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Eat Like Your Ancestors? Not Me!

Perdue’s Harvestland brand, best known for its chicken products sold in grocery stores, used to have an advertising campaign entitled “Eat Like Your Ancestors.” The campaign featured vintage-appearing photography and promoted the antibiotic-free brand that promised to provide all-natural food.

Harvestland, launched in 2006, is the number-one brand of antibiotic-free chicken in the U.S., and the brand’s other lines (which also include certified organic chicken products) are also seeing strong growth, according to Perdue.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 3.7 Million Indexed Records and Images for Belgium, England, Germany, the Philippines, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 3.7 million indexed records and images for Belgium, England, Germany, the Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,807,806 indexed records from the England, London Electoral Registers, 1847–1913 collection; 190,879 indexed records from theUS, Texas, Brownsville Passenger and Crew List of Airplanes, 1943–1964 collection; and 137,815 images from the Philippines, Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1900–1952 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 5.8 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

Paid Writing Opportunity on Family History Daily

The following announcement was written by Melanie Mayo of the Family History Daily:

Family History Daily is currently accepting article submissions from genealogy experts and advanced enthusiasts.

We will be considering descriptive help and how-to articles, easy to implement research guidance, and tips for finding and utilizing genealogy resources. The submission of previously published content that you maintain full rights to is also acceptable. While we welcome submissions on a wide variety of topics, stories focused on a specific surname or family cannot be considered at this time. You may find it helpful to visit for examples of the type of content that resonates with our readers.

U.S. Navy Divers to Help Confederate Ironclad Rise Again

Navy divers from Hampton Roads will soon head to Georgia to help salvage the Confederate ironclad CSS Georgia from the depths of the Savannah River. The warship was scuttled by its own Confederate crew in December 1864 to prevent capture during Union General William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea.” Ever since, it has sat at the bottom of the Savannah River in Georgia.

Never Pay For Mobile Phone Service Again

Note: This article has nothing to do with genealogy. If you are looking for genealogy and history articles, I suggest you skip this one. However, this article reflects one of my other interests: telecommunications, especially low cost or no cost telephone services. I feel that we are being “ripped off” by telephone companies and by cell phone companies. A few smaller companies offer much cheaper services that work just as well as the service from the big conglomerates. If you are interested in reducing your present telephone expenses, you may be interested in this article.

Scratch Wireless is a new start-up that claims to be offering free mobile phone service. In fact, it will be free for many people but I would prefer to call it “free or low-cost” mobile phone service (after purchasing a $99 mobile phone). Let me explain…

The Scratch Wireless service uses Wi-Fi whenever possible. Scratch refers to that as “Wi-Fi First.” However, if there is no Wi-Fi around, the mobile phone will (optionally) use the Sprint nationwide cell phone network as a back up. The phone only uses cellular to fill the gaps. Even then, the use of cellular connections is optional: the Scratch Wireless customer may elect to fall back to (paid) cellular service or to only use free wi-fi connections.

Women’s Surnames at Marriage and Beyond

The Journal of Economic Perspectives has published an article that will be of interest to many genealogists. The article by Claudia Goldin and Maria Shim states:

Throughout U.S. history, few women have deviated from the custom of taking their husband’s name (Stannard, 1977). The earliest known instance of a U.S. woman who retained her surname upon marriage is Lucy Stone, the tireless antislavery and female suffrage crusader, who married in 1855. In the 1920s, a generation after her death in 1893, prominent feminists formed the Lucy Stone League to help married women preserve the identity of their own surnames. But until the late 1970s, almost all women, even the highly educated and eminent, assumed their husband’s surname upon marriage. When prominent women who married before the 1970s wished to keep their maiden names as part of their professional image, they sometimes used their maiden names as their middle names, like the U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor.

New Exclusively Transcribed Record Collection Released From Forces War Records

The following announcement was written by the Forces War Records in Wiltshire, England:

This month, in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of VE Day and the end of the war in Europe, Forces War Records will be releasing a brand new collection of daily reports from the Second World War.

We are really excited about this collection, as it includes detail not available in previously released Second World War data sets. It will give Forces War Records’ users information about what happened to your Army ancestors at very specific times during the war. Almost any military records will give the name, rank and service number of the subject, but officer records traditionally miss off the latter piece of information. In these records however, service numbers are also given for officers. In addition, information on deaths, wounds and prisoners of war is given, along with specific duty locations. Importantly, the collection also gives corrections for previously released lists where soldiers have, for example, been incorrectly recorded as killed or missing but later found to be alive and well.

