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  • 9 Aug 2022 8:04 AM | Anonymous

    Called The Men Who Built Britain, the archive will be hosted by the London Irish Centre, with support from O'Donovan Waste, a London company set up by one of those many Irish expatriates.

    The archive will include an array of documents and recordings of the many Irish emigrants who became known as the generation that built Britain. It will be digitised from records and interviews already gathered by Irish historian Ultan Cowley for a book who wrote more than 20 years ago, chronicling the tales of those who crossed the Irish Sea to work in UK construction.

    Irish construction workers at the time were widely labelled as ‘navvies’, the pejorative term used for the manual labourers who dug the canal network (the navigators) in the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Details may be found in an article in the web site at:

  • 8 Aug 2022 9:37 PM | Anonymous

    I have written several times about the usefulness and ease of use of Chromebooks (see for a list of my past articles about Chromebooks). I often wrote about how easy it is to convert an old Windows or Macintosh to become a Chromebook. (You can find that article, Turn Old Macs and PCs into Chromebooks, at:

    Now Steven Vaughan-Nichols, Senior Contributing Editor of ZDSNet, has written How I installed ChromeOS Flex in 30 minutes and has published it at:

    Steven Vaughan-Nichols writes:

    "One of my favorite old PCs is a Dell Inspiron One 2320. This all-in-one (AIO) computer with a 2.4Ghz Intel Pentium Dual Core i5 processor, 6GBs of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT525M, and a 320GB hard drive is a great machine… for 2012. Ten years later? Not so much.

    "But this one-time Windows 7 PC still has a good 23-inch HD display. What it can't do is run Windows 10 well, and let's not even talk about Windows 11."

    He also wrote:

    "I had left Windows 7 on this machine, which was a dedicated accounting system. I'd disconnected it from the internet, though, since running Windows 7 on an internet-connected PC is just asking to be hacked. Like most old Windows PCs, it had slowed to the point where it was essentially useless. Just booting it up would take -- I kid you not -- three minutes.

    "But ChromeOS Flex, which is at heart a Linux system, can run on low-powered computers. How low can it go?"

    Finally, Steven Vaughan-Nichols also wrote:

    "On my older machine, it took me about 15 minutes from choosing to install it to running it."

    If you are thinking of converting an old computer that is presently gathering dust in a closet or some similar place, I suggest you first read How I installed ChromeOS Flex in 30 minutes at

  • 8 Aug 2022 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    Given to the university more than 20 years ago, the Langston Heritage Group Collection includes a wealth of historical information about Black churches, schools, civic clubs and organizations throughout Washington County from the end of the Civil War to the present.

    Thanks to archivists at East Tennessee State University, the collection has been digitized and made available online to anyone interested in this history.

    “The physical collection was first donated to ETSU in 2000, and it has since been accessed in the Archives’ reading room by dozens of researchers who have utilized the materials for scholarly and creative projects,” said Dr. Jeremy A. Smith, director of the Archives of Appalachia. “But digitizing and making this collection available online will push it out to a global audience, providing unprecedented access to this valuable resource while helping to draw attention to an essential but underrepresented part of Johnson City’s history.”

    You can read more in an article published in the Rogersville Review web site at: and at

  • 8 Aug 2022 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    Appalshop has been a cornerstone of Whitesburg, Kentucky, since 1969, working to tell stories about Appalachian people through art, film, music and more with a focus on their voices. Its theater usually hums with actors portraying the experiences of the region; the community radio broadcasts music and local news; and its rich archive provides a huge repository of central Appalachian history.

    But on Wednesday, as Alex Gibson, the organization’s executive director, stood inside the building that has housed Appalshop for four decades, all he could see was mud.

    Water damage covered the walls of the radio station. Every chair in the newly renovated 150-seat theater was caked in sludge. Filing cabinets, tables, CDs and loose film strips were tangled together. And possibly worst of all, many of the contents of Appalshop’s archives were covered in mud and debris after devastating floods in the region last week left the building submerged.

    You can read the rest of the sad news in an article by Remy Tumin as published in the Baltimore Sun at:

  • 8 Aug 2022 10:43 AM | Anonymous

    Over 50 cassette tapes and two 8mm films with hours of history and stories were converted to a digital format.

    Newly digitized recordings of the testimonials of Holocaust survivors are now available on the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation's website.

    Jews undergo a selection on the ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Photo courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    The Federation's Jewish Community Relations Council teamed up with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society to digitize numerous analog audio and video recordings of these testimonies contained in the Dr. Saul Friedman Collection.

    You can read more in an article by Zach Mosca published in the web site at:

  • 8 Aug 2022 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    The following press release was issued by the Missouri State Archives:

    Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has announced the launch of a new YouTube channel curated by the Missouri State Archives, a division within his office. The platform offers the public unprecedented access to historic films created by Missouri state government, along with recordings of the State Archives’ Thursday Evening Speaker Series and other Missouri history-related content.

