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US Virgin Islands Transfer-Era Documents Have Now Been Digitized

In May 2015, the Caribbean Genealogy Library (CGL) digitized 45 gigabytes of document data from the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C., and Maryland. CGL now offers samples of these documents on its Web site. Those documents can be found at

The effort was organized by a crowdfunding effort led by the Caribbean Genealogy Library. Volunteers from CGL traveled to the U.S. National Archives in College Park, Maryland during May 2015 to digitize the documents. The documents held at the U.S. National Archives include official correspondence, minutes, petitions, proclamations, registers, indexes, photographs, and maps. These documents are invaluable resources in preparation for 2017 Transfer Centennial events, ceremonies, and production of educational materials.

Edmond (Oklahoma) Historical Society Research Library and Genealogical Center Opens at a New Location

The Edmond Historical Society Research Library and Genealogical Center has reopened at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum. The research library is now housed in the northwest corner of the museum gallery. The library’s glass walls highlight the architectural details of the 1936 Works Progress Administration Armory building while showcasing library resources.

The noncirculating collection includes books, periodicals and manuscripts available for use by students, historians, researchers and genealogists.

You can read more in an article in the NewsOK web site at

GIC, Silver Lake Close Strategic Investment in Ancestry, Valued at $2.6 Billion

This business transaction has been in progress for some time. See for my earlier articles about this. Now the transition is complete, according to published reports. Silver Lake Partners and GIC have completed their transaction to acquire substantial equity stakes in LLC at an enterprise value of approximately $2.6 billion.

The announcement states:

“Claiming to be the largest for-profit genealogy company worldwide, Ancestry LLC operates a network of historical record websites focused on the US and nine foreign countries, with Canada and Australia being major markets, alongside a presence in several European states.

Your CD Collection is Dying

If you’ve tried listening to any of your old music CDs lately—if you even own them anymore—you may have noticed they often won’t play. The same is probably true of data stored on CD-ROM disks; the older ones are deteriorating and are becoming more and more difficult to use. The data CD-ROM disks are producing more read errors than they used to.

Luckily, there are easy solutions available if you take steps NOW.

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Announces New Courses

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research:

Virtual Institute announces summer and fall 2016 courses.

RALEIGH, North Carolina, 22 May 2016. The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research would like to announce several exciting new courses that will be offered during the summer and fall 2016. The schedule sees new courses from several of our popular past instructors as well as a few new instructors with their first Virtual Institute courses. We would also like to announce the beginning of a whole new endeavor to bring even more educational opportunities to the genealogical community.


Registration for all of the following courses are now open:

A Cartoon about Long-term Storage of Digital Data

Genealogists, archivists, and historians are always concerned about preserving information, pictures, videos, and more. Unlike paper or microfilm, storing data digitally can preserve information for centuries if the data is properly preserved and is copied to new, more modern media and file formats every few years.

The geek cartoon, xkcd, has an interesting viewpoint on long-term digital storage at

My thanks to newsletter reader Russell Houlton for telling me about the cartoon.

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:

(+) I am Moving to the Cloud

(+) A Different Online Backup Service

Save, Organize, and Share Your Digital Photographs Forever

How to Improve Your Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner: Add a Mobi Wireless Card

QromaScan version 1.6 is Now Available

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (“TNG”) Version 11 Upgrade is now Available

Locate My Name – a Distribution of Names Across Regions

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ireland, California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, 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.

(+) A Different Online Backup Service

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

It’s important to make backups, but there aren’t many free services that offer unlimited space for them. I have now found a method of making free, secure, off-site backups of essentially unlimited size.

I have written a number of times about making regular backups. In fact, I recommend that everyone always have at least two current backups: one stored locally for convenience and another stored “off site” that will be protected in case of theft, fire, flood, hurricane, a burst water pipe, tornado, accidents, or any other disaster that will destroy both your computer and all backups stored nearby. Having two current backups stored in different locations is critical, but having three, four, or even more current backups provides even more insurance.

