Posts By Dick Eastman

Wayne County (Indiana) Genealogy Society (and all of its Historical Records) Needs a New Home

From an article by Jason Truitt in the Richmond Palladium-Item:

“Tucked away in the basement of St. John Lutheran Church’s educational building sits a treasure trove of Wayne County history. The collection of records, scrapbooks, family histories, maps and other various materials has been collected — and is maintained — by a small non-profit group called the Wayne County Genealogical Society.

“The group has been working for nearly 30 years now, but its future is a bit hazy at the moment.”

It seems the Wayne County Genealogical Society is losing its home, at least at least temporarily and possibly permanently. The full story may be found at:

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Book Review: In Their Words, A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin, and Russian Documents

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

In Their Words, A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin, and Russian Documents
Volume IV : German
By William F. Hoffman and Jonathan D. Shea. Published by Language and Lineage Press, Houston, TX. 2017. 655 pages.

This volume examines German documents, including documents created in places not now considered Germany, such as Poland and Austria, and other regions formerly ruled by Germany.

Previous books in this series are: In Their Words…Volume I: Polish; In Their Words…Volume II: Russian; and In Their Words…Volume III: Latin.

As any German researcher knows, “German” has a broad meaning. My own German research involves Prussia, now Poland. And this reference has been a terrific help to me.

Facebook Launches New Tool to Help Users Memorialize Loved Ones

This may be a new method of memorializing your deceased ancestors and other family members. Facebook has launched a new tool to help users memorialize loved ones.

Facebook on Tuesday announced changes to how it handles the profiles of users who have died, including using artificial intelligence to help keep the profiles of deceased people from showing up in places that might cause distress.

Obama’s Presidential Library Is Already Largely Digital

NOTE: This is a continuation of several past articles in this newsletter about modern-day libraries gong digital. (See for my past articles on this topic.)

“The debate about the Obama library exhibits a fundamental confusion. Given its origins and composition, the Obama library is already largely digital. The vast majority of the record his presidency left behind consists NOT of evocative handwritten notes, printed cable transmissions, and black-and-white photographs, but email, Word documents, and JPEGs. The question now is how to leverage its digital nature to make it maximally useful and used.”

In short, it sounds like most other libraries, including most future genealogy libraries.

You can read more in an article by Dan Cohen, Vice Provost for Information Collaboration at Northeastern University and a co-founder of the Digital Public Library of America, in The Atlantic web site at:

Press Release: Visiting Your Ancestral Town: Walk in the Footsteps of Your Ancestors (3rd edition) Now Available

The following announcement was written by Footsteps Media LLC:

(SEATTLE, April 9, 2019)—Discovering your family roots has become a booming business with the rapid expansion of consumer DNA testing and popular TV shows in which celebrities learn the secrets of their families’ past. “Visiting Your Ancestral Town” (Footsteps Media), will help you dive in to discover your own family history, even if you’re not sure where to start.

Written by Carolyn Schott, veteran genealogist and lifelong traveler, the third edition adds new information on getting started with DNA genealogy (adding to the toolkit of practical research advice in the previous edition) and how to explore the social fabric of your ancestors’ lives through food, culture, and local history in your ancestral homeland. Demonstrating her own passion for travel, Schott’s practical tips and travel stories urge you to go beyond musty files and online images of old records. The book creates an easy approach for finding and visiting the places your ancestors once called home.

North Carolina Genealogical Society Call for Papers for 2019 Fall Conference

The North Carolina Genealogical Society invites speakers to submit lecture proposals for the 2019 Fall Conference to be held 1-2 November 2019 at the McKimmon Conference and  Training Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Records, history, how-to methods specific to North Carolina
  2. Topics relating to states surrounding North Carolina, such as migration
  3. General methodology and DNA topics, which may include case studies

Website Content Editor Position Available

The North Carolina Genealogical Society is looking for a Content Editor for the society’s web site. Interested? If so, here’s the help wanted ad:

Use your passion for genealogy, excellent writing skills, and WordPress experience to help expand the content on the North Carolina Genealogical Society website. Work with our team of volunteers, board members, and staff to plan, create, edit, and publish content relevant to North Carolina genealogy. This job will be done from home, so you must be able to work independently managing multiple projects, educating yourself on new tools and resources, and meeting deadlines. Familiarity with SEO concepts, copyright laws, and website statistical tools is a plus. The pay range for this contract position is $350-500 per month depending on experience and skills.

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:

(+) Perform Focused Searches on Google

17th-century Massacre in Connecticut was New England’s ‘Jamestown’

An Historian claims the Pilgrim Fathers set off in the Mayflower from Cornwall, not Plymouth

Fire Destroys Decades of Archives at a Tennessee Social Justice Center

MyHeritage Eurovision Bus heads to London

MyHeritage Helps Robin McGraw Discover Her Family History on Today’s Episode of Dr. Phil

Spared From the Shredder (for Now): ‘Priceless’ Bank Records of Old New York

(+) Perform Focused Searches on Google

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. and are wonderful inventions for genealogists and all other Internet users. The world’s most popular search engine ( and its privacy-oriented competitor ( are both capable of finding specialized information about most anything imaginable. However, many users do not know much about ll the options available when using Google’s most powerful search tools.

Many of us only know how to enter a query into Google’s Search Box.

Such a search can find all sorts of information, often overwhelming you with too many “hits.”

