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(+) One Easy Method to Create Online Databases for Your Website, Replacing Spreadsheets

Elizabeth Warren Releases DNA Results Showing she has Native American Heritage

Someone Else’s DNA Can be Used to Identify You

Why Are There Mistakes in US Census Records?

RSS Newsfeeds Explained

A Day at The Family History Show, London

New Zealand Siblings Meet for the First Time Thanks to DNA Quest from MyHeritage

Keep Loved Ones Digitally Close with Family Locator

RSS Newsfeeds Explained

NOTE: This is an article I published four years ago. The subject recently arose again and I realized that many newsletter readers are unaware of the simple way to read this newsletter, other blogs, and many other web sites that publish new articles more-or-less daily. I decided to make some additions to the original article and then republish it for the benefit of those who haven’t read the four-year-old version:

You may have noticed that this newsletter and several other genealogy Web sites are available via RSS news feeds. So are thousands of other Web news sites covering a wide variety of topics. This article will hopefully explain what RSS feeds are and what they can offer you.

RSS is an abbreviation for “rich site summary” or “really simple syndication.” Most people don’t need to remember this definition any more than they would spell out “ATM.” As to the word “feed,” this simply describes the way information gets to people: web servers “feed” their information to those who ask for it. For those who want more technical detail, RSS feeds are composed in XML, a format that is similar to HTML, the standard language in which many Web pages are created. For a rather technical explanation of RSS, look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS.

RSS has been available for years but many people are not yet aware of its capabilities. RSS can simplify your life and save time. It is an excellent method of avoiding the flood of internet security problems and email overload. RSS has become a popular way for news publishers to provide information without sending computer users to different Web sites, cluttering their email with spam, or exposing them to adware, spyware, worms, or viruses. These factors make it equally attractive to those who read their information.

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 few days. If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you already know that I often travel to genealogy conferences. This time, I will attend The Family History Show in Esher (near London), England, this Saturday. I hope to write about the conference events that I see and attend.

For details about this conference, see https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london.

I will then take a few days off to be a tourist and will return home in about a week. I will then stay home for about four days before heading off on the next trip!

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On the Road Again

(+) Are Your Digital Photos Too Big? There’s a Solution!

MyHeritage Partners with British Retailer WHSmith to Distribute DNA Kits

Obituary for Laura G. Prescott

Displaying County Lines on Google Maps

Incalculable Loss as Rio de Janeiro’s 200-year-old National Museum is Gutted by a Huge Fire

On the Sea Again

Hello from the Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of Alaska! 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 am presently on board the Royal Caribbean cruise line’s Explorer of the Seas for the Unlock the Past’s genealogy cruise to Alaska on September 7 through 14, stopping in ports in Alaska and British Columbia. See https://www.unlockthepastcruises.com/2018cruisealaska/ for the details of the cruise.

Here is a picture taken a few minutes ago from from the cruise ship as we entered the Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska:

Yes, those are icebergs floating in the water and you can see snow and glaciers up on the mountains. This isn’t a cruise to sun-drenched tropical islands! However, it has been fun.

We have genealogy presentations every day; many presentations are made by a number of today’s genealogy experts.

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A 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 to Use the GPS You May Already Own but Didn’t Know You Had

Laura Prescott, R.I.P.

Russ Henderson, R.I.P.

Father and Daughter Reunite on The Megyn Kelly Today Show Thanks to their DNA Tests

RootsTech Expands to London in 2019!

RootsWeb Homepages and Freepages URLs Are Working Again

Fort Wayne City Council Votes 6-3 against Business Tax Proposal, Saving the Allen County Public Library and Other County-funded Agencies

On the Road Again, This Time to the FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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 Fort Wayne, Indiana from now through the end of the week. 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!

This Newsletter’s Articles will No Longer be Cross-Posted to Facebook

For years, a piece of automated software has extracted the title and the first few sentences of every new article posted here at eogn.com and copied them to my Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/dickeastman. This process happened automatically without any action on my part.

Starting today, that will no longer happen. Facebook will no longer allow automated posting of newly-published articles on non-Facebook web sites. Details about Facebook’s change may be found in Facebook kills automatic WordPress publishing to Profiles at https://techau.com.au/facebook-kills-automatic-wordpress-publishing-to-profiles/.

If you have been looking in Facebook to find new articles posted in Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, you will not be able to do that any more. You will either have to manually go to http://www.eogn.com or use my favorite method: an RSS newsreader.

Use of an RSS newsreader is much faster than finding things online manually. It also is much, much safer as RSS newsreaders typically do not have all the spyware that is built into Facebook.

Which Computer(s) Do You Use?

I always want to publish articles that are relevant to the readers of this newsletter. Many of my articles describe genealogy software or related software and services. Of course, that soon begs the question: “Which computers and operating systems are the readers using?”

I have some guesses but am not certain those estimates are accurate. Therefore, I am asking you to take a minute or two and let me know what YOU are using. The questions are in the form of a poll that is listed below. The poll will be open for one week.

The poll contains only two questions: what is your PRIMARY computer and what other computers do you use occasionally? For instance, you might use a Windows system most of the time but also have an iPad for taking your data with you when traveling. You can also see the results (so far) of the poll questions.

Please note that the poll does not ask for your name, email address, telephone number, or any other identifying information. If you answer the poll questions, I will not flood your in-box with spam or call you on the phone just as you and your family are sitting down for dinner. I don’t do things like that. The poll is fully anonymous.

Won’t you take a minute and fill out the poll below? Please note there are two VOTE icons, one after each question. Please click on each one separately after you have answered the question. You also can click on “View results” at any time to see the answers entered so far.

On the Road Again, This Time to the NGS Conference in Grand Rapids, MI

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 Grand Rapids, Michigan from now through the end of the week. I am attending the annual conference of the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society. See http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org for details about the conference.

