MyHeritage now Supports 23andMe version 5 and Living DNA Uploads

Here is another industry first from MyHeritage. If you are using MyHeritage’s FREE DNA matching service or are thinking of using the FREE service soon by using DNA results obtained from another testing company, you will be interested in this news. According to an announcement from MyHeritage:

“We now support the upload of 23andMe v5 and Living DNA data files, in addition to supporting data uploads from all major DNA testing services, including Ancestry, 23andMe (prior to V5) and Family Tree DNA (Family Finder).

Upcoming Changes to the FREE MyHeritage DNA Matching Service

As of December 1, 2018, MyHeritage’s policy regarding DNA uploads will change: DNA Matching will remain free for uploaded DNA data, but unlocking additional DNA features (for example, ethnicity estimate, chromosome browser, and some others) will require an extra payment for DNA files uploaded after this date.

MyHeritage will announce the full details of the new policy once it is finalized, closer to December 1st. All DNA data that was uploaded to MyHeritage in the past, and all DNA data that is uploaded between today and prior to December 1, 2018, will continue to enjoy full access to all DNA features for free. These uploads will be grandfathered in and will remain free.

European Parliament Votes in Favor of Controversial Copyright Laws

At this time, the new, restrictive copyright law passed yesterday by the European Parliament will only affect countries in the European Union. However, elements of many European Parliament legislation often show up within a few years in the laws of other countries around the world. The latest law should be a warning to genealogists.

The 438 to 226 vote, described as “the worst possible outcome” by some quarters, could have significant repercussions on the way we use the internet.

Quoting from an article on Slashdot:

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Expansion Plans

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage was designed to preserve black culture and history in the commonwealth. Construction is underway on a new gallery space in the south end of the building and a room on the second floor has monies set aside to turn it into a genealogy center.

By Veterans Day, the center’s courtyard will be home to an African-American veterans’ memorial named for Kentucky native, Col. Charles Young, a well-decorated Civil War-era military officer and diplomat.

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 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.

(+) Are Your Digital Photos Too Big? There’s a Solution!

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

I recently purchased a new digital camera that can create pictures of up to 12-megapixels. I love the quality of the photographs this camera gives. However, storing and sharing 12-megapixel images creates a few problems.

First of all, the file sizes are huge. Most of the pictures I take consume megabytes of disk space to store a single image. The 12-megapixel files are too large to use a single standard floppy disk just to store one picture! (Does anyone still use floppy disks anymore?) Of course, there are no film developing costs; so, I click the shutter many, many times in hopes of obtaining the perfect picture. I may not save all of the photos, but I often keep two or three variations of everything I photograph. The result consumes many megabytes of disk space.

Obituary for Laura G. Prescott

A few days ago, I published a message (at from the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) announcing the passing of long-time APG member and former president, Laura Prescott. Many of her friends and acquaintances might also want to read the more formal obituary, apparently written by her family, that is now available at:

MyHeritage Partners with British Retailer WHSmith to Distribute DNA Kits

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

Tel Aviv, Israel & London, United Kingdom, September 7, 2018 — MyHeritage, Europe’s leading service for DNA testing and family history, announced today the launch of a retail partnership with WHSmith. This marks the first partnership of its kind for MyHeritage in the UK, and the first time that MyHeritage DNA tests will be available for purchase in retail stores in Europe.

Under the new partnership WHSmith distributes a unique product named MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kit, which bundles MyHeritage’s popular at-home DNA test with 3 months of access to MyHeritage’s suite of premium online genealogy services. This allows consumers to receive detailed ethnicity reports and connect with their relatives around the world through the power of DNA testing, and to utilize MyHeritage’s 9-billion-strong collection of historical records and family tree tools to embark on a journey to uncover their family history.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are more than 158,000 new records and newspaper articles available to search and explore this Findmypast Friday, including:

Scotland, Edinburgh Temperance Pledges 1886-1908

Did your Scottish ancestor sign a temperance pledge between 1886 and 1908? These temperance pledges were introduced by the United Presbyterian Church and originally called the Band of Hope Register. The index contains over 900 names and records, birth years, addresses and includes the names and ages of numerous children who signed the pledge.

The original records are housed at the National Records of Scotland and have been transcribed by the Scottish Genealogy Society in Edinburgh. The society published the transcriptions as Edinburgh, Broughton Place United Presbyterian Church – Band of Hope Register, 1886-1908. According to the society, the objective of the Band of Hope Register ‘was to teach children the importance and principles of sobriety and teetotalism’.

Scotland, Berwickshire, Ladykirk Heads of Household 1811

Association of Professional Genealogists Names Three Winners of the 2018 APG Young Professional Scholarship

The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 7 September 2018—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced today the winners of the APG Young Professional Scholarship for 2018. This year, APG chose three winners: Nefi Arenas Salazar of Mexico City, Mexico; Alec Ferretti of New York, New York; and Miyamoto Loretta Jensen of Orem, Utah. APG sponsored the scholarship for Ferretti, and AncestryProGenealogists sponsored the scholarships for Arenas Salazar and Jensen.

The APG Young Professional Scholarship is awarded to students or young professionals between the ages of 18 and 29 who aspire to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship includes registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference.

New Records added to FamilySearch in August 2018

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

new-archives-july-2018 copyFamilySearch expanded its free online archives in August 2018 with over 13 million new indexed family history records and over 13 million digital images from around the world. New historical records were added from Chile, Dominican Republic, France, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States,which includes California, Delaware, Georiga, Illinois, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and Virigina. New digital images were added from BillionGraves, Italy, Peru, Russia, Louisiana, and Wales.

Find your ancestors using these free archives online, including marriage, death, church, military, and civil registration records. Millions of new genealogy records are added each month to make your search easier.

FamilySearch Honors National Hispanic Heritage Month with Free Classes in Spanish

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is a unique celebration that recognizes the achievements and contributions of the Hispanic population in the United States. To commemorate this celebration, and to honor the emphasis Latin American culture places on family and multigenerational relationships, FamilySearch will offer a 4-day seminar focused on Hispanic Family History from September 18-21. The free classes will be offered at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150), or online at:

“DNA and Genealogy”, “Spanish Archives, a Journey Through Time”, or “Migratory Flows To Chile” are some of the classes that will be offered in Spanish. On Fridays, the sessions ( “Finding your Hispanic Ancestors on FamilySearch”, “Migration Patterns in New Spain” among others) will be given in English.

Displaying County Lines on Google Maps

Google Maps doesn’t show county boundaries, so Randy Majors created a tool to display them. The tool is simple to use. Simply enter a place name and then click “GO.” The normal Google Map commands of Plus (+) and MINUS (-) can be used to zoom in and out on the displayed map

Simple, easy, and very effective. That’s the kind of tool that I appreciate. You can access County Lines on Google Maps at

Co-workers Discover they are actually Father and Son

DNA is great for finding relatives, both close relatives and distant ones as well. However, DNA isn’t always necessary.

A pair of co-workers in Wisconsin recently made a surprising discovery. They found out they’re not just friends. It seems they’re also father and son. DNA apparently was not used to make the discovery.

Both men are truck drivers for the same company, and have worked together for two years.

You can read more and watch a video about this story at:

Call for Speakers: The Ontario Genealogical Society’s 2019 Webinar Series

The following announcement was written by the Ontario Genealogical Society:

The Ontario Genealogical Society is currently accepting proposals for our monthly 2019 Webinar Series.

Topics of Interest

We invite proposals on a wide range of topics, but for your information, the top subjects from our 2019 Webinar Survey are:

  • DNA
  • Technology and Tools
  • Research and Methodology
  • Organization and Storage of Research, Documents and Heirlooms
  • Research in the Country of Origin (i.e. England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France etc.)
  • Comparison of Genealogical Websites
  • Immigration
  • Writing and Publishing Family Research
  • Selected speakers need to be prepared to provide Ontario and/or Canadian specific examples in their presentations. (where applicable)

Another Claim to the Largest Family in the World

On July 30 of this year, I mentioned an article MSN web site at that described the family of Pavel Semenyuk, 87 years old, of the Ukraine. With 346 living descendants, Pavel Semenyuk and his family applied for the Guinness World Record for having the largest family on earth. But the claim didn’t last long.

Beth Packard Walker celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday, and most of of her 485 children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren gathered at a Springville, Utah, church to celebrate with her.

Funding Sought to Rebuild Brazil’s National Museum Collection following a Destructive Fire

This is an update to yesterday’s article, Incalculable Loss as Rio de Janeiro’s 200-year-old National Museum is Gutted by a Huge Fire, at

Museum officials say almost 90% of the collection has been destroyed. The museum housed one of the largest anthropology and natural history collections in the Americas. It included the 12,000-year-old remains of a woman known as “Luzia,” the oldest human remains ever discovered in Latin America.

The Richmond Headlight is now Digitized and Available Online at DigitalNC

From the Digital North Carolina Blog:

“43 issues of the Richmond Headlight have been newly added to DigitalNC and are available now. These are the first issues of the Richmond Headlight to be digitized and uploaded to DigitalNC, covering from March 1901 to September 1906. It is also the first newspaper on DigitalNC from Richmond County. Published as a weekly newspaper in Rockingham, the Richmond Headlight advertised itself as the “only Democratic paper in the county” at the time. As the newspaper folded in late 1906, this batch may represent the entirety of the Richmond Headlight‘s circulation still in known existence, completing the collection.”

You can read more in the Digital North Carolina Blog at

Russia in Color: Photos of Life Before the Revolution

The photographs of Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky provide a fascinating study of the Russian Empire from 1909 to 1915. They will be especially interesting with ancestors from these paces as the photos show the every-day lives of the Russians. Unlike most photographs of that period, Prokudin-Gorsky’s photos are in color.

Russian settlers in what is now Azerbaijan, 1910

As stated on the web site displaying the photographs: