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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.

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(+) The PC and the Macintosh are Dying

RootsWeb Mailing Lists to be Discontinued

Groups.io: The Do-It-Yourself Replacement for Disappearing Message Boards and Mailing Lists

What Does a Polygenic Risk Score Mean?

Gramps 5.1.2 Released

How You can Help the City of Seattle Document and Decode History

What to Expect from FamilySearch in 2020

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(+) Turn Vacations into Genealogy Fact-Finding Trips

Update to “(+) MoIP Explained”

MyHeritage 2019 Year in Review

GEDCOM 5.5.1 Specification: GEDCOM-L Addendum

Get Those Records, Tapes and CDs Onto Your Smartphone

Works from 1924 are Now in the Public Domain

Ruth Gray, R.I.P.

Another Interesting Obituary: Katy Lynn McDonald

Destroyed Identities – the Digital Reconstruction of Auschwitz-Birkenau Victims’ Data

Human Remains Found in Idaho Cave Identified as Outlaw Who Died Over 100 Years Ago

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(+) Convert your Old Videotapes to DVD or Digital Files Before They Deteriorate!

The Cost of Getting Genealogical Records from the Government Could Go Up Nearly 500%. An Effort is Underway to Stop That.

FamilySearch Releases GEDCOM Version 5.5.1

How Artificial Intelligence is Helping Identify Thousands of Unknown Civil War Soldiers

Historical Record Collections Added to MyHeritage in the First Half of December

Montana State Genealogical Library working to Make Collection Available Online

The Nebraska Death Index (1904-1968) is Now Online

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(+) Digital Preservation for Genealogists

The Book Your Ancestors Read: The Old Farmers Almanac

A French-Canadian Christmas – Holiday Traditions from the Era of New France and Beyond

How to Convert PDF Files to Printable Booklets Using BookletCreator

Dr. Phil Learns More About His Family’s Roots with MyHeritage

MyHeritage Adds Two Record Collections from Hesse, Germany

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 16 December 2019

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(+) MoIP Explained

Announcing MyHeritage LIVE 2020 in Tel Aviv

GEDmatch, the Controversial Genealogy Website that Helped Crack the Golden State Killer Case, has been Bought by a Forensic Genetics Firm

New Owner of GEDmatch Vows to Protect Users From Search Warrants

Incline Software Releases Ancestral Quest 16

If a DNA Test Proves That a “Daughter” Isn’t Yours, Can You Claim Back Child Support from the Biological Father?

Senator Mitt Romney Questions Fee Hikes that Will Hit Family History Researchers Hard

9 New Reports Added to MyHeritage Health

FamilySearch Adds Ability to Document All Family Relationships Including Same-Sex Relationships

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(+) Use Boolean Logic to Improve Your Search Results

The Genealogy Boom has Hit a Roadblock with Recently-Announced USCIS Fee Increases

Family History Hosting Announces a GEDCOM Assessment Tool

Reclaim the Records Publishes the Mississippi Death Index (1912-1943)

Chinese Scientists are Working on a Way to Create an Image of a Person’s Face from a Blood Sample

Why the Library (Usually) Doesn’t Want Your Used Books

New York City’s “Island of the Dead” to Become More Accessible

LDSGenealogy.com Created a Free Extensive U.S. Genealogy Directory to Help People Easily Locate the Available Genealogy Records for a Specific Town, County, or State

MyHeritage Reveals: Boris Johnson Is Related to Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, the New EU President

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Man Arrested for Murder Claims that Police Use of a Genealogical DNA Database to Identify His Relatives Amounts to an Unconstitutional Search and an Invasion of His Privacy

The Stories You Learned in School about the First Thanksgiving Weren’t very Accurate

Book Review: Natchitoches Colonials

9 NEW Reports Added to MyHeritage Health Test

Cyber Monday Special: MyHeritage has announced the LOWEST PRICE EVER for DNA tests offered to EOGN newsletter readers in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia!

Have you tried AncestorSearch on Google Search for Searching for Ancestors (or Living People) Lately?

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(+) Hands-On Review: the Best Bargain Tablet Available Today

Could Genealogists Help Solve a Kidnapping Mystery?

Radar finds 145 Graves Buried beneath King High School in Tampa

Have You Claimed the Most Valuable Asset your Ancestors Passed Down to You?

We’re Losing Generations of Family History Because We Don’t Share Our Stories

More on USCIS Proposes Fee Increases for Genealogy Records

Arolsen Archives Offers an Online Database of Information about the Victims of Nazi Persecution

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(+) How to Find Someone Who Has the Book You Seek

Genetic Genealogy can Help Solve Cold Cases. It can also Accuse the Wrong Person.

Geni Introduces Consistency Checker to the World Family Tree

The National Library of Israel and Google Together Will Digitize 120,000 Historic Books and Place Them Online

The State Archives of North Carolina is Looking for Transcribers

USCIS Proposes Fee Increases for Genealogy Records

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(+) Scanning Old Books

Forget Paper. Forget Hard Drives. Forget CD and DVD Disks. Forget Most Everything Else. For Long-Term preservation, Use a Piece of Glass.

The Free Scanner App You Probably Already Have Installed

Have You Used the FamilySearch Digital Library?

Book Review: Who Was Ann Gregg?

MyHeritage Education: New Content to Master Your Genealogy Skills

Warrant Issued Permitting Police Full Access to GEDmatch Database

Help Wanted: Looking for Former TMG Users to Help Test a Future Version of Family Historian

The Wikipedia Of Graves: Israeli App CemoMemo Brings Cemeteries Into The Digital World

Don’t Want to Lose (Parts of) Your Genealogical Data?

Genealogy at Sea! July 2020

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(+) Create Better Pictures and Scanned Images

Reclaim the Records Introduces the Online New York City GEOGRAPHIC Birth Index

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History Presents the Commonwealth Virtual Institute

New Database with Photos of WWll Soviet Army Veterans is now Online

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RootsTech/London is a Roaring Success!

My Photos from RootsTech/London

The “Other Conference” Held at the ExCel London this Weekend

What is a Polygenic Risk Score?

University of Georgia Partners with Google Books for Digital Access including City Directories

Roy Stockdill, R.I.P.

Over the Next Several Months, AncestryDNA Customers May Receive Updated Ethnicity Estimates and That’s a Good Thing

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.

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(+) Why You May Need to Hire a Professional Genealogist

The Truth about Christopher Columbus and His “Discoveries”

TMG to GEDCOM Version 1.00 Released

calibre 4.0 is Released with New E-Book Viewer and New Server Capabilities

Your Comments are Requested Concerning an Interim Policy Concerning Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis and Searching

Responsible Genetic Genealogy

How can I Be Sure My ‘Re-print’ and ‘Use’ of Information in Newspaper Articles and Genealogy Books is ‘LEGAL?’