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Ypsilanti, Michigan, Library Launches African American Oral History Archive

YDL_African American Oral History Archive40 years ago, Historian and EMU Professor A.P. Marshall interviewed dozens of leaders in Ypsilanti’s African American community, seeking to preserve the stories and struggles of a generation who lived through the Great Depression, WWII, and the Civil Rights movement. As of today, the first one of these interviews is finally available online. More of the interviews will be added within the next few months.

The Ypsilanti District Library (YDL), in partnership with the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County (AACHM) and local historians Matt Siegfried and Laura Bien, will spend the next nine months digitizing a priceless collection of oral histories and making them available online at

You can read more in an announcement in the Ypsilanti District Library web site at

Birth Certificates now Unlock Past for some Missouri Adoptees

Adoptees often have a difficult time tracing their true ancestry. Adoptees in Missouri born prior to 1941 now are able to access records that previously were not available to them. Younger adoptees are still locked out. However, that will change on January 2, 2018, when adoptees born after 1940 and who are at least 18 years old will be able to request their original birth certificates.

Until Monday, such documents had been under seal by state law. The birth certificates possibly held the names of birth mothers and fathers the adoptees had longed to know.

GRS Updates its Online ‘Irish Genealogist Database’

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Irish Genealogical Research Society:

The IGRS – “The Great Granddaddy of all Irish Family History Societies” – announces an update of information to its ‘Irish Genealogist Database’, extending coverage from 1998 to2005, and noting in excess of 18,000 names.

The Irish Genealogist (TIG), the Society’s annual journal, has been published since 1937 and comprises thousands of articles relating to Irish genealogy, noting details on family histories, pedigrees, leases, memorial inscriptions, deeds, newspaper extracts and transcripts of parish registers, voters lists, census substitutes, wills, letters, family bibles, rentals and militia & army rolls. The list is endless!

New Genealogy Service Poised to Fill Gap In Genealogy Industry

This looks interesting. You can now obtain personalized coaching for your genealogy searches. The following announcement was written by the folks at genealogyDOTcoach:

New Genealogy Service Poised to Fill Critical Gap in Genealogy Industry

genealogyDOTcoachCEDAR HILLS, Utah – August 29, 2016 – A new family history service launched today that will fill a critical gap in the multi-billion dollar genealogy industry. genealogyDOTcoach(SM) is a new online service that matches up professional genealogists (called Genealogy Coaches) with people who want to have all the fun of making family history discoveries for themselves but just need a little assistance from someone they can trust.

“With do-it-yourself sites like and it has become so easy for anyone to start climbing their family tree,” says co-founder, Janet Hovorka. “But, sometimes people get a little stuck in the process. The traditional option at that point has been to purchase a 10 or 20 hour research package from a professional genealogist. Many people can’t afford that kind of help. Others are reluctant to do so because they want the joy of making those family history discoveries themselves. genealogyDOTcoach aims to fill that gap.”

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:

(+) How to Obtain Information from the 1950 through 2010 US Census Records
Happy Birthday, US National Census
On the Road Again
Book Review: The Life and Times of Charles Leonard Holton
What’s in a Name? Finding Your Identity in a Changing, Socially Connected America by Liz Pekler
2017 Eastern Caribbean Genealogy Cruise Early Booking Special
Old Iron Gall Ink Often Destroys Paper
Collage, The London Picture Map
Dropbox Paper Challenges Evernote, Google Keep, Zoho Notebook, OneNote and Other Cloud-Connected Note-Taking Products
Quest Diagnostics to Provide Genetic Testing Services for AncestryDNA
Announcing the Online Launch of The List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers
Charles City County, Virginia, Records Stolen by Union soldier During Civil War have Now been Returned
Family Book Creator is now Available in French and Spanish Adds 1.4 Million Cemetery Records
NEHGS Offers All Its Irish Resources on from August 2 through August 9
New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday
TheGenealogist Releases Early UK Military Records
Registration Continues for British Institute
How British are YOU?
How to Print Directly to a PDF File in Windows 10
What is Wi-Fi Calling and Why Would I Want It?
Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

(+) Put Away Your Wallet and Hold Meetings Online for Free

(+) Yes, You Can Run Windows Programs on a Mac

Follow-up: What is Wi-Fi Calling and Why Would I Want It?

How to Quickly Scan Documents Using Android and Google Drive or an iPhone and Dropbox

Remains of Civil War Veteran Returned Home

A Burial Ground for Black Mississippians is at Risk of Becoming a Tire Factory

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

United Kingdom, Ontario, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, and Washington

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.