Typically, you don’t need to back up everything. Most computer users, however, do need to back up their Documents folder (sometimes called “My Documents”) and any subfolders under Documents, as well as any other files that contain important information that could not be recreated by other means.

Many of the comments posted at the end of my earlier articles have asked about security and expenses. This week, I thought I would describe a service that has excellent security, and can be free of charge, depending upon what you have available.

Eneclann and Ancestor Network have been Awarded the Tender to Partner with the National Library of Ireland

The following announcement was written by Eneclann Ltd. and the Ancestor Network Ltd.:

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Eneclann and Ancestor Network have been awarded the tender to partner with the National Library of Ireland in providing their genealogy service 2016.

This is the 5th year they are partnering with the NLI to provide the popular genealogy service.

Visiting researchers to the NLI can avail of the advice of professional genealogists from Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5:00pm. The professional genealogists advise and assist on sources available at the NLI and other repositories as well as online resources. They are also available to respond to enquiries via email, telephone or by letter.

Findmypast Challenges Family Historians to Find the Ancestors They’ve Never Met in their Tree Challenge

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • From 23rd May until 30th May 2016, all 1.8 billion records hinted against in Findmypast trees will be completely free
  • This includes over 116 million United States Marriages, over 10 million Irish Catholic parish registers, and 570 million UK BMDs, the largest collection available online including over 78 million exclusive parish records you won’t find anywhere else
  • Findmypast challenges you to find at least one new ancestor through an FMP family tree
  • Family historians will be supported with expert insights, help videos, how to guides and a dedicated “tree building” webinar at 11am EDT on Wednesday 25th May.

Salt Lake City: 20th May 2016.

Is your family history leaving you stumped? Findmypast is here to help with their “Tree Challenge”, a seven day event to encourage people to branch out and discover ancestors they’ve never met. From 04:00 EDT, 23rd May until 17:59 EDT, 30th May 2016, all hints on Findmypast Family trees and the 1.8 billion records they cover will be completely free to view and explore.

1.4 Million Westminster Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of more than 1.4 million historic records held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre. The release forms the final phase of Findmypast’s Westminster Collection, rich archive of more than 15 million records including bastardy papers, workhouse records, militia records, wills and probate records, constables’ records, census fragments and more.

Consisting of parish baptisms, banns, marriages and burials, today’s release includes fully searchable transcripts and beautifully scanned images of original handwritten registers from more than 50 historic Westminster churches including St Martin-in-the-Fields and St Paul’s Covent Garden.

BCG Gives Christine Rose Emeritus Status

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Board for Certification of Genealogists:

The Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) met in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 4 May 2016.

christine_roseThe BCG Trustees honored Christine Rose, cg, cgl, fasg, with Emeritus Status for her service to BCG and her distinguished, fifty-year genealogical career. She became an associate of BCG in 1981, earned the Certified Genealogical Lecturer credential in 1991, and served as a Trustee from 2007 to 2012.

A prolific author, she received the Donald Lines Jacobus for her two Rose family books. Her numerous publications include several volumes on nearly every genealogist’s bookshelf such as Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures (2004), Military Bounty Land 1776–1855 (2011), and Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case (2014). From 1987 through 2014 Ms. Rose wrote the “Family Associations” column for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Forum.

International Germanic Genealogy Conference 2017 in Minneapolis

A new conference will be held next year in Minneapolis, Minnesota. What makes this conference unusual is that it is being organized through an international partnership of societies across the United States and Europe.

The following invitation was written by the Germanic Genealogy Society (Minnesota):

IGGC 2017

RE: 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference—July 28-29, 2017 Hosted in

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dear friend in genealogy—

May 2016

Save, Organize, and Share Your Digital Photographs Forever

With a free account on, you can edit, organize, store, and even (optionally) share your photos, videos, and more in the cloud. You can create and print photo books as well as convert your old media to new digital formats. With a paid account, your content will always be safe in your permanent digital home at Forever. All of this is possible because of the Forever Guarantee and the company’s easy-to-use web, mobile, and desktop apps.


