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Whether you come from a family that proudly displays their coat of arms in the foyer, or knows very little about where they came from, you may have some questions about your background. Being stuck at home thanks to the coronavirus pandemic means that we may have more time on our hands, but conducting genealogical research isn’t as straightforward as a simple Google search.
Though many historical records have been digitized, some require you to be inside a library to access them. Now that we don’t have that option, libraries like the New York Public Library are making some of its genealogical research resources available online—including their reference librarians. Here are a few options:
Regardless of where you’re located and if you have a library card, you’ll be able to access a large number of genealogical research resources through the National Archives. These include:
- Census Records
- Ethnic Heritage
- Military Service Records
- Immigration Records
- Land Records
- Naturalization Records
- More Topics
Whether you’re a professional genealogist or looking into your family for the first time, this is a great first stop for online information.
Databases like Ancestry, Newspapers.com, America’s Historical Newspapers, The New York Times Historical Database and the African American Historical Serials Collection are typically only available to use for within the physical walls of the library. But in the midst of the pandemic, the NYPL has made these available to their library card holders regardless of location. Check with your local library to see what you have access to through their system.
There are also a variety of online resources anyone can access (without a library card), including the NYPL’s online research guides for genealogy, like:
- How to Research a Family Business
- Researching the History of Your New York City Home
- Researching Dutch Ancestors
- Researching Ancestors who were Loyalists in the Revolutionary War
- Finding Places
- How to Find Your Suffragette Ancestors
- 1890 New York City Police Census
If you’re stumped and still have questions about your research, librarians at the NYPL who specialize in genealogy are available to answer them. You can contact them via email at [email protected] or use their web form. According to the NYPL, at this point, most of the questions posed to their librarians have been answered online, so it’s worth a shot.
For 150 years tourists have actually been traveling to the town of Belvédère, high in the Alps of southern Switzerland, for the possibility to stroll inside a glacier. Around 1870, a regional family had the idea of digging a shallow, 100- meter tunnel into the side of the Rhône Glacier, one of Europe’s biggest. Paying visitors might stroll through a frozen grotto straight out of a fairy tale, lit a captivating shade of blue by ice-filtered sunlight.
Glaciers move and ice melts, so at the beginning of every summertime tourist season the tunnel has to be carved once again. In recent years, though, international warming has actually posed a more severe threat to the glacier, as well as to the popular ice grotto; in between 2011 and 2016, the glacier pulled away by about 150 meters. To slow the ice melt, the Carlen family, which has actually handled the grotto since 1988, came up with the concept of covering their part of the glacier with white fleece blankets to reflect the sunlight. A glacier professional informed a BBC press reporter in 2016 that these blankets slow the ice melt by 50 to 70 percent each year between June and September.
German professional photographer Thomas Wrede has actually been photographing the ice grotto given that2017 To him, the desperate efforts to slow the melt with blankets signify the Sisyphean task of correcting the environmental destruction of worldwide warming. “Although the blankets are constantly changed, their scruffy look exposes the excellent futility connected with attempting to stop climate modification,” Wrede says. (The Carlen family isn’t alone in using huge blankets to slow ice melt. Many European ski resorts also utilize them too.)
In spite of the family’s best efforts– for the previous years, the blankets have covered the glacier year-round– the ice grotto might only be around for a couple more years. The Rhône Glacier is simply melting too quickly. “The effort needed to keep the structural integrity of the ice grotto is ever-increasing,” Wrede adds.
Wrede’s photography series documents both the exterior of the glacier, curtained in greyish blankets like a Christo and Jeanne-Claude setup, and the luminescent interior of the grotto, where visitors can see centuries-old ice formations. “As an artist, I have an interest in artificial landscapes, like the built nature of theme parks,” he says. “I like to question the limitations of the natural and the synthetic, what is genuine and what is staged.”
Artifice and nature, grotto and glacier– both are threatened by environment modification. The ice tunnel may just have a few years, however the Rhône Glacier’s days are also numbered. Researchers approximate that two-thirds of the glacial ice in the Alps will melt by 2100
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FILE PHOTO: Macau tycoon Stanley Ho attends the ground-breaking ceremony of “City of Dreams”, a Melco-PBL Entertainment joint venture project in Macau April 10, 2006. REUTERS/Bobby Yip /File Photo
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Macau gambling king Stanley Ho, who built a business empire from scratch in the former Portuguese colony and became one of Asia’s richest men, died peacefully at the age of 98, his family confirmed on Tuesday.
