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German Holocaust Archive puts Millions of Documents Online

The International Tracing Service in Germany has uploaded more than 13 million documents from Nazi concentration camps, including prisoner cards and death notices, to help Holocaust researchers and others investigate the fate of victims.

Established by the Western Allies in the final days of World War II and initially run by the Red Cross, the ITS also announced Tuesday it was changing its name to “Arolsen Archives – International Center on Nazi Persecution.”

Luther Byrd Genealogical Collections from Surry Community College are Now Online at DigitalNC

The staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center seem to be collecting and digitizing all sorts of materials of interest to genealogists and then placing them online in DigitalNC, an online library of primary sources from institutions across North Carolina. According to the DigitalNC web site:

Over 120 genealogical collections from Surry County have been digitized and added to DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, Surry Community College. Created and assembled by Luther Byrd, former Elon College professor from Westfield, North Carolina, these collections represent a huge variety of information about different families and their descendants living in Surry County. Many of the collections include documents, papers, newspaper clippings, and personal letters to and from Byrd about the family members.

“Also included are various family records and family tree diagrams, complete with indexes to determine where a given family member is located in the tree.”

“Looking through these collections, it is fascinating to see the staggering amount of documents and material that these families created and saved throughout the years, as well as the amount of work that Byrd put in to ensure that these collections are all relevant and well-maintained.”

If you have North Carolina ancestry, you need to spend some time at: http://bit.ly/2Qcvqmx.

GEDmatch Implements Required Opt-In for Law Enforcement Matching

GEDmatch is an open data personal genomics database and genealogy website founded in 2010 by Curtis Rogers and John Olson. Its main purpose is to help “amateur and professional researchers and genealogists,” including adoptees searching for birth parents. However, it recently has also become “the de facto DNA and genealogy database for all of law enforcement,” according to The Atlantic’s Sarah Zhang.

GEDmatch recently gained a lot of publicity after it was used by law enforcement officials to identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case in California. Other law enforcement agencies started using GEDmatch for violent crimes, making it one of the most powerful tools available for identifying “cold case” criminals.

Sadly, the same site also has generated a lot of controversy involving the lack of privacy of personal DNA information, both for the people who uploaded their own DNA data and especially for the relatives of the uploaders whose DNA information also was included without their permission and usually without their knowledge. Such blatant disregard for personal privacy may be a violation of privacy laws in many countries.

The GEDmatch owners have now tightened the web site’s rules on privacy. The result is expected to make it much more difficult for law enforcement agencies to find suspects.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

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

(+) Downsizing: the Paperless Office for Genealogists

Book Review: Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland

Announcing the MyHeritage DNA Health and Ancestry Test

A Village in France Will Pay You $2,240 to Decipher a Rock

Preserving Pennsylvania’s Oldest Historical Documents

Update: a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything

Cool Location Explorer on Google Maps – a Tool for GeoGeeks

Findmypast offers New Opportunities to Discover and Find Connections in Europe

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 13, 2019

TheGenealogist is Expanding its Occupational Records with over 300,000 Records of Masters and Apprentices included in a Nautical Set of Apprenticeship Records

W.S. Clark Store of Tarboro, North Carolina Accounting Ledgers are Now Online at DigitalNC

A Success in Fighting Diabetes

Update: A Success in Fighting Diabetes

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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(+) Downsizing: the Paperless Office for Genealogists

WARNING: This article contains personal opinions.

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

Paper. I have been drowning in it for years.

Genealogists soon learn to collect every scrap of information possible. We collect copies of birth certificates, marriage records, death certificates, census entries, military pension applications, deeds, and much, much more. I don’t know about you, but I have been collecting these bits of information as paper, mostly photocopies, for years. Over the past thirty+ years, I have probably spent thousands of dollars in photocopying fees!

I now have a four-drawer filing cabinet behind me as I write these words and another four-drawer filing cabinet in the basement. I have book shelves that are groaning under the weight of (printed) books. Since I don’t have enough room for all my books, many of them are stored in boxes in the basement, and I seem to never retrieve any of those books from storage. They lie there, year after year, gathering dust and mildew, providing information to no one.

Searching for information in hundreds of books stored in the basement is so time consuming and so impractical that it never gets done.

In addition to the thousands of dollars spent on photocopying fees, I have spent still more on filing cabinets, manila file folders, bookshelves, and more. Then there’s the books. I hate to think what I have spent for books! Postage charges alone have been more than I care to think about.

