You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the RootsTech 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 for dinner on Saturday evening after the close of the  RootsTech 2016 conference. 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 RootsTech2016 Conference on February 6. You are invited whether you subscribe to the newsletter or not. Bring your friends and family also.

Diary of Anne Frank Subject To Copyright Dispute

A legal case involving the Diary of Anne Frank may affect many other publications, even including genealogy books published in the United States and many other countries.

Anne Frank was a Jewish teenager killed by the Nazis whose writing survived in the Amsterdam building where she had hidden. 70 years have passed since her death. As the author, she owned the copyrights. After her death, the copyrights are legally passed on her heirs. In this case, Anne Frank’s heirs were her parents and, later, other relatives who would inherit the property and the rights of the parents. Under European laws, any book published at that time becomes public domain 70 years after publication.

A French academic has made the Diary of Anne Frank available online with profits going to charity. However, the Anne Frank Fonds, the foundation established by Anne’s father Otto Frank, claims that: “Otto Frank and children’s author and translator, Mirjam Pressler, were inter alia responsible for the various edited versions of fragments of the diary” in 1947 and 1991. They add: “the copyrights to these adaptations have been vested in Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler, who in effect created readable books from Anne Frank’s original writings.” In other words, the book should not be considered to be in the public domain today.

Lewis Bunker Rohrbaugh, R.I.P.

The many friends of Lewis Bunker Rohrbaugh will be saddened to hear that he passed away on January 2. He was well-known in the genealogy community as the proprietor of Picton Press in Maine and as a Swiss genealogist. I cannot find details in any online obituary but his passing was confirmed today in an email message from his wife Carol.

Happy New Year!


Ancestral Quest Provides Family Tree Maker Users with Path Forward and a $10 Discount

The following announcement was written by the producers of Ancestral Quest software for Windows and Macintosh:

We know that Family Tree Maker (FTM) users were disheartened to learn recently that Ancestry.com will be discontinuing FTM, and even though FTM will continue to function for some time, many FTM users are anxious to explore alternate software. Incline Software invites them to give Ancestral Quest (AQ) a serious look. Here are a few things they should know about AQ:

* Ancestral Quest can easily import their data. You can watch a short video that will guide you through this process here: watch video

* Ancestry.com has previously licensed AQ to be the base of their company product. Prior to acquiring the company that owned FTM, Ancestry.com had licensed AQ and distributed it to millions of their users under the name of Ancestry Family Tree (AFT). Just like AFT, AQ has the option to do background searches on the Ancestry.com databases, and provides links to the results.

* Ancestral Quest has been licensed as the basis for other major family tree software titles that have been used by millions of people, including the Windows versions of Personal Ancestral File (PAF).

* Ancestral Quest is available both for Windows and Mac.

Heirloom Registry Family History Holiday Campaign

The following announcement was written by the folks at Heirloom Registry:

‘White Friday’ Anyone? Heirloom Registry Launches Family History Campaign as Alternative for Holiday Shoppers

FERNDALE, WASH. – NOVEMBER 24, 2015 – The Heirloom Registry’s fourth “No More Stuff” campaign will officially kickoff with “White Friday,” an alternative to Black Friday that encourages shoppers to stay home with families and have fun with family history instead of simply buying more “stuff.”

“Instead of waking up earlier and earlier on Friday, battling the traffic and fighting the crowds for more stuff, what if you gave White Friday (#WhiteFriday) a try instead?” asks Mike Hiestand, Heirloom Registry founder. “We’ve run our campaign to encourage people to re-think the relationship they have with the objects and things that surround them before they head out shopping for things they may not really need or even truly want.”

The holiday campaign (#NoMoreStuff) runs from Nov. 27 through Dec. 31. It first started in 2012, but the declaration of White Friday as the official launch date is new to 2015. Participation in White Friday is easy, Hiestand explains. Participants sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast and then gather family and a few family heirlooms from around the house.

Ancestry.co.uk adds Freemasonry Membership Registers for England and Ireland

Ancestry.co.uk has added two new collections to hep find the the Freemasons in your family. The announcement came from Ancestry.co.uk but the same records seem to be available on Ancestry.com. These records include a lot more than English and Irish records. They also include some entries for lodges located in Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Some of the records in this collection include: Brecon and Carmarthen (Wales), Montreal, Halifax and Portland (Canada),  Christiana, Port Elizabeth, Barkley West, Cape Town and Machadodorp (South Africa), Invercargill (New Zealand), also South Australia.

The new Freemasonry Membership Registers for England and Ireland typically include name, profession, initiation date and other personal information.

The collections are individually titled as follows:

Samford’s IGHR Moving To Athens, Georgia In 2017

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) announced in May that the Institute would relocate to a new location. (See my May 28, 2015, article about the relocation at http://goo.gl/rvjhJU.) At that time, the new location had not been defined. Now the Samford University Library and the Advisory Board of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) have announced a new host site for IGHR.

IGHR will be moving to Georgia in 2017. After evaluating a number of proposals for the new host site, the Georgia Genealogical Society, Inc. has been selected to be the organization to carry forward the tradition of excellence in genealogical education. The Institute will move to Athens, Ga. and the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in July of 2017.

Updated: Richard Heaton’s Index to Digitalised British and Irish Newspapers Online

I have written before about Richard Heaton’s online indexes of British and Irish newspapers. See http://goo.gl/Oj5ZM3 and http://goo.gl/0BAxVN for two of the earlier articles about this collection. Now Richard writes, “I have been maintaining a list of Titles of Digitalised Online British and Irish Newspapers. Whether available Free, by Subscription, or Pay to View. There are now over 2,900 references.”

