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Genealone/Genealone WP 2.0 Has Been Released

Genealone is a product that easily allows you to easily build your own genealogy website. You can use the program to create a freestanding web site or as a WordPress plug-in to add your genealogy information to a blog. Whether you want to start a simple pedigree page, build a large genealogy website with thousands of persons and complicated family relations, add your family tree to your WordPress blog or you just want to write down your genealogy data in private, Genealone probably is a good choice for you.

With Genealone, everything is as simple and intuitive as possible. Even installation is easy. You can view a number of web sites created with Genealone by starting at

David Nebesky has now released an update to the program. Genealone 2.0 adds the following new features and improvements:

Ancestral Background can be Determined by Fingerprints

Really? That seems unlikely but a study at North Carolina State University finds that it is possible to identify an individual’s ancestral background based on his or her fingerprint characteristics — a discovery with significant applications for law enforcement and anthropological research.

New Passenger Lists Go Online on TheGenealogist

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:


RMS Campania, one of the ships included in the passenger lists.

TheGenealogist has just released five million Emigration BT27 records as part of their growing immigration and emigration record set. These contain the historical records of passengers who departed by sea from Britain in the years between 1896 and 1909. These new records significantly boosts the already strong Immigration, Emigration, Naturalisation and passenger list resources on TheGenealogist.

Dozens Attend Taping of PBS’s “Genealogy Roadshow” in Providence

Last week I wrote, “Genealogy Roadshow” to Videotape in Rhode Island This Week and You Can Attend. The article is available at The event obviously was a success, as described by Linda Borg in the Providence Journal. She writes:

“On Sunday, the PBS television show “Genealogy Roadshow” came to the Providence Public Library, drawing dozens of truth-seekers and history buffs. The show’s producers sought out New England residents with fascinating stories, people hoping to solve a family mystery or fill in a missing link.

“A team of experts spent weeks combing through family heirlooms, letters, historical documents, even DNA testing, to find answers to these questions.”

You can read more and also see photos of the event at

New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Seeks New President

There is good news and sad news. It is good news for McKelden Smith: he is retiring and is planning to enjoy the newly-found time available. It is sad news for members of the NYG&B as he will leave behind big shoes to be filled. However, this might also be good news for “a high-energy, entrepreneurial leader with strategic business-building skills who also has a deep interest in family history.” If that is you, or if it is someone you know, you will be interested in this announcement from the NYG&B:


The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) has announced that McKelden Smith, president of the Society since 2009, will retire in December of this year.

Jeanne Sloane, chairman of the board of trustees, has appointed a search committee and named Stephen Madsen, a member of the board, as its chairman.

On September 24, the full board ratified the selection of PBR Executive Search in New York City to manage the search for a new president. A detailed position description is 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:

(+) The True Expense of Genealogy Research
(+) A Lesson to be Learned From One Library’s Conversion to a Digital Library
Wanted to Rent: New Home for 19,000 Arizona Genealogy Research Documents
eBook: Sources for Genealogical Research at the Austrian War Archives in Vienna (Kriegsarchiv Wien)
Requesting Public Records? Depending on the State, That Could Cost Money
Ancestral Quest is Now Available for Macintosh
Scottish Ancestral Research Company Releases New Records for Major Family History Show
More than 82,000 FamilySearch Volunteers “Fuel the Find” for People Worldwide
FamilySearch opens a new Seattle Family Discovery Center
New FamilySearch Collections: Week of August 17, 2015
New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday
Introducing SNAC
Announcing the Launch of new Website for the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA)
Certificate of Irish Heritage Abandoned
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announces Appointment of Christopher C. Child as Editor of the Mayflower Descendant
Do Not Install Dictation Software on Your Windows or Macintosh Computer!
Run Windows Programs on your Macintosh with Parallels Desktop
Millionaire Property Developer Used Children’s Gravestones to Build a Patio
Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

My Trip to Indianapolis

(+) Will Your Next Primary Computer be a Tablet?

(+) Get a Facelift: Why You Want Your Own Domain Name

(+) Follow-Up: Hands On with QromaScan: A New, Smarter Way to Scan Photos

Blog Your Family Tree

A Remake of the Popular “Roots” Television Program to Air in 2016

“Genealogy Roadshow” to Videotape in Rhode Island This Week and You Can Attend

My Trip to Indianapolis

I must say that I had fun on Saturday in Indianapolis, Indiana. I spoke at an all-day session sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Marion County. I found the society to be a very active and enthusiastic group. It was fun.

The Genealogical Society of Marion County has offices in the former offices of Memorial Park Cemetery. The building is on the grounds of the Cemetery at 9370 East Washington St. The offices have been expanded and now offers an accessible library, as well as the ability to host educational programs, special interest groups and educational meetings. The Genealogical Society of Marion County publishes both Indy Lineages, a bi-monthly newsletter, and Family Quest, a quarterly journal.

If you have ancestry in Marion County or if you live in the county, you need to check out this society! You can read more at

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:

Ireland, Ontario, Connecticut, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events.

All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.

(+) Get a Facelift: Why You Want Your Own Domain Name

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

Domain_namesDo you have a blog or a personal web pages? If so, you want to make it easy for others to find on the World Wide Web. Which do you think works better?


Insert the name of your blog or personal web pages in place of “smithfamily” in the above examples.

For instance, the “real address” of this newsletter used to be, but I found that nobody could remember that. I changed it to and found that most people could remember the four-letter domain name of eogn, which stands for “Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.” The number of readers of this newsletter jumped dramatically within a few weeks after I changed the domain name.

Having your own domain name looks a lot more professional than does “piggybacking” onto someone else’s domain name.

Blog Your Family Tree

Wikipedia’s definition of a blog states, “A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). ”

Blog-iconIndeed, a blog is an easy-to-use web site where you can quickly post thoughts, interact with people, and more. Blogs can be personal, written by one person, or they can be produced by the marketing departments of multi-billion dollar corporations. A blog is simply an easy-to-use process that allows anyone, including you, to “get the word out.” A blog is a great method of publishing whatever you wish to tell the world.

This newsletter is a blog although I don’t use that term very much, preferring to call it a newsletter. I use this newsletter’s web site at to publish the articles that I write and to publish articles from a few other writers whose work I admire. If I had been restricted to publishing the old fashioned way, on paper, this newsletter would not exist; costs of printing and mailing are much too high. However, publishing on the Internet and by e-mail costs very little and sometimes is even free. Wins its Petition of the NYC Municipal Archives Using Freedom of Information Law

In the September 9, 2015 newsletter, I wrote about the petition of Brooke Schreier Ganz and in trying to obtain what should have been public domain records from the New York City Department of Records and Information Services (DoRIS). Now there is good news: the petition was granted!

Reclaim The Records has won its first legal case, winning access to over 600,000 never-before-public genealogical records!

Details may be found at and in Avotaynu Online at

Multiple Redundant Backup is the Best Way to Safeguard Your Photo Collection

I have written numerous times about families who lost their photo collections due to a disaster. That includes physical photographs as well as digital images. Yet when I read about the recent loss suffered by Oakland, California photographer Jennifer Little, I gasped.

Jennifer had 21 hard drives — containing some 70,000 photos spanning more than 10 years — stolen from her apartment. Gone. She had no other backups. Her multiple hard drives WERE her backups. Unfortunately, they all were kept at the same location and all disappeared at the same time. She had no off-site backups.

The First Digital Archive on Moon

I have written before about the need for off-site storage but I never meant this far off-site! Astrobotic Technology Inc. and Lunar Missions Ltd, the company behind the global, inclusive, not-for-profit crowd-funded Lunar Mission One, have signed a deal to send the first digital storage payload to the Moon. The payload will support Lunar Mission One’s ‘Footsteps on the Moon’ campaign, launched yesterday, which invites millions of people to include their footsteps – in addition to images, video and music – in a digital archive of human life that will be placed on the moon during Astrobotic’s first lunar mission.