TheGenealogist Releases 60,000 Railway Worker Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

  • More than 60,000 railway workers have been added to the Occupational Records on TheGenealogist
  • Find details of railway ancestors, where they were employed and what they did
  • Trace your railway worker ancestor’s careers through their promotions
  • Discover when they retired
  • Read obituaries

Click on the above image to view a larger version

Click on the above image to view a larger versionThe Genealogist has added over 60,000 rail workers to its online indexes of Railway Employment Records. Taken from Railway Company Staff magazines these records are useful to family historians with railway employee ancestors, wanting to find important occupation related dates and add some social history to their family tree. These records include such details as staff changes, promotions, pension records, retirements and obituaries. Often additional personal information is revealed in the magazines. In some cases you can read about gifts from co-workers given when rail staff leave.

(+) How to Become an Accredited Genealogist

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

In this newsletter you frequently see letters appended after the names of individuals, such as CG, CGL or AG. This means that the individual has received a genealogy accreditation of some level. This week I thought I would describe the various certifications and tell why perhaps you might be interested in obtaining accreditation.

Accreditation is valuable in many fields. We have CPA ratings for accountants and similar ratings for many other professions. When you hire an accountant, a lawyer, a financial planner, a surgeon, or almost any other professional, you want some assurance that he or she has passed an examination by a certifying board which ensures that its members measure up to proper standards. The same is true in genealogy: you want to hire someone who is qualified and has passed a rigorous examination that results in certification that the person is a certified expert in his or her field.

Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research to Relocate in 2017

The following announcement was written by Samford University:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Samford University has announced that the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) will relocate after the June 2016 institute. The university is working with the IGHR advisory board and other organizations to find a suitable host.

The growth in Samford’s academic programming has resulted in demands on necessary resources that exceed the university’s ability to meet both programs’ requirements for a quality experience for all parties, according to Kimmetha Herndon, dean of Samford University’s Library. The Institute traditionally has been held in June, and that date did not compete with other workshops and conferences held across the U.S. throughout the year. Alternative dates to host the Institute were not available because of the university’s expanded year-round academic programming. This year’s IGHR workshop is June 7-12.

Call for Presentations at the Ontario Genealogical Society’s 2016 Conference

The following was written by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, hosts of the 2016 OGS conference:

The Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto Branch will host the Society’s annual conference on June 3-5, 2016. The Society (OGS) enjoys the largest membership of any Canadian family history organization. The conference theme, “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge”, has been selected to inspire excitement among speakers, exhibitors and attendees alike.

In keeping with this theme, we invite proposals for presentations on: (1) the latest developments in archives, libraries, museums and societies in the heritage sector, (2) recently discovered or released genealogical records, (3) newly developed genealogical databases, transcriptions or indexes, (4) innovative theoretical or methodological approaches to genealogical or historical research, including case histories, (5) cutting-edge technology and its application for family historians, whether in information management, mobile computing, genetic testing and analysis, or other emerging fields.

Family Historians Go Online to Identify Unknown Soldiers and You Can Help

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission says it has seen a steep rise in cases where amateur genealogists and historians believe they have solved the mystery of unidentified war graves. Similar efforts are underway in the U.S. and in European countries that were the scene of World War I and World War II battles.

The ability to search old war records easily online and the popularity of family history programs such as Who Do You Think You Are? and the the Missing In Action Recovery and Identification Project of the University of Wisconsin at Madison shave led many to turn amateur historian and try to identify the graves of missing ancestors.

Make Your Reservation NOW for the NGS 2016 Conference in Fort Lauderdale

If you have ever attended one of the larger national genealogy conferences, you may already know that nearby hotels often are fully booked months in advance of the event. Experienced attendees know they need to make their room reservations months in advance, even a year in advance is a good idea. Next year’s annual conference of the National Genealogical Society will be held in Fort Lauderdale, a very popular vacation resort in the springtime. You might want to make your reservations now. I made mine yesterday.

