Announcements

Godfrey Memorial Library Now Has a New Web Site

You can check it out at: http://www.godfrey.org:

Announcing a 72-Hour Scan-a-Thon: Genealogists are Invited to Participate in Scanning Marathon

The following announcement was written by WikiTree and the GeneaBloggersTRIBE:

December 6, 2018: On the weekend of January 11-14, 2019, WikiTree and GeneaBloggersTRIBE will kick off the new year by hosting a 72-hour image scanning marathon. Genealogists and family historians from around the world are invited to participate.

The goal of the Scan-a-Thon is to scan and upload photos and other items such as letters, postcards, funeral cards, and primary documents. Like a marathon, this is a competition to see who can do the most, but most participants won’t be serious competitors. Most will be doing it for the sake of preserving family history.

To add to the fun and collaborative atmosphere, participants will be organized into teams by geography and genealogical interest, such as Team Acadia, Nor’Easters, Windsor Warriors, Flying Dutchmen and Legacy Heirs.

Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Is Named in Honor of Justin Wyner and Genevieve Wyner

The following announcement was written by the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center Will Expand Its Work Chronicling the Vibrant and Influential History of Jews in New England

Boston, Massachusetts—November 16, 2018—The Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the premier resource for exploring and preserving the histories of Jewish families and institutions in New England and beyond, will henceforth be named in honor of Justin Lawrence “Jerry” Wyner and his wife Genevieve Geller Wyner, for their far-reaching vision and support. The announcement was made by Brenton Simons, NEHGS President and CEO, at a recent gala honoring the Wyners held at Boston’s Taj Hotel.

Let the Ontario Genealogical Society Preserve Your Website!

The Ontario Genealogical Society has adopted a policy of working to preserve and keep publicly available privately operated websites of genealogical interest which were in danger of closing or being abandoned due to changes in the circumstances of the site owner/developer. In effect, the Society offers succession planning for the website owner/developer.

According to an email message I received from David Thompson, Volunteer & Director of the Ontario Genealogical Society:

“We have quietly pursued the acquisition or hosting of a few sites, most notably CanadianHeadstones.com, which is currently undergoing a major face-lift and upgrade. In addition we are hosting CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery project (http://cemetery.canadagenweb.org/), a local history site in Port Hope Ontario (http://alivingpast.ca/), a family genealogy site, a Canadian WW-II troopship memorial site, and others, including a GEDCOM site (https://ontariofamilyhistory.org/tng_2017_11/) which currently contains some 62,000 individuals and 21,638 families.

New Board of the World Federation of Genealogy and Heraldry (CIGH) Elected

The following announcement was written by the the Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d‘Héraldique:

Arras/France (dw). At the 33rd international Conference of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences a new board of the Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d‘Héraldique (CIGH, the world federation on genealogy and heraldry) was elected:

President Dr. Pier Felice degli Ubert (Italy), the two Vice-Presidents: Ing. Manuel Pardo de Vera y Díaz (Spain), Dr. Jaime de Salazar y Acha (Spain), General-Secretary: Dr. Stanislav V. Dumin (Russia), Treasurer: Dr. Rolf Sutter (Germany), Conseiller jurisdique: Dr. Charles Mack. Honorary President Michel Teillard d’Eyry (France), Honorary Vice President CR Humphery-Smith (Great Britain) and Yves de la Goublaye de Ménorval (Bolivia), Honorary Treasurer: Dr. Günter Mattern (Switzerland). Conseillers: Pierre Le Clercq (France), Prof. Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard (Danmark), Dr. Manual Ladron de Guevara i Isasa (Spain), María Inés Olaran Múgica (Spain), Jan T. Anema (Netherlands), Dirk Weissleder (Germany), Torsten Kux (Germany). Permanent Bureau of the International Congresses: President Elizabeth a. Roads (Great Britain), Secretary Laare Seberg Sigselrud (Norway).

Assembly and new board of the Fédération Internationale de Généalogie et d’Héraldique (CIGH) (picture: Dirk Weissleder)

German Genealogy Worldwide: 1st Board of the International German Genealogy Partnership is Elected

The following announcement was written by the International German Genealogy Partnership:

It has been many months in development, and with many twists and turns along the way.  But now the moment has arrived at last!

In time for the 70th Deutscher Genealogentag held Oct. 5-7, 2018 in Melle near Osnabrück, Germany, the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) has finally taken its place within the genealogical world as an organization that seeks to unite researchers from several countries behind a common purpose.  And in coming to life as a vehicle for cooperation across national boundaries and diverse oceans, it may serve as a model for others.

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Expansion Plans

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage was designed to preserve black culture and history in the commonwealth. Construction is underway on a new gallery space in the south end of the building and a room on the second floor has monies set aside to turn it into a genealogy center.

By Veterans Day, the center’s courtyard will be home to an African-American veterans’ memorial named for Kentucky native, Col. Charles Young, a well-decorated Civil War-era military officer and diplomat.

