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Findmypast Grant Free Access to all Military Records to Commemorate Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • findmypast_logoFindmypast makes entire collection of 65 million world military records free for eight days
  • All UK, Irish, Australian, Canadian and US military records free from 27th of June to 4th July , allowing researchers around the world the opportunity to learn more about the military heroes in their family
  • Includes free access to 32 million World War 1 records including 4.2 million British Army Service Records, over 5.8 million medal records, over 700,000 death records and over 27,000 Pals battalion records
  • Free access to all UK and Irish census records also included, allowing researches to discover what their military ancestors were doing prior to the outbreak of war

London, UK. 27th June 2016.
Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that they will be making their entire collection of military records free for eight days to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. From 04:00 ET, 27th June until 06:59 ET, 4th July 2016, all 65 million records within Findmypast’s “Military, Armed Forces and Conflict” category will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe the opportunity to uncover the stories of the military heroes within their own family. All 265 million UK and Irish census records will also be free to search, allowing researchers to uncover details of their military ancestor’s civilian lives.

This will include free access to Findmypast’s vast collection of more than 32 million World War 1 records, including:

Findmypast Releases Latest Installment of Landmark Prisoner of War Collection

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • findmypast_logoFindmypast releases over 764,000 new records in the latest phase of landmark PoW collection
  • New additions span 230 years of conflict, from the Napoleonic Wars to World War 2
  • New function added allowing researchers to browse through over 270,000 images from 1,156 archival pieces

London, 24th June 2016

Today, 24th June 2016, over 764,000 records of servicemen, women and civilians who were taken captive during the Napoleonic, Crimean, Boer, First and Second World Wars have been published online for the first time at Findmypast.

Ancestry Unveils Three New Historical Canadian Collections

The following announcement was written by the folks at

PrintNiagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Honeymoon and Visitor Registries, 1949-2011

  • Commonly known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World”, Niagara Falls is visited by approximately 50,000 newlywed couples each year.
    • Fun fact: Niagara Falls received its reputation as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” in 1801 when Theodosia Burr Alston (daughter of the 3rd Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr), chose to honeymoon at the Falls. Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, Jerome Bonaparte did the same in 1804, starting the popular tradition that continues today.
  • Many of the newlyweds who visit choose to sign their names in register books kept by the Niagara Falls Tourism Office, and now, these records have been digitized and indexed and are available online for Ancestry users.
  • The collection contains 680,114 records and 17,593 images from 1949 to 2011.
  • Exploring this collection, you’ll discover visitors who travelled near and far to the Falls, and how soon after their wedding they arrived.
  • The Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Honeymoon and Visitor Registries, 1949-2011 are now available online:

Canada Photographic Albums of Settlement, 1892-1917

Freedmen’s Bureau Project Completed with Nearly 2 Million Records of Freed Slaves Indexed

A project to index the records of 4 million freed African-American slaves is now completed, almost a year to the day after the project was launched by the LDS Church’s FamilySearch International genealogy service with an announcement June 19 of last year at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project has marshaled the efforts of 18,940 volunteers working coast to coast in the United States and Canada, uncovering the names of nearly 1.8 million of some 4 million pre-Civil War era slaves.

Hancock County (Indiana) Public Library Completes Digitization Grant

The following announcement was written by the Hancock County Public Library:

Greenfield, Indiana – The Hancock County Public Library has completed a 2015 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for digitizing portions of three local newspapers. In July, the papers will be accessible to the public through the Indiana State Library’s Hoosier State Chronicles database.


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The federal grant, awarded in March 2015, totaled $6,502 for digitizing various years of the Evening Star, the Greenfield Republican, and the Evening Republican. These papers made up the bulk of early Greenfield newspapers that had not been digitized by the Indiana State Library.

German-American Genealogical Partnership issues Call for Presentations for 2017 International Conference

The following announcement was written by the German-American Genealogical Partnership:

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The German-American Genealogical Partnership, a growing international organization of genealogical societies, has issued a Call for Presentations for its inaugural international conference, set for July 28-29, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Prospective speakers may submit up to six 60-minute presentations for consideration. Individuals, co-speakers and panels are invited. To submit presentations, visit

The deadline for submission is July 31.

Library of Congress Seeks Volunteer Docents

If you live in the Washington, DC area, this could be an interesting activity. The following announcement was written by the Library of Congress:

14-Week Training Program to Begin Sept. 6, 2016

The Library of Congress is recruiting the 2016 class of volunteer docents to lead tours of the world’s largest library.

To best serve the more than 1.7 million annual visitors, eager to view the magnificent Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C., and learn about the treasures it contains, the Library’s Visitor Services Office relies on more than 300 trained volunteers to greet and direct the visitors and to conduct tours. Opens its New Headquarters in Lehi, Utah’s headquarters have been in Provo, Utah for the past thirty years. Yesterday, the company opened its new headquarters building in nearby Lehi, Utah. CEO Tim Sullivan says the new location in Lehi at the Point of the Mountain will help the company attract top talent from both Salt Lake and Utah Counties.


DPLA and FamilySearch Partner to Expand Access to Digitized Historic Books Online

I have written before about DPLA (the Digital Public Library of America). You can read my earlier article at Now FamilySearch has announced a new partnership with DPLA. The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

DPLA-FamilySearchIn concert with the American Library Association national conference in Orlando, Florida, this week, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organization in the world, have signed an agreement that will expand access to’s growing free digital historical book collection to DPLA’s broad audience of users including genealogists, researchers, family historians, students, and more.

Family history/genealogy continues to be a popular and growing hobby. And FamilySearch is a leader in the use of technology to digitally preserve the world’s historic records and books of genealogical relevance for easy search and access online. With this new partnership, DPLA will incorporate metadata from’s online digital book collection that will make more than 200,000 family history books discoverable through DPLA’s search portal later this year. From DPLA, users will be able to access the free, fully viewable digital books on

Today in History: 22 June 1633 (383 years ago): Galileo admits the Earth is the Center of the Universe

On 22 June 1633, the Holy Office in Rome forced Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe in the form he presented it in, after heated controversy.


You can read more about the trial at

I have to wonder what “irrefutable facts” of today will be disproven in the next 383 years. Which “absolute truths” do we believe today will be rejected by the year 2399? will be Down on Monday, June 27th

When you go to you will see the following message at the top of the screen:

The FamilySearch website will be undergoing a technical upgrade Monday, June 27th starting at 12:00 am MDT (6:00 am UTC) and may be down for up to 24 hours as we test the system.

Danville, Kentucky, Bellevue Cemetery Records are now Available on CD

The Boyle County (KY) Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc, now offers for sale a CD of Bill and Beulah Jones’s massive work on Danville’s Bellevue Cemetery Records. The new CD contains more than 14,000 documented and well-researched entries, adding to and correcting the city’s records.

Though Bellevue is not the oldest cemetery in the county, many earlier interments have been moved to the Bellevue Cemetery, so Bellevue has become THE resting place of many important historical figures in the central Kentucky area, from the early 19th Century on. Bill and Beulah have spent several years working on this project. The CD contains a Microsoft Excel file of the records (printable on 8-1/2 by 14 paper), an Adobe PDF version, an explanatory page, and a series of overall and detailed maps of Bellevue.

A New Immigration Exhibit opens on Ellis Island

RSL_Ellis_IslandA new, temporary exhibition opened recently at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. It focuses on the immigrants’ stories, awash in hopes, uncertainties and, apparently, disinfectant. The new exhibition, which is called “Via Antwerp: The Road to Ellis Island” and will be in place through Sept. 4. It nicely complements the permanent exhibits at Ellis Island, which are heavy on the arrival-and-processing chapter.

The traveling exhibit was created by Antwerp’s Red Star Line Museum and focuses on the experiences of those leaving Europe for the United States. All of the people featured in the new exhibit left Antwerp and traveled to the US on the Red Star Line’s ships.

