Posts By Dick Eastman

Ancestry® Unveils Over 225 New Communities for Members Who Have Ties to France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand

The following announcement was written by Ancestry®:

At Ancestry®, we leverage the latest cutting-edge DNA science and technology to deliver detailed historical insights that empower you to uncover more about your family’s origins.

Today, we released over 225 new AncestryDNA® communities to help our members who have ties to France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, empowering them to unlock even more discoveries about their family history. Utilizing our DNA network of over 15 million people, our vast collection of public family trees, and our patented Genetic Communities™ technology, AncestryDNA is able to identify groups of people with shared DNA and determine where their ancestors likely lived over the past 75-300 years.

French American and Canadian Communities

New Liverpool Parish Records and more available to search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are over 6.4 million new records and newspaper articles available to search and explore this Findmypast Friday including over 264,000 new and exclusive parish records that have been digitised and made available online for the first time in association with the Lancashire Archives.

Lancashire Baptisms

Over 31,000 additional records are now available to search amongst out collection of Lancashire Baptisms. The new additions cover the parishes of:

    • Edge Hill, St Nathaniel -1869 to 1918
    • Liverpool, St John – 1785 to 1898
    • Liverpool, St Silas, Pembroke Place – 1841 to 1918
    • Liverpool, St Stephen the Martyr – 1851 to 1918
    • Newburgh, Christ Church – 1860 to 1917
    • Seaforth, St Thomas – 1839 to 1918
    • Stoneycroft, St Paul – 1916 to 1918
    • Toxteth Park, St Bede – 1882 to 1918

These records include both transcripts and images of the original documents. Each result will reveal when and where your ancestor’s baptism took place, the names of their parent’s and father’s occupation.

Lancashire Marriages & Banns

Decades of History Could Be ‘Erased from Australia’s Memory’ as Tape Machines Disappear

The National Archives of Australia has a problem. You may also have the same problem, although hopefully in a smaller scale.

According to an article by James Elton in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation web site at https://ab.co/31XGcCK, Australia’s memory institutions are racing to digitise their magnetic tape collections before the year 2025, when archivists around the world expect it will become almost impossible to find working tape playback machines.

PHOTO: Old recording equipment at the Australian National Archives. (ABC News)

The tapes include audio recordings, video, and reels of digitised information. Approximately 130,000 hours of audio and video held on magnetic tape by Australia’s National Archives alone and undoubtedly there are many more hours of tapes presently stored at other government agencies, various libraries, and educational institutions as well. If not converted to modern digital storage methods, these tapes will become unusable simply because suitable playback equipment will no longer be available within a few years.

Here are the issues facing the National Archives of Australia:

MyHeritage Live 2019’s Schedule

If you are thinking about attending MyHeritage’s genealogy event to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, September 6 – 8, 2019, you might want to know that the schedule of presentations has just been posted in the MyHeritage Blog at: http://bit.ly/2YaAPxq.

Medical Practices Your Ancestors May Have Experienced

I admit I hate to go to doctors or dentists or to other medical professionals. The “cures” I have received often were worse than the original ailments. However, I am thankful that I have not experienced the “treatments” that were common years ago.

A long series of pictures, along with accompanying brief descriptions, shows many of the commonly-accepted medical treatments that our ancestors endured. The pictures vary from cocaine candy (“the lick that lasts”) to having teeth pulled by a pharmacist at the local drug store. I suspect that some doctors may have killed more of their patients than they cured!

Perhaps the most gruesome photo isn’t that of a medical procedure at all. Instead, it was action taken after a person’s death: an embalming tent located not far from a battlefield during the U.S. Civil War. (When the bodies were to be shipped home for burial, transportation was slow and it often took days or weeks for the body to make the trip. Embalming was necessary to preserve the body during the long trip.)

Prince Edward Island Government to Open Up Adoption Records in Fall

Prince Edward Island’s Minister of Social Development and Housing said the province will be bringing forward legislation in the fall to make adoption records more freely available.

Currently, only non-identifying information regarding adoptions are made available to adopted adult children or birth parents of adopted children, unless both parties consent to the release of identifying information. However, the province’s consultation report proposed more open access to records but also recommended individuals have options for vetoing the ability of grown adopted children or birth parents to have access to their information.

American Ancestors Launches a Database of Men, Women, and Children Sold by the Jesuits of Georgetown College in 1838

American Ancestors has introduced a a beautiful, content-rich site, with significant resource material for genealogists and those who believe they may be descendants of one of the GU272. The following announcement was written by American Ancestors / New England Historic Genealogical Society:

New Website Documents Family Histories of Enslaved People  Alongside the Voices of Their Living Descendants
 
American Ancestors Launches Database of Men, Women, and Children  Sold by the Jesuits of Georgetown College in 1838  
 
GU272 Memory Project: gu272.americanancestors.org
 
June 19, 2019—Boston, Massachusetts American Ancestors is commemorating Juneteenth, a national day observing the 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in America, with the launch of a new website that traces the family histories of more than 300 men, women, and children sold by the Jesuit priests of Georgetown University (then known as Georgetown College) in 1838 to Louisiana sugar plantations. Today also marks the 181st anniversary of the actual date on which the enslaved people of Georgetown College were sold.
 
Named for Georgetown University and the 272 people listed on the 1838 bill of sale, the GU272 Memory Project website (gu272.americanancestors.org) features fully documented genealogies of the families who were sold, along with audio interviews of their modern descendants speaking about a wide range of topics, from personal memories of family members to racism in America. 

Find a 2020 US Census Complete Count Committee in Your Community

Would you like to improve the accuracy of the 2020 US census? If you do, I am sure future genealogists will appreciate your efforts.

