Posts By Dick Eastman

MyHeritage to Digitize and Add more than 120 Million Historical Records from Denmark

The following announcement was written by the folks at MyHeritage:

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Millions of records dating back to the 1600s will go online for the first time and enable anyone with Danish ancestors to discover their roots

TEL AVIV, Israel & COPENHAGEN, Denmark – December 22, 2014: MyHeritage, the leading destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, today announced that millions of Danish historical records will be made available to search on its website. The announcement follows an agreement between MyHeritage and the Danish National Archives to index Census and Parish records from 1646 to 1930, providing access to significant sources of family history information in Denmark. The move will enable MyHeritage users to learn more about their ancestors and the lives they led, using records that were never digitally available before.

The records, spanning almost 300 years, provide a window to the lives of Danish ancestors during fascinating periods in history including the Napoleonic wars, liberalism and nationalism of the 1800s, the Schleswig Wars and industrialization. Users will be able to search for records about their ancestors using names, dates, locations, relatives and other keywords via SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s search engine for historical records. MyHeritage users also enjoy powerful matching technologies that research their family trees automatically and notify them whenever Danish records relevant to their family are found. This makes discoveries easier and quicker than ever before. Once indexed, this will be one of the most comprehensive and valuable data collections for millions of Danes, and millions of people with Danish roots.

New Pennsylvania Archivist faces a Big Task

David Carmicheal took over as Pennsylvania archivist last month, overseeing 220 million documents. Among them is Pennsylvania’s hallowed founding document, Penn’s Charter, housed for now in a windowless tower next to the State Museum in the Capitol complex. The bespectacled 57-year-old is considered a rock star in a field of professionals who tend to carry out their work behind locked doors and out of the spotlight.

During his tenure as Georgia’s state archivist, Carmicheal was credited with establishing the “virtual vault,” putting 1.5 million records online and leading national efforts on emergency management of priceless collections during disasters.

Genealone Adds More Disk Space to Customers’ Accounts

Genealone is a product that allows you to build your own genealogy website. (You can find my earlier articles about Genealone at,, and David Nebesky, the producer of Genealone, today announced current Genealone hosting plans have been upgraded with more disk space. Genealone Basic (Genealone hosted in domain) now goes with 500 MB and Genealone Pro (Genealone hosted in customer’s own domain) now goes with 1 GB of disk space.

Additionally, two more hosting plans have been introduced:

Will Google Sell All Your Email Messages To Your Grandchildren?

Many genealogists have letters sent by their great-grandparents. Maybe it is love letters exchanged between distant lovers or maybe great-grandfather’s letters home from the war. Whatever the content of the letters, these are amongst the most treasured possessions of many families. We learn much about the lives of our ancestors from these letters.

Will we leave similar legacies for our great-grandchildren? It is difficult to imagine that today’s email messages, tweets, and Facebook entries will be preserved and cherished by future generations. Yet that may happen.

According to an article by Matt Novak:

“We now know that governments around the world are vacuuming up virtually everything that passes through the Internet. And we trust companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, VISA, and Amazon with all our personal information. We’re constantly asking what these companies are doing with our information today. But maybe the more important question is, what will these companies do with our data far into the future?

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: 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:

Happy Holidays!
(+) How to Find Anything on Your Hard Drive within Seconds

(+) A Hands On Report: A 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 Tablet/Laptop for $179

(+) Add a Flash Drive to your iPhone or iPad

Are You New to Genealogy?

Ahnentafel Explained

MyHeritage Launches Instant Discoveries(tm)

Genealogy Cruise by Cruise Everything is a Success

(+) A Hands On Report: A 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 Tablet/Laptop for $179

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

This week I picked up a low-cost computer that is generally referred to as a “hybrid.” That is, it functions both as a laptop computer and, with the keyboard removed, as a tablet computer. It runs the full version of Windows 8.1, not the dummied down version called Windows RT.

Best of all is the price: $179. No, that is not a sale price or a limited-time-only introductory price. That’s the normal selling price for this Windows hybrid: $179 shipped (plus tax).

The laptop computer with keyboard attached weighs a bit less than 3 pounds. However, if you disconnect the keyboard and leave it at home, the computer itself weighs about 1.5 pounds. Either way, this tiny computer is easy to slip into a purse or a small carrying case and take it with you on your travels.

