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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.

Given the events of the past month with genealogy web sites laying off employees and cutting back on services, you now need backup copies of everything more than ever. What happens if the company that holds your online data either goes off line or simply deletes the service where your data is held? If you have copies of everything stored either in your own computer or stored in a different company’s online service, such a loss would be inconvenient but not a disaster.

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

New and Updated

The Clay Family Society’s Biennial Gathering, Scheduled for June 2020 in Richmond, Virginia, Has Been Postponed to 2021

You may follow the updates at https://clayfamilysociety.net/.

The full list of all Genealogy Cancellations and Postponements Due to Coronavirus may be found at: https://blog.eogn.com/cancellations. Want to have your event’s cancellation or “virtualization” added to this list? Click here.

The Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies has Regretfully Canceled Its Annual Conference Scheduled for June 13, 2020

Details may be found at www.KCGS.us.

The full list of all Genealogy Cancellations and Postponements Due to Coronavirus may be found at: https://blog.eogn.com/cancellations. Want to have your event’s cancellation or “virtualization” added to this list? Click here.

Germany – Deutscher Genealogentag 2020 is Canceled

Due to the current Corona/Covid-19 situation, the board of the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände (DAGV) has decided to cancel the 72nd Deutsche Genealogentag (August 28-30, 2020), as a postponement unfortunately is not possible for organisational reasons.

Details may be found at https://blog.eogn.com/cancellations/.

The full list of all Genealogy Cancellations and Postponements Due to Coronavirus may be found at: https://blog.eogn.com/cancellations. Want to have your event’s cancellation or “virtualization” added to this list? Click here.

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

New and Updated

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and North Carolina

NOTE: Many of these are notices of event cancellations because of CoronaVirus concerns. 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.

Book Review: The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide
By Claire Santry. Family Tree Books. 2017. 238 pages.

For years, Ms. Santry avoided research of her Irish ancestors because she believed that a 1922 fire had destroyed all Irish records. Once she realized the myth for the obstacle that it was, she launched her family search.

She believes Irish research it a whole lot easier nowadays, what with the availability of online records, along with the myriad libraries and archives that still hold valuable old registers. Ms. Santry’s experience led to writing the Irish Genealogy Guide which she promises “will give you a thorough grounding in genealogical techniques and point you towards the records you need to search, both in the United States and in Ireland. It’s full of tips, essential explanations about the collections, and strategic advice.”

The book is comprised of:

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.

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.

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: