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New from MyHeritage: the DNA Match Review

MyHeritage continues to add new features to the online service. The latest addition is the introduction of the DNA Match Review page. Other online services can provide DNA results that may imply several possible relationships between you and a DNA Match, such as 3rd – 4th cousin, but now you’d like to understand how you are related to the match. Where do you go from here?

On MyHeritage.com, for each of your DNA matches, you can click “Review Match” and be directed to this new page in which MyHeritage will display information broken into relevant sections that will help you understand how you are related to the match.

Each section of the page pulls relevant data about your DNA match by combining information from DNA and family trees. So, for example, you’ll see your shared Smart Matches, Ancestral surnames, Shared DNA Matches, Pedigree Charts and Shared ethnicities.

CrashPlan is Shutting Down its Cloud Backup Service For Consumers

I have written many times about the need to make frequent backup copies of your important data files. One of the services I have always recommended was CrashPlan. However, I won’t be recommending it any more.

CrashPlan is planning to shut down its consumer-facing “CrashPlan for Home” product. Instead, it is going to focus only on commercial customers. The plan is already in effect as the company has already stopped accepting new consumer users and won’t allow existing non-business customers to renew their backup plan. All current subscriptions will be honored until the end date of October 22nd, 2018. Details are available in the CrashPlan Blog at https://blog.code42.com/data-protection-needs-diverge/.

Luckily, there are a number of other companies in the same business and most of them have excellent reputations.

Update: Zoho Workplace: My Favorite FREE Replacement for Microsoft Office

In the August 10, 2017, edition of this newsletter, I described Zoho Workplace, a FREE for personal use cloud-based suite of programs that includes a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation programs. I use Zoho Workplace frequently to write articles for this newsletter, especially when I am traveling and using a laptop or even a borrowed computer, such as in a public library or a hotel’s business center. The article is still available at: http://bit.ly/2x9qrcz.

If you use or are at least interested in Zoho Workplace, you might be interested in Zoho’s latest announcement: an updated version of Zoho Writer (the word processor) that is designed especially for use on cell phones and tablet computers.

Zoho Writer for Mobile is available both for Android and for Apple iOS devices. It isn’t an all-new product. instead, it simply is a new update that has been updated to work better on smaller screens.

TheGenealogist Releases Half a Million Criminal Records adding Significantly to its Court & Criminal Collection

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has enlarged its Court & Criminal Records collection so that even more black sheep ancestors can now be searched for and found on its site. With a new release of records you can unearth all sorts of ancestors who came up against the law – whether they were a victim, acquitted, convicted of a minor offence or found guilty of a major crime such as murder.

These fully searchable records cover HO77 – The Home Office: Criminal Registers, England and Wales and ADM 6 – The Registers of Convicts in Prison Hulks Cumberland, Dolphin and Ganymede with indexes from The National Archives.

On the Road Again

This is a quick notice to let you know there may not be as many articles as normal posted in this newsletter in the next few days. I am taking a “mini-vacation” with the grandchildren for a few days.

I will then be back for a few days but next week will be traveling to the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. See http://bit.ly/2vZWqM0 and https://www.fgsconference.org for details about that conference.

Use the FREE On My Disk Software to Create Your Own Private and Secure Personal Cloud

You probably have read a lot in this newsletter and elsewhere about the various file storage services in the cloud. Some of the better known ones include Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, SugarSync, SpiderOak, Tresorit, Mega.nz, and perhaps a few dozen others. These are valuable services that allow you to gain access to your files wherever you are, to (optionally) share files with others, and to copy files from one of your computers to another. However, there are two major drawbacks to these services:

1. They tend to charge a lot of money if you have a lot of files you wish to keep available.

2. You have to give your files and, more importantly, CONTROL of your files, to someone else.

To be sure, all the better file storage services provide industrial-strength encryption that prevents anyone else from being able to read the contents of your files—not even the employees of the file storage service. Nonetheless, many people are uncomfortable with giving control to strangers on the Internet.

I often hear or read comments from non-technical computer owners who say, “I don’t trust the cloud.” That statement always comes from someone who doesn’t understand how encryption works. Even so, convincing someone to forego their fears of giving up control is nearly impossible.

One new product called “On My Disk” would seem to solve both problems.

FGS2017 Conference App Released

The mobile app for the FGS 2017 Genealogy Conference in Pittsburgh is now available. With the app, you can keep your schedule, maps, list of speakers, and up-to-date information at your fingertips while at the conference. Plus, you can easily connect with fellow attendees.

