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Curt DiCamillo Appointed Curator of Special Collections at New England Historic Genealogical Society

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

CurtDiCamilloBoston, Massachusetts, January 11, 2016 ― Curt DiCamillo, the internationally recognized authority on English country houses and the decorative arts, has been appointed the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s (NEHGS) first Curator of Special Collections, a new position commencing February 29, 2016.

A longtime member of NEHGS, Mr. DiCamillo has led highly successful heritage tours for the organization to England and Scotland, has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, and has taught classes on British culture and art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and elsewhere. Previously, he was for many years Executive Director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, based in Boston, where he successfully raised over $7 million and initiated many innovative programs. In addition, he worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for 13 years. The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the leading nonprofit genealogical society in America, serving more than 150,000 constituents and millions of online users through its award-winning website, www.AmericanAncestors.org.

D. Joshua Taylor Appointed President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The many friends and acquaintances of Josh Taylor will be pleased to learn of today’s announcement from the Board of Trustees of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:

Josh_TaylorNew York, New York, January 7, 2016. D. Joshua Taylor, the prominent genealogist, author, and lecturer, has been appointed President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, effective February 1, 2016. He succeeds McKelden Smith, who is retiring after serving as its highly-regarded President of seven years.

Jeanne Sloane, chairman of the board of trustees of the NYG&B, said, “We are thrilled that Josh has accepted this position. He brings to the NYG&B dynamic energy and his well-known passion for the mission of genealogical societies in general. He has broad experience as an advanced researcher and riveting lecturer. Plus he has the expertise we require in the innovative use of technology in our field.”

Ms. Sloane also said that Mr. Taylor already knows the NYG&B unusually well. “Most recently,” she said, “Mr. Taylor was Director of Family History at Findmypast.com. While he was in this position he coordinated the integration of the NYG&B’s eLibrary with the Findmypast platform.

Twins Born in Different Years

This will cause confusion for future genealogists. Twins were born a few minutes apart on Thursday evening/Friday morning in San Diego, California. The confusing part is that the clock struck midnight during those few minutes. Not only were Jaelyn and Luis Salgado born on different days, they also were born in different years.

They became the last baby of 2015 and the first baby of 2016 at San Diego Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center.

Pictures and a video are available at http://goo.gl/UnNCmB.

A Techie’s Obituary: “Bill’s Application has been Migrated to the Cloud”

This has gone viral on Reddit. William Fink was a life-long techie and lover of computers and all sorts of other assorted modern devices. His obituary in the Belleville (Illinois) News-Democrat, written by his bother Matthew, reads (in part):

William Ralph ‘Bill’ Fink, 46, encountered an unhandled exception in his core operating system, which prematurely triggered a critical ‘STOP’ condition on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015.

Update: John Martino, R.I.P.

John Martino, a very active genealogist and the Project Coordinator for the Italian Genealogical Group, passed away earlier today. John dedicated all his spare time to coordinating the funding and digitizing of our online databases which have been so helpful to researchers worldwide.

UPDATE: John Martino’s wake will be held at the M. A. Connell Funeral Home, 934 New York Ave, Huntington Station, NY 11746 (Phone: 631-427-1123) from 2 until 4 and again from 7 until 9 on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6.  A Mass will be held at 10 AM Monday at St. Francis of  Assisi Church, 29 Northgate Drive, Greenlawn, NY. A military funeral will follow at Calverton Cemetery.

John Martino, R.I.P.

John Martino, a very active genealogist and the Project Coordinator for the Italian Genealogical Group, passed away earlier today. John dedicated all his spare time to coordinating the funding and digitizing of our online databases which have been so helpful to researchers worldwide.

UPDATE: John Martino’s wake will be held at the M. A. Connell Funeral Home, 934 New York Ave, Huntington Station, NY 11746 (Phone: 631-427-1123) from 2 until 4 and again from 7 until 9 on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6.  A Mass will be held at 10 AM Monday at St. Francis of  Assisi Church, 29 Northgate Drive, Greenlawn, NY. A military funeral will follow at Calverton Cemetery.

New York Centenarian Makes the Rest of Us Look Like Lazy Slackers

Felimina Rotundo works 11 hours day, six days a week at a Buffalo Laundromat. She works from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. six days a week washing clothes and handling dry cleaning at the College Laundry Shoppe on Main Street in Buffalo. Born in 1915, Felimina celebrated her 100th birthday in August.

Felimina says she likes being out and working because it “gives her something to do.” She hasn’t considered retirement and will continue working as long as her health is good. She also says too many people retire too soon. Her advice to her peers: “Get out and do some work.”

Gordon Honeycombe, R.I.P.

Former broadcaster Gordon Honeycombe, the face of ITN news between 1965 and 1977, has died in Australia aged 79. UK genealogists will remember him best as the presenter of the BBC Television programme (broadcast first in 1979) called Family History. He was twice voted the UK’s most popular newsreader.

He also helped maintain the Honeycombe Family History Archive on the web at http://www.honeycombe-archive.com.

Pat Couture, R.I.P.

The many friends of Pat Couture will be saddened to learn that she passed away yesterday. She suffered from pancreatic cancer. Pat was a mother, professional singer, genealogist, ham radio operator, member of Mensa, an expert on African violets, and many other things. She was well known as a French-Canadian genealogist and, in recent years, became active in a couple of Jewish genealogy societies as well. She was a frequent public speaker, usually speaking about French-Canadian topics.

Pat Couture shown here with her husband and constant companion, Paul

Pat Couture shown here with her husband and constant companion, Paul

In a Facebook posting early today, Pat’s daughter, Amy, wrote: “To all who knew my mother and have been sending warm wishes, Mom passed away yesterday after her year long battle with cancer. She made a big impact on everyone that knew her. She was a mother, professional singer, genealogist, member of Mensa, and many other things. I miss her already! Thank you all for your nice words in the end. They made her happy.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Elmire Conklin and Jennie Sweetman Presented with Special Awards for their Five Decades of Genealogical Research

On Thursday, September 24, in a brief ceremony held at the Warwick (New York) Town Hall, Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Historian Dr. Richard Hull presented special awards to Elmire Conklin and Jennie Sweetman.

“I’m honored to introduce to you two long-time Warwick residents,” Hull said, “who through more than five decades of genealogical research have quite literally done more than anyone today and through the deep past to identify and exhaustively research many dozens of Warwick families, many of whom were distinguished citizens of our community and some of them with roots going back many generations.”

Update: Pamela Weisberger, R.I.P.

This is an update to the sad news about Pamela Weisberger published earlier at https://blog.eogn.com/2015/09/25/pamela-weisberger-r-i-p:

For more information on the celebration of life and how you can leave a message of remembrance, please visit www.geshergalicia.org.

Pamela Weisberger, R.I.P.

pamela_weisbergerAcquaintances of Pamela Weisberger will be saddened to hear that she passed away this morning after a very brief illness.

Pam was a professional genealogist with a long list of accomplishments. She was the president of Gesher Galicia Inc. as well as 1st Vice-President & Program Chair of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, and was on the the Advisory Board of the Global Family Reunion.

She leaves her husband Ken, and her three children.

Diane Clemmons honored as the Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist

Diane Clemmons, registrar of John Bartram Chapter-DAR, has been honored as the Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist by the Florida State Society of Daughters of the American Revolution at its fall convention in Orlando this past weekend. Clemmons qualified for the award by helping so many prospective members that John Bartram Chapter became DAR’s fastest growing chapter in the nation in 2014.

Details may be found at http://goo.gl/j4kTeC.

She Went to College to Study Anthropology and Found Her Slave Ancestors Nearby

This story seems ironic although I doubt if it is the first time something like this happened. Michelle Taylor recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. Like millions of other people, Taylor started researching her own ancestry. She was surprised to not only find dusty old records, but to even visit the cabin where her ancestor, freed slave George Gilmore, lived. He was a man who had been enslaved by James Madison at Montpelier, about 30 miles northwest of her school.

You can read the full story in an article by Moriah Balingit in the Washington Post at https://goo.gl/7tbo5H.

“I love the Victorian era. So I decided to live in it.”

Many genealogists try to imagine the lifestyles of their ancestors. Gabriel and Sarah Chrisman decided to do more than imagine. They live that lifestyle in a Victorian house in Washington state. They have:

  • a period-appropriate icebox that they stock with block ice
  • no modern lightbulbs in the house
  • oil lamps
  • 19th-century gas heaters and an antique kerosene space heater
  • a cast-iron clawfoot bathtub
  • high-wheel bicycles
  • and more.