This Newsletter is Sponsored by MyHeritage

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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 17 June 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added over 1 million new, New York Passenger Arrival records (1944-1948) this week, and more fromAmerican Samoa, Belgium, Germany, Peru, South Africa, and the United States, including Kansas, Ohio, North Dakota, and Georgia.  

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.

Kilkenny’s Rich History is now Available on National Archive Database

The Kilkenny County Library has joined the Digital Repository of Ireland – making Kilkenny’s rich history available to the world at the click of a button. The partnership will see the records currently held by the Kilkenny County Library, including information on the county’s history, geography, antiquities, archaeology, folklore and culture, being added to the national archive database.

Patrick Street

Patrick Street

You can read more in an article by Colin Bartley in the KilKinneyNow web site at: https://kilkennynow.ie/rich-history-of-kilkenny-joins-national-archive-database/.

Australian Joint Copying Project

The microfilm produced by the Australian Joint Copying Project has long been a first stop for those researching local or family history. The 10,400 microfilm reels however have been difficult to access even for those living near libraries holding the microfilm let alone those in rural areas. The content itself can often be dense and difficult to locate relevant information.

The National Library of Australia has begun a new project to address these problems. Thanks to the Australian Public Service Modernisation Fund the AJCP Online Project will digitise the 7.5 million records captured on the original AJCP microfilm, delivering them online free of charge to all.

Details may be found at: https://tinyurl.com/y3f3wq8z.

West Australian Grave Markers’ Work is now Available Online

Future genealogists will probably be thankful for the efforts of a not-for-profit group working to put names and stories to unmarked or “lonely” graves in the Goldfields have launched a new website dubbed a “brilliant research tool”.

The Outback Grave Markers have spent the past four years traveling across remote West Australia preserving the region’s history, placing plaques and taking pictures at more than 500 previously unmarked or poorly marked graves. Their new website will allow the public to access everything they have found — from photographs, to old news stories and birth and death records.

Newly Recovered Ground Zero Photos Show Why You Should Back Up your CD-Recordable Disks Now: Photo CDs Don’t Last Forever

An article by Sean Hollister in The Verge web site at http://bit.ly/2RlRD1V describes a problem that every genealogist would like to avoid. In fact, it is easily avoidable if you are already aware of the problem and if you have already taken steps to side-step this technical issue.

When comedian and activist Jon Stewart gave an impassioned speech before Congress to seek ongoing aid for 9/11 first responders, it inspired Internet Archive software curator and digital preservationist Jason Scott to share something timely with the world as well: a newly discovered cache of photos from one of the workers who toiled away at Ground Zero, and who’d saved thousands of those photos on writeable CD-ROM disks.

But Scott says he wasn’t actually able to preserve all of those photos, because of the way they were stored. Many of the images stored on writeable CD disks were unreadable! Indeed, CD-recordable disks made on personal computers do not last forever. In this case, they didn’t even last 8 years!

MyHeritage DNA Kits Now on Sale in Costco in the UK and in Iceland

MyHeritage’s simple to use, at-home DNA tests to uncover ethnic origins and discover new relatives — are now on sale in 30 different Costco stores across the UK and Iceland. The kits are being offered in special new packaging designed specifically for Costco stores.You can read more in the MyHeritage Blog at: http://bit.ly/2ZCIaqd.

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:

(+) Facing Up to the Long-term Future of Your Genealogy Society

Win Tickets to MyHeritage LIVE, Including a Free Stay at the Iconic Hilton Amsterdam

Libraries without Librarians

Update: Libraries without Librarians

Randy Majors Adds Still More Functionality to his Genealogy Mapping Web Site that Works with Google Maps: Township, Range, and Section

The Popularity of Your Last Name

(+) Facing Up to the Long-term Future of Your Genealogy Society

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

NOTE: This article contains several personal opinions.

I travel a lot, and I spend a lot of time with officers and members of many genealogy societies. Most everywhere I go, I hear stories of societies that are shrinking in size and even a few stories of societies that are struggling to maintain their existence. Even amongst all this “doom and gloom,” I do hear a few rare stories of genealogy societies that are thriving and growing larger. Not only are they attracting more members, but these few societies are also offering more and more services to their members with each passing year.

Why do so many genealogy societies flounder while a handful succeed?

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, California, Colorado, and Illinois

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.

Win Tickets to MyHeritage LIVE, Including a Free Stay at the Iconic Hilton Amsterdam

MyHeritage LIVE is shaping up to be a major genealogy conference. It will be held in Amsterdam on September 6 through 8, 2019. You can read about it in my earlier article at https://blog.eogn.com/2019/02/11/announcing-myheritage-live-2019/ and also read a report from last year’s MyHeritage LIVE in Oslo, Norway at https://blog.eogn.com/2018/11/06/myheritage-live-2018-conference-in-oslo-norway-was-a-success/. Last year’s event in Oslo attracted many overseas attendees, including many from the U.S., a few from Canada, two people from the Republic of Mali in West Africa, and other attendees from Brazil, Argentina, and I believe from some other countries as well.

Canal houses in Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam

If you would like to attend this year’s event in Amsterdam, you will be interested to learn that you can win tickets to MyHeritage LIVE, including a free stay at the iconic Hilton Amsterdam. Details may be found in the MyHeritage Blog at https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/06/win-a-free-stay-at-the-iconic-hilton-amsterdam/.

 

Randy Majors Adds Still More Functionality to his Genealogy Mapping Web Site that Works with Google Maps: Township, Range, and Section

Randy Majors has to be one busy person! He constantly is adding functionality to his popular genealogy maps web site at https://www.randymajors.com. You can find past examples of that in my earlier articles by starting at: http://bit.ly/2IKHKqC.

Randy has now added Township, Range, and Section information to the maps. He described the new changes this way: