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The Argument for Building an Offline Version of Your Family Tree

I am a big fan of storing all sorts of personal data, including my family tree, both online and also offline (in my computer’s hard drive). I like online access because of the increased security (assuming it is encrypted), the automatic backups, and the ease of access to the information when traveling, even when traveling to a local genealogy society meeting.


Simon Orde, the owner of the colorfully named company Calico Pie, has a different viewpoint. After all, he and his company produce Family Historian, one of the very popular genealogy programs for Windows. Simon has written an article that provides his opinions of online versus offline storage. I will say that his article makes a lot of sense.

The Beautiful, Forgotten and Moving Graves of New England’s Slaves

This photo project reveals the powerful history tucked into Rhode Island’s cemeteries.

A great article by Caitlin Galante-DeAngelis Hopkins in Atlas Obscura describes and provides photographs of many interesting graveyards in New England. The autor writes:

“Most of New England’s colonial-era graveyards hold the bones of slaves. This is true not only of the urban graveyards of Boston and Newport, but also of the sleepy little cemeteries nestled among the clapboard churches and old stone walls in rural villages from Norwich, Connecticut to Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire. Unlike the African Burial Ground in New York City, which was formed after black bodies were banned from Trinity Churchyard in 1697, most New England municipalities maintained unified burying places that segregated black and white graves within a shared boundary.


Library and Archives Canada Expands a World War I Personnel Information Site

Quoting from the Library and Archives Canada Blog at

We are pleased to announce an updated version of our “Service Files of the First World War, 1914-1918 – CEF” database. The new database, now called “Personnel Records of the First World War”, provides access to the service files of members of Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) along with records for other First World War personnel.

The new database includes records for the following groups:

  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Imperial War Service Gratuities recipients
  • Non-Permanent Active Militia
  • Rejected CEF volunteers
  • Royal Newfoundland Regiment and Forestry Corps

You can learn more at:

A Photographic Archive of 1920s Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland Published Online

Leith is a district to the north of the city of Edinburgh. When local historian Fraser Parkinson was entrusted with a set of photographs showing Leith slums in the inter-war era, he knew they deserved to be shared with a wider audience. The incredible images were produced by the city authorities to show the slums of the old port prior to the ‘Edinburgh (Leith) Improvement Scheme of 1924’, which would see large swathes of the district vanish for good.


Art of Transcription: A Practical Guide

Here is an interesting and educational article by Sarah Minegar, Archivist, for Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey. She writes:

“You schedule a research appointment at your local library. When you arrive, you are handed a large packet of information about your topic, transcriptions of every manuscript you wish to research, and a full description of the potential resources you may want to study.


Bath and North East Somerset: Records for First Three Sites now Available on Deceased Online

The following announcement was written by the folks at Deceased Online:

Announcing the Speaker for the Helen F.M. Leary Distinguished Lecture Series

The following announcement was written by the folks who run the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Education Fund:

The BCG Education Fund announces Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, as the featured speaker for the 2017 Helen F.M. Leary Distinguished Lecture Series.

judy-russellJudy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, will speak at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2017 Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, and at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2017 National Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Her topic at the National Genealogical Society Conference is “Rainbows and Kaleidoscopes: Inclusion as a Professional and Personal Genealogical Standard.” The lecture considers how we, as professional and personal genealogists, can enrich our family histories, our client bases, and our collaborations with fellow researchers by adopting inclusion as a genealogical standard.

Family Tree DNA and 20th Century Fox Team Up for Historical Adventure

The following announcement was written by the folks at Family Tree DNA:

Genetic genealogy pioneers announce exciting partnership with the theatrical release of Assassin’s Creed.

Houston, Texas — October 25, 2016:

In association with the upcoming theatrical release of the epic adventure film ASSASSIN’S CREED, in theaters December 21, Family Tree DNA is pleased to announce a new partnership with 20th Century Fox and Findmypast, which features the Assassin’s Creed DNA Testing Bundle and Assassin’s Creed Sweepstakes.


