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(+) Why We All Need to Ignore Our Old Ideas about Filing Systems
Consider the Source: Original, Derivative, or Copy
Book Review: Family Stories…and How I Found Mine
Grandson of Former US President Asks to Exhume His Remains
Ancestry® Now Delivers More Precise Ethnicity Estimates
One More Article About “How to go Paperless”
Researchers Use DNA to Identify 72 Men Buried at a Convict Work Camp Site
Arlington National Cemetery Gravesites Will Reopen to the Public This Week
New Records from the Canadian Expeditionary Force Now Available on Fold3
FamilySearch Recognized for US-Mexican War Database Creation
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 7 September 2020
Findmypast Friday adds Mayflower Compact and New “Immigrant Guides”

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(+) Your Next Scanner will be Free or Very Low Cost
The Best (?) Portable Document Scanner
Another Method of Finding Cemetery Locations
How to Store Print Photographs So They Last for Generations
Who Was Colonel Griffith J. Griffith?
Judge Orders U.S. Government to Complete the 2020 Census
Wanted: A New Home for Photo of a Civil War Soldier
Ontario Land Registry Offices are Moving io All Online Access to Land Records
Connecticut State Library Announces Historic Newspaper Titles to be Digitized
The Digital Library of Georgia to Add More Historic Newspapers
Introducing RootsTech Connect: A Free Online Conference Experience
FHF – Really Useful Family History Show

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EOGNPLUS.com Website is Offline and Here is the Plan

(+) What is a Genogram and Why Should I Create One?

Brooklyn’s Old Tax Photos are Now Available on the ‘1940s Street View’ Website

Ancestry® Completes the Arolsen Archives Collection with 19 Million Holocaust Records

FamilySearch and Ontario Ancestors Announce Book Scanning Project

Isle of Man Online Newspaper Archive to Remain Free Permanently

Online Slave Registers from Curaçao Allow Descendants to Find Ancestors

Tens of Thousands of Australian Prison Portraits Captured Online from 15 Jails Over 50 Years

Week-long Virtual French Genealogical Fair—FREE

EOGNPLUS.com Website is Offline and Here is the Plan

This week I have some bad news, some (hopefully) good news, and a plan to transition from the first to the later news.

First, the Bad News

For the past few years, I have managed two different, but closely related, web sites: EOGN.COM and EOGNPLUS.COM. These two web sites provide access to the two versions of the EOGN newsletter. The first, EOGN.COM, is the original web site for this newsletter created many years ago and it includes all sorts of articles with one exception: Plus Edition articles do not appear in EOGN.COM. Thanks to the support of a sponsor, the EOGN.COM website provides the Standard Edition newsletter that is free and available to all.

The second web site, EOGNPLUS.COM, provides access to the Plus Edition newsletter. It contains all the content offered in the Standard Edition plus two added benefits: First, it includes the Plus Edition article(s) as well. In addition, EOGNPLUS.COM has never contained any advertising. In short, it is supported solely by people who pay a subscription fee to access the site.

Recent History

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(+) Who “Owns” Data?

Finding Cemeteries With Your Computer

Federal Lawsuits Launched Against Three US Government Agencies for Failing to Produce Records Related to National Archives in Seattle

Someone Upscaled And Colorized The Oldest Recorded Video In History

Here’s What Happened When Students Went to School During the 1918 Pandemic

Gramps 5.1.3 Released

Pat Rand 2020 Hartzog Award Winner

Researchers Say They Know What Happened to Roanoke’s ‘Lost Colony’

Ancestry® Announces Free Six-month Subscription for Teachers Just in Time for School Year

Family Tree Webinars’ Call for Papers

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(+) Preserving Old Documents Electronically

Family Stories and Other Fairy Tales

‘Kiss via Kerchief’ and Other Dating Advice from the 1918 Flu Pandemic

Kamala Harris Family Tree

U.S. Census Bureau to Halt Counting Operation a Month Earlier than Expected

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 10 August 2020

Over 41 Million New Records From Historical English, Scottish and Irish
Gazettes Now Online at Findmypast

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) presents its 2020 Awards

How to Convert a Windows Laptop into a Chromebook

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(+) A Lesson to be Learned From One Library’s Conversion to a Digital Library

Follow-up Concerning DNA Information and Ancestry.com’s Sale to Blackstone in a $4.7 Billion Deal

Should You Remove Your Data Now From Ancestry.com?

