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This article provides supplemental information to my earlier article, Your Comments are Requested Concerning an Interim Policy Concerning Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis and Searching, that is available at: https://tinyurl.com/eogn101011.
Quoting an article by Thomas F. Callaghan in the ScienceMag.org web site:
“The scientific development of forensic genetic genealogy (FGG), which couples genetic analysis with investigation of publicly available genealogy information, has successfully transformed law enforcement investigations by solving more than 50 cases over the last 18 months in the United States. However, use of FGG by law enforcement has preceded widespread development of best practices to protect the genetic privacy of private citizens who have voluntarily submitted samples to genealogy databases. Absent best practices, use of FGG could lead to compromised cases, diminished use, or the loss of this new investigative tool. Public support for FGG could be jeopardized and confidence in forensic DNA analysis could be undermined. As the custodian of a national law enforcement DNA database (CODIS), the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is looked to by many in the law enforcement and forensic DNA communities for guidance, and its efforts often influence the global community. The emergence of FGG suggests that further discussions on privacy, genomics, and the use of genealogy by law enforcement would be beneficial. Accordingly, the FBI seeks to engage the scientific and bioethics communities in such a dialogue.
Your Comments are Requested Concerning an Interim Policy Concerning Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis and Searching
The following is an IAJGS Public Records Access Alert:
I would encourage those who are interested in forensic genetic genealogy and law enforcement access to submit comments to email@example.com before November 1, when their interim policy becomes effective.
To read the interim policy go to:
U.S. Department of Justice, Interim Policy on Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis and Searching (2019); https://www.justice.gov/olp/page/file/1204386/download
The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:
TheGenealogist has just released the North Buckinghamshire maps and field books into its property ownership and occupancy record set, The Lloyd George Domesday Survey. This unique online resource allows researchers to discover where an ancestor lived in the 1910-1915 period from various London districts and now, for the first time, North Buckinghamshire.
These records make use of TheGenealogist’s powerful new Map Explorer™ to access the maps and residential data, giving those who want to discover where their ancestors lived in the period before the First World War some powerful new features to use. The Lloyd George Domesday Survey records are sourced from The National Archives and are being digitised by TheGenealogist so that it is possible to precisely locate where an ancestor lived on large scale, hand annotated maps. These plans include plots for the exact properties and are married to various georeferenced historic map overlays and modern base maps on the Map Explorer™ which allows the researcher to thoroughly investigate the area in which an ancestor lived.
Buckingham, North Buckinghamshire Valuation Office Maps
NOTE: This article is not about genealogy, but I suspect many Windows users will be interested in it. If you are looking for true genealogy-related articles, I suggest you skip this one.
In the July 30, 2018, edition of this newsletter, I predicted:
“Huge changes are coming from Microsoft. A new rumor is going around that claims Microsoft is switching from SELLING Windows to RENTING it instead. Some users think it will be an improvement while others believe it will be a major step backwards to computing in the way it was done in the 1970s when very expensive mainframes did all the computing and all data input and output by humans was done by using remote ‘dumb terminals.’
“Microsoft is getting ready to replace Windows 10 with the Microsoft Managed Desktop. This will be a “desktop-as-a-service” (DaaS) offering. Instead of owning your own copy of Windows, you’ll “rent” Windows by the month.”
Microsoft made my prediction come true this week. Microsoft has now rolled out Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). If you have a fast internet connection, you can run your desktop off WVD today.
Starting now, you no longer need to own a PC with Microsoft Windows installed. Instead, you can “run” Windows 10 on a Macintosh, Chromebook, Linux, iPad, or Android tablet.
Genealogy Online Becomes Partner of Patronomia for Creating and Printing On-Demand Family History Books
The following announcement was written by PATRONOMIA and GENEALOGY ONLINE:
This service will be presented from October 24 to 26 in London at the international genealogy conference RootsTech, where both PATRONOMIA and GENEALOGY ONLINE will have an exhibition stand.
Anyone who traced back his or her ancestors may combine both text and photos in an easy-to-read book, and have it printed in several copies in order to deal them around to family members.
Family histories are automatically written down in any of the languages handled by PATRONOMIA, and family trees are clearly laid out.
How can I Be Sure My ‘Re-print’ and ‘Use’ of Information in Newspaper Articles and Genealogy Books is ‘LEGAL?’
If you are planning on publishing information that was at least partially obtained from other publications, you need to read an article by Judy G. Russell, aka The Legal Genealogist, in her blog at: https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2019/10/10/the-history-in-the-news/.
It explains copyright issues in plain English. I saved the article in Evernote. You also could save it in OneNote or in any other application where it will be saved and easily findable in the future should you ever have questions about the copyrights involved with republishing.
23andMe just added a third purchasing option for those who want a little bit more.
