An article by Anna Maria Barry-Jester in the FiveThirtyEight web site points out the inaccuracies on the U.S. Census effort. The 2010 census reportedly undercounted the population and the Census Bureau is now in disarray, probably indicating there will be bigger problems with the next census in 2020. Due to funding constraints, it has abandoned pre-census research in West Virginia and Washington state that was meant to check the integrity of parts of its survey process.
Of course, money is a major problem. Nearly $700 billion in federal money is at stake. The results will decide how we apportion congressional representation.
You can read the story at http://53eig.ht/2prXJjJ.
A recent MyHeritage DNA Match brought together two half-sisters living on opposite sides of the globe, one in Holland and the other in Australia. You can read the heartwarming story in the MyHeritage Blog at http://bit.ly/2DFZmiW and watch a video of the reunion in the video player below or at:
The following announcement was written by Forces War Records:
The specialist military genealogy website has added the 1800’s Worldwide Army Index, containing over 500,000+ records compiled from musters contained in WO 10-11-12 War Office Paylists held at the National Archives, Kew.
Whilst census returns have revealed many long-lost souls there was still the matter of many thousands of British (English, Scottish, Welsh & Irish) subjects who remained unaccounted for. Some of them would have been merchant mariners or Royal Navy subjects away on the highs seas or folk who simply upped and emigrated. A great number were army personnel.
Intermountain Healthcare to Build Global DNA Registry with 23andMe, MyHeritage, and AncestryDNA Data
Genealogy and DNA continue to be mixed together in an attempt to prolong human lives. The following is an announcement from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute:
A team of researchers from Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute plan to build a global DNA database of genetic test results and EHR histories, Intermountain Healthcare announced March 1.
The project, dubbed the GeneRosity Registry and funded by the Intermountain Research and Medical Foundation, will compile data from adults who have already purchased direct-to-consumer genetic tests from commercial sites like AncestryDNA, MyHeritage or 23andMe. These participants will have the option to voluntarily upload raw and unprocessed genetic test results to the project’s website.
Human Longevity, Inc. Hires Former Ancestry Executive, Scott Sorensen, as New Chief Technology Officer
Scott Sorensen has been the Chief Technology Officer at Ancestry, Inc. for 16 years. He is now leaving the company for a new position. The following announcement was written by Human Longevity, Inc.:
SAN DIEGO, March 19, 2018 — Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) – the genomics-powered health intelligence company – announced today that Scott Sorensen is joining the leadership team as Chief Technology Officer, reporting to J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO.
Sorensen joins HLI from Ancestry, a leader in family history and consumer genomics products and services. He held a variety of positions during his 16-year career at Ancestry starting as Director of Engineering and culminating as CTO. He was integral in developing the strategy and vision to transform the family history business into a genomics business. He directed the development of scalable, reliable technology platforms and architecture – and created processes for engineers and scientists to collaborate and deliver solutions to clients effectively. He also helped prepare the technology organization for IPO and PE transactions.
Spring Offer from The Family History Researcher Academy: 20% off their English/Welsh Family History Course
The following announcement was written by the Family History Researcher Academy:
The Family History Researcher Academy has launched a special 20% off ‘Spring Offer’ on their popular English/Welsh Family History Course and its available only until April 2nd.
Instead of the regular $14 per month subscription you can now join up for just $11 a month. PLUS you get the first month for only $1.00 for you to take it for a test run!
Delivered weekly inside a membership area for 12 months, these modules will reveal the best records and resources that you can use when searching for your elusive English or Welsh ancestors.
The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:
British Columbia, Ontario, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon, 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.
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
The following article is for anyone who needs to send a large number of identical, or nearly identical, email messages. Perhaps you need to send 1,000 messages to attendees of your society’s annual conference. Perhaps you write a blog and would like to offer email subscriptions to your articles. In either case, using a 50-year-old technology called email can greatly increase the number of readers you have.
COMMENT: If you have a blog, I would suggest that you absolutely need to publish your articles both online and in email. Many people will visit a blog daily or at least several times a week in order to read the news offered. However, as time goes by, many blog readers will forget to check frequently or will become distracted by other priorities in their lives. Little by little, they will check the blog less and less often. Eventually, they “drift away,” even though they may still be interested in the articles offered in your blog. The simple solution is to send each person an email message every day or every few days containing all the new articles posted since the last such message.
