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A New Option for Plus Edition Articles: Pay for One Article Only

I am experimenting a bit. If this new option turns out to be popular, I will keep it. If not, it will disappear.

I occasionally receive requests from readers asking to purchase a single Plus Edition article without having to pay for an entire subscription. Not everyone wants to pay for a 3-month or 12-month subscription if they want to read only one Plus Edition article. Therefore, I have added a new option: anyone may purchase a single Plus Edition article as a PDF file.

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:

(+) The True Expense of Genealogy Research
(+) A Lesson to be Learned From One Library’s Conversion to a Digital Library
Wanted to Rent: New Home for 19,000 Arizona Genealogy Research Documents
eBook: Sources for Genealogical Research at the Austrian War Archives in Vienna (Kriegsarchiv Wien)
Requesting Public Records? Depending on the State, That Could Cost Money
Ancestral Quest is Now Available for Macintosh
Scottish Ancestral Research Company Releases New Records for Major Family History Show
More than 82,000 FamilySearch Volunteers “Fuel the Find” for People Worldwide
FamilySearch opens a new Seattle Family Discovery Center
New FamilySearch Collections: Week of August 17, 2015
New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday
Introducing SNAC
Announcing the Launch of new Website for the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA)
Certificate of Irish Heritage Abandoned
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announces Appointment of Christopher C. Child as Editor of the Mayflower Descendant
Do Not Install Dictation Software on Your Windows or Macintosh Computer!
Run Windows Programs on your Macintosh with Parallels Desktop
Millionaire Property Developer Used Children’s Gravestones to Build a Patio
Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

(+) My Favorite Way to Easily Save Cell Phone Photos

(+) Never Save Original Photos in JPG Format!

We Are All Related! So Get Over It.

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center’s Renovation to Begin in Early November

Canadian Genealogy at the Maine State Library

One More Experiment with Creating PDF Copies This Newsletter’s Articles

I thought I was done with this topic but a suggestion by newsletter reader David Oseas made me go back and try again. At David’s suggestion, I have installed a “PDF & Print” link that is displayed at the end of each of this newsletter’s articles. (It does not show in the articles in the Plus Edition newsletter at http://www.eogn.com/wp. I am still working on that…)  {UPDATE: I think I have found a solution for the Plus Edition articles at http://www.eogn.com/wp as well. However, it only is implemented on the articles posted in the past few hours.}

Unlike the previous attempts, the new service will display a rather nice-looking PDF version of any article from the Standard Edition newsletter. Once displayed on your your screen, you can save the article to your hard drive, print it, or email it to yourself or to someone else, using the options displayed at the top of the screen:

Final Decision About a “Save as PDF” Feature for this Newsletter

Over the past week, I have been experimenting with adding PDF versions of all articles posted in this newsletter. (See http://goo.gl/JAxYZ6 for details.) I also asked for comments and suggestions from newsletter readers. Luckily, quite a few readers did offer their opinions and suggestions. After reading all of them, I have come to a decision: I will drop the idea of adding a PDF version of every article to the newsletter. Instead, I will continue to publish articles here in exactly the same manner that I have for years.

First, I want to thank everyone who offered advice. Those comments were the primary reason I made the decision. While not unanimous, the majority of suggestions received revolved around the following two ideas:

Update: The Problem is Over (Was: “I’ll Be Offline for a While”)

It looks like the problems are solved and I am back online after almost exactly twenty-four hours of no power, no (wired) Internet service, and no standard phone service. Crews from the town’s department of public works, the power company, the telephone company, and the cable company have been here off and on all day and it looks like things are almost back to normal.

I was lucky as there is essentially no damage to the house or yard. I may need to use a chainsaw and a rake for a few hours, however. Others in town were not so lucky as some houses had damage. At least nobody got hurt. All the damage can be repaired.

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:

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

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