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Fee or Free Genealogy Stuff the week of August 14th

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Follow the OnGenealogy blog for fee and free genealogy deals.

 

Fee items that are still on sale include:

 

DNA tests:

AncestryDNA sale

  • AncestryDNA, now through August 15th, AncestryDNA tests are $69, marked down $30 from their regular price of $99, not including taxes, shipping is free if mailed in the United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

FamilyTreeDNA sale

  • FamilyTree DNA, now through August 31st, FamilyTree DNA is offering 20% or more off  various DNA tests

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

MyHeritageDNA sale

  • MyHeritage DNA, now through August 20th, MyHeritage DNA tests are $69, marked down $30 from their regular price of $99, not including taxes or shipping, order two kits for half price shipping, order three or more kits for free shipping

 

 

 

 

 

Printable family trees:

GedTree 25 percent off sale on printable family trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free genealogy stuff online includes:

 

New free, online Records and Databases:

MyHeritage Free Census Records August 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free UK Genealogy UK Genealogy records at FreeBMD FreeCEN and FreeREG

  • Free UK Genealogy records including:

    • FreeBMD (free access to birth, marriage, and death records in the UK for 1837-1983)

    • FreeCEN (free database of UK census returns for 19th-century censuses)

    • FreeREG (free parish and nonconformist registers of baptisms, marriages, and deaths-not civil registrations as at FreeBMD)

 

 

US News Map genealogy newspaper site for mapping topics

  • US News Map, a new site developed by Georgia Tech Research Institute for searching and mapping topics from the Chronicling of America newspapers series at the Library of Congress (more than 11 million US newspapers for years between 1789 and 1922)

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

FamilySearch new free records online

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

OntarioGenealogy.com free Pioneer genealogy database online

  • OntarioGenealogy.com, “The Ontario Genealogy and Upper Canada Pioneer settler indexes site is now completed. Search out your ancestors, tens of thousands names and locations listed, another absolutely free to use how you wish site with no obligations…”

 

 

 

 

 

 
Indiana Genealogical Society IndianaAncestors free records online

  • IndianaAncestors.org, the website for the Indiana Genealogical Society, has new free databases online for Jasper County, Lawrence County, Morgan County, and Washington County

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 
Netherlands OpenArch Open Archives new free records

  • OpenArchives in the Netherlands has added 1921 Indexes to population registers by the Dutch government in Suriname and records of Indigenous East Indian Officers of the Dutch-Indian government

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

Free Genealogy Webinars:

 

 

Legacy Family Tree Webinars free genealogy webinars in August 2017

 

 

 

 

Free FamilySearch webinars August 2017

 

BYU Family History Library free genealogy webinars in August 2017

 

 

 

SCGS Genealogy Webinar Ports of Entry Kim von Aspern-Parker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NSW State Archives and Records free genealogy webinars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Genealogy YouTube videos:

 
The British Newspaper Archive You Tube Channel

 

 

 

 

Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Tree Magazine YouTube channel for free genealogy videos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printable trees:

 
GedTree free downloads of xDNA charts

  • GedTree is celebrating their recent launch with free downloads of male and female xDNA inheritance charts. These charts will show which lines the xDNA can be inherited through-it’s not necessary to have done any DNA test prior to downloading this chart. Also, Ancestry and MyHeritage currently sell only the autosomal DNA tests (atDNA), which test inheritance from all lines. If you’ve tested autosomal DNA (atDNA) only, this is still a worthwhile chart to download as a reference if later you test to trace certain family lines. This chart links to a blog from Blaine Bettinger, explaining xDNA inheritance.

 

 

 

TreeSeek free printable family trees

  • TreeSeek offers free downloads of printable family trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 

Books:Blaine Bettinger Intro to DNA Crash Course free download book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 

Free Handouts:

Free online newspaper handout from the ancestor hunt kenneth marks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best in your research, whether it’s fee or free!

August 14, 2017 |

Fee and Free Genealogy Stuff the week of August 7th

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Follow the OnGenealogy blog for fee and free genealogy deals.

 

Fee items that are currently on sale include:

 

DNA tests:

AncestryDNA sale

  • AncestryDNA, now through August 15th, AncestryDNA tests are $69, marked down $30 from their regular price of $99, not including taxes or shipping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FamilyTreeDNA sale

  • FamilyTree DNA, now through August 31st, FamilyTree DNA is offering 20% or more off  various DNA tests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MyHeritageDNA sale

  • MyHeritage DNA, now through August 10th, MyHeritage DNA tests are $69, marked down $30 from their regular price of $99, not including taxes or shipping, order two kits for half price shipping, order three or more kits for free shipping

 

 

 

 

 

Printable family trees:

GedTree 25 percent off sale on printable family trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Free genealogy stuff this week includes:

 

Printable trees:

GedTree free downloads of xDNA charts

  • GedTree is celebrating their recent launch with free downloads of male and female xDNA inheritance charts. These charts will show which lines the xDNA can be inherited through-it’s not necessary to have done any DNA test prior to downloading this chart. Also, Ancestry and MyHeritage currently sell only the autosomal DNA tests (atDNA), which test inheritance from all lines. If you’ve tested autosomal DNA (atDNA) only, this is still a worthwhile chart to download as a reference if later
    you test to trace certain family lines. This chart links to a blog from Blaine Bettinger, explaining xDNA inheritance.

 

 

TreeSeek free printable family trees

  • TreeSeek offers free downloads of printable family trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 

Books:Blaine Bettinger Intro to DNA Crash Course free download book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Handouts:

Free online newspaper handout from the ancestor hunt kenneth marks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New free, online Records and Databases:

FamilySearch new free records online

 

 

 

 

 

Indiana Genealogical Society IndianaAncestors free records online

  • IndianaAncestors.org, the website for the Indiana Genealogical Society, has new free databases online for Jasper County, Lawrence County, Morgan County, and Washington County

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Netherlands OpenArch Open Archives new free records

  • OpenArchives in the Netherlands has added 1921 Indexes to population registers by the Dutch government in Suriname and records of Indigenous East Indian Officers of the Dutch-Indian government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Genealogy Webinars:

Free Legacy Family Tree Webinars

 

 

 

 

Free FamilySearch webinars August 2017

 

 

Best in your research, whether it’s fee or free!

August 6, 2017 |

Free Genealogy Stuff – July 31st to August 6th

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Follow the OnGenealogy blog this summer for free genealogy deals.

Some free genealogy stuff this week includes:

 

23andMe World travel sweepstakes at OnGenealogy

Sweepstakes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books:Blaine Bettinger Intro to DNA Crash Course free download book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Heirloom Searches:

British Family Tree Research free heirloom searches online

  • British Family Tree Research has an online shop with postcards and other historical documents listed by surname. British Surname searches for family memorabilia are free and you can see if they have any materials for sale related to your ancestry/ancestors.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

JustaJoy free heirloom searches online

  • JustaJoy is a US based company with free searchable surname searches for family heirlooms as well as free description searches for words or phrases in the description of heirlooms. All heirlooms are available for purchase.

 
 

 

 
 

Online Records and Databases:FamilySearch New Historic Records July 17 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Castle Garden free US Immigration records

  • Castle Garden is a free online database from records at NARA including records of 10 million immigrants from 1830 to 1892 (Ellis Island opened in 1892). These searchable records are always free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ellis Island Passenger Search immigration records free

  • Ellis Island has a free, searchable database of 22.5 million immigrants to New York from 1892 to 1924

 

 

 

 

 

 

NARA passenger lists free online

  • NARA Passenger lists are always free and include “immigrants to America from Germany (1850-1897), Russia (1834-1897), Ireland (1846-1851), and Italy (1855-1900).”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NARA US Military Databases free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GenealogyInTime free genealogy search engine

  • GenealogyInTime free search engine will search 4 billion records, some returns will link to fee sites, others will link to free sites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Genealogy Webinars:

 

SCGS atDNA Webinar free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

LegacyFamilyTree Webinars free England research

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best in your research, whether it’s fee or free!

July 31, 2017 |

Free Genealogy Stuff for the week of July 24th!

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Follow the OnGenealogy blog this summer for free genealogy deals.

Some free genealogy stuff this week includes:

 

 

23andMe World travel sweepstakes at OnGenealogy

Sweepstakes:

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Blogs:

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Georgia Genealogical Society free Webinar

     

    Free Genealogy Webinars:

     

      

     

     

     

     

     

     
    LegacyFamilyTree Webinars free

     
     

     

    Best in your research, whether it’s fee or free!

    July 24, 2017 |

    Free Genealogy Stuff for the week of July 17th!

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    Keep following the OnGenealogy blog this summer for free genealogy deals.

    Some free genealogy stuff this week includes:

    Blaine Bettinger Intro to DNA Crash Course free download bookFree Genealogy DNA book download, “Intro to DNA Crash Course” by Blaine T. Bettinger, author at www.thegeneticgenealogist.com (from @Heirs2U in the UK)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    23andMe World travel sweepstakes at OnGenealogy

    Sweepstakes:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Free Genealogy Webinars

    SCGS Free Webinar religion in early America at OnGenealogy

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Legacy Family Tree free Webinars at OnGenealogy

     

     

    Best in your research, whether it’s fee or free!

    July 16, 2017 |

    Free Genealogy Stuff the week of July 10th

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    Keep following the OnGenealogy blog this summer for free genealogy deals.

    Some free genealogy stuff this week includes:

     

    Free Revolutionary War records access at Fold3Fold3 Free Revolutionary War Collection records access through July 15th (don’t provide a credit card number for free access)

    “Explore millions of American Revolutionary War documents that are found nowhere else on the Internet. Discover details about individual soldiers, read letters penned by the Founding Fathers, view documents from The Continental Congress and more.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Free Ukrainian birth records database

    Free Ukrainian birth records database, 1650-1920 This site is new and has plans to remain free to the public. It’s in Ukrainian with some Google Translate options. The Euromaidan Press has a great article about this new offering.

     

     

     

     
     
     

     

     

     

     
     

     
     

     

    Free Genealogy Webinars

    Free Legacy Family Tree Webinars at OnGenealogy.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Best in your research, whether it’s fee or free!

    July 10, 2017 |

    Free Genealogy offerings the week of July 4th

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    Follow the OnGenealogy blog this summer for free genealogy deals. As I see offers on genealogy company sites I’ll add them to the blog and share them on Facebook and Twitter.

    Some free deals this week include:

    AmericanAncestors free records access for their entire collection – create a guest account (remember you don’t need to use a credit card to create your free account)

     

     

     

     

    Ancestry.com free records access for the original 13 colonies – just create a guest account (remember you don’t need to use a credit card to create your free account)

     

     

     

     

    Free Genealogy Webinars

    Free Legacy Family Tree Webinars at OnGenealogy.com

     

     

    July 3, 2017 |

    #MuseumWeek 2017 starts today!

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    Today is the start of #MuseumWeek 2017, celebrating exhibits from institutions worldwide. This year’s #MuseumWeek will honor “Women and Culture” and they’d love any published content that reflects this theme to include the hashtag #WomenMW.

    The week 19-25 June is broken down into daily hashtags:

    • #FoodMW – share any objects or collections related to food, cooking, still-lifes, etc

    • #SportsMW – share anything related to sports and games

    • #MusicMW – June 21st is #MusicDay2017 – share favorite musicians, songs, instruments

    • #StoriesMW – share stories about any collections, including those related to women

    • #BooksMW – share favorite books in your collections, any from Museums? any authored by women?

    • #TravelsMW – share travel related collections

    • #Heritage MW – share collections that sustain and preserve families, communities, and nations

    So in honor of #MuseumWeek 2017, #WomenMW, and #FoodMW, here are a couple favorite food related objects I’ve inherited from women.

     

    #MuseumWeek #FoodMW #WomenMW

     

     

    A display case of a great-grandmother’s silverware. A granddaughter divided all the silverware and gave framed pieces to each grandchild and great-grandchild at a family reunion along with a written tribute to the woman who kept her family together with homemade family meals 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    #MuseumWeek 2017 #WomenMW #FoodMW

     

     

     

    A spice cabinet I inherited from my mother, with a list of herbs and spices on the front panel of the cabinet and how to use them in dishes 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    #MuseumWeek #WomenMW #FoodMW

     

     

     

     

    and on the inside panel, a description of individual herbs & spices and dishes with which they’re compatible. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Have fun following #MuseumWeek on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and other social media sites. Just type the hashtag #MuseumWeek into a site’s search window and enjoy what others are sharing!

    June 19, 2017 |

    Directory for Free Public Records Searches at County Levels in the US

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    This is a simple way to find free, online, county property records and other county record sets in the US (counties vary in what digitized records are available online).

    I’ll be working on a family member’s estate for the next few months and have needed to find out if property taxes for past years have been paid.

     

    The Old Way

    I usually just google the county I need, “official website durham county north carolina” for example, go to the official county website, fiddle around for 5 minutes until I find the county assessor/etc link, and search from there.

     

    The New Way

    This site simplifies the process: http://publicrecords.netronline.com/

     

    NETROnline free public records lookup

    NETROnline free public records lookup

    At NETROnline.com (Nationwide Environmental Title Research, LLC) you select the state by clicking on the map or the state name link below the map, then,

    • You’ll be shown a list of all counties with online websites

    • You’ll select the county you want

    • You’ll be shown a list of direct links to any online records for that county

    NETROnline results for Durham County, North Carolina

    NETROnline results for Durham County, North Carolina

    • Select the record set you need to search and you’ll be immediately taken to the official county website and record set where you need to perform your search.

    In my case, I needed to go to the Assessor’s office and search for a property to see if the property taxes were current. I was able to search by name or address. So for Durham County, NC I would select the Assessor/Collector link.

    Durham County, NC also has the Register of Deeds online which allows you to search recorded deeds to see who else has a financial interest in the property (a bank, etc.) and the Register of Deeds here has Marriage Records searchable online.

    You might want to try looking up your own records before searching for someone else’s. You’ll know what should be available online with your own records and will figure out any quirks in the online search system. That said, each state I’ve used has been pretty straightforward.

    Counties/Parishes vary in what they offer online but may include:

    • property records, including all previous owners, and taxes paid by year

    • maps of properties, boundaries

    • birth records

    • marriage records

    • deeds, including who else has a financial interest in a property (deeds often include scans with more personal information than the online index)

    • and more

    Best in your searches!

     

    June 12, 2017 |

    The Archives of Poland and where to find Online Genealogy Records for Poland

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    The tables below show the Archives of Poland and where to find Online Genealogy Records for Poland with collections originating from each archive. Be sure to look at the archive itself because many of the archives host their own unique collections in addition to records they permit others to host.

    This was such a large table I had to post pdfs of the table here, but this link will take you to the spreadsheet itself and all the archives link to their official website and each secondary record provider links to that site through the column title or a checkmark in the column beneath the title.

    Understanding the Table Columns

    • The first column lists the National Archives of Poland, then the state archives of Poland in alphabetical order with their related branch archive(s).

    • The second column lists the territorial scope of each archive by provinces covered.

    • The remaining columns identify places, other than the archive itself, where you can find images, indexes, or transcriptions of collections. These websites include:

      • Search the Archives – the official online database for free images of records from all Polish archives (many images pending online publication

      • GenBaza – free, digitized images from several Polish archives, needs free registration to see some scans

      • Geneteka – free, digitized images and some vital record indexes from state and church archives, hosted by the Polish Genealogical Society in Poland

      • JRI-Poland – English site with primarily Jewish records in Poland but not exclusively Jewish, requires free registration

      • AGAD – the official search site for the Central Archives of Historical Records in Poland, free, online images

      • Gesher Galicia – transcribed records for the Galicia region of Poland in southeastern Poland and western Ukraine

      • Archeion.net – the new online search system, AtOM (Access to Memory), from the State Archives in Wroclaw for hosting collections online, a few thousand images currently

      • Lubgens – a free site for indexes of birth, marriage, and death records from the Lublin region of Poland, more than 630 parishes

      • Genealogy in the Archives – a free site initiated by the State Archives in Toruń and Bydgoszcz for images and indexes of vital records and parish records from Kuyavian-Pomerania, Pomerania, Western Pomerania, and Masovia in central and northwestern Poland

      • Poznan Project – a free index of marriages from the 1800s in the Poznan province (formerly Prussia), now Greater Poland and Kuyavian-Pomerania

      • BaSIA – free indexes of parish and civil registers from Greater Poland and Kuyavian-Pomerania provided by volunteers and Wielkopolska Genealogical Society (WTG)