The advantage of sending blog articles by email is that the recipient doesn’t need to remember to check the blog frequently. All new articles arrive automatically in the recipient’s in-box without any action required by the recipient.
A new European law goes into effect on May 25, 2018, that will require changes for almost everyone who publishes information online. In my opinion, this is a very good law. However, if you write a genealogy blog or collect email addresses for those who read your genealogy data online, you need to be aware of the changes that might be required of your web site.
Even though the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European law, it affects almost everyone who publishes information online. Just because you live in North America or in Asia doesn’t mean you can ignore this new law. The law covers privacy requirements, and we all live in a digital world where data privacy is of the utmost importance. If you have one or more readers in Europe, you need to comply with the new law. In fact, I would suggest everyone should follow the new guidelines simply as a matter of common sense, regardless of where your readers reside. Compliance should be easy.
The General Data Protection Regulation, otherwise referred to as GDPR, is new legislation that strives to put the control back in the hands of European Union citizens when it comes to their personal information. Since it will require changes to web sites worldwide, the result will be better privacy for all of us, regardless of where we live.
March 17 is celebrated by millions of Irish descendants every year. They all know the “facts” about Saint Patrick. Or do they?
St. Patrick wasn’t Irish, and he wasn’t born in Ireland. Patrick was probably born in what is now England, Scotland or Wales around A.D. 390. Most agree that St. Patrick’s parents were Roman citizens living in the British Isles. Therefore, Patrick himself was a Roman citizen even though he was born somewhere in what is now Great Britain. He was living in Scotland or Wales (scholars can’t agree which) when he was kidnapped at age 16 by Irish raiders and sold as a slave, reports Catholic Online. He spent years in Ireland herding sheep until he escaped. He eventually returned to Ireland where he spread Christianity.
St. Patrick did not bring Christianity to Ireland. Christianity was introduced into Ireland by a bishop known as Palladius before Patrick began preaching in Ireland. However, St. Patrick apparently had more success at converting the Irish to Christianity than did Palladius.
The following announcement was written by Findmypast:
There are a whole host of fascinating Irish additions available to search this St Patrick’s weekend, including:
Search for your Irish ancestor in over 153,000 annuity statements, accounts of deaths, death certificates, and marriage certificates relating to the subscribers and nominees of the Irish Tontine. Popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a tontine was an investment plan designed for the raising of capital. Named after the Neapolitan banker Lorenzo de Tonti, who allegedly invented the tontine in France in 1653, subscribers would pay an agreed sum into the fund and thereafter receive an annuity from it. Upon a member’s death, their shares would devolve to the other participants whose annuities would then rise in value. The scheme would be wound up when the last member died.
The records in this collection have been released in association with the National Archives and cover the English tontine of 1789; the Irish tontines of 1773, 1775, and 1777; and the life annuities of 1766 to 1779. The records consist of both transcripts and images of original documents and the amount of information listed will vary depending on the source. Images may include additional information such as annuity amounts, nominee or subscriber status, and class. Participants were divided into different classes by age. Those over the age of forty were placed into the first class, those aged between twenty and forty were placed into the second class, and the third class consisted of those below the age of twenty.
Even if you’re the kind of person who scorns tasteless green beer, you might enjoy a Guinness for Saint Patrick’s Day. And why not? Unlike shamrock pins and wild partying sure to take place on March 17th, Guinness drinking really is a longstanding tradition in Ireland, as well as the Irish diaspora. But it’s a folk tradition that’s inextricably tied up with almost a century of commercial advertising, according to Brenda Murphy, a gender studies professor at the University of Malta.
I am sure that Brenda Murphy must have conducted extensive on-site research on this topic! You can read her findings in the Jstor.org web site at: https://daily.jstor.org/why-we-drink-guinness-on-st-patricks-day.
The following announcement was written by the New Bedford Whaling Museum:
WhalingHistory.org – connects all things whaling for researchers, scholars, genealogists and enthusiasts
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The New Bedford Whaling Museum, in partnership with Mystic Seaport, has developed the world’s most comprehensive whaling history database and it is now available for all to use at WhalingHistory.org. Researchers, genealogists, students, teachers, and history buffs alike will find it to be the most robust and useful repository of whaling history documentation and scholarship.
