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(+) Get a Facelift: Why You Want Your Own Domain Name

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

Do you have a blog or a personal web pages? If so, you want to make it easy for others to find on the World Wide Web. Which do you think works better, something with your name in it or a “generic” domain name? For instance, if your name happened to be Bill Smith, which would be better for you:


Insert the name of your own blog or personal web pages in place of “BillSmith” in the above examples.

For instance, many years ago the “real address” of this newsletter used to be, but I found that nobody could remember that. I changed it to and found that most people could remember the four-letter domain name of eogn, which stands for “Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.” The number of readers of this newsletter jumped dramatically within a few weeks after I changed the domain name.

New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are over 355,000 new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Northumberland and Durham Burials

Over 129,000 new records covering Durham cemeteries have been added to our collection of Northumberland and Durham Burials. Each record includes a transcript of the original burial records. The transcripts were created by the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society, formed in 1975. The amount of information in each record can vary, but most will reveal where your ancestor is buried, their age at death, where he/she lived and the names of additional relatives to add to your growing family tree.

The Local Government Act, 1972 reformed the local government on the county and district levels in England and Wales. All the changes were put in place by 1974. For this reason, the Northumberland and Durham records include villages outside of their current boundaries; such as Newcastle in the County of Tyne and Wear or Romaldkirk in the County of Yorkshire. Additionally, the records include Cumberland, which is now part of Cumbria.

Middlesex Baptisms 1543-1876

Valerie Elkins & DearMYRTLE announce a Joint Venture

The following announcement was written by Valerie Elkins and Pat Richley-Erickson:

Valerie & Myrt’s Excellent Genealogy Adventures debuts today

Colorado Springs, CO, Oct 19, 2018 — In anticipation THE Genealogy Show in Birmingham, England, US-based professional researcher and presenter Valerie Elkins joins blogger and webinar host Pat Richley-Erickson, “Myrt” of, to announce a new partnership.

“Why not make this trip to the UK, a most excellent genealogy adventure? Every genealogist hopes to travel to ancestral homelands. Throw in a genealogy conference and that’s a family historian’s dream come true,” says Valerie.

Forces War Records now has Over 20 Million Military Records Available to Search Online

Forces War Records has achieved a major milestone: more than 20 million U.K. individuals’ records transcribed, online, and available to search by name. Here is the announcement written by Forces War Records:

Forces War Records, the website to visit for anyone researching their family’s military history or searching for ancestors through military data are excited to announce we have now reached the milestone of Over 20 Million individuals records transcribed and available to search by name.

That’s over 20 million reasons to search Forces War Records to find the war hero in your family.

Included in our vast database we have:

A Different kind of Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I have published a number of humorous obituaries over the years. However, a newsletter reader sent an obituary to me today that isn’t humorous, but sad. Nonetheless, I will suggest that everyone, genealogists and non-genealogists alike, should read this one.

Yes, it is sad. It is also important in these times in which we live. Please forward it to anyone and everyone that you love and perhaps you are concerned about their lifestyles.

The obituary for 30-year-old Madelyn Linsenmeir may be found at:

The Food of Our Ancestors: a Peanut Butter & Mayonnaise Sandwich

Peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches were common not so long ago: during the Great Depression (1929 to roughly 1939). In fact, once Americans had acquired a taste for these high-calorie but cheap sandwiches, I suspect many households continued to serve such sandwiches to family members for many years after the end of the Great Depression. I wouldn’t be surprised if peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches are still being served today in many kitchens.

Note: Peanut butter and mayonnaise served on white bread contain roughly 400 calories, depending upon the brands of the peanut butter, mayonnaise, and bread involved. That isn’t excessive when you consider that the average woman needs to eat about 2000 calories per day and an average man needs 2500 calories to maintain their present weight. However, the exact recommendation varies, depending upon age, height, current weight, activity levels, metabolic health, and several other factors.

Historic Hotels of America® Partners with New England Historic Genealogical Society and American Ancestors to Offer Historic Benefits to Clientele

The following announcement was written by the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

Members of NEHGS Will Receive Discounts on Accommodations at Historic Hotels of America Hotels, Resorts & Inns

Historic Hotels of America Clientele Will Be Offered Discounted Membership to NEHGS,  America’s Founding Genealogical Organization

WASHINGTON, D.C. and BOSTON, MASS.—October 17, 2018—Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is partnering with American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the country’s oldest and largest genealogical organization, to provide advantages for patrons of both organizations. Benefits of this collaboration include discounts to NEHGS members on accommodations at participating Historic Hotels of America, and offers of discounted membership in NEHGS to Historic Hotels of America guests.

With more than 300 hotels, resorts, and inns, Historic Hotels of America’s collection of prestigious hotels will give NEHGS members the opportunity to enhance their travel with stays in some of the world’s most historically-significant hotels with special rates. Hotels in the Historic Hotels of America are selected based upon historic relevance, preserving authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity. NEHGS members will receive up to 30% off the lowest available rate at participating historic hotels when making a reservation through Through December 31, 2018, hotel patrons with a reservation will also receive a complimentary one-year family membership in the National Trust for Historic Preservation when booking through

‘Family History’ Genealogy Drama Pilot on ABC Television

The U.S. may get a new genealogy-related television program. A one-time pilot episode has been produced. ABC television has acquired the rights to the program and probably will offer it as a weekly show, to be called Family History.

The hour-long fictional family drama is inspired by the recent explosion in genetic genealogy testing. It follows a young tech reporter in the Bay area whose life changes when she discovers a family secret via a DNA-testing web site. The show explores nature versus nurture and how technology has caught up to our secrets. We may be the last generation to have secrets.

Help Wanted at the Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown, Connecticut

The following was written by the folks at the Godfrey Memorial Library:

The Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown, Connecticut is searching for an Executive Director. The Godfrey is a non-profit member library of Genealogy and Family History with an extensive collection of genealogies, histories and reference material, along with a web site which includes unique content. The ideal candidate should possess a bachelor’s degree, experience in genealogical research, an understanding of the genealogy business, community and trends therein, a background in genealogical business generation, knowledge of fund raising for non-profit organizations, some background in web site operations and development, the basics of financial management, and management experience in library operations.

Findmypast Announces Two Key Leadership Appointments

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

  • Findmypast, part of the DC Thomson group, appoints Mark Brooker and Sam Otter to leadership positions
  • Brooker joins the Findmypast board as Director
  • Otter, an experienced digital and ecommerce leader, appointed as Findmypast’s new Chief Revenue Officer.

London, October 16th 2018

Leading British & Irish family history company, Findmypast, today announced it has strengthened its leadership team with two key appointments. Mark Brooker joins the board as Non-Executive Director, while digital and ecommerce leader, Sam Otter, has been appointed Chief Revenue Officer.

Commenting on both appointments, Tamsin Todd, CEO of Findmypast, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Sam and Mark to Findmypast. They bring a wealth of knowledge about growing consumer technology businesses in Europe and the US, and their experience will help Findmypast continue to scale.”

13 Pages from the Missouri 1880 US Census Population Schedule Long Thought Lost have been Discovered

The following announcement was written by the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office:

Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, in collaboration with the Missouri Historical Society, today announced the discovery of 13 pages from the 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule. Identified by the staff of the Missouri State Archives, a division of Ashcroft’s office, the pages record the households of the 99th Enumeration District in Perry County, including the name, age, marital status, occupation, level of education and more for 633 individuals then residing in the county’s Union Township.

“Discoveries like this are extremely rare,” Ashcroft said, “and we are thrilled to now provide access to these records previously unavailable to genealogists, historians and archivists alike.”

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:

(+) One Easy Method to Create Online Databases for Your Website, Replacing Spreadsheets

Elizabeth Warren Releases DNA Results Showing she has Native American Heritage

Someone Else’s DNA Can be Used to Identify You

Why Are There Mistakes in US Census Records?

