Posts By Dick Eastman

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 http://goo.gl/RvQkHt.

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

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 http://goo.gl/1qwGzO.

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 http://goo.gl/DCT2om.

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 http://goo.gl/6v5KGD.

You can also perform the same functions with an Android phone and Evernote. See http://goo.gl/ekDILO 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.

A Genealogist’s Guide To Springfield, Illinois Released

The following announcement was written by Terri O’Connell, known as “The In-depth Genealogist”:

The third in a series of guides to popular research destinations

The In-Depth Genealogist is pleased to present their newest book in the research series by writer, Jane Gwynn Haldeman entitled A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois. The guide describes little known, and well known, research facilities in Springfield, Illinois in addition to leisure and family activities.

These guides are designed as a resource for genealogists when traveling away from home. Included are maps, dining options near research facilities, places to see or visit, in addition to information on archives, libraries, and research facilities. It is a convenient pocket sized, 5” x 8”, so it will easily fit in your bag or jacket.

Board for Certification of Genealogists Welcomes Five Trustees – Three New and Two Re-Elected

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

bcg-logoReturning for another three-year term as trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists are:

  • Laurel T. Baty, CG, of Columbia, Maryland. She has been certified since 2012, specializes in Southern research, serves as the BCG’s ACTION list administrator, and is currently a mentor for ProGen 27.
  • Michael Grant Hait Jr., CG, of Harrington, Delaware. He has been certified since 2011, is a full-time genealogy researcher, author, and lecturer, and is Co-Founder of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.

Joining them are three newly elected trustees:

Texas Genealogical College is Seeking Nominations for 2016 Texas Genealogical Hall of Fame

TGC_LOGO-3The Texas Genealogical College is seeking nominations of outstanding genealogists. The categories of genealogists include those who have been certified for a specific type of genealogy, those who have served as both a leader of lineage societies on a state and national level, librarians who work exclusively in the genealogy department, authors of family history and genealogy books and those who speak at genealogy seminars.

The college will honor up to six recipients with this award. The deadline to submit nominations is Sept. 15. Winners will be announced at a banquet on Friday, Oct. 21 at the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio.

Visit www.texasgenealogicalcollege.com for nomination forms.

National Genealogical Society Releases Research in Pennsylvania, 3rd Edition

The following announcement was written by the folks at the (US) National Genealogical Society:

ARLINGTON, VA, 23 August 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the publication of the newly revised and updated Research in Pennsylvania. This essential guide book introduces family historians to a wealth of historic documentation that can aid their genealogical research. Written by Kay Haviland Freilich, CGSM, CGLSM, FNGS, Research in Pennsylvania, 3rd edition, is part of the NGS Research in the States series and is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.

Remains of Civil War Veteran Returned Home

A Civil War soldier from Maine whose cremains were stored haphazardly at the Oregon State Hospital for nearly 100 years has finally come home. Private Jewett Williams was part of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He saw a number of battles of combat and was present at Appomattox when his commanding officer, Joshua Chamberlain, accepted the formal surrender of the Confederate army.

Jewett Williams

(Photo of  Jewett Williams from the Oregon State Hospital records)

In 1922, Jewett Williams passed away at the age of 78. His remains had been stored at the Oregon State Hospital ever since. His family never claimed his body and he had no known relatives. Thanks to the Patriot Guard Riders, Jewett Williams’ final journey began August 1 and ended on Sunday after crossing 19 states to get to Maine.

Scorned Bride Sells Wedding Dress on eBay to Fund Divorce

What uses can you find for a used wedding dress? One woman in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom is selling hers in order to pay for the divorce. The eBay ad states, “Great condition but needs dry cleaning before wearing to get rid of the stench of betrayal.”

EndedThe ad also states, “If you want a dress that is full of bad memories and shattered hopes and dreams then this is the one for you! Hope this dress brings you a lot more happiness than it brought me in the end and if not…well you can always sell it on here!”

The auction has now ended. The dress obviously turned out to be a better investment than most everything else in the marriage. The dress originally cost around £2,000 brand new in 2014. The winning bid was for £65,900.00 ($86,555 US dollars). You can read the full text of the now-completed auction at http://goo.gl/hpthgD (scroll down a bit for the description).

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
Interment.net Adds 1.4 Million Cemetery Records
NEHGS Offers All Its Irish Resources on AmericanAncestors.org 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

(+) Genealogy Record Keeping in the Post-PC World

Plan to Leave Your Digital Assets in Your Will

Printable Family Trees and Genealogy Charts

Repairing Old Family Photos with Photoshop

Google Duo Video Chat App is Now Available for Apple iOS and Android

Why Not Linux?

I’m Back Home Again

Just a quick note: I am back home from my two-week trip to New Zealand and Singapore. Loved it! am still working on replying to a number of email messages that I could not easily answer when traveling. Please bear with me for another day or two until I catch up.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Missouri, and South Carolina

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.

New Records Available to Search On Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast logoOver 1.5 million records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Ireland, Outrage reports 1836-1840

Ireland, Outrage reports 1836-1840 consists of over 18,000 police reports filed by the Royal Irish Constabulary between 1836 and 1840. The reports were created by chief constables who were charged with writing a short summary of all incidents, crimes or disturbances that occurred within their county. These reports would then be sent to the Inspector General of the Constabulary.

The original records are held at the National Archives in London and come from the series HO 100: Ireland: Home Office correspondence on civil affairs. Each record includes both a transcript and scanned colour image of the original document. The details recorded in each report varied depending on the constable recording the event and the information available at the time of the incident. Images of the original documents contain a short description of the event or offence reported. The records also record the details of victims of crime, as well as serving members of the Royal Irish Constabulary.

Middlesex, London, Old Bailey Court records 1674-1913

(+) Genealogy Record Keeping in the Post-PC World

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

I believe the post-PC world is upon us. That is, PC computers, as we know them, are now slowly disappearing and will become museum pieces within the next ten years.

The term “PC computers” includes Windows and Macintosh desktop and laptop computers. It does not include tablet computers or Apple or Android “smartphones.”

The term “post-PC” refers to the computing world after sales of desktop and laptop computers have slowed to a trickle.

Microsoft’s Evernote to OneNote Conversion Tool is Now Available on Macintosh

I have written several times about Evernote (see https://goo.gl/RXq5Ez for a list of my past articles about Evernote). I use Evernote more often than I use a genealogy program although I have to also add that I use Evernote for all sorts of things, not just for genealogy purposes. However, the producers of Evernote recently increased the price of the program and also reduced the capabilities of the free version. A number of Evernote users have now switched, or are contemplating switching, to other note-taking applications.

Probably the second-most popular note-taking application is Microsoft’s OneNote. While more complicated to use, OneNote has a great price: FREE. See Microsoft’s Office Blog at https://blogs.office.com/2015/02/13/onenote-now-even-free/ for details.

Why Not Linux?

How safe is your computer? If it runs Windows 10, it is not safe at all according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The EFF accuses Microsoft of “blatantly disregarding” user choice and privacy, and says that by default, Windows 10 sends an “unprecedented amount of usage data” back to Redmond’s servers.

The EFF further states that while it’s possible to opt out of some of Microsoft’s data hoovering, this is “not a guarantee that your computer will stop talking to Microsoft’s servers”. Indeed, you’re forced to share at least some telemetry data with Redmond unless you’re running an enterprise version of Windows 10.

You can read the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s report at https://goo.gl/IY3TX5.

What should you do if you are presently using Windows 10?

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