The new VIP Health + Ancestry Service delivers more options for customers, including concierge-like services. The VIP service bundles together one 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service kit, with a companion kit, overnight shipping, and priority lab processing.
And now for something completely different. How would you like to map out the pedigrees and descendants of these people?
- H. G. Wells
- Albert Einstein
- Edgar Allen Poe
- James Watt
- Atahualpa -the last Inca Emperor who married his sister
- Emperor Suinin – the 11th Emperor of Japan who had two chief wives (empress), one of whom was his first cousin. He also had six consorts and he fathered 17 children.
- Charles Darwin
- Philip II of Spain
You can watch a YouTube video hosted by Simon Whistler at: https://youtu.be/xFMmJMlyqnY.
Western Michigan University Grant to Digitally Preserve the Gilmore Car Museum and Richland Library Historic Collection
This isn’t exactly a genealogy article but visiting the Gilmore Car Museum will undoubtedly give you a better appreciation of the automobiles your ancestors may have driven.
Thanks to newsletter reader Roger Moffat’s kind invitation, I had a chance to visit the Gilmore Car Museum 5 years ago and can tell you it is certainly worth the visit. If you have an interest in antique automobiles, a visit is certain a worthwhile experience. If you cannot visit in person, you will soon be able to visit virtually at the Western Michigan University’s digital collections online.
Photo by Dick Eastman
The following is the announcement:
Historic Newspapers of the Concord Times from Concord, North Carolina are now Available on DigitalNC
520 issues of The Concord Times from 1923 to 1927 have recently been digitized and added to DigitalNC thanks to a nomination from our partner Cabarrus County Public Library! The paper from Concord, North Carolina, documents 1920s happenings around the town, the state, and beyond. Published every Tuesday and Thursday, the paper frequently delivered news to its readers. A sampling of clippings are shared below:
I have written a number of times about calibre (start at https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+Calibre&t=brave&ia=web to find the past articles). calibre (always spelled with a lower-case “c”) is a popular and FREE app for reading and even editing ebooks. It does for electronic books just what iTunes does for music, allowing you to manage your digital book collection while offering excellent support for converting books to different formats and editing their metadata.
With calibre you can take an e-book in one file format and convert it to another that is supported by your e-book reading device and, if you’re not happy with the result, you can tweak the conversion settings and even manually edit the book’s contents and formatting. For instance, you can convert a PDF file to ePub format or to any of a number of other file formats. The result can be read on a Kindle, an iPad, on Windows or Macintosh or on most any other computer that has a screen large enough for reading ebooks. The calibre software is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
As described on the calibre web site at https://calibre-ebook.com/about#history:
If you are a user of The Master Genealogist (TMG), you will want to read about John Cardinal’s program, called TMG to GEDCOM. It exports a TMG dataset to a GEDCOM file. It is designed to maximize the transfer of data from your TMG project to any program that reads a GEDCOM file.
You can read more at: https://www.tmgtogedcom.com/en/tgn001.htm.
The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:
FamilySearch.org added over 1 million new, free, historical records this week from England Parish Registers (1538-1997.) An additional million records were contributed from Missouri County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records. Further records added this week come from Peru, Sweden, Ukraine, and the USA. States include CT, IN, KS, KY, ME, MS, NJ, OR, TN, TX and UT.
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.
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:
(+) 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
The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:
California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Washington
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.
One dark night, when people were in bed,
Mrs. O’ Leary lit a lantern in her shed,
The cow kicked it over, winked its eye, and said,
There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight.
Exactly 148 years ago, a great fire roared through the city of Chicago. No one knows for sure whether a lantern-kicking cow of the O’Leary’s was really responsible for starting the Great Chicago Fire on October 8, 1871. In fact, some believe the fire was started by a comet from outer space.
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
Genealogy web sites contain information about millions of deceased individuals. Yet sometimes you cannot find anything about the person you seek. Even with unusual names, you might not be able to find anything about a particular man or woman. Indeed, perhaps the information isn’t yet published online; but, another common scenario is that the information IS online but the search engines haven’t found that information and haven’t indexed it. How is that possible? Perhaps a bit of knowledge of how search engines work will explain the “missing information” and help you create an alternative plan to find what you want.
The following announcement was written by Findmypast:
Available to search this Findmypast Friday – new & exclusive US records and Scottish mental health registers & admissions
Here is what’s new this Findmypast Friday:
Were your ancestors laid to rest in Pennsylvania? Search over 276,000 new and exclusive burial records to find out. Published online for the first time in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, each transcript will reveal the date and location of your ancestor’s burial while images may reveal additional details.
The collection currently includes cemetery records from Abington, Goshenhoppen, Mckeesport, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and more. The records span three centuries and cover more than 100 parishes across the state. Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Mennonite, Friends (Quakers), and Presbyterian cemeteries are all represented.