      • PomGenBase – free indexes of birth, marriage, and death records for the Pomeranian region provided by volunteers and the Pomeranian Genealogical Association

      • Szpejankoskiches and Szpejenkowskis – a family surname site with free records and information for the provinces of Masovia, Kuyavian-Pomerania, and Warmia-Masuria (where their family lived)

      • Podlaska Digital Library – a digital image site for Podlaski Lublin and that general region of Poland

      • Upper Silesian Genealogical Society – free images and some indexes of vital records including civil registers and church records (Catholic, Evangelical, and Jewish) in Upper Silesia

      • Silesian Digital Library – free site hosted by the State Archives of Katowice with images and indexes, including online scans of birth records

     

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    June 4, 2017 |

    Poland Archives and Free Polish Genealogy Records Online – Chart

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    National Archives of Poland territorial scope of each state archive

    Here’s a chart listing Polish archives, provinces or voivodeships (Polish: województwo), and free, online Polish genealogy records in each locale.

    The chart has five columns:

    • Polish Archives

    • Polish provinces where each archive has any territorial coverage

    • a ✓ if Szukakawarchiwach.pl provides free image scans online in that area*

    • a ✓ if GenBaza provides free image scans online in that area*

    • a ✓ if Geneteka (the Polish Genealogical Society) provides free indexes online in that area*

    This National Archives site has a general inventory of holdings at each archive and branch (copy and paste to translate.google.com for translation helps)

    This is a map from the National Archives of Poland showing the territorial scope of each state archive (by shaded colors) with the provinces outlined in red.

     

    National Archives of Poland territorial scope of each state archive

     

     

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    This is a map with each Province/Voivodeship (Polish: województwo) in Poland. As you use the table below, if you’re not familiar with locations in Poland, this map will help you quickly find the province, then you can refer to the archive map to locate the archive.

     

     

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    Region of Poland Archives in Poland Szukajwarchiwach.pl
    Free images
    GenBaza
    Free images
    Geneteka
    Free indexes
    Central Archives of Historical Records
    (Polish: Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych)
    Ul. 7 long
    00-263 Warsaw, Poland
    48 22 831 54 91
    sekretariat@agad.gov.pl
    All Poland  ✓
    National Digital Archive
    (Polish: Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe)
    02-103 Warsaw
    ul. Hankiewicza 1
    All Poland
    Central Archives of Modern Records
    (Polish: Archiwum Akt Nowych)
    Street. Hankiewicza 1
    02-103, Warszawa
    tel: (022) 58-93-118
    sekretariat@aan.gov.pl
    All Poland  ✓
    State Archive in Bialystok
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Białymstoku)
    ul. Market Kosciuszko 4
    15-426 Bialystok
    tel: (85) 743 56 03
    sekretariat_ap@bialystok.ap.gov.pl
    Podlaskie (Województwo Podlaskie), a little in Masovia
        Branch in Lomza
    (Polish: Oddział w Łomży)
    Podlaskie (Województwo Podlaskie)  ✓
    State Archive in Bydgoszcz
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Bydgoszczy)
    85-009 Bydgoszcz
    ul. Dworcowa 65
    tel: +48 (52) 401 33 95
    dz.info@archiwum.bydgoszcz.pl
    Kuyavian-Pomerania (Województwo Kujawsko-pomorskie), some in Pomerania and Greater Poland
         Branch in Inowrocław
    (Polish: Oddział w Inowrocławiu)
    Kuyavian-Pomerania (Województwo Kujawsko-pomorskie), some in Greater Poland  ✓
    National Archives in Częstochowa
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Częstochowie)
    42-200 Częstochowa
    ul. Rejtana 13
    tel: (34) 3638231
    sekretariat@apczestochowa.pl
    Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie), some in Świetokrzyskie, Łódz, and Opole  ✓
    State Archives in Elbląg with the Seat in Malbork
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Elblągu z siedzibą w Malborku)
    Pomerania (Województwo Pomorskie), some in Warmia-Masuria, Kuyavian-Pomerania  ✓
    State Archive in Gdansk
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Gdańsku)
    80-858 Gdańsk
    PO Box 401
    Street. Wałowa 5
    tel: 48 (58) 301 74 63
    apgda@gdansk.ap.gov.pl
    Pomerania (Województwo Pomorskie)
         Gdynia Branch
    (Polish: Oddział w Gdyni)
    Pomerania (Województwo Pomorskie)  ✓
    State Archive in Gorzow Wielkopolski
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Gorzowie Wielkopolskim)
    66-400 Gorzow Wielkopolski
    ul. Moscicki 7
    (95) 783-53-21
    sekretariat@gorzow.ap.gov.pl
    Lubusz (Województwo Lubuskie), some in Greater Poland  ✓
    State Archive in Kalisz
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Kaliszu)
    Street. Ponańska 207
    62-800 Kalisz
    tel: +48 062 767 10 22
    sekretariat@archivium.kalisz.pl
    Greater Poland (Województwo Wielkopolskie), some in Łódz, Lower Silesia
    State Archive in Katowice
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Katowicach)
    ul. Józefowska 104
    40-145 Katowice
    tel: (32) 208-78-01
    Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie), Lesser Poland  ✓
         Branch in Bielsko-Biala

    (Polish: Oddział w Bielsku-Białej)

    Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie)  ✓
         Branch in Cieszyn

    (Polish: Oddział w Cieszynie)

    Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie)  ✓
         Branch in Gliwice
    (Polish: Oddział w Gliwicach)
    Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie)  ✓
         Branch Pszczyna
    (Polish: Oddział w Pszczynie)
    Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie)
         Branch in Raciborz
    (Polish: Oddział w Raciborzu)
    Silesia (Województwo Ślaskie)  ✓
    State Archive in Kielce
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Kielcach)
    ul. J. Kusocińskiego 57
    25-045 Kielce
    tel: 41 53  260 11
    kancelaria@kielce.ap.gov.pl
    Świętokrzyskie (Woejwództwo Swietokrzyskie), some in Lesser Poland, Lublin, and Subcarpathia  ✓  ✓
          Branch in Sandomierz
    (Polish: Oddział w Sandomierzu)
    Świętokrzyskie (Woejwództwo Swietokrzyskie), some in Subcarpathia and Lublin  ✓  ✓
    State Archive in Koszalin
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Koszalinie)
    ul. Maria Sklodowska – Curie 2
    75-803 Koszalin
    tel: 94 317 03 60
    sekretariat@koscalin.ap.gov.pl
    Western Pomerania (Woejwództwo Zachodnio-pomorskie) and Pomerania  ✓
         Branch in Slupsk
    (Polish: Oddział w Słupsku)
    Pomerania (Woejwództwo Pomorskie) and possibly Western Pomerania  ✓
          Branch Szczecinek
    (Polish: Oddział w Szczecinku)
    Western Pomerania (Woejwództwo Zachodnio-pomorskie) and possibly Pomerania  ✓
    National Archives in Krakow
    (Polish: Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie)
    ul. Sienna 16
    30-960 Krakow
    tel: 48 (12) 422 40 94
    informacja@ank.gov.pl
    Lesser Poland (Województwo Małopolskie), some in Subcarpathia
          Branch in Bochnia
    (Polish: Oddział w Bochni)
    Lesser Poland (Województwo Małopolskie)
          Branch in Nowy Sacz
    (Polish: Oddział w Nowym Sączu)
    Lesser Poland (Województwo Małopolskie)
          Branch in Tarnów
    (Polish: Oddział w Tarnowie)
    Lesser Poland (Województwo Małopolskie), some in Subcarpathia
          Branch of Nowy Targ
    (Ekspozytura w Nowym Targu)
    Lesser Poland (Województwo Małopolskie)
          Branch of the Spytkowice
    (Ekspozytura w Spytkowicach)
    Lesser Poland (Województwo Małopolskie) and possibly Silesia
    State Archives in Leszno
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Lesznie)
    Street. Solskiego 71
    64-100 Leszno
    tel: (065) 526 97 19
    info@archiwum.leszno.pl
    Greater Poland (Województwo Wielkopolskie) and Lubusz and Lower Silesia  ✓
    State Archives in Lublin
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Lublinie)
    ul.Jesuit 13, 20-950 Lublin
    tel: (81) 528 61 40
    kancelaria@lublin.ap.gov.pl
    Lublin (Województwo Lubelskie)  ✓
          Branch in Chelm
    (Polish: Oddział w Chełmie)
    Lublin (Województwo Lubelskie) and Masovia  ✓
          Branch Kraśnik
    (Polish: Oddział w Kraśniku)
    Lublin (Województwo Lubelskie)  ✓
          Branch in Radzyń Podlaski
    (Polish: Oddział w Radzyniu Podlaskim)
    Lublin (Województwo Lubelskie) and possibly Masovia
    State Archive in Lodz
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Łodzi)
    pl. Freedom 1
    91-415 Lodz
    tel: (42) 632 62 01
    kancelaria@lodz.ap.gov.pl
    Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie)  ✓
          Branch in Sieradz
    (Polish: Oddział w Sieradzu)
    Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie)
    State Archive in Olsztyn
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Olsztynie)
    ul. Part Y Zantów 18
    10 521 Olsztyn
    tel: (89) 527 60 96
    Warmia-Masurian (Województwo Warmińsko-Mazurskie)  ✓
    State Archives in Opole
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Opolu)
    ul. Castle 2
    45 016 Opole
    tel: (77) 454 40 75
    kancelariat@opole.ap.gov.pl
    Opole (Województwo Opolskie)  ✓
    State Archive in Piotrkow
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Piotrkowie Trybunalskim)
    ul. 4 Toruń
    97 300 Piotrkow Trybunalski
    tel: 44 649 69 71
    kancelaria@piotrkow-tryb.ap.gov.pl
    Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie), some in Śwletokrzyskie
         Branch in Tomaszów Mazowiecki
    (Polish: Oddział w Tomaszowie Mazowieckim)
    Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie)  ✓
    State Archive in Plock
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Płocku)
    ul. Casimir the Great 9b
    09-400 Plock
    sekretariat@plock.ap.gov.pl
    Masovia (Województwo Mazowieckie), some in Łódź and Greater Poland
          Branch in Kutno
    (Polish: Oddział w Kutnie)
    Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie), small portion in Greater Poland
          Branch in Łęczyca
    (Polish: Oddział w Łęczycy)
    Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie)  ✓
    State Archive in Poznan
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Poznaniu)
    ul. 23 February 41/43
    60-967 Poznan
    archiwum@poznan.ap.gov.pl
    Greater Poland (Województwo Wielkopolskie), small portion in Western Pomerania and Łódź  ✓
         Branch in Gniezno
    (Polish: Oddział w Gnieźnie)
    Greater Poland (Województwo Wielkopolskie)
         Branch in Konin
    (Polish: Oddział w Koninie)
    Greater Poland (Województwo Wielkopolskie), small portion in Łódź  ✓
         Branch Pila
    (Polish: Oddział w Pile)
    Greater Poland (Województwo Wielkopolskie) possibly Western Pomerania
    State Archive in Przemysl
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Przemyślu)
    ul. Lelewela 4
    37-700 Przemysl
    tel: (016) 670 35 38
    archiwum@przemysl.ap.gov.pl
    Subcarpathia (Województwo Podkarpackie)
    State Archive in Radom
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Radomiu)
    ul. Werner 7
    26-600 Radom
    tel: (48) 377 90 50
    kancelaria@radom.ap.gov.pl
    Masovia (Województwo Mazowieckie), small portions in Łódź, Śwletokrzyskie  ✓
    State Archive in Rzeszów
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Rzeszowie)
    ul. Varna 57
    35 612 Rzeszow
    tel: (0-17) 230 48 08Podkarpackie / Subcarpathian
    Subcarpathia (Województwo Podkarpackie), small portion in Lesser Poland  ✓
          Sanok Branch
    (Polish: Oddział w Sanoku)
    Subcarpathia (Województwo Podkarpackie), possibly Lesser Poland  ✓
    State Archive in Siedlce
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Siedlcach)
    ul. Kosciuszko 7
    08-110 Siedlce
    tel: (0-25) 63 225 74
    archiw@siedlce.ap.gov.pl
    Masovia (Województwo Mazowieckie), small portion in Podlaskie and Lublin
    State Archive in Suwalki
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Suwałkach)
    ul. T. Kościuszki 69
    16-400 Suwalki
    tel: 566 87 21 67
    archiwum@suwalki.ap.gov.pl
    Podlaskie (Województwo Podlaskie) and Warmia-Masuria
          Branch in Elk
    (Polish: Oddział w Ełku)
    Warmia-Masurian (Województwo Warmińsko-mazurskie), possibly Podlaskie )✓
    State Archive in Szczecin
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Szczecinie)
    ul. St. Wojciech 13
    70-410 Szczecin
    tel: (91) 434 38 96
    sekretariat@szczecin.ap.gov.pl
    West Pomerania (Województwo Zachodnio-pomorskie)
         Branch Międzyzdroje
    (Polish: Oddział w Międzyzdrojach)
    West Pomerania (Województwo Zachodnio-pomorskie)
         Branch in Stargard
    (Polish: Oddział w Stargardzie)
    West Pomerania (Województwo Zachodnio-pomorskie)
          Branch of the Strzmiele
    (Polish: Ekspozytura w Strzemielu)
    West Pomerania (Województwo Zachodnio-pomorskie)
    State Archive in Toruń
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Toruniu)
    Branch and Directorate
    Square Rapacki 4
    87-100 Torun
    tel: (0-48) (0-56) 47 54 622
    archiwum@torun.ap.gov.pl
    Kuyavian-Pomeranian (Województwo Kujawsko-pomorskie) and Warmia-Masuria
          Branch in Wloclawek
    (Polish: Oddział we Włocławku)
    Kuyavian-Pomeranian (Województwo Kujawsko-pomorskie), possibly Warmia-Masuria
    State Archives in Warsaw
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Warszawie)
    ul. Curves Circle 7
    00-270 Warsaw
    tel: (00 48) 22 635 92 42
    archiwum@warszawa.ap.gov.pl
    Masovia (Woejwództwo Mazowieckie), some in Warmia-Masuria and Łódź  ✓
         Branch in Grodzisk
    (Polish: Oddział w Grodzisku Mazowieckim)
    Masovia (Woejwództwo Mazowieckie) and possibly Łódź  ✓
         Branch in Łowicz
    (Polish: Oddział w Łowiczu)
    Łódź (Województwo Łódzkie) and possibly Masovia  ✓
         Branch in Mlawa
    (Polish: Oddział w Mławie)
    Masovia (Woejwództwo Mazowieckie) and Warmia-Masuria
         Branch in Otwock
    (Polish: Oddział w Otwocku)
    Masovia (Woejwództwo Mazowieckie) and Łódź
         Branch of Pułtusk
    (Polish: Oddział w Pułtusku)
    Masovia (Woejwództwo Mazowieckie) and Warmia-Masuria
         Branch of Nidzica
    (Polish: Archiwum Dokumentacji Osobowej i Płacowej)
    Masovia (Woejwództwo Mazowieckie) and Łódź
    State Archive in Wrocław
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe we Wrocławiu)
    sekretariat@ap.wroc.pl
    Lower Silesia (Woejwództwo Dolnoślaskie)
          Branch in Boleslawiec
    (Polish: Oddział w Bolesławcu)
    Lower Silesia (Woejwództwo Dolnoślaskie)
          Branch in Jelenia Gora
    (Polish: Oddział w Jeleniej Górze)
    Lower Silesia (Woejwództwo Dolnoślaskie)
          Branch in Kamieniec Ząbkowicki
    (Polish: Oddział w Kamieńcu Ząbkowickim)
    Lower Silesia (Woejwództwo Dolnoślaskie)
          Branch in Legnica
    (Polish: Oddział w Legnicy)
    Lower Silesia (Woejwództwo Dolnoślaskie)
    State Archive in Zamosc 
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Zamościu)
    ul.Hrubieszowska 69A
    22-400 Zamosc
    084 542 10 37
    archiwum@zomsc.ap.gov.pl
    Lublin (Woejwództwo Lubelskie)
    State Archives in Zielona Góra
    (Polish: Archiwum Państwowe w Zielonej Górze) 
    Avenue of the Polish Amry 67A
    65-762 Zielona Gora
    tel: 48 (68) 329 98 01
    sekretariat@archiwum.zgora.pl
    Lubusz (Województwo Lubuskie) and Greater Poland  ✓

