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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast_logoThis week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 697,000 new records including more than 172,000 new additions to our collection of Dorset parish records and significant updates to our Irish newspaper collection. Also included this week are new British Army Boer War records that will allow you to uncover fascinating details of your ancestor’s military service.

Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902

Over 2,500 records have been added to our collection of Anglo-Boer War Records.

Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902 is a unique collection of assorted document taken from more than 470 sources and containing more than 293,000 names. Consisting of casualty rolls, service rolls, honour rolls, force rolls and a variety of other documents, the records will allow you to uncover your ancestors rank, regiment, service number, details of the awards they received and whether they were killed or wounded in the line of duty.

The Family History Researcher Academy revises its Popular Course to Celebrate its 3rd Birthday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Family History Researcher Academy:

Back in Spring 2013 Nick Thorne launched his English/Welsh family history course online to help people with ancestors from this part of the world find their family in the records. He saw that many family history researchers would benefit from a set of accessible guides that would show them how to master the many record collections and the various resources available. With this knowledge they would be better equipped to discover their English/Welsh ancestors more easily.


Nick, has researched ancestors for private clients, worked on various projects for one of the leading British genealogical research websites, and is also a regular writer in Discover Your Ancestors Bookazine and its sister monthly online periodical. He writes case-study articles, published in several of the monthly British family history magazines, which reveal the best way to make the most of the records sets on a top data subscription site. Nick also has his own Help Me With My Family Tree blog at

The Two-Hour Season Finale This Week on Who Do You Think You Are?

The US version of Who Do You Think You Are? this Sunday will be the finale of the current season. TLC will be airing two new episodes back-to-back: Chris Noth at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central and Lea Michele at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central time

Chris Noth sitting with John Russick.

Chris Noth sitting with John Russick.

Actor Chris Noth tracks down family torn apart by a devastating disaster. He follows his relative’s trail from Spain to Ireland, and finds a man who endured harsh oppression, but rose up to fight in one of the fiercest battles of all time and became a war hero. See

Famberry Offers Free Access for a Limited Time

Famberry is a private collaborative family tree builder that is becoming popular in many countries. I have written about Famberry a number of times in the past. See for my earlier articles about it. Now the company is offering a free introductory trial period to encourage even more people to take Famberry for a “test drive.”

The following announcement was written by the folks that produce Famberry:

London, England (April 29th, 2016) – Famberry (, the private collaborative family tree builder, has made their graphical timeline feature free to all users, for a limited period. Users can sign up to Famberry for free and start building a timeline of their family history.

Normally part of the upgraded service, the family timeline on Famberry allows your family’s history to be shown as a graphical timeline, with photos and a narrative to produce an immersive story for your family. Moving away from dates and names and into the realm of family stories and traditions, adds an engaging dimension to your family’s history. Upgraded users can even include videos and documents on their family timelines for a full “multimedia” family history experience that the whole family can enjoy.

(+) Encrypt Your Wi-Fi Internet Connections

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

I may seem paranoid about security, but I worry about my personal information wherever it is stored and whenever it is sent across the Internet. Even worse, I travel extensively. (Two weeks ago I was in Birmingham, England. Last week I was in Baltimore, Maryland. Today I am in Anchorage, Alaska. Next week I will be in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) I often use public wi-fi connections from hotel rooms, airport waiting areas, coffee shops, and most anyplace else that I can find a connection.

The problem we all face with normal wi-fi connections in such public places is that they are easily tapped and monitored by anyone else within range of the wi-fi network by using a laptop computer and some of today’s readily available software tools. Anyone can easily see the information you or I might be sending and receiving on these wireless connections unless we take steps to keep our information private.

Luckily, there is an easy solution that blocks all the would-be eavesdroppers.

Pennsylvania to Move the State’s Archives in Harrisburg

Planning is underway to move the Pennsylvania State Archives – just days after the state announced its building a new facility in Harrisburg. The state says the $24 million facility will help meet the needs of a digital world.

State Archivist David Carmichael says the process to preserve paper archives is pretty straightforward: control the environment where it’s stored.

The History Project Adds New Product Advancements

The History Project is a fun app for creating mixed media digital time capsules of a life. It is described as a “modern memory capsule that empowers individuals and groups to connect memories across media to build powerful experiential stories that transcend generations. It’s where life stories are told better and the moments that matter are preserved into a meaningful narrative.”

It was one of the semi-finalists at the RootsTech2016 conference and it impressed me and a number of others who had an opportunity to look at its capabilities. Now the app has received a significant upgrade. The following announcement was written by the folks at The History Project:

New Site Features on The History Project Make it Easier than Ever to Create Immersive Digital Narratives Through Group Storytelling & Memory Collection

Collecting and sharing your favorite memories of mom ideal project for families this Mother’s Day


OAKLAND, Calif., April 27, 2016 — The History Project is making it easier than ever to create immersive digital life narratives, through a series of new product advancements announced today. The new updates are part of the Oakland-based startup’s efforts to evolve the product to better meet the needs of its expanding user base, by making it easier than ever to start and build projects, and enabling group storytelling.

Troy Irish Genealogy’s new Data Base, St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Waterford, NY, is now Online

The Troy (New York) Irish Genealogy Society has been very active in transcribing cemetery  inscriptions and placing them online. See my earlier articles starting at to read about several of their previous successes. Now this Irish genealogy society has transcribed a French-Canadian cemetery as well.

The following announcement was written by the Troy Irish Genealogy Society:

TroyIrishGenealogySociety-logoNew Data Base – St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Waterford, New York

The latest addition to the transcription projects on the website of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society, are the interment records of St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Middletown Road in Waterford, New York.

This new data base covers interments from 1862 to 2013 and lists 17,237 names. To see these records on the TIGS website, – – click on PROJECTS and then under CEMETERIES click on ST. JOSEPH’S CEMETERY, WATERFORD, NY.

Pass Down Journal

passdownjournalPass Down Journal is a new service from Mr. and Mrs. Adam Sharer. It is a hard cover journal filled with life interview questions that help inspire people to capture some of their own autobiography. The hardcover journal includes a series of 100 life interview questions that can help anyone write their own autobiography. You can map out your best stories in your own words and give copies to loved ones that you’d like to know and remember better. Unlike a regular personal diary, a Pass Down Journal is meant to be shared.

While it’s not a tool specifically designed for researching genealogy, the Pass Down Journal could kindle enthusiasm for discovering your own family history to preserve your own story for future generations to cherish.

Your Guide to Having a Paperless Life Today

NOTE: This article has nothing to do with genealogy. If you are looking for genealogy-related information, I suggest you skip this article.

paperlessIf you have been reading this newsletter for a while, you probably already know that I am a fanatic for going paperless. Life without paper is great! Also, life without paper can save a lot of time and frustration when later trying to locate and retrieve items.

On the Road Again

By the time you read these words, I should be in en route to Anchorage, Alaska, to be a tourist for a few days and then to make presentations at the Anchorage Genealogical Society meeting on Saturday, April 30.

As usual, I will be traveling with an iPad and a laptop computer along with other gadgets that should keep me in touch with the newsletter. Connectivity should not be a problem but available time is usually the biggest impediment. I suspect I will be busy from before daybreak until well into each evening so you probably will see fewer articles posted here than normal in the next few days. However, I do hope to post a few new articles in the midst of the travels.

If you are in or near Anchorage next Saturday, April 30, come join us at the Anchorage Genealogical Society meeting. See for details.

Half of Western European Men are Descended from one Bronze Age Person

Half of Western European men are descended from one Bronze Age ‘king’ who sired a dynasty of elite nobles which spread throughout Europe, a new study has shown, according to an article in The Telegraph. The ‘king,’ who lived around 4,000 years ago, is likely to have been one of the earliest chieftains to take power in the continent.

Although it is not known who he was, or where he lived, scientists say he must have existed because of genetic variation in today’s European populations.

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Celebrates a $58.5 Million Capital Campaign

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

The Country’s Founding Genealogical Society Honors Legendary Television Anchors Bob Schieffer and David Hartman with Their Family Histories

April 25, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts—Two of America’s legendary television journalists were honored here Friday evening by the nation’s founding genealogical institution, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), as it celebrated a history-making capital campaign at a news-filled Family History Benefit Dinner in Boston.

Bob Schieffer, the immediate past anchor of the CBS Evening News, moderator of Face The Nation, and former 60 Minutes correspondent, along with David Hartman, the documentary journalist and beloved, longtime host of ABC’s Good Morning America, were both given the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, in tribute to their contributions to history through distinguished broadcast journalism. In an exciting reversal of roles, however, it was NEHGS giving the news Friday evening as they revealed to both Schieffer and Hartman the detailed stories of their ancestry, researched by expert genealogists at the Society.

NGS 2016 Family History Conference Next Week in Fort Lauderdale

What will probably be the second-largest genealogy conference of the year in the US will occur next week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The National Genealogical Society’s 2016 Family History Conference will attract genealogists from all over the United States, along with quite a few from other countries, to the four-day conference with more than 150 lectures on a wide range of topics.