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.

Stay tuned!

For Your Info: I am Back Online After Being in Shanghai

Yes, I was “Shanghai’d” in more ways than one.

A week ago, I wrote a brief announcement saying I was going on vacation, spending a few days in Shanghai, China. The announcement is still available at http://bit.ly/2p9lcpZ. I also stated that, “I probably will publish a few new articles in this newsletter during the week but not as many as usual. Also, that is true only if the Great Firewall of China cooperates.”

Well, the Great Firewall of China did not cooperate. I was held incommunicado. I was unable to publish any new articles for the past week.

The Chinese government does not allow its citizens or visitors to the country to have free and open access to the Internet. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of web sites are blocked. “The Great Firewall of China” blocks access to anything the Chinese government believes might be critical of anything in the Chinese government. The “Firewall” is a combination of legislative actions and technologies enforced by the People’s Republic of China to regulate the Internet domestically.

On the Road Again… and I am Being Shanghai’d

If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you already know that I often travel to genealogy conferences. However, for the next week I’ll be traveling again and this time I am on vacation. In fact, I’ll be resting and relaxing in Shanghai, China.

Unlike most of my travels, the trip to Shanghai is not a genealogy-related trip. Many years ago, I spent a year in mainland China, back when the country was still a backwater third-world country. I managed a team effort for my employer when we installed multi-million dollar mainframe computers at 13 major Chinese engineering universities in 11 different cities. (This was before the invention of the desktop PC.) It was a great experience. While I traveled almost constantly while in China, I was based in Shanghai and returned there whenever I didn’t have an assignment in some other city. As a result, I spent more time in Shanghai than in any other single city in China.

On the Road Again to Salt Lake City and Beyond

If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you already know that I travel often. That will continue to hold true for the next two weeks.

Right now I am in Salt Lake City, Utah. I will be attending the annual RootsTech conference and hope to write in this newsletter about what I see and experience through next Saturday. Stay tuned!

On Sunday, I will fly home but will be there just over 24 hours before leaving again. I think that will be just about enough time to do my laundry. Then I leave for Shanghai, China.

A Reminder About the EOGN Dinner after the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City

This is a quick reminder: if you are going to be in Salt Lake City for this week’s RootsTech conference and if you would like to join me and a bunch of newsletter readers for dinner on Saturday evening after the conference ends, you are invited! However, you need to sign up for the dinner now.

Reservations are required and must be made no later than Tuesday, February 27 as I have to tell the hotel several days in advance how many meals to prepare. The dinner will be held on Saturday evening, March 3, 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.

Details may be found at: http://bit.ly/2GJcaHs.

I’d love to see you there!

This Newsletter is Twenty-Two Years Old!

Wow! 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 22 years ago today!

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever dream that 22 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-two 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 tens of thousands of readers tuning in every day! If you would have told me that 22 years ago, I would have never believed you.

This Newsletter’s Schedule over the Holidays

I am taking a couple of short breaks over the holidays. I am flying north to be with family over Christmas and Boxing Day.

I almost never publish new articles on weekends anyway. Because of the Christmas events and my travel plans, I don’t plan to publish anything on Monday, Christmas Day, and probably not on Tuesday, the 26th (known as Boxing Day in many countries). I plan to resume publishing on Wednesday, December 27.

The following week, I will repeat the schedule: no new articles over the weekend nor on Monday, New Year’s Day. I am not yet sure about Tuesday, January 2.

I would also like to wish you and your family a very merry and peaceful holiday season.

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(+) Moving From a Desktop to a Laptop Computer

Thank You Seattle Genealogical Society

MyHeritage’s One-Day Genealogy Seminar October 29 in Israel to be Broadcast Online

Witches in Your Family Tree

Research Your Roots Using JewishGen begins November 1

I am Back Home Again from Beijing, China

Just a quick note: I returned home late last night and slept for about 11 hours. It was a long flight from Beijing to Orlando! (Actually, it was two flights with a change of planes in Chicago.)

It was a great trip and I am glad I went. In a few days, probably after some more rest, I’ll put some of my photographs together into an online photo album.

To anyone who might be curious why I went to the other side of the world, see my earlier articles at: http://bit.ly/2yvoMkl and at: http://bit.ly/2x1k22v.

A Brief Update from Beijing

As mentioned in an earlier article, I am now in Beijing, China. I arrived yesterday after what was a very long airplane ride. I am now in a hotel room and have caught up on a lot of missing sleep. This morning (Chinese time) I connected via the hotel’s wi-fi network to the Internet.

As I expected, the “Great Firewall of China” blocks a lot of web sites, including Google, Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook, CNN, and many other sites. At first, I couldn’t even check my email for new messages. However, I then enabled a software VPN (virtual private network) that I always use, both at home and when traveling. Voila! Every web site I have tried since then has now worked normally, just as expected. I can check email and surf the web as I please.

On the Road Again, This Time to Beijing, China

If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you already know that I travel often. That will continue to hold true for the next week. This time I am traveling to Beijing, China.

Unlike most of my travels, this is not a genealogy-related trip. I have some “downtime” in my calendar and decided to take a vacation… by traveling again!

Many years ago, I spent a year in mainland China, back when the country was still a backwater third-world country. I managed a team effort for my employer when we installed multi-million dollar mainframe computers at 13 major Chinese engineering universities in 11 different cities. (This was before the invention of the desktop PC.) It was a great experience.

I understand the country has advanced radically since I left. For years, I have said to myself, “I would love to go back and see all the changes.” A recent email ad for a really cheap airfare to Beijing convinced me that, “If ever I want to go back, now is the time.” So I am flying to Beijing this week.

Now for the impact to this newsletter: