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That “Old Book Smell” Is a Mix of Grass and Vanilla

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-06-26 09:55
Do you like the smell of old books? If so, you should realize it is a smell of chemicals. An article by Joachim Koch states, “Lignin, which is present in all wood-based paper, is closely related to vanillin. As it breaks down, the lignin grants old books that faint vanilla scent.” You can read more in the International League for Antiquarian Booksellers web site at http://goo.gl/uuk1n. Perhaps someone could whip up a batch so that some of us could apply it to our newer books to obtain that "old book" smell. Dick Eastman

How to Read ePub eBooks

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-06-25 13:01
I published a Plus Edition article on Sunday in EPUB format that can be read on most ebook readers. That article generated a lot of questions, such as "I have a [brand X] ebook reader but don't know how to read articles on the Web on my device. Can you tell me how to download that article and read it on my device?" Before publishing the article in the newsletter, I did download and read the EPUB version with my iPad Mini. However, there are a dozen or more other brands of ebook readers and I don't have all of... Dick Eastman

Free Access to Irish Records on findmypast.com June 27-30

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-24 17:20
The following announcement was written by findmypast.com: On June 30, 1922, the Public Records Office of Ireland, located at the historic Four Courts in Dublin, caught fire during the Irish Civil War. Tragically a considerable amount of Irish records were destroyed. The fire has had lasting effects – still felt today – as Irish family history requires a unique approach to research than other heritages. To commemorate this anniversary and encourage exploration of Irish genealogy, findmypast.com will offer its full collection of Irish Birth, Marriage and Death indexes free of charge from June 27 to June 30. Anyone searching for... Dick Eastman

Atiz BookDrive Mini Book Scanner

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-24 13:13
Do you have a lot of books that you would like to digitize? Perhaps your local genealogy society or library has the same? A book scanner is much easier to use than a typical flatbed scanner or a handheld scanner. You can therefore digitize many more pages per hour with a book scanner than with general-purpose scanners. Several years ago, I wrote an article about the BookDrive Pro. It is designed to scan books, maps, newspapers, and other documents without inducing any page curl and with minimal handling of the documents. The result is sharper images and little or no... Dick Eastman

Star Wars Paternity Test

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-24 12:42
Seen on a t-shirt at Woot.com: You can buy the t-shirt at http://shirt.woot.com/offers/paternity-test. Dick Eastman

How to Travel to the 2014 World Acadian Congress: Ride a Bicycle

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-24 12:27
The Congrès mondial acadien is a gathering held every five years and it unites the Acadian diaspora from all over the world. Many activities are planned over a two week period from August 8th to the 24th, 2014. For details, see my earlier article at http://goo.gl/6Q19u and the 2014 World Acadian Congress home page at http://cma2014.com/. Several thousand attendees will travel to Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec via automobile, airline, train, bus lines, and bicycles. Bicycles? Yes, a group of northern Maine cyclists are preparing to unveil a ride aimed at highlighting the host regions using two wheels. The group... Dick Eastman

How to Transfer Your Data from PAF and Other Programs to a New Program

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-24 10:13
A newsletter reader obviously read the recent article of Personal Ancestral File (PAF) Is Discontinued at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2013/06/personal-ancestral-file-paf-is-discontinued.html and was worried about transferring her data to a new program. She wrote: Do any of the new programs allow me to transfer my data direct from PAF or do I have to type all the data I already have to a new program? I thought I would answer here in the newsletter in case anyone else has the same question. In short, you do not have to re-type all your data on the keyboard. All of today's genealogy programs allow for direct... Dick Eastman

EU Regulation Could Restrict Genealogical Research Throughout Europe

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-24 05:00
Access to old parish, local, and national vital records throughout Europe would be restricted immediately if a proposed European Union regulation on data protection is passed. The Genealogical Society of Ireland's secretary of the organisation, Michael Merrigan, said the EU proposed general data protection regulation requires public records held by the State, including public records at Ireland's General Register Office, such as birth certificates, to be considered as personal information. “For data protection purposes, we could end up in a situation where genealogical, biographical, historical or even journalistic research will be in some way curtailed,” he said. You can read... Dick Eastman

7 Facts About Naming a Royal Baby

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-24 04:00
Just be glad you didn't have this much complexity when naming your children! As Prince William and his wife prepare to welcome their first child into the world, the RoyalCentral web site produced a list of facts to help you all understand what goes into naming a royal baby. It is complex. You can read the article at http://goo.gl/37mFx. Dick Eastman

(+) How to Create EPUB Files for use in eBooks

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sun, 2013-06-23 17:00
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. Please do not forward this article to others without the author’s permission. NOTE: Just to prove that I do use the technology that I write about, this article is available in EPUB format at: https://www.dropbox.com/l/bn8LQ7YkatecXvebDWVWA9. It is available free of charge to everyone, Plus Edition subscribers and non-subscribers alike. However, you will need an ebook reader that will read EPUB files in order to view it. (As mentioned in the article, Amazon's popular Kindle is the one ereader that cannot read EPUB documents.) The instructions for... Dick Eastman

A Page for Ireland Added to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sun, 2013-06-23 09:39
For your info: I added a page for genealogy events being held in Ireland to the Calendar of Genealogy Events as there is now one listing there. You can access the Calendar at http://eogn.com/calendar and, while there, you might add any other genealogy events being held in your area. I will add pages for other countries upon request if anyone will add events to those pages. Dick Eastman

Finding a Place Called Home : An African American Guide to Genealogy and...

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New Ancestry FAMILY TREE MAKER 2012 Software w/Companion Guide & 20% OFF Coupon

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Book Review: Jesse James, Soul Liberty

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-22 18:00
The following book review was written by Bobbi King: Jesse James, Soul Liberty. Volume I. By Eric F. James. Published by Cashel Cadence House, Danville KY. 2012. 411 pages. Eric James was asked to take on the task of researching and writing the story of the James family, specifically the many members of the family who merited fair consideration distinct from the myth and legend of the notorious outlaw brothers Frank and Jesse. Mr. James succeeds in acquainting us with a family of characters who do deserve to be featured apart from the tarnished brothers. The book’s subtitle, “Behind the... Dick Eastman

Solve a Genealogy Mystery and Earn $1,000

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-22 17:41
Even experienced researchers need help! Mary Alice Newsom Dell, a family history columnist, genealogy instructor, and long-time researcher is offering a $1,000.00 reward to anyone who can provide her with a valid document providing a link between Henry Newsom and his unknown father. Despite having documented kinship to over 50 Colonial ancestors, Henry has her stumped! Henry was recorded in the 1800 Rowan County, North Carolina, census. This record and his name in a 1797 estate probate papers of a merchant’s accounts in adjoining Randolph County are the only records either before or after that time period that she has... Dick Eastman

They Became Americans - Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins

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A Further Explanation of Google Voice

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-22 11:30
This has nothing to do with genealogy, but... I have written a number of times about Google Voice, a service that I love and use frequently. I have already placed two telephone calls today via Google Voice and received one. The day is not over yet. You can find the articles I have written in past newsletters if you start at http://goo.gl/HGB2E. In recent days I have received several requests for further explanations of Google Voice. Those who sent the messages seemed confused over what the service offers. Apparently, my earlier articles dived into the "techie stuff" too quickly without... Dick Eastman

Kinograph Brings Old Movies Out of the Dark

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-22 09:33
Old films may be nostalgic but they also play a significant role in cultural preservation. Digitizing them however, can cost thousands of dollars so a New York designer has developed an open source tool that makes transforming film affordable for anyone. The technology works on 35mm, 16mm, and 8mm movies, including old home movies. So far, the Kinograph seems to have been used mostly for converting old Hollywood movies but the technology should work on those old home movies you are keeping in the closet. However, you cannot go out and purchase a Kinograph off the shelf. An online video... Dick Eastman

Amazing: an Overworked and Often Mis-used Word

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-22 07:00
It happened again. A lesser-known company in the genealogy business sent a press release to me this morning, obviously hoping I would publish it in my newsletter. After reading the announcement, I wasn't very impressed with this new product. However, what really turned me off was the frequent use of the word "amazing." "This amazing new product..." "These amazing stories..." "You will be amazed..." It sounded like an infomercial on late-night television from Ronco-Popeil. "This amazing product slices and dices..." I wasn't too impressed with the rest of the announcement, either. Once I mentally removed the word "amazing" from the... Dick Eastman

Google Play versus Google Books

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-22 01:00
A newsletter reader sent an email message and asked, "Could you comment on difference between Google Books and Google Play? A few years ago most books were digital to your screen. Since Google Play, I find it hard to find any book to view digitally on my computer screen." I answered the question in email but also decided to publish it here in case others have the same question: I think you want to go back to Google Books to find older books. The two services are very different from each other, designed for entirely different purposes. Google Play at... Dick Eastman

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