(+) Put Away Your Wallet and Hold Meetings Online for Free

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

Remote meetings have become very popular in recent years and with good reason: holding online meetings with attendees in multiple locations saves a lot of time and money. Instead of having participants travel to one location, everyone can remain at home or in their offices and still attend, even if they are in different parts of the country or even in different parts of the world.

There are two facts about meetings that are difficult to ignore:

1. Meetings are costly to both planners and attendees.
2. Often, they’re wasteful and unnecessary.

Remote meetings and webinars have become very popular in the business world and now are spreading amongst personal interest groups, including genealogy society meetings and conferences. With today’s travel expenses, online remote meetings have become very attractive. Why spend money on travel, hotels, and restaurants? Instead, it often makes sense for attendees to each sit in front of a computer or a tablet or even a smartphone while still at home. Not only can small meetings be held this way; it is possible to hold an entire multi-day genealogy conference with hundreds of attendees, all of whom are scattered around the globe.

Goodby, hotels. Goodby, airline charges. Goodbye, expensive convention centers. Just let me use my iPad.

Files of the Old Darlington District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, Moved to the Historical Commission in Darlington

The Old Darlington District Chapter (ODDC) recently lost its home. However, it has reached an agreement with the Historical Commission in Darlington to take most of their collection as a permanent loan.

Their collection includes thousands of family surname files including an extensive collection of African-American funeral programs from the Hartsville community, a series of Civil War letters from Alexander F. Byrd (Co. E, 6th SC Volunteers) to his wife, an estimated 2,500 books covering South Carolina history and genealogy as well as history and genealogy from across the Southeastern United States, an extensive collection of microfilm and microfiche, maps, Carson Steen’s Hartsville Oral History Collection, the Skinner family collection of thousands of genealogical files from all areas of South Carolina, Jeannine W. Talwar Genealogical Collection, Carrie Lee Kalber, Beaufort County family history of the Erwin, Lawton and Allied families and the Jill King Lyles – Welsh Neck Baptist Association records from 1730s to 1990s, and many others.

Polk County (Missouri) Genealogical Society Library Suffers Vandalism

According to a press release from the Bolivar (Missouri) Police Department, windows were broken on the east side of Polk County Genealogical Society Library at 120 E. Jackson St. The press release said nothing was reported stolen. It noted there was no evidence of entry into the genealogical society building.

Details and a picture may be found at

New Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday

Findmypast has released a bunch of records this morning. Here is the latest announcement from the company:

findmypast_logoOver 7.5 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including;

United States Marriages

Over 4 million new records have just been added to our collection of United States Marriage records including substantial new additions from New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arkansas. Released in partnership with FamilySearch international, these latest additions mark the second phase of efforts to create the single largest online collection of U.S. marriage records in history. Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America. The records include transcripts and images of the original documents that list marriage date, the names of the bride and groom, birthplace, birth date, age, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.

Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists 1852-1924

Findmypast Releases ‘Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars’ Collection

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast_logoOver 139,000 records of “enemy aliens” who were investigated or interned by the authorities during both world wars available to search online

Collection reveals the stories of thousands of WW2 refugees who were interned in camps across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth

26 August 2016

Today, 26th August 2016, over 139,000 records of foreign born men and women who were suspected of being enemy sympathisers or spies have been published online for the first time at Findmypast.

Findmypast Grant Free Access to Entire Australian Collection to Celebrate the Release of New Passenger Lists

The following announcement was written by the folks at

Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists provide a fascinating snapshot of life during the Australian Gold rushes and beyond

logo-findmypast-AU-500Findmypast has today announced its largest release of Australian records to date, giving first-time online access to records from one of Australian history’s most exciting periods, the Gold Rush. Released in partnership with FamilySearch and Public Record Office Victoria (PROV), the 3.3 million records consist of Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists spanning 1852 to 1924 and can only be found on

Curt Witcher Honored with a Hoosier Hospitality Award

curt-witcherCurt Witcher, manager of the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, was honored Friday with a Hoosier Hospitality Award from the office of Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb.

The Genealogy Center generally draws more than 100,000 visitors a year.

Witcher was honored for taking exceptional steps to make Fort Wayne’s genealogy tourists feel welcome. A press release announcing the award recounted this example: “On one occasion, a group of visitors was planning to be in Fort Wayne for only a short period of time. Witcher’s nominator said he took their information before they arrived and began doing the background research for them. When the visitors arrived and found that several pieces of their family history had been assembled, they were moved by Witcher’s generosity.”

Kalamazoo’s Riverside Cemetery Suffers Vandalism

Approximately 80 stones were tipped, cracked, chipped or broken in a vandalism spree discovered Monday, Aug. 22. The city is offering a $500 reward for information about the vandalism; some of the toppled stones weighing as much as 1,000 pounds.

The city does not yet have a list of surnames on all of the tombstones damaged in Riverside Cemetery on Gull Road recently, the trail of toppled stones goes from about the south edge of Section Q up through Section J, L and into K.

“At this point, we have not been able to identify and list all the individual stones that have been toppled by name,” said Suzanne Rowland of the city’s cemetery office. “Unfortunately many stones are face down and will require more than a ‘walk by’ to find the name.”

Records of Methodist Episcopal Church Congregations in Louisiana and East Texas during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries are now Online

The following is an announcement from the Centenary College of Louisiana:

The Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections recently completed a collaborative digitization project with Perkins School of Theology’s Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University. As a result, researchers now have online access to publications documenting Methodist Episcopal Church congregations along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast and in East Texas during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“This project successfully fills gaps in the collections of each archives and makes the volumes more accessible to the public,” says Chris Brown, Centenary archivist. Each archives handled scanning while Centenary staff and student workers edited the nearly 3,400 scans to create electronic reproductions of the forty-seven volumes.

Follow-up: What is Wi-Fi Calling and Why Would I Want It?

This is an update to the information given in my earlier article, What is Wi-Fi Calling and Why Would I Want It?, at

In the article, I described Google’s Project Fi and how it could make cell phone calls over several different cell phone networks as well as over wi-fi networks, even switching connections in the middle of a call, if necessary. I stated “Phones for Google Project Fi are all expensive (check the latest prices as they vary often), but they are all high-end phones with the latest technology. I am using a Nexus 6P phone with Google Project Fi and love it.” In fact, Project Fi only worked on Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones.

Today, Google announced that the feature is coming to all Nexus cell phone users. It will no longer be limited to only the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones.

A Chromebook that will Soon Run Android Apps for $159

UPDATE: The sale on this Chromebook appears to have ended and it now has reverted to the normal price of  $205.99.

I have written often about the advantages of Chromebooks, the low-cost laptops that perform all the more common tasks that most computer users want. In fact, I just spent about two hours using my Chromebook to write an article for this newsletter. You can find my past articles about Chromebooks by starting at

ASUS C201 Chromebook

Now Amazon is selling one of the more popular Chromebooks, the the 11.6-inch ASUS C201 Chromebook, for just $159, a savings of $40. Best of all, the ASUS C201 Chromebook features 4 gigabytes of RAM memory, not 2 gigabytes as found in most other low-cost Chromebooks. The extra memory will make a significant difference when running Android apps when Google releases the update later this year. Strangely, this pricing is only available on the blue model, though you can get the others at a lesser discount as well.

A Burial Ground for Black Mississippians is at Risk of Becoming a Tire Factory

An article by Alan Huffman describes the talks between Mississippi officials and a German tire manufacturer over the sale of public land for a $1.45 billion industrial site. The land contains a mostly unmarked cemetery containing the remains of Black Mississippians. The story may be found at

My thanks to newsletter reader Kayne Rogers for telling me about this story.

(+) Yes, You Can Run Windows Programs on a Mac

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

Windows-and-Mac-OS-XIf you have moved from a Windows computer to a Macintosh or are contemplating such a move, you do not have to abandon all your old programs. In fact, there are several methods of running Windows software on a Mac. The solutions I will describe are suitable for running Windows applications you simply can’t live without. It works on genealogy programs, word processors, games, and many other Windows applications you want to run on your Mac. While this newsletter focuses mostly on genealogy software, these three different options will work on non-genealogy applications as well.

Method 1:

How to Quickly Scan Documents Using Android and Google Drive or an iPhone and Dropbox

Ben Stegner has written an article and created a video that will interest many genealogists. How to Quickly Scan Documents Using Android and Google Drive describes how to go paperless without the need any hardware other than your smartphone. You can actually scan documents with nothing more than your Android phone. You can read Ben Stegner’s article and watch the video at

You can also perform the same functions with an Android phone and Evernote. See for details.

You can also use the same techniques with an iPhone and with Dropbox. Assuming you have the Dropbox app installed on your iPhone, open the Dropbox app on your iPhone, tap the + (plus sign) button, and choose Scan Document. The iPhone takes a picture of the document being :”scanned.” After scanning the document, the next screen is the Edit view. The icons on the bottom of this view represent the actions you can take to edit your scan. Finish your editing and then tap Next to enter the Settings view. Name your file and decide on a file type and then decide where to save your document. Finally, touch SAVE.


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