The conference will be held in the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, a first-class conference facility. I have attended a couple of non-genealogy events in that convention center in the past and can tell you it is a great location. I can also tell you it is adjacent to Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades cruise ship port, a location that is crowded when cruise ships arrive or are about to depart. Many people who are going on or returning from cruises spend a night or two in the nearby hotels. Such cruises are typically planned many months in advance so hotel reservations are also booked many months ahead of time. If you don’t want to be forced to spend your nights in a hotel several miles away, you might want to make your reservation now.

Alabama Senate Approves Bill to Abolish Marriage Licensing

A newly-proposed piece of legislation in Alabama might have a minor impact on genealogy record-keeping. The state’s constitution declares marriage to be between a man and a woman. However, federal courts are attempting to force the state to issue marriage licenses for same-sex marriages. Alabama Senate Bill 377 proposes to end marriage licensing and replace them with a contract process.

According to the text of the bill, it would abolish the requirement to obtain a marriage license from the judge of probate.

Book Review: The People of Ireland 1600-1699, Part Four

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

The People of Ireland 1600-1699, Part Four
by David Dobson
Printed for Clearfield Co. by Genealogical Publishing Co., 2014. 114 pages.

Mr. Dobson gathered the 17th-century names of “ordinary people” whose roots were native to Ireland, or who were immigrant English, with a few names of Huguenot and Dutch immigrants. These collected names can be used to identify locations of families during the 1600s. Those persons of Scottish origin are collected in Mr. Dobson’s Scots-Irish Links, 1575-1725, and are not included in the People of Ireland works.

Mr. Dobson writes that there are few church baptism, marriage, and burial records from the Irish Catholic parishes before the mid-1750s. Presbyterian church records date from the 1670s, and the Quakers maintained records from the 1650s. As the predominant religion, the missing Catholic records represent a significant amount of missing data. Mr. Dobson accessed a considerable amount of material not available to the ordinary researcher, along with primary sources such as governmental records and references found in Irish, British, and European sources.

Help for Texas Flood Victims to Salvage Wet Documents and Heirlooms

Conservators and students at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information are available to provide advice and limited disaster recovery assistance to help this weekend’s flood victims salvage damaged family treasures. Wet papers and photographs, textiles, scrapbooks, books and other sentimental objects should be frozen, if possible, and not thrown out, the conservators say.

Losing such items can be devastating after disasters such as floods. Luckily, many things can be salvaged with proper guidance.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 1.7 Million Indexed Records and Images for Australia, China, India, Peru, the Philippines, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 1.7 million indexed records and images for Australia, China, India, Peru, the Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 327,195 images from the Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874–1996 collection; 275,449 images from the Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890–2005 collection; and 249,700 images from the Peru, San Martín, Civil Registration, 1850–1999 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 5.8 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

The notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few hours ago. Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

(+) How to Use the GPS You May Already Own but Didn’t Know You Had

(+) Rescue Old Photos and Documents: Make a Humidification Chamber

Google Power Search: How to Search by a Date Range and Why You Might Want To

How to use the Upper Saint John Valley (Northern Maine and Northwestern New Brunswick) Historical Land Grant Database to Find Your Ancestors

Mocavo Announces: U.S. Federal Census Images & Viewer are now Free for Everyone Forever

How Castle Garden Records Burned in the Ellis Island Fire

NGS Introduces Four New Research in the States Books: California, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nebraska

(+) How to Use the GPS You May Already Own but Didn’t Know You Had

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

GPS (Global Positioning System) devices are very useful tools for genealogists. These devices can be used to find locations easily and are often accurate plus or minus ten feet or so. Genealogists typically use GPS receivers to find or to document cemetery tombstone locations as well as to find old homesteads, courthouses, libraries, or even fast-food restaurants when traveling on research trips.

I have frequently used the U.S. Government’s Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) at to locate old cemeteries, even small ones of only a dozen graves or even less. The information provided in the GNIS includes the exact latitude and longitude of each named feature, including cemeteries. GNIS provides the exact location of the entrance to each cemetery although not the location of individual tombstones within the cemetery. The GNIS data is “read only.” That is, you read the information in a web browser and then manually copy the displayed latitude and longitude into a GPS receiver of your choice. More sophisticated and easier-to-use systems are now available.

Mocavo Announces: U.S. Federal Census Images & Viewer are now Free for Everyone Forever

The folks at have posted an announcement that says (in part), “Today, we are thrilled to announce that for the first time anywhere, the indexes and images for all United States Federal Census are now available for free to everyone.” This is good news for anyone researching U.S. ancestry.


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