The American Society of Genealogists’ Scholar Award

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) Adds a Significant Sephardic Collection to its Database

Findmypast Friday: New UK Parish Records and Newspapers Available to Search

Hounslow Lloyd George Domesday Records Added to TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer™

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(+) How to Improve Your Productivity with Two or More Monitors

Book Review: Delaware Genealogical Research Guide

The 1890 U.S. Census: Not Everything Was Destroyed

Your Genes May Influence Your COVID-19 Risk, According to a New Study

Gedmatch is Investigating After Users’ DNA Profile Data was Made Available to Police

Family Tree Maker Software Producer Exposes Data on 60,000 Users

Security Alert: Malicious Phishing Attempt Detected, Possibly Connected to GEDmatch Breach

Ancestry Security Team Confident Family Tree Maker Vulnerability Has Not Impacted Ancestry’s Systems

(Updated) Trump Signs Order Targeting Undocumented Immigrants in the US Census

Announcing the Family History Federation’s “Really Useful Family History Show” on Saturday 14th November

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(+) Does It Still Make Sense to Buy CDs?

Fate of Seattle U.S. National Archives Facility Still in Limbo

(United Kingdom) Census Order and Regulations for England and Wales

How to Organize 30 Years of Family Videos in an AI Archive

The Mask Wars of the 1918 Flu Pandemic versus Those of Today

How to Apply for Australian Citizenship

National Genealogical Society Announces Plans for its 2021 Family History Conference

This Year’s “Back To Our Past 2020” in Ireland will be a Virtual Event – Anyone Can Attend Worldwide

Ukrainian History and Education Center to Launch FREE Online Genealogy Series

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/.

To sign up for the dinner, go to: http://bit.ly/39PypKf.

See you there!

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:

  • 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 after the end of the conference.

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.

On the Road Again, This Time to London

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 ten days. I will be in London, England attending the RootsTech London genealogy conference on October 24 through 26. See https://www.rootstech.org/london for details about the conference. I will then add a few days “personal time” both before and after the conference so that I can be a tourist in the country and travel around a bit.

I have been to England many times and every time I leave I always have ideas on what I want to do on my “next visit.” In the next ten days, I plan to follow up on some of those ideas.

RootsTech Exhibits Hall

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

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.

On the Road Again, This Time to the FGS Conference in Washington, DC

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

I will be in Washington, DC this week on Wednesday through Saturday. I will be attending the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. For details about this conference, see https://www.fgsconference.org.

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 next week for a few days before heading out on my next trip.

Stay tuned!

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(+) Facing Up to the Long-term Future of Your Genealogy Society

Win Tickets to MyHeritage LIVE, Including a Free Stay at the Iconic Hilton Amsterdam

Libraries without Librarians

Update: Libraries without Librarians

Randy Majors Adds Still More Functionality to his Genealogy Mapping Web Site that Works with Google Maps: Township, Range, and Section

The Popularity of Your Last Name

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(+) Can You Trust Online Genealogy Data?

National Geographic Society’s Genographic DNA Project to Shut Down

How Your Privacy Will Be Protected in the 2020 Census

Free World War I Genealogy PDF Guide Offered

The ‘Clotilda,’ the Last Known Slave Ship to Arrive in the U.S., Is Found

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(+) Publishing Your Genealogy Book on Demand

Using a Chromebox as My Primary Day-to-day Computer

GEDmatch Implements Required Opt-In for Law Enforcement Matching

The Reasons Why GEDmatch Recently Changed Its Terms of Service

MyHeritage Offers Free Access to Military Records for Memorial Day

Geoff Rasmussen of FamilyTreeWebinars.com Announces a Rare 50% off Special on Webinar Memberships

23andMe is Updating Ancestry Results Without Telling Users

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(+) Downsizing: the Paperless Office for Genealogists

Book Review: Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland

Announcing the MyHeritage DNA Health and Ancestry Test

A Village in France Will Pay You $2,240 to Decipher a Rock

Preserving Pennsylvania’s Oldest Historical Documents

Update: a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything

Cool Location Explorer on Google Maps – a Tool for GeoGeeks

Findmypast offers New Opportunities to Discover and Find Connections in Europe

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 13, 2019

TheGenealogist is Expanding its Occupational Records with over 300,000 Records of Masters and Apprentices included in a Nautical Set of Apprenticeship Records

W.S. Clark Store of Tarboro, North Carolina Accounting Ledgers are Now Online at DigitalNC

A Success in Fighting Diabetes

Update: A Success in Fighting Diabetes

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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