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Royal Air Force Museum New Website Casualty Forms For WW l

The following announcement appeared on the IAJGS mailing list and is republished here with permission:

The Royal Air Force Museum launched a new website: Casualty Forms that enables visitors to explore the casualty forms of officers of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force who served on the Western Front and in the Middle East during the First World War. To visit the site go to: https://www.casualtyforms.org/ Enter a surname on the search field. If the name you are searching is in their database then a list of casualties with that surname will appear. Click on the one you wish to review under “view full record”. You can download the forms to your computer. There is also a printed page of the record data, such as names, date of birth, rank and regiment.

The forms include information on casualty details, postings, periods of leave, promotions and decorations. Some may also have information on place of burial and name of the officiant. Much of the information on the forms may NOT be recorded in the personnel files held at the (UK) National Archives.

MyHeritage Reveals: Boris Johnson Is Related to Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, the New EU President

Everybody is related to everybody else and sometimes the connections can be very interesting. That seems especially true of movie stars, politicians, and many other people in the public eye.

Brexit may be compared to a messy divorce, but it turns out that the concept of a family feud may be more than metaphorical. MyHeritage has discovered that Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK, is distantly related to Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

You can read more in the MyHeritage Blog at: https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/12/myheritage-reveals-boris-johnson-is-related-to-the-next-eu-president/.

Ancestry Says, “Your Privacy is our Top Priority”

From an article by Ancestry’s Chief Privacy Officer, Eric Heath, published in the Ancestry Blog:

“Your privacy is important to us. That’s why we want to share our position on a recent event where a Florida judge issued a search warrant to allow law enforcement to search all of GEDmatch, an open data personal genomics database. Following the issuance of the search warrant, GEDmatch opened its database of nearly one million users — beyond those who had consented to such access — within 24 hours. Ancestry believes that GEDmatch could have done more to protect the privacy of its users, by pushing back on the warrant or even challenging it in court. Their failure to do so is highly irresponsible, and deeply concerning to all of us here at Ancestry. GEDmatch’s actions stand in stark contrast to our values and commitment to our customers.

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.

The following articles are listed in this week’s Plus Edition email:

On the Road Again, This Time to London

(+) How to Preserve Newspaper Clippings

So Why Lock Up the Birth Records?

Calendars Explained

Irish Man Hilariously Pranks His Family at His Own Funeral

Follow-Up: How the Irish Man Hilariously Pranked His Family at His Own Funeral

Researching Slave Trader Ancestors

Have Polish Ancestry? You may be Able to Obtain Polish (and European Union) Citizenship

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, United Kingdom, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Rhode Island

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.

Past Predictions about the Future of Electricity

On March 29, 1879, a widely circulated newspaper called the American Register published a scathing editorial stating that “it is doubtful if electricity will ever be [widely] used.” That statement apparently was based on the fact that electricity was too expensive to generate in 1879.

Several months later, the Select Committee on Lighting and Electricity in the British House of Commons held hearings on electricity, with experts stating that there was not “the slightest chance” that the world would run on electric power generation. In 1879, electricity was still considered an expensive fantasy.

Thomas Edison contradicted those statements a few months later, on New Years Eve. Edison publicly unveiled his incandescent light bulb in Menlo Park. At the time he allegedly stated “We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.”

It strikes me that none of those opposing predictions was accurate.

The Truth about Christopher Columbus and His “Discoveries”

Alternative Title: Columbus was Really Bad at Math

Almost all the “facts” you learned in school about Christopher Columbus are wrong! Amongst other things, Columbus never proved that the earth is round and he never set foot in what is now North America. A YouTube video below and also available at https://youtu.be/3MJoKhO9G1g sets the record straight.

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The following articles are listed in this week’s Plus Edition email:

(+) Why Search Engines Cannot Find All your Online Genealogy Information

(+) Follow-Up: Genealogy Record Keeping in the Post-PC World

Great Chicago Fire of 1871

Some North Americans Claim a False Indigenous Identity

The Proposed GEDCOM 5.5.5 Standard is a Better GEDCOM

Doctor Sues Fertility Clinic After Discovering He Has At Least 17 Unknown Children From Sperm He Donated Decades Ago

The Messy Consequences of DNA and the Golden State Killer Case

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire

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.

FamilySearch Announces New Records from the United Kingdom

The following is an announcement written by FamilySearch:

We are excited to announce that more record collections from the United Kingdom have newly become available and have been added to the FamilySearch library! We hope that these records will help you feel more in touch with a section of history, and we especially hope that they will open doors for you as you continue to research your family roots. Some of these collections include the following:

Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry.com

From the Ancestry.com list of recent new and/or updated additions at https://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections:

Who Was that Mystery Person in Costume at the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Party?

Yesterday, I published several pictures taken at the MyHeritage party with a 1960s theme held on Saturday evening. Click here to see the pictures.  I also published a photo of one well-known genealogist “in disguise:”

That’s me on the left and the “mystery person” on the right. Do you recognize him? OK, here is an earlier photo of the two of us at the same conference:

That’s still me on the left along with “mystery person,” now in civilian clothes, Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage on the right. I admit I didn’t recognize him when I first saw Daniel in the costume!

 

Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry.com

From the Ancestry.com list of recent new and/or updated additions at https://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections:

Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry.com

From the Ancestry.com list of recent new and/or updated additions at https://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections:

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:

(+) A Simple Explanation of Cloud Computing

MyHeritage Announces an Update to the Theory of Family Relativity™

Update: Reclaim The Records vs. Missouri

Index the Contents of Your Entire Book Collection With Evernote

Yankee Publishing Acquires Family Tree Magazine

The In-Depth Genealogist is Going Out of Business

Early 23andMe Customers Are Not Receiving the Latest Gene Chip Updates

Investigative Genealogy has now Cleared an Innocent Man of Murder

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:

Happy Canada Day!

(+) Enjoy Internet Access Nearly Anywhere and Anytime with a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot

The Paperless Genealogist

RSS Newsfeeds Explained

David Mishkin, R.I.P.

Beware of the Websites Selling Fake DNA Kits

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks 2020 Census Citizenship Query

The Legal Power of Genealogy in Colonial America

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Connecticut, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Vermont, and Virginia

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.

It is the First Day of the Month: Back Up Your Genealogy Files

BackUpYourGenealogyFilesIt is the first day of the month. It’s time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups!

Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier and safer if you have a specific schedule. The first day of the month is easy to remember, so I would suggest you back up your genealogy files at least on the first day of every month, if not more often.

FamilySearch to Offer Free Family History Classes and Webinars for July 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free classes and webinars for July 2019. Classes will include useful insights for beginners, how to successfully use the FamilySearch Family Tree, and German and Danish Research. Attend in person or online. No registration is required.

If you cannot attend a live event, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars. Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars.

All class times are in mountain time (MT).

Geoff Rasmussen of FamilyTreeWebinars.com Announces a Rare 50% off Special on Webinar Memberships

I suspect that Geoff Rasmussen is the most prolific genealogy webinar host of all time. I know I have benefited immensely from listening to a number of his webinars. Now he is offering a one-year webinar membership. It usually costs $49.95 but, for one week, it’s 50% off at only $24.98. That price includes access to the entire webinar library.

With your webinar membership, you’ll get unlimited access to more than 900 classes and all the syllabus materials on: