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(+) CDs Are Not Forever

The History of Memorial Day

Book Review: The Sterling Affair

Genealogy Myths

My DNA Test Claims that I Am Someone Else!

Announcing the 400th Anniversary Edition of “Of Plimoth Plantation”

Ancestry.com Announces COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Testing

OpenSFHistory is an Online Archive of more than 50,000 Historic Images of San Francisco and the Bay Area

Over One Million RAF Operations Record Books released on TheGenealogist

Findmypast Friday: Commemorate Military Ancestors this Memorial Day with New WW2 Records

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 18 May 2020

National Genealogical Society Announces Its 2020 Awards & Competition Honorees

Registration Now Open for NYSFHC and NYSFHC @Home

Cubbit – a Personal Cloud Storage System Without Monthly Fees

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(+) Why Are We Limited to Soundex?

How Do You Pronounce “Ye”?

10 Letters We Dropped From The Alphabet

MyHeritage Releases Three Major Collections of Greek Historical Records

A Correction to the Correction Concerning the New Prime-Time Television Series “The Genetic Detective”

How to Download Free Ebooks and Digital Audiobooks from Public Libraries

rootstrust, Version 2 Beta now Available

Surnames Dictionary is Free During Lockdown

Forensic Genomics, a Dynamic New Peer-Reviewed Journal, is Launching in the Fall of 2020

American Ancestors│NEHGS and the Boston Public Library to Look at “How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are” in a Virtual Event

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(+) How To Self Publish Your Own Printed Book or eBook

Is This the End of Genealogy Conferences as We Have Known Them?

My Method of Filing Digital Images and Documents

How They Tried to Curb Spanish Flu Pandemic in 1918

MyHeritage Announces New Colorization Settings for MyHeritage In Color™

MyHeritage Project Documenting Remote Tribes Grabs Webby Award Nomination

MyHeritage Updates the Theory of Family Relativity™

The HTL Neighborhood Explorer

The Mennonite Archival Information Database (MAID)

Spending a Lot of Time at Home? Take the Archive Challenge and Help Preserve History!

New Details About the NGS Virtual Conference

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(+) How I Ditched My Laptop for a Tablet Computer

There Were Three Brothers And…

The Evolution of the American Census

An Unusual Location for Your Society’s Next Online Virtual Conference

FuneralZoom® – Bringing Families Together

Family Names on a Quilt

Zvi Bernhardt, R.I.P.

Database with 26 Million Documents on Nazi Victims, Survivors is now Available Online

British Museum Makes 1.9 Million Images Available for Free

MyHeritage Extends the New “Ask The Expert” Series during May 2020

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(+) How to Reduce the Errors in Your Genealogy Database
MyHeritage LIVE 2020 has been Postponed!
The National Genealogical Society Announces 2020 Family History Conference Will be Virtual

UPDATE #24: Genealogy Cancellations and Postponements Due to Coronavirus

What Really Happened to the 1890 U.S. Census?

Converting My Personal Library to Digital

Genealogy Provides the Strength to Persevere

Your Risk of Getting Sick From Covid-19 May Lie in Your Genes

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(+) Turn any Smartphone into a Scanner and Document Management System with OCR Capabilities

UPDATE #23: Genealogy Cancellations and Postponements Due to Coronavirus

Utah Governor Orders All Adults Entering the State to Disclose Their Travel Plans

How the Telephone Failed its Big Test During 1918’s Spanish Flu Pandemic

The Influence of the Great Depression and How It’s Saving Us Right Now

How to Digitize Your Most Important Documents

Browsing Through the Salem Witch Trial Documents

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(+) Converting PDF Files to Word Documents

UPDATE #18: Genealogy Cancellations and Postponements Due to Coronavirus

In Honor of the Upcoming 2020 U.S. Census, MyHeritage is Offering FREE Access to all U.S. Census Records

Last Survivor of the U.S. Transatlantic Slave Trade Discovered

Funerals are the Latest Part of American Life to Move Online

How to Quickly Pull Together an Online Streaming Event

Site of RootsTech/London to Become a CoronaVirus Hospital

Randy Majors Releases a Coronavirus Stay-at-Home and Shelter-in-Place Map

Randy Majors Releases Another FREE Tool Do the Location Work for You as You Search on Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org

Announcing a National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and the Public

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(+) How to Encrypt Your Files for Security

Enjoy Free and Unlimited Access to MyHeritage In Color™

UPDATE #15: Genealogy Cancellations and Postponements Due to Coronavirus

The Coronavirus is New, But Not Much Different from Viruses Suffered by Our Ancestors

Will This Year’s U.S. Census Be the Last?

Bob McLaren, R.I.P.

Carol Skydell, R.I.P.

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(+) Preserving Data: Separating Facts from Fiction

Announcing a Change in the List of Canceled or Rescheduled Genealogy Events

UPDATE #8: Genealogy Conferences and Other Events Schedule Changes Because of the Coronavirus Concerns

Book Review: The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide

Coronavirus Will Make the 2020 Census Even Trickier

Hey! I Received My 2020 U.S. Census Form Today!

N.J. Lawmaker Wants to Make DNA Test Results Your Personal Property

Plans for the National Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference in May

FREE ACCESS to All Irish Records at MyHeritage

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(+) Save Something for Future Generations: Create a Time Capsule

My Photos from RootsTech2020 in Salt Lake City

Will the Coronavirus Create Travel Bans and Cancellations of Genealogy Conferences?

CANCELED: Genealogy Conferences and Other Events Because of Coronavirus Concerns

Free Video Conferencing: Coronavirus Spurs Special Deals from WebEx, Google, and Others

Gilad Japhet, MyHeritage Founder and CEO, RootsTech Address

MyHeritage Announces FREE Access to Irish Records During Irish-American Heritage Month

Historic Migration Patterns Are Written in Americans’ DNA

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Sangerville, Maine: the Town of Two Knights

How to Filter Search Results from People Search Sites and Social Media Sites

RootsTech Returns to London in 2020, Opens Early Registration

Texas Man Close to Exoneration after a DNA Computer Algorithm Leads to New Suspect

Cutbacks by Ancestry, 23andMe Signal a Shakeout for DNA Industry

The Census Goes Digital

It Would Take Hundreds of Years to Digitize Records at Seattle National Archives

New Genetic Associations Identified for Heart Failure

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On the Road Again, This Time to RootsTech in Salt Lake City

(+) Epidemics

Follow-Up: You are Invited to Join Me and Other Newsletter readers for Dinner after the RootsTech Conference

Book Scanning Service Provided FREE of Charge by FamilySearch at RootsTech

Combining Genetics With Genealogy to Identify the Dead in Unmarked Graves

MyHeritage is Holding a Winter DNA Sale!

Watchdog Warns About 2020 Census IT and Cybersecurity Challenges

Follow-Up: You are Invited to Join Me and Other Newsletter readers for Dinner after the RootsTech Conference

This is a quick reminder: If you would like to join me and a number of other genealogists for dinner immediately following the RootsTech conference, reservations are required. You need to sign up no later than midnight, local Salt Lake City time, on Tuesday, February 25 as I have to tell the hotel the next morning how many meals to prepare. The hotel staff will then order the appropriate amount of food.

Details may be found in my earlier article at: https://blog.eogn.com/2020/02/18/you-are-invited-to-join-me-and-other-newsletter-readers-for-dinner-after-the-rootstech-conference/.

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On the Road Again, This Time to RootsTech in Salt Lake City

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 week or so. If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you already know that I often travel to genealogy conferences.

I will be in Salt Lake City, Utah for the next week. I will be attending the annual RootsTech conference. For details about this conference, see my earlier article at https://blog.eogn.com/2020/02/11/will-i-see-you-at-rootstech-2020/ as well as the RootsTech web pages at https://www.rootstech.org/salt-lake. Of course, I will be attending the Saturday-evening-after-the-conference dinner. See https://blog.eogn.com/2020/02/18/you-are-invited-to-join-me-and-other-newsletter-readers-for-dinner-after-the-rootstech-conference/ for details on that dinner. I hope to see you at the dinner!

I hope to write about the conference events that I see and attend. I suspect I will also post a number of photographs of the conference in this newsletter while I am there. Who knows? I may even get to attend a few presentations!

I should be back home by March 2.

Stay tuned!