    In celebration of the launch, the channel now features four new-to-the-archives films produced in 1931 by the Missouri Bureau of Public Information for the state’s Game and Fish Department, the precursor of today’s Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri State Parks. The recordings — “Arrow Rock,” “Big Spring,” “From Whence the Rainbows Come!” (about Bennett Spring State Park) and “Meramec State Park” — were graciously donated, along with digital conversions, by Melissa Naylor Applegate. Originally created to promote the virtues of Missouri’s outdoors, they were all produced in black and white on silent 16mm film and are between six and eleven minutes in length.

    For more information about the YouTube channel or the Missouri Game and Fish Department films, contact the Missouri State Archives reference staff at or 573-751-3280.

  • 5 Aug 2022 5:09 PM | Anonymous

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

    Flash drives (also called jump drives or memory sticks) are a great invention. I use several of them to store and transport various data files. In fact, you can probably find dozens of uses for a flash drive. Today's flash drives are becoming cheap, and they are rugged—almost impervious to damage, other than driving over one with an automobile. I once accidentally sent a flash drive through the washer, and it continued to work perfectly afterwards. (That is not guaranteed by the manufacturer, however!) Today’s flash drives are generally cheaper, more rugged, and have higher storage capacity than CD-ROM disks. I just purchase three 32-gigabyte flash drives from Amazon for $4.49 (U.S.) each.

    One of the best uses I know of is to take a flash drive in your pocket or purse when visiting a library or archive. Many libraries and a few archives have scanners and microfilm viewers that will save an image of a book or an old record to flash drives. Instead of feeding quarters into a photocopy machine, many genealogists prefer to save to a flash drive. Flash drives make it easier to transport the images home, copy them to a computer at your leisure, examine them, manipulate the images to improve readability, and easily insert their contents into genealogy programs, email messages, or that book you are writing.

    However, there is one huge problem with flash drives: security. I often keep private financial records on a flash drive, including digital images of all my insurance documents. Those often contain my Social Security Number and other identifying information. Another problem occurs at the library, when you accidentally leave your memory stick in the library computer and it "disappears." I am speaking from experience here! What happens to the information stored on that flash drive when someone else later "recovers" it? Will someone else have access to all the information you stored there?

    Luckily, there is a simple solution: 

    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/12874958.

    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

  • 5 Aug 2022 8:02 AM | Anonymous

    The following was written by Los Bexareños of San Antonio, Texas:

    Join Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society on Friday, September 30, 2022 - October 1, 2022, for the 42nd Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference. This conference is attended by genealogical research enthusiasts of all levels and is open to the public for those wanting to explore ancestral research. The event will take place at Estancia Del Norte San Antonio Hotel, 37 NE Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas. The speaker sessions begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon through 4:30 p.m. The evening festivity, 'Sangria and Sombreros' Welcome Reception, begins at 7:30 p.m. The speaker sessions will continue Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. and run until 4:30 p.m. and conclude with an evening Banquet.

    Admission information: Early registration is $135.00 per person (May - August) and includes admission to all of the Speaker Sessions held Friday-Saturday. Also included in the conference registration fee, is entry to the Welcome Reception (Fri. 7:30 p.m.). The Banquet Event on Saturday evening is $60.00 per person. Register here to join the festivities: REGISTER NOW

    The annual conference brings all of the Texas Hispanic genealogy societies under one roof to share and learn about their heritage through numerous speaker sessions and presentations. This year, 'GET YOUR GENEALOGY ON' sessions will feature speakers presenting Genealogy Information and Research Tips to keep expanding family trees, the 'TEXAS TALKING' sessions will feature speakers presenting Texas Historical topics and events, and finally, the 'FOR THE ROOTS & RECORD' sessions, speaker presentations will consist of records and archives available for family history and research. For a complete list of presenters click here: 2022 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

    Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization chartered in 1987, by founder Gloria Cadena. It is a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to Hispanic history and ancestral research. The Bexareños mission is to promote awareness of Hispanic genealogy and history through publications, public forums, research, consultations, education, and to promote the preservation of archival material for public research. Membership is open to the public (no proof of lineage is required). For more information please visit our website: LOS BEXAREÑOS WEBSITE

  • 5 Aug 2022 7:57 AM | Anonymous

    I discovered an article written by Caroline Bourque and published in the web site that interested me and that I suspect will also be of interest to many genealogists. It starts with:

    "When Chelsey Brown started her design blog City Chic Decor in 2017, her focus was on decorating small rental spaces on a budget—so naturally, she often found herself at flea markets. Having grown up with a genealogist father, the e-designer began wondering about the people who’d originally owned the furniture, art and other objects that were for sale. “I realized these items should be with their rightful families, not sitting in a box,” Brown tells Business of Home.

    One day, she decided to take that instinct a step further. After picking up a few letters and postcards at various flea markets, she began hunting online for public family records to match the names on the documents. Within 30 minutes, she located the living descendants of the heirlooms she’d picked up. “I was really happy that first day, [realizing] this is something I can do—it’s feasible,” says Brown.

    Flea markets became Brown’s regular haunt, where she went every Saturday and Sunday in search of new items to reconnect with their owners. Her efforts multiplied when she began documenting the process on social media, where her stories of tracing family heirlooms quickly went viral. Since then, she’s tracked down hundreds of original owners, following a research process that involves scouring online genealogy databases like MyHeritage, old obituaries, newspaper articles, Facebook and even the white pages to get in touch with family members about all manner of heirlooms, including jewelry, photo albums, bibles, artwork, diaries, letters, medals, historical artifacts and books."

    You can read the article at:

  • 4 Aug 2022 10:12 PM | Anonymous


    Ten brand new titles and over 400,000 pages have been added to the archive this week. 

      New titles: 

    ·         Antigua Standard, 1883-1890 

    ·         Australian Spiritualist, 1881 

    ·         Battersea Polytechnic Review, 1894 

    ·         British Yachtsman, 1894 

    ·         Evans and Ruffy’s Farmer’s Journal, 1809-1832 

    ·         Hampstead News, 1882-1961 

    ·         Holloway Press, 1872-1962 

    ·         Land & Labor, 1918 

    ·         Sutton Journal, 1863-1896, 1898-1902 

    ·         West Kent Argus and Borough of Lewisham News, 1894-1931 

    Updated titles: 

    ·         Ashbourne News Telegraph, 1998 

    ·         Birmingham Weekly Mercury, 1936-1945, 1947-1948, 1951-1955, 1957-1958, 1961-1962, 1964-1966, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1979, 1983-1985, 1993-1994, 1998 

    ·         Birmingham Weekly Post, 1879 

    ·         Bracknell Times, 1998 

    ·         Brentwood Gazette, 1993 

    ·         Bucks Advertiser & Aylesbury News, 1845, 1851, 1863 

    ·         Cambridge Town Crier, 1993 

    ·         Caterham Mirror, 1993 

    ·         Chester Chronicle, 1998 

    ·         Crewe Chronicle, 1998 

    ·         Derby Express, 1998 

    ·         Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, 1993 

    ·         East Cleveland Herald & Post, 1993 

    ·         East Grinstead Observer, 1993 

    ·         Edinburgh Evening News, 1951 

    ·         Erdington News, 1911-1917 

    ·         Evening Despatch, 1908-1911, 1913, 1920-1923, 1925-1929, 1933-1935, 1937-1938, 1948-1949, 1951-1954 

    ·         Faversham Times and Mercury and North-East Kent Journal, 1993, 1995 

    ·         Field, 1857 

    ·         Formby Times, 1993, 1995 

    ·         Gloucester News, 1993 

    ·         Harlow Star, 1993 

    ·         Harrow Informer, 1993 

    ·         Harrow Observer, 1998 

    ·         Heartland Evening News, 1999 

    ·         Herald Cymraeg, 1993 

    ·         Hertford Mercury and Reformer, 1998 

    ·         Herts and Essex Observer, 1998-1999 

    ·         Hounslow & Chiswick Informer, 1993 

    ·         Huntingdon Town Crier, 1998 

    ·         Irvine Herald, 1994 

    ·         Isle of Thanet Gazette and Thanet Times, 1993 

    ·         Kentish Express, 1961 

    ·         Leatherhead Advertiser, 1993 

    ·         Long Eaton Advertiser, 1998 

    ·         Middlesbrough Herald & Post, 1993 

    ·         Midweek Visitor (Southport), 1993 

    ·         Neath Guardian, 1993 

    ·         Ormskirk Advertiser, 1992 

    ·         Ottawa Free Press, 1903 

    ·         Plymouth Extra, 1989, 1993 

    ·         Retford, Gainsborough & Worksop Times, 1998 

    ·         St Neots Town Crier, 1993 

    ·         St. Kitts Daily Express, 1906, 1909-1915 

    ·         Stockport Express Advertiser, 1993 

    ·         Strathearn Herald, 1993 

    ·         Sun (Antigua), 1911, 1913-1920 

    ·         Sunbury & Shepperton Herald, 1991 

    ·         Thanet Times, 1993 

    ·         Uxbridge Informer, 1995 

    ·         Walton & Weybridge Informer, 1993 

    ·         West Surrey Times, 1918 

    ·         Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 1993 

    ·         Woodford Times, 1870-1881, 1896, 1899-1915 

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