Category: Jewish

Jack the Ripper mystery solved? Don’t trust what you read on the internet.

Jack the Ripper mystery solved?

Jack the Ripper mystery solved? Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

Jack the Ripper mystery solved? Not quite. It’s so true that you can’t believe everything you read on the internet, even from me.

Recently, I wrote a post about the DNA analysis of a scarf purported to have belonged to Catherine Eddowes, one of the victims of Jack the Ripper, and which was supposedly present at the murder scene.

According to the earlier news story, the DNA proved to be a match to Jack the Ripper suspect, Polish Jewish immigrant Aaron Kosminski.

I can still hear the words of my husband, Mark, resounding in my head, “Careful, you can’t believe everything you see or read on the internet!”

Oh, how easily I brushed him off and continued on blithely writing and publishing the offending post.

They were fortuitous words, however, as I just read a news article on the Start-Up Israel site in which they present evidence that there were rather basic, but devastating mistakes made in the evaluation of the provenance of the scarf, the type of DNA analysis used, and the actual conclusions drawn from the DNA analysis.

Oh, how I hate to admit that I was snowed, but this wasn’t just a slight sprinkling, it was a full-blown blizzard and unfortunately, I succumbed.

Note to self: Listen to Mark more. Sometimes he does know best.

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FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions – 14 Oct 2014

Sorry for the large gap. I’m in the process of doing some experimental performance of this site which has demanded much of my attention in the past couple of weeks. Finally, though, here are the FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to October 14, 2014.

 

FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions
Ancestry.com Updates and Additions.

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions.

Australia

Belgium

Canada

Colombia

Ghana

India

Indonesia

Italy

New Zealand

Slovakia

Spain

United Kingdom

United States

Worldwide

 

Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

Australia

Bermuda

Canada

Hungary

Netherlands

United Kingdom

United States

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions, 29 July, 2014.

Following are the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions up to and including 29 July, 2014.
Obituaries: Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

Obituaries: Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

 

FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions
Czechoslovakia
Korea
Spain
United States

 

Ancestry.com Updates and Additions
Australia
Canada
England

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – June 26, 2014

Following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions.
FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

The list is extensive and will break into multiple pages as June 18th seems to have been a very busy, productive day at FamilySearch.org.

The countries with the most additions are Italy, Netherlands, Brazil, United States and Poland.

 

FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

Argentina

Belgium

Bolivia

Brazil

Canada

Chile

China

Croatia

Czechoslovakia

Denmark

El Salvador

Germany

Honduras

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Italy

Mexico

Netherlands

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Russia

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Ukraine

United Kingdom

  1. England, Kent, Manorial Documents, 1241-1976
  2. England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997
  3. England, Norfolk Register of Electors, 1844-1952
  4. Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598-2009
  5. United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United States

Venezuela

Worldwide

 

Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

Canada

Poland

United Kingdom

United States

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Genealogy News Bites to June 23, 2014

Following are the latest genealogy headlines and genealogy news bites up to June 23, 2014.

 

genealogy news bites

Genealogy news bites.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Ancestry.com announces major changes

There are more details in a June 4 press release posted on blogs.ancestry.com. For each area, there is a series of questions with a drop-down discussion of how to transfer (if applicable), get a refund, etc. Don’t delay, because all changes will take

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Ancestry.com says no data compromised after genealogy website was hacked

Ancestry.com says the popular genealogy site was offline much of Tuesday after being hacked. Officials at the Provo, Utah-based company say hackers on Monday afternoon fooled the site into thinking there was an inordinate amount of …

National Catholic Reporter (blog)

New York Times features late cardinal’s Jewish ancestry

In his 16 years as the Catholic Church’s top official in New York, Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor was a staunch friend and defender of the Jewish people. He spoke often about what he had seen at Dachau as a Navy chaplain. He used his platform as head of …

The Reporter

Bucks County to create ancestry record search engine

The slowly fading pages kept at the Bucks County Courthouse chronicle one final act of charity by a Catholic saint and the 15-percent inheritance tax collected by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania …

BBC News

Military Ancestry Road Show

Bring medals, photos or other ephemera from your family’s past to the Military Ancestry Road Show at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum’s Horses at War event on the 7 – 8 June. Our panel of experts can help you to identify them, guide you to further …

Indian Country Today Media Network

New Discovery Confirms Native American Views on Their Ancestry

The discovery and scientific examination of one of the oldest human remains found in the Americas confirms what Native people have known all along, that they are the original inhabitants of this hemisphere. For the past 15 years the question of whether …

SFGate

Study traces Mexican ancestry

Using the tools of the Human Genome Project, the researchers studied the genetic makeup of more than 1,000 people of Mexican ancestry in their home country and in Los Angeles. They found a million genetic markers leading to various regions of Mexico …

GenomeWeb

Ancestry.com to Discontinue Y, mtDNA Testing in Favor of Array-based Genetic …

Ancestry.com announced earlier this month that it will soon retire its mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome testing services in order to focus exclusively on its microarray-based AncestryDNA offering. While Ancestry.com’s …

Distributed Denial of Service Attack Neutralized

Posted by Scott Sorensen on June 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Status

Around 1:30 p.m. MT on Monday, June 16, 2014, attackers targeted Ancestry with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). During the attack, Ancestry websites along with the Find A Grave website were clogged with massive amounts of bogus traffic that took the sites down.

– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/06/17/distributed-denial-of-service-attack-neutralized/#sthash.NexFbfmO.dpuf

Distributed Denial of Service Attack Neutralized

Posted by Scott Sorensen on June 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Status

Around 1:30 p.m. MT on Monday, June 16, 2014, attackers targeted Ancestry with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). During the attack, Ancestry websites along with the Find A Grave website were clogged with massive amounts of bogus traffic that took the sites down.

– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/06/17/distributed-denial-of-service-attack-neutralized/#sthash.NexFbfmO.dpuf

Distributed Denial of Service Attack Neutralized

Posted by Scott Sorensen on June 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Status

Around 1:30 p.m. MT on Monday, June 16, 2014, attackers targeted Ancestry with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). During the attack, Ancestry websites along with the Find A Grave website were clogged with massive amounts of bogus traffic that took the sites down.

– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/06/17/distributed-denial-of-service-attack-neutralized/#sthash.NexFbfmO.dpuf

Distributed Denial of Service Attack Neutralized

Posted by Scott Sorensen on June 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Status

Around 1:30 p.m. MT on Monday, June 16, 2014, attackers targeted Ancestry with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). During the attack, Ancestry websites along with the Find A Grave website were clogged with massive amounts of bogus traffic that took the sites down.

– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/06/17/distributed-denial-of-service-attack-neutralized/#sthash.NexFbfmO.dpuf

Distributed Denial of Service Attack Neutralized

Posted by Scott Sorensen on June 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Status

Around 1:30 p.m. MT on Monday, June 16, 2014, attackers targeted Ancestry with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). During the attack, Ancestry websites along with the Find A Grave website were clogged with massive amounts of bogus traffic that took the sites down. We want to apologize for the inconvenience this has caused… Read more

– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/#sthash.2iaS8gqa.dpuf

Distributed Denial of Service Attack Neutralized

Posted by Scott Sorensen on June 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Status

Around 1:30 p.m. MT on Monday, June 16, 2014, attackers targeted Ancestry with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). During the attack, Ancestry websites along with the Find A Grave website were clogged with massive amounts of bogus traffic that took the sites down. We want to apologize for the inconvenience this has caused… Read more

– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/#sthash.2iaS8gqa.dpuf

Distributed Denial of Service Attack Neutralized

Posted by Scott Sorensen on June 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Status

Around 1:30 p.m. MT on Monday, June 16, 2014, attackers targeted Ancestry with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). During the attack, Ancestry websites along with the Find A Grave website were clogged with massive amounts of bogus traffic that took the sites down. We want to apologize for the inconvenience this has caused… Read more

– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/#sthash.2iaS8gqa.dpuf

Distributed Denial of Service Attack Neutralized

Posted by Scott Sorensen on June 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Status

Around 1:30 p.m. MT on Monday, June 16, 2014, attackers targeted Ancestry with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). During the attack, Ancestry websites along with the Find A Grave website were clogged with massive amounts of bogus traffic that took the sites down. We want to apologize for the inconvenience this has caused… Read more

– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/#sthash.2iaS8gqa.dpuf

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Genealogy News Bites – April 28, 2014

Genealogy news: checking newspapers.In an effort to help ease the load of searching for genealogy news and genealogy events, I prepare a ‘Genealogy News Bites’ post to gather together what I feel are the most important or informative genealogy news headlines from the previous week (or thereabouts).

Following are the most recent and relevant genealogy news headlines from a broad range of sites and blogs.

 

Olive Tree Genealogy

Long Lost Love Letters Found & Returned to Descendants

This is one of those feel-good stories we all love. And wouldn’t we all love to find such a treasure? Joshua McKinney, of Casnovia, Michigan, was removing old insulation in his home’s attic when he found a stack of old love letters from World War II. The letters and certificates (birth and marriage) he found all concerned the Kissel family. It didn’t take long for Joshua and his sister to

Genealogy Canada

Counties council asked to back naming County Road 34 ‘British Home Children Commemorative Highway’

Jim Brownell who is the director of the Ontario East British Home Child Family (OEBHCF), wants to rename the roadway that goes through the towns of Lancaster, Green Valley, and Alexandria on County Road 34 as the ‘British Home Children Commemorative Highway.’

Rewriting the pages of history Shelburne student corrects foggy account of war crime

Learn how a student changed history by researching a soldier in their Second World War and discovering the story of how he been executed with six other soldiers near the small town of Mouen, France

RootsTech 2015 Call for Papers

RootsTech 2015 will be held in Salt Lake City from February 11–14, 2015, and the RootsTech Content Committee is calling for dynamic presentations that inform and educate both those seeking to begin and those continuing to discovering their family story through technology

Google Blog

Hungary’s far-right and the ‘Jewish ancestry’ slippage

Today, on Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah in Hebrew), we commemorate the 6 million Jews slaughtered during the Holocaust, as well as the millions of Roma, homosexuals, people with disabilities, political

FamilySearch Blog

Free Guide to Hampshire England Ancestors

FamilySearch is pleased to announce a new online guide to tracing ancestors in the ceremonial County of Hampshire England. Also known as Southampton, and including the Isle of Wight, Hampshire has a long maritime history. It is the birthplace of the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force

Free Classes Offered at the Family History Library—May, 2014

If you are planning on visiting Salt Lake City, Utah during the month of May, you may want to plan some time to come visit the Family History Library across from Temple Square. The Family History Library is offering several free classes during the month of May. Classes are free to the public. Below is information about topics, times and locations

Irish Genealogy News

Major Irish genealogy conference in Waltham, MA

A two-day conference – Celtic Connections, The Leaving of Home: Migration, Motivation and Myth – will be held in August in Waltham, Massachussets, and will witness a gathering of many of Irish genealogy’s best-known presenters from both sides of the Atlantic

Library and Archives Canada

An Arpent, a Toise, a Perche, a League… Understanding Old French Measurements

When looking through old French records, you will frequently come across old measurements that are rather mysterious nowadays. These measurements are found in records originating in France, Quebec and Louisiana. Below is a table showing the equivalencies, but many online sites offer conversion calculators, even for these old standards

Chicago Tribune

Fifteen Days Remaining for Reduced Cost Registration for Genealogy Conference

Fifteen days remain to receive a reduced rate to The Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois’ (CAGGNI) full day genealogy conference, GeneaQuest. GeneaQuest is a full day of genealogy highlighting genealogy news and technology of the future and

Genealogy and History News

Find-A-Record Helps you Find Records

Let me tell you about a new website I’ve been playing with recently. It’s called Find-A-Record. And that’s not to be confused with ‘Find-A-Grave‘ as they are two entirely different sites. Both useful for genealogy, but both with different purposes

Ancestry.com Blog

Virtual Cemeteries, Rotating Photos, User Profiles, and More in the Updated Find A Grave iOS App

Today we’re releasing the first new features update for the app. We have a lot more we’re going to do, but these first features were the most requested and are ready to release, so we hope you like them

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