Genealogy Jamboree 2016 Call for Presentations

The following announcement was written by the organizers of the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree:

The Southern California Genealogical Society announces its Call for Presentations for the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 3 – 5, 2016 with a pre-conference day on Thursday, June 2, 2016, to include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth workshops, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. This call also includes the 2016 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. Presentations will only be accepted through the online portal August 20 – September 30, 2015.

Genealogy Jamboree draws family historians and genealogists at all experience levels, from the beginner to the professional; from the first time conference attendee to conference veterans. The Jamboree Extension Series draws an international audience also comprised of all skill levels.

Scottish Ancestral Research Company Releases New Records for Major Family History Show

The following announcement was written by the folks at Scottish Indexes:

Annan, Scotland – To celebrate the “Lanarkshire Family History Society Local and Family History Show” (the largest family history show in Scotland) www.scottishindexes.com is releasing thousands of historical Scottish paternity records. The total number of paternity records now indexed is 11,723!

These records give a unique insight into the lives of our ancestors and allows people with illegitimate ancestors to trace their male line more easily; often helping you overcome a ‘brick wall’ in your family tree!

Tulsa Genealogical Society Research Library moved to Northeastern State University’s Broken Arrow Campus

The Tulsa Genealogical Society Research Library has transferred its library holdings to Northeastern State University’s Broken Arrow campus, 3100 S New Orleans, Broken Arrow.

The new facility includes computers for online research and Wi-Fi for individuals who bring their personal laptops or tablets. It also offers a computer lab, which will be available for society classes and workshops.

Detail may be found on the society’s web site at http://www.tulsagenealogy.org/president.html.

Gage County Museum in Beatrice, Nebraska, Closed Due to Flood

The Gage County Museum in Beatrice, including its genealogy research collections, will be closed during Homestead Days due to damaged sustained during flooding in May. The horse-drawn Beatrice streetcar rides scheduled on Saturday and Sunday have been canceled.

The museum will remain closed until repair work is done and the entire collection has been reinstalled. The date of reopening has yet to be determined. Staff will still be working to answer questions and do genealogical research by telephone or email. If you would like to visit the Gage County Museum, keep an eye on its web site at http://www.gagecountymuseum.info for further updates.

Woonsocket (Rhode Island) Veterans Memorial Museum finds a Home at the American French Genealogical Society

Glenn Dusablon has collected hundreds of uniforms from various conflicts. There was but one problem: where to display them? Glenn has now found the answer, thanks to the American French Genealogical Society (AFGS) of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Dusablon is preparing the space above AFGS to be opened as the “Woonsocket Veterans Memorial Museum,” a place to honor those who have served their country throughout history, and to preserve military artifacts. Until now, much of his collection – which includes some incredibly rare and valuable items – has gone unseen, with select artifacts occasionally pulled out for traveling displays he’s created at special veteran-related events.

Findmypast’s Start Your Family Tree Week 2014/15 Begins Today

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

London, UK. 26th December, 2014. Today marks the beginning of Findmypast’s Start Your Family Tree Week and the release of over 7.6 million records.

This seven-day event will continue until 1st January 2015. Over the course of the week, Findmypast users can access a wide range of materials to help them build their family trees such as getting started guides, expert insights, useful print-outs, and a wealth of family history prizes.

Findmypast will also be launching its first ever Findmypast Tree Awards – a contest for the best family tree built or uploaded to Findmypast. Four winners across four categories will be selected by an expert panel of judges and will be awarded a selection of prizes.

Never Underestimate the Power of Small Good Deeds

Here is a photograph of a short letter to a UK newspaper is one of the most shared images in the world today. It’s on the front page of viral photo hosting service Imgur, where it has been viewed thousands of times in the last three days. It’s not clear when the letter was originally published.

Rabbi Abraham S. Goldberg, R.I.P.

The recent attack by Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem took several lives. One of the murder victims was Rabbi Abraham S. Goldberg who was very active on JewishGen and a person who helped many people research their lineage.

You can read more in an article in the JewishGen Blog at http://jewishgen.blogspot.com/2014/11/abraham-s-goldberg-hyd.html.

UK Opens Access to 91 Million Orphan Works

This sounds like a great solution! In the U.S., creative works published from 1923 through 1963 may or may not be protected by copyright laws. A dizzying array of regulations and the inability to find possible copyright holders makes it nearly impossible to determine if a specific work can be legally reproduced by others or not. Unable to determine what is or is not protected, books, magazines, pictures, music and other works created during that period are often called “orphaned works.”

The dates may be different but somewhat similar problems exist in many other countries as well. Now the Intellectual Property Office of the government of the United Kingdom has opened access to millions of orphaned works created in the UK.

Genealogy Jamboree Call for Presentations Extended

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Southern California Genealogical Society:

Have you submitted for the Southern California Genealogical Society 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 – 7, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California? The Genetic Genealogy: DNA Plus! on Thursday, June 4, 2015 will include a full day of DNA presentations and In-Depth Workshops.

This Call for Presentations also includes the 2015 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. This webinar program offers two sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) to an international audience.

The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree theme is Genealogy FANfare! celebrating the use of the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research.

That Synthetic Food of the Future

Be cautious when predicting the future. Not all predictions are accurate. The following is from the Ogden Standard-Examiner of Ogden City, Utah, on September 19, 1926:

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