MyHeritage Eurovision Bus heads to London

Attention European readers of this newsletter: You might want to attend the party on board the MyHeritage Eurovision Bus! According to an article in TVToday:


Fans are getting ready for Eurovision 2019, while music lovers spend the night in the pub.

MyHeritage’s Eurovision Bus has begun its tour of Europe, attending major pre-parties, hosting celebs and give Eurovision fans chances to win Eurovision tickets. The bus began its journey on April 6th in Amsterdam heading yesterday to Hamburg. It will be spending today in Copenhagen, however Brits wanting to get on board will need to head to London on April 14th.

NERGC 2019 Conference in Pictures

I was fortunate enough to attend the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium’s conference this past week in Manchester, New Hampshire. This four-day conference turned out to be a great event with more than 1,000 attendees. That’s not bad for a regional conference!

The New England Regional Genealogical Consortium’s conference (affectionately known as NERGC and usually pronounced as “Nerk,”) is one of my favorite conferences. It is a regional conference, primarily aimed at tracing family trees in the six New England states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut). Admittedly, I have mostly northern New England and eastern Canada ancestry so many of the presentations are of interest to me. However, the NERGC conference always includes a lot of additional presentations about genealogy research in eastern Canada, New York, and perhaps a few other locations. The conference also includes presentations about current and even a bit of future technology, including DNA, the Internet and the cloud, the latest software, and more. Then there is the exhibits hall with numerous vendors displaying their latest products.

Thousands of old Edmonton, Alberta Historical Photos are now Online

Last October, the City of Edmonton Archives launched a new website and began transferring selected black and while images from its massive collection onto the new system. The new website now contains more than half of their target of 50,000 photos.

You can read more and also watch a video of the City of Edmonton’ archivist, Tim O’Grady, in an article by Adrienne Lamb and Rick Bremness in the CBC News web site at:

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia

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 Kent Parish Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    • Findmypast has published original  parish registers online for the first time in partnership with Kent County Council
    • Over 2.6 million records have been digitised, fully indexed and are now available to search
      These new additions join Findmypast’s existing Kent collections to form the most comprehensive online archive of Kent parish registers in the world
    • Leading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of thousands of original Anglican parish registers in partnership with Kent County Council.

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of thousands of original Anglican parish registers in partnership with Kent County Council.

The new records have been created from over 3,000 handwritten registers currently held at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone. These registers have been scanned and digitised in full colour to ensure the highest possible image quality.

2019 German Genealogy Conference to be Held in Sacramento, CA, from June 15-17

Hundreds of people with German ancestry will be coming to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sacramento, CA, from June 15-17. Hosted by the Sacramento German Genealogy Society, conference information and registration can be accessed through the International German Genealogy Partnership website. Here is a small version of the conference brochure:

Click here or click on the above image to view the full-sized version of the brochure.

Another Humorous Obituary: Tim Schrandt of Ridgeway, Iowa

Tim Schrandt, age 63, of Spillville, Iowa died on Friday, March 29, 2019. I don’t know if he wrote his own obituary before his death or if one of his survivors has a sense of humor. Either way, this is a “good read.”

“Tim Schrandt (Lynyrd) made his last inappropriate comment on March 29, 2019. If you are wondering if you may have ever met him, you didn’t -because you WOULD remember. For those of you that did meet him, we apologize, as we’re sure he probably offended you. He was world renowned for not holding back and telling it like it is.”

There’s more, lots more, at Adds Boston, Massachusetts Archdiocese Roman Catholic Sacramental Records, 1789-1900

The following is an announcement written by

This collection includes an index to the Catholic sacramental records collected by the Boston Archdiocese. The Boston Archdiocese, erected in 1808, is currently comprised of the Counties of Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Plymouth in Massachusetts, but historically included the states of Connecticut, Maine, all of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. While no images are currently available on Ancestry, a link to the digital images, which are published on the American Ancestors website, has been provided.

The index includes records of Marriage, Baptism, Confirmation, Birth, Burial, Death, Eucharist, Church Admission, Ordination, Intention, and Reconciliation. The details found in each record vary but may include:

The End of the Desktop Computer?

Many people, myself included, have predicted that the desktop computers are slowly becoming obsolete. (I wrote about this more than two years ago. You can see my earlier articles by starting at I believe that desktop computers and even the more expensive laptops are going to be replaced by simpler, cheaper systems that use modern technology to deliver similar performance, perhaps even better performance, than today’s desktop systems.

NOTE: When I refer to “simpler, cheaper systems,” I am including the cost of the hardware PLUS the cost of the more popular software programs.

Now Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has written an article for ComputerWorld that agrees with me and then provides an update to my earlier predictions. Vaughan-Nichols writes:

Press Release: NGS to Live Stream Ten Genealogy Lectures During its Family History Conference in May

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 4 April 2019 — The National Genealogical Society (NGS) will live stream ten lectures by nationally recognized speakers on some of the most popular topics in the field of genealogy during its 2019 Family History Conference. These lectures will be among more than 135 offered at the conference, 8−11 May 2019, in St. Charles, Missouri. On 9 May, three live stream lectures will focus on DNA’s role in supplementing genealogical research. Also on 9 May, two other talks will discuss ethnic research. The five selections on 10 May feature lectures by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) that emphasize research, analysis, and problem-solving skills. NGS members and non-members across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the conference in person, are invited to sign-up for these live stream broadcasts.

Registrants for live stream can sign up for a one-day or a two-day pass.