Monday, March 13, 2017

A Card Index on Jewish Holocaust Victims is now Online



The International Tracing Service (ITS) has published two further resources in its online archive. They include the card index of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany and material on death marches from concentration camps.

https://www.its-arolsen.org/en/press/press/press-detail/news/detail/News/card-index-on-jewish-victims-now-online/

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Delaware Newspapers are going Online

The Delaware project began in 2015 with a mission to digitize 100,000 pages of newspaper previously only available on microfilm.
Delaware has approximately 30,000 pages available to researchers online with 70,000 more to be added by the end of 2017,

The final versions are available for free to anyone with internet access via the Chronicling America database at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
You can read more in an article by Jessica Bies in Delaware Online at: https://goo.gl/ms9RHW.

Comparing 4 Genealogy Databases

Sunny Morton at the RootsTech 2017 conference lectured about the differences between the top four Genealogy database; Ancestry Family Search, Find My Past, and MyHeritage. The lecture which lasted an hour can be seen at at https://www.rootstech.org/videos/sunny-morton.

Inside Edition tested 3 DNA Companies

Many are looking into discovering their ancestry through testing their DNA. A test was run by Inside Edition enlisting two sets of identical triples and one set of identical quadruplets with surprising results. The ancestry of each group should be absolutely identical since they all came from the same egg. Test kits from 23andMe, FamilyTree DNA, and AncestryDNA were used. Watch the show to find out more https://goo.gl/Kz5ODH      

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Plans to Digitize Boston Archdiocese Records


The Boston Archdiocese is partnering with the New England Historic Genealogical Society to create the nation’s first extensive database of church records to help people trace family histories.


“This will be the beginning of more, we hope,” said NEHGS library director Jean Maguire. “It’s something that pertains to people all over the country — and the world — who have ancestors who came here. It’s also a development long-awaited by genealogists and historians.”

668,000 Pittsburgh, PA Cemetery Records Now Online

Interment.net has added 668,000 cemetery records from the Allegheny area. Interment.net, an online cemetery records archive serving genealogists since 1997, recently added over 668,000 records from 29 cemeteries located in the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. These records have dates of death from the 1750s to present day.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Twile Software

Twile released a new feature allowing users to merge multiple GEDCOM files into one family tree and keep it updated with future changes.

The new feature means that family members storing their research independently in different family history sites – such as Ancestry or Findmypast – can now bring all of their findings together in one private family tree on Twile and import newer versions as they further their research. As well as building their tree, Twile will use the data in the GEDCOM files to automatically add events to the family timeline, such as births, marriages and deaths.
The merge tool will intelligently match people from a GEDCOM file by comparing their names, genders, dates of birth and relationships, requesting the user’s help with any matches that aren’t obvious.  

Silk Scarf Painting

On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.

Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!

On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.

Needle Felting A Penguin Program

On Thursday, December 3rd we met in the Local History Room where we learned how to needle felt a penguin.
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