The announcement at gives very few details but the words “invites millions of people to include their footsteps” sure sounds like they will accept genealogy information.

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

BackUpYourGenealogyFilesIt 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 day of every month, if not more often.

Online Genealogy Programs for Invited Family Members

A newsletter reader asked a question today: “I am wondering if there is an online genealogy program [where the data] can be seen, added to and shared only by family members so that we can all see each other’s descendants.”

I assume my correspondent wants a service that is visible ONLY to invited family members, not to everyone in the world. Indeed, there are many such programs. Actually, they are web sites where such data can be entered and shared, but only visible to people who have been given access to the site.

While I did answer her in email, I thought I would copy my answer to a public article in this newsletter in case anyone else has the same question. Here are a few of the web sites and service I can think of at the moment:

(+) Follow-Up: Hands On with QromaScan: A New, Smarter Way to Scan Photos

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

In last week’s Plus Edition newsletter, I described (at my experiences with the brand-new QromaScan device that converts an iPhone into a scanner. I pointed out a couple of deficiencies with the new product. Now the producing company has fixed one of the major drawbacks with the new release of QromaScan software.

In a letter to all QromaScan customers,  Tony Knight wrote:

Elmire Conklin and Jennie Sweetman Presented with Special Awards for their Five Decades of Genealogical Research

On Thursday, September 24, in a brief ceremony held at the Warwick (New York) Town Hall, Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Historian Dr. Richard Hull presented special awards to Elmire Conklin and Jennie Sweetman.

“I’m honored to introduce to you two long-time Warwick residents,” Hull said, “who through more than five decades of genealogical research have quite literally done more than anyone today and through the deep past to identify and exhaustively research many dozens of Warwick families, many of whom were distinguished citizens of our community and some of them with roots going back many generations.”

“Genealogy Roadshow” to Videotape in Rhode Island This Week and You Can Attend

genealogy_roadshow_logoThe Providence (Rhode Island) Public Library will host a crew from the popular “Genealogy Roadshow” on Sunday, October 4. The show stars genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco and features participants with unique claims and storylines.

The show will feature Providence residents who have (or believe they have) interesting, significant family stories. Chosen stories have been researched by a team of local experts, and will be linked to the history of the community.

(+) Will Your Next Primary Computer be a Tablet?

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

IPad1stGenOne of the trends amongst today’s computer users is the move from traditional desktop and laptop computers to tablet computers and also to the so-called smartphones. While the desktop and laptop computers remain much more powerful than the smaller devices, the tablets and smartphones are all “good enough” for most tasks, and their mobility is proving to be much more useful than using a big computer on the desk or even a laptop in a briefcase.

Gartner, Inc. now says that tablet computers outsell combined desktop and laptop computers by a six-to-one ratio. (The report is available at

Most of the time, many of us use our computers primarily for accessing the Internet, for word processing, and for email. Those three things are all that many of us need day-to-day. For more advanced uses, both Microsoft Office and the Apple productivity programs are available for tablets. For me and for many others, those tasks are all I need perhaps 99% of time.

An Ontario Parish Has Its History Stolen

Three thefts from churches in Hawkesbury, Ontario have occurred this summer. The most recent theft occurred at the St-Joachim Catholic Church. Thieves stole a safe from the church. It contained a small amount of cash but, more important to genealogists, it also contained the church’s parish registers. It’s all the files of the parish, including christening and marriage records. In some cases the missing papers traced the same families for 130 years as generations lived, married and died there.

Rachelle St-Denis-Lachaine, a longtime resident of Chute-à-Blondeau and volunteer at St-Joachim Catholic Church, said, “These are the parish registers. It’s all the files of the parish, and there are also registers with marriages. These are our memories in these books. There are copies in the archdiocese in Ottawa, but it’s all the baptisms since the 1880s. The baptisms, the marriages, the funerals, so it’s basically the entire history of Chute-à-Blondeau that was in there.”


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