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Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

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:

Announcing MyHeritage LIVE 2019

MyHeritage Offers Free Access to Marriage Records for Valentine’s Day

Are You Recording Fairy Tales in Your Genealogy Records?

Attention French-Canadian Descendants: You Are Undoubtedly Related to Almost All Other French-Canadians

Tracing the Founding Fathers of Tristan da Cunha

The KIC Self-Serve Book Scanning Stations

The U.S. Census Bureau Will Test a Citizenship Question Ahead of the 2020 Census

Judge Declines to Block Citizenship Question from the 2020 Census on Privacy Grounds

On the Road Again, This Time to Bangkok

By the time you read this, I will probably be en route to Bangkok, Thailand. I will warn you there may not be as many articles as normal posted in this newsletter in the next week.

If you have been reading this newsletter for some time, you already know that I often travel to genealogy conferences. This time it is a personal trip, not related to genealogy.

I will have a laptop computer with me and will be staying in a modern hotel with wi-fi connectivity. However, I hope to maximize my time sightseeing and minimize my online time.

In addition, when traveling, one sometimes encounters unpleasant and unexpected problems, such as wi-fi that doesn’t work properly or a laptop computer that suddenly fails. Please don’t be surprised if I disappear for a few days.

This Newsletter is Twenty-Three Years Old!

It’s time to raise a glass of bubbly and celebrate! Yes, I am celebrating this newsletter’s twenty-third anniversary.

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 23 years ago today!

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever dream that 23 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.

Don’t Print These Articles!

NOTE: This is an updated repeat of an article I published more than a year ago. The question arouse again today in an email message from a newsletter reader. I decided that it is time to encourage all newsletter readers to stop wasting paper, toner, and ink.

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 https://blog.eogn.com/copyrights-and-other-legal-things for details. However, I try hard to never print anything and I suggest you do the same.

Why waste paper?

On the Road Again, this time to Oslo, Norway

By the time you read this, I will probably be in Oslo, Norway. I will warn you there may not be as many articles as normal posted in this newsletter in the next week.

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 MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Conference in Oslo, Norway.

Creating a Secure Connection to EOGNPLUS.com or to Any Other Secure Web Site

When I sent out a message announcing the new Plus Edition web site at http://www.eognplus.com several readers responded that they were receiving messages saying the web site connection was insecure. Please keep in mind that the security of the connection is under YOUR control. You can make a secure or an insecure connection as you wish. The secret is the letter “s”.

If you want a secure connection to any web site, make sure you specify that a secure connection is required by using an address that begins with “https”. The letter “s” in the beginning of the address is critical as it specifies a SECURE (or encrypted) connection.

For instance, the following will give you a secure connection:

https://www.eognplus.com   (notice the letter “s” in “https”)

If you leave the letter “s” out of “https://” you will often be connected via an insecure (unencrypted) connection. However, that does vary a bit depending upon the software in use in the web server.

Attention Plus Edition Subscribers: the Plus Edition Web Site is Being Moved

This is a short note to all Plus Edition subscribers:

After procrastinating for far too long, I am moving the Plus Edition subscribers’ web site to https://www.eognplus.com. You might want to update your bookmarks.

This replaces the old web site at http://www.eogn.com/wp/.

The old web site needed several software updates to remain operational. In fact, a couple of things broke recently and could not be fixed without significant software updates. I thought about it a bit and decided to move the site to a different hosting service and to install all new software. The end result will hopefully be a more stable web site.

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!

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

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:

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.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

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’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.