By tim, 6 March, 2022
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.

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By tim, 6 March, 2022
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.

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By tim, 6 March, 2022
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.
By tim, 27 February, 2022
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.

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By tim, 27 February, 2022
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — The GenealogyByTim.com server received a hard drive update last week. Its original 160GB hard drive was replaced with a larger 320GB drive. The 2.5 inch, IDE hard drive was purchased from eBay seller hbr2015 in mid-January.

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By tim, 24 February, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine (GBT) — The website of the State Archival Service of Ukraine is down following last night's invasion by the Russian military. The outage is among many to have been reported across the nation, including those of several Ukrainian government agencies and media outlets. Data Centre Dynamics, Ltd., has reported that "the public-facing websites of the Cabinet of Ministers, Security Service of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada legislature, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were brought offline by DDoS attacks on the 23rd, according to Ukraine’s Center for Strategic Communications." Kyiv Internet traffic was also reported to have dropped 60 percent over the course of the day.

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By tim, 13 February, 2022
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — Hyman Cohen, uncle of Minnie Snyder Anflick, presumed brother of Eva Cohen Snyder, was found living with his wife and three children in the 1920 census. The record was discovered upon a closer reading of Herman Snyder's 1920 Lipshutz Bank passage order, which brought his mother, Eva, and siblings Lillian and Motel to America in 1922. That document identifies Herman Snyder of 911 N. 6th Street as the primary purchaser. The purchase order continues on the subsequent row, however, and also identifies Rose Cohen, of 3126 Montgomery Avenue, as a secondary purchaser.
By tim, 13 February, 2022
CHALFONT, Pennsylvania (GBT) — Shiela A. Graham Cunningham passed away last month at her home in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, at the age of 92. She was born on January 25th, 1929, and was the daughter of the late Joseph A. Graham, Sr., and Julia Corr Graham. I visited Aunt Sheila home at home in 2014 and received a wealth of family history information. She had numerous clippings and mass cards that offered various leads of investigation, as well as her own baby book, completed by her mother. Aunt Sheila put me in contact with Eleanor Hentschel, who is the the first cousin I met from the McShane branch of the family. At Eleanor's invitation, attended a McShane family reunion in 2018. Sheila, Eleanor, and I sat down together the following year at Eleanor's home and shared more family history.

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By tim, 6 February, 2022
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We discover more documents about the Snyders this month, including Minnie Snyder's immigrant passenger list, Blitztein and Lipschutz Bank passage order records for Minnie and Eva, and a Sing Sing prison record for another member of the Snyder family. Lastly, we say farewell to my father's Aunt Sheila, who passed away this month at the age of 92. Links are in the show notes.

By tim, 31 January, 2022
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — A surname search through the website of Miriam Weiner's Routes to Roots Foundation last week revealed multiple index entries for Anflick vital records that are presumably on file at the Mykolaiv Oblast Archives in the southern part of Ukraine. Anflick association with Mykolaiv had previously been established through a Blitzstein Bank passage order executed by Louis Anflick on the 23rd of September 1900. The newly discovered indices prove Anflick ties to the region that extend beyond the passage order.