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?

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

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

I received a somewhat frantic e-mail recently from a reader of this newsletter. She mentioned a specific genealogy CD-ROM disk, but her question could apply to any CD disk of any topic. She wrote (in part):

“Help! I have a CD-ROM disk of [name deleted here] and it cracked. I want to replace it, but can’t seem to find it anywhere. Any suggestions? Is there any other CD-ROM that has equivalent materials?”

Sadly, I was not able to offer much help. A cracked CD disk is useless, except maybe as a coaster for your coffee cup. Even a scratch the size of one human hair can render a CD-ROM disk useless; if it has visible physical damage, the problem is even worse. To make matters worse, the company that produced her disk is now out of business, so I doubt if she can find a low-cost replacement. I referred her to to eBay to see if she can find a used copy of the same CD for sale.

Essex Archives Online

The catalogue of the Essex (England) Record Office is now available online at It is the place to discover your Essex ancestors or the history of your home, village or town.

The new web site offers written descriptions of every item in the archive, but not the full text of the documents themselves. Some entries contain images of the item. If your search returns more entries than you require, try the advanced search.

Only registered users can purchase a subscription. You will need to register for an Essex Archives Online (EAO) account, if you do not have one.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Findmypast logoThis week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of a variety of new additions from the Ilse of Man, Ireland, the English county of Middlesex, Australia and New Zealand.

Over 2.8 million New Zealand birth, marriage and death index records are now available to search and over 838,000 new records have been added to our collection of civil and parish births, marriages and deaths from the Isle of Man. Substantial updates have also been made to the Greater London Burial Index, Queensland Funeral records and our collection of historic Irish newspapers.

Irish Newspapers

Over 970,000 articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers. The latest additions include one brand new title – The Dublin Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, the arrival of which adds over 3,700 fully searchable articles from 1871 to our gorwing list of Dublin newspapers.

RootsTech Streaming Schedule Announced

RootsTech is a huge genealogy conference to be held next week in Salt Lake City. If you cannot attend in person, you might be interested in watching some of the presentations that will be broadcast live on the the Internet, including the general keynote sessions on Thursday and Saturday.

All presentations will be available at The times shown below are in Mountain Standard Time:

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.

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.

Newspaper Archive Inc. pays $100,000 for Deceptive Online Practices

NA_LogoStackedIn the June 24, 2014 newsletter, I published an article entitled Heritage Microfilm and Under State Review After Complaints. The article is still available at Newspaper Archive Inc. provides online access to digitized newspapers from across the country. The company’s customers are mostly genealogists, historians, and others interested in retrieving old newspaper articles. The article stated:

“Heritage Microfilm and, 855 Wright Brothers Blvd., Suite 2A, [Cedar Rapids, Iowa] are accused in dozens of complaints filed with the state and the Better Business Bureau of not allowing subscribers to cancel services, refusing to grant refunds and failing to answer calls or emails.”

It took a while but the case has now been settled.

E-Z Photo Scan Announces Free Scanning at RootsTech

The following announcement was written by the folks at E-Z Photo Scan:

Scanning leader sets goal for 100,000 scans at global family history event

Jan. 27, 2016

Altamonte Springs, Fla. – E-Z Photo Scan, the leading marketer of desktop photo-scanning systems, announced RootsTech attendees can have their prints and slides scanned for free during the event, Feb. 3-6, 2016, in Salt Lake City. In 2015, E-Z Photo Scan booth attendees scanned 98,561 prints at RootsTech, and this year, a goal of 100,000 scans has been set.

To participate, RootsTech attendees can bring their photo prints, scrapbook pages and slides to expo booth 1109 during exhibit hours Thursday-Saturday. To make image storage easy and simple, E-Z Photo Scan will use the latest technology to make photos available to attendees after the event. These treasured digital memories can be stored on FamilySearch and other genealogy sites. Also, on Saturday, E-Z Photo Scan is part of the interactive activities of Family Discovery Day.

