Posts By Dick Eastman

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(+) Internet Archive Wants to Store Everything, Including Books

U.S. Justice Department Sets Rules for Using Genealogy Sites to Solve Crimes

MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Lectures Are Now Online

MyHeritage DNA Uncover Rugby Legends Origins

How to Digitize and Archive Your Entire Family Photo Collection

Talk to Friends and Relatives After They Die

Thousands of Free Historic Photographs Online

A New Leaf”, A new Television Series by Ancestry® to debut on NBC this Fall

Announcing Genea – Your Personal Genealogy Notebook For Apple’s iOS and iPadOS Devices

MyHeritage DNA Uncover Rugby Legends Origins

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

As the biggest rugby event of the year gets underway in Japan, we wanted to share an exciting project we’ve been working on. In the run-up to the tournament, we brought together 4 rugby legends to see if they share more in common than a love of rugby and to find out if their DNA comes from places other than the countries they represented for so many years.

Rugby DNA website

Each of the players took a MyHeritage DNA test, and we brought them together to reveal their ethnicity breakdown, information about their DNA Matches, and share some family history research that we uncovered, including historical records and photos of their ancestors.


Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Ontario, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire

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 Genea – Your Personal Genealogy Notebook For Apple’s iOS and iPadOS Devices

Vertical Horizon has just announced the release of Genea, a genealogy notebook app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch systems. Quoting from the announcement:

Genea is your personal genealogy notebook, specifically written for genealogist.

Genea allows you to keep your notes organised and separated from your own family tree. When you find a family connection, you can easily export the note to import the information in your family tree.

(+) Internet Archive Wants to Store Everything, Including Books

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

What does a library look like anymore?

When Egyptian King Ptolemy I built the Library of Alexandria nearly 2,300 years ago, the great library became the intellectual center of the ancient world. Ptolemy hoped to gather as much human knowledge as possible. Even ships anchored in the port were impounded until all the manuscripts they contained could be copied. World leaders lent their scrolls for duplication, and library officials traveled far and wide to purchase entire collections. Meanwhile, dutiful scribes hand-copied the library’s awesome collection, which eventually grew to as many as 700,000 scrolls.

NOTE: Books with bindings and covers had not yet been invented. 2,300 years ago, “books” were available only as long scrolls of parchment.

Brewster Kahle is a modern-day Ptolemy: he wants to ensure universal access to all human knowledge. And now he thinks that goal is within our grasp. In fact, his web site has already stored 380 billion web pages. Yes, that’s BILLIONS of web pages. However, this online archive has a lot more than just web pages. It serves as an online library, the largest such library in the world. It also has 20 million books and texts, 4.5 million audio recordings (including 180,000 live concerts), 4 million videos (including 1.6 million Television News programs), 3 million images and 200,000 software programs, all available at no charge to you. As of the day I wrote this article, the web site has 7,295,193 users. In fact, this online library gets more visitors in a year than most other libraries do in a lifetime.

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U.S. Justice Department Sets Rules for Using Genealogy Sites to Solve Crimes

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has released new rules governing when police can use genetic genealogy to track down suspects in serious crimes—the first-ever policy covering how these databases, popular among amateur genealogists, should be used in law enforcement attempts to balance public safety and privacy concerns.

The policy generally limits law enforcement to considering genealogy sites when a candidate sample belongs to a possible culprit, or when a likely homicide victim is unidentified. Prosecutors can greenlight the use of these sites for violent crimes beyond murder and sexual assault, but only when the circumstances create a “substantial and ongoing threat” to the public. Agencies can’t use the sites unless a sample has first been uploaded to the FBI’s DNA profile database and hasn’t produced a match. Also, the investigators in the relevant jurisdiction need to have followed “reasonable investigative leads,” and case info need to be entered into national databases for missing people and violent criminals.

New Regimental Histories released on TheGenealogist

The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has just released a set of 50 Regimental Records to join its ever-growing military records collection bringing its total coverage to over 70 different regiments.

Researchers can use the collection to follow an ancestor’s regiment, discovering the battles they took part in and trace their movements. You can also find ancestors who were mentioned in the war movement diaries or listed in the appendices of men and officers of the regiment.

Available to Search this Findmypast Friday – new 1939 Register Entries, Irish Parish Records and More

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

1939 Register Update

To mark the 80th anniversary of the 1939 Register, we have made over 79,000 closed records searchable for the first time in association with the National Archives. In the three years since the Register was first launched, Findmypast has matched millions of ‘closed records’ to multiple data sources to correctly confirm the date and location of death for individuals whose information was redacted. These new additions are currently exclusive to Findmypast, the official home of the 1939 Register.

Dubbed ‘The Wartime Domesday Book’, The 1939 Register was the most comprehensive survey of the population of England and Wales ever taken. On September 29th 1939, just after war had been declared, 65,000 enumerators were employed to visit every house in England and Wales to take stock of the civil population. The information recorded was used to issue Identity Cards, plan mass evacuations, conscription, establish rationing and co-ordinate other war-time provisions. In the longer term, the Register went on to play a central role in the establishment of post-war services like the NHS. Search these records to discover what your ancestors did for a living, their exact date of birth, who they lived with, maps of the local area and even who their neighbours were.

Scotland, Forfarshire (Angus) Dundee Poor Lists 1821-1840

Recently Added and Updated Collections on

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

New and Updated

Findmypast Announce Launch of Tree-To-Tree Hints

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has announced the launch of their new tree-to-tree hinting system. As of today, those with a family tree stored on Findmypast will start to receive hints sourced from other members’ trees.

Findmypast trees collectively contain the details of millions of individuals spanning hundreds of years. This valuable information can now be presented to users in form of tree hints. As researchers add new ancestors to their tree, Findmypast will automatically compare the relevant names and dates to all those stored on existing trees before suggesting potential matches.

Many people, often unknown to each other, share common ancestors within a few generations. By joining forces and connecting this knowledge, family historians can now benefit from research other members have done on common ancestors.

Book Your Hotel Reservations Now for the 2020 NGS Family History Conference

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

Discounted hotel rooms are rapidly selling out for the National Genealogical Society’s forty-second annual Family History Conference, Echoes of Our Ancestors. Lock in your reduced rate by reserving your accommodations today.

The conference will be held 20-23 May 2020 at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC), 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. It 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.

NGS offers attendees a choice of several hotels with discounted rates. All are convenient to the convention center. The Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown is located adjacent to the convention center, and the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel is only half a block away. Only a few rooms remain available at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. The NGS room block in official conference hotel, the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, is currently sold out.

Mike Linton Joins as its Chief Revenue Officer

Mike Linton, new CRO at – PHOTO COURTESY OF ANCESTRY.COM as its chief revenue officer. In the announcement, Linton’s mandate is described as “… to grow the company and he will be responsible for marketing and product.”

The announcement also gives a clue to’s business plans: “…as the company expands from its genealogy roots into its genetic DNA offerings.”

You can read the full announcement at:

Map of Scots Women Accused of Witchcraft published for First Time

If you have one of these ladies in your family tree, you have an “interesting” family history! A map that tracks more than 3,000 Scots women who were accused of being witches in the 16th and 17th Century has been published for the first time. The interactive document has been created by data experts at the University of Edinburgh.

It builds on the university’s breakthrough work on the Scottish Witchcraft Survey which brought to life the persecution of women during the period, with many burned at the stake or drowned. The web site allows users to move through a map of Scotland to see where the accused witches lived as well as the towns and villages where they were detained, punished and executed.

You can read more at while the map is available at:

Latter-day Saints Church Turns Over 4 Centuries of Digitized Catholic Records to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines

From an article in the Lifestyle.inq web site:

“In a low-key but historic event, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through its FamilySearch arm, recently turned over digitized Philippine Catholic Church records spanning four centuries to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

“The digitized documents from 1614 to 2014 were personally received by Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles and Caloocan Bishop Virgilio David, president and vice president of the episcopal conference, respectively, at the CBCP office in Intramuros, Manila.

“Handing the documents which included birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as canonical decrees, and inventory of church objects were FamilySearch (formerly called the Genealogical Society of Utah) officials led by the area manager for the Philippines, Felvir Ordinario.

New Historical Records Added to MyHeritage in September 2019

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

44.4 million new records were added in the first half of September: 9.7 million from three new collections, and 34.7 million added to 6 existing collections from the Netherlands.

The new collections include a New York City Birth Index, a New York City Death Index, and the Australian World War II Nominal Roll, 1939–1945. The updates to existing Netherlands collections include Civil Deaths, Marriages, and Birth collections as well as Church Baptisms, Church Burials, and Church Marriages collections.

Here is a full breakdown of the new and updated record collections:

“A New Leaf”, A new Television Series by Ancestry® to debut on NBC this Fall

From the Blog:

“Set your DVRs and mark your calendars — we have a new television show debuting on NBC!

“We heard your feedback: You love “Who Do You Think You Are?” – but also want to see everyday people embark on journeys of personal discovery too. So, we bring you – “A New Leaf”!

“Each week ‘A New Leaf’ will follow people on the cusp of key life inflection points, who using family history, genealogy, and sometimes AncestryDNA® analysis will go on a journey of self-discovery and learn from the past while looking to the future. In partnership with Ancestry, Fuentes will join families as they learn the importance of appreciating and understanding their family history and ancestors in order to make important life decisions.”

You can read more in the Blog at:

As Made-To-Order DNA Gets Cheaper, Keeping It Out Of The Wrong Hands Gets Harder

Researching one’s DNA ancestry is a fascinating project. Studying your own DNA or the DNA of your close relatives can be life-saving. However, MODIFYING the DNA of anyone or anything is a very scary topic! Even though it sounds like science fiction, DNA modifications are already being done and undoubtedly this field of science is going to expand.

Details may be found in an article by Nell Greenfield-Byce in the NPR web site at:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 23 September 2019

The following announcement was written by added over 13 million new, free, unindexed digital images of historical Italian records this week. Other indexed records include areas from Brazil, Germany, Peru, South Africa and the United States, including Alabama and Kansas.Click here to search over 8 billion free names and record images catalogued on FamilySearch.

Thousands of Free Historic Photographs Online

Sometimes you can find valuable gems in unexpected places. One example is the UnSplash web site.

According to Wikipedia:

“Unsplash is a website dedicated to sharing stock photography under the Unsplash license. The website claims over 110,000 contributing photographers and generates more than 9 billion photo impressions per month on their growing library of over 810,000 photos.[1] Unsplash has been cited as one of the world’s leading photography websites by Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNET, Medium and The Next Web.”

I am amazed at the many photos about all sort of topics that may be found on Best of all, you may download and use the photos for all sorts of purposes free of charge.

For instance, while looking for photos I could use in this genealogy newsletter, I went to and entered a search for “Ellis Island.”

How to Digitize and Archive Your Entire Family Photo Collection

From an article in the reddit web site:

“Four years ago I decided that I should try and digitally archive my family’s photo collection dating from mid-nineteenth century up to today. It was a painstaking process but I learnt a lot doing it which may be useful for anyone else looking to attempt something similar. I used an iMac for this process and IMO it is the best tool for the job, but I am sure something similar could be done on another system.

“The vast majority of photos between 1850 and 2000 were still in a physical format, either prints or slides. And the photos since 2000 are largely digital already. I decided to start with the digital photos as I could make a big impact relatively quickly. My original photos were in folders like “Helen wedding”, “Scotland Holiday 2010”. I thought long and hard about how to organise them coming up with all sorts of incredibly specific ways of doing it before hitting on the solution; put them all in one folder. All 26,000 of them. So I went from having photos in a couple of hundred different folders to just one.”

Another quote from later in the article: