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COSCA Appoints Dr. Bruce Durie As Its Official Seannachaidh

The following announcement was written by the Council of Scottish Clans & Associations:

The Council of Scottish Clans & Associations is delighted and honored to announce the appointment of Dr. Bruce Durie, BSc (Hons) PhD OMLJ FSAScot FCollT FIGRS FHEA as COSCA’s Seannachaidh. Dr. Durie will be consulting on a range of genealogical and ancestral questions and projects for COSCA and its members.

“As Scottish Americans we celebrate our collective and personal heritage with great energy” said Susan McIntosh, President of The Council of Scottish Clans & Associations. “Having an accurate and complete understanding of people and events long past is critical in distinguishing serious pursuit of ethnic heritage from mere hobby. Bruce Durie brings an unquestioned professionalism and depth of knowledge on a huge range of topics and disciplines that are important to almost every Scottish American.”

Regarding his appointment and the opportunity to work more closely with COSCA, Dr. Durie stated “I am, for the record, chuffed to little mint balls and genuinely honoured”. Bruce’s unrivaled professional qualifications, his depth of knowledge, readiness to help and remarkable wit have made him a favorite of Scottish Americans.

Heredis for Windows and Macintosh available for 50% Off

The folks that produce Heredis genealogy software are having a sale to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Heredis and also to celebrate Christmas. The Windows and Macintosh products are both available at 50% off.

Heredis for Windows 2014 is now available for US$19.99 instead of US$39.99

Heredis for Windows 2014 – UPGRADE for anyone using an earlier version of Heredis for Windows sells for US$9.99 instead of US$19.99

Buy a Chromebook and Receive 1 Terabyte of Free Google Storage for Two Years

Are you thinking of storing a lot of files in a cloud-based file storage service, such as Google Drive? Here’s a deal for you: buy a Chromebook.

Google is now offering one terabyte of storage FREE of charge for two years to anyone who purchases a new Chromebook laptop computer and redeems the offer by January 31, 2015.

Get your calculators out and do the math: one terabyte of storage on Google Drive normally costs $9.99 per month. Multiply that by 24 months for a total of $239.76. Let’s round that up to $240 for simplicity’s sake.

Your Grandfather’s Bar is Available in San Francisco

The Interval in San Francisco is a bar, cafe, and museum. Award-winning bartender Jennifer Colliau brings cocktails back from the dead. Using alcoholic archaeology, she not only uncovers lost cocktails but often recreates ingredients, like pineapple gum syrup, that have themselves been lost to time in their original forms. The drink menu includes some of the earliest cocktails ever made, as well as drinks from around the world. These quite possibly are the drinks your grandparents enjoyed.

The bar, located in Ft. Mason, in San Francisco, is called The Interval, and its theme is time. The daiquiri menu, for example, features the five original daiquiris from Bar La Florida in Havana, Cuba. They represent the birth of daiquiris as we know them. Colliau refers to the selection as “a moment in time.”

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New RootsMagic 7 Software Released

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

SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — November 25, 2014 — RootsMagic, Inc. today announced the official release of RootsMagic 7, the latest version of the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy and enjoyable. With this release comes an update to the popular “RootsMagic Essentials” free genealogy software.

Family History Made Easy
Family Tree Magazine said RootsMagic is “probably the best all-around genealogy program” and “offers a winning combination of features for both casual and serious genealogists.”

Throughout its 13-year history, RootsMagic has helped people research and share their family trees with innovative features such as moving people from one file to another with your mouse, a SourceWizard to help you document your work, creating a Shareable CD to give to family and friends, and running RootsMagic off of a USB flash drive when you are away from home. RootsMagic has also received numerous awards, including the award for “Easiest to Sync” from FamilySearch for their work in interfacing with that system.

Windows 8 Laptops for $200

I have written recently about low-priced tablet computers running Windows 8.1. These are obviously available at that price because Microsoft recently slashed Windows’ license fees that are charged to vendors. Now even full-sized laptops are available at prices not seen before: $199.

To be sure, these are low-end laptops. They aren’t very fast, have mediocre video, and limited storage space. Still, a Windows 8 computer for $199 is going to appeal to a lot of people, especially during the holiday season. While I haven’t tested them myself, I believe these low-priced laptops are capable of running every Windows genealogy program available today as well as thousands of other programs.

Canadian Federal Archives Sitting on a Mountain of Unsorted Documents

The Federal Archives is sitting on a backlog of 98,000 boxes of undocumented government records, some dating to 1890, says Canada’s auditor general. Library and Archives Canada (LAC), which serves as the permanent repository for historically valuable government records, has vowed to come up with a plan to tackle the mountain of textual records, maps, microfiches, digital records and sound recordings by the end of 2015.

The uncatalogued material includes 24,000 boxes of military records, 9,800 boxes from Transport Canada, 7,200 boxes from Industry Canada, 6,400 from Public Works and Government Services Canada, and 5,200 from Justice Canada. Liberal MP Stéphane Dion on Tuesday said government funding cuts have led to the “neglect” of countless historical federal documents and form part of a pattern that includes elimination of the long-form census and the cumulative impact of six years of budget cuts at Statistics Canada.

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.”


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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


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