You are Invited to Join Me and Other Newsletter readers for Dinner after the RootsTech Conference

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Here are the details:

Are you planning on attending the RootsTech conference this year? Would you like to join a large group of genealogists for dinner on Saturday evening? If so, you are invited!

RootsTech 2020 promises to be the biggest genealogy conference in the world! It will be held on February 26 through 29 in Salt Lake City. I have written several times about RootsTech 2020 (see https://blog.eogn.com/2020/02/11/will-i-see-you-at-rootstech-2020/ for my latest article).  Of course, a lot more information is also available at https://www.rootstech.org/salt-lake.

More than 20,000 people are expected to attend this year’s RootsTech conference and I expect that will include many readers of this newsletter. If you are planning to attend the conference, would you like to join me and a bunch of other newsletter readers for dinner on Saturday evening after the conference ends? That will be on February 29 at the Radisson Hotel, 215 W S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. The location literally is just a few steps from the Salt Palace conference center. And yes, if you have attended one of my previous dinners after RootsTech, this year’s dinner is in the same hotel as the last few years and probably in the same room as always. (I am waiting for confirmation of the exact room.)

You are invited!

You can make a reservation now! You are invited to join us if:

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  • If you are a genealogist who has no other place else to go Saturday night after the end of the conference.

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(+) Lifestyles in the Seventeenth Century

A Court Tried To Force Ancestry.com To Open Up Its DNA Database To Police. The Company Said No.

Ancestry Announces Lay-Offs and a Change in Corporate Focus on the Family History Business

Layoffs at Genetic Testing Companies Reflect the Changing Market

This DNA Testing Firm Said it wanted to Bring Closure to Families of Murder Victims. Then It Blocked a Rival from Using Its Database to Solve Crimes.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Weighs Legal Action Over Seattle National Archives Closure

Family History Hosting Announces GEDCOM Assessment v1.03

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Book Review: Strange, Amazing, and Funny Events that Happened during the Revolutionary War

How Many Ancestors Do You Have?

All Modern Humans Have Neanderthal DNA, New Research Finds

Massachusetts Governor Seeks to Cut Access to Public Domain Records

RootsTech 2020 Announces Free Livestream Schedule

Announcing a New Update of Heredis, the Genealogy Software Available for both Windows and Macintosh: the 2020 Version

Announcing the 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon, an Unprecedented Event Hosted by MyHeritage

Genealogy Documentary ‘Railroad Ties’

So…Who is Randy Majors and What is the randymajors.com Research Hub Anyway?

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(+) How to Rescue Old Photos and Documents: Make a Humidification Chamber

How to Record Genealogy Information Found Online

Book Reviews: Derry, Ireland Publications written by Brian Mitchell

Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s New Book: The Sterling Affair

The Story Behind the German Jewish War Hero Honored on Both Sides of the Atlantic, Decades Apart

23andMe Lays Off 100 Employees

Proposed Utah Legislature Bill Would Keep Law Enforcement from Probing DNA Data

Florida’s Genetic Information Bill Heads to House Floor

SB 1051 Virginia Public Records Act; Availability of Public Records

Genealogical Forum of Oregon Objects to Seattle National Archives Closure

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This Newsletter is 24 Years Old!

Oh No! My Hard Drive Crashed.

Men Plead Guilty in Pittsburgh Carnegie Library Rare Books Theft

British National Archives to trial 12-Document Limit Per Day for Visitors, as Academics Warn Research Could Be Affected

No One Knew why the Kids in 2 Amish Families were Dying Suddenly. Now Researchers Have Some Answers. (It is Their Ancestry!)

This Newsletter is 24 Years Old!

It’s time to raise a glass of bubbly and celebrate! Yes, I am celebrating this newsletter’s twenty-fourth anniversary.

Wow! I have been publishing this newsletter for nearly a quarter century. Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday that I decided to start writing a genealogy newsletter for a few of my friends and acquaintances. Well, it wasn’t yesterday… it was 24 years ago today!

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever dream that 24 years would be so interesting, so much fun, and so rewarding. The very first edition of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter was sent on January 15, 1996.

Twenty-four 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. (Do you remember CompuServe?) The last time I looked, this newsletter now has tens of thousands of readers tuning in every day! If you would have told me that 24 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 the World Wide Web and most people didn’t understand it.