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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:

(+) What is a Genogram and Why Should I Create One?

Was Jack the Ripper REALLY Identified through DNA? I Doubt It.

Your Picture in an Automobile

What Is the Cloud?

With Genetic Testing, I Gave My Parents the Gift of Divorce

MacBridge for RootsMagic 6: Run RootsMagic on Your Mac without Windows

How to Make Gmail Always Place this Newsletter in the In-box, not in the Spam Folder

I like Gmail but there is one issue with Gmail that really annoys me. Gmail’s spam filters look at every new incoming email message and then make a decision whether to place the message in the In-box, in the Spam folder, or to block it entirely. Often, those spam filters place the EOGN newsletters in the Spam Folder.

Luckily, you can easily change Gmail’s defaults and tell the mail service to always place any message containing this newsletter into the In-box, never in the Spam Folder. To do so:

On the Road Again, This Time to Scotland

As I often write in this newsletter, I will be traveling for a while. This time it is a bit different: I am going on a longer trip and I am combining genealogy with tourism.

I am leaving Thursday morning, August 21, and will be gone for ten days, returning home on August 31. My primary purpose of the trip is to attend the Who Do You Think You Are? Live expo in Glasgow, Scotland. However, I am leaving a week early to (1.) get used to the time zone change and (2.) to be a tourist traveling around Scotland. I will spend some time in the Highlands and on the Isle of Skye. I will also stop by Loch Ness to check on the status of Nessie.

Coming Up: Reviews of Genealogy Software

I am planning to write and publish reviews of all the more popular genealogy programs. That will include current genealogy programs for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Android, and Apple iOS (used on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch mobile devices) as well as cloud-based genealogy programs that are available on the World Wide Web. The reviews will be published roughly once a week or so, depending upon my travel schedule and the time available. If you are thinking of upgrading to a new program, you may be interested in these reviews.

The first review has been published today: RootsMagic, a very popular genealogy program for Windows. You can read that review at http://blog.eogn.com/2014/08/10/genealogy-software-review-rootsmagic.

A Comment About Comments

A newsletter reader posted multiple comments late last night, all of them containing more or less the same message. He then posted a last comment questioning why his previous comments didn’t “go through.” I decided to address “the problem” here in case others have the same question.

No comments posted to this newsletter at www.eogn.com ever “go through” until they are approved by myself. All newly-posted comments go to a hidden area that only I can see. Once I read the comment, I can make it visible to everyone with one mouseclick or I can erase it permanently with a different mouseclick.

More than 50% of all the comments posted are spam messages, some days it is 75% or more. The comments range from promotions of male sexual enhancement products to advertisements for fake reproductions of Rolex watches to mail order sales of pharmaceutical drugs and all sorts of other junk. Others promote various religious or political agendas or contain personal attacks on politicians.

Hey, I’ve Been Interviewed!

Let me engage in a bit of shameless self-promotion. I have recently been interviewed by two other bloggers/writers and both interviews are now available online.

The first is an interview by Brittni Hayes published in The StoryCall Blog at http://goo.gl/M0bBvX. We talked about “user contributed information [that] is chock-full of fairy tales” and also about the use of DNA in genealogy.

Adding Listings to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The Calendar of Genealogy Events is a feature of this newsletter’s web site at http://calendar.eogn.com that lists all sorts of genealogy conferences, cruises, webcasts, and similar events of interest to genealogists. It has sections for every U.S. state, every Canadian province, and for a number of other countries.

I received an email message today from someone who was a bit dismayed that an event he cares about was not listed in the Calendar of Genealogy Events. Apparently, he did not realize that all information in the Calendar of Genealogy Events is contributed by users. Thinking perhaps that others were also not aware of how it works, I decided to write this short note.

EOGN: The Swimsuit Edition

Hey, if Sports Illustrated and other magazines can produce “swimsuit editions,” why can’t a genealogy newsletter? Therefore, I am delighted to introduce the first (annual?) swimsuit edition of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter:

Update: EOGN Calendar of Genealogy Events

I created the Calendar of Genealogy Events at www.eogn.com/calendar on May 26, 2013, then moved it to a more powerful web publishing platform on September 21 of the same year. I am pleased with the growth and input from newsletter readers. The Calendar continues to grow and is now becoming a significant resource.

The purpose of the calendar is to provide information about future genealogy conferences, seminars, conventions, cruises, trips, and even online “webinars.” All information is to be provided by you and other readers of this newsletter.

On the Road Again

As I often write in this newsletter, I will be traveling for the next few days. This time it is different: I am going on a personal trip, not genealogy-related.

I’ll be gone Monday through Thursday, June 30 through July 3, possibly through Friday, the Fourth of July. I will take one airline trip and then will drive a bit more than 1,000 miles before returning home.

RSS Newsfeeds for this Newsletter

Many readers of this newsletter use RSS newsreaders to quickly and easily find the newer articles. However, this newsletter’s web site was moved to a new and more reliable hosting service a couple of months ago and then was updated to a more modern software package with several new capabilities. (Click here for the details.) However, the address for the RSS newsfeed changed in the process. In fact, there are now TWO RSS newsfeeds for the Standard Edition newsletter: one for the articles and another for comments to those articles posted by readers.

The articles are now available at http://blog.eogn.com/feed while the readers’ comments are available at http://blog.eogn.com/comments/feed. You will want an RSS newsreader to easily read the information available at those addresses.

On the Road Again: Heading to the Genealogy Jamboree

By the time you read these words, I should be en route to Burbank, California to attend the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and a separate, one-day conference: Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014. These events are both held in the same conferences center on June 5-8. The DNA conference is organized by the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) while the Genealogy Jamboree is organized by the Southern California Genealogical Society.

This year’s Jamboree theme is Golden Memories: Discovering Your Family History. The focus is on European ancestors. Class sessions are scheduled for German, Irish, English/UK, Scotland, Eastern Europe, Italian, Mennonite, Swedish, and Russian, as well as African American and Jewish classes.

This Newsletter’s RSS Feeds Have Changed

Several people have asked so I thought I would put a quick message here. If you read the articles here in an RSS newsreader, you already know that the RSS feed address you have used for a long time quit working about two weeks ago. See http://blog.eogn.com/2014/04/21/this-newsletter-has-been-moved-to-a-temporary-host/ for an explanation of why it was moved.

The good news is that more information than ever is available via RSS. The newsletter articles are now available in RSS format at http://blog.eogn.com/feed.

In addition, a new option has been added that was never available before. You can now read users’ comments posted to articles in RSS format at http://blog.eogn.com/comments/feed.

On the Road Again

I am headed to Richmond, Virginia, in a few minutes to attend the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society. I will be traveling with an iPad and a laptop computer so will be able to post new newsletter articles while I am there. However, I may be a bit busy at times with the conference events. As a result you may not see as many new articles posted here as normal for a few days.

You can read more about the conference at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/.

Update: You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the NGS Conference in Richmond!

Just a quick note to say there are only four days left to purchase tickets for the Newsletter’s readers’ dinner to be held this Saturday evening in Richmond, Virginia. By the time you read these words, it might be two days. It will be held shortly after the close of the National Genealogical Society’s annual conference.

This Web Site Might Remain Where It Is

This newsletter has been hosted for about ten years on TypePad.com. While you may enter an address of http://www.eogn.com into your web browser, the pages you viewed were actually hosted at http://www.typepad.com. I have always been very happy with TypePad’s service until recently. Even though I became dissatisfied recently, I also realize the problem was not created by TypePad.

TypePad was the victim of intermittent DDOS attacks for several days. The blog.eogn.com pages were up and down repeatedly for several days. (You can read more about DDOS attacks at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ddos.) Out of frustration, I moved the web site to WordPress.com and tried to make the best of a poor situation. I announced the move at the time as a “temporary change” at http://blog.eogn.com/2014/04/21/this-newsletter-has-been-moved-to-a-temporary-host/.

In fact, the new home has worked rather well.

You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the NGS Conference in Richmond!

I would like to invite you to a dinner for this newsletter’s readers, their guests, and other genealogists, to be held at 7:30 PM Eastern Time in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday evening, May 10. That will be a few hours after the close of the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society. Everyone is invited! However, you must obtain a ticket in advance in order to attend.

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Tickets are now available at http://eogn.com/dinner.

On the Road Again

traveling1This time it is a short trip: flying to Detroit today (Saturday), delivering talks at the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County, Michigan tomorrow (see http://washtenawgenealogy.org/), then returning home on Monday. However, I suspect I will be busy and not able to post as many articles as usual for a few days. The weekly mailing of the Plus Edition newsletter also will probably be delayed a bit.

If you can be in Ann Arbor on Sunday, we (the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County and I) would love to see you at the meeting!

This newsletter has been moved to a temporary host

As a temporary measure, I have moved the Standard Edition newsletter’s web site to a temporary host on wordpress.com.

The hosting company where the Standard Edition newsletter runs has been receiving intermittent DDOS attacks for several days. The blog.eogn.com pages have been up and down repeatedly for more than 36 hours. The other pages on eogn.com remained in operation but most site visitors had no way of learning that.

The Plus Edition is still working at http://eogn.com/wp.

The new website looks very different from the newsletter you are used to reading and I am sure there are hundreds of broken links. All recent newsletter article are being posted at the new, temporary web site. However, that will require a few hours.

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