Announcing the MyHeritage DNA Health  and Ancestry Test

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage. You can also read more details and look at a number of additional images in the MyHeritage Blog at https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/05/introducing-the-myheritage-dna-health-ancestry-test/.

MyHeritage Expands to Health; Launches New DNA Test Offering Powerful and Personalized Health Insights for Consumers

The new MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry test provides comprehensive health reports for conditions affected by genetics including heart disease, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah—MyHeritage, the leading global service for family history and DNA testing, announced today a major expansion of its DNA product line with the launch of the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry test. The test provides a new dimension of genetic insight with comprehensive health reports that can empower future health and lifestyle choices. It is a superset of the current MyHeritage DNA Ancestry-Only test, and includes its pillar features: a percentage breakdown of ethnic origins and matching to relatives through shared DNA. MyHeritage is now the only global consumer DNA company to offer an extensive health and ancestry product in over 40 languages.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, Australia, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania

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.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are more than 9.5 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday.

United States Directories & Almanacs

Over 151,000 new records have been added to the collection. The new additions consist of city directories covering Ohio as well as directories covering the Washington, District of Columbia. The directories in this collection stretch across the 1700s to the 1900s and will enable you to discover your ancestor’s address and occupation or explore the history of your home address. These directories are also a good substitute for the 1890 Census for the United States that was lost to fire.

Almanacs and directories are an excellent resource for anyone researching their family history and want to understand more about their ancestor’s life. They provide insights into when the courts would sit and the presiding judge, as well as full listings of notable individuals such as President John Adams residing at 190 High Street in the 1798 Directory for Pennsylvania, business owners, trades people, civil servants, church leaders, school teachers and much more. Furthermore, you can explore the history of your home by searching the publications by address, where you may discover previous proprietors.

Scotland, Shetland Newspaper Birth Index 1872-1990

TheGenealogist is Expanding its Occupational Records with over 300,000 Records of Masters and Apprentices included in a Nautical Set of Apprenticeship Records

The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

These BT 150 records from The National Archives comprise of an index that had been compiled by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen and its predecessor. It consists of apprentices indentured in the Merchant Navy between 1824-1910.

Family historians can use these records to:

  • Find ancestors who had learned the trade of a professional merchant seaman
  • Discover the age of an ancestor at the time that he went to sea and his year of birth
  • Find the name of the company and the port that he was registered as an apprentice
  • In some cases also learn the name of the ship that your ancestor sailed on

Findmypast offers New Opportunities to Discover and Find Connections in Europe

The following is an announcement written by Findmypast:

  • 20 European nations now available to search at Findmypast
  • Over 114 million new birth, marriage and death records will automatically generate hints on your Findmypast family tree
  • Huge release mark’s latest step in Findmypast’s massive global expansion to connect the world

In celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, leading Family History website, Findmypast, have added over 114 million European births, baptisms, marriages, banns, deaths and burials to their growing collection of International records.

The new additions consist of transcripts of original civil and church documents sourced from the International Genealogical Index, a database compiled from a variety of sources from around the world. They span nearly five centuries (1502 to 1960) of European history and cover 20 nations across the continent, including:

Preserving Pennsylvania’s Oldest Historical Documents

“History may not repeat itself, but the present often rhymes with the past.” And in order to understand the past, preserving old documents and records is key.

“Cumberland County archivists recently received a grant to preserve documents that are older than the United States. These records include pieces from signers of the Declaration of Independence, among other works of historical significance that give a glimpse of Pennsylvania’s past.”

You can read more and listen to a podcast in an article by Kate Sweigart in the WITF.ORG web site at: http://www.witf.org.

Book Review: Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland
By V.L.Skinner, Jr. Published by Genealogical Publishing Co. 2017.

Vernon L. Skinner, Jr. has put together a set of books representing a remarkable amount of work, for our reference.

The Maryland Provincial Land Office dispensed land from 1634 to 1777. The Rent Rolls and Debt Books record the annual rents due to the Lord Proprietor from the person to whom the tract was granted.

The original Debt Books are arranged by county, then by year, then by name of the person paying the rent. Each liber contains information for only one county, but for multiple years.

Cool Location Explorer on Google Maps – a Tool for GeoGeeks

Randy Majors is well known for the software tools he creates for genealogists. He adds additional tools to Google Maps that were not invented by Google. Start at https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+%22Randy+Majors%22&atb=v132-2_j&ia=web to find the earlier articles in this newsletter that describe some of Randy’s inventions.

