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Land Records and Genealogy Symposium 2013

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-07-01 21:59
This is not the normal genealogy conference. Instead, it focuses primarily on land records, especially on homestead records. Of course, these are important records for anyone researching ancestors in the homestead states so it could be a valuable conference for many genealogists. I see several well-known genealogy speakers listed on the agenda. The following was written by the conference organizers: Land Records and Genealogy Symposium 2013 July 12 & 13, 2013 Southeast Community College, Truman Center 4771 W. Scott Rd., Beatrice, Nebraska This symposium, a partnership between the Homestead National Monument and Southeast Community College, is one of the best... Dick Eastman

It is the First Day of the Month: Back Up Your Genealogy Files

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-07-01 04:00
It is the first day of the month. It's time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups! Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier and safer if you have a specific schedule. The first day of the month is easy to remember, so I would suggest you back up your genealogy files at least on the first of every month, if not more often. Of course, you might want to back up more than your genealogy files. Family photographs, your checkbook register, all sorts of word processing documents, email messages, and much... Dick Eastman

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-07-01 00:00
To all Plus Edition subscribers: NOTE: I am trying a new experiment this week. Once again, I am sending the entire Plus Edition newsletter to each subscriber in email, the same as I used to months ago. However, I suspect it will only arrive in 90% to 95% of the subscribers' in-boxes because of spam filters. The other 5% to 10% of the subscribers will never receive this Long Version of the newsletter because it will be blocked by spam filters. Therefore, I will also send the Short Version to everyone, as it seems to arrive in about 98% of... Dick Eastman

(+) Dropbox: The Easy Way to Collaborate Online

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sun, 2013-06-30 19:03
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. Dropbox is a very popular file backup and replication program that is available for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Apple iPhone and iPad, almost all Android phones and tablets, Blackberry, and Kindle Fire. Lots of people use Dropbox simply for backup purposes, as an online storage area in the "cloud." They might create or receive a file of some sort (word processing document, photograph, video, genealogy database, or almost anything else) on any of the above devices that they want to safeguard. They place it in a Dropbox... Dick Eastman

Soldier Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sun, 2013-06-30 11:06
The following sad story has an interesting genealogy connection. The soldier had been an adopted child and family connections were not well documented in government records. When the Defense Department identified the soldier's remains, the investigators were unaware of the soldier's natural siblings and son. Genealogist Art Dembinski got involved because he kept track of the family tree and the soldier's closest relatives. After many phone calls and email messages, Dembinski was able to identify the relatives. The following was written by the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office: The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that... Dick Eastman

A Better Price for the Hotel for the FGS Conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-29 13:23
The annual Federation of Genealogical Societies conference will be held August 21 through 24 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The conference web site at https://www.fgsconference.org/lodging/ lists the Hyatt Place Fort Wayne at 111 W Washington Center Road. Indeed, I have stayed at this hotel before and know that it is both a nice hotel and also is a short drive to the convention center. An auto will be required, however. Today, I went to the conference web site at https://www.fgsconference.org/lodging/ to make my reservation. The price for one room was listed as $109 per night. I assume that is the "official... Dick Eastman

Google Reader is Going Away on July 1

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-29 10:54
I know that a lot of newsletter readers use Google Reader to quickly and easily read the articles published here. If you are still using Google Reader, this is a reminder that it will disappear on Monday, July 1. I wrote about that earlier at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2013/03/google-to-shut-down-google-reader.html. Now is the time to find a replacement! You can find dozens of articles about alternatives to Google Reader if you start at http://goo.gl/nAzpx. I won't try to duplicate the information as you can already find many excellent suggestions available elsewhere. However, I will suggest Macintosh users should take a look at NetNewsWire, my... Dick Eastman

(+) Digital Preservation for Genealogists

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Fri, 2013-06-28 20:22
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. One of the more common arguments against saving things digitally is, “The required equipment to read it probably won't be available in 25 years.” Perhaps the time is 50 years or 100 years, but I hear similar comments frequently. Indeed, there is some truth to that argument. Still, there is a simple solution. Recent experience has proven that paper is not a good preservation mechanism, and microfilm isn't much better. The news reports frequently mention earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, building collapses, fires, and other disasters... Dick Eastman

Follow-Up: Ancestry.com to Change "Old Search"

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Fri, 2013-06-28 18:16
In the many comments that were posted at the end of yesterday's Ancestry.com to Change "Old Search" article, one reader wrote, " I don't think Ancestry cares or is really listening." Apparently, that statement is in error. Ancestry is obviously reading the comments posted here and on a number of web sites that have recently written about the proposed new changes. Today, I was asked to publish this statement from the Ancestry.com Product Team: Good evening, In an effort to continually improve your experience on Ancestry.com, we are asking for feedback on our search function. Our plan is first to... Dick Eastman

Book Review: The Underground Railroad in DeKalb County, Illinois

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Fri, 2013-06-28 12:02
The following book review was written by Bobbi King: The Underground Railroad in DeKalb County, Illinois By Nancy M. Beasley Published by McFarland, Jefferson NC. 2013. 220 pages. The Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad. It was a trail of escape for fugitive slaves from southern slave owners towards Canada. It was a federal offense to aid runaway slaves and obstruct their capture, and whites and black alike risked their lives and families to help slaves journey out of their enslavement towards freedom. The Underground Railroad was the term applied to a network of roads, paths, trails, and... Dick Eastman

New Magazine: Discover Your Ancestors

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Fri, 2013-06-28 11:09
A new genealogy publication has recently appeared in the U.K. with two versions: the annual print magazine, Discover Your Ancestors, and the monthly electronic magazine, Discover Your Ancestors Periodical. The two are described as, "Perfect for those starting out or for those with more experience who have hit a brick wall." Discover Your Ancestors consists of two products – an annual print "bookazine," Discover Your Ancestors, and for those who can’t wait a whole year for the next issue, and Discover Your Ancestors Periodical, a 20-page monthly online digest packed with stories, case studies, social history articles and research advice.... Dick Eastman

Ireland's Finance Report Suggests Freedom of Information Should Be Extended

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Fri, 2013-06-28 10:15
Freedom of Information should be extended to all new bodies and certain existing exemptions should be removed, according to a report from the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, of the Houses of Oireachtas (Ireland's legislative body). Pages 11 and 12 of the report are of particular importance to genealogists. You can read a description of the report at http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/mediazone/pressreleases/name-17308-en.html and then download the entire report at http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/media/committees/finance/%5BFinal%5D-Report-on-FoI-Bill.pdf. Dick Eastman

The Badpiper

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Fri, 2013-06-28 09:19
I am not sure if my Scottish ancestors would approve of this bagpipe performance or not. The YouTube video's description claims he is "The worlds only flame throwing, leather clad, heavily tattooed punk rock warrior." He is shown here performing AC/DC's "Thunderstruck." You can watch The Badpiper's performance on YouTube at http://youtu.be/K-Op1Mng4oY or click on the video player below: My favorite quote on the YouTube page is, "If I ever get married, I'm gonna hire this guy to play for the reception!" You can learn more about The Badpiper at http://www.thebadpiper.com/ Dick Eastman

San Diego Central Public Library and the San Diego Genealogical Society: Grand Opening of the Genealogical Research Library

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Fri, 2013-06-28 08:58
The following announcement was written by the San Diego Central Public Library and the San Diego Genealogical Society: Discover your family history in downtown San Diego! The San Diego Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the grand opening of the combined genealogical research collections of the San Diego Central Public Library and the San Diego Genealogical Society. With these merged collections the new Central Library contains the largest genealogical collection in San Diego County and one of the best in Southern California. Founded in 1946, the San Diego Genealogical Society’s research collection began as a circulating collection of two books... Dick Eastman

Ancestry.com to Change "Old Search"

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Thu, 2013-06-27 12:00
Ancestry.com is changing the search functionality on the site and is soliciting your input for potential improvements. Here is the announcement: Ancestry.com is continuing our efforts to improve the search experience across Ancestry.com and will be making changes to our search functionality in the upcoming months. Some features will be added and some will be discontinued. As part of the 2% of our subscribers that use the old search function on the site, we know that you are passionate about the search experience on Ancestry.com and we are reaching out to you to get input on potential improvements. We hope... Dick Eastman

FamilySearch Adds More Than 1.1 Million Images from Austria, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, and the United States

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Thu, 2013-06-27 09:18
The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: June 25, 2013 FamilySearch has recently added more than 1.1 million images from Austria, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 96,841 images from the new U.S., New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files, 1886-1900, collection, the 60,505 index records and images from the England, Cheshire Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900, collection, and the 21,650 index records and images from the new U.S., Wisconsin, State Census, 1865, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion... Dick Eastman

BYU's 2013 Family History and Genealogy Conference

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Thu, 2013-06-27 09:07
The 45th annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy will be held July 30-August 2, 2013 at the BYU Conference Center in Provo Utah. It will offer more than 100 classes. . Class topics include: Youth and Genealogy LDS Family History Callings FamilySearch Family Tree DNA Research Google Genealogy ICAPGen U.S. Research Methodology International Research Scandinavian Research The keynote speakers at this year's conference include: Elder Allan F. Packer, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints. Dennis C. Brimhall, the managing director of the LDS Family History Department... Dick Eastman

U.S. Version of Who Do You Think You Are? Announces This Season's Celebrities

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-06-26 21:56
TLC has announced the celebrities to appear on the new series beginning July 23. They are: Christina Applegate, Kelly Clarkson, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Handler, Chris O'Donnell, Jim Parsons and Trisha Yearwood. Details may be found on TLC's web site at http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/videos/who-do-you-think-you-are.htm as well as in the video below: Dick Eastman

Announcing the FREE Family Tree Maker World Express Program for Windows

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-06-26 10:05
Family Tree Maker is a very popular genealogy program, available in both Windows and Macintosh versions. I suspect Family Tree Maker is the best-selling commercial genealogy program in the world although I have never found any statistics to confirm my guess. Prices vary from $19.95 and upwards, depending upon the options selected. Now it appears that a new, stripped down version of the Windows program is being released and the best thing is the price: FREE. OK, there is one drawback: you have to be able to use the new program in German or in Swedish. It seems there is... Dick Eastman

Lichfield Consistory Court Wills Index 1650-1700 Online

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-06-26 10:00
The following announcement was written by Origins.net: Index to over 28,300 wills and testamentary documents online. Between 1541 and 1836 the diocese of Lichfield and Coventry was extensive, covering the entire counties of Staffordshire and Derbyshire, north Shropshire and north Warwickshire. The bishop of Lichfield and Coventry had jurisdiction over probate in this area, which was exercised through the Lichfield Consistory Court. The index to over 28,300 wills and testamentary documents recorded in the Lichfield Consistory Court 1650-1700 is now available to search on the National Wills Index. This index - British Record Society Volume 125 - includes names of... Dick Eastman
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