kit from the same testing company on sale for $99. If you want to check your dog’s heritage, this might be the time to do so.

The advertisement states:

BCG and Legacy Present a Free Webinar

The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® (BCG):
Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 8 p.m. Eastern
“Preparing a Portfolio: Applying to Become a Certified Genealogist®


In this live webinar, three trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®(BCG) will share various pathways to certification. They will discuss the process of becoming a board-certified genealogist, explain portfolio elements, and answer questions from participants. Certification is based on the evaluation of a portfolio of work products with specific elements, and indicates competence in research, analysis, kinship determination, and reporting skills. Successful applicants are entitled to use their credentials as Certified Genealogists (CG) as post-nominals.

The webinar presenters are LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, Angela Packer McGhie, CG, and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. LaBrenda is the BCG President, Angela is Vice-President, and Richard is the secretary and immediate past president.

National Genealogical Society’s 2020 On-Demand! Now Available

The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 7 JULY 2020—Individuals interested in researching their family history can now purchase educational webinars at the National Genealogical Society’s Virtual Family History Conference. NGS 2020 On-Demand! offers three packages of ten, twenty, and forty-five lectures for purchase and streaming on PlaybackNGS.com. As a bonus, every package also includes twenty-six, free webinars.

Once an individual purchases a package, he may choose from more than eighty-five sessions that cover a comprehensive range of topics, including DNA, ethnic heritage and women, immigration and migration, records and resources, religion, and research techniques and methodology. To learn more, download the Sessions Guide for the full list of webinars.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 6 July 2020

FamilySearch added 2M more indexed obituaries this week to United States collections, along with 300K Brazilian civil registrations and 200K English church records. New records added for Canada, Chile, Finland, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, S. Africa, and Sweden.  United States additions included: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia.

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch.org to search over 8 billion free names and record images.