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I am Back Home Again from Beijing, China

Reclaim the Records adds New Jersey Marriage Index, 1901-2016 to its Online Database

The Internet Archive Now Claims that Libraries may Legally Scan, Digitize, and Republish Books from 1923 to 1941

Last Chance (?) to Sign Up for an 8-Night Eastern Caribbean Genealogy Cruise

Thousands of U.K. Catholic Records to Become Available in a New Online Database

More Digitized Montana Newspapers are now Available Online

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: and at:

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:

Update: On the Road Again – This Time to Florida

In case anyone is interested, the power is back on at my winter home in Florida following Hurricane Irma. Even better, the air conditioning is now working! (Hooray!)

The power was out for 6 days in my neighborhood. Cable television and Internet access started working as soon as the power was restored. We had no water for two days. My neighbors tell me the (wired) telephone service still doesn’t work but cellular phones have worked more or less perfectly during the entire time. (I don’t have a wired telephone so I don’t miss it.) I have been using my cellular phone’s data capabilities to access the Internet and to send and receive email during the time I have been here.

The damage to my house was minor. Everything was repaired within a couple of hours after spending about $20. Some of my neighbors were not so lucky.

One bit of advice: If you depend upon a cellular phone for use when wired phones are out of service, make sure you have a good method of charging the cell phone MULTIPLE TIMES, if needed. You can purchase any number of batteries that will recharge cell phones but my preferred method is to have a power cable that connects the cell phone to the power outlet in your automobile’s dashboard. You can charge a cell phone several times with an automobile battery without depleting the automobile battery.

On the Road Again – This Time to Florida

This is a notice that there may not be any new articles posted in this newsletter for a few days. In fact, the weekly Plus Edition email version of the newsletter may be delayed a few days as well.

I am traveling to my winter home in Florida to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. My Florida neighbors tell me the damage to my house is minor but probably should not be ignored and left exposed to the rain for very long. Therefore, I need to fix it now.

My neighbors also have told me there is no electricity in the neighborhood, no telephone service, no water, and no Internet connectivity. In some areas, the power may be off for weeks.

Luckily, the cell phones are working well. I don’t have wired telephone service anyway so I won’t miss that.

Don’t Print These Articles!

Warning: This article contains personal opinions.

A newsletter reader asked today, “Is there a way to print out (I know; I am bad) an item without all of the right column (Subscribe, Read, Steal, Search, Links, Etc.) being printed? A recent blog was 23 pages of the blog but would have printed out 45 pages in all. If not, OK. I can watch and halt the printing, when I remember.”

My answer may have surprised the person who asked. I replied, “I strongly recommend that you NEVER print anything and thereby waste paper! I save lots of articles from many different web sites but never print anything, if I can avoid it. I work hard to keep a paperless lifestyle.”

Actually, you are free to print most anything in this newsletter and even forward most items or republish them elsewhere, as you please. See for details. However, I try hard to never print anything and I suggest you do the same. Why waste paper?

There are better ways to keep things for a long time! In fact, it is easier to find things that are saved electronically than it is to find things saved on paper. Computers are marvelous devices when it comes to searching through hundreds or thousands of saved text files.

As I wrote in an article more than two years ago:

On the Road Again

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 am taking a “mini-vacation” with the grandchildren for a few days.

I will then be back for a few days but next week will be traveling to the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. See and for details about that conference.

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Advice to White Supremacists: You Might Not Want to Test Your DNA

Genealogy’s Often-Misspelled Words

Write Your Notes in a Rocketbook

Act Now to Save the 2020 Census

Crowd Sourced Indexing is Now Available for Your Society’s Project

New FamilySearch Online Indexing Tool is Now Available

A Short Note from Dick Eastman

You’ll notice there have been fewer articles than usual this past week. The reason is simple: I made a mistake.

I went to see my doctor for a quarterly check-up a few days ago. I should never have done that. During the visit, I complained that I was taking too many prescriptions for my diabetes and that they all seem to have undesirable side effects. She countered by giving me a new prescription in addition to all the others I have been taking. Stupid me. I had the new prescription filled and starting taking it as directed.

I spent the following three days in bed most of the time.

My Comments about Black Sheep Ancestors

I have always been interested in the less than perfect people in my family tree. These folks often may be found in various court records that have been preserved. At the RootsTech2017 conference, I was asked about such ancestors and my comments were videotaped by the RootsTech crew. You can view the video on Twitter at

On the Road Again, This Time to New Zealand and Australia

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. On Sunday, May 28, I will travel from the U.S. to Auckland, New Zealand, to attend and give talks at the New Zealand Society of Genealogists conference. You can see the details at

The following week, on June 6, I will travel to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. That will be a non-genealogy trip. Instead, I am going for some R & R. I plan to be a tourist for several days.

I’ll return home in two weeks on June 12.

On the Road Again

By the time you read these words, I should be either en route to or have arrived in Massachusetts. I will be attending the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium’s conference in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The event is sponsored by a long, long  list of participating genealogy societies. You can see the list at: Past NERGC conferences have attracted 800 or more attendees. I suspect this year’s event will be at least as popular.

Dick Eastman and This Newsletter to Relocate to Iceland

April 1, 2017 – Reykjavík, Iceland – While on a trip to Reykjavík, Iceland, Dick Eastman was awestruck by the beauty and the stark contrasts of this island nation. Hot springs, geysers, and volcanos are visible at almost every turn of the road. Houses are heated by underground hot springs. Food is grown in greenhouses that are heated by the same hot springs. Use of fossil fuels is minimized in this energy-saving country.

Even better, the island is “heaven on earth” for genealogists. Iceland has everyone’s family tree, complete with original source citations, online and available for all the country’s citizens to see. In fact, there is even an Android app available to show each Icelandic citizen his or her genealogy, in most cases back to 874 AD.

Everyone in Iceland is related. Every member of the 300,000 population derives from the same family tree, according to genealogy website

On the Road Again: Iceland, Denmark, and England

Once again, I am taking a “little trip.” If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you already know that I travel often. However, this trip may not be so little.

By the time you read these words, I should be on board IcelandAir someplace over the Atlantic or possibly may have already landed in Reykjavík, Iceland. I plan to spend a few days there as a tourist. Visiting Iceland has been on my “bucket list” for years. Now I finally have the chance to fulfill the dream.

From Reykjavík, I will fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, and spend a few more days as a tourist. I am told it is a beautiful city so I am looking forward to that experience.

Finally, before returning home, I will fly to Birmingham, England, to attend the annual Who Do You Think You Are? Live conference at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) in Birmingham on 6 to 8 April. This family history conference is expected to attract between 10,000 to 13,000 attendees!

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(+) Understanding Optical Character Recognition

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MyHeritage Genealogy and DNA Results Described on Fox News

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Family History Hosting Announces Free Software Offer

Software MacKiev introduces FamilySync™ for Family Tree Maker Software

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Book Reviews: David Dobson’s Books

Winter Genealogy Cruise is a Success

Announcing the Unlock the Past Holy Land Tour and Genealogy Conference

What to do with Your Genealogy Collection When You Downsize or Die

Selecting an Online File Backup Service

On the Road Again

Actually, this trip is both by road and by sea.

By the time you read these words, I should be either en route to or on board the Celebrity Silhouette, along with a group of other genealogists, participating in the 3rd annual genealogy cruise to the sunny Eastern Caribbean for a week of great fun and learning while on board. The cruise is sponsored by Gary and Diana Smith. You can learn more about this year’s cruise at:

On the Road Again, This Time to RootsTech

By the time you read these words, I should be in the air or possibly already arrived in Salt Lake City. I will attend the annual RootsTech conference. I hope to write about the events there daily and perhaps publish a few photographs in this newsletter as well. I will also be hosting a dinner for readers of this newsletter on Saturday evening, February 11.

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. 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.

I’ll be back home on February 13.

Update: A Few Tickets are Still Available for the EOGN Dinner after the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City

But the tickets must be purchased by Monday evening, February 6, at 12 midnight Mountain Time.

Are you planning to attend this year’s RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City? Do you think you will be hungry after the conference closes on Saturday evening? Would you like to have dinner with a large group of genealogists? If so, join us for dinner!

Reservations are required. Only those with advance reservations will be admitted. Payment must be made in advance. The charge is $55 per person and payment may be made with VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, or PayPal. I have to call the restaurant and give them an exact final headcount first thing in the morning of February 7 so the restaurant can order enough food and schedule enough staff to handle our group.

Details are available in the earlier announcement at