Posts By Dick Eastman

(+) 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.

Dropbox Has Problems with the new macOS Sierra for Macintosh But there is a Fix Available

Dropbox is a great tool for genealogists and most everyone else. It has been mentioned in this newsletter dozens of times. (See for a list of my past articles about Dropbox.) However, if you are a Macintosh user and you just upgraded to the new macOS Sierra version of the operating system, “strange things” may happen. Luckily, there is a fix.

On the Road Again: Ireland and England

By the time you read these words, I should be in the air over the Atlantic.

I am first going to Ennis, County Clare, Ireland to offer a talk at the Clare Roots Society’s third International family history conference on the 23rd to 24th September 2016.. This year’s event has a theme of “Diaspora of the Wild Atlantic Way.” Details may be found at

After spending a few days as a tourist in Ireland, I will jump over to England and will offer a talk at the 40th Anniversary Conference of the Devon Family History Society, University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, England, on the following weekend, October 1st. Details on that event may be found at

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:

On the Road Again: Ireland and England

(+) Are You Eligible for Dual Citizenship?

(+) Update: My Move to the Cloud

MyHeritage Releases Most Significant Collection of Finnish Historical Records Ever Published Online

50% of the Cemeteries in Israel Have Now Been Digitized by MyHeritage

Why You Might Want a Personal Genealogy Blog on WordPress

GRAMPS Can Now be used as a Cloud-Based Genealogy Program

Registration for RootsTech2017 is now Open

Take a Genealogy Cruise to Alaska with HB Genealogy Cruises

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Nebraska, 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.

Announcing the CAFG Forensic Genealogy Institute 2017

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy:

council-for-the-advancement-of-forensic-genealogyThe Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is proud to announce two first-time tracks–unique to CAFG–being offered at the 6th Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute to be held March 7-9, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.

The first track, Applying Genetic Genealogy to a Forensic Specialty, will be led by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, and offers a unique focus on genetic genealogy for forensic genealogists. This three-day workshop is based on Genetic Genealogy in Practice, with additional material customized for forensic genealogists. Genetic genealogy is a complex topic requiring practice and study to master. Each student will be required to purchase and have in-hand a print copy of the textbook that will be used in the course: Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, Genetic Genealogy in Practice (Arlington, Va.: National Genealogy Society, 2016); available online at

50% of the Cemeteries in Israel Have Now Been Digitized by MyHeritage

I’d love to see this happen in other countries, especially in the U.S. The MyHeritage Blog reports:

“We’re happy to announce that we’ve completed 50% of our goal to digitize every cemetery in Israel — aiming to make it the first country in the world to have all of its gravestones preserved online and searchable, and we’re making all of this data available on MyHeritage for free.


“In 2014, we launched a global initiative with BillionGraves to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. The MyHeritage team even went out and digitized an entire cemetery, taking more than 50,000 photos in a single day.”

Obviously, the MyHeritage employees did not stop after a single day. The Blog continues:

(+) Are You Eligible for Dual Citizenship?

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

usa and british passportAre you eligible for citizenship in the country where your ancestors were born? You might not have to give up your American citizenship. Many Americans may be surprised to learn that they are eligible for dual citizenship.

The US government used to claim that you couldn’t hold dual citizenship except in certain cases involving dual citizenship from birth or childhood. However, the US Supreme Court struck down most of the laws forbidding dual citizenship in 1967. The court’s decision in the case of Afroyim v. Rusk, as well as a second case in 1980, Vance v. Terrazas, eventually made its way explicitly into the statute books in 1986.

New SLIG Scholarship for First-Time Institute Attendees

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

SLIG_LogoThe Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, is pleased to announce that applications for a new SLIG  Scholarship will be accepted beginning September 15, 2016.

The Kings Mountain Herald (Kings Mountain, North Carolina) Newspaper has been Digitized and Placed Online

kingsmountainheraldIf your ancestors lived in the Kings Mountain, North Carolina area, you undoubtedly will want to check out the latest addition to DigitalNC. Issues of the paper from December 1937-December 1954 have now been added to DigitalNC.

You can read more about this latest addition in an article in the Digital North Carolina Blog at