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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 Web as We Knew it is Dead. Long Live the Web!

Who Owns Your Genealogy Data?

Book Review: BarbwireDigi’s Guide to Creating A Digital Genealogy Scrapbook

RootsTech 2015 Breaks all Attendance Records

Genetic Study Reveals 30% of White British DNA has German Ancestry

Tour a Jewish Cemetery in Bialystok by Drone

Participate in the #1000pages Transcription Challenge from the US National Archives

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:

Happy Holidays!

I would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

Quick Note: I am Taking a Couple of Days Off

I plan to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day with family and friends. Don’t look for any new articles in this newsletter for a couple of days.

Give the Gift of an EOGN Newsletter Subscription

Want to give someone a subscription to this newsletter as a Christmas or birthday gift? Well, I think it is a great idea! If you agree with me, the process for giving a newsletter subscription is simple.

To create the gift, click on this address: http://blog.eogn.com/contact-dick-eastman and send me a message with the recipient’s name and email address. Please tell me the date the subscription is supposed to start. For instance, do you want it to start immediately or on Christmas Day or on some other date? Also, please state if it is for a 3-month ($5.95) or a 12-month ($19.95) subscription.

On the Road Again

As I often write in this newsletter, I will be traveling for a few days. I will be making presentations on board a cruise ship in the eastern Caribbean as part of a genealogy cruise. (See http://www.cecruisegroups.com/genealogy-cruise-2014.html for details about the cruise.)

By the time you read these words, I will already be on the road or perhaps at sea. I am traveling with an iPad and a laptop computer, a wireless cellular modem, and wi-fi networking as well so theoretically I should be able to post new newsletter articles while I am traveling. However, my experience with cruise ships is that Internet connections are both very slow and prohibitively expensive. Besides, I may have other activities planned besides staying inside 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 any new articles posted here for the next week.

A note to Plus Edition subscribers:

Share These Articles!

Someone asked the question today so I’ll answer it here in public in case anyone else has the same question:

Unlike many other genealogy web sites, I invite you to copy the articles from the Standard Edition of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and to publish them elsewhere. You can publish them in your own web site, in newsgroups, in your society’s (printed or online) newsletter, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or most anyplace else, as long as it is for non-commercial purposes. I do ask that you attribute the source of the article(s) you publish.

You don’t have to ask permission. As stated in the Nike ad, “Just Do It.”

I do ask that you not republish the Plus Edition articles. Those are the ones marked with a (+) plus sign in the titles, such as:

On the Road Again

As I often write in this newsletter, I will be traveling for a few days. I will be making presentations at the Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s Annual Seminar this weekend in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (See http://gotancestors.com for the details of the conference.) I have attended a conference at the Western Michigan Genealogical Society before and enjoyed it. I suspect this year’s event will be the same.

I am already on the road. This article is being written in Baltimore’s BWI Airport where I am awaiting a connecting flight. I will return home very late Sunday evening.

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.

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