Posts By Dick Eastman

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington

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.

Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry.com

From the Ancestry.com list of recent new and/or updated additions at https://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections:

An Update from MyHeritage LIVE 2019 – Day 2

Today (Saturday) was the second day of the 3-day MyHeritage LIVE 2019 conference, held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (You can read my report of Day #1 at https://tinyurl.com/eogn190907.) Today also was the first full day, filled with presentations. The day started with MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet, welcoming everyone and making several announcements about new products, services, and even two acquisitions. More on that in a minute…
Luckily for me, each attendee had a name badge that included their country of residence. I noticed attendees from the Netherlands, USA, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Costa Rica, South Africa, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia, and I probably did not see everyone. I suspect there were other countries represented as well. All the conference presentations were delivered in English, but it was fun listening to conversations in the hallways and at lunch being conducted in many different languages.

Not only was the attendance good in Amsterdam but the presentations were also visible via live streaming on the Internet, so I suspect many more countries were represented online.

The day continued with three simultaneous tracks: (1.) genealogy, (2.) DNA, and (3.) hands-on workshops. Finally, the day ended this evening with one of MyHeritage’s signature parties. I believe a great time was had by all. At least, I had a great time. I must have enjoyed it; I am so tired tonight that I can hardly move! That’s a sign of a successful conference.

A Brief Report on the Party in Amsterdam on Saturday Evening

I have been to many genealogy conferences. I suspect you may have also attend quite a few. This year, MyHeritage sponsored a party with a 1960s theme on Saturday evening.

Now, tell me, did you ever have an experience like this at any previous genealogy gathering? (Well, if so, maybe it was during the 1960s…

Click here to see a video from the party.

When the large image appears, you may have to click again in order to start the video.

Now here is another video of the party but here’s a secret: Shhh!

New MyHeritage Education Center Announced in MyHeritage LIVE 2019

The following announced was written by MyHeritage:

We have great news! During MyHeritage LIVE, our annual MyHeritage user conference, we just announced MyHeritage Education: a new online resource center for enhancing your understanding of the MyHeritage platform and to help you make the most of your family history research.

Available in English, German, Dutch, French, Swedish, and Norwegian, the new Education Center includes loads of learning materials that will help you learn about every facet of MyHeritage. Articles, how-to videos, and webinars cover a wide variety of topics, including plenty of tips for everyone from beginner family history enthusiasts to seasoned genealogists.

We will be adding new languages in the future, and we will be constantly be adding new content in each language.

MyHeritage Acquires Promethease and SNPedia

The following press release was issued by MyHeritage today at the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah –Sep 7, 2019–

MyHeritage, the leading global discovery platform for exploring family history, uncovering ethnic origins, finding new relatives, and gaining health insights, announced today the acquisition of SNPedia and Promethease, through acquiring the company that owned and operated them, River Road Bio. This marks the 10th acquisition by MyHeritage and reinforces the company’s position as a global leader in consumer genomics.

SNPedia.com was launched in 2006 and is a wiki that contains a broad, community-curated knowledge base linking between genetic variants and medical conditions, as well as traits, citing over 30,000 peer-reviewed scientific publications. SNPedia is the primary encyclopedia and de facto go-to resource for information about genetic markers, and has evolved to cover 110,413 genetic variants. SNPedia operates under a Creative Commons license, wherein it is a free resource for academic and non-commercial use, with only MyHeritage having the right to utilize it commercially. MyHeritage plans to maintain SNPedia as a free resource under the same terms, and will utilize this comprehensive knowledge base to enhance future versions of MyHeritage’s DNA health products.

An Update from MyHeritage LIVE 2019 – Day 1

The MyHeritage LIVE 2019 conference opened today with a good-sized crowd in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I was surprised to see so many Canadians, Irish, Swedes, Norwegians, French, and people of other nationalities in attendance. In fact, one person came all the way from Australia just for the event. (He did admit he also is taking a few days for a holiday before returning home.) I noticed people from all over the European continent as well as from England, Scotland, and Wales. I was also pleasantly surprised to see many Americans in the crowd. I suspect there were more nationalities present, but I didn’t get to meet everyone.