    *This is just the author’s assessment, it may not be accurate. Please verify record coverage by checking the image/index sites.

    June 1, 2017 |

    Fee or Free US World War I Draft Registration Cards

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    The US World War I Draft Registration Cards is a popular collection for finding male ancestors because it “accounts for approximately 98 percent of men in the U.S. born between 1872 and 1900. The total U.S. population in 1917-1918 was about 100 million individuals, so close to 25 percent of the total population is represented in these records.”*

    There were three primary registrations:

    • The first registration was on June 5, 1917, for all men ages 21 to 31 (specifically, men born between June 6, 1886 and June 5, 1896)

    • The second registration was on June 5, 1918, for all men who turned 21 after June 5, 1917, and a supplemental registration on August 24, 1918, for all men who turned 21 after June 5, 1918.

    • The third registration was on September 12, 1918 for all men ages 18 to 45 who had not previously enrolled.**

    The US National Archives has some digitized draft registration cards for famous Americans, including this card for composer and jazz musician, Duke Ellington.

    Draft Registration Card for Edward Kennedy Ellington, courtesy National Archives

    Draft Registration Card for Edward Kennedy Ellington, courtesy National Archives: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/641759

    It’s important to note that not all men in the United States who served in the First World War registered for the draft. I have a grandfather and great uncle, both born just outside the registration requirement windows, who volunteered and served during World War I but who never registered for the draft. Also, not all men who registered for the draft served during World War I.

    If you’re fortunate enough to have ancestors who registered for the draft, there’s good information to be gleaned. “Each registration was slightly different. …However, they generally included the following information:

    • Name

    • Birth date

    • Birthplace

    • Draft registration date

    • Sometimes, father’s birthplace

    • Name of nearest relative

    • Age in years

    • Sex is implied, since all registrants were males

    • Marital status

    • List of any dependents

    • Address”***

     

    FEE SITES

    Ancestry.com

    • Ancestry.com has the US World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 with a subscription

    Archives.com

    • Archives.com has the US World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 with a subscription

    FindMyPast.com

    • FindMyPast has the World War I Draft Registration Cards collection with a subscription, they also link to Lives of the First World War, an Imperial War Museums effort to remember those who served during WWI, uploading photos and adding facts is free, there’s a charge to find the records or connect online with other contributors.

    Fold3.com

    • Fold3.com has the U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 with a subscription

    MyHeritage.com

    • MyHeritage.com has the US World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 with a subscription

    US National Archives

     

    FREE SITES

    FamilySearch.org

    • FamilySearch.org has the US World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, index and images are free

    Local Libraries

    • Your local library may have access to World War I Draft Registration Cards through online databases including HeritageQuest, ProQuest, JSTOR, and others (free with a library card)

     

    Best in your research, whether it’s fee or free!

    * “About U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. U.S.”, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Accessed May 22, 2017. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482.

    **”United States World War I Draft Registrations, 1917-1918.” United States World War I Draft Registrations, 1917-1918 – MyHeritage. Accessed May 22, 2017. https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10513/united-states-world-war-i-draft-registrations-1917-1918?s=246870911.

    ***”United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records).” United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records) Genealogy – FamilySearch Wiki. Accessed May 22, 2017. https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/United_States,_World_War_I_Draft_Registration_Cards_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records).

     

    May 22, 2017 |

    Fee or Free Photo Scanning

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    E-Z-Photo Scan at RootsTech 2017

     

    Fee or Free Photo Scanning

    If you’re like me, you have piles of old, printed photos begging to be digitized. I even took mine out of old albums & scrapbooks and threw the albums away (I don’t recommend this). But before you take on the enormous task of digitizing your photos, make sure you have the right tools. It makes no sense to hand scan small photos, one by one, on a flatbed scanner or with a phone app. There’s a better tool available that is a huge time-saver–E-Z Photo Scan.

    E-Z Photo Scan sells & rents multiple scanners but my favorite by far has been the model that allows you to stack 30-60 smaller photos in a pile and it auto feeds them into the scanner, names the file (according to your instructions), and can output in multiple file formats. It will run a stack of photos through in minutes. It can take a scan of both sides of your photo as it runs it through. (There are other options for larger photos and photos/scrapbooks that can’t be bent in any way-I’m not addressing those in this blog.)

    Below is a video I took at RootsTech of a patron using the E-Z Photo Scanner to scan a few photos. This doesn’t do the scanner justice because she’s just dropping photos in one-by-one with what she has on hand.

    This is the vision: you will have a nicely organized box with stacks of photos and you will put a stack of photos on the scanner and let it feed them through while you sit back and watch digital versions appear on the computer, with files named so you will be able to locate and identify them in the future.

    Personally, I wouldn’t attack the scanning job without this tool. If you don’t have access to this type of scanning equipment or a similar time-saving tool, prepare your printed photos now, for a time in the future when you will have access to this type of equipment. Prepping the project will take far more time than the actual digitizing. (Or work on renaming and organizing your most recent digital photo files and master the art of file naming with current photos before you attack old photos.)

    E-Z Photo Scan just advertised a Monday webinar (that’s today, Monday, May 15th) at 1 pm EDT and is inviting people to pre-register. The webinar will address file naming techniques, “tools, strategies, and ways needed to turn naming file names into high-performance search bots.” I wish I’d taken a class on file naming before I scanned my photos. I should have spent time organizing the photos into the batches I wanted to scan together, labeling the piles with how I wanted the system to automatically name them, etc. I was just so excited by the time-saving technology I jumped in without much planning. (Again, I don’t recommend this.)

