Exclusive: The FBI Had Already Accessed Family Tree DNA’s Database Before Cooperation (Forensic Magazine)

Forensic Magazine: Exclusive: The FBI Had Already Accessed Family Tree DNA’s Database Before Cooperation. “The filters at FamilyTreeDNA started catching some attempted uploads to their database toward the end of 2018. The format was unrecognizable—something they had never seen before. So the company sent an email to the listed point of contact. Days later, FamilyTreeDNA got a call. It was from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They had uploaded the strangely-formatted files.”

Genealogy’s Star: Discovering Genealogical Videos

Genealogy’s Star: Discovering Genealogical Videos. “I have used YouTube videos for everything from replacing a battery in my car to learning complex software application such as Adobe Premiere Pro. For genealogists, there is a treasure trove of information and commentary from thousands of genealogically related videos just waiting for review. Of course, I have spent a lot of time contributing to that immense number, but there are other sets of videos that need mentioning.”

MyHeritage Blog: Free Irish Records for St. Patrick’s Day!

MyHeritage Blog: Free Irish Records for St. Patrick’s Day!. “Do you have any Irish roots? According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Irish diaspora in the United States alone numbers more than 33 million people — 10.5% of the total U.S. population, and roughly 5 times Ireland’s population of 6.7 million. This isn’t even counting the descendants of Irish immigrants in countries around the world. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re offering all MyHeritage users FREE access to all our Irish record collections from March 14–20, 2019.”

New Scientist: Home DNA-testing firm will let users block FBI access to their data

New Scientist: Home DNA-testing firm will let users block FBI access to their data. “One of the biggest home DNA-testing companies seems to have bowed to a backlash over its decision to allow the FBI access to its database, by announcing a new way for customers to stop law-enforcement agencies accessing their data.”

Barbados Government Information Service: Barbados Has Digital Runaway Slaves Collection

Barbados Government Information Service: Barbados Has Digital Runaway Slaves Collection. “The Department of Archives has partnered with the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) at Northeastern University to create the Barbados Runaway Slaves Digital Collection. The collection is based on runaway advertisements in the recently digitized newspaper, The Barbados Mercury Gazette. It will provide a central location where Mercury advertisements are collected, a transcription platform, and other opportunities for the public, especially students, both in Barbados and abroad, to use the material in creative ways.”

Step-by-Step Guide to Using Online Census Indexes: Part Six (Genealogy’s Star)

Genealogy’s Star: Step-by-Step Guide to Using Online Census Indexes: Part Six. “Census records are not limited to those created by the United States government. Of course, many other countries in the world have conducted censuses of their populations. Within the United States, there are many state censuses. There are also a number of local censuses and specialty censuses for particular organizations, occupations, and ethnic groups. An exhaustive listing of all the possible census records available in just the United States is outside the scope of this article. Here is a list of some of the websites that contain lists of censuses or links to censuses in the United States.”

MyHeritage: MyHeritage Completed Digitizing All of Israel’s Cemeteries!

MyHeritage: MyHeritage Completed Digitizing All of Israel’s Cemeteries!. “We’re very happy to announce that, after five years of dedicated efforts, we’ve completed our ambitious goal of digitizing every cemetery in Israel. It is now the first country in the world to have almost all of its gravestones preserved and searchable online, with images, locations, and fully transcribed records. We’ve put up all this content for free, too!”