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Tom Bergeron on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

This Sunday, August 30 at 9/8c TLC will air TV host’s Tom Bergeron’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

In the episode, Tom Bergeron sets out to unravel the murky history of his paternal roots. Tracing back over 400 years, he uncovers the dramatic story of his 10x great-grandparents, who endured brutal warfare and starvation in France. Then Tom follows their daughter, who was orphaned as a teenager and bravely set off across the Atlantic, playing a significant role in establishing the New World.

Catch a sneak peek of the episode at:

Keep Notes with Google Keep

google-keepGoogle Keep is a syncing notepad that connects to Google Drive. It also supports photo notes, voice notes, and checklists. It is available for Chrome browsers  on Windows and Macintosh, for Android devices, and for Chromebooks. It can be an excellent tool for taking notes in the field or for transcribing information found in books and old documents. It also saves audio notes meaning you can dictate any notes or old documents into the app to save and play them back later. (It doesn’t convert your spoken words to text, however.)

It also creates excellent to-do lists. Set a location-based reminder to pull up your grocery list right when you get to the store. The next time you go to the store, share your shopping list with your spouse or significant other on Keep and watch as items get checked off in real time. There is no need for text messages back and forth.

RootsTech Innovator Showdown – $100,000 in Prizes

I wrote about this a few weeks ago (at but further details are available now so I’ll write about it again. Developers and entrepreneurs will be interested to know of a one-of-a-kind event and opportunity to win $100,000 in total prizes in the RootsTech Innovator Showdown 2016.

I watched the announcements at the 2015 event and must say I was impressed with the products announced. They all were first-class. I suspect the same will be true of the 2016 event. Quoting from the Rootstech web site at

FamilySearch International is inviting innovators from around the globe and from all industries to develop the next generation of mobile and social applications to impact discovering, preserving, and sharing family connections across generations.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of browsable Manchester electoral registers, death & admission records from two Derbyshire hospitals, new additions to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers and a fascinating petition drawn up by early settlers in New Zealand.

Manchester electoral registers Browse 1832-1900

Those of you with Manchester ancestors can now browse through over 330,000 Manchester electoral registers. Spanning nearly 70 years (1832-1900), the register record a fascinating period of the city’s history. By 1835, Manchester’s booming cotton and manufacturing Industries had made it the first and greatest industrial city in the world. This triggered a population explosion as people from all over the UK flocked to the city in search of work, many of whom were forced to live in squalid conditions in the city’s newly formed slums. The registers include both the registers for local government elections Parliamentary Elections. Electoral Registers are annually compiled lists of all adults eligible to vote and typically list a person’s name, address and the type of property they owned or rented that qualified them to vote. The registers are a valuable census substitute and, as they begin after the Repeal Act of 1832, record all levels of society ranging from wealthy captains of industry to desperately poor slum tenants.

Really Cheap e-book Deals

FiftyShadesI have written often about the advantages of e-books. It used to be frustrating when e-books cost as much as printed books despite the obvious facts that publishing costs for e-books are significantly lower than the costs of  publishing traditional books. Luckily, that is now changing.

Writing in the Cheapskate Blog, Rick Broida writes that Google Play has a huge, limited-time e-book sale going on right now. This isn’t one or two high-profile books accompanied by a bunch you’ve never heard of; the selection includes one bestseller after another. Most of them can be purchased for $1.99 or $2.99 with a very few at higher prices. The highest-priced e-book I see on the list sells for $4.99, still a fraction of the price of the same book printed on paper. You can read the books on Windows, Macintosh, iPad, or Android devices.

Providence, Rhode island, House Directories Now Available Online

ProvidenceHouseDirectoryThe Providence City Archives has announced the completion of a project to scan the Providence House Directories. The directories were published between 1895 and 1935 and are an invaluable resource for those conducting genealogy research, house research, neighborhood demographic change, and occupancy patterns. Basic entries in the more than 20,000 pages of information are organized by street (unlike the city directories).

