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On the Road Again

I managed to stay home 7 days after my last trip but am now on the road again for an 8-day trip. By the time you read these words, I should be in Maine for a personal trip for a family event. Then I will spend a day in Massachusetts with friends before getting on an airplane in Boston to fly to the RootsTech genealogy conference in Salt Lake City.

This year’s RootsTech conference is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. It should be the largest genealogy conference in the world. You can read all about it at A number of sessions being held at RootsTech will be available as streaming video on the Internet so you can watch them live. See for the schedule of the live sessions. I believe the same sessions will be recorded and will be available on within a day or so after each session in case you are not able to view the live versions.

I plan to write about the events and the new products and services that I see at RootsTech. This conference historically has been the site of many new announcements of interest to genealogists.

Of course, the annual EOGN Dinner to be held after the conference closes is always the highlight of my week. You can read about it at As I write these words, tickets are still available.

Plus Edition Newsletter is Now Available

The latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter is now available at Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

(+) What to Do About Damaged CD-ROM Disks

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

MyHeritage Mobile App adds Audio Recordings to your Family Tree’s World Family Tree Surpasses 100 Million Profiles

The Easy Way to Store Backups on Multiple Online Services with cloudHQ

RootsTech Streaming Schedule Announced

Last Call for the EOGN Dinner Following the RootsTech Conference

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 conference on Saturday evening, February 6, the time to obtain a ticket is NOW!

Reservations will close on Monday, February 1, at 12 midnight Mountain Time. I have to call the restaurant and give them an exact final headcount in the morning.


Reminder: There will be doorprizes!

Details may be found at

See you there?

Announcing a Raffle for Invitations to Attend the MyHeritage Party at RootsTech

MyHeritage_logoHere is a chance to meet some of the members of the MyHeritage team and their friends, partners, and geneabloggers. Enjoy appetizers, refreshments, fun games, and raffle prizes. (And let’s not forget about the special gift each guest will take home!) You could also be the lucky winner of one of many cash gift cards, Kindle Fire tablets, or one of the grand prizes — an iPad Mini 4 or $250 gift card!

I have been given five tickets to give to readers of this newsletter. These tickets are for invited guests to attend the exclusive MyHeritage RootsTech After-Party on Friday, February 5 at 8pm, at the Marriott City Creek Grand Ballroom.

This Newsletter is Twenty Years Old!

20yearsI’m opening a bottle of champagne this week. It’s time to get out a bottle of bubbly to celebrate. It is a great time of celebration. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever dream that 20 years would be so interesting, so much fun, and so rewarding. The very first edition of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter was sent 20 years ago, on January 15, 1996.

Twenty 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. The last time I looked, this newsletter now has 75,000 readers tuning in everyday! If you would have told me that 20 years ago, I would have never believed you.

On the Road Again

Well, it is time to travel again. This will be about a 7,000-mile trip and I’ll be gone for ten days.

The trip will start with a road trip to Miami followed by a quick cross-country flight to Salt Lake City, followed by a red-eye flight back to Miami, then I’ll join Diana Smith, Gary Smith, and Donna Moughty on board the Celebrity Reflection cruise ship for a genealogy cruise to Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Coco Cay, Bahamas; and then a return to Miami.

Details on the genealogy cruise may be found at and at

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

(+) How to Obtain Irish Citizenship and an Irish Passport

(+) Lifestyles in the Seventeenth Century

A Word About the Privacy of Your Genealogy Information

“Certified Genealogist®” Officially Registered with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

D. Joshua Taylor Appointed President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Northeast Historic Film Offers 10,000 Hours of Film and Video‎

Personal Digital Archiving – a Report from the Digital Preservation Coalition

Just How Much Is Cancer Due to Your Genes?

2015 Statistics for

I must admit that I am smiling a bit after looking at the “end-of-year” report for this newsletter. I thought I would share a few statistics. These are for the Standard Edition newsletter’s web site only; these numbers do not include the Plus Edition newsletter at

The web site at was viewed about 2,700,000 times in 2015.

In 2015, there were 1,068 new articles published, growing the total archive of this newsletter to 1,940 articles, far more than any printed genealogy magazine.

People in 221 countries read the articles here. Most visitors came from the United States. Canada and the United Kingdom were not far behind.

The busiest day of the year was March 30th with 17,785 views.

The article that generated the most readers’ comments in 2015 was Ancestry to Retire Family Tree Maker Software with 193 comments (so far).

I Am Taking Christmas Off

Just a quick note: There will not be any newsletters published December 24 or 25. I am flying back north and will spend the Christmas holiday with my closest family members. The following two days, December 26 and 27, are a weekend and there is never a newsletter published on weekends. (See

That adds up to four consecutive days without a newsletter, which I think is a new record. However, I am looking forward to time spent with my family.

Merry Christmas!

On the Road Again

It is time to travel again. After all, I have been home for six weeks since my last trip and I am getting restless.

By the time you read these words, I should be en route to the 2015 New York State Family History Conference to be held later this week in Syracuse, New York. This event should be a success. It is already sold out but details may be found at


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 I am still working on that…)  {UPDATE: I think I have found a solution for the Plus Edition articles at 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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.



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