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One More Update: New “Save as PDF” Feature Added to this Newsletter

If you have been following the comments in this newsletter’s web site for the past few days, you know that I am experimenting with a new feature of adding PDF versions of each article published. The first experiment (described at http://goo.gl/OiR6wP) was low effort on my part as it used an automated service from an online site. However, it created cluttered PDF files that were not very good looking. I wasn’t happy with the results.

The second effort (described at http://goo.gl/pxRfPD) produces much better-looking results that I like. Unfortunately, it is not automated. Instead, making the PDF files now requires quite a bit extra manual effort on my part on every single article that gets posted here. I am not certain I want to continue with this second process.

I will offer one more idea for discussion here.

Update: New “Save as PDF” Feature Added to this Newsletter

Two days ago I published an article at http://goo.gl/OiR6wP describing my latest plan to make PDF versions available of every article published in this newsletter. I described it as a sort of “beta test” to see how well it worked and to receive comments and suggestions from newsletter readers.

I would now describe the test as a partial success. However, I have now gone back and switched to a different method of creating each article’s PDF version. It is a manual process that adds to my workload but I believe the result is a better-looking PDF article.

New “Save as PDF” Feature Added to this Newsletter

I am experimenting a bit. I have added a new capability to save recent articles in the Standard Edition newsletter as a PDF file saved in your computer.

At the end of all new articles added in the last few days, you will see a line that says, “New! Save this article to a PDF file in your computer.” Click on that link and the entire article will be saved in the folder on your computer where downloads are normally saved. Of course, you can then move the PDF file to any folder you wish for long-term storage. You also can send any PDF file to someone else via email, if you want to share it.

Are You Receiving Too Many Email Notices of New Articles in this Newsletter?

In the past few weeks, a number of people have sent email messages to me complaining they are receiving multiple email messages from this newsletter every day, sometimes two or three email messages within an hour. They usually ask me to stop that. Sadly, I have no control over that. If you also have the same problem, read on for a description of the problem and a possible solution.

I do offer a once-a-day email message service free of charge. If you would like to receive ONE EMAIL MESSAGE PER DAY containing a synopsis of all the articles published in the previous 24 hours, go to http://www.eogn.com and click on “Subscribe to the FREE Standard Edition Newsletter!” near the upper right-hand corner. A copy of that is shown to the right. That will take you to http://www.feedblitz.com/f/?Sub=948986 where you will see a subscription screen that looks like this:

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:

(+) Is Your Genealogy Data Insane?

Book Review: Wood – A Family of Kent

A Scavenger Hunt in the Cemeteries

Acadian French-Canadian Name Variations

U.S. National Archives opens an Innovation Hub

The Viking Discovery of North America

If You Want to Attend the New York State Family History Conference, the Time to Buy a Ticket is NOW!

London Jewish Synagogue Seatholder Records Go Online

On the Road Again

Well, it is time to travel again. After all, I have been home for five days since my last trip and I am getting restless.

As usual, I will be travelling with an iPad and a laptop computer, a wireless cellular modem, and wi-fi networking. I should be connected wherever I am. When it comes to posting articles in this newsletter, connectivity should not be an issue. Time available is usually the gating factor. I may not post as much as usual for the next week or so.

On the Road Again, This Time to Israel

By the time you read these words, I should be in the air, en route to Jerusalem. I will be a tourist for a few days while I get used to the time zone changes. Starting on July 6, I will attend the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies’ International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, held this year in Jerusalem.

I hope to post articles in this newsletter about the things I see and hear at the conference. You can read more about the conference at http://iajgs2015.org.

This should be an intense conference. First of all, it is five days long, July 6 through 10. Next, I have attended a couple of earlier IAJGS conferences held in the U.S. and I know they are always packed full of presentations, seminars, and meetings for the entire time. I expect this year’s event to be the same.

On the Road Again

Yes, I am off traveling again. This time it is for a personal trip, not related to genealogy. I’ll be driving cross-country for a few days. I should be back by Monday, June 8.