Download the Guidebook App on your iOS or Android mobile device or you can even access it on your desktop or laptop. Details may be found in the FGS Voice at: http://voice.fgs.org/2017/08/fgs2017-conference-app-released.html.

Ontario Métis Root Ancestors Project is now Completed and Online

The Métis Nation of Ontario has announced the completion of the Ontario Métis Root Ancestors Project.

NOTE: The Métis in Canada are a group of peoples in Canada who trace their descent to First Nations peoples and European settlers. Wikipedia describes the Métis as “the mixed-race descendants of early unions between First Nations people and colonial-era European settlers (usually indigenous women and settler men), within generations (particularly in central and western Canada, but also in the Eastern parts of Canada).” The early mothers were usually Mi’kmaq, Algonquin, Saulteaux, Cree, Ojibwe, Menominee, or Maliseet, or of mixed descent from these peoples.

The Project—which included the review and compilation of well over 100,000 historical records—identifies hundreds of Métis Root Ancestors from well-recognized historic Métis communities within Ontario. The Project took over five years to complete and now represents the largest collection of publicly available genealogical information on Ontario Métis.

The British Institute Still Has a Few Openings for 18-22 September 2017

The following announcement was written by the folks who manage the British Institute, a project designed to further your education about the records and the locations that are important to your genealogical research within the British Isles:

Early registration ends on August 31st.
Don’t miss out on this incredible educational opportunity.

Choose one of the four courses by prominent genealogists focused on British Isles research:

“DNA as a Genealogical Tool”
Understanding DNA is the cutting edge of genealogical education. Maurice Gleeson, MB, genetic genealogist, based in London, will delve into the world of DNA and explain the various scientific resources available to the family historian with specific focus on British Isles research. This course of instruction is suitable to all persons wishing to understand the complexities of DNA and how it is applied to family history research.

“English Genealogical Research Before 1837”

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

A notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few minutes ago. Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

Advice to White Supremacists: You Might Not Want to Test Your DNA

Genealogy’s Often-Misspelled Words

Write Your Notes in a Rocketbook

Act Now to Save the 2020 Census

Crowd Sourced Indexing is Now Available for Your Society’s Project

New FamilySearch Online Indexing Tool is Now Available

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, and Nebraska

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.

Crowd Sourced Indexing is Now Available for Your Society’s Project

CSI, the newest technology available for genealogy indexing, is now available to genealogy societies, special interest groups, and to any group of genealogists with records they want to transcribe.

One of the more valuable trends of recent years has been crowd sourcing. The term is a contraction of “crowd” and “outsourcing.”

Crowdsourcing is the process of getting work or funding, usually online, from a crowd of people. The idea is to take work and outsource it to a large crowd of volunteers. Each person contributes a little bit and, if enough people contribute, everyone benefits. Wikipedia is one famous example. Instead of Wikipedia creating an encyclopedia on their own, hiring writers and editors, a small group of people developed the required software and then gave a crowd of millions the ability to create the information on their own. The result? The most comprehensive encyclopedia this world has ever seen.

New Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

There are over 7.1 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Muster Rolls of The Marine Corps

Explore over 1.7 million muster rolls records from the United States Marine Corps spanning the late 1700s up to the end of the nineteenth century. The rolls record the details of men who were serving with the Corps and were chronologically arranged by month and then ordered by detachment or unit. The exception to this is the records pertaining to World War I when they were sorted in two subseries: by posts and stations and by mobile units.

As seen in the column headings on the images of the original records, muster rolls generally include the space to record the following details: name, station, rank, enlistment date, re-enlistment date, desertion or apprehension date, and offence and court-martial sentence.

Buckinghamshire Baptism Index

FGS National Conference to be held in Pittsburgh on August 30 to September 2

The annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies will be held soon: August 30 to September 2. This year’s event is shaping up to be a good one with a theme of Building Bridges to the Past. This year’s event is expected to attract close to 2,000 attendees from all over the United States and the world. If you can be in Pittsburgh during this event, you absolutely will want to attend at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is an “umbrella organization” of local, statewide, and regional genealogical societies. In fact, FGS includes 500+ member societies representing more than 500,000 genealogists.

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is a good venue for an event of this size. First, it is modern with all the state-of-the-art one expects on a convention center these days. In addition, it is close to numerous restaurants, shops, research facilities, and historic sites.

