Here are a few comments received from newsletter readers:
"This is definitely the best post I’ve read on the topic of software and the research process."
"Because of your article, I was able to punch through a brick wall on behalf of a friend! Thank you! I found a will that definitively proved that my theory was correct."
"Great article, I wish I'd had this information sooner!"
"Dick, I think I joined your newsletter in 1998. Forget Google Alerts, Mocavo or any others that may help to find genealogy items, your newsletter encompasses everything a genealogist may want to know about,and many things unrelated to genealogy we were glad you wrote about, too.
You truly are a gem! Thanks for all your hard work and Happy Anniversary!"
"Best $20 I have spent this year! I enjoy your posts every day; I'm just sorry I can't travel as you do to all the conferences."
"I was so impressed that I subscribed to the Plus version several weeks ago. I really look forward to it every week. It contains so much good/ interesting information and links to other data. I constantly toggle between the news letter and the linked web sites. Eastman sure has a broad knowledge and useage of so much of the electronic and internet fields. Unfortunately, I get so sidetracked by the content and links, that I neglect or forget what I should be working on. Senior moments I guess?"
"Wow. Although I often marvel at your ability to research and report, this piece exceeds in every category. This is some remarkably important information that very few people know about, that is very important and I'm delighted that I now know."
"As always, a clear and easily understood article. Please keep up the good work. The combination of genealogy articles and computer talk is well balanced and the major reason I continue to read every newsletter and subscribe to the plus edition."
"Thank you for this great post. Tonight I tracked the family of Ole A. Brown for 15 years using the directories from 1873 to 1888. They are one of my brick walls back to Norway.Your newsletter is always a must read every day."
"Once we had the approval to start this project, we contacted Dick Eastman and asked for him to place a notice in his genealogy newsletter, which he was gracious enough to do. As a result we now have 53 volunteers (and counting) who are going to be assisting in this project. This is the largest group of volunteers we have had on any such project in the country. We really believe the publicity Dick provided was instrumental in providing additional volunteers."
"You must know that you are unique in the genealogical field. Your credentials for computer use, futuristic thinking and eagerness to bring the rest of us along for a great ride, and clearity of expression and emphasis on documentation are a wonderful combination for all of us to be exposed to. May you never retire!"
"Thanks for the great article. I've looked at Mocavo before, but your article provoked me to try again. I was rewarded with details on one of my family lines back to 1600 Germany ... I've been working on that line for years, so this was a treasure trove of information to me! In these days of belt-tightening I am constantly revisiting my expenditures, and just when I think it's time not to renew EOGN, I find something like this that makes my investment worthwhile."
"I upgraded to the pay-for-plus option today.Thanks- this is a terrific publication. Good for you! (And for us)."
"You remind me of the Lone Ranger, "thundering hooves, and all that". Thank you so much! Keep up the good work! I love your writing!"
"Fascinating! One of the things I really like about EOGN is the incidental technology discoveries. Thank you!"
"I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to receive your newsletters. I have learned a lot from all of your postings. Your information has really helped me in my research into my family’s past. Keep up the great work you do! Thank you again!"
"I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your kind words about the new genealogy section on our web site. We have received over 3,000 referrals to the site from eogn.com and it has opened many doors for us. We've heard from the Federation of Genealogical Societies and several bloggers based on your write up."
"All the best from Israel."
"Thanks once again for providing excellent reviews like this! This is the main reason I am a Plus subscriber."
"I love reading your newsletter. I am especially interested in genealogy cruises, so I love that section."
"Hi Dick, you really hit the economic nail on the head and gave a wonderful explanation. I admire you for that. I have been a faithful reader of your newsletter from almost the beginning and I will continue, you can count me in."
"Thank you for the info on this subject. What I love about your news is that it's not always genealogy, but it's ALWAYS relevant to our lives. Thanks Again!"
"Dear Mr. Eastman; Thank you very much for all the free tips you give about genealogy to beginners like me. I thoroughly enjoy your articles! So many people on the internet are tring to get rich quick it seems and you are so generous with your knowledge; I just wanted you to know that I appreciate all your help!"