I will be traveling with an iPad and a laptop computer, a wireless cellular modem, and wi-fi networking. I should be able to post new newsletter articles while I am traveling although the one thing I suspect I will be missing is time! As a result, you may not see as many new articles posted here as usual for the next few days.

 

On the Road Again

By the time you read these words, I should be in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a short stop along my planned route to St. Charles, Missouri. Later this week, I will attend the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society. I hope to post articles in this newsletter about the things I see and hear at the conference. You can read more about the conference at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org.

I am also “relocating” for the summer. I am fortunate enough to be a “snowbird.” That is, I spend my summers in the (usually) delightful weather of New England and winters in the sunbelt. Since it is now springtime, it is time to “fly north” for the summer. Actually, I am driving, not flying, and am traveling by a circuitous route. I am first taking a detour to Bowling Green, Kentucky, to visit a museum dedicated to one of my other interests, not genealogy. I will then drive to Missouri for the NGS conference. Once the conference ends, I will drive to New England to spend the summer, except for a trip in July to Israel for the 2015 conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

This Newsletter is Converting to Five Days a Week

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter was launched in 1996 as a weekly publication. In 2004, I converted it to a daily publication and it has continued as such for the past 11 years. Admittedly, I have missed a (very) few days for vacations, travel commitments, hospitalizations, and an occasional day off. Most of the time, the newsletter has been published 7 days a week for 11 years.

I don’t remember why I decided to publish it 7 days a week. I think the decision was caused by poor planning on my part. Whatever the cause, working 7 days a week for 11 years has been a bit tiring! That’s more than 4,000 days with only an occasional day off! I have decided it is time for a change. I want to work like “regular folks.”

Starting now, Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter will be published five days a week most of the time.

On the Road Again

By the time you read these words, I should be on my way to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend an all-day conference on Saturday presented by the Albuquerque Genealogical Society.

I am traveling with an iPad and a laptop computer, a wireless cellular modem, and wi-fi networking as well, so I should be able to post new newsletter articles while I am traveling. However, my experience when traveling has shown that the biggest problem usually is the lack of time available. I expect to be busy! As a result, you may not see as many new articles posted here as usual for the next days.

On the Road Again

Just a quick note for your information: I am going on a trip starting Monday morning, April 13, and will not return until the following Monday, April 20. I will attend the Who Do You Think You Are? Live conference next week in Birmingham, England. Because of my travels back and forth over the Atlantic plus the fact I will be a bit busy during the conference, I probably will not be posting as many articles as usual in the next week.

Plus Edition Weekly Newsletter Edition is Now Available

This week’s entire Plus Edition newsletter is available at: http://www.eogn.com/wp/thisweek.htm while a PDF version of this week’s Plus Edition newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com/wp/thisweek.pdf.

This week’s Plus Edition newsletter includes the following articles:

(+) Create Your Own Private and Secure Cloud

The Digital Public Library of America

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 in Birmingham, England

Genealogy Cruises versus Convention Centers

Back Up Your Hard Drive to a 256-Gigabyte Flashdrive

FDA allows 23AndMe to use its Genetic Kits to Test for Bloom Syndrome

Famberry Launches “Famberry Search” and GEDCOM Upload

On the Road Again

By the time you read these words, I should be on my way to Salt Lake City to attend the combined RootsTech 2015/FGS conferences.

I am traveling with an iPad and a laptop computer, a wireless cellular modem, and wi-fi networking as well, so I should be able to post new newsletter articles while I am traveling. However, my experience at previous conferences has shown that the biggest problem is the time available. Conferences tend to keep all the attendees busy! I may have other activities planned besides staying in my hotel room staring at a computer screen. I already do enough of that as it is on other weeks! As a result, you may not see as many new articles posted here as usual for the next week.

You can read more about the conferences at http://rootstech.org/?lang=eng and at https://www.fgsconference.org.