Advice to White Supremacists: You Might Not Want to Test Your DNA

UPDATE: This news story is mushrooming. The original news article listed in the article below was knocked offline for a while, probably because thousands of people were accessing it simultaneously. It is back online now but may disappear again due to all the publicity and thousands of people reading the article. However, dozens of other news services have since picked up the story and now it is one of the top trending articles on the Internet.

You can find dozens more stories about this by starting at: http://bit.ly/2wWKhr6

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend speak for themselves. The various news media are full of stories about bigotry, racism, and fringe far-right political activities that resulted in murder and also in a lot of embarrassment to the American people. However, there is one genealogy issue that might affect the motivations of these extremists:

Are these white supremacists really “all white?”

I suspect that many white supremacists won’t like to learn the truth.

A geneticist at the University of California at Los Angeles ran a project for months that culminated in the presentation of a paper in Montreal this week at the annual gathering of the American Sociological Association. It seems that DNA testing of many members of one white supremacy organization indicates that a number of those who were tested have mixed racial ancestry. In other words, these white supremacists are not 100% white.

Write Your Notes in a Rocketbook

Introduction: I must say that I have mixed emotions about Rocketbook. On the positive side, it is an excellent use of technology to improve low-tech methods that have been in use for centuries. I can envision this being used extensively in genealogy research and note-taking.

On the negative side, use of any paper-based note-taking product is contrary to the paperless lifestyle I have been following for a few years. I try to never use paper as I find paper is easily lost, damaged, or at least is difficult to find when I need the information later. That is especially true if I am not in the place where the paper notes are stored. For a list of my past articles on going paperless, see http://bit.ly/2wfDaw6.

On the positive side, I realize that not everyone is comfortable with a paperless lifestyle. Paper notes are still used by hundreds of millions of people around the globe. If that includes you,  Rocketbook may be an attractive product for you. It helps store everything safely and securely in the cloud where you can quickly and later easily find digital images of your notes, drawings, and other paper-based items.

In short, if Rocketbook appeals to you, I’d suggest you try it out! As for me, I will write about it but am unlikely to use Rocketbook myself.

Are you still writing notes and transcriptions in a spiral notebook? It’s time to move into the 21st century!

A Rocketbook looks like many other notebooks. It has paper and even a spiral binding. You can write in a Rocketbook with a pen or pencil. What’s different is what you can do AFTER you have written your notes. In short, you can upload your precious notes to your own private area in the cloud where they can be easily accessed at any time. Your notes will never be lost unless you deliberately erase the online notes later.

New FamilySearch Online Indexing Tool is Now Available

A new online indexing tool is now available. Now you can index directly on Familysearch.org.

  • Nothing to download. (Hooray!)
  • Find projects easily.

You can try it today at: https://familysearch.org/indexing.

SLIG Announces New Dates and Format

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy:

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is pleased to announce they have recently signed contracts with the Hilton Salt Lake City Center for years 2019 through 2023. And with that, they reveal a new two-week format.

It was just two years ago that changes in the Salt Lake City meeting landscape facilitated a SLIG move to more preferred dates. Recent changes in that same landscape opened a new window of opportunity, one that more fully supports the ongoing growth and expansion of SLIG in meeting the advanced educational needs of the genealogical community.

Beginning in 2019, SLIG will utilize a new two-week format as follows:

Genealogy’s Often-Misspelled Words

You might want to save this article someplace. I have no idea why, but many of the words used in researching your family tree are difficult to spell. I constantly see spelling errors in messages posted on various genealogy web sites. When someone misspells a word, it feels like they are shouting, “I don’t know what I’m doing!”

Here are a few words to memorize:

Genealogy – No, it is not spelled “geneology” nor is it spelled in the manner I often see: “geneaology.” That last word looks to me as if someone thought, “Just throw all the letters in there and hope that something sticks.” For some reason, many newspaper reporters and their editors do not know how to spell this word. Don’t they have spell checkers?

Announcing an October 2018 Genealogy Research Trip to Dublin or Belfast, Ireland

The following announcement was written by Donna Moughty:

Sarasota, FL — Donna Moughty, a professional genealogist and specialist in Irish research, will again be taking a group of researchers to Ireland in October of 2018. The Belfast Research Tour from Oct 7-13 will visit the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, the Ulster Historical Foundation, the Linen Hall Library and the Ulster American Folk Park and Mellon Library for Emigration Studies. The Dublin Research Tour from October 14-21 includes the National Library of Ireland, National Archives, General Register Office, Valuation Office and Registry of Deeds. In both cases, other repositories can be scheduled as needed.