RSS Newsfeeds Explained

A Day at The Family History Show, London

New Zealand Siblings Meet for the First Time Thanks to DNA Quest from MyHeritage

Keep Loved Ones Digitally Close with Family Locator

Elizabeth Warren Releases DNA Results Showing she has Native American Heritage

A rather silly political battle has been underway for more than a year between Donald Trump and Senator Elizabeth Warren. It seems that Warren stated that her family had always told her that the family has Native American ancestry. Donald Trump made fun of her claim, referring top her as “Pocahontas” and other derogatory names. You can find dozens of videos of the childish exchange of claims on YouTube by starting at

Donald Trump has even said he would donate $1 million to charity if Warren took a DNA test.

Now the tables have been turned. Senator Elizabeth Warren had her DNA tested and it shows… Native American ancestry.

More on the 2020 Census Citizenship Question and Litigation

The following announcement was posted to the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies mailing list by Jan Meisels Allen:

As previously reported on the IAJGS Records Access Alert, the addition to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 US Census by the Commerce Department has resulted in at least six lawsuits. The largest lawsuit, which includes more than two dozen states and cities is before US Federal District Court Southern District of New York, Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan (New York City, NY) who ruled in late July that the case may move forward. Judge Furman also agreed to have Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and Acting Assistant Attorney General John Grove for the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice be deposed as to why Secretary Ross added the question. There is some question whether Secretary Ross did it at the request of the Department of Justice, as he testified before Congress, or he had wanted to do this all along based on comments he made almost a year before the request to add the citizenship question. Then in late September the Justice Department representing the White House filed a motion to stay discovery pending Supreme Court Review.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas

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.

New Historical Collections Added to MyHeritage in October 2018

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

We’re delighted to announce that we have recently added 20,784,584 million historical records to SuperSearchtm, bringing the total number of global records available to 9,307,354,704. The collections include the England & Wales, Index of Wills and Probates 1853- 1943, Canadian Census 1921, Denmark Census 1787, and Denmark Census 1801.

Here is more  information regarding these recent additions:

(+) One Easy Method to Create Online Databases for Your Website, Replacing Spreadsheets

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

Have you or perhaps your local genealogy society accumulated a lot of information that you would like to make available online, either free or for a fee? Indeed, many societies would like to publish tombstone information, local tax tax records, school records, and a lot more local history records online. However, there is one difficulty that often blocks organizations that do not have web publishing experts amongst their members: “How do we do that?”

Unfortunately, publishing listings of thousands of pieces of information is not as simple as creating an HTML document or an Excel spreadsheet. A true database is a better way of publishing records online, especially if there are hundreds or thousands of records to be made available, but such a solution also can be rather complex. The most common solution is to create a SQL database or something similar, then write a custom “front end” to it that users can use to query the database.

Simple? Well, yes, that is simple IF you are an accomplished programmer. Luckily, there is one solution that requires some technical skills, but you don’t need to be able to write a single line of SQL code.

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Local History and Genealogy Books are Available Online

The Kelowna and District Genealogical Society Cemetery Recording Committee has been busy! Members of the committee have written and published 15 books about Kelowna local history and genealogy and then published a 16th book that is an index to the other 15. The index book lists more than 9,000 names.

The printed books have sold out. However, all of them are also available online at no charge.

New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are more than 101,000 new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1920-1932

A further 54 million newly indexed records spanning the years 1921 to 1925 have just been added to our collection of newly indexed England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1920-1932. These new additions mean that the collection now contains a complete run of all surviving records for all parliamentary boroughs from A to L (the first being the PB of Accrington and the last being the PC of Nottinghamshire, Rushcliffe Division).

This new and improved collection now contains over 107 million records that will enable you to bridge the vital gap left by the destruction of the 1931 census of England & Wales. When combined with the 1911 census and 1939 register, the collection provides you with unrivalled record coverage for early 20th century Britain, allowing you to trace your ancestors across a period of history that has traditionally been problematic for many researchers.