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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:

(+) Genealogy Books on CD

(+) How to Remotely Control a Distant Computer

500 Years of English Slang in an Online Dictionary

Are You Missing Most of the Available Genealogy Information?

How FindAGrave Could – and Should – Be Made Better

DNA Testing Links 300-Year-Old Remains of a Baby to a Colonial Maryland Governor

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 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 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.


The above is an example of bogus ads

The 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


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

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 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 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

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

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 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 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

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

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 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

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 ( has closed, with Google acquiring 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.


iPad winner Nancy Thaut and myself

On the Road Again

I managed to stay home 7 days after my last trip but am now on the road again for an 8-day trip. By the time you read these words, I should be in Maine for a personal trip for a family event. Then I will spend a day in Massachusetts with friends before getting on an airplane in Boston to fly to the RootsTech genealogy conference in Salt Lake City.

This year’s RootsTech conference is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. It should be the largest genealogy conference in the world. You can read all about it at A number of sessions being held at RootsTech will be available as streaming video on the Internet so you can watch them live. See for the schedule of the live sessions. I believe the same sessions will be recorded and will be available on within a day or so after each session in case you are not able to view the live versions.

I plan to write about the events and the new products and services that I see at RootsTech. This conference historically has been the site of many new announcements of interest to genealogists.

Of course, the annual EOGN Dinner to be held after the conference closes is always the highlight of my week. You can read about it at As I write these words, tickets are still available.

Last Call for the EOGN Dinner Following the RootsTech Conference

Just a reminder: if you would like to join a raucous bunch of genealogists for an informal dinner soon after the close of the RootsTech conference on Saturday evening, February 6, the time to obtain a ticket is NOW!

Reservations will close on Monday, February 1, at 12 midnight Mountain Time. I have to call the restaurant and give them an exact final headcount in the morning.


Reminder: There will be doorprizes!

Details may be found at

See you there?

Announcing a Raffle for Invitations to Attend the MyHeritage Party at RootsTech

MyHeritage_logoHere is a chance to meet some of the members of the MyHeritage team and their friends, partners, and geneabloggers. Enjoy appetizers, refreshments, fun games, and raffle prizes. (And let’s not forget about the special gift each guest will take home!) You could also be the lucky winner of one of many cash gift cards, Kindle Fire tablets, or one of the grand prizes — an iPad Mini 4 or $250 gift card!

I have been given five tickets to give to readers of this newsletter. These tickets are for invited guests to attend the exclusive MyHeritage RootsTech After-Party on Friday, February 5 at 8pm, at the Marriott City Creek Grand Ballroom.

This Newsletter is Twenty Years Old!

20yearsI’m opening a bottle of champagne this week. It’s time to get out a bottle of bubbly to celebrate. It is a great time of celebration. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever dream that 20 years would be so interesting, so much fun, and so rewarding. The very first edition of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter was sent 20 years ago, on January 15, 1996.

Twenty 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 20 years ago, I would have never believed you.

On the Road Again

Well, it is time to travel again. This will be about a 7,000-mile trip and I’ll be gone for ten days.

The trip will start with a road trip to Miami followed by a quick cross-country flight to Salt Lake City, followed by a red-eye flight back to Miami, then I’ll join Diana Smith, Gary Smith, and Donna Moughty on board the Celebrity Reflection cruise ship for a genealogy cruise to Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Coco Cay, Bahamas; and then a return to Miami.

Details on the genealogy cruise may be found at and at

2015 Statistics for

I must admit that I am smiling a bit after looking at the “end-of-year” report for this newsletter. I thought I would share a few statistics. These are for the Standard Edition newsletter’s web site only; these numbers do not include the Plus Edition newsletter at

The web site at was viewed about 2,700,000 times in 2015.

In 2015, there were 1,068 new articles published, growing the total archive of this newsletter to 1,940 articles, far more than any printed genealogy magazine.

People in 221 countries read the articles here. Most visitors came from the United States. Canada and the United Kingdom were not far behind.

The busiest day of the year was March 30th with 17,785 views.

The article that generated the most readers’ comments in 2015 was Ancestry to Retire Family Tree Maker Software with 193 comments (so far).