December’s Articles of Interest

Two Families Shared A Harrowing History – one black, one white. Then they met.

The Washington Post – 23 Oct 2019

Police Were Cracking Cold Cases with a DNA Website. Then the Fine Print Changed.

NBC News – 23 Oct 2019

DNA Test Leads Man To Biological Parents He Thought Died 50 Years Ago

People.com – 1 Nov 2019

Abandoned Baby Finds His Family 74 Years Later

Texarkana Gazette – 31 Oct 2019

Woman Reunited With Vietnamese Mom Who Lost Her 44 Years Ago

NextShark – 8 Nov 2019

We’re Losing Generations of Family History Because We Don’t Share Our Stories

Good Housekeeping – 13 Nov 2019

Put a little Irish in your Christmas!

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England (ICC) is holding their annual Irish Christmas Fair on December 6, 7 and 8 at the ICC – 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA.

>For further information: https://www.irishcenterwne.org/irish-christmas-fair-december-6-8/

To download the Fair brochure: https://www.irishcenterwne.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ICC-christmas-fair-flyer2019new.pdf

Introduction to the Polish People

Presented by Elms College and The Polish Center of Discovery and Learning

During the spring of 2020, Elms College is partnering with the Polish Center Center of Discovery and Learning to offer this course. The goal is to provide participants with an overview of Polish History and culture, drawing on the galleries, special exhibits and archives of the Polish Center. Students will be introduced to major art, cultural, faith, literary and architectural traditions of the Polish people in both Poland and America.

The Polish Center is a unique museum and educational resource center originally established at Elms College in 1999. It is now located at 33 South Street. This exceptional facility acts as a “living monument”, safeguarding historical objects representative of the culture of the Polish people before 1950. The Center also aspires to assist individuals in locating essential information for research projects.

For further information regarding this course, please call the Division of Social Sciences at Elms College – 413-265-2323. The course is offered for credit or non-credit and is open to the general public.

New York State Adoptee Birth Certificates Now Legally Accessible

As a strategic partner of the New York Adoptee Rights Coalition (NYARC), “Reclaim The Records” announces that the bill to equalize the right of access to original and un-redacted birth certificates for New York adoptees and the descendants of deceased New York adoptees has been signed into law. This means that if you’re someone who was born and adopted in the state of New York, even if you don’t live there anymore, or if you’re the direct descendant of a deceased New York adoptee, you can apply for a copy of the original and un-redacted birth certificate starting on January 15, 2020.

Further information, and specific details about the application process, will be posted on the NYARC website in the coming months: http://nyadopteerights.org/

New York is now the tenth state to allow people to reclaim their own records, without preconditions or redactions. And there will be many more coalitions pushing for similar laws in other states in the next few years. So if you’re a genealogist or a historian, or a member of a genealogical or historical or lineage society, please consider formally and publicly supporting these other states’ efforts, too.