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Ohio’s History Museum Considering a Move to Downtown Columbus

The Ohio History Connection is considering moving its museum Downtown, perhaps to a riverfront location. Burt Logan, executive director and chief executive officer of the organization, stressed that a decision to move the museum, now at E. 17th Avenue and I-71, has not been finalized. However, talks about a move are underway, he said. The appeal of moving Downtown would be “a more visible and more accessible location.”

Details may be found in an article by Alan Johnson in the Columbus Dispatch at

A Major Marriage: RootsMagic and Family Historian to become Tightly Integrated with MyHeritage’s Huge Databases

Genealogists have seen this major trend developing in the past few years and a new announcement today qualifies as a major step forward in that trend. Two very popular genealogy programs will soon have direct “hooks” into the databases on MyHeritage. Best of all, these programs will directly use MyHeritage’s Smart Matching™ and Record Matching technologies as they automatically search through millions of family trees and billions of global historical records available on MyHeritage to find your relatives. The beneficiaries of this marriage will be the genealogists who use either of these programs.

NOTE: I will also point out that MyHeritage is the sponsor of this newsletter. However, I think I would write the same words in this article whether they are the sponsor or not.

RootsMagic and Family Historian are both very powerful genealogy programs and have many loyal users around the world. MyHeritage is known primarily as a genealogy web site that not only has billions of records available but also has matching services called Smart Matching™ and Record Matching. I have been a big fan of these two technologies for some time and was happy to learn that the databases and the Smart Matching™ and Record Matching technologies are being integrated into two leading genealogy programs.

RoosTech Global Contest Challenges App Developers to Significantly Impact Growing Family History Industry

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA—24 November 2014: RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, announced today its Innovator Challenge (, a first of its kind global competition to encourage developers to create apps and technology-based experiences that will shape the future of the growing family history industry. The contest will culminate with a hybrid Shark Tank, America’s Got Talent-like live event where judges and thousands of viewers will decide the winners. The challenge is open for submissions now through January 15, 2015, and will award $25,000 in total cash prizes among four finalists. Interested developers should register for the contest online at

Pembrokeshire is first Welsh Council to Add Burial Records to Deceased Online

The following announcement was written by Deceased Online:

Records for 11 cemeteries and crematorium now available online

All burial and cremation records for Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) have been digitized and added to the specialist family history website

Pembrokeshire County Council (Welsh language: Cyngor Sir Penfro) is the local government authority for one of the 22 principal areas of Wales with a rich cultural and social history. Located in the extreme South West of Wales, key towns in the county include Fishguard, Haverfordwest (the administrative centre), Milford Haven, Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, Tenby and Britain’s smallest city, the historic St David’s with its beautiful cathedral.

Family Tree DNA Announces a Holiday Sale

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Here is an opportunity to test your own DNA at a discount or, perhaps even better, to give a DNA test as a Christmas gift. This morning, Family Tree DNA announced a holiday sale that will last through 11:59 PM Central Time on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2014.

Best of all, there will be a new Mystery Reward every week. Customers can use the discount or can share it with a friend. In addition, all customers who have purchased the Big Y test will receive a coupon for $50 off a Big Y test.

Details may be found at

London Probate Search Rooms Closing December 2014 to be Replaced by New On-Line Index to Wills from 1858

The following announcement has been made by HM Courts & Tribunals Service. A response from the Society of Genealogists is also attached at the end:

London Probate Search Facility

“As of Friday the 12th December, the Probate Service will make available our records from 1858 to the present and the records of some soldiers who died on active military service between 1860 and 1982 (predominantly those who died in the First World War) for searching online.

You can search, order and receive copies direct from your own computer without waiting for the Probate Registry to send them to you.

You can search and if there is a match you will be informed straightaway. You then decide if you wish to pay £10 and order the documents.

Book Review: Silent Legacy

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Silent Legacy
by Diana Church. Self-published. 2014. 298 pages.