Individual name listings for each address in many cases indicate occupation and whether the resident is a boarder or owner of the property. Additional directory sections include information on parks, businesses, churches, clubs, theaters, cemeteries, places of amusement and basic census data.

Canadian Genealogy at the Maine State Library

An article in the August 2015 Edition of the Maine State Library Genealogy Newsletter caught my eye. Canadian Genealogy at Maine State Library describes the many resources of that library for anyone researching Canadian ancestry, especially those who migrated to Maine. Since 50% of my ancestors moved from Canada to Maine, you KNOW that I paid attention! However, many of these resources are not specific to Maine. There are many, many books and microfilms with special concentration on resources from Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and] Prince Edward Island. If your ancestry came from those provinces, I suspect you will find a lot of interesting things to look at in the latest Maine State Library Genealogy Newsletter.


Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back)

I have written a number of times about Chromebooks, the inexpensive and very useful laptop computers. (See for a list of my past articles about Chromebooks.)

chromebookI have owned a Chromebook for three years or so and use it often. It is very secure, boots up quickly, and it only cost about $200. Best of all, its software is always up to date, the same as the newest Chromebooks. The newer Chromebooks may be a bit lighter and have faster processors, but my older system’s software is identical to what is installed in the brand-new Chromebooks.

Unlike Microsoft and Apple products, Chromebooks automatically update the operating system whenever a new version is released. Most releases are small, incremental improvements and are released every few weeks. There is never a huge download like Windows 10 or the Macintosh OS X Yosemite that change lots of things and sometimes break installed programs.

(+) My Favorite Way to Easily Save Cell Phone Photos

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

I have more than 3,000 photos and videos stored in my cell phone. That includes pictures of my grandchildren, photos from genealogy conferences, images of old documents found in various archives, recipes that I “photo-copied” from magazines, bills, receipts, and even a few billboards I enjoyed and decided to save.

Of course, I want to copy all of these items to one or more cloud-based services as well as to my own computers for long-term storage and preservation. Over the past year or two, I have experimented with programs that copy photos from a cell phone to Amazon Cloud Drive (Amazon Prime members can upload unlimited photos free of charge), Google Drive (free of charge for up to 15 gigabytes), Dropbox (free of charge for up to 2 gigabytes), (up to 15 gigabytes free of charge), and several other services.

AncestryDNA will now Display Your DNA Matches in a Whole New Way with Shared Matches

AncestryDNA just released a new matching tool called Shared Matches. This new tool will help you see your matches in a whole new way, giving you clues about the common ancestor that may have given both you and your match the DNA you share today. And as a bonus, if you have had a parent tested, you now can see which matches you have in common with them using the mother or father filter.

The Shared Matches tool will show you which matches you and any given match on your list share in common. You can use this new tool to help narrow down your matches to a particular side of your family. It’s especially helpful if you’ve had a parent tested because once you have a parent tested, you’ll see a new filter at the top of your match list that lets you find the DNA matches that you share with your mom or dad.

Help Wanted: Front-End Developer at Geni

Are you an experienced programmer with knowledge of JavaScript, including jQuery and Backbone.js, HTML5, CSS, Sprockets, Sass, Ruby and the Rails Framework? Would you like a job in Burbank, California? A knowledge of genealogy probably would help as well.

Geni, a division of MyHeritage, is hiring. The help wanted ad may be found at


We Are All Related! So Get Over It.

Hillary_Clinton_Donald_TrumpPolitics are saturating the U.S. news media once again as candidates vie for the presidential elections, still more than a year away. Every four years, news services “discover” that various candidates are related to one another. This week’s news is that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are 19th cousins. Their common ancestors include John of Gaunt, the duke of Lancaster, and third wife Katherine Swynford at the end of the 14th century — a century before Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

I have one reaction: “Ho hum, so what else is new?”

