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  • 15 Sep 2021 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    Genealogists have reportedly found evidence that President Biden’s paternal colonial ancestors owned slaves.

    The reported finding, detailed in an adapted excerpt from Politico correspondent Ben Schreckinger’s upcoming book “The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power,” was recently discovered by Alexander Bannerman, a genealogist in West Virginia, and lineage expert Gary Boyd Roberts.

    After the 2020 presidential election, Bannerman worked alongside Roberts to put together Biden’s genealogy for the winter 2021 issues of American Ancestors magazine.

    Bannerman told Schreckinger that during their research, the pair found that two of Biden’s ancestors on his father’s side enslaved people while living in Maryland.

    Jesse Robinett, the president’s great-great-great-grandfather, enslaved two people in Allegany County, according to the 1800 Census, Bannerman said, while Thomas Randle, another third-great-grandfather of Biden, enslaved one 14-year-old boy in Baltimore County in 1850.

    You can read a lot more in an article by Callie Patteson in the New York Post at:

  • 14 Sep 2021 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    Google One has recently announced an attractive new offering: a 5 terabyte storage plan storage option, a much more reasonable upgrade from the 2TB plan, for just $25 a month. In the past, you had to had to 'settle' for 2TB at $10 per month or jump to 10TB at an eye-watering $50 per month.

    If you have a lot of files to store, this can be a very attractive offering. It will especially appeal to professional photographers and to others with lots of pictures to store.

    The new 5TB Google One storage option appears to be rolling out now. It may not be visible to all Google accounts, but it should finish rolling out soon.

    You can find this and also search for lower-storage, lower-cost options at:

    After it ended free unlimited storage for Google Photos in June, many Google users had to figure out how to store images and other data in the Google accounts.

    If you’re sure the 5TB plan will meet your needs, you can save a little money by prepaying for a year’s subscription; it will run you $249.99.

    Other options include a 100GB plan for $1.99 per month, a 200GB plan for $2.99 a month, a 2TB plan for $9.99 a month, or a plan with 10TB of storage for $49.99 per month. 20TB and 30TB plans are also available, for $99.99 and $149.99 per month, respectively.

  • 14 Sep 2021 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    University of Wyoming Libraries has received a second round of funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support ongoing newspaper digitization work. The two-year, $200,000 grant will support the ongoing Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project, which began in August 2019 after the first NEH grant was awarded.

    Details may be found at:

  • 14 Sep 2021 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    This may be useful if your ancestors were among the first to settle North Carolina. According to an article by Ruth Cody and published by the North Carolina State Archives at

    "The Imaging Unit has been hard at work digitizing microfilm of land grant loose documents for NC Historical Records Online, a nonprofit run website that provides public access to images of original records and other relevant information for North Carolina historical and genealogical research.

    "The site has now met the half million mark for the number of images uploaded and available. The State Archives is thrilled that our records can now reach a new audience with this online capability.

    "Land grants are some of the earliest records of landholdings in the State Archives dating back to 1693. If you are interested in researching land grants, you can check out the uploads to NC Historical Records online, or you can come visit us at the State Archives where we will be happy to help you in the search room. Land grants are also indexed in our online database and can be requested through our online portal."

  • 13 Sep 2021 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

    MyHeritage Publishes New Name Index from U.S. and Canadian Historical Newspapers, with Nearly One Billion Names

    MyHeritage Publishes New Name Index from U.S. and Canadian Historical Newspapers, with Nearly One Billion Names

    We are pleased to announce the publication of a massive new collection of 982 million names, extracted from our U.S. and Canadian historical newspaper collections. 

    Historical newspapers are some of the most important sources for genealogical information because they are very rich in detail. Newspapers can often add color and personality to the dry facts that are often the output of other genealogical sources such as census records.

    About the collection

    The collection is an index of names that were extracted from existing free-text U.S. and Canadian newspaper collections on MyHeritage. The free text in these collections was generated from the scanned images of newspapers using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, which converts images into text. 

    The new Newspaper Name Index does not replace the free-text newspaper collections, but is added on top of them as a separate collection. What’s more, this name index is the fruit of only half of our newspapers, and the other half of the name index is currently being generated and will be published soon, so that nearly one billion additional records will soon be added. 

    Records in the index include a person’s name, a snippet of text mentioning them in the newspaper, and the newspaper’s publication title, date, and place of publication. Each record includes a scanned image of the original newspaper article. Some records will also include additional searchable information such as the name of a spouse and the place of residence based on the information extracted by the machine learning algorithms. Year range and place coverage in this collection vary greatly.

    Search the Newspaper Name Index on MyHeritage

    The new Newspaper Name Index will make it much easier for you to locate exciting details about your ancestors that you may have missed in prior searches. With the addition of this huge collection, there are now 15.1 billion historical records on MyHeritage.

    Why we created the Newspaper Name Index

    Although the same content already existed in our newspaper collections, it was previously in free-text format which meant that search capability was more limited. If you were looking for an ancestor with the first name of William, it would not have found newspaper articles where your ancestor was mentioned as Bill or Willie. And it would have returned irrelevant articles about people with the surname William. Following a smart extraction process, which we implemented using machine learning, the new name index is a structured collection which fully supports synonyms in searches, and differentiates between first and last names. The name index even includes relationships between people, and addresses, whenever these could be extracted. For example, a newspaper article mentioning “William and Roberta Miller” contributes to the structured index records for both William Miller and Roberta Miller, who are assumed to be spouses, and can be matched automatically to family trees using MyHeritage’s formidable Record Matching technology. Previously, even if you searched for “William Miller” you could have missed this mention because the names “William” and “Miller” are further apart in the article, resulting in lower ranking in a free-text search.

    The Newspaper Name Index employs Global Name Translation™ — MyHeritage’s unique technology that automatically translates names between languages. This means searching for names in a foreign alphabet such as Hebrew or Cyrillic will return search results from newspapers in English. MyHeritage pioneered Global Name Translation™ Technology to help users overcome language barriers and allow users to locate records that mention their ancestors in different languages (as well as in variations of a name in each language). Learn more about MyHeritage’s Global Name Translation™ Technology in this recent post.

    Sample records

    The Newspaper Name Index contains a record about music legend Johnny Cash. The record is based on short descriptions of upcoming TV programs found in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune from April 6, 1978. Johnny Cash’s new play was set to air on TV, so the newspaper featured a short description about the play. In the free-text version of the newspaper collection, you would just see the snippet of text relating to Johnny’s name. The Newspaper Name Index, in contrast, includes Johnny’s name as well as the name of his wife, June Cash. 

    Record on Johnny Cash in the Newspaper Name Index

    Record on Johnny Cash in the Newspaper Name Index

    Also in the collection is a record about renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The article is about an upcoming realtor conference where Wright will be one of the main speakers. The article also references Wright’s residence in Spring Green, Wisconsin, where his family estate was located. The Newspaper Name Index extracts Frank Lloyd Wright’s name as well as his address. If you were searching for Frank Lloyd Wright in the free-text version of the newspaper collections, you would see only the snippet related to Frank’s name and not his address.  

    Record on Frank Lloyd Wright in the Newspaper Name Index

    Record on Frank Lloyd Wright in the Newspaper Name Index


    Newspaper collections are an incredible genealogical resource as they contain rich detail, with formats that genealogists find very useful such as obituaries, wedding announcements, and birth notices. Society pages and stories of local interest contain information on activities and events in the community and often provide details about the people involved. The new name index enhances MyHeritage’s American and Canadian newspapers and opens the door to finding details about relatives that have eluded you in the past when searching the free-text version of these collections. It is our hope that with this new index, you’ll be able to more easily find family treasures in the newspapers on MyHeritage.

    Searching the collections on MyHeritage is free. To view these records or to save records to your family tree, you’ll need a Data or Complete subscription. If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, our Record Matching technology will notify you automatically if records from the name index and the free-text newspaper collections match your relatives. 

    Enjoy the new collection!

  • 13 Sep 2021 1:18 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists:

    “Federal Records Related to Rivers and Canals”

    by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 8:00 p.m. EDT

    Many federal records pertain to the development and use of waterways in the United States. This lecture shows examples and explains the relevance of some of the applicable records found at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., in its online holdings, and at its regional facilities in Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City, and others. Photos and documents will be examined from diverse NARA record groups; for example, Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers (RG 77), Records of the Inland Waterways Corporation (RG 91), and Records of the Bureau of Land Management (RG 49). Other examples come from holdings of the Library of Congress Serial Set and map collections. The process for finding these and similar records will also be explained.

    BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Federal Records Related to Rivers and Canals” by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA. This webinar airs Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time (EDT).

    Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA, certified since 1998, is a professional researcher, educator, author, and lecturer. She has coordinated and taught courses at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She also taught in Boston University’s onsite Professional Certificate Program in Genealogy. Pam is former NGS director of education and publications, a former board member of NGS and FGS, co-author of Online Roots: How to Discover Your Family's History and Heritage with the Power of the Internet (2003) and Research in Missouri (1999, 2007), and a former editor of APGQ. She is a popular seminar presenter who has spoken at genealogy conferences and seminars nationwide and on international cruises.

    When you register before September 21 on our partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars website (, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Anyone with schedule conflicts may access the webinar at no charge for one week after the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

    President LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, says, “Every month the Board for Certification of Genealogists offers a new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to provide education for family historians. These webinars are presented by certified associates and offer a quality genealogical educational experience. The board promotes excellence in research and working to standards in an ethical manner.”

    Following the free period for this webinar, BCG receives a small commission if you view this or any BCG webinar by clicking our affiliate link: For access to all BCG webinars, see the BCG Library at Legacy Family Tree Webinars (

    To see the full list of BCG-sponsored webinars for 2021, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at For additional resources for genealogical education, please visit the BCG Learning Center (

  • 13 Sep 2021 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    Dame Judi Dench, Ed Balls and Alex Scott are among the stars who will explore their family histories in a new series of Who Do You Think You Are?.

    Singer Pixie Lott, comedians Joe Lycett and Josh Widdicombe, and YouTuber Joe Sugg will also take part in the Bafta-winning genealogy show when it returns to BBC One next month.

    NOTE: This will be in the BBC version of Who Do You Think You Are? not the U.S. version.

    You can learn more at

  • 10 Sep 2021 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.

    One of the vexing problems with old cemeteries and historical sites is the difficulty of finding the locations of unmarked graves. In many cases, the desire is to locate the graves so that they may be identified and left undisturbed by new construction. To be sure, the locations may have been marked at one time with wooden or even stone markers. However, the ravages of time, weather, animals, vandals, and acid rain over the years may have removed all traces of those markers. Locating unmarked graves is also vitally important in solving murder cases.

    Historically, the only method of finding unmarked graves has been to start digging – not a very practical solution. However, modern technology now allows cemetery associations, historical societies, family societies, genealogists, archaeologists, police departments, and others to identify the locations of buried bodies and other objects with no digging required.

    The remainder of this article is reserved for Plus Edition subscribers only. If you have a Plus Edition subscription, you may read the full article at:*)-Plus-Edition-News-Articles/11043469.

    If you are not yet a Plus Edition subscriber, you can learn more about such subscriptions and even upgrade to a Plus Edition subscription immediately at

  • 10 Sep 2021 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    With the health of the local community in mind, the Piatt County Historical and Genealogical Society in Monticello, Illinois has announced it will open Mondays and by appointment only in September, October and November.

    Monday hours are from 1 to 8 p.m. the first two Mondays of each month, and from 1 to 4 p.m. the other Mondays at the society library, located in the Piatt County Office Building on State Street.

    Appointments should be made by email at

    The status of hours for December and January, as well as the annual dinner on Dec. 4, will be decided at the society Nov. 30 board meeting.

    Current mask mandates will be followed at the library.

    Information is also available on the Facebook page:

  • 10 Sep 2021 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    With new parish records, newspapers and a fascinating midwife's register to explore, where will your past take you this week?

    Warwickshire Parish Records

    Findmypast have added hundreds of thousands of new baptism, marriage and burial records from St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham. Specifically, the new releases cover:

    Check Findmypast’s handy parish list to see all of the churches and years covered in their vast Warwickshire collection.

    Warwickshire, Coventry Midwife's Birth Register 1845-1875

    Coventry midwife Mary Eaves attended over 4,400 births during her long career. The registers she kept are now searchable online, only at Findmypast.

    Mary was born around 1806 in Coventry. Her career as a midwife spanned from 1847 to 1875. In that time, she helped deliver 34 sets of twins. There were 21 deaths during the births she attended, five new-borns and 16 mothers.

    In partnership with Coventry Family History Society, Findmypast is home to a host of unique resources from the area. Explore old pawnbroker ticketsair raid reports and more.


    Findmypast continue to publish papers at a blistering pace. This week sees 44 new publications added to the archive, including:

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