Silent Legacy opens with the discovery of a recently deceased, spinsterish eighty-five-year woman who lived and died alone, leaving behind a box of genealogy papers, an 1888 journal, old photos, a 1902 death certificate, and her last will and testament. The will bequests a considerably large amount of monies to a local heritage association, pursuant to the investigation and resolution. A last will and testament is deemed valid. The requirements, before disbursing a considerable amount of money to a heritage association, are to identify why her brother was confined to the Mercy Hospital for the Insane as the Bureau of Indian Affairs took away his land, and to identify the family history of her parents to determine why her mother insisted Helen and her brother never marry. Once the questions are answered, the estate will disburse the remaining amount of monies, to the San Francisco Heritage Association. Ellen O’Donnell is hired to solve the mysteries.

(+) Opening Word files in Google Drive when using Microsoft Word for iPad

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

This is a follow-up to my recent Plus Edition article (+) How I Ditched My Laptop for a Tablet Computer that was published at Today’s article will only interest anyone using Microsoft Word for iPad.

A newsletter reader posted a question in the Comments section at the end of the article: “It appears the Microsoft Office Word and Excel iPad apps only support documents stored on or saved to their own Cloud server, One Drive, and DropBox, not Google Drive at the present time at least. If anyone knows of a workaround, please let us know.”

I decided to answer in the Plus Edition web site so that other iPad users who wish to use Microsoft Word for iPad will also see the instructions.

Seattle Mayor Pardons “Tofurky”

This has nothing to do with genealogy. However, since I am a vegan and won’t be eating turkey on Thanksgiving, I had to smile when I read about Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s proclamation at City Hall on Friday. He proclaimed, “I, Mayor Murray, pardon Braeburn the Tofurky.”

Mayor Murrary pardoned the tofu turkey and challenged the Seattle City Council to a food drive.

“Only in Seattle,” tweeted the Washington Secretary of State office.

The Official Thanksgiving Day has Moved Around a Bit

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated as a holiday in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. The Canadians now celebrate the holiday on the second Monday of October while the holiday is on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Those dates have changed over the years, however.

Canada’s Chief Librarian and Archivist Reflects on his First Six Months

When Montreal historian Guy Berthiaume started a five-year term as Canada’s chief librarian and archivist in June, he inherited a demoralized institution reeling from budget and job cuts. Previous Library and Archives Canada (LAC) chief Daniel Caron was criticized by library and archives professionals across Canada for being aloof, remote and unqualified.

Berthiaume was recently interviewed by Chris Cobb of the Ottawa Citizen newspaper and web site. Berthiaume discussed some of the problems he faces. You can not only read about the interview but also watch a video at

How Genealogy Became Almost as Popular as Porn

Time Magazine says, “…genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the U.S. after gardening, according to ABC News, and the second most visited category of websites, after pornography.”


Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

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Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

(+) How I Ditched My Laptop for a Tablet Computer

(+) A Tablet Computer that Runs Windows 8.1 for $99

(+) Follow-Up: A Tablet Computer that Runs Windows 8.1 for $99

Talk to Your Family This Holiday Season

Was the First Thanksgiving Held in Florida?

A New Fad Sweeps the Country in 1870s

“Second Cousins,” “Once Removed”, and More Explained in Chart Form

FamilySearch Photo Duplication Services to be Discontinued

Family Film Offers a Glimpse of ‘Three Minutes In Poland’ Before Holocaust

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Utah

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.

FamilySearch Photo Duplication Services to be Discontinued

According to a recently-updated wiki page at

“Photo duplication Services will be discontinued as of December 5, 2014. As of this date, existing orders will be completed, but new orders will not be accepted.

“Second Cousins,” “Once Removed”, and More Explained in Chart Form

It’s simple: “Figure out the common ancestor between two relatives. Then select the relationship of the first relative to the common ancestor in the top row. Move down to the row that corresponds to the relationship of the second person to the common ancestor. The result is the relationship of the second person to the first.”

OK, so maybe that isn’t so simple after all. I am not sure if a chart is worth a thousand words or not but a cousin relationship chart at does save a lot of words. It is easier to understand than the above explanation.

