An Evolution in Our Way of Life has Begun

Let’s us not forget where we have traveled and moved from during this Corv19 pandemic? Stay at home, 14-day quarantine, testing, social distancing, creating new ways to communicate, personal protection equipment, food shortages, loss of jobs, violent behavior (theft, shootings, rape, abuse, neglect), creative ways of teaching children at home, etc. This is all new to us but is required to move out of the abyss this country has been experiencing for the last few years.  Cov19 has exposed our weaknesses and extremely dangerous social norms exhibited by some of our society.

Over time we have experienced lots of changes in this country. The founding of our country required a revolution to free us from England and the King, the resistance was strong with many challenges but we made it. The Civil War that freed slaves and indentured servants, Women’s right to vote, equal pay for all, no child left behind, eradication of gerrymandering, and many other events have led to changes. In all situations we have made the nation a better place for the next generation. We have made changes resistantly simply because it is new and takes us out of a comfort zone. Cov19 has impacted our lives that we can never turn back but move forward and creating a new vision of the whole community. National and world unity for the first time is on its way.

National and world unity is another period of change that is going to cause mental and emotional pain and endurance. Cov19 has shown our vulnerabilities, weaknesses, character towards those in different economic classes, and minority racial groups. Cov19 ha hit hard minority communities extremely hard. Cab drivers, sanitation workers, assembly-line factory workers in the food industry, waiters, bus drivers, cleaning attendance, maids, consumer workers in stores, flight baggage attendance, and much. Native Americans have felt the inequality. The treatment of people of color differently in our judicial system and encouragement of separation and disenfranchisement has long been a problem and stain on our country.

We must change our behavior and create a new social-cultural identification, a balance equal, and a fair society for all.

It is time for a change, a new and challenging way of thinking with new leadership at the local, state, and federal levels. Leaders that see the whole community, not as separate parts based on lobbying and money. It is time we provide Universal health care to all regardless of the ability to pay, to control salaries for medical professionals, and to begin a national higher education system for all after high school like regional colleges and universities designed to specialize in different career paths. Mail-in voting and electronic voting by computer.

Judicial rules design for every judge to use in making standardized decisions and a Judicial review committee overseeing their work and adherence to the rules of law. We should require a balance on the judicial bench both at the federal and local levels. Universal police force monitored daily, environmental protection of our air and resource and reduction of plastics and other dangerous materials which include gas emissions and the use of chemicals in plants.

Do not think you can be silent and stand on the sidelines. It is time to make significant changes to how we live our lives and how we see each other as a value to this country. We must bring other countries along and not see ourselves as the dominant country but as a partner for the good of the whole world. No more war or threats but working towards understanding and working together towards a better world.

This all requires everyone to participate in round table discussions as representatives of the whole community not just one or two parts of the community.

I vision a community not trying to get back to things as they were but looking towards a better social society for the entire world. My mom would say “You cannot change the past it is done and there are lessons to learn at each step you take”. You can be better if you take those lessons and improve yourself and the community around you.

Short Course in Genomics NHGRI (National Human Genome Research Institute)

National Human Genome Research Institute Short Course in Genomics

The Education and Community Involvement (ECIB) Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is offering its annual NHGRI Short Course in Genomics from July 29 – August 1, 2019.

This year’s course is for middle and high school teachers, community college and Tribal College faculty teaching genetics, biology or related science courses. Class size is limited.

What is the NHGRI Short Course in Genomics?

The NHGRI Short Course in Genomics offers science educators the opportunity to hear lectures and receive teaching resources from leading NHGRI and National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers, clinicians and staff and to discuss ways to incorporate genomics content into their classrooms.

Topics range from complex disorders/diseases, sequencing technologies, brain and behavior, bioinformatics, gene editing, the human microbiome, and ethical issues in genomics research, among others.

When and Where is the course held?

The NHGRI Short Course in Genomics will be held from Monday, July 29 – Thursday, August 1, 2019, on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland.  Accepted participants must attend for all four days of the course.

Is there a fee to attend the course? 

The course itself is free. NHGRI has funding for air travel, hotel accommodations and per diem for up to four participants only.  Selection is based on financial need and distance from course location.

How to Apply

The application for Summer 2019 will be available in late February. If you are interested in being notified when the 2019 application opens, please email Christina Daulton (

For more information:

Ms. Christina Daulton:
Phone: (301) 496-1946

Dr. Belen Hurle
Phone: (301) 402-4931

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The Forefront of Genomics


The African Diaspora: Integrating Culture, Genomics and History

Reposted from NIH, SNMNH, NARA Feb 5, 2019

The African Diaspora

September 12, 2013

Baird Auditorium
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
10th Street and Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20560

The National Human Genome Research Institute, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of Natural History held a full-day symposium that brought together scholars, scientists and practitioners from various disciplines who are exploring the African Diaspora throughout historical, cultural and genomic lenses with the purpose of understanding a person’s ancestry and how that impacts individual health and collective identity.

The symposium’s objectives were to foster interdisciplinary dialog on what we can learn about:

  • Ancestral history from genomic information and historical records.
  • Ethnic identity and cultural diversity from historical and genomic information.
  • The arts and culture from ancestral information.
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 Video Playlist

1Welcome and Introductions VideoKirk Johnson, Ph.D.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.

Lonnie G. Bunch III
Smithsonian National Museum of African American

Vence Bonham, Jr., J.D.
2Setting the Stage for Understanding Ancestry of African Americans (Panel) VideoModerator: Corey Dade
The Root

Panelists:Sarah Tiskoff, Ph.D., University of PennsylvaniaLinda Heywood, Ph.D., Boston UniversityMichael Blakey, Ph.D., College of William and Mary
3Genealogical Methods: Using Historical Records (Introduction) VideoWilliam Pretzer, Ph.D.
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
4Library of Congress African American Collections VideoAhmed Johnson
Library of Congress
5African American Genealogical Research at the National Archives VideoDamani Davis
National Archives and Records Administration
6Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture VideoSteven Fullwood
Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
7Using DNA to Explore Ancestry (Introduction) VideoMark Shriver, Ph.D.
Penn State University
8Synthesizing Genetic and Genealogical Data to Elucidate African American Ancestry VideoJake Byrnes, Ph.D.
9Inference of Ancestry of African Americans from Autosomal DNA VideoJoanna Mountain, Ph.D.
10Using DNA to Explore African Ancestry VideoRick Kittles, Ph.D.
University of Illinois
11Using DNA to Explore African Ancestry (Panel) VideoPanelists:Rick Kittles, Ph.D., University of IllinoisJoanna Mountain, Ph.D., 23andMeJake Byrnes, Ph.D., Ancestry.comMark Shriver, Ph.D., Penn State University
12Identity and Genetics (Introduction) VideoYolanda Moses, Ph.D.
University of California, Riverside
13The Social Life of DNA VideoAlondra Nelson, Ph.D.
Columbia University
14Consuming Genetic Ancestry VideoSandra Soo-Jin Lee, Ph.D.
Stanford University
15Ancestry and Health (Introduction) VideoCharles Rotimi, Ph.D.
16Medical Importance of Ancestry Training VideoEsteban Gonzales Burchard, M.D., M.P.H.
University of California, San Francisco
17The Confounding of Ancestry and Health VideoAravinda Chakravarti, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
18Population Genetics in the Personal Genome Era VideoCarlos Bustamante, Ph.D.
Stanford University
19Ancestry and Health (Panel) VideoPanelists:Carlos Bustamante, Ph.D., Stanford UniversityAravinda Chakravarti, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins UniversityEsteban Gonzales Burchard, Ph.D., University of California, San FranciscoCharles Rotimi, Ph.D., NHGRI
20Arts, Ancestry and Culture (Introduction) VideoJohnetta Cole, Ph.D.
National Museum of African Art
Smithsonian Institution
21Arts, Ancestry and Culture VideoCheryl Finley, Ph.D.
Cornell University
22Arts, Ancestry and Culture VideoCarla Williams, M.F.A.
Rochester Institute of Technology
23American Cypher Project VideoMendi Obadike, Ph.D.
Pratt Institute

Keith Obadike, M.F.A.
William Patterson College
24Report of the American Society of Human Genetics Ancestry (Introduction) VideoVence Bonham, Jr., J.D.
25Report from the ASHG Roundtable on Genetic Ancestry Inference VideoMalia Fullerton, Ph.D.
University of Washington
26Report from the ASHG Roundtable on Genetic Ancestry Inference VideoCharmanine Royal, Ph.D.
Duke University
27Report from the ASHG Roundtable on Genetic Ancestry Inference (Panel) VideoModerator: Malia Fullerton, Ph.D.
University of Washington

Panelists:Charmaine Royal, Ph.D., Duke UniversityMichael Bamshad, M.D., University of Washington

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Update: Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers

By Tichnor Bros. Inc., Boston, Mass. [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsToday we’re announcing a major update to Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers.  This addition includes case numbers 21388-33065, years 1801-1841, a total of 251,000 new file papers.  This addition more than doubles the size of this database–these case files represent a 130% increase to what we previously had available. The complete collection now contains 442,000 file papers and 33,556 names.

This database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.  The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records.  We’d like to thank our wonderful volunteers Sam Sturgis, Bruce Shaw, and David Anderson without whom this update would not have happened.

The complete Suffolk County File Papers collection will eventually cover cases 1-94,757, which includes years up to 1893. The cases are indexed chronologically, which allows us to present them in sections while digital photography is taking place. The digital photography is expected to continue through 2020. We will continue to add additional cases as they become available.

If you have questions on how to search this database, or about our collaboration with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, please watch our video, How to Search Massachusetts Probate File Papers.  The Massachusetts Archives also have a very helpful website that serves as a directory as to where you can find which pieces of probate information.

Please note: This database is available to all NEHGS members.

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