Last Call for the EOGN Dinner Following the RootsTech/FGS Conferences

Just a reminder: if you would like to join a raucous bunch of genealogists for an informal dinner soon after the close of the RootsTech and FGS conferences on Saturday evening, February 14, the time to obtain a ticket is NOW! Reservations must be made no later than Wednesday, February 11, at 12 noon Mountain Time. I have to call the restaurant and give them an exact final headcount at that time so they will know how much food to prepare.

Details may be found at http://blog.eogn.com/2015/01/25/you-are-invited-to-the-eogn-dinner-after-the-rootstechfgs-conference-in-salt-lake-city/ and at http://blog.eogn.com/2015/02/06/menu-announced-for-the-eogn-dinner-following-the-rootstechfgs-conferences/.

Menu Announced for the EOGN Dinner Following the RootsTech/FGS Conferences

I announced earlier there would be a dinner in Salt Lake City for readers of this newsletter and their friends as well as for anyone else who would like to join us. The dinner will be held Saturday evening, February 14, not long after the close of the RootsTech and FGS conferences. See my earlier article at http://blog.eogn.com/2015/01/25/you-are-invited-to-the-eogn-dinner-after-the-rootstechfgs-conference-in-salt-lake-city/. In that article, I wrote, “The menu will be buffet style. I am still working with the hotel staff to define the menu. I’ll post the menu here in a few days.” A few days have now passed and the menu has been defined.

Radisson Hotel at 215 West Tempe, Salt Lake City

Reminder: You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the RootsTech/FGS Conferences in Salt Lake City

Just a quick reminder: if you would like to join a group of genealogists for dinner after the close of the RootsTech and Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conferences next week, you need to purchase tickets no later than Wednesday, February 11, at 12 noon Mountain Time. As of this time, there are plenty of tickets still available.

The dinner is open to:

  • All readers of the this newsletter
  • Anyone who has heard of this newsletter
  • Those who would like to hear about this newsletter
  • Any friends or relatives of any of the above

In other words, it is open to everyone. Yes, that includes you.

You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the RootsTech/FGS Conference in Salt Lake City

Do you think you will be hungry after the RootsTech/FGS Conference in Salt Lake City? Would you like to have dinner with a large group of genealogists? If so, join us for dinner! You are invited to join other genealogists on Saturday evening after the RootsTech 2015 conference for dinner. Rumor has it there will also be a few door prizes.

This dinner will be held at 7:30 PM, immediately after the close of the RootsTech/FGS 2015 Conference on February 14. You are invited whether you subscribe to the newsletter or not. Bring your friends and family also.

A Message for Plus Edition Subscribers

The Plus Edition version of the newsletter is sent to every Plus Edition subscriber once a week. Usually it is on Sunday evenings although occasionally it will be on Monday. The process works well although not perfectly.

Based upon feedback from Plus Edition subscribers, I am guessing that about 95% to 98% of the email messages get delivered to the addressees. The other 2% to 5% get blocked by spam filters in the receiving email servers. Sadly, that is a very common for all individuals and companies that send a lot of email messages, especially if they are long messages. The longer the message, the more likely it will be blocked by spam filters.

The problem seems to be getting worse in the past few weeks. I am receiving more and more reports of non-delivery these days. Luckily, there is a simple solution.

This Newsletter is Nineteen Years Old!

I’m opening a bottle of champagne this week to celebrate. It is a great time of celebration. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever dream that 19 years would be so interesting, so much fun, and so rewarding.

Nineteen years has slipped by in almost the blink of an eye. It seems like only yesterday that I sent the first e-mail newsletter to about 100 people, mostly members of CompuServe’s Genealogy Forums. None of them knew in advance that the newsletter would arrive; I simply mailed it to people who I thought might be interested. In 1996 nobody objected to receiving unsolicited bulk mail; the phrase “spam mail” had not yet been invented. I shudder to think if I did the same thing in today’s Internet environment.

Here is a quote from that first newsletter published on January 15, 1996:

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