NGS Announces a New Cloud-Based Course: Researching Your World War I Ancestors

The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

Arlington, VA, 01/27/2016 —The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies course, Researching Your World War I Ancestors. In this cloud-based, nine-module, self-paced course, genealogists obtain an introduction to WWI research. Modules cover topics such as “Locate and Understand Records of Units,” “Serial Numbers and Unit Identification,” and “Obtaining Copies of World War I Personnel Records.” Also included are examples, citations, references, self-graded quizzes, and a comprehensive glossary.


Craig Roberts Scott, CGSM, FUGA, developed Researching Your World War I Ancestors for NGS. A nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher, he has more than thirty years’ experience and specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives.’s World Family Tree Surpasses 100 Million Profiles

The following announcement was written by Amanda, Social Media Coordinator, and originally published in the Geni Blog at

Today we’re excited to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now connects over 100 million profiles!

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the entire Geni community, the World Family Tree has quickly become the largest, highest-quality family tree of the world. This significant milestone is the product of the hard work and research done by our dedicated community of users and our trusted team of volunteer Curators.’s World Family Tree Surpasses 100 Million Profiles

ConferenceKeeper & Geneabloggers Proclaim February 1 as #GenealogySelfie Day

The following announcement was written by the folks at ConferenceKeeper and Geneabloggers:

The genealogy community is a friendly and rather social bunch. They share knowledge, information, documents, research triumphs and struggles, joys, sorrows – even pictures of cats. So why not selfies? Chances are good that if you’re on Facebook or Twitter, you have a hefty number of “genealogy” friends – many that you probably have never met in person, but regularly interact with through Likes, Shares, and Comments on one another’s posts. Peruse your list of “genealogy’ friends and you’ll most likely find that many use a photo of an ancestor, or a baby picture, as their profile pic. It adds quite the variety to your friends list, but you wouldn’t know them if you ran into them in the vendor hall at a conference, or sat next to them at a workshop. And with RootsTech just around the corner, there’s an opportunity to possibly run into thousands of them in person!

ConferenceKeeper and Geneabloggers are delighted to offer a solution. They are officially proclaiming February 1st as #GenealogySelfie Day – a day for social folks who love genealogy to snap a picture of themselves and share it on Facebook and/or Twitter with the hashtag #GenealogySelfie. It will be fun to put faces to names, and increase the chances of recognizing one another at RootsTech and other upcoming events and conferences.

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

cloudhqThis article has nothing to do with genealogy. However, having backup copies of all your important documents, pictures, videos and other items is a must for everyone. I will suggest that having backups of your important data can be a lifesaver.

I believe that everyone should have a MINIMUM of three copies of every digital file that is important: the original file stored in the computer’s hard drive, plus a copy of that file stored on a backup device (hard drive, flashdrive, CD-ROM disk, or whatever you choose) that is stored near the computer for convenience, PLUS AN ADDITIONAL copy or two, stored off-site where the copies will be safe from in-home disasters, such as fire, flood, or burst water pipes.

Three copies are a barebones MINIMUM. For safety, I would recommend even more copies be kept in more locations. Luckily, that is easy to do.

Colonial Roots Acquires the Antient Press

The following announcement was written by the folks at Colonial Roots:

ColonialRootsMillsboro, Delaware: Colonial Roots, genealogy book publishing firm specializing in the Mid-Atlantic region, has acquired The Antient Press, publisher of Virginia genealogy books. Over 500 new titles have been added to the ever- expanding list of genealogy books published by Colonial Roots.

“The acquisition of The Antient Press is a perfect fit for our company. Colonial Roots specializes in genealogy books for the Mid-Atlantic area. Our heaviest concentration is in Virginia, so this just made sense for both Colonial Roots and The Antient Press,” stated Debbie Hooper, a board-certified genealogist and owner of Colonial Roots.

Ancestry Releases Transparency Report, Updated Privacy Statement and Guide for Law Enforcement

Ancestry has released the first Ancestry Transparency Report, which covers law enforcement requests to Ancestry sites for member data in 2015. Yes, the law enforcement folks are spying on you and on other genealogists.

The announcement in the Ancestry Blog states, in part: “As we continue to make our members’ privacy a priority, our intent in issuing this report is to help explain to our members and the public the types of law enforcement requests Ancestry and its family of companies received, how we responded, and the nature of the investigations that sparked those requests. With each request, we continue to represent the rights of our members and always advocate strongly for their privacy.”

You can read the full article in the Ancestry Blog at

January 25 is Robert Burns Day So Let’s Eat Vegetarian Haggis

The great Scottish poet Robert Burns was born January 25, 1759. In celebration of his birthday, Burns Suppers range from formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to very informal dinners throughout Scotland and in restaurants and the homes of Scottish descendants worldwide. Most Burns Suppers adhere, more or less, to some sort of time honored form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard.

NOTE: American and Irish liquor producers spell it as WHISKEY, while Canadian, Scottish, and Japanese producers usually spell it without an “e”: WHISKY.

Almost anyone can enjoy a Burns Night celebration. All that’s needed is a place to gather, plenty of haggis and neeps to go around, a master of ceremonies, friendly celebrants, and good Scotch drink to keep you warm.

Genealogy Cruise by Cruise Everything is a Success

Another genealogy cruise finished on Saturday. A group of genealogists on board the Celebrity Reflection arrived in Miami, full of new genealogy ideas to try. I was fortunate enough to be one of the presenters on board the seven-day cruise, along with Gary and Diana Smith and Donna Moughty. We made several genealogy presentations during the days at sea. We also had informal in-person discussion periods, one-on-one consultations, and group dinners. There was a LOT of genealogy discussed on this cruise!

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The Celebrity Reflection made stops in Cozumel, Mexico; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and and unscheduled stop in Nassau, Bahamas. The unscheduled stop occurred because the weather was a bit too rough to stop at our planned day in Coco Cay, Bahamas. Nassau was a last-minute substitution. Actually, I have been to both places in the past and preferred Nassau over Coco Cay anyway so I was pleased. I also did not hear any other passengers complaining.


(+) A Potential Clearinghouse of Genealogy Information

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

WARNING: This article contains personal opinions.

For decades, the standard method of genealogy research has been to peruse original records as well as compiled genealogies, looking for information about each ancestor, one fact at a time. In modern times, we typically have used IMAGES of the original records published on microfilm and, more recently, images that appear on our computer screens. We then supplement these original records with compiled genealogies from many sources, including printed books, online web sites, and even GEDCOM files online or on CD-ROM disks. Experienced genealogists also understand the importance of VERIFYING each piece of information, regardless of where it was obtained. Yes, even original hand-written records made at the time of an event may contain errors.

Compiling a genealogy typically requires hundreds or thousands of hours of work, sometimes great expenditures of money, and, when original records have not been easily available locally, additional time and money on travel.

To be kind, I will simply say that the results have been variable.

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.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 196,000 records. The new records now available to search include a rich and varied collection of family history publications from Scotland, new additions to our collection of Lincolnshire Monumental Inscriptions and medal records of Indian Defence and Auxiliary Force volunteers. Also included in this week’s release is the Phillimore Marriage Registers, a substantial collection of PDF’s recording marriages from all over England.

England, Phillimore Marriage Registers, 1531-1913

The Phillimore Marriage Registers, 1531-1913, consist of 241 volumes of parish marriages from 29 English counties. The registers were created by Nottingham lawyer William Phillimore Watts Stiff. William founded the publishing company Phillimore & Co. Ltd in 1897 and published works related to British family history. Later in life, William transcribed and printed parish marriage registers for over a thousand parishes and continued to work in family history until his death in 1914.

The registers contain approximately 2.3 million names and cover over 1,500 English parishes. Each record consists of a PDF image of the original Phillimore marriage register that will list the names of the married couple and the date of their marriage. In a number of registers, entries will also include the individuals’ residences and state whether the couple was married by banns or license.

Scotland Registers & Records


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