ASU to be Home of John McCain’s Archives

In 2012, Sen. John McCain donated his papers to Arizona State University. The archive, known simply as the McCain Collection, is expected to grow dramatically over the next few months.

More than 800 boxes of his materials — records, photographs, correspondence — await shipment from his offices in Maryland and Washington, D.C., to ASU Library, where they will be accessible to scholars, historians and the public for generations to come.

Details may be found in the Arizona State University web site at http://bit.ly/2wAprib.

Feedback Needed on U.S. Decennial Census Data Products

The following announcement was written by the U.S. Census Bureau:

united states census bureau

Feedback Needed on Decennial Census Data Products

The Census Bureau is conducting a comprehensive review of the decennial census data products in preparation for the 2020 Census. We’re seeking feedback via this Federal Register notice to understand how the public uses decennial census data products:

Soliciting Feedback from Users on 2020 Census Data Products (Document Number 2018-15458)

This notice, published with a 60-day comment period, requests feedback from users on specific decennial census products such as Summary File 1, Summary File 2, and the Demographic Profile. The last day to provide comment on the notice is September 17, 2018.

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Announcing the GEDCOM 5.5.1 Annotated Edition

Tamura Jones is a well-known genealogist and blogger. He has long had an interest in the GEDCOM method of transferring data between genealogy programs. He, like many of us, has been frustrated by the numerous shortcomings of GEDCOM but, unlike the rest of us, he decided to do something about it. Tamura has now released a new FamilySearch GEDCOM 5.5.1 Specification Annotated Edition. You can read more and download the new specification at https://www.tamurajones.net/GEDCOM551AnnotatedEdition.xhtml.

Comments by Dick Eastman:

GEDCOM was created by and is still supported by FamilySearch. It remains a product of FamilySearch, not of Tamura Jones. As Tamura writes in his specification, “This is not a new GEDCOM version. This is an enhanced edition of the current GEDCOM version. The Annotated Edition is the full FamilySearch GEDCOM 5.5.1 Specification, improved with corrections and enhanced with annotations.”

PHMC and Historical Records Advisory Board Announce New Grant Opportunity for Archival Records

The following announcement was written by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission:

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) and the Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) are now accepting applications for the new Historical & Archival Records Care (HARC) grant program. The application deadline is August 1, 2018.

Funding is available to historical records repositories, such as: historical societies; libraries; universities; local governments; and school districts for collections care, including surveying; inventorying; preserving; arranging; and describing historical records significant to Pennsylvania, as well as for records reformatting and equipment. Additionally, a portion of funding may be requested to support outreach and accessibility initiatives.

Applicants may apply for up to $15,000 with a 50/50 cash or in kind match. Smaller grants in amounts up to $5,000 are available with no match required. Funding is provided by PHMC.

New England Historic Genealogical Society Publishes “2020—Your Guide to the Mayflower 400th Anniversary”

The following announcement was written by the New England Historic Genealogical Society

April 25, 2018—Boston, Massachusetts—Anticipating the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower in 2020, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has published a special edition of its award-winning quarterly magazine American Ancestors. The special commemorative issue of American Ancestors is titled “2020—Your Guide to the Mayflower 400th Anniversary” and is devoted entirely to the history, relevance, and impact of the Mayflower and its passengers and crew. It is available for purchase in the online Bookstore at NEHGS at AmericanAncestors.org for $6.95 plus shipping.

U.S. Census 2020 To Ask Question on Same-Sex Couples

The following was written by D’vera Cohn of the Pew Research Center:

new question about citizenship on the 2020 census form is in the headlines these days, but the U.S. Census Bureau also plans other changes for the next national count. Among them: For the first time, the agency will add specific check boxes for same-sex couples to identify themselves, and it will ask people who check the white or black race boxes to say more about their national origins.

The bureau’s list of 2020 questions, sent to Congress for review late last month, also was notable for what it did not include. Despite years of research into possible benefits of combining the race and Hispanic questions on the form, the bureau will continue to ask them separately. Bureau researchers had said the combined question produced more complete and accurate data, especially about Hispanics. The census form also will not include a much-researched check box for people of Middle Eastern or North African origins.

The 2020 census is to ask seven data questions: age, sex, Hispanic origin, race, relationship status, homeownership status (own or rent) and citizenship. The bureau also listed several follow-up questions it will ask to make sure that everyone who usually lives in the household being surveyed is included.

The citizenship question, which has been challenged in court, will be asked last to “minimize any impact on decennial census response rates,” according to a memo from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose department oversees the Census Bureau.

Census has overcounted same-sex couples

The new check boxes for same-sex couples are an attempt to fix a long-standing problem of Census Bureau overcounts of these couples.

A New Partnership is Announced: Ontario Genealogical Society and the NextGen Genealogy Network

The following announcement was written by the NextGen Genealogy Network and the Ontario Genealogical Society:

The NextGen Genealogy Network (NGGN) and the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) are pleased to announce a new partnership. OGS is providing NGGN with financial support, together with promotional support in the OGS weekly online newsletter, eWeekly, together with an information page on the OGS website.

NGGN, a United States based 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization was founded in 2013 to create a community for young genealogists. Building connections and fostering engagement among young genealogists eighteen to fifty, NGGN strives to build connections between generations, and welcomes the friendship, mentorship, and support of our fellow genealogists of all ages.

MyHeritage Announces Easier Navigation in your DNA Match List

An announcement in the MyHeritage Blog states:

“At MyHeritage our users’ feedback is extremely important to us. We do our best to listen to the community to provide the best possible family history research experience. Today we released two new features that were requested by our users at the RootsTech conference in Utah in February (thanks Judy Russell, and others!), to make navigating in the list of DNA Matches easier. Following major updates and improvements to our DNA Matching in January 2018, MyHeritage DNA users are receiving 10 times as many matches as before. It’s therefore only natural that there is now demand for easier ways to work with this information and make the most of it.

“With this feature, you can manually enter the page number you would like to go to, in the list of DNA Matches. From now on, if you are interested in DNA Matches that appear beyond the first few pages of your massive DNA Match list, you don’t need to click through the pages one by one. Simply enter the page number you would like to jump to in the “Go to page” field and then press “Enter”.”

There’s a lot more. You can read the full announcement at: http://bit.ly/2GwjqtK.

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.

MyHeritage Science Team’s Research Featured in the Prestigious Journal Science

The following announcement was written by the team at MyHeritage:

We are proud to share that our science team, led by MyHeritage’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Yaniv Erlich, has had a groundbreaking paper published today in Science, one of the most influential academic journals in the world.

The research was conducted with scientists at Columbia University, the New York Genome Center, MIT and Harvard, and provides fresh insights into the last couple of centuries of marriage and migration in Europe and North America, and the role of genes in longevity. Other than Dr. Erlich who led the research, MyHeritage Science Team member Tal Shor is also one of the authors.

Massive Family Tree Yields New Insights about Humanity

MyHeritage Launches DNA Quest — a Major Pro Bono Initiative for Adoptees and Their Biological Families to Find Each Other via DNA Testing

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage, the sponsors of this newsletter. The announcement was made in front of thousands of genealogists at an opening session of RootsTech by Aaron Godfrey of MyHeritage. The announcement and the in-person introduction of two long-lost sisters to the RootsTech audience was a major highpoint of the day. (You can view the session soon on the RootsTech videos at http://www.rootstech.org.) If you are an adoptee or a member of a birth family, I suggest you read this announcement about a FREE service carefully. You also will want to read the article in the MyHeritage Blog.

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah–MyHeritage, the leading global destination for family history and DNA testing, announced today the launch of a new pro bono initiative, DNA Quest, to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through genetic testing. As part of this initiative, MyHeritage will provide 15,000 MyHeritage DNA kits, worth more than one million dollars, for free, with free shipping, to eligible participants. Participation is open to adoptees seeking to find their biological family members, and to anyone looking for a family member who was placed for adoption. Preference will be given to people who are not able to afford genetic testing. The first phase of the initiative is open to USA residents, involving adoptions that took place in the USA. Application opens today on the project website, www.dnaquest.org, which includes detailed information about the initiative.

Founders, Fishermen, and Family History Cruise Features Genealogy and History

The following announcement was written by Gena Philibert-Ortega:

Sail from Boston to Nova Scotia in August 2019

28 February 2018 – Gena Philibert-Ortega’s Founders, Fishermen, and Family History cruise sponsored by MyHeritage will set sail August 10-17, 2019, from the Port of Boston, Massachusetts. Sailing on the Holland America Line ship ms Veendam, additional stops planned are Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Genealogists Gena Philibert-Ortega, David Allen Lambert, Daniel Horowitz, and Tami Osmer Mize will provide educational presentations, technology demonstrations, and consultations. In addition, a pre-cruise day (August 9, 2019) at the New England Historic and Genealogical Society includes an opportunity to learn more about the Society holdings and allows time for research. Additional events are being planned, including special presentations and a tour at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

Legacy Republic Launches in Salt Lake City to Save One Million Memories and Unlock Region’s Genealogy Treasure Chest

The following announcement was written by Legacy Republic and released at the RootsTech conference:

On a quest to save one million memories, the world’s most trusted family legacy service, Legacy Republic, is officially launching today in Salt Lake City to connect local families to their past through photo and video digitization. The company now has limited openings for up to 30 Legacy Maker consultants and Pro Services Executives, who will inspire and help their communities preserve, celebrate and relive their family stories.

At a time when the country has been facing massive natural disasters, and 500 million photo albums have yet to be digitized, Legacy Republic recognizes the importance of preserving and celebrating family history and heritage — tenants that are especially vital to the Salt Lake City community.