Randy now has created a new tool that is a bit off-topic for genealogy. However, it undoubtedly will be very useful for many people, genealogists and non-genealogists alike. It’s kind of a location “drill-down” that shows a bunch of different topics (see the image below).

Update: A Success in Fighting Diabetes

OK, I give up!

Three days ago I posted an off-topic article at https://blog.eogn.com/2019/05/13/a-success-in-fighting-diabetes/ telling about my recent results at fighting diabetes. In short, after 11 or 12 years as a diabetic, I conquered the problem, perhaps for a short term or maybe forever. I mentioned that anyone who is interested in my fight against diabetes should join in in a message board that I had created at https://groups.google.com/d/forum/diabetes-solution where I would tell anyone and everyone interested about how I drove diabetes into remission.

There was but one problem: the new message board on Google Groups never worked very well. Therefore, I am moving it to a new hosting platform, WordPress. WordPress is the same hosting platform where both EOGN.COM and PRIVACYBLOG.COM are hosted. I have many years’ experience with WordPress and it has always worked well for me.

If you have an interest in how one person drove diabetes into submission, please join me at: https://diabetessolution.blog.

Update: a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything

In the May 6, 2019 newsletter, I published an article entitled Announcing a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything. In it, I describe a genealogy-themed cruise that Diana Crisman Smith, Ann Staley, and I are taking in 2020. We are inviting other genealogists to join us as we offer genealogy presentations while at sea, plus shore expeditions, excellent food, a world-class spa, and lots of things to do for the entire family.

The article may be found at http://bit.ly/2Edyydb.

In that article, I mentioned that the cruise web site was not yet updated with the latest information but I also promised that it would be updated soon. That has now happened.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 13, 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Australia, France, Spain, and the United States, including Illinois, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Obituaries from American Society of Germans from Russia, Utah, and Washington. (Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).

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

W.S. Clark Store of Tarboro, North Carolina Accounting Ledgers are Now Online at DigitalNC

A new batch of materials from Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, North Carolina is now online and available on DigitalNC. This collection contains several accounting ledgers from the late 19th century. These five account books are all from the W.S. Clark Store in Tarboro. The store, started by William Samuel Clark (1846-1923), was operated in Tarboro from the 1870s through the 1980s as a general store. By the 1950s, it operated as a department store that sold everything from furniture to clothing to groceries. It was continued for over 50 years after Clark died by his sons.

The ledgers contain transactions of the types of goods people in Tarboro purchased, as well as the prices of items, and indicate when customers made weekly or monthly payments on their accounts. If your ancestor lived in Tarboro, there is a good chance his or her name appears in these ledgers.

Details may be found in the Digital North Carolina Blog at: http://bit.ly/2E4ZOu3.

A Village in France Will Pay You $2,240 to Decipher a Rock

I suspect there are a few experts at reading old texts in various languages amongst the readers of this newsletter. If that includes you, an article by Emily Dixon in the CNN web site will interest you:

Do the letters “ROC AR B…DRE AR GRIO SE EVELOH AR VIRIONES BAOAVEL” mean anything to you? The words might be in ancient French, or Basque,or Old Breton, or possibly something else.

Experts in Plougastel-Daoulas, a village in Brittany, northwest France, have been unable to decrypt the inscription on a rock outside the village, estimated to be centuries old, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency reports.

A Success in Fighting Diabetes

NOTE: This article has nothing to do with genealogy, family history, DNA, or any of the other topics normally discussed here. It certainly is “off topic” and I am asking anyone who wishes to comment on it or to ask questions to do so on another web site: https://diabetessolution.blog.

About two months ago, I posted an article that started with:

I earlier published an article entitled  23andMe is Looking to Expand to Millions More Users with a New Genetic DNA Report on Diabetes at http://bit.ly/2JiD8ef.

In that article, I mentioned that I was diagnosed as a diabetic about 11 or 12 years ago and that I had recently found a promising method of driving diabetes into remission. That article generated a lot of comments here in this web site and in email asking for the details.

I have now reached a point where a blood test taken a few days ago reports that I am no longer a diabetic.

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. Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

(+) Our Ancestors’ Dental Care

Book Review: Finding Family

Republishing Obituaries: Is it Piracy?

The U.S. Version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will Return, this Time on NBC

America is Losing its Memory

Announcing a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything

Delaware may Increase the Embargo Periods for Birth, Marriage, and Death Records