New Fellows of the American Society of Genealogists and 2014 Winners of Jacobus Award and ASG Scholar Award

The following announcement was written by the folks at the American Society of Genealogists:

The Fellows of the American Society of Genealogists held their annual meeting on Saturday, October 11, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Michael F. Dwyer of Pittsford, Vt., and Barbara Jean Mathews, CG, of Lexington, Mass., were elected to the Society as its 162nd and 163rd members, respectively.

Michael F. Dwyer has published articles in all of the major New England scholarly genealogical journals over the past twenty-five years. His expertise spans numerous ethnic groups, including New England Yankee, the immigrant Irish, French-Canadian, and French; his many articles have treated families in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and French Canada. He currently is the head of the English Department and an English and Social Studies teacher at Otter Valley Union High School in Rutland, Vt. In 2004 he was named Vermont Teacher of the Year.

Barbara Jean Mathews, CG, has published four books and numerous genealogical articles. Over the years she has actively promoted scholarly genealogy, both as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and through lectures and articles in other venues. She is currently the Verifying Genealogist of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

The EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few hours ago. If your email provider blocked it, don’t forget that the latest Plus Edition newsletter is ALWAYS available at: http://www.eogn.com/wp/thisweek.htm. Your email provider cannot block that address so the newsletter is always available to you.

Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

(+) Update: Free or Nearly Free Cell Phone and Wi-Fi Telephone Calls
(+) Which Protects Better: Cloud Storage or Local Backups?
Dropbox Has Deleted a Bunch of User Files From the Cloud
Turn Your Cell Phone into a Portable Scanner
Barry Fleig Builds an Online Database of Burials in Cook County Cemetery in Dunning, Chicago, Illinois
Book Review: A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors
County Employee Charged with Theft from Cape May County (New Jersey) Historical and Genealogical Society
CNN’s Upcoming “Roots: Our Journeys Home”

(+) Which Protects Better: Cloud Storage or Local Backups?

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

I have written often about the need to make frequent backups in order to protect your valuable information. After reading a message from a newsletter reader, I decided to write one more article about the topic to clear up one possible misconception.

The email message asked:

“You tell us to back up our data often, to many places, in case of physical disaster. But what happens if you get a virus that infects your computer, in spite of having virus protection. Do all the copies then have the virus also? What is the solution for that?”

First, let’s define some terminology. A file copy program is not a true backup program.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:

United Kingdom, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina

All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.

Barry Fleig Builds an Online Database of Burials in Cook County Cemetery in Dunning, Chicago, Illinois

With over 38,000 burials spanning some seventy years, the Cook County Cemetery in Dunning, Chicago, Illinois, was a potters field serving the poor and indigent of the county. Those buried in the cemetery included deceased individuals from the County Poor house and farm opened 1854, the Insane Asylum opened 1869, the infirmary opened 1882, and the Consumptive hospital (TB), opened 1899. The cemetery received bodies from the Cook County Hospital, the city morgue, many Chicago area hospitals, and many city social institutions. About 120 bodies from the Great Chicago Fire in October 1871 were buried at the Cook County Cemetery in Dunning.

Records of those interred in the cemetery have been difficult to access. The vast majority of the records of who was buried at Dunning were destroyed in the 1960s when a storage room was flooded. Some records do remain but have not been conveniently available to the public. Barry Fleig, the former cemetery chairman of the Chicago Genealogical Society saw a need. He wanted to preserve the remaining records electronically before another disaster destroys the remaining fragile paper records.

Genealogical Societies and Global Family Reunion Join Forces for the Largest Family Reunion in History

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and by the Global Family Reunion:

FGS Marshals Its Hundreds of Member Societies to Help Global Family Reunion Fight Alzheimer’s

October 17, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the Global Family Reunion announced today their partnership for the largest family reunion in history to be held June 6, 2015 on the site of the legendary 1964 New York’s World Fair to benefit Alzheimer’s research, education, and training.

FGS will facilitate the organization of Global Family Reunion branch parties at many of its member societies across the United States and around the world.

Buy Your Very Own Connecticut Village

Do you have ancestors who lived in Johnsonville, Connecticut? If so, you might want to commemorate their lives by purchasing the entire village. Of course, you don’t have to have ancestral connections. Anyone may now purchase the abandoned village for “only” $800,000. If you know anything about Connecticut real estate prices, you might agree that is a bargain. Of course, it is a “fixer upper.” The property has been deserted for years.