Actually, you can find a number of online services that will help you file, sort, organize, and save your digital photographs. What sets Forever apart from its competitors is the capability for a paid account to keep your precious memories protected for generations. Yes, the company promises to keep your items for your lifetime plus 100 years. To back up that claim, the company has a rather impressive plan to make sure your items remain available; their stated goal is to keep your content safe and available with the company’s patented vault technology.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship Opportunities

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

First Deadline coming up: June 1st


Planning to attend the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January 2017? SLIG is pleased to announce that there are several scholarship opportunities available for SLIG students.

SLIG Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship – Deadline June 1, 2016

Heredis Genealogy Software is on Sale for 5 Days Only

The folks who produce Heredis genealogy software for Windows and for Macintosh are having a “flash sale” that will last for only 5 days, ending May 22, 2016. The price is only US $10.99 for Heredis software (PC and Mac) on The Macintosh version is also available for the same price in the Macintosh App Store.

UFlaoMKU2The producers of the software suggest there are MANY reasons to choose Heredis:

  • Unlimited program: you can enter as many persons, photos, copies of documents that you want!
  • Tens of features easy to adopt: from data entry, one of the Heredis strong points to tasteful family tree charts, Heredis advances your genealogy.
  • Unique functions as enter all members of one family on a single entry screen with the Family Group Data tab: the primary person, the parents, marriages, children, and even the partners of their children are represented!
  • Heredis is universal: whether you have a PC, a Mac, an iPad or iPhone, your genealogy is compatible everywhere, at all times with everybody.
  • A mobile version is compatible with the 2015 version of Heredis for iOS and Android. The mobile version is free.
  • GEDCOM format: if you have created a file with another genealogy program, it is easy to transfer in the Heredis program. Your file will be converted automatically in the Heredis version. All your data will be open.
  • For nearly 22 years, the team has been serving lovers of genealogy and the history of their ancestors.
  • Buying a Heredis license, you have 3 installations on different computers.
  • With the 2015 version, everything is now in Heredis. No need for additional software to be installed or paid for, to have all the necessary tools for your genealogy : photo tool, archives portal…

(+) I am Moving to the Cloud

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

CloudComputingI’ve decided to move. Well, not my personal possessions, my clothes, my tools, or even my computers. I am moving my data. I am moving to the cloud.

First, here is a quick definition of a cloud as the word is used in computer technology.

Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand, similar to the electricity grid. In other words, most computing functions and data storage are provided by remote computers connected via the Internet. The computing power is shared amongst many users, and each user obtains as much or as little computing power and storage space as he or she needs. Expenses are also shared, and the result is more computing capability per dollar spent for everyone.

Some of those computers may be across town while others may be located at the far side of the world. The user typically doesn’t know or care where the computers are located; all he or she knows is that a connection is made across the Internet, and then the remote computer is used in much the same manner as a local computer.

QromaScan version 1.6 is Now Available

I wrote about the QromaScan photo scanner several times in recent months. See for my articles. Now the producing company has released a major new update.

The following announcement was written by Tony Knight of QromaScan:

I am very happy to let you know that we have just released QromaScan version 1.6 at the iOS App Store. This is our biggest release to date, and I hope you enjoy the new features. They include:

Locate My Name – a Distribution of Names Across Regions

Locate My Name is a web site that promises to help you find distribution of names across countries and regions. The site mainly focuses on surnames, because more people with the same surname in a place, means something: either those people are in the region since long ago and the name originates from there or nearby, or members of the same family for some reason relocated there. The Locate My Name website is mainly used for finding origins of names, curiosity, entertainment and genealogy research.


The following countries are available today: Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.

The searches are quick and easy. A search for my own surname displays the following results:


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