The flamboyant tycoon, who loved to dance but advised his nearest and dearest to shun gambling, headed one of the world’s most lucrative gaming businesses through his flagship firm, SJM Holdings (0880.HK), valued at about $6 billion.
Reporting by Clare Jim and Noah Sin; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Christopher Cushing
June is nearly upon us. To help everyone prepare, Netflix simply launched the list of what’s reoccuring from the platform next month.
Both the final seasons of Netflix Originals “Fuller Home” and “13 Reasons” get here the very first week of the month on June 2 and June 5, respectively. This month Netflix likewise gets Spike Lee’s very first direct-to-streaming film, “Da 5 Bloods,” it gets here on June12 Then on June 26, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Legend,” a musical documentary starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, drops on the platform.
In addition to all that new stuff, we’re also losing a variety of favorites next month. June is your last opportunity to capture seasons 1-11 of “Cheers,” the “Matrix” series, and “The Andy Griffith Program” on the streaming service.
Here’s the complete rundown of what’s reoccuring this month:
- Act of Valor
- All Dogs Go to Heaven
- Bad News Bears
- Cape Worry
- Cardcaptor Sakura: Clow Card
- Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura Card
- Cocomelon: Season 1
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
- The Healer
- Inside Guy
- Desire, Caution
- Observe and Report
- The Silence of the Lambs
- Starship Troopers
- The Kid
- The Automobile(1977)
- The Disaster Artist
- The Help
- The Lake Home
- The Queen
- V for Vendetta
- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
- West Side Story
- You Don’t Tinker the Zohan
- Alone: Season 6
- Fuller House: The Goodbye Seaso n– Netflix Original
- Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On: Season 1
- True: Rainbow Rescue— Netflix Family
- Girl Bird
- Killing Gunther
- Spelling the Dream— Netflix Documentary
- Baki: The Great Raitai Tournament Saga— Netflix Anime
- Can You Hear Me?/ M’entends- tu?— Netflix Original
- 13 Reasons: Season 4– Netflix Original
- Choked: Pasai Bolta Hai— Netflix Movie
- Hannibal: Seasons 1-3
- The Last Days of American Criminal Activity— Netflix Film
- Queer Eye: Season 5– Netflix Original
- Queen of the South: Season 4
- Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 6– Netflix Original (New episodes weekly)
- Prior To I Fall
- Curon— Netflix Original
- DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 5
- Lenox Hill— Netflix Documentary
- Middle Guy
- My Mister: Season 1
- Reality Z— Netflix Original
- Pose: Season 2
- Addicted to Life
- Da 5 Bloods— Netflix Movie
- Dating Around: Season 2– Netflix Original
- F is For Household: Season 4– Netflix Original
- Jo Koy: In His Aspects— Netflix Funny Special
- Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Season 2– Netflix Household
- One Piece: Alabasta
- One Piece: East Blue
- One Piece: Go Into Chopper at the Winter Season Island
- One Piece: Participating In the Grand Line
- Pokémon Journeys: The Series— Netflix Household
- The Browse— Netflix Original
- The Woods— Netflix Original
- Alexa & Katie: Part 4– Netflix Family
- How to Get Away with Murder: Season 6
- Marcella: Season 3– Netflix Original
- Child Mother
- Charlie St. Cloud
- The Darkness
- An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
- Mr. Iglesias: Part 2— Netflix Original
- A Whisker Away— Netflix Movie
- The Order: Season 2— Netflix Original
- Babies: Part 2— Netflix Documentary
- Daddy Soldier Child— Netflix Documentary
- Feel the Beat— Netflix Film
- Flooring is Lava— Netflix Original
- Lost Bullet— Netflix Film
- Girls from Ipanema: Season 2— Netflix Original
- One Way to Tomorrow— Netflix Movie
- The Politician— Netflix Original
- Rhyme Time Town— Netflix Household
- Wasp Network— Netflix Film
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- Amar y vivir— Netflix Original
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- House Video Game— Netflix Documentary
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- Adú— Netflix Film
- BNA— Netflix Anime
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- God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness
- A Perfect Guy
- From Paris With Love
- Mad Men: Seasons 1-7
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell: Series 1
- Dragonheart 3: A New Sorcerer
- Dragonheart: A New Beginning
- Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire
- Cutie and the Fighter
- The Stanford Prison Experiment
- Tarzan II
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Jeopardy!: Celebrate Alex Collection
- Jeopardy!: Cindy Stowell Collection
- Jeopardy!: Seth Wilson Collection
- The Day My Butt Went Psycho!: Seasons 1-2
- The Amityville Scary
- The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1-8
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
- Brooklyn’s Very best
- Chasing Amy
- Cheers: Season 1-11
- Chitty Bang Bang
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- The Duchess
- Elizabeth: The Golden Era
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- Ghost Rider
- Happyish: Season 1
- Here Alone
- Instructions Not Consisted Of
- The Development of Lying
- Julie & Julia
- Kate & Leopold
- Kiss the Girls
- The Last Samurai
- Limitless: Season 1
- Little Beasts
- Mansfield Park
- The Mask of Zorro
- The Matrix
- The Matrix Reloaded
- The Matrix Revolutions
- Minority Report
- Patriot Games
- The Polar Express
- Race to Witch Mountain
- The Ring
- Frightening Motion Picture
- Stuart Little 2
- Tremblings 2: Aftershocks
- Tremors 3: Back to Excellence
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The family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet is requiring responses from cops after the 29- year-old lady passed away after falling from a 24 th-floor house veranda.