"I take the Plus Edition for the MAIN purpose of hearing about new technology as it relates to genealogy or other very small business use. I can't wait to hear about the latest invention which might make my work/hobby better and easier. Thanks, Dick!"
"But the wonder of it all is that I now have the name and location of a living cousin who reported the fate of her grandparents, and her I can find! Thank you, Dick, for helping me hit the 'Easy Button!'"
"This is the kind of article that makes my husband brag about your newsletters to our tech savvy kids. I have learned so much more about technology and genealogy from your newsletters than any other newsletter that I get. Keep up the great work."
"Thanks, Dick. I've now bought and installed [the VPN product you described] and it works great! I had a queasy feeling last week in hotels with free but unencrypted wireless access and this is just what I need to sleep a little better not wondering if someone has stolen one of my passwords or the like. Thanks for all your pioneering work and great advice!"
"Thank you so much for your informative articles. My subscription to your Plus articles were definitely well-spent dollars!"
"The beauty of this newsletter is it's synergy of genealogy and modern data handling information. Genealogy creates data issues, and fortunately for us, Dick is here to be part of the solution!"
"Dick: For many years I have read your column and I just wanted to thank you for what you are doing for the genealogical community. You are a valuable asset and I appreciate your knowledge and expertise, you community service, your time, and your effort."
"Great article whatever level of experience with searching..."
"I just renewed my annual subscription. Just a day or so ago, you gave us the tip on an online service. That was worth the annual subscription. Thank you for being one of the few businesses that provide service at a good value!"
"Hi! I am so grateful for your straightforward, laymans terms and simplicity in both technology and genealogy. I will usually purchase the items you favor because, thankfully, you are willing to do the research and share your results quickly and clearly. I have not been disappointed once. What I see so far is very impressive and already worth the fee. Thank you for your commitment to assisting us better understand these two complicated and interesting subjects, and to the readers who leave their helpful comments."
"Dick,"I just want to send along a thank you for all of your great work in compiling the newsletter. You have jump started my genealogy interest and perhaps this time I will get into it with more information and resources than have been available to me in my past efforts."
"Fantastic article. This one article is worth the whole subscription price. Thank you!"
"I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your excellent newsletter. I consider my few piddly pennies spent to upgrade to the Plus Edition as the best money I've ever spent for my genealogy hobby! Not one edition goes by that I don't find valuable information to clip and save! Yours is the best newsletter for genealogy I've ever come across, and I will be extremely disappointed if it doesn't continue for many years to come! You have the ability to explain complicated issues in language anyone can understand!"
"This article is worth the $20 I spent to get the Plus Edition of your newsletter."
"Please keep up the fantastic work! It is greatly appreciated!"
"This was a terrific article and I also loved the comments."
"Remarkable. That's twice in one week, Mr. Eastman, that you've pointed me to images of original records pertaining to ancestors of mine. This time, not only one but four! Now I'm too excited to go to sleep."
"You saved me a trip to Detroit and/or a fee for a collateral relative I was seeking."
"Dick, THANKS, can't believe this. Out of time today to search but found some relatives didn't know what happened to them and anxious to get back to this site.
"THANK YOU, THANK YOU sooooooooooooo VERY MUCH!"
"Just had to say I am really enjoying the Plus Edition of your newsletter. It is just great. Keep up the good work. Many thanks." - (name withheld), Melbourne, Australia
"I would just like to say "thanks" for all the information that you provide through your newsletter. You are appreciated."
"Thanks for your advice on this and a multitude of other genealogical and computer issues."
"Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate all the various subjects you carry in your newsletter. It keeps all of us informed."
" Thanks to your article I was able to make this connection and learn more about my family history."
"Thanks, Dick, for a fascinating synthesis. You are a talented writer. I've heard it said that Lloyd Bockstruck could enthrall an audience as he read the phone book aloud; and you are as talented a writer as he is a speaker. "