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Twile Now Integrates with FamilySearch

I have written before about Twile, an online service that helps users get a visualization of their family history information and to easily share that information with their family. (See for my previous articles about Twile.) Now the folks at Twile have announced a major addition to the services available, as described in this announcement:

LONDON, UK and SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Twile and FamilySearch International have announced the launch of a new feature that will let users generate a family history timeline and share their research with other family members online. The timeline is designed to make research and discoveries more engaging for the broader family—especially younger generations—and to encourage collaboration.

Connecting securely to, Twile imports a user’s tree and automatically adds events, such as births and marriages, to a personal, interactive timeline of their family history. Users can then browse the timeline, add photos, and share it privately with other family members.

Genealogy Research Without Borders: Legacy Tree Genealogists Launches Site in Portuguese

The following announcement was written by Legacy Tree Genealogists:

legacy-tree-genealogistsSALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – September 28, 2016 – Legacy Tree Genealogists, a leading genealogy research firm based near the world’s largest family history library in downtown Salt Lake City, has announced their website will now be available to residents of Brazil in their native tongue of Portuguese. The announcement comes after months of development and professional translation services, ensuring that all elements will transition seamlessly for international users.

Already translated in Spanish, the website aims to provide resources for those searching for their ancestors who may feel overwhelmed or have hit a brick wall in their personal research, uniting them with a worldwide network of professional genealogists who can help them find the answers they seek.

New Collections: Week of September 26, 2016

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:


The Find A Grave Index continues to grow with a new addition of over 6 million indexed records. Also, find more indexed records from Australia and the United States Revolutionary War. See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how

Kerry Scott Named Editor of APG eNews

The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:

Kerry Scott

Kerry Scott

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 26 September 2016 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG has named Kerry Scott, as the new editor of APG’s monthly newsletter. Scott is a professional genealogist and owner of Clue Wagon, LLC. She brings years of experience as a blogger, writer, and lecturer to APG’s popular monthly electronic newsletter. She is the author of How to Use Evernote for Genealogy and has written genealogy and technology articles for Family Tree Magazine and other publications.

Scott served as F W Media’s online content manager, creating content and producing webinars and courses for and Her background is in human resources. She served as the member benefits coordinator for APG for three years.

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:

(+) The Majority of Books Published Before 1964 Are Free of Copyrights

(+) It Always Feels Like Somebody is Watching Me… So Get a VPN!

On the Road Again: Ireland and England

Book Review: Organize Your Genealogy

Book Review: Story of My Life

North Carolina’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Will Cost the State more than $395 Million and Even Affects Genealogy Conferences

Book Review: Story of My Life

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

story-of-my-life-a-workbook-for-preserving-your-legacy-by-sunny-jane-mortonStory of My Life
A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy
By Sunny Jane Morton. Family Tree Books. 2016. 191 pages.
This volume is an updated version of Ms. Morton’s My Life & Times published in 2011.

Story of My Life is titled as a workbook, and a workbook it is. I can see this as a group project. I’ve noticed that when my mother came with me on research visits to far-flung, long-ago-visited relatives, her memories stimulated their memories, and their memories stimulated her memories, and the stories poured out. The holidays are coming up, and these workbooks could offer opportunities to kindle some very good family information. Each workbook is for one person, but everyone can write in their respective books, and you can record the final results for your genealogy records.

Reception marking 80th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Genealogical Research Society

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

On the evening of Friday, 23rd September a reception was held in London to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Genealogical Research Society.

It took place at the College of Arms, where 80 years earlier the Society had been founded, on the 15th September 1936, in the rooms of the then York Herald, Aubrey J. Toppin, CVO, a longtime friend of Fr Wallace Clare, the Society’s founding father.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, and Oregon

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.

Libraries and Archives Canada adds more than 333,000 Files to its World War I Soldiers Database

According to the Libraries and Archives Canada web site, “As of today, 333,687 of 640,000 files are available online in our Soldiers of the First World War: 1914–1918 database.

“The Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Files for more details on the digitization project. The digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) service files is underway and a substantial number of digitized files have been added to our website as part of the Government of Canada First World War commemoration activities.

(+) The Majority of Books Published Before 1964 Are Free of Copyrights

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

Over and over, genealogists have been told that the copyright has expired for all works published in the United States before 1923. In other words, if the work was published in the U.S. before January 1, 1923, anyone is free to republish excerpts or even the entire book without obtaining permission. That statement remains correct today. However, many genealogists are not aware that the overwhelming majority of all books published prior to 1964 are also free of copyright. That’s “the overwhelming majority of all books” but not all of them.

Preserve Your… — Bookmarks (2016 edition)

The Library of Congress Preservation Directorate has developed the bookmarks below to celebrate Preservation Week, an initiative launched by the Library of Congress, Institute of Library and Museum Services, American Library Association, American Institute for Conservation, Society of American Archivists, and Heritage Preservation to highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections. The original versions of these bookmarks (2009, 2011) were made possible in part by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at This Findmypast:

Over 1.7 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Cheshire Vital Records Browse 1500-1991

This collection of Cheshire Vital Records contains over 584,000 records including baptisms, marriages, and burials. The details found in earlier records are sparse, but later records, especially in the twentieth century, were meticulously kept and recorded a number of key facts about your ancestor. The collection can be searched by parish, event, or record type and allows you to browse through thousands of original bishop’s transcripts, non-conformist registers, and parish registers from churches across the English county of Cheshire.