Loosely based on the popular video game franchise of the same name, and starring award-winning actors Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, the movie’s main character Callum Lynch—through a revolutionary technology called the Animus—travels deep into the past to discover that his genetic ancestor, Aguilar, was part of a mysterious secret organization, the Assassin’s, in 15th Century Spain. The action-adventure follows Callum as he relives Aguilar’s memories in present day.

Genealogical Society of Ireland Journals and Publications go online at Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • All Society journals from 1992 to 2016 including over 800 individual articles
  • All Society publications including extensive collections of gravestone inscriptions, historic records and surname studies.
  • Released online for the first time

Leading Family History website Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of all The’s journals dating from 1992 to 2016. The journals are now available to search as part of the PERiodical Source Index and will be joined by the expansive range of other Genealogical Society or Ireland publications over the coming weeks. The publications consists of a wide range of documents including transcripts of original records, memorial inscriptions, local and surname studies and collections of specialist sources and guides. The information dates back to 1798 and covers many counties in Ireland including Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Offaly and Wicklow.

The release is comprised of two sets of important publications, namely:

Living DNA Offers a ‘High Definition’ View of Your Family History

Living DNA is a tiny UK company that has just launched its own ancestry DNA testing service, one that offers a ‘high definition’ view of their family history, versus the ‘standard resolution’ provided by their larger competitors. The company is up against a number of high-powered and well-financed competitors, including 23andme, Family Tree DNA, Quest Diagnostics, and AncestryDNA. Founder David Nicholson is confident that his company can succeed because it offers a different service from the services offered by his competitors.

Fueled by TV shows, such as Who Do You Think You Are?, the market for personal DNA testing services is growing rapidly, and in the UK, is dominated by a handful of multi-national companies. The startup was launched using profits from DNA Worldwide Group, a company set up by Nicholas in 2004 to fund the development of the personalised DNA testing service. That process took two years and a team of over 100 experts around the world. Living DNA aims to be profitable within 18 months.

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:

(+) Genealogy Books on CD

(+) How to Remotely Control a Distant Computer

500 Years of English Slang in an Online Dictionary

Are You Missing Most of the Available Genealogy Information?

How FindAGrave Could – and Should – Be Made Better

DNA Testing Links 300-Year-Old Remains of a Baby to a Colonial Maryland Governor

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ireland, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah

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.

(+) How to Remotely Control a Distant Computer

…or perhaps a computer that is not so distant

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

Remote control software for desktop and laptop computers has been available for years. All systems administrators of large data centers are familiar with these programs, as are many “work from home” individuals who need to control computers at the office on nights and weekends. However, the same technology is available to everyone; you do not need to be a systems professional in order to access the computer on your desk at the office or the one at home when you are traveling. Best of all, many of these remote control products are available free of charge.

Remote control software has a very simple goal: add a second monitor, keyboard and mouse to a computer. The difference is that these secondary items are located some distance away, perhaps miles or even thousands of miles away. I was recently in Singapore and was able to access my computer in the US in essentially the same way that I do when I am at home. Everything that is displayed on my computer’s monitor at home was displayed on my iPad in Singapore. Everything that I normally would type on the home computer’s keyboard worked well when I typed on the (optional) iPad keyboard in Singapore. The mouse also worked as normal, although I used my finger as a substitute mouse on the iPad’s touch-sensitive screen. Still, it produced the same results as using the mouse when at home.

I had full access to my new and saved email messages, to all the files on my home computer’s hard drive, and more. The only thing missing was that I could not insert a CD into the slot in the home computer.

How FindAGrave Could – and Should – Be Made Better

Amy Johnson Crow has posted an article in her blog that illustrates one of the problems with FindAGrave and offers suggestions for how it could be better. If you have an interest in FindAGrave, you might want to read Amy’s article, How FindAGrave Could – and Should – Be Made Better, at:

Comment: FindAGrave’s biggest competitor,, certainly is not perfect. It has some problems of its own but does not share the problems that Amy wrote about. For one thing, starts with a picture of the tombstone. No picture? No entry on

Perhaps FindAGrave should adopt a similar policy.

Are You Missing Most of the Available Genealogy Information?

I received a message a while ago from a newsletter reader that disturbed me a bit. He wrote, “I have been doing genealogy research for 10-15 years but only through the Internet.” He then went on to describe some of the frustrations he has encountered trying to find information. In short, he was disappointed at how little information he has found online.

I read the entire message, but my eyes kept jumping back to the words in his first sentence: “… but only through the Internet.”

Doesn’t he realize that perhaps 90% of the information of interest to genealogists is not yet available on the Internet?

Stephenville Empire and Stephenville Tribune (Texas) Newspapers to be Digitized and Placed Online

Not here yet but coming soon! An article in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune of Stephenville, Texas, states:

“Digging into local news archives soon will be easier thanks to a joint effort by Tarleton State University’s Dick Smith Library and the Stephenville Public Library to digitize the community’s old newspapers.

“The Ladd & Katherine Hancher Library Foundation donated a $10,450 grant this month that will help with funding to digitize and archive local newspapers published between 1882 and 1922.”

Today, the newspapers are only available in person by visiting Tarleton State University’s Dick Smith Library and the Stephenville Public Library. That obviously isn’t very convenient for anyone living hundreds or thousands of miles away. By digitizing the back issues of the local newspapers, researchers, students and everyday citizens worldwide will have quick, easy access to a wealth of historical data, including genealogical records such as marriage, birth and death notices, as well as advertisements, property transactions and editorials.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Over 8.3 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Canada Census 1901

Findmypast_logoThe 1901 Canada Census is now available to search on Findmypast. Containing over 5.1 million records, the census was taken on 31st March 1901 when just under 9,000 enumerators and 35 commissioners were dispatched to record every household in the country. It was the first census to add questions on religion, birthplace, citizenship and period of immigration and covers 206 districts and 3,204 sub-districts.

For each result, you will be provided with a transcript that covers key details from the 1901 census and a link to the digital image of the original census form. The images, microfilmed in 1955, are held at the Library and Archives Canada website. Each record will reveal the name, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, relationship to head of household, race or tribe, immigration year and naturalization year of each household member. Images will often provide you with additional information, such as occupation and religion.

Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921

Findmypast Publish Second Instalment of Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law Collection

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • Over 48,000 additional records released in association with The National Archives
  • Records document the struggles of life under martial law in Ireland and record the details of both soldiers and civilians
  • New courts martial records, intelligence reports, prisoner rolls, individual cases and search & raid reports released in second instalment of landmark collection

Findmypast_logoLeading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of over 48,000 records in the second instalment of their ‘Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law, 1916-1921’ collection.

The once classified records, digitised from original documents held by The National Archives in Kew, record the struggles of life under martial law in Ireland. Consisting of more than 119,000 images, the new additions include a variety of different documents ranging from records of courts martial (both civilian and military) and intelligence reports, to case files and nominal rolls of prisoners.

(+) Genealogy Books on CD

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

books-on-cdI have been reading an interesting book. In fact, it is a book about my family. The original book was published in 1901, so it has long been out of copyright. I have seen it offered for sale as a reprinted book for $150 to $250. In fact, I purchased a printed copy of the book about 25 years ago, and it now sits in a box in my basement. I ran out of bookshelf space, and I don’t open this book all that often. Therefore, it was banned to the basement years ago and, admittedly, I haven’t opened it since.

The new book that I purchased this week is exactly the same book. It has exactly the same words, exactly the same images, everything. Well, not quite everything: there are two major differences.

500 Years of English Slang in an Online Dictionary

dictionary-of-slangFind a word or phrase in an old document that you do not understand? If it is slang, you probably can find the meaning in the free, online Green’s Dictionary of Slang. For instance, did you know that a mickser is an Irishman who has emigrated to the UK?

Green’s Dictionary of Slang contains nearly 100,000 words supported by over 400,000 citations that go all the way back to the middle ages.

Green’s Dictionary of Slang is the largest historical dictionary of English slang available anywhere, either online or in print.