Happy New Year

This is a postcard to my grandmother Anna (Dillingham) Hansen from Jennie (Cronk) Dillingham wife of Erlon Dillingham who was the first cousin to Anna. It was postmarked December 28th 1910 a few months after my grandparents had moved to Columbus, Montana. They were running the creamery at Columbus.

MyHeritage’s annual Black Friday sale

MyHeritage’s annual Black Friday sale is ON, and you know what that means… MyHeritage DNA kits are now available for the lowest price ever.


This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who’s been thinking about incorporating DNA into their genealogy research. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a thoughtful gift — at 50% off, this is the perfect chance to stock up for everyone on your holiday shopping list. There’s even a beautiful gift wrap option.

Spread the word to your followers so they don’t miss the chance to take advantage of this amazing limited-time offer! You can read our blog post here for more details, and feel free to share the attached graphic.

Happy shopping!

Daniel Horowitz

Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage New Collections of French Records

You may recall that 3 weeks ago, MyHeritage published 463 million French historical records that were previously exclusive to Filae — the leading French genealogy company that we recently acquired. This week, we’re thrilled to announce the publication of 22 million additional records from Filae.

These 8 new collections include census, military, and burial records, and they cover centuries of French history and many French departments. They serve as an excellent complement to the vital records and censuses released last month, and further solidify MyHeritage’s position as the go-to resource for anyone interested in learning more about their European ancestors.

You can read more about the new collections and view some fascinating sample records from them in this blog post. Feel free to use the attached graphic when spreading the word!

Reminder: MyHeritage is providing free access to all death records added to MyHeritage before October 2021. This ends tomorrow November 2!
Search free death records on MyHeritage


Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage Ltd.,
P.O.Box 50, 3 Ariel Sharon Blvd.,
Or Yehuda, Israel

MyHeritage Free Death Records

I’m writing to let you know that we’re opening up all the death records added to MyHeritage before October 2021 for free access during the week of Halloween, from October 27–November 2, 2021!

Search the records now

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From last Halloween until the beginning of October, we added more than 37 million records to an already enormous collection of death records, burial records, cemetery records, and obituaries — bringing the total to 586,664,785 records. 11 collections were added or updated, including collections from Brazil, New Zealand, the United States, Poland, France, and more.

I invite you to share the news with your followers so they don’t miss this opportunity. Click here to read our blog post about this limited-time offer, and feel free to use the attached graphic when spreading the word.

Enjoy the records! I look forward to hearing about your new discoveries.

Best regards and stay safe,


Daniel Horowitz

Genealogy Expert

State Archives’ upcoming events

State Archives’ upcoming events:
Ask an archivist: Genealogy open mic Q&A webinar — Oct. 22
Bring your questions and a notebook, and come chat with Research Archivist Tracy Rebstock! Learn how to use state and local government records in your family history. New records are added to our collections all the time — updates to vital records means more access to birth, death, marriage, and divorce collections. Ask questions so you can dig deeper into your genealogical research! Register here for this free webinar.
Haunted (virtual) tour — Oct. 29
The fourth annual Halloween haunted tour will take you on a spooky trek through the dark stacks in the underbelly of the Archives Building. We’ve brought some infamous Washingtonians back from the dead to tell their stories, and you don’t want to miss it!
Newsletter subscribers will be emailed a link upon release.
A public trust: Webinar on records and research at Puget Sound Regional Branch — Oct. 30
Trick or treat yourself to the final Archives Month adventure with the Puget Sound branch. Senior Records Consultant Emily Venemon will discuss the importance of public records and the role of the State Archives’ regional branch system in preserving public access. Reference Archivist Jessica Jones will talk about the scope of archival government records held at the Puget Sound branch and how those records are used by researchers, and provide a look into how research requests are fulfilled. Register here for this free webinar.

Genealogical Forum of Oregon Online Indexing Party

Help Index Oregon Marriage Records

You are cordially invited to an online “wedding” recaption – and indexing party!

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Genealogical Forum of Oregon is sponsoring an online event to index Multnomah County marriage records from 1917-1924.

Way back in 1981, the GFO acquired the county’s original marriage register books for 1885-1924. Over four decades, dedicated volunteers have indexed the registers to 1916. But we get many requests in the “missing” years, so it’s time to finish the job!

These records have proven to be an invaluable source for Oregon and Southern Washington researchers.

For the first time, GFO is trying out our annual volunteer work party as a one-day, interactive event entirely online. You can join the fun for the whole day or even just an hour. You do not need to be a member, just willing to dedicate a little time to support genealogy. For more information and to RSVP, please visit http://gfo.org/givingtuesday.