The conference started on Friday afternoon, September 6. I was in the crowd and snapped a few photographs that you will see later in this article.

Friday may have been the first day of the conference, but it was very laid-back and casual. No presentations were made except for the world premier of a new documentary film, described below.

Conference registration lasted all afternoon, and I was impressed by all the people wandering around and wearing MyHeritage-issued name tags.

A Digital Family Tree grows in Boston

From an article by Alison Kuznitz in the Boston Globe web site:

A massive genealogical project to digitize records from parishes in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston will expand its scope to the early 20th century, chronicling the lives of 10 million additional immigrants who maintained close ties to their ethnic communities amid the thrusts of assimilation.

Since its inception in 2017, the Historic Catholic Records Online Project has scanned and indexed documents dating from 1789 to 1900 for 154 parishes. The project is a collaboration between the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Boston Archdiocese.

Cataloging the influx of immigrants who arrived from 1901 through 1920 will double the number of parishioners included in the online database, said project coordinator Molly Rogers.

You can read the full article at: https://tinyurl.com/eogn190906a

Here are the Mayflower 400th Anniversary Events that can be Streamed Live and How You Can Watch Them

Most of the television stations listed here are in the Boston, Massachusetts area although some of them are simply broadcasting network shows that will be available nationwide. From an article by Christopher Gavin in the Boston.com web site:

The 400th anniversary of the Mayflower arriving on the shores of Massachusetts isn’t until next year, but the anticipation has already begun.

Dozens of events around the world and right here in the Bay State are lined up to mark the historic occasion, including a special appearance of the Mayflower II in Boston Harbor next May.

Don’t want to miss any of the action?

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Yorkshire School Logs

Discover your Yorkshire ancestors who attended or were teachers in schools between 1862 and 1959. This new and exclusive collection of more than 137,000 transcripts allows you to explore their school records to find the year and the school they attended.

The collection includes records from 63 schools in Yorkshire’s West Riding. School records can be an extremely rich source of information for genealogy research and add colour to the life of your ancestor with the details that they provide.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

Over 236,000 additional records covering 146 parishes have been added to our collection of Scottish Catholic baptisms.

Queensland, Australia Government Historical Dataset Indices are now Available Online

I am not sure how long these indices have been available online but they are new to me. The datasets of greatest significance to Family Historians can be found in the Historical Group. However, please note these are only indices, not original documents, maps or photographs but are a veritable treasure trove of information nonetheless. If you need more detailed information, you can first find the record of interest in the indices and then order a copy of the full original document.

The indices are available at: https://www.data.qld.gov.au/dataset?groups=historical

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 4 September 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added over 3 million Native American census rolls from 1885-1940. This week also contains free, historical records from Colombia, Croatia, El Salvador, Hungary, Mexico, Switzerland and the United States, including Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah. 

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.

Genetic Study Shows Deep Norwegian Lineage in People of Northern Scotland

I doubt if this will surprise anyone from northern Scotland as the history of what is now Scotland and Norway has been linked together for centuries. However, a new DNA study confirms what many people have long suspected.

A team of researchers from Scotland and the U.K. has found via genetic study that many people in modern Scotland are of Norwegian descent. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study and what they found.

WikiTree Announces Fourth Source-a-Thon

The following announcement was written by the folks at WikiTree:

Wiki genealogists celebrate Family History Month by verifying oral family histories with sources

September 4, 2019: Registration opened today for WikiTree’s fourth annual “Source-a-Thon,” a 72-hour genealogical sourcing marathon. The event is scheduled for the first weekend in Family History Month (October), starting on the morning of Friday, October 4, and ending on the morning of Monday, October 7.

Family trees often start as oral histories. Events are retold as they are remembered by those who experienced them. These memories are incorporated into family trees and handed down through the generations. The genealogists who collaborate on WikiTree seek to preserve these family histories forever as part of a single family tree that everyone can access for free.

RPAC at FGS 2019 in DC — Is This A Breakthrough?

The Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference was held recently at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC. One of the many sessions at the conference may produce results that will impact today’s and future genealogists researching records in the United States.

The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) included the Executive Director of NAPHSIS, the organization of Vital Records Officers; and Jeremy Grant from the local Venable Law Firm presenting a new Blueprint for a Better Identity, a solution to the identity theft crisis. The genealogy community was represented by Jan Meisels Allen and Fred Moss, both representing the RPAC committee.

MyHeritage Live Update

We are just a couple of days away from the MyHeritage users conference in Amsterdam. Today, MyHeritage announced that the company will live stream the genealogy and DNA lecture tracks online throughout the conference. Yes, you can attend “in absentia” without leaving home.

The following message was written by MyHeritage:

The live stream will be available on the MyHeritage LIVE website and on the MyHeritage Facebook page, so please tune in from 9:00 a.m. Amsterdam time on September 7th. If you need help calculating the time difference to your local time zone, you can use https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/.
Make sure to visit the conference website to see the full schedule.

Best regards,
The MyHeritage LIVE team

Still Another Update to Randy Majors’ Genealogy Mapping Web Site

Randy Majors continues to turn Google Maps into a service with many more features than what the Google software engineers ever dreamed of. (See https://tinyurl.com/eogn190903 for my earlier articles about Randy’s many additional features for Google Maps.) Now he writes:

Now feel free to add City Limits to your County Maps — and actually see what’s going on!
(I’ve added automatic coloring to the City Limits so their much easier to see what’s going on.) See https://www.randymajors.com/p/city-limits-on-google-maps.html.

New Tool shows Elevations on Google Maps, all over the world
(a geogeek tool for sure, this one has some cool features like ability to show Elevation Profiles and to see areas of same elevation, etc). See https://www.randymajors.com/p/elevation-on-google-maps.html.

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. You will notice that this week’s email looks radically different from the previous Plus Edition email messages you have received. It is even different from last week’s (experimental) email message. I hope you will like the changes but, if not, please let me know.

The following articles are listed in this week’s Plus Edition email:

On the Road Again, This Time to Amsterdam

(+) Convert Your Old Computer into an In-Home Server

Running Genealogy Programs and Storing Data on Different Operating Systems

The Best Mobile Scanning Apps

FamilySearch Introduces Family Tree Lite

Digitizing Canada’s Heritage is the Top Priority for Canada’s new Chief Librarian and Archivist

This Man Facilitates Surprise Inheritances from Long-forgotten Relatives

A Study of Immigrants from Russia to Baltimore

Africa’s Largest Ancestry DNA Unveiling Takes Place in Ghana as 250 Americans Retrace 400-Year Slave Route

On the Road Again, This Time to Amsterdam

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. I will be in Amsterdam, Netherlands from Wednesday, September 4 through Wednesday of the following week, September 11. I will be attending the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 genealogy conference on September 6 through 8. See https://live2019.myheritage.com for details about the conference. I will then add a few days “personal time” after the conference so that I can be a tourist in the country and travel around a bit.

I have been to the Netherlands before and left with some ideas on what I wanted to do “next time.” I want to follow up on those ideas. My last visit was delightful but occurred some years ago. I now plan to see what has changed and to visit a few places that I missed on my last trip.

I hope to write about the conference events that I see at MyHeritage LIVE 2019. I suspect I will also post a number of photographs of the conference in this newsletter while I am there.

FamilySearch Introduces Family Tree Lite

Here is a quote from the FamilySearch Blog:

“One of our goals at FamilySearch is to create a research experience that is fast and efficient. That’s why, when you visit our site or use our app, you come across so many different tools. You can attach photos, list sources, use record hints, and search partner sites, and the list goes on.