This Newsletter

On the Road Again

Actually, this trip is both by road and by sea.

By the time you read these words, I should be either en route to or on board the Celebrity Silhouette, along with a group of other genealogists, participating in the 3rd annual genealogy cruise to the sunny Eastern Caribbean for a week of great fun and learning while on board. The cruise is sponsored by Gary and Diana Smith. You can learn more about this year’s cruise at: http://www.cecruisegroups.com/genealogy-cruise-2017.html.

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 minutes ago. Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

(+) How Lithuanian Descendants Can Obtain Dual Citizenship and a Lithuanian Passport

(+) The Differences Between Simple File Storage Services and True Backup Services

MyHeritage’s Party at RootsTech

The EOGN Dinner after RootsTech

RootsTech 2017 Session Videos NOW Available

Book Review: Frozen in Time

Shoebox Turns Your Phone into a Scanner

On the Road Again, This Time to RootsTech

By the time you read these words, I should be in the air or possibly already arrived in Salt Lake City. I will attend the annual RootsTech conference. I hope to write about the events there daily and perhaps publish a few photographs in this newsletter as well. I will also be hosting a dinner for readers of this newsletter on Saturday evening, February 11.

As usual, I will be traveling with a Chromebook computer along with other gadgets that should keep me in touch with the newsletter. Connectivity should not be a problem but available time is usually the biggest impediment. You probably will see fewer articles posted here than normal in the next few days. However, I do hope to post a few new articles during the conference.

I’ll be back home on February 13.

Update: A Few Tickets are Still Available for the EOGN Dinner after the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City

But the tickets must be purchased by Monday evening, February 6, at 12 midnight Mountain Time.

Are you planning to attend this year’s RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City? Do you think you will be hungry after the conference closes on Saturday evening? Would you like to have dinner with a large group of genealogists? If so, join us for dinner!

Reservations are required. Only those with advance reservations will be admitted. Payment must be made in advance. The charge is $55 per person and payment may be made with VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, or PayPal. I have to call the restaurant and give them an exact final headcount first thing in the morning of February 7 so the restaurant can order enough food and schedule enough staff to handle our group.

Details are available in the earlier announcement at https://goo.gl/jyZURz.

You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City!

Are you planning to attend this year’s RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City? Do you think you will be hungry after the conference closes on Saturday evening? Would you like to have dinner with a large group of genealogists? If so, join us for dinner!

You are invited to join other genealogists for dinner on Saturday evening, February 11, after the close of the RootsTech 2017 conference. Rumor has it there will also be a few door prizes.

You can make a reservation now at http://eogn.com/slc2017.

You are invited to join us if:

You subscribe to the Plus Edition newsletter or…
You subscribe to the Standard Edition newsletter or…
If you occasionally read the newsletter online or…
If you have heard of the newsletter or…
If you promise to read the newsletter in the future or…
If you are a genealogist who has no other place else to go Saturday night.

You also may bring your spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend (or both!) or anyone else who would like to join us.

This Newsletter is Twenty-One Years Old!

It’s time to get out a bottle of bubbly to celebrate. Today is a great time of celebration for me. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever dream that 21 years would be so interesting, so much fun, and so rewarding. The very first edition of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter was sent 21 years ago on January 15, 1996.

Twenty-one years has slipped by in almost the blink of an eye. It seems like only yesterday that I sent the first e-mail newsletter to about 100 people, mostly members of CompuServe’s Genealogy Forums. The last time I looked, this newsletter now has 75,000 readers tuning in everyday! If you would have told me that 21 years ago, I would have never believed you.

This little newsletter started as a way for me to help my friends to learn about new developments in genealogy, to learn about conferences and seminars, and to learn about new technologies that were useful to genealogists. I especially focused on what was then the newly-invented thing called the World Wide Web. In 1996, many people had never heard of this new-fangled thing and many more didn’t understand it.

The EOGN.COM Plus Edition Web Site was Down (UPDATE: But is Now Back in Operation)

offlineUPDATE: The hosting service apparently has resolved the problem and http://www.eogn.com/wp/ is now back in operation.