1890 Census Records for Waterville, Maine, gets Reprinted as a New 284-page Book

Most experienced U.S. genealogists know that the 1890 U.S. census was destroyed in a fire, right? Well, not entirely. Probably 99% of the census was destroyed by mold and mildew that occurred after the fire. However, a few fragments still exist and one small set of such records have now been published.

If you had ancestors or other relatives living in Waterville, Maine, in 1890, you will want to read an article by Roxanne Saucier in the Bangor (Maine) Daily News at

Unfortunately, my great-grandparents were living only a few miles northeast of Waterville in 1890. Darn!

Are You New to Genealogy?

Welcome to the fascinating world of family history research! You can learn more about you, your ancestors, and why you are the person you are today.

Here is a list of articles from my newsletter that I think are the most useful resources for anyone who is learning how to find their ancestors:

Family History for Beginners

Genealogy Basics

New Research Shows the Vikings were Misunderstood – They Were Family Men and did not Rape and Pillage

Well, maybe they pillaged a bit.

I am not sure I believe this but researchers now say DNA evidence shows that women often accompanied Viking men on raiding trips and sometimes even children were in the longboats. The study has shed light on the importance of women in the colonization of the British Isles in the Middle Ages, suggesting that Viking men were family-orientated and not as blood-thirsty as previously thought. Researchers from the University of Oslo have revealed that ‘significant’ numbers of women accompanied Viking men when they sailed to places like the Scottish mainland in longboats.

Photo Editing Just Like Photoshop on a Chromebook

I have written often about the advantages of Chromebooks, the low-cost laptops that boot up quickly, never get viruses, and have price tags of $180 to $300 or so. Their security, ease of use, and portability is rapidly making them a popular choice for schools, businesses, and university students – all of whom are taking note of their advantages.

When Chromebooks first appeared, they were limited to using simple programs that ran in a web browser. However, time marches on and so do the programmers. Chromebooks today can do most, although not all, of the tasks that a Macintosh or Windows laptop can accomplish.

Cemeteries of the Future… Built like a Vending Machine?

Well, perhaps it LOOKS like a vending machine…

Cities are running out of space for all sorts of things, including cemeteries. Where can the urban dead rest in peace these days? Constellation Park is one of several concepts by DeathLab, a Columbia University-based research and design space focused on “re-conceiving how we live with death in the metropolis.” And you might not believe some of the other ideas this group of researchers and architects are quietly working on: a looming tower that that holds “pods” (i.e., graves) that light up and above which people can stroll, and a spaceship-like structure on Manhattan’s waterfront that’s like a park where waking can slip in and out.

(+) How to Find Anything on Your Hard Drive within Seconds

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

The old method of carrying files with you.

Modern hard drives are wonderful inventions. Capable of storing gigabytes, even terabytes, of information, today’s hard drives allow you store the equivalent of multiple four-drawer filing cabinets in only a few cubic inches, all for a cost undreamed of only a few years ago. In fact, today’s hard drives are much cheaper than filing cabinets. Even better, you can carry the equivalent of a large filing cabinet with you all the time by keeping the information in a flash drive, in a laptop computer, or in the cloud where it is easily accessed from your cell phone or tablet computer.

There is but one problem: how do you find information buried in the tens of thousands of documents you filed on these gargantuan hard drives over the years?

Luckily, there are several solutions that will allow you to find anything in your computer within seconds.

MacFamilyTree and MobileFamilyTree are 50% off for the Holidays

Both MacFamilyTree for Macintosh and MobileFamilyTree for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch are being offered at 50% off until December 27th. MacFamilyTree is now available for US $24.99 instead of the normal price of US $49.99. MobileFamilyTree is being offered for US $7.99 instead of the normal price of US $14.99.