The Shipwrecked Passenger Book: Sailing Westbound from Europe for the Americas 1817-1875

The Family History Researcher Academy has a Special offer of a Free CD or MP3 Download

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

The Family History Researcher Academy is giving away a free CD or MP3 download to anyone who takes a trial of their English/Welsh family history course.

Complimentary Audio tutorial: “How to get back before 1837 in England & Wales” on CD or MP3 download


This hour long audio tutorial normally sells for $17 but you can have the How to Get Back Before 1837 CD mailed to you, or have the MP3 for immediate access, FREE and with their compliments for checking out their course!

North Carolina’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Will Cost the State more than $395 Million and Even Affects Genealogy Conferences

Normally, this would not be a genealogy-related story and I would ignore it. However, it became a genealogy story because the National Genealogical Society is planning to hold its annual conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, on May 10 to 13, 2017. Information about that conference is available on the NGS web site at:

Many companies and non-profits are canceling planned conferences, sporting events, and even business expansions in North Carolina because of the chilling effect of the state’s recently-passed HB2 or the “bathroom bill.” The bill discriminates against LGBTQ citizens and visitors to the state. (LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (and/or questioning) individuals/identities.)

Association of Professional Genealogists Recognizes Members and Chapters for Contributions to the Organization and to the Genealogy Profession

The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:

apg_logoFORT WAYNE, Indiana, and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 22 September 2016 − The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored several of its members for their achievements and service to the field of genealogy today at its 2016 Professional Management Conference (PMC) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. APG President Billie Stone Fogarty presented the awards at today’s opening session of PMC.

Melanie D. Holtz, CG, received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, which honors personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. Holtz was an APG board member in 2010 and from 2013–2014 and served on APG’s Professional Development Committee for six years. She is a member of the APG North Carolina Chapter. She operates an international research firm that specializes in Italian genealogy, dual citizenship, and probate cases.

Amazon Photo Printing Service

amazon_printsThis isn’t a genealogy story but I am aware that many genealogists also like to digitize and duplicate old family photos. Therefore, I suspect many genealogists will be interested in Amazon’s recently announced photo printing service. You upload your digital images online to Amazon’s servers and then the company prints them on very high quality photo printers and mails the printed photos to you in old-fashioned postal mail. The result is much higher quality photos than anything you could ever print at home on standard consumer-quality inkjet printers. Amazon Prints is available only to Amazon Prime and Amazon Drive customers.

The big news is that Amazon Prints photo printing service has pricing that is much cheaper than its major competitors: Shutterfly, Snapfish or your local CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, or other stores. For instance, Amazon’s photo printing fees are 55% cheaper than Shutterfly. The new pricing is so aggressive that Shutterfly’s stock dropped by more than 12% in the NASDAQ stock exchange in one day following Amazon’s announcement.

Book Review: Organize Your Genealogy

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

organize-your-genealogyOrganize Your Genealogy
Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher
By Drew Smith. Family Tree Books. 2016. 239 pages.

When Organize Your Genealogy came into my mailbox and I read the title, my first thought was, Who the heck needs another organize-your-genealogy book?

Recently, I spent an entire day researching a family. When I opened up The Master Genealogist to enter the data, the Person Screen shrieked the awful truth: You already did this research a year ago…bozo!

So who needs another organize-your-genealogy book? Well, it appears, I do.

New Occupational Records now on TheGenealogist

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

If your ancestor held a prominent position in a religious organisation then you may find them in amongst a number of recent releases at


The new records include:

Afghan Officials Receive Digitized Cultural Treasures

Here is another strong argument why libraries, archives, and museums should make digital copies of everything in their collections and store the copies off-site. During recent warfare and insurrections, tens of thousands of historical items were stolen and most apparently are lost forever. Now more than 163,000 digital pages of documents are being returned to the owners of the originals.

A digital copy is never as good as the original but it is a lot better than staring at an empty space where the original was once housed!

The following announcement was written by the Library of Congress:

Library of Congress, Carnegie Corporation provide Cultural, Historical Materials

The Library of Congress has completed a three-year project, financed by Carnegie Corporation of New York, to digitize holdings of the Library of Congress relating to the culture and history of Afghanistan, for use by that nation’s cultural and educational institutions.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, joined by Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian, presented hard drives containing more than 163,000 pages of documents to the Afghan Minister of Information and Culture, Abdul Bari Jahani, and to Abdul Wahid Wafa, Executive Director of the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University.

(+) It Always Feels Like Somebody is Watching Me… So Get a VPN!

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

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the easiest way to obtain a fast, private, and SECURE Internet connection.

vpnDo you work online from coffee shops or hotels? Do you travel and take a laptop, tablet or smartphone with you to use online? Do you perhaps travel internationally? I often travel internationally (I am in Ireland at the moment), and I always use a VPN when traveling, whether I am in the U.S. or overseas.

Actually, using a VPN while at home is also a good idea. After all, do you know if one of your neighbors is possibly monitoring all the data you send and receive? Then again, we all know that the NSA is monitoring everything we send and receive online.

Unless you are using a VPN (virtual private network), nothing you do online is private. A VPN encrypts and protects everything you do online, and can be downloaded as an app on your phone or computer.