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MyHeritage Named as a Gold Sponsor of the JGSGB Family History Fair

Tue, 2013-05-28 09:00
The following announcement was written by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain: JGSGB – Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain – welcomes MyHeritage as Gold Sponsor of its First Family History Fair, being held at the De Vere Village Urban Resort in Elstree’s Centennial Park on 7th July 2013 between 10am and 6pm. MyHeritage is the most popular family history network on the web with more than 75 million registered members and more than 4 billion searchable historic records. MyHeritage has the world’s largest collection of Jewish family trees, and is particularly relevant for those tracing their Jewish ancestors... Dick Eastman

Scottish Property Valuation Rolls for 1895 Go Online

Tue, 2013-05-28 01:00
The following announcement was written by brightsolid, the company that runs the ScotlandsPeople website on behalf of the National Records of Scotland: New records reveal a colourful picture of Victorian society in Scotland The names of more than two million Scots from the late Victorian age will be published today, as records of Scottish properties and their owners and occupiers in 1895 are released on ScotlandsPeople, the government’s family history website. Called the Valuation Rolls, the records give an insight into Scottish society during that period, and will be a major resource for genealogists. The records comprise more than two... Dick Eastman

Story View on Ancestry.com

Mon, 2013-05-27 15:30
Ancestry started rolling out the feature, known as Story View, earlier this quarter to a tiny share of its customers, and now it’s active for 10 percent of them. The plan is to analyze the use of Ancestry with and without Story View and round out the feature before making it generally available, probably later this year. Underneath a picture and life summary of an ancestor in Story View are zoomed-out pictures of documents, instead of discrete fields of structured text. Next to the images, Ancestry can plug in blurbs generated from information in the document. Those draw from a... Dick Eastman

A Computer Network is Piecing Together a Jigsaw of Jewish Lore

Mon, 2013-05-27 15:21
A sophisticated artificial intelligence program running on a powerful computer network is conducting 4.5 trillion calculations per second to help reassemble more than 100,000 document fragments collected across 1,000 years that reveal details of Jewish life along the Mediterranean, including marriage, medicine and mysticism. Recovered in 1896 from a storeroom of the Ben Ezra synagogue in Old Cairo, the documents were collected from the ninth century to the 19th, awaiting burial as required by Jewish law for anything bearing God’s name. Most of the manuscripts were tattered and torn. A sophisticated artificial intelligence program running on a powerful computer network... Dick Eastman

Dallas Genealogical Society Announces 2013 Writing Contest with Cash Prizes

Mon, 2013-05-27 11:50
The following announcement was written by the Dallas Genealogical Society: The Dallas Genealogical Society is pleased to announce its 2013 Writing Contest for original material on topics of interest to genealogists and family historians. The contest is open to members and nonmembers of the DGS. Hobbyists, transitional, and professional genealogists are welcome to submit entries. Submissions may include genealogies, family histories, and case studies that demonstrate use of genealogical methodology, techniques, and sources. While the DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas area history, subject matter for the competition is not limited to the local geographic area except as defined... Dick Eastman

Richard III Suffered an Ignominious Burial, Researchers Find

Mon, 2013-05-27 11:30
Richard III may have been King of England, but those who buried him apparently didn't spend much time on pomp and circumstance. His body was reportedly stripped naked, despoiled and publicly displayed for three days before it was buried in a hastily-dug grave at what was at the time the Greyfriars monastery in Leicester. It may have been an unmarked grave. Over the years, the location was lost and eventually became a parking lot. The grave, described for the first time in an academic paper, highlights five specific points regarding the ill-fated king who died in 1485 in the Battle... Dick Eastman

Memorial Day Tribute: Volunteers Work to Return WWII Veterans' Letters

Mon, 2013-05-27 11:19
During WWII, Glenn Husted took time to type a newsy update about his town, Sylvan Lake, Michigan, and then mail to his former students serving in the military at the front. Husted was rewarded for his efforts with 70 responses from grateful soldiers and sailors. Now, years after Husted’s death, Sylvan Lake historians are looking for people who might like their letters returned as keepsakes. Working over the past year, historians have found 18 veterans so far. If your family is from the Sylvan Lake area, you will want to read the article by Carol Hopkins published in the Oakland... Dick Eastman

Super Sleuth Colleen Fitzpatrick, a Forensic Genealogist

Mon, 2013-05-27 10:47
Colleen Fitzpatrick was a rocket scientist but now she is a forensic genealogist. She solves mysteries. (You can read my earlier articles about Colleen if you start at http://goo.gl/PFHq1.) Now Duke Magazine has published an article describing Colleen's work and an interview with her. “I find people for a living,” she says. My favorite quote from the article is, "There are 6.3 billion people on the planet,” Fitzpatrick is saying one afternoon in January, “and I needed to find one.” She pauses for a beat. “And I found him.” You can read the interesting article at http://www.dukemagazine.duke.edu/article/super-sleuth. Dick Eastman

The Easy and Free Way to Perform OCR Conversions of Documents

Mon, 2013-05-27 05:00
OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is the electronic conversion of scanned images of typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded text. You can find hundreds of uses for OCR. I like it for converting typed text in old genealogy books into machine readable text. I also scan all sorts of bills and receipts for income tax purposes. However, OCR is expensive and not terribly reliable. OCR programs can cost hundreds of dollars for the more accurate ones. Traditionally, you had to use a scanner (which also might be expensive) to create an image of the paper to be converted, then use (expensive)... Dick Eastman

StoryPress for Android

Mon, 2013-05-27 03:00
A few weeks ago, I wrote about StoryPress for the iPad and was impressed with it. As I wrote then: StoryPress is an iPad app (with an Android version promised "real soon now") that helps you preserve your memories in your own voice by recording spoken history. StoryPress can be used for many different purposes. I can imagine a genealogist using the program to share grandmother's stories, in her spoken words, for the eventual listening by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Of course, the app can also be used for many other purposes, including recording stories about how your father built... Dick Eastman

(+) An Easy Way to Make Presentations with PowerPoint in Your Pocket

Sun, 2013-05-26 17:09
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. Do you frequently make presentations to groups of people? Are you carrying a laptop computer with PowerPoint, Keynote, or another computer presentation program that can save slides in .PPT or .PPTX format? Are you tired of carrying a laptop computer just to show your slides? Do you own an iPad, an iPhone, or an iPod Touch? If you answer "yes" to all three questions, I may have a solution for you. Why carry around your laptop to your next presentation? With the proper software on your... Dick Eastman

Memorial Day

Sun, 2013-05-26 11:05
Monday in the United States is Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who died in our nation's service. The origins of this day of remembrance are in doubt, with more than two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War. Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic: "The 30th of May, 1868, is... Dick Eastman

Announcing the Calendar of Genealogy Events

Sun, 2013-05-26 10:25
I thought I would experiment with something new, hopefully a useful resource for all my readers. I have added a Calendar of Genealogy Events to this newsletter at http://www.eogn.com/calendar. This calendar will provide information about future genealogy conferences, seminars, conventions, trips, and even online "webinars." All information can be provided by you and other readers of this newsletter. The calendar uses wiki software. A wiki is a web site that allows visitors to make changes, contributions, or corrections. This means you and all the other readers of this newsletter can add information directly. I invite everyone to add events to... Dick Eastman

Recent Changes in the Calendar of Genealogy Events

Sun, 2013-05-26 10:24
The following pages have changed recently in the Calendar of Genealogy Events: Arizona District of Columbia Illinois Kansas Manitoba Massachusetts North Carolina Pennsylvania United Kingdom Utah Dick Eastman

Minister Moore Announces Acting Librarian and Archivist of Canada

Sat, 2013-05-25 15:40
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, has taken action in an attempt to clean up some of the problems at Library and Archives Canada. (You can read my earlier articles about this at http://goo.gl/lj9kJ.) Today Moore announced that Hervé Déry will be the interim Librarian and Archivist of Canada until an appointment is made. Since March 2012, Mr. Déry has been the Assistant Deputy Minister and Corporate Secretary, Policy and Collaboration Sector, at Library and Archives Canada. Mr. Déry has also held several other senior positions within the federal government since 1982. He holds both... Dick Eastman

Save Library & Archives Canada: How Ordinary Citizens can Make an Impact

Fri, 2013-05-24 15:29
This is a follow-up to my earlier article at http://goo.gl/ll53g: Kimberly Silk has posted a blog article describing how Canadians can take action now to save and greatly improve Library & Archives Canada. You can read Kimberly's excellent article at http://goo.gl/KsuPw. Dick Eastman

Who Do You Think You Are? Live! to be Held in London February 20 to 22, 2014

Fri, 2013-05-24 15:15
The Who Do You Think You Are? Live! event is probably the largest family history gathering in the world. It typically attracts 12,000 to 15,000 attendees each year. It is always held at the Olympia Centre in London, England. Past conferences have typically been held on Friday through Sunday. However, the show's organizers have announced a change for the 2014 show: it will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 20 to 22 February, 2014. The format of the 2014 will remain similar to past events: more than 150 free workshops, free services which can identify and date military memorabilia... Dick Eastman

Ireland’s General Register Office Records Finally to Go Online

Thu, 2013-05-23 09:14
I received the following note from Steven C. Smyrl FIGRS, MAPGI, the Executive Liaison Officer for the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations: The Irish government has announced that indexes to birth, death & marriage records which date from 1845 are soon to be made available through its genealogy portal www.irishgenealogy.ie. This is terrific news, announced in CIGO’s 21st year, the year in which it ‘comes of age’. Founded as the GRO Users Group, but soon after renamed the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations, CIGO began life as a direct response to the 1992 government announcement that the General Register Office... Dick Eastman

6 Best Free Genealogy Programs

Wed, 2013-05-22 21:06
Joanna Maria has published a list of what she believes are the six best FREE genealogy programs. I am not sure if I agree exactly with her list or not, but I will agree with five of the six. The remaining one she listed is a program I have not used so I don't yet have an opinion about that one. The title of "best" is open for discussion but her list is a great starting point for that discussion. You can read Joanna Maria's list of the 6 Best FREE Genealogy Software at http://goo.gl/HqeOC. Dick Eastman

U.S. Version of "Who Do You Think You Are?" Returns to Television on TLC, Starting July 23

Wed, 2013-05-22 21:05
NBC had a very successful series in "Who Do You Think You Are?" but canceled the television programs after three seasons. Producers Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky have since negotiated a deal with TLC Network (see my earlier articles by starting at http://goo.gl/zzidk) and now have announced the premiere date for a new season: July 23 at 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central. Ancestry.com will remain as the sponsor. TLC will air eight one-hour episodes in the new season. The celebrities featured this year include: Christina Applegate, Kelly Clarkson, Cindy Crawford, Chris O’Donnell and Zooey Deschan. You can read more... Dick Eastman

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