Part of East Haddam, Conn., Johnsonville—120 miles southwest of Boston, 30 minutes from Hartford—was once home to the bustling Neptune mill (destroyed in 1972 by a lightning strike), which harnessed power from the Moodus River for twine production. In the 1960s, the village inhabitants left the area. Today, it is an abandoned 19th century village with eight structures of historic significance, including including a general store, carriage house, and the mansion of village namesake Emory Johnsonn.

The U.S. Navy’s Oldest Ship is Being Restored

One of my favorite tourist attractions in Boston is Old Ironsides, drawing more than 500,000 visitors a year. Officially named the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat is a major attraction to anyone visiting Boston and for very good reasons. It gives visitors a great insight into the history of the United States and the hardships faced by the brave men who served on board. However, it will no longer be at the Navy Yard pier in Charlestown for a few years.

Built in Boston and launched in October 1797, the USS Constitution was among the first warships of the new nation. It was commissioned by the U.S. Navy following the Revolutionary War in order to protect American merchant ships off the northern coast of Africa. The three-mast frigate earned its nickname after winning battles during the War of 1812 against Great Britain.

Tine has taken its toll (again) and the USS Constitution was towed across Boston Harbor Friday to a drydock where it will undergo repairs. It is expected to be back in the water by 2017.

Find A Grave Adds a New Upload and Transcribe Beta

The folks at Find A Grave have just launched a new Upload and Transcribe beta at Find A Grave. With this new feature, you can upload a whole trip’s worth of cemetery headstone photos and transcribe them in either new memorials, or attach the photos easily to existing memorials. The new software allows users to upload multiple photos at once, easily transcribe uploaded photos, get help, help others, and to provide feedback.

Details may be found in the Ancestry.com Blog at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/10/17/new-find-a-grave-upload-and-transcribe-beta-available.

Dropbox Has Deleted a Bunch of User Files From the Cloud

If you are a Dropbox user, check your files. If you have been using an older version of Dropbox’s software, you need to know that the desktop app has deleted some user files from the cloud.

There is both good news and bad news. If you have regularly updated the Dropbox software every time the message appeared stating that a new version is available, you should have no problems. The problem exists only in older versions of the Dropbox software. In more good news, Dropbox says that it’s restoring files where it can and is updating the bug.

However, there is bad news for some Dropbox users: the company says it can’t restore all the lost files. The problem seems to have affected only those users who turned on Selective Sync, which limits cloud syncs to specified folders.

Mocavo Offers an Open Access Weekend

Mocavo recently introduced a new interactive census viewer that adds a lot of new functionality. You can now try that out, along with many other things, in a free access weekend. Like most other web sites that offer free access for a limited time, you will have to create an account but this weekend’s access is free. The following was written by the folks at Mocavo:

Celebrate Family History Month with an Open Access Weekend

Book Review: A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors.
By Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croom.
Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 2008 reprint, (original Betterway Books, Cincinnati, 2003). 250 pages.

Emily Croom has several well-written genealogy guides under her belt. For this publication, she co-authored with Franklin Carter Smith, graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, who has researched his slave ancestry back to 1760. Their combined work has produced a well-written guide for African-American genealogy.

The authors emphasize the importance and relevance of the post-Civil War records. The 1870 census for the first time recorded names of African-Americans, and the great majority of African-Americans served in the military and naval forces after 1861.

MacFamilyTree and MobileFamilyTree Receive Updates

Synium Software has announced updates to both MacFamilyTree for Macintosh and MobileFamilyTree for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch systems.

MacFamilyTree version 7.3 is optimized for Apple’s new operating system and adapts Yosemite’s sleek styling. MacFamilyTree 7.3 matches OS X Yosemite’s new look and will speak to you with a clear visual language and enhanced navigability, making your genealogical research yet more convenient and fun.

MobileFamilyTree 7.3 has been updated to match the capabilities within MacFamilyTree version 7.3. According to Synium Software’s announcement, “If you wish to use your iPhone to continue a project you started on your Mac or vice versa, go right ahead! Edit any one person in MobileFamilyTree on your iPhone or iPad, and the same view will open in MacFamilyTree. MacFamilyTree and MobileFamilyTree are in perfect sync! Handoff requires a recent iPhone or iPad with iOS 8 installed, and a recent Mac running OS X Yosemite.”

Ancestry.com CEO to Headline at 2015 Professional Management Conference

The following was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:

Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer at Ancestrycom, will be the keynote speaker at APG’s Professional Management Conference on Thursday, 8 January 2015.

In keeping with this year’s theme of “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” Sullivan will speak about professional genealogists’ vital role in the genealogy industry. As CEO of Ancestry.com, Sullivan offers a unique and valuable perspective on the intersection of business and genealogy, which we are excited for him to share with PMC attendees. Ancestry ProGenealogists is a Diamond-Level PMC sponsor.

How to register

Irish Family History Society adds Online Access to Their Historic Journals for Members

The following announcement was written by the Irish Family History Society:

The Irish Family History Society Journal has been published annually since 1985, shortly after the Society was established. Many are now out print, particularly those from the early years. The back issues of the Journal have now been digitised by Eneclann in memory of the late John Heueston, past Chairman and Treasurer. The first tranche of 10 issues from 1985 to 1994 is now available in the Members’ area on www.ifhs.ie. More will be added in early 2015.

Mary Beglan, Irish Family History Society’s Chairman said “ I am delighted that these Journals are now available in digitised form for the benefit of our members, and I thank Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann for her kind gift of digitising the Journals in memory of the late John Heueston. The broad range of articles dating from 1985 will be of great interest to our members”

New Genealogy Television Program from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

A new genealogy television show is airing on Catholic Life Television in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, area. Hosted by genealogy experts Renee Richard, Judy Riffel and Leonard Smith III, this show explores our ancestral origins to help know more about who we are today.

BCG Welcomes New Officers and Reconfigures a Requirement

The following was written by the Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists:

BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION OF GENEALOGISTS DISCUSSES CERTIFICATION, WELCOMES JEANNE LARZALERE BLOOM, CG, AS NEW PRESIDENT

Genealogists seeking board certification will have a clearer idea of portfolio requirements following the October 12 meeting of the trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists in Salt Lake City. The Board also welcomed a new executive committee and two new members. Several trustees volunteered for a newly enlarged marketing committee. Trustee Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, made a generous donation to fund a full year of BCG’s new free public instructional webinars.

To emphasize the fact that not all who apply for certification take clients, the fifth required item in an application portfolio will now be called “Research Report Prepared for Another” rather than “Research Report Prepared for a Client.” The item’s requirements remain the same: research and report on a genealogical problem authorized by someone else that does not involve the applicant’s family, showing “analysis of the problem, in-depth and skillful use of a range of sources, and recommendations for further work based on your findings.”

FamilySearch Adds More Than 9.2 Million Indexed Records and Images to Belgium, India, Slovakia, and the United States

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch Adds More Than 9.2 Million Indexed Records and Images to Belgium, India, Slovakia, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,694,665 images from the Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910, collection; the 2,785,409 images from the US, New Jersey, State Census, 1915, collection; and the 2,155,570 indexed records from the US, Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

Register Now for Both SLIG 2015 and APG’s PMC

The following was written by the organizers of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Professional Management Conference (PMC):

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) will be held January 12-16, 2015. All courses and events will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. Labs, if applicable, and research facilities will be available at the Family History Library.

Registration: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12

Early-bird registration ends on October 31, 2014. If you log in as a member first your information will be populated and you will be automatically charged the reduced rate. If you are a non-UGA member you may purchase a membership, register as a non-member, and be refunded the difference. If you have questions please call the main UGA phone number at (801) 259-4172 or email sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org. You will be given the option to pay by credit card using PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account) or by sending a check.

Turn Your Cell Phone into a Portable Scanner

One of the most useful, low-cost gadgets is an affordable, foldable, quick setup, photography lightbox. The StandScan Snap can digitize business receipts, documents of all sorts, photographs, jewelry, coins, or even items you wish to sell online. By using a large-screen television of a computer projector, it can even be used to project live demonstrations using small objects with an iPhone’s Airplay or similar software on an Android phone.

The Standscan Snap is a foldable lightbox made from a high-quality recycled laminated card stock. It is easy to put together as the various tabs snap into place. There is no software to download, no drivers to install, and no cables to connect. You can begin using StandScan Snap within seconds of opening the box. Simply snap the frame into place, switch the lights on and start shooting.

The Standscan Snap folds up at any time and easily fits into a laptop carrying bag, making it great for traveling. Best of all is the price: $34.95.

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