The data presented combines many sources including logbooks, journals, ship registers, newspapers, business papers, and custom house records. Users will be able to find and trace whaling voyages and ships to specific logbooks, as well as the list of crewmembers aboard most of the voyages. The foundational fabric of Whaling History features three databases that have been stitched together – the American Offshore Whaling Voyage (AOWV) database, the American Offshore Whaling Log database, and an extensive whaling crew list database. All data is open to the public and is downloadable for any researcher to use with other tools and systems.
If you are planning to attend the National Genealogical Society’s (NGS) Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2-5 May 2018, you want to register NOW. After 20 March 2018, the price of registration for NGS members will increase from $215 to $250 for all four days. Non-members will pay $285, up from $250. Genealogists also will no longer be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. To qualify for the early bird discount, your registration must be received online or postmarked by 20 March.
Details may be found at: http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org.
I suspect very few families can boast this sort of longevity. Two of President John Tyler’s grandchildren are still around, 175 years after he left office.
You can read the full story by Chip Reid and watch a video on the CBS News web site at: http://cbsn.ws/2DuhH2q.
The following announcement was written by the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee:
The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee and the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree are pleased to announce the 2018 Student Grant and Jamboree Scholarship. Student genealogists between the ages of 18 and 23 are eligible to apply for the $500 cash award and full registration scholarship to the 2018 SCGS Jamboree to be held in Burbank, California June 1-2, 2018.
The Student Grant was established in 2010 by family and friends in memory of Suzanne Winsor Freeman, family historian and life-long volunteer, and an enthusiastic annual attendee at the SCGS Jamboree. The 2018 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society will provide conference registration to the SCGS Jamboree in June where the award will be presented. This is a unique opportunity for a young genealogist to attend a premiere regional conference and meet genealogists from throughout the nation.
27 Public Libraries and the Internet Archive Launch “Community Webs” for Local History Web Archiving
I have to believe this could become a huge resource for genealogists. According to an announcement in the Archive.org Blog:
“With generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as well as the Kahle/Austin Foundation and the Archive-It service, the Internet Archive and 27 public library partners representing 17 different states have launched a new program: Community Webs: Empowering Public Libraries to Create Community History Web Archives. The program will provide education, applied training, cohort network development, and web archiving services for a group of public librarians to develop expertise in web archiving for the purpose of local memory collecting. Additional partners in the program include OCLC’s WebJunction training and education service and the public libraries of Queens, Cleveland and San Francisco will serve as “lead libraries” in the cohort. The program will result in dozens of terabytes of public library administered local history web archives, a range of open educational resources in the form of online courses, videos, and guides, and a nationwide network of public librarians with expertise in local history web archiving and the advocacy tools to build and expand the network. A full listing of the participating public libraries is below and on the program website.”
This could result in huge online collections local history and information created by libraries nationwide. The list of participating libraries is impressive, ranging from big city libraries to one small town library near me. You can learn more at: http://bit.ly/2IqBJi1.
Housestry is building a digital yearbook of sorts for properties across the world. According to the Housestry.com web site:
“A home is more than the walls and materials of which it’s made. In its midst, meals are shared, boys and girls grow into young men and women and life chapters open and close. At housestry, we provide the venue where those experiences and memories live on.
“Share moments from your home’s journey by creating an account and adding your photos and personal stories. Bring the past to life and show other users the history hiding behind the walls. Did you pour blood, sweat and tears into a remodel? Have you unearthed items hidden by previous owners? What events meant the most to you happened there. All of these things form the housestry of a home.”
A new historical photo mapping web app Timepix.uk was launched in Manchester this week, giving the public the chance to explore how their streets looked in yesteryear. Pictures taken in the late 1940s to early 1950s were the equivalent of today’s Google Street View and are a fascinating insight into how Greater Manchester looked back then. They show surveyors from Ordnance Survey (OS) marking out Revision Points to map the city, but also capture faces of many unknown young children – who would be in their sixties or seventies today.
The pictures are offered for sale. You can view them online at no charge although the online versions have obvious watermarks embedded in them. The watermarks do not appear in the purchased hard copy versions.