The conference will be held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. I attended a non-genealogy conference in the same convention center a few years ago and can report that it is an excellent facility for an event of this size. It is a modern convention center (with numerous wi-fi hotspots) that has plenty of parking. It is surrounded by a number of excellent hotels and restaurants within walking distance. Hotels are listed in the conference brochure at

No EOGN Dinner at the NGS 2016 Family History Conference Next Week in Fort Lauderdale

With reluctance, I have decided to not hold a dinner for EOGN readers after this year’s NGS conference in Fort Lauderdale, and I will probably hold very few such dinners in the future.

For years, I have sponsored dinners at the end of major genealogy conferences in the US. Every year, doing so has become harder and more expensive. Attempting to find banquet facilities in new and strange (to me) cities has become a challenge. In years past, I always looked for a place for about 25 genealogists to have dinner together. In recent years that number has grown to 75 to 125 attendees and sometimes even more. Finding a place available for a crowd of that size on a Saturday evening has proven difficult!

Another problem is price. Of course, inflation happens everywhere, but it seems to happen faster in banquet facilities than elsewhere. Years ago, such a dinner might cost $25 per person. Today, the price for a modest meal runs from $60 to $80 per person, and I have heard of even higher prices in a few places. To be blunt, I am embarrassed to ask people to pay that much for a meal.

A contributing factor is my age: I still try to be a high-energy person; but all the running around, planning, and various other activities at conferences is starting to wear me down. Perhaps it is time to pass the baton to someone else.

Sadly, with one exception, I have decided to not hold any more EOGN dinners after the genealogy conferences.

The one exception is RootsTech, held every winter in Salt Lake City.

Preserve Family Recipes Via Video

Here’s an idea. Preserve family recipes by taking videos of the family member who makes it the best. Perhaps that person is you.

Ann-Terese Barket, aka The Food Archivist, thinks the perfect gift just might be a two-inch flash drive containing the video. Make lots of copies and distribute them as gifts. The videos do not need to be professional Hollywood productions. Your family members will probably appreciate watching the family expert “as is.”

Barket documents family recipes via videos and transcripts so they may be easily shared with relatives and friends. She officially started her business after realizing how important recipes were in maintaining the cherished culinary memories of her own family.

Plus Edition Newsletter is Now Available

The latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter is now available at Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

(+) How to Read Any eBook with (Almost) Any e-Reader

MyHeritage Launches New Community-Powered Q&A Hub

MacFamilyTree 8 is Now Available

Watch the MacFamilyTree version 8 Video

CamScanner will Turn Your Phone or Tablet into a Scanner for Many Purposes

How Many Backup Copies of Important Files Do You Need?

“I Have My Family Tree Back to Adam and Eve”

The News of Your Death May Be a Bit Premature

Ancestry for Android Updated

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

United Kingdom, California, Colorado, Florida, and New York

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.

FGS 2016 Conference Registration Is Now Open

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

FGS-2016-Logo-TransparentRegister now for “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” in Springfield, IL

April 25, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that online registration is now open for the 2016 FGS National Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” to be held August 31 — September 3, 2016, in Springfield, IL, and locally hosted by the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Register by July 1, 2016, for the early-bird discount at

Celebrating 40 years since the founding of FGS, each day of the conference is full of sessions aimed at strengthening attendees’ research skills no matter what level or area of interest they may have.

“Returning to our Illinois roots for the FGS 2016 Conference to celebrate our 40th Anniversary in the state where FGS began is a dream come true,” says D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President. “With a solid educational program and a tremendous line-up of social events, this conference is not to be missed!”

Conference Highlights

Forces War Records’ Australian Site Celebrates Anzac Day

ForcesWarRecordsToday is ANZAC DAY – National day of remembrance of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I. The first landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli resulted in 8,709 deaths of Australian soldiers and 2,721 deaths of soldiers from New Zealand. Australians and New Zealanders at home quickly made 25 April the day on which they remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in the war. The remembrance day was later expanded to commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.”

The following announcement was written by the Forces War Records:

ANZAC soldierFamilies can discover more about their ancestors’ military service history with Forces War Records Australia

A busy day for our Australian site

Today is ANZAC DAY – National day of remembrance and first landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli. A busy day for our sister Australian site too, visit Forces War Records Australia…

The Gallipoli campaign was a costly failure for the Allies, with an estimated 27,000 French, and 115,000 British and dominion troops (Great Britain and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Newfoundland) killed or wounded.


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