Webtrees Software Update Introduces Media Whitelisting

Submitted by tim on Tue, 05/10/2022 - 10:21
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — A recent update to Webtrees, the software that powers the family tree section of the Genealogy By Tim G. website, will allow web administrators to whitelist media files. The new functionality will reveal to all website visitors photographs and original documents that have heretofore been visible only to logged-in members.

Se. 2, Ep. 4: The Ukraine Episode

Submitted by tim on Thu, 04/14/2022 - 11:03
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I break the 20 minute podcast precedent to say, in one audio file, everything I know about my family's roots in the region now known as Ukraine. I begin with a little bit of deep history on how the area came to be a part of the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I continue to describe a likely reason why the Anflick and Snyder families left the area, and I finish up by listing off some of the place names within present day Ukraine that are of family history importance, so you know what areas to focus on as you watch the news for updates on the war. Links are in the show notes.

1950 Census Released, Early Discoveries Made

Submitted by tim on Sun, 04/10/2022 - 10:21
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — The National Archives and Records Administration released the 1950 Census online last Friday, April 1st, 2022. Every ten years the administration publicly releases the census taken 72 prior to the release date. Prior to April 1st, the most recent census released by the administration was the 1940 census, which it released on April 1st, 2012. Each census release is a bonanza for genealogists, who can trace family relationships, movements, and occupations through the documents.

William Nathaniel Ivers, 85

Submitted by tim on Sat, 04/02/2022 - 18:59

CHERRY HILL, New Jersey (GBT) — William Nathaniel "Bill" Ivers, passed away on March 22, 2022, at the age of 85, and was laid to rest today after a memorial service at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Bill was a long time member of the First Friday Genealogy group that has inspired my research since I first joined all the way back in 2008. Bill was always the most thorough and the most organized among us. When it came his turn to share at each of our monthly roundtables, I always looked forward to something thoughtful.


Se. 2, Ep. 3: What Happened at RootsTech, or Remembering Bill Ivers

Submitted by tim on Sun, 03/27/2022 - 13:10
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This month I share a little of what I discovered at RootsTech this year, I anticipate the imminent release of the 1950 census, and I remember long-time First Friday Genealogy member and contributor Bill Ivers, who passed away this month at the age of 85.

Mykolaiv Oblast Archive Website Back Up as Russian Army Closes In

Submitted by tim on Sun, 03/06/2022 - 19:01
MYKOLAIV, Ukraine (GBT) — The website of the State Archive of Mykolaiv Oblast is back up as the Russian Army closes in on its seat. The site first went down on the 23rd of February, when Russian soldiers first invaded the country. The condition of the archive facility is unclear, as fierce fighting has been reported near Mykolaiv's southern border. Some residential buildings have either suffered serious damage or were destroyed.


Reports: Kherson falls to Russia, 'Fierce Battle' in Mykolaiv

Submitted by tim on Sun, 03/06/2022 - 15:11
MYKOLAIV, Ukraine (GBT) — International news outlets including Al-Jazeera, The Times of Israel, and the New York Times have reported that Kherson fell to Russian troops last Wednesday, the first such city to fall to the invading Russian army since it invaded Ukraine on the 23rd of February. Kherson is some 40 miles southeast of the port and shipbuilding town of Mykolaiv. Several Anflick vital records are presumably stored in the Mykolaiv Oblast Archives.


March Podcast Delayed as RootsTech Winds Down

Submitted by tim on Sun, 03/06/2022 - 14:27
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — Season 2, Episode 3 of the Genealogy By Tim G. podcast will be delayed as RootsTech 2022 winds down. The annual genealogy convention offered updates in several corners of the genealogy industry. "I wasn't as productive with it as I wanted to be," said Tim G., proprietor of the Genealogy By Tim G. website. "I put a lot of time this weekend on my email server, and I made some progress on that beyond what I accomplished when I first attempted it in the summer of 2020, so I only managed to catch a few of the presentations." Among the presentations Tim saw were MyHeritage's unveiling of its new LiveStory feature, RootsTech's Innovator's Portal, and Ancestry®'s introduction to the forthcoming 1950 census release.

Tim G. Registered for RootsTech 2022, Relatives Discovered

Submitted by tim on Sun, 02/27/2022 - 07:21
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — Tim G. registered for RootsTech 2022 last week. RootsTech is one of the nation's largest and most popular annual genealogy conferences, and has been informing and inspiring genealogists of all skill levels since 2011. Organized by FamilySearch International, the conference has traditionally taken place at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference was held as a free online event in 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of in-person events across the nation. Tim G. attended portions of last year's the event, and hopes to participate more in this year's event, which will take place during March 3-5.