    Fee

    E-Z Photo Scan

    E-Z Photo Scan sells this equipment or will rent the equipment in the United States and Canada and they offer financing for purchases. This is a display from RootsTech 2017 showing how the rental process works and what is delivered when you order.

    E-Z-Photo Scan at RootsTech 2017

    E-Z-Photo Scan at RootsTech 2017

    If you choose to rent you will definitely want to do all the organizing and prep work before the machine delivery date. And by organizing and prep, I mean gather every possible photo you can digitize, put it in the stack you want it digitized with, have it in the exact order you want the files to appear in, and pre-label each stack with the file naming format you intend to use (ideas from the webinar or any other file naming source you trust). This is a massive project and most of the work will be preparation. You might want to ask family or neighbors if they’d be interested in sharing the rental fee and allowing them time with the equipment. I’ve heard of groups sharing the costs and taking turns using the equipment that was set up in one person’s garage. I also have a girlfriend who purchased one of these for her family (she’s a diehard librarian/archivist). So even though the rental or purchase price seems like a high start-up cost, people do it and love it.

    Epson, Canon, Wolverine, etc

    Epson, Canon, Wolverine are just a few companies offering similar products in my area. Search online for other digital, auto-feed, photo scanners available in your area. Some computer and office stores in my area sell this equipment but options will vary based on your location.

    Free

    LDS Family History Centers

    Many LDS Family History Centers located throughout the world have this equipment available for free. You’ll need to contact your local family history center and ask what digitizing equipment they have and how to reserve a time to use it. You’ll want to plan on at least 30 minutes to familiarize yourself with the system, even if a volunteer is there to assist you. (I’ve heard a few people say they’re afraid to use these facilities because they don’t want to be proselytized and in my experience, this is not the purpose of the LDS Family History Centers and religion has never been discussed when I was working, but if religion did come up, a respectful “I don’t like to discuss religion” would end it.)

     

    Libraries and Archives

    Libraries and Archives worldwide have digitizing equipment and some make it available to patrons and offer use of the equipment free-of-charge. Others may charge a fee. I used this or similar equipment at a local college (free of charge) and actually reserved two machines for 2 hours each, and had my sons feeding photos through one machine and batch naming them while I fed photos through the other. (We brought USB cards with inadequate storage space and an external hard drive with 1TB of space that was more than adequate.)

     

    Genealogical and Historical Societies

    Genealogical and Historical Societies would also be a great place to check. I suspect if they offered use of the equipment for free, that would for members only, and they would charge a fee to other patrons.

     

    It’s been four years since we scanned our photos and I recently saw new equipment for digitizing scrapbooks that allowed the patron to flip through page after page as it digitized. The equipment took a photo, a digital version appeared on the computer, then the patron flipped to the next page, etc. No need to take apart scrapbooks and albums. Anyway, that’s another blog for another day, but the point is, don’t start a project until you’ve researched the latest and greatest tools. Nothing is more frustrating than learning you were inefficient with your time because you chose the wrong tool for the project. E-Z Photo Scan is aptly named, it’s easy to use and is the right tool for the job.

    Best in your digitizing whether it’s fee or free.

    May 14, 2017 |

    Fee or Free 1875 Norway Census

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    The 1875 Norway Census (Norwegian: Folketellingen for kongeriget Norge den 31te desember 1875) began December 31, 1875 and is expected to include 99% of the population of Norway. Information was gathered by census takers throughout the country who spoke to any family member living at an address or a neighbor if family wasn’t on-site. Some people were enumerated twice because they were temporary residents in one locale but their names were also given at their home residence.

    Some information contained in the 1875 Norway Census includes:

    • Name

    • Gender

    • Resident or Temporary Resident

    • Whether Absent from parish and location at time of Census

    • Position in family

    • Occupation

    • Marital Status

    • Year of Birth

    • Place of Birth

    • Religion (if not the state church)

     

    Where to find the 1875 Norway Census?

     

    Fee Sites

    • Ancestry

      Ancestry has the Norway, Select Census, 1875 and their records came from FamilySearch, so have the same benefits and limitations of the FamilySearch collection (the records are currently from Akershus county, Hedmark county, and Østfold county in Norway)

    • MyHeritage

      MyHeritage has the 1875 Norway Census and this appears to be the same data as Ancestry and FamilySearch with records currently from Akershus, Hedmark, and Østfold. MyHeritage has excellent translation services which might help bridge any language barriers as you search these records.

     

    Free Sites

    For more information on how to best search the 1875 Norway Census (and other Norwegian records), I’d recommend you follow a native blogger who has invested a lot of time in the research. I follow Martin Roe Eidhammer at Norwegian Genealogy and then some and there are probably others as well. Best in your searches, whether they’re fee or free!

    May 8, 2017 |

    FindMyPast FREE till 6:59pm tonight!

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    I usually do a Fee or Free blog on Mondays but there’s nothing I could share that would be more valuable than encouraging everyone to go explore the fee site, FindMyPast.com for FREE.

    They have the best British records collections online. They also specialize in Irish and Australian records and they have US and Canadian records. If you have a British or Welsh background though, don’t miss this opportunity to find many parish registers online from the comfort of your home or work. It’s a great place to spend your lunch break and then some!

    FindMyPast free access ends today, Monday, May 1st, at 6:59 pm Eastern Time. You’ll need to register for a free account with your name and email address and create a password but you will not be asked to enter a credit card number, there will no present or future fee, and you can opt in or out of future emails from FindMyPast.

    Best in your searches, whether they’re fee or free!

     

    May 1, 2017 |
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