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BillionGraves.com adds FamilySearch Tree Connect

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Thu, 2013-06-13 10:53
BillionGraves.com has added a new feature: FamilySearch Tree Connect. It allows you to attach BillionGraves tombstone images to records on FamilySearch.org. Visitors to FamilySearch.org can then find a record of a deceased individual and then click on a link to view the tombstone image (if available) as stored on BillionGraves.com. The image is accompanied by a text description, the name of the cemetery, and the location. Best of all, it is very easy to use. I would suggest this is the best source citation possible: instead of a bit of text that refers to where someone found the information, an... Dick Eastman

Belfast, Maine's Grove Cemetery Records are now Online

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Thu, 2013-06-13 10:30
Steve Boguen recently finished digitizing the roughly 8,000 handwritten burial records of Grove Cemetery where he has served as superintendent for 34 years. He started the indexing project 10 years ago. Boguen noted that the card indexes are generally more accurate than the tombstones themselves. People sometimes were buried in family plots without an accompanying memorial. Some headstones have deteriorated or disappeared completely. In other cases, a headstone may have been placed in the cemetery "in memory of" someone who had a connection to Belfast but is not actually buried here. The records can be viewed on the city's website... Dick Eastman

Free Guide to Pennsylvania Ancestors

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Thu, 2013-06-13 10:17
The Family History Library staff have now completed a project to improve the Pennsylvania section of FamilySearch Wiki. Special emphasis has been placed on the county pages. Users will find lots of links to online church records, naturalizations, and wills. In this guide, you will find a series of research articles packed with helpful ideas for tracing ancestors in big cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as 67 counties throughout the state. Pennsylvania Online Genealogy Records will help you quickly discover what is available online. In Pennsylvania, birth, marriage, and death records generally do not begin until the late... Dick Eastman

Handheld Magic Wand Scanner for $23.99

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-06-12 21:21
I have written several times about the Magic Wand Handheld Scanner. You can find my earlier articles by starting at http://goo.gl/Y0pKR. I must admit that I love this little scanner that slides into an overcoat pocket or a lady's purse. It scans up to 600 dots per inch and supports pages up to 8½"x14". Being self contained and battery powered, it operates independently, without the need for PC. I have used mine to scan dozens of documents found at archives and many pages from books found in libraries. (Always ask permission first before scanning anything.) I find it to be... Dick Eastman

Historical Will Books from New South Wales to be Published for the First Time by findmypast.com.au

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-06-12 20:30
The following announcement was written by Findmypast.com.au: Findmypast.com.au secures government contract to display NSW will books online 12 June 2013 – Leading family history site, findmypast.com.au, has secured the rights to publish all of the registered wills from New South Wales from 1800 to 1952. As the only genealogy site displaying this information, the tender win is a major coup for findmypast.com.au as it consolidates its strong presence in the Australian market. The collection of will books will be available later this year and will include handwritten copies of the original wills, from about 1800 to 1924, and typed copies... Dick Eastman

Ancestry.co.uk adds an Index to the North Nottinghamshire Register of Voters, 1885

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-06-12 20:21
Last year, Ancestry.co.uk launched images of the North Nottinghamshire Register of Voters for 1885. However, there was no index at that time. The only method of finding people in the Register was to click through the images one at a time, similar to using microfilm. The register has now been updated with an index, meaning it is now possible for users to search the records. These registers list the names of North Nottingham residents who were eligible to vote in elections in 1885. Registers of eligible voters were kept on an annual basis beginning in 1832. This database contains the... Dick Eastman

Library and Archives Canada to Start Charging Fees?

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-06-12 20:08
An internal document from Library and Archives Canada suggests the department is considering a paywall to help pay for digitizing its content, but that plan has been delayed until at least the fall. Part of a plan posted on an archivist's Tumblr blog involves a 10-year agreement with non-profit group Canadiana.org. "The agreement … provides for 10 years of exclusive rights for Canadiana to monetize the collections in exchange for making them accessible online," the document said. Details may be found in an article on the CBC News web site at http://goo.gl/5JFfq. Dick Eastman

(+) Price Reduction on the (Almost) Unlimited Cell Phone Minutes for only $19 per Month

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Wed, 2013-06-12 07:47
In the January 6, 2013 edition of this newsletter, I wrote about a cheap cell phone service that costs $19 a month for (almost) unlimited use. In addition, the customer also had to pay $249 for the cell phone. The company has now reduced the cell phone's price to $199. I made some changes to the original article to reflect the new pricing. Plus Edition subscribers can read the article at http://eogn.com/wp/?p=23432. A Plus Edition user name and password will be required. Dick Eastman

Record Your Life with ParaShoot

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Tue, 2013-06-11 16:23
At first, I didn't think this device had much use for genealogy purposes. Then, after a bit of thought, I realized it could be one of the most powerful tools available today for leaving a legacy for my descendants, telling them what my life was like. In fact, I wish that my ancestors had something like this available during their lives! ParaShoot is a proposed (not yet available) HD video camera that you wear around your neck like a necklace or as a pin attached to your clothing. It is tiny, 1.9 inches by 1.2 inches by less than a... Dick Eastman

(+) Obtain an ISBN Number for Your Self-Published Genealogy Book

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-10 18:11
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. "ISBN" stands for "International Standard Book Number." An ISBN number is an ISO standard and normally is found in all books published in the United States since 1970 and on many books published in other countries as well. Technically, an ISBN number is not a requirement for any book; you may publish books without such a number. However, experience has shown that an ISBN number is required if you want the book to be listed in the many indexing and cataloging systems available. Also, an ISBN... Dick Eastman

Book Review: The Philadelphia Nativist Riots

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-10 16:10
The following book review was written by Bobbi King: The Philadelphia Nativist Riots By Kenneth W. Milano Published by The History Press, Charleston, SC., 2013. 160 pages. In May of 1844, in Kensington, near Philadelphia, the Irish Catholics and the Nativists tangled in a three-day conflict that left destruction and death in the Kensington neighborhood. At the time, the Protestant Nativists prevailed in the reading of the King James Version of the Bible in the local public schools, and when the Catholics eventually pressed for the reading of the Douai, the Catholic version of the Bible, in the schools, a... Dick Eastman

2013 FGS Conference Early-Bird Registration Ends July 1

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-10 15:53
The Federation of Genealogical Societies has sent the following reminder: “Journey through Generations – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists June 10, 2013 – Austin, TX. Discounted early-bird registration for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will continue only until July 1. Early registrants receive a $50 discount for the full four days, or a $20 discount for any single day. Details at http://www.fgsconference.org. The conference will be held 21-24 August 2013 in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. This year’s conference theme is “Journey through Generations, and the local hosts are the Allen County Public... Dick Eastman

Heritage Minister Considers Restoring Some Funding To Library And Archives Canada

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Mon, 2013-06-10 15:33
Library and Archives Canada has been in chaos for the past year or more. Budgets have been slashed to the bone and even into the bone, making it impossible for the government agency to perform its mandated tasks. Employees have been "gagged," not allowed to talk about the agency in any public in-person or online forum without advance permission. Charges of incompetence and financial impropriety have been made. The head of Library and Archives Canada recently was forced to resign. (You can find my recent articles about Library and Archives Canada if you start at http://goo.gl/8qzHz .) Now there is... Dick Eastman

Do You Own Your Genealogy Data?

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sun, 2013-06-09 11:08
Overheard at a genealogy conference yesterday (repeated from memory so the wording might not be exact): Person #1: "I won't put my genealogy information online because I am afraid someone might steal it." Person #2: "Where did you obtain all that information?" Person #1: "From freely available public records, including census records, birth and death records, newspapers, and such." OK, now let me add my own comments and questions: All of those records are always available to everyone else. What is person #1 trying to hide? You may refer to the information you collect as "my ancestry" or "my records,"... Dick Eastman

Friday at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-08 10:48
As I mentioned in yesterday's article, "Family History and DNA" Day at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, this year the conference organizers added a "pre-event" on Thursday that focused on the use of DNA for genealogy. Therefore, I don't know if I should refer to Friday's activities as "Day #1" or as "the second day" of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. Either way, I can tell you it was a good day. In short, everything continued as planned. Attendees enjoyed cool but sunny California weather and the crowds grew bigger. Workshops were held, the exhibits hall opened, meals were held,... Dick Eastman

Announcing "PROJECT 1950" for US Census Locational Searches

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-08 09:23
Steve Morse and Joel Weintraub are at it again: adding even more search capabilities to Steve Morse's great One-Step web site. Here's a quote from an email received from Joel Weintraub: If you wondered how we produced free locational tools for the opening of the 1940 census on the Morse One-Step site, wonder no more and be part of the team to do the same thing for 1950. We have opened up "Project 1950" to prepare searchable ED definitions and street indexes for the opening of the 1950 Census in 2022. With the help of about 125 volunteers we produced... Dick Eastman

Did Your Family Lose a 95-Year-Old Teddy Bear?

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-08 08:36
An antique teddy bear was found more than a year ago in the departure lounge of the Bristol Airport in the west of England. The bear was accompanied by a photograph dated 1918. Airport authorities believe someone accidentally left the items behind and would like to return them to the loving family where they belong. The picture, produced as a postcard from the studio of Dura Ltd., shows a teddy with two small children in light dresses. The older one, her hair tied in ribbons, has her arm around the bear. On the back is written: "With dearest love and... Dick Eastman

Treelines Announces First Family History Storytelling Contest at SCGS Jamboree

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-08 08:35
The following announcement was written by Treelines: June 7, 2013 - Treelines, the winner of the 2013 RootsTech Developer Challenge, will announce tomorrow at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree its first family storytelling contest on the theme of “Getting Started Stories.” Everyone with a fascination for their family’s history, regardless of their level of experience, is invited to share the story about they first got interested. All entries must be composed and published using the Treelines storybuilder, currently available for free to all registered users of the site. “Treelines’ unique site brings storytelling to a new level of expression... Dick Eastman

Genealogy Grant Awarded to Daviess County Public Library

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-08 08:23
The Daviess County Public Library in Owensboro, Kentucky has been awarded a Seton Shields Genealogical Grant. Details are available in Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Roots World Blog at http://goo.gl/YE76H. Dick Eastman

Drew Smith Appointed Chair of FHISO

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Sat, 2013-06-08 08:16
The following announcement was written by the Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc.: Date: 8 June 2013 Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Drew Smith as the first Chair of FHISO, effective 1 July 2013. Drew is currently the Organisational Member Representative to FHISO from the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). “I am deeply honored to have been given this opportunity by the FHISO Board,” Drew said. “As someone who has made a career in information technology and librarianship, I recognize the critical importance of information standards, and as a long-time genealogist,... Dick Eastman

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