Sema Hadithi Day of Remembrance Celebration

Tell the Story – Unity Through Historical Truth
Discovering, preserving, and presenting the stories of Blacks in Utah since 1822
­- Presented by Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation and the Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
­- Hosted by the University of Utah Black Cultural Center and Fort Douglas Military Museum
­- Sponsored by Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts – Thrive 125
­- In partnership with Project Success Coalition, Brigham City Museum, Union Station Museums, Mormon History Association, and Utah Humanities
Friday, October 8, 2021, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fort Douglas Post Theatre, The University of Utah
245 Fort Douglas Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84113
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Fort Douglas Military Museum Cannon Yard
– Opening Ceremonies and Museum Tour
12:30 PM – 6 PM – UofU Guest House – Granite Ballroom & Black Cultural Center
– Lectures and presentations
Register Here Now
Date of Press Release: September 23, 2021 Critical Date: October 8-9, 2021
Contact: Robert Burch, Executive Director (404) 399-9934 (mobile) admin@semahadithi.org
Announcing the 2021 Annual Day of Remembrance Celebration and Black History Conference SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation and the Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society are excited to announce the programming for this year’s Day of Remembrance Celebration and Black History Conference. The events will take place on October 8-9, hosted by the University of Utah Black Cultural Center and the Fort Douglas Military Museum. The theme of this year’s conference is Tell the Story: Unity Through Historical Truth.
The Day of Remembrance Celebration will take place on Friday, October 8th from 5-8 pm at the Fort Douglas Post Theatre. The conference will run from 9 am-6 pm on October 9th at Fort Douglas Military Museum and University of Utah Guest House. Topics for this year’s sessions highlight some of the active working groups involved in Sema Hadithi Foundation’s research, such as the Buffalo Soldiers, black women, lynchings and the community remembrance project, and the Black church. Museum Director Beau Burgess will also lead a tour of the Museum and Fort.
“This is an opportunity for the public to gather to learn about the amazing research that is being done into the untold Black stories of Utah,” said Robert Burch, Executive Director and co-founder of Sema Hadithi Foundation. “Our incredible team of professional and amateur researchers work hard all year to discover these stories. This is their chance to share the work they devote their time to. We can’t wait to bring everyone together to “tell the story” during this weekend of programming.”
Registration is free, thanks in part to a generous sponsorship by the Utah Department of Cultural and Community Engagement’s Thrive 125 project. The program is presented in partnership with Project Success Coalition, Brigham City Museums, Union Station Museums, Mormon History Association, Preservation Strategies, and Utah Humanities. To register or to learn more about the programming, visit semahadithi.org/events. Corporate sponsorships are welcomed as well as individual contributions to support the conference and the work of the foundation. Please contact Kirk Huffaker, Board Managing Director, at kirk@kirkhuffaker.com with your interest.
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Founded in 2020, the mission of Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation strives to “tell the story” of African-ancestored history, heritage, and culture by researching, preserving and disseminating information throughout the community. To support the work of the Sema Hadithi Foundation, you can donate herehttps://secure.actblue.com/donate/semahadithifoundation-1
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To learn more about how you can contribute to research or donate to support one of the many great research projects we have underway or planned visit the future projects page here. https://www.semahadithi.org/future-projects

Newspaper.com adds Tacoma Newspapers

The News Tribune
New Papers from Washington and Michigan! We have recently added new papers from Tacoma, Washington, and Michigan to our archives. With these new titles, we’ve added over 7 million images in July and will add another 8 million in August. We’re on track to add 40 million new pages by the end of the year! Our archives keep growing and we’re working hard to bring added value to your Newspapers.com subscription. Washington: In 1873, the Tacoma area was chosen to be the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Tacoma was incorporated in 1875, and in 1880 the weekly Tacoma Ledger was founded. The News Tribune traces its roots back to that paper, which became The Tacoma Daily Ledger. The Daily Ledger merged with The News and the Tacoma Tribune to form the Tacoma News Tribune and Ledger in 1918. The paper adopted the name Tacoma News Tribune in 1979, and our archives for The News Tribune date back to 1889. Read more about these papers  

Washington State Archives Video

Part of the overview series about Washington State Archives, this video talks about the Archives’ regional branches, what they hold, and why their holdings are preserved at the regional instead of state level.
There will be future videos that go into more detail about Archives’ numerous departments, such as Washington State Archives’ Digital Archives (DA), the research team, digital projects, and more.

Click here to see the video