Posts By Dick Eastman

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).

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.

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?

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is Moving

The following message was sent by The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania:

For quite some time, the Officers and Board of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania have envisioned moving to an office with more space. A suburban setting with train and bus access and ample parking for those who would drive.

As luck would have it, we have been propelled into living our dream. A few weeks ago we were notified that the building we have been in for the past several years, 2207 Chestnut Street, has been sold and will be demolished. All tenants need to vacate by September 14th, 2016. That has stimulated a flurry of excited activity – considering and looking at a variety of possibilities while adhering to the mandate of our charter, which is, that we remain within the bounds of Philadelphia. We are pleased to announce that we have secured a suite of offices at 2100 Byberry Road in Northeast Philadelphia.

Gorham (Maine) Historical Society May Need to Disband

An article by Robert Lowell in the KeepMeCurrent.com web site describes a potential loss for historians, genealogists, and the general public. The Gorham (Maine) Historical Society is on the verge of going out of business. The society doesn’t have a president, vice president or recording secretary. Brenda Caldwell, executive secretary and archivist, and a few core members are trying to breathe new life into it.

The society’s building houses genealogical records, documents, volumes of books, scrapbooks, town reports, school yearbooks and files with histories of Gorham people and landmarks.

Plan to Leave Your Digital Assets in Your Will

Our personal lives are far more complicated in the digital age than those of our ancestors. Genealogists may read their ancestors’ wills but sometimes forget about their own estates, especially digital goods. From bank accounts to Facebook, PayPal and more, a good chunk of our personal and financial lives are online. If you fail to account for those digital assets in your estate plan, you risk burying your family or friends in red tape as they try to get access to and deal with your online accounts that may have sentimental, practical or monetary value.

The good news is that a growing number of states are enacting laws that help clarify the rules for how executors and others can access and manage the online accounts of someone who has died.

Printable Family Trees and Genealogy Charts

The following is extracted from an announcement by FamilyTreeTemplates.net:

Blank_Family_TreeThe website FamilyTreeTemplates.net has added two dozen new family tree templates and genealogy forms to download and print.

“These new family trees round out the site with crafty ‘do it yourself’ trees as well as traditional designs and an array of ancestry charts and form,” said Kevin Savetz, the site’s creator. “These are perfect for genealogy buffs as well as kids or anyone interested in recording their family history.”

Update: Internal ‘Set Of Blunders’ Crashed Australia’s Census Site

Last week I published an article entitled “Australian Bureau of Statistics says Census Website Attacked by Overseas Hackers” at https://goo.gl/hXMC0P. In the article, I questioned why the bureaucrats thought the attack was initiated by overseas hackers. Now security experts have looked at the information available and found that it wasn’t an overseas hack at all. Instead, the Australian Bureau of Statistics personnel looked at the servers’ log files and “interpreted the alarms as a successful hack…these were little more than benign system logs and the technical staff monitoring the situation poorly understood it.”

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

Want to have a two-way FaceTime video chat with family members, friends, or business acquaintances? I have done this frequently to chat with my grandchildren. I am presently 9,300 miles (14,966 km) away from them but Apple FaceTime is almost as good as being there in person. Not only do I see the grandchildren but they can show me their latest artwork, clothes, and other things that grandchildren love to show their grandparents. The highlight of the last video chat was seeing where the oldest grandchild had lost her first tooth.

There has been but one problem: Apple’s FaceTime only works on Apple devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Macintosh systems. That became a problem when I switched to an Android cell phone a few months ago in order to save a lot of money. (See my recent article at https://goo.gl/lyFj5f for the details.) FaceTime is a wonderfully easy solution, but it isn’t available for Android.

Repairing Old Family Photos with Photoshop

For genealogists who have old family photographs, a new article in the MakeUseOf web site should be required reading. The article by Harry Guinness says:

“Everyone has old family photos lying around. If they’ve been sitting in a box for a few decades, though, they’ll be discolored, faded, and probably scratched or bent. With Photoshop, you can make them look as good as new.

Family having a picnic in the woods

FamilySearch New Collections Update: Week of August 15, 2017

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

New Collections Update: Week of August 15, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The past two weeks have brought a few new large indexed collections, including New York passenger lists, English parish registers, and United States muster rolls, plus images and indexes from the Czech Republic, Peru, Norway, Portugal, and the United States.  See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org. Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

NGS Announces a New Course in its American Genealogical Studies Series: Branching Out

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

NGS_LogoARLINGTON, VA, 16 August 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of Branching Out, the newest online, cloud-based learning course in the American Genealogical Studies (AGS) series. Branching Out is comprised of five modules on topics designed to enhance genealogical research skills of both family historians and those interested in pursuing careers as professional genealogists.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces Upcoming National Conferences for 2019 and 2020

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

Upcoming FGS National Genealogy and Family History Conferences To Be Held August 21-24, 2019 in Washington, D.C. and September 2-5, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri

August 16, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the FGS 2019 National Conference will be held August 21-24 in Washington, D.C., and the FGS 2020 National Conference will be held September 2-5 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Upcoming Conferences DC and KC Graphic

“We are extremely excited for all our upcoming conferences and look forward to visiting Washington, D.C., and Kansas City in future years,” says FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “From 2016 to 2020, our conference venues are steeped in both history and research resources and make perfect settings for genealogists and family historians.”

Auckland Family History Expo in Pictures

I must admit that I had fun this past weekend. I had an opportunity to visit and to speak to the Auckland (New Zealand) Family History Expo. I found a very enthusiastic group of genealogists at this event.

Sponsored by the Auckland Council Libraries in cooperation with the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, this turned out to be a major genealogy conference. Approximately 500 people attended the Expo on Saturday and 350 were there on Sunday. Those are large numbers in a country with a smaller population! Many of the presentation rooms were full to maximum capacity and the exhibits hall was crowded almost all the time when there were no presentations in progress.

British Airways and Ancestry.com are Offering Sweepstakes Travel to London

Want to travel to do some genealogy research? If you have British ancestry, a new offer from British Airways and Ancestry may be just what you need.

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British Airways and Ancestry.com are teaming up to offer a sweepstakes to London. British Airways launched the advertising campaign about the joys and importance of air travel. To celebrate the way families are reconnected on a daily basis thanks to aviation, the airline has partnered with Ancestry.com to give away a pair of business-class tickets, a year-long membership to the website, and four nights at the Sheraton Grand Luxury London Park Lane hotel, now showing the newest incarnation of the Sheraton brand. Sheraton is investing big bucks in hotels around the world, and this is one of the showpieces. Enter the contest between now and Aug. 26, along with two more opportunities in September.

UPDATE: Click here and scroll down the next page to find the entry form. It is well hidden otherwise.

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