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Geoff Rasmussen of FamilyTreeWebinars.com Announces a Rare 50% off Special on Webinar Memberships

I suspect that Geoff Rasmussen is the most prolific genealogy webinar host of all time. I know I have benefited immensely from listening to a number of his webinars. Now he is offering a one-year webinar membership. It usually costs $49.95 but, for one week, it’s 50% off at only $24.98. That price includes access to the entire webinar library.

With your webinar membership, you’ll get unlimited access to more than 900 classes and all the syllabus materials on:

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

Online Webinars, Australia, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania

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.

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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:

(+) Our Ancestors’ Dental Care

Book Review: Finding Family

Republishing Obituaries: Is it Piracy?

The U.S. Version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will Return, this Time on NBC

America is Losing its Memory

Announcing a Genealogy Cruise to Bermuda and to Newport, Rhode Island in 2020 with Cruise Everything

Delaware may Increase the Embargo Periods for Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, 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.

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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 is the Purpose of a Genealogy Program?

Ancestry.com is under Fire as new DNA Algorithm Drastically Changes the Ethnicity of Some Users

Follow-up: Ancestry.com is under Fire as new DNA Algorithm Drastically Changes the Ethnicity of Some Users

See Long Hidden Historic Photos of the Gritty, Compelling Lives of Tough Maine Fishermen

Archival Grant Opportunity: Historical and Archival Records Care Grants in Pennsylvania

Churchyards become Lawns in Sweden as Tombstones are typically Removed after 25 Years

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

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

United Kingdom, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Missouri, New York, and South Carolina

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.

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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:

(+) Commentary: DNA and Lineage Societies

Book Review: Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies

Arsonist Starts Fire at the U.S. National Archives

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archivist Accused of Stealing Rare Books

Should Genealogy Websites be BANNED because they ‘Threaten the Anonymity of Sperm Donors?’

The Great Migration Parish Web Mapping App is now Online

Ancestry’s IPO Talk Shows How Consumer DNA Testing Has Matured

Ancestry.com Sued for ‘Misleading’ Customers About DNA Data

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, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, New York, and Texas

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.

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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 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.

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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:

(+) 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.

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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:

(+) 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.

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(+) 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