Previously:

If you attempt to go to http://www.eogn.com/wp/ web site right now and receive an error of “This site can’t be reached” or something similar, the problem is not with your set. The Internet hosting service that provides that server has notified me there is a networking problem affecting anyone trying to connect to any web server in that data center. The entire data center (which hosts thousands of web sites) is offline. The technicians are working on the problem.

Time for resolution is unknown at this time. I apologize for the inconvenience.

The EOGN Standard Edition web site at http://www.eogn.com is unaffected as it resides on a different web site, operated by a different company, in a different location.

Are You Seeing Unwanted Advertising on this Web Site? If So, Here is the Fix

UPDATE: This article describes a problem with unwanted advertisements that appear on the EOGN.com web site. Ads that appear in email messages are a totally different issue, unrelated to this article.

For years, I have received occasional reports from newsletter readers that all sorts of obnoxious pop-up ads and similar, obnoxious advertising is appearing on the www.EOGN.com web site. Not everyone sees the ads but a few people do see them. However, in the past few days, the number of such reports has increased greatly. If you are seeing unwanted advertising, the problem is in your computer, not with the web site.

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The above is an example of bogus ads

The EOGN.com web site always contains exactly one advertisement and that is from MyHeritage. MyHeritage is the exclusive sponsor of this newsletter and no other ads are allowed. Here is the only advertisement you should ever see on www.EOGN.com:

myheritagead

Above is the legitimate ad from MyHeritage. It is the only advertisement you should ever see on EOGN.com.

The MyHeritage ads are always displayed as the first article, just below the banner. There are no other ads on the web site and there have never been any pop-up ads on EOGN.com as I hate pop-up ads and I will not subject my readers to such junk. If you are seeing any other ads, those ads originated in your computer, not in the EOGN.com web site. If you are seeing “extra ads,” read on.

No Longer on the Road

Just a quick note to say that I finished my 2-week trip to Ireland and England. I returned home yesterday evening. Now all I need is a few hours’ sleep to get over the jet lag.

If I owe you an email message, I should be able to catch up on the backlog within 2 or 3 days. Thank you for your patience.

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:

(+) The Majority of Books Published Before 1964 Are Free of Copyrights

(+) It Always Feels Like Somebody is Watching Me… So Get a VPN!

On the Road Again: Ireland and England

Book Review: Organize Your Genealogy

Book Review: Story of My Life

North Carolina’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Will Cost the State more than $395 Million and Even Affects Genealogy Conferences

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 http://www.clareroots.org/index.php/meetings-a-lectures.

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 http://www.devonfhs.org.uk/agm.htm.

On the Road Again

By the time you read these words, I should be en route to Springfield, Illinois to attend the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). You can read all about that conference at https://www.fgsconference.org/ and I hope to post more-or-less daily reports and pictures of what I see there.

As usual, I will be traveling with a Chromebook computer along with other gadgets that should keep me in touch with the newsletter. Connectivity should not be a problem but available time is usually the biggest impediment. Past conferences have usually kept me and most of the other attendees busy from daybreak until well into each evening so you probably will see fewer articles posted here than normal in the next few days. However, I do hope to post a few new articles during the conference.

See you in Springfield!

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.

On the Road Again

By the time you read these words, I should be en route to Auckland, New Zealand, to be a tourist for a few days and then to make presentations at the Auckland Family History Expo 2016 on 12 August to 14 August. (See http://goo.gl/gH87Yp for information about the conference.)

I will also offer a presentation on Monday, 15 August, at the Auckland Central City Library. Details may be found at http://goo.gl/U7MD4p.

Following the conferences, I will take a a few days’ vacation in a country that has been on my bucket list of places to visit for years: Singapore. I am told Singapore is a great place to visit or even to live. I’d like to check it out for myself.

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:

(+) Don’t Print This Article!

(+) The Problems with OCR

Elephind: A Digital Newspaper Collections Search Engine

Ancestry Tourism

The Future of Cloud Storage

What Can a Hacker Do with Your Genetic Information?

