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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:

(+) How Long Will a Flash Drive Last?

Genealogy’s Often-Misspelled Words

Reclaim the Records Launches its Biggest Genealogy-Related Lawsuit Ever

Scammers May Be Using DNA Testing to Defraud Medicare and Steal Identities

Turn Your Friends and Family into Playing Cards

New Hampshire Launches an Online Database for More Than 16,000 Historical Records
Notre-Dame de Paris in Pictures

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:

Online Webinars, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah

Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events.

All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.

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:

(+) Perform Focused Searches on Google

17th-century Massacre in Connecticut was New England’s ‘Jamestown’

An Historian claims the Pilgrim Fathers set off in the Mayflower from Cornwall, not Plymouth

Fire Destroys Decades of Archives at a Tennessee Social Justice Center

MyHeritage Eurovision Bus heads to London

MyHeritage Helps Robin McGraw Discover Her Family History on Today’s Episode of Dr. Phil

Spared From the Shredder (for Now): ‘Priceless’ Bank Records of Old New York

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:

Online Webinars, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia

Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events.

All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.

On the Road Again, this time to NERGC

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.

By the time you read this, I will should be en route to Manchester, New Hampshire. I will be attending the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium’s conference in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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:

(+) Is Your CD-ROM Data Disappearing?

Does Your Genealogy Society Publish eBooks? If Not, They Should.

Book Review: The Cowkeeper’s Wish, a Genealogical Journey

Reclaim The Records Wins Again! New York State Department of Health Index to Marriages to Become Available to the Public.

Has Investigative Genealogy Become the Wild, Wild West?

Help Us Catch Killers is now the New Advertising Angle for DNA Companies

Is DNA Evidence Reliable?

The new Type 2 Diabetes Report from 23andMe

Introducing the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Speakers

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:

Online Webinars, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New York, and Virginia

Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events.

All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.

It is the First Day of the Month: Back Up Your Genealogy Files

BackUpYourGenealogyFilesIt is the first day of the month. It’s time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups!

Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier and safer if you have a specific schedule. The first day of the month is easy to remember, so I would suggest you back up your genealogy files at least on the first day of every month, if not more often.

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:

(+) What’s in a Name?

Book Review: Suicide by Army Life

My RootsTech 2019 Photo Album

RootsTech 2019 in Review

How Some in the Genealogy Industry are Reacting to RootsTech’s Expansion to London

Second Federal Court Strikes Citizenship Question From 2020 U.S. Census

23andMe is Looking to Expand to Millions More Users with a New Genetic DNA Report on Diabetes

Why Was the Information Removed from Online?

NOTE: This is a slightly updated version of an article I published three years ago. I have added a new section about the restrictions recently added by the European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

Several newsletter readers have sent messages to me expressing dissatisfaction with records that were available online at one time but have since disappeared. I am offering this republished article as an explanation about why we should not be surprised when that happens. I will also offer a suggestion as to making sure you keep your own copies of online records that are valuable to you.

Two newsletter readers sent email messages to me recently expressing dissatisfaction that a set of images of vital records has been removed from a popular genealogy site. Indeed, removal of any online records of genealogical value is sad, but not unusual. Changes such as these are quite common on FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Ancestry.com, Fold3, Findmypast, and many other genealogy sites that provide images of old records online. Removal of datasets has occurred dozens of times in the past, and I suspect such things will continue to happen in the future. I thought I would write a brief explanation.

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The History of Groundhog Day

groundhogEvery February 2nd, residents of the United States turn their attention to the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. A group of men in top hats put a groundhog on a log in front of hundreds of people and wait for it to notice or not notice its own shadow. If Phil the groundhog sees his shadow, we’re supposed to have six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see it, winter is supposed to end earlier.

NOTE: A groundhog is also known as a woodchuck. It is a member of the family of rodents known as marmots.

A rodent in Pennsylvania, watched by men in top hats, can tell what the weather will be like for the next several weeks? Sounds strange to me! Actually, it is based upon the traditions of some of our ancestors.

The Great Molasses Flood of January 15, 1919

Today is the 100th anniversary of one of the biggest twentieth-century disasters in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Genealogists normally like to study the current events of the times in which our ancestors lived. Wars are easy to study as they are well documented in history books. Yet other calamities of bygone times are often not so well known and documented.

One great disaster in the early twentieth century was the great Molasses Flood of January 15, 1919, in Boston, Massachusetts. This sounds humorous until one reads that 21 people died when an eight-foot high wall of molasses rolled down Commercial Street at a rather high speed. Two million gallons of crude molasses can move quickly when warmed by the sun. The result was an explosion heard many miles away.

Boston Post of January 16, 1919

More than 144,700 Worcestershire Baptism Records added to TheGenealogist and a Further 20,000 Individuals on Headstones

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist is releasing the records of 144,793 individuals added to their Worcestershire Baptisms (in Partnership with Malvern FHS) and an additional 20,000 individuals on headstones from the UKIndexer project where volunteers help their fellow genealogists by indexing and/or photographing the monumental inscriptions in churchyards and cemeteries.

  • Discover dates of ancestors’ baptisms
  • Glean names of parents of those baptised in Worcestershire
  • Headstones give dates and name details of those buried and sometimes familiar relationships
  • Memorials can reveal information not recorded elsewhere for ancestors

St. Giles – Imber

Information About Family Members is Available Wherever You Find It

There is one recent heartwarming story about two brothers who unexpectedly were told about a YouTube video of their father, filmed in 1952 and then converted to a digital video much later. It provided an insight to their father’s life several years before the births of the brothers.

There’s no genealogy information in the video for you or me but it does show a wonderful gift to the two brothers. It also teaches all genealogists to keep looking for information about relatives in the most unusual places.

A Day at the Genealogy Library

Copyright by Dave Carpenter and CartoonCollections. Please do not republish elsewhere. Published in eogn.com with the permission of the copyright holders.

You Can’t Call the Mormons “Mormons” Anymore

The Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The president of the Mormon church reiterated Sunday that he wants members, the media and others to use the faith’s full name, saying nicknames are “a major victory for Satan.” Addressing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ twice-yearly conference in Salt Lake City, Russell M. Nelson said the church’s name “is not negotiable.”

The name of the religion based in Salt Lake City is now officially The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All future references to the church, including its millions of genealogy records and its genealogy library in Salt Lake City, should use the full name: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

ISFHWE Excellence-In-Writing Competition Winners Announced

The following announcement was written by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE):

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the Excellence-in-Writing Competition. All entries were exceptional this year. Submission details for 2019 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email competition@isfhwe.org.

Please note there were not many submissions this year; some categories are not even represented. We hope next year you will consider submitting and showcasing your writing skills.

Category 2 – Articles

Korean War 65th Anniversary Commemoration aboard USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum

The following announcement was written by the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum:

ALAMEDA, CA – The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum is honored to host a commemoration marking the 65th anniversary of the end of the Korean War on Saturday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to noon. This event will include a slide presentation, a variety of guest speakers, and recognition of those who served in Korea.

The Museum opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. General admission applies, free admission for veterans and Museum members.

Happy Canada Day!

This video from Canadian Heritage seems most appropriate this weekend.

Happy Birthday Canada!

(US) National Archives Publishes FOIA Advisory Committee Report

The following is a message sent by Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies’ Public Records Access Monitoring Committee:

US Archivist David S. Ferriero announced the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee completed its final report and recommendations. The report may be read at https://www.archives.gov/files/final-report-and-recommendations-of-2016-2018-foia-advisory-committee.pdf. The committee took 2-years to complete its work. While there were government officials, FOIA government officers, lawyers, history professors, and consumer advocates there were no genealogists on the committee.

Some of the issues the recommendations are directed at include: promoting the proactive disclosure of records, improving agencies’ ability to identify responsive digital records, and reinforcing that FOIA is everyone’s responsibility, not just the responsibility of full-time FOIA professionals.