Posts By Dick Eastman

MyHeritage Adds French Record Collection: Nord Civil Marriage Records, 1792–1937

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

I’m delighted to let you know that we are releasing a fantastic French record collection — France, Nord Civil Marriages, 1792-1937 which includes 5.4 million civil records of marriages (1792-1937) for the French department of Nord that were collected by government authorities after the French Republic was proclaimed in 1792. The collection contains a detailed searchable index with details you won’t find on other websites.

The collection is live in MyHeritage SuperSearch™ at:

In this collection, you’ll find rich details about the bride, groom, and their families, including the names of the bride and groom, their birth dates, birthplaces, marriage date and location, and the names of the bride’s and groom’s parents — including their mothers’ maiden surnames. Additional information about the death of one or more of the parents, along with witness names and details — often with recorded relationships to the bride and groom — can also be found.

Society of Genealogists Seeks to Relocate

The following announcement was written by the Society of Genealogists in London, England:

After two years of careful analysis and discussions the Trustees of the Society of Genealogists have concluded that that we have finally outgrown our premises in Clerkenwell and are seeking to relocate.

Charterhouse Buildings is our fifth home since the Society was founded in 1911. But after 35 years, the current library no longer provides adequate space and facilities for our needs and requires significant investment for major repairs, maintenance and IT.

Moving to more suitable premises will enable the Society to reinvest in our core services of providing the best genealogical library and collections in the UK, to continue and expand upon our education programme and to create a more convivial space for our members and users.

NGS and FGS Announce Intent to Merge

A major announcement was released today: the Boards of Directors of both the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society and of the Federation of Genealogical Societies have announced they plan to merge the two organizations. This strikes me as a great idea as these two competing organizations have long overlapped many of each other’s efforts in serving their members, holding duplicate and expensive national conferences, and in many other ways. I am sure the transition will be challenging and probably not everything will progress smoothly. However, the end result should be one national organization that can better serve the genealogy community and do so at significantly lower expense than the two have been able to do separately.

Here is the announcement:

August 21, 2019 – Washington, D.C.

In a historic move, the boards of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced today their intent to merge. The two organizations, both non-profit leaders in the dynamic genealogy industry, will form one consolidated group that will continue to operate as the National Genealogical Society. Both boards approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) earlier this week, and jointly announced the news at the Opening Session of the FGS Family History Conference in Washington, D.C. this morning.

Leaders of both organizations believe this merger will serve the genealogy community by improving support of both individual members and societies in the pursuit of genealogical excellence.

The organizational structure of NGS will be modified to increase functions that support genealogical societies and family organizations. Digitization projects of genealogical importance such as the War of 1812 pensions will continue. The two organizations will continue to operate independently while all details of the merger are completed, no later than October 1, 2020.

Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix Announce Unsung Heroes Awards at 2019 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference

The following announcement was written by the Genealogy Guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, and Rick Voight of Vivid-Pix RESTORE photo restoration software:

The Genealogy Guys Podcast, co-hosted by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith who are producers of the oldest continually produced genealogy podcast, and Vivid-Pix, makers of RESTORE photo restoration software, are announcing the winners in the Unsung Heroes Awards at the Vivid-Pix booth at the 2019 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Washington, DC, on August 21, 2019.

The Unsung Heroes Awards acknowledge and celebrate those members of the genealogy community who digitize, index, or transcribe documents of value to genealogical researchers and make them available online.  The Unsung Heroes Awards is a quarterly awards program designed to recognize its recipients in up to five categories: individuals, genealogical/historical societies, libraries/archives, young people, and a posthumous award. The winners for 3Q2019 are:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 19 August 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added over 7 million U.S. World War II draft registration cards this week. More historical records from Canada, England, France, Peru, South Africa and the United States.