White Poet/Genealogist Who Used Chinese Pseudonym to Get Published Sparks Debate

Many genealogists will recognize the name of Michael Derrick Hudson. He is employed at the Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library. He is also a talented poet, typically writing poems that have nothing to do with genealogy. Time Magazine and the Washington Post report that Hudson’s poem The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve, appears in an annual poetry collection. The reports state that Hudson chose the pen name “Yi-Fen Chou” after being rejected by 40 different journals under his real name. Once he used a Chinese-sounding pseudonym, his poem was immediately accepted.

Michael Derrick HudsonHudson, who is white, wrote in his bio for the anthology that he chose the Chinese-sounding nom de plume after “The Bees” was rejected by 40 different journals when submitted under his real name. He figured that the poem might have a better shot at publication if it was written by somebody else. Apparently, he was correct.

What Donald Trump Inherited from his Immigrant Grandfather

FredTrumpThe New York Daily News has an interesting story by Ginger Adams Otis about Donald Trump’s grandfather, Fred Trump. His will and probate documents may be seen in Ancestry’s new collection of wills and probate records in the United States, announced earlier today. (See http://goo.gl/uBuQL2 for the announcement.)

Born Friedrich Drumpf, in Kallstadt, Germany, in 1869, Fred Trump left an estate worth $500,000 in today’s dollars when he died in Queens, NY on May 30, 1918, at age 49.

You can read the New York Daily News article at http://goo.gl/A5eLe0.

Change of Members at the BCG Education Fund Board of Trustees

The following two announcements were written by the folks at the Board for Certification of Genealogists:

Announcement – Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG, retires from BCG Education Fund

After eight years of volunteer service, Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG, of Charlotte, North Carolina, has retired from the BCG Education Fund Board of Trustees. From 2007 through 2014, Kathy was the Education Fund Secretary and streamlined its administrative procedures. She led the Trustees in planning and executing its programs, which are the annual Putting Skills To Work, the biannual Helen F. M. Leary Distinguished Lecture Series, and the Mosher Award for Colonial Virginia Research. She secured exclusive one-year rights for the Education Fund to outstanding lectures by Thomas W. Jones and Elizabeth Shown Mills. She promoted incorporating additional topics into the Education Fund’s offerings, such as law, proof arguments, and genetics. In 2015, Kathy stepped forward to serve as Treasurer pro tem. Her forward thinking and organizational skills contributed to the Education Fund’s substantial presence in genealogical education.

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announces Appointment of Christopher C. Child as Editor of the Mayflower Descendant

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

Christopher C. ChildAugust 19, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—Christopher C. Child, Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), has been named editor of the Mayflower Descendant, the Society announced today. Child is an award-winning genealogist and author of important published studies of American family history. He will begin his assignment as editor with the winter 2016 issue of the journal, the first to be published by NEHGS, while retaining his responsibilities with Newbury Street Press.

Last week NEHGS announced that, as the result of an agreement with the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants (MSMD), NEHGS will assume a ten-year stewardship of the Mayflower Descendant. First published in 1899 by George Ernest Bowman, under the auspices of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, the journal is one of the most highly respected scholarly journals in the field of genealogy. NEHGS plans to continue twice-a-year publication, winter and summer, available by subscription.

In making the announcement of Child’s appointment, Penny Stratton, NEHGS Publishing Director, stated “Chris Child is an excellent choice for this new position, poised to bring his well-articulated vision of genealogical scholarship to this very important journal.”

Do You Speak Like Your Ancestors? If You are from Raleigh, the Answer is “Probably Not.”

For more than half a century, the familiar Southern accent has been fading in Raleigh, North Carolina. Its disappearance has been so slow and so subtle that locals may not even have noticed. But for Robin Dodsworth, an associate professor in sociolinguistics at NC State, the decline tells the story of rapid social change across the urban South.

Dodsworth discovered that the vowels of speakers born between 1920 and 1950 were remarkably stable. Then, in the middle of the 20th century, Southern linguistic features began to steadily decline. But why?

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