14 Volumes of Genealogical Lists of Irish-Jewish Families Presented to Dublin City

Fourteen rare volumes of genealogical lists of Irish-Jewish families in Ireland were presented to Dublin City Council’s Library and Archive today. The volumes were gifted by Stuart Rosenblatt, President of the Genealogical Society of Ireland. The set of 14 volumes presented by Stuart to the people of Dublin at Dublin City Library & Archive, is one of only five sets, and therefore is of immense rarity.

The Hunt for Heirs of a Photographer’s Collection Potentially Worth Millions

Vivian_MaierHere is a genealogy story in the making. Vivian Maier was an amateur street photographer whose brilliant work catapulted her to worldwide fame only after her death. The negatives of her photographs are now probably worth millions. Vivian had no children so the fortune should go to her closest relative: her long-lost brother Charles. However, he died nearly 40 years ago in a small town in central New Jersey. It is unknown if he had any children.

Genealogist Ann Marks, a former executive at Dow Jones & Co., said she hoped that going public with the information would prompt those who may have known Charles to come forward and shed more light on the Maier family history, perhaps staving off what could be a protracted legal fight in the slow-moving probate court. “To me the search to find heirs is as interesting as Vivian herself,” Marks, 57, said from her Long Island home.

Board for Certification of Genealogists Welcomes Five Trustees – Two New and Three Re-Elected

The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists:

bcg-logoReturning for another three-year term as trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists are:

  • Alison Hare, CG, of Ottawa, Ontario. She has been certified since 1999. She presented a lecture on the 1854 London cholera epidemic at this year’s National Genealogical Society conference.
  • Debra S. Mieszala, CG, of Libertyville, Illinois. She has been certified since 2002. She blogs at “The Advancing Genealogist” and specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th-century research, and the Midwest.
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, of Avenel, New Jersey. She has been certified since 2012, serves on the executive committee this year as member-at-large, and speaks at conferences coast to coast.

Genealogy Jamboree 2016 Call for Presentations

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree:

The Southern California Genealogical Society announces its Call for Presentations for the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 3 – 5, 2016 with a pre-conference day on Thursday, June 2, 2016, to include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth workshops, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. This call also includes the 2016 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. Presentations will only be accepted through the online portal August 20 – September 30, 2015.

Genealogy Jamboree draws family historians and genealogists at all experience levels, from the beginner to the professional; from the first time conference attendee to conference veterans. The Jamboree Extension Series draws an international audience also comprised of all skill levels.

Ancestry Collaborates with Gannett to Digitally Archive More Than 80 U.S. Newspapers

The following announcement was written by

Cincinnati Enquirer the First Gannett Archive Launched with Over 4 Million Pages Online

PROVO, Utah, Aug 24, 2015 — Ancestry, the leader in family history and consumer genetics, today announced its collaboration with Gannett Co., Inc., the largest local-to-national media company, to digitize more than 80 daily newspapers across the nation., an Ancestry business unit, and Gannett will provide a historical newspaper viewing experience complete with full text search, clipping and sharing features. Together, they expect to deliver more than 100 million full-page images of historical newspapers in a simple, easy-to-use online archive.

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
(+) 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

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas

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.

(+) The True Expense of Genealogy Research

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

The recent story about the closing of the Arizona State Library Genealogy Collection is sad news. (See my earlier article at for details.) However, in this case, I have to agree with Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan. If a valuable resource at a taxpayer-supported public library is being used less and less, managers of that library need to re-evaluate where the funds are being spent. Libraries are under constant financial pressure. They obviously need to spend their meager budgets in ways to obtain the “most bang for the buck.”

In fact, Michele Reagan is correct. Anyone with a computer can now obtain more genealogy information online that what any public library in a town or a small city can provide. In fact, the computer probably can provide more genealogy information than what was in the Arizona State Library Genealogy Collection in Phoenix with the obvious exception of quite a bit of Arizona-specific information that is not available elsewhere and even that can be fixed by having those specific materials digitized at an expense that is probably much less than keeping the “bricks and mortar” library open.


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