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

Claim a free Findmypast DNA kit at FGS 2019

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    • Exclusive to FGS attendees, Findmypast will be offering a FREE Findmypast DNA kit for every GEDCOM uploaded to the Findmypast family tree
    • Upload your tree at the Findmypast booth (#110) to claim your free kit
    • All free kits come preloaded with a complimentary 14-day subscription to Findmypast

Tuesday August 20th 2019

Findmypast DNA – the only test specifically designed to help make British & Irish family history discoveries – will be free to all those who upload a GEDCOM to the Findmypast Family Tree at the 2019 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference.

Exclusive to FGS attendees, this incredible offer is open to all who visit the Findmypast booth (#110) in the Vendor Hall of the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC, between August 21st and August 24th.

The autosomal tests, available to buy online at for $89, come preloaded with a complimentary 14-day subscription to Findmypast’s vast archive of more than 9 billion historical records and newspaper articles.

Visiting Dead Relatives on Google Street View

I have to admit I would never have thought of this. However, Jessie Schiewe has published an article about using Google Maps not only to look up addresses, but also to provide a window into the lives of the recently deceased. Let’s emphasize the RECENTLY deceased. It won’t help with finding relatives in earlier centuries.

Here is but one example as described in the article:

“Three years after her grandparents’ deaths, 19-year-old Luisa Hoenle looked up their old house on Google Maps. Feeling nostalgic if not a bit masochistic, the Switzerland-based art school student input their street address and then clicked on the Street View icon, which showed panoramic photos of the property.

“Built decades ago by her grandfather Siegfried, the house had fallen into disrepair since his death from cancer in 2016, its once lush lawn now filled with withered and dying plants. But on Google Street View, Hoenle found older images of the home from before its decline. She scrolled through the photographs, reminiscing, when she noticed something else: her grandfather.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

A notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few minutes ago. Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

(+) Big Disk Drives – Cheap!

On the Road Again, This Time to the FGS Conference in Washington, DC

Genealogy Sleuthing: How to Date Old Family Photos – Part II

Hungary Has the World’s Second Largest Percentage of Population with Jewish Ancestry

Hotel Reservations Now Open for the National Genealogical Society’s 2020 Family History Conference

Washington State Archives and Library Awarded for Saving Artifacts from Aberdeen Armory Fire

Ancestry CEO Margo Georgiadis Reveals the Company’s Health Ambitions

On the Road Again, This Time to the FGS Conference in Washington, DC

This is a quick notice to let you know there may not be as many articles as normal posted in this newsletter in the next few days. If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you already know that I often travel to genealogy conferences.

I will be in Washington, DC this week on Wednesday through Saturday. I will be attending the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. For details about this conference, see

I hope to write about the conference events that I see and attend. I suspect I will also post a number of photographs of the conference in this newsletter while I am there. Who knows? I may even get to attend a few presentations!

I should be back home next week for a few days before heading out on my next trip.

Stay tuned!

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ireland, United Kingdom, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York

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.

(+) Big Disk Drives – Cheap!

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

A newsletter reader sent an e-mail to me asking about disk drives. His message was longer, but he basically asked, “Where can I find cheap disk drives?” He also said he wasn’t prepared to open the case of his computer, bolt things in, and then hook up cables.

I took this as a bit of a personal challenge. Besides, I wanted another big disk drive for a backup project I had in mind. I decided to purchase a 10 terabyte or larger external disk drive.

NOTE: 10 terabytes is the same as 10,000 gigabytes or 10 million megabytes. By today’s standards, that is a big storage capacity but certainly not the biggest available.

As it turned out, the price even surprised me. It was cheaper than I expected.

Available to search this Findmypast Friday: New Records covering Maryland, Knights of the Realm, and the Peterloo Massacre

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Manchester, Peterloo Witnesses and Casualties, 1819

Discover if your English ancestor witnessed or was injured during the Peterloo Massacre which occurred on 16 August 1819 at St Peter’s Field, Manchester.  The records show whether a person was injured and how; such as, “right elbow and head cut severely”.  It also includes witness statements like, “saw constables hitting [John] Lees with truncheons and a broken flagpole. Addresses, occupations and additional notes are also included in many transcripts.