Postcards Provide Link to Edwardian Social Media

On the Road Again

By the time you read these words, I should be en route to the National Genealogical Society’s annual conference being held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This year’s conference theme is Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time. You can read more about the conference in my earlier article as well as in the conference web site. Attendees also will want to download and install the iPhone, iPad, and Android app. Details about the app may be found at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/mobile-app/.

As usual, I will be traveling with an iPad and a laptop computer along with other gadgets that should keep me in touch with the newsletter. Connectivity should not be a problem but available time is usually the biggest impediment. I suspect I will be busy from before daybreak until well into each evening so you probably will see fewer articles posted here than normal in the next few days. However, I do hope to post a few new articles in the midst of the travels.

No EOGN Dinner at the NGS 2016 Family History Conference Next Week in Fort Lauderdale

With reluctance, I have decided to not hold a dinner for EOGN readers after this year’s NGS conference in Fort Lauderdale, and I will probably hold very few such dinners in the future.

For years, I have sponsored dinners at the end of major genealogy conferences in the US. Every year, doing so has become harder and more expensive. Attempting to find banquet facilities in new and strange (to me) cities has become a challenge. In years past, I always looked for a place for about 25 genealogists to have dinner together. In recent years that number has grown to 75 to 125 attendees and sometimes even more. Finding a place available for a crowd of that size on a Saturday evening has proven difficult!

Another problem is price. Of course, inflation happens everywhere, but it seems to happen faster in banquet facilities than elsewhere. Years ago, such a dinner might cost $25 per person. Today, the price for a modest meal runs from $60 to $80 per person, and I have heard of even higher prices in a few places. To be blunt, I am embarrassed to ask people to pay that much for a meal.

A contributing factor is my age: I still try to be a high-energy person; but all the running around, planning, and various other activities at conferences is starting to wear me down. Perhaps it is time to pass the baton to someone else.

Sadly, with one exception, I have decided to not hold any more EOGN dinners after the genealogy conferences.

The one exception is RootsTech, held every winter in Salt Lake City.

On the Road Again, This Time to Birmingham, England

I managed to stay home for 7 weeks after my last trip, perhaps a new record for me. However, I am embarking on a number of trips in the next few weeks.

By the time you read this message, I should either be over the Atlantic or possibly already arrived at my destination of Birmingham, England. I’ll be attending the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! conference on 7 through 9 April. More than 10,000 visitors are expected at this year’s event. I wrote about the conference earlier at http://goo.gl/NR4c1e. As I wrote in that article, “The show will be packed with more than 120 exhibitors showing their products and services. Attendees also will have access to leading genealogical experts, informative workshops, archives and museums, major online resources, and the largest gathering anywhere of family history societies.” You can also read a lot more in the conference web site at http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com.

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter Purchased by Google

The following announcement was written by the folks at Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google:

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 1, 2016 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that the acquisition of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter (http://www.eogn.com) has closed, with Google acquiring eogn.com for an undisclosed 8-figure sum.

The acquisition will enable Google to supercharge the genealogy community by using the expanded publishing power of the company to reach more family history enthusiasts worldwide. Google will run Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter as a separate business entity.

Dick Eastman, who founded Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter‘s business and led the company through this acquisition, has stepped down as CEO although he will continue to work with Google to help ensure a smooth transition.

Pancho Goldstein O’Hara, who has overseen integration planning for the acquisition and previously served as President of Google’s Americas region, has become CEO of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Mr. O’Hara said, “I am pleased with this new assignment and I also look forward to researching my own multi-ethnic heritage.”

A Report from the EOGN Dinner on Saturday Evening

Every year, at the end of RootsTech and occasionally at other major genealogy conferences, I host a dinner for EOGN readers and their guests. The agenda is simple: there isn’t one. It is simply a place for everyone to relax and socialize after the end of the conference. This year’s dinner was held at the Radisson in Salt Lake City, only a few steps from the site of the RootsTech conference.

I would like to say that a great time was had by all. However, for verification, you need to ask any of the attendees. Actually, I think they enjoyed it as I saw a lot of smiles all evening long.

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iPad winner Nancy Thaut and myself