See you yourself at

The Great Stink of 1858 in London

NOTE: I suggest you not read this article just before dinner. However, it describes a major problem that many of our ancestors faced, in London and elsewhere.

Modern developed cities of millions produce a lot of waste, not the least of which is that produced directly by the population. Over time, people have developed infrastructure to remove this waste quickly to avoid infection and contamination of ground water. For much of the world and for much of human history, however, the process of waste disposal has been much less sterile and impersonal.

About 150 years ago, London saw the formal opening of a great sewage system constructed by the Metropolitan Board of Works and its engineer, Joseph Bazalgette (1819-1891). Prior to this, an increasing proportion of London’s sewage was routed into the Thames (via drains set up originally for surface water), leading to dreadful pollution and the Great Stink of 1858.

The Great Stink, sometimes called the Big Stink, was a time in the summer of 1858 during which the smell of untreated human waste and effluent from other activities was very strong in central London. The stench prompted London authorities to accept a sewerage scheme proposed by Joseph Bazalgette, implemented during the 1860s.

Family Film Offers a Glimpse of ‘Three Minutes In Poland’ Before Holocaust

In 2009, Glenn Kurtz stumbled across some old family films in a closet in his parents’ house in Florida. One of the films, shot more than 70 years earlier by his grandparents while on vacation in Europe, turned out to include footage of his grandfather’s hometown of Nasielsk in Poland, taken in 1938, a year before the Nazi occupation. Only approximately 80 of the 3,000 Jews living in Nasielsk in 1939 survived the war.

Glenn Kurtz quickly recognized the brief footage as a crucial link in a lost history. He gave it to the Holocaust Museum where it was digitized and made available on the Web. One day, Kurtz heard from a young woman who had watched the video on the Holocaust Museum’s website. As the camera panned across the faces of children, she recognized her grandfather as a thirteen-year-old boy. Moszek Tuchendler of Nasielsk was now eighty-six-year-old Maurice Chandler of Florida, and when Kurtz meets him, the lost history of Nasielsk came into view. Chandler’s laser-sharp recollections created a bridge between two worlds, and he helped Kurtz eventually locate six more survivors, including a ninety-six-year-old woman who also appears in the film, standing next to the man she would later marry.

Announcing RootsTrust, a Genealogy Program for Windows, Macintosh and Linux

This sounds interesting. A new genealogy program works on all the popular desktop and laptop operating systems. It even will operate directly from a flash drive, not requiring installation on a hard drive. I suspect hard drive installation will result in faster operation, however.

The following announcement was written by the folks at Atavus, Inc.:

On October 31, 2014 Atavus, Inc. officially released rootstrust, an advanced genealogy program that runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It is one of the few genealogy programs that is portable across all three operating systems.

Atavus calls its product a genealogical data management system (GDMS), which is a computer program designed to manage relationships between people, and relationships between people and places as well as historical and administrative relationships between places and other places. A GDMS also allows users to import and export data, generate family tree charts and other textual reports, link document and multimedia image files as well as websites to the objects it manages: Persons, Families, Events, Places, Sources and Repositories (libraries, archives museums and private collections).

(+) How I Ditched My Laptop for a Tablet Computer

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

As a frequent traveler who also lives in a high tech world, I am always looking for ways to travel lighter, with less luggage, and with less effort. I started out years ago traveling with a 12-pound laptop computer with a black-and-white screen and two floppy disk drives (and no hard drive). I think the charger added another three or four pounds to my luggage weight as well. That was state-of-the-art in the 1980s. Of course, I was younger and stronger in those days, and carrying an extra 15 pounds or so wasn’t much of an issue.

In those days I had a separate suitcase just for the laptop, charger, modem, and assorted cables and tools needed to take apart the telephone in a hotel room in order to hook into the phone system and connect to the outside world. This was before the airlines started charging extra for every piece of luggage. The normal method of connecting online in those days was to use a dial-up modem to connect to CompuServe. The World Wide Web and the phrase “wi-fi” hadn’t been invented in the 1980s.

Luckily, technology has improved greatly since those days!


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