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Arizona Woman Works to Identify Those Buried in a Navajo and Hopi Cemetery

Historical preservationist Gail Sadler was both heartbroken and appalled at the condition of a cemetery when she first laid eyes on it in 2008, soon after she had been appointed to the Winslow, Arizona, Historic Preservation Commission. She soon made it her mission to unearth the identities of the roughly 600 people buried there and help their descendants reconnect with their history.

Her mission quickly became an obsession. On nights after work and on weekends, Sadler would go online and scour death certificates – some 8,800 from 1932 to 1962 – looking for the Indian Cemetery as the final resting place.

2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree Call for Proposals

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Southern California Genealogical Society:

Call For Presentations

2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and the SCGS Extension Series Of Webinars

The Southern California Genealogical Society announces its Call for Presentations for the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 through 7, 2015, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The Pre-Conference Day, Thursday, June 4, 2015, will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth Workshops.

Help Wanted: Two Positions at NGS: Executive Director and Editor of NGS Magazine

Would you like a job working in genealogy? This may be your chance. The (U.S.) National Genealogical Society is seeking to fill two positions.  You can find full details for each position on the NGS web site at http://upfront.ngsgenealogy.org/2014/08/ngs-is-hiring-executive-director-and.html.  The deadline to apply for both positions is 25 September 2014.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland Expo to Open in Glasgow on Friday

Genealogists will flock to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) on Friday and Saturday for the first-ever Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland event. Supported by Homecoming Scotland, it will help family historians to unravel their roots and build a picture of their ancestors’ lives. It will be home to experts, workshops, archives and museums, online subscription sites and one of the largest gatherings of family history organisations.

It is also a landmark event for Who Do You Think You Are? Live as its arrival in Scotland marks the first time the show has been held outside of London. The next Who Do You Think You Are? Live Expo is scheduled to be held in Birmingham, England, in February. Details may be found at http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com/news/new-venue-2015.

Archive of pre-Holocaust Jewish Images in Eastern Europe Digitized

A vast archive of photographs of pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish life is being made available to the public and researchers. The International Center of Photography in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., announced the joint creation of a digital database to facilitate access to photographer Roman Vishniac’s archive.

Vishniac was a Russian-born Jew who moved to Berlin in 1920. He documented the rise of Nazi power and its effect on Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe. The International Center of Photography said it believes the project “represents a new model for digital archives” and it’s excited to bring Vishniac’s collection to a wider audience.

ISFHWE Announces the 2014 Winners of the “Excellence in Writing” Competition

The following announcement was written by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE):

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Excellence-in-Writing Competition. The winners are:

Category 1 – Columns

1st Place – Shelley K. Bishop “The Legacy of Mary Comfort Eberhard”
2nd Place – Nancy Ann Calhoun “People can ‘flesh out’ genealogy at library”
3rd Place – Maureen K. Wlodarczyk “Precious Paper in the Digital World”
Honorable Mention – Shannon Combs-Bennett “Getting You Pointed in the Right Direction”
Honorable Mention – Michelle Roos Goodrum “Using Social Media to Enrich Stories of the Family Home”
Honorable Mention – Carolyn Schotts “Fading Family Roots”

Category 2 – Articles

(+) Archival Quality Ink and Paper

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

I often hear genealogists make states similar to this: “I don’t trust digital media for long-term storage so I am going to use paper and ink to make sure my data lasts for a long, long time.”

Indeed, there is a lot of truth to that sentiment. I can point out a few problems, such as storing audio or video recordings, but the idea of storing information on paper certainly has a lot of appeal to genealogists, historians, and others who are concerned with long-term preservation. Paper documents are simple, easy to produce, and last a long time. Or do they?

Price of Online Storage Drops Even More: Dropbox Slashes Its Dropbox Pro Price by 90%!

I was pleasantly surprised today to receive an email message from Dropbox announcing a major price DECREASE. I am a Dropbox Pro subscriber and have been paying $9.99 per month to store up to 100 gigabytes of data. Now, for that same price, any Dropbox Pro subscriber can store one terabyte. That’s ten times the storage at no increase in price. I am surprised.

Franklin Parish, Louisiana, Library Opens New Center for Genealogy

The Franklin Parish Library welcomed patrons to the library’s new Genealogy/Local History Room on Thursday, Aug. 21, when ribbon cutting ceremonies and an open house event were held. The library recently acquired what is known as the Landis building on Prairie Street. The site for the new center is located adjacent to the library’s main building and was purchased from Betty M. McLemore, whose grandfather H.B. Landis ran a mercantile store from the site and served as mayor of the Town of Winnsboro.

You can read more in an article by Marcy Thompson in The Franklin Sun at http://goo.gl/jW2SHV.

Update: Create Your Own Who Do You Think You Are? Story with FindMyPast

A bit more than two weeks ago, I wrote about a new service entitled, Create Your Own Who Do You Think You Are? Story with FindMyPast.co.uk.” Note the letters “.co.uk” on the end of the address. Near the end of the article, I wrote, “The historical information added by FindMyPast seems to feature mostly U.K. events. That isn’t surprising as the service is being offered on FindMyPast’s U.K. web site at FindMyPast.co.uk. If this new beta test becomes successful, I might guess it will later be offered in versions for the U.S. as well as for other countries.”

It looks like my guess was correct. The service is now available with U.S. historical events included in the timelines. For an example of a family story using U.S. history and timelines, look at Josh Taylor’s family story at http://goo.gl/jUze3o.

2015 FGS Conference Registration is Open

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

Connect.Explore.Refresh — A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

August 27, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) opened registration today for their 2015 conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This highly anticipated genealogy event puts the FGS and RootsTech conferences under one roof at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC).

Is Genetic Genealogy the Next Facebook of Science?

Last Saturday morning at the first International Conference for Genetic Genealogy in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Genographic Project Director and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells delivered the Keynote to an audience of 300 genetic genealogists. He spoke about the popularity of the field and how fast consumer genetics has grown since the launch of The Genographic Project in 2005.

Could genetic genealogy become popular outside of the genealogy and medical communities? Perhaps. You can read a short article by Miguel Vilar about Saturday’s presentations in the National Geographic web site at http://goo.gl/qrCHWP.

FindMyPast.co.uk Adds Leek’s Workhouse Archive

The history of Leek Workhouse and who was born there has been digitally archived and is available to members of the public. Spanning 1538 to 1900, the parish records mark the start of a project to create the Staffordshire Collection on Findmypast – a source which on completion is set to comprise around six million fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of handwritten parish records.

You can read more in an article in the Leek Post and Times at http://goo.gl/412P8Y.

Dick Eastman Discusses How Tech Has Changed The Family History Industry

DE-Ancestry-InterviewI recently had the pleasure of talking with Jessica Murray of Ancestry.com. She and I discussed a number of genealogy-related topics, including the availability of apps on your mobile and tablet devices, saving many hours by verifying research, the quality of software, and how blogging technology has revolutionized genealogy.

You can view a video of our conversation in the Ancestry.com Blog at http://goo.gl/IphbV6.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

The EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few hours ago. If your email provider blocked it, don’t forget that the latest Plus Edition newsletter is ALWAYS available at: http://www.eogn.com/wp/thisweek.htm. Your email provider cannot block that address so the newsletter is always available to you.

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

(+) Turn Vacations into Genealogy Fact-Finding Trips

On the Road Again, This Time to Scotland

What’s Your Tartan?

Who Do You Think You Are? Live! in Glasgow Announces List of Exhibitors

Are DVDs and CDs Disintegrating?

Genealogists Gathering This Week in San Antonio

RPAC at FGS San Antonio

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Netherlands, North Carolina, Ontario, Texas, and United Kingdom.

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.

Genealogists Gathering This Week in San Antonio

Thousands of genealogists from across the country will be in San Antonio this week for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 convention, “Gone to Texas.” The conference gets underway Wednesday and continues through Saturday at the Convention Center.

Local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society.

For San Antonians, there is a special registration fee of $49 for one-day attendance on Saturday.

New Australian Passenger Lists Available on Findmypast

Findmypast has added Australian records: inbound passenger lists to Victoria, 1839-1923 (2,125,578 records) and outbound from Victoria 1852-1915 (1,753,919 records).

These inbound and outbound passenger lists will usually contain names, estimated birth years, nationalities, native places, month and year of arrival, ship name, destination port and departure port, so they contain a lot of information that can be instrumental in filling in blanks that you may have in your research.

You can read the details in the Findmypast Blog at http://goo.gl/eORKxR.

Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives Announces Changes to Membership and Associateship Criteria

The following announcement was written by the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA):

AGRA, the body representing professional genealogists in England and Wales, has recently announced radical changes to both its Membership and Associateship criteria.

All applicants wishing to join the association will now have to attend an interview and in most cases will also be asked to undergo practical tests. The new rules also attach greater importance to formal qualifications and ongoing learning.

Saving Your Family History Securely in the Cloud

Many of us have pictures or information that we want to keep on our home computers or devices, but in case of fire or other disasters, we want to be able to keep them safe. Pre-Cloud users kept copies of pictures and information on CDs or DVDs and hard drives in bank vaults or other safe storage. They also gave copies to others and sent discs or memory sticks to interested parties. When we put our data into cloud storage, though, we keep the original information at our home, and store the data in a format that can be used by others in facilities in different places in the world. Now, everyone can have access to this data, with permission, in a much easier way.

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