The Peterloo Massacre occurred on 16 August 1819 at St Peter’s Field, Manchester.  Up to 80,000 people from across North-West England had gathered to demand parliamentary representation reform.  The demonstration was organised by the Manchester Patriotic Union and the lead speaker was Henry Hunt.

Once the crowd had gathered and speeches began the magistrates called the Manchester and Salford Yeomanry to arrest Henry Hunt.  The Cavalry charged the unarmed crowd resulting in the deaths of at least 11 people and between 400 and 700 people injured.

Maryland, Wills and Probate Records

The National Endowment for the Humanities Announces 2019 Awards for the National Digital Newspaper Program, adding partners in Rhode Island, Virgin Islands and Wyoming

Old newspapers often are valuable tools for genealogists and historians. Not only will you find birth announcements, marriage announcements, and obituaries, but you will occasionally find information about the activities and interests of ancestors. This normally is information not found in public vital records. You also will always learn about the world in which these ancestors lived and the events that shaped their lives. With that in mind, here is an announcement from the National Endowment for the Humanities:

Recently Added and Updated Collections on

From the list of recent new and/or updated additions at

Ancestry CEO Margo Georgiadis Reveals the Company’s Health Ambitions

According to an article by Zachary Hendrickson in the BusinessInsider web site:

“Genetic testing magnate Ancestry CEO Margo Georgiadis said that the startup plans to branch out from genealogy testing and expand into individualized medicine, Business Insider Prime reports.

Margo Georgiadis

TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer adds the Charles Booth Poverty Maps of London

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist’s innovative Map Explorer, which allows family history researchers to trace an ancestor’s property and then view the changing environment over time, now boasts another powerful new feature.

While previously researchers were able to view the georeferenced Lloyd George Domesday Survey Data Layer of maps and also see the sites of UK War Memorials, cemeteries and churchyards from across the country, TheGenealogist has now added the fascinating Booth Poverty Maps of London 1898-1899 to this useful resource.

  • Use the new Charles Booth Maps to reveal London streets classified by income and class
  • Research neighbourhoods where different classes of people lived close to each other
  • Use the opacity slider to view various modern day maps as a base layer to see the area today

Map Explorer displays the streets coloured to show the income and social class of its residents

Hotel Reservations Now Open for the National Genealogical Society’s 2020 Family History Conference

I just made my reservation.

The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 15 AUGUST 2019—Starting 15 August 2019, you may reserve accommodations for the National Genealogical Society’s forty-second annual Family History Conference, Echoes of Our Ancestors, which will be held 20-23 May 2020 at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC), 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The NGS conference will feature more than 150 genealogy lectures on a wide variety of topics including DNA, ethnic sources, historical migrations, immigration, research techniques, specialized collections at the Family History Library, and more.

Hungary Has the World’s Second Largest Percentage of Population with Jewish Ancestry

A new study conducted by MyHeritage in conjunction with expert statistician and demographer Dr. Daniel Staetsky has uncovered that there are surprising numbers of people descended from Jewish ancestors in Hungary — far higher than previously estimated by demographers. Owners Aim to Extract $900 Million Payout With Loan

From an article by Davide Scigliuzzo in the web site

“The owners of Inc., the DNA analysis and family tree company, are turning to a well-tested private equity play for taking cash out of a company: topping up on debt.

“An investor group led by Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC and private equity firm Silver Lake Management LLC is looking to pull out more than $900 million from the company through a special dividend mostly funded by new borrowings. They are also seeking approval for another one-time distribution before year-end.”

The same article also states:

Washington State Archives and Library Awarded for Saving Artifacts from Aberdeen Armory Fire

When the Aberdeen (Washington) Museum of History burned down in June 2018, a team from the Washington State Archives and the Washington State Library played a crucial role in rushing to rescue and restore thousands of historic artifacts, historical documents and photographs from the basement archives before water and soot damage destroyed them. For several weeks, staff from the Archives and State Library, as well as volunteers, cleaned and dried each and every photo and artifact from the basement, and State Archivist Steve Excell estimated 98 or 99 percent of all the items they recovered were saved.