Findmypast Announces Start Your Family Tree Week 2014/15 & Inaugural Findmypast Tree Awards

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • The week is full of competitions, expert insights, useful print-outs and much more
  • Launch of inaugural Findmypast Tree Competition to award exciting prizes across multiple categories
  • Prizes include Findmypast subscriptions, magazine subscriptions, exclusive sessions with genealogists and much more
  • Findmypast Hints has been launched to help beginners get started with their family trees quickly and easily
  • Over 7.6 million new records released today, including over 90,000 Revolutionary War Pensions and many more records from across the world to be released to launch Start Your Family Tree Week on 26th December

London, UK. 19 December, 2014. Findmypast, the leading British family history site, has announced this year’s Start Your Family Tree Week will be held from 26th December 2014 to 1st January 2015.

The seven-day event will provide getting started guides, expert insights, useful print-outs and resources, and a wealth of family history prizes.

Over 15 Million New Records Released Today on Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Every Friday, thousands of new records are released on our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to explore over the weekend. This week, we are pleased to announce the release of over 15.3 million UK and US records. This week’s new US records include Idaho births & christenings, Arizona death & burials and Utah Marriages. New UK additions include over 14 million England and Wales Death records, North Yorkshire Ryedale baptisms, a variety of fascinating Kent records and the 1871 Worldwide British Army Index.

US Records

Containing over 15,000 records Idaho births and christenings 1856-1965 can reveal vital biographical details on the first settlers of Idaho right up through the state’s 20th century residents. Idaho ordered counties to register births after 1911, but some counties and even individuals began recording this information much earlier.

Arizona deaths & burials 1910-1994 contains over 2,000 records. Arizona first began recording deaths in the state in 1909 and by the early 1920s compliance across the state had been achieved, although there are some significant gaps in the records after 1911.

Irish Genealogical Research Society adds more records to the Early Irish Marriage Index

The Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Early Irish Marriage Index has been updated again. With the addition of over 4,000 new entries, it now contains 62,065 records (from alternative sources for marriages) noting approximately 139,000 names of brides, grooms and their parents.

Sherwood Labs Drops Price of Branches for iPad to FREE

The following announcement was written by the folks at Sherwood Labs:

As a Thank You to the genealogy community, and in anticipation of the release of new products, Sherwood Electronics Labs is giving away their iPad app “Branches for iPad” for FREE. The app formally cost $4.99 but for a limited time the app can be download from the Apple App Store at no charge.

The description of the product is:

Give a Christmas Gift: Access to Half a Million eBooks

This article is not about genealogy although I do know that many genealogists are also avid readers. I assume their friends and relatives also may include people who love to read books. If you are late in buying a holiday gift for such a person, read on. You can give the gift of a half million books. Even better, there is no need to brave the crowds at a local shopping mall to purchase this gift.

Oyster is a leading streaming service for books. In fact, it operates like a lending library. An Oyster member can electronically “check out” a book and read it on an Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch as well as on any Android device or a Nook HD or a Kindle Fire. The Oyster member can also read ebooks in a web browser on any Windows, Macintosh, Linux, or mobile computer. An Internet connection is required for reading books in a web browser. However, Apple mobile devices, Android devices, Nook HD, or Kindle Fire devices can download ebooks, save them, and the Oyster subscriber can read the books later at any location, such as when riding the commuter train or at the beach.

TheGenealogist Adds More than 22,000 New Records of Headstone Inscriptions

The following announcement was written by the folks at

TheGenealogist have added over 22,000 records to their Headstone project with another 23 cemeteries from across the twelve parishes of the Island of Jersey (Covering all of the island’s historic cemeteries).

Mont a L’Abbe Old cemetery, St Helier, Jersey.

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Also released are a further 13 cemeteries from Buckinghamshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, The West Midlands and Wiltshire.

The records are linked to images of the stones and maps to locate the actual burial grounds, they are searchable by name, year of death and graveyard.

(+) Add a Flash Drive to your iPhone or iPad

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

This article is for anyone who uses an Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch) device. You can now easily add a flash drive with up to 64 gigabytes of storage space to your iOS device. Even better, you can also plug the same flash drive into any Macintosh or Windows computer and copy files back and forth.

No cables, cloud, or Internet connection is required. As a result, your private files remain just that: private. In addition, the flashdrive’s software includes the ability to encrypt files for super-secure file transfers to and from the iPad or iPhone. You can lock the files with a password of your own choosing. The files can later be unlocked when used on the Windows or Macintosh computer as well as on the iPhone or iPad.


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