A $199 Windows 10 2-in-1 Computer

I have written a number of times about Chromebook laptops. (See for my past Chromebook articles.) I love my Chromebook and use it often. I am enthused about Chromebook systems because they are low-priced and perform most of the functions that computer owners desire— checking email, surfing the web, playing games, spending time on Facebook, and, oh yes, reading the latest news in a certain genealogy newsletter. However, a new laptop from Acer may cause me to change my mind about low-cost laptops.


Acer’s Switch One 10 is a Windows 10 laptop that will go on sale next month. It will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $249, but most discount retailers are expected to sell it for $199, plus or minus a bit. That’s a great price for a Windows 10 computer that will run any modern Windows genealogy program, including Family Tree Builder, Family Historian, RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, Ancestral Quest, Heredis, and others.

The Irish Ancestry of Vice President Joe Biden

Now that he will have a bit more time available after next January 20, Joe Biden may have time to research his own family tree. Actually, there is an old joke that has turned out to be accurate in Biden’s case: “Fastest way to trace family tree: run for public office.” Joe Biden’s family tree has already been researched by Ancestor Network, a collective of many of Ireland’s most experienced genealogical experts in tracing people of Irish ancestry.

Now Joe Biden is traveling to Ireland tomorrow for a state visit. As part of the visit, Mr Biden is expected to visit some of his ancestral home-places.

Aha! Seminars, Inc., Announces New Podcast

The following announcement was written by Aha! Seminars, Inc.:

“Genealogy Connection” Joins “The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast”

drewsmithTAMPA, FL, 20 June 2016 – Aha! Seminars, Inc., provider of training, consulting, and
production of podcasts for the library and genealogical community, announces today
that it is launching a new genealogy podcast titled Genealogy Connection, sponsored
by Findmypast.

Genealogy Connection will present interviews with genealogical speakers, authors,
librarians and archivists, database service providers, software and technology
developers, and other leaders in the community. Each episode will be approximately
one hour in length, hosted by noted genealogical speaker, author, and podcaster Drew
Smith. The first episode of the new podcast will debut the week of 27 June 2016.

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:

(+) Create Better Pictures and Scanned Images

Book Review: Georgia Free Persons of Color

MyHeritage introduces Sun Charts

Why Was the Information Removed from Online?

Pssst! Want to Buy Your Family’s Coat of Arms?

Enumeration District Maps for US 1950 Census are Going Online

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee

Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events.

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.

(+) Create Better Pictures and Scanned Images

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

Nikon-DSLR-CamerasDigital cameras are perhaps the most universal technology of today. Hundreds of millions of people around the globe own and use digital cameras – not bad for a technology that barely existed 20 years ago. In fact, you do not need to be an electrical or optics engineer to produce good pictures from a digital camera. You don’t even need to own a computer, although a computer will allow you to accomplish a lot more than what you can do with just the camera alone.

Most people use digital cameras like the old box cameras: point and click. Very few people spend the time to learn how to obtain the best pictures possible. Indeed, “point and click” works well; but, there is so much more that one can do.

Why Was the Information Removed from Online?

NOTE: This is a slightly updated version of an article I published about a year ago. A couple of newsletter readers have sent messages to me in the past few days expressing dissatisfaction with records that were available online but recently have disappeared. I am offering this republished article as an explanation about why we should not be surprised when that happens. I will also offer a suggestion as to making sure you keep your own copies of online records that are valuable to you.

Two newsletter readers sent email messages to me recently expressing dissatisfaction that a set of images of vital records has been removed from a popular genealogy site. Indeed, removal of any online records of genealogical value is sad, but not unusual. Changes such as these are quite common on FamilySearch, MyHeritage,, Fold3, FindMyPast, and many other genealogy sites that provide old records online. Removal of datasets has occurred dozens of times in the past, and I suspect such things will continue to happen in the future. I thought I would write a brief explanation.


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