Ontario’s police watchdog, the Unique Investigations Unit, said Toronto Police officers responded to a domestic complaint at 100 High Park Ave., north of Bloor St. W., at 5: 15 p.m. Wednesday.
The SIU says preliminary evidence suggests authorities entered into a house and discovered the female on the veranda.
In a release, the unit states a brief time later on the female fell from the terrace to the ground listed below. She died at the scene.
The family’s lawyer Knia Singh informed reporters outside the building Thursday Korchinski-Paquet, over the past 5 years, began experiencing epilepsy and mental health episodes that often needed assistance from cops.
Singh stated Korchinski-Paquet’s mom called cops around 5: 15 p.m. to the High Park house after a domestic dispute.
” I asked the police if they might take my daughter to CAMH (The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), and my daughter ended up dead,” said Claudette Korchinski- Beals.
When cops reached the household’s system, Singh said officers satisfied Korchinski-Paquet, her bro and mother in the hallway. Korchinski-Paquet “exchanged” words with the officers as they walked down the hall and after that she informed cops she needed to use the restroom. The attorney said the lady’s bro saw “numerous” officers following her and was stopped after he tried to enter.
The attorney stated, within a minute or two, the household heard a commotion and Korchinski-Paquet cry, “Mommy, assistance. Mama, aid. Mom, help.”
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders released a statement Thursday– an uncommon relocation as authorities services frequently do not comment once the SIU has taken over the investigation.
— With files by The Canadian Press
The household of a Black woman who passed away in Toronto Wednesday after falling from a veranda is alleging police are responsible for her death.
In a series of videos published to Instagram Wednesday, a male who identified himself as the cousin of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, 29, said she was eliminated by police after being thrown from a 24 th-floor terrace of a high-rise at 100 High Park Avenue. The videos revealed what appeared to be a body covered in a sheet behind cops tape on the apartment complex premises.
“The authorities threw my cousin off the structure,” he said.
The circumstance is being investigated by the Unique Examinations System (SIU), a company that investigates authorities occurrences involving a death, major injury, or sex assault claims.
In a short declaration, the SIU stated Toronto authorities were called to the apartment building for a “domestic occurrence” at around 5: 15 p.m. Wednesday.
“While officers were inside an apartment or condo unit on the 24 th floor, they observed a female on the veranda. A short time later on, the female fell from the veranda to the ground listed below. She was noticable deceased at the scene.”
The structure where Regis Korchinski-Paquet died. Photo by Sadiya Ansari
In a press conference Thursday, Toronto authorities Chief Mark Saunders said the force is complying with the SIU however legally can’t comment openly on the case.
“I’ll prompt the public to please wait on the facts to come out,” he stated.
Saunders said he is worried about the spread of “misinformation,” in the absence of a detailed declaration from cops.
He said police were called to the scene for an attack.
“It sounded rather frenzied. There was a need for police presence to be there,” he stated.
The SIU stated it knows the claims versus the police “made by particular member of the family of the deceased and will be looking to speak to anyone with info about these allegations.”
The SIU stated witnesses can call 1-800-787-8529 and that a post-mortem will be performed Thursday afternoon.
In a since-deleted video, Korchinski-Paquet’s cousin said Korchinski-Paquet’s mother called authorities to de-escalate an argument at the home.
He said authorities entered the unit with Korchinski-Paquet however would not let other relative inside.
He stated cops then returned out and informed family members that Korchinski-Paquet had climbed into the next unit. He said authorities then went into the next apartment system over and came out after a few minutes to inform the household that Korchinski-Paquet was “on the ground.”
No member of the family seemed inside the system when Korchinski-Paquet fell, and it’s unclear if anyone saw how the fall occurred from the ground or another system. In the videos, her cousin and mom did not state how they came to the conclusion that authorities pressed her.
Korchinski-Paquet’s cousin stated police told local news outlet CP24, which reported on the death, not to participate in the scene since it was a suicide. He accused cops of pressing a “false narrative.”
He stated Korchinski-Paquet was not suicidal.
Talking To Global News, Korchinski-Paquet’s uncle Sam Renda said his niece has epileptic seizures, which is why cops might have been called.
He stated his niece had actually been pleading “‘ mom please can be found in, please been available in'” when she remained in the unit with police, “and after that all of a sudden things simply went quiet.”
Renda stated “it just makes no sense to me how she would jump. She would never do that. She would never do that.”
He stated there were around eight reacting officers inside the system with Korchinski-Paquet, and that they left after she was up to the ground and were replaced by new officers.
“Everybody desires responses. if it was an accident, so be it, but at the end of the day it has to be examined,” he said.
In another video, Korchinski-Paquet’s mother Claudette Payton, stated “authorities killed my daughter, can be found in my apartment and pushed her off the veranda and told CP24 not to come here that it’s a suicide, but the cops eliminated her.”
A heart-shaped memorial framed by child blue streamers was set up outside the building on Thursday. Friends and neighbours laid lilacs, daisies and lilies while some passing by simply stopped to take it in.
Candida fungus Martinez came in from outside of the city to spread flowers and pay tribute to her good friend. “I just feel so unfortunate about what occurred and I’m truly going to miss her,” Martinez said. “I actually spoke to her a few days ago and I never believed this would occur.”
Martinez fulfilled Korchinski-Paquet while they interacted at a grocery store, and they remained close prior to she moved from King City to Toronto. She also discussed Korchinski-Paquet’s struggle with epilepsy. “Often [the seizures would] be so bad she would fall and bang her head somewhere,” said Martinez. “She ‘d have a contusion on her due to the fact that she ‘d just drop.”
Inquired about a demonstration planned in light of Korchinski-Paquet’s death, Saunders stated “it would be damaging and sad if we have actually unrest based upon outright false information.”
“Historically when you stroll things back when the truth comes out it’s far various that what the perceived truths are today.”
A 2018 report from the Ontario Human being Rights Commission found that Black people were most likely to be killed or injured by Toronto police than white people.
The report revealed that in between 2013 and 2017, a Black individual was nearly 20 times most likely than a white individual to be involved in a deadly shooting by Toronto police. Black people made up 60 percent of deadly encounters with Toronto cops and 70 percent of fatal shootings, regardless of accounting for less than 9 percent of Toronto’s population.
Korchinski-Paquet’s death comes at a time when demonstrations are appearing in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black guy. A white Minneapolis police officer pinned Floyd’s neck down with his knee as Floyd repeatedly said “I can’t breathe.” Floyd became unresponsive and passed away. Earlier this month, 2 Georgia males were charged for stalking Ahmaud Arbery and shooting him dead in February. Arbery, a 25- year-old Black man, had been jogging at the time.
The killers weren’t charged till video of the shooting went viral.
Hulu is testing a new watch party feature that lets you virtually binge shows with your friends and family.
Starting Thursday, subscribers with Hulu’s no-ads plan can access the test through the “Watch Party” icon on the details pages of shows and movies, the company said. They’ll then be given a link to invite other people to the party. The party feature can support up to eight people.
While in the party, viewers have access to a chat function that allows them to react in real time to the shared show or movie.
The new watch party function also gives viewers the ability to control their own playback options without affecting the rest of the group. If one viewer chooses to hit the pause button for a quick snack or bathroom break, Hulu says they can catch up to the rest of the group by pressing the “click to catch up” button in the chat.
The feature is being tested on Hulu.com and will be compatible with PCs and Macs.
Netflix, HBO Go and HBO Now have similar party features, but through third-party extensions. Netflix Party is a free add-on for Google Chrome that lets you remotely binge watch Netflix with friends and family. The group watch function of HBO Go and Now is an app by virtual movie theater company Scener, available through Chrome.
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