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US Geological Survey adds a New Online Map Viewer and It is a Good One!

The US Geological Survey has an online collection of more than 178,000 maps, dating back to 1880. They cover the entire country. Best of all, they’re free to download. However, the digital images were not always of the highest quality and the search software for finding maps was confusing, at best. All that has now changed with the introduction of a new online map viewer.

Announcing the Formation of the Barbara Adams Genealogy Research Center in Sidney, Ohio

Dr. Richard Adams, along with his father, Dick Adams, announced Thursday afternoon that the family is donating $100,000 for the new Barbara Adams Genealogy Research Center, which will be located in the Ross Historical Center in Sidney, Ohio. During the same press conference, it was announced that the Shelby County Genealogical Society (SCGS) will have a permanent home at the historical center.

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 Preserve Newspaper Clippings

(+) Tracing the History of Your House

Genealogy’s Often-Misspelled Words

My New Apple Watch

Experts to Use Ground-Penetrating Radar to Search Forgotten Cemetery

(+) Tracing the History of Your House

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

Perhaps you have spent a lot of effort studying your family’s history. However, have you ever considered studying the history of the family’s home – either the home in which you live or perhaps the ancestral home in which your parents or grandparents lived? To be sure, many families may have lived in the same house, sharing the joys and tragedies of family life throughout the years. Are you curious who they were and perhaps what their experiences were? Who built your house? When was it built, and by whom? What did it cost? Who were the previous owners and residents? What did the interior and exterior originally look like? Those questions can usually be answered by a bit of investigation. In fact, you can create a social genealogy: facts about the owners and residents of the house.

House research is quite similar to genealogy research, often looking at the same records: old maps, deeds, and books. Through research, you can discover who lived in your home and probably what they did for a living. In short, you become a house detective.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Quebec, and Texas

Some of the above changes may have been deletions of previous 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.

Fold3 Offers Free Access to the World War II Collection

This May 8 marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day in 1945. If you have family members who served in World War II, or are just interested in the time period, take a look at Fold3’s World War II Collection, which you can access for free from May 1st to 15th.

The WWII Collection, currently with over 72 million records, has a diverse array of resources to mine, whether you’re interested in historical aspects of the war or are searching for specific individuals who fought in it. A few of the most popular titles in this collection are:

Irish Genealogy Resource with 400,000 Catholic Parish Records to go Online

The entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms held by the National Library of Ireland – 400,000 films amounting to the most important source of Irish family history – is to be made available online this July.

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has been working to digitise the microfilms for more than three years under its most ambitious digitisation programme to date. Announced in December (see my earlier article with the announcement at http://goo.gl/i1QNfI), the National Library of Ireland has now announced an exact date: the archive of parish register microfilms now is expected to go live on 8 July 2015.

You can read the details in an article in the Silicon Republic at http://www.siliconrepublic.com/digital-life/item/41819-irish-genealogy-resource-wi.

New York State Family History Conference Early Bird Registration

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the New York State Family History Conference:

New York State Family History Conference Early Bird Rates until May 31

Join us for the 2015 New York State Family History Conference in Syracuse, New York on
September 17–19. Early bird registration rates are available through May 31 at www.NYSFHC.org.

Update: Wireless Phone Bargain: $29.99

In my recent article of Wireless Phone Bargain: $29.99 at http://blog.eogn.com/2015/05/01/wireless-phone-bargain-29-99/, I mentioned that I purchased one as a gift for a young friend of mine. However, in setting it up for the first time, I ran into a problem. When powered on, the phone immediately took me to a sign-up screen that wanted me to enter my information so that I could obtain (and pay for) a telephone number from Verizon. I couldn’t see any method to skip the apparently required registration process.

Luckily, the Internet came to my rescue.

Use a Secure (and FREE) Computer for Banking and all other Finances

If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you probably already know that I am very concerned about online security and privacy. If you are also interested in similar topics and especially if you want to keep your banking, credit card, and stock brokerage transactions private, you might be interested in an article I wrote entitled, Use a Secure (and FREE) Computer for Banking and all other Finances. Since it is not genealogy-related, I published the article on my other blog, the Privacy Blog, at http://privacyblog.com/2015/05/02/use-a-secure-and-free-computer-for-banking-and-all-other-finances.

New Records Available To Search at Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 584,000 records of Quaker births, marriages and deaths, Workhouse records from the London borough of Southwark, Australian Soldier Settlement records from New South Wales and Wills from the state of Queensland.

Quaker Records
The Society of Friends (Quaker) Births 1578-1841 contain over 234,000 records. Quakers have always had a reputation for keeping meticulous records and started to keep register books from the late 1650s. Births were recorded rather than baptisms as Quakers were not baptised into the faith. Each record contains both a transcript and an image of the original documents. Post 1776 birth records contain the date of birth, place of birth including the locality, parish and county, the parents’ names, often including the occupation of the father, the child’s name and the names of witnesses.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 4.9 Million Indexed Records and Images for Canada, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, New Zealand, 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 4.9 million indexed records and images for Canada, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 636,309 images from the New York, County Marriages, 1847–1848; 1908–1936 collection; 602,220 images from the Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Pemalang, District Court Records, 1961–2013 collection; and 476,396 indexed records and 273,544 images from the New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843–1998 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Wireless Phone Bargain: $29.99

This article has nothing to do with genealogy. However, if you will permit me an off-topic article, I will mention that I often write about cell phone bargains and other communications bargains. However, I won’t call this a “cell phone” bargain. Technically, it is a cell phone but I suggest you not use it as cell phone. Confusing?

I would suggest using this very cheap “smartphone” for everything except a cell phone. And, yes, you can even make phone calls with it. You cannot make calls while driving down the highway but can make and receive calls as long as you are connected to a wi-fi network.

ISFHWE 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is Now Open

The following announcement was written by the folks at the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors:

May 1, 2015

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015.

The International Society of Family History Writers & Editor’s “Excellence in Writing” competition has a few more weeks before the June 15, 2015 deadline. Please submit your entries for your chance to win and showcase your work. Winning articles will appear in ISFHWE’s quarterly, “Columns”, win a cash prize and certificate. We need entries for Categories 4 & 5, but all categories are open. For more information, please visit http://isfhwe.org/writing2015.php. Competition is open to both members and non-members of ISFHWE. For more information, please contact Tina Sansone at famhistorywriter@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing your submission soon!

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.

(+) How to Preserve Newspaper Clippings

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

Many family members collect newspaper clippings of marriages, death notices, birth announcements, school graduation announcements, and similar items. If kept under proper conditions, these newspapers clippings may last for generations. The key phrase in that statement is “if kept under proper conditions.”

In fact, there are several things you will want to do to preserve the information:

Lost in the Fifties – Another Time, Another Place

How many of these things do you remember?

(I like that Thunderbird!)

If the above video did not display in your web browser, go to https://youtu.be/jjj9VKKSV2g.

 

New NEH Grant to Digitize Family Records

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced “Common Heritage,” the first grant of its kind, to make “light historical records and artifacts currently hidden in family attics and basements” available to the public. In announcing the initiative, NEH Chairman William “Bro” Adams said, “We know that America’s cultural heritage isn’t found only in libraries and museums, but in our homes, in our family histories, and the stories and objects we pass down to our children.”

The announcement states, “The program supports day-long events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information—provided by community attendees—about the historical materials. Contributors will be given a free digital copy of their items to take home, along with the original materials. With the owner’s permission, digital copies of these materials would be included in the institutions’ collections. Historical photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, art works, and audiovisual recordings are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration.”

My New Apple Watch

The UPS driver made a late evening delivery last night. About 10:30 PM, the big brown truck pulled into the driveway and delivered my new Apple Watch. I think that is the latest UPS delivery I have ever received.

The driver and I had about a ten-second conversation. He said, “Late night” so I asked, “Apple Watch?” He said, “Yeah. Hundreds of them.” Obviously, he was working overtime making the deliveries. All he needed was a red suit, a white beard and a sleigh with reindeer to complete the image.

Indeed, yesterday was the first day that millions of the new Apple Watches were delivered. I didn’t expect to receive mine on the first day but I was unboxing the new watch at 11 o’clock last night.

Experts to Use Ground-Penetrating Radar to Search Forgotten Cemetery

On May 30, an anthropology professor and students from Lawrence University in Appleton, will search an abandoned and mostly invisible cemetery in Fulton, Wisconsin, looking for graves using ground-penetrating radar technology. There are no records of anyone being buried on the property, which a previous landowner gave to the town as a cemetery in the 1840s.

Sometime in the early 1930s, after the land was designated a cemetery, whoever owned the nearby farmland started tilling the graveyard and planting crops. The remaining tombstones, if any, apparently were removed and destroyed.

You can read more in an article by Jake Magee in the GazetteXtra at http://www.walworthcountytoday.com/20150428/experts_to